The Power of Gratitude

Picture it.

Sicily.

1912.

Hahahaha!

I love the Golden Girls.

Hello friends! Happy Sunday!

Today’s post, as you can tell from the title, is about the power of gratitude. But first, coffee… and a little time travel.

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It was 2006 or 2007. I was living in a cute little townhouse at the time. I had the evening off work and I was laying down, watching the evening news. Dateline or whatever world news show was on then. (Yes, I was living it up. Haha!) There was a special segment about The Secret. The movie had just come out and they were featuring three or four couples who took the advice in the movie to heart. I remember the one couple who had a tiny kitchen. On their fridge was an assortment of magnets and papers, but more specifically, they had a list of their biggest desires written out and displayed, front and center. The idea was that they would “manifest” their desires by willing them to be so from the Universe. I remember being fascinated with the story, but also rolling my eyes a little bit. “Yeah right,” I laughed to myself. After the news was over, I promptly forgot all about it.

Fast forward a few years.

It was an interesting time in my life. I was about a year into a new position at work, one that I had really wanted. It was a lot of fun, but I was trying so desperately to find a good balance between being a mom, a girlfriend, work, and school. I was at Wal-Mart one day and decided to browse through the books. I came across The Secret and The Power. I picked them both up to leaf through. They were both about $17, so I thought I would buy just one, but I was having a hard time choosing. The Secret looked enticing, but The Power had just been released. The book jacket explained, “to create anything, to change anything, all it takes is just one thing… The Power.” That’s a pretty good line. I was sold. I bought the book. I started reading it, but I had also purchased the Twilight series and was hooked on sparkly vampires. Once again, it fell out of my thoughts.

Fast forward a few more years.

Now I was at a crossroads. It was a rough period, full of uncertainty, and change. I was searching for a purpose and trying to figure out the future, like most 20-somethings. I had pulled out my copy of The Power. I borrowed The Secret from the library. I devoured them both. Some of it resonated. Some of it didn’t. I had gotten more practical as I got older. I read a bunch of other things. Then, I saw Rhonda had a new book out: The Magic. From the first few pages, I was hooked. It was all about gratitude. Everything I read added up and made sense. It connected with some of the concepts I had learned in a few of my psychology classes in college. The Magic was different from the other two books. It was more practical, a guide: 28 days of gratitude practice. (This is what I based my 30-days of Gratitude challenge on.) It sounds cheesy and weird, but it changed my life. No, it didn’t manifest the $100,000 or a new job in a different state. But it did help me change my attitude, my mindset, my perspective on life. And that change helped me make better changes overall in my life…. and it all started with a book. (Fitting, considering I spent the vast majority growing up reading.)

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I share the above tidbits to make this point: gratitude is powerful. It’s not just generic thank-you’s when someone does something nice for you. It’s about truly being thankful for all that you have. It’s enjoying the little things: the cup of coffee, a beautiful sunrise, a surprise visit from a hummingbird. It’s about being thankful for the people in your life: your spouse, your kids, your family, your friends. It’s about understanding that nothing in life is guaranteed, not taking anyone or anything for granted. Waking up each morning and starting the day with thanks for simply being alive; having another day to accomplish your goals, to spend time with your loved ones.

Gratitude is often the first step in changing your mindset. Only when you can appreciate all that you have now, will you be ready to receive more.

It’s not a quick fix. It’s not something you do for 3-10 days and revert back to old habits.

It takes conscious effort. Everyday. Somedays are easier than others. Somedays you might struggle to find the good. But it’s there. There is always something for which to be thankful.

After a bit, you’ll notice your attitude shift. You’ll start seeing the good within the negatives. Before long, you’ll notice positives more so than negatives.

The changes are subtle, but make such a difference in your life.

“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think or say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. It will make or break a company… a church… a school… a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past… we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% of what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you… we are in charge of our attitudes.”
-Charles Swindoll

Gratitude, like faith, is a muscle. The more you use it, the stronger it grows, and the more power you have to use it on your behalf. If you do not practice gratefulness, its benefaction will go unnoticed, and your capacity to draw on its gifts will be diminished. To be grateful is to find blessings in everything. This is the most powerful attitude to adopt, for there are blessings in everything.
— Alan Cohen

The mind is everything. What you think, you become.
-Buddha

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For tips on how to bring gratitude into your daily life:

Practical Gratitude For Everyday Life

For my tips and tricks on living your best life:

12 Simple Rules to Live Your Best Life

And to read a little bit about what I learned on my 30-Day Yoga journey this past January:

What 30 Days of Yoga Taught Me

 

Have a great week friends!

 

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5 Motivating Quotes to Help You Power Through Your Workout

Hello Friends!

Happy Sunday!

You know that moment, in the middle of your workout or maybe toward the end of a set, your muscles are burning to the point where you just need to stop because you feel like you can’t possibly keep going..

That’s the moment when you absolutely need to keep moving. Your muscles are changing. Your body is changing. Your goals are just starting to get within your grasp.

“When you get tired learn to rest. Not quit.” 
-Bansky

This past week, my workout has been intense. I did my Tracy Anderson workout on Wednesday. I woke up Thursday morning and felt like I had been hit by a truck. My muscles were so incredibly sore and I was so tired. — This is how I’ve felt the past few days, but I’ve kept up the workout. I returned for more fun (torture) each day because change is happening. My goals are within sight.

But make no mistake, it hasn’t been easy. haha!

At the moment when I want to give up and be done (lay on the floor for half an hour questioning my life choices) I do one of two things (or sometimes both) — I lean into the music to help me.. meaning I tell those negative thoughts to shut it and focus on the lyrics to the song (this is especially helpful if it’s a hard rap or rock song) and/or I give myself a little pep talk as I continue doing my reps.

So, today I am sharing my favorite motivational phrases and quotes that help me power through when the going gets tough. This really works for me and I hope it is helpful for you, too!

*Let me be clear. There is a difference between muscle soreness because the muscles are working, and muscle pain because you are doing something wrong. Do not push yourself to the point of injury. If you are unable to keep proper form, you definitely need to stop. If you feel sharp, searing pain, stop. You do not want to get injured. Always consult your physician before starting a fitness program or if you have questions.*

That said, let’s get started!

Change requires action.

When you feel like dyingdo 10 more.I don't count my sit-ups.I only start counting when it hurtsbecause they're the only onesthat count.I can.I will.The truth of your resultsisthe truth of your performance.

 

Have a wonderful week!

-A

 

 

 

Music You Can Move To

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday!

Well, the Punxsutawney Phil has declared that there are six more weeks until winter…

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Haha! I love that movie!

And it looks like here in Ohio we’re due for more snow today and later this week.

Joy.

But it is February.

There’s a saying: Summer bodies are made in the winter. There’s nothing better on a cold, winter day than getting in a good workout! (Okay, that might not be 100% true… normally we crave those hot, filling meals and cozying up on the couch in front of the TV or with a good book… There’s nothing wrong with that. I like to do that, too.) But, keeping active will help you stay on track to reaching your goals. When spring arrives bringing warmer temperatures and a wardrobe change, you’ll be ready!

So this week, I thought I’d switch it up a little bit. I’m sharing the songs that are inspiring me to move lately.

Music is a huge part of my life: I always have music on; I’m always dancing and singing around the house and in the car… And I love all types of music.. depending on my mood and what I’m doing, I might be playing Johnny Cash, Dwight Yowkam, Tom Petty, Brian Adams, Fleetwood Mac, Guns and Roses, Aerosmith, Bad Company, Metallica, Bon Jovi… or I might have Drake, Britney Spears, Fiona Apple, Rhianna, Halsey, Taylor Swift, Kanye West, The Weekend, Katie Perry, The Chainsmokers, Nirvana, The Off Spring, No Doubt, Brothers Osbourne, Dustin Lynch ….  I think you get the idea. I have a wide range of music that I love.

The following playlist encompasses many genres, but it’s all music that you can move to.. whether you’re at the gym, on the elliptical, the treadmill, lifting weights, going for a bike ride or run (kudos to you if you are doing that because it is COLD,) or like me, working out right at home, there’s something for everyone.

Feel free to follow me or my playlists on Spotify if you’d like! I am always updating my lists and creating new ones. If you have an awesome playlist on Spotify, leave the link so I can follow you!

Happy moving!

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Have a wonderful week!

January Favorites – 2018 Edition

Hello friends!

Here we are at the tail end of January. This month has been abuzz with activity — From yoga to birthdays, extreme cold weather to 60 degrees.. Personally, I’d like to go back to that 60 degree weather. Despite being soggy outside, it was so nice to open the windows for a bit in January! haha!

This month I hosted my first ever yoga challenge on Instagram! It was a lot of fun and I hope I get the chance to host again!

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But I digress..

Let’s jump in to the point of this post — things I’ve enjoyed more than other things this month! I love favorites posts and videos! It’s interesting to see what other people have really liked, and sometimes something catches my eye and I test it out.

Let’s get started!

 

Bill Nye Saves The World

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I grew up watching Bill Nye The Science Guy. It was one of my favorite shows! So, when I first heard that Bill Nye was coming back with his own Netflix series, I was excited! When the first season came out, we all sat down and devoured the entire thing in one sitting! Then, it was announced there was a season 2! Of course, we sat down and watched all the episodes. It’s hard not to. Once you start the first episode, you just have to keep going. Classic Bill is back and better than ever! He has celebrities come on, panels of experts, fun experiments, and this season he has Bill Meets Science Twitter — scientists from around the world have tweeted at Bill about what they do, and he chose a few to come on the show and talk about it. It’s very cool! I highly recommend this show for the entire family!!

 

Hair Sanity Rejuvenator

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DISCLAIMER: I recieved this complimentary bottle to test and review. All opinions are my own.

This little bottle is full of miracles! You might have seen my review on the Hair Sanity 2-part system earlier this month. This was an extra gift to test and review. I loved it! Most of you know that I have super long, thick hair.. I didn’t think I would get a full use out of this tiny bottle — I ended up getting 4 uses! Yeah. It comes out as a thin liquid, but when you rub it in your hands, and then onto your hair, it thickens up to penetrate all of your strands. Leave it on for about 5 minutes or so, rinse, and style as usual. You’re left with shiny, silky, soft hair! I love this stuff!! It’s perfect for wintertime!

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MainStays Cool Mist Ultrasonic Aroma Diffuser

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This was a Christmas present and I am actually surprised by how much I love it! This little diffuser has made such a difference in the overall quality of our sleep. You just fill it with water, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil, plug it in, turn it on, and let it go. You can choose to cycle through the colors, have it sit on one color, or just use the misting feature. The light takes some getting used to, especially if you normally sleep in a completely blacked out room. The unit turns off automatically when the water level gets too low. This is such a fabulous gift. Right now we only have lavender essential oil, but I am looking into getting a eucalyptus oil. I love the minty refreshing scent of eucalyptus!  If you don’t have one of these, you might consider looking into getting one!

 

Sand Cloud Mint Baja Towel

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I recieved this towel from a giveaway Sand Cloud was having on their Instagram. It’s huge — 38×64 inches and it’s made from 100% Turkish Cotton. I love this towel and I cannot wait for summer! I have big plans to take this up to the Lake, using it for yoga pictures, fun landscape shots, and laying out in the sun! I want to purchase a couple more so my husband and son can each have their own!

What I really love about Sand Cloud is that they donate 10 percent of every purchase toward protecting, rehabilitating, and preserving marine wildlife, protecting and preserving the world’s oceans, and working on water quality issues. You can read more about their mission here. You can use my referral link for a discount if you are interested in shopping! 🙂

Loreal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm

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DISCLAIMER: I recieved this product complimentary to test and review. All opinions are my own.
Isn’t that a mouthful? haha! But seriously, I love this stuff! You might have seen my review earlier this month. I like to use this in place of my regular conditioner. It helps keep my hair touchably soft, and my red vibrant and gorgeous! I cannot say enough good things about this product! I highly recommend it!

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Well, that’s it for me this month. What your favorite things? Share them in the comments! Also, feel free to leave a link to your post or video if you made a January Favorites. I’d love to check it out!

 

 

Life is a Journey: Check-in and Re-Evaluate

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday!

Can you believe we’re almost into February?

This is the perfect time to check in on yourself: reflect on how the year is going so far and reflect on your progress toward achieving your goals.

How are your goals and resolutions coming along? Are you still going strong? 

Have you been slacking a little or have you fallen off the wagon completely?

How are you feeling? Do these goals still align with what you want, or do you need to tweak them?

Taking a few minutes to check in and re-evaluate can make such a difference in your life.

If you have been working hard and sticking to your goals.. Awesome! Keep it up!

If life has gotten in the way and you’ve found yourself slacking a little or a whole lot.. You are not alone! Think about your goals and adjust as necessary. 

If you need help with goal-setting, I highly recommend checking out Tracy Hensel on YouTube. Tracy is a life coach and makes lifestyle, beauty, and wellness videos each week. Recently, she did a three part series on goals. It is worth checking out!

Remember, life is a marathon, not a sprint.

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Embrace the challenges. Constantly edit your life.

Paul Coelho says it best, “Maybe the journey isn’t so much about becoming anything. Maybe it’s about unbecoming everything that isn’t you so you can be who you were meant to be in the first place.”

There is no time like the present. Make a commitment to yourself. Figure out what you want.. fitness, finances, work-related, school/education, following your dream.. whatever it is.. and go for it!

Start today.

Wake up.

Kick ass.

Repeat.

Let’s do this.

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February is officially going to be the best month ever.  


 

Ignite Your Inner Fire: 7 Amazing Fitness Quotes to Get You Moving This Week

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday!

We are entering our last full week of January.

Already.

I don’t know about you, but I am excited to move forward.. each day brings us a little closer to summer.. beautiful warm sunshine, cerulean skies, puffy white clouds, ice-cold lemonade, Lake Erie, picnics, grilling… oh yes!!

Haha!

I might be getting a little ahead of myself there.

This might be the time when you’ve missed a workout or two. You’re getting tired. You’re sore. And when you feel like that, it’s easy to skip that exercise session.. making promises that you’ll do it tomorrow or in a few days when you feel better. When you start making excuses, it gets easier to keep coming up with more reasons why you can’t.

It’s okay. I think the vast majority of us have been there. But let’s start today to recommit. With that in mind, I wanted to share some fitness inspiration to help give you that little push.

Ready?

If you're serious about changing your lifeyou'll find a way.If you're not,you'll find an excuse.Sacrificeisgiving up on something goodforsomething better.Passionis your back up generatorwhenall your other energy sourcesstart to sputter.Don't get too comfortable.Seek challenges.Push yourself.andIgnore what others think.There are two types of people_Those who wait for things to happen.andThose who go out and make things happen.Which are you_Your biggest challengeisn't someone else.It's the ache in your lungs andthe burning in your legs.It's the voice inside you,screaming, _can't._Don't listen.You'll miss daysyou'll catch a cold and so on..Life is full of eventswe can't controland these eventswill temporarily derail youfrom your best-laid plans.But don't quit.Get back on track

Now go workout!

Have a great week friends!

-A

L’OREAL Paris ElVive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm | Influenster Voxbox Review


*Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own*

Hello friends!

Today I wanted to chat about a new hair product I received from Influenster to test out and review.


In case you were wondering, Influenster is a great website where you can discover new products, write honest reviews, create personalized lists of your favorite products or create wishlists, earn badges, participate in campaigns, and test out products for free! Anyone can join! I’ve been a member for a few years now and I love it! One of my favorite things is the app. Many campaign activities, such as social media posts, are easier using the app. You can upload your makeup or beauty looks now, too. I also love the scan feature in the app. When you are out shopping, you can scan the barcode on an item and instantly see reviews for it! It’s a life-saver! 


Interested? Click my reference link to sign up and get started today! http://www.influenster.com/r/1073568

Onto the good stuff…

I received the L’OREAL Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm. When I first opened the box to see which product I would be trying out, I was hit with both déjà vu and excitement. The vibrant red container called out to me and looked just like a L’OREAL product I had used many times in the past. (I even wrote a little review on it last January) I loved that product and purchased it many times throughout 2017, until about late summer when I couldn’t find it in any of the stores near me. Well, L’OREAL revamped their product and I was so happy to receive this because I knew it would work on my hair!

I wasn’t disappointed. After that first use, my hair was soft and silky, just as expected.

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This product helps strengthen hair fiber and helps preserve color vibrancy, which is key for us ladies with red hair. But, anyone who colors their hair should use this product to keep their locks looking beautiful!

While this product is an in-shower deep conditioning hair mask, I use it every time I wash my hair, in place of my normal conditioner. My hair is l o n g and needs all the moisture it can get, especially now in the winter time. Using this product regularly helps keep my hair looking and feeling gorgeous!

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Here, you can see just how long my hair is. haha!

I highly recommend this product and as soon I see it in a store, I’m purchasing it. I love this stuff!

Overall, I give this product 5 stars out of 5 stars.

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Well, that’s it. Have you tried this? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

3 Ways to Boost Your Mood

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday!

What a week!

Minor irritations creep up in life from time to time. Cold weather, tons of snow, all the annoyances that those two things bring, minor setbacks, aches and pains, etc…

But when these frustrations start to accumulate, we just get fed up.

Instead of allowing all of it to build up and ruin your day, give these three tricks a try to instantly boost your mood and get on your way to having a better day.

 

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Practice Gratitude.

When you find yourself getting frustrated, take a moment to pause. Go get yourself a cup of coffee or your favorite beverage, look out a window, and breathe. Challenge yourself to turn whatever it is around and find something to be grateful for. If you can’t, it’s okay. Simply give thanks for this moment. Looking outside, (or being outside if weather allows.) sipping your beverage, and just breathing. Be present for a few moments. Listen to the birds chirping. Enjoy the beautiful sunshine (the refreshing rain, or pretty snow.) This simple exercise is incredibly powerful and will help turn your day around. To take it a little further, challenge yourself to the 5 rule. Will this matter in 5 minutes? 5 months? 5 years? This helps give you perspective and 9.9 times out of 10, will help ease frustration.

Exercise.

You knew it was coming. Only a matter of time. haha! Yes, one of my favorite ways to deal with frustration and stress is to exercise. Yoga, cardio, HIIT, lifting weights, dancing, whatever you’re feeling, there’s movement to help you feel better. If weather permits, get outside. Go for a walk or a run. Visit a local or state park. Go the beach and find some stillness and peace in watching the water. Just getting out in your own backyard is amazing. Exercise helps us channel that negative energy into something positive — Getting your blood moving, working your muscles, connecting with your breath, and endorphins flooding your brain. Just 5 minutes of movement can help recharge and refresh you, putting you back on the path to having a great day!

Take a Time Out.

Sometimes no matter what you do, you just can’t shake the frustration. Or maybe you don’t have it in you to workout, or you’re so fed up the thought of finding anything to be grateful for is beyond you at the moment. That’s okay. It happens. When it gets to this point, I like to take a time out. Sometimes this means taking a nap. Naps are wonderful and it is truly amazing how a 2 hour nap improves your outlook on life. Other times it means relaxing with a favorite TV show or movie. Maybe it means curling up with a book or taking a bubble bath. The important thing is to physically and mentally step away from the frustrations and stress, focusing on an enjoyable activity for a little while. This works wonders at improving your mood.

 

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Combining my love of reading and my love of yoga to combat a little frustration.

Those are my 3 tips to boost your mood. What are some things you like to do? Leave a comment and let me know!

Have a wonderful week friends!

7 Things You Should Do When You Start Feeling Sick

Hello friends!

Happy Sunday! Our very first Sunday of 2018!

Originally, I had planned on writing up a little something concerning mindset and gratitude. But yesterday, throughout the day, I started to notice a familiar little tingle in the back of my throat. Granted, I went to bed pretty late the night before and still woke up early and went about my day. I was planning on taking a nice afternoon nap, but I was surprised with a burst of energy and by the time I was actually ready to relax, I didn’t have the time. Go figure, right?

Getting sick usually happens at the most inopportune time. I have so much planned these next few weeks. I simply cannot get sick.

I’d say that’s probably the vast majority of people.

I have a few tricks up my sleeve to try to stave off this potential cold/flu virus and I thought I would share them with all of you this week.

Let’s get started!

 

Disinfect all common surfaces.

Grab out your Lysol wipes, paper towels and cleaner spray, whatever you use and spend 5-10 minutes wiping down all door knobs, faucets, light switches, TV remotes, and whatever else you can think of that everyone is always touching. Clean your computer, keyboard, mouse, tablet, phone, all electronics as well. I like to use a paper towel with a bit of hand sanitizer to wipe down most of that. Be sure to use something that is electronic friendly.

Run your humidifier/vaporizer.

I love to have my humidifier running with a little Vicks solution to spread that euclyptus scent throughout my house. Be careful with this, though. You don’t want to put too much humidity in the air. The general consensus on the ideal humidity level is a range between 30% and 50%. It all depends on your home. For us, we strive to maintain a delicate balance between our dehumidifier and our humidifier.

I found these three articles helpful:

Humidifiers: Air moisture eases skin, breathing symptoms

How to Maintain the Proper Humidity Levels in Your Home

Relative Humidity and Your Home

H2O and Orange Juice

Staying hydrated is important, especially if you are starting to feel sick. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Adding pieces of fruit or splashes of lemon juice is a great way to mix it up!

I also love to have an extra glass or two of orange juice when I’m feeling under the weather. The vitamin C does wonders for your immune system. Because I am not a fan of milk, I always choose orange juice with added calcium and vitamin D.

Hot Tea.

Tea has many benefits. When your throat is sore, nothing is better than a cup of soothing hot tea. When I start to feel sick, I reach for Yogi Echinacea tea. I also love Yogi Kava tea. Both are delicious and great for boosting the immune system and de-stressing.

Wash your hands.

The single best way to stop the spread of germs is by washing your hands. This is so important. I used to work in the healthcare field, and this was always the number one thing that was emphasized. Everyone should wash their hands, but when you’re starting to feel sick, be even more mindful of lathering up.

Hot bath.

It is so wonderful to sink in to a bathtub full of hot bubbles and relax. An epsom salt bath is always a good choice, too, if it’s available to you. When I don’t have any epsom salt, I like to add a little baking soda to my bath for a detox. I think it’s more mind over matter with the baking soda, but hey, whatever works, right? haha!

Sleep.

Last, but not least, my favorite: sleep. I think part of my problem right now is that I didn’t get enough sleep. Getting to bed at a decent time is a struggle sometimes. There is just so much to do. However, your body needs rest, especially if you’re starting to feel sick. We can’t always control what time we need to be up. (I have to be up at 4:50am each morning) So, try your very best to get to bed early, or at least at a decent time. I always shoot for 9pm. Most days I get there right around 9pm, but life gets busy and there are nights when I’m lucky to get there at 10pm. Getting to bed early when you are starting to feel sick might just help prevent you from getting full blown sick.

 

Those are the seven main things I do when I start feeling unwell. Do you have any tried and true tricks? Share them with me in the comments. I’d love to know anything else I can do. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and my thoughts positive that I’m going to be feeling better later today.

Have a wonderful Sunday!

 

Beat Those Winter Hair Blues! Hair Sanity to the Rescue!

 

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*Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.*

 

Recently, I had the opportunity to test the Hair Sanity 2 Step system – An anti-itch shampoo and anti-dandruff conditioner. I was also sent a complimentary hair rejuvenator, a deep conditioner. How perfect!

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When I opened the shampoo, the first thing I noticed was the scent – a hint of vanilla with a minty twist. With no metallic aftertones, this is not a traditional dandruff anti-itch system. It lathers nicely, instantly relieves itchiness and irritation, and leaves your scalp feeling tingly and clean.

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Next comes the conditioner. The scent is a little softer, but very pleasant. The directions say to massage the conditioner directly on your scalp, working it through to your ends, and letting it sit for 30 seconds, up to 3 minutes, depending on your hair type. I was nervous about this step because my roots tend to get greasy. I only ever apply conditioner to my ends. But, for the purpose of this review, I followed the directions exactly.

Surprise, surprise. While the conditioner did help with my dry, itchy scalp, it was not hydrating enough for the rest of my hair. Combing my hair was a challenge, to put it lightly. The next morning, my roots did look greasy and I ended up having to wash my hair again later that evening. I repeated the same steps, standing under the water for a few extra minutes, just to be sure I rinsed out all the conditioner. Same result.

So, for the past few weeks, I decided to only use the shampoo and my normal conditioner. Much better! My hair is soft and it looks beautiful. Plus, no itchy scalp.

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My husband and my son both used the shampoo as well. My husband always has a dry scalp during the winter. He loved it and uses it in place of his normal anti-dandruff shampoo every shower. He commented that his hair felt softer and his scalp felt better, too.

Because I color my hair, I was concerned that the shampoo would strip my red. There’s nothing on the bottle that says it’s color safe, so it was a true test.

I dyed my hair the week before Christmas and I’ve used the Hair Sanity shampoo faithfully every time I wash my hair. My color still looks vibrant and beautiful. I think this shampoo has actually helped bring out the vibrancy of the red. I am pleasantly surprised at this.

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My favorite part of this entire system is the hair rejuvenator. When I opened the box and saw the little bottle, I actually laughed out loud. I was excited to get the free gift to try and I am always looking for a good deep conditioner, but the bottle is tiny – 0.5 fl.oz. My hair is long (down to my tush long) and thick. I honestly thought that I would be lucky to get one use out of the rejuventor.

I’ve actually used it three times, and I have enough for another use. No one is more shocked than me at this information. And I have to say, this is my favorite product out of all three.

The Hair Sanity Rejuvenator is a game changer — that is not an exaggeration. A little goes a long way. When you open the top, a clear, thin liquid comes out into your hand. As you massage it into your ends, it thickens to coat all your strands. You can feel it instantly soften your hair. I was able to finger-comb it through my hair. (Which is a feat. I can’t do that with my everyday conditioner.) I left it on for 5 minutes and rinsed it out. After my normal towel dry, my hair was still soft and it was easy to comb through. My hair looks and feels silky and soft. The best part is that I still have some left.

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Final thoughts:

The shampoo is great. The scent is wonderful, it relieves dry, itchy scalps, and doesn’t strip my color.  My family is still using it and I would buy the shampoo again. I did not like the conditioner. It just doesn’t work for my hair. It made my roots greasy and wasn’t hydrating enough for my ends. My husband and I both saw great results only using the first step. I give the Hair Sanity 2 Step System a 3 out of 5 stars.

The Hair Sanity Rejuvenator is amazing. Just a small amount hydrated and moisturized my hair, allowing me to comb through wet strands with no tangles or hassle. It left my hair looking and feeling silky smooth. I will definitely be buying this product. I give the Hair Sanity Rejuvenator 5 out of 5 stars. I highly recommend this to anyone who has long hair, colored or processed hair, dry hair, or if you just need a little extra oomph. This is an amazing product.

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