Jul 16, 2019

Fitness Tuesday: Foam Rolling

     Since the last time that I wrote somewhat regularly in May, I have been trying out different health activities and techniques to see if they would help with some of my physical pain that I have been having. Originally, we thought that it was a side issue from my thyroid problem. Recently, we narrowed it down to a pinched nerve (not sure where thought). One thing that I started doing is foam rolling for the problem.

I have been trying to find some different ways to use my roller, which I bought at Marshall. They sell roller online and at Physical Therapy offices/facilities as well. When buying a roller make sure to get the correct length for your height. One thing I learned is that it hurts that's not a good thing. It has to do with the fascia underneath the skin. According to Mosby's Dictionary of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, fascia is an elastic connective tissue found throughout the body that surrounds and supports various muscles and organs. Unhealthy fascia can cause cellulite and pain among other issues. Here are a few foam roller exercises to tryout to work out any stiffness or pain in your body:

This muscle roller is the one that I bought from amazon a while back. I usually roll in the morning and before bed. Personally, I found that it has helped with the tightness in my legs. I also use a large foam roller to lay on to stretch out my back after sitting for most of the day. This roller is similar to the roller that I have (mine is a 36').

If you need more resources on fascia. Here are a few resources about fascia:

The Top 5 Ways Fascia Matters to Athletes by Brooke Thomas

Latest Wellness Trends for 2019 from Simple Roots Wellness

Feeling Achy? The Body Part You Don't Know You Have by Corrie Pikul

Gave some of these exercises a try if any of you have chance. Peace & Blessings, all. Have a Great Tuesday!!!

Jul 15, 2019

Summer salads


     With it being summer, I love easy recipes that I can make that don't require a lot of cook time. A salad is a great way to incorporate vegetables and protein in meal, without all the heaviness of a traditional meal. Salad's are a go-to for lunch & dinner due to my busy schedule. Not having time to make a full dinner, many salad options are far better for you than anything processed in the grocery store or those from fast food restaurants.  Here are some of my favorite at the moment:

-Pesto Pasta with Tomatoes & Mozzarella

-Summer Chicken Salad

-Lemon-Orzo Veggie Salad 

I love getting recipes from online cooking magazines and sites. If you have an account, you can save them like a digital recipe box. In my case, I print them off since it is easier to have them on hand when I need them. These salads can be served as the main dish or as a side. If anyone has a salad the at they have tried, I would love to see it.

Until next time, Peace & Blessings all. Have a great Monday!!!

Jul 11, 2019

Thoughtful Thursday

     Happy summer all!!! I am a bit late saying that, like almost two weeks to be exact. I have had been having a writer's block so to speak. A lot of topics I want to talk and have post set up for but are incomplete. Part of it is that it is summer the other part is frustration about life and blogging in general. I have made a commitment to myself that I am going to try to manage my time better to write more again.

We all go through periods in life where we are indifferent about various situations. For the last two-three month, that is the period that I'm slowly moving out of. One way that I'm doing that is through my health. I have added in some vitamins and supplements after going to the doctor. In some future post I'm going to talk about vitamins & supplements, holistic treatments that I've done, along with other areas in the health & wellness field. Another way, being the main way is through my diet. For the moment, I'm probably going blog two to three days a week or until I get some other things I have to do finished. Until then, here are some thoughts for this Thursday:




Peace & blessing everyone. I hope you all have a great Thursday!!!!

May 16, 2019

Thoughtful Thursday

Happy Thursday, all!!! This is going to be a short and sweet post. As usual, I am super busy. I still have to finish my last three projects for my one class so I can turn them in before the Summer season starts. Right now I have an I in the class until I turn in the rest of my work. I also have to turn in my graduation paperwork to Graduate this summer. I am a walking mess as of late so I am just rolling with the punches. Until next week, here are some thoughts for today

Peace & Blessing! Have a great Thursday everyone.

May 9, 2019

Thoughtful Thursday

     Happy May and Thursday!!! Life happened again. Got busy with my final semester of Graduate School: one class left, turning in all my graduation paperwork & then I'm done. Been feeling blah thanks to living in the land of pollen. Something big did happen: I broke down and bought a car. I've had my car for sixteen years (I bought it in college and it the only car that I've ever owned up until 2 & a half weeks ago). I like it but it's a big adjustment going from not having a car payment to having one now.

Other than that, I'm just trying to figure out what I'm going to do now since I'm done with school again. There is definitely going to be time for writing again. Some time for reading and trying some of the recipes in all the books I bought recently also.  All this going to start next week once I stop slacking and finish my final class projects. Until then, here are some thoughts for this Thursday

Since, it's been forever since the last time I posted, I have a good amount of post to put up so everyone be on the lookout for that. Until then, Peace & Blessings, all!!!

Apr 11, 2019

Thoughtful Thursday

Hello again!!! I am a slacker at life at this point so I am not even going to make an excuse for it. With all the pollen hanging out down here (YAY, Alabama), my full-time job, and taking my last two classes not having enough time is an understatement. I am going to try to get back in the swing of things. I do have a couple of blog post that are half way done. Maybe, I'll post those sometime soon. Until then, here are some some thought for today:

I have been trying to come to term with somethings that I need to change/adjust in my life. I have been feeling drained lately. Could be from my thyroid, allergies, or just needing to take a break from running around non-stop. I am going to try to start writing again at least two times a week for the moment and see what happens.

Peace & Blessings all and have a great Thursday!!!

Mar 20, 2019

SILK18 Shampoo

A little over a year ago, I was contacted by Maple Holistics to review their Tea Tree Shampoo, which they sell in a shampoo/conditioner set with their Argan Conditioner now.  Since then, they have branched out offering a variety of shampoos, conditioners, and skin care. I was contacted again, this time to share their new shampoo: SILK18

The first thing I noticed about this shampoo was the packaging.  The packaging is a great size, not too bulky to sit on the side of the shower or in the back. Some of the bottle that I had would fall off, driving me up the wall. It's easy to store in any area in the bathroom. The bottle is made out of recycled packaging as well. One reason I like the company if that they are for holistic and healthy products. If you do not know about the company, all their products are natural and cruelty-free.  

Their products also are safe for color treated hair and paraben-free. According to the Organic Consumers Association, parabens are used to extend the shelf life of products. It helps prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria in a number of products we use everyday including deodorant, soaps, and moisturizers. For me, I tend to buy products now that don't have a lot ingredients or chemicals in them and this shampoo fits the bill.

The are ingredients used in this shampoo that have found separately in a few shampoo but never together all in one before. With SILK18, I love the small of the it, being a big lover of vanilla. They use natural vanilla to achieve that smell. It also contains argan oil, jojba oil (used to make the hair soft and give it shine), and botanical keratin in the product. 

With this shampoo, a little goes a long way. Since my hair is on the shorter side, I use a nickle 
instead of a quarter (as is suggested). If you have longer hair, I would say to use the quarter size. I have been using the product for almost a month and still have over 90% of the bottle still. Starting at $12.95 for the shampoo, I think that is a great invest for a great product. As I have gotten older, I realize that sometimes you have to spend more money for a quality product.

You can find the shampoo on Maple Holistics website here or on Amazon here. It comes in 12oz and 16oz. If you go through the companies website, you will be able to get a coupon to use on Amazon. Next, I'm going to try the conditioner. If anyone gets a chance, I would highly recommend trying this shampoo and some other products from Maple Holistics. 

Peace and blessings, all and have a great Wednesday.

Disclaimer: I received this product from Maple Holistics for review. This opinion is and mine alone. I received products as compensation for my opinion.