Beautycounter Morning/Night Routine Review

Thanks Liz for testing out the Nourishing Line! 🙂

Liz Lauers

Did you read my last post about safer beauty awareness?

The reason the topic of safer beauty even came up was because of a Beautycounter event I attended that gave me the opportunity to try some products for a few days.

Full disclosure: I have not yet purchased these items because some products I have (though not as good as these) haven’t run out yet; and if you’ve read some of my other posts, you know I like saving, not being wasteful and maximizing when I can. BUT, I will let you know which ones I plan on purchasing. My hope is that this post will give you a glimpse into other products so that you may try for yourself and make your own decision ❤

READ MORE: Better Beauty: Awareness for Safer Products

I tried products from the Nourishing Face Collection and the Face Oils. The steps I followed were…

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Better Beauty: Awareness for Safer Products

Thanks Liz for this great post about the #saferbeauty movement and how you can be involved!

Liz Lauers

Recently there has been a sort of craze over being more natural. You’ve probably seen biodegradable, homemade or the all-natural products out there to use in your everyday life. There’s even a craze over paleo diets. All of this is amazing! Not going to lie and say that I don’t use Windex, or eat the occasional frozen pizza, but I like being as natural as possible. I want to improve my well-being; and being more natural in the products I use is a great way to start. Not only is it safer for me, it’s safe for the environment.

But while we tend to focus on the better (read: organic) foods and finding alternatives for harsh cleaning chemicals, we forget about what we are putting on our skin. We forget about the stuff that we are directly applying to our legs, arms, face, which penetrates into our system. I mean…

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Cooking with Chef’d 

First up on my food delivery service trials was Chef’d. I chose this for my first one because, unlike the other services, they do not require a subscription. There’s an a la carte option, so this what I chose. Shipping is free on orders $40+, so I picked a meal for 4 to get the free shipping. I figured this was a lot like my usual week’s cooking where I cook once and eat the same thing 4-6 times.

I placed my order on a Sunday, and 3 days later, my box arrived:

I picked Verde Chicken and Calabacitas with Creme and Spinach Garlic Rice. Here’s what was in the box:

The meal was pretty tasty, and I came away from the experience with a recipe and technique for tomatillo salsa. But, it took 90 minutes, twice the 45 promised. They were off on the sizes of pans needed (no way do a dozen tomatillos fit in a medium saucepan). Some of the directions were a little confusing. And, they don’t have as great of promos to start as the others (you get $10 off the first order for registering for email newsletters).

The food was restaurant quality, and I got 5 servings out of it, which dropped it down to $7-9 per meal (with/without promo).

Delivery days: Weds/Thurs/Fri options

Cost: $45 for 4 servings ($35 with my promo); varies based on meals selected. Subscription option available.

Nutrition: not listed

Delving into home food delivery

I feel like I’m busier than ever, and I think my scale and pocketbook are showing it. So when I heard about the concept of food delivery services, I figured it was worth looking into.

The concept: ingredients for meals are shipped straight to your door. No dealing with the grocery store, so that saves time. Only what you need is sent, so that saves food waste.

The catch of course is as a single gal, I need to be sure it is weeks I would eat 6 home cooked meals, as most services are a minimum 3 meals for 2 people. But…that’s at least more variety than me making one mega meal and eating it 6 times.

Noticing that many services have deep discounts (up to a week free) for trying them, I figured this could save me some big money upfront, and maybe some savings if I stick with any of them (with meals averaging around $10 a serving, it’s more than scratch cooking but less than eating out).

So starting in mid-July, I began my trials. I’ll post individual blogs on each as I go along but here’s the services I’m trying (along with referral links if you’d like to try at a discount!):

#holidaysweat #sweatpink challenge starts today!

sweat pink holiday 2015

Want to stay healthy through the holidays? The #holidaysweat challenge starts today! Each day, we’ll be challenged to be active and eat as many freggies (fruits and veggies) possible.  The fine folks at fitapproach.com will send prompts and ideas each day (so go sign up!). I’ll be sharing them here too. Here’s a sneak peek at week 1!

Use these prompts to get you going each day! Share your reponse anywhere and everywhere: Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, your blog… at home!

Monday, November 9: What’s your minutes goal this week? How will you get there?! #pranastyle @prana #holidaysweat @runtothefinish @fitapproach #sweatpink

Tuesday, November 10: Show us your sweaty style! What’s your favorite workout outfit or gear? #pranastyle @prana #holidaysweat @runtothefinish @fitapproach #sweatpink

Wednesday, November 11: Show us how you take your workout outside when it’s cold (or even snowing!) #pranastyle @prana #holidaysweat @runtothefinish @fitapproach #sweatpink

Thursday, November 12: Squats? Pushups? Planks? What’s your favorite strengthening move? #pranastyle @prana #holidaysweat @runtothefinish @fitapproach #sweatpink

Friday, November 13: FREE FRIDAY! Show us what you’re up to today… sweating, eating, cooking, you name it! #pranastyle @prana #holidaysweat @runtothefinish @fitapproach #sweatpink

Sweating pink and re-evaluating goals

NEW-SPA-badge

Because positivity is one of my top 5 strengths, I’ll start by sharing some happy news … I’ve been named a Sweat Pink Ambassador! The SPA program is run by the good folks at Fit Approach, and it’s another example of using social media for good in encouraging women to stay active and fit. (Guys, I’m sure you’ll enjoy the tips too!)

It was good timing for this to happen as I’ve needed a push to refocus on fitness. That was apparent on my run this morning with Fort Bend Fit. I’ve been following the “Little Half” program, designed to get those of us who started in the summer with the marathon trainers, but have been sidetracked, to catch back up.

I showed up for Little Half 2 weeks ago for a great 2 mile run. I felt optimistic about running a half marathon in late January with 16 weeks to train. And then last weekend, first I didn’t feel well on Saturday, and my sweet furchild Ava got sick and that ditched the plans to make up my run Sunday.

So, today’s 4 miles wasn’t pretty. I did my usual 1/1 run/walk for 24 minutes, and noticed a slight ache in my calf…and switched to walking for fear the dreaded hamstring injury was rearing its head (remember my injury went into the insertion point in my calf). I walked for 12 minutes, then ran/walked again for another 8, then walked again until running 2 minutes at the “finish line.”

IT. WAS. TOUGH. And it made me realize a few things:

  1. Only working out once a week isn’t working for me.The last 2 months of my life have been a roller coaster. A big project at work, and beginning to prep for a move when my house build is completed have been taking up time. Plus still staying active as a presenter in my industry…and I haven’t had as much free time. I know that making time, even 10 minutes a day, for more activity will help me tackle all this more easily, and I just need to DO IT.
  2. Fitness is lost fast, and it affects me more than when I was younger.Even just 4 years makes a difference. Because 4 years ago, I was only running once a week as I was navigating a separation and divorce. But I was still able to train for that first half. But 4 years older, that’s just not hacking it for me. I can no longer scrape by with one super workout a week.
  3. I may need a new, short term fitness goal. This is the biggie … realizing that right now, with all the other factors in my life, a half marathon may not be the right goal for me. As much as I want to do a third half, so I can pursue a full before I turn 40 in less than 2 years, this may not be the time for that. Since I’ve gotten so far off track in my programming, it might make more sense to run a series of 5k to 10k distances in the coming months. That gives me smaller goals that work better with a crunched schedule, and keeps me running. I really hate to give up on my training program, but it doesn’t make sense to keep after something and take the joy out of it because I’m struggling.

I want to hear from you … when have you re-evaluated a goal, and how did this turn out for you?

To Return or Not?

(Repost from one of my favorites, Adult Ballerina Project)

Many adult ballet dancers take a break for various reasons like work, family and school obligations, health issues and financial constraints. Returning to ballet after any hiatus is often difficult. Even harder for me was deciding whether or not to return. Until 10 months ago and despite having Morton’s Neuroma, I attended 2-3 ballet classes […]

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Running Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Bridge

(Repost from one of my favorites, Adult Ballerina Project)

I haven’t talked much about my running recently, but HQ and I recently got back into it at the end of the August and have been running an average of three times a week, slowly working our way back into it (and trust me, it’s felt like a struggle some of the time in Philadelphia’s […]

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