Lazy Beauty Tips From A Naturally Lazy Beauty

I am naturally lazy, especially when it comes to hair and make up (and clothes, as long as they are comfy, I am not really that fussed… I wear tights 80% of the time). In the morning I usually throw some cold water in my face and brush my teeth. I avoid as much as possible putting any make up on, because that means I have to spend time cleaning my face later (or ending up sleeping with make up, which I have heard isn’t really that good for your skin…). I just find it extremely boring having to remove mascara. And probably even more boring to remove nail polish (explains why I am happy to pay someone to do it for me). My main requirement when going to the hairdresser is that it takes less than 30 seconds to style. So there you go. Pretty lazy in the beauty department.

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Now you are probably wondering what beauty tips I can possibly have in stall for you?! Well, here we go, let’s see if I have some useful tips for you:

  1. Get enough sleep (haha, did I say lazy overall??). But seriously, getting enough sleep is crucial for your overall health, recovery, energy and everything else. What ‘enough’ sleep means, highly depends on who you are, what you do every day and how old you are. Good quality sleep is also important, so try to keep your social media not so social overnight.
  2. Drink heaps of water. Yes, I am sure you have heard that one before. But it’s true. You will feel better, look better and perform better when properly hydrated. You skin will be less wrinkly and you’ll have less cellulite. You will generally look younger, have more energy and will be less likely to have cravings. And; if you are trying to lose weight, drinking heaps of water will actually help you in this process.
  3. Exercise. It doesn’t have to be weight lifting or 4×4 interval running, it just needs to be something that gets your heart rate up (like dancing or playing soccer in the backyard). You will feel better and look better. Exercise aids the blood circulation and that again means more oxygen transported to all parts of your body, and if you work up a sweat you will even sweat out some toxins. It will give you a natural glow, you will feel happier from endorphins and you will generally feel better about how you look – and that’s natural beauty. Voss Water
  4. Eat well. Eat because you love your body. If your food is full of artificial additives, sweeteners, sugars, trans fats and other nasties, how do you think your body responds to it. You are what you eat. Remember that every cell in your body is getting rebuild and replaced by what you put in your mouth. If you put ugly food in your tummy, chances are you will feel less than average beautiful after a while. Eat beautiful, crunchy, fresh and tasty food and you will become exactly that (maybe not crunchy?).
  5. Look after your teeth. Seriously. How much does a beautiful smile do for a beautiful face. Lots of research shows that a beautiful smile can get you miles ahead of people with less attractive teeth in job interviews and similar situations (speed dating??). If you follow step 4 (eat well), you will already be better off than if you eat a lot of crap. Brush and floss (flossing used to be one of those chores I only did the night after I had been to my yearly dentist visit and then never again that year. Now I have found my new love -Eezifloss! Love it!) every day. Actually, you only need to floss 3 times per week for it to be effective (according to my dentist). And don’t drink lots of orange juice or coke. It kills your teeth.Floss
  6. Be happy, confident and believe in yourself. Nothing is more attractive and beautiful than self confidence and laughter. Surround yourself with people who build you up rather than break you down. Tell yourself you are good enough. Do more of what makes you happy. And if you find yourself doing an awful a lot of things that aren’t making you happy, then I suggest it’s time for a change. Cos a change is as good as a holiday.
  7. Eat lots of fats. It will moisturise you from the inside out (imagine all the time you will save moisturising from the outside in?!). It’s great for your skin, hair and nails. It will make you satisfied and you will avoid having cravings. It will make your skin feel amazing, and your overall health will benefit from having lots of fat in your diet. If you don’t believe me, you should try it for yourself. Some of the fats you eat you can even rub on your skin on days you feel a little dry. Try some coconut oil on your elbows next time they are a little rough. It’s.The.Best.

    And on a bad hair day where everything goes against you, wear some red lipstick and put a hat on. Preferably one that takes ALL the attention!

    And on a bad hair day where everything goes against you, wear some red lipstick and put a hat on. Preferably one that takes ALL the attention!

There you go. 7 lazy beauty tips from a naturally lazy beauty. Which one is your favourite? Have you got another good one? I have heard 7 is the magic number in marketing of beauty products, so figured i should stick with that. Enjoy. I hope they will make you more beautiful every day, inside and out. Be happy. Be beautiful. Always.

Awesome Ashild, xoxo

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Giveaway Monday: Pole Dancing Workout DVDs

Happy Monday peeps. How was your weekend? Mine was fabulous. But I’m actually not here to catch up and chat. I’m here to give away 2 awesome workout DVDs to someone who likes to have a bit of fun while getting toned, losing inches and getting stronger.

Do you find it easier to work out in your own living room than going to the gym? Don’t like going to crowded gyms? Finding it hard to find time to exercise? How about you just do it at home, whenever you have time for how ever long you have? Cos something is better than nothing, right?

Well, today I am giving away 2 workout DVDs to one lucky person. The workouts are based around Pole Dancing (sounds a little daunting doesn’t it? It’s not, it’s just a lot of fun), but you actually don’t need a pole for one of the DVDs. If you do happen to have a pole, the second DVD will come in handy too.  You can have a sneak peak at the workouts here and here. 

Australia’s 2012 Pole Dance Champion and international Pole Fitness Instructor Cleo ‘The Hurricane’ is revolutionising fitness & flexibility with a soundtrack that rocks and an attitude and skill to eclipse your existing fitness regime.

Rockin’ Legs n’ Abs is a unique and challenging 1 hour program designed to help improve your flexibility whilst strengthening and toning your legs, abdominals and glutes, creating a strong, powerful and lean body. Cleo’s Rock N’ Pole is a fun and high energy workout combining strength, flexibility and cardio training designed for you to do at home.

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All you need to do to win both DVDs is to share your favourite blog post from awesomeashild.com on your Facebook page, like my Facebook page and leave a comment below that it’s done. If you win, I will contact you for your postal address. Too easy. 

This is actually a fun workout. And it gets you off the couch and you may even feel sexy afterwards. It’s a win-win. And can I just say; you don’t need to wear whatever they are wearing for your workout… I sure didn’t!

Good luck! Winner will be drawn Monday 25th August 2014.

Awesome Ashild, xoxo

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Why Does Yoga Have To Be Done Upside Down All The Time?

Is it just me, or is 90% of all yoga inspiration pictures on blogs, Instagram, Facebook and every other social media imaginable some sort of a hand stand? On the beach, upside down. In the sunset, upside down. On the street, upside down. On a cliff, upside down. Oh, and in an actual yoga studio, upside down. You get the picture, right? Everywhere you see, there are some amazing, hot yogi doing a super impressive handstand on one or two hands. And we all think that’s what yoga is about, being the best at handstands. Looking as hot and impressive as you can while posing in the sunset. Cos, that’s yoga right?!

I’ve been doing a lot of yoga over the years, Bikram, Power Flow, Yin, Hatha, Vinyasa, Hot and any other fancy names the classes might have. I have also done simple Sun Salutation on my own living room floor. And only very, very rarely do I find myself being upside down. I do sometimes do a headstand. In Crow pose my feet are off the floor. Or my butt is suddenly up in the air while I am stretching my lower back out in a Plow pose. But I am hardly ever balancing on my hands in the sunset (and when I say hardly ever, you can read that as never ever), while smiling to the photographer in a little bikini. Yoga (to me) isn’t about impressing the masses with my amazing skills. Yoga is to just be on the mat, listening to my body and it’s limitations. Challenging my body and my mind into difficult poses, taking it to the next level. Some days my body is ok with stretching the limits a little further, other days I need to take it one step back. And that is ok. Because I don’t go to my mat to impress anyone. Not even to impress myself. I go to my mat to meditate, stretch, strengthen, improve and calm down.

Note; This is not me.

Note; This is not me.( Picture. )

Maybe it is just me? Maybe I am too old fashioned for all this half naked, upside down Fitspiration and Belfies (in case you know what that is, it’s a selfie of your butt!) everywhere. Can’t we be inspiring with our clothes on these days? And with both feet firmly planted on the ground? I read a very inspiring blog post the other day called “Doing Child’s pose for 1.5 hours is still yoga”. And it is. Doing Savasana (Corpse pose, lying flat on your back) for an hour is actually still yoga, unless you fall asleep. Then it’s just called sleep (and that is highly beneficial too).

Rant over. It’s Friday, let’s all enjoy it. And as I like to say TGIF (Thank God I’m Fit!). Do some yoga (or running, walking, push-ups, boxing or just Something) over the weekend. You know you’ll feel better for it. Have a great weekend, beautiful people!

Awesome Ashild, xoxo

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Life Is Short

Life is short

Do it!

Awesome Ashild, xoxo

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Recipe ~ Coconutty Crunchy Granola

I was trying to get rid of some nuts and seeds from the pantry on Saturday and the end result was way more tasty than I thought it would be. So I figured I should share the yumminess with you. All you need is

2 cups Mixed Nuts (I was getting rid of leftovers, you can mix and match), 2 cups Walnuts (or your faves), 1 cup seeds (I used sunflower seeds), 1 cup Dried Coconut, 1 cup Dried Berries (I used some blueberries and cranberries. You can skip this if you want to keep the fructose low), 1 Egg White, 2 tbsp Water, a little Cinnamon, 1 tsp Vanilla Extract, a pinch of Salt, 3 tbs Coconut oil, 1/3 cup Honey or Rice Malt Sirup (depending on how much fructose you want).

As per usual, this is super easy. Put the nuts in a blender/food processor in smaller batches and whizz quickly just to break them up a little, not to turn them into powder. Do the same with the seeds. Put them all on a big bowl. Now mix everything else in another bowl. Pour the liquid into the nuts and stir until well combined.

Put some baking paper on a tray and pour the mixture on top, spreading it in an even layer. Put it in the oven on approx 150 degrees C. Leave it for 20 minutes before stirring again. In these 20 minutes I suggest you do the following: 10 Squat Jumps, 5 Push Ups, 20 Crunches, 50 Jumping Jack, 20 Walking Lunges. You would have time do do this twice.

Stir the granola and leave it for another 10 minutes. You now have 10 minutes to do 10×50 sec intervals with 10 sec rest. Choose between the following: Running on the spot, Jumping Jacks, Mountain Climbers, Burpees and Squat Jumps. Go!

After these intervals, stir one final time and leave the granola in the oven for another 10 minutes. Relax and stretch (we all need to stretch more!). Take granola out and don’t touch it for the next 10 minutes. You probably have time for a quick shower, unless you are on of those people who spend waaaaay to long in the shower.

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Use a spatula to break up the granola into little bits and pieces, let it cool down and put it in your favourite cookie jar (cos you don’t have cookies in it, right?). When you get hungry, enjoy with some greek yoghurt and fresh fruit or berries (look here how pretty it looks). Very filling and super tasty! Enjoy!

Awesome Ashild, xoxo

PS: If you are totally confused, the granola should be in the oven for a total of 40 minutes. You stir after 20 and 30 minutes and then you leave it for 10 minutes after taking it out of the oven.

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