The Little Things
February 20, 2017

The first week of February stands out in my mind. February 2004- I had spiraled over the past two and a half months from a cold to the flu to a sinus infection to multiple medications trying to heal (here’s a post about that and another one here). I distinctly remember the start of February and thinking “another month and I still don’t feel well”. I got a headache turned migraine, and when the migraine went away the headache never did. My stomach hurt so badly after eating (like a knife stabbing into my stomach… and it often still feels like that by the way…), and I knew something was wrong. It was shortly after that that I went to the neurologist for the first time. From there, after a few months, a diagnosis that I had no clue about was uttered: You have postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.

13 years ago I got a headache that has never gone away. 13 years of having a headache every minute of every day. No relief, but the good news is that your body really does adjust somewhat to pain. You learn to deal with it, you learn a new normal, and you learn what to give yourself to help manage. 13 and a half years ago it would have completely overwhelmed me to think about living every minute with a headache, of having two to three week long migraines, to feeling pain when I eat. These things would’ve felt unfathomable today.

So here I am, thirteen years later, and somehow I’m living with this thing I never heard of before 2004. Somehow I’ve managed to learn to not only live with pain, but embrace it as part of the life I’m building for myself.

I spend a lot of time thinking in the first two weeks of February about the life I had verses the life I now live with POTS. At times, when I stop to think about it, I feel so overwhelmed. I feel overwhelmed by what I’ve overcome, but I also, at moments, do feel a bit sad for myself. I’m sad that this is what normal is, and I’m sad that I don’t even remember what it is like to wake up in the morning and feel ok. But I’m also a better person because of my diagnosis, and I recognize that too.

Other posts on POTS:

I am the face of chronic (invisible illness), Loss of energy with POTS, 10 years with POTS

 

 

February 6, 2017

Welcome to my first “What I Read” for 2017! Once again, I started the year off strong with a total of 19 books for the month, and I really enjoyed a lot of the books I’ve read. Make sure to check out the bottom of the post where I list the “must reads” from the month!

Here’s what I read this month:

‘Tis The Season, Wild Man Creek, Harvest Moon,  and Bring Me Home for Christmas (Robyn Carr): Through the last few months of 2016 I started the Virgin River series by Robyn Carr, and these books are part of that series as well.

This is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live (Melody Warnick): This audiobook was a fantastic book about what makes a place a home, as well as how to engage meaningfully with a community in order to better love the place that you live. I really enjoyed this  one.

Frostbite (Richelle Mead): This is the 2nd book in the Vampire Academy Series. It’s a fun, lighthearted series about vampires.

Winter Street and Winter Stroll (Elin Hilderbrand): These first two books in a series take place on two consecutive Christmases on Nantucket. The story follows a family who owns an inn on the island, and shares the trials and struggles of each extended family. I’ve loved the series so far!

Pondering Privilege: Toward a deeper understanding of whiteness, race, and faith (Jody Fernando): I absolutely loved this quick read. While the book was short and sweet, the author does an excellent job of discussing the idea of privilege, giving the reader lots of examples, as well as questions to ponder. She does a great job of presenting things in a manner that creates an openness to thinking about privilege instead of creating a defensiveness in the reader. I really enjoyed this one.

Losing Hope (Colleen Hoover): I read the book Hopeless in December, and this book is basically the same story as Hopeless except told from a different character’s perspective. Of course there were some new details included that only that character would know, but the general story line was the same. Absolutely loved it!

Love Warrior (Glennon Doyle Melton): This book was a memoir by the author about her self-discovery and journey of love after a deeply difficult and painful moment in her marriage. In a very Brene Brown-esque style, the author challenges herself to be vulnerable and open as she tasks risks for love and relationship. The book felt very raw and very real, and I loved it.

Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice (Curtis Sittenfeld): There was a whole lot of pride and lot of prejudice in this modern version of the story! I laughed out loud several times listening to this audiobook.

The Sun Is Also a Star (Nicola Yoon): This story is about a young woman whose family is facing a status change with their immigration. As things change, she meets a boy… This is a story of love, of people from other countries, and of the desire to live dreams.

Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living (Krista Tippett): The author hosts a show, On Being, on NPR (I listen to it via her podcast), so when I saw that she had a book, I immediately put it on hold. She interviews a series of people on the art of living in different realms. It was fascinating, and I learned a good amount!

Day (Elie Wiesel): This was the third book in the author’s Night series. I enjoyed Night most of all, but enjoyed this third book a good bit too. He deals a bit with the nature of suffering, and how suffering in the past impacts our living in the present.

The Princess Diarist (Carrie Fisher): I put a hold in for this book on the day that Fisher passed away in 2016, and was quite excited to get the audiobook. Fisher read it, and it definitely felt a bit sad. I enjoyed all the stories she told about her time filming Star Wars, but wish she had talked a bit less about her relationship with Harrison Ford and a little more about some of the other aspects of filming.

Courage to Soar: A Body in Motion, a Life in Balance (Simone Biles): This autobiography by Biles (Olympic Gymnast) shares stories from growing up, how she came to live with her grandparents, and her journey to Rio. I loved it!

Strong Is the New Beautiful: Embrace your Natural Body, Eat Clean, and Harness Your Power (Linsey Vonn): This book is written by Olympic skiier Lindsey Vonn, and in it she not only shares all sorts of stories about becoming a skiier, her series of injuries, and winning Olympic medals, but also tells her journey of nutrition and balanced eating. I listened to this audiobook during a few workouts, and I enjoyed some of the stories within. It was quick  and I enjoyed it for what it was.

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are (Brene Brown): This book was one of my absolute favorites this month. Brene Brown also wrote the book Daring Greatlyand has such beautiful and truthful words to speak. This book she focuses on the idea of wholehearted living, and writes about several guideposts that people who live wholeheartedly share in common. Her books are written based off the research she has done, but she writes in such a beautiful way.

If you read anything from the month: The Gifts of Imperfection, Love Warrior, and Pondering Privilege. 

Now it’s your turn to share! What’re you looking forward to reading in the next few weeks?

February 1, 2017

As you know, for several years I’ve chosen a “word of the year:

I try not to force myself to come up with a word. By December I start to think through what some of my goals or values are for the upcoming year- some things I intentionally want to make space for or focus on. From there I usually have a series of words that fit a lot of that, and then I just gave space for myself to let the words sit as the year comes to a close. By mid-January I have that word solidified.

For 2017 my word is… create. I actually sort of didn’t want that word, and tried my hardest to come up with other words, but my thoughts just kept cycling around to create, as it seemed to most encompass some of the things that I desire for the year.

On the job front, I am desiring to be creative in some of the ways I lead, creative in program development, and creative about solutions to some things that I identified in November and December. I desire to think outside the box to create.

I desire to create new areas of health for myself (lean body bootcamp is a step to that). I desire to create new habits, to create space for new things, and to create some new programs at work. I want to give myself to be creative, think outside the box, to do things in ways that haven’t been done before.

Of course I like to think of each new word as a continuation of the things I’ve already focused on as well. Peace and Shalom didn’t fall by the wayside as 2016 hit, and I am still on my quest to simplify as well…

For now, I’m letting some creative juices flow as I make space to think outside the box!

 

January 23, 2017

If you follow me on instagram (@littlethingscaroline) you already know this: I’m participating in a 6 week Lean Body Bootcamp (through Trainer Paige!). I thought I’d share just a bit more about what I’m doing.

First of all, here’s what I’m not doing: My goal is NOT to lose weight! I’m not calorie counting, I’m not restricting calories or foods, and no foods are off limits.

Now that that’s out of the way, here’s what my desire is in participating in this bootcamp: I used to lift regularly as part of my half marathon training. I used to have a lifting partner (my brother before he moved!), but a few months after he moved away I started to slip off the lifting band wagon.

Then in the fall of 2015 I got a new job that kept me a whole lot busier, and also has a somewhat unpredictable schedule due to being on call. I still have managed to get in some good work outs between walking, biking, and running (with occasional pilates workouts!), but I’ve craved getting back to lifting a bit. The summer of 2016 I told myself I would start lifting again, since I had more time. By the end of summer, I hadn’t gone once to the gym to lift.

I knew that something needed to change. I’ve read Paige’s blog and followed her on instagram for several years, but when I started watching her instagram stories I connected a bit more to her. I was intrigued by her lean body bootcamps, so I thought I’d give it a try!

When I was in Florida for Christmas, I signed up! We are starting week three now, and I have to say, it’s been a bit tough. I went out and bought some weights for home (I can better complete work outs if I have the option of lifting at home vs the gym), and I’m ACHING! Woof. It would’ve been easier to not stop lifting! But, I’ve definitely gained a bit of muscle since the start of the program:

start of week 1 to the start of week 3

I’m also trying to increase my protein a bit and decrease my carbs a little bit (for people with POTS we are supposed to eat a lower sugar and carb diet). It’s been tough to increase my protein some days (especially because I don’t love meat!), but I’m getting a bit more used to it. I love having a trainer to bounce things off of, and I love the accountability of a group!

I’m so glad to be creating space to not only learn more about nutrition, but also to implement a lifting schedule once again!

January 17, 2017

Disclaimer: I received a box of Nugo nutrition protein bars to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! 

I have a very real love of chocolate. Growing up, at the end of a meal we would each get a tiny piece of chocolate, and in that way my dad created a love of chocolate for most of his kids. I would eat chocolate several times a day if it was good for me 🙂 So, when I saw the option to try out Nugo Nutrition’s Dark Chocolate bars, I immediately jumped at the chance!

I tried out 4 different flavors: dark chocolate sea salt pretzel, dark chocolate coconut, dark chocolate chocolate chip, and dark chocolate mint. OH MY GOSH. Don’t make me choose a favorite, because they were all so amazing!

A box of samples (with several flavors of each bar) arrived at my door and I tore into it almost immediately. That evening I biked after work, so I ate half a bar between work and exercise. I had a good amount of energy and my legs turned over pretty easily! Success! I ate the other half after.

I traveled over Christmas to Florida, and enjoyed half a bar while watching the sunrise. I ran immediately following, and it sat well in my stomach and fueled me through the run!

Right after New Years I went out to Colorado, and I dragged Nugo bars up a mountain to 11,000 feet in Winter Park. I sat outside in the snow enjoying a bar, and it keep me full for hours of outdoor winter fun!

11,000 feet and a feels like below zero. The views though…

I’ve also been enjoying them in the afternoons at work. I often get hungry around 4 pm, so having part of a bar at that time is what I need to get my to dinner!

Here are a few facts about Nugo nutrition dark chocolate bars: They have 10 g of protein in it, have fiber, calcium, and iron. They have lots of great antioxidants from the dark chocolate and the bars are gluten free and vegan (this lactose intolerant girl is happy about that)! All wins in my book! Have I mentioned that they are absolutely delicious?!

These bars held up wonderfully as I dragged them around the country (and up mountains!) and kept me full and powered me through workouts. I’ve been so happy to find out about these bars, and definitely plan on purchasing more. I also want to try out Nugo nutrition’s slim bars, which have less sugar but more protein and fiber (I’m trying to increase my intake of protein right now- especially in the mornings!). To read more about the company and try out more of their products, check out their website!

Now it’s your turn to share! What do you look for in a protein bar? 

January 11, 2017

At the start of 2016 I committed to getting rid of an item a day for the entire year (totally 366 items since it was a Leap Year)- I dubbed this my “decluttering project” in my year of simplify. I was unhappy with the quantity of stuff that I had, and wanted to see less when I walked into my house. I chose the word “simplify” for the year, and tried to get my brain on board.

Here are things that I did to help:

I listened to “The Minimalists” podcast and read “The Minimalists” blog each week. The two men who make up “The Minimalists” write a blog, which I’ve enjoyed in the past, and started a podcast this year. I have enjoyed listening to their thoughts on all sorts of topics including debt, gift giving, family dynamics, nutrition, finances, and how they have learned to live a simpler and more meaningful life. I love to listen to this podcast as I clean! One thing they consistently reinforce is that our things need to add value to our life. If things aren’t adding value, then they are adding stress or taking away something else of value.

I’ve gone back to the question “Does this add value or serve a purpose” quite often throughout my year of decluttering. This is what the minimalists reinforce in their podcasts, and it makes good sense to me! This guideline has helped as I’ve gotten rid of items.

I joined Joshua Becker’s “Uncluttered” Group. Not only do I enjoy the weekly emails and homework assignments that come through each week, but I’ve been challenged to think differently because of that. Once you join the Uncluttered course, you get to be part of the facebook group, which I love! People post articles, share what’s been working for them, and it keeps me going!

I’ve read a few books about living more simply: Joshua Becker’s The More of Less  as well as his book Simplify. I also read the book “Essentialism” which talked about living more intentionally and mindfully with less, which I really enjoyed.

I learned to take more pictures of things and release the things itself. As an example, I’d been holding on to all the posters of the plays and musicals that I was in growing up. I enjoyed looking at them maybe twice in the past decade, so I obviously could release them. They didn’t really serve a purpose or add value, except that they were a memory. So, I took pictures of the posters and threw the posters away! I cleared up space, my stress in that corner of the room decreased, and I’m able to still look at those pictures if I want. Viola!

Posts I wrote about my year of living more simply and my decluttering project:

So where do I want to go for 2017? 

Well, I have a number of goals for myself. I think I would love to try to get rid of an item every day for a year again this year- we’ll see how that goes! I want to continue to challenge myself by regularly listening to podcasts about minimalism, as well as reading blog posts about it. I have books I want to read, including the Minimalists book “Everything That Remains”.

I want to continue to challenge myself with holding onto items that serve a purpose or add value to my life, and not hold onto items that I just feel guilty about getting rid of.

I also have a bunch of pictures and family history things that I need to scan, so that’ll hopefully be something I get to in 2017.

I’m in a much better spot than I was at the start of 2016, but I’m not where I want to be yet, so I’m going to continue to build on what I’ve learned this coming year.

 

January 2, 2017

Happy New Year! I’m so happy with my year in reading, and ended the year with 140 books for the year (up from 80 last year!). I previously shared my Top 10 Books of 2016, and today I want to share the books I read in December. At the bottom I include my recommendations for books you need to read from the month!

In December I read 13 books:

The Last Anniversary (Liane Moriarty): This was my final Moriarty book I had left to read, so I felt both excited and sad when I sat down to read. I wanted to like the book much more than I did. I couldn’t get into it and felt like it dragged along- I gave it 3 out of 5 stars.

Under the Christmas Tree (Robyn Carr): I’ve been reading through the Virgin River Series, and this was a little Christmas novella that she had in the series. It was fun but nothing special.

Talking As Fast As I Can (Lauren Graham): I listened to this book as an audiobook, and loved hearing Graham’s voice tell her stories. I wanted to hear so much more about Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, and was a little disappointed at the level of details she shared. That being said, it was a fun read- i gave it a 4 out of 5 stars.

Scrappy Little Nobody (Anna Kendrick): I felt very similar about this book as I did with Graham’s book. Fun, filled with interesting facts, but I wanted more.

Mother, Can You Not? (Kate Friedman-Siegel): This book is based on the instagram account @CrazyJewishMom . The author details “Crazy” texts and conversations that she has with her mom as she talks through life. It is clear there is a deep love between mother and daughter, and some of the texts had me laughing out loud. This was a good audiobook. 3 out of 5 stars

Moonlight Road and Promise Canyon (Robyn Carr): Two other Virgin River Series books.

This Is Where It Ends (Marieke Nijkamp): This book is about a school shooting and the complex relationships that play out. I felt pretty torn about this book in general, but I don’t feel like it was a waste of time to read.

Dawn (Elie Wiesel): Last month I read the book Night by Wiesel, which I had read before, but I had never read Dawn or Day. Dawn wasn’t what I was expecting, as it wasn’t a story about his personal life. That being said, it was an interesting story.

Small Great Things (Jodi Picoult): I really enjoyed Picoult’s new book, and gave it a 4 out of 5 stars. This book was excellent, both in the actual story line as well as the challenge personally to the reader that comes with the continued racism in the country. This story follows a labor and delivery nurse who is working when an infant dies. What unfolds highlights some of the saddest parts of our society. I couldn’t put this down.

Orbiting The Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace (Gordon MacKenzie): My dad handed this to me when I was with him over Christmas, and it was a quick read. MacKenzie worked at Hallmark, and wrote this book based on lessons he learned there. He has a metaphor of an orbit allowing for creativity and a different perspective. I want to write a whole blog post on the book, because i took lots of pictures of pages along the way. It gave me lots of courage to continue to make changes at work and to be creative.

Hopeless (Colleen Hoover): Sometimes I have a hard time even writing a few sentences about a book without giving away a plot line. Sky is a 17 year old high schooler who meets another student named Holden. Her life changes in dramatic ways because of him, and I loved the story. I couldn’t put it down and was sucked in.

Skipping Christmas (John Grisham): I was looking for a book about Christmas, and this one intrigued me simply because of the author. It was a quick read. Nothing particularly amazing, but an interesting idea regarding the Christmas season. It had me thinking.

So these are the books I read to close out my year. If you are going to read anything from this list, here’s what I’d encourage you to read: Talking As Fast As I Can (again- the audiobook is especially fun!), Orbiting the Giant Hairball (to spark some thinking for different types of decisions in the work place), and Hopeless if you are just looking for a fun story to read.

Now it’s your turn to share! What’s your favorite Christmas season or winter book?

December 27, 2016

So far in 2016 I’ve read 137 books, and while I’ve listed each one out month by month, I thought I would compile my top 10 favorites and “must reads” from the books I’ve read this year (plus a runner up!); these are in no particular order.

1. It Ends With Us (Colleen Hoover): I wrote a review of the book here .

It Ends With Us follows Lily Bloom as she processes her dad’s death (and therefore her history and parents marriage as a result) and thinks about what that means for her life and her future in relationships. On the night of her dad’s funeral, she meets Ryle, but doesn’t think much of it. What comes next was shocking and unexpected, and taps into her past history. I don’t want to share too much about what happens moving forward, but it made my heart ache. I think that It Ends With Us is an important story about the issues in life that, from the outside might appear black-and-white, but when you’re in them are deeply complex and confusing.

2. Daring Greatly (Brene Brown): This book is all about daring greatly in relationships, embracing vulnerability and authenticity, and experiencing the richness of life. Brene shares real life stories in the middle of her research throughout the story, motivating towards a healthier life. I encourage most of my clients to read Daring Greatly– it has great information for meaningful relationships.

3. The Never Never Series (Colleen Hooever): I feel a little bit like I’m cheating here because this is a 3 part series (but the books are all pretty short). This is an interesting story of two high schoolers who have been friends for years, but wake up as strangers. The three books tell the story that unfolds after they wake up. I couldn’t put these books down and sped through them really quickly!

4. A Mother’s Reckoning: Living In the Aftermath of Tragedy (Sue Klebold): The author is the mother of Columbine shooter Dylan Klebold. Klebold shares a bit about Dylan growing up, talks about the day of the shooting, and talks about how she processed what happened afterwards. This story was powerful. It was raw. It was heart wrenching. It was fascinating to hear her process of grieving and accepting that her son was who she knew he was growing up, along with someone who could do something so horrible. She shares about her son without denying what he did at the end of his life. I enjoyed it from start to finish.

5. The Nightingale (Kristin Hannah): This is a historical fiction book set in WWII, and tells the story of what one family does to survive. I absolutely loved this book, and found myself tearful many times throughout the story.

6. Mindset (Carol Dweck): The author is a psychologist who studies motivation and personality. Mindset talks about the idea of developing a growth mindset, and how that changes how we interact with the world. This is a hard book to summarize in a sentence or two, but I wrote a whole post about the book here. In short, this book challenged the way I thought about the work that I do and was so helpful to have read as I made some bold changes at work.

7. When Breath Becomes Air (Paul Kalanithi): From the get go you find out that the author ended up passing away after being diagnosed with cancer. This is his story wrestling with what it means to live a good life. I cried (and sobbed) my way through this book, and found the book deeply moving. Again, I wrote a full post on the book here.

8. The Selection Series (Kiera Cass): Again, I sort of feel like this is cheating because there are actually 5 books to this series. Almost each of these books I read in one evening each because they were just that good. I heard this series described as “Hunger Games meets the Bachelor”. The books are young adult, and have a bit of dystopia, romance, and fantasy thrown in for fun. Every person I’ve talked to who has read the series has loved it, and I’m so glad that I read it too! I wrote a whole post on the first three books of the series here.

9. The Martian (Andy Weir): I saw the movie in theaters, but had heard the book was really good, so I decided to give it a try. The book made me laugh out loud several times, and it was SO so good! For those of you who don’t know, this is a story of an astronaut who was left behind on Mars by his crew, and he has to try to figure out how to survive.

10. The Body Keeps The Score (Bessel Van der Kolk): This book was SUCH a good read, and was all about how the body is impacted by, experiences, and is changed by trauma. Van der Kolk walks through the important aspects of therapeutic treatment and support needed. This is such an important book in the understanding of trauma. I think it would be a bit heavy for an average read, but for those of you who are interested in trauma or are in the helping professions, this is a great read!

 

I have several runner up books as well, which include: Essentialism, The Good Goodbye, and Night!

Now it’s your turn to share! What was one of your favorite books from 2016? Is there a book you’re really looking forward to reading in 2017?

December 19, 2016

Disclaimer: I received a pair of Rudy Project Fotonyk Sunglasses  to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! 

Reviewing products in the winter feels so different than the summer, as my daily habits change so much. My bike rides move exclusively to the trainer (or occasionally a stationary bike at the gym), my runs are occasionally indoors, and mowing and gardening gets pushed aside for shoveling and scraping ice.

(The silver case in the bottom is what the fotonyk sunglasses came in, and they can be stored in it. It Velcros at the top.)

Let me tell you a bit about Rudy Project’s fotonyk sunglasses! These glasses feel incredibly durable yet flexible enough to move with me as I’m active, which is a huge plus! I hate when my work out clothes or accessories get in the way, and these glasses don’t!

One thing I think makes these glasses stand above the others I’ve tried is the little vent controls at the top of the glasses allow for good air flow so that your vision isn’t blurred! I hate when I’m working out in the heat and my glasses fog up, so I’m especially excited to wear these sunglasses while biking this summer (and also wearing my Rudy Project helmet!).

The sunglasses come with an adjustable nose piece (which is great for people like me who have narrow noses at the top!), as well as interchangeable colored lenses and bumpers for your glasses too! I love mixing things up a bit, so this allows for a cheap way to do that 🙂

Items set out for a run.

The most outdoor activity I’ve gotten the past few weeks is shoveling and scrapping ice off my car and the sidewalk, and I was interested to see how the sunglasses held up! In the winter, the sun’s glare off the snow can feel really intense, and these glasses made the shoveling experience a lot more comfortable! The glasses didn’t feel cold against my face despite the feels like temperature being below zero, and they didn’t fog at all! They didn’t slide around awkwardly as I moved, which was great!

Overall I’ve really enjoyed trying out Rudy Project’s fotonyk sunglasses. I’m especially looking forward to the warmer weather so that I can try them out in different activities.

Want to read more about the sunglasses (or other products by Rudy Project)? Check out their website here. 

Now it’s your turn to share! What activities do you wear sunglasses for in the winter? Have you gotten snow or ice this past week?

December 14, 2016

Disclaimer: I received a container of Earth’s Care pain relieving ointment to review as part of being a BibRave Pro. Learn more about becoming a BibRave Pro (ambassador), and check out BibRave.com to review find and write race reviews! 

I have major problems with my muscles aching and with increased injuries (I can thank POTS for that!), so I have gathered up a good supply of items that help with managing and decreasing various types of pain. Earth’s Care’s care pain relieving ointment is now part of that that supply!

Earth’s Care is a company that believes in creating products with primarily natural ingredients, have no artificial colors or fragrances, no parabens, and isn’t tested on animals. I have really sensitive skin, especially in the winter, so this feels important to me.

This is the description the company gives for the pain relieving ointment: ” It features Camphor, Menthol and Wintergreen oil that work together as an effective analgesic. This soothing formula brings fast temporary relief from sore muscles, joint pain, backache, and arthritis.”

The first thing I noticed when I opened up my container of ointment is the smell! Some Pro’s have said that it is a little too strong for them, but it really doesn’t bother me at all. It feels minty and fresh. It leaves a tiny bit of residue behind, but it’s not really greasy or anything like that.

I was sort of expecting a tingly feeling like Icy hot or Biofreeze, but there wasn’t any of that. It just felt- normal, and maybe just a little warm.

I’ve used the ointment on my left foot/heel where I have tendinitis, as well as my neck and shoulders, and have really enjoyed the product. I also love how natural it is. It makes me feel better about putting it on me to be absorbed!

As a side note about the company. I actually first heard of them while testing out Bulu Box almost a year ago. I got the dry and cracked skin balm in that box, and really enjoyed it. I still have it in my drawer at work and just pulled it out a few weeks ago once it got cold again. So, that being said, I do actually use products from this company in my everyday life!

If you are interested in looking into other products by Earths Care, you can check out their website here.

Now it’s your turn to share! What’s one of your go to pain relieving products?