Training

>> Friday, July 22, 2011

Happy Friday! Ready for the weekend? I am!

I’m in training, as in exercise. Okay, don’t laugh. I’m being serious. I have been meaning to get off my duff and exercise more; to work out; to get active. I don’t do nearly as much as I should and it’s obvious. Well, the time is now.

My inspiration:

This flyer came across my desk and I thought, “I want to do this!”

Hmm…let’s think about this.
  • I don’t like to run, climb stairs, or knowing that I’m exercising in general – I like being active but not the act of exercising, if that makes sense.
  • I haven’t been walking daily or as often as I should.
  • I love yoga but again, haven’t done it in eons.
  • I huff and puff because I’m out of shape.
  • I can be competitive – I don't care to beat out anybody on this climb but it has sparked my determination and competitiveness to put my goal of getting fit into action. Gotta start somewhere right? So this is my personal competition to prove to myself I can do it.
  • I’ve got three months to prep and train.
  • It’s for a good cause. I had (mild) asthma as a kid and have a family member with COPD.
  • I’ve never done anything like this before.
  • I’ve been inspired by others’ journeys.
  • I’m motivated to do this.
  • I want to do this.
  • I can do this.
So now that you understand where I’m coming from I’m wondering where to begin to properly train. I walked five miles yesterday (what was I thinking?!) so my body is speaking in loud volumes today. That means today I will work on healing and stretching and tomorrow I will get back into action. Probably walk but maybe not five miles. :)

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Here’s what I know about the Climb for Air. It’s sponsored by the American Lung Association and is being held in a building I used to work in. There are approximately 1160 steps (56 floors) in said building. We’ll be climbing approximately 1020 of those steps, which equal about 0.13 miles. Not a lot but when you’re going straight up, then uh, yeah, that is a lot. Fortunately, this isn’t a competition insomuch that anyone six years and older can participate and of all fitness levels. So really no one has to (or should) feel bad if they only complete a portion of the climb.

Does anyone have any tips for me to properly get started on my new fitness regime? Where do I begin?

Of course, I’ll be eating cleaner. The easy part, right? And hey, wouldn’t you know it? How timely there’s a raw food challenge coming up on Monday I can participate in to help me get on track. Btw, if you’re curious about raw foods or looking to get back into raw foods yourself but need help getting started, this 7-day challenge might be of interest to you too. Only 7 days...not 30 or whatever. Just a week. Details can be found here or check out Ashley’s blog for her personal updates. She’s new to raw foods and is taking on the challenge for the first time. It’ll be interesting to follow her experience. So who's up for the challenge with me?


Now the exercise…ugh. I’ll get there. I just need an attitude adjustment sometimes and focus on my goal and why I’m doing this. What’s an hour or two out of my day? I mean really. There are worse things, right?

So root me on. Share your suggestions or personal experience. I’ll need all the help I can get.

Have a good weekend! And remember, if you haven’t entered the Tropical Traditions Hair Oils giveaway, it’s still going on. Enter here.


P.S. I'm still getting caught up with blog reading. If I haven't been by your blog to really catch up (I'm not the type to just read the latest post and call it good) then be rest assured I'm working my way over. I just don't want anyone to think I'm ignoring them. That would make me sad.

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Giveaway: TT Hair Oil (CLOSED)

>> Sunday, July 17, 2011

Hello! It’s time for a giveaway, dontcha think? Well, today’s giveaway is sponsored by Tropical Traditions. Yay!

Hopefully, by now, you’ve checked out my review of their hair oil. If not, read up here or to recap: it’s good stuff I tell ya. All organic and natural – nothing chemically or toxic about it.


As I’ve mentioned in my post, I found for my hair it works well using it a few times a week and usually I put it on my wet hair as a leave-in conditioner. However, it’s great as a frizz-tamer/smoother on dry hair, too. It’s very moisturizing with the combo organic oils. My hair is considered “normal” type but dries out because of the hair dryer and flat iron and of course, not getting it cut as often as I should. I’m sure this hair oil works well with most hair types.

Now, for the giveaway.

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Tropical Traditions has generously offered one reader their own 8 ounce bottle of hair oil to try.

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To enter, just leave me a comment below which scent you’d like to try if you won (don’t worry, you can always change your mind if you do).

That’s it! Of course, I always offer extra chances. Read on if interested.

Bonus entries:
♦ Follow me on Google Friend Connect
♦ Subscribe to my blog via email (confirmed)
♦ Tell me something else you’d love to try from Tropical Traditions
♦ Subscribe to Tropical Traditions’ newsletter
♦ Follow @Troptraditions on twitter
♦ Follow @hihorosie on twitter and tweet this giveaway: Win an 8-oz bottle of organic hair oil from @Troptraditions and @hihorosie! Details here http://is.gd/27hVA1 Open to US/Can
♦ Blog or Facebook this giveaway
♦ If you can do a cartwheel

Leave a comment for each entry.

Open to US and Canadian residents only. Winner chosen randomly.

Note for Canadian bloggers: Tropical Traditions is not responsible for customs or duties that Canada may charge if you decide to participate in this Tropical Traditions sponsored blog giveaway.

Giveaway starts now and ends Sunday, July 31st at 9:00 PM (PDT).

Thanks for entering and good luck!

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Window Shopping: the sustainable way

>> Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Howdy kids! I think I've got my head in the clouds today.

I want this:


photo from getmilkshake.com
 Highlights of this award-winning bike:
  • Made from organic biodegradable flax fibers
  • Covered with water soluble paint
  • Internal lighting in the frame (no batteries!)
  • The fenders and handle grips are made from bamboo
  • Tires made by Schwalbe (whoever that is but sounds impressive) with recyclable rubber inside
  • A 9-speed Shimano drive train (again, whatever that means but must be cool) with Schwinn custom designed components
  • Not cheap (estimated at $1200)
You can read more about it here or see more pics here.

I want these shoes:


Who doesn’t love Tom’s? These are just too cute! With these on, I’d end up taller than my hubs. Don’t think he’d mind though. ;)

And this dress:


And hmm…they (Shabby Apple) just so happens to be having a sale (20% off) going on right now through the end of July. Sweet!

I want this too:


With this next to it:


Made from cattail and reed. I just want to lounge with a refreshing beverage with a tiny umbrella next to me near the blue-green water (and not in the reeds like in the first pic)…

Okay, back to reality, er, maybe this is my online dream board. :)

For those who like to daydream too and win free stuff I have a giveaway coming up soon you'll want to check back for.


P.S. This post was not sponsored by anybody. I seriously was daydreaming about these things as I happened across them in email or elsewhere. They're fun dontcha think? Well, I think so which is why I posted this. Just for fun. Yippee!

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Happy Hannah: A Book Review

>> Monday, July 11, 2011

Good morning and happy Monday! Hope you had a great weekend. Today, I've got a book review I've been meaning to post.

YS2 loves to read. Looooves! Okay, he’s not actually reading the words yet but books are a fave and they have been pretty much from the beginning. He loves books read to him or sometimes he “reads” them on his own.

When I was contacted by author, Elke Weiss, about reviewing her children’s book, “Hannah and the Talking Tree” from Free Focus Publishing, I could see at first glance it’d be a great book for YS2 so of course I said yes.

I was so excited when I got the book and could look at all the beautiful pages. So colorful! And the story is cute. And I thought it was so nice of her to personalize it for Caleb.



The story is about a girl named Hannah who has big ears, which of course, makes her unique but because of it she’s able to help a talking tree she finds. She learns how important trees are to our environment, us and the animals.

It’s written for children (obviously) but the message is a great reminder for adults as well. It’s not annoying or too simple as some children’s books can be. This held YS2’s interest with the colorful pages and the story, which he was able to follow along at his sweet age of two. To say he loves the book is an understatement. It immediately became a favorite and was read 2-3 times (or more) a day for quite some time.

YS2 loves Hannah. He might even identify with her a bit with her ears (*wink*) but he gives Hannah a kiss when she’s sad and then declares her Happy Hannah. It’s so sweet.

The book is printed on recycle paper (of course!) and has won awards (well earned!). You can read more about it here.

"Hannah and the Talking Tree" is simply charming and would be wonderful to add to your child’s collection or to give as a gift. You can purchase it online at Amazon.com for $16.95 or check your local book store for a copy.

Thank you Ms. Weiss for the beautiful gift!



P.S. I received a copy of the book to review, however, I was not paid, asked or expected to write a favorable post. What you read is just my honest opinion. The end. :)

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Review: Tropical Trad Hair Oil

>> Friday, July 8, 2011

Today, I’ve got a review for you of Tropical Traditions Organic Hair Oils. I received a sample a couple months ago so my sincere apologies for my tardiness of this post. It probably works out better this way as I was able to use the hair oil for a while before posting.


I have naturally curly/wavy hair. Now, before you get all green with envy let me explain my hair. It does what IT wants, it gets frizzy, ends get dry and become unmanageable at times, and sometimes it’s just a real pain. I’ll also confess I’m not good with hair. When I first get it cut, I’ll make an effort and style it for about two weeks then it seems to find its way pulled back into a ponytail. Easy, done - not stylish but it's done.

However, the not really taking good care of my hair and drying it fast on high heat and/or using the flat iron can cause some damage and dryness. I tend to use a lot of conditioner so I was very interested in trying the hair oil.

You can use this in different ways but the way I use it is after I’ve shampooed and rinsed my hair, I apply a small amount (a dime size or less) to the ends – actually, from my ear line to the ends – and leave it in. No rinsing. I then dry and style (word used loosely) as normal. I do this about 2-3 times a week. Sometimes I do flat iron my hair and when I do, this makes a great serum to control those whispys and keep the ends soft.

So using this for some time now I figured out how it works best for my hair. When I first used it I used too much and in areas not needed (scalp). And found I only need to do this once in awhile, not everyday, otherwise it starts to weigh down – I mean it is oil after all.

It’s made with all organic ingredients and not with anything that doesn’t need to be there like alcohol, propylene glycol, sulfates, etc. They list the ingredients on their website so you know exactly what’s in it.

I recommend the Tropical Traditions Organic Hair Oils – it’s been helpful to have in my hair care rotation. Way healthier than so many other alternatives out there. It's great on all hair types and can be used in different ways on dry or wet hair.

An 8 oz bottle is normally $27.50 for unscented and $28.00 for rosemary or lavender but all are on sale right now for $18.99-$19.50. It seems high but when you think about how little you’d use each time (a little goes a long way!) it’s a good deal.

Thanks Tropical Traditions!

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Vote for 5 in 5

>> Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Hello friends! Hope you all enjoyed a sparkly fun 4th! Or Canada Day (on 1st) for some of you…or just a two-day weekend for others...

It was a good weekend here with lots of sunshine! Wait, did I say sunshine? Here? In Western Washington? Yes! We had sun and lots of it (ok, there was one sorta cloudy day and some rain one night) – and heat! Some will say it was a scorcher (80 degrees). I wouldn’t go that far but it was so nice to be out and about in warm weather again. It was much needed and much appreciated here. No doubt our garden has been soaking up the rays.

I noticed over the weekend some of you have entered yourselves in the HotRawChef.com 5 in 5 contest. Woo hoo! Good for you! With a few of you whose blogs I follow regularly, you’re making this vote particularly difficult for me.

For those not familiar with this contest, entrants submit a video of their recipe that involves five main ingredients in five minutes or less – 5 in 5.



Here are three videos from blog friends I follow regularly (the number is their entry number):

#19: Robyn of Girl on Raw (see video here) with her sidekick, Manus, making a cameo appearance (he is so adorable!) – her spicy kelp noodles look so good. I must try!

#20: Shannon Marie of Rawdorable (see video here) – her banana split looks so easy to make and the perfect tasty treat for summer.

#30: Samantha aka Rawkin Mom (see video here) – party cucumber slices with nut cheese made in a nut grinder. Talk about easy cleanup! And I love her Michigan accent.

There is some serious competition here – so many videos submitted, including one from cutie raw kid, Louis (#35).

I love to support my fellow raw foodies but have to admit this is a tough one! I won’t confess who I’m voting for but it is one of the three ladies above and I hope these lovelies know I love them and wish only the best for each of them. Good luck!

Now, if you’re interested in checking out all the videos submitted go to HotRawChef.com. Or vote for one of my faves above. :) Assuming you’ve never voted before, when you do vote you will receive a free ebook of all the recipes submitted for this contest. Also, with this particular contest, your vote (name) will be entered in a free drawing. You can read about it on their website.

Vote now through July 15th and good luck to all those who entered!

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