Thinking Off Chopping Your Hair? Donate Those Lovely Locks!

24 02 2015
Donate the pony. Why Not?

Donate the pony. Why Not? It’s super easy!

There are LOTS of charities that will take those lovely locks although most prefer it to not be bleached. You can find charities that will accept donation anywhere from 6 to 12 inches. Common guidelines include braiding or placing in a ponytail before cutting off, hair must be clean and dry, curly hair may be pulled straight to reach length requirements and colored and/or gray is acceptable as long as bleach was not used.

Not everyone listed donates to cancer patients, actually most charities do not provide free-of-charge wigs (but some provide reduced prices) and quite a few admit that they do not use all the hair sent to them (many sell to cover manufacturing costs but some simply discard). If these details are important to you please do a little research before donating – use this post simply as a place to get started depending on the length you have available.

Shave your head bald:

12 inch Donations:

10 inch Donations:

8 inch Donations:

7 inch Donations:

6 inch Donations

One person really can make a difference – teach your children this…..Help them understand that even a simple act like cutting their hair can be put to good use. Or dream big and organize a neighborhood/school event.

Change Your Mind and Your Life. Buddhist Affirmations.

19 02 2015
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become.” ~Buddha
Listen to your internal talk………how do you treat yourself? For most of us the answer is “not well”. If I really pay attention I refer to myself as clumsy, a pollack, an idiot, ditsy, stupid, fat and who knows what else in the course of one day. All while feeling unsafe, alone, unloved and basically unstable in life. But when I don’t take the time to pay attention to how I am treating myself it is simply another day and all seems normal. I push all these negative thoughts of myself to the side, maybe even laugh them off and assume they have no affect on my self-esteem or my life.
Is this healthy? Of course not. As the Buddha teaches is “what we think we become”. Why not become strong, graceful, beautiful and full of love?
I am about to share with you a few Buddha affirmations that one of my favorite Zen Shiatsu teachers, Polly Liontis shared with us. Say them daily for a month (or even a week or two) and watch and feel how your world changes!
 Breathe. Smile.Feel Fresh. Stable. Solid.Smile at My Reflection. Free.And Expansive.
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The Top 10 Workout Songs for February 2015

10 02 2015


Remixes rule in this month’s workout music round-up. Exactly half of the songs voted into the top 10 appear in re-worked versions. As always, this is a blessing for folks in search of musical inspiration, since these uptempo updates take existing gym favorites and accentuate their beats and momentum.

Songs getting a makeover include the latest from from Gwen Stefani, a club anthem from David Guetta, and the three way collaboration between Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea, and Pitbull. Meanwhile, the other half of this month’s list includes a Taylor Swift song you might recognize from a Target commercial, a Fall Out Boy track that pays tribute to a scene from Pulp Fiction, and the follow-up to Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne’s breakthrough hit “Rather Be.”

By combining new music from Top 40 regulars and updated versions of recent hits, this month’s list strikes a fine balance between fresh and familiar sounds–both of which will come in handy when you’re ready to get moving.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.

Gwen Stefani – Baby Don’t Lie (Kaskade & KillaGraham Remix) – 100 BPM

Taylor Swift – Style – 95 BPM

Jennifer Lopez, Iggy Azalea & Pitbull – Booty (Bali Bandits Remix) – 129 BPM

Robin Schulz, Lilly Wood & The Prick – Prayer in C (Robin Schulz Radio Edit) – 123 BPM

Fall Out Boy – Uma Thurman – 149 BPM

Jessie J & 2 Chainz – Burnin’ Up (Aero Chord Remix) – 100 BPM

Kelly Clarkson – Heartbeat Song – 74 BPM

Clean Bandit & Jess Glynne – Real Love – 125 BPM

David Guetta & Sam Martin – Dangerous (David Guetta’s Banging Remix) – 128 BPM

Pitbull & Ne-Yo – Time of our Lives – 124 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

Burn Away Ailments with Moxa!

23 01 2015

Moxa roll!

Moxibustion is the act of burning and applying Moxa, otherwise known as dried Mugwort, an herb used in Traditional Chinese Medicine to warm regions of the body, move Qi (energy) and blood, and maintain general health. It is used to treat conditions associated with the “cold” or “yang deficiencies” and helps eliminate cold and dampness in the body. It is also common to be used to treat arthritis, digestive issues, menstrual cramps and turn breech babies. Moxa can be purchased and used in many forms; sticks, cones, grains, and loose. I prefer prepackaged single use stick-on moxa or cigar-like rolled sticks which can be used multiple times (until they reach about the 1-2 inches in length and then should be discarded simply for safety purposes).

The moxibustion process is simple and affordable yet it is serious therapy so it important you respect it. You are literally playing with fire and the cigar-like rolls are sometimes difficult to extinguish and should not left be unattended – I have found a glass jar with sand works the best. Moxa can be used to warm several places on the body……….. however some areas of the body are inappropriate and frankly not safe, so I would encourage you talk with your therapist before trying this at home. Over the next couple of months I will post either pictures or video of common acupuncture points that moxa can be used on however I would still highly recommend you talk to someone trained in the use of moxa to know if it it right for you; help you decide which points to treat; and how long to continue the treatment.

When burned, Moxa emits a large amount of deep, penetrating heat and a strong odor that people either love or hate. I would recommend using outdoors. Stick-ons may be used indoors but open many windows and know that they produce a great deal of smoke that tends to linger.

Moxibustion evolved thousands of years ago in early northern China. It is known as a part of the traditional Chinese medical practices and was developed near the same time as acupuncture. It can be used alone or with acupuncture and is often taught by practitioners to their patients as a self-therapy practice/homework to be applied multiple times between appointments.

There are several methods of moxibustion, but I think the two most common are direct moxibustion and in-direct moxibustion. Direct moxibustion is moxa applied to the skin and burned usually on a specific acupuncture point or points. This has the potential to cause a blister and possibly scarring which may or may not be intentional. Yes, some Chinese traditions deliberately induce scarring, however this technique is not often used in the United States.

Indirect moxibustion involves either burning the moxa above the skin in a container or by using the cigar-like roll. If using loose moxa shaped into cones practitioners may place a layer of ginger, garlic, or salt (or a combo) on the person’s skin, and then place the burning moxa on top of it.

It is not uncommon for patients receiving moxibustion to feel a gradual warmth in the area being treated or a sudden flooding of warmth that quickly radiates along a specific pathway, or meridian, away from the site of application. This is a good sign, and indicates the arrival of the Qi and signifies that the flow of Qi has been freed in the channel.

I hope you have found this post helpful and I wish you grace on your journey to health and wellness. If I can ever be of any assistance please leave me a comment below or contact via me my other website

If you enjoyed this post you may also want to check out my posts on fire cupping and gua sha.

In Life, Love & Laughter,

Tamara (Tammy) Nicklas


Don’t Give Up Snacks! Make Better Choices!

16 01 2015

When I decided I wanted to be healthy I knew I was going to have to adjust my diet but I wasn’t willing to starve. I quickly realized that in-between the three main courses I needed to snack or I was a raving madwoman. The morning snack could easily be a piece of fruit and the afternoon a cup of nuts, but I needed a little variety so thankfully I discovered a recipe on Instagram for Roasted Chick Peas and started to make those and a variety of yogurt/oatmeal combos (in mason jars) that satisfy the mid-morning and mid-afternoon crave. Quick, easy and super tasty!

Spice them up with different seasonings!

Spice them up with different seasonings!

Original Instagram Post by @stacycalcatera

Original Instagram Post by @stacycalcatera

 Salt & Vinegar Roasted Chickpeas

1 – 15oz can chickpeas, rinsed & drained (or dry beans soaked and cooked thoroughly)

1/2 tbsp kosher salt (or Himalayan pink sea salt)

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 tbsp apple cider vinegar

Mix ingredients together and toss chickpeas. Spread out on baking sheet and bake at 425 degrees for about 15 minutes.

Spice up your life – be daring – try different spice combinations. Maybe a little garlic & chili pepper or Cajun to kick it up a notch.


Single Serving Oatmeal Mason Jars


Try Different Fruit Combinations – so easy! So fun!

Yogurt/Oatmeal Breakfast or Snack

1/2 cup of oatmeal

1/2 cup almond milk, seal and shake

Heaping tbsp of Greek Non-Fat Yogurt

tsp of Honey

2-3 sliced strawberries

2-3 blackberries

Refrigerate overnight. Serve cold.

Steel-cut oats remain chewy which I enjoy so when I am forced to use fast-cook oats I reduce the amount of almond milk or simply omit. The moisture from the yogurt and fruit tends to be enough. Any fruit will work so have fun experimenting with variations: Banana & Cocoa nibs; Apple & Cinnamon; Flax & Pumpkin Seeds. We are always searching for new combinations so leave us comment and let us know what you try!

The Top 10 Workout Songs for January 2015

8 01 2015

Bowflex: Gotta love these weights!

The highlight of this month’s workout music round-up is the balance it strikes between perennial favorites and relative newcomers. By veering between the two, the mix manages to send both familiar and fresh at the same time.

Starting with the hits, you’ve got a pair of collaborations uniting Jessie J with 2 Chainz and Wyclef Jean with Avicii. Continuing with the upstarts, you’ll find a song from Penguin Prison that could pass for vintage Hall & Oates along with a club track from Alesso & Tove Lo featuring lyrics by David Bowie.

The whole affair kicks off with AC/DC’s first new song in six years. The song’s beats-per-minute count (BPM) is slow enough to ease you into things physically, while its thundering riff gets you fired up mentally. If you need a power track mid-routine, press play on the fastest (and most popular) song of the month: Sheppard’s ode to taking plunges.

For most folks, the new year is a time for taking stock and making changes–mixing things that worked in the past with new approaches for the future. This month’s top 10 list does a little of the same–blending veteran hitmakers with promising, newer acts. To that end, it might just be the perfect playlist for the new year and your next workout.

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed at Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout music blog.

AC/DC – Play Ball – 119 BPM

Deadmau5 – Some Chords (Dillon Francis Remix) – 129 BPM

Penguin Prison – Calling Out – 124 BPM

Charli XCX – Break the Rules – 125 BPM

Wyclef Jean & Avicii – Divine Sorrow – 130 BPM

Mr. Probz, T.I. & Chris Brown – Waves (Robin Schulz Remix) – 120 BPM

Jessie J & 2 Chainz – Burnin’ Up – 124 BPM

Alesso & Tove Lo – Heroes (We Could Be) – 126 BPM

Sheppard – Geronimo – 142 BPM

Ella Henderson – Ghost – 105 BPM

To find more workout songs, folks can check out the free database at Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era—to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

The Top 10 Workout Songs of 2014

30 12 2014
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With few exceptions, workout songs can be distinguished by two main attributes: popularity and speed. If a song has cracked the Top 40 chart and has a tempo above 125 beats per minute (BPM), there’s a good chance you’ll hear it in the gym. In this look back at 2014, you’ll find lots of songs that meet the criteria above–along with a few outliers.

Starting with the big winners, Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” was the most popular workout song of the year. (Not coincidentally, it’s also the fastest song in the bunch below.) Calvin Harris is notable for being the only artist to make the top 10 twice. Plus, Maroon 5 and Nico & Vinz both had songs so catchy that folks didn’t mind their slower tempos. Rounding out the list, there are remixes of rock tracks from OneRepublic and American Authors, a song from Meghan Trainor that proved even more popular in the gym than her breakthrough hit “All About that Bass,” and a soaring, club track that pits Cash Cash & Bebe Rexha against dance titans The Chainsmokers.

On the whole, the list makes for an easy way to reflect on the year that’s passed, get acquainted with any songs you might have missed, and prep the perfect mix to kick off your first workout of 2015. Here’s the full list, according to votes placed on Run Hundred–the web’s most heavily-trafficked workout music blog.

Cash Cash & Bebe Rexha – Take Me Home (Chainsmokers Remix Radio Edit) – 129 BPM

OneRepublic – Love Runs Out (Grabbitz Remix) – 124 BPM

Ariana Grande & Zedd – Break Free – 130 BPM

Maroon 5 – Maps – 120 BPM Calvin Harris – Summer – 128 BPM

American Authors – Best Day of My Life (Gazzo Remix) – 125 BPM

Calvin Harris & John Newman – Blame – 128 BPM

Nico & Vinz – Am I Wrong – 121 BPM

Meghan Trainor – Lips Are Movin – 138 BPM

Taylor Swift – Shake It Off – 160 BPM

About: Run Hundred is a workout music blog featuring a database of songs that visitors can browse by genre, tempo, and era–to find the ones that best fit their particular routine. The list above represents the results of 78,000 votes logged on the 260 new singles and remixes added to the database in 2014.


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