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3 Ways to Celebrate Without Breaking the Bank

I am in love with celebrating. I literally celebrate everything and anything and I think it’s just the best way to keep the spice in life. Money’s been a little tight over the last couple of months, but we still wanted to celebrate our three year dating anniversary on July 8th (crazy to think that this time next year we’ll be celebrating two months of being married on that date!).  We searched and searched the internet to see what we could come up with and my friends, I think we did a pretty good job! We had a blast during this weekend without breaking the bank and I figured it was only fair to share how I did it with you.

Groupon/Living Social

Two of the best sites ever. I am a little more partial to Groupon just because I really like the selection but I like the Living Social app and layout a little more. If you don’t know about them, these are websites/apps that you can browse to find local restaurants, things to do, services (great for lawn care and mosquitoes!) and goods as well. It’s a fun way to do things with your girlfriends or significant other when you want to try something out of the norm. Recently we had been trying new sushi restaurants we found on there to find the ones that we like in town, so we scoured it to see what cool restaurants they had on it. We ended up settling on one we had seen just around the corner from the house and had fantastic reviews. It’s a farm-to-table restaurant called Heirloom in Charlotte. The food was great and they even printed our names on the top of the menu when we made reservations for an extra flare! We also saved some $$ by bringing one of our favorite bottles of wine with us and paid the corkage fee. What a great experience and it was so fun trying something new! This is also great for those paint and sip girls nights you have been seeing all over social media that you and your friends have wanted to try!

Staycation

This is a great way to get to know your city and to not have to travel anywhere if you want to get away. I have done this in the past with my mom when I was living in Atlanta. She came to visit but my job was so crazy I couldn’t take time off so instead of booking plane tickets for two, we decided to use our money to rent a nicer hotel for a night. We got in room massages, went out to dinner, and watched movies all night. It was a blast and we still got to “do it up” because we didn’t have to factor in extra costs like plane tickets into our budget.

DIY Gifts

This is a really cute way to show someone you love them! John’s made a collage for me in the past with pictures of us from the first year we were together and it is still one of my favorite things in the house. I looked up some cute ideas on Pinterest and saw that you could get a mason jar, some markers, and construction paper and write things you love about the person or things to motivate them on a rough day and fill it to the brim. It’s a unique way of showing someone you care without having to go above and beyond and empty that piggy bank.

It’s a challenge to go through financial tough times, but it’s important to keep your relationships with friends, family, and significant others in check because they will always be there for you. Nurture those relationships and make sure that you reach out and show them you are thinking about them every once in a while.

What are some of your favorite ways to show a loved one you care or spend time with them without breaking the bank? Have you tried any of these ways?

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4 Ways to Stay In Shape Over the Summer

Let’s be real. The summer is when we want to be looking our finest but it’s also the time that it’s the most fun to go out, eat, drink, and just be merry. That doesn’t always agree with our waistline and with bathing suits, lake drinking, and beach chilling are calling your name, you can’t afford to mess up your workout routine AND your diet.

I choose to follow something called IIFYM (If it fits your macros) and it’s been amazing for these months. It makes you feel just guilty enough to second guess what you’re about to put in your mouth, but it also lets you live your life at the same time while maintaining your goals.

Now if you plan on losing more, I recommend that you still chill with the wild eating habits we all feel on the weekends and stick to scheduled cheat meals, but if you’re just trying to maintain, you’ll love IIFYM (will post on this soon, I promise!) and these three easy ways that I try to stay in shape over these uber fun summer months.  

 

  • Beachbody On Demand—Before you go running the other direction, hear me out. This isn’t your typical box DVD set that costa $100+. I used to be a Beachbody coach and hated lugging those DVDs out of town with me (especially if I accidentally forgot one at a hotel). I used to hope and pray they would come out with a streaming program. Insert Beachbody On Demand. You have access to all the workouts that you have ever wanted to try (think P90X, Turbo Fire, Insanity, Focus T25 and SO much more) without having to pay for them individually.  You get meal plans, cooking shows from Autum Calabrese, recipes, workout calenders and so much more! It’s amazing because they charge you $99 but in three installments. Way less than gym membership right? All you need is a few dumbbells and if it’s just you working out, I recommend getting some adjustable ones like these from Bowflex.
  • Pinterest Workouts—What is Pinterest not good at? I’ll answer that…nothing. Whether you’re looking for essential oil recipes, healthy recipes, or wedding ideas, you’ll find what you’re looking for, guaranteed. You can also find some great workouts that require no equipment. Check out my workout board and follow it to stay connected to what workouts I try to do when I’m in a hotel with no weights and crappy cardio equipment. Try looking up ‘HIIT workouts’ or ‘no equipment workouts’.
  • Summer Activities—I love playing outside (minus the bugs, but I’ll put my essential oil recipe to handle that up soon). My fiancé calls me a sun baby because I love roasting in the sun and getting a nice golden glow. If you’re like me, activities like beach/sand volleyball, kayaking, snorkeling, biking, hiking, or swimming to get a great workout (you’ll probably be super sore and tired afterwards because they are SO different than traditional gym workouts!).  This is a great way to have fun with others who may not be so into working out but like outdoor activities as well. Great for parents and kids too!
  • The Fit Britt Accountability Program—I was contacted by a close friend to try to help her stay on track this summer because she was working out hard but not seeing the results she wanted. We started working as accountability partners and assuring that she still reaches her goals but can still have her drinks and treats when she wants. She has lost some weight just in these last couple of weeks and has had a couple Fit Britt reality checks in between.  If you are interested in this program, please leave a comment below or contact me via email at fitbritt7@gmail.com or via Facebook.

There’s no excuse to become a chunky monkey this summer! We want to keep looking fly all year, and these workout ideas and IIFYM are great ways to try to stick to your goals and still have a great time. If you are interested in my accountability program, you can contact me directly (new tab coming soon for the programs I will be offering!).

What are your favorite ways to stay in shape over the summer? Do you find it to be challenging to do so?

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DIY All Natural Hand Soap

Never in my life did I think that  I would be a DIY person. I used to love buying stuff already made because it was easy and I was lazy. Well, maybe not lazy but “efficient”. But then one day…

…I found Young Living oils. They actually found me, but I fell in love about four years ago. I would use them to help with my wellness and I am happy to say that anyone in my home really doesn’t experience any chemicals (even my pups!) and I have not gotten sick (knock on wood) in quite some time. I love how they support my various systems and make me really good about the choices I make. You’ll read many other future posts on how I love living chemical free with Young Living products.

Ok, I’ll get off my soap box (ha. Ha.). You’re here for my DIY hand soap recipe yes? I love using this because I get to be in control of what goes on my body. This soap literally costs about $1 to make (minus the foaming hand pump which is about $4 for each) and you have enough ingredients to make a bunch of these for your house or for refills. You can choose to use whatever oils you like depending on the scents you like and whatever carrier oil you choose (I found jojoba oil easily at Target or Amazon and fractionated coconut oil on Amazon). Vegetable glycerin can be found on Amazon as well (are you a Prime member yet? LIFE CHANGING.) I choose to use Young Living Oils because of their quality and versatility. I can literally make ANYTHING I normally use at home (face wash, face lotion, hand soap, dish soap, cleaning spray, etc.)

Hope you enjoy!

 

DIY All Natural Hand Soap

½ cup castile soap

1 tsp fractionated coconut oil or jojoba oil

5 drops of Lavender Essential Oil (click here to get 24% off of a starter pack to get all of the oils I used in this recipe and so many more!)

5 drops of Lemon Essential Oil

5 drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil

5 drops of Purification Essential Oil

1 foaming hand soap bottle

1/2 tsp vegetable glycerin

Water

  • Pour castile soap into foaming hand soap bottle
  • Put essential oils into hand soap bottle. I recommend at least getting a total of 11 drops of oils so you can smell them and enjoy the benefits
  • Add the carrier oil (the jojoba oil or the fractionated coconut oil) to the hand soap bottle. This keeps your skin extra moist. Don’t you hate having to put lotion on right after you wash your hands because they’re so dry? This eliminates that need.
  • Add 1/2 tsp of vegetable glycerin.
  • Fill remainder of the hand soap bottle with water and voila! You’ll be smelling your hands all day after washing them with this!

See? Easier than you thought right? And because these bottles have so much in them, you are able to make so many of these and refill them in your house whenever you need to.

What are your favorite DIY recipes to save money at home and live chemical free? Share them below, I’d love to see them!

Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this should not be considered to be any healthy advice. You should seek appropriate counsel for your own situation. And please note, this post is directed toward readers in the United States. I may also receive compensation for some of the affiliate links in this post.

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Healthy Breakfast Tacos

Raise your hand if you’re from Texas!!  Ok, ok it’s ok if you’re not but just know that we love us some breakfast tacos. My personal favorite is a gas station original that’s potato, egg, bean and cheese, otherwise known as a Q taco for my Valley folks. Best. Food. Ever. (Minus a Las Vegas Restaurant Enchilada, which I’ll totally post about when I go back to Texas one of these days).

But let’s get back to breakfast tacos. Who doesn’t love a good quick meal that satisfies every one of your taste buds for the first meal of the day? Exactly. I love those good ol’ Q tacos but they aren’t exactly friendly for the wasitline. That’s why I came up with this amazing taco recipe that will satisfy you, your significant other (that’s ok if it’s your dog, girl), and your guests. You can always swap the eggs for egg whites as well. Check it out below:

Healthy Breakfast Taco Recipe

Serves 2

4 corn tortillas (I prefer Mission because they are low in everything and taste authentic AF)

4 eggs

½ red bell pepper

½ onion

1 small avocado

1 lime, juiced

¼ tsp cumin

¼ tsp paprika

¼ tsp garlic salt

1 tbsp cilantro

1 tsp olive oil

Cooking spray

Pepper to taste

Optional: Cheese of your choice. I would pick either cotija (Mexican cheese) or feta cheese for best taste

  • Warm two skillets (if possible) to medium heat (that means level 5 for most of you)
  • Once one pan is heated up, add olive oil. Once warm, add peppers, onion, and seasoning to pan. Saute until soft (cover if needed).
  • In the other pan, spray cooking spray. Place corn tortilla in pan and warm for about 30 seconds each side. Place on plate until ready
  • Cut avocado and mash in a small bowl. Squeeze lime on the avocado to avoid browning. Divide on corn tortillas when finished.
  • Once vegetables start to soften and corn tortillas are ready, spray pan (the one that had the corn tortillas) with cooking spray. Remove vegetables from the pan and distribute on the four tortillas.
  • Crack either two or all four eggs into pan that previously held tortillas. Cook eggs until desired firmness (I prefer a little runny (over medium) because it just tastes so good with veggies). Place eggs on corn tortillas with mashed avocado and vegetables.
  • Divide cilantro and top each taco with a little. Serve immediately.

Such a great weekend recipe! Next time I make it I think I’ll roast some sweet potatoes with the seasoning or mash it. Try it out for yourself and let me know how it goes!

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Skinny Pineapple Jalapeno Cilantro Margarita

Clearly you see I like margaritas right? I usually stick to craft cocktails and wine (mostly wine but I do love a good unique drink when I’m out on the town). A couple of weeks ago I decided that I really wanted a spicy drink and I said, “hey, jalapenos at the farmer’s market are only $1 for a bag and I have some tequila….”

Sooooo….it happened! The biggest part of this is not skimping on infusing the tequila. I had two experiments 1) where I infused the tequila for just about a day or so and 2) where I infused it for a week and used the same ingredients. Both yielded fabulous results but holy %^&$ I loved the one that was infused for a week! It was just the right amount of bite and I also set aside the remaining amount of juiced pineapple juice and froze it so I could use it this week. It gets to be skinny because I use my simple syrup recipe I mentioned before in my skinny mango margarita recipe.

So here it goes! Remember to try to do this a day in advance so you get the best bite for your buck!

Skinny Pineapple Jalapeno Cilantro Margarita

Serves 2

3 shots of jalepeno infused tequila

1 tbsp cilantro

1 fresh pineapple, juiced (if you can’t get this, just get as fresh of pineapple juice as you can, you’ll need about 4 shots of it; 2 per drink)

2 shots of skinny simple syrup

2 limes

  • Juice two limes, skinny simple syrup and add cilantro to the bottom of a shaker. Muddle together to release cilantro flavor
  • Pour pineapple juice, and tequila into shaker. Add ice and shake. Pour over ice or alone (blend if desired).
  • Serve immediately

So simple it should be a crime right? Even if you have to make the simple syrup it’s such a breeze! Such a refreshing summertime drink and I can’t wait to make more!

What fruit should be next??? Should I infuse it or come up with something brand new? Suggestions welcomed!

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Jalapeno Infused Tequila

I love all things spicy and my drinks are no exception. I have thoroughly enjoyed trying zesty overpriced drinks at restaurant, but it was about time that I try to make my own and see how difficult it was. I had already perfected my skinny simple syrup recipe, so why not try some infused tequila? I had a little tequila left on the shelf and the fiance gave me the thumbs up, so I went on Pinterest and found how most people did it and put my Fit Britt spin on it!

 

 

Jalapeno Infused Tequila

1 bottle of tequila (if you only have half, or so, scale back the amount of jalapeno accordingly)

2 fresh jalapenos

  • Slice jalapenos and place in a glass container or stuff into existing tequila bottle.
  • Seal bottle and seal up to 7 days with sliced intact. Remove jalapeno slices earlier for less spicy tequila. Infuse for a minimum of 24 hours.
  • Mix according to recipe

So delicious and can be used in a variety of recipes. So good but make sure to remove jalapenos after a few days as it may make it too hot to handle!

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Perfect Skinny Mango Margarita

I love summertime drinks! I find it hard to stay within my macros when I do enjoy them so I have taken some time to come up with my own drinks that let me have some fun but are still delicious at the same time. I recently played around with a mango margarita recipe because I had recently gone to the Charlotte Farmer’s Market (God’s gift to the city of Charlotte) and found that my favorite farmer had the most ripe and delicious looking yellow mangos.  At $1.00 a piece I grabbed up a bunch of them and decided that I was going to have to find some recipes to use them in before I gobbled the up whole.

If you follow my Fit Britt Facebook Page,  you’ll see that I posted a picture of this lovely margarita but here’s another look for ya (wipe that drool off, sug):

Delicious looking right? Man it was too good not to share the recipe! So if you’re in the mood for a delicious and simple treat without the guilt, try out this delicious masterpiece.

Perfect Skinny Margarita

3 ounces tequila (that’s two shots)

1 ripe yellow mango

1 lime, juiced

1 shot of Skinny Simple Syrup

½ tsp Chili Powder

½ tsp Salt

1 lime to rim glass

Ice if you’re interested in a frozen margarita!

  • Put chili powder and salt on a place and mix together
  • Cut lime in quarters and rim glass to rim the glass. Rim glass with chili powder mixture.
  • Peel mango and slice and put in blender/Ninja
  • Juice lime and add to blender/Ninja
  • Add tequila and skinny simple syrup
  • Blend until everything’s all mixed up. Pour into your glass over ice or add ice to blender/Ninja in order to make it frozen

It’s such a delicious drink and nothing to feel guilty about! My fiancé isn’t a fan of my skinny drinks all the time because of the “Splenda” taste they can have but he was a fan of this one (P.S. He also hates mangos! So this says A LOT!). Give it a whirl and let me know what you think below!

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Skinny Simple Syrup

Everyone loves a good mixed drink but none of us love the calories it comes with. Simple syrup is an easy way to make your waistband expand, so I’ve been using a skinny version that I have used over the years and recently perfected with my use of Young Living Essential Oils Orange Oil (Here’s a link to save 24% on oils; post on how Young Living changed my life coming soon!).  This simple syrup can be refrigerated after cooled to use other times as well. I do a few different versions of this, including a blueberry simple syrup for my blueberry margarita that’s to die for! Check out this lovely recipe and let me know what you think!

Skinny Simple Syrup

1 cup water

1 cup Splenda/Truvia or any other zero calorie powdered sugar substitute

1-3 drops of Orange Young Living Essential Oil (click the link to get them at a 24% discount as a wholesaler! If you don’t have this and are making my Skinny Margarita, add some fresh squeezed orange juice to margarita)

  • Take pot and pour water into pot. Place on stove and bring to a rolling boil
  • Add sugar substitute slowly to the pot stirring to dissolve until you have poured all the sugar in.
  • Remove from heat and let it cool.

Bet you didn’t think it was that easy did you? Takes no more than about 5-10 minutes to do and once it’s cooled you can use it in recipes like my Perfect Skinny Mango Margarita recipe and other that are soon to come on the blog!

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3 Ways to Support a Loved One From a Distance

Growing up your parents always told you that your sibling was your first friend.  In my case my first friend came out about 4 years after I did, so was pretty excited and apprehensive.  Fast forward to today, we have weathered our parents’ divorce, lived thousands of miles away from each other, talked and laughed until we cried, and hugged it out or punched it out depending on the day.  Today things are a little different because he and I are both adulting but I had tried to take the role of a third parent to try to guide him.  I have shed many tears, carried lots of stress internally, and even popped a few pimples because of my worries.

This doesn’t just happen with family, but can also happen with our closest friends. It’s a fine line that we walk on between wanting to be helpful and being a complete enabler.  I made many excuses for him to my parents, justified what he did, and even insisted that they were not being considerate enough when talking to him.  It took me a long time to realize that I was not helping him, I was enabling him to continue on the path he was on.  Now mind you, my brother is not addicted to hardcore drugs or anything like that, but addiction comes in many forms and so do enablers. I put my foot down not too long ago with great difficulty, but it has changed my life for the best.  I love him and will always be there for him, but I cannot continue letting him steal my happiness if he is not willing to help himself.

He may be mad about me posting this, but this is a way for me to cope and hopefully the light I shed on the ways our relationship has changed will help someone who’s struggling with supporting their loved one from a distance.

 

Be a Supporter, not an Enabler

Ever seen the show Intervention? It was one of my favorites when I was in college.  I had to close my eyes with all the needle parts, but it was fascinating.  The show highlighted addicts but it also showed the enablers that fed into the addict’s lies and helped them ultimately get what they wanted.  Now, I am not throwing shade at these people because when you love someone, you’ll do anything to help them and see them happy.  But at what cost? Stop and ask yourself every time you think of sending/lending money to that person if you are sending it to them because you know they will be using it for what’s right? If it’s groceries they need, get them a grocery store gift card.  If they need some things for school, send them an office supply store gift card or an Amazon.com one.  Don’t be fooled by elaborate stories they tell you otherwise you’re only hurting them, not helping.

Set Boundaries

Think of this as your “terms and conditions.” When I finally decided enough was enough, I had to create some boundaries.  I wanted to make sure he knew that I was serious and that he had to meet my terms and conditions before I will speak to him again.  I told him to please only contact me if he has made the right steps needed to better himself and his life.  This put the ball in his court because he knows clearly what I want, and what I will ask him about if he does decided to contact me. I was always running around alongside my mom trying to pick up the pieces for him, offering to help him get a job where he was, but all it did was stretch me thin and cause stress.  You have to remember that you can’t help those who are not ready to help themselves, but you can help jump start their recovery by setting some clear boundaries.

Open Up, Don’t Bottle Up

Ever seen a volcano explode? Me either, but when I see it on TV or online I realize the amount of damage that it causes to surrounding areas.  That’s what happens when you bottle things up.  We all, especially women, like to think we are so strong and can handle anything without having to talk about it.  And then one day a lady cuts in front of you at the pharmacy and YOU LOSE YOUR SHIT.  Normal? I think not, but I’m sure it’s happened to every one of us.  Talk it out.  It doesn’t matter who you choose to talk to about it but it’s important that you share how you are feeling for YOUR sanity and also bounce ideas off of a somewhat objective party.  As fantastic as my fiancé has been with supporting me through this, my boss has been a great blessing as well.  He’s gone through similar stuff so that helps to talk to him. Can’t tell you the times that he’s made me feel like I was not going crazy.

Remember the definition of “insanity” is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.  If what you’ve been doing to cope with your sibling or friend’s issues has not been working, STOP AND REEVALUATE! Talk it out, find a new way to support them, or just step back from the situation all together.  Though these choices may be hard, they are necessary and could possibly save your loved one in the end.

Have you dealt with a friend or family member that it has been difficult to support because of their choices? Share your story below or leave some suggestions!

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Breakfast Quiche for The Not-So-Morning-Person

As you probably realized in my first recipe post, I love me some breakfast.  I think it’s a meal that people tend to forget about until they have some time to make it on the weekend, but I make sure I get that meal in every day.  I used to get up early and make breakfast for my fiancé and I but I realllyyyyyyyy also like sleep, so I re-evaluated what I should be doing.

I remembered my days of meal prepping.  Back before I met John I was basically a 20 something obsessed with working out, sitting by the pool when the weather was good, and eating super healthy.  I still love those things but I was kind of crazy before and I’ve definitely have found a middle ground for myself by following IIFYM (If It Fits Your Macros, more on that in another post).

So with my new eating style of actually being a normal person and eating carbs (again, based on my macros) and my dire need for sleep and meal prep, I decided to do some digging around for a cool egg recipe I could make and modify to my liking.  I found a bunch, but the one that I have on this post is officially my favorite version I have perfected.  If you’re single, freeze/refrigerate these and pop them in the microwave/oven. They’ll be delicious even heated up later and should last you for the work week. If you’re in a relationship, he/she may want two for themselves so it may only last a couple of days.  Go crazy with the veggies if you don’t like the ones I picked, I promise I won’t get offended!

I hope you enjoy it and if you try it, please leave a comment below!

Egg Casserole-Breakfast for the week!

Makes 8 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

1 13×9 pan

Olive Oil spray

1 tbsp olive oil

2 small sweet potatoes, shredded (1 large is fine, just make sure it covers the baking dish)

1 cup mushroom, chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 red pepper, chopped

1 cup spinach

1 tsp garlic salt

6 eggs

6 egg whites (liquid substitute is fine just remember 3tbsp = 1 egg)

6 strips of uncured turkey bacon (I like Plainville but you can use anything you’d like or you can choose to use chicken sausage and I like al Fresco and I would use 4 total)

¾ cup of shredded cheese of your choice (I prefer sharp)

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  • Spray bottom of the pan with olive oil spray to make sure it does not stick
  • After shredding the sweet potato, take a cheese cloth (if your fancy, I either use a clean dishcloth or paper towels) and squeeze out some of the water that is naturally in the sweet potato. This will help the crust cook a bit faster
  • Line the bottom of the pan with the sweet potato. This will serve as your hash brown crust to give you those good carbs your body loves!
  • Bake sweet potato for 20 minutes.
  • While sweet potato is cooking in the oven, heat up a saucepan at medium high heat.
  • Once warm, add olive oil and chopped veggies. Add garlic salt and sauté until soft. Add in chopped chicken sausage/turkey bacon and heat through (most of these are somewhat cooked and will cook more in the oven)
  • Crack eggs and add egg whites to a bowl and whisk until yolks have been broken. Add sautéed veggies to the egg mix. Mix in shredded cheese.
  • Remove the sweet potato from the oven. I add a little olive oil/cooking spray just because I’m paranoid about it sticking and being a mess. Add egg mixture to the sweet potato and place back in oven.
  • Bake for 20-30 minutes based on oven. Cut into 8 squares once cooled and store for eating later or serve immediately!

What’s your favorite breakfast? Are you a fan of egg recipes or would you like to see some other breakfast recipes from The Fit Britt? Share your comments below!