Manda Bees Headbands {REVIEW}


Guess what? I found the PERFECT headband… Well, ok, it was introduced to me by Amanda at Manda Bees Headbands. These little beauties are “The BEST yoga headband ever. Guaranteed! Our patent-pending Flawless headband guarantees NO SLIP, NO HEADACHES, + NO ROLLED EDGES.”

These headbands are not only good for yoga, they’re also good for running, and lifting weights. In fact, they are good for any activity you can think of. Seriously, they stay in place during even the most high intensity workouts. No more having to readjust to keep the sweat and hair out of your face!

Manda Bee’s selection is terrific as well. Solids. Prints. Germ-resistant. Extra wide. Lace. Skinnies. She even has hobo scarves, beanies, and wish bracelets. The regular headbands start at $8.00, not bad at all for the superior product you get! Best part… they are safe to just throw in your washer and dryer!


My FAVORITE thing about these headbands is this cute little bee is embroidered into each one! It’s the simple things that make me happy.

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Go check out Manda Bees Headbands. You will not be sorry!                                                       You can also follow her on Facebook, and Instagram.




Food-is-most-abused-e1433219668223Bill Phillips was spot on when he made that statement several years ago. More than half of American adults today are overweight or outright obese.  I get that people use food as a drug. It makes you feel good. It numbs whatever “it” is. It is a sense of control, in a crazy out of control way, if you know what I mean. I have struggled with using food to “medicate” feelings and emotions, but I ALWAYS notice a difference in how I feel, not only physically, but mentally as well, when I am eating right.

I can also relate to exercise being an antidepressant. When I went through my divorce, I made sure I exercised daily. Even though I felt like crap, I knew it was good for me. I knew mentally I needed that escape, that stress release.  More importantly, my kids benefitted from it. I am pretty sure exercise was the ONLY thing that kept me sane … Ok, exercise and… Pinterest.

I honestly think that if people would just take a few minutes every day and get their bodies moving, even if it is just for 15 minutes, it WILL make a difference. Make the time… just walking out the door is the hardest part. You’ve got this!

What’s In Your Way?

Enough with the excuses. Get out of your way. What is it that is holding you back? Is is fear of failure? Is it fear of success? What happened in the past no longer matters. Today is a new day, so get back on track and move closer to your goals and dreams. Don’t let anyone tell you what you can or can’t do. YOU create the life you want.. All you have to do is believe, just DON’T stop believing! Decide what you want and go after it… Go after it with EVERYTHING you have! NEVER quit! You’ve got this!




The Golden Rules of Weightloss…

I am approached daily by friends or family asking for advice on weightloss (and nutrition… and exercise). With so much information out there, so many different diets/programs, it can seem overwhelming and rather confusing. I’ve been there! Regardless of the plan you choose, there are rules that apply to weightloss.  RULES… More like guidelines… I don’t like rules! Ha!
Implementing the following will definitely help you in losing weight. 

1.  It’s a lifestyle, NOT a diet. This isn’t a quick fix, it’s a way of life.

2.  Get organized. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. Structure your life and you’ll structure your eating. Create a healthy meal plan for the week, write a shopping list (and stick to it). Prepare meals and snacks in advance. A little planning means you avoid eating those yummy little gold fish or whatever it is your kids are snacking on. 

3.  Eat small. I’m talking portion control… It is vital for losing weight. Eat dinner on smaller sized plates and when eating out, split your meal with your date, or ask the server to box half of your meal before it even gets to your table. Check online menus, if available, for nutrition information ahead of time. 

4.  Leave food on your plate. (This one is really a continuation of #3) Leaving food on your plate can aid in taking control of compulsive eating.  Many restaurants serve huge portions, sometimes enough for two or three people. Order menu items that contain fewer calories and eat a smaller portion. Bring leftovers home for another meal.

5.  Never feel deprived.  If you feel deprived, you will be more likely to binge.  If you want a treat make it yourself and make it healthy.

6.  Eat slowly. That way you will feel satisfied before you’ve eaten too much. It takes about 20 minutes for your brain to get the message from your stomach that you are no longer hungry. Fast eaters are often overeaters, while slow eaters tend to eat less and are still satisfied.

7. Drink water. 6-8 glasses a day is ideal, or about a half gallon.  Hunger is often confused with thirst and dehydration, so drink before you eat.

8. Enjoy your food. It is one of life’s greatest pleasures, not a punishment.

9.  Move.  Exercise is essential to weight loss. Schedule it into your day, just like an appointment and treat it like one. Take advantage of incidental exercise. Take the stairs or park farther out in the parking lot.

10.  Get enough sleep. Structuring your sleep patterns will help regulate your metabolism.  Tired people have increased ghrelin, a hormone which stimulates appetite.

11.  Focus on what motivates you.. A note, a photo, or a quote. Keep it with you or in a place where you will see it often as a constant reminder of why you want to change, AND embrace that change. You can’t expect to do the same thing over and over and miraculously get different results.

Trust the process and remember, one pound at a time!  You’ve got this! 

Perfection Is Overrated


I have this idea in my head of how things are supposed to be… How I am supposed to be. I have come to the conclusion that my ideas may not be realistic. I am always striving for perfection in my life, striving for that “perfect” body, for those “perfect” eating habits, the “perfect” life as a single, working Mom who went back to school… I am falling FAR short of “perfection.”

A few years ago when I was competing, I had what I (NOW) consider to be that “perfect body.” In order to get to that point I had to be spot on with my nutrition and training, in other words… PERFECT! Even though life was hard back then, I was able to pull it all off. Life is still hard… yes, it’s a different hard, but still… why can’t I seem to get my shit together and pull off what in my mind is perfection?? OR… Is perfection this elusive thing we try so hard to achieve, but ultimately are unable to get there, or stay there rather, making us feel unfulfilled? I mean, really, the fact of the matter is, I was at my best, but now… well, I am human and imperfect.  I am realizing that trying to be perfect robs you of your growth, success, and joy… at least it has for me.

“Perfectionism is a 20-ton shield that we lug around thinking it will protect us when, in fact, it’s the thing that’s really preventing us from being seen and taking flight.” –Brene Brown.

I am not saying that we shouldn’t try to be better, we definitely should! There is always room for improvement! But as humans, I think we tend to put too much pressure on ourselves and when we fall short of what we think should happen we are disappointed. We are our own worst critics, after all. Sad. We give others leeway in mistakes and shortcomings, why not ourselves?

“Understanding the difference between healthy striving and perfectionism is critical to laying down the shield and picking up your life. Research shows that perfectionism hampers success. In fact, it’s often the path to depression, anxiety, addiction, and life paralysis.” -Brene Brown.

We need to let go of who we think we are supposed to be and embrace who we really are!  Imperfections and all.  “Our imperfections are what connect us to each other and to our humanity. Our vulnerabilities are not weaknesses, they are powerful reminders to keep our hearts and minds open to the reality that we’re all in this together.” -Brene Brown





So… I played HORSE yesterday with my friend. It has been YEARS since I have even held a basketball, let alone made a shot! It was fun to “play.” I felt lighthearted and happy…like a kid with no worries, even if it was only for that half hour. It was just fun to change up my routine…and my comfort zone. Ha! Thinking about this game of Horse got me thinking about friendship and what qualities I look for in a friend.  

Honesty! By far, this is the number one for me. Not being honest with me is a deal breaker. At this point in my life I don’t have time for games. I SOO appreciate a straight answer, an honest answer. No hem-hawing around, just the honest truth. I am tired of being lied to. 

Open and real.  This actually goes hand in hand with honesty. I have known people in the past who have put on a false “mask,” only showing what they think I want to see. The mask ALWAYS falls off and true colors shine bright. Being open and real is the only way to have a true friendship. No one wants a friend who is perfect.. we all have flaws, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities. “What makes you vulnerable makes you beautiful.” -Brene Brown.

Respect. This is huge. Being single again I have done the online dating thing. Four out of five of those “first dates” want to be exclusive upon meeting. WHAT? You don’t even KNOW me! BIG red flag! All this tells me is that guy just wants to get in my pants.  NOT going to happen! If you start off on that foot ALL respect is gone before the friendship/relationship even starts.

Sense of humor. I like to laugh! So being able to share humor is very important. 

Encouragement. I have a friend who always encourages me to be better. I don’t think he realizes the impact he has on me. But I am grateful for the motivation. Life gets hard sometimes, I know I have said it before, but having someone in your corner cheering you on, not necessarily trying to solve your problems for you, but just someone who is there simply caring about you, is often times all you need. 

Friendship is an interesting thing.  There is no contract to legally bind you together. There is no real binding commitment to the other person, other than what you are willing to bring to the relationship. I think that is why friendship is so valuable. The option is always there to back out at any time, and yet, with those authentic ones, we never do. But really, I think what it comes down to, at the end of the day, after divorces and breakups, we CHOOSE the people we want in our lives. Being accepted for who you are and being able to trust and know that you will not be judged is what it is all about. What you give comes back to you. “Friendship isn’t about who you’ve known the longest. It’s about who walked into your life and said, “I’m here for you” and proved it.”–Unknown. 

Simple Pleasures…


It has been a day of reflection. I am allowing myself to “feel.” That’s always been a hard thing for me, but I’m doing it because it is important…it helps me figure ME out. It’s been kind of a rough day, to say the least.

I washed my sheets this morning and hung them on the line outside to dry. The smell took me back to my childhood in southern California helping my grandma hang out her clothes. Funny how smells can do that! But it got me thinking of a simpler time and how as an adult we.. er I tend to get caught up in the tasks that need to be accomplished and I forget to recognize the simple pleasures in my life. This week I saw a herd of deer on the side of the road on my way to the gym one morning.  I saw a man at a bus stop practicing his golf swing while he waited for his ride. I saw a caterpillar inching its way on the sidewalk. All of these things made me smile. When we recognize the simple pleasures in life they can brighten our day, if we let them! I thought it would be fun (and therapeutic for me today) to list the things that are simple pleasures in my life… Here goes:

1. Berries in my oatmeal

2. Being lazy on a Sunday

3. Hugging my kids tight

4. Watching my kids play

5. The smell of rain

6. Watching the sunset

7. Watching the sunrise

8. Rainbows

9. The smell of fresh cut grass

10. Laughing

11. Staying up late taking to  a good friend

12. That feeling after a good workout

13. A gentle breeze

14. Blowing bubbles

15. Walking on the beach

16. Breakfast in bed

17. Holding hands

18. Laying on the grass and looking up at the clouds

19. The sound of birds singing in the trees

20. Bees pollinating flowers

21. Helping someone in need

22. Making someone smile

23. A sincere compliment

24. Building a sandcastle

25. Going on a picnic

26. A tropical breeze

27. Playing in the rain and jumping in puddles

28. Pillow fights

29. Peppermint patties

30. A good book

31. Walking barefoot in the grass

32. Kissing in the rain

33. An uncluttered room

34. Waking to a clean house

35. Taking an afternoon nap

36. Laying back and watching the stars

37. The mountains

38. Jr. mints

39. Watching animals in nature

40. A fresh snow

41. A clear desk

42. Swinging on a swing

43. PB&J sandwiches

44. Watching the ocean

45. The first drink from a can of Diet Coke

46. Pretty flowers

47. Watching my kids on Christmas morning

48. Basking in the sun… 

49. Pine-cones

50. Snuggling under the covers on a stormy day

51. A nature hike

52. Listening to good music in the car

53. Taking a long, relaxing shower

54. Acorns

55. Disneyland

56. Being inspired to be better

57. The color red

58. Dogs

59. My kids’ smiles

60. Exercise

I‘m pretty certain I can come up with a thousand more, but you get the idea. This little “exercise” has definitely brightened my day! To quote The Office, “There is a lot of beauty in ordinary things.”