This Friday Favorites didn’t start out with a theme, but I realized it definitely had one after I began listing things out in my head. All of the things I wanted to write about dealt with my overall health. They also just happened to be things I craved or used in the summertime. Don’t you just love it when stuff works out like that?
Even though it’s been crazy hot lately, I’ve still been getting all of my runs in outdoors. As much as I fear melting into the ground, I just can’t bring myself to run inside. It’s just not the same.
I’ve just been trying to get my miles in as early or late in the day as possible. That helps tremendously. Ask me again in a few weeks with the temperatures rise even more, but for now, I’m enjoying the fresh air.
I used to never wear SPF when I ran outside. So stupid. Now I load up on that stuff like I’m getting paid per ounce. It’s funny how your priorities change as you age. Before, I’d be all “I must get all the tans” and now I’m all “shield me from those rays of death!”
I’ve just seen so many horror stories of people my age ending up with skin cancer. That is not the news I want to receive, so I’m going to actively try to prevent it. I still sit by the pool, but I’ve upped my SPF level from “crisco” status now. I’m so grown up.
Another thing I’m learning the importance of? Hydrating. I will fully admit that I do not do as good of a job as I should. I just plum forget to drink up sometimes. I will go hours without thinking of it and then a headache lets me know how dumb I’ve been. Not cool. I’ve noticed that I drink more water when it looks and tastes fancy.
Cut up some cucumber, toss them in there, and it’s game on. Even better, throw in muddle up some blueberries and it’s like you’re drinking dessert.
Our new go to snack is antipasto-ish plates. Something about the summer time makes me crave food that is cold, fresh, and seemingly lighter.
Even my steak and potatoes loving husband has been craving food like this, so it’s not just me. I might go broke buying fresh mozzarella every day, but it will be totally worth it. #cheesepoor
Bet you didn’t see that one coming. Okay, so fine, tartar protection isn’t really on my mind all the time. However, fresh breath is. This summer, I have big plans for traveling, meeting new people, and hopefully giving off a “I actually care about my general appearance and overall cleanliness” vibe. Super important, right? Anyway, I was recently sent a bottle of Crest Pro-Health Tartar Protection Rinse to try out to help with those efforts.
It’s the only mouth rinse that delivers both anti-cavity and anti-tartar benefits in one, while freshening your breath and helping you not be a garlic-breath-plagued social pariah. The big thing, though, is definitely the tartar protection. You can’t get rid of that junk by just brushing your teeth. Removing tartar build-up means a healthier mouth. A healthier mouth means better overall health. That’s legitimate science. So many health issues can be helped or totally prevented by just keeping your oral health in check. Seriously, if a $5 bottle of Crest is what is keeping you from better overall health, don’t you think it’s worth snagging one for yourself? Exactly.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go finish cleaning my disaster of a house. I started early this morning and have only conquered the upstairs, which was decently clean already. It’s the “lived in” portion of the house that terrifies me. Maddux’s birthday party is tomorrow, so my main goal is to not to let everyone know that it’s usually a mess. Isn’t that how cleaning works?
Disclosure: This post was written in partnership with One2One Network and Crest Pro-Health.