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3 Ways to Use Avocado

Y’all – if you’re not using avocado for literally EVERY use in your life.. you’re missing out! I won’t take total credit for these “recipes” (Chantal is the resident beauty expert here), but I got to be the guinea pig and L-O-V-E-D all of this.

In case you didn’t know, you can use avocado in your meals (duh), for your face, and for your hair. Avocado is rich in healthy fatty acids, and can be extremely moisturizing externally. It also has potassium, letithin, and more minerals that nourish your body inside and out.

Avocado Toast

Ingredients:
Toast
Avocado
Corn
Cilantro
Greek Yogurt
Cotija Cheese
Salt/Pepper (optional)

 

Avocado Hair Mask

Ingredients:
1 1/2- 1 3/4 Avocado
2-3 tbsp Honey
2-3 tbsp Olive Oil 

(Adjust ingredients based on how long your hair is)

 Put on your hair for 20-30 minutes to hydrate! Then wash your hair as normal.

Avocado Face Mask

Ingredients:
1/4 Avocado
1-2 tbsp plain yogurt
1-2 tbsp honey

Place a THICK layer all over your face and leave on for 20-30 minutes! Once it’s dry, wash off and feel the difference!

Hopefully you try out these recipes to get all the benefits out of avocados. Have a great weekend!  

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Affordable & Natural Skin Care

Sometimes the struggle can feel REAL when trying to get good quality skin care items that are just as good for the environment.. and not spend hundreds of dollars! Here are a few ways to pamper yourself without breaking the bank.

  1. Go through your pantry! One of my favorite ways to remove facebook is by using olive oil, grapeseed oil, or coconut oil. It might seem counterintuitive slathering oil all over your face, but it takes off makeup SUPER easily and when your skin is dry, you actually produce more oil!
  1. Search your local store for hidden gems! I shop at Trader Joe’s normally, and I absolutely loveee their rose oil as a moisturizer, their facial oil cleanser, their face wipes/masks, and their acai facial scrub. These all have minimal ingredients and are all under $6 each! (and they smell amazing)
  1. DIY! We’ll have a couple of DIY face mask recipes coming up, but there are a ton of concoctions you can make at home and then you KNOW what’s in it! One example is that lemon juice can brighten up the skin, or check out this post about red wine.

XO, Kim

 

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Stay Healthy on the Road

THE STRUGGLE IS REAL when it comes to eating healthy while on the road! The key to staying with your fitness goals (and possibly your New Years resolutions.. helloo 2019!) is to plan ahead.

We’ve all heard people talk about meal prep, but that doesn’t just have to mean planning ahead lunches for the office. In our case, we took a 10 hour road trip each way to NM, and planned ahead. I made a stop by good old Trader Joe’s and got some pre cut apples and veggies to eat on the way.. and LOTS OF WATER!

Staying hydrated is especially important when traveling. It’s super easy to get bloated when not moving for a long time and not drinking water.

Finally, get up and move! Make sure you’re stopping every 2-3 hours (or if you’re on a plane, get up!) and get some steps in. Even if it’s just walking around a gas station looking at magnets.. get moving!

XO, Kim

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Start 2019 In Style

Happy New Year!! I can’t believe 2018 is already about to be a year of the past! It’s seriously flown by. So today I’m sharing how to start 2019 in style!

The key to starting your year in style is to find YOUR own personal style. It took me forever to figure out what my style is, and to be honest.. I’m still figuring it out all the time. For me, I like classic pieces that are high quality and last me a long time. For trendier pieces, I like super affordable items – even if they rip after a couple washes. I also think it’s important to understand your body type and shape and dress accordingly.. and yes, use that full length mirror!

For the rest of winter, I’ll be pretty casual for everyday life. I love a good pair of jeans (hellooo 7 for all Mankind!), a cozy sweater, booties, and if I’m feeling crazy.. a beanie or hat!

Hope you all have a wonderful start to 2019! Let us know how you’re rocking your style in the comments.

XO, Kim

Be Worldly

Ojo Caliente Mineral Springs Resort

You haven’t lived until you’ve taken at least one road trip. The scenic routes, the company, the music; what’s not to love other than the constant pit stops to a public restroom?! We decided to pack up and take one to New Mexico, specifically to a mineral springs resort and spa not too far from Santa Fe called Ojo Caliente. Oh my! This place is such a wonderful retreat when you want to escape the busy city life or when you just feel like you need a relaxing time. I am all about getting pampered and when I tell you that this place has it all, I mean it!

Peace & Quiet

This is an amazing place but definitely not one to go party. The entire hot springs and spa area is considered a “whisper zone” and you must consider this literally. Staff passes by every so often with a sign that reminds you to whisper; they even have an indoor “silent” hot spring pool where there is no talking allowed. I sure think this should be one of the preferred getaway spots for public figures as certain harassing behavior wouldn’t be allowed! This place is technically not an adults only place, we actually saw about three kids during our stay, but I mean poor babies; they can’t talk, run, jump or swim, what kind of vacation is that! Who knows, maybe they are very Zen children. If you get tired of the quiet, you can go to the restaurant or the bar area and have normal volume conversations and a drink or two…or 5 I mean you are not driving right?! (drink responsibly).

The Waters

I am happy with a hot tub, but I do have to admit that their hot springs are just a completely different and incredible experience. In one of their brochures I read that their mineral waters have flowed from a subterranean aquifer for thousands of years and that they are the only hot springs in the world with 4 types of mineral waters and they all have different healing properties.

Iron Spring

The iron in these waters is considered to help with blood circulation and the immune system.

Soda Spring

These waters are believed to relieve digestive problems.

Arsenic Spring

It is believed that these waters are beneficial to relief arthritis pain, stomach ulcers, and a variety of skin conditions.

Lithia Spring

The water in this pool is supposed to help relieve depression and aid in digestion.

Regardless of the benefits these waters are believed to have, just the variation in temperatures, smells, and water properties are sufficient for an incredibly relaxing time.

Bonus

An extra perk is the mud pool area! They have a water fountain type thing with mud for you to cover your entire body with it, lay out to let it dry, and then rinse off in a delicious hot spring pool. If you are a bit anti-social, they also have private pools that can be scheduled for an additional fee and you get almost an hour in a private pool area!… you guessed it, we took advantage of this.

Suggestion: It was a bit too cold this time a year so the best time to visit would be spring or fall.

The Spa Experience

As if the incredible hot springs weren’t enough, you can take pampering to another level and checkout their various spa services. They offer facials, wraps, massages, hair therapy, and body scrubs! Once you are done with all this, you can relax in their steam room or dry sauna. All I can say is that after a day like this you fall asleep at the touch of a pillow.

Nature Lover?

If you are a nature lover like me, you need to make some time to hike their incredible property. They have 1,100 acres of land adjoining even thousands more of national forests and public land. By the way, did I mention they consider their land sacred?! Yeah, talk about connecting with nature. You can also join one of their hatha or restorative yoga classes to jumpstart your day. Namaste.

Hunger Tamer

The restaurant and bar offer a great variety of food including vegetarian options. Their huevos rancheros are amazing as well as their very unique blue corn and pine nut pancakes with maple syrup (don’t judge me, only ate one to try it, too unique not to try).

Nearby

Santa Fe is about an hour drive from Ojo Caliente and it is the cutest little town! From the unique architecture, local culture, crafts to the food, you will not get tired of this place.

We had lunch at this place calles La Plazuela and OMG it was absolutely incredible! They have a very varied menu to appeal to everyone but they have the best vegan dish I have had so far and I will post it here because I just have to:

Cashew Cake

Roasted cashew cake, Portobello mushroom risotto, sweet potato polenta, grilled cauliflower steak, and sautéed spinach with roasted tomato sauce… holy crap right?! (Picture here) and link to the restaurant

Stay True – Chantal

Be Fashionable

A Fierce Dress

Grrrrr. Now, I don’t wear animal print all the time, but when the occasion to assert your confidence and power arises, you just have to go for it and make a lasting impression. I think these bold prints need to be put to work in an elegant manner, so here you see a work appropriate outfit, perfect for colder weather, paired with tights, boots, and a neutral coat. Believe me, everyone in that meeting will remember who you are!

… Now, hello George from accounting 🙂

Stay True – Chantal