Health + Wellness

Foods to Eat for Better Sleep + Greater Productivity

February 10, 2016
Foods for Better Sleep & Greater Productivity

Last year I set two goals for myself. One was to not work on the weekends and the other was to get seven or more hours of sleep each night. There have been some bumpy moments along the way, but for the most part, I’ve managed to stick to these two rules. And let me tell you, the difference is HUGE. 

My energy levels are up. My productivity levels are up. My ability to focus is way up. So you can see how this would have a direct impact on business.

This is why I’m so excited to have our guest author, Jill Merkel, here today to talk to us about how your diet can affect sleep quality. Because not only do we want between 6 and 8 hours of sleep every night, we want those hours to be restful and rejuvenating. Jill is a Registered Dietitian, so she definitely knows her stuff. Read on to find out more about the foods you should eat for a better sleep.


Sleep is so important for the body and may be the first thing to go from the “to do” list when life gets busy. Some even wear their poor sleep habits as a “badge of honor,” re-emphasizing how busy they are or their lack of need for much sleep. The recommended amount of sleep for adults by the National Sleep Foundation is 7-9 hours. It’s not recommended to get less than 6 hours or more than 10 hours. A consistent sleep routine is better than a sporadic sleep pattern.

What Sleep Does For You

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Sunday Link Love: Fitness Apps, Kitchen Hacks + Introvert Marketing

February 7, 2016
Sunday Link Love
Health, Fitness + Lifestyle

81 Percent Of Dollar Store Products Tested Contain Chemicals Linked To Learning Disabilities, Cancer and Serious Illnesses <– Um, that’s alarming.

8 Fitness Apps to Try

Why I Hate Dieting and the Restriction Obsession

You Know You’re A Healthy Living Blogger When… <– I know some of you can relate!

Beauty Uses For Calendula: Say Hello to Clear + Calm Skin <– Definitely want to try this. Has anyone else used it?


Food + Nutrition

Keep the Winter Blues at Bay With These 7 Foods

Frozen Homemade Breakfast Burritos

Homemade Dark Chocolate Almonds <– One of my favorite snacks!

Time-Saving Kitchen Hacks

Is cooking more complicated than it should be?

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Business, Marketing, Social Media

Social Media Tracking Worksheet (Free!) + My Numbers for 2015

January 20, 2016
Free Social Media Tracking Worksheet Download

I’ve seen a lot of bloggers give a behind-the-scenes look at how they did during 2015, and I think it’s a great idea.

Last week I reviewed the Top 5 Ways I Grew My Blog Traffic in 2015 with a quick peek at my growth stats.

We all get certain ideas of what someone’s business must be like. We might see what looks like a huge, successful launch, but not realize the 18 hour days that went into producing it.

We might see coaches saying they’ve made 6-figures, but don’t see the $30k they invested to get there.

My point is, the story isn’t always clear, and everyone takes their own path to get there.

My social followings are pretty modest, but my business is consistently booked.

So this is just my word of caution to: Continue Reading…


Sunday Link Love: Smoothie Hacks + Improving Your Pinterest Game {Jan v2}

January 17, 2016
Sunday Link Love
Health, Fitness + Lifestyle

Here’s How Dietitians Actually Eat Healthy Without Going Broke

The Power of Daily Minimalism

Yoga Poses for Neck Pain


Food + Nutrition

Pumpkin pie breakfast bake

Turmeric Bombs: DIY Turmeric Supplement <–best spice for anti-inflammation. I’m obsessed.

Carrot Cake Breakfast Cookies

Top Five Natural Health Trends for 2016

Healthy Fats – Why you need them in your diet

Be a Smoothie Pro with These 10 Smoothie Hacks

Blueberry-Carrot Muffins (GF, Refined Sugar-Free)

Spicy Cauliflower Burgers

Honey Dijon Chicken <–Boyfriend made this Wednesday and it was delicious! (and super easy)

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Sunday Link Love: Introvert Party Survival + Improving Your Facebook Page’s Organic Reach {Jan v1}

January 10, 2016
Sunday Link Love
Health, Fitness + Lifestyle

How You Are Ruining Your Leggings

DIY Guide To Relieving Sore Muscles

How Using Your Hands Creatively Can Reduce Stress and Anxiety

How To Survive A Party: 42 Experts Reveal Their 3 Best Party Tips For Introverts

10 Ways to Have an Active & Healthier 2016

Yoga Has Some Major Bone-Boosting Benefits

How to Make Yourself Do Everything You Hate Doing


Food + Nutrition

5 Things To Add To Your Diet In 2016

45 Healthy Oatmeal Recipes That Are Anything But Boring!

Healthy gingerbread cupcakes with date crumble

Whole Wheat Chai Spice Muffins

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Business, Marketing

Top 5 Business Posts to Up Your Game from 2015

December 31, 2015
Business Posts to Up Your Game

Just like everyone else, I can’t believe 2015 is over already.

It’s been a crazy year for me, full of tough personal changes, exciting business ventures and ultimately, growth in every aspect.

Now that things have settled down (somewhat…are things ever really settled?), it’s time to return full-force to helping you all grow your businesses and in turn, help more people.

I still have a passion for holistic health and spreading lifestyle change to as many people as possible, which I aim to achieve through helping others reach more people.

What if we could all reach 5 more people? Or what if we doubled our reach? What amazing impact would that have on personal lives and communities?


So with that said, here are the top 5 business posts you all loved the most during 2015: Continue Reading…

Blogging, Business

8 Powerful WordPress Security Tips

December 23, 2015
Powerful Wordpress Security Tips

When you’re running your own business and website, there are times when certain tasks get pushed further and further down the to-do list. I know one of those tasks for a lot of people is website security. You might find yourself saying things like, “I’ll get this taken care of next week,” or “I know I need to do this, but it can wait until tomorrow.” Tomorrow turns into the next day. The next day turns into next week, and pretty soon it’s months later, and you still haven’t taken care of it.

Our guest author today is Anna Bogushevskaya. She helps build and maintain websites, so part of her job is ensuring all of her clients understand and keep up with website security. Lucky for us, she’s sharing 8 powerful tips for WordPress security. These are simple and quick things we can do right now. And on top of tighter website security, we’ll have a greater peace of mind! Read on for her awesome tips.


Several years ago, when I started building websites, I learned about WordPress security the hard way.

One morning, I switched my computer on, opened my site, and…Boom!

I saw a black screen
 with a brutal man carrying a couple of pistols, saying, “Your site has been hacked.”
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