8 Self Care Tips for Busy Times

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Adora Calcium Supplements as one of their Blogger Ambassadors. All opinions are my own, as always.

Happy Thanksgiving Eve to my friends in the U.S.!

What are you doing for Thanksgiving? It’s the four of us at home so it’s going to be pretty low key. I’m more than happy with that. Holiday traveling stress is no fun!

We are officially hip deep in the holiday season. It’s easy to get lost in the excitement of it all. You go out of your way to make sure everything is ready, and everyone has to have the “best holiday ever.” Sound familiar?

Being healthy and relaxed makes it easier for you to accomplish all the wonderful things you want to do for family and friends. It’s tough to shop, decorate or cook when you feel run down, have a cold, or need sleep.

Whether you’re traveling to be with your families or staying home, it’s essential to remember to focus on your own needs as well during this busy time of year and as the new year approaches.

Remember – you can’t take care of others, unless you take care of yourself first.

Here are ways to take care of yourself over the holidays and other busy times throughout the year.

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I know it’s cliche and it seems like everyone says it, but it’s so true. When’s the last time you took a nice a DEEP breath and then let it all out with a big sigh? Try it and it will instantly make you feel better.


When life gets busy and there just doesn’t seem like there’s enough time in the day to get everything done, what usually is the first to go? Sleep. We stay up later. We get up earlier. Make sleep a priority! It’s easy to think that a few extra hours of work will do you more good, but it won’t. Sleep will.

Listen to Music

Put on happy Christmas carols. Or 80s pop. Or country. Whatever floats your boat. Your favorite music will boost your mood and keep you happy.

Get Outside

Spending time outside on a walk, run or hike will instantly boost your mood. True story. I mean, how can it not? I think fresh air and sunshine is the cure for almost anything. However, with the limited amount of daylight hours now, it’s hard to get ample Vitamin D, especially here in the Northeast. Did you know that 24% of American’s are at risk for Vitamin D deficiency? Taking two servings of Adora Calcium Supplements throughout the day fulfills the recommended daily level of vitamin D. There is now 500 IU of Vitamin D3 in each disk. And you get a sweet chocolate treat. Score!

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Make a List

I’m a fan of list making. If it’s on paper, I’ll do it. If not, it’s off in the Cloud somewhere.  It also helps to prioritize most important to least. Make sure you stick to the list and don’t get sidetracked by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest. Am I the only one who can lose hours looking at cats vs. cucumber videos on Facebook or get sucked into how to make the perfect pumpkin muffin on Pinterest? Damn you social media!

Make Time to Veg

Being still like broccoli is vital. Whether it’s watching brainless TV or laying in stillness for 5 minutes, find a way to rest your brain from the endless things you feel you need to accomplish. You’ll feel refreshed and ready to go again.

Dance Party!

I think there should be mandatory dance parties in every work environment and home at least hourly. Imagine how much better we all will feel after shaking it off?

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Indulge and Eat Well

This time of year is when the indulging monster comes out. By all means, I’m all for indulging and enjoying your favorite holiday treats.  But don’t forget to eat really well during 80-90% of the time. Eat greens and whole foods at every meal. Don’t eat the junk you don’t really care about just because it’s there. This isn’t the only time of year to eat cookies. There’s no rule that Christmas cookies can only be eaten in December!

I’m planning on taking the rest of the week off from blogging to fully enjoy the time with my family. I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week and make yourself a priority every single day!

How do you take care of yourself in busy times?

Butternut Squash, Apple and Cranberry Bake

Butternut Squash Apple Cranberry Bake is the perfect side for Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving week.

What the what?!?!

I’m not a huge turkey fan. But the sides? I’m all about that.

At dinner the other night, we were discussing what we should have for our Thanksgiving meal. Ron “needs” his obligatory Crescent Rolls. And I need our traditional Pumpkin Cheesecake with Walnut Ginger Crust. If all we had was that, I’d be more than satisfied.

With Thanksgiving ideas still on the brain, I remembered that I had a bag of cranberries in my freezer. I was all about making THESE muffins earlier in the year and kind of went nuts stock piling fresh cranberries. Orange and cranberry just go perfectly together. I then remembered I had a ton of butternut squash in my pantry fresh from one of my patients’ garden.

Butternut Squash Apple & Cranberry Bake before it goes in the oven.

I immediately thought of a fantastic dish I had from a potluck that had those two ingredients with an orange flavored sauce. And so the experimenting began.

The result?

Seasonal flavors

Vibrant colors

Rich aroma of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg

You guys, this is like candy.

Butternut Squash, Apple & Cranberry Bake is the perfect side dish for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Butternut Squash, Apple and Cranberry Bake
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
  • 2 apples, cubed ( I used 1 green and 1 red)
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries ( I used frozen and did not unthaw)
  • ¼ cup orange juice
  • 2 TB pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Ground Cloves, Cinnamon and Nutmeg
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spray 9 x 13" pan with oil.
  3. Whisk orange juice, maple syrup and extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of each spice to a large bowl.
  4. Add butternut squash, apples and cranberries. Toss.
  5. Spread mixture into prepared pan.
  6. Bake 30 minutes until the squash is tender, the cranberries have split open and released their juice. Serve warm or room temperature.


My son thought it was a fruit salad. Technically, it is. I didn’t want to burst his bubble by telling him that there was butternut squash in there until after he gobbled it up. The news of a vegetable in his “fruit salad” did not even faze him. He said he loved it including the butternut squash.

Ding! Ding! Ding! We have a winner!

The leftovers are perfectly marvelous over any type of greens or with quinoa. Or you could top with crumbled goat cheese. Because, well, it’s goat cheese and it tastes good on anything.

For more Meatless Monday ideas, be sure to check out Tina’s weekly link up.

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Check out my first KUHL blog post HERE.  It’s all about doing yoga everywhere. You know I have NO problem with that! Maybe you’ll find me dangling from the side of a mountain doing yoga one day. Maybe.

What’s an essential at your Thanksgiving meal?

Turkey or sides – what do you like better?


Meal Planning {Week of November 22}

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Happy weekend everyone!

I’d love to say our weekend was going well over here but it started off with my daughter losing her beloved stuffie kitty, Chloe, on Friday night on our walk home from school. We live only a couple of blocks from school but by the time we figured out she was missing, she was already no where to be found. Needless to say Miss A is pretty bummed out. And on top of it, she has the stomach flu!

Chloe has been her constant companion since getting her for Christmas 4 years ago. We always said Chloe had 9 lives – she was thrown in the garbage at the pediatrician’s office and we didn’t realize it till we got home and she was run over by numerous cars on a highway in Burlington, VT – but I think this might be the last we saw of her. I’m very hopeful that someone will turn her into the lost and found at school but that’s a big stretch. We all miss Chloe!

It’s Sunday so that means meal planning day. Is anyone else amazed that it’s Thanksgiving on Thursday? Wasn’t it just the 4th of July?

What’s for dinner this week?
Sunday: Roasted salmon + Apple Cranberry Walnut Salad
Monday: Egg and avocado sandwiches
Tuesday: Black Bean and Butternut Squash Enchilada Casserole
Wednesday: Homemade pizza
Thursday: Thanksgiving!!!
Friday: Leftovers
Saturday: Dinner out – I’m sure I’ll be sick of leftovers and food by then!

For more meal planning ideas, check out Laura’s weekly link up!

What’s for dinner at your house this week?