This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Burt’s Bees. The opinions and text are all mine. PHOTOS // Eliesa Johnson
It’s no secret that eating a wholesome breakfast is essential for brain function, not to mention regulating blood sugar and jump-starting your metabolism. When I get on a breakfast kick I definitely feel the difference: more energy, fewer coffee-induced jitters and I’m definitely able to concentrate better—a serious bonus in a social world that’s short on attention span. But it can’t just be any breakfast. I need something that packs a serious protein punch if I’m going to make it to lunch. BURT’S BEES just launched several protein shakes that I swear were made for me and that I know you’re going to LOVE.
In addition to 15 grams of protein per serving, BURT’S BEES™ PROTEIN SHAKEformula includes five plant-based protein sources: pea, rice, flax seed, sunflower seed and oat for digestibility and complete essential amino acids. As an added bonus, you’ll start the day with vitamins from real fruits and vegetables. I am all for sneaking in some veggies first thing in morning!
BURT’S BEES™ PROTEIN SHAKES are formulated with 70% organic ingredients, and are non-GMO, gluten-free, soy-free and dairy-free, and made without artificial sweeteners or flavors. If you’ve been on the smoothie train you know how hard this combination is to come by. The last thing I want is a bunch of sugar and additives in my protein powder when the whole point of a smoothie is that it’s good for you!
I’ve been making my morning smoothies with the PROTEIN + HEALTHY RADIANCE VANILLA, made with whole fruits and vegetables and antioxidant vitamins A, C and E for a healthy glow (I’ll take all the help I can get…). The vanilla flavor tastes creamy and real—it’s lovely with berries and unsweetened coconut milk (my go-to dairy alternative). And although I had my doubts, unlike other pea-based powders I’ve tried, this collection isn’t gritty AT ALL.
Breakfast isn’t my only sacred morning ritual. I’ve also made an intention to start the day with meditation and reading something just for me—not for work. Magazines, self-help books, inspirational passages I’ve bookmarked…setting aside time for this kind of self-care first thing grounds me and sets the tone for my entire day. BURT’S BEES™ PROTEIN SHAKES are available at amazon.com.
Just like I don’t remember ever weighing less than 130 pounds, I’m fairly certain I was born with neck lines. I’d like to think it’s because it’s so swan-like, but in truth I’ve been terrible about protecting and treating it. This year I’m resolving to show my neck with as much commitment as my face. There’s really no excuse; it’s right there, hanging out below your face. And the last thing I want is to be one of those ladies who look 20 years older from the chin down. You know what I’m talking about.
Over the years (and at the behest of many of you) I’ve asked derms and estheticians about what neck products actually work. Most are no different than a face cream with a different label. There is one product, however, that gets a resounding seal of approval again and again: Nectifirm by Revision Skincare ($64). I’ve been using it nightly for a couple now and can honestly say that my neck lines are softer, smoother, and my skin looks firmer overall. I’m sure it’s the combination of plumping peptides and hydrating extracts like algae, but seeing is believing. For those of you struggling with sagging skin, you’ve got so see the before + after photos. I’m normally a skeptic about products that promise such spectacular results, but based on my experience so far this is one resolution worth keeping! To purchase Nectifirm at a spa or derm near you, use Revision’s retailer locator.
Is this a thing now, like Elf on a Shelf? Because suddenly I’m getting asked at dinner parties and coffee dates to share my word for 2017. I immediately liked this concept because unlike a goal or a resolution that can’t can’t necessarily satisfy whatever hole you’re trying to fill (ie getting the job, losing the weight, making more money), a word encapsulates what you want to feel. And isn’t that what success really looks like, no matter how you get there? It didn’t take long to come up with my word. It’s the thing I’ve been avoiding it my whole life. It’s the reason I love routine and never ski down the double black diamonds. My word for 2017 is BRAVE and I’m wincing just looking at it on the computer screen. Because I don’t feel brave yet and I want to so badly! But here’s the thing: BRAVE is being afraid and doing it anyway. If it were easy, it wouldn’t require bravery. So I’m done watching people do scary and amazing things and thinking that they must be better/smarter/more confident to pull it off. I’m done hesitating when I’m sure of what I want but unsure how to get there or whether it will all work out. I want to be fearless in work, life and in love because, my god, time is flying by and I don’t have a second to waste. That’s what I tell myself almost daily now, when I hesitate about trying something new or making a decision when there is no guarantee. I don’t have time to NOT be brave. I don’t have the luxury of not grabbing life and running with it in whatever direction is authentic to me. I can always change course. Always try something else. But I can’t stand still. That’s how all of this energy we’ve been given to do good in the world gets stuck. That’s how people get sick, depressed, and disconnected. So I will be BRAVE and let my soul lead instead of fears or ego. I will trust that the Universe has my back. And it will be the best year yet, I just know it.
Ready to choose your word? Try this exercise or simply ask yourself out loud or during a meditation and it will come to you in a flash. For those of you feeling brave, I rounded up a little more inspiration:
Gwyneth Paltrow does it. Michael Phelps definitely does it. I obviously had to do it and am so glad I did. Cupping therapy might be be an ancient form of Chinese medicine but it’s only now having a moment in Western society. If you can get past the angry red circles that don’t hurt, go away within a week and are a highly satisfying sign of released energy blockages, toxins and muscle tension (who doesn’t want visible proof of that?!), you’re going to want to cup on the regular. I had the most incredible experience and wrote about it for Mpls.St.Paul magazine, which you can read here. Also worth noting: Cupping typically costs and takes less time than a massage but the benefits can be greater. My only regret is that I waited this long to try it!
Happy 2017, y’all! After nearly eight (!) years of blogging, I am still reinventing—and still surprised by what topics grab your attention. Just when I think you no longer care about makeup, a foundation recommendation goes wild. I was curious about what other posts rose to the top this year, partly as a way to plan and partly because who doesn’t love a good list?! Turns out, you still take baths (or really want to lose weight), are super curious about the latest treatments (the weirder the better), and eat as many avocados as I do. Last year, I made a resolution to get more personal with my posts—I wanted to push myself as a writer but also add more value to the blogosphere. And it worked. We got vulnerable together, opening our hearts and sharing our soft underbellies in conversations that I cherish more than you know. More of that, please! But first, the most popular posts on Beauty Bets last year:
Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.