Saturdaze: February '17 Update

Despite February being the shortest month, it actually moved slowly. We were just incredibly busy. Every day felt like there was something new to do. Of course the highlight of the month was our trip down to Texas.

In February, I…
Watched: Some random season of Friends and finished Friday Night Lights.

Wore: Shorts and sundresses. And not just in Texas! It's been 60s and 70s in Kansas City!

Heard: Matt and Doree's Egg-celent Adventure.

Read: I finally, finally finished rereading the Harry Potter series! I followed that up with Lauren Grahams's Talking As Fast As I Can and started What Remains by Carole Radziwill.

Traveled: Alamo, TX. Read and see more about that here.

Saw: Hidden Figures (Amazing!) and Fifty Shades Darker. We also saw Jeff Dunham live at the Spring Center with some friends.

As always, thank you for reading! XO-

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Friday Finds: Amazon Pilot Season

Happy Friday Friends!

Did you know Amazon has a pilot season? I didn't!

Despite it's similarities to Netflix and Hulu with original content, there is one very specific difference; Pilot Season. This time, they released 5 pilots. For a limited time, these pilots are available to watch. Once watched, the viewer can vote and help choose which shows Amazon will pick up and take to series. I'll admit I've only watched one of the pilots, but in my mind it was the only one worth watching.

I have openly admitted several times here that I love Gilmore Girls. It is definitely one of my favorite shows of all time. The wonderful creator behind Gilmore Girls, Amy Sherman-Palladino, is the creator behind one of Amazon's new pilots, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. I cannot recommend it enough! Every minute of it was pure genius. I truly can't remember the last time a pilot was this good. If it doesn't get picked up to series, I will be very disappointed.

Here are some of my favorite finds this week!

The new TV show pilot you will LOVE!

This match-up with be true Hollywood Comedy Royalty.

159 years strong at Iowa State University.

Places to check out in KC for March Madness.

The most popular Millennial Brand this year.

Twilight reimagined.

I'd love to know what you thought about The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, as well as any other Amazon pilots you think are worth checking out.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Friday Finds: It's Dark in the Morning Again… and Friday Finds: New Work Out Experiences

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Set Your Intention: Embrace Your Inner Child

The intention for this week sprouted from something rather embarrassing: I discovered Girl Meets World on Netflix and have been binging it.

If you were a child on the 90s like myself, odds are you loved Boy Meets World. I loved watching Cory, Shawn, and Topanga and all of their friends grow up. As a kid, I did my best not to miss a single episode when it aired on TGIF on ABC.  It brought me a lot of comfort when networks started to air old episodes in syndication. And in 2014, when they announced Girl Meets World coming to Disney Channel, I was very excited. So a few days ago, when I saw the series was on Netflix, I immediately hit play.

Yes, the show is corny, fairly unrealistic, and quirky, but I can't help it! I'm hooked. I love seeing some of my old favorite childhood characters back on television. Plus, they do a fantastic job of poking fun at the original show, like obscure it was for Cory, Shawn, and Topanga to have Mr. Feeny as their teacher every year.

But what this show has done for me this week was inspirational. I enjoyed time traveling back to my childhood and watching my some favorite characters again. This show is simple, easy, and light ,just like childhood. There are many times in life where I crave those qualities, praying they would find their way back into my life. Unfortunately, as an adult, like can't always be simple, easy, and light; but there are time when it can be. So my intention of "embracing my inner child", means finding those moments, capturing them, and enjoying what they have to offer, because they will leave all too quickly.

"Your inner child gets it all, believes it all, hopes for it all, and is the only guardian worthy of your heart. That child knows that life - which runs on love and feasts on creativity - is on your side and that the Universe conspires with you, not against you, to help you spread that wild, crazy, messy love thought your own story."

To accompany this intention, I have a playlist inspired by my childhood; all Disney songs! Enjoy! Playlist below.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Set Your Intention: Slow Down and Set Your Intention: Perspective 

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Spring '17 Bucket List

Spring is finally here!

Gone are the chilly winter evenings, dirty snow and slush covering the streets, and potential ice storms! Granted this past Kansas City winter was minimal, I am still happy to smell the fresh spring air.

When we moved into our new house the leaves had already fallen off the of branches and covered our dirt filled backyard. So while you will see below that one of my goals this season is to seed and clean up the yard, I am very much looking forward to seeing our trees full and green!

To get spring off to a great start, I have created a Spring Bucket List. I'm hoping to get everything crossed off by June 20th , the last day of spring! 

Visit my local Farmer's Market

Clean up and seed our backyard

Finally visit the Nelson Atkins Museum

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Read 5 books (then recap them for you!)

Add some floral pieces to my wardrobe

Take Dakota to a local dog park.

Attend 3 yoga classes a week

Reveal my EXCITING BLOG NEWS!

I am so excited to get this season started! There is so much going on and so much to look forward too! In addition to the pending foliage, and my bucket list, we are just so busy this spring. Between weddings, graduations, and babies, there is also a lot of travel in our immediate future too.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Friday Finds: It's Dark in the Morning Again…

Happy Friday and Happy St. Patrick's Day friends!

I love the daylight and I love the sunshine. Most importantly, I love waking up to the sun shinning through my bedroom windows. In fact, I firmly believe that if the sun hasn't risen, I shouldn't be awake. This can make winter rather difficult with the shorter days, especially on days when I teach a 6am yoga class.

Finally, a couple of weeks ago, the sun was up and bright before 7am! And then of course, Day Light Savings time happened and the mornings are now dark again. Now, just when I've gotten used to some early morning sunshine, I have to wait for it to come back… again.

Here are some of my favorite finds this week!

I remember when this happened and I still love it!

Hilarious and hopefully doesn't actually happen.

I've been loving avocado toast recently, so I'll have to give these a try too.

Loving this bracelet.

Adding these movies to my watch list.

Might have to drive up to Des Moines for this!

Don Draper: The creative genius.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Set Your Intention: Moving Forward

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For this week, my intention was moving forward. There wasn't anything personal that has happened to me to inspire this intention. Rather I let my intention come from my C2 sequence for the week. In this C2, I have my students entire several more advance poses, including Warrior III, handstand, and Revolved Triangle.

It is very easy to get caught up in one particular pose, espeically when it is not successful. SO I wanted to encourage my students to let what has happened go. In their 60 minute class, but also off the mat.

"Today, remember to keep walking forward. Your will be met with many obstacles in life but always know you are capable of great things. Keep going on your own path. It's up to you to keep on walking..."

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, you will also like Set Your Intention: Celebrate! and Set Your Intention: Slow Down

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Set Your Intention: Celebrate!

This week's intention was initially chosen for CorePower Yoga at Hawthorne Plaza's One Year anniversary party. (Which, by the way, was absolutely amazing! Thank you to all those who came!) I was teaching the C1 class for that evening and wanted the intention to reflect the theme of the night; so I chose "To Celebrate".

This theme obviously fit well for the evening, but I liked it so much and got such a positive response, I decided to carry it through the rest of the week. I began by encouraging my students to celebrate big accomplishments, small accomplishments, really anything they want. I encouraged them to celebrate this moment, this class; to be proud of themselves for even making it to class that day. 

I included the playlist I used for all of my classes this week below. I know I typically don't do that, but I got so many compliments on this playlist! Plus it is very in theme. I truly had a great time putting together this playlist and researching great celebration and victory songs.

"Happiness is letting go of what you think your life is supposed to look like and celebrating it for everything that it is. Celebrate every tiny victory. "

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Neutral Color Block

Top: Lulu's | Shoes: Old Pink and Pepper (similar here and here)| Belt: Asos | Watch: Old Tommy Hilfiger (similar here and here) | Necklace: Kendra Scott | Nail Polish: Sinful Colors (Pin Up Pink) c/o Influenster

Kansas City weather has been a fickle little vixen recently. One day it's hot, next day it's cold, the following day we have a tornado warning! This can make dressing for the weather very difficult. It's not quite time to abandon sweaters, but I also have my shorts well within reach. So the combination of the miniskirt with three-quarter length sleeves makes this Lulu's dress perfect for any day.

My story behind this dress is actually a cute one. I had pinned this dress randomly on my Pinterest Board months before I saw it on Lulu's! So when it popped up on the website while browsing, I knew I had to add it to my closet. I styled it with this gorgeous hard gold belt with a detail chain on the back, easy beige booties, and a dainty Kendra Scott necklace. But the beauty behind this dress is I can style it for the warm summer days by adding a sandal or ballet flat or for the cooler spring evenings by adding my brown leather jacket. So much versatility! I just love this dress!

To my Kansas City readers, hope everyone was safe last night! And in the mean time enjoy this wonderful weather. This city has proven that it can come and go at the drop of a hat!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Friday Finds: New Work Out Experiences

Happy Friday Friends!

In the past seven days, I have tried two new types of workouts. The first was checking out the new CycleBar that has opened in Leawood, Kansas. I had been hearing so much about this place from coworkers, I had to give it a try. This was my first time trying a cycle class and it kicked my butt! But I highly recommend it. It was a great workout and I am excited to go back.

The other was Yoga Sculpt at CorePower Yoga. Yes, I am ashamed to say that it took me this long to attend one of those classes, but the truth is, I hate weights! So, basically, I was a little scared to try the class. But I am so happy I finally experienced it and I really enjoyed the class.

Here are some of my favorite finds this week!

My new favorite nail color!

Been obsessed with the first two episodes of this show. Can't believe I haven't read the book yet!

This is just funny.

Love this dress! May have to get it for a wedding later this year.

How would you answer these questions?

#MarriedTweets

I need to visit all of these places!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Set Your Intention: Slow Down

My intention for this week, to slow down, sprouted from a moment on Sunday afternoon. My husband and I were hanging photos and art in our living room. Despite having nothing else to do that day, I felt the need to rush through this task. I was putting a lot of pressure on myself to get this done quickly to move onto… nothing. We had nothing else to do that day.

Once I realized, what I was doing, I had this moment of shock. I didn't gain anything from rushing this process.  In fact, this was a task that required time and patience. As Steve put it, "once their up, that's where they're staying", so I should have been taking my time!

But my shock didn't just revolve around hanging photos. I made me realize how many things in life I try to rush through for no reason. It seemed so unnecessary! Rushing through cooking, cleaning, phone calls, driving, for no reason other than to move onto the next task that I would inevitably rush through as well!

I felt inspired and determined to slow down, to be in the moment, and to most importantly, not rush what doesn't need to be rushed. So in my yoga classes this past week, we slowed it down. We took our time to hold each post before our slow transition to the next. But beyond this week, I truly want to extend this intention through the rest of my life.

Editors Note: Tonight at CorePower Yoga on Hawthorne Plaza's one year anniversary celebration! For those of you who live in the Kansas City area stop by this evening for a free class of yoga in celebration!
4:30 - Hot Power Fusion
5:30 - C1 - I'm Teaching!
6:00 - C2 - Glow Flow
7:00 - Yoga Sculpt

As always, thank you for reading! XO-

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Alamo, TX: KS X TX

A couple of weeks ago, Steve and I took a weekend trip down to Alamo, TX to visit his grandparents. Steve's parents we're also in town for the weekend as well, so it was a lovely weekend filled with family and laughter.

Even though we we're only there for a quick trip, we spent the majority of the time being lazy, sitting outside and enjoying the wonderful heat. I couldn't believe I was able to wear a bikini and sit by a pool in the middle of February! And I drove a golf cart for the first time!

Texas became our 8th and final state in a span on 1 year! Our travel board has really grown!

As always, thank you for reading! XO-

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Set Your Intention: Listen to Your Heart and Soul

I am a classic over-thinker. I analyze, dissect, and run though every possible outcome before making a decision. My husband, who knows this about me, will always remind me of this faithful phrase, "Everything will work out in the end". While I typically respond with my usual doubt, I know what he says is true. Things always have a way of working themselves out in the end.

 

The thing is, in my heart and my soul, I always know what I should do, what I want to do. But my mind rattles off everything from other options to worst case scenario. As a result, I end up scared, paranoid, and mentally exhausted. To combat this, I am doing my best to follow my instincts when it comes to my decisions. My heart and my soul know what is best for me, I just need to start listening.

"The soul always knows what to do to heal itself. The challenge is to silence the mind." - Caroline Myss

Friday Finds: Looks like Instagram wants to be Facebook when it grows up

Happy Friday Friends! 

Here are some of my favorite finds this week!

Looks like Instagram wants to be Facebook when it grows up.

My favorite youtubers answered my question on their channel! (Got to 8:29)

The best video I've seen this week.

My new favorite shampoo and conditioner.

My new favorite game.

These two women are so cool!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

 

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Set Your Intention: Empathy

For this week, my intention was Empathy. The importance of empathy, but also the difficulty of empathy.

Empathy does not need to end with a solution. To sit next to a friend and remind them of the positive, is actually sympathy. Therefore, empathy is extremely difficult. We want to help our friend feel better, but to really empathize, we must allow them to feel their grief and their pain. We must acknowledge the bad situation for what it is.

Empathy requires you to step into another person's mind, to see things from their perspective, and to understand their pain.

"Empathy has no script. There is no right way or wrong way to do it. It's simply listening, holding space, withholding judgement, emotionally connecting, and communicating that incredibly healing message of , 'You are not alone'."

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Friday Finds

Happy Friday Friends! 

Here are some of my favorite finds this week!

Words to avoid.

There is something wrong with this advertisement

Getting out of a rut.

Start Wars VIII has a title!

Mix and Matching Patterns

Love how colorful this space has been designed.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Set Your Intention: Perspective

This week, my intention was Perspective.

My reason for choosing this as my intention was two-fold.  First, to encourage the reminder that everyone in this world is on their own journey, has had their own experiences and as a result has their own personal perspective of the world. Assumption and lack of communication are true killers, We all perceive the world differently. We've all lived different lives and as a result, we have different values. It is essential to understand that before getting mad at someone for not believing what you believe.

Second, I needed the personal reminder to not sweat the small things in life. I am a very anxious person. The smallest thing can send my day into a downward spiral and it is just unpleasant. It can be a struggle, but I am trying to keep my perspective and question how this small blip will effect my future. More often than not, it wouldn't change a thing.

"Live by the 5 by 5 rule. If it's not going to matter in 5 years, don't spend more than 5 minutes upset about it."

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Friday Finds

Happy Friday Friends! 

Here are some of my favorite finds this week!

Some of the top ads this week (my favorite is #6)

How to properly prioritize

I mean, coffee is important…

Target has the best décor!

So excited for the 2017 fashion

This Is Us has two more seasons lined up!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Set Your Intention: Second Chances

Welcome to Set Your Intention, a new series on Kaleidoscope Spinning. In this series, I will be discussing my Yoga Intention for the past week.

This week, my intention was second chances.

This intention was inspired by the few days following the New Year. On Jan.1 many people wake up with their resolutions on the mind. But unfortunately, and usually unintentionally, people drop their resolution far too quickly. But the thing I believe many people forget is it's perfectly okay to try again. There is nothing wrong with picking up a dropped resolution in April, June, or November. You don't need a "new year" to create a "new me". You need determination, a positive attitude, and the willingness to fail and try again.

So take a second chance on yourself. It will be worth it in the end.

"Life always offers you a second chance. It's called tomorrow."