Collectively Kristin

whole30 - week one | how it's going

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alright friends, week one of whole30 is officially over. that means that i am a ¼ of the way through the month! *insert jazz hands here* so far, it’s been going well and i feel great. i've been experiencing the ebbs and flows of the process and coming in on day 8, i’m feeling fantastic.

days one and two we’re easy. i was feeling optimistic and really ready to tackle the month. then day three came along and I woke feeling super “blah”. my skin was breaking out, i was feeling bloated, i felt tired and hungry, and all i really wanted was some dang pizza. let’s be honest, as I’m writing this, all i can still think about is pizza, but i’ve calmed down a little bit since then. as the week went on, i just took that day as a learning experience and i instantly felt stronger once it was over .i got through it and i was super proud of myself for not giving up! it was a super hard day, but i did it and since then, i've definitely felt like i can make it to the end of the month.

i know that it’s just the beginning and i'll most likely have a couple more bad days along the way, but i would call week one a huge success and i cant wait to get to the finish line!

let me know if you like my updates on whole30 and/or you want to see some more recipes! 

recipe | whole30 mocktails

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i am day 7 of whole30 and with it being summertime and about a million degrees outside, all i can think about is a refreshing cocktail to cool me off. since alcohol is non compliant during whole30, that means no real cocktails for this girl. instead of wallowing in self pity because i can't have a fancy, cute, alcoholic drink, i decided to try out a few compliant mocktails that would get the job done! 

let me preface this by saying i don't love lacroix. i know, i know, who am i?! i've never been a huge fan of sparkling water and i actually really enjoy the taste of regular water, so i never really gave lacroix a fair chance. since it is compliant and there are so. many. flavors. i decided to give them another shot and mix them with some fruit to spice them up a bit. 

the best part of lacroix mocktails is how dang easy they are. this one was actually my favorite out of the two i tried. 

lacroix melon pomelo sparkling water
cute cactus glass from pier one
paper umbrellas target's dollar section

if you wanted to get really fancy, you could add in some pink grapefruit and maybe even a bendy straw. *insert heart eye emoji here* 

this one was so good and you could honestly use so many different lacroix flavors with these mixed berries!

lacroix berry sparkling water
colorful paper for trendy instagram picture
again, paper umbrellas from target's dollar section

these mocktails were super fun to make and with this excessive heat we're having in arizona, really hit the spot and were very refreshing. comment below and let me know your favorite lacroix flavors, or if you have any fun mocktail recipes you'd like to share! 

recipe | whole30 mexican skillet

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it's day four of whole30 and i am feeling great! i think i mentioned before that i've done whole30 prior to this round and when i did it in the past, i wasn't very creative when it came to my meals. after browsing pinterest for hours after hours, i've found a bunch of recipes and actually tried them out! one recipe that i made tonight was a mexican inspire skillet and i did a little modifying, but i think it turned out amazing!  

1 1/2 pounds of ground beef (i used ground chicken so totally up to you!)
2 cloves of garlic
1 can of diced tomatoes (you can use fresh ones if you prefer)
1/2 tsp onion powder
2 medium zucchini
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tbsp chili powder
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cumin

1. brown ground beef or chicken, again your choice, with minced garlic, salt, and pepper.

2. cook over medium heat until meat is browned.

3. add tomatoes and remaining spices. cover and simmer on low heat for another 10 minutes.

4. add the zucchini. cover and cook for about 10 more minutes until zucchini is cooked, but still firm.

this meal was super easy to prep and even easier to make! after it was all done, i mixed in some shredded potatoes just as an extra treat. whole30 can be hard at times, but luckily potatoes are compliant and they keep me sane! 

disclaimer: this recipe is not my own, i got it here! 

comment below if you have any whole30/paleo approved recipes for me or if you made this dish, let me know how you like it! 




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oh, hello friends, long time no talk. i launched my rebrand at the beginning of may and then just disappeared on you guys! don't you fret, because i'm back and better than ever! something i talked about in my last post was how i was going to incorporate more components to my blog and one of those components would be health. as i've mentioned on my blog before, i've struggled with my weight for my entire life and in short, lost a bunch of weight back in 2014 and throughout the past few years, gained a little more than half back. 

when i first lost weight in 2014, i did whole30 and paleo for most of the year. it really worked for me and was probably the most successful i've ever been at losing weight. aside from the first week of whole30, i really enjoyed the process and loved how i felt while doing it. during the month of may i did a refined version of paleo for about three weeks and fell back in love with how eating a mostly paleo diet made me feel. i decided to start a full round of whole30 starting this upcoming monday, june 12th and will go through to july 12th, obviously. i'm a little nervous, but also really excited. 

i'm not one to weigh myself because i struggled for a really long time with an unhealthy relationship that was the scale. not to pull the cheesy lines on you, but i don't want to let the number on the scale dictate my overall happiness. i've been there before and it was not fun. what i am looking to gain this round of whole30 is just an appreciation for my body, a clearer mindset when it comes to food, and really just to feel better. 

i will definitely be sharing what foods i'll be eating and hopefully some recipes along the way. my plan is to do weekly check in's just to hold myself accountable and i am going to share a before and after picture at the very end. this scares me more than you could ever know, but again, accountability. if you've done whole30 before or eat a mostly paleo diet, comment below and let me know some of your favorite meals to eat or if you have any helpful tips for me! 

hey, it's me, kristin. or should i say, collectively kristin.

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Hey friends! I'm so glad you're here and I'm so glad you're joining me on my new adventure and my first official post as Collectively Kristin. I have been toying with the idea for some time now about changing my name. I loved being Blush Your Heart Out, but I knew that deep down I wanted to explore more than just beauty with this blog and I wanted a fresh start for doing just that. 

So if you're wondering if i'm done with beauty and makeup blogging, you have nothing to worry about. If fact, that is going to be one of three main components to this blog. I am a hardcore fan of the beauty industry and I could never not talk about it. So that is going to still be my number one topic as Collectively Kristin. 

The second component to Collectively Kristin will be health. For almost 6 years, I talked a lot about health and fitness on a Tumblr blog and that was a huge part of my life for a long time. I loved connecting with people, especially those who were on a similar journey as me. My goal is to talk about healthy eats, workouts, and even the occasional vulnerability post. 

The final component to Collectively Kristin will be travel. I don't do a ton of traveling, but I did start a series awhile back called "Explore the Valley" and that is something I am really looking forward to starting up again. I want to create a travel guide and explore all the hot spots in AZ whether that be sight seeing, restaurants, local hotels, etc. I absolutely love living in the valley and am excited to make exploring it a new thing! 

Overall, a fresh start was what I needed to get my creative juices flowing. I am so excited to be starting this new chapter to my blogging life and I hope you are too.

worst vs. best | dry shampoo

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It's no secret that washing your hair everyday is a drag and in fact, not really good for your hair either. Washing your hair can strip your hair of it's natural oils, fade your hair color faster, and can be really time consuming. I used to be an everyday hair washer, but I've recently joined the dark side, or should I say dirty side. Is that appropriate? Anyways, I recently started only washing my hair about twice a week so dry shampoo has become my new best friend. Today I am talking all about my favorite dry shampoo and my least favorite dry shampoo.

Let's start with my least favorite dry shampoo. I am all about drug store products so don't think I'm hating on this product because it's from the drug store. I've tried Dove dry shampoo before, but I think they're changed up their formulas because this stuff is awful. Like I said, I only wash my hair twice a week and although I do need to use dry shampoo daily, I honestly feel like no matter how much of this stuff that I use, it does nothing. It's only been a few days since I washed my hair and I can't wait to wash it tomorrow after using this product the past few days. 

So I'm sure it comes as no surprise as to what my favorite dry shampoo is. I've talked so much about the Amika Perk Up dry shampoo that I don't even know what more I can say. It does such an amazing job at absorbing the visible oil in my hair, doesn't leave a white cast, which some dry shampoo's do, and makes my hair smell SO good, even on the last day I can go without washing. I have never been so impressed with a dry shampoo before and this stuff is definitely my all time favorite! 

Comment below and let me know what your favorite dry shampoos are! I would love to do a huge post reviewing a lot more of them.