At Home Pedicure with Amopé

November 24th, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Life - (4 Comments)

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Warning: photos of well worn runners feet ahead.

I’ve never had a professional pedicure before. I know, I know, it’s crazy talk for a woman to say that. I just have a hard time spending money on myself! I love to be pampered though so I often create at home spa day’s where I set aside a few hours to take an aromatherapy bath, give myself a manicure & pedicure, and do some yoga and meditation.
A few weeks ago Travis and I were at Target where we picked up this new Amopé Pedi Perfect gadget and Amopé foot cream. (Note: it’s in the foot care aisle!)

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As a runner I’ve always heard that you aren’t supposed to file away callouses as they help to protect your feet from getting blisters. Well, I took that advice to heart and my feet were in desperate need for some TLC after the Pensacola marathon! Growing up I would actually have people say I should be a foot model but those days have been looooong gone. Here’s what my feet have looked like the last few months.

IMG_7974This is how they looked after just ONE use with the Amopé Pedi Perfect. Honestly this is the best they’ve looked in years. I was most surprised by how fun the Amopé was to use! You just turn it on and start slowly running it up and down your feet. It was so relaxing and soothing. I prefer to use it right before I hop into the shower now (you use it on dry feet.)

IMG_8000Since I’ve suckered Travis into running so many races with me I figured I owed him and offered to give him a mini pedicure this weekend. His feet looked 10x better than mine did already so he didn’t need much work. Salem enjoyed helping. I’m glad I picked up the Amopé foot lotion to go with it as it really helps nourish my feet after filing all the dry skin away. Travis requested I do this at least once a month for him so I think he was a fan!

IMG_8023I wouldn’t necessarily say I was embarrassed by how my feet looked before, but I’m certainly happier with what they look like now! Given how much I put them through on a weekly basis I guess I kind of owed it to them.

How do you feel about your feet? Love ‘em or embarrassed by ‘em?

Do you give yourself at-home pedicures? What do you use on your feet?

Gift Giving Ideas for Pets at Sams Club!

November 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Life - (1 Comments)

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Every Holiday season I try to to either donate time or money to a charity. It just makes me feel like a better version of myself. Last year I asked my Mom to make a donation on my behalf to the World Wildlife Fund for one of my Christmas presents. This year I wanted to pick up a few pet gifts for our local humane society. (Tip: if you want to do the same be sure to look at your humane society’s website for a wishlist of items they need most before purchasing!)

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Mom came out to Pensacola last week to do some Holiday shopping and go out to dinner. We headed over to Sam’s Club which is basically an adult playground to me. I can spend hours wandering around there! I checked out the pet aisles and picked up some things I thought could keep the puppies at the shelter physically and emotionally healthy.

2014-11-19 18.23.16Some new toys as I’m sure they get bored in their kennels! I toured the facility last year when I was there dropping off the incredible $750 I raised for them while running the Pensacola marathon and I know they are very well taken care of. All of the people working and volunteering there were clearly in love with their jobs and the cats and dogs they had. It still breaks my heart to think of those poor puppies alone in their kennels waiting for a forever home! Hopefully some bright new toys can make them happy for a little while.

IMG_7998The humane society specifically wanted Pedigree canned food so I bought this case for them. Since I’ve never had a dog I’m not sure how quickly they go through canned food but hopefully this will help keep their bellies full for a while!

IMG_7999While I was at Sam’s Club I came across this giant stuffed grumpy cat. I texted a photo of it to Travis and told him it was one of his Christmas gifts.

2014-11-19 18.11.57As I was walking around I downloaded their Healthy Living Made Simple App.

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They had an article on pets that included some great tips to consider when  buying gifts for dogs or cats this season:

  • Make sure you buy unbreakable gifts
  • Only wrap toys (not treats or food)
  • Wrap toys loosely so dogs can rip it open easier
  • Keep dogs on leash when kids are opening gifts in case they can’t help themselves from joining in!

Again, as a crazy cat lady I wouldn’t have thought about not wrapping treats for a dog. I’m glad I saw this before I went pet shopping for a few friends of mine!

As you pick up pet gifts this year consider picking up a case of food or some toys to donate to your local shelter. When I was last there I saw this precious puppy helping to keep a kitten warm and my heart melted on the spot!

Humane SocietyDo you buy gifts for your friends pets?
What is your charity of choice to give to?

Health Care Reform: The Basics

November 22nd, 2014 | Posted by Erica House in Life - (3 Comments)

This post is sponsored by UnitedHealthcare.

After my post last week on how the Health Care Reform will impact taxes I realized many of you have a lot of questions on what the Affordable Care Act is, and how it will actually impact you. To be honest I’m still trying to figure out what it all means! So, I’m excited to partner up with UnitedHealthcare to bring you a series of posts over the next few months on this topic. I’m passionate about making healthcare accessible to EVERYONE and as someone who was uninsured for 10 years I know how stressful it can be to not have any. Here’s a brief history of health insurance.

Some basic information on the Affordable Care Act:

      • The ACA has raised the Medicaid limits in some states so more are eligible and is offering subsidies to eligible income levels above medicaid but still in the realm of struggling.
      • Open enrollment = the time where you can buy health insurance for you and your family. This time period lasts from November 15, 2004 to February 15, 2014.

    • You buy insurance through the exchange or ‘marketplace.’ It’s basically a website that lets you compare different plans to see which would suit you best.

Before I got on my husbands insurance I was looking at plans on the marketplace. They had a few plans that fit my budget, and many people I know qualified for subsidies to make it even more affordable. Next month I’ll talk about the in’s and out’s of buying insurance and how to compare plans. Deductibles, co-pay’s, and premiums, oh my!

Are you enrolling in, or switching, health insurance plans during the open enrollment period?

Is there anything about insurance or the ACA that you’d like me to address in future posts?