(Free) Tara Stiles Workout – Yoga Weight Loss and Balance

The more I’ve been reading and learning about Tara Stiles, the more I like her.

I’d mentioned before, to me the ideal teacher is laid back, accessible, positive and kind. Tara embodies all those qualities and more.

I’ve been looking for videos from her on Youtube for a while now and while there are plenty of shorter clips out there, I was super excited to finally find a full length yoga practice, lead by Tara Stiles, online – for FREE (woohoo)!

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Oh Hells Yea Italian (Veggie) Lasagna

side of lasagna

I am definitely on a food kick right now. It’s winter, snowy and cold and I’m craving food that’s hot, hearty and filling.

I love to eat and as much as I enjoy really healthy food, sometimes a girl just wants to cuddle up and feel all good and warm inside with some REALLY good tasting comfort food.

So let me just be up front and tell you, this one isn’t low cal or super healthy and it is veggie but isn’t vegan – I repeat, not vegan. There will be cheese, oh yes my friend, there will be cheese.

It is, however, super delicious and even 4 year old approved (“mom, I love this lasagna!”).

I know, I was shocked too.

This is from a recipe I found on allrecipes.com a few years ago. I used to make this with 1lb ground beef AND 1lb salsiccia Italian sausage (no judgement) which I’ve now replaced with mushrooms and spinach. It was kind of an experiment but turned out awesome!
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3 Great Documentaries for Inspiration and Change (and a Movie for the Heart)

bucket of movie popcorn

Almost two years ago now, we decided to cut back by getting rid of cable and trying out Netflix instead. It took some adjusting, believe me (I still miss cable!) but also lead me to discover some great movies and documentaries I may not have known about or taken the time to watch.

As much as I believe in eating healthy, it’s just as important that the food tastes good if I’m going to eat it! That’s also how I feel about these films. While they are good for you, totally inspiring and full of empowering and awesome information, they’re also feel good, fun and easy to watch.

Since I’m a total book and movie geek, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite educational yet totally feel good picks.

Beginning with…..

Happy

This movies takes the ever present human quest for happiness and examines how we actually define being happy, what it means to us and then looks at different areas and cultures around the world at some of the happiest places and people along with the unhappy and to me, tragic.

My thoughts and feelings have always been, human beings are pack animals, we are not meant be be solitary creatures. Along with the physical necessities for life – food, clothing and shelter, we also need loving, healthy human contact and relationships to thrive and be happy and this idea is deeply explored in the film as well.


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Staying Healthy, Loving and Peaceful This Season

Small presents in a gift box, with curly ribbons

I really love Christmas and the whole holiday season. Yes, it can be crazy, overwhelming and stressful but it can also be exciting, fun and feel so good.

Happy and Healthy Holidays

Each month, I write a piece for a sweet little website called Do You Yoga.

Ironically, my post this month was titled: 4 Ways To Stay Happy and Balanced Through the Holidays. We’ll just ignore the fact that right after I wrote it was when my killer cold hit! But I’m thinking it could have even been a kind of good thing to happen now.

It was after Thanksgiving, just when I would have been getting all stressed and crazy. I was already doing too much and getting run down. Getting really sick forced me to slow down and in fact, stop – sleep, rest, eat well and take really good care of myself. All things that were included in my post as well. Funny how that worked out!

Now that I’m better, it’s like I’m still on this slow, restful, relaxation groove. I’m working and getting things done but also making sure I get lots of down time as well. Honestly, I think this is one of the most relaxing Decembers I’ve had in years and I absolutely can’t complain about that.
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Images and Illness

Hello friends!

Unfortunately, I’ve been sick for several days now and am still not feeling 100% so for now, I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorite recent pictures while I work on a post about how to not take care of yourself properly and end up sick during one of the busiest times of the year – ha!

Seriously though, listen to your body, slow down, don’t say yes to every commitment or request that comes your way. Sit down and eat real meals, make time to exercise as well as relax and get lots of sleep.

Basically, everything I failed to do for a little while. It’s a good reminder for me, one I won’t soon forget again.

Anyway….

image from Yoga Journal magazine of a home buddist alter
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Wednesday’s Woman – What Being of Service Truly Means

Yoga Teacher and activist Seane Corn

Beautiful yogi Seane Corn


Image Source – healthycrush.com

Once a month, I have the honor of featuring a woman I find inspiring and amazing for someone just as inspirational and inspiring to me – Kim at Sperk*!

Kim has dedicated Wednesday on her blog to women who are positive role models for the world. According to her site:

What makes a Wednesday’s Woman?
Courage, honesty, authenticity, and humility–any characteristic that speaks to the power of what can happen when we are in touch with our own humanity.

Seane Corn was an immediate and easy pick for me. She is a well known yoga instructor and passionate activist on a mission to bring the principals of yoga – love, compassion and mindfulness, into every part of our lives and the world around us.
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Gratitude

rock with the word gratitude written on it

I know I’ve said it before, but these holidays just keep sneaking up on me!

On Tuesday, after a brief panic when I realized the toddler was off from preschool until next week and I had not done any dinner planning yet for Thanksgiving, I sat down and started making lists (my go-to planning strategy) and realized I don’t really have too much to do or worry about.

Which makes me SO very thankful. Thankful for our laid back life, our little family and how much every day good I have in my life right now.

Here’s what I’m super happy about this year:
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Yoga For Beginners – Reviews and Recommendations

A woman, teen and younger man doing yoga

Image source – yogadivinity.com

If you’re interested in trying yoga for the first time, it can be tough to know where to start.

Yoga has gained a lot of popularity in the past few years and there are a ton of great web sites, videos and resources. At the same time, all the choices and information can be a little overwhelming.

After being asked for some recommendations for good beginners videos, I did some digging and wanting to share a few that may be helpful.

You may have different preferences when it comes to yoga or any exercise program so first, here is the criteria I used for my research (especially since I think most of the people I’ve connected to on this blog are busy moms and already struggle to make time for ourselves):

  • Around 20 – 30 minutes long.
  • Good, clear instruction.
  • Basic moves but still challenging.
  • And upbeat, positive and calm teacher (no drill sergeants or super egos).

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Awesome Scary Movies I Probably Won’t Be Watching For Halloween

vintage looking woman, screaming

It’s almost Halloween!

I am completely unprepared but that’s ok, Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. My only disappointment is that I usually wait until the last minute to realize I desperately want to dress up when I take my son trick or treating and then have nothing and walk in shame.

But it hasn’t always been this way, I have such awesome memories of Halloweens past. My earliest ones being of my brother and I heading out around the neighborhood, pillow cases for candy bags, then returning home to sort our treasures and watch a scary movie.

Maybe that’s why I’ve always had a special place in my heart for horror films. Not the crappy, blood and guts, slash and torture movies like Hostel and Saw 48 or whatever they are up to now.

I’m all about the psychological thriller, the monster you don’t expect, the killer you never see, the mystery of the darkness and everything we don’t understand.
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Time For Treats! Chocolate Peanut-Butter Bars

recipe for chocolate peanut butter energy bars

I’m not big on posting recipes, mostly because I’m still a cooking novice and don’t have many great ones to share but life has been too serious lately.

Time for some chocolate peanut-butter fun and happiness!

This is a super easy recipe, the toddler loves helping when we make this. I found it in the July/August issue of Health Magazine and it quickly become a favorite treat. Between my husband, toddler and me, a big batch doesn’t last long at my house.
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