Health and Wellness Tips

Hi friends! Today I am talking about health, wellness and a few ways I am incorporating both into my lifestyle again. I have put off getting back on the fitness wagon for way too long. Before getting married, I had a lot of self-discipline when it came to making time for fitness. I never thought there would be a time when fitness was not a part of my regular routine, but a wedding, full home renovation, a puppy and a few years later, here I am. In this post, I am sharing what I plan to focus on to get back into the swing of things.

Please keep in mind, I am not a fitness or health professional. This blog post should not be used in place of professional fitness or medical advice. Always consult with your doctor.

Annual Physical Exam: This is something I can already check-off my list. It had been ages since I had a physical and basic blood work, so I decided it was time. I found a great doctor’s office in my area and a new general physician. I am happy to report all checks out a-okay and now I feel even better having a doctor’s office I really like nearby. Sometimes getting yourself to schedule a doctor appointment, but once it’s done and over with, it is well worth the time and effort.

Drink More Water: Unoriginal, right? Unfortunately, this is something I have struggled with for as long as I can remember. A few things that I have incorporated into my day to help bump-up my water intake are 1) a great water bottle (like this one); 2) drink water when I wake-up and before bed and; 3) drink a glass of water before a second cup of coffee or wine in the evening. For me, the water bottle I have makes all of the difference. I realized I am pretty particular about the opening or spout/straw. This water bottle (click here) has been my favorite. It’s a manageable size, the top unscrews and I love the hourly reminder lines. The only downside is that since it is made of glass, it’s not that practical to carry with me while running errands because its a bit heavy.

Vitamins: I first discovered Olly vitamins and supplements about 2.5 years ago. What drew me to Olly was that the ingredients are limited and simple. My favorite and continually re-purchased vitamins are Flawless Complexion, Active Immunity, Immunity Sleep and the ProbioticPrebiotic. Although I am not sure if gummy vitamins are the best option, I find that I always remember to take these.

Flawless Complexion was one of the first Olly products I tried. It does not contain biotin, which I believe causes my skin to breakout. Along with a good skincare routine, I feel that these vitamins help keep breakouts at bay.

Active Immunity and Immunity Sleep: I started taking these vitamins (not at the same time) last fall after battling a bad cold. I spend a lot of time in the city and on public transportation, so I need my immune system to be strong. I feel like these have definitely given me a needed boost.

Probiotic Preboitic: After our trip to Italy last year, my stomach was all out of sorts. I know digestive changes are common when traveling, but I was not feeling myself at all and could not seem to shake it. These vitamins helped me get back on track.

Men’s Multi: My husband has been taking these for at least a year and has been happy with them. These vitamins are now part of his morning routine.

Walking: At the start of the COVID quarantine I decided to pull the trigger and get a Fitbit. I was on the fence for a while mostly because I did not love the look of it. It seemed bulky and I also didn’t see myself wearing it to work. Once the quarantine went into effect, I figured there was no better time to try it out. I went with rose gold and pink Versa 2 because I though it was pretty and would matched some of rose gold bracelets I wear. When I first put it on, I felt like it was gigantic {and it kind of is}, but after a few days I got use to it. The rubber band is comfortable and I like that I can eventually switch it out for other colors/styles. The Fitbit vibrates every hour to remind me to get moving. Another feature I have liked is the battery life. Mine has lasted a few days at a time. It also changes quickly. My Fitbit has definitely made me more aware of how little I was walking. I can’t wait for warmer weather to keep my steps up! My dog loves going for walks; so much so that we have to spell out w-a-l-k when we’re not actually taking him for one. My new Fitbit is definitely going to benefit Henry too!

SPF: I have been a pretty avid SPF user since high school, but I can’t say I am consistent all year-round. I have been trying to make a better effort to apply SPF daily to my face, under my makeup. Years ago a dermatologist recommended Elta MD SPF. It’s light-weight and a good option for break-out prone skin. During the recent Sephora sale, I purchased a translucent powder SPF that can be applied over makeup. There are a few different brands, but I went with a SuperGoop! product that is labeled “Clean at Sephora.”I think this will be handy to keep in my bag or at my desk {when normal work-life resumes}.

Healthy Snacks: Over the last few months I have found myself reaching for granola bars and other pre-packaged snacks often. I recently made a conscious effort to choose fruits and veggies instead. In my area, I think Costco is the best place to buy fruit. The price and quality are the best, so I have been stocking up on blackberries and raspberries – my favs!

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How to: Beat the Sunday Scaries

Hi friends! Anyone else suffer from the occasional or regular Sunday Scaries? I definitely do, so today I am sharing 5 ways I try to beat them and take back my Sundays. It’s not always easy, but these tips definitely help me out.

  1. Wake up early
  2. Get dressed
  3. Do something active
  4. Make a reasonable to do list and get it done early
  5. Pick out work outfits

Waking up early may seem a little crazy for the weekend, but I think getting off to a late start on Sundays, makes the Sunday Scaries worse {at least for me}. During the week I wakeup at 5am, so any later than that is considered “sleeping-in” for me. On Saturday and Sunday I usually shoot to be up by 7/7:30am. That gives me enough time to enjoy my morning coffee before tackling the day. When I wake up later than about 7:30am on Sundays, the rest of my day usually feels rushed. In my book, there is nothing worse then realizing it’s 6pm on Sunday and feeling as if you didn’t enjoy the day.

* I am a sucker for staying in my PJs or comfy clothes on Sundays, but I think this makes it harder to be productive. Although I may not put jeans on if I am staying home, I try to put on a cute comfy outfit, so I don’t feel super lazy in my PJs. I just picked up this really cute sweat outfit from Target. The material so super soft on the inside. This outfit definitely makes me feel more put together, yet cozy. I have a small in the top and x-small in the bottoms {probably could have gone with small bottoms, but I didn’t want them to be really baggy}.

When I lived with my parents after college I was an avid exerciser, but I have definitely fallen off that wagon. These days I get my physical activity in by walking our dog Henry. We have recently taken some steps to help Henry become a better leash walker. He has improved a lot over the last month which has made me happy. We can finally enjoy walks together and I love it, especially with this gorgeous fall weather we’ve been having. On the weekends I usually aim to walk 1.5 – 2 {slow} miles with Henry. My husband and I love to admire the other homes in our neighborhood on our walks too.

Since I am going to school for my masters degree and have a long commute to work during the week, I really need time on the weekends to get my to-do lists done. My to-dos are always a combo of errands, cleaning, cooking and homework. It honestly can be difficult to fit it all into two days, so I try to make sure my list is realistic. If my list is too long and I don’t accomplish it all then I will feel as if I did not do enough. Something else I have been working on is to complete my most dreaded to-do early in the day. When I leave these for last I definitely feel like I am ending the day on a negative note.

My last tip to beat the Sunday Scaries is to pick out at least your Monday work outfit and get your lunch {or snacks} packed. Scrambling to pick out an outfit on Monday morning isn’t a fun way to start the work week. Taking a few minutes on Sunday to help me feel more prepared for Monday always helps to cut out unnecessary work week stress.

What are your tips for fighting the Sunday scaries? Let me know in the comments below!

Current Beauty Routine

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Hi friends! In efforts to post more consistently and share a variety of topics on RR&H, today’s post is all about my current beauty routine. I have been trying to keep my skincare and makeup routines consistent and simple. In this post I have included the products I have been using every day. Many of them have been re-purchased multiple times, so you know I really like them!

Even when my skin looks its best, I feel like I’m playing defense. If you’ve read some of my previous beauty posts, you know I have struggled with acne prone skin for quite a while. In the last year I also changed jobs and I now have a long commute into the city. This change made me realize how much the environment affects my skin. I have changed up my products a bit, but still have a few old faithfuls in the mix. This routine has been working well for me and my skin has been clear for months!

Daytime Skincare

I start off by washing my face with one of my all time favorite cleansers by First Aid Beauty. This gentle cream cleanser has been my go-to for over 3 years! I love that it’s fragrance free, removes my make up and does not dry me out. Next, I use Thayer’s cucumber toner with a cotton round and let my skin dry. I definitely notice a difference {not a good one} in my skin when I don’t use a toner. Thayer’s has simple ingredients and it’s gentle. After the toner I apply FAB’s Hydrating Ultra Repair Serum. This serum has been a game changer for my skin. It keeps me super hydrated even during the winter months, but does not cause breakouts. I finish off my skincare routine with Beauty Counter’s matte effect gel cream from the Countercontrol line.

Makeup

These days my makeup routine has become very simple. On weekdays, I usually have about 30 minutes to get out the door {chronic snoozer over here}. Below are the products I use everyday and in the order I apply them. I have been trying to make the switch to safer beauty, but have not fully changed over yet.

Nighttime Skincare

My nighttime skincare routine is very similar to my day time skincare routine, but I add in a few additional products {African black soap, micellar water and resurfacing serum}.

I almost always shower at night, so I cleanse my face in the shower. After using the FAB gentle cleanser, I cleanse my face for a second time at the end of my shower with African black soap. I picked this very inexpensive bar soap up from my local spa a few years ago. It does a great job of keeping my skin clear and I have noticed the best results when I use it in the shower which opens up my pores. After double cleaning, I use Garnier’s micellar water and a cotton round to remove any lingering makeup followed by my toner. At the start of summer I started using FAB’s Skin Lab 10% AHA Resurfacing Liquid and I have loved it results. My complexion has started evening out and it also helped clear up a very stubborn breakout. Once the resurfacing serum has been absorbed I apply FAB’s hydrating serum and Beauty Counter’s matte cream.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post! If you have any clean beauty and skincare recommendations, leave them in the comments below.