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August 4, 2017

5 Ways to Have a Happier Morning

5 Ways to Start your Day Happier: how could you change your routine to mix in more happiness? | Beauty Bets

I start my days pretty early — like at the computer by 5AM kinda early — and people seem pretty curious about what my secret is. I think I made it through 4 years of college without ever having a class before 10AM, so I can pretty confidently say that I am not, by nature, a morning person. But, when one of my client’s required early morning work, I obliged, and six years later I am still at the computer editing and sending thousands of newsletters by 6AM, M-F. And so, I guess, I have developed a bit of a secret over the years and the secret is this: I have a morning routine that I love and enjoy. When my alarm goes off my first thought isn’t “Nooooo, just ten more minutes.” My mind is usually flooded with positive thoughts: what podcast will I listen to while I’m getting ready? What should I make for breakfast? And I am instantly motivated to get out of bed and start my day. Below are my five fool-proof ways to have a happier morning.

  1. Drink a Glass of Water. Water is important throughout the day, but research shows that drinking 8-12 oz within 10 minutes of waking up can make a significant impact on your health. Water helps wake up your system and helps get your digestive system moving. It can also help boost your metabolism, allowing you to naturally burn more calories throughout the day. Starting your day hydrated can also help you feel more alert!
  2. Listen to something while you get ready. A lot of us spend a good chunk of time getting ready, 30 minutes or more is not unusual. Is there a way that you could make those 30 minutes more meaningful or enjoyable? Maybe use that time to listen to a favorite podcast, get in a chapter from an audiobook, or listen to a new playlist or station.
  3. Spend 5 minutes planning out your day. The best thing that has ever happened to my morning routine was taking an active approach to planning out my days using The Daily Page (available as a notepad or instant download via Etsy). Spending 3-5 minutes to fill out this 1-page planner while the coffee is brewing or breakfast is cooking helps me prioritize my day and hit the ground running. It provides space for a to-do list, schedule events, plan meals, track hydration, record workouts, start shopping lists and more. Try a planning page, a simple to-do list, or any organizational apps to help remove information from your already overloaded brain and you’ll start your day with more clarity and focus.
  4. Have one morning ritual that is special. Is there a small luxury that would help get you out of bed in the morning? Maybe you treat yourself to a luxurious body oil, put an energizing essential oil in your diffuser, or keep fresh eucalyptus in the shower. Reminding ourselves of these little luxuries that await us can help get us out of bed and start our day feeling valued and loved.
  5. Nourish your body with breakfast. Cooking in the morning seems impossible for most of us (myself included), but I’ve found that between prepping meals, overnight oats, yogurt bowls or healthy grain bowls with avocado and poached eggs, I can whip up a healthy breakfast in a matter of minutes while also giving myself time to plan my day (see #3!).
August 2, 2017

Making the Switch to Stella & Chewy’s

Photos: Eliesa Johnson

I’ve made zero effort to hide my love for this one on the blog. Molly has been the light of my life for nearly a decade. She always knows what I need, from cuddles on a hard day to a tug on the leash when it’s time to go outside and get moving. I know that pets can’t talk, but I’m pretty sure that Molly has the heart and soul of a human. Which is why I have no problem going above and beyond with her diet.

Molly has always eaten well. She loves nibbling on a stalk of kale almost as much as a strip of bacon. She had been on the same high quality diet her entire life when I started to get this niggling feeling that it could be better. First there was the equally pet-obsessed friend who raved about how shiny and happy her rescue dog was doing on a raw-food diet. I kept looking down at my grass fed steaks and Whole 30 diet guiltily thinking: Doesn’t our girl deserve the same?

I’ve shopped locally at Chuck & Don’s since Molly was a pup so when they started carrying Stella & Chewy’s new Raw Blend Kibble, I took it as a sign. Stella & Chewy’s kibble products are potato-free, grain-free and gluten-free. Instead of a bunch of fillers, meat is the #1 ingredient meaning 65-70% of what’s in the bag contains responsibly sourced proteins like cage-free poultry, grass-fed meat and wild-caught fish—plus organic fruits and vegetables. Instead of a bunch of fillers, meat is the #1 ingredient meaning 65-70% of what’s in the bag contains responsibly sourced proteins like cage-free poultry, grass-fed meat and wild-caught fish—plus organic fruits and vegetables.

Molly has always been a good eater (like mother, like daughter!), but I’ve never seen her so excited to eat or so sad to finish a meal. We’ve now tried the Red Meat Recipe with beef, venison and lamb, and the Cage-Free Recipe featuring quail, chicken and duck and Molly loves them equally.

She can smell a bag of Stella & Chewy’s from a mile away and knows exactly where to find it at Chuck & Don’s (they also deliver!). If only going to the grocery store were this fun.

After a couple months on Stella & Chewy’s Raw Blend Kibble Molly’s coat is thicker, her body is lean and her energy belies her age. Even at eight, she still looks and acts like a happy puppy—and I plan to keep it that way, even if it means spoiling her rotten!

P.S. Share your story about how you go above and beyond for your dog by creating an original post on Instagram or Facebook, using the hashtag #akibbleabove for a chance to win a grand prize of a years supply of Stella & Chewy’s Kibble and a custom illustration of you and your dog. Five additional lucky winners will also receive a six-month supply of kibble! Details on the contest can be found here: https://www.stellaandchewys.com/akibbleabove

This post is brought to you by Stella & Chewy’s but all opinions are mine—and Molly’s.

July 31, 2017

S2 Ep3: Bonnie Illies, Animal Healer

 

Bonnie Illies is an animal intuitive and energy healer who has helped thousands of animals suffering from chronic illnesses and behavior issues. For 20 years she has healed dogs, cats, horses, birds, rabbits, fish, ferrets and even dairy cows when nothing else could. She has a 99% effective rate, with visible results and often a full recovery within 1-2 healing sessions. Bonnie has a gift for identifying and treating the root of the problem, not just treating the symptoms. In many ways, she speaks for our animals when they can’t speak for themselves.

 

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Bonnie Illies

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July 26, 2017

5 Types of Tea you Should Try

5 Types of Tea You Should Try + Their Health Benefits | Beauty Bets

I know summer is a weird time to talk tea, but even when it’s hot I find a cuppa so soothing. Especially under the covers with a good book and the AC on! Whether hot or iced, caffeinated or herbal, I always feel like I’m doing something good for my body and spirit when I reach for tea over another cup of coffee or alcohol. Our tea drawer is full of tea I’ve collected from the tea aisle at Whole Foods and from all over the world . . .  black, white, green, oolong, rooibos, loose and bagged….I guess you could say it’s become a bit of a hobby! Here are five of my favorite varietal and their benefits to get you started:

  1. Nettle Tea – Nettle is a fantastic natural remedy for allergies. It also is high in iron, calcium and magnesium so it is great for those with anemia or who want a huge amount of nutrient value in their cup of tea.
  2. Dandelion Root Tea – The closest tasting tea to coffee, roasted dandelion root tea is a great option if you’re detoxing from caffeine or due for a liver flush. It’s also a diuretic that can help flush excess yeast from the body which helps to control Candida. 
  3. Green Tea – Ubiquitous with antioxidants, green tea contains a compound called EGCG which supports the heart and can help fight both cancer and obesity. It’s a metabolic booster, to be sure. I didn’t fall in love with green tea until I found toastier tasting varieties like Numi. It’s so much more satisfying than the popular grassier versions. 
  4. White Tea – White Tea is also full of heart healthy antioxidants but has a lighter, more sophisticated flavor than green. It can also help to boost the immune system and even lower high blood pressure.
  5. Kombucha – Kombucha is my crack, it’s no wonder I have started growing it in the basement. Fermented and full of probiotics and digestive aids, it’s like the healthiest cocktail you’ve ever had—without the hangover. If you’re turned off by the pungent taste, the dried version of kombucha is made for you!

5 Types of Tea You Should Try + Their Health Benefits | Beauty Bets

July 24, 2017

S2 Ep2: Kaleigh Frey, Millennial Therapist

Kaleigh Frey is a therapist who specializes in millennials and is a millennial herself. But her message is ageless: It’s time to replace comparison with self-compassion, negative self-talk with intentional self-care. Today we’re going to talk about some about some of tools she uses in her practice that you can implement today to heal whatever’s holding you back from the life that you deserve.

SHOW NOTES
Kaleigh Frey
Headspace meditation app
Brene Brown
Self Compassion: The Power of Being Kind to Yourself  by Kristen Neff
Welcome to the Jungle: Facing Bipolar without Freaking Out by Hilary Smith
Sober as F*ck by Sara Ordo

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    Born and raised in Minnesota by surprisingly low-maintenance parents, beauty writer and lifestyle editor Elizabeth Dehn (aka Bets) spent her awkward years buying Mood lipstick and whipping up DIY face masks before founding Beauty Bets in 2009.
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