Summer Siesta Blend

If you have children home with you during the summer, you know how crazy your days can get. Before you know it, it’s dinner time, and you skipped lunch again.

And if you work from home as I do, not only do you get interrupted 100 times per day but you rarely get any time to yourself. (I’m not kidding…I can’t even pee without my son or my dogs barging in.) 

And forget about relaxing vacations. They’re downright exhausting.

I’m not complaining. 

I have some wonderful summer memories, but even this momma needs a time out. 

And since a spa retreat isn’t in the cards, I improvise.


My Solution 

Twenty-minute chill outs. 

As soon as I tuck my son into bed, I gather the necessities: essential oils, diffuser, music, and wine.

I create my oil blend (see my latest below), turn on some music, pour myself a glass of vino and find a comfy place to relax. 

Summer Siesta Blend

I close my eyes, take a couple of deep breaths and imagine myself at the beach (my all time favorite place). There is nothing better than having sand between your toes, the sea salt air on your face and the warm sun shining on your soul. Heavenly!

These chill outs have become my sanity savers. 

Not only do I completely relax, but they refuel me for the next day.

If you love this blend, be sure to grab your FREE copy of Summer Blends: 10 delicious summer essential oil recipes to ease your mind, body and soul.

What do you do when you need a time out? Or when you need to let go of your day? 


Honey and Tamari Glazed Salmon

When I’m wanting something tasty, fresh and healthy for dinner, I always turn to salmon. It is so satisfying and I know that I am giving my body good omega-3 fatty acids which are great for the skin, digestion and fat metabolism. Bonus points! 

Here is one of my favorite ways to quickly prepare salmon.

Bon Appétit!

Honey and Tamari Glazed Salmon
Serves 4
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  1. ¼ cup honey
  2. ¼ cup tamari sauce
  3. 3 tbsp fresh lime juice
  4. 2 tbsp water
  5. 1 ½ tbsp Dijon mustard
  6. 2 tbsp olive oil
  7. 4 (6 oz each) pieces salmon fillet, skin removed
  8. Black sesame seeds, for garnish
  9. Scallions, for garnish
  1. In a small bowl, whisk together honey, soy sauce, lime juice, water and mustard.
  2. In a small skillet, heat oil over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking and cook salmon 2-3 minutes on each side, or until golden and just cooked through.
  3. Transfer salmon to 4 plates.
  4. Add honey mixture to skillet and simmer, stirring occasionally, until it reaches a glaze-like consistency.
  5. Pour the glaze over salmon and sprinkle with black sesame seeds and scallions.
  1. Serve with roasted or steamed asparagus.
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Enjoy! If you have any salmon dishes you would like to share, be sure to talk back in the comments below. 

21 Ways to Get Your Butt Moving Today

How many of you know you should exercise but hate doing it? Have you ever started an exercise program with the best intentions but within days or weeks felt bored or lacked the motivation to continue? Have you ever used “I don’t have time” as your excuse of why you never exercise?

You’re not alone. Not everyone loves to work out. Although I know how important exercise is, and usually enjoy it, even I get the workout blahs.

The key for me is changing it up.

I hate routine and being chained to a gym. But I know as I age, if I don’t exercise regularly, my stomach starts to look doughy, and my energy disappears. Not fun!


So, below I’ve come up with 21 ways you can get moving without having to schlep your ass to the gym.

No more excuses. You’re welcome.

  1. Go for a stroll. Grab a friend, your child and/or your iPod.
  2. Turn on your favorite music and dance. No one has to know.
  3. Park your car furthest away from your destination. Walk the rest of the distance. I promise it won’t kill you!
  4. Grab your bike and hit the park or your local trails. Who knows? You might meet a cute biker.
  5. Put on your bathing suit and go for a swim in your local pool, lake or ocean. (To make it interesting, why not go naked?)
  6. Nurture your green thumb. Plant a vegetable garden. There’s nothing yummier than eating food you’ve grown yourself and digging in the dirt is no joke.
  7. Skip the elevator and take the stairs. To get a rock hard butt, why not take them two at a time?
  8. Pick up a jump rope. Let your kids join in.
  9. Mow your lawn. Put your riding mower away lazy bones, grab that push mower and go.
  10. Go shoot some hoops. It worked for Michael Jordan. Okay, so maybe you won’t make the NBA but you can pretend.
  11. During the commercials of your favorite TV show, drop and give me 20. Twenty squats, pushups or abdominal crunches. Yes, I’m asking you to put down that bowl of ice cream.
  12. Clean your house. (At least you are up and moving.)
  13. Play catch with your child. You may be nurturing the next Chase Utley.
  14. Grab a racket. Play tennis, racquetball, squash, ping pong, or for shits and giggles, imagine someone you’re annoyed with and swing at the air as if it were them. At least you’ll break a sweat!
  15. Take some dance lessons. Learn how to salsa, hip hop, belly dance or hell, try your hand at pole dancing. It’s much harder than you think!
  16. Hit the trails and take a hike. Nature is calling you!
  17. Grab a hoop. No joke…it’s a surefire way to get those hips moving, and it sure is fun to watch others try to master it.
  18. Try yoga or tai chi. Flexibility is so important. It is amazing what positions you might find useful. Wink. Wink.
  19. Pull out your roller skates or roller blades. Skating is a great way to tone those legs. Bye-bye, flabby thighs!
  20. Walk to the store instead of driving there. That way you can eat that candy bar without having any guilt, after all, you walked it off!
  21. Have sex. I’m serious. Having sex often can burn calories and tone your body. Woot! I bet you are all going to climb into the sheets tonight!


So, what are you going to do today? This week? What is your favorite way to stay active? Talk back. I can’t wait to hear from you.

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