self care tips

10 Self Care Tips For Entrepreneurs & Self Employed

As an entrepreneur, you often work ten to twelve hour days and that can often include working on weekends. With all the hustle and bustle of taking care of our businesses, sometimes we forget to indulge in a daily self care routine.  That's precisely why I created these self care tips. I have definitely been guilty of this, but trust me, all the stress from not taking time for yourself will eventually pile up. And it won’t be pretty. That’s why I created these self care tips for myself to help me stay rejuvenated. Each one of these daily routines work together to bring out the best you. Not only will it help with your mental state, but it will improve your work life. Self care is especially important for those of us running our own business because we can forget where work ends and down time begins. If you indulge in this daily self care routine, I can guarantee you that you will feel better and your work grind will never be stronger. Here is the corresponding video with even more self care tips: 1.      Exercise Exercise— who has the time, right? Still, exercise plays a major role in...Read More
work-life balance

10 Steps to Finding Work-Life Balance

Creating a consistent work-life balance is probably one of the hardest things to maintain if you have your own business and personal brand. There are many people out there that insist that a work-life balance simply cannot exist and that it’s just one of the many entrepreneur struggles we have to live with. I don’t agree. While there is definitely a lot of heavy lifting that comes with running your own business, I believe that there is a way to create a reasonable structure so that your social life doesn’t have to suffer at the hands of your business. It can be disheartening to miss a night out with your friends because you have to finish a project for work. And vacation? Most people will tell you to just forget about it.   But in my experience, completely barricading yourself into your work is only a stepping stone to burnout. Plus, being able to maneuver your social life and daily grind shows that you are truly capable of handling the life of an entrepreneur. Here are my ten steps to having a healthy work-life balance to become an expert entrepreneur:   1.       Start Small Whether you’re just starting out or you’re...Read More
How to Get the Most Out of Your Summer

How to Get the Most Out of Your Summer Before It’s Over

Today, I'm talking about how to get the most out of your summer.  So I know that technically that Labor Day is not the last day of summer, the official last day of summer is Monday, September 23.   However, for many summer will end because school starts or the weather changes and starts feeling more like fall. So how can you get the most out of summer during the last weeks of summer? Start by making a list of all the things you may want to do.  Then weed out any items that you won’t be able to accomplish because of budget, timing, weather, etc and add them to a maybe list. Get your family and friends involved.  Everything is always more fun when you get more people involved right?  Find out who wants to join you on your adventures.   Find out what adventures your friends and family want to do and join them too.  Make it a group effort to make the most out of the last month of summer. So, making a list seems so business like.  Why would I suggest it?  Unless you make it official by making a list, there are so many ways to forget...Read More
dating tips i learned from my mom

5 Life and Dating Tips I Learned From My Mom

I thought I would share these Life and Dating Tips with you because, 1) I just celebrated my 12th wedding anniversary, so these tips obviously work, 2) it’s close to Mother’s Day and it seemed appropriate.  I lost my mother to brain cancer in 2006 and I miss her dearly.  The best advice when dealing with grief came from my husband, who lost his own mother to cancer when he was 18.  He said, the pain and loss get’s easier with each passing day and he was right.  Now I can think of her and be happy instead of sad.  I can talk about her without crying.     First, I wanted to give you a bit of background on my mother’s health.  She was diagnosed with a brain tumor when she was 16, it was the ‘70s and medical technology was not what it is now, but she went into remission and was cancer free for over 25 years.  She got cancer again in the early 2000's because of the radiation she received in her teens.  So, I think I was so lucky to have a healthy mom until I was a young adult.  Not only that, but she was able...Read More
gluten free chocolate chip cookies

Secrets to Great Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

So this week I'm sharing some tips and tricks on how to make great gluten free chocolate chip cookies.  My mom alway made the recipe on the back of the ORIGINAL NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE bag, so that's the one I love, but it's been really hard to make gluten free chocolate chip cookies that taste like my mom used to make.  That was until I discovered Authentic Foods Steve's Cake Flour Blend....I was able to take the regular Nestle Toll House recipe and substitue regular flour for Steve's Cake Flour and they turned out amazing. Have you seen the photos?!?!  They look exactly like a regular chocolate chip cookie and they taste amazing too. My husband and friends cannot even tell the difference between my gluten free chocolate chip cookies and a regular one. If you checked out my interview with Steve a few months back at the Gluten Free Expo, you would know that he is extremely enthusiastic about his flour. Well he certainly has reason to be because it's great. Sorry if you were looking for my recipe here but I do want to share another trick that I do to this recipe, besides the Steve's Cake Flour Blend, I...Read More