Category Archives: Health

She {hearts} Fit2B Studio (update!)

imageSo it’s been a month since I told you all about my Fit2B Studio personal challenge!  I’m going to be upfront and honest, since that’s how I like to be.  I made it through the first three weeks just fine, but now that the weather is nice, I find myself putting off my workouts.

I was fairly consistent with working out 3-4 days per week for the first three weeks, and it felt good.  However, I definitely have noticed how very weak my core is, and that tells me I have a long road ahead of me yet.  Thankfully, I will have Fit2B Studio to help me regain my strength.

Did any of you jump to the challenge?  What do you like to do to keep your body healthy and your core strong?

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she {hearts} Levana

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As a mom, I have spent a good deal of time wondering what was going on when my child was sleeping (or, supposed to be sleeping).  I never wanted to open the door for fear of disturbing him/her from their slumber.  At times, I wondered if my child was just “crying” in their sleep, or if they really needed me.  The products we are featuring today solves all the problems I’ve mentioned… and more!

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Levana is a forward-thinking company that has created several amazing products to ease the minds of mommas everywhere.  They have video monitors that display clearly what is happening with your baby while they are resting in their crib or play-pen.  They have a new movement monitor, the OMA+, that alerts parents if their babe hasn’t had breathing movement for 20 seconds or more.

I reviewed the “Keera” video monitor and was blown away by its capabilities.  I can talk to my baby through the monitor or play music to soothe her back to sleep.  The display was crystal clear in a lit room, and was clear enough to see my baby blinking in a dark room at night.  We are about to welcome our fourth child into our family, and in the process are moving our third child into her sister’s room.  I am so excited to be able to monitor what is going on while they are in the room together.

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Visit Levana for yourself and see all the amazing products for you and your baby!  From Movement Monitors to Video monitors, they have what you need to set your mind at ease.

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She {hearts} Fit2B Studio

imageI struggle with exercising.  I find that I dread the thought of high intensity workouts that leave me hurting and exhausted.  I also realize that my core needs some real help after birthing four babies.  I have something called diastasis recti, which is a separation of the abdominal muscles.  Many women have it and have no idea.  It can cause all sorts of issues.

About a year ago I came across a fantastic website called Fit2B Studio.  The workouts are gentle yet effective, totally tummy safe (for those with core issues) and I really appreciate that Beth Learn, the founder and personal trainer in the videos, dresses modestly.

Fit2B Studio offers almost 100 streaming workout videos of varying difficulty.  Membership also comes with great personal support from Beth, member forums, even a Roku channel for those that have Roku.

I have challenged myself to one month of consistent Fit2B workouts, and I want to share my journey here.  Starting this week, for the next four weeks, I will be doing at least three or four workouts per week.  I hope to work toward healing my core and becoming a stronger version of me.

Feel free to join me!  I’d love to have some accountability.  Membership is $9.99 per month or $99 per year.  Stay tuned as I update, and maybe even offer something special for our readers.

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She {hearts} Root

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I try to be very careful about what I put in my body.  Sometimes, I am not so careful about what I use on the surface of my skin.  I started doing my research on foundations and make-up that are fairly popular.  I could not believe all the stuff that they put in the products.  That is when my search for a “healthy” foundation began.  I found Root through a friend who raved about the mineral foundation.  I did my research and loved every detail about the product… including the price!

root kitRoot is a new company that offers mineral make-up that is actually good for our skin.  There are absolutely NO fillers and chemicals- just four simple ingredients!  I was so happy to try Root’s pearl mineral foundation, bronzer, and setting silk.  I was blown away by the texture of the minerals.  They were so fine and literally glided on my face.  The setting silk felt just like… silk!

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I tried three different foundations (shade 1, 3, and 6) and landed on the formula 3 foundation along with the light bronzer.  I wore the product every day for a week and felt like it held up all day long, too.  There were a couple of days that I threw on a quick layer of the setting silk just to make me feel better, but honestly, I probably didn’t need it.  I am just so used to having to re-apply my powder, that it was habit for me to do so.  I do want to add that I have quite a bit of redness and scarring from acne on my chin and cheeks, so for a powder foundation to conceal all that is pretty good (these are raw images- no editing was done)!

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I am so happy to share such a great product with our readers.  I feel like the product, coupled with the amazing price, is hard to beat!

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Visit Root and check out all their foundations and NEW eye shadow options!!

She {hearts} Savings

Use code QuickJourney for 10% off your purchase!!!

She {hearts} Freebies

Root is giving away a set of their mineral minis- foundation, bronzer, and setting silk.

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A winner from the U.S. will be chosen on March 12, 2014 at 7PM CST. Please see our Giveaway Rules for further details. Product Sample Provided

she {hearts} rudabegga’s

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I am a coffee lover.  I don’t like to add anything to my brew- just yummy, black coffee.  Lately, I have been craving iced coffees.  I have a difficult time making iced coffee at home that is strong enough for me, yet not bitter, so I began searching for the perfect brew for my iced coffees.  This is where Rudabegga’s Artisian Coffee Concentrate comes and saves the day!  I was so excited to find a concentrate that was delicious without adding in a ton of calories, carbs, and artificial sweeteners.

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You might be wondering what makes this concentrate so special.  This is the key… cold brewed coffee!  That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your coffee hot.  It means that the concentrate is made using a cold brewing process.  It makes the coffee smooth and it goes down so easily.  No puckering when you drink this coffee!  It is also so gentle on your gut and there is no irritation after you enjoy a delicious cup of Rudabegga’s joe.

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Rudabegga’s doesn’t stop at coffee.  They offer healthy soaps, body butters, bath salts, and even original pieces of art work!

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Show Rudabegga’s some love visit their website and facebook page.  You can also follow them on instagram!

She {hearts} Mini Workouts

We ALL know we need to make fitness a priority, but man, some days finding making the time seems impossible. If you’re caring for little ones it’s just that much harder. I have found that most of us have an “all or nothing” approach to fitness.  That means, if you can’t make it to the gym or do a full workout at home, you skip your workouts entirely for that day. Sound familiar? It’s okay, I’ve been there too. But doing that can easily turn into a habit and you find yourself frustrated and back at square one.

What you should do, is try to get in at least a few mini workouts in.  Something is truly better than nothing. 

“What are these “mini workouts?”, you ask?

Short bursts of physical activity. 

I do what I call my “mommy workouts.”  Even if I know I’m going to the gym that day, I’ll do these mini workouts to make sure I don’t miss out, just in case life throws me a curve ball later in the day. Also, they’re fun and really boost my mood!

It all adds up.

The surgeon general recommends 30 minutes of exercise per day, 5 days a week. And it doesn’t have to be 30 consecutive minutes a day. So, these can get you where you need to be.

Some of my favorite places to get inspiration for these workouts are on YouTube. I’ll watch them and write down something I wanna try, maybe practice it with the video, and then do it on my own. I might have music playing while I’m cleaning house or doing laundry, and I’ll literally just stop and workout. Then get back to my task.

I hope you’ll start moving more. The benefits of physical activity are numerous, and we all know it.

Here’s some of my current go-to’s, but you can find a ton of vids. Watch several, then bookmark them for later.

No need to spend money right now. Just start moving, changing your life one mini workout at a time. Good luck!


Please listen to your body, and confirm with your doctor before starting this or any fitness regimen.

She {hearts} Hibiscus Tea Concentrate

I started making hibiscus tea concentrate to aid in the healing of my adrenals. It’s rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants plus wonderfully refreshing.  (please note, I’ve read some not-so-nice things about this tea and pregnancy, so please check with your doctor if you are pregnant before drinking.)

Hibiscus Tea Refresher Concentrate

 

I enjoy very bold flavors so the concentrated form allows me to make a good strong glass while making others in our home a more diluted versio


You’ll need:
1. Organic hibiscus tea flowers. My local grocery store carries them in bulk, but as much as I’m making, Amazon has the better price so I’ll be switching soon.

2.Organic raw sugar

3. (optional) Juice of half a lime, fresh ginger, organic orange peel, organic lemon peel, and/or other fruit teas like raspberry, blueberry, etc…

Boil 2 cups of filtered water. Remove from heat. Add one cup of hibiscus leaves plus any of the optional items. (The lime juice and ginger are a must-have for me!)

Cover and let the tea steep for 30 minutes (which simply means let it sit there.)

Filter the concentrate into a bowl and add sugar (I use about 3/4 cup. I don’t like really sweet drinks.) Dissolve the sugar then pour the concentrate into a container and refrigerate.

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To drink: use one cup of concentrate to one cup of filtered water. Remember, I like mine strong, so if it’s overwhelming to your taste buds, add more water until it’s pleasant to your tastebuds!

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