So Damn Tired: 6 Quick tips to boost energy levels!

Are you tired? Like so damn tired? I haven’t felt this level of tired really ever. I am running on fumes most times and by 2 pm I am usually ready for a nap! I’m a full time mama. I am with my kids all day every day + it is down right exhausting. I love it but I’m not going to pretend it isn’t freakin’ draining. Plus I’m peppering in pockets of time to build my essential oils business AND consult for my bff’s company in San Diego. I usually roll out of bed at 6:00 am and run run run until 9:00 pm then (if I’m not already passed out on the couch) watch a space documentary (yes we LOVE The Cosmos) on Netflix and crash.

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All you need is wifi and motivation: build your own wellness business!

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Ladies and gents, the times they are a changing. Time freedom is the new money. I am excited about all the alternative ways to earn a decent income while not trading your time freedom for money. I’m not saying that you don’t have to work- you do, I’m talking about the WAY we work. How we spend our time and what we contribute to the world. I have tried lots of different endeavors since I quit working full time at a traditional office-type job. We made sacrifices to keep one of us around to raise our kiddos.

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Backyard garden: spring planting tips!

Spring is my favorite season. I feeling the air change, see the days slowly getting longer and smell the freshness around me. I also love spring because its garden season! This is our 4th year planting our backyard veggie garden and we are learning new things each time we plant. We live in high altitude, so we have to make some adjustments to ensure optimal growing conditions. For one, the growing season usually starts later and ends earlier than our lower elevation counterparts. So we built a greenhouse! We used mostly scrap wood from one of our house renovations and made sure to get the EXTRA heavy duty greenhouse plastic.

My dad (#theoriginalgreenthumb) always worked with a greenhouse. That meant we could start our seeds super early in the season, usually around March 15, and transplant those “starts” into the outdoor garden when the last frost was through. The greenhouse is not necessary but definitely provides an opportunity to have a longer growing season. Plus it helps keep pests away. That’s been our other challenge: squirrels, mag-pies, rabbits, bugs loveΒ to eat our veggies before we do. I’ve been experimenting with natural repellents – I’ve read that rabbits do not like the smell of peppermint, so we will be putting a few drops of peppermint essential oil on cotton balls and place them around the garden. Fingers crossed!

Aside from the abundance of organic veggies that we harvest all summer, having a garden has been an awesome way for us to connect to the natural world. Its also been really cool to get our kiddos out there to work in the dirt alongside us.Β Being around plants has fantastic benefits for the human psyche.

I love the many metaphors + life lessons in growing food in your garden.

You reap what you sow. Yes your results depend on your efforts. An abundance of veggies in your backyard won’t just appear, you must intentionally plant the seeds. If you follow the process you will get results.

You get what you give: If you want to grow a patch of tomatoes in your backyard that will be ready to eat this summer you have to give… you have to give your time, energy and commitment to helping your tomato grow.


Here are some tips and tricks to get your backyard garden started:
SEEDS: order your seeds from a reputable source as early as February. We use Johnny’s Seeds, I have friends who love http://www.rareseeds.com and also source from their local nursery.

GREENS
ROOTS
HERBS
HOT WEATHER VEGGIES
Kale
Swiss Chard
Mustard Greens
Spinach
Red Lettuce
Green Lettuce
Asian Greens
Turnip
Beets
Carrot
Radish
Cabbage
Broccoli
Brussel sprouts
Leeks
Parsnips
Green onion
Bulb onion
Cilantro
Parsley
Dill
Basil
German Winter Thyme
Zucchini
Yellow squash
Butternut Squash
Cherry Tomato
Tomato (sun gold, sweet million)
Cucumber
Planting Phase I: Cold weather planting can start as soon as soil can be worked (or you can start in your greenhouse if you have one). Usually this is mid-March. Frost protection is key! Use a fabric to cover your newly planted seeds or keep a small heater in your greenhouse to keep temp above 50 degrees at night.
-mustard greens, kale (red or green), Asian greens
Planting Phase II: Everything else can be planted late April / early May. You can direct seed your spinach + lettuce outside in your garden beds. Put your late season Fall crops in trays the first week of April. You can transplant your lettuce plugs that were started in March.
Companion planting:Β Some plants do really well with a “buddy”… check out this fun infographic with details about which plants grow better with a buddy.
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Don’t let your bad habits define you.

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As many of you guys know I am facilitating the Diabetes Prevention Program over at the YMCA. I am coaching a group of people through lifestyle changes that can hep reduce their risk for developing Type ll Diabetes and I love love love it! It’s been really eye opening for me to see just how challenging behavior change can really be. It’s also making me do some “checking in” with myself on how I handle some of my own hard to break habits. Continue reading

Why I’m limiting my meat and dairy intake!

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Last week I binge watched food documentaries on Netflix. It all started because someone in my DPP class asked about alternatives to meat-based proteins and I remembered watching Forks over Knives a while ago and thought I could get some inspiration. Eeek, did I get some inspiration… after watching Food Inc, Forks over Knives and Vegucated I texted Aaron and told him we were all going Vegan and that I was going to throw out any animal products in the house. Ha!

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4 Tools I’m using to organize my house + my mind this Fall

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Well summer is on its way out and Fall is coming to stay for a bit. I love this time of year- chilly mornings, chai lattes, cozy fires at night and getting a fresh new agenda plannerΒ to “be more productive”! I guess I will forever be on the school schedule where the start of the year is always in the fall. It’s good, it feels like the right cycle for me (plus my hubby works in education and goes back each Fall to start a fresh new year).

Here are 4 tools I’m excited to use to help me organize my home and clear my mind in preparation for the next seasonal change…

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