Spring Cleaning with Saje Wellness

Have you ever noticed how you feel after you declutter or clean your space? Do you feel more uplifted, lighter, or a little happier? When you clear your environment, tie up loose ends, and mend relationships, you have more natural energy for a happy, healthy, and productive life.

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 It’s no surprise that decluttering your physical space can create a positive effect on your mood and outlook of the day. Some Feng Shui experts claim that memories of events in the form of energy can be stored in belongings, furniture, and even in buildings or homes. De-cluttering can help clear the energy of said historic traumatic events.

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 We set the intention that #highwoodhaus was going to be a place that cultivated harmony. With this in mind we became more mindful of how we act, what we say, and how we live in our new home. This all just seemed to make sense, after all we were mindful of what we put into our bodies and wanted to be mindful of the environment we were creating as well from the type of furniture we were going to source in the home all the way to the cleaning products we would begin to use.

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When it comes to most natural or green home cleaning products only 7% fully disclose their contents which has made it a challenge for us to go all natural at home because of it. Which is why I was so excited when Saje Wellness launched their Home Cleaning Line! It’s no surprise how much I love Saje Wellness products, after all they were the first brand that had me believing in the healing power of plants.

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 Product Review on Saje Wellness Home Cleaning

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One of the things I appreciate most about the Saje Wellness Home Cleaning line is their dedication to transparency which is why they list every single ingredient in their packaging allowing me to have peace of mind when little Miss Olivia wants to be helpful and clean around the house. Her first comment when cleaning with the prodcuts was “Hmmm, it smells like Saje.” I secretly love that my kids are so aware of this brand!

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I got to try out 5 of the 21 products within the Saje Wellness Home Cleaning line. Two different scented dish soaps, Multi-Clean (a multi-purpose cleaning spray), Bathroom Bright, and my personal favorite, Glistening Glass.  The three sprays can also be purchased in a conveniently packaged Spring Clean kit.

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We’re constantly cleaning the smudges of prints off of the glass in our living room and the Glistening Glass has been one of my favorites because its plant-based and since its the ingredients are natural I don’t have to worry about filling my home with harmful chemicals from the constant wipe down of the windows and it keeps my windows streak free. Unlike other natural home cleaning lines I’ve used in the past.

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As I mentioned we’ve become more mindful of the way we furnish our new home which also means that a lot of the furniture we’re buying for the new space is made of eco materials and sustainably sourced. Multi-Clean gives me peace of mind that I’m treating the furniture investments with a little more tender loving care.

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Mindful De-Cluttering

Before moving into our new home we went through a major de-cluttering of our physical space. We donated and cleared out a lot of belongings that we knew were no longer going to serve our purpose or give us joy in our new home. A method developed by Marie Kondo, the KonMari Method is one that we not only use for cleaning house, but also decluttering our lives as well.

We started to ask our selves this simple question when it comes to things we want to buy, keep in our lives, relationships or old mindsets; “Does it serve my purpose or bring me joy?” Living with this mindset has helped us bring more mindfulness into my life both personally and professionally. I often ask myself this question when it comes to taking on new projects, opportunities, and even when it comes to how I approach my overall well being.

 

GIVEAWAY TIME!

In honor of Saje Wellness’ Home Cleaning Launch, we’re partnering together on giving TWO lucky winners the entire Home Cleaning Line which includes! For rules on how to participate check out my Instagram.

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 This post was sponsored by Saje Wellness and I was compensated to write this post, but all the opinions are 100% my own.

 

Live Out Loud Every Day with Lolë Women

Ever since nearly facing a divorce with my husband I’ve had to re-shift my thinking and redefine my overall health perspective. It’s not that I don’t believe in fitness or exercise these days, but I’ve had to evolve the relationship with it and change some things in my day to day life to make it work for me, my busy schedule, and the new family life we want to create.

When I first started this fitness journey I thought fitness meant working out 5 days a week eating clean all the time and performance performance performance! Little did I realize, I was becoming addicted to exercise and sacrificing personal time for meal prepping and personal records at the gym. It's so easy to become consumed by something that gives us results. I mean, of course, its no surprise that exercise makes you feel better, "Hello endorphin rush!" But what I didn’t recognize then was I was so hyper-focused on fitness goals that I didn’t realize what I needed to Live Out Loud Every Day was a combination of exercise, eating well AND living life outside of work and the gym.

Once weekends were consumed by multiple workouts in the day, are now replaced by finding hobbies outside of fitness like plant shopping and exploring my new neighborhood. This past weekend I went to Temescal Alley here in Oakland, CA. 

Here’s a little day in the life (weekend edition):

7:00AM - wake up. Yes, I'm that crazy person who loves to wake up early on the weekends. I don't really remember the last time I slept in. #momlife

10:30AM - Check out the local plant shop Crimson Hort and to add some new additions to my growing collection. I have this growing obsession with plants. 

Window shopped at a few other stores in Temescal Alley and found a jewelry that I loved from Marisa Mason which I walked away from because furniture > jewelry at the moment. 

Toting around the perfect gym/everyday living bag, the Lily Bag by Lolë Women. The bag converts to a backpack and has a slot for a laptop and is durable enough to withstand adventures both in and out of the gym. Which is perfect for me because when I’m out an about its typically right after a morning gym session after seeing my kids off to school and there’s no time for swapping bags.

OUTFIT DETAILS: 

The Maelle Sweater by Lolë Women is one of the coziest sweaters I own. It;s lightweight and perfect as a transitional piece from winter to spring. I love the oversized look of it which is great for throwing on with a pair of jeans. 

The Cayo Leggings are made from post-consumer waste such as fishing nets and is from their swim line which is Chlorine Resistant, Sunscreen resistant and has sun protection up to UPF 50+.

Piper Jacket, a packable rain jacket that's been my go-to for these spring days. Living in the SF area you never know when rain is going to roll right in.

12:31 PM - Lunch break, because exploring can make a girl hungry!  Dona Tomas is a great little Mexican restaurant in Temescal Alley and of course, I ordered the Chilaquiles Verde because it's my fav! You can check out my recipe here

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2:00 PM - Get home and work on a few emails. The hustle never stops, but these days it doesn’t seem to bother me because I’m so in love with what I do. I have a standing desk which I love and from time to time you’ll catch me doing stretching or barre moves just to re-energize for the day. 

4:35 PM - Get a little bendy and do a little yoga. One of the things I've realized is my body craves the deep stretching. So I roll out my Air Yoga Mat and bust some moves. The Air Yoga mat is made of eco-friendly material and has a non-slip surface on both sides perfect for the floors in our new house.

Yoga is one of those practices that I struggle with. I'll admit, I think it terrifies me because of the act of sitting still and quieting the mind. I used to have a meditation practice that I was deeply invested in, but moving took over our lives these past few months.

Now that we're settled into our new house I'm rededicating myself to more self-care, more physical movement, and more meditation. Lolë Women has a 21-day meditation challenge that I'm joining to reconnect to that piece of myself. You can sign up here.

The evenings are often reserved for family time, a little disconnection from the digital world, and trying to just BE. We often define LIVING as the need to be in constant motion. These days I feel like Live Out Loud Every Day means to be present, connected to those around you and your self, and to move freely through life loving and honoring your body. What does it mean for you?

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This post was sponsored by Lolë Women and I was compensated to write this post, but all the opinions are 100% my own.

Photography by Encarnacion Photography

 

 

 

 

 

 

My biggest project in 2018: Our new home!

My biggest project in 2018: Our new home!

Many of you guys asked about a BEFORE home tour of #HIGHWOODHAUS and as much as I don't want to share unfinished photos, there's a huge sense of joy in being able to see the house for what it is now. Pinterest found a whole new purpose in my life when we found out we were moving into our new home. I spent evenings pinning interior design inspirations for all of the rooms in our new house. 

The Steps to Self Discovery

Are you clear about you want in life?

What defines you?

What makes you happy?

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Deep questions, I know, but If you don’t stop to reflect for a second, you may never truly know the answers to the questions about. When you avoid the process of self discovery, you are basically in denial of the real YOU. On the surface you may appear like your function but underneath it all are limiting beliefs and sabotaging thoughts that are holding you back. Maybe you haven’t faced these demons because they are still very much alive. You may not realize it but they are probably the reasons why you have never been truly happy or that you feel as if success is something you’ll never feel.

Self discovery is not an a one-day or a one-week affair. In fact, it can take a lifetime of building a relationship with yourself.

Here are some steps to start:

1. Face your fears and limiting beliefs. This is probably the hardest for most people but it’s the first thing that needs to be done to discover your most authentic self. It’s common to hide our emotions and feelings due to fear of judgement either by others or by one’s self. But as soon as you start to peel back layers you’ll be able to see the joy of knowing yourself more.

2. Pursue self love over everything else. Self love isn’t selfish, it’s a necessary act to discovering who you are. Discover your strengths and celebrate them. The more you focus on the positive areas of your self such as the things that light your soul on fire or talents that bring you joy, the lesser you focus on the negative. Find what makes your heart dance and your soul sing. These are the things that define you.

3. Clarify your values. Ooh this is a big one for me and typically one of the first assignments I give to my coaching clients. To me values are the cornerstone and foundation of what gives us purpose. They help to define our actions and behaviors and keep us aligned when we’re getting off track.

4. Spend time alone. This is the hardest for people because these days were never truly alone. The ability to stay connected is far too accessible and sometimes being alone brings on a sense of abandonment. But just like any relationship, quality time is essential and in order to build a stronger relationships with your self you’ve gotta to spend some time alone with yourself.

For some this might mean getting away regularly even if it’s for a day, but if you don’t have the ability to do that then a simple 5 minute block scheduled in your day can help you tap back into that sense of self.

The more you know yourself the more empowered you’re going to be. So maybe his weekend you take the time to simply sit and take yourself on a much needed date.