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Yoga With Kids – Tips

Yoga. It’s good for peace of mind, clarity and learning how to breath correctly when your toddler is having a mental breakdown over dropping his last cheerio in HomeGoods. (They never seem to understand why they can’t put it back in their mouth after it’s been on the dirty ground.)

I have come to find that my practice with yoga has become imperative to my fitness routine and my overall mental health. It’s SO IMPORTANT to take at least a little time for yourself each day.

Yoga studios are awesome (and trust me, I LOVE my studio and getting away even for an hour)… but some days, you just can’t get away. Enter stage right, YOGA WITH KIDS. (or kid in my case).

Here’s a couple tips to getting your practice in without knocking your child in the head with your heel, strap, block or anything else:

1. Distract, distract, distract. 

While Mickey mouse might be your arch nemesis at this particular time, he’s great for keeping your kid in the hotdog mood. His squeaky little voice can be drawn out by your controlled breathing or melodic chants.

2. Give snacks.

Yeah, yeah, yeah…. I know. Don’t bribe or distract your kids with food. But hey, maybe you can get a flow in during lunch time? Afternoon snack time?

3. Flow outside.

It’s good to breath in the sunshine and air. I find that my son can easily distract himself when he’s outside. I can get some good breathing or stretching in while he plays. Sure, I have to stop and keep an eye on him, but, anything is better than nothing!

4. Make it work!

My kid is a busy one. He never sits still… (except for one time with Moana… for about 5 minutes). So when he wants to join (or really just kick me off his toys) I let him. He even gets me up from child’s pose with a helpful hairpull from time to time. He’s so great that way!

5. Ask them to join.

I can’t wait until my son is old enough to join me in my practice! He already helps with downward dog and I ALMOST have him convinced to stay on my back during crow. I mean, I should probably start looking for our matching harlem pants now…

 

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Hair Growth Secret… Revealed!

Since I posted this photo online:

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Everyone has been asking, “OMG, your hair is so long, what is your secret?! I wish my hair grew like that!”

The truth is, for the LONGEST time, my hair was falling out and wouldn’t grow at all. After you give birth, that “luscious hair” you’re suppose to get during pregnancy (I got none of it) actually falls out. I read some where that it’s really dead hair that your follicles hold on to while pregnant, thus giving you the illusion that your hair is thick and shiny (this could be totally off base though).

So, what really helped my hair grow and made my body give up the need to shed like a german shepherd in the summer??

KETO DIET AND COLLAGEN.

When you become fat adapted, your hair grows. Because you are taking in more essential healthy fats, your hair follicles become healthier, your body is more energized and your hair grows.

Have you ever done a really low fat diet and your hair became brittle and dry? It’s because your body was lacking the nutrients it needs.

Aside from eating more fat, I noticed a HUGE difference in my hair once I started supplementing with Neocell Marine Collagen. Within a few days, I noticed my hair was softer, shinier and eventually, I noticed it really starting to grow!

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I use marine collagen because it has a higher amount of glycine in it. This promotes not only a youthful appearance, but also cognitive and digestive health. The extra shine to my hair was just the sprinkles on the cupcake! Collagen also promotes healthy joints and muscles.

I recommend it to all of my family, friends and clients!

Lately, I have been using 1 scoop of Vital Proteins Marine Collagen Peptides in my lemon water every day. It’s a great option if you would rather mix it in instead of swallow pills. It also has a higher amount of protein in it than the Neocell version. Vital Proteins also has to-go packs which are awesome for traveling!

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So there you have it, my secrets to healthier hair: higher intake of healthy fats and collagen! 

 

 

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Baby Skin Care – My Go To Products!

As a mom, it’s pretty heart wrenching to deal with anything that causes distress to your child. Allergies, reflux, skin rashes – it all just plain out sucks.

Rian has had his fair share of problems between the GERD, allergies and his random skin rashes. We’ve had hives, random dryness, cracked and bloody spots/creases and a slew of other horrible skin irritations. In fact, as I write this, Rian has little red dots all behind his ears, onto his neck and on the side of his cheek. (I am thinking it’s from a strawberry sensitivity, but honestly, I have no idea!)

I tried all of the home remedies from breast milk to coconut oil, as well as Earth Mama, Honest Co., Babyganics, Aveeno, Eucerine (and more) for his baths, but nothing worked. Rian’s skin always broke out and stayed consistently dry. Lotions were another long arduous task. I treed everything from the aforementioned brands and more. Once again, nothing worked. Everything in the drug store kept Rian’s skin the same or made it worse.

I think you get the drift in how exhausted I was trying to make Rian feel better. 

Lost without a clue what to do, in came my mom. (Moms know best right?!) She mentioned that one of the girls she followed posted about a brand I had never heard of, Baby Mantra. I figured, what the hell? And ordered some the next day off of Amazon. I got the newborn basic bundle to try. It was the best bang for my buck and allowed me to try 3 of their products. I was really interested in the avocado oil. Avocados are chop full of healthy fats and vitamins… if anything would work, that had to!

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So here is my honest, four word testimony from a mom who just wants to share her story: This Stuff Saved Us. 

Rian’s skin has been smooth, relatively bump and dryness free (darn food allergies and trying new things!) since we began using the Newborn set 6 months ago. We did try the 3-in-1 bubble bath a few months back and he had a small reaction to it. I still have it to try again later though.

I cannot stress how much I recommend this company (hello made in the USA!), their products and the quality you receive. Plus, their products are EWG verified, Non GMO, NPA certified and PETA certified too!

Give them a try if you are lost like I once was or share this with someone who might be struggling. Let’s get the word out and help some mom’s who don’t know what else to do!

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Social Media Detox

On November 5th, I decided to take a break from Facebook and Instagram. You might be wondering, “why in the EF would you want to do that?!

I know, I know…. we are so INGRAINED into social media it’s practically the only way we communicate these days. I have no idea when your birthday is if I am not notified by Facebook to send you a virtual gift. My phone book is relatively empty considering how many friends and followers I have. Verbal communication has become a gift that isn’t exercised regularly these days. And holy cow, forgive me if I forget to post a picture of what I am eating right now or film a killer workout I did this morning.

In most cases, no one cares about the quality of material I post…. as long as it’s a correctly angled selfie, photo of Rian or perfectly plated food, the masses are happy.

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So, in order to be more present in real life, I decided to get off of my “money maker” and get on to what’s really important.

I was a little apprehensive at first. Social media has become a part of my business and a huge part of my life – who am I without it?

I am a better mom, wife, daughter, and granddaughter. I am a better caregiver. I have more time to sit and really take life in. I can connect in conversation with people who don’t know everything I am doing on a daily basis. I am able to sit down and write a blog post or conduct research without tabs open to my social pages. I can focus and learn. And some days, I can just be. Do you know how long it has been since I have just lived without documentation? Too long.

Yesterday, I took a trip to Roger’s Gardens with Rian, my mom, sisters, brother in law and friend.  It was amazing. I was present, my phone stayed put away, and I really enjoyed being in the moment with friends and family. I’ve missed this.

Rian and I sat and enjoyed watching the trains go by for a long time. I never once thought about taking his picture or whipping out my phone to tell someone about it.

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Don’t get me wrong, social media has been amazing in helping me achieve my goals of weight loss, running a half marathon, becoming a personal trainer, being able to connect with thousands of people, and even working with some amazing companies… BUT, it is so NICE TO BE AWAY right now.

We should all take a moment to smell the roses some days….

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….and enjoy our friends and family without distraction.

 

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Itchy Scalp Remedy

I have always had a drier scalp with some flake-age every now and then. It wasn’t until after I gave birth to my son that my scalp flared up like crazy! Think lots of flakes, dry scalp, sore spots and even burning. OUCH!

I tried everything…. natural shampoos like Just Natural Itchy Scalp shampoo and conditioner, PURA D’OR scalp therapy shampoo and conditioner, even slathering coconut oil all over my scalp for long periods of time.

Everything helped a little, but nothing was worth noting or kept my itchy flaking at bay.

I finally decided to try using Apple Cider Vinegar after my little sister text me a recipe. I figured, ACV cures EVERYTHING right?! So why the hell not…. I AM SO GLAD I DID! 

After just one treatment, I noticed a notable difference in my inflammation and itchiness. I also noticed that my flakes had decreased. I am currently three consecutive days in and my scalp hasn’t felt this good in about a year!

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Here’s what I do: 

Start by mixing 3 tablespoons of raw Apple Cider Vinegar with 1 tablespoon water + 1 full dropper of Tea Tree Oil in a glass bowl.

(I use a glass bowl so that the oil doesn’t sink into the plastic.)

Section out one inch sections of your hair at a time. With your finger tips, apply a heavy dose of the mixture to your scalp.

I continue in this fashion, moving from my neck up to the crown of my head. I re-do this step until the mixture is all used up (about 3 times). I also really focus on the itchiest spots and apply a generous amount to them.

 

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After the entire bowl is used up, I throw my hair into a high ponytail and wrap it in a Turbie Twist. I hang out here for about 30-45 minutes…. stinking it up for the entire family. They love it. Trust me.

Then I wash my hair with cool water and my trusty shampoo & conditioners (mentioned above).

After an application of PYT Argon Oil, I let my hair air dry when possible then style with my flat iron.

I have gotten really awesome results with this process! I’ll keep it up daily until the flakiness and itchiness is gone (or at least almost gone) & then do it a few times a week.

So, my itchy scalp friends, go forth and wear black. 

 

 

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Where My Extra Skin Went…

I get asked ALL. THE. TIME. where my extra skin went after losing almost 90 pounds & more recently, having a baby.

I wish I could tell you that I had it removed or that it flew away off to a land where extra fat goes to burn in hell… but, it didn’t. In fact, it stayed on my body and I got really good at disguising it.

Here are just a few shots of the leftover results from weight loss and child birth:

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Belly Skin – it hangs over everything and is known to fly out of my pants when I work out.

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Arm skin AKA bat wings – and yes, I probably could fly with it.
This is also probably the best disguised skin I have.

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Under arm, bra fat skin – I hate this one… it is constantly bulging over my bras!

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I also have loose skin on my thighs that jiggles when I walk in shorts. I would have taken a picture of that one, but I didn’t want to break the internet with a vag shot 😛

You might look at these pictures and think it isn’t bad at all… and, fair enough. But, it is a constant struggle of mine. I am not self conscious of this on the daily, but every now and then it does cross my mind.

My skin hasn’t gone anywhere and the only real way to get rid of it is to have it cut off. I probably will have a tummy tuck once I am done having kids, but for now, I try to accept it.

Tips for accepting your own loose skin:

  1. Use it as a reminder for how far you have come and where you never want to be again.
  2. Focus on the parts of your body you do love.
  3. Let it be an open door for others to ask you about your journey.
  4. Once you hit your goal weight, lift heavy. You can fill some of the loose skin with muscle so it doesn’t look as loose. (this has been my main goal!)

Loose skin is pretty inevitable with a large weight loss. Depending on how fast you loose the weight, your skin elasticity, age, etc. you could have more or less. NEVER let the fear of loose skin deter you from losing weight. 

Being healthy & happy more than outweighs the side effects of loose skin. 🙂

 

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