DIY Spa Hacks

There is nothing better than feeling vibrant, energetic, and beautiful. Often times we use beauty products, facials, or other beauty services to get us closer to this feeling. But, those can be expensive! Not to mention that at certain places, the products they use aren’t really that great for your skin.

There are things that you can do at home that will make you feel like you are at the spa. And, this way you can apply exactly what you want. In this post I am going to give you a few ideas as to what you can do to give yourself the relaxing day you deserve.

Body Exfoliation 

SALT SCRUB:

1/2 cup of organic sea salt
1/3 cup of organic raw sugar or 1/3 cup of organic cane sugar
1 cup of room temperature coconut oil {best when it has a liquid consistency}
30 drops of essential oil

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SUGAR SCRUB:

1/2 cup of organic raw sugar or 1/2 cup of organic cane sugar
1/3 cup of organic sea salt
1 cup of coconut oil {best when it has a liquid consistency}
30 drops of essential oil

Try these while you are in the shower! Take your time, and gently exfoliate all of your body. This will leave your skin feeling soft and refreshed.

DIY Strawberry Face Mask

You need:

Strawberries
Plain yogurt
Lemon juice
Honey
A knife
A fork
Measuring cups and spoons

Step 1: Cut and mash the strawberries

Step 2: Add 1 tablespoon of honey

Step 3: Add 1 tablespoon yogurt

Step 4: Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

Spread on your face, put on some relaxing music, and enjoy!

DIY Spa Bath

The best part about a spa is the atmosphere. It smells amazing, is very relaxing, and gives you a sense of peace. You can make your bathroom feel like this too! Find some lavender scented candles, a bath salt of your choice, and bubble bath. Place the candles around the room, draw up your bubble bath, and turn on some relaxing music (I love the relaxation channel on Pandora). Put on your face-mask, and allow yourself to relax!

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New Year New Schedule…. Oh My!

 

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Oh my GOODness! I just made my year schedule and goals list and let me tell you…. I am going to be one busy busy bee! In the next year I am going to get my GED, attend online nutrition school, promote the PBS special I was a part of, create and launch an APP (for you all! I will keep you posted as it comes along), further my acting career A LOT, and work more with some of my mentors that are doing projects I am a part of.

Wow, writing it all out makes me feel exhausted! But, that is the way that I like my life to be, busy with all the things that I love doing.  Every project and deadline I have is of my own doing, on my own schedule, and in line with my own goals, which makes the whole process a lot less stressful.

As I was planning out my next year, I thought about ideas for my “new years resolution” when I came to the conclusion that I really didn’t want one. They really don’t do anything for me, meaning that they never really have any major impact on me, so instead of picking a new years resolution, I chose my new years WORD.

Yes a new years WORD! A word that will keep me motivated, excited, and focused on everything that I am doing. And the word is……….. ADVENTURE! Adventure in my life, in my relationships, in my plans, and on my schedule. I want this next year to be full of all new kinds of adventures!

I already feel a stronger to connection to that word than I ever have to any sort of new years resolution that I have made. Remember, change always comes from high emotional experiences or ties. I definitely feel some change and adventure coming because I am totally emotionally connected to that word.

Oh and one other fun fact for you: I am almost don with Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, it is by far the best book I have ever read. I have a deadline to finish it by this weekend so that I can go and see the movie! Ah…. New Year New Schedule…. Oh My!

 

 

Teen Calories

 

 

 

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Hey guys! I have been getting a lot of questions lately about how many calories you should be eating. I would like to start off by saying that health and weight loss is not just about calorie intake. The difference between eating 2,000 calories in snickers bars and 2,000 calories in fruits and vegetables is HUGE. But, calorie intake is important, after all, it is logical that if you eat way more than you burn you’ll gain weight, and if you eat less you’ll lose it.

How many calories you eat depends on several things:

  1. How active you are
  2. Weight goals
  3. Age
  4. Weight
  5. Height
  6. Gender
  7. Metabolism rate

Every persons needed intake is different, because we all are designed in slightly different ways. However, there is one rule that you NEED to remember to follow with calorie intake…. Never ever ever eat less than 1,200 calories a day. If you do, it will cause your body to go into starvation mode, and you could actually end up gaining weight. Not to mention that it is not healthy at all.

Here is a formula to figure out how many calories you need:

 

Girls-

655 + (4.3 x weight in pounds) + (4.7 x height in inches) – (4.7 x age in years)

Boys-

66 + (6.3 x weight in pounds) + (12.9 x height in inches) – (6.8 x age in years)

Then:

 

 

    • If you are sedentary : BMR x 20 percent

 

    • If you are lightly active: BMR x 30 percent

 

    • If you are moderately active (You exercise most days a week.): BMR x 40 percent 
    • If you are very active (You exercise intensely on a daily basis or for prolonged periods.): BMR x 50 percent

That is the amount of calories you should eat to maintain your weight, if you want to lose weight eat about 300 calories less.

Concluding this post I would like to say that do not obsess over calories. You should be eating for health and vitality, not necessarily weight loss, looking good, and being skinny. Please keep that in mind!

Disclaimer-consult doctor before starting any weightless program. I am not a nutritionist or dietician yet, so these are just tips and things that have worked for me. 

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Chia Oatmeal

 

 

 

 

This is my chia seed oatmeal from this morning, I couldn’t stop eating it to take a picture…. thats how good it is.

 

Okay I tried this recipe I made up this morning and let me tell you…. I am obsessed! Its Chia seed oatmeal… probably some of the two most healthy and filling things that you could have for breakfast… so having two together is absolutely completely amazing? I sound excited right? Thats because I had the best breakfast ever! Here is the recipe, try it out tomorrow… you will thank me later.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons raw chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup steel cut oats
  • 1/2 cup blueberries

How to make it

  • Place chia seeds in a bowl
  • Pour almond milk over seeds and leave over-night in the fridge
  • In the morning, prepare your oatmeal as normal
  • Top oat meal with chia seeds and blueberries
  • EAT AND ENJOY

It is sooooo yummy! Plus its warm and filling, perfect for the cooler weather thats coming about. This is super healthy, will start your day off right, and will get you focused and ready for your day.

 

What do Chia seeds do to help the body?

 

Fall Indulgences For Teens

Everywhere I have been going lately there has been tempting fall foods… they all look delicious! It ranges from lattes to pumpkin scones to well pumpkin everything! As you well no, it isn’t good to indulge in those things everyday, but every once in a while, meaning once a month or so, it  is perfectly fine to indulge in those things…. An easy day to plan it for for this month is HALLOWEEN! (skip the candy and go for one of the things below)

When you are going to indulge here are the things that are healthier than some of the other options out there:

Craving a holiday coffee?

Head over to starbucks or your local coffee shop and get a 12 0z skinny pumpkin latter, little whip. It will satisfy your craving, but not completely throw you off your path.

Craving a pastry?

Try a pumpkin scone or a little slice of pumpkin pie. Again it will satisfy your cravings, but these things don’t contain to many calories… just check your portion size!

Craving a cold treat?

Buy some organic pumpkin ice cream and have a very very small amount…. super yummy and will totally get you in the fall mood!

Those are the main things that are around, and yes they are all delicious, just remember a treat is a treat…. if you absolutely need something sweet one day then have a little bit of super dark chocolate.

Dont Hide Behind Your Layers

Fall is here, and we are probably getting out all of our cute sweaters and long sleeve t-shirts to celebrate the colder weather. I love fall, I love layers, the leaves, Halloween, but there is one thing that I do not love… the urge to hide behind the layers of clothes.

We are all a lot more aware about our bodies in the summer… I mean we have to wear bathing suits! So when fall comes around, it can be easy to be relieved and ease up on your diet and workout, I mean nobody is gonna see you right? WRONG! When we let up our diet now, we are going to have to cram for next summer, and that is no fun right?

So keep in mind that this fall is just as important as summer when it comes to keeping up with your health. Yes there are more tempting treats, and I know how hard it is to get motivated to work out when its cold… but find the inspiration somewhere whether its writing down how good you feel after workouts, how you want to fit into your halloween costume, or just to be able to say you made it through the Holiday seasons!

Eating Lifestyles For Teens

As teens, we are faced with the decision, well rather, the choice of the types of foods that we put in our mouths. Our parents aren’t home, we are on our own for meals which usually consist on a bowl of sugary cereal for breakfast or no breakfast, school lunches, and then whatever our parents make or order in for dinner. Well guess what my fellow teens…. it doesn’t have to be that way! We can chose to put healthy fresh and delicious foods our mouths!

Often times, when we realize that we do have that choice we wonder what we should eat… is vegetarianism or an all protein diet healthier? Should we eat carbs or no carbs? All of the different “diets” out there can be really really REALLY confusing…. Trust me I’ve been there. In this post, I will explain some different “diets” or as I like to call them, lifestyles, and the benefits and flaws, and how to live them healthily.

Different Lifestyles

  • Vegetarian
  • Paleo
  • Gluten Free
  • Vegan

The above lifestyles are the ones that I know that most about, in no means are they the only ones that are out there. However, from my own personal experience I have found that these are the ones that most people gravitate towards.

Vegetarian

A vegetarian lifestyle means that you don’t eat ANY meat. If you decide that you want to do a vegetarian lifestyle, I also recommend that you stay away from processed foods (foods that come in a box) as much as possible. There are other avenues you can take branching from vegetarian, like pescitarian for example: meaning that the only meat you eat is fish. One thing that vegetarians need to be careful about, is how much wheat and dairy they consume. Because they do not eat a lot of meat, the body automatically changes to craving other things…. so just be in awareness and watch how much animal by products… like cheese… and wheat… like english muffins you are consuming.

Paleo

The pale diet is a diet that is based on: What our ancestors ate, and going back to what biologically our movies were made to eat. It is made up of fruits vegetables nuts seeds and meat. (The fact that we are made to eat meat is debatable, loo into it if you are interested) You are eating what I call “clean” meaning you are eating what can be easily found and gathered one earth. It is fairly easy to follow, because you have such a limited food group, and you know exactly what you can have. Egg whites, fish, veggies, fruits, all that good stuff, and in unlimited quantities.

Gluten-Free

A big thing going around right now is eating gluten free. Here is the catch though, if you eat gluten free, you need to eat gluten AND wheat free! Wheat is really the part that is toxic, and that causes tons of weight gain. I personally eat gluten and wheat free, and let me tell you, I feel amazing. (In no way am I telling you what is right and wrong, just letting you know what my experience has been) When you eat gluten and wheat free, you can still find cereals and bagels and such that are free of those… just don’t eat them that often because they still don’t have the best ingredients, but they are still better that wheat and gluten. Some brands that are really good are Against The Grain, and Panda Puffs.

Vegan

This is probably the most strict of lifestyles because you don’t eat and kinds of meat, dairy, or any animal product. YOu basically eat fruits vegetables and nuts. If you are interested in this lifestyle, I highly recommend you read up on it A LOT so that you know exactly what you are getting into. Not that it is bad, it is just intense.

Go forth and choose a lifestyle my friends! Be healthy and be happy. Because remember we do have the choice of what we put into our mouths.

You Are What You Think

Everyone has heard the phrase “You are what you eat” well, I have another scenario… you are what you think.

Your thoughts have a big impact on how you see yourself. They can have a positive effect, or a negative effect. Positive thoughts boost your self confidence, allow you to be comfortable with yourself, and make you beautiful inside and out. Negative thoughts, however, tear you down, make you self conscious, and they don’t allow to show your maximum beauty.

I was one go the negative thoughts people. On a daily basis I would wake up and be afraid to look in the mirror, go shopping, and hang out with my friends because I thought I was big. Almost every second of everyday I was telling myself I was to big. And guess what? I was. Then I had a wake up call. I convinced myself I was so ugly that people were starting to think I was. I decided to change my thoughts around, and told myself that I was beautiful more than I told myself I was big. And guess what? I wasn’t big anymore. Once I convinced myself I was beautiful, I was.

If you tell yourself you are something so many times, you become that word. You trick your mind into thinking it is something, and your body reacts to that. So pick a word that empowers you to be beautiful. It could be amazing, powerful, pretty, beautiful, strong, whatever really resonates with you. Pick a word, and say it to yourself all day. After a while you will become that because… well… YOU ARE WHAT YOU THINK!

Emotional Stress Solutions

Going back to school can cause a lot of stress. Instead of letting that stress swallow you up and make you miserable, try out these tips and solutions!:

  1. Take a hot bubble bath.
  2. Take 10 deep breaths whenever you feel stressed.
  3. Go on a run after school to get rid of the stresses of your day.
  4. Keep your favorite smelling essential oil in your locker and put it on whenever you feels stressed out.
  5. Talk to your friends about what is bothering you.
  6. Call your mom during passing period.
  7. Write a quote on your hand or notebook, or keep it as your screensaver so that you can look at it whenever you need a little more strength.
  8. Make a homemade face mask and have a mini spa night after school and homework.
  9. Pop in your headphones and listen to your favorite tunes.

These tips should help you deal with your stress in a good and healthy way!

 

 

Back To School Shopping Confidence

 

 

 

 

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Back to school shopping can be really stressful. We all want to look good, make a good and powerful impression, and start our year off to a good start! In a lot of situations, girls have a very hard time while doing this because of body image issues. They don’t like the way anything fits, and that spirals into a meltdown and… not starting the year off in a good way. There are ways to avoid and treat these situations though… and I am here to tell you what they are! Follow these tips and you will most likely walk away with a good experience and some really cute clothes!

Exercise the morning before you shop

When we exercise, we are less likely to freak out about the way we look. So, take a walk, go for a run, dance in your room, or do one of my YogaCrossTeens workouts before you go and shop! You will be more confident about your body, making for a better shopping trip!

Don’t not eat on shopping day

Lots of people think that if they don’t eat they will feel better about themselves… well, not when you are grumpy because of it! When we get hungry, we get irritable and tired, two emotions you want to stay away while you are shopping. Grab a kashi bar, some veggie sticks, or an apple to bring with you. Its healthy, and will give you the energy and support you need to have a great day!

Have a friend or parent snap a pic of you

I like to call dressing room mirror fun house mirrors, because you always look bigger than you really are in them. After you put your clothes on, step out of the dressing room and have someone take a picture of you. That way, you see how you really look and it will make you more confident!

Grab a ton of different sizes… and jumble them up

Grab a ton of different sizes of the shelf, jumble them up in the dressing room, and try them on “blindly”. This way, you are focusing more on the fit of the actual clothes rather than what side you wear. (sizes are completely different from brand to brand)

Plus, always remember that you are beautiful no matter what! We all come in different shapes and sizes, so truly embrace it.

Try out these tips and let me know how they work! Plus, tweet me some pics of your new outfits, I would love to see them! SGoldstein33 is my twitter name!