Happy Hukkster

Happy Friday My Loves! This has been a really busy week for me – and I’ve got a full lid today as well. So I’ll be really happy when tomorrow comes and I’m off to Tallahassee to see my Seminoles play. College Football saturdays are the best – no matter who you cheer for!

 

A family of Seminole Fans!

A family of Seminole Fans!

 

 

I’ve been meaning to post about the app – Hukkster. Anybody out there using it? Its a coupon/money saving site where you can sign up for alerts when the items you identify go on sale. There’s a computer based application you can register for as well as iPad and iPhone versions you can download for free from the iTunes App store. I’ve used apps like this in the past but they never seem to work correctly; meaning I sign up and then tag/flag/log items I want to be alerted to when they go on sale but then I never hear anything! I guess that might mean the items I covet never go on sale (figures!) or that I’ve done something wrong or the tracking and notification doesn’t work 100% of the time. Hukkster, however, seems to be getting good press and reviews. I’ve seen it mentioned in several places this year so I thought I might give it a try. Lord knows with the all the gifts I’m buying some sale price alerts would make my day!

 http://www.hukkster.com

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And to totally switch gears – here’s something I read this week and loved! Its the reverse of Hukkster if you will… From Dave Romanelli who I mentioned on the blog before. Love him! Paying with attention – its a beautiful idea really. Time and attention are precious commodities for sure. If we truly want to give someone on our list a special gift from the heart – maybe all we have to do is “gift” them with our love and attention.

You can go to yeahdave.com to soak up more of this type of goodness.

Here’s a thought to consider this Holiday Season…

…what if instead of paying with credit card or cash… you started paying with attention?

Anyone can buy you dinner, but how rare are the people in your life who ask how are you really doing, who hug you with their whole heart, who give you the gift of their whole presence?

To solve our problems, to heal our bodies, to bring peace to our lives and families…more than than anything else, we need each other.

Today, can you take 10 seconds to give the gift of attention?

I have it all qeued up for you.  All you have to do is hit SEND.

And lastly- check out these neat portion controlled baggies I found at Wal-Mart! There are fantastic for measuring out snacks – especially things like nuts and trail mix which are frankly addictive and (although they can be very healthy) high in calories. It was very exciting to find this little gem at Wal-Mart. Isn’t everyone uber-excited about baggies with serving size measurements on the outside? I’m such an easy girl to please :-) yeah right!

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Have a fabulous weekend everyone. And remember the new 2014 edition of the “Keeping it Together Planner – A Girl’s Guide to Living Life to the Fullest” is on sale now. You can head right on over to my website to check out some great photos and make your purchase. www.fitandfabyogi.com.

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Giving Thanks

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Many of you may have seen these “Thankful” lists on FB and other social media sites. For the month of November you list something/someone you are grateful for each day. Its a nice way to stay focused on gratitude as we celebrate Thanksgiving. Its also a nice way to make sure we even celebrate Thanksgiving since the marketing giants obviously want to gloss over it and head straight to Christmas like a runaway train on the way to the BANK!

Anyway – in that spirit I thought I would list some of the things I’m Thankful for and encourage you all to do the same. Since Family and Friends are sort of an obvious choice and something I am mindful of all the time I tried here to include some things that are slightly off the beaten path. A few things I don’t normally appreciate the way I should.

1. I’m grateful there is always PLENTY of food both in my pantry and my refrigerator. Not only do we have an abundance of things to eat we have CHOICES  - for many people around the world I know this is not the case.

2. Scented Candles (and other things that smell good). I don’t know about you all but I have a very sensitive nose that I think I inherited from my Aunt. And I get so much enjoyment from lighting a pretty scented candle, using my essential oils (which I know I talk about all the time), and room sprays. Its a real mood lifter for me and for that I’m grateful. Zum Mist is one of my favorites. And I just got a mini catalog from them this past week – so excited to see that have holiday scents now too.

Zum Mist

Zum Mist

3. My iPhone and iPad. I know, I know – technology is bad! Its ruining our family time and limiting our social contact (and social skills for that matter). I get it. But is also so incredibly useful! And the possibilities for self improvement and increased happiness are endless if you utilize things like apps/podcasts/music in a smart and conscientious way. I love my devices and am certainly thankful for them. The old saying an APPLE a day keeps the doctor away might take on a whole second meaning …

4. Yoga – Immensely grateful for not only my yoga practice but my teachers! I cannot describe what yoga has brought to my life OFF THE MAT. I am enriched in ways I didn’t even know I was lacking.

5. Books/Magazines/Blogs – I love to read. Reading helps me stay engaged and current and it relaxes me while doing it!

6. Warm and cozy fall clothes and the chance to wear my boots. :-)

7. Cooler weather. Even though I’m inFlorida and its still plenty HOT – it is a few degrees cooler now than in August. Especially in the mornings and after sunset you can feel the slight crispness in the air and its wonderful. It makes walking the dog so pleasant. We both seem to have more spring in our step.

8. Hair color! Yup – I’m grateful for that.

9. Pizza delivery. I don’t know who was the first person to deliver pizza but they were a genius. Think about how fabulously convenient something so simple is and how much enjoyment it can bring.

10. Challenges. You have to learn to be grateful for life’s challenges. Without the struggles (big and small) of daily life we would be unable to really enjoy and appreciate our triumphs. Even though the “upside” of a challenge is painfully hard to see when in the midst of it – we know a silver lining will appear sooner or later and we can look back with wisdom and appreciation for what we have overcome. I’m grateful for all the ups and downs that have brought me to where I am today.

11. Bonus – I’m thankful for all the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country. I am humbled by their selflessness, bravery, discipline and loyalty. Its a commitment like no other and I give a sincere thanks for those that carry our flag.

Your turn… what are some not-so-obvious things YOU are thankful for this November.

Can you see my Tom Turkey? He's Thankful too!

Can you see my Tom Turkey? He’s Thankful too!

 

Please remember to check out the “Keeping it Together” 2014 Planner and Gratitude Journal.  You can order yours now and make sure it arrives in time for 2014 planning and Holiday gift giving.

www.facebook.com/KeepingittogetherKIT
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https://www.etsy.com/listing/88652759/keeping-it-together-daily-journal?ref=shop_home_feat

No tricks here… Halloween treats galore!

Well, I’ve got quite a few treats for you this Halloween Week. No tricks here! Its hard to believe how BIG Halloween has gotten in recent years. In our community and school the celebrations seems to get bigger and longer every year. I read recently in Better Homes and Gardens (no judgement please!) that Americans now spend in excess of 8 BILLION dollars a year on Halloween decorations, costumes and candy. Christmas is the only other holiday that tops Halloween in monies spent. Wow!

* Speaking of the frightful night – Hungry Girl shares a nice pdf of Halloween Candy options and how “scary” they might be for your healthy eating plan. This might be good to take a look at before Halloween – just so you know what your getting in to!

http://www.hungry-girl.comHGHALLOWEENCANDYGUIDE2013

* This is a link to a neat new app. Its called GPS for the soul and there is a review here from The Huffington Post. These meditation/relaxation apps are becoming more and more robust and sophisticated which is pretty neat. This one even takes a blood pressure reading and uses that to gauge your level of stress. Based on that level recommendations are made for things you can do quickly and immediately to calm down and center. If you don’t like the recommendations made by the app you can customize your own based on the things that soothe you best. Pretty cool!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/25/arianna-huffington-gps-for-the-soul-how-to-use_n_2624774.html?utm_hp_ref=gps-for-the-soul

* Spark People is always a great resource and this week they have provided a nice list of quick and healthy snacks.

http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_articles.asp?id=1938

* Funny Cartoon I had to share!

So true...

So true…

* Lastly – this is a helpful printable from a fairly new to me blog. Its called “Life in Yellow” and Cassie has made some really festive and useful printables you can download for free. I always keep a list of Holiday Gifts. It really helps me keep a budget and not forget anyone or anything important as I prepare for Christmas. I love hers and have already started my shopping!

http://www.lifeinyellow.com/2012/07/gift-planner-worksheet-free-download/

http://www.lifeinyellow.com

Handy Way to start shopping/tracking and budgeting your purchases

Hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween. After that – we are headed towards Thanksgiving. The season is ON!

Until next time… health, happiness love and light to you all!

Jessica

 

Halloween Minus the Guilt!

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Halloween is just around the corner.

Here are a few tips to help you enjoy the festivities in moderation and eliminate “next day” guilt!

  1. Brush your teeth just before you leave the house if you are heading out with little ones.
  2. Resist the urge to skip meals all day so you can eat more candy. It will likely lead to binging. Eat at least a mini-meal of about 250-300 calories before trick or treating starts.
  3. Make a game plan ahead of time – do you want just a few pieces of the really good stuff like Snickers, Almond Joy, Reese’s and Hershey’s or can you live with some lower calorie choices like smarties, blow pops, twizzlers and air heads so you can increase your quantity a bit?
  4. Hard candies take longer to eat and generally are lower in calories. Lollipops, jolly ranchers, jawbreakers, etc.  – all provide a candy “fix” but since they must be savored you generally eat less of them (and therefore everything else too)
  5. Give yourself a cut off time – say 8:00 pm and allow for no more sweets after that.
  6. A good trick is to chew gum – this will keep your mouth busy and distract you from the candy bag!
  7. Drink water to fill up – I like to sweeten mine a bit with some of those liquid enhancer drops that are popular – Mio makes some as does Dasani and Crystal Light. This satisfies my sweet tooth and also fills me up when I am not really hungry but just have an appetite to eat.
  8. Go ahead and plan your workout for Friday morning– preferably with a buddy so you’re sure not to cancel. Knowing you have a workout in the am will help keep you on track.
  9. Remember – it’s supposed to be FUN. If you indulge a little more than you plan to – no biggie! Tomorrow’s another day and a new opportunity to make smart choices. Halloween is a great night to show your kids by example how to have fun and enjoy without overdoing it! Make the night more about fun and costumes than candy and restraint.

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