The FifiCakes Replay

I’ve always been kind of vlog-shy even though I’ve had a YouTube channel for two years now. I prefer the more scripted and choreographed cooking video, or a prepared quick talking one. Lately though, I feel more comfortable with the camera and as long as I’ve had a channel (and blog) I’ve come to call many of my subscribers friends! So, I’m happy to share more of my life. The FifiCakes Replay will be a recap of my weekend. Expect to see workouts, food, restaurants, people I hung out with, places I traveled and more. The schedule is every Monday at 4pm. Here’s the latest!

The Acquired Taste of Healthy Foods

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This week I was told twice that my last name is the exact same name as someone’s favorite drink: Buchanan. I had to google it to find out that it is scotch whiskey.

Alcohol is a funny thing– it takes years to acquire the taste for many, and mixed drinks are truly an art form. People boast of the best ones by saying “you can’t even taste the alcohol!” When enjoying the finest of drinks, you will see some of the liquor connoisseurs take their time, maybe take a whiff, and savor each sip as they note hints of flower, fruit, wood, and smokiness.

Don’t be fooled– when someone describes the drink as smooth, it’s smooth relative to other alcoholic drinks and would still most likely feel like fire going down with a lasting burning feeling in the chest for the novice drinker.

There are some brands so distinctly known that people drink them to be seen, not because they enjoy the actual taste. I marvel at all of this- the cost, need for acquired taste, the social aspect and I think we put a lot of effort in to enjoy alcohol. With the exception to wine, these drinks do nothing to benefit long term health.

Now, enter the green juice and smoothie trend we’ve recently seen taking off. Not everyone is doing it. Green veggies taste gross to some. Too much broccoli or kale on the drink tastes swampy. Oh, but the effects! What I’m wondering, is why can’t we put the same effort to acquiring a taste for something that gives us life as we do for something that takes life away?

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20 Ways to Relax

Lately I have really been into candles. I like different scents ranging from fresh linen, to citrus, to soothing lavender. There was a time when any candle gifted to me would just collect dust. I’ve really been missing out! It got me thinking, what else do I usually do to relax and unwind? Here are my top 20 ways to find peace and relaxation. What are yours?

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  1. Take a bubble bath.
  2. Do yoga.
  3. Read a book.
  4. Call a close friend.
  5. Write a nice hand-written note to a loved one.
  6. Clean something.
  7. Watch a children’s movie or a cartoon.
  8. Journal.
  9. Cook.
  10. Sing!
  11. Dance!
  12. Do a deep stretch session.
  13. Do arts and crafts.
  14. Take a nap.
  15. Burn a candle with a soothing fragrance.
  16. Go for a drive.
  17. Go for a walk.
  18. Pray.
  19. Do something for others in need.
  20. Listen to music.

Mason Jar Berry Trifle

Is it just me, or are mason jars STILL all the rave?? I really thought this was a passing trend, but it looks like they are here to stay. I have to say, I am here for it! They are super cute and make food very portable. Of course, the original purpose of mason jars was to have an airtight container to preserve foods, but now they are used in so many instances.

Many will be heading outdoors for 4th of July festivities and whether it is to the park, beach, or to a neighbor’s backyard barbecue, making dessert in these cute little containers come in handy.

As for the trifle, I added my own flare and made it a but more healthy. These aren’t made with traditional lady fingers and custard, but instead angel’s food cake and yogurt, and then no added sugar. It’s yummy and it’s the kind of treat that won’t have children bouncing off walls, or adults feeling the guilt from over indulging. I highly recommend you try this– it’s really perfect for any time this summer, not just the holiday.

7 Reasons Your Skin Is Breaking Out!

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I used to spend so much money on products to clear my skin, lighten dark spots, and tame acne. Little did I know, some of the habits I had were contributing to m unhappy skin. Here are 7 things I’ve done to achieve clearer skin!

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1. Dirty makeup brushes. Oh my gosh, healthy bunnies! This one is major. I’m ashamed to say when I first started buying good quality makeup brushes, I didn’t wash them. At all. I didn’t really know any better! Now that I do, I wash them once a week with a gentle yet effective cleanser. I don’t wear makeup daily, but if you do you may need to wash them even more frequently. Find what works for you.

2. Not exfoliating. I remember when I would use Yves apricot scrub. The more it burned, the more I thought it was working! It turns out that was way too harsh for my skin. You only need gentle exfoliation to sloff away dead skin, and to improve circulation and the regeneration of new cells.

3. Not enough water. Water seems to be the universal cure, doesn’t it? In this case, water is a way to rid your body of impurities. Water works as a daily cleanser for you liver, kidneys, skin and more. Don’t forget! Check out this video I made about all the benefits of water.

4. Stress. Why does stress cause break outs? Stress causes breakouts by first affecting your body’s natural hormone balance. The result? Skin that is unhappy, and it shows. Manage stress for your health’s sake.

5. Dry skin. Your skin not being properly moisturized can lead to excessive production of sebum (the body’s natural oil) which can clog your pores. The solution is to find a great moisturizer which works for you and keeps your skin balanced. When I was young I always had oily skin. Little did I know it was from under-moisturizing.

6. Food. Not only junk food, but food you are allergic to can really cause acne to flare. Be mindful of what you eat, and even keep a log for a few weeks of how your skin behaves, along with what you are eating. Watch this video that promotes healthy skin and hair.

7. Your hair products. I remember for a really long time I was breaking out on my face in a specific area. I didn’t at that time know I even had sensitive skin, but I decided to pull my hair back every day for a week. Magically, the break out flares stopped. Dirty hair, or hair products can definitely break out your skin. Also, I use a lot more natural hair products now, and that really helps.

Rest Day

Sometimes for no other reason than the fact that the human body is fallible and constantly needs regular rest does a person have to slow down the pace, get comfortable, and silence the world.

We don’t need rest days only because of hard workouts or because we earned them. We need rest days because they are exactly what make us stronger and ready to take on the world.

Today is mine. When is the last time you rested?

Xoxo
Fifi

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How to Make Starbucks’ Michigan Cherry Oat Bars (Vegan, Gluten Free)

If you follow my facebook fan page, you know I drink a lot of GTLs (green tea lemonades) from Starbucks in the warmer weather. Sometimes it’s tempting to also grab a yummy pastry– but they are so high in calories and refined sugar! It would likely be momentary satisfaction and lasting regret. When I do eat a pastry, it is usually the Michigan Cherry Oat Bar. It just seems like the healthier option, though I have not really researched this. What I do know, is that most of the most tasty desserts have refined sugar, wheat and butter. I wanted to come up with something made of more natural and less processed ingredients, but still very delicious.

I decided to team up with my youtube besties, Lainey of SimplyBakings and Jac of The Vegetarian Baker. They’ve come up with yummy pastries as well! Check out our videos below:

xoxo,
Fifi