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April 2018

Brushless Beauty: How to Be Beautiful Without Makeup

By | All Posts, Beauty, Health & Fitness, Inspiration

We all love a good winged eyeliner or popping matte lip color, but today our objective is to focus on what’s beneath all that. Try one of these tips or all of them, and we guarantee you will feel more centered, alive and naturally beautiful.

Believe You Are Beautiful…and it Will Be True

Step one of today’s tutorial… is to take all your makeup off, sit yourself in front of a mirror, and take five uninterrupted minutes to appreciate just how gorgeous you truly are. Try to find personal time and a quiet place where you will be able to enjoy the silence and stillness while taking in your own demeanor just as God created it. Stripped away of “tools,” tell yourself the features you have that are unique and lovely. What is your favorite thing about your face, skin, eyes, lips, etc.?

It’s even more reassuring to go as far as thanking yourself or complimenting your features out loud. We know it may not be for everyone, as it toes the line of some new age jiggy woo-woo, but if you’re open to it, you’ll be amazed at the power of talking to your own being. Practice finishing the phrase, “Thank you {blank} for {blank.}” Such as “Thank you nose, for the sweet way you upturn just slightly,” or “Thank you eyes for the flecks of green you have that sparkle.” Think of the session as a form of meditation, and by the end of a short 5-10 minutes, you should feel a renewed sense of peace and self-assurance…a state of being that will make you look younger right off the bat.

Feed Your Body the Nutrition it Needs

Water, whole food, vitamins…and repeat. One of the best ways to keep your teeth white and skin firm is to start from deep beneath the surface. The right food and sustenance is imperative to keeping all of your parts looking their best. Olive oil is great for keeping the skin soft and supple, green tea increases elasticity, and kale keeps your largest organ firm. Soft cheeses help your teeth stay white, and eggs will make your nails strong. Also recommit to taking in ALL the water you need every day, and make the multivitamin sitting on your shelf a consistent part of your daily routine.

Care for Your Skin From Head to Toe

Finding the right facial mask or peel for your skin type is a great way to start when you’re looking to go foundation-free. Once you’ve tested a few products out and you think you have a winner, start doing treatments to your face at least twice a week. Freeing your face from dead skin while cleaning pores and addressing any other skin issues you may have will create the gorgeous canvas needed to let your eyes, lips and other unique features pop. But remember that your face isn’t the only skin people see: using a mask or exfoliant for the rest of your body will make your showers more luxurious and more productive for you in the long run. There are also great DIY recipes all over the web to keep costs low.

Determine the Finishing Touches

Now that you’ve done everything you can to bring your inner beauty outward, decide what small physical elements would make you feel polished and put together even when you’re makeup free. Shaping your eyebrows by waxing or microblading, hydrating and styling your hair with organic products, and choosing your wardrobe thoughtfully are all great ways to express personal style and confidence without ever picking up a brush. This is especially liberating during the warm months of spring and summer—so give it a try today! It’s time to stop stressing that all your makeup will sweat off (because you’re not wearing any), wear that springy dress you weren’t sure you had the legs for, and work that hairstyle you’ve been obsessing about on Pinterest. We hope these tips will help you feel even more beautiful inside and out.  

Coconut Chai-spiced Overnight Oats by Fueling Function

By | All Posts, Cooking, Health & Fitness

Hi! I’m April Tafoya, I run and healthy food and wellness blog called Fueling Function. I’m delighted to be part of the Salt Lake Women’s Show this year, presenting in the Fitness niche. Because nutrition is such a big part of my life and my business, I’ll be sharing a 20-minute meal prep demo during the event. Both show dates, April 27 and 28, you can catch me showcasing an easy, meatless option that you can prepare on Sunday and enjoy all week.

I’ll also be giving away and Instant Pot to one lucky participant, so I hope to see you there!

Today, I’ve got an easy-peasy breakfast recipe you can prepare on Sunday and enjoy all week: Coconut Chai Overnight Oats. Overnight oats became an overnight sensation a few years back because there’s no cooking involved. Simply combine a few pantry ingredients, add milk the night before, then refrigerate overnight. Overnight oats are also a popular choice among plant-based dieters because it’s so filling and contains no animal products.

 

Overnight oats are adaptable, too! The crucial ingredients are rolled oats, chia seeds, and your choice of milk. The rest is up to you!

  • For extra protein, add Greek yogurt or protein powder.
  • For fruity oats, mash a banana inside and top with fresh fruit.
  • If you’re feeling indulgent, add a dollop of peanut butter and chocolate chips.
  • And if you’re a chai tea lover, keep reading for one of my favorite combinations.

This oatmeal jar is reminiscent of a chai latte (or a warm bear hug, if you ask me!) I used pumpkin spice blend to achieve the chai-spiced flavor. There’s no pumpkin in pumpkin spice, just cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves (the same flavors are present in chai tea). It’s naturally sweetened with maple syrup and—best of all: there’s no cooking required. Enjoy!

Coconut Chai-spiced Overnight Oats

Yields 1 half-pint jar

 

1/2 cup rolled oats

3/4 cup milk of choice (Califia Farms Toasted Coconut-Almond Milk is my favorite!)

1/2 tablespoon chia seeds

1/2 tablespoon maple syrup

1/4 tablespoon pumpkin spice blend

1 tablespoon toasted coconut for garnish (see note)

 

In a half-pint mason jar or container, combine rolled oats, chia seeds, and pumpkin spice blend. Stir to combine.

The night before you’re ready to eat, add milk and maple syrup then stir gently to combine. Refrigerate 12-24 hours.

Garnish with toasted coconut just before eating.

 

Meal prep hack: Prepare 4-5 of the dry ingredients in jars for the week, then add wet ingredients the night before. So easy!

How to toast coconut: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Arrange 1 cup of coconut shavings on a cookie sheet and bake for 5-6 minutes.

For meal prep recipes, training tips, motivation, and health education, visit my blog at fuelingfunction.com. You can also follow me on Instagram and Facebook.

7 Wellness Apps to Take Your Health to the Next Level

By | All Posts, Health & Fitness, Inspiration

Who here has fallen off the new year’s fitness resolution bandwagon? (*raises hand*) When it comes to fitness, we all have our excuses: lack of time, costly services, the constant struggle to follow a plan and meet goals. The good news? There’s an app for that! We’ve selected some top-rated fitness applications compatible with both Android and iOS. Each app is either very low cost or free—totally worth it regardless, if you ask us. Join us in getting back on track!

 

Aaptiv

App Store Rating: 5 stars

Google Play Rating: 3.5 stars

Aaptiv is the ultimate substitute for your favorite fitness classes. Top-rated on several sites, Aaptiv provides hundreds of classes to choose from, with the option of an instructional voice. Its audio format can also help motivate you through training for that marathon. Bonus: the app provides some awesome upbeat playlists. You’ll get the motivation of a personal trainer or fitness instructor in the privacy of your home.

 

Charity Miles

App Store Rating: 4.8 stars

Google Play Rating: 4.2 stars

 

Perhaps you already have a decent routine (because you’re doing better than the rest of us!) but need some extra motivation to keep moving. Charity Miles can get you off your rear for a good cause. Your walking, running and biking miles earn money for more than 30 world-class charities such as Habitat for Humanity and World Wildlife Fund.

 

DailyYoga

App Store Rating: 4.8 stars

Google Play Rating: 4.3 stars

 

Google Play selected DailyYoga as the Best Yoga App of 2017, and with one of the largest pose databases, it’s still a top contender today. The app has several classes available in the free version and is noted to be particularly good for beginners. Many classes are under 30 minutes, so you can finally fit yoga into your busy schedule. DailyYoga is designed to play nice with both Apple Health and Google Fit to integrate well into your overall fitness plan.

 

Headspace

App Store Rating: 4.9 stars

Google Play Rating: 4.6 stars

 

We are all about mental fitness! Headspace’s tagline is “Meditation and Mindfulness Made Simple.” Endorsements from the likes of Emma Watson and Gwyneth Paltrow, coupled with reviews from the New Yorker, Business Insider and more show just how popular this app is. It is one of the highest grossing meditation apps ever. Led by a former Buddhist monk, Headspace offers daily meditations for stress management, sleep and more.  

 

Johnson and Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout

App Store Rating: 4.7 stars

Google Play Rating: 4.3 stars

 

It may or may not have started the craze, but a New York Times article in 2013 certainly fanned the flames on the 7-minute workout trend. We suggest you go to the source. Johnson and Johnson’s official app, based off the findings covered in that article, provides detailed descriptions, instructional videos, a well-rounded library and an easily customizable routine. In addition, the app includes a timer—which is especially helpful for those who don’t have fitness-tracking watches or other devices. You just need your phone, a wall, a chair, and your body. Oh, and the app is 100 percent free. No excuses!  

 

MyFitnessPal

App Store Rating 4.5 stars

Google Play Rating 4.6 stars

 

Originally released in 2005, MyFitnessPal is an oldie and a goodie. The app is till rated No. 1 and No. 2 in for health and wellness in Google Play and the App Store, respectively. Powered by UnderArmour, it’s the mother of all smartphone calorie counters (Over 5 million foods in the database! An option to scan foods as you shop!) and one of the easiest tools on the market for nutrition and workout tracking. Feel free to check out the rest of UnderArmour’s extensive fitness app portfolio to pair with it. We might not ever not recommend this one.

 

Sworkit

App Store Rating: 4.7

Google Play Rating: 4.6

 

Not only does it have a catchy name, but Sworkit has also received some rather official endorsements, including from the American College of Sports Medicine. Although it does require some payment to unlock all the features, Sworkit is an extremely well-rounded exercise app. You can choose from yoga, cardio, strength training, stretching, etc., following an overall plan and subsequent workouts tailor made to you.

 

Maybe you’ve found your one true fitness-app-love on this list, or perhaps you’ve been inspired to go looking for something similar. Apps play off all the tried-and-true tactics of yesteryear—planning, tracking and motivation are key to achieving overall wellness. Your cell phone just makes it that much more convenient. Let’s get going again on those fitness goals!