I’m Moving!

After several months of working on my new site, I have officially moved over to The Daily Lush. My new site will still focus on wellness, real food, lifestyle, and my everyday life, but with a more polished theme.  Go check it out, and let me know what you think!

XO,

Tamara

 

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Taco Bowl

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Tacos, take II.  I love recipes that are easy to throw together, with ingredients that are readily on hand.  Let’s face it, what’s easier than throwing some taco meat, quinoa, and toppings in a bowl?  Plus it looks really cute, like a Mexican version of a smoothie bowl.  Love.  Here’s the scoop:

Ingredients:

  • Prepared taco meat (as seen in this post) – feel free to sub in ground chicken or bison instead of turkey if you want
  • Prepared quinoa (I use frozen quinoa and kale packets from Costco – my best kept secret for meal prep!)
  • Frozen corn
  • Guacamole (again, I use store bought – check the ingredients though!)
  • Greek yogurt
  • Pico de gallo
  • Anything else that sounds yummy to you (cilantro, lime wedge, sliced jalapenos, chopped romaine, etc)

Instructions:

Spoon quinoa and taco meat on to one side of a pretty bowl.  Arrange the rest of the toppings evenly on the other side of the bowl.  Post your pretty food creation to Instagram, mix it up, and enjoy!

Turkey Taco Tuesday

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I’m all about simple, delicious recipes made from real and clean foods.  These amazing turkey tacos definitely fit the bill.  They are a cinch to prepare and are perfect to pack for lunch the next day as well.

Turkey Tacos

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • Spices: Onion powder, garlic salt, smoked paprika, cumin, Mexican chili powder, black pepper, cayenne powder)
  • Homemade or store bought guacamole (check ingredients!)
  • Greek yogurt
  • Pico de gallo
  • Whole wheat tortillas
  • Your favorite taco toppings (cilantro, lime wedges, romaine, etc)

Instructions:

In a medium sized skillet, add the ground turkey.  Season liberally with onion powder, garlic salt, smoked paprika, cumin, and black pepper.  Add a Mexican chili powder and cayenne powder to taste – these can add a lot of heat!  Cook the turkey until done, stirring to incorporate the spices. Heat the tortillas until soft and flexible.  Spread about 2 tablespoons of guacamole on the tortilla, top with meat and a generous amount of pico de gallo.  Dollop on some Greek yogurt.  Add any other toppings to complete this tasty taco!

Variations:

  • Swap ground turkey for sliced chicken breast.
  • Ditch the tortilla for brown rice or quinoa.
  • Go low carb by making a taco salad with fresh romaine and spinach.
  • Taco meat can be frozen for easy meal prep during busy weeks.

My Skincare Routine

Over the past few months, I have made some key investments in skincare products, and the results have been well worth the money spent.  I have completely transformed my skin tone, cleared any and all blemishes, and revealed smooth, even skin that doesn’t even require make up.  This is a huge change for me, as I have always struggled with acne and uneven skin tone.  I went on Accutane when I was a teenager, and that helped tremendously, but I was still left with acne scars and the occasional break out on my chin and forehead.  Without further ado, here is what I have been doing:

Every Morning:

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  • Sip on some water right away when I wake up – staying hydrated can really impact your skin and lips!
  • Splash on some water, and add 1/2 a pump of Philosophy Purity Made Simple facial cleanser; lather and rinse, pat dry.  This smells amazing and is so gentle on the skin.  It’s not always necessary to wash your face in the morning, but for me it is a nice way to wake up and pamper myself.
  • Add 1 pump of Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel to the face, neck, and decolletage.  I have always used Clinique’s moisturizer lotion, but I like the gel even more!  It absorbs instantly and leaves you feeling fresh faced all day long.
  • Dab a small amount of Supergoop! CC Cream Daily Correct Broad Spectrum SPF 35 Sunscreen to the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin.  Blend in.  This product is great because it covers many bases – it evens out redness, provides a smooth and long lasting base for foundation, gives you coverage from UV rays, and softens hard lines/wrinkles.  When I put this on under my foundation, my skin looks exactly the same at the beginning of the day as it does at the end.  This is no easy feat considering my days can include 13+ hours at the hospital and an hour workout at the gym!
  • These three steps complete my morning routine.  To get the most benefits, I try my hardest to avoid touching my face throughout the day, and continue to drink water – I aim for at least half my body weight in ounces!

 

Every Night:

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  • After a long day, I love to pamper myself while winding down.  My nighttime routine is the perfect solution – I wash off the grime of the day and prepare for a night of rest and recovery.  I start off by wetting my face with warm water.  Then I add a full pump of Philosophy Purity Made Simple facial cleanser.  I dab equal amounts to my forehead, cheeks, chin, and nose, then put the rest on my eyes to remove my eye makeup.  I previously added an additional step that included eye makeup remover, but then I discovered that Purity actually did a better job at lifting eye make up and didn’t sting if it got in my eyes.  Once the eye makeup is removed, wipe off with a wet washcloth.  I use baby washcloths, because they are super soft and gentle on delicate areas, such as the eyes.
  • Next, I take my Clarisonic Mia and cleanse my face with the Purity that is still on my skin.  I start at the forehead for about 20-30 seconds, and then move to each cheek for about 15 seconds, and then finish up on the chin, upper lip, and nose.  Don’t forget about going into the hairline a bit and down the neck – there’s makeup and oil that ends up there as well!  I finish up by rinsing off any leftover cleanser and patting dry.
  • Next up is a restorative and preventative step that I think is important and appropriate at any age.  Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II is a bit pricey, but you only use a few drops a night so it lasts quite a while.  I put a drop on my forehead, each cheek, and rub in with my fingertips.  Make sure to get some right under the eyes to smooth any lines or wrinkles.  This is one of my favorite parts of my skincare routine – the serum sinks right into your skin and begins to work immediately!
  • Last but not least, night cream time!  I am in love with First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Cream Intense Hydration.  It has a light whipped texture that feels like frosting!  I apply to my face, neck, and decolletage.  In the morning, my skin is always dewy and fresh.  This cream is not limited to the face – I slather some on my body after shower/bathing and enjoy smooth, hydrated skin all day long.
  • Finally it’s time for bed!  I use a humidifier in my bedroom at night to keep the air warm and moist.  This model has an oil diffuser – I like to add a lavender oil at bedtime to lull myself into a deep sleep right away!

Special Add-Ins

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  • In addition to my day and night routines, I add in a few other steps on a less frequent basis to rejuvenate and protect:
  • Microdermabrasion: Microdermabrasion is more than just exfoliating dead skin cells – it uses a gentle sanding action to remove the surface layer of skin, revealing a new, smoother layer of skin beneath.  The process is non-invasive and can be done at home! If you suffer from melasma (hyperpigmentation), clogged pores, fine lines, or keratosis pilaris – I would definitely recommend including microdermabrasion as part of your routine!  This can be done on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.  I do every other Sunday to slough away old skin and allow my skin routine to work even better and deeper!  I purchased the PMD Personal Microderm so I can do treatments right at home, which fits into my budget much better. The machine costs less than the price of one microdermabrasion session at most spas, so it really is worth the expense!  After a microdermabrasion session, I spritz a cooling toner on to restore my skin’s pH (rosewater works great!) and then add my serum and moisturizer which work even better once the new layer of skin is revealed!
  • Spa Facials: It is not often that I splurge on a spa facial, but all of the hottest celebrities make these a part of their regular routine.  Make sure you use a reputable and licensed esthetician.  It is good to get a facial about 4 times a year, or once every time the season changes.  Don’t go more than once a month – this can do more harm than good.  Most facials have many steps which may include cleansing, steaming, exfoliation, extraction, facial massage, facial mask, and application of skin care serums, lotions, toners, etc.
  • Face Masks: Face masks can address many different specific issues.  I use Clarisonic Detoxifying Clay Mask every other week (alternating with when I do PMD). It has bentonite clay which pulls out dirt, oil, and toxins from your pores.  It finished off with soothing aloe and chamomile which leave your skin so soft and silky you won’t want to stop touching it!  (Resist the urge, haha!)

 

It is so extremely important to establish a skincare routine at any age.  I have tried these products and had amazing results, but if your needs are different, you may need to do some experimenting.  The basic steps that are absolutely necessary are cleansing, moisturizing twice a day, and using sunscreen.  Start there, and then add in what you need or are able to.  If there isn’t room for a facial cleansing brush or microdermabrasion unit, that is fine! You can make a simple scrub from sugar or a face mask from ingredients in your kitchen in a pinch.  The most important thing is that you are treating your skin kindly and caring for it every day.  You will see great results and feel pampered!  Also, I think it is important to add that all of these choices are my own- I have received no compensation or free products from these companies.  I simply love these products and had to share!

XX,

Tamara

A-Z Survey

The wonderful Amanda of Slimplify Life recently posted a fun A-Z survey, and I thought I would attempt it as well!

A – Age: 23

B – Biggest Fear: Losing a loved one

C – Current Time:  10:55 AM

D – Drink You Had Last: Plain filtered water (Exciting, I know!)

E – Easiest Person to Talk To: My cousin/bestie/partner in crime, Kelli.  Seriously, nothing is off the table during our life chats!

F – Favorite Song: I always love “We Belong Together” by Mariah Carey.  Classic.

G – Grossest Memory: I’m drawing a blank on this one.  I blame/thank retrograde amnesia.

H – Hometown: Howard, SD.  Population 900.  Wouldn’t want it any other way 🙂

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I – In Love With: Noah. Sushi. Online shopping.

J – Jealous Of: Anyone currently on vacation.  Time to schedule a little getaway!

K – Kindest Person You Know: My grandma Marjorie, she is a gem!

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L – Longest Relationship: My current relationship, we’re at about 3ish years

M – Middle Name: Lynne

N – Number of Siblings: Four!  We all start with the letter T, too 🙂

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O – One Wish: To pass Nursing Boards this fall!

P – Person You Spoke To On The Phone Last: My boyfriend, Noah.  He accidentally wore flip flops to work this morning!! LOL

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Q – Question You’re Always Asked: “So what are you up to these days?” #smalltownprobs

R – Reason To Smile: Graduating from nursing school in less than 3 weeks.  I am giddy!

S – Song You Last Sang: “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd (so good!)

T – Time You Woke Up: 8:13 AM

U – Underwear Color: That’s a pervy question.  Black and grey.

V – Vacation Destination: My dream vacation is a Europe trip with my sister in 2020.  I am really looking forward to exploring the beautiful Rome, especially the Trevi Fountain!

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W – Worst Habit: My inability to keep my room spotless for longer than a few days…

X – X-Rays You’ve Had: My foot in college (not broken), and my teeth at various dental/orthodontist appointments

Y – Your Favorite Food: Mashed potatoes.  They’ve never not tasted amazing.

Z – Zodiac Sign:  Scorpio – I’m introverted, private, mysterious, wise, and passionate.  Wow, I sound like a mystery novel 🙂

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TSC’s Bombshell Body Guide: My First Week

There are a lot of different fitness programs out there, each with their own unique focus or twist.  I have trialed many of the popular programs that are so prominent on social media, hoping to find a great routine to complement my lifestyle.  However, I found it difficult to stick with any one program in particular.  I discovered that many of the programs were too intense or too restrictive.  In addition, none of the programs combined the aspects of wellness that were most important to me, such as real food, mind and spirit, and balance. 

Just a few weeks ago, my absolute favorite blogger, Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential blog, announced the release of her fitness and nutrition plan, The Bombshell Body Guide.  If you haven’t heard of this blog, get out from under your rock and check it out.  The Skinny Confidential has the latest info on health, fitness, wellness, fashion, travel, and everything else that makes life worth living.

So far, I have completed the first week of the program, and I am so blown away.  Lauryn has honestly thought of everything!  I’ve listed below my favorite things so far.  I can’t wait to keep you guys posted on my progress – just one week in and I can literally see a difference in the mirror!  Without further ado, here are the top reasons to check out TSC’s Bombshell Body Guide:

1) The Member-Only Online Community

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This had to be my favorite part.  The online page has everything needed to succeed with the plan.  Lauryn keeps members updated on the latest blog content, and frequently checks in (like multiple times per day) to answer questions and cheer us on.  On the social forum, members share TSC-approved recipes, workout tips, and support.  There is also a place to track your progress.

2) The Abundant Content

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There’s no chance of getting bored on this program – there is SO MUCH content!  The guide is made of two parts, for a total of 28 weeks.  In addition to the guide, there are a number of targeted workouts also available to members (8 complete workout programs!)   Another bonus – the guide has such gorgeous graphic design, making it a joy to flip through.

3) A Focus on Real Foods

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This was so important to me.  The program does not push certain protein powders or fad foods that are full of chemicals and other junk.  Instead, there are recipes that focus on real and wholesome ingredients, and are a breeze to make. You can play around with the recipes and come up with your own healthy meals and snacks.

4) Quick, Fun Workouts

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On the Bombshell Body guide, you never repeat a single workout.  How amazing is that?  Each workout only lasts 27 minutes, and is completed three times a week.  They consist of a warm up, a series of fast paced circuits, and a cool down.  The workouts are fun and fly by.  They are always progressively taking you to the next level, so you improve constantly, but it is never outside your ability.

5) Content on the Site

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If you want a good idea of what the program is like, check out Lauryn’s blog.  She has tons of recipes, workouts, and amazing posts.  The Bombshell Body Guide is a great representation of the content on her site.  I have posted my favorite posts on a Pinterest Board I created just for the program – check it out below!

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If you are interested in checking out the program for yourself, check out this link to sign up!  I know you will love it as much as I do!

So there you have it!  Stay tuned for more updates on my progress with the program!

Broiled Maple Grapefruit

Broiled Maple Grapefruit

I love this recipe so much because it is easy, quick, and so tasty.  It is simple enough for a night on the couch catching up on shows, but the stunning presentation also makes it a great choice for entertaining guests.  Use real, quality maple syrup – it makes such a big difference.

Broiled Maple Grapefruit

Serves 2

Ingredients:

  • 1 ruby red grapefruit
  • 1 tbsp real maple syrup (I prefer grade B)
  • 1/2 inch piece of ginger, peeled
  • Cinnamon (optional)

Preheat oven to high broiler setting.  Slice grapefruit in half.  Remove seeds.  Prepare fruit by running a paring knife between each citrus section to loosen the fruit from the skin and membrane.  Place each grapefruit half cut side up on a foil lined baking sheet.  Drizzle with maple syrup, grated fresh ginger, and a sprinkle of cinnamon.  Broil for 3 to 5 minutes, watching carefully so they do not burn.  Remove from oven and allow to cool for 1-2 minutes.  Serve warm.