InTruBeauty: July 2013

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Summer Frizz Fighters: Products I Recommend

I usually am a pretty big fan of summer just because I love feeling of celebration and long sunny days. But what I don't love about summer is hot humid and muggy weather. If you're a curly girl like me, or just dealing with frizz prone hair, you know exactly what I'm talking about. I love having shiny, smooth and frizz free curls to show off in the summer. And from a very young age I started trying everything and anything for my picky curls. Here are some of my favorite frizz fighting products for the summer. I used all the below products to get this natural curly look today!

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Here are the products I used: 

UNITE Moisturizing Repair Treatment ($29.95) is a paraben and sodium chloride free formula that will bring your hair back to life. Avoid the drying, damaging effects of high temperatures and chlorine on your hair by using a deep treatment after a day in the sun.

7 Seconds to Protection ($26.25): Treat your hair like you would treat your skin if you are outdoors. Protect it with UV protection. It will lock in color and prevent it from dying.

UNITE Boing Curling Cream ($26.25), it softens curls and gives just the right amount of hold. Includes pure Coconut Oil to condition and soften the hair to reduce frizz.

John Frieda Luxurious Volume All Out Hold Hairspray ($8). Creates lift for high hold with lush body that lasts all day. Luxurious Volume line builds fullness at the roots, thickens individual strands and increases lift for noticeable thicker, full-bodied hair with up to: 110% More Fullness, 50% More Thickness, 90% More Lift.

These are products I can 100% guarantee that I do love and that do work for me. Hopefully they can work for you too! What is your favorite frizz fighting hair product? Comment and let me know!
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Friday, July 26, 2013

Recipe of the Week: Blueberry Jam

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I made some blueberry jam this week and I'm going to toot my own horn a little bit and say it turned out amazing. I never knew how easy it was to make jam. Its a great way to use up fruit when it starts looking not so perfect as well! I made enough to last a week or two which is great because I know its fresh and I control how much sugar goes into it!

Here's what you will need:
Masher or Wooden  Spoon

I made a small batch just for the week so I put 1 1/2 cups of blueberries into a pot on the stove. I then squeezed the juice from one lemon slice into the pot. I added just a pinch of pink Himalayan salt and a tablespoon of local raw honey. I added in sugar but didnt measure exactly. I would recommend 1/8-1/4 of a cup of sugar. Let the natural sweetness of the berries do the rest. I mashed up the blueberries with a wooden spoon. I then cooked on medium to low heat for about 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so. I cooked the batch until it started to thicken and then placed in a container and used the next morning. If you want an even thicker consistency, add in some chia seeds. They will expand and the jam will develop a more gel jelly like consistency.

 It is oh so delicious and is much healhier than any jams or jellies you are going to pick up in the store. As always, experiment and maybe add more honey and less sugar or substitute stevia or monk fruit extract in if you're sugar free. 

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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Fitness Series: Come Walk with Me!

I use to seriously hate walking, it just wasn't my thing. One reason for it is that I'm allergic to nature (yes literally) and that can hold me back sometimes. Now I just make sure to take an allergy pill and plan  my outside workouts when counts are low and inside workouts when its too warm out or my allergies are in high gear. Walking is something that anyone can do and its a great way to get started on your workout plan. On days I'm not motivated I tell myself to just walk 30 minutes, thats all you have to do and trust me once you get out there and start moving, you'll likely walk more than 30 minutes. So come along as we go on a walk in photos, where I share all my favorite sites on my walking routes.

First things first: Get your gear on! 
Sunglasses, workout clothes (faves from Old Navy), headband, hair up, SPF, and ipod! I downloaded some new sounds with some serious beats to keep me walking (and maybe even dancing a little).
My hands down absolute favorite SPF is Kate Somerville's 'Daily Deflector™ Waterlight' Broad Spectrum SPF 50+

Okay, so now we're ready to go. Here we go down to the Mississippi River. We'll walk in a circle through the park and mosey on through some gardens as well! 

Okay, I'm seriously lucky to be surrounded by all this beauty and the Mississippi River just blocks from my front door. It definitely motivates me to get off my butt and get outside and watch the sunset. One of the reasons I wanted to share my walk with you is because I'm so appreciative of where I live and the beauty that surrounds me and I just wanted to share it with you. Hopefully this motivates you to explore your own area and get out there!  

Find out more about tracking your steps, sleep, calories, food & water intake here:

My fitbit zip keeps me on track! I made over 10,000 steps on just my first day with it. I walked for an hour in 90 degree weather and then finished my workout inside. I told myself I WILL walk 10,000 steps today and I did! :) I also use My Fitness Pal to track exercise and calories eaten for that day. I set a weight loss goal and try to stick to that. I also use Fooducate to scan foods when grocery shopping to make sure I'm making better choices. Fitbit also syncs to My Fitness Pal so they're super easy to use together. These three applications/programs: fitbit, My Fitness Pal and Fooducate help keep me on track!
I'm also the kind of person that likes to write things down. I have notebooks all over the place along with sticky notes and random scraps of paper. A big part of staying on track with your fitness and weightloss goals are to be organized and have a realistic plan. If you're like me, sometimes, it really helps to write things down instead of just electronically logging it. It's therapeutic almost. That's why I'm loving my fitbook. This book enables me to set a realistic 12 week plan and map out my goals for food, exercise, weightloss, etc. 

The Blue Bridge! My favorite bridge ever. Bonus, there is a walking path along the side of the bridge with stairs down to a local park with more walking paths along the river! We even get to cross into a different state if we go far enough :) Should we? 

Don't forget to stop and smell the flowers! 

Friendship Gardens

Bike Rack: You've been yarn bombed :)

Lily Pad! Friendship Gardens

Sidewalk quotes, one of my favorite parts of my walk!

Blooming Cactus. I've never seen one before. It really encouraged me to think that even something so thorny could bloom such a gorgeous flower. 

Let's stop and give each other a hug, we're doing so good!

Yes I DID walk up those steps and I didn't die!

Secret Italian Garden we discovered on our walk in a small river town

See now that wasn't so bad. Thanks for coming along my walk with me, now go get some water, drink up, and tomorrow get ready to go on an adventure in your own town...and don't be sorry. ;)

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