Girl Look at that Body …

Whether you are a male or female follower of the blog, one thing is for sure. You are constantly surrounded by the images of slender, god or goddess, super toned and ripped, drenched in oil celebs and models. *As if we needed anything else to make us feel less than…*

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For example, the new and improved, Khloe Kardashian (I know, didn’t even recognize her right?!). Anyone who knows me, knows that I pretty much cannot stand that entire family (with the exception of North), but figure she is one of the perfect examples to get my point across. Just look at her…all toned, slender, sleek, waxed, oiled and ready to go *I feel like I’m talking about a car for god’s sake* Many girls and women see this image and think that anything less than this, is not good enough. It makes me sick that almost every time I go onto Instagram, yet another photo of a half naked celeb/model hits the feed and girls/guys go nuts bashing themselves. “If only I could look like this”, “Bae goals”, “LIFE goals, I want to kill myself”, “OMG, why can’t I look like this”, “Seriously, we need to get like this”, “Time to starve myself”, “Impossible, never going to happen :(“, “How is she so perf?!” The nauseating list goes on and on…

Little do people forget, the reason why I’ll never know…but these people are FAMOUS. They have oodles and oodles of money and the best cosmetic surgeons on speed dial. Not to say that Koko didn’t lose some of her weight by means of her personal trainer, Gunnar Peterson, BUT 99.9% of what you see is thanks to the magic of cosmetic surgery and insane Photoshop. For those people who undergo the knife to be happy with their appearance, good for you. No shade to be thrown here, I just wanted to share that not everything is what it seems.

There is this crazy agenda out there in the media world that wants to keep all of us men and women feeling down in the dumps about ourselves and it’s time we fight back. Boycott the purchase of magazines that tell you the below images are what’s “sexy” “cool” “desired” “perfect” and so on. Write in to the editors of these magazines and let them know how you really feel!*cue crowd cheering music* Grab your pitch forks and torches and stand outside of their offices and let them know WE’RE NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE….Well, maybe not that far, but you get what I’m saying.

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Women-you need bigger boobs, Dudes- you need tighter pecks that do that creepy up and down thing when you flex, smaller waist *refer to my Got Waist blog post*, get the rounded/perky butt, firm those disgustingly flabby arms, get rid of the jelly rolls on the sides of your stomach, and tone those cottage cheese thighs. It’s really annoying and I for one am tired of it. So seriously, the next time you see this sh*t in the magazine aisle…keep it moving. The next time it pops up on your tv…change the freaking channel. The next time you see it on your social media sites…just remember it’s not even REAL. There was an amazing video that hit youtube and thankfully went viral not too long ago, I encourage you all to watch it…

As mentioned, I am an aspiring model and actress. There have been numerous castings/auditions/meetings with agents that did not pan out the way I would of liked. I’ve been told that I am not tall enough, not thin enough, not big enough, skin is too dark, skin is too light, too curvy, not curvy enough, etc. Needless to say, you have to have a tough skin to be in this business, thankfully I have just that.

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This is me. I stand at 5 feet 7 inches tall, 188 pounds, blissfully blessed bosom, 31-32 inch waist, no chiseled six pack abs, thighs for days, and arms that won’t put a body builder to shame. While I do want to tone up certain areas, for my own liking… guess what?! ::I LOVE ME:: and it is me who is going to keep pushing for this movement of self acceptance and love. Join me in this movement. Hashtag your beautiful selfies with the tag #iLoveMe and #NotSorryForThisBody. I can’t wait to see all your amazing photos! Let’s make this viral guys, I know we can do it!

Let’s be clear, I am not a proponent of obesity and an overall unhealthy lifestyle. I just want to pass the message of self love, healthy living and happiness. If you don’t feel totally happy and comfortable in the skin you’re in, then change it! Love yourself in every stage, because even at your goal weight/look, you will not be happy if you’re not happy from the start. Soooo, the next time you want to judge yourself against someone who is in the mags, just remember…not even they look like that.

So there media, we love ourselves and there’s nothing you can do to change it!

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Let’s Get Dirty With ::Frank:: …

Today I am going to bless you with a little gem that I stumbled upon about 7 months ago while Instagram binging. It’s a great, natural product called “FRANK.” FRANK, is an all natural coffee body scrub that gently exfoliates the entire body, leaving you with seriously soft skin. I promise it will feel like a baby’s bottom.

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FRANK is also great for lightening/removing post acne scarring, rosacea, dark spots, uneven skin tone, pesky pimples, stretch marks, ingrown hairs, and nourishing extremely dry skin. My skin is super weird, I have extremely oily skin on my face and dry skin on every other part of my body. FRANK is great for making my skin feel like velvet, seriously! I use it about 3-5 times a week (as prescribed by Dr. FRANK.) It has also helped lighten or completely remove acne marks or other dark spots on my skin *let the skin gods rejoice* I have used countless body scrubs, and this by far is my all time fav!

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Another awesome thing about FRANK is that they offer free shipping, yes I said FREE SHIPPING to anyone who orders in the USA! Yay, America! It’s also pretty inexpensive (14 bucks per package) and lasts a long time! They come in 3 tasty selections…

  • Original – smells just like a yummy cup of coffee
  • Coconut- It’s like a beach holiday, minus the sand in your pants
  • Peppermint- Just like Christmas candy canes all year round

FRANK has also recently released their full line of cleansers, body lotions, facial lotions and other amazing goodies that I can’t wait to get my hands on. Give it a try and I can guarantee you will fall in love too. Time to get naked and dirty with FRANK.

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Click here for the FRANK goods

5 Ways To Wake Up & Instantly Feel Like A Boss…

If you’re anything like myself and can’t stomach the thought of waking up any earlier than 12 pm (joking, at least 11 am) then it is probably one of hardest things to wake up for work or anything else really. Most people wake up looking like Patrick from Spongebob (a big blob-like character,shame on you for not knowing.) You may feel groggy, disinterested in going to work, and rather be doing ANYTHING else on the planet besides getting ready for work. Have no fear, The Blogery is here! Here are some helpful hints to put a pep in your step… enjoy!


::Step One::

Get out of bed. I know this sounds simple, but as I just mentioned this is actually very hard for some people! Work with us here, we really are trying. Once your feet have touched the floor move on to step two

::Step Two::

While brushing your teeth, (or hopefully brushing your teeth) start thinking positive thoughts. Pending on how much you like your job, mmmm this can be kind of tricky at times. Try to envision a great day! See yourself getting alot accomplished, completing those files that have accumulated on your desk, be the top salesperson, deliver an amazing pitch to your boss and other important higher-ups, throw that newspaper directly on someone’s yard, hand someone their coffee with a smile, etc. I think you get what I’m saying, once you start to do this it will become habit. Much easier said than done, but you got this!

::Step Three::

Incorporate morning meditation, stretching, exercise… something to get your blood going and some energy into those bones! We’ll call it morning movement, as anything is progress right? So put on some soothing music, roll out the yoga mat, or dust off those old running shoes. This is a must according to people who are very successful. They swear by waking up at least an hour earlier than you should and doing the above mentioned. Let’s all try this to be a little bit more “boss-y” 😉

Click here for 10 quick morning exercises

::Step Four::

Make a healthy breakfast! If you’re also like me when it comes to cooking, then you know this just probably ain’t happenin’ and you’ll probably want to pay attention in just a few sentences. For those of you who cook and/or have the time to, make something yummy! Your body will thank you and it will be the fuel you need to wake up! Just downing some coffee won’t cut it and it’s not the healthiest thing to skip out on breakfy. All you non cookers, now you can tune back in. Make a delicious and nutritious breakfast smoothie! They taste great and believe it or not, keep you full. Add some protien powder to really step it up a notch! Get creative and make a different smoothie for every day of the week.

Click here for super yummy, quick, healthy, creative smoothie ideas

::Step Five:

Remember, that while Jesus (or whomever you believe in) loves you dearly and doesn’t care what you look like… the world DOES! Please remember this… and I’m not just saying this because I carry the “vein gene”, but because your physical appearance does mean alot! They say first impressions are everything and it’s true. Like it or not, we live in a society where looks mean just about everything and you will be judged accordingly. So please, take the extra time to get it together and look in the mirror before you head out. I mean really, who is most likely going to be taken into consideration for a very high position/high paying job…

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This is not only for your professional life, but in your personal life. When you look good and put together, trust me… you will feel like a boss. Because hey, not even Queen Beyonce woke up like this…

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::No shade Bey, just sayin’::

So while this may not be as instant as coffee, with practice you too can make yourself feel like a boss and eventually become one! Think it, believe it, and make it come true in the physical realm. If you are happy being someone else’s employee, then be the best damn employee you can be! If you hate it (like me) then get a game plan together and make it happen (as my dad always says.) Dream big and never let anyone tell you NO. No one gets to tell a boss no 😉

Got Waist? …

Well QUICK…get rid of it! Having a waist is sooooo 1990! Only insanely gross people who don’t care about what they look like have those! *gag*

So, unless you have been living under a rock for the last year… you probably know what a “waist trainer” is. You may possibly own one, know someone who does, know someone who is thinking about purchasing one, or has been sent to the hospital from wearing one. Either way, you know what it is.

Waist trainers have actually been around since the early 16’th century, it’s true… everything in fashion always comes back around!  Anyway, this is what women tortured themselves with back then to cinch their waists.

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Charming, isn’t it? A few months ago I decided to purchase one of these said waist trainers and see what all the hype was about. After suffering daily for 8-10 hours (the reccommended dosage) I felt like I could not breathe and I was left with insanely deep marks all over my tum. That was just day one…they say to wear it for a minimum of 30 days to see at least “2 inches fall off your waist.” While I love the idea of dropping 2 inches from my waist, I quickly decided (after about a week or so of consistent use) that this shit was not for me. I was also left with bad bruising that took over one month to fade away.

We get so caught up in celeb endorsements, quick fixes and crazy weight loss gimmicks *myself included*…that we don’t even stop to think about how realistic what we’re doing may be. Had I of stopped and really thought *hmm,will wearing this chinese torture device daily really shrink my waist permanently?* I would be $150 richer, yes I just said $150…shoot me, I know. Let’s also keep in mind that the Kim K’s of the world shovel out massive loot and under go multiple surgeries to look the way they look. While they may wear these crazy ass things, that’s not how they achieve or maintain their shape.

At the end of the day most experts and doctors will tell you that it is dangerous for your ribs and with extreme usage, the internal organs of your body. Welp, looks like the only real solution is dedication in the gym and the kitchen. *Duh, Taccara*

::If you still don’t believe me:: click here to read this article posted by friends over at Women’s Health Mag.

Don’t be like me in the picture below…all sad, miserable,hurting and hungry *cue feed the children music*. Ditch the stupid waist trainers and have a pizza! Welllll, I guess not the pizza part if you’re trying to lose weight, but seriously don’t “waist” your money on these things! Say it loud, say it proud…

#WeWantOurWaists

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Let’s Face It ::Nightly Edition::

Today  I received my first “requested blog post” from a follower. *Yayy, I have a follower requesting stuff after just one day of being LIVE*.. Ok nerd moment over, back to the request…

I was asked by a lovely lady what my night time routine is for beautiful, glowing, acne free skin. I for one think she is giving me way too much credit, as I myself still struggle with the occasional zit *hooray*. Nevertheless, I have a wonderfully amazing au naturale routine that is easy to follow and makes your skin sing “Happy” by Pharrell.

What You’ll Need To Grab

1.Young Living Essential Mint Satin Facial Scrub

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Then scrub-a-dub-dub in circular motions like so….

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Rinse off with lukewarm water and then proceed with step numero dos

2.Carrington Farms 100% organic extra virgin Coconut Oil, or any brand you’d like and Young Living Essential Oregano Oil 

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Take a smidge of coconut oil and two drops of oregano oil *these little oils pack a punch,not much needed*

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3. Apply this powerful, life changing mixture to Pete the Pesky Pimple (Yes, I just gave a super cute name to a pain in the ass cyst-like creature that pops out of your face.) Voila, after just a night, or so..pending on the size of that sucker, gone! Poof, vanished, finito, bye bye little guy!

The best part of all of this is that it is natural, so your totally dodging all the super harmful and chemical ridden pimple-be-gone products in stores. Leaving your skin supple, glowing, happy, healthy annnnd pimple FREE! The skin gods will be shining their light on you and the angels will be singing. You’re welcome 😉

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Click here for Young Living Mint Satin Facial Scrub

Click here for Young Living Oregano Essential Oil