Gluten-Free Protein Pancakes

Hey loves! I wanted to share a yummy recipe for all my quarantine-folk who want to try something different for breakfast! These gluten-free protein pancakes are also vegan because I use a vegan protein powder and unsweetened coconut milk, but feel free to use whey protein and dairy milk if you so choose!

The recipe is fairly simple, and you can doctor it to your liking. I add frozen blueberries to mine, and mix in half of a mashed banana, and slice the other half of the banana on top when they’re done. I’ve added chia seeds in the batter as well for even more protein, but you can also just add them on top afterwards for texture.

For this recipe, you will need:

2 scoops of protein powder
(I used 1 scoop of vanilla and 1 scoop of chocolate Arbonne protein powder which you can buy here)
1/4 cup unsweetened almond or coconut milk
2 tablespoons of almond flour
1/4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
2 egg whites
Optional toppings You can add whatever kind of fruit, seed, or sweetener, like maple syrup or honey! Feel free to mix any kind of nut butter in the batter, or spread it on top! Yum!

Mix all ingredients and add-ins in a bowl. I add a spread of coconut oil into a non-stick pan and cook the pancakes until they are light brown on both sides and not liquidy on the inside. You’ll be able to tell by taking a spatula and pressing down gently on the pancake. If nothing spills out, the inside is cooked.

The texture of these pancakes will not be a normal pancake texture. They’re a little softer/squishier, and less “cakey” than their traditional, glutinous counterparts. They’re still delicious, and keep me full for hours! This recipe yields about 4 silver dollar sized pancakes. Perfect single serving!

If you try this recipe, I hope you enjoy it! Any and all variations will probably turn out perfect! Stay healthy and happy my friends! ✌️

Xoxo

400+ Followers!

Today I hit 400 WordPress Followers! I am so thrilled and excited 400 of you think what I have to say every week is interesting enough to subscribe 🙂 I love my blog, and I love that I have an outlet to share what I do and what I like with the world.

Your support means the world to me, and I am humbled by this number! When I started this blog almost three years ago, I began it as a way for me to creatively express what I wanted to share because I didn’t have another outlet quite like my blog to be able to do it. I didn’t have much of a direction of where I wanted it to go, nor did I know if I was going to continue blogging as much as I have.

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Now in 2018, Julia’s Leaps of Faith is a community-driven blog for people who love dance, dancers who love makeup, people who love beauty, and lovers of life in general. It led to the opening of my Etsy shop, my new-found passion for crocheting, and exposure to a TON of awesome beauty products. I cannot wait to see where my blog leads me, and what other connections I can make through JLoF.

Thank you everyone! I love you guys, and am so happy to be the blogger who can bring you dance and beauty-related content every week!

Love and Light!

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Snow Day JLoF Eyeshadow Look Cruelty-Free Beauty

Hi everybody!

There was a huge Nor’easter here in NJ yesterday (happy spring… not). I decided to play with and showcase some of my homemade makeup! For those that know me and my blog, I LOVE purple and mauve – so I decided to play with some of my purple and mauve toned shades!

Here is the result!

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Gosh I love these shadows so much! Not just because I made them, but because they go on so effortlessly and they stay put! I will list the eyeshadows of mine that I used and where I put them!

So I put a color I do not have up on my Etsy in my crease! I call this shadow Dusty Tulip. This color is a mauve purple with pink undertone and it is so pretty! I will be adding this color to the shop soon! A similar looking color to this that is available to buy right now is called Teacup. Teacup is slightly more pink, but still gorgeous!

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Next I took Introspective, a smokey purple shade, and lightly buffed it into my outer v! Buff and blend to your heart’s content! What is great about Introspective is that it is so buildable and pigmented, so you can build the color to the desired darkness you are looking to achieve!

Next, I added another shade not yet available on my Etsy, a shade called Babydoll, onto the center of my eyelids and the inner corner of my eyes! This color is a white glimmer highlight with a pink undertone! I love it! I am looking to add this color to the shop soon once my next order of mineral makeup materials comes in! You can check out swatches of Babydoll and Dusty Tulip colors in this old post of mine Leaps of Faith Vegan and Cruelty Free Eyeshadows

I then added Dusty Tulip again under my lower lash line, and blended it into Babydoll which I extended from the inner corner to meet the other color under my lashes.

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I hope you all like the look I created, and if you have any questions about the mineral makeup I create and sell, feel free to comment below or send me an email! I will be adding some new colors this weekend hopefully, so if you are interested keep your eyes out for the addition of colors so you can recreate this look! ❤

Thanks for reading! Let me know what you think of the look I created below!

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xoxo

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American Dance Festival Dance Professionals Workshop Sampler

Hi everyone!

Apologies for being M.I.A., I spent 10 days in North Carolina for the American Dance Festival’s (ADF) Dance Professionals Workshop (DPW) Sampler! Back in November, I posted about the American Dance Festival and my application to the program, so you can click on this link and read more about the festival to see what it is all about! (Planning Post-Graduation: American Dance Festival!). ADF is usually held at Duke University, and offers a six week professional training program for dancers ages 18+, and a three week pre-professional training program for dancers ages 13-17. This year, the festival this year is celebrating it’s 40th year in Durham, NC, and the festival itself is over 80 years old!

Let me tell y’all, this experience was life-changing!! The festival exposed me to so many amazing people and dance artists, and I was surrounded by like-minded, focused individuals who all had something special and positive to add to the energy and the art being created in the room. Being a DPW Sampler participant, I was able to drop-in to any classes I wanted! Since this was the first DPW of the summer, it was the second week of classes for the six week school students. For this reason, we were lucky we were able to drop into classes and be in somewhat the same boat as the six week school students in regard to learning new movement material and phrase progressions.

Our sampler involved seven participants (including myself) , plus the workshop leader Nia Love, and her daughter who is also a professional dancer. After a full-day of classes and dancing, our sampler cohort would get together and explore the Duke University Gardens, have lunch together, or have conversations discussing current events and issues followed by structured improvisations. One of the benefits of having a sampler cohort is that it allows you to make friends with students like you who are only there for one week. It helps to have friends to eat meals with, go see the performances with, and go exploring with!

Every night there was a new performance to see, and some performances I saw included Cherdonna Shinatra, Beth Gill, and Pilobolus! The show tickets are complimentary for ADF students (which is amazing), and all of the shows I saw were fantastic in their own way. I think my favorite performance was Pilobolus! Y’all definitely need to go see them if you’re new to the modern dance scene and want a good introduction into concert dance.

I cannot forget to mention Durham is an ADORABLE city!! It has a young vibe, and street artwork is everywhere. As you probably saw on my Instagram, I was enjoying all of the aesthetics the city of Durham offered. These murals are just some of the gorgeous murals I saw during my stay. Local businesses in Durham wave the ADF flag and have ADF posters and postcards hanging in their shop windows. It is amazing that this city supports the arts (and dance!) as much as they do. You don’t really find this kind of culture in many places.

During my stay, I took classes such as Gaga, West African, Afro-contemporary modern technique, improvisation, ballet, yoga, contemporary, modern technique, and Feldenkrais. I met dancers from all over the country and all over the world, and shared thoughtful moments and memories with everyone I met. I sweat my ass off, and walked about 23,000 steps each day (according to my FitBit). The memories and art shared and created at ADF will resonate with me for the rest of my life, and I plan on attending the six week school next summer! ❤

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If you are looking for an affordable summer training program and are serious about improving yourself and pushing your limits, go check out the ADF website for more information. http://www.americandancefestival.org/. The DPW Sampler was an amazing and cost-effective way to train over the summer and gain exposure to new teachers and techniques to help me grow as an artist and a dancer. The six week school is also a great price for the amount of training and time you spend in the studio, in addition to all of the amazing shows and opportunities to perform that are offered to you through the festival.

It is bittersweet my dancing adventure in NC is over, but it has me so motivated to improve myself and focus on the dance projects and companies I am involved with now! More news is to come, and I can’t wait to show y’all what I have been working on! ❤

xoxo until next time

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Leaps of Faith Vegan & Cruelty-Free Homemade Eyeshadow

Hi beautiful ladies and gentlemen JLoF readers of the internet! I have something to show you and I cannot contain my excitement!! Are you ready?!

As I mentioned in a previous post, I ordered all of the tools and equipment necessary to begin formulating and pressing my very own eye shadows! All of the colors I ordered are vegan and not used on animals, and since I am testing the shadows I create on myself and some close people in my life, they are 100% cruelty-free!

I am most likely going to open an Etsy shop or some type of online shop to sell my homemade cosmetics beginning hopefully mid-summer! I also hope to begin making matte eyeshadows, blush, and highlighters! Here are the first three shadows I created (the names are names I created for the formulation):

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They are so creamy and pigmented!

Babydoll is a light pink in a satin finish. Firebird is a metallic/sparkly warm red with orange undertones. Speak Easy is a multi-chrome glitter that looks green, red, purple, and even blue depending on the lighting and what base shadow you use under it!

Today I used all three colors to create an eye look! I only used my own shadows, and e.l.f. eyelid primer/e.l.f. expert liner. Check it out!

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Babydoll all over lid, Firebird in outer v and blended out through crease, Speak Easy inner corner.

Today I created four other colors, and I have to let them dry for 12-24 hours so they are 100% good to use and set in their pans. Here are my newest colors!

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Sun Ray, Mud Slide, Dusty Tulip, & Mojave!

Sun Ray is a warm peachy pink in a satin finish. Mud Slide is a warm chocolate brown with flecks of glitter, Dusty Tulip is a cool-toned dusty pink mauve color in a satin finish, and Mojave is a redder mauve with flecks of glitter, and it has more warm tones in it.

These are all my own creations and my own names for them to keep them organized. This has been my latest DIY project because I realized how much money I spend on eyeshadow, and how I can literally create any eyeshadow I want with a little bit of time and effort (and by spending a lot less money!).

I hope you all think these shadows are as gorgeous as I do!! What do you think? Would you be interested if I opened my own Etsy shop or online store? Comment below! Btw, part of the giveaway might be a few homemade eyeshadows from yours truly 😉

Sending so much love to you all! Until next time!

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