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Just a little something I did for myself…

November 20, 2017

Happy Monday! This is a little different a post than normal, but it is something I actually did just for myself for once ;)  I think more often than not people get the impression that as a work-from-home business owner you are able to be out and about, getting coffee, grabbing lunch, having happy hour, getting your nails done, etc…but for me, that’s never the case. In the past week I think I left my house three times just to run to the grocery store, nothing else, no other stops…literally barely left the house {insert embarrassed emoji face}! I’ve been working until the wee hours of the night and right back up at 7am. It’s not glamorous and for me and it actually isn’t super flexible (by choice, as I’m a workaholic)…and it get’s crazy stressful.

pampering yourself

pampering yourself

With that being said, I keep telling myself it’s okay to take a couple hour break and simply pamper myself..which I found it much easier to say than to do. BUT, last week I did it, and I got to experience such a relaxing massage and an infrared sauna…which put me in the best mood.  I never spend on money on things like this, as I would rather buy a throw pillow or two than do something for myself. But, I also realize the benefits of having quality experiences that are good for my overall well being and how much it can actually affect my work/energey/etc. And with that, I’m pretty darn glad to have found BERGAMOT MASSAGE & BODYWORKS here in Madison because the entire experience was awesome..and their space is simply beautiful (which you know I’m all about)!pampering yourself

First things first, I may or may not judge a business by their website (can’t help it) and landing on theirs I knew we would get along just well, it was clean, easy to navigate, and their services were right up my alley. If you take a look at their site HERE you’ll see what I’m talking about. Not only do they take their time with each client (a chat to get to know you and a full 60 mins on the table), but they also use amazing natural products. For example, I could use this massage — Alpine Arnica Workout Recovery — A blend of warming oils (arnica, rosemary, basil and bay laurel) are used to relieve muscle soreness and promote deep relaxation. – They are all about natural, herbal, and quality products..and you know I’m a huge fan of that!

pampering yourself
pampering yourself
pampering yourself

After my massage, I was able to use their infrared sauna..which I had no idea what to expect and so glad I did it. I had the room to myself for an hour and was able to use their products (loved the muscle gel and oils) as well as change the sauna settings to my choosing. I, of course, set it to cardio, which meant the temp got up to about 150degrees and although I was sweating I didn’t feel like I was suffocating (like in normal saunas)! It was insanely relaxing to just sit there and simply be ‘still’. This entire experience definitely wasn’t what I was expecting..as you normally sign in, go to the room, get your message and then head out in about an hour. They took their time, they chatted with you, and they made me feel comfortable and not rushed..yeah, not rushed!  So overall, I hope reading this posts inspires you to take a break…because you know you probably deserve it ;) pampering yourself pampering yourself pampering yourself

pampering yourself
pampering yourself
pampering yourself

CounterMan Has Arrived – For the men in our lives!

November 16, 2017

I was super excited this morning when I opened my email to find out that the CounterMan has arrived! This travel kit (and product) is beyond perfect for the men in our lives and really couldn’t have arrived at a better time. My husband has actually been asking me from the beginning if and when a men’s line would come out..and now I can finally get it for him! Feel free to take a peek at it HERE!

Counterman

Not only that but if you are in the Holiday shopping spirit, I highly recommend checking out their entire gift guide below. I may or may not be purchasing a few sets for gifts this year ;) Happy Shopping!

Counterman

 

 

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My Whole30 Grocery List and Meal Planning

November 13, 2017

Hi friends! As some of you may know, from my Instagram stories, that I’m about 2 weeks into my first ever Whole30…and it’s not too bad! I’m actually loving it and surprisingly doing much better than I thought I ever would.  I do have to say, I think it might be a bit easier for me because we already were eating pretty healthy, we rarely ever go out to eat, and my husband is doing it with me. The main reasons I am doing this is to help reset my body and my sugar cravings (the quick bars, afternoon latte, nightly halo top) were getting the best of me. Doing Whole30 is forcing me to cut that shit out ;) – ALSO, we are going to Mexico in about 2.5 months and I want to look and feel great, so this is going to be a great way to introduce a healthier lifestyle for the next few months.

With all of that, I thought I would share with you my Whole30 grocery list and meal planning guide. Keep in mind, this is my first time and I’m no expert at this but I think it’s a good start! So, take a peek below at my Whole30 grocery list and meal planning guide!

WHOLE30 GROCERY LIST AND MEAL PLANNING

 

AMAZON BUYS:

AVACADO MAYO (here)     |     DRESSINGS (here)     |     PLANTAIN CHIPS (here)

FOOD STEAMER (here)     |     FOOD PROCESSOR (here)     |     CONTAINERS (here)

With the Whole30 grocery list above I will highly recommend buying ‘The Pantry’ items first and even getting extra. I’ve noticed that I tend to use quite a bit of coconut oil, coconut milk, almond milk, spices (hello cinnamon and garlic), assorted nuts, and dates. If you buy a little extra (like ntus), you’ll know you’ll eat them at some point!

Note: I do try my best to get ‘compliant’ items, but there are a few I don’t and just go with it (aka: turkey bacon or tuna). I’m still eating very healthy and cutting out a lot so I’m happy with getting a few non-compliant items.  P.S. be prepared to spend a lot of $$, but it’s worth it.

WHOLE30 GROCERY LIST AND MEAL PLANNING

Before I dive into all of the recipes, I thought it would make sense to break them into categories of meat as I realized quickly how often I had leftover meat and wanted to try a new recipe.

A HUGE TIP: I highly recommend making a lot of meat at once, either in the crockpot (and shredded) or simply baked in the oven. When we do that I am able to break it up a bit and make a whole variety of these recipes.  This works for us as we are more than happy to eat chicken for a week ;) — If you’re not that type, you just might have to meal plan a little bit more.

SWEETS: They recommend not to snack on Whole30, and focus on meals that keep you full. It’s the hardest part for me as I LOVE anything sweet and quick bits while I work.  I do try to limit myself to only have one (maybe 2) fruits a day and only a handful of nuts ( or 2 tbsp of nut butter)..but it’s not easy.  This has been the hardest part for me, and an easy way to do that for me is to focus on having ‘non-sweet’ meals early in the day (aka: those sweet breakfasts are a no go for me).

WHOLE30 BREAKFAST

Sweet Potato + Sausage Hash

Whole30 Grocery List and Meal Planning

Sweet Potato Casserole

Whole30 Grocery List and Meal Planning

Sausage Pizza Egg Muffins

Whole30 Grocery List and Meal Planning

Breafast Burrito

WHOLE30 GROCERY LIST AND MEAL PLANNING

Breakfast Sausage

WHOLE30 GROCERY LIST AND MEAL PLANNING

STEAK + POTATO HASH

WHOLE30 GROCERY LIST AND MEAL PLANNING

Bacon + Egg Breakfast Cups

WHOLE30 GROCERY LIST AND MEAL PLANNING

Banana Almond Chia Pudding

WHOLE30 GROCERY LIST AND MEAL PLANNING

Sweet potato breakfast bowl

WHOLE30 GROCERY LIST AND MEAL PLANNING

Baked Sweet Potatoes w/Egg

WHOLE30 GROCERY LIST AND MEAL PLANNING

Apple + Sweet Potato Bake

WHOLE30 GROCERY LIST AND MEAL PLANNING

Banana + Coconut Bowl

WHOLE30 GROCERY LIST AND MEAL PLANNING

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Beautiful Bridesmaids Dresses

November 6, 2017

Hi friends, I haven’t posted much about dresses lately so I thought why not share some beautiful bridesmaids dresses with you quickly! Bonus, if you are in love with any Joanna August styles..you must head over HERE now because they are on sale! I actually had two of my bridesmaids wearing JA styles and my sisters dress on the far left has been worn twice since (for other events), so yeah…you can actually wear it after!

Beautiful Bridesmaid Dresses

Beautiful Bridesmaid Dresses

ONE   |   TWO   |   THREE   |   FOUR   |   FIVE   |   SIX   |   SEVEN   |   EIGHT

A surprise sale you might want to see

November 1, 2017

I wanted to quickly share with you a Shopbop Sale that you might want to see because I pulled so many things that are all under $100! From summer dresses, shorts, shirts, to jewelry, accessories, and perfect items to gift! So, take a peek below for some of my favorites and feel free to check out the Sale HERE!

Under100-Sale

DRESS   |   BIKINI  (here or here too)  |   PHONE   |   EARRINGS   |   BAG   |   WHITE TOP   |   BLACK TOP   |   HEELS   |   HAIR