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Oxygen Jungle Villas in Uvita, Costa Rica: Unplug to Recharge


A few weeks ago Cory and I were in desperate need of a  little getaway. Our first trip together was to Costa Rica and after stumbling upon the Oxygen Jungle Villas from my friend “Beach Pilates Girl” we knew this was the perfect spot to rest and recharge. The OJV is a Balinese style resort built into the beautiful mountainous jungle of Uvita. Located on the southwestern coast of Costa Rica. The resort overlooks the splendor of the Pacific Ocean which means you have the opportunity to breathe in the mountain air while watching the waves dance delicately with the coast line as tucans and howler monkeys converse in the background.

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The Oxygen Jungle Villas have been featured in both Conde Nast and Travel & Leisure publications as one of the top resorts in Costa Rica. From the moment you step foot into your glass enclosed room or enjoy a complimentary welcome cocktail overlooking the infinity pool you can see why as you immediately feel every cell in your body relax and all your worries wash away with the tide below. Even though our visit fell during rainy season we enjoyed sun filled mornings followed by rain-filled romantic afternoons, which we enjoyed from the comfort of our covered patio complete with an oversized couch.

Costa Rica is about two hours behind eastern standard time so we were really able to soak in every second of each day. We woke up with the sun and sounds of the jungle and were able to get to bed early without the distraction of television. The resort has great wifi, but they do not have in-room telephones or T.V. (Which we did not mind in the least). Since there are only ten villas on site it is a quick 1-2 minute walk to the front desk if you need anything at all. A trek we did not have to make other than to make dinner or spa reservations. Conveniently enough,  the desk is located right next to the pool.


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While staying at the resort you can make the vacation exactly what you want. If it is adventure you seek, there are tons of adventure tours you can take part in! On our first trip Guanacaste Costa Rica we did the horseback riding, zip lining and hot springs adventures so on this trip we decided to hike to the on-site water falls, get massages, swim and take in all the benefits that being in nature has to offer. We ate almost every meal at the resort as well! They offered plenty of healthy options and had a fantastic wine, cocktail and local craft beer selection.

Did you know that it has been scientifically proven that being in nature can help boost your immune system, lower your blood pressure, reduce stress, improve your mood and ability to focus as well as increase your energy and improve your sleep. Spending time at the Oxygen Jungle Villas did that for us and more! Although, we only had three nights to spend there we felt like me had adequate time to recharge.

The flight from Miami was a quick 2 hours to San Jose Airport. From San Jose we rented a car from Adobe Rent-A-Car. The car was a brand new SUV (a 4x 4 is required to get to the resort), the space was pristine and the men working couldn’t have been nicer. The resort is about a three hour drive with many sights and attractions along the way like the “Croc Bridge” and roadside fruit stands and restaurants.

This trip was the perfect balance of upscale, rustic relaxation. I rarely had to put on makeup or do my hair. The property was pristine and extremely well taken care of and I would love to come back ASAP. Before we left, we were worried about mosquitos (ZIKA) and bugs, but with ample amounts of bug spray Cory and I both left without a single  bite and the energy to battle the next few months until our next adventure.

If you are planning a getaway I can wholeheartedly recommend the Oxygen Jungle Villas of Costa Rica! Although the resort is already super affordable enter the code TWF10 upon checkout for an additional 10% off your stay.  If luxury, adventure and relaxation are on the top of your next vacay list then I suggest you book the Oxygen Jungle Villas ASAP.

3 Days in Charleston & My Thoughts on our Visit to Boone Hall Plantation


I know it is rare to share a post over a holiday but with a recent trip to Charleston South Carolina I feel Independence Day is the perfect time to share a recent experience I had with my best friends in the world. As we age, life often takes many twists and turns. Fortunately for me the one constant in my life has always been my strong connections with my best girlfriends. Most of my friendships have lasted over a decade and over half of them have spanned over two decades. These women have seen me through the best of times and also through the worst of times and as families are expanding and the miles between us get longer we always find a way to carve much needed time together into our hectic schedules.

This year, we chose Charleston SC because my gorgeous friend is six months pregnant and lives within driving distance of the quaint little city. We have a love for all things culinary and the cocktail scene was an added bonus. My maid of honor is essentially the social director of all our trips so we left everything up to her. We went to Poogan’s Porch and Paw Paw for  meals and Prohibition and Republic for cocktails. On Saturday we decided to walk off brunch by strolling through King’s Street to the water and making a detour past Southern Charm star Patricia Altschul’s palatial estate. Charleston is chock full of charming curb appeal that truly takes you back to another time.

Towards the end of the day we decided to get out of dodge and head out to Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant which is about twenty minutes outside of Charleston city center. Boone Hall is the perfectly maintained working plantation where Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively got married and also the set of “Ali’s” parents house in “The Notebook“. The rows of oak trees lining the entrance truly takes you back to another time and if you are in Charleston I strongly suggest you taking an afternoon to spend the day learning and enjoying the grounds.

To the left of the house stands “slave street”. The slave and sharecroppers quarters that date back to the 1700’s. What I did not know is that the Boone Hall Plantation essentially set the stage for slavery in the  early 1700’s and although we have learned about our countries dark past, it is an entirely different experience to see it first hand.  As a visitor of Boone Hall you can join a tour or simply walk through slave street as stories of slaves past are described over surround sound. My heart broke almost immediately, but it was not until I saw dog-like collars that slaves were forced to wear and a price list for my ancestors that I completely fell apart.  In today’s society we are still feeling the effects of slavery and discrimination based on skin color, and although there is still much work to be done I feel eternally grateful for all of those who fought for the life my family, friends and I live today.

In the last slave quarter my friends and I were able to read a timeline of black American history that dated all the way back to 1617! Slavery lasted over 200 years before life in America started to shift. By shift I mean a little ripple in the ocean of life. It was not until 1967 that the Loving Decision made interracial marriage legal in the United States. Can you believe that? Because of the brave men and women who came before me I exist, my family, my marriage and my siblings marriages exist. We are free to love whomever, eat wherever and live free of burden. For all of those things, I am forever grateful!

I know the old saying goes: “ignorance is bliss”, but I believe knowledge is power. The Boone Hall Plantation was a life changing experience for me and I know it will be a special place to share with our children one day. It is a living testimony of courage and strength and a fight that many Americans continue to fight every single day. By the time I got home I felt mildly depressed, a little hungover and full of gratitude for the life I get to live and the friendships that make up the fabric of my life.

So I did what any normal girl would do. I watched The Notebook (many scenes shot in Charleston and Boone Hall), took a nap and gave my husband all the kisses in the world.

America the free. Home of the brave.

6 Ways to Get Your Man to Eat Healthy Without Him Knowing

My husband is an Ohio guy through and through. He loves meat and potatoes and has little to no concept of portion control. If you would have told me four years ago  last year that he would be eating quinoa, kale and black bean burgers I would have thought you were N-U-T-S. These days, he still likes to indulge, but he is  more dedicated to his health and wellness than ever before and I could not be more proud!

Today, I have six tips to help get your man living a healthier lifestyle…Without him really knowing it.

Pre-Make a Healthy Breakfast or Keep a Fruit Bowl Front and Center: I love making overnight oats or breakfast burritos that Cory can warm up or eat on-the-go. If he has healthy options available to him first thing in the morning he is more likely to make healthier decisions throughout the day.

Lighten Up his Favorites: Does he like fried buffalo wings? Yea mine too! Opt for lighter options that still have the same flair. For example: Grill a chicken breast, slather it in buffalo sauce and top it with diced celery, red onion and a sprinkle of blue cheese crumbles.

Just Add Bacon: Think salty, sweet, creamy, crunchy and savory when you create a dish and your man will never be dissappointed!  If I am making a kale salad with avocado, mango, red, onion, quinoa and pumpkin seeds; a sprinkle of bacon takes this salad from good to great with the added salty crunch! If you tell your man it has bacon in it. I guarantee they will go back for more.

Send Him Articles Here and There: I could not get Cory to even think of quitting soda for the longest time. I would explain how bad it was for him and how diet soda was even worse for his body. He was addicted and I had to give up! That was until he read an article in the Wall Street Journal about the health hazards of soda. he quit cold turkey that day! Let’s face it. Some of the stuff we say is fluff, but if there is hard evidence from a publication he knows and loves. There is no more denying it!

Take Him to Your Favorite Local Healthy Spot: Miami Squeeze is a local dive juice and health food spot here in North Miami. I love going there during the week for a veggie wrap, grain bowl or a ginger shot. Cory used to come with me reluctantly and order the only unhealthy thing on the menu….a chicken or tuna melt. Now, he gets a large ginger shot and a vegetarian platter or Wrap Me Wrap (a mediterranean wrap). The waiter even knew his order yesterday before he said it! He now goes there right after the gym and is making healthier choices every day! (I am one proud wifey)

Positive Reinforcement: It may sound silly, but telling your man you appreciate them making an effort or that they look  “hot” when they drop a few lbs. really helps makes all the difference!  We feel good when they tell us we are beautiful; so why not place the shoe on the other foot?!

If you have any more tips to add make sure to write them below!

 

5 Tips to Help You Stay Healthy and Fit While Traveling

Where in the world is Taylor Walker Fit?! [sung to the ‘Carmen San Diego’ theme song] Every week it is a guessing game as to where in world I will be. Is it exciting? Yes, but it can also be exhausting and leave you sick with a wicked sinus infection like this week.

I left for California last Tuesday only to have my four day trip turn into a seven day trip.  I was left to search for a laundromat and a place to get a fresh blow out in LV, and it was an good ‘ol fashion adventure to say the least. That my friends is the less than glamorous part of the modeling industry. You have to be flexible and OK with throwing your schedule out the window. You also have to be flexible and comfortable with keeping your health and fitness your number one priority. It takes a little bit of work, but once you get the habit of it. Living this life becomes second nature.

In my early years of hustle and bustle I did not give much thought into what I put into my body. Food was portrayed as food, not fuel, and any drive through would suffice. These days, processed food leaves me feeling just as low as an alcohol induced hangover; so I wanted to share a few health tips for all of my road warriors out there.

Remember…Small changes can yield large rewards!

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3 Days in LA LA Land

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Hotel Views From The Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica

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Morning Walks Through Santa Monica.

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One Way to the beach!

Happy Monday Everyone! I know the blog was a little light last week, but if you follow me on Instagram then you know that I was in California shooting a social media campaign for my friends at Old Navy. When the e-mail came through to participate in the shoot I was beyond excited. There are so many incredible bloggers out there with a much bigger following than I have,  but when these opportunities present themselves I always remember the words of my uncle who said to me the week before I won the Wilhelmina Fitness Model Search: Why not you? So, if there is something you want to do, but are afraid to do; look in the mirror today and ask yourself the same question. Why not you?

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Worked up a sweat, but we made it to the top!

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Over my five days on the left coast I completely fell in L-O-V-E with everything about L.A. and the surrounding areas. I was able to spend time wandering around the streets Santa Monica, spent time with family friends including personal trainer and rockstar Blake O’Brian  in Manhattan Beach, went to hike Runyon Canyon and drove through Beverly Hills,  past Grumman’s Chinese Theatre and every lust-worthy, insta-worthy backdrop you could imagine with my childhood friend!

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Santa Monica Community Garden

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There is Beauty Everywhere

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I must have walked to the Santa Monica Pier and back ten times during my trip, but every time I left the hotel I found myself taking the “scenic route”! If you fine yourself in Santa Monica make sure to stroll to the pier and the Third Street Promenade.  There are gardens and farmers market restaurants where even your comfort food is locally sourced and nutrient dense!

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Yes to every bite!

Making my way to the pier!

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Santa Monica Pier at Sunset

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It is even beautiful at night!

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KALE me crazy, but I cannot wait to come back!

California is really the mecca of healthy living! With nearly perfect weather most of the year and organic farm to table food on every corner; I almost intentionally missed my flight to Vegas. I will be back in August for the final Propel event and I seriously cannot wait! I got a new camera, and I absolutely adore it (clearly), so today’s post is simply a photo diary of my time in beautiful Southern California! [Mom…I hope you are proud of my shots LOL]

Comment below with  your can’t mis spots in L.A. so I can make sure to visit at the end of the summer!

DIY Protein Packed Hair Mask and Clarifying Rinse

DIY Protein Hair Mask and Clarifying Rinse

Back in the day I had a babysitter who would put mayonnaise in her hair as a conditioning mask. Honestly, at the time I thought it was very strange and kind of gross until I saw the results! Smooth, shiny strands after only one use.

Today, I am always trying to decrease the amount of toxins I put on my body and DIY masks and scrubs like this one are a part of my weekly routine. Modeling can reek havoc on your hair and skin, and my curl pattern has changed tremendously over the past couple of years.  Constant heat styling has left my locks more drab than fab. I used to have a love-hate relationship with my curls, but now I truly miss them and am working hard on getting my ringlets back to their pre #modellife, strong, bouncy selves.

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Nobu Eden Roc Hotel Miami : Full Moon Wellness Series and Date Night

Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone! Today’s post is brought to you by The Nobu Eden Roc Hotel Miami. Although a spa package was gifted in exchange for this post, as always, all opinions are my own. Without my amazing sponsors: TaylorWalkerFit.com would not be possible!

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As many of you know, Cory and I are constantly on the go. If he is home, without fail, I am on the road and vice versa. We really need to carve out time in our busy schedules to re-connect and put our marriage first. Essentially, we find time to continually date each other. Because in our life, “Team Sinning” is all about laying the foundation of love, life and family. Often times, that means putting yourself second and being there for one another. Even if it means stepping out of your comfort zone.

 

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Cory and I are always looking to find ways to keep the sparks flying. We love to Staycation at different hotels around South Florida and were extremely excited to be invited to enjoy a Full Moon Wellness Experience created exclusively by the Nobu Eden Roc Hotel Miami this past Saturday. We knew we were going to be apart today, so we thought this would be the perfect way to celebrate an early Valentine’s Day together. We celebrated our love, challenged our communication skills and felt the energy of the full moon all around us. I must say, it was also a wonderful way to meet other Miami couples, local vendors and the fantastic staff at The Nobu Eden Roc Hotel Miami. The best part about these events is that you can experience all that the hotel has to offer without actually being a hotel guest! The Full Moon Wellness Series is open to the public, so why not take full advantage of it?

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Cory and I decided to enjoy a couples ‘Date Night’ which included Full Moon Wellness AcroYoga, champagne, a massage tutorial and 60-minute massage treatment. The evening lasted for four blissful hours. From the second we checked into the spa, we knew this was going to be an unforgettable experience. Spa Eden Roc is a wellness destination that is all luxury without a trace of arrogance. At check-in, we were welcomed with a warm smile and our spa concierge escorted us to the terrace for an evening of wellness, food and community. Walking through the spa was like walking around a villa in Santorini. Think white and cream minimalism with the warmth of your grandmothers living room. I could live there forever. In fact, can I live there forever guys? The vendors for the event included: Juice from @LoveSuja. Light bites provided by Malibu Farm and there was even an opportunity to shop for clothing and accessories from Boho Hunter. A chic and whimsical Miami boutique.

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The event kicked-off with an AcroYoga session led by Arianne, co-owner of TRIO Yoga in Wynwood. She was an absolute powerhouse. For such a small woman, her strength was off the charts! She explained the practice of AcroYoga and how it forces couples to challenge themselves, build strength and increase communication. I have not done much AcroYoga in the past, but I can tell you it is a great way to connect with friends, family members or your significant other. After we got our ‘sea legs’ with basic poses, we tried more challenging ones. I even attempted to lift Cory high in the sky in the throne pose, until I nearly dropped him on his head. Good thing there were spotters there for us the whole time.  The entire practice was supportive and welcoming and almost everyone was a beginner. We ended our practice with a warm hug and a ‘namaste’ before being whisked off to our treatment room.

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Cory and I were able to enjoy champagne in front of the fireplace before being greeted by our masseuse April, who’s passion for massage was infectious. She helped us choose a custom aromatherapy oil and gave each of us a tutorial on massage. [I now have a standing appointment with Mr. Sinning every Saturday night. He just doesn’t know it yet. LOL]  What I learned from April is that massage is very much like a dance. It takes years of practice to master and the “finishing stroke” is of the utmost importance. [It’s not what you think! Google it.] At the end of our tutorial, we welcomed my masseuse Iliana, and I wanted to hug her almost immediately; however, I was already in my birthday suit and really did not want to be asked to leave. I restrained myself. LOL Cory and I enjoyed sixty minutes of bliss before we were left to a full jacuzzi, salt scrub and shower. There was a wedding happening right below us and we were able to peer down to the impeccably dressed black-tie crowd below. The wedding only added to the abundance of romance already around us. The cool hum of the saxaphone coaxing couples to the dance floor was purely icing on the cake.Edden Roc Miami Beach

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The last half hour of our evening was spent back in the relaxation room where once again we were spoiled by an abundant display of cheese, fruit and sweets. We were able to sit back in complete bliss and soak up the last few minutes of what felt like an alternate universe of sheer perfection. Cory and I are so thankful to the Nobu Eden Roc Hotel Miami Beach for welcoming us with open arms! We have been to many spas around the world and Spa/Eden Roc is now at the top of our list! We cannot wait to come back.

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Miami Fitness

If you are interested in enjoying Nobu Eden Roc Hotel Miami in any capacity, here are some great options for you:

Full Moon Wellness Series

3/12 Boxing: The Box Miami-Alvin Davie

4/11 Bootcamp: Technogym Bootcamp-Jacqueline Kasen

Date Night or Spa Soirees:

Perfect for a romantic getaway, galantines celebration, bachelorette or birthday bash!

Nobu Signature Rituals

Nobu Nagomi Ritual Nobu Zen
Nobu Zen
Japanese Silk

Click here for more on rituals.

Fitness Classes

Make sure to take a look at their schedule and their training options here.

THE NOBU STRETCHING RITUAL

Just as Chef Nobu Matsuhisa begins his day by stretching to awaken his body, mind, and spirit, they begin and end their Nobu Signature treatments with a gentle stretching ritual. They use this time to further understand your unique needs and develop a personalized experience of renewal, wellness, and inspiration

Vacation or Staycation

If this post does not convince you of where to spend your next staycation or getaway, then I do not know what will. Remember, the hotel is open to the public. You do not have to be a guest to visit, relax and enjoy!

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Again, a special thanks to the team at Nobu Eden Roc Hotel Miami for having us. We cannot wait to come back. Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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6 Surprising Health and Beauty Uses For Coconut Oil

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“I got 99 problems, but coconut oil ain’t one”. I have been seeing this quote everywhere lately, and it is so true! Coconut oil is my go-to for all things health, wellness and beauty for the past few years. I use it as a conditioner, body lotion and consume at least a tablespoon a day through cooking or coffee. Yup, coffee! The health benefits of our tropical friend are almost endless. Coconuts can be burned and ground to make activated charcoal, pressed for oil or added to your oatmeal for a lightly-sweet crunch! The coconut can be your best friend in beauty, and I am here today to share with you how we use it in the TWF household!

Check out the video below for inspiration and coco-nutty recipes!

Outfit by Alala // NutriBullet // Activated Charcoal // Coconut Oil

What to look for when buying coconut oil:

Not all coconut oil is created equal! While shopping you are best to buy organic, unrefined or naturally refined coconut oil! I love this one and this one. I also like to buy in bulk from costco. Do your homework, and you will reap the benefits ten fold!

The health benefits of coconut oil are:

  1. Coconut oil is made up of MCFA’s or medium-chain-fatty acids. These acids only have to go through a 3-step process to be used as fuel and can readily be used as an energy source. Other fats have to go through a 26 step process to be used as fuel which means coconut oil can be used to power the body almost 9 TIMES faster!
  2. Coconut oil is a proven natural treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease.
  3. It can help give your immune system a boost! Coconut oil is antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal and can help regulate the bad bacteria found int he powerhouse of your body. (Your Gut)
  4. Can help improve basic skin issues like: eczema, psoriasis, dandruff and burns.
  5. It can aid in the weightless process due to it’s ability to decrease appetite and burn fat! Especially in the belly.
  6. I could go on and on! The benefits of coconut oil are seemingly endless, and if these aren’t enough of a reason to start to incorporate coconut oil into your diet and lifestyle then just try to google and read the countless articles and medical journals out there!

I am coo coo for coconut oil and I hope you are too! Please let me know how you use the oil in the comments below and if you liked the video above, make sure to share it, pin it, like it, love it! lol Please and thank ya!

As always, a special thank you to my friend Marianna of Catarcione productions for this beautiful video!

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My Cold & Flu “Liquid Love” Elixir

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Well folks…we are back to our regularly scheduled programs,  and I wanted to wish you a happy belated 2017! As some of you may know from social media, Cory and I just spent the week in Amsterdam where we literally were able to sleep in until ten every morning, wander the streets and enjoy all of the sights and bites the charming city had to offer. The past year and a half for us has been a whirlwind of airplanes and hotel rooms, so, we truly needed the time to decompress and getaway from it all! We returned on Thursday to Tampa so that I could work my first job for 2017 at HSN, and introduce a new product from Proform called: The Cardio Toner Treadmill. If you feel like checking out the segment, have a look here, and let me know what you thought! I will be back at HSN next Sunday, for a 5 AM show, and if you are awake, make sure to check it out!

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With that said, there is always one thing that happens when we travel during this time of year. It never fails that I end up with a sinus infection or chest cold that totally knocks me to next Tuesday! While we were overseas, Cory and I tried to take a Ginger Shot almost every day when we returned from the cold, and they really make you feel instantly warm all over, not to mention their immune boosting, antiviral, anti-nausea properties. Amsterdam really has a lot of healthy options, it felt like I was stumbling into a juice bar every other block, and our hotel (The W Amsterdam) even had one in the lobby!

Yesterday, I felt like I was coming down with a little sinus cold, probably due to the lack of sleep from travel and work, but I will combat what is brewing in my body with daily ginger shots and my special “kick your cold’s booty elixir” otherwise known as my “liquid love”. The tea is bursting with immune boosting, cold fighting, anti-viral properties!

Natural Cold and Flu Elixir

Here is what they are:

Lemon: To add vitamin C as an immune booster that will help build your immunity or aid in speeding up recovery time of an already present cold or flu.

Mint: It can act as an expectorant to relieve phlegm. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to help relieve inflammation along the respiratory tract, and it also smells really good!

Cinnamon: Cinnamon is chock full of antioxidants and has antifungal, antibacterial, and even antiviral properties.

Ginger: Ginger root will help to relieve a sore throat quickly, and they also kill rhinoviruses, which cause colds in the first place. It offers warming properties, which is plus to beat the winter weather! Like, almost instantly!

Turmeric: The benefits of Turmeric are almost endless! Including their anti-carcinogen properties, but Turmeric increases the bodies antioxidant capacity, and cur cumin, which is found in turmeric,  is a proven anti-inflammatory compound that can lower your risk of heart disease and can even help ward off depression. I try to throw the fresh root or ground powder in almost every smoothie or juice I make! I use the powder in the tea, but you can definitely use the fresh and grate it in or slice it like the ginger.

Black Pepper: It is strange, but black pepper actually helps the absorption and bioavailability of turmeric in the body.  So that is why most turmeric supplements you are taking should have black pepper in them as well, and if they don’t, throw those out and get these or these.

Honey: Not only does honey add a touch of sweetness, but honey also helps to soothe the throat, suppress a cough and since it’s natural anti-viral properties help to beat a chest cold!

Himalayan Sea Salt: When himalayan salt dissolves in water, it results in a concentrated, electrically charged matrix of the 84 trace minerals in the salt. The ionic salt and trace minerals nourish each cell in your body. The salt helps improve hydration, and mineral status of the body. It also helps the body detoxify, level blood sugar levels and acts as a powerful antihistamine.

Ingredients for  the Liquid Love Elixir:

1 C or Bunch of Mint plus more for garnish or add a few drops of peppermint essential oil.

2 Sliced Lemons

1-1/2 Inch Sliced Ginger

4 Cinnamon Sticks

1 Medium Pot Water

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Turmeric Paste:

1 Tbs Ground Turmeric

1 Tbs Honey (Manuka or Raw if you have it)

1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Sprinkle of Himalayan Sea Salt

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Directions:

Bring water to a boil and add mint, lemon, cinnamon and ginger. Boil for 10 minutes before turning heat to medium low. While tea is boiling combine turmeric, honey and black pepper to make the paste. Add it to the pot and mix until smooth. Simmer the mixture for about 10-15 minutes or until the mixture is bright yellow in color and lemons are flagrant. Strain and keep liquid in the refrigerator for daily tea. Add liquid love to a cup, warm it up, and add a sprinkle of himalayan salt. You can also add additional honey if the tea is too tart!

Ginger Shot Recipe:

1-1/2 inch pealed and sliced fresh ginger

1/2 Lemon juiced

Splash of Spring Wanter

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a NutriBullet and blend. If the shot is too pulpy, add a it more water and re-blend. Warning! This shots are spicy as heck, but the will kick any cold’s butt. We took one everyday overseas, but at five euro a pop, it is much more cost effective and simple to make your own. Ginger Shots are chock full of vitamin C and anti viral properties, so I would suggest making them a few times a week or every day during the winter months. Especially, if you feel a cold coming on.

Natural Cold and Flu Elixir

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Fall Beauty Must Haves

Fall Beauty Must Haves-TaylorWalkerFit.com

I just love being a girl! Don’t you? For as long as I can remember, I have loved all things girly; dresses, makeup, ballet and everything in between. I hate to use the word girl lightly because, let’s face it, girls can wear high heels, run fortune 500 companies and be kick-ass mothers all at the same time. I love the fact that being a girl means wearing many hats and having tons of fun with fashion and beauty [if that is what you choose to do….boys holler if you hear me].  Lately, I have really been having a lot of fun creating content based on my lifestyle as a whole. When I first started TWF, I thought everything needed to solely be based on health and fitness, but then I also realized, I branded my name, and I want to share all of me…with all of with you [thanks John Legend]! You may have even seen more fashion posts linked to LIKEtoKNOW.it on Instagram, which you can learn more about here. I love fitness and regular fashion, and like to incorporate a little more than athleisure into my weekend wardrobe. A fun fact you may not have known about me is that I actually won best dressed in high school wearing an $8.00 dress from Wet Seal! Yup, WET SEAL, and as a model and dancer , I have picked up quite a few makeup and beauty tips along the way! So, thats just my way of justifying my expertise.

Now onto the point on this post-my fall beauty obsessions! With summer coming to a close, September is a time for a fresh start. School started yesterday, and we are all anticipating pumpkin spice and football. The summer sun may have taken a toll on our hair and skin and I will share with you what beauty picks are going to help me fall ahead.

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