Low Carb Peanut Butter Fudge

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TGIF, y’all! I am so ready for the weekend and I have a seriously delicious treat to share with you. It’s so easy to make and is only 4 ingredients! This low carb peanut butter fudge is sugar free, dairy free, gluten free, low carb and still seriously delicious! I have a major sweet tooth but have been really trying to make better choices with what goes into my body so I’m always trying to come up with healthy alternatives. This curbs my cravings and doesn’t even taste like its a “healthy dessert”! My husband just ate 5 pieces before I even got a chance to take a picture!

 

INGREDIENTS

1 cup smooth, natural peanut butter (only ingredients should be peanuts + salt)

1 cup coconut cream from a can, discard the liquid

1/4 cup almond or coconut milk

1-2 tbsp liquid stevia, to taste

chocolate drizzle on top (optional)

 

DIRECTIONS

  1. lightly melt the peanut butter and coconut cream together, just enough to be able to stir easily.
  2. add all ingredients to blender or nutri-bullet, blend until well mixed.
  3. pour into a parchment paper line 8×8 or bread loaf plan
  4. freeze until set 1-2 hours
  5. Remove parchment and chop into 1 inch squares to serve (keep refrigerated)

My Yoga Essentials

 

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water bottle | mat | headband | sling | towel

Yoga makes me happy, especially hot yoga. I try and go at least 3 times a week but especially when I feel any type of stress, frustration or anxiety. I leave feeling like a new person and am able to leave whatever is bothering me in the past. I honestly believe in the power of meditation and all of the benefits that hot yoga provides (mentally and physically)! So, I’ve decided to share all of my favorite yoga essentials that I bring to every class and I hope that you will give yoga a try – it will change your life!

I actually take my hydro flask everywhere with me, but you will go through the entire bottle in a one hour class because of how much you sweat. This keeps your water cold for 12+ hours and you can buy this straw lid which I have and makes it much easier than the lid it comes with. If you have a nice water bottle and carry it with you, its easy to stay hydrated.

I recently got this mat from target and it’s the best one I’ve ever had. It’s slightly thicker than your typical mat and it does have an “pores” in it so even though I clean my mat after every class you don’t have to worry about bacteria getting inside of it.

My mat sling is also from target and under $10! It just slides on each end of your mat and makes it super easy to carry your mat to and from class .

I definitely recommend a wide headband to keep the sweat out of your eyes. I love this one because it is light weight but does it’s job and you can machine wash it!

I always bring essential oils with me to my practice. There are so many different ones you can use for calming, focus, centering,  etc. However, this grounding blend is definitely my favorite. Make sure you are using quality oils if you are buying them, there is a big difference in what they sell at whole foods -and if you have any questions about them I’d love to talk to you!

My last essential is a yoga towel for your mat. As I mentioned, you sweat a lot and even my non-slip yoga mat can become a little slick during hot yoga. This towel goes on top of your mat and absorbs any sweat and sticks to your mat!

xoxo, Jackie

 

Cauliflower Fried Rice

TGIF! Yay- it’s almost the weekend and we are expecting a foot of snow over night. I’m really excited for the first snow fall in our area this winter- I just love it. I mentioned on Instagram the other day that I’m going to start introducing healthy recipes and fitness into my blog every Friday! This is my first post on this topic and I hope y’all love it.

Everyone loves Chinese takeout, right? But it is seriously not good for you – so I made a delicious alternative.We have had it 3 days in a row -My husband doesn’t even think it tastes like cauliflower at all! So here is the super easy recipe and feel free to add any veggies/protein you love like broccoli, chicken or shrimp!

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Lipsense Lip Gloss Review

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It’s hump day y’all! This week is already flying by and I’m really excited to share this new (to me) product with all of you.

I’m sure most of you have heard about Lipsense by now and maybe thought about trying and I’m hear to tell you it’s totally worth it! A lovely lady, Kirsten, reached out to me on Instagram to see if I would like to try it and I’m really glad I did. I recently started trying different lip products and my favorite that I had found until now was the Bare Minerals Gen Nude lip colors, however they don’t last very long and definitely are not kiss/smudge proof.

When I received my Lipsense products it included the lip color, the gloss, an eraser for any mistakes and directions on how to apply, which I love when it comes to a new product. I decided to try this product for the first time on New Years Eve since I knew I would be eating, drinking and kissing! I applied 3 quick layers of the color and topped it with the gloss at 6pm and it lasted through all of the festivities and my new years kiss! I was impressed. I’ve worn it two more times since and I love how it looks and feels – and of course the best part is never worrying if your lipstick is coming off, smudging or reapplying.

The color Kirsten sent me was “Aussie Rose” and it is gorgeous! It’s the perfect hint of peachy/pink and works well with my fair skin tone. It lasts up to 18 hours and comes in a huge variety of color for any skin tone. If you are interested in purchasing I’ve dropped the link below and make sure to use the discount code “omb15” to save 15% !

Order – The Kissing Queen

December Favorites

 

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Happy New Years, friends! I hope everyone enjoyed their holidays. I don’t know about y’all but I’m so ready to get back into a routine, eat healthy again and start crushing some goals! Today, I’m sharing a few of my December Favorites products.

I’m a big fan of living proof products all ready but this hair mask is amazing! I use it once a week and it makes my hair so soft! I have been using Marc Jacobs Daisy perfume for about 5 years now and I still love it but wanted to have another option. I picked up this Burberry scent on black Friday and it smells so light and pretty! It’s a subtle fresh, floral scent. This Nuetrogena face lotion is an absolute necessity! My friend is a esthitician  and turned me on to this product. I have extremely dry skin as I’ve mentioned before and this hydro boost serum is saving me (especially this winter when my skin is even worse!)  They also have an eye serum and one with SPF! Along with having dry skin my lips have been so chapped and peeling this winter. So I have been using this Bliss lip scrub a couple times a week to remove any dead skin and then I slather on aquaphor healing ointment on them every night! Last but not least is the Too Faced mascara – this is my favorite “splurge” make up product  ($23) and gives serious volume to my lashes.

Don’t forget to enter my cash giveaway open till 1/25/17 – More details on this blog post!

xoxo, Jackie

 

Winter Neutrals and a Cash Giveaway

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watch | jeans | shirt | boots | poncho (similar)  here + here 

Happy Friday Y’all! 9 days till Christmas and I’m so excited! My best friend is coming up with her boyfriend and staying with us for a few days and then I’m headed to florida with my husband and our two dogs for Christmas (13 hour road trip – pray for us haha). This poncho is one of my favorites ever because it has all my favorite neutral colors in it and is so easy to wear and layer if i need it to be warmer! I love the oversized pockets and fringe, too! Unfortunately it is sold out  but I linked a few similar ones.

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I am also co-hosting a very special CASH giveaway!! Who doesn’t need a little extra cash after all the holidays?!  All you have to do is subscribe to my blog on the right hand side where it says “follow” and then sign up at the link below! THREE winners will be chosen to receive $400 through pay pal or Amazon gift card and a fourth winner will receive $50. This giveaway ends on 1/25/17 (see terms and conditions below).  Good luck everyone!!

 A Rafflecopter Giveaway

Terms and conditions, please add these to your post, but they will also be added the Rafflecopter widget: This giveaway ends on 1/25/17 at 11:59 PM. Winner will be notified via email. Winner has 48 hours to claim prize before prize is forfeit and a new winner is chosen. Winner must claim prize before they are announced. Giveaway is open worldwide, void where prohibited. All entries are voluntary but must be completed as stated with verification in order to win. All entries will be verified and if it wasn't completed a new winner will be chosen. Winner will be chosen randomly using Rafflecopter no later than 1/30/17. Winner must be 21 years or older to win. Void where prohibited.

Jord Wood Watches, My New Favorite Timepiece!

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Accessories are one of my favorite ways to express my personal style. I truly believe they complete your outfit! I came home to this unique watch on my doorstop yesterday and I am beyond excited to share Jord wood watches with y’all! Jord has something for everyone with their variety of wood choices, face colors and shapes, but as you all know, I love a good neutral! My watch is the Frankie 35 series in Dark Sandalwood + Slate and its the perfect size for my wrist. Jord also takes custom measurements to ensure your watch fits just right. I love the rich hue of the wood paired with slate and it’s minimalistic style compliments almost anything I wear!

I know this cool watch would make the perfect gift for someone special in your life this holiday season. They source wood from all over the world to handcraft these beautiful watches and use sapphire crystal glass for a scratch resistant face!  Jord even offers engraving on the underside of your watch- I think that is such a personal touch to make this already perfect gift even more thoughtful! I have a few special people who will be receiving this for Christmas since they offer men’s watches and women’s watches! The most exciting part is that I am partnering with Jord for a give away to my readers! All you have to do is click the link below to enter and you will automatically receive a $25 gift card just for entering – ‘Tis the season for giving!

  
Watches Made From Wood

You can also shop for yourself or loved ones from the links below 🙂

xoxo, Jackie

Thank you to Jord Wood Watches for sponsoring this post.

Winter Floral Dress

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dress necklace | boots | glasses | purse

Happy Friday darlings! I can’t believe how quickly this week flew by. I didn’t even realize it was practically the weekend until I had to pack last night. I am so excited for this weekend – we are headed down to our family’s in North Carolina for a Christmas party. I wanted to share with you my new favorite dress I picked up from a boutique in Charleston a few weeks ago, but you can grab it from their online shop! I am obsessed with the dark floral print, it’s just perfect for winter. I paired it with my OTK boots (25% off + under $50) because it wasn’t too cold when I wore this outfit but I think it would look great with leggings too – I will definitely be wearing it that way next week. All my accessories are classic black staples in my closet. The Vince Camuto hand bag is under $100 and a gorgeous mix of leather + velvet- I just can’t get enough velvet right now! My favorite sunglasses from Prada are also 30% off right now! I linked everything above for you & I hope everyone has a fun weekend!

xoxo, Jackie

November Beauty Favorites

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I can’t believe today is December 1st! This past month (and week) flew by. We just finished decorating for Christmas and I just love our house being so festive. Today I rounded up some of my absolute beauty favorites for y’all that I have been using non-stop lately.

The first is a rose toner from Aveda and it smells so amazing and  it brightens and firms my skins like no other – I just spritz it on first thing in the morning and it’s so refreshing. Second is Lorac “POREfection” powder and I am obsessed!! It’s a matte finish for all skin types that really smooths your skin leaving a flawless look- definitely my favorite finishing powder. I shared this uplifting foam on my instagram story a few weeks ago and I use it all the time now! I have flat hair and I typically use a variety of dry shampoo to achieve some volume but lately I have been using this and I love it. I comb all my hair back while its wet after the shower and spray this on the top and then brush it through. Then you have to blow dry it (not air dry) and it give you so much volume that lasts all day + night!  I ordered this hot tools curling iron 1.25 inch because I wanted looser curls and this is the perfect thing for that. It’s also really great quality and under $50- I just can’t justify spending $200 on a wand or curling iron no matter how good it is. This Anastasia brow gel is amazing for keeping my brows in place – the gel is clear so its great for any hair color! Last, but not least, is my favorite eye shadow palette ever! Tartelette in bloom has the most gorgeous shades, theres 9 matte colors and 3 shimmer shades. I love this palette because you can create a subtle day time look or a dark smoky eye for night just by layering the different shades and they all look great together!

 

xoxo, Jackie

The Perfect Off The Shoulder Sweater

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We spent the week in Charleston with my family and it was so much fun! Now we are off to Thanksgiving (part two) with my husband’s family – I just love the holidays so much. I got the perfect off the shoulder sweater this week and I can’t stop wearing it! It’s such a flattering fit and I love the off the shoulder look. It’s a gorgeous navy blue and goes with everything! Of course, I paired it with my favorite jeans and booties for a day of shopping and eating in downtown Charleston. P.S – You can save 10% off your order from Emery Collection with my code “JACKIE10” and snag this perfect sweater for the holidays or some Christmas gifts for your friends or family.

xoxo,  Jackie