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Year: 2018

Spring & Summer Style With IRIS

In this season of our life, we are constantly in transition. One week it’s potty training, the next week we’re planning “scientist of the day” projects and then on top of it all, organizing summer sports to keep the energy levels of three children at bay.  I feel like in these transition seasons it’s so easy to forget about our personal style and what really makes us unique. The transition into Motherhood, I feel, can often leave us desperately trying to find our footing in many areas of life, including our own personal style. Let’s be honest, there are days we need to succumb to the milk stained t-shirts and over-sized sweats. But there are also days we just want to feel human again and long for the countless hours of freedom we once had to shave both legs and actually plan what to wear.

Along the rather bumpy road of Motherhood, I have come up with little tricks to help me hold onto myself, my love for fashion and ways to find just the right amount of detail to add to my Mom-style.

 The hats I wear constantly change, from Mother, to Personal Trainer, to wife, friend, coach….Janitor…I know I’m not alone in this, and many other women can relate to the ever changing roles we play in our day.

Little things like adding a few sunglass styles to your spring/summer wardrobe help to not only protect your eyes, but can also add the perfect detail to update your Spring/Summer look.

For me, throwing on the perfect pair of sunglasses helps me feel confident, whether I’m sporting tired Mom eyes from a long night with the kids or needing a last minute detail before heading out for date night or a drink with friends.

IRIS offers a large variety of brands and styles and I love experimenting with new looks. I’m a classic old school aviator lover, but recently have started adding some new styles to my Spring / Summer looks.  The new Coach HC7078 and Maui Jim Wiki Wiki are currently two of my favorite styles and the perfect transition accessory as I move through my day

Need a little Spring/Summer update? Check out the current IRIS line here or head into your local IRIS store.

 

Staying Active And Raising Children

One of the most common questions I get asked is how to stay active while raising young children. For many moms and dads, childcare, gym memberships, even 5 minutes alone can feel unattainable. So how do we put time and energy into our health, goals and mental stability when life seems unstable? How do you show up for yourself when you have little ones who you always seem to show up for first?

As parents, we live in the tension of what is best for me, and what is best for my family, and often time we think we need to choose one over the other. My hope is that these next few thoughts give you some ideas on how to include your kids in your fitness journey, which I believe with all my heart, will make you a better version of you and a better parent as well. These are some things that have helped me along the way. Some may resonate with you, other idea may not work. The goal is to share openly and honestly the journey with each other,  so we all grow and feel supported along the way.

1) Get the kids involved with your goals.

They don’t need to love it, they don’t even need to like it, and they may even fight you on it for a period of time. Change is hard for kids to adjust to especially when it comes to boundaries around our time with them. One of the things that has worked for me is getting the kids involved with my plan for the day. If I know I’m going to have to get a workout in with them, I explain what I’ll be doing, ask them to be a part of it and continually express to them how important it is for Mommy to sweat it out and feel strong. 90% of the time the kids are doing the workout with me for the first 10 minutes and then move on to building Lego right next to me. This didn’t happen overnight, but by consistently communicating my goals with them and how they can help, I’ve seen a positive change in their reaction to my workout times.

2) Start small

Don’t jump into the workout process with kids expecting to get 30 minutes or even 5 minutes in without tears or melt downs. Maybe your kids will rock it, but mine literarily see me move out of the snack prep area of the kitchen or notice I’ve shifted my attention away from them for 2 minutes and someone is clinging to my leg, asking for a snack or tackling a sibling. I focus on small wins. 10 minutes a day has the ability to change your body, improve your health and boost your healthy hormones. In the beginning, I would celebrate 5 minutes in the morning and 5 minutes during nap time (add it together and its 10) Anything above 10 minutes is a bonus!

3) Make it fun.

I have “my” workout music and I have “mommy” workout music. “My” workout music typically consists of heavy rap (it really helps me work through that last set haha) and my “Mommy” playlists consists of happy songs to get the kids involved and excited to move their bodies in any possible way that will make time for me to get one more set of push-ups in. They love to pick the songs and I find that by allowing them to help me plan my workout programs they feel ownership and excitement over what I’m doing in my workouts.

4) Celebrate together.

Hitting a new personal best in my workout or running faster than I have before gets me so pumped up, and I want my kids to understand and feel the excitement of these achievement. Because of this, our family is constantly celebrating together!  Whether it’s trying a new donut place, hitting up a new climbing gym or planning a special movie night, when I hit my goals it’s an achievement for the whole Doell team. This has taught our kids that being strong and healthy can be fun, exciting and rewarding.

 

I hope these few thoughts spark some of your own ideas that you can implement in your own house. And if you just pulled out your calendar and are trying to find a day that will be good to start some of these things, burn your calendar and start today. No day will every feel like the right day to start, and every day will have its different challenges that make it easy to push this to the next day. Often times the biggest challenge is just overcoming the fear of starting something. Here’s your next step. Put this magazine down, grab your kids, put some music on, and start moving your body!!

 

This workout is one of my favourites to do with the kids. I recommend a fun playlist and an open dance floor.

  • 1 minute high knees
  • 15 push ups
  • 1 minute squats
  • 30 jumping jacks
  • 1 minute jumping lunges
  • 15 triceps dips (on chair or bench)
  • 30 seconds-1 minute burpies
  • Finish with a plank hold for 1 minute
  • (You most likely will end up with a child on your back.)

If you can get all the way through this set, start it all over again for 1-2 more times!

Photography By: Brit Gill

Outfit By: GirlFriend

Activated Charcoal Smoothie

A couple of weeks ago I got food poisoning. I literally have never been that sick in my life. I will spare you the details but lets just say I basically camped out on and over the toilet for 10 hours.

In the process of being sick I posted on Instagram asking anyone if they knew how to get their gut back on track after food poisoning. Countless people messaged me saying to drink or take activated charcoal. I knew somewhere in my house there was a little bottle of activated charcoal from Organika sitting waiting for me but in my sick delusion I could not locate it nor stand up for 48 hours.

Since being sick my stomach has not been the same. Everything was stripped out of my gut and I have had to repair and re-build. In this process my stomach has been crazy bloated, I have had trouble staying regular (Sorry TMI) and I feel exhausted from feeling like my body is working overtime to process food.

It was defiantly time for some activated charcoal.

 

Many studies show that when taken internally, activated charcoal can improve our digestive health and immune system by helping to remove metals and toxins that cause us to have allergic reactions. It also helps to flush out viruses and parasites we may have floating around in our system. Activated charcoal also helps to cleanse the pesticides from foods, everyday chemicals and pollution from the air. These types of chemicals often affect not only our body’s energy and immune system but also things like our hair, skin, and nails. People will often see an increase in energy, the ability to fight off sickness, and a reduction in bloating or gas due to the gut support activated charcoal gives to the body.

After reading up on activated charcoal I decided to try out a few recipes and remedies to help my body get back on track.

My first experiment was charcoal lemonade…I drank a little too much we will just say that;)

Some tips I learned for us charcoal virgins.

1)The cleansing benefits of charcoal are amazing but you can also over do it! So make sure you are drinking lots of water and start off with small amounts.

2)Also do not take other supplements within 3 hours of drinking the charcoal or taking charcoal. One of the amazing benefits of charcoal is that it attaches itself to toxins cleansing them out of the body, but it can also attach itself to nutrition our body needs such as supplements . SO be mindful of the times you drink or eat charcoal.

3)Prior to ingesting activated charcoal, consult a physician or health expert to determine whether it is appropriate for your condition, and to ascertain the appropriate dosage.

Troy and i both have been working on our gut health so I decided to make this as an option for this weekend’s dessert. This can be made into a smoothie with fresh bananas or ice cream by simply freezing the bananas.

Enjoy!

Activated Charcoal Smoothie

Check out my little prep video on Instagram. Leave your comments and questions! I want to hear what your experience has been with activated charcoal.

Ingredients:

2 bananas

2 tbsp peanut butter

2-4 tbsp (depending on how thick you want it) coconut milk

1 tsp Organika activated charcoal

Topping options:

chocolate chips

chocolate coconut flakes

coconut whip cream

Smoothie version

Blend until smooth and serve immediately.

Ice cream

Blend till smooth and place in freezer until firm (about 2 hours) then serve!

Valentines Day Grapefruit Bowls

It’s funny looking back at the days of no children, sleeping in and every romantic holiday/moment revolving around us. Troy and I have never been big on Valentines Day, but children change you and watching them learn to love people is probably one of the greatest gifts we are given as parents. The special bonds they create or the ways they include others that are left out is enough to melt any moms heart into pieces. So fast forward 10 years (almost 11 ) into marriage and we are all about Valentines Day or any other sappy holiday that reminds our children to put others before themselves.

In the process of teaching them to craft gifts for school (which I suck at) I’ve also started my own little traditions of special breakfasts, fun gifts and special treats to make them feel special. Today’s after school snack was geared to impress the boys taste buds and awe Adelaide with my use of pink flowers 😉 I originally got this recipe from Sugar and Cloth but decided to re-work it a little bit to get a tad more nutrition in it for the kids. This smoothie is packed with Vitamin C, Omega 3 fatty acids, vitamins and immune boosting minerals.

I made a huge batch and then froze the left-overs for snacks this week.This smoothie is also an excellent post workout snack! Throw it in your Swell bottle and bring one for the road.

Enjoy~~*

Ingredients

3 Grapefruits

1 large orange

2 frozen bananas

1 cup frozen cherries

1/2 cup Prana chia seeds

Toppings: Cashew pieces, granola, coconut flakes,

dried fruit, bee pollen, flowers etc

Instructions

First make the grapefruit bowls by slicing the top third off each grapefruit. Run a pairing knife around the edge,loosening the fruit. Then, use a serrated spoon/grapefruit spoon to gently remove the fruit and juice. I scooped the fruit right into the blender to make it easier and conserve as much juice as possible.

Place all remaining ingredients in blender in mix till it has a smooth but thicker consistency. If it’s too thin just add more bananas or chia seeds to thicken.

Immediately pour the smoothie in the grapefruit bowls and decorate with your favourite toppings.

 

Enjoy~~*