REST & RELAXATION | My Current Candle Obsession

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It's time for some rest & relaxation, so breathe easy my loves. I wanted to do a short post on one of my favorite recovery activities and my current obsession I have with the new Skylar Body candles (keep reading for a discount code).

Training hard can be very taxing on your body and really wear it down. Hard training takes a huge toll on your central nervous system and sometimes you just really need a break. So even though training is important…recovery plays a HUGE role in your progress as well. Every workout you are breaking down the muscle fibers in your body so it is key to give your body time to recover and rebuild from all of the hardwork you are putting it through. 

One of my favorite things to do when I feel like I am getting worn down is take a nice, hot bubble bath! I love to light a candle, fill my tub with epsom salts, essential oils (lavender and peppermint are my goto), and bubbles...I mean lots! Then really just have a few quiet moments to disconnect from the world and allow my body to soak up all the goodness.

Next time you feel like you need a mental & physical break, take a bubble bath!


My current home accessory obsession is my new candle from Skylar Body in the scent, Arrow! It has a natural earthy smell that is not to overpowering but really fills a room. I don't tend to like floral or fruity scents so this was right up my alley. It was the perfect relaxing scent for my bubblebath!

I am all about good smelling candles (or really anything to make my house smell good) but what makes these even better is how clean they are for your home because what is the point of a good smelling home that is toxic?! Skylar Body candles are handmade in LA with soy-coconut wax and completely safe and natural ingredients. They are eco-friendly, cruelty-free & vegan and paraffin & phthalate free. Not to mention so aesthetically appealing, because that matters. 

If you are on the hunt for a new amazing candle…I highly suggest the Skylar Body brand! I wouldn’t share it, if I didn’t love it. CLICK HERE to check out the Skylar Body line and use the code SKYLARCANDLE for 10% your order. I recommend trying the ARROW candle scent! 

Tootles for now and have a great week!

xoxo,

 

 

STRAWBERRY BAKED OATMEAL BARS

HELLO MY HEALTHY LIFESTYLE LOVERS! Today I bring you the Strawberry Baked Oatmeal Bars and let me just say I may have outdone myself with this one. Of course, I always tell myself this when I come up with a new good recipe (#actconfident). So these little oat bars from heaven are purrrfect for a quick breakfast or snack. Why waste the morning in the kitchen when you can make a batch of these babies ahead of time, pull one out, heat it up, and enjoy it with your morning tea or coffee. What a great relax and wakeup time! Option two, you are in a rush grab the bar out of the fridge and run out the door...that works too. Either way, these bars are savory and oaty but have a hint of sweetness from the homemade strawberry jam topping. One bar is 133 calories and provides you with a healthy well balanced serving of fats/carbs/& protein. Enough of my jabbering...enjoy the recipe below!

 

Strawberry Baked Oatmeal Bars

These baked oatmeal bars are simple to make and perfect for an on the go breakfast or mid-day snack. The homemade strawberry topping adds a yummy sweet touch! 


MACROS PER BAR: 145 CALORIES 6F/18C/6P

  • 2 cups Gluten Free Oats
  • 2 whole Eggs
  • 3 servings Liquid Egg Whites (138 grams)
  • 1/3 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1/3 cup Almond Butter (I like the brand Maranatha)
  • 1/3 cup Honey
  • 1 cup Strawberries (sliced)

Oat Mixture

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees farenheit

  2. Combine all ingredients (except strawberries) into a mixing bowl and stir until eggs are broken up and ingredients are fully combined

  3. Coat a baking sheet lightly with coconut oil or a nonstick cooking spray (depending how thick you want your bars is the size baking sheet you will use)

  4. Pour oat mixture into the baking sheet and set aside

Strawberry Jam Topping

  1. Heat a small pot on medium heat 

  2. Add sliced strawberries, a drizzle of honey (about 1 tablespoon), and about 2 tablespoons of water

  3. Stir strawberries on heat until honey begins to boil and berries begin to soften 

  4. Mush the strawberries to form a jam like consistency 

  5. Pour your strawberry jam onto your oats and spread across the top

Baking Instructions

  1. Bake your oat bars for 20-25

  2. Remove your oat bars from the oven and let cool

  3. Slice your bars into squares, eat them warm or store them in the refrigerator for later

  4. Enjoy!

I hope you try out the recipe and if you do be sure to let me know! SHARE this post with all of your friends so we can spread the deliciousness to all healthy food lovers. Also, stay tuned for a new Bikini Prep Update video and blog post coming next week. I am really excited about this one because I did a VLOG style video and brought you along on my adventures for my past check-in with coach (EEK!).

Have a great rest of your week and I will talk to you soon.

xoxo,

 

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POSTS YOU SHOULD READ THIS WEEK (2/4 - 2/10 2018)

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Hey there blaruefit family! We have officially made it to the first week of February, woo! Anyone else feel like January lasted as long as the entire year of 2017? This girl sure feels that way. February is a good time to do a little reflecting, are you sticking with the goals you set at the beginning of the year or have you already fallen to the wayside? Take some time this week to do a little self reflecting, be honest with your progress and make changes necessary to continue pursuing your goals for 2018!

Ok...go reflect and after you have done that grab a cup of tea, give yourself some quiet time, and enjoy some of my favorite articles for the week!


The Simple Trick To Cure Your Snack Cravings - MBG

I am guilty when it comes to snacking. I loveeeee snacks...salty, sweet, or crunchy, I love them all. (#snackqueen) The thing is that all of that mindless eating can VERY quickly add up in calories and before you know it you snacked two days worth of calories away...oops. Increasing protein is a fantastic way help cure some of that snacking cravings. Enjoy this article from Mind Body Green explaining why protein is so great and they even throw in a delicious smoothie recipe!

 

These Beauty Products Make A Case For Wearing Makeup To The Gym - The Zoe Report

When it comes to sensitive skin, your girl has got it. The struggle is so real when it comes to clogged pores from constant sweating at the gym. I have recently stopped wearing makeup during my workouts and let me tell you what my skin is LOVING me for it. However, there is something about feeling put together that can make a workout seem so much more productive. I am constantly searching for sweat worthy products that can be worn to the gym, and not make my face look like a solar system (aka zits all over). The Zoe Report did an article on products specifically designed for the gym, WHAT! Check it out, there are definitely a few I am going to give a shot.

Also, I started using a face wash from the skincare company FRE, specifically designed for sweaty chicks. I use it after my workouts to keep my face fresh and clean. CLICK HERE to check it out and use my code BLARUEFIT for a discount! <3

 

This Year's Super Bowl Aims To Be Zero Waste - MBG

With this past weekend being super bowl I thought this was a neat article to share. I am all about going green and doing what I can to save the environment we live in. Yes, I am the girl with the cute reusable grocery bags. :)  It is so refreshing to see bigger corporations making efforts too. Baby steps my friends, but we've gotta start somewhere!

 

The Neuroscience Of Spirituality & Religion - MBG

I found this article quite fascinating because I enjoy learning about the impact that spirituality can have on health. We are discovering (not discovering but finally recognizing) that health is not only fitness or nutrition, there are many many other aspects to look at and spiritual health is definitely one of them.

"Whatever kind of spirituality you do or do not subscribe to, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to turn your back on the science that says spiritual beliefs can have profound health benefits, mental and physical. It's time to make spiritual fitness a part of your health routine." - William Sears, M.D.


So there it is my friends...my articles for this week! I guess I did a lot of Mind Body Green reading haha. I am sorry for the slight delay (this is being posted on a Thursday) but this week has been QUITE the hectic one. That is a story for another day.

Finish the week out strong and I will see you next week!

xoxo,

 

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POSTS YOU SHOULD READ THIS WEEK

Hello there blaruefit fam! I hope your week is off to a great positive and productive start. I know one of my goals this week is really dedicating my time to the things that bring my joy...and writing this post is definitely one of them!

Is anyone else guilty of signing up for an endless amount of emails and blogs that you have every intention of reading and then end up just skipping over and moving them to your trash folder? I am the worst when it comes to this. I always see websites and blogs that I find interesting and then never actually read the content. So...I was thinking how can I cut out all of the nonsense and actually read the articles I find most important, wouldn't that be nice? Well...I am here to make your reading a little more carefree and effective. I have decided to do a post weekly highlighting some of my favorite articles that I see from my top sites and blogs that I follow. These articles could be anything under the sun (I have lots of interests), but none the less they are the posts I think are interesting and definitely worth the read while enjoying your morning coffee.

So, without further ado here are my top posts that you should read this week. Just click the titles to take you to the article and enjoy! 


7 Habits For A Mindful, Stress-Free Morning Routine - MBG

This may be an older article but the concept of how important your morning routine is on setting the tone for your entire day still holds so true. I personally am NOT a morning person, so for me making the morning time stress free and enjoyable is so important and really helps me get my day off to a good start (and I tend to be overall more productive). The 7 habits are all things that are great to try to incorporate into your morning. My advice would be each day if you can get 3 out of the 7 you are off to a great start!

 

9 Ways to Measure Success That Have Nothing to Do With Money - Greatist

HELLO I needed to read this! Maybe it is because right now I am definitely a ballin' on a budget chick, but this article was definitely a huge reminder for me on what success actually is. There are so many ways to measure success in your life, it is not ALL about the bank account.

"When you replace the word "stress" with "fear," you understand that when you’re stressed out and feeling unsuccessful, you’re probably just scared of something." - Susie Moore

 

12 FOODS TO ACHIEVE A FLAT STOMACH & HOW TO DEFEAT BLOATING - Tropeaka

Tropeaka is not only one of my favorite products to use they also post great informational content about health, nutrition, and fitness. Expect to see lots of articles in the future from them. I can personally say I suggest a handful of foods on this list to all of my clients because they are great for digestion and nutrition (which helps achieve that flat tummy we are all searching for)! Some of my favorites on this list are berries, ginger, and fermented veggies.


I am going to leave you with those three articles to enjoy this week! Remember, if you give them a read let me know your thoughts. I would love to discuss with you. :)

Have a fantastic week!

xoxo,

 

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