The Importance of Self Care for Health and Stress Management

Many of us have so many responsibilities in life that we forget to take care of ourselves. And while it’s hard to prioritize something like taking a bath when you have so many other priorities in life, self care is an important aspect of stress management. A massage, soak in the tub or other forms of pampering revitalize you inside and out. And taking time out to treat your body like the temple it is has other benefits:http://stress.about.com/od/lowstresslifestyle/a/selfcare.htm

This weekend take time to care for yourself.  Do something that you enjoy!

Ways to take time for yourself/self care/pamper:

Enjoy and let us know how you took time out for yourself this weekend.

~Elena~

Fly Mamas: Summer Skirts

This weekend I plan on getting a few items to add/start my summer wardrobe.  Last week we talked about cute and comfortable dress, this week I think I will look for skirts.  I would like to get a few that can be dress up or down so I can wear them to work and play.

Here are some ideas that I found to get me started on my Summer Skirt Search.

Skirts for the Summer

Short mini skirt
£12 – desireclothing.co.uk

Glamorous a line mini skirt
£30 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Mini skirt
£25 – riverisland.com

Denim mini skirt
£12 – desireclothing.co.uk

Carven ruffle skirt
£194 – farfetch.com

Reiss pleated skirt
$105 – reissonline.com

Knee length black skirt
$94 – celebboutique.com

Vila Clothes striped skirt
£25 – republic.co.uk

Slit skirt
lindex.com

Jason Wu color block pencil skirt
$695 – net-a-porter.com

A line skirt
€76 – bsbfashion.com

Oasis summer maxi skirt
£35 – oasis-stores.com

White House Black Market gray pencil skirt
$88 – whitehouseblackmarket.com

How to Choose the Right Skirt for Your Figure

What kind of skirts will you be adding to your summer wardrobe?

~Elena~

Work/Life Balance – An Oxymoron?

Earlier in the week my friend and I where g-chating about her move, our jobs, starting a family and balancing the two. She sent me this link and the title literally smacked me in the face, Why Women Still Can’t Have It All.

For almost two years now I have been trying to figure out this work/life balance that so many have talked about. Leaving the hustle and bustle of a downtown Chicago online advertising position for a suburb marketing copywriting position. To cut my commute time down and actually be able to take or pick-up Yus from school. Am I glad I made the transition? Yes! Do I wonder if it was the right choice? Sometimes. Do I miss the stress? Hecky nah.

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Workout Wednesday: Total Body Workout

Today lets work on the Total Body.

Here is a 20 min total body workout from Women’sHealth

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Test the Water Squat and Bicep Curl

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Take a Walk

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Rotational Lunge and Shoulder Press

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Warrior Three Tricep Extension

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Plank with Front Raise

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Sumo Squat Side Knee Raise and Side Crunch

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Swiss Thigh and Fly

Here are some additional videos that can help you out too.

Let us know what exercises you like to incorporate into your total body routine.

~Elena~

Adventures in Motherhood: Summer Activies for the kids

School is out, Weather is warm (for some it is HOT), and it is time to have some Fun!!!

This past weekend Hubby and I took Peyton to Kings Dominion, she loved the water park.  This got us thinking about other fun things to venture out and try with her this summer.

(“mommy please remember my swimmers next time.”)

Some of our plans this summer:

  1. Take her back to a water park
  2. Swim Lessons
  3. Dance Class (she starts this Thursday)
  4. Lake Tucker
  5. Marbles Kids Museum
  6. Zoo
  7. Etc

Check this site out for 101 Fun Things To Do in the Summer

Frugal Dad has 14 Cheap Summer Activities for Kids:

  1. Day 1. See a “one dollar” movie at the theater.
  2. Day 2. Sprinkler day.
  3. Day 3. Attend “story time” at your local library.
  4. Day 4. Set up a lemonade stand.
  5. Day 5. Teach your kids to fly a kite.
  6. Day 6. Make homemade play-doh.
  7. Day 7. Bake a cake.
  8. Day 8. Build a “fort” in the living room.
  9. Day 9. Go bowling.
  10. Day 10. Declare a “bored” game day.
  11. Day 11. Have a water balloon fight.
  12. Day 12.  Create a “mini-me.”
  13. Day 13. Pajama day.
  14. Day 14. Spend a day volunteering your time.

What plans do you and your family have this summer?

~Elena~