Things I love – Weekly Breakfast Date

Have you ever started something for fun and it quickly became a long-standing tradition?  I love it when that happens! Years ago, my daughter’s birthday fell on a school day.  To make it special, I had her invite her two friends (neighbors) to breakfast before school.  I bought donuts at the grocery and we stopped at our local coffee shop for hot chocolates.  It was fun and a special way to start the day. Next birthday I had the same request. After that visit, it dawned on me that we could be having a fun breakfast before school more often.  “Coffee Shop Day” was born.  Once a week I’d wake the kids up twenty minutes earlier and tell them it was coffee shop day.  It was always a fabulous way to start the day and a terrific break in a busy week. After a few years of this, my daughter moved on to middle school and a much earlier start time.  Coffee shop day with her had to end.  My son was still in elementary so we started branching out.  Now we rotate between three different restaurants (two of them are local!) once a week before school. Early morning breakfasts have been a fun way to connect, spend quality time together and slow down even in the midst of the school year. What fun traditions have you created by accident?  I’d love to hear all about them in the comments, so please...
Adventure Everywhere

Adventure Everywhere

“We live in the middle of nowhere – there is nothing to do!” If you’ve ever uttered those words, then this post is for you.  When I was younger, that was my attitude.  However, after living in a few different states, traveling to places all over the world and then coming right back to Indiana, I no longer feel that way.  In fact, I truly believe that if you look hard enough, you will find something to do or something interesting to check out (within driving distance), no matter where you are.  Doing new things and exploring can add a lot of happiness and enjoyment to your life. I’ve made it my mission, wherever I am, to find those places.  Now I want to share them with you. Several times a month, I’ll be sharing my finds within a short drive of where I live or where I’m traveling.  I suspect some will be quirky, some might be delicious, and some might not be your cup of tea.  However, hopefully these posts will inspire you to do something new or find something fun where you live.  I’d love to hear about your adventures too.  Please share your finds and experiences in the comments or on my Facebook page. Ready to begin?  Me too! We are entering the dreaded (and well-loved) soccer and swim seasons.  My kids both participate in sports year-round, but Spring and Fall are still definitely busier.  Great for them, exciting sometimes for us, but also time-consuming.  As in, I can’t even find a night in the next month to use a FREE hotel room!  How sad...
Up for a FREE meal?

Up for a FREE meal?

Who doesn’t love getting something for free?  Especially a meal at a nice restaurant, a hotel room or an afternoon of bowling.  Thanks to the years I’ve been mystery shopping, those are a regular part of our lives. In just the last month, I’ve had a breakfast date with my hubby ($42), went bowling and played laser tag with the kids ($115), had pizza and beer for lunch over Spring Break ($50) and got a carry-out lunch at a national chain restaurant ($35).  This is just me doing a shop or two here and there.  If I had the time I could do so much more.  I started mystery shopping almost twenty-five years ago when the company I was working for closed it’s doors and I was out of a job.  I started doing a few dinner shops a month so we could still enjoy a nice meal out without spending money we didn’t have!  Now I just do it for fun, to stretch our entertainment dollars and to force myself out of my routine and try new things. It would be challenging to make a full-time living mystery shopping; most shops don’t pay much outside of reimbursement, but for cutting costs or adding extras to your life, it’s a great part-time gig.  It is important to undersand that once you conduct the shop, you will have to come home and fill out an online form (sometimes within 12-hours of doing the shop), upload some pictures and be available for the next few days for questions.  At first, it would take me an hour or so to fill out...

Early Mornings Make Me Happy

That first sip of hot coffee, a cuddly blanket with a warm kitty curled up at my feet.  Add in my current reading material, and THAT is the perfect way to start my day.  Once I have a few moments of easing into the day in that manner, I am ready to do some yoga or pilates, work on a personal project and get ready with plenty of time to spare. How I love a great start to the day. Getting up early to enable such a perfect morning routine is a struggle for me, but the days I am successful are ALWAYS better days.  I’m more productive, less stressed and just plain enjoy life more. And since enjoying life and creating a healthier and happier life is exactly what I promote here, I thought I’d share one of my favorite resources to help you create a better start to YOUR day: I’ve taken the online course myself and gleaned quite a bit of useful information.  This time around, Crystal is doing a live version – for extra motivation.  The class starts April 9th and registration ends then, so if you think you need a little push in improving YOUR mornings, sign up soon!  I’ll be participating and I’d love to have you join me!  Go check it out HERE. What makes up the perfect morning for you?  I’d love for you to share in the comments!...
Ready to Look GREAT This Spring?

Ready to Look GREAT This Spring?

Well, it’s been a while!  The past few months I’ve been re-thinking how I want to spend my limited free time and how I want to run my business.  For now, I’ve decided that instead of working with individual clients, I’d like to share on a regular basis my favorite things.  All the things that make me happy.  Everything I share is a resource that I personally use and feel will help you achieve a happier and healthier life.  I’ll be adding to this list frequently, so check it out HERE – then bookmark it and check back often!   Today I want to share one of my favorite ways to help you look and feel great – no matter your weight, fitness level or age! For many busy working moms, fashion falls on the wayside – sound like you?  Maybe like me you used to LOVE putting together outfits, getting dressed up and trying out the latest trends.  My undergraduate degree was actually in Fashion Merchandising so goodness knows I love clothes!  Yet somehow, through the years, I found myself wearing jeans and t-shirts with few accessories more and more often.  It was just easier. A few years ago I discovered the fun of GYPO’s (Get Your Pretty On) wardrobe challenges.  I participated a few times and had so much fun that I now have an annual membership.  If you feel like you are in a rut, you MUST check this out.  I don’t spend a ton of money on clothing anymore, yet I always feel put together.  I get lots of compliments and know that what I’m...
Kick Start Your Life

Kick Start Your Life

How has it felt making small changes each week for the last month?  Good I hope! Just in case you’ve missed a week, I’m including a quick summary for you: Week 1:  Kick off – Have Fun Week 2:  Kick off your Exercise Week 3:  Kick off your Eating Week 4:  Kick off your Home This process is quite similar to what I do in my signature program “Make the Most of Every Day.”  The biggest difference is that I tailor the program to YOU.  Working together, we concentrate on your goals, desires and dreams. We also look for the little things that will make each and every day better and figure out how to implement them in your life – whatever it looks like right now. This program is a great starting point to creating a life you love and it’s a fantastic way to test having a life or health coach and discovering if it’s the missing link to reaching your dreams. If you are curious and want to learn more, click over HERE and check out all the details.  I’d love to work with you and help you create a happier, healthier life!...

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