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My Top 10 USes for Coconut Oil

Coconut oil! 

It’s more than the latest trend in health and beauty at the moment-it’s a complete lifestyle change! I have been adding coconut oil to my health and beauty regime for a few years now and in the most recent months I have truly seen the benefits of using it, making me a huge fan of it.


When looking for a coconut oil to purchase look for brands that are cold pressed and organic. By purchasing this particular type of coconut oil  you are getting the most natural form of the oil, making it the most beneficial. There are SO many options to browse through and luckily coconut oil comes in large supplies lasting you for a few months at a time. 

Now onto the good stuff! Below is a list of my top 10 uses for coconut oil: 

  1. Face moisturizer- I would like to thank Tim for introducing me to applying coconut oil as a moisturizer! Over the last few months I have seen a major change in the softness and overall clarity of my skin thanks to the magic of coconut oil (how many times can I say coconut oil in one post?!) I simply wash my face as I normally would removing all of the makeup and dirt from the day (morning and night) and then apply a very tiny amount of coconut oil to my cleansed skin. A little of this goes a very long way! Lately, I have been adding a small drop of this vitamin E oil to the coconut oil for added moisture. 
  2. Heal cuts- I recently found out about this one. Coconut oil has natural healing abilities and is great for applying to small cuts. 
  3. Body moisturizer- tonight, skip the lotion and slather on some coconutpil (and vitamin E oil). As with your face, coconut and vitamin E oil are amazing at softening your skin and diminishing any discoloration. They also add an extra glow to your skin as well, which is always nice. 
  4. Makeup remover- want to remove that stubborn eyeshadow and mascara without ripping your lashes out?! Then put down the makeup wipes and pick up your coconut oil! I keep a small container of coconut oil in the bathroom from convince. For this task, I apply the coconut oil directly to my eyelids (be very careful to avoid actually getting it in your eye) and with a semi wet cotton pad I rub the oil in circular motions until all of my eye makeup is removed. This is a very gentle way to remove stubborn eye makeup and also moisturize your eyelashes all in one! 
  5. Hair mask-after washing your, hair for a natural and highly benidicial mask use a good amount of coconut oil as a deep conditioner. I leave it on for about 30 minutes or so, wash and blowdry and style as usual. This will leave your hair so soft and shiny- thank me later. 
  6. Lip balm- It’s simple, apply a very small portion of coconut oil to your lips for moisture and shine. 
  7. Lip scrub- whenever my lips feel really dry I like to mix a little bit of coconut oil and sugar in a bowl and then apply to clean lips in a circular motion. This helps to remove the dead skin from your lip, leaving them so soft! 
  8. Of course COOKING- substituting butter for coconut oil is always a great option. Any time I sautée or bake something in the oven I reach for either my organic coconut oil or my coconut oil cooking spray as a healthier option. 
  9. Hair oil- my hair tends to be a bit on the dry side 90% of the time from all of the heat and chemicals I apply to it on a regular basis (I’m trying to get better-I promise). So, to add back some shine l, softness and moisture I like to apply a small portion of coconut oil or coconut oil based products to it daily. 
  10. Last but not least, oil pulling- now this one I must admit is something I  still learning about and trying to get used to. There are plenty of blogs and websites that go into full detail about the benefits of oil pulling, but I’ll try to give my best interpretation of it here. All I do I place a spoonful of coconut oil into my mouth, chew it until it liquifies and I keep that in my mouth for about 10 minutes. It will feel a bit off your first few times trying this, but make sure to find a simple task to do while you are swishing the oil between your teeth to aid as a distraction. Oil pulling is literally pulling the toxins from your body so be sure NOT to swollen any of the oil. After about 10-20 minutes, spit the oil into your trash can, not your sink, and brush your teeth as your normally would. 

I’m sure they are so many other benefits of coconut oil and if you have any tricks of your own I’d love to know about them. 

Xx 

Loryn 

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Couscous Avocado Breakfast Bowl

I promise this blog is not solely a good blog, I just love food! I promise the next post will be something other than a recipe! 

After an early 8am start to my Saturday with a doctors appointment, grocery store outing and a brisk jog in this amazing weather Austin is having right now, I pulled up my Pinterest knowing I wanted to make a meal that included avocado and sausage. That’s what I found this beauty-


The recipe I found called for quinoa, but during my trip to our local HEB and a little confusion between Tim and I, we decided Quinoa and Couscous were the same thing (let me know if we were wrong). 

The entire meal only took about 20-25 minutes to prep and cook which is great because I was s t a r v i n g by the time I got in the kitchen. The instructions were easy to follow and of course the ingredients are always interchangeable. I never really follow along exactly to what a recipe calls for, I enjoy mixing and matching and playing around with the ingredients. 



I didn’t have feta cheese, but this mozzarella was a good substitute. 

I pan roasted my tomatoes because raw tomatoes are icky to me, haha.


The breakfast bowl didn’t take too many ingredients, but I did add sausge to the bowl for an extra bit. 


I get this sausage from HEB. It’s the closes thing to organic that I can find at the moment. 

Everything else you need to know is detailed in this link: 

http://www.cookincanuck.com/2016/04/quinoa-avocado-breakfast-bowl-recipe/?m 
I hope you enjoy it as much as Tim and I did! 

Xx

Loryn 

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Quick Organic Breakfast 

I’m not going to say it, I’m NOT going to say it….. 

….Ok, I am!! I’ve been away for way too long! And it’s out of my system.

But seriously, I have! Honestly, I’ve thought about posting more content time and time again, but I have sadly been too lazy to open up a laptop or even post from my iPhone (as I’m doing now). But here I am; excited, pumped and ready to bring you more! I have a whole new (well, kind of new) outlook on life and this is where I plan to share it all. 

My wonderful boyfriend, Timothy, and I have been on a journey to happiness and a healthier lifestyle the last few weeks and since we’ve started we feel better than ever. 

Ever heard of that saying, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”? I believe in that whole heartedly. I believe that starting your day strong is the motivating key to staying strong throughout the rest of the day. 
My meal of choice this morning was 7 Grain Waffles topped with Strawberries and Mapple Syrup paired with Natural Sausage and Avocados (because I love avocados) 


There in he back, Tim chose (by chose I mean forced because their were only two waffles left and out of the kindness of his heart and his love for oatmeal I won the waffles) to have Blueberry Chai Seed Oatmeal topped with Peanutbutter Granola, along with Toast, Natural Sausage and Avocado as well. 


Both dishes have super easy prep and provide you with the nutrients to get your day going. 

 The most work I did was follow the instructions listed in the package of oatmeal to prepare it, add in a dash of butter, maple syrup and unrefined and pure coconut sugar (I’ll go into the choice of organic/natural staple ingredients in a later post). Throw your sausage in the pan to cook with a little coconut oil, pop your waffles into the toaster, dice fruit and avocados and that’s it. 

An easy and quick delicious breakfast! Let me know if you give it a try. Everything can be swapped out for you favorite ingredients of choice, of course. Play around with different foods and just have fun. 

Xx

Enjoy 

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My little life…

…Oh man do I live an interesting one….Not really, actually.

I’ve been wanting to incorporate a little more about myself on here, so here it goes!! (I really hope I don’t bore any one too much)

My: I'm couldn't be happier today is over, I'm ready for Spring Break face

My: I’m couldn’t be happier today is over, I’m ready for Spring Break face

I’m here in my last semester of college at Texas A&M University-Commerce. I’m graduating in May and graduation day couldn’t come soon enough, Senoritis has set in big time and I am strrrug-ga-liing to make it to the finish line. Yes, college was a great experience introducing me to a life of independence and I am thankful to even be able to say that I’m about to have a diploma, so for those reasons I don’t like to complain too much.  But, I am a human and I can have a rant from time to time and I am ready to get out of this town and move on with my life!!

In all honesty this is the happiest I’ve been in my life! I am ecstatic (and terrified) to see what the next chapter holds for me. My plan A is to find a flight attendant job and do that until I’m ready to move on or maybe I’ll end up sticking with that for the rest of my life. Who knows! I’m not one to make huge goals or plans too far ahead, just because my brain can’t wrap around thinking that far in advance really. Also, I believe that you never know what can happen in life, I might find an amazing job doing who knows what a week from now. I like to take life as it comes, just making small goals to reach along the way. That’s how I remain sane.

As for plan B….I have no idea! I’ll have a Communications degree when this is all over and I have loved taking the classes that are associated with that degree plan. There are a plethora of jobs out there that I can apply my degree to, so that’s good.

On to friends and a social life, well that’s pretty none existent haha I have a few friends that I keep in contact with and or spend some time with, but I’ve really just been that school-work-home-cook-Netflix girl.

The weather was really pretty here in North Texas, so I snapped a fancy picture with my cell while sitting in my bed haha

The weather was really pretty here in North Texas, so I snapped a fancy picture with my cell while sitting in my bed haha

A Sunset Sunrise or something like that my friend Malc Malc made for me a couple weeks ago. I was a happy girl!

That’s where I’m comfortable. I do venture out of that routine from time to time, but not nearly as much as I’d like. To be fair, the town my college is in is a country town with not much to do at all!! I’ll find more adventures when I graduate and get.out.of.here!

Lastly, what’s going on in my love life? Noooot much there either ha Well, not much really. Its heating up a bit, like a small camp fire burning just to keep you warm. He’s an old-new friend that I have known for years and I am really happy and grateful that have him in my life. You know when you meet someone and you can feel the connection instantly and the energy is just good? That’s how this feels. I love having someone I can completely open up to and know that I can be myself around! (thanks Bear)

Ok Ok. I don’t really know where I was going with this post, but here’s a warm fresh out of the oven cookie for you if you made it this far *cookie for you* Hopefully I’ll get a bit more organized in my life post and I really hope that you enjoyed reading it!

Here’s a recent pic of myself completely not being serious just to throw it on here. I cut my bangs about a week ago and they’re a lot of fun 🙂

xox

Loryn Ashley

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Its like I was never gone, right….

   …I hope so.

Any way, here I am sitting in my bed waiting for my throw together dinner to finish cooking (I didn’t realize I was missing about 4 of the ingredients, so I just made do with what I had in the fridge). In my last post I talked about a “healthy week”, needless to say I FAILED! ha The very next day I talked to a dear friend of mind and he told me he was ordering a pizza and I couldn’t resist the urge! Dammit! But, to pull this back around and jump to the point I did purchase a single-serve blender that I have been using to make green smoothies for about a week. My pizza friend (who shall remain nameless for now, but will probably pop up more on here. Let’s call him Bear) along with Kira (who I mentioned in my previous post) suggested that I add these to my “diet” on a regular basis and continue working out and move on with life. Not necessarily in those exact words, but that’s what I took from it! Thanks punk!

So, that’s exactly what I’ve done. I am really enjoying Pilates and seeing and feeling the results from it. Now that I’ve added these smoothies into the equation I feel like a rock star and it’s amazing!! I’m going to sound like a straight up spokes person here, so bear with me-but, I really do feel more energized, my skin is looking better that it as been (thank you holiday eating and spring semester stress for ruining it), as well as not craving so much junk food!

Here’s a little recipe for a green smoothie I tried today and I LOVED

http://theblenderist.com/pina-colada-green-smoothie/

Give it a try! All you have to do is gather your ingredients and blend. Of course you all know I like to adjust the recipes I find, so for this one I added a large spoon full of vanilla yogurt (for creaminess), spinach, and I really don’t measure the things when I put them into the blender, I just gauge how much I think I would like.

First I blended the Kale, yogurt, and spinach to make more room in the blender. Then came the

BANANAS

ORANGES

PINEAPPLES

THEN THROW EVERYTHING ELSE IN THERE AND WHAA-LAA

Enjoy loves

xox

Loryn Ashley

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LET’S GET FIT!

 

Ever since my Christmas break (about three weeks ago) my friend Kira (HI KIRA!! if you’re reading this) has been telling me all about her journey to a healthier lifestyle. We’ve been going back and forth on cleaner eating, working out and being more positive in general. Well, it hurts to say that chick is beating me by a looooong shot! I’ve never been one to workout and I always say you have one life to live. So if being strict with yourself and eating clean is for you then do that. That’s not for everybody though, so if you don’t give a shit and you want to pig out and eat whatever your heart desires then do it! As for myself, I’m like in the middle-ish between those two lifestyles. I like to eat healthy one minute and the next I’m craving a LARGE McDonald’s fry and a LARGE stuffed crust Pizza Hut pizza with plenty of bacon, of course.

This may all sound strange coming from a seemingly healthy 5’7″ 112lb girl, but for a while now (a few years) I’ve been trying to get to my ideal weight by gaining weight. Whaaat?! You want to gain weight? Yes, that wasn’t a typo! I’ve always struggled with accepting my body type. Being on the thinner side wasn’t necessarily my issue, I just wanted to look lean just with a few more curves, yah know. My body is crazy! I have a super fast metabolism (genetics) so, I can eat a huge breakfast at 11am and be starving again by 2pm. This makes it difficult for me to gain more than about 5lbs. I know this may sound like a fantastic life to some of you, but body image is all a mind game and my mind has always told me “Loryn you’re ok, but you could be a hell of a lot sexier if you weren’t so skinny!”

After years of battling with myself  over hating my body I’ve finally come to the realization that I was just made to be a thin girl and it’s time for me to accept it. Sure, I can please myself by doing what I need to tone my body while still putting on a bit of weight, but right now I’m not that girl with a gorgeous cleavage and super curvy hips.

 Now I’m trying to continue reaching my goal but I don’t want to shove just anything into my mouth. After talking to Kira and hearing about her 21 day Fish and Raw foods (fruits, veggie, smoothies) diet and seeing the results (holy cow she looks amazing) I am motivated enough to try this whole healthy eating thing out.

Motiational pictures and quotes always give me the lift I need

So, staring this morning when I woke up around 10am I declare this week GET FIT WEEK! I just want to try eating a little cleaner (no junk food) while maintaining my physical activity I do each day (Pilates class Tuesday and Thursday, I walk pretty much everywhere because I don’t have a car and I’ve been jogging from time to time to relieve pent up energy/stress) just to see how good I feel at the end of the week, According to Kira and the YouTube videos I’ve been watching it’s a world of a difference!!

I’m not saying I’m going to go all crazy strict on myself and forbid myself a cookie or whatever I may crave, I just want to keep the core of my daily diet clean this week.

Today's breakfast: Toasted bread, Avocado. Over medium eggs, frozen Raspberries and a bottle of water. YUM!

Today’s breakfast: Toasted bread, Avocado. Over medium eggs, frozen Raspberries and a bottle of water. YUM!

I encourage you ladies and gentlemen to try this out with me 🙂  Let me know if you decide to join me, any recipes you find, or how you’re feeling! I’d love to hear about it!!

PEACE OUT DOGGIES!!

xox Loryn Ashley

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Talk About Delicious!!

Holy cow! When I say this meal was so yummy, I mean this meal was SO YUMMY!!! As I normally do a few days a week I started thinking about what I wanted for dinner while at work (I’m a student worker/teacher in the Pre School department of a daycare, I love it <3) 9 times out of 10 my recipes come from Pinterest. So, I went to the store, gathered the ingredients, went home pooped open a bottle of Moscato and got to work.

My yummy in your tummy meal consisted of

WORCHESTERSHIRE SAUTEED CHICKEN-PARMESEAN ROASTED ASPARAGUS-LOADED BAKED SWEET POTATOES

I wish the photo came out prettier, but oh well. You get the jist!

I wish the photo came out prettier, but oh well. You get the jist!

I enjoyed cooking, eating, drinking with and wowing a friends of mine and that’s really how I love to spend most of my evenings. This combination of food was SO good I made it again the next day.

It was all pretty simple to make.

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/sauted-worcestershire-chicken

I forgot to add what I used to season my chicken with in this pic: Lawry’s Seasoned Salt, Onion Powder and pepper.

I love using fresh herbs almost more than anything

I love using fresh herbs almost more than anything

Even though the wine caused me to mix up some steps with the chicken it was damn good! The sauce turned out to be more like a gravy because I added a bit of flour to help thicken it up a bit, which was a pretty good idea if I do say so myself 🙂

http://www.bobbiskozykitchen.com/2014/09/roasted-asparagus-with-garlic-and.html

Snapping the ends off of the asparagus was actually way more fun than it should’ve been ha But, this was my first time ever trying asparagus and I have a new found love for it! I mean what doesn’t taste good drenched in garlic and parmesan cheese though?!

http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2012/08/loaded-baked-sweet-potatoes-recipe.html

Ugly picture, great meal!

Ugly picture, great meal!

I bake these sweet potatoes with every meal that I can, because they are delicious and I lub dem, ok!

Any who, I always tweak pretty much every recipe that I try to adjust it to my taste. Like, I am a heavy handed seasoner, so just seasoning my chicken with salt and pepper is an ultimate no no. (I’ll always include pictures of  every ingredients-herbs, oils, seasonings for you to see exactly what I used) . If your watching your weight or trying to eat clean do that by adjusting the portion sizes and the oils/butters you use to cook. If you don’t car about that stuff load on the butter and cheese. It’s your kitchen and your meal! Just have fun and make a dish that will make you smile as much as I was while chowing down on this.

Peace out!!!!

xo Loryn Ashley

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