Christmas Struggles of A Fit Mama

I am a self proclaimed Fit Mama. Yes, I workout. Yes, I eat healthy. Yes, I post a lot on Instagram. No, I am definitely not the perfect Pinterest mom.

Holiday Expectations are Rough

Holidays are such a fun time of year, but they can also bring loads of stress. Last year, my daughter was only 2 months old at Christmas, so we were in pure survival mode — and that was okay. I felt like everyone understood the generic Christmas presents and why our house didn’t look like a winter wonderland.

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12 Days of Christmas

On the 12 days of Christmas my true love gave to me……

What would you like to see at the end of this sentence? Pretty sure a partridge in a pear tree isn’t a top priority!

How about…
“A fit rocking body, arms best for lifting, no lingering back pain, more energy daily, a smile, good skin and something to make me happpppy!”

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Stress Management

Today, someone asked me if I was stressed. This caused me to stop and think for a moment, do I have stress? I associate stress with major life events; school, exams, money problems, job hunting, breakups and anything else equally disruptive. Since I thankfully am not dealing with any of these things at the moment, how could I possibly be stressed? But yet, I still wanted to answer yes to this question and wasn’t quite sure why.  It is possible that we live in a world that is so chronically stressed out that we don’t even notice?

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Black Friday Deals 2015

So, I admit… I am a big online shopper. Partly because I get a thrill out of finding the best deal and also because I can’t get a lot of the items I am looking for in Santa Barbara. That being said, I am
BLACK FRIDAY shopping from my couch tonight! Way better than battling the crowds. Here are my top 5 finds for fellow Fit Mama’s!

I’ve recently fallen in love with the quality of their activewear. Shop this weekend for up to 40% off select styles! FREE shipping.
lole black friday

This is my go to online store for all things cloth diapers, mama cloth, babywearing, etc ,etc. I grabbed some new Funky Fluff diapers for 15% off and got a free Lalabyebaby wetbag! FREE shipping.

As you probably know if you follow me on Instagram, I love my LILLEbaby carrier(s). I was very very close to ordering another before my husband saw what I was doing and in his sweet innocent way said…”I think you may have enough baby carriers right now…” BUT, this is the biggest sale of the year and they are all 25% OFF! That’s huge! Grab one while they are still on sale. Use Code THANKFUL25, includes FREE shipping.
lille baby black friday

The makers of everything yoga are offering 20% off and FREE shipping over $25. Pretty good deal if you need a new yoga mat, resistance ball, or other form of home equipment.

I have been obsessing over these designer leather diaper bags lately. I have not bought one as they are a bit outside my price range but I have high hopes of winning one of the 1000 contests I’ve entered. (Mom.. if you need a Christmas idea I’ll take an Elizabeth…lol jk :p !!) I was super tempted tonight when I saw they are on sale and you get a FREE leather care and 50% off accessories. Check them out!

lily jade black friday

What Black Friday Deals did you take advantage of?? I’d love to hear! Comment below 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving!

black friday fit mom deals

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Staph Bacteria

So why am I writing about Staph? Because it’s way more common than you think and could be lurking at a gym or grocery store near you.

According to Mayoclinic.com staph is a bacteria that can affect all different areas of the body. It often presents itself as a skin infection in children and adults and can be called Impetigo, Cellulitis, or boils. It’s not pretty, is usually an oozing, red, swollen area of skin that is painful. Some infections, like impetigo, are highly contagious (hence why it is often seen in children).

Causes

You can develop a staph infection out of the blue from bacteria that you have probably been carrying around for a while. Some infections are contagious and are transferred from person to person through the skin to skin contact or on objects like door handles, towels, or gym equipment.  Staph bacteria can even survive extreme temperatures and high levels of salt! MRSA (a type of staph) is even resistant to antibiotics and is becoming a major problem in long-term care facilities and hospitals.

staph infection on skin

Prevention

As usual, prevention is your best defense. Hand washing, sanitizing objects that you touch such as a shopping cart or doorknobs. Also, wiping down gym equipment BEFORE you use it (I always like to think the person before I must have wiped it down, but after working in a gym for so long I should know better).

Preventing it from spreading in your home is also important.  The infection is usually contagious for up to 24 hours after you start antibiotics. Wrap the area in breathable gauze to prevent it from contaminating objects and people in your home. Wash all the sheets, towels, and clothing the person may have came in contact with (I like to throw some bleach in there), and wash your hands frequently or use hand sanitizer before touching anything. It sounds a little extreme, but this isn’t something you want to mess with, especially with a baby in the house.

Also, staph is most likely to spread through contact with skin abrasions or skin conditions such as eczema. So if you have broken skin be extra careful and keep a close eye on it if you notice it starts to look exceptionally red or inflamed. If not treated staph can lead to endocarditis (inflammation of the heart) and septic shock.

Treatment

Treatment often involves antibiotics, either in cream form, pills or both. Occasionally if it gets into your blood stream, it can require hospitalization and IV medication. Uncomplicated infections usually clear up in a couple days after you start antibiotics, and are no longer contagious in 12-24 hours. If it doesn’t clear up be sure to see your healthcare provider as it could be an antibiotic resistant bacteria like MRSA.

Now you know everything you never wanted to know about that pesky bacteria called staph and how to prevent it from spreading! All the more reason to have a trainer come to you so you can workout in the comfort of your own home!

Further Reading
http://kidshealth.org/parent/infections/bacterial_viral/staphylococcus.html

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