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8 Self Care Tips for Busy Times

Take care of yourself during busy times throughout the year.

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.

Fall trail |


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?

Doughnuts |

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?

My Perfect Pairing {prAna Giveaway!}

Stonyfield Oh My Yog! and prAna |

Disclaimer: As a Stonyfield Yo-Getter, I received free products from Stonyfield and prAna in exchange for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.

If I could, I would live in prAna. On my yoga mat. In the mountains. Near the sea. At the grocery store. Lying on the couch. There’s a piece that fits every part of my life.

What makes prAna even better? Pairing it with my favorite Stonyfield Oh My Yog! Talk about my perfect pairing!

prAna Sondra Sweater and Meme Pant with Stonyfield

Just like Stonyfield, prAna is a brand that thinks about everything they do – from how their product is made to how it’s shipped to you. That’s why the two are the perfect pairing.

It’s been about a month since I last paid a visit to my happy place. I was in dire need of some Vitamin Sea. The sand. The salty air. The wind in my hair. Some people think the beach is only for the summer. No, no, no! I’m a firm believer the beach is the perfect spot no matter the season.

prAna Sondra Sweater #JustBeYou |

One of the marvelous perks of living in New Hampshire is that we are so close to the ocean. Of course, we have our own little strip of seacoast but for a change of scenery we hopped over the border to the land of wild blueberries – Maine. I grabbed my favorite Oh My Yog!, Wild Quebec Blueberry (although they all taste unbelievable), to take along for the ride.

Stonyfield Oh My Yog! |

We spent some time at the playground – because that’s what you do when you have two 5 year old children – before we walked on the beach for a bit.

Now that the weather is getting cooler (although it’s been so mild lately!), I’m all about sweaters. I live in them! The first thing I noticed about the Sondra sweater was it’s unique asymmetrical edge. Knowing prAna, I knew it would be the perfect cozy sweater to pair with jeans, leggings or another favorite of mine, the Meme pant. The outfit is perfect for cruising the high seas (or pretending). Or a little #stopdropandyoga.

prAna Sondra Sweater and Meme Pant

Stonyfield and prAna want you to #JustBeYou! Here’s your chance to win ONE prAna item of your choice from the organic line, up to $99. You can find the available selections HERE.

If you just can’t wait to see if you won or you want to start your holiday shopping, you can get 15% off at with code JBYF15HFM at checkout. (FYI – Not valid for Influencers, on Gift Certificates or with any other offers. Valid Nov 1 – Dec 15, 2015).

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Stitch Fix #5

Way back in September, I thought it was time for another Stitch Fix.  Obviously, I’m not a fashion blogger because it’s taken me two months to pull this post together. I like to see what others get in their Fixes so I thought I’d share.

I’ve decided to treat myself to at least one Fix a season. What better way to usher in boots, jeans, scarves and sweater season with some fresh new pieces, right? The last one I had was in May and was a 5 piece keeper. I was on a roll so I was going for it!

Never heard of Stitch Fix? FYI – That’s my referral link.

Basically, it’s an online styling service. You create an online profile with your likes and leave it up to the stylists to pick out items. Based from this information, they send you 5 articles of clothing that get delivered right to your door. You can chose to have it delivered as little or often as you like.

It’s $20 a fix, but as long as you keep one item you can apply that toward the price.  So you only lose money if you don’t keep a single thing (and you get a 25% discount if you keep it all!).

Then from there, you can try everything on and figure out what you want to save and what you want to keep. A prepaid USPS envelope is included for easy returns for items you don’t keep.

Got it? Good!

This month my stylist did an awesome job based on my requests and my clothing inspired board on Pinterest. Lets take a look at what showed up on my doorstep this month. And excuse my attempting at modeling – awwwkward.

Olive & Oak – Baldwin Pullover Sweater
Octavia – Campbell Window Pane Scarf
Mavi – Frieda Skinny Jean
Stitch Fix Olive & Oak Baldwin Pullover Sweater with Mavi Freida Skinny Jean and Octavia Campbell Window Pane Scarf

This sweater is completely me. From the dark moss color to the chunky knit, it screams fall cozy. And I fell head over heels in love with it as soon as I saw it. Kept.

I love scarves during the fall and winter. The infinity scarf I received in my Fix last winter was a fixture on my neck all season long. I usually prefer a heavy material but I love the color and print of it. Kept.

I was on the fence about the Frieda skinny jean. I was (am) in desperate need of new jeans. I loved the fit but not in love with the wash. Ron told me to keep them. So I did. I wear them all the time. Kept.

You may remember me wearing this whole outfit it in another post last month.


Obviously I big puffy heart it all.

Stitch Fix  Skies are Blue Back Contrast Hem Knit Top Mavi Frieda Skinny Jean

Skies are Blue – Neli Split Back Contrast Hem Knit Top

My initial impression of the knit top – LOVE! I mean black, grey and stripes? That’s my thing. But then I saw the split back and thought WTF is this?

Stitch Fix Skies are Blue shirt

The fit is definitely different. I don’t own anything like it. It’s kind of like business in the front, party in the back. Hahaha. Whatever the case, I ended up keeping it. And I’m glad I did – it’s so comfy! Kept.

Stitch Fix RD Style Open Drape Cardiagan andn Skies are Blue Split Back top

RD Style – Giana Open Drape Cardigan

Giant, cozy, Grandma cardigan. Need I say more? Kept.

I went back and forth on whether to keep all 5 items. I didn’t absolutely love every single piece at first try on. But with the discount, it made it worthwhile. And once I decided to keep it all, I really do love each piece. In fact, I wear it all, all the time.

What’s your favorite piece to wear for fall?

Have you tried Stitch Fix?