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Tuesday Tips: What Are THE Most Important NATURAL Home Remedies

Hola peoples! Happy Tuesday Tip Day! These items are CHEAP, NATURAL and can be bought off Amazon or @ your local market. Seriously not sure why we wouldn't all keep a stash. Oh wait! I do! 1 UNFILTERED Apple Cider Vinegar: is loaded with raw enzymes and beneficial bacteria which promote healthy digestion, blood-glucose levels, hormones, and a number of other bodily functions. Apple cider vinegar can also be used to boost hair health, relieve sinus pressure and even acts as an effective insect repellent. 2. Witch Hazel: witch hazel has many more uses than simply to clarify skin and shrink pores. Use witch hazel to fade bruises, stop bleeding, neutralize bug bites, and much more... 3. Coc

"Hail Tamiflu!" Important Stuff I KNOW You Want To Know (cuz I did)

I'm just getting over the flu and it f'ing sucks. Not a little sucky. A LOT sucky. I rarely get sick....pneumonia 5 years ago was the last time (from ignoring a cold...not my wisest decision)! I am here to tell you that even if you are a bad*ss-superhero-🦄 like me, this one could get you too. So, I'm going to give you a light take on this years' flu. Knowledge is power peoples. #BAM At the first sign of aches and a cough: run (not walk) to your closest urgent care or Dr. Your Dr. will swab your nose (yum) and in 15 minutes let you know if you have this years' nastiness. Yes, even if you're the proud recipient of the lamest flu shot everrr...go! Most of the flu shots aren't really wor

Tuesday Tips: Foods That Make You Happy!

Seven (my lucky/fav number) foods that make you happy...why wouldn't you want to eat these, I ask you??? 1. Chocolate: 1.4 ounces DAILY! reduces stress hormones. #BAM 2. Carbs: people on low carb diets (20-40  grams= 1 bread slice) are grumpy.  Well, duh they're hungry! 3. Whole foods (aka: in natural state):  have antioxidants that lower risk of depression. 4. Fish with Omega-3s (salmon, sardines, trout, mussels) boost mood, help information retention and boosts sex drive. Sign me up! 😘 5. Saffron: 15mg capsules increases serotonin productions; helps decrease mood swings 6. Coconut: merely the scent of this fruit blunts your "fight or flight". Talk about fat free! ha! 7. Tea: drinking 5-6

Thoughtful Thursday...My New Thursday Thang

I've been stumped...every Thursday. Along came Thursday and I was without purposeful writing...ugh. I mean, I wasn't losing sleep over it or anything but, I'm also not good at dialing it in. Then it came to me! What if every Thursday I wrote about someone or something that I'm grateful for?? #BAM What's so odd about this is that literally every night, I count my blessings and...wonder who've I've offended. Why? I've not had the most idealistic life so, long ago I made a conscious decision to focus on the positives and apologize to those that I've said/done something upsetting. (#nofilter) #thankfulthursday it is! I'm thankful for my loves. I have such love around me. Daily. For someone

Workout Wednesday: No Pond...Improvise!

It's 19 degrees. Yup. No can go outside...mostly because I'm wondering if I'll fall on my keester running. I still don't know this Austin weather thang so, I'm attempting so be wise (not usually my forte). I dragged my recumbent bike inside and rode for 45 minutes. I love sweating. A lot. Here's the home workout: 45 Min sitting on my bike while texting with my friend DJ learning about wine. #perfection 5 min ab series (see last weeks Facebook post @ Karen Schwalbe-Jones 20 regular sumo squats 10 regular push ups 20 pulse sumo squats 10 more regular push ups 1 minute jump roping -yes, inside! my house, my rules! ;) SOCKS ON: 20 side leg abductor slides (think skater) 20 back leg/glute sl

Tuesday Tip: Try? Why? Why Not? What're you Afraid Of?

First of all, I loathe the word "try". Why? It's a weak word. We don't really use it the way its intended. We tend to use it in the context of doing our best. If what we mean is "give it our best"? Well then, we must say what we mean! Today: instead of saying "I'll try", ask yourself if you intend on doing your best? or allowing yourself an out...and then ask yourself why? Are you afraid? What are you afraid of? #100% #doyourbest #try #tuesdaytip #intention #notforsissies #fearishealthy #fear #alittlefearisgood

Monday Mantra: Fear

I'm reposting my own MondayMantra bc I'm endeavoring on not one, but TWO totally different business ventures all for the sake of sharing what I believe in and love. I'm restarting and living WAY outside my comfort zone. Sharing two different ways to wellness: 1. Retreat July 12-15: 2. Sharing products that will make our lives healthier and a possible earning potential. DM: I believe in BOTH avenues and want to invite you along. Am I afraid that y'all won't like it? Yup. Will you possibly get annoyed with me chatting about it? Yup. However, I'm not going to let FEAR get in my way. I believe in what I'm doing and I know

Friyay: Me Feeling Fiiiinnnnne!

Finally! I feeeeel goooood! The holidays were nothing short of incredible; so loving, so lovely and SO MUCH DANG FUN! but holy smokes Batman, they were exhausting and I was left feeling a bit blue. I am finally feeling human. Just now. There are actually real terms for post holiday recovery: post holiday Blues, Recovery, Depression, Slump etc. Who knew?!? And I'm those definitions. Yes, yes, I went thru all my "be happy" self-talk but that only sorta worked. As you may or may not know, we just moved. We had SO much family and framily here over the holidays and it was magical...and Karen would have been in the corner sobbing if no one had visited. Why was I bummin? BC they left (me!)!

Thursday Tip: Teeth

As we've heard the Tuesday tip of making Tumeric tea can make your teeth TEMPORARILY yellow, other things like coffee (yummm) and wine (also yummmm), can too. What's a person to do? Well, I've been using charcoal toothpaste. Initially, it was super fun to "scare" the kids when I brushed my teeth because my gums and mouth turned black. After the fun wore off, I wondered would it work? Yup. I went to the dentist yesterday, it does. Teeth were a smidge whiter and that plaque scraping was down to a few minutes. Now, if you really want whiter teeth and less plaque: use baking soda. Yup, plain ol run o the mill: Arm & Hammer. We (the kids and I) were doing that. I stopped in favor of pay

Wednesday Workout: Pond Style

I woke tired. I hate that. My main man snored down a forest and I woke tired (which implies that I slept). And so today went....made coffee (TGoodness for coffee), made hot breakfast (I do every day), drove Penelope to school, walked doggies with KC while helping him study for science test (anyone know what a gibbus moon is? I do now!) and got him on the bus. My turn to workout and I still wasn't feeling it. Not. At. All. Thank goodness that my friend and giggling partner-in-crime asked if I was doing my Wed pond workout. "Yes I am!" (pretending to be excited for a brief moment). I put a Theraband in my fleece pocket and off we went. What did we do you ask? -Ran for 10 minutes up n

Tuesday Tip: Turmeric Tea

Well, sorta. It's a milk/tea and it cures what ails ya... READ THIS! It'll blow your mind. Turmeric is a root similar to ginger that has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. I’m not going to get all science-y on you, but turmeric is used to help cure arthritis, heartburn, joint pain, stomach pain, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, bypass surgery, hemorrhage, diarrhea, intestinal gas, stomach bloating, loss of appetite, jaundice, liver problems, stomach ulcers, IBS, gallbladder disorders, high cholesterol, a skin condition called lichen planus, skin inflammation from radiation treatment, fatigue, headaches, bronchitis, colds, lung infections, fibromyalgia, leprosy,

Friyay...I'm struggling.

I don't mean to sound like a downer but there are days that I'm just not motivated. I'm tired of working out, eating healthy, thinking of blog or picture ideas. Just tired. Today is that. So, what's a girl to do? I got my butt outta bed at the crack of darkness, drank some badass coffee (I'd take it thru an IV if I could), fed my 4-leggeds and worked out. ''Twas a struggle. I sweated it out on my stepper, 100 squats, 5 min of abs (next wed post is my 5 min ab series), stretched and off for my busy Friday! Just like that saying: no one ever says "I shouldn't have worked out"! So I did. I feel happy. Proud. #BAM Happy Friyay y'all!

New Year. New Diet?

Oh lordy, please no. Not one more time. Diets do not work. Ever. What's a person to do? After all, if your body shape n size is genetics at work, just let it go and that's your plight? Nope! You just need to be realistic. You need to learn. Knowledge is Power. And you need to do this learning thing FOREVER (hence, aforesaid dieting doesn't work). PLEASE READ THAT LAST PART ALOUD IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT THIS IS FOREVERRRR.... Why would my tininess even know anything about this? Well, I was always chubby. Yep! I WAS. I'm not now. Why? I didn't have an endpoint. A diet is a short term goal without much education. Kinda like, cramming for a test: less retention. You will need to