by Heather

Bewitchin’ Projects Party

July 27, 2014 in Uncategorized by Heather

This is something new here at My Life Well Loved! I’m hosting a linky party with some fabulous bloggers so I hope you all enjoy either linking up with some fabulous projects if you’re a blogger OR if you’re a reader that you find some fun new recipes and crafts to try out!

I’m So happy to have you here,HURRAYYYYYYY!!! It’s Party time again in my happy little spot so Bewitch US!

Welcome to the NEW “Bewitchin’ Projects Block Party”

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Hello everyone!… Guess what? Bewitch Me & Titi Link Party has Changed to

“Bewitchin’ Projects Block Party”

to bring you even more fun, love and exposure. I’ve teamed up with some awesome blooger to co-hosts yayyyy!!!! From this week on you will be seen on 11 bloggs!!!! So many more people will see your awesomeness and this party will ROCK even more!

Please Show these awesome ladies your love by following them on their social media, I’m sure you are going to love them as much as I do!

So, What have YOU been up to last week?

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by Heather

Whole Foods Juice

July 24, 2014 in Clean Eating, Healthy Living by Heather

Juicing 101: Everything You Need to Know with RecipesYou don’t have to stick around on my blog long to realize I love juicing! I’ve talked about Best Tips for Cutting the Cost of Juicing, shared juicing recipes, and about every 10th post on Instagram is about you guessed it…juicing! I just went back through my Instagram feed and my first post about juicing was 81 weeks ago which means I’ve been at this for roughly a year and a half if not, longer! Want to guess what that first picture is? Whole Foods Juice.

I first became interested in juicing because of the desire to eat healthier with my on-the-go lifestyle! I was having a hard time getting in the amount of veggies I needed while running from home to eMeals to Pure Barre and then not getting home till close to 8:00 at night. Even though I would eat a salad for lunch and have a side of veggies some nights at dinner, I knew I could do better. I wanted to be able to consume 3 cups of vegetables per day the way that the USDA recommends for my age and activity level. And, I wanted to reach for something different than a packaged snack at the office….in came juice!

Whole Foods Affordable Cold Pressed JuiceI now snack on juices regulary or enjoy them for breakfast. In order to get the most nutritional bang for your buck, you should try to enjoy juice about 2 hours after you eat something and wait 20-30 mins after juicing before eating. Drinking juice on an empty stomach allows the vitamins and minerals in the juice to go straight to your bloodstream. If you have a meal already in your stomach, you prevent your body from quickly absorbing the nutrients from the juice. I’d also recommend that after you enjoy your delicious juice to brush your teeth and floss to remove all the natural sugars in the fruits off your teeth. This will also help you remember to not eat immediately afterwards.

As you can tell, I have become a regular at the Mountain Brook Whole Foods. In fact, I’ve made a new friend who knows me by name (shout out to David!). Tons of my friends text me to tell me what new flavors Whole Foods has concocted, to fill me in on what juices are on sale or even send me a picture of them and their juices. I love that some of my most popular posts on Instagram are also juicing and that you guys are embracing a healthy lifestyle with me!

JuicingI am beyond thrilled to announce that our local Whole Foods now has NEW Cold-Pressed Raw Juice available in grab-and-go containers. It is affordable and delicious. I would recommend that if you are new to juicing, you try a flavor with more fruit in it to ease you into the juicing lifestyle.

I asked Whole Foods to give me a little more information about their new juices and here’s what they said: “Our Cold-Pressed Raw Juice is made fresh in our store from our own carefully selected produce, these juice blends are comprised entirely of raw fruit and vegetable juice. Whether you are looking to energize, detoxify or just need a mid-afternoon pick-me-up, our 100% raw juice offers something to suit your every need. The juice is cold-pressed and unpasteurized to ensure that each drink is power-packed with the most essential nutrients that can be quickly absorbed and utilized by our bodies. Our cold-pressed raw juices can be found in our grab-and-go drink section in our produce department.

Why cold-press? Juicers that grind or blend can expose produce to heat and oxygen, compromising nutrient-rich enzymes. Our in-house operation uses a Good Nature juice press that exerts 16.25 tons of hydraulic pressure to extract juice without adding heat.”

Have you tried juicing? What is your favorite flavor of Whole Foods Juice?

**Photos by Magen Davis Photography.

by Heather

Healthy Snack: Cinnamon Peanut Butter Treat

July 23, 2014 in Clean Eating, Healthy Living, Recipes by Heather


Are you craving something sinfully sweet, but still want to make wise choices for your waistline? Don’t worry, I’ve concocted a new go-to recipe that leaves me full, satisfies my sweet tooth and packs a protein punch! This recipe came out of desperation for something sweet one day at work. I didn’t have anything on hand that was made already, so I started perusing the eMeals test kitchen. I found plain, non-fat Greek yogurt, all natural peanut butter, honey, and some cinnamon. My hunger pangs took over, and next thing I knew, I had whipped up a new treat!

No cook and no bake all natural snack. Healthy dessert!That recipe I made out of a dire need for something in my stomach, has now become a staple in my weekly diet. I enjoy this recipe for energy before a workout, in the morning for breakfast, or as a mid-afternoon snack. I play around with it as I go. Sometimes I do just the all natural peanut butter and Greek yogurt with a bit of honey and other times I omit the honey and just dump in some pumpkin pie spice. Whatever direction you take this healthy recipe in, I know you’ll love it!

I used to hate plain Greek yogurt but after learning how much added sugar there is in the pre-mixed kinds with fruit and such, I’ve decided to take the plunge and the few extra moments it takes to add in my own toppings. I really like the way this recipe cuts out the mildly sour taste in the Greek yogurt AND the fact that it’s Clean Eating friendly!

Cinnamon Peanut Butter Greek Yogurt Treat
 
Ingredients
  • Low fat plain greek yogurt
  • all natural peanut butter
  • Cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice to taste
  • Honey (optional)
Instructions
  1. Stir peanut butter into Greek yogurt.
  2. Add in desired toppings such as cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, or honey.

I’m thankful that Ivette with All About Bham teamed up with me to shoot this video and know you’ll love her recipes and ideas whether you’re local or not! Don’t miss her favorite healthy smoothie recipe she and I videoed last week for you guys!

What do you think of this recipe? Let me know what toppings you would add in!

by Heather

Rose Golde Jewelry Giveaway

July 22, 2014 in Fashion by Heather

Hand Chain

Have you ever seen a piece of jewelry that was so unique and beautiful that you couldn’t stop thinking about it? That’s how I felt about Rose Golde‘s hand chains when I first saw them in the Birmingham Fashion Week show. They have a playful whimsy about them that is boho and chic all at the same time. They speak to the wild child in me that’s just dying to peek out sometimes. These chains are bohemian and a little bit edgy…which I love. Turn to your inner flower child and sport one of these beauts in the carefree summer. What better time is there to let it go? Read the rest of this entry →

by Heather

Strawberry Peach Kefir Smoothie

July 21, 2014 in Clean Eating, Healthy Living, Recipes by Heather

Strawberry Peach Kefir Smoothie

Peach Strawberry Smoothie with Flax Seed

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #KefirCreations #CollectiveBias

What says summer more than strawberries and peaches? These sweet and juicy fruits have a way of making my mouth feel happy. There’s nothing quite like biting into these summery fruits and feeling their juice run down your chin. When brainstorming how to whip them up into a smoothie in a new way, I came upon Lifeway Kefir‘s Strawberry  Cultured Milk Smoothie. Lifeway Kefir’s  probiotic smoothie contains 12 live and active Probiotic cultures that support the immune system and balance digestive health. It is naturally gluten-free, 99% lactose free and contains no artificial sweeteners, and is rich in calcium.

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by Heather

Protein & Chia Seed Smoothie (Video)

July 16, 2014 in Clean Eating, Healthy Living, Recipes by Heather

I’ve teamed up with Ivette from All About Bham to bring you a few videos over the next few weeks to showcase some of our favorite healthy snacks, more fit chic looks, and all things Pure Barre! First, I let Ivette kick off the series with sharing her favorite workout smoothie. (You’ll see a sneak peek of what I’m preparing in the photo below for next week!)

Healthy Workout Snack: Protein Chia SmoothieI personally taste tested the Protein & Chia Seed Smoothie and have to tell you I really liked it. Yes, even with the chlorophyll, chia seeds, and protein powder.If you haven’t tried those ingredients before, don’t be scared. They’re a powerhouse of nutrition and offer great benefits as we showcase in the video. Try out this recipe and let me know what you think! Also, what do you think about having video here on the blog? I was a little nervous to shoot it and would love to hear your feedback if you want to see more!

Healthy ingredients make a delicious and protein packed workout smoothie

5.0 from 3 reviews
Protein & Chia Seed Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Scoop of protein (I used Vega brand)
  • 1 Tablespoon of chia seeds
  • 10 Drops of cholorphyll (optional)
  • ½ cup frozen organic mixed berries
  • 1-2 Packets of Truvia OR 2 Tablespoons of honey
  • 1 and ½ cups almond milk
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!

 

by Heather

Omelette Muffin Bar (Guest Post)

July 15, 2014 in Clean Eating, Quick Meals, Recipes by Heather

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I’m honored to welcome a fellow Birmingham blogger to guest post for me today on My Life Well Loved. Ashley from The Hill Hangout is sweet, fun and has a really friendly smile. She’s the type of southern gal you want to have as your friend. I’ll let her take it away to introduce herself! (Find Ashley on Facebook, Pinterest or her blog.)

I’m Ashley, the chief cook and bottle washer around here. I’m married to Jonathan, a great guy who loves the Lord, loves his family, and pretty much lays down his life for us daily. Yep, he’s a keeper. Together we have two little girls, Mary Anneliese (12) and Patterson (6). They are full of life and giggles and are the heartbeat of our home. Read the rest of this entry →

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Iced Teagarita

July 13, 2014 in Recipes, Uncategorized by Heather

Summery Sips: Iced Teagarita

Everything comes alive in the summer with longer days, crowded patios, and the great outdoors. It feels footloose and fancy free with a beautiful sunset that can not be denied each night. Whether it’s a pool, the lake, or any body of water for that matter beckons to me to enjoy water sports, sunsets and the refreshing cool they offer. One of my favorite water lover’s pastimes is laying out on the beach while enjoying country music with friends and family, and sipping on a summery drink! Read the rest of this entry →

by Heather

Made South

July 9, 2014 in Lifestyle by Heather

Made South

What is it about the South that lures you in? Front porch sitting, sweet tea, and friendly people are just a few of my southern culture favorites. For me, southern living is the only way to live.  Born and raised all 28 years of my life in Birmingham, AL, the south will always hold my heart captive. There is community, intriguing history and a deep faith. There is a strong loyalty to family and community.  That’s why I’m fascinated by Made South‘s concept. Read the rest of this entry →

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Lemon Cream Cheese Icing

July 8, 2014 in Recipes by Heather

Lemon Cream Cheese Cupcake

With the cupcake craze still going strong, I am continuing to pay homage to that delicious culture.  This Lemon Cream Cheese Icing was made famous by my former blog partner, Jessica. In fact, we have many of our loyal fans specifically looking for it and I wanted to deliver. Although I don’t love lemon desserts, anything Jessica bakes, I indulge in. She has a talent that is pure and passed down from generations of great cooks!

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