With starting fresh with my new blog, I wanted to start talking more about real life topics that we can all relate to. I talk about health and beauty all the time, and I think one of the biggest keys to both of those is mental health and self love.

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Like many girls, I have struggled with body image and self image in the past, and it led to years of disorder eating and unhealthy habits. I was never satisfied with what I saw in the mirror whether I thought I looked to fat or too skinny. I searched and searched for the “perfect” diet. I became obsessed with trying to be as healthy as possible and strived for a “model body.”

I thought that being thinner would make me happy, but even at my lowest weight (a mere 90 pounds) I was not all happy. Everyday was a battle against food and against my own mind. I didn’t see the skeleton everyone else saw. I was just caught up in calories and numbers. I was always comparing everything I did or ate to all the people I followed on social media. It was exhausting.

I didn’t understand why my relationships with people in my life were suffering, why my golf game was getting worse, or why I always in a bad mood. I was so blinded by the disordered thoughts that I couldn’t see I had a problem.

As time went on, I realized I needed to change. I began educating myself on health, and started getting into weight lifting. I switched my workout mentality from “burning calories” to “getting stronger”. I began to see food as fuel and not something to be feared. I began to use fitness to enhance my life, not make my life revolve around fitness. I gained back excitement for the things I’m passionate about and a new passion for true health.

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I began to focus on what made me happy. I began to focus on what made me feel healthy and not just copy what I saw some fitness girl on Instagram post. I stopped trying to be perfect and started to just be me again. I started eating to fuel my body, and slowly over coming foods that “scared” me. I not only gained pounds, but I gained smiles, laughs, and peace.

Mental health is just as important as physical health. Healthy is taking care of  yourself mind, body, and soul. If being healthy is stressing you out, you’re doing it wrong. Focus on your happiness first, and the rest will begin to fall into place.

Stay happy & healthy.

Xoxo,

Steph

Hey guys! Today’s video is a Lulu Lemon Haul and Try On! I recently picked up some new pieces all at once so I thought I’d tell you guys about each product and why I love them so much! Lulu Lemon never disappoints! I know it is on the pricy side, but most of this was a gift for graduation 🙂 But I will say Lulu is worth the money because 1. The fabrics are amazing 2. They last forever and… 3. Yes the leggings really do make your butt look good.  Hopefully this video is helpful if you’re looking for some new active wear! Enjoy the video!

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High Times Pant

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What The Sport Tee

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Speed Short

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Harmony Hoody

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Xoxo,

Steph

Hey y’all! Today on my YouTube channel, we’re talking all about my skincare routine! I’ll be sharing all my must have products that I use to keep my skin in its best shape possible. I mainly use Goldfaden MD, and organic and cruelty free line that I discovered last year after I started working for Belle and Blush. I’ve had the opportunity to be trained on several brands, and try many products, and Goldfaden still remains my go-to. I’ve never found a brand that I truly love so many products from. As I add to and adjust my skincare routine, I’ll make sure to let you guys know, but for now here’s what’s working for me!

 

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Thanks for stopping by!

Xoxo,

Steph

Hey guys! Today I’m going to show you how to make one of my all time favorite breakfasts- egg & avocado toast. I’m sure you’ve seen a ton of egg & avocado that pics on Instagram, so this may be nothing new- but I wanted to show you my take on it! It’s such a good balanced breakfast because it contains complex carbs from the whole grain toast (I use Ezekiel bread, which is minimally processed), protein from the eggs, and healthy fats from the avocado (and the egg yolks!) Not to mention, it’s full of flavor! I think my secret is in the spices… I crave this combo so much that I literally don’t go more than a few days without it. It combines a lot of my favorite foods: avocado, serrate and runny eggs. Yum. Wanna see how to make it? Keep on reading!

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For this week’s #FoodieFriday, I have a super easy snack recipe for you! No bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookie Bites. Um, yum. These are so simple to make, only have 6 ingredients, and you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry already. I love these for a quick after school snack, pre-workout fuel, or just a little sweet treat at night!

With the oatmeal, honey, coconut, and peanut butter, these bites have a great balance of complex carbs, natural sugars, and healthy fats. Just the kind of fuel that you need for quick and lasting energy! And a little dark chocolate never hurt anyone right? Antioxidants, eh? 😉

This recipe is easily customizable to your liking. Don’t like coconut? Don’t worry. Try adding chopped almonds or walnuts. Don’t have chocolate chips? Try adding dried cranberries or raisins! Now, enough talking- let’s make some cookie bites!

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