Category: Wellness

Hurricane Prep

With the hurricane closing in-

Let’s focus on what we can do.

Try to get your hands on these items:

  1. Water
  2. Flashlights
  3. Batteries
  4. Candles & matches in a waterproof container
  5. Food you don’t have to cook
  6. TP & Personal hygiene items
  7. Ice (or freeze Ziplocs of water)
  8. Towels
  9. Plastic bags
  10. Bug spray (mosquitoes are a thing when there’s standing water)
  11. First aid kit
  12. Battery operated radio

If you’re having trouble finding these items locally, you can order online (try Sam’s club or Amazon)

Ideas for food/snacks in case the power goes out:

Crackers and tuna
Bread and peanut butter
Fruit & veggies
Trail mix
Energy bars

Parents don’t forget:

  • formula
  • baby food
  • diapers
  • wipes
  • medications
  • board games/coloring books/entertainment in case power goes out and you need a sanity break 😉

Also don’t forget to:

  • Fill up your gas tank
  • Fill up your bathtub
  • Pull cash out of the ATM
  • Charge your phone
  • Do your laundry & clean your home. You may be without electricity for a bit.
  • Make sure you have some way of hearing updates if the power goes out (radio, phone, etc)
  • Gather your important documents and put them in a safe, easily accessible place in a waterproof bag.
  • Look up a map of the area for local shelters in case they are needed after the storm hits
  • Refill any prescriptions you may need prior to the storm
  • Make a list of important phone numbers
  • If I left anything out please add it to the comments section. Stay safe everyone!

That Gut Feeling-Probiotics are Promising

*Walks into Winterbloom Tea*

“Hi Josh! I would like some tea so I can grow a culture of bacteria and ferment it”

Probiotics are important guys!

Winterbloom Tea Fayetteville, NC

It’s a thing.

(It turns out I actually did that thing wrong. Apparently you can’t just go to town being a mad scientist. There’s a finesse to this 😬)

It also turns out that there are bacteria that improve your overall health. Ya know, not just the kind your mom told you to wash off your hands.

Who knew?

Siggi’s Vanilla Yogurt (probiotic party!) Justin’s Almond Butter, Annie’s Homegrown Graham Crackers

I’ve been drinking kombucha since I was in high school. I didn’t really understand the full scope of the benefits-I just thought it was something different and I dig fermented foods in general. It turns out I was building up my gut health and doing my body a huge favor. And when I consider all the tacos I want to eat this taco Tuesday…it’s probably a good thing I balance it out.

Kimchi tacos. Yes, I went there.

Fast forward to the fermented foods trend-can I just say IT IS AWESOME! Fermented foods are more readily available all over the place now. I used to have to wait until I went back home to get booch and now I have a cart full of the stuff every time I “run for milk and bread”  *happy dance*

So lets get down to it. Your body is full of a jillion different kinds of bacteria. It’s part of your microbiome. Remember that so you can sound super smart when someones asks why you’re drinking booch or shamelessly eating a bowl of kimchi for breakfast.  *awkward laugh*

Normal car snack

YOU GUYS. There are more bacteria in your body than CELLS.

At least, that’s what Google said so it’s gotta be right.

*Mind blown*

So seeing as how they take up a large residence in our existence, you can see how they impact many aspects of how we’re doing. Digestion, blood sugar, the immune system, even our mental health.

Next time someone asks if I want to get junk food- “Sorry, I can’t. My microbiome is off.” I mean…that’s a legit excuse if I’ve ever heard one.

People are literally referring to their gut as their second brain. 🤔 It kind of makes sense. I mean, have you ever eaten a really unhealthy meal..or an entire day of junk…and just felt tired, sluggish, maybe foggy? I have. I always feel more energetic and clear minded when I eat clean. I think it has alot to do with supporting that healthy gut environment. You are what you eat after all, right?

Happy Gut, Happy Life 👌🏻

If that’s the case I am eggs, kimchi, and booch. 😬

p.s. I’m not a doctor or nutritionist. I just really dig good bacteria.

Raleigh Raw-fuelin’ our bodies

Half-Hearted Homebody


There I said it.

Blanket: Pendleton from Leclair’s General Store

So many times we have trouble with that word for fear we are missing out.

I’ve discovered that “missing out” can mean a variety of things.

There was a time I felt I was missing out if I declined invitations.

I mean, it could be SO fun!

…but then the prism turned. Maybe it’s age or maybe it’s that mom/worklife exhaustion but I started to feel that I was missing out on opportunities to better my quality of life by constantly saying yes to events and gatherings. I was missing out on resting, focusing on art, and doing things I love to do! You know, that self-care trendy stuff 😉

Sometimes self-care means being selfish with your time.

Giving myself permission to stay in has been one of the most rejuvenating and productive things I’ve done for myself.

I bounce around my place cleaning, creating, resting, and taking care of my own little corner of the world.

Supereats Snacks

When my little world is given the attention it deserves, I can thrive in my career and the things I do attend. Spreading yourself thin is no bueno.

That’s not to say I never get out or attend events-I definitely do! It’s just a matter of balance 🤷🏻‍♀️

But I mean, who doesn’t love sweatpants, messy buns, and movies? #justsayin

(Self)ish Sunday

Self care, huh?

Cool story bro.

Wait, it actually is important.

Flowers by Nomad Blooms

How many of you have been running on empty and found that you couldn’t give 100% in ANY aspect of your life? I’ve been there. Working full time, mom of two, all sorts of projects, trying to get in shape, trying to cook, are the bills paid? Did I call my parents? Is that field trip today? Was that event tonight?-the list could be endless.

The only way I would thrive in life is to make sure I’m taking care of myself and taking a day to recover and prep.

I always ask myself, will my weekend exhaust me further or will it gear me up to rock n’ roll on Monday when that alarm goes off?

Do whatever it is that makes you feel like you are on top of your game.

I consider good coffee my everyday self-care

I want my Sundays to feel healing and empowering. Sometimes that means turning down events and saying “no”.

I mean, all week we are up early, readying the kids, cooking, cleaning, driving to work, hustle hustle hustle!

I personally need a day where I wake up slowly and have nowhere to be besides what I deem is important to my soul that day.

Beauty Counter Charcoal Face-mask-a favorite of mine

Some Sundays I turn my place upside cleaning. Some Sundays I enjoy the sunshine and go grocery shopping, and some Sundays I simply put on a face mask and flip through my books.

I love cozy blankets, candles, and an entire day to enjoy them and set my intentions for the week ahead.

P.F. Candle Co. from Leclairs General Store

My intentions change weekly as I evolve and my clients and children’s needs change. I consider how I can perform better at work. I also consider personal intentions such as-create more, get more rest, practice patience etc.

I’m very in tune with myself and I know when I’m starting to wear thin. Eating junk on the go, going to bed to late, letting projects pile up-all of those things wear on me personally. I strive to be as proactive during the week as I can be so that when the weekend arrives, I feel satisfied that Ive been taking care of myself and my work is complete. I can fully recover and feel rejuvenated for the next, new week!

I simply believe in the importance of looking within for happiness and to take care of your body so you can run at full capacity!

Healthy snacks to fuel the hustle

I incorporate the girls into self care Sunday by allowing them to have a free play day. I think it’s important for them to have one day of play and rest before a very structured week ahead. I let them sleep in, stay in their pajamas as long as they like, and let the day flow organically for them. If I want to go to the market they’re usually very excited. They love to get in the car and go places so, I don’t feel that my needs are an intrusion on their day. I simply make sure I’m not rushing them out the door or putting unnecessary pressure on them to “go! go! go!” on Sundays.

Of course, everyone’s needs and outlook are different so I’m curious how others spend their weekends. I can only tell you what works for me personally. If climbing a mountain, writing a book, painting your house, or hanging with friends is your jam, that’s awesome too!

My self-care Sunday is pretty basic but it’s very important to me and my routine. I hope you enjoyed a peak into my weekends and that you enjoy your Sunday to it’s fullest in whatever way elevates you!