Friday, September 19, 2014

Farm Fresh Friday!

Hey friends!
We've made it through another hectic week and finally it's Friday!  I thought it would be fun to challenge my readers to buy produce from your local farm or market and cook a healthy delicious meal for your family and friends.  September is a great month to ride over to the farm because they are getting ready to sell Fall produce.  The crunchy lettuce, butternut & aacorn squash, apples, brussels sprouts and many other delicious fruit & veggies will be ready to pick!  So what are you waiting for?  Let's go! =]

Riding out to the farm and taking time to enjoy the sunshine and outdoors is great for the whole family, a group of friends or even alone.  Everyone will have a blast picking their own stuff while detoxing from technology, town/city life & overall just slowing things down and enjoying peaceful company and beautiful weather.  Breathe, relax and laugh a little!

The weekends are such a perfect time to reflect on the week, how you feel & how you make others feel.  In addition to cooking up a farm fresh meal, I also ask that you think about the things you're grateful for and to compliment someone.  A little love and kindness can brighten up someones day and in return will make you happy and thankful for the family and friends beside you.

Flower Picking!


Lots of Love,
Kat

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Beauteque: BB Mentor Kat

Hey friends!
I want to share some awesome news with yal that I am super excited about!  I recently signed on to work with an amazing skincare and beauty company called Beauteque!  They are a phenomenal company striving to make the best, most natural products available all over the world.  Their mission is to help "East Meets West."  They strive to educate their shoppers on advanced Eastern visions that go into creating the most cutting edge products.  I am honored to represent Beauteque as one of their On-Air Personalities and BB Mentor.

I encourage you to visit their site at www.Beauteque.com and to follow myself as well as Beauteque on Twitter for educational videos.  I will be posting videos on my social media and here on Life's Hidden Treasures!  Stay tuned for lots of helpful information and amazing products!

Check out my first video on Lioele below!

BB Mentor Kat


*If you'd like to purchase some of Beauteque's products be sure to use my coupon code for an additional discount: BBMentorKat


xoxo Kat

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Fall In Love

In honor of my beautiful cousin Ellen's wedding today I would like to share with you a few pieces of advice from the priest who gave a lovely homily.  Falling in love is the single most important thing we can do in our lifetime & the purest, most beautiful form of happiness we can ever experience.  I pray that each of you find your soulmate, love endlessly and be loved for the rest of your lives <3


  • Hug:  Be sure to hug one another at least seven times a day.  First thing in the morning, before you go to bed and as many time throughout the day as you possibly can.  Hugging is such a pure form of love and trust that often fades off after years of marriage.  When you hug someone you can really feel how they are feeling.  Happy, excited, sad, tired, sick, etc.  Knowing your spouse will allow you both to continue to be as one and build a strong unbreakable bond.  In return, your love will continue to grow and grow!
  • Converse:  Communication is key in every single marriage.  Be sure to have a conversation every day that does not consist of work, school, the kids, food, weather, friends, family, etc.  So what else do you talk about?  How you both are feeling' as individuals in your marriage, as a couple and about your spouse.  These are more difficult conversations at times but will undoubtedly continue to build trust & a strong, solid loving bond only the two of you know.
  • Say I Love You: Say I Love You every day!  Many couples do this in the honeymoon stage and as life goes on the romanticism fades.  Instead of waiting for holidays, birthdays or weddings say I Love You every single day!  It will keep your relationship and how you feel about each other fresh and young.  Remember to do the little things and continue to date your spouse.  Be romantic, fall hopelessly in love and treasure the beautiful life God has given the both of you by bringing you together!
Congratulations to the most caring, beautiful & loving cousin in the Ernst family!  Ellen & Bruce may you live happily ever after!

xoxo Kat

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Skincare 101

Life can be a bit hectic at times, causing us to slack on our self pampering and even basic skincare regimens.  Extra hours at the office, long workouts, carpooling practice, last minute meetings or just feeling too tired are among the numerous reasons as to why a lot of women and men fall short of giving their skin the proper care it needs.  Our skin is the best way to actually see the nourishment our body is receiving as well as what it is lacking.  Here are a few simple tips to keep your body looking healthy both inside and out!

1. Morning Cleanse: Our skin takes a beating everyday between pollution outside, sweat during a workout, makeup, etc.  It is important to start our day with a gentle cleanser and moisturizer with a SPF.  A lightweight moisturizer will protect your skin from harmful UV rays and keep it well hydrated.

2. Vitamins & Probiotics: While I am not a big advocate of supplements, (I encourage a plant based diet for obtaining the majority of vitamins, minerals, efficient digestion & energy) I do suggest everyone start their day with Vitamin C and a plant based probiotic.  I take 500-1000 mg Vitamin C and 2 tablets of Probiotics +.  This will give your body the energy and nutrition it needs to start the day with an extra boost of vitamins and minerals.  *It is suggested to take these around breakfast time for best results.  

3. H20: Hydrate hydrate hydrate! Water is necessary in order to flush toxins out of the body that often effect digestions and clog pores.  Lack of water can cause skin to dry out and increase appearance of pimples.  Drinking 60 oz of water a day paired with vegetables and fruit is ideal for maintaining healthy, glowing skin!

4. Goodnight Cleanse: After a busy day we must try to cleanse before climbing into bed.  The makeup, sweat, fumes from vehicles and other dirt that our skin has absorbed throughout the day needs to be removed.  I suggest using Olay 4 in 1 daily facial cloths to gently cleanse skin and rehydrate.  I then apply a toner and moisturizer.  A smooth and cooling face mask is perfect to nourish your skin throughout the night.  The Lioele Waterdrop Sleeping Pack is one of my favorites.  My skin thanks me every morning for the overnight care!  You can find this product at www.beauteque.com  Also check out my how to video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fsNO13P2ho
The cool sensation and clean aroma will help you drift peacefully off to sleep leaving your skin velvety soft and smooth!

I hope these tips have been helpful and I can't wait to hear how they work out for you!  Keep looking beautiful both inside & out!

xoxo Kat

Refresh Your Soul with a Fresh Air Stroll

I am sooo excited the temperature is starting to dip down in the mornings and at night.  There is nothing better than going to sleep and waking up with your windows wide open and a cool autumn breeze blowing through.  The refreshing fresh air is the best feeling and motivation to start your day off right!

This is the season to enjoy waking up early and having a full comfortable day outdoors.  If the heat has kept your workouts indoors all summer, you can now add a morning walk/run or after dinner stroll to your routine.  A light outdoor workout with a crisp chill in the air is the best wake up method out there!

So get up early and enjoy the extra hours of your day breathing in the fresh, cool & awakening air all season long!  Happy almost Fall everyone!

xoxo Kat


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Juicy Summer Salad… Melon Mania!

Hi Friends!
In honor of what we call locals summer here at the Jersey Shore, I would like to share with you a mouth watering melon salad recipe to quench your thirst and satisfy your sweet craving with the added bonus of vitamins and minerals!

Watermelon and Arugula Salad:

1 cup of watermelon cut into chunks
1 cup of organic arugula
palm full of goat cheese
sprinkle of black pepper
Dressing:
honey, coconut oil, orange & lemon juice

This hydrating & protein packed meal is perfect to make for backyard bbq's or for lunch on the go!
While my general rule of thumb is to eat melon on an empty stomach for proper digestion… this salad I let slide.  The juicy watermelon pairs perfectly with the crunchy arugula for a win win combo!  Your taste buds will not be disappointed whatsoever, so dig in and enjoy!


*Photo on it's way!*


Lots of love,
Kat

Friday, September 5, 2014

Health & Wellness Essentials for YOU!

Taking care of ourselves is one of the most important things we can do in order to truly be healthy and happy.  Eating whole foods, cooking nutritious meals, drinking plenty of water, exercising, taking time to be alone, reading a good book, spending time with friends, meditating or enjoying a hobby are just some of the things we each need to make time for on a weekly basis.  This is certainly easier said than done but if given a little extra effort and some schedule rearranging, we all should be able to fit in at least our favorite three!  In return, our families will be happy to see us living a healthy lifestyle which will ultimately allow us to continue to care for their needs for many years to come.


  1. Breathe & Meditate: Take time throughout your day to just breathe and meditate.  A few minutes, a half hour, even while sitting in the car before walking into work.  Deep breathing and meditation can put you in a calm state of mind and relax your entire body and mind.  It is perhaps the most simple practice we can engage in that provide phenomenal results.
  2. Nutritious Meals:  I am a huge advocate for eating whole organic foods from local farms!  If you can add just three nutritious meals a week to your families schedule you will see energy levels up, less mindless snacking and improved sleep patterns.  The entire family will also be receiving the proper amount of vitamins and minerals they need from the most natural forms available, whole foods!
  3. Get Moving: Run, walk, jog, dance, practice yoga, weight lift, ride a bike…whatever you love to do keep doing it!  Adding a form of exercise at least three days a week and more when time allows will build strength, endurance, continually aid in cleansing and improve your mood!  If you've been getting bored of the gym, try a new workout or look for classes at studios or outdoors.  A change of scenery and a new routine is often all we need to keep up the hard work!
  4. Vitamin D:  Spending time outdoors for a few hours a day can really be a huge health benefit.  Taking the kids to the park, going for a walk after dinner, laying in a hammock or having a picnic are just a few ways to enjoy the great outdoors and soak up that Vitamin D!  You have all winter to be snowed in, so take advantage of all the outdoor activities and fabulous weather that will 100% improve your health.
  5. Sleep:  A good nights sleep seems to be the least of our priorities these days.  We all love sleep but we all seem to have a million things to get done from one day to the next and simply not enough time.  I understand getting eight hours of sleep a night is not realistic for everyone but if you can try to go to bed and wake up the same time every day even on the weekends, averaging six hours a night your body will thank you.  The body needs a regular sleep schedule to function properly.  If we can train ourselves to maintain a decent sleep pattern we will be able to accomplish much more during the day.
  6. Hobbies: Aside from catering to our loved ones every needs, we need to spend time doing things we enjoy.  Shutting your brain off and playing a game, reading a book, taking a class, shopping or just having some quiet alone time to reflect on the positives and what your thankful for can really improve your outlook and mood.  You owe it to yourself to relax and have fun!  Be Happy!
Eat well, sleep well, play well & live well!

xoxo Kat