Chocolate Chia Pudding ~ Recipe

I feel like everyone needs to have a good chia pudding recipe in their ‘back pocket’ at all times.

And because I feel like I have mastered my recipe I wanted to share it with you 🙂

Chia pudding is one of my favorite healthy treats because it’s quick and easy and also tastes delicious. I like my Chia Pudding to be very much the consistency of a thick pudding, if you rather have a slightly runnier pudding then you may want to add more almond milk 🙂

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup chia seeds
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • 5tbsp carob powder (you can also use cocoa powder but you might have to add more maple syrup)
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

 

Steps: Servings: 6

  1. Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Mix until incorporated.
  3. Set in the fridge for 15 minutes.
  4. Optional: Top with your favorite ingredients ex. strawberries, coconut shavings, raisins, seeds etc.
  5. Enjoy!

 

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I hope you enjoyed this recipe!

 

Carpe Diem.

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-Phi ❤

Healthy Blueberry Bars ~ Recipe

I haven’t posted a baking post in ages and when I got together with my friends to have a Harry Potter marathon (I am obsessed) I wanted to make a delicious, HEALTHY, cozy treat to curl up on the couch with. And that is how my Paleo Blueberry bars came to be 🙂

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Ingredients:

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cup almond meal
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tbsp tapioca flour
  • 3/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 room temperature eggs
  • 1/4 cup room temperature coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 heaping tbsp tahini

Last Ingredients: 

  • 16 oz bag frozen wild blueberries

 

Steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and take out your eggs and coconut oil (to ensure that they are room temperature) and spray your baking tray with coconut oil.
  2. Mix all the dry ingredients into one big bowl.
  3. Mix all the wet ingredients into another smaller bowl.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients bowl. The mixture should appear slightly rough (not like usual cake batter).
  5. Spoon the wet and dry mixed ingredients into the tray. Pat down the batter so that it is smooth on the top. Once the batter is smooth dump the frozen wild blueberries on top of the batter (optional: and sprinkle the blueberries with coconut sugar).
  6. Slide the tray into the oven and bake for 45 minutes.
  7. Let the cake cool for 15 minutes and then enjoy!

 

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Hope you enjoyed this recipe!

 

Carpe Diem.

 

-Phi ❤

 

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“Ready for Summer” Favorites

Summer is right around the corner! June 21st to be exact and I have a few favorites I have been using recently to get me into the summer mood! And because they have been my recent go-to’s I thought it would be great to share them with you!

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What You See:

  • Clinique Happy. Gelato Cream: Berry Blush

 

I LOVEEEE this product. I actually bought it around Christmas time and just recently started using it… I am mad I didn’t try it sooner (that is how good it is).

The product is called gelato cream and if there is one word to describe this product it would be gelato. This cream is the exact consistency of gelato, it is a delicious sweet berry scent and is one of those creams that does not leave your hands oily afterwards. In other words, it is perfect.

  • Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Oil

I have been obsessed with this product for a while and I am kind of upset I did not talk about it sooner. This is a tinted lip oil by Burt’s Bees in the color ‘Caramel Cloud’. The color itself is very very very similar to your normal lip color but I really like it! Absolutely my favorite part about this product is the applicator, it is a little feathered tip that applies just the right amount of oil onto your lips so that it is not too much!

I love it!

  • La Croix Berry Flavoured Sparkling Drink

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You are not getting ready for summer if you are not drinking La Croix. I am not going to lie, I am not the BIGGEST fan of carbonated drinks (I hate the fizzy noses and burn down my throat) so it takes a lot for me to actually end up liking a carbonated drink — And I love this one! The one depicted in the image is the Berry Flavour but I also really enjoy Lime and Cran-Raspberry. La Croix is naturally flavoured and has zero calories and sugar! This is the perfect refreshing summer drink!

  • Polaroid ZIP Mobile Printer w/ZINK Zero Ink Printing Technology

I was planning on mentioning this product ages ago as a gift idea but I thought now would be a great time to mention it as well. This is the Polaroid Mobile Printer and it is — FANTASTIC– I love this for all year but especially during the summer I love to take photos with friends and print them for myself or as a gift. The weirdest part about this product is that there is no ink in it (all you need is the printer paper and polaroid and you are good!). If you are into photos or enjoy having little mementos then this is the product for you!

  • Chance Chanel Perfume

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I have been wearing this ALL year. I am not quite sure how to explain the scent exactly but it is the perfect Chanel style – sweet and flowery – with a little kick- perfectly sublime! I always spritz this perfume once in the morning and then I am good to go for the rest of the day. The flowery scent makes this perfect for a summer’s day!

  • Pixi by Petra Natural Contour Powder Shape and Shadow

Don’t make fun of me…. but this is my first contour powder!!! One of my goals for this year was to really expand my makeup and how I do my makeup and this definitely constituted an expansion. I always think contour for summer as it creates this gorgeous bronzed and shapely look that is beautiful! Pixie by Petra is one of my favorite brands so I instantly went to them when it came to contour powder (I actually used it in this look: Formal Makeup Look)

Overall I completely adore this product!

  • Keep Calm and Bake Cake Recipe Book

I LOVE BAKING (it is a well known fact). I have plenty of cook books and baking books- I will not lie- but I really wanted to share this one. I love the plethora of cake recipes in the book as well as the bright color and it’s pint sized size. It is perfect on a desk as not only quick inspiration or motivation but also as a sweet ~punnn~ piece of decor!

 

I hope you enjoyed this post!

 

Carpe Diem.

-Phi ❤

Formal Makeup Look ~ Pixie

As it is formal season, I figured a formal makeup idea post could be beneficial to anyone attending a formal event.

Here I will share with you the makeup goodies I got to use that I really enjoy for formal events and how it looked!

 

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The Products I used: 

Face: 

The Body Shop: BB Cream

Pixie: Natural Contour Powder Shape & Shadow

Pixie: Concealer

Yves Rocher: Youthful Glow Powder

 

Eyebrows:

Pixie: Natural Brow Duo

 

Eyes: 

Urban Decay: Naked 2 Palette

  • For eyes I primarily used the color Foxy as the base and Tease and YDK for the crease!

Lips:

Mineral Fusion Lipstick in Nude Chair

 

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Hope you enjoyed this post and it provided some makeup inspo for your formal events!

 

Carpe Diem.

 

-Phi ❤

 

Phi’s Super Salmon Salad ~ Recipe

Whenever the sun comes out two food types dominate my daily menu…

Smoothies & SALAD.

I know, I know some of you might be going EW salad, skip…

BUT WAIT!

I personally believe that the way to get a perfect salad is to find the perfect ratio of salad to toppings: 1:1

And from the ratio I developed my favorite go-to salad ever! I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 heart of palm
  • 1 persian cucumber (or a third english cucumber)
  • 1/2 tomato
  • 3 cooked beets
  • 4 oz salmon**
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Drizzle of balsamic vinegar

 

** If you don’t enjoy salmon or don’t eat it I have tried this recipe with two 6-minute boiled eggs as well and it is equally as delicious!

 

Steps:

  1. Cook the 4 oz of salmon in a pan on medium heat with salt and pepper.
  2. Take a bowl and create a nice bed of spinach.
  3. Slice the cucumber and heart of palm into thin slices and sprinkle over the salad.
  4. Cut up the tomato and beets into cubes and sprinkle over the salad.
  5. Shred the cooked salmon with a fork and add that on top of the salad as well.
  6. Add salt and pepper on top of the salad and drizzle the salad with balsamic vinegar.
  7. Enjoy!

 

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Hope you enjoyed the post!

Carpe Diem.

 

-Phi ❤

Travel: Great Falls, VA

Ahhh the beginning of my travel series!

I have so much more prepared for this series but since I was in Virginia I figured why not showcase some beautiful spots you might want to check out if you are ever here.

Great Falls, Virginia

Pictures speak 1,000 words so let them begin!

 

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I don’t want to talk too much about this… there is only so much you can say about a place…. you have to see it to believe it… hence the photos.

This is the perfect place for a hike with friends or family, the views are incredible from the cliffs to the designated overlooks. Multiple hiking trails are provided varying from easy to moderate to difficult difficulty.

If you are in Virginia and looking for some hiking trails to explore and a place to get a view of some beautiful water falls then this is the place to go!

 

Hope you enjoyed!

 

Carpe Diem.

-Phi ❤

 

 

My Yoga App Workout + Outfit!

I have finally finished school so I am back on the blogging grind with a workout post!

Ahhh yoga… always been an afterthought to me. I always made excuses… I am flexible enough, I don’t need to meditate, running is easy enough, it will take too long… and yada yada yada. Well I recently broke through the barrier. I downloaded about 10 different yoga apps so that I could tell you exactly which one I use and why I like it.

By the way this is not an ad. This is completely my opinion and an interest of mine that I really want to share with you!

Out of the many apps I downloaded (they were all free by the way) I narrowed it down to the app that I have been using for over a month now.

The app: Asana Rebel 

This app is completely free to download and I have been obsessed with it. If you would like to get on a yoga fitness program then you will have to pay an extra amount. But there are plenty of workouts provided that come free with the app!

I am a huge fan of the free yoga workouts, so much so I use those every day!

A little background on the free workouts… there is a free 5 minute workout provided that changes everyday and another 10-15 minutes workout that changes every day as well. On top of those daily changed workouts, there are 5 single workouts that range from 6-19 minute workouts. Each workout focuses on something else, whether it be detox, fat burn, flexibility etc. and those remain and do not change daily.

These workouts are absolutely perfect for me (as someone who is not very flexible), I find it to be the perfect way to sneak in a little quick workout and feel more flexible, strong and relaxed afterwards.

I cannot tell you how happy I am to have found this app and kickstarted my yoga adventures, I wish I had done it sooner!

Which is why I have written this blog post to share with you my insights on this app!

Outfit: 

I have lately been obsessed with the brand Fabletics! I find that their clothes are perfect and very soft (basically the most comfortable) I wanted to share some of my favorites with you!

They are having a huge sale right now (This is not sponsored by the way). So I thought I would link it down below 🙂

Fabletics Sale

I hope you enjoyed this post and it either inspired you to begin yoga and breathe in all it’s benefits or test out this app (if you so wish!).

 

Carpe Diem.

 

-Phi ❤