Life Shifts and a Little TLC

If I'm quiet on here and on social for a little while it's because I'm on to something. Last week I was hit with a million things I wanted to start doing. In a good way. I just felt this "out of the blue" tug. At first I had to quiet the voice in my head and say "whoa whoa, this is too much." But I couldn't really get that voice to shut up, so instead, I just chose to listen. I went in my room, laid on my bed, closed the door and I just started to tune in.

"The talk" I had with myself was a bit all over the place. I should really hire more employees. Gosh I need to download more podcasts and start listening to those again. You know, I really should meditate more. OMG, I just had the best business idea. I should try and finish two books this month. Should I schedule a Barre3 class for tomorrow? I think I'm ready to move. Tea sounds kind of nice right now. Yeah, I should go make a cup of tea. No, ok, just stay in bed here a little longer and let's think through some things. I need to do some more creative things more often. In two years from now I wonder what I'll be doing?

Literally, this just went on and on and on.

I just let those thoughts ride out until I'm pretty sure I just got hungry and that took my mind off of it all. But it kind of made me realize... that's the crap I'm trying to sort out right now in my life. And heck, this is just the classic case of a curious person. Or maybe a 30-year-old, I can't quite tell. There are so many dang things I want to do that sometimes I just end up not doing any of them because it's all just too much.

So that's when I called it quits with my thoughts. Enough about ME and my thoughts. Enough trying to do it all at once. Enough shoulds. I knew in that moment that I just needed to let these things happen by creating more space to let it happen and by exploration with practice and learning. I've always lived by the idea of crowding out. If you want to create a new, long-term habit, rather than just drastically doing something new or cutting the old habit out, you just start adding in a lot of the good stuff and eventually the "bad" stuff isn't what you want anymore. So that's basically the plan.

It's been a really productive and inspiring last 5 days. They've been filled with so many ah-ha moments, so much clarity already, but most importantly, just a whole lot of contentment. I'm not here to tell you that you need to do all of these things, but I couldn't bear to not share this stuff because it's been shifting my life at the moment in such a positive way and frankly... it just feels soooo good! My days have been full of doing, absorbing and letting. Just letting it allllll come together, whatever the heck it is you are trying to gain clarity on or learn more about.

Here have been the game-changers for me:

1. EFT (Tapping). Tap in the car, at your desk, on the couch, at the gym. Just start tapping! For anxiety, self-doubt, thought reframing, etc. This technique has been one of the best tools lately and I've honestly been amazed at the difference tapping has made in my life. This video is an easy guideline.

2. Signing off social media. Just take a dang break. Except of course to share this post : ) But really... free up your time, let your mind focus more on your own journey and not on 500 others, and just disconnect for a bit. It doesn't need to be forever, just for a little bit. A few days, a week, a month...

3. You Are a Badass. This book is SUCH a good one. For anyone, really. I feel like it should be a pre-requisite in your 20's. I've been reading it first thing in the morning while sipping my coffee rather than on my phone, tv or starting work. What a better way to start your day.

4. Podcast like crazy. My favorite shows right now are:

The Melissa Ambrosini Show
Meditation Minis
The Tony Robbins Podcast
The School of Greatness
The Life Coach School

5. Meditate. Get quiet. 5-20 minutes. Ideally in the AM. Just commit! It's worth it.

These 5 simple-as-heck practices have been incredibly impactful. I feel like I've been at a self-help bootcamp in a sense and I just want MORE. And more and more and more. If I'm slightly obnoxious lately about deeper things, now you know my why. 


The Wellhaus Travel Guide: Oahu

Oahuuuuu! What an amazing place. I mean, any part of Hawaii is amazing, but Oahu is such a fun experience. It definitely has a little bit for everyone: city, beautiful beaches, shopping, hiking, surf, great food, did I mention beautiful beaches? I always made it a point to avoid that island because it was the most crowded, but I'm really glad we finally went because it's easy to get away from the crowds and find a sweet little slice of paradise.

We actually stayed at the Four Seasons in Ko Olina for most of our trip and can I just say... WORTH IT. We chose this spot because (one) you can never go wrong with a Four Seasons hotel and (two) it was right next to the Disney resort Aulani. Maybe I shouldn't divulge this, but staying at the Four Seasons AWAY from the craziness with all the kiddos, but being right next door and popping in to visit Mickey + Minnie was genius. After about 15 minutes there I couldn't wait to get back to our more peaceful spot. I know many people love Aulani and rave about it, but I just don't love doing vacation that way. I will say, we did end up going to their luau though and that was truly amazing! One of the absolute best luau's I've been to, especially if you have kiddos!

A few other perks of the Four Seasons Ko Olina:

-Babysitting on site
-Complimentary yoga, pilates, etc. classes in the AM
-A few separate pools (an adult pool + a kiddo pool)
-Your own private little bay area
-Complimentary paddle boards, snorkels and other pool/beach items
-An amazing kids center (kids 5 and up get to go to their day camps)

All in all, that place is definitely ideal for pure relaxation. It was amazing as a family, and I could imagine it equally as amazing just as a couple or going for a girls trip. You honestly just can't go wrong there.

Ok, I'll stop rambling about how much I loved it! Onto the full travel guide...

Motherhood: Life With a Threenager

Three started out like a dream. More affection, more silliness, more conversation. I was amazed at how different it felt from the two’s. I mean, it felt like Parker was a straight up grown-up all of a sudden.

Fast forward to ALMOST 3.5 years old (aka, like two weeks ago) and I feel like we have a full-fledged teenage boy on our hands. Or actually, like a teenage girl, because I swear he is just like I was when I was 16.

Right now we are just kind of sitting back and letting this (hopefully) ride out, because dang this has been rough. With Parker, I've always felt like we lucked out big time. For the most part, he has been a super fun, loving, and generally easy kiddo. But boy have we seen some changes lately.

What changes you ask? Haha! Ok, allow me to walk you through this a bit. And PLEASE comment, text, call, email, whatever, and let me know if you have experienced this because this has been straight up BATTLE. World War III.

So, the screaming...

If he doesn’t get something, if we have to leave a place he wants to be at, or basically if something or anything doesn't go his way, in come the screams. Not only are there the screams, but also come the "I hate you!" and "You are mean!" or just hits to the face. Yep. This is all while mid scream. And this seems to happen most often in public places. Yay!

I remember specifically the first night this happened. The screams were accompanied with a LOT of hitting and throwing things and that night Tyson and I went right to battle with him. We yelled back and tried to be as firm as possible. And guess what... there was no winner that night. It just kept going and going and going and going and going. Until we were all practically in tears.

The Happy Summer To-Do List

I love a good to-do list to help remind me about all of things that inspire me, make me happy and are good for you! Summer is always a great time to tackle these simple pleasures.

1. Dig your toes in some sand
2. Take a good family hike and enjoy natures beauty
3. Wake up earlier
4. Unplug more often
5. Make a chopped salad. Ok, make a LOT of chopped salads
6. Plan a weekend getaway to a lake
7. Spend a whole day at the beach
8. Wear more color, it will make you smile : )
9. Practice more mindful time. Even if it's just 5 minutes!
10. Feed your mind with inspiring books + podcasts rather than tv
11. Veggie. Fruit. More veggies. More fruit.
12. Enjoy more dinners outside with the fam
13. Take more photos (with your camera, not phone)
14. Go camping
15. Make a new summer music playlist
16. Try to do more yoga
17. Spend a lot of time with friends
18. Throw a party
19. Go natural with makeup
20. Play more tennis
21. Drink more water + infuse with basil, mint, cucumber, strawberries... you name it!
22. Get a new fresh summer haircut
23. Plan more date nights
24. Go to an outdoor concert
25. Face a few fears, do at least 2 things that scare you

Happy Summer, friends!! xx

My Go-To Healthy BBQ Side Dishes

I hope you are having a lovely long weekend. We opted to stay in town for the weekend and you know... get wild and do house projects.

We will probably head to the coast tomorrow and then on Monday we will be bbq'n with the fam, as I count down the seconds until The Bachelorette starts! Anyone else a super fan? I've never loved a show so much. It feels like an event! Ha!

Anyway, I've round up some of my favorite go-to healthy recipes that I like to make along side burgers or grilled chicken, etc. These are always a crowd pleaser and absolutely GREAT for you. Enjoy!

My go-to cookbooks for healthy sides:

True Roots
It's All Good
Giada's Feel Good Food
Everyday Super Food
Dishing Up Dirt

My go-to dishes:

1. Roasted Cauliflower + Chickpea Salad. Always a crowd pleaser and vegan friendly.

2. Giada's Brushetta. This never disappoints! I love bringing a gluten free baguette as well for those g-free folks!

3. Lemon Garlic Swiss Chard Salad. Andrea has so many incredible (and simple) recipes. I always love her salads and so does everyone else!

4. Smoky Eggplant Tahini Dip. Oh wait, Andrea also makes incredible appetizers too. ; )

5. Cheese plate. I like to fill this with vegan cheese options, nuts, healthier crackers (like Simple Mills) + load it with veggies.

6. Quinoa Salad. I run to our local New Seasons market and grab whichever seasonal quinoa salad they have at the deli. Perfect option if you don't have time to cook!

7. Spicy Stuffed Jalapenos. A little indulgent, and usually a bit hit!

8. Gwyenth's Peas + Greens Rissoto. This is great as is, but also lovely with cauliflower rice as well!

Happy bbq'n! xx