1.30.2015

Training with a Toddler #fcrrr #doinit

So I had this grand idea...get up early, before the kids wake up and jump on the treadmill.  I'd get my runs in before the craziness of the day begins and I wouldn't have to worry about dragging my butt for a run after the kiddos go to bed.  Sounds perfect doesn't it?  Well, it is, except for one thing....my 2 year old.



I don't know how she does it, but every day I decide to get up at 5:30am to hit the 'dreadmill' she inevitably gets up shortly thereafter.  Just as I'm settling in to some trashy show on Netflix, I hear the pitter-patter of little feet and then she appears; bleary-eyed and whimpering with her blankie.  First it's milk, then potty, then her favourite show.  Do you know how hard it is to run to Bo on the Go, Handy Manny and Strawberry Shortcake??

This morning was really no different, except for the fact she was up just about every hour from 11:00pm until 5:00am.  And she insisted on sleeping in our bed with her pillow and blankie.  Needless to say, when my alarm went off I thought I was going to die.  I dragged myself to the kitchen and made my husband is pre-work smoothie.  Swaying slowly at the counter with squinty eyes, trying to chop an apple I couldn't help  but hate the idea of running.

I got no frickin' sleep
I'm tired
I'm miserable
Why won't the kid sleep?
I really don't want to run
I will do it tonight.
Who am I kidding...I won't do it tonight!
Forget it...I'll just skip it.

After a few moments, I was able to peel my eyes open.  I looked outside at the blowing snow and at my husband heading out the door for work.  And then, I reached down, somewhere deep deep down that hadn't been affected by my self-doubt and hatred of the treadmill and then it happened...

Screw it!  I'm so pissed...I'm gonna run!

And so I did.  It's amazing how some negative self-talk and anger can affect you.  You can succumb to it and perpetuate the cycle, or you can grab it by the balls and say no more! So 5 miles on my treadmill took care of all those miserable thoughts and feelings.  My run is done, I have loads of energy and I'm ready to take on the day.

Even when you feel like crap, just do it...you'll be happy you did!

1.27.2015

Hemp Chia Protein Balls #Recipe

Need a little afternoon boost? Or how about a post-workout recharge? Don't reach for those processed snacks or bars...the Hemp Chia Protein Balls will satisfy you with some much needed protein and a little bit of sweet.  But don't worry, there's no processed sugars or fats and they're gluten free, vegan and made from just simple, whole ingredients!


Hemp Chia Protein Balls

Ingredients:

12 Pitted Dates
3 tbsp unsalted Sunflower Seeds
3 tbsp Walnuts
2 tbsp Chia Seeds
2 tbsp Hemp Hearts
1 tbsp Unsweetened Coconut
2 tsp Cinnamon

Instructions: 

Place your sunflower seeds, walnuts, chia, hemp and coconut into your food processor or high-speed blener and blend until they are ground into a coarse powder.  Then add your dates and cinnamon and blend again until all ingredients form into a thick dough.  Next roll your dough into 8-10 balls.  Place in an airtight container and keep in the fridge until you need them.

These Hemp Chia Protein Balls can be made in just a couple minutes and make for a delicious grab and go snack.  Each ball contains approximately 3g of protein so enjoy 2 or 3 as a quick energy boost!

1.26.2015

20 Amazing Uses for Tea Tree Oil

One of my favourite, multi-purpose items in my house is Tea Tree Oil.  And if you don't have a bottle in your cupboard, I highly recommend getting some ASAP.  This essential oil is not only great to diffuse in your home, but it has so many other amazing uses! It's anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and the list goes on and on.

Don't think you would ever use it? After you see my top 20 list, you might think again!


20 Amazing Uses for Tea Tree Oil

  1. Soothes and heals Sunburns - add 8-10 drops to some coconut oil and gently rub onto to your sunburn.
  2. Heals skin infections - bed sores, cysts, boils - apply a couple drops daily to the affected area.
  3. Treats Acne - rub a drop or 2 onto that nasty pimple and watch it disappear.
  4. Prevents Lice - add a few drops to your kids bath water or your shampoo to help keep those nasty bugs away.
  5. Removes Ticks - drop pure oil onto the tick, wait to minutes and remove.  Make sure to apply some oil to the puncture too.
  6. Antiseptic - use on small cuts or abrasions 
  7. Treats Ringworm
  8. Soothes Insect Bites
  9. Warts - soak a cotton ball with Tea Tree Oil and secure it with duct tape to the wart before bed. Remove in the morning and repeat nightly until the wart turns black.
  10. Toenail Fungus/ Athlete's Foot - apply daily for 1-2 months
  11. All-Purpose Cleaner - add 1-2 tsp of oil to a spray bottle and fill the rest with water.  Use to clean counters, yoga mats, desks, high chairs, car seats etc.
  12. Canker Sores - add 1-2 drops to a cotton swab and place on sore twice daily
  13. Dandruff - add 20-30 drops to any shampoo or add a few drops directly to scalp and massage after washing.
  14. Laundry Boost - add 1/2 tsp to washing machine when doing a load of towels or other mold prone fabrics.
  15. Ingrown Hairs
  16. Colds - add 10 drops of Tea Tree oil to a warm vapourizer and place in your room overnight.
  17. Skin Tags
  18. Insect Repellent - 15 drops added to a quart of water can work as an effective bug spray.
  19. Control Mold - add 2 tsp to 2 cups of water in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray on problem areas and do not rinse.
  20. Pest Control - ants and other pests don't like Tea Tree Oil, so place a few drops at the point of entry or try wiping out kitchen cupboards with a Tea Tree Oil/water solution to keeps ants away.
 And remember, all essential oils can be quite potent. Undiluted Tea Tree Oil can cause itchiness, irritation, and redness on sensitive skin. So, if you have sensitive skin, it is always safer to dilute the oil in another base oil such as coconut oil or olive oil.

What's your favourite Tea Tree Oil use?



Disclaimer: Although I am passionate about natural health care, I am not a medical professional.  This post is for educational and entertainment purposes only.

1.22.2015

Pretty Up Your Planner DIY

New Year and a new planner!  A bland, boring, exactly the same as my husband's planner.  So rather than paying big bucks for a prettier planner I decided to perk it up myself!  Check out this simple DIY to perk up your planner.

Pretty Up Your Planner DIY

Supplies:
1 Boring Planner
Assortment of Deco Art's Chalky Finish Paints
Q-Tips
Light Satin Varnish by Deco Art
1 Paint Brush

Instructions:
Make sure your planner is clean and dry.  A quick wipe with a damp cloth should to the trick!


Open your Chalky Paints and get creative.  Going one colour at a time, dip your Q-Tip into the paint and make small strokes on your planner.  You don't have to have a pattern or design.  Just go with the flow and give your planner some colour!



Once you are satisfied with your design, let it dry completely.



The final step is a light coat of Light Satin Varnish.  The Chalky Finish paint adhered perfectly to the front of my planner but I wanted a little added protection since it routinely ends up buried in the bottom of my purse.  Dry brush on a thin coat and let dry.  The varnish will dry clear and help protect your gorgeous planner.



Disclaimer: I received the paint supplies from Deco Art for the purposes of this project.  As always, the opinions expressed are my own

1.19.2015

Halfway Through the 30 Day REAL Food Challenge

So it's the morning of the start of week three; 14 days done of the 30 Day REAL Food Challenge.  So what does that mean?

Well, here's what I've discovered in the past couple of weeks:
  • I have never eaten so many greens in my entire life!
  • It's shocking how delicious and flavourful simple and clean meals can be.
  • I think I may have mastered the art of picking and eating an avocado.
  • No cheese, no coffee, no meat, no chips and I'm still alive!
  • Clean eating involves a little bit of prep-work, but is actually fairly easy.
  • My body runs better with better fuel.  i.e. real food
  • Resisting temptation is an on going struggle.
  • Sometimes a cheat day is exactly what you need to see you're on the right track. 
  • Retrain your taste buds...it's unbelievable!
  • Don't worry about what others think, just take care of you!
We are starting week 3 and that means a whole new round of recipes that I can't wait to try.  Out of all the 40+ recipes I've made over the past couple weeks, I think there were only 2 or 3 that I wasn't a big fan of.  The rest were amazing, fantastic vegan recipes that were surprisingly tasty and filling!

And now for the weigh-in...

Now this wasn't the only reason we decided to do this program, but both my husband and I definitely wanted to shed a few of those holiday pounds.  As of today, I am down 7 lbs and Mike is down 6 lbs!  Pretty amazing, even with our cheat day this past weekend!

Now bring on Week 3!

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