Saturday, April 25, 2015

This Week In BFH: The What Happened to Spring? Edition






Well it’s supposed to be spring but it doesn’t feel like it.  Winter still has its grip on us. The week before I was wearing just a jacket outside. This week I had to break out the winter coats and hats. We checked the weather before leaving for our trip to Montreal last weekend. I believe it was 20 degrees colder than Accuweather predicted.  I know warm weather will be here eventually.  I just needed a bit of a whine.


This week in Beauty, Fitness and health 


I received some sad news this week. The Go Fit Gals will be ending their partnership. So I will no longer be a GFG Ambassador. Even though they are ending their partnership Risse will continue to be a nutritionist and I’m sure I will continue to post her recipes.  PJ is still a trainer that I will follow. I’ve removed almost everything GFG Ambassador  from my websites and changed my Twitter name from GFGKelly to CravinChocolate. Because I’m always craving chocolate.


I’ve been very busy, but loving it.  I completed two reviews for the blog this week.  The first review was of the Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes with T-Tapp book.  I enjoyed reading the book and was very inspired by the success stories.  You can read the review here.


The second review was for ERA Ageless skin care.  I had never heard of this brand until a few weeks ago.  The products were great.  The best part of this skin care brand is that they formulate the products for specific areas of the face. Read the review here.



My favorite workouts this week.




                              







And I was on the Twitter and saw that one of my all-time favorite trainers Kathy Smith has a walking program. Check it out here.


Recipe of the week:


This is one of my faves from the Go Fit Gals. It’s called Avocado Baked Egg. I love pairing avocados and eggs.  Tons of protein and healthy fats.  Keeps me full for hours!  Recipe right here.


Dates to remember:



I don’t have any specific dates for them, but more reviews are coming.  Also hoping to have more giveaways.  Stay tuned!


Hoping spring has sprung where you are!


Friday, April 24, 2015

ERA Ageless Skin Care Products Review

ERA


Defy aging, naturally. 


I was asked by ERA Ageless to review some of their skin care products. I received the Starter Kit which includes several sample sizes of their skin care products. ERA Ageless only uses the best organic natural ingredients.  Each product is formulated for a specific part of the face. ERA Ageless has been around for 30 years. Their products are cruelty free and researched for five years. The products help to heal your skin naturally.  


ERA Ageless
The Starter Kit

Reveal. Replenish. Rejuvenate.


After using the Repair & Restore Facial Peeling Gel and the Replenishing Elastin & Beta Carotene Mask my skin looked airbrushed it was so smooth! The products have no scent to them and didn't irritate my skin.  The Firm & Lift Eye Serum and Firm & Lift Eye Cream both blended easily into my skin and reduced the fine lines under my eyes. The cream was thick, but not heavy.  The Age Defying Moisture Cream also absorbed quickly into my skin and kept my skin moist and smooth for hours. The Age Defying Facial Serum is light and I could feel my skin being lifted.


ERA Ageless
A look inside The Starter Kit


ERA Ageless is a fantastic brand. I highly recommend their skin care products! Find out more by going to their website eraagelessfuture.com. You can also connect with them on Facebook. Enter here for a chance to win $2700 worth of products from ERA Ageless!


Disclaimer:   I received a free Starter Kit from ERA Ageless to try and review. I am under no obligation to provide a positive review. The opinions are my own and results may vary. I received no monetary compensation for this review.  

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes with T-Tapp








I was asked to review the book Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes (Lose 2 Sizes in 4 Weeks) by Teresa Tapp. Teresa Tapp created T-Tapp 25 years ago. I had never heard of T-Tapp until a few weeks ago.  Which is strange because I'm such a fitness junkie.   The book was very through in listing the benefits and results from doing T-Tapp.  The benefits of doing T-Tapp includes improving lymphatic function, elimination and mental clarity. Your body will tighten and tone building lean sculpted muscles. It's low-impact and you don't need any equipment.





I really liked all of the inspirational stories from people who had success with it. The more stories I read, the more anxious I got to get started.  Finally we get to the workout section of the book.  There are step by step descriptions and lots of photos of Teresa doing the exercises.  She also had pictures and descriptions of common mistakes to show you what you are doing wrong.


I tried to follow along with the step by step instructions, but I'm very visual. I like to mirror the person via video,  Some of the exercises are on YouTube.  You can check out some of the exercises here. I did them for a couple of weeks every day.  I had to take a break after two weeks because my body was so sore.  I think if I had the actual T-Tapp DVD I would have lost more inches.  I ended up losing about 4 inches overall. 

One of T-Tapp's success many stories Teresa Kim!


Fit and Fabulosu in 15 Minutes also has a diet plan.  Teresa doesn't believe in depriving you of your favorite foods.  Her diet is called God-Made Man-Made.  For a couple of days you eat God-Made foods including meats, vegetables, nuts and fruits.  Then eat man-made foods for a few days. The best way to follow the diet on God-Made days is to eat as clean as possible.  On the Man-Made days you can eat processed foods.  She doesn't want you to go overboard.  Just make smarter decisions.  If you have chips on the Man-Made days, maybe choose baked chips. 

At the end of the book there is a FAQ and more testimonials.  I can recommend this book for people who want a low-impact way to tone their body and lose inches. The diet is pretty straight forward and easy to follow.  I will still do T-Tapp a few days a week.  As a matter of fact I was just in Montreal over the weekend. I had croissants for breakfast.  After breakfast I ran back to the hotel room to do Hoe Downs.  If I could only choose one exercise from T-Tapp to do for the rest of my life, it would be Hoe Downs. Why?!  Because Hoe Downs always makes me feel better after eating a lot of carbs. The heart rate goes up and drops glucose levels quickly.  Read more about Hoe Downs here.  

My breakfast in Montreal. While eating it I was trying to figure out how soon I could get back to the hotel room to do Hoe Downs!


To learn more about T-Tapp you can go the website, like T-Tapp Workout on Facebook or follow T-Tapp Workout on Twitter


Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.  I received a free copy of Fit and Fabulous in 15 Minutes to read and review. I am under no obligation to provide a positive review. The opinions are my own and results may vary. I received no monetary compensation for this review.  

Saturday, April 18, 2015

I Need More Time!

I need more time
This week in Beauty, Fitness and Health has gone by too fast for me! I need more time in the day!  I'm packing for our move to the new house, started Social Media Marketing School, reviewing products and to top it all off, I'm a mom! Just being a mom I'm crazy busy anyway. 

This week I reviewed another amazing OZ Naturals product.  The Vitamin C Serum has added a glow to my skin that I didn't think was possible. Check out the review here. Stay tuned for more reviews of OZ Naturals products!

The Derma Roller System giveaway ended. The winner was Christina G. I'm working on some more giveaways for the future! Stay tuned!

My Workouts: This week I did a lot of walking because the weather here in Toronto has been great!  I've also stepped up my workouts. I'm still doing T-Tapp a few days a week along with the Do You Yoga Beginners workouts, but I'm also getting my sweat on.  Here are a couple of my favorites from the week.







Recipe of the week  actually comes from me!  I was asked by the DailyBurn to create a protein shake for the #ShowUsYourShake campaign.  Check out the recipe for Chocolately Goodness here.

Dates to remember:


My review of the ERA Ageless Skin Care Starter Kit 4/23/15. Find out more about ERA Ageless here.

How do you manage your time when life is crazy busy?! Please leave a comment below!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

North Coast Naturals Products Review


North Coast Naturals



So happy to have discovered North Coast Naturals products via the Go Fit Gals.  The good people at North Coast Naturals were nice enough to send me some of their products.  I received the 100% Iso-Protein Powder.  It has 24 grams of protein and tastes great.  Mixes very easily in my protein smoothies and keeps me full for hours. There aren't any artificial in the Iso-Protein including no artificial sweeteners.  It comes in chocolate, vanilla and natural.



Iso-Protein Powder Vanilla
100% Iso-Protein Vanilla


From the website: 

Features & Benefits

  • Improved muscle recovery and mass
  • Helps reduce body fat
  • Helps curb appetite
  • Increases energy
  • Convenient source of lean high quality protein
  • Supports healthy immune function
  • Supports healthy heart, and blood sugar levels

They also sent me the Ultimate Daily Cleanse.  Once you try this product you will wonder how you lived without it. I use it daily in my smoothies or in oatmeal.  It has essential fatty acids, 14 grams of fiber and probiotics. I try to use it every day for a cleaner, healthier colon. 

Ultimate Daily Cleanse
Ultimate Daily Cleanse


Be sure to check out North Coast Naturals on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest to find out more about the products, health tips and great recipes.  Check out this blog post 15 Recipes to Make with Ultimate Daily Cleanse.



Disclaimer: North Coast Naturals  has provided me with free products to try and review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions are my own and results may vary. I received no monetary compensation for this review.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Delicious and Healthy Chocolate Vegan Protein Shake



I was asked by the DailyBurn to create and share my favorite protein shake. Usually I just throw some fruit, non-dairy milk and protein powder in a blender and blend after my workout.  I decided to actually think of specific recipe for my after workout protein shake.

Here's my recipe for Chocolately Goodness!
1 tbs of cocoa powder
1 tbs of flax seed
1 scoop of vanilla protein powder
1 cup of non-dairy milk ( I used Silk Cashew Milk)
1/2 of avocado
1 frozen banana

Put all of that together and mix in the blender.

I tried to think of a fancy name for it, but the first thing that came to my mind was Chocolately Goodness because it is! The avocado and cashew milk made the shake thick and rich. Flax seeds and avocados are good healthy fats.  Flax seeds are also a great source of omega-3s. Everything I used in the protein shake was vegan.  Go here to find out the benefits of using a vegan protein powder.

Do you have a favorite after workout protein shake?! Please share in the comments below!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Brighter & Smoother Skin! OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum Review







The lovely people at OZ Naturals sent me another product to review, the OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum. The benefits from using the Vitamin C Serum are collagen stimulation to help your skin appear more youthful and more vibrant. The Vitamin C stimulates exfoliation for brighter and smoother skin.  The serum also protects your skin from sun damage and pollution.

I have been using the OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum for about a week now.  It’s very easy to use. First I wash my face and neck with the OZ Naturals Vitamin C Cleanser, then I rinse and pat dry.  Next I apply the serum to my face and neck.  I wait for the serum to dry completely and then follow with a moisturizer and the OZ Naturals Youth Eye Gel.

The first thing I noticed after using it was that may skin was brighter and smoother. After using it for a week I saw less breakouts and dark spots getting lighter.

Right Cheek Before

Right Cheek After

OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum has an impressive 20% vitamin C. It also contains hyaluronic acid, Vitamin E and Jojoba oil. The ingredients are 72% organic and vegan.  OZ Naturals believes in being cruelty free and their products are made in the USA! This is a fantastic product and can’t believe the results I have received in just one week.  I will continue to use the product daily!


OZ Naturals products can be purchased directly through Amazon.com

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post.  I received a free sample of the OZ Naturals Vitamin C Serum to try and review. I am under no obligation to provide a positive review. The opinions are my own and results may vary. I received no monetary compensation for this review.