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20 Ways to Be the Change You Wish to See In the World

Like so many of you, the tragedy in Manchester has left me heartbroken. My whole heart goes out to those affected by this senseless act. As a performer, my biggest wish is for people to leave performances feeling exhilarated, excited, filled with joy and inspired. In this time of disappointment and sadness I’d like to encourage all of us to put extra effort into adding kindness and positivity into the world.

In support of Ariana Grande, her team, the community of Manchester, and in honor of those who have been affected by this awful situation, please find below a list of 20 ways to be the change you wish to see in the world.

Love,
Jules

20 Ways to Help Make the World a Better Place

1. Be forgiving.

2. See the good in people.

3. Help others.

4. Compliment people.

5. Be generous.

6. Smile at strangers.

7. Volunteer your time.

8. Learn about other cultures.

9. Find a local cause to support.

10. Engage in community events.

11. Send a handwritten note to someone who needs it.

12. Offer assistance.

13. Don’t partake in gossip.

14. Be true to your word.

15. Find the positive in every negative.

16. Be an informed (and frequent!) voter.

17. Pick up litter.

18. Offer your seat to someone who needs it more than you.

19. Give a single parent a helping hand.

20. Love each other.

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Healthy

I Am The “ME” in EndoMEtriosis

It’s Women’s Health Month and there is no better time to tell you about a campaign close to my heart: Get in the Know about ME in EndoMEtriosis. As some of you may already know, I have been helping to raise awareness about endometriosis, a chronic and painful disease that affects an estimated one in 10 women, including me.

Starting when I was 15, I had sharp pains in the lower part of my stomach and heavy bleeding during and between my periods. I saw a few doctors who said it was normal, so I assumed it was just part of being a woman. As a performer and entertainer, I’ve always had a high tolerance for pain, so I just pushed through and ignored it.

Then in 2008, while performing on Dancing with the Stars, I had a particularly bad “episode,” as I call them. I started experiencing horrible pain and bleeding, so much so that my mom (who luckily was there) insisted we go to the hospital. Right away, I met with my gynecologist and it was then I found that I had endometriosis. Continue Reading

Recipes

“The One” Peanut Butter Cookie You Need In Your Life

I absolutely love this peanut butter cookie recipe sent to my Ask Jules inbox from Cherie! It’s called “The One” because all the ingredients measure out to one cup or one teaspoon.

It’s not only simple to make, the recipe itself is very clean — especially considering it’s for cookies. “The One” Cookie is gluten free, and if you source your ingredients right, it can also be completely organic.

I’m a fan of the high protein and healthy fats, too. Thanks for sharing, Cherie!

Ingredients:
• 1 cup all natural peanut butter
• 1 cup turbinado or unbleached sugar
• 1 egg (or egg substitute if vegan)
• 1 tsp vanilla

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix all ingredients listed.
3. Roll into small balls.
4. Flatten with a fork.
5. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

Enjoy!

Travel

Hometown Tour: Shauntel Greene Shares Her Favorite Spots in Charlotte

Now that we’re in the full swing of MOVE Live On Tour, I thought it would be fun to have some talented local bloggers showcase the cities we’re dancing in. I couldn’t be more thrilled to feature Shauntel Greene of Beautique’d as our first official city guide!

Shauntel is the very best and her pictures make me want to extend our stay in her beautiful city! Hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

Take it away, Shauntel!

Hi there!! I’m Shauntel, blogger behind Beautique’d — a life, style and beauty blog based out of Charlotte, NC. If you have never been to Charlotte, then today is your lucky day because I’m showing you three of my favorite places to get the best coffee, take in the most amazing scenery and also find the cutest outfit!

Fun Fact about me: I was actually born in Germany, however I have called Charlotte home ever since I could remember. There is nothing that compares to the city that you grew up in, made memories in and now have the opportunity to thrive in your own element.

I love Charlotte for the gorgeous weather; its roots and history, sports (GO PANTHERS!) and so much more. This place is truly a gem, which I’m sure you will fall in love with at first visit. Below are some of my favorite places to check out if you are ever in town!

1. Favorite Boutique: KK Bloom
The boutique experience is like no other. Especially, in the South! I love finding boutiques with amazing customer service, which are always ahead of the trends, and deliver them in the most unique way. There are so many various boutiques in the Charlotte area, however, one of my favorites is KK Bloom, located off of Selwyn Avenue.


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Inspired

A Card As Wonderful As My Mom

One of the many traits I’ve received from my Mom is my handwriting, more specifically, my signature. It’s funny how even the little things like how you cross your “T” or curve your “J” can be passed down from generation to generation. It’s something I notice often and pay extra attention to when I send a card to my mom. That’s why I was so excited to partner with Hallmark for Mother’s Day — they always have the perfect way to celebrate a loved one!

There is something extra special about receiving a handwritten Hallmark card. Unlike an email or text, a card is touching since it’s truly personal and physically real. I try to send cards on all holidays, but it’s extra important to me that I send my mom a card on Mother’s Day. After all, I did get my handwriting from her, so what better a way to tell her how much I love and appreciate her to the moon and back?

My mom is always present to support her kids and grandkids. I look to her for strength and inspiration on a daily basis. Even though they’re not my moms, my sisters are exceptional mothers themselves. Without a question Sharee, Katherine, and Marabeth will be receiving cards of appreciation, too!

I’m so happy to have discovered Hallmark Signature cards because much like the very notion of sending cards, this line is beautiful and timeless. I chose to send my Mom this floral edition because like her, it’s vibrant, feminine, upbeat and lovely!

What card will you be sending mom this Sunday?

Inspired

Ask Jules: Prom Confidence

The Ask Jules email below brought to my attention how similar it can be to prepare for prom and getting ready to walk the red carpet. As daunting as both can be, it’s important to maintain a healthy mindset, dress in a way that makes you feel your very best, and remember to be kind to yourself. You deserve it!

Hello Julianne,

I just wanted to tell you how much you inspire me through your kindness and motivation. You’re one of the people I look up to most in life and I just want to thank you for showing me how to help others and be the best version of myself! Secondly, I am a senior in high school and prom is coming up so I have a few questions that I’d love to know your advice/opinions about.

My first question is about the dress. I am not a very materialistic person so it is not too important to me that I have a super expensive, fancy dress, but at the same time I still want to feel pretty and princess-y. Do you know of any relatively inexpensive options or any tips on how to feel confident in a dress?

I’ve been eating well and trying to live a more holistic life lately, which has helped a lot to boost my confidence, but there are some days when I still struggle with that. Do you have any tips that you use on red carpets or for formal events that keep you feeling happy and confident even after multiple hours? I know the red carpet and prom are completely different but I think some of the concepts are similar.

Also if you have any input on makeup and hair you’re willing to share I’d love to know!

I know you’re a super busy person and I’ve asked a lot (sorry for that) but if you do read this I would be super, super, appreciative and thrilled if you responded. Thank you for everything!!!

Thank you,
Maddie
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Recipes

Deep Dish Delight: A Healthy Take On Chicago’s Famous Pizza

While we were dancing our way through Chicago one thing was on the MOVE Team’s mind: Deep. Dish. Pizza. How could we not dream about the ooey-gooey goodness of a delicious Chicago style pizza pie? I’m constantly seeking out ways to satisfy my cravings as well as my conscious. As the tour bus buzzed by the hundredth pizzeria promising the best slice in town -– I began my search for the unicorn of indulgences: a healthy version of deep-dish deliciousness.

I came across the blog belonging to Chicago-native Ashley, a cookbook author, writer, and photographer behind the website Blissful Basil. Lo and behold, she made the seemingly impossible, possible! The crust calls for cauliflower in lieu of flour and lite mozzarella in place of full-fat cheese. I also like how Ashley added spinach for its healthy benefits.

When I get home, I’m going full veggie by adding broccoli, tomatoes and bell peppers. Continue Reading

Living

In Honor Of Earth Day, Try These Eco-Friendly Swaps

As we approach the 50th anniversary of Earth Day (this Saturday!) I’d like to check in with you guys to see how your eco-friendly challenges have been going. I’ve done well with some of my changes, but some of them were more difficult for me. I’m a work in progress!

Besides our contributions at home, there are thousands of companies who are dedicated to developing new technology to lessen their carbon footprint. As much as I love to DIY beauty products, there are some household items you just can’t re-create at home. When I have to hit the store, it’s important to me to continue my sustainable efforts by supporting these businesses who are making an effort to be more earth friendly.

For example, Method started packaging some of their household products with plastic reclaimed from the ocean! And I just learned that researchers have found a way to potentially skip the plastic and create packaging out of unsellable potatoes. There are already some snack foods out there that are sold in biodegradable bags!

Each year I try to add another sustainable habit to my lifestyle. I know I can’t do it all at once, but I’ve found that even adding in one thing makes me more aware of other choices I make throughout the day. I’ve put together a few products that I think I can swap out to do my part with our environment — what everyday things do you think you can live without?

PS: You can click the items to learn more!

I’d love it if you could help me come up with a list of sustainable products! Please send your favorite earth-friendly brands to askjuleshough@gmail.com. I’ll post a list of our recommendations to share!

Recipes

Fresh Summer Rolls with Spicy Peanut Sauce

With the weather heating up, it’s the perfect time to add some light and fresh recipes into your dinner menu rotation. I’ve asked Lori Zanini to share some more of her delicious and healthy creations with us over the next few months, and I’m so glad we’re starting with this fancy but easy-to-execute recipe for Summer Rolls.

As always, please let me know if you try this at home — I love to see your skills in action!

Ingredients:

For the peanut sauce:
• ½ cup natural peanut butter
• 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
• 2 tbsp coconut aminos
• 1 tbsp sriracha
• 1 tsp grated ginger
• 1 garlic clove, crushed
• ¼ cup canola oil
• ½ cup water

Add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk until well combined (or blend all ingredients in a food processor). Pour into a small ramekin and set aside.

For the rolls:
• 1 lb wild caught shrimp
• 1 tsp canola oil
• 1 package rice paper (I love BanhTrang brand, if available)
• 1 medium watermelon radish
• 2 cups shredded carrots
• 2 cups julienne cucumbers
• 2 cups shredded white cabbage
• 2 cups thinly chopped romaine lettuce
• 1 cup of fresh mint leaves
• 1 cup fresh cilantro leaves
• Large bowl of room temperature water

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Inspired

Unsteady: The Story Behind The Dance

This week on Dancing With The Stars, Derek and I performed a dance that will certainly be one of my most memorable. To me this piece was so much more than a dance. It was an opportunity for us to tell our story while expressing our deepest emotions, the ones we’ve protected the longest and the most.

The magic and beauty in dance is that I am able to express my heart through movement. This opportunity is something we can all practice in our own way. It doesn’t have to be dance, either. You can express yourself through movement by painting, hiking, singing, or even talking. Whatever you’re feeling shouldn’t be held in. Let it go through movement in a way that works for you!

Many of you might be able to relate to our dance which represented some of the tougher times my family went through when I was growing up. I can truly say those testing times are the ones that brought us closer and made us who we are as individuals and as a family. I mean this from my heart — whatever you are going through is going to work out in time and it will be for the best. Just hang on tight and hold on tighter to the ones you love.

xo
Jules

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