The Friday Five 05/19/17

First off I have to say RIP, Chris Cornell. His music was such an instrumental part of my childhood. It is so sad to see another talented soul taken by depression. You just never know what anyone is going through so it is important to be kind, understanding, and forever grateful for every experience and every person in our lives.

In lighter news, this morning we are off the synagogue for Jaxon, he is Shabbat boy today.

It is a special honor where he gets to go up in front of everyone and perform a Mitzvah, share a special snack with his class, brings his favorite book, and shows his poster we made of our family.

I am sooooo interested to see if he even has any of it. Usually when I am around at any thing like this he is done. Appartenly he is the most excited kid at Shabbat every Friday, singing along and clapping.

The one time I was there with him all he wanted to do was bury his head in my arm 🙂

For today’s Friday Five I thought I would share a few favorites. I hope you all enjoyed the last two Friday posts on soy and better sleep.

Here are some things I have been loving lately!

1.Maca Root Powder

This is one of my favorite supplements to add to smoothies. I don’t use many supplements, they are expensive and I try to eat nutrient-rich foods, but some things are supportive and can give our bodies a little boost!

Maca root is an adaptogen (meaning it helps the body naturally adapt to environmental stressors) in the same family as broccoli and cabbage. It has very unique properties that make it popular in the healthy living world, some deem it a “super food.”

It has a relatively high amount of absorbable plant-based nutrients, including magnesium, protein, Vitamin C, Vitamin E,  B Vitamins, fiber, calcium, zinc as well as some fatty acids such as oleic acid, lauric acid (which is present in coconut oil and breast milk).

It’s a supplement that is really supportive of the hormones. I find that it gives me energy, which was why I fell in love with this powder back in 2010.

Here are some of supportive benefits of using Maca Root Powder:

  • Hormone balance
  • Memory
  • Fertility Support
  • Energy
  • Sexual Function
  • Memory
  • Stamina
  • Focus
  • Bone health
  • Prostate Health

I add 1-2 teaspoons to smoothies, and love Nutiva’s brand. There are a few other organic brands I have bought on Amazon such as this one (which is gelatinized, and may be easier on digestion).


2. Eye Masks for Multitasking

I found these Grace & Stella eye masks on Amazon (because I am a sucker for Amazon, it’s a problem).

My husband thinks I am nuts with all the masks and eye treatments I do 24/7.

These are another awesome way to de-puff the eyes for a busy person! I shared THIS favorite tip on my blog  a couple of weeks ago, and it works when you are consistent with it, but you have to keep your eyes closed.

I used these around the house when I am doing errands, folding laundry, blogging, packing lunches, etc! They are amazing if you have time to use them before you put makeup on, which I don’t always have.

They aren’t really expensive either and the ingredient list isn’t bad at all!

Find them here!

3. Spiralized Veggies!

It is HOT out. So now all I want are salads, zoodles, and smoothies.

We have been running our Flowtox for about 4 years now and the #1 inexpensive kitchen tool we recommend is the Paderno World Cusisine Veggie Spiralizer. They actually offer a folding version now. I am intrigued and tempted to upgrade, but I can’t justify it.

Don’t get the cheaper alternatives, they break! We have had a few of our members who had this issue after a short period of time.

I have had mine since I got it for my birthday 7-8 years ago! I actually wrote a blog post when I got it but I lost hundreds of posts and photos when I transferred this over.

I love spiralzing zucchini (the only veggie I have ever had success growing), beets, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, carrots (very hard to do), and I even tried jicama once, which was kind of tough as well.

What is your favorite spiraled veggie? I am going to share more recipes soon!

Try my shrimp scampi if you haven’t already!

4. Handstands for Life

Handstands make me so happy.

If any of you are local and have ever been to Sol Yoga Studio, you would know that we offer kick-ups to handstands during the warm-up. It is not necessary, it is not required, and we do our best to make sure the community knows that. In fact, more than half the class will take other offerings but handstands are another fun way to challenge  yourself, or just have some fun on your mat. My friend, Kristin was the one to start teaching students how to flow into them with her amazing workshops, and then other teachers followed.

I can’t even tell you how grateful I am to have handstands in my life. It sounds corny, but really … they not only open up my body in a way it craves, it makes me feel like I can do anything.

It’s not about showing off, or pushing myself to limits … it is more about releasing, flying, floating, and being present in my body and grateful for what I can do.

Kristin posted this article by the NY Times on her Facebook page last week, and it was so perfect that I had to share it here:

In our most vulnerable times, we tend to look up, whether for a prayer or a primal scream. We search out a higher something in the clouds, scanning the inky blue horizon for any sign of help. It feels like truth is above us and we are stuck on the ground, unable to figure out where we fit in.

On more than one occasion, I have thrown my arms wide up to the sky, feeling helpless.

Each time, the thing that has helped me most is to plant them back on the ground, press them hard into the concrete, carpet, grass or yoga mat and reclaim some of the most basic truths that we live under, but are not part of governing.

The ground is the ground.

Gravity is gravity.



5. Brow Wiz Eyebrow Pencil

I’ve been trying to grow in my brows for 8 weeks. I haven’t touched them, and finally got them groomed on Thursday.

There has been countless brow pencils, pomades, powders, and so on that I have tried … and by far, my favorite and most easy to use has been the Brow Wiz by Anastasia. I get medium brown. I’m DYING to get microblading for my brows, but it is just so expensive. I understand why … and  there’s a girl I would love to do it that I trust, unlike this horror story of this poor girl’s botched brows … until then, it is brow wiz all the way.


Enjoy your weekend! Let me know what you think about this week’s Friday 5 picks!

Happy birthday to Rose!



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