Monday, June 30, 2014

Motovated Monday - HOTlanta

Welcome to another Motovated Monday! I wanted to share a few pictures from my trip to Atlanta. It was hot and humid but it was a great time. I learned a bunch at the conference and had fun traveling with my co-worker and friend Amy. Check it out.

My view from our house when I left for the airport.

Our hotel had a beautiful view of downtown and the Olympic park area.

I love panoramic pictures! Holla from the 28th floor!

It's a WHALE SHARK! Not a whale or a shark but the largest fish in the sea!

This is what we missed while I was in HOTlanta. SNOW!

Coming home was a little crazy with the weather but we still made it.
The big takeaway I took from this trip personally was how much being with my family means to me. I had a lot of fun but I realize when I'm out and about I wish Joe was here to show him cool things I know he'd like and I wish Russell was around because I know he'd have fun.

As you work to stay Motovated this week I encourage you think about what means the most to you and what are you doing to get more of that. We only have one life to live (unless maybe reincarnation is true) so what are you doing to make this life the best one possible. That doesn't mean keeping up with the Jones' (whoever they really are) but finding what makes YOU happy and what brings YOU joy in this life. Think about what your dream really is and let's work to make that dream a reality!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Saturday's Supper - Wasabi Sushi

MMMM... Sushi... Seriously, sushi may be one of my favorite things to eat. If given the choice I'd probably pick sushi over most other options. Granted, sometimes you get a craving for some yummy Mexican food or some tasty pizza but I LOVE sushi!


Joe and I have tried a variety of places from the high end 'make it your once a year anniversary special' to the all you can eat for one low price places. From all the places we've tried our staple place is Wasabi. It's located in Draper so it's not far from home and if we go between the peak hours it's usually quiet enough to bring Russell.


Russell actually really likes the pot stickers and we get the Pepper Jack (a jalapeno pepper stuffed with cream cheese and spicy tuna) to start.


The ladies there are always so nice and they tend to love Russell so it's always fun. We've gone there alone, with Russell, and with friends and it's always been a good time. The prices are reasonable and if you go on Tuesday or Wednesday nights you can get 50% off selected rolls. There's a good amount of 50% off rolls so don't think you'll get stuck with a California Roll and one other choice. You can of course order off the regular menu so the time we went during the special we got a little of both.


Normally when we hit Wasabi we end up with something like this. A variety of rolls with different fillings and toppings. This time there was clearly an abundance of tempura flakes but most of the time we try to get a better balance of options.

Overall things have always been good there and we've never left feeling like we wasted our money. I highly recommend checking them out if you're in the south end of the valley and looking for a good and reasonably priced sushi place. They're right in the shopping center just east of the freeway on 12600 So. behind the Applebees.

What is your favorite sushi place? We're always willing to try new places as long as they're affordable and good! Our favorite high end place is Takashi in downtown SLC.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Motovated Monday - Your Story

This past week I was in Atlanta for the national Conference on Volunteering and Service (more on that later) and had the privilege of hearing from Kristian Bush during our closing session. The thing he said that stuck out most to me was the most powerful tool we have are stories. Positive or negative stories. Big or small tales. We can dream big and look to achieve those goals or we can sit back and watch life pass us by. He sang their first big hit and it reminded me how much I like this song. It's all about a dream and a story. What's your story?

Baby Girl
by SugarLand

They say in this town, stars stay up all night,
Don’t know, can’t see ‘em for the glow of the neon lights.
And it's a long way from here to the place where the home fires burn.
Well it's two thousand miles and one left turn.

"Dear Mom and Dad,
"Please send money, I’m so broke that it ain’t funny.
"I don't need much, just enough to get me through.
"Please don’t worry 'cause I'm all right,
I’m playin’ here at the bar tonight.
This time, I’m gonna make our dreams come true.
"Well, I love you more than anything in the world...
Love,
Your baby girl."

Black top, blue sky, big town full of little white lies.
Well, everybody’s your friend: you can never be sure.
They'll promise fancy cars and diamond rings, all sorts of shiny things,
But, girl, you’ll remember what your knees are for.

"Dear Mom and Dad,
"Please send money, I’m so broke that it ain’t funny.
"I don't need much, just enough to get me through.
"Please don’t worry 'cause I'm all right,
I’m playin’ here at the bar tonight.
This time, I’m gonna make our dreams come true.
"Well, I love you more than anything in the world...
Love,
Your baby girl."

I know that I’m on my way.
I can tell every time I play.
And I know it’s worth all the dues I pay,
When I can write to you and say...

"Dear Mom and Dad,
"I’ll send money. I’m so rich that it ain’t funny.
It oughtta be more than enough to get you through.
"Please don’t worry 'cause I’m all right,
I’m stayin’ here at the Ritz tonight
"Whaddya know, we made our dreams come true.
"And there are fancy cars and diamond rings,
"But you know that they don't mean a thing.
They all add up to nothin' compared to you.
"Well, remember me in ribbons an' curls.
"I still love you more than anything in the world...
"Love,
"Your baby girl."

Ah yeah.

Your baby girl.
("Dear Mom and Dad,
("Please send money, I’m so broke that it ain’t funny.)
("Don't need much, just enough to get me through.)
Your baby girl.
("Please don’t worry 'cause I'm all right,
Playin’ here at the bar tonight.
Ooh, ooh, ooh.)
Dreams come true.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Family Friday - Flashback

For some reason I have a bunch of family pictures on my computer and I don't remember putting them there. I'm sure they're off my phone or maybe I downloaded them at some point or tried to backup something but I came across them the other day and have decided today is the day to share some of them. Seriously... It's cuteness overload...

The bottom of his Santa booties say "HO HO HO".
6 months old. I LOVE this photo.
Look how little Russell was!
Super cheesy since 2012.
Zombie baby!!! BRAINS...
Practicing downward dog since 2012.
Russell's first 5k. Go Team Iron Dean!
Yep, he's always loved the pool.
Love CAKE!!!!
Yep... Extreme cuteness... I love it! I seriously can't believe how little he used to be. Where does the time go?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Wellness Wednesday - Shop Local

Hey friends! In an effort to promote some local businesses that we love and adore I bring you some links to the places you are going to want to check out. Some of them we're meeting at the Wasatch Front Farmers Market and others we've randomly found along the way. Seriously give these folks some love by following, liking, or connecting to their blogs or websites. You won't regret it!

Find more great local businesses at http://www.localfirst.org/
The Coffee Shop - Yep, good coffee in the southwest end of town does exist! I get my lattes with halfcaf or decaf and they are delightful! (Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

Laziz Foods - Hummus and other delightful Middle Eastern Spreads await you at the farmers market or at Harmons. Be sure to stop by and try their options out. You won't regret it. (Website, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)


Oasis Cafe - Not much for social media but it is a MUST if you're looking for the most delightful breakfast, lunch, or dinner options in SLC. This is the place I suggest when someone wants to meet downtown to eat. I have not been disappointed with anything on the menu. Quick note, brunch can get PACKED on the weekends so make reservations or come early. Also, depending on your server, some of them can be REALLY slow. Super nice, but slow. Either way it's worth checking out along with the adjacent bookstore the Golden Braid. (Website)

Bake 360 - Just discovered this delightful place at the Farmers Market and found they are actually located in Draper. This is fabulous because we're always looking for something unique and delightful on our end of town. I can't wait to check out their shop and see what other delights they have. The couple of pastries we tried were wonderful! (Facebook)


What are your favorite local places? Do you make an effort to support local businesses? Is there a local business you wish your area had? If you're in UT be sure to share your favorite spots! We're always looking for new places to try.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Motovated Monday - Yoga

I love yoga...


No seriously...


One day I think I'll teach yoga so I can do as much yoga as I want.

What's your favorite way to unwind, get fit, or feel good? Have you tried yoga or meditation? Do you have a favorite studio or instructor? Share how you get your zen on.

Monday, June 09, 2014

Motovated Monday - Let's Get Creative

I posted this picture on the Motovated Wellness Facebook page but I wanted to share it again with this thought.
"The creative person wants to be a know-it-all. He wants to know about all kinds of things: ancient history, nineteenth-century mathematics, current manufacturing techniques, flower arranging, and hog futures. Because he never knows when these ideas might come together to form a new idea. It may happen six minutes later or six months, or six years down the road. But he has faith that it will happen."

- Carl Ally (American advertising executive)
Take time this week and try something creative. Pick up a new hobby, try something new, go somewhere you've never been before, eat something new at your favorite restaurant, or whatever you choose that is out of your routine. Be deliberate and do something unique and interesting to you then come back and let us know what happened. Nothing may happen or something new may happen but you'll never know until you try something new.


Saturday, June 07, 2014

Saturday's Supper - Buttermilk Waffles

I must admit I'm a sucker for breakfast. Yep, I've said it. Eggs Benedict, waffles, crepes, quiche, and all the other delightful things that come with breakfast and brunch. MMM... Perhaps that's why many of our great Saturday's Supper meals have to do with breakfast. I think breakfast foods are great weekend meals but you can always whip up some breakfast for dinner and I'll be a happy camper.

Today's recipe is a go to we've used a couple weekends in a row. Yep, it was that good and that easy. I have another great waffle recipe but it makes way too much batter so I wanted to find something that wouldn't leave us with dozens of leftover waffles. This recipe makes enough for my husband to have a massive waffle, I can have a half, and Russell will easily eat a quarter or half depending on what else he's having for breakfast. After all that we typically still have about 3/4 - 1 waffle left and I found wrapping them up individually and freezing them works great. Just pull from the freezer and toast like a regular freezer waffle and ta-da! Waffle perfection AND you know all the ingredients in it.

P.S. don't be afraid of the fact you have to whip egg whites. It's not as bad as you think and I managed to make it work the 3 times we made this recipe. If I can, you can too!

Buttermilk Waffles
The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book

2 cups (10 ounces) all-purpose flour
2 Tablespoons yellow cornmeal (optional)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 3/4 cups buttermilk
4 Tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
2 large eggs, separated
Pinch cream of tartar

1. Heat the waffle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions. Adjust an oven rack to the middle position and heat the oven to 200 degrees. Set a wire rack over a baking sheet and set asside.

2. Meanwhile, whisk the flour, cornmeal (if using) salt, and baking soda together in a large bowl. In a medium bowl, whisk the buttermilk, melted butter, and egg yolks together. In another medium bowl, whip the egg whites and cream of tartar together with an electric mixer on medium-low speed until foamy, about 1 minute. Increase the speed to medium-high and whip the whites to stiff peaks, 2-4 minutes.

Using a cold bowl and whisk seemed to make the whites whip up faster.

3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, pour the buttermilk mixture into the well, and gently whisk together until just incorporated with a few lumps remaining (do not overmix). Carefully fold in the whipped whites using a rubber spatula until just combined with a few streaks.

That batter was thick but the egg whites helped lighten it up a little.

4. Spread the appropriate amount of batter onto the waffle iron and cook until golden brown, about 3 1/2 minutes. Transfer the waffles to the wire rack (don't overlap), cover with a clean kitchen towel, and keep warm in the oven.

5. Repeat with the remaining batter. Before serving, remove the towel and let the waffles crisp in the oven, about 3 minutes.

Modifications:
I know the America's Test Kitchen folks works really hard to make fool proof recipes but I just can't help myself and made a few additions...
* I added 1 Tbsp vanilla extract though a splash of almond would be good if your family likes that
* I added 1 tsp of cinnamon just because it's healthy and tastes good you could easily use nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice if that's what you have on hand. Nutmeg you might want to add a little and make sure it's not overwhelming though.
* The book says the secret to great waffles is a thick, lumpy batter. I would agree. I thought with how thick the batter was I'd for sure be stuck with heavy waffles but these turned out light, crisp, and delish!
* We skipped the whole oven warming thing. I personally prefer to eat waffles hot as they are finished so this is the one meal I don't have a problem with if people eat as the food is ready.
* We didn't use the cornmeal. It just seemed odd but maybe we'll give it a try one day.

Serve your waffles with maple syrup or with summer upon us your favorite fresh fruit and a dollop of fresh whipped cream. If you're in a pinch thawed frozen fruit works too. In the past, we've sliced up strawberries, added some sugar, and left them overnight until they created a syrupy mix. Throw that on top instead of syrup and you're in business.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Wellness Wednesday - Find Us at the Farmers Market!

This past Sunday Joe went out and manned a booth for us at the Wasatch Front Farmers Market. We've decided that over the summer with Joe not substitute teaching having him focus on our dōTERRA business would be a smart use of his time. Our hope is that by the end of the market season he'll have worked hard, met a ton of new people, and helped us build our business with the end goal of having us both stay home and focus on building our own little wellness empire. :)

So... the empire thing may be my dream but I know Joe would prefer not to work a 9-5 job the rest of his life and he knows that dōTERRA could be a way for him to escape that. Check out the great display Joe worked out...

Relaxing Bath Salt Blend and Fizzy Bath Blend available with your choice of essential oil!
Wasatch Front Farmers Market
June 1st through October 26th
Every Sunday | 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Wheeler Farm - 6351 South 900 East | Murray

We also wanted to share the links to our social media sites for our business. Be sure to like, follow, and comment often to let us know what you're enjoying and want to see more of. We want to offer tips, DIY projects, recipes, and other bits of information that can support a healthy lifestyle.

https://www.facebook.com/MotovatedWellness
https://twitter.com/bemotovated
http://instagram.com/motovatedwellness
We wanted to share this information in hopes you'll help us spread the word and support our dream of both of us working from home. I love working but I also have found that I miss being around my son and want to eventually be able to work from home so I can spend more time with him. It's true when people tell you that kids grow up so fast because I see it happening right before my eyes.

So, if you're feeling generous and want to support our efforts here's what you can do:
  1. Like/share/follow/RT/etc. It helps us to get the word out and hopefully reach a broader audience. (We promise we won't cyber stalk your friends either...)
  2. Stop by and say hello to Joe at the Farmers Market! He'll be there working hard every Sunday and any bits of encouragement help. Plus our Bath Essentials are AMAZING and are a lot of fun.
  3. Schedule a wellness consultation with us to learn more about dōTERRA essential oils and how they can support a more holistic and natural lifestyle.
  4. Schedule a Bath Essentials party and invite 5 friends to join in the fun. You and your friends will learn about dōTERRA and get to make your own customized jar of Bath Essentials. You get your jar for free and everyone else pays using our simple Farmers Market pricing.
  5. Buy your dōTERRA essential oils through us. If you've been using something from the store or no longer have your own Independent Wellness Consultant we would be happy to work with you and help you get the products you need.
We know essential oils are not for everyone and that's ok. All we ask, if you choose to support our efforts, is to keep an open mind and give things a try. What works for one person may not work for everyone. I have found essential oils work great for some things and for others I am still working with a blend of eastern/western medicine. The best part of this is that I am really getting to know my body and what it needs so I can better treat myself and know when things are not right and need professional help.


Thanks in advance for any help and support you can provide. We really hope to see you at the Farmers Market one of these days!

Monday, June 02, 2014

Motovated Monday - Get Out and Give Back

Happy Monday! As I mentioned in my last Slim & Sassy Sunday post I've decided to take that piece of the blog in a new direction. Today, I give you Motovated Monday! This new feature will help you kick off your week by featuring positive and uplifting messages. It could be a quote, something I heard, a picture that inspired me, or maybe a prompt to get you working towards a healthy balanced life.

Today I want to encourage everyone to think about volunteering. First of all, when you think of the word volunteering or volunteer what comes to mind? Do you think of youth activities in church, helping an elderly neighbor, your Eagle Scout project, or maybe something more ongoing like mentoring or tutoring kids.

UWSL Young Leaders playing tag and other fun games with the students at Guadalupe School.
Next, think about why you've volunteered in the past. Was it because you needed something to boost your resume or college application, did you have to do it to for church or because your parents made you do it, or did you volunteer because you enjoy helping others. There are no right or wrong answers. Just think about it.

Charity walks/runs are a great way to get involved in a specific cause or to support a specific family
Now I want you to think about how you felt when you were volunteering. Even if you did it because you wanted to or because you had to, how did it make you feel. Happy, sad, angry, uplifted, afraid, excited, intimidated, or maybe all of the above...

I know it's a tiny pic, but sometimes volunteering lets you meet famous characters!
For me volunteering has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. My mom is the type who gives back often. If you're sick or in need she's the first one to be there to help. From there I remember volunteering with my friend up at LDS Hospital over the summer. I've now been working managing volunteers for over six years which allowed me to be a part of some amazing experiences. I've seen students go from barely recognizing individual letters to reading simple books, seeing volunteers light up when kids recognize them and give them high fives and hugs, and seeing the relief on a parents face when they receive a box of food or a gift card they can use to purchase the necessities for their family.

Collecting donations of toys and clothes is a great way to support organizations during the holidays.
Now, I know that volunteering can seem intimidating. You're working with kids or adults you've never met. Maybe the place is out of the way or you worry about being able to maintain the commitment the organization requires. I'm here to tell you it's about prioritizing service into your life. For some people it may be a one time donation to a charity event but for others who can make the time you can make a huge difference in the lives of those who need help. I have seen people who are so busy with their family, work, and hobbies still make time to volunteer because they knew it would make a difference. It's up to you to decide how much you're able to give and that amount may vary throughout your life so don't feel bad if what you can give now isn't as much as you'd like to give.

And sometimes volunteering means getting dirty, heavy lifting, and sweating to the max to get things done!
I myself make all the excuses in the world about why it won't work but in the past few months I made time and it was wonderful! I volunteered for a kindergarten class at Roosevelt Elementary Community School that had their teacher leave half way through the year. The kids were behind and falling further behind as the teacher who stepped in did her best to make things work. A handful of volunteers from my office committed to coming once a week for about 1 hour to run activities with the kids. We didn't have to make anything or plan anything in advance. We showed up, hung out with the kids, and went back to work. The most amazing thing happened though as the kids would recognize us and get excited to see us there. We also started to see kids who would never speak up start to know the answers, some of them started to learn to sound out words, and we were always excited when the kids would get bored because they knew the answers.

Thank you letters from the darling kindergartners. I love them all so much!
I can't take credit for their academic gains. I'm sure their amazing teacher and teachers aids did far more than we did but I do hope that the kids on some level realized that someone else out there cared about them and wanted to see them succeed. I hope they will continue to have great volunteers supporting them through school because I know that in their neighborhood they will face challenges just based on their zip code. I see the beauty in my work's promise to "change the odds so all children and their families, regardless of their circumstances, have the same chance to succeed in school in life."

We love our volunteers on Day of Caring and throughout the year!
If you're in the Salt Lake, Summit, or Davis county area I'm asking you to consider sharing your time with a child in need to support our Read. Graduate. Succeed. program. It only takes 1 hour, once a week, and you can make a difference in a students life. The program supports reading in elementary schools and college and career readiness in middle and high school. There are locations all throughout the state of Utah but my work is focused on the three counties where we have schools we support. Please let me know if this is something you would be interested in learning more about. We're working to recruit volunteers for the 2014-15 school year which will start in September. You can leave me a message here on the blog, sign up through the program link above, or contact me at work.

You can even use your work skills at places like JA City where students learn about jobs and managing their checkbook.
Join me in sharing your time and talents to support kids in need. AND... If kids really aren't your passion for whatever reason we have a multitude of other needs in our communities. Everything from working with animals, hunger/homelessness, the environment, and more. My team can help you get connected to the wonderful opportunities that are available to serve!

Every action you take CAN make a difference!
Do you volunteer? Have you volunteered in the past? What are your favorite volunteer opportunities? Are there reasons you don't volunteer? Share your stories and thoughts as I'm always looking to improve the volunteer experience for those I get to work with.