I’m not sure I know many girls who are not in a deep relationship with their hair. As young girls, we learn to braid it and style it. Then, in our twenties usually, we learn about highlights, color, and different types of cuts. As life progresses, it becomes a constant item on our “to-do” list as well as our “who am I now?” list. In today’s modern age, there are lots of options and technologies to change it in any direction we’d like.
For the past year, I have been thinking more and more about going back to my natural color. For the past fifteen years, I have been highlighting it blond, which I like, but I am more and more skeptical about the chemicals that I put on my scalp.
Because of the color treatments, the condition of the hair has always been an issue. I know many women face these issues so although it’s perhaps a “cadillac problem”, it’s one that a majority of women face in the mirror each day.
Last week, I got a bottle of intense conditioner and I now have new hope for my highlighted locks. I didn’t know that such a conditioner existed. I put it on and immediately my strands were smooth and silky. I knew there were technologies to damage the hair, but now finally there was one to save it.
Over the past few years, it has become the rage to track one’s progress in health and fitness. The Fitbit and other devices allow us to more easily than ever track how many calories we are burning throughout the day. I had a Nike Fuel bracelet for about six months and loved it. I was inspired to workout.
Besides tracking calories burned, we can now track calories consumed. The latest technology in weight scales is allowing the number that shows up by your toes to automatically register with your phone. It then keeps track of this number each day.
I think this technology is great. There is nothing to lose by knowing more about one’s body. Our scale at home with the old technology just wore out. We got a new one that registers to an app and I’m (h)appy.
As a prenatal instructor, I often hear of women taking thyroid medicine to regulate themselves while their hormones are shifting. According to the American Thyroid Institute,
A normal pregnancy results in a number of important physiological and hormonal changes that alter thyroid function. These changes mean that laboratory tests of thyroid function must be interpreted with caution during pregnancy. Thyroid function tests change during pregnancy due to the influence of two main hormones: human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG), the hormone that is measured in the pregnancy test and estrogen, the main female hormone.
At the same time, I have heard that the thyroid medicine often prescribed can make women jittery and feel as if they had just had a large cup of coffee. During pregnancy, this is one less ill-feeling symptom we’d like to avoid.
This week, I had an opportunity to try a natural route to thyroid health. This supplement is full of extra iodine and other natural ingredients which helps to support the thyroid. I’m pleased to say that I’m feeling good. I realize that this route may not be as effective as a pharmaceutical, but there’s a chance and I’m happy to know there is also a natural route.
My mom is very creative when it comes to home solutions. For example, I told her today about some wooden horizontal blinds that I want to put up on a door with a window. I was skeptical if the blinds would swing and bang against the door each time I opened and closed it. As it’s a high-traffic door, I wanted to make sure the solution was sustainable. She said to put some heavy-duty double stick tape on the bottom slate to hold it in place. Fantastic idea!
She also LOVES using wheels that one typically uses under an office chair, but for under a coffee table. This way, when it’s necessary to move the table such as for overnight guests on a pull-out couch, the table shifts easily. A difficult task becomes a cinch.
This week when I got an extra set of wheels, she already had a place for them. She has a side table on their patio which would be so much better if it moved. Tada! Drinks and appetizers delivered to your chair from mine. She is also the hostess with the mostess!
Many people are often looking for a glimpse of what a yoga studio looks like before they enter for a class. Yoga can often be mystical for those who don’t practice it often.
At the same time, “dark” yoga studios have become the latest fashion where there are only limited lights during the class. The students where I teach are into this and thus I recently got them some string lights in order for them see their mat.
Here is a short video of what it looks like inside the studio. It’s a great space and I love going there.
Last week I received a pair of the latest rage in athletic apparel – compression socks. It seems that these clothing items are no longer just for the elderly or pregnant women to help with swelling around the ankles, but they are now being marketed towards all types of athletes to help with circulation, chin splints, and muscle recovery. I put them on and although initially tight and strange-feeling, I quickly forgot about them and wore them around the house all afternoon.
As someone who has a family history of circulatory and heart issues, I am happy to do things that could help with this. Although I am only barely 40, I already feel that my heart is probably one of my weakest links with small heart palpitations 3-4 times a year. All three doctors that I have spoken to about it say it isn’t anything to worry about, but I thinking that the socks probably couldn’t hurt.
It’s interesting how items that have been around for a long suddenly become trendy. It may be the result of good marketing, or in this case, I think it’s the result of new found studies that show how people of all ages and conditions can benefit from better circulation. It makes me wonder what will be the next “new” thing.
In the meantime, I am enjoying wearing my new socks when I do athletic things and also when I am just walking around the house. I figure it can’t hurt even if the doctors think I have nothing to worry about.
As some of you know, I’m celebrating my 40th birthday in May. Ever since my wedding last November, I’ve been in “party mode” and am more energetic for hosting a big event than I have in years. For months, I have been telling my husband how we are going to have a big bash for my big day.
Then, a few weeks ago, I started to chicken out. Is it worth it? Is that really what I want to do? Do I want to include a yoga class like I had planned or just host a dinner? I’m not sure.
Fortunately, I’ve gotten into the swing of things by creating an electronic invitation by Posterist (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/posterist/id956702440?ls=1&mt=8). My husband said he’d like to go this route rather than the Paperless Post or Evite way.
I’ve created the invitation, but I’m still debating about the party. It’s a lot of energy and I’m not sure if I have that this spring. Ironically, I thought the same thing about my wedding a year ago. I wanted something very small, but my husband wanted something bigger. We compromised and I couldn’t have been happier. In hindsight, I wish we had invited more people.
I’ll keep you posted about the party. Keep an eye on your inbox too :).
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A few years ago I had a good friend who made me some homemade bath scrub. I was skeptical. It came in a mason jar with no label and I wondered what was in it. At the time, I didn’t create anything homemade. The only thing I made at home were reservations for dinner out at a restaurant.
When I tried it in the shower a few months after getting it, I couldn’t believe it. It made my skin feel silky smooth and it smelled delicious. I was so sad when it ran out and by then she was pregnant with her second child so I knew there would be no chance for a refill.
Then, a few years later, I slowly got more and more exposed to homemade products. If you read my blog, you know that I made now my own homemade deodorant, sunscreen, and self-tanner. I guess you could say I’m hooked. Last week, I developed my own recipe for bath scrub and it goes something like this…
My husband loves to tease me about my strong interest in wholesale-priced goods. I spend hours sometimes browsing sites like www.alibaba.com or www.aliexpress.com where I can get household items for a reduced cost by ordering direct from the manufacturer. He has nicknamed the items that arrive to our house from these sites as “Fike”, or “Fake Nikes”. Although these sites also do sell items that are knockoffs of large brands, I don’t order those things. I stick to no-name items such as cell phone cases, magic markers, and wedding decorations.
Thus, when I got him a new protector for his new iPhone6, he immediately thought it was from Fike. I told him that it’s instead from a reputuble distributor in the U.S. and he’s already much happier.
Nonetheless, this issue made me think of how couples will often tease each other about one thing or another. In my situation, I find it funny, interesting, and playful. It adds a joyful component to our conversations a few times a day and also makes light of a topic that we disagree on, but that really isn’t very important in the big picture. If it was a serious topic, or if one of us was hurt by the others’ teasing, then it wouldn’t be appropriate.
Last year, I wrote a blog about the use of humor to sometimes hide what is really going on. People sometimes crack jokes because they don’t know what else to say and/or don’t know how to communicate what they are truly feeling. Sarcasm is a typical tool used often for avoiding what is really on our mind.
Because of my awareness of the use of humor, sarcasm, or teasing, I am sensitive that our marital teasing doesn’t go too far. I don’t mind that my husband teases me about my “Fike” and laugh with him each time something arrives. Sometimes the product works and sometimes it doesn’t. Until I find it no longer funny, I’m continuing to giggle along with him.
This week I jumped on the bandwagon of the the elastic laces craze and I am hooked. I can’t believe no one has come up with this idea before.
For the past year, I’ve been trying to come up with a solution on how to easily slide my sneakers on and off without having to bend down to tie them. When I am juggling things in my hand and/or speaking to someone, I find it so much easier to just slide in and out of shoes.
As a yoga teacher, I am taking my shoes on and off multiple times a day. For this reason, I’ve been buying ballet slippers for years, but now I don’t have to sacrifice my walking quality for convenience. I love these new shoelaces!