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    Boring but Essential Health Stuff You Should Never Ignore!

    Whether you’re twenty, thirty, forty or somewhere in the ballpark (whatever ballpark that may be), you’re likely guilty of the same thing as the rest of us: occasionally neglecting your health, because, well…certain things are boring. 

     

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    None of us enjoy going to the dermatologist, or to the dentist…it’s not like getting a massage or your nails done; there’s no real payoff, or at least not an immediate one. And when you have a busy, hectic life, cramming the fun things in is hard enough, much less the stuff that’s not always so fun. And when you’re a woman, you’re often encouraged to put your own needs to the side. 

    Well, ladies, it’s time to unlearn that behavior and start taking care of yourself. And that means all the things, not just the fun ones, or the ones that are an immediate danger. Preventative care and maintenance are a good thing for everybody, after all. 

    Below are a few areas that us women tend to neglect, and how we can do better at, you know, not doing that anymore: 

     

    Your Teeth

    Yes. We all hate going to the dentist. And for good reason. Dental visits are often lovely shaming activities where we apologize profusely for not flossing. Sometimes there’s pain. And there’s always lots of money involved (seriously, does anyone’s health insurance have a decent dental plan? Apparently not). We’ve all built the dentist up to be some kind of massive bummer, and because of this, we don’t go. And the more we don’t go, the more problems build up, making the inevitable visit worse…you get the drill. 

     

    But the teeth are actually much more important than you think, and it’s not all aesthetic. Your teeth are directly related to your nerves, your blood, and your heart. Ignoring things like teeth pain, abscesses and cavities can directly impact your health. You might think it’s no big deal, but putting off a dental visit can do irreparable damage. 

     

    So call your dentist, schedule that cleaning or tooth bridge appointment, bite the bullet (figuratively) and take care of your teeth. 

     

    Your Skin

    That eight-step skincare routine is great (and nope, we totally don’t judge if you skip a night – or three – a week), but taking care of your skin is about more than just buying a miracle moisturizer and removing your makeup before bed. 

     

    Seeing a dermatologist every now and then to have things like irregular moles and odd blemishes checked out is a really good idea. Skin cancer is a big risk factor for women, especially if you spend a lot of time outside (always wear sunscreen; every day, no matter the weather or season!). Taking the time to get your body’s largest organ checked out for any potential problems is a really good idea. Don’t wait until it’s too late. 

     

    Your Heart

    We all know that heart disease is the number one killer of women in the United States. Unfortunately when we hear that statistic we often immediately think of elderly women. And that’s just not accurate – women are having heart attacks at younger and younger ages, due to stress, chronic illness, dietary issues and more. 

     

    Put simply, we need to take better care of our heart. It’s true that panic attacks and anxiety can mimic heart attacks, which is why a lot of young women just ignore pain and discomfort and don’t see a doctor – often with disastrous consequences. Take your heart health seriously and see a doctor at the very first sign of something wrong. 

     

    Your Diet

    We’re not talking about fad diets and crash diets, here. Newsflash: they don’t work. We’re not talking about dieting for weight loss, either. 

     

    We’re talking about eating a balanced, nutritious and healthy diet that is primarily composed of natural foods that you’ve prepared at home. 

     

    Taking the time to cook is not only a stress relieving activity, but because you control the ingredients, those meals tend to be healthier and cheaper. Your diet should be full of leafy greens, crunchy vegetables, ripe fruits, lean protein, a few whole grains and healthy fats, and yep, a treat or two for snacking or dessert. Everything in moderation! Including going out for pizza at the weekend. 

     

    Taking the time to look after your health – yes, even the boring parts – will pay off in the end when you have more energy, clearer skin, a bright smile, and are sleeping like a baby after your long, successful day of being a responsible human who loves the skin she’s in.

     

    XO,MAHA

     

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    WHY I CHOSE MY MENTAL HEALTH OVER NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS!

    My dear loyal readers, please brace yourselves. This post is real , raw and personal to me.

    Every year, like most of you people out there, I try to “better” myself by imposing crazy expectations and restrictions on myself in the belief that I will be happier, more fit and of course find my inner peace. Isn’t that what we all want ? Inner peace 🙂

    Some of my go-to resolutions in the past have been:

    exercise more

    learn to use Photoshop

    start meditating

    and of course my favourite , stop eating cake for breakfast!

     

    No wait the torture doesn’t end there I have more:

     

    work on communicating better with my family and friends

    do more charity work

    bake and ice a 7 layer cake

    be a mentor to youths in the community

    become CPR certified.

    Out of these 9 resolutions that I have made in the past few years, I have committed to only one and that’s to do more charity work. The other day my husband burst my bubble and told me that its not technically charity work if the recipients are your kids, but in my defence it’s still my time I’m sacrificing for others sooo potatoe, batata whatever man! Read more

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    Is Natural Skin Care Worth The Hype ? Rocky Mountain Soap Co. Review

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    ROCKY MOUNTAIN SOAP COMPANY

    I love a good skincare regimen and for the most part I try to stick to what I know works well on my skin and doesn’t break me out.  My routine is fairly simple ( not) : cleanser, toner, serum , anti-aging eye product, mask, moisturizer and finally lip balm. I told you it was simple ! Unfortunately, I can’t stop or turn back time (the things I would do if I could though…lol) so I’ve been finding lately that my skin is changing slightly and a few of my go-to products have been irritating me a bit. Maybe it’s the change of season or it could be that as my skin is changing it’s also becoming sensitive . So I knew  it was time to change of the skin care regimen.

    The Rocky Mountain Soap Co. came to my rescue! They sent me these products to sample and I couldn’t have been happier to receive them just as I was looking to switch up my skin care.Before being sent the products I didn’t know much about this company, only that it was sold at Rainbow Natural Foods in Ottawa. I dug deeper to learn that Rocky Mountain Soap Company only use Toxin Free products to create their vast lineup of All Natural products. As well the products are handmade in Alberta, Canada! I’ve never used 100% natural skincare products  so I thought why not, let’s give it a go.

    I was sent the following products to sample:

     

    CALMING TONER

                   CALMING TONER

    Lavender and Arnica are known skin soothing ingredients so once I started using this toner I knew my skin  instantly liked it! I didn’t have that dry feeling I had before applying the toner and since I only apply toner at night, I woke up the next morning to very hydrated but more specifically non-itchy skin. I definitely think the lavender did the trick! As well it helped a lot that this toner smelled like heaven and I woke up smelling like a flower!

     

    POMEGRANATE DAY CREAM

        POMEGRANATE DAY CREAM

    Pomegranate is superfood for your skin, just don’t eat the jar even though it does smell good enough to nibble on! The moisturizer is very hydrating when used with the toner or alone. As with all the Rocky Mountain Soap Company products, the moisturizer is 100% natural and toxin-free.If I could bathe in this moisturizer I would!!! The only drawback I found was that it didn’t have any SPF , but then it wouldn’t be considered all natural. Still, I couldn’t justify leaving the house with out SPF so I layered an SPF product on top of this moisturizer.

    AFTER SUN BODY BUTTER

          AFTER SUN BODY BUTTER

    Since there’s not a lot of sun in Ottawa lately, except for a day here and there, I haven’t used this product for it’s intended purpose which is to soothe skin after too much sun exposure. Since I didn’t have that problem I started using this product on my legs after shaving! I get crazy little red bumps  and since this body butter contains Aloe, beeswax, coconut and castor oil ,which are all known hydrating ingredients, I knew it would sooth my legs! Voila, it worked! Now instead of applying lotion, I’ve started to reach for the body butter stick! It hydrates and gives my legs a nice glow as well.

    RESTORATIVE FACE MASK

    RESTORATIVE FACE MASK

    Who doesn’t love a good face mask! This mask contains Ginseng and Spirulina which a are known to soften skin and give your skin a healthy glow by infusing it with organic botanicals. The first time I used this mask, I was a bit taken back by the smell. It wasn’t bad but didn’t smell great. It did smell like vanilla and coconut with a green powdery consistency. Once you add water to the powder it creates a paste and you leave it on your skin for 10-15 minutes. Don’t add too much water ,  a tiny bit goes a long way. It was easy to remove after the time expired and my skin felt very nourished and hydrated. The package is only 40 grams so you can get 4 uses out of the one package.

    So for the past 2 weeks and half I’ve been using these products and I’v truly enjoyed the 100% natural and non-toxic products that the Rocky Mountain Soap Co. sent me to sample. I am obsessing mostly over the toner, moisturizer and body butter as I feel they really worked well and quickly to sooth my irritated skin. Now I’m not saying I will go all natural with my skincare from now on, but I am making a continue effort to introduce more natural and toxin-free products in my life. I have to say it does feel good to know that I have absolutely no chemicals on my face! I would highly recommend these products to anyone who is against chemicals in their skin care routine and who is looking for a well rounded skin care line that can fight the aging process and still keep skin hydrated and plump. I will definitely continue to use the toner and moisturizer in my routine ( LOVE LOVE!) now that I know they are instantly soothing my skin!

     

    Have you tried any of the Rocky Mountain Soap Co.products? If you have or are interested in trying any of them, leave me a comment below!

    *Rocky Mountain Soap Co.sent me the products to sample but the opinions expressed in this post are my own and were not influenced by the company.*

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    50 small practices to apply in your life NOW for a HAPPIER 2017!

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    50 Small Practices to apply in your life NOW for a Happier 2017!

    A week into the new year and motivation for a “happier and better you”‘ are still fairly high. Fast forward a few weeks and that motivation may diminish and momentum in achieveiung a better version of yourself may come to a complete halt. In order to keep the  momentum going, start by adding small practices or habits into your everyday life so you don’t feel overwhelmed with change and want to quit. I’ve already added a few of these practices in my life so far. I’ve started to drink less caffeine and more water. I have stopped body shaming myself ( I struggle with this one every day!) and I cleaned out my office! Big achievements so far  🙂

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    New Year, New Goals!

    how_to_get_things_done_in_2017.jpgAs the end of the year is coming to a close we start to think about this passing year and what is awaiting us in 2017. Honestly for me 2016 wasn’t the greatest year. I wanted to do so much with the family and blog etc, etc but time and life in general just didn’t permit me to. So I started thinking, how can I make things happen for me in 2017? What are my goals for 2017?

    I dread the word resolution so this is not a post on how to set resolutions!  New years resolutions overwhelm me. When you set a resolution there isn’t any wiggle room.It’s either you succeed or fail! That’s too much stress for my 5″1 frame.

    I want to approach 2017 with clear direction of where I would like to be with my career and life in general. It’s so ironic that I’m sharing this information about myself on the blog because for those who know me, they know I am the most discreet person when it comes to my life, so of course I decide to start a blog (that’s the irony) ! You start a blog to discuss your passions and your life in general but in return you become immensely vulnerable giving a glimpse of yourself to others that you don’t know and there’s a good chance they may not like you or what you have to say.  How scary is that? This blog has pushed my boundaries beyond belief, It’s caused me to search deeply within myself to discover who I am ,  who I want to be and where do I want to be with my career? . That’s why I started the Girl Talk category on my blog. This is the space where I can  be vulnerable and speak my mind about issues and topics that don’t really correlate to other topics on my blog and I hope so deeply that these topics can start a conversation among us girls!

    OK back to my 2017 Goals…

    I’m setting my goals to “paper” so I can visualize them and work towards them every day,  so here they are…

    1. Blog once a week (Have to make time for me and my passion!)
    2. Meet other bloggers from the area ( this means stepping out of my comfort zone a lot!!)
    3. Take a photography course ( I have a fancy new camera now and I have no clue how to use it!)
    4. Take an advanced makeup class to learn new skills (I can’t grow if I’m not learning and applying new skills)
    5. Diversify the blog ( started with Girl Talk and hopefully I can add some more categories soon)
    6. Work out 4 times a week and don’t complain about it ( LORD IS  MY WITNESS THIS IS THE HARDEST GOAL!!)
    7. Be kind to myself. Love myself , especially on days where I feel so drained and look like a zombie (see what I meant about being vulnerable!!).

    That’s it…these are my top goals for 2017! Now that I have made them visual , I have no choice but to work hard in achieving them.

    Have you set any 2017 goals for yourself? I would love to hear about it!!

     

    XO, MAHA

     

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