Fight the Fall Rut

Tips for staying up when the temperature goes down

As temperatures drop and the days grow shorter and darker, the weather has its way of slowing us down and yet, there’s so much more to do! To make the cool weather transition easier, take some time to organize your life and put things in place that will help you maintain your healthy glow from the summer months all year long. These small, but significant changes will help you maintain your mood.
 
Stay Healthy
Getting sick is one of the most time consuming beauty bummers ever. Make hand sanitizer a constant companion--in your desk drawer, in your bag, in your car, everywhere! Get plenty of rest as the weather changes, especially if your body is thrown off by the time change. Keep the heat down (around 66° F) in your bedroom and you’ll sleep better and stay healthier. Pile on cozy quilts and comforters for warmth.  Move your workout inside when the weather calls for it. Not only will you stay in shape, but exercise is the best way to keep your mood happy and positive throughout the season.
 
Stay Organized
Clutter can stress you out. When the weather changes, pick a day to go through your closet and make sure that the things you need for fall are clean and ready to wear When you clean house be sure to pay attention to what you do and don’t need. Get rid of anything you’re over from last fall season to make space for what you love now. Plus, you can make a list of new must-have fall items to shop for.
 
Stay Moisturized
It’s easy to put off self-care when you’re busy and it’s cold out. Besides, you’re covered up most of the time anyway, right? Wrong! Your skin and hair need even more TLC when the air gets colder and dryer. Up the moisture especially for your face and hands to keep skin from getting tight and uncomfortable. You can work out a monthly maintenance schedule for DIY spa nights and give yourself a mani, a pedi and a quick facial to stay refreshed. You’ll look your best every day, no matter how chilly it gets!

Beauty Inside & Out: Beauty Bars Recipe

A new kind of beauty bar

We’re taking snack time to a new level. Beauty Inside & Out is a series of articles that feature recipes created with Thermomix , one of the most amazing kitchen appliances ever. These tasty treats have some of the same ingredients you’ll find in our JAFRA Royal Jelly Ritual products, like Manuka Honey and Sunflower Sprout Extract. These recipes aren’t just good for your body; they’re great for your skin, hair and overall gorgeousness!
 
Beauty Bars
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 20 bars
You’ll Need:
  • Oil (for greasing)
  • 2.5 oz. (2/3 cup) unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 2 oz. (½ cup) goji berries
  • 2.5 oz. (2/3 cup) almonds skin on
  • 2.5 oz. (2/3 cup) raisins
  • 2.5 oz. (2/3 cup) pitted dried cranberries
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 banana (approx. 4.5 oz.)
  • 2.5 oz. (4 tablespoons) Manuka Honey or other raw honey
  • 2.8 oz. (2/3 cup) rolled oats
  • 2 oz. (½ cup) almond meal
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
 
Directions:
For a standard food processor, pulse sunflower seeds, goji berries, almonds, raisins and cranberries a few times until coarsely chopped and beat eggs, banana and Manuka Honey until smooth for steps 2-4.
 
For Thermomix:
  1. Preheat oven to 350ºF and line an 8 in x 12 in baking tin with greaseproof paper and set aside.
  2. Place sunflower seeds, goji berries, almonds, raisins and cranberries in mixing bowl and chop for 3 seconds with the speed set at 7. Transfer to a bowl and set aside.
  3. Place eggs, banana and Manuka Honey in mixing bowl and beat for 30 seconds with the speed set at 4.
  4. Add chopped fruit and nuts, rolled oats, almond meal and ground cinnamon and mix for 15 seconds with the speed set at 3. Transfer to the prepared baking tin and spread evenly. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 375ºF, or until golden brown. Allow to cool for 5 minutes and cut into 20 bars. Allow to cool completely before separating and storing.
 
Added Bonus: The dried fruit in this recipe can be switched out for dried dates, figs, blueberries, apricots, whatever fruit you’re into! These bars store very well in the freezer and can be eaten without thawing.
 
The Beautiful Benefits:
Goji berries contain 11 of the 22 essential dietary trace minerals, so they pack quite the dietary punch. They help firm, tighten and plump the appearance of your skin. They also contain a high amount of vitamin C, which is also known for being helpful in firming, tightening and protecting your skin from environmental stressors. Sunflower seeds are a great source of protein and are enriched with vitamins and minerals that promote healthy hair and give it a beautiful shine. They are rich in vitamin E as well, which protects your skin from cell damage and promotes healthy skin. Sunflower seeds also contain copper, which is a must for maintaining healthy skin. Manuka honey promotes skin regeneration and soothes inflamed skin while reducing redness. It also lessens scarring and oxygenates your pores while drawing out bacteria to give you some extra help in acne-prone areas.

Adulting 101

Quick tips to help you stay organized

Staying organized seems to be a top priority for a lot of us, especially if you are working inside and outside of the home. Whether you are new to adulting or just adding something new to your routine, organizing your life can seem overwhelming, but there are solutions to staying on top of all of your tasks. Here are some tips to help you manage your life both at work and at home with ease.
 
Make Lists
Creating to-do or checklists are vital to staying organized and can make you feel a sense of accomplishment as each task is completed. At home, you can create your own to-do list each day and check things off accordingly; anything not finished should go to the top of the list the next day. Review and create your list the night before so you feel prepared for the day to come and not stressed. Use the same principal at work by writing down your top priorities each night before you leave the office. You can also designate a time period to accomplish each action item. For example, you might read and quickly answer emails and browse social media for the first 30 minutes of your day, so it does not become a distraction to your during the work day. (It helps to set a timer.)
 
Keep Everything In Its Place
At work and at home, it is important to file away documents, so that they are easier to find later, whether it’s an expense report for a coworker or your passport. Instead of piling papers on your desk, file them away before you leave the office daily. Make this a good habit to get into so you don’t feel overwhelmed at the sight of disorganization. At home, having a simple accordion folder with labeled tabs can keep important bills, forms and documents in order and ready to access.
 
Get Digital
In this digital world, scanning documents helps reduce clutter and the amount of paper you have to keep around. Scan documents when possible and save your files in a way that you can easily access them from anywhere, in case you need to work from home one day. It will eliminate the stress of accidentally leaving something at the office. At home, scanning documents will help you stay organized as well. You can also scan all of the masterpieces that your children bring home from school, so you can hold onto the memories without sacrificing too much space. It’s nearly impossible to keep everything, so scanning their art work will help preserve them forever. You can even use the scanned images to create a photobook of their amazing talents.
 
Teamwork
At work, trying to do everything yourself can run you into the ground. It’s important to delegate tasks to employees and co-workers as needed. The same goes for your home. It takes the entire family to chip-in and keep the home organized. Even a 2-year-old can pick up their toys and put them away, and older children can sort laundry, set the table, take out the garbage and other small chores that make a big difference. Post a list of chores for each family member to accomplish and ask them to check it off daily or weekly, so everyone knows what has been taken care of. Rewards for completing household tasks can be motivating for the whole family. 

5 Simple Ways to Love Yourself More Every Day

Easy ways to become your own #1 fan

Self-love is a huge buzzword right now. Yet it’s easy to be confused about what self-love actually looks like in daily life. No worries, we have 5 simple ways to show yourself a lot more love each day.
 
1. Sleep. You’ve heard this one before. The National Sleep Foundation says we need 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. Don’t fool yourself into believing this doesn’t apply to you. Health and happiness suffer when you don’t get enough sleep, and so do relationships. Researchers at the Ohio State University found that couples who shorted themselves on sleep fought more. Love yourself (and everyone else) by sleeping more! 

2. Move. Exercise for the human body is sort of like changing the oil in a gasoline-powered car. If you don’t change your car’s oil, it’s not going to last. This doesn’t mean you have to join Cross Fit, though. You can show yourself some love by simply moving often. Park as far as you can away from work, walk three times around the mall before you go shopping, do lunges while you brush your teeth, or pushups against the kitchen counter while your morning coffee brews. Run in place for 15 minutes or walk around your house for a half hour while you listen to your favorite podcasts. Each time you move a little more than you have to, you’re saying, “te quiero” to your bod. 

3. Say, “Yay me!” a lot. This tip comes from Christine Carter, author of The Sweet Spot. Humans are motivated by reward because a reward gives us a burst of the feel-good brain chemical, dopamine. Simply saying to yourself “Yay me!” after you do something super tiny, but positive can trigger a little hit of dopamine – just enough to tell your brain to repeat the behavior. Try it after you drink water, order a healthy lunch, walk twice around your cubicle, say nice things to a client, floss your teeth, anything! In fact, say it so often that, “yay me!” comprises most of your mental dialog and edges out any self-criticism that taken its place. 

4. Ditch the heels (hear us out). We know you don’t want to hear this, but it’s important. Since the late 1990s, gait researchers have been warning women who wear high heel shoes regularly that heels place an exceptional amount of pressure on the knees, hips, back and other joints. While this may not seem like a big deal when you’re 25, we guarantee you won’t like the results down the road. Show yourself some love with a daily dose of cute flats or a low-heeled boot and save your super high heels for special occasions. 

5. Be honest with others (and yourself). People often dedicate a large part of their lives to taking care of and pleasing others, women in particular. But if you’re not being true to yourself, you’re stressing out your brain and body. Sometimes we need a refresher on how to know if we’re really telling the truth or just saying what we think those around us want to hear. Try saying something you know is blatantly false and see how that feels in your body (for example, “I love to get strep throat!”). Now, say something true and see how that feels (like, “I love my dog.”) The idea is to practice saying what you really feel (the truth) and becoming familiar with that feeling. A big part of self-love is confidently knowing how you feel in a situation and being able to clearly express those feelings.  
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