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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DIY Hearth for a Wood Burning Stove


This winter we had a wonderful addition to our house. We added a wood burning stove and hearth.  My husband is so talented that he built it himself.  My brother in law helped with the stone wall and I helped with the layout on the stone wall.

I love how it turned out and the wood burning stove was amazing this winter and spring!


Building up the stone wall.


Completed hearth before stove installation.


It is so pretty! Love how the slate tile turned out.


And because we have little ones- a hearth gate to protect from the stove.

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30 Day Yoga Challenge- Day 5, Break and Day 6


What Felt Good
Seated Forward Bend. I sometimes feel a lot of resistance in this pose, but today I was rocking it.

What Challenged Me
Staying in the moment.

Mood Before and After
I was feeling pretty hectic before and more collected after. Not as good as a few days ago, but definitely some more centering going on.



And after the day 5 work out I skipped a couple days. We went to my in-laws for the weekend and I didn't manage to fit it in!


What Felt Good
Getting back to the mat felt good. Sometimes I think a few break days can do us more good than just pushing through and doing a yoga practice when you don't feel like it or if you need to focus on other things.  The stretching felt amazing!!

What Challenged Me
Lots of Ab work!! It felt good, but some of the poses I couldn't do all the way. I tried to keep the attitude of progress, not perfection!

Mood Before and After
I was feeling a little disappointed when I took a few days off- so I carried that into my practice. But as I went through and focused on being in the moment I started to feel better and realized that the break was probably what I needed those days.


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Zoe

Thursday, March 19, 2015

30 Day Yoga Challenge- Day #3 and Day #4

And The Yoga Challenge Continues!


What Felt Good
Downward facing dog! Feeling the stretch in my calves felt amazing today. They were a little tight from the previous days yoga, but this felt amazing to stretch them out.

What Challenged Me
Feeling tired in general... my one year olds really aren't good sleepers so I really had a challenge this morning between napping and yoga- I chose yoga. The first half of the video I felt soo tired, but I found that as the workout went on I actually had more energy

Mood Before and After
Like I said- I was really really tired prior to the challenge today. I decided to diffuse some uplifting lemongrass during this session and it really helped! Plus the yoga got my circulation going and I felt more energized afterward.

Just a post-yoga pic with my little girl- because I don't like posts without pictures :)

What Felt Good
Not sure what the pose is called, but the one where you are on all fours and twist the back felt amazing! This whole session of yoga for the back was just what I needed. I am definitely bookmarking this one for later!

What Challenged Me
This practice was pretty restorative, so the poses felt good and didn't really "challenge" me. But my little ones did wake up early- so that was a challenge. I was going to try and finish the last 7 minutes later- I got too busy and it didn't happen.

Mood Before and After
I was feeling pretty calm before this session, but definitely felt so loose and relaxed afterward. My back gets tight a lot, so feeling no tension in it was a good thing! I was a little disappointed to not finish the session due to babies waking up early- but that is the life of a work at home mom of toddlers!

Have a great day!!
Zoe 
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Matching Christmas Dresses

For Christmas last year I wanted to make my little girl and my niece some cute Christmas dresses that match.  I used this pattern from Simplicity. I was happy with how they turned out, but little girl's dress was a little too big!


I kept the pattern because it has several different options for the collar, hemline, and sleeves. It was a pretty simple pattern to make, so I am sure I will make it again.



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Monday, March 16, 2015

Thirty Day Yoga Challenge- Day #1 and Day #2

Spring time has hit!! I am wanting to get back in shape.  One of the things I really want to work on is strengthening my body (my core in particular). I had my twins a little over a year ago, but I still feel as though I don't have much core strength back.

I know that high intensity interval training and weight lifting are all the rage right now in the fitness world, which I think is great. But I am a FIRM believer that exercise and fitness should be enjoyable and I honestly just don't enjoy weight lifting that much. I much prefer the gentle strengthening that yoga can offer. Plus I really think that the mind-body connection is very powerful, especially for me.

So enter this 30 day Yoga Challenge from Yoga with Adrienne.  I have followed this channel for a while and I really like her approach to yoga- finding what feels good for you and I also appreciate the variations she offers if you aren't quite up to the pose yet (as I probably will be with a few).



I am going to be blogging about my experience with this- so I invite you to follow along. I will try to blog every day, but that may not happen, so I may combine some days.

Day #1
What Felt Good
I had a hectic weekend full of eating out, eating too much and no exercise. So just hitting the mat to take 30 quiet minutes to take care of my mind and body felt good. I also was pleased with how the back stretches felt, as I had been very tight!

What Challenged Me
I find that when I haven't done yoga or meditated consistently I have a difficult time keeping my mind present in the practice. That was definitely true for this session. I kept thinking of my to do list (never ending- lol), what my husband was doing or things that happened earlier in the weekend. Staying PRESENT is something I am definitely going to need to work on during this challenge.

Mood Before and After
Before the session I was feeling scattered and discouraged that I hadn't taken very good care of myself this weekend. I did diffuse some doTerra Balance essential oil and I feel like it helped calm and ground me during my practice. After I got done my mood had definitely improved and I could feel my circulation in places that had been dormant. Plus it helped me sleep better... which is always good!

Day #2
What Felt Good
I was actually surprised that the plank and lunge poses felt good to me and I was impressed that I had strength to do those- maybe I wasn't as weak as I thought!

What Challenged Me
This day of the challenge what challenged me the most was the work we did on our feet! I never realized how inflexible my feet are. Hoping that this will improve with work on it!

Mood Before and After
Before the session I was feeling pretty good. I had a decent morning with the kids and they went down for nap well. I did feel very relaxed after I got done. I also felt strong and felt good that I had gotten my yoga in during morning nap!

I encourage you to join the challenge- you can do it at your own pace and all 30 days are already available!

Or just follow along if you are interested!

Thanks for reading,
Zoe
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