What’s New & 5 Things I’m Excited About

Happy September, everyone!  Summer was… fast.  Good, but fast.  I swear, the older my kids get (both in middle school this year!!!), the faster the days fly by.  We kept ourselves entertained with various camping trips, hiking, swim lessons, tennis lessons, ice skating lessons (indoor of course! 🙂  ), and a good dose of being lazy. 😉

Berries by the bay

However, as it always goes, summer has ended and Back to School is here.  My girls started this last week and so far things are going well.  Lots of adjustments as my youngest began middle school.  Crazy how time flies.

Hiking the trails
Overlooking the bay 
So I wanted to take some time to share a few things that have been rolling through my mind and share a little list of…

5 New Things I’m Excited About

1. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

Life Changing Magic of Tidying UpThis book by Marie Kondo was amazing.  I read it last spring and it really got my mind thinking about the things in our home, and making life simpler.  I’ve been increasingly interested in moving towards a more minimalist lifestyle.  Not like…crazy minimalism, but a much more simplified life; which includes the “stuff” we have as well as the “stuff” we do.  Kondo’s book was amazing.  She teaches how to go through your home & belongings “all in one go” (meaning about 6 months time) to get rid of the things that do not “spark joy”.  As you move through the different categories, you evaluate each item based on whether it sparks joy or not.  This is a change from many organizational methods out there that ask “Have I used this in the last 6 months?” or “Will I use it?”  I highly recommend the book!  Check it out…seriously!

2. The Graston Technique

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For the past year I’ve been dealing with pain in my posterior tibial tendon (or in regular words, the inside of my ankle).  I would have pain throughout my whole run, and for at least 2 days after; pain that could make me kind of limp.  I avoided longer runs, because the pain would intensify enough that I would change my gait…which any runner knows is a bad thing!  I mentioned the pain to my chiropractor and he immediately told me about the Graston Technique.  Another chiropractor in his practice (who also happens to be his son!) had been certified in it, and had been using the technique on runners with various issues with great results.  I won’t lie…its a bit painful at times, however the results I’ve been seeing so far are tremendous!  Within a week I had significantly less pain during runs, and the lingering pain was much less.  Now after a month of treatments, I barely have any pain during running, and nothing the next day (or if there is, its very, very minimal).  I’m so excited about this!  I highly recommend looking into this if you experience unresolved pain during runs or any working out.  Check out the website for more info on the details of what it is and how it works.

3. HipZIPP Kickstarter

HipZIPP KickstarterI’ve always loved neat running gadgets.  Now, I’m not one to go frivolously buying anything new or pretty, but I really love things that make my workouts easier & simpler.  Enter the HipZIPP!  The HipZIPP is a running/exercise belt that stays in place, is made of a breathable fabric, and offers a variety of pockets to hold your essentials while you run.  How can you not need this? 🙂  They are doing a Kickstarter to help get this project off the ground and on the market.  And right now you can get in on it and snag one for only $15, shipped.  I think that’s a pretty sweet deal.  I am excited to try this product.  Check out their Kickstarter video and see what you think!

4.  Clean Eating with a Dirty Mind

Clean Eating With A Dirty MindI love me a good Paleo based book, and I have been hearing a LOT of talk about this one.  And how can you not want to check this out with the most amazing looking CHOCOLATE donuts on the cover?  This book is written by Vanessa Barajas, who runs a blog by the same name.  Her blog is already filled with delicious things I want to make and eat – I can’t wait to try out this cook book!

5. Lego Molds

legomoldsI’ve had gelatin and homemade gummies on my mind for a long time.  I love my Great Lakes gelatin!  There are so many good things for you in it.  I’ve made a few jiggler or gummy recipes for the kids, but I really want to incorporate it into their diet more regularly.  So I’ve been browsing Pinterest to find some to try.  My daughter ran across this mold on Amazon, and thought it was so fun.  I agree!  Despite their increasing age, they both still love their legos.  This fun set of molds is going to be in my next Amazon shopping cart!  I’ve created a Pinterest board just for these recipes if you’d like to check some out!

Follow Stephani’s board * Paleo – Gummies & Fruit Snacks on Pinterest.
 

I hope September is starting off well for you!  Tell me what new products or things you’re excited about!

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