Weekend Recovery Quote

running print quote

…yesterday’s 10-mile trail run mantra. However, if you need me at any point today, I will most likely be recovering… on the couch.

Happy Monday!

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Happy Sleeping

If rest and renewal is key to overall good health, then we ought to at least be inspired by our sleeping spaces {not too inspired that we stay awake though, right?} I have to admit, the room in my house that I currently feel the least inspired by is our master bedroom. With two small children, it seems I spend more time in every room but my own, therefore it has been sadly neglected. Lately, I have been collecting ideas for making my bedroom more of a sanctuary retreat. Here are a few of my favorites:

My Ideal Home

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Marcia Margolius

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House of Turquoise

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Dreamy Whites

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Apartment Therapy recently ran a Bedroom Retreat contest. Here are a few of my favorite entries:

ATBR entry 1

ATBR entry 2

ATBR entry 3

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Throw in a fireplace mantel with lots of natural light, white, and cozy textiles and I may never leave my bedroom!
Does your master bedroom inspire you?

P.S. Click here to see the rest of the contest entries along with the U.S. and international entry winners.

Tiptoe Topic

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How was your Easter? Ours was lively. The kids woke up at 6:30am and came barreling down the stairs asking for presents. I think kids have built-in gift radar. They tore into their Easter baskets before the sun came up. Before we got to church, they were already dozing off in the backseat from all of the early morning excitement. Needless to say it was a see-saw of delirium and melt-down for the rest of the day until they finally crashed in their beds last night.

As for my Paleo plans… at the last minute request of my Southern Sweetheart, I prepared the meal just the way he likes it– fried, creamed, and buttered. On special occasions like this, I make it a point not to deprive myself, but instead to limit myself. Fortunately, I recently stumbled on this portion control chart.

portion control chart

And i enjoyed every greasy bite.

It has taken a while to find that delicate balance of moderation when it comes to food, but I have come to believe good health is something to be enjoyed rather than to be enslaved to. Like most women, I have had a love/hate relationship with my body. I have overhauled my diet time and time again– adding this… eliminating that. It is exhausting, isn’t it?

I thought that perhaps our conversation this month might center around the idea of healthy living. Warning: I’m about to get up close and personal here. For starters, I will be sharing my weight loss story– something I don’t enjoy talking about with close friends much less making public domain. But I get asked about it a lot, so I thought I’d put all those extra pounds to good use to hopefully inspire some who might be on a weight loss journey themselves. You could make this easier on me by answering one question:

How much weight did you gain during pregnancy?

Before you unsubscribe to this blog out of sheer disgust that I would ask such a vulnerable question, know that whatever you say, I would be willing to bet the last piece of fried chicken that I had your weight gain trumped. As you will see, my two pregnancies re-defined the phrase of “invasion of the Body Snatchers”.

Let’s learn from one another on this rather sensitive topic, shall we?