Friday, February 5, 2016

Love is Work

Whoever said that being in a relationship is easy is a lunatic. It isn’t just by default easy, you have to WORK to make it easy. You think spending almost every waking moment with one person is going to be a cake walk? Ha! Let’s see if all you newly in love people are still singing that same tune five, ten years down the road. But, that's just it, what great couples are made of; hard work.

I never thought I would find my one true love, I figured I would continue to be friends the girls who were always in love. Thank goodness all that wishing, hoping, dreaming and planning came to fruition, and in just 18 short years!!! My one true love walked into my life (well staggered, it was a college party after all), and the rest is history. While it was a rocky, loud and trying history, it is ours. We put years of sweat and tears into our relationship and just like all hard work, it paid off. If it's not hard, is it really worth doing?

Each day I make a choice to work on my marriage. I strive to be a supportive and patient wife. A wife who is compassionate and kind. One who consciously makes an effort to treat her partner as she would want to be treated. In all honesty, I am not always that successful, but that doesn't mean I stop trying. I take a moment, get my "Sally Sunshine"in check and try again. Each minute of each day, I try to slow down my inner crazy lady and be the best woman I can be....big emphasis on try.

So, take the challenge, work on your love life. Whether single or attached, you can always work on love. For you single girls, you have it made. Your life is YOURS! You can travel, keep your own schedule, eat cereal standing by the sink for dinner and not have someone comment your unshaven legs. Take this time to work on loving yourself. You are a strong, beautiful, smart and independent woman. OWN IT! I truly believe, to love yourself is to open yourself to the ability to love others. So do it.
You ball–n-chainers, remember who you are, first and foremost. Remind yourself of all the amazing reasons your partner is with you. OWN THEM. The person you love is clearly with you for a reason, so know that and trust it. I think we all (ok, maybe just me) question our relationships sometimes, but why? As long as we keep workin’ on love, we will only get better stronger and closer with the person we love most.  The partner who loves you for all your faults but inspires you to be better is the best kind of partner to have.  Consider yourself lucky if you've found your Thriving Love!

What do you do to keep you relationship thriving?

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Creamy Sweet Potato & Butternut Squash Soup

When the cold weather kicks in, nothing is better than hot soup. Especially when it is healthy, creamy, slightly spicy and delicious. And just when it seemed as though nothing could make me love this spectacular soup any happens to be a crockpot recipe! Anytime I can use my crockpot and have dinner make itself I am all in.

To make this soup requires only a few easy steps.

First up, Combine sweet potatoes, squash, onion, half of the vegetable broth and butter into your 4 1/2-quart Crock Pot.  Allow the veggies to cook for 4 hours on high or until tender.

Once the potatoes and squash are cooked through, it is time to get out the blender. Taking 1 cup at a time, puree in the blender, then return to the Crock Pot. 

Once all smoooooothed out,  stir in remaining broth, and coconut milk.

Once mixed, add in ground cumin, ground red pepper and salt.

Mix in the spice and cook on high an additional 15 minutes or until heated through. While the soup heats, cut up 2 slices (or a bagel if you've got it) of your favorite cheese bread (I went with asiago), and cut into small chunks . Bake at 350. When the soup is done, your tasty croutons will be too!

After the soup is creamed, spiced and piping hot, it is time to serve it up and enjoy! Don't forget those bursts of cheesy, bread-y goodness. 

Do you have any favorite soup recipes? What about Crock-Pot go-to's? Do share!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Make Your Mondays - February 1st

Ever notice the things that stress you out are well...laughable? Hating all the clothes in your closet, noticing chipped polish after a fresh manicure or someone not getting your coffee order right. I mean if that is what causes you headaches, then you might as well tip your head back and give it a good ole' laugh. #champagneproblems baby. So when the next stressful issue makes its way into your day, ask yourself, "Does this really deserve my energy or can I find the humor in it?" Enjoy life as it comes and be prepared to find 


Em had her MIL in town for the weekend and it allowed her a bit of freedom since Grandma time is the best! She was able to sneak away to a gorgeous baby shower in San Clemente, celebrating her girl Lex and getting in some long overdue time with her "sisters"/besties!

Fluids & distractions are key. Also, the towel...

Love Mel! "Thanks for catching me!" Henry says.

Nic kicked the weekend off with a potty learning marathon, and a visit with Henry to see some of his favorite ladies - our midwives! Otherwise she just cuddled up with her family and listened to El Nino rage outside. 

Friday, January 29, 2016

How to Conquer Early Morning Workouts

I have never been much of an early riser and I have definitely never been a sweetheart in the morning, (my TM can verify the "morning monster syndrome"). When it comes to waking up, I can pretty much make up any excuse to sleep in longer. It's as if each morning I am on my deathbed and just five more minutes could save my life. Especially if I have been up in the night for some reason with the boys.

While I have been moving my schedule around a bit to accommodate getting in my workout (after school if I am working or during nap time when I am home), there is still nothing that beats a first thing in the morning, dark outside, start your day  off with a PUNCH workout. 

I know what you are all thinking, "Em, you cray. There is NO way I am waking from the few hours of sleep I do get, to get  up, in the dark mind you, and workout". I get that, I really do. But, I assure you, if and when you make the choice to do these early workouts, you won't regret it. Not only is there the mental weight lifted about when you are going to make time for your healthy self, but you start the day off feeling energized and ready to take on anything.

1. Have a plan:  Know what you are going to do. Don't just plan to wake up and wing it, uh-uh. You will no doubt blow it off in a sleepy haze. Whether it be run, abs assault, tushy toning, power hour...have a plan. There are a ton of quick and effective workouts to choose from, so decide and commit.

2. Lay it out: Once you know what you are going to do, have all your supplies in your fitness space. If you are going to lift, get your weight set out and ready to go. If you are running, set your shoes by the door with your hand weights and tune belt (if you use those items as I do). Also, place the clothes you are going to wear in plain sight. That way, you can roll out of bed, throw them on, brush your teeth and GO! There is no greater shame than picking up all that healthy preparation greater shame.

3. Determine motivation: What will it be? Your favorite coffee after working out? Making and enjoying your go-to veggie scramble in peace? Getting a manicure after 4 early morning workouts? Whatever will motivate you, focus on it. Decide what will get you out of bed and active a few days a week and continue to look forward to whatever will do the trick. For me, it is drinking my favorite decaf/abeulita treat while watching just a bit of Housewives before getting ready for the day.

4. Set alarm(s): The more the better in this case...heck, put one across the room to force your lazy butt up for all I care, just GET UP. I have a bedside, phone AND Fitbit alarm, #boom.  When the three won't quit, I know it is time to get up or be guilt ridden and self loathing the rest of the day.

5. Get up and get it done: Do it for G sake. Get up, knock it out and feel the immediate benefits. Once you get going and those endorphins take over you won't regret your choice. You will be energized all day and ready to take whatever comes your way. Start stress free and look forward to the opportunity to exercise your mind and body before taking on the world. You will be amazed what you can get done when the kids are still sleeping!

Are you ready to make early morning workouts part of your weekly routine?

(PS: Follow Thriving Wives on Pinterest to catch all of my favorite fast, at home, start your day off right workouts!)

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