Friday, May 19, 2017

Foodie Friday | PB&J Breakfast Smoothie

Hi Friends!

I know this week's blog posts were kind of unexciting. I did a quick Essential Oil Haul on Wednesday, and today I'm sharing a quick smoothie recipe that I've been loving. I was super busy this week, so I didn't plan much for blog. I did, however, make an amazing smoothie earlier this week that I was obsessed with. I shared photos on IG, but I thought I'd share the recipe with you guys in more detail.
This PB&J smoothie is super healthy and perfect for breakfast!

Ingredients and Directions
-Add 1-2 frozen bananas into your blender. If you don't have frozen, just use fresh.
-Chop up 5 strawberries, more if you want and less if you don't. Add into blender.
-Add a scoop of peanut butter. I use a tiny bit less than a tablespoon. Again, add more or less if you want.
-1 pitted date. You can leave this out of you don't have one, but it adds some good sweetness.
-1 tbsp of both chia seeds and hemp seeds. If you don't have these that's okay too, but I encourage you to try them- they had tons of great neutrients!
-1 cup of rice milk, or milk of your choice. After you add in the milk, fill up with water as needed.
-Optional- add in some protein powder if you like it in your smoothie! You can also add in some greens for some extra vitamins and minerals.
-Blend away and enjoy!

This is sooo good and tastes just like a peanut butter and jelly sandwich!

Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe? Share it with me in the comments!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Eden's Garden Essential Oil Haul

I think one of my favorite things in life has become Essential Oils. I've done a few hauls in the past for them, and today I have another one. I've been ordering from Eden's Garden , they are super affordable, great quality, and 100% therapeutic grade!

The first three on the top are Peppermint, Tea Tree, and Lavender. These are all repeat purchases for me, and my most used oils from my collection. I literally use these three on a daily basis. The last one in this row is called Tranquility, which is a blend of Lavender, Cedarwood, Ylang Ylang, Sweet Marjoram, Chamomile, Vetiver, Sandalwood and Vanilla. It smells SO good! I'm super happy that I picked this one up. I've been using it on my Lava Bead bracelets from my Etsy Shop that hold essential oils for a personal diffuser. 

The next row is all 5 ml bottles, and the first three are Peppermint, Lavender, and Blood Orange. I own larger bottles of these 3, but I wanted mini bottles for when I set up at farmers markets and craft shows this summer for the Lava Bead bracelets that I'm selling. This way, who ever buys a bracelet can leave with some essential oils soaking in their lava beads. I thought these 3 were pretty good choices to pick from.  The last oil is another mini and it's Pachouli. I got this one to share between my self, and bring to the craft shows as well. It's not one that I would use everyday like my others, so I figured it would be good to bring with me as well.

I know I've said tons of time that I'll do more posts on essential oils, giving info about them, how I use them, my favorites etc. and I still want to do those posts, I've just been really lazy when it comes to preparing them! There's a ton of info to share!

Do you use essential oils? What ones are your favorite?

Friday, May 5, 2017

Chai Tea Latte | The Best Homemade Chai You Will Ever Drink

Happy Friday!

I'm a huge lover of Chai Tea Lattes, they are the perfect treat if you don't feel like drinking coffee, but still want something sweet. Since Starbucks and other coffee shops can be expensive, I wanted to try and make my own Chai Latte, and I found an awesome recipe that is way better than ones from coffee shops!

What you'll need:
-2-3 Chai tea flavored tea bags. I use the Bigelow Vanilla Chai Tea (Teavanna has amazing loose leaf Chai if you can get it! If not just choose one from your local grocery store).
-1 to 1.5 cups of water (1 cup for 2 tea bags, 1.5 cups for 3)
-1 tsp of cinnamon
-2 cups of your choice of milk (I use rice milk)
-Sugar your taste (I use raw cane sugar)
-Vanilla Coffee creamer of your choice to taste
This recipe is for 2 servings. The extra tea bag/water is use depending on how large you coffee mugs are.

-Use your coffee maker to brew your tea. Place your tea bags and tsp of cinnamon in a coffee filter. Add the 1 to 1.5 cups of water and press brew/start on your coffee pot. You can brew them on the stop top but this method is super easy and only takes a minute or two.
-In a sauce pan heat up the 2 cups of milk. Add in your sugar to taste and stir. If you are using liquid coffee creamer, add this in as well to taste. If you are using a powdered kind, wait until the milk is hot and then add it in to taste. I use a tbsp or two or each.
-When the tea is done brewing and the milk is hot, pour them both into a mug and it's done! You can add whipped topping or extra cinnamon on top of you want.
-If you want an iced chai latte, put this into the fridge to cool down and then pour over ice!

This recipe is super delicious and I definitely recommend trying it if you love Chai lattes!

Do you love Chai tea or Chai lattes? What is your favorite recipe?

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

April Favorites | Beauty + Lifestyle

Hey! Happy Hump Day!

Remember last week when I said I was going to post every Wednesday and Friday? And then I didn't post on Friday? Opps. Hubby's birthday was Thursday so I was super busy all day and didn't have time to sit down and write a blog post. I was going to do a Friday Favorites post, but since today I'm sharing my favorites from April, I'm just going to include some lifestyle favorites in this post that I was going to share on Friday. 

I've been into my Lorac Pro Palette lately. I forgot how much I love this palette, and it's super great for everyday looks as well as something a little more dramatic!
I've been using the Stila Stay All Day Bronzer almost every day for the past month or so. I will admit that I gave this a not so good review when I first bought it. I've since changed my mind about it, and think its great for bronzing up my face. I don't like it for contouring, which is why I originally didn't care for it. I also love how big the pan is!
For foundation I've been using the Sonya Kashuk Soft Focus Matte Foundation a ton. This is the newest edition to my foundation collection, and I bought this as an attempted to replace my favorite drugstore foundation with a Cruelty Free one. I do like this, but I'm not going to go into much details because I have a review for it coming soon!
The lipsticks I've been using the most are the Nyx Liquid Suede in Soft Spoken and Maybelline Nude Lust with Nyx Lipliner is Natural. Both are great everyday shades, with the Maybelline one being more on the neutral side.

I've been loving this Pura D'or Organic Argan Oil* to help with super dry ends on my hair. This was sent to me awhile ago from Pure D'or along with some shampoo and conditioner that I didn't care for, and never gave this oil much of a try until recently. It's a light oil so it doesn't feel too heavy on my hair.
I recently started using the Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solution Toner again and I forgot how amazing this stuff is. It clears up my skin so fast if I have any problems!

I've been enjoying these Satwa Sandalwood Incense lately, and they smell super amazing. 
I bought this little piece of Rainbow Fluorite at a crystal shop a few weekends ago and I'm absolutely obsessed with it. 

On Netflix I recently watched 13 Reasons Why and overall really loved how the show turned out. I read the book years ago, and I hope they make a season 2. 
Right now I'm currently watching The Magicians on Netflix and its super good. I'm almost done with the series, and I'm also hoping for a season 2 of this show as well! This one was also made off of a book too, and I'm thinking about picking them up to read. 
I definitely recommend watching both of these shows if you haven't already!

So this concludes my favorites for April! What have you been loving and into lately? Share your favorites with me in the comments!

Check out my Etsy Shop if you haven't already! Also, I have a giveaway up on my shop Instagram right now and I'd love for you all to enter! 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Spring Morning Routine + Instagram GIVEAWAY

Hi lovely people! For today's post, I'm going to share my current morning routine. It's changed quite a bit since my last one that I did, so I thought I'd share it with you! I think I got some of my blogging inspiration back, and I have a few posts (and videos!) in mind. It seems like Wednesday's and Friday's work for me best, but I'm keeping an open mind to Tuesday's and Tuesday's as well. For now I'm trying to post twice a week, so sometime between Tuesday-Friday I should show up on your blog news feed!

Before I get into my morning routine, I wanted to let you all know that I'm doing a giveaway right now on my Instagram page for my Etsy Shop! ((@moonelements)).  I'm giving away a necklace from my shop, which is a quartz crystal with a crescent moon crescent moon  on it! I'd love for you all to enter! You can check out my post on Instagram for more details!  If you leave a comment on this blog post saying you are entering, I'll give you a bonus entry!
I don't have a set time where I wake up in the morning. Being able to work from home, I'm fortunate to be able to let myself wake up when my body wants to, and not half to set an alarm. I like to lay in bed for a few and wake up, cuddle with my fur balls, etc. before getting up. Another thing I like to do that is not pictured is to drink a big glass of water or herbal tea when I first wake up.

After I wake up, I wash my face and do my morning skin care routine, brush my teeth, all that good stuff. My skin care for the morning just consists of my Lush Coal Face, Thayer's Rose Petal Witch Hazel, and Lush Celestial Moisturizer. I will do a post on my nighttime skincare routine soon!

Next if I'm hungry, I'll eat some breakfast. Which is usually some kind of fruit, a smoothie, or some oatmeal. This day I made oatmeal, and loaded it up with some goodies. I added in a chopped apple, some raisins, some chia seeds, and some hemp seeds.

After I finish breakfast I get ready for the day. Sometimes I don't get ready, it just depends on what  I'm doing that day. Here is some makeup that's currently in my routine!

Then I get to work! I've been working hard on my Etsy shop, so I've been on my computer almost non stop. I also bought a planner, and each day I check out what's going on, what I have to do, and add in anything I need to for the upcoming days. My planner is super simple, but anyone wants to see a planner post from me, let me know! I created my own cover for it and decorate the inside a little bit!

And that pretty much is what fills up my morning and afternoon! Some days I don't work as much if I have errands to run like grocery shopping, sending out packaging, or sneaking in some World of Warcraft playtime ;).

What does your morning routine look like? Share it with me in the comments! And don't forgot to enter my MoonElements Instagram Giveaway!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Foodie Friday | 3 Easy Dinner Recipes

Happy Friday friends!

Before we get into today's 'Foodie Friday' post, I wanted to thank everyone for their kind words, congratulations, and encouragement in this post where I talked about opening my own Etsy shop! It means the world to me, and another huge thank you to everyone who made purchases! If you haven't already, you can check out my shop HERE.

Now for today's post! I haven't done a Foodie post in a while, and today I'm sharing 3 Easy Dinner Recipes that I've been loving and that are a staple on my house! Also, I eat very plant based, but just remember that if you choose to eat meat, then any of these recipes are super easy to add your favorite meat into!

Street Corn Tostadas with Cilantro Lime Rice

I have Carah Amelie on YouTube to thank for this recipe! It is ridiculously amazing and it's my absolute favorite recipe right now!

What you'll need
-1 can of corn (you can use frozen or Fresh if you like)
- 1 can of refried beans
-Chopped Onion
-Chopped Cilantro
-Chopped Avocado (1 whole)
-Mayo (vegan or non vegan)
-Chili Powder
-Tortillas or Tostada shells
-Lime juice
-Taco seasoning

-Cook your corn, and chop veggies while it cooks
-Put cooked corn, onion, cilantro, avocado, and spices into a bowl. Add in some lime juice and mayo to taste and mix it all up.
-If you need to fry your tortilla, add some oil into a pan and do so. This is what I did, my grocery store didn't have any Tostada shells, but they were super yummy fried up!
-Spread some beans onto the Toastada and top with corn mixture.
*Also in Carahs video, she added Queso Fresca cheese and sour cream into the mixture. Do so if you like, although the recipe was very yummy without it!*

The rice is super simple! Cook up some white rice, once its finish add in cilantro, lime juice, and taco seasoning.
I also didn't have an exact measurement for the onions, cilantro, or mayo. I just added in how much I thought it needed. You could also add things like black beans, chopped peppers, lettuce etc. to this, or leave out any of the ingredients that I listed if you don't like them!

Loaded Veggie Pasta
This recipe I have Liv's Healthy Life  on Youtube to thank for, and it is also so freaking good as well!

What you'll need
-Pasta of your choice (I use speghetti noodles, but this is super good with tortellini too!)
-One 14 oz can of tomato sauce
-One tablespoon of Tahini (this seriously makes the pasta dish!)
-Parmasen Cheese or Nutritional Yeast
-1 tsp of Cane or Coconut Sugar
-Spinach and other veggies of your choice (I used carrots, zucchini, and bell peppers)
-1 cup milk of your choice (I used rice milk)

-Boil pasta
-Stir fry your veggies (all but spinach) and add salt, pepper, and Italian seasoning to taste
-Once veggies are cooked, add in the cane of tomato sauce, tablespoon of tahini, tsp of sugar, tablespoon of parmasen cheese, and milk of your choice
-Once the sauce cooks for a few minutes with the veggies, add in spinach. Cook for a few more minutes until it wilts. Add in pasta.

This is super easy to make, and the sauce is amazing. The Tahini and sugar sound like a weird thing to add to tomato sauce, but trust me, those added with the milk make the sauce so creamy and rich!

Stir Fry with Spicy Honey Tofu and Homemade Spring Rolls 

What you'll need
-A block of extra firm tofu
-Soy sauce
-Rice wine vinegar
-Teriyaki sauce
-Red Pepper Flakes
-salt and pepper

-First cut tofu into cubes, add into a bowl with 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tbsp teriyaki sauce, 1 tbsp honey, 1 tsp red pepper flakes, 1 tsp rice wine vinegar, salt and pepper to taste. Marinate for at least 15 minutes. Bake in oven at 375 20 minutes. After 20 minutes, take out and flip, cook for another 20 minutes.
-Cook rice while tofu is cooking, and stir fry veggies. I like to cook my veggies in teriyaki sauce.
-After tofu is done, I like to take the rest of the marinade and put it in a fying pan, fry the tofu for a few more minutes.
-I also added in peanuts to my veggies mixture. Once everything is done, plate it up!

We also made homemade spring rolls, by adding broccoli slaw and bean sprouts to an egg roll wrap, and frying them in a pan with oil.  If you don't like tofu and choose a meat option for your stir fry, I recommend using the marinade I used anyways! It's delicious!

So those are my three easy and go to dinner recipes! I hope you try them out!

What are your favorite go to dinners?

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

My Etsy Shop is Open!

Hello beautiful friends!

If you follow me on my social media accounts, then you might have seen that late last night I opened my Etsy shop! I've been teasing for a while with photos on my Instagram of things I was making to sell on Etsy, and it's finally finally open!

An Etsy shop has been something that I've wanted to do for a while, and last summer when I left my job, this is what I had in mind for myself. After a lot of thought, failed craft ideas and attempts, I finally found what I wanted to make and sell- Crystal Jewelry.
I've had an interest and longing for crystals for a while, and the idea came to me one day when I was scrolling through my news feed on IG. I follow a lot of crystal shops on there, and a lot of them make jewelry. I saw a photo of some pretty wire wrapped crystal necklaces, and I thought "I wish I could make something like that", and literally, I said to myself "Why can't I?", and I knew that it was meant to be. 

So there's the little back story behind how I found exactly what I wanted to create and sell. I still have tons of ideas and a lot of things planned for the future. Everything that I've made thus far are creations that I've worked super hard on. I've had a lot of late and sleepless nights, and tons of overwhelming emotions. I've felt stressed out and humbled at the same, but at the end of the day I'm proud of myself and the little business that I've started.  (p.s. I might not be making total sense, my brain is seriously on overload!)

I've been kind of absent here on my blog for a while, and there's many reasons for that, but one of those reasons is all of the time that I've been putting into creating things for my Etsy shop. I've been working on jewelry for the past few months, and this past week I've spend a lot of time getting things up and running. It was a ton more work than I expected, but I'm so so happy that it's finally up and running. I don't have every single item up yet, but there will definitely be more up this week and next!

If you want to check out my shop, it would mean the world to me. I had a sale within the first hour that my shop was up, and then two more items sold in he next hour. I can't even explain how much gratitude that I have and am feeling right now! My heart is so full <3

Moon Elements on Etsy  is the link to my shop, and check out my shop Instagram  and Facebook page as well! I'm currently working on a Pinterest page as well!

I have so many plans and can't wait to see what the future brings. I want everyone to know that if you put their mind to something, then they can accomplish anything. You can make your dreams come true if you put yourself on the right path to manifest them!