Simplify Self-Care

Self-care shouldn’t a stressor for you. Unfortunately, just like everything else that we face, now self-care has turned into this elaborate event that not all moms have the ability to do. Ahem, highlight reel syndrome. 

Not mom has the ability to leave her kids for a day, weekend or a whole vacation. Let’s be realistic ladies. I know even with the family that I have in town, that still wouldn’t be a practical thing for me to do. 

So I’ve become the queen of simple self-care, and I’ll tell you what, I’m much happier with it! The simple things matter just as much as the big things.

Listen, this is what I did today in my 20 mins of alone time:

I sat in my doorway in the sunshine, because it was too cold outside but the sun was hitting just right n the doorway, and yes I plopped my butt right down on the floor. 

I grabbed my leftovers from yesterday (no food goes to waste with me lol) – threw on some music and just vibed. I ate in peace, I enjoyed the sunshine and I danced (one of my all time favorite things to do). 

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Did this cost me anything? – absolutely not. 

Did I feel entirely better after this self-care session? You’re damn right!

Did this lead into a mini dance it out session after I finished my lunch? – oooooooh yeah!


You don’t have to go big to reap the benefits of self-care. The fact of the matter is doing something that is going to make you happy and keep your cup full. 

examples of simple self-care
  • Go for a walk
  • Take a bath
  • Do a facemask
  • Move your body
  • Hydrate yourself
  • Meditate
  • Go get a coffee/tea
  • Get a manicure/pedicure
  • Read a book
  • Listen to music
  • Buy yourself flowers
  • Speak positively about yourself
  • Take a nap
  • Eat a meal by yourself
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My biggest piece of advice for you is to schedule your self-care time. This is a form of accountability for you and for your family. If it is on a schedule, it must be done. Talk with your partner/spouse about the importance of you taking time for yourself.

This is where you reiterate, self-care is not selfish, it is a necessity. In order for you to take care of everyone, you have to take care of yourself.

Keep it simple in the beginning. For you and for your family. You’ll get less push back from them if you start simple. But mama, you have to make it a mandate to take care of yourself. Mom burnout is a real thing! Once you reach burn out, it takes a long time to come back from it. Our bodies and our children feel the effects of the burnout.

Get ahead of it. Take the time for yourself. Nourish you body and your mind.

xx Kelsey

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Marriage in a nutshell

grayscale photo of bride and groom standing on concrete stairs

Marriage is beautiful, messy, complicated, stressful, heartfelt, satisfying, adventurous and courageous, to say the least. What’s the goal? To make it to the “end” with your beloved. That’s not to say there won’t be some major road bumps along the way. Marriage takes a lot of work and unfortunately, there isn’t a handbook for it (not like men would read it if there were, haha!) A marriage takes the constant reminder that you chose your partner, you dedicated and promised to show up and nurture the relationship for all the rest of your life. The road will get tough, the fights will get nasty, the communication may break down, the lust will vanish, the curiosity & wonder will try to sneak in, the urge to quit will fester it’s way in, the flame that once fueled everything – may die down…But that doesn’t mean it’s over.

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The seasons of marriage are constantly changing. We as people, change as we progress through life, our marriage will too. The person we were when we said “I do” might not be the same person you’re married to 40 years from now- but that’s not a bad thing! We grow, we adapt, we find a way of accepting our partner as they are and embracing the changes to come. We do this in with the hopes our partner will do the same for us. How is that achieved? By the first thing that started the relationship in the first thing…talking.

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As we venture through life together, there are will be times when we forget how to talk to our partner. More so, we assume they know what we’re thinking because we’ve been together for so long. But remember, we change as we grow older, so does our thinking. We must not assume anything. If you have a question, ask. If you need to get something off your chest, say it. If you don’t like a behavior or action, speak up. Our words are our weapon and our saving grace when it comes to marriage. We mustn’t forget that.

And lastly, simply try. Try everyday to put your best foot forward. This is the person you wanted to spend the rest of your life with remember? No effort goes unnoticed, no matter how big or small. Show up, do the work, fight for your loved one, fight for the relationship, admire how far you’ve come and be curious about where the road goes from here. And always, say “I love you.”

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Vegan Butternut Squash Soup

Ingredients

  • 1 large onion
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2″ piece of ginger
  • 1 large butternut squash
  • 1 13.5 oz can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup cashews

Directions

  1. Break down your squash.Trim off both ends of the butternut squash. Cut squash neck and bulb in half length wise. Peel both pieces of squash with a veggie peeler. Using a spoon, scoop out the seeds from each of the bulbs, discard seeds. Place squash pieces cut side down on board and cut each piece in half lengthwise. Cut squash crosswise into 1″ thick slices. Place in bowl and set aside.
  2. Prep your veggies: Cut the onion down into cubes, NOTHING has to be pretty, it will all be blended in the end, so don’t worry about pieces being uniform. Using a spoon, peel the ginger and cut into two large pieces. Then take your chef knife and smash the garlic and peel & coarsely chop.
  3. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a Large dutch oven saucepan on medium. Add chopped onions, red pepper flakes and salt. Sweat out the onions.
  4. As soon as onions are translucent, add the garlic and the peeled ginger.
  5. Add squash, cashews and vegetable broth to the pan. Pour in 90% of the coconut milk (the remaining 10% you can use for the garnish, or you can put the whole can in now, up to you). Add enough water to just submerge the squash. (note: too much water will make the soup really runny. You want the liquid to just reach the top of the squash.)
  6. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally
  7. When it reaches a boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the veggies are very tender, about 15 minutes.
  8. Once veggies are tender, it’s time to blend!
  9. Set up your work station: you’ll need your pot of soup, blender, a large bowl, a ladle and a kitchen towel. Using the ladle, fill the blender now more than half way with equal parts broth and veggies. **If you fill it up too much, your blender will overflow as it blends (hellooooo mess!)**
  10. Now that you have some of your soup mixture in the blender, secure the lid and crack the vent so the steam can escape. Otherwise you’ll have a nice soup explosion on your counter. Holding the lid down with the kitchen towel, blend soup, starting at a low speed and working up to high speed, until smooth and silky. Transfer to the large bowl. Repeat with remaining soup in pot, working in small batches, until all the soup is blended.
  11. Clean out your dutch oven and return your blended soup to the stove. Heat soup on medium, stirring occasionally until you can see steam rising from the pot. **When you blend the soup, it loses a lot of the heat, you’re just warming it back up to serve nice and hot**
  12. Now it’s time to eat! Ladle soup into bowls or cups, whichever you prefer. Swirl the remaining coconut milk on top as a garnish.
  13. Grab a spoon and ENJOY!

Notes:

  • As and added garnish, you can use tasted coconut or pepitas.
  • I always serve this soup with a nice toasted bread for dunking.
  • The cashews are to thicken the soup and add “body.” Depending if you’re looking for more or less, you can adjust the cashews accordingly. I love my soups really savory, and that’s where the cashews come into play.
  • On your first try, this soup can get messy with the blender if you aren’t familiar with blending hot liquids. Just go slow and don’t do too much at once.
  • IT FREEZES! Go ahead and throw your leftovers into a freezer safe container or bag and save it for an easy dinner another night! SCORE!

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Affordable Athlesiure Wear

I am just ecstatic to share with you that Savvi clothes have all been reduced in price! Here’s the back story:

Savvi pre-launched right when the pandemic hit. That means all of our manufactures, supply chains, warehouses, staff, all the above, were basically put on hold unless you were the highest bidder. We very well could have chosen to go with a cheaper (out sourced) company but the quality wasn’t going to be the same. We strive for the highest quality of athleisure wear, and because of this, we had to pay a high premium to get the products to our customers.

Ergo, the high prices for our customers to purchase products. Well, I am so happy to report, that after two years in the making, building those relationships and working to keep quality right where it is, we have secured lower pricing!

Now we very well could have been like most other companies and just taken a higher profit margin, hello fill our pockets and empty yours. BUT savvi isn’t like that. We are a community based business, meaning we want our clients and all of our affiliates to feel the love and know we’ve got their back.

That being said, the reduction in production cost, went right back to all of you! We lowered the price so now our clothes are more affordable and can be worn by so many more women.

On the site you’ll see prices reductions ranging from $10-$45 off on items. This is immediate, no waiting, shop now and enjoy the benefits of shopping with savvi.

Start shopping savvi.

I couldn’t be more excited to be partnered with Savvi! If you’re looking for a community like Savvi, let’s have a chat! There are many available positions to make some extra money, or turn it into a full career. Email me lifeinseason2020@gmail.com for more info.

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On Any Given Day…

On any given day as a parent, do you feel over it?

When you realize parenting is a lot harder than you thought it would be.

And the parenting aspect of being a Mom/Dad really isn’t that fun.

Sometimes you think back to the times of before you had kids…and miss it.


This is your gentle reminder that those feelings are normal and you aren’t the only parent that feels them. It is ok to feel those feels. Parenting is so hard, much harder than it’s lead on to be. With that we have to show ourselves some grace. We aren’t going to be perfect, because perfect doesn’t exist. We do our best with the tools we have. So the next time you feel terrible for feeling like you want to be done with parenting, just remember you’re not an awful parent because almost every parent feels the same thing at different points.

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Positive Affirmations For Moms

I am a good mom.

I am exactly who my kid needs.

I am capable of amazing things.

I am grateful for the time I get to spend with my kids.

My kids don’t need a perfect mom.

I will show my kids love through my actions and words.

I will stay calm, even in the midst of chaos.

I am not “just” a mom.

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Shop The Drop – January 21, 2022

This week the drop includes our top telling pieces, with new color options and a beautiful new print! Remember that discount price for style club? All that information is right here if you want to join a style club and get reduced pricing!




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Shop The Drop – January 14, 2022

Style and comfort is the theme of this week’s drop. These pieces have the ability to be dressed up to high fashion, or dressed down to lounging around the house. We are a size inclusive company – which you don’t see often! Feel sexy and supported at any size.

Click on the photos below to shop now





How to Never Forget a Gift

If you’re anything like me, your memory might not be as efficient as it used to (silent sob). However, I’ve got a lot of Italian in me, which means I’m a big GIVER. I always try to make sure everyone gets some sort of gift for their birthday, anniversary, graduation, baby shower, Valentines, Date night, Girls night…you name it, I’m the one giving a gift. Unfortunately, with this foul memory of mine, I often forget. But NOT ANYMORE!


We now offer a free gift planner – what’s that? Well, it’s a planner where you can enter in all the special dates you’re going to gift someone (pst, look above at all those gift giving dates). The gift planner will give you a reminder as the date is approaching, to help alleviate the pressure to remember someone’s special day. It’s been a game changer for me and I hope you reap the benefits of it as well!

Get started with your gift planner today & NEVER miss a gift giving opportunity again!


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Love Yourself

Reminder to you, Love yourself instead of loving the idea of other people loving you.

It starts within. When you think about it, loving ourself should be the easiest thing for us as humans to do. I mean, we’re with ourself 24/7. We know our ins and outs, what makes us tick and what brings us joy…

So why is it that self love seems to come last now? Why is it so easy for us to pick apart every little bit of ourselves day in and day out?

Is it because other people do it so easily that we feel we need to jump on that bandwagon? Is it from the constant comparison we do everyday because of social media? Where did the love go? We were born into this one body, this one mind, this one life. It was not meant for us to bash and malnourish.

When you think of our bodies and mind as a seed that grows into a flower, what are the necessities to grow the flower and to keep it big and beautiful? Water, food, sunshine and warmth. We must nurture the flower and be gentle with it through the seasons to keep it blooming. As do our bodies.

The more we put ourselves down, the more opportunity we give for other people to do it as well. This then leads us into the true belief that we aren’t worthy, that we aren’t beautiful, that all the critics are right.

But honey, THEY’RE WRONG!

You love yourself. You give your self the warmth and nourishment you need. Because once you start to shine and blossom again, you’ll be amazed at what else follows. Love yourself. Be your true self. Life is much more fun when you’re happy and confident.

I challenge you:💕Do something for yourself today. 👏🏼Give yourself a high-five when you get something done. ✨Be kind to yourself.

You are not flawed, you’re fabulous!

xx Kelsey

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