Benefits & Uses of Baby Oil

On my last post I mentioned some ways to help relieve from cold symptoms, and of course one of the seasons most annoying problems; dry skin & chapped lips. Cynthia asked me what I thought about using Baby Oil for dry hands, and I have to agree, it’s a good idea. This post is all about the benefits of Baby Oil, which I absolutely LOVE! So thanks Cynthia for the inspiration.

Of course baby oil is most known for it’s benefits on baby’s skin, you can use it for your makeup and beauty needs as well. Use it as an eye makeup remover; the gentle formula removes eye makeup gently without burn in case it does get into your eyes. Fabulous! And plus, it softens the skin around your eyes, which is very delicate.

If you’re an at home waxer like I am, I usually get rid of the Benzocaine or Azulene in my wax pack, and use Baby Oil to remove excess wax on my skin (or sometimes the sink, haha). If you’re a new waxer, you may be prone to mild irritation or redness after waxing. By applying some Baby Oil with a soft cotton ball, you’ll soothe skin too.

For dry skin I recommend using baby oil before you dry off when getting out of the shower. If you’re going to do this make sure to stand outside the tub to avoid slipping as the oil will make the tub very slippery. Apply oil to dry skin while you’re still wet and as you dry, the moisture from your skin will suck up the oil and the towel will help to rub it in. It also works lovely for windburn, during the windy winter months.

Check Out These Household Uses
Use a straight pin & a dab of Baby Oil to untangle necklaces.
Use to quiet squeaky door and cabinet hinges.
Apply to leather bags and shoes to keep them soft.
GREEN ALERT: Mix with lemon juice in a spray bottle to polish furniture!!

And for more Green/DIY tips, I check out DIY Life which has amazing recipes for making things at home. Frugal, safe, and fun!

Back to School: Smart Snacking

For many of us, it’s that time of the year where we begin running around like maniacs handing in assignments and going to classes. Being a college student there’s more than enough temptation on my school’s campus, and with all the snacks it can be hard to be good. While schools are offering fare such as salads, fresh made wraps, and at my school, sushi, it can still be hard to make smart meal choices. (And sometimes to remember to eat at all!) Keeping your body fueled with good foods is an essential part of everyday life, but is even more important when you’re back to school. I love healthy foods that make me feel energized, and I also love having handy snacks that don’t pack on the pounds. Here’s some tips to make the most of what you’re eating during this busy time of the year.

Do eat a good breakfast. I cannot stress this enough. Eating breakfast before class helps you stay full, and kicks up your metabolism for the day, meaning you’ll burn more fat during your walks to class, and even sitting in class! I love to eat cereal, and on the cool mornings a bowl of oatmeal with fruit. I love the new Kellog’s Smart Start Strawberry Oat Bites. They pack 6g of dietary fiber and antioxidants which are important to keep your immunities up during the fall and winter weather change.

Do you have a long class schedule where you’ll be on campus all day? If you don’t have enough time to eat a full meal bringing healthy snacks like veggies, nuts, or bars are a big help. I love 100 Calories packs because they allow you to have a sweet treat with a controlled portion.

Bring your drinks with you! It will make your wallet and your body happy. I love Wyler’s mix-ins, and Crystal light on the go mix-ins for bottled water. Brewing a cup of tea, or coffee and taking it with you will curb the urge to go to Starbuck’s and perhaps get tempted by the other sweet goodies in the bakery case. I try to brew my own tea to bring to school so I’m not shelling out money for tea at a coffee shop which saves me money when I want a nice sweet drink instead.

By taking the extra time to make your own snacks and drinks to bring to school, or even work, it’s amazing how much money you can save, and how many calories you won’t have to spend. That way when you want to you can still indulge every now and then.

Different Ways To Work Out

Let’s face it, running on the treadmill 3-4 times a week for 45 minutes gets boring. We all know this. While walking or running outside or on a track can give you a change of scenery, working out needs to be fun or else why do it? Summer is a great way to work out, and if it’s too hot there are video games that allow you to burn calories in a fun way with friends or family. And let’s not forget swimming and working out in the water. Here’s some fun ways I break the habit of the treadmill and what I think of the workout games.

There are some great ways to workout if you have a pool at your home, at your apartment, or in your town. Making a whirlpool (by yourself is a great workout!!) is a wonderful leg and arm workout. Run around the outside of the pool 10-15 times and try and swim the opposite way. I try and to 3-4 run arounds against the current. This will work your quads, and lower abs. You really feel the burn! It might sound easy to do, but anyone who has tried running in the water knows there’s a stronger resistance to work against. Doing this 2-3 times a week I’ve noticed a difference in my legs and lower abs! And plus, the water keeps you cool and allows you to work a little harder.

To the left you can see a photo of the Wii Fit balance board, your main companion when playing Wii Fit for Nintendo. This board guides you through a body test, BMI, Fit Age, and goal process before you begin working out. Yoga, cardio, strength, and balance are the games you can play complete with calorie and fat burning, and a way to weigh yourself. As you lose weight, your character gets smaller along with you. The Hula Hoop game is super for abs and hips (feels like doing 100 crunches in 4 different ways when you’re done), and the Yoga workouts are comparable to going to a yoga class. This is certainly a great way for friends to workout together or family members to get fit together in a fun way.

Do you think it’s a good idea to work out using a video game?
Can it be a good thing to add to a normal workout routine?

I think in our tech age, it’s a great way to help kids have fun working out as well as adults who may not be able to make it to a gym every day, or may not have the endurance to run on a treadmill. If you’re in doubt? My doctor bought one for her kids!

The 20 Worst Foods in America

I saw this article and had to share. Eating well is hard especially if you’re a college student like me, or just a generally busy person. Check these foods out. Believe me, I’m pretty upset to know that my beloved Awesome Blossom is equal to eating 5 Big Macs.

20. McDonald’s 5 Piece Chicken Selects w/Ranch Dipping Sauce: 830 cals, 55g fat (5g trans fat), 48g carbs.

19. Jamba Juice Chocolate Moo’d Power Smoothie (30 fl oz): 900 cals, 10g fat, 183g carbs (166 of this is sugar!)

18. Pepperidge Farm Roasted Chicken Pot Pie (whole pie): 1020 cals, 64g fat, 86g carbs

17. Ruby Tuesday Bella Turkey Burger: 1145 cals, 71g fat, 56g carbs Ruby’s boasts about this being a healthy entree!

16. Chipotle Mexican Grilled Chicken Burrito: 1,179 cals, 7g fat, 125g carbs, 2656mg sodium

15. Macaroni Grill Double Macaroni ‘n’ Cheese Kid’s Meal: 1210 cals, 62g fat, 3450mg sodium

14. Quizno’s Classic Italian (large): 1490 cals, 85g fat, 4510mg sodium, 90g carbs

13. On the Border Grande Taco Salad with Taco Beef: 1450 cals, 102g fat, 78g carbs, 2410mg sodium

12. Carl’s Jr. Double Six Dollar Burger: 1520 cals, 111g fat

11. Lonestar 20 oz T-bone: 1540 cals, 124g fat

10. Bob Evans Caramel Banana Pecan Cream Stacked and Stuffed Hotcakes: 1540 cals, 77g fat (9 of this is trans fat!), 198g carbs, 109g sugar

9. Chili’s Chocolate Chip Paradise Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream: 1600 cals, 78g fat, 215g carbs

8. P.F. Chang’s Pork Lo Mein: 1820 cals, 127g fat, 95g carbs

7. Chili’s Honey Chipotle Crispers with Chipotle Sauce: 2040 cals, 99g fat, 240g carbs

6. On the Border Dos XX Fish Tacos with Rice and Beans: 2100 cals, 130g fat, 4750mg sodium, 160g carbs

5. Uno Chicago Grill Chicago Classic Deep Dish Pizza: 2310 cals, 162g fat, 123g carbs, 4470 mg sodium

4. Macaroni Grill Spaghetti and Meatballs with Meat Sauce: 2430 cals, 128g fat, 207g carbs,
5290mg sodium

3. On the Border Stacked Border Nachos: 2740 cals, 166g fat, 191g carbs, 5280mg sodium

2. Chili’s Awesome Blossom: 2710 cals, 203g fat, 194g carbs, 6360mg sodium

1. Outback Steakhouse Aussie Cheese Fries with Ranch Dressing: 2900 calories, 182g fat, 240g carbs

Courtesy of Men’s Health. It feels good to know one of my favorite junk foods is #1 on the worst foods in America. As a typically healthy person, I have my vices, don’t you? Don’t deny it, haha.

Thanks Tashina!!

Tashina has inspired me to write a little something that’s been on my mind and oddly enough I did an impromptu speech on for my Communication class. =] Diets, being overweight, and quick fixes.

As you all know from my health/fitness section of my website I’ve been losing weight for over a year now. For those of you who want to lose weight, or are working on it presently, it’s a lifestyle change, not a quick fix. I honestly think Tashina said it best in her blog, so I suggest you read it.

It breaks my heart to see so many girls starving themselves, purging food, doing insane fasts and colon cleanses as well as abusing laxatives. I was one of those girls who once fell for fad diets, but I’ve learned from my mistakes.

Finding your happy, healthy weight is so much more than the number on the scale. I weight 132 pounds and wear a size 6 in jeans, and I fully believe this is the weight I was meant to maintain (give or take 5 pounds). I look great, I feel amazing, and I’ve opened a window of so many healthy food options and choices. I’m constantly learning more tips and tricks every day and I wanted to take the time to tell all of you guys: if you’re trying to lose weight, working on it, or thinking negatively about your body and you feel alone, I want you to know that you can e-mail or I.M me any time. I know first hand what it’s like to feel that way, but if you work through the difficult challenges you can come out on top and feeling great.

If you need tips check out Tashina‘s website because she inspired me to write this as well as has some amazing recipes!