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Carrie Prejean Boller: Mom, Beauty Queen, & Author

The Skinny Confidential talks to Carrie Prejean.

The Skinny Confidential talks to Carrie Prejean.

Ahhhh! Carrie Prejean Boller is SO inspiring. I know you guys will agree with me once you read her interview.

Her answers are SO on point & just really the perfect read for starting your week off on the right foot.

I met Carrie years ago when her father was struggling with cancer. She told me how holistic healing was really helping with her dad’s cancer journey— immediately I wanted to interview her for TSC. SOOOO to say I’m excited she’s on the blog right now is kind of the understatement of the year!

Some of you guys may remember Carrie from her beauty queen days— she was Miss USA first runner up! Carrie is now a wife, mom, author, & business babe ( & how cute is the floral dress she’s wearing above?! WANT ).

Ok, so get ready to learn because Carrie is FULL of knowledge ( making CABALA juice tomorrow morning, YUM ):

| Introduce yourself and share your background. |

Carrie Prejean Boller: My name is Carrie Prejean Boller; I am happily married with my two babies Grace (3) and Brody (2). I was Miss California USA 2009, and Miss USA first runner up, and the author of my book Still Standing. I am proud to be a native San Diegan. I have always been into health and fitness but it wasn’t until my father was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer that I started carefully watching what I was eating, and putting into my body. My dad was healed naturally, and is living today cancer free. I’m a vegetarian, avid juicer, and lover of all things natural!

| Weekly workout schedule? |

My day starts out by going to a barre class, or zumba! I absolutely love Xtend Barre in Encinitas. Barre is high intensity, body-resisting workouts using the ballet bar. I usually workout 4-5 days a week. I am also a fan of a local all-woman gym I go to. I am hooked on zumba!!!! I know it sounds intimidating, but seriously, once you try it you will be hooked! I love zumba because you are constantly moving, sweating, and having fun. It takes working out to a whole other level. It doesn’t feel like you’re working out, it really just feels like a huge party, and everyone is having a great time.

Another great thing about a women’s gym is that they offer childcare so it’s convenient to bring your kids, and it’s great being in an all woman environment. I’ve also been hooked on Orange Theory Fitness! It’s an amazing high cardio group class consisting of 30 minutes on the treadmill doing interval training, followed by another 30 minutes of weights, TRX, rowing, or circuit training exercises. I think I love it so much because it’s about competing against everyone else in the class, so you push yourself harder. I love the feeling of being completely drenched with sweat after a hard workout.

I also play in a women’s basketball league on Monday nights, and I love it! It brings me back to my basketball days in high school, and it’s such a great workout. I love the competition aspect of it, and I think I have a pretty good 3- point shot for a pageant girl!

I believe working out builds confidence. There’s something powerful in taking charge of your body, and pushing yourself to the limit. I love that feeling. Before I competed at Miss USA, I would sometimes workout twice a day. Morning I would do cardio, and evenings I would do weights and resistance training. That was obviously before kids, and now I’m lucky to get an hour of exercise in. However, I loved pushing myself and mentally challenging myself to go harder, faster, and be stronger. I had goal in my head that I would constantly think about when I wanted to quit.

Working out for me is very mentally therapeutic. I love the feeling of those last few minutes on the treadmill whether it’s a hard sprint, or walking at the highest incline; I love the challenge of going harder for those last few minutes, just to prove to myself that I can do it!!!

| Quick skinny trick? | 

Cut out all bread. Anytime I eliminate all breads is when I notice a difference in how I feel inside and out. Bread is such a waste of calories; it really does absolutely nothing for you but make you feel bloated. It’s the honest truth. Also, another trick: When you’re craving something sweet after a meal, eat some fruit. A banana and cashews are some of my favs, or strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries. My kids and I love eating pomegranates. So good! Also, drink lots of water to help flush out toxins and waste.

The Skinny Confidential talks to Carrie Prejean.

| Favorite go-to healthy food? |

Phive Bars!!!! You haven’t heard of them yet, but you will soon! My world changed after meeting a man named Don Tolman; the man who helped save my dad’s life from stage 4 cancer. Don put my dad on a strict juicing, and whole food, plant-based diet. There were several other things he did as well to completely diminish his tumor without surgery; but mainly, what he was putting into his body is what healed him. Naturally!

After witnessing this amazing transformation of my dad living in a hospital for a month, on a feeding tube, and reliant on prescription drugs, to throwing them all away and following Don’s self care revolution; my life changed forever. I saw food in a whole new way. I felt like I knew a secret that many other didn’t. The secret was the power of juicing, and a whole food, plant-based diet.

When Don came into our lives a few years ago, we thought it was only to help my father. As it turns out, God had a much bigger plan than just that. As Don was educating us on whole foods, he told us about a sacred meal that he had discovered. He sent us a bag to try, and as a family, we fell in love with it! Finally, a healthy, raw, organic snack, that I love and my kids love! It consists of all raw, organic nuts, seeds, and fruits. Don has given us the opportunity to make this product available to everyone and we couldn’t be more excited to share this sacred snack with the world. We feel it is extremely important that everybody gets to experience this product and we have put this meal into bar form and are calling it “Phive Bars”. The bar is made with a very unique ratio found in nature called the “phi ratio”. By using this specific ratio, it optimizes every single cell in your body and helps to dispatch toxins and deliver incredible energy. On top of that, it really helps to elevate your mental clarity and focus levels.

To start, we will have two flavors; Original and Tropical. This bar is raw, organic, gluten-free, non-GMO, and tastes really good. Our kids will literally fight over it, which makes Mom happy : ). We will hopefully have product in stores by July— the website will launch this summer.

The Skinny Confidential talks to Carrie Prejean.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

| Example of a healthy day’s worth of eating? |

The first thing I do when I wake up is drink a large glass of water, which helps me start my day out right. Usually for breakfast I’ll eat some kind of fruit like papaya, oranges, bananas, oatmeal with nuts, and berries. I love making fresh CABALA juice, ( stands for carrots, apple (red), beet, apple (yellow), lemon, apple (green) or fresh squeezed orange juice! Lately I’ve been making spinach, banana, strawberry, raspberry, and blueberry smoothies. They are amazingly delicious, provide several essential nutrients, and offer a number of health benefits. For lunch I love eating a salad. I load it with veggies, and / or fruits, nuts, avocado and sometimes red or green peppers; I use olive oil as dressing, and a little balsamic for flavor. For dinner, my husband and I try to cook healthy, especially for the kids. I love making sautéed veggies and a side of rice or pasta, with a kale and edamame salad for dinner. My kids love kale!

| Is it hard to find healthy choices for kids? |

As a health conscious mother, I find myself constantly searching for healthy meals, checking food labels and ingredients to make sure I see exactly what I am feeding my kids. A lot of packaged processed foods found in grocery stores have no nutritional value, and I believe it is nothing more than plastic in a box… just my honest opinion. It’s so sad how children are targeted for these “fun healthy fruit snacks” that don’t even have real fruit in them! Or the funny cartoon characters on cereal boxes that your kids love, and beg you to buy. Children are the biggest targets for these processed, highly addicting (sugary) foods. Kids become addicted to sugar at an early age, and you can’t blame the kids, when we, the parents, are the ones doing the grocery shopping! They can’t eat it, if we don’t buy it. After learning the facts, I made a promise to myself to always be proactive. Don’t get me wrong, we are not perfect 100% of the time, but we make a daily conscious effort. It is my duty to put the proper foods in my children’s bodies and mine. My kids eat real food. I teach them why we eat fruits, and vegetables, and what they do for us. I try to teach them how food was designed by God to nourish our bodies, and cleanse us. Don Tolman taught me how certain foods, serve certain purposes; Have you ever noticed when you cut a carrot in half, it looks exactly like your eye. Why? Because carrots are good for your eyes. They improve vision and greatly enhance blood flow, and function of the eyes. What about how celery looks just like your bones? Well, they are good for your bones; and now studies have proven how just 3 sticks of celery a day over 9 months can reverse Osteoporosis! Or what about how a walnut is shaped exactly like your brain. That’s not a coincidence. We now know that walnuts help develop over 3 dozen neurotransmitters that are essential for brain health and function. Ok one more! A tomato is red, has 4 chambers and looks exactly like your heart. Tomatoes are great for your heart, and filled with antioxidants; they are pure heart and blood food. My kids love learning about food, and the signs of nature behind food and how it was created. It’s such a great way to teach our kids about eating healthy, and how certain foods can be of natural healing to our bodies.

| What is your favorite go-to-restaurant? |

There’s a little family owned Greek restaurant near my home, called Greek American Family Restaurant that I go to on a weekly basis. The owners are the hardest workers I know. The father is the main chef, and their daughter Stella is one of the chefs as well. I’m always craving their Greek salads, filled with tomato, cucumber, olives, onion, pepperoncini, and feta cheese and their homemade dressing is delicious! It fills me up and tastes so good.

Another one of my favorite restaurants is a little place in Scripps Ranch called Chez Nous. They have the most delicious salads. My favorite is their “Special Salad” which has watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, nuts, and their special homemade dressing. This place is definitely one of my favorite places to eat in San Diego.

The Skinny Confidential talks to Carrie Prejean.

| How do you stay in shape after having two kids? |

It takes a lot of time, discipline, and hard work to lose baby weight. My kids were big babies. My daughter was 8 lbs. 4 oz. and my son was 10 lbs. 2 oz. Big Boy! I gained 60 pounds with my daughter and 65 with my son. After giving birth, I was determined to get back into shape. So after my 6 week checkup, I set a goal to shed all 65 pounds of weight. I also set a goal of making all of my son’s baby food from scratch; cooking, and pureeing it myself. I would make his food, and then make myself meals for the week. I juiced more, ate a ton of fruits and veggies, and drank lots of water. I also exercised as much as I could and even bought a treadmill for motivation and so I had no excuses. I slowly started noticing each week that I was getting stronger. My abs were coming back and my confidence was back. I loved the feeling of running again. I couldn’t wait to go for a long beach run, and sweat! I really was dedicated to losing the baby weight and I was determined to get back to the body I had before the baby.

Breastfeeding, I believe, helped shed the baby weight as well. I breastfed my daughter until she was 1, and my son until he was 2. For me, I think it’s all about trying to find time for you as a mother. We are constantly busy with our kids, so for us to find time for ourselves gets tough. I truly believe diet is just as important as exercise for losing weight.

Eating healthy is what got me back to my pre-baby body. You can’t eat like crap, and then go run it off and expect to be healthy. Yeah you might be skinny, but not a healthy skinny. Your body needs both healthy eating and exercising. My advice to moms out there is to try and find a gym with childcare. It helps so much when you really want to get a workout in, but can’t find time. At a gym with childcare, you can bring your kids and not feel like you have to hire a babysitter just to go workout for an hour.

My other advice would be working out in the morning. There’s something about starting my day with sweating and pushing myself that really sets the day for me. My day just seems to flow better. I have more energy and I feel confident and fulfilled.

| A secret model tip for diet? |

You might want to skip this part if you’re a cocktail lover…but I don’t drink alcohol at all. For me, it’s a personal choice, and I think it’s something that makes me healthier. I don’t need to worry about extra calories that are in so many alcoholic beverages. I see so many women not loving their bodies and they’re constantly trying to change them. I think that we as women need to look in the mirror and ask ourselves if we are making healthy eating choices. Are we taking care of our bodies with what we eat and drink? Do we nourish our bodies and give it what it needs to be the best it can be?

If the answer is yes, then you should feel beautiful and happy in your own skin. Too many of us try and do a quick fix, or a detox after a weekend filled with unhealthy eating and drinking choices. It has to be a lifestyle you want to live. Every day I try to be the best person that I can be, and for me, I try and eliminate anything that isn’t good for me.

My body is something that I try and nourish daily and only fill with good healthy food. I eliminate all food and drinks that are not helping me achieve my health and fitness goals. After being in beauty pageants and working as a professional model for many years, I saw how women, all too often, try to find a quick way to lose weight in a short amount of time, which is very unhealthy.

The true secret is that it cannot be done overnight. Staying in shape, eating healthy, and maintaining the body I wanted was through daily hard work of eating healthy and taking care of myself mentally and physically.

The Skinny Confidential talks to Carrie Prejean.

| Quick, easy recipe? |

I’m Italian, so growing up we ate pasta with everything! My favorite is macaroni pasta with kidney beans, broccoli, and peas. Delicious! And so easy! Mix a little olive oil, sea salt and Italian seasoning, and Voila! Yummy pasta that even kids love! Eat it hot or cold. Another all time favorite is steamed cabbage with potatoes, kidney beans, and fresh garlic. My siblings and I grew up eating it at my grandma’s house and now I love making it for my family!

| What’s in your bag? |

Diapers, wipes, mascara, lipsticks, barre socks, keys, & my wallet.

| Favorite beauty product? |

I love coconut oil! I use it on my skin and on my hair. It makes my hair so soft, and it really moisturizes it without any harsh chemicals.

| Natural beauty remedy that you do? |

I wash my face with an amazing product called Renew Sea Salt Scrub. This product is made out of sea salt, olive oil, almond oil, grape seed oil, & aloe vera gel. It is such a great exfoliator. It’s all natural and feels amazing on my skin.

For a moisturizer, I use Divine Body Butter. I rub it on my face and body as a daily; it truly feeds the skin and nourishes the body. Its ingredients are shea butter, avocado butter, almond butter, aloe butter, mango butter, & citrus essential oils. Love, love, love it!!!

| Top five favorite clothing pieces? |

1.} As moms, we are constantly on the go and need comfy workout clothes to wear during the day so we can hopefully sneak a workout in here and there… I love supporting local businesses whose products are made in San Diego, which is why I love Mia Brazilia. The fabric is a bamboo cotton which is super soft, and comfy, but still stylish. Because I love it so much, I’m offering The Skinny Confidential readers free shipping by going to and typing in “carrie” at checkout. I love supporting local businesses especially when I LOVE the product, and this is definitely one of my absolute new favs.

2.} When I’m not in my workout clothes, I love getting all dressed up, especially for date nights. One of my favorite places to shop is Van De Vort in Del Mar; I know I can always find a cute outfit there, no matter the occasion.

3.} Another one of my favorite places to shop is a little store in Del Mar, called J’Adore. From clothing, to kids toys/clothing/books, to home décor, they really have it all; a one stop shop. I am definitely a fan. Whether you’re looking for a one of a kind baby gift, or just shopping for something cute for yourself, J’Adore is a place to check out!

4.} Another favorite is UGG Boots. I cannot live without them. My kids love them too!

5.} Nike shoes. I have to say, I can never have enough bright, fun, stylish pairs of Nike kicks.

+ To follow Carrie on Instagram, click here.

++ photo cred 

The Skinny Confidential talks to Carrie Prejean.

Skin Care Tips: Let’s Talk About Peels!

The Skinny Confidential talks to Staci Christie about skincare.
Staci Christie & I have known each other for years and every.single.time. we see each other, I comment on her glowing skin.

She literally has the best complexion I’ve ever seen.

And naturally, her biggest skin care tip is to stay outta the sun!! She wears visors, hats, sunscreen, etc. all the time.

Smart lady!

Basically Staci’s the reason I’m always wearing a baseball cap. I don’t care if I look like a total dork running errands, at least my skin’s protected! Recently I went to see her for a ViPeel to take away any sun damage, pigment, freckles & it was a game changer. My face felt like a baby’s butt for months…cool right?

Anyway I’m sure you’ll love her tips & peel recs, read on lovas:

|| Introduce yourself ||

Staci Christie: My experience of fifteen years in the plastic surgery field provided me the knowledge and desire to pursue my dream to develop my own anti-aging skin care business. I worked as the first assistant in the operating room for one of the finest plastic surgeons in the Los Angeles area. I then became a licensed Medical Aesthetician in 2001, and established Staci Christie Skin Care that same year.I’m committed to offering you the most current, specialized, & professional skin care services in the industry. The wide range of skin care products and services that I offer are of uncompromising quality, using the highest pharmaceutical grade ingredients available to the trade. All the equipment is state-of-the-art, and I continue to educate myself in progressive techniques to maintain the highest standard of skin care services.

|| What’s your speciaity? ||

SC: I specialize in anti-aging skin rejuvenation & customized solutions for men and women. In addition, I enjoy treating teens with their ever-changing skin, and educating them in a proper skin care regime.

|| Best foods for glowing skin? ||

SC: Wild salmon is one of the best food sources for omega-3 fatty acids, which helps keep your skin supple & moisturized. Salmon also has selenium ( << P.S. remember I did a lil post on selenium? LOVE! ), a mineral that protects the skin from sun exposure. Tomatoes are the best source of the anti-aging antioxidant lycopene. Dark chocolate helps skin stay hydrated and protects skin from sun damage, and contrary to popular belief, chocolate does not cause acne. The best kind of chocolate has a high flavanol content and should be at least sixty percent cacao. Kiwis are loaded with Vitamin C & antioxidants, which keep skin firm and help prevent wrinkles.

|| Quick skin tips? ||

SC: Although drinking water isn’t a replacement for your moisturizer, staying hydrated is necessary for maintaining healthy skin functions, such as regenerating cells and improving circulation. The result? A more radiant complexion.

|| I’m so obsessed with my pink Clarisonic! How often can you use the tool? ||

SC: Clarisonic Sonic Cleansing Brushes are gentle enough for once-daily use in the evening. Use your Clarisonic Sonic Cleansing Brush as the cleansing step in your daily skin care routine, whenever you normally cleanse your face. Make sure to change the brush head every three months!

|| Ok, let’s talk peels! Thoughts? Because I’m a total fan. ||

SC: The ViPeel provides dramatic results with virtually no pain and little downtime. The ViPeel will improve the tone, texture and clarity of the skin; reduce or eliminate age spots, freckles, and hyper-pigmentation, including melasma; soften lines and wrinkles; clear acne skin conditions; reduce or eliminate acne scars; and stimulate the production of collagen, for firmer, more youthful skin.

The Skinny Confidential talks to Staci Christie about skincare.

|| Worst thing for your skin? ||

SC: Smoke cigarettes & too much sun exposure ( << more info here ).

|| Recommendations for women in their twenties & thirties? I love any preventative tips ; )! ||

If you haven’t already started taking care of your skin, there’s no better time than now. Prevention is the key for your twenties. If you smoke, stop now. Sun protection is imperative as well. Most skin damage is done before the age of twenty, but sun exposure thereafter only adds insult to injury. The skin begins to lose moisture as we progress through our thirties, and some moisturizing ingredients work better than others. Look for products rich in hyaluronic acid, which holds more than a hundred times its own weight in water. To polish your look, make sure your brows are groomed and filled in ( << more on brows here ).

|| Ok, so WTH is SPF so important? ||

SC: Repeated sun exposure accelerates the skin aging process and increases the risk of developing skin cancer, which affects over a million people in the United States every year. A 2013 study found that regular sunscreen use protects against photo-aging: the wrinkling, spotting and loss of elasticity caused by exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. Those who use sunscreen daily are 24% less likely to show increased signs of

|| Your skin is incredible! What’s your AM/PM routine? ||

SC: I cleanse with Epicuren Herbal Cleanser in AM & PM. Then I use my favorite product: SkinMedica TNS Essential Serum is a unique, multi-faceted product designed to treat and maintain a healthy, youthful complexion. It contains an array of natural human growth factors and other compounds that help diminish the visible signs of aging, such as wrinkles, fine lines and uneven texture in the AM & PM.

For lotions I use, Epicuren’s Brazilian Propolis Lotion & Acidophilus Probiotic Facial Cream in the AM. And at nighttime Epicuren Alphalipoic & SkinMedica Dermal Repair.

I love SkinMedica TNA Eye Repair too! For sunscreen, MD Solar Sciences tinted SPF 30 facial sunscreen is amazing.For my treatments I will do a combination of peels, laser treatments & microdermabrasion when needed.

|| What can a client expect from you? ||

All facial treatments are customized to each individual, and begin with a complete skin analysis to design a skin care program for a glowing result. Combining facial treatments allows clients to take advantage of the benefits of each modality & to address the multiple effects of facial aging.

+ To book with Staci, e-mail her at

Fitness Instructor, Brooke Tigh Shares All Her Amazing Tips

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and skinny blogger talks fitness tips and tricks for weight loss.

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and skinny blogger talks fitness tips and tricks for weight loss.

Brooke Tigh had me at bunghole.

No really. I went to take her Studio Barre class & she had me laughing while I was in a happy baby ( AKA ‘spread eagle’ ) pose. She was just checking to make sure ‘our bungholes were facing the mirror.’ HA!

I was hooked to her sense of humor + her amazing class. Every Friday at noon you can find me tucking away with Brooke. She’s a real gem. Read on, lovaz. You’ll fall in love with her too!

+ Tell us about yourself.

Brooke Tigh: I’m graceful, strong, and coordinated-yet still somehow very accident prone.

I’m energetic, confident and silly-but when it’s time to wind down, I’ve been known to turn into a “womouch” ( part woman, part couch ). Even though I love to joke around, I CAN be serious and focused. It’s all about balance.

Teaching fitness and living a healthy, active lifestyle is my passion! A perfect day consists of: Studio Barre, yoga, lunch with friends ( & adult beverages ), massage, nap, dog park w/ my pup, more adult beverages, delicious dinner, dance party ( duh ), a nice sleep in my glorious cal king ‘cloud bed!’

+ Why is Studio Barre amazing?

BT: Studio Barre is so fantabulous ( yes that’s a word- cause I said so! ) because not only is it a kick ass workout that will literally change the shape of your body for the better…but it’s a place to come and be surrounded by glorious people & great energy. There’s something magical that happens when you walk into the doors of Studio Barre; you smile, you laugh, you bond with all the other ( mostly women ) ‘tucker’s.’ Everybody is so supportive of one another, there’s no cattiness or bitchy-ness like other boutique style studios sometimes have.

+ Favie Studio Barre move?

BT: Why, the ‘tuck’ of course! What is a ‘tuck’, you ask? It’s simple. Just squeeze your bootie & pull your belly button in to your spine. It’s like a little air hump. It tightens everything from your ass all the way up & goes through your entire core. It lengthens your low back, while strengthening your belly muscles. As we say, “keep calm and tuck on!”

I’m also a big fan of our ‘cardio snack’, which happens about halfway into class, gets your heart pumping, & helps you find your last push of energy to take it to the end of class.

+ Quick skinny tips?

BT: To slim down, cut out booze, refined sugar, & carbs. I know, it sounds freaking terrible. But you will see a change in like a week, I swear! Try & do this for two full weeks to see the most difference. Or if you can’t tone it, tan it! Get a spray tan & you may possibly look five pounds lighter!

Put on those stilettos, girl. The higher the better for long, lean, luxurious legs!!! Also, invest in Spanx. You will be amazed!

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and skinny blogger talks fitness tips and tricks for weight loss.

+ Weekly workout schedule?

BT: Right now, I’m on the books to teach three yoga classes & nine Studio Barre classes a week…& I usually sub a few classes on top of that.

Since my voice is pretty much the only thing that gets a workout while teaching, I like to kick my own ass in these ways:

– At least three Studio Barre classes…

– At least three yoga classes…

BT: I’m the worst at cardio! It has to be disguised for me in classes like Zumba, Cardio Dance, & Step. I usually go to Frog’s Gym in Encinitas. Also, I have a Labradoodle named Piper who has tons of energy, so lots of walks with her count as part of my routine!

+ Favorite go-to healthy food?

BT: I try to always have a Larabar with me…cashew cookie and peanut butter cookie are my faves. An organic banana with some crunchy, unsalted almond butter & organic, raw trail mix= life saver!

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and skinny blogger talks fitness tips and tricks for weight loss.

+ Cocktail of choice?

BT: Kettle One vodka & water ( not soda water ) with three lemon slices. Delicious & refreshing!

+ Motivation to stay in shape?

BT: I’ve always been active through dance, sports, & working out. I’m motivated by the simple fact that I know for sure that I’m going to feel better afterwards. If that’s not enough, living in San Diego & embracing the beach lifestyle requires a shorts, tank top, & a bikini ready body during all seasons!

+ World’s best beauty product?

BT: My Clarisonic Sonic skin cleansing brush & facial dermaplane treatments. This magical combo makes your skin super über soft, so that all your products go on fabulously!

+ Natural beauty remedy that you do?

– Lots of naps, sex, and wine!

– If you’re rested, you’re not cranky- & that’s beautiful!

– If you have a lot of sex-you have that glow ( it’s scientifically proven, people! )…& that’s beautiful!

– If you drink enough wine, not only are you getting those powerful antioxidants, you’re not stressed out…& that’s beautiful!

+ Quick, easy recipe?

“Beanwah” ( beans+quinoa )

1 cup tri color quinoa

2 cups low sodium vegetable stock

1 teaspoon coconut oil

1 teaspoon red or yellow curry sauce ( or any yummy flavorful sauce you have )

1 big handful of raw kale ( they sell it in bags all cut and trimmed, way easier than buying the whole stalk & doing it yourself )

Organic black beans ( canned & whole is fine-I get mine at Trader Joe’s )

+ Directions: Put all ingredients except for beans in a rice cooker. Be sure to rinse your quinoa, it has a bitter outer shell that’s no bueno. Once cooked, fluff rice cooker stuff w/ a fork. Heat beans ( nuke ’em in the micro! ). Mix together, salt and pepper to taste, and WALA! BEANWAH!

* Sauteed tempeh or tofu is a good add-on, or some freshly steamed veggies too!

Lauryn Evarts, fitness blogger, health blogger, and skinny blogger talks fitness tips and tricks for weight loss.

Skinnista of the Month: Bride To Be Lisa Hendrix

Lauryn Evarts talks with bride-to-be Lisa Hendrix about her upcoming wedding and skinny tips and tricks.

Meet my pretty, pretty, pretty friend, Lisa Hendrix [ note: pretty inside and out ]. She’s a total babe & a definite 10. But sorry {!!!} boys- get your mind out of the gutter— she’s taken ; )! Below we discuss how Lisa is working her butt off & eating clean for her upcoming nuptials. This girl also knows a thing or two about how to whip up a skinny omelette. Rusty, her fiancé, is one lucky guy:

Lauryn Evarts talks with bride-to-be Lisa Hendrix about her upcoming wedding and skinny tips and tricks.

+ Tell us allllllll about your wedding & how you’re going to get into tip-top shape:

Lisa Hendrix: We are getting married in La Jolla in early October…I truly can NOT wait for the day to finally get here. Planning the wedding has been an unbelievable amount of work & I can not wait to just enjoy the day with all of my friends and family, finally be able to call Rusty my HUSBAND, & last but not least…go on our honeymoon!!!

Thankfully, I had already had a pretty steady workout routine before we got engaged, so I haven’t felt a ton of pressure to ‘lose weight.’ However, I’d like to feel my best on our big day, so of course I am extra motivated. I plan to lengthen my runs, keep attending my yoga classes, do at home workouts when time permits, & start attending Bikram yoga classes as well.

+ If you’re going to flaunt, what body part is most flattering in a LBD?

LH: I have always felt comfortable flaunting my shoulders, arms, & my butt ; ). A little bit of work to tone my arms goes a long way, & they’re almost always an appropriate body part to bare.

+ Favorite trends this season?

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE wearing white- any fabric is better in white! White has been everywhere this spring/summer. White dresses, white tops, white shorts…I love it all. Needless to say, I am excited to finally wear my favorite color to a wedding.

+ Natural beauty product you swear by?

LH: I always try to prioritize a good nights sleep! I like to get a minimum of eight hours a night, if I am able to get nine or ten, even better! Getting an extra hour or two of sleep is so much more beneficial than staying up late to watch TV. I’ve also been known to wash my face excessively, but I’ve really found that simply washing my face anytime it feels dirty, has really helped to maintain good skin. It sounds so simple, but many people forget. The first thing I do after every workout is wash my face. I even bring a travel size face wash to the gym. And always apply a moisturizer afterward.

Another quick fix to looking & feeling more beautiful [ in the summer ] is swimming in the ocean! It works wonders on your skin and will make you look and feel refreshed the rest of the day : ).

+ Quick skinny tip?

LH: #1…don’t stress about being ‘skinny’! And if I do start having a ‘not-so-skinny’ moment, I put on my running shoes & go! I also make sure to eat a smaller dinner before 6 pm, & TRY to cut down on the salt [ very difficult for me, but it works! ]. By the next day I will feel great again.

Lauryn Evarts talks skinny tips and tricks with Lisa Hendrix from Encinitas, California.

[ Elena, Lisa, & I <3 ]

Weekly workout?

LH: I was never very athletic in high school, so feeling the difference of finally being active six or even seven days a week is unbelievable. Through college, I started becoming gradually more active; jogging, a yoga class here & there, etc. It wasn’t until a little over two years ago I really started prioritizing my workouts; it has changed my life. I have more energy, I eat when I am hungry & never obsess over food/how much I eat, I feel more balanced & happy, but most importantly I’m completely confident/happy in my body.

I run about six days a week, usually about thirty minutes; whatever I feel is best for me on that particular day. And I absolutely swear by yoga. I try to take classes as much as possible. With my schedule I can usually fit it in two to three times a week. It’s beneficial in so many ways, & completely changes your body. I also like to squeeze in a spin classes &/or at home abdominal workouts when I have the time.

+ Favorite healthy snack?

LH: Organically grown, frozen grapes! I also love tomatoes with a slice of baby mozarella. I’m a believer in satisfying cravings…but doing so in MODERATION! It’s so much more important to stay away from ‘fake foods’ & chemicals, then to avoid calories & fat, just make sure you’re getting your fat/calories from the right place! Spend the extra money  & buy organic; it’s so worth it in the long run. However, I can’t stay away from my french fries, so I get them from In-N-Out ; ).

+ Cocktail of choice?

LH: Vodka, soda water w/ a slice of lemon & lime!

+ Pick five things essentials for summer:

+ Neutrogena SPF 50

+ This White Dress

+ Tory Burch Emmy Gold Sandals

+ This Black Bikini

+ J Brand White Shorts [ only a few left in stock! ]

+ Quick, easy recipe:

++ Lisa’s Egg White Omelette:

+ 2 tablespoons of salsa

+ Handful of spinach

+ Sliced mushroom

+ Chopped green onions

+ A few slices of avocado

Perfect for breaky, lunch or dinner. I usually include a pice of whole grain toast, especially if I am eating before a workout. It’s quick, easy, filling, & most importantly, you really can’t mess it up.

Lauryn Evarts talks with bride-to-be Lisa Hendrix about her upcoming wedding and skinny tips and tricks.

Lauryn Evarts is a fashion blogger, health blogger, fitness blogger, and skinnista! Check her blog out for skinny tips and tricks.


Spray Tan Yourself Skinny

Weight loss blogger from Southern California and skinny tips and tricks

Spray tanning is one of those things that can turn out absolutely amazing & provide a slimming effect or it’s a shit show & you end up resembling an Oompa-Loompa. It is an unbelievable solution for when I want to give off the illusion that I “dropped” a cool five pounds. Depending on the season I average about three tans a month at Tan @ the Islands. Also, I never use the tanning beds because no one wants wrinkles or skin cancer!

Tips for a Successful Spray Tan: 

+ Always make sure the tanning product is by Versa Spa or Mystic Tan.

+ Exfoliate/shower [ shave, loofah and scrub your face & neck [[ the Clarisonic is fab for this]] ] pre-tan. SHAVE too.

+ Remove all lotions, make-up, & jewelry before the tan.

+ Use the barrier cream on the insides of the hands.

+ Slap on Sticky Feet to protect the bottoms of the feet.

+ When spraying is complete: wash hands, wipe off your feetsies, & pat the rest of the body dry with two towels.

+ The neck area needs extra patting.

+ Keep the spray tan solution on for at least six to seven hours before a shower.

+ Do not wear white clothing after the tan.

P.S. Always get a mani afterwards, not before. The tanning solution ruins it. Get a pedicure on an entirely different day.

Weight loss blogger from Southern California and skinny tips and tricks

Weight loss blogger from Southern California and skinny tips and tricks

Weight loss blogger from Southern California and skinny tips and tricks

Weight loss blogger from Southern California and skinny tips and tricks

Weight loss blogger from Southern California and skinny tips and tricks

Love, Lauryn