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FabFitFun – Spring 2019

I was so excited for my FabFitFun box to arrive! Every time I open a box I get so excited to try the new products and see what fun surprises are in store. The boxes have introduced me to so many brands and products that have become staples in my home.

Here’s what was in my box!

Unplug Meditation Aromatherapy Diffuser: I love the egg shape and the fun wave of light colors as it’s on. It puts off a great amount of scent throughout a large space. Currently it’s working perfect in my home office because it uses a USB plug so very portable and easy to use anywhere.

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Korres Wild Rose Vitamin C Brightening Sleeping Facial: The smell of this cream is divine. I also love the glass container, perfect for recycling. The product is used to even out skin, repairs fine lines, moisturizes and reduces black spots/discolorations. I love a night cream because who doesn’t want to wake up with better skin. The company also really cares about the ingredients in their products.

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Giadzy Copper Plated Measuring Spoons: I was so excited about these. I have been wanting new measuring spoons. I love the copper look and the quality is great. The ring is very easy to take a spoon on and off for use BUT they are hand wash only!

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THE2BANDITS Athens Necklace: I have really been in to simple necklaces I can layer with others in my collection and this will fit in perfectly. The bar has an iridescent color changing piece that makes it match any outfit you could want to wear this with.

Tula Purifying Face Cleanser: Washing my face is one of my favorites parts of the morning and I am very intrigued by the use of probiotics. This is a cruelty free product and is ingredient conscious. The probiotics are said to help gently remove dirt and lock in moisture. I can’t wait to find out

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Manna Kadar Champagne Body Scrub: This is a huge jar of body scrub first of all! It has charcoal and dead sea minerals to give a gently body scrub removing dead skin cells. This will give your body a refreshed skin glow.

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Ouai Leave in Conditioner: The smell of this product is also amazing. The first think I always do is smell my stuff, who knows why. This is to smooth, soften, detangle hair and protect against heat damage. I am also a huge fan of Jen Atkin.

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Over the next few weeks as I use the products more and more I will share additional thoughts on how they work and what I will keep using. Let me know what you are most excited about.

 

Health · Products · Texas Life

Blue Light

Do you know what Blue Light is? Do you know it is staring you in the face right now? Blue light comes from our computers, cell phones, tablets and TVs. So all that screen time is producing this blue light right into your eyes.

Blue light is a color in the visible light spectrum that can be seen by human eyes. Blue light is a short wavelength, which means it produces higher amounts of energy.

Some of the effects of blue light are needed for our health

  • Boots alertness
  • Helps memory and cognitive function
  • Elevates mood
  • It regulates circadian rhythm – the body’s natural wake and sleep cycle
  • Early studies show a deficiency in blue light exposure could contribute to the recent increase in myopia/nearsightedness.

It’s not all good though, here are some of the negative effects

  • Too much exposure to blue light late at night (through smart phones, tablets, and computers) can disturb the wake and sleep cycle, leading to problems sleeping and daytime tiredness
  • Can decrease contrast leading to digital eye strain
  • Dry eyes
  • Headaches
  • Retina Damage

I work all day at a computer screen and am on the phone in the evenings so I am exposing my eyes to blue light a majority of the day. I have noticed my eyes get very irritated in the afternoon and evenings. My contacts dry out quickly and my headaches are increasing. I can’t really reduce my computer time since it is my job but I am trying to take breaks to look away from the screen and reduce surfing on my phone.

I also got some blue light glasses. These lenses are not prescription and are yellow tinted to block the blue light. I got mine from Diff Eye Wear, but you can get them from many companies or have it added to your prescription lenses. I chose Diff because for each pair of glasses purchased they donate a pair of reading glasses to someone in need. The quality is great and the styles are super cute.

Think about your blue light exposure!

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Serving Size

I want to talk about serving size and nutrition labels on food. Do you read the label before you eat the food? Do you look on the front for labels or “low this”, “no that” wording?

Serving Size is defined as a standard amount of food. So in reality all of us have a different serving size for different foods. BUT when we are shopping these packages are providing nutrition information for a specific serving size for that food. Don’t just skip to the numbers or percentages because you are missing the most important part of the label.

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One of the big tricks you will see is that the front of the package will say 50% less fat, or 50% less sodium and so on. Well guess what they did, they simply changed the serving size. They cut it in half and bam 50% less whatever it says! Don’t fall for this. Look at the serving size and think to yourself when I eat this am I going to eat a cup, 10 pieces or more? This will help you understand really how much sugar, protein, sodium, calcium etc you are getting in that food.

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(Not saying this product did that just an example of the attraction on the front)

Next I always go from serving size to ingredients list. Are the ingredients real food or chemicals, dyes or things I just don’t know what they are. This lets me decide if I want to purchase it or not. I am not perfect in anyway and I purchase processed foods but I try to limit them and I choose the option that works best for me based on the ingredients. You will also learn a lot about companies and which brands you feel more comfortable putting in your body.

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After looking through the ingredients list I then go back up to the top and focus on sugar and sodium first, then the other nutrients from the item. I want foods that are low in synthetic sugar and safe amounts of sodium. I want foods high in vitamins and minerals.

Next time you are  in the grocery store read the labels before you buy and you make just make some different choices. Compare the front claims to the nutrition label and ingredients to see if that clever marketing is fooling you.

 

Fitness · Food · Health

Fun Facts

I love reading magazines and I like to take pictures of the fun facts I see inside so I can remember and research more later. So I thought I would share some of them with you.

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This may not be right for me, I feel like this seems cold lol I mean maybe while I am sleep and I do think I am happy when I sleep so maybe it is true.

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My mom always told me to eat the peel.

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I really think this is true! I always feel great when I start working out, give yourself the gift of happiness.

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So I missed one the ages already. As I think back 23 was hard, I was out of college and figuring out paying bills and real life. I may not say it was the happiest but I will let you know at 69 how it goes.

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I 100% think this is accurate. I mean everyone I talk to is taking time to themselves for self reflection or meditation. There are so many apps now to guide you. Do you meditate?

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As a former dancer I love this, I love to dance and the memory skills involved are a great way to exercise the mind. So go do a little dance!

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Ok, be honest, who knew this? I am going to try doing it and see if I notice a difference.

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I am not a big drinker at all but I find this fact to be very disheartening. I think it is something all women need to be aware of.

What fun facts do you have to share?

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Morning Routine

Since moving to McKinney my morning routine has changed in many ways. I no longer have to commute into an office for work, I work remote in my home office, so it has allowed for some changes.

I cannot get up without 8 legs running in front of me down the stairs so that is actually the first thing I do, let the dogs out and feed them, after all they are more important than anyone else in the house. Once I feed them I make my one cup of coffee for the day, ugh only one cup I know but I am trying to cut back my caffeine intake. I get asked a lot too but I drink my coffee black or with a splash of almond milk. (Most of the sugar and unnecessary calories are in the creamer/sugar so cut it out)

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After my cup of coffee I go back upstairs and brush my teeth to try my best to keep that coffee color off my teeth. I also wash my face and put on my collagen cream & vitamin c oil. Then it’s back to the kitchen for an 8oz glass of green juice and vitamins. I do not have a juicer so I get pre made juices, I have tried many different brands and I just make sure that the ingredients are all fruits & vegetables, no concentrates or fake stuff. As I am drinking my green juice I am working in my office and getting a plan set out for the day with my to do list.

I normally have a smoothie, cereal, yogurt or bar for breakfast. My breakfast is usually a smaller mean because the juice really does fill me up for awhile. After the juice it’s water water water for the rest of the day.

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This is my morning routine and I love it. I love it because my body knows what to expect and keeping a routine has really changed my skin, hair, nails and digestion. It keeps everything smooth and regular, my skin has never looked better. A routine is not only great for physical health but also mental health. It keeps me moving and my body going.

I asked other people what the 3 must dos are for them every morning and I loved the responses here were some of them

  • Coffee
  • Vitamins
  • Wash face
  • Check the weather
  • Drink water
  • Watch the news
  • Drink a shake
  • Feed pets

Its kinda of fun to see that so many people have similar routines or needs in the morning. It also makes me see even more how our bodies all need similar things nutrition and love being important in the morning. Share with us what your morning routing is.

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R&G Fitness

I love to try new workouts and gyms well, R&G Fitness was really outside of my comfort zone. It is group fitness that focuses on weights and dynamic movements with cardio mixed it. The focus of form and pushing your limits is amazing. I enjoy what the coach’s give me form critiques or edits because I can’t always see what I am doing and form only enhances the benefits of working out.

I don’t always push myself on my own as hard as I should with the amount of weight I use but R&G sure does and I love it. It gave me that boost of confidence that I can lift that 25lb weight. Maybe not for many reps but I can do it.

The class has a warm up and then breaks into groups to rotate though different stations and then you come back together at the end for a stretch. I love that it is different every time focusing on all muscle groups and pushing you forward. Every person I met was welcoming, kind and supportive of each other weather it was a first time or a seasoned vet at the gym. Everyone cheers for each other and really helps to motivate you to do more.

You can download their app and get a free trial but trust me you are going to want to stay a member! I can’t wait to go back for more, even if I can’t feel my arms! 🙂

http://rngfitness.com/ 

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SunStone Fit – Eldorado Crossing

SunStone Fit is a great place for anyone looking for a workout studio. They offer a variety of classes and are open to all fitness levels. The welcoming team and pristine atmosphere offer an inclusive place for everyone.

Their Eldorado location is perfect for me, basically across the street from my neighborhood. BUT if that isn’t good for you they have so many options:

  • Uptown
  • Preston Forest
  • Lakewood
  • Rockwall
  • Addison
  • Plano
  • Frisco
  • McKinney (location I mentioned)
  • Las Colinas
  • Flower Mound
  • Southlake
  • Keller
  • Fort Worth
  • Austin

I mean really there is no excuse not to try them, there is a location near you!

I tried the hot yoga and it was amazing. The stretch, heat, strength and so much more are a perfect fit for any workout routine. I do not sweat much and these classes really get it going which I love. I highly recommend them and your first class is FREE!

  • Yoga
  • Barre
  • Pilates
  • HIIT
  • CardioFIT
  • CoreFIT

There is something for everyone and I can’t wait to hear what you think. Head on over today to sign up. https://www.sunstonefit.com/programs