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Jet turned 1 a few weeks ago and we celebrated with a Pow Wow party last weekend! Throwing a first birthday party can be a bit overwhelming, but I learned with a few DIY projects that it doesn’t have to be. I made these fun little head dresses that kids could play dress up with and then take home with them. They were easy and added a fun element to the party. I also wanted to make sure I knew the ingredients in the desserts (to control the sugar and dye intake) so I made these cupcakes that were seriously AMAZING! Making these ahead of time saved a ton of time the morning of the party. Here are a few more tips on throwing a first birthday party…

1. Plan around nap time.
2. Serve lunch for kids and parents. We threw the party at 11 AM so parents could feed their kids lunch before heading home for nap time.
3. Keep it short and sweet. Kids are bound to get cranky, so keep the flow of the party steady to keep their attention.
4. You don’t necessarily have to open the gifts at the party. I found the gift unwrapping process to be a bit overwhelming for Jet and will probably spread that process out overtime in the future so he can gradually open his presents at his own rate.
5. Set up the night before. If you are having the party in your home, like I did, setting up the decorations and staging the room the night before will save a ton of time the morning of.
6. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You don’t have to be supermom and do it all. Incorporate family members or close friends into the process. I had my mother-n-law and sister come a little early to help with the last minute prep.

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category: Life, Motherhood

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Working out is at the top of most people’s resolution list. It is definitely one of mine, as I’ve not totally gotten back in the swing of things since Jet was born. Part of making work outs both enjoyable and functional is having the right gear and attire. I also lean towards work out clothes that are fashionable enough to run errands before or after the gym. Here are some of my must haves for working out.

1. Bluetooth Headphones & Armband Set – I track my distance/time, listen to music, and talk on the phone all while walking or running. Having a pair of wireless headphones with an armband is a convenient way to take your phone with you on workouts.
2. Fitbit – a fitbit is a great all-encompassing tool to track your weight loss, calories burned, distance walked, and so much more. They even track your sleep which is a huge part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
3. Sneakers – a good pair of sneakers goes a long way. I like a pair like these fashionable New Balances that you’d actually want to wear on a day to day basis. Just wearing sneakers promotes fitness in me, so they’ve become my go to shoe.
4. Yoga Mat & Towel – yoga is my main source of fitness so having a good yoga mat can make or break it. I actually use a yoga towel as well like this one and it really adds stability during my work outs.
5. Ponytail Holders – this may seem like a very simple detail, but nothing annoys me more than having to continuously re-tie my ponytail while working out because the holder isn’t secure. These ponytail holders are awesome for even super thick hair and will keep your pony in place during your entire workout.
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category: Fashion, Life

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When it comes to thinking about the New Year, I know I’m not alone in wanting to clean up my diet and step up my workout game. For me, one of the biggest things that helps in making a diet change or getting to the gym more often is inspiration. Shopping at a healthy grocery store or hearing a friend talk about their new favorite work out routine reminds me of how good I feel when I eat healthy and work out. So, from movies, to articles, to my favorite healthy eating blog, here’s a little round up of some things that are motivating me to eat healthier and work out more in 2015!

1. Fed Up- I have learned so much from this documentary about how to read labels and the dangers of the average American’s sugar loaded diet. 2. Oh She Glows- This is a vegan blog that I love, here’s one of my favorite recipes. 3. 13 Mental Health Benefits of Working Out- I love hearing how exercise helps with things like depression and anxiety. This is a great article about several amazing mental benefits to working out. 4. Karli Kloss On How to Work Out While Traveling- Inside tips from a supermodel. 5. ‘The Biggest Loser Contestants': Did They Keep Off the Weight? – This article by Huffington Post introduces a series Oprah did following contestants from the Biggest Loser. One of the former contestants said she got pregnant once the show was over after struggling with infertility for 12 years.

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Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas with your family and friends! While I am still recovering from a holiday coma, I can’t help but look back at the past year and be so thankful for all that happened, and get excited for what’s in store in 2015! While I’m not the biggest fan of New Year’s resolutions that aim to disappoint, I do think there are a few helpful tips to starting a new year off on the right foot. Here are a few tips to think through as you plan and prioritize your 2015.

1. Make small goals. I’m just as guilty as the next person for making big, lofty goals that feel so overwhelming unattainable. The idea of doing something bigger than myself is core to who I am, but I think you get there step by step and day by day. Make a list of small, attainable goals that keep you encouraged and motivated to keep setting goals as you check them off.
2. Sleep more! A funny goal, but we all know how busy life gets and hard hitting it can be. Sleep is usually one of the first things  Read more…

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category: Life