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5 Easy Lifestyle Boosts to Try for Yourself

If you want a feel-good boost for your body, you can always do the basic “work out more” or “eat healthier” thing, but how many times do we actually carry…

If you want a feel-good boost for your body, you can always do the basic “work out more” or “eat healthier” thing, but how many times do we actually carry through with it?  And how long do we actually keep it going when we do?  Here are a few lifestyle boosts that are easy to keep up with and will benefit both your body and mood!

  • Drink more water. Chelsea Crockett - Water I’ve always heard this and thought “yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever,” but it really pays off and makes your body feel all-around better!  Carry around a reusable water bottle with you wherever you go and you won’t even realize how much water you’re drinking throughout the day.
  • Make daily to-do lists.  Checking off tasks on a to-do list is scientifically proven to boost your mood.  It gives you a feeling of accomplishment and success even if it’s completing something super small!
  • Stick to a bedtime and wakeup time.  Once again, science proves that this will benefit both your mind and body greatly.  You’ll feel less tired and more motivated to take on the day!
  • Start your day with a cup of coffee and some time with God.  I know for me, starting the day out by talking to God refreshes me more than anything (and some caffeine doesn’t hurt either!).
  • Don’t use your phone an hour before bed.  Your phone screen gives off blue light that actually keeps your brain awake and alert.  So when you lay down and play on your phone to “make yourself tired,” it’s actually doing the opposite!

I hope you consider giving these a try!  With a little determination, you can make all of these lifestyle boosts an everyday habit!

XO – Chelsea

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Newest Additions to the Starbucks Secret Menu

Starbucks is almost every girl’s go-to happy place.  Whether you’re a coffee drinker or just like a good atmosphere to work on homework, most of us can find ourselves going…

Starbucks is almost every girl’s go-to happy place.  Whether you’re a coffee drinker or just like a good atmosphere to work on homework, most of us can find ourselves going to Starbucks on a regular basis!  If you’ve heard of the Starbucks secret menu, then you know their drinks can get even better than what’s offered on the actual menu.  Here are some new, fun additions you should know about!

  • Strawberry Acai Refresher with Coconut Milk. Chelsea Crockett - Starbucks Drink These are so yummy and they make for a great Instagram, too!  They taste kind of like a smoothie and are perfect for a warm day outside.  Starbucks even adds some strawberries to your drink!
  • Dragon Frappuccino.  Similar to the new Unicorn Frappuccino, this drink is said to be created through a mixture of a green tea Frappuccino, vanilla bean powder, and a berry swirl.  It looks and tastes great!
  • Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher with Soy Milk.  This is along the same lines as the first drink I mentioned, but it’s purple instead like the picture on the right.  It’s refreshing and delicious!
  • Butter Beer Frappuccino.  If you’re a Harry Potter fan, you’re probably thinking, “WHAAAT!?”  This actually exists!  All you have to ask for is a Crème Frappuccino with three pumps of caramel syrup, three pumps of toffee nut syrup, and some caramel drizzle on top to finish it off.

Do you know any secret drinks I’m missing out on?  Let me know and I’ll try them out for myself!

XO – Chelsea

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Iced Coffee Protein Smoothie

I have been getting back into my fitness groove lately and have been working out pretty frequently. After my workouts I like to drink protein smoothies to fuel up my…

I have been getting back into my fitness groove lately and have been working out pretty frequently. After my workouts I like to drink protein smoothies to fuel up my body after I wear it out. I love coffee, so I figured why not create an iced coffee protein smoothie! Here is a high-protein way to put a little pep in your step!1d3250cb7e3675050172d403b4ee2d85

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup iced coffee almond milk
  • 1 frozen chopped banana
  • 2 scoops of your choice of protein powder

Blend all of these ingredients together and you are done! This smoothie makes a great breakfast and is the perfect little caffeine boost.

Enjoy!

XOXO, Chels

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The Best Pumpkin Spice Products for Fall

Along with the leaves changing and bonfire weather slowly approaching, there’s nothing I love more about this season than all of the pumpkin spice food and products.  Besides Starbuck’s famous…

Along with the leaves changing and bonfire weather slowly approaching, there’s nothing I love more about this season than all of the pumpkin spice food and products.  Besides Starbuck’s famous pumpkin spice latte, there is so much more to the pumpkin spice world that people don’t even know about!

  • Pumpkin spice gum.  Trident Layers and Extra both offer the pumpkin spice flavor!  You can get it at Target, Walgreens, or basically anywhere once fall is in full swing.Chelsea Crockett - Pumpkin Spice Bath Bomb
  • Pumpkin spice bath bombs.  Yes, these exist!  There are so many DIY recipes that teach you how to make them yourself like the picture on the right.  Nothing like pouring a hot bath and being surrounded with the pumpkin spice scent!
  • Burt’s Bees pumpkin spice chapstick.  I love Burt’s Bees products.  I always feel like I’m getting my money’s worth because their products work so well.  And now that they sell pumpkin spice chapstick, I love them even more!
  • Pumpkin spice candles.  I love lighting candles in my room when I’m doing homework or editing videos.  So during fall, I love filling my room with the smell of pumpkin spice.
  • Pumpkin spice coffee creamer.  Instead of going to Starbucks every day, purchase some flavored coffee creamer to make your own pumpkin spice latte!

If you love pumpkin spice as much as I do, I hope you love these products, as well!

Love, Chelsea

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8 Essentials Every College Girl Needs

As a freshman in my first semester of college, I’ve realized there are certain things that I can’t live without and things that I hadn’t even thought about buying or…

As a freshman in my first semester of college, I’ve realized there are certain things that I can’t live without and things that I hadn’t even thought about buying or bringing with me.  Whether it be food, school supplies, etc., here are some college essentials that you should add to your list as well!

  • A shower caddy.  If you’re living in a community style dorm, this is a must-have!  It makes it so much easier to take all of your things to and from the shower.
  • Microwaveable food.  Dining halls are great but sometimes you need something quick and easy.  Stack up on some microwaveable mac and cheese for those time crunch days.
  • But also healthy food!  Microwaveable meals are great but not always the healthiest option.  Grab some apples, bananas, etc. too!
  • Sorority rush essentials.  If you’re going through recruitment, make sure you have all of the necessities such as mints, a hair brush, lip gloss, etc.
  • Coffee, coffee, coffee!  I’m telling you, coffee will be your lifesaver!  It’s essential for those late nights in the library or 8 am classes.
  • To-go coffee cups.  Along with coffee, you’ll need some cute to-go coffee cups!  Target sells packages of them for a great price (they’re also super cute!).Chelsea Crockett - Planners
  • A stylish planner.  Taking multiple classes different days of the week can get confusing, especially when you have tons of due dates and exams!  Purchase a planner like one of the ones above to organize your assignments, meetings, events, etc.
  • A prayer partner.  On a more serious note, having a friend that you can talk and pray with is extremely important.  College can be tough and sometimes you need a trustworthy friend to be there for you.

If you check these off your list, you’ll be set!

XO – Chelsea

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Daily Summer To-Do List

There are certain things that should be on your summer bucket list such as going to the drive-in with your friends or spending the day at an amusement park! Since…

There are certain things that should be on your summer bucket list such as going to the drive-in with your friends or spending the day at an amusement park! Since most of your days will be spent at home watching Netflix or hanging out with friends, there are certain things you should do every day that will make your summer stress-free and enjoyable!Chelsea Crockett - Breakfast

  • I don’t know about you, but I’m not the best at keeping my room clean! I’ve learned it’s much easier to do a 10 minute clean up each day rather than let clothes pile up over days at a time. During the summer, this will be much easier to maintain!
  • I’ve always been told “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” I never realized how true this was until I made it a point to have breakfast every morning! Having something as simple as a smoothie will not only energize you but make you more motivated to start your day!
  • Wash your face, drink a cup of green tea, and take a refreshing shower. Make this a routine! Your body will thank you.
  • Take time to spend with God. Read a devotion if you have one, and if not, read a certain section of the Bible every day.

All of these things will be easier to accomplish without homework and school in the way… and I encourage you to do so!

Love, Chels

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How to Get a Better Night’s Sleep

Lately I have been having issues with getting a good 8 hours of sleep in. Between school, church activities, school, filming and editing, and spending time with friends, I have…

Lately I have been having issues with getting a good 8 hours of sleep in. Between school, church activities, school, filming and editing, and spending time with friends, I have a hard time getting my 8 hours in! Even though that is the case, I know how important a good night’s sleep is, and I try to take naps when I can to balance out my sleep schedule. Here are 3 ways you can get the most out of your sleep so you can have enough energy to conquer the world!

  1. The best time to nap is between 1-3 pm: Studies say that you are the most awake during the day between 7-9 a.m., and your alertness levels start to drop after 11 a.m. between 1 and 3 p.m. you are at the lowest energy level if your whole day. That is why this is the best time to take a quick nap! Now I know that you are probably in school during this time, but on breaks and weekends keep this in mind!images (1)
  2. Drink coffee before your nap: That sounds a little backwards, right? Caffine takes 20 minutes to start waking you up, so drinking a cup of joe right before you sleep will mean it kicks in right around when you wake up. This helps with that groggy “where am I and what year is it” feeling right after you wake up!
  3. Cut down the screen time: An hour or two before bed, it is important to limit the amount of time you are looking at your phone and the TV. The blue light that is given off from those devices has been shown to suppress the production of melatonin, which is what your body produces to help you sleep. If you are on your phone or watching tv before bed, dim the screen as much as you can to reduce that blue glow.

Hopefully these tips help you catch some zzzz’s.

XOXO, Chels

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Coffee Fudge Brownies

Coffee and fudge, in brownie form?! Goodness gracious, it doesn’t get any better! Here is the recipe for the most delicious java-inspired brownies you’ll ever taste. Ingredients: 2 sticks unsalted…

Coffee and fudge, in brownie form?! Goodness gracious, it doesn’t get any better! Here is the recipe for the most delicious java-inspired brownies you’ll ever taste.

Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks unsalted buttercoffee fudge brownies
  • 5 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 tbsp instant-espresso powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 13- by 9-inch baking pan. Melt the butter and chocolate with espresso powder in a saucepan over low heat. Whisk it until it is smooth. Remove the mixture from heat and let it cool until it is lukewarm. Whisk in the sugar and vanilla. Next, whisk in eggs 1 at a time until the mixture is glossy and smooth. Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, and salt, and then whisk into the chocolate mixture. Pour the batter into the pan and spread, then bake on the middle rack for 25 to 30 minutes. Let the brownies cool completely before cutting them. DEEEE-licous! I cannot wait to make these, how good would they taste with a cold glass of milk. MMMMM…

XOXO, Chels

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Toasty Marshmallow Iced Coffee

Iced coffee is such a yummy treat, no matter if it is hot or cold outside! There are so many fun fall variations, from pumpkin spice to toasted marshmallow. Yes,…

Iced coffee is such a yummy treat, no matter if it is hot or cold outside! There are so many fun fall variations, from pumpkin spice to toasted marshmallow. Yes, toasty marshmallow coffee! Here is how to whip up a cup for yourself.

Ingredients:

  • 3 quarts of brewed coffee, cooled2a632a1fe8594e91870299de773d64fa
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Milk or almond milk
  • Marshmallow cream

Brew a pot of coffee and let it cool in a pitcher in the fridge over-night. Combine the sugars and 1 cup water in medium sauce pan. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, and boil for 2-3 minutes until it is syrup-like. Stir sugar syrup into the pitcher of cold coffee.

Next add all of the milk to the pitcher. This mixture is good for a week! Pour your coffee into a cup filled with ice, top with marshmallow cream, and voila! It’s like a bonfire in a cup!

XOXO, Chels

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abalanceoftastes.com

Recipe via: confectionalism.com

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Healthy Iced Coffee in a Jiff

Iced coffee is my love. It is refreshing, sweet, and packs an energy punch that gets me over my morning hump. The only issue with iced coffee is that it…

Iced coffee is my love. It is refreshing, sweet, and packs an energy punch that gets me over my morning hump. The only issue with iced coffee is that it needs to be brewed at night and then chilled in the fridge overnight so it will be ready for your morning cuppa Joe. Want to save yourself that trouble? Plus, do you want to find out how you can make your coffee HEALTHY? Read on!

Ingredients:creamer_1

  • 1-3 TSP instant coffee grounds
  • Cold water
  • Vanilla almond milk or Soy milk coffee creamer
  • Ice

Mix the coffee grounds with however much cold water you want. Stir stir stir reallllly well so that the grounds dissolve. Then, add vanilla almond milk or soy milk creamer to sweeten your coffee, and then fill the rest of the glass up to the top with ice. I like to make my iced coffee in a mason jar just because it makes me feel rustic and adorable. 😉 But a regular travel mug will do just fine!

Because this iced coffee uses healthy sweeteners, it is much better for you than your Starbucks or Dunkin indulgences! Start your day right with your very own iced coffee concoction!

XOXO, Chels

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Turn Your Coffee Into A Health Food!

I’m sure you’ve been seeing this famous meme everywhere, “But first, coffee”.  Celebs and Instagramers alike have been captioning pics and sporting tees with the clever quote; and I don’t…

I’m sure you’ve been seeing this famous meme everywhere, “But first, coffee”.  Celebs and Instagramers alike have been captioning pics and sporting tees with the clever quote; and I don’t blame them, I love my coffee!  It’s so easy to hop in my car and grab a white chocolate mocha from Starbuck’s, but the crash I feel afterwards isn’t worth it.  The amount of sugar in one of those coffees completely overrides every health benefit coffee has.  Between boosting metabolism and lowering your chance at heart disease, it’s only right that we play off these benefits.  Check out how to enjoy your favorite drink by turning it into a health food!Chelsea Crockett- cinnamon and cocoa

  • Avoid sugar at all costs! If you can’t imagine your coffee without a hint of sweetness, try a dash of stevia.
  • Instead of heavy creamers for flavor, try adding cinnamon or cocoa to your coffee!
  • Do not use “fat-free” or “low-fat” creams. These are usually packed full of high fructose corn syrup to make up for lost taste. If you really need creamer, stick to the real stuff. 
  • Add a dash of skim milk for calcium.
  • Drink it black! This is the healthiest way to enjoy your coffee.

Hope you enjoy, Insiders!

            Chelsea

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DIY Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte

Save yourself a trip to Starbucks and make your own pumpkin spice latte! This recipe is uber easy, made from all real ingredients, can be made in a big batch…

Save yourself a trip to Starbucks and make your own pumpkin spice latte! This recipe is uber easy, made from all real ingredients, can be made in a big batch for all of your gal pals to share, and makes your house smell amazing when you make it. J Oh, and it tastes heavenly!

Ingredients:

  • 4-6 cups of strongly brewed coffeeslow-cooker-pumpkin-spice-latte_02
  • 1/2 cup of pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 3 cinnamon sticks

Grab your crock pot and combine the milk and coffee in it. In a large bowl whip together the pumpkin, vanilla, sugar and cinnamon. Pour it into the crock pot and mix it together well. Throw in 3 to 4 cinnamon sticks and cover the crock pot up. Cook on high for two hours. This recipe serves 15 people, so if you don’t have that many people over to enjoy your creation, just cut the recipe in half!

 

This would be a great bonfire treat to keep your tummy warm, or a great hay ride refreshment. MMMM!

XOXO, Chels

 

 

Recipe via: thrivinghomeblog.com

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DIY Coffee Face Cleanser

Who knew that the same substance that puts a little pep in your step could do the same for your skin! Little did I know that coffee can actually remove…

Who knew that the same substance that puts a little pep in your step could do the same for your skin! Little did I know that coffee can actually remove the upper layer of dead skin and also provide your skin with antioxidants that help boost circulation and brighten your skin. Here is how to use coffee to cleanse your skin.

What you will need:c6587519c86899ecc348189fb49579ee

  • Coffee grounds
  • Face cleanser
  • Olive oil or coconut oil

One way to use coffee to cleanse your face is to mix coffee grounds with your usual face cleanser. Wet your face and neck, then massage the mixture into your skin. Leave it on for about 5 minutes, and then rinse it off. You can also make a cleanser from olive oil or coconut oil and coffee grounds. Mix a teaspoon of warm olive or coconut oil with coffee grounds and use it to exfoliate on your skin. Use it all over your body for soft, smooth, rejuvenated skin!

These cleansers are every coffee lover’s dream!

XOXO, Chels

 

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Coffee, A Girl’s Best Friend: Pros and Cons

If your city is like mine, then there is a Starbuck’s on every corner!  It’s quite tempting and pretty hard to say “no” to a hot coffee or icy frappe…

If your city is like mine, then there is a Starbuck’s on every corner!  It’s quite tempting and pretty hard to say “no” to a hot coffee or icy frappe when it’s right there!  It’s also hard not to make when you’ve got a coffee maker and creamers in your own kitchen.  Nevertheless, coffee is almost unavoidable!  So is this girly drink good or bad for you?  Let’s break down the truth!

Surprisingly enough, coffee has a handful of health benefits!  Coffee contains an abundance of antioxidants that actually prevent brain cell damage.  It helps fight diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.  Even the risk of brain cancer and diabetes drops!  Coffee is also heart healthy!  It keep arteries from becoming inflamed, which lowers the risk of stroke; but be careful, too much coffee can have the opposite effect! Chelsea Crockett- coffee pros and cons

While coffee has a lot of pros, it can also hinder your health.  If you get stressed easily or can’t sleep at night, then lay off the coffee.  Coffee is high in caffeine, which can make certain people very jittery and/or anxious.  If you’re one of these people, but love coffee, just drink one cup a day!  It’s also not a great idea to add a large amount of heavy creamers and sugar to each glass.  All in all, coffee isn’t too bad for you (unless you’re having 5 cups a day)!

Drink up Insiders:)

Chelsea

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Coffee Lovers Central!

I know plenty of coffee-lovers that look forward to waking up just to get their hands on a good cup!  If you put yourself in this category, this article is…

I know plenty of coffee-lovers that look forward to waking up just to get their hands on a good cup!  If you put yourself in this category, this article is for you!  At our house, we buy all kinds of coffees and creamers and experiment with each and every one of them. They’re so good that I thought I’d share with you a few of our faves!Chelsea Crockett - Girl Scout Creamers

Maybe you’d rather grab a Starbucks then make it at home, but it doesn’t have to be that way! Recently, I’ve tried out blueberry flavored coffee. The taste isn’t overbearing but leaves you with a berry aftertaste. Yum! On the other hand, I also like a Nantucket blend with Hershey’s chocolate and caramel creamer.  The choices are endless when buying coffee.  After you pick a couple of flavored coffees, then you’ve got to check out all of the creamers… vanilla/cinnamon, hazelnut, Girl Scout thin mint, Almond Joy…  Whatever flavor you decide upon, you can make it hot or let it cool and add ice.  Either way, it’s fun to explore the world of coffee!

Oh, and the coffee flavor doesn’t end there, it also comes in the form of ice cream, yogurt, and cake!  You can go to the grocery store and bring home some coffee flavored ice cream to try out for yourself. Plus, apart from the amazing taste, coffee can give you a little extra boost to make it through the day.  Tell me about your favorite mix, maybe I’ll give it a try!

Love, Chelsea

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Iced Coffee Protein Smoothie

After I work out, I know that it is so important to eat protein to build my muscles back up. Sometimes, protein smoothies can taste just about as good as…

After I work out, I know that it is so important to eat protein to build my muscles back up. Sometimes, protein smoothies can taste just about as good as cardboard. Have no fear, my java lovers. Here is the recipe for an iced coffee protein smoothie that will knock your socks off!

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  • 1 cup Iced Coffee Almond Milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 scoops protein powder of choice
  1. Blend together.
  2. Enjoy!

Next time you work out and you need me a pick-me-up, mix one of these babies up! It will fill your tummy so that you don’t feel like snacking 24/7. Wouldn’t that be nice?! I am SO looking forward to mixing one of these up next time I work out. Try this out and comment below!

XOXO, Chels

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