Tis’ the season for colds, the flu and other easily spread illnesses. My favorite Mother’s Therapy Organics product not only helps prevent the spread of germs it also moisturizes your skin! I am the mother of young kids with very sensitive skin. This gentle organic product line that is engineered with kids in mind is a must.
Mother’s Therapy Organics sent me 3 products to sample. The Skin Revitalizing Hand Sanitizer, Cool as a Cucumber Germ-Fight’n Hand Lotion and the Soothing Relaxing Moisturizing Baby Lotion. I really enjoyed all three products. As I said above, the germ-fight’n hand lotion was my favorite and the travel size hand sanitizers got constant use. The revitalizing sent of the sanitizer smells like cucumber. This was a little strong for one of my daughters, but the other really liked it. The baby lotion was very soft and moisturizing. Perfect for after the bath.
I was not compensated by Mother’s Therapy Organics for this review although they did provide the product. As always, all opinions are my own.
To enter the Mother’s Therapy Organics giveaway all you need to do is like either them on Facebook or Twitter and tell me what you did! The winner will receive a family pack of on the go hand sanitizers!
All entrants must live in the continental United States. The winner will be announced the week after the contest. The contest runs from December 6th – December 12th.
I loved homemade grilled pizza. It is delicious, and the kids like to help. Not to mention you can make all kinds of different combinations. My current favorite is a creation I call Pizza Salad. Enjoy!
- Trader Joes whole wheat uncooked pizza dough
- Pesto (I make mine from scratch and just use less olive oil, or drain excess olive oil from pre-made containers)
- Parmesan cheese, grated, shaved or both
- Mozzarella cheese
- Kale, 2 cups, leafs (no stems) torn into pieces
- Spinach, 2 cups
- Pine nuts
- Olive oil
- in a bowl combine kale, spinach, some pine nuts, shaved parmesan cheese, olive oil, salt and pepper to taste
- pre heat grill to medium
- shape pizza dough on lightly floured cooking sheet
- cover one side of the dough with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper
- place oil side down on the grill, grill until desired texture, poke bubbles as they show
- remove pizza from grill keeping cooked side down
- spread olive oil, salt and pepper on the uncooked side and flip over
- add pesto sauce, a light sprinkling of mozzarella and some shaved parmesan
- place back on the grill and close, remove when the crust is done
- next simply pour your salad mixture over the pizza
“I would choose founder’s blue for my mother for Christmas. She does so much for me and I would love to give her something she would love.” ~ Alexandria
Thank you all very much for participating in this giveaway! For the remainder of the month of November, all of my readers will get 15% off all of their purchases. Just use the promotion code RUNSTYLISH.
Thank you Marissa Borelli for a great giveaway!
I believe that it does that a village to raise kids. Not every idea from my friends works for me, but in some way it can help me find my path. My question does not exactly pertain to my kids, as what they leave behind. The constant path of destruction and trail of clutter.
Yes, I consider myself a neat person. Having a clean and organized house is my constant household goal. Seven and a half years ago my first child was born and my goal started to slip away. At that time, it was bouncy chairs, swings, high chairs and other big child containment items filled my house. Now it is pretend play stuff, rubber band bracelet factories, clothes, backpacks and snacks just to name a few. Actually, pretty much the entire house is fair game.
So here’s my dilemma. My inner hippie believes that there’s no reason to rush kids out of toys, but my inner clean freak is a little over the constant piles that seem to appear throughout the house. I find that to remedy this I hold on to toys a little longer than necessary. Yes, even the giant play kitchen is still in the girls room. Although now it is no longer utilized for cooking, but as an indoor climbing structure.
Next, let us discuss the items we call ‘little things’. These are all of the random trinkets that collect in baskets or fill tiny bags. My youngest, in a squirrel like fashion, has these bags stashed throughout our entire house. When I find these I dump them into a bin and hope they never ask for them again. Rarely am I that lucky.
We are so fortunate to have so many wonderful toys and activities for our kids. This post is not a complaint. Not at all. I am looking for balance in a constantly changing and growing world. All mothers feel this. I know this for a fact. What do you do? Do you throw away all of the little toys? Let them build in the kids room until the next major overhaul?
For now my plan is to stay on my current course. I will try not to let the disheveled rooms get under my skin. As always, I will mentally plan for my next brilliant organization strategy. It will surely make everything neat and tidy.
It is simple to enter this BORELLI giveaway. Just pick the color of scarf you would want and tell me why! The winner can choose any color of the active scarf: Ruby, Founders Blue, Sea Glass, Black or Gold Medal Yellow.
Marissa Borelli designs scarfs for men, women and kids. For more information you can look at my review or at www.borellidesign.com.
All entrants must live in the continental United States. There are no exchanges for a different color scarf. The winner will be announced the week after the contest. The contest runs from November 14th – November 21st.
For the remainder of the month of November, all of my readers will get 15% off all of their purchases. Just use the promotion code RUNSTYLISH.
I have run since age 9. Throughout the years, I completed training programs with groups that met on a weekly basis and set mutual running goals with friends. Now, for the first time, I have a true running partner. My running partner is not my super fast hubby. She is a friend. A great friend. We share goals and bring different strengths to our runs.
It is so easy to get a set back in running. A cold, flu, twist and ankle (just did this, lovely) and this brutal sport makes you feel like you need to start all over. It is so helpful to have a partner to support and help you build back up both mentally and physically. Each week we set up our workouts and coordinate around our kids schedules. Ideally, we run at least 2-3 times together. A short run before our beloved Pure Barre class, a longer run over 11 miles and maybe one fun hilly run.
My running partner strengths are distance and hills. She hasn’t tried ultra runs, but I promise you my running buddy would excel. She qualifies for the Boston Marathon every time she runs a marathon. It took me years to qualify for Boston. A marathon is distance I strive to run, but not necessarily my strength. She helped identify my strengths. Never in a million years, did I envision track workouts as something I would consider a strength. Never! Also, she claims when I see the finish line I have a decent ‘kick’. I love that. There is nothing like a strong finish, right!
Runners crave the independence and freedom that running provides. We also benefit from running with a partner. Someone familiar with our strengths. There is no doubt that my running is stronger because we run together. She pushes me and I push her. We offer words of encouragement, share experiences and ultimately we both grow as runners and people. We are both competitive individuals, but completely supportive with each other!
At the end of the day, this individual sport continues to give back. Now, I have a new perspective. I am stronger and more balanced runner. This part of my running journey I am sharing with my running buddy. THANK YOU for all of your support and friendship!
Need a little help creating your holiday wish list or just want ideas for your barre loving friend. Look no further!
A barre lover’s holiday wish list:
1. More Classes! - At the end of the day, more classes are always first on our list.
2. Barre socks – This is a fun gift. There are a surprising number of sock styles available. A perfect add-on to a 5 class package (Wink, wink!). Below I listed 3 different sock categories and where to find them.
- Mesh barre socks – Stay cool with Shashi. They have mesh on the top of the sock!
- Toe socks (half, full and/or mary jane) – ToeSox has a huge selection. I have yet to see someone wear the half toe socks, but they look fun.
- Pure barre – These socks are available at your local pure barre studio or online.
3. Clothes – We love new great covers to wear to or from barre, in addition to our workout clothes. Let’s face it, any new clothing item(s) would be a great way to start the new year!
- Lululemon – They are a staple at my barre studio. Other great lines are Splits59, Lorna Jane and for an assortment I think Nordstrom is great.
- Borelli scarf – One of my new favorite barre accessories. It is an athletic scarf. See my review or the Borelli website for more info!
4. Hair accessories
– Headbands and hats are a fun add on to any barre outfit. I especially love Sweaty Bands
5. Itunes gift card – My run list really benefits from all of the songs Shazam’d during class.
6. Water bottles
– The Lifefactory glass bottles are my go-to, but there are a ton of fabulous reusable bottles available. The website www.reuseit.com
has a great selection!
7. Carbonated Water
– Why not make the water enjoyed during barre a little more decadent. I have my eye on a SodaStream Penguin Machine
8. Coffee gift cards – Nothing beats coffee after a barre class!
8. Manicure/ Pedicure gift card – This is an especially great partnered with the half toe socks!
9. Organic hand sanitizer
– Mother’s Therapy Organics
is a great line and it comes with a clip so it won’t get lost in your purse!
9 1/2. Did I mention more Pure Barre classes?!
It is that time of year! The weather is cooling off and all of my scarves are coming out. The one void in my scarf repertoire, a workout scarf, was just filled. What a great idea! A scarf that is easily washable, SPF 20, can be thrown over your workout clothes and instantly morph you from sweaty to stylishly sweaty.
The first thing my husband said when I tried on the scarf is, that looks like something you will wear all of the time. He was right! My Borelli scarf can go everywhere. A warm accessory on a cool morning school drop-off that can double as a sweat towel during a difficult Pure Barre class. What more could an on-the-go momma want!
The website WWW.BORELLIDESIGN.COM demonstrates the many different ways this versatile scarf can be worn, along with step by step instructions. Marissa Borelli also designs scarfs, baby blankets, kids scarfs, hair accessories and other items for men, women and children.
I was not compensated by Borelli for this review although they did provide the product. As always, all opinions are my own.
This is how I know Pure Barre classes can get you back in shape after having a baby. I have seen the proof. My friend literally stunned me when she showed me her new spray tan. She had tan, flat abs of what could have been a teenager. She just had her THIRD baby six months earlier. I know it is not healthy to compare, and everyone is different, but she looked amazing!
After the birth of her third child she was ready to shed the baby weight and regain her body. She signed up for the Pure Barre Baby Bounce Back program. When asked why she chose barre her answer was different than expected. During her first pregnancy she developed a condition called diastasis recti. This occurs in about 30% of pregnancies. It is when your abdominal muscles split. In addition to possibility causing a variety of physical problems, this condition also causes your stomach to bulge.
Since Pure Barre builds and strengthens your core, it was a perfect fit for her body postpartum. The variety of core exercises, intense workouts and discipline helped heal the diastasis recti. She also finished her Baby Bounce Back program toned, strong and back in a consistent workout routine. As if she isn’t amazing enough, she had a fourth child, did another Baby Bounce Back class and looks beyond amazing!
If you have a child 6 months old or younger you are eligible for the Baby Bounce Back program. It consists of a flat fee and 3 months of unlimited classes. As any barre junkie knows, this is a great deal!
Always check with your physician before exercising postpartum!
Thank you very much for entering the RunStylish Cobb Hill giveaway! For the month of October, my readers will get 10% off all Cobb Hill purchases and free shipping! Use the promotion code BL1013RUNSTYLISH. If you have any questions regarding your order please call Cobb Hill’s toll free consumer care line: 855-329-9476.
Thank you Cobb Hill for the perfect fall giveaway!