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Even the best of times cause anxiety..

This summer has been the busiest one I can remember. Being in all of these weddings in a row, while an honor, has been a bit more stressful than I was imagining. As someone who has had anxiety since I was 18, I know that even though staying busy can be a good thing, sometimes when times get TOO busy, it can really send my anxiety into high gear. The thing about anxiety is that it comes from nowhere sometimes and other times it’s as if your body knows you’re under a lot of stress and is trying to tell you because your brain hasn’t really realized it yet. That seems to be exactly what’s going on lately. Even though these events are wonderful, the planning and execution and traveling is starting to add up and I can physically feel it. On a side note, planes make my skin crawl so that is another huge contributing factor. We also just found out that we can’t take our dog up to the first wedding..which may I reiterate is this weekend so that’s just another hurdle to have to jump on top of every day life and trying to get ready for the trip itself. Yes I am aware that there are much worse things in life and I never take my health and these experiences for granted, however anxiety spares very few of us and it truly does turn easy events into difficult ones when it occurs. I guess I’m writing this because it’s whats been on my mind a lot lately and anxiety/mental health issues have had such a stigma but I do see people being more open about their problems and I think it’s important for all of us who suffer to remember that it really is so common and we aren’t alone in these struggles. Luckily my anxiety got much less extreme as I entered my mid-twenties but I’m fairly sure it is something I will have to deal with all of my life and finally accepting that has actually helped me see things in a more positive light. Just knowing that I will always need to work on my coping skills and management is ok with me and I’m aware of it. As the bachelorettes and showers have come to an end, this weekend marks the first of three weddings in a row and, just like a rollercoaster, I know that the anticipation of leading up to this is what’s causing the most of the anxiety and once I’m in the moment it will start to dissipate. Thank you for listening to a seemingly random ramble but if it resonates with you at all I hope you know you’re definitely not alone. I have a fitness update coming soon but wanted to write this while it was on my mind for those who can relate and also for myself, which is truly the greatest part of writing. Until next time, XO Chrissy

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Refreshing mocktails you need to try!

I don’t know about you but in this heat, a refreshing mocktail always sounds good and is fun to make for the whole fam. Now per all my recipes, these are ridiculously easy and I haven’t lied about that yet! Growing up my parents would take me to Maui during the summer and aside from the obvious, one of my favorite things about going was getting a virgin lava flow almost every day. I just had to try and re-create one myself. but this time with a dairy-free twist. Give these a try and if you have some you think I need to try or a cocktail you want a mocktail version of, just let me know in the comments below. I hope you make some of these on your own or with your kids and stay cool out there! Until next time, XO Chrissy

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Strawberry-Lime Spritz (back right in picture)

Ingredients

Sparkling or carbonated water of your choice
Grenadine syrup
Fresh lime juice
Strawberries (or pre-made strawberry puree)

Directions

Take a couple of small-to-medium strawberries and puree them, set aside. Pour sparkling water into glass and juice half of a fresh lime or more (to taste.) Add a dash of grenadine syrup then pout in the pureed strawberry juice. Cut up remaining lime and place in Spritz, garnish with a strawberry. Seriously SO refreshing and simple.

Watermelon Refresher (front left)

Ingredients

Miniature watermelon
Lime
Fresh mint
Ice cubes

Directions

Cut watermelon into chunks, I used about half of my mini watermelon. Add chunks and a  handful of ice cubes in blender or processor. Cut up 1/2 of a lime and squeeze juice into mixture until it becomes slushy. Pour into glass and garnish with mint leaves, makes for a really fresh taste.

Cool as a Cucumber (front right)

Ingredients

1 tbsp Agave syrup
Fresh lemon juice
Fresh lime juice
1/4 C of sparkling water
Cucumber

Directions

In a glass combine water with agave. Cut 1/2 of a small lemon and 1/2 of small lime, squeeze juice into water and agave mixture. Cut several thin slices of cucumber and place into water as well as a couple of lemon slices. Let sit for a few minutes for cucumber and lemon to seep into the mixture creating a light and satisfying drink

Dairy-free Lava Floooow (back left)

Ingredients

Frozen strawberries
2 C Pineapple juice
1 can cream of coconut
1 cup unsweetened vanilla coconut milk
Ice

Directions

Blend frozen strawberries with about 1/2 cup of water to create a syrup. Once syrup is thick, set in a glass or bowl and set aside for now. Whisk cream of coconut, pineapple juice and the coconut milk. Fill blender 1/3 of the way with ice and pour in juice mixture. Blend until it becomes slushy. In glass of your choice add a bit of the strawberry syrup you made in the beginning then start pouring in the blended mixture. Alternate between the syrup and mixture until glass is full. I had never made one before so this was my first experiment but it immediately brought me back to my childhood and tasted amazing. Aloha!

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Hey Mamas (and papas)…it’ll be ok

This afternoon I got back from a weekend in Wine Country for my friends bachelorette party. I am the matron of honor and we put together a pretty relaxing weekend of wine tasting, food and relaxation; exactly what she (and the rest of us old ladies) wanted. I can pretty confidently say that this was one of the few times I’ve had this year to truly chill a bit and not have a million things to do for other people; the thing is, I still felt the physical stress that I carry around with me every day, even when I’m not fully aware of it. I’m sure I’ve mentioned before but I’m in three wedding this summer which means multiple events, several of which I’m hosting/hosted, increased expenses etc. And while I’m so happy to be involved in all of it, having everything back-to-back on top of everyday priorities (and my dad having surgery the day before I left) has been pretty stressful and today when I got home I found myself just crying. When I got home the boys went to the park so I could unpack a bit but Sean didn’t want to come back and was having a tantrum upon entering the house, which he hasn’t done like in a while and was screaming bloody murder. So you know those moments when you don’t even realize you’re overwhelmed then everything hits you out of nowhere and you burst in to tears..? Well, good, now we know we aren’t the only ones! I always find myself saying “What are you complaining about? Things could be so much worse” and that is an understatement. We have a wonderful family, a roof over our head etc. and even so, parenting has this way of testing you and pushing you to limits you didn’t even know you had. So, fellow mamas (and papas,) stay-at-home or working or single parent or grandparent, adopted or blood, whoever you may be..if you’re raising a human there are going to be times you feel in over your head and wonder how you’ll get through everything in one piece, but you will and you are strong. These moments pass, and I know one day when Sean is off to college I’ll think how silly I was and what I would do to have these days back. It’ll all be ok, and we do the best we can. I’m not sure that there was a clear point to this post and maybe it was a form of relief for me to write this, but it it resonates with you somehow, I hope you remember that you are a rock star and juggle this thing called life the best you can. New recipes coming this week but thank you for listening to this random post. Until next time xo Chrissy

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When the scale won’t freakin budge!

I know I’m not the only one on a health/weight loss journey so I know I definitely can’t be the only one struggling during it as well. As I’ve mentioned, I started going back to the gym a couple months ago and incorporating workouts into my routine but one thing I’m nothing is that the scale won’t freakin BUDGE! Now let’s be real, some days my diet isn’t the epitome of health nut but I have tried making a lot of improvements and have definitely lowered my caloric intake so when I’ve stepped on the scale I have felt pretty confident; to which I’m greeted with the exact same number as the week before and instant disappointment. As I shared in a previous post, I don’t think it’s healthy to weigh yourself every day so I have gone to weekly weigh-ins, and have decided to take my own advice by shaking off the disappointment and to just keep moving forward. I know if I keep doing what I’m doing and stick to these changes I will continue to feel better and healthier and eventually it will all catch up and lead to weight loss on the scale. One thing I’ve been paying attention to is the fact that this month has been, for a lack of better words, stressful as hell and I really haven’t been able to get adequate sleep or rest. For the next few weeks I’m really going to try to work on allowing myself to deal with the stress better because as we all know that can be a huge hinderance on weight loss. Another step I’ll be trying is to switch up my workouts and not just do the same ones all the time to try and kick this plateau and get things moving again. One last thing I’ll be doing is making my breakfasts a priority again. Having so much going on has led to me not putting an emphasis on that and therefore by the end of the day being so hungry and probably eating too much for lunch and dinner. This is the point in weight loss where I usually get ridiculously discouraged and just give up, but that wouldn’t benefit me in any shape or form so let’s keep going and I’ll do another check-in next month. Do you guys have any advice for getting out of a weight loss rut? Until next time, xo chrissy

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This Is 30..

Wow I feel like Ive been gone for ages!! Sorry for my lack of posts this past week, my family from the East coast came to town for my birthday and my parents threw me the greatest party I could have ever imagined. I’m not going to lie, I woke up the morning of my birthday feeling pretty underwhelmed. It’s been a while since I’ve felt excited for a birthday but I thought this one might feel different because 30 seems to be such an important milestone. I remember being a teenager and thinking my cousins who turned 30 were absolutely ANCIENT and that when that was me I’d be miserable, but now that I’m here I really just feel the same to be honest. As the day of my birthday went on and the party started I realized the best thing about turning 30 was having a reason for so many people I love to get together and just have a freakin amazing time. My parents really outdid themselves with the party and people young and old had activities to do, but for the most part my friends and I just stayed on the dance floor rocking out to our favorite Boy Bands and 90s classics we grew up on, which is exactly what I wanted. What I’ve heard from many women is that their Thirties was the best time of their lives and while some of them may just be saying that, I’m going to head into this next chapter with that mindset and just let go of my twenties and embrace being Thirty and Thriving (as they say.) I’m hoping this is when I am able to focus on my health to the best of my ability and really keep trying to balance mom life with everything else that life entails. I hope you enjoy some pictures form my party and will be back to posting regularly this week. If you’re in your thirties or experienced them long ago, let me know how you felt about it and any advice for this age! Until next time xo Chrissy

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Toddler Survival Hacks from a mom in the thick of it all

The other day I had to stop and laugh at myself because honestly its just necessary most of the time. But anyway, I was getting my son ready for bed and realized there was no more diapers, but it was already past his bed time and freezing outside so..I grabbed one of my feminine pads for him and called it a damn day. It did the trick and he didn’t know the difference so I chalked that up to a half assed mom win for the night but it got me thinking, what other types of things do we do to survive toddler life? Obviously I’m not a therapist of child rearing expert, just a fist time stay-at-home Mom whose figuring things out as it goes.

Change your attitude: I know this sounds like asking a lot but honestly, changing my outlook on the minor difficulties has helped my mental state A LOT. For example, the other day I left the boys (aka my son and husband) on the couch to take a bath for some me-time (what a concept right?) The bath bomb had barely started fizzing when I heard my son coming down the hallway and quickly started pounding on the door asking to let him in, regardless of my husband asking him to stay with him. I was trying to have a few minutes of calm, which as a stay-at-home parents is rare as hell, and then he started crying because both doors were locked and he simply wanted to come in but the whole time I was in the bath was anything but relaxing to sum things up. There were times when little inconveniences like this, especially after a rough day, would drive me insane and push me over the edge. Instead, I found myself just laughing (not at his upsets of course but at the situation) and realizing that this is all par for the course. Your rest time will almost always be interrupted, you’re hardly ever alone without a shadow tracking your every move, you’re constantly going to be asked for something, and thats ok, just make sure to set boundaries and when you can..have a really big laugh. This stage wont last forever so I’m just trying to remind myself of that and find the funny in every day toddler craziness.
Improvisation 101: So the other month it was lunch time and I was blissfully unaware as I was heading to the kitchen that I had barely any food food left. No bread or tortillas, no jazzy fruit to liven things up, zilch. We all know a hungry toddler is not the epitome of a good time so I improvised. I took out one of my cutting boards and threw together a “picnic” with a few grapes barely hangin’ onto the vine, a handful of popcorn, some cut up string cheese, snap peas and sliced cucumber. I arranged them in little piles and said were having a picnic day, so we took our picnic board out on the patio and he loved it. Granted he asked for picnics everyday after that for a while but goes to show that just switching things up a bit, even if you were just doing it out of desperation, can make their day (and yours) a lot more fun.
Embrace the tantrums: I know I know, even the thought of tantrums can make us want to crawl out of our skin but the truth is that they are a necessary part of these lil guys lives and how they learn. Now obviously you need to set limits and not allow for physical violence but instead of sending them to time out every time or right away, try to hear them out a bit. They (clearly) dont know how to communicate everything, especially when their speech is still delayed, so tantrums are how they know they can get our attention and let out their emotions. Try to remain as close to calm as possible and sometimes you just have to ride out the tantrum but when my son would calm down, I’d ask him why he was upset and a little later on I would tell him that next time he feels frustrated to say “I’m frustrated!” and a lot of times now he will start getting upset and tell me that hes frustrated before the frustration fully turns into a tantrum. Then I’m able to ask him why and we figure things out a little easier; however there stil lare meltdowns and crying etc…I mean, toddlers aint emotionally stable lets be real. Just know that you are not alone and tantrums are a normal part of their learning process, even if they borderline push us to the edge. Ah, parenthood am I right..?

I plan on making this a recurring series where I can share random hacks and advice I think of and experience but would also love to hear from you guys on this topic as well! Hang in there moms and dads, were all in it together. Until next time xo Chrissy

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Weight loss tips from a mom trying to get fit

What an enticing title to this blog..how could you resist right? Ha. But seriously thank you for those of you who have been so supportive of my posts since I started up blogging again, and for any new readers, welcome to the ride! As many of you know, I’m on a weight loss and health journey. I have struggled on and off most of my life but have gotten pretty unhealthy since having my son…over three years ago mind you but whose counting. To sum up my fitness, I have never had a problem with getting my cardio on; I love going to spin class (inconsistently) and take my son on walks or do the occasional YouTube fitness videos but what I’ve realized is that unless I’m actively losing weight, I’m just gaining those damn LBs. I do however study nutrition a lot and read many different publications/watch documentaries on food health and I am trying to find balance with the nutritional side of health as well. The thing thats different about trying to lose weight at this point in my life is that I’m not just aiming for a number on the scale, I’m trying to fuel my body in a much healthier way and get strong as a motherrr. I’ve been seeing a personal trainer for a little over am month now and thought I’d share a few things that he’s taught me as well as ones I’ve been realizing myself. Per usual, I am NOT a doctor but just someone who knows others struggle like I do and want to share my journey. Alright enough rambling Chrissy, here are some tips that have been helpful so far:

Eat Your Damn Breakfast: Welp unfortunately its true, our parents were right about yet another thing. When they said that breakfast was the most important meal of the day, they knew what they were talking about. I always would eat at least a little something but never put much emphasis on breakfast, and since incorporating consistent workouts in my routine Ive realized how important it is. On days, for example, I eat a piece of toast with one scrambled egg I hardly have any energy to put into my day let alone a workout. Ive learned that calories aren’t only what counts but what KINDS of foods you eat and that applies to all meals. Now, especially on days that I have weight training, I will eat literally probably 3/4 of my calories by my noon workout. Sweet potatoes, peanut butter, bananas, fruits, whole foods..those are what give us the energy needed to properly workout and feel good while doing it.
Weight Train: “Oh, no, girls shouldn’t weight train they’ll get bulky, stick to cardio.” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard versions of this sentence since I was little and what I’ve seen now is that it’s absolute bullshit. First of all, as we get older (especially us women) we lose so much strength so its important to build on it while we can. Weight training also greatly aids in fat loss and builds up muscle; the more muscle gained the more calories your body burns just to keep up, which is amazing. It also helps with flexibility and for me personally, starting weight training has helped me feel more focused mentally and has given me my own fitness goals to strive for. Also on a side note, find cardio based workouts as well that are FUN to you. For example I love my spin studio classes because it feels like a party and I also go to 24-hr fitness which has really fun fast paced Zumba classes. Experiment and find something you actually look forward to.
Put..the scale..DOWN!: I will be the first to admit that I have had a messed up relationship with the scale for as long as I can remember and sometimes weighed myself multiple times a day, which is so ridiculous and unhealthy mentally. Especially with weight training, you gain so much water weight when you begin and even though my trainer literally explained it all to me, I still would weight myself every day and not understand why my weight wasn’t budging. This then turns into a vicious cycle of becoming discouraged and feeling defeated before even truly beginning your journey. So, for now, put down the scale and focus on other achievements like how your clothes are fitting as well as how you feel emotionally and physically. Check your weight at most once a week to make sure you aren’t completely going the wrong direction but its so much more beneficial to ease up on it a bit.
Eat whole foods: No I don’t mean go to your local Whole Foods and buy some of their awesome fresh made baked goods, I mean eat real foods, like from the earth. I’m still in the process of transitioning to better, healthier foods but after about a month I’m really starting to enjoy adding things like snap peas or fresh fruit (yes it’s ok to eat fruit, don’t let people convince you otherwise, there are SO many health benefits to SO many fruits and I can talk about that later if people want) or edamame beans etc., things that help fill you up and give you natural sustainable energy. And on that note, carbs are ridiculously important for brain health and fuel your body for workouts or just everyday life so don’t fear carbs just learn about which ones are good for your body. Make as many of your meals as possible and avoid overly processed foods, especially for now when your body is adjusting to so many positive changes. You cant out-workout a shitty diet and that has been something that has been really hard for me to understand and am working hard on finding that overall balance with health and fitness.
Live with the discomfort: What I mean by this is when the 9 pm cravings for candy or fast food hit you, just live with that discomfort and DISTRACT yourself. When I feel this way, what Im realizing is that it is extremely temporary, so if a craving hits hard I’ll open my laptop and look at some fun YouTube videos or browse for a new show to binge or literally do anything else to distract me and before you know it the craving and strong urges will pass. And while they may be more common for some than others, just remember that this is soon going to pass and remind yourself why you’re starting this journey in the first place.
Make yourself a priority: I’m sure other stay-at-home parents relate with me on this but I have a hard time making my needs priority, when in reality if I’m not healthy mentally and physically I’m really not able to be the best parent to my son that I could be. So without any guilt, start making yourself a priority. Set a schedule that allows you to get to the gym, even if it means having to go late in the evening when your partner or parent or friend is home form work and can watch your child for an hour or two. Take time to research nutrition and really make this journey something that you do for YOU first and foremost because we all deserve to feel healthy and happy.

As always thank you guys so much for stopping by and I really hope this helps some people in a similar boat as myself. If you are just starting a fitness journey too or have been on one for a while and have more advice please feel free to share in the comments. Until next time xo Chrissy

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