October 20, 2014

Essential Oil Spritzers

Hi all! Happy Monday.
I hope you all had a nice weekend. Yesterday we went to the pumpkin patch. Dylan was in charge of picking the carving pumpkin, which is now sitting in a corner by our backyard door waiting to be carved this weekend.
And I was in charge of picking the little home decor pumpkin. It's sitting on the kitchen window sill along with the other Halloween decorations.
Anyways, I wanted to share with you a little bit more about how I have been using my essential oils for aromatherapy lately.

- Make an easy room spray: Fill a small misting bottle with distilled water. Add in 30 drops of essential oil (or combination of oils) of your choice. You can also had an ounce of high-proof alcohol to make the scent linger longer. Shake well  before using! Right now I'm loving lavender.

- Add some drops of oil to a container of unscented potpourri. I have sweet orange in mine.
- Give yourself a spa treatment shower: Add some drops of oil to the shower floor just before you turn on the water. The aroma will fill your shower. I highly recommend eucalyptus!

- To make a calming pillow mist, simply fill a small misting bottle with distilled water and 20-30 drops of lavender oil (just like with the room spray, the alcohol is optional). Shake well before using! I like to lightly spray this all over the top half of my bed. It smells so good!
This also works as a linen spray, for towels, or anything else you want to make smell like lavender!
Do you have a favorite way you like to incorporate a little aromatherapy in your home?

October 19, 2014

Ughh, labels.

Now, I am not vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, paleo, etc. I am not bashing on you if you are, but just hear me out..
Why do we have to label ourselves based on what we eat? Personally, I am not a much of a meat-eater, but I do occasionally have meat. But I would never label myself as someone who eats a "mostly vegetarian diet".
Maybe you are vegan because you are a huge animal rights activist (to each their own!), but I don't understand why people feel the need to label themselves into a constricting diet.
Why classify your eating style into a strict bubble? If you are vegan but your body is craving meat, I feel you should be able to eat the meat without feeling extreme guilt and embarrassment. It doesn't mean you are a failure.
Labeling a strict diet can be stressful and frustrating. You may not be able to eat the food your body needs because you don't want to break from your label.
Maybe it's just because I'm a very intuitive eater, but if you release yourself from a classification, you can make better food choices that work for YOU. Yes, you can still choose to not eat meat if that's your thing, but sometimes your body just needs it. You should be allowed to have a piece of organic, free-range chicken or an egg without being haunted about what you just did.
I do understand that some people fit in perfectly with a vegan diet/lifestyle, but to me, you don't need to put a"label" on it. Nor do you need to put a label on any diet.

What do you think about labeling one's diet?

October 16, 2014

10 reasons why I (and you!) don't need a gym membership

Hey friends! How's your week going?
Cooler fall weather and early nights have made my Lo a super cuddle bug.
And I've been focusing more on my yoga at home. I'm having a lot of fun practicing different arm balances and inversions.
Sometimes on weekends Dylan will ask me "Wanna go to the gym today?" and I'm like "Wahhhh?? Nooo". We are lucky and have the option to use the gyms on base for free. But still, I won't go just on my own to workout there. I have always preferred working out at home for so many reasons.
The only time I ever workout at the gym is when I am teaching class there, and I maybe sneak a run in on the treadmill ahead of time. But you will never see me drive over to the gym just to workout by myself.
Group fitness classes are another story. I think they are fun and wonderful (duhh), and you can't really replicate that group environment at home. But they are only worth your money if you really go take advantage of classes.
Ok, now on to all the reasons why I say you don't need a pricey membership.

1. You don't need to go drive anywhere.

2. You can wear whatever you want and look like a complete mess and it doesn't matter.

3. There are mass resources for at home workouts, whether it be from YouTube, workout DVD's, or other fitness websites. There is something for everyone. Practically all can be done from your living room.

4. Going to the gym can take too much time. Working out at home only takes me 30 minutes, then I hop in the shower and eat lunch or something. To go to the gym, I have to get dressed, drive, park, exercise, leave the gym, drive home, etc. It definitely more than doubles the time it takes to stay at home and exercise.

5. Most of use do body weight workouts as it is. Squats, lunges, wall sits, crunches, planks, push ups, etc. are all done with no equipment. Do you really need all that equipment the gym offers? If you are like me and run on the treadmill, followed by a few minutes of light weights, then no,  Unless you are a serious body builder, than you probably don't need to be paying to use all that crazy gym equipment. You can buy your own hand weights, or whatever else it is you use, and keep it in your home.

6. Gyms can be intimidating. I don't relate to this one because I work in a gym, but I understand that some people (especially workout newbies) can be intimidated and uncomfortable in a gym environment. You may feel like everyone is watching you, there is competition, etc. At home it's just you!

7. You're in your home, so anything goes! Literally, you can pretty much do anything. You can blast your music and dance around the house, yell or scream to get you through a tough set, or look like a complete maniac. Go ahead, be crazy. It's fine.

8. You save money. On average, a gym membership costs somewhere around $50 per month. That's a lot of money you can be saving by working out at home.

9. If the weather is nice out, get outside! Don't coop yourself up in that modern, mechanical, artificial environment of a gym, and get yourself out in nature. Take a hike or a run, workout at the park, whatever it is, just enjoy exercise in the fresh air.

10. You don't have to wait for other people. Sometimes the treadmills are all used up and I am forced to use a machine I don't want to. Or if there is only one of the machines you like and someone happens to be on it, you have to wait for them. It's lame and a waste of time.

What do you prefer? Working out at home or at the gym?