Peaches and Cream (No sugar, No fuss)

So, for the last couple months, to curb our nighttime sweet tooth, my husband has been making this very healthy snack that is just 3 ingredients, super easy + very yummy! 

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Make sure you refrigerate the coconut cream overnight. Then you put the coconut cream in the mixer (We use our trusty ole Kitchenaid "Eleanor") for about 3 minutes on medium speed.  Then add your sweetener (skip the sugar for an extra healthy treat) and continue on medium speed for one additional minute. It turns into a pseudo whipped cream which is delicious served over some sliced fruit.  So good!

This is a "dessert" I wouldn't have ever thought of, but really enjoy.  That said, Michael and I had gone to breakfast one Saturday morning and much to my excitement they served some grapes (and cream) with my pancakes.  I sat there eating my grapes and whipped cream and when I had just two grapes left, my sweet husband said, "Are you dipping those grapes in your butter?" My eyes grew very large and I said...."I'm pretty sure this is whipped cream". He sticks his finger in the remnants left in the bowl and tastes it..."Vicky, that is butter...you just dipped your grapes in butter."  So yeah, I definitely ate a bowl of butter! But i really thought it was whipped cream.  Oops!

I can't wait for my first bowl of peaches and cream this summer! 

Stuck? Follow your passions.

This winter we had a pretty big ice storm here in TN.  If you are from around here you know that when ice happens in TN, things get a little crazy.  Well, in the middle of said ice storm, I needed to get to work so I decided to brave the ice and find a way out of our driveway.  

After spending an hour trying to melt the ice off "Scooter" (my car) because it was too thick to scrape, I finally made enough progress to back out of my spot. I backed up and immediately started sliding around. I only had about 10 inches on both sides between my car and the large truck and SUV on either side.  I then tried to pull forward and back up again only to start spinning with no traction and only movement closer to the cars beside me.  I started to panic. I tried for a good 7 minutes and then remembered that 4 wheel drive is quite amazing for navigating icy streets. I was able to throw it into 4 wheel drive and then safely get out of the drive and not hit anything. 

The point of telling you all that, is this: 

We all get stuck.  Sometimes we literally get stuck in the ice or we find ourselves in a place in life that seems like it will never end, get better or be what you really want. 

In those times, it is easy to get discouraged and worried about how to get out of the rut you have found yourself in.  We panic, freak out, pout, cry or scream because we just don't know what to do. 

I have found three ways to get "unstuck" or at least find some movement in the right direction.

1. Be Grateful.

Take a moment to recount what got you where you are.  Write down some lessons you learned along the way.  Find at least 3 things to be grateful for in your journey here.

2. Look Back

Next, reflect on the things you have enjoyed in the past.  What activities make you happy? What brings you immense joy? Is there some idea you have for your life that you can't seem to shake? When you were younger what were some of your dreams? Write those down. 

3. Act on your passions. 

Take a look at that list you made.  Over the next 30 days, make time to pursue at least one of those things that you are passionate about.  Love to paint? Dig out those supplies and get to it. Are you a singer? Grab a hairbrush and sing your heart out! So many times our passions lead to what is next and help us to navigate the road ahead.  

What are you waiting for? 

 


Chasing a Dream - Whistle Punk Launch

For the last 6 months, my husband Michael and I have been chasing a dream of having our own business.  We have put in countless hours developing products, branding, talking about ideas, sharing ideas, asking for feedback.  Yesterday, we saw our dream become a reality, when we officially launched Whistle Punk Mens Grooming Co. with our dear friends and family. Today, I wanted to share it with you too! 

We have put together the finest quality oils we could find to moisturize, tame and soften the delicate beard and mustache eco system.  We then combined those with essential oils to create 3 distinct scents to choose from.  

Now ladies, I know you probably don't have a beard (at least one that you want to share about) so these are great products for the guys in your life (although they can be used on your hands for moisture or for creating messy textures for second day hair too).  If your main squeeze has a beard or maybe your dad or grandpa, check us out and buy them a gift they are sure to love! 

Also, because I love all you ladies so much, we are offering 10% off this week using code SIMPLENATIVE...so don't wait! 

Thank you for reading and sharing in this dream and I hope it inspires you to chase your dreams and create life your heart most desires! 

Check out Whistle Punk here! 

3 ways to fight negativity

This is a guest post from my gal Diana at Tennessee Pretty.

Sorry folks, this may come as a surprise to you and I hate to ruin your day, but if you're living each day allowing your mind to be filled with negativity, its your fault. I can say this confidently because I am a professional negative person. Whether it's negative self-talk (my personal favorite) or the ever popular, "it's not my fault that nothing around me is working" victim mentality, guess what? You're creating your own misery.

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There are about a million trillion different negative thoughts that can go through our mind each day but how do we stop them?

1. Celebrate the small victories. A dear dear friend of mine said this on our women's retreat this past weekend and it's so important. It's really easy to think that everything sucks and nothing is working out when I forget to think about the small wins.

A good way to do this is to keep a journal. I've just recently started doing this and there's something to be said about writing things down.

2. Be grateful. Gratitude is the best anecdote to negativity.

Next time a negative thought pops in, replace it with a grateful one.

For instance, "my thighs are huge and I hate them!", "I'm so thankful that my legs give me the endurance to workout on the elliptical for an hour so I can watch the latest Kardashian's episode in the gym since we don't have cable."

3. Stop comparing! This is the hardest thing for me to do and it's going to take practice. But if we're all really honest with ourselves and each other, we're all a mess. Even though our instagrams look perfect, there's a pile of dirty laundry somewhere and a kitchen sink that needs scrubbed. We are each unique and beautiful and we all have something special about us that no one else has and I think that's awesome.

XOXO,

Di

Why I Dumped Over Half of My Wardrobe

Over the last month, I have broken up with over half of my wardrobe. Why, you ask? Great question. 

A few months ago, I heard about "Capsule Wardrobes".   After reading about what exactly a capsule wardrobe was, I was definitely NOT interested.  (Read all about capsule wardrobes here) I have always loved clothes, I have always loved shopping....why in the WORLD would I want to limit myself to just 37 pieces of clothing a season??

I dismissed the thought of this being something that was for me and went on about my day. Problem was, the idea didn't leave me.  Thoughts about minimizing my wardrobe started to creep in frequently.  

"Why not me?"

"What could i have to lose?" 

"What if it was liberating?"

I began asking myself tough questions about why I needed all the clothes.  And I got some answers that were somewhat unexpected. 

You see, in the process, I realized that I have used clothing to fill an insecure place in my life.  I realized that I kept looking for just the right article of clothing that would make me feel beautiful and ultimately, I was hoping an article of clothing would give me the healthy body that I long for. Guess what, in 32 years, I haven't found one single article of clothing that could fill my deepest longings to feel beautiful or that could make me choose to create the healthy me I wanted.  I found clothes I enjoyed but after the high of the purchase, I was the same Vicky looking back at me in the mirror. 

Maybe you too have experienced the ache to feel _______, followed by a type of frenzy, searching for the item to calm the ache, and SCORE - FOUND, "ahhhh.....I'm good".  Then the next day, "I have nothing to wear (that makes me feel beautiful)"....the vicious cycle continues. 

That has been my reality.....the ache and my constant striving to fill that little monster with another piece of clothing. 

BUT let me tell you something - I FEEL SO LIBERATED!  Dumping over half my wardrobe and setting some guidelines for myself is exciting and freeing (and a little scary). But now, I have pieces I really enjoy wearing and only those pieces so it eliminates the stress of figuring out what to wear.  Also, I will only shop for clothing one month before the next capsule season, so I eliminate impulse buying to fill some need.  It's a win for so many reasons. 

This capsule wardrobe thing is helping me to dig in to what I really need and I am learning that I need to address the real need vs. the nagging aches.  I'm learning, and dumping over half of my wardrobe is teaching me so many valuable lessons. 

I already feel so much lighter!