Thoughts While Sitting On The Kitchen Floor

Life is a whirlwind.
It’s been a little quite around here recently and I just didn’t know how to get back into the routine of creating content, posting, and connecting with everyone. I’m still not sure if I’m at a mindset to get back into the routine, but here I am just typing away.

I’m a floor sitter.
I have no problem sitting on the floor vs furniture especially if there is a comfortable rug to sprawl out on and just chat. Most mornings I’ll find myself sitting on the floor giving Tobi some love or scrolling through social media catching up on what all I’ve missed.

The other day I found myself scrolling through my follow feed and the next thing I knew I was spiraling down that rabbit hole of comparison. I’m not eating healthy enough, my weight is too high, I am not working out as often as I should, my life is boring, my husband and I don’t connect enough, my house isn’t as pretty, etc.

Like raise your hand if you’ve been there.
It sucks doesn’t it?
I’ve been thinking a lot about what all I’m putting into my mind – that whole theory of energy in = energy out. I really believe it’s the same as thoughts in = thoughts out which all boils down to, it’s really important what we’re investing our time in. There is this fine line between feeling that push of encouragement to better ourselves in a healthy and positive way vs the push of comparison that drowns us in this self deprecating cycle.

One of the things I love about community is the fact that when you dig in with another person and hear their heart you’re reminded that we all struggle and have insecurities, we’re not alone in that. I think of the most positive people I’ve been around in my life and they never hide their struggles or frustrations, but they have that unwavering joy through it. I’m sure they struggle with comparison and feeling as though they don’t measure up, but they have this ability to re-ground themselves in truth.

My truth is Jesus.
My truth is knowing that no matter what stage of life I’m in, what size jeans I’m wearing, the status of my friendships, or the depth of communication in my marriage, I’m infinitely valuable and already seen as worthy in God’s eyes. I know that can sound like religious fluff but let me just be completely clear, there is freedom in knowing there is love and joy and acceptance in the imperfect. This world will sit there and throw out so many lies and beliefs that we should be doing or looking like XYZ and if we’re not there is something to help us reach that goal or we should be better at striving to be that perfect instagram-worthy self…and there is no such thing.

My hope is that if you find yourself in that spiral where you’re comparing yourself to this woman, or that man, or this fitness expert, or that couple, etc that you stop, ground yourself, and repeat the truth that lies within reach. It’s ok to be imperfect; in fact you might as well embrace being imperfect because it’s most real, honest, and beautiful. I’ll be doing my job to remind myself of that as well; because I get stuck in the spiral more than I want to admit looking at other people’s perfectly curated social media lives.

For the record, my life isn’t perfect. 🙂
I’m in a city that I hardly know.
I’m making (great) friendships with people I’ll have to move away from soon.
I’m away from family and friends.
I’m not at the health level I want to be at and often scold myself for what I eat or don’t do for exercise.
My husband is in the military which poses a lot of complications on communication and time together.
I often (like daily) feel inadequate in my businesses.
…the list can go on and on and on.


Lorena Canal Washable Rug% | Pants% | Top (currently on sale!)


PS – This rug is LIFE!
I’ve been wanting a bigger rug for the kitchen (for all the sitting I do in there, seriously!) and Lorena Canal sent me this beautiful Bereber Beige Rug and I’m in love.
I actually have Bereber Black Rug in the Living Room under the coffee table and have had it with me since Maine when it was in my entryway as well as in Connecticut in our master bedroom. I’ve washed them a few times and they are still going strong which is a necessity in this household. Having a white rug in the kitchen equals spills (Eddie just spilled BBQ stuff all over it for the 4th of July and Tobi often pukes up hairballs on them) and they wash right out! You should totally browse the other beautiful wall accents, baskets, washable rugs, cushions, and blankets from Lorena Canal.

Waffle Bar Brunch

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One of my favorite things growing up was going to brunch.
As a little girl I remember women using that word and found myself thinking “that’s so adult and so cool” and you want to know what? This almost 30 year old still thinks it’s cool! I mean who can complain about breakfast foods in the middle of the day paired with delicious drinks, cute decor, and good friends? Definitely not Amy!

I’ve been wanting to have some of my girls over for brunch and was brainstorming ideas on what we could munch on that would not only be easy to put together but still tasty and full of options! I always enjoy having options for different toppings whether it’s for my mashed potatoes, eggs, ice cream, etc.

Waffles seemed like a no-brainer, WHO DOESN’T LOVE WAFFLES?!
My mind started working through the logistics and a few things kept coming up: I would need a waffle maker, or at least 2, and instead of being able to spend time socializing I would be secluded in the kitchen making sure the waffles were constantly flowing. Then it was one of those light-bulb moments that just slammed into me, FROZEN WAFFLES!
I made a quick trip to Walmart and found myself scouring the frozen waffle section for something delicious and filling and zeroed in on the new and improved Kellogg’s® Eggo Thick & Fluffy Original Belgian Style Waffles. Getting them for the brunch didn’t make me feel bad at all because they are just like you make at home…and now have colors and flavors from natural sources!

PS – There are also a lot of other new flavors (YAY!) for you to try out: Kellogg’s® Eggo Thick & Fluffy Original, Kellogg’s® Eggo Thick & Fluffy Blueberry Waffles, Kellogg’s® Eggo Thick & Fluffy Cinnamon Brown Sugar Waffles, Kellogg’s® Eggo Thick & Fluffy Double Chocolatey Waffles – so they should all fit your fancy! AND You can sign up for ibotta and earn money back on the purchase of Eggo variety (while supplies last)


COMBINATIONS I MADE

Peanut Butter + Honey + Bananas + Chia Seeds + Sliced Almonds

Greek Yogurt + Blue Berries + Chia Seeds

Peanut Butter + Apples + Honey + Slivered Almonds + Granola

Greek Yogurt + Bananas + Cinnamon + Chocolate Chips + Dragon Fruit (from a smoothie pack!)



NOW TELL ME YOURS!

What are some of your favorite brunch ideas?
OR favorite toppings on your waffles?


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Patio Days

Being outside is one of my favorite things.
I can remember even at a young age grabbing a book and running out to our screened-in porch and jumping into the hammock to swing and read for a while; that really hasn’t changed. The last two places we’ve lived (Maine & Connecticut) haven’t really allowed for just to enjoy much outdoor space at home. We had little patios but they were surrounded by our neighbors and lacked any real privacy. Now I’m able to lounge and read and listen to music at my leisure; we can grill out and have people over and just ENJOY the space that we’re in right now.

The weather out here in California is constantly beautiful (I say this as it’s super overcast and chilly!) which means I can pull the chair out into the sunshine to catch some rays and when it starts to cool off at night I carry a blanket outside and lounge on the sofa. The other night Eddie was doing something on the computer and when he came back into our living room he wasn’t able to find me; lo & behold I had creeped outside and was staying quiet! 🙂

One of my favorite things in our patio is my Grow Table% from EarthEasy. I got it a few months back (as you can see the veggie growth progress!) to start growing my own herbs and a few veggies while I’m here. It’s been so cathartic to watch the kale go from supper small to “woman, EAT ME” size; and I’m shocked at the growth rate of Basil, that stuff grows so quickly! One of my favorite things to do with the mint is to add it with either lemons or oranges to my water, it’s refreshing and delicious!

What are some of your favorite things about spring/summer days?
Also, do you grow any herbs/veggies in a home garden because I want to hear all about it!


Patio Details

Grow Table | String Lights | Seating | Coffee Table | Lantern | Rugs | Hammock


5 Quick Tips To Prepare For Guests

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We’re still getting settled into our house here in San Diego but it’s starting to feel more and more like home. I’m still in this weird vacation stage where I haven’t been here long enough to really accept that I live here and yet I’ve been here long enough to get to know the area close to our place and find my shopping spots. It’s an interesting balance that I’m learning just comes with a move and you roll with it. A few nights ago I had some ladies over for a chill night. Even though the house isn’t fully unpacked and things aren’t where I want them to be I don’t ever want to close myself off to not having people over. I’ve learned in the past how easy it is to seclude yourself and make excuses for not spending time with others and I’m done playing that excuse game!


After finalizing plans with the girls I realized I didn’t schedule a lot of time to pick up / clean the house before they arrived. I literally had about 30 minutes to make it look presentable before they arrived and that made my perfectionist heart flutter with nerves. I grew up in a household where every surface needed to be cleaned and everything put away before guests arrived so naturally I’ve carried that into adulthood. While I LOVE that I try to keep a clean house 99% of the time I’ve also learned that life happens and days bleed together and sometimes you just have to do the mad-dash clean and pick up before people are knocking on your door.

With that being said I made a short list to help you quickly prepare for guests:

ONE | Sweep / Vacuum the main walking areas

There is just something nice about having a clean place to walk. We have linoleum floors in the living areas so dirt and whatnot comes from walking in and outside as well as a cat who shakes his litter all over the place which means I try to sweep/vacuum at least once a day. I loath having anything stick to my bare feet.

TWO | Wipe down your kitchen counters and empty the sink.

Trust me, it will make you feel so much better to have your kitchen picked up and the dishes either washed or put into the dishwasher for later.
I’m not sure about you but I get a little stressed out when I walk into my kitchen being super cluttered (my vitamin bowl is currently stressing me out with how messy it is!).

THREE | Clean your bathroom!

Wipe down the counters and put some cleaner in the toilet bowl and do a quick scrub. Maybe I’m crazy but I get a little creeped out when I walk into a bathroom that looks like it hasn’t been wiped down in a while. I’m a bit of a clean freak (as mentioned above).

FOUR | Scan the main entertaining room and remove anything that doesn’t belong.

Do you have random socks, cups, bobby pins scattered around that don’t really have a place – quickly run and put them in the room they belong to! I try to do this at the end of every day but I’ve been slacking off so this is even more important to do right before guests arrive.

FIVE | Make it smell nice.

There is something so comforting and welcoming about walking into a nice smelling room; so make sure all the rooms smell amazing! When preparing for the girls arriving I ran into Walmart that morning to pick up some snacks and stumbled upon Glade® Atmosphere Collection™ Fine Fragrance Mist and immediately opened up the different numbers to smell all the smells! I selected No. 1 Enraptured™, No. 2 Bright™, & No. 3 Free™ scents and put them into my cart and didn’t look back. One of the reasons I was drawn to this mist was because the collection is infused with essential oils, and masterfully crafted fragrances. I’ve always been a fan of the Glade® brand and all of their products and now being able to keep a mist in each of our most used rooms is going to keep my house smelling inviting for months to come!


So tell me friends, how do you prepare for guests at your home?
Do you have a must-do list you go by, or are you a fly by the seat of your pants kinda preparer?

The Grand Canyon

I’m quickly becoming a lover of everything dealing with The National Parks.
Eddie & I were able to visit Acadia National Park last year and it was breath taking and in that moment I knew I wanted to see more, do more, and explore more.
When Maria & I were figuring out our stops for the cross country road trip we both decided that visiting the Grand Canyon was a non-negotiable. Like most who hadn’t visited the canyon I poured over images and my mind filled with wonder that something so vast and detailed was formed over so many years and within our own borders. We were able to make the drive up to Williams Arizona and stayed at the La Quinta there since we had Tobi and needed a safe place to keep him and rest for the night. After unloading the car we got back on the road and made the hour drive to the south entrance of the canyon where we showed my National Park Pass and then hit the road up to the crest. With it being the winter season and us getting there after lunch time the crowds were minimal and we were able to really soak everything in.

I think we ended up standing on the edge for a solid hour just staring out at all of the vastness that is the Grand Canyon.
It really is Grand.
We then took a small stroll to see a few different angles before hoping back in the car and heading back to the hotel.
I do wish we had been able to have more time to hike and explore and really make a trip out of it but knowing we were getting back on the road early the next day made it impossible to plan out anything more than just sitting and staring at the majesty of it all. Awesome enough, Eddie & I only live 8 hours away so making a weekend trip back isn’t out of the question!

To be honest as I sat at the foot of the Canyon and absorbed the details I was quickly made aware of how small I am.
Later that night I found myself reflecting on life and the value we bring to it; the ability we have to make waves and spur movements and change lives. This national monument is one of the most stunning things I’ve ever seen; it’s vast and intrinsic and full of wonder and yet there it stands. Yes it has the ability to make an impact on a life, and it will change and erode slowly over time yet people flock to see it, to marvel at it, and to cross it off of a bucket list. I wonder what my life would look like if I put as much enthusiasm as I had to see the Grand Canyon into my relationships with others, into my business, into my marriage, into my family, into…everything. I can only imagine the change that would ripple out and turn into a whole new current.


Quick Facts

Where we stayed: La Quinta Inn & Suites – Williams, Arizona (about one hour away from the south entrance to the canyon)

Outfit Details: My sweatshirt% / Leggings / Hiking shoes (similar) / Sandals% / Headband

Time of Year: January – This made for a chill in the air and lots of wind! There was till snow on parts of the canyon which we weren’t really expecting. So if you’re planning to visit during this time make sure your bring layers and the right kind of footwear!


My Moment Of Yes

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When was the last time you said Yes?
I can tell you that for me it was just a few days ago when I finally muted the phone and left it in another room, turned the tv off, put a record on and enjoyed some honest reflection while indulging with some hearty soup. Good flavors & reflection does the heart so much good.

Lately it’s been a struggle to find true balance in my life.
My work life has been bleeding into my home life and the challenge has been finding that good give and take where I don’t feel overwhelmed, under-productive, or insignificant. I keep busying my mind with all of the things I need to cross off of my to-do list instead of saying “YES” to making intentional downtime to calm my mind, body, and spirit. I’ve started noticing that the more I say ‘yes’ to that dedicated space of my day where I am saying yes to reflection; my spirit is more free, my body more energized, and my mind more joyful.

It all started with another morning feeling like I just couldn’t get it all done.
The alarm went off and I hit the ground running to get everything done. Answering all of the emails, reading all of the blog posts, educating myself on the latest social changes, reaching out to clients, updating my websites, researching new areas and client bases…the list goes on and on and on. Lunchtime finally rolled around and I realized I had been staring at screen for hours without so much as even checking in with myself to see how I was doing. I walked downstairs to see what I was going to fuel my body with and I remembered I had picked up some Well Yes!® Soups at my most recent trip to The Big Y; which has been my favorite grocery store since moving to the NorthEast – they are so good at supporting local! I decided on the Butternut Squash Apple Bisque for lunch that day and would definitely be eating some of the sweet potato corn chowder the next day. WellYes! is a line of soups made with nutritious ingredients, like chicken meat with no antibiotics, sweet potatoes, kale, and quinoa and it doesn’t skimp on the flavor; these soups are seriously delicious!

After pouring the soup into a pot to warm I went over to the record player and put on some Johnny Swim to play in the background.
I decided in that moment that I was going to actually be present for lunch that day. I wasn’t going to spend the time scrolling through my phone, watching another episode on the tv, or even listen to an audio book; I was going to enjoy my meal and reflect on where I am in life right now. This would be my new moment of Yes

As I start thinking about all the changes and adventures that await in 2018 I can’t help but sometimes feel a little overwhelmed, out of sorts, and running on empty.
I am the type of women who pushes herself to always do something, be somewhere, and connecting with someone; yet rarely do I really make that most precious time to reflect internally. This new year I really want to be intentional with making “yes moments” at least a few times a week. I’ll be realistic in knowing that some weeks the hustle and bustle will catch up with me and I’ll fall into bed at night realizing that I didn’t take those few minutes to check in with myself; but I’ll make the effort to try again the next day.

Self care is so important.
I’ve found that more often than not we care for the needs of others before making sure that we’re safely floating above the water as well. Instead of realizing too late that we’re under the water and overwhelmed; why not take some time during the week to stop, reflect, check in, and make some adjustments with what you need to do more of and what needs to be done less.
I’m not sure about you; but I’ll take some quiet time and a good bowl of soup any day to reflect.


NOW BACK TO YOU.

How are YOU making time for yourself lately?
Does taking a “moment of yes” resonate with you in the start of a brand new year?
What would those moments look like and how can I encourage you to make them happen?



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