My 4 Favorite Oils I Use Daily (& what to do with them!)

The word oil used to make me cringe. Oil is always a bad thing right?? Oily skin, oily hair – no one wants these things. But as I go through this organic health journey I’ve discovered in my late 20s, I’ve learned that oils can do magnificent things for your health, skin, hair, nails, and overall well-being. I’ve introduced a lot of various essential oils into my life the past few months, but here are 3 of my favorites that you can use on a daily basis like I do!

My Favorite Everyday Oils

1) Lavender Oil

Lavender essential oil is one of my absolute favorite scents ever. It has a calming, soothing nature and I use it every single day.

2) Grapeseed Oil

I use grapeseed oil on my face and neck every night before I go to bed. The consistency is so light and non greasy, it leaves your skin feeling smooth and moisturized. It’s odorless and good for sensitive skin since there are no harmful substances in it.

  • Apply to damp hair after washing and conditioning. Leave on for 10 minutes then rinse with cold water to strengthen and moisturize.
  • Rub a few drops directly on your face and neck to reduce signs of aging.
  • To minimize bags under the eyes, rub in circles in a gentle manner.

3) Coconut Oil

I feel it’s so cliché these days to talk about coconut oil! It’s become a household staple for healthy go-getters, and has become a huge part of my daily routine in the kitchen.

4) Cuticle Oil

I never used to use cuticle oil, but I started seeing a new manicurist (her Russian accent makes my life, and they are literally the best manis I’ve ever had) and she demanded that I buy cuticle oil and start using it nightly before I go to bed. “You take care of your body, your hair, your teeth… why so many women forget about their nails??” I have seen a drastic change in my nail beds and overall nail health in the month I’ve been using it, and it’s so inexpensive it’s worth the shot. Buy Oil Nail & Cuticle Treatment for under 6 bucks here!

Stay tuned for posts about how to create your own skincare with essential oils! What oils do you use??

HoneyFund: A Unique Trend for Wedding Gifts!

It’s wedding season, friends! And that means receptions, dancing, partying, and of course, the pre-wedding events like showers! The bridal shower is an interesting tradition: women get together to celebrate the bride, eat, drink, and be merry, and ‘shower’ her with love and gifts to start her new life with her man. But what if the bride and groom to-be already have a home full of wonderful goodies and don’t necessarily need a vacuum, cooking utensils, and three crockpots? Enter: HoneyFund!

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My sister recently donated to a couple’s HoneyFund account and when she shared it with me, I thought it was such a cool, new approach to wedding showers, I had to share the concept on Pepperminting. Basically, it’s a website devoted to couples who would prefer to register for monetary gifts instead of physical ones, but in a cute, classy way!

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This particular couple created a HoneyFund registry for their honeymoon. Family and friends can gift money for various activities, such as massages, shopping, excursions, or accommodations and flight. This allows guests to feel like their gift is still personalized, yet going to a specific cause that is near and dear to them! What a fun approach to the traditional wedding shower, and then, the bride can spend her shower as she wishes. What do you think??

Do you know any brides who would benefit from this unique registry website??

Post-Workout Snack: Goat Cheese Sweet Potato

I’m always looking around for good post-workout snacks because let’s be honest, I’m a complete ravenous monster when I come home from the gym. Similar to my “non recipe” Avocado Toast recipe, I like to post simple, tasty food combinations for your little Pepperminters to try in your own home. So yes, I’m aware this isn’t technically a recipe, but I thought I’d share this favorite snack of mine and hopefully you’ll try it and find the same benefits! :)

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Sweet potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates, dietary fiber, beta-carotene, vitamin C, manganese and potassium. Right, a mouthful. Yes, you can smother them with brown sugar, butter, and marshmallows, but that’s not certainly gonna get you bathing suit ready. After an intense workout, your body’s glycogen level drops, and it’s important to restore it. Sweet potatoes are a great way to gain back this glucose and restore the energy levels in the body to build muscle!

SISTER TIP: Wipe sweet potatoes with a clean towel, then pierce it a few times with a fork so the heat can escape. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet lined with foil, and bake in a 400 degree oven until tender, around 45-50 minutes. I prep the potatoes before I leave for the gym, so as soon as I get home, I pop ’em in, shower and relax, and they’re ready before ya’ know it.

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There are tons of things you can toss with your sweet potato to spice it up a bit, but my favorite topping right now is GOAT CHEESE! Goat cheese is my preferred variation because it’s easier for my tummy to digest (goat’s milk has smaller fat molecules than cow’s milk) and it’s just plain tasty! I can’t get enough of the tangy, creamy taste, I put it on everything. Buy it in a log or a pre-crumbled container and toss it on your sweet potato with a bit of honey. You’ll be in post-workout heaven!

What’s your favorite post-workout snack??

My Favorite At-Home YouTube Workout Videos

I’m not always in the mood for the gym, let’s be honest. It smells, there’s more selfies than lifting these days, and driving sucks after a long day. But lucky for all of us, there is a PLETHORA of fantastic, high-quality video workouts on YouTube that are free to access and great to do at your house! Here are my favorite at-home YouTube workout videos for you to try this week so you can keep your lazy butt at home. :)

Legs

<3: You know I’m crazy about Tabatas. They’re fast, high intensity, and get your heart rate up quickly. This Tabata will sculpt nice legs in no time.

Booty

<3: This video is awesome. Even the chick hosting is out of breath, and her booty is a masterpiece, so you know they’re good moves! 15 minutes, and you’ll have trouble walking tomorrow, I promise you that.

Arms

<3: This host cracks me up. Why is she yelling at me?? Oh well, yelling in an Australian accent makes it sound nicer for some reason.

Abs

<3: If you’re gonna work core, please please please do Pilates! It’s an incredible system to build rock hard abs. This is my favorite Pilates video out there, no one does it better than Windsor.

Whole Body

<3: Tracy Anderson is celebrity fitness instructor and was made famous by Gwyneth Paltrow’s claims of amazing results. She’s an awesome go-to for any fitness related at-home videos, but this one’s my favorite quick instructional YouTube to get in a sweat at home.

What are your favorite YouTube instructional workout videos??

DIY Silky Smooth Leg Scrub

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I am all about DIY body scrubs! Why pay 10 bucks for store-bought exfoliators that have junk chemicals in them, when you can make your own version at home with ingredients you probably already have?? My legs are ready for spring, but needed some extra care this past week, so I tried out this exfoliating scrub recipe I got from Whole Foods.

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Combine three ingredients: 1/4 cup organic coconut oil (melted), 1 cup organic cane sugar (less if you want it more liquid, more if you like a harder scrub), and a few drops of your favorite essential oil – I can’t get enough lavender lately! Shake it up in a mason jar and you’re good to go.

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This scrub is awesome to keep in the shower and use on your legs and it smells FANTASTIC. Just rub some on, scrub it in a circular motion, then rinse clean. It leaves your legs so silky smooth and soft, scrubs away dead skin cells, and minimizes cellulite. Try it out, let me know what you think!

Delicious & Healthy Turkey Burgers [with a secret ingredient!]

Secret Ingredient Turkey Burgers

If I had a dollar every time I Googled “healthy turkey recipes”, well… you know. One of my favorite things to make with ground turkey is turkey burgers. They’re fast, easy, delicious, and healthy, and especially with the weather getting nicer, I try to use the outdoor grill as much as possible!

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Oh, but you clicked on this post because YOU want the secret ingredient, dontcha??? Ok, fine, I’ll tell you what it is… MUSHROOMS! Yes, that’s right! I always add finely chopped mushrooms to any turkey dish; meatloaf, burgers, lasagna, you name it, it’s in there (check out my turkey meatloaf with mushrooms here!). Why, you ask? They add no taste, but the texture and moistness (I know, that word is awful) they provide in turkey dishes is unbeatable. Mushrooms offer antioxidants and protein without strong flavor, so dice ’em up in your food processor and throw them on in! Your burgers will be moist (last time I’ll say it), fluffy, nutritious and delicious!

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Secret Ingredient Turkey Burgers

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: easy
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Whatcha Need:

  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 can chopped spinach, drained & squeezed
  • 2 tablespoons goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 carton sliced mushrooms, chopped finely
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper

Whatcha Do:

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix with hands. Form into 4-6 patties. Grill or broil for 15 minutes, or until done. Serve with fried egg, avocado, greens, and goat cheese!

 

Who Wore this Springy BB Dakota Dress Better?

I’m a big Mad Men fan, so when I saw precious Elisabeth Moss charming the Live! with Kelly and Michael set in this flirty BB Dakota brand dress, I knew I had to have it too! If you’ve never shopped online at Revolve Clothing, I highly recommend you start now. They offer FREE shipping and returns on all orders, and their styles are to die for. If you really take some time and peruse the site, you’ll find great deals like I did with this 1/2 off $40 dress! Plus, if you enter your email address, you get 10% off your first order. BB Dakota is a great line for inexpensive pretty dresses, so visit them on the website first.

They may be out of stock right now, but enter your email address like I did and you’ll get a notification when they get more!

Floral Dress

The best part about this dress is a little itty bitty cut out on the back that makes it super unique! You can only see it when I turn certain angles, which is such a fun and flirty addition to this good girl look.

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So who wore this $36 floral sensation better?? Your favorite Pepperminter or Ms. Moss? :)

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SISTER TIP: Definitely go for a size down while wearing this bran (or even two!) They run big.