Category Archives: Healthy Living

A Little Wednesday Wisdom: Run The Day

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Sad to report that there will be no pictures from Cancun.

Unfortunately, life threw us a huge curveball just hours before our flight was supposed to take off and we had to cancel our trip (yes, AGAIN).

Talk about bad timing, eh? I told JorBabe that maybe we just aren’t supposed to make it to Cancun LOL. We had to postpone it last November as well because some work stuff came up and we weren’t able to get away.

There are always positives in every situation though!

The positive? We were able to get all credited back to us to use on a future trip (YAY)! But more importantly, we were able to spend lots of quality time with family as we said goodbye to one of the best things that has ever happened to us.

It’s been a long week and a half but I am finally feeling back to normal and ready to get my motivation back.

I came across this quote and realized how I’ve been letting the days run me through all of this. My mind has been somewhere else and I’ve just kind of been going through the motions.

I’ve been so unmotivated and absolutely exhausted.

But today, I’m turning it around. I’m going back to the things that I love and am passionate about.

I know that so many of us go through these phases and become complacent and unmotivated.

Complacent and unmotivated = unhappy.

Don’t let this happen to you. Make sure you take control of your life and keep doing things you love. It’s amazing how good it feels and how much it really helps strengthen your mind.

Surround yourself with really good people who love you and have your best interest at heart. Keep the ones that motivate you and help to keep that fire burning.

Wake up everyday and tell yourself all that you’re going to accomplish for the day.

Live your best life. We don’t get very long here so make it all worth it and love every single minute of it

Light It Up Blue: Autism Awareness Month

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Rachel, A.K.A. Miss Rachel, is one of my dear friends. I like to call her my spirit sister because we connect on a much different level than everyday friends do. We are both interested in the good of people and helping others. We will go out of our way for most anyone and have a special place in our heart for those in need. Rachel is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Human Behavior and Applied Behavior Analysis and will graduate this June! When she is not in class, she is busy serving as a Clinical Supervisor/Behavior Therapist and helping tons of kiddos. Over the years, I’ve become more and more aware of children and special needs because of her – especially Autism. There is so much speculation and controversy over what causes Autism and it is becoming more and more prevalent these days. It’s an issue that is affecting tons of families and we hope that we can somehow find a way to prevent this in the future.

April is Autism Awareness Month and today is World Autism Day. Wear your blue and support good causes!

And now I will turn it over to Rachel…

Autism pioneer Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas once said,

“If they can’t learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn.”

Today is April 2, now to you it is just one more day until Friday but today is World Autism Day. Today stands for bringing awareness to most prevalent and fastest-growing development disorder in the United States. 1 out of 68 children are affected.

Autism is represented by a puzzle piece. The puzzle piece signifies many parts of autism because no diagnosis is the same. Autism is complex, we don’t know the cause and there is no cure. There is no cure for this disorder, NO CURE. Autism has different characteristics the complexity of the disorder affects communication and social skills. The puzzle piece is suppose to reflect the complexity of these issues as well as the diversity of those who are affected, from patients and families, to teachers and researchers. The puzzle piece to me represents a voice. It carries awareness, advocacy, compassion, drive and understanding. It represents hope to which one day all the pieces will fit together to give us the big picture.

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You may or may not have an opinion about what causes autism. I am not going to spark a debate on the beliefs, controversies or conspiracies surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorders simply because today is about the AWARENESS. This month is about letting our communities know about this disorder. I am here to ADVOCATE.

Autism Speaks is a very well known organization that sponsors autism research and provides outreach to the public. The “Light It Up Blue” campaign is generated by the Autism Speaks organization. It was created to raise awareness and educate the world. This campaign has been very successful and “ Light It Up Blue” is worldwide recognized from the Empire State Building in New York to China’s Oriental Pearl Tower!

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So, why the color blue to represent ASD?

Well, the color blue represents the boys diagnosed with autism. It is five times more prevalent in boys, 1 in 54. Girls are affected 1 in 252. Families are affected.

How can you “Light It Up Blue”?

It is so easy! Wear Blue! I have my friends, family and clients participate by buying blue light bulbs to shine the light on autism. I get my light bulbs at Home Depot. At my house we light up blue for the entire month!

I stand by Dr. Lovaas quote because it is the truth. In fact I would take a step further to even say that it’s these children teach me. I lend them my voice and they teach me lessons. I may not have a child with autism or a family member with the diagnoses but I will continue to teach, advocate and make a difference.

So, shine a light on autism and wear your blue!

Love,
Miss Rachel

Worry Free Beauty Faves

Sooo I totally jumped on that whole healthy eating train but totally failed to realize (until the last few months) that everyday health and beauty products are also full of junk!

I was so worried about eating right and not putting certain things into my body when it came to eating that I just didn’t pay attention to anything else.

Of course, I’m not 100% perfect because I still love my Hot Cheetos but I have become a lot more conscious than I used to be.

As of late, I’ve been doing what I can to find healthier options for me without becoming too obsessive and extreme.

Let’s be honest, I am in no way ready to commit to all organic everything-

1. Because it gets super expensive

AND

2. I am not even close to being ready to part with my favorite mascara, Maybelline Falsies.

Here are a few of my favorite “worry free” beauty products that I have switched over to and just loveeeeee.

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I started breaking out on my back and it’s been freaking me out (insert crying emoji here).

I stopped alcohol and sugar (still off the sugar for my health) but it was still happening soooo I started to think it was the shampoo and conditioner I was using.

I found this brand at Target and it made me pretty happy. It’s only $10 a bottle and has a super short list of ingredients. I started comparing the shampoo I was using to others I wanted and realized how long those ingredients lists are. SCARYYY. Next time you’re in the shower, check it out.

This is a brand I was recommended but have yet to try. They are a little pricier but probably one of the better, less expensive “safe” brands out there! R+Co

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When the breakouts started, I immediately switched out my body wash for this amazingggg soap! It’s organic, it’s fair trade and it smells SO good.

I hate showers. A lot. Like, so many other things I can get done with those 20 minutes and while I’m showering, all I’m thinking about are those things. The lavender really helps calm me down and enjoy my free time in the shower.

Seriously, love this stuff and you can also find it at Target or your local health food store!

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I’ve done my essential oil posts before (here and here) but I’ve collected many more since then. doTerra is my absolute fave because they are so pure that you can ingest most of them. There are soooo many benefits to essential oils and they really help cure you in a natural way.

I LOVEEE to put the citrus oils in my water.

For stress, I am all about the lavender, serenity and balance. We have a diffuser in our bedroom and diffuse these oils nightly. It really relaxes you and helps you sleep more soundly.

Melaleuca is great for itchy scalp or zit zapper.

Deep Blue is my savior when it comes to working out and sore muscles.

I seriously could go on and on and on but there are just sooo many!

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doTerra also makes an amazing toothpaste! I’m all about the anise-y, cinnamon-y taste and who doesn’t want an all natural teeth whitener?! Places like Sprouts, Whole Foods and Mother’s have some great natural toothpastes as well so be sure to test them all out until you find the one you like!

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These salt sticks are my favorite way to deodorize because they work great, last forever and are actually safe! So many deodorants these days have harsh chemicals in them to prevent you from perspiring but that is so bad. SO bad. All those nasty toxins stay inside of you, build up and can cause breast cancer. Nooo thank you! Let’s save the tatas together!

I’m also huge on using coconut oil as a moisturizer. I bought two HUGE jars at Costco and use one for cooking and one for the bod.

SO amazing and so silky smooth!

Long post but had to share! What are some of your favorite “worry free” beauty products? I’m always looking for more!

XX

Finding Inspiration

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{My fave place with my fave human♥}

Do you ever get so mentally drained that you just don’t want to think about ANYTHING anymore?

That’s about where I’m at right now.

Starting up a couple of projects for work on top of a few other projects I have going on is exhausting. ESP when it’s shark week (a.k.a. that time of the month). TMI? Sorrryyyy bout it.

Anyways, I know we all hit those walls sometimes and need to figure out how to get that inspiration back and how to keep on keepin’ on.

Sooo, how do you do it?

I like to do my favorite things- the things that make me the happiest girl in the world.

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{El Morro Canyon – one of the most magical places♥}

I LOVE to be outside in the sun with nature.

My ultimate favorite is to head to the beach and just lay there alllll day with some good tunes and great company. Sometimes, I like to go alone and bring a good book and just spend some quality time with myself. It’s seriously one of the best ways to recharge because you can just sit there and not say a word all day.

I also love anything fitness so hikes are another way I can get my inspo back. Working out is so great for the mind and the body so working out outside is killerrrr when it comes to helping you get your inspo back.

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{Carl Lykken Trail in Palm Springs♥}

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{Crystal Cove♥}

There is just something about being outside with nature that is so soothing. You can’t hear any cars, all you can hear are birds chirping and the waves crashing or the trees rustling.

I. LOVE. IT.

Sometimes it’s easier said than done but you gotta take any chance you get to put yourself first. Go do what makes your happiest self because that’s the only way to keep the people around you happy too.

xx

S+F Series: Kickin’ stress to the curb with lavender oil

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I am a total stress ball. I’m not really sure why I get stressed or how it even happens. Most of the time I don’t even know I’m stressed/anxious until I get the physical symptoms. + those stink.

Stress IS stupid. + can be unhealthy (some stress is good so make sure you know the difference!).

Stress is also inevitable. Which is why you want to make sure you do things that make you happy + keep you calm. Be proactive + figure those out nowwww. It’s im-por-tan-te.

Stress can cause or increase many different problems including: pain, heart disease, digestive issues, sleep issues, weight issues, depression, autoimmune diseases, + skin conditions.

Ain’t nobody got time for that^^^^

My #1 de-stressor is exercise but sometimes not even that helps so I’ve come up with a few other things that really do help.

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A huge one for me is lavender oil. I love to put this on right before bed. I just dab a bit into the palm of my hand + onto my wrists + rub in. Then I put my hands up to my face + inhale slowly a few times.  Use caution here as it can burn the heck outta your nose!

Seriously though, it’s like an automatic relaxant. BAM. You can feel every part of your tense body loosen. It’s one of the bestttt feelings in the world.

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Lavender oil has so many other benefits aside from calming you down + helping you sleep. Lavender oil can also be used for bee stings, cuts/burns, eczema, nausea, nosebleeds, chapped skin/lips (why I put in on my hands as well), hay fever, dandruff + cold sores.

I also bought a spritzer to spritz some onto my sheets/pillows. Welcome to total relaxation.

BRB, the lavender oil is calling.

xx

Lavender oil here | Lavender spritz here

S+F Series: The Real Deal On Bee Pollen

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Bees are adorable. Raw honey is tasty. Bee pollen is…eh. JK. Bee pollen is great! It just doesn’t taste as good as something like honeyy.

I never used to get allergies but I guess your body changes as you age + sometimes you develop this ish.

I’m not one to run to the local pharmacy + stock up on Claritin or any other allergy relief medicine. I hardly take meds. Not even when I’m in pain. I just had hernia surgery + I refused to take the Norco they prescribed me. Instead I lay in pain. Call me weird but unless I think I’m about to die, I’ll look for a natural alternative + test it out.

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I’ve always been told to eat local honey for allergy relief but when I heard about bee pollen, I went for both because what’s the harm in doubling up? You should be able to find these at your local health food market or your local farmer’s market!

I like to throw bee pollen into my scrambled eggs + smoothies in the morning. It helps hide the taste. Sometimes I will mix it with a little coconut oil + throw it onto a piece of ezekial toast. Mixing it into some fresh-sqeezed OJ is pretty NOM too.

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I know some knarly people who will just eat it by the spoonful. A spoonful with some fruit is actually the best way to take it if you can. Thanks, but no thanks over hereee.

Whenever I take bee pollen, I’ve noticed my energy levels increase. This prompted me to do a little more research + see what other benefits bee pollen has to offer.

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You’ll be shocked at the health benefits that come with eating bee pollen (full details here):

  • helps with infertility problems
  • high in protein + amino acids
  • prostate help for men
  • strengthens the cardiovascular system
  • helps treat addiction
  • immune system booster
  • treats everything from asthma to allergies to sinus issues
  • aids in digestion
  • anti-inflammatory effect on the immune system
  • skin soother for eczema or psoriasis
  • natural energy enhancer

Looks like I’m gonna keep on keepin’ on with the whole bee pollen thang.

It’s amazing how something so natural can aid in fixing so many different problems. If you take Claritin, you are simply fixing your allergy issues + that is it. But if you’re taking bee pollen, not only are you alleviating your allergies, you are also giving yourself more energy, supporting your heart, boosting your immune system, etc., etc., etc.

BEE POLLEN >>> laboratory made allergy medicines. You take your pick.

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+ you’ll be happy to know that bee keepers can remove the pollen from the beehive without disturbing or killing any bees♥

Any other secrets for natural allergy relief? Or ways to eat the bee pollen?

xx

S+F Series: The Real Deal On Coconut Oil

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If you haven’t jumped on the coconut oil bandwagon yet, what are you waiting for??? Not only does it taste amazing but there are so many health benefits to it!

Yes, it has a ton of saturated fat BUT it’s the good kind of saturated fat. These types of fatty acids metabolize differently + can have therapeutic effects on brain disorders. As you can see, these are MUCH different from the kind we get in our normal everyday diets.

These fatty acids also kill harmful pathogens, serving as your sidekick in infection butt-kickin’.

Coconut oil was never bad for you, it just got a bad rap in the 70s when the annoying soy + corn oil companies started a douchey propaganda campaign. Thankfully, we got smarter + they backed the eff off.

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Some other amazing benefits (full details here):

  • increased energy
  • kills hunger
  • helps reduce the risk of heart disease by raising your HDL (the good cholesterol)
  • moisturizes skin + hair
  • helps reduce abdominal fat (hello six-pack!)
  • boosts brain function (keep that noggin healthy!)
  • blocks 20% of UVA/UVB rays when used as sunscreen

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Sooo my brother hopped on the coconut oil train a loooongg time ago + totally uses it as sunscreen! He’s a lifeguard at the beach so sunscreen is mandatory. Worked like a charm for him but I have yet to take it that far.

+ we’ve all heard of oil pulling, yes? I have not tried this lil trend as of yet but I hear it’s great for killing off harmful bacteria, fighting bad breath + improving dental health.

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One of my favorite morning snacks is a piece of ezekial toast with coconut oil + cinnamon. I also use it in my 5 second jam. + my Golden Milk. + basically anything + everything I can sneak it into. It’s just tooooo goood. I would probably swim in it if I could. No joke.

It’s also the best to cook/bake with! It withstands high heat + doesn’t break down + turn carcinogenic like olive oil can. I love olive oil but only use it on my salads now.

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What else have you used coconut oil for? Spill!

xx

| Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (unrefined) here |

Cold + Flu season is back. Again. Ew.

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I’m a total Caloweenie (California weenie) when it comes to winter. Like, ‘brrrrrr I need to hibernate’ weenie. I don’t hate it but I just loveeee being warm + would much rather be soakin’ up the sun on the beach in a bikini. Thankfully Southern California winters aren’t that bad.

This one time, I moved to Nebraska (Yea, GENIUS idea huh?) + I about died because it was so cold.

Anyways, back to cold + flu season. Wahhwahh. It seems that everyone + their mother is constantly sick during the fluson (flu season) + I do my best to stay away. I’m one of those people that avoids shaking hands at all costs + if I am forced to shake hands with someone, I book it (think speed lightning fast) to the bathroom to scrub-a-dub as soon as they’ve walked away. Or I slather myself with hand sanitizer.

BUT…we all aren’t perfect + sometimes I forget to wash my hands enough times in the day to get rid of all the germs I’ve touched. Those nasty little guys are everywhereee.

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That’s where Oregano Oil comes to the rescue. It’s seriously my hero. This stuff is killer when it comes to bringing you back from your cold/flu death bed. I like to take 4-5 drops about 4 times a day until my symptoms have disappeared. I mix mine with a little warm water in a shot glass + pretend I’m taking shots instead of trying not to die (being totally dramatic here). If you take it alone, it will cause a burning sensation in your throat. I don’t suggest trying it.

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Oregano Oil has extremely high levels of free-radical crushing antioxidants + can help in a multitude of ways. Not only is it great for the common cold/flu but it is also used to fight nasty infections, protect against harmful organisms, aid in digestion and menstruation, fight allergies, aid in weight loss + ease discomfort from arthritis, backaches + carpal tunnel.

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Now that’s the stuff I want slaying my colds- not some freakish cold medicine made by humans in a laboratory. That fake stuff doesn’t heal you, it simply alleviates your symptoms for a small period of time. LAME! Sooo with that being said, put the good stuff into your body.

Anyone else share my love for this? Or have another natural remedy they use to rid their sickies? My dad swears by a couple chewable Vitamin C in his ginormous glass of champagne, hah! I’ll admit that I do use this as an excuse to drink more champagne. I. LOVE. CHAMPAGNE. I so am my father’s daughter♥

Hope everyone stays healthy this fluson! xx

||Oregano Oil found here||