Hello everyone, and happy Friday!
I hope you all are having a great summer so far. It’s been a hot one over here, but I’ve been enjoying my time with the kids. I dread the time they leave me, so I’m soaking up these long days together!
For those of you that are new around here, Friday Finds is where I make mention of some of the things I’m enjoying lately, and pretty much any category is open for discussion.
I hope you enjoy, and drop me a line about your thoughts. I truly enjoy interacting with you all!
1. Summer skin saver
It’s 100 plus degrees here, so given the fact that we now own a house with a swimming pool, we’ve been taking full advantage, heading in almost daily.
While the sun does wonders for giving that healthy, golden glow, it can also be very drying to the skin!
A quick remedy I’ve been implementing each day is a yogurt mask.
Simple and easy, I massage about one tablespoon of full-fat organic yogurt on my face as soon as we get into the house. I find this not only cools my face and tames any redness, but it also makes my skin very soft.
2. Youtube ab workout
On days when our gym is closed and the hubs isn’t home, I like to do body weight circuits here at the house. Many times, they’re focused on abs, especially right now with summer and swimming in full bloom!
I’ve tried many an ab workout from Youtube, and this is a recent favorite. I was really feeling this in my core, and it’s only ten minutes long!
3. Crea Clip
I saw this gadget recently on Shark Tank, and while I haven’t had a chance to try it out, I thought it was worth a share here!
It’s basically a large clip that you attach to your (or your child’s) hair to give a layered haircut (the larger is for the hair, the smaller for bangs). I’ve tried in vain many times to cut my girls’ hair. Natalie has finer hair, so she’s a bit easier, but Jade is a nightmare! Her thick hair needs to be cut in layers, and I would often end up with numerous uneven areas.
I’m thinking of giving this a shot and just sending it back if it doesn’t work. If it does work, it would be worth the investment (a one time $25 cost versus multiple $20-30 haircut costs). I could save some money for a few years anyway!
If you’ve tried it or anything like it, I’d love to know your experience.
Here’s the link to a YouTube tutorial that demonstrates how it works.
4. White rice and potatoes
In this well-written article by Dr. Kim, he discusses how white rice and potatoes affect our bodies, and how we can mediate any damaging effects.
Within the last year, I began eating more white rice in an effort to just add variety to my diet. Previously, I had been such a stickler for eating nothing but brown, so it was liberating to break out of my narrow mindset.
That being said, however, I started suspecting that that choice was causing me a bit of weight gain. Nothing drastic, but I did notice a difference from the brown.
I also noticed that after my kids ate the white rice, they would all become noticeably hyper! We’d typically have it for dinner, so instead of winding down for the night, they’d be running through the house, building forts, playing hide and seek and whatever else tickled their fancy.
In the article, Dr. Kim gives a couple of great tips, and explains (in layman’s terms) a bit more about the controversial foods.
5. A good book (or two)
By now, I’m sure everyone but me has read Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Natasha McBride.
Having a highly allergic kid, the book has been recommended to me more than once, but I’d written it off because one of the main diet staples is nuts, which Jade can’t have.
I recently decided to give it a read though, and am so glad I did!
It is filled with valuable information not just for Jade, but for our entire family, as we all have sensitivities.
The focus is on healing the gut of children (and adults) with health issues, including autism, ADD, and allergies.
While I don’t agree with every word, the book is worth a read, particularly if you have a child with any kind of gut/brain issue.
What are you all doing this summer? Any good book recommendations?