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Sexy & Healthy Lips

It is crazy how many people ignore their poor lips when it comes to a beauty routine. No matter how beautiful the rest of your face looks, chapped crusty lips will ruin the entire thing. It is super simple to care for them and get them looking and feeling soft, looking plumped, rosy, and delicious. Here are some tips from my daily routine to help:

Moisturize

No, not lotion… you can use coconut oil, Vaseline, olive oil, or a natural chapstick. Super important to do it at night before you go to sleep.

Hydrate

Drink enough water! if you get dehydrated, your lips will look very dry, colorless, and will start feeling a bit rough.

Lip Brushing

Once a day, after I brush my teeth, I use my soft toothbrush to gently brush my lips in tiny little circles to get the dead skin off, make them more rosy and soft. I also do this when I need to get my lips to look fuller and more plumped right before I put on lipstick and all. Don’t do this too many times a day as that can hurt your lips.

Lip Scubbing

I would recommend doing this once a week. If you are doing everything else I mentioned, there’s no need to do it more often than that. You can buy a premade scrub (please always buy quality products without harsh chemicals) or make your own. Making your own lip scrip is super easy, you just need to combine brown sugar and honey, it is super effective, great for a face scrub too, and delicious if it happens to fall in your mouth 🙂 You can also add olive or coconut oil; however, I don’t do that since I use that to moisturize and I prefer the sugar and honey combination.

You can truly see and feel the difference after a couple of days of following the tips above. You may have to adjust the frequency of the scrubbing and moisturizing during the summer and winter due to the harsher weather conditions. Do you have any other tips you would like to recommend? I would love to hear them!

Stay true – Chantal

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Papaya Ooh La-La

This delicious tropical fruit is not only satisfying and refreshing, but also incredibly healthy. The fruit can be enjoyed on its own, with lime and salt (my fave), in smoothies, with your favorite toppings, or in many other recipes. This fruit is rich the papain enzyme, vitamins A & C, as well as antioxidants; preventing heart disease, reducing inflammation, improving gut health, reduce aging effects, and more. As if the multitude of benefits of eating this delicious fruit weren’t enough, the seeds are also edible and packed with tons of micronutrients, monounsaturated fatty acids, and lots of fiber. Stomach issues? Take a tbsp of papaya seeds to clear it right up! 😉 It is also a fruit commonly used in diets to promote weight loss. It is important to keep in mind that even fruit is not healthy in excess and if you have certain allergies, you may need to consult your doctor before making anything part of your diet. Lastly, Papaya is not good for you if it is not ripe (it also tastes disgusting), you must wait until the skin is orange before eating it.

Do you love papaya as much as I do? What’s your favorite recipe?

Stay true – Chantal

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Vegetarian Street Tacos

YUM YUM YUM! This recipe for vegetarian street tacos with a side of poblano spaghetti squash is going to give your Taco Tuesday a great twist! This recipe serves about 4 people.

Spaghetti Squash:

Cut the spaghetti squash in half, place it on a cookie sheet and sprinkle it with salt, pepper and olive oil. Bake it at 350° until cooked through. Don’t overcook, it still needs to have a slightly crunchy consistency. Once ready, use a fork to scrape the spaghetti squash and make the noodles.  

Sauce for the spaghetti squash:

While the spaghetti squash is baking, boil 3 to 4 poblano peppers, a small piece of onion, and a clove of garlic. Once they are soft, remove the seeds from the peppers and blend them together with half of a vegetarian bouillon cube, salt to taste, and a bit of sour cream. Mix the sauce with the spaghetti squash noodles in a pan and add frozen corn. Cook all together until the corn is defrosted and serve.

Street Tacos:

Slice 5 to 6 large portobello mushrooms and season them with creole seasoning, salt, pepper, and lime juice. Sautee them on the stove with a bit of olive oil and serve them in tacos with corn tortillas. Top the mushrooms with chopped onions, jalapeno peppers, and cilantro.

AMAZING!!!!! Try this and tell me what you think!

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Kick Stress to the Curve

I have recommended meditation a ton in the past, but did you know that something as simple as proper breathing can help you relieve stress, anxiety, improve digestion, detoxify your body, and more? Make sure to take some time to practice proper breathing techniques on a daily basis and see the difference!

Breathing Technique

  1. Sit or lay down in a comfortable position and close your eyes to become more aware of your breathing and relax.
  2. Place one hand on your upper chest and the other on your belly; when you breathe deeply, the air coming in through your nose fills your lungs, and the belly rises (not the chest).
  3. Breathe in and out through your nose and focus on the activity of breathing.
  4. Inhale and exhale slowly, calmly and quietly. Inhale, pause, exhale and pause. The time for an inhale and exhale depends on each person, so make sure you listen to your body to know when you’ve gotten enough air in and release it out trying to keep the time of the inhale and exhale the same. The key here is to listen to your body.

Breathe for a healthy body!

Stay true – Chantal

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Texas Y’all!

Now, if y’all didn’t make it to Austin during Memorial Day, you must certainly plan a visit sometime soon. This place truly has something for everyone, plenty of natural beauty, history, nightlife, and delicious food. Here are my top 3 things to do there:

Visit the Capitol

A visit to the capital of Texas is not complete until you visit this place, learn its history, see the Medal of Honor Exhibit, historic photographs, and all kinds all cool artwork and artifacts. I personally don’t do the guided tour because I like to do things at my own pace, but if you don’t do the tour, please do take the time to read to better learn and appreciate the place.

Hamilton Pool

I LOVE nature and spending time outside, so when I find cool outdoor places, I must see them. This place is a natural swimming hole and a cool place to go to during a hot summer day. Capacity is limited and therefore reservations are required. The demand to go to his place is high, so you must make your reservation way in advance to be able to go. Once you arrive, you must hike a short distance to get there, so it is not accessible for people on wheelchairs or with strollers. I also recommend floating devices if your swimming skills are not great since some parts of the swimming hole are quite deep and no life guards on site.  

The Oasis

The Oasis on Lake Travis is a restaurant in a shopping center that sits on a cliff overlooking Lake Travis. The food is good and the view even better. I love eating outside on the terrace and take the view in while having my meal. The sunset here is definitely breathtaking. Another place you can try at dusk is the Congress Avenue Bridge, where all the bats come out from under the overpass! Lots of people gather there as it is quite a sight.

If these options don’t appeal to you, there’s a lot more to do, Barton Springs is another natural body of water in the area, Sixth Street to go party it up, many more museums, and Rainey Street with historic houses turned into bars. There’s definitely a lot to choose from.  

Have you been to Austin? Let me know what your favorite spots are!

Stay true – Chantal

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Delicious & Beneficial Ginger Root

Tonight, I want to share with you the recipe for one of my favorite teas ever. This tea is amazing for the digestive system, help detoxify the body, reduce swelling and water retention, as well as relax you to help you go to sleep.  

Take some fresh ginger root and cut a piece that would be equivalent to a teaspoon. Boil it with two to three cups of water and bagged or fresh chamomile. Add one to two tablespoons of honey and the juice of half a lemon. Drink it while it is still warm to help relax the body and release all those toxins!

Not Only a Bedtime Drink

Ginger paste and ginger extract are also used topically to help reduce inflammation, cellulite, stimulate circulation, and tone your skin. Have you used ginger root products to help with any of these? Share your results!

Stay true – Chantal

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Ooh Honey, Honey!

I come from a family of ranchers and farmers on my mother’s side. Her grandparents and everyone prior owned a lot of land, lots of animals, and farmed all sorts of things. I got to see a bit of this when I was little and the joy of those memories when I got to go see and pet all the animals, see the baby piglets being born, play with the baby goats, and horseback riding will forever remain. All those things are in the past, the people from back then are gone, but besides all those wonderful memories, I got to learn a few things. I learned how to properly treat animals, respect all living creatures, and that pretty much everything we need we can find in nature. One of my grand uncles (over 80 years old) has always used one secret ingredient to remain healthy and young looking… HONEY! Yep, honey. Most of us have used this as a sweetener or beeswax in various products, but him and his family use it for nearly everything related to self-care and nutrition. He never eats refined sugars, the only sweetness he adds to anything is honey. He also uses honey daily as hair mask, face mask, body scrub and more! Well… he looks like he is in his 50s! A couple of weekends ago, Kim and I went to our local community market and we saw this vendor called Soul Honey, and yeah… I freaked out! Flashback to my grand uncle. The sweet couple selling the products told me all about their love for their bees and the honey. They make anything from moisturizing cream to soaps, and they also sell their delicious honey. Some additional things they make for themselves but that just wouldn’t last packaged or would be too much for them to take to the booth, they write on little cards, so you can try making them yourself at home.  Another thing I really liked about them is that they care for the preservation of bees and know the importance they have in our ecosystem, so they offer free beekeeping presentations for kids. I personally love when I find people that are passionate about what they do, especially when they care about our beautiful planet. If you want to check them out visit, www.texassoulhoney.com. Here are some of the products I ended up buying to try, so far I like them all and their honey is delicious!  I challenge you to try more local products, they boost the local economy and you can find a lot of cool products like these.

Stay true – Chantal