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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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Here's the full report from them on the benefits:
- 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?
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.
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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!
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):
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!
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!
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Ahhh pool days. It's really the only answer in the dog days of summer down in the deep south.
One of the things I love about southern living is the slow burn of summer's departure. And while it might be nice to hide away in the AC reading magazines and sipping cool drinks when the heat is barely burning off by 5 p.m. or so, I find southern locals are typically doing other things.
So if you're planning a trip down South here's what the locals are up to:
Typically it's either -
a. the aforementioned poolside hang (we've got lots of pools in New Orleans, I could write a whole post on the best pools to hit)
b. afternoon balcony parties (or a porch party depending on which Southern city you're in)
c. leisurely walks exploring the neighborhoods that are fairly tourist free in the summertime
But how does a girl keep her mascara from melting down her face during the straight up summer scorchers? Well, I've noticed that despite living in one of the most humid cities in the country, somehow my girlfriends always look impeccably chic, shine free and their clothes are surprisingly dry... They hustle about with a smile and no they don't have a magic shield that the rest of us have never heard of. Like how? ...
I decided to dig into their summer weather secrets and share a few with you guys.
1. The Hair Tricks
Every one of the girls I spoke to mentioned keeping it light in the summer. The humidity helps to define waves, and too much product would melt right out. If you're bold enough go for a shorter style, like my friend Lauren. Long hair girls, can you imagine how great that would feel? (That's me up there being jealous of Lauren's cropped locks).
No matter the length apply a light leave-in conditioner into wet hair and pair with a light hairspray. Keep a dry shampoo on hand and the style can last a few days.
2. The Beauty Routine
A liquid eyeliner will melt in the humidity. So instead, accentuate the brows. Think fresh faced with a neutral lip. Pick products with a powdery finish, something that will stay put without creasing. Stick to a BB cream or a tinted moisturizer and finish with a tinted lip balm - it's so much more low maintenance and all you need when wearing a strong brow like Michelle (below).
p.s. Blotting papers are a great secret weapon. Stash a few in your bag to keep the shine at bay.
3. Wardrobe For the Win
Let it breathe. Say it with me you guys: let. it. breathe. Any fabric that's clingy... silks and poly blends - they'll leave you showing the sweat in minutes. Choose dresses with linings, and when in doubt pick a light cotton fabric to keep things cool and breezy. And if you're like me, always on a pool hunt, layer your one piece swimsuit under a pair of shorts and keep a light sweater for dipping in and out of the AC.
4. Color Me Hydrated
Here's perhaps the most important part -- the real deal beauty trick is staying hydrated and looking good while doing it. When you're an on the go girl out in the blistering summer heat the hydration of choice in every one of my girlfriend's bags is vitaminwater zero.
vitaminwater zero is perfect for pool, balcony and neighborhood hopping all day. It's zero calories (no sugar!) and is packed with vitamins and electrolytes too. Flavors of choice:
I mean, who doesn't love an açai-blueberry-pomegranate combo?!
Now that we have that covered, let's get back to pool time.
p.s. I'll have a follow up post with the full list of the products I'm finding in my girlfriends' beauty bags next week. I've been on a serious Target shopping mission and I'm compiling a list, send me your secrets too, we're in this together you guys. Sound good?
opening photo: Hunter Holder
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This diary is for my ladies. Real talk for my girls.
So, I've been following along with U by Kotex®'s #PeriodProject over the last several months... you know we all have that #OMGPMS moment, and I love how U by Kotex® is inspiring women to embrace it. It is after all what makes us uniquely special girlinas!
As a woman that's spending the summer months out road tripping, glamping and sometimes, seriously roughing it with the boys I was super excited to partner up with U by Kotex® and Wal-Mart to share the products that are important to me during that time of the month.
Our periods are personal and it can totally affect our lives. I try to be prepared for it especially when I'm out on the road. When I know I'll be off gridding here's the things that make my travel bag that keep me feeling pampered and cared for even in the craziest conditions.
1. My bundle of sage, calms the nerves and remedies PMS stresses.
2. Huckleberry body cream I picked up on my Northwest travels.
3. A good face mask to purify and clear skin during breakouts.
4. A dry brush loofah, keeps the circulation flowing.
5. U by Kotex® Barely There® products, I stash the Cleanwear® Ultra Thin Pads and Barely There® Liners in my pocket or hiking bag, they're so tiny and discreet.
On this particular morning, I woke up in the coziest little Airstream and I was feeling it - who wants to go out hiking when it's omg pms time?!
And then, I'm like, ok ok little camp cat, you're right! It's time to get back out there.
The thing about living this outdoor life, is that even when it's that time of the month, what's important to me is to take the time to care for myself and then to get back out there and enjoy every second. Honestly, it's one of those things that once the bag is packed and I'm out the door back on the trail I always, no matter what, feel better!
So ladies, I'm asking you! #WhatMatterstoU? Share with me here and on social, it's a movement you guys. Let's inspire each other, from one girl to the next!
Thanks for following along you guys!