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Whole Foods Market Vegan Snack Haul

August 6, 2020

In today’s haul, I show you guys my favorite vegan snacks from Whole Foods Market 🙂

Products Mentioned:

Barnana Organic Plantain Chips: https://amzn.to/3gx4Mkx

LesserEvil Grain Free Paleo Puffs, “No Cheese” Cheesiness: https://amzn.to/2DGFFgU

LesserEvil Organic Popcorn Himalayan Sweetness: https://amzn.to/2EM25xx HIPPEAS Organic Chickpea Puffs + Vegan White Cheddar: https://amzn.to/3kkTjXU

LATE JULY Snacks No Grain Tortilla Chips Sea Salt & Lime Chips: https://amzn.to/2XuY6fe

LATE JULY Snacks Multigrain SUB Lime Tortilla Chips: https://amzn.to/30wh7zZ

Ashapops: https://ashapops.com

Brad’s Plant Based Organic Crunchy Kale: https://amzn.to/3a0tnMd

Daiya Foods Plant-Based Pizza: https://daiyafoods.com/our-foods/glut…

Bitchin’ Sauce Chipotle: https://amzn.to/39YICoY

Dream Pops: https://dreampops.com/collections/all

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My PM Skincare & Haircare Routine

August 2, 2020

I feel that our daily habits are so so important, especially self care.

Today, I will be showing you guys what I do every single day to take care of my skin and hair 🙂

Products Mentioned:⁣ ⁣

SKINCARE — ⁣

@shanidarden cleansing serum (am)⁣

@isclinical cleaning complex (pm)⁣

@shanidarden sake toning essence ⁣

@shanidarden retinol reform (pm)⁣

@isclinical active serum (pm) ⁣

@shanidarden weightless oil-free moisturizer (pm) ⁣

@isclinical pro heal serum (am)⁣

@zoskinhealth smart tone broad spectrum spf 50 (am)⁣

@shiseido waso color smart day moisturizer oil free spf 30 (am) ⁣ ⁣

HAIR — ⁣

@gisou hair oil, hair mask & hair perfume

Sending you virtual hugs xx,

Sandy

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Gisou Hair Mask & Hair Oil Review by Negin Mirsalehi

June 16, 2020

I am obsessed with everything Gisou, like really obsessed. At this moment, my top 3 products would be the hair oil, hair perfume, and the hair mask.

If I ever had to choose one product, and one product only, the winner would be 100% the hair oil! The smell is not too strong. It has a slight sweet floral scent, but not too “flowery” if this is a word :). It is just PERFECT. Honestly, this is a must have in everyone’s beauty drawer. It’s game changing and the crazy thing is… no matter how much you use, it never gets greasy. It only makes your hair shiner and smoother!

To see how I use all 3 products, click here or on the image below <3

Thank you for reading / watching!

Sending love,

Sandy Lieu

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No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Protein Energy Bites

June 16, 2020

My go-to snacks! These are so easy to make, full of nutrients, and will help with your sweet tooth cravings 🙂

Ingredients⁣⁣⁣
* 1 cup gluten free old fashioned rolled oats⁣⁣⁣
* 1/4 cup ground flaxseed meal⁣⁣⁣
* 1 tablespoon @nutiva chia seeds ⁣⁣⁣
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon ⁣⁣⁣
* 1/4 cup @winerayzyn (I used the dried Cabernet & Merlot wine grapes) ⁣⁣
* 1 scoop @sproutliving Pumpkin Protein (code: sandylieu saves you 15% off — link in bio) ⁣⁣⁣
* A pinch of Himalayan Pink Salt ⁣⁣⁣
* 1/2 cup almond butter ⁣⁣⁣
* 1/4 cup honey ⁣⁣⁣
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract⁣⁣⁣
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Instructions⁣⁣⁣
1. In a large bowl, combine the oats, ground flaxseed meal, chia seeds, cinnamon, protein powder and salt.⁣⁣⁣
2. Place the almond butter in a small microwave safe bowl. Heat in the microwave for about 10-20 seconds. You want it to be soft and slightly melted. ⁣⁣⁣
3. Pour honey, vanilla extract and melted almond butter over the oat mixture and stir until well combined. Stir in the raisins.⁣⁣⁣
4. Roll the mixture into small balls, about 1-2 tablespoons per ball. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes. ⁣⁣⁣
5. Enjoy!⁣⁣⁣

This recipe was featured on New Hope Network today! <3

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A Closer Look Into My Life | 2020

March 12, 2020

HAPPY 2020!

Wow! I’ve sure been MIA on here. Geez, it’s been almost a year….

Well, in short, life got to me. I started a couple new jobs, started a Business Consulting company (THrīv Within Inc.) etc. But most importantly, I found myself in 2019.

I discovered #selflove.

In January 2020, I decided to share with Bulk Hackers what my life consists of these days. Click here to read 🙂

I appreciate every single one of you that follow me here.

You are loved and don’t forget… you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

Raise your standards. Never settle.

Love,

Sandy Lieu

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CHARLIE X MAX-BONE

March 25, 2019

If anyone knows me, they would know that I research everything there is to a brand, especially if it’s something that fascinates me. Well, a few weeks ago, I was browsing Instagram and came across the cutest post. For those of you that don’t know Mosey (the dog featured in the image), he is the fur baby to famous fashion blogger/founder of Gisou, Negin Mirsalehi (by the way her Gisou hair oil is to die for, in which I will share soon!). The link wasn’t linked as to where she got the bow tie so that’s when I began my research. I then somehow managed to find this image.

I had found the page! I scrolled and scrolled and could not believe how cute everything was. I clicked on their web link and discovered a section titled “Style” under the Shop Dog category. I fell in LOVE! I purchased two bow ties.

The shipment arrived in a rectangular box with two cute postcards inside. I was shocked at how amazing the quality was. I cut the tags and immediately put the Otis Bow Tie on my Charlie boy, and then the Kensington Bow Tie 🙂

They’re sooooo beautiful! The wool fabric just adds immediate elegance, especially on Standard Poodles 😉

If you guys are looking for a high quality, elegant accessories for your fur babies, I definitely recommend Max-Bone! I will be making another purchase myself soon! Currently eyeing the Andie Bow Tie! 🙂

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THE BEST Paleo, Keto, High Protein, Vegan, Low Carb, Gluten Free Bakery

May 31, 2016

You guys ever get those days where all you want to do is EAT SUGAR? Ummmmm… stupid question right? Who doesn’t want to eat sweets 24/7 without putting on that extra weight?

Well a couple days ago after a long day of work, I didn’t want anything to eat but a big piece of chocolate cake, which is weird because I typically want a full savory meal since it’s typically around dinner time.

When I got home, I checked my mail. As I am opening the mailbox I see a white box. My eyes lit up because that typically means it’s a goodie package with something other than a bill! It was from…

A-Fit Bake Shop.

Say wha?!?! Talk about PERFECT TIMING!!!

I took the box out of the mailbox and smelled peanut butter immediately. My eyes lit up even bigger! 0_0 I hurried upstairs and tore the box open.

As I was opening the box, I see two items. The first one I opened were the Purest Peanut Butter and Honey Cookies. I immediately shoved one into my mouth.

MMMmmmmmm!!!! Peanut Butter!!!

What I loved about it was it wasn’t too sweet. It felt light and airy with just the right amount of peanut butter. I can tell it was made from natural peanut butter because it didn’t taste ‘thick.” If you don’t know the difference between all natural peanut butter before vs regular peanut butter, I highly recommend buying both just so you know the difference, because there is a difference.

Regular peanut butter typically has added “oils” or some type of “sweetener” with a few other ingredients. Natural peanut butter has 2 ingredients. “Peanuts” and “Salt.”

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Next up were the Protein Peanut Butter Brownies.

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Wow is all I can say. It was pure joy in my mouth. 

I couldn’t even tell these were “healthy.” It was so good I swear I was at The Cheesecake Factory eating their “Chocolate Tower Truffle Cake,” which by the way has 2,500 calories and 85g of saturated fat per 3/4 lb according to consumerist.com!

What I really loved about this package was Alyssa Monique Lemus, the founder and baker, provided me with a sheet with all the macronutrients and ingredients.

Protein Peanut Butter Brownies 

Ingredients: Natural peanut butter, organic honey, pea protein, egg whites, dark cocoa, baking soda

Nutrition Per 1 square: 150 calories, 8g fat, 15g carbohydrate, 1g fiber 5g protein

Purest Peanut Butter and Honey Cookies 

Ingredients: Natural peanut butter, organic honey, oats, egg whites baking soda

Nutrition Per 1 cookie: 112 calories, 7g fat, 8g carbohydrates, 1g fiber, 4g protein

That day I ate a total of 2 Protein Peanut Butter Brownies and 1 Purest Peanut Butter and Honey Cookie. I then went to the gym and had a super duper leg session! These healthy treats satisfied my sweet tooth and fueled me for my workout with no guilt!

Highly recommended. Thank you Alyssa!

P.S. She now ships! She also has paleo, ketogenic, high protein, vegan, low carb, gluten free options for those that have food sensitives or on a specific diet, hence the heading 😉

Find her on Instagram @afit_bakeshop & @alyssamlemus

**This post is NOT sponsored. Everything I say comes from the heart and is my honest opinion 100%**

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Ancient Ingredients – Amazing Results

October 19, 2015

LaVigne Organic Skincare Review 

About a month ago, I left to my Northern California trip for Nutrex with a nasty burn on my right forearm. My silly butt was in a rush and burnt it closing the oven door while prepping my food

Of course a few days later, it started to bubble. Gross.

I walked into a store called William’s Naturals Foods in Richmond and came across a sheet of paper framed on the counter by the register with this bad boy next to it.

Mayan Magic Balm eh? Hmmmm…

I was interested. 

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The sheet read…

The Power of Tepezcohuite – Uses for Mayan Magic

  • Psoria
  • Eczema
  • Dry Skin
  • Cuts
  • Burns
  • Scars
  • Rosacea
  • Acne
  • Ingown Hairs
  • Razor Burn
  • Any skin irritations 

Any skin irritation?! :O

You guys should have seen my face of excitement ==> 😀

AND… the list continues. You can read all about it here.

Long story short, I decided to purchase a small bottle since my arm was in pain. And me being me had to do more research… which led me to their website LaVigneOrganics.com.

They have skincare!!!

William’s Naturals Foods didn’t have any other items other than their Mayan Magic Balm so I decided to contact them to see if I was able to get my hands on some samples.

I got a response the same day! And to me that was a huge plus 🙂 Not only that, they helped me decide what was right for my skin type and sent out samples soon after. It took me less than a week to receive samples of the following:

Botanical Cleanser

Illuminating Facial Polish

Vitamin C Serum

DMAE Firming Cream

Scalp Therapy

After trying the samples, I decided to try a full bottle of the Illuminating Facial Polish, Vitamin C Serum, and DMAE Firming Cream.

Today, October 19, 2015, marks one month of using LaVigne Organic Skincare and I must say that I am very happy with my results so far, especially with the Mayan Magic Balm for my burn. My arm is completely healed and the scar is practically gone. For those of you that don’t know me, my skin is super sensitive and takes a long time to heal…

Here is my experience and how I use them 🙂

Illuminating Facial Polish

Following the instructions on the back, I dispense about a teaspoon of powder onto my dampened hand and activate it by adding a few drops of water until I have a loose paste. I then gently massage it onto my face and exfoliate away 🙂

Because I wear makeup almost everyday, I tend to get a lot of dead skin and clogged pores so I like to use this every other day at night and it has been so amazing for me! It’s not over drying and what I love most about this product is it is 100% natural 😀 The ingredients consists of rice power + naturally occurring papain enzymes which – helps fight signs of aging 😉 HOORAY!!! But most importantly, it makes my skin super smooth and glow 🙂

Vitamin C Serum

I am not going to lie. I’ve been searching for a very good Vitamin C Serum because I’ve heard it’s a must in our daily skincare routine if we want to reduce hyperpigmentation, acne scars, etc. When I first tried this serum, the first thing that came into my mind was

Mmmmm this smells so good!

It is super silky and absorbs onto my skin super fast without feeling sticky.

It felt like I was at the spa 🙂

I have noticed some changes in my skin but not dramatic. I feel because this is an organic line (avocado, rosehip, vitamin E oils), I have to use it a little longer. I am half way through the bottle and will write an updated post when the bottle is complete but so far I love it 🙂

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DMAE Advanced Firming Cream

As an everyday moisturizer, the DMAE cream is light and absorbs onto my skin just as easy as the Vitamin C Serum, making it ready for makeup application. SCORE 🙂 The smell is light in fragrance which is also a bonus.

Overall, I am very pleased with my results so far and LaVigne Organics sits on the top of my list when it comes to natural, organic, paraben free products 🙂

You can buy the entire line via their website www.lavigneorganics.com.  Please let me know if you guys have any questions.

Xo,

Sandy

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New Goals

January 10, 2015

With only 10 days into the New Year, I can’t help but feel like I need to DO MORE.

This last week has been nothing but amazing. I got back in the fitness industry. (I went through a 4 month non-compete period when I resigned from my old company last August so I wasn’t allowed to do anything in the fitness/supplement world until Jan 1, 2015). But the wait was SOOOO worth it!!! I am so happy with my supplement company Nutrex Research, Inc. Read more about it here.

I am doing what I LOVE.

I love teaching/educating. Believe it or not, I use to be a 3rd grade teacher lol ^_^. So what is it that I do with Nutrex? I manage half the West Coast (California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington). I educate business owners, consumers and make sure supplement stores, gyms, etc. are stocked with Nutrex products. I also make sure supplement users understand what they are putting into their bodies. Everyone is different and just like food, one ingredient may work for you but may not work for the other. In order to determine that, I like to find out what your goals are first and from there I will find the right supplements for YOU. But of course, before I even recommend supplements, whole foods is the way to go. You cannot lose weight by taking supplements. You lose weight by proper exercise and nutrition. Supplements are here to…

add further nutritional value to (supplement) the diet.

To be honest, so many people are lazy nowadays and they don’t take the time to read anymore or research. When I first started my fitness journey back in 2010, I had no clue what I was doing. But how did I learn?

Google and YouTube.

I think a lot of people forget that this tool is the most amazing thing ever! It is free education. With social media growing tremendously these days, you never know what actually is the truth. In order to find out, you do your own damn research lol 😉 I also love bloggers! Here are my a few of my favs!

Healthful Pursuit

Leanne is the sweetest person ever and comes up with the most amazing recipes! She’s been through it all and has a recipe for any type of food sensitivity.

The Skinny Confidential

A lifestyle blog. Pure FUN! Lauryn is so gorgeous and her writing style is unique. She makes you want to keep reading. You’ll see…

PumpUp Daily

I love PumpUp Daily because every blogger on this page is just like US. Normal human beings with a goal and a vision… a vision to be better.

My goal this year is to help you guys grow as a person and to be happy with the body you were given. With so many coaches/teams out there nowadays, and the competitive world growing, it gets overwhelming. I know. I’ve been there. I’ve made mistakes. But the key is to not let that drag you down.

Appreciate every experience because this is how we grow. Find what makes you happy. If you want to eat that donut, do it. Just make sure you burn it off. How? Just…

Be Active.

Find out what you physically like to do. I love aerial fitness, running, spinning, and throwing heavy weights around in the gym ;). You don’t have to be inside a gym to accomplish your goals. Hiking is amazing too! If you have a hard time looking for new activities use Yelp. I think I use yelp as much as I use google lol.

My top 5 goals for 2015 are:

1) Build my brand

2) Start Vlogging

3) Takeover the West Coast with Nutrex

4) Turn IFBB Pro

5) Travel International

What are your goals?

Xo,

Sandy Lieu