Gun Gun Gun

My bro-in-law took DJ and Blake to go shooting today. They had such much fun!!

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New Project

My CO BFF has her degree in holistic health and is a business and life coach. She also did a Create Beauty project post for me.

In fact she loved the idea so much we have a new project!! We started a blog called Mind Body Self (mindbodyself.org) and it is our holistic approach to happiness. We’ll be posting a lot about body image, healthy eating, being a woman today, and happiness. I’d love it if you check us out!!

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Natural Bridge

We played tourists today and drove to Virginia to see the Natural Bridge State Park. We brought a picnic lunch and had a great time!!

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Kayla and I had to take selfies on the ski lift up to the top!!

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DJ, my sis, and all the cousins!!

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All the kids in the train!!

Happy Fathers Day!!

I am very excited for this Father’s Day since I get to spend it with my 2 fave Dads: DJ and my Dad.

Hope all the dads out there have a great day!!

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Happy Birthday!!

Today my youngest baby turns 5!! And he got a great birthday surprise cause the family made it here!! We will have a very full house until after the 4th of July. Happy Birthday Mason!!

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Stay-cation

So I was just informed that both my parents, my sister Jessica, her 2 kids, and my other sisters son are headed our way from CA.

So that will make 5 adults and 8 kids staying in my house!! Should be tons of fun (and a little bit crazy). The kids ages are 13, 11, 8, 8, 6, 6, 5, and 2. Besides Kayla; all boys!!!

I’m glad that I’m not working so we can go and do lots of stuff!!

Let the wild rumpus begin!!!

WooHoo writing milestone!

I just hit 11,000 words !! I’m on a roll! I was scared about trying to write a novel since it’s so long but just like Ann Lamott says “bird by bird”. I have the entire novel outlined and I know all the major plot points.

Now I just have to keep it up after the kids get out of school in 3 days and then when my family comes out for the summer.

Bittersweet

We are officially closed. We moved all of our stuff out and The Crazy Cupcake era is over. DJ is helping a friend of his with his lawn/ landscaping business. I decided that the end of cupcakes means the beginning of my writing career. So I am now writing my first fiction novel!!

When the uncertainty has me scared I remember “there are far better things ahead than any we leave behind”. Here’s to a new beginning!!

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DJ is taking down our sign.

The End is Just the Beginning

Well in about a week we will be closing the shop. I am having some serious mixed feelings about it. On one hand, we started the shop with $6500 and it has been our only source of income for the last 3 1/2 years. That is amazing. We had a great time and learned a ton. But we have to close and that makes me sad.

I am excited to see what the future will hold and where it will take us!!

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Create Beauty project: Sara

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Sara Libal has a degree in Holistic Nutrition and is a Certified Holistic Life Coach. She currently lives in Colorado but, accepts clients nationally. She is available for sessions in person, by phone, or Skype.
Please visit her website www.saralibal.com for details and follow her on Facebook or Twitter.
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When I was younger, I don’t remember paying much attention to my body but, I did hate my face. I started getting acne around the age of 10 and it was pretty severe all throughout middle school and high school. It wasn’t until I was in my mid 20′s that it cleared up enough for me to feel comfortable out in public without gobs of makeup on. It was right around that same time that I put on a lot of weight and really started noticing my body changing.

There was one morning that I was standing naked in front of my bathroom mirror and I was so completely disgusted by how I looked, I was physically ill. I broke down and started bawling. I felt like my body had betrayed me and I wasn’t comfortable with who I was any more. I think most girls/women experience this kind of thing much earlier in life and here I was, at 27, having my first real “body issue”. Looking back, it serves as a reminder that, as women, our bodies change constantly and we can experience doubts about how we look and feel at any age. Body image issues aren’t reserved just for the adolescent years.

I’m 31 now and have made some major changes to my life since that horrible day in the mirror. I’ve learned that what I put into my body drastically affects how I feel emotionally and mentally. I’m a big advocate for living intentionally and being conscious of the foods I eat and how often I’m moving my body in an active way. I have also learned to stop food shaming myself. If I do happen to eat something that isn’t super healthy, I just let it go. I don’t berate myself or allow it to ruin my whole day. I just accept that I ate an Oreo and move on. The shaming factor is a huge reason why so many people have unhealthy relationships with food and it is an issue I address often with my clients. I still wear makeup most days but, I’m not trying to hide behind it anymore. I’ve learned how to apply it in a more natural way for day-to-day wear that compliments my features instead of obscuring them. My everyday go-to products are BB cream, blush and mascara.

I don’t read any of the main-stream magazines anymore and I work hard at catching any negative self-talk. When I start to say or think something that isn’t very nice about myself, I make myself turn the thought around and say something good instead. Our society breeds negative self-talk and it is heartbreaking to hear 10 year old little girls talk about how fat or ugly they are because they don’t look like the models or movie stars they see in magazines and on tv. I applaud the movement within the Hollywood community to show themselves as they really are, no airbrushing or makeup, but, as a society, we have a long way to go.

If I could create a new definition of beauty it would be that happiness is the best accessory you can wear. When you are happy, truly happy with yourself and your life, it changes the way you view yourself and the way others see you. Think about the happiest days in your life; your wedding, the birth of your children, accomplishing a goal, what does everyone say? “You look beautiful!”  and they are right! When we are happy, we are beautiful. So, do whatever it takes to be happy and allow that joy to be seen by the whole world.