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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?

Rose Golde Jewelry

 

Rose Golde

Rose Golde Jewelry is headquartered in beautiful Homewood, Alabama which is my beautiful suburb of Birmingham. All their jewels are handmade using quality materials and meticulous care. Their goal is to make quality pieces that are fun and easy to wear, fit in with your lifestyle and show a little of your sassy side. Mission accomplished.

You may recognize some of these pictures from my last photo shoot from Magen Davis Photography. Make sure to check out how I wore this Rose Golde necklace and hand chain here.

Know how I know that Rose Golde Jewelry rocks? Even some of the Bachelor/Bachelorette girls have been spotted sporting her goodies. Admittedly, The Bachelor series is one of my guilty pleasure shows, so I follow several of them on Instagram. I’ve spied Catherine Lowe and a few others rocking Rose Golde as well which is so fun! I really enjoy seeing local artists be noticed nationwide…what a special thing!

Beautiful jewelry: Hand Chain

Make sure you follow Rose Golde on Instagram and Facebook! They do a lot of giveaways and discounts on Instagram I’ve noticed which I love to take advantage of!

Now for the really fun news! Rose Golde is letting me give one of my lovely readers a hand chain! Enter to win the giveaway by using the Rafflecopter below.
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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.

When I perused the aisles of Winn Dixie, I found several flavors of these smoothies like Pomegranate, Raspberry, Strawberry-Banana, Blueberry, and plain. You can find it near the dairy section. I picked up the plain and the strawberry to experiment with first. I started using probiotics years ago to prepare my stomach for a mission trip to Haiti. We never ended up going due to a cholera outbreak and other things, but I have always heard positive things about probiotics since then. A few ways I’ve found to utilize these smoothies in include over my cereal, with granola, and obviously blended in smoothies. I whipped up this smoothie as a pre-workout snack to power me through my 55 minutes of me time at Pure Barre.

To make this smoothie yourself, here’s what you’ll need to do:

5.0 from 2 reviews
Strawberry Peach Kefir Smoothie
 
Ingredients
  • ½ cup Lifeway Kefir Cultured Milk Strawberry Smoothie
  • Ice Cubes
  • 1 Peach, sliced
  • 1 t ground flax seed
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients together until smooth.

Simple, right? If you want it a little sweeter, you can always add in agave nectar or honey or whatever your choice form of sweetener is. I didn’t think it needed any more. If you haven’t heard of flax seed yet, it’s a powerful little seed. There’s some evidence it may help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes! It is also chock-full of fiber.

Lifeway Kefir

You can print out coupons for Lifeway products here and then let me know what you think of your Strawberry Peach Kefir Smoothie! Check out one of my other favorite smoothies here.

*All photos from Magen Davis Photography.

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!

 

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Omelette Muffin Bar (Guest Post)

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

Omelet 1024x695 Omelet Muffin Bar

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 →

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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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The Mint Julep: Romper

July 7, 2014 in Fashion by Heather

Romper and Wedges

Thanks to The Mint Julep for sponsoring my blog this month and providing this fabulous romper! With their help, I got my first romper!  All the fashion forward Pure Barre girls and fashion bloggers I follow are rubbing off on me.  I am learning that my creative side can be expressed through my style and I am enjoying all the newness that brings. I love wearing this Mint Julep Boutique romper because it’s cooling in these Alabama summers and adds a level of comfort that can not be denied.  It’s a nice piece to switch things up and embark on something new and different. With the days of fashion rules on matching being thrown out the window, this is a great way to join that movement and mix and match with whatever you feel for the day.  Or you don’t have to match it to anything…much like a dress, throw it on and go! Read the rest of this entry →

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Dr. Oz Flat Belly Dessert

July 3, 2014 in Healthy Living, Recipes by Heather

Red White and Blue Dessert that happens to be good for you

Skinny sweets are always a win. I love an indulgence that doesn’t feel too naughty! The Dr. Oz Flat Belly Dessert has been circulating the internet now for a while and I was pleasantly surprised when I tried it a few months back! A dear friend brought this recipe to a party and despite the ingredients, I really enjoyed it. I don’t like dark chocolate or ricotta and both are in this recipe. Much to my surprise, this dessert tickled my taste bud’s fancy and I want to make it again to enjoy! Read the rest of this entry →

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Pattern Play with Three07

July 2, 2014 in Fashion by Heather

Pattern Play. Cute every day wear

Today’s about pattern play and breaking out of your mold and being bold! I was apprehensive when I met with local Birmingham designers, Three07 Designs and they showed me this outfit. It’s not something I would naturally gravitate towards, because my ultra southern momma always told me I should match growing up. Old habits are hard to break, but with determination and an open mind I have had my breakout moment! I’ve learned to mix and match colors and mixing doesn’t scare me as much anymore. So, if we’re real life friends, do me a favor and help me keep stepping outside of my comfort zone! Read the rest of this entry →