This is definitely one of my favorite giveaways ( EVER!! ) because it’s a real mixture of goodies.
( like, I might enter myself— I kid, I kid ).
So let’s get down to business.
The lovely winners ( there’s two!!) will each receive a big, pink pretty basket with some major swag.
I hand picked everything in the basket especially for you guys & definitely included some of my beauty/office/kitchen must-haves( I’m OBSESSED with Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker…probably not the best ingredients, but you can’t win ‘em all ).
The line that wrapped around the block ( but not really ) at Starbucks this morning.
Three people in front of me order caramel .
And then to make matters worse a ten year-ish boy in back of me orders a strawberry CRAPPuccino.
IS THIS REAL LIFE?
Usually I would whistle, advert my eyes elsewhere, & act like I heard nothing but today was different.
Different because…I just can’t.
To tell you the truth, I’m surprised Frappuccinos are even legal. They’re honestly filled with so many nasty-ass GMO’s/chemicals that I’m shocked they don’t use Frapps as car fuel…actually- false, I’m surprised they’re not used as rat poison.
Ok, so today I’m taking a stance against Frappuccinos.
After sweating & perspiring ( wouldn’t you if four people in line casually ordered a Frappuccino? ), I ran ( ran, ran ) to the local health food store & stocked up on TSC Frapp essentials:
1.} 1 packet of vanilla chia Vega plant based protein powder
2.} 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
3.} A couple shakes of pumpkin pie spice
4.} 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
5.} 1/2 banana
6.} 1 splash of organic vanilla extract
7.} 2 tablespoons of chia seeds ( FIBER!!! )
Directions: add a handful of ice & blend. Add a cute pixy straw to sex it up.
Soooo glad to get that off my chest.
This drink is seriously amazing if you’re in a pinch & need something filling ( << the chia seeds x the 15 grams of protein really get the job done ).
And promise, you won’t miss Frappuccinos at all.
What’s your favorite blended drink? I’ll try to post a TSC version!
So THANKS guys— you rock. These allergies better back the F up because I’m putting up a mean-ass fight.
Anyway every Wednesday for the next couple of months I’ll be posting a series called ‘The Best Damn…’
…shower gel, jeans, lip liner, white tee, mascara, high heel, phone case, perfume, etc.
Here’s the deal: none of the products will be sponsored or product reviews. Basically no one is paying me to say anything— this series will just showcase my serious, balls-to-the-walls favorites that I use/wear on a daily basis. Very few products rock my world, so I gotta share the ones that do, right?! Pretty much these are products I absolutely can’t live without/TSC-approved.
This sugar lemon shower gel was on my radar for months. First I spotted it at Nordstrom…& then while online shopping at Sephora…& finally when Sports Illustrated model, Gigi Hadid ( AKA Yolanda from Real Housewives of Bev Hills daughter ) raved about it in a recent interview.
Aside from the fact that I am OBSESSED in the most bizarre/creepy way with lemons ( like lemon on berries, pizza, pasta, spaghetti squash, yogurt, water, alcohol… ), I also LOVE sugar ( but let’s be real, who doesn’t? ).
I’m a total lemon/sugar whore. Seriously though.
Secondly, lemon & sugar have antibacterial properties…so ummmm der, it’s perfect to bathe with.
None of that chemicall-y Sun Ripened Raspberry Nasty-Ass Bath & Body Works shit, thanks.
This shower gel is described as “a gentle foaming body cleanser enriched with skin softening glycerin, restorative shea butter, mango seed oil, and soothing comfrey extract. The brown sugar formula restricts the growth of bacteria, and soothes and rejuvenates dry skin.”
Ummmmm. Lemon x sugar x shea butter in the shower & you can find me making Herbal Essences commercial noises…”AHHH OHHH, YESSS, YESSS!”
I feel like it’s kind of difficult to find a good shower gel in general— it’s kind of slim pickings…but this one, this one is yummy.
And let the record state: I always use a good, ole bar of natural soap…but for sexy, frisky date night this lemon-y gel is the perfect fresh/sweet smell. Add a little lemon lotion & you’re golden.
Back in the day I was a serious foam-rolling-teenager.
I discovered this random blue foam roller at the local LA Fitness ( all of us high school girls would go after 5th period to flirt with older guys— we’d roll our cheerleader-esque, black tiny shorts up way too high & ‘pretend’ to sweat on the Elliptical while drinking lemon flavored Propel ). The foam roller would sadly sit in the corner, un-touched. One day I asked a trainer about it.
Long story short Mr. Foam Roller & I became fast friends.
Fast forward to about a month ago: I had forgotten about my old high school crush/foam roller…that is until Kayla Itsines mentioned it on Instagram.
Let’s just say we picked up right where we left off: I now use my foam roller all day, every day.
Well, not really all day but you get my drift.
Basically I’m obsessed ( like, OBSESSED ) with how powerful this therapeutic tool can be when it comes to overall physical health.
When you foam roll, you use your own body weight to roll against specific muscle groups ( it kind of feels like a deep tissue massage…YUMMM, right?! ).
This article says that “when we experience physical health challenges like pain & stiffness around weight-bearing joints ( hips, knees, and spinal joints ), for many of us, the instinct is to get some sort of treatment – if not a conventional pain killer or some invasive surgical procedure, then at least some alternative therapy like acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, ultrasound, laser, or electrical stimulation.
A less obvious and often times more effective approach is to work at improving blood circulation around the problematic area through deep pressure work and dedicating oneself to stretching the muscles and ligaments around the affected joints.”
Hmmmm…so basically: before popping a pill or trying a quick fix, address the issue & give it some TLC with soft tissue work & stretching. This is work you’ll have to do multiple times a day on.your.own.
A lot of people want pain to go away but they don’t want to put the work in…
Foam rolling requires a bit of daily dedication but comes with some amazing, life-changing results.
Before you roll on the sensitive area, roll on an indirect spot first & then roll on the direct spot of pain. Then you want to foam roll on the sensitive area for 20 to 30 seconds ( or until the muscle starts to relax ).
Sometimes it can be uncomfortable so experts say to use your breath.
Not only do foam rollers help with pain, apparently they also really, seriously works for reducing cellulite appearances. Fitness expert Kayla Itsines says: “cellulite does not only affect people who are overweight. In fact, these annoying fatty deposits also affect people who are underweight, or even people at a healthy weight. So what exactly is cellulite? It’s when fat cells congregate under the skin, thus creating the dimple-like appearance above the skin. One of the main causes is poor circulation. This can be caused by a high stress lifestyle, as well as poor nutrition and of course not enough time put into stretching and recovery after workouts. Foam rollings helps to improve cell recovery and circulation plus feels great. Around 10-15 minutes per day will really help. I recommend The Grid by Trigger Point Performance.”
♡Improved blood circulation throughout your skin, fascia, muscles, and even tendons, and ligaments where you can access them with a foam roller.
♡Through improved blood circulation, more efficient exchange of nutrients and waste products at a cellular level, leading to better overall cellular function and inter-cellular communication.
♡Lengthening of short ( tight ) muscles, tendons, & ligaments.
♡Some muscles ( such as hip flexors) & ligaments are prone to shortening, and are difficult to effectively stretch and apply therapeutic pressure to using standard massage and trigger point therapy techniques. But with a foam roller, you can apply deep pressure massage to such areas and lengthen shortened tissues, thereby preventing physical imbalances that can predispose you to injury.
♡ Promotion of optimal spinal range of motion. You can accomplish this by slowly rolling your spine against a foam roller and pausing whenever you feel restrictions to allow your joints and surrounding tissues to stretch.
Sheesh— is there anything foam rolling doesn’t do?!
Before you hop right in to FR, read this article on foam rolling mistakes to avoid ( AKA: don’t roll too fast, don’t roll too long, & NEVER use it on your lower back ). Listen: if you’re going to take time out of your schedule each day, make sure you’re doing it right! Don’t waste any time! Life’s busy enough already.
I spend a total of five minutes, twice a day foam rolling. Easy.
And remember…for foam rolling to show its sexy magic, you gotta show up & put in the work for best results. You get what you give!!
Have you tried foam rolling before? Thoughts? Do tell.