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HOW TO BE A NAP NINJA

One question I get all the time from women in our Brain + Gut Health Explorers community is how do I have so much energy?!?   And it's not because I drink a load of caffeine... I'm an one cup of coffee in the morning only type of person (any more and it makes my gut completely miserable).

Well.  I'll share with you one of my favorite hacks for feeling energized throughout the day and it's dedicated to my beautiful redheaded grandma whom I call, Gromeré.  At 91yrs old, she taught me the power of a good 15-20 minute power nap.

If you want all 5 hacks for staying energized throughout the day, you can score them all here!

Anywho.  Back to my gromeré.  Growing up, it was nothing for my grandparents to have family/friends over... and for my grandma to disappear for 15-20 minutes while everyone was playing cards or taking a break for lunch.

By the time, you were searching for her... she would pop her beautiful redhead into the room with a huge...

HACKS TO HELP YOU STAY HEALTHY WHILE TRAVELING

Love- it's that time of year where you are packing up the car every other weekend to go THIS place or THAT... and somehow along the way, your goals of crushing a 10K (or rocking a bikini) slip to the sidelines.  Am I right?

Well. First off... you can ALREADY rock that bikini, love.  The only way to truly have a beach body is to:  A)  put on a bikini  and 2)  go to the beach.  DONE!  

But I get it, love.  I set quarterly health goals for myself and sometimes, it seems like the SUMMER is a test for my own will-power... can Amber hit her goals this summer, we shall see!  It's like American Ninja Warrior... but I'm a contestant, LIFE is the battles and my goal is to CRUSH a marathon come September.  Okay, nothing like American Ninja Warrior... but you feel me, right?

Last summer, I thought I was in a run for my money when our little man had intense lokomat therapy in the big "city" every other day for 12+ weeks... which...

MY 5 HACKS TO A HAPPY GUT

Have you ever woken up to a belly that was COMPLETELY angry with you?  Distended, gargling noises, some discomort... making you rethink what you had at dinner with the girls or maybe you indulged a wee bit too much on vacation.  
 
Dude.  We have all been there, sometimes, I even go there... and I KNOW my belly is going to be upset with my lifestyle choices the next day.   But, after some trial and error, I found some tips to help me get my gut back on track AND it’s one question I get asked probably once a week if not more.  

So.  I figured I’d just jot it down for you here, love... my tips on how to make my belly happy!  And you probably guessed it, the first place we are going to start is with the diet.
 
HAPPY BELLY TIP #1:
 
REFRAIN from processed, refined foods such as donuts, cookies, cakes, chips, etc.   FOCUS INSTEAD ON EATING WHOLE, UNPROCESSED, UNREFINED FOODS.
 
One of the best...

Basil

Basil and I have a love/hate relationship... I love all the benefits of basil + it hates to grow in my herb garden.  

Not really.  

I just struggle with growing parsley and basil... which folks tell me are the two simplest herbs to grow.  My issue is the herbs do amazing then we get 3-4 days of torrential downpours of rain and when I go to check on them once the sun comes up... they have given up on life.   { sad face }  

So.  In order to solve this problem... I have repotted my plants (aka. purchased new ones) and moved them indoors near our sliding glass doors so they can get optimal sun but protected from the heavy rains!  

Now my biggest concern is keeping those tiny 4yr old hands off my plants!!!  Ah well... 

Let's dive deep into BASIL to find out all it's goodness + ways you can start using it... in your kitchen as well as in your beauty regimen!  

 

How to select the right basil? 

Opt for organic, fresh...

The Benefits of Blueberries

Blueberries remind me of the hubster... see his side of the family use to have a blueberry farm + I got pretty spoiled. Each summer, there would be gallon ziplock bags of freshly picked blueberries for the taking. DELICIOUS!!!

And whenever we head out to a farmer's market, fresh berries are always a must (along with cut flowers). It just reminds me of a time when we were first dating... back in college... getting free food (like the blueberries) from family members who felt pity for us broke college students.

His family would send me home with blueberries... and my folks would send me home with a case of tuna fish (because my dad would have a SAM's club card)! HAHAHA!

Fish + blueberries... not a good combo, I'm not recommending it here.

{ insert: gross face }

Let's divert from this subject and dive a wee bit deeper into the goodness of blueberries + recipes which don't include fish! You are welcome.

How do you select BLUEBERRIES?

In an article, I read it's more beneficial to snag...

Makeup Bag "MUST HAVES" for Moms

Wow.  Let's be real for a second, love.  Growing up, I never learned about make-up... which is COMPLETELY odd considering I grew up in the South, right?  However, my mom wasn't big into makeup so... it's not something I learned.  Not saying that's bad or good... just my story. 

 

Now. In full honesty, there are a few things I NORMALLY use such as:

  • eyeshadow (for my right eyebrow - to hide a scar: fell off a chair when I was wee little)
  • sunscreen on my face
  • mascara (for special occasions)

And that's typically it....EXCEPT if you count chapstick. Does that count? Anywho. Now that we have a little one that's growing up curious about make-up and all things FANCY, I'm learning in my 30's about beauty products + teaching her as I go!

Most importantly, we are talking about how beauty, true beauty is all about KINDNESS... and feeling confident in your skin. we talk about how our unique features make us special... and how taking care of our skin starts from...

Stay Present... a note to myself.

STAY PRESENT

Dude.

Seriously. In today's world it seems something is always competing for our attention... the news, podcasts, social media, etc. Something is always happening + wanting to be seen. But you know what... something has ALWAYS been happening. Right? And the world kept turning.

 

Last fall, the hubster + I sat down to take a look at some of the things we wanted to box up and take with us... some things we wanted to store... and other things we needed to either donate or trash.

 

The task made me think of other things we needed to either take with us... or trash. And that was our habits. How can WE be more present as a family? How can we focus on the NOW... before our Gillies, the twins, are packing up their own things to head out on their own.

A few habits we decided to take with us:

  • family dinners... unplugged

  • Saturday morning outings to the local farmer's market (when in season)

  • Sunday church service

  • starting the day with meditation and prayer

  • ...

Green Smoothie Recipe

This smoothie recipe is one of my favorites and one I have almost every single day. We do change it up a wee bit here and there because, to be honest…. I typically share my smoothie with the Gillies, our 5yr old twins and some days they ask for chocolate or berries instead. And I’m not going to rock that boat because with smoothies, it’s a way I can sneak in some extra greens and superfoods! You feel me?

Anywho. This smoothie recipe, like I said I make almost every single day… no matter if I’m traveling- I’ll even check my luggage to make sure my nutri-bullet makes the trip! So, I decided to write out the recipe since my ladies in our NO BRAINERS community asks me what it is quite often— and maybe YOU would want to know, too!

Now, I snagged this recipe from the book, Body Love… which is AMAZING and you can catch my FULL review here! There’s tons of delicious recipes + many more smoothie recipes I snag for when, like I said,...

Green Smoothie Recipe

This smoothie recipe is one of my favorites and one I have almost every single day. We do change it up a wee bit here and there because, to be honest…. I typically share my smoothie with the Gillies, our 5yr old twins and some days they ask for chocolate or berries instead. And I’m not going to rock that boat because with smoothies, it’s a way I can sneak in some extra greens and superfoods! You feel me?

Anywho. This smoothie recipe, like I said I make almost every single day… no matter if I’m traveling- I’ll even check my luggage to make sure my nutri-bullet makes the trip! So, I decided to write out the recipe since my ladies in our NO BRAINERS community asks me what it is quite often— and maybe YOU would want to know, too!

Now, I snagged this recipe from the book, Body Love… which is AMAZING and you can catch my FULL review here! There’s tons of delicious recipes + many more smoothie recipes I snag for when, like I said,...

Makeup Bag "MUST HAVES" for Moms

30-Something Lady Just NOW Learning about MAKEUP!

Wow. Let’s be real for a second, love. Growing up, I never learned about make-up… which is COMPLETELY odd considering I grew up in the South, right? However, my mom wasn't into make-up so... it's not something I learned. Not saying that’s bad or good… just my story.

Now. In full honesty, there are a few things I NORMALLY use such as:

+ eyeshadow (for my right eyebrow - to hide a scar: fell off a chair when I was wee little)

+ sunscreen on my face

+ mascara (for special occasions)

And that's typically it....EXCEPT if you count chapstick. Does that count? Anywho. Now that we have a little one that's growing up curious about make-up and all things FANCY, I'm learning in my 30's about beauty products + teaching her as I go!

Most importantly, we are talking about how beauty, true beauty is all about KINDNESS... and feeling confident in your skin. we talk about how our unique features make us special... and how...

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