Hey Fab Ones!
At this point- with all this bizarro freezing weather- you’re probably bored and uninspired by your winter wardrobe. Am I right? I’ve had to dig deep myself and get more creative since I am actually experiencing winter for the first time in 15 years and having to wear coats/gloves/heavier sweaters! I actually wished I had ear muffs today because I didn’t realize it’s not a smart idea to wear my hair in a topknot while out running errands in 32 degree weather. Brrrrrr!
It’s so easy to slip into that schleppy state of being during winter- heck, I don’t even want to shave my legs (poor Aaron), but let’s just say NO to schlepping. I’m excited to kick off the first webisode of the year sharing my 14 tips for staying chic all the way through to Spring.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVE?
Ladies, I want to remind you to really take care of yourselves right now. Especially since the kids just went back to school and you’ll be exposed to more germs that they will bring home. Right before we moved I got so sick with a very high fever, congestion and a cough that I fought for 6 weeks and then relapsed before Christmas and just had to do a 10 day cycle of amoxicillin.
Please keep your feet warm, take extra Vitamin C, keep antibacterial hand sanitizer in your purse, stay hydrated and drink lots of hot tea with honey and lemon to keep your throat and chest lubricated while breathing the indoor heaters then the blast of cold air outdoors.
I am a super healthy gal and had never been sick for so long. Not sure how I made it through the big move and attending so many holiday events- guess I was running on adrenaline and my body never healed so I relapsed hard. Don’t let this happen to you! PLEASE sleep well and take EXTRA care of yourself. A low stress lifestyle will keep your immune system strong!
Cheers to being healthy + fabulous in January!
Hey Sweet Sistas!
How do I graciously begin a post about a topic like Breast Cancer? There’s really no gracious way to go about it except to say cancer sucks and when it hits the body parts that makes women feel feminine and sultry…well, it’s like one bad nightmare. On top of potentially losing your breasts, add losing your crowning glory? WHAT?
We all know or indirectly know a woman who has fought this battle and lived this nightmare. It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I invite you in joining me in celebrating a courageous woman who is my SHEro, Christine Handy. Now, SHE is the epitome of GRACE. Throughout her battle this past year, she has worn a smile (even through tears) and refused to become a victim, but a VICTOR! Yes, she has battle wounds, but remains a warrior. She has awaken from the nightmare and is living life! Did she want to give up? I’m sure she did, but she showed up every day- for herself, for her family, for her friends and kept putting one foot in front of the other walking by Faith. Here’s a glimpse into her battle:
October 1, 2013, marked the one year anniversary of my BC diagnosis. (it’s a yucky story but here goes) I was home, unfortunately alone, about 8:30 AM…..I saw my cell phone ringing, picked it up and there was a very soft, but firm voice on the other line. My doctor told me quickly that I had Stage 2 Malignant Breast Cancer. He was unsure yet if my lymph nodes were involved and that I also had the most aggressive type, Level 3.
All I could remember after that was sitting down gingerly on my chair in my bedroom….tears started flowing. I didn’t want to embarrass myself over the phone with the doctor so I think I just sat quietly and listened. I hid my tears…..
And then I remember asking one question….”Am I going to die?”
I will never forget the doctor’s answer…..
He said , “I would like to meet with you and your husband to discuss”. That was it………that’s all he said. That is almost all I remember from that entire day. I do know we told our son Noah that night because I couldn’t stop crying. We tried to wait, but it was impossible for me to hide my fear, sadness and utter despair. Noah needed to know. Luke was at boarding school and so we kept it from him until Peter could fly up there and tell him in person. I went straight to Arizona for my lumpectomy with my parents. My parents flew me home and Peter flew up to Luke’s ‘Parent Weekend’ that I obviously would have to miss. Peter told him then.
That said, we are replacing that horrible memory with a new memory and a beautiful day. OUT with the OLD in with the NEW.
I spent the entire day of October 1st, 2013, out of my house with friends and family who love me and they made it a FABULOUS day. Now, we just have to go through the motions to the finish line….. MY SURGERY. I have delayed my reconstructive surgery indefinitely as it is too much on my body. I need to rebuild. I will get through the holidays after the final CHEMO which is now DECEMBER 3rd and decide then. I have had ENOUGH.
I have amazing friends, a loving family, parents that care so much, kids that love me and I am CANCER FREE!
WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT.
Hey Healthy Hotties,
I am over the moon to introduce you ladies to our latest and greatest blog sponsor….DRINK CHIA! You may remember they participated in our Summer Swag Bag Giveaways last year. I have had the pleasure of getting to know the company and one of it’s founders, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Gideon J. Lewis (the handsome adventure seeker with the million dollar smile holding the bottle). Gideon and the company are on a mission “to inspire people to be engaged in their health, try new things, seek adventure, and be active in their communities.” LOVE THAT! I am very proud to share ‘internet real estate’ with this company and promote them.
Have you been noticing chia seeds everywhere lately? Kale took over in 2012 and this year it’s all about the chia seed! We have been incorporating flax seeds and flax seed oil into our diet for some time now, but chia seeds do not go rancid the way flax seeds do and contain a higher level of Omega 3’s. From hydration to brain function, the list of benefits from chia seeds are endless and I encourage you all to add them to your diet. They also help maintain healthy weight because of the high fiber content. One of the easiest and fastest ways to add chia seeds to your diet is by drinking them. When the chia seed is wet it forms a gelatinous substance that takes longer to digest. You stay fuller longer which prevents overeating.
In case you are wondering, yes– chia seeds are the same seed from the famed Chia Pets popularized in the 80’s! Can you hear the song in your head? Cha-Cha-Cha Chia!
Chia seeds have amazing absorptive properties. In fact, those tiny seeds can absorb 9 to 12 times their weight in water. When you consume them, your body is getting prolonged hydration and retaining important electrolytes.
Our chia seeds pretty much come straight from the farm and into your bottle of Drink Chia! Because they are a whole, unprocessed food, our bodies break down these little chia dynamos slowly, balancing our blood sugar levels and giving us endurance for the long haul.
Chia seeds not only contain natural antioxidants, but they also hold the highest known concentration of plant-based Omega-3 essential fatty acids, which studies show are important to the health of our hearts and other vital organs.
As they are for the heart, Omega-3 fatty acids are important to brain health and function. Studies suggest they can improve nerve function and alleviate symptoms associated with a number of conditions, such as OCD and ADHD.
I down a Drink Chia! before every workout now and have seen a huge difference in my endurance on powerwalks, hikes and in my yoga classes. The flavors are amazing and my favorite is the Honeysuckle Pear. YUM!
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This sponsorship helps me to continue bringing you blogs and videos which inspire you to grow, shine and be the best that you can be. I’m truly grateful to Gideon and Drink Chia!
I just have a quick, but very important beauty + health tip today….
I recently mentioned coconut oil (my new BFF) on the Facebook Community and several ladies commented and shared their favorite way to use it. Ok, so I guess coconut oil has lots of BFF’s. I’m glad to hear it because this stuff is amazing internally and externally. Many of you here on the blog are not “facebookers” so I wanted to make sure you got this great info as well.
I have been using coconut oil for the past few years, but only on occasion. I would use it in the winter as a deep conditioning treatment on my hair or as a moisturizer on my skin when it was super dry, but that was about it. Recently, I have been cooking with it more and it’s delish! Substitute it for the cooking oil you are currently using. I switch off between the coconut oil and EVOO. The list of health benefits from coconut oil is a mile long:
- hair care
- skin care
- stress relief
- maintaining cholesterol levels
- weight loss
- increased immunity
- proper digestion and metabolism
- relief from kidney problems
- heart diseases
- high blood pressure
- HIV and cancer
- dental care
- bone strength
The benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and its properties such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial and soothing properties. (http://www.organicfacts.net) It even worked on my chihuahua’s hotspots. I tried several different natural home remedies as well as over-the-counter lotions on her skin and nothing worked as fast as coconut oil. Make sure to get organic virgin coconut oil that has not been bleached, refined or hydrogenated.
Be beautiful inside + out!
Happy Sunday Style & Spirit Sisters,
How’s your weekend going? Hope it’s going fantabulous. Today’s Sunday post is going to be a bit different because I am fired up about sharing a brilliant film/docu we watched yesterday called “HUNGRY FOR CHANGE”. SOS is all about bringing you insight, experiences, tips and wisdom to help you look and feel your best, right? So you know if I’m sharing this on my blog then it’s definitely something I believe you ALL need to see. What you learn in this hour and a half film will change your life! Here’s an excerpt from the website:
We all want more energy, an ideal body and beautiful younger looking skin. So what is stopping us from getting this?
“HUNGRY FOR CHANGE” exposes shocking secrets the diet, weightloss and food industry don’t want you to know about; deceptive strategies designed to keep you coming back for more. Find out what’s keeping you from having the body and health you deserve and how to escape the diet trap forever.
Featuring interviews with best selling health authors and leading medical experts plus real life transformational stories with those who know what it’s like to be sick and overweight. Learn from those who have been there before and continue your health journey today. Check out the official trailer:
If you have Netflix, it is playing online there or DVD’s are available on the film’s website, http://www.hungryforchange.tv
There is a segment toward the end of the movie that discusses the power of visualization and positive affirmations. They share this beautiful affirmation by Lousie Hay:
“I accept myself unconditionally right now”
This will be our only affirmation for the week. I encourage you not only say it, but to take it a step further and say it to yourself in the mirror. Powerful!
Please let me know if you watch the film! I would love to hear your thoughts.
Trust me, it will change the way you shop at the grocery store, think about dieting, and it will help you focus even more on
I sincerely appreciate all the comments, sharing and tweets lately.
Hi Beautiful Girl,
Happy Friday! What do you have planned for the weekend? I know I sound like a broken record, but I hope you find some time to decompress, recharge and calm your Spirit. I won’t keep you from getting on with it so here’s just a few tips to help you feel healthier, more beautiful and hold on to your sanity! I believe our inner beauty, health and wellness is much more important than the latest style and makeup tips. If we don’t feel good on the inside, ultimately- we will not look good on the outside.
The popularity of Green Tea has increased tremendously over the last 10 years. Have you incorporated it into your lifestyle yet? I encourage you to do so. There is a long list of health benefits including:
- Increases metabolism (woohoo),
- Lowers blood pressure,
- Regulates glucose + insulin levels so it helps prevent diabetes,
- Lowers cholesterol,
- Reduces risks of cancer + alzheimers,
- +PLUS+ the antioxidants help preserve the elasticity in the skin meaning LESS WRINKLES!
LATEST Q + A WEBISODE: No you aren’t crazy!
An important supplement I forgot to mention in the webisode (Brain Fart) is a great Vitamin B-Complex. I love it in sublingual form! Helps with anxiety, depression, all symptons of PMS, fatigue, heart disease and more.
FINAL TIP: Enjoy nature. Take a walk. Stop + smell….
SOS TO THE RESCUE!
Giving you the tools…
to be free,
secure with yourself,
to embrace your quirks,
to own your unique beauty & style,
to walk tall in your fabulous-ness,
to be unapologetic,
to live life without restraints,
to realize your self-worth,
to truly take care of yourself, nurture your spirit and
to watch every single one of your dreams come to pass!
Love You Sister,
Send me a TWEET and let me know how your weekend is going!