Thursday, February 1, 2018

Beauty Chef

As you read every word in this post you will learn the secret to getting skin that glows from within.

Glowing skin starts in your gut.

Now I know that doesn’t sound very sexy – but it’s true.

Impaired gut flora can be the root cause behind skin conditions such as acne, eczema, rosacea and dermatitis.

If you are suffering from one of these conditions (or you’re just sick of having dull, lifeless skin) adding a well formulated probiotic supplement can be a skin-changer. 

The Beauty Chef Glow Powder is quickly becoming a cult favourite product. After hearing a tonne of good reviews I purchased the Glow Powder & Collagen Elixir, and was gifted the Antioxidant Elixir at a later date.

I could list all the product specifics in this blog post but what you really want to know is if these products will actually do anything or will they be like the 17 other supplements you have sitting on your kitchen bench top that haven’t done squat for you.

If you are interested in all the specifications – you can find them on The Beauty Chef website. To save you some time: basically these products are packed with probiotics, antioxidants and all the superfoods you could care for. They are designed to improve your gut health.
Taste & Texture

The Collagen Elixir is my favourite out of the three. I only drink water so this feels like a treat. I am like a kid at Christmas skipping to kitchen to have my Collagen Elixir every morning. It tastes delicious, just like a sugar-free raspberry cordial.

The Glow Powder tastes like berries and was pleasant but a little lumpy in water – maybe I could have mixed it better. I loved putting this in my berry smoothies for an extra bit of flavour and because I am clearly too lazy to mix it properly in water.

*Update – The new ADVANCED GLOW powder does not have the lumpy issue and still tastes delicious.

I didn’t like the flavour of the Antioxidant Elixir half as much as the Collagen Elixir. It had a slight fizziness and reminded me of kombucha.

Did they work?

I found the effects of the three to be the same. Here is what I noticed:

An improvement in my digestion – things just run more smoothly.

Less bloating.

My skin glows. It looks so hydrated and healthy now.
A natural energy boost.

I tried taking probiotic tablets in the past but I always forgot to take them. Probiotics need to consumed within about a month of opening so my old pill ones would go out of date before I could finish them. I love that The Beauty Chef products taste so nice that I never forget to take them. Also, I never noticed a difference to my skin from taking probiotics in pill form.

As someone who is moderately frugal, the Glow Powder and Collagen Elixir seemed like a bit of a splurge at first, but then I got thinking. I was previously spending over $200 a month on takeaway meals and dining out. When I compared the price of the Glow Power and Collagen to the money I was spending on foods that were hurting my gut health – they started to look like a bargain. So I quit getting a few takeaway meals a week to cover the costs and not only did I get my healthier looking skin, I also lost a few kilograms just by cooking more meals at home.
The more I learn about gut health, the more convinced I become that well formulated supplements like these from The Beauty Chef are worth investing in. Having suffered with bad skin for years, the confidence these products have given me is priceless.

To conclude

I continue to buy the Glow Powder and Collagen Elixir because they make me feel good, help my digestion and make my usually dull and acne prone skin radiant.

Friday, January 19, 2018

12 Ways To Be a Happier Mom

Growing up being a mom was something I looked forward to more than anything else. I couldn’t wait for the day to have kids of my own. There are days I feel on cloud nine where everything seems like rainbows and butterflies and parenting couldn’t be easier, then there are days and weeks where I wonder if I am being a good enough mom. I had one of those rough days last week where I was completely drained. I had a couple crazy days, my house was a mess, I had barely slept, the boys were whining over everything and I just broke down. – I need a couple hours to myself.

I use to set aside time every hitch to have a little me time and the last couple weeks just got so chaotic I didn’t do it and honestly it affected me as a parent. I don’t claim to know it all, trust me half the time I have no idea what I’m doing, but I’ve realized when I stick to these basic habits my life as a mom runs so much smoother!

GET ENOUGH SLEEP – Seriously I can’t stress this enough, get those zzz’s! When I don’t get a full night sleep my fuse is so short. Obviously that kind of sleep can’t happen all the time – but a full 7-8 hours leaves you refreshed.

HAVE YOU TIME – You need time to yourself! My favorite is getting facials. I also love going shopping (an obvious one 🙂 but when I go by myself I actually get to try on the clothes and I’m not racing through the aisles trying to get it done as quick as I can. 

DON'T COMPARE YOURSELF – If your feeling down or stressed about your parenting, don’t go on social media and compare yourself to other moms or families that seem to have it all together. Remember social media is such a small glimpse of people’s lives! Instead look through pictures of happy moments with your own family.

LEARN TO LAUGH – Chaos comes with kids – and the more you embrace and learn to laugh at the imperfections the more relaxed you will be.

GET READY FOR THE DAY – Don’t get me wrong I lovvvvve sweats, but I always notice a difference in my demeanor when I get ready for the day. You don’t have to be in 5 inch heels and full on make up. Take a shower, or do your hair, something that puts a little effort into getting ready for the day.

WAKE UP EARLY – I love waking up early! I am typically up around 6-6:30 every morning. The mornings are my time to get stuff done before the kiddos wake up and also enjoy a little quiet time.

 BE GRATEFUL – Every night (well we try to do it every night but sometimes we forget) We say what our favorite part of the day was. I think it’s so important to think about the things you are grateful for. When you focus on the positive it brings more positive things to your life.

GET OUT OF THE HOUSE – We try and get out of the house for something every day.  Even if it is a quick trip to the store for dinner materials. 

ENCOURAGE OTHER MOMS – Being a mom is definitely hard. Encourage other moms and friends you have that may be going through a hard week and let them know what you admire about their parenting, offer to take their kids for a couple hours, or just let them know they are doing a good job. It’s always nice to have the reassurance from your friends and family when you are having those tough days.

LET IT GO – Whether it’s picking up the house, or finishing those emails for work, sometimes you just need to let it go. There are days everything doesn’t get done and it’s ok. (if it has to get done you can always wake up early and do it in the morning 🙂

HAVE DATE NIGHT – I think this was one of the pieces of advice I heard over and over again before we got married, but we still find it so hard to do.  This is one that I am working on.

LISTEN TO THEM LAUGH – Nothing in the world makes me happier then listening to the kids laugh. Make it your goal everyday to get at least one deep uncontrollable laugh out of them. There really is no greater joy!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas - Peace Out 2017

What a year it has been.  Thank you for a great year, Happiest Holidays and Merriest Christmas.  
See you in the New Year!  God Bless!


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

School Lunches: 50 Healthy Ideas & Tips

When you think about dinner, keep lunches in mind.  It is so easy to make a bit extra at dinner and use the meal, or even part of it, in the lunch.  For instance, if you have roasted chicken or a pork tenderloin for dinner, why not use that meat in a sandwich instead of using processed meats?

If you make pasta sauce, freeze small portions of any extra for lunches in a pinch on top of some pasta. Same thing with taco night, you can freeze extra taco meat (or the veggie meat alternative which tastes nearly identical once dressed up with the spices) and have extra tortillas on hand in the freezer for a quick burrito.  Get my drift?

Make lunch fun – without the garbage food!  I’m all for a treat once in a while, but why not make lunches fun in other ways?  Send a little note or some stickers in the lunch kit instead (you can put it in a plastic Easter egg to make it even cuter).

Use cookie cutters to make cute shapes out of the food: heart shaped cheese or a larger fun cookie cutter for the sandwich are a couple of ideas.
Use colourful silicone moulds to separate items in bento box style lunches.

Top 25 Lunch Ideas:
Fajitas (chicken, beef or tofu)
Bento Box: filled with fruit, veggies, crackers, cheese, and diced roast chicken
Egg Salad Wrap with spinach and red pepper on a wholegrain wrap
Lasagne Roll-Ups (lasagne noodles layered with cottage or ricotta cheese, spinach and parmesan rolled up and topped with sauce)
Pita with Tuna Salad
Cucumber & Cream Cheese Sandwich
English Muffin Pizza (toasted English Muffin cheese and pizza sauce)
Spring Rolls (Tofu, Shrimp or Chicken) (just skip the peanuts and dipping sauce)
Corn Chowder Soup
Bean & Cheese Burrito
Chilli with Cornbread Muffins
Turkey Meatball Pasta
Hummus, Pita & Veggies
Pasta Salad (pasta with tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, red pepper and chicken if desired with a vinaigrette dressing)
Quiche (tastes great at room temperature)
Whole wheat waffles cut into sticks with Greek yogurt dip
Chicken Strips (can also be put into a wrap)
Lentil soup with crackers
Turkey Roll Ups (sliced turkey meat with cheese, spinach and mustard
Homemade Macaroni & Cheese
Leftover Crêpes: rolled up with cheese, spinach and ham
Turkey Meatloaf Muffins
Chicken Noodle Soup
Hamburger (made with lean meat), Chicken Burger or Veggie Burger on a whole wheat bun
Stir Fry with Tofu or Chicken and Rice

Top 20 Snack Ideas: 
Fruit kebabs (can add cheese)
Double Apple Muffins (you can make any of the bread/muffin recipes into mini muffins just adjust the baking time to 8-10 minutes)
Omega-3 Double Chocolate Zucchini Loaf made into mini-muffins
Veggies & dip (I love the Epicure dip mixes)
Apple slices & cheese
Edamame beans
Healthy cookies (like these Pumpkin Pie Cookies)
Hard boiled eggs
Greek yogurt
Homemade nut-free trail mix (seeds & dried fruit with mini chocolate chips)
Homemade granola bars (like this Chocolate Coconut Cherry version)
Roasted Chickpeas (I did a Chickpea & Kale version)
Chickpea or Black Bean Brownies 
Guacamole & Whole Grain Tortilla Chips
Popcorn (Epicure has some great flavouring for popcorn!)
Graham Crackers with Baby Bell Cheese
Corn on the cob
Whole wheat fig bars
Homemade Applesauce (just cook diced apples on the stove with a touch of cinnamon & brown sugar and freeze in small containers)

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