PACt Cranberry Extract Water- A Delicious New Hydrating Drink

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I’ve been searching for a drink that would instantly hydrate me after a long day at work or through the night.  As I was flipping through SHAPE magazine, I ran across an ad for Ocean Spray PACt Cranberry Extract Water and decided to give it a try.  I normally enjoy all flavors of Ocean Spray Cranberry Juices so I decided to get all of the PACt flavors:  Cranberry Blood Orange, Cranberry Pomegranate, Cranberry Raspberry and Cranberry Mango Passion Fruit

I enjoyed every flavor that I purchased.  Each were mildly sweet and definitely flavorful.  There was no weird after taste and  they were not too watered down like other flavored waters I’ve tasted in the past.

Ocean spray has also created a fabulous PACt Cranberry Extract Water website (www.pact.oceanspray.com) that details all of the nutritional benefits.  I’m especially grateful for the many health benefits described on the website including the following:

  • Only 10 calories per serving
  • No genetically engineered ingredients
  • Color straight from cranberries

I really enjoyed all of the information provided by the website.  There is a section called #evenbetter that features motivational quotes, articles, lifestyle and health tips.  There are also numerous recipes for preparing healthy meals.  I’ll definitely be creating the Wild Rice with Cranberries and Caramelized Onions this weekend.

Overall, I really enjoyed the new PACt Cranberry Extract Waters.   I think that this would be a nice drink to enjoy before, during, or after a workout.  You could even enjoy it with lunch, dinner or to supplement a snack. Drinking it before you go to bed would aid in restoring your body’s nutrients and muscle regeneration throughout the night.  I will definitely be purchasing more PACt waters in the future.

Peace and Love ♥

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Batting My New Irresistible Mink Lashes

On Sunday, January 18, 2015, I had the opportunity to attend my very first IMATS event.  IMATS which stands for International Make-Up Artist Trade Show, is the make-up industries world’s biggest gathering.  Thousands of make-up artists, vendors and lovers of makeup gather together to demonstrate, view, try-on and purchase make-up at extraordinarily great prices.  Some of this years make-up companies were MAC Pro,  Anastasia Beverly Hills, Sugarpill, LA Girl, Stila, Sigma Brushes,  and many more.  Make-up classes, tutorials, and advice from experts in the beauty industry took place over the course of 3-days.  I was in heaven, yet again!

I had the opportunity to buy my first pair of Mink Lashes from Velour Lashes.

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There were so many styles I didn’t know what to choose.  I finally decided on #winging (so soft and cute).

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I then made my way around to several vendors who were selling a variety of lashes.  I went home with some great deals!

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KOKO Human Hair Lashes:  Bella, Ariel, Koko, #204 and Vixen!

 

 

Lots of Glazed Lip Paints from LA Girl

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I snagged these three.  Just delicious!

 

Many vendors and lots of shoppers!

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Some memorabilia!

 

 

 

Make-Up Artists from the movie industry were there also!

 

Alien Girl

 

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Wolf Girl

 

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The man from “Up” (adorable)

 

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I had so much fun and came away with so many great deals.  I look forward to next year and one day attending IMATS (New York)!

 

Peace and Love

 

 

 

 

My New Facebook Page- Pink Running Kicks

I’m so excited to announce that I finally created a Facebook page for my blog and other exciting ideas on health, fitness and beauty.

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Please check out and like my new Facebook page:  Pink Running Kicks

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Also, follow me on Instagram and Twitter and I’ll follow you back!  Just let me know you’re from WordPress in the comment section.

Instagram:  pinkrunningkicks

Twitter:  copperlady2009

Peace and Love!

The DASH DIET Weight Loss Solution Book Review

I just finished reading the book entitled, “The DASH DIET Weight Loss Solution” by Marla Heller, MS, RD  and I must say that I’m absolutely impressed.  The author, Martha Heller, a registered dietician in private practice and at a naval hospital outpatient nutrition clinic, provides a simple step-by-step 2 week plan for losing 10 lbs.  She ensures that you will not only reduce your weight, but improve your overall health.

 

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My interest was spurred to read this book after my mother challenged me to start adding book reviews to my blog.  I’m grateful for her suggestion because I thoroughly enjoyed this book.  Furthermore, my interest was sparked because the author stated, “You can lose 10 lbs in 2 weeks.”  She provided valuable research based findings on combating heart disease and diabetes as well.  The DASH DIET Weight Loss Solution will ultimately help reduce your weight, lower your blood pressure, lower cholesterol levels and reduce risks of developing diabetes or kidney stones.

As I paged through the 2 week plan and recipes that the author included, I realized that this was something that I could do successfully.  Mostly because it includes meals and snacks that I normally eat on a regular basis.  It doesn’t list those foods that I normally will not enjoy eating and leave me feeling like I’m starving.

There are 2 phases to the diet.  Phase 1 reboots your body and appetite.  You phase out starchy foods and concentrate on protein and veggies.  No fruit in this phase as well.  Phase 2 then slowly incorporates items back into your meal plan in a healthy and sustainable way.  The diet involves “preparing meals and snacks that are satisfying and actually help to curb hunger.”

Candidates for the DASH DIET Weight Loss Solution include the following:

  • individuals who carry excess weight around the middle
  • individuals diagnosed with high blood pressure (see your physician for assistance)
  • individuals diagnosed with diabetes (see your physician for assistance)
  • individuals who are sick and tired of yo-you dieting
  • individuals who desire to take preventive measures to reduce risks of developing high blood pressure and diabetes

So, forget about the junk food, refined grains and overeating.  These will just make you stay hungry, crave the unhealthy foods and keep excess weight on your body.

List of things to avoid:

  • refined grains
  • junk food
  • skipping meals

List of things to enjoy:

  • healthy fats (e.g. nuts) they help keep you sustained especially in the late afternoons right before dinner.
  • fruits and veggies
  • cooking new recipes
  • meal planning
  • meal prepping

I now enjoy grocery shopping, reading labels and of course my all time favorite thing to do, COOKING!

I enjoy planning my meals followed by meal preparation for the entire week.

I recommend that you download this book or purchase it at your local bookstore.  You won’t be disappointed!  I finished reading this book in 2 days so that’s an indication that you won’t be able to put it down once you pick it up.

Peace and Love

 

 

 

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

 

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Very Inspiring Blogger Award

It’s such an honor to be nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award.  I’d like to thank 3 phenomenal and beautiful bloggers who nominated me and write fantastic posts on a daily basis:

l. chantalandshekinah.wordpress.com

2. courtenaysbeautybox.wordpress.com

3.  vogueinfatuation.wordpress.com

 

Chantal of chantalandshekinah@wordpress.com you have such a beautiful spirit and your beauty and fashion insight is impeccable.  I always enjoy your OOTD and makeup and hair photos.

Courtalex95, of courtenaysbeauybox.wordpress.com I enjoy all of your fashion updates, makeup tutorials and knowledge of trends in fashion and entertainment.    Despite the fact that you are a full-time college student you still find time to provide us with several great blogs everyday.  Your determination and dedication will definitely payoff.

Amy of vogueinfatuation.wordpress.com you are a such an inspiration and provide me with makeup, fashion updates, a great eye for jewelry and snippets into your life.  I always look forward to your next post.

 

The rules for this award –

  1. Thank the person who nominated you and add their link to your blog
  2. List the award rules so your nominees will know what to do.
  3.  State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate other bloggers.
  5. Contact your nominees and provide a link to your post.
  6. Display the award logo (button) on your blog, whether on your sidebar or about page, or special award page.

7 Things About Me:

l.     I was a vegetarian for 3 years and I recently became a pescatarian (I think I’ll be switching back though).

2.  I love decorating my Lilly Pulitzer Agendas and I think that washi tape is the greatest invention of all times.

3.  I love my Nike+ App.

4.  I wish I owned a blueberry farm.

5.  I love Chococat, Hello Kitty’s buddy.

6.  I collected stickers when I was a girl up to my teens and I’ve started collecting them again.

7.  I like to watch fishing shows on television and I like to fish.  However, I’ve never caught a fish LOL!

 

I nominate all of my friends who follow and support my blog.  You all inspire me!  More nominations to come!

 

Peace and Love!

DIY Decorating My Lilly Pulitzer Mini Agenda (Inner Cover)

Since I’ve been home on vacation, I’ve found that my creative juices have really been flowing.  While viewing YouTube videos, I stumbled upon what I think is the greatest invention, “washi tape”.  Now true crafters already know about this sensation.  I on the other hand do not have a crafty bone in my body, so I just discovered its brilliance.  I’M IN LOVE WITH WASHI TAPE!!!!!!!!!!!!

Many of you have already seen my Lilly Pulitzer Mini Agenda that I received from my lovely mother on Christmas.  She has such great taste.

 

Lilly Pulitzer Mini Agenda

Design:  Jellies Be Jammin’

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So, I had a great idea to decorate the inner cover and subsequent pages in the agenda.

Here are my results.  I had a blast doing this project!

Before Picture:

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After Picture 1:

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Picture 2:

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Picture 3:

 

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I’ve already started calendaring health, fitness and beauty activities into my agenda/planner.   I will detail these events and pics in future blogs.

 

Question:   Do you decorate your agendas, planners or journals?

 

Peace and Love

The Beauty of a Name

I’ve asked my mother several times to repeat the story of how she came up with my name.  It’s such a funny tale.  My mother loved to watch soap operas.  While she was pregnant with me, there was a character that she loved to watch daily.  She can’t remember if the soap opera was the, “Edge of Night”, “Guiding Light” or “Days of Our Lives”.  She just remembers that she loved the character named, Andrea.  So, she decided to name me after her favorite soap opera diva.

Oftentimes when I’m feeling quite spirited and over-the-top, I explain to people that I was named after a soap opera character so please excuse me if I’m being a “Drama Queen”.

During a past family reunion several of my aunts produced these wonderful posters which explained what our names meant. My poster was as follows:

Andrea

Origin:

Greek

Literal Meaning:

‘strong’

modest at heart, she is quick to make friends

her beautiful smile captivates others

looks  for thoughtful ways to show she cares

her family feels her love and understanding

Andrea believes in searching for the truth

she’s admired for her way with words

she enjoys the thrill of new experiences

she esteems truth and integrity

I believe this truly captured who I really am today.

Now for some fun with acronyms

A-  ambitious; athletic; adventurous

N-natural; nurturing

D-determined; dependable; dramatic

R-responsible, responsive; real; respectful

E-encourager; elegant

A-aspiring

Questions:

l. How did your parents come up with your name?

2.  What does your name mean?

Peace and Love ♥

Falafel Salad

I decided that I wanted to make something low calorie and satisfying for dinner tonight.

I chose to use my Falafel Mix that I purchased from Wholefoods.  I decided to bake the falafels rather than fry them.  Directions for preparing the falafels are on the side of the box.

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The salad turned out to be very tasty.  I made my own dressing for the salad.

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Falafel Dressing Recipe:

Ingredients:

3 tbs of Sour Cream or Yogurt

1 tsp parsley

1 tsp onion powder

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp dill

1/2 lemon’s juice

3 small bell peppers (yellow, red or orange) diced

4 green onions diced

Combine all ingredients in a food processor.  I used my NutriBullet.

salt and pepper to taste

Peace and Love

Getting Fit and Fabulous!

I’m so excited about my new purchases.  I decided to invest in the Fitbit and the Fitbit Aria to assist me on my health and fitness quest.  I’m really enjoying the Fitbit app as well, it’s very useful.

Fitbit Charge- Wireless Activity Wristband

It monitors how many steps you’ve taken, floors climbed, sleep quality and caller ID.

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Fitbit Aria- Wi-Fi Smart Scale

It records your weight and BMI and automatically uploads it into your Fitbit computer program.

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Fitness Goals:

l.  Drinking water daily!!!!!!!

2.  Continuing with my workouts (walking, jogging, cross-training, strength training)

3.  Using my Nike+ app

4.  Meal Preparations ( I will research this and include it in another blog)

5.  Dietbet (to be discussed in an upcoming blog)

Keeping Fabulous

I’m so fancy, you already know (singing this in my head as I write tonight)

I have the distinct pleasure of being born with sensitive skin.  As a result, I have to be extra careful with my cleansers and such. I can remember being so embarrassed my freshman year in college because the toothpaste that I was using left dark rings around the corners of my mouth.  One particular guy that I was so attracted to never seemed to mind the discoloration.  One day I talked to him about it and he said, “I just thought you were born that way” (car screeching noise).  I was so embarrassed from what I labeled as my “Toothpaste Burn”.  But, I digress.

So to ensure that my skin remains smooth and even toned I use the following:

Sensitive Skin Dove ( God’s gift)-  I never have any problems and I’ve been using it for years.

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Another favorite and just about the only body wash that I can use is Shea Moistures Organic Coconut Hibiscus Shea Butter Wash (Targets).  HeyFranHey (Youtube natural hair and all things natural blogger/vlogger) hipped me to this.  She used it to help her eczema flare ups.  It smells really good too!

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I went to Walmart today in search of a new facial cleanser, scrub and moisturizer.  I have not tried these products yet, so I will give them a try and update you on my success.

Simple Skin Care

I purchased the Simple foaming cleanser, facial scrub, facial toner, moisturizer, and eye make-up remover pads.  This brand was created by sensitive skin experts.

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I also picked up some Milani Fingernail polishes (31 Pink Beige and 08  Cupcake Icing)

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I finally found a Milani lipstick that I had been searching for the past couple of weeks.    Kendra (YouTube Beauty Guru -GlamTwinz334) talked about this being one of her favorite lipsticks.

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Well, I’m heading to bed for a much needed rest.

Peace and Love

Beverly Hills Adventures

My exciting day started at about 9:00am in the morning.  I made an appointment to go to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Salon for an Eyebrow Shaping appt. and I decided to add in some fitness activity as well.

Sporting my Gel-Kayano 20 Asics today.  They are so comfortable for both walking and jogging.

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Since my brow appt. wasn’t until 11:00am, I decided to walk around Beverly Hills and sightsee.  I turned on my favorite Nike+ Running App to record my mileage.  I love this running app because you can see your activity over several months.   You can join or create walking/running challenges with your friends.  It plays your favorite playlist as you run as well.  There is a Coach feature that will create a program to train for a 5K, 10K, 13.1(half marathon) or 26.2 (marathon).  You receive motivation throughout your run from your friends or professional runners.  A+ for the Nike+ app.


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As I walked, I took a couple of pictures of some of the stores on my route.

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Finally made it to my destination after a vigorous walk.

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My appt. was with Courtney and she did an awesome job of giving me my first professional eyebrow shaping.

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My morning ended with a nice breakfast at the Roxbury Dr. Cafe.

Later on that day I decided to go by Walgreens Drugstore to see what new cosmetics were available.

I picked up a few of the new items from the Covergirl Queen Collection.

CC Creams in the colors:  Sheer Expresso and Golden Honey

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Queen Collection Colorlicious Gloss:  Copper Bliss, Lush Lavendar, Million Dollar Mocha

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Also decided to purchase the Babyskin Instant Pore Eraser

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Put it all together for a Sassy New Years look!

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Peace and Love