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4 Ways to Bring Bliss During the Holidays

Posted in Lifestyle
on December 11, 2017

During a time of craziness, parties, shopping for gifts, spending time with family and friends, and a million reasons to feel thankful; it’s important to remember that not everyone associates happiness during the holiday season. For some, the holidays can be a very difficult time, and can bring a lot of sadness. So today I’m sharing five ways to bring bliss to other people during the holidays wether they are a close friend, or a complete stranger.

1| Pay it forward

Pay for the person’s coffee behind you in line at Starbucks. Put a coin in a meter that’s about to expire. Offer to shovel your elderly neighbor’s driveway, or pick up groceries for them. We all know money is tight during this time of year, but you don’t always have to give a large amount of money to pay it forward. No one ever become poor by giving. Always remember there is a way to pay it forward to someone in your life whether they’re a coworker or a stranger.

2| Give your time

Read to children who are in the hospital during the holiday season. Visit with the elderly at a local nursing home to volunteer and play games with them. Bag food at a food bank or serve meals at a homeless shelter. Walk puppies at a local shelter. There are a million ways to donate and volunteer your time during the holidays. Find something that you’re passionate about, and give your time during the holidays.

3| Donate

Donate to your favorite charity. Buy cards to send to soldiers who are away from home, send cards to older men and women in nursing homes who may never have family come in, buy toys to give to Toys for Tots, or adopt a family during the holidays. It can be difficult to donate your time during this busy time of year, but if you can spar $15-$50 to give back in some way—do it. I promise you won’t regret it.

4| Random acts of kindness

Declutter your closet, and donate old clothes you no longer need. Donate books to local hospitals or schools that could use them. Leave money in a vending machine for the next person who needs a drink. Compliment a stranger. Run an errand for a family member. Babysit your friend’s child, so they can enjoy a night out. Bake something for your office to share. Give up your seat for someone else on the bus. You’d be surprised how much these small gestures can make someone’s day. There’s always a way to give and spread a little kindness.

What are some other ways you can bring a little bliss to someone else this holiday season? Make sure to share your ideas in the comments below!

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Why you Should Begin your Resolutions in December

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on December 6, 2017

If you’re like me, you love making goals for the week, month or year altogether. I like seeing results, so when I set goals each year—I make sure I can track them throughout the year to see my progress. P.S. Leave a comment below letting me know what goals YOU have achieved in 2017! I’d love to read what you have accomplished this year.

Right now, we’re in the season where it’s perfectly acceptable to begin the day with a Christmas cookie (or three) followed by a day of eating, drinking, and spending time with family and friends. Besides working during the day, all other time is dedicated to parties, holiday festivities, time with family and friends, and enjoying the entire month. Needless to say, all productivity, good habits, and health and wellness go out the window for 31 days before it’s time to begin working on those New Year goals.

But here’s the thing. It would be more beneficial for you to begin your goals and good habits for 2018 NOW in 2017. Keep in mind, I’m not saying you have to start 10 new habits TOMORROW. But, if there is a goal you have for 2018, there’s no reason why you can’t begin with small steps this month. So, if you’re looking for a little blissful inspiration and motivation on beginning your goals NOW, keep on reading.

1| Because Your Goals Matter

Clearly, if you’re thinking about this goal you want to achieve—it matters to you. And that’s good that it’s constantly on your mind because if you feel inspired and motivated to work toward that goal, there’s a very good chance you’ll also achieve it. Remind yourself that your goals and dreams matter, so why not make the time NOW to begin working on them? Don’t let a date be your only motivation. Let the goals itself motivate you because it’s important to you. That should give you more than enough of a reason to begin working on your goal today.

2| Because You’ll Get In A Routine

Honestly, the most difficult part of working toward your new goals is figuring out a routine. When will you schedule in four hours of workout time throughout the week? The good news is, you can use this time for a little trail and error period to see what will work best for you and your routine. If you find that you do better with working out after work, then you’ll get yourself in a full routine by January, and now you’re a month into your new routine! It makes sense, and you can get a head start, so the new year will be smooth sailing.

3| Because NO EXCUSES

If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If it’s not important to you, you’ll find an excuse.

There’s nothing stopping you from beginning your goals right now. Maybe you think you’ll have more time in January to dedicate time to writing that book, or you’ll have more time to begin a workout routine. The truth is, you DO have time right now. The only thing stopping you are the excuses you make for yourself. We are ALL guilty of this. Instead of making an excuse as to why you can’t work out in the morning—set an alarm, wake up, and crush a quick workout before work. If you want to cook more during the week, meal prep as much as you can on Sundays. Remove the excuses from your mind, and get to work on all your girlboss goals.

When it comes down to it, goals are so wonderful to have, but there’s no reason for you to wait until the new year to begin working on these goals. If they truly matter to you, you’ll have no issues with wanting to begin working on them today.

So, what are some of your goals for 2018? What can you do in the last month of the year to begin working on them?

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5 Tips to Focus on Health During the Holidays

Posted in Health, Lifestyle
on December 4, 2017

For the last week, I’ve really trying to get back on track with eating healthy and working out more. Now that the craziness at work has died down a little, and Josh and I are settled in our home, I can get back to focusing on the holidays and my health.

Although this time of year isn’t associated with health, and wellness—I think it’s the best time to being focusing on that if it will ultimately be your goal for the new year. Instead of binge-eating all the desserts and alcoholic beverages, why not start now? Don’t waste the next month planning for a healthier year if you’re going to excuse the next month to bad habits. Here are five tips to focus on health during the holidays.

1| Don’t use the holidays as an excuse

The holidays shouldn’t be an excuse to eat everything in sight for the next month while not committing to any form of exercise in the process. If you’re truly striving to life a healthier lifestyle, you will know not to use the time of year as  an excuse to not work out, eat poorly, and ultimately not take care of yourself.

2| What are your goals?

Are you training for a 10k? Wanting to lose four inches on your body by summer? Whatever your goals are, make sure you are writing them down and sticking to them. Without a goal in mind, it  will be easier for you to fall off track, especially during this time of year. With an end goal in mind, you will consistently have something to work toward.

3| Stay balanced 

No one is telling you that you can’t east any of the delicious, wonderful food during the holidays. You should definitely be treating yourself to a slice of pie, or Christmas potatoes without any guilt. Depriving yourself of the food you love is actually worse for you in the long run. Feed your body what it wants, but simply be mindful of portions when you’re eating. Take your time when eating so your body knows when its full—and you’ll be good!

4| Don’t be hard on yourself

You drank six cocktails at the holiday party and demolished a tray of appetizers with your best friend. It’s okay. Don’t be hard on yourself if you do slip up over a weekend or at a party. You’re allowed to indulge. The problem is when you say, “Well, I already messed up, so why get on track?” Instead, to a simple workout like yoga or Pilates and make a healthy recipe the day after to get your body back on track.

5| Make the time

Instead of spending an hour watching Vlogmas, you can get an hour workout in. Better yet, why not workout anytime you decide to watch YouTube, or a holiday movie? It’s an easy way to make your workout a little less daunting if it’s not your favorite thing to do. Plus, you’ll be doing something productive while you’re doing something you also enjoy. It’s a win-win for you and your health!

How do you focus on health during the holidays? What are some of your tips to stay on track during a time of delicious food and drinks? Make sure to share in the comments below!

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8 Tips to Get in the Holiday Spirit

Posted in Lifestyle
on November 29, 2017

It’s the season of gift giving, holiday parties, delicious food, and spending time with friends and family. Simply thinking about those things alone can put me in the holiday spirit. However, it can be difficult to get into the holiday spirit when you’re stressed about preparing your home for holiday guests, shopping during the busiest time of the year, and finding the perfect cocktail to serve to your friends and family. So, I’ve put together eight ways to get in the holiday spirit that won’t take a ton of time or energy.

1| Go to a Holiday Vendor Show

Every year, my mom and I go to Christmas in the Country. The space is filled with local vendors, artists, and sweet treats. It’s basically like walking into a winter wonderland because most vendors have a ton of homemade, holiday art, decor, food gifts, and more. It’s the easiest way to get in the holiday spirit just by walking around to see what vendors have set up for the year. Plus, you may get some of your holiday shopping done early, and also supporting local artists in your community.

2| Watch Hallmark/Your Favorite Christmas Movie

It’s impossible to watch Elf, Home Alone, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and NOT get in the holiday spirit. On Sundays, I’ll have cheesy, romantic Hallmark Christmas movies playing all day long while meal prepping for the week and cleaning. It’s an easy way to feel all the Christmas feels while you’re doing your everyday tasks.

3| Treat Yourself to Festive Drinks

If you’re not into spending $5 on a small, festive drink—you can always hit up your local cafe down the road to get your favorite holiday drink, too. Call me basic, but I always feel a little holiday bliss when I’m drinking a Chestnut Praline Latte, or a Salted Caramel Mocha. It’s the little things in life, y’all. Or, you can even make homemade hot chocolate at home while you’re watching those Hallmark movies. It doesn’t take much to enjoy the simple things during this time of year.

4| Deck the Halls

Yes, literally deck your halls. Get out your tree, hang your wreathes, put the lights on your roof, and bust out the Christmas vibes all over your home. We recently moved into our home, and I have been loving decorating for the holidays so far. If putting up your Christmas tree doesn’t make you want to burst out singing like the kids in A Charlie Brown Christmas (see below) then I don’t know what will bring that holiday spirit. Which brings me to number 5…

5| Christmas Music on Repeat

To be honest, I’ve been listening to Christmas music for awhile now (no shame); and I can’t think of a better way to get in the holiday spirit. It’s not Christmas if you aren’t spending every waking minute blasting Michael Buble’s Christmas album. It’s an oldie, but a goodie for sure. Create a holiday music playlist on Spotify, and jam to that playlist until December 26th because it’s a free, easy way to bring your holiday spirit from zero to 60.

6| Pay it Forward

What better way to lift your holiday spirits that to lift someone else’s spirits in the process? I don’t know about you, but paying it forward to a stranger is something I wish everyone would do more of during the holidays. With this time of year being such a beautiful time, it can be easy to forget that not everyone has family to spend with, or they may be going through something you know nothing about. So, buy someone’s coffee in line, or leave a large tip for a waiter who may be having a bad day. Giving to others will bring so much bliss to you. I promise.

7| Drive Around At Night

Make hot cocoa to go, and spend the evening driving around looking at the festive lights throughout your neighborhood. There are a few houses in my area where some families DECK OUT their yard for the holidays, and I bug Josh to take me on a drive to see them every season. Drive around with your hot cocoa, christmas music and enjoy the lights around you. Plus this is a great free date idea for your and your significant other!

8| Bake Up A Storm

When I think about the holidays, I think about baking in mass quantities. Now that we live in a house, I can’t wait to use my island and kitchen for a full-on, baking frenzy. Don’t forget to bake extra for your neighbors! What better way to get in the holiday spirit than to share desserts with others! You’ll bring some bliss to them, which will ultimately bring back bliss to you. P.S. Here is a great round up on cookies to bake this season.

I hope these simple suggestions can help get you in the holiday spirit! What do YOU do to bring a little Christmas joy to your home during the holidays? Make sure to leave a comment below and share your tips!

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4 Tips to Prep Your Home for Holiday Guests

Posted in Lifestyle
on November 27, 2017

It’s the season of parties, entertaining and guests staying overnight. Whether it’s for a night, a weekend, or a week-long stay—I’m sharing tips to bring a little bliss on how to prep your home for guests this holiday season. These few tips will help you create a warm, welcoming space for your guests all season long!

1| Create a Cozy Environment

The holiday season is the warm and fuzzy time of year, so it’s important to keep your guests in mind for creating a cozy environment in your home. Make sure to place an extra blanket in the guest bedroom, and keep a basket of throw blankets and pillows in the living room for easy access. Place a candle or essential oil diffuser in the guest bedroom for them to enjoy during their stay. Scent is powerful for creating a welcoming space for guests.

2| Think Essentials

I love creating a welcome basket for friends when they come to stay. Make sure to include anything they may have forgotten, or items you know they will use over the course of their stay. Toiletries such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, lotion, soap, facial cleanser are all items someone may forget to pack last-minute. Don’t forget to include bottles of water and snacks as well. The more convenient, the better. Have empty drawers in the dresser, spare hangers in the closet, and a place for them to set their luggage. It’s the best way to have make your guest bedroom like a comforting hotel.

3| All in the Deatils

Don’t forget a few details that will make your guest’s experience more enjoyable. Leave out two or three mugs on the counter they know they can use in the morning. Have magazines in their bedroom or on a coffee table for them to look through. Have fresh flowers in their room or in the kitchen. All the small details that may seem unimportant are actually what make your guests truly feel at home.

4| The Important Stuff

Walk through using your television if you have older family members staying with you. Leave our your WiFi password in the guest bedroom if you have friends staying from out of town for the weekend. If you have guests coming in from across the country visiting your town for the first time—leave a list of some of your favorite restaurants or things to do while they are visiting. Again, it may seem like non-essential details, but your guests will appreciate the thought you put into their stay with you.

What other tips do you have for guests staying in from out of town? Are there any other essentials you would add to this list? Make sure to share in the comment below!

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