Monday, April 24, 2017

Turkey Bacon Egg Cups

Turkey Bacon Egg Cups 


 I kept seeing these egg cups and I'm always looking for a delicious and healthy snack or breakfast that I can grab quickly. I had turkey bacon on hand so I decided to make some wrapped in turkey bacon. 
 They are pretty easy and taste yummy. 





  1. I used a mini muffin baking pan. Sprayed with nonstick spray.
  2. Then used 1 piece of turkey bacon per "cup." 
  3. Mixed 8 eggs, 1/4 cheddar cheese, and added some mushrooms.




  The mixture is for 12 but I did have enough mixture to make a few more. Pour mixture into cups. I used a tablespoon to measure.

 Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until the bacon is cooked and a fork/knife comes out clean.

 Then store in the refrigerator. They will last about a week.  Or you can freeze as well if you want them to last even longer.












*Original Recipe from http://www.fatgirltrappedinaskinnybody.com/2011/04/bacon-egg-cups/












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Monday, April 10, 2017

How To Bake + The Flawless Four Collection






No I am not talking about baking a cake. Although I love baking food. But, I'm talking about "baking" your face. You might already be familiar with highlighting and contouring your face. This was new to me a few years ago as well. I never wore much makeup and did not know how to "sculpt" my face. Until I learned what it was good for. Making my face look thinner. Especially with my round face and helping to show my best features like my high cheekbones. So, I then heard about "baking" or "cooking" my face. Once Our Touch Behold Translucent setting powder was released I knew I wanted to "bake" my face.

The main reasons to "bake" or "cook" your face are to get a creaseless finish, to highlight under your eyes and really brighten up those under eye circles, and to really set your face.

Step 1: Start With Your Base Face
You want to take your primer or a moisturizer and let that sink into your skin first before applying foundation. I recommend Touch Glorious Face Primer or if you prefer a moisturizer Royalty Hydrating day cream for normal-dry skin or Royalty Renewing day cream for normal-oily skin. If you can't use SPF Royalty Divine Daily moisturizer is my favorite.   First you want to take your foundation. I recommend a liquid foundation. You can use any regular foundation you normally use. My favorite is our Touch Liquid Mineral Foundation. I use the color Scarlet which is the lightest shade.

Step 2: Apply Concealer with Damp Blending Bud
I recommend this to be one-two shades lighter then your foundation shade. This is great for highlighting and covering up those dark circles. You want to really cake this on to bake. I recommend applying one round of concealer and blending in like you normally would. A blending bud that is slightly damp is perfect for this. Then applying a second layer and letting it sit for the "baking."

Step 3: Dust on Translucent Setting Powder
 I'm obsessed with our Touch behold translucent setting powder. You want to apply this with a powder brush. And apply over the concealer. I mostly focused on my under eye area but you can apply elsewhere. Anywhere you applied the concealer.

Step 4:  Apply Translucent Setting Powder with Damp Blending Bud
Let the makeup "bake" or "cook" on your Face. If you can leave it on for 10 minutes while you are applying your other makeup I found that this really works well.

Step 5: Dust Off Setting Powder
Then apply a pressed powder. I recommend Touch Mineral Powder Foundation. And make sure everything is blended well. And the loose powder is brushed off.









The Flawless Four Collection- April Kudos



I am so excited for this months Kudos. It is called The Flawless Four Collection. It includes some of my favorite products. 

  1. A Touch Mineral Liquid Foundation in your choice of shade. (I used it in my baking video) 
  2. A Touch Mineral Skin perfecting Concealer in your choice of shade. (I used this concealer to "bake" and use it daily.  )
  3. A Glorious Face Primer
  4. A liquid Foundation Brush 
While Supplies last. Some Exclusions apply. 

To Shop www.christinajeanneboutique.com





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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Self Care is not Selfish





In January as the New Year rolled around and my 30th birthday was a month away I knew a change was calling me. I listened to Eckhart Tolle speak it was a clip from Super Soul Sunday. Eckhart said something to the effect of " You don't want to get to your goal and end up neglecting your health and relationships. You need to live now the way you want to live when you reach your goal." It struck a cord in me. I realized I was neglecting the things that mattered the most to me. And I didn't want to reach one goal only to be lacking in other areas of my life. I needed to live in the present the way I wanted to live in the future.

Too many times we say we will do something tomorrow, in a week, in a month, or in a year. We say when we have more time, when  we have more energy, or more money. And then the months and years roll by and we realize we still have the same life and are in the same situation we had a few years back.

A biggie for me to take control of was my health. But, first I had to check my mindset. I knew I had tried and failed at things I said I was going to do in the past. But, not this time! I had a deep burning desire in me for change. To change my mindset, change my body, and to make sure I spend time in silence and do things to feed my soul and make myself happy too.

Giving is great. I love giving and helping people. But when we neglect ourselves it only leads to burnout and then we can not help others the way we have been called to. I had experienced this so many times in my life. I realized watching tv every night and not being active was not helping me or anyone else. If I wanted to help others it had to start with loving myself.

It started in my mind first. I started getting back to my personal development. Something I realized I had been missing. I put it to the wayside as I was trying to reach my goals. But, I realized this was key to me reaching my goals. I needed to have a mindset that no matter what I would keep going on. Life loves to throw curveballs. Second I got back to my spiritual practices. This is something I crave. But,  I would lose my passion for silence and spending time with God.

Then in January something magical happened. Exactly what I needed came to me. This is not unusual once you start working on your mind and spending time in silence. Synchronicity is seriously  magical. And pretty cool if I say so myself. (insert unicorn emoji)

So, I found a program that I decided I would take up. I started working out 6 days a week. It was a struggle at first. And a lot harder than I Thought. But, I pushed through because I had my mind set right. I knew I had failed before and I was not going to fail again no matter what. This was not just about losing weight this was about getting healthy and changing my life. So, I pushed through. The nutrition was a little harder for me at first.

I still was struggling with my previous all or nothing mindset. But, this time I decided I would not deprive myself of foods I really wanted. So, I allow myself to once or twice a week have a "happy" meal. This completely changed my nutrition mindset. You know that saying "you always want what you can't have." It really freed up my mind from thinking "I'll never have that again so I want to quit so I can have that." Real nutrition is about occasionally have a treat meal so you don't feel deprived and you can keep going without beating yourself up. Even if you do fall off for a few days get back up.









By February my 30th birthday rolled around. And I had lost 4 pounds and 14 inches. My zest for life returned. I actually look forward to getting up in the morning now to workout. I feel like it sets my day up on the right foot.






In February I cleaned up my eating even more. I was even trying some awesome new recipes. (I'll be posting those in the future. So stay tuned for those.) I always enjoyed cooking and kind of let it fall to the wayside. It's amazing how making a couple changes can drastically put you on the right path again. By March I had lost even more weight and inches. And I noticed an even bigger change in my mental attitude.


I'm down 11 inches and 10 pounds this month for a total of 12 pounds and 25 inches lost. It's more than just a physical transformation it's also a mental transformation. I remember being so worried and obsessed with the future. I knew I was not making myself a priority. And I knew I needed to get healthy and start making myself a priority again. I don't want to look back and say I didn't have time to get healthy or I didn't have time to spend with God or I didn't have time or energy to become everything I want to be. It's truly about balance and living the present moment the way you want to live in the future. 

"Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”

~Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now













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Thursday, November 3, 2016

What I know today I wish I knew a Year ago



One year ago I felt like things were crumbling around me. Two years ago we had to leave our house. A house I had been in since I was 18 years old. A house I was proposed to in. A house  I had lived in with my Grandma until she passed away. And some not so good memories. Like when the basement flooded. Or the ceiling started to fall down.

But, it was what I had known for a really long time. So, we ended up moving into an apartment.

But, it seemed that it wouldn't last. I am not going to blame anyone but we had to move out quickly. And it was not by choice. I was devastated. I felt like I was finally settling in and things were getting better. Then I had the rug pulled out from underneath me. On top of that I was severely sick. Trying to pack when you have pneumonia is not fun. I had just gotten out of the hospital. I was crying and packing and scared out of my mind. I literally had no where to go. I thought I was going to have to give up my cats and that completely broke my heart.

I had a relative offer to take me in. That saved me but it was no piece of cake. I am thankful but personalities clashed and it was a very depressing time for me. I am just grateful I got to keep my kitties.

There where many nights I cried and wondered how this happened. Maybe if I had made different choices in my life this wouldn't have happened. I felt like my anxiety was a hindrance on me and it held me back from living my life to the fullest. I blamed myself. I decided it was time to start getting out of my comfort zone and facing my fears. A few times I did things I normally wouldn't I felt like my heart was going to leap out of my chest. But, I made it through. Don't get me wrong I don't plan on going to a rock concert anytime soon. But, I've gotten out my comfort zone and dealt with my anxiety in many different ways. I'm a lot better then I used to be.

If I could go back I'm not sure if I would change anything. I truly do believe that everything happens for a reason. I would tell myself that things will get better then worse then better. But, that you are a survivor. You always make it through. Even in the dark times you pull yourself through it. Even when you feel like giving up don't because things will get better. They always do. I would of told myself how proud of myself I was for taking baby steps and facing my fears. And even if things didn't work out as planned don't regret the chances I took. Even if they seemed small to others they were huge to me. Yes maybe there were some things I would change. I really learned the importance of taking care of myself. Something I'm still trying to implement into my life. But, in the end it all worked out. I did eventually find an apartment and I didn't lose my cats. I'm still facing my fears and growing as a person on a daily basis. This is not the end of the road of my journey. I know I will face more ups and downs but I feel prepared to handle them. Something I wouldn't have probably said a year ago when I felt like everything was falling apart.




Monday, October 31, 2016

Happy Halloween

I can't believe that Halloween is now officially over and we are on our way to the Christmas season. But, let's not forget about Thanksgiving. And now the Christmas movies and music begin. Although, I actually really enjoy  Christmas movies



Happy Halloween from Lucky!!


Of course it's not Halloween without Candy Corn

This reminds me of Lucky

Spooky decorations for Halloween

My Halloween Nails

Me as a Black cat with my Harley Rose

Then I became a Vampire Cat thanks to Snapchat


And I passed out candy to the kids. Then I watched The Purge: Election year. I had to get at least a couple scary movies in for Halloween. But, Sadly I didn't watch Hocus Pocus this year. And of Course had to eat some Halloween candy. I tried the Butterfinger Reese's pieces. 

Now, time for Thanksgiving and Christmas. 







Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday Favorites

My Top Five Friday Favorites this week are...

1.) My Favorite Quote: "Beauty Begins the moment you decide to be yourself" said by Coco Chanel. I love this quote. For a long time I struggled to be myself. It can be hard to find your authentic voice at times. To speak your truth. To find you inner and outer beauty. The moment I started living as myself my confidence started to grow. This is something I am still trying to find. My voice...my truth...my authenticity. But, it is happening. 



   



2.) The Fall leaves. The Trees changing. Fall is one of my favorite seasons. I love the cool crisp air. When you are not freezing literally. And you can put a sweater on and still enjoy the cool air. The changing season. It always reminds me that everything is constantly changing. If I don't like the direction I'm headed it can always be changed. Just like the season. 





 3.) Sipping Coffee on a Sunday morning with my new leggings. Can you believe I've never worn leggings before? These are so comfy and soft. And my owl cup. Just another reason I love Sunday mornings. 




4.) My Panda Bear Halloween Look. This was so much Fun. I'm not sure if I am going to do this look or something different for Halloween. But, it's always fun playing with makeup.





5.) My fist time making Cheddar Bay biscuits. These are so yummy! 





What are some of your favorite things for the week?

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Posts I Haven't Published

I've so many thoughts and ideas swirling around in my brain lately. And so many ideas for blog posts. Both new and old that I haven't quite hit publish on yet or haven't finished that I hope to someday hit publish on.

So many things have changed for me over the years. Since I started this blog almost 3 years ago.







So here are some thoughts unpublished...

Living with Anxiety: A post I started a few years ago. There are so many misconceptions about anxiety and panic attacks. I really wanted to write a post on what it's actually like to live and deal with anxiety and panic attacks on a daily basis. Also, as a sort of therapy for me. Writing and blogging are very theraputic for me. But, I am also a very personal person and wasn't quite sure I wanted to hit publish on this one.

What 27 Taught Me: I was going to publish this when I turned 28. But, now I'm almost 30. So, I guess I will have to write what 29 taught me. Or what my 20's taught me in general since I'm no longer going to be in them. And yes my 20's taught me so much both good and bad.

Why we need Sistership: No I'm not just talking about blood sisters. I'm talking about friendships. This was something I really didn't know a whole lot about. I was an only child except for half sisters. And I never really had any close girlfriends. But, this year I've learned a lot about sisterhood and friendship. And I joined my first sistership circle.

The Queen: What she is teaching me: No I don't mean the queen of England.  I mean the Queen archetype. Last month I learned a whole lot about the sovereign queen. Between my sistership circle and other women circles. Which I never even knew existed. With all these goddess divine feminine embracing women. Which, I started listening to in the summer after a very difficult time in my life. Which I will eventually write about. And now that I'm almost 30 I feel it's really time for me to step into my Queen. This year I feel like I've really grown up.

A Fearless Heart: This post is about my grandma. I've written about her before . But, this year I feel like she's really been with me. I have her name as my middle name and this year more then ever I've embraced it. She was truly a fearless woman.

So these are some of my unpublished or unfinished thoughts that hopefully one day will get posted.