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I finally chopped off my hair! I was growing it out and after two years I was just plain sick of it. It was just big and frizzy and unmanageable. I decided to try something new. I went to my favorite stylist at Wooptido and told her that I was sick of it and needed it to be long enough to put in a ponytail for working out but other than that, take care of it!

She chopped a bunch off! It’s a tad shorter than I wanted (I can barely put it in a ponytail) but it’s not bad! She straightened my hair when she was done. I look like a completely different person with straight hair. LOL!

We’ll see if I can even recreate that straight look on my own!

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I wanted to tell you guys about the awesome meal planner I bought recently. I was using paper planners and I hated how much paper I was wasting. I kept looking for something else and finally found something: Dry Erase Meal Planner.

It works so great! It’s magnetic and actually stays on the fridge (unlike other magnetic stuff I’ve tried). It comes with a pen, too. It’s so easy to use to plan the week and meals, etc.

Amazon Prime Day was kind of dud for me this year. I honestly didn’t need or want anything BUT we did get one thing. Michael has wanted a smoker for a million years and there was one for like 40% off on Prime Day so we bit the bullet and got it! Traeger Grills TFB38TCA Renegade Elite Wood Pellet Grill and Smoker with Built In Tool Rack and Shelf – Grill, Smoke, Bake, Roast, Braise and BBQ

We are going to try it out this weekend! YAY.

Podcasts

I recently discovered the Dax Shepard podcast and it’s really good! I enjoy it a lot! So far I’ve listened to Katie Couric (highly recommend) and Lauren Graham.

Also, recently discovered: The Mom Hour. I enjoy it a lot and spent about two weeks at work working through old episodes that interested me. They are funny and relatable and if you have kids, it’s really helpful! For all ages! There was another mom podcast that someone recommended and I REALLY tried to listen but one of the chicks kept interrupting and saying “mmmhmmm” after everything the other person said and it was SO ANNOYING. So check out the Mom Hour. Much better!

In the same vein, if you are looking for a HILARIOUS podcast about parenthood, check out Dirty Mother Pukka. I’m all caught up on that one, too, and sadly it doesn’t seem like there are new posts. But it was so hilarious, I’d be laughing out loud at work all day long and coworkers would ask me what I was listening to!

Things I’m Loving Lately

I am totally an Amazon Prime junkie. I buy way too much stuff on there. It’s just easy and convenient. I wanted to share some of the finds I’ve loved lately. Here is the list:

Omega Sunlight SAD Light Therapy (Seasonal Affective Disorder) Super Bright

This is the newest item and I’m still checking it out. I most definitely suffer from seasonal malaise. I am not a dark,gray,rainy kind of person. When the winter rain starts here in Oregon I just feel like a giant wet blanket has been thrown over me. It’s such a bummer. I know I need to live somewhere else and I’m reminded of this every winter. So either I need to move to like California (preferably near the beach) or win the lottery so I can move to Bali.

Since neither of those things are really going to happen any time soon, I bought a light therapy device. Finally. I’ve wanted one for years but never got around to getting one. I’m glad I did. I’ve only been using it for about a month now and I usually only use it Monday-Fridays. I plug it in on the kitchen counter and have it one while I make breakfast, eat breakfast and pack my lunch for work. So for about 20-35 minutes depending on the day.

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I don’t know that I’ve noticed a difference in the winter depression yet but what I did notice right away was that I felt more ALERT and awake in the morning after using the light. That’s huge. I am so NOT a morning person (my ideal work schedule would be like 10am-4pm–where is that job?!!). I am going to continue using the light to see if it effects the winter blues. Stay tuned.

Mueller Cold/hot Wrap, Elastic, Black, One Size

I bought this a few months ago and I’ve been using it a lot. Whenever I have a particularly difficult workout, I use it on my knees. It works GREAT. I like that the ice pack is separate and you just slip it into the wrap and then strap it on a body part and it doesn’t slide. For years I was using a traditional ice pack and it was annoying having to hold it in place. I love this thing.

Mueller Jumper’s Knee Strap, Black, One Size Fits Most, 1-Count Packages (Pack of 3)

Speaking of knees….

I think two things fixed my Runner’s Knee (or at least, made it tolerable). The first is the Warrior Room and strengthen my glutes to offset the muscle imbalance that causes my knee pain (the WR did more for me than physical therapy ever did). The second are these straps. I always use them when I run or use the elliptical now.

It’s so much better than taping my knees. I was taping for a long time, per my physical therapist, and while that worked okay it was really uncomfortable. My skin is super sensitive to begin with and using tape on my skin just irritated it beyond belief. It would be itchy, red, blotchy, nearly scarring me. I quit the tape and changed to the straps and never looked back. Such a better option.

Aikiou Stimulo Activity Food Center for Cats Grey/Green

I bought this earlier this year because Fat Kitty is a little piggy. He’s always been this way, even when I got him as a baby. You can read his history here: Fat Kitty Still Needs a Diet…The short story: he tends to binge eat and then throw up. I tried a LOT of different methods and different foods, different feeding methods, to try and get him to slow down. Nothing worked.

Finally I found this on Amazon and decided to give it a try. For the first two days the cats were both MAD. They were pissed. They sat in front of the feeder and meowed angrily. They refused to use it. Finally, they broke down and started using the feeder. It didn’t take them long to figure it out and it’s been great ever since! The cats love it (or at least they don’t complain anymore), they slowed down with their food and Fat Kitty did lose a little weight. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still a big boy. But he’s not bingeing and puking anymore, so I’m happy.

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If you have a cat with a weight issue, this thing works! Give it a try! It definitely slows them down and there is actually food left over sometimes. I highly recommend this item!

Have you found something you are loving lately and want to share?