Power Up with these Coconut Powerballs.

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I love to snack. No really, I LOOOOOOVE my snacks!!!! Most of what I consum are in snack like portions throughout the day.  So I decided I need to make a fresh and healthier alternative to my bag of Pirates Booty, as well as giving me a boost of energy. Great for those long days of editing or having to run around like a crazy person. 

So I pretty much combined all my favorite healthy treats into one and ran with it, after some tweaks I found a combination that tasted like a treat but still kept me fueled.

  • 1 Cup Rolled Oats
  • 1 Cup Steel Cut Oats
  • 1/4 Cup Hemp Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Chia Seeds
  • 1/4 Cup Almond Butter
  • 1 TSP Bourben Vanilla
  • 1/4 TBL Maple Syrup
  • 1 Juiced Lemon
  • 1 Large Pear
  • 2 Banannas
  • 6 Dates (pitted)
  • 1/2 Cup Sliced Almonds
  • 1/4 Cup Cacao Nibs
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Lemon Zest
  • 1/4 Tsp Cinnamon 
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Dash Nutmeg
  • Almond Milk
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First take your oats and lghtly toast them at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.

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While your oats are toasting take your dates, bananas, almond butter, pear, lemon juice, vanilla and malple syrup, then stick it all in a blender. Blend until smooth.

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Once oats are done throw in a large bowl with your cacao nibs, chia seeds, hemp seeds, almonds, lemon zest & spices, mix well.

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Take your creamy blended mixture and stir into your large bowl, thoroughly coating everything. It should be moist, (I found out the hard way, they should look more so than you would think) but still stable enough to form a ball, if it’s too dry add a bit of almond or coconut milk.

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In a separate dish pour in your coconut shavings, take formed balls and toss into shavings, coating the whole outside. Then BOOM it’s snack time!!!

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Store in the fridge to keep fresh, they are great on the go and are easy to make. If looking to add a protein boost consider adding in your favorite protein powder, with a bit of liquid to keep moist, this can really help a person on the go keep their energy levels up.

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I would love to see who tries it! And I still do love Pirates Booty ❤️

Tips from the Beauty Behind, The Lash & Beauty Lab

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The Lash & Beauty Lab is all about beauty and is dedicated to pursuing excellence with in their services. This haven of beauty began with the art of eyelash extensions and has since grown into skincare with skin treatments & soon permanent makeup.

This Beauty Lab supports everyone who walks through their door ready to take the lash or skin care plunge, with the main goal of creating a warm environment not just for their clients but eachother.  They recognize the clients ultimate focus, but their goal is to exceed those expectations, while still standing behind the work.

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The being behind the magic of this Lab is Cheri Wroblewski, with a diverse background including multiple certifications, training, and work with well-known celebrities, she received her certificate in Esthetics from The International School of Beauty and Advanced Certified Technician through Xtreme Lashes.

"What really sparked my interest was while I was in my first few years of business running Lash Boutique in NY I had worked at a Medical Clinic Spa which introduced me to more medical services. There I met a dermatologist who told me that I would see results through chemical peels. I since have done chemical peels every month (maybe skipping a few here and there) but for almost 10 years. I saw a change in my skin in the first year of trying chemical peels that I felt I never saw with just facials. That started my research in product and skin services that are more result orientated."
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"Lashes are instant gratification. My favorite is when the clients looks in the mirror for the first time and say how much they "LOVE" it. I get to make women and men feel more beautiful and I love to make people feel good.  I get to work with amazing women all day.  Not only are my girls who work for me amazing I get to see all my clients on a regular every 2-4 weeks.  We become close and it feels like family."  
 

Any advice for  brides before the big day?

Oh my gosh I love this question!!! Im also getting married soon so these are all the things I'm doing myself... ;) I love getting brides in before the big day. Of course get your lashes done thats number one!!! These will save you from any of those teary moments and having to worry about which as we know makes mascara slide down your face or can make your lash strips pop off in the corner. Lash strips can not only be a bother they are extremely uncomfortable and damaging. If you only want to get lash extensions for the big day then I would suggest coming in at least 1 month before the day. This was you get a full set and one fill touch-up appointment. The fill being the appointment where you can change anything about your lash look. IE longer, thicker, more dramatic. No one ever regrets lashes and especially after they see themselves in their photos. Next for your skin and If you do little of all these services or pick one and do a series you will see results and be thankful when the day comes and your skin is glowing. I would personally start with chemical peels as far in advance before the big day. A year would be ideal but even 6 months will give you amazing results. Microneedling 4-6 treatments will smooth out your skins texture, lighten hyper pigmentation, and my favorite it helps acne scarring. LED light should be on your list too!! This is a non invasive treatment that uses light waves to heal. One treatment and you'll seeing your skin glowing, imagine 4 or more before the big day. You will have no regrets with these services. You'll only regret not doing them!!

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What are some tips to keep your skin glowing in harsh weather?

Again I cant say this enough but chemical peels are the best! They will help take off the top layer of your skin that start to looks dull in the harsh weathers. You will get the fresh skin that will allow all the products you use at home to work deep in your skin not just sit on top of the skin. My favorite product is Hyaluronic acid serum. Its a humectant which means it holds its weight in water. That keeps your skin hydrated more the even a moisturizer. All serums really. They have such a high water content so this parred with chemical peels during the winter will give you that dewy face look you get in the warmer months.

 
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Any suggestions for first time Lash users?

Lashes are simple. They are so easy to maintain. Just follow your after care instructions. Always clean your eyelids and lashes with a remover that is formulated. The big thing is to make sure that whatever products touch the lashes themselves are formulated for the extensions. IE...makeup remover and mascara.

 

What's a big no no for skin care?

Not washing your face at night. Skipping SPF. Another really big no no is not using a retinoid or retinol. It is still to this day the best anti aging skin care cream. I tell all my clients that if they aren't using any form of a retinoid they are actually doing a disservice to their skin.

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As for future plans Cheri is looking to expand services, and a possible 2nd location. She is also working on her very own lash care products for lash extensions 

"My happy place is when my girls who work for me are happy. I have surrounded myself with women who are supportive and non drama. My happy place is my studio. I love going to work. My girls and I get along so well. We laugh all the time. We care about each other. My happy place is work and home. I'm really lucky."
 
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Keep a look out for this Portland beauty business owner and her new line of goods!

Want to see more? Stop in for yourself!

1500 NW 18th Avenue, Suite 108. Portland, OR 97209

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If you Love Wine you will Love Tumwater Vineyard...

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I have had the privilege of not only consuming their tasty wine, but have also attended events and created some gorgeous images at this beautiful vineyard location. Welcomed by the owner and their fabulous manager Pascale, with wine & a kind smile, how could I not love this place. Located on Pete's Mountain Road in West Linn, O.R. this close, yet peaceful, location creates a warm and comfortable space to gather with friends.

Their Barrel House, replicated after an authentic barn, was built using timber framed mortise and tenon joints. After careful planning professionals were brought in to asses what grapes would flourish, rows were plotted, the soil turned and stakes were set in place. All was left to do was wait!

 

The public had first access to the vineyard in July for the 2016 NW Natural Street of Dreams show, which lasted through August. Since then Tumwater Vineyards has won many awards and produced lots of delicious wine.

As a wine lover I had to ask Pascale what the best part of her job is and the variety of it all is what peaks her interest.

"It's never a dull day. It is such a variety of tasks, ordering, educating, marketing and of course the wines!!!!"

 

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A challenge for this secluded vineyard is just that, it being hidden a little too well. Bringing more awareness to the public is what Tumwater is currently focusing on.  Many locals are still finding this hidden gem and I hope to help with that by spreading the word.

 As for any future plans, they are working on increasing the amount of private events and to distribute their wines more locally. Let's not forget about getting a few more high scores from those wine critics.

 
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 Styling: As you wish weddings & events // Tables: country garden tables //  Mobile Bar: Wandering Spirits

Styling: As you wish weddings & events // Tables: country garden tables //  Mobile Bar: Wandering Spirits

 

"It's so pretty and just a great place to hang out with friends, loved ones and enjoy a glass of wine."

We know wine is yummy to drink all year around but Summer is when this Barrel House really goes off! 23-acres of vineyard, a wine tasting room, trout pond and breathtaking Mt. Hood views, perfect for events, parties and just because you can.

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"Next year I plan on creating a fundraising event, a winemakers dinner and few other happenings as well."
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When not at the vineyard Pascale enjoys spending time with her husband and two boys, exploring the nature of Oregon. We both hope you stop by for yourself to explore Tumwater VIneyards and what they have to offer.

Enjoy a flight of Tumwater wines, and of course all are available to enjoy by the glass.  They also offer a complimentary tastings for Wine Club Members and just created a second level in their wine club with 4 releases a year. Make the experience last, take some home and enjoy it anytime you want.

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Tumwater Vineyard : 375 SW Barrel House Way, West Linn, OR 97068

www.tumwatervineyard.com              Instagram             tumwatervineyard.com/Blog

Eat Your Sprouts Kid!

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I was like many kids, if it was green I would not eat it! My family liked to hide my veggies in a pile of mashed potatoes so I would finish, because in our house there was no leaving that table till all your greens were done. Especially with my Nanny & GiGi (what I call my grandparents), one time I got a nice big spoonful of spinach pushed down my throat and never looked at cooked spinach the same but there is hope. I was not completely traumatized, flash forward to now, greens make up a majority of my diet and brussel sprouts are one of my favorites. 

 

PAN SEARED BRUSSELS  - up to 45 min to make

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  • 1/2 pound Brussels Sprouts (the smaller sprouts taste a little sweeter)
  • 2 large Garlic Cloves
  • 1/2 tablespoon Coconut Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Coconut Oil or Vegan Butter 
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon juice
  • Dash Red Pepper

First prepare you sprouts by cutting the ends, trim old leafing and cut into halves.

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In a bowl mix sprouts, 1/2 tablespoon of oil, lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper. Give it a good mix, ensuring all the sprouts are covered. 

 

Heat your skillet on a meduim high heat. Mince your garlic and in the heavy skillet (preferably cast iron) melt the rest of oil or butter over a moderate heat, toss in garlic and stir until golden.

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Reduce heat to medium and arrange sprouts in skillet, in one layer. Cook for 5 minutes, without turning or until crisp and undersides are golden brown. Sprinkle on some red pepper flakes if you like some heat, stir and let cook for 2-3 more minutes or until tender.

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These are so tasty, easy and fast to make. They go great by themselves as a snack or as a side to your favorite meal. Looking to pair it with a yummy Eggplant Parmesan? Head to my previous post for the recipe!

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I would love to see your results and hear about your favortie veggie recipies.

5 Ways I Keep My Business & Life Organized

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This past month I have been all about cleaning up current systems and keeping my organization skills fresh. Right around this time of year I need bit of a reminder to step back, breath and keep on task, not allowing the rest of the clutter to take me out.  As the year rolls by I have my goals scheduled but other tasks, ideas and jobs get added into the mix, creating chaos which can become too much without a proper structure behind it.

Keeping your life and business organized can be a huge task all on it's own, but once you have your own systems in place it gets much easier. We are almost half way through the year and this is when some of us have started to drop the ball. To help get back on track I am sharing 5 ways I keep my life together, mind you this should be called "Top 5 ways to make sure I don't loose my sh*t!".

 

1) PRIORITIZE

At the beginning of the year, you should have had some goals laid out, but things get tweaked, changed and added as the year progresses. So before putting the next month's calendar together, I make a basic list of what I have planned for the month along with my other daily tasks. Once you have your list identify your "Big Rocks", which are your major tasks for the month.  Place those deadlines in first as they become the hardest and sometimes most daunting, which often end in some procrastination. But being most important we want to make sure those are placed on our calendars first. From there I bulk my similar tasks into groups and place as in need of importance. During each day of the week, I also have my daily tasks set and that way I can focus on a specific task for the day, instead of a bunch of random ones. Let us not forget to take a personal day, I like to take at least one day a week to do what I need to do for myself and my home.  


2) KEEP YOUR WORKSPACE TIDY

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As basic as it sounds keeping your area organized will help you keep on task. It will cut down on your feelings of anxiety and stress, while improving your productivity. Clutter keeps our minds stimulated and draws our eyes away from work, creating those feelings of frustration and guilt. I know for me trying to focus while in filth and clutter can be a completely overwhelming feeling. It just feels so great after everything is clean and put away properly, I love that satisfying feeling of sitting down in an organized and clutter free space, it's amazing!

So go through your creative space, get rid of anything that is not needed and organize your files. Consider the help of electronic apps to organize your receipts and other bookkeeping needs, all this will help with de-cluttering.


3) TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ORGANIZING TOOLS

There are many tools out there to keep your weeks flowing! I use an array of apps to stay organized and help me keep things moving while at home or on the move. Dubsado is a great CRM system to keep workflow with your clients on time, help from automated emails, questionnaires, invoicing, bookkeeping and more, it's a life saver. It can take some time to set up your program but once set, you are ready to flow. I also use Buffer to plan my Social Media calendar and Evernote is a great tool to put my thoughts on photoshoots and group events together. Evernote also allows me to keep all the visuals, timelines and collaborator information  in one area, as well as being able to share it with others. But my number one go to is just an old-fashion planner, I do use my google calendar for some appointments but I am old school. Writing out my thoughts and placing them into my calendar is almost cathartic for me. I love the Franklin Covey planner system it works so well for me from my yearly goals down to my daily tasks, they also have books that help your productivity.


4) DELEGATE

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This is always a hard one for me, but it's ok to let go and pass the task along. I am a controlling person, I will just flat out admit that, so when starting my own business I was just consumed with many small and large things that needed to be done. I would do everything myself, which is a never ending list of tweaking and perfecting, but once I was able to put a little more money into my business I started hiring people to do the things I did not want to do. It makes sense right? Hiring others do what they are skilled in, instead of somewhat doing it correctly myself or having it take twice as long because I am figuring it out as I go. I put in money on the tasks that are my least favorite to do allowing me to focus on the important tasks that I enjoy.


5) TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF

It is so important to take care of yourself, mentally, physically and spiritually. Many people do not realize how much your health can effect your business and life. It is very simply connected, if you are not at your best how can you give your best? Take time for yourself, meditate or take a nature walk, make sure to eat healthy and get physical, often. I know that it can sound impossible with a full plate but its more important to say no to one thing and to keep your health in mind. Do what you can when you can, get creative because a little activity and movement is better than nothing.  Feeling great will bring you more focus and a clearer thought process when coming to work. Besides that who doesn't like feeling good?


We all deal with chaos in some aspect of our lives and nothing will ever be perfect, but having some systems in place with good organizational skills, it will be much easier to handle it all. As you tweak your systems to meet your needs don't over do it, as I said things will never be perfect but it will get a heck of a lot easier.  

Any tips or tricks of your own? I would love to hear about them!

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