Cashew Ginger + Chocolate Mocha Energy Balls

Hi friends!

I’m so excited to share my first recipe on the blog! This is something I have currently been OBSESSED with!

absolutely L O V E having these in my fridge as a quick energizing snack to keep me moving throughout the day. They are not only healthy, but SO yummy and easy to make! They’re also perfect for those busy work days when you still want to eat healthy, but don’t have a ton of time to make a full meal.

The thing I love most about energy balls is they can be made with so many different ingredients, giving you a range of options to play with. They’re also vegan and gluten free! I recently made some tasty Gingerbread Energy Balls for Christmas and everyone loved them!

I posted a photo of these Cashew Ginger & Chocolate Mocha Energy Balls on my Instagram Story and had an overwhelming number of you wanting the recipes. Today is your lucky day, HERE THEY ARE!


Cashew Ginger Energy Balls 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 cup of unsalted cashews (peanuts are another option)
  • 1 cup of pitted dates
  • 2 teaspoons of ground ginger

Instructions:

  1. Place the oats and cashews in a food processor and pulse until they form a flour like consistency.
  2. Add the pitted dates and ginger into the food processor and combine all ingredients.
  3. Blend until a sticky dough is formed.
  4. Roll into balls and refrigerate for an hour to set. I like to place them in a glass or plastic container and separate layers using parchment paper.
  5. This recipe makes about 15 energy balls (varies depending on size).
  6. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Chocolate Mocha Energy Balls

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 cup of pitted dates
  • 2 tablespoons of ground coffee
  • 2 tablespoons of chia seeds
  • 1/4 cup vegan chocolate chips (may also use semisweet or dark chocolate)

Instructions:

  1. Place the pitted dates in a food processor and pulse until a sticky paste is formed.
  2. Place rolled oats, ground coffee, chia seeds, and chocolate chips into a medium sized mixing bowl.
  3. Remove the date paste from the food processor and combine with remaining ingredients in the medium mixing bowl.
  4. Mix all ingredients by hand until everything is thoroughly blended.
  5. Refrigerate the mixture for 10-15 minutes to make it easier to handle.
  6. Roll into balls and enjoy immediately, or place in refrigerator.
  7. This recipe makes about 16-18 energy balls (varies depending on size).
  8. Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Thank you for visiting my blog and don’t forget to leave me a comment below letting me know what you thought of these recipes or if you tried making them! I would love to hear from you!

XOXO,

Jolene

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My New Years Resolutions

WOW, I honestly can’t believe how quickly 2017 has come to an end and we have already started another trip around the sun!

2017 was one of the most amazing years from ringing in the new year in Australia to finishing the credential program to moving into a new place! I can’t wait to see where 2018 takes me!

I wanted to share a quick post on some of my new years resolutions with all of you!

My New Years Resolutions:

  1. Be Present – I ALWAYS think about what will happen in the future, but I have recently been trying to be more present and really take in the moment and truly enjoy everything around me.
  2. Practice Yoga & Meditate Daily – This is something I have started last year and I want to continue to grow in my practice. I want to make it a daily thing, whether if I step onto my mat for 60 minutes or just 5 minutes. Taking that step makes all the difference and really helped me get through 2017 in a more positive, less stressful way.
  3. Radiate Kindness – The world we currently live in has so much negativity, but if each of us can radiate kindness and do something nice for at least one person each day we can truly make a difference! We may think to ourselves, “I’m only one person, what can I really do?”, but the more people begin to shine that positive light, it will continue to grow and we can bring so much positivity to the world around us!
  4. Go Vegan – This year I recently found out I have a gluten and dairy sensitivity after many issues I was experiencing daily with the food I was eating. Now that I have completely cut these things out of my diet I can feel a HUGE difference in how my body feels and looks. I want to continue my journey of going vegan, although I have not completely cut out eggs, fish, and turkey (which I eat very rarely now). My goal is to try and go completely vegan by the end of 2018.
  5. Blog Regularly – It was SO exciting for me to finally start my blog in 2017 and I want to continue my journey with blogging! It brings me so much joy to come on here and write about things I love so much and get to share with all of you. Although, at times, it’s scary to think of the unknown, but I’m excited to see where this blog may take me in the future! It makes it all worth it to know I get to share my life and experiences with all of you.
  6. Get Hired as a Permanent Elementary School Teacher – I recently finished my Multiple Subject Credential Program and am currently substitute teaching. I am excited to begin this new journey and I can’t wait to see where this year takes me and I hope to get hired on as a permanent teacher.
  7. Yoga Teacher Training – I started practicing yoga in 2014 and really took my practice to the next level in 2017. I started practicing at least 5 times a week and have been loving how it has transformed my life in such a positive way. I have been wanting to do my yoga teacher training for about 2 years now, this is the year I have finally made it a goal rather than just a dream.
  8. Start Playing with More Creative Recipes – Living a healthy lifestyle is something that is such an important component in my life. It has been so amazing to try new vegan recipes this year and my goal is to start playing and getting more creative with healthy, yummy recipes to share on THIS blog with all of you!

I would love to hear what everyone else’s new years resolutions are too! Don’t forget to leave me a comment below and share one of your resolutions!

Cheers to 2018!

XOXO,

Jolene

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Why I’ve Been MIA!

I know I’ve been MIA for a while now, BUT I’m back! It feels so good to be blogging again! Here’s just a short little post to get you all caught up on where I’ve been and what’s been going on in my life for the past few months.

This past semester I completed my student teaching in both a Kindergarten and a 5th grade classroom.

Out of all of the semesters, this by far was the most intensive. I was in a classroom 5-days a week (full time and not even getting paid haha), but this experience has been something I will always hold dear to my heart.

Now that the semester is over, I have been able to think back on all the memories, learning experiences, and relationships I have formed. All of this has made me realize this is what I was made to do; be an elementary school teacher.

In January, I will begin substitute teaching full-time again, until I get hired as a permanent teacher.

I plan to begin blogging at least once a week; sharing all things from my experiences in the classroom, to workouts, to living a healthy lifestyle. I can’t wait to begin sharing my experiences here with all of you!

Happy New Year, here’s to 2018!

XOXO,

Jolene

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6 Ways to De-stress

As some of you may know.. I'm currently working towards my Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, while also substitute teaching. This takes up a lot of my time and sometimes I feel like I'm just going through the motions of my day. I get lost in all of the things I'm doing and forget to take a moment to just relax.

I know a lot of us are doing the same thing whether it's school or our careers and feel like we just don't have enough time for ourselves to save our sanity sometimes. But, this is SO IMPORTANT! We need to make sure, for our well-being, that we take the time to stop and relax.

Here are a few things that I do to relax and regain my inner peace!

"We can never obtain PEACE in the outer world until we make PEACE within ourselves."

~Buddha

1. Yoga
I started practicing yoga in 2014 and immediately fell in love with it! I absolutely love hot yoga and try to get to my studio once a week! I recently started practicing at home daily and have grown so much! I just love how you can completely free your mind and forget about everything around you and just focus on your practice. I have never felt stronger than I do when I practice yoga. Yin-yoga is also an amazing practice for flexibility and relaxation. YouTube has some great videos, whether you're a beginner or advanced in your practice!

2. Meditate
Fun fact! I took a Buddhism class in college and we practiced meditation in class, which was an amazing experience! I also took a stress and relaxation class, where we practiced guided meditation. I actually loved it and started incorporating this into my schedule. I typically use a guided meditation to relax when I need to clear my mind and become present. I ALWAYS worry and think about things that are going to happen, which many of us do! But, it is so important to be present because we will never get these moments back again. Light a few candles and some incense and get in a comfy spot and try this! I like to focus on my breathing while meditating to keep my mind from wandering, but it will still happen at times (this is okay! Just bring yourself back to your breathing). 20 minutes of guided meditation a day is actually recommended to improve your sleep and state of mind!

Source: http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/mindfulness-meditation-helps-fight-insomnia-improves-sleep-201502187726

3. Exercise
Whether it's in a gym, in your house, or outside, working out gets those endorphins going and will help you feel happy and energetic once you're done! Remember, the hardest part about working out is the first step of actually getting up and getting yourself to the starting point!

4. Get outside
Go for a walk, go to the beach, or go to the park WITHOUT your phone! This is so freeing and at first you feel like your missing something, but this is so good for you! I miss the days when we didn't have cell-phones and social media because we used to get outside much more than our generation does now. This can really clear your mind, lift your spirits, and help you feel relaxed when you can just become one with nature and your surroundings.. because they are so beautiful! My favorite place to be is anywhere by the sea! Whenever I'm feeling stressed or down, feeling my toes in the sand, the sun on my skin, smelling the salty mist of the ocean breeze, and hearing the crashing of the waves always brings me peace.

5. Drink Tea
I do this a lot before bed when I need to relax or feel like I just won't be able to sleep. My favorite tea is Celestial Honey Vanilla Chamomile tea, it tastes SO GOOD and gets me to that sleepy and relaxed state of mind. During the day, I love the Yogi Blueberry Slim Life Green Tea!

6. Music
Whatever your genre is, listening to music always helps me get out of my own head and get lost in the music. This can be incorporated into any of the things I mentioned above and is great because it can literally be done ANYWHERE! Many of us feel stressed or think too much while we're driving (especially in Southern California haha). In my stress and relaxation class, I learned a lot of us used music while driving to be mindful and present. This can free your mind before you walk into work or before you get home to even begin de-stressing!

I hope some of you were inspired to try some of these techniques to help you relax & de-stress or if you use other ways to de-stress that I didn't mention, I would love to hear from you! Don't forget to leave me a comment below!

Keep being beautiful inside and out 💛

XOXO,

Jolene

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My Skincare Routine!

Welcome back!

If you've read my previous blog posts, you know I have crazy DRY skin! I've tried so many skincare products and brands, but I never felt like I noticed a difference. My skin just started looking dull and I began experiencing dry and flakey under my eyes and on my eyelids when I would apply my makeup. I also noticed I was getting redness on my nose at times throughout the day.

I started getting so discouraged that I would never find the right products for my skin.. until I found Mario Badescu!

I loved that I was able to do a Skin Analysis survey and they provided me with a handful of products personalized for my specific skin type. The thing that made me love this brand right from the start is that you're able to get all of the products they recommend in samples sent to you for just $2.95!!! Are you kidding me?! Who could say no to almost 10 product samples (which actually lasted me 1-2 weeks)!

I noticed a difference by the second day of using these products! My skin had never felt and looked so good! It was radiant, fresh, moisturized, and I felt so beautiful in my own skin! I immediately knew I needed to order the full size of each of the products they recommended.

The best part of receiving their samples – they send you a personalized skin care routine! It made me feel that they really cared and made me fall in love with not only the products, but this company.

I follow this routine every morning & night. I also use the Enzyme Revitalizing Mask and the Almond & Honey Face Scrub 2-3 nights a week after cleansing.

I actually can't believe how great these products are for how reasonably priced that are too! They also always provide FREE SHIPPING (yay!) on all U.S. orders over $35 and 3 COMPLIMENTARY SAMPLES of your choice with every order! I love this! Not many companies provide samples with every order, let alone the samples of all their products you actually want to try!

Below I have provided the products that were recommended for me and also some extras that I've picked up using their amazing deals.. which I've noticed they have regularly! (Big thumbs up for that!)

Left to right: Enzyme Revitalizing Mask, Orange Cleansing Soap, Chamomile Night Cream, Seaweed Cleansing Lotion, Hyaluronic Eye Cream, Almond & Honey Face Scrub

They happen to have another deal going on right now to receive a FREE full-size (whaaaat?! Yes please!) Summer Shine Body Lotion AND beach bag + free shipping with your order over $40! 

Promo Code: SHINE

I love these products right now to get that pretty summertime glow!

I also purchased the Complex Moisturizer with Vitamin E + SPF 20 (not pictured), which I have also been loving for the summer to keep my skin looking radiant, moisturized, and prevent wrinkles while I soak up the sun at the beach, which is basically every weekend the sun is shining 😉

Another reason why I LOVE this brand, they don't test on animals! This unfortunately occurs with many of our favorite brands, but if we move towards using brands that don't do this we can save those cute furry babies we all love!

I have provided a link here to check out Mario Badescu's website so you can check out all of their amazing products! If you have dry skin, then the products I pictured in this post are all great! But, I definitely recommend doing the Skin Analysis to see what products are made for your specific skin type!

Thank you for stopping by my page and checking out my blog post!

Keep being beautiful inside & out 💛

XOXO,

Jolene

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4th of July Fun!

First off, I hope everyone had an AMAZING Fourth of July! This is one of my favorite holidays! I mean, how much fun is it to celebrate the same thing (our beautiful country!) with everyone in our country, especially in our own communities!

The most fun part, in my opinion, about America’s birthday celebration is putting together a cute & patriotic outfit! I wore my go-to Levi cutoffs, a cute off-the-shoulder white and blue ruffle top, white low-top Converse, & finished the look off with some fun accessories – a red bandana and Ray-Bans. I also wore my blue velvet swimsuit from KAOHS Swim. I would love to see what YOU guys wore.. don’t be shy and share a pic! 🙂

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My favorite way to start the day is watching the Huntington Beach 4th of July Parade! It’s a HUGE celebration, bringing thousands of people down to the beach to watch it in person, also shown live on TV! My boyfriend and I BBQ’d with our friends and family and then rode our bikes over to Newport Beach to continue our celebration in the sand and sun!

Here are a few pictures from my day!

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How to get the look:

Top – TigerMist (N/A, shop similar looks)

Shorts – Levi’s (purchased in Australia, Style – 550 Relaxed Fit)

Shoes – Converse

Bandana – Nectar Clothing

Sunglasses – Ray-Ban

Swimsuit – KAOHS (N/A, shop similar looks)

Don’t forget to comment and post your pictures below so I can see your fun experiences too!

XOXO,

Jolene

 

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It’s Me… JOLENE BY THE SEA!

Hello world!

I am so excited to begin this journey I have been contemplating for years and recently had the confidence to finally start my lifestyle blog.

Two years ago I started my journey of blogging as a hobby in my free time when I wasn’t painting faces. I wanted to share my beauty secrets and favorite products that I used in my own makeup business, which lead to my beauty blog.

Guess what.. life got in the way and my journey changed unexpectedly when I decided I wanted to change my career path to teaching those cute, little, tiny humans. Now that I can see the light at the end of the tunnel on my teaching journey I decided that there wasn’t going to be a better time than NOW to put my love for writing and put that into something creative… my lifestyle blog.

I decided to change it up from solely being a beauty blogger because I have so many more loves in my life that I can’t wait to share with you guys! I have some fun life steps I plan to begin and want to share this with you all during the craziest times we call our, TWENTIES.

I can’t believe I started blogging when I was just 24 years old and now being 26 I was like, WHAT am I doing?! I continue to frequently tell myself how much I love writing and blogging, why am I not pursuing this? Well, with a little push and inspiration from my loved ones I can finally say, “I’m here, I’m doing this”.

Trying something new is always so scary and you always contemplate the failures, but what better time than now to JUMP into your dreams and FLY! I wasn’t completely sure what I wanted this blog to be about because of how many interests I have, so what better way to channel all of my interests than to feature all of these things into one blog.. a diary of my journey and perspective on life.

Thank you so much for reading & stay tuned!

XOXO,

Jolene

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