Im (almost) done with Christmas shopping!!

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I LOVE the holidays and celebrating Christmas as LONG as possible. I also love gift giving and this year wanted to do something special and unique and something I can do as a yearly tradition. I was chatting with my step-mom and she said each year she gets her kids and grandkids  an ornament! I thought BRILLIANT!

So tonight I marched to Target and got some fun ones for various family members! I have a few more to get and want to find the perfect ones!

 

 

 

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10 Favorite Things

A few of my favorite things! I have done a post or two like this but thought hey why not do another one.

Here are a few of my favorite things

 

 

  1. Arbonne Deodorant– it’s cool and minty and keeps me from smelling anything less than pretty. It is free from aluminum, parabeans, and toxins.
  2. Success Magazine-I had been following their Facebook page for a while, but was recently given some old issues from a fellow entrapuner and I am enjoying them. With each issue comes a CD. The editor interviews successful big name people.
  3. Breakfast bowls– these a new easy favorite of mine. Yogurt (of your choosing), granola, and fruit all mixed together. It’s a tasty protein packed meal or snack.
  4. Iced tea-This has always been a favorite. Growing up in New Hampshire I drank my weight in sun tea every summer. My mom would throw some mint from the garden in it and tada! I recently got a mint plant (funny story really) and have been enjoying iced tea.
  5. Gardening-As a kid I don’t think I appreciated the garden as much as I do now. I live in a cute little town home with a tiny back yard so my city garden is all in pots on my little postage stamp patio.
  6. Books– Well these are ALWAYS a favorite of mine but just finished reading Broken Open and  a book on how to love your money. I am still finishing up The Happiness Trap- All about ACT therapy.
  7. Walking-Its my preferred form of exercise (besides yoga) and I have been trying to do a lot more lately. When I was nannying…(I make that sound like it was a long time ago lol but my job as a nanny only ended last week 😛 )I would plop the girl(s) in the stroller and get in two miles everyday…same loop e.v.e.r.y.d.a.y….yawn…so now I am SO enjoying spicing it up. Since Friday I have done 4 different routes and places.
  8. Succulents– I guess I could plop this into the gardening category but succulents are so FUN! I am slowly adding to my collection. In May I got a aloe plant and a new cactus. The aloe has come in handy a few times with sun burns.
  9. Traveling –I have a few fun trips planned this summer. Next week I am heading to Phoenix Arizona to visit my friend Karen from college! She’s what you call a soul sister-someone who you may not see or talk to for a while but when you hang out it is like no time has passed. In July Ill being going down to Anaheim to attend a conference with my Aunt Rose. In August I finally get to visit San Francisco for my friend Megan’s wedding! So fun. I MAY go back to NH in the fall, but no concrete plans just yet.
  10. Baking-Nope not in the sun lol I mean making yummy goodies, but with a healthy twist. I eat gluten free as much as possible, so I always make things with coconut flour or almond flour. Yesterday I made a double batch of banana bread with all the left over bananas from the week before.

 

How to curl your hair super fast!

I LOVE Pinterest!! I love scoping out recipes, organization, crafts products. Last week I came across one I thought oh hey I need to try that and I did (with only a few mishaps :-P)

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I have never been very good at curling my hair, and to be honest never practiced much…but I would LOVE to wear my hair curly more often so seeing this made me so happy!

When I tried it on Sunday morning it was an epic FAIL…come to find out my hair curler is a total dud, so no wonder it wasn’t working.

Last night I used another curling iron that was in the house and TADA it worked. This above style you see is a rough version of what I want to do next time. I didn’t use any hairspray or moose as I was heading to be and just seeing if it would indeed work!

Cant wait to try it (for real) this weekend!

xoxox Arbonne Girl Dom

PS What are your favorite hair tricks and tips.

 

Detox Slimming Wraps

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So, what IS a detox slimming wrap? It is just a quick way to drop an inch or so around your tummy, thighs, or arms.  Disclaimer, though: Arbonne International didn’t come up with these wraps. They don’t sell them and do not endorse them. These wraps were created by a smarty-pants Independent Consultant. 

What’s so different about these wraps? The Arbonne products! They’re pure, safe and beneficial! You can use the products for so many things!

Also, you can reuse your wrap! Just toss them in the wash after each use, and use them again! But, the magic is in the products. You WILL NOT get the same results without the products.

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What you need:

  1. Detox Rescue Wash
  2. Foaming Sea Salt Scrub
  3. Renewing Body Gelee
  4. Purifying Body Soak
  5. Re-mineralizing hand lotion 24 Hour
  6. 5 in 1 Massage Oil (optional – for extra support and hydration)
  7. Saran wrap
  8. A towel or hand towel
  9. A dish bin, bowl or sink: somewhere to hold water to soak wrap
  10. An herbal wrap or large ace bandage. (latex-free)
  11. 20 – 32 oz of water.
  12. String to measure

You can find all of these Arbonne products at http://www.dominiquerondeau.arbonne.com. Ask me how to get the BEST deal

What to do:

  1. Put your string around the area you’re wrapping.  Cut the string so that it’s meeting end to end. Mark using a sharpie so you know where to measure when you’re done the wrapping.
  2. Put on some comfy PJ pants or shorts and tuck a towel into the top of them so they don’t get soaking wet. They will likely get damp.
  3. Soak wrap for 10 – 15 minutes in bin/bowl/sink with a teaspoon of Purifying Sea Soak.
  4. Use one pump of Detoxifying Rescue Wash with a bit of water to wash off the surface of the area you’re wrapping. You can just use your hand in circular motions. Do not wash off.
  5. Add a nickel sized amount of Foaming Sea Salt Scrub and Renewing Body Gelee and rub all over the area that will be wrapped. You can use a little extra Glee if you’d like.
  6. Wring out the wrap. It should be damp but not soaking wet/dripping.
  7. Wrap area so that no gaps are showing between the wrap. Secure wrap with prongy-things that came with your wrap. The wrap should be tight but remember you need to be able to breathe.
  8. Wrap 5 – 7 layers of saran around to totally cover the wrap. This keeps the body heat in and keeps the products ‘activated’. Dollar store plastic wrap does NOT work for this. It’s worth getting the good stuff. I use the Glad brand.
  9. Put your clothes on/your shirt down and go on about your business. Leave the wrap on for 60 – 90 minutes. I have clients that clean or cook or whatever to pass the time.
  10. After you remove the wrap, use a washcloth or wet paper towel (or jump in the shower if you’re able) to wash off access sea salt scrub.
  11. Apply ReMineralizing Lotion 24H + 5-in-1 Massage Oil all over the area you wrapped.
  12. Remeasure using the same string to see how many inches you lost!

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IMPORTANT: You’ll need to drink the water during the duration of the wrap. No need to chug! Unless that’s your thing… PS. no you’re not losing ‘water weight’ as many people presume. The products turn toxins into salts your body can eliminate when you sweat and go to the bathroom. So that water is just helping to push out the toxins.

HINT: The detox process keeps working for up to 72 hours, so don’t be surprised or bummed if you don’t lose anything right away. Measure again later on in the day and the next couple of days using the same string.

HOT TIP: Avoid processed foods, soda, gluten, sugars and dairy at all costs during the 72 hours for best results! All of these things cause bloating and inflammation and will undo the detox process.

PS These are TEMPORARY results! Healthy eating and exercise are the only ways to see lasting results 🙂

Paleo Orange Chicken and Coconut Rice

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Last night I was craving something yummy for dinner so orange chicken and coconut rice it was.

Meat

  • 2 lbs Chicken

Produce

  • 1 tsp Garlic powder
  • 1 inch Ginger
  • 1 Orange

Canned Goods

  • 2 tbsp Tomato paste

Condiments

  • 2 tbsp Honey

Baking & Spices

  • 1/2 tsp Red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Tapioca starch

Oils & Vinegars

  • 2 tbsp Sesame oil, toasted

Nuts & Seeds

  • 1/3 cup Coconut amnios
    1. Sprinkle salt on chicken and stir to evenly coat.
    2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the sesame oil and chicken.
    3. Cook for about 5 minutes until mostly cooked through.
    4. While that is cooking, in a small bowl, combine orange zest and juice, coconut aminos, ginger,tomato paste, honey, red pepper, and garlic powder. Stir as best you can with a spoon.
    5. Pour over chicken and stir to evenly coat.
    6. Cook for 5-10 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked through.
    7. Add tapioca starch if you want the sauce thicker. Stir it in and cook for a couple minutes for it to thicken.
    8. Serve over rice of your choice (cauliflower rice would make it 100% paleo 😛 )

 Coconut Rice 

  •  1 cup rice (white or brown)
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1 tsp coconut oil

Make rice according to cooking instructions just substitute the coconut milk for the water.

 

Apricot Energy Bars

Apricot Energy Bars
12 dried apricots
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup almond butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp himalayan pink salt
4 scoops Arbonne Protein Booster
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
2 cups gluten free oats
Blend 6 apricots, water, nut butter, vanilla, and salt in blender or food processor 1 minute until smooth. Add protein booster, cinnamon and nutmeg. Finely chop remaining apricots and place in mixing bowl with oats. Hand mix all ingredients until smooth. Place in an 8×8 baking dish and freeze 45 min! Voila ~ your kids will love them and so will YOU!

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Enjoy!

-Dominique 

To buy the protein boost go to http://www.dominiquerondeau.arbonne.com

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Yummy Clean Eating Recipe

Chicken Quesadillas with Guacamole 

Serves 3
Ingredients:
Brown Rice Tortillas
2 Chicken Breasts
2 tbsp Olive Oil
1 Red Onion
Garlic
Handful of Spinach

I started by roasting my chicken in the oven (or you can buy a rotisserie chicken.)Here is how I do it: I take a chicken breast (1 full breast or 2 halves) and spread a little olive oil on the breast. Then, I sprinkle garlic powder, salt, pepper, and cumin. I then bake it in a 350 degree oven for 45 mins. It always comes out flavorful and juicy.

I then caramelized the red onion with garlic and threw in some spinach. I added that to the brown rice tortilla and grilled it up on the griddle.

OH MY GOODNESS….so good! I was really afraid of the Brown Rice Tortilla. I had heard a few bad reviews. These are stinkin’ fantastic….at least when they are grilled.EASY_CHICKEN_MUSHROOM_QUESADILLA