The Ultimate Homemaking Bundle Sale

If you’ve been a reader of mine for any length of time, you know I only promote products I believe in. As an added bonus, I love promoting products created by businesses with integrity (you know what I mean?). Well, today I’ve found both. Recently, I started working with the Ultimate Bundles team. Now, Ryan and Stephanie are normal parents who try to save money at the supermarket, worry about what their five kids are eating (and how to keep them healthy), and try to juggle their online businesses while maintaining their relationships with each other and their kids. (Does any of that sound familiar?) But that’s not all. They run their bundle business with super-high standards. Questionable content? Nope, they are picky about what they include in their bundles. Sleazy online salespeople? Give their full money-back guarantee a try and you’ll find out they stick to their word. Anyway, all of that to say: they truly care about running a reputable business! Ryan, Stephanie, and their entire team have been putting together some incredible bundles of digital resources for five years now. You may have seen bundles around from time to time, but here’s what I love about Ultimate Bundles: the quality and value of the resources included in each bundle how easy it is to download and use their amazing customer service team and the physical bonus offers included with each one. And because of your interest in getting more done each day, taking care of yourself and your family and having fun, I have a feeling you’re going to love their newest bundle, and I want to...

Exercise for Stress Relief

Exercise for stress relief?  Yeah right!  Adding exercise will add to my stress – it’s “one more thing to do.”  Ever said this?  I know I have, and I’ve studied the benefits of exercise, so I KNOW that it will actually reduce my stress levels.  But that’s easier to intellectually know than to actually do when stress levels are high and life is crazy busy.  I get it. Since I find myself having busy weeks often these days, I’ve come up with a few methods to sneak in exercise, along with a plan for when I’m feeling very stressed that will help me feel calmer and ready to take on the world again. Yoga or pilates are always my stress relief go to.  They are perfect exercises for stress reduction, feel great and you can benefit from even 15 to 20 minutes.  In addition, you won’t get all hot and sweaty, so no need to add another shower to your day.  I’ve gone so far as to do a 10 to 20 minute pilates routine in the middle of the day on my office floor – without changing into workout clothing.  Is it ideal?  Nope.  Does it get the job done?  Yep. Walking outside.  There is just something about fresh air and a lovely environment that make you feel better about life.  A brisk walk is perfect for when life is crazy, and if you have a good friend, family or dog to walk with you are doing double duty with relationship building or pet care!  Take ten minutes before work, at lunch and after dinner and you’ve done 30 minutes.  Often...
Create a Joy Generating Routine

Create a Joy Generating Routine

How often do you wake up feeling TERRIFIC?  I mean  SUPER terrific?  Ready to jump out of bed and start the day just knowing it will be fantastic. It’s an amazing feeling when that happens, but for most people, that isn’t an everyday occurrence.  Even the happiest people don’t always wake up feeling fabulous. There are days you wake up grumpy, tired or just dreading another iteration of the daily grind.  Once you’ve started down this negative path, it can be really hard to turn your day around.  You find yourself without patience, snapping at other people and just not enjoying your life. If you want to start your days with joy, I have a basic recipe for you that I call my “Joy Generating Routine.”  It includes some movement, some gratefulness and some indulgence. Sounds lovely, right? The best part is that if you have a plan like this in place, you can invoke your routine any morning you are feeling down.   Short on time?  Make sure you have a shortened version at the ready too. Although this needs to be tailored for YOU, I’m sure you’d like to see an example.  Here is mine: My Ideal Joy Generating Routine: 20 minutes of yoga (Daily Yoga), a fresh, hot cup of coffee with a splash of my favorite vanilla creamer and 15 minutes of devotions/ writing a line in my daily journal with what I’m grateful for, and running a few drops of Joy through my hair.  If I can add in a ten minute walk outside in the fresh air the routine is perfection! My shortened...

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...
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,...

Where did my energy go?

Are you feeling it too?  Lack of energy and motivation to tackle your days? This is something I hear ALL.THE.TIME from my clients, friends and even casual acquaintances. I’m sure you hear it (or say it!) also.  That “I’m so tired.  I just don’t have enough energy anymore.” Instead of complaining about it, or fueling yourself with “fake” energy from excessive sugar and caffeine, why not attack the cause and make some healthy, natural changes to increase your energy levels? This month, I’ll delve into why we lack energy, and how we can increase our daily energy levels.  If you are feeling sluggish, I encourage you to follow along each week and try out some of the ideas to see if you can end the month feeling energized and ready to tackle each day with enthusiasm. This short series will cover the common causes of lack of energy and how to overcome them.  We’ll look at what we eat, how we take care of (or don’t take care of) our physical and emotional needs, and how to get that spark back. To kick things off, what ARE the common causes of lack of energy? lack of sleep poor diet artificial stimulants lack of excitement dread or boredom draining relationships Recognize any of these in your life?  I’d say most people encounter most if not all of these issues at various points in their life.  But just because we are experiencing it, doesn’t mean we have to accept it as the status quo.  Often we can do something about it and increase our energy at the same time. So, if...

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