BE KIND TO YOURSELF

Raise your hand if December is kicking you ass?!?!?! It has been one hell of a month and I am SO READY for Christmas. I am READY to disconnect. I am READY to be present with family and friends. I am READY to live in the moment and just BREATHE, EAT, DRINK, and, of course, BE MERRY! It is kind of funny and kind of annoying how we go into the holidays with all the right intentions, but somehow life happens and it still exhausts us and leaves us feeling run down. When you are an entrepreneur and you are dating an entrepreneur, this time of year is just flat out NUTS.

BE KIND TO YOURSELF

Shannon and I have been working like crazy and we are both at that point where time away from Charleston is happening at exactly the right time. We both have been plowing through and just getting it done, because that is what we do. But eventually it catches up with you, so it’s time to slow it down...to reconnect...to nourish.

I had no intentions of writing a blog post this week, but when I received an email from a good friend yesterday and could sense her stress and emotions, I had the inspiration to write about how we need to be kind to ourselves during this time of year. This is a reminder to myself and to all of you, that YES it is totally normal to be all out of sorts during this time of year, but let’s try to reel it in and practice some self-care and remember to SLOW DOWN. So how do we do it? How do I do it?

DISCONNECT - Thankfully I have been practicing this more and more and will continue practicing it through the New Year! Disconnecting to me is like taking days off from working out. I don’t necessarily like to do it, but it’s a must for my physical and mental well-being. After taking a few days off, I come back stronger, more focused, and inspired to dive into my projects with clarity.

BE KIND TO YOURSELF

But the most important reason for disconnecting not only during this time of year, but on a regular basis is to BE PRESENT! It’s hard to enjoy life if you are constantly scrolling. Make it a goal between now and Christmas to put the phone away and not check your accounts for two days. GASP...I dare you!

SWEAT IT OUT - Obviously you knew that this would be in the list! Sweating makes me happy and it makes me feel good, so if this helps you get through the ups and downs of the holiday season, just do it. I’m looking to tackle some long runs while away. No weights, gyms, or studios. I just want to soak up the sunshine and sweat in the beautiful outdoors.

BE KIND TO YOURSELF

If you are going to be dealing with bitter cold temperatures, why not tackle this oldie, but goodie “At-Home Workout”? No equipment required and it gets the job done, so you can do on your merry way and go to that holiday party feeling like the badass that you are...BOOM!

NOURISH YOUR BELLY and YOUR SOUL - Enjoy yourself...Enjoy the parties...Enjoy the food...You don’t have to do it all. I am going to repeat that...YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO IT ALL!  Do what serves you and what is going to bring you happiness at the end of the day. When you feel like you are being pulled from all ends this time of year, take some time to be selfish and take care of YOU!

For me, this could be as simple as a mani/pedi...Or making a loaded plate of nachos with all the goods...Taking Lucy to the beach and leaving my phone in the car...Catching up on all my reality shows and just letting the couch soak me up...Planning a date night with Shannon at one of our favorite restaurants (I’m going to do this as soon as this post goes live).

Whatever makes YOU happy, just do it! You deserve to love yourself as much as you love others!

LEAN ON THE ONES YOU LOVE - This is a MUST in my opinion...That’s what loved ones and friends are for. They are in your life for a reason. They get you. They get your weirdness. They support you through the pretty and not so pretty times. They are your TRIBE!

Don’t hold all that shit in. In the past, I used to hold it all in, but now I am an open book. This has come from working on myself, which I am still doing by the way, because shit, I have my own issues, but I couldn’t do it without my Life Coach, my friends, and, of course, Shannon.

I am grateful for my tribe. It keeps growing and they keep inspiring me and helping me and just being there for me whenever I need them. People have come into my life for a reason and each one of my friends near and far are there to help me in certain aspects of my life. I find this unbelievably cool and comforting.

And because I cannot help myself, I have to brag about Shannon, because he is my rock. He sees it ALL. He has seen me at my worst and my best moments. He stands by me. He supports me. He makes me feel safe. He keeps it REAL. We are by no means a “perfect couple” and that is okay. I am just happy that I can lean on him physically and emotionally and know that he has got my back and I will always have his. And I promise in 2019, to share more about US, and who this Wisconsin man is.

BE KIND TO YOURSELF

Merry Christmas you AMAZING humans! So grateful for YOU and this space where I can write, inspire, and just BE! xoxo

MUST MAKE NUTTZO RECIPES

Well there is no denying my LOVE for NuttZo! Y’all know how much I enjoy it...you see how much I post about it...and you are probably sick of it, but hey when you work for a brand that you love, believe in, and devour on a daily basis, why would I not share the NUTTZO LOVE?!?! I even have gotten Shannon hooked on it. A morning does not go by when he isn’t slathering it on his toast. And, obviously, I share it with Lucy, because we cannot leave her out. I always let her lick the jar clean, when it is almost finished. Those nuts and seeds are good for her too!

NUTTZO MUTTZO

There is a lot happening right now with the holidays and sales and LIFE, so I figured this would be the perfect time to share some NuttZo recipes and NuttZo SALES, so you can stock up on all the deliciousness and try some new things to make for not only the holidays, but for life in general, because these recipes are healthy, delicious, and easy. WINNING! I am going to share FOUR fabulous recipes, by some of my favorite food bloggers, so let’s start cooking. Or you can start cooking and I can be the taste tester!

No Bake Peanut Pro NuttZo Gingerbread Cookies – For SANTA!

Treat Santa just a little bit better this year with these fudgy gingerbread cookies that you and your family can make together. Feel free to lick the spoon because there are no eggs here! These cookies are Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Vegan. Recipe by Donut Worry Be Healthy

No Bake Peanut Pro NuttZo Gingerbread Cookies

Peanut Pro NuttZo Pumpkin Soup

Winter is here and what better way to warm up your belly than with a comforting bowl of soup, that is good for you, tastes delicious, and will make the kitchen smell heavenly. Changing things up here with a savory Peanut Pro NuttZo  recipe that is perfect for a cozy dinner on a winter night, or as an easy meal prep that will last all week long! This recipe is also Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, and Vegan. Recipe by Donut Worry, Be Healthy

Peanut Pro NuttZo Pumpkin Soup

Chocolate NuttZo Stuffed Rice Krispy Treats

These Chocolate Power Fuel NuttZo Stuffed Rice Krispie Treats are made with just 5 ingredients and take 10 minutes to make! They are perfectly marshmallow-y and oozing a creamy Chocolate Power Fuel NuttZo filling. You will LOVE these rice crispy treats especially with a glass of milk! Recipe by: Sunny Thymes

Chocolate NuttZo Stuffed Rice Krispy Treats

Peanut Pro NuttZo Freezer Fudge

This nut butter freezer fudge by Thyme and Joy is super versatile and perfect for a quick sweet snack. It is also gluten-free, dairy-free, and vegan. Make a big batch of it and have it throughout the week to snack on, whenever you want something nourishing and delicious. This could be a great gift to give to family and friends this holiday season.

Peanut Pro NuttZo Freezer Fudge

Now for those NUTTZO HOLIDAY SPECIALS!!!

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NUTTZO HOLIDAY SPECIALS

Who is ready to start shopping and baking? Feel free to reach out to me if you have ANY questions about the sales and discount codes. Or if you just have a question about the product. I love talking NUTTZO, so BRING IT ON!

Merry Merry Christmas!



LIFE LATELY

Oh HEY!!! Did y’all miss me?!?!?! Life...Work...Traveling...LOTS of Work...it has kept me away from this space. I have missed it. I have missed being able to just write and share and give you the updates on my life, love, growing pains, the ups...the downs, the simple things, food, fitness, and the list goes on and on. There just hasn’t been time and I have also had serious writer’s block. I always think I have time to write and then I would try to write and then all of my inboxes were full and well at this time in my life, my clients come first.

It is what it is, but the creative juices are flowing...I’m feeling energized...I’m feeling inspired...I’m looking forward to focusing on me. YES, it is time to be a little selfish, because I am definitely a giver and I have been giving a lot. It’s time to nourish ME. So grab that big ass cup of coffee and let’s talk...I’m ready...are YOU?

Life Lately

What I am Reading - A little bit of this and that! I always have a book on my nightstand. I LOVE to read as it helps me decompress at the end of the day and it also helps me to stop looking at my phone. But I do truly enjoy curling up in bed and just flipping the pages to a easy read. And YES I am still the lady who enjoys flipping the pages and going to the library. I weirdly like getting emails from the library letting me know that my book on hold is available for pick up.

I just picked up “Beartown: A Novel” at the library and cannot wait to dive in, as I read his other books “A Man Called Ove” and “My Grandmother Told Me To Tell You She’s Sorry”.

What I am Enjoying - Long walks out on Sullivan’s Island with Lucy...weather permitting of course! Cooler nights, so I am able to curl up on the couch in a sweatshirt and blankets and watch TV with Shannon. Holiday parties...There are a lot coming up and it’s time to get festive, dress up, and have some fun...Eggnog lattes anyone?!?!? Connecting with some badass, inspiring, fearless female entrepreneurs with Hatch Tribe.

I recently signed up to be a part of this community and it’s exactly what I have needed to not only connect with like-minded women, but also to help me learn, grow, and develop new business and personal relationships. I cannot wait to see what I learn this year and who I meet. The past few weeks have been all about putting myself out there; trying new things; and working on building myself personally and professionally, and I think joining this group is the step in the right direction.

I also am enjoying making new friendships online and in the Charleston community. YES, at 39 you can still make new friends...LOL! I am really looking forward to introducing you to Madison, who blogs at Sunny Thymes. We connected a few months ago, when she started creating recipes for NuttZo. I am a HUGE fan of granola and this one is a must if you are a peanut butter LOVER, like me. Check it out HERE and let me know if you make a batch. She is also going to be doing an interview with me to talk about the hot topic “Intuitive Eating”, so stay tuned for that in January.

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Spice Granola

What I am Eating - Whatever my body wants! But in all seriousness, my appetite is always changing. My cravings are always changing, although that heaping spoonful of NuttZo happens EVERY morning at some point. It’s a must. During the winter months, I definitely eat more sweet potatoes, roasted cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, lots of APPLES, granola, and red meat. I definitely eat steak, hamburgers, and taco salads and it’s what my body needs. I need the iron and don’t ever trim the fat off the steak. And YES i eat carbs too, I just eat bread when I crave it. Since I don’t typically eat bread every day, I like to freeze bagels and baguettes in the freezer, so they don’t go bad.

Life Lately

What I am Working On - ME!!! Working on yourself is the hardest project. Owning up to your own shit. Admitting your faults. Putting it all out on the table and just doing it. Having meltdowns, getting frustrated, but more importantly moving forward. YEP...I’ve done it all, but I can honestly say that I have made major progress over the past few weeks. There was a turning point and I went for it! I felt the shift and the change in energy in myself. It is freaking AWESOME.

But it also helps that I have someone in my life who holds me accountable. Shannon does not sugar coat anything. He says it how it is, which I love about him. I appreciate his honesty and advice when it comes to personal and business issues. And let me just say that we are not perfect. We are both stubborn. We both are set in our ways. We have our moments and that is okay, because we are just growing and learning together. And there is no one else I would rather do it with. Life, work, and relationships take work, nurturing, and compassion. We are a team and as everyone knows a team has to work together to succeed.

Life Lately

Fitness - Lots of indoor workouts as it has been chilly in Charleston and I am a total wuss when it comes to training outside in cold weather. I have only done a few runs outside, because I am getting the itch to train for a half marathon. I miss that schedule and the Rock n’ Roll Nashville Half Marathon is on the brain.

Otherwise, I have been doing spin at Methon Ride 2 - 3 times a week. Pivotal Fitness in Mount Pleasant for the StepMill and Treadmill. I have also been making sure to spend more time on strength training and it definitely feels good. LOTS of leg workouts are happening! I also like to grab some new workouts from these social media favorites (@jen_pbrunner and , when I am stuck in a rut and need some inspiration.)

Social Media - Do you follow me on Instagram? If not, come on over and join the party. Like I said earlier, I’ve been feeling inspired and motivated to focus more on ME as we charge into the New Year, so I am working on stepping outside of my comfort zones and just going for it.

One of those things is doing more LIVE stories...I have such a fear of being in front of the camera. I cannot stand public speaking. I get awkward talking and sweaty and ARGH it’s frustrating. And I have ALWAYS had this fear. But it’s time to put the big girl pants on and be fearless. And right now, I feel so comfortable in my skin and feel more confident than I have before, so it’s now or never and I’m ready!

WHEW...That’s all I have got friends! Cheers to December and the hustle and bustle of the holidays…I LOVE this time of year!


What else do you want to know? Ask away...

GREEN MONSTER SMOOTHIE

Tis’ the season for LOTS of parties, food, booze, and everything in excess!!! It is a crazy time of year that can leave us feeling exhausted, stressed, and at our wits ends. And we constantly are seeing and reading about how to stay sane…how to not overindulge…how to breathe…how to still stay fit. It is honestly annoying and frustrating. I know that it can be hard to stay on track during this time of year, but it really doesn’t have to be. Keep it SIMPLE and keep doing YOU!!!

For example, if you find that you are eating out more and drinking more this time of year, feeling sluggish and even bloated, take some time to check-in with yourself. Get back on track. Train a little harder. Eat more greens. Drink more water. I am not a fan of the attitude of well I’ve already fallen off the wagon, I might as well just keep going and then I’ll change everything come the first of year…NO! I hate that mentality. It’s not healthy. It screws with your emotional being and it also screws up your metabolism and workouts. Who the hell wants to start from scratch again come January 2, 2019?

I am here for you. I am here to motivate you and inspire you to stay on track. To enjoy life and still have fun, but also still stay healthy and fit. Trust me, I fall off the wagon during this time of year and it’s okay. I just wake up the next day and do my thing. A few of my favorite ways to stay sane and HAPPY and motivated during the holidays are:

  1. Group Workouts – Since I work from home, I sometimes have days where I crave interaction. The community at Method Ride during the holidays has been AWESOME. They offered 75 minute rides during Thanksgiving. It was exactly what I wanted and needed. It was hard as hell, but the energy is contagious and it’s a great way to bounce back after a day or night of indulgence. Make sure to check them out and sign up HERE! And make sure to sign up for fun, challenging group classes that will help you stay accountable and motivated during this time of year. Check out their holiday SALES HERE!!!

  2. HYDRATE – There are a lot of foods during this time of year that my body is personally not used too. The salt, sugar, dairy, those rich buttery dishes of heaven. I’ll wake up the next day with swollen fingers and my tummy will have some aches, but it’s all good, because I enjoyed it and enjoyed every single bite. The best thing to do is just wake up and DRINK LOTS AND LOTS OF WATER to flush it out!

  3. Get Outside – Vitamin D is crucial this time of year! Bundle up and get your butt out the door to soak up that sunshine. I am a total pansy when it comes to the cold, so it takes a lot of conversations with myself to go for an outdoor run. But when I start moving and I’m finished, I never regret it. Going on a run, walk, or bike ride is a great way to just clear your head, to breathe, and to check-in with yourself. Try leaving your phone at home too and really embrace the peace and quiet. Guaranteed you will come back feeling better.

  4. NOURISH YOUR BODY – After a night out during the holidays, the best thing that works for me, is I wake up, drink all the coffee, get in a sweaty workout, and then make a GREEN MONSTER SMOOTHIE and BOOM…I’m back.

I’ve teamed up with Nature’s Greens this holiday season to give you two green recipes to help you nourish your body…to encourage you to try something new…to let you know that it is OKAY to indulge during this time of year, but it’s also important to take care of your body this time of year.

Nature's Greens

Here’s what you need to know about Nature’s Greens, before you look at my GREEN MONSTER SMOOTHIE and make a funny face. Nature’s Greens provides a line of products that are convenient and easy-to-prepare. They are triple washed and ready to cook and serve. They are also high in vitamins and full of nutrition, which provide endless ideas of great meal solutions. Sauté, add to pastas, create side dishes and my favorite is to add to smoothies.

Smoothies are always a favorite of mine, because they’re easy to throw together, they’re versatile, and you can jam pack that blender with all the goods so you are getting the necessary amount of protein, carbs, and healthy fats. So here’s the deal…Before you make a silly face when you are looking at the ingredients I added, why not try something NEW and see how you feel.

Nature's Greens

INGREDIENTS:

  • Handful of Nature’s Greens Kale Greens

  • 1 scoop of protein powder of choice

  • 1 diced pear (1/2 for the blender + ½ to add on top). You can also choose to use whatever fruit you have on hand. My favorite add in are pears and apples, for that extra fiber.

  • Splash of almond milk

  • Heading spoonful of nut butter of choice

  • Dash of cinnamon

DIRECTION:

  1. Add all ingredients to the blender, except for the ½ pear or fruit of choice;

  2. Blend away until smooth;

  3. Add the remainder of fruit on top or even some nut butter;

  4. ENJOY!

Nature's Greens

How do YOU stay on track during this time of year?

YAY or NAY adding greens to your smoothies?

FALL INTO FITNESS AND ENJOY IT

The storm has passed and thankfully we were not hit! We were one of the few who decided to stay and I’m glad that we did, but OMG did I get stir crazy!!! I didn’t mind that I was able to do a ton of work, but it’s only Wednesday and I’m pooped. I did a lot of work, I worked out, and we took drives for whenever I needed a break. YES, I am a workaholic, but it kept me sane during the storm…You know what else helps me stay sane?!?!?! You know the answer…a good sweat session!

As we say goodbye to summer, it is time to welcome in a new season with open arms, a positive outlook, and motivating fitness tips to start or continue your fitness journey through Fall. This is the perfect time of year to change things up...try new things...and challenge yourself to be the best version of you inside and out. Whether you are a veteran fitness junkie or you are wanting to take that first step into becoming more active, this post is all about helping you fall into FALL inspired and ready to GO FOR IT!

Sign Up For A Race - Even though I love the heat and humidity, a lot of people don't, so Fall is the perfect time to sign up for a race and to start training in the cooler temperatures. Watching the sunrise and seeing the leaves change in the early morning hours is the perfect way to start your day. Getting outside each day is a healthy way to get that Vitamin D, move your body, disconnect, and start your morning on the right foot.

FALL INTO FITNESS AND ENJOY IT

There is a plethora of 5K's, 10K's, half-marathon, and marathon options for every level in every state. And for each kind of race, there are great training programs to help you get started. Each time I sign up for a half marathon, I like to print my training schedule and put it on my refrigerator so each day I can cross it off. Having a race to train for and look forward to, helps me stay motivated and disciplined. I believe having this kind of structure is good for anyone who wants to stay active through the Fall season.

Try A New Fitness Class - Everywhere you look there are new gyms, yoga, CrossFit, Orange Theory, and spin studios popping up and offering incredible deals to get you to join. So why not take advantage of it and TRY IT OUT! If you don't like it, who cares, you gave it a shot, now go try something else until you find something that works for YOU! And why not bring a friend or your partner to join in the fun too, that way you both can sweat it out together; have some fun; and keep each other accountable.

FALL INTO FITNESS AND ENJOY IT

Confession - I have a love/hate relationship with SPIN. I used to honestly dread it, but I wanted and needed to add some more variety to my workouts. I needed to shake things up, so when I found out that there was a new spin studio less than 2 miles away from my condo it was a no-brainer. Method Ride is AWESOME! The studio is spotless, the teachers are kick-ass, they have a decent amount of classes, they offer daycare, and they have a killer selection of apparel. Each class is 45 minutes and they do some weight training with 3-pound weights, which I LOVE! It is a hard, fun, and an intense workout that trains your entire body and leaves me feeling pretty badass. WINNING! I even got the significant other to join too...BOOM! If you live in Mount Pleasant...COME JOIN ME!!!

Tackle This At-Home Workout -

FALL INTO FITNESS AND ENJOY IT

If you are on a budget or not ready to do a workout in a gym, then here is a great workout that you can do anywhere. Do it while you watch the morning news...Take it to the park with some of your friends...Do it in your driveway. Not only can you do this anywhere, but you can also do it to fit your needs. Have more time? Keep going as long as you want. Want to challenge yourself? Add dumbbells to some of the moves. Watch the video to see how to do it and then tackle it and let me know how it goes.

What is something NEW you are trying out this Fall season?

What races have you signed up for?