As we start a new week I’m already thinking of the weekend but not for the reason you might think. A weekly tradition of ours is walking to our local farmers market on Friday. The morning always starts out the same, a quick protein pancake […]
Joanna Gaines did it, Lucille Ball, Julia Roberts and countless other women before me have done it. They brought their children to office with them every day. I mean just stick a pack-n-play right next to you and hustle kinda deal. I know a lot of […]
For the longest time, I’ve been a full-blown juice cleanse nay sayer. I thought it was the worst thing you could do for your body. But I’ve changed my mind slightly. Juicing, on its own, isn’t bad, it’s those 6 day juice cleanse the world and your body can do without. If our bodies are our temples why would you want an empty temple. You can cleanse your body without depriving it. You can still have those cleansing tonics and concoctions while eating right. Of course not all cleanses are created equal and some of us are one those for health reasons. But I just can’t stand those weight lose cleanses, I mean just because you lose 10 lbs from only living on juice for a week doesn’t mean you’re going to keep it off. You aren’t learning how to eat right or balance a cheat meal into the rest of your routine. You aren’t really learning anything of value. Not to mention all the wasted plastic bottles you are left with once your done that prepackaged trendy cleanse. Instead grab a nutri-bullet or juicer, and mix it up yourself.
Pinterest is filled with idea and this one is easy, it doesn’t need to look pretty or rainbow-colored (although there are a few I’d like to try) You just need to mix the right ingredients together for what your body might need at that time. Juicing of course has a laundry list of health benefits. But theres one benefit that I didn’t expect. It has really helped with my postpartum anxiety. I don’t know if it’s because I have something to do that’s really just all my own or if it’s all the goodies inside that juice but either way I feel like I can breath again. For a while my over all anxiety had calmed down but there were still times where I couldn’t breath. Sometimes it would happen in the middle of a work out or when I was trying to get ready in the morning but the stress and anxiety was not a welcomed guest. I almost completely had to cut out coffee because the jitters were becoming too much to bear. Then on our trip to Hilton Head we stumbled upon this little market in the sea pines that turned my world around. They had everything from Bee-utiful beet juice mixers to “Morning Glory” juice. The one that really became a favorite of mine had no name and was a new concoction made by the owner Christina. I would go there everyday and we would toss around names while I downed 2 drinks (at least). While I’m not really sure what she ended up naming it I am sure I fell in love with it.
By no means do I call myself an expert juicer, I honestly have no clue what I’m doing thus far but I am a foodie at heart that I know for sure. So when it comes to overall taste/taste testing I know a thing or two. If you like a little spice then this is the drink for you. I’ve also supplied links to other recipes that may be just the fit.
Soon we will be saying our sweet goodbyes to May and a nice big, “Hello!” to June. June brings the start of summer and a very special holiday. Father’s Day, and this years Father’s Day is a pretty special one in our home. See I hate to admit but I’ve been a bad wife, this will be the first year we can afford to get Sammy a gift. Years prior I’d bake him something special or cook him his favorite meal to show him how much we truly appreciate everything he does for us. See between becoming new parents and spending every cent on diapers and formula, and then the next year turning into the year of spending with a combination of getting married, buying a house, and having another baby (Yes, all in that order). I was never able to get the money together to get him the gifts he deserves. But oh boy have I saved for this years gift, every year Mother’s Day comes and goes and I end up with a mountain of gifts and flowers and then he gets shafted. Yes I know I’m the one that did the pushing but let’s be real here my husband does more than his fair share of parenting. So this year is super special, really it feels like Christmas a bit. Sam does so much for us not only as family but for me as the most amazing husband and best friend. He calms me down and keeps me ground while I work through my postpartum anxiety. And always know how to make each boy feel special and loved in their own way. He isn’t quick to anger and he likes to find the truth and good in every situation. The least I could do is get him the gift of his dreams, and of course while I know he would say, “the only gift I want is us together as a family.” Still I know he won’t turn down whatever we give him.
While I already have a thing or two in mind for him this year, there is also the amazing and well-known Nordstrom’s Half Yearly Sale going on, lucky duck! So even though I won’t be spilling any beans on what he is getting just yet I am leaving you with a list of affordable gifts that will be sure to put a smile on Dad’s face without breaking the bank!
– Gifts For Dad Under $60 –
Hello May! I’m so happy I get to finally say that. May holds a lot of meaning for us as a family. Sam and I love being outside and we love taking the boys along with us. Whether it’s hikes, fishing, or even just a nice picnic in the backyard, you name it, we like to do it. Even better we always take a family trip in May so it really starts off the spring/summer seasons right! It also happens to be my birthday month. Yes, I’m one of those girls who celebrates her birthday all month. What with two kids and all the celebration may be different but it will still be tons of fun! Sam and I have so much planned for this month its hard to believe we are finally at the beginning of it all. From road trips to taco festivals, summer style guided and so much more. I’ve got a lot of fun new posts coming your way so don’t miss it! For now, well it is a Monday so in true Monday fashion I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite spring looks.