There is nothing quite like the hustle and bustle of the holidays to remind you of how exhausting (and loving, warming, full of fun and giving) this time of year can be. That's why I have pulled together a 4-part-guide of my favorite things, that are perfect for gifting yourself!
Pure Barre- Green Bay SHAKE! SHAKE! SHAKE! If you are looking for a low-impact workout with fast results for your body (and mind!), Pure Barre may be EXACTLY what you are looking for! Less than on hour for a complete workout, barre uses minimal movements (seriously, like 1" movements) to create strength you never knew you had...
Brooke opened Pure Barre 3 years ago and has been a hot go-to place in Green Bay! If you know Brooke, you'll agree with me that she is a fierce business owner, friend and fellow mama; I am happy to include Pure Barre in my holiday gift guide! FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM WEB
Jenstar Movement Studio Yoga is LIFE. If you know me at all, you would know that I constantly try to find my CALM in my everyday life. Jenstar offers yoga classes for all levels in a very calm environment. If you have ever met Jen, you would have experienced the incredible kindness and positive energy she brings wherever she goes.
KROC CENTER Let me just say, if you haven't been to the KROC Center yet... YOU ARE MISSING OUT. There are so many great gyms, clubs and centers to be apart of in the Green Bay area (i know this!), but I am going to tell you why the KROC is amazing.
Hold on, I will say it again incase the folk in back didn't hear me.
FREE. CHILDCARE! That is right, everyday you are able to you their child watch program up to 3hours FOR FREE. Okay, besides that- The facility itself is stunning. I hit up the yoga class every morning at 9am, use the fitness area while my kids are in classes (dance, gymnastics, art, music, sports...) and they have an amazing pool with slides & a tot spot! There are so many more benefits to the KROC that I haven't listed, so go take a tour and I promise you will not be disappointed.
ITS BACK! I am so excited to be kicking off our 12 Days of Gifting MOM again this year! We have lots of great giveaways lined up, so be sure to check in daily!
MAKE SURE: you follow on Facebook and Instagram because you never know IF or(and) WHEN there may be double giveaways happening!
WHY do I enjoy this?
I mean, really?... The last person we take care of in our lives, is ourself. This time of year is CRAZY! We are hosting, traveling, moving the damn elf... donating our time, buying gifts, giving gift, GIVING OURSELF TO EVERYTHING! So I have thrilled to be able to treat you, when you forget to treat yourself :-)
Yesterday I challenged myself to SAY YES to everything my kids requested and be present for them.
It was interesting...
I never let on to what I was doing (and they never suspected what was happening) because it could have gone very poorly. But I did what I challenged myself to do- say YES.
And here is what I discovered:
I thought it was easier to say “no”, thinking about there ness I would have to clean up or the arguments (and whining) that would ensue when it came time to do XYZ. I thought it would be easier to redirect and play something else, it’s cold outside!
What I discovered is I 👈🏻 ME👈🏻 who wanted to not participate, to not get cold, to not clean up because I am so tired.
Tired of no sleep.
Tired of cleaning.
Tired of arguing.
Tired of whining.
Tired. Of. Everything.
By saying “no” I was creating arguments. I was creating stress. I was turning fun games into a hectic mess. I was turning cuddles into “I have to get this done”. Their excitement was costing me so much energy- and I realized, it was ME creating my own MOM GUILT. You know at the end of the night when you feel so bad for not taking that moment to cuddle, or read the book or even just paint a picture (insert ANY messy project here), because you were trying to do “get stuff done” and now you feel awful. The Mom Guilt and it’s my fault.
“Don’t feel guilty, let that MOM GUILT GO. “ Yup, uh huh... because that is so easy to do, right? This isn’t the type of Mom Guilt you might feel because you are taking a moment to yourself or because you have to go to work or even a trip away that you desperately need. This is the Mom Guilt of saying NO when really, we should be saying yes- and we know it.
Read the book.
Play the game.
Paint the picture, hell- even play with slime!
Yesterday I said YES, I was present and it was a great day and I will keep saying yes because I want to be happy.
Here I go again...
TAKE 9 trying to keep up a blog. My goal for today: write a blog post. Here is to keeping it simple and getting something accomplished this morning.