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Reflection: If you want to live happier, longer…

July 18th, 2018 | no comments

Becomming a mom makes you take a long, hard look at your values and actions. You are instantly catapulted into the most important teacher and role model because first and foremost, children learn by example. 

When I became pregnant I started to think about the kind of mom I wanted to be and it dawned on me that I should be focusing more on the kind of PERSON I wanted to be and the rest would follow. It does NO good if I am a great mother to Emmy and yet awful to my family and friends. Or if I provide healthy nourishing foods to her and yet fill my body with junk. 

My values became exponentially more important because LIVING OUT these values is how I will DEMONSTRATE and TEACH them to my daughter. 

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Seems so obvious. You’re probably like, “well, duh, DeAnna!” But, I’m telling you… this reminder is profound and I see those unideal scenarios lived out on a daily basis in my community. 

My recent birthday has me taking a long hard look at what truly makes me happy and how I will teach Emmy to cultivate happiness in her own life. Again, it’s simple.

The way I will teach her is to show her by living that out myself. 

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With that, I came across an interview by two people that I have long-followed their work and I can’t recommend this 30 minute clip enough! Life and business expert Marie Forleo (who I have followed for many years, fellow B-School grad here!) interviews happiness and longevity expert, National Geographic Fellow and New York Times Best-Selling author Dan Buettner (not to mention, an instructor for the Institute for Integrative Nutrition). They discuss Dan’s research and concepts around happiness and longevity around the world, in what Dan refer’s to as  Blue Zones – “places in the world where people live longer and healthier than anywhere else on earth.”  It felt like all of my worlds were colliding in this one 30 minute clip and I just loved every, single minute of the wisdom here and couldn’t wait to share it with you. 

You may think 30 minutes is a precious time investment but just trust me. SO MUCH GOLD HERE! PRESS PLAY while you’re cooking or cleaning or on a walk, but I promise you – this 30 minute investment in your happiness is worth it!

Let me know what you think. Xx, D

5 Minute DIY: All Natural Body Scrub

April 13th, 2018 | no comments

Hi Friends – 

As a busy working new mom I am always looking for quick, at-home and super easy SELF-CARE activities. That 10 – 15 minutes pampering myself daily makes ALL THE DIFFERENCE to my energy level and mood. When I don’t have that time for me I really notice a difference. 

The other day my friend Jenn and I were at Sephora and I was seeing body scubs on the shelf for upwards of $50 and $60. What the what?! People, please! You can make your own body and lip scrub at home with ingredients you already have in your pantry. It is sooo simple. And, if you have a cute jar and a little ribbon, you have a hostess or birthday gift in minutes. 

I love to keep a jar of this body scrub in my bathroom to exfoliate my hands, lips and body. Sloughing off that dead skin and stimulating new cell growth is just moments away when you have something like this on hand. It’s a small way to show yourself some love and luxury the next time you’re in the shower! 

Uses:

  • Exfoliator for hands, feet and body
  • Pre-tan or pre-wax exfoliator
  • Gentle lip scrub
  • Self-care ritual
THE EASIEST DIY BODY SCRUB RECIPE EVER!

Body Scub

You’ll Need: 

  • 1 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 2 Cups Sugar (Brown or White Sugar or a Mix)
  • Airtight Glass Jar
  • Fragrance of choice:
    • 1/2 tbsp vanilla extra
    • 20-30 drops of your favorite essential oil:
      • LAVENDAR for a calming scent
      • LEMON for an energizing scent
      • PEPPERMINT for an invigorating foot scrub 

 Quick Tutorial:

Follow m on Insta for more quick DIYs in my stories: @DeeLynn78

Want more PANTRY DIY SELF-CARE HACKS, try my Avocado Hair Mask or my All Natural Hand Sanitizer

Coco-Berry Smoothie and Spring Update

March 26th, 2015 | no comments

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I don’t know about you, but I am SO happy that signs of Spring are starting to show and the last days of “bundling up” are upon us. I love the smell of the crisp, clean Spring air. The longer days and brighter evenings breathe new life into everything it feels like.

I feel totally revived after the long winter. I am ready to come out of winter hibernation and be outside, get moving and implement some new ideas that have been brewing all winter long.

The winter cold brought with it some bumps in the road; one of them being a slow leak in my radiator, which led to wood floor boards buckling (fun, fun!). The good news is this led to a complete overhaul of my apartment… new wood floors, an entire repaint and lots and LOTS of decluttering and redecorating. I probably wouldn’t have been as inspired to de-clutter had it not been for the leak (silver lining!) but sure am I grateful that it happened.

I have to tell you, after seeing how many bags of trash, sell and donate piles were made, it’s amazing how much “stuff” was accumulated in my quaint Brooklyn apartment. If I had to guess, there were about 20 trash bags full of “stuff” removed from the apartment including clothes, jewelry, old papers, books, furniture, lamps, broken or chipped cookware, and much more. I feel 10 20 lbs lighter! I also feel much lighter emotionally. Isn’t it crazy how much ‘clutter’ in our lives (both physically and emotionally) takes its toll on our mood and inspiration?

While de-cluttering I tried to tidy up little areas of clutter and re-purpose them in a decorative and functional way, like my “coffee bar. ” I was inspired by my favorite HGTV interior designers to make spaces clean, functional and pretty. For some reason having my appliances contained and displayed neatly in cut jars and on platters just makes it look a bit cuter, and really adds to my happiness. Sounds a bit silly but do you agree?

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I didn’t realize how much I was “holding on to” until I let it go. Even if the “stuff” was stuff I clearly didn’t want any more, it was taking up precious physical and emotional space.

Have you done your spring cleaning yet? Is there anything you’re holding onto that you could let go of?

Anyway, let’s talk about the real reason we’re here; Smoothies. One of my favorite ways to get a BIG nutrition boost, an easy on-the-go breakfast or afternoon snack, and most especially post-workout recovery is to whip up a delicious smoothie. There are so many seasonal ingredients to get inspired by and fun mix-ins that it is absolutely impossible to get bored. Smoothies are a staple in my diet.

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This past weekend was all about Spring cleaning, Soul-Cycling and eating clean. I caught up on sleep, organization and made some delicious smoothies and juices. After Soul Cycle on Sunday, I picked up some Young Thai Coconuts. I absolutely love all things coconut. I especially love the replenishing and hydrating effects of fresh coconut water after a good workout.

Last year I discovered The Coco Jack (use my code GREATLIFE10 for 10%OFF yours) and it is one of my most loved kitchen utensils. The Coco Jack makes it very easy to open a young Thai coconut and enjoy the fresh coconut water as well as scoop out the coconut “meat”. I love to add the coconut meat to smoothies as it adds a nuttiness and creaminess that is so delicious. Plus, coconut flesh is full of healthy fats, anti-viral properties and vital fiber.

First I enjoy the refreshing and hydrating coconut water and then scoop out the coconut meat (with a tool that came with The Coco Jack). I like to freeze coconut meat I am unable to use right away and add it to another smoothie the next day.

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How much fun is this? I love The Coco Jack for opening Young Thai Coconuts with ease. I made this little video to show you how quick and easy it really is! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Okay onto the recipe. This smoothie is high in fiber, omega-3s, healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It also has protein, probiotics and is full of luscious greens. This recipe will keep you full and satisfied and restore your muscles after a tough workout. Plus, it is SO so so delicious. Try it!

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You’ll Need:

  • 1 ½ cups coconut water
  • ½ the coconut meat from 1 Thai Coconut
  • 1 Sambazon Acai packet
  • ¼ cup frozen cherries
  • 1 pinch chia seeds
  • 1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use/love: Vega One, Nutrimeal Free or PerfectFit Protein)

To Make:

Use The Coco Jack to open your young Thai coconut, pour water into a bowl. Then scoop the coconut meat using the Coco Scoop. In a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix), add ingredients in the order listed and then blend. I find that I blend it a bit higher and longer to incorporate all parts. Once silky smooth, pour and enjoy.

Enjoy 10%OFF your Coco Jack and Coco Scoop using my special code just for you: GREATLIFE10

*Vegan *Gluten-Free *Dairy-Free 

Coco-Berry Smoothie
This smoothie is high in fiber, omega-3s, healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It also has protein, probiotics and greens. This recipe will keep you full, satisfied and restore your muscles after a tough workout. Plus, it is SO so so delicious. Try it!
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Ingredients
  1. 1 ½ cups coconut water
  2. ½ the coconut meat from 1 Thai Coconut
  3. 1 Sambazon Acai packet
  4. ¼ cup frozen cherries
  5. 1 pinch chia seeds
  6. 1 scoop vegan protein powder (I use/love: Vega One, Nutrimeal Free or PerfectFit Protein)
Instructions
  1. In a high speed blender (I use a Vitamix), add ingredients in the order listed and then blend. I find that I blend it a bit higher and longer to incorporate all parts. Once silky smooth, pour and enjoy.
Notes
  1. *Vegan *Gluten-Free *Dairy-Free
DeAnna Lynn Englezos, Certified Life Coach, Wellness Expert, Speaker http://createyourgreatlife.com/