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5 Reasons Why Your Next Yoga Mat Should Be Cork

Out with the old and in with the new! The yoga mat is evolving and here’s 5 things you need to know about cork yoga mats and see the one I chose!

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Peace of mind is kind of what were trying to achieve in yoga right? There’s nothing worse (to me) than not being able to hold a pose because of my slippery rubber mat…then landing in a puddle of my own sweat! Apparently, cork contains a wax-like substance called Serbian, this has almost a suction-grip when wet.

Anti-microbial

It doesn’t hold the yuckies! Cork is naturally anti-microbial and if that isn’t enough for you and your hardcore hot yoga sessions, it can actually be cleaned with essential oils! I recommend lemon or tea tree essential oils.

Eco-friendly

The cork trees continue to grow after the cork is taken from the trunks. The cork trees mature about every 9 years and can be re-harvested easily. The bottom of the mat is lined with recycled tire, so from top to bottom of this mat, you can feel good about the environment and your footprint.

You can find some very cool designs

I love Yoloha mats because of their design + rubber lined design in the Nomad series. I chose the Wanderlust print cause it just spoke to me. The Sacred geometry was a close second choice though. (Shop here and enter code “TwinkleMom” at checkout for 10% off)

You can feel good

The cork yoga mats offer so much peace of mind when it comes to being conscious about the environment and sustainability. If you want to repurpose your old yoga mat you can check out this old post for a craft idea, or check out Pinterest for some really cool home décor ideas with old yoga mats.

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Yoloha was such a great pick for me that I decided to become an ambassador too! Their concept formed from surfboard designs, they’re an eco-friendly family, and a US-based company. The choice to network with a great group of people wasn’t that hard. I love choosing to work with brands that support my way living toxic-free. If you shop with Yoloha here make sure you don’t miss out on savings made just for my readers enter “TwinkleMom” for 10% off your whole purchase!

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Oh and if you haven’t yet, you can check out how I’m loving this mat on my Instagram. Follow me @mrspfisty and Yoloha @yolohayoga cause they’ve got some pretty sweet inspo!

Have you ever heard of cork yoga mats? What do you use?

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Craft: Repurposed Yoga Mat 

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Have an old Yoga mat laying around? Make a St. Patty Day kids mat! The yoga mat I used for the craft has been through some hot yoga, park yoga, beachbody workouts, and (lets face it) some pretty embarrassing wannabe yogi moves. Its time to repurpose it!

I actually came up with the idea while on the phone with my sister. We were probably complaining about weight or something ( what sisters talk about right?). I was looking at my old yoga mat with every intention to workout, but instead I made a toddler activity. With St. Pattys around the corner, I thought something with rainbows was a must!

This yoga mat craft may have to be made by an adult, but its sole purpose is to entertain kids. Its very much worth all the free time you’re about to gain! #momwin

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Items You Will Need:

  • An old Yoga Mat
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Glue Gun
  • Ribbon (pom pom balls optional)
  • Imagination

I love that this is a portable craft thats easy to take around, store anywhere, and has many purposes. This hopscotch mat has learning, sensory, and activity jammed into one roll-up mat. Imagine taking it to the park, waiting at the airport, engaging other kids, or just something new and fun. You can change it to fit any age.

This St. Pattys Day themed mat starts with placements for crayons, a small bag for cut paper squares, magnets, a numbered hopscotch, and a pot of gold at the end. I added clovers to the pot of gold bag for positive reinforcement, but you can use coins, stickers, money, or anything else thats small.

Steps To Create The Look: 

  • Paint squares, numbers, and rainbow.
  • Cut and weave ribbon through the bottom. Fasten the back with a hot glue gun.
  • Add addition ion ribbon on each side to carry.
  • Glue magnets and bags where you want.
  • Add markers, cute magnets, paper, and prizes.

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The magnets pieces can be purchased at any craft store. I happened to have some laying around. You can even repurpose old magnets by reasembling them. The rainbow ones I used were purchased at Target in the Dollar Spot section along with the ribbon.

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My daughter loves to draw, but you can do a crisscross game, or matching game. The possibilities are endless. All I know is this was a win for this mom. My daughter (20 months) spent time exploring the squares, hopping around, drawing, and playing with the magnets. I couldn’t help, but think that free toys always end up being the best. Am I right?

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I found these clovers at Target (does it again!) they were originally packaged as a streamer, but I removed them from the string. I love that they were durable. You can use old toys and spray paint them gold. Just look around! I love that this teaches kids about finishing with positive reinforcement. St. Patty’s theme was meant to be for this craft.
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 What a great way to make friends!

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The only downside to this craft is that it takes a little bit of time to paint. Instead of my usual evening couch/TV routine, I relaxed with paint. I also should mention, if you are thinking of getting a new Yoga mat, cork is the way to go and Yoloha makes some great ones. I love how they are eco-friendly and trendy!

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11891100_889127161166079_4587217966670492392_n I love that Yoloha is a USA company. You can check out other styles  here.  Enter code: Twinkle mom for 10% off!

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Whats an Oily Mama?

Alright, what’s this new term that has surfaced  oily mama?

Maybe you want to be an oily mama too! Well first off, you need to know that they’re talking about essential oils. I know…it sounds a lot freak-ier than that! Just oils. Why are they all the rage the last few years? They’ve been used forever, but companies like DoTerra and Young Living has brought it all to social media. This marketing is reaching younger generations and people in general that never paid attention before to natural stuff (that was me). This is cool news though ladies! You shouldn’t look over what’s been used for thousands of years. Especially if you’re a mom that wants more natural alternatives for your children and home.

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I get it, oils are sort of intimidating. Allow me to give you the gist in a simple post. Firstly, essential oils are not oils, there’s no fatty acids, and is made up of organic compounds. Essential oils are highly-concentrated and highly-fragranced compounds of leafs, roots, flowers, barks, and plants. A lot of mainstream pharmaceutical companies still use these compounds, but since penicillin came out, a lot of synthetic drugs came to light. The attention has been taken away from plant-based medicine not too long ago.

There’s different ways to extract the oils from steam distillation to carbon dioxide extraction, to cold-pressing and a few others. Steam is the most common, carbon dioxide is the least unaltered, and cold-pressing is used for citrus oils. The one distraction method you don’t want is solvent extraction, which can leave behind solvents in the oils.

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5 things you need to know before you get started with EOS:

  1. Skip oils all together first trimester if pregnant
  2. There’s a 5-year shelf life away from the sun
  3. Never buy something labeled “fragrance oil”
  4. Do not use citrus within 12 hours of sunlight exposure, due to photo toxicity
  5. Cancer patients should avoid certain oils, so always check

When you do select your oils, you will need a carrier oil to apply safely to your skin. Some great carrier oils are almond oil, grapeseed oil, avocado oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil. The different methods for using oils are diffusing, aromatherapy, or therapeutically. I never ingest the oils, but some people do. When using a diffuser, certain oils can damage the diffusers. Some diffusers have special instruction on type water use, oils, and care and not all diffusers are quality. Do your homework on them. I prefer ceramic plated diffusers.

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Now that you know the basics, lets jump into the main oils used. Lavender is extremely calming and great for aromatherapy. Lemon is a natural detoxifier that also boosts alertness. Rose oil is excellent for moods, and has many benefits to help aging skin. Those are just a few of my favorite oils and is perfect for beginners.

Join the conversation! What’s your favorite oils?

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Does Henna Hair Dye Really Work?

Does it actually work? How does it smell? I chat about it all in my video review. This was actually my very  first attempt at using Henna, a 100% plant-based hair-dye. Watch the detailed results in this here.

 

Product used:

Rainbow Henna Hair Dye http://amzn.to/2kDTGN8

Talked about:

Bigen Henna

Lush Henna

Herbatint

The Nerdy Stuff

Most common toxins found in hair dyes. Continue reading Does Henna Hair Dye Really Work?

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When Workouts Won’t Fit (Updated Post)

Wondering when you’ll ever fit a workout in? (updated post, read till the end)

How do you get a moment to even write out a clean eating grocery list? You’re not alone! Life as a mom is absolutely crazy! Each morning I wake with new aspirations, then something unexpected happens. I end up going to bed exhausted and defeated. Does this sound familiar? Heres the cold hard truth:

You’ll never find time, but you can create the time.

My secret to fitting in “me” time has been making the time. It’s not the only ingredient though! Some days you actually really cannot create that time, but most days you can. Can you create an hour? Probably. Can you create 30 minutes? Very possible. Just try.

The next ingredient to making time for yourself is prioritizing. I don’t claim to be super organized and surely I’m not Mrs. Betty homemaker, so I won’t be talking about all the actual things you need to prioritize. Only you know what needs to happen, but writing it down can be really effective. Of course my baby is my priority, but some days are less indulgent. I heard it before “they’re only little for so long”. While this may be true, they do sleep and play alone most times.

 

 

The final ingredient is to be held accountable by something or someone. Without accountability, we really don’t have a reason. No one wants to just get up at 5am to go run. If they do, they may have a reason behind it. Maybe they’re training for a marathon. When there’s something attached to your goals, you’re more likely to reach them. This is definitely true for me. I need reason. The whole “Postpartum Transformation” thing is sometimes not enough. Get a partner or follow an actual program. Unfortunately, our husbands don’t count. They are great for support though!

My Weight Loss Over A Year Ago Doing Home Workouts

*Sad but true update 9/2017

About a year after I wrote this I continued my healthy lifestyle and workouts, but got totally got derailed by moving and the stresses the mom life can bring. I can make all the excuses I want, but I really just wasn’t taking control. It wasn’t a priority and now I’m paying for it. This isn’t easy for me to share, but its real.

 

 

20+ lbs gained and totally lost all that progress I made.

I’m getting back on track slowly but surely. Here’s what I’m up to:

I started KETO diet and seems like everyone is doing it these days! It’s basically where you eat tons of fat. I’m totally down with that, but I’m not 100% sure I know what I’m doing. I have extra energy, so that’s pretty cool!

Also, instead of trying to haul my daughter to the gym- I’m just walking, going hiking, doing yoga at home, taking vitamins, and literally doing push-ups next to my bed. The good news is that all of this work is paying off! I’m losing again! What I’ve learned from this weight loss and gain is that my health should always be a priority, I have to find an eating plan that’s not restricting, but keeps me away from junk. I just needed to start something simple and easy to follow.

My weight changes, my life throws curveballs, but this old post reminds me of the very first rule of success when it comes to weightloss (cause I did it before!) just make the time. Progress pics to come…

I hope this inspires some mom out there to get moving. Wish me luck!

 

 

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5 Jedi Mind Tricks to Help With Weight Loss

5 Jedi Mind Tricks to Help With Weight Loss

 

I’ve been there and done that! Kids and no kids, my weight has fluctuated quite a bit and it always came down to me and my desire to get moving, Firstly, you should never strive to unhealthy skinny and you should love what you got wherever you’re at in life. Sometimes stress is a real and big culprit. When you’re ready to make healthy changes, you can follow my 5 Jedi mind tricks to help you become successful at keeping the unwanted pounds at bay!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Wear Reminder Jewelry Usually bad choices are made on impulse. You crave sugar, then the next thing you know it’s in your mouth! This idea works by giving you a reminder and a moment before all the damage is done. It’s kinda like the whole “sleep on it thing”. Make it fun, go treat yourself and even add a charm! Chances are you would have spent that money on junk food anyway. This is my lovely reminder below.

 

 

 

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2. Write in a Gratitude Journal Your attitude is like a flat tire, if you don’t change it, you will never go anywhere. When trying to make changes like weight loss, we forget how emotionally challenging it is. Life gets busy and we get stuck on a hamster wheel. Get off the wheel for 5 minutes before you goto bed and leave a little trail of gratitude behind. Research has shown so many benefits linked to journaling. If you don’t have the time at night you can do it once a week. Just jot down 5 things that happened during the week that you were thankful for. Focus on people and not just mundane things. A great app is Day One- I use it weekly. I actually really enjoy looking back these things.

 

3. Post Sticky Notes- Reminders work wonders. When someone says you’re good at something, don’t you stop and think, “Ya, I am!”. You want validation for things you spend the most time on. When you are working on yourself, value your hard work. We all want to be valued it’s a natural human desire. Post pick-me-ups all around the house or office. Ya, you’ll look like a weirdo if someone uses your bathroom, but not if they look this cool.

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4. Collect a Jar of Hearts- Hearts, stones, or money, whatever gives you a visualization. Just drop a stone into the jar when you lose weight or maybe go a whole weekend without junk. Fill up the jar and you will feel satisfied with all your hard work. Goals!!

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5. Create a Vision Board– I know you are thinking this is soo high school, but it works! Research has shown that you are more likely to reach goals, if you define them. The power of attraction is possible with a little bit of work. Bring out all those old magazines and start getting down to your dreams. By dreams I mean realistic and attainable goals that are short-term. If you are really organized, you can create a life binder (pictured below). Make sure it’s not just about weight loss too. Identify your intentions and look at it everyday as an affirmation. You will be amazed, when you start checking things off!

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Basically, you have the power to control your weight loss. Yes, we all have off-days, cheat meals, and unexpected events, but don’t ever give up on yourself. Remember that progress is better than no progress.

 

What hack works for you?