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Summer Time Chaffing

Summer Time Chaffing..
For those of us who don’t have the infamous thigh gap we’d all love to have the summer time can be a really bummer if we want to wear skirts or shorter than knee length shorts.
Now even though I have crazy stretch marks on my legs, damn it I want them to see the sun this year! Last year because I was pregnant I avoided the sun at all costs, but this year, HOOK me up!

Chaffing for those of you who don’t know if when it gets hot out and our legs get moist and start rubbing together thus creating a rash. I got one a few weeks ago going for a hike and that is what made me start looking into options!

Now there are lots of products, none of which I have used because I am broke. Many of these products help to create a gliding layer between our thighs. But I found two at home remedies that seem to have done the trick for me!

The first is good old deodorant!
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Now I can only attest to Secret Brand Solid deodorant. I have not tested this with a gel deodorant.
I bought some deodorant specifically for places they may chafe, under boob and inner thigh. I have not have a problem with under boob chaffing yet, but you never know! I just liberally apply the deodorant to my inner thigh before I am going out to do any regular activity. Seems to cut down on the friction plus help with any sweating!

The second is for when you are doing more rigorous activity and need something a little more heavy duty! I’ve put together a homemade chaffing cream using only 3 ingredients!
You just need a carrier oil (grapeseed, almond, etc), cornstarch and an essential oil of your choice!
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WARNING: Do not wear super dark clothes with this, the cornstarch will most likely on your clothes.
You can make this in any amount you like, just follow this simple ratio 2:1 Cornstarch:Oil, then add a few drops of the essential oil of your choice.
My cream looks green because I used grapeseed oil, but if you use almond oil it will be more beige.
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Then mix well (each time you use it) and use your hands or an old makeup brush to apply to your inner thigh. Wait a couple minutes for the oil to soak in and dry and it will go on clear.
However I found out when I went to work and bent over to pick up my baby that all of a sudden I had white all over my shirt. So even though it appears invisible on the skin, there is still cornstarch powder on your legs so user beware. As I said before this is more for vigorous exercise such as hiking, so you wouldn’t normally be bending over it anyways.

Note: If you have darker skin I am not sure if the cornstarch will be as invisible, let me know!

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Product Review

So I grabbed a couple new toys this month, and I have some mixed feelings!

First off I got a really neat detox Water Bottle from Blogilates!


It’s so cute! It has many great features, such as a space to put in fruit to flavour your water. I also really enjoy the time increments printed on one side of the bottle, as they remind me to keep drinking my fluids.
Unfortunately there are more things I dislike about this bottle. 1. I SOOOO wish it was glass, but I knew it was plastic when I bought it and I still think it’s great. 2. I disagree with the time, because I feel I should be drinking about twice as much as it is labelled for. 3. The flavour diffuser is at the top only.. so once I am halfway through my water I no longer get flavour.
So I love the design and concept, but I will definitely plan for a glass bottle next time, and see if I can get a custom design on it for me!
There are so great fruit diffuser water bottles that have a nicer diffuser and are glass for much less cost.

The second item I got this month was an individual tea maker from Teavanna!
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Again it was a little pricey at $20, but I use it almost everyday! It is so easy to use and clean. I can make hot or iced tea! The biggest downsize is knowing how much water to use because all cups are different sizes. So I’ve started pouring the water into my cup first, and then into the tea maker. You then steep your tea, and place it over your cup and it drains into it! If you fill it completely it can make about 2 cups of tea, or one REALLY large mug.

Overall I love my two new items, but I need to be careful with splurge shopping to make sure the item is exactly what I want. Next time I think I would get glass for both items instead of plastic!

This is a recipe I found online at Tasty Kitchen, it was so good I could not pass up the opportunity to share it with you all! And it can be gluten free!

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Prep: 20 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes

Ingredients:
1 whole jalapeno
2 cloves of garlic
2 cans (15oz) black beans, drained and rinsed
2 tsp cumin
1 1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp ground flax
3 tbsp water
1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs (GLUTEN FREE SUBSTITUTION: 1/2 C. Ground Rice Chex in place of Panko.)
2 tbsp tomato sauce
1/2 cup corn
1 tbsp olive oil
6 hamburger buns, any
Optional Garnishes: Avocado, Sriracha, Ketchup, Mustard

Instructions:
1. Seed and roughly chop the jalapeno. Add it and the garlic cloves to a food processor, blender or you can hand chop.

2. Add one can of beans to the mix and pulse to combine. Add cumin and salt and pulse until it looks like chunky black bean dip.

3. In a small bowl, mix together the ground flax and water. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes. Transfer the mixture in the food processor to a large bowl and stir in the bread crumbs, tomato sauce, flax mixture and corn. Stir well until everything is combined. Add remaining can of black beans.

4. Heat a little olive oil in a skillet on medium high heat. Form black bean mixture into patties and fry for about 4 minutes per side, until golden and crusty brown.

5. Serve burgers with avocado slices, sriracha sauce and ketchup!


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2 Month Progress

Not really any change from last month. Been having a hard time staying on top of everything. Having a cranky child makes it hard to focus on oneself. Also I was incredibly sick for a couple weeks, and unlike most people I EAT when I am sick, not starve. Time to increase exercise and FULLY cut out any processed sugars. This is going to be a hard one for me, I LOVE sweet snacks. Going to try eating more fruit for my sweetness. Ever as I am writing this I am dreading this change, I am thinking of chocolate chip cookies, and cakes, and madelines! Should I be keeping all my amazing bakeware? I think yes 🙂 My goal is to get to get healthy, but there is nothing wrong with the occasional treat ONCE I can get to where I want.

Day 60 210 lbs, 50 lbs to go
No picture this month, just been too busy!
2 Month Measurements
Bust 43.5″
Chest 35″
Arm 12″
Waist 35″
Hips 43″
Thigh 26″
Calves 14″
Stomach 43″


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Tea, Delicious, Delicious Tea

I love tea so much! Hot or Cold, it’s an amazing way to get my water without having to actually drink boring water.
Since ancient times tea has been revered for it’s health benefits.
Many types of teas(oolong, black, white, green) come from the same plant Camellia sinensis, it all depends on how the leaves are processed that makes them.
Many loose leaf teas have a specific type of tea leaf in them, and then many different flowers, fruits, herbs are added to enhance it and give it a different taste, otherwise they would all taste the same.

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Oolong, Black, White, Yellow, Pu-erh and Green
All these teas have been shown to lower bad cholesterol and are great fat burners. They all contain large amounts of antioxidants, thus giving them anticancer powers. White tea has to most anti-cancerous power as it is the least processed. They help lower heart disease because they contain catechins. Catechins are a type of antioxidant. These teas contain caffeine.

Rooibos
Rooibos tea, or red tea, is made from a South African red bush.
Health benefits of red rooibos tea include its use as a cure for nagging headaches, insomnia, asthma, eczema, bone weakness, hypertension, allergies, stomach cramps and premature aging. It is anti-inflammatory, antiviral and anti-mutagenic. Of course it also has antioxidants, making it anti-cancerous. It is caffeine free!

Herbal
Herbal tea does not contain any leaves from the Camellia plant family, so it is sometimes referred to as a tisane. Herbals teas are not technically tea because they do not contain tea leaves. You must be careful with herbal teas as they can contain any numerous types of plants, so it is not recommended for pregnant women, as they may contain herbs they could cause miscarriage.

Mate
Mate tea is considered the coffee lover’s favorite tea. Made from the leaves and twigs of the yerba mate plant. Yerba Mate is rich in antioxidants, enhances your ability to focus and your physical endurance. It aids in digestions, helps control your weight because it is a stimulant you feel fuller sooner and your stomach stays fuller longer, and supports heart health!

Blooming
These are artisanal plants that come in the form of a ball and when hot water is poured over then they bloom. The health benefits of blooming teas are dependent on the flower used. They can eliminate toxins, help the liver, help the lungs, relieve chills, soften the skin, and the list goes on. Click this link for more information.

Tea Blends
Tea blends are a mix of different types of teas.

Kombucha
Kombucha tea is a fermented drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast. Kombucha is not a mushroom — it’s a colony of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha tea is made by adding the colony to sugar and tea, and allowing the mix to ferment. The resulting liquid contains vinegar, B vitamins and a number of other chemical compounds. It tastes like a tea flavoured soda. Kombucha is a detoxifier, helps with joint issues such as arthritis, aids in digestions and is considered immune boosting.

I can’t give you a tea recipe that I’ve made but I can tell you of a local shop that I have come to love here in Boise! It is called Snake River Tea. They have an incredible assortment of loose leaf teas. They also sell kombucha! You can get it hot or cold by the glass, or you can by dry tea to take home. My favourite tea so far is their Kalahari Rooibos, great hot and cold. There are several tea places in town, but so far this is my favourite! I will post some reviews in the future.

Want some travel teas to take to work without having to carry an entire container, or maybe you just want two different flavours throughout the day?
Cut some small squares of cheesecloth, about 3″x3″. Scoop the amount of tea leaf you need for one cup of tea. Tie together with a small string. Then take a small piece of paper and write the type of tea and brewing directions and tape or glue or staple it to the other end of the string. Want to know if your tea water is the right temperature before dropping your newly crafted bag in? Try an infrared thermometer!

What is tea without…SCONES! Under 200 calories each. Still don’t eat more than one!
Skinny Pumpkin Starbucks Scone by The Skinny Fork ONLY 154 calories!
White Chocolate Cranberry Scones by Apple of my Eye ONLY 197 calories!
Lemon Blueberry Scones by Christina’s Adventures ONLY 135 calories!
Cranberry Orange Drop Scones by All Day I Dream About Food ONLY 108 calories!