Friday, March 17, 2017

Use These Essential Oils to Heal Common Runner Ailments

This was a good read taken right from Women's Running. This is not my verbiage, all photo and article credit goes to Women's Running

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It’s no secret that runners are always looking for a better way to recover and improve their overall wellbeing. Essential oils are a toxic-free and chemical-free way to treat common ailments runners face, from sore muscles to sunburns. The essential oils listed below can help relieve some of the more common problems among them.
For sunburns, applying lavender oil directly via cotton ball for the first 24 hours is recommended. After 24 hours, a 50/50 ratio of lavender oil to a carrier oil, such as almond or coconut, can help to heal and moisturize the burn.

Place lavender oil directly on a blister to help healing two to three times per day. If possible, keep uncovered.

A mixture of 2-3 drops of tea tree oil and 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil can help heal the most delicate areas that may chafe. If the scent of tea tree oil is too much for you, 2-3 tablespoons of coconut oil mixed with 2-3 drops of frankincense and lavender is also a good mix to heal. Apply either mixture three times daily.

Athlete’s Foot
With antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties, combine 6 drops of tea tree oil (Melaleuca A), 3 drops of lavender and 1 oz of carrier oil (olive, coconut, almond) and apply two to three times per day to the infected area with a Q-tip or cotton ball.

Sore Achy Muscles
For a post-workout rub, combine 8-10 drops of peppermint oil to 2 tablespoons of carrier oil (almond is recommended) and apply to muscles. A beneficial post run bath recipe to help aid recovery is a 50/50 mix of epsom salts to peppermint oil put directly into bath water.

Diffuse peppermint oil or inhale a few whiffs before you head out on your run for a lift in your step. You can also add a few drop of peppermint directly into your running shoes to invigorate your feet.

Orange oil can also be added to your pre or during workout water for a pick me up. You can also diffuse before your run. Mix with peppermint oil (2-3 drops of each oil) with a carrier oil and apply to temples and back of neck before you head out the door.
A few drops of lemon oil added to water can help boost the immune system and detoxify the body to help fight off colds.

Sleep Aid
Diffuse lavender oil to help you fall asleep despite the pre-race jitters and stresses of life keeping you awake. Roman chamomile is also known for its relaxation properties and can be diffused to help as a sleep aid as well.

To apply oils topically follow these steps:
1. Read the directions on the label of the oil. It is usually recommended that an oil be diluted with a carrier oil before applying directly to skin.

2. Tip the oil bottle and put 2-3 drops directly onto the palm of your hand if applying directly to the area or to a cotton ball. If you have put the oil into your hands, rub your hands together in a circular motion. Once the oil is applied to the area, massage oil into skin in a circular motion with your hand.

3. If mixing with other oils or a carrier oil, follow the recipe. After blending, put mix onto a cotton ball or directly into hands. Apply and massage oil into skin in a circular motion with your hand.

Have you ever used essential oils for common ailments?

What oil and what ailment was it for?

Any tips you have relating to this article? We'd love to hear it.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Would You Rather for Runners

Do your kids ever play that game, Would You Rather?  Mine does all the time. I thought it would be fun to play on the blog today !

Love the women in this picture. Was such a fun day. We need to do this again.
Rcae for Cure Race

I will put my answers right after the question. If you want to play along, put your answers in the comments. I'd love to read them. 

Would you rather.....

Run with someone chatty or silent?   Chatty

Run with no socks or no sports bra?   No socks

Run a mile naked or in a snow suit?   Snow suit

Run in the freezing cold or sweltering heat?   Sweltering heat (though I'd hate both)

Run with an empty stomach or a full bladder?   Empty stomach

Run a hilly 5K or a flat marathon?   Hilly 5K

Run without music or without a GPS watch?   Without music (tough choice)

Run the New York City or Boston marathon?   NYC

Run as much as you want on the treadmill or only once a week outside?   Outside

Run a beer mile or a color run?   Color run

Run on a trail or the road?   Road

Run in shoes that are too big or too small?   Too big

East a slice of pizza mid-race or drink a milkshake?   Milkshake

Run in the rain or snow?   Rain

Run alone or with a big group for the rest of your life?   Group

Run the same outdoor route every single day or run on a treadmill every single day?   Same outdoor route

Have a personal chef or running coach?   Chef absolutely !!!

Get free running shoes or free race registrations for life?   Running Shoes

Do only gentle yoga or intense boot camp classes for your cross-training?   Boot camp

Run in your favorite outfit every day but only wash it once a week or run in clean clothes that you hate every day?   Favorite & unwashed (sorry, gross but being honest)

Run with a blister or side stitch for the whole race?   Side stitch

Strides for Students Race

That was fun. Thanks for playing along. Have a great Wednesday.


Monday, March 13, 2017

Swimming - Park - Cake

Started off my day with a 6 miles walk with some running mixed in. A few light weights for arm and leg day and we are calling it good. 

We had swim lessons this past weekend. This is the first time she went darn near the whole class with no goggles. Which is huge success for her, she's awful dependent on them.

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She may not see where she's going, but she did very good without them.

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Even off the diving board google free.

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We took a drive through the park, just to check it out. Getting the itch to start going park hopping but it's just still too cold.


A little wet head bunny hat selfie on our way to go see Grandma & Grandpa.


And they sent us home with some pineapple upside down cake, yum !!!

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We ended the evening with a movie night watching Trolls. The dogs are not necessarily begging, but they don't exactly make it easy watching a movie while they burn your retina's out with their sympathy laser vision.

movie with dogs

What did you do this past weekend?

Try any good desserts lately?

Goggles or no goggles while swimming?

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Johny Apple Peeler - Review

Santa got us a Johny Apple Peeler for Christmas and it's taken me 3 months to finally tell you guys about it. I'll keep my chatting to a minimum (yes your welcome) since there are several picture's.

Johny Apple Peeler-Corer-Slicer

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This thing sure has made pie making, apple sauce making and apple crisp making much much quicker and easier. All I've tried on it so far are apples.

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I don't like anything that is time consuming or that slows any process down. This is the opposite, it's been wonderful. Red part is cast iron, rest is stainless and suction based. It won't suction to my counter-tops but will my glass table top. My counters have that ever so slight bumpiness to them, which prevents full suction. But you can easily hold the base and crank with the other hand.

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You can: peel, core and slice. Or any combo. Peel-Slice. Core-Slice. Peel-Core-Slice. What ever suits you.

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The only warning I would throw out there is there are 3 blades. 3 very sharp blades. So um, keep the kiddos and/or fingers away from them. Even just grabbing it wrong, you could touch a blade. That part is a little dangerous for the young helpers.

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I find it ironic that a certain child does not care for the peel on the apple.

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Until it comes off in one big strand, then it suddenly becames fun to eat.

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Look at that! One apple done already.

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I hate cluttering up my cupboards with unnecessary and rarely used gadgets. I think this one is definitely an asset.

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Do you have a Johny Apple Peeler?

What else besides apples do you use it for?

Send any and all apple crisp my way please. My FAVE.

Essential Oils Natural Remedies: A-Z Reference - Review

For many years I've been dappling in the essential oil world. I'm not partial to a particular brand, I've used many. I don't really have any website or book to learn about them or when to know which oil to use on what and how. It's all been Google and trial and error. I stick to 10 oils or less to keep things simple. And from using the basic's, you really can achieve what you want out of them. 

I don't always have access to internet though when I want to use them. After sifting through many book options, I found they are not cheap. So I came across this one and decided to give it a shot. 

Essentail Oils natural Remedies: A-Z Reference of Essential Oils for Health and Healing

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The healing properties of essential oils are virtually limitless. I have been using them at every opportunity. Whether diffusing or using topically, we've seen benefits and improvements. Between Shaklee and essential oils, we've eliminated chemical based products almost completely.

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I don't even think it's possible to list everything I use them for or what you can use them for. There are truly a lifetime of health related needs and uses. Just be careful on the young kiddos, there are certain ones you shouldn't use. Do your research on that. But for everything you may need to know, this book is very useful.
  • It's a guide to remedies that heal or mitigate symptoms for a range of ailments. 
  • Over 170 ailments covered and over 300 homemade remedies included. 
  • Profiles of 75 essential oils to know and use, including info on medicinal uses, application methods, blending and precautions. 
  • Reviews the most popular essential oil brands and their products. 
  • Covers your everyday health needs.
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This book is easy to navigate. Sections are nicely laid out. There is a section on the general background of oils, getting started with them, application methods, list of common ailments, list of all oils and also a quick reference guide. 

The only one thing I wish were different is if it were spiral bound. I really like to lay books like this out flat and not have to use things to prop the pages open. But not a huge deal, I still love it. I have been known to carefully take the book apart and punch holes and put in my own binder. 

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Overall this book has been great and very useful. I'm starting to make my own notations in it. Pretty soon it will look well loved like my old Betty Crocker cookbook.

Do you use essential oils?

If you have an E.O. Book, which one do you have?

Anyone else get your workout in for today yet?

Bamboo Memory Foam Pillows - Reviews

Let's talk pillows people !! I have definitely been through my share of sucky pillows. Sore neck to prove it. I recently tried 2 new pillows and I am not going back to regular pillows ever. These are the best. Both are Bamboo Memory Foam Pillows, just from 2 different companies and one is a thicker fullness and the other is more medium fullness. Let's not waste any more time, I'm excited to tell you about them. 

Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Pillow (Medium Thickness) - from Sleep Whale
  • 60% polyester
  • The Sleep Whale is a shredded memory foam bamboo pillow that allows for improved AIR VENTILATION to help you remain cool throughout the night
  • Our pillow is DURABLE and guaranteed to be long lasting. You rest well knowing that YOUR PILLOW is designed with high quality material
  • Cover is 60% Polyester 40% Bamboo
  • The PREMIUM shredded memory foam allows for ADJUSTABLE support for a custom sleep that promotes maximum rest and comfort
  • HYPOALLERGENIC & DUST MITE RESISTANT: Excellent choice for those who suffer from allergies. MACHINE WASHABLE which makes it easy to maintain and care for. Does not go flat! Pillow arrives in convenient hand carrying bag!
** One more thing to note is that this company is small veteran owned business. And that's just something I'm always happy to support in a heartbeat. 

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Bamboo Shredded Memory Foam Pillow (Firm Thickness) - from Alveo.
  • FILLING: 100% Polyurethane Foam, Cover: 15% Bamboo Fiber 85% Polyester Microfiber
  • CUSTOMIZE: Flexible and malleable to various sleeping positions for a good nights sleep.
  • CARE: Machine washable with hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant features.
  • SOFT: Soft feel and texture for a comfortable experience while resting or sleeping the night away to be ready and well rested for the next day.
  • WHY BAMBOO? Choosing bamboo is the best choice when choosing a pillow for its health benefits and comfort properties. Bamboo bedding is naturally breathable material due to its thin fibers and threads. Growing bamboo is all natural perfect for a healthy breathable environment and product to use. Bamboo products are anti-bacterial and hypoallergenic along absorbing sweat, and is naturally temperature controlled.

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My take on both pillows.
  • I have not woken up with a sore neck since using both pillows. Currently Jamie and I switch them back and forth trying to decide which one we each like best. So far neither of us can decide, we love them both. 
  • It's natural that you sleep better when you have a better pillow. 
  • After a few minutes in the dryer (per instructions not per me) they are fluffed and ready to go. You can place them back in the dryer at any time or once a month for a refluff if you feel the need to do so. So far I haven't beyond the initial visit to the dryer to get it ready. It comes small and sealed. Regular pillows go flat and are blah within a short time with no revival options.
  • Whether I am using the firm or medium thickness pillow, I have been so comfortable. Your head and neck mold to it without it ever going flat. It's amazing. With the medium one, there is extra room to scooch the stuffing around if you feel the need to do so.  The stuffing is quite full in the firm one. 
  • Even though these are both 'shredded' memory foam, you do not feel chunks of foam pieces in there. It's still a smooth stuffing feel to it. 
  • Not something I notice, but they are hypoallergenic and dust mite resistant. Which is good for Jamie's horrible allergies. 
  • It's actually hard for me to describe just how much I love these and how comfortable they are. And to not have any soreness issues anymore is simply indescribable. 
Have you ever tried a bamboo memory foam pillow?

Do you have a favorite type of pillow? Please share.

Are you having good weather today? It is crazy windy here.

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