Valentine’s Day Style: Red Dress & Pearl Heels

Outfit Details: Dress – Zaful, Shoes – Steve Madden, Earrings – Sunset 45

 

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Turkey Picadillo Protein Pasta Recipe

Hello hello! Today I’m sharing one of my all time favorite recipes to make that’s easy, healthy and yummy. If you follow me on Instagram, I’m sure you saw the mini recipe about this dish I posted & after getting countless requests for the full  recipe, here we are.

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I LOVE any dish that includes Picadillo & this has become one of my staples. You can make this dish with regular ground beef & pasta if you wish but to keep the dish macro friendly I use lean ground turkey and protein pasta. Let’s get started!

Prep Time: 15 Min

Cook Time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS

Picadillo:

  • 93% Lean Ground Turkey
  • 1 Small Can of Low Sodium Tomato Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Onion Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Garlic Powder
  • 2 teaspoons Complete Seasoning
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Mojo Criole Marinade
  • Pinch of Sea Salt

Pasta:

  • 1 Box Barilla Protein Plus Rotini Pasta
  • 1 Jar of Tomato & Basil Sauce
  • 1/4 Cup Shredded Low-Fat Mozzarella Cheese

 

 

COOKING INSTRUCTIONS

  • Put ground turkey on a plate & add your onion, garlic, salt & complete seasoning
  • Next add your mojo marinade and 1/2 of the low sodium tomato sauce
  • Allow to marinate for 10-15 minutes
  • While you let the turkey sit, bring water to a boil in a medium sized pot
  • Add pasta and a pinch of salt and stir.
  • As pasta cooks, add a little olive oil to a medium sized pan and add your seasoned turkey
  • Begin to cook on medium heat.
  • As it cooks, add in the 1/2 left of tomato sauce.
  • Stir the picadillo and cook until brown.
  • Take your pasta and drain the water from it and place back on stove on low heat.
  • Add in your cooked turkey to pasta and mix.
  • Add in your tomato and bail sauce and mix (I usually add half a jar)
  • Lastly, add 1/4 cup of mozzarella cheese and mix in for melted cheese goodness

VOILA! You’re done! Quick, easy and good for you! Let me know how your dishes come out when you try this!

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New Year, New Health Goals

As 2017 comes to a close, many of us are setting up goals for the new year. Things like go to the gym and eat healthier. If you’re like me, your eating habits are pretty good but sometimes you need a little help. I decided to get a head start on my 2018 goal of eating clean(er) and switching up my diet to include my favorite dishes by making them on the healthier side.

With a little help from my friends at Deliver Lean, I was able to do just that. I’m busy as hell ALL the time and cooking is usually the last thing on my mind. I try my hardest to meal prep on Sundays but sometimes I’m just not in the mood & if you know me, you know I hate cooking, H A T E. That’s when I decided to try a meal planning service. Cue Deliver Lean to the rescue

Deliver Lean is South Florida’s leading meal delivery service. With four meal plans to choose from, including Classic, Paleo, Vegetarian and Vegan, over 100 different menu items rotating weekly, add-ons like cold-pressed organic juice, kids meals, snacks and desserts, plus exclusive access to choose your own meals and track your macros online, DeliverLean gives customers all the tools and freedom to customize the perfect meal plan for their lifestyle. Whether you’re looking for health and convenience or have weight loss goals in mind, DeliverLean has you covered.

I decided to go with a mix of their Paleo and Classic dish options to help keep my diet on track and manage my weight without losing too much muscle. See some of my meal choices below. My favorite dishes were the Media Noche Sandwich, Flax seed Waffle w/ Turkey Bacon, Thai Style Marinated Chicken with Brown Rice and Black Bean Edamame Burger.

The food was de-li-cious! It tasted fresh and some of the dishes were so good I kept thinking there’s no way they can be healthy. I also loved how each meal came with the macros printed on the container. After a week of meals I was hooked and made sure to sign up for an additional two weeks. You can’t beat the quality of the meals and the convenience of having them delivered fresh to your door.

Check out how yummy some of my meals looked (and tasted!). 2018 is the perfect excuse to try out Deliver Lean and get back on track after all that Holiday food. Cheers to the new year everyone!

 

5 Tricks to Boost Your Hair’s Thickness

*This is a contributed post

Fed up with your flat, lifeless hair? You’re not the only one. With the festive season fast approaching and plenty of parties on the horizon, it’s no surprise that you want to look your best. If your hair is getting you down, do something! These handy volume-boosting tricks will give you thicker, bouncier hair that that will leave you glowing inside and out.

1. Be blunt about it

A blunt haircut is perfect for making your hair look thicker. Giving the ends a good trim will clear any dead hair while also creating the illusion of fullness. You can still have your layers cut into it, but be sure to ask your stylist to blunt the ends. You can find some great inspiration for blunt cuts on Pinterest for all hair lengths.

2. Blow dry like a pro

If your hair looks amazing when you step out of the salon, but flat when you do it yourself – your blow dry game could be to blame. Blow-drying your hair properly can make it look much thicker, while also giving your style some hold. Add some volumizing mist to your roots and focus on adding some volume – a round brush works best for this. If you’re in a hurry, simply flip your head upside down to blow dry your hair for an instant volume boost.

3. Add extensions

For full-looking, glamorous hair, you can’t beat a set of hair extensions. If you don’t want to opt for bonds, then some tape in hair extensions are the perfect solution. Simply use them when you want a thicker style, and take them out when you’re ready. Hair extensions can be styled just like real hair, while others come in ready-curled and wave varieties. Tape in hair extensions blend easily with your own hair for a natural look that nobody but you will be able to detect!

4. Tease your hair

Teasing hair is a classic technique for adding texture and volume. Learning how to tease your hair takes practice, and all you need is a tail comb and some hairspray. If you’ve got particularly fine hair, don’t overdo it or tease your hair too often as you could end up causing some damage and thinning your hair even further. Remember to smooth down your hair after teasing and backcombing to keep it looking sleek.

5. Create a fuller up-do with a simple band trick

Ariana Grande is famous for her high ponytail style which looks thick and luscious – but seemingly impossible to achieve yourself. One simple trick for getting a fuller ponytail to separate it into two. When wrapping the band around your hair, only wrap the bottom half of your hair through the last twist – this will separate the hair to create a much fuller-looking ponytail.

 

Making your hair look thicker is just one A-list fashion hack that helps give them that star quality. Experiment with thickening products and different styling techniques to help you get thicker, luscious hair that will leave you feeling beautiful inside and out.

 

Skincare 101: How to Start a Routine

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If you follow me, you know I am all about skincare. A good skincare routine is essential to keeping your skin glowing and looking as youthful as can be, no matter how many times you celebrate your 21st birthday.

Starting a skincare routine can seem daunting and very overwhelming. Do you need toner? Eye Cream? Retinol? How much money should your eye cream even cost? $10, $20, $80?

Let’s all take a deep breath together and I’ll break things down for you
& your very first skincare routine! Ready, let’s talk skincare!

#1 Cleanser – This is the base of your skincare routine. You want a cleanser that’s effective in removing your makeup and the days Friné from your face.

Depending on your skin tone, you’ll want a cleanser that targets a specific concern you have. For me it’s oil control & acne clearing. My favorite cleanser for this is Clean and Clear benzoyl peroxide wash. It keeps my skin clear & shine free.

#2 Toner – This is and should always be the second thing you do after washing your face. Toner helps to remove any final impurities from the skin while soothing and repairing. It also preps your skin for the next steps in your regime. I love this Witch Hazel toner, it’s the bomb.com.

#3 Serum – Here’s where you can apply serums depending on your skin’s needs. For myself, I focus on brightening and oil control. I love to add a Vitamin C serum with oil control benefits, followed by my FAVORITE serum from Clarin’s, their Hydra-Essential Bi Phase to give my skin a radiance boost. I swear this serum alone has made my skin glow, highly recommend. If you don’t know where to start, any serum with Vitamin C is a sure  bet. The serum will brighten your skin while helping fine lines and your tone. I love to switch my serums up depending on my skin’s needs that week and for my oily girls, no worries as adding an oil to your regime will NOT make your skin oilier. On the contrary, it helps balance our your skin!

#4 Moisturize – THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. IF YOU DO ONE THING, DO THIS. I cannot stress this enough, moisturizing is key to good skin. This step along helps keep skin hydrated, acts a barrier so daily irritants doesn’t enter your skin, and helps your skins tone & texture. It can also help keep fine lines at bay and balance your skin. Like I said, if you pick one thing from this list, pick this one! I love the moisturizer from Olay, it’s amazing and has added benefits like anti-aging.

#5 Eye Cream – I take my eye cream seriously as I do NOT want crow’s feet early on. When applying make sure to dab lightly onto your crow’s feet and under the eye area, DAB not rub. Pick a cream that’s on the thicker side as this hydrates the delicate eye area better. My favorite is this Olay one. (I swear Olay’s creams are the shiiiitttt)

#6 BONUS: Retinol – This is essential to good skin once you hit your mid twenties. Including a retinol in your regime does a ton of good for your skin. It helps control oil and reduce pore size; it also helps reduce fine lines and prevent wrinkles from forming. This miracle cream can also help fade discoloration and brighten your skin. Prescription strength ones work best, but over the counter options are just as good. Try this one from Peter Thomas Roth. Retinol will dry your skin out though so make sure to hydrate and moisturize your skin plenty!

If you want to add a weekly step to  your routine, make sure you are exfoliating! Doing this 1-2x a week will help slough off dead skin cells and reveal your radiant & smooth skin below. I’ve made my own using honey, brown sugar and essential oils.

Now you’re ready to take on the skin care world, one step at a time! What are your favorite skincare tips? Share below! xo