July 1, 2017 Laura

Summer is officially here and I am so ready to hit the sunny beaches! I put together this great list of reads to pack in your beach bag for while you’re soaking up the sun. 2017 Reading List: Beach Reads   The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor –  One summer day on the beach in Florida, two extraordinary things happen to Maeve Donnelly. First, she is kissed by Daniel, the boy of her dreams. Then, she is bitten by a blacktip shark. Set against the intoxicating backdrop of palm trees, calypso bands, and perfect ocean views, The Shark Club is a story of…

June 26, 2017 Laura

A good night’s rest is a key to good preparation for a good day the next. I, however as much as I know this, am one of those peeps with a racing mind and can be much of a night owl, finding it a struggle to wind down sometimes at night for bed. I keep some tips and tricks up my sleeve to help me prepare to hit the sack each night so that I can ensure I get a restful night to be ready to go for the next busy day. 1.) Eat earlier. Try and eat at least three…

June 25, 2017 Laura

Self-Care can come in many forms. It can be a healthy habit or a relaxing hobby. It can be eating healthy or exercising or it can be spending time with loved ones. Self-Care is showing ourselves love all around and about taking the steps to ensure we are taking time to nurture our mind, body, heart and soul. At-home facial mask Read a book Paint a self-portrait Go to a wine tasting Deep condition your hair Get a massage Do a cleansing detox Practice Chakra Balancing Meditations Have a movie night Go on a brewery tour Get a pedicure Yoga…

June 21, 2017 Laura

I awoke that morning filled with energy. I climbed out of bed without the aches and pains I had felt so many mornings before. I could stretch my arms above my head without feeling sharpness in my neck, standing tall without the soreness in my knees. I stood in front of my closet that morning trying to find something to wear, none of my clothes fit… A year ago, I would wake up in pure pain all through out my body. Each day I started exhausted and filled with anxiety about the day ahead. Then I found myself without a…

June 11, 2017 Laura 3Comment

  It can be a challenge to keep the pups entertained when you have so much going on…though I’d love to spend my whole days running around, throwing the ball or playing tug-of-war with my pups I know that’s just not my option most days. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely sneak in some play time throughout the day but there are the down times I need to get some time behind the computer screen so keeping the pups entertained on those counts is a must.  My pup Lucy has a gluten-allergy which surprisingly I learned that most dog treats…

June 9, 2017 Laura 1Comment

Vacation season is among us and that means busy schedules and travel leaving us out of our usual exercise routines. Don’t give up on your fitness goals and don’t get stuck inside at the gym at the hotel. Grab a resistance band that packs away easily in your bag and work up a little sweat in the sunshine! Bicep Curls Squats Shoulder Press Rear Shoulder Pull Leg Press Row Resistance bands don’t take up much space and can provide a great work out any where you are. Pick up the right weighted one for you, I started with a lightweight…

June 8, 2017 Laura

We all know the “I’m borrrrrreeeedddd” whines from the kiddos we get once school lets out. Here’s five super easy to pull together crafts to jump into. 1. Make a sun-melted crayon candle. – I did this one a couple weekends ago with my son. (You can check out my day here – A Day In My Life: Weekend Bliss & Tasks). Fill a jar, we used a vintage looking mason jar, with unwrapped crayons and add a wick. Set in the sun to melt. 2. Paint Pet Monster Rocks. – Collect some smooth rocks and paint in bright colors. Glue on…

June 6, 2017 Laura

Who doesn’t love some delicious, sweet melons? Especially on a hot summer day! This has to be one of my favorite things about summertime!  1.) They have a high water content which provides a refreshing treat. 2.) Cantaloupes contain Vitamin C which is important for a healthy immune system. 3.) Because of their great amounts of fiber, Vitamin C and choline they help support a healthy heart. 4.) Cantaloupes have nutrients that help prevent cancer. 5.) The beta-carotene found in cantaloupes helps aid in healthy skin. 6.) They are a good source of potassium. 7.) The nutrients found in cantaloupes…

June 4, 2017 Laura 1Comment

Looking for some inspiration to get your creative juices flowing? Need a push to get through to the next step of your artistry? Have a little writers’ block? Check out this month’s Reading List: A Reading List for the Creative Minds, the Innovators and the Out of the Box Thinkers: The Book of Doing and Being – Rediscovering Creativity in Life, Love, and Work – With clarity, humor, and insight, award-winning filmmaker Barnet Bain guides readers to unlock the raw power of the creative self. Sharing creativity principles and practices at the leading edge, The Book of Doing and Being offers…

June 3, 2017 Laura 4Comment

It’s no secret that I’ve been really hammering down and trying to build a simpler life…I always manage to have a lot on my plate though and that seems to be how it’s going to be for a bit yet…but I am working on organizing my life so that I can complete more tasks efficiently, add more mindfulness into my days, and focus on my main priorities first. I’ve been de-cluttering like crazy (you can check out my Closet Clean Out Post here), working on redefining my blog and blog series to align more with my goals in life and…