I’ve been ridiculously unmotivated to get my camera out. I think it might have something to do with the cold weather, massive amounts of snow, and the fact that I haven’t really been out of the house. The more days I missed the easier it was to miss. I’m hoping I get my creative juices flowing this following week and I get back on track!

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ERMAHGERD GUYS! I won a weekly prize from Katy Hearn’s Winter Challenge.

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Like what? For those of you who don’t at the end of the challenge Katy picks 3 girls who’ve have great progress to win $500. But throughout the rest of the challenge she picks one winner a week to win a bikini from Ravish Sands, meals from New Vision Nutrition, or a supplement/goodie care package put together by Katy! The weekly prize isn’t necessarily based off of progress. It can be someones attitude, how helpful they are to other girls or even if they’re just straight killing their workouts/macros. I loved the idea because no everyones body translates into progress as quickly as others and thought it would be cool to win, but I never actually thought I would win. There are *SO* many amazing girls in this challenge. Super helpful, positive, and kicking butt! Needless to say I was really shocked, excited and overall giddy that I won!

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^^ Actual replica of my face when I read this. ^^ But it’s even funnier that I didn’t know I won anything until a friend called me and told me! Since Instagram doesn’t make my phone vibrate or ring I hadn’t know I was getting notifications! And then my phone was blowing up and I couldn’t keep up with the notifications! So many comments and then I felt bad I couldn’t respond to everyone. So if you tagged me or left a comment, I read it, I appreciate it, and I appreciate you all!

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I’m really proud of the person I’ve become.  And I’ve learned maturity doesn’t necessarily come with age, but I feel like I’ve ‘grown up’. I think I owe a lot of it to the people I’ve surrounded myself with. When I look at some negative or judgmental people I used to be friends with and that I let them out of my life.. Its always been the best decision. I constantly try to surround myself with and be inspired by the big thinkers, goal getters, dream chasers, mold breakers, change makers and badasses. I’m constantly trying to be one of them too. I include Katy and so many challenge girls in that group as well!
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The water jug is something I created when I did the fall challenge. But I really think I need to make another one. I’ve been drinking so much water, I could be mistaken for a pregnant woman too!

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I’ve always been a lover of shoes. When I was 4 my Nana took me to a toy store and told me I could pick out any toy I wanted. After looking around I told her I didn’t want anything but asked if I could get a new pair of shoes instead.  “If I ever let my head down, it will be to admire my shoes.”

If you want to follow my journey on Instagram you can follow me HERE and check out everyone’s journey’s using the  #KHWinterChallenge or #KHWC15 hashtag!

Looking for the past posts of my Fitness Journey | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4  | Part 5

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I am so excited to start shooting this spring! These mini sessions are not set on a specific date so we will work with your schedule to make sure you’re happy! Sessions need to be scheduled March, April or May to get the mini session special! If you have any questions or you’re ready to book, sent me an email contact@amylorraine.com! I can’t wait!

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Today’s post was going to be about this year’s fashion trend of black and white! Mainly because 90% of my closet is white and black and so I’m loving it. But when I realized today was The Oscars I was going on I changed my mind. Fortunately I can still touch on it because SO many dresses were following this trend!

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“We’re more than just our dresses” – Reese Witherspoon in regards to the #AskHerMore movement. The gowns are a big part of the night, but the reason we are watching is because of their talent and roles. And I have to say her dress is my favorite in the black and white trend category.

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Now into some pops of color for the following beauties. I love the deep emerald that Scarlett Johansson is wearing and deep navy Chastain!  The light yellow with Jennifer Hudson complements her skin tone so perfectly.

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Pinks and Red were another trend that was so flattering for many of the actresses. Zoe Saldana, Anna Kendrick, and Rosamund Pike all look stunning.Oscars 2015 | Sunday Style | The Oscars 2015 Fashion | www.amylorraine.com

But I do have to say the beading and metallics were probably my FAVORITE of the night. I just want all of my outfits for the rest of life to be sparkly.

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But can we take a minute to drool over Laura Dern? She was one of the first dresses and I really don’t think any has topper her.. Dare I say it was my favorite?… I think it was!

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Leave a comment below with your favorite dress of the night!

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Five on Friday | February 20th, 2015 | Southern Maryland Lifestyle Photographer | www.amylorraine.com

1. Valentine’s day selfies! The poor weather didn’t stop me from venturing out with my friend to see 50 Shades of Grey! Hope your Vday was filled with love!

2. I’ve been exploring more into other essential oils and blends and this helped so much when I get that 2pm lag feeling.

3. This is my face when I realized Rugrats was on tv the other night.

4. My collection was organized, my room was clean and my inbox was empty = Life’s good.

5. *insert happy dance* This monitor came in today and I am so happy. Be prepared for some more selfies and I’ll finally  be jumping into the YouTube world!

 

Make sure you’re following me on Instagram to stay up to date!

 

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This post is short because I have been sick. WHOMP WHOMP. The first time I’ve been sick since July and started using Essential Oils! Katy Hearn’s Winter Challenge is halfway over. Which is kind of crazy because I feel like it just started!

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We did celebrate valentine’s day this past week and let me tell you.. unless something is chasing me.. the only person to get me to Vertical Run is Katy!;)Katy Hearn Winter Challenge | Part Five - Halfway Mark | #KHWC15 | www.amylorraine.com

Luckily I’m getting back to eating healthy and working out. Sickness hasn’t been completely awful! And I loveee this quote Corlyn83_KHWC posted!

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And I hope that if you don’t know this, you’ll read it over until you do. <3

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OH AND THIS HAPPENED TODAY.:D Katy Hearn Winter Challenge | Part Five - Halfway Mark | #KHWC15 | www.amylorraine.com

So I’m pretty sure this was the result. At least in my mind.;)#IPromiseImNotCrazyKaty Hearn Winter Challenge | Part Five - Halfway Mark | #KHWC15 | www.amylorraine.com

If you want to follow my journey on Instagram you can follow me HERE and check out everyone’s journey’s using the  #KHWinterChallenge or #KHWC15 hashtag!

Looking for the past posts of my Fitness Journey | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 

 

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I first tried GlamGlows face mask thanks to the free samples at Sephora! I really liked it but when I went to look it up the 1.7oz jar was $70. I fully understand quality of products but I couldn’t justify paying that much for it… I even found it on Amazon for $45 but still I couldn’t talk myself into spending that much. I’m always trying new ways to incorporate Young Living essential oils into my life so here is where they come in!

DIY Essential Oil Face Mask | GlamGlow Inspired | www.amylorraine.com

You’ll need:

2 tbsp – Coconut Oil

1 tbsp – Aloe Vera Oil

1/2 cup – Bentonite Clay

8 capsules – Activated Charcoal

8oz of Green Tea

2 drops – Peppermint Essential Oil

2 drops – Lavender Essential Oil

2 drops – Melaleuca Alternifolia Essential Oil

2 drops – Lemon Essential Oil

Mason Jar for storage

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Instructions:

  • Steep the tea and set aside
  • Then melt coconut oil and mix together with half of the clay
  • Add in broken charcoal pills
  • Add in aleo vera
  • Add in drops of essential oils
  • Add in 4oz of tea
  • Mix thoroughly and check on the consistency
  • Slowly add in rest of the clay and water until desired consistency is reached
  • Store in the fridge and use weekly!

Peppermint may help nourish dull skin and helps with oily skin. Lavender may help with skin conditions, acne, & scarring and help calm redness. Melaleuca Alternifolia is commonly know as tea tree oil and helps with many skin conditions, including acne. Lemon may help with blackheads, exfoliation and discoloration of the skin. As well as cleansing the skin!

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Helpful Tips:

*I didn’t like the texture of the tea leaves in GlamGlows mask but you could also add the leaves from your tea bag in as well

* This will make your skin tingly and pulsate, totally normal. And it may leave your skin red after you wash it off, totally normal too.

*You could also substitute green tea with chamomile tea

*Young Living Essential Oils can be found on sites like Amazon and Ebay. But I strongly urge you to not buy them or other low grade oils. They are easy to tamper with by dilution or put in cheaper synthetic oils. For more information on Young Living click here!

If you try this out I’d love to hear your opinions or suggestions on how to make it even better!

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I missed a post on Wednesday because I was sick and totally forgot about it. Bummer.

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Five On Friday | February 13th, 2015 | www.amylorraine.com

1. Selfies because I am loving this new Mac lipstick. It’s the shade DIVA.

2. My #WCW includes Jaclyn Hill, Cheyenne Gil, Tori Kelly and Katy Hearn! Check them out!

3. I’ve been sick for the first time since July thanks to my germ filled family and the only thing giving me relief are these babes.

4. Roxy and I felt some type of way last night while watching Grey’s Anatomy. #JaprilBaby

5. Please read this. Read it again. Believe it.

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These cauliflower buffalo bites are my new favorite recipe! They’re super simple to make, vegetarian friendly, and healthy-ish. It’s really weird how often I feel deja vu. I made these the first time a few weeks ago while watching Ellen and Dr. Phil, and then I did the same thing today. I quickly remembered the episode I watched last time so it wasn’t a total deja vu moment but pretty strange.

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Ingredients:

– 1 head of cauliflower

– 1  cup  water or milk

– 1 cup flower

– 1 tsp garlic powder

– 3/4 cup of buffalo sauce ( I use Frank’s)

– 1 tbsp butter or olive oil

 

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven 450 degrees

2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper (The first time I did with aluminum foil, and it was a major fail)

3. Cut the stem and leaves off of cauliflower. And cut the head into florets

4. Mix together milk/water, flour, and garlic powder

5. Dip each floret into mix while letting excess mix drip off and place on parchment paper

6. Bake approximately 20 minutes, until batter edges start to brown up

7. Melt butter or use olive oile and mix with buffalo sauce

8. Once florets have baked pour sauce over and mix to even coat ( I mixed them on the parchment paper, relined the baking sheet and moved them over to a new sheet)

9. Bake again for an additional 5-10 minutes

10. Let cool a few minutes serve with ranch and celery and enjoy!

 

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These make a great appetizer and even a great addition to a salad! Next time I’m going to try these without the batter and roast the cauliflower with some buffalo sauce! Leave a comment below if you’ve made these and love them as much as I do!

 

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Most of the time we don’t admit to our faults and failures. But I’ll be honest.. I’ve been slacking at Katy Hearn’s Winter Challenge this past week and today I woke up feeling a little sick which made my motivation sink even more! It really is awesome how food will either fuel or fail your body. When I eat bad, I feel bad. I have no energy to workout. I have no desire to get up, and sometimes I even feel like “well I didn’t eat good, theres no point in working out today.” Which makes me really need to get my mind back on track. I think a lot of it comes down to convenience and how I hate to meal prep/cook. I don’t think about eating until I’m hungry, and then once I’m hungry I don’t want to wait for food to cook. So If I don’t have things prepped, I eat and snack on unhealthy choices. #ViciousCyle.

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I had a great cheat meal (and a few other cheat snacks) but my main meal was this Spinach Artichoke calzone from Ledo’s Pizza.. aka HEAVEN. I’m not a bit pizza eater but I love Ledo’s. If you’re in Maryland and haven’t been to one, you’re seriously missing out. Go now! I’ll wait….Katy Hearn Winter Challenge | Part Four | #KHWC15  | www.amylorraine.com

Most of the time I eat small meals and just snack a lot and I have been loving pistachios recently. I think I need to invest into the already cracked kind though. My little fingers aren’t a fan of all this. Katy Hearn Winter Challenge | Part Four | #KHWC15  | www.amylorraine.com

I really love this saying because it is so true. At the end of the day, those words are spelled right. Nothing’s wrong with it and we need to stop stressing on it. Same goes for our bodies.

If you want to follow my journey on Instagram you can follow me HERE and check out everyone’s journey’s using the  #KHWinterChallenge or #KHWC15 hashtag!

Looking for the past posts of my Fitness Journey | Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

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