5 Things That Inspired Me This Week 8/7/15

Fun Plans Coming Up

I woke up giddy this morning planning our one year wedding anniversary. My husband and I have never been very big on anniversaries or celebrations but I want to start since recognizing each year of our marriage and the work that goes into keeping us strong is very important. We have some fun ideas and will hopefully have our plans set later today! Other things I’m looking forward to over the next few months:

  • My mother- and father-in-law both turning 60. I have a fun surprise I’m working on for my mother-in-law and cannot wait to give it to her Monday!
  • My sister’s engagement party.
  • Traveling to GR 2+ times.
  • My birthday.
  • Traveling to Milwaukee with friends.
  • Hosting my first wellness retreat.

It’s going to be busy, but oh so much fun!


Market Fresh Quinoa Salad


quinoa salad


I am eating this recipe as I am typing this blog post up and have a feeling it’s going to be a staple in my diet. Joyous Health, you did it again!


These Workout Videos


Two of my at-home workouts this week including 25 minutes of HIIT then 15 minutes of deep stretching. All of these YouTube videos were great with lots of variety to keep the time moving.


BeFiT 25 Minute HIIT Full Body Burn + Five Parks Deep Stretch


Cosmo Body Total Body Cardio Burn + Five Parks Post Workout Deep Stretch


The Konmari Method (Continued)


recycled papers


Last week I talked about cleaning out my clothes and books. Well, this week was papers and it was way more difficult than the other categories, and will most likely be the hardest overall. I filled our recycling bin no problem with binders full of papers from grad school, and some even from undergrad. I can’t help but wonder if I need to save projects since my computer with the docs died. The likelihood of needing them is slim but you never know!! I have until Monday night dive back in and save some if necessary…


Ditching the Shampoo


A few months back my friend, Dana, and I confessed how little we wash our hair. It may sound gross, but it’s supposed to be good for your hair. She took it even further and said that she doesn’t use shampoo (say what?), but baking soda instead. I am low on shampoo so I decided to give this a whirl. I have done this twice by putting some baking soda in my hand + tea tree, cedarwood and lavender essential oils, then add some water and scrub my scalp. After a few minutes, I rinse it out and that’s it! So far my hair has been thicker and less oily (though my hair is not usually on the oily side). It works because shampoo strips your hair of its natural oils so your scalp overcompensates by thinking it needs to oil up — hence making your hair greasy and thinking it needs to be washed again. I may add apple cider vinegar to the mix if it starts seeming too dry. I’ll give an update in a few weeks after trying this all out!


Happy Friday! What inspired you this week?

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  1. Dana

    I’m so excited for so many of your excited things! It’s fun to have stuff to look forward to. That quinoa looks like something I could dive right into. I’m happy to hear you tried my weird no-poo technique–and that you liked it. Hippy girls rule.

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