Life has been so crazy good lately, but there has been no slowing down it feels like. It is one of those amazing times of great things happening – like launching my wellness coaching, partnering with new clients on their wellness dreams, launching as a Beautycounter educator as well as life as a full-time, working momma. Again, all such wonderful things, BUT how do you maintain health + wellness + sleep + good self-care during times like this? I thought… Read more »


If you have known me or followed me for any length of time, you know I am always trying to seek out quality non-toxic and safer products. When Beessential reached out to me to sample and review some of their products, I was thrilled! They make all-natural skin and body care products that are non-toxic and made with gentle, mild cleansers and essential oils. They are paraben and SLS-free and they use natural moisturizers like honey, hemp and aloe, beeswax, propolis, coconut… Read more »


Okay guys, I have promised to share this Summery Tarragon Chicken Salad recipe a gagillion times and now I am!!! Summer is here, so perfect timing – right? You see, I often make recipes without really measuring. I know, I am sorry. Every time I would go to make this, I would throw it together, take photos and be like, “Dang it! I forgot to measure again!” Well, not this time. I measured for you. You’re welcome. No, really. Every… Read more »


Happy Mother’s Day!!! This image of my oldest helping his little brother is something so simple that happened last weekend, yet has tugged on me since. He didn’t know I saw this or that I took a picture yet did this anyway ❤. Being a mom is one of the most rewarding things I’ll ever get to have the privilege to do, yet in contrast at times it often feels exhausting, demanding & even thankless. For me I think I… Read more »


Where would chicken salad be without mayonnaise? Where would the creamy dipping sauce, aioli, be without it? Instead of sticking with the conventional, mass-produced stuff made with sugar and unhealthy oils, opt for something better—Primal Kitchen’s Paleo-friendly mayonnaise, made from avocado oil. And don’t just take our word for it—try it for FREE. Because we’re such big fans of this mayonnaise, we are giving away thousands of full-sized jars of Primal Kitchen avocado oil mayo! Read on for the details… Most conventional mayos… Read more »


HOLY MOLY GUACAMOLE! I mean, that face! I don’t know about you, but guacamole is one of my favorite things, EVER! I am pretty sure that was carried on down to my boys as well. In this picture, my littlest dude was caught with his face in a bowl of this nutrient dense goodness. Cheeks for days! EAT UP! Avocados are a nutrient dense food, meaning they are power packed with tons of nutrients. This creamy fruit is a good source… Read more »

Veggie Loaded Grass-Fed Beef Marinara Sauce

If you follow me on social media HERE, HERE or HERE, you have seen me post about these two easy meals many times. I FINALLY developed the recipes! I got to team up with Door to Door Organics and they are providing you with a code to save $10 on your first order! Read on for the details. This is a thank you for being here and being a supporter. I am SO glad you are here – Thank YOU! Here… Read more »

The best is yet to come infinity...

    Wow, that was a long break! Oh, how I have missed writing and connecting with my readers. This blog and you all mean the world to me! We decided, right around the time of my last blog post in March, that we were going to put our home on the market. It was quite the experience. I learned so much about what it takes to sell a home as well as my own limits throughout the process. We… Read more »


Today was one of those days when I felt like every moment challenged me as a mom. Mamas, we’ve all had those, right? Nothing really epic happened, just lots of little things on top of too many demands and stressors. Looking back, I simply lost sight of the good in each moment and let the power struggles get the best of me… A negative spiral ensued. Now that I am sitting, and am able, or I should say am allowing… Read more »


I recently learned about Thrive Market and I wanted to find out if my readers had heard about them. So, have you? If you haven’t, think of Thrive Market like a Costco meets Whole Foods with the benefit of being online. Lately in some of my circles, there has been a lot of excitement around Thrive Market, and I wanted to see what it was all about. I was a little skeptical until I checked out some of the items I frequently buy. The savings was… Read more »

Selfcare_Carli Jean

  So, it was a day off for this mama between the ending of one job and the starting of a new one. I had big hopes for that day. I would get some rest, meditate, get a good workout in, a pedicure and focus on my passions to recharge, preparing me for a busy weekend with the boys while daddy was still working out of town. You know what I did? I ended up filling it up with an expired list… Read more »

Photo credit - lee Scott

On my journey through self-care, I have learned a big piece of the puzzle is having a strong support network. What does that have to do with self-care and well-being? If you have ever been through a difficult time and tried to do it alone, or had to do it alone – you know. Your ‘self’ loses when you go it alone. Good self-care means having a tribe of people that will be there with you during the tough times and the… Read more »


I am nearing the end of my journey on The 21 Day Sugar Detox and just had to share a short post with you all. I feel SO good, I can barely stand it. What’s more is I have been astonished by some of the things I have experienced. A few highlights: The ‘fog’ has lifted I have much more energy My joint pain is almost completely non-existent I am sleeping soundly (Who doesn’t need that? Especially if you kids!) I am… Read more »


If you are like me, I bet you are feeling like it’s time to clean up your eating so I pulled this Salad and Balsamic Dressing Recipe together to help you ring in 2015 with clean eating. I think it is great to have balance, especially around the holidays. Too much restriction in your nutrition plan is no way to live. I hope you enjoyed some favorite treats, and that you even dabbled in creating them with unrefined sugars, flours… Read more »

My first born. My sweet boy.

When I choose my boys over it all, time stands still. The holidays are approaching and there is still so much to do. I swear I just cleaned the house and it’s a mess again… I thought I had all the gifts complete, but I forgot a few. The holiday baking is in full swing, and a few ingredients are missing… Yet somehow playing trains, hide and seek and tickle games are exactly what I need right now. It’s a… Read more »


The last few days have rattled me to my core, creating a shift in perspective. My 4 year old is reacting to something, and we have no idea what it is. When the allergic reaction comes on, I feel lost. My brain stops functioning. My heart is racing. My fears overcome me. What if I mess up? I feel immense panic and helplessness. That feeling, as if there is nothing I can do to fix the problem, consumes me. It feels awful. All… Read more »

Holiday Season - Thank you

Mamas, if you are reading – will you kindly take a seat? No, really, I know there is still so much to be done… but please sit. I would like you to read this, and really hear it. Especially now, this time of year. What’s that? You say the sink is overflowing, the laundry is calling, and the rest of the gifts need to be bought, and…. Please. Sit. Breathe. Take a couple of minutes to read this, for you. You do… Read more »

Meditative Walks

Is self-care the first thing to go as the holidays approach? For many, the answer is yes. The holiday hustle begins, our lists grow, and we lose sight of our needs in an effort to create the perfect holiday. The result? We get worn down, making it hard to enjoy this joyous time of year. I get it. As my oldest son’s birthday comes and goes each year, the intensity of life’s pace grows exponentially. His birthday is in mid-November and after… Read more »


I am so honored to have been given the opportunity to review Carrie Vitt’s new book, The Grain-Free Family Table! Honored and grateful. Carrie’s story of healing her autoimmune disease through food inspired me to take action to heal my own. You see, her story penetrated so deep as she and I have (or in Carrie’s case had) Hashimotos thyroiditis. During the last few days in October, I reached out to the same nutritional therapy practitioners Carrie worked with to heal. And since November… Read more »

Be still and breathe this in.  Vibrant, colorful aspens on Independence Pass, Colorado.

  Breathing break! Time to pause & press reset. Fall is a time for letting go of the old, to create space for new & even better things. What will you let fall away? Use this image or one of your favorites to slow down and breathe. Deep breath in 1 – 2 – 3 – 4. And release for 1 – 2 – 3 – 4. Let it go. Try to be still and breathe for 5 minutes and… Read more »