4.30.2017

beauty: sunscreen by Beautycounter

               Hey everyone! Happy Sunday! What a great weekend it was here in TN! It's been hot in the high eighties and nineties all weekend but we have made the best of it. My parents came down to visit for my dad's birthday and we had a great time. We went to the Franklin Mainstreet festival yesterday which is always a fun time and got to spend time celebrating Dad and hanging out with Drey as well :) 

           With warm weather and sunny days arriving I wanted to take a minute to talk about the sunscreen I have been using and will use all summer! You all know the Beautycounter brand is near and dear to my heart as it has truly transformed my skin and created a new toxic free living for me and also for friends and family. I truly love all of the products but the sunscreen has really been great during this time of year. 

         Last summer, with my skin spots being removed and literally being scared to go outside in the sun (even though I am still feeling like this) I am learning ways and how to help when I am outside during the summer months. This sunscreen is definitely one of them. Protecting my skin early and while I am still in my twenties is so important for my later life. I have realized the impact that keeping my skin hydrated and protected with sunscreen has. More importantly, protected with safe ingredients. I keep the face stick in my purse at all times in case I am outside and need it and then have my sunscreen tube for when I will be exposed to more sun time.

Here is a little information about the sunscreen:

COMES IN
-4.8 oz tube
-face stick 
-body stick

BENEFITS
– Broad spectrum sunscreen for everyday use
– Blocks UVA and UVB rays with non-nano zinc oxide,

a safe and effective physical sun blocker
– Lightweight formula applies and absorbs easily and

does not leave skin white
– Water resistant for 40 minutes


SCENT
Citrus Mint Mimosa

KEY INGREDIENTS
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice: Natural moisture-binding agent; natural protectant against moisture loss and inflammation.
Blood Orange Fruit Extract: Supplies antioxidants to support the skin.
Chamomile Flower Extract: Soothing, anti-inflammatory. Green Tea Leaf Extract: Rich in antioxidants, green tea helps
sooth and calm the skin.

IDEAL FOR
All skin types Adults and children

DIRECTIONS FOR USE
Apply liberally 15 minutes before sun exposure. Reapply at least every 2 hours, after 40 minutes of swimming or sweating, or immediately after towel-drying.
Spending time in the sun increases risk of cancer and early skin aging. To decrease this risk, regularly use a sunscreen with a broad spectrum SPF of 15 or higher, and other sun protection measures including:
– Limit time in the sun, especially from 10AM–2PM
– Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, hats and sunglasses
– Protect the product in this container from excessive heat

and direct sun. Store at temperatures below 90°F.

SAFETY INSIGHT
Protect All Over Sunscreen uses non-nano zinc, an effective and safe natural mineral sun blocker. 

Any questions? Just ask  and here is my website: 

http://www.beautycounter.com/tesladraffin


4.23.2017

recipe: morning go-to smoothies

         Hey everyone! I can't believe its already the end of April. Time is flying by! I wanted to stop in and share a few recipes that have really been life changing to my morning routine for the past 6 months or so. I have always loved smoothies but the smoothies I used to know and love were packed with sugar and ingredients that weren't exactly making the smoothie that healthy.

          I started making my own smoothies daily and not jamming white sugar and juices in them and they have really made a big difference to my morning routine. Unlike most of you reading this, I don't like coffee or anything hot in the morning. I don't know why I just feel better each morning if I am drinking something ice cold. Smoothies have been great for me and now learning and knowing what to put in them has been amazing.

          There are several juice shops that I enjoy visiting on a weekly basis (not kidding) for lunch if I don't have time to pack my lunch I am stopping into a local juice shop. Here are a few of my local favorites:

-Urban Juicer in Franklin & Arcade Alley area

-9 fruits in Franklin 

-Juicebar in Hillsboro Village 

       When I am not enjoying a smoothie at one of these fabulous places I am making my own. I try to make my own for breakfast almost every day unless I decide to have one for lunch instead. I can't do two in one day that would be fruit overload for me haha!  I wanted to share a few go-to recipes that I have tried and really enjoyed. 

Smoothie 1: 

-1 cup of frozen or fresh pineapple
-1 cup of frozen or fresh mango
-1 cup of coconut milk 
-A sprinkle of coconut chips

Smoothie 2: 

-1 cup of spinach
-1 banana
-1 cup of coconut water


Smoothie 3: 

-1 cup of strawberries
-1 banana
-1 cup of coconut milk
-A sprinkle of coconut chips

Tips:
-Use coconut milk, almond milk, or coconut water as your liquid for a healthier smoothie
-Adding bananas makes each smoothie taste better 
-Meal prepping your smoothies in advance by cutting up fruits and veggies and freezing them make smoothie making much easier during the week and for breakfast when you can grab a container or bag of pre-made smoothie and go 



This is the pineapple smoothie incorporating "dang foods" coconut chips= so good!!



4.11.2017

fashion: memphis fashion week

            Hi everyone! I hope you are all having a great week. I wanted to share my super fun experience at Memphis Fashion week this past weekend. My sister-in-law Lauren is on the board of Memphis Fashion week and also the head stylist of the Freeze models as well. I was able to help style with her this past weekend and I had so much fun working with her. We make a great team and I loved being apart of the fun experience. Enjoy!

Here are a few images of Memphis Fashion week:





Stylist Team 


One of my models






Models & Stylist team 




4.03.2017

recipe: whole30 taco & fajita seasoning



        hey everyone! I hope you all are having a great week! I wanted to share our go-to seasonings that we make on a weekly basis with you.  with whole 30 we eat a lot of tacos and fajitas about once a week. it's quick, easy,  and whole30 compliant.

the taco & fajita seasonings that we make are clean and light unlike a packet of seasoning you find at the grocery store where it feels heavy and loaded with sugar.  we have really come to love these two seasonings.  we found these on pinterest on a whole30 blog. I made my own containers and labeled them; therefore, you can really make ahead or just combine your mixture for one recipe. because we use these so often, i am constantly refilling these jars. oh and they have polka dots, aren't they cute?! :) here are the recipes:



Seasoning for Fajitas:



Seasoning for Tacos: