Self Care – What, Why and How?

As moms, we work so hard to make everyone happy and to make life go smoothly. We often do the shopping, the laundry, the cleaning, the cooking, and the driving everyone from here to there and back again. We wipe noses, bottoms, and tears. When we go to bed, we’re so tired that we can’t sleep because all we can think about is everything we have to do the next day. We plan parties, playdates, real dates and holiday celebrations. But sometimes we forget to organize time for ourselves.

What is Self Care? Why is it important? Tips for incorporating self care into your own life. read more

The Whole30 – My First 15 Days

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had some pretty annoying digestive problems. My issues started to really ramp up in college where I would sometimes be afraid to eat in certain circumstances because I was afraid of having a digestive meltdown. I learned certain coping mechanisms, but never made an effort to pinpoint the source of all these problems.

the-whole-30-first2wksAlthough my issues seemed to have calmed down over time, recently, I started noticing that as much as I was trying to eat healthy, I was having more and more digestive problems again. A couple friends had posted on Facebook about the Whole30 and I started looking into it out of curiosity. After reading The Whole30 by Melissa & Dallas Hartwig, it felt like the right way to determine if a particular food group was the root of all these issues I’ve been struggling with, and at the very least it could help me kick some bad habits. So I jumped in headfirst and prayed the negative effects of dropping sugar and caffeine wouldn’t kill me! read more

The 21 Day Fix

I’m not really the type to jump on board with fitness fads. If I’m really being honest, I’m not really one for fitness at all, but that’s something I’m working on. We all have friend who are quick to test out the latest fitness craze, be it the Barre method, PiYo, boot camp workouts, or some sort of Richard Simmons revival of Sweatin’ to the Oldies (I made that last one up but you know it’s out there somewhere).

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You probably also know someone that’s tried many of the popular diets floating around – Weight Watchers, juicing, Atkins, South Beach. There’s so much out there to choose from and most have their merits in some form or another. The problem that I’ve run into with a few of these fad diets is that they tend to be extremely restrictive and that makes them difficult to adhere to for the length of time needed for them to make any impact. read more

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

If you’re living in Low-Carb Land like me right now, you might be missing certain indulgences like, oh I don’t know, bread in general! But let’s get specific here. Pizza is a huge program buster, especially if you’re on a low-carb plan, so I went searching for alternatives. I didn’t have to look very hard because there are a lot of recipes out there for cauliflower pizza crust.

Even if you’re not avoiding carbs, this is a healthier, lower-calorie option packed with veggies. The recipe I used is from Sandy’s Kitchen and can be found here. After making cauliflower pizza a couple times, I now know that the key is making the crust thin so that it has the maximum potential for crispiness. Soggy crust is bad on real pizza and downright unbearable with cauliflower crust so spread it thin, people! read more

31 Days to a More Organized Life : Day Twenty-Six : Self Care

You’re probably thinking “what in the world does self care have to do with organizing your life??” Stay with me.

We work so hard to make everyone happy and to make life go smoothly. We do the shopping, the laundry, the cleaning, the cooking, the driving everyone from here to there and back again. We wipe noses, bottoms, and tears. We go to bed so tired that we can’t sleep because all we can think about is all the things we have to do the next day. We plan parties, playdates, real dates and holiday celebrations. But sometimes we forget to organize time for ourselves. Self care is not selfish. read more