LUSH Product Review

So, I went to LUSH 3 weeks ago and bought one of their deodorants. They have 3 to choose from (T'eo, Aromaco, and Aromarant). I went ahead with the T'Eo because I liked the idea that it had Tea tree oil in it as well as Lemongrass (I've been on a Lemongrass kick lately!)

Well, 3 weeks into the stuff and I can't see myself going back to the drugs store stuff like Dove, Secret and the rest. It works great! I've used it when I do my work-outs and I don't 'smell' anything (well, maybe some tea tree oil whiffs once in a while)... I even asked my hubby if he's noticed any different smell coming from me... after a strange look I decided to explain to him what prompted my question. He couldn't smell me in a bad way, so that's Great! hahaha

Anyways, one of the things the sales lady told me when buying this product was the length of time that it would last. From reviews that she's been told it can last between 3 and 7 years! This makes sense seeing as you don't really Rub this on, it's more of a dab or a quick tap on the underarms and you're good! Now, I don't know how much I like the idea of having the same deodorant for 3 or more years, but it sure saves a lot of money! (this only cost me 8$!)

so, that's the end of my review. I hope to do a lot more of these soon (hint, if you're a company, send me something Healthy and I'll review it!)

Till Later!


My name is Tamara and it's been 2 days since...

I have been a mess the last few days. Short tempered, grumpy and just not a pleasure to be around. Emotions fueling emotions, this grumpiness has made me sad and angry as well. I hate being grumpy (I also hate being sad and angry). With the new fallen snow I've been waiting for finally here, the Christmas spirit was what I have been looking forward to, not this! Removing myself from my family (for their sake), I rack my brain trying to find out where this is all coming from.  I have been feeling a little stressed out lately, but not enough to be this grumpy. It's not the weather, or something that's happened, nothing unexpected has come in the mail, we're all still healthy and here. A few hours go by and still no solution. By this time I'm driving to the mall to get some retail therapy (you never know what could help). On my way I realize that Starbucks is still having their 2 for 1 holiday drinks. Quickly my thoughts turn to finding the nearest coffee shop. I'm not in this part of town very often, so it's not too easy to remember where one could be, after all I only go to starbucks once every few months or so.... Coming up with nothing, I find myself getting frustrated. Where could one be? My eyes dart back and forth. Oh forget it I think, I'll just backtrack to where I know there is one.



I will backtrack in this blizzard to get 2 overpriced coffee's for the price of one? (I'm by myself you know...) Huh? I barely drink coffee, let alone latte's with cream and sugar!(** I cut out 90% of my sugar 2 years ago, dropped my coffee consumption from 3 cups a day to 2 cups a week back in the summer**).... and now I'm willing to back track across town to buy sugar-filled-overpriced-coffee.... something was wrong.

I pulled over.

I nearly started crying.

I knew what was wrong.

I was addicted to sugar (again).

It hadn't taken long, and I didn't even really see it happen. I go back in time and think of what I did wrong.....

Thursday we heard about the deal and I went in for a 2 for 1 holiday drink with my youngest son (he got a hot chocolate), my gingerbread latte was surprisingly yummy, a little sweet, but it would do. I told my hubby about the sale, and mentioned that I would bring him one later when my oldest got out of school as a treat for working so much overtime lately. He usually says no to these kinds of things, so when he said yes, I was over the moon... Maybe I would get another when we got his? When we got there 2 hours later to get his coffee, thinking the deal was 'so amazing' I bought all four of us a round! (that's 2 coffee's no, make that 2 sugar filled latte's in 2 hours instead of my usual week).

Can you say TREATS!!

Friday was another snowy day. I'm not 100% sure, but I think I may have woken up thinking about gingerbread latte's. Needless to say I was there after lunch with my youngest again getting our 2 for 1. It was good, but it wasn't Great. I was hooked!

While thinking back through the last few days images crept into my mind of cookies, cookies that I don't usually eat, but have been 'craving' lately. Why didn't I notice this sooner? How many did I eat?

It's now Monday, and I've been off 'sugar' for 2 entire days now. I feel terrible, and happy at the same time. I still feel the 'pull' for sugar, but I know it will pass. When I first quit sugar a few years ago it was a terrifying struggle that lasted a few weeks. This is not as bad. I can do it. I guess it's better now then on January 1st!


Where am I, where are you?

Ever feel like you're brain is in a vortex kind of place, and you can't finish a thought, you can't figure out what you need to do - even though you have a list of 3 thousand things that need to be done, you don't know if you should sit or stand, or run or clean.... hmm, I think I'm there, how do I get out?


Roasted Chicken and ButterNut Soup

In an effort to get blogging more, I'm trying to think of everyday things of interest that I could use as an excuse to put up. I'm not saying it's a waste of time to blog,  on the contrary blogging takes dedication!

Anyways, for right now I'm going to put up a quick little blog about my dinner. Roasted Chicken and ButterNut soup. When I saw this recipe in my book last night I immediately knew I had to make it for dinner sooner then later. It just turns out that today was one of those perfect soup days, you know the kind; cold breezy days with beautiful flakes of snow falling (the first of the season!)

So, off to the store to get what I needed :
1 med. ButterNut squash (aprox. 2.5 pds)
4 nice size chicken thighs with skin (bone in)
1 med. yellow onion
1 ltr of chicken stock

preheat oven to 425
peel, seed and cut ButterNut into cubes
dice onion
place all ingredients on baking dish, season with olive oil, course salt and pepper and bake for aprox 30 minutes (or until squash and chicken are cooked through)
Once cooked, transfer chicken to plate for cooling,
add squash and onions to medium size pot and add chicken stock.
add 1/4 tsp of both ground cumin and ground coriander
Bring to simmer
mash some veggies until soup is thickened
meanwhile; cut up chicken and add meat pieces, stir
season with salt, pepper, fresh lime juice (I knew I forgot something!) and fresh cilantro, serve!

I thought it tasted delish! I will for sure make this again... on the other hand, this is what my 7 year old had to say when I asked him if he finished his dinner...

Me; Callym did you finish dinner?
Callym; Yup, I had to take really big spoonfuls and then wash it down with water, but I finished.
Me; So you didn't like it? 
Callym; It wasn't so bad, but I never want it again.

Thanks for listening, 

 p.s. Credit where credit is due, this recipe is from the lovely Martha Stewart!


and the news today is.... LINKS!!!

As always I'm a few days (weeks) late, and as always I have no good excuse, but I am sorry!

So, what's new. What is going on. Well a lot actually. I've joined a great new website called IHeartWellness and it promises to be a great place to go for advice on running, health and support and the sharing of blogging, recipes for dinners and smoothies, guidance and new friendships. Come down and check it out! (make me a friend while you're there!)

I won a bottle of Vitamin D3 from a great Canadian company called Prairie Naturals. When I opened the bottle I was super surprised to see such tiny little pills, they could almost dissolve on your tongue! Can't wait to take these, and because of the size it's super easy for my kids to take too! I love supporting Canadian companies!!! In fact, I've also gone and bought some of their Morning Rise and Shine powder. It's a fantastic tasting powder that you add to a bit of warm water first thing in the morning. It has 1/2 lemon and 1 oz of Aloe Vera Juice plus valuable alkaline and trace of minerals in every serving. It's Vegan too! So far I love waking up and giving my body the alkaline start. I will stop taking it for a few weeks when the bottle is all done, but only to see what happens. I'm over the moon happy about the product and totally believe in the good it does! (p.s. I don't work for them or get paid for saying this)

Read a great article today on being skinny, and being skinny-fat. It's really REALLY interesting, I hope this will help some people out there! For all of you out there that think that those people who can fit into a size 2 or 4 are skinny and should shut up for feeling 'fat', now you can stop judging!!! (and all you out there who think you need to get rid of that extra fat but don't because people give you "the eye" when you say you have excess - argh! don't listen to them!!) Opps, nearly forgot, here's the link to skinny-fat. Being skinny or bigger doesn't mean you are healthly or unhealthy!

Also received my  prize from a twitter contest today. Naturally Savvy does a question of the day, and the winner gets something cool and different every time. My prize was a great Red lunch bag (I'm sure my eldest will take that seeing as it's his fav colour!), 2 cooking lite magazines, and a bunch of assorted drink powder samples (trim, go greens, acai, omega to go, green energy, and extreme berries) all from a company called Healthy to go. I'll let you know what I think of them all once we try them (have to share with the family).

Now, what else. Oh ya, food and exercise and school, and family, and my 'self care' and my balancing act. How is that all going? Swell, pretty good, well not bad most of the time....

So, I'm still running about 6 times a week! It's getting much colder out here which means that I find myself running shorter distances, but getting out in the fresh air and running makes me feel so good I just can't stop! I hope it continues throughout the winter (but if you've ever been in Winnipeg in the winter, you know that it can get really REALLY COLD, so we'll have to see, I may just get a temporary gym membership)

I've finished (and totally passed) my first nutrition course (no not class, COURSE) now just waiting for my diploma in the mail!!!! Also waiting to get my Stress Management Final (should be done that by Monday). Can't believe how great it feels to accomplish this schooling!

I've also taken a bunch of new photos with my fab new camera. I'm about to go to my photo blog page and do some updates, if you want to check that out later it should be done by dinner (lol)

As for my self care and life coaching systems... well, they're going a little slower then I would really like. It seems that Chris and I are getting busier and busier (though I don't know with what), and well, we've fallen off track. We've made a plan to check in with each other every Monday night (whoops, that would be today), and make sure that we are still moving forward, it's good to be accountable to someone other then yourself sometimes! I still see great things for me and Chris and us as a family / couple. It's alright that sometimes we forget where we are going, I think the fault lies in not getting back on track once we notice we've gone astray!

There is a line in the movie 'the secret' that goes something like this... ""Take the first step, no matter if you can only see the first step"". It's taking that first step that scares us, we can't see anything else but that first scary step. There is also another line I read in 'eat pray love' that says something like this: ""faith is belief in something you cannot see or prove or touch, faith is walking face first and full speed into the dark"".  I think that these applied to my life a few months ago. Chris and I were scared (or maybe just nervous) about going forward with our future dreams, but we have always had faith in our dreams, and so we stepped. But now, Now it's different, once we took a few steps and nothing bad happened, we started walking faster. You know what happens when you start walking faster? 2 things, One is that it starts getting easier, and the other is that you realize you are running. You aren't scared anymore, and it's all working, it's all falling into place. We are starting to walk faster. We're not running yet, but it's coming and it makes me excited!

So, I see that I have started babbling a little. This means I should stop. Thanks for listening, and comment on anything please, I'd love to hear what you have to say!