Aging is inevitable, right? Yes, but there are ways to slow down the process in many areas. One is our skin. I have written about the effect of muscle loss on our bodies already; knowing that maintaining muscle mass is a must in terms of staying strong, keeping a higher metabolism, and looking years younger. Now it’s time to talk...
Do you ever feel like you can’t make it to the next meal without slipping up and eating something you know you shouldn’t because you can’t seem to feel satisfied? Do you feel like you make bad choices for snacks because, well….you just don’t know what you should be eating? In our rushed lifestyles, we tend to...
Morning guys and gals – Are you getting results in the gym? For those who think they’re “hard gainers,” check your diet to make sure you’re getting enough protein. You should aim for 1g per pound of body weight when trying to add muscle mass. Another important self check – Are you lifting heavy enough? Of course you shouldn’t max out each time you’re in the gym, but at least once per week, you should be performing a set of chest, back and legs at 80-85% of your max weight.Read More
Aging is inevitable, right? Yes, but there are ways to slow down the process in many areas. One is our skin. I have written about the effect of muscle loss on our bodies already; knowing that maintaining muscle mass is a must in terms of staying strong, keeping a higher metabolism, and looking years younger. Now it’s time to talk about some simple things one can do to appear younger on the face and neck. Because, hey…there’s nothing wrong with a little healthy dose of vanity now and again. Here are my top, self proven methods to recapturing that youthful glow!Read More
Do you ever feel like you can’t make it to the next meal without slipping up and eating something you know you shouldn’t because you can’t seem to feel satisfied? Do you feel like you make bad choices for snacks because, well….you just don’t know what you should be eating? In our rushed lifestyles, we tend to eat the same things day in and day out, much of the time forgoing foods that are packed with nutrients to keep our blood sugar level and feeling our best. I am not a nutritionist (although I was a couple of classes short of a minor in it), but as an Exercise Physiologist, I feel confident in recommending these healthy foods to anyone who’s looking to ramp up their intake of fiber, antioxidants, heart healthy Omega 3 fats, and too many vitamins and minerals to count. In no particular order:
I am a sucker for a tan. In my earlier post, I recounted my shady past as a sun worshipper. I’m serious…I used to have a problem. I could never be tan enough. I’m just glad I didn’t shrivel up like an old piece of leather before I saw the light -sorry for the pun. So, here I am with my new self tanner of the moment. I still love Tanagement, but am put off by discovering that it has…er, um, cough cough – phthalates. I have discovered that if the word “fragrance” is used in the list of ingredients, it is most likely a phthalate. The only time it isn’t is when the label specifically states “fragrance derived from essential oils,” or something similar. I tried Alba Oranic’s self tanner that smelled like a pina colada. It was really greasy, and guess what? Yup, you guessed it – the pina colada smell wasn’t derived from a real coconut.Read More
Remember when candles became the big thing ? There were candle stores popping up in malls and street corners everywhere! I used to have them in my living room, bedroom, bathroom – heck, even my foyer had a candle. Then I started becoming aware of synthetic fragrances, and the myriad of chemicals they contained; not to mention the headaches I got on a regular basis. So, soon it was out with the candles, and in with stale house smell. Ugh. I started using those citrus magic thingys, and putting pots of vinegar in my kitchen to absorb smells. I also tried opening the windows to let in fresh air. Those methods worked fine, but I longed for that pretty smell my candles used to give my home. After I had kids, I succumbed to letting my house smell like baby puke and dirty diapers; I was too tired to care. A few months ago, after moving to a new house, my best friend sent me a house warming present that, to my surprise, was something I’d never seen nor heard of before: A Scentsy Candle. At first I was apprehensive about the source of their fragrances because of the whole phthalate issue. But I was assured that Scentsy Candle fragrances are phthalate free! After a few weeks of using my Scentsy Candle, I am so pleased with its effectiveness at giving my home a wonderful smell that’s not overpowering, aka -husband approved! What I really love about the warmer itself is the fact that you can choose one that goes with the color scheme of each room, which can tie in to your home decor beautifully! Got questions?Read More
We also developed another wordpress plugin called WP Amazon Ads. It’s very similar to WP eBay Ads. It allows you to easily insert Amazon product listings into your WordPress posts, and earn commission from sales. See the demo at the bottom of this page. Insert a listing of related Amazon products, on the single post page by using a custom field called amazon_search and by inserting a code snippet in your template file. The listings are completely customizable according to parameters defined in the admin panel. If you include an Amazon Associate ID, you can even earn commission! Also allows you to share revenue with your authors on a multi-author blog. Whoever wrote the post gets credit in the listings.Read More
Nature’s One was nice enough to send me a full can of their organic dairy, iron fortified toddler formula to review here at wired mamas. I was totally thrilled because I had been researching Nature’s One, and really wanted to try their formula. Here’s a quick guide to Nature’s One formula:Read More
I have one more generic diaper brand to add to the list of favorites. I haven’t tried very many because after one bad experience, I swore I would only use Pampers or Huggies from here to eternity. After a few months of shelling out the big bucks (even with coupons), I decided maybe trying one more generic would be alright. I’m so glad I did! Target’s Up and Up brand diapers have been a complete home-run for us! They are very similar to Pampers in my opinion, and at about 13 cents per diaper it’s hard to beat them. I do have to make sure that they’re pulled up in the front at night to avoid leaks, but I had to do that with the Pampers too, so to me it’s not a big deal. ALSO…they are SO CUTE! They have blue and green polka dots all over them and no characters!! I just bought my second large box of them today, and don’t think I’ll be turning back.Read More
Oh, the battle of the bulge. When one thinks of that term, it’s not bulging calves that come to mind. Belly fat is, and always will be the main concern for people who need or want to lose weight. Why does the body store fat so readily in that area? My last post gave the reasons. Now what? Let’s examine the possibilities in achieving not only a smaller waistline, but an overall reduction in body fat.Read More
As a strength and conditioning specialist, I hear this question over and over again, which is first preceded by the telling of how the person can’t understand why their belly is bulging….even after a low fat diet. I am compelled to list the top five reasons for belly fat because there are so many books, diets, and just plain false information out there. I want to emphasize the basics. Without further ado, and in no particular order:Read More