• Balanced Body

    Why Coffee Naps Are a Mom’s New Best Friend

    What is a coffee nap? Have you heard about coffee naps? I promise that I didn’t make this up, it’s a real thing. A coffee nap is as simple as it sounds— you drink a cup of coffee and then take a quick power nap (15-20 minutes is ideal, but no longer than 30). When I first heard about this, I was confused. Coffee and naps are two of my favorite things, but aren’t you supposed to choose one or the other? Coffee to wake you up or a nap to give you a quick rest? Nope— scientists have found that these two things actually work better when they’re together.…

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    Tips to Help You Break Your Cell Phone Addiction

    Smartphones are wonderful tools. They help us to keep up on current events, stay connected with loved ones, support good causes, share important stories, and millions of people (including stay-at-home moms) have even started using them to make extra money. I love what my phone is capable of. From the comfort of my couch, I am able to work, talk to friends, and even grocery shop. But with this powerful tool comes a serious potential danger—overuse. I’ll admit, it seems a bit strange to be writing a post about breaking cell phone addictions when I have a business that is dependent on social media. But I believe strongly in finding…

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    12 Foolproof Tips to Start Working Out in the Morning

    This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase, I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. You can read my full disclaimer here. Thank you for your support! How do you start working out in the morning when you’re a mom? You know you should exercise. You know it would help you feel good about yourself, improve your mood, and increase your energy levels. And you could really use some extra energy to chase after your kids all day. But when you’re a mom, it can be hard to find the time to exercise. Come on—some days, it can be hard to find time to sleep or…

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    A Non-Runner’s Half Marathon Story (And Tips to Get YOU Started)

    ​Yesterday I arrived home from Disney World after an amazing week with my family.  Our trip was filled with lots of heartwarming moments, in between the long lines and temper tantrums, of course.  But I’m so grateful we had the opportunity to go and enjoy each other’s company in my favorite place. ​ We arrived on Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning, I ran the Disney Princess Half Marathon.  I never thought I’d be able to say that I ran 13 miles or honestly, even one mile. But I did it. Why I Call(ed) Myself a Non-Runner and How I Changed My Mind When I say that I was a non-runner,…

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    Done. (Why We All Need To Give Up Chasing the “Perfect Shape”)

    I am DONE. Seriously. Done. Let me explain. My mom recently moved and yesterday she gave me a small old book she found that belonged to me as a kid. It was called “My Life According to Me.”I wrote lots of silly, funny things in it. But something in it struck me as not being so funny. It was actually pretty darn sad. In the one section, it asked “If I Could Change One Thing About the Way I Look It Would Be…” My answer: “Shape.” Guys… I was 11 years old! I also had my weight written on another page followed by a “goal” weight. Shall I repeat, I…