Holidays

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!!!

We are offering HUGE discounts on Shopify and Amazon.com!!!

Here's the deal:

  • On Shopify you will receive 20% off ALL #NuttZo products! Click HERE to start shopping!

  • On Amazon you will receive 20% of ALL #NuttZo products and 50% off ALL Natural Chocolate #NuttZo jars...2GO packets...and Bold BiteZ. Click HERE to start shopping!

At checkout please make sure that you use - STOCKINGSTUFFER

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!



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?

ENJOY The Holiday Season

It is the most WONDERFUL time of year or this time of year can wreak total havoc, stress, and weight gain...Am I right? Instead of going into the holiday season with these "Negative Nancy" feelings when it comes to eating and exercising, why not go into it with a positive, HAPPY, and HEALTHY attitude! Yes friends, put on those "Positive Patty" pants and have a jolly good time! This is a wonderful time of year and you should celebrate...you should be smiling...and you should be enjoying it with the ones you LOVE! I am not here to tell you what you should and should not eat. I am not here to share killer workouts, to help you burn off the Christmas cookies and wine. I am here to inspire you to go into this time of year with a NEW, refreshing, fun, and healthy attitude! Be grateful, be joyous, and just have FUN!

Happy Holidays

My Happy and Healthy Holiday Tips

  • ENJOY those holiday treats that only come out this time of year, but in moderation! It is hard to not eat all the cookies, candies, and cakes that always seem to be everywhere this time of year! You don't need to eat them just because they are there. Eat them because you want to! Eat them because it makes you happy and you haven't had Peppermint Bark since last year...HA!
  • Get LOTS of fresh air! Yes it is cold outside, but fresh air is always good for the mind and body. Grab a friend, family member, or you dog and just go for a long walk. Whether it is 15 minutes or a 60-minute walk, moving your body on a daily basis is a great way to stay healthy, happy, and motivated. I am cold ALL the time during winter, so I look like a snowman on my walks, but that fresh ocean air feels so GOOD! 
  • Remember to DISCONNECT! When you are at holiday parties, dinners, or events, try turning your phone off and just leaving it alone for a few hours. It is so refreshing and liberating to not be constantly checking your phone. Make those connections with those around you, by engaging in conversations, making eye contact, and giving friends and family members BIG hugs! I believe that when we are truly engaged and having a great time, we forget about our phones and we are just living in the moment. To me, that is PURE happiness!
  • Stay ACTIVE! If you feel like you are in a rut or not very motivated this time of year, switch things up! Try signing up for new classes. If you are traveling, check out local studios and sign up for a yoga class, kickboxing, or even swim laps at the local Y. And check out Groupon to see if you can get some good deals too. Staying active during this time of year, will help you stay happy, healthy, and prevent you from gaining any extra pounds if you really are enjoying that Peppermint Bark a little too much!
Happy Holidays

So what do you think of these tips? They are not hard...They are attainable...They are simple and they are REAL! Now go put on your holiday attire and smile big, because this truly is a wonderful and special time of year! Have a wonderful weekend friends and see everyone next week!

Happy Holidays

What are you looking forward to most this holiday season, besides peppermint bark?

Are you signing up for any fun holiday races, fitness, or yoga classes?

Yoga BLISS At Powerflow Yoga

I LOVE going home to New Jersey anytime of year, but I especially enjoy it during the holidays! Our family is very traditional when it comes to Thanksgiving and Christmas and I look forward to those traditions each year. I cannot believe that I was home for a week and poof it just disappeared. There was lots of time spent with family and friends, working, shopping, and YES there was so much food, but gosh darn it was good...Mom's meatballs and spaghetti; burgers; Italian subs; pizza; and Thanksgiving dinner. My "food baby" was large and in charge, but thankfully I was able to balance it out with lots of yoga and running! 

I knew when I got off the island last week, I needed to spend some time on my mat! I have been doing a lot of running, spin, and weight training, and I wanted to switch things up. My hips were screaming to be stretched and I knew it was time to step back on my mat! I was craving hard sweaty workouts that would help me stretch, lengthen, and work different muscles in my body. I am so grateful for Powerflow Yoga in New Jersey! You can learn more about this studio in my post that I did a few months ago HERE

I was able to practice 5 days in a row at Powerflow Yoga. Each class was 75 minutes long and I was able to take classes from 3 different instructors. It was AWESOME and I was in yoga bliss. There was so much sweating, twisting, and poses that I have not done in months and it just FELT GOOD and was exactly what my mind and body needed! Love that feeling! 

I took classes with Emma, Jeff, and Jessie. I have been taking classes with Emma and Jeff for a few years, but Jessie I had never taken before and it was nice to switch things up and try something new. 

Emma's Class: Don't let this petite gorgeous woman fool you...She's TOUGH! Her classes focus on core, strength, and fun but challenging sequences that leave me sweaty, sore, but always smiling! With all the running I have been doing, her classes definitely helped open my hips, stretch my hamstrings, and build up strength in some of those neglected places...Chaturanga push-ups and lots of them, reminded me where I was weak!   

Jeff's Class: Oh how I love Jeff and so does everyone else! His classes are always packed. He is fun, hilarious, and I love his music selection. I like the flow of his classes because he is always switching things up, to take you out of your comfort zone. He somehow makes it fun and comical even when you have been standing on one leg for what seems like a never-ending sequence. It's a hot sweaty mess of awesome yoga! 

Jessie's Class: This was the first time I practiced with Jessie and I was pleasantly surprised and I definitely will practice with her again. She blew me away with her knowledge of the human body. This was a very challenging class, that I really enjoyed. We really got into deep stretching of the hips and shoulders. The sequences were slow, intense, and well structured. It really helped me focus on my breathing, my balance, and my core. It was such a well-rounded flow that I highly recommend for athletes. 

It felt good to reconnect with this community. To see familiar faces. To switch up my workout routine. To try new things. To challenge myself. To find comfort and peace on the mat again. These are just a few reasons why I practice yoga and why I look forward to reconnecting with these people when I go home. The studio, the people, the teachers are the BEST and I cannot wait to go back in a few weeks for Christmas and spend more time on my mat and working on those inversions. I loved being upside down again!

Make sure to check out the studio, their schedule, and follow them on their social media platforms below to stay up to date and maybe even sign up for some classes this holiday season!

What is your favorite yoga studio?

What type of workout are you currently loving?