mason and owen waiting to open presents christmas morning:
we had a white christmas in williamsburg va!!!
Part of what i love about the holidays is doing different things. we all have our "daily rituals" and daily schedules that we often follow to get the things done that we have to get done or want to get done- all while being present and mindful of course. for me the "different things" included sleeping past 4 am, mason, owen and i sharing a bed while staying with my in-laws, relaxing with the family and friends over a warm cup of tea, not working on the computer every night (which is why i have not blogged lately), not scheduling my daily activities precisely everyday-just going with the flow. i of course did not do these things everyday because i crave my typical daily rituals but i love to do them occasionally. i appreciate my life and lifestyle even more after being away for a few days!!! i challenge everyone to occasionally take the time and just let the day happen. take this time to reassess your own daily rituals.
owen and i relaxing in williamsburg at my sister-in-law's house:
the last few weeks have been filled with holiday giving and receiving, family, friends, giving thanks and being grateful and creating family traditions. now that i have 2 little boys i want to create traditions that are amazing and fun for everyone: listening to holiday music, getting the tree and decorating it together, making and eating warm cozy meals for family and friends, having gatherings with the most important people in my life and doing winter activities such as playing in the snow, sledding, ice skating, skiing and more... as you know i love activity!!
my goal with my boys is to introduce them to as much as i can in life so they can make their own choices on what they love and are passionate about. i want them to live a passionate life and be healthy, well and happy!! the latest thing i introduced mason to is ice skating. it was sooo much fun. we made it around 3 times with lots of falls to his buttocks but he was smiling the whole time.
yesterday is an example of a not-so-typical wednesday. i took mason to see the 11am "tangled" which i loved and then went for lunch. we went for pizza- one of his favorite meals. yes- he is a normal 4 year old who loves pizza and mac and cheese. the key for me in feeling ok allowing him to eat food like this is to make sure all ingredients are from fabulous sources. you can eat a pizza made with real tomatoes and cheese or you can eat a pizza made from processed stuff. Next, we came home picked up owen and went to the park to run around and play some soccer. it was fabulous!! it was a day all about the kids and i love that!!
work has been fabulous too. i just got done coaching a group of 25 people in a 5 day cleanse. starting in the new year we will be doing a 10 day cleanse together. many people put off cleansing till after the holidays but i say it helps even more to do one during the holidays to stay in control and on track. plus this provides you with the energy to keep up with the holiday activities. please contact me if you are interested in doing a 5, 10 or longer detox. i do a variety of different types of detox programs because each person often requires something slightly different. types of cleansing programs range from: all juices, juices and smoothies, all raw, raw till dinner and more- there is one for everyone!!
for me to stay balanced over the holiday there are certain things that i never don't do. these include my green juice, my daily yoga practice, my daily detox rituals such as skin brushing and tongue scraping, eating 95% raw with my occasional bowl of quinoa mash, proper food combining and timing, living my yoga, breathing through life and being present. sometimes with the holidays life can become a little foggy. take a step back, assess what is truly important, breathe, set an intention and move forward. life is worth breathing through so take it slow and be present.
i'm also still in the process of decorating and organizing my house and making my house a home. it is truly getting there and i love it. my surroundings totally effect how i feel. for me having clean open spaces is important- i hate clutter and can't focus if i'm in a room with clutter. decluttering your home and space is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
so life has been packed lately and i love it. now its time for the new year and i have many amazing things going happening. life is fabulous!!!
mason's holiday program was sooo fun to watch.
owen's new stuffed doggie:
mason and owen helping me make my green juice: