Healthy Recipes For A Healthy Lifestyle

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One of the most effective ways I found to keep me accountable on achieving my goals is to have a close friend hold me accountable for my actions. For gym days, it is Marisa and Alex pushing me to lift more weight than my trembling body thinks it can handle. For eating healthier, it’s Huyen texting me pictures of her healthy meals to remind and inspire me to make better food choices throughout my day. For anything work-related, it’s Wendy keeping me motivated, productive, and pushing me to produce my best work. Honestly, I am eternally grateful for all of these friends (and more) who keep me in check, because without them, I wouldn’t be where I am today when it comes to my mental or physical health.

For today’s blog post, a popular subject that a lot of you guys requested was a compilation of healthy recipes that I have tried and love. Personally, I admit that I start eating unhealthy meals when I cannot think of anything to cook at home and END UP buying fast food or takeout due to the short-term gratification effect it has on us. However, because homecooked meals often lead to healthier eating choices and lower expenses, I KNOW that I want to hop back on the healthy bandwagon and I plan to take all of you with me! This month, I’ve partnered up with Milk And Eggs to introduce to you guys a bunch of fun, easy-to-make recipes that don’t require a lot of time or prep work. Let’s jump into it!


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Before we get started, I want to emphasize that these meal suggestions or recipes are HEALTHIER ALTERNATIVES than what you could find at your local restaurant or fast food chain. Personally, I find that when I make the effort to swap out unhealthy ingredients for more nutritious ones, it makes a HUGE difference in both calorie and nutrient intake.

There are so many health benefits when it comes to eating healthy, such as a more uplifted mood, better sleep, etc. With a little discipline, you can attain all of these health benefits as well, and it’s not hard to do once you make small changes in your life! So without further ado, let’s get started!


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Breakfast Options


  • Two Scrambled Eggs & Two MorningStar Farms Maple Flavored Vegetable Patties

    • Ingredients:

    • Directions:

      • Cook two scrambled eggs in a pan and add a dash of Trader Joe’s Onion Salt. Honestly, this salt just adds so much flavor to my eggs and I can’t imagine ever cooking eggs without this spice!

      • Add oil to pan and pan-fry two vegetable patties. Cook on medium-low heat for 3-5 minutes, then flip patty to cook the other side for another 3-5 minutes.

        • Nutrition Facts: One vegetable patty contains 8g of protein and is only 80 calories! These vegetable patties are low in calories compared to your standard bacon and sausage options!

  • Supreme Omelette

    • Ingredients:

      • 2 Brown Eggs - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • Trader Joe’s Onion Salt

      • 1 Organic Red Onion - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • Organic Mushrooms - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • Organic Green Onions - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • Organic Spinach - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

    • Directions:

      • Add oil to pan, then two eggs. I choose to scramble the eggs just a LITTLE bit so that the yolk and egg whites are combined.

      • Wash vegetables and chop into bite-sized pieces. Add chopped vegetables to the scrambled eggs mixture.

      • Cook for 3 minutes on medium-low heat, before flipping omelette in half (like a quesadilla!) once one side is cooked well! Fold in half.

  • Avocado Toast

    • Ingredients:

      • 1 Slice of Whole Wheat Bread - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • 1 Brown Egg - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • Trader Joe’s Onion Salt

      • 1 Organic Avocado - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

    • Directions:

      • Place 1 slice of whole wheat or multi-fiber bread/bagel in the toaster. Meanwhile, add olive oil to the pan and cook one egg on medium-low heat until fully cooked. Personally, I like to scramble mine, but you can do sunny-side up if desired! Add Trader Joe’s Onion Salt to the eggs because that shit is BOMB!

      • Slice 1 avocado in half. Scoop out avocado into a bowl and mash. Add a dash of garlic salt and black pepper. Spread avocado mash on to toasted bread.

      • Add cooked egg on top and serve.

  • Scrambled Egg & Hashbrown Breakfast Burrito (LOVE this recipe because you can meal prep and freeze these burritos and/or take them with you on-the-go to work! Find the original recipe link here.)

    • Ingredients:

    • Directions:

      • Bake 1 frozen hashbrown on 425 or 20 - 25 minutes. Cut into bite-sized pieces once baked fully. Should have a crunchy texture!

      • Heat tortilla in a pan on low heat until it warms up slightly. Do not cook until hard/crispy - just enough to warm it up!

      • While the tortilla is warming up, scramble two eggs in another pan on medium-low heat. Sprinkle Trader Joe’s Onion Salt on the eggs.

      • Place warm tortilla on a plate, and add scrambled eggs and chopped hashbrown on to the tortilla. Add 2 tbsp of salsa. Personally, I also like to add a bit of ketchup and sriracha as well!

      • Wrap into a burrito and serve.

  • One Bowl of Plain or Vanilla Greek Yogurt With Chopped Fruit & Toppings

  • One Bowl of Quaker Oats’ Oatmeal

    • Directions:

      • Add one pre-packaged Quaker Oaks packet or 1/4 bowl of plain oatmeal to a bowl. Add a little bit of cold water until the oats are almost floating (make sure not to add TOO much water!) in the bowl. Microwave for one minute.

        • If you don’t like plain oatmeal, you can add a dash of brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon for added flavor (just don’t go crazy with the sugar, hah).


Meat/Fish Recipes


  • Roasted Lemon Pepper Cod (With A Side Of Veggies)

    • Honestly, you can purchase the BOMBEST roasted lemon cod from your local Costco - it comes premarinated! Just follow the instructions on the box and you’re good to go :) Pair with your favorite side of veggies - I love eating this fish with stir-fried green beans!

  • Meatloaf

    • Ingredients:

      • 3-4 lbs of ground meat (Use organic or grass fed/no hormone from Whole foods or Trader Joe's, Lean 10% fat, Use a mixture of beef and turkey) - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • 1.5 to 2 cups of Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs

      • 3 Brown Eggs - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • 1 Organic Red Onion, minced - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • 1 cup parsley/cilantro, minced - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • 1 tablespoon of garlic powder

      • 1.5 to 2 cups of water (Use less water if you think the meat mixture is mushy already)

      • 1 to 2 teaspoons of salt

      • 1 teaspoon pepper

      • 1 tablespoon cumin/coriander powder

    • Directions: Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Let sit/marinate for a few hours in the refrigerator. After a few hours, take the mixture out of the fridge and form into a rectangle loaf in a loaf pan. Bake at 375 degrees for about 1 hour or 1.5 hours. Optional: Add ketchup on the top for the last 15 minutes.

  • Honey Soy Sauce Flavored Salmon

    • Ingredients:

      • Fresh or frozen salmon - psst, the salmon on the Milk & Eggs website is BOMB! Buy it here.

      • Pepper

      • Honey

      • Soy Sauce

    • Directions:

      • Preheat oven to 350F.

      • Wash salmon under a running faucet, and use the edge of a knife to scrape across the salmon skin for extra cleanliness. Use a dry paper towel to absorb all of the water out of the fish. The paper towel process is SUPER IMPORTANT so that your fish doesn’t come out mushy!

      • Place salmon on a piece of aluminum foil on a baking pan. Add a dash of pepper to the salmon. In a separate mixing bowl, combine 1 - 2 tablespoons of honey with a little bit of soy sauce. Too much soy sauce will make this salmon taste salty AF! Pour honey and soy sauce sauce mixture over the salmon.

      • Bake salmon for 15 - 20 minutes, or until well cooked - you can poke a chopstick or fork into the fish. It should be a tender, '“falls off the bone” type of texture and not raw/wet.

  • Tempura Crusted Japanese Mayonnaise Salmon (this is a HOMEMADE recipe from a college friend ;) Honestly, not the HEALTHIEST recipe on this list but at least it has salmon!)

    • Ingredients:

      • Fresh or frozen salmon - psst, the salmon on the Milk & Eggs website is BOMB! Buy it here.

      • Pepper

      • Garlic Salt

      • Lemon

      • Japanese Mayonnaise (you can pick this up at your local Asian grocery store - Hmart or 99 Ranch should have it!)

      • Whole Wheat Bread Crumbs

    • Directions:

      • Preheat oven to 350F.

      • Wash salmon under a running faucet, and use the edge of a knife to scrape across the salmon skin for extra cleanliness. Use a dry paper towel to absorb all of the water out of the fish. The paper towel process is SUPER IMPORTANT so that your fish doesn’t come out mushy!

      • Place salmon on a piece of aluminum foil on a baking pan. Spread a thin layer of Japanese mayonnaise with a butter knife until salmon is covered evenly. Add whole wheat bread crumbs on top of the mayonnaise layer, followed by a dash of pepper and garlic salt. Lastly, add a few drops of lemon juice for that added citrus kick!

      • Bake salmon for 15 - 20 minutes, or until well cooked - you can poke a chopstick or fork into the fish. It should be a tender, '“falls off the bone” type of texture and not raw/wet.


Vegetarian Recipes


All of these vegetable dishes are GREAT to eat as side dishes! Also, vegetables are a great way to substitute unhealthy fillers such as white rice.

  • Enoki Mushroom & Baby Bok Choy Stir-Fry

    • Ingredients:

      • Baby bok choy - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • Enoki mushroom (1-pack) - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • Bragg Liquid Aminos - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

    • Directions:

      • Wash, chop, and dispose of ends of enoki mushroom (always comes with a chunk of dirt, yuck!). Wash, chop, and dispose of ends of baby bok choy.

      • Add olive oil to pan and throw mushrooms/bok choy into pan on medium-low heat. Add a little bit of Liquid Aminos for added flavor (don’t add too much or it’ll be super salty!). Pan-fry for 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are “soft”/”liquidy”.

  • Green Beans Stir-Fry

    • Ingredients:

      • Organic Green Beans - buy from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • Shallots

    • Directions:

      • Add olive oil to pan and pan-fry green beans for 3-5 minutes on medium heat. Add shallots for an extra kick of flavor. SO DAMN GOOD.

  • Spaghetti Squash (find original recipe link here).

    • Ingredients:

      • 2 whole spaghetti squash

      • 1 1/2 lb ground turkey (or beef) - buy it from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

      • Freshly ground black pepper

      • 4 cups marinara sauce (homemade or jarred) - I prefer using Rao’s Homemade Marinara sauce linked here.

    • Directions:

      • Preheat the oven to 450F.

      • Split the squashes in half & scrape out seeds. Line an oven tray with aluminum foil. Season the spaghetti squash with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place flesh side down and roast for 30 - 40 minutes until fully cooked. Remove from the oven and let squashes rest until cool enough to handle.

      • Meanwhile, heat marinara sauce in a large saute pan for 3-5 minutes on medium-low heat. For vegetarians, you can add chopped red onions, mushrooms, or any other vegetables that you would like your spaghetti squash to come with! For meat lovers, you can add ground turkey or beef.

      • When squash is cool enough to handle, using a large kitchen spoon scrape the strands of squash from the inside of the skin. Toss the spaghetti squash in the pan with the hot marinara for just long enough to get hot. Serve and enjoy.

  • Honey & Balsamic Vinegar Roasted Brussel Sprouts (see original recipe link here).

    • Ingredients:

      • 1 1/2 lbs fresh brussel sprouts - buy it from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • 2 tbsp olive oil (for baking)

      • 1 tbsp olive oil (to mix with honey and balsamic vinegar)

      • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

      • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar

      • 2 tsp honey

    • Directions:

      • Preheat oven to 425F.

      • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

      • Peel off the outer dry/dirty brussel sprout leaves, cut the bottom off and slice in half.

      • In a large bowl, toss brussel sprouts with olive oil and black pepper to coat thoroughly.

      • Bake brussel sprouts in oven for approximately 20 minutes.

      • Take brussel sprouts out of oven and coat with honey, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil mixture.

  • Olive Oil Roasted Brussel Sprouts

    • Ingredients:

      • 1 1/2 lbs fresh brussel sprouts - buy it from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • 2 tbsp olive oil

      • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper

    • Directions:

      • Preheat oven to 425F.

      • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

      • Peel off the outer dry/dirty brussel sprout leaves, cut the bottom off and slice in half.

      • In a large bowl, toss brussel sprouts with olive oil and black pepper to coat thoroughly.

      • Bake brussel sprouts in oven for approximately 20 minutes.

  • Roasted Sweet Sweet Potatoes with Honey & Cinnamon (find original recipe link here)

    • Ingredients:

      • 4 sweet potatoes, peeled & cut into 1-inch cubes - buy it from the Milk & Eggs website here.

      • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling potatoes after cooked

      • 1/4 cup honey

      • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

      • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

    • Ingredients:

      • Preheat oven to 375 F.

      • Lay the sweet potatoes out in a single layer on a roasting tray. Drizzle the oil, honey, cinnamon, salt and pepper over the potatoes. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes in oven or until tender.

      • Take sweet potatoes out of the oven and transfer them to a serving platter. Drizzle with more extra-virgin olive oil.


I hope that this detailed list of recipes has left you guys more inspired to cook something new in the kitchen! Let me know which recipes stand out to you, or which recipe you want to try out! Also, since Valentine’s Day is coming up, why not take one of these recipes and whip up something special for the boo? Heh ;)

What is your favorite meal/entree to cook? Is it breakfast, lunch, dinner, or dessert?

Talk to me in the comments section - let’s chat!


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


How To Make A Media Kit: The Ultimate Resume For All Influencers/Bloggers

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One of the most popular questions that slid through my DMs as of lately is, “what is a media kit?” and “how do you make a media kit?”. Since I love helping you guys out when it comes to providing tips on how to become a successful influencer/blogger and landing brand deals, I have decided to rewrite an updated blog post addressing this subject so that all of you can be in the know of just HOW important creating and owning a media kit is if you are a part of the influencer community. Let’s get started with the basic definition of a media kit before I take you on a virtual tour on HOW to make a media kit and WHAT my media kit looks like!


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“What is a media kit?”


A media kit is a visual resume for bloggers and influencers that is comprised of text, numerical statistics, and photos. Pretty much, it is similar to an aesthetic flyer that represents your brand. If you want to get into the nitty-gritty of things, a media kit should (from my personal opinion) contain the following:

  • About Me (1-3 sentences)

  • Photos of Yourself (1-5)

    • I highly suggest putting enough photos just so that there’s no awkward “empty” space in your media kit

  • Instagram Demographics (Audience, Gender, Location)

  • Analytics/Statistics from your Social Media Platforms (Instagram, Blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, etc.)

  • List of Past Partnerships

    • You can include the actual logo of the brand you have worked with, or just simply type the brand name.

  • Any additional information, text, photos, and/or screenshots that may help you stand out from the average influencer/blogger.

Although the recommended page length is one page/slide (like a resume!), I personally think it is okay to expand your media kit to multiple pages if every additional page contains VITAL information that helps you stick out to a brand. Since my media kit is a few pages long, I make sure that EVERY single carries important information about me and my social platforms so that I do not waste a brand’s time scrolling through useless shit. Personally, I rather showcase more pages in a clean and organized fashion in contrast to squishing a bunch of information on one page. From the agency or brand manager perspective, when I see a media kit that looks too cluttered or “lazy” (lacks information that I may need as a brand owner), I get the impression that he/she didn’t put his/her full effort in and was just trying to get this kit minimally done.

Make sure that you spend enough time working on both the aesthetics and presentation of your media kit! Although brands do value numbers and ROI as well, please keep in mind that your media kit still represents a part of your business and you WANT to have the best first impression possible when doing business with another party! :)


“How do you make a media kit?”


For the last few years, I was using a media kit template that a friend made for me from scratch. However, from all of the crazy giveaways I’ve hosted and being followed and unfollowed by annoying-as-shit F/UF accounts, it was inevitable that my numbers were bound to fluctuate throughout the months. Thus, I decided it was time to give my ENTIRE media kit a revamp by starting anew.

If you have no artistic talent for graphic design (that’s me TBH), you can honestly hire somebody to create your media kit from scratch. However, I wanted to make a media kit for myself so that I had total control of what information I could incorporate, and thus, started googling “free media kit templates”. Canva was byfar my favorite website, and it offers TONS of free templates for you to pick and choose your favorite! Click the link here to see all of Canva’s amazing media kit templates.

Here are a few ways you can create your own MEDIA KIT TEMPLATE - I’ve compiled these sources from both my own research and suggestions from friends:

  • Canva (I use this website!)

    • Find Canva media kit templates here.

  • Etsy (Must buy a template)

    • Find Etsy media kit templates here.

  • Microsoft Word (You can make a template from scratch)

  • Adobe InDesign (You can make a template from scratch)


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“Do I include my rates in my media kit?”


Yes and no. Hah, sorry - that answer might be a bit confusing. Let me rephrase this - it’s up to YOU.

There are many ways to go about this. If you charge a standard rate for your posts and do NOT want to negotiate or change that rate, you can include your rate(s) in your media kit.

Another way you can go about this is to create a separate PDF called a “Rate Sheet”. This is a one-page sheet that literally lists your rates per package, and is a separate file from your media kit. See below for examples of what you can potentially charge clients for.

  • Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, & Facebook Posts

  • Instagram/Snapchat Stories

  • Instagram Videos

  • YouTube Videos

  • Event Attendances/Posts

Personally, I do NOT own a rate card or include my rates on my media kit. Because I love talking to my clients and getting to know their needs (what they need from me and how I can help fulfill their company goals), I typically include my rates in the email thread instead so that there’s room for negotiation, growth, and discussion.


Now for the fun part - although I typically do not show my media kit to the public and send this PDF solely to brands, I also thought, “What’s to hide? Why CAN’T I show my media kit to help those who want to create their own?”

Honestly, one of the things that I have noticed is that the majority of the influencer community tends to keep private information to themselves - and I completely understand and respect what brand owners decide to keep confidential or not. However, I also WANT to be the helpful resource and welcoming platform that helps you achieve your goals and jumpstart this boss babe business of yours.

Thus, you can scroll below to see what MY CURRENT MEDIA KIT looks like! Remember, no media kit is “perfect” out there and that every media kit is unique, just like YOU!



If you found this blog post helpful, I’d greatly appreciate it if you could click the heart button at the bottom of this post and leave a comment! To anyone reading this, good luck on creating your first media kit (or revamping your current version) and just know that you can DM me anytime if you have any additional questions - my inbox is always open ;) Thanks for reading, and I’ll talk to y’all soon!


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Top Essentials You Need For Your Dog

Fashion and lifestyle blogger, Michelle Sun from @missmisschelle, shares her top essentials to get for your dog!

Holiday Wish List Completed With Babbleboxx

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Is it just me, or did 2018 go by much too fast? I feel like I dove into a massive of pile work at the start of January 2018, only to suddenly wake up and realize that it is almost the end of the freaking year! Isn’t it crazy how time flies? To commemorate such an eventful year, I wanted to introduce you guys to Babbleboxx! If you haven’t heard of Babbleboxx and LOVE learning about new brands, reading in-depth product reviews, or watching my unboxing videos on my Instastories, then you will LOVE this blog post!

So, are you ready to unbox my Babbleboxx with me? Ready, set, let’s go-ho-ho!


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AfterShokz: Trekz Air Headphones

When it comes to my workouts, I’m always looking for the best type of headphones to wear to the gym when it comes to comfortability, functionality, and quality. If it lacks any of those three aspects, it’s not a winner in my book. However, AfterShokz’ Trekz Air Headphones are the FIRST pair of headphones that I have owned that wrap comfortably and conveniently around your ear. Not to mention, they are lightweight AF!

With these specific type of headphones, I love how I am able to hear EVERYTHING around me. Also, as much as I love the idea of soundproof headphones, it sucks having to take off my headphones during a workout to be able to hear what my gym buddies are saying. With AfterShokz’ headphones, I don’t have to worry about a thing!

The AfterShokz’ Trekz Air Headphones comes in a variety of colors - Midnight Blue, Forest Green, Slate Gray, and Canyon Red! Pick your favorite and get that good workout in ;)


Charles & Colvard: Signature Halo Moissante Necklace 0.91CTW in 14k White Gold

If there’s a timeless jewelry piece that I can rock for years on end, it’s Charles & Colvard’s Forever One Halo Necklace In 14k Gold. Not only does its classic style match any outfit from casual to semi-formal, but this necklace is comprised of moissante - a naturally occurring and ethically sourced gemstone. In other words, I love how our planet was not heavily or negatively impacted through the making of this necklace by Charles & Colvard and am always a huge advocate towards the creation of environmentally responsible products. Will definitely be wearing this necklace for the remainder of 2018 and all of 2019!


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Chesapeake Bay Candle

Whenever I bring a new candle home, my older sister always gets super excited because she’s a HUGE candle enthusiast and loves putting them all over the house - kitchen, dining room, bathroom, you name it! It’s no surprise that my best friend, Marisa, is the same way as well, hah. What’s NOT to love about candles anyways?

Chesapeake Bay Candle is known for their soy wax blend and essential oil infused candles, which is why their candles would serve as the ideal Christmas gift for loved ones this holiday season! I currently own the Serenity + Calm Lavender Thyme Candle, and anything lavender scented makes me feel more calm.

ALSO, if you didn’t know already, I am hosting an INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY with Chesapeake Bay Candle and you can enter here. Hopefully, one of you lucky individuals will be able to spoil yourself with the same candle that I have - good luck! ;)


Finishing Touch Flawless

Move over No Shave November, because Finishing Touch Flawless will be making its way under the Christmas Tree in December! If you’re like me and don’t like facial hair, the Finishing Touch Flawless was made to remove facial hair and peach fuzz flawlessly.

Typically, us ladies are a bit afraid to “shave” or remove peach fuzz with the fear that our hair will come back growing thicker. However, this product guarantees that your hair won’t grow back thicker and that you won’t suffer from any redness, bumps, or irritation. Not only does it have a built-in light, but it also has an aesthetic and Instagram-worthy 18K gold plated head if you want to incorporate it in your next Instagram product flatlay ;)


Fun x Fiorucci Women’s Sheer Crew Socks

Now, I’ll be honest and say that I do not wear crew socks often. However, I’ve seen fashion bloggers style these sheer socks and LOVE how they add a pop of edginess to one’s outfit when pairing them with booties, heels, or sneakers. The Fun x Fiorucci Women’s Sheer Crew Socks are red and white so you can rock that sporty girl vibe. If you or your galpal love edgy or sporty styles, these are a fun pair of socks to gift for the holiday season!

You can find the full collection on FunSocks.com or at their SoHo or Venice retail store location.

*DISCOUNT: Take an additional 15% off your entire Funsocks.com order by using code “BABBLEBOXX” at the checkout screen. One use per customer. Code expires 12/31/18. Discount is automatically applied by clicking the link here.


ALDI Cocktail Shaker & Glasses

If you’re looking for the hottest, high quality gifts for your family and friends, look no further than ALDI! Honestly, I’ve never seen such a unique and quality cocktail shaker until I came across this brand! True story - as soon as I opened my Babbleboxx for the very first time, my brother-in-law passed me by the living room and grew wide-eyed as he exclaimed, “Whoa, what’s that shaker"?!”. As you can see, ALDI’s Chef’s Collection Cocktail Shaker by Crofton even manages to woo the men in my family ;) Also, I have to give a special shoutout to this cocktail shaker as well - its innovative design that is incorporated into the shaker allows you to see the EXACT ingredients needed to make various cocktails when you twist the top!

However, no cocktail shaker is complete without two Chef’s Collection Moscow Mule Glasses by Crofton. Add these moscow mule glasses into the mix and you’ve got yourself the perfect holiday bartending party kit!


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Have you guys heard of or received a Babbleboxx before? What are your thoughts about themed-inspired boxes - yay or nay?

Talk to me in the comments below and let’s chat!


Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Babbleboxx; however, all opinions remain my own. #WishListBboxx


2018 Christmas Gift Guide For Her

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Last week, I created a poll on Instastories and a LOT of you mentioned that you still had to do your holiday shopping! However, you don’t have to fret for two reasons - first off, I’m on the same boat as you (heh) and second of all, I’ve created this helpful Christmas gift guide to make your holiday shopping process a lot more stress-free! Since I receive a ton of requests to blog about gift guides, I made sure to create a 2018 Christmas Gift Guide For Her so that you can take the stress off your holiday shopping this year by getting amazing presents for your loved ones!


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To make things easier on you (the gifter!), I’ve categorized these gifts by the type of person you plan on spoiling this year…see below for which genre matches your loved one most! Also, just to clarify, I either own or have already tried these brands/products, so I can strongly vouch that these are gifts worth giving for the holiday season!

  • Cooking

  • Fitness

  • Planners

  • Health & Wellness

  • Beauty

  • Home Decor/Lifestyle

  • Fashion

  • Skincare


Cooking

If your loved one is a huge cooking enthusiast, I would highly recommend getting them an Air Fryer by Crux for Christmas! Specifically, it’s called the Crux 5.3-Qt. Digital Air Convection Fryer, which you can purchase at your local Macy’s. Essentially, an air fryer fries a respective food with “air pressure” so that you still taste the crispiness and crunch without the oil! A healthier french fry?! Now that’s what I’m talking about ;)

Recently, I gifted this air fryer to my family by CRUX and they are in LOVE with the quality of this air fryer! Not only is it very spacious (we literally air -fried an ENTIRE chicken in here! What whatttt), but this air fryer is easy to clean afterwards as well! Next time, we plan to air fry sweet potato fries! Save your loved one from the deep frying cooking hassle by getting this air fryer!


Fitness

Looking to make a fitness enthusiast smile this holiday season? If he/she doesn’t already own a pair, Apple’s Airpods are the way to go and they are priced at quite an affordable rate! From the compact and convenient packaging case (which also charges your Airpods when on-the-go!) to the hassle-free wireless feature, I love how you can wear your Airpods at practically any workout. I’ve tested them out for myself - they don’t fall off while lifting weights or running on the treadmill! Plus, if your gym buddy forgets his/her headphones or earbuds for the day, you can share one of your Airpods and can both still listen to quality, headbobbin’, heart-pumpin’ music!

If we want to get real nit-picky here, Airpods can technically be gifted to the everyday individual, as you can wear them while walking on the sidewalk, on the subway, at work, etc. - however, I will say that I highly recommend them for those who hit the gym often!


Planners

As much as I am a crazy planner lady at heart, I somehow was able to and compile my 3+ planners filled with my workload/thoughts/schedule into one planner maximum for the last few months - not sure how I’m surviving, but I am!

Currently, I use the LifePlanner by Erin Condren, which I highly recommend for those bubbly, positive gals who LOVE color and motivational quotes! I always order my LifePlanner with the vertical layout so that I can outline my to-dos, photoshoot/collaboration deadlines, and any plans with friends or family! With horizontal planner layouts, I’m personally not a fan of how little writing room there is, so I prefer writing in planners with a generous amount of space offered.

Lucky for you minimalists, if Erin Condren stationery is a bit too colorful for you, EC recently came out with a new collection called the Focused Collection - an ideal planner for both men and women!

Additionally, if you want a more goal-oriented planner that helps you track your progress and achieve your short-term and long-term goals, I would go for Passion Planner instead! Passion Planner is the planner brand that allowed me to recognize and analyze the current state of where I was in my career, and what I needed to do to achieve my next goals. LOVE!

P.S. Stay tuned for an ERIN CONDREN pGIVEAWAY at the end of this blog post! ;)


Health & Wellness

As someone who preaches self-love and self-care over and over again on Instagram and Instastories, I have a few GREAT recommendations for those loved ones who are into destressing, relaxation, and me time!

If you find yourself always running around like a headless chicken during your work days and never take the time to just BREATHE/RELAX, the Steam Eye Masks by MegRhythm are a LIFESAVER! Essentially, you put this mask over your eyes for just 10 minutes and steam emits from the mask as soon as you open the package - whoa! I also recommended this product to one of my friends back in the Bay Area and she bought it instantly after I introduced her to the brand - and guess what, she LOVES it! You can already guess what I got her for Christmas ;)

Another present I would recommend for your health and wellness friend or family member includes any type of Pillow Sprays, Room Spray, or Bed Spray. When I feel like I’m taking the time to “prepare” my bed like its a sanctuary, I feel more at peace before I hit the bed. Currently, my favorites include the And Now To Sleep Pillow Spray by REN Skincare, Rest Linen Mist by OSEA Malibu x Parachute Home, and Japanese Cherry Blossom Room Spray by Bath & Body Works.


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Beauty

I plan to create a recap of my favorite beauty products in a separate blog post; however, to keep things simple, I’ll list a few beauty products that I personally LOVE that you CANNOT go wrong with as a holiday present or stocking stuffer.


Fashion

What’s your loved one’s favorite accessory? For me, it’s been EARRINGS - a small accessory that can serve as such a HUGE statement piece! If you ask me for my top recommended jewelry brands that carry timeless pieces, they include Kendra Scott and Gorjana.

I recently gifted my oldest sister a beautiful yellow box of Kendra Scott earrings and she LOVES the rose gold color! See their rose gold earrings collection here.

For me, I’ve been wearing my two Gorjana necklaces on REPEAT and I love how you can layer Gorjana necklaces to create a multi-layered necklace! See their collection of necklaces here.

If your loved one absolutely adores intricate and dainty jewelry pieces, I would definitely recommend shopping at either of these jewelry stores for quality and timeless pieces that your loved one can wear for years!


Home Decor

So what’s a Merry Christmas without a freshly scented candle?

If you don’t buy a Bath and Body Works candle for yourself, you should at least pick a few up for your loved ones! Bath & Body Works carries a variety of candle scents - my personal favorite is the Vanilla Bean Noel 3-Wick Candle!

Also, if you want to be a little EXTRA, you can purchase a matching wreath to place around this candle - see wreath options here.

P.S. My best friend, Marisa, went HAM during a Bath & Body Works sale and literally bought their whole collection of candles, LOL! If both my best friend and I are obsessed with their candles, you already know that they are worth taking a look into!


Skincare

Because of my obsession with skincare, I’ll be coming out with a separate blog post on my top favorite skincare products of 2018 - stay tuned! However, to keep things short and sweet, I wanted to share ONE holy grail product that the everyday individual would love!

One product that I cannot imagine living without is Patchology’s FlashPatch Rejunevating Eye Gels (30 Pack). In fact, I keep this product by my nightstand because I use it so often while working at my desk at home since these eye gels serve as a quick pick-me-up throughout my day! Personally, I do think this product is on the pricier end, but still worth every penny regardless.

If the 30 Pack is too expensive for your budget, you can buy a 1-pack for just $3.00 (serves as an amazing stocking stuffer!) or the 5-pack box for $15!


< ERIN CONDREN GIVEAWAY >

This holiday season, I am giving ONE lucky winner the opportunity to win a $75 Gift Voucher to Erin Condren, one of my favorite stationery brands of all time! From motivational planners to the softest blankets, Erin Condren has everything you need to make your life more colorful and optimistic! See below for the official rules to this giveaway.

RULES:

1) Follow @erincondrendesign & @missmisschelle on Instagram.
2) Like my last ten photos on Instagram (including today’s post HERE).
3) Like my Facebook Business Page here.
4) Leave a blog comment below including your full name, email address, Instagram handle, blog link (if applicable) & let me know what you would buy for yourself (or your loved one) from the Erin Condren website if you won this giveaway! :)

*US Giveaway only - no private/giveaway Instagram accounts allowed. I will be announcing the winner on my blog and Instastories in 7 days! Good luck!


If you found this blog post helpful or are planning to buy any of the brands/products that I’ve listed above, I’d greatly appreciate it if you clicked the big fat HEART button down below!

Have you done your holiday shopping yet? What is your favorite part about Christmas? Talk to me in the comments below - let’s chat!


Healthy Eats: Iced Matcha Latte Recipe

Orange County food and lifestyle blogger, Michelle Sun from @missmisschelle, shares a delicious and healthy iced matcha latte recipe on the blog.