Beauty Straight From Your Kitchen

eat-your-vegetables-day1-e1433423511827-808x382Did you know that the path to beautiful skin is as close as your kitchen?  It is worth arranging your cupboards to make these face and figure-enhancing products easier find..

Tomatoes are all over the news lately, and it is no wonder why. Whether raw or in naturally processed ketchup or tomato sauces, they are an excellent source of the natural hydrator and antioxidant, lycopene. By eating a tomato a day, you will exponentially help with hydrating and brightening your skin.

Oatmeal helps regulate your skin’s pH balance soothing and locking in moisture. It is also a natural anti-inflammatory agent. So eat up, or turn into a facial scrub, with a little bit of honey, or add to your regular cleanser to reveal brighter skin.

Pudding and fruit cups have moisture absorbing gelatin or pectin bases that help your body hold moisture and nutrients.

Green or berry-flavored teas contain polyphenols (anti-oxidants) that help skin look younger. They also help the body breakdown collgen in skin production.

Olive oil is nutrient rich and helpful for digestion, and helps your skin glow from the inside out.

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I am a Busy Bee

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lO8jujydSo much going on, so much to try to keep track of, and where to begin? This week, and last week as well, pretty much since the closing, has been a whirlwind of activity over at our house. I happen to have an uncle who is extremely handy, and was able to work on everything we needed done – and was able to be present at the house when things were being delivered, etc. Not to mention, my dad, who has a lot of time on his hands, and who loves a project.

We were lucky to have those 2 working on our behalf these past two weeks, and now it is all coming together. Pretty much all of the big stuff is done, but as is the case with a house, the fun part is that it is always a work in progress – and it is yours. The appliances are in and working, the lights are switched, and the cleaners are cleaning on Friday. I can’t wait to get in there and start working. Speaking of cleaning and working – vacuum cleaners, I just started pricing them. Good GOD they are expensive! Thank god for hard wood floors and all but we do have several rugs that need vacuuming. Continue reading

Workout Update

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It’s been almost a month so I figured it was time to update you on my P90x progress. We finished the first phase. It took us an extra two weeks because we decided to redo week 2 and week 4. Between our current house refinance, taxes being due, and a major health hiccup for me, we thought it would be better to just redo those weeks and keep moving.

We really are making this a lifestyle change, though, and not a 90 day program. How so? Even if we take a day off from the nutrition program, it’s never out of our minds. When we eat out or at a friend’s house our portions are far different than they were. We eat more of the protein and vegetables, with some whole grains. And we’re very conscious of how much of the different items are on our plate. This month I got a horrendous sinus infection and wound up needing emergency dental surgery.

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I Hate Funerals, But I Go

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a9f31b07I hate funerals.  Granted, I think I have been to three in my life, and two of those were for Nate’s family.  So I am not very experienced in the ways of the funeral.  But I hate them.  I hate thinking of death.  I am terrified to think of what’s next.

Heaven?  Hell?  Reincarnation?  Nothing??

Nothing is the scariest of all.  Scarier than hell, to me, is the thought that there is nothing past this life.  If this is it, then what is the point?  What happens to the life force energy that flows within each of us?  Does it just *poof!* disappear into the atmosphere?  I’d like to think not.

I don’t know that I believe in heaven, or that I’ll be reunited with my great-grandmother or Nate’s aunts and uncles.  I don’t know that I’ll see my childhood dog running toward me with his big ears flopping in the sun.  These things sound sort of nice, but it still doesn’t tell me what happens to that energy.

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Growing Up – I Was An Early Bloomer

The summer after 3rd grade, I got my period.  Long before the awkward group girl talk in 4th grade about hygiene and bodily changes, I had come into my “womanhood.”

I don’t specifically remember the terror of the event, but I do remember my mom crying a lot and my dad treating me weird for awhile.  I was their first daughter, and obviously no parent wants their child to reach puberty ever, so the fact that mine had come so early really flipped them on their ear.

I was a chubby thing – tall and full figured before I hit the age of 12.  Yet, even though my body was going through these “changes” – I remember how immensely unaware I was of things like body image.  I was comfortable in my skin, I wasn’t even remotely concerned with the impression I gave off to the world around me.  Sloppy, tom boy-esque, bookish but noisy… This was far before I quit high school, and later got my GED diploma, that was not that easy.

Something I do specifically remember, though, is the day I became self-aware, and that to me was more traumatizing than getting my period.

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How To Get Started with Crossfit

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THE most important step is to go to the main Crossfit site and read this PDF file Understanding Crossfit. Anything and everything you could want to read about is there and FOR FREE.  No annoying subscription or sign up pages, no fees, no nothing, just out there as an amazing resource to help you get started with Crossfit.

Visit an affiliate – most of them will have an intro class for free, or a beginner’s series of classes for those completely lost in the sauce when it comes to lifts, pull-ups, pushups, the Crossfit concept, etc.

Read, read, and read some more. Read the blogs and message boards on the main site.  Find an affiliate near you and read their blog.  Get the Crossfit journal subscription, a bargain at 25 bucks, and read the articles on building a home gym and go get started on one.

Watch, pause, replay, mimic, watch again, and record. There are millions of Crossfit videos on YouTube, and hundreds more on the main site.  Watch them over and over and over again.  Try the movement with a broomstick or piece of PVC, record yourself doing it, critique it compared to what you saw on the video, and try again.  PLEASE take the time to learn the CORRECT form for the lifts – it’s way harder to reteach good form once bad form is ingrained in your body’s memory banks. And if you do them wrong, you will injure yourself.

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The “Oh-How-Time-Flies”

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40363How come my weekends seem to fly in? It’s entirely unfair. It’s not even like I did much this weekend, in fact the whole of today was spent lazing about in bed watching The Apprentice USA and Law & Order SVU with the boy. To be honest, it’s my favorite way to spend a Sunday. Just relaxing, not doing anything and having a laugh with the man that I love. True, it’s a complete waste of time and nothing productive is done for an entire 24 hours, but I do love to unwind like that.

On Saturday I went to Starbucks with a supervisor from one of our other stores, I’ve only met him once previously but we talk a lot on the phone. It was a great couple of hours, and it turns out that he grew up with the boy, which was a bit strange. I believe in the Six Degrees Of Separation theory and I suppose that this just goes to show it’s possible. It was certainly fun hearing stories about my boyfriend when he was 11 years old!!

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Faced by a bear!

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I went on a day trip to a city 200 miles away where I go about once a year to visit friends. On the drive there, I went through a mountainous region. I was coming around a curve and saw a big black thing moving in the middle of the road ahead of me. I could see that it was moving – I couldn’t tell what it was for a few more hundred feet.

Then I saw that it was a large black bear.

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I saw a bear around this area once before, but it was on the side of the road, so I just drove by. This time, with the bear just in the middle of the narrow mountain road, I had no room to go around it, so I put my hazards on and tried to pull as far to the side of the road as I could, about 50 feet in front of the bear.

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Where and when should I shop for dorm supplies?

Once you’ve completed your dorm checklist, the next thing to do is to actually go out and buy what you’ll need. Dorm shopping can be pretty hectic, especially when move-in day is approaching. It’s best to do your dorm shopping early on.

Many retail stores will have sales around mid-July and August, and they’ll also stock up more on dorm-related items (such as those pesky extra-long twin sheets) around that time. Keep a close eye on catalogs to know when the best time to shop is. You don’t necessarily have to do it all in one day (though that may be more convenient). If you’re school is on the quarter system, you’ll be tempted to put off your shopping until late August or early September, but many sales will already be over by then. Do your shopping early on.

Where should I do my dorm shopping?

Large retail stores usually work best. Target, Wal-Mart, and K-Mart are normal choices, though Bed, Bath, and Beyond also is a great choice if you’re willing to spend a little bit extra.

Chances are you won’t be able to buy everything in one store — that’s okay. Take your time and hunt around to make sure you find exactly what you want. Continue reading

Is the Freshman 15 real or just a myth?

Many college and university dining halls offer all-you-can-eat food to students. Unlike high school and middle schools which try to serve healthy foods, not all of these foods are the best to eat for you. Combine fatty and sugary foods with sodas and unlimited portions and you get the “Freshman 15″ — the 15 pounds gained by many students in their freshman year of college.

Is the Freshman 15 real or just a myth?

T_Freshman_15_1Well, it really depends on the person. If you eat unhealthy and don’t exercise, there’s a good chance you’ll experience some weight gain in college. However, if you’re able to control your eating habits well and/or exercise, you won’t have much to worry about. After my first year, I noticed that most people hadn’t really changed weight at all, though there were definitely some students who had put on a few pounds over the year.

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