It’s 1am so I’m sorry for the people who won’t see this. But if you want confidence and don’t know how to get it, a really good way is to be confident in other people. When you walk into Starbucks, think, “damn, that barista’s hair is da bomb!” Or when you go to school, think, “my teacher is rocking that skirt!” When you start seeing everyone as being beautiful, at some point you realize that you’re everyone too.
Back to School Crock Pot Recipes- This makes me feel both hungry and inspired to organize meal plans! Slow cookers are a very smart way to plan your dinners
Today we wanted to share some meal-planning and money-saving links, tips, tricks, and apps. Here’s a nifty website that I found via Quirky Momma that shares various crock-pot meal plans that are PERFECT for busy families once the school year kicks back into high gear. I don’t know about you but I sort of love it when someone does all the research and puts it in one easy to find place for me….hey…we just might be on to something!
You had a post about muscle relievers and tiger balm was on the list, have you personally used the product? I recently started strength training and am looking for a good product to help relieve tension. Thank you so much for your blog, it's really helped me!
I have! Dancers at my university used Tiger Balm a lot. It smells really strong of cinnamon, which we all loved, so we’d crowd around the person wearing it just to smell them. It works really well for temporary pain relief, though for tension you’d be better off combining it with a massage or foam rolling.
I know a handful of my readers are in the Milwaukee area (since I’ve talked to some of you about dance classes/teachers in Milwaukee), and I have a request for people in the area.
If you have any books you don’t want anymore (especially children’s or YA books), please send me a message or email.
You know those Little Free Libraries all over the place? Well, I’ve been keeping about five of them stocked using bags of mysteries my roommate gets from someone at work, but I’m always looking to increase my collection so I can keep all the LFL nice and full for the communities. Plus, there’s a LFL right across the street from an elementary school near me, so I want to refill it with age-appropriate books during the school year.
If you’ve got books you don’t read or want anymore, I’d be happy to meet up with you somewhere and put them back into the hands of your local community! Please let me know!
Our culture is fascinated with the concept of being “Bikini Ready” or “Swimsuit Ready” during the summer. Make no mistake - This is weight loss propaganda against women. The idea is that women should only bare their bodies if they are able to attain a certain shape. Otherwise, they should be too ashamed of what they look like and should thus spend the summer hidden away. But that “certain shape” is always changing and will look different for each woman. The only constant is: It requires you to be thinner and prettier than you are right now.
Challenge this thought process by challenging what it means to be “Bikini Ready.” Instead of changing your body, change your mind:
Tackle the reasons why you don’t feel comfortable wearing a bikini right now. Saying “I’m too fat” isn’t identifying the real problem. If you’re blaming your body, then keep thinking. Dig a little further until you recognize the deeper issue, such as “I’m afraid of how people will treat me” or maybe “I don’t feel like I deserve it” or even “I’ve been told so often that only certain girls can wear bikinis, I’ve never really questioned it.”
Recognize that changing your body is not going to change your self-image unless you actually begin to attack the feelings that are causing this problem. Your weight or appearance is just a scapegoat - Really, fully accepting this can take time, but plant the seed.
Go out and buy yourself that bikini. Dig through your closet to find the one that you bought last year. Put it on and just look at yourself in the mirror. You’re you in this bikini and you’ll still be you when you take it off. And let’s face it: You’re awesome.
If you’re not comfortable showing that much skin right now? That’s fine! Switch up the plan and put on a pretty dress instead, or a new shirt. You don’t have to bare your skin in order to love what you look like and to feel safe. What matters is that you’re happy, not that you’re wearing a specific article of clothing. Don’t feel pressured into putting on a bikini if you don’t really want to.
Reject the idea that your body is what needs to be prepped before you’re ready to put on a bikini. Instead, tackle your mind, your self-image and all the messages that the media is sending you.
You started running months ago, yet every time you hop on the scale, you’re let down by the results. What gives? While running does burn mega calories, here are some reasons you may not be seeing the weight-loss results you’re after.
Readers often ask us why we use Parmesan in our recipes. Isn’t it off-limits to vegetarians? Actually, not always. Here are three handy tips for finding a veg-friendly variety (or cheesy substitute!) to sprinkle on all your eggplant Parmesan and Italian chickpea soup.
Smoothies are a refreshing and delicious way to offer your body quality nutrition, but when there’s a laundry list of ingredients that require chopping, washing, and close measuring, some of the appeal dissipates. Here are eight of our favorite smoothies.
Ooh! Tribesports is offering free shipping on all orders until the end of the month! (I have their black/yellow performance capri leggings and their black/yellow crop sports bra and I love them both so much.)
Alright, new rule for Back On Pointe: don’t message me about Cassey Ho/Blogilates. She will never, for me, make up for her negative behavior. I’m not interested in hearing you defend her actions.
Edit: nothing happened, I’m just sick of getting messages all the time asking me why I don’t like her and trying to defend her fat-shaming. If you’re interested in my feelings about her, search her name on my blog. There’s plenty written and reblogged already.