Brrr…Be Gone!

I know it is only Fall.  I know for some of you, the weather is actually quite warm.  But I am perpetually cold.  According to the google machine, the reasons for this arctic state of being range from low body weight (nope) to hypothyroidism (gosh I hope not!) to being overly tired (potentially a bingo!).  Though my family makes fun of me, I wear my Ugg slippers year round, and I like to watch TV with a blanket over my feet.  I throw a big green wool sweater on over my clothes almost the minute I get home from work and I’ve even been known to sleep in it, hence my girls refer to it as mommy’s “sleep sweater.”  (I’m sure the men reading this have nicknamed it something else).  🙂

At any rate, I noticed One Kings Lane is featuring a sale on Wednesday for Tourance throws, and so, in case there are other ice cubettes out there, I thought I’d share.  And just in case your linen closet is full, here are some other great ways to warm up!

Do yoga!  (Check out the “We Made Too Much” section on the Lululemon site to save on gear!)

Take a steam shower or bath!  Cute Lacoste bathrobes available at Macy’s!

Cuddle with your kids and watch a movie!  50% off classic DVDs at Barnes & Noble!

Grab a cuppa coffee!  Love the Nespresso Espresso Machine (in red, no less – remember your rebel yell!)

Eat a warm meal! Slow cookers are not just for your grandmother!  Think delicious soups with fresh bread from the bakery!

All thawed out now?

Does a Body Good

My 11-year-old had her annual physical yesterday.  Aside from my shock and horror (and yes, delight) at how very, very, very much she has grown, I was thankful to learn tween girls need a significant amount of calcium during these transition years.  Key information, especially since my little giraffe is not a milk-drinker.  The pediatrician did a nice job of giving us a calcium 101 lecture, and we’ve now been charged to hit at least 1,000 milligrams of calcium a day.  She also told my daughter this was her responsibility (with mom’s help and guidance).  I love the empowerment!

Here’s a quick how-to for those of you who also have young ladies in your house.

Breakfast:

Glass of calcium fortified OJ with your breakfast: 300 milligrams

Lunch:

Carton of milk with your lunch at school: 300 milligrams

Two slices of calcium fortified Roman Meal bread for your sandwich: 300 milligrams

After school snack:

Container of yogurt: approximately 200 milligrams

You’re at approximately 1,000 milligrams before dinner is even served!  How easy was that?  Of course, my 11-year-old is a little obsessed with efficiency, so she proposed we make smoothies for breakfast with OJ and yogurt to get a head start.  Works for me!

Take care of you and yours!

Tossing and Turning

I got zero shut-eye last night.  I mean nada.  As in no zzzz’s for me.  And I’m having a tough time isolating exactly what the problem was.  I went for a run yesterday, so my body was physically tired.  There were no 3:00 a.m. wake-up calls from the peanut gallery for water, tummy aches and assorted nightmares.  And though, as a mom of three, my anxiety level tends to run on the high side, there’s no specific worry at present to keep me wide-eyed into the wee hours of the morning (knock on wood!).  I even had a glass of vino with my dinner last night – usually a surefire way to render me senseless by 9:00 p.m.

So of course I fired up the google machine to try to identify the culprit behind my insomnia, and though I’m not confident I’ve isolated the offender, I am going to go ahead and blame the Chinese food.  In addition to eating a well-balanced, healthy dinner, here are some other tips I gathered to help promote a good night’s sleep.

  • Make it a priority to get seven to eight hours of sleep each night.
  • Keep a regular sleep schedule – even on weekends!
  • Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, and at a comfy temperature.
  • Engage in relaxing activities before bed, such as reading or listening to music.
  • Eat nutritious fare and avoid big meals right before bed. (Translation: no Kung Pao chicken!)
  • Exercise regularly, but not too close to bedtime.
  • Avoid alcohol and caffeine before bed.  (The article says avoid nicotine too, but you should do this anyway!)

What the articles do not say, but I am high maintenance enough to recommend, is to sleep in an aesthetically pleasant environment.  A beautiful duvet, pretty shams, sheets of a nice thread count and perfect weight pillows can go a long way towards sweet dreams, in my opinion.  So if you’re still sleeping on those sheets you received at your bridal shower, now is the time for a bedroom makeover!

And if all else fails, go ahead and invest in some instant coffee.  We all know you need at least one eye open to toast the waffles, pack the lunches and drive the carpool.  And there’s no judgment here.  If you’re executing in your pajamas, you still have my undying mommy respect.