Feeling Like A Bad Ass

Fitness
Jumping into Friday

I own you Friday!  I can say ninja mama showed up to play today.  Big jump literally with my workout.  A total leg day since my damn shoulder is acting up.  Single leg squats and 50 box jumps ruled the hour. It was fun, rewarding and I am damn proud it.  Sometimes you have to recognize the hard work and consistency that you put into something.  I feel strong today and I am taking full advantage of the opportunity. Bonus, it is only 11 am!  Maybe my new  Nike  Pro Sparkle tights really do come with the “Just Do It” attitude.  Coffee time!!

Goal: To land like a ninja!

Snowy Weekend

Pop
A bit of pop for the black

Funny how a snowstorm can stop you in your tracks.  Over the weekend much of the East coast was recovering from a massive snowstorm followed by ridiculously chilly temperatures.  The city of Boston and surrounding areas came to a halt and schools were canceled after just coming off the holiday break.  Parents very much welcoming the reunion with routine.

Mother nature had a different agenda.  What came from this was sort of magical.  A flashback to my childhood.  I remember winters filled with snow days.  Days that kept me outside like it or not playing in the snow, pond skating, making snow angels and building snow forts.  My brother and I had the rosy cheeks, frozen toes, and dressed like Ralphie’s little brother in  A Christmas Story.  All to be followed by Nestle hot chocolate with all the good stuff.

This weekend my son, Aleisi, and his visiting buddy, Hashim, relished in winning the lottery of a school cancellation for two consecutive snow days.  They played outdoors for endless hours despite the frigid temps.  It took no convincing.  They were drawn to the fluffy, white, fresh snowfall that came to cover their knees.  They shoveled sidewalks for cold hard cash, built snow forts, and enjoyed snowball fights.  It was so fun to watch from the window.  Kids being kids and enjoying the magic of a snowstorm and the bonus of an extra long weekend.  Hot cocoa was enjoyed throughout the weekend and we even took in some ice skating.  That was unexpected fun!  Many laughs at myself (and I admit at others) but in the best ways!  It has been some time since lacing up skates and pretending to be Dorothy Hamill.  Still working on that:)  I relived my childhood though the eyes of a ten and an eleven year old but from the comfort of inside while sipping hot coffee.  It was fun to slow down and embrace the weather.  But now I would love the snow to melt.  We have things to do!  xo

 

Beauty Survival

Best Friends
Can’t live without!

Meet my three best friends!  At the moment they are all getting equal attention.  Winter is rough on the skin and lips.  Working Hands is a life saver! It is creamy to put on and absorbs immediately with no tacky residue.  It is all business with results and cheap to boot. You can purchase on Amazon and have it when you wake up.  My lip love and obsession is  with Kiehl’s facial fuel.  It is a no shine moisturizing lip balm from their men’s line (I stole it from my husband:) It is damn effective.  The key ingredient is shea butter.  No more dry lips and it feels heavenly.  Last but not least, Vaseline is just a workhorse and not to ever be forgotten!  One should always have this little jar in their arsenal bag.  Apply it to lips, hands, feet etc.

Interesting fact:  O’Keeffe’s roots date back 20 years.  The hand cream was developed by a daughter for her father, Bill O’Keeffe. Is that not the sweetest bit to know about this product?!  Bill was a rancher in the Klamath Basin, which is along the California and Oregon border.  I am totally going to check out their other products specifically the healthy feet!

Ritual

Ritual
Hey, Hey let’s not mess with my coffee ritual. But let’s see if I can add another booster to my day.

On to something new this 2018!  A friend raves about this twice a day essential vitamin.  Why is taking a vitamin seem so hard to remember?  I love rituals , I love to exercise, I try to practice an overall balanced life style.  A vitamin should be as easy for me as my morning coffee ritual.  I am giving this a go and I am on day seven.  Hopefully in about two to three weeks, I should be feeling some benefits.  I am committed to staying the course and seeing if I can report back to you glowing results.  I’m hoping for a full tank of gas and radiant skin.  Stay tuned for a Ritual update!