How to Feel Awesome

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Things That Make Me Feel Great

Getting enough sleep
Taking a time out/alone time
Adding lemon to food and water, juices
Eating salad
Reading everyday/almost everyday – going through books regularly
Long walks
A whole day at the beach with picnic, trash clean up, sea glass, reading, water play
Not drinking
Getting things done: nagging tasks, organizing, beautifying the house, de cluttering
Spending some time outside
Having quiet time with my coffee in the morning

Things that Make Me Feel Bad

Eating too much/being too full
Drinking too often
Wasting a beautiful day
Procrastinating or not doing at all something I know I should do
Not using good manners
The house being messy
Eating too many sweets and unhealthy snacks
Spending too much money or spending unwisely
Not reading or doing anything intellectual

What’s on your lists? Write it out…you may be surprised. I’d love to see if you feel like sharing in the comments.

 

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Do you meal plan?

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I’ve been a pretty ardent cook for years now but I wasn’t always the best about efficiently planning family meals. Last year I turned that all around and never looked back. Here’s how it works:

Every Saturday morning I sit down and write down the four or five dinners I want to make that week and the two or three that will be pantry nights or going out. Sometimes I scroll through Pinterest for inspiration but it doesn’t take long to come up with a few tasty ideas. From that meal list I then make a quick and easy grocery list and add in the other grocery staples we need (yogurt, milk, paper towels, etc.). Done! After shopping (Sunday morning) I tape my meal list on the tile near the stove. The meals can be made in any order I choose. It’s awesome and there are no more stressful nights stopping at the store after a long day or foraging around trying to figure out what I have at home to make a decent meal with. I highly recommend it!

Here’s the meal list for this week:

  • Steak and spinach quesadillas with Caesar salad (I’m actually going to pick up the Caesar salad at our super good local salad place and split it between the three of us)
  • Chicken breasts with a lemony caper sauce, broccolini and small baked yams
  • Cabbage, carrot, red pepper chopped salad with teriyaki marinated sautéed pork and a homemade peanutty Thai dressing. Sprinkle with salted roasted peanuts.
  • Slow cooker beef stew with carrots, onion, and garlic risotto (quick cheat tip: use a high quality boxed rice. Just add the rice and the seasoning packet ingredients straight to the crock pot); peas – added just before serving so they stay bright green and don’t get mushy.

Wishing you a fun and productive week ahead with some delicious nourishing meals to keep you going!

Do you meal plan? I’d love to hear what your routine is or any weekly meals you enjoy. I know some people do meat-free Monday’s, or taco night, or pasta night.

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Detoxing After Summer Vacations

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Hi everyone! We just returned from two back to back summer vacations. We’ve been on planes, in cabs, and spent loads of hours driving. We had a great time in both Las Vegas and Boise, Idaho but we are excited to be home now, and a big part of that is coming back to the routines and healthy habits we love.

To kick off this “home coming” following a two week period of minor, but pretty constant indulgences (did I mention Vegas?), I’m going for a super clean week. I’ll then keep these guidelines pretty much 90% intact after. It feels so good to live healthy even if it’s oh so fun to indulge too! Here are my rules for this week and beyond:

– drink lemon water each morning
– no snacking between meals
– exercise or move as much as possible each day
– dress for success (by this I just mean groom to feel my most empowered each day)
– lay with my legs up the wall (I have some vericose veins starting on my legs and this is a great way to give them, and me, a rest)
– eat very low carbs: no bread, sugar, fancy coffee drinks that are dessert-like, fried foods, potatoes, rice, sweets, or fruit juice
– No alcohol (this is one I’ll ease up on after Friday night but I still like to keep it as low as possible)
– No staying up past 10pm.
– Read a minimum of ten pages a day (brain health)

What healthy habits or guidelines do you have that keep you at your best? Do you ever detox after a vacation to get back on track?

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Headed to Boise

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Summer is nothing if it doesn’t include a few adventures. This week we are headed to Boise, Idaho to visit my dear friend M and her family. I suspect there will be some late nights talking and lots of fun touring the town they are so happy to call home now.

I’m excited to pick up this book for the flight. I just zipped through this one and loved it!

Hope you are headed out for some adventures of your own this week. Anyone have a road trip or other summer trip coming up?

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My Favorite Drink Right Now: Gin Lime Soda

What are your plans for this summer weekend? Even though it’s the holiday weekend (or maybe especially because it is) we are laying low. Snuggling up with some books, movies, and maybe one of these 😉

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I’m being more conscientious about my sugar intake these days. Not because I have to be but because it seems wise to do it before that ever occurs. So when I do have a drink this is my favorite  (even more than wine!).

Recipe for One Large Gin Lime Soda

  • 1 large glass
  • ice almost to the top
  • 2 oz Dry Gin
  • 1/2 a lime with every drop of juice squeezed out of it. We love this tool for getting the job done.
  • Fill the remainder of the glass with very high quality sparkling water (my preference) or soda water if you prefer.

Let me know what you think! And I’d love to hear what you’re sipping these days, especially if it’s a homemade concoction.

Fun links from around the web:
Sorry for Not Partying

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Ten Great Shoes for Summer

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Here are ten lovelies to consider for keeping your feet happy in the summer months of BBQ’s, drinks on the deck, days at the office, and a slew of weddings and parties. Enjoy!

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Pictured above: #1

1. Tom’s Canvas Ankle Strap Wedge Sandal ($69)

2. Alice + Olivia Glittery Flat Sandals ($295) – A splurge but never not useful!

3. Jack Rogers Luccia Sandals ($118)

4. J.Crew Mackenzie Sandals  ($158)

5. Franco Sarto Gita Sandal ($50)

6. Coach Sherlock Flats  ($99)

7. Bensimon Tennis Sneakers ($55)

8. Tory Burch Issy Floral Pumps ($207)

9. Coach Florabelle Flats ($99)

10. Ted Baker ‘Juliennas’ ($118)

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Easy Enchilada Soup and Friday Fun Links

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What are you guys up to this weekend? I hope you’re planning to get plenty of fresh air and outside time! Maybe a backyard BBQ with the family, a solo day at the beach with a great book, or a few long meandering bike rides with the kids? We are headed to my sister’s for a retirement celebration and pool party. I can’t wait to play with my sweet nephews and Emma. Then of course Sunday is Fathers Day! Get those home-made cards ready!

Here’s a super yummy soup that you can throw and the crock pot on Saturday or Sunday morning and no matter what you’re doing you’ll have a delicious meal waiting for you when you get home from your fun active day outdoors.

Icredibly Delicious Enchilada Soup

1lb boneless organic beef chuck
1 large can enchilada sauce
1 diced green bell pepper
1/2 diced onion
1 largish yam or sweet potato diced
1 cup water
1 cup whole milk (optional) – this just gives the broth a silky smooth consistency
Grated cheese (any kind you like)
Salt and pepper

Place the diced yam, onion, and bell pepper on the bottom of the cooker. Take the meat and salt and pepper as if you were seasoning a steak. The meat can be whole or cubed. It will fall apart easily once cooked.

Place the seasoned meat on top of the vegetables.Pour in the whole cN of enchilada sauce and one cup pure water. Cook for 8-10 hours on low with the lid on (basically the lowest setting on your cooker).

When ready to serve stir in the milk, and use the back of your spoon to break up the meat into chunks and kind of squash some of the potatoes against the side of the pot.

Ladle into bowls and add a handful of grated cheese on top.

Devour!

Friday Fun Links

How to cure a hangover

Another great book recommendation to add to your summer reading list.

Have a great weekend!

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Want To Be Healthier?

I love this simple video by Michael Pollan that explains in two minutes something our modern culture has struggled to grasp.

Want to be healthier? “Eat anything you want, just cook it yourself.”

Does your family cook most of the meals you eat? One of the best things that’s happened for us is the availability of really healthy big salads now (like those from Greens Up) as an alternative to other types of quick foods you can get when you don’t want to cook.

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What Are You Reading This Month?

Are you reading anything good right now? I’ve been on the slow road with my reading lately and have probably read less in the past year than almost any other year since 4th grade. Are any of you experiencing that?

Here are two books I am halfway through this month and really enjoying (albeit slowly😉). Both are light and fun if you’re trying to kickstart things, take it easy, or just love non fiction like I do.

Gretchen Rubin’s, Better Than Before ; A book about habits and how to make them work in your favor.

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And this one is so funny! Great for a beach read or after a long taxing day.

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Tory Burch Resort 2016

With the exception of a couple of looks that are hard to imagine anywhere but on a runway, these clothes are so cute and wearable. Great dresses mostly and a few very classy but relaxed looking ensembles for work, not as easy to come by in the warmer seasons.

If you could have any single look…which is your favorite? I love this dress and the long sleeve version.

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