Weekly Tips for January 24, 2011

Posted on 25. Jan, 2011 by in Uncategorized

I apologize for the tardiness of the tips this week, however there is a valid excuse. Four fabulous days on the Central California Coast with just my husband, exploring places we have never seen before.  If you get the opportunity to travel to the Central Coast (Santa Barbara, Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo, Seashell Scape, Chumash Lake, etc.), just start packing and go-go-go.

I hate to admit it, but since becoming “A MOM”, my days of venturing out are severely limited. The days of grabbing a backpack and going to a destination that was the next flight out on SWA or jumping in a car with girlfriends and driving until something was interesting are long gone.  So, here is my challenge to you — Do a little research on a destination you have never been to that is only about 2-4 hours from your home.  Get a sitter, grandma, auntie, nanny and take your husband out of the routine. It is a great opportunity to discuss your lives, your goals, your ideas for your children and seriously reconnect with your spouse and marriage. 

And while on this excursion, don’t forget to reconnect with your health goals as a couple. Go hiking together, explore the downtown district on foot, walk to dinner and back, try paddle boarding together – preferably on separate boards, go wine tasting but walk the vineyards. So much to do, and really so little time. Not every day, week, month has to be rush, rush, rush.  Spoken from a true kettle!

GREEN & HEALTH- Here are some great masks you can do at home with items you already have.  It is organic, healthy and easy.  Even this Rockheaded RockIt Mom can do it.

Oatmeal and Yogurt Face Mask for ALL skin types, including Combination Skin:

This face mask is suitable for all skin types and is super simple to prepare. It will cleanse and rejuvenate your skin. This one could also be good for combo skin.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp oatmeal, finely ground

1 tbsp live, organic yogurt (skip the flavored stuff)

A few drops of honey

 Preparation: Add the yogurt to the oatmeal in a small bowl and mix together. Warm a few drop of honey. To do this, warm a spoon under hot water for a minute, then add a few drops of honey to the spoon.  Stir the honey into the yogurt and oatmeal mixture.

Apply the mask to the face. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse off with several splashes of warm water. Follow with a warm washcloth.  Apply moisturizer.

 Banana Face Mask for oily skin:

This is a soothing face mask and great if you have bananas around the house.

Ingredients:

1 banana, preferably ripe (you can keep ripe bananas in the freezer. Let it thaw before using)

1 tbsp honey

An orange or a lemon

Preparation: Mix the banana and honey together. Add a few drops of juice from an orange or a lemon. Apply to face for 15 minutes before rinsing with a cool washcloth or a steaming warm washcloth.

 Milk Mask for dry skin.

This recipe makes a mask for two people.

Ingredients:

1 tsp powdered milk

1 tbsp runny honey

1 tsp aloe vera gel

2 drops essential oil

Preparation: This is a classic milk mask for the face. Mix ingredients well, apply to face, let sit for 15 minutes, wash off with warm water. Another tip: Steep two bags of green tea in hot water, and allow the bags time to cool. Lie down and place one bag over each eye. The tea will take out any puffiness or redness of the eye area.   

FOOD-I had this great turkey jambalaya recipe to post, which I will still do. With the caveat: this recipe is not for the whole family, unless your family bathes in ancho chilies.  It is very hot and too spicy for young taste buds.  I even cut it with broth and orzo pasta. It will be under all other recipes.

However, I digress, besides the jumbalya recipe, I found this great article about 5 things all women should know how to make.  The Green Goddess dip a must.  It reminds you of summer days when a youngster and your mom making it for “salad night” or dipping the vegetables just pulled from the garden in it. The recipe is great because it replaces fattening mayo and oils with greek yogurt.  Now, the halibut recipe has me shaking in my boots, but I am going to TRY it. The family may love it and if they don’t the coyotes around here will have a fabulous treat. So head on over to Food for the article and recipe of the week.

REMEMBER: I CHALLENGE  to get out of your comfort zone, not only in health and fitness but in your personal relationships, too. If you don’t try it, you may wake up one day saying “I should have…” or “Why didn’t I…”.  Challenges are not only for your body, but your mind and spirit as well. Have a great week and feed me your thoughts and ideas on this week’s tips.

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