Set The Standard

Yesterday was an off day for me so I took a bath & crawled into bed early. I didn’t set an alarm and it felt nice to rise when my body was ready. I woke up and made myself a healthy breakfast including a detox smoothie (you can find the recipe here)

I’m a firm believer in pampering yourself once in a while. I realize it’s hard to do & often you can feel guilt. I used to think things like “I should be working & being productive” or “I don’t deserve this” but that is incorrect. We must treat ourselves not cheat ourselves. So this afternoon I’m going to the spa to see Christine for a facial & chemical peel. She does an incredible job and I always leave feeling very relaxed.  I’ll spend the rest of my day running errands and soaking up me time.

My health & well-being rely on days like this and I feel very grateful that I am able to slow down and realize when my mind, body and soul need to be polished. Although I love making a girls day out of these things I also find peace in doing them on my own. It is my time to get lost in my thoughts & enjoy the moment. Diane Von Furstenberg put it perfectly by saying “When a woman becomes her own best friend life is easier.”

The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others. So have a beautiful day my loves, and be sure to celebrate & embrace yourself xoxo, B

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Next Stop

In the last few weeks I have really lost sight of my priorities. The results are disappointing but tonight I realized the reason my results aren’t where I want them to be is because I’m cooking with a recipe for failure. The solution is simple, I need to change my ingredients. I wrote down my priorities (my well-being, the relationships in my life, career, education etc.) and then I wrote a list of improvements for each one. Doing this felt so good & helped me map out my plan to free myself from any self doubt &/or limits. Often I find myself slipping so fast that I don’t see the point in reaching for something to hang onto. The thing that is so important to remember is that it is never too late to re-evaluate your priorities & see if your lifestyle coincides with them. If what you’ve been doing isn’t working anymore, it’s okay. Things get used up & worn out but we can always start fresh. And that, in my opinion, is the beauty in having the option to turn your life around on any road.

Shall We Dance?

Tonight I decided to play nice with Tofu & make a teriyaki tofu bowl for dinner. It was my first time handling tofu, so I wasn’t quite sure how it would turn out. I pan fried it, and followed these instructions. It is definitely something you need to be patient with, if you rush it then it burns the outside & makes it oily. I haven’t been cooking dinner on nights that Andy works late, but I decided I need to do it even when he is gone. He doesn’t like tofu anyway, so it was a good little dinner for me, myself, and I.

After dinner I indulged in some trashy reality tv (Mob Wives, Teen Mom 2, T.I. & Tiny, just to name a few). Tomorrow is my day off and I don’t have any homework tonight. So I decided to skip the cleaning, studying, and reading for the night and just relax.

I’ve been trying to keep my nails natural, but I love nail polish too much. I am itching for Spring and pastel colors are my favorite right now. I tried this new pattern, which was super easy. The pink coat was the first one I did. Then I did the blue on top a couple of hours after. I wanted to make sure they were completely dry before I added the next coat, if not they tend to bubble. I didn’t use tape because I didn’t have any at home — But I didn’t have a problem keeping a steady hand. What are some of your favorite colors lately?

Bottom pink coat: ‘Shell We Dance?’ by Sally Hansen 

Top blue coat: ‘Havana Dreams’ Sephora by OPI 

 

I want to end on a more serious note tonight. I’ve seen some videos of kids with the genetic disease called Progeria, meaning “prematurely old.” I feel like a lot of people don’t understand what the disease does — and that these children are simply trying to live a normal life. I saw this video and it truly touched my heart. By far one of the best I have seen. I hope you have the same feelings towards it.

All my love, B

Logan Problem #1

I have morphed into a legitimate pig since we have moved. When Andy is at work, I tend to go into this weird mode where I just shove everything in arms reach into my mouth. It’s such a problem. That box of oreos in my pantry? Oh ya… GONE. And, I am pretty positive that my heart rate has not increased in result of physical activity in weeks. That is, unless, you count me BOOKING it up our stairs (always skipping a step like a 5 year old. you know it’s fun and you’ve done it), or the really neat anxiety attacks moving causes.

Anyway, long story not really short, I have decided in order to be healthy I need to prep.

We went to the store & bought things for:

Taco Tuesday! The first one we’ve had. I’ve never made tacos before, so I was kind of nervous. Handling meat freaks my shit out… But they turned out absolutely delicious. I thought I’d never say this… But they tasted just like my moms :)

Oh and don’t forget my huge glass filled to the rim with ice cold cranberry juice.

And this green smoothie that surprisingly did not freak my shit out.

Via 

So we are going to be making healthy, delicious, all around meals for dinner hopefully 3 times a week or more. And I am going to make myself smoothies so that I don’t eat & then feel like my stomach is eating itself 2 hours later.

When I was living in Salt Lake I was going to the gym almost every morning before work with Kelsey. Prior to the move I unintentionally let my gym habit slip. But, I am determined to get back into it. I haven’t joined the Rec center here yet, so Kelsey sent me this fabulous (ok kickass) site. I can’t wait to start, they have quick & effective videos that hold the attention span of a 5 year old. I’d give it a try. After all, Victorias Secret did just send out the swim issue… Uh ohhh.