Ouch Wraps Review & Giveaway!

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Two months ago I was lucky enough to be allowed the opportunity to review Ouch Wraps! What are Ouch Wraps you ask? Well an ouch wrap is “hot/cold therapy wrap used to alleviate sore muscles, stiffness, and inflammation.”

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I was provided with a Wrecked Ouch Wrap which has been GLORIOUS for the times that I’m reading papers upon papers and my neck is KILLING ME!! I’ve been using it on my neck and I LOVE IT! Not to mention that THERE ARE CUPCAKES ON MY OUCH WRAP!!!! Oh, and it smells like vanilla sugar cookie!

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So how do you use an Ouch Wrap?! To use them like a heating pad, follow the directions on the tag for microwaving (different sizes need different times).  Be careful not to overheat. (once you burn an Ouch Wrap, it’s a goner) To use like an ice pack, freeze for a few hours (or overnight) in a zippered plastic bag.

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Personally I’ve only used it as heat.. It’s also been wonderful for when I’ve had a long day at work and I just want to relax. They could be called “Relax Wraps” and they would have the same effect. Whether they’re helping relax my muscles or just helping the day melt away.. My Ouch Wrap has DEFINITELY made my night more than once!

PLUS I should mention that I got that AWESOME headband as well!!!! There’s even felt on the inside so that it doesn’t move around! Boom. Awesome.

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AND GUESS WHAT?!?! Now it’s YOUR turn to get an Ouch Wrap! Follow the link below to enter!

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Don’t want to wait?!?! Use coupon code “healthyd” for 15% off!!!

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There’s always a light.. Sometimes you just have to turn your head..

I’ve been struggling lately. It seems that even when things are going great I find the dark in the situation..

No, I’m not depressed. But I’d be lying if I said that the cold, crappy weather isn’t getting to me.

So the question is, what can I do to change it?! So I decided to devise a list of things to do to get me out of this rut that I’ve been in lately.

 

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1. Smile more. It’s amazing how even just smiling to myself for whatever is going on in my head makes me feel better.. But smiling at someone who doesn’t expect it makes me smile even more.

 

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2. Make exercising a priority. I know what you’re thinking, “Don’t you workout, like, every day?”.. and while I wish the answer was yes, I’d have to say the best answer would be, “when I feel like it”.. But the thing is.. usually even when I don’t feel like it and I end find the motivation to do it anyways it makes me happy.. So I need to start scheduling some workout dates. Plus, running makes me smile, so that’s like killing two birds with one stone.

 

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3. Enjoy the little things. As can be seen here. Sometimes we just have to sit back and let the little things take over. For example, yesterday my boyfriend cut my pumpkin for me because we didn’t have the right tool and it was too hard for me to do. Enjoy the little things, but also make sure to appreciate the little things that someone does for you. And I did.. I thanked him probably ten times.

 

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4. Relax. Easier said than done, I know. But sometimes I need to remember that life is stressful because I make it that way. I don’t ALWAYS have to go to the gym, make dinner, clean my room, wash my car, go to the grocery store, and do laundry all in one day. While it’s nice to have errand/chores done all at once, it just adds unneeded stress. I need to remember to relax more.

 

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5. And that goes hand in hand with, Plan ahead only what needs to be planned. I know that I said that I like to plan, but sometimes I go a bit overboard. I’m not going to say that sometimes it isn’t fun/needed.. But sometimes it just wastes time and keeps me up at night. SO, I’m going to actively make an effort to only plan ahead what really NEEDS to be planned!

 

By the way, Check out my AMAZING pumpkin! (And boyfriend! 😉 )

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Run Scream Run, Relaxing, & Running Around

Sometimes I feel like a chicken with my head cut off! Seriously. I’m one of those people that like to keep busy. Honestly the busier I am the more I can get done.. But on the flip side, the busier I am the more I just want to lay in bed and say “Screw it all!” Luckily this weekend, I was able to just relax. Well, a bit.

 

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Saturday morning I got up, and was out the door by 6:45am. My first 10k was calling. Run Scream Run was a good 10k. Let me give you the really fast re-cap. Started out feeling fast. Hit the first mile in 9:01, second in 8:45.. Realized I was going pretty fast and slowed it down a notch to 9:16.. THEN the dreaded side cramp! Honestly, worst cramp I’ve gotten while running in a long long time! Lasted a whole mile, fourth mile clocked in at 11:04.. See, wasn’t kidding. Then fifth at 9:25, and sixth at 9:03. All in all I was pretty happy with the race. There wasn’t as many zombies as I expected, but honestly I’m not too upset about that.

 

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So anyways, after the race I got home showered and caught up on a few shows that I’d been missing in real-time. I’ve decided that I like DVRing shows because I can fast forward through the commercials. So yea.. that’s all I did.. all day.. watched HIMYM, Do No Harm, and Glee. It was much needed. Just hanging out in bed, watching TV, doing nothing.. Sometimes it’s just what the doctor ordered. And Saturday it was.

 

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Sunday I ended up hanging out with my boyfriend all day. Had some breakfast, then started reading Game of Thrones. Then I decided to make something for lunch. Ended up making a ‘one pan bake’ with cut up potatoes, frozen veggies, and diced chicken. Took about an hour to make, so it was done in perfect timing with the beginning of the Lions game. I melted some cheese on mine and ate it with BBQ sauce. Mmmm.. Alex even went back for seconds! I wasn’t that hungry so I stuck with just one bowl. But it was DELICIOUS!

 

Then I went to his hockey game at 6pm, and we decided on the oh-so-not-healthy-but-delicious KFC for dinner. Hey.. We don’t always eat fast food, but sometimes it’s a nice change of pace. Plus we split a 6 piece meal and it was the perfect amount of food for the both of us!

 

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But now back to the grind.. He has three exams all week, I have work/class/volunteering/gym/running AND we have a wedding to do to on Saturday! Busy week ahead!