Adore Your Wardrobe!!!

So excited that this program is opening back up again – September 4th to be exact.  Go to THIS LINK to be notified as to when it begins.  Interested in my thoughts?  Check out THIS POST I did last Spring about Adore Your Wardrobe. *this post does contain affiliate...

Get the most out of your Essential Oils

You just received your Young Living starter kit – or even just a few oils.  They’ve arrived – YEAH!  And you open them up all excited.  But then they sit there, in the box.  Maybe you dabbed a few on your wrists here or there, but you really aren’t using them. This happens ALL the time!!!  And I don’t want it to happen to you.  If you’ve got oils, I want you to USE THEM.  They are amazing, but only if they are a part of your daily life.  Please don’t “save” them (which a whole different topic I’ll address someday).  Please, pull them out of the packaging and give them a try. But what in the heck do you do with these oils?  How do you learn to use them?  How do you get your money’s worth? To get the biggest benefit from your oils: Use them daily – make it a goal to use at least 2 or 3 oils in some way each and every day.  Here is a link to a short video where I share how I use oils each day. Join a Facebook group or find a friend who loves oils – if you purchase through me I have a fantastic group you can join with so many knowledgeable ladies – if you have a question, they will help you answer it! Pinterest – pick an oil each week and do a Pinterest search.  You will find DOZENS of ways to use that oil. Get a book or an app – contact me and I’ll share my favorites. Share the oils with your friends...
Easy, Healthy Snacks for MOM!

Easy, Healthy Snacks for MOM!

After two weeks of school, we are back into a solid routine.  Yes!  Part of it means that due to nightly sports practices, dinner are being eaten much later.  So, in addition to fixing the kids a snack after school each day, I’ve been fixing myself one also!  If I’m going to eat a snack every day, I need to make sure it’s healthy, right?  I’ve found that by adding a filling and healthy snack to my later afternoon routine, I can avoid stuffing my face with everything in sight as I prepare dinner (not that that has ever happened!). Since I’m hungry, tired and dealing with homework, carpooling, sports and cranky kids, I created a list of go to snacks.  This way it’s one less decision to make.  I can grab my snack (and often the kids eat the same thing), and feel confident I made a good choice. What’s on my list? There are three main categories I enjoy:  savory, salty and sweet. Savory Tomatoes with balsamic vinegar, olive oil and basil (frequent right now while the tomatoes are ripe!) Hummus with sliced cucumber and celery Crackers and cheese Salty peanuts popcorn edamame with sea salt Sweet apples & peanut butter dip “healthy” fudge yogurt, frozen blueberries and granola Having the snacks ready (or at least the ingredients prepped) makes life SO easy!  I just pull out what I feel like enjoying and I’m satisfied and able to wait for a later dinner.  All of these snacks can be prepped ahead of time (I cut up veggies on Sunday or Monday night to have on hand all...
Feeling Overwhelmed?  Try This . . .

Feeling Overwhelmed? Try This . . .

Feeling overwhelmed?  I hear you! School just started for my kids, work is crazy busy right now, and the house is a disaster. What’s a girl to do? My instinct is to start rushing around trying to get everything done, but experience has taught me that that is the worst way to handle overwhelm.  Inevitably I’ll end up sick, angry or both.  Not good.  I’ve learned that when I start feeling the stress levels rise due to too much on my plate, it’s time to step back, take a deep breath and SLOW DOWN. If you can relate, give this method a try:  Get it out of your head.  Instead of having a million ideas, to-do’s and appointments running around my brain, I brew a cup of tea and make a list of EVERYTHING (no matter how small) that needs done.  Write it down. Delegate & Delete.  Take a look at that master list and determine what can be delegated and what can be deleted (or at least deferred).  Examples:  If it’s a super busy time, do I really have to take that trip to Goodwill?  Or can I just cross it off the list and take care of it when life calms down.  Do the towels have to be perfectly folded or can I just ask the kids to do it and live with messier linen closets? Prioritize.  With a slightly shorter list, it’s time to prioritize.  Give every item a number 1 to whatever.  Sometimes I’ll divide my list into 3 categories:  Work, Coaching Business and Personal.  Then I’ll prioritize within category – so I’ll have a #1...
July 2016 Book Reviews

July 2016 Book Reviews

Hard to believe the summer is so close to being over!  Our kids started school August 1st – crazy I know, and it seems hard now, but we will LOVE it come October when they get a nice long 2 week break!  For a list of everything I read in July, check out my list HERE.  On to my favorites . . . NON-FICTION I had this one on hold at the library for a crazy long time – months.  It finally came up and I read through it in just a few days.  Just as his career in Neurosurgery is beginning, Paul discovers he has stage IV lung cancer.  Even though I knew the outcome, I found myself rooting for Paul’s survival.  The discoveries he makes about life and death throughout his illness are thought-provoking and very real.   I’ve found that I need to be careful reading these type of books though as they get me started down the worry rabbit hole, so I may start avoiding them in the future!  Got a backache?  Must be lung cancer . . . My rating 4.5 out of 5. FICTION Love a dark thriller?  Then this would be a good choice for you.  Aubrey’s husband has finally been declared dead after 5 years.  The story moves between her current life, her memories and several other characters.  In the end, there is some nice resolution as to how the disappearance occurs, and it’s fascinating to note how your view of the players in the situation changes as you learn more and more about each one.  Don’t read ahead.  My rating:...

4 Reasons You Are Failing at Exercise

I know you have good intentions to exercise regularly.  You care about your health.  You want to feel better.  So you decide that you will exercise – you will work out on a regular basis. But you don’t do it.  You think about it.  You know you should do it.  Yet often it just doesn’t happen. Sound familiar? Through my work with various clients, I’ve discovered 4 key reasons people don’t exercise.  Take a look and see which ones apply to you and how you can work around them: You try to do something you don’t like.  I used to fall into this category.  Runners are in great shape, right?  They are committed, they exercise regularly and it’s fast.  All true.  Sadly I just don’t like to run.  Every time I try to commit to running (starting a couch to 5K, signing up for a race, etc.)  I just don’t enjoy exercising.  It becomes a chore.  Often I can complete whatever goal I’m looking to achieve but I’m sure not having fun doing it.  Plus once that goal is met I find “reasons” to slack off and stop running.  Eventually I had to accept that running isn’t for me.  But guess what?  That leaves a LOT of other ways to exercise that I DO like.  If this is you, make a list of all the physical activities you like to do and start doing one of them as your daily exercise. You are exercising for the wrong reasons.  It’s super important to know why you are exercising.  If it’s just to lose 5 pounds, it’s going to be pretty hard...
What Energizes YOU?

What Energizes YOU?

The past few weeks I’ve shared a variety of ways to feel more energetic.  Everything from changing how you eat to how you sleep.  However, I’ve found through working with a variety of clients that there is one more BIG thing that can really cause a dip in our energy levels. Boredom. By boredom I don’t mean you don’t have plenty of things to do, I mean you aren’t enjoying what you are doing and are starting to feel disinterested in life.  Many women who are super busy are just going through the motions.  They are accomplishing a ton each day, but none of it is meaningful or fun.  They aren’t doing the things that make them feel alive. If this feels like you, summer is a GREAT time to start to think about what you love and adding a little of it to your daily life. Ask yourself: What topics do I feel passionate about? Is there an old hobby or pastime I used to participate in that brought me joy? What would I like to learn more about? Once you’ve got a list of three or four ideas, find a way to schedule one or two of them into your week.  Give this a try for the next few weeks and see if you aren’t feeling more excited about life in general.  Don’t look at it as one more thing to do – look at it as something you are doing for YOU – in fact, if possible, don’t add it to your list, but replace something you don’t enjoy with something new and more interesting.  Or...
June 2016 Book Reviews

June 2016 Book Reviews

A little late on the post for my June books, but rest assured I’ve been reading a ton!  I enjoyed quite the variety of books this month – a little heavy on the fiction as a good summer should be!  I’m heading to Las Vegas for our “Annual Grown-Up” trip in July, so there will be lots more fiction reviews later this month!  As always, everything I read is located HERE. FICTION One of a few good thrillers I enjoyed this month – seemed that lots of them popped up as available from my hold list this month.  Did you like The Good Girl?  If so, pick this one up – same author, same intense writing.  Quinn’s roommate has gone missing and simultaneously a mysterious new girl has shown up in Alex’s small town.  The book goes back and forth between the two stories.  I did end up guessing the mystery, but there were still some surprises at the end.  My rating 4 out of 5. CeeCee, a 12-year old girl starts the book trying to deal with her mother’s rapidly progressing mental illness and absent father.  When her mother is suddenly killed, CeeCee’s Aunt comes to collect her and takes her back to Savannah.  There, CeeCee meets an amazing cast of strong, independent women – all unique and sometimes a bit wacky.  She learns to trust again and realizes her past doesn’t have to predict her future.  My rating 4 out of 5. Pretty typical teen lit – girl’s life turns upside down, girl meets boy, they have some conflict, etc.  The characters were well developed and fun...
4 MORE Ways to Increase Your Energy

4 MORE Ways to Increase Your Energy

In my last post I shared some food choices to help you increase your energy.  Today I’m going to delve into some additional energy adding lifestyle changes: Sleep.  If you’ve ever been short on sleep, you KNOW how badly this affects your energy levels.  Even getting enough “hours” won’t help if they are interrupted (new baby, stress, etc.) hours.  A full seven to eight hours of sleep most nights is crucial to feeling energetic.  If I start having issues getting up in the morning, or am dragging by evening, sleep is always the first area I look at for improvement.  If you want some tips on getting a better night sleep, check out this Huffington Post article and this blog post. Physical Exercise.  I know when you are feeling tired, the last thing you want to do is exercise.  However, that old adage is true – frequent exercise increases your energy levels.  If heading to the gym just seems like too much, next time you are feeling worn out, head outside your front door for a brisk twenty minute walk.  Do this five or six times a week and your energy levels will begin to rise! Stress.  Stress is a real energy killer.  The constant cycle of your brain racing, increase heart rate, tight shoulders and back.  All of these side effects from stress can really wear you out.  If stress is an issue for you, it’s something you need to begin reducing today.  There are dozens of ways to reduce stress, and I recommend finding four or five that consistently work for you – it might mean some experimentation,...

Eating for Energy

Does what we eat really matter in regards to our energy levels? You bet it matters.  A lot. Really there are two parts to this one, because not just what we eat, but what we don’t eat can affect how much energy we have. What should we avoid? Caffeine.  Sure it seems like caffeine will give us energy, but depending upon it will disrupt our bodies’ natural rhythms.  Not good.  As someone who loves coffee, I can’t tell you to never drink it – I still enjoy a cup every morning, but I don’t drink it all day long. Sugar.  Another food that appears to give us a strong energy rush is sugar.  Although it may bring us up quickly, the downside is that we will soon crash and feel worse than we did before we indulged. Processed foods.  Processed foods are full of sugar, chemicals and other ingredients we often can’t pronounce.  If it’s not real food, why would we assume it will give us energy?  Our bodies need nutrients, not chemicals to run efficiently. Alcohol.  Like caffeine, a drink or two once in a while isn’t a bad thing, but alcohol can interrupt sleep patterns.   If you aren’t sleeping well, you are going to be tired the next day. What should we add? Water.  So many of us run around every day dehydrated.  Simply drinking more water can resolve that.  If we are hydrated we feel better. Greens.  Dark leafy greens are FULL of nutrients.  Most people don’t eat enough of them.   Try adding them to your salads, soups or enjoying as a side to...

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