l.c. of acirema Giveaway Winner

A big thanks to all of you who entered my giveaway for products from l.c. of acirema provided by Lori Roop. And the winner is…

Lori P!

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Lori will be receiving $50 worth of natural body care products of her choice.  Lori, I’ve sent you each an email confirming that you won and requesting your contact information.  You have 48 hours to respond to that email and then I’ll send your name and information on to Lori of l.c. of acirema so that she can send you your prize.

Discount code LUCKYJARS30 is extended until tomorrow, March 1st!  Visit l.c. of acirema and enter that code to receive 30% off your order!

 

Disclaimer: I received free products to try.  My opinions are all my own.  I will receive a small commission if you purchase anything using my discount code.  I appreciate your support of my blog!

Interview with Lori of l.c. of acirema

Bath FizzersAfter doing a review of the products from l.c. of acirema, I thought it would be fun to sit down with Lori and learn a little more about her and her business.  I think you’ll enjoy getting to know her!

Don’t forget – get 30% off your order through Lori’s Etsy shop by using coupon code LUCKYJARS30.  The coupon expires February 28, 2013.

Mindy: Why did you decide to study herbs?

Lori: There are two reasons I decided to study herbs.  And while I didn’t go looking for herbs, they found me!

First, my father has a severely degenerative chronic disease; and, quite frankly, doctors didn’t always expect him to live.  He did survive, and for many years longer than expected and with a better quality of life.  I then became very interested in anything outside the mainstream medical paradigm that could possibly explain why he was he was doing so well.

For the second reason, it started while I was in college.  I developed chronic bronchitis and began taking multiple rounds of antibiotics each year.  My hay fever and seasonal allergies became uncontrollable by prescription allergy meds and when I began experiencing side effects from the meds, my doctors flat out didn’t believe that I was even experiencing the side effects!  I then saw an Ear, Nose and Throat Specialist who recommended an MRI and other procedures to try and figure out why I had constant sinus infections, bronchitis and bronchi-pneumonia.  This started to sound very serious to me, even at age 20!  I began to research on my own (and the internet was in its infancy then) and decided to take matters into my own hands.  1)  I took a simple homeopathic remedy, Allium cepa, for my symptoms.  2)  I changed my diet to include more green and whole foods.  3)  The next time I got sick, I didn’t take any antibiotics.  I literally rolled up in about 3 blankets, stayed in bed for two days, sweating and getting the chills like crazy, and didn’t take another antibiotic for over 10 years.

I then told my Ear, Nose and Throat specialist about the benefits I found from the Allium cepa homeopathic remedy, and I kid you not, he said, “Do you want me to wear a bear claw necklace and dance around the campfire too?”  Wow.  Yep, he said those exact words.  I didn’t have the wherewithal at age 21 to say anything in return, but that comment spurred me to keep searching for answers in alternative-style medicine.  By the time I was 26, I was enrolled at the Rocky Mountain Center for Botanical Studies, and ended up finishing the 3-year, almost 1400 hour program as a Certified Clinical Herbalist.  Our Advanced Classes director, Paul Bergner, firmly believed that you should first treat someone with diet and lifestyle changes, then with an adjunct of herbs.  See why I think the herbs found me? [Read more...]

l.c. of acirema Giveaway

Herbal Facial KitYesterday, I shared my review of l.c. of acirema products.  Today I’m excited to announce that Lori is giving away a gift card of $50 to one of you lucky readers to use in her shop.

Don’t forget – you can receive 30% off at Lori’s Etsy shop by using coupon code LUCKYJARS30 until 2/28/13!

I’m using the Rafflecopter widget below for all entries.  You will need to complete the first mandatory entry in order to be eligible to win.  Then the rest of the entry options will be unlocked for you.  I will be verifying all entries so be sure to actually do them!  The giveaway starts today and will end at 12:01 am EST on Thursday, February 28, 2013.  I will announce the winner later that day. (Oh, and you can earn an extra entry EVERY DAY by tweeting about this giveaway.)

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This post is part of Fight Back Friday, Weekend Whatever, Sunday SchoolFat TuesdayFamily Table Tuesday.

Natural Body Care: l.c. of acirema Review

Linen Spray

Linen Spray

If you’re anything like me, after you’ve made the transition to eating real, unprocessed foods, you start to notice all the other areas in your life where toxins creep in.  Suddenly you’re worried about the dish detergent you use, the cleaning products stocked in your cupboards, and the body products you lather on your skin!

When you’re just starting to transition away from conventional products, it can be quite overwhelming to contemplate making everything yourself.  I started out by looking for options at my local health food store first.  You can find some great options.  However, even many of the body care products you find in a health food store may still contain ingredients that you want to avoid.

I’m so glad to share with you a terrific source I found for high-quality handmade body care products that you can order online.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy them as much as I have!

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I first learned about these products when the owner, Lori Roop, came to one of my GAPS get togethers.  It was fun to learn that she makes all sorts of wonderful body care products in her home in Old Town Arvada, Colorado.

Lori is a certified clinical herbalist.  She tests all of the products that she creates on her own family.  If it doesn’t work well for them, she doesn’t sell it to you!

She is very careful where she sources all of the ingredients that she incorporates and never uses parabens, fragrance, or other synthetic ingredients.  Lori uses certified organic or ethically wildcrafted ingredients for her products.  She also works hard to find the best prices possible to keep her products affordable.

The Products

Herbal Facial Kit

Herbal Facial Kit

Lori was kind enough to supply me with a sample of just about every product that she makes and sells.  She has quite the collection available!

I thought it would be best to share a few of my favorites with you, and you let you take a look at her Etsy shop to see the rest that she has available.

My favorite by far is her oil facial cleanser, Mug Preference.  I had been wanting to give the oil cleansing method a try for quite some time, but it was always really daunting to me to try mixing my own blends.  After using Lori’s blend for some time now, I love cleansing my face this way!  My skin looks clearer after using this for the past few months.  If you’ve been hesitant to try the oil cleansing method, I highly recommend giving it a shot with this product!

My next two favorites are the other two items in her Herbal Skin Care Kit: Queen of Mug Herbal Toner and Eye Pop/Skin Revitalizing Lotion.  Both the toner and moisturizer have been a really nice addition to my skin-care routine.  Neither is too heavy and they have contributed to my nicer skin as of late!

Dragon Juice

Dragon Juice

One other favorite product that I want to mention is Lori’s Dragon Juice.  She first brought some for me as a gift when she attended my GAPS get together.  I try to drink nettle tea for asthma and allergies somewhat frequently, but it’s not my favorite taste.  This blend is so delicious!  Even your kids will like it – especially because of its red color!  This has such a nice flavor that I will even mix extra nettles in with it before steeping.  I get extra nettles in a tea that I actually enjoy.

Try It Out

Foot Butter

Foot Butter

There are quite a few other products that I know you’ll want to try, such as the  linen spray, exfoliating mask, or foot butter.  Be sure to check out Lori’s Etsy Shop. And now through February 28, 2013, Too Many Jars Readers will receive 30% off your order when you use coupon code LUCKYJARS30.

I hope this helps you take that next step in your health journey by using high-quality body care products!

P.S.  Check back tomorrow for a giveaway from l.c. of acirema!

Disclaimer: I received free products to try.  This review and my opinons are all my own.  I will receive a small commission if you purchase anything using my discount code.  I appreciate your support of my blog!

This post is part of Fight Back FridayWeekend WhateverSunday School, Fat Tuesday, Family Table Tuesday.

Pain Free eBook Giveaway Winner

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A big thanks to all of you who entered my giveaway for a copy of Pain Free: 60 exercises for pain-free living provided by Robin Konie! And the winner is…

Lori!

Pain Free DrawingLori will be receiving a copy of Pain Free.  Lori, I’ve sent you each an email confirming that you won and requesting confirmation of your email address.  You have 48 hours to respond to that email and then I’ll send your name and information on to Robin so that she can send you your prize.

For those of you who didn’t win the drawing, you can buy your own copy of Pain Free: 60 exercises for pain-free living while it’s still at its introductory price!

 

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Pain Free eBook Giveaway

painfreecover-791x1024Yesterday, Robin Konie of Thank Your Body shared great tips on how to include stretching into your regular routine.  Today I’m excited to announce that she is giving away one copy of her ebook, Pain Free: 60 exercises for pain free living, to one of you lucky readers!

I’ve really enjoyed incorporating some of these stretches into my nightly stretching routine.  Her directions are easy to follow and there are lots of beautiful pictures to help you understand what to do!

This time I’m going to make the giveaway really simple.  Please just leave a comment below letting Robin know why you’d like to win a copy of her ebook.  You’ll have until 12:01 am MST on Thursday, February 7th.  I’ll then announce the winner on the blog later that day.

Why would you like to win a copy of Pain Free?

 

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this ebook for review, but all opinions are my own.  There are affiliate links in this post. If you make a purchase through any links, I will earn a small commission. Thanks for supporting my site!

This post is part of Thank Your Body Thursday, Fight Back Friday, Natural Living Monday, Fat Tuesday, Family Table Tuesday.

Let’s Move: Stay Limber with Stretching

This is the fourth part of my four-part series on exercise: Let’s Move.  Be sure to read the rest of the series if you missed it.  I stretch every evening before bed to help maintain my flexibility and to help with chronic pain.  I’ve loved trying many of the stretches that Robin include in her e-book, Pain Free.  A big thanks to Robin Konie for writing the post below!

wideblockWith the New Year there are plenty of resolutions about eating better and exercising more. Something about a new beginning makes us want to be better. But lest you think you need to train for a marathon, sometimes it ís important to remember that small and simple things can bring about great changes.

This is why I love talking to people about the importance of stretching and daily movement.

Why is stretching important?

Sure, stretching is not a magical quick fix fitness trick that will make you somehow thinner, stronger, or more beautiful. We need to incorporate a variety of movement within our day – making sure to keep a balanced perspective of strength training, cardiovascular training, muscle endurance, body connectivity and flexibility. But stretching, even just a few minutes here and there, can make a big difference in how you feel during your day.

Beyond just improving our range of motion, taking a few minutes throughout the day to focus on some key specific stretches can make a huge difference.  Stretching does not demand a huge time commitment, but just look at some of the benefits associated with stretching:

  • Reduced muscle tension
  • Increased range of movement in the joints
  • Enhanced muscular coordination
  • Increased circulation to various parts of the body
  • Increased energy levels (resulting from increased circulation)
  • Delayed onset of muscle fatigue
  • Enhanced performance in daily life, sports, or other physical activity
  • Improved posture
  • Mental relaxation
  • Added variety, enjoyment, and satisfaction to your exercise program
  • Improves balance and coordination
  • Helps alleviate back pain
  • Helps improve cardiovascular health
  • Decrease the risk of athletic-based injuries

An impressive list, right? Of course the quality and mindfulness that goes into our stretching habits makes a huge difference between killing time and changing your body. [Read more...]

T-Tapp Workout Giveaway Winner

A big thanks to all of you who entered my giveaway for a copy of the Step Away the Inches T-Tapp workout provided by Kayla Howard! And the winner is…

Doina S!

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Doina will be receiving a copy of Step Away the Inches.  Doina, I’ve sent you each an email confirming that you won and requesting your contact information.  You have 48 hours to respond to that email and then I’ll send your name and information on to Kayla so that she can send you your prize.

Let’s Move: Fun with Hooping

Fun with hooping

Fun with hooping!

A few months ago I was looking for a fun dance class to take as an active, creative outlet.  While I came across all sorts of interesting class ideas, nothing was really jumping out at me.

Then I watched a hooping video online.  I knew I had to find a class soon!

I loved the idea of blending the movement of the hoop with dance.  I think it takes me back to my years as a baton twirler – it’s just so much more natural for me to dance with something in my hands!  Sometimes I think we can get so focused on getting enough exercise into our day that we forget to find something fun and joyful to do.  It’s even better when that something is very active!

Kristina of O Dance

Kristina of O Dance

I sat down recently with my hooping instructor, Kristina Sutcliffe, of O Dance and asked her a few questions to help explain hooping to all of you lovely readers. [Read more...]

Let’s Move: Exercise with T-Tapp

This is the second part of my four-part series on exercise: Let’s Move.  Be sure to read the first part if you missed it.  I’ve been doing T-Tapp for the past year and not only have I lost inches, but it has also helped me manage chronic pain in my lower back.  A big thanks to Kayla Howard for writing the post below!

MirrorWhen did someone highjack my mirror?

I’m not sure when it happened, but someone high-jacked my mirror.  The person I see reflected back at me, well….just isn’t me.

Why does she look so tired?  When did she grow in size?  Where has her sparkle gone?

Have you ever had those thoughts?  6 years ago that’s what I was thinking.  Although it’s painful to admit you need to change something about the way you eat and/or exercise, it can be the breaking point that propels you to progression.

When we start a journey of transformation, the question rises, “How?”

People are trained to let their first thought go to diet when they want to reshape their body and lose weight.  For some reason our culture has trained us that it’s all about eating less.  That’s not 100% accurate.

Most of you already eat healthy.  Some of you already eat really, really healthy.  But your body still won’t budge the pudge simply because you need to move it!

I was an exercise hater myself.  I did not want to “move it, move it.”  I wanted to be skinny without diet OR exercise.  Unfortunately, that didn’t work well for me.  Since I already ate healthy, I chose to add fitness to my life instead of counting calories. 

Mindy asked me to share about T-Tapp with you—that’s one of our favorite ways to move our body!  Are you ready? [Read more...]