Showing posts from January, 2014

Family Friday - What Do You Do?

TGIF! Welcome to Family Friday! Today I want to talk to you about what you do with your kids, specifically kids around 2-3 years old. Our little guy turned 2 in August and sometimes I feel like the worst mom ever when I don't have a plethora of hand crafted games and activities designed to increase his knowledge to the level of a 1st grader by the time he's 3.

Ok, so that's a little of an exaggeration but I do have a little mommy blogger PTSD. It's easy to hop into the blogsphere and find dozens of mommy blogs that share all the things you could, no SHOULD, be doing with your child at every stage of their life to ensure they will be college ready by the 3rd grade. Well, maybe some don't go quite that far but I find it very discouraging to see so many moms who not only have time to create and engage their children in such amazing learning opportunities but they also miraculously have time to keep the house clean, keep their husband happy, and write a blog! All while…

Wellness Wednesday - Blue Panda Yoga

Hi everyone! Today for Wellness Wednesday I wanted to share one of my favorite things. YOGA! I am so serious. I love it! I am totally blissed out when I'm doing yoga. I love to work on balance, flexibility, and strength all at once. It's one place where I can let the rest of the world go and just focus on breathing, moving through the poses, and being the best I can be.

If you've never tried yoga and you are in the Salt Lake valley you should join me at Blue Panda Yoga. Led by my longtime friend Tara, you'll feel welcome from moment one. I love working with Tara because her style is casual yet knowledgeable. I never feel bad asking if the pose I'm doing is right or asking for a modification if my body can't handle something we're doing. We can laugh at the sometimes silly poses one minute then slip deep into a stretch in perfect silence. For me, it's awesome!

Now, I know yoga isn't for everyone and every yoga teacher is different. Tara teaches out o…

Slim & Sassy Sunday - Steady as She Goes...

Hello! Today I want to share with you my thoughts around holding steady or even *gasp* gaining weight when you're doing your best to lose it. I'll offer 3 suggestions to sticking with your health and wellness goals I'll be implementing next week to see if they make a difference and maybe they'll help you too.

Earlier today I woke up and hopped on the scale. I always weigh in on Sunday morning because it's a day I can consistently guarantee I won't be too busy rushing out the door to run errands or go to work. I actually ate quite a bit yesterday including a yummy sushi lunch and a baked potato bar (shared with Joe and one of my oldest friends Kim) for dinner. I knew that the baked potato would probably be pretty heavy but we'd already planned on this since last month so I didn't want to be a party pooper and eat only salad.

When I stepped onto the scale I hoped that I'd have lost at least a little bit because I am eating well under what I used to bu…

Family Friday - Traditions

If you've made it through the week and found yourself here with me on Friday I want to say THANKS! It means so much that anyone would be interested in following along with my personal journey to be the best me I can be. Yep. Cheesy, I know, but it's true. I firmly believe that every day is a gift and that every person has choices on how they spend their days and with each passing day you either get closer to living your dream life or you allow yourself to fall further away from your ideal situation. (P.S. There is no standing still! You're either moving forward or sliding backwards... It's up to you where you end up in the end.)

Today I wanted to introduce another new feature you'll see each week. It's Family Friday! To me finding balance in life includes enjoying the time I have with my family. Today I wanted to talk about traditions. This conversation came up back in December at my work holiday party. One of my co-workers started asking about what each of our…

Wellness Wednesday - EO Spotlight on Wild Orange

Hello everyone! Welcome to the first edition of Wellness Wednesday. I plan to share something I have found that is helping me live well and live balanced every Wednesday. Today I wanted to share one of my new favorite essential oils Wild Orange.

Cold-pressed from the orange peel, Wild Orange is excellent for energizing and revitalizing. It is also commonly used as an effective tool for uplifting mood, as well as for its wonderful citrus aroma.

My favorite ways to enjoy Wild Orange are:
Add three drops to my diffuser and let it run to freshen stale winter air and lift everyone's mood.Add three drops along with three drops of Slim & Sassy to my water to encourage me to drink more water and because it tastes great.Add some to my capsule of Digest Zen in the evening to help elevate my mood and keep me happy.
Tips from dōTERRA:
Diffuse to help uplift mood and energy levels.Use in a moisturizing and exfoliating sugar scrub. Click here to learn how you can make your own.Use in your favo…

Slim & Sassy Sunday

I've decided that for the duration of the Slim & Sassy Lifestyle Competition I'm going to make Sunday my Slim & Sassy update day. I'll share if I've lost or gained weight and things I've done during the week that have contributed to the weight loss/gains. (This way, if you're not into my personal updates on my weight loss journey you can tune out on Sundays until mid April.) :)

For those of you who are tuning in we have just finished week one! Technically week one started mid week on the 15th so I took advantage of not dieting until the 15th. The first part of my week was pretty much all the "do not eat this when you're dieting" stuff. I figured I'd get the jalapeno poppers, tasty desserts, and giant portions out of the way now so I could put them on hold as soon as the 15th hit. HA HA HA!

This week I have focused on tracking my food in my Lose It! app on my phone. By tracking what I eat I know I have to be accountable to the friends I…

Slim & Sassy

Holy cow! I just signed up to be a part of the doTERRA Slim & Sassy Lifestyle Change Competition. Now if you know me, you know I am NOT competitive. I almost always would rather someone else win. I like being on a team and helping others. Winning is just not that important to me and the older I get the less I like being the center of attention. Yeah, I enjoy the thrill of victory and it's not like I would be sad if I won something it's just not a driving force for me so to sign up for something like this is definitely outside of my comfort zone.

This year has been pulling me towards creating big changes in order to better balance my life and I am running forward to give it all I've got. I figure what have I got to lose? (20+ pounds - yuck) I do find that I do better with accountability for things like this so having signed up will help me stay on track. I also have been tracking what I eat (using the Lose It! app for iPhone - if you're using it let me know so we ca…

Find Balance

It came to mind today that even when someone is considered an expert that doesn't mean they're perfect. Doctors and lawyers who spend years in school, pass rigorous testing, and then compete for top jobs still call what they do their "practice". These are people that know more about the human body or our justice system than most people and even they can make mistakes. All the knowledge you can work to acquire doesn't mean you'll always have the right answer at the right time.

I find that I am a crazy perfectionist. I like everything to have it's place, things should be consistent, things should be done well and I tend to want to just do everything myself because I know I will pay attention to things that other people may miss. On the flip side, I know that I can't do it all myself and sometimes perfect isn't best. There's a quote floating around in my office:
"Don't let perfect be the enemy of good."
- Voltaire It's a little re…

Be Well in 2014

Hello friends! I am excited to be back in the blogsphere sharing the things that are going on in my part of the world. If you haven't noticed, or are new to the blog, I wanted to share that I'm taking a new focus for the content. I've been thinking for a long time now about what I want to do with my life. I kept coming back to ideas around words and phrases like wellness, health, fitness, helping others, being your best, and happiness. I actually came across a couple notes and old journal entries as I was cleaning and realized that I have been thinking about these things for quite some time now. I think the oldest notes I could date went back about 5-6 years.

To me seeing that time frame was a moment of disappointment and excitement. Part of me was disappointed that I hadn't acted on those thoughts and desires a long time ago. All the things I'd envisioned for myself could probably have been realized by now if I had just gone to work and stuck to it. It was also sh…