Easy Juice Recipe For Increased Energy, Clear Skin, and Boosted Immunity

Happy Friday!

Let’s cheers to the weekend with a juice recipe that you can make in just a few minutes and doesn’t require a juicer! This juice is packed full of healthy ingredients to give you a natural boost of energy, clear up your skin, reduce inflammation in your body, and strengthen your immune system. Bonus: it doesn’t contain a ton of sugar!

What you need:

3 ripe grapefruits

Ground or fresh ginger

Turmeric

Water

32 oz mason jar or container of choice

Tall drinking glass

Strainer

To Prepare:

Slice the grapefruits in half and then squeeze the juice into a glass. You can just use your hands or a hand-held citrus juicer.

Then place the strainer over your mason jar or hold it above the container you will use to house your juice.

Strain out any pulp or seeds.

Fill the rest of the jar up with fresh water. For extra benefits use an electrolyte water like Smart Water. This will also help with hydration, energy levels, and can calm headaches.

Add in 1 tbsp of turmeric

Add in 1 tbsp of ground ginger or finely grated fresh ginger.

Shake it up and place in the fridge.

Serve it cold in your favorite glass and share with a friend!

Vitamin C in the juice has a natural brightening and clearing effect on your skin so if your skin is acting unruly or just looks dull, you might consider adding more Vitamin C to your daily nutrition. Vitamin C is also essential for a strong immune system. Ginger is great for digestion and circulation which will help give you natural boost of energy and keep your stomach happy. Ginger is also said to reduce headaches and migraines because of how it improves circulation in your body.  Turmeric is an amazing anti-inflammatory which helps reduce headaches, acne, swelling of the joints, and help your skin glow. The reason we add so much water is to cut down the sugar content and help provide additional hydration. Electrolyte water will provide a dose of magnesium and potassium that can reduce headaches and improve hydration as well.

I have not really tested this juice fully to measure its effectiveness on headaches so I’ll need to drink it on a daily basis and then let you know how I feel after a week or two.

I hope you enjoyed this post and let me know if you try this recipe at home! Have a great day and I’ll talk to you soon. <3

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Spring Renewal

Happy Spring!

Today marks the first day of Spring (and my dad’s birthday!). This time of year always makes me think of new beginnings and fresh starts. Just about one year ago I moved to Miami so I am reflecting on what has happened over the last year, the goals I achieved, the mistakes I made, and where I want to go from here.

Many people start new goals in January but for me, a fresh start feels more natural around Spring time. This past January I made New Year’s goals mainly out of obligation but I haven’t felt extremely motivated to focus on them until now. I think goal creation takes more time than most people realize because you have to evaluate your life on a few different levels to really know which goals you should be striving for.  I say “should” because there is a difference between the things we should be doing and the things we want to do. There are many goals I want to achieve but I need to take a step back and look at what is truly best for myself, my relationships, and the direction of my life. For example, I want to attend Playlist Live in Orlando in May because I feel that will help me network for my blog and YouTube channel. When I really take a closer look what I should do is focus more on networking in my local community. I don’t have to wait for a specific conference to network and collaborate. Miami is full for content creators who want to collaborate and there are many opportunities to network here. I already have a few new collaborations in the works so stay tuned!

That is just one example but this same idea can be applied to any goal you have. This Spring I want to take a closer look at what is truly important to me and focus my goals around those things. I attended a South Florida Bloggers meet-up this past weekend and the speaker said a few things that stuck out to me. She asked us to ask ourselves why we blog and make content. The reason I have this blog or create any content that you see from me is to help people. I want to help others be happy, healthy, and enjoy life to the fullest. I created this blog and my YouTube channel as a form of self care and as a therapeutic outlet.

I know for certain that I want to focus my content more on wellness and create a space online (and in real life) for people to come and just enjoy life and be happy. I want to create an online vacation from the stressors of life.

Those are my few thoughts for this Monday morning. Let me know if you are doing any Spring goal planning or organization and we can help each other with our goals!

 

Have a beautiful week and I’ll talk to you soon! <3

 

 

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Friday Five: 5 Songs To Make You Feel Happy

 

Hey friends!

I hope you all had a great week. This week just flew by for me. I blinked and it’s Friday. One thing that stood out to me this past week was the impact music has had on my mood recently. I rediscovered some great songs this week that always put me in an amazing mood so I want to share them with you in hopes they will make you happy too!

I have been talking a lot on my blog, YouTube channel, and social media about self care and I really think music is a great way to practice self-care. You can create a Self Care playlist to listen to whenever you feel stressed, overwhelmed, or just want to take some time to yourself.  The following 5 songs are definitely on my playlist.

Have a listen below and let me know which songs always make you feel happy because I am always looking for new songs to add to my daily work commute playlist!

  1. Can’t Stop The Feeling-Justin Timberlake

2. Celebrate-Mika

 

 

3. Ain’t No Mountain High Enough-Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

4. Cosmic Girl-Jamiroquai

 

5. Shake It Off-Taylor Swift

 

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Video: Relax At The Beach-10 Minutes of Pure Relaxation

 

Take a 10 minute break with me to the beach in this relaxing video filled with soothing music and the ocean sounds.

 

*If you don’t see the video above you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2572OgzbyRA

You can use this video:

  • As background music while you work
  • During yoga practice
  • During meditation
  • To help you sleep
  • To relieve stress
  • To calm anxiety
  • To help you focus
  • To create an at-home spa
  • To just relax wherever you are.

Let me know if you have enjoyed this type of video and I will make more! Let me know which kinds of locations you would like to see.

Have a great day!

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Outfit Of The Day: South Beach Wine and Food Festival

Yesterday my husband and I attended the South Beach Wine and Food Festival here in Miami and it was a blast! I posted a lot on Snapchat and Instagram stories so if you’re not following me there you definitely should! I am getting a lot better with Instagram stories too. Woo!

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Instagram: @courtney.val

I want to share my outfit from yesterday because I am really happy with how it turned out.  One thing I love about living in Miami is that ANYTHING goes when it comes to personal style. You can rock whatever look you want and love and (almost) no one will judge you badly. I think I did give some tourist a little shock as I walked down the beach yesterday and I caught someone snapchatting/taking a photo of me but it’s all good. I was actually really tempted to go over to them and say, “Hey, love my outfit? You can take a better photo if you want!”.

One guy on the street stopped me and said I looked like “a cute little pixie”. Hehe I will take that as a huge compliment, Sir because pixies are adorable!

The look I was going for yesterday was mermaid-inspired.  I paired neon pink fishnet tights with a pair of teal shorts as the main focal point of my outfit.

Details:

Top: Black Sleeveless chiffon top. This top was a gift from my mother-in-law a few years back but you can use any black top you like!

Camisole(under top): The black top was a bit sheer so I added a silky black camisole underneath. I am not sure where it’s from though because I took the tag out. Any black camisole will work.

Shorts: I found these shorts at Goodwill but originally they were from KimChi Blue. I snagged them for $4!

Fishnets: These Neon Pink Wide Mesh fishnets are from We Love Colors. $9.00

Shoes: My shoes are black sandals with a chunky 3 inch heel. They are from Christian Siriano.

Necklace: I decided to not wear any earrings and go for this long necklace with a prism pendant.

Sunglasses: These are from Betsey Johnson and I found them at Nordstrom Rack.

 

I want to do more outfit of the day posts like this so let me know if you would like to see that!

Thank you so much for stopping by and I’ll talk to you soon! <3

 

 

 

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Saturday Coffee Vibes

Happy Saturday!

I hope your weekend is starting off well. Every Saturday I wake up, make coffee, and then plan out my weekend on paper. I have recently started bullet journaling and it is life changing!

Here is a photo I posted on snapchat (That’s why it’s not high-res)

I will do a more detailed post and possibly a video about bullet journaling but I think I should keep doing it a bit longer so I have more to share.

On item on my list is to share with you my recent trip to NYC. My morning coffee especially reminded me of my NYC trip because while I was in New York I tried several local coffee shops that have made “Best Of” lists. One of those coffee shops is Dough. It’s actually a doughnut and coffee shop. They have a couple locations, one being in the lobby of the Row NYC Hotel, where I stayed. I would wake up every morning and go down to the lobby for an Americano. Their espresso is really smooth and more on the fruity side.

I am working on a more detailed review post about the different coffee spots I visited, so stay tuned. In this photo I am holding my coffee from Dough Doughnuts as I stare out my Row NYC hotel window. I had a great view of the city traffic (and the snow!). My sweater says “Best weather is kimono weather” and I completely agree! I found it at Marshalls. My maroon glitter lurex tights are from We Love Colors. You can get your own here: https://www.welovecolors.com/shop/lurextights.htm

I just wanted to pop in to say hello and now I will get back to my coffee and content making. Lots of new posts and videos are coming soon for you this coming week!

Have a great weekend!  Talk to you soon. <3

 

 

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Friday Five: My Favorite Affordable Lippies

 

Happy Friday,lovelies!!

I know my last post was a little heavy so in the name of balance I am bringing you a lighter post this Friday.  Ever since I was a little girl I have loved lip balm, lipstick (or “iptic” as I used to call it), and all lip related makeup items. I remember in high school during Model UN, which was my home room class, I would empty out my purse and my friends would count all of the lip paraphernalia I had.

Not much has changed. I still have a bunch of lipsticks in the bottom of my purse and I am constantly applying them all day. At least I’m consistent! Ha.

Of all the lipsticks, lip glosses, and lip balms I have had over the years there are a few that stick out (and one new favorite!) Bonus: They are all affordable! Check them out below and let me know your all time favorite lip products.

 

1. Dr. Pepper Bonne Bell Lip Smacker:

Serious has there every been a more majestic lip balm?! This is at the top of my list because for me this is nostalgia in a lip product. Lip Smacker lip balms are one of the first makeup items I ever got as a child/tween. The Dr. Pepper smell and taste of this lip balm is spot on. It also leaves just a subtle reddish tint on your lips for days when you just can’t fully adult.

This balm just brings back so many great memories from middle school and high school. I still have one in my collection and use it on occasion because it doesn’t matter how old you are, Lip Smackers will always be the bomb.

I am not completely sure but I heard that the company is closing so we will all just have to cherish the memories we have had with our balms.

 

2. Wet’ n Wild Silk Finish Lipstick in Just Garnet

There are many lip products from this extremely affordable brand that I am in love with. One of them is from their Silk Finish line in the shade Just Garnet. It’s a beautiful blue-based red color that looks great on all skin tones. You can use balm or gloss to tone down the color if you want so sometimes when I travel this is the only lipstick I will bring. It’s that good.

You can buy it at many local drugstores or online here: http://www.wetnwildbeauty.com/lips/lip-color/silk-finish-lipstick.html#sm.0009r0cle17mdf6qtt312bnys5mlt

3. ELF Cosmetics Lip Stain

Again, from the ELF brand there are SO many lip products I just can’t get enough of that I will have to do a separate post with my favorites just from ELF. One of my favorite products is their line of stains. They are easy to apply and they give your lips a perfect amount of color that lasts a long time. Last year I did a video where I used one of these stains to make my lip color last longer. If you missed it you can check it out here:

My favorite shade is Berry Blush.

You can find these at Target and a select drugstores. Or you can buy it online here: http://www.elfcosmetics.com/p/essential-lip-stain?Dept=lip

 

4. Catrice Ultimate Lip Glow

This lipstick is like your own genie in a lipstick tube. It’s definitely a “throw in your purse and go” lippie.

My actual absolute favorite is the Catrice Ultimate Lip Glow Gloss but that is not yet available in the U.S. I bought one while in Germany a year an a half ago and I completely finished it. Yea, it’s that good.

You can buy it on amazon though here:

That being said the Ultimate Lip Glow in lipstick form is really amazing and I like it 99% as much as I do the gloss. It is a universal shade that when applied turns varying shades of pink depending on your body’s chemistry. I have to do more research but it could have to do something with your body’s temperature because I put it on my hand and it turned a different color than when I applied it to my lips. The name is really true in that it provides a nice glow of color and not something as opaque as a regular lipstick.

You can find it at Ulta or online here: http://www.ulta.com/ultimate-lip-glow?productId=xlsImpprod12831123

 

5. NYX Cosmetics Lingerie Liquid Lipstick

Up until now I never thought liquid lipsticks looked good on me, especially matte ones. I have tried a bunch of different kinds but it never worked out. Two weeks ago I was in NYC and I visited the flagship NYX store. It’s amazing, you should go if you ever get a chance! While I was there I saw this Lingerie line and I have seen it before but almost every single shade is always sold out. So I thought this was my chance to give liquid lipsticks another try. One of my favorite YouTubers, Bree Ashley (Check her channel out here and tell her Courtney Val sent you!)  mentioned in one video that she loved this shade, Embellishment and she seems to know her stuff when it comes to makeup.

Ok, girl. I’ll give it a try!

I was a bit hesitant but it applied so smooth and flawlessly that I think I literally did a double take of my own lips. It’s that awesome. It stayed all day too even after eating and drinking. This has become one of my new favorites and I can’t wait to try more shades.

You can find it at Target, Ulta, and online here: http://www.nyxcosmetics.com/lip-lingerie/NYX_315.html?cgid=lipstick

 

I hope you have enjoyed this post and it has brought even a little bit of joy to your life. Let me know your favorite lip products in the comments or on any of my social media sites below. Thanks so much for stopping by and I will talk to you very soon! <3

 

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Setting Intentions Vs. Setting Goals

 

Good morning!

I hope your day is going well so far. I hope you had restful sleep and are ready to take on the challenges of the day. I woke up this morning thinking about intentions and goal setting.

As you may know from reading this blog, I really love setting and reaching goals. The best way to keep myself motivated is to set a new goal, no matter how small, and then achieve it. Everyday when I create my “To Do” list I set a bunch of mini goals for myself and as the day goes by I get a lot of satisfaction from crossing off the goals I achieve. These can be as simple as, “Don’t forget to take vitamins.”

This morning I am not focusing so much on goals but more on intentions. What’s the difference? A goal is something you are going to complete in the future and an intention is something you are aiming to complete right now in this present moment.

For example:

Goal: I will clean my house tonight.

Intention: I will clean up as I go right now.

In the past couple of weeks I have been thinking about these two ideas very much and how they can be applied to my life. I set a lot of goals but maybe I should shift my focus to setting more intentions?

The example I just gave about goal vs. intention is action based but let me give you another example that is more thought based.

Goal: I want to be a more positive person overall.

Intention: I will think more positively in the present moment and stop negative thoughts as they come.

This example is more along the lines of where I am focusing my energy. If we can stop negative thoughts or doubts in the present moment and as they come then this intention will lead us to our bigger goal of being a more positive person overall.

Intentions are truly the starting point you never knew existed for your goals. I believe when you focus on setting your intention you will be more successful in achieving your goal. It’s like preheating your oven. You could probably put cookies in the oven and then heat it, but it will take a lot longer for the cookies to bake. If you preheat the oven those same cookies will bake a lot faster and probably taste better.

Take a moment today and set your intention for the day. My intention today is to be mindful and aware of everything around me. The goal I have associated with this intention is to enjoy the day more through the practice of mindfulness.

I live in a big city (Miami) so sometimes I push mindfulness to the side because there is so much to take in around me, it can be overwhelming. I think the key is being aware but knowing what to take in and what to let be.

I am going to get ready for work now and continue my day. I hope everyone has a great day and let me know your thoughts about goals and intentions! You can chat with me on any of my social media sites listed below:

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Talk to you soon! <3

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New Skincare + First Impressions Video

Hi Friends!

A new video is now live on my YouTube channel! Check it out below to see the new skincare products I have picked up and I’m also sharing my first impressions! Let me know your favorite skincare products and suggestions in a comment on the video.  Have a great day and I’ll talk to you soon!

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Friday Five: My 5 Favorite Pins From This Week

Happy Friday!

Are you on Pinterest? I am! Follow my Pinterest page here to see pins of crafts, diys, style inspirations, beauty loves, and of course BUNNIES!

Today I want to start the week with 5 of my favorite pins of this week. Whenever I want to feel inspired or relax I browse Pinterest and a whole new world of ideas opend up for me. I just love it! If you are having a stressful day, Pinterest is a great place to go. You can find everything from cute animals to recipes!

Here are my top pins from the week!

  1. This board I created. I love inspirational quotes and motivations so every time I see one I like, I pin it here and I often look back at them when I need a little boost.

 

2. I saw this one the other day and I really want to try these because I am a huge LUSH fan but I am also a huge fan of DIYs and personalizing cosmetics as gifts.

 

3. You all know I am a Tone It Up girl and this booty workout is easy to follow and really works. My booty feels instantly tighter the next day.

4. This purse and anything pearlescent. I literally type “Pearlescent” into the Pinterest search and just browse all of the beautiful shimmery pearl-rainbow things. I have been obsessed with mother of pearl things for as long as I can remember. When I was little I had this jewelry box with mother of pearl inlay. It was enchanting!

5.  If you follow me on Instagram then you know I am heading to NYC this coming week and I really love packing life hacks to make traveling easier and stress free. I might make my own packing tips video and post so stay tuned!

Let me know your favorite things to look at on Pinterest! I hope you had an amazing week and that your weekend is relaxing.  Talk to you soon! <3

 

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