January 20, 2017

At Home Workout #4!!

I know, I know - You guys are all dying for your next at home workout! I really should give you at least ONE a week (instead of closer to one a month, PLEASE tell me that you're getting sweaty more often than that!).

Here you go!

EMOM (every minute on the minute)

Within every minute you need to finish that number of minutes worth of repetitions of each movement. Go until you can't fit them all into the minute you are on!

Example - Choose Burpees and Squats

Minute 1 - 1 burpee and 1 squat
Minute 2 - 2 burpees and 2 squats
Minute 3 - 3 burpees and 3 squats

Continue until you can't finish that minutes amount of reps!

Choose any two movement and do one round until completion, rest a few minutes, then choose a different two movements and go again!

Ideas for movements -
Situps, v-ups, squats, burpees, lunges, jump squats, kettle bell swings (if you have a KB) bicycle crunches, cleans, presses - anything you want!

HAVE FUN!



xxoo

January 13, 2017

Holy Deodorant.

For as long as I can remember, I have used Dove Original scent deodorant. I thought it was the best! I smelled good, my armpits never got irritated, and it never left white streaks in my underarms!

HOLY CRAP. I was suuuuuuper wrong about how great it is.

I've been reading about how icky and toxic Parfum is (one of the ingredients in this deodorant). 3000 fragrant ingredients are added to most personal care products to mask odors or add a present scent you guys. THREE THOUSAND INGREDIENTS.

Here is what is listed on their website:

Active Ingredient: Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex Gly (15.2%) Inactive Cyclopentasiloxane, Stearyl Alcohol, Isopropyl Palmitate, Ppg-14 Butyl Ether, Talc, Mineral Oil, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Dimethicone, Fragrance (Parfum), Peg-8, Bht 


Lets also talk about Mineral Oil.
This is what wikipedia says about mineral oil : The World Health Organization classifies untreated or mildly treated mineral oils as Group 1 carcinogens to humans; highly refined oils are classified as Group 3, meaning they are not suspected to be carcinogenic but available information is not sufficient to classify them as harmless.[4]

WHAT!!!!  A group 1 carcinogen means that its definitely harmful to humans. And that is what I was rubbing all over my armpits everyday (sometimes 2-3 times a day!)  YIKES!

My husband was using spray deodorant and we finally looked up the ingredients online - BUTANE AND PROPANE. You guys. My husband was spraying PROPANE on his armpits (insert dying emoji here*).

So I have leapt over to the clean non-toxic side of deodorant and am now patting my pits down with Copaiba oil from Young Living everyday. (Young Living because I trust their Seed to Seal guarantee that there are no synthetics added). I just ordered their Aromabright toothpaste which I have heard doubles wonderfully for deodorant as well, so I'll let you know how that turns out! ;)


xxoo

January 10, 2017

What I'm reading!

I didn't do new year's resolutions this year, but I did actually sit down and write a list of goals out for the year! One of them was to read more books than 2016 (15 books) so I'm already working my way towards my goal of 16!

I just finished reading a book called Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington (amazon). I truly enjoyed the book! She gave a lot of real life scenarios and some of the things she does to 'break' her business. Now that I'm talking about this book, I can't seem to pin point one thing that I've applied from it...Yikes. Maybe that means I'm not too busy? Or maybe that means it didn't REALLY speak to me. All I know is that she talked about Time Management A LOT. Which is obviously great. And maybe I should go think about how to apply that. Ha!



Currently I am reading Gentle Babies by Debra Rayburn (amazon). It is about Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth, Infants and Young Children. I'm learning SO MUCH from this book already and I'm only 48 pages in! So many good tips in there and how to use Essential Oils with the respect they deserve, after all, they are extremely potent! I really wanted to learn more about pregnant mamas and newborn babes so that I can offer advice and wisdom to new oil users with babies! Such a great resource for anyone who is getting started with oils, or who has used for a while but is still learning!




I have a TON of books on my to-read list, so hopefully I can just keep checking them off!!



xxoo

December 31, 2016

: another : DIY - Hand Soap Edition

My husband came home from work the other day and said it was official - he has become a soap snob!

I made our own soaps a few weeks ago and we are both obsessed with them. They smell amazing, they are cleaning our hands, they are nourishing our skin with oils, and they are HEALTHY for us, NO added fake fragrance.

Here is what you need -

You need a glass soap dispenser (I got a foaming one from Fred Meyer and its AMAZING), some unscented castile soap. I bought Dr. Bronners from Fred Meyer - here is the link on Amazon. You will also need whatever kind of liquid oil you are comfortable with. I used Sweet Almond oil in one and Fractionated Coconut oil in two others. Also you will need some Young Living pure essential oils - cleanest of clean oils with a Seed to Seal promise!

Here is your How To!

Add 2 tablespoons unscented castile soap to soap dispenser.
Add 1 teaspoon of either the sweet almond oil or fractionated coconut oil (you can also use grapeseed oil or avocado oil - but I haven't tried either of those yet).
Add 10-15 drops each of two essential oils of your choice (or 20-30 drops of one!). Stay away from oils that are pure citrus - they pull toxins out of the plastic pieces inside the pump really quickly!

I have used Thieves and Purification, Thieves and Peppermint (our favorite!) and Lavender.

Good luck! Have fun! If you want to learn more about how to get the oils, visit this page on my blog next!





xxoo