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AA Skincare – Shampoo Bars Review

Originally posted on The Flower That Blooms:
A few months ago we set ourselves the challenge of finding some more cruelty free beauty brands online. We love looking around to find independent and small brands and as we’ve previously mentioned, Twitter is great for doing so. AA Skincare are a brand that we’ve been following for a while on Twitter but never got round to looking at properly. To cut a long story short, we eventually got into contact with AA and they kindly sent us two shampoo bars of our choice! We’ve always been fans of the ever so popular Lush shampoo bars and couldn’t wait to see how these ones compared. AA Skincare are a brand developed by Amphora Aromatics, a brand who have been one of the biggest suppliers of pure essential oils and aromatherapy products for over 30 years. Their products are created using all natural ingredients and essentials oils, including Aloe, Frankincense, Lavender and Neroli, making their products perfect for your skin. They cater for all different skin types, so whether…

Laughter Looks Good on You

Originally posted on This, That and the Other Thang:
I love my laugh. It’s probably one of my favorite things about me. (I know, in a society that values modesty above all other things, that’s not exactly something that you’re supposed to say. You’re not supposed to have favorite things about yourself; other people can have favorite things about you and give you compliments and you take them graciously, but you never admit that you agree. Well, I think that’s kind of silly, because if you love something about yourself, you should own it. But I digress.) Someone once told me that my laugh is the kind of thing people know they’ve earned, that makes them feel good about themselves, because they feel like they were genuinely funny enough to earn such a reaction. It’s a loud laugh, obnoxious at times and certainly the direct opposite of sexy (boy, I’m really selling this thing, aren’t I?) because I’ve never been able to learn how to make it quieter and I’ve never bothered to try. I’ll giggle…

#143 Gaining Weight – ‘Being Productive Is Unhealthy’

Originally posted on Mindfump.:
Facebook | Twitter | Youtube | Instagram | Bloglovin’ Being a slender man* with a fast metabolism I often channel my inner Al Gore and abuse this rather convenient truth and make documentaries eat whatever I like when I like. It wasn’t until I was in my early 20s that I realised that this option was not available for everyone else. My sympathy didn’t run very far but it did make me pause for thought between my 6th and 7th donuts. I just never gain weight. Given the vastly different approaches I’ve taken in my life, from eating junk food daily to training for an Ironman 6 days a week, my weight just never changes. I’ve always had a 5kg range with which my body says ‘yeah this feels fine, think I’ll just stay here’. And it does. Just because I don’t gain weight however does not mean I don’t want to eat healthily, obviously gaining weight is only one of the negatives. If I eat too many donuts for instance I…

The Importance of Taste

Originally posted on The Real Life:
Just one of our decadent breakfasts this week We Eat So Well …and I want to talk about it. After three or four days of consuming whatever the heck we fancied in Crested Butte—including an assortment of things we don’t usually eat, like ice cream and a bucket of fried chicken—it’s been nice to return to our whole foods-centric lifestyle. One of my favorite things (there are many) about Nick is his passion for making delicious meals from whole, organic, and nutritious ingredients. He’s really made a believer out of me. ? The man loves to thumb through vegetable-heavy cookbooks. Lately it’s been Simple Green Suppers (you might remember the kale salad and those roasted butternut squash + black bean quesadillas). We’re also huge fans of Thug Kitchen and anything written by Ottolenghi. When he gets excited about certain recipes, my gut reaction (ha) is Wait, there’s no block of cheese or pound of pasta in that! Old habits die hard. (Also, we still eat plenty of cheese and pasta.) The man assembling some…

10 Miles, Election Craziness and Weds Spin Playlist.

Originally posted on thedancingrunner:
Well hello there! I was up early for 10 miles in the ‘hood. Definitely much needed run therapy after a wild election night. I have to admit I was still in bed just before 10 pm because I knew I’d wake up to find out who the winner was. My twitter feed was super hilarious last night though. Almost more interesting than the actual coverage. The election craziness had me feeling kind of like this though. Glad all of the back and forth is said and done. Without further ado let’s get straight to the spin playlist, shall we? Check out where I’ll be teaching next in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area here. Enjoy the ride! Setting Fires- The Chainsmokers: Warm up Gone- Afrojack: Jumps I Don’t Like it, I Love it- Flo Rida feat Robin Thicke: Standing run Love On Me- Gallants: Sprints In Common- Alicia Keys: Active recovery Somebody- Natalie La Rose: Tapbacks Applause- Lady Gaga: Climb 5/6/7 Time of Our Lives- Neyo & Pitbull: Climb 6/7/8 Arabian Nights (Melsen Edit)-…

Ready for Fall and 10 Strength Training Moves for Runners

Originally posted on thedancingrunner:
8 miles before 7 am with some gorgeous cloud cover. My legs were feeling so good too! I think it had something to do with the awesome cool breeze we’ve been experiencing lately. I’m seriously counting down the days for the arrival of glorious fall. So along with marathon training as most of you know maintaining some sort of strength training regimen is vital. I try to lift weights 2-3 times a week along with my marathon training schedule. Bodyweight exercises for runners are also really helpful. This gets me out on the roads feeling stronger and definitely more powerful. Working different muscle groups and keeping your body shocked for me I think is so important and will help you get further in the long run. (pun intended) Click on the links to get a description of each. (source- Pop Sugar Fitness) 1. Squats – my absolute favorites are goblet squats 2. Walking lunges 3. Shoulder presses 4. Tricep dips 5. Bicep curls 6. Plank/side planks 7. Deadlifts 8. Wall sits 9.…

Why Minority Mental Health Is Important

Originally posted on Freud & Fashion:
As a psychiatrist who is also in therapy, I remember feeling misunderstood when it came to my culture as a filipino-american, but meant a lot to me to have my therapist express a genuine interest in understanding my culture and asking me for details regarding my experience.  Oftentimes I believe clinicians don’t prioritize someone’s identity (ethnicity, culture, religion, sexuality) when it comes to health, especially mental health, yet these factors play a significant role in someone’s values and way of life. July is Minority Mental Health Awareness Month and although today might be the last day, having knowledge of the disparities and struggles that several minorities experience is important if we’re going to eliminate stigma surrounding mental illness.  I consider myself as someone who prioritizes cultural competency, yet reading statistics and information regarding certain minorities surprised me and I was happy that this month existed and motivated me to read more about it.  Which is the reason why I’m sharing some of the following information with you here on my blog, in…

Perfect Soundtrack for Squat Day

Originally posted on Erin Leigh Ever After:
How do you get extra motivation to workout? For me, looking at the constant stream of fitness Instagram accounts I follow is both great and awful. Sometimes when scrolling through my feed, it’s hard not to just think, “it’s impossible to look like them,” and skip my workout and eat cookies instead. A better way to find motivation to workout? Scoring the ultimate playlist to get you excited, keep you moving and help you get?lost in the music. Look no further for this epic playlist: Full playlist on 8Tracks here. Anaconda -?Nicki Minaj Ass Back Home RemixAss Back Home Remix -?Timeflies Trap Queen?– Fetty Wap Country Girl Remix?-?Luke Bryan x Finatticsz x Dash Tesher Ass -?Big Sean and Nicki Minaj Whistle x Payphone Remix – Abzy All About That Bass – Timeflies Booty Remix -?Jennifer Lopez ft Iggy Azalea Bubble Butt -?Major Lazer x Tyga x Mysti

Day: The Gym Actually Happened

Originally posted on snacks 'n the city:
16 weeks down the line and I finally make it to the gym. It’s not my first time… I managed it the first time about a month ago. And here I am now, weeks down the line, and I made it again. Yes, you might find the long delay between my visits are laughable, but the point is. I’ve been. Woah there, ease up on the celebratory back patting guys.  I’d dabbled in a few workouts at home. The odd Barre workout, long power walks with the Mini one, a spot of Pilates and Yoga or even a few weights here and there, but time to step it up a level. The point is, this holiday is creeping up on me – and the last thing I want to be fashioning is a soft pillow like belly and Play-Doh legs in my bikini. So on a mission I go. Eat less, move more. It’s a simple science to my goal. It’s worked before, it’ll work again. Watch me go!