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Embracing Self Care

It is a new season and with that comes the changes of color, weather and lets not forget Daylight Savings! Holiday season is approaching and that can cause many emotions for all. Excitement and planning can lead to some stressors with this season change and I thought I would stop by to say, it's okay! Whether you are hosting this years Thanksgiving or figuring out how Santa is going to afford everything on your little's list, make sure you take a few minutes out of your day for some self care!
Self care can mean many different things, and I wanted to share what I have been doing recently to help myself.

I have started journaling and it has really helped me self reflect. The Authentic Woman Series is a great place to start if you are interested in journaling and becoming closer with yourself. It only takes a few minutes out of your day and gets you away from your phone and other technology!

Be sure to check our their monthly journaling prompts



I have been becoming more interested in essential oils and the benefits that they offer. I created these rollers to help me get through the day when I am feeling overwhelmed. They are great to throw in my bag and smell great on my skin.





Chill Out blend includes:
3 drops grapefruit
3 drop orange
2 drops lemon
1 drop bergamot


Bloat Be Gone blend includes:
20 drops lemon
20 drops peppermint
20 drops Rosemary


Sea Breeze blend includes:
4 drops lavender
4 drops lime
2 drops spearmint

I filled all three each in a 10 ML bottle with coconut oil as the carrier oil.


This is my favorite season and time of the year, but that does not mean I feel overwhelmed at times. If you are like me please make time for yourself. I have learned that motherhood is an amazing privilege but so it womanhood and we must not lose sight of that. Enjoy everything that comes with it even the complexities.


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Harvest Fest and Beekman 1802 Mercantile

Bring on the Fall! This past weekend was our first Fall Festivity of the season. Despite it being 85 degrees and humid, we had a great time. (C'mon sweater weather!)
We went to Sharon Springs, NY to check out Harvest Fest hosted by the Fabulous Beekman Boys. 
There were so many vendors, live demos, artisan meet-and-greets, food trucks, live music and more at this family-friendly event. Josh and Brent were at their store Beekman 1802 Mercantile, taking pictures and signing books and tours were available at the Farm! 
I was so excited to finally make it to the Mercantile, I have been wanting to go for a while and I love what Josh and Brent have brought with them when they made the big move from NYC Upstsate New York.

Everyone was on Main Street for Harvest Fest and to visit Beekman 1802 Mercantile!




Amazing, Franco needed his own because no one was willing to share.

Yes, there were disco balls and goats!

So.Many.Vendors.=AMAZING

Dancing machine, this is all he wanted to do!

Family-style lunch was served by village women cooking huge pots of pasta, sauce, meatballs and sausage over an open fire. The meal was served directly on the table and shared by all with red table wine and spring water.

The American Hotel



If you are ever in the Upstate area of New York, Sharon Springs is a great little town to stop in! It is quaint and full of history! If you live too far away you can also find Beekman 1802 Brands exclusively at Target! I wanted to share a few of my favorite things from both their store and their brand at Target so check out the links below!











These are only a few, I can totally go on so go check out more for yourself and I hope the beginning of Fall has you all excited for whats more to come!


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Pumpkin Cinnamon Apple Zucchini Bread

I had an unexpected day off from work yesterday, which didn't necessarily mean I had the day off, but I had to compromise. Franco was not feeling well so I had to pick him up from school early, but he magically felt better as soon as we came home. Working from home was not going to be an option for me this time. We got a nice long walk in especially since the humidity broke and it was so nice to be outside. The cool breeze had me thinking Fall and with only two days away from September I can barely take it anymore-I need pumpkins!
I thought I could make it until September 1st, but no I had to do it. I had to bake the most 'Fallest' thing I could think of.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Apple Zucchini Bread.




Yes I had all these ingredients laying around and yes my house smelled absolutely amazing. The sweet aromas just melted every away every stress I was feeling at the moment and I was finally able to let the breeze fly through the house with wide open windows. At this moment Fall was finally in the air at the Robins Nest!

Franco woke up from his nap all refreshed and we enjoyed our delicious snack together.



Pumpkin Cinnamon Apple Zucchini Bread

Recipe type: BakingPrep time:  10 minsCook time:  45 minsTotal time:  55 minsServes: 12 
Ingredients

·         2 eggs
·         2 egg whites
·         ¼ cup sugar
·         ¾ cup canned pumpkin pie
·         ⅓ cup unsweetened apple sauce
·         1 zucchini, peeled and shredded
·         1.5 cup flour
·         1 tsp baking powder
·         1 tsp baking soda
·         2 tsp cinnamon
·         1 tsp vanilla
 
Instructions

1.     Preheat oven to 350F and spray baking pan with cooking spray.
2.     In a bowl using an electric mixer beat together your eggs and egg whites, add in sugar and mix well.
3.     Beat in pumpkin, apple sauce, shredded zucchini and vanilla.
4.     Stir in flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Mix well.
5.     Scoop batter into baking pan.
6.    
Bake in oven for approx. 45 minutes, let cool and serve.


This recipe is easy and keeps your house smelling great for the rest of the day! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did!



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Crush an Anxiety Attack in Five Minutes

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Anxiety is nasty. 

It is an unpleasant feeling, and it holds us back from doing things that we love. That doesn’t mean we are doomed. There are many ways to help reduce anxiety— it all depends on what fits our lifestyle. 


And although anxiety may seem inevitable, we can certainly maintain it. 

Here is a quick five minute ritual to help collect your thoughts and get your breathing under control. This has helped me in times of chaos with limited resources.

1. Find a quiet place with low light. Turn your phone on silent and put it away out of your sight.
2. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing— breathe in for 4 seconds hold it for 7 seconds and exhale for 7 seconds. 
3. Put your hand on your abdomen, feel your belly filling up with air and emptying when you exhale.
4. Tell yourself that this moment will not last and everything will go back to normal shortly.
5. Say out loud: “This wave will pass, I will breathe again”.


Repeat for five minutes.

I hope this exercise helps you during a panic/anxiety attack or even before an exam or presentation. It is even helpful if you include it in your daily routine to manage your breathing. 


Keep calm and breathe on!





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Biggie Birthday

Franco is coming up on two and a half years old and I cannot believe I have not shown you pictures from when we had his second birthday! I’ve been meaning to post about it but time sure has slipped away.
I figured this would be my last year of being able to pick the theme for him. Next year I am sure he is going to want to decide what he wants (dinosaurs, trucks, Minions, maybe all three?!) but for now, this mama bird chose one of her favorite things- the Notorious B.I.G.! 
We didn’t go all out and have a huge party, but we decided to have a few friends over for cupcakes and it gave me the opportunity to do what I love, decorate! 











A huge shout out to my good friend for making these cupcakes, the toppers were a hit!




It is not a party without a custom Snapchat filter!


The the next day, our morning consisted of breakfast and some light reading from The Little Homie

I cannot wait to see what next year brings! 





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Sugar Smart Box Review

Summer sure has been flying by especially with a toddler! Here at the Robins Nest we all have something planned each weekend and I love it!. Yes we are always busy but when I look back on this summer I am going to have so many memories it just makes my heart so full!

Busy weekends going on mini vacations or day trips to the lake had me worried that I would be eating junk this summer, but I made a promise to myself this late spring to stay healthy and walk everyday and it sure has paid off. This Mama bird has successfully lost 20 pounds! Now it has not been easy, but it sure has been making my summer days a lot more energized and fun. Being able to chase Franco around Sesame Place last weekend was a lot easier than it would have a few months ago that's for sure!

When trying to eat healthy, finding snacks can be hard but I came across Sugar Smart Box  at the perfect time. Sugar Smart Box is a subscription box that provides unique and artisan snacks that are low in sugar and low carb. You receive 7 full size snacks and they all have less than 5 grams of sugar per serving.

I have such a sweet tooth so I went directly for cookies and cakes. My husband beat me to the jerky and pistachios but we could not believe how good everything was. These snacks are great for on the go and obviously great for the whole family. It came during the perfect time because we were heading on a mini road trip to Pennsylvania and it was the best go to snacks in the car. Franco chugged the Cucumber Mint flavored water!

Subscription box consisted of snacks from Eat Me Guilt Free, Just the Cheese, Flow Alkaline Spring Water, EPIC Provisions, Good Dee's Low Carb Mix's Eat Fat Snax and Gilded Nut



Sugar Smart Box offers two subscription options for you:
For $29.95 the Sugar Smart Mini Box gives you 5-7 low sugar, low carb snacks each month plus exclusive coupon codes.
For $39.95 the Sugar Smart Box Subscription give you 8+ snacks each month and access to a Registered dietitian led Facebook group.

If I got your full attention now, be sure to check out Sugar Smart Box and use code SMARTFRIEND15 for 15% off your first box!

Now get snacking and tell me what you think, enjoy!



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Girls Weekend Getaway

Hello there! my goodness, where has the time gone? Summer is in full effect over at the Robins Nest and I wanted to stop by to not only say hello, but I had to share with you with the girls weekend I had with my friends.

This Mama Bird needed a break and this little weekend get away was perfect! Over the past few years AirBnB has become my best friend this year it has not let me down. We stayed at a renovated 150 year old, Dutch built post and beam building in the Adirondacks located on 60 acres of beautiful land.












Our weekend included ALOT OF relaxing by the pool, but we also got to hike on of the trails near by, eat, drink, play board games, pamper ourselves s and go to brunch. It was a jammed packed weekend but exactly what we all needed. 


The Adirondacks sure are a beautiful place, I am always in a New York state of mind. 

I finally got to try The Impossible Burger! A delicious alternative to meat and is known at the ‘meatless bleeding burger’.


These shooters are called the ‘Brunchkin’ 
Jameson and Butterscotch Schnapps, Orange juice, and last a yummy piece of Bacon!

Check out these awesome swag bags that were made for our Girls Weekend!



This giant pool was gloorrrioousss!


Although, our girls weekend was amazing and well deserved, this mama bird miss her baby bird and could not wait to see him! He gave me so many kisses when I came home and I devoured every one!

He missed me so much he even helped me unpack 😉. 


Hope you are all enjoying your summer! 



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JORD Wood Style Watch for my Lumber Jack Valentine



I never know what to get my husband for Valentine's Day. We don't always do gifts, but this year I found the perfect gift for him. When I saw JORD watches I knew hubby had to have one. I am terrible because I couldn't wait until Valentine's Day to give it to him. The wood style watch is what caught my eye. My husband has been into target shooting and hunting outside so I thought the wood band would be perfect for his masculine style. (Mostly because of his Lumber Jack beard!) The sleek and cozy style is perfect for my husband, especially since he is so picky with watches. The wood style watch is so light he does not even know it is on! He is able to carry and hold his rifle comfortably and still be on time for our Valentine's day dinner ;-)



Gifts are not a big deal between my husband and I, but when thought and effort is put into something, it is so appreciated. I strive to make my husband happy and have a healthy loving relationship. Ever since we had our son almost two years ago, we lost touch of our close marriage. I never want to lose that and simple gifts are reminders of that. Seeing my husband's eyes light up and the surprise look on his face fully did it for me. He is such a an amazing father, husband and best friend and he needs to know that. He does so much for me and supports me, I must do the same in return.



What are you getting your loved one for Valentine's Day? If you are still not sure be sure to join my giveaway. I have teamed up with JORD Watches to give one lucky winner $100 off one of their gorgeous Wood Style Watches.

Also, just for entering you will receive 10% off any purchase you make. Follow the link below:


The Giveaway ends on February 11, 2018 and the 10% code is good until February 25, 2018.


Good luck and Happy Valentine's Day!





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