Friday, May 24, 2013

The Life of a Blog


Everyone loves kittens. (according to the internet). So here are a few, riding horses? (maybe?)

HAPPY FRIDAY! And here we are... well, this is my second post of the day. The first was a matter of formality, not that I'm complaining, I'm not - just stating the facts.

I'm in the process of rethinking this blog (again) because that's what I do when I'm not writing. What SHOULD I be doing? Writing my query letter and synopsis, but here I am. Trying to throw a life preserver to a sinking ship...

But I have some ideas and I hope it will drum up some views, but if it doesn't this will be the last few months of Weekly Adventure. So, as you can see, I'm open to doing product reviews, and I'm also open to book reviewing - contact me if you're interested. There will also be some vegan things to post soon - recipes and such. I'm working with a friend on getting a few posts together.

So, if you like Weekly Adventure, please hang in there! I hope to have more shortly.

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend! (if you're in the States. If not, enjoy your weekend all the same!)

xxoo
Aryn


"Radiant with AVEENO" Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream - Product Review (Influenster)




So, my latest stroll down the path of product review lane has brought me to - Aveeno's Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream. [I'm so -> Radiant with AVEENO]

And honestly, I can keep this review rather short and sweet. I liked it. The lotion is light, unlike most night creams that are heavy and cause me to break out. (Which I don't really need any extra help doing, thank you very much.) The scent is also light in nature, which is wonderful because the last thing I want before going to bed is to smell like a perfume counter at Macy's. And, above all, it did a good job. I felt my skin looked smoother over the month time I used this product.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream is $16.99 (+S&P), and I'm sure you can find it at your local drug store (a.k.a. Walgreens, Target, etc) with a discount. But at the same time, I don't feel $16.99 is too much for this product. A little goes a long way, so you'll have it for awhile.
(If you don't feel like driving around and find a place that carries it, you can buy it and/or search for it online at www.aveeno.com)




I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

Monday, May 20, 2013

School Bells Ringing! Family Adventures in Pre-School.

What is life all about? Oh, how esoteric of me.
I'm actually not on that quest, at this point I know what I want, and what I don't want - but life is never that simple, now is it?

I started this blog to vent nearly 5 years ago now, and in the recent years I've stopped blogging - which would be proof that my life has found a path less difficult than my old one. Life has become easier, and simpler, and now my baby is growing up, so all those late night blogs are nothing more than history.


Look how big he is!!

Oh, the ever changing world that is life...
I lived  for many years by myself, and then I got married (9 years ago this week), and then we had our boy. All small and adorable things, that, like all other children, is growing too fast. But in my opinion, all time moves too fast. I often talk with my husband about how 11 years have passed since we got together, and how we went from having this tiny little baby to a big boy at the crossroad of school.

School with its books, and school yard skinned knees.
School with its crushes, and after school projects.
School with it's piles of kids learning to play, to sing, to read, write, draw and calculate.

School, it's been awhile, it's so nice to see you again.

My son was (and still is, kinda) excited for school. I'm not exactly sure what he thought it was, but he loves to learn, and is a sponge just like everyone always tells you kids are. He's reading at 4 with very little assistance from my husband or me. He tells me stories, talks to me about far off lands. Explains the difference between dinos and draws on walls.

"Look, mama!! Look at my art!" (Look, buddy... look at my wall... grrr)

So when school started, we were all excited. He will learn new things, I will get a rest... blah, blah, blah, blah... and then reality hit.


I'm pretty sure I was sick most of the first day. (and the rest of the first week)
I was withdrawn, tired, and worried for about 120 hours straight. No sleep, because worry keeps you awake, but I kept telling myself - This is normal. All mom's (& dads) go through this. Everyone will survive.

I don't like this - I thought
You're being over dramatic - I told myself

My son cried, and cried (and cried, and cried). And then, one day he didn't - and that day he shoved a tree seed into his ear. This led to 4 or 5 doctor visits, and surgery - but we kept trekking.
Yet here we are.

Class begins at 9am
The teacher shows up at 9:04
My son says he wants to go home
The teacher says, Well there's the door
My son cries because he doesn't want my husband to leave
The teacher is so caught up, not being ready for school, my son chases after my husband. Where my husband finds him, just before running into the parking lot.

Yes... school.

So now I'm here -

I've been on a search for a new school for fall (oddly we don't want to send him back to this one. Weird, I know.) And found one that made both me, and my son feel like this:


But we missed the spot by 2 hours... (2!!!)

So now we sit, and wait some more. (For someone to move so we can go to the school we love.)

And that is why I asked at the beginning of this post, what is this life about? What lessons are we to learn to make or break us? How far will we go, or bend until it's too much or too little?

To say I've been outraged by this experience is putting the matter lightly, because there is no other way to feel when someone who is supposed to care for your child while you're away, simply does not. I can admit to being over protective, as I can admit to a lot of my own faults - but this is my limit. I shall bend no further.

I try to remind myself that life is still that non-obstructive path I've been lucky enough to set foot on, and this too shall pass - but it's not always easy. Right now is just pre-school, soon it will be kindergarden and then more and more and more. That is when I realize that this is not so much a cross road, but more a bridge to the next chapter of my life.

Like Ferris Bueller said, "Life moves pretty fast; if you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." 

Time to close this school door, and keep moving. 

Monday, May 6, 2013

Adventures is Yoga!

Hello, Friends! How are you this fine day in May? Sitting at your desk? Or maybe you're sitting on a bus, reading this on your smart phone, but let me guess - you are - for certain - seated, or have been most of your day?

Well, this post is for you!

Welcome to "Adventures in Yoga". You're monthly yoga post, from yours truly - ME!

So now that we've pin pointed the problem - and it's a problem most of us have in this digital day and age - it's time to see what to do about it. When you spend all your time seating, and leaning forward - slowly but surely your muscles begin to atrophy and will keep you in this hunched position. We begin having problems with our lower back, because our lumbar isn't curved as it should be, and in our upper back because we are allowing our shoulder to hunch forward more than they were ever meant to be.

This is all happens subconsciously - but it is still an issue. So our Adventure in Yoga this month is a simple back bend known as Bridge Pose.

setu bandha sarvangasana 
(Sanskrit for bridge pose)

Bridge Pose is an amazing and beneficial pose for many reasons, they are as follows:

Bridge Pose does the EXACT OPPOSITE of what we do to our bodies all day long. You're pushing your pelvis up towards the ceiling, getting your shoulder back, and your shoulder blades onto your back - which opened up the chest, and stretches out the neck and spine, and it also stretches out your upper thighs. (NOTE: You SHOULD NOT be clenching your butt cheeks in this pose. I know, easier said than done, but you should be stretching from your foundation by pressing your heels and your shoulders into the mat (ground), and using that strength press up. 

This pose is exactly what we need because we want to counter those daily repetitive actions and help our bodies heal from those daily stresses.


Also, if you're like me, and have small children, chances are you're lifting them up over and over, and cleaning up their toys, over and over - Bridge Pose helps you to open your ribs, allowing your lungs to breathe easier, while creating space to keep things in order the rest of the time. (The same goes for all you non-parent people.)

I looked around to find a video example of this pose - and I chose this one from yoga.org.nz - I picked this video because it is the only one I found that had the feet close enough to the body. 

*YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO BRUSH THE BACKS OF YOUR HEELS WITH YOUR FINGER TIPS WHEN SETTING UP FOR BRIDGE POSE.*

(Plus the accent doesn't hurt a bit, now does it?)




Happy May! Have a great month, and remember to do something adventurous - even if it's just a little bit of yoga.