Friday Faves: The Squatty Potty and DIY Poo Spray

Happy Friday!  I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and got to enjoy the yummy food and festivities.  Is anyone else out there shopping on Black Friday?  My mom and I have a tradition and we go every year. It’s fun to hang out and get some awesome deals.  Although shopping is not my favorite I still like to go.  

Today’s Friday fave may be a little TMI for some of you but I just have to share it.  I had been contemplating getting a Squatty Potty since I saw it on Shark Tank years ago.  I finally got one a few months ago and I love it!!!!  If you are not familiar with the Squatty Potty check out this hilarious commercial.  It pretty much explains how it works in a humorous way.  By the way I got mine at Costco!  Great deal!

I will spare you all the details but if you have ever dealt with constipation you need this in your life.  It works people!!!  

As long as we are on the subject you also need this DIY Poo Spray to go with your squatty potty.  Get rid of those aerosol sprays for a more natural cleaner version.  Put this in your bathroom and people will be glad you did!  

DIY Poo Spray Recipe DIY poo spray

  • 2 Teaspoon Rubbing Alcohol
  • 20-30 Drops Essential Oils (I like orange, lemon, and lavender) 
  • Distilled Water

Add essential oils and rubbing alcohol to a 4oz glass spray bottle.  Fill the remainder with distilled water.  Spray to freshen the room or spray in the toilet before you go.

I only use Young Living Essential Oils.  They are the best!  

I hope you guys enjoy the holiday weekend.  I would love to hear your thoughts on the squatty potty!  Have a great weekend!  

*This is not a sponsored post just sharing my love of stuff like usual.  

Friday Faves! My Favorite Essential Oils and Uses

Happy Friday!!!!!  I hope you guys had a great week.  It is officially Thanksgiving break for me and I am so ready.  For my Friday Faves I wanted to focus on how I use essential oils.  I have used Young Living Essential Oils for a few years now.  I get a lot of questions from people about how I use them so I thought I would share the details  in my Friday Faves post.  First I only use Young Living Oils.  They are by far my favorite.  I have tried others but those are sub par!  Just being honest.

Here are my most commonly used oils in my house and how I normally use them.  This is just the basics, there are so many more uses I need to try.  

essential oils

Purification:  I add a few drops into my smelly workout laundry with a bit of baking soda and/or vinegar.  This totally helps with the stink!  

Lavender and Cedar wood:  I like to diffuse one of these in my bedroom at night.  Lately my daughter has wanted to have a diffuser in her room and this is what I put in.  

Valor:  I use this one daily to help with any anxious feelings I have.  Being a mom, wife and teacher can cause some anxiety and this helps!  Plus I really love the smell.  It’s my natural perfume.  

Essential OilsPeppermint:  Headaches, Tummy Aches, and Energy!  If I feel a headache coming on I rub a bit on my temples.  It also helps with tummy troubles.  You can rub it on the tummy with coconut oil  or put a bit in your water.  I also use it pre-workout by putting some on my wrist or workout towel for an energy boost!  

Digize:  Tummy Troubles!  Just the other day my younger daughter had a tummy ache.  I rubbed this on her tummy with coconut oil.  Worked like a charm.  I also find it can help with bloating.  

Stress Away:  For stress of course!  I rub it on my wrists or diffuse as needed.  And it smells so good.  The hubby is currently trying this one! 

Thieves:  This is another popular one for immunity.  I usually diffuse it or rub it on my feet when I feel the yucky stuff coming on in our house.  Or at school!  

Tea Tree:  Acne and Athlete’s Foot.  I have been trying tea tree oil on my older daughter for blemishes (more to come on that) and it is great for athletes foot too.  

Wow I didn’t realize I used that many oils!!!!  Most of those are empty bottles!  I need a refill! 

Those are my most frequently used oils.  However, I do have to say that I also love lemon, orange,  and eucalyptus in my diffuser.  

I thought I would also mention that I just recently signed up as a Young Living distributor after taking some time off.  I realized that I was out of most of my favorite oils and I wanted to purchase a new kit with the new Aria diffuser (a kit is by the way the best way to get a ton of oils)!  If you would like more information on ordering an oil starter kit or how you can get more information on oils and Young Living feel free to email me at 4livingthewrightway@gmail.com.  I would love to chat with you more.  

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!  I am ready for a little break!  

10 Tips for Mainting Your Weight During The Holidays

Hey guys with the holiday season upon us we will be surrounded by super rich foods, sugary treats, and cocktails galore.  The average person gains about 1-5 pounds between Halloween and New Year’s Eve.  I thought I would share a few tips to help you maintain and not gain through the holidays.  Don’t worry you can still enjoy your favorite treats (in moderation)! 

Maintaining Weight

  1.  Be sure to eat a healthy snack and drink some water before heading out to your holiday party.  You will be less likely to be starving when you arrive and over indulge.
  2. Bring a healthy dish to the holiday gathering or family party that way you will have something healthy and delicious to enjoy.   
  3. Eat your regular meals prior to your big dinner (like Thanksgiving) maybe just have a smaller portion.  
  4. Find something to focus on after finishing your meal.  Avoid chatting around the table where the food is so you are not tempted to eat more. 
  5. Eat mindfully!  Concentrate on your meal while you are eating it.  Focus on chewing your food well.  Enjoy the different tastes, textures and smell of the foods you are enjoying.  Don’t eat too fast.  
  6. Use a smaller plate and be sure to fill it with 1/2 non-starchy veggies, 1/4 lean protein, and 1/4 with whole grains or starchy veggies.  
  7. Limit alcoholic beverages, especially those sugary or fat laden cocktails (nix the nog).  
  8. Enjoy your favorite treats in moderation.  Don’t go overboard.  
  9. Don’t forget to exercise!  Physical activity throughout the holidays can help you manage your weight but also your stress levels.  
  10. Don’t beat yourself up if you overindulge or have one too many cocktails.  Get rid of those negative thoughts and give yourself permission, but remember to get back on track the next day.  

The holidays don’t have to mean weight gain.  If you focus on balance, healthy foods and physical activity you can stay healthy and on track during the season.  

Give Planks! November Plank Challenge

I hope you all had a great week and a happy Halloween.  I can’t believe it is November already.  November means my annual Planksgiving Challenge starts!  I am a little late posting this but here are the details.  For the first 10 days you will perform each exercise for 30 seconds.  For the next 10 days 45 seconds and the final 10 days 1 minute.  Depending on your fitness level you may want to increase or decrease your time.  Be sure to challenge yourself.  Remember CHALLENGE BECOMES CHANGE!

A few notes on proper form.  I see a lot of people in my classes who do not have the proper form when doing plank and other exercises.

Here are a few tips for great form when doing planks:

  1. Keep your body in one straight line.  Your body should be aligned straight with your ears, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles all in the same plane of your body.  
  2. Tighten your midsection.  Imagine a wet towel and you are wringing out water.  
  3. Don’t let your hips sag and your butt lift up into the air.  Keep your glutes tight.
  4. Make sure your elbows are positioned directly under your shoulders, look down at the floor, and keep your fingers spread wide.  
  5. If you cannot perform planks or push ups with proper form for the amount of time suggested feel free to modify by coming to your knees if needed or doing wall push ups.  

There are several videos out there on youtube if you still need to work on that perfect form.  

   Planksgiving Printable

Don’t forget to check out my Facebook page for support and lot’s of fun ideas.  Have a great weekend!  

 

Trick and Treat Yo-Self on Halloween

Healthy Halloween TipsIt’s almost Halloween!!!!  I love Halloween.  The theater teacher in me loves to dress up in costumes and put on crazy makeup.  I am excited to head out and do some trick or treating and hang out with friends this weekend celebrating.  It is easy to get off track though during the holiday season, especially Halloween with all the tempting treats.  I put together a few tips for you on how to stay on track on Halloween as well as some of my favorite workouts to do before you head out for fun. 

How to stay on track on Halloween

#1  Don’t skip meals before you head out trick or treating.  This will cause you to reach into your child’s candy bag and eat way too many snickers!  Eat a healthy meal before going out trick or treating or to a Halloween Party.  Don’t forget to drink your water.  It will help fill you up and it is great for your body! 

#2 Stay active on Halloween.  Try this fun Halloween workout, take a class or if you want a challenge try my dirty 30 workout! Instead of driving the kids around the neighborhood walk with them.  Be sure to get your workout in early so you are not tempted to skip it.  Fun fact a mini pack of M&M’s takes 9 minutes of burpees to burn off—-wowzers!

#3  Allow yourself to enjoy one of your favorite holiday treats.  For me, I love candy corn with peanuts and pretzels.  I only eat it one time per year and I am going to enjoy a few handfuls of it, but not the entire bowl.  

#4  Does the idea of having all the kids leftover candy tempt you too much?  Hide it in the freezer or better yet donate it to the troops or sell it at your local dental office (if your kids will let you).  Last year we let our kiddos keep a few of their favorites and took the rest with us on our mission trip to Guatemala.  I am not much of a candy person but my hubby and the kids will eat it if it is there.  My hubby will find where I hide it and eat it straight out of the freezer too! 

#5  Brush your teeth!  If you brush your teeth before handing out candy to trick or treaters or heading  out to a party you will be less tempted to eat.  This doesn’t necessarily work for everyone (me) but it’s worth a try. Or you could even chew gum or mints!  

Have fun and be safe on Halloween.  What are you guys dressing up as?  Have a great Halloween.  

 

Friday Faves: All Things Pumpkin Spice

 Friday is here!  Fall is here!  The pumpkin spice latte is back!  Fall is one of my favorite seasons and I love that pumpkin makes a reappearance into my meals.  I do love a pumpkin spice latte once or twice during the season, however I recommend that you ask for half the flavoring to cut down on the sugar content.  Go ahead try it!  It tastes just as good.  

Now on to my Friday Faves!  This edition focuses on all my current pumpkin obsessions.  I thought I would share them all with you.  

RX Bar Pumpkin Spice Flavor

RXBARYou guys know I love RX bars and this one is a special seasonal edition.  It is so good!  This bar has 4 ingredients and still has 12 G of protein.  I love it!

 

Pumpkin Spice Mini Wheat’s

I don’t typically eat a lot of cereal but I do have a little obsession with frosted mini wheat’s.  I really like the original version a lot, but this one is super tasty as well.  The great thing about this cereal is that it is a great source of Iron.  I usually have a handful of these on the way to the gym or throw them together with some nuts and dried cranberries as a trail mix snack.  

Pumpkin Spiced Overnight Protein Oats

This is one of my tried and true recipes.  I love to add pumpkin into my oatmeal or smoothies.  So good!  

Pumpkin Muffins 

These muffins are yummy.  I like to add a bit of mini dark chocolate chips to the batter as well.  You can easily freeze these and take them out for a quick breakfast addition or snack.  If they last that long.  Here is the recipe give them a try.  

Pumpkin Muffins

I have so many other pumpkin things I love, but I thought I would share my top 4 that keep making an appearance.  Give them a try.  

If you want a laugh watch this video.  This couple cracks me up.  

What are your pumpkin favorites for fall?  Let me know in the comments.  Have a great weekend!  

 

 

Monday Meal Prep: Buddha Bowls

Hey guys! I hope you had a great weekend.  Last week I was in Portland and I checked out my favorite juice bar Kure. They had these amazing looking bowls. They were a bit pricey.  Each bowl was around $10 each.  That is a bit steep for me.  So I was on a mission to recreate these at home.  These bowls are a great weeknight meal that can be customized to each person if you wanted.  I am not at all a chef but these were super yummy and easy to put together.  First I started off with a base of greens.  I had a mix of tender greens including spinach, kale and chard.  Then you will want to add your grains.  I prepped both rice and quinoa so my kiddos could choose what they wanted since they are not big fans of quinoa.  Next you will want to include some good carbs like sweet potato, chickpeas, black beans, or corn.  Then add in your veggies that you like and your protein of choice.  We added in some roasted veggies and chicken.  You can also add in additional toppings of choice like fresh herbs, hemp seeds, sauces, avocado or chopped nuts and seeds.  Roasted Veggies What I really loved was that each person could build their own bowl and customize it to what they like.  It was also really nice to see my girls add in their own veggies.  Even better I had enough left over to throw it all together with my homemade balsamic dressing and have it as a salad for lunch the next day.  Give it a try!

Buddha Bowl For another bowl idea try these burrito bowls.  This is one of my families favorite weeknight meals. 

Have a great week!

Birthday Bootcamp Workout

Hi Guys I hope you are having an awesome week.  It has been a fun week around here.  We went on a hike, saw The Hunchback of Notre Dame (highly recommend seeing it)  at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival and did a bedroom makeover.  It has been quite busy.  

My Birthday is next week and I have been celebrating early.  It’s the big 4-0!  My class members at the gym brought me gifts and this giant chocolate chip cookie.  Which tasted amazing with my coffee.  I even dug into it on the way home it smelled so good!   I am so spoiled.

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I have an awesome workout brought to you by my hubby!  It was his Birthday gift to me.  I am still sore!  I thought I would share it with you so you can give it a try.  You can do this workout easily at home, the gym or at the park.  I would recommend doing it outside to change up your equipment, terrain and the atmosphere.  You do not need any equipment, however if you don’t have soft surface like grass I would recommend bringing a towel or mat for the abs.  You can even get your kids involved too! 

Bootcamp Workout

You will need to mark out a 40 yard distance for this workout.

Workout Format:  In honor of the Birthday (July 25, age 40), we did 7 combo exercises 25 reps or a distance of 40 yards. Repeat each combo twice.  

Warm Up (do each exercise down and back 40 yard distance)

  • High Knee Pulls
  • Single Leg Touches
  • High Skips
  • High Knees
  • Grapevine
  • Butt Kicks
  • Inch Worm
  • Sprint

Combo 1

  • Inverted Row (we used swings and playground equipment
  • 25 Jumping Jacks

Combo 2

  • 25 Push Ups
  • Low Grapevine 40 Yards (this is like a moving curtsey lunge)

Combo 3

  • 25 Prisoner Squat with Alternating Knee to Elbow (start with right knee for first round, left knee second round)
  • Crab Walks 40 Yards

Combo 4

  • 25 Hip Ups (right side for first round, left for second round)
  • Walking Lunges 40 Yards

Combo 5

  • 25 Bicycle Crunches
  • Moving Burpees 40 Yards

Combo 6

  • 25 Sumo Squat Jumps
  • Bear Crawls 40 Yards

Combo 7

  • Plank Spider (in plank position bring your right foot to the outside of your right hand then alternate sides)
  • 40 Yard Sprint

Cool Down

  • 1 Mile Jog or Walk (optional)
  • Stretch:  Be sure to stretch your hamstrings, quadriceps, calves and upper body. 

Give it a try and let me know how it goes so I can report back to the hubby.  Have an amazing weekend.  

Tips For Eating Out of Boredom

Hi guys I hope you all had an awesome weekend.  I was able to workout on Saturday with a bunch of great people and even better my hubby put the workout together so I just showed up and he kicked my butt.  Stay tuned for the workout this week.  It was great.  I also got to run with my girls which is always one of the best parts of my weekend.  Running with friends just recharges me.  

Since school has been out and I am not on my normal crazy schedule I find myself bored eating.  Do any of you struggle with this issue? Many of us may mistake boredom for hunger and then reach for a bag of chips or a few handfuls of cereal and before you know it the box or bag is half empty.  I find I do this most of the time in the evening when I am catching up on The Bachelorette (yes I watch it)!   I was trying to find ways to combat this problem last week and I thought I would share a few that work for me.  

Bored Eating Tips

Be Aware

Recognize the pattern of eating. Do you mindless eat while watching TV?  If so be aware of that and recognize if you are really hungry or just bored.  Listen to your body.  

Drink Water or Tea

I like to sip on tea after dinner especially in the winter.  In the summer I tend to reach for flavored or sparkling water.  It helps me feel full and keeps me occupied while watching TV or reading.  As a bonus it will help with your hydration.  

Do Something Else

If you find yourself bored turn your attention to something else.  While watching TV you can paint your nails, do a puzzle, color, or something else that will keep you busy and not heading for that snack.  

Exercise

Take an after dinner walk or even better do a commercial break workout.  Pick an exercise like push ups and do them during commercials.  We could all benefit from stretching so why not stretch during your favorite TV show.  If you need some inspiration try this Bachelorette TV show workout game.  So fun!  

Sit At The Table

If you decide you want to eat something sit down at the table.  Don’t park yourself in front of the TV with that bag of pretzels.  If you sit down at the table you are less likely to consume the entire bag. 

For me summer can be difficult since I am not super busy but using these tips really has helped. 

Do you have any other tips to share?  If so comment below I would love to hear them.

Have a great week! 

Strawberry Mango Cauliflower Smoothie Recipe

Happy Monday!  We just got back from a trip to Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons and I have to say those parks are so beautiful.  We had a lot of fun sightseeing, hiking, battling some crazy storms and of course s’mores!  I cannot wait to go back.  You definitely need to allow a lot of time in each of these park to fully enjoy all they have to offer. 

This week I am getting back to my regular routine but I have noticed I am slacking in my veggie eating again.  I am not a big fan of raw vegetables and in the summer I don’t seem to cook as many.  I really want to focus this week on incorporating veggies into every meal and snack.  I also want to try to get my daughters to eat more veggies as well.  This is a difficult task.  They are not big veggie fans.  I did a little experiment today in my daily smoothie.  I added in some frozen cauliflower instead of my usual spinach or kale.  It was awesome!  I even added it to my daughters and she had no clue it was in there.  This is a big win!  Cauliflower has such a mild flavor you can add it into your smoothies or oatmeal (check out this recipe) and not even taste it.  This is the new favorite smoothie concoction for summer.  You have to give it a try!

Strawberry Mango Cauliflower Smoothie
Serves 1
A healthy and delicious smoothie recipe
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Prep Time
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Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 Cup Frozen Mango
  2. 1/2 Cup Strawberries (fresh or frozen)
  3. 1/2-1 Cup Frozen Cauliflower
  4. 1 Cup Milk of Choice
  5. 1 Scoop Vanilla Protein Powder (optional)
  6. Ice
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients to high powered blender. Blend and enjoy immediately.
Notes
  1. You can use frozen riced cauliflower as well. I just used the regular frozen cauliflower and it worked great.
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Experiment with different blends and let me know if you have any good recipes in the comments below.  Have a great Holiday week!