How To De-stress The Blogging Process

A good chunk of my reader base includes fellow bloggers. I’m talking to you guys today and asking you if writing, though a passion, can really stress you out at times?! I love to write, but there are so many times that it puts a strain on me. Reasons: I know others are watching, I have self-imposed deadlines and spotty willpower when it comes to meeting them, I’m pressed for time, and it’s just plain hard. Writing is like working out; you really have to push yourself to start and it’s hard and not that fun…until you get going. Then you feel good and you enjoy it and you’re glad you did it! So you keep going back to the proverbial salt lick and torturing yourself in the best way possible.

If writing/blogging stresses you out, I’m here to share a few tips on how to de-stress the process and even start to work ahead of schedule. Hey, there is nothing more stressful than working at the eleventh hour, even if you are your own boss. (Actually, that might even be worse.)

(PS. This process works for all forms of writing and many other projects! I.e. Your exercise regimen, meal planning, decluttering, etc. Just observe the formula and adjust accordingly!) Continue reading

9 Apps To Help You Be A Slay-At-Home Mom

I recently took a hard look at the apps that had taken up residence on my phone and asked myself whether they were adding any value to my life or just taking up space or, worse, time. I think this is an especially important area to examine for value since things like apps aren’t tangible things–do the apps you’re using produce tangible benefits? I deleted a substantial number, but, in the end, there were several that I kept around because they’ve really helped me up my SAHM game.

If you’re a SAHM like myself, you are probably always on a mission to level up your homemaking. Hold on to your hats, ladies, this is going to be a big one. Here are 9 apps I love and how you can use them to slay your day! Continue reading

Minimalist Goals For 2017

Happy New Year readers! Instead of starting this month with my typical post about my latest bullet journal spread, I’m excited to share my goals with you for 2017. I keep telling people (perhaps for accountability’s sake more than anything) that 2017 is going to be the year that I finally and fully embrace what I’ve always wanted to become: a minimalist.

Why Harboring So Many Interests Is Hurting You

Operation Minimalist. It seems from the dawn of the idea in my mind, the implementation of minimalism has either eluded me or I’ve made every excuse to keep clinging to every unnecessary thing in my life. Despite being a minimalist at heart, I somehow still struggle with wanting to do and be all things to all people. Perhaps you know the feeling: wanting to wear every style, cook every food, read every book, do every project, or keep every thing.

It’s good to be adventurous and eager to try things, but, in a way, it’s a betrayal to ourselves–to stretch ourselves so thin into so many territories. With limited energy, it only leaves us disorganized, directionless, and still asking ourselves the ultimate question: who am I? Continue reading

7 Day Detox: Tips For Coming Off Your Detox 

Christmas has come and gone and I’m already thinking about how I can get back on track once the season of sweets is over. If I haven’t totally gone off the edge, I’m definitely standing on it! (Who was I to think I could resist the homemade haystacks, baklava, samoas, and payday bars!? Rum balls anyone?)

If you haven’t read my posts on the why and how to of planning your detox, check out Parts One & Two!

If you go through a detox, be aware that you can’t jump right back into a normal diet–and, hopefully, you won’t want to. Here are a few tips for coming off a detox and getting back to life as usual while retaining remnants of a healthy lifestyle.  Continue reading

7 Day Detox: Planning Your Detox

Welcome to part II of my series on Detoxing! If you haven’t yet, check out the first post in the series, 7 Day Detox: Why Detox?, and get inspired to start your own reboot experiment.

The Secret To A Successful Detox

Today, I want to give you the secret to detoxing successfully. Are you ready? You have to plan your meals, your snacks, your beverages, everything! Down to the last detail. If you skip this part or just gloss over it with generalities, you will set yourself up for failure! Knowing exactly what and about how much you are supposed to be eating ahead of time will help you avoid the pitfall of off-the-cuff decisions–which often lead to poor choices. Get a notebook, grab a pen, and let’s get started. Continue reading

7 Day Detox: Why Detox?

Have you been feeling sluggish lately? Sleeping poorly or waking up feeling heavy? Barely making it through the afternoon without a nap? Perhaps it’s time to give your body a mild reset.

One day last month I found myself once again pulling the tortilla chips out of the pantry for lunch…with a side of lemonade and yogurt (for the second time since 8am). Over and over I was finding myself reaching for the dairy, the plastic wrapped snacks, and anything that would just fuel me long enough to make it to the next meal, if you could call what I was eating a “meal.” The problem was the food I was reaching for wasn’t fuel at all. In fact, it was making my sluggish demeanor worse! I was stuck in an endless cycle of bad choices. I had a nutrition degree for crying out loud, what was I doing?! That’s when I decided it was time for a detox.

It’s fairly common for nutrition-conscious people to decide to detox after the holiday season, however, I wanted to bite the bullet and start fresh before the Christmas season arrived–that way I could perhaps begin to make better choices and avoid overindulging in the first place. If you are interested in starting fresh post-holidays, stay tuned for this series I’ll be doing on staging your own 7 day detox. Today I’ll be exploring why you may want to detox and the obstacles and victories you will face should you choose to do so. Continue reading

5 Thanksgiving Slow Cooker Recipes To Free Up Time & Space

If your family is anything like mine on Thanksgiving, we really put out a spread. I’m talking 10 to 12 different dishes. Turkey, stuffing, potatoes, salad, rolls, dessert… the works! But with so much happening in the kitchen, it quickly gets stressful trying to organize time and space to make sure everything has a spot in the oven or on the stove–not to mention making sure everything is ready for the table at the same time. It takes cunning and skill.  Continue reading