Confessions of a burned out mom boss.

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I used to be the woman that did it all. I had dinner on the table most nights by 6 pm, exercised multiple times a week, tended to the needs of my family, poured into relationships, had a morning routine, hosted people in my home, kept a clean home AND ran a successful and thriving business. All of this on 6-7 hours of sleep every night, lots of caffeine and a weekly meltdown that usually landed on a Friday afternoon followed my an SOS text to my husband begging him to come home.

I felt a prompting this past spring, a nudging telling me that I needed to slow down. My body was keeping score too: insane acne breakouts, emotional highs and lows, hormonal imbalance, struggling to sleep at night. Summer showed up and I took that as my opportunity to pull back from work. After all, the kids were home, we were renovating our house @skytopcottage and I really needed a break from promoting, selling, strategizing, producing/achieving (things that are required to successfully run my network marketing business).

Lots of social media breaks ensued, I had to re-learn how to BE ME, how to truly be present and play with my kids and not think about a to do list. I chose to throw away my to-do list for a majority of the summer. My planner sat in my office untouched for almost two months. I stopped caring about what I wasn't doing and thanked God for what I COULD do. What a gift to be home and present with my two children for the summer!

I slept in and didn't set an alarm consistently for the first time in 2 years. I stopped living in a place of fear that my business would crumble or that I was majorly letting other people down. I stopped making decisions based on what people expected of me and made decisions based on what authentically I needed and what my family needed. My nap-time hustle saga was non-existent and it felt so good.

Now that summer is over, and my kids have been back in school for a few weeks, I have the opportunity to work again and still find myself unable to fully catch my breath. I've felt guilt and shame that I’m not inspired or motivated to jump back into my business, but I have to listen to that voice that's telling me that now isn't the time to hustle. Now isn't the time to laser focus, maximize my schedule again, and DO ALL THE THINGS.

It's okay to look at your life and evaluate what isn't ultimately serving you or your family and decide to pivot. or rest. This decision doesn’t have to be permanent. Maybe like me, you were the mom boss that did it all, but now you're not sure you want that anymore. Perhaps you need a break from the grind of it all. Perhaps you need a season of rest, or re-discovery of who you are.

I will leave you with this, give yourself permission to choose the path that is best for YOU and your FAMILY. You are not wasting your potential. What you do and who you are is already enough.

Instant Pot Elderberry Syrup!

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Elderberry syrup is a wellness staple in our household, especially during back to school and as we transition into cooler weather/winter. Elderberry is packed with antioxidants. When made into a syrup it provides a potent, immune-boosting elixir that is said to help stave off colds and even the flu.

This instant pot recipe is super easy and kid-friendly. I poured some into a small mason jar and then poured extra in silicone molds to freeze for later.

INGREDIENTS

  • 2/3 cup dried elderberries (or 1/3 cup fresh or frozen)

  • 3 1/2 cups fresh water

  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1 cup raw honey

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Pour all ingredients (except honey) into instant pot. Attach lid, set vent to “seal”. Turn on manual pressure at high for 9 minutes.

  2. Vent pressure and strain.

  3. When cooled to room temperature, stir in honey.

  4. Pour into jars or container of choice!

DOSAGE SUGGESTIONS

Standard dose is 1/2 to 1 teaspoon for children. 1/2 to 1 tablespoon for adults. If sick, increase dosage to every 2-3 hours until symptoms disappear.

Easy vegetarian quinoa chili!

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This recipe is a huge hit for our family and perfect if you’re into doing meatless meals! It’s very filling, packed with flavor and easy to make! I like to freeze the leftovers and reheat later on a night that I don’t have time to make dinner.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1/2 cup rinsed quinoa

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil or avocado oil

  • 1 small onion chopped

  • 3-4 cloves garlic minced

  • 1 (15 ounce can) black beans

  • 1 (15 ounce can) light red kidney beans

  • 1 (15 ounce can) dark red kidney beans

  • 2 (15 ounce can) diced tomatoes

  • 1 (15 ounce can) tomato sauce

  • 2 cups vegetable broth

  • 1 (15 ounce can) corn

  • 2-3 tablespoons chili powder

  • 1 tablespoon cumin

  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a medium saucepan, boil 1 cup water then add quinoa. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until water is absorbed.

  2. In a large pot (I used a dutch oven), heat the olive oil over medium to high heat. Saute onion and garlic until tender, about 4-6 minutes.

  3. While onion is cooking, open cans of beans and rinse in a strainer with water.

  4. Add tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, black beans, kidney beans, and corn to chili. Stir in cooked quinoa. Stir in seasonings. Simmer for about 30 minutes. Serve warm.

  5. Garnish: we like to add Mexican shredded cheese on top, you could also add cilantro, green onions, sour cream.

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Favorite fall diffuser blends

It’s that time of year, windows are open, there's just a slight crisp to the air, kids are mostly back in school. Fall is upon us! I'm not quite ready to pack away my shorts & sandals, but I'm ready to bust out my favorite oils for fall. Oils are the easiest replacement for candles, not only do they smell incredible, they have many aromatherapy and therapeutic benefits.

Make your list for your next Young Living monthly (essential rewards) order, you can use your points to snag some of the pricier blends, I promise they are worth every penny.

Fall must haves: ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon bark, orange, cedarwood, northern lights black spruce, believe, sacred mountain, and of course THIEVES. Am I missing any?!

FALL DIFFUSER BLENDS:

Stress away + cinnamon bark

Clove, orange + cedarwood

Northern lights black spruce + stress away

Clove, nutmeg + cinnamon bark

Orange, ginger + cinnamon bark

Cardamom, clove + ginger

Bergamot, orange + cedarwood

Thieves + orange

Bergamot + sacred mountain

Believe + orange

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The coziest USA-made bedding: Redland Cotton!

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I’ve been on the hunt for new bedding for awhile now, and admittedly have purchased most of our bedding randomly from Target or our local Home Goods. Our sheets never stayed soft, they’d often pill over time, nothing seemed high quality, until I tried Redland Cotton.

They are the only cotton farming family in America that grows the cotton to manufacture directly into towels and bedding made ENTIRELY in the USA. Their family company follows the process from the seed in the ground to the final stitch sewn.

They sent me the basic bedding bundle in white and let’s just say, we are in LOVE. Tyler jumped in bed the first night we put the sheets on and was floored at the quality. And he’s the kinda guy that NEVER notices new sheets on the bed.

Highly recommend to anyone looking for a heirloom quality linen that’s made to last!

Easiest houseplants for beginners!

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My love of houseplants began when I had my first home and couldn’t afford to majorly decorate. I loved that I could snag a houseplant from the grocery store for $10-15 and instantly add some color & texture to a space! Plus they have so many health benefits: they help purify the air, they are natural humidifiers, are said to improve mental health and reduce stress!

One of the most common questions I get asked is: what are the easiest houseplant to keep alive? I promise that these varieties are SO easy to take care of, they can handle it if you forget to water or don’t have the most ideal lighting conditions in your home!

POTHOS

Pothos plant

Pothos plant

I have these all over our home. They are very inexpensive, grow trailing long vines that can easily be trimmed. They can handle a variety of lighting conditions. Allow soil to fully dry before watering. This plant works well in a hanging pot (macrame planter is fun) or you can even train it to climb (trellis or supporting object).

RUBBER TREE

We have one of these at our vacation home that’s been alive for almost 20 years. Sometimes it sits for weeks without a proper watering. It can grow quite tall, up to 8 feet, so trim it like a bush if you don’t want it to grow that big. Prefers medium to bright light conditions, allow soil to completely dry out before watering.

SNAKE PLANT

I swear these plants can handle just about anything. They aren’t picky about lighting, prefer a dryer air, and can go quite awhile without watering.

PEACE LILY

This plant also favors dry air. Low light is ideal versus bright light for a peace lily. Don’t let the soil dry out, it does prefer moist soil. It grows beautiful dark leaves and white blooms, it’s a great plant for an office or space with minimal natural light.

FIDDLE LEAF FIG TREE

This tree is from the same species as a ficus tree, and grows these gorgeous large dark leaves. It prefers medium to bright light, allow soil to dry slightly in between watering.

Do you have any houseplants? What are some of your favorites?