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My Top 5 Habits For Keeping It Sexy

I get messaged often about how I maintain my physic and what my fitness regimen is, especially after having a baby. I wasn’t sure if I’d “snap back” or how I’d feel about my body when I looked in the mirror postpartum. The God honest truth is… I don’t really have a regimen. What I do have is a few good habits that I strongly believe have helped me throughout the different phases of womanhood including now being somebody’s mama. With these 5 habits incorporated into my regular routine, I feel more confident and sexy in my own skin than ever before.

Here are 5 EASY habits you can incorporate into your regular routine!

1) Devote more time for yourself. Women are BAD ASS! We bear the weight of the world between birthing humans, raising and nurturing them, many of us while also working, being good and present wives, keeping ourselves up and contributing to society/ our communities in other ways. When our responsibilities tend to soak up our very last ounce of energy, we somehow find a way to keep showing up, pushing forward and making it look a lot easier than it actually is! No one can take care of you, like you! In order to be our best for our loved ones, we must prioritize self-care. It is mandatory that we find time to relax, de-stress and frankly treat ourselves to moments of doing whatever it is we need to do to feel more centered. Did you know that stress causes cortisol levels in the body to raise which can contribute to weight gain or the retention of fat? Particularly in our mid-sections?! Taking a moment for yourself to relax can not only lower measurable amounts of cortisol in your body but also reduce your risk for stress-eating which also causes weight gain.

2) Sleep more! Sleep studies show, that individuals who get the optimal amount of 8 hours of sleep nightly, weigh significantly less on average while also reducing their chances for certain ailments. We need to fully recharge our mind and our muscles with sleep. Personally, when I’m tired I’m cranky and it isn’t cute! Beauty sleep is a real thing!

3) Laugh more! It relieves physical tension and stress, leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes after. Laughter boosts the immune system by increasing immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, thus improving your resistance to disease. Also, all that contracting of your abdominal muscles is decent core work! A recent study revealed that individuals who laugh often are perceived as more attractive and confident.

4) Expressive recreation! That is physical activity that doesn’t really feel like a workout to you. It can be ANYTHING that you love to do and gets your body moving. Dancing, park strolls, even MORE sex!

5) Drink more… wine! Did you think I was going to say water? Of course you should be drinking water as well. I have a new found love and appreciation for good wine. So much so that I’m launching a wine brand, Pur Noire. Healthline, among others, have reported on the potential health benefits of drinking wine and the run down is as follows: Wine is rich in antioxidants which promotes longevity; it may combat inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation is harmful and may increase the risk of conditions such as heart disease, autoimmune disorders, and certain cancers. Therefore, it’s best to prevent this type of inflammation as much as possible; wine promotes heart health, mental health and healthy gut bacteria which may improve metabolic syndrome markers in people with obesity. (Source: Healthline)

What things do you do to keep it sexy? Let me know in the comments below.

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Food: Try This Delicious Bikini Friendly Recipe

So… I love food with a real passion. I also like to stay in relatively good shape! Not only do I feel better physically when I eat more whole/ unprocessed food, but I can appreciate the effects doing so has on my body. In my world, the warm summer months call for days at the beach, bikinis, shorts, crop tops and sundresses.

Due to my undying love for food, I have to get creative and think outside of the box when it comes to some of my favorite meals. One of those is spaghetti! This recipe I am about to share with you is a healthy and delicious way to avoid the extra carbs and calories of one of my favorite meals without cutting the taste! It’s a healthier alternative that the whole family can enjoy, guilt free. “Don’t knock it ’til you try it.”

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****Carissa’s Veggetti Recipe**** 

(Approx. 4 Servings)

Items you will need:

  • 1 Veggetti (As seen on TV). I found mine at Target and have also seen them at Walmart, Walgreens, and several of my local grocery stores. Price: Approx $15.

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  • One large skillet
  • One medium pot
  • Tongs
  • Large bowl

Ingredients:

  • 2lbs Ground Turkey

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  • 4 Zucchini Squash

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  • Spaghetti Sauce of choice, I love chunky tomato, onion and garlic. (Best to go organic)

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  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil

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  • Creole Seasoning
  • Onion (powder or diced)
  • Garlic (powder or minced)
  • Sea Salt and Pepper
  • Hot sauce (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a large skillet, fully cook the ground turkey seasoning to taste using creole seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, (fresh ground) sea salt and black pepper.picture8
  2. Add spaghetti sauce to cooked meat and simmer on low heat while stirring occasionally. Here you can also get fancy and add oregano, mushrooms, spinach… whatever you like. While the meat sauce simmers, prep your zucchini noodles. Here’s how…
  3. Rinse your zucchini and cut off the butt end of the zucchini creating one flat end. Do NOT cut of the stem end, you will need this later.
  4. Take your veggetti apparatus and insert the flat end of the zucchini into either side of the device. The device will give you two options. On one end you can make your zucchini noodles larger and on the other end you can make them smaller. The preference is yours.picture9
  5. Rotating clockwise, with your zucchini in one hand and veggetti in the other, firmly press and twist the zucchini until it begins to come out in spiral form on the other end and into your large bowl. Tip: Grabbing a hold of the stem end of the zucchini allows you to have a firm grip while you are twisting. Throw away the stem piece when you can’t twist down any further. After you have spiraled all of your zucchini, set them in a bowl to the side.picture10
  6. Heat your medium pot and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Take your zucchini spirals and dump them into your pot while immediately giving them a light toss with your tongs until they are just slightly al dente. Continue to sautee your veggies until they resemble more of a pasta-like texture. Avoid over cooking! Remove from fire and lightly dash your zucchini noodles with salt and pepper.

When ready to serve, poor the meat sauce over the zucchini noodles one serving at a time. I enjoy mine with a little bit of hot sauce and dash a parmesan cheese… Viola! Bon Apetite!picture12 picture11You can enjoy as much of this as you like and feel good knowing that it is low fat with virtually no carbs! Go INNNN! #CarissaInTheKitchenpicture13

Thanks for reading! Xoxo – Riss

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Travel: Viva Las Vegas! Bellagio Review

Last weekend I had the great joy and privilege to take a mini-vacation with my two favorite girls in the world, my mom and sis. We spent the weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada and did not waste a single second of our time there. It wasn’t our first time here together but it was our first time staying at The Bellagio.

We all are working women and needed to unwind with a little relaxation and A WHOLE LOT OF FUN. What better place to do that than The Bellagio in Fabulous Las Vegas? The weekend Girls Trip came at the perfect time as we all met up right after work to catch our Friday night flight then basked in everything The Bellagio had to offer for the entire weekend.There were so many great things about this hotel that it would be near impossible to list them all so I will simply list my top 9 things that I love about this hotel (in no particular order). Why 9 things?… because The Bellagio and Vegas in general had us on Cloud 9. Read on.

  1. The Location – The Bellagio is conveniently located on the Las Vegas strip and in the midst of EVERYTHING! It is right across from the Paris hotel, Planet Hollywood and right in between Cesar’s Palace and The Cosmopolitan. So much is in walking distance that you will rarely need to hail a cab/uber. 
  2. The Planetarium – It is just the naturally beautiful and fragrantly amazing observatory filled with live and exotic florals accompanied by majestic figures. This part of the hotel changes season to season and can vary from everything to the coast line of Southern Italy to peaceful Japanese Gardens and even under water in the deepest parts of the ocean. 
  3. The Spa – I can’t say enough about the spa. We received lux massages with rich coconut \ body butter elixirs from the finest in the industry. Following our massages we dipped in the spa’s individual hot tubs for relaxation and meditation.
  4. The Pool – Boss. Enough said. 
  5. The Casino – Of course every Vegas hotel has a casino. But the Bellagio has been known to attract the wealthiest gamblers so it was fun to play a few slots, have a drink and watch others risk it all on the poker and black jack tables. 
  6. The Clubs – “Club Hyde” and “The Bank”. At one point in the club I looked up and felt like it was snowing. Confetti in amounts never before seen. Lit DJs. All of this in one hotel!
  7. The Shows – The O show is the long running show gem that plays at the Bellagio It’s a must see. Circus De Soleil is not playing any games with this one. We had our fair share of shows while in Vegas. Another must see is Zoomanity. 
  8. The Food– The Brunch buffet at The Bellagio is practically mandatory.  There are also several other cafés and eateries in the hotel. One of which include a chocolate, vanilla and caramel “water falls”.
  9. The Views – Right outside of our hotel were the beautiful Fountains at the Bellagio where the water danced as if it had a soul. Just beyond the fountains and across the strip, the view of America’s very own Eiffel Tower.

    LAS VEGAS, NV – DECEMBER 24: The Bellagio Hotel & Casino water show comes to life after dark on December 24, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Las Vegas, the popular Southwest desert tourist getaway, appears to be making a slow economic recovery following a tough global recession. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

    Thank you Bellagio for showing us an AMAZING time! Viva Las Vegas!!

Thanks for reading! xo

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Fitness: Sproing Into Fitness!

Let’s talk about fitness! This year has been a roller-coaster for me. Through it all I am reminded to keep my health and fitness at the top of my priorities list! One way I do this is by making sure that I have workouts that I can truly look forward to and where I am also maximizing my time. One workout that I really enjoy is this revolutionary one at Sproing Fitness in Houston – River Oaks!

President Devon & Crew – Sproing River Oaks

The workout feels like a group fitness class which is perfect for me! I also love seeing my heat rate and calories burned in real time up on a screen along with everyone else in the class. This makes for a little friendly competition which pushes me even harder. Not to mention the music is always great and the instructors really know how help you achieve your desired results!

Coach Lauren – Sproing River Oaks

The Sproing machine looks like a treadmill but is not… it’s SO much better!! There is a cushioned launch and landing pad that makes me feel like I’m working out on the beach! It is easy on my joints and helps me get a better workout! The motto at Sproing is “TRAIN HARD, LAND SOFT.”

Coach Jermaine – Sproing River Oaks

Check out this video from Wednesday when Sproing River Oaks was featured on Good Day Houston (KHOU).

JOIN US this Saturday as NaturallyGG Hosts at Sproing River Oaks!! There will be a great workout from an incredible fitness coach and light bites on the patio from Max Fit Foods!!!

There will also be health and hair tips, swag bags from our sponsor CURLS, a gift card giveaway and MORE!!!

We are so excited to bring in the month of July with a BANG and hope you join us on this Saturday, July 1st! Get your tickets here NOW as space is limited!!! Be there for 1pm, the class will start right at 1:30pm!

Click the flyer below to purchase your ticket to our event July 1st!

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Mention NaturallyGG and get your first week free!! Sign up here!! 

Here is a video recap from our event!

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Welcome to She’s ChaRISSmatic! I am so grateful you are here! I hope you find great information and inspiration here on my personal blog. Watch the video below to learn more about what you’ll find here.

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