Oh, Hey May!

Hiiiiiii! What a fantastic weekend! And…y’all, its MAY!!!! How is that even possible! May is one of my favorite months though, so I welcome it with open arms! May, in my eyes, is kicking off Summer.  And, this Summer, I have SO many fun things, weddings and trips planned. I just can’t wait! This weekend was a full one, check out my review below!

So in review, I had a crazy, FUN, & busy weekend! Weekends really do go by so fast, especially when they are jammed. Monday mornings sure do come around quickly! Friday night was spent at home organizing things for the next day. Nothing too crazy.

Saturday was one of my best friends Bridal Shower in Ohio.  So lots of planning and fun was had by all! It was a wine theme…and I had a lot of fun creating the decorations and drinking all the wine.  The shower took place about two hours away.  So I drove up early on Saturday and had to come home that same night.  I LOVE seeing my friends from college.  We always pick up right where we left off, like we never missed a beat.  It was a fabulous shower! Now…onto planning the Bachelorette weekend, WOOO!

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After spending time with my best gal pals, I came home and relaxed a bit before passing out! Only to wake up early on Sunday for the Pittsburgh Marathon!!! I ran in the Marathon Relay! I was running the last leg which was 4.2 miles.  Guys, I had a BLAST!!!!! It was seriously SO much fun. I know its not the half or the full….but it was a real challenge for me, and I DID IT!  I have been training a bit, here and there, and I really was proud of myself for surviving! I am not a runner, it is a struggle for me. I am really striving to be more of a runner/jogger,  I think its more mental for me.  But the marathon crowd was so encouraging, energetic, and motivating…I just kept on pushing through! I can’t get over the crowds, seriously, the best! If you follow me on SNAPCHAT (jhiggs787) you had to see some of the crowds, bands and crazy folks who were cheering us on! So CONGRATS to all the people who ran in the full marathon, half, and relay!!!!!! I am definitely planning on doing it again next year, who knows, maybe ill do the half! say whaaaaaaaat?!?!

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After the race, Nick and I went to Pipers Pub! I had a large Bloody Mary 🙂  and some yummy food! The rest of the afternoon/evening was spent relaxing and taking it easy! All in all it was such an awesome weekend.  My highlight…seeing my friends from college and crossing that finish line! 🙂

What was the highlight of your weekend?!  

 

Wellness Wednesday Health Tip! #1

There are many reasons why YOU should add lemon to your water every day, read below to find out! 

We had our last bootcamp of this session this morning, High five!  My last 5:00 AM wake-up call for awhile….WOO HOO! (If your in the Pittsburgh area, I will be starting a new session soon) I was so proud of the women who attended! They ALL said they have seen an improvement in their bodies! They all stated that they feel much more toned, stronger, and stronger endurance! That’s what its all about!

I had a brainstorming idea.  This blog of mine once started out as a way for me to make health and wellness information easy to understand.  As time has gone on, I have shared some things about my life, fitness, recipes, essential oils, problems…and have gotten away from basic tips on health & Wellness. This leads me into my this. I thought I would start a fun little weekly Wednesday chat! Kicking off a wellness Wednesday new tradition!  Every Wednesday I will be sharing a wellness tip! Maybe it will be groundbreaking or an obvious tip for you…sometimes it may be on food, fitness,life hacks or even essential oils!  I always think its important to understand the why.  Many of us know we need to eat certain foods OR do certain exercises, but often do not know WHY. So I’d love to start chatting about some easy ways to get healthy in all areas.  So cheers to health tip number 1.

AND…you get a chance to link up your own wellness Wednesday Health Tip!  🙂

Wellness Tip #1 for our series….Its a simple one folks!

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Yes, that simple.  Add Lemon to your water, daily!! And here’s why….

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There you have it…simple, easy, and tastes delicious! So go ahead, slice up a lemon and add to all of your waters today, your body will thank you!

Comment below with your top wellness tip for today!

Natural Deodorant, Say What?!

This post is not sponsored, just my honest opinion! All thoughts/opinions are my own.  

Okay everyone, we are talking deodorant! Natural deodorant!  Have you ever tried it? Does it work or do you stink to high heaven after your workout? Ever since I was in my late teens, I have always heard how horrible deodorant is for you, they are all loaded with chemicals. (Check out this post to find out more about the chemicals in our personal hygiene products!) Did you know that there is a direct link of deodorant and breast cancers? But, I have still use my dove or secret here and there because realistically, the natural deodorants just didn’t work! So in the past three or so years, I have tried just about all natural deodorants and have a few you may really like….because they actually WORK!!!!

Check out my thoughts below!

First up…Primal Pit Paste.  (I love the name!)

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This worked really great.  I loved the smell of the lavender and they have other essential oil scents.  I had to reapply prior to a workout, but all in all, this stuff is AWESOME! Super easy to use and lasts a long time! All you need is a pea size amount.

Next up…PiperWai

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Ladies, this stuff ROCKS! It was actually on sharktank, the TV show! It works SO SO SO well, I was shocked.  It has an added ingredient compared to primal pit paste, Charcoal! It is the same texture and consistency of Primal pit paste, again, only using about a pea size.  Smells great…but most importantly, IT WORKS! Love it! It even works for workouts with no reapply!

Lastly, Doterra Natural Deodorant!

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This stuff is also great!!! I use this when I am just running around, day to day stuff! Its fantastic for everyday use! I like the other two for working up or really feel protected when working up a sweat! I love the convenience of the stick, like other typical deodorants! And bonus, you get all the benefits of the essential oils such as melaleuca!

So there you have it…my personal review on natural deodorants! Let me know if you give any of them a try!

Whats your favorite deodorant? Have you tried a natural version? 

 

At Home Body Bootcamp Workout

A heart pumping workout that you can do anywhere with little to no equipment right in your own home or at your gym! You will work on your strength and endurance with this workout.  

 I have been teaching an early morning Bootcamp class for the past couple of weeks.  Its an hour long, starts at 6:00 AM for six weeks! For all those who have been reading this blog for awhile now, you know I am NOT a morning person.  And guess what…I have really been enjoying these classes! We have just a few classes left and I may start another session. I just have to make sure I have everything set up and prepared the night before (another post on that soon).

This morning was a great workout that focused on strength and endurance.  We did lots of timed exercises in increments of 90 seconds, 60 seconds, and 30 seconds. I wanted to share our warm-up that we did this morning! I’ll add the second portion soon!

I love this workout because it is so easy to do anywhere at anytime! It is definitely an at home workout OR one you can do in your gym!

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It really gets your heart rate up and those arms will start to feel like jello! Its a good one ladies (and gentlemen)! If you have questions on any of the moves, comment below and I can direct you where to look!

What is your favorite warm-up or workout to do at home?!

 

 

Bring on the Spring!

Warm weather is finally approaching.  Its time to de-clutter your life and give your home & mind a fresh cleansing using essential oils.

Here are some tips to tackle your spring!

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Create a checklist. Make a detailed checklist of all the items you want to complete for each area in your house. Whether its DIYS around the house or simply a deep clean!  Having a list will help you organize your thoughts. As you mark off each item, you will feel accomplished.  Make sure to be realistic in your checklist!

Focus on one area at a time.  It will be less overwhelming by focusing on one object or area at a time.  If you try to multitask during cleaning, you tend to look past things! This process will make it easier for you to move through your checklist, this will help you save some energy on the rest of your home!

Eliminate Distractions.  catching on here….focus! Stay focused on each task.  By eliminating your distractions, you will speed up your productivity.  What I mean is, put your phone down and shut off social media! LOL

De-Clutter.  Do not be afraid to get rid of stuff.  I just packed up THREE bags to give away.  It felt amazing! Start different piles…SELL, DONATE, GARBAGE. You will be surprised how much better you feel by getting rid of some stuff!

Deep Clean.  After removing clutter and organizing, your ready for a deep clean! Start in one room at a time, from top to bottom.  Don’t forget to do cabinets, drawers, and behind furniture.   Once the big items are done, move on to the smaller tasks such as vacuuming, blinds, dusting, mopping, etc.

Re-Arrange! Try something new.  Move around your couch or dresser.  Switch things up a bit.  This always motivates me to clean and always feels good to change!

Use ESSENTIAL OILS! Yes that’s right.  Many essential oils such as lemon, grapefruit, rosemary, and clove all have powerful cleansing and purifying properties that make effective and safe cleaning agents.  Check out the recipes below!

Refrigerator & Microwave cleaner:

  • 1 Cup of Vinegar
  • 2 Cups Hot Water
  • 15 Drops Lemon Essential Oil
  • Combine all ingredients in glass spray bottle, use damp cloth and scrub!

Stove Top Cleaner:

  • 1/4 Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Salt
  • 1 TBSP Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 2 TBSP Water
  • 4-5 Cleaning Blend Essential Oil
  • Combine All ingredients until a paste is formed. Spread all over stove and stove top.  Leave sit for 15 minutes OR longer for harder stains.  Use a sponge to scrub area.

Essential Soft Scrub:

  • 3/4 Round Cup Baking Soda
  • 1/4 Cup Liquid Castile Soap
  • 1 TBSP water
  • 8 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil
  • 5 Drops Lime Essential Oil
  • Using a wire whisk, combine baking soda and castile soap. Then stir in water and add essential oils, whisk until smooth.  Consistency should be a soft paste.  Store in air tight container!

There you have it friends, now get to cleaning/organizing/and rearranging! Have a FANTASTIC Wednesday!

Whats your favorite part of spring cleaning?!