For any of you that missed my IG Live this past week, the topic this week was fitness and exercise. I’m sharing my own history with exercise, my own struggles, and I’m answering your questions! Sharing the audio on my podcast but you can also watch the Live video below!
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I was lucky enough to grow up in a really loving and accepting family. I was never taught racism or sexism or bigotry. I was taught to love and accept people for who they are, especially good people. And the month of June embodies what I was taught from an early age. June is Pride Month. And Pride Month is all about rallying together to protest for equal rights and celebrate the amazing people in the LGBTQ+ community. It’s a time to honor how far we have come as a community since the 1969 Stonewall Riots, and to understand how far we still have to go.
If you stop by any of the Pride parades around the world this month, you’ll quickly notice a few things –
And some of the friendliest people you’ve ever met on a city street
Pride gives our communities the ability to express themselves, to lift each other up, and to rally together for a better future. These parades, rallies, and demonstrations all give people the confidence to be exactly who they are and to make connections with the community around them. It’s a time for celebration and it’s a time for love.
And right now, Express has partnered with with GLAAD and Out Magazine to launch the Love Unites collection to help spread the love! This collection features 35 all-gender pieces that celebrate unity and individuality. And whenever you purchase any piece from the Love Unites collection from now until July 15th, you’ll be giving back to GLAAD since Express will be donating 25% of their net income to accelerate acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community. If you haven’t heard of GLAAD yet, they are a non-profit dedicated to creating cultural changes for the LGBTQ+ community. GLAAD led the national dialogue for LGBTQ+ acceptance following the Supreme Court’s historic marriage equality ruling, and since then has continued to serve as the voice for LGBTQ+ and marginalized communities. It’s so cool to see Express, one of my favorite brands on the market, supporting such an amazing cause that is truly changing peoples lives!
The new Love Unites collection by Express was created to honor unity, acceptance and individuality. Each piece is all-gender and can be mixed and matched to create each person’s own self-expression. The collection is filled with tank tops, tees, hoodies, and more; and all were created with the iconic rainbow coloring throughout. Since Pride Month is all about living out loud, proud, and fearlessly; the Love Unites collection embodies those feelings with pops of color! And since the pieces are created through Express, you’ll find items that look and feel amazing no matter who is wearing them!
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Take a look around your community this June and see what types of Pride parades, rallies and celebrations are going on. Then go out and support them. You may not feel like you are a part of the LGBTQ+ community, but we all are. We are all part of the human race, and we all deserve respect, equal rights, and the opportunity to openly love whoever we choose. Love unites us all, and Pride Month is the month to remember that the most. Huge thank you to Express for supporting the community around them and for rallying behind the people that make our world such a bright and beautiful place! Click here to see the full collection and help Express give back before July 15th!
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I LOVE trying new products. They use to intimidate me or I would be nervous that I would waste money on a product I didn’t like. But now I’m always ready to try something new just so I can tell you if I like it or not. Today I have something new that I LOVE. Actually I have two new products that I love! Both are from Tula, both smell amazing, and both work wonders.
Let’s first talk about about their newest product that launched today that I’m IN LOVE with – Tula’s new Face Filter Blurring & Moisturizing Primer. I just got my hands on this product earlier this week and began using it under my makeup, and guess what? It’s a thing of beauty! As soon as you rub this face filter into your skin, your face will immediately appear more luminous, less uneven, and it even helps to calm redness. Plus, unlike most primers on the market, this one is filled with probiotics and superfoods to help improve the look of skin over time!!
Chia seeds to increase the appearance of luminosity
Licorice to help even the look of skin tone
Turmeric to decreases appearance of redness and inflammation
Probiotics to help skin retain moisture
The face filter also contains special encapsulated skin blurring properties to instantly help smooth the look of uneven tone (redness in particular!) for a filter-like effect. This means it’s a great primer under makeup OR it looks great by itself! I wore this to the gym this other day when I needed a little extra glow and it made me feel like I had like makeup on! Plus it kept my skin hydrated throughout the entire workout, which I definitely can’t say about other primers I’ve used.
Now let’s talk about how to actually use it! I’ve going to share an instagram story today with how I use it myself, but I’ll share all the steps here, as well!!
The new Tula So Polished Exfoliating Sugar Scrub is the perfect partner for the Face Filter because the sugar scrub buffs away any dirt, debris, and dead skin cells that are left behind on a daily basis. Then the Face Filter has a clean canvas to work with. The Sugar Scrub uses superfoods like pineapple and papaya extract to chemically exfoliate the skin, promoting radiance and locking in moisture. Unlike a lot of scrubs out there that strip the skin of moisture, this Sugar Scrub is packed with probiotics to help the skin maintain balance each day.
And all Tula’s products are 100% free from – Alcohol, Fragrance, Parabens, Phalates, Mineral Oil, Silicone, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. AND they are Cruelty-Free!
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And if you haven’t tried out Tula yet, don’t forget to use code PALEOMG at checkout to get 20% off your entire order!! Tula also has a ton of starter kits to help you figure out which products you like best, including the Glow for It Kit that includes the BACK IN STOCKGlow & Get It Brightening Eye Balm! I have LOVED using Tula and hopefully some of their products make you fall in love too! So excited for you guys to try these two new products! And be sure to check out my instagram stories today with how I use the products! I’ll make sure to add them to my highlights so you don’t miss them!
This post is brought to you by Tula, a product I use and truly love! This post contains some affiliate links and I may be compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own. This compensation helps with expenses to keep this blog up and running! Thank you for all your support!
There are a few things that I have strong beliefs in –
Football is stupid.
Dogs are way better than humans.
You should be eating vegetables with every single meal.
There are I said it. Sure, most of these beliefs won’t be well liked by most people, but they should be. BECAUSE THEY ARE FACTS. Facts by Juli. But before people get all upset about the football comment, let’s just quickly get on to the belief 3 – vegetables. Vegetables are the best. And we should be eating them all the time. They are demonized in the media from an early age (i.e. – Arthur not wanting to eat boiled brussels sprouts…because WHO BOILS BRUSSELS SPROUTS?!), but we should really change that. Because vegetable are f*cking bomb. Especially when they are crispy, topped with a sauce, and full of flavor. And this cauliflower is exactly that. This cauliflower is a bomb ass b*tch. Sure, it may smell like farts when you’re cutting it, but luckily it doesn’t taste like it.
What I love about cauliflower is that it will take on any flavor you throw at it. And I also love that it’s somehow become tortillas, rice, tater tots, biscuits, and pizza. Favorite quote maybe ever – “If cauliflower can somehow become pizza, you my friend can be anything.” So you know what I need from you today? I need you to make this cauliflower side dish and afterwards, I need you to become whoever you want to be. That’s all I ask of you today. It’s a small request, ok? Make cauliflower, eat veggies at every meal, stop watching football, get a dog, and be the best version of yourself. IS THAT TOO MUCH TO ASK? Can you tell that I didn’t sleep much last night? I’m feeling like I can conquer the world…then will crash by 10am.
Since I’ve pushed cauliflower down your throat like Michael forced Kevin to eat broccoli for his New Years resolution, let’s take a step back. Give you a breather. Let you relax for a moment. Instead, let me only slightly complain for a moment…OUR BATHROOM RENOVATION STILL ISN’T DONE. This bathroom start April 1st which means it will most likely be a 3 month job. When it was suppose to be a month and a half. It’s insanity. And it all came down to a fabricator who took our money then wouldn’t take our phone calls. At one point, my husband was calling his 10x a day. He hit ignore every time. So finally we got fed up and I sent him a super angry email letting him know that I would be calling the police and taking him to small claims court. He placed a check in my mailbox the next day. And to make sure it cleared, I cashed it. Miraculously, we got our money back!!! But that meant we had to find a new fabricator, get our vanity measured and get on their schedule, which added more time.
Moral of the story – when you’re doing a renovation, always double or triple the timeframe that they give you. Contractors don’t like to overestimate probably because they are nervous you won’t work with them given the lengthy timeframe. So overestimate since they won’t. And trust no one. Ever.
However, there is an end is sight, which is lovely. Once our bathroom is done, I may just sleep in there for a couple weeks so I can fully enjoy the time that was spent creating it. The only thing that sucks now is I want to redo the other bathrooms, which is now impossible knowing what renovations are actually like. This isn’t some Chip & Joanna sh*t. How their marriage lasts with thousands of children and a renovation business makes absolutely no sense to me. Are they robots? Maybe lizard people? Probably just good people, huh? Too bad they don’t show the fights. I would watch that.
Ok, I have cauliflower to eat and another veggie dish to create for you guys, so I must go. Don’t forget – EAT YOUR VEGGIES TODAY!
This recipe is sponsored by Natural Grocers, a natural and organic grocery store I shop at frequently and love! All opinions in this post are my own!
I don’t know what happened when I turned 31, but I began craving veggies WAY more than before. Out with the meat, in with the greens. Well, not totally out with the meat. I still want protein with every meal, but now my plate is loaded with way more color, flavor, and crunch. Especially in the summer where cooking or baking becomes such a hassle in the heat. You’ll probably notice that the blog will be littered with veggie recipes in the next couple weeks since that’s all I’m craving. EAT YOUR VEGGIES, PEOPLE!
And luckily Natural Grocers has all the in season produce you’ll need to make fresh side dishes, salads, and snacks this summer! This year I have partnered with Natural Grocers to show you everything that this amazing grocery store has to offer. Something I love most about them is that you can trust the products they are selling because they are STRICT when it comes to the brands they put on their shelves. In the store, you’ll find 100% organic produce, 100% pasture-based dairy, 100% free-range eggs, and 100% conscientiously and humanely raised meats. Simply put, Natural Grocers makes it easy to shop in their store. They are just awesome!
But Natural Grocers offers more than just delicious, in-season food! They offer Nutritional Health Coaches in store to help you address your own health goals. I wish I would have had this when I was first starting out with eating healthy because I felt so lost. You can schedule a FREE 1-hour health coaching session with a Health Coach which will be followed by a 30-minute store tour to help create a personalized plan specific to your needs and goals! Natural Grocers wants their customers to find the healthiest version of themselves through the products they sell, the Nutritional Coaches they have on staff, and the events they regularly host!
I made this recipe entirely from produce and products I found at Natural Grocers! In case you didn’t know, right now watermelon, carrots, celery, cucumber, garlic, radishes, and fresh herbs are all in season! That means it’s time to load up on any and all produce to make huge fruit and veggie salads! Then all you need is a little dressing to go on top. This time around, I created a Thai-style dressing to go on top, since I’ve been craving Asian flavors lately!
I’m so excited because this coming Saturday, I’m hosting my first event with Natural Grocers in Denver! Hopefully you were able to grab a spot when I announced it because the spots filled up REAL fast! Most likely because I mentioned the grab bags. People love free stuff. And we have A LOT of it for you all that are coming!! But if you can’t make the event, I’ll be sharing a recap on the blog afterwards with all the brands that sponsored the event along with a digital coupon that you can use in-store! So excited for event and to meet with everyone who is coming! Hope you guys love this recipe and don’t forget – EAT YOUR VEGGIES!!
Combine all watermelon, vegetables, and herbs in a large serving bowl. Sprinkle with salt and mix to combined.
Place all ingredients for the dressing in a large jar and shake until completely combined.
When ready to serve, pour the dressing on top of the watermelon salad, mix to combined, then top with chopped cashews and garnish with fresh cilantro and mint leaves. Serve immediately.
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I’ve been thinking a lot about fitness lately, more so than usual. I think because I’ve been trying to identify what I want to do on this earth and how I want to make a difference. And for me, I want to be a great influence. Sure, I cuss a sh*t ton and I have an attitude more days than not, but I want that positive influence to come from how I treat my body, day after day. Because I want others to do the same. I want someone to see my regular workouts, the healthy meals I create, and the confidence I exude because of the choices I make day in and day out.
When we look at social media, we are drowning in images of lean people, strong people, people getting ready for fitness competitions, and so on, and so on. And for me, those images aren’t motivational, they are demoralizing. Because I know I’ll never get there. You know why? Because I don’t have the same genetics, I don’t want to injury my body more than I already have with some of my choices in the past, and I want to continue to enjoy my life with food, drink, and not much stress about being leaner.
When I look at fitness nowadays, sure, I want to be fit and feel fit, which I think are great things to strive for. But what I’m concentrating on even more so now is long term health. That’s what motivates me every day. I want to be able to get out of a chair easily, up and down stairs quickly, and I want to be able to take care of myself as long as possible. When people ask how to find motivation – that should be one of the factors. Your 60, 70, 80 year old self should motivate you to take care of your muscles today. It’s hard to know what the future holds, but working towards a healthier tomorrow will set you up for success.
Let’s work together to stop the obsessing over cellulite and worrying over the place you store fat the most. Let’s work together to prove that health is so much more than physique. It’s hard with social media nowadays, but remember that your healthy eating choices, your tough workouts, and your constant self improvement will pay off long term. Your 70 year old self is going to be hella thankful for the choices you’re making now. I promise you that! Motivate yourself today so you can feel fantastic 40 years from now. That’s what I plan on doing! Now…it’s time to work out! Happy Monday!
I recently went to the Florida Keys, and even though I wasn’t a huge fan overall, I did enjoy wearing the cutest white dress I ever did see while I was there. And it especially came in handy since it was midi length and the wind was trying to crush our souls that weekend. But it could not crush my-bum-is-showing-soul. Nope. I kept that part of my body a secret, even when the wind was trying its best to make sure that wasn’t the case. Wind is so dumb.
Since spring and summer is the time that so many people get married, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to share some white dresses for any of you that are on the hunt! And let’s be real, I haven’t gotten married in years now but I’m still wearing white dresses every week. I think white dresses look so good in summer and really pop whenever you wear them. I personally love when everyone is requested to wear white to a wedding. I think it looks so fresh and bright. But since brides seem to hate that, it rarely happens. Let’s change that. Let’s start asking our engaged friends if we can wear white to the wedding.
Queue in Kelly Kapoor from The Office –
Meredith – “I thought you weren’t suppose to wear white to a wedding?”
Kelly – “I know, but there was an emergency.”
Kelly – “I look really good in white.”
Depending on what you have planned this summer, I’m linking dresses under $100 to help you save, some just starting at $30! Then I’m also linking some dresses for the people who are looking to splurge on a special occasion. There is one dress in the splurge that is CALLING MY NAME, but since I don’t plan to get married again, and none of my friends are allowing me to wear white to their wedding, I may have to pass on it. What a sad, sad day. It’s probably a good thing because the next wedding I’m going to has a pizza food truck. Pizza while slightly intoxicated, mixed with a white dress is a gamble. A real unsafe, delicious gamble. Hopefully these white dresses get you excited for what’s ahead whether it’s getting married or crashing weddings!
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I don’t really like salads with actual lettuce. The lettuce gets in your teeth, it doesn’t fit in your mouth so it hits you in the face, and it’s just not filling. It also reminds me of my diet days as a teenager when I constantly forced myself to eat stupid, sh*tty salads. Not looking for that life again. But a salad like this one…I LOVE. No lettuce is involved – just a crap ton of vegetables that hold up really well under a crap ton of dressing. And I’m a high fat lover over here so the more dressing, THE BETTER. When I made this recipe the other day for you guys, I was a bit distracted prepping for an IG Live so I completely forgot to add mandarin oranges, toasted sliced almond, and toasted coconut. It was a big mistake, I get it. If you can’t trust me ever again, I completely understand. But I did add the toasted nuts and coconut later on for dinner and it was BOMB! Don’t be a failure like me – add the toppings and live your best life.
Did you tune in for my latest IG Live last night? Recently I decided to talk a slight step back from my podcast (recording once a month instead of once a week) and begin to record more video. So every Wednesday, I’m doing an IG Live to talk with you guys and answer your questions. Which means I’m going to get in trouble every week. Last week I got in trouble for talking about our farms and crops in the US…and this week I talked about marriage and not having children, so angry messages are bound to come in. Next weeks topic is going to be about exercise, the ups and downs, and getting to a place where exercise is a healthy act, not a punishment! It’s been so fun seeing you guys tune in!! But if you can’t tune in, I’m currently in the process of figuring out how to upload the video to my site so you can watch it past the 24 hours! Stay tuned.
It’s been so rad to be home and be back to a new normal routine. After traveling most of May, I never want to leave my house again…except for the fact I booked a flight to Bali!! I was suppose to go to Bali a couple years ago but things didn’t work out, but since my friend just quit her corporate job and is hitting the road for a while starting in Bali, we thought it was the perfect opportunity to book a trip there! We are going in August and I could not be more excited!! Have you been to Bali?! What do you recommend? Any favorite places to stay, favorite spots to eat at, must-sees?! Tell me everything! We really have no plans as of yet so I’m open for any recommendations.
In the meantime, I currently have a bathroom renovation that STILL ISN’T FINISHED and a fabricator I may be taking to small claims court. So I really need some Bali daydreaming right about now.
Chop all veggies and herbs then place in a large mixing bowl (along with any other add-ins you prefer).
Place all ingredients for the dressing in a blender and blend until smooth and combined.
Lastly, add ground pork and a bit of salt to a large nonstick pan, breaking into small pieces and cooking until no pink remains. While the pork cooks, place a small saucepan over medium-high heat then add coconut aminos and sriracha, whisk together and cook for about 4-5 minutes, until bubbly and reduced. When the pork is cooked through, add the sauce to the pan and mix until the pork is coated.
Toss veggies in the dressing and top the salad with the pork mixture! Easy peasy!
Something I’ve tried to do over the past few years is spend more of my money and time traveling, instead of using it on little things back at home. I’m lucky enough to have a schedule that lets me do that, and now I have an unemployed husband to do it with me!! Him being unemployed is my favorite. We have no idea what the future holds, which means I’m trying to travel as much as I can, while I can! And with all that recent international travel to Aruba, then Cabo, New Zealand, then France, I’ve learned A LOT about what to pack with me. These items below are my must-haves to make sure I’m comfortable throughout the flight, when I’m stuck in an airport, or when I’m running to a connecting flight. The last thing you want to do is be unprepared for a 32 hour travel day(s).
I’ve mastered what to pack with me…which means my new goal is to master how to rack up points and fly first class or business class everywhere I go. I haven’t mastered that yet, but I’m trying so I’ll keep you updated as I learn more this year! I’ve already taken out new credit cards to work on that! Moving and grooving!
In the meantime, check this list out below and let me know if you have any must-haves when you travel. I’m sure someone will say they have to have a travel pillow with them, but I have yet to find one I actually like. They all suck. Am I the only one out there that likes having a neck that isn’t cramped from an awkward position with a weird shaped pillow? If you have a pillow that isn’t shaped like a half donut pillow for when you have hemorrhoids, I’d love to hear more. Less about your hemorrhoids, though.
I hope this post helps and be sure to check out my video with all my favorite brands for all you visual learners out there!