School is out for summer!
I have to admit, it was a tough last day for me. It’s so hard to believe my little baby girl is now a first grader.
The only thing I won’t miss is packing the lunches.
Camp starts Monday for both of my kids.
More lunches to be packed.
I actually forgot to pack her lunch on the last day (yesterday) and didn’t realize it until I went to run out the door at 8:59am … we have to be there by 9:05am (we live a minute away). This was the first time I had ever done this and OF COURSE it was on the last day!
It was total mom magic tossing a bunch of random stuff in her lunchbox in 30 seconds flat.
Here are my picks this week for The Friday Five:
BAMR Bands was founded by Katie, she is a blogger, runner, mom, and RD who started the company in 2013. I remember when she first launched and her headbands were being worn by healthy living bloggers all over the internet!
She was so kind to send me a headband to try and I have to say, I love it.
It is really hard for me to find headbands that don’t slip off my weirdly-shaped head.
She has SO many colors and patterns to choose from! I went with a solid so that I would match anything …. but thinking I may order more in a pattern soon!
2. Dry Brushing
The skin is the largest organ in your body. The average adult eliminates over one pound of waste acids daily, most of it through the sweat glands.
Every day we are exposed to environmental toxins, as well as toxins and chemicals in the products we use. It’s important that we become more mindful of what we put on our skin, as well as how we take care of it.
Dry brushing stimulates your lymph system, giving your body a little aid in the natural detoxification process, and it also helps break down fatty deposits within your body.
It also makes your skin super soft!
Choose a dry brush with firm bristles, they sell many body brushes at Whole Foods or on Amazon. I got mine about 8 years ago and think it may be time to replace it!
Brush each section of your skin 5-10 times. Start at the bottoms of your feet and move upwards, in long, smooth, counter clockwise strokes towards the heart (center of the body).
Do not brush too hard!
Repeat this process all over your legs, arms, stomach, chest, butt, and move on!
The morning is best since it can be energizing! If you have time then to do it! It is not always ideal for me since it is also best to shower after.
I try to get it in after my 6am yoga classes, right before I shower for the day! You also want to try and do it daily, but a few times per week works too!
3. Magnesium Spray
Magnesium is a mighty mineral you may not hear much about, but did you know that 80% of Americans are deficient in it? This deficiency may be causing significant health consequences. That’s because magnesium serves so many functions in your body! Some of those functions include the transmission of nerve impulses, body temperature regulation, detoxification, energy production, and the formation of healthy bones and teeth. It’s one of the most important minerals for our entire body, crucial for more than 300 enzyme reactions.
I am a HUGE fan of getting vitamins and minerals from a variety of whole foods rather than supplementing. One of the benefits of doing this (besides the obvious) is that you are far less likely to end up with too much of one nutrient at the expense of others.
Foods contain co-factors and co-nutrients that not only compliment one another, they’re crucial for optimal assimilation and absorption. For instance it is important to maintain a proper balance between magnesium, calcium, vitamin K2, and vitamin D.
This lack of balance is why calcium supplements have become associated with increased risk of heart attacks and stroke, and why people experience vitamin D toxicity.
People, women especially, are so focused on getting enough calcium in their diets once they hit a certain age not realizing that magnesium may be just as, if not MORE important. In fact, we need a ratio of 1:1 of magnesium to calcium, yet American’s generally have a higher calcium to magnesium ratio of 3.5:1.
With that said, many sources suggest adding some sort of magnesium supplement into your diet.
This is something I recommend to members of our Flowtox community to help with cravings, headaches, and sleep.
There are many ways to get more magnesium, including taking an epsom salt bath or eating magnesium-rich foods. My favorite way to supplement is through my skin.
The skin is your largest organ, and many minerals are best absorbed this way.
This was a LIFE SAVER when I was pregnant BOTH times. I would get horrendous leg cramps, like wake up screaming on the top of my lungs in pain from the Charly Horse cramps. After a few nights of this, they were gone!
It may sting, so try adding some jojoba on first, and don’t shave right before using it. I think I am tough an immune at this point, but in the beginning it stung a little.
I actually add Panaway essential oil by Young Living for extra muscle support.
4. Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray
I am not in love with the all of the ingredients on this, but it works really well after the shower when you don’t want to blow dry your hair and have those beachy waves.
I’ve been slowly replacing all of my products with healthier alternatives. I make SO much (you may know if you have been reading my beauty recipes), and am really particular about my essential oils (I won’t go for cheaper alternatives at all because of all I learned about how they work and how they are made). There are a few things that I still have hanging around that aren’t perfect … but I like to be honest, so here I am!
The “Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Spray” rates a 5 on skin deep, and what makes it go down is that fact that it has “fragrance” which can be a bunch of chemicals. Ugh … can they just get rid of that, please?
I like to balance out my beauty like a checkbook. This isn’t tested on animals, but I know I couldn’t use it every day!
EWG scientists reviewed Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray for safety according to the methodology outlined in our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. We assess the ingredients listed on the labels of personal care products based on data in toxicity and regulatory databases, government and health agency assessments and the open scientific literature. EWG’s rating for Not Your Mother’s Beach Babe Texturizing Sea Salt Spray is 5.
Beauty Counter makes a similar product that is five times the price (this is $5.99 and beauty counter’s is $26) … I have a friend that sells it so I am going to look into how I can get a discount to try! I can’t be a high spender in all areas (my meats, my oils, food in general) it gets to be a lot when you are trying to be healthy and budget …. I think I am doing a pretty decent job … I just need to figure out how to replace some of the products I haven’t yet, more affordably!
Maybe I can make my own somehow?
5. All The Covers
Who doesn’t love Ed Sheeran?
I play his music often in my yoga classes.
He recently came out with a cover for Brittany Spear’s “Hit me baby, one more time” and I am OBSESSED!
Did you know that he wrote “Shape of You” was originally written with Rihanna in mind but she turned it down?
It makes sense because it is kind of raunchy, and
And have you seen the video where Ed talks about how he was a “weird” kid with a stutter? Amazing, go watch it here if you didn’t see it circulating all over social media. Eminem is his favorite rapper and music helped him to get rid of his stutter … I find him so inspiring!
And I can’t help but sing along when he NAILS this cover. When I play it during the warm-up is is REALLY REALLY hard not to dance and sing along 😉
Have a great weekend!