QUAY AUSTRALIA✌︎

You guys! I have fallen in love with Quay Australia! They may be across the pond, but stay tuned and I will tell you what I ordered, how it went, and why I haven’t looked back since!  ❤️

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#DIYSKINCARE: Avocado Face Masks

It’s that time of the year again! The time where Mother Nature is off her meds, and shit is hitting the fan! Plus 15 outside and sunny all week.. this morning we wake up to a winter wonderland.. WTF!? My skin is super impressed by this.. NOT! While it’s good to use products on your skin depending on what it requires at different times of the year, when it’s like this outside, it’s easy to have no clue! These two face masks will give your skin a break and love after the winter.. (or during a snowfall in April!)

I am always a fan of skin care that comes from your fridge. It makes me feel good that I can pronounce the ingredients, and I know exactly what is going on my skin.

Try these out and let me know what you think! If you feel a tingle from the apple cider, don’t freak out.


*NOTE: Do not try these if you are allergic to any of the ingredients. If you are sensitive to the mask, rinse immediately. I always recommend doing a patch test before applying to your entire face.


Light, bright, & hydrated!

1/2 Avocado – mashed up
2 TBSP Honey (Raw, organic)
1 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar (Raw, organic)
1 Tsp Lemon Juice

Mix it all up. Slap it all on! Well.. maybe don’t slap it on… but slather that goodness all over your face.. watch 15-20 min of your favourite guilty pleasure tv show, or lay back and ponder life.. rinse away with warm water.. follow with your go-to toner and moisturizer!


Calm down, skin!
Exfoliate, hydrate, and calm your skin with this one!

1/2 Avocado – mashed up
1 TBSP Honey (Raw, organic)
2 TBSP Oatmeal (Uncooked)

Same instructions as above, except one note; Once your mask has set, use warm water to rinse. The oats will exfoliate your dry, dead skin away during your rinse!

Happy Saturday!

FISH OR CUT BAIT 

Fish or cut bait, shit or get off the pot, put up or shut up.. however you say it, it boils down the same. And it could not be more true at this moment. There’s so many loose ends and unfinished business in my life right now, and it’s starting to drive me crazy! I’ve reached my breaking point with it all, and I finally decided it’s time to fish or cut bait.

Do you ever have these times in your life, where it feels like you just have so many things up in the air, half way done, drowning in whatever it is, feeling so overwhelmed (by nothing important), but really getting no where. Or you have an idea, but it never really becomes more? I hate that feeling. And I have had it constantly lately.. it’s just time to figure it out. Make the decisions. Put things into action – or just give it up and stop wasting my time and energy.While I have a ton of ideas that I would love to drop everything and dive in, it’s not always that easy. It’s not like I can just quit my day job, and say “Here I go, off into adventureland, hopefully something works out!” – I mean, as much as I dream about doing that Every. Single. Day. I’m not brave enough for that – yet. Bills still have to be paid, bellies need to be full, and I have to go to my 9-5 job, each and every day to make that happen. So, for right now I have to work out the kinks, and figure out how to make it all work for ME. But, let’s hope that some day I become brave enough to say fuck it, and go on that adventure!
For now, I have so many projects  and goals that are half way there and that I need to give more attention to, or chop all together. The feeling of having some not completed or figured out, gives me stress. And the longer it goes on for, the worse the stress gets! I can’t make a good, clear, well thought out decision with a cloudy, stressed mind! However do all the decisions we make need to be clear, correct, and well thought out? I doubt it.
My major tasks up on the air right now – I’ve got my nutritional studies (with a due date looming over me), my 9-5 job (which is not my career, won’t be forever, but is it really what I should be doing with my time?.. I mean, I guess so.. if I want to be able to eat or have a place to live, plus I do enjoy what I do most days), my blog (which has been creating a lot of really great opportunities, but still, I feel like I can’t keep up with it).. the candle company (which, omg is probably my number one cause of stress.. after the other three things I listed of course! Ha!)

So – to start I have to make a decision about every single goal I want to reach. From big goals like my blog and the candle company – to small goals like drinking enough water, getting enough sleep, eat healthy, or exercising to lose 10 lbs..I’ve got to prioritize, plan, actually put in the work to making them a reality. I can’t go around saying, I write a successful blog, unless Im actually doing that (although it already has become more than I thought it would.. so small win!), I can’t say that I am a Registered Holisitic Nutritionist, unless I actually become that. I don’t want to be that person. The one who constantly spouts off all the things they are great at, or that they have created and accomplished, and really it’s just a bunch of bullshit. I want to actually do them. I want to bring them to life. I want them to be successful. And none of that is going to happen by just thinking about it. I have to make myself accountable. Time to buckle down, make the decisions, and get the ball rolling!
If you need me..I’ll be over here..fishing.

#TBT

My throwback Thursday is back to my high school days! Cheerleading, dance, choir, and music were my life.. when I wasn’t busy driving up and down Main Street in that sweet Sunfire Convertible! Ahhh.. those were the days! #WhenIWasSkinnyAndThoughtIWasFat

We have almost made it through the week you guys! The weekend will be here before you know it! Hope everyone has an adventure! Next week I have new posts coming! Until then.. ✌️️❤️🍍

MONDAY

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Photo Cred: Ryan McGuire

Sip your coffee, take a giant deep breath, and buckle up! A new week is upon us! Is it just me, or do the weekends go by way to quickly? I am imagining you nodding along with me, because you would have to be a crazy person to not wish the weekends were longer. Honestly, is it really asking too much to just have one more day tacked on there? Who do we need to talk to about that?! 😉 Just when I finally get relaxed, I realize it’s Sunday evening and the next morning the alarm is set.. boo!

I hope you all had a wonderful, productive weekend. Ours was busy busy, but great! Lots of family time which I always love.

This weekend, we gave my Brother-In-Law his Christmas gift, of a Rib Dinner! I know that sounds like a funny Christmas gift, but it’s what he asked for! I must say, it’s quite a compliment to my cooking that each year, instead of a random item, or gift card.. he puts my cooking on his list! The past couple of years he asked for Slow Cooker Meals, which is helpful to them throughout the year.. I did about 10-15 meals for them.. got them all prepped into freezer bags so that on their busy days, dinner didn’t have to be a thought.. they could just remove from the freezer, pop into a slow cooker and be done with it. This year he surprised me! His list read “come to my house and cook a rib dinner.” Done! Without tooting my own horn tooooo much, I can tell you that the dinner was great! I love a good BBQ dinner, so this was right up my alley. I will share my menu and recipes with you in a separate post, or this could go on all day! It was a close call when we arrived to their house and I slipped on the ice, carrying the box with dinner in it, and everything flew in the air.. a classic movie slip moment.. thankfully, I had saran-wrapped everything so tightly that it survived! Phewf! I was almost in tears, thinking of walking in the door, and telling him that his Christmas gift was currently all over their front yard!

On Sunday, we went to see The National Geographic Live: Spinosaurus. The show was pretty cool, a little less exciting than I was expecting, but very informative, and interesting to say the least! Dinosaurs are so cool. #NerdAlert

So what will this week bring for me? I have a few posts to share with you, along with a few recipes so I am looking forward to doing that, as well as possibly some veerrrry exciting news! (Just waiting to get the final word so trying to not get ahead of myself!) And, I will also fill you in on what was on the menu at our BBQ dinner so you can plan on of your own!

Your week is a blank canvas! Now top up your coffee, and let the adventures begin!

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Photo Cred: Carli Jeen @ Unsplash.com

 

 

 

It’s. Just. Life.

I know, I know it’s been AGES!  The summer flew by with many adventures under my belt, and my tan is fading away now..Halloween has come and gone which means..Dun, dun duuuuuunnnnnn…It’s coming! Brace yourselves, the snow will be here before we know it!
(It’s our own fault. We choose to live in a deep freezer.)

I wish I had a excuse to feed you as to why I suddenly went MIA but if I am being honest, It’s. Just Life. It gets in the way sometimes, doesn’t it!?

Alright, a quick run-down of where I am at..
My work load has doubled this year, and what started out as a part time position.. to get out of the house so I didn’t continue to lose my mind at the rate I was, and make a little extra cash, has completely consumed my life. The clinic that I work in is busy, which is great, don’t get me wrong.. but it really takes a toll on you!
Work is work is work is work is work is work is work is work is work is work is work. Right?!
We’d all rather be vacationing on a beach.

School?.. Studying?… What’s that again?!.. Just kidding! I think I can almost remember! 😉
I had started studying Holistic Nutrition back in 2014..OMFG! 2014?!?!
Christ.. anyway.. yes, two years ago I started.. and NO, I am not close to being done. But does it reallllllllly matter? Well. Yes and no. It does, because it’s been paid for already, and it’s what I WANT to be doing, rather than what I am doing.. but what I am doing now is important too, and I am still studying behind the scenes – little to never – but when I can, and it’ll get done when it gets done. Why stress over it? The way I think of it is if it is causing stress, it is not worth doing. And studying Holistic Nutrition is def worth it! So i am determined to not let it get me down. I refuse to let it stress me out. And some day, I will be Brittany, a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. Until then, I’m totally fine with being just Brittany.

The candle company, Atmosphere Candle Company, (which you can check out HERE) is still coming along nicely so stay tuned! The online store will be up and running hopefully in the next few weeks! I am in LOVE with our scents! I can’t get enough of them! We got a tad held up when our roof decided to leak, and destroy the inside of our condo.. and our lives. Not really, but no one likes living through reno’s. Especially when you didn’t ask to do them. But who can complain about a nice new rooftop deck, and a fresh coat of paint!? Not me! (except for that’s exactly what I just did LOL!) I will share some before and after pics once all the finishing touches are finito! I LOVE LOVE LOVE home decor, I have a feeling it will never really be “done”.. but whatevs!

See, It’s. Just. Life. There’s no excuse. It is what it is!
Take a gander at what I’ve been up to, and then find out what’s coming next below!

 

So what’s to come?..Well! Just because I have not been updating you guys, or staying in touch, doesn’t mean my creative mind hasn’t been working away! I am back, and it’s time to get busy! I have a whole wack load of recipes to share, including a whole week dedicated to spaghetti squash (just when you thought you couldn’t love it anymore!). Plus, Crafts..photos..projects. Update on my fitness journey (a verrrrryyy long and bumpy road).. Also..I have some beauty tips to save your skin this winter!.. What else..?.. Um.. I am thinking, I am thinking, oh yes! Wellness items, including why it is SO important for chiropractic to be a part of your life, along with acupuncture, cupping, massage, and an all around wellness lifestyle! And, some products that have been introduced to my life this year! We will also be featuring a few new friends over the next few months, who are seriously rock stars at what they do!

And now I will stop rambling on and let you all get back to your lives!

I hope this finds you all well. I’ve missed you dearly.

TEA MASK MADNESS – DAY 1 – ORGANIC THE GLOW – PART 1

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Okay, let’s be honest.. It’s Monday of the long weekend so this is going to be brief! I promise I will be back tomorrow to fill you in on all of the juicy bits about this tea though, so make sure you catch part 2 of this one!

My first go-to tea facial, and probably the one that I do the most is using “The Glow”, from David’s Tea (check it out HERE). Not only is this one of my favorite go-to skin products, it’s one of my favorite go-to’s for drinking! It tastes SO good! Anyway, back to what you came here for.. It’s great at the end of a long day, or when you find your skin is feeling “sluggish.” It’s so refreshing on your skin! The second it touches your skin, you can just feel all the good things happening!

I will chat with you tomorrow about other brands of tea that will give you similar results, and why this mask makes your skin feel so good because there are a TON of reasons why, but for now..

I brew a VERY strong batch of “The Glow” tea, then once it is suuuper dark, not just a few minutes brew.. but like a “EW! I would never drink that!” kinda dark! I cut strips of paper towel and dip them into the tea.. this will help them stick to your face.. then I put the strips all over my face (one across my forehead/eyes, one down each side & cheek, one across lip/chin, and one on neck), then LAY DOWN! If you try to wear this while you do something else, or be upright in general… your paper towels may start to fall off! It’s a very good excuse to just put them on and take a well deserved break! Lay back, breathe, and just enjoy a good relax!

Secret: I have also been known to double dip those strips, and redo this mask a couple times in a row for an extra boost!

You can store this mask in your fridge for a couple of days, and that way you can do this mask a couple times a week and the next time it’s all ready to go! After it’s been in the fridge and gets nice and cold, it feels amazing on tired/sore eyes!

Another secret: When I run out of face toner, When I want my skin to look and feel amazing, I use this! I know it might sound crazy, but it really does make your skin feel SO good! People pay big bucks for a rosehip toner!