The eye-opening, essential journey to a healthy mind, body and soul part 1

Do you have stomach issues and are sick of modern medicine failing you? Because for as long as I can remember I’ve been suffering and wasn’t given specific answers until recently.

When I was about 17 I started to notice I would feel ill throughout the day, from that age until just a month ago (I’m 31 now). I was in and out of the doctors office. I had blood test after blood test, ultrasounds, full physicals, pretty much everything the doctor would send me for that he was able to.

Now call me a baby, but getting my blood sucked out of me like I’m a vampires steak dinner, with zero answers back is not my idea of a good time. So you can imagine how frustrating it was to go through the process and continuesly get let down.

I was tired, my skin was always breaking out, my hair was falling out, and my body and mind knew something was wrong. Alas, all my tests would come back and I was text book healthy.

After many excuses and sleepless nights, something just clicked. Why was I deliberately letting myself feel this way? How many days, weeks, months have I wasted feeling ill. I was putting my health last. How could I justify spending $100 on lash extensions every 5 weeks and not investing in my health. Seems stupid when I say it out loud LOL That’s when I made the appointment.

Your health and life are the most important. Without a clear and optimimal mind, body and spirit, you truly cannot succeed and get the things you want out of life. Starting the journey and making that consult was the best choice I’d made in years.

At my first appointment we went over my health history, what I’ve had done (testing wise), a bit of my family history. My life and some possible stressors, and of course my diet. What kind of garbage was I putting in my precious vessel. It’s funny how often you look at food and packaging and think because it has the key words “organic, gluten free, fat free” that it’s good for you…wrong. I’m a very adamant label reader now btw.

The doctor gave me a week long food journey to track my meals, what I ate, when I ate it, condiments, water and other liquid intake, and even my sleeping patterns and how long I slept.

Next we talked about the testing. I opted to get the Chemistry Panel blood test instead of the food allergy test. I had heard the food allergy test was great but for me personally we had discussed that my issues were steming from my gut, leaky gut syndrome to be exact. The food allergy test would indeed let me know what not to eat but not why it was affecting me. The Chem Panel however would tell me everything.

And with that, an open mind and open heart to properly healing myself, I was off. Off to get more blood tests but this time with some answers.

We take for granted the life we are given so often. The focus on the immediate image of ourselves becomes priority. Hair, nails, makeup, clothes. Making sure we look great on the outside but forgetting about our insides. It all starts with what’s inside. It’s true what they say, you are what you eat. Was what I was putting in my body and on my body slowly deteriorating me? I needed change. I wanted change.

I left that appointment knowing this journey was going to take patience, dedication, discipline and self belief.

Test results and more coming soon in part 2. ❤️

Gluten free vegan alfredo sauce.

So I never once in my life considered being vegan and that’s mainly because I FUCKING LOVE CHEESE! And to be fair I’m pescatarian so I’m kinda close right? Well that changed just a few weeks ago. I wanted to get to the root of all my stomach and health issues (seperate blog touching more on that soon). So I started seeing a naturopath that put me on a new lifestyle change, I say that because I don’t prefer the term “diet”.

With this new change comes the no no’s…no dairy, no wheat, no nightshade veggies, no coffee, no alcohol (tragic I know), no white anything (rice, potatoes, sugar etc). I never realized how much I actually cooked with and incorporated both wheat and some dairy into my meals.

So with that, it was time to get creative. I got the pass from both the husband and child so that’s all I needed to hear! But not to toot my own friggen horn, it was pretty gosh damn good. So here it goes!

1 cup of coconut milk (use canned for thicker/full fat)
1 cup vegetable broth
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 tsp basil
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp 3 onion mix- epicure brand
1 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tbsp almond flour (can use any flour you choose, no reg white though)
1/2 cup daiya shredded cheese (can use any vegan Parm cheese to thicken up sauce if you don’t like using corn starch)
Himalayan pink salt and pepper to taste

Brown rice fettuccine noodles

I used mushrooms, broccoli and green beans mixed with some meatless ground beef (I love the gardein brand!).

1. Since this sauce doesn’t take too long I started the noodles and veg right away. I don’t think I need to explain how to boil noodles. If you arent sure how to boil noodles but are trying out cooking vegan sauce I vote you go back and learn noodles first LOL. Use 1tbsp coconut oil in pan, or grape seed oil if you don’t like the taste of coconut. Cook veggies, add veef….jk I don’t think I like that word. Just made it up but it sounds too much like queef so just exnay that.

2. Add 1tbsp coconut oil to sauce pan, add garlic and all spices and herbs. Fresh herbs are always better for more flavor but if you’re a triple B…broke babe on a budget then dried works just fine. Let cook for 1 min, stirring.

3. Add the liquids, nutritional yeast and flour. Let cook 8 mins.

4. Add daiya shredded cheese to thicken (or vegan Parm, or corn starch if you don’t give a shit about it being made from alien modified corn).

5. Watch that bitch cook and thicken for like an extra 5-7 mins. Add salt and pepper to taste. Can also add more spices if you taste it and it’s bland. I usually just dump a bunch in but I gave you average measurements.

Watch the video to see my cooking process. Then maybe decide if this recipe is for you 😂.

Happy Cookin’ Ya’ll!!!

5 Stunning products for self care sunday

Ahhhhh Sunday. The day we get to unwind and take a little bit of extra time to do fuck all. Or brunch with the girls, or shave your cats mats off her back (ok that was only like 3 times ever), or as some people cannot help but do…stress about it being Monday the next day. Well FUCK that last one!

No more stressful Sundays. No mopping around, waiting for your 6am Monday alarm. It’s time to use Sundays to your advantage to do some quality SELF CARE. Wether your fighting back the urge to puke up last night’s mistakes aka hungover, or as chipper as a squirrel on acid, you gotta take some YOU time! I like to read, bake (gluten free, sugar free, fun free for me but hey it works), and of course, face mask time!

I’ve put together my current favorite Self Care Sunday picks with a quick review on each 💕

LoveBeautyFoods Adaptogen Mask- Guys this brand is so great! This is another one of my “quick” trip to home sense finds! I stumbled upon this little beauty and couldn’t not buy. It’s a greyish powder mask that you mix with water to make a paste then apply. I’m too lazy to use a small bowl to mix so I mix it in the lid and put it on in the bath so it’s not as messy but it leaves my skin feeling so nice and tight afterwards. Made with gotu kola, reishi, and ashwagandha. These Adaptogens when used on your skin may act as a toner and help support your adrenal functions that help you adapt to stress. This Australian brand is definitely one to check out!

Pixi Skintreats Rose Oil Blend- Face oils. My new never-to-be-skipped step in my skin care routine! I’m such a huge fan of anything rose right now! I put this oil on after my toner every single night and even in the mornings under my makeup if I need an extra dewy look and feel. It smells SO good and I’ll probably never not have this stuff on hand.

CocoKind Organic Rosewater Facial Toner- Ok this product itself will be getting it’s own review because holy fucking shit is it ever amazing. I literally use this every day and threw out my other brands of rosewater toner. This is ONE INGREDIENT k?! Simply just rose water! Zero anything added, unlike all the other toners I’ve ever tried. I use this in conjunction with witch hazel from the pharmacy and my skin loves me. You can even use this throughout the day as a skin refresher. It’s honestly so perfect I may as well marry it.

Kora Organics (by Miranda Kerr) Rose Quartz Luminizer- So the title says it all…made by a supermodel and does not disappoint. It’s actually a highlighter not a skin care product. I will admit I only bought it because the pretty packaging, the box is so cute and has rose quartz crystals on it and obviously I’m a sucker for anything crystal related. I was excited to try it however because I don’t have any cream highlighter. It’s light and a little goes a long way. I use it on my cheeks, brow bone and collar bone and its such a lovely dewy light shimmery princess pink. It’s definitely a more subtle highlight with beautiful pink undertones. Most likely will get the other colors to try as well! These are all made with/charged with crystals. Oh and this one has rose oil in it as well…WIN.

Last but not least because I saved the best for last…

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask- Lady Boner! Warning: your significant other will want to eat your face off zombie style if you put this on! This mask is my new all time favorite mask. The fresh feel and Watermelon scent is so undeniably good and it makes my skin so soft! I usually rub my face on my cats belly to get the same effect but this is almost better than that. I’m talking SOFT AF. It’s very light and cool, gel like that can be used as a 10 min mask or overnight. I personally use it over night as I’m not wasting this goodness on only 10 minutes. Worth every penny and I’ll be spending more pennies trying out all their other masks. 200% recommend!

I got my rose quartz roller from winners but will be purchasing a better one as I love using this in the am and pm to reduce puffiness in the face and smooth out the products I use.

Biotin- I take that shit everyday! Good for skin, hair and nails!

My pink spiral hair ties- If you have thick horse hair like moi and don’t like your hair being pulled unless it’s in the bedroom then go get yourself some of these. Can find at pretty much any drug store, beauty store etc.

Hope you guys found some new babies to try!! Leave me a comment of your fav go to’s!

Now go and get that glow girl! Happy Self Care Sunday!!

3 Quick tricks to regain that creative spark.

Let me start by saying I’m the queen of letting a dull uninspired mindstate get the best of me. We all have those days don’t we? Where we want to lay around and binge watch real housewives and dream of fancy, warm vacays, bottomless mimosas for breakfast. But unfortunately that shit doesn’t pay the bills. Well, not in my life it doesn’t.

So what do you do when you can’t write, create, think straight etc. Before I started this blog I was having a massive 3.0 writers block and let me tell you it’s V V ANNOYING. Like helloooo, why does it feel like there is a cute, white fluffy kitten patting a ball of red string around inside my head? It’s excruciatingly hard to concentrate some days.

I wanted to make a “how to” post about how you can instantly clear your head and get down to the nitty gritty.

Step 1: I do this every morning in my living room but it’s nice to do in a small space if you’re trying to have some quiet inspo time. Essential oils. Wether you use a diffuser or prefer some quick spray or roll on scents, my favorites currently are citrus flavors. Lemon, grapefruit and sweet orange. Citrus oils are great for enhancing your mood and help reduce feelings of anxiety and irritability. They also boost your mental energy levels and pep you the fuck up! Perfect right?!

Step 2: Breathing. Kinda need to breathe to live I know but how often do you actually just sit or lay down and have some really good breathes? Taking 5-10 mins to focus on just breathing with your belly and not your chest is so fulfilling (see what I did there?) No seriously though, it feels SO good. I like to imagine white and pink sparkly light coming in through my nose and filling up my belly as I breathe in, breathe in alllllll the way, hold it for a couple seconds and exhale. As you exhale imagine all that same white and pink sparkly, magical light is being released through your mouth, along with whatever worries, bad thoughts and negative energy you were harbouring inside you.

Step 3: Next I like to put on a few tracks and dance around in my room aka in front of mirror like a total idiot. You gotta get that blood flowing and what’s better than shaking your cute ass. Maybe I’m old but remember Electric Circus on much music circa 1999? I use to watch that religiously and dance like a maniac in my room with my door barricaded so my nosey older brothers couldn’t come in and bust me living my best life.

So there it is! Some super easy, super cheesy but effective ways to get out of your slump.

Have some other favorite ways to get inspired quickly? I want to hear them!! Comment on my latest IG post with some great ways to undull your mind and I’ll add them to a future blog or podcast!

My social media awakening and how I conquered the dreaded hold of Instagram.

Ok guys, I’m going to try to make this short but knowing me that actually won’t happen and I will most likely ramble on so I apologize in advance.

Let me first start by saying HOLY FUCKING CAT SHIT is social media ever a headache! If only I had a dollar for every second I’ve wasted trying to piece together the shit show that has been the last few months of my life online. Now don’t get me wrong this story has a happy ending so over all I’m happy and content. Let’s rewind back to November.

It was just a normal day for me, posted my usual daily post with more than likely a smart ass caption that took me way too long to figure out. I kissed my cats a few million times, talked to my bird, annoyed my fiance. Totally normal stuff, until later in the day when I went to check my Instagram. Nothing. Logged out. Glitch in the Matrix? Possibly….but no it in fact was fucking not.

It actually took over half hour until I got the dreaded “your account has been disabled for violating terms” message. I panicked. Now I know it’s only social media and not real life but when you spend 6 solid years building an honest following…no bought followers etc, and when you make a living off your social media; it’s kind of hard to not worry about it.

So I appealed it, over 30 times since then if we are being honest. No response. Now, knowing in my heart I did nothing wrong as I’ve never posted anything that would violate terms, I figured I’d get it back so I vowed not to make a new account. Well 2 weeks later I caved. Made a new “backup account”, and here is where it gets nuts. A few weeks into this new account I reported a fake account using my photos. Then I got the notification “this account has been taken down for pretending to be someone else”…. I thought OH FUCKKK YA, one point for me. Wrong.

I then clicked on the notification and boom…logged out. Instagram deleted my account (again) INSTEAD of the fake one using my photos. Zero points for me. So flash forward now a few more weeks. My jewelry page (shameless plug, if you haven’t yet be sure to follow it on IG) was thriving. I was getting good exposure, lots of hits on my new site. Business as usual, I go to check my account….logged out. Fuck me right. This time it was hacked. Completely deleted and gone forever.

Now let’s rewind again and go back to when my first original account got deleted (I hope you’re still following) At this time I was really feeling down, depressed, uninspired and most of all I was already feeling like social media was sucking the life out of me. The constant pressure to make good quality posts and stay relevant was always weighing on me hard. I was working a job I wasn’t 100% sure of, I didn’t know what direction I wanted to go with that and if I wanted to seperate it from my Instagram. I was confused.

Through the months of November and December I stayed feeling this way, all of the social media bullshit was too much so I deleted my Facebook and tried to stay off of it all as much as I could. Some issues in my personal life were bothering me and I was at a very low point until after new years. I kept thinking why is all this bad shit happening to me? That’s when it hit me.

None of this was happening to me, it was happening FOR me. I wasn’t happy but I wasn’t changing because I was fighting the natural flow. The universe was sending me sign after sign and I was ignoring it because I was so far down, deep in my pool of self pity and deflection. All of these things were happening FOR me to clear space in my life for new, better things to come. I was literally being forced off social media. That time I had to myself was so nurturing and healing.

I was finally able to think clearly, to feel more, to be present, to look up into the fucking sky instead of into a tiny piece of soul sucking technology. It was short but it was so sweet. I got back into writing, editing, shooting, all the things I had been putting off because I was so absorbed into what I thought I had to post next, just for some superficial admiration from strangers.

I had the time to think about what my intention is for social media, what purpose I want to use it for and what direction, and message I want to give to people following. Posting because I felt I had to wasn’t making me happy. I used it like a drug, it was an addiction. I want to use it as a tool to connect with a community and of course a job I enjoy. We are given this platform, the internet; our gateway to everyone, everything, and anything and we let it control us.

Well FRIG THAT, not anymore. Being back on social media but with limited time has been so refreshing. Posting and putting my phone down without the urge to pick it up every 2 seconds is fucking RAD.

So guys, I want you to do this with me. TRY to consciously use your time online wisely. When you find yourself scrolling remind yourself to stop. Literally say in your head over and over “fuck off phone”. There’s a thing on most devices these days that can track your time on each app. Check it, you’ll be amazed and probably partly disgusted. I was anyways. Let’s get that number way way down!

Here’s a lil trick I do. Think of 3 positive words to describe yourself… Mine are ambitious, loyal and caring. Everytime you pick up your phone to check your socials think of those 3 words. Think of how much time you can spend off your phone really BEING those 3 words for yourself, your friends and fam. Repeat those words and use them as fuel to get shit done! Social media isnt everything but without spending so much time on it YOU can be everything you wish to be!

And with that im getting off line and going to work out and be present with the day!!

Xo Jenna

Gratitude is an attitude!

I cannot put into words how much gratitude I’ve been feeling lately. I’m literally in tears as I write this because just a week ago I was so low I didn’t want to live. I’ve accepted myself and my vulnerability and I’m listening. I’m listening to my heart, my mind, my body, my well being. When I was down it felt like I’d never be up again. I had to get outside of myself. I forced myself to change, I started working out, practicing feeling grateful. I started taking care of my health, eating clean but mostly I got the fuck off social media.

I use to think things like money, social media, being liked by everyone mattered, of course you need money and social interaction to live but it truly does not matter. It doesn’t make you genuinely happy. Social acceptance doesn’t make you happy. I use to think I needed all of that to be who I am but it’s the exact opposite. Today I have less followers, less money, less “friends” and I’m the happiest I’ve ever been. Quality over quantity is a saying that is so fucking real, props to whoever figured that one out.

I had to change my self confidence and self trust. A shift in the ego. Ive been telling myself to keep my promises to myself to do better. I’m so fucking grateful. I’m content. I’m happy to be alive.

If you are ever feeling depressed, please reach out. Get into a routine, a ritual. Work out, eat clean, give yourself time to be still and meditate. Associate with happy spiritual people. Get rid of toxic people and things. Have a will to win. And you will.

Get grateful. Get driven. Get better.

I conquered my fears and made my first Podcast!


Alrighty guys,

By now you’ve heard the news about this new venture I’ve dived into. Yes that’s right, my mother fucking podcast!! Yayyyy me AMIRIIIITE??! Ok so I just gotta say, if you’re ever doubting yourself and feeling like you can’t do something. Just do it! (Thanks Nike).

I will admit I have no god damn idea what I’m doing but I’m having fun doing it so fuck it. On my podcast I’ll be covering beauty, wellness, style, daily life issues, influencial people, my take on what I think is good advice?? and pretty much anything in between. To say I have a niche is maybe a bit off. I’m a gemini ok, like fuck my brain. I have way too much going on upstairs for me to cover only one niche. So let’s call it a lifestyle podcast…? Yes great, glad we got that covered!

The great thing about this podcasting and blogging thing is that it’s all MY way. I’m the boss. And if you’re like me and have a hard time doing a regular 9-5 and being on someone else’s clock then you’ll understand. It’s so 1990. Huge fan of the 90s but not the work force days. Today anyone can basically do anything they want from the comfort of their own home online. Legit in tights and a sports bra while I write this. Slaying the game here people.

So if you haven’t checked it out yet please do! I wanna hear your thoughts and suggestions on what you’d like to hear me talk about. You can listen to Jenna’s View – The Podcast on all your favorite apps such as Anchor, Google podcasts (android only), Spotify, breaker and more! Don’t forget to subscribe and if you’re feeling generous give me a 5 star rating. Wink wink nudge nudge. Thanks for stopping by, now get out there and sucks today’s D!!!
https://anchor.fm/jennas-view/episodes/1–My-first-podcast-e3180b/a-a5g0os