How to Indulge in Healthy Ways

How to Indulge in Healthy Ways

As those of you who visit here regularly know, I frequently post about my clean eating journeys, and also about how important it is to me for my kids to eat wholesome meals and snacks. Admittedly though, we fall off the wagon (and often) – both in terms of choosing healthy foods and when it comes to making health conscious lifestyle choices in general. Thankfully, after paying closer attention to when and why these hiccups occur, I’ve discovered a pattern to this act of getting lazy and giving in, and it’s always when we’ve been depriving ourselves of indulgences. I’ve learned that by allowing ourselves some (much deserved!) indulgences – but in ways that are good for us – we’re more likely to stick to healthy routines.

1. Watch a silly movie or television show. I wish I could say my kids had no interest in screen time,  but they do. Big time. I try to limit it and mainly allow only educational shows, but it seems like when I’m being especially stringent about it, they ask for those silly shows more and more. By allowing them to watch those not-so-educational programs now and them, they seem to ask for them less and stick more to the shows where they’re learning (or even better, no screen time at all) the rest of the time. The same applies to my husband and myself. We have very little time to watch movies or Netflix together, and when we do we tend to stick to documentaries or more serious shows. But I find myself craving entertainment that is less heavy, and when we watch the occasional “bad tv” or shows that are “dumb” but make us laugh, I notice myself actually feeling less stressed. Sometimes not thinking and just enjoying some light entertainment for a little while can make a positive impact on our overall mental health.

2. Take baths. Before I had kids, I took baths all the time. I mean all the time. Now I’m lucky if I have time to take a 5 minute shower. Baths may take more time, but they’re easy ways to treat yourself, and they’re good for you. I feel so much more relaxed – physically and mentally – after I take even just a short bath. My kids love them too! They look at them as fun water play time (where they just happen to get clean). Baths rule.

3. Eat cookies. Yes, you read that right. The greatest reason for me to fail at clean eating challenges is completely depriving myself from sweets. Along the same lines, my little ones start to obsessively beg for sweet treats when they haven’t been allowed to have them for a while. My solution is to indulge in our current favorite, the original superfood cookie, Sejoyia Coco-Roons. These super delicious, organic, gluten free, vegan, paleo, non-GMO (should I go on?) cookies satisfy our treat cravings without any refined sugar. They’re made with ingredients you can actually pronounce, like yummy coconut and cashews and pure, organic maple syrup, and they provide nutritional value. Oh yeah, and they’re produced with 100% wind power too. My favorite is Lemon Pie (so light and refreshing!), and my kids love Brownie (made from raw, organic cocoa!). We get our Coco-Roons at Walmart, in the gluten-free set. You guys need to try them. They’re genuinely the perfect way to give into treat cravings without the guilt

4. Daydream. You read all the time about how preschools are focusing more on playtime than structured learning these days, and I think the same can apply to adults. My kids are way more likely to sit down and read books or (for my 3.5 year old) practice writing if I give them time to just use their imaginations and play how they want to play the rest of the time. And I notice that when I allow myself to just spend a few minutes closing my eyes and daydreaming, I’m more focused on work and things that need to get done the rest of the time.

5. Focus on moderation. There is something to be said for the expression “everything in moderation.” Give yourself a break, man. If you want to have a ladies night complete with lots of wine now and then, go for it. If you want to eat something unhealthy on occasion, it’s okay.

6. Take an exercise break and just play outside instead. Our family is pretty good at getting regular exercise – my husband is runner, Essley is in dance, gymnastics, and soccer, and I do yoga (and when I’m being good, run or do occasional cardio). I’m admittedly not a natural athlete (or a big fan of exercise, if we’re being honest), and structured workouts get old fast – sometimes to the point where I just stop doing them, for weeks (or even months). I’ve noticed though if I give myself days off from working out (especially when I’m really not feeling it) and just give myself some time outside (to take walks, to chase my kids around, etc.), I feel more motivated to get back to a regular workout routine in general. The same applies to my husband and kids. I firmly believed that outdoor playtime is one of the healthiest indulgences you can give yourself.

How do you allow yourself (and/or your kids) indulgences without falling off the health wagon? Who else is a Coco-Roons fan? (P.S. Take advantage of the $ 0.75 off ibotta offer when you purchase 1 Sejoyia Coco-Roons at Walmart, while supplies last! Also, get an additional $ .50 for redeeming the rebate on 3 different shopping trips! Woohoo!)

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sejoyia, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #CocoRoonsAtWalmart


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Sep 4, Dog Food Nutrients & Nutritional Needs | Best Dog Food Guide

Learn about dog food nutrients. What are the nutritional needs of your furry companion. Can you and your dog share the same meals?
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Happy Labor Day

Happy Labor Day and thanks to all of those who are working this holiday to keep us safe, fed, sheltered, healthy, and clothed. Until next time, Good day, and good dog! Dog Blog

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Thank you for this honest assessment. I am a wolf…

Thank you for this honest assessment. I am a wolfdog rescuer/sanctuary owner and sadly, we are in no position to help with 60 in our sanctuary now.

Education is what will save the true wolfdogs AND keep bad backyard breeders from making money.

I helped in Katrina with Pitties, and I share your pain. Prayers up for the innocents that will loose their lives. – We rescued Karma –

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10 Ways to Directly Help Those Affected By Harvey

10 Ways to Directly Help Those Affected By Harvey

I had a different post scheduled for today but I’m pushing it back, because I can’t just go about things as usual when several of my family members and friends – and many, many thousands of others – who live in Texas are experiencing pretty extreme levels of devastation right now. This blog and the Bubby and Bean social channels have a purpose that is light-hearted. They exist to give our readers and followers a break from “the hard stuff” by focusing on fun topics like design, family, food, and style. But (and I am so grateful for this), we have established a large readership over the years, which means this platform also has the potential to help others. And I want to do that today.

I spent a couple of hours yesterday doing research on what Texas residents really need, what programs will actually help them, and how to avoid scams. And I came up with this list. If you know of other organizations or ways to provide assistance that I am missing, please share in the comments.

1. Donate to GlobalGiving, the largest global crowdfunding community, which is attempting to raise $ 2 million for their Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. This fund will provide relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild. All donations to this fund will exclusively support relief and recovery efforts from this storm.

2. Help animals being affected by the disaster. The Houston Humane Society, SPCA of Texas, and Austin Pets Alive! are all organizing efforts and/or accepting donations.

3. Send baby diapers, wipes, baby clothes, and blankets to The Texas Diaper Bank. (We are sending a box today.) Their address is 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, TX 78238.

4. Donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, which was put into place by Sylvester Turner (Houston’s mayor) and connects donors with a network of nonprofits who are helping those affected.

5. Give blood via the American Red Cross, Carter BloodCare (local) or the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (local).

6. Donate to The LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund, which will be used to help individuals and families rebuild their lives through counseling, case management, direct assistance with food, furniture, housing and more. If you are local, you can also volunteer with them.

7. Supply shelf stable food, diapers, cleaning supplies, or monetary donations to the Houston Food Bank. If you are local, you can volunteer with them as well.

8. Help those with disabilities affected by Harvey by donating to Portlight Inclusive Strategies, which facilitates projects involving people with disabilities, including post-disaster relief work. They have also set up a hotline (800-626-4959) to refer people with disabilities who may be in the affected areas to locate services and resources they may need organization.

9. Donate to the American Red Cross via their website. You can also donate $ 10 just by texting HARVEY to 90999.

10. Choose an organization through Charity Navigator, who rates and identifies worthy charities, and is transparent about which ones donate most or all funding directly to those in need.

Seeing pictures of the disaster caused by Harvey and hearing stories from loved ones experiencing the devastation first hand is heart wrenching, and I am continuing to hold everyone affected in my heart – but that’s not enough. I wish I could pack up my babes and fly down there and do something more than just sending clothes and money, but right now, that is the best I can offer. If you live in Texas and are reading this, we love you and want to help, so if you know of better ways to do so, please let me know. Thank you all for reading and sharing this post.

Background photo in top image via NY Times.


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What I’m Wearing Now: August

Summer to Fall Style Essentials
  1. Linen V-neck Top, H&M  //  2. In the Loop Hoop + Stud Earrings Set, Free People  //  3. Printed Maxi Dress (similar), H&M   //  4. Silver Hoop Earrings Set, H&M  //  5. Love Bird Sunglasses, Free People  //  6. Linen Peasant Top,  J.Crew Factory  //  7Magic Braid Cross Body Bag, Lucky Brand (on clearance!)   //  8. Splash Gabi Sneakers, Minnetonka  //  9. The Perfect Jean Short, Madewell  //  10. Chuck Taylor All Star Low Tops, Converse  //  11.  Morocco Sandals in Brown, Minnetonka

I’m just gonna start off real honest like and say that if you read July’s What I’m Wearing Now post, this month will likely be pretty boring to you. Summertime is winding down, which means I haven’t purchased anything new for the season, and am wearing mainly the same pieces I was last month. And that’s cool – I cling onto summer with my fingertips until the bitter end (and beyond), and have been really loving getting use out of my most summery pieces. I’d be lying if I said they weren’t starting to feel a tiny bit old, but that doesn’t mean I’m even close to ready for sweaters or boots, man.

Lightweight dresses, tees, and cut-offs have once again prevailed – and for that I’m grateful. I’ve continued to wear sandals almost everyday too, but I have started wearing the occasional closed toe shoe – like a new pair of trusty classic Converse Chucks and these beauties from Minnetonka. Short summer dresses as well as maxi dresses from my beloved and oh-so-affordable Knox Rose line from Target have been on regular rotation as well. 

September usually starts to cool off a little here in Chicagoland, and stores are slammed with fall collections now, so we’ll see if next month differs at all in terms of wardrobe around here. But for now, I’m milking summer style for as long as I can.


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As someone who raised a low content wolfdog from a…

As someone who raised a low content wolfdog from a poor backyard breeder, I know the challenges of pups like that. My Shiva was sold to me (then 18) as being mostly wolf. 8 years later I had her DNA tested through embark to go with online phenotyping. She's 25% wolf. The wolf content, plus pretty much being feral when I got her, made for raising a very challenging pup. She spent years terrified of new people, and men especially. She doesn't trust most dogs, is shy and skittish of people, an escape artist, not safe around small animals unattended, except for cats, which she absolutely loves.

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All tied up

This dog was tied up in a Naples street – so we said ‘hello’ to each other.  Hopefully his owner didn’t leave him tied up for too long. 

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Thanks for you comment Wolfmommy. We admire your f…

Thanks for you comment Wolfmommy. We admire your fortitude in the middle of this impossible time period for true WDs. And we'll always be grateful for Karma. She showed us how bad the labeling debacle was getting in the sheltering world.

Oxo – So kind of you to send a donation today. I'll be buying some pups some fishy-good treats in your honor. Thank you!

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Dogs With OCD

Dogs with OCD (or Osteochondrosis) suffer a great deal of pain and mobility issues.
When a dog has OCD, fragments of bone and cartilage become detached from larger bones and end up floating around the area encompassing a dog’s joints. The result is that any movement in the joint where those fragments are located will cause a dog to suffer …
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