DIY AFTER SUN LOTION

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Today I made a new batch of my DIY AFTER SUN LOTION and I thought I’d share what I do with you! This is absolutely the best solution for my skin after spending a glorious day in the sun. It’s kinda obvious and it’s super easy and cheap. This AFTER SUN LOTION works better than any store brand I’ve tried. I made it for the first time after getting a chemical burn from using a chemical sun screen.

DIY After Sun Lotion

BOOOOO OUCH NOOOOO NEVER AGAIN

I normally use a natural sunscreen brand Alba Botanica is my ALL TIME FAVORITE but this particular pool day I was without it and used my friends sun spray.

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DIY FOR BUG BITES & BEE STINGS

Plantain Tincture

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HAPPY SPRING!!!

It’s that time of year when I make the PLANTAIN TINCTURE. This will be my 6th year making it and I promise I wouldn’t keep doing this if it didn’t work.  Plus, it’s seriously the easiest thing ever.  This single batch lasts all year and I even have extra to share with friends.  We use it for all the bug bites… spider, bee, mosquito, wasps (those evil little monsters) and also snake bites (not that I’ve ever been bit, but if I do…).  This can also be used for splinters.  The plantain has a pulling agent and it heals the wounded area really good!  I had a small allergic reaction rash on my arm to some grass or something last week.  I sprayed my potion on it and BAM!!!… the itching and bumps disappeared in a few minutes.  Watch the video and make some this season.  Parents, this stuff stinks and can sting a little, but send it to camp this year with your kids.  My kids friends now ask what that weird stuff is I make because they want some hehehe.  Check it out and watch the video ↓↓↓

WHAT YOU WILL NEED…

  • lots of plantain leaves
  • glass jar with lid
  • organic apple cider vinegar → BRAGG
  • cheese cloth or clean white tee-shirt
  • dark glass bottle for storing tincture


WHAT YOU DO…

  • pick lots of plantain
  • rinse it
  • tear it and bruise it then add to glass jar, packed tightly
  • fill with apple cider vinegar, covering leaves
  • store in dark, cool cabinet for 2 weeks
  • shake it once a day
  • use cheese cloth and strain it
  • transfer to dark glass jars
  • refrigerate for longer shelf life

↓ crushed plantain and Apple Cider Vinegar, ready to be stored.

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Naturally, these ↓↓↓ got picked when I was picking the plantain.

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One of the original pictures from my first attempt making the tincture 6 years ago lol.  I was testing and reviewing this process for a blog post.  Clearly it was successful and I was sold 🙂  Give it a try this year.  It’s a fun project to do with the kids!!!

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HOMEMADE DOG SOAP

Dog Shampoo for Sensitive Skin

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Every year, as Winter comes to a close, my precious pup Apple (the dog) emerges from the comfort and safety of her house cave to enjoy the new life and adventure that arrives in Spring.

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As dogs do, she loves the warmth of the sun and the soft grass under her body.  Unfortunately, she has sensitive skin and every year she kicks off the season with an itchy rash on her belly.

In preparation for the dreaded moment of bathing this loofah (her hair actually acts as a loofah… so hard to get the soap out because it just keeps foaming), I made this Dog Soap specifically for sensitive skin.   It’s also awesome because as I wash her with it, it DOES NOT recreate itself… i.e… bubble up as I rinse her over and over until I go insane.  Cool.

WHAT I USED

  • 1 quart of water
  • 1 cup nontoxic soap [I use Dr. Bronners Castile liquid soap]
  • 1 cup of apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • 1/3 glycerine
  • 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel

The glycerine and aloe vera gel provide soothing elements for her belly 

Mix it and pour over dog.  Easy.  Simple.

If only washing my dog were that easy.

She hates getting washed (as her face indicates below) but LOVES how she feels after.  This time I only lost a little blood in the process and now have a clean, happy and relaxed dog, so WIN!

My daughter thought it was hysterical and thought it appropriate to photograph our battle, so I will share. Let me know if you decide to try it and if you make any adjustments to the recipe!

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NEW WORKOUT RELEASE

TYE4 DVD & DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

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MY NEW TYE4 WORKOUTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE! WOOOWHOOOO

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Homemade Kombucha

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For this post, I’m sharing one of the weird things I do.  I make Kombucha.  Some people love it, some people hate it.  I’m one who hates it, but it’s worth the effort.  I may have to hold my nose and gag a little when I drink it, but I do it because I believe it’s doing really good stuff for my body.  It’s referred to as ‘functional food’ with tremendous health benefits.  read more…

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Are you ready for this?…

Kombucha is fermented by bacteria and yeast commonly known as a “SCOBY” (symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast)

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PILATES QUOTES

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PILATES PRODUCES RESULTS

“I wish I could zap you with how good I feel after I go to Pilates! You would understand why I love it and encourage you to go!”  Jean Hill

Pilates

 “Finally a workout I can look forward to. But is it really a workout?! I don’t even break a sweat!  I had noticeable results in flexibility and posture after only a few classes.”  Collette Ashley

Nashville Fitness

 “Pilates is a workout but it’s not exhausting. I usually feel relaxed and less stressed after class. It involves stretching, balancing and I have noticed my posture has been better, others have notice too. My shoulders aren’t scrunched up underneath my ears either, they’re more relaxed. Ashley is an awesome instructor that loves what she does & helping people. Each person in the class is different not only in age, shape and size but also in levels of flexibility and fitness. Exercises are well explained & shown. She can modify the exercise for everyone’s need, as a beginner or to make it more difficult, your choice. It’s for anyone.”  Jennifer Fopiano

We love using the TYE4 apparatus to provide assistance to overstressed areas like neck and hip flexors.  We also use it to add resistance through full range of motion to add intensity.

Check it out!  PhysicalMindInstitute.com

Purchase TYE4 here

Tye4 PhysicalMind Institute

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EGG NOG RECIPE

homemade holiday

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IT’S CHRISTMAS TIME!

Christmas Cookies

Photo: Kari Shea

I LOVE THIS SEASON AND I LOVE ALL THE TRADITIONS AND MEMORIES THAT IT BRINGS. ONE SPECIFIC MEMORY-PREVOKING TRADITION IN OUR HOME IS EGG NOG.  I’M HONESTLY NOT A FAN OF IT BUT I ALWAYS DRINK JUST ONE CUP EACH YEAR JUST BECAUSE I REMEMBER MY GRANDPA DRINKING IT AND IT FILLS ME WITH WONDERFUL CHILDHOOD MEMORIES.

A FEW YEARS AGO WE DECIDED TO TRY MAKING EGG NOG AND FOLLOWED THIS FUN VIDEO.  I MUST TELL YOU THAT THIS EGG NOG RECIPE IS DELICIOUS AND DOESN’T EVEN COMPARE TO STORE BRANDS.  SERIOUSLY IT’S AMAZING.

GIVE IT A TRY THIS SEASON AND START A NEW HOLIDAY TRADITION!


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PHOTO: Jason Rosewell

 

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in LOVE with FALL

breaking up with inflammation

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Hoodies YES

Bonfires YES

Cuddling YES

… throw my snuggly UGG boots in the mix and we’ve got us a perfect situation.

BUT OH THE ALLERGIES… aka INFLAMMATION

3/4 of the people who live in under my roof suffer from seasonal allergies→ asthma.  It’s really only a problem during spring and fall.  We will experience inflammation in our lungs which make it hard to breathe – NOT COOL.  But what IS COOL … we can keep the inflammation under control through our nutrition.

SORRY ALLERGIES… WE’RE BREAKING UP

PositiveHealthandWellness.com published a great article called THE BEST FOODS FOR ANTI-INFLAMMITORY DIET and I used this as my refresher/ brush-up on FALL food/ shopping list as I change things up a bit for my family.  Here are the foods listed to help combat inflammation.

  • Omega-3 – I don’t eat fish so I get mine through Omega-3 supplements.
  • Avocado – I eat 1/2 every morning with my eggs… avocado toast is trending these days and I know why… BECAUSE IT’S GOOD!  Try it.
  • Dark green, leafy vegetables – I eat a simple spinach salad almost every day, and when I can’t/don’t want to eat my veggies, I drink them.  Check out this post for different green smoothie recipes.  If I’m being lazy or don’t have fresh greens at the house, my favorite local solution is the Juice Bar!  Check out iLOVEJuiceBar.com for locations.
  • Walnuts/Olive oil
  • Onions
  • Watermelon and Berries
  • Ginger, turmeric, oregano … I make ginger tea … simple just blend up ginger and fresh squeezed lemon, pour in ice cube tray, freeze and then add a ginger cube to hot water.
  • Whole grain foods – gluten seems to really irritate our inflammation so we cut way back in our house during high allergy seasons, but to get our grains we choose sprouted grain options (once sprouted, the gluten is released).

Head over to PositiveHealthandWellness.com  for more details on these foods.  Also read up on

  • Why inflammation occurs
  • Problems inflammation can lead to
  • How insulin is involved
  • How to combat inflammation
  • What you should avoid

 

Thanks for reading and I hope you have the HEALTHIEST HAPPIEST FALL ever!


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Computer Back Hack

3 Simple Exercises for your Back

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Save your sanity by doing these 3 simple exercises when working at the computer. Use a TYE4® system to open up the joints, stretch deeper into the muscles and support the body.

Computer Posture: Head forward. Shoulders rounded. Chest muscles shortened and tight. Back muscles overstretched and weak. Shortened abs.

TYE4 Posture Correction: Head on top of body. Shoulders back. Chest open. Back muscles strong and engaged. Long abs.

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RUTHERFORD HEART WALK

American Heart Association

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It was such an honor to participate in the Rutherford Heart Walk and represent St. Thomas Rutherford Hospital Wellness Center this year!  I led the warm-up for the group and they were all so awesome, energetic and so happy to be there!!!  We had beautiful weather and it was just a great day to be active for a great cause.

The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premiere event for raising funds to save lives from this country’s No. 1 and No. 5 killers – heart disease and stroke. Designed to promote physical activity and heart-healthy living, the Heart Walk creates an environment that’s fun and rewarding for the entire family.  heartwalk.org

Rutherford Heart Walk

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FUSION PILATES ONLINE WORKOUT LAUNCHED!

PhysicalMind Institute

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JUST LAUNCHED… the latest online Pilates training course from Pilates PhysicalMind Institute!

It is such an honor to be involved with the teacher training program for the original and leading Pilates training center!  This project has stretched and challenged me, I have learned so much from working with the Institute.

 

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Pilates Certification

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