The Importance of Great Sleep Habits for Health and Wellbeing

The Importance of Great Sleep Habits for Health and Wellbeing

I’d like to introduce you all to Elly McGuinness.  Elly has written extensively in the health and wellness field and she is passionate about sharing her love for building healthy habits every day!  I’m excited that she agreed to pop over here to the Reflecting Beautiful Blog and give us some great insight on how to build and maintain healthy sleep habits.  Thanks for sharing, Elly!

The Importance of Great Sleep Habits for Health and Well-being

Sleep is an area that is often overlooked when it comes to improving health and well-being. Many people focus solely on nutrition and exercise, without fully appreciating the benefits of regular, good quality sleep. Pressures and habits of modern society often result in people choosing to fit more into their day. This can mean less sleep time, which can have a whole host of consequences. Continue reading →

Funtastic Friday 137

Funtastic Friday 137

Thanks for stopping by to check out this week’s Funtastic Friday link up!  We’d love to have you share your blogs with us!  This summer has been busy with work, but I’m excited for an upcoming change in my job position that will hopefully free me up to focus on the blog a little more!  The next few weeks will be packed with family and friends visiting, and a wedding to attend.  And then summer is ending…!

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Welcome to Funtastic Friday 137!  We’re still looking for bloggers to help us host Funtastic Friday. If you’re interested, please contact any of our hosts. Continue reading →

How to Rock Your Own Cold-Brew Coffee

For the Love of Coffee

It’s no secret.  I’m a coffeeholic.  I love my morning cup of joe with a passion amounting to ridiculousness.  My husband knows that the surest way to get me out of bed is to tell me that there is a fresh cup of coffee on the counter or a fresh pot brewing.  Some mornings, he’s nice enough to bring it to me while I’m still in bed, just to get me to wake up. Continue reading →

10+ Can’t-Miss Fourth of July Celebration Ideas

It’s almost the Fourth of July!  Can you believe it?  This year is half-way over already…wow!   Has 2017 just flown by so far or what?  Or maybe it’s just me.

Anyway, every Holiday comes with so many fun ideas.  Here are some of my favorites for the Fourth of July!  Check them out and let me know which ones are your favorites!

Can't-Miss Fourth of July Celebration Ideas

I love the Fourth of July.  It’s an all-American Holiday, but my favorite part of it is that it’s in the summer!  BBQ-ing and fireworks, fruit salad, potato salad, family time, swimming and splashing in the pool or river, parades…such an amazing way to spend a day! Continue reading →

Funtastic Friday 132


Funtastic Friday 132 Link Party

Welcome to Funtastic Friday!  I’m loving the Red, White, and Blue posts being shared.  Next week, I’m planning a fun Fourth of July feature post, so be sure to share your patriotic favorites so I can choose my favorites from among them!

This summer, I’ve been upping my probiotic intake by making kefir and kombucha.  Do you make your own fermented foods?  I’d love to see more posts about the benefits of fermentation.   Continue reading →

Funtastic Friday 130

Funtastic Friday 130 Link Party

Welcome to Funtastic Friday 130!  I can’t believe summer is already starting…it seemings like it was just January!  Do you have a favorite summer vacation activity?  What would you include in a summer bucket list?

We’re also looking for bloggers to help us host Funtastic Friday. If you’re interested, please get in touch with any of the party hosts. Continue reading →

How to Make Yogurt from Raw Cow’s Milk

Making Yogurt

You say you make your own yogurt, and people look at you like you’ve reached a whole new level of crunchy weirdness.  It’s okay…I make my own kombucha too, and that gets a whole other range of weird looks!

I’ve made yogurt quite a bit over the past few years, and it’s actually really easy.  However, I’ve never used raw milk before.  Since moving down to Boise, we’ve been able to get raw milk really easily, and last weekend I had an extra half gallon.  Of course, I decided to make yogurt out of it!   Continue reading →

Reflections: Be Present and Thoughtful

Take Time to Be Present

The past few weeks have been so challenging and busy for us…Just when you think life is going to slow down a little and you might be able to catch up – things take off at super speed!  Yikes!!  In just the past two weeks, we’ve done some major upkeep projects on our home in Pendleton, my hubby has built a set of custom cabinets for one of our landlord’s rentals (he’ll be painting and installing them soon!), I’ve taken on major design and marketing work at my job, and we are both working full time.   Continue reading →

Happy Mother’s Day Cards

It’s Almost Mother’s Day!

Mother’s Day is almost here!  In honor of Moms everywhere, I wanted to share some of the cards I created for Mother’s Day.  It’s only been a couple of weeks since I was able to get my new crafting space set up and functional here in Boise, so of course, the first few cards I made were Mother’s Day cards!

When making unique, beautiful cards, I’ve come to realize that the most important element is texture.  Texture is what makes each card special.  I use a variety of effects to achieve a fun and attractive texture element.  For the card on the left above, I started out by spritzing color onto the card body, and for the one on the right, I rubbed the color directly on with the stamp pad.  Then I chose an accent for each card, and built the rest of the elements to complement the accent. Continue reading →