wednesday white stripes

Always love classic white with stripes.  Like this cute California ranch redo bathed in crisp whites with  a dash of stripes on the side.

stripes

And this fun striped hoodie for $19 is great for transitioning from summer to fall or winter to spring.

hoodie

I’m trying to stick to a mostly protein/veggie diet to get back into shape and it’s killing me.  Nobody mention the word sugar and everything will be okay.

Happy Wednesday!

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simple + pretty

A beautifully designed home you must see and some encouraging words to get your week off to a great start.

simple and pretty rita chan

monday thought

Starting back with my college ballet class this morning, so excited to get back in shape after being a lounge lizard the past few weeks.  Today will be tough, but I’m going to power through it!

Yesterday while prepping our Sunday lunch, I taught one of my kids how to hem a hole in her knit shirt and another how to peel an egg by using a spoon…oddly, this happened at the same time.  These guys are really growing up, so I’m soaking up every moment I can.  It’s the little things in life that make me smile.

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7 ways to successfully manage stress

Earlier this week I wrote a part one post on managing stress and shared a daily checklist.  Today I’m sharing the ways I like to manage stress.  I’ve noticed that we all deal with stress differently – some quietly internalize while others pop like a firecracker then regroup quickly.  Some of us talk it out, while others need to go run 5 miles, jump on a bike, or take a kick boxing class.  Some of us drive straight to Krispy Kreme donuts and never look back (ahem).  We all process stress differently.  I even see this with my kids – each one of them has a different tolerance level for stress and different set of coping skills (which are still developing).  No matter your age, lifestyle, or responsibilities, dealing with stress is a part of  day to day life.  Below are 7 helpful tactics I’ve developed in managing stress – in no particular order.  I’m not counting the donuts.  Here we go!

7 Ways I Manage Stress

1.  Step outside and breathe in nature.  When I’m feeling anxious, worried, or stressed about something, one thing I love to do is step outside for an instant “reset” button.  I make sure to leave electronics behind and just take a few minutes to breathe and watch nature.  I inhale the outdoor air and exhale, while imagining that stress, control, anxiety, etc.  is escaping my body on every breath out.  Many times I’ll look for birds and watch them fluttering about – you can always find a busy bird anywhere outside.  I find that 20 minutes of breathing in nature does wonders.  A glassy moment on the bay a few weeks ago.

howard bay house

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wonderful white work space

Whenever school starts back, I’m all about re-organizing our home in an efficient and stylish way.  It really helps the overall functioning of our schedules when our space is more orderly and streamlined.  One of my long term goals has always been to create a white work space in our home.  To me, white gives a sense of neutrality, organization, endless possibilities, and a clutter-free aesthetic.  That being said, a great work space doesn’t have to be an entire room pimped out as a “home office” – it can be as simple as a styled section in a room with nice lighting and well-planned storage. It can also be a closet converted to a desk and shelves, a table in a low traffic room, or even a desk in your bedroom.

A few of my inspiring white work spaces:

white workspace

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