Working the Mind, Body, & Soul

If you know me you know I LOVE to dance. If you know me really well you know i also love to do yoga. If you didn’t know that..well now you do.

I love yoga for so many reasons. In this blog, I’m going to share with you all the reasons why I love it and all the benefits that come with doing yoga.

• Improves the quality of your sleep. I don’t know about you but I love sleeping. I basically nap every moment I can ( SHORT STORY TIME: one time I decided to take a nap around 4pm. Usually, the time I start to get really tired. I woke up from that nap at 8pm, went downstairs and got some water and a snack, then I was in bed and asleep at 9pm…Slept all through the night too. That’s freaking talent.) Although I still have those nights where I’m not tired at all and I just know I’m not going to be tired for a while. So around the time I want to crawl in bed I take out my yoga mat and do a 20-30 minute, low-key yoga sequence. Mostly focusing on breathing, stretching, and engaging and working the core. 

http://www.fitwirr.com/workout/plan/beginners-yoga-asana/

my suggested workout for improving the quality of your sleep 

Improves mental concentration and reduces stress. This is so true. Doing a yoga routine in the morning before anything else really puts you in a good place. If I know I have a busy day that requires a lot of concentration I will wake up early to do yoga. It basically works like magic. After my yoga routine (and my shower…) I feel ready to attack my day and everything I have written in my bullet journal.


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my suggested routines to help with mental concentration. 

stress loves to play a role in my life. along with Jesus and dance, yoga is my secret weapon. When I can’t go to the studio and dance I’ll pull out my yoga mat. Yoga is most definitely a great tool to de-stress.

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my suggested routine for de-stressing 

There are so many more mental benefits that come with doing yoga. Now I want to share with you some of the physical benefits of doing yoga.

Increased core strength. Just think about it. All that balancing in different poses, shifting your weight from one pose to another and not falling down! It’s a lot of work! But it all pays off when you have that healthy and toned core.

http://avocadu.com/free-20-minute-yoga-workout-for-weight-loss/  – this is my favorite yoga routine that I will usually do after this belly sculpting routine (http://skinnyms.com/fat-blasting-belly-sculpting-workout/) It says to give yourself a 30 second break in between each pose but I usually don’t do that. Gives me more of a challenge! 

Increases flexibility. Yoga isn’t just for toning your body. There are plenty of routines that mainly focus on flexibility. I try to include a lot of poses that increase flexibility into my toning routines. 

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http://avocadu.com/20-minute-beginner-yoga-workout-for-flexibility/

my suggested routines for increasing flexibility 

Like I said before, there are so many more benefits that come with yoga. Like, Pain and tension relief, Body detoxification, Improves posture, improves digestions and is great for you mentally. 

And those are all the reason I LOVE doing yoga. 

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Top 10 (healthy) Items at Trader Joe’s

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Pretty positive Hannah & I are not your typical teenage girls. I mean we blog about recipes & ways to stay organized so you probably already figured…

We also really love grocery shopping. Our favorite place to shop would have to be Trader Joe’s. So many wonderfully organic and gluten free options. (interesting fact about us: we both can’t have gluten. we’re pretty special) Though they do have other options for people who are actually normal.

So let’s get on with this blog so you don’t exit out before we get to our point.

TOP 10 (Healthy) ITEMS AT TRADER JOE’S

Prices & Benefits

  1. Roasted Coconut Chips. – This things taste like heaven!. . . if you’re a coconut lover. If not you might as well move on to the next item. A 2 oz bag for 1.99 is totally worth your money. It’s a healthy alternative to any other chip & it also will satisfy your sweet tooth.IMG_6815
  2. Roasted Red Pepper Tomato Soup – I love a big bowl of soup on a rainy night or a cold afternoon. For only 2.79 you get a 32 oz container of tomato soup to enjoy any way you want. Low fat, low sugar, low calories, & worth buying more than one container.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  3. Coconut Oil – A 16 ounce container for 5.99. Use for cooking and personal care. Use this item for baking, your hair, face, and even mixing with brown sugar to create a fantastic sugar scrub for your face or even legs before shaving. Yes, it’s weird. . . I will admit I use it for all of the above. It’s basically oil from heaven.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  4. Ready-to-Eat Edamame – This one is a fantastic purchase for only *insert price here.* Throw these bad boys in stir fries, salads, soups, or just eat them by themselves as an appetizer.

  5. Edamame Hummus – 8 oz tub for 2.49. Continuing on with the edamame theme from #4, this unique “hummus” is delicious. If you don’t like chickpeas but like the idea of hummus, this is a great product to try! I do however loove hummus, and all the ones I have tried from Trader Joe’s were excellent.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  6. Pico De Gallo Salsa – 12 oz container for 2.99. This is a great salsa choice, as it tastes very fresh. I LOVE that there are only 7 simple ingredients: Fresh tomatoes, fresh onions, lemon juice, fresh jalapeno peppers, fresh cilantro, salt, dehydrated garlic. This Pico De Gallo is also a great source of a great source of vitamin C.

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    Hot salsa pictured, but I like the mild.
  7. Crunchy Salted Peanut Butter with Flax & Chia Seeds – A 16 oz jar for 2.99. This is one of our all time favorite peanut butters! Any all natural peanut butter is a good source of protein, but this one also has a good amount of Omega-3 fatty acids from the chia and flax seeds.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
  8. Very Cherry Frozen Fruit Blend – 16 oz bag for 2.99. This is a great blend for smoothies! It has cherries (obviously), raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries.  I love putting this blend with a banana or two, a handful of spinach, and some almond milk.Processed with VSCO with hb1 preset
  9. Gluten Free Whole Grain Bread – 12 oz, sliced loaf for 4.49. This is a great option for those who (like us!) can’t have gluten. Processed with VSCO with a6 preset
  10. Maple Cluster Granola – 16 oz box for 2.99. This is probably my favorite cereal at Trader Joe’s. It’s gluten free and very yummy anyway you eat it!

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These are just ten of our favorite products at Trader Joe’s. There are many others, as well as a great selection of fruits and vegetables. We hope you love our list, and feel free to let us know your favorite items at Trader Joe’s!

Bullet Journal Ideas

 

Late February I (Hannah) got pulled into the pretty world of Bullet Journaling. Of course, I dragged Kerri along with me (because that’s what sisters are for).

Anyways now we’re obsessed and love listening to music, drinking coffee, and bullet journaling. So I guess you might be wondering what exactly is bullet journaling anyways? Why should you care? Ryder Carroll created the original Bullet Journal system, and it’s basically a simple way to organize your life. He has helpful pictures as well as a video on the website: http://bulletjournal.com/. The great thing about Bullet Journaling is it’s very customizable and easy. We’re a little over a month into using our journals, so we thought we would share our favorite uses.Processed with VSCO with hb2 preset

  1. Daily Planning – This is probably one of the most common ways to use a bullet journal, and it’s very helpful. You can make your plans really simple, or very detailed and pretty. Personally, it really depends on how much time I have. Here’s one of my (Hannah) more detailed plans. It was very much inspired by the blog Boho Berry (along with a lot of my other pages). The numbers along the top are hours in the day, each color is kind of a plan and helps me to see a rough outline of my day (blue for sleeping, pink for dancing, etc.). I then separate my tasks and plans by school, chores, and events. I also included a water counter and the weather. This page was a Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetlot of fun to make, but I definitely do not have the time for it everyday. I also really like to put a quote or verse at the end of a page.

On the left is one of Kerri Anne’s pages, and it is a more simple, quick way to plan.

2. Meal Plans – Meal planning is a great tool for staying organized. People who meal plan tend to save money, because you know exactly what you need and are less likely to buy extra stuff. Pay attention to sales, and try to eat the fruits and vegetables that are in season; they taste the best and are usually cheaper!

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3. Monthly Plans – At the beginning of every month we love to look ahead at what our plans, goals, and important birthdays are. It is really helpful to be able to see your month “at a glance”.

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For this page, I like to write down any events I have, monthly goals, and important birthdays.