Showing posts from June, 2014

Supplement with Biotin for Hair, Skin, and Nails

This past winter was rough, and my nails were certainly feeling it by the time spring rolled around.  Throughout March, they felt thinner and broke often.  By May, I was also suffering from dry, itchy skin, and was desperate for change!

The timing was perfect to team up with Eu Natural, who kindly offered me the opportunity to try their Biotin supplement for hair, skin, and nails--learn more from their website here or check out their supplements on Amazon.

Biotin (a.k.a. Vitamin H, Vitamin B7, and Coenzyme R) is a part of the "B complex" vitamins.  As such, it is water-soluble vitamin that helps with the metabolization of amino acids and fats and with the production of new cells and fatty acids. 

Signs of biotin deficiency may include brittle nails; hair loss; eyebrow or eyelash loss; red scaly rash around eyes, nose, and mouth; conjunctivitis; dermatitis; and lethargy.
"Since biotin is a building block for cell production, if it is deficient in your body, you are goin…

WIAW: Salsa, Salad, Sweets

Summer is here, the school year is ending, and I am ready to get blogging.  To help me get back in the habit, what could be better than a little What-I-Ate-Weduesday!?  I only remembered to photograph a little over half of what I ate, but I'm getting there.  I'll get the hang of it again!

Here goes!

Breakfast:Scrambled eggs with salsa and cheddar.  Less morning work stress = time to sit down and eat a real meal!

[Not pictured: a spoonful of sauerkraut and a few pieces of honeydew]

Lunch: Typical salad in typical take-out container.  Lettuce, hearts of palm, avocado, red peppers, and some London broil from my mom, all topped off with some dijon mustard and apple cider vinegar.  Salads like this are my go-to for my BYO lunch at work, and are likely to remain a staple throughout the summer. Salads are refreshing in the heat!

Snack/Dinner: Not pictured, but I my afternoon also included a mix: a small Whole Foods salad-bar mix, some almonds, and a few chocolate-covered cranberries.  T…

Friday Favorites

While I'm not writing, I'm living--and living well, thanks to some of the "favorites" below.  Here are some things that I'm loving lately:

My CamelBak water bottle

With June came the heat, and the heat came on STRONG.  I'm a big water-drinker year round, but I've been guzzling even more gallons to stay hydrated.  This filtered and insulated water bottle not only keeps my water clean, but also cool!  Get yours here.


Since my first BODYPUMP experience,I've really enjoyed these fitness classes!  It's my favorite way to get in one or two full-body workouts each week.  The music, the instructors, the burn... I'm a regular now, and can't wait for the next track to come out!!

AMRAP bars

Speaking of strength workouts... These nutrition bars are made with the heavy lifter in mind.  In their own words: "We are the nutrition company for high intensity, cross-trained, extreme athletes."

The website says it all: "Clean fuel for y…

RUN! And run further. For a good cause.

Hey friends!

Today, June 4, is National Running Day!  Dare you to lace up and RUN in celebration!  

Why run?  Here's why and how I got started.  To answer the question this year of "Why I Run," I'll simply say that running makes me feel alive, and gives me something to work toward (hint, hint, big news below...)

Where?  Dare you to find a group run.

What else?  Dare you to pledge your miles!  You can put today's miles toward a charity at

How am I celebrating?  I signed up for a race!Eeeee

Background:  after taking a fitness (and blogging...) hiatus for the spring semester (as indicated in January, I was stepping back from intense and frequent training while I added new work-related stressors to my life), I'm finally ready to dive back in!

Recently, with the weather improving, I'vedusted off my Garmin, gone out on a couple runs, and really enjoyed hitting the road again.  My friend, Jen, let me tag along as she trained for her f…