Thursday, June 30, 2011

Random Videos Thursday

Midweek beach getaway...

Little A Bomb had his second surgery a week ago - healing well.  
Since then, this is what he's been up to...

video

The kids call it the "duck walk".

About 5 minutes north from the cottage on Red Arrow Highway are the Warren Dunes...

Lucky for the kids (and me), my younger sis was with us.  So while A Bomb and I hung out on the beach the other 3 were here...



  video

...And this morning I was able to have a nice relaxing run (thanks again to younger sis :)).  No video, just  pics...



Another beautiful day, but we're headed home... back again soon!

Any fun plans for the day?



Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tuesday Tidbits - Summer Health Myths

Does peeing on a jellyfish sting ease the pain? 
Get the answer and find out other fascinating truths to these summer health myths.


Wait a half hour after eating before you can safely go swimming.
We always had to abide by this rule when I was a child, and it's still believed by some today.  While it's true that the digestive process does divert the circulation of the blood toward the gut and to a certain extent, away from the muscles (possibly causing cramping), the fact is that an episode of drowning caused by swimming on a full stomach has never been documented. Neither the American Academy of Pediatrics nor the American Red Cross makes any specific recommendations about waiting any amount of time after eating before taking a swim. 


Peeing on a jellyfish sting will ease the pain.
Though it may sound convenient, but also pretty gross!--urine hasn't been proven to curb the hurt. What has: vinegar. "Its acidity is believed to inactivate the stingers and diminish the pain," says Stanford University School of Medicine emergency-medicine doctor Paul Auerbach, M.D., author of Medicine for the Outdoors. Soak a paper towel in household white vinegar and hold it on the wound for about 30 minutes. Afterward, use an OTC hydrocortisone cream to quell any itching. (If, however, you start to feel dizzy or nauseated or develop any kind of rash, you may be having an allergic reaction and should get yourself to a doctor right away, says Auerbach.)


Going in and out of air-conditioned buildings can make you sick.
If you feel congested or start sniffling, it's likely due to summer allergies, says pulmonologist Neil Schachter, M.D., author of The Good Doctor's Guide to Colds and Flu. "People who have allergies--even small sensitivities--may be affected when moving from a clean-air environment into one that's full of Mother Nature's irritants," he says. If your symptoms are on overdrive, try staying inside on very hot, humid days, when outdoor allergens are at their most potent. And keep your home dust-and mold-free by cleaning your AC filter every month or by investing in a HEPA air purifier that nixes 99 percent of airborne contaminants.   Another cause of your sniffles may be common cold and flu viruses. Some viruses can survive on surfaces like doorknobs for days. Wash your hands regularly, and go as you please.

Flip-flops are kind to your feet.
"Most flip-flops don't have adequate arch support, cushioning, or shock absorption," says Manhattan-based foot doctor Jacqueline Sutera, D.P.M. Wearing them all summer, every summer could lead to pinched foot nerves, heel pain, tendinitis, and strained arches. If you can't quit flops entirely, buy ones that have at least a three-quarter-inch semi-cushioned sole and built-in arch support. Even better, go for a strappy sandal; simple thongs force your toes into an unhealthy clenched position when you walk, encouraging hammertoe growth. Or try cute, beachy wedges (three inches high or less), which offer more support in just about every foot area and help distribute your body weight more evenly.  Or better yet, go barefoot...
A dip in the pool can do double duty as a shower.
Consider this: Most people don't rinse off before they go swimming. "Chemicals in personal-care products, sweat, and makeup can interfere with chlorine, making it much less effective," says Michele Hlavsa, R.N., M.P.H., of the CDC's Healthy Swimming Program. The result? Public pools in particular are often swimming with nasties such as cryptosporidium, which can bring on diarrhea, ear infections, and skin rashes. Showering after a dip can wash bacteria off your skin and cut your risk of getting sick. Use soap--a quick hose-off may not be enough.

Sunburn will fade into a tan.
Sunburn is a burn and not a prerequisite stage for a tan. Sunburn will result in skin damage, redness, and eventual peeling. Any amount of sun exposure poses an increased risk for the development of skin cancers and premature aging, but sunburn poses an even stronger risk.
Drinking from a hose can make you sick.
"No germs live specifically in garden hoses," says Charles Gerba, Ph.D., a professor of environmental science at the University of Arizona. However, where the hose's end may have rested (in animal poop?) and what the leaching lead may be a concern.  Many hoses are made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which uses lead as a stabilizer.  When water sits in a PVC hose, lead can leach into the water.  Good news is that you can buy hoses that are lead-free.  With any hose, even one labeled “drink-safe,” let the water run until it’s cold before you drink from it, because bacteria is more likely to grow in warm standing water.  And keep your lips off the hose!
Mayonnaise is a major culprit in food-poisoning outbreaks.
Store-bought mayo can actually retard the growth of food-borne bacteria thanks to some of its ingredients, including salt and lemon juice. But many dishes that contain mayonnaise tend to be handled a lot - so there are more opportunities for the food to be contaminated.
Safety tip: Wash and dry veggies before adding them to a salad, use separate cutting boards for meat and produce, and be sure your hands and work surface are scrupulously clean before making sandwiches. Homemade mayonnaise, by the way, does not contain preservatives and should be used only in foods that will remain refrigerated.

You don't need a cooler if you've got an air-conditioned car.
Just because you're happy at 75 degrees doesn't mean your ham and cheese on rye is. In fact, this atmosphere is the ideal breeding ground for harmful bacteria, which multiply rapidly when they're in the temperature danger zone of 40 to 140 degrees.
Safety tip: Food can safely be kept at room temperature for up to two hours or one hour if the temperature is above 90 degrees. That means two hours total, so be sure you count the time the sandwiches sat out in the sun while guests played beach volleyball. 
If you get a bee sting, squeeze out the stinger.
Never do this! Squeezing the stinger may allow venom still in the sac to get into your system. "Scrape the stinger out with a credit card or even a long fingernail, if it’s clean."  If the person is getting red or having trouble breathing, dial 911. This can be serious or even fatal.


Poison ivy is catching.
Poison ivy is an allergic reaction to an oil called urushiol, released when the leaves of the poison ivy or poison oak or sumac are brushed or crushed. Usually, nothing happens the first time. The big fun comes on the second exposure. Within 15 minutes, the oil binds to skin proteins. If you can rub it off with alcohol or plenty of cold water, the rash can be avoided. It is not contagious, no matter how icky the rash looks. Scratching the blisters also does not spread it, but while you still have the oil on your hands, you can spread it.  Calamine or Burrows solution can calm the blistery rash. An antihistamine like Benadryl can ease the itching or at the very least, will allow you to sleep through it. A cortisone cream can help soothe the itching as well. In severe cases your doctor may prescribe cortisone medication by mouth.
Facts/myths taken from webmd.com, menshealth.com, Women’s Health, medicinenet.com, foodsafety.gov and homefoodsafety.org.

What's your favorite summer health myth?  
How long did you believe it?

Friday, June 24, 2011

Let 'er Rip - Gaigai's Guest Post

Ripstik Review
Gaigai on the RipStik
"I think the Ripstik is a great thing to have.  It helps with balance and coordination.  You also don't need to push with your foot.  To roll on the Ripstik, use your shoulders and hips to go side to side like a snake.  The faster you go, the more stability you have.  When riding make sure you wear a helmet and other safety gear and ride in a safe environment.  I have an excellent time on my Ripstik!"



Parental note - 
When Gaigai (age 8) saw some of our neighbors snaking down the street with RipStiks, she wanted one.  She used her own money to get one, and rides on it whenever she can.  She's getting pretty good but has had a couple bigger falls - helmet is a must (elbow and knee pads would probably be a good idea too)!   Tazer, K and I have given it a couple tries - it's harder than it looks:).  For the amount of time she spends on it, it was definitely a great purchase!

RipStik Classic
   

RipStik Classic

Just twist and go! The RipStik® casterboard brings the carving thrill of surfing and snowboarding to dry land! Its unique twisting motion moves you forward without ever pushing off the ground! The RipStik®'s 360 degree inclined casters and pivoting deck provide a unique carving motion. All you do is twist and go! The RipStik® casterboard, like nothing you've ever ridden!
  • Inclined caster trucks and pivoting deck provide carving ability
  • Concave deck platforms for greater foot control
  • Rubber-padded torsion bar
  • 76-mm urethane wheels
  • High-performance ABEC-5 bearings
  • Winner 2008 Outdoor Toy of the Year Award
  • US Patent Number 7,195,259 B2
  • Ages 8+
  • Weight limit 220lbs.
























Do your children have a fun outdoor toy that you would recommend?

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tuesday Tidbits - Happy Summer Solstice!


Today is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, which means it's the longest day of the year for us.  The summer solstice occurs when the sun is the farthest north in the sky, directly above the Tropic of Cancer and will occur at 1:16 p.m. ET.


It’s the winter solstice today in the Southern hemisphere.  


There are 24 hours of daylight north of the Arctic Circle (66.5° north of the equator) and 24 hours of darkness south of the Antarctic Circle (66.5° south of the equator). The sun's rays are directly overhead along the Tropic of Cancer (the latitude line at 23.5° north, passing through Mexico, Saharan Africa, and India) on June 21.



Many different people around the world celebrate the solstices, including a large gathering that happens every year at Stonehenge. This year, around 18,000 people were present at Stonehenge to witness the sunrise on the summer solstice, AP reports.

Even Google is celebrating the solstices with today’s Google doodle. According to Mashable.com, Japanese artist Takashi Murakami created the colorful logo, likewise making a winter version for those south of the equator.


(Facts taken from Wikipedia.com, Huffingtonpost.com, About.com)

How will you celebrate 
the longest day of the year?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Friday Fluff - Camps and Summer Running

First week of summer vacation - woohoo!!  We've had beautiful sunny, cool weather - perfect for running, golf and soccer camps, but not so nice for pool or beach!  Tazer and GaiGai are attending soccer camps and we're all taking (or have taken) golf lessons - even Munchkin - fun for the whole family!  


With our sudden, but brief heat spell a couple of weeks ago, I struggled even with my early morning runs.  In anticipation of the inevitable return of the heat and humidity, here's some advice from this month's issue of Running Times:

In addition to regular training (in other words, suck it up and keep at it), adjust your expectations and attitudes.  Shift to effort over time and look for internal cues and perceived exertion instead of fixating on split times.  Recommendations for hot and humid summertime races are to adjust preparation, expectations and mindset.  Adjusting your preparation includes taking in more electrolytes 2-3 days before race and running shorter warm-ups pre-race.  In adjusting your expectations - realize you will be slower.  And finally, adjust your mindset - everyone is dealing with the same conditions.  Overall - common sense advice.  Same issue has some "Hot Myths" debunked worth checking out also. 

How do you deal with hot humid training/racing?

Happy Father's Day,
especially to Kovas - you're the best Papa! 

Enjoy the weekend!


Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tuesday Tidbits - No Sleep for the Wicked(ly cute)

...or for us.  Little A bomb has us on a roller coaster with his sleeping.  He'll go for stretches sleeping from 6:15pm to 4:00am (K's normal waking hour) to waking up at all hours of the night.  He falls asleep without any problems, but some nights cannot get back to sleep if he wakes up.  So this has been our solution lately:

With him being our fourth (and most likely final), we're a little more lenient and accepting of his schedule (or lack of).  While doing some reading/research on sleep, I came across some interesting tidbits: 
  • Anything less than five minutes to fall asleep at night means you're sleep deprived. The ideal is between 10 and 15 minutes, meaning you're still tired enough to sleep deeply, but not so exhausted you feel sleepy by day (my head hits the pillow, and I'm out:)).
  • New baby typically results in 400-750 hours lost sleep for parents in the first year (I think we've surpassed that amount). 
  • Seventeen hours of sustained wakefulness leads to a decrease in performance equivalent to a blood alcohol-level of 0.05%.
  • After five nights of partial sleep deprivation, three drinks will have the same effect on your body as six would when you've slept enough.
  • Tiny luminous rays from a digital alarm clock can be enough to disrupt the sleep cycle even if you do not fully wake. The light turns off a "neural switch" in the brain, causing levels of a key sleep chemical to decline within minutes.
  • To drop off we must cool off; body temperature and the brain's sleep-wake cycle are closely linked. That's why hot summer nights can cause a restless sleep. The blood flow mechanism that transfers core body heat to the skin works best between 65 and 86 degrees. But later in life, the comfort zone shrinks to between 73 and 77 degrees - one reason why older people have more sleep disorders.
  • Some studies suggest women need up to an hour's extra sleep a night compared to men, and not getting it may be one reason women are much more susceptible to depression than men.
  • Experts say one of the most alluring sleep distractions is the 24-hour accessibility of the internet.
  • Not getting enough zzz's may make you gain weight.  Sleep deprivation leads to higher levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin and lower levels of the hormone leptin that makes you feel full.
  • 1 in 4 married couples sleep in separate beds (my grandparents did).
  • You'll die from sleep deprivation before food deprivation.  It takes 2 weeks to starve, but 10 days without sleep could kill you.
  • The way you sleep could indicate your personality type:
Fetal:  gruff initially, but have warm and open hearts; Log:  social butterfly; Yearner:  perceived as open, but truly suspicious; Soldier:  reserved; Freefaller:  fun; Starfish:  excellent listener
  • Feeling tired can feel normal after a short time. Those deliberately deprived of sleep for research initially noticed greatly the effects on their alertness, mood and physical performance, but the awareness dropped off after the first few days.  (not me, I continue to feel the effects:))


What's your sleeping style?  Does it coincide with your personality type?
What helps you sleep at night?
Any suggestions to get little A bomb to stick with the schedule?!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Moving Comfort Bra Giveaway Winner

Moving Comfort Juno Bra
The winner of the Moving Comfort Bra giveaway, 
chosen at random by Moving Comfort is

Candice of  I Have Run

Congratulations Candice!!  
Please email me with your bra choice + size + shipping info.

Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway!

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wednesday Willy Nilly

Yay - I love when the delivery trucks stop in front of our house (especially now that the packages aren't always for K:))!  Yesterday I received this sweet pair of shoes from Brooks.


Brooks Ghost 4
My only pair of Brooks was when I was pregnant with number four, so I'm excited to try them again.  The Ghost 4 is a neutral "super balanced wonder".  Brooks DNA adds customized cushioning and Omega flex grooves provide extra flexibility.  They also sport this world's first biodegradable midsole.   Just walking around they feel great.  Can't wait to try them!  I'll let you know whether or not I like them.  Review coming soon...


Moving Comfort Juno bra
Also check out my Moving Comfort Bra giveaway!  Moving Comfort has great bras for all sizes and activities.  If you haven't tried one, now may your chance to win one!  So head over to the Moving Comfort's Sports Bra Finder and then post on their Facebook page 
 *Make sure to post Moving Comfort's FB page 
under discussions, WEG*




Last full day of school for the kiddos (tomorrow they go in for 45 minutes)!  Other than a trip to Lithuania and couple of camps, all we have planned is lots of pool/beach and family time!

Do you have any big plans for the summer?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Tuesday Tata-bits

More about the girls...


To go along with my Moving Comfort Bra Giveaway - here are some fun facts...
  • The average breast weighs 1.1 lbs and contains 4-5% of the body's fat.
  • The average breast size in America is currently a 36C, although 15 years ago it was a 34B. 
  • In 2008, there were more than 300,000 breast enhancement surgeries performed in the U.S.
  • During the same year, there were nearly 18,000 breast reductions performed ... on men.

  • In the early days of surgical breast augmentation, surgeons used implants made from a number of peculiar ingredients--including ox cartilage, glass balls, polyester and ground rubber--with disastrous results.
  • Did you know that there is a size 38KKK bra? (It's worn by the woman with the world's largest implants.)
  • It's legal for women to walk around showing off their breasts in Hawaii, Texas, Ohio, New York and Maine--though they can still be picked up on public nuisance laws.
  • Smokers will have saggier boobs than non-smokers, because the chemicals in cigarettes break down the body's elastin.
  • Sleeping on your chest can change the shape of your breasts over time, stretching the skin and leading to sagging.  So to preserve what you've got, sleep on your side with breasts supported by a pillow.
Taken from: Fun Facts About Breasts - Breast Facts - Marie Claire  and 
What the Yuck?! by Rohsini Raj, MD


For a chance to win your perfect bra...
Moving Comfort Juno bra
be(come) a follower and

 
Check out the new interactive 
 find the perfect bra for you and 
post a comment about it on their Facebook page. 
 
*Make sure to post Moving Comfort's FB page 
under discussions, WEG*

Contest will run for one week, through Thursday, June 9th.  
Winner will be chosen at random by Moving Comfort.  
Open to US citizens only (sorry foreign friends - not my rules).

Friday, June 3, 2011

Support the Girls - Moving Comfort Bra Giveaway!

 
Moving Comfort Juno Bra

Everything Moving Comfort creates is designed around women. "When it feels great, you'll be more confident and have more fun when you wear it."  The important thing is that every woman finds her Moving Comfort.

I was super excited to have the opportunity to try the Moving Comfort Momentum Shorts and Juno Bra. I wore them for short and long, outside and treadmill runs and love them!

The Momentum Shorts have a 4" inseam, wide-knit curved flattering waistband with (super long) drawcord, 2 mesh stash pockets on the sides, reflective piping down the legs, lightweight wicking brief liner and internal pocket.  Light and semi form fitting, these shorts are a pleasure to run in.


Although there are arguments for both sides about bralessness and sagging, a proper fitting, supportive bra is the way to go for running especially if you're well endowed.  I think it's neither comfortable, nor attractive otherwise.

According to Dr. Raj (What the Yuck?!):

"It's not so bad to go braless.  There's no research showing that bra-skipping leads to faster sagging (we're all headed south at one speed or another). However, when your breasts are very full (like when you're lactating) or large, letting your girls hang out increases your risk of neck or back pain.  So in these cases, you should always wear a supportive bra.  Also, it's absolutely crucial to wear a good sports bra when you're exercising, especially if you have larger breasts.  All that bouncing up and down can stretch your breast ligaments, and stretched ligaments do make you sag.  A supportive bra keeps you perky by holding ligaments in place while you work out."

To ensure that I received the correct bra, I used the The Sports Bra Fitting Room—the first of its kind—is a multi-media, user-friendly, online fitting experience. The Sports Bra Fitting Room is divided into four sections to guide women in finding the best fitting sports bra. Sections include:

-Sports Bra Finder: Women are lead through a step-by-step measuring process, all of which is accompanied by instructional videos. The Sports Bra Finder not only identifies the woman’s size, it also offers suggested styles based on her activity.
-Expert Fit Tips: Identifies common fit issues and offers solutions for troubleshooting through the use of on-body images.
- Anatomy of a Bra: Women can learn about the various components in a Moving Comfort sports bra that work together to provide superior support and comfort.
- Care Instructions: Provides women with all the information they need to ensure they get the most out of her garment.

“We believe that sports bras are an essential piece of equipment for active women, yet 8 out of 10 women are wearing the wrong size,” said Julie Baxter, vice president of Moving Comfort. “The proper fitting sports bra, designed for the appropriate activity, can make a big difference in your performance and how you feel during your workout. Our new virtual Sports Bra Fitting Room takes the guess work out of the fitting process and provides women with the information they need to make the best sports bra selection."


Moving Comfort Juno Bra
 Using the Bra Finder tool, I chose the Juno Bra.  It is designed for maximum support (C cup plus) and sports a sexy racer back style that covers and supports.  Seam-free interior molded cups shape and support, front and back mesh zones keep you cool.  For me the Juno bra provides great support.  The hook closure on the back makes it easier to pull on and off.  Only suggestion for change would be to have one more set of hooks to make it a bit snugger around my rib cage.



 
And for a chance to win your perfect bra...
be(come) a follower and

 
Check out the new interactive 
 find the perfect bra for you and 
post a comment about it on their Facebook page here.  

Contest will run for one week, through Thursday, June 9th.  
Winner will be chosen at random by Moving Comfort.  
Open to US citizens only (sorry foreign friends - not my rules).

I was sent this product for free to review on my blog, courtesy of Moving Comfort, via Jam Collective.  I did not pay for these items, receive payment for this review, or agree to give a positive review.  Aside from information gleaned from the company website, the opinions are my own.
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