December 03, 2016

Oily Like Whaaat?

If you didn't guess it by the title - I've started using Young Living essential oils!  I am absolutely overwhelmed with the amount of love and support from the YL community and the team I get to be a part of.

Last week I told my sister I was ready to buy my Premium Starter kit. We chatted for a few days about the business side of it and I was VERY leery. As soon as I got my kit, I rolled on some stress away and started up my diffuser with 4 drops of lavender and 2 drops of Copaiba. I pretty much melted into a puddle on the floor and leafed through all the amazing information that the kit came with. 

I'm still very new to oils but learning SO much! How the oils work through frequencies in the body and how the oils are absorbed on your skin, what smells work well together. I'm most excited to learn about how they can aid people in their journey to healthy living! 

If you have any questions or are slightly interested, leave me a comment and I will send you some information! 

If you are ready to grab up a kit and start experiencing these things yourself, you can follow this link!

The kit comes with 11 wonderful essential oils : 

Thieves Vitality - the healthy-keeper. It helps keep the air clean, boosts immunity, and is just the greatest.

Purification - gets rid of bad odors & a ton more.

Copaiba Vitality - supports body's response to irritation, it enhances other oils, I've heard it does wonders on little baby gums!

Frankincense - Incredible for skin and immune systems, eases occasional and minor tension, promotes feelings of calmness and balance (Was given to baby Jesus as a gift. So cool!).

RC - contains 3 different kids of eucalyptus which have naturally occurring eucalyptol (really good stuff), it's great for respiratory comfort .

DiGize Vitality - supports a super healthy digestive system, because everybody loves a content and happy stomach.

Lemon Vitality - amazing as a drop in water, keeps your energy up, gets goop off of surfaces, helps oily skin, helps to cleanse your body. The works.

Stress Away - exactly what it says. We roll it onto our wrists and the back of our necks anytime we want it. 

Peppermint Vitality - keeps my head happy, supports digestive system (so good with tummies!) promotes proper nasal and respiratory function! I also use it on my crampy tummy during that time of the month and muscles that need some relief. Love this stuff. 

Panaway - so many types of much-needed comfort for your busy body. Your muscles will love this oil!!

Lavender - "the Swiss Army knife of essential oils." Great for relaxation, sleepy cream, a calm environment for kids, and dry/chapped/irritated skin. I've been using it on my face at night before bed for my dry skin and the result is me sleeping like an ANGEL.

I literally couldn't be more excited to start this journey! This weekend I'm planning on creating my own toxin free laundry detergent - I'll definitely give you the low down on that later!


November 09, 2016

Shoulder strength and mobility tips!

A lot of people struggle with shoulder pain or stiff shoulders that don't want to move. The more time I spend in the gym, the more I notice the soreness and stiffness that goes alone with working out. Here are a few things you can do to keep your shoulders healthy and moving longer.

- Build a healthy foundation for your shoulders. Something I have my clients do at least once a week is called Y-T-W's.  Hold some 2.5 pound plates or hand weights, bend at the knee slightly and with a tall proud chest and straight tight back lean forward at a 45 degree angle. Keeping your arms straight, lift your arms up and create a Y shape, 10-15 reps, then lift your arms laterally and create a T  shape 10-15 reps and finally, pull your elbows up first and then rotate your hands upward so your head and arms look like a W.

- Mobilize! Breaking up the facia build up in and around your shoulders is really important, it helps them move around better and feel better too. My favorite tool (and the easiest) is a lacrosse ball. I start in front above my pectoral muscle against a door jamb or wall and slowly move in teeny tiny circles towards my shoulder. Then I move the ball to the backside of my armpit (arm up or down, you have to experiment to see what feels like works best for you). I go down a few inches, still slowly moving and slow tiny circles. I move up and across my traps and down between my spine and shoulder blade. You can also do this on the floor, but its a bit more awkward to be rolling around on the ground and moving in slow tiny circles, haha!

I also encourage my clients to do big slow arm circles forward and back, and small circles as well.

I STRONGLY urge you to add in some of these into your workout routines during the week!  When you are old, your body will thank you for giving it such a nice strong foundation.


November 02, 2016

This little Peanut got GLASSES!

How could she not be the cutest glasses wearing Peanut you ever saw?!

Watch out world, she has BIG things planned, and her little brain is working overtime in Kindergarten!  She has already started reading me books, and nothing could make me happier!


October 31, 2016

the BIG deal about squats!

I like to have my clients at the gym do some squat variant almost everyday, goblet squats, back squats, thrusters, air squats, single leg squats - the list could go for a while.  Obviously I LOVE to squat - its always challenging and engages SO many muscles!  Here are the muscles that wikipedia says the squat works :  ...thighships and buttocksquadriceps femurs musclehamstrings, as well as strengthening the bonesligaments and insertion of the tendons throughout the lower body.  As well as developing core strengthIsometrically, the lower back, the upper back, the abdominals, the trunk muscles, the costal muscles, and the shoulders and arms are all essential to the exercise and thus are trained when squatting with the proper form.

HOLY MOLY people. That's A LOT of muscles being worked!

With all those muscles working properly, you will be able to keep moving and functioning a lot longer in life than if you didn't train any of those muscles. Your hip mobility will continue to improve the more often you squat, your athletic abilities will improve (jump higher and further, run faster, being able to stay in that 'power position' longer!), you will also see noticeable differences in what your backside looks like! ;) 

If you aren't sure that you are squatting properly, or feeling some tightness or pain, consult with a trainer, or physical therapist to help you get your body squatting properly.


Try sitting in the bottom of your squat everyday this week for 30 seconds to 1 minute at a time, next week, move to 90 seconds or even two minutes a day! Gradually increase every week the time spent in your squat and then let me know what you feel or see changes in the way you are squatting! :)