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Life Hack — Gorgeous Curls!

I love a good life hack. I’m a busy mom who’s alarm clock goes off at 1:30AM. I love anything that can save me even 5 minutes! I found this video on YouTube last night

And decided to try it. Here’s my unveil this morning! Check it out. 2 min in the morning and success for on-air hair!!

Try it! Comment below and let me know what you think!

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Oh – Hi Ojai

Have you ever been inexplicably drawn to a place that you’ve never seen before? It happens to me a LOT. I feel that way about Kyoto, Japan and The Scottish Highlands, San Francisco, and most recently, the little town of Ojai, California.

I have a theory that perhaps I lived there in a past life. You can laugh if you want to, but I can’t figure out any other explanation for my obsession with these places.

Lance and I went to Japan a few years ago, and Kyoto did not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the history and culture of Kyoto. So gorgeous, and I did feel a deep connection while I was there.

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Same thing in San Francisco. I walked around that city with the sense that I’d been there before — that I had a history there.

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I haven’t been to The Scottish Highlands yet, but I hope to remedy that. As for Ojai — I’ll be there so soon I can smell it.

Apparently there is a very strong spiritual element to the town of Ojai. Philosopher Krishnamurti settled there, the Beatles paid a visit on their spiritual trek, and they even have an area atop a mountain dedicated to meditation — Meditation Mount.

I’m not big into meditation. I just don’t feel like I have the time. I’m guessing that means that I really need to MAKE the time. Either way, maybe I’ll give it a try in Ojai. Lance and the kids and I are SO looking forward to hiking, exploring orange and olive groves, eating great local organic food, and just sucking up the vibe.

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Even though I’ve felt a strong spiritual element all my life, it took me a while to listen to my inner self. My hope is that my children learn to listen to that “little voice” earlier than I did. Hopefully visiting places that are so attuned to the spiritual will help them on their paths.

Believe it or not, I found out that a friend of mine — one of the other gymnastics moms, has the same Ojai Obsession. She also feels drawn to the little town of 8 thousand in the hills east of Santa Barbara. Maybe it’s the sunshine. Maybe it’s the hippie vibe. Maybe it’s something else. I’ll let you know once I get there!

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Our Kid Athlete Approved Granola Recipe

I recently read an article about the importance of good carbohydrates for busy kids involved in sports. Their little bodies need the energy that carbs provide for fuel! I’m not talking about gummy candy or white bread, but ‘good for you carbs’ like fruit, or wheat bread, or healthy bars. You know the drill!

I was drawn to the article because my 5 year old is really into her gymnastics. She has practice several times a week, and I want to make sure I’m feeding her the right things for energy. Candy isn’t the answer, and sometimes a piece of fruit before training just isn’t enough.

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And then it hit me!! Long ago, before kids, when Lance and I were living and working on Miami Beach, I used to pop on the Jam On Channel on XM/Sirius and lovingly make granola. I’d pick out great ingredients, mix up a batch, and cook it slowly for ultimate crispness. We called it our ‘Sunshine Happy Hippie Granola’. I honestly don’t remember where I found the recipe anymore, but I do love it!!

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Lana, Leo, Willow and I whipped up a batch early this week, and the kids LOVE it. Lana’s been munching on it before gymnastics, and seems to be a happy camper through class, and not starving after it’s over! Success. Here’s our recipe!

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Sunshine Happy Hippie Granola

Preheat Oven to 250F

3 cups rolled oats
1 cup almonds
2 TB chia seeds
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup maple sugar
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried fruit or nut of choice
Pinch of sea salt

Simply combine dry ingredients, then add the wet, and mix. Spray your pans, then spread the granola out on 2 cookie sheets, and bake for 75 minutes. Stir as often as every 15 minutes if you don’t want it to be clumpy. I like bigger pieces, so I hardly stirred our last batch at all.

Be creative! You can add all sorts of ingredients — cinnamon, peanut butter, whatever!!

Enjoy!!

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I Need A Vacation

I haven’t had more than a few days off since October. Now — it may not seem like long — but I work a morning shift. My typical day looks a little something like this:

1:30AM – My alarm goes off. Maybe I snooze, maybe I don’t. Hop in the shower, dry my hair, throw on my sweats, grab my breakfast.

2AM – Drive 40 minutes to work. I kill the drive by listening to the BBC or a podcast.

2:45AM – Get my makeup done, do my hair, make my forecast and graphics.

4:30AM – Our show begins, and I go all the way through 8:30 without much of a break.

9AM – Meeting to brief the afternoon people on the forecast and morning weather

10:30AM – Grab a quick lunch to eat in studio while I prep for, and do our 11AM news.

11:40AM – Get back in the car, drive 40 minutes back towards home.

12:45PM – Workout time at CrossFit

2PM – Back home to see the babies and give the twins some kisses

2:30PM – Back in the car to pick Lana up from school.

3:30PM – Take either Lana or Leo and Willow to gymnastics.

6PM – Home for dinner. Lance usually cooks while I’m on kid duty. Then we eat and clean up while the kids watch a show.

7PM – Get the kids in their jammies, brush their teeth, read stories, put them to bed.

8PM – I wash my face, brush my teeth, and try to read — but really end up taking all 3 kids to the bathroom and getting water for Leo 75 times.

8:30PM – So tired I don’t ever remember falling asleep.

5 hours later……..

Wash, Rinse, Repeat.

Don’t get me wrong, I am a lucky girl. I have a great job that I love, children whom I adore, a supportive husband who does TONS of housework, and a great family nearby. I still need a vacation. A sleep 10hrs a night, wear no makeup, don’t have to go to bed early VACATION.

In the midst of my usual madness I try to steal a few naps. I make attempts to take care of myself, but sometimes there just isn’t time! I keep waiting for it to get easier, but until then — I will look forward to our upcoming family vacation — cause this Mom needs a break. And a nap…a nap would be nice…

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Hairstyles For Gymnastics

My 4 year old loves her gymnastics. She’s at the gym several times a week, and as a result, I am sick of boring old ponytails! Lana and I started to branch out a few month ago, and I’m quite proud of the result! In fact, I’ve decided to make some YouTube videos of our hairstyles. I can’t be the only Mom who’s sick of the boring ponytail. Here are some pics of a few of our dos! Tell me which one you’d like to see as a how to video!! Leave it in the comments below.

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We’ve done some Viking braids, a crown braid, knotted hair, so many! Might as well share some tips for other Moms of little gymnasts and ballerinas!

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2014 + 1 = A Fresh Start!

I absolutely love a fresh beginning — a reboot. There’s no better time to get your mind straight, to set new goals, re-evaluate relationships, and make changes. 2015 may be an odd number, but it’s a new beginning, and a great chance to get the life you want.

There are no limitations on your dreams. I often find myself “dreaming big”, but putting weird caveats on my dreams. I try to think realistically about my goals, but I’ve realized that by putting stipulations on my deepest wishes, I’m just limiting my possibilities. Why can’t I have EXACTLY what I want? Why must the best, biggest goal have a down side?

A new study found that only 32% of people who make resolutions actually stick with them for a month or more. That doesn’t have to be you! I’m a firm believer in having HUGE dreams, but making smaller more reachable goals that will help you reach the top. It’s the little things, the daily grind that gets you where you want to be. Simply making a goal doesn’t mean that you’ll achieve it. You have to put in the work. It’s the blood, sweat and tears that take you where you want to go — but first, you have to set your personal GPS on the destination.

Think about your life goals like a set of directions. You have to know where you want to be in the end, but it’s the small turns that get you there. Sometimes you have to veer off the main road. Sometimes you have to make a pit stop. If you make the wrong turn — your GPS simply recalculates, and so can you.

Here are a few things to remember in 2015 from the philosophical to the mundane —

1) Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy in any situation, at any time.
2) YOU are the only one responsible for your happiness. If you rely on someone or something else to make you happy, you will be disappointed.
3) Your health is everything. Feeling good and looking good are worth the sweat at the gym.
4) Don’t put things in your body that are banned in a majority of the world. Many foods in the US are not good enough for tons of other nations. Do the research, and don’t take risks with your future.
5) Patience truly is a virtue. When you lose your it, you will regret it.
6) Don’t settle. You can have what you want if you’re willing to put in the work.
7) Learn from history — yours and from successful people through time. Times may change, technology may change, but the qualities that make people successful do NOT.
8) If you have children, remember to that your spouse is still important, and that making them feel valued and loved should be a top priority.
9) Try not to judge people too harshly. You never know what they’re going through, or where they’ve been.
10) No dream is too BIG. Go for it!

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Family pictures

We had a family photo shoot last month, and the results were precious! Here’s a sample of just a few of our pics by the incomparable Beth Fletcher.

Backstory — Lana and Leo were in a happy mood, but Miss Willow wasn’t having it in the beginning. A few skittles later…she was in it to win it!

In case you’re wondering…Lana is 4 and a half, and Leo and Willow are 2 and a half.

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Clean up, clean up!!

It literally took ALL day, but we finally got the kids’ toys cleaned, sorted and organized. Good God was it a job!!! We’re giving away SO many toys. Goodwill will be getting a huge donation of stuff for babies.

All of our toys had gotten scattered. Sofia was hanging with Jake, and Mickey was playing in the Octopod. Now that everything is back where it belongs, the kids are SO excited about their toys. Everything old is new again.

Now Lance and I feel better about getting new, age appropriate toys for Christmas. SO glad we cleaned it out before adding more stuff to the pile.

The kids were excited to give some toys away to kiddos who need them. It made them feel good. They’ve got new rules though! Now, we clean up our toys before we leave the area. I’m embarrassed to say that we didn’t do it before, but it’s never too late to start!!

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It’s cold…Oh well!

As a meteorologist, I take the heat for bad weather. I get nasty looks in the store, constant questions about when it’s gonna warm up, etc. It comes with the territory, and I’m cool with that.

Recently, we’ve had stories about parents who are really worried about outdoor recess in cold weather. I get it. I worry about my kids, just like every other mother. That being said, I also highly value the importance of getting outside — the benefits of vitamin D from the sun, fresh air, and exercise.

We take our kids outside in all kinds of weather, but we make sure they’re dressed appropriately!

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My pediatrician shares a similar theory on the importance of kids getting outside, and ‘blowing the stink off’. He says that it’s ok for kids to play outside, in all kinds of weather. The exceptions — way too cold, way too hot and whenever there is thunder and lightning.

So what’s too cold?? It depends on what YOU. What makes you nervous, but, don’t forget to weigh the benefits of being outdoors into the equation! Here’s a guide from the National Weather Service on the temperature/wind chill times that you can be outside before frostbite could be an issue.

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Don’t push it, but let your kids enjoy the outdoors. There’s really no reason to hibernate all winter, as long as you dress for the weather.

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Your kids have built in weather detectors (thanks evolution!). If it’s too hot, or too cold, chances are, they won’t want to stay out for long anyway! Sometimes, even a few minutes of fresh air can make a world of difference in attitude, health, and behavior.

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October Favorites

I’m just getting around to my October favorites list. I’ve got some great stuff to share with you. My faves this month span the gambit from podcasts to mascara to the thing that put my mind at ease on my recent flight to Europe. Without further ado — the things I’ve been loving this past month.

1) No Mascara Mascara
I have tried so many mascaras, I’ve lost count. I’ve tried everything from the super cheap drugstore mascaras to uber expensive ones. My current fave is Perricone’s ‘No Mascara Mascara’. If I’m honest, the mascara looks great, but it doesn’t look that different from many other more expensive brands that I’ve tried. The applicator is a little weird, BUT — this stuff has an eyelash treatment in it, and that stuff works!! My lashes are noticeably longer, thicker and fuller. Even our makeup artist sees the change. It’s good stuff! It isn’t cheap though. No Mascara Mascara runs about 30 bucks.

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2) Hozier
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Hozier’s ‘Take Me to Church’ is my new jam. It’s not a workout song, but it is such a good one. My kids love it, and even sing along — Willow especially — watch this cute video of her singing!

3) Jo Malone
I LOVE Jo Malone. I’ve got her Orange Blossom perfume, and my new fave, Wood Sage and Sea Salt. I absolutely love perfumes, and Jo Malone’s fragrances are amazing. The range includes lots of different scent “feelings”, so there’s something for everyone. They also make candles and home stuff too. Next on my list is their Incense and Embers candle. Sounds like it’s right up my alley. They’re also really into packaging, so all their items come in pretty little boxes with bows. So great for Christmas gifts!!
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4) Clorox Bleach Healthcare Germicidal Wipes
Lance and I just got back from our trip to Belgium. It was SO great, but I was a little stressed about the flight from Belgium, back to the States. Normally, I could care less about germs, I just don’t stress about it. Unfortunately, the whole Ebola fear was ramping out of control right before we left. I also found out that Brussels was the only European city still accepting direct flights from West Africa, AND that there was a flight transfer from the Liberian flight, right on to my United flight home to O’Hare. Not gonna lie, I was just a tad concerned, and I didn’t use the airplane bathroom all the way home. Stupid? Maybe, but I don’t care. I also bought some serious wipes — healthcare grade — known to kill almost all viruses and bacteria within a couple of minutes. These are strong, really bleachy smelling wipes. They do the job. Did you know that most Clorox wipes that you buy in the stores don’t actually contain bleach? These do! They aren’t cheap, but they did give me some (likely misguided) peace of mind.
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5) Medieval Archives Podcast
LOVE me some history, specifically the Middle Ages, and this podcast is AMAZING! The topics are super interensting, and they are usually the perfect length for my drive home from work. Whether or not you like history, or the Dark Ages, these are interesting stories about human nature, and our collective human history. I LOVE them. I also follow Medieval Archives on Twitter…of course.

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And there you have it! My favorite things from the past month. Let me know in the comments if you’ve tried these products, or it you plan to try them. I’d love to hear from you guys!

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