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I used to hate mornings. I mean, like really, really detest them but since becoming a mom the name of the game is maximizing my time. My time at work, my time with my kids and my time alone. And for me, the best way to get in any sort of time for myself is in the morning. That doesn’t mean every morning is all sunshine and rose, but overtime my AM routine has gotten less painful where, dare I say it, I actually like to start my day before the sun comes up. Along the way, there have also been some adjustments to the morning grind where I’ve added new products, juices and workouts along the way. Here’s what’s working for my morning routine right now.
What’s Working for My AM Routine (Right Now):
Get moving: Exercise is so important in my fast-moving world. I prefer to start my day with a run (usually around five miles) but when I can’t I go (hey, old man winter), I’ll LOVE taking classes at OrangeTheory or I’ll workout at home if I can’t commit to a full hour, or just plain exhausted. Lately, I’ve been testing out the GOLD’S AMP,the digital fitness platform from Gold’s Gym where I can get in 30-minute workouts at home. The app dubbed as “your digital personal trainer” combines the 50 years (!) of Gold’s Gym fitness expertise where users can workout with coaches through 100+ workouts. This includes workouts for every fitness level and interest where you can find 12 types of cardio workouts, strength workouts, and an awesome collection of DJ mixes to get you moving in the comfort of your home. They also have core, stretching and meditation workouts in the mix if you don’t want full-on cardio.
Morning liquids: I have officially jumped on the celery juice bandwagon and I think you will too after you check out the benefits of this wonder food. I drink 160z of celery juice after my workout, a big glass of water and usually some coffee (no sugar) with nutpods and Vital Proteins powder.
Oils: I’m always open to try to new oils and extracts for my health, so I was intrigued when I heard about Black Seed Oil, a herbal blend that’s prized for its high nutrient content, such as aiding weight loss, improving skin conditions, and even treating cancer and diabetes.
For the past month or so, I’ve been trying the Black Seed Oil in a pill form and as an oil from Zatik Naturals to see what this new wonder oil is all about. The unrefined Black Seed Oil from Zatik Naturals is high in Omega 6 and Omega 9, formulated with certified organic ingredients, and made using a small batch process where they only fill what they sell to maintain freshness and highest quality. Additionally, they use Genuine Egyptian Seed (Geographical location determines the highest potency of the thymoquinone and antioxidant content in the oil) in their Black Seed products and packaged in ultraviolet blue bottles to protect from UV damage. At first I was thrown off by the intense taste of the cold-pressed oil (think pepper and cumin) but I’ve gotten used to it and have since been enjoying it both straight and in my smoothies.
Vitamins: I’ll admit it: I saw Rital Vitamins plastered all over my Facebook feed and I was intrigued by these “pretty vitamins.” After reading up on them, I decided to give these see-through vitamins a go and have been loving then for the past six months or so. In addition to the convenience factor (they get delivered to my door every month), they are packed with nine essentials vitamins, such as Iron, Omega 3, Vitamin E, and more, which overtime is said to help build a stronger foundation for health, such as to help maintain energy, immunity and the skin. I also take Vitamin C and another Omega 3 capsule during the day to help heal my skin.
Getting ready: Post shower, I brush with vitaminpaste and recently have been using InstaNatural as a way to help my skin. I’ve read that VitaminC can help with dark spots and the Vitamin C Trio has been a great way to test this out. The 30-Day Starter Kit includes a cleansing facial wash with Organic Chamomile, a serum and a moisturizer are infused with natural oils such as Sea Buckthorn Oil and Sunflower Oil. It is also said to help with wrinkles, discoloration, skin tone, prevent the appearance of aging and defend from environmental aggressors. I’ve been loving how gentle it is on my skin, especially the serum that leaves my skin looking brighter in the morning. I’ll have a more detailed report soon on all of the Vitamin C products I’ve been using for my skin soon.
7:30am (or so!)
The eating time can vary when the kiddos wake up and they need what they need RIGHT NOW. I try to nosh on some almonds as I get their breakfast ready and then usually have 1/2 of an avocado with some salmon or pomegranates, or sometimes a rice cake with peanut butter and chia seeds. Honestly, though, with three kiddos every day is completely different and equally intense after they wake up. While I don’t love eating on-the-go, it’s really the only thing that works right now.
What are some of the key products in your morning routine?
Wellness isn’t all or nothing. There are little things we can do everyday to change our behaviors an incorporate healthy living into our lives. For me that’s slowly cutting our sugar (it’s a long process) or trying a new workout to make my body and mind stronger. There are also tons of products that we can swap for those we have used for years for enhanced health and wellness. One such product our family has been trying is Vitaminpaste. Now, don’t get me wrong I was skeptical, cause, vitamins in toothpaste? Do we really need that?
After trying it out for 30 days, I can attest that it does stack up and I actually prefer its mild flavor that provides tons of benefits. Developed by Bruce Golden, D.D.S, a New York-based dentist Vitaminpaste and Vitaminpaste Kids are both fluoride-free toothpastes that deliver essential vitamins.
In addition to the added vitamins, the adult line provides zinc, selenium, manganese and works to whiten teeth, fight tartar and decay, and freshen breath. Other benefits that I love: the line isn’t tested on animals (nor does it contain animal derivatives), it is gluten-free, and it is fluoride-free.
As for the kiddos, the multivitamin kids’ toothpaste, designed for kids four and up, delivers at least 50% of essential vitamins, along with calcium to make it easier for kids to get some of their daily vitamins as well as being safer to swallow. Dr. Golden noted, “Of course, daily cleansing is vital to tooth and gum health, but it occurred to me that that we could take it a step further. Why not add vitamins into the routine? Since it can sometimes be difficult to get children to eat their vegetables and fruits, the act of brushing could be a great way to help supplement their vitamin intake.”
Additionally, according to Dr. Golden, toothpaste developed for children has traditionally focused on artificial coloring and flavors and parents have learned to shop for the products that feature sparkles and cartoon characters, but he explains, there is more to it than appealing to kids. “I challenged myself to develop a multitasking toothpaste. Tooth decay continues to be an ongoing problem in kids, along with vitamin deficiencies. I looked at the whole picture and developed Vitaminpaste Kids to be used as a dietary supplement that you can brush your teeth with and is safe to swallow. In addition, I did not add fluoride because a dietary supplement cannot contain drugs and I am concerned that children may be getting over-fluoridated.”
A simple thing to add to my wellness routine, Vitaminpaste makes it easy to enhance your daily toothbrushing with a boost of benefits.
Vitaminpaste Kids (4.1 oz tube) $5.99 and Vitaminpaste (4.1 oz tube) $5.99 are available at, , and select local food and drug chains.
I was provided with samples for review. All opinions, as always, are my own.
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We are so excited for Earth Day! And while we try to do our best to take care of the earth each and every day, Earth Day is a definitely a great way to do a little more. And one such way to get the kids involved is to upcycle by reusing items around the house and turn them into something new. Our friends at Go Organically Organic Fruit Snacks, shared an idea for a fun upcycled dreamcatcher that would make for a perfect craft to create this Earth Day. Read on for more:
DIY Upcycled Dreamcatcher
Originating in Native American culture, dreamcatchers are believed to offer protection to little ones by “catching” bad dreams in mid-air while they sleep. With a web-covered hoop to snare nightmares, dreamcatchers traditionally feature natural decorative accents like feathers and wooden beads. Try your hand at making your own upcycled dreamcatcher with our easy tutorial!
What You’ll Need:
- A piece of decorative fabric from an old shirt, shawl, scarf or table runner
- Embroidery hoop
- Sharp scissors
- Wooden or plastic beads with a 1/8” hole or larger
- Feathers and/or ribbons
- Safety pins
Step 1: Dig through your closets to find an interesting old T-shirt, shawl, scarf or table runner that you no longer use. Look for an eye-catching graphic or interesting material that’s lacy or crocheted. Cut your fabric so that it’s slightly wider than the embroidery hoop, and at least twice as tall.
Step 2: Unscrew the top of your embroidery hoop and separate the two hoops. Drape your fabric over the inner hoop, lining it up so that plenty of extra fabric hangs down at the bottom.
Step 3: Place the outer hoop on top and press down into place, adjusting the fabric and pulling it tight. Once you’re happy with the fabric placement, tighten the top screw.
Step 4: Take your scissors and cut the fabric hanging from the bottom of the hoop into long, thin, vertical strips. Trim any excess fabric from around the rest of the hoop.
Step 5: String beads onto the ends of your fabric strips and knot them in place. Use safety pins to attach feathers and ribbons onto your fabric strips at random places for an eclectic effect. Loop a longer piece of ribbon through the hardware at the top and hang with pride!