Sad you ONLY lost 1 lb??

Happy Saturday! I was cleaning up and found the journal that I tallied my weekly loses in last year. I forgot how many weeks in a row I “only” lost 1 lb or so. I am posting this to hopefully encourage those of you who are on your own journey to health – stay the course! I lost 46lbs in 4 months because I didn’t give up and kept my eye on the prize. Sure there were peaks and valleys and it wasn’t done perfectly…but I now weigh 25 lbs less than when I had my son and honestly I haven’t felt this comfortable with my body since high school! If your on a good path- keep it up! If you need help please don’t hesitate to reach out to me!!

O+O is rocking my world!

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So I am an essential oil novice. Well maybe not novice – I infuse, I know what certain oils can help certain ailments, I use them daily on myself and Chico, but I’m not blending up my own concoctions or anything. Enter O+O  into my life! Not only is the presentation adorable but these blends are great and I’ve come to find there is a use for them on a daily basis. The two that I have been using is the Eucalyptus Peppermint blend and the Lavender blend.

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As a long time migraine sufferer I was looking forward to trying out the Eucalyptus Peppermint blend. I am trying not to use pain medication to deal with the sometimes daily pain and found that when I rubbed it into my temples it became easier to relax and rest which if you know about these types of headaches – sometimes rest is the only thing that will help. Related to my headaches is the fact that I hold stress in my shoulders and neck. Well, this blend is also great as an anti-inflammatory! I found that rubbing this blend onto my shoulders was equally as effective as Tiger Balm, but unlike Tiger Balm I wasn’t afraid to cuddle Chico afterwards!

The uses are honestly endless – from putting it onto the ends of my processed hair, rubbing it onto my nail bed when I have hangnails, a pick me up when you’re having a rough day, to putting on Chico’s chest when he’s congested.

Super uplifting scent.

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The lavender blend is equally lovely, with plenty of uses. Lavender is pretty much my favorite “go-to” oil so I was excited to have a blend that I could try out. O+O’s lavender blend consists of organic, high-quality coconut oil, organic apricot kernel oil, organic jojoba oil and the highest quality lavender oil.

I use lavender for diaper rashes (safe on cloth diapers), bedtime baby massage, bedtime mama massage (helps with insomnia!), on chapped lips and dry skin. I use it most on Chico’s eczema patches and it has been amazing in healing them. His patches tend to be red but this blend soothed it overnight! Took the redness away and reduced the scaliness as well. Very impressed.

Here are a few tips when using O+O that are stated on their site:
-Be careful not to mix diaper use jars with regular use jars.
-Add salt or sugar to make it a scrub!
-It may go on greasy, but just give it a few minutes to soak in.
-This product stays solid at room temperature and will melt in warm surroundings and with your body temperature. Take care opening your jar.
-A little goes a long way. 

Indeed!

I’m excited to continue my journey to learn more and more about essential oils as many moms seem to be these days. I think there’s a lot to be said for handling our ailments holistically and naturally.

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Time.

via Instagram We will always be “busy” until we decide not to be. How many of us have wished for “more hours in the day,” but if given more would totally fill that time with activity anyway. If we don’t learn to make time (for yourself, for your partner, for your kids, for your passions) we will always be slaves to the mantra of “too busy.” Make time today! #9mab #getfitwithflores

Stuffed Peppers.

via Instagram Last nights dinner – stuffed bell peppers. It was so yum and so easy. Made some Israeli couscous and cooked up some ground turkey with mushrooms and olives, added the couscous to the mixture with tomato sauce. Cut off the top of bell peppers, scooped mixture inside and baked for 30 min at 350. Chico loved it too which is always a plus to not have to make different meals for everyone!!

Fat vs Muscle

Weight and pounds looks different on everyone!! 5 lbs of Fat and 5 lbs of muscle may weigh the same but their mass is completely different! It made such a huge difference that I lost 46 lbs of fat when decided to get healthy!! My body is completely reshaped even though I had a baby only 15 mo ago I have definition that I never had even when I was dancing 5x a week and doing athletics in high school!! Ok done tripping out!! I think the gym today released way too much serotonin!!! 20140611-144938-53378445.jpg

My Brows get the Kelley Baker Treatment

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Well I finally did it! I’ve been wanting to get my eyebrows done (styled?) by the people at Kelley Baker Brows FOREVER! I’ve had an eyebrow obsession ever since I was first allowed to pluck mine. Like most women I made the mistake of over plucking my beautiful, thick, Brooke Shields brows and turning them into pencil thin lines with zero arch. Such a bummer.

Why?

Because when you do that for years on end the hair gets pissed and decides to never return. I was left with patchy brows that wouldn’t even grow back in spots – such a bummer. I don’t trust just any nail salon or threading place either. I’ve made that mistake and no matter how many times I say – “Thick, thick – I like them THICK!” They always rip away all my hard work and I”m back to square one.

So I spent a few months slathering on castor oil every night and growing these suckers out. It was not a fun process I’m not gonna lie. I felt like a beast but I just kept reminding myself it would be worth it. And it SO was!!

I saw on Kelley Baker Brow’s Instagram Page that one of her artist Charleen Martinez was offering a $30 special this week so I jumped on it!

I went to the Venice location on Abbot Kinney and everyone in the 3 chair studio was super nice. The receptionist even helped keep on eye on Chico while I was getting my brows done – so cool right? So I can’t tell you their exact “method” because I was laying back and couldn’t see a damn thing. All I know is there was wax involved and some tweezing of fine hairs and filling in of thin spots (yes after all that time there are STILL bald spots GRRRR!).

I am super pleased with my results and would totally go back. Charleen was super sweet and I think it’s definitely worth it. Eyebrows are the new black people – seriously! If you have good eyebrows you can get away with not wearing a ton of make up because it totally opens up your face. So put down the tweezers and pick up the phone! Salon info is below in this photo that Charleen took of Chico for her Instagram – he was chillin’ on my lap for the last bit of plucking!

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What do you want?

via Instagram For so many years I hung onto friends because we had so much history. Growing up I moved 10x before I was 14 so I never was one place long enough to make long lasting friendships – once I stayed in one place I clung to friendships even if they weren’t serving me. About 5 yrs ago I realized that it wasn’t worth it and let go of a lot of relationships. It was hard and lonely but also freeing. I have rebuilt and honestly can look at everyone around me and trust they are true friends who care about me as much as I care about them. #9mab

Healthy Eating – Disney Style!

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As you may or may not know – I am at Disneyland about once per week just tooling around with Chico and friends. Although I love churros, ice cream, corn dogs and everything else Disneyland has to offer – I can’t eat like that all the time. I usually bring some of my own healthy snacks, but I like to enjoy what Disneyland has to offer too! I compiled a list of healthy food options for any time you hit up Disneyland! Don’t be afraid to ask a cast member to hold the sauce or put the dressing on the side! It’s your health – grab it by the “you know what!!”

Check out my Healthy Disney options! What do you enjoy when you go to Disney!?

DISNEYLAND

  • Bengal BBQ:
    Skewers! Chicken in a Polynesian sauce, hot & spicy beef, beef with sweet sauce, bacon wrapped in asparagus, and a vegetable skewer.
  • Big Thunder Ranch BBQ:
    BBQ Chicken and Ribs
  • Habour Galley:
    Grilled salmon salad, steak salad
  • Hungry Bear Restaurant:
    Big Al’s chicken salad
  • Village Haus Restaurant:
    Classic Angus 1/3 lb. Cheeseburger, Apple & Cheddar Salad


CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE

  • Taste Pilot’s Grill:
    Grilled chicken sandwich with a house-made chipotle aioli and jack cheese; Spring salad mix (with baby spinach, etc.) with fresh grilled chicken, feta cheese, diced tomatoes.
  • Lucky Fortune Cookery:
    Asian Rice Bowls (ask for no rice and extra seared Asian vegetables). Choose from chicken, beef, or tofu. Sides of edamame.
  • Paradise Garden Grill:
    Mediterranean Skewers – Choose from Lemon-Oregano Chicken, Grilled Steak, Spiced Ground Beef, or Vegetable and Tofu. Skewers also include the choice of one of the following sauces: Tzatziki, Chimichurri, Moroccan Chili, or Tandoori-Spiced Yogurt. A Greek Salad is also available.

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So much Leche so little Time!!

via Instagram Ok so the topic is milk. I know I talked all this mess about how I was gonna give Chico unpasteurized milk and have it delivered from the dairy direct but honestly I’m too scared. I know it’s a 1/1000000000 chance but if he died from ecoli or something I could have prevented I would never forgive myself. I gave him organic vit D and he loved it- too much. He drank a lot and was up during the night with a horrible tummy ache. I am thinking hemp milk but want to know what you guys use. I think mamas milk is dried up ps which is why I’m moving on…. #9mab