Getting Fit While Keeping Cravings at Bay with Stabilyze

I've been taking some much needed time away from my blog these past few months, and instead have turned to another past time for some post work relaxation, I may not be in front of a computer screen as often but that doesn't mean I've stopped testing out products for you guys!

I've spoken a bit about my new found love for the gym in some recent posts, but now that I'm seeing results I am obsessed! I'm constantly researching protein types, smoothie/shake recipes, new exercises to try, and meal planning. Meal prep is something that I still struggle with from time to time, as some weeks are busier and more stressful than others.

Green Goo Part Two :)

After a hard workout at the gym I've been reaching for Green Goo's Forest Bar. I've used Green Goo products before and they never disappoint. I'm becoming increasingly aware of additives and unnatural ingredients in my beauty products so I love that Green Goo is made with all-natural herbs and essential oils. I also love the fuss free packaging since it's recyclable. Green Goo is also a woman owned, family business. All amazing things and factors I'm starting to look for when shopping!
Thank you Green Goo for sending this my way! 

My Best Skin| Oxygenetix Foundation Review

If you haven't read my last post yet, you may not know that I've been overhauling my skincare routine and it has made a major difference. My skin hasn't looked this clear in ages. Thanks to a few new additions to my routine, my skin is looks and feels incredibly healthy. 

Oxygenetix is a line of oxygen enriched skincare products, that have been dermatologically tested, and are also cruelty free. I received a sample of the Oxygenetix foundation in the shade cream, and have been using it over the past week or so. 

These photos are upon first use, I wanted to test how the foundation wore throughout the day. Oxygenetix is meant to be more breathable than typical foundation so I tested it throughout a full day of work, and then at the gym. (I was also testing a new under eye concealer from a different brand, looking back at these photos I see now that its way too yellow. 😱). 

Glow with Desert Aloe| All Natural Rosacea Fix

Rosacea is something that I've learned to deal with, after discovering that rosacea products are hard to come by in the cruelty free market.  This winter my skin really flared up once the cold temperatures hit and I decided I had enough. I was doing ok crafting a skincare routine, my dry skin had subsided, and acne was healing... but my rosacea (although improved) wasn't subsiding. Around this time Desert Harvest sent me an email regarding their aloe products, and I'll admit I was skeptical but I had never used a cf product specifically for rosacea before so I was intrigued. I also like that Desert Harvest is family owned and operated, and that their products are 100% natural and paraben free.

Desert Harvest kindly sent me two products from their Aloe line of skincare, the Rosacea Gele, and the Aloe Vera Gele. I began using the Rosacea Gele immediately and saw a huge difference even by the next day, my irritated skin appeared soft and the redness had greatly reduced. When I began using this product I also had some stress breakouts, and those quickly subsided as well. It's been just over a week and a half now, and I can sincerely say I will be a Desert Aloe customer for a long time! My skin hasn't looked this great months, and I am enjoying makeup free days more often.

Edougble... A health conscious foodie's dream come true!

I'm known to get excited when interesting press emails arrive in my inbox, but this was another level.  I'm pretty sure everyone's mom at one point or another told them not to eat raw cookie dough, maybe you listened, may you didn't... but there are are some health risks associated with consuming "meant for baking" raw cookie dough. Now there is cookie dough that is made to be consumed "raw". Edoughble doesn't actually contain any raw egg, raw flour, or chemical leaveners the ingredients are all natural so it's 100% safe to eat! As someone who's trying to be more conscious about what I'm putting in my body this was music to my ears!

The team over at Edoughble kindly sent me their DIY kit so I could dough it myself. 😋

Megan Markle's Beauty Secret Weapon

It seems that Megan Markle and I have something in common... besides our love for England. Tea tree oil is a major staple in our beauty routines. Known for it's antiseptic qualities tea tree helps heal various skin ailments. 
"The one thing I cannot live without when I'm traveling is a small container of tea tree oil. It's not the most glamorous thing, but if you get a cut, a mosquito bite, a small breakout, no matter what it is, it's my little cure-all." -Megan Markle, Allure Magazine (2014)

Here are my top 3 uses for Tea Tree Oil: 

  1. Spot Treatment: Tea Tree Oil is amazing on breakouts and usually helps decrease the size of any spots that may pop up on my face overnight. 
  2. Makeup Brush Cleanser: I love to sanitize my brushes using tea tree oil. I'll either wash them with a shampoo first, and then use the oil before rinsing or mix coconut oil, dish soap, and tea tree oil as an all in one brush cleanser. 
  3. Soothing a dry scalp/removing excess oil: Tea tree oil shampoo is a lifesaver and essential for post-workout showers and gives my hair some bouncy volume. 
Thursday Plantation Tea Tree Oil

Testing out Co2 Lift

 As you may know I'm no stranger to mixing my own face masks, but this was my first time trying out a product like CO2 Lift. CO2 Lift is a holistic anti-aging face mask claiming to lift, hydrate, and brighten the skin. The kit includes 2 gel packets, a cotton headband, and a stirring stick. You simply mix the two gel packets together and apply to your face, neck, and even your eyelids. The mask can be left on for up to an hour. I left mine on for about 45 minutes before peeling it off. 

First Impressions: 

  • Application was quick and easy. 
  • The gel was refreshing, had a pleasant scent, and was cooling. 
  • I've never used a mask on my eyelids, this was an odd feeling but it felt similar to using cucumbers. 
  • The consistency of the mask was thicker than any gel mask I've used in the past, this seemed to aide the "refreshing" feeling


  • Removing the mask was easy, I simply peeled it off and rubbed the remaining serum into my skin. 

My Favorite Quick and Easy Recipe Ft. HIC Olive Oil

This recipe is one of my all time favorites, it's quick, it's easy and it keeps me full and focused. This time I switched up my usual olive oil in favor of HIÇ. HIÇ sent me a bottle of their Turkish olive oil to try, and I am a major fan! HIÇ is a woman owned company founded by Duygu and Nancy who are passionate about clean living. The nature in which the olives grow lend a unique and pure taste to their olive oil. 

Lemon Garlic Pasta: 

What you'll need: 

  • HIÇ Olive Oil
  • Broccoli (one head, or you can use one bag of frozen broccoli) 
  • 1 Box of Whole Wheat Penne
  • Lemon Juice
  • 1 Head of Garlic
  • Fresh Cracked Pepper (optional) 
  • Red Pepper Flakes (optional)

What's in my Gym Bag? ft. SWAY

The past couple weeks have been great in terms of my fitness goals, I've been able to increase the amount of weight I'm lifting, plank for longer, and even increase my amount of reps for some exercises. Since I've been spending more time at my local gym, I've also been putting some new products to the test. 

I've been using a natural deodorant for a few years now, bouncing around between different brands. I never found one that I loved 100%. I switched to natural aluminum free deodorants when I learned that aluminum may be linked to breast cancer. As someone who has a family history of cancer, including breast cancer, I dont like to take risks with potentially harmful products.