Greetings from Antigua!

Well, we’re FINALLY made it to our honeymoon! We’re here in beautiful Antigua and the incredible Hermitage Bay resort! Thanks again to Molly & Jason for the recommendation – it’s everything you’ve raved about AND MORE! 

We’re enjoying stunning views, delicious foods, calming waves, reviving sunshine and more… here’s just a little taste!

sending you sunshine! ♡

[Recipe] Brussel Sprouts with Rosemary & Pistachios

Sigh, it’s fall. Like actually fall. The perfect 75 degree days have faded…But it’s not all downhill!

Besides being excited to wear my new puffy vest, fall brings around some of my favorite seasonal foods and flavors! One of which being Brussel sprouts! While you see them a lot all year (at least on my table), they’re often regulars on fall and winter menus.

And let’s not forget about how versatile they are – I love this list of 50 Ways to Eat Brussel Sprouts All Day, Every Day from Huff Post! I often use them raw in salads or roasted as a tasty side or chopped up in a light pasta!

We had a team potluck lunch at work today and I wanted to find a healthy side dish. I found this recipe that used brussel sprouts with pistachios and it seemed perfect for the fall weather! The original recipe came from Refinery 29, but I really love to roast them so I changed it up a bit! :)

roasted brussel sprout ingredientsBrussels Sprouts with Rosemary and Pistachios
Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs Brussels sprouts (bottoms removed, halved)
  • 3/4 C pistachios (chopped)
  • 2 1/2 t sugar
  • 2 1/2 t sherry vinegar
  • 6 t olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (chopped)
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary (chopped)
  • S+P

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Place your pistachios in a baking pan and put in the over for approximately 10 minutes. Remove to cool, chop coarsely and set aside.
  3. In a small saucepan, mix together the sugar and 1 tablespoon water over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar caramelizes to a mahogany brown color. Remove from heat and immediately add the vinegar, standing back to avoid splatters (it will splatter!). Whisk briefly, pour into a small heatproof container and set aside.
  4. In your baking pan, add your chopped sprouts, rosemary, garlic and olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and mix.
  5. Roast in your oven for 30 minutes (or until your desired brown).
  6. Add pistachios, mix and put back in the oven for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Add the sugar-vinegar gastrique to your mix and toss to coat and serve.
  8. Enjoy!

roasted brussel sprouts

 

[Recipe] Chia seed pudding

Let me preface this post by confirming that I was NOT into chia seeds when the craze first started. I mean, they are the same chia seeds you got with a chia pet, right?! Awkward… haha

BUT I’ll try anything. When I was challenged to add them to my weekly menu, I bought them…and now I’ve totally bought in. They are delicious and unbelievably nutritious!

My Tone It Up trainers had all the facts on why chia is so awesome:

  • A rich source of Omega 3 Fatty Acids, chia seeds give you the necessary nutrients for gorgeous hair, healthy nails, and smooth, glowing skin! Beauty starts on the inside ;)
  • With 5 grams of protein per ounce, chia seeds are an amazing source of plant-based protein. Protein is an essential macronutrient needed for almost every function in your body. It even aids in weight control, and is a must for building lean muscle.
  • They’re a great source of fiber, which helps keep you feeling full, controlling hunger and balancing your appetite. It also means less sneaky snack attacks. Fiber helps regulate your system, which will contribute to detoxing!
  • High in magnesium, potassium and calcium! These essential nutrients keep your body healthy and energized!
  • They have the ability to absorb 10 times their weight in liquid, creating a unique gel that is incredibly hydrating and satisfying! Use chia seeds to make a vegan pudding or add some thickness to your smoothies…

Perfect segue…

chia seed puddingSimple Chia Seed Pudding ♥ 

  • 1 C coconut milk (get the can – for some reason it just tastes better!)
  • 1/4 C chia seeds
  • 1-2 T maple syrup
  • Toppings of your choice! 

Directions:

  1. In a glass container, add chia seeds and maple syrup to coconut milk.
  2. Whisk whisk whisk (Make sure you get all the little seeds in the corner of the bowl – if you don’t, those seeds might not absorb the liquid and will form a hard section in the corner!)
  3. Let the mixture sit for approximately 3 minutes then whisk again.
  4. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least one hour (it’s best to do it overnight or in the morning to prep for an afternoon treat!)
  5. Eat alone or add healthy toppings like unsweetened coconut or raisins or fresh fruit!
  6. Enjoy!

There are so many possibilities – what would you put on your chia pudding?

How Does She Do It: Georgia

georgietonesitupAs you saw recently, I’ve just started a new series on my blog, featuring some of the incredible and inspiring people I’ve met…I started with Kristyn and I’m excited to feature another awesome woman I’ve known for a long time – Georgia!

Georgia (@GeorgieToningUp) and I met through the online Tone It Up community and she’s been a constant inspiration for me! Living in the UK gave Georgia a different outlook on life, and yet it was so similar (isn’t life weird like that…) which I love learning about! She’s always awesome and always REAL. Positive, negative, stressed, confident…she always reminds me that it’s ok to feel all those things. But then to pause, take a breath and get back to the positive! She’s a rockstar.

Speaking of real, she and I have always had a similar insight into the healthy mindset. Much like me, she’s always tried to strike a balance between working hard for the body/life that we want, while being happy/comfortable and loving the one that we have (aren’t we all just doing that?). I remember she wrote one post a while ago that’s always stuck with me. It was when the whole “bikini bridge” phenomenon was hitting the internet and it was making all of us insane. She said “So please please please be healthy. I am all about encouraging health and yes I believe in working for that bikini body. But I do not and I will never believe in working towards an unhealthy, unattainable, unrealistic goal. Aim for curves, aim for beauty, aim to feel confident, sexy and beautiful in that bikini ladies!” That’s the key. That’s what Tone It Up is about. That’s what BMOREtoned is about. That’s what I’m about. Healthy and beautiful. Love Georgia!

Check out this quick Q&A I had with Georgia!

arizona skylineWhat does your typical morning look like?
I’m at University studying Law with American Studies so my morning tends to vary depending on my class schedule. At the moment, I wake up and have a ton of messages from home to reply to because of the 8 hour time difference. Then I normally check through all of my social media and catch up with my Tone It Up team and then I read the news from home – just to keep up to date! That all takes about ten minutes before I get up and make some breakfast and a coffee before doing reading for class. I’m a night owl when it comes to working out!

You’ve recently started some time abroad in the US – how has your time differed from being at home?
I’m doing a study abroad year as part of my degree at Arizona State University, so apart from the change in weather(!) It’s a much bigger culture change than I was expecting! I would never have guessed it, coming from the UK. I’m amazed at how many people don’t understand my accent – the other day I had to spell out the word ‘hot’ when ordering a coffee! I’m also living away from my family for the first time ever. 5000 miles and an 8 hour time difference doesn’t make for easy calls home when I need to ask my mum what a symbol on a laundry label means ;). The biggest change then is definitely being totally independent for the first time ever. I do everything for myself now: cook all of my own meals, do my own grocery shopping, get myself from A-B and all of those exciting adult things! I was largely independent at home but being here has made it complete. I miss the UK loads but I wouldn’t change this experience for anything.

georgietonesitupWe’ve known each other for a long time – starting together with TIU a few years ago! I’m always intrigued to find out how teammates found TIU – How did you find K&K?
We’ve known each other for a LONG time! I’ve followed Tone It Up for four years now! I originally found them on YouTube. I had just joined a gym and was 16 years old so I really had no clue what you do in a gym so I went on Youtube and searched! I found one of Sarah Dussault’s videos and there was a Tone It Up video in the sidebar! I watched it and straight away I was hooked. I knew from then I wanted to be a part of the TIU community and I haven’t looked back since.

What do you never leave the house without?
So predictable but my iPhone!! Especially at the moment because time really is crucial when I’m speaking to people back in the UK and iMessage and FaceTime make it so much easier. It’s also how I connect with the Tone It Up team and has documented my entire trip in the USA so far with the camera! I also rarely leave the house without an SPF chapstick. I’m obsessed, I honestly could sit there for hours and apply chap stick continually, I need to stop…it’s not healthy. Also, since I’ve moved to the desert, I make sure I carry water with me everywhere – even if it is just to a shop that’s a block away. The heat is brutal so I’m even more determined than usual to stay hydrated.

What has been one of your biggest successes and what obstacles did you have to overcome to get there?
This is a tricky one! I guess in a way my biggest success is that I haven’t had a total meltdown over here being on my own! I’ve taken moving out (and moving to a new continent!) in my stride and the results are showing. I feel better, more lean and more toned than I ever have. The obstacle I had to overcome was myself! I needed to get out of my own head and get over my fear of being alone. I had to put myself out there and make friends and get used to this totally new environment I was in. I was in such a routine at home and it was working so I was worried that moving to Arizona would throw a great big spanner in the works. That couldn’t be further from the truth. I keep reminding myself daily that I am doing this. I’m living in America, doing well in school, holding down a long term and long distance relationship, still managing to feel really close to my family and having the experience of a lifetime out here! With all of that in place I’m able to commit to my lifestyle and make choices that are right for me and the results speak for themselves :) I’ve gotten abs in Arizona ;)

elle woods inspirational quoteWhat’s your favorite inspirational quote and why?
My boyfriend is a personal trainer and about a year ago he said to me, “You have to love your life the way you want it to be, not what anyone else expects it to be”. This resonates with me so much because I’m a huge believer of creating your own destiny. I am in charge of my happiness and I make a choice to make the most and be positive in every situation life throws my way. If I do, then nothing can ever bring me down and whenever I’m having a bad day I just remind myself of that and the pain will always go away. Whatever anyone else thinks is irrelevant – you steer your own ship!

Be sure to follow Georgia on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with her awesome posts! 

Tiny Devotions Love!

I’m so thrilled to sharing another post with Tiny Devotions!

I found Tiny Devotions through my Tone It Up trainers. Since then, I’ve followed their organization and they provide daily inspiration, quotes and support.

Although I’ve loved them from afar for a long time, I didn’t own my own mala until a few months ago when I received the Surfer Mala as a wedding present from my husband (so thoughtful!). It’s been such an incredible piece that I’ve kept close to my heart…

“As you ride the waves of life, you will have great rides and gnarly wipe outs. Do not hide from the waves of life. You can learn from both your great rides and your wipe outs. It is how you react to each wave in your life that determines the out come.  The Surfer Mala protects the wearer from negative energy and brings good fortune”

katekatebear tinydevotions mala beads

Mala beads are more than just beads. They are meditation tools that have been used for thousands of years. Tiny Devotions says, “They encourage us to pause, breathe and realign with our deepest intentions. They motivate us to invest in moments of self-care and compassion. They’re our spiritual forget-me-nots.”

I use my mala beads to connect with the positivity around (and inside) me. I also use them as a reminder that life is boundless and full of possibilities. Like the saying goes “you can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” ♥
I love this post from Tiny Devotions blog, Boho Daily, about How to Set Intentions with Mala Beads.

So, you all GET IT…I love these beads. haha Fast forward to two weekends ago. I was having an unbelievable time at the Tone It Up retreat and I get a random message from an Instagram friend mentioning that I’d be tagged by Tiny Devotions in their “Random Acts of Kindness” campaign! WHAT?! Talk about overwhelming positivity! I had seen them choose the amazingly inspiring Kristyn earlier this year and was honestly shocked I got picked!

tiny devotions random act of kindness winner katekatebearI won a mala I’d pinned from their Tiny Devotions Pinterest page – so exciting! I chose the Lapis Sandalwood Mala, which represents intuition, releases stress & brings deep peace. The lapis stone is a stunning deep blue that calms me almost instantly.

lapis sandalwood mala tiny devotions

lapis sandalwood mala tiny devotions

I’ve had this mala for a few days and it’s been amazing. It’s been a big week, yesterday I announced, along with my awesome co-founders, our new BMOREtoned site! I feel confident and calm, strong and blessed.  ♥

Ok, so let me fill you in on the Random Acts of Kindness Campaign – On Pinterest, Tiny Devotions is running this contest and you could win a mala or stack of your choice! Check out their Pinterest page here. So what’s the catch? There is no catch! There is no deadline and there are no intense rules! The brilliant boho team at Tiny Devotions believe in sharing and spreading love just for sharing the love’s sake! So, through the end of the year, they will be gifting random people a mala of their choice for just sharing pins of malas, stacks, scarves, intentions and anything Tiny Devotions on Pinterest! GET TO PINNIN’ – You could be the next randomly chosen winner for spreading the love! :)

Go check out Tiny Devotions on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram to be inspired by love, light, and kindness.

Which Tiny Devotions Mala would you pin to win?