Adore Your Wardrobe

Okay, I don’t think I have EVER promoted a program with an entire blog post about it before, but I recently finished this course myself and LOVED it.  It was a ton of fun, informational and one I can totally recommend! Since so many of you readers are busy moms like me – ones who have so much going on that there is little time for thinking about what you are going to wear – let alone being fashionable doing it, I think this course would be perfect! Although I have always tried to look nice, and used to be super into fashion (heck one of my first jobs was as a retail buyer!), lately I’d gotten lazy.  Mostly around accessories – it just seemed like too much work.  Sure, I usually planned my outfits the night before and didn’t default to workout clothes most days, but I certainly didn’t put a lot of thought into creating new outfits or adding fun accessories. This course is FULL of terrific information about what you should be wearing for your body type (and what body type you are!), as well as specific modules around jeans, tops, accessorizing, etc.  Really good stuff.  What turned out to be the most useful for ME was that I was excited about looking good again.  I had fun trying new combinations, adding those accessories (with a simple formula), and I LOVE the Facebook group.  Not sure if something is good for you?  Post a picture and get the expert advice and encouragement of the other members.  LOVE IT! This course is opening up again  – registration is...
April 2016 Book Reviews

April 2016 Book Reviews

April was Spring Break for us, so that meant lots of fun novel reading by the pool!  There was also a lot of reading on my kindle in the car too, AND cuddled up on the couch at home since it was COLD when we returned.  In other words, lots of great opportunities to read!  HERE is the list of everything I read, and below are my favorites: FICTION What a lovely book!  This one had been on my radar for a while and when I saw a $1.99 sale to get it on my Kindle, I snapped it up.  The book is written mostly as a series of letters Sam writes to her anonymous benefactor who calls himself Mr. Knightley.  Sam’s letters are personal, thoughtful and very introspective – something most people would write in a private diary.  Although I was pretty sure I knew how the story would turn out, I thoroughly enjoyed the journey to get there!  My rating 4.5 out of 5. The Hypnotist’s Love Story: A Novel was the perfect book to enjoy while lying by the pool, drink at hand.  The day before we left for Spring Break I realized I had a $10 credit to Barnes & Nobles that was going to expire while we were away.  Since there was no way I was letting that go to waste, I ran over on my lunch hour to try to find something I’d like to buy.  While browsing the paperback display I saw this novel, recognized the author and that I had enjoyed several of her previous books and picked it up.  Turned out...
Ready to Actually USE Essential Oils?

Ready to Actually USE Essential Oils?

Earlier in the month, I shared a post on why I love Young Living Essential Oils.  I also held a Google+ Hangout to share my favorite oils – the ones I use every day along with HOW I use them.  Just in case you missed that session, I recorded it and am sharing it below – so check it out! Want more oily goodness?  Check out my Facebook page – I’ve been posting a little bit about each of the oils included in the starter kit each day.  If you decide to get started and order a kit, this will give you some great ideas on how to use each one! If Young Living sounds like the oil company for you, check out more info on this page or contact me.  The group I work with has SO. MUCH. KNOWLEDGE.   Any questions you have – the answers can be easily found within the...
5 Easy Ways to Live a Little “Greener”

5 Easy Ways to Live a Little “Greener”

In a nod to Earth Day this week, I thought I’d share a few easy ways to live a little greener – and as a bonus, most of these ideas are also healthier for you! Reusable bottles – this is SO simple to do.  I keep all our reusable bottles in the wine rack above our “drink station” so it’s easy to grab a bottle, fill it up with water and go. Oils for scents versus store bought plug-ins.  Almost daily I run a diffuser or two with a few drops of an essential oil and water.  Better for the environment (less packaging and chemicals) and still leads to a delicious smelling house!  A mix of Thieves and Cinnamon Bark is my current favorite. Paper scraps.  Next to my desk I have a big basket for recycled paper – scraps left over from cutting out something I printed, sheets that only had one side printed on them but the other side is blank, etc.  Anytime I need a piece of paper for a quick list, note taking or the kids want a sheet for drawing, we grab from the basket.  Less paper use = more trees for our environment. Buy used.  Not everything obviously, but if you need something, why not first see if you have something already that will suffice, and if not, consider buying it used – often you’ll save money too! Buy local.  This is a favorite of mine – especially when it comes to food.  Buying local eliminates the need for food transportation and as an added bonus the food is fresher and tastier.  It’s...

Looking for a New Yoga Mat?

Yoga is something I am passionate about.  I do twenty minutes of yoga almost every morning.  Why?  Because when I’m consistent, it keeps my shoulders loose, I have less pain, and feel healthier and calmer all day long. At home, sometimes I use a yoga mat and sometimes I don’t.  However, if I take a class at a gym or when I travel I always take a mat with me. There are so many yoga mats out there, and they all look pretty much the same, so it’s difficult to understand the differences.  Yet, there ARE differences.  If you are looking for a new mat, HERE is a great resource to help you find the right one for you and for YOUR practice. What I love about this site (Reviews.com), is that they do intense research.  When they looked at yoga mats, they researched and tested over 30 different mats, spent over 50 hours researching and consulted with yoga professionals. Along with suggestions on the top mats for purchase, the reviewer goes through what you should look for in a mat and gives a more in-depth review on her top picks. So, if you are in the market for a new yoga mat, check out The Best Yoga Mat from Reviews.com.  I’ve bookmarked it and when I’m ready to treat myself to an updated mat, I know just which one I’ll buy! As a wellness coach for Professional working moms, I know how hard it can be to fit something like yoga into your schedule.  When we work together, we will figure out what is missing from your life and how to make your...

I’ll Have the Salad Please

“Is it smart/healthy to order a salad for my restaurant meal?” This is a question I often get from my clients – so I thought I’d answer it here on the blog for everyone! My answer?  It depends. Don’t you hate that answer?  Me too, so I’m going to go into a lot more specifics and even share a .pdf cheat sheet for you at the end of this post. A salad can be an excellent choice for a meal.  Especially if you can do a little customization.  What do I mean by that?  If you think more veggies, more color and less fat, you are well on your way to a healthier salad. When you are ordering a salad in a restaurant, here are some things to add and avoid: Your salad base:  make sure the salad has a variety of greens – the darker green the better.  If it has spinach or kale as part of the greens, that’s a bonus.  Or try adding cabbage as a lettuce alternative – it’s fun to change it up! The colors:  the more colorful your salad is (a variety of different colored vegetables included), the healthier your salad.  Aim for at least three vegetables in different colors (ex:  carrots, cucumber and red peppers). Extras:  fruit is a great addition to your salad as are nuts & seeds (in small quantities); beans are fantastic – full of fiber and therefore filling without lots of extra calories or fats.  Go easy on the meat and olives, these items should be a garnish, not the main part of the salad. Cheese:  If you love cheese...
FUN with Essential Oils

FUN with Essential Oils

It’s been a few years now that I’ve been using Young Living essential oils and although I’ve posted various times about my oils, I thought it was time for an overall update!  So that’s what I’ll be doing all month long. These days I am even MORE fired up about essential oils than I was when I started using them.  A lot of that has to do with how much more educated I am – I know HOW to use them, WHEN to use them and find myself reaching for my oils every day.  In addition, what is so exciting is that almost every day I find a new and fun or helpful use for my oils. Since there is so much information about essential oils to share (way more than I can cover in one blog post), I’m going to start a 10 day Facebook Journey through the most common oils.  Each day (Monday – Friday) starting April 18th.  I’ll mention an oil on my Facebook page and share a few great ways to use it.  If you want to play along, order a Starter Kit HERE and you’ll receive all the oils you need to try my suggestions each day.  It’s a great way to ensure you actually learn how to use the oils you buy. The starter kit is the BEST value if you are serious about beginning to use Essential Oils.  It’s a terrific value (versus buying the oils individually) and you’ll end up with a nice variety that will benefit so many areas of your life.  PLUS by purchasing the starter kit you’ll also get...
March 2016 Book Reviews

March 2016 Book Reviews

Well, I read a LOT of great books in March.  I’m not sure when I squeezed them all in (probably in carpool lines and at lunch!), but I found some great ones.  Here is a link to everything I read, and below are the re-caps of my favorites: Non-Fiction What a lovely book.  I really enjoyed this one.  Instead of reading it all at once, I would read 4 “chapters” each morning as part of my morning routine.  That way I allowed the wisdom to sink in slowly.  I also tried to implement at least one of the tips each day.  If you like positive ideas, practices and suggestions in small bites, this would be a great book for you or as a gift to someone special.   My rating 5 out of 5. FICTION This was one of the first books I read in March, and what a great way to start off a month of strong fiction!  The story begins with Lauren accepting a position for an older lady transcribing a diary from a  young girl accused of being a witch during the Salem witch trials.  The book bounces back and forth between the diary, what Lauren has going on in her life, and learning more about the current owner of the diary.   Although on the surface all Lauren is doing is transcribing a diary, there is a lot more going on – and it was fascinating to discover.  My rating 4.5 out of 5. I just finished this book and wow it was engrossing!  Definitely do not read ahead if you start this one –...
5 Ways to Become Healthier TODAY!

5 Ways to Become Healthier TODAY!

Last month I did a quick Google+ Hangout called 5 Ways To Be Healthier Today.  By request, I’m sharing that video on my website along with a recap.  Also included is a handout for you to print and post somewhere where you can keep track of what you have tried and how it felt.  Enjoy!  Hydrate – start each day with a big glass of water.  Later in the day when you are reading this?  Go get a glass NOW.  Sleep – aim for 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night.  Make a commitment to go to bed by 10:00 tonight (or earlier!) to start getting that needed sleep.  Move – move your body.  Not sure where to start?  Walk out your front door, walk for ten minutes, turn around and walk home.  Stretch – take a 5 minute stretch break right now!  Connect – call a friend today or at least set up a time to meet later this week. Click HERE for free handout! Do you need support in making these and other healthy changes?  That’s exactly what I help my clients with.  Contact me today and let’s get started creating a happier, healthier life for YOU! Shared on The Mommy Club and The Zippy...
Overcoming the “Missing Out” Mentality

Overcoming the “Missing Out” Mentality

Here I go again . . . Remember last year when I decided to do my best to focus on one thing at a time?  Yeah, that didn’t last. Here it is March and I find myself juggling FOUR excellent online programs.  Let’s face it, between work, kids, coaching and just enjoying life I barely have time for ONE, let alone four.  What was I thinking?  Why do I do this to myself?  For me, it’s the fear of missing out.  All the programs sounded terrific – all things I want to learn/ improve upon.  So, I signed up.  I’m excited.  And if I was just doing one at a time, it would be fantastic.  But with four, I just can’t keep up so I end up doing a half-hearted attempt at each one. Seeing that I’m in this situation again, how do I fix it?  Here is my plan (and suggestion for you if you find yourself overwhelmed with projects you brought on yourself): Decide how much free time I have to devote to learning in the next few months. Take a hard look at all four programs. Decide which of the four is most important to my current goals. Schedule time each week to work on the one program that is MOST useful. Here is the hard part . . . let the others go. I need to trust that the opportunity will be available again when the time is right.  Plus, I KNOW I’ll get more benefit from taking my time, soaking in the learning and applying it with one program versus just doing the bare...

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