What You Need to Know About the Diet Challenge Rebel Wilson Started
Other than taking over the box office earlier this summer with Pitch Perfect 2, Rebel Wilson has been busy traveling the globe promoting the comedy-musical sequel about the Barden Bellas. With globetrotting comes indulging in different cuisines in every country, but Torrid’s fall collab gal is staying strong and not indulging in anything and everything like we would. Why would she do that to herself, you ask? As she shared on Twitter July 1 she’s “Starting a ‘no sugar’ challenge.” Good on you, mate.
Since announcing that challenge, the Aussie actress has been sharing the triumphs and struggles it entails. On July 5 she clarified the food-based test is a no-refined-sugar one, and that going to see Magic Mike XXL made her think of Skittles, but she resisted. You go, girl! We didn’t have the same luck avoiding sweets after our screening ;) Then on July 19 the funny lady made some sugar-related puns by sharing a photo holding a falcon in Dubai with the caption, “No sugar today but plenty of desert.”
After staying strong on her no-sugar challenge for 20 days, Rebel shared that she lost the challenge by succumbing to “ice cream and Mars Bar” due to a scary taxi ride. But she vowed she’s back on the wagon, so to help her keep the sugar-free vibes going we found six recipes the actress (and others participating in their own no-sugar challenge) are sure to love.
1. Creamy Avocado Green Tea Popsicles: We’re in the middle of summer — aka the hottest part of the year — so naturally we need all the frozen treats we can get our hands on to stay cool. Try out these avocado-based + coconut milk, vanilla extract, matcha powder and agave nectar-accented popsicles to get all the ice-cold sweetness without the sugar rush. (via Munchin With Munchkin)
2. No-Bake Tiramisu Cookies: We love a no-bake recipe. Really, who doesn’t? Not only is this soft + chewy recipe easy to make, but it’s mega healthy (gluten-, dairy- and refined sugar-free) and tasty. These are what you should be exclusively filling your cookie jar with from now on. (via The Big Man’s World)
3. Espresso Walnut Brownies: Just because a dessert is sugar-, gluten- and dairy-free doesn’t mean it’s lacking richness, moistness and flavor. These five-minute creations prove that. Mix together some raw walnuts, unsalted almonds, dates, raw cacao and espresso powder and you’ll be feeling re-energized and full without those post-sugar-indulgence feels. (via Minimalist Baker)
4. Peach Blueberry Oatmeal Smoothie: Pit and chop up a peach, throw in some blueberries, add almond or coconut milk, some oats and ice and you’ve got a delicious and refreshing breakfast, lunch or brunch sugar-free smoothie. Who needs a milkshake anyway? (via Blahnik Baker)
5. Plum Butter: Step aside, cashew + apple butter; this spread is what you need in your life as a super healthy alternative. Puree some plums, zest a little orange, stir in vanilla extract, cinnamon, allspice and honey and then boil the concoction to create a flavorful bread topper. (via Savory Simple)
6. Vegan Baked Chia Power Donuts: Yep, donuts can be healthy. Or at least not as bad of an indulgence as a typical glazed one is. With this chia version, topped with a cashew cream, you’ll be craving a baker’s dozen for yourself. (via The Yooper Girl)
Will you be recreating any of these sugar-free recipes? Let us know which ones in the comments.
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)