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Men’s Gift Guide under $100

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We are 6 days away from Christmas! I just wanted to share a quick little shopping guide for the men. If you still need to find the special guy in your life a gift, some of these items would be perfect. Mike helped me pick out a couple things for you all! From the tech savvy to the traveler- there’s a little something for everyone!

 

1. Bose in-ear headphones

2. Bric’s Travel backpack

3. Fossil leather strap watch

4. Kiehl’s Skincare essentials + travel bag

5. Jack Black Facial set

6. Nike Free Run 2017

7. Nike fleece Jogger pant

8. Leather phone case + card holder (black)

8. Leather phone case in brown

 

Happy shopping and thanks for reading!

Xo, Jessi

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The Whole30 Program | First week & Experience

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Hey everyone!

After researching and hearing about the great results others have had, I have jumped on the healthy express and have started The Whole30 diet. During The Whole30 you are required to cut out certain food groups for 30 days. That means No sugar, no dairy,  no legumes, & no grains! You can however eat seafood, meats, tons of fruits and veggies and nuts  {no peanuts}.

Why did I decide to try The Whole30?

I have been living with stomach issues since I was 21, {IBS, colitis, gastritis, and food sensitivity}. I was recently diagnosed with hypothyroidism and the symptoms I was experiencing made sense, especially the 15 lb weight gain. This program is supposed to clean out your body of all of the things we eat on a daily basis and see which ones affect you. I am currently on my eleventh day. I’ve noticed that since i cut out dairy and sugar, by belly bloating and pain has gone away and I haven’t had to take my medicine for 3 days!

“I COULD NEVER CUT OUT SUGAR!” Or so I thought.  

Almost everything we eat has so much sugar in it. Instead of focusing on what I cant eat on this program, I focus on what I can have. {It makes it easier}. I am a lover of cheese and sugar and thought that I could never do this.  I love having my candy while I study, so that was a real struggle at first. I loved flavored creamer and sugar in my coffee, now I can now drink it black with cinnamon with no problem. Besides the candy and ice cream, I generally ate pretty healthy.

I have definitely slayed my sugar dragon, but sometimes crave it. If I have a craving, I’ll slice an apple in half topped with compliant butter, cinnamon and walnuts. I actually enjoy the  natural fruit of the sugar more now than before.

What do you eat? 

Since I don’t eat meat, it has been a challenge finding recipes to make. I would always resort to pasta and parm cheese {oh how I miss it}, but now I make spaghetti squash with broccoli and mushrooms and it’s much more satisfying.

I have listed below what I ate the past 7 days:

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Day 1: B- black coffee + banana almond bowl {banana, almonds, almond butter, unsweetened cacao nibs} L- Tuna salad on romaine lettuce + nuts  D- salmon with lemon wedges + asparagus

Day 2:  B- black coffee + egg whites + broccoli & mushrooms + apple slices with cinnamon L- tuna salad on romaine lettuce + nuts D- spaghetti squash + broccoli + mushrooms

Day 3: B- black coffee + egg whites with mushrooms + apple slices topped with cinnamon L- salmon + veggies + nuts    D- veggie burger wrapped in lettuce + sweet potatoes

Day 4: B- black coffee + egg whites + strawberries L- squash + zucchini + egg whites + unsweetened applesauce D- grilled shrimp fajitas on lettuce boats

Day 5: B- black coffee + egg whites + strawberries  L- salmon + applesauce + nuts  D- eggplant with broccoli

Day 6: B- black coffee + egg whites + sweet potatoes   L- Brussel sprouts + mushrooms + nuts D- meat free “meatballs” and no sugar added sauce

Day 7: B- black coffee + egg whites + apple slices topped with cinnamon + tomato slices   L- buffalo cauliflower + sweet potatoes + apple sauce + nuts   D- veggie burger + broccoli + homemade sweet potato fries

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* Everyday I drink TONS of water, sparkling water {helps curb cravings}, and I’ll have an unsweetened tea with a lemon wedge at dinner time.

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If you feel low energy levels in the first couple of days, it may be the lack of sugar your  body is used to. They don’t recommend always eating them, but use the compliant Lara bars in case of emergencies.  My favorites are the cherry pie and apple pie.

Has the Whole30 made a difference so far? 

Being in my eleventh day, I honestly just want a slice of pizza or a big fat cinnamon roll, but I am doing this for my health. It has made a difference in my body, I am losing inches and have lost my belly bloat. I feel a lot healthier and slender. I am most happy about not having ANY belly pains or rushed trips to the bathroom after eating.

I still have 19 days to go! I will document more on my 3rd week!

xo, Jessi

Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall ♡

Happy October! 👻🎃🍁🍂🍃☕ I can’t believe I’m already saying that! It seems like we were just celebrating Independence Day. It’s like we blink and the year is almost over! I really love summer time, but Fall just has this cozy feel to it that makes me love it so much. Although we don’t get a Fall in Florida, we can still enjoy many aspects of the season! IMG_20151001_101027One of my absolute favorite things about Fall is pumpkin flavored everything. The coffee, the muffins, pie… i just love it all! A lot of people hate it (they don’t know what they’re missing). The fact that you can have the taste of pumpkin pie in your coffee is uhhmazingggg! I love to bake, especially during Fall and the holidays. I see a batch of pumpkin chocolate chip cookies in my  near future!

I am obsessed with Fall scented candles! There are so many yummy flavors and we always have at least 2 different scents burning!

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We may not have the opportunity to enjoy the boots, scarves, and hoodies until about December, but I love pumpkin carving with family and Halloween! After carving, we always bake a huge batch of the seeds with salt! Mmm mmm! Snuggling up and watching Halloween movies is an absolute must!  And for all you football fans, football season!

2015-10-01 11.07.52Aside from all of the Fall-ish type events, October is also Breast Cancer Awareness month! Encourage your loved ones to get checked! Most people dont show signs or symptoms and often don’t have any family history of it.

My littlest sister will be turning 17 in 20 days!! I can’t even comprehend how that is happening already! And on the 23rd, Mike and I will be engaged for 1 year! I know, I can’t believe it either. ♡ Speaking of being engaged, I found my dream ring that we were searching for before we settled on diamond rings. So yes, I have a new ring, but I will blog all about that in another post! ♡

October is an eventful, exciting month! Are you all excited for Fall?! 🍁🍂🍃

xo, Jessi 💋

Last Minute Dessert | No-Bake Cheesecake Cups

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Hello Foodie Fanatics!

If you’re the one bringing dessert to a party and need a last minute dessert, then I have a simple no-bake recipe for you!

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You will need:
• 1 box of Vanilla Pudding mix
• 1 package of cream cheese
• 1 container of Cool Whip
• 1 box of Graham cracker crumbs
• Strawberries
• Blueberries
• Milk
• A package of plastic cups

1. Mix pudding mix with 2 1/2 cups of milk.
2. Blend Pudding mixture with cream cheese until smooth and creamy.
3. Fold in half the container of cool whip.
4. Fill plastic cups with mixture about 1/4 of the way.
5. Top with a layer of graham cracker crumbs.
6. Place slices of strawberries and blueberries on top.

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Place in refrigerator for the cup to set. Top with the remainder of the cool whip and indulge! 🍓

This dessert looks so decadent and sure to be a hit at any party. Your guests will think you spent hours making them!

xo, Jessi