As summer winds down, don’t put a halt on your favorite workouts. Instead, learn to pivot with the seasons. You can tackle workouts at home that give you many of the same benefits as your warmer weather go-tos.
5 Easy Workouts to Try This Fall and Winter
Home Yoga Session: If you’re used to meeting up with friends at the park for a morning vinyasa flow, try a home class instead. Invite your bestie from class to your home for a smoothie bowl and sun salutations. Move the coffee table out of th...
If you’re looking for another way to go green in the kitchen, why not up-cycle your leftovers? Instead of tossing vegetable scraps in the trash or begrudgingly warming up that pot roast three nights in a row, try one of these creative ways to use leftovers.
Put Together Creamy Casseroles: Diced cooked meats, potatoes and vegetables turn into a pan of tasty comfort food simply by stirring in a can of cream of chicken or cream of mushroom soup. Top the casserole with crushed crackers and bake i...
Last month I celebrated ten years of full-time self-employment. I parted ways with my last newspaper job and embraced content marketing writing as my new career in 2009. Now, as a small business owner who works with multiple publishers, I’m perpetually somewhere in the onboarding process.
Let me tell you, successful first exchanges matter.
Whether it’s through a chain of emails or while lingering over a boardroom table, the first time you connect with someone who will be your business-focused...
It was narrow, cold and defining.
This identity popped up after quick judgment of my invisible health conditions, including rheumatoid arthritis and celiac disease, by a person who learned about me second-hand from a friend.
When we eventually met, she said, “Oh, you must be the sick girl.”
Time stopped. Was she talking to me? I’ve never considered myself sick. Facing health challenges, yes. The sick girl? No.
Little did I know, that traumatizing moniker buried itself deep within the subconsc...
Last month I was honored to share tips and insight about flourless gluten-free baking at the local Western Iowa Celiac & Gluten Free Living meeting.
This group is based in Sioux City, Iowa. We get together each month to share ideas and news about being gluten free for medical or health reasons.
We’re a small group and over the years have become friends. After all, everyone needs a buddy who “gets it” when going gluten free. It’s no easy task!
Or, is it?
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You’ve got 15 minutes before the kids jump on the school bus. What’s for breakfast? Waffles take too long. And, dry cereal has become boooooring, according to your seven-year-old. If you’re drawing a blank, let a few of these quick breakfast ideas fuel your thoughts. When you don’t have time to spare, you can still be sure your kids have a nutritious breakfast before they start the school day. The secret is to prep the meal ahead of time and have it ready to grab, eat, and go in the morning. ...
As we wrap up the month, I’ve decided to a launch a new type of post here on the Cupcakes and Yoga Pants blog.
I’m going to share a monthly reflection post on the last Tuesday of each month to highlight what I’ve been reading, listening to, writing and doing.
Without further ado, here’s August!
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I’m Off to Canada Next Week
I’m super excited to trek from Iowa to Ontario to attend the Fireside Conference. It’s an exclusive invite/app-only conference for entrepren...
Here we are. As kids head back to school, we’ve reached the final post in the Summer Self-Care Series.
We’ve been mindful about gratitude.
The art of reflection has been discussed.
And, we’re getting better about checking-in with ourselves.
I’ve been debating for weeks what to highlight for the last post in this series, and I keep coming back to the idea of acceptance. Without appreciating where we are, in this moment, the rest of these self-care ideas aren’t as powerful.
I wrote in detail ab...
You’ve said it time and time again. But, this is it. This is the week you’re going to finally start working out regularly! To help you along your fitness journey (and get a better workout) the secret is in what you do before you hit the treadmill, pool or yoga mat.
How to Get Motivated to Workout
Your workout starts now. By making plans and organizing your day to actually accommodate exercise, half the battle is won. After working through this list, the actual sweating part will be easy!
One of the first tools added to my healing toolbox was the self check-in. It’s been a fabulous resource as I work through EMDR therapy. Checking in forces me to slow down, embrace the moment and nurture myself.
We get wrapped up in the tasks before us, ruminating thoughts and others’ needs, and don’t often pause and ask ourselves what we need right now.
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To find the answers, take a moment and ask yourself:
How do I feel right now? Do I need to rest for a few mo...
While you’ve been busy with back-to-school and last-minute summer projects, the Copperleaf HOA and the resident Social Committee has been putting the final touches on a few upcoming Copperleaf Summer Series 2019 events. Add these family-friendly activities to your calendar ASAP so you don’t miss out on the fun!
National Night Out: Tuesday, August 6
Head to Western Park in the Ponderosa Neighborhood to visit with our local law enforcement, firefighters and first responders. The kids will get a...
As the summer winds down and you stock up on school supplies, don’t forget to get the kids cool new lunch boxes or bags. Not sure what to put inside? Focus on healthy, kids-sized munchies that will fuel them through their afternoon. Here are our favorite back-to-school lunch ideas for the upcoming school year!
6 Yummy Ideas for School Lunch Boxes
Before you pack your child’s mid-day meal, be sure you have all the necessary accessories in place. We love a thermos to keep soups hot or milk cold...
My days are structured around blocks on my digital calendar, lists on my desk and reminder pings from my cellphone. The goal: keep moving forward. Get things done. Make progress.
Do, do, do!
I will say, this approach works for me. It helps me run a successful business, stay atop of home repair projects and weave time into hectic weeks for socialization — and self-care.
As I work through this summer self-care series, I’m trying to identify which practices and mindsets have significantly helped...
It’s that time of year again! Make your dollars stretch further for your back-to-school shopping by starting now. Even if you don’t have the class supply list in hand, you can still stock up on new shoes, clothes, backpacks, and essentials like notebooks and folders. Plus, you’ll miss the frantic rush of last-minute shoppers!
4 Ways to Save on Back to School Supplies
If your child attends the Cherry Creek Schools, the first day of classes for the 2019-2020 school year lands on Monday, August ...
You love it blended in milkshakes. The kids beg for it each morning. Schools serve it daily. Dairy milk is simply part of our lives! That’s a good thing because this refreshing beverage contains valuable nutrients.
Whether you pour milk on cereal each morning or use it for the base of your favorite creamy soup recipe, you’re making a smart choice. The nutrients found in milk, such as protein and calcium, can be beneficial for our bones, heart, and muscles. Now, let’s dig a little deeper into ...