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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Having the Happiest of Holidays on a Budget!

Do you get anxiety every December? Do you find yourself in debt when January rolls around? Do you dread all the chaotic shopping of the holidays? There really is a better way.


I used to freak out every year around this time. I obsessed over trying to show my love for others by the price tag on their gift. It took all of the joy out of giving, stressed me to the max, and left me worrying about January's bills.

This season is not a competition for who can spend the most money. Its also not about matching the cost of gifts that are given to you. Its about the love and care that goes into choosing a gift for someone else.

In our home, we make pretty much everyone's gifts during the holidays now. This ensures that everyone gets personalized gifts that suit them and a lot of thought goes in to each and every one! We also don't go into massive debt. I prepare by purchasing the materials throughout the year, so I don't have to worry about getting everything in December. (Not to mention the anxiety when you order gifts online in December and then they may not come in time for you to give them to your loved ones.)


I make things like sugar scrubs, bath soaks, room and linen sprays, car sprays, garden bug sprays, body butters, hand salves, roller bottle blends, beard oils, as well as ornaments, photo collections, and my husband makes personalized artisan jewelry. These gifts are appreciated and sure to be used! A lot of love goes into each and every one and it takes the stress out of the holidays, allowing us to truly enjoy the season.

Chances are you have some skill to be able to make something. Perhaps you can bake really well or you love putting together goody baskets. Maybe you love painting or some other artistic expression, like pottery or sculpting. It could be candle making or anything else that speaks to you that you know you could do to show your loved ones that you love them.


Don't get caught up in the consumerism of the holidays. Give yourself the gift of joy and stress-free gift giving while showing your friends and family your love by making them personalized gifts. They will appreciate them, you'll feel great about them, and you won't have massive debt next month!

What's your favorite gift to make for others? Please share your homemade gift pics on Facebook and Twitter using #alacuisinellc, we would love to see them!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Turn Your Passion into Your Livelihood and You'll Never Work a Day in Your Life!

Do you ever have mornings where you can't even find the energy to get out of bed? Are they most mornings? Do you dread Mondays and the week ahead?


I used to be that way, just kind of existing in life. I felt like there had to be a different way. I didn't want to get to the end of my life and look back feeling like it was wasted. So, I started thinking about the things I was passionate about! What goals and dreams would really fulfill my life. And, then I turned them into a way for me to help others!

Its not always going to come easy and you will have to work hard for it. But, it is possible for you to live your dream life! It means not taking no for an answer when you're going after your goals. It means looking at the long-term, bigger picture and going after it with every fiber of your being!


It also means believing that its truly possible. That's generally where we trip ourselves up. We say things like I'll try and see. Don't try, don't give yourself an out. If you want it, go get it, no excuses!

So, for me, all of this meant evaluating what I love. I love helping people, I love fitness, I love natural, whole-body wellness. So, I teach classes and coach people empowering them to take control and transform their lives! I use combinations of natural support, such as essential oils, gemstones, and herbs, paired with workout routines, meal plans, and/or personal one-on-one support to help my clients take control of their lives and become empowered. Its the most rewarding thing that I could possibly do. And, even though its grueling at times, I honestly don't work a day in my life!


What are some changes that you want to make that would fulfill your life? If you need help, reach out to me and I'll do a free evaluation to see if you would be a good fit for my personal wellness coaching!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Hygge - What is it and Why Should We All Be Using It

I've recently been trying to add a lot more hygge to my life. Pronounced hue'gah, the Oxford dictionary defines it as A quality of cosiness and comfortable conviviality that engenders a feeling of contentment or well-being (regarded as a defining characteristic of Danish culture).




To put it simply, its the little moments. Its a hot cup of tea by the fire, its a picnic in the woods, its enjoying the sounds of the evening. Its putting the phone down! (After you read this, of course). When you take the time to truly experience and observe your atmosphere, you create a calming and fulfilling effect that benefits you mentally and physically.

Our lifestyles can be very demanding and cause us to have to rush around, rarely enjoying life's little pleasures. It is crucial that we take the time to savor those little moments throughout the day.



When you incorporate hygge into your life, your mind will start to be able to focus and concentrate in a more productive way, your body will be able to relax easier and will be less stressed, and your quality of life will drastically improve! I love incorporating essential oils into,my hygge routines to fully immerse myself in the moment!



I can't wait to hear about how you incorporate hygge into your lives and if you don't already, what's the first thing you plan to do? Feel free to add pics on social media using #alacuisinehygge

*these statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

My Wellness Journey

I have been on the most amazing albeit challenging wellness journey for the last couple of years. Its something that I dabbled in pretty much my whole life, but I've been increasingly serious about it after the birth of my child.


I have learned some amazing things and I have learned some scary things! It has been a roller coaster ride that has resulted in me being in amazing shape and improving daily. Food is my medicine and I am very conscious about what I put into and on my body. If its not contributing to my health, I pass!


Every single food affects you, from your physical state to your mental health. What you eat literally affects every fiber of your being. Its the crucial first step to real health. Healthy choices are self-love and the more you make them, the easier they are to continue.


After food, environmental situations should be addressed. Is your environment (the products you use, chemicals that you are exposed to, household items, level of exercise) contributing to your health or robbing you of it? A lot of mine were robbing us. I am so thankful that I have been able to switch my home over to a harmful chemical-free environment and one that is so conducive to my workouts. Now 100 lbs lighter, I can focus on building lean muscle mass and following my fitness dreams!

There is so much more, amd I will address all of it in future posts. The most important thing is for us all to take responsibility for our health and to question what we are using on and around us, what we're putting into our amazing bodies. Health must become a habit and not some unattainable dream that we like to envision in theory.


We have the power, we can do amazing things, and I am so thankful to be on this journey with each and every one of you!

What are some changes that you have made to live a healthier life? If you need help creating a meal or fitness plan tailor fit to you, I currently have space for a few new clients. Feel free to contact me and schedule your free consult to see if you would be a good fit for my wellness coaching.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Raw Vegan Cinnamon Rolls!

With the weather cooling down, these are a perfect treat for the whole family! You can customize them in so many ways and they are kid-approved, healthy deliciousness.


 You will need a dehydrator for this recipe or a warmer drawer on your oven. A high-powered food processor really helps when making the sauce, but its not absolutely crucial for this recipe.

Raw Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

5 Bananas
1 cup medjool dates (soaked for 30 min and then pitted)
2 tbsp softened coconut oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 c water

1. Slice bananas lengthwise into thirds and dehydrate until soft and pliable.
2. While bananas are dehydrating blend remaining ingredients until smooth.
3. Spread filling on banana slices and roll onto themselves until you have two banana slices rolled together into cinnamon bun shape.
4. Dehydrate rolls until the consistency you prefer.
5. Sprinkle with cinnamon and chopped walnuts. You can also sprinkle with nutmeg, add shredded coconut, raw cacao nibs, cacao powder, or any other toppings you prefer.
6. Enjoy!


These rolls will keep in the fridge for about 24 hrs, but good luck getting them to last that long!

I look forward to hearing your story trying this recipe, so please share below. Also, feel free to add your pics on Facebook and Twitter using #alacuisinellc

What was your favorite way to make this recipe?

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Baltic Amber Necklaces - Holistic or Hype?

Chances are, you or someone you know has jumped on the amber necklace train. The question is, do they actually work or is it the placebo effect? Well, today, I am doing my best to answer that question.


The science behind the medicinal use of Baltic amber is grounded in succinic acid. Baltic amber has the highest concentrations of succinic acid found in nature. This acid is released by your body heat and absorbed by your skin as a natural pain reliever. It is referred to as an antispasmodic and anti-fever by homeopathic doctors. You can find more information on succinic acid here.

Common medicinal uses for Baltic amber are relief from teething, headaches, inflammation of throat, ears, and stomach, rashes, stomach aches, earaches, fevers, colds, arthritis, carpal tunnel, and fighting infections and respiratory diseases.


I can personally attest to the effectiveness of Baltic amber for teething as well as aches and pains. I have used an amber teething necklace for my daughter ever since she started teething. There has always been a night and day difference between the days she wears it and the days she doesn't. I think its safe to say that toddlers are immune to the placebo effect.

I know so many families that have had wonderful results with these necklaces. It is important to note that when buying, make sure to get a certified authentic Baltic amber necklace, bracelet, etc. You'll want to use a reputable dealer and they generally run about $25 for a child's necklace, although the price can vary greatly.


Do you use Baltic amber? Please share pics on Twitter using #alacuisinellc or comment below.

***This information is not intended to diagnose or treat and illness or disease. Please consult your (preferably homeopathic) medical practitioner before starting any new health regimen. As with most natural remedies, this information has not been approved by the FDA.***

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Beauty Berry - Nature's Insect Repellant

Beauty Berry is a relatively hardy shrub located in the southeastern woods. It has purple berries that ripen in the fall. This bush was traditionally used by farmers who would use the branches to protect their horses. They would put the branches in between the saddles and the horses' backs and as the oils were released, the horses were protected.


It has since been used for ages on humans as well. Simply crushing the leaves by hand releases the natural oils. The oils can then be applied to the skin giving protection from harmful insects.


In 2006, the US Department of Agriculture's Natural Products Utilization Research Unit in Oxford, MS concluded that the extract matches DEET in effectiveness against mosquitoes, ticks, fire ants, and more for three hours at a time. Science, it seems, caught up with what people already knew.


Have you ever used beauty berry as an insect repellent? Did you know about beauty berry? Please share your experiences on Twitter using #alacuisinellc.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Lammas - the Turning Point of the Year

Lammas is a special holiday (aren't they all), that is shared by many belief systems and paths. It is generally celebrated on August 1st, although some start the celebration the day before.


Lammas is centered on the beginning of the wheat harvest with loaves of bread from the first harvest being baked and blessed for the celebration. It is also the time when Summer metaphorically dies in preparation for Winter. You can read a very basic description of Lammas here.

This time is looked upon as a time of reflection and new beginnings. The first chills of the change in seasons can sometimes be felt. It is bittersweet. Focusing on the future while acknowledging the past is a wonderful way to celebrate this beautiful time of the year.


Traditionally, several cultures will make corn dollys during this celebration in preparation for Spring. It represents the promise of future seed for the next harvest and is typically a shape made of wheat fibers that is filled with seeds from this first harvest. This can be an exceptionally fun activity when there are children present!

Corn Dolly

Materials
Corn Husks
Wheat or seeded pieces of grain
Rope to secure
(Plant fibers can be used in place of rope)

Directions
1. Choose the final shape intended, this could be the shape of a person, wheel, or anything that speaks to you. It can be as large or as small as you want.

2. Create the shape, securing pieces as needed with fibers or rope.

3. Fill with additional seeds (optional). You can also add papers with prayer requests into your dolly if you feel led to do so.

4. Feel free to display your Lammas Dolly during your celebration and even for a few days after. Then, safely store it until Spring, where I will have a fun activity suggestion for you to do with it!


Have you ever heard of Lammas? Do you celebrate it? If not, do you plan to now? I would love to see pictures of your Lammas celebrations, so please share on Twitter using #alacuisinellc






Thursday, July 27, 2017

Exciting News!!!

It has been a huge process that involved a lot of personal searching, but I am excited to announce that A La Cuisine will be going in a different direction!


My goal has always been to help others and I am feeling led to do that in a different and more meaningful way. This is Going to be an exciting time for all of us and I am so thankful to be sharing this journey with each and every one of you!


A La Cuisine will now be featuring natural healing information, recipes, and insights. There will also be personal development techniques and support, as well as coaching on common issues as well as some unique struggles.


If there is some topic in this range that speaks to you, or help that you would like with a specific manner, I can be reached at alacuisinellc@gmail.com


Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Elf Matte Lipstick Review!

I have taken some time to test out Elf's Matte lipstick and it performs extremely well! In using this lipstick for the past month, I can now accurately share my experience.


The color that I chose was Berry Sorbet. For the three dollars that I spent on it, I have to say that I didn't expect very much. But, I have used other elf products and I have been very happy with them, so it was worth a shot.

The color was so vibrant and rich. It went on very smoothly. It is not a dull matte and it didn't dry out my lips either. Because of the shape, I was able to use it to line my lips before filling them in. That was definitely an added bonus.

Now, this is not a lip stain, so it will transfer to things like napkins, but I knew that going into this. As far as the transfer, it wasn't bad when it came to things like glasses and cups. It did leave a little mark, but not some huge layer that ends up smearing your lipstick on the second sip.


Overall, I would say that this lipstick performs well when dining. The color is true and it lasts for quite some time, even with the mild transferring. And, for a few dollars, you really can't beat the price. I look forward to reviewing more products in the future.

I would love to hear your experiences with Elf lipsticks, so please comment below and share your photos on Twitter using #alacuisinellc.

***this is not a sponsored post, all opinions are my own.***

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Monday, February 6, 2017

Kale Chips - the Ultimate Superfood Snack

If you've ever dealt with trying to find a healthy snack that actually tastes good or an "out of the norm" new vegetable side, this recipe is for you! Kale is often overlooked, but it is a superfood suited for many uses!


This amazing vegetable has many health benefits including the fact that it is high in iron, vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, and fiber; easily making kale a guilt-free, superfood addition to your diet. You can add it to smooties, stirfrys, egg scrambles, burgers, salads, as well as many other things, including these delicious chips.

Kale chips are incredibly easy to make and only require three ingredients. The are light and crispy, absolutely delicious. If you buy kale already chopped, this recipe becomes even simpler, but it can be done with a bunch of kale with minimal effort.


Kale Chips Recipe
3 Cups of Chopped Kale (stalks removed)
1 Tbsp Olive oil
1 or 2 Pinches of Sea Salt

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.
2. Combine all ingredients in large bowl and toss to coat.
3. Pour coated kale on cookie sheet, spreading the pieces out as much as possible.
4. Cook for 10-15 min. until crispy and brown around edges.
5. Enjoy!


I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. Beware that they are very addictive! Please share your experiences in the comments below and if you take photos, I would love to see them on Twitter, using #alacuisinellc.

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Fun and Romantic Foods Ideas for a Valentines' Night In

Going out to dinner can be a wonderful way to celebrate Valentines' day, but it can also be a hassle. Poor food or inattentive waitstaff, even heavy traffic can really put a damper on the mood. Here are some ideas to help you celebrate with your love while staying in.


Few things beat the romance of a picnic at home, preferably in front of the fireplace. The coziness and intimacy of it can create the perfect atmosphere. Put on a romantic movie or music in the background, pour some wine, and you've got the right foundation for a special night.

Cooking together can be an activity filled with affection and anticipation. Think creativity, such as making a thin crust pizza together. (You don't want anything too heavy.) Keep it simple and buy the crust, sauce, and toppings. That way you can jump right in to assembling it together.


If you're looking for something sweeter, you can get a variety of fruit and some chocolate chips. You can cut up the fruit and melt the chocolate together. Its up to you if you coat the fruit and let it set or if you dip as you go. Think bananas, strawberries, apples.

If cooking together really isn't your thing, have no fear. Pick out some shrimp cocktail or a deli tray together. You could even do mini appetizers if you prefer. Assemble it in pretty serving dishes and you're good to go.

Make sure to lay out blankets, pillows, and candles. You want to be as comfortable as possible. Even if you don't on a daily basis, break out the China plates and cloth napkins. Show each other how much you care!


I hope that these ideas help you to have a special Valentines' day full of romance. I would love to hear about your picnic experiences below.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Find Your Specialty Recipes at the Library

The library is an often overlooked, yet vital asset to each and every one of us. Thousands upon thousands of books and videos at your fingertips for free. So, how can this help your cooking?


Public libraries have an astounding number of books on cooking techniques, recipes, and entertaining guidelines. You can find books on every cooking style, older traditional recipes, newer fusion recipes. All the information for your next culinary adventure at your fingertips!

There is nothing wrong with buying books that interest you. My motto is that "you can never have too many books". But, why not try out your public libraries' selection first. That way you can find the books that truly speak to you and then you can buy those. This helps ensure that you don't end up with a plethora of books you'll never use.


Most libraries have websites where you can search by title or topic ahead of time. You can peruse the variety of choices and place holds on the books that interest you. The library will send notifications when the selections are ready.

Or, if you have a little time to spare, you can search the selections in person. Sometimes a book will catch your attention that you might not ordinarily choose. You can also request books that your library may not have yet.

Throughout this year, when you're trying to find that favorite new recipe or trying to track down that old family recipe that was lost, think of your library first. You will most certainly be pleasantly surprised.


Do you use your public library? Please share your experiences with cookbooks from your public library below! If you get a cookbook from your local library, share on Twitter using #alacuisinellc.

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Monday, January 30, 2017

Are you getting the most use out of your flatware?

Flatware used to be very coveted tools that were considered a luxury. In modern times, it seems that a single fork on the table at each place setting is accepted as adequate. This is an injustice that has led to sloppy eating habits and a loss of etiquette as well as manners.


At the absolute minimum, a place setting should have a knife and fork. Preferably a bread knife on a bread plate as well if the meal so dictates. Having a dinner knife allows you a "pusher" for getting smaller bites of food onto your fork. This eliminates the need to shovel bites of food off of your plate and into your mouth.

Having a separate bread knife ensures that your butter stays clean and that guests can access the butter as needed. Its terrible to use your dinner knife on your dinner only to find out that you were expected to use it on the butter first. If you will not have bread knives, ensure that your guests have access to the butter before soiling their dinner knives.


If you have a salad or vegetable course, you should utilize a salad fork and knife. The smaller fork is specifically designed for salads and the knife ensures that larger pieces can be cut into manageable bites.

The larger spoon in your flatware set is the soup spoon. The smaller one is the tea or dessert spoon. If you have one of the modern sets, it is generally a five-piece set. A small fork and spoon, a large fork and spoon, and a dinner knife. To fully utilize this set, you can use the smaller fork and the dinner knife for the salad, the larger fork and a steak knife for the entree, the larger spoon for soup, and the smaller spoon for dessert.


Ensuring that you use the proper utensils for your meals will empower you to have an enriched dining experience. You and your guests will be able to have more control over the food on the plates giving confidence and enjoyment to all.

Do you utilize multiple pieces of flatware for your meals? Please comment below with your thoughts and experiences.

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Friday, January 27, 2017

Teach Patience and Build Your Toddlers Confidence with this Easy Yogurt Cake

Children can learn so much from making things in the kitchen. Not only does it teach them patience and how to follow instructions, but it also teaches science and builds confidence. The younger that you start allowing children to help in the kitchen, the better.


In France, it is customary for children to bake on the weekends. They start at around three years old. They will bake in the morning and enjoy the treats for their afternoon snack. This helps teach patience. It also breaks the cycle of instant gratification. This is a wonderful approach that sets children up for success throughout their lives.

One of the earliest recipes that children delve into is the yogurt cake. This cake is perfect for small hands. It uses two 6 oz. yogurt containers that then become the measuring cups for most of the other ingredients. This recipe is very forgiving, so if a cup is overflowing or not filled all the way to the top, the cake will still turn out well.


You can allow children to get creative with this cake by adding frozen berries or chocolate chips. You can top it with powdered sugar to serve. Use icing, whatever you and your children would like. The possibilities are endless and this is a great way to allow their creativity to shine!

Yogurt Cake (Gâteau au Yaourt)

Ingredients
2 - 6 oz containers of plain yogurt
2 containers Sugar
4 containers Flour
1 container Vegetable Oil
2 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla
1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
1 container Frozen Fruit or Chocolate Chips (optional)

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 375°F
2. Spray large loaf pan or 9" cake pan
3. Combine yogurt, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and oil.
4. In a separate bowl, combine flour and baking powder.
5. Combine wet and dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Add any additions.
6. Pour into baking pan and bake 35-45 minutes, until butter knife inserted in center comes out clean.
7. Allow to cool on cooling rack.
8. Enjoy as an afternoon snack!


I hope that you enjoy this recipe as much as we do! If you make this cake, please share on Twitter using #alacuisinellc. I would love to hear about your experiences, so please comment below.

I first learned of this recipe when I was reading a book called Bringing Up Bèbè and then again here.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Make Meal Times Easier with this Simple Habit

Have you ever had that moment where you just finished cooking dinner after a stressful, hectic, crazy day, and its much later than your family's normal dinner time, and as you triumphantly announce that its ready, you realize that the table has not been set? Now dinner is getting cold while everyone pitches in, grabbing the plates, saucers, flatware, glasses, napkins, and condiments. Dinner is now cold. What's the solution?


Everyone knows that I am a big planner. I am a firm believer that meal planning can make life so much easier. And meal planning is crucial for this habit to work. Its best if you know what the next meal is going to be, or at least have a basic idea of what it will consist. You can find more information on meal planning and prep here.

After you clear the table following a meal, set it for the next meal. Simple right? At minimum, put out the plates, saucers, and cloth napkins. Then, if you have children they can put out the flatware and condiments while you make the glasses.
There are several ways that you can modify this habit to suit your needs.


In my home, I like to put out the plates, saucers, glassware and napkins every single time. I will add the flatware sometimes as well. Tables look very pretty when they're set. And its so warm and inviting to sit down at a set table without all of the hustle and bustle beforehand.

You can easily add or remove a place setting if you have an unexpected guest or a guest who cancelled. One of the biggest benefits of utilizing this habit is in the mornings. To wake up to a set table and coffee already brewing is amazing!


This easy tip has helped our meals to run much smoother and helps me to be just a little more prepared throughout the day. I would love to see your set tables on Twitter using #alacuisinellc! Do you set your table for the next meal? Please comment below and share your stories. Your comment could be a featured comment of the week!

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Younique Cosmetics Interview with Traci!

We have probably all experienced that moment when our makeup is perfectly applied, only to have it ruined during a dinner party or special occasion. What is a woman to do? I was fortunate enough to get to interview the woman who has all of the answers, Traci with Younique cosmetics!


Tracie has been with Younique for about eighteen months now. She has a large number of devoted clients and she improves women's lives on a daily basis. Here are her answers to our most pressing questions.

Interview

1. When was Younique founded and what sets Younique apart from other companies?

Younique has been around for less than four and a half years. It was founded with the purpose of funding the Younique Foundation to uplift, empower, and validate women.

The Younique Foundations serves to provide women and children that are victims of sexual abuse with resources, counciling, and education.

2. What is some advice that you would give women when it comes to choosing the right cosmetics line for themselves?

Research! Look at the ingredients and endorsements. Talk to presenters. Look at their pictures. Ask tons of questions!

3. Tips for helping makeup last throughout the day?

Good skin care! It puts skin at its optimal health to better receive makeup application. Use a primer before and set your makeup after applying.

4. What is the best product that you have for dinner parties and special events?

Our lipstain! Its lasts all day with no smudges, smears, or residue. You don't have to worry about it leaving lip prints on your glass, silverware, cloth napkins, or your teeth. It comes in a variety of beautiful shades and takes the anxiety out of special occasions.

5. How can we buy your products?

You can go to my website at https://www.youniqueproducts.com/tracihaton


Such wonderful information! From a wonderful woman! You can see a segment of the interview on my YouTube channel here. I hope that you found this information as helpful as I did. It was truly a pleasure to do this interview and to learn about this amazing company. I have tried the lip stain and it really does last all day through multiple meals. Definitely worth checking out!

Do you use Younique cosmetics? If not, do you plan to start? I would love to hear about your experiences below.

*This is not a sponsored post*

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Friday, January 20, 2017

Why Dressing Presentable Always Will Change Your Life

Its so easy to get caught up in the social norm of wearing yoga pants or tattered clothes everywhere you go. And, who cares? Your friends should accept you just the way that you are and no one else matters, right? Wrong. Here's a basic explanation of why.


When you dress well, you should first and foremost be doing it for yourself. If you regularly wear workout clothes everywhere, have you noticed the profound change that you feel when you dress for an occasion? You will normally feel better, have more confidence, and be mindful of what you're doing.

When you take pride in your appearance, you are practicing self-love. And when you practice self-love, you tend to take pride in your appearance. It shows that we respect ourselves and are worth the effort. It also shows others that we respect them. We are treated better by others because we make the effort to treat ourselves well. We are setting the standard for how the world interacts with us.


Now, I'm not suggesting that you wear a cocktail dress to buy groceries. But, dress in your nice clothes. Throw out the tattered, stained items. Whatever you prefer, nice jeans, skirts and blouses, dresses, that's what you should wear. Utilize aprons to protect your clothes when cooking or doing messy projects. If you love doing your makeup, then go for it! If not, then find out the minimal routine that makes you feel put together and stick with that. The same rules apply for hair.

The routine that works best for me is to immediately upon waking up, get ready. Then I have my coffee and breakfast. As the mother of a toddler, this has been the best way for me to ensure that I am presentable always. I'm ready for whatever comes my way, errands, unexpected guests, spills, messes. This is why aprons are so important, more on that here.


And, regarding children, I know that it can be really difficult to hold yourself to the presentable always standard. But, the extra ten minutes to do it will make all the difference. I think that it sets a good example for them as well. Our children are little sponges who love to copy us. By setting the example of self-love, we are teaching them to love themselves and take pride in their appearance. A great way to help set them up for success in the future!

I hope that you enjoyed this insight. Do you make it a point to dress well every day? If not, do you plan to start?

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