10 Serious Downfalls About a Healthy Lifestyle

10 Serious Downfalls About a Healthy Lifestyle

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What a seriously depressing topic, right? I was inspired after reading a post by Alex at Fitnancials.com called The Harsh Reality of Owning a Fitness Blog. It was all about people’s harsh words toward her when they didn’t think her fitness was fit enough. The fact that she lost weight while taking care of herself and bettering her health never crossed their minds apparently. While there are so, so, so many benefits to eating well and living a healthy lifestyle, the truth is, there are some serious downfalls as well. I have read posts that have similar titles to “10 Serious Downfalls About a Healthy Lifestyle” but their reasons are always a little shifty. 1. It’s so hard getting new clothes once you lose weight and get your 6 pack abs! –Uhh, no, no, that all sounds great and you’re just tricking people into reading this. Not cool, ma’am, not cool. So I’m going to break it down and get real, 10 Serious Downfalls About a Healthy Lifestyle. 

Shopping: the Keys to Spending Less and Saving More

Shopping: the Keys to Spending Less and Saving More

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Shopoholics: they’re everywhere. The accumulation of stuff these days has become something of an epidemic. It seems to be that there is always some reason to go out and spend. Personally, my shop-o-holic tendencies have varied through the years. From clothes and shoes to the latest trending super foods. Somehow I have managed to make excuses to buy it all and most of it, I never needed in the first place. Now I am proud to call myself a recovering shop-o-holic and I have got the key to spending less and saving more for those of you who find yourselves headed down the same path. 

Most Useful Life Hack: The Kindness Experiment

Most Useful Life Hack: The Kindness Experiment

Life is no easy thang folks. I think we’ve all figured that out by now. However, I hold in my hands the most useful life hack for anyone of any age, gender, race or political stance. It’s kindness. You can roll your eyes, it’s fine, I get it. But the thing is, I know firsthand just how far a little kindness can go. Truth be told, kindness is hard especially when you’re not using it every day. Chances are a lot of you might think you are using kindness every day but I would be willing to bet you have overlooked a few places.

“When I hear somebody say, ‘Life is hard.’ I am always tempted to ask, ‘Compared to what?'” -Sydney Harris

In 2012 I started a new experiment. I vowed to speak no words of un-kindness. Like I said, “IT. WAS. HARD.” But despite the difficulties of watching my words, I began to notice huge changes take place in my life and the lives around me. I had to take steps, I even went through a grief period where I actually missed the negativity in my life. At times I felt like I would never be able to speak again. Then slowly, all those fears and struggles just melted away and my life has been on an upward stride ever since. 

Stress Free Minimalism Tips: Have Minimalism and Your Stuff Too

Stress Free Minimalism Tips: Have Minimalism and Your Stuff Too

This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone anymore but I absolutely love being a part of the minimalist movement. When we first started downsizing over a year ago, I started seeking out other like-minded people. I read books, joined Facebook groups and watched fun tiny house documentaries. What I like to call The Minimalist Diet is really an entirely new, less stress way of living and I adore it. However, like I do with most things in my life, I found a way to add stress. Yes, the less-stress way of living, I made extremely stress-full. I am here to save you from that same fate. I have some great stress free minimalist tips to ease your mind and allow you to downsize with as little worry as possible.

Morning Mindfulness. How to Reduce Stress Before Getting Out of Bed

Morning Mindfulness. How to Reduce Stress Before Getting Out of Bed

Mindfulness is on the rise these days and for good reason. Being mindful throughout your day can set the tone for your entire week. More often than not, most people’s fears and stresses are about things that have already happened or may be happening in the future. We tend to panic so much about things that are actually not happening in our present moment. Mindfulness means being fully aware of the now, living entirely in the moment, and being fully aware of everything around you and everything you’re feeling. This can help reduce stress immensely; it brings you fully into the present moment instead of letting your mind wander into the past or future. I am a firm believer in kick starting mindfulness first thing in the morning. That’s why I compiled this list: Morning Mindfulness: How to Reduce Stress Before Getting out of Bed. It sounds like a lot of work, but really, there are some simple ways to start your day mindfully.

$10 Breakfast Meal Prep for Family of 5

$10 Breakfast Meal Prep for Family of 5

So many families are getting wiser when it comes to financial spending. It’s so great to see so many planning their meals and making the most of their food. Breakfast is probably the absolute easiest way to do this, in my opinion. Having three kids under my roof, I am a stickler for breakfast being the most important meal of the day. The most important meal in our house is also the least expensive. Most weeks we spend $10 on breakfasts to meal prep for our family of 5.

I’m not talking a bowl full of sugary cereal and milk, or a sugar stuffed, sugar topped Pop Tarts. I’m talking meal prepping a whole, filling, nutrient packed breakfast to start your family’s day the right way. It takes about 30 minutes worth of meal prepping to get quick grab breakfasts ready for the entire week. These breakfasts are easy for the kids to warm up in the morning or just grab on the go. Really, all you need is 3 things. All of which are usually stocked in our pantry: quick oats, milk (we choose coconut) and bananas. I tossed in frozen berries just for some added pizzaz! Fruit after all, helps naturally boost dopamine levels. So let’s talk about the 2 recipes I meal prep to stretch these 3 ingredients to last 5 people for 7 days!