The Nancy Rose Performance Wear Contest was really enjoyable. I love reading all of your different interests in fitness. Normally I do an old fashioned drawing by placing everyone’s name in a hat, but this time I used a computer program that randomly generates names for contest. That was far easier than writing all the names on scraps of paper. Should have thought of this before!
Since I train at home, I walk into the garage wearing some unusual outfits (especially when it’s cold outside). When Nancy Rose Performance contacted me regarding their workout clothes, I felt a little tingly. I could actual train in style!
The longer you are married, the deeper your discussions grow. You move away from surface and cutesy talks to dig into the grittier part of life– like pit stink.
My husband and I both agree that commercial antiperspirants just arenâ€™t the way to go. We were never big fans of them, but whatâ€™s the alternative? All the natural deodorants you find at the health food store do not work.
But then I found a great alternative that comes right from the kitchen. Itâ€™s simple, yet effective and works better than anything Iâ€™ve purchased over the years.
Coconut Oil Deodorant Recipe
Â¼ cup cornstarch
Â¼ cup baking soda
2-3 tbsp. coconut oil
Blend the cornstarch and baking soda together really well. Then slowly add in the coconut oil, combining to get a consistency much like a solid deodorant stick. I find it works best if the coconut oil is hard, so you may have to put it in the fridge for a bit.
A word to the wise, DO NOT by any means taste this. Okay, so I learned that the hard way. I always taste the food Iâ€™m cooking and it was an impulse to dip my finger in and test it. I didnâ€™t even know I was doing it. It was awful!
I leave mine a little creamy and just store it in a bowl. You can make it thicker and shove it down into an empty deodorant stick, but thatâ€™s just too much effort for me.
When youâ€™re ready to use it, just take a small amount in your fingers and spread it around. Not only does the coconut oil work as a moisturizer, but the natural antimicrobial properties works to keep bacteria at bay. The cornstarch and baking soda work to keep you dry, however you may experience a bit of skin irritation with the baking soda if you apply after shaving. If this happens, you can skip the baking soda that day and just use coconut oil with cornstarch.
And, no joke, you are stink free all day. I apply this in the morning and still smell fresh before bed.
Admittedly, Iâ€™m a stress sweater. So as far as perspiration control, I feel it works just as good as anything Iâ€™ve used in the past.
Do you have a natural deodorant that you prefer? Share below!
Winter is a cruel mistress to your skin. The low humidity, harsh winds, and cold temperatures wick natural moisture away, leaving you cracked and peeled from head to toe.
If you tend to slather on moisturizer and lip balm all day to soothe winter dryness, you may be missing a crucial step to a healthy glow: exfoliation. Dry skin cells build up over top of healthy new skins cells. Moisturizer applied over dry skin will not fully penetrating your skin to nourish new cells.
Exfoliating removes the layer of dead skin cells so that moisture can reach newer, healthier cells beneath. Exfoliation also helps improve skins appearance with more even tones and a natural glow.
If you head to the beauty isle you will find loads of exfoliating scrubs that can cost a pretty penny running anywhere from $8 for the generic version to well over $50 for higher end brands. I opt to make my own from products I find in my kitchen. Homemade exfoliating scrubs are a very cost effective way to soothe dry winter skin.
Here is a brief tutorial on creating body and facial scrubs from items found in your pantry:
Step 1- The Base
A good exfoliating scrub will have an oil base. This helps the scrubbing particles glide over your skin and provides a nice lock of moisture after you wash.
Any kitchen oil will do (well, you probably donâ€™t want to use vegetable or canola oil). So this is likely a personal preference or an availability factor. Coconut, almond, and walnut oil have fragrant smells. Olive oil may smell harsh on itâ€™s own, but when mixed with sugar itâ€™s actually quite pleasant. If you want no smell at all, opt for grape seed oil.
Step 2- The Scrubbies
You will want some sort of abrasive particle to help scrub away dead skin cells. Most shower scrubs use sugar, and this is also what I prefer. I use raw sugar (turbinado) for my shower scrub, but brown sugar or refined white sugar works well, too. If you find your skin ends up red and irritated after exfoliation, you may want to use a finer grain sugar.
Salt is another option. Course sea salt is great for a full body scrub and finer salt works well for the face and neck. Another alterative for a facial scrub is baking soda with olive oil. This works well for those with acne prone skin.
Step 3- Combining
When I make an exfoliating scrub, I donâ€™t measure. I start with the sugar or abrasive in a small containerâ€”eyeballing what I think I will need for a few days. This is usually around Â¼ cup.
Then I slowly add in the oil, stirring it together to get the right consistency. You will want the abrasive to be fully coated and no more. You will want more abrasive than oil in the mixture. Turbinado exfoliating scrubs will likely require more oil than scrubs that use finer particles.
Step 4- Optional Add-Ons
You don’t have to stop at just the base and the particles. Adding in essential oils, honey, citrus, and other scents is a great way to help relax your mind and heal your skin.
Step 5- Scrub Time!
Wash your skin thoroughly from head to toe and rinse. Apply a palm-size amount of exfoliant to a loofah or your hand. Rub an area of skin using a circular pattern for a good 30 seconds. Continue to do this for your entire body and then rinse.
Note that you will have a small amount of oil left on your skin. This works as a moisturizer.
Caution: Though I havenâ€™t experienced this with homemade exfoliants (I have with store bought ones), your shower or tub may get slippery. Be careful in the tub and make sure to wash out all oil residues as not to injure someone else. A bath mat may prevent any accidents from happening.
And to clarify, I did not injure anyone with a slippery tub. I just ended up with a super slippery tub when I used a sugar scrub from a store.
You can certainly use a sugar or salt scrub on your face. Iâ€™ve never had issues with the oil causing a break out. For dry lips, dab a bit of scrub on them and rub with an old toothbrush to remove dead skin before applying lip balm.
I recommend once you master your favorite recipe to store a good amount in an old cosmetics tub or plastic container. That way you have it on hand and can exfoliate 2-4 times per week.
Even though Iâ€™m a fitness buff, gluteal goddess, wielder of the iron bar â€¦ I totally miss the mark when it comes to fitness apparel. I was born without the shopping gene.
I know, hard to believe. My husbandâ€™s got it. My daughterâ€™s got it. My momâ€™s got it. But Iâ€™m the girl who grabs 10 of the same item off the clearance rack and runs with it.
What I need is a personal shopper. Someone who can take a list of my favorite colors, styles, and activities, blend them up and serve me a dish of the perfect fitness outfit every month.
Well, would you believe me if I told you this just happened?
Pv.Body is an online fitness apparel service that personally selects a fitness outfit each month catered to your individual preferences. You take a quiz, create a personal profile, and for just $49.95 a month you get a workout top and bottom each month delivered to your doorstep.
Before I ramble on, check out this quick video that explains what Pv.Body can do for you:
Pv.Body sent me my package the other week. I had no idea what to expect. I clicked a few buttons online, crossed my fingers, and waited for Mr. Postman. This adorable magenta foil envelope bedazzled my porch one afternoon, and inside it held sleek black workout pants and a bright blue top.
Those are my colors! I didnâ€™t even tell them that. They just knew! As I unwrapped my little gift, something beautiful caught my eye: Made In USA. Nice!
First I tried on the top. As I slid the high quality, moisture-wicking material over my shoulders, it felt like a second skin. The top had such a flattering fit, and is racer backâ€”which is my favorite cut.
Next, I wiggled into the pants.Â The material is cozy, and the fit is nice. I love how they hug me in all the right places. I am not a big fan of tapered ankles or high waists (which these pants have), but I honestly felt really comfortable in them despite these features. If I saw these pants on the rack, I would pass them up because I typically donâ€™t look for this style. However, I am glad Pv.Body sent them to me because I can add to my fitness pant repertoire (which is sadly very limited).
Iâ€™ve perused some high-end fitness apparel stores (that I shall not name, but you know), and can easily compare this outfit to what I saw hanging in these high-end store windows. However, this entire outfit cost about what you would pay for a sports bra at these other unnamed retailers.
Everything hugged my curves, yet was stretching so that it moved with my body as I worked out. Â I did a full body strength training session and coached a client while wearing these duds. I honestly felt like I wasnâ€™t wearing anythingâ€”in a comfortable way.
They didnâ€™t bunch or rise up awkwardly as I moved. Everything stayed in its place, kept me cool, and cozy through my long day.
My Pv.Body experience has shed new light on how I view fitness clothing. In the past, I bought what was cheap, easy to throw on, and hardly durable. I would go through fitness pants and tanks quickly, constantly replacing them every month.
Itâ€™s nice to have quality clothing that is affordable and something I donâ€™t have to put a lot of thought into. Pv.Body does all the hard work for me. I just stay home and peer through the window waiting for my package to arrive.
Easy peasy lemon squeezy: pvBody is easy. Take the quiz, sign up and boom, an awesome package arrives at your door each month with a hand picked outfit for you!
Every outfit is styled just for you by a pvBody expert. Each month you receive an outfit worth $150, but you pay just $49.95. Youâ€™re getting great, quality pieces for a fraction of the retail cost thanks to the relationships pvBody has built.
pvBody is not just another clothing company, but a lifestyle brand. TheirÂ blogÂ is a great place to check out tips and tricks for healthy, delicious meals and at home workouts.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of pv.body. The opinions and text are all mine.
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The chilly morning air reminds us all that party season is upon us. Next week is Thanksgiving, and soon the holiday festivities will begin. Finding what to wear may be a bit more stressful than finding that perfect gift for your boss or boyfriend.
So when Shabby Apple contacted me this past week I felt it was fate. Those of you whoâ€™ve followed me over the year probably picked up on my hints that I am not a girlâ€™s girl. It pains me to slip out of my yoga pants and into something pretty. Not that I donâ€™t like pretty things. I just donâ€™t know how to make them work.
Iâ€™ve always loved old movies. Classic movie mavens like Katherine Hepburn, Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor, and Vivien Leigh had such elegance. Their hair; their clothing, the way they carried themselves on film. You just donâ€™t see that any more.
Not until I saw the Dresses from Shabby Apple.
I donâ€™t affiliate much with companies, unless they offer something I truly stand behind. I decided to click through to the site to see what it was all about. Instantly I felt transformed, as though I was a lady of the Golden Era of film.
The style on Shabby Apple is sophisticated, elegant, and classic. I could easily see myself zipping up Quarry Skirt from their Highclere Castle collection, or slipping into Winter Ball from their Joyful collection for a holiday party.
I never get excited about clothes. I feel designers donâ€™t get me, nor do they understand my body. But Shabby Apple is different. Not only does it bring back classic designs that are timeless, but the site also has a unique feature that after plugging in bits of information tells you the best fit for your body and instantly pulls dress that will look good on you.
Itâ€™s like having your own stylist right at your fingertips.
And Shabby Apple doesn’t just offer clothing for your big night out. Much of their line could be worn during the day or for weekend outings. In addition, they also have fitness, swimwear, maternity, and kid’s clothing. They haven’t developed a large preteen line, but it’s in the works.
Okay, enough of my babbling. Go check out Shabby Apple yourself and let me know what you think. Perhaps your next party dress is waiting right there for you.
Seriously, check it out. I donâ€™t gush about clothes. Ever. So when I do, you know itâ€™s got to be good stuff.
(All links in this post are affiliate links for Shabby Apple and I can make commission from sales. But, I want you to own these clothes because they are gorgeous and chic, and I stand behind the brand 100%.)
The glossy new look of British Vogue cover has nothing to do with the ink setting, but rather with the models they plan to use for their new run of issues. The June 2012 issue of British Vogue kicks off their new Health Initiative campaign for 19 international editions– a pact with 19 editors to use healthy models that are of working age.Â