Thursday, November 28, 2013

body brushing

do you brush your body? here's why you should start!

The benefits of dry skin brushing include:
  •  improving vascular blood circulation and lymphatic drainage. By releasing toxins, it encourages the body’s discharge of metabolic wastes so the body is able to run more effectively. Remember your lymphatic system doesn't have a pump so actively promoting lymphatic movement is key to a healthier life.
  • Dry skin brushing rejuvenates the nervous system by stimulating nerve endings in the skin
  •  Dry skin brushing helps your skin to absorb nutrients by eliminating clogged pores.
  • Increasing the circulation to the skin could possibly reduce the appearance of cellulite. Cellulite is toxic material accumulated in your body’s fat cells. No need to take drastic measures like liposuction, how about utilizing the dry skin brushing techniques to help break down unwanted toxins?
  • Dry body brushing helps shed dead skin cells (and encourages new cell renewal), which results in smoother and brighter skin. It can also help with any pesky ingrown hairs.
  • It helps with muscle tone and gives you a more even distribution of fat deposits.
 you don’t have to book a pricey spa treatment to reap the benefits; this one can be done in your very own bathroom. All you need to do is purchase a natural bristle brush (not one made from nylon or synthetic materials). One with a long handle is also a plus, as it means you can reach all areas of the body. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

ghill life lately

As I inch closer to baby # 3's arrival,my nesting mode is in full swing... 
and my hubs to do list is growing by the minute!

Even despite the rainy/snowy weather and now cooler temperatures, 
we've managed to fit in some fun!

check out our ghill life on instagram

raspberry leaf tea

one of my favourite teas (and not just because I'm 37 weeks pregnant)
 is  raspberry leaf tea while it has a great reputation for benefits during pregnancy, this tea is beneficial to all women in any stage of life. As it's name suggests, it's made from the leaf of the raspberry plant, it's naturally high in magnesium, potassium, iron and b-vitamins and this specific combination of nutrients make it highly beneficial for women's reproduction health. 

In pregnancy it helps alleviate nausea, leg cramps and improves sleep while also strengthening the uterus and pelvic muscles which many claim lead to a shorter and easier labour. It is also recommended for women to increase fertility and helpful for couples trying to conceive. I've drank it throughout my pregnancies although I've found at times it made me crampy and then I would reduce my intake to a couple of times a week instead of daily. But always consult with your midwife or doctor before taking any herb while pregnant.

Pregnancy aside,  Raspberry Leaf Tea has been used for centuries as a folk medicine to treat an assortment of ailments including but not limited to:canker sores, cold sores, and gingivitis in persons of all ages and anemia, leg cramps, diarrhea, and morning sickness in pregnant women, and as a uterine relaxant. 

I've been a fan of raspberry leaf tea for some time, 
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Friday, November 15, 2013

etsy love

so I died and went to coat heaven.
these coats are.... I MEAN! honestly. 
just stop because I need deeper pockets and gahhh! I'm in LOVE.

Can you even handle it? Well done littlegoodall
check out this etsy shop for even more adorable creations.

52 ways to get up off the floor

if you are like me the idea of hitting the gym is like total torture. 
treadmills, crossfit, lifting weights and elliptical trainers all sound pretty miserable to me. 
I've been exploring movement in other ways. Natural movement as part of a healthy lifestyle opposed to bursts of intense exercise. I've mentioned it before on the blog and I highly recommend Aligned and Well to anyone and everyone who will listen. You can read my past posts here and here.
through the aligned and well blog and facebook page I've come across great articles, tips and ideas of how to incorporate healthy movement into your life and kids' lives without these intense "workouts" that can cause injury and issues in other areas. 

checkout this article and video about 52 ways to get up off the floor. 
Simple movement that will give you a workout! 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

song of the week

I've had this song on my ipod for years and 
the lyrics make me gigle every single time I listen to it. 
I'll kill her by Soko

talking to your kids

I just seen these youtube videos and busted a gut. 

check more of their hysterical videos on their youtube channel

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

baby love

 a little gift giving idea for those little ladies in your life...
check out this etsy shop. I've ordered a couple of dolls from this shop in the past, 
for birthday gifts etc and the owner/designer Secelie is such a doll to deal with.
Recently I ask her for a custom listing of 2 large dolls and 4 smaller mini dolls. 
With some back and forth (her attention to detail is great!) she sent me these photos last night!

The cutest right? 
I can't wait to spread the joy this holiday with these adorable dollies.

 these yellow/grey mixes are so unbelievably sweet! 

Check out Heart Felts for your custom creation 
or choose from her wide selection of ready to ship dolls. 


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