R&R at Ohiopyle 

How cool is it that technology allows for me to post this from my tent in the middle of the woods?! Normally, I’d be out enjoying all this gorgeousness with my family, but since it is raining and they are all sleeping I figured I’d take the time to reflect on a moment I had yesterday. 


Phoenix and I are spending the weekend camping with my brother and his girlfriend in Ohiopyle State Park. Yesterday we decided to go rafting in the Yoghiogheny River. It was the perfect day for it… Super hot and humid making the cold river water cool and refreshing. It was an 11 mile trip so we spent a lot of time just coasting and relaxing. Something I truly do not get to do often but used to so much when I was in highschool. You know, sit back relax and reflect? Adults don’t get that opportunity often but I’m so glad that we did yesterday. Between the cold water, the hot sun on my Native American skin, and the warm smell of honeysuckle floating all around yesterday I reconnected with my highschool self… Which is something I didn’t realize I needed to do. And it was amazing. 

Sometimes all you need is the river, your closest friends and the sunshine. 

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Influenster 

Hey friends! I just wanted to let you know I’m on Influenster and I’ve been reviewing lots of great products! 

In case you’re not sure what Influenster is, it’s an app where you review products and post to your social media To let others know how you feel about products, companies, vacation spots, ect. You can also ask questions and make lists of your favorite things. After you become a top Influenster you get the opportunity to receive VoxBoxes which are boxes of free products they send you to make reviews and YouTube videos on. I’m working on making my first YouTube video and will post it when it’s ready! 

I’ve been posting lots of thoughts and pictures as well! It’s truly an awesome site to connect with other women and get truthful reviews on products before you buy them. Here is a link to my list of On the Go Make Up Must Haves. be sure to join and connect with me!


Happy reviewing!

Guilt Free Pancakes

Yes, there really is such a thing and I figured out the recipe!! 

Ingredients:

1/2 cup almond flour
1/2 cup coconut flour

2/3 cup of any starch (corn, potato, tapioca)

2 tsp xanthan gum

1/2 cup powdered sugar or some form of sugar substitute

2 tsp bloomed chia seeds

2 Tbs ground flax seed

1 Tbs baking powder 

2 tsp baking soda 

1 tsp salt 

2 eggs 

1 Tbs vanilla extract 

3 Tbs melted coconut oil 

3-4 cups of any type of milk (I used skim bc that’s what we had) 
What to do:
Because of the nature of the ingredients in this recipe it’s really important to blend everything as follows…
1. Put the chia seeds in a cup and add about 1/4 cup of water. Set aside stirring occasionally to let the seeds bloom. 
2. In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients including flax seeds. 
3. In small bowl mix wet ingredients except coconut oil. Add in bloomed chia seeds. 
4. Add wet ingredients to dry and after thoroughly mixing, add coconut oil and stir until well blended. You may find that the mixture is a bit too thick for pancake batter consistency, so add a little milk as needed. 

5. Using a metal pan, spray with cooking spray and make sure to respray In between each pancake or they will stick to the pan and become a mess. Before you flip, you have to make sure you’ve lifted the entire pancake from the pan on all edges. 

6. Serve with a sprinkle of stevia or agave nectar and fresh fruit, and enjoy! 
Yields roughly 14 pancakes

Plus Size Coachella Style at rue21 

Last week at work we got to go outside and play for a couple of Coachella-inspired music festival shoots. Thanks to Mel, Alexa, Bri and Jared, we got some really fun results! All styles shown are currently shoppable at rue21 right now!  

 

Bri informed me that the weekend these pictures posted the kimono I am wearing sold out 🙂 
Top Image: Mel Friend Photography

Bottom Three Images: Jared Marsh Photography 

Hair: Mel Friend 

Make Up: Myself 

Other Model: Alexa Furek 
 
 

Recipes | Paleo Chocolate with Walnuts 

“You really eat weird food.” I get that comment all the time from people who observe how I remake popular dishes in a healthier way. I simply like to use what’s from the earth to make my food – I don’t prefer to eat a ton of processed, chemical-laden foods. I’ve been on a bit of a binge with eating this week since I started lifting again post-race and it sparked me to figure out how to make a paleo version of dark chocolate. I made mine with walnuts… You can read about walnuts here.


For the sake of ease, all of the ingredients I used can be purchased at your local Aldi (save the vanilla… That was a special Walmart purchase). 

It’s super easy and can be done in about 5 minutes plus chill time. 

Ingredients: 

3/4 cup coconut oil

3 Tbs. honey

3/4 cup baking cocoa

1 tsp. Vanilla 

Walnuts (optional)

What to do: 

In a microwaveable bowl, combine oil, honey and vanilla. Microwave approximately 30 seconds and then stir until all the oil has melted and is smooth. Add baking cocoa, stir until smooth. 

Spray a glass pie plate with cooking spray. Add walnuts to the bottom if you so choose. 

Then pour chocolate mixture over top and chill for about one hour in the refrigerator until hard. 


In the comments below, tell me your favorite version of this recipe! 

UIF | Pittsburgh Half Marathon

Hi friends! Thank you SO much to those of you who supported my charity run for Urban Impact Foundation! Together as an organization we raised nearly $50,000!!!! 


This year was particularly tough for me. Between the rain, wet feet, less spectators out to cheer, and overall lack of morale, I’ll be honest… It was a major struggle to finish. 

Somewhere around like 7 as I was coming trough the West End, my knee gave out and I felt like crying. Then out of nowhere my mom called and reminded me of why I was running and who I was doing this for. I could never finish it in my own strength. I cried out to the Lord for help to finish strong like I hope the kids I have the Privelige of coaching and mentoring in Northside will. Their faces each popped into my mind and it gave the motivation I needed to cross the finish line. Somehow I improved my finish time by 15 minutes from the first time I ran it. 


This year instead of crying as I crossed, I was wearing a huge smile because all I could think about was the girls from UIF who are graduating this year, the kids who have given their lives to Christ, and the many other little guys who are eager to learn about our King. 


I’ll run this race again and again every year until I physically can’t anymore in the same way that I will continue to minister to the kids and families of Northside until I physically can’t anymore. Together we can make a difference in Pittsburgh’s Northside neighborhood.