Are you looking for a beautiful, luminous look that is fast, easy and effortless? Look no further than Beautycounter's Dew Skin foundation, Illuminating Cream highlighter, and Color Pinch blusher. You will get maximum results with minimum fuss and walk away with a gorgeous, "no makeup" look that is radiant and glowing.
The cream blushers and highlighters can also be used on lips and eyelids so they are multifunctional. Because they are creams and not powders, they are easy to travel with or to toss in a bag. And you don't need any special applicators...your fingers will do!
Products I used:
Dew Skin no.2
Concealer in fair (or light)
Cream Highlighter in Rose Glow
Color pinch blusher in caramel
Brow gel in Medium
Lip Gloss in Peony
Warning: Upcoming post contains sugar and gluten. This recipe is not paleo, primal, or any other kind of healthy. BUT...it IS a good ol' fashioned decorated sugar cookie that I've been making for many years and it has been a family tradition around our house to bake and decorate these at every holiday! So sometimes, tradition trumps nutrition.
Traditions are the threads that weave family stories together. They become part of us and keep us connected to one another. My kids always look forward to our decorating sessions and even as they are grown, we still continue to make time for this!
So while eating cookies aren't necessarily part of a healthy lifestyle, creating something delicious, unique and fun for a special occasion truly makes life sweet and everyone needs that from time to time! And you will come back to this recipe time and again.
*(If you are gluten free, you can certainly sub out the regular flour for a gluten free alternative. My favorite is Cup 4 Cup which you can find on Amazon and at other specialty stores.)
Sugar Cookie Recipe
1 C. butter
1 C. sugar
1 t. vanilla
1/2 t almond extract
2 t. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
3 cup flour
Cream butter and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add egg and blend. Add vanilla and almond extracts and blend. Add baking powder and salt, and then add the flour 1 cup at a time and blend after each addition. Dough should come together in a big ball. Roll out dough and cut with cookie cutters. Place cut cookies on cookie sheet (I like the insulated, Air Bake pans) topped with parchment paper for best results. Bake at 325 about 8-10 minutes or until edges are brown. Cool on cooling racks.
Powdered Sugar Icing
4 C. powdered sugar
2-3 T. corn syrup
1 t. vanilla extract
1/2 - 1 t. almond extract (depending on how strong you like the almond flavor)
4-7 T. water or enough to make the icing the consistency you want.
Decorator food coloring
Put powdered sugar in a big bowl. Add corn syrup, vanilla and almond extracts and 4 T. water. Stir until icing starts coming together. Add water 1 T. at a time to get a thick icing that is spreadable but not runny. See videos below for tips on how to roll out the cookies with ease and how to make the icing.
How to videos for rolling out cookies and making the icing below:
Here's a nice little workout of the week! I am naming this Metabolic Magic because it hits two of the things we need to lose fat...a little bit of conditioning as well as building muscle through strength training. Depending on your experience in the weight room, you can use a barbell or dumbbells. I know my back squat numbers so I based the percentages off my one rep max. If you would rather use dumbbells, go for it!
You will start with 1000m row and go down by 100m each round. Then you will do 10 back squats at a light weight and go down by one rep each round as you build in weight. So each round starts with a row and finishes with a round of back squats both descending every round.
You can go different ways with this workout depending on what you are trying to accomplish.
For speed: Go harder on the rows and try to negative split (go faster) each time, and use lighter weights in the squats.
For strength: Go heavier with the squats and use the row as an active recovery, going about 60%.
Let me know how it goes! Tag @leenyhoff on Instagram and show me your numbers!
Have you ever felt completely overwhelmed with all the stuff that you have to do that you spin in your tracks and go nowhere instead of making progress? Welcome to my world. Sometimes I expend so much energy thinking about all the shiz I have to do and trying to figure out how to work it all in, that it ends up robbing me of the joy of being present and keeps me from getting anything done at all.
I started thinking about what it actually means to me to have a "good day" productivity wise while also honoring my health goals and personal needs. A little ME time ain't bad and sometimes we have to schedule that stuff in too. I realized that I like getting things done but I don't have to get it ALL done at once. Progress over perfection is my new mantra. To that end, I created a little rhyme regarding 4 of the categories that are important to me to feel good about my forward progress.
I was inspired by the rhyme brides often use on their wedding day to ensure good luck. They are supposed to wear something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue.
Along those lines, I came up with my own rhyme for improving my productivity without the stress, and it includes these four categories:
Do something HARD, something TRUE, something BUSY and something YOU.
Allow me to break these down.
Something hard: This can be anything that takes energy, that is out of your comfort zone, or something that pushes you. It might be writing in your journal, creating a blog post, or taking a class that is challenging. Maybe it's having a tough conversation with someone. It might be something that isn't necessarily hard, but requires diligence and brainpower. We all have those hard things we have to do in life that often get pushed to the bottom of the list simply because they are challenging and possibly uncomfortable. Acknowledge that it won't be fun and do it anyway.
Something true: This can be something that is true to you, something that honors a value that you hold dearly. Examples might include spending a little time on a goal you have made or on something you are trying to accomplish that requires dedicated time. Maybe it's a meditation practice or spending time with someone special. It's time you dedicate to invest in something that is important to you.
Something busy: We all have a lot of these things. Cleaning out a closet, writing thank you notes, paying bills, or doing the laundry. These might be day to day tasks that simply aren't that fun and feel like busy work. But they need to get done. Sometimes, I'll set a timer and say I'm going to do something for 20 minutes and then stop. What usually happens is that by the time the timer goes off, I'm in a mode and I finish up the project. But if I quit at 20, and I'm still not done, that's ok too. I made progress.
Something you: This can mean anything but typically involves some kind of self care. For me, it was taking a yoga class. It might be taking time to listen to your favorite podcast or going on a long walk with a friend. Whatever it is that you need, do that for yourself!
I've found that when I break down my work into these categories and earmark my time for each, I feel balanced and accomplished. And what a great way to make progress in your day!
Thanks for stopping by! Info here will help guide you on the path to better health. I'll share my passion about health, fitness, nutrition, and finding safer personal care products as well as cooking, gardening, and raising chickens. You want it, I got it. ~ Leeny