How To Improve Your Hydration Game For The Better

Disclaimer:

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #HydrateYourDay #CollectiveBias 

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Do you want to know just how important staying hydrated is to me? These days, I literally joke with my friends that I am a redwood tree because I need to drink gallons and gallons of water per day, LOL! Honestly, there are so many health benefits that come with staying hydrated that I’ve partnered with Collective Bias Inc. & The Coca-Cola Company to share a few reasons why YOU should make sure that you’re on top of your hydration game as well.

First off, let’s go over the shocking fact that the average everyday person does not drink the daily recommended amount of water per day (which is 8 - 15 cups of water per day). Gasp! Since the human body is comprised of 60% water, we must stay properly hydrated throughout the day if we want to maintain, or increase, our performance in work, fitness, and overall, life. Because of our fast-paced society, it’s difficult to make hydration a priority, which is why I’m about to shed some light on how we can change things for the better! ;)

But before we get started, I first off wanted to introduce to you guys to a brand called smartwater , a water bottle brand that you can find at your local Target!

Specifically, you can find smartwater in the “Drinks” section at Target OR stocked in the mini refrigerators near each of the check-out registers! With all of this inventory, there’s no excuse NOT to stay hydrated! ;)


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Drinking the daily recommended amount of water per day will boost your performance in all areas in life.

To convince you to start drinking more water per day (unless you already do, then kudos to you!), I’ll just leave a BUNCH of key facts on WHY you should stay hydrated!

  • Promotes cardiovascular health

  • Keeps muscles & joints working

    • Removes toxins/waste from your body and makes you more limber!

  • Cleanses toxins from your body (however, this does mean multiple trips to the bathroom for Mich, hah)

  • Balances blood sugar

  • Relieves headaches

  • Promotes healthy skin

  • Maximizes physical performance

  • Promotes weight loss

    • Boosts metabolism & helps you stay/feel “full” longer.

    • Minimizes hunger.

  • Improves brain function

    • Boosts your energy levels

  • Hydrates your body


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Keep a water bottle with you at all times - your work desk, the dinner table, your next workout. Treat it like you treat your cellphone! ;)

As a social media influencer and manager, I am constantly on my phone for work-related purposes. Pretty much, you can find me inseparable from my phone. Why can’t this be the same for water?

Note to self - Michelle, bring your water bottle where you would bring your phone. No excuses!


On-the-go? Bring a purse that can FIT a water bottle!

I’m constantly guilty of making it fashion. In other words, I will bring a smaller purse or clutch with me to events so that it matches my outfit. As much as my #ootd might look great that night, my hydration levels will probably look the exact opposite. These days, I make it a huge effort to bring a spacious bag with me (regardless of the event) so that I can always have a water bottle with me at all times.


Buy extra water bottles if needed! It’s better to be MORE hydrated than dehydrated.

If you know that you’ll be running-around-like-a-headless-chicken busy for the following week (or month), do yourself a favor and buy a large case of water or multiple water bottles to prepare you for the craziness that life throws at you! I know that when I’m juggling multiple work tasks/deadlines, followed by hitting the gym, eating a decent meal, and showering, drinking 8 - 15 cups of water per day will NOT be on the first thing on my to-do list. By having a water bottle on supply and nearby (that coincidentally rhymes, whoa!) at all times, you’re doing your body a favor on being able to drink water any time of the day.


Now, after reading this blog post, are you going to change your hydration game to be the very best?

What is one tip that you would like to share to stay frequently hydrated throughout the day? Share with me in the comments below, & let’s stay healthy and hydrated together!


Two Must-Have Holiday Kits By Physicians Formula

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Happy November all! Yes, I’m coming out with a Christmas-related blog post a bit early, but I find it safer to plan for your Christmas shopping list early than to be that frantic individual sweating bullets thinking of the perfect gift for your loved ones ;) In today’s blog post, I’ve partnered up with Physicians Formula to share with you guys two amazing and must-have holiday kits for that amazing female in your life - whether it be your Mom, sister, best friend…you name it! Now without further ado, let’s get shopping ;)


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The beauty brand, Physicians Formula, and I go way back. Waaaayyy back. Like high school years back. I was first introduced to Physicians Formula by my lovely Mother, who bought me my first eyeliner pen when I was a senior in high school (yes, I started playing with makeup quite late, hah). Ever since I picked up their eyeliner for the very first time, I was speechless at just how much a simple eyeliner can transform your entire complexion. From that day on, I knew that eyeliner was one of my makeup essentials whenever I decided to do my makeup that day. You can read more about my past experience with Physicians Formula in an older blog post here.

Fast forward to today, I fell in love with even MORE Physicians Formula products once I became acquainted with more of their products. From their glowy Highlighters (I own FIVE!) to their irresistable Butter Paradise Fragrance (which is why my best friend, Marisa, is obsessed with smelling me during our hangouts), I love how Physicians Formula offers a variety of quality makeup products that do not come close to breaking the bank. If you want me to name other products that are my current faves, be sure to check out Physicians Formula Killer Curves Mascara as well as their Butter Paradise Fragrance and Body Butter (which are offered only in their Butter Collection kit). These are products that I need to restock on as soon as I run out!

Now that I’ve given you a proper introduction to Physicians Formula, I wanted to share more specifics on TWO amazing holiday kits that they are coming out with!


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The Essential Minis holiday kit comes with five essential products - the Rose All Day Oil-Free Serum, Spotlight Illuminating Primer, Mineral Glow Pearls, Healthy Lip Velvet Liquid Lipstick, and Killer Curves Mascara. Not only will your loved one be able to try multiple products from the Physicians Formula collection, but she can always purchase the full-sized product if she finds one that she is attached to!

Spoiler alert - I already own the full-sized Killer Curves Mascara and let’s just say I’m HOOKED! If you have a loved one who is split between loving both skincare and cosmetics (cough, like me, cough), THIS is the kit to get her this holiday season ;)


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The Color Me Healthy holiday kit is a JACKPOT to those in your life who LOVE playing with makeup, specifically new lip colors! I had the honor and opportunity to promote Physicians Formula’s Liquid Lipstick collection last year in a previous Instagram collaboration here.

Not only does this kit come with a colorful array of beautiful long-lasting liquid lipsticks, but it also comes with The Healthy Lip Transformer - aka the final step towards shifting your lips from a semi-matte state to an opalescent shade. This lip transformer will literally transform your life for the better.

If hydrating and long-lasting lip products sound like a winner to you, you already know that the Color Me Healthy kit is the ultimate Christmas gift option for yourself or that special galpal in your life.


Have you tried Physicians Formula products before? Which kit would you buy for yourself or a loved one for Christmas?

Share your thoughts with me in the comments section below - I would love to know more! Until next time, I’ll talk to you guys soon!


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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Physicians Formula; however, all opinions remain my own.


Healthy Eats: Homemade Siu Mai Recipe

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Hey y’all, and I hope you all had an awesome pre-Halloween weekend! Although I didn’t partake in any Halloween festivities this year (the work overload took over - the adulting life is surely real), I am excited to share ANOTHER bomb recipe with you guys in today’s blog post featuring Milk & Eggs ingredients. Again, I’ve partnered up with Milk & Eggs for this blog post, and I love collaborating with this specific OC/LA grocery delivery company because I LOVE sharing new and tasty recipes with you guys! As a huge foodie, I cannot resist trying new dishes and sharing them with my followers once I try them out for myself - so consider yourself lucky ;) For October’s highlighted recipe of the month, I introduce to you…HOMEMADE SIU MAI!


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Ingredients

  • 1/2 package wonton wrappers, round/circular

  • 1/2 pound ground pork

  • 1/2 pound shrimp, deveined and finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 egg, beaten, for egg wash

  • Garnish: 1 small quarter of a carrot, minced

  • Special equipment: 1 or 2 large bamboo steamers with lid, pastry brush


Directions

1. In a medium-sized bowl, combine pork, shrimp, soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil, salt, and pepper.

2. Spoon one teaspoon of the meat filling mixture (from Step 1) into the center of a wonton wrapper. Lightly brush the sides of the wrapper with egg wash. Squeeze the sides up until the wrapper forms a cup, tucking in the sides and leaving the filling exposed on top. Repeat with the rest of the wrappers.

3. Add parchment paper to the bottom of 1 - 2 large bamboo steamers. Fit the steamer basket(s) in the wok and pour enough water into the wok until the water line is 1 inch below the bottom of the steamer. Steam siu mai for 12 - 15 minutes, until filling is firm to the touch. Serve with soy sauce, chili sauce, or chili oil.


Find the link to the original recipe here.


Thanks to my brother-in-law and older sister, I was introduced to this delicious recipe and wanted to share it with all of you! Also, another reason why I LOVE this particular homemade Siu Mai recipe is because it is an entree that you can either make and eat fresh, OR you can freeze them for later consumption! All in all, this homemade Siu Mai dish serves as the ideal recipe that is perfect for family/friend gatherings or a quick dish to make for yourself when you have to eat fast!

Do you love dim sum? Want to recreate this recipe?

If you end up using this recipe, be sure to tag me in any future Instagram posts or Instastories - I would love to see your creations! Until then, I’ll talk to you guys next time!


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Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Milk & Eggs; however, all opinions remain my own.


Competitive Game Nights & Homemade Dinner Traditions

Lifestyle blogger, Michelle Sun from @missmisschelle, shares two of her favorite DIY/homemade recipes that she cooks with her friends on game night days!