Style & Beauty
Sharing my thoughts on how important self care is during the holiday season, plus a review on Sustainable Youth Skincare.
It goes without saying that the holiday season is stressful. From decorating the house, to searching for the perfect gifts and the countless parties, it’s a lot to take on and the pressure for everything to be perfect is more than overwhelming these days. It dawned on me early last week as I was prepping for our house to be filled with family for Thanksgiving that I’m missing the point of what the holidays are supposed to be about and stressing out over ridiculous things. Right then & there I committed to implementing holiday self care.
Sharing my healthy, delicious vegan matcha latte recipe.
I tend to get strange looks from people when I tell them I don’t drink coffee. They always ask me how I get through the day and my answer has always been that (a) I despise the taste of coffee and (b) I really don’t need caffeine. While I still don’t have an overwhelming need for help in the energy category, I have become obsessed with enjoying a healthy, delicious vegan matcha latte.
Let me give you a little backstory. I was diagnosed with ventricular tachycardia (also known as V-Tach) when I was 20 years old and playing college basketball (i.e. I had an irregular heartbeat that would cause me to pass out). One of the conditions after they performed a catheter ablation was that I couldn’t consume caffeine for an extended period of time throughout recovery. Once I knew I couldn’t have caffeine, I realized I didn’t need caffeine. I think once I adopted that mindset, I never looked back. Hence, I don’t rely on caffeine to get me through the day, but I do really enjoy the natural energy I get from drinking matcha.
Lifestyle / Travel
Sharing pictures and memories from my recent mountain west road trip.
As I mentioned in my post about my favorite road trip snacks, I haven’t actually always been a fan of road trips. Hopping in a car to go anywhere usually equals nap time or a horrific amount of time spent in traffic. It wasn’t until last year when I went on this same road trip that I truly came to appreciate life on the road. Fast forward 365 days and my brother, Ryan, and met up in Montana to start yet another 9-day road trip journey through the Mountain west.
What I love about traveling with Ryan is that he pushes my comfort boundaries and he usually is up for my impromptu last minute suggestions. It’s a healthy balance with limited arguing, plenty of laughs and memories made that will last a lifetime.
My love for adventure means hitting the open road en route to new destinations. To get through the long drives I rely on my favorite road trip snacks.
If you would have asked me even as little as two years ago to embark on a 2000+ mile road trip, I promptly would have answered no. I’ve never been a big fan of sitting in a car for extended periods of time and more often than not, I couldn’t keep my eyes open even 10 miles into the trip. Thankfully, I’ve had a major change of heart and thoroughly love road trips now (taken 3 BIG ones in the past year), but it isn’t without strategic planning to get me through them. As a self-admitted habitual snacker, you can always bet that I have my favorite road trip snacks packed along.
All of your Autumn dreams come true with the flavors in this Paleo Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread recipe.
I know when I say that autumn is my favorite season that I’m in the same boat as a majority of you. Unfortunately, having lived in California for the past 12 years, we really don’t have much of a fall. At least not like what I’m used to having grown up in Wisconsin. I miss the changing of leaves, the drop in temperatures so you can actually wear a sweatshirt and apple orchards, I really miss apple orchards.
In order to make up for me desperately missing the fall season, I tend to go overboard in the kitchen with seasonal inspired recipes that incorporate pumpkin or apple. Have you tried any of my recipe creations over the years?
The suspense is over. I’m sharing my jaw-dropping home office makeover reveal!
To say that I’m excited to reveal my home office makeover simply doesn’t do it justice. It’s still a jaw-dropping transformation for me, but I am so thrilled with how light, bright and refreshing my new workspace is! While my previous office design was fitting for the industrial design I was originally going for, I simply couldn’t handle the darkness of the space any longer. I now get to show up for work each day in a home office that inspires me to create beautiful content for hours on end.
Now let’s get into the details as to what’s changed, what I added, what I took away and at the very bottom I’ll list all the resources.
We spend a majority of our waking hours working, so I thought I would share how I add wellness to my everyday work life.
This post is sponsored by Chesapeake Bay Candle.
Whether it be you wake up and go to an office every day or if you’re like me and work from home, the place you go to work is where we spend a majority of our hours in any given day, in any given week, in any given month. I truly believe that if there’s any place where you should try and achieve a sense of wellness it should be taking place in the areas where you are spending the majority of your time. For me, it’s my home office or my bedroom.
Alright, I figured it was time that I spill the beans on how I keep my sanity when running 3 separate businesses, plus have a love for travel and quite simply, downtime.. I’m going to share with you 5 ways to outsource your life so that you can lessen the load you carry day-to-day and have back a little bit of your life to enjoy the things you love.
As a blogger, entrepreneur, photographer, adventurer, etc…. time is precious. I’m sure every single person feels that way, especially if you have a family. As per typical with “most” females (not saying all), we carry the responsibility of running the home as well. It was about a year ago now that I changed my outlook on how I felt about outsourcing everyday type of tasks because I equated that with a dollar amount. I bill my clients X amount per hour and if it were to take me 3 hours to shop at Whole Foods, Trader Joes and Costco, well then that’s 3 less hours of potential income.