Exercise for a New You – Lalofit: The Freeze Technique, Volume 2

If you want a challenging workout that pushes you to your limits and gives your body results you never knew possible, consider this intense workout from Lalo Fuentes. Lalofit: The Freeze Technique, Volume 2, is the second exercise program offered on DVD from the fitness guru who works out hard with you during each movement and each rep. Give your body a challenge with this workout video that combines strength training, cardio, and high-rep, multi-muscle toning moves.

I received a copy of Lalofit: The Freeze Technique, Volume 2 from Lalo Fuentes for the purpose of my review. I greatly enjoyed his original exercise program on DVD, Lalofit, and looked forward to trying out the next iteration. Volume 2 does not disappoint! His “freeze technique” reminds us to “take a second to connect” with our muscles rather than rushing through the moves. The workout lasts 55 minutes and features an onscreen timer and countdown for reps, ensuring your motivation and mental state carry you toward the end of each of the exercises. The last eight minutes are for cool-down and stretching, and you will be grateful when you realize you’ve reached this phase of the workout.

In terms of my workout challenges, my upper-body strength has always been lacking. I would rate the Lalofit: The Freeze Technique, Volume 2 workout as a serious intermediate to advanced level workout purely due to the complicated pushup variations. I always struggle with the push-ups in both of Lalo’s workouts, but I am happy to report that I’ve been successful enough to get to 15 – 20 true pushups before switching to the variation from the knees. Lalofit v2 features a few different pushup moves than you might expect, including spider pushups and elbow-knee pushups, full rotation pushups, and jump-squat pushups. I don’t particularly like pushups, but some of these moves aren’t as difficult as others. You can also vary your pushup position to start from the knees if you have difficulty completing the moves.

The other moves work different muscle groups and some of the moves even work your entire body. On the first day I did this workout, I had not been working out regularly leading up to my first trial. I found myself sore for two or three days following the Lalofit: The Freeze Technique, Volume 2 workout. Now, after a couple of months of working out four to six days a week, I am not experiencing any over-the-top soreness, but I do feel tighter and trimmer.

I’m a pretty busy person so I don’t always have as much time to exercise as I would like. I try to fit the 55-minute Lalofit v2 workout into my rotation about once a week. I alternate this intense exercise program with Jillian Michaels’ 30-Day Shred and a series of 10-minute Pilates workouts. The Lalofit v2 program features six intervals and a warm-up and cool-down, with moves that work on just about every muscle in your body. Some key movements include various types of lunges, squats, pushups, jumping jacks, hops, plank, leg kicks and raises, and burpees, to name a few. I feel hardcore every time I get to the end of the Lalofit: The Freeze Technique, Volume 2 DVD.

The workout features a number of 30-second breaks, and you may find yourself looking forward to them. This workout is going to challenge you. You will sweat. You will look forward to the end of the workout, but in the end, you will lose weight and tighten your body. I have. If you have any health issues or concerns about your ability to complete an intense workout, be sure you speak with your doctor before getting started.

For more information about the Lalofit workouts, the freeze technique, or Lalo Fuentes, check out http://www.lalofitness.com. You can order the original Lalofit DVD or Lalofit v2 at Amazon.com or as an autographed copy for $14.95 at Lalo Fitness.


Sleep Better with Pillows Custom Suited to Your Sleeping Style

Everyone has their own favorite sleeping position. Whether you curl up in a ball on your side, sleep comfortably sprawled out on your tummy, or prefer to sleep on your back, you can enhance your sleeping experience with special pillows designed especially for your style of sleeping. Therapedic quilted pillows are available as side-sleepers and front/back-sleeper pillows to give you a sound and comfortable slumber. If you want a pillow that is created for your preferred sleeping position, Therapedic quilted pillows may be right for you!

I received both the Therapedic Quilted Side Sleeper Pillow and Therapedic Quilted Stomach/Back Sleeper Pillow for the purpose of this review. My husband and I both tried both pillow styles for a full review of their performance and comfort. Both pillows have a 100% cotton shell with a 400 thread count and are comprised of Puresleep® anti-microbial fiber fill. The pillows also feature the InvisiShield Plus™ by Nanotex fabric protector to keep your pillows in great condition longer.

Therapedic Quilted Pillows offer Air Cool Technology for ventilation and breathability to keep you cool and comfortable during the night. The pressure-relieving memory foam is Italian styled luxury memory foam that also comes with a luxury damask cover, which is stain resistant and durable. The foam pads of these pillows are constructed of 100% polyurethane. 

Pillows for Side Sleepers
The Therapedic Side Sleeper Pillow, also known as Gusseted Luxury style, is designed especially for the side sleeper or expecting mothers. My husband and I both tried these side sleeper style pillows and found them to be firm yet accommodating. I personally felt as though the pillow seemed a little too tall for my own comfort, but I still use it from time to time. Right now I have a bit of a cold, so I’ve been using the side sleeper pillow as well as my trusty old flat pancake pillow (yes, I adore the flat pancake pillows) to elevate my head as long as I am sick.

If I could make one request for this pillow, it would be that it had a little more “give.” I tend to like a squishier pillow, so it isn’t the perfect pillow for me even though I do like to sleep on my side sometimes. If you like a firmer pillow, or if you prefer to elevate your head a little while you sleep, this Therapedic Side Sleeper Pillow might be a great fit for you.

Pillows for Tummy Sleepers and Back Sleepers
We also tried the Therapedic Quilted Stomach / Back Sleeper Pillow, also known as the Contour Pillow style. This pillow found great favor with my husband, who tried it right-side-up and upside-down. The box the pillow came in shows the model sleeping with the indent facing upwards. My husband found the pillow to be more comfortable by placing the indented side on the bottom to create the perfect level of softness. This method also provides an armhole for the tummy sleeper.

I borrow this pillow sometimes when he is not using it and I do like it better than the side sleeper pillow. I also love to sleep on my belly, so this pillow is a great fit for me. I find when it is upside-down, the pillow seems softer and has more “give.” I definitely recommend this Therapedic pillow for belly sleepers and back sleepers.

If you find you have problems sleeping, or that you or someone you love has a snoring problem, consider looking for a custom pillow that is specifically designed for a particular sleeping style or even to stop snoring. You can find countless pillow textures, shapes, and styles to suit your needs. For more information on Therapedic products, please see www.therapedic.com.

Antimicrobial Exercise Clothes

Antimicrobial exercise clothes refer to exercise clothes that have been treated with chemicals that help kill harmful bacteria. These clothes help the trainer to eliminate the production of odor, which is very common during training. They also give the athlete a fresh feeling when training.

When choosing antimicrobial exercise clothes, one should consider the flexibility of the clothing. It should allow easy movement of all body parts without any limitations. You should always go for breathable exercise clothing that is able to absorb moisture adequately, thus giving the skin room to breath. The athlete should not become cold or very hot.


Choosing the Right Type of Antimicrobial Workout Clothes
The best type of antimicrobial exercise clothes usually depend on the nature of exercise that a person is doing. It could be either general fitness or a specific event. In cases where the antimicrobial exercise clothing is for activities such as jogging, and especially in good weather, you might not need to spend a lot of money purchasing very expensive workout clothes.

In cases where the individual is training for a competition, for example the marathon, or even other activities, it is important to have comfortable, antimicrobial exercise outfits for that particular activity. 

It is also important to ensure that your exercise clothes are not oversized. They should not be too tight either, but should be able to allow free body movement. You should always go for comfortable and breathable exercise clothing that is suitable for workouts. There is a wide selection of antimicrobial exercise clothing, even for plus sizes. These workout clothes are attractive and help show off the woman’s body.

When selecting you antimicrobial workout clothes, it is also important to consider the weather under which you will be training. If the weather is warm and hot, it is advisable to go for breathable exercise clothing that will help you stay cool.  If the weather is cold, use antimicrobial workout clothes that are warm. You can go for layered organic exercise clothing as well.

It is vital to consider the training hour. If it is dark, then your workout clothing should be reflective. White is known to reflect heat better than other colors. It is also advisable to go for light colored clothing if you are exercising in the sun.

Your workout outfits should also be made of absorbent materials like cotton. Cotton makes good breathable exercise clothing and also absorbs sweat during training, which ensures that you remain dry throughout your training session.

Antimicrobial Exercise Clothing Fabrics and Proper Care
Washing antimicrobial exercise clothes is very easy. However, antimicrobial exercise clothes should never be washed with chlorine bleach since is can disable the antimicrobial treatment. 

Organic exercise clothing has become increasingly popular with trainers in the recent past. They are mostly made from cotton, hemp or bamboo. They are much healthier because they are naturally grown without pesticides, herbicide or chemical fertilizers. That makes them chemical free. They produce a material that is softer and durable. They also make good breathable exercise clothing.

Organic exercise clothing is also eco-friendly because it is produced naturally and does not pollute the environment.
Another major advantage of using organic exercise clothing is that it helps to ensure the farmers who produce these organic materials are kept in business.

For women when selecting their antimicrobial exercise clothes, they should also include a sports bra, which is preferable to the ordinary bra.

Trainers should avoid plastic based fabrics, which are not at all breathable exercise clothing. These fabrics keep the body temperature high, which is not good for a trainer. Breathable exercise clothing should be designed in such a way that the clothes are able to remove sweat from the athlete’s skin.

Summerside Press Authors Champion a Cause Close to Their Hearts: Ovarian Cancer Research

Summerside Press and its authors help fund research for Ovarian Cancer.The facts can be daunting:
•    A woman’s lifetime risk of developing ovarian cancer is 1 in 71, with most cases developing post-menopause.
•    Approximately 22,000 women in the United States will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year.
•    Currently, there is no reliable method of early detection for ovarian cancer.
•    Ovarian cancer is usually diagnosed in advanced stages and only 45% of patients survive longer than 5 years. If detected and treated early, the five-year survival rate increases to greater than 92%.

Two years ago, when author Sandra D. Bricker was invited to contribute to a lighthearted Christian devotional for women, she immediately saw an opportunity to combine two of her passions into one great project.

Summerside Press and its authors help fund research for Ovarian Cancer.“I was diagnosed with stage three ovarian cancer completely by accident,” she explains. “And during my surgeries and treatment, I learned so much about the disease that no one ever seems to talk about. Breast cancer? I was well-informed. But ovarian cancer? Not so much!”

Bricker decided to educate herself and, in doing so, sparked a passion for doing the same for as many women as possible.

“I’d been talking to one of my favorite authors, Andrea Boeshaar, about the idea for Be Still…and Let Your Nail Polish Dry, a devotional for busy women. As the plans blossomed, I was also learning about an amazing organization called the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and their fight to develop public awareness about the disease, as well as an effective diagnostic tool and eventual cure.”

Bricker asked Boeshaar and the other authors involved in the book, Debby Mayne and Loree Lough, if they would consider approaching the publisher as a group and asking for permission to include the OCRF logo on the back of the book as a sign that the authors all planned to donate a portion of their proceeds to the charity. Summerside Press hopped onboard immediately with enthusiasm for the cause.

“When we had book signings, people came out in droves,” says Mayne. “Many of them were either ovarian cancer survivors and patients or they were close to someone who was. Their stories were compelling, and I felt a connection with each one of them.”

“When Summerside’s awesome creative team started talking to me about making it an annual event,” Bricker adds, “I couldn’t get started fast enough!”

Next spring, the second devotional in the series from Summerside Press will be released. Delight Yourself in the Lord…Even on Bad Hair Days mixes up the players a bit with Bricker and Mayne bringing some different names to the project. Popular CBA authors Kristin Billerbeck, Diann Hunt, and Trish Perry eagerly signed on. The project combined the opportunity to both support the OCRF connection AND provide a poignant and fun devotional for busy women who yearned for a few moments of quiet time with God to round out their daily routines.

Summerside Press and its authors help fund research for Ovarian Cancer.“It was a no-brainer for me,” says Perry. “I’d seen the first devotional and was so impressed with the heartfelt approach to the theme of taking time with God. But the OCRF connection just sealed the deal.”

Billerbeck has been friends with Bricker for years, and the two knew one another when Bricker faced ovarian cancer herself, but Billerbeck is also a co-member of the very popular Girls Write Out blog with Diann Hunt. “When Sandie came to me about contributing to the Bad Hair devo, my friend Diann was fighting her own battle against ovarian cancer. Any opportunity at all to raise awareness and direct research funds on behalf of OCRF really excited me.”

“Co-writing this devotional was such a blessing for me,” Hunt explains. “I was able to face down the fears and challenges of my own battle through my writing, but it also bonded me in a major way with Sandie and the other writers. We had a weekly email loop where we prayed for each other, we talked about OCRF and the strides they’re making through research, and we shared our concerns and challenges as women. I think that solid circle of support really shines through in the finished product.”

The five authors, some of whom had never met in person before, had the opportunity to spend some time together recently at the American Christian Fiction Writers convention in Indianapolis. “I knew Debby and Kristin already,” Bricker explains, “but five minutes with Trish and Diann, and I felt like I’d known them my whole life.”

Bricker brought along a very special gift for each of the authors, for book trailer producer Marian Miller, and for her agent Rachelle Gardner whom Bricker calls “instrumental” in pulling the devotional together. “There’s an organization called Choose Hope that sells these awesome ovarian cancer awareness bracelets with teal Swarovski crystals and the little ovarian cancer teal ribbon. A portion of the proceeds for anything on their site goes to cancer research,” she tells. “I thought that was the perfect gift for the members of our team.”

“I’ve been wearing the bracelet every single day since Sandie gave it to me,” says agent Gardner, whose blog has been named Summerside Press and its authors help fund research for Ovarian Cancer.multiple times as one of the 101 Best Websites for Writers by Writer’s Digest. “I tend to be a creature of habit, wearing the same jewelry almost all the time, so I’m thrilled to have a new piece that is not only adorable, but a nice conversation piece, too. Plus it reminds me what a blessing Sandie is to me, and how happy I am that she won her battle against such a terrible disease.”

The line of devotionals from Summerside Press will tentatively be released each spring, and Bricker will lead the teams of authors involved. “We hope to change up the authors every time,” she explains. “For instance, Debby will probably come back and contribute to a future book, as well as our original co-authors Andrea Boeshaar and Loree Lough, as we bring in new contributors here and there. Each book will have a specific theme relevant to today’s busy women, and of course we also hope to benefit OCRF with each edition. With everything they’re doing on a daily basis for women everywhere, I’m thinking it’s the very least we can do.”

The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund now includes Be Still…and Let Your Nail Polish Dry in their online store as a way to thank the authors and Summerside Press for their partnership.

For more information about the authors, the publisher and/or the line of devotionals, contact publicist Jeane Wynn on Facebook at WynnWynnMedia.


Staying Fit and Toned with Banglz

Staying fit and keeping my body toned seems to be a never-ending challenge these days. In fact, I find myself reflecting on the phrase “A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips” more often than not when trying to decide whether or not it is worth the amount of exercise I will need to complete in order to offset the calories in a generous slice of triple-chocolate cake or gooey apple dumpling.


You are probably familiar with the routine of eating, exercising, dieting, eating, and exercising some more just to get back in shape or maybe not so much back in shape, but at least down to a weight that allows you to fit comfortably into your “fat” clothes. Let’s face it. We all have them. The clothes we wear when we are bloated. The comfy sweat pants and oversized tops for those days after we have indulged in a week of gorging ourselves at office functions, birthday parties, and weddings. Unfortunately, our “fat” clothes aren’t quite as attractive as our nicer clothes and eventually we need to slim down as we firm up.

Of course, the slimming and staying fit process becomes more difficult as we get older, life intervenes into our daily routines and the amount of available free time for exercising and trimming off unwanted pounds becomes less and less. If this is happening to you and you are looking for an easier way to get some toning into your daily or weekly routine, try Banglz, a revolutionary set of bracelets and anklets designed to provide weight resistance that maximizes your daily activities while helping you to create stronger bones, a healthier heart, better balance, and enhanced strength.

Banglz can be worn with interchangeable sleeves so that you can match them with your current outfit. Banglz are available in four styles:
•    Wrist: ½-pound wrist bracelet for everyday use
•    Wrist Walker: 1-pound wrist bracelet for walking and fitness training
•    Ankle: 1-pound ankle bracelet for everyday use or fitness boost
•    Ankle: 2-pound ankle bracelet for fitness training

I recently used the ½-pound Banglz, which is a perfect weight for everyday use. They’re not too heavy, too bulky, or too difficult to get used to wearing. Plus, they are rather cute. I received a free set for the purposes of this review, and I am thinking about getting a pair of the ankle Banglz so I can tone up my legs a bit.

Banglz provides an informative exercise routine that is easy to complete throughout the day for better health. Their 10 steps to a firmer form are easy to work through without investing a great deal of time. Plus, you can get more out of your Banglz with a few extra minutes a day since you can wear them with effortless ease!

Visit www.banglz.com for more information or to purchase your Banglz bracelets and anklets. Check with your physician first to see if you if the Banglz wearable workout is suitable for your situation.


Surviving a Heavy Menstrual Period – Or Getting Help and Fighting Back

According to a national survey, one in four women nationwide suffers from a condition known as cyclic heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB). This uncomfortable condition is not only inconvenient; it can be downright incapacitating. The heavy monthly periods cause these women distress and discomfort, disturbing day-to-day life at work and at home, with family, friends, and social outings.

The survey “Living with HMB: A National Survey of 500 Women,” conducted online in June 2010 by Harris Interactive® on behalf of Ferring Pharmaceuticals, revealed that two out of three women suffering from heavy menstrual bleeding had a significant negative impact on their lives, including leisure, social life, and physical activities. More than 90% of these women said they are very frustrated and nine out of ten expressed that their lives would vastly improve during their period if they could reduce the flow. The study examined women ages 18-49.


Despite these ongoing health concerns, many women don’t talk to their physicians about the situation. Some of these women perceive their plight to be normal and may even feel as if their doctors have no control over the matter. Some are too embarrassed to discuss the heavy menstrual flow with their healthcare professionals. A number of women felt they would be more comfortable discussing the issue if greater awareness existed for heavy cyclic menstrual bleeding as a medical condition.

Thankfully there is hope for women beyond simply trying to “deal with it.” Various birth control pills have shown great success in regulating periods, reducing the symptoms of PMS, and even lessening the occurrence to only four times a year. Of course birth control is not an option for everyone, and with anything, there are certain risks involved. Another prescription medication on the market, FDA approved LYSTEDA (tranexamic acid), has shown reduced blood loss for women with heavy menstrual bleeding. It is vitally important to discuss the options with your own doctor or gynecologist if you are suffering from heavy menstrual bleeding and searching for a remedy.

What Some Women Had to Say about their Conditions
“I am unable to do any activity that will keep me away from a restroom for more than about 90 minutes–so most outdoor activities are out of the question, and doing things like seeing movies, going to plays, etc. are a serious challenge unless there is an intermission built in or I duck out partway through.”  Age 31, Very Heavy, Impact: A lot

“Sometimes I have to stay home from work.  When I can go to work I have to skip meetings or other events and stay in my office.  I visit the restroom up to 10 times during an 8 hour work day.” Age 46, Very Heavy, Impact: A Great Deal

“I usually have to call in to work. I can’t play in the park with my kids or go swimming with them because I’m afraid that I will soak through my pants and everyone will see.” Age 22, Very Heavy, Impact: A Great Deal

Signs and Symptoms of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding
Studies suggest that 22 million women in America may be suffering from cyclic heavy menstrual bleeding, yet only 11% are seeking treatment. Here are the signs and symptoms to consider in case you might be suffering from this condition as well:

–    Heavy menstrual flow that interferes with regular lifestyle
–    Feeling tired or short of breath – the symptoms of anemia
–    Using double sanitary protection to control menstrual flow
–    Requiring  one or more tampons or pads per hour

Cyclic HMB can negatively impact so many areas of a woman’s life, from social outings to romantic relationships and even productivity at work and at home. If you suspect you might be suffering from this condition, or even if you just find your own time of the month to be overly uncomfortable or unbearable, consider speaking with your doctor about options to ease the symptoms and return your body to a better state of balance.

Pink Ribbon Product Guide – Shop for the Cure: October 2010 and Beyond

The Beijo Pinky Promise Bag is an eye-catching pink ribbon purse that donates to a breast cancer charity.In keeping with tradition, Life Love Beauty releases a Pink Product Shopping Guide each October to help inspire us all to Think Pink in our daily shopping whenever we can. The beauty of the products and companies partnering with various breast cancer organizations and charities is that many of the products are ones we would buy anyway, or those that would make a great gift for someone. The pink product shopping guide includes everything from food and sweet treats to office supplies, gadgets, jewelry, clothing, and accessories, to name just a few. This guide of pink ribbon products for October 2010 and beyond offers you a great way to show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and to help women in need.

It’s easy to shop for the cure by choosing products and gifts that include a special breast cancer donation. Our guide of breast cancer donation purchases spans this October and in some cases throughout the year. In this pink ribbon product guide, we’ve searched and scoured to find as many brands as possible that have teamed up to find a cure for breast cancer. While our list is not completely comprehensive, you can find a lot of great pink products and gift ideas here for any occasion. Don’t skip our last page of miscellaneous pink ribbon items either! It’s full of cool products and services that might surprise you.

It’s easy to do your part in the fight for a cure, especially when you can contribute to breast cancer awareness, research, and support while picking out really cool pink ribbon products to enjoy or share with your friends and loved ones.

In our 2010 pink ribbon product guide you will find countless breast cancer awareness products and pink ribbon items that donate to breast cancer research, support, and prevention with every purchase during the month of October, or in some cases, indefinitely. Check out our categories of breast cancer donation purchases that contribute toward breast cancer awareness, research, support, and prevention.

From clothing and accessories to beauty items, housewares, and more, you can make a difference while freshening up your wardrobe or improving the condition of your home. Many of these products actually are the color pink, making a great fit for anyone who likes the color. Even if you just want to help a great cause, consider checking out some pink ribbon clothing, shoes, jewelry and accessories. No matter how great or small, your breast cancer donation purchase makes a difference in the fight for a cure. Join the effort with these companies to help increase funding for breast cancer research and support.

Cool Running – Fall Must-Haves for Runners and Great Running Gear and Gifts for Active Lifestyles

Consider these fall must-have products for runners!While the last few weeks of summer wind down, many runners are looking forward to the perfect fall running weather. No more scorching summer sun, no more heat waves, and certainly no more arguing back and forth with yourself on whether it is too hot to run outside today. The autumn lends itself to the perfect workout weather, from participating in fall sports like cross country to competing in road races with your friends and family to running for fun or just to stay in shape. Whatever the case, picking out some new running gear is a great way to keep up your motivation and to inspire you to work harder at your fitness goals.

No matter if you are the amateur runner or the competitive athlete, consider these very cool high performance fall must-haves for runners.

Cool Running Clothes from New Balance –
Women’s Bonita Running Skirt 3.0, Women’s NBx Welded Tank, and NBX Welded Capri Tights

New Balance Bonita Run Skirt for RunnersSo I have found my new favorite running outfit for the spring, summer, and early fall, and it is in the form of a hot pink welded tank top and black and pink running skirt by New Balance. If you are new to the running skirt, you may be pleasantly surprised. This is a running accessory I’ve wanted to try for a long time but held out because, well, how do you run in a skirt? New Balance kindly sent me three garments designed especially for female runners, and the Bonita running skirt may be my favorite of all.

You might not expect running in a skirt to be comfortable, but it is! You see, the New Balance Women’s Bonita running skirt has built in shorts underneath that fit closely around your upper thighs for support and coverage. The skirt itself allows full and comfortable motion but doesn’t do the whole flapping in the wind thing you might expect. You are fully covered, but the skirt still looks like a skirt. My husband liked the outfit for tennis, but it is perfect for running, at least in my humble opinion.

The Bonita skirt is available in black with fuchsia, blue, or white accents, or you can get an entirely white skirt. The skirt features a music-friendly pocket on right leg, seamless brief, and moisture-wicking fabric for ultimate comfort. You can get the Bonita Skirt 3.0 for $49.99 and it is worth every cent. For more information or to purchase, see check out the listing for the Bonita Skirt on the New Balance Web site or check out some options on Amazon.com.

New Balance Welded Tank for RunnersAs for the Women’s NBx Welded Tank, New Balance truly outdid themselves with this cool top. The hot pink welded tank is bright pink with black trim and sleeve accents. Since it’s a performance top, the tank features a contoured, streamlined fit that still gives the ultimate range of movement. The top looks great with the black and pink Bonita skirt and fits very comfortably, even if you are still working on that last inch or two around your waistline. The welded tank fits closely but not too closely, and has moisture-wicking fabric to keep you cool and comfortable as you run or work out. The Women’s NBx Welded Tank also has built-in reflective material so you don’t have to worry as much if your run goes a little longer into the evening than you were expecting. This top retails for $49.99 and is available in pink or black. For additional details or to purchase, please see the listing on the New Balance site.

Both garments were impressively comfortable and easy to wash and maintain. I didn’t get to try out the running tights on the road yet, but I did try them on and they are very comfortable and sleek. We’ve been having one heat wave here after another so I’m excited to save these running tights for the first cool fall day we get. The running tights are black with hot pink accents and reflective material for safety precautions.

New Balance Welded Capri for RunnersWhen it gets just a little too cool for shorts or the running skirt, the NBx Welded Capri runner tights will be perfect for trails and roads ahead. This Capri tight features welded side seams for extra stability and anti-chaffing. The fabric is moisture-wicking and features the ever important reflective accents for safety when running. The tights feature convenient media pockets and a flattering fit for your figure. The NBx Capri tights are available in black with pink or slight white trim accents. Perhaps ahead of its time, these pants also feature X-Static® fibers, which are bonded to genuine silver for advanced odor reduction.

The NBx Welded Capri is available for $59.99. For more information or to order, see the listing for the Welded Capri on the New Balance site.

These running clothes are built for performance and they really are motivating to wear. I feel like the style of high quality running clothes can make you feel stronger in your workouts. Look good, feel good – working out should be fun, after all!

Run Comfortably in the Cold – Brooks Utopia Thermal Hoodie and Utopia Softshell…


The Benefits of Keeping Flowers in Your Home

Add fresh flowers to your home for a peaceful atmosphere.Freshen up your home with flowers and you might be amazed at how different you can feel when you walk into a room. Fresh flowers bring color, fragrance, and life into a room that may otherwise be just a room. You can dress up a room or even your entire house with small, inexpensive flower arrangements or a couple of larger vases with a few showpiece blooms.

Having fresh-cut flowers in the home brings a benefit of how the flowers make you and your family or guests feel. Bright colors and fresh fragrances are enough to lift your mood and give you a boost to make it through the day. They can give your home an added elegance for any guests that may come to visit.

Fresh Flowers for Mental and Spiritual HealthAdd fresh flowers to your home for a peaceful atmosphere.
Experts from Organic Bouquet, the eco-friendly, mission based florist, suggest including freshly cut flowers in your home to improve your mood. The fresh flowers should help to ease worries and lessen anxiety and feelings of depression, experts say.

Fresh Flowers in the Home for Refreshing Décor
Furthermore, Organic Bouquet recommends using flowers to take the place of boring run-of-the-mill table décor. Choose fresh flowers instead of knickknacks.

“Coordinate bouquet colors with your space, or place a bright bouquet on a shabby old table to draw the eye and lend to a fresh new look,” Organic Bouquet experts suggest.

Fresh Flowers in the Home for Fragrance
Fresh, fragrant flowers offer a lovely scent that can carry throughout an entire room. Play with the power of smell by placing floral arrangements in some key rooms of your house – bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen for sure.

“Smell is one of the most powerful senses and can trigger instant memories,” remind the experts from Organic Bouquet. “A rose’s robust smell can fill a room with just one flower. Choose familiar bouquets that bring back fond memories of growing up in the country, taking a final bow on stage, or even those used on your wedding day.”

Add fresh flowers to your home decor.Add fresh flowers to your home decor.

About the Expert:
Each purchase from Organic Bouquet helps to improve the life of a flower farm worker, their family and the local community. For more information about Organic Bouquet, please see www.OrganicBouquet.com.


Incorporating Energy Medicine to Stay Healthy, Happy, and Balanced

The daily grind at work can often cause stress that follows us home. Even home life, finances, kids, and major social obligations can cause us undue stress. Stress throws off the balance in life and may even negatively impact our health. By incorporating Energy Medicine into our daily lives, we can help to alleviate some of the stress and return more balance to our lives.

Energy Medicine is a modern harmonizing form of medicine that blends Eastern and Western medicine. To overcome illness and maintain the best health through Energy Medicine, our bodies need their energies to flow evenly and steadily without pause. Dr. Thom Lobe, Founder and Medical Director of Beneveda Medical Center in Beverly Hills, California, shares the following tips on how to integrate energy techniques into your life at work, at home, or on the go so you can enjoy a healthier, happier, more balanced life.

Draw pictures upside down – “This stimulates your intuition and creativity and generates energy,” says Dr. Lobe. “We think with our left brain and we can burn ourselves out and suppress our right brain creativity. This saps our energy. One way to combat this is to stimulate our right brain more, and a simple and effective way to do this is to draw objects upside down. In other words, look at something and instead of drawing it as you see it, draw it standing on its head. This requires a different part of your brain to activate and the process not only enhances your creativity, but it energizes you as well.”

Exercise and stretch in your chair – “Take breaks based on keyboard/mouse usage and time at-the-computer,” Dr. Lobe suggests. “DeskActive Software is an efficient, economical way to maintain your energy and balance without leaving the chair at your desk. It allows you periodic stretch and exercise exactly when you need it most. It is very effective at keeping you awake, alert and energized.”

Take mini breaks 20 minutes out of every two hours – “Biologically speaking, we need to recharge our batteries for about 20 minutes out of every 90-120 minutes of work,” Dr. Lobe instructs. “A simple way to do this is to stop what you are doing, close your eyes, and visualize yourself going on a mini-vacation. Put your work aside, take a deep breath and let your mind wander to pleasant and relaxing thoughts for 20 minutes. You’ll find that this gives you more energy, keeps your mind sharper, promotes creativity, and allows you to be more productive in the time you spend at your desk.”

Healthy snacks – “Eat a good breakfast that includes proteins (such as eggs; either whites or whole eggs work),” Dr. Lobe recommends. “Healthy snacks during the course of the day that include protein but not sugar (such as a hardboiled egg, cheese sticks) provide longer lasting energy to avoid the sugar slump. Minimize caffeine.”

Energy Medicine allows you to chase the stress away from your work life and your home life. Remember to try these tips to keep your body and mind balanced and healthy.

About the Expert:
Dr. Lobe has more than 30-years experience in traditional and alternative medicine. He has written more than 200 books, book chapters and peer-reviewed articles. For more information, please see: www.beneveda.com.


15 Great Gifts for Relaxation and Escaping from Stress

Sometimes a gift of relaxation or a simple gift to soothe the body, mind, or soul can be the best kind of gift. From overworked parents to expecting moms to recent retirees, gifts of relaxation and presents that relieve stress can be the perfect way to show your love or appreciation for that special someone. Consider these interesting, relaxing, and unique gift ideas for those special people in your life who could really use a break from daily life.

Gifts of relaxation can be a nice treat for people of all ages. Whether you want a gift for a child or an adult, check out these relaxing gift ideas.

Top 15 Gifts of Relaxation

1.    Spa gift certificate
2.    Bubble bath
3.    Cozy slippers
4.    Aromatherapy oils and lotions
5.    Scented candles
6.    LUSH bath bombs or emoti-bombs
7.    Reed diffusers
8.    Specialty pillows
9.    Cozy hand-warmers or foot-warmers
10.   Gel eye masks
11.   Bottle of wine
12.   Wax tart burners
13.   Herbal scented neck pillows
14.   Snuggly blanket
15.   Fuzzy socks

From these gifts, I had the pleasure of sampling and reviewing a few items to recommend to you. First is a set of Fuzzy Friends Lady Bug Slippers by Aroma Home. The Fuzzy Friends Slippers are just one cool offering from this cool company that also features gifts like fuzzy animal computer screen wipes, plush toys, eye masks, and neck warmers, to name a few. The company offers countless color and animal options for slippers and stuffed animals or other gifts.

I received an adorable pair of lady bug slippers to check out and evaluate as a gift of relaxation. These cool red and black slippers have fuzzy red velour type yarn strands all across the slippers. The lady bugs have a cute face with black and red antennae and a cherry red nose. The lady bugs’ faces are smiling and their black spots are spaced throughout the slipper. The solid soles of the slippers have tiny rubberized dots for grip, but they do wear down after a few days of regular use. The slippers are supportive and comfortable, not to mention really cute. I got a number of compliments on them already from friends and family!

In my own experience, these slippers are great and they hold up to the test. My border collie pup has fully adopted them as her own whenever they are not on my feet, and sometimes when they are! I woke up one morning to find only one slipper at my bedside… the other was at hers! Despite her newfound obsession with my slippers, these things have held up beautifully. So, either I have a really gentle dog, or these things are as durable as they come.

Fuzzy Friends Slippers retail for $20 each and are available in a variety of animal options, including pink poodle, orange tiger, green frog, and more. You can order them at Aroma Home or at Amazon.com. For more information on Fuzzy Friends Slippers and other great gifts of relaxation, visit Aroma Home online at www.aromahome.com.

Aromatherapy type gifts are usually a nice option for anyone, even if you don’t know the gift recipient as well as you know a dear friend or family member. Another cool relaxation gift for people of all ages would be the Bed Buddy Foot & Hand Warmers from Carex Health Brands. These cool products are scented like a holiday cinnamon stick mixed with other fragrant herbs and feature a soft and snuggly, fuzzy fabric with a pleasant bean-style interior (It feels like rice!). The ingredients in the Bed Buddy’s fragrance are revitalizing eucalyptus, comforting clove, and calming cinnamon. This cool gift idea is made of 100% natural materials.

Bed Buddy’s hand warmers are like mittens, but not the kind you would wear outside. The foot warmers are like booties for big people. Both items have removable herbal packs filled with fragrant, healing herbs.

The Bed Buddy’s Moist Heat ThermaTherapy® is designed to soothe and comfort hands and feet with warmth or cold, depending on your needs. You can microwave Bed Buddy warmers to activate the herbal moist heat to soothe and relax your tired feet and hands. You can also chill the Bed Buddy products in the freezer for the cooler effect. For best results, place the Bed Buddy warmers in a plastic bag and leave them in the freezer overnight. (Although they are doctor-recommended, be sure to consult your physician if you have any medical conditions.)

A portion of the proceeds of Bed Buddy go toward breast cancer research. The Bed Buddy products now feature a few special color additions to the usual product line – now you can get a black and white Zebra pattern, a brown and tan Leopard pattern, and a hot-pink Lipstick color.

Products provided free to writer for reviewCarex’s Bed Buddy® Foot and Hand Warmers Gift Sets are available at Amazon.com and various retailers for $24.99. For more information, please see www.carex.com.

Remember, these are just a few suggestions for relaxing gifts you can give to the people you know in life that could use a break from stress. Feel free to come up with your own ideas for gifts of relaxation.


A Remedy for Cradle Cap: Bean-B-Clean Product Review

*Cradle Cap- a crusting and scaling rash (dermatitis) found on the scalps of many babies*
We’ve all seen babies with cradle cap before. Whether we’ve faced it with our own child or heard about the struggles of this rash through friends and family, dealing with cradle cap is not pleasant.

Well now’s the time to cheer, ladies… because cradle cap can be so much easier to cope with using this new revolutionary scalp massaging brush called Bean-B-Clean.

Bean-B-Clean is a soft, safe and soothing way to help deal with flakes and crustiness associated with cradle cap. This scalp massaging brush was created by a grandma and grandpa who were eagerly, yet unsuccessfully, searching for something to help ease their new grandbaby’s pain from cradle cap. With a few tweaks and tests to an existing product, Bean-B-Clean was born.

Though I do not have a little one in my home anymore, I have a very close friend who has personally benefited from having the Bean-B-Clean around. My friend (a very close one) has an 11-year-old daughter that deals with cradle cap all the time. She has these issues because her daughter is disabled.

My friend’s daughter has never walked a day in her life, she cannot speak to tell us what’s wrong nor can she move her arms to signal that she’s having a problem (much like a newborn).

Because of this, we need to pay close attention to her actions through facial expressions. We must also keep a close eye on any changes that take place on her body. Over the years, we’ve noticed that when her head is scabby and scaly, she tends to cry the most. Because she’s not a baby anymore, it’s hard to find a product fit for her. We’ve tried dandruff shampoos and other products, with little to no success.

After receiving the Bean-B-Clean and reading a few of the success stories on the product, my friend immediately came to mind. I had a good feeling about this product and was anxious to see if it worked.
After using the Bean-B-Clean for just a few short days, we definitely noticed a huge difference in her daughter’s scalp. It didn’t look as flaky anymore. What’s more, her daughter was not as irritable and she seemed to be more comfortable; much more than she had been in weeks. However, we’ve also noticed that, for us, the brush works best when bathing her. Being that she’s older, she doesn’t have that fine hair like most babies who do deal with cradle cap.

To this day my friend and I swear by this product. It has definitely been one life saver we couldn’t live without.

In the end, my friend now stands behind the Bean-B-Clean and states that, “If it can help ease the pain for an 11-year-old, it will definitely help a newborn baby for sure” …we honestly love the Bean-B-Clean and recommend it to anyone (whether young or old) when it comes to any scalp pain associated with cradle cap.

To find a retailer (and to learn more about this amazing new product), please visit www.bean-b-clean.com.

Product provided free to writer for reviewDisclosure: this product was provided to us, through Bean-B-Clean, for the purpose of my review. In no way did receiving this product influence my thoughts and opinions. Thank you.