Month: September 2014

Make your own Tea Latte

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There is nothing that says “Fall” like a nice Warm Tea Latte. Not only will that Coffeehouse Tea Latte empty your wallet, it will pack on the calories. Making your own Tea Latte does not have to be a chore, its actually quite simple. In order to make your own Tea latte will need a few Ingredients, which include:

Milk of your choice (I like plain soy milk)

Tea bag or Tea latte mix (you can choose one of these Mixes HERE) My favorite is the Tazo Chai and Green tea latte mix

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You will also need something to heat up your milk, you can either do this on the stove or invest in a milk steamer , there is one at Target for $39.99. Hmm..I might just get one of those!! Here it is

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Okay, now lets make that Tea Latte!

Step 1: Heat up your milk , either by using a sauce pan on the stove and boiling the milk or following the instructions on the steamer (usually you just pour and press a button after plugged in)

Step 2: Pour your Tea latte mix in your desired mug (if you are using the Mix to make it), then just pour milk over your favorite Tea Latte mix and Voila! your Delicious Tea latte is made!!

If you want to make it from a tea bag, just heat up some hot water in order to steep the tea bag. Pour about two ounces of the Tea in your mug, then top with the Steamed milk. You can leave the tea bag in your cup for a stronger tea flavor. Add sugar to sweeten.

Keep in mind, when using the Tea Latte mix, most already have sugar in them, so I would not add any sugar .

Are you a Tea Latte drinker? Will you try this at home?

What’s really in That Pumpkin Spiced Latte?

.A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spiced Latte, not actually having any pumpkin in it. Read that blog here.  Today, I’m going to Dissect the Ingredients of that “Pumpkin Spiced Latte” for you. I bet you will think twice about paying just over $3 for a measly tall “PSL” drink this season… Caution: The rest of this post might make you want to stop drinking Starbucks immediately:

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First of all, the “Pumpkin Spiced Latte” Can not be made into a Vegan drink, since the “pumpkin” sauce has Condensed Milk in it! I bet that teenage Barista did not tell you that when you tried to order a “soy pumpkin latte”.

The amount of Sugar in a Grande size (the typical size most people order) has OVER 50 grams of Sugar in one cup!! Way too sweet!!

Even though they say “Natural Flavors”, this can come from ANYTHING ,and they do not have to disclose it. We have no Idea what “Natural Flavors” is. (Just a word of advice, this goes for EVERYTHING that has the words “Natural Flavors” on the label. Of course “artificial flavors” is pure crap, it COULD  mean chemicals!! We do not know for sure, but we also do not know for sure it DOES NOT contain chemicals!!! Its best to avoid things with “artificial flavors”

The name of this “drink” really needs to change from “pumpkin” spiced Latte, how about “Fall spiced Latte” or “Way too much sugar and chemicals Latte” .

Are you a Starbucks drinker? Have you had the “pumpkin Spiced latte”?

Will you still drink it after seeing this?

For some real Pumpkin treats this Fall season, try a Homemade Pumpkin pie or the “Real Pumpkin Latte” in my blog post that I shared with you! 🙂

Happy Fall everyone!! 😉

What’s your drink of choice?

Keep your Bones healthy, Stay young!

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Having healthy bones throughout your life can help prevent diseases such as Osteoporosis.

To prevent bone loss as we age, its important to eat a healthy diet consisting of Calcium Rich foods such as Spinach, kale, Dairy products and soy. As we age absorbing calcium gets harder and harder for us, which is why taking a Vitamin D supplement is Vital, especially if we already suffering from Bone density loss.

Of course not all Supplements are created equal, you can read my blog to find out more on the importance of supplementation.

Back to a Vitamin D supplement. The best one with the highest amount of absorption is from the Isotonix line : Isotonix Vitamin D with K2

Isotonix Vitamin D with K2 contains vitamin D3, the metabolically active form of vitamin D, along with vitamin K2, a form of vitamin K which supports vascular health and calcium utilization. Here’s a chart that compares Istonix Vitamin D with K2 to the “other” brands:

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Comparison Chart comparing different Vitamin D Supplements

 

As you can see from the chart above, most of the Vitamin D brands have 4000-5000 IU’s . So why is Isotonix D3 with K2 better? Well if you go on the list, you will see that the Isotonix version is the only supplement with Vitamin K2 as well as the only one being Isotonic.

(Isotonic= Is the reference of being Same pressure as your Bodily Fluids. Iso= same  and tonic meaning “same pressure” . )

This Isotonic formula is what allows for 98% absorption, and with a Vitamin D3 supplement, absorption is key. This will also help your calcium be absorbed better,decreasing your risk of bone density loss and/or bone diseases such as Osteoporosis.

Why the Vitamin K? Well the Vitamin K is what supports the normal delivery of calcium to your bones.

Are you getting enough calcium and Vitamin D3?

 

 

Reasons to Host A Motives Online Party

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Recently I announced about hosting an Online Cosmetic Party with Motives. You may be wondering, what’s in it for you? Why should you have an Online Cosmetic Party? Let me give you some of the Benefits of Hosting an Online Party with Motives:

Earn FREE cosmetics!

One of the best benefits of hosting an Online Motives party, is the Host will Earn his or choice of any product in the Motives line. This includes Skincare products. And, did I mention they are High Quality!

You and your Friends will receive 10% off Cosmetics!

During your Party the Host and his or her Friends will Receive a special 10% discount on all the Motives products!!

Learn the Hottest Trends in Makeup!

Motives partners with some of the Best and Most talented Makeup artists to teach YOU how to look like a star Everyday!! With a Motives Online Party, you and your friends will have access to Exclusive Makeup Tutorials so all of you can learn how to apply the latest and hottest Trends in Cosmetics!!

Have some Fun with Your Friends

What’s better than enjoying a glass of wine, hanging with your friends on Facebook and learning about the Hottest Makeup brand around!! (and Largest fan base on Instagram) Motives Cosmetics recently hit 1 Million Fans on Instagram!! You have got to check it out!! Plus you’re already hanging out on Facebook anyway, why not make some money off of it?

You can Even Earn some Cash

Successful Party Hosts will have the chance to cash out on their friends purchases. Plus with the Cashback Program, which Motives Cosmetics participates in, you will be able to earn some FREE cashback for referring them to Motives! 🙂

So, are you ready to Host your Online Motives party? Or do you have more questions? I’d be happy to answer all of your Questions!

If you are ready to Host your Online Party Go HERE and Sign up to be a HOST!

Lose Weight, Win Cash

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The Holidays are coming, and everyone wants to look great at those Family Reunions, work parties or just for their Small Holiday Party. This is the perfect time to join the TLS Find your Fit challenge!!!

Just what is the TLS Find your Fit Challenge?

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First, I’ll explain what TLS is. TLS, stands for Transitions lIfestyle System. The TLS program helps individuals gain weight, lose weight or just maintain weight by teaching a Low-Glycemic Index meal plan. (yes I said gain weight, as in Muscle gain).

The people behind TLS know that every human is different, which is why the TLS Weightloss solution is perfect for you! (yes you too!) This is not a One-size fits all “diet”, this is a Lifestyle System that teaches Healthy eating habits, which include how to dine-healthy, how to cook your own food and the most important…how to shop for the Best healthy food!

No diet should eliminate the things you love. This is just is not healthy. The best “diet” works those things in and teaches you how to make the best decisions.

Okay, now that you know a little more about TLS, lets get into the “Find you Fit Challenge”. TLS knows that Money is a big motivator for people to achieve their goals. Which is why they have created this challenge. In recent challenges, TLS has awarded over $100,000 in cash to the winners. Not only did they win Big, they lost Big!!! The best part? With TLS you will not be focused on the scale. TLS knows that its important to focus on muscle mass vs. that number of the scale. TLS is focused on Fat burning vs. just losing pounds. This way you will lose MORE inches and look and feel better about yourself!

Find more about the challenge by clicking HERE and Click the “Challenge” tab

So are you ready to join the Next challenge? Watch this video for more info

Some Simple Ways to Save $$$

In today’s economy everyone is trying to save a few dollars here and there.  Sometimes we have to cut out some things in our life because of lack of funds. If you are in need of saving some dough or just like to save  a dollar when you can, here’s a list of things you can do to save some serious dough this Holiday season and in the future:

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Invest in a Coffee Maker

Instead of buying that Expensive Coffeehouse Coffee everyday, make your own. Coffee makers can range from $20-$100 and up, depending on how fancy you want. If you drink coffee every day even the expensive one will pay for itself overtime.

Make it a Movie Night-In instead of OUT

Going to the Movies can really add up, its not getting any cheaper either. Movies from Netflix or renting from Redbox can be done for pennies, plus what’s more romantic than watching a movie with just your boo without that annoying young teenage couple texting and showing way too much PDA in the movies?

Start Eating at HOME

Eating out is not only not healthy for your, the cost associated can really add up. When you cook at home, you can control the ingredients in your meals plus make a whole meal for less than ONE meal in a restaurant. Exchange just one day per week at first for eating at home vs. going out can make a huge difference.

Check Online for Deals before you go out to the store to buy

Nowadays, it is so easy to get the best price for the product that you need. Just go to a Search site like Shop.com, before you hit the store to find the very best deal on that product you are searching for.

Choose a Vacation place that is within Driving distance to your Home, instead of  flying.

Road trips can be great bonding time for you and your family, besides airfare can really add up the more tickets you have to buy. And its not getting any cheaper either!! There are plenty of locations within driving distance to where you live, just start googling and exploring your own “backyard”.

What do you think of these tips on saving some green this Holiday season?

Just Move

Any fitness-guru or expert will tell you the key to staying healthy is to exercise. For some people that have not “exercised” in a long time, speaking years, this can be a scary and overwhelming thought. I’m here to tell you that all you have to do is get up off the couch (or chair), go outside and go for a walk!! Heck, even just getting up out of your sit every 2 hours will improve your Physical abilities! Everyone has to start somewhere.

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Of course , if you do have goals of losing weight, you will need to pick up your pace while walking and then turn it into a jog and then run in the long haul.

Going for a walk can be a fun activity, If you are married grab your spouse and make it romantic. Instead of sitting on the couch stuffing your faces with high-calorie snacks, go for a brisk walk around your neighborhood. Have kids? take the kids for a stroll with you. Are you flying solo? Call up a friend and go for a walk in the park or in either of your neighborhoods.

“Not having time” is one of the biggest excuses in the book. Everyone has a least 30 minutes to do something active. You can even split it  up if you are really pressed for time. Instead of driving to that fast-food restaurant on your lunch break, walk there. You might even discover a new hidden gem along the way that is a better find than the original place you were going to go to.  If you live close enough to work, try biking on a nice sunny day instead driving to work. It will be better for your health than getting angry in traffic.

These are just some ways to keep moving throughout the day. Remember to just move!

What are some things you do to keep active?

45 Mintues a day is all you need

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When people hear the words “You should workout”, they get all scared and stressed over the fact that they don’t A) have the time or B) Don’t have the energy.

However, research has been proven time and time again that 30-60 minutes every day is all you need to stay “fit”. This averages out to 45 minutes. Forty-five minutes is all it takes to stay healthy. That’s less than One hour-long TV show! Heck some workouts can even be done while watching TV!! Like yoga or Pilates.

For me the easiest way to get my “45 Minutes” in is to attend the Exercise classes, my favorite is Zumba (read Why on previous post). I also like to mix it up though, even though I adore my Zumba workout, I can get bored if I Zumba every day. My Weekly routine Usually goes as follows (sometimes It changes, depending on how I feel or my schedule)

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Monday – —> Zumba

Tuesday —> Pilates

Wednesday —> Zumba (favorite class on Wed)

Thursday —> Body Works/Weight Training

Friday —> Yoga

Saturday —> Break day

Sunday —> outside activity like hiking or walk in the park with my loved one 🙂

Picking a schedule  will help you stay on track to your fitness routine. When you have a schedule, you are more likely to not skip that workout. Of course sometimes life happens and you can’t attend the class you wanted to, so you might be tempted to skip a day. Try to resist that temptation and do something Active!

Not a gym person? Try going for a walk in the park with a buddy. Going with a buddy will help both of you stay accountable, plus the time will fly by. Instead of sitting at the local Coffee shop and gossiping over that boy you like, go for a walk and talk.

What do you do during your 45 minutes?

My Fall Skinny Mocha

This morning after my morning Zumba workout, I had my usual TLS Whey Protein shake , but today I wanted to mix it up a bit by adding some “Fall Spice”, so I went for the Cinnamon. I also know that Cinnamon helps with regulating blood sugar. Added Bonus it tastes Great!!! I love double-goodness ingredients!!

Here’s my Protein Shake that I had this morning, its super easy to make and tastes super good!! I like to call it my “Skinny Fall Mocha” because of the “fat-Burning” Mochatonix! 🙂

The drink was too good, I drank it too fast to get in the picture! :)
The drink was too good, I drank it too fast to get in the picture! 🙂

 

Ingredients in Drink:

One Cup of Soy Milk ( I use Plain, cause I’m already sweet, I don’t need the extra calories)

One Packet of TLS Whey Protein in Chocolate Flavor

1/2 of a Scoop of Mochatonix (The fat burning contexts) yum! ( I use Cappuccino Flavor)

Dash of Water

Dash of Cinnamon (about one teaspoon, but I just sprinkle)

How to make the Drink:

Step One: Pour the Soy Milk in your Protein Shaker

Step Two: Open packet of your TLS whey protein (or use scoop if its the canister) and pour with milk, following with the 1/2 scoop of Mochatonix

Step 3: add a little bit of filtered water

Step 4: Using the whisk that comes with your protein shaker, secure lid (make sure it snaps shut, you don’t want any spills) Give it a shake shake shake  for about 10 seconds and voila! You have your delicious Skinny Protein Mocha 🙂

Protein shaker with Whisk, any brand will do
Protein shaker with Whisk, any brand will do

Dash with the Cinnamon for that Fall flavor that will lower your blood sugar 🙂 If you’re really daring, you can try nutmeg.

Simple 4 steps and you have yourself a Healthy “Fall” Mocha.

What do you think of this fall drink? Will you try it?

Fall Look with Motives

The leaves are starting to drop, the coffee chains have premièred their Pumpkin Spice Latte’s and the kids are back in school. This can only mean one thing, Fall is Coming!! Funny how the Pumpkin Spice Latte premièred during summer, but why wait?

If you haven’t started shuffling through your wardrobe yet and adding those fall colors and sweaters, you may want to change up your makeup look with some Fall looks this upcoming Season. Fall is about the colors of autumn, the leaves, which usually lead to brown tones. If you need some help on that Fall Season look, you better check out Motives Cosmetics’ latest video on what’s hot this coming fall before its too late! Here’s a Sneak Peek!!

 

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Motives “Fall Nights Glam” by @elymarino

Fall Nights Tutorial:

First off, you will need products: This look uses

Okay, now that you have products lets begin the steps!! 🙂

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Motives Secret Moments

Step 1: Using the Motives Secret Moments Palette, choose the lightest shade on your brow bone. Apply the orange shade above your crease.

Step 2: Apply the blue shade in the crease and blend

Step 3: Apply the silver shade on the lid keeping it below the crease

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Motives Pressed Eye Shadow in Onyx

Step 4: Take the Motives pressed Eye shadow in Onyx and apply on the outside corner making a V-shape into the crease.

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Motives Gel Eyeliner in Little Black Dress

Step 5: Line your eyes with Motives Gel Eyeliner in Little Black Dress

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Motives Paint Pot in Vogue

and Finally Step 6: For some fun shimmer, add Motives Paint pot in Vogue underneath the lower lash. For a day look,leave off the shimmer (and apply at night)

And that’s it! 6 easy steps and you got yourself a Glam Fall Nights look (or 5 steps for a day look)

What do you think of this look? Will you try it?

Please comment and share!! 🙂

Stay Beautiful!!

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