Summer Is Over. Now It Is Time To Deal With My Anxieties.

Summer is over.

I can’t even believe I am saying this, but summer is over and September is here. It was a great summer, but as usual, it flew by too quickly. I have always loved fall – beautiful changing leaves, pumpkins, fall clothes, Halloween, you name it! However, this is the first year I can actually say that I am not excited. In fact, I am so anxious. So anxious that it has been controlling me. Let me tell you why.

My daughter starts preschool this week, and I am a wreck.  Last year we attempted to start her in preschool, and we had the worst year of our lives.

The guilt I have over this is crippling. 

A year ago in September, my daughter caught hand, foot, and mouth disease from school which led her to have a febrile seizure. That was fun.  Next, she caught RSV from school, which was so bad that she also got pneumonia in both lungs. She was hospitalized for a few days. I have never ever witnessed someone so sick. The mental images I still have can make me cry in an instant.  In both of those situations, we were sure we were going to lose her. 

As I take her to preschool this week, I know I am going to be hyper-aware of GERMS. 

You better believe I will have my hand-sanitizer waiting for her. I know I sound crazy, but it is so much more than that. I am scared that my little baby is going to get so sick again this year. I am scared I won’t be able to handle it. I am scared I won’t be able to help her. There is nothing worse than staring at your little baby helpless and sick, and there is nothing you can do to ease her pain.  Isn’t that what mommies do?

I have been working with her all summer of the importance of hand-washing, and keeping those germy little things out of her mouth. She is almost 3 years old, and I am still saying, “Get your hands out of your mouth!”  Moms of older kids, when does that end?? The worst is when she responds, “You want some too?” as she tries to put her slimy hands in my mouth. No, thank you. I’m good. 

I am trying everything in my power to boost her immune system.

I load her up with daily vitamins, daily probiotics, and I slip in elderberry syrup into her water whenever I can. I never thought that I would be the type of person to research so many alternate ways to boost immune systems, until last year. I was desperate to find ways to help keep her healthy and safe. I know I can’t prevent everything, but I cannot go through what I went through last year.

I am a Young Living member, courtesy of my friend, Gina, and I am constantly bugging her for immune-boosting oils! She has been a godsend to me, full of knowledge and always willing to teach. Thank you so much, Gina!

Moms, what other ways do you boost your kid(s)’ immune systems?  How do you deal when they are sick? I need all the help I can get. 

We Love Shanteel Yoga Sanctuary’s Rockin’ Vinyasa Class – Let Us Tell You Why!

We had to go back and visit Shanteel Yoga Sanctuary and take Claudine’s (the owner) class! We are so happy we did! Claudine teaches the 7:00 PM Monday night Rockin’ Vinyasa class.  See our previous experience here, where Jennifer was subbing for Claudine.

We won’t go through the whole nitty-gritty of the class structure, since we already touched on it, but we wanted to show you some awesome pictures of our workout – courtesy of our friend Kristy Be sure to check her out!

Claudine started off class with some light meditating and focusing on our breaths. As we have become more comfortable with yoga, we realize how important your breathing is – it really helps us to connect our minds and bodies.

Stretching took place next. Claudine wanted to make sure our muscles were ready for what was to come!

OK… on to the workout! Bring it on!

We rock our chair poses thanks to all of our barre practice (love you, Rise!)

Warrior II is such a great, classic pose.

Claudine was very hands on, which is something we look to in the classes we take. We love being taught the proper form – after all, it is so important to not hurt ourselves.

Thank you SO much for having us back to Rockin’ Vinyasa, and allowing us to capture beautiful pictures of our experience. If you haven’t checked out Shanteel Yoga Sanctuary yet, do it! You will love it.

If You Are A Lover Of Mediterranean Food, Like Me, You Will LOVE These Chicken Tzatziki Bowls!

I can’t even begin to tell how how delicious these Chicken Tzatziki Bowls are! I am a sucker for Mediterranean food, so I knew I would love it… but my husband, who is not as in love with Mediterranean food, was obsessed with it! Of course I left the olives off of his… god forbid he eat an olive. The bitterness of the tomato and cucumber salad paired so nicely with the tart and spiciness of the chicken. I will definitely be making this one again!

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This Southwestern Black Bean, Quinoa and Mango Salad From Skinnytaste is To Die For!

I told you guys a while ago that I was trying to be better at eating lunch.  The only way for me to do this, is to meal prep. I stumbled upon this Skinnytaste meal – Southwestern Black Bean, Quinoa and Mango Salad – and I just had to make it.  It was pretty easy to make, and it was so good! The spiciness of the jalapenos paired with the sweetness of the mango is to die for! I made this whole serving, and had enough for 3 lunches. Give it a try! 

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Add A Little Chocolate And Peanut Butter To Your Life!

I use our NutriBullet to make delicious chocolate peanut butter (banana) smoothies. I love to drink one post workout!

My next goal: to try Tone It Up’s Collagen Powder in my smoothie and/or coffee!

Chocolate Peanut Butter (Banana) Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 8 to 10 ounces of Silk almond milk I usually get the 30 calorie unsweetened regular or vanilla
  • 1 scoop of Tone It Up Chocolate Protein Powder planet based
  • 1 scoop of PB2 powdered peanut butter
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 1 banana optional

Instructions

  • Add to blender and BLEND!

Bacon… It’s What’s For Dinner. Try This Healthy Twist On Your Traditional BLT

Sometimes my husband and I just want something really easy to make for lunch or dinner. Recently he requested a BLT, bacon lettuce and tomato sandwich, which I delivered with a healthy twist. Instead of mayo we opted for some delicious avocado to get some healthy fat.  Enjoy!

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Vacationing in Avalon? Check Out Ship Shape’s Bootcamp!

Vacationing at the New Jersey shore is relaxing, but I can’t forget about my workouts!  I am not very good at working out in my home, so I teamed up with my friend, Leslie, and we went to this awesome bootcamp in Avalon. 

Name: Ship Shape Health & Fitness

Location: Avalon, NJ

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Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy – This Lemon Chicken Is The BOMB!

One of my favorite recipes is an easy one! All you need is chicken, a lemon, and McCormick’s Lemon and Pepper seasoning. I pair it with some rice and lots of veggies. It’s great on the grill in the summertime! I just wrap it in aluminum foil. It’s easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Melissa

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Do You Enjoy HIIT Classes? Try RowFIT Strength at Moondog Yoga!

Our experience with RowFIT Strength.

Name: Moondog Yoga

Location: Quakertown, PA

Instructor: Becky – We loved how she gave everyone individual attention, and also motivated us along the way. 

Exercise Type: rowFIT strength

This was a HITT routine with a little bit of everything!  There were six stations total, and each one had three exercises.  Each exercise was completed for one minute with a 10 second rest in between each exercise.  

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