It all started a couple of days ago when I noticed a “bruised” feeling in my right heel. Desperate to learn the cause of the stabbing pain, I made a list of what it could be:
- Flesh eating disease?
- Blood clot?
- Brown Recluse bite?
Ew. I mean, there is no possible way that I injured it while exercising or something simple like that. It has to be an incurable lady fungus. Amputation? probably inevitable. If only I had something to ease my mind…
What the Fu..yuck? Did ya ever have one of those moments when a choir of angels came down from the sky singing that “Hallelujah!” song? Yeah, me neither. But it should have happened when I found this book. It’s pretty much the answer to my prayers. And, well…let’s face it – the answer to the prayers of anyone that has ever had to deal with my various “ailments” over the years (parents, husband, siblings, co-workers, friends)
What the Yuck?: The Freaky and Fabulous Truth About Your Body, is a book that I need to have in my possession pronto-saures-rex. I mean, I’m not sure about the “fabulous truth” part, but it carries some much needed “truths” no doubt. Thanks to Dr. Raj (Dr. Roshini Rajapaksa, if you’re feelin’ proper-like) all of your embarrassing lady questions are answered, so that you don’t have to feel like you’re a weirdo because one boob is a millimeter bigger than the other. And so you don’t have to wonder if you’ve caught the birdy-flu after that bird pooped on your head. I mean, I’ve always wondered. Haven’t you?
“All 205 questions come from real women; they cover everyday health concerns and thoroughly modern conundrums, such as H1N1 (Swine Flu), celebrity diets, and mobile phone dangers.”
I’m on it like, asap. Hopefully I get it in time to save my foot. I mean, there’s nothing worse than amputating your own foot in haste. Find yours: here for $14 bucks. Happy healin’!
Guess who’s doin more awesome stuff in October? Anatomy Naturals baby! For those of you that don’t know, Anatomy Naturals is an absolutely awesome company that provides natural gourmet skin care to super cool peeps like you and me. We met several months ago by chance and have been soul sistas ever since! Oh, and they are also my first official Sponsor (see ad to the right…over there———> and treat your wallet to a 15% discount). Your skin will probably high-five you a hundred times in a row for doin’ it. Fo-shizzle!
So, in addition to being in KLUTCHclub this month, Anatomy Naturals will also be including a sample of their revitalizing dead sea mud mask in the October Goodebox! Hooray! Two of my faves unite -super fab face mud and a killer subscription box. It’s like heaven without any angels floating around.
Everything you need to know about the mud mask is in my previous post right here. And, the deets on Goodebox (which is on my list to try) are below. Happy shopping and congrats to my pal Kelly at Anatomy Naturals for another great partnership.
(image via Goodebox)
Goodebox is a members only service providing trial sized healthy, eco-sensitive, innovative & effective beauty and personal care products, along with occasional samples of natural & organic health and wellness products.
WHAT’S IN THE BOX:
- You get 6-7 (occasionally more) trial sized products, expertly curated
WHAT’S IT GONNA COST:
$16 bucks a month (including shipping)
- Bi-monthly membership available!
Yey! It’s snickity-snackity time!
Oh, sweet, crunchy, healthies delivered to my doorstep in a box. Thanks to NatureBox, I got to try 5 new snacks for FREE this month. P.S. they were SO good, I just signed up for a subscription myself. But, before I blab about how lucky my belly is right now, I’ll give ya’ the scoop on this fab health-foodie box, so you can hook yourself up too:
WHAT’S IN THE BOX:
“NatureBox is a subscription service that offers the ability to discover and enjoy healthy snacks on a monthly basis.” You get 4-6 full size all-natural snacks that are “made from wholesome ingredients and are Nutritionist-approved. We abide by our strict quality standards: No High Fructose Corn Syrup, No Partially Hydrogenated Oils, No Trans Fats, No Artificial Sweeteners, No Artificial Flavors, No Artificial Colors.”
And, in an effort to help feed over 14 million hungry children in America, NatureBox donates 1 meal for every box sent out!
WHAT’S IT GONNA COST:
You get the box for $19.95 a month (including shipping)
- Gift (or get) a 3-month, 6-month or 12-month subscription!
Get 25% off your first box! Just enter Promocode: APPLE25 at checkout. Note: 25% discount is only applicable to the month-to-month subscription. The 6-month subscriptions receive 1 month free & 12-month subscriptions receive 3 months free.
Also: Be on the lookout for special NatureBoxes that address dietary needs & personal prefs. If you’re lookin’ for some Gluten-Free, Nut-Free, Vegan or Low-Sugar snacks, send an email to email@example.com to be added to the mailing list & be notified once the custom boxes launch.
Here’s a sneaky-peeky of what kinda stuff ya’ get:
1. Umami Roasted Nuts: These nuts are a fab source of heart-healthy fats, and super-doop Umami (that means “yummy” for my non-Japanese readers).
2. Pistachio Power Clusters: It took everything I had not to eat this whole entire sweet & savory bag without letting the hub have a taste. But since I’m not a total B-word, I saved him a couple.
3. Toasted Sesame Stix: I’m eating these calcium rich sessy-stix as I type. They’re fab. Enough said.
4.Big Island Pineapple: When I opened the bag, that remake of “Somewhere over the Rainbow” by that Hawaiian guy with the insanely long name started playing. Then, I unexplainabley began to hula-dance. Aloha!
5. Apple Orchards Granola: I truly saved the very best for last. I have never tasted granola that was as soft & chewy as an apple pie. NatureBox? Let’s start a serious relationship. Like, yesterday.
Wanna try awesome NatureBox snackies too? Of course you do! Thankfully, they are giving away a future box to one lucky 5-style-high reader! Who-hoo! Be sure to get forty million, bazillion entries & spread the word via the Rafflecopter entry form below. My the force be with you…ha-ha. I have no clue why I just said that. Good luck!
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Here’s where I’m at today:
Keep readin’ to find out why it’s totally NOT a bitch…
If you are anything like me, you have two little devils on your shoulder. One, that is telling you to stuff your face with everything your heart desires, good or bad. And, the other? He’s sprinkling chocolate chips directly into your mouth, while singing the “I like big butts” song.
You know it’s wrong. You know that a millisecond on the lips is like, 40 bazillion years on your hips (and everything in between). But, you do it anyway, because that Angel who is supposed to be on your other shoulder helping you through this, is nowhere to be found. She does eventually come around though - right about the same time Karma does. And then the vicious circle continues to repeat: Start diet. Fall off wagon. Start diet (karma). Fall off wagon..baby got back, infinity (karma, ew).
Recently, I’ve decided to tell the vicious circle (and the stupid diet) to shove it, by living a healthier life. I realize that this is really just a diet in disguise, but by changin’ the rules a lil’ bit, it feels a whole lot better (and my bod is whippin into shape!) Don’t get me wrong, I’m still a ravenous food whore, BUT, I’m exercising 6 out of 7 days a week, while paying attention to my portions and more importantly, the ingredients within. I’ve learned that living like a shipwreck survivor does not work with my wacked personality. I need options and I need good, ol’ fashion rewards. Cue, my new, sweet, intoxicating “Karma”
I feel so lucky (or was it fate?) that I received one of these fiercely magnificent cookies in my Sprig Box this month (I will be blabbin’ about Sprig later this week, P.S.).
Anyway, last night the hub and I decided that it was “reward” time, and decided to split our vegan, gluten free, high protein, no soy, low-glycemic, low net carbs Holistic Chocolate Chip Kookie. Is your tongue twisted from saying that out loud? Yeah, mine too, and I LOVE it.
The Kookie itself was euphoric. Wonderous. So delicious, I wished there were 500 more falling from the heavens directly into my belly (that’s the devil talking, obviously). The angel… she is super-stoked about what’s inside this fancy lil’ cookie treat (see awesome ingredients list below). And, I personally love the brand messaging:
“When you make the right choice – take the higher road – even when nobody else is around and/or nobody else notices, the Universe still rewards you in ways you may not even realize.”
These are one their best-sellers and I know why. I’ll take 4,000 of these please. Find em’: here
INGREDIENTS: Holistic Dry Mix [Almond Meal, Xylitol, Coconut*, Brown Rice*, Psyllium, Rice Protein*, Sea Salt], Almond Butter, Agave Nectar*, Chocolate Chips* (non dairy), Chia Seeds * = Organic
Okay. So, I have one, wait no, two very important thing to say. Thing #1 – the word “skeleton” is like the hardest word for me to spell. Almost worse than spelling Wednesday (or “peeking”), but not quite as dramatic. Thing #2 is that I started writing parts of this post last night while imbibing in a lil’ wine, so I relieve myself of any official responsibility to make sense here forth. Just go with it. It was my first glass of wine in weeks, as a “reward” for kicking ass at living like a health nut, and well let’s face it. When do I ever really make sense anyway?
Anywho – you will probably notice some new things happenin’ on my cushy lil’ piece of the blog-o-verse…i.e. Advertising! Seriously, I hope you take advantage of the discount available from my first offish Sponsor, Anatomy Naturals. 15% percent off is a good chunk of change for kick-ass natural beauty products (and it expires on 9-15, so um..yeah). Besides advertising, I have lots of new things I’d like to start bringin’ to the table, and part of that is showcasing insanely fabulous blogs like Undressed Skeleton.
I won’t lie. I’ve been virtually man-handling this site for a couple of weeks now and I just love everything about it – mostly, the food. This fancy lil’ 20-something is A-maze-ing. No really, she is. Just read her inspirational story here. She’s so talented at mixing ingredients for healthful dishes and I have to say, I haven’t found anyone yet that makes living healthy so exciting and , gasp, fun!
I actually made what will likely be the first of many of her tasty recipes this week (this yummy vegan granola, pictured right) and it rocked this household’s world. She has a bazillion nutritiously funky recipes up her sleeve, from Better Breakfasts, Snack Snackities and Little Lunches to Doing Desserts, Striking Salads, and Exciting Entrees. Do it. Go there. Eat your face off. This chick’s for realz.
As if it couldn’t get any better than food, she also has some really fantab tips to keep exercise exciting – like, “Work Out Rip Offs“, which I TOTALLY ripped off (pun intended). I used her version as an inspiration to make my own and it’s workin’ like a charm. Although some mornings I feel like psychotically “ripping” it to shreds, it really does make me accountable and gives me options, which is what I need to stay on track (read a bunch more of Taralynn’s Fitness tips: here).
The moral of this story: I love Taralynn McNitt. There. I said it. Given our age difference, I sorta feel like a Grandma peeking into the crib of a newborn who is like, way smarter than I’ll ever be. But, C’est la vie (like, I’m french or something). Taralynn McNitt, I heart you. If you ever want to get best friend necklaces or something, just let me know.