Happy, Healthy, Stress Less Mornings

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If you read the title of this post and had the gut reaction of "yeah, definitely no - I'm not a morning person... I have to set the alarm 3 times and sleep until the very last second before I'm literally peeling out of the door, mornings are neeeeever easy" I promise we've likely got a lot more in common than you think.

Happy Healthy Stress Free Mornings

So let's start with calling it like it is: most of us, I'd bet, are not morning people. Like for real, does ANYONE like getting out of their warm, cozy bed in the morning to get out in the world and adult? I mean yeah, sure maaaaybe on Sunday when it's brunch day, but for most of us, the next destination past the shower and maybe the coffee shop is either work or school - with maybe a stop for an errand or two along the way. None of that sounds like an exceptionally great time to me at 8 o'clock in the morning.

But then, we've all read the stories about how successful people rise before dawn, do an hour of meditation, yoga, jogging or marathon training (you catch my drift) and then eat their healthy breakfast and head off to conquer the day. Duuuuude, I envy those people, but I am definitely not one of them. 

To be real, I do like to take a morning yoga class, however, I'm a writer - so if I choose to take a 10 a.m. class, it means I'll be burning the midnight oil that night, and hey - I'm okay with that. But for the purpose of this post, I'm intending to share tips with you that'll give you a happy a.m. glow and allow you to get going while feeling stress free, in time to make that morning meeting (with time to spare). 

The only thing that'll get me out of bed a few minutes early.

The only thing that'll get me out of bed a few minutes early.

I shared a post earlier this year about my heart health routine while traveling. I don’t typically introduce new routines or plans into my life that I know I just won’t stick to - however it’s not an option for me to skip days of wellness. I’m fully committed to self care, so in that post I shared the absolute musts on my daily routine, no matter where in the world I might be traveling.

Those 3 absolute musts:

  • daily yoga
  • a smoothie a day
  • a supplement plan

Now that I'm spending a bit more time at home, I've been finding ways to expand on my wellness plan and since I'm definitely not an early riser - I've focused on ways to incorporate little moments of happy, healthy living into my morning routine. 

Here's 3 ways to start your day on the right foot, and you can do all of this in under 30 minutes, I promise. 

1. She Likes to Move It, Move It:

Movement of any kind helps get the blood flowing. My favorite way to get the day going is with a walk in nature. I like a bit of structure in my yoga routine, however, in the morning, there's something extra spirit lifting about being outside, while the air is crisp and the world is just starting to stir. The variety of route or location creates a feeling of newness and since it's about getting the body going, it doesn't have to be a jog. Often I get dressed for the day, and on my way to my first destination I'll take a 15 minute detour to my favorite park. I'll hop out of the car, explore for 15 minutes, and something as simple as that can be a true meditative moment for me.

Nature Walk

Some days I'll bring along a chilled out playlist, pop on my headphones and zen out. 

If there isn't enough time to detour to the park I'll take those 15 minutes and dance in my living room and end with some meditative breathing (the last song on my playlist is always one I can get re-centered to). Here's the playlist I've been using this week. 

2. Freshen It Up:

The next must-do in my wellness routine is the daily morning smoothie. Something I've added to my at home ritual is a morning turmeric tea. I have recipes for both below and here's a hint when it comes to smoothie making: when you're in a rush just freeze it. I like to batch out my smoothies and save a little extra. If I'm on the morning grind I'll use yesterday's leftovers. Here's a regular go to recipe:

Avocado Berry Smoothie

1/2 avocado blended with yesterday's berries. The berry mix is this (frozen and saved):

  • a handful raspberries
  • a handful blueberries
  • a cup of water or almond milk (if your preference is a creamier smoothy)

It doesn't get much easier than that.

I've also committed to reducing my caffeine intake so while I do like a little coffee in the morning on occasion, I've started drinking turmeric golden milk as a substitute. The rooty-ness of the turmeric somehow gives me the same satisfaction as the taste of a coffee bean and the caffeine intake? Well: zero. If I'm really needing a little pick me up I'll add a little black tea to the recipe below.

Heart Healthy Morning

Golden Milk Recipe

  • 1/2 cup almond or coconut milk 
  • 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric paste**
  • 1 piece ginger, unpeeled, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ground cinnamon or cayenne pepper

Whisk coconut milk, turmeric paste, ginger, honey, coconut oil and 1/2 cup filtered water in a small saucepan. Reduce heat and simmer until flavors combine, about 10 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into mugs and top with a dash of cinnamon or cayenne.

** turmeric paste is a mixture of 1/4 cup of dried turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper and 1/2 cup filtered water - heated and then stored in the refrigerator in a glass jar

3. One for You, One for Me

Here's where the supplements come in.

Nature Made Fish Oil
Actually there's more than one supplement on my list, however, there's a few that are especially good for heart health. I'm writing this post in partnership with Nature Made® and the Nature Made® Fish Oil 1200mg One Per Day is my go to for heart healthy omega-3s. The fish oil supply only comes from wild caught ocean fish, not farm raised fish.

Here's the full report from them on the benefits:

Nature Made Supplements
Available at Walmart

Available at Walmart

  • Only 1 softgel per day provides 720mg of heart healthy omega-3s (660 mg EPA/DHA).†
  • Nature Made® supports leading heart health experts who recommend eating 250 - 500 mg of EPA/DHA per day to help support a healthy heart. “Recommend” amount equates to a calculation based on approximately 1,750 - 3,500 mg of omega-3 fatty acids EPA/DHA found in 2 servings of fatty fish per week.
  • Nature Made® is the #1 Pharmacist Recommended Omega-3/Fish Oil Brand* (Based on US News & World Report - Pharmacy Times Survey of pharmacists recommending this category.)
  • USP Verified & purified to remove mercury. State-of-the-art purification processes remove PCBs, dioxins and furans, and mercury to ensure purity levels below 0.09 ppm, 2 ppt WHO TEQs, and 0.1 ppm respectively.
  • No Color Added, No Artificial Flavors, No Yeast or Starch, Gluten Free.

Make it extra easy on yourself by keeping your supplements separated out by daily dosage. I'll keep my Fish Oil, C, B, CoQ10 and Collagen ready to go in a daily supplement organizer so I don't have to sort through each bottle in the morning. 


So what do you think you guys? Easy does it? I'm amazed sometimes by how much better I feel when making these practices a part of my daily routine. I'd love to hear from you guys on your easy tips to keep that wellness routine in check because aren't we all learning new things everyday?

Wanderfully yours,

Andi

Learn more via the video below.

†These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

Simple Self Care for Fall

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“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.” - Albert Camus

As summer days are slowly fading away I become a teeeeny bit nervous. I am a summer girl through and through - and leaving summer mode is so bittersweet for me. Festival days and trips to the lake are fewer, however, nature reminds us with the ebb and flow of the seasons, that there’s beauty in change (and that’s nothing to be nervous about!).

For lots of us fall also means back to school and football games; for my traveler friends it means long mountain weekends and for my fashion friends it means shows and events. However for me, this season, it means a little more time at home! Ben will be off tour in October and while we still have plenty of travels lined up, even having a week or so at home is such a luxury for us!

Oui We - Hickory Lake
I’ve talked a lot in past about how to maintain your healthy lifestyle and beauty routine on the road, but what about when you’re at home and the hustle and bustle of the day to day picks up? September was National Organic Harvest Month, so as we celebrate the new season I've partnered up with Honest Tea® and Kroger’s Simple Truth® brands to share a some quick and easy ways to incorporate healthy eating and self care into the day to day routine of life.
Oui We for Honest Tea

Read on for my tips, and at the close of the post learn a bit more about our current products of choice!

Skip the Trends:

In recent years wellness has truly become a trend, but to fully achieve a lifestyle of wellness look past the trends. Sure, do that cleanse and take the latest yoga class - but more importantly make wellness a part of your daily life. Find some stretches that you can incorporate into your day (even if you’re running from class to class or event to event)! When you’re home in the evenings, take long walks with your loved ones and just catch up on each other’s happenings (good for the body of course, but the connection is amazing for the mind). On the weekends, take your newspaper, grab an Honest Tea Honey Green (my flavor of choice) and read outside. Add some stretching to your reading time for bonus points!

Skip the Line (But Really, Being Healthy is Hot):

Oui We Night at Hickory Lake

Man, I can remember when the most important thing my girlfriends and I talked about on a Friday night was what we were going to wear for a night out. Not so much anymore. It’s not that we don’t still want to look good and have a fun time, but there’s so many other ways to enjoy our time together. Looking for an activity to do with your friends on the weekend that doesn’t involve waiting in line for a show? Here’s a few options!

  • Find your local “pick your own” farm and make an afternoon of it. Afterwards go home and create new recipe with what you’ve gathered at the farm.

  • Host a meditation night! Invite your BFFs over throw some cushions on the floor and zen out. Pushing your mental and physical comfort levels with friends by your side can create major fulfillment!

  • Meet for a night of stargazing and moon watching. As the fall air turns brisk, find a spot near your own home where you can build a campfire and just hang out and tell stories!

  • Have a pajama dance party date! Ben and I rarely go to bars, however, that doesn’t mean we don’t love a little late night dancing. We’ll put on our PJs, pull out some old school seventies jams and crank up the record player. Again, it’s all about the movement, and we truly have the best time!

Oui We for Simple Truth

DIY Your Snack Game:

Our household is fully focused on organic living and the slow food lifestyle. We love weekends at the local market and finding farms near our home to buy from. It’s so easy however, to skip the healthy stuff when you’re on the go. Our local grocery is Kroger Marketplace, and when we’re there we shop the Simple Truth products all the time! I often use the Simple Truth products in my smoothies and nightly recipes, however I stock up on the Simple Truth snack options too.

My friends often laugh that I’m the girl that constantly has a cooler in the car or the most packed picnic basket, however, keeping healthy goodies on hand is so much better than pulling over for fast food or convenience store snacks. I’ll make snacks to keep in the fridge that I can throw in the cooler on a whim, and even on days when I’m in a rush I’ll find a spot to pull over and re-center.

Beauty is so much more than what you’re wearing (clothing, makeup or otherwise!) and I’m staying on the side of working to get that glow from the inside!


Here’s a little more about my current Kroger favorites below:

Simple Truth Beef Jerky - made with certified organic beef and organic spices, it’s a good protein boost!

Simple Truth 7 Ancient Grain Rice Crackers with Sea Salt. I slice up a few apples and my local farmer’s market cheese, add a drizzle of local honey and I’ve got snacks to go!

Honest Tea is brewed with real ingredients - the brand stands for honesty and transparency – from the way the ingredients are presented, to their efforts to help make the earth a better place.
healthy living
As always I hope these little reminders are helpful to you! I can’t wait to see what you guys are all up to this fall! For even more amazing inspiration, tips, and recipes check out the ideas here!


Wanderfully yours,

Andi


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This is something that's been on my mind for a while - every day I feel like I'm reading more and more via the likes of goop, mind body green and Because I'm Addicted  about all the things that are potentially bad for us living in our homes. (This is about chemicals btw, not a hanger-on friend that's sleeping on your couch if that's your story.... 😉 ).

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I'm a child of the 80's and I can clearly remember my mom having the carpet man come and shampoo the house, while she was scrubbing the bathroom with ammonia & spraying down the oven with some sort of potent AF cleaner... you know, these things were all totally the norm.  And while I'm the type that's pretty much always bought the version of things that's got the most eco-friendly formula there's so many potential toxins that we often don't even think about.

As we've moved into our new home I partnered up with EnviroKlenz, an eco-conscious company whose products are made from natural earth minerals with no masking agents nor toxic chemicals to set us on the right path. There were things I hadn't even considered when moving into our new home. For example:

Did you know that your new rug, if it's made of synthetic materials can emit noxious gases, including VOCs?

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At our house we bought new rugs for every single room and we're always piling up pillows and lounging on the floor. I read a study last week that reported that the average home can contain more than 300 different chemicals... and while that number might be high for my home, or yours, I don't even want 20 chemicals hanging around... that's where products like the EnvironKlenz Odor Eliminator make me feel at ease. 

I decided to undergo a bit of a weekend home detox before taking off for the flea markets and my favorite antique shops today, here's what I did and how to do your own home detox.

1. Shop For Organics & Eco Friendly Materials

Consider purchasing rugs & blankets made of sustainable materials - organic cotton, sisal, jute or wool are always good options. Furniture made of natural materials is also a good bet. A general rule of thumb, if it's hand made from an artisan it's likely fine, made in a factory, not so fine.

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2. Be a Plant Mama

NASA published a study ages ago that justified a love of the plant babes. They're awesome detoxifiers, filtering out VOCs while prettying up your space! I add new ones to our home every single weekend, and you can ask your local garden center which are the easiest to maintain if you're new to the plant magic.

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3. Just Say No to Chemical Cleaners

Just like you'd do for your food, real the label. And, if you don't know what the words mean or can't even pronounce it, it's probably not good for you. Respiratory irritation, headaches and even mood swings have been attributed to house cleaning supplies. And, do you guys remember those videos in the 80s about what can happen when mixing ammonia and bleach?! If not, google it, and DON'T ever do it.

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We just scrubbed our new rugs with EnviroKlenz Everyday Odor Eliminator, immediately the "new carpet" smell is gone

We just scrubbed our new rugs with EnviroKlenz Everyday Odor Eliminator, immediately the "new carpet" smell is gone

A few other quick tips:

  1. Take off your shoes at home. Just imagine for a minute the things that the bottom of your shoes see: pesticides, germs, asphalt, and so much more... and then you're going to lounge around on that stuff? Nope. Def nope. 
  2. Open your windows. Allow the fresh air in, and the fume-y stuff out. 
  3. Round up the bad stuff you clean with, and replace with essential oils. Tea tree, lemon, rosemary and pine are a few of my favorites for this.

Want to learn more about environmental toxins: EnviroKlenz has a podcast on their site with a whole lot more information from the likes of microbiologists and integrative medicine professionals. I've learned so much from them! Their products offer a systematic approach to removing chemical odors and malodors from indoor air space and surfaces. I, for one, was so glad to find them. 

What detox rituals are you guys doing? Any other things I should be trying?

Images 3-6 are from my Décor bohème Pinterest board. Go follow along for all sorts of stylish bohemian home ideas!

Wanderfully yours,

Andi