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Beginning of Fall- Cinnamon Spice Lip Balm

You know what’s better than the taste of pumpkin-spice-everything?

The smell of pumpkin-spice everything.

While I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin spice lattes (please don’t hit me!), I do share the love of Fall-flavored things, like pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin cookies, and pumpkin beers. Something about those flavors that only come from ground spices like cinnamon and clove.

Who could resist the scent of cinnamon and nutmeg spices swirled together with warm pumpkin that lets us know that Fall has arrived?

Well, PSL lovers, listen up because I found a new way to incorporate the pumpkin-y spicy flavor into your life: lip balm.

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I’ve been a very DIY mood lately; it’s been super motivating! So I thought ‘what can I make that I know I’d use all the time?’

Well since I am a proud lip balm addict, I took to Pinterest in search of a DIY lip balm recipe. But with Fall sweeping in fast, I realized that I needed a pumpkin spice lip balm in my life.

What you need:

10 Lip Balm Tubes

1 tbsp Beewax

2 tbsp Coconut Oil

8 drops Cinnamon and Clove Essential Oils

1/8 tsp Pumpkin Spice Mix

Using a double boiler, heat the beeswax and coconut oil on the stove until it is completely melted.

Quickly squirt your Essential Oils and drop your Pumpkin Spice Mix in there and mix, mix, mix.

Get your tubes ready and, using a funnel, slowly pour in your waxy mixture.

Set aside and let cool until they harden.

Now comes the fun part- with your tube blank and white, you’re free to create a cool, personalized label. I don’t have any labels at the moment, but I still have an awesome time making these! They are super easy and rewarding to make!

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Fall gains

Sometimes an urge cannot be ignored. Sometimes when you are sitting just a cubicle away from a moist chocolate cake, you cannot help yourself. Before you know it, you’re licking your finger and dabbing at the remaining fluffy crumbs that didn’t make it into your mouth with the rest of the cake.

The urge is a beautiful thing. It floods your mouth with saliva at the thought of a warm chocolate chip cookie parting softly half, revealing a home of hidden chips that you cannot wait to coat your teeth with. It fixates your eyes on a plate of fresh-from-the-oven brownies that are releasing the smell of warm chocolate into the air.

I thought I would always be a loyal prisoner to the urge. Always nod my head for a second slice of cake. Always grab handfuls of chocolate bars from candy bowls. Feel no regret.

But something happened over the course of the past few months that changed the way I saw myself and the way I thought I would always see myself. Isn’t it weird how you look back on your past self and think “wow, past me would not even know who present me is!”

A few weeks ago I began a 30-day workout program called ChaLEAN, creating by Chalene Johnson, who also created the toning and stretching program PiYo, which I have also been incorporating into my workouts. It took me a while to find a workout program that worked for me, but ChaLEAN is a program that I can really get behind. I have tried YouTube videos, going to the gym, I even tried T25, but out of all of those, ChaLEAN has proven to be the biggest motivational workout.

Aaaaand with working out comes eating right.

I won’t say I ‘eat clean,’ because I don’t even know what the hell that means, BUT I will say that I am much more conscious about what I put into my body. Not because it’s what you’re “supposed” to do, but my body is happy when I do. My body can now tell the good food from the bad, which I think is amazing.

When I was younger (I’m 22, but still) I used to eat anythingggg I wanted and I felt totally fine. I could inhale pizza, brownies, cake, cookies–you know, the good stuff– and carry on with my day not a pound heavier and a regret-free stomach. Now, if I even have a chocolate bar, I feel sluggish, bloated, and just not great.

It’s amazing how food can transform your life!

That’s not to say that I don’t eat sweets, because I surely do. I baked all time and will begin sharing recipes on here. Junk food, as I stated before, is the good BEST stuff.

Now, when I refuse that slice of chocolate cake, it’s not because I don’t want to gain unnecessary weight. It’s because my body knows the difference between healthy food and sweets, and it will NOT let me forget it.

The urge, while not as strong, is still there, but I gained a new kind of urge, too. I gained the urge to push myself, to sweat, to get stronger, and get my heart beating.