4
Sep

Best Gifts for Crossfitters – Women’s Edition

by Tiffany in Fitness

Best Gifts for Women Crossfitters

I am a woman and a CrossFitter. I absolutely LOVE to get new fitness gear and CrossFit apparel and shoes. I think I am not alone in this borderline obsession with fitness goodies either because CrossFitters are some of the most stylish cats out there! It is not uncommon to hear us gab about someone’s awesome new shoes, knee high socks, or where in the world one can get that awesome hoodie. Fitness becomes our passion and our favorite past time so of course we want to look good while doing our thing and since we spend so much time at the gym…that is what we “dress up” for.

Fitness companies have taken notice too. You can get minimalist shoes in every color of the rainbow and knee high socks customized with CrossFit lingo. So what will a lady CrossFitter like to get for Christmas, birthdays, or just because? Here are some ideas.

Shoes: Hello! Shoes are incredibly important for CrossFitters. They need to be able to handle lots of cross training….running, jumping, olympic weight lifting, etc. Shoes specific to running probably won’t work for lifting and vice versa and no one wants to change shoes in the middle of a WOD.

Toe shoes are pretty common in CrossFit boxes so the KomodoSport LS Shoe or some Fila Women’s Skele-Toes are nice possibilities.

Inov-8 makes a good looking, rather minimalist shoe that has become popular among CrossFitters. They look pretty snazzy too!

But the big daddy of CrossFit shoes is the Reebok Nano. Pretty much all the CrossFit Games competitors and elite athletes are sporting them and it is no wonder because Reebok has a vested interest in CrossFit so they are making gear designed to please this group of athletes.

reebok nano crossfit shoes

Head Gear: We women tend to have longer hair and that is a royal pain in the you-know-what when we are working out. The headbands that Olivia Newton John sported are just not gonna cut it these days. I recommend Sweaty Bands and Bondi Bands. They would make great stocking stuffers!

Equipment: In general most of the stuff we work out with is at the box (what we call a gym). I have little desire to have a bunch of dumbbells, barbells w/plates, and kettlebells laying around. Too much to store and the action happens away from home if at all possible.

Stuff I DO want around in my off time would include a speedy jump rope (to practice those double unders), resistance bands for stretching, a foam roller for working  tight muscles, and Lacrosse Balls for those hard to reach muscles that need some massaging. Though if you want to go all out…most CrossFitters would not mind having a set of rings or a pullup bar at their disposal.

Workout Clothing: This one is a no brainer. We women want to look GOOD during our WODs (CrossFit speak for workout of the day). Our bodies also tend to change quite a bit after we have been working out this way for while. It is a continuous change as we get stronger and the clothes we started out in become lose in some places and tighter in others. Clothing designed for Crossfitting is a blessing. The best place to get functional workout wear is the Reebok Store.

Gym tanks tops and tees are a good bet, as are good sports bras. Compression clothing is much desired. On the fun side though I recommend knee high socks in funky colors and prints or with witty slogans. These babies save our shins and legs when we are doing rope climbs and deadlifts.

striped sock

You also can’t go wrong with slogan tees. There are some GREAT ones out there! You might want to check out the local box where the lady in question works out and see if they sell shirts with their own logo, those would be most welcome I am sure. We take great pride in our gym/box.

Paleo-Primal Cookbooks and Food: The lady in question may or may not be paleo. You should know right? Many crossfitters are, or at least try to be most of the time. Some good cookbooks include:

Eating paleo can also be spendy so any CrossFitter would be over the moon to be gifted with sustenance. Gift certificates for local butchers, Whole Foods, Tropical Traditions (coconut products), and online sources of grassfed meats would be amazeballs. Other welcome items might be a homemade gift basket of LaraBars and beef jerky, a case of coconut water, or some high quality fish oils.

I hope this list gives you some good ideas for your lady CrossFitter!!

2
Sep

Meal Planning Moms – Get Creative Planning Meals

by Tiffany in Healthy Eating

Menu Plans for MomsMoms who also work inside or outside of the home have even more responsibilities that can hinder the meal planning process, leaving us with substandard meals on the table or, as is often the case, a meal that consists of unhealthy fast food. Moms today have too much to do with household responsibilities, work, children’s activities such as soccer and cheerleading practice, and all the other jobs that moms must inevitably do.

Fortunately for moms who find themselves in this situation, there is a creative and affordable solution available. Hire a professional meal planner!

No, it is not as extravagant and expensive as it sounds. In fact, just the opposite is true. There are services available on the web that provide busy moms with weekly menus that include complete recipes, quick breakfast ideas, tips on preparing easy lunch recipes, grocery lists for easy shopping, and nutritional information. Every week moms can literally forget about meal planning and let a professional planner do the busy work for them, ensuring that meals are always well planned, delicious, and best of all, healthy.

If you find yourself struggling to find the time to plan and prepare meals for your family then you MUST give one of these super affordable services a try, which often times charge only a couple dollars a week. Imagine that, a personal meal planner at your disposable for just a few dollars a month. Your time is definitely worth
that!

One company offering this ingenious planning service is Emeals. This company caters to moms who want meals that are healthy. Each week you benefit from a menu plan with recipes for 7 days, a grocery list, and access to a private forum with meals plans for breakfast, lunch, dessert, and snacks. They also provide encouragement in helping you attain your healthy eating goals. Join and start enjoying healthy home-cooked meals every day of the week.

No More To-Go is based upon the idea that when we plan poorly we end up getting food to-go. I can attest to the truth in this. I am sure you can too! With this weekly meal plan you get five weekly meals with simple recipes, seasonal and budget ingredients, and an organized shopping list. You can cover Monday thru Friday in a snap.

Real Plans – This menu planning service is like a dating service, you pick all your preferences…real food traditional, paleo/primal, gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegetarian. then specify foods you want to avoid and/or have allergies too. All of your answers result in an instant personalized plan with a dynamic timeline and shopping list.

One of these services is sure to meet your needs and help you free up your time to take care of more important things….like spending time your family. So do yourself a much needed favor and hire a professional meal planner…it is one luxury that busy moms can’t live without!

1
Sep

10 Smoothie Books – Only $10!!

by Tiffany in Healthy Eating

I am a huge smoothie lover. I have been making smoothies of various types, especially green smoothies, for years and have lots of recipes but I am always on the lookout for new ones. They are a great way to get kids on board with “drinking their veggies” because you can hide the offending plant based foods inside a smoothie with fruit and other ingredients that disguise them. And it’s not just veggies, you can also add nuts, seeds, probiotics, fish oils, you name it. They can be a powerhouse of nutrition and they taste good. What more could you ask for?

For 48 hours only get a bundle of ten smoothie ebooks for only $10! Many of these I already own and paid way more than a $1 a piece. I highly recommend this bundle if you want to up the nutrition factor with homemade smoothies and save a bundle (pun intended)…

smoothie bundle

List of books you get in this bundle:

1. Vibrant Life Cleanse Program & Cookbook
2. Delicious Dessert Thickies (Have it, Love it!)
3. Holistic In The City 21 Day Smoothie Guide
4. Toadally Primal Smoothies (Have it, Love it!)
5. 40 Days of Green Smoothies
6. Healthy & Delicious Green Smoothie Recipes Vol 2
7. The Ultimate Smoothie eBook
8. Smoothie Secrets Revealed
9. Kristen Suzanne’s EASY Raw Vegan Smoothies… (Have it, Love it!)
10. Smooth! Green Smoothies…

31
Aug

DIY Skincare Products Natural Enough to Eat!

by Tiffany in Beauty

DIY Skincare Products Natural Enough to Eat

Everyone wants gorgeous, healthy skin that looks and feels youthful right? Well, mother nature has already provided everything that you need to accomplish this task. Before there was an expensive beauty product to address every woe from rough cuticles to dry skin, women took a more natural approach. Below are some natural recipes and methods for attaining healthy and youthful looking skin.

Avocado Oil – The fatty acids in avocados help balance your skin moisture levels and give you a dose of anti-oxidant vitamins A, C, and E to protect your skin from damage.

* Combine equal amounts of avocado oil and evening-primrose oil in a sealable bottle and shake. Optionally a couple drops of rose or frankincense essential oils.  Massage 5 or 6 drops into your skin and then cover with a warm washcloth for a few minutes.

Almond Meal – This simple ingredient makes the easiest every exfoliating cream for you skin and is gentle enough to use on your face.

Egg Facials – Yes, eggs are more then just edible. They can be a key ingredient to fabulous skin! Their high protein levels also help restore luster to your hair.

* Beat an egg white until stiff. Add one teaspoon of honey. Stir together and fluff onto your face. After 30 minutes, splash off with cold water.

* Using a cotton puff, apply egg white to your face and let it dry for up to 30 minutes. Splash off with lukewarm and then cold water.

Milk – The lactic acid in milk serves as a gentle skin exfoliant and the fat acts as a moisturizer.

* Add a gallon of whole milk to your bathwater and soak.

Oatmeal – It is more than just breakfast food. Oatmeal is soothing and anti-inflammatory.

* Put a handful of oats in a washcloth and secure with a rubber band. Dip the oats into a sinkful of warm water, squeezing every time you lift it out. Do this until the water is cloudy and then splash the water on your face and allow to air dry.

Apple Cider Vinegar – Beside having amazing healing properties, apple cider vinegar keeps skin supple. It’s heavy concentration of enzymes helps peel off dead skin cells.

* Instead of using cleanser, moisturizer and/or toner, mix about 2-3 cups of distilled water with a 1/2 cup of raw organic, unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar.

* Mix apple cider vinegar in your bath water along with Rosemary and Lavender essential oils for an invigorating bath.

Sugar Scrub –

* Oat and Brown Sugar Scrub – Mix all ingredients in a clean bowl until you have a smooth paste. Gently massage onto damp skin, and rinse off with warm water.

Carrots – Carrots are very high in vitamin A and a source of vitamin C, folacin and potassium.

* Cook 2-3 carrots, then mash. Mix with 4 teaspoons honey. Apply gently to the skin, wait 10 minutes. Rinse off with cool water.

Don’t need to visit the beauty counter, visit your own fridge and pantry!

26
Aug

Happy Labor Day Weekend: Important Road Trip Tips

by Tiffany in Green Holidays

Labor Day Road Trip Family

For years, Labor Day weekend has remained one of the most popular celebrations in America. After all it is the last big weekend of the season. Kids and adults alike want to squeeze in just a little more “summer”. Although some people choose to relax at home, there are others who plan to hit the road and take a trip. Here are a few important Labor Day travel tips to keep in mind.

Make sure the car is in tip-top shape

Before hitting the highway, the vehicle needs to be in tip-top condition. In order to prevent disaster on the road and avoid a holiday interruptus headache, the braking system definitely needs to be inspected. Some other maintenance items that must be checked include the oil level, the tire pressure, and the coolant. Just to be on the safe side, it is always a good idea to bring along an extra quart of motor oil. Renting a car is another option for the drivers who do not want to put any extra wear and tear on their personal vehicle. If you have older vehicles this is the way to go!!

Pack plenty of healthy snacks

To stay energized along the way and avoid any irritating behavior associated with hungry kids, it is advisable to pack plenty of snacks. Children can get especially cranky when they are hungry. I can too, to be perfectly honest. Due to the inevitable holiday traffic, it is best to minimize the number of unnecessary stops made during the trip. Some of the best snacks include apple slices, energy bars, dried fruit, trail mix, popcorn, and sandwiches. Reusable water bottles are also a must-have item. Fill them up at drinking fountains everywhere you stop.

Book a room in advance

During Labor Day weekend, hotels in Orlando tend to get booked very quickly. Instead of waiting until the last minute to find a hotel, it is advisable to book the room well in advance. When searching for a hotel, make sure that the hotel has a good rating. A bad hotel can actually ruin the entire vacation experience. While a basic hotel may suit the needs of some travelers, some people may desire just a tad bit more luxury. Some of the highly-recommended features include exercise rooms, hot tubs, in-room kitchens, swimming pools, and tennis courts. The presence of security personnel will also give the guests an extra peace of mind.

Take rest stops

A few rest stops should be scheduled on the road trip. Not only will the rest stop help the driver to re-focus, but it also gives everyone else an opportunity to stretch their legs. Pick some scenic or historic spots if possible. This is the perfect time for the travelers to take a bathroom break. According to travel experts, walking around the parking lot will help to promote blood circulation.

Pay attention to the weather

When traveling a long distance, the weather can change drastically from one area to the next. This means that someone in the family needs to keep tabs on the weather. By downloading a weather app to your cell phone, the co-pilot can easily stay updated on the forecast.

There is no denying the excitement of a Labor Day weekend road trip and preparation is one of the keys to having a great time. These tips should steer vacationers in the right direction!

Labor Day Road Trip Tips

This article was written and provided by Fiona Moriarty of Hipmunk, the ultimate platform for all your travel needs.