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EFT: How Tapping & Emotional Freedom Technique Work

What is Tapping?

Whatever our walk in life, as moms, I’m sure we all want to find ways to be more calm, loving, and collected. We know we should manage our stress through exercise, eating a healthy diet, and maybe journaling, prayer, or meditation. We do our best, but sometimes we need that little extra something (or a…

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How to Use Activated Charcoal (For Beauty, Health & Home)

Uses of activated charcoal

Activated charcoal has been part of my natural medicine cabinet for years, but now it is showing up in beauty magazines and DIY websites for its many other uses! Activated charcoal is one of those rare areas where ancient traditional medicine and today’s medical literature agree. Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine used this sooty, jet-black powder for thousands of…

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How to Cope with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

How to prevent or reverse seasonal affective disorder

Groundhog Day has come and gone, and if you live in the northern parts of the U.S., this is the time of year you may be getting a little weary of cold, snow, and gray skies. Personally I’m all for snow on Christmas, but outside of that I take my sunshine and vitamin D seriously!…

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Things I’m Loving Friday #223

Hey friends! How was your week? We had a rather relaxed Valentine’s Day on Wednesday filled with some small surprises and sweet treats including Nothing Bundt Cakes and white chocolate-covered Oreos. My sweet tooth is RAGING right now – holy cow – so it’s safe to say I was in heaven. Also, after so much Valentine’s Day build up in our house, I was all excited to hear about Chase’s first Valentine’s Day at school but all he could talk about when I picked him up from preschool on Wednesday was a biting incident that happened between two of his classmates that clearly upset him. So much for a day of love, right!?

As for our furry Valentine, Sadie ensured we didn’t forget about her by planting herself on our mattress as we tried to put our freshly cleaned sheets on our bed at night and refused to move even when Ryan began to pull the fitted sheet up over her head. What a goof.

Sadie on Bed

That little lady makes me smile every single day… especially on days when I feel like it need it.

On Valentine’s Day this year, there was a huge part of my heart that spent the day feeling sad, scared, helpless, frustrated and horrified after another school shooting claimed the lives of 17 people in Florida. Now that I am a mother, I find myself feeling a different sense of terror and despair when I learn about yet another act of violence. I hope with all of my heart that something changes and that we can all better educate ourselves on what steps we need to make to foster change and the action we need to take to keep our children, our country and its citizens safe.

And now, while there is no way to transition from such a serious topic to the normal lighthearted ramblings I share on this blog on Fridays, I do still want to continue on with Things I’m Loving Friday today because it is a series I share to remind myself to smile about the little things in life. I truly hope that it (and this blog!) encourages you to do the same. Below you will find a small roundup of things that are making me smile this week and, as always, I’d love to hear a little bit about something you’re loving right now in the comments section of this post. Enjoy your weekend, my beautiful friends! 

Things I’m Loving Friday

  • Unexpected Warmth and Sunshine

Chase and Sadie Walk

Seventy-degree temperatures and sunny skies in Charlotte in February!? What!? I think everyone in the Charlotte area tried their best to find their way outside to soak up the unexpected warmth and sunshine yesterday. The little glimpse into spring left me feeling all too ready for warmer temperatures and I am way too excited for the feeling of the sun on my shoulders and afternoon walks that don’t involve tons of layers. Spring, I’m ready for you!

fluffy steve madden slippers

I had a bit of a treat yo’ self moment two weeks ago when I impulsively ordered these fluffy and semi-ridiculous slippers from Nordstrom. Okay, it wasn’t a total impulse… I’ve been eyeing a similar pair of fluffy Ugg slippers for several months now but when this alternative pair popped up on my radar for a third of the price, I jumped on it! You know the kind of silly purchase that just makes you smile? That is these slippers for me. They’re warm, comfy, a beautiful blush pink color and just crazy and fluffy enough to make me smile every time I slip them on my feet. (Also, it looks like the pink color is sold out on Nordstrom already, but I found them on Jet.com, though they don’t appear to be on sale.)

Tuxedo Teeth Whitening Powder

A couple of months ago, as I was coaxing Chase into brushing his teeth, I let him brush mine to make a bit of a game out of it. He said, “Oooh! Mom’s teeth yellow!” The joys of parenting a toddler, right!? His comment, while completely innocent and admittedly funny, sat in the back of my mind especially since I was already feeling like my teeth were looking a little less than their best. A couple of weeks later I stumbled upon a totally click-baity article on the internet that talked about 10 products with thousands of five star reviews that people love on Amazon, and Tuxedo Natural and Organic Teeth Whitening Powder was one of them.

One look at the before/after pictures in the reviews section and a glimpse at the totally recognizable (and pregnancy safe!) ingredient list and I was SOLD. I began noticing a difference in the whiteness of my teeth after using this product for only four days. It also strengthens the enamel of my teeth and doesn’t cause ANY sensitivity which was probably my biggest complaint with other whitening products I’ve tried in the past. I just brush it on my teeth with my toothbrush before I go back and brush my teeth as normal so it’s also incredibly easy to use. I’m a fan!    

  • Strawberry Perrier

strawberry perrier

I swear I could drink my bodyweight in sparkling water every single day if it came out of the tap. Until that happens I’ll continue enjoying some of my favorite flavored sparkling waters, the newest of which is Perrier’s strawberry sparkling natural mineral water. I grabbed a case of the slim cans when I was at Target earlier this week and the flavor is refreshing without tasting like bubblegum or strawberry candy. Plus, the level of carbonation in Perrier is spot-on for my personal preferences… not TOO bubbly but with the perfect amount of fizz. As I typed out that last sentence, I realize it that probably sounds crazy to you guys unless you happen to drink a ton of sparkling water in which case hopefully you know what I mean about the perfect carbonation level!

  • Friday Flashbacks

Banana Bread Protein Pancakes (After all these years, this recipe is still a staple in our house! ?No protein powder is required and it’s perfect for Sunday mornings.)

Banana Bread Protein Pancakes (No protein powder required)

Jump Rope Upper Body Workout (A great way to get your heart rate up while you work your upper body.)

Jump Rope Workout

Questions of the Day

What was your last “treat yo’ self” purchase?

What is one thing you are loving this week?

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One Simple Shift to Turn Life Into an Adventure

By Leo Babauta

When I was young, I would run barefoot through the jungles of Guam, being chased by bad guys, imagining I was on an Indiana Jones-style adventure.

The world was filled with possibility, excitement, discovery, exploration, and a delicious sense of danger and the unknown lurking in the darkness. It was fun, play, and curiosity.

Adulthood and the responsibilities of family and work all did their best to beat out this sense of adventure, and create a sense of routine and discipline in me.

But I’ve always still become lit up by a sense of adventure.

One of the best discoveries I’ve made is that my entire life can be a huge adventure.

And it can be done with one simple shift: embrace the thrill of not-knowing.

Let’s take a look at a couple examples …

The Adventure of Your Commute

So you’re driving to work in the morning. Ho hum, boring, you’ve done it a few thousand times, no one likes traffic. So maybe you try to make productive use of it by listening to an audiobook or making calls, squeezing use out of this boring time.

But what if, instead, you made it into an adventure? What if you looked for the excitement of things you didn’t know about the drive?

For example, you might drive a new way, exploring side roads. You might explore mindfulness practices on each drive, seeing what you can learn as you drive. You might use the time for contemplation and invention, seeing what you could create during the enforced silence of the drive.

The Adventure of Your Work Day

We tend to just start each work day as if it were another day, launching into messages and quick tasks, meetings and calls, busywork and distraction.

But each day is a blank canvas, waiting for a splash of colorful paint! Each day is an opportunity to be seized, a life lesson waiting to be learned, full of possibility and the unknown!

What if you could ask questions throughout the day, not knowing the answer but excited to find out more?

What if, instead of running from the uncertainty of difficult projects, you could embrace the not-knowing of those tough tasks and savor the deliciousness of what might emerge from them?

For example, writing a book chapter for me might cause me to want to procrastinate, because I don’t know what to write or how people might perceive me once I publish the writing. But instead of running from that uncertainty, I can say, “I have no idea what to write — how can I play around with it and see what might happen?” Or “I have no idea what people might think of this … let’s find out!”

The dangers lurking in the darkness are then turned into thrill of potential discovery.

The fear is then excitement, wonder, a chase and a beautiful battle.

Seizing Every Moment, with Joy

One of my best friends, Scott Dinsmore, died a couple years ago on Mt. Kilimanjaro, heartbreakingly toppled in the prime of his life during one of his many adventures.

Perhaps the thing I loved most about Scott, other than his hugely generous heart, was his sense of profound adventure in everything he did. The two of us would go on a 2-hour run together through the hills of the Bay Area, with huge smiles on our faces and joy at being able to witness the incredible beauty of life with a fellow adventurer.

Everything we did together was filled with possibility and excitement. We ate bagels and drank beers with joy, because it was lifefilled, heartlifting, wonderinducing.

We ran to the top of a mountain to see the fire on sky, and our hearts would weep at the beauty. We would talk about our businesses not with a sense of frustration but of wondering what we could create. We would order everything on the menu because who knew what delights hid behind each menu listing?

This is the sweetness that can be found in each moment, if only we have the audacity to seek, to be curious, to explore.

The joy of adventure is right in front of us, if only we have the temerity to notice. If only we have the courage to savor and appreciate, once we have noticed.

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137: A Holistic Rx for Keeping Your Whole Family Healthy with Dr. Madiha Saeed, MD

A Holistic Rx for Keeping Your Whole Family Healthy with Dr. Madiha Saeed, MD

Dr. Madiha Saeed, MD, is one of most joyful, inspiring people I know! I have no doubt you all will agree once you’ve met her on today’s podcast. She’s a mom and also a board-certified integrative holistic family physician. Online, Dr. Mediha is known as Holistic Mom MD and she specializes in making healthy living…

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5 Recent Recipes We Loved

I am always on the lookout for recipe recommendations. I follow what feels like a bazillion food blogs but there’s something about someone recommending a tried-and-true recipe that makes me instantly want to give it a shot. I’m hoping that today’s post will do that for YOU!

5 Recipes We Love

After what felt like a solid three-month hiatus from any cooking (pregnancy aversions are real, my friends), I’ve recently felt inspired to get back into meal planning and have been loving my time in the kitchen again. Couple that with the fact that Chase is constantly asking to help me cook and we’ve tried a lot of new recipes around here in the recent weeks!

Today I wanted to highlight five recipes we loved enough to make multiple times. Every single one of these recipes received two very enthusiastic thumbs up from both me and Ryan and I hope a few of them will pop out at you and help you feel inspired in the kitchen, too!

5 Recent Recipes We Loved

Avocado Caesar Salad

I couldn’t make this recipe fast enough when I saw it pop up on Pinch of Yum’s website. Everything about it appealed to me from the creamy avocado Caesar dressing to the crispy sweet potato fries. The dressing was rich in taste but still quite light and tangy and easy enough to make even without the use of a food processor, assuming the avocado you used to make it wasn’t too firm. (I just did some seriously vigorous stirring to make the dressing and it worked well, but then again I will do just about anything to avoid cleaning my food processor.) I topped Ryan’s salad with leftover chicken thighs for more staying power but thought the recipe was fantastic meat-free for me!

Vegan Artichoke Cream Sauce with Spaghetti Squash

You must make this recipe simply for the vegan spinach artichoke cream sauce alone! It absolutely blew me away and somehow the simple combination of marinated artichoke hearts and soaked raw cashews resulted in the creamiest, most addicting artichoke dip-like sauce that tasted fantastic both with the spaghetti squash AND as a dip for fresh veggies. (Yep, I made the sauce part of this recipe on its own because it was SO tasty and the perfect vehicle for cucumber, carrots and red pepper slices.) Ryan loved this recipe as well and we both found it quite satisfying. (The only change I made to this dish was adding my own roasted Brussels sprouts simply because we had some leftover and I didn’t want them to go bad.) Also, I feel like I should apologize to Alexis (the blogger behind Hummusapien) for the horrendous photography of her recipe which, admittedly, isn’t the prettiest dish to photograph! I tried to help it out with a pop of green from a parsley garnish but sometimes the ugliest foods are the tastiest, right!?

Paleo Egg Roll In a Bowl

I’ve made a few Egg Roll In a Bowl recipes after stumbling across them on Pinterest but it wasn’t until a friend recommended this one to me that I felt like I finally found a winner. The best part? This recipe is SO simple and tasted fantastic as leftover the next day as well… if you double the recipe. The recipe says it serves four, but had I not doubled the recipe, it would’ve only served me and Ryan for one meal, though I will admit that one pound of any kind of meat doesn’t go very far in our house with two hearty appetites. When I make it again, I’m planning to prepare a batch of brown rice along with it for more volume!

Healthy Thai Coconut Soup

I’ve had this Thai Coconut Chicken Soup on my radar for nearly two years since Anne first shared it on her blog! Why did it take me so long to make this delicious dish!? I cannot get enough of anything Thai and coconut lately, so this recipe had to happen. I prepared a big batch of the soup a couple of weeks ago and then made it again on Sunday evening. I LOVE that this recipe is packed with vegetables and comes together quickly. It’s also a great vehicle for leftover chicken, so keep it in mind if you have a rotisserie chicken on hand or some leftover chicken breasts you want to use up. Tip: Use full-fat coconut milk. I’ve used both light and full-fat coconut milk in this recipe and definitely prefer the creamier consistency and more developed flavor of the full-fat coconut milk.

Crock Pot Queso Chicken Chili

This recipe is so ridiculously fantastic and easily adaptable! Ryan and I both loved it so much that I’ve made it four times in three weeks. YUM. While the name Queso Chicken Chili doesn’t sound like the healthiest recipe on the planet, it’s surprisingly not heavy at all thanks to a small amount of cream cheese that somehow give the entire chili a creamy, cheesy flavor that kept both of us refilling our bowls over and over again. I’ve also played around with this recipe a lot, even adding shaved Brussels sprouts and cooked spaghetti squash to it at the end and omitting the corn and peppers to simplify everything and it turns out great every time.

Question of the Day

What is one of the best recipes you’ve tried recently in your house?

Aside from the recipes mentioned above, a few more recipes we’ve loved recently that I didn’t get the chance to photograph include Glowing Spiced Lentil Soup (AMAZING and so EASY), Spicy Peanut Soup with Sweet Potato and KaleSlow Cooker Balsamic Pot Roast and Korean Beef Lettuce Wraps.

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