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Sensitive Skin? The Solution is Simple! #SimpleSaturdate

This post was sponsored by the Global Influence Network.

I’ve had problems with my skin on and off for years. About 6 years ago, I went for a series of chemical peels that caused my entire face to turn red and slough off. It peeled badly enough, in fact, that I had to schedule them on Fridays so I could hide all weekend. In the end, I’m not sure that they worked, but I did find out some good information in the process. My skin is pretty sensitive, and my cells turn over slowly, so I need a mild scrub to help them along. Continue reading

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Fresh, handmade scrubs and butters from Moody Sisters Skincare

This post about handmade fresh and affordable skincare was brought to you by Moody Sisters, who supplied the sample to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own and 100% honest.

Looking to eliminate toxic ingredients from your daily skincare routine? Moody Sisters Skincare wants to help you do just that. Continue reading

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Running Update: I’m HOT! #WorkoutWednesday

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I looked back at my RunKeeper log tonight, and I noticed that my last run before having El was on Dec 1st. She was born on Feb 7th, and I was back in my running shoes on March 10th. Not too bad, right? Although, some days I do get down on myself because my fitness is returning so slowly, or because the weight is still there. 

But you know what? I’m still running. Whenever I can, I’m running. And I really can’t think of anything else that makes me feel as good. So, despite the spare baby tire I still have, I’m feeling motivated to keep pounding the pavement (although I’d love to find a track that’s not so hard on my feet.)

That half marathon in Hershey is still in my future. Believe it.

And while we’re talking about exercise, I’ve just gotta ask: Has anyone else seen that butt that keeps popping up on everyone’s Facebook feed? You know the one…the teeny tiny butt in the pink Zaggora hotpants.

The pants that promise to help you lose 2 sizes in 2 weeks.

Weight loss pants? Come on, now.

Skeptical? Yes. But at one point, that butt seemed to be taunting me. Mocking me, even. So I wrote to Zaggora, and I said, “So, about these pants. Howsabout you let me give them a shot so I can tell my readers all about them?” And they said, “Ok!”

So now I have pants that will make me sweat my butt off, literally. Well, maybe. I got them in the middle of a July heatwave, so I haven’t exactly taken the “Zaggora 2-Week Challenge” yet. But what I can tell you is that it only took one 3-mile run in the pants for me to understand that these things are NO JOKE.

How do they work?

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Me, paraphrasing from Zaggora: Celu-Lite Technology™ is a patent pending, multi-layer fabric technology that harnesses the body’s natural heat during exercise to help you burn more calories. The material a bit like a SCUBA suit, I think. You know how you can get an air bubble in your bathing suit and it just moves around in there until you pull the fabric out to let it escape? They feel like that.

It’s recommended that you wear your HotPants for 30 minutes a day, during activity, so I’ve been wearing mine to run. I will absolutely attest to the fact that I got hotter faster running in my Zaggora pants, and that I actually had sweat running out the bottom of the pants and down my calves. Additionally, it takes me longer to cool down after my run. I 100% felt that my core body temperature was higher, just like the company said.

(I highly suggest taking water with you when you run in these pants.)

But, all weight loss claims aside (because I can’t speak to those yet), there was one benefit I noticed right away when I put my Zaggora pants on, and it’s one I didn’t expect. As soon as I started running, I felt firmer. Tighter. Less…jiggly. After having a baby, there’s the not-so-small matter of that baby belly that can seem to take on a life of its own at times. It’s distracting, and frankly discouraging, during a workout. Not in these pants. I have the High-Rise Capris and they come up high enough that nothing moves when I run, my thighs don’t touch, and perhaps best of all, the waist band doesn’t roll down!

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Buyer’s Tip: If I get another pair, I’m totally going for the Fold Over Capri Pants or the Atomica Pants.  I love the look of the fold over waist, and they have ventilating fabric between the legs, which is a must-have to stay comfortable… and a little less stinky. (Ew.)

I can honestly say I think I’ve been running better and with more motivation. In my HotPants, I just feel stronger and more fit because everything is being controlled and held in place.  I told my husband that if I had a Zaggora top to complete the outfit, I just might be able to bust through a wall (and the “girls” would be way more comfortable and supported, too!)

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So, yeah. Am I going to be skinnier in a few weeks? I hope so, but I’m not really into easy weight loss claims. You’ve gotta do the work. That said, it’s that much easier to get motivated when your workout gear works for you…and I’m telling you, I exercise harder and longer in Zaggora. 

30 minutes a day…stay tuned!

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Lacing up: New Health and Fitness Goals

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Hey, I forgot to mention…I’ve started running again!  Continue reading

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Look out, Potty! Here we come!

I knew this time would come…eventually.

My 23-month-old son has shown quite an interest in the potty for a while now, peeing occasionally, and throwing lots of paper in when we aren’t looking.

But now? We have POOP!

Not every time, but often enough to know that he’s well on his way to learning how to use the potty full-time.

So, why do I feel a stinging twinge of sadness?

Because I’ll miss my FLUFF!

The stash I researched so diligently and worked so hard to build (building a community of like-minded friends along the way, I might add! Bonus!) The stash I painstakingly laundered and sunned, sniffing to make sure they were as fresh as a spring breeze for my sweet baby’s bum.  They might be poop-catchers, but there’s nothing quite like a pile of freshly washed, stuffed and folded diapers in a rainbow of colors!

I surely don’t have the most impressive collection, and I’ll admit that we never did quite get to the point where we gave up our little stash of disposable inserts (GroVia rocks, by the way!) , but there’s just something about making that choice – the economical choice, the ecofriendlier choice, the healthier choice - that made me feel like I was doing my absolute best as a mom.

Ah, cloth. How I love thee! It saddens me that our time is coming to an end, but I have hope that someday I’ll unpack you and fall in love all over again!

Thanks for the memories!

Until next time…

(I just wonder if I’ll feel the same way about my mama cloth when I join the menopause community:| )

Wow. Did I just say menopause?! Can you tell I’m feeling the clock tick away? Come on Baby #2!

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To all my cloth diapering readers: did you miss your fluff when the potty took over? Were you sad to see the transition begin?

 

 

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