Love Your Locks


In the midst of skincare, healthy eating, fitness, eyelash extensions and perfect brows I think many of us forget to love our locks.

… or at least I do.

Here are a few of my favorite must-have hair care products.

1. Hask Dry Shampoo

I don’t know about you but I try to wash my hair as little as possible. Basically, as long as I can get away with unwashed hair I will. And if you ever see me wearing a hat, you can be sure my hair is dirty. If you’re like me and can’t be bothered by washing your hair nightly, dry shampoo is my saving grace. I usually reach for mine on day three, and after a few sprays I’ve thoroughly convinced you that I woke up with freshly washed hair… muhahaha. Now you know my secret.

2. Maui shampoo & conditioner

If you’re looking for a good silicone and sulfate-free duo I’d highly recommend these guys. They have a range of scents and specialized ones, they make my hair smooth and shiny and they smell amazing.

3. Vanity Planet leave-in conditioning treatment

Made with enriched oils and vitamins, this revitalizing hair treatment strengthens and repairs damaged or dry hair. Love this one for the winter months when my scalp gets dry, or as a great addition to any pampering routine. Hair mask + a bath, now that’s heaven.

4. Matrix Sleek Look hair oil

I have been using this product since I was around 11… and guess what, I still love it. I use this when my hair is damp from the shower and it does a great job of detangling the hair, leaving soft, shiny locks. I start at my ears and work it in, focusing on the ends which need the most love.

As always, thanks for reading… give yourself a spa night and don’t forget to love your locks.

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Boho Meets Mid-Century Modern

I have never been good at interior design.

It’s actually turned into a running joke between me, my mom and sister, because for some reason I have always struggled in this forte.

Ever since I was little I’ve loved all things style when it comes to clothing or accessories, and I consider myself a pretty creative girl… but when it came to decorating my bedroom I had a mental style block and used to find interior design overwhelming.

So for the first time in literally eighteen years, aka my whole life, this is the very first time my room is exactly decorated how I want it (give or take a couple things). I’ve taken inspiration from a variety of places, mostly instagram’s “explore” page, and I’m really happy with how everything has turned out. I incorporated some vintages pieces as well as more modern, minimalist accents which all came together for a cozy, inviting style.

Before…

 

After…

One of my favorites pieces is this thrifted vintage blanket that I used as an area rug… I don’t know if people do that, or if it’s weird, but all I know is that I like the way it looks. I really think it ties my room together.]

I am on the lookout for a new pendant light for my ceiling because mine is ghetto… so if you know of a good one please let me know!

Floating wall shelf: Target

Duvet cover: Target

Bedside table: thrifted

Wicker chair: thrifted

Rug: thrifted blanket

Standing mirror and circular mirror: Ikea

Desk chair: Ikea

Desks: Ikea

Posters: Ikea

Hat hanger: thrifted

Wall drapery: Urban Outfitters

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moody skincare must haves

I think my new name should be MIA Maddie because I always introduce a new post with the fact that I never post often enough.

Let’s just face it, I’m very inconsistent (but I’m working on it, I promise). Instead of boring you with life updates- I decided to dive right into what I put on my face because I know you’ve all been dying to know.

Just like every other girl I feel like I’m constantly changing it up and experimenting with beauty products, but for the most part and for a number of months, I’ve been pretty dang loyal to these skincare products.

Of course everyone has different, unique skin yada yada yada and I’m not going to bore you with the history of my skin (if you’re interested, just read the majority of my past posts).

However, I did just graduate from esthetics school (I am yet to be certified by the state, but hold your horses, I will get around to it ASAP) so these products, in my educated opinion have really helped my skin.

And if you’re new here, I have oily/combination acne prone skin (so in other words… the worst type;)). But if you’re in the same boat, don’t be discouraged, skin is just skin and ALWAYS gets better. Unless you continue to do nothing that will better it and only complain about it, then it probably will not improve- just a word of advice.

1. Facial cleanser: Eminence organic skincare clear skin probiotic cleanser

In my honest opinion, cleanser is not the most important part of the skincare routine because, think about it, you rub it on your skin for what? 30 seconds? And then you wash it off and doesn’t really penetrate deeper than the first layer of epidermis. So yeah, I like this one, but is it my all time holy grail cleanser? Nope, I haven’t found that yet.

The pro to this product is that it’s all natural and organic- which, to me equals happy healthy skin!

2. Toner/hydrator: Rosewater & Glycerin

Now this one is a winner. Soothing, hydrating and best of all- pH balancing. As you may already know, our skin is made up of an acid mantle and the barrier of our skin can sometimes be stripped due to the products we use, therefore causing the pH to become unbalanced. So after using a stripping product like a cleanser, it’s good to use a toner which levels out the skin once out of the shower. This one also smells nice and feels extremely refreshing. 10/10 would recommend!!

3. Min Erbs face oils/serums

Believe it or not, I don’t use conventional moisturizer or lotion anymore. All I use are these nifty face oils before bed, do a little massaging, and BAM, I have glowing skin in the morning. On most nights I use the sea buckthorn and prickly pear oil, because I researched the ingredient list and found it to be the best one for acne prone skin with reishi mushroom, prickly pear and vitamin e to name a few. Love love love it.

A couple times a week I will use the rose and chamomile glow serum when I’m feeling fancy. This one smells amazing and I truly believe it does what it says… makes you glow baby. And who doesn’t want that?

Best part? Min Erbs is a locally sourced and owned small business here in Southern Oregon that uses 100% natural ingredients in each of their products (mainly designed for mama and baby). I can’t rave about them more and encourage everyone to get their hands on their face oils.

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4. Tea tree oil

Want to know the best all natural spot treatment on the market? That’s right, yes tree oil. Just dab it on and voila, it helps dry and lessen those pesky breakouts. I use this after I apply my face oil (may not be the correct order, but that’s just how I like it).

Well, that’s all friends. I hope this was somewhat helpful or interesting- or maybe you even learned something. Eh… at least I had fun rambling. Until next time, stay sassy. xoxo

Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Cashew Cream Cheese Icing // vegan, gf, refined sf

Sometimes all I want to do is indulge in something naughty

Ya feel me?

In my 17 years of life I have never made a better, more indulgent healthy treat. It’s like you’re deceiving your sweet tooth, it’s so good.

Fun fact about me: my favorite cake is carrot cake

What I love about this specific recipe is that the cake stays extremely moist, yet still fluffy and the icing seriously mimics real cream cheese frosting like nobody’s business. Plus, for all of you who are already prejudging it’s difficulty, I’m here to tell you that these are really easy to make and don’t require a lot of time or skill (woohoo!).

For the cupcakes…

    • 1 1/4 cups blanched almond flour
    • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 2 large eggs, room temperature
    • 1/3 cup refined melted coconut oil
    • 1/3 cup honey
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Line a muffin tin with 8 muffin liners.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together the dry ingredients (almond flour through nutmeg). Set this aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, oil, honey, and vanilla.
  • Add the dry mix to the wet mix just until combined and then gently fold in the grated carrots.
  • Divide the batter evenly among the liners and bake for 17-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  • Let the muffins cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Do not frost until completely cool.

For the faux cream cheese icing…

  • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked in hot water 1 hour or cool water 6-8 hours
  • 1/2 cup full-fat coconut milk or cream
  • 3-4 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup  coconut oil (preferably the consistency of softened butter)
  • 1/4 tsp lemon zest
  • 1-2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • Soak cashews in very hot water for 1 hour or in cool water for 6-8 hours. Drain thoroughly and add to a blender. To the blender, also add remaining ingredients.
  • Blend until creamy and smooth, scraping down sides as needed. It’s important to get the frosting as creamy and smooth as possible, so blend on high with a high-speed blender until the texture is silky and smooth.
  • Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more maple syrup for sweetness, vanilla for vanilla flavor, or more lemon zest for tang.
  • Transfer frosting to a medium mixing bowl (with room to blend / whisk) and cover. Place in the freezer and chill for 45 minutes. Then remove from freezer and whisk. Freeze for another 45 minutes – 1 hour and whisk again. Then leave in the freezer until semi-firm to the touch (cheesecake texture // ~ 2-4 hours) and use a hand mixer (or whisk) to blend until creamy and smooth. Depending on how firm your frosting is, this may take a little work at the beginning as it softens. If too thick, microwave in 15-second increments until blendable (or leave out at room temperature to soften).
  • Your frosting is ready to use.

It’s that simple.

I encourage everyone to try out this recipe, which is now one of my favorites. And anybody who does make these decadent cupcakes, please send me pictures via instagram @moodymadeline.

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Thrifty Finds || Sweater Weather

As I look out my window and see rain, I’m beginning to except the fact that Fall and cold weather is upon us.

Am I happy about it? Ehhh… not really.

Am I coping with it? Yes

Last weekend my family and I took a trip to Portland, Oregon… and along with that always comes thrift store shopping.

Also, I bought four sweaters and a pair of jeans for $21. Like what?! Saver’s was having a 50% off sale.

Lace-up Zara Sweater

I found this gem as I was about to stand in the checkout line.. and I’m so happy I did, because it’s one of my favorite sweaters in my closet now. With it being a size large, it’s oversized, cozy and on trend with the lace up detail.

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Knit Cream Sweater

I love the quality and detail of this knit sweater. The material is very soft, and it gives the perfect feminine tough to my Fall wardrobe while keeping me warm. I will probably wear a white long sleeve under it when the weather is chilly. It can easily be dressed up or down.

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I picked up this simple staple black sweater with a v-neck and side zipper detail. The material is thin, but still relatively warm, and the fit is perfect for a pair of skinny jeans paired with booties.

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H&M Salt and Pepper Cardigan

If you know me at all, you know I wear an open cardigan most days of the week. I was stoked to find this new one to add to my collection. I like that it’s unique in the sense that I don’t see many with the salt and pepper knit, plus it is long enough to cover my butt and comfortable. My favorite way to layer cardigans is with high waisted denim and a basic crop top. They can easily be dressed up for down and are so versatile. I think I’m on my fifth straight day of wearing this one… whoops.

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what is your best find at the thrift store?

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How to be Healthy When You’re a Student

Work, school, study, repeat

With it being the third week of fall semester, my days have been full. Trying to balance being a student, a part-time employee, and having a social life is nothing short of challenging. Maybe I’m the only one, but one of the first things that I sacrifice when life gets hectic is taking time for myself and focusing on my health. When I have to be at work at 7 it’s hard to eat a filling, healthy breakfast unless I wake up extremely early. Then only have an hour between work and class makes it very difficult to pack a lunch and usually leaves me grabbing something quick. Not to mention, with a packed schedule that demands late nights, early mornings and focus for school work, it’s very easy to become best friends with caffeine. Oh, and working at a coffee shop doesn’t help very much.

Can anyone relate?

For a second there I forgot to spend any time working on myself, and I’m the type of person that if I continue to forget about bettering myself for more than two weeks I start drowning. I won’t even notice it sometimes until subtle things become apparent and I have to stop and realize that the cause of them are from neglecting certain aspects of my life. You guessed it, the first place I see a negative change is my skin… whether it’s from stress or cheating slightly in my diet, I notice direct correlation with breakouts.

Just this past week I looked in the mirror, and all at once, realized wow, when was the last time I did something for me? Mind you, I suddenly became aware of this because of a breakout that gave me a flashback of the years I struggled with acne. I slowly had been losing sight of my health and skincare roots. For the first time I felt as if I could relate to everyone who’s told me their countless excuses as to why they don’t eat a clean diet- “I’m too busy” “I work too much” “School is hard and I can’t worry about that” “My schedule doesn’t allow for me to eat good”. So, if you’re in the same boat as me, rowing down a fast-paced river with lots of rapids, I want you to know that you can still eat clean, but don’t stress about being perfect.

My best tips to live healthy while being busy

1.Make the best possible choices

It’s okay that you’re not super woman and don’t have time to meal prep every single meal seven days a week, and it’s okay that you want to sleep in the extra thirty minutes instead of cooking a full breakfast spread. I understand that life is busy and unpredictable and sometimes you don’t want to worry about working a full day and then coming home to cook dinner. However, what you do have control over is choosing healthy restaurants to get takeout from, and picking the best options when it comes to food. Opt for gluten free whenever possible (almost everywhere should have at least one option nowadays), ask for the dairy free option, and try to go away from processed, sugary foods. Start ordering coffee with honey instead of a sugary syrup sweetener, or switch out cream for an alternative milk like coconut.

2. Have healthy snacks on hand

Trust me, I know how tempting it is to eat the quickest thing while you’re running around town doing errands, studying or find yourself hungry at work… but one of my best recommendations is to always keep quick, healthy snacks on hand for those times when you’re in a pinch. Some of my favorites are RX bars, macro bars, lara bars or perfect bars. Fruit, or trail mix is a great choice, or even hummus and veggies is simple to pack as a snack. Instead of getting fast food, plan ahead and stock up on healthy food when you’re at the grocery store, so that you have healthy options within reach.

3. Drink water

Of course this one should be a no brainer, but for some reason I know that when I’m non-stop busy, I forget to stay hydrated. There are so many benefits to drinking water it’s crazy: clearer skin, increase energy, flushes toxins from the body, aids in weight loss (just to name a few).

3. Get healthy sweets

If you’re anything like me I have the biggest sweet tooth, like ever. So, I think I would die if I didn’t have healthy sweets available to me. Sometimes we need to be rewarded- whether it’s for a hard day at work, or school, or  you’re on your period, or maybe you just feel like eating chocolate and watching the office… you deserve it. But instead of indulging in overly sweet, fake, or processed sugars I recommend opting for the alternatives (and yes, they still taste great, I promise!).

Chocolate: Lily’s Chocolate, Evolve chocolate

Simple Mills cookies– these are the best cookies ever- sweetened with coconut sugar, grain free, and freakin’ delicious

Coconut Bliss ice cream: better than regular full dairy ice cream… this stuff is addicting and only sweetened with agave nectar. What the heck!

4. Invest in yourself

Take time for yourself. Take a bath, put on a face mask, watch your favorite show or listen to your favorite music, light some candles and remember your worth. I find it much easier for myself to stay in a healthy mindset and continue to pursue goals when I practice self care. I love to read the bible and write in my prayer journal. We have to remember to love ourselves and be kind to our bodies because they’re the only ones we have. Don’t be so hard on yourself: it’s okay if you eat chocolate or have something other than a salad, just listen to your body.

5. Be thankful

Count your blessings. From personal experience, I know that I am most happy and healthy when I remember to be positive and have a grateful heart always. If you let negativity creep in it can be easy to lose sight of health goals and caring for our bodies- inside and out.

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The Unknown

What is God’s intricate plan for my life?

 

I find myself wondering this a good amount throughout my days. Job opportunities, school, family, travel, relationships….. what is God asking of me?

I want to be His servant and say yes to His plans for me. All I can do is knock on the door and see if it opens. In this season, I need to have the virtues of patience and trust. For his grace is more faithful than my own…

If you’re at a crossroads and seem to be faced with tough decisions, I encourage you to be a faithful servant and listen for the truth God is speaking into your heart.8EDC731F-F356-4617-BEA1-7D04414D5986B3F95D02-3754-4F83-A91F-71BE626BA679Processed with VSCO with a6 presetProcessed with VSCO with c8 presetProcessed with VSCO with c8 presetProcessed with VSCO with a4 preset

The Best Healthy Chocolate Cookies // GF, DF + Refined SF

Do you ever come to a cross roads where you want to stick to your healthy eating lifestyle but you also really want to eat a bomb chocolate cookie? Me too.

Well… you’re in luck today because I’m sharing the most amazing cookie recipe that fits all of my weird health requirements and still tastes like junk food. Let’s be honest, when I first discovered these cookies I made them way too often and they disappeared way too quickly. Now I try to limit how often I make them, but they will always be one of my favorite chocolatey treats. Also, they are some of the simplest cookies to make ever.

Double Chocolate Fudge Cookies:

makes approximately: 20

Ingredients

2/3 cup cocoa (or cacao) powder

1 cup organic coconut sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

generous pinch of himalayan pink salt

1 cup natural unsweetened almond (or peanut) butter

1/2 cup aquafaba (canned chickpea juice)

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit. In a large bowl, sift together all the dry ingredients, making sure there’s no lumps. In a medium bowl combine remaining wet ingredients. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and thoroughly incorporate until a thick batter/slightly runny dough is formed. Line two cookie sheets with silpats or parchment paper, and make small balls out of the dough (about 2 tbsps each). Make sure to spread apart nicely because they tend to flatten out and expand. Bake for 9-11 minutes or until edges are slightly crisp. Cookies should be slightly crisped on edges and soft and gooey in the center. Let cool on a baking rack and keep for up to four days.

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Simple Paleo Lemon Blueberry Muffins

 

Let me tell you, these muffins did not last long in my house.

Just yesterday I went blueberry picking with my mom and best friend, and when I came home I couldn’t resist not making something with the berries . So that is what I did with my Friday afternoon. I made these very simple, healthy and yummy blueberry muffins. They are such a great snack.

I am starting to incorporate more eggs back into my diet, and I feel like this is a great way to make the slow transition. These muffins are full of protein, good fats and fiber. I love to stick them into my toaster oven to get nice and warmed throughout and then put some butter on them. So good.

4 eggs

½ cup full fat coconut milk

6 tbsp raw honey

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

Zest of 1 small/med lemon

3 tbsp coconut oil, melted and cooled

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

⅔ cup coconut flour

¼ cup tapioca flour

1 tsp baking soda

⅛ tsp salt

¾ cup fresh blueberries

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line  muffin tins with cupcake liners and then spray non-stick oil into liners (I failed to do this and mine stuck pretty bad to the liners).

In a large bowl combine all wet ingredients using an electric hand mixer or stand mixer.

In a medium sized bowl combine all dry ingredients. Then slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients just until incorporated (don’t over mix).

Finally, hand mix in the blueberries until thoroughly dispersed. Scoop batter into muffin tins and fill about 3/4 of the way, leaving room for them to rise. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely to store, or enjoy warm with butter. Yum.

Thank you for reading, if you try these out I’d love to hear how you liked them. xoxo

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Beachin’ it 🌴 // Best Oahu Beaches

Lanikai Beach

One of my favorite beaches, located in Kailua, is Lanikai beach which is beautiful and perfect for all types of beach-goers. The weather isn’t always the greatest, but the scenery and rolling waves always make for a fun time. Famous for the two small island peeking out of the ocean, with its white sand and barely crowded shores, I would highly recommend visiting this beach. 

Sandy Beach

My #1 favorite spot. Where all the locals go and where the waves can be scary big. You will have a true Hawaiian experience when you visit this body surfing beach. Personally, I love watching the brave surfers and body surfers here, and although I don’t do either at this beach I have the most fun swimming in the big surf. If you aren’t a strong swimmer I’d suggest just sun bathing on the beach, but it’s still worth it to check this one out. 

Cockroach Cove

Located right next to Sandy Beach, Cockroach cove is a fun little destination spot. After walking down the rocky path you’ll find yourself in a pretty cove where you can swim in the small waves, explore the rocks on either side (where we jumped off) or even venture into a cave that goes under the road above. It’s a mellow beach, but can easily get crowded because of how small it is. 

Haleiwa Angel Wings

I know this one isn’t a beach, but I felt like I had to include it! If you have an Instagram I’m sure you’ve seen these pretty wings. Located on the North Shore, they’ve become a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

Kaimana Beach

You can find this one in walking distance to Waikiki beach. However, Kaimana is much less crowded, the water is cleaner and you won’t be suffocated by tourists. I think this beach was once known as a gay beach, but over the years has lost that reputation. You can surf out to the left of the channel, snorkel over the reef or simply relax in the shallow, calm water. This beach is close to town, but still beautiful and doesn’t feel too much like you’re in a big city. 

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