Hum Nutrition: Raw Beauty Mint Chocolate Review

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Maybe you’ve seen this supplement at Sephora or online but today we are going to talk about Hum Nutrition. According to their website they have “clinically researched nutrients to make you look and feel great.” I recently sampled the Raw Beauty in Mint Chocolate. Anyone who knows me in the slightest knows my obsession with all things mint chocolate.

Let’s start off with a few pictures of the packaging.

If you like flowers, birds and bright colors then you will love the packaging. I found it very cute (but that is a personal opinion). There were quotes and some information about energy levels being the lowest by 2:58 pm. Three packets along with a bonus are packaged into this little adorable box!

Enough about the packaging though, now onto the actual stuff. With a title Mint Chocolate Chip Infusion how can you go wrong? (That is if you’re a mint/chocolate lover). When I tried it with milk the results were not pleasant. The aftertaste was horrid, like I understand it won’t taste like a thin mint, but wow I could not force 8 oz of it down. I even added some chocolate syrup to make it more sweet, and still it was a struggle consuming. The smell combined with the aftertaste makes me not want to recommend this to anyone.

Well I had two more packages of this Raw Beauty Superfood Powder and refused to experience it with milk again. Yet I was determine to make this stuff work and not waste it. My solution: Mint Chocolate Fudge derived from this recipe . All the other stuff masked up the bad and I was left with a lovely mint chocolate fudge. I guess the lesson is partially to try things different ways before judging them because first tries aren’t always the best. Overall the two ways I tried Raw Beauty one was a bust and the other I loved. Did I see any real benefits from this? Sadly no, but with only trying three samples it’s really hard to determine if something is actually working or not.

Does anyone know of any Mint Chocolate supplements that actually taste good aka like you’re drinking a mint chocolate chip shake? If so I would love to see some comments about what/where to get the stuff. There has to be some good mint chocolate “healthy” stuff out there.

*HUM Nutrition did not sponsor this post, and these are all my opinions. For more information on their products visit their website. HUM Nutrition*

Peanut Butter Protein Fudge

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I must confess, I have a huge sweet tooth. This isn’t always the best when you’re trying to indulge your body in foods that are full of benefits. I’m learning though that from time to time you can enjoy certain things though and just because something taste sweet doesn’t mean it is all bad for you. Take for instance smoothies, you can make them to taste like almost anything without adding any other sweetener than the fruit.

Incorporating protein powder in more interesting ways than just a shake is another goal of mine. I considered these my second success in baking with protein powder. The first success were the No Bake Protein Cookies. By no means is this super health but with alterations this can be a decent treat. Plus, like I said it’s a treat not something you eat a whole batch of!

 

Peanut Butter Protein Powder Fudge

Ingredients:

1 cup Natural Peanut Butter

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 -2 scoops protein powder (depending on preference) *I used Red velvet

Dash of salt

2 tablespoons Agave light

Peanuts (optional) *I sprinkled them on top

Instructions:

  1. Over low heat combine all ingredients(except peanuts) until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Pour into a 9X9 pan that’s lined with foil. Sprinkle with peanuts if you desire.
  3. Freeze for an hour or until firm.
  4. Enjoy after a workout or when you really need a treat. Warning a little goes a long way though, they are pretty rich so limit yourself to one small square!

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Hope you enjoyed today’s recipe! Let me know if you want to see more recipes involving protein powder.

 

July 4th: Recipe, Outfit, and a Craft

July 4th

I have been missing lately from the blogging world. There will be more details on why in another post, for now though I bring you a craft, outfit, and a recipe! July 4th may be over but that doesn’t mean you can’t wear, eat, or decorate with the colors red, white, and blue still!

Here are three things inspired by the colors of America:

  1. Bandanna Wreath: How cute is this wreath?! I think it’s pretty cute. My mother made it using bandannas.  You can find quite a few of these around the web but I like that she made her’s with fatter and shorter bandannas. It makes it look more full without tons of small long strips.

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2. Fringe Dress and Checkered Shirt: I love the combination of this white fringe dress paired with a checked shirt and blue keds. I know some people may say checkered shirts look like a picnic table but I believe they can be pulled off and look very stylish! I plan to wear this outfit way past July 4th! Bonus: This shirt was only $10!

Shirt: Forever21 Dress: American Eagle (last year) Keds: Birchbox special

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3. Pop-Rock Jello Shots: This may sound strange but trust me these are the perfect treat for a party! Working at a bar (shocker to most people) I’ve nearly perfected the art of jello-shot making. You can opt to make these alcohol free too!

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Pop-Rock Jello Shots: Blueberry Lemonade

1 cup Jello (Blue raspberry) or  2 boxes

2 cups boiling water *

1 cup Blueberry Lemonade Rum (optional)

1 cup cold water

Strawberry Pop rocks

2 oz plastic shot cups and lids

  1. Add the jello to a bowl. Stir in the 2 cups boiling water. *Note: I did 1 cup water and 1 cup lemonade while heating it up. This makes the flavor a little more lemonade like* Stir until the jello is dissolved.
  2.  Next, add 1 cup alcohol and 1 cup cold water to the mix from step 1. Stir this very well!
  3. Pour mixture into shot cups. Make sure to only do about 3/4ths of the way full. This should make around 30 cups!
  4. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until firm. Sometimes this varies by refrigerator.
  5. Once set sprinkle with strawberry pop rocks!  Make sure to do this right before you serve them because the pop rocks will dissolve in time.
  6. Enjoy the slight explosion you feel in your mouth as you consume these jello shots!

 

I hope everyone had a great July 4th even if you aren’t from America. All of these could be altered to fit your country too!

 

*Insert Your name* Workout

Here’s a little workout for your Saturday. This workout is harder than you think. All you have to do is spell out your whole name (that includes middle names!) and do the exercises incorporated with each letter.  Or another idea, you could spell out a phrase. I saw this posted on Facebook and did it for one my workouts and it was intense. I ended up doing 130 burpees and lots of other stuff too. Give it a try and see if you can make it through your whole name then repeat it again.  Good luck!

 

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Infections: My Lady Parts Saga

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I’ve watched the Monistat commercials. Heard the spiel on cotton underwear. Read the warnings about harsh soaps and fragrances. Followed the advice on relieving your bladder after sexy times.

I’m going to be honest. I thought vaginal infections were things that happened to other people. Now I’m here to admit I was wrong. My holiday season has been a series of unfortunate lady part events.

It all started on Christmas Eve, or actually a day or two before. I found myself needing to pee a lot, but when I went I never felt like everything was out. I didn’t take action at first. I had had similar occurrences here and there throughout my life, and thought things would just get better because they always do. It wasn’t until during dinner with the family on the night before Christmas when I had to get up three times when I realized I was in trouble. I plead my case to my parents, but with urgent care only open for thirteen more minutes, I decided to save my medical concerns for the morning. I made it about 30 minutes before I gave up, and headed for the ER. After sitting in a bed for hours, having a blood pressure cuff squeeze my arm repeatedly, and spilling the details of my problems to a girl I went to high school with, my suspicions were confirmed. I, the girl who thought she would never have these problems, was told I had UTI.

Urinary tract infections occur when bacteria enter the urethra, and travel on to infect the bladder and kidneys. Symptoms include burning during urination, frequent urge to urinate, lower back pain, bloody or smelly urine, fatigue and fever. It’s treated with antibiotics, and sometimes phenazopyridine, which relieves the symptoms of the infection while the antibiotics kick in. You can get the latter at the drugstore in the form of AZO, but while it hides your symptoms, it doesn’t cure you, so it’s still important to see a medical professional if you are concerned you might need antibiotics.

I went home, took my pills, and spent Christmas sipping water continuously. I felt better right away, and continued to do well while I finished out my week of antibiotics. It would be great if my story stopped here. Where I learned my lesson. Where I know the signs of an infection and live happily ever after. That was not the case. If you thought the last part was gross, turn back now.

The day or two after I finished my antibiotics I started to itch. Not horribly, but bad enough to be annoyed. Once again I shook it off. I was probably fine, right? No, the next day is when the smell set in. A dead fish smell to be more precise. I stupidly convinced myself that my skin was probably a bit dry, so I went on trying not to let it bother me. Mostly because I was getting married the next day and I hoped everything would fix itself before the honeymoon. It didn’t. I spent a day of my vacation in an urgent care finding out I had a yeast infection, and proceeded to the pharmacy to get my anti fungal meds. So romantic, I know, but my husband was such a trooper.

Yeast infections happen when there are too many yeast cells growing in the vagina, though they can also infect men and other parts of the body. It causes itching, soreness, and sometimes abnormal discharge that all the medical websites call cottage cheese like. You can usually treat them yourself with a variety of drug store medication.

The thing about yeast infections is that most are completely odorless, which I didn’t know until later that day when I was searching for answers on when I could expect symptoms to clear up. Then I started to get concerned. As I mentioned earlier my problem came with a smell. After some quick Googling I emailed my primary care doctor explaining I thought I had a bacterial infection instead. She agreed and had another round of antibiotics waiting for me once I got back from my week away. After this I sat and pouted about how the doctor at urgent care had misdiagnosed me. I was kinda ticked. Urgent care visits aren’t cheap. Then as a day on my anti fungals passed I realized they in fact were not wrong. The itching subsided and I figured out I had dealt with a yeast infection and bacterial vaginosis (which can be accompanied by the fish smell I mentioned earlier) at the same time. I later learned that when I had finished my UTI antibiotics, the bacteria that normally grows in ones lady parts had grown back at unbalanced levels, causing an increase of yeast and the “bad” bacteria, and of course causing all of my problems.

Even with all of my woman issues, I still had a great time on vacation, and I’m good to go with the whole infection thing.

So, after my unpleasant series of events what can you do to make sure this never happens to you?

  • Urinate after sex. There’s time for cuddling later.
  • Keep your sensitive areas clean, but don’t do so with harsh soaps. Vaginas are self cleaning machines, and you can pretty much leave it alone. You often times can clean your vulva with just water. Use extremely gentle, low ingredient soaps if you feel you have to.
  • Don’t douche. Ever. Just don’t.
  • Wear cotton crotched underwear. It keeps you dry. Save your lacy stuff for special occasions.
  • Wipe front to back. You do not want feces all up in your woman parts.
  • Eat yogurt or take probiotics. Talk to your doctor about preventative anti fungal measures you can take when you’re on antibiotics.

Hope you can fare better than I did, and have an infection free 2016.

Protein Powered No Bake Cookies

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I made my first official Whey Protein Powder(in chocolate because I have a sweet tooth) purchase the other week.  I’m not the best of tracking my food so I decided that having protein powder would insure that I am taking in enough protein. Since making the purchase I’ve been searching ways to make it taste the best possible.  I came across these protein no bake cookies unfortunately I didn’t have some ingredients, but I wasn’t going to just not make cookies (baking mood had struck). With some messing around with stuff I had I came up with the following recipe that’s a variation of my inspiration.

Protein Powered No Bake Cookies 

Ingredients: 

2 cups oats

2 scoops chocolate protein powder

1/2 cup peanut butter (suggestion: a natural one)

3/4 cup almond milk

1/4 cup Agave natural sweetener

3 tablespoons cocoa powder

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Dash of salt

Instructions: 

  1. Mix the oats and protein powder together in a large bowl.
  2. Next combine the peanut butter, almond milk, agave sweetener, and cocoa powder in a saucepan. Turn the heat on low and stir until everything is smooth.
  3. Take the mixture from  step two off heat and add the vanilla and dash of salt.
  4. Pour the liquid mixture over the oat/protein mixture and mix thoroughly.
  5. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper or foil (anything so the cookies won’t stick!). Drop mixture by tablespoon onto sheets and place in freezer or fridge until firm. The time for them to get firm should be around an hour.
  6. Enjoy!

The recipe is simple and the results are amazing. The best thing is you can wrap these and freeze them and don’t have to worry about them not being as fresh in a few days.

Have you ever experimented with protein powder in baking?  Let me know in the comments! 

 

 

 

 

 

Etsy Review: Knotted and Crossed

Knotted Crossed Review

The Knotted and Crossed  is a lovely blog about embroidery and things of the sort. Jenny, the owner, of the Knotted and Crossed blog and Etsy shop  actually went to the same college as me, and reached out to me. She made me four products and I loved them so much I thought I would share her wonderful talent with you all! I highly suggest checking out both her pages and ordering something!

**She did not pay me to write this post. I was given the products.**

  1. Ombre Initial: This looks absolutely gorgeous in my purple, gold, and pink colored room.  The detail is spectacular and is crafted perfectly. Seriously, look at that detail. I’ve also seen on her Etsy page ombre objects like a pineapple (it was adorable!!). 20150815_162519.jpg
  2. Sorority Tea Towel: This is so cute I refuse to use it as an actual towel. Therefore I can not judge the towels  cleaning duties. I can tell you when hung with towels matching the outline it will make your kitchen look like perfection.  To a degree I wish the letters were full colored but the simplicity of the outline give it a different feel that I really enjoy. If you aren’t in a sorority or whatever she has other towels with stitched sayings and what not.20150815_162600
  3. Ombre Monogram: Either this or the initial were my favorite items, I just keep going back and forth. They are both are very detailed and show a lot of fine craftsmanship. The curly font is beautiful and delicate paired with the gradation of colors. My phone camera doesn’t do it the justice it deserves. 20150815_162434

School Organizer: This is a neat way to display scissors or miscellaneous things on your desk. It’s not super big but unfortunately the organizer isn’t something you really can bring with you to school. For making your desk organized and looking spiffy it does an amazing job. With burlap and a fabric of your choosing this will give your desk an added pop of design/color. 20150815_162534.jpg

Everything came wrapped up all pretty in a box. I absolutely loved learning about Knotted and Crossed and will definitely be making purchases in the future. Ombre, monograms,  cute patterns and wonderful quality what more can you ask for? Not a whole lot more. Check out her stuff if you liked any of these products at all you won’t be disappointed! I hope you all enjoyed this review and have a wonderful Wednesday.

A Thought on a New Year

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New year day is such an odd day to me.There’s so much hype of a new and better year in ahead. Sometimes we all need  a refresh  but why can’t we make those happen at any given instinct? People get this notation in their minds that they’ll start the next day, or at the beginning of the month. There’s nothing wrong with starting something you want to achieve now and not waiting. As much as we would like there to be a perfect time to start something in reality you can always find excuses as to why that perfect time isn’t now. Just get out there and try to achieve what you set your mind to.

I give props to all those people motivated at the beginning of the year, I just hope that passion continues throughout the year even during tough times. So cheers to a year filled with all the things that make you happy and filled with passion. Times a continuous thing and you can refresh aspects in our life whenever you choose.

Happy 2016!

5 Fabulous Stores for Fitness Deals!

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Yes, the rush of Holidays is finally winding down, yet now is the time for some killer sales.  I must confess for someone who works out basically daily, I do not own that many cute or really quality workout clothes. With my left over money from the holidays I decided to spend a little a get quality pieces.  I’m still on the look out for deals but so far I’ve snagged a few things.

  1. H&M: This is my first time trying H&M for athletic apparel and I’ll admit one thing I totally bought these leggings. There’s just something about them that’s kind of cool but not too crazy. The tank top would look really good with the leggings too, even if the pinks don’t match perfectly. With the code I have provided you can save I believe 20% on one single item. Tank Top $12.99 3 Colored Leggings  $19.99  with code 1616
  2. Old Navy : 60% off lots of items, need I say more ? I really loved this tank if only my gym allowed tank tops in the weight room. Anyway I adore the mint pull over, unfortunately my size isn’t left.I may end up getting the darker zip up, which I feel would look good paired with just simple bottoms.  Mesh Tank $12.00  1/4  Jackets: $24.00
  3. Victoria Secret: Most bras are buy one get one 50% off.  I still went to the clearance and found some sports bras that are apparently really good for workouts for around $30 and normally they are $65.  Plus free shipping on orders over $50. As talked about in this post  buying a sports bra for a bigger bust is difficult. The Knockout is supposed to be supportive for up to DDD. Neon Sports Bra: $34.99  Knockout Spots Bra: $29.99
  4. Target: The place for adorable things. Their athletic apparel isn’t bad either. With a code you can get an additional 20% off while it lasts. Leggings: $19.98  Two toned Jacket: $17.48
  5. Kohls: Not a place I’ve normally heard about for  good fitness attire. I randomly decided to see what they had online and surprisingly there’s quite a bit of cute fitness attire. Not to mention the prices are cheap for name brand stuff too like Nike. Just have to look at the on sale things. Printed  leggings: $21.99   Dry Tek Long Sleeve Top: Lots of color options  $9.99

    That concludes my round-up on places with killer fitness fashion deals at the moment. If you know of any places I missed please let me know in a comment! Definitely still searching the internet for some good deals on quality yet fashionable fitness clothing.

Holiday Crafts To Spruce Up Any Space

Crafting and decorating for some reason make my mood 100x better. There’s something therapeutic of putting together something that turns out looking beautiful (well at least in your mind). This may not be the case for everyone but that’s what crafting and decorating does for me. With it getting closer to the holidays, what better time than now to post some crafts you can crank out during your break? Most of these are fairly simple too! It may be a little late now to put these out but while you still are in the spirit make some things for next year.

Holiday Crafts

  1. Joy Letters: The J and Y are wrapped in a sparkly red yarn. The O is covered in elf scrapbook paper. To embellish the letters a little more pom pom fringe was added on the J and Y. The O got a cute bow with a bottom in the middle. These are super festive and just a touch of playfulness with the pom pom fringe.
  2. Santa Wine Bottle: Grab a recycled bottle, paint it red, add some embellishments and it’s basically done! Okay maybe it’s not that simple but really it’s not that difficult. I saw this somewhere and knew my mom would love it, so I recreate it for her. The top and bottom part is wrapped in twine.
  3. Paper Fringe Trees: I started making these types of trees back in 2010 for a high school art project. I’ve the years there’s a few tricks to making them. This time I added glitter on the edges to give glam them up a bit. I use a Styrofoam cone as the base.
  4. Rudolph Canvas: Burlap canvas +sparkles+ little red ornament= perfection. This canvas is just the right amount of sparkle. I love how the burlap and glittery paper look together.

Happy Holidays everyone! Enjoy time with family and friends but remember to take time for yourself too! Rewinding before a busy next year is important.