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Today I have a guest post on a topic I think applies to us all. Please enjoy.

Self Care for the Other 23 Hours

Guest Post by: Ashley Gainer.

Ashley Gainer is a freelance writer and editor living in Chapel Hill, NC. After years of dealing with foot pain of varying causes and degrees, she and other members of her family founded Insoles and Beyond, an online retailer of orthotic shoe inserts. Whether you need insoles for plantar fasciitis, arch supports for high or low arches, or insoles for running shoes, boots, dress shoes, or everyday footwear, you can find relief at InsolesandBeyond.com.

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Health requires a full-time commitment. There are all kinds of exercises you can do and all kinds of eating plans you can follow, but ultimately the more conscious you can be about all aspects of your health, the better off you will be. It’s not too difficult to find little ways to keep taking care of your body when you aren’t doing your hour on the trails (or at the gym or in the studio). Here are just three of my favorite suggestions – ones that I try to incorporate into my own life every day.

Hydration. There is nothing better you can do to support your healthy lifestyle than get enough water. The most commonly heard recommendation is to drink 64 ounces (8 glasses) of water per day, but generally speaking this is a minimum requirement and many of us would do better getting more. I aim for about 90 ounces, thanks to a big 30-oz water jug with a wide straw – I love drinking with wide straws because I seem to get more water in me throughout the day when I’m using them.

Bedtime and Morning Routines. If there’s one thing I am learning, it’s the importance of routines to set myself up for success. There are a few different things that can be done each evening and each morning to make it easier for me to take care of myself all day. Making sure my keys are in my purse each night is a big stress reducer, which is very good for my overall health. Mornings are much improved when I get up early enough to have a relaxing cup of tea before the toddler starts his own morning with a bang.

Insoles. While I now work for my family’s small business selling insoles at insolesandbeyond.com, I was benefiting from wearing orthotic shoe inserts for years before the company started. Most people only think of arch support insoles for plantar fasciitis, but I wear insoles to make it easy to stay on my feet (chasing the aforementioned toddler) all day. I personally prefer insoles that are more than just insoles for arch support – my favorites have a bump right in the center of the foot, usually called a metatarsal pad or metatarsal support. Insoles offer stability, cushioning, and good foot alignment. When the foot is properly aligned, it functions well and tends to hurt less.

There are countless ways to make small steps toward improved health, and these are just three of the ones that have worked really well for me. What are some of the best ways you’ve made small changes with big results?

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Hello! Today I have a real treat for you. We have a guest post from a blogger named Quinn.

Quinn is a self-proclaimed health enthusiast who likes to keep things fresh with her workouts. She enjoys going running, playing soccer and going hiking with her family. She is always on the lookout for the next workout to try. Healthy eating is extremely important to her and she believes in the “Do Good, Feel Good” philosophy.


Quinn’s blog can be found at: healthylivingbyquinn.blogspot.com

I just love her philosophy: “Do Good, Feel Good”!

Now please enjoy Quinn’s Hiking Tips and Advice Article. 

Take a Hike: 7 Essential Items for the Great Outdoors

With the leaves changing and the temperatures falling radically in many parts of the U.S., fall offers the perfect time of year for a personal or family hike. Hiking is one of the easiest ways to enjoy nature because you can choose the level of difficulty and tailor your experience to meet your needs. Instead of trudging through your usual routine at the gym, step outside for a breath of fresh air and the chance to experience the beauty of your natural surroundings. Before you go, check out this list of essential items that every good hiker needs.

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1. Backpack

A sturdy backpack forms the basis for all of your hiking gear. Choose a backpack specifically designed for the outdoors with lots of pockets to keep food, water and extra supplies. Finding a backpack that fits your body well and has external support features to keep the pressure off your knees and hips is essential. My husband actually found one small enough to fit me for one of our first anniversary gifts, making our hiking excursions that much more enjoyable!

2.First Aid Kits

When leaving the comfort of civilization, you need to take a well-stocked first aid kit just in case. Your kit should include a variety of adhesive bandages, plenty of antibacterial lotion, medical tape, scissors and alcohol wipes to treat wounds and prevent the spread of infections.

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3. Map & Compass

You may have a cell phone with you on your hike, but cell service can be unreliable outside. Pack a map and compass just in case to help you stay on track and provide guidance if you lose the trail. Even the most experienced hikers can get lost from time to time!

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4. Synthetic Clothing

It wasn’t until my husband bought us the right socks and clothing, that I realized how essential they are to a pain-free hike. I learned quickly to avoid wearing cotton clothing and socks because cotton absorbs water easily. Instead, choose moisture-wicking synthetic fabrics designed to help keep your feet and body dry as you sweat or encounter precipitation. Staying dry will prevent chafing and illness.

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5. Hiking Boots

You don’t have to buy expensive hiking boots for your first hiking adventure, but you should invest in a pair of good running shoes if you don’t want to wear boots. Running shoes offer the traction and support you need to traverse hills and rocks while keeping your feet dry and protected.

6. Water Bottle & Filter

You’ll need to stay hydrated during your excursion so pack a quality water bottle designed for camping. Because you won’t always find a fresh, unpolluted water source, you’ll also need to pack a filter to clean and decontaminate the water you find naturally. There are also numerous filtration water bottles out there now, which can help reduce the time spent on filtering and one less thing to worry about!

7. Bug Spray

Most people forget about bugs during the fall, but they still live and thrive in warmer climates and the woods. Pack some effective bug spray to prevent harmful and itchy bites from ruining your adventure.

Hiking may be a fun and easy way to get your family outdoors, but that doesn’t mean it’s light on health benefits. Hiking requires walking, climbing and squeezing through rocks, up hills and sometimes through water sources. Because your body will be constantly readjusting to new terrain, you’ll get a solid workout within just a few miles of hiking. Start out slow and work your way up to a steady pace, and you’ll reap the health benefits of hiking as you appreciate the surrounding beauty!


I know you took something away from that! Thank-you so much Quinn for taking the time to introduce your self and share your hiking tips.

Quinn’s blog can be found at: healthylivingbyquinn.blogspot.com

I sure did enjoy them very much. I love to hike as often a I can, I so prefer outdoor walks over indoor workouts, but admittedly I am a fair weather hiker. 

I sure hope you will come back and share with us a favorite workout or a healthy meal you just cannot live without. 

Hikers: Do you have anything you would like to add?

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I joined the Healthy Living Blog directory shortly after I stared my blog in January. I just love all the advice and the ease of finding new blogs to read.  You can find blogs based on location or alphabetically. They have great posts on improving your blog, technical advice and so much more. If you are not familiar with the site, you must go visit it. The HLB team is amazing, Heather and Julie are two of the first blogs I found when I first discovered Healthy Living Blogs. I absolutely adore them both.

So when Heather contacted me to do a guest post on HLB Blog Tip Thursday, I was pumped, I thought why not write a post on how I am building my blog and building an audience doing what I love.


So if you are interested, please follow this link to my guest post. Even though I am a new blogger I hope I have something to offer to you in this post and if you are thinking about starting a blog I hope this gives you a bit of inspiration.

Also, check out my The Simply Bar Giveaway, it closes on Friday so there is still time to enter and win 4 bars, one of each flavor I was sent. They are very tasty, please do not miss out.

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So today I have a fun and refreshing Guest Post from Casey. I met Casey through the Foodie Pen Pal Program. This month I will be sending Casey her Foodie Pen Pal Box, and I thought it would be fun to ask her to do a Guest Post. The Foodie Pen Pal Program is open to bloggers and readers, Casey is a reader of Healthy Living Blogs and possibly a future blogger. I love this post because it happens to us all at one time or another. So with that, please Meet Casey and enjoy her post.
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Hey Y’all,
My name is Casey. I’m from a small town in South Carolina but recently moved to Georgia after I married my husband. Since we’ve bought a house I’ve really gotten into cooking. You can usually find me scribbling down a recipe or searching the Internet for one. I try to find easy and quick things because we both work in a nuclear power plant, which calls for long, busy days.
My husbands’ grandmothers’ birthday recently passed and I was asked to bring a dessert. Let me just say, I am NOT a baking type of person. So, not knowing what to bake I frantically searched Pinterest for something. All I really found was plain chocolate cakes or cookies but I wanted something a little more advanced. BIG MISTAKE! Ha! I can’t help but laugh thinking back on it now. After a few times of looking through Pinterest I had finally found THE cake I was going to make. I can’t really remember the name of it now but it was something along the lines of a chocolate cake with a raspberry butter cream frosting..just not that simple. Here’s a picture of it on Pinterest…
dark chocolate and raspberry buttercream cake
 And here’s a picture of what mine looked like…
My version looks way better, right!?!? HA! Okay so this cake was a total disaster! An epic failure, if you will! Long story short, over the two-day period I attempted to cook this cake: the cake overflowed into the oven, my icing would not set up to save my life and after taking it out of the freezer multiple times to ice it the cake got soft and crumbled under the icing! At first I told myself I was NEVER baking a cake or any dessert again! Then I finally realized I’m going to have failures and problems and a very messy kitchen but all I can do is try and try and hopefully one day I’ll be halfway decent at it!
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Thanks for a great Guest Post Casey, I think it makes us all better cooks and bakers to have a few fails in the kitchen, and who doesn’t like to make a mess once in a while, plus I bet that cake tasted amazing, I mean chocolate cake is chocolate cake. I sure do hope Casey comes back for another Guest Post someday soon.
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Also if your interested in joining the Foodie Pen Pal Program,  go check it out!
Question of the Day: What dish or baked treat do you get asked to bring to parties?
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