Monday, September 28

PROJECT DOWNSIZE // Where Are We At?

the lifechanging magic of tidying up


You might be wondering where we are at in our big living style overhaul we've affectionately dubbed "Project Downsize". Well... we're doing pretty good! We got a bit derailed when things got busy and stalled out. Some areas of our house feel awesome and others are still in that it-gets-worse-before-it-gets-better stage.

Since we started we have completely renovated and made over our living areas in our living room, dining nook, and we now for the first time ever have a dining room! I'm just waiting on a few pieces of furniture to be assembled and I'll post photos. You aren't going to believe the before and afters. In case you're new here, this year we decided it was time for a major PURGE and have been slowly plugging away at it ever since. I've taken more trips to the Goodwill drop off than I can count at this point and we've still got a huge section of our garage that is holding things that still need to be dropped off. It's incredible how much CRAP you accumulate in 4 years in a house!

Here's what we've accomplished so far...

➳ Go though all our clothes and donate everything that doesn't fit/that we haven't work in 6+ months
➳ Go through our son's clothes and donate everything he's grown out of (saving a few special pieces)
➳ Undertake a Great Toy Purge and donate everything he's outgrown or lost interest in
➳ Clean out all the clutter from the living room
➳ Throw away all the toys that are broken or have too many missing pieces to use
➳ Clear out all the shelves in our various bookshelves and donate books/trinkets that are just collecting dust
➳ Sell the furniture and decorations we no longer enjoy and replace them.
➳ Repaint the den in brighter, fresh colors. Add mirrors to bounce light around.
➳ Clear my computer desktop and files

Here's what we did once but already needs to be done again... whoops... 

➳  Go through our son's clothes and donate what he's grown out of
➳ Go through our son's toy's and donate what he has lost interest in
➳ Clear my computer desktop and files
➳ Go through our clothes and shoes and donate what no longer fits

Here's what's left...

➳ Clear out our pantry and donate all the non-perishables that we don't eat or don't want
➳ Clean out all our cupboards and donate all the kitchen goods we don't use/don't need
➳ Go through the closets and clear out what we no longer need
➳ Declutter the guest room
➳ Declutter the master bedroom
➳ Clean out the garage. UGHHHHH. Enough said.
➳ Clean out the shed. (This one is terrifying because I'm fairly sure a mouse family lives in there)

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Saturday, September 12

The Weekend Collection | New Moons, Pink Dolphins, and To Do Lists


Happy weekend friends! I'm taking the next few days off to celebrate a great week for my team, to refuel my own soul with some R&R, and to try my best at a yoga inversions workshop (wish me luck!) 

For your weekend perusing pleasure, here's some of the best things I saw around the internet this week! Make sure to take some time to re-fuel your soul before the new week starts!
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➳ Upcoming this weekend: solar eclipse AND a new moon. Get ready to let go, little butterfly!

➳ Okay, but how hard are you trying, really? (So much YES!)

➳ If this rare pink dolphin sighting doesn't make you smile today then I can't help you.

➳ An ode to girlfriends everywhere. Love me some wildish women!


➳ Amy Poehler is my favorite! Loved this article about her career and never apologizing for where you're at.

➳ Mama-preneurs... need help getting stuff done?

➳ Forbes says: Millionaires Don't Use To-Do Lists. I dig it.

➳ How to turn one airline ticket into two seats. Go get strategic girlbosses!

➳ Ronda Rousey is my new girlpower hero. When some reporter had the balls to remark that she was looking a little chunky she responded with, "If people say that my body looks masculine I'm like, 'Just because my body was developed for a purpose other than fucking millionaires doesn't mean it's masculine. I think it's femininely badass as fuck because there's not a single muscle in my body that's not for a purpose because I'm not a do nothing bitch.'" GET EM RONDA!
"I think it's femininely badass as fuck because there's not a single muscle in my body that's not for a purpose"
➳ To support self acceptance, draw a heart on my body. (So brave. So beautiful!)

➳ Why women need women friends. Um hello?! This is why I love our team!


Happy weekend! xo.

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Friday, September 4

FITSPIRATION // My 3 Day Refresh Results

before and after 3 day refresh beachbody

I recently shared a post on my social media about my summer un-progress and how embarrassed it made me to show how off track I'd allowed myself to get last month. I know most people would NEVER put up a photo showing themselves getting less fit but... I shared it in hopes of helping at least one other person to realize that steps backwards are normal and the only way to really fail is to quit.

I am someone who does (and always has had to) work really hard to keep weight off and to keep my body feeling healthy. A combination of genetics, an auto-immune disease I manage, and my love for junk food means that I have to be on my A game the majority of the time to get (and more importantly, keep) results. So when I start to slack off, my body very quickly responds by getting super bloated, by losing the muscle definition I developed, by breaking out, and by feeling exhausted all the time. No fun!

So I publicly recommitted to getting back on track with my healthy habits this month using a combination of my all time favorite at home workouts and nutrition plan, and I decided to start that with a 72 hour cleanse called the 3 Day Refresh. It's my go-to way to kickstart my own results and "reset" when I've gotten in a bad cycle of not doing my daily workouts and not eating as clean as I should.

It's incredible the results I get when I focus. (You can see the results I got the first time I tried this here.) It reminds me so much about how much the food we eat affects us. In 72 hours I went from feeling so bloated that my skin felt tight, tired, achy, and generally blah, to feeling stronger, leaner, more mentally focused, and much more energized. In just 3 days! It's so helpful because this little reset helped me to get September started strong and having those positive changes happen so quickly helped fuel my fire to really make my healthy habits a priority this month so I can go into the fall and winter season with a great routine to help me continue becoming the healthiest version of me possible! (Who doesn't love instant gratification?)

I had such a great time doing the 3 Day Refresh this month that I plan on doing it again in two weeks and this time leading a group of people through it. So if you want to kickstart your routine again, or if you have gotten off track with all the summer fun and need a reset, you are invited to join me for a 1 week challenge during which we will be going through the 3 Day Refresh as a group. Hopefully this makes it much less overwhelming and will help you stick it out and stay accountable to your goals to finish the 72 hours!

The best thing about the Refresh is that it isn't deprivation based. You eat real food (fruits and veggies) and you drink protein and superfood packed smoothies. You also drink lots of water. So this is a no-starvation, no-deprivation plan. You'll also cut out sugar and caffeine. So it might be a bit of a challenge for you, but with the support of our little group hopefully you'll be able to stick it out so you can feel the fun of progress and get back into your own healthy habits this fall with me! I'll even share all my favorite smoothie recipes with you so you have lots of options so you never get bored. I even have a killer recipe for girlscout cookie flavored smoothies. You're welcome.

Our group Refresh will take place September 16-18 but we'll spend a week together so our challenge will start the 14th! All you need to participate is to have me as your coach and have the 3 Day Refresh so you can take part in the fun. You can do both at the same time by ordering with the links below. It happens to be on sale this month which is an added bonus!

There are three ways to get it right now on sale...

1. BASIC - You can get it just on it's own. It comes with everything you need for the 3 days.
2. BONUS - You can get it as a Challenge Pack which means you'll get the 3 Day Refresh plus a month's worth of Shakeology and a month's access to Beachbody On Demand (which is a library of streaming workouts!) so you can continue your healthy habits after the 72 hour refresh is over.
3. BEST DEAL - You can get it along with my favorite home workout program called Piyo in a challenge pack so you can also get your body moving along with a month of Shakeology and access to Beachbody on Demand. Booyah!

You are welcome to join our 3 Day Refresh challenge with any of those options! But if you go with options 2 or 3 you'll be invited to continue on with us after the week is over to keep going with your healthy habits through the rest of September. I'll even give you a workout calendar that utilizes all the free workouts available on Beachbody On Demand so you have a little routine already ready for you that you can follow for the rest of September!

I hope you'll join me! Please send me an email after you order so I can make sure to get you plugged in with our private group on FB! We're going to have such a great time getting results in just 3 days and establishing healthy habits to carry us into fall and winter!

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