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In Fitness, Mind & Body on
June 26, 2017

Favorite Solo Outdoor Activities

favorite solo outdoor activities

A major part of my self-care this year is unplugging and get away a lot more than what I had in the past. Since I’ve been more diligent in getting some ‘me time’ I’ve found myself to be way more patience, understanding and intuitive in my life. Allowing adequate time to recharge after stressful weeks has been very beneficial to me over the last 25 weeks. As we hit the halfway point of the year I wanted to take some time out and share a few of my favorite solo outdoor activities.

When you’re looking to really get away from it all I highly recommend hiking. I’ve discovered some pretty amazing places when I go out for walks, but our state parks have offered some of the most beautiful backdrops for me to sit back and meditate in quiet.

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In Mind & Body on
June 25, 2017

Self-Care on a Budget

self-care on a budget
Taking time for yourself is very important. Without proper self-care, your relationships can suffer. I can attest to the fact that as a work from home mom I had/have very little time for myself. In fact, from October 2015-January 2017, I can count on one hand how many times I had the opportunity to sneak away just for myself. Whether it be a drive to the store or a nap at home alone. Usually, when you mention self-care most people will envision mom running off to the spa for a day or time at a winery with the girls. That sounds nice and I would love to be able to do that..but I work on a budget. Self-Care on a budget doesn’t have to be the pits, finding a few things that you really enjoy (free or low-cost) is a wonderful way to save money and relax at the same time. Who knows with the money you save you can buy yourself a new pair of shoes!

Taking time away from the phone and computer are the easy things you can do to recharge your batteries. In fact, it should make you feel good knowing you can put those things away and not stress over incoming messages. Even if it’s just for a few hours, time away from your devices is important.

Allowing time for yourself shows you know how to set boundaries. When you create boundaries, it lessens the chance of you being taken advantage of or overworking yourself. When you can show others you care about your well-being they will have no choice but to abide by your wishes.

Emotional Hygiene

This TED talk on the importance of self-care was one of the motivating factors in my decision to take time out for myself.

Guy Winch describes self-care as emotional hygiene. He states we should be “Taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.”

  • Home manicure/pedicure
  • Facial
  • Massage
  • Quiet bath
  • Sex
  • Journaling
  • Binge watch television
  • Exercise
  • Reading
  • Adult coloring book
  • Aromatherapy
  • Glass of wine outside
In Good Eats on
June 23, 2017

Favorite Healthy Summer Smoothie Recipes

favorite healthy summer smoothie recipes

I love making smoothies. In fact, the kids and I do this at least once a week as their special treat. Over the last year, I’ve found several amazing smoothie recipes that we absolutely enjoy making together as a family. I’ve gathered a short list of some of the kids and my favorite healthy summer smoothie recipes.

For Energy

For Kids

For Protein

 

In Fitness, Mind & Body on
June 22, 2017

Favorite South Carolina Hiking Trails

favorite south carolina hiking trails

 

I love the outdoors. I find myself needing to disconnect from technology at least twice a month in order to totally recharge. Spending time outside with the kids hiking and camping is the perfect the way to do this. South Carolina has so many outdoor trails it was hard to choose which ones are best. I curated a list of my favorite South Carolina hiking trails from novice to advanced. There are a few you can enjoy as a family, while others are suitable for older more experienced hikers.

Click the links to find out more information about these trails.

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In Fitness on
June 21, 2017

My favorite no equipment full body workouts

favorite no equipment full body workouts

Full body workouts are a great way to lose weight, tone up and burn fat while working out your entire body. Due to time or money constraints, many people do not have the luxury of having a gym membership. No worries! There are still plenty of exercises you can do in the comfort of your own home. Here are a few of my favorite no equipment full body workouts for you to try at home today!

  • Jumping Jacks
  • Squats
  • Lunges
  • Planks
  • Side Lunges
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Donkey Kicks
  • Split Squats
  • Crunches
  • High Knees
  • Pushups

This list should be used a starting point for anyone looking to begin a few light workouts at home. When doing full body workouts, you will only need to workout 2-3 times per week. This is perfect for the novice trainee looking to get into strength training or someone looking to build just a little bit of muscle.

To get started, try these two workouts below:

Touch Cardio Exercise

Plank Knee Tuck & Glute Extension

Looking for more workouts? Head over to my Pinterest Board for more ideas!

Photo Credit: Jason Briscoe

 

In Mind & Body on
June 20, 2017

3 tips to power through your workout

3 tips to power through your workout

Pushing through a workout when you don’t quite feel it is rough. It all comes down to your mental stamina. This is where having a great workout partner can come in handy, but if you don’t have one or if they are taking the day off these three tips can help you get through those workouts yourself.

Embrace the pain

Unless it’s a medical emergency, chances are you hit your wall and just need a little extra push to get yourself through the rest of the workout. It happens to the best of us, just remember you’ll feel better if you complete the workout. Visualize the end of your workout, that’s your goal for the day.

Think Positive

Positive thinking is really the only way to get through the tough workouts. Pick a mantra (or make one up) and repeat it over and over if you have to.

Know When It’s Time To Quit

If you have truly run out of gas there is nothing wrong with quitting. The last thing you want to do is injure yourself, so when all else fails and you just can’t go on, call it a day and pick it back up tomorrow.

 

 

In Mind & Body on
June 16, 2017

Maintaining a positive attitude during times of defeat

maintaining a positive attitude during times of defeat

If I look back over my life, there are certain moments where I can pinpoint what I deemed major disappointments and setbacks. I consider myself a pretty complicated individual at times: I have periods of happiness, periods of sadness, high energy, and low energy. There are many people out there like this,  several of my close friends all struggle with the same thing. Maintaining a positive attitude during times of defeat is not something that can be easily done for everyone. Many people when faced with setbacks and disappointment (such as myself) tend to retreat within themselves hoping that time away will help them gather their thoughts and recenter their energy. It’s not always pleasant, but it is necessary when facing a long road with ups and downs.

At the beginning of the year, one of my New Year’s Resolutions was to open my eyes and see things as if I were seeing them for the first time. This is the first time in my life that I have ever promised myself that I would be responsible for my own happiness and my own life experiences. When the clock struck midnight, I was going through major emotional turmoil and it was then that I vowed I would no longer live in defeat and I would not allow my experiences of the past to continue to define my future.

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