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Six Ways to Ensure You are Taking Care of Yourself During the Busy Season

Self-care can slide when life gets crazy, especially during the busy holiday season. Some reminders to keep during this hectic time of year to ensure you are still giving yourself the care you need.

  1. Schedule down time for yourself. – Add some “me” time to your calendar to make sure you are getting the time you need to recharge. Set aside time to journal or to take a hot bath to unwind from a busy day.
  2. Balance your diet. – The sugary sweets are all around you this time of year. Staying on track doesn’t mean you can’t indulge a little but make sure to keep it balanced. Pick your favorites and keep the portions in control.
  3. Get enough sleep. – Make sure you are getting to bed at a decent time every night so you can ensure your getting enough rest to keep up with everything going on this time of year. Set an alarm to remind yourself to get ready for bed.
  4. Stick to your budget. – I always find this time of year the easiest time for me to slip with over-spending. With so many great gift ideas out there and lots of holiday outings it’s very easy to slide off plan. Set spending limits for yourself and stick to them, otherwise you may feel the consequences come the New Year.
  5. Keep exercising. – I know it gets tough to keep up going to the gym during this time of year so I find it helpful to add some at home workouts into my schedule.
  6. Set boundaries. – Don’t take on more than your schedule can hold or than you can handle. Don’t be afraid to say no when it becomes too much.
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10 Simple Ways to De-Stress & Celebrate the Season

  1. Take a relaxing bath with seasonal scents. Light candles and pour a glass of wine and just take the time to think of all you are thankful for this year.
  2. Take a walk around your neighborhood and look at all the Christmas decorations and lights or bundle up and take a stroll at a local park.
  3. Sit and color or get crafty and make DIY Holiday cards for your loved ones.
  4. Have dinner with a close friend and catch up.
  5. Grab a cozy blanket and veg out and Netflix binge watching Holiday movies.
  6. Journal about what you love about the Holidays.
  7. Listen to Christmas music and sing along in your car. Studies have shown that singing out loud have some meditative properties!
  8. Diffuse essential oils while you wrap gifts.
  9. Curl up and read an inspirational book.
  10. Have a game night with the family.
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2017 Ultimate Gift List

Anyone else spending hours online looking at websites to find the perfect gift? Well I took out the sting and saved you some time (hopefully)! I’ve created the Ultimate Gift List for 2018 so you can find the perfect gift for everyone on your list. From the beauty maven to the outdoorsy explorer on your list, I’ve rounded it up so you can shop it all in one place. Here are some of my favorites from each gift list:

Gift List for The Outdoors Adventurer


The Bucket List: 1000 Adventures Big & Small by Kath Stathers – $35

Gentleman’s Hardware Enamel Tumbler – $16

Fifty Places to Camp Before You Die by Chris Santella – $26

 

Gift List for The Girl Boss

 

BP. Faux Leather Tote – $24.99

‘Hustlin’ Mug – $15.95

Believe and Achieve by Chris Naylor – $13

 

Gift List for The Beauty Maven

 

Urban Decay Little Liquid Vices Gift Set – $28

Bobbi Brown Makeup Manual – $32

Unicorn Diamond Makeup Brush Set – $14.99

 

Gift List for The Fit Chick

 

VOORAY Burner Gym Bag – $49.99

Trainers Who Say “Last One” Tank Top – $23.99

Apana Cork Yoga Wheel – $19.99

 

Gift List for The Artfully Minded

 

Dinner with Georgia O’ Keefee: Recipes, Art & Landscape – $50

STATE Bags Brushstroke Slim Lorimer Water Resistant Canvas Backpack – $42.49

Bob Ross Bobblehead – $12.95

 

Gift List for Toddlers

 

Musical Tea Tin Set – $16.99

Fisher Price Lil’ Snoopy – $17.99

Shark Dog by Ged Adamson – $12.99

 

Gift List for The Organic Gal

 

The Urban Agriculture Co. Organic Cocktail Kit – $44.99

Niven Morgan Lavender Mint Hand Lotion – $20

The 8G Cookbook – $20

 

Check out the rest of my Gift Lists and more on my Profile.

 

 

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My Thanksgiving

I sat at the table at the buffet looking around at my family. It was just my son, my parents and myself but it was perfect. The chatter stayed consistent even as we filled our mouths with food. It was wonderful, probably my favorite Thanksgiving. This year was a pretty tough year for me and my family. We were challenged with heartache, medical scares, and a lot of self-discovery this year. It was filled with many highs and many lows…but here we were all together, stronger and closer than we were when we entered the year. I felt proud and I felt loved, filled with a sense of comfort. I couldn’t think of one word to sum up everything I felt thankful for, not even a few words could capture all the gratefulness I felt in that moment.

Thankful for strength.

Thankful for the lesson of patience.

Thankful for my family coming together.

Thankful for my mother, my father, my son, and everyone that helped me survive this year.

Thankful for the friends that stuck by me on my messy days.

Thankful for the roof over my head.

Thankful for life.

My son and I continued the holiday with getting up early and hitting some Black Friday shopping. He wanted to experience a ‘Black Friday’. I think we may have started a little Mommy & Son tradition. I think we made it pretty well – hit the outlets and picked up some new clothes. He loved being able to do something something and I loved being able to make it into some quality time and part of his Christmas gift – with him becoming a teen this coming year, it gets harder to shop for him so…new tradition: Every year for part of his Christmas gift, I’ll take him Black Friday shopping for clothes. We had fun and to be honest the wee early morning shopping was kind of peaceful. I have to give kudos to the kiddo for giving me a new perspective on Black Friday shopping.

Thankful for the time I was able to spend with my son.

Thankful for money to spend.

Thankful for new experiences.

My son headed over to celebrate with Thanksgiving with his Dad, stepmom and his little sister so I took the weekend to catch up on some cleaning and to-dos. I’m feeling pretty accomplished – threw out two bags of trash, finished a few paintings, have floor and dresser space again and crossed quite a few tasks off my list. I have always looked forward to the beginning of a new year and this year even more so. I had been putting things off to include in my ‘New Year Prep’ but realized, why wait until then? This can be the beginning of my new year!

Thankful for my creativity.

Thankful for a roof over my head.

Thankful for the growth and self-realization I’ve had this year.

Thankful for my journey to a simpler life.

Thankful for the opportunity to continue to grow.

 

A Snowy Holiday Photo Shoot With Anthony Machcinski

Our first lay of snow of the season in Central Pennsylvania, and I had a photo shoot scheduled… what’s there to do, other than have a blast? There is nothing better than shooting with a photographer that is up for an adventure. So off we set to explore Hershey, PA for a day filled with unexpected props, quirky random sayings (I’m notorious for that), and an afternoon filled with laughter and purpose. 

Our first stop checked in at an old building foundation for a little tree pose practice. I must tell you, it takes a little balance to get into tree pose on a cinder block with a slick of ice on it…but I think we rocked it.

Next, we were off to the park at Chocolate Square. A beautiful little park filled with lights and lots of Christmas cheer. Feelings of being like a little kid again arose from me filling the park with our laughter and joy of the season. 

A quick wardrobe change and a little powder to my nose…

And then we were back out braving the cold for some fun fashion shoots. 

It was a cold, snowy day but it was a magnificent day for a photo shoot with Anthony Machcinski! 

Be sure to check out more of his work at PhotoByChinski and you can surely look forward to more adventurous shoots with him and I.

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5 Tips to Staying Motivated this Holiday Season

Staying motivated during the holiday season can be tough, especially if we have some extra days off. I find myself wanting to loaf around in my pj’s and fuzzy socks, staying curled up with a cup of hot chocolate and watching Christmas movies all day long…but is that in our best interest? Life gets hectic during this time of year, our to-do lists get longer and we can fall behind…making us tired and somewhat lazy. While I am a big advocate of taking some time to rest and to recoup, do you want to spend all your vacation days doing that? And hey, if you do, all the power to you, but don’t get stuck in the unmotivated loop! I reached out to a pal of mine from the beautiful Sydney, Australia to see what she does to keep motivated during the jovial season. Though, I don’t get the opportunity of a holiday beach day this year, she has some awesome ideas on how to stay merry and motivated! 

How to Stay Motivated During the Holidays

We are officially on the countdown to Christmas! Which means food, presents and relaxation. Christmas and holidays automatically calls for a relaxing lie on the beach or swim in the waves (if you’re down under) or a warm cup of hot chocolate by the fire (if you’re up over!). But it’s so easy for us to take advantage of the few days we have with ourselves that we tend to lose motivation. I’m 100% guilty of this – all I want to do is sleep in till midday and eat myself silly till the new year. But then there’s that alarm bell that goes off in my mind – New Year’s Resolutions! We all want the better part of ourselves to start when the new year does, so here are my top 5 tips to get motivated during the holidays!

  1. Don’t put your gym membership on hold! Yes, that’s right. Just because you have a few days off, doesn’t mean you should place your gym membership on hold. You should actually do the opposite and book in some one on one personal training sessions with all this free time you have! It’s so easy to make excuses as to why you can’t go work out during the festive season. From last minute Christmas shopping to spending time with the family. But putting in the effort to work out just 3 times a week for an hour will make all the difference. The way I see it? The more I work out, the more I’ll be able to eat – and we ALL love to eat, especially during Christmas. So get out there and get in the zone!
  2. Don’t sleep in till 3pm. I can already hear all the cries and screams from you guys. I LOVE my sleep – I could sleep all day and night if I had the chance. But you know that feeling when you wake up from a big night out and you’re totally confused as to what planet you’re on? That feeling can suck! When I was a kid, holidays meant I could sleep late and wake up even later, but this changed ever since I took on my 20’s. Lets just say, I sleep earlier than my mum! Train your body to wake up before 9am on your days off. Trust me, you’ll feel a lot better when you know you have more hours in the day!
  3. Take on a new hobby. This is a fun one! When December hits, I love hitting Kmart stores and buying a bunch of Christmas decorations. My hobby throughout the festive season is decorating my house – from pillow cases to table cloths, from solar lightings in the front yard to wreaths for the door. Taking on a new hobby creates excitement to start something new and learn a different skill!
  4. Give your room/home a makeover. When a new year starts, most of us opt for a new hairstyle or colour, new outfits and new bedsheets. I love giving my room a little makeover. You don’t have to go extravagant! Simply buying a new indoor plant or changing up your picture frames will give your space a sense of difference. This will also keep you busy during your free time!
  5. Spend time with your family and friends. This is probably one that doesn’t need to be said! But it’s so important to remember that Christmas is a time to share – so share your time with the people you love most. Make a gingerbread house or help cook an amazing Christmas feast. Gather round to watch a Christmas movie (Home Alone is my personal favourite!).

And there you have it! My top 5 tips to stay motivated throughout the holidays – they’re not hard to do at all and will definitely keep looking forward to something during your time off. Happy Holidays! ~ Veronica

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