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Apple Pie Shake Recipe

Apple Pie Shake Recipe

This is a favorite shake of mine because it's like the tasty end of a family dinner. Enjoy!

Apple Pie Shake

10 oz unsweetened cashew milk

1 scoop French Vanilla Hexapro Protein by Allmax Nutrition

1 small apple (remove core and seeds, leave skin on)

1 tsp cinnamon

dash of allspice

Stevia to taste

Ice

Blend & Enjoy!

Peanut BUTT-er & Chocolate Protein Shake

Peanut BUTT-er & Chocolate Protein Shake

Today I wanted to share one of my go-to sweet tooth satisfiers. I hope you love it as much as I do!

 

Peanut BUTT-er & Chocolate Protein Shake

10 oz unsweetened cashew milk

1- 2 scoops Chocolate Peanut Butter Isoflex Protein by Allmax Nutrition

1TB Natural almond butter

1TB unsweetened raw cocoa powder

Stevia to taste

Ice

Blend and enjoy! 

Journey to Shark Tank

Hi Friends and Fam, 

Recently I was asked how we began BootyQueen Apparel (and how we ended up on Shark Tank), and I realized many of our followers may not know how this crazy journey even began! 

Last month, we went on Shark Tank for our apparel line BootyQueen Apparel and ended up getting a deal with Daymond John. I’ve been a huge fan of the show for years (and actually learned a lot about business just by watching the show).

BootyQueen Apparel came about because I always wanted to do my own apparel line and specialize in leggings. After training over half of my life, I knew what worked in the gym, what would flatter a woman's body and what I would personally train in. I also wanted a one stop shop for “All Things Booty” where I could offer training programs (again, from my years of experience) and write blogs (because I would always hear feedback of how my Instagram posts personally helped or changed someone's life). So blogs were a must.

Because I was known for my glutes in the industry, Bootyqueen was the hashtag I used when I would post. Soon people started calling me “bootyqueen," so bootyqueen it was! I didn’t want my name on a brand like “Latona” or “Kuclo,” but rather wanted a term like bootyqueen that can relate to all women.

 

“Every woman is a Queen and it's all about the Booty”

 

Our motto is “Every woman is a Queen and it's all about the Booty.” My vision for the brand was (and is) to represent women who want to feel empowered through strength training, and to teach about health and fitness while practicing self love and body acceptance - no matter your shape or size. We are all queens, we are all beautiful, and bootyqueen apparel has great fit, high quality fabric, designs to accentuate a woman's curves and amazing colors. You just look and feel fabulous wearing it. When we launched our apparel line we instantly became popular. The problem (which was a great one to have) was we were always selling out as soon as we got inventory back in. So we’d launch and immediately sell out, then be back to square one waiting on a restock. We had one employee, we needed help, office space etc., and we also wanted the Shark Tank connections and massive viewing audience.

It was a long process, a lot of rounds, and a lot of waiting. When we finally aired April 21st of this year, our lives changed. We would now be a part of the Shark Tank family, and have a partner that’s been exactly where we are (starting FUBU apparel in his own home). He could help take us exactly where we envisioned the company and knew it could go. It was hard work before - and you know what? It's even harder work now, but we absolutely love it.

This Too Shall Pass

This Too Shall Pass

If you’ve read some of my posts on Instagram, you know that years of over dieting and over training led me to a body that simply stopped responding. For a woman whose career is in the fitness industry, it was really hard. I think any woman feels hard on herself for gaining 5 lbs; but 25lbs in a few months without a reason was really hard on me. I would pray and ask why the weight wouldn’t go- because I got very discouraged.

One day in the shower, God told me “You can help people more once you’ve personally experienced something, and you can also have more compassion for someone going through the same things.” This led me to share everything I’ve gone through: Very honestly. You would be surprised just how many women share their stories and are going through the exact same things. I can stand there and tell them the same thing God told me….This too Shall Pass.

If you’ve gone through something where your body stops responding to diet or training, here's my advice:

1. Give it time.

The only way to really reset your body is through it realizing it's not going to be under fed or over trained. The body is smart. If you repeatedly over diet, it thinks it's in starvation mode and will shut off to preserve itself. Keep being consistent with clean, healthy food, a good amount of calories and not too much cardio.

2.) Get your hormones tested.

Just make sure everything is going correctly on that end. This really helps if you’ve never had blood work for hormones tested before.

3.) Pray.

We all go through things to make us stronger. We grow in storms, and we have an opportunity to get ourselves off our own minds and not pray selfish prayers. It's easy to get into a trap of self pity, and keeping self on our minds - because heck, we are the ones in fact going through it, right?

On purpose, start praying for everyone else you can think of. And you never know, your story and experience could be what's needed for someone else that will experience the same thing in the future. You never know that what you're going through now….could be just the thing that helps someone else.

Stay encouraged friends.

Think Before You Type

Think Before You Type

I think I've reached my max limit on people's negativity.

It seems like lately people can't post a video or picture without someone taking the time to comment something negative. 

It's not just negativity, it's actual bullying. Grown men and women actually name calling. 

I always try to see the positive in people and in life, but it seems that the amount of negativity and hate hasn't just gotten worse- it's gotten rapidly worse. The world should be more good (and you should actually have to seek out the negative), where nowadays it seems like you have to look to find the positive. What has amazed me lately is someone name calling, then you click on their profile, and they have a profile pic of them with their young child. What kind of example is that to children (who deal with bullying the most)? How would they like it if their child was called the same names? 

I mean, making fun of what people wear, and how they wear it, their bodies, faces or whatever... I always pray "Forgive them Lord they know not what they do" just like Jesus did. I can't even begin to fathom having that much hate in you; that you take the time to (not only) type up the cruelty- but then hit send. I mean, really? Recently, Texas was hit with 3 tornadoes. 5 people died and 45 people were severely injured. Think about that. 5 people woke up that day and died. Their family is forever affected. That's real tragedy. Some people are over there with nothing better to do than to spew garbage; about maybe something as insignificant as they don't like a person's hair. Did you ever think that maybe that person doesn't have the money to get their hair done? Be grateful you do. Maybe that store clerk is miserable because they just found out their spouse left them. Maybe that person gained weight because they received bad news and ate out of depression...

Thats why being judgmental is so just ... wrong. You never know what that person has been through (or is going through). Thank God you're not. Count your blessings: You have eyes to see your phone, hands so that you can type those negative messages. Sorry. This may sound like a rant, but to be honest this isn't about me. I thank God that I really don't get a lot of crap at all, but just seeing what some people put in other's posts triggered this. 

Anyway, I'm just encouraging everyone to take some time and give friendly reminders to be nice. Be kind. Be a blessing. Pray for others. I use my twitter for those short thoughts and reminders - maybe it's something we can do together. I'm still gonna choose to stay positive and pray for those negative people. To be honest, they might have no one else praying for them. Or maybe the world has to get that bad because Jesus is coming back soon. Either way, just spread the freakin love. Period.