I need to share with you all, a brand I have been LOVING. It goes by the name of Live Clean. If you haven't heard about them, here is why you need to have their products in your home :
|| Their products are created and manufactured in Canada !
|| Good for the environment and waterways.
|| Plant based ingredients.
|| Reasonable prices.
|| Some products are even Vegan.
|| Not tested on animals.
Photo from the Live Clean Website
You can find these products at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart or Well.ca to name a few. Each place has slightly different pricing but it's extremely affordable and if there is something on the market which is natural, no harsh chemicals and affordable there's no excuse to be using soaps that are the complete opposite. Often you associate natural products with a hefty price tag but not Live Clean.
Photo from Well.ca
I am currently using this Bali Oil Nourishing Body Wash and it smells delicious, as if you're on a tropical vacation getaway! This particular product is vegan and 98% plant derived. This body wash has been my saviour with the harsh dry winter in Saskatchewan. It is extremely soothing and moisturizing with the coconut oil in it.
To make this product even better, the packaging is recyclable and all the ingredients are biodegradable! At just under $8 for 500ml, I think this is a great price! There are about 10 different kinds to pick from, so it's sure to attract just about everyone!
Photo from Well.ca
Now I need to talk about their Liquid Hand Soap. I have switched to only using these in my bathrooms! Again the price, $7 for 500ml, you can't go wrong. This product as well is 98% plant derived, biodegradable ingredients and smells just as good. This particular soap is great for those with dry hands.
Some of the ingredients that Live Clean do not include in their products are :
SLS / Sulfates : A chemical which is a known skin and eye irritant, toxic to marine life, it is polluting to the air quality during the manufacturing phase.
Phthalates : A chemical used to allow plastics to be more flexible. This has been linked to ADHD, asthma and many other disorders.
Parabens : A compound used as a preservatives to help prevent bacteria growth.
Silicone : Almost rubber like, can cause allergic reactions. It can create a barrier on the skin, which sounds good because you can lock in moisture, but at the same time it will trap dirt and bad oils on your skin.
Phosphates : Can stimulate the growth of algae in water, depleting oxygen levels for marine life. This can be found in many items including food, it can be connected to high blood pressure.
They have so many products to choose from including shampoo's, conditioners, oils and baby products! I challenge everyone of you to switch to Live Clean the next time your soaps and shampoo's run out and enjoy the quality product as well as knowing it will benefit the environment at the same time!
With Christmas coming soon (yes I know it's only the middle of November but for people who enjoy hand making gifts, we need to start early) I wanted to share with you a fun DIY project that I found on Pinterest which is a great gift, not necessarily for the holiday season, but for a baby shower, a wedding gift and so on.
This project is great on a budget especially if you've already got the basic supply of brushes, paints and extra tools on hand. Plus, who doesn't love a homemade gift, something you put lots of love and time into?!
Pictured above is the basic tools you'll need :
- Assortment of paint brushes
- Freshly sharpened pencil
- Wooden letter from Michaels ($6.99)
- A nickel or any size coin of your choosing (will understand why as we go along)
- 2 paint colours : A base colour and one for your design
First step is pretty straight forward, paint your letter in the desired colour on the front, sides and back. Make sure to give it two good coats to make sure there's no wood showing through.
This step is where your coin comes in to play. You will use it to trace the polka dot design, I went with a nickel because the sizing seemed to work with the size of my letter. I am very particular with random dots, so I took extra time to really space it out as even as I could.
Take a small flat brush and use it to fill in the circles with white paint. Even if the circles aren't perfectly round or smooth, it gives the piece a little extra character. I did two coats of white paint, depending on how it goes you may be able to get away with one!
For the next part of the letter is where the final decorative touches are added. So the supplies pictured above are what I needed :
- Cream coloured yarn
- Knitted Flowers
- Different size crystals
- Hot Glue Gun
This is an easy step, take your hot glue gun and attach the crystals to the centre of each flower. From there you are going to decide on the location of where you want your yarn to be and tie a knot around the letter (positioning it at the back so you don't see it). You are then going to wrap it around as many times as you want (I chose 27) and pull it tight so it's not loose. Cut the yarn away from the roll and hot glue the end to the backside of the letter.
Here you are going to take your flowers and glue them in any way you choose overlapping on the yarn.
Once you've done that, you can flip over your letter and measure out the length of the ribbon that will allow you to hang it on the wall. I wanted to make sure it was really well reinforced so I hot glued it all the way down the back and then stapled it into the letter on the top.
And Voila, you are now able to hang them on your wall. I think these are such a cute idea for everyone and I am so happy with how it turned out! I did a second one which is pictured on the right. Hopefully this was an easy step by step for you to follow if you're the crafty kind of person and if you do make any, please share a picture in the comment section below, I'd love to see them!
I am so thankful to be able to continue to be somewhat active with my MS so far, I was very weak and exhausted for a number of months, but I am slowly rehabilitating myself back to a level that keeps me active and fit. So I am going to share with you today my current workout routine that I have been doing for 4 weeks now. I am not a personal trainer, this is what works for me and I want to share it, you will have to learn what works for yourself (also if my wording is incorrect, forgive me, I was never a gym person until a month ago!)
On Tuesdays and Thursdays I go to an MS strength training class where I had an instructor plan out a routine for me to start with, I repeat it on Saturday and then in between those days I either rest, or do an at home routine. Due to my MS being very unpredictable, I sometimes leave out one or two activities and use lower weights. I have to work with what my body will allow me that day!
MY STRENGTH TRAINING ROUTINE :
- 5 minutes of warm up stretches.
- 15-20 minutes of the Bike or a Row Machine.
- Crunches, 3 sets of 15.
- Squats , 2 sets of 12.
- Reverse Lunges , 2 sets of 12.
- Overhead Press , 15lbs 3 sets of 12.
- Chest Press, 20lbs 3 sets of 12.
- Lat Pull, 20lbs 3 sets of 12.
- Wood Chop (squats) UP and DOWN, 25lbs 2 sets each (L to R, R to L) of 12.
- Dumbbell exercise (Lateral Raise), 5lbs each hand, 2 sets of 10.
- 5 minutes of cool down stretches.
MY OFF DAY ROUTINE :
- 5 minute warm up stretching.
- Squats, 2 sets of 12.
- Reverse Lunges, 2 sets of 12.
- Deadlift, 2 sets of 12.
- Donkey Kick, (L and R) 2 sets each of 12.
- Hip Bridge, 2 sets of 12.
- Side Leg Lift, (L and R) 2 sets each of 12.
- Hamstring Curls, 2 sets of 12.
- Quad Lifts, 2 Sets of 12.
- Crunches, 2, sets of 12.
- Cool down stretching.
Again, I focus mostly on the Strength Training Routine as I want to build up muscle that was lost in the last 6 months. From the cocktail of medications I've been on, I have gained 10 pounds. I don't want to necessarily lose it, just tone and turn it into muscle. I am not a gym person, I have been trying hard to stay motivated. What have you done to keep the motivation of going to the gym? Also what good workout music do you like to listen to? Let me know in the comment section below!