Liebster Award Nomination

Liebster Award Nomination

I was delighted to be nominated for the Liebster Award last week by Emily from “Healthy and Golden”.  She is a self-confessed health researcher studying health coaching, on a journey of weight loss and better health. An Aussie mum to one little boy, and there to help her readers find happiness through health, healing and natural lifestyle changes.  Check her blog out here.  Thank you Emily!

Now, the purpose of the Liebster Award is for bloggers to provide each other a platform to be discovered, which hopefully allows people to find other bloggers they are interested in.

“Liebster” in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

The rules of this award are really easy to follow:

  1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you.
  2. Answer the 11 questions that your nominator has asked you.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers (ty to select with followers under 200 but not always essential).
  4. Ask them 11 different questions.
  5. Let them know you have nominated them.

Here are my answers to the questions that Emily asked me:

  • Why did you start your blog?

Initially to help promote my holistic business of the same name but now I blog about anything I find along the way that I feel would benefit my life in a positive and inspiring way.

  • What is one moment in your life that has made you who you are today?

The day I got my hip replacement changed my life for the better not only for obvious health reasons but it also gave me the idea to become a holistic therapist (and then a blogger) and help others with their pain management.

  • What is your favourite place in the world?

My warm bed on a cold rainy night  🙂

  • One piece of advice for a complete stranger?

Smile, you dont know who might be admiring you.

  • What is your number one passion, that you wish people knew more about?

I love all animals but especially fluffy dogs but I think must people know that already. 🙂

  • What is your dream job?

Something that incorporates holistic therapies, CrossFit and animals :).

  • What does a typical day in your life look like?

Up at 7:15am. Day job from 9-5:30pm. Holistic work from 6-7:30pm. CrossFit from 8pm-9:30pm. Always try to be in bed by 11am for a good read. This varies a lot on the weekends.

  • What is your favourite quote?

Aww this is a tricky one as I love a good quote but at the moment its this poem that always makes me smile  “The World We Make” by Alfred Grant Walton. You can find it here.

  • Biggest accomplishment in 2017

In the gym, getting my first “Toes to Bar” in CrossFit – which considering when I started I could barely lift my right leg up without my hands supporting, that was one happy day!

  • And, what is your top goal for 2018?

While I don’t have one top goal for 2018, this year I have chosen to have a few smaller monthly goals which if (I should say when completed) , will lead me to being the strongest (both mentality and physically) that I’ve ever been.

Below is a list of the 11 bloggers that I am nominating ( I tried to get a variety and found it hard to pick only 11) :

  1. Sinead from Shinners and The Brood
  2. Maria from Marias Beauty Haven
  3. Alison from IndiglowGal
  4. Clare from Sparkle Blossom Beauty
  5. Louise from Louise Loughlin Personal Training
  6. Amberlee from A Simply Inspired Life
  7. Steph from Scale it Simple
  8. Tara Louise from TaraLouiseMc
  9. The ladies from Two Phat Cows
  10. Lisa from The Irish Baby Fairy
  11. Karen from Karens Reflexology Studio

 

 

Here are the questions that I would love for you to answer:

  1. What got you into blogging?
  2. What is your biggest blog achievement to date?
  3. What is one motto you live by?
  4. Who is your favourite “celebrity”  that you would love to meet and what would you ask them?
  5. What is the first thing you do in the morning?
  6. How do you relax?
  7. What is the last thing you do at night?
  8. Choose 3 words you would use to describe yourself.
  9. Choose one thing your readers don’t know about you?
  10. If you had a time machine would you go back or forward in time?
  11. What super power would you like and why?

I think this is such a wonderful and fun way to share the amazing bloggers out there, either just starting or building up their profile. You never know what you can learn from somebody else. Lets continue with this award and pay it forward.

Stay holistic

Catherine

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C is for Colds

C is for Colds

Continuing on with my blog series on common aliments that Reflexology can help with is C is for Colds.

Colds, flu’s, coughs are particularly common this time of the year and can be very easily spread and then not helped and even made worse by other personal factors such as stress and lifestyle.

Symptoms of the common cold may include but not limit to headaches, a itchy or blocked nose and/or feelings of having a heavy or full head.

Like other aliments I recommend a general Reflexology treatment to start with which will benefit the persons whole body and will help the person relax into the session.

The Reflexologist will focus on the head, neck and nose reflexes (each of big toes, below the nail for the nose reflex and each side of them also) and will also rework the adrenals glands to help reduce inflammation and the upper lymph nodes to help reduce the spread of infection.

As always a good honest consultation with your Reflexologist at the start will help determine the best treatment for you.

Stay holistic

Catherine

My Holistic January

My Holistic January

Welcome to my first monthly round from 2018:

A- Z Blog 

After the success of last years series, I have decided to start another A to Z Series about how Massage or Reflexology (my treatments) can help with common ailments. In January, I blogged about the letters A and B.

Click on the links below for each in case you missed one.

A is for..Asthma

B is for ..Bloating

My Word for the Year

Those of you that followed me last January will remember that I participated in a little experiment where I chose a word for the year ahead. Last year I chose Balance.

Read about it here if you missed it.

For 2018 I have decided to go with “Believe” and I’m going to incorporate this into all aspects of my life.

My day job, my gym workouts, my holistic toolkit, my relationships and of course in myself.

Keep an eye out for my updates on this through out the year.

Beo Event

I attended the Beo “Wellness” Event in Galway during January with some friends and really enjoyed it.  Everything about the afternoon was warm and welcoming from the warm healthy pancakes and packed goodie bags to the really informative talks from some of the wellness advocates on the Beo team.

Pat Divilly chatted about goal setting and enjoying the journey ,not just focusing on the destination.

Sile Seoige shared some very personal stories and how Yoga and Mediation really helped her to refocus on the important things in her life. She ended with a beautiful mediation which lasted with me for the whole evening.

My Nutrition Ireland give us some useful cooking and nutritional tips and of course the day would not have been the same without the laughs and bants with a very funny Doireann Garrihy.

I would highly recommend this event, so if they come to your area, you wouldn’t be disappointed.

Pippas Fashion Factory

The weekend after that I also attended Pippas Fashion Factory with my sister. This was a delightful afternoon with make up tips with Aimee Connolly, tanning and fashion advice from Pippa herself and a very good informative Q & A session with Jennifer from The Skin Nerd.

I’ve taken a lot from these 2 events and over the next year I hope to be able to put some of the learnings and advice into practice in my everyday life.

CrossFit Galway’s War of the West 

I was delighted to be involved in the CrossFit Galway Scaled Pairs team competition in January when I was asked to M.C. the event.

I was very nervous at first as I’ve never been behind a mic before but once I got going there was no stopping me and I was caught up in the excitement from the competition floor from the off.

Hats off to each and everyone who competed in it. I know from experience how hard it is to compete and all of them made it look so easy! Roll on the next one in May!

My CrossFit Goals

Which brings me nicely to my own CrossFit training in January.

As you know in the past few months of 2017 I got my first official ‘Toes to bar’ which I was delighted with. That spurred me on to set some new goals in 2018 which I will document here.

In January I set myself a target of getting 3 kipping pull-ups unbroken. So each evening I was there I did an extra few minutes bar work, I spoke to a few of the coaches and I took some tips from others in my situation and I put in the practice and on the 31st of January (tight I know) I did it. 3 in a row!! Go me…

The 2018 CrossFit Open starts in February so my goal for this is to do at least 2 of the 5 workouts RX ie as recommended ( I did 1 RX last year , the other workouts will be done as scaled) .

While outside of the Open the goal is to do 2 toes to bar unbroken and keep up my pull ups.

Wish me luck!

 

Books 

This month I read:

!”The Hearts Invisible Furies” by John Boyne. Without spoiling this on you, this is one of my favourite books in a long long time. It follows the life of Cyril Avery through his life’s ups and downs and even though I’ve finished it weeks ago, I find myself thinking about what Cyril is at now. Such a good sign!

“Some one please help me, so I did” by Sharon Fitzmaurice. In this touching and very personal book Sharon opens up and details her own journey and how she helped herself and others through self care and love. Sharon is from Galway and you can follow her journey here.

 

So that’s it, a very busy January and I loved every minute of it. I hope yours was as enjoyable.

Stay holistic

Catherine

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Last Sunday I saw this recipe on ‘Half Baked Harvest‘ Instagram and just had to try it out.

Ingredients:

1 tub of peanut butter (I used Tesco’s smooth one).

200 grams of potted dates.

2 teaspoons vanilla extract.

1 egg.

Some cooking chocolate for decoration.

(I used milk and white chocolate).

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 190 degree.

Mix the peanut butter, the dates, and the vanilla in a blender until well combined with no large bits of dates.

Add the egg and blend again.

Round the dough into small balls with your hands and place on the prepared (pre-lined) baking tray.

Press down on each ball with a folk to flatten.

Bake for 10 minutes.

Take them out and let them cool down before you drizzle the melted chocolate on them.

Verdict!

These have to be one of the tastiest cookies I’ve made in a long time. (Recommended with a glass of milk) They can last in an airtight container for up to 4 days but didn’t last 24 hours in our house. I’ll definitely be making them again soon.

Enjoy!

Stay holistic

Catherine

ps check out some of the other recipes I’ve tried out on my blog here.

B is for … Bloating

B is for … Bloating

This week in the ‘A to Z Blog series’ in which Reflexology or Massage can help with common ailments is B is for Bloating.

A general Reflexology treatment to start of with, will benefit the persons whole body and will help the person relax into the session.

The Reflexologist will then focus on the reflexes of the particular area required on the foot for the client.

For clients with bloating or any other digestive system issue, the direct reflexes are the stomach and the large and small intestines The stomach reflexes are positioned on both feet but with most of it on the sole of the left foot. The associated reflexes for this treatment include the liver, the adrenal glands and the solar plexus. This is done to help reduce stress and help improve the important job that the digestive system has to do in extracting all the nutrients from the food we eat.

Like I’ve said before in previous blogs, in all my treatments I also focus on the Endocrine system (hormonal system) as this will help balance the body and unblock any negative energies it might be holding.

As always a good honest consultation with your Reflexologist at the start will help determine the best treatment for you and your bloating but in general I recommend 4 -6 treatments for any real and long lasting effects to happen in the body.

Stay holistic

Catherine

A is for … Asthma

A is for … Asthma

Welcome to my second round of the ‘A to Z Blog series’ in which Reflexology or Massage can help with common ailments.

This one will look at how Reflexology can help with the symptoms of Asthma.

A general Reflexology treatment to start of with, will benefit the persons whole body and will help the person relax into the session.

The Reflexologist will then focus on the reflexes of the particular area required on the foot for the client.

For clients with Asthma, the direct reflexes are on the lungs, the diaphragm and the bronchi. This will ease airway constriction. The lung reflexes are positioned on the ball of the feet below the second to fifth toes. The associated reflexes for this treatment include the upper spine, the glands and the lymphatic system. This is done to help reduce stress and help improve the nerve supply to the lungs and bronchi.

Like I’ve said before in previous blogs, in all my treatments I also focus on the Endocrine system (hormonal system) as this will help balance the body and unblock any negative energies the body might be holding.

As always a good honest consultation with your Reflexologist at the start will help determine the best treatment for you and your Asthma but in general I recommend 4 -6 treatments for any real and long lasting effects to happen in the body.

Stay holistic

Catherine

My Holistic Year 2017

My Holistic Year 2017

What a year it has been for me, so many adventures had, holistic treatments given , work outs completed, goals accomplished and love and laugher shared.

From the bottom of my heart, to the tips of my toes to the top of my head I want to thank each and everyone one of you that helped me make 2017 the best yet for The Holistic Toolkit.

In case you missed any of my blogs or holistic adventures , here’s a monthly round up of the year .. just click on each months link and sit back and enjoy the highlights.

January 

February

March 

April

May

June

July 

August

September

October

November

December

I can’t wait to see what 2018 brings but for now I’m wishing you all a year full of promise, opportunities, love, laughter, health, wealth ,happiness, magic dust, belief and holistic happiness.

Stay holistic

Catherine x

My Holistic December

My Holistic December

Welcome to my December round-up.

Holistic Treatments

December was a busy month with Massage treatments and Reflexology for both new and old clients. I always check in a day or two after the treatments with my clients to see how they are and I’m always delighted to receive feedback like this one below..

Gift Vouchers:

Once again a Christmas voucher for a “The Holistic Toolkit” treatment was a hit with those who want to give the gift of a relaxation and so I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who purchased one of these for others (or themselves) and I am already looking forward to meeting you all in the new year.

Mindspace December Calender:

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you might have noticed that I took part in the wonderful “challenge” that “Mindspace Mayo” were promoting. 31 different ways where you can think about you mental health and do something that keeps you in a happy and healthy Mindspace.

This was a fun challenge that reminded me to practice kindness daily, to appreciate the outdoors, to spend time my friends nearby, to contact family further a field, to get good sleep, to eat well, to exercise my mind and body. All of which I aim to do and equally promote here with my posts and blogs.

Commas and Ampersands Photo Challenge:

Each December I also participate in a photo challenge to help me get into the Christmas spirit and for a bit of giggle and this year I choose this one.

It was slightly different that the ones I normally pick and had me taking photos of anything from “Ribbon” to “Maps” and “Season” and “Golden”. I hope you enjoyed my take on this challenge. Comment below if you took part in any December challenge. Id love to hear about it.

Spotted in a Magazine:

I also love when I spot my tweets been published in one my favourite magazines – Healthy Magazine. The next time you are in Holland and Barrett, be sure to pick up a copy. This magazine always has great articles, about healthy eating, exercise, healthy lifestyle and much more.

Books:

This month I read:

Behind her eyes – Sarah Pinsbourough

I read this book on BorrowBox.  If you are looking for a good suspense mystery book as your next read, this is the one for you. It’s easy to read with a slightly off the beaten path storyline and an ending you will not be able to predict. (I don’t want to spoil it by saying anymore!)

Unravelling Oliver – Liz Nugent

I listened to this on Borrow Box and it made my commuting so much fun. This is a crime novel with an excellent story line and read by a full cast so  you don’t get bored with the same voice. It has a great mixture of crime, suspense, love, lust and hate and I even found myself laughing out loud once or twice. (which got a few weird looks from the other commuters!)

I’m currently in the middle of the following two books “Someone please help me.. do I did” by Sharon Fitzmaurice and “The hearts invisible furies” by John Boyne so I will let you know how I get on in my January round-up.

As always please feel free to comment below with any book recommendations you think I might like.

Happy New Year:

I will have a separate blog with a round-up of 2017 but I just want to take this time to wish each and every one of you ..

“12 months of happiness, 52 weeks of fun, 365 days of success, 8,760 hours of good health, 52,600 minutes of good luck and 3,153,600 seconds of joy….Happy New Year”

Stay holistic

Catherine x

My Holistic November

My Holistic November

Welcome to my November round up…

A- Z Blog Series:

In November I updated the link to the full and complete A to Z blog series that I finished recently. Follow the steps below to find all of the blogs in this series in one handy place:

-Go to the home page,

-Scroll over “choose your toolkit”,

-Click on A to Z blog series.

-Scroll down all through all the blogs.

And enjoy!

I will do another list in 2018 so please feel free to email me any suggestions you might have for any common ailments you may be having trouble with that Massage or Reflexology can help with.

World Kindness Day

“In a world where you can be anything, be kind”.

How did you celebrate World Kindness Day on the 13th of November?

DoTerra Wellness Talk and workshop

On Saturday the 18th of November I was invited to this workshop by Alison from IndiGlow Gal on the benefits and numerous uses of the DoTerra Essential Oils.

It was hosted by Vanessa Jean from The Food Alchemy and Rosie Greaney and was an event full of essential oils, blending, happy meditation, laughter, positive affirmations and so much more.

I’ve always been interested in essential oils and was so impressed with all the amazing uses and benefits of them for the mind and body I ordered my first essential oils kit the next week and cannot wait to see what they can add to my holistic toolkit. ( Watch this space for future mentions)

Christmas vouchers:

After such a great success last year, I am happy to announce that the gift vouchers for my treatments are available again for Christmas presents for those near and dear to you.

All vouchers are valid for 3 months and can be used for any of my treatments.

Flu Season:

It’s that nasty time of the year again when all colds,flu’s and bugs are going around.

Have a look at this blog for some tips and hints on how to cope with this time of year.

Books:

This month I read:

Shoe Dog – Phil Knight

This is a memoir by the creator of “Nike”. A very interesting and easy to read insight into the life and struggles of setting up one of the most successful sports shoes in the world. I really enjoyed this autobiography and you don’t need to know anything about sport or even like Nike shoes to enjoy it.

The Monk who sold his Ferrari – Robin Sharma.

This is a self-help book about the development of character and discipline in life by Robin Sharma, a writer and leadership guru. It conveys a message that one should live his life freely in spite of working all day. Ive been meaning to read this book for ages and I actually downloaded it on my  borrow box and listened to it on my daily commute and for this type of books I think this is the best way to take their lessons and insights in. This is definitely a book I think I will actually buy a hard copy of and keep by my bed side for daily dip ins.

Happy Christmas:

I know this is the November wrap up but as its December as i type this and we are all in the madness of Christmas parties and present buying, i want to take this time to wish you all a happy, holistic and joyful Christmas season for you and your loved ones.

Stay holistic

Catherine x

My Holistic October

My Holistic October

Here’s whats been keeping me busy for the month of October:

A- Z Blog Series
The last letters in my blog series about how Massage or Reflexology (my treatments) can help with common aliments went live. Click on the links below for each in case you missed one.

W is for … Wrist Pain

Y is for… Your Busy Mind

Z is for…Zzzzz

X is the only letter in the alphabet that I didn’t have a common aliment for but if you have any suggestions for this letter, please do drop me an email.

 

100th Blog Post

I’ve been blogging for just over 2 years and I was delighted to hit the 100 blog milestone during October. I couldn’t do it without your likes,comments,follows and encouragement so thank you so so much from the bottom of my heart. Here’s to 100 more.




Massage Therapy Awareness Week

It was Massage Therapy Awareness Week in the U.S. in October so each day for the week on Instagram I put up a post highlighting some of the numerous benefits that Massage can have on the body.  For more indepth information on the wonderful benefits of Massage, check out some of my previous blogs here .

Hygge

Have you started your Hygge season?

Read all about some of my suggestions in “My Hygge Dictionary” blog.

   

Filthy 150

I went to support “himself” at the Filthy 150 Team fitness event in Dublin during October. A great event with teams participating from all over Ireland from beginners to advanced athletes competing for the podium finishes. I had a great few days cheering people on, drinking coffee, eating muffins, fitness window shopping and of course meeting the Crossfit Games athletes that were invited along for the event.

Here i am with Kari Pearce – the fittest woman in America (and 10th in the world) and Jamie Greene, 8th fittest at the 2017 CrossFit games and Sam and Jen Dancer (Regional Athletes). Such lovely people and I wish them all the best in next years Games. Just a normal Sunday really!! lol


   

Books 

Following on from Hygge, one of my new goals is to make more time for reading this season so I will also let you know all about whats currently on my bedside table and in turn I would love if you could recommend any good books for me and my followers.

This month I read:

‘The Mystery of Mercy Close’ by Marian Keyes- a very light hearted chic lit set in Ireland. This was funny enough and you could guess the ending but still nice and easy to read.

‘Christmas Under the Stars’ by Karen Swan – a romantic novel set in the Canadian snow mountains and was quite weepy at times. I love Karens novels so highly recommended.

‘Together is Better’ by Simon Sinek – a little book of inspiration. This is a beautifully written and illustrated book full or wisdom, quotes and inspiration.

Thats it folks…hope you enjoyed my October round up.

 

Stay holistic

Catherine