Summer is in full effect and you know what that means? COLOR! Pops of bright colors are all the rage this summer. If you are not wearing color, you are not living life.
Clothes are like second skin, especially workout clothes. Wearing colorful workout gear can put you in a great mood and you will want to do that workout. I know that when I put on some bright gym gear, I feel cheerful and ready to tackle my workout.
In my last blog, I shared my passion for style with sustainability. I am all about Threads 4 Thought active wear. If you are just reading this for the first time, then hold onto your workout hat because I am about to blow you away by telling you what my colorful workout pants are made of. Would you believe me if I told you that these workout pants are made from recycled plastic bottles? (Insert gasp here) Yep! And would you believe me if I told you that they are THE most comfortable workout pants that I own? Yep! So comfortable, I couldn’t just buy one after wearing them, I bought a few more to add to my workout wardrobe.
Did you know that fashion is the third dirtiest industry on that planet? Yes. So I appreciate eco-friendly companies like Threads 4 Thought, they are here to change the industry with their ethical, sustainable fashion which improves the planet. Think about it, you can save the planet one workout at a time by choosing what you wear to gym! This is you can make a small difference every time you shop.
Being a Healthinista, I love fashion, especially fitness fashion! I not only choose to eat healthy and workout. I like to choose healthy workout clothes that are sustainable and environmentally friendly as well. I believe fashion should be manufacturing ethically. I love supporting companies that care about the environment, the animals, and people. It is easy not to think about this when you go to the mall or buy something online but, if you take the time and do a little research you can make a difference when you shop.
Hey guys! If you have been following my blog awhile then you know that I am an eco-friendly diva. That is why I coined myself the Healthinista. I embody all things healthy. I am not high maintenance, but when it comes to my health, I am. From the foods that I eat, to the clothes that I wear, I like to research the brand’s company to see who I am supporting. I support brands that truly care for the planet and people’s health. Of course, we can never be 100% in everything that we buy, but I try to be conscious when I purchase a product.
Think about it…Have you ever thought of researching the company’s product you purchase? Every time you buy something, you support that brand. Things that make you hmm…right? What are you REALLY supporting?
Today’s brand I am featuring on my blog is Threads 4 Thought. They have an AH-MAZING casual clothes and active wear made from organic cotton, recycled plastic bottles, and beech pulp. I bought a t-shirt a couple years ago from them and fell in love with not only the products, but the company. You can read more about the company and their mission here.
Being a Healthinista, my closet is filled with tons of workout clothes. When I found out Threads 4 Thought had workout clothes, I was like NO WAY! I bought a few pieces to test them out and sure enough, they are the most comfortable workout clothes and very stylish too! Check out the half lotus crop pants I am wearing. Love these fun colors! You can dress them up bright colors or add black to it.
My husband and I had the honor to vacation on the fantasy island of Bora Bora this month and we renewed our 10 year wedding vows on the breathtaking turquoise beaches while staying in one of the over the water huts. We lived a 9 day dream come true for both Keith and I. I want to share with you my journey.
Being a hopeless romantic, I wanted to renew our wedding vows for our 10 year. I had been throwing out hints for the past couple years to my hubby that we should go somewhere super romantic like those uber cool Instagram travel accounts that I follow, where I drool over dream vacations from all over the world. (When I dream big, I dream really BIG!) So I scrolled away on dream vacays on IG till I found the perfect places.
We narrowed it down to three locations when we did our search-Bora Bora, Santorini in Greece, and the Amalfi Coast in Italy. It was so hard to pick just one because they all looked really dreamy and let’s get real, I could see myself in all these locations saying “I do” again. In the end of our long research, the huts over the water in Bora Bora won!
Now was the fun part, all the planning! I had three friends stay at the Four Seasons in Bora Bora and gave us glowing reviews that we couldn’t say no to those great testimonials. We booked our vacay last year because April is a busy month for weddings, honeymoons, and vacations. Our wedding anniversary date is April 8th. We tried to get that week but it was a popular month. So we went with the last week of April/beginning of May.
April 29th couldn’t come fast enough this year. It seemed like a long 2016 just waiting for this tropical paradise to come and guess what? It was! Where have you been all my life Bora Bora? A bucket list of dreams I can’t wait to check off! Then the day came and we were more than ready to go. Dreams, romance, adventure, and love awaited us on this dreamy vacation.
The first day we arrived at 11 am and our rooms weren’t ready till 3 pm so we walked around the resort and got a massage. (You will need one after a 12 hour plane ride.) We got a 2 hour couples massage and unwinded from the flight. After our massage, we were so excited to check out our bungalow. Just the walk to the over the bungalow was super exciting! It was the very last one on the end. It was everything we imagined and more! As we wizzed through the room to see the layout, we couldn’t wait to see our balcony, the views just blew us away. Mount Otemanu looked like a back drop to a movie set. It did not seem real. Another thing we couldn’t wait to do was jump off the back of our bungalow first thing in the morning. We had so many things to check off our bucket list, we couldn’t wait to get through the list.
The food was amazing! All fresh unprocessed foods! I got fresh pressed juices, fresh fruits, salads, and more. It catered to vegans and gluten-free peeps (like myself) and I was in plant-based heaven! Between the breathtaking nature back drop and the food, I was living it up. They had a great gym too! I jet skied, snorkeled, kayaked, paddle boarded, and swam for the most part everyday. Besides some champagne, wine, and margaritas to toast this festive trip, I did pretty good being healthy. The sun and the beach calls to my soul and fills me up. I just can’t get enough. I love being healthy in a big city, but the beach naturally encourages my soul to do it. The beach grounds me every time I go and makes my heart full.
This was such an amazing trip to reconnect with my husband, re-evaluate our personal/professional goals, and get inspired going forward. I have so much to give and have so much to live for.
At the end of trip waiting at the airport, my husband asked me what my favorite part of our trip was. I answered, “EVERYTHING! Can we live there?” My three favorite things were renewing our vows, swimming with the sharks, and sleeping in the over the water bungalows. All three things were very thrilling for me, so special, and are what dreams are made of. My husband spoils me and I am so grateful to have such a thoughtful loving husband who helps me live out my dreams.
When we renewed our vows on the beach, I couldn’t get past the second line without crying for joy. My heart was happy. I had to bring my vows on paper so I didn’t forget them because I was all nervous. (Love that I still get nervous with him and I have been with him for 13 years!) In this pic, I love the way he looks at me as I am crying saying our new vows for the next 10 years. He was pretty choked up. Shhh!! Don’t tell him I said that. Love, love, love my husband! I said “I still do”! Until the next 10 years Keith!
I want to say thank you for all your beautiful comments and post that you guys reached out to me on my social media. I adore them! Thank you for sharing a special moment in my life.
Here are some fun tips if you ever decided to go to Bora Bora!
Fun tips for Bora Bora
If you get an over the water bungalow, request one at the far end of the dock so you have the best views of Mount Otemanu. It was my favorite view every morning when I woke up and before I went to bed. Did you know that Mount Oteman is 3 million years old and used to be an active volcano? I know! Crazy, huh!?
You have to do the shark and stingray tour! That was my highlight of the trip (besides renewing my vows). We did the full day and it was AWESOME! We snorkeled at 3 different locations in the lagoon and then they prepared us a traditional Polynesian lunch on a private island.
There is so much to do there that we didn’t get all that we wanted to do. We did 4 days of water excursions, and the rest on the beach, pool, and spa. It was all necessary on this vacay. I could have stayed another week. I wanted to do the ATV tour on the land, but it was booked. Maybe next time!
Some people say you must go once in your life, I recommend twice! LOL! We will be going back, it is now my favorite place on earth. Love the Polynesian culture and this island. They make you feel so welcome and it is so special.
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Matcha Green Vanilla Bean Smoothie
1 teaspoon Matcha powder
1 scoop SunWarrior Vanilla Bean Illumin8
1 banana frozen chopped up
1 banana fresh
1 tablespoon chia seeds.
Blend all together and sprinkle some chia seeds and matcha powder on top for garnish.
Cold Brew Mocha Smoothie 1 frozen banana chopped
1 fresh banana
3 Mejool dates no seeds
8 oz. organic cold brew coffee
1 scoop mocha SunWarrior Illumin8
Blend all ingredients together and top with banana slices and coconut flakes. These are my favorite two superfood smoothies that Illuminate my mornings! More Illumin8ing recipes coming soon!
Get ready to have your taste buds styled! Bye bye hot winter comfort foods and hello fresh fruit bursting with flavor! Now that it is spring time, I like to eat more raw foods. Raw foods in the spring and summer give me more energy not to mention that beautiful natural glow everyone one asks me about. Maybe it’s Maybelline…nope, maybe it’s raw foods! J Lately, my favorite breakfast is a matcha berry bowl. It has tons of antioxidants for anti-aging, hydrates, and nourishes the cells of your body and that kick of energy from the matcha tea is AH-MAZING!
Matcha tea is a delicious green tea from Japan contains a specific set of organic compounds known as catechins. Among antioxidants, catechins are the most potent and beneficial. Really great for anti-aging and healing your cells from free radicals. It has 137 more antioxidants than regular green tea. It also has a little bit of caffeine to get your morning started.
What I like about smoothie bowls are that they pretty basic and easy to make. The real fun and flavor comes from the toppings! This way you can have that smooth, creamy smoothie bowl topped with fresh fruit and granola or nuts for crunch. There are no rules; you make it up as you go.
My latest go-to favorite bowl has been a matcha berry combo. I wake up craving it!
MATCHA BERRY BOWL Prep time: 10 minutes
Ingredients for bowl:
1 frozen banana
1 cup frozen pineapple
1 fresh banana
1 handful spinach
1 tablespoon matcha powder
1 scoop Vanilla SunWarrior Protein Powder
½ cup strawberries
½ cup blueberries
¼ cup of Hail Merry Granola (the best granola ever and healthiest I have found with nuts and oats)
Make sure when you blend ingredients for bowl it is thick like frozen soft serve. YYou can add as much or little water to it for as thick or thin as you like. After ingredients from bowl are blended, pour ingredients for bowl in a bowl, duh! Then add your favorite ingredients on top.
The Super Bowl is around the corner and that means…SNACK TIME! Most snack food items at a Super Bowl party are processed foods full of fat, sugar, GMO’s and other chemicals. It may taste good at the time, but you will pay for it later. I am a fit foodie and always look for healthier alternatives because that is what a Healthinista does, right? What you eat is what you wear and you don’t want to wear an inflammation suit of chemicals, trust me! Does not look good on anyone! You can still have your favorite fun snacks but without all the bad fat and calories. Try these cauliflower buffalo bites in place of buffalo wings. They are AH-MAZING to feast on. I found a great recipe on the internet years back and it is has been one of my favorite snacks that go fast at a party. Make sure to make plenty because they will not last long!
1 head organic cauliflower chopped into bite size piece
½ cup organic brown rice flour
½ cup filtered water
¼ teaspoon of organic garlic powder
Pinch of Himalayan sea salt
Batter to make halfway through to coat-
1 tsp. Earth Balance butter melted
½ cup of your favorite organic buffalo sauce (I use Wing Time from Whole Foods)
Preheat oven to 450F.
In a small bowl, combine brown rice flour, water, garlic powder and salt. Mix thoroughly with a whisk.
Dip cauliflower pieces in the batter until coated evenly, then place on a parchment paper sheet.
Bake for about 10 minutes or until the batter hardens, then flip with a spatula and bake for another 5 minutes.
Whisk together hot sauce and Earth Balance butter in a small bowl.
When the cauliflower is finished, take a brush and evenly brush each piece with the hot sauce mixture or dip cauliflower into batter.
Bake coated cauliflower for an additional 8-10 minutes, or until cauliflower is crispy, and sauce is absorbed.
Remove from oven.
Let cauliflower bites set out for at least 20 minutes before serving and enjoy!
Baby, it’s cold outside…brrr. I don’t know about you, but there is only so much working out indoors that I can handle during the winter. I usually like to mix my regular gym workouts with some outdoor workouts, but in the cold winter months, not so much fun being outside unless I am snow skiing somewhere. I like to take advantage of the Texas 50-60 degree winter weather. (And yes, you read that right, that is cold to me.) But, lately it has been in the 30-40’s range. I would prefer 70-80’s to workout outside, but if you have enough layers, you will have an AH-MAZING winter workout to feeling energized!
Dress in layers. When you start getting hot, you can peel them off. I like to wear thick workout tights, a zip up jacket, with a long sleeve workout turtleneck shirt under it. Make sure to protect your ears and hands too. This outfit is from Athleta, one of my favorite casual workout brands.
Jacket Turtleneck Tights Beanie Gloves Shoes My favorite places to workout outside are parks. They have built in gym equipment like steps and benches you can use. I start off by getting my body warmed up, I will take a brisk walk for about a mile, then I will amp it up with a jog. Sometime I will do HIIT sprints and sometimes I will do a 3-5 miles steady run. Just depends on what my body is feeling.
I love that you can use a park bench as a step up exercise. If the bench is too high for you, find some steps, and use that. I like to time myself for 1 minute on one leg and then switch to the other leg. I will do step ups between push ups off bench and tricep dips. I like to alternate to give the muscles a rest. Incorporating tricep dips in between steps up will tone the back of the arms up. Do as many as you can in correct form. I usually go until failure. You can do V crunches off the bench. You will have a seat and hold onto the back of the bench. Keep your legs straight. Try to raise them as high as you can go. Make sure you keep your core tight. Then lower your legs slowly so that they don’t touch the floor. I will do 20 reps.
Start out with brisk walk for 10 minutes or a mile to warm up
Jog/run for 2-3 miles
3-4 sets/20 reps
Step ups on bench
Push ups on bench or ground
Repeat from the top
I am so sad and in disbelief my dear friend and talented artist, Wade Livingston, was taken from us unexpectedly. I debated on whether or not I wanted to write this blog, but I feel like everyone grieves in their own way and this was my way to honor him. After all, 95% of all these images you see on my Healthinista blog were shot by Wade. Whether, I was shooting fitness, family, or something fun, he was my friend and go to photographer for all kinds of projects for 16 years. Remembering the good times with him helps heal the soul.
I first met Wade in the spring of 2001. I was scouted for modeling to shoot a catalog. I was a super shy, nervous wreck and didn’t know what to expect. I remember walking into his beautiful white studio and him greeting me with a smile showing where to put my things and introducing me to the make up artist. After I was all made up and dressed, it was time to shoot. I didn’t know what I was doing or how to pose, Wade had a kind and gentle demeanor to make you feel comfortable and show you how to pose. Next thing you know, I was following Wade’s directions and all the images he shot of me blew me away. Not only could Wade make you feel comfortable, he would capture you in a way you never thought possible.
Over the years, we became friends and I shot with him pretty consistently. His work never ceased to amaze me. Every time I came to the studio, he would show me some of his latest breath taking work. He told me he liked to work with lighting and he was “old school”, that way he could do minimal post-production. He liked to get it right the first time so he wouldn’t spend hours editing. I have always admired his work and was inspired by him. I fell in love with the art of photography over the years, mainly inspired by him. He told me he was glad he started on film, because you can’t mess up on film. You can always add when it comes to digital, photo shop is your friend these days, but not on film. I started learning photography last year and was asking him questions about settings. I would do a photoshoot and then ask him what I could do to improve. He would always, write me back and help me. Wade was such a humble gentle soul.
Not only did I love his work, it was behind the scenes that in between takes we would joke around. Just thinking about some of our moments, brings a smile to my face. When I shot with Wade, it was an all day event. Just driving to the shoot made me excited. I would come with bags of healthy food to make sure everyone on the set had their energy levels up. We would put on some music and laugh it up. We would catch up with each other on what was the latest. He would tell me that the Healthy Housewives inspired him to eat healthier and I would tell him that his photography work inspired me. He would tell me what he grew in his garden and different healthy meals he made. He told me he started cycling and fell in love with it. After we shot, I loved how we could see our images right then and there and pick them out on the spot. I always left his studio feeling beautiful!
I got really close to Wade when I shot my Healthy Housewives project. I wanted to keep my brand consistent so he shot all my work during this time. I shot with him once to twice a month for 4 years straight. He helped me create my dream and vision with his art. I had poured my heart and soul in the Healthy Housewives and he helped me create it with his talented eye. He was there through it all. When I reinvented my brand to the Healthinista, he was super supportive to help me create more of a high fashion look so it was a little different from my Healthy Housewives. He always had great input.
I was going to shoot with Wade this month for another blog entry. I was planning my next shoot. I logged onto FB last Tuesday night, I saw a post that made my heart drop. I knew something was wrong. I immediately text him to ask if everything was ok. I didn’t hear back. Wednesday morning I text two of my favorite MUA and asked if everything was ok with Wade. They both text back that they did not know anything was wrong. It was like I was holding my breath. That whole Wednesday, I was worried. I thought about him all day. Thursday morning, his sister-in-law wrote a post on FB to let everyone know that he had been in an accident with a vehicle while he was cycling and was in ICU. I was heartbroken. I was praying that it was not bad and he would bounce back in no time. We all prayed and sent positive thoughts but God called him to heaven yesterday.
A part of me doesn’t believe he is gone and that I won’t get to call or text him again and then another part of me knows he is in a beautiful place. Wade was a kind, generous, loving human being to everyone. He made everyone feel special that crossed his path. He touched my heart and I love him dearly for showing me the world through his eyes. He will be missed dearly by everyone he touched. We will see you again one day…just Wade for it!
A friend of Wade’s set up a Go Fund Me account to pay for medical and funeral cost incurred by his family. If you would like to donate and help out, any amount will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Also, here is a beautiful article that was written about Wade and his photography style.
Thank you for reading how Wade impacted my life. He will always hold a special place in my heart. He was family to me. I could post thousands of photos he took of me, but you get the gist…he captured so many moments of my life and was a big part of my life. You might see a picture of me for my ads and blogs, I see Wade’s style and talent.
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