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Kelsey
raising boys | writer, podcaster, optimist
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We each share three organization systems that are working really well for us right now, from school routines and incoming papers, to makeup and more. Plus we each share an area of our lives that needs some organization. Then join us as we have to show the other the messiest... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Girl Next Door Podcast
Great start to the year! Yes, lots of time to think up some other habits and challenges for the year. Good luck!
Thank you, Rebecca!
I have heard someone else recommend this tea, thank you! Have you ever had the Good Earth Sweet and Spicy tea, would be interested how this tea flavor compares. I was into that flavor for awhile but now it's a little too strong/spicy for me. But keeping this cinnamon tea as a contender!
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When it came to health goals for 2019 I couldn't get excited about committing to any one health habit. And so I picked 12! Here's how it will work: for each month of 2019 I will challenge myself to do a healthy habit every day, and each month will have a different habit challenge. The habits aren't cumulative so when the month is done I can stop doing pushups, stop tracking my food, whatever. I'll only focus only on the current month's challenge. In coming up with the 12 different ideas I wanted to pick challenges that were do-able enough... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at RISING*SHINING
Thank you! I'll have a post about this soon too. I was trying to think of health goals for the year and just couldn't think of anything really new that I felt really excited to do all year long. And then I thought that doing something for 30 days only would keep me interested but could still be a good challenge. and voila! The burpees is a really good one! Dang burpees are so hard!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Goals - January 2019 at RISING*SHINING
Routines are delightful indeed. Amen. Ohh flossing is a great one. I transformed into a daily flosser when I started using the little floss sticks. For whatever reason I seem to prefer the Walgreens brand flossers. It makes it so much easier I think and then my fingers don't feel like they will fall off from loss of blood circulation. Good luck on your yoga, flossing, and wellness in 2019!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Goals - January 2019 at RISING*SHINING
Haha, understandable but yes that will be a good habit to return to!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on Goals - January 2019 at RISING*SHINING
Hi Nikki - thank you so much! I know! We would love to be putting out new episodes too. Unfortunately the timing is what we are struggling with. We both wake up between 4 and 5 making recording podcasts after bedtime really hard to prioritize. We're thinking on it and do really appreciate hearing from listeners!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on 2019! at RISING*SHINING
Oh nice! Yes, I think those recipes that are easily customizable are really helpful. I was thinking of doing more burritos too for this reason. Chris and I can add roasted veggies to ours while the boys can do beans + cheese but maybe try some veggies on the side. I do hope to share some ideas for what works for us!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on 2019! at RISING*SHINING
Thank you!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on 2019! at RISING*SHINING
Your new site looks great - good job pushing through something that felt overwhelming! To fabulous results!
Toggle Commented 5 days ago on 2018 wrap up at RISING*SHINING
Hi Kristen! For me being able to do beans from dried has been awesome and it makes perfect quinoa - 1 cup quinoa, 1.5 cups water, 1 min cook time, and 10 min nautral release. But I also love browsing through Pinch of Yum for ideas and recipes: https://pinchofyum.com/ways-to-use-your-instant-pot and https://pinchofyum.com/recipes?fwp_dinner=instant-pot I also love to make my own yogurt in mine! I can't find my original recipe source but there are several if you google instant pot yogurt or instant pot greek yogurt. Hope you find some new ways to use your IP!
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There's always a flurry of goal posts here in late December and early January: reflecting, planning big, and planning for the month ahead. Big goals for the year are always exciting. Goals for the month are where I put those big dreams into action. A tangible representation of putting goals into action is my January health challenge of 10 push ups per day which I've done so far. Another good habit I am practicing: scheduling out most hours of my childcare days so that I prioritize creating (writing, podcasting) and keep my expectations realistic. January through March or April is... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2019 at RISING*SHINING
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Happy 2019! Among my book club we joke about how excited I am on the morning of our annual retreats waiting to leave: up since 5 a.m., grin plastered on my face, cup of coffee in hand. That's pretty much how I feel about heading into the new year with my list of goals to go with it. Goals and fresh starts are my jam. Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2019 at RISING*SHINING
Ah, THANK YOU, Laura! I must have deleted the email that you sent because once we finally tried it I wanted to tell you how much we love it. I'm glad I can tell you now! In fact, I served it on Christmas Eve! Thank you so much for the birthday wishes. I think it will be a good year.
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2019 on 34 favorites at RISING*SHINING
I love reading other people's too! It is satisfying and motivating. I'm glad mine can be that for you! Yes agree on setting aside some dedicated time. It's easy to fall into your own bubble of decompressing, which is understandable!, but with some intention we've found some good quality time for us too, and it goes a long way during those hectic weeks.
Toggle Commented Jan 5, 2019 on 2018 wrap up at RISING*SHINING
Thanks, Jessica!
What a special memory. Putting this on the list for next year.
Love these, and so glad you can appreciate our fall festiveness :)
Thank you so much, Kristen!
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Welcome to the sixth season of The Girl Next Door Podcast! As we do every year, we're sharing our intentions and goals for the year. Erica's word for 2019 is LITTLE and Kelsey's is FLOURISH. Plus we record messages for our future selves to listen to at the end of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2019 at Girl Next Door Podcast
Haha! Recently a friend complimented my hair when I had it styled that way and I told her seriously, "That compliment means so much to me." So the best tip I have is to find a friend who is good at this and can show you in person. Or your hair stylist! Ask them to style your hair that way and explain it. Secondly, I searched around on YouTube! I NEVER watch YouTube but thought I'd look for some hair tutorials and it really helped. I have no idea which one I watched but search for "flat iron waves" and you'll find a ton. And then you just have to practice and practice and practice. Good luck, you can do it!!
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2019 on 34 favorites at RISING*SHINING
Aw shucks, thanks! :)
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2019 on 34 favorites at RISING*SHINING
Thank you so much, Alicia!
Toggle Commented Jan 1, 2019 on 34 favorites at RISING*SHINING