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3 WAYS TO STAY HEALTHY DESPITE A BUSY SCHEDULE

three ways to stay well besides a busy schedule via lauren kelp
It’s easy to dream about keeping a schedule that’s perfectly balanced between self-care and being productive on a calm Sunday afternoon. However, as soon as the work week starts and things get a little crazy, all of that self-care and balance usually tends to go out the window. Most of us almost always fall back into old habits as soon as things become a little bit challenging. So how do you combat that? How do you set yourself up for a successful week even when you’re super busy? Here are three simple tips that can make a world of difference.

 

START YOUR MORNING IN A PEACEFUL WAY

Instead of waking up and immediately checking your email, pause and take a few deep breaths. This small change will make such a big difference in the way you feel throughout the day. If you want to take it a step further, try not to check your phone until you’ve gotten out of bed and stepped into the other room. Giving yourself space from the outside world and all of your responsibilities will help you feel more calm and grounded as you begin your day.

 

BE PREPARED WITH HEALTHY SNACKS

Eating well when you’re really busy can be challenging. That’s why it’s so important to have a little bit of foresight and to plan ahead, especially when you know you’re going to have a crazy week. Have your desk or bag stocked with a couple of healthy snack options at all times. This could be anything from fresh fruit to your favorite nut (preferably unsalted), or a minimally processed protein bar. Making sure you have healthy snacks allows you to make better choices when you get hungry in the middle of the day and you’re pressed for time. A little bit of planning can really go a long way here.

 

TAKE TIME TO REST

Amidst your busy schedule it can be really easy to forget the value of downtime, but don’t be mistaken, it’s incredibly important! Carving out a little bit of intentional downtime every night (yes, every night!) will absolutely help you be well and stay well. I say intentional downtime because it’s very different from mindlessly falling down an internet rabbit hole and staring at your phone for 30 minutes. When your resting time is intentional it allows your mind and body to get on board with one another which will help you really chill out. You can read, listen to music, even just spend time drinking a cup of tea and chatting with your partner or friend- the sky’s the limit as long as you feel relaxed.

 

There you have it! Three ways to be well even with a busy schedule. No matter how much you have going on, I’m confident you can make the time to take a deep breath in the morning, buy some healthy snacks, and take a few minutes to rest in the evening. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

3 SIMPLE WAYS TO BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE

25_11_Tommy-Ton-Spring-2015-RTWConfidence is a tricky thing. We envy those who have it, but can feel bad when we have it ourselves. Today, Health & Wellness guru Natalie is showing us 3 simple ways to boost our confidence levels & how we can have the power to change our experiences. It’s a great reminder to go out & be your bombshell self! xoxo, LK


Hello, friends! Natalie here 🙂 Some days you wake up feeling on top of the world, other days…not so much. 

Confidence is a funny thing because it seems to come and go in waves. It’s something that we cultivate within ourselves but somehow it seems to vanish when we need it most. Luckily there are things we can do to help boost our confidence.

PUT ON YOUR FAVORITE OUTFIT

When we’re feeling down, the tendency is to reflect that in the way we present ourselves. Sometimes just putting on an awesome outfit can make all of the difference. This is something that has helped me time and time again. Even though I feel resistant to throwing on a cute dress when I’m feeling “bleh” about myself, I usually push myself to do it and experience a major shift if the way I see myself. Never underestimate the power of a good outfit! 

TAKE EXTRA CARE OF YOURSELF

The tendency when we’re not feeling confident (especially about our bodies) is to treat ourselves poorly. We don’t feel motivated to eat food that nourishes us and sometimes we choose not to eat at all. We might skimp on our exercise routine or morning meditation because it feels like, “What’s the point?” But the fact is, that’s the most important time for you to take care of yourself! It’s easier to practice self-care when your feeling good, but when you’re feeling down it’s absolutely essential.

DO SOMETHING KIND FOR SOMEONE ELSE

Kindness creates confidence. When you do something kind for another person you will immediately feel a sense of confidence, because you’ve done something good. Whether it be brining flowers to your best friend at work, or just picking up something a stranger drops on the street, and small gesture of kindness is a step in the right direction. Turning your attention to being of service to others will help you stop thinking about what’s “wrong” with you and get you focused on something positive.

Next time you’re feeling less than stellar about yourself, try these three tips out! Remember, you always have the power to change your experience.


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photo by Tommy Ton

THE POWER OF SAYING ‘NO’

tumblr_myuogwbYQe1qjb0fho1_1280Hello friends! Natalie here and today I’m sharing something that will potentially save you from burning out in the new year. Learning to art of saying ‘no’ to the things that aren’t right for you is so important to your overall well-being, but it’s not the easiest thing in the world for most of us.

I want to point out something VERY IMPORTANT that a lot of people don’t realize: Every ‘no’ is a ‘yes’ to something else. For instance, if you say ‘no’ to a relationship that isn’t healthy for you, you’re actually saying ‘yes’ to the possibility of the right relationship entering your life. 

‘No’ gets such a bad wrap because it’s often perceived as negative or shutting down  possibilities. But when used correctly, saying ‘no’ can be as powerful and uplifting as saying ‘yes’.

With the holiday season behind us, new years resolutions are starting to enter our mind. This is the time of year where we can start anew and get off on the right foot. It’s important not to overextend ourselves so we don’t end up running on empty.

Two big reasons we end up saying ‘yes’ when we really mean ‘no’ are:

  1. The desire to be liked/nice
  2. Fear of missing out on opportunities

YOU WANT TO BE WELL LIKED:

For the most part, we all want to be liked, it’s a normal human desire. But here’s a question: Who’s more likable than a person who actually wants to be where they are? You might find yourself saying ‘yes’ to plans and party invites or even work commitments because you want the people involved to like you for showing up; but are you really all that likable when you’re not happy with your choices? Probably not. Being real and knowing when to say ‘no’ allows you the opportunity to be the best version of yourself. Then people can actually trust your ‘yes’, knowing that you are totally happy with the commitments you’ve agreed to. 

YOU DON’T WANT TO MISS OUT!:

There’s a lot of talk about saying ‘yes’ to life… and that’s great! You do want to say ‘yes’ to life, and be open to possibilities, but don’t forget the very important thing I mentioned at the beginning of this post: Every ‘no’ is a ‘yes’ to something else. Just because you  utter the word ‘no’ doesn’t mean you’re rejecting life, in fact it could mean that you are embracing it so wholly that you are allowing yourself the full experience, as opposed to one where you are terrified of doing what you actually want to do. So go ahead, say ‘no’ to the next thing that doesn’t feel right for you and remember you’re actually saying ‘yes’ to what you really want. When you think of it that way, there are no opportunities to be lost

There you have it. Saying ‘no’ when that’s what feels right will actually make you more pleasant to be around, and it will also open up new doors to the things you actually want to experience in your life. Remember the power of ‘no’ and you’ll prevent yourself from totally burning out. 

ORANGE BALSAMIC MELON, MOZZARELLA, & PROSCIUTTO SKEWERS

Colorful Bridal Luncheon

Looking for that perfect appetizer for a girl’s night in? You’re in luck! These delicious cantaloupe & prosciutto skewers by Kristen Kilpatrick from our Bridal Brunch are ideal for a quick and simple get together with your besties, or a simple brunch with Mom for Mother’s Day! Full of refreshing melon flavor paired with creamy mozzarella cheese and savory prosciutto, this is a simple appetizer is definitely a crowd pleaser. See the full recipe below!

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– 20 cantaloupe circles (about 2 ½ cups!)

– 20 thin slices prosciutto

– 20 fresh small mozzarella cheese balls (about 1 [8-oz.] tub)

– 20 (4-inch) wooden skewers

Colorful Bridal LuncheonINSTRUCTIONS

1. We created a balsamic reduction sauce to drizzle on top by adding 2 cups of balsamic vinegar and some orange slices + zest!

2. Next you just pour your vinegar into a small non-reactive sauce pan and bring to a simmer.

3. Turn the heat to low reduce the vinegar for about 30-40 minutes or until the vinegar has become thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

4. You should end up with just more than 1/2 a cup. Remove your orange slices and pour into your container!

5. Using a stainless steel melon baller, scoop fresh cantaloupe into balls to be skewered with delicious mozzarella and a slice of savory prosciutto.

6. Garnish wish a splash of balsamic reduction and local honey. Plate & serve!


Photography: Kristen Kilpatrick | Styling & Design: Lindsey Brunk | Glassware: Crate & Barrel | Colorful Serving Platters: CB2lindseybrunk

 

ORANGE BALSAMIC MELON, MOZZARELLA, & PROSCIUTTO SKEWERS

Colorful Bridal Luncheon

Looking for that perfect appetizer for a girl’s night in? You’re in luck! These delicious cantaloupe & prosciutto skewers by Kristen Kilpatrick from our Bridal Brunch are ideal for a quick and simple get together with your besties, or a simple brunch with Mom for Mother’s Day! Full of refreshing melon flavor paired with creamy mozzarella cheese and savory prosciutto, this is a simple appetizer is definitely a crowd pleaser. See the full recipe below!

Vi1sEDl0N0aO3J9JzannPkhYQ72cJrHYfnEvGdWYY5YINGREDIENTS

– 20 cantaloupe circles (about 2 ½ cups!)

– 20 thin slices prosciutto

– 20 fresh small mozzarella cheese balls (about 1 [8-oz.] tub)

– 20 (4-inch) wooden skewers

Colorful Bridal LuncheonINSTRUCTIONS

1. We created a balsamic reduction sauce to drizzle on top by adding 2 cups of balsamic vinegar and some orange slices + zest!

2. Next you just pour your vinegar into a small non-reactive sauce pan and bring to a simmer.

3. Turn the heat to low reduce the vinegar for about 30-40 minutes or until the vinegar has become thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.

4. You should end up with just more than 1/2 a cup. Remove your orange slices and pour into your container!

5. Using a stainless steel melon baller, scoop fresh cantaloupe into balls to be skewered with delicious mozzarella and a slice of savory prosciutto.

6. Garnish wish a splash of balsamic reduction and local honey. Plate & serve!


Photography: Kristen Kilpatrick | Styling & Design: Lindsey Brunk | Glassware: Crate & Barrel | Colorful Serving Platters: CB2lindseybrunk