5 Minute Makeup

If there’s one thing you’re short on with a new baby, it’s definitely “me” time. Little things like drying your hair or doing makeup begin to feel like luxuries! One of the things motherhood is teaching me is the importance of stealing a moment or two throughout the day for some self-care. Be it cooking and eating a nutritious meal, taking a hot shower, or sneaking in a few yoga poses – when you get a moment alone to collect yourself and feel good, it carries on to your baby.

So, in the spirit of self care, here’s my 5 minute mama makeup routine! After a shower, or just washing my face, I use Aveeno Positively Radiant tinted moisturizer. I follow that with powder foundation and a touch of blush. A bit of eyeliner on the upper waterline, natural colored eye-shadow, mascara, and a swipe of lip gloss and you’re done! 5 easy minutes and I feel ready to face the day.

xo. Brie

Spaghetti Squash

So, I kept hearing about spaghetti squash and how great it is. And I’ll admit…I had my doubt. You’re telling me a squash can stand up against delicious and comforting pasta? Mmmk…

But I have to admit, it’s delicious! I made a hearty spicy sausage sauce to really test what this veggie could handle and I can honestly say, I might prefer spaghetti squash to regular spaghetti. It’s got a nice nutty flavor, and at the end of a huge bowl, there’s none of the blowsha (bloated, only cuter) that can accompany a pasta meal. All in all, I think we found a winner.

Let me know what you think!

xo. Brie

Spaghetti Squash
1 spaghetti squash
2 cloves crushed garlic

Sausage Sauce
3-4 spicy sausages
Jar of your favorite tomato sauce

Pre-heat oven to 350. Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise, remove seeds, and rub EVOO and crushed garlic all over the inside. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a fork can be inserted easily. Once it’s done, let cool for a few minutes, and then using a fork, scrape the “spaghetti” strands into a bowl. For the sauce, brown sausage meat, drain, and add to sauce in a medium saucepan. Let simmer while the squash cooks to bring out all the flavor in the meat. Top the squash with sauce, Parmesan, and crushed red pepper. Enjoy!

Detox Month | Week 1 Review

IMG_1351 Whew, we made it a week! I figured being one week in, I’d write an update on how this week has gone without sugar, alcohol or caffeine. Overall I think it’s been fairly…dare I say it…easy. The first few days were rough with no caffeine, I was so close to a migraine on day 2 where even my vision was blurry that I broke and had a half a cup of watery, black coffee. That at least allowed me to get to sleep, but after that night it’s been fine. Alcohol has definitely been the easiest to give up, and while I am definitely looking forward to a big glass of wine (or champagne) at the end of this challenge, I don’t feel a big loss there. Coffee for me is just as much about ritual as taste I’ve discovered, and while I miss coffee for sure, a cup of hot tea or water with lemon in the mornings wakes me up pretty well now.

And lastly….sugar. Guys, did you know sugar is in almost EVERYTHING? I consider myself a very health conscious person, and don’t eat candy or drink soda, or consume those types of things where sugar is obvious. But it’s in everything else! Spaghetti sauce, mayo, canned soups, salad dressings…it’s everywhere. If nothing else, this cleanse is definitely opening my eyes to how we’ve snuck it into everything. And you think you know that from watching documentaries like Fed Up and such…but let me tell you, you really don’t realize the full extent until you read every label on every jar, can, and package. That said…I really don’t miss it. I’ve been playing around with a bunch of fun, sugar-free recipes this past week that I’ll be sharing in the weeks ahead. If you make nearly everything from scratch, you don’t have to worry about sugar sneaking in because you have full control.

Health wise, I feel great. I’ve noticed I have a much steadier supply of energy, I’m not dependent on sugar highs and lows. I really feel like my blood sugar has leveled out, and I don’t experience any sharp hunger pangs like I did before, which I suspect were really just my brain craving caffeine or sugar and communicating that through feeling hunger. And I eat less! My brain is able to better register when I’m actually full, and I can eat less of the more nutrient dense foods on which we’ve been relying.

So, overall I have to say I’m excited about these week one results, and can’t wait to see how the next three weeks go!

xo. Brie

Product Review: St. Ives Moisturizer

St Ives
So I usually don’t bother reviewing products because I usually go through them so fast or change because I can’t make up my mind if I like them. But this one has definitely been a winner, so I figured I’d share! St. Ives Facial Moisturizer, Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin, 10 Fl Oz” has made my face so soft and clear…I don’t even wear foundation anymore. And for me that’s a big deal, I’ve always had really sensitive skin and struggled with acne most of my life. But honestly since beginning a more regular regimen with this, my face feels great and my complexion is clear. And at only $5 a jar, it doesn’t break the bank either! Try it and let me know your thoughts.

xo. Brie

Detox Challenge: My Month of no Sugar, Caffeine, or Alcohol

IMG_1323 Being that we’re heading into February (as evidenced by Valentines day decorations popping up everywhere), it seems 2015 is well underway. This year, instead of making grand and probably unattainable resolutions, I’ve decided to break up the year into 12, one-month segments. Seems, well, obvious, but for me it breaks things down into manageable chunks. Each month, I want to add or subtract something for my health. Each month I want to go on one grand adventure. And of course, each month I want to chronicle all of it here.

February: No sugar, caffeine, or alcohol

Ah yes, the big three. Sugar is in everything, coffee is life, and wine makes me a happy girl. So why cut them out? I got the idea from a food blog I love, Feed Me Pheobe. She does a great job explaining how our livers need a break from the hard work we put them through breaking down these three things. So, in the interest of good health and happy livers, away they go for February. Adora has gracefully agreed to join me, and we’re bringing our husbands along for the journey. Misery loves company, right?

Kidding…kind of…

So stay tuned for how this turns out. And leave a comment if you want to join us!

Stay healthy,
xo. Brie