The 8 Books I will never stop reading

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

I was recently interviewed by Betsy Aimee from The Currently Podcast wherein I shared how books have helped me grow and deal with life's ups and downs.  As an avid reader it took me awhile to narrow down my list. Here are the books that have impacted my life the most and I will never stop reading: 

The Untethered Soul

The Gifts of Imperfection

The Bible

The Highly Sensitive Person

The Conscious Parent

You Can Heal Your Life

The Power of Positive Thinking

Start Where You Are

Ever since I was a little girl, books have been my escape.  As an adult they have helped me understand my part in things.  The Untethered Soul taught me to pay attention to my inner voice, The Bible reminds me I am loved as I am and The Conscious Parent helps me look within when I am having a parenting dilemma.  I also included, Start Where You Are, which is a book and prompting journal.  I find writing my honest thoughts in a journal or taking notes after I read these books is healing.  I even keep a copy of the miniature version of The Power of Positive Thinking in my car for those unexpected waiting times. These are all books I have read, re-read and often recommend.  

Please know books are not a substitute for human connection and/or therapy.  There are times in our lives when a book is not enough and that's okay. Reach out to someone you love, and if necessary, reach out to a medical professional.  

With that said, a good book at the right time can make a great impact on your life and realign your way of thinking.  I would love to hear what books have impacted your life the most. 

xo, Lendy

Luna is FIVE

Monday, February 5, 2018

On Saturday February 3rd, 2013 while everyone had Super Bowl on the brain I was bringing a beautiful little human to the world.  She was way bigger than a football--let me tell you. Ha! Fast forward 5 years and she continues to amaze me. 
Luna lovesHugs, Sushi, Books, Purses, Havana by Camila, everything by Imagine Dragons, Crafting, Legos, Palace Pets, Disney, Riding her bike, Pink + Purple, Starbucks dates, Dance class, Puppies and more.
We celebrated her fifth birthday this weekend. When Luna requested an all-girl princess party--I was all over it.  We had her party at a local place called Princess Academy which is similar to the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Disneyland. The place emphasizes self-esteem and reiterates to the girls how truly valuable they are.  

The girls got to pick a beautiful dress to wear, their nails done, got their hair done and so much more. 
I think Luna will be talking about her party for years to come.  She wanted to stay in full hair and makeup even at bedtime! 
In case you're feeling nostalgic like I am, here are the past birthday posts: 1st Birthday2nd Birthday3rd Birthday & 4th Birthday

Friday Favorites

Friday, February 2, 2018

Hello, it's Friday which means it is the day to stay up a little later after Luna's bedtime and catch-up on some mind-numbing television. What are you watching these days? We're still mostly steering clear of TV during the week.  Did I mention Luna turns 5 tomorrow?! 5! I literally shed a tear while sitting in the waiting room at dance class this week.  As I watched her in complete awe pirouette her way through the soft ballet music, I felt this immense emotion come over me.  This weekend I will be sucking up all her happy grateful energy because I want to remember the magic. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and here are this week's favorites...

This is a good reminder--How to Worry a Little Less via Flip & StyleYour mind will always believe everything you tell it. "Luna will stay 5 forever"--okay just kidding! 
I recently bought this Lauren Conrad for Kohl's pink blazer.  It's buttery and lightweight so I thought you may like it too.
When you want to escape and read some chick lit because the world sucks sometimes--P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han.  I finished the first one in a blink of an eye.  This is the second book in the series. Your welcome. 

If you have a little girl who goes through shoes like crazy and you find shoes that smell like berry, and more importantly you can clean them with a wipe (promise they will last more than other cleanable shoes)--Mini Melissa Girls Lace-Up Sneakers. They are worth every penny. Your welcome again. *Throwback to Luna in her favorite pineapple Melissa's 
Because an achy breaky back, anxiety, knots and sleep is a must--Spoonk Acupressure Mat. I've mentioned this in my favorites before, and recently started using it again because well his initials are DT. This crazy thing works! 

When you like the pink decor trend, but your are not willing to go all in IKEA is here to save the day as usual--INTAGANDE Carafe for $8 bucks. The whole set is really pretty and won't break the bank. Plus, it makes up for the price of the shoes above.
If you're feeling the spirit and need a little R&B--Real Love by Blanca.  Luna and I jam out to this song. 

It's RESET Time Again...

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

All my life I have struggled with my weight. I had become accustomed to the yo-yo life, but it is exhausting and poisonous. Some years were heavy, others heavier and some average. The worst feeling is knowing my little girl is watching my every move and I do not want her to struggle the way I have.  So when I heard about the Reset program I figured why not.  I have tried every other method might as well give this one a try too.  Last October, I signed up for the Reset program without knowing what it entailed.  It came to my attention after a wonderful woman I follow on Instagram began sharing her weight issues and Reset journey, and to be honest, I would have never imagined because she's gorgeous! It is further testament when people keep it real and put their heart out there, they will make a difference in people's lives.  After 90 days of mind-blowing health education and being accepted by a wonderful community, I completed my first Reset and lost a little over 20 pounds.

On February 1st the next 90-day Reset program will begin and I am excited to be a part of it.  I cannot wait to learn more and use what I have already learned to help others. I have a long road ahead, but for once in my life, I have several strategies in my back pocket to keep myself healthy and jump back on the train when needed. Let's be honest--we all go through life with ups and downs, events surrounding food, vacations, etc. and knowing what to do to still enjoy life is priceless.  
In full transparency Reset Health is not paying me to say this.  I wanted to share a little more of my story in hopes that it will connect with one of you and you will take a chance like I did. Here's a great video about Reset Health!   
For anyone interested in joining, please use the discount code INSPIRE25 for 25% off.  I promise once you join, you will be amazed by all the time and effort the Reset team and community will put in to help you be the best you. 

xo Lendy

Friday Favorites

Friday, November 10, 2017

What are you up to this weekend? Our weekend begins today since my husband is off for Veteran's Day, and Luna is still on sick-cation. My only plan for the weekend is to bundle us up and go have some juicy burgers.  I have been craving a burger ever since my 8-day fast came to an end.  Aside from the need for a burger, we will be playing Monopoly Jr. and Netflixing. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and Thank You to all the Veterans, here are this week's favorites. 

Favorite Quote: I haven't been everywhere, but it's on my list.-Susan Santog illustrated by Kate Stone Design.  I can't wait until our next adventure. 
Favorite Recipe: Flourless Keto Double Chocolate Cookies -via Peace Love and Low Carb. I'll be making these this weekend. 
Favorite Blouse: Black Velvet draped-sleeve blouse -via JcPenney. Velvet is all over the place and this blouse is a trendy way to add it to your wardrobe. 
Favorite Hair: 50 Shades of Burgundy -via The Right Hairstyles. I currently have my hair black, but I am missing my red tones.  Should I go back to it? Luna says yes! 
Favorite Tote: Personalized Tote -via Barrington Gifts. This is a more reasonably priced to that luxury bag trendy bag.  It would make a cute mom bag without breaking the bank.  
Favorite Lipstick: Revlon Black Cherry. This color goes a long way.  You can dab it on or build the color.   
Favorite Song of the Week: Havana by Camila Cabello.  The first time I heard this, I wasn't feeling it, and then it got me.  

What happened after my 8-day fast

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

I recently completed an almost 8-day fast.  By fast, I am not talking about six juices per day or all vegetables or all fruit or all eggs.  The fast I did was a food-less fast. We were allowed to drink water, apple cider vinegar, tea, bone broth (in limitation) and one bulletproof style coffee per day. 

As the day inched closer, I felt ready and excited.  I was looking forward to giving my body a break from eating.  I know many cultures do fasts and it has a lot of positive effects on our mind and body.  Therefore, I was on board.  

The weekend before my fast was to begin my daughter began getting sick, but I was not going let this stop me from crushing my fast.  I bought bone broth and stocked up on apple cider vinegar.  Here's my favorite ACV mocktail

Day 1: I began my fast.  I had my morning coffee.  I drank water and ACV throughout the day, and when I felt actual hunger I drank a cup of bone broth.  The only thing affecting my psyche was my daughter's hacking cough which we confirmed was walking pneumonia, and I began to have symptoms of the keto flu.  Even with illness spreading, I ended the day feeling empowered. 

Day 2: I woke up a little bummed that my daughter was sick and I wasn't feeling too great myself. I was glad we skipped trick-or-treating because even though I have been sugar free for weeks, having a bag full of candy is asking for trouble. The whole day went well, but towards our traditional dinner time around 5:30 p.m. my emotional eating tested me.  I felt anxiety hearing my daughter hacking up a lung I was tempted to order pizza and drown my emotions in a hot slice.  I held strong and completed day 2 of my fast. 

Day 3: My keto flu symptoms continue and my daughter was still sick as well.  I did not let this take me down.  I was sick of bone broth by this point and all I had was water, tea and apple cider vinegar.  Besides the flu symptoms, I felt okay.  I definitely kept it easy and mostly cozied up to my daughter all day.  I ended day 3 and patted myself on the back for not giving in to the emotional stress. 

Day 4: I confirmed what I thought was still the keto flu lingering was actually the flu.  Being in close proximity to my daughter it was inevitable I would get sick.  So here I am on a food-less fast, a sick child, feeling very sick myself and on the verge of tears.  I researched and asked questions of my Reset group, and prepared a list of stuff to fight of this bug.  I was told I could add a spoonful of avocado or nut butter and I bought these fenu-thyme capsules. I armed myself flu fighting kit of fenu-thyme, avocado, tea and vapor rub.  I did have a little avocado and stuck to liquids.  I ended day 4 feeling a little guilty about having to add avocado, but I knew I had to let go of that guilty in order to let the fast continue to have positive benefits on my body.  

Day 5: My husband stayed home to take care of us and this was a huge help especially on my mental state. It gave me an opportunity to rest a little more while he spent time with our daughter.  I was feeling pretty crappy, but I do not give up easily.  I was popping two fenu-thyme capsules three times a day and my vitamins two times a day.  It seemed nuts to be taking 10 capsules and only drinking water and tea.  Its weird that our brains are so accustomed to our ingrained beliefs about food that I could not imagine this being okay.  I once again had a little avocado and continued on. At night time my guilt crept in again and I told myself that tomorrow I would skip on the avocado altogether and go back to 100% liquids. I went to bed early and still felt determined to finish this thing. 

Day 6:  It was definitely a little easier being sick and fasting having my husband was home with us.  When they had their meals I had a cup of hot tea usually Lemon Balm or Cold Season tea.  I would also add some ACV, lemon and a dash of salt.  I spent most of the time on the couch watching movies and trying not to think of food.  I mostly felt sick of being sick.  I came to the realization that if we wouldn't have gotten sick I would be so good at this fasting thing! I made it through the day with all liquids and survived another day. 

Day 7: I woke up still feeling like the women in the NyQuil commercials, and scheduled a doctor appointment for tomorrow.  I fasted all day, took my vitamins, rested as much as possible and tried to keep myself entertained.  My entertainment mostly consisted of pinning my comeback meals on Pinterest.  I was already envisioning what my first meal would be.  I could have broken my fast on this day, but I decided to push through and would see what news I got from my doctor.  I could not believe I made it this far. 

Day 8: I fasted all morning and in the afternoon I had my doctor appointment.  My overall stats were good, blood pressure was great, but my temperature was a little high and my lungs didn't sound good.  I definitely had walking pneumonia symptoms.  I was handed a face mask, a barrel of antibiotics and told to go home and rest this thing off.  I called my husband to tell him what was going on and his first response was your breaking your fast today and tell me what you want me to bring home to you. I could not believe that I made it this long. At 5:30 p.m. on day 8 I had my first meal! 

What I ate for my first meal? 

I was somewhere between a juicy burger and sushi.  Haha! I didn't want to get sick from a heavy meal so I chose sushi.  I ate some tuna cucumber rolls, a few bites of barbecue albacore, miso soup and some homemade salad.  It was delicious and perfect. 

What I learned about fasting?

Your fast may not go as planned because life is full of curve balls, but do not give up.  I had planned out what my week would be like.  How I would keep myself busy on my daughter's school days and so on.  Well my daughter did not go to school all week and we both got very sick (still on the mend). Life does not stop while you are fasting. Your fasting week will be a good time to touch base with yourself and your relationship with food will come to light.  

Would I do it again?

YES.  I feel so healthy inside--light as a fairy.  I lost some weight which is an added bonus.  My favorite part is the high I felt knowing I did it.  I rock at this fasting business.  I plan to do a fast 1-2 times per year.  

Tips for anyone interested in fasting?

Do your research and let your primary doctor know. If you can do it with a friend or partner because having some accountability and someone to lean on is great help.  Prepare yourself mentally.  Buy some bone broth, apple cider vinegar and some new teas to try.  Take into account that the first few days you may get flu symptoms which is normal, but not everyone gets it.  For those that didn't get full on sick like I did, I heard after day 4 your feel awesome.  Lastly, use the time you would normally be prepping meals or eating for something that makes you feel good.  I read, crocheted, listened to my favorite podcasts and used my Calm app more than normal.  

If I can do it, you can too! 

*Photo above via Pixabay on WordSwag app. 

Friday Favorites

Friday, October 20, 2017

Happy Friday! What are you up to this weekend? We are planning to cozy up at home, finish our halloween lights, carve some pumpkins and surprise Luna with putting together Trader Joe's Haunted Halloween Gingerbread House. Hope you have a wonderful weekend and here are this week's favorites.

Favorite Inspiration: U r beautiful and ur gonna do gr8 today-via Pinterest. This made me smile and I hope it does the same for you. 
Favorite Recipe: Peanut Butter Cookies-via I made a version of these with half almond butter, chia and flaxseed, and Luna loved them too! 
Favorite Fall Boots: Sam Edelman Petty boots-via I own these in black and they are always on my feet. I found them in brown at Marshall's for $45 bucks!
Favorite Halloween Face: Deer Makeup-via Dress Your Face. Pinterest and Instagram was pushing more towards a family costume, but nah! I bought $7 deer set and plan to try to do my makeup.  I'll be a mama deer, daddy will be a superhero and Luna will be a Disney princess--ta da everyone will be happy. Ha!
Favorite Find: Ochre Gold Cardigan-via JcPenney. I shared this lace-up sweater on my Instagram and its so soft and cozy. I am going back for this gold one that's on sale for $18 bucks. 
Favorite Drink: Hormone-Balancing Hot Chocolate-via Hello Glow. I have been learning about adaptogens and hormones so I can't wait to try Hello Glow's hot chocolate especially now that we've had our first fall rain.