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."

Friday Finds: Happy November

Happy Friday and Happy November everyone!

Below are some of my favorite finds this week!

108 years of waiting over!

Where our favorite Disney Channel Stars are now.

Taylor Swift borrowed her Halloween costume from Ryan Reynolds.

My new favorite song.

A gorgeous dress for this winter.

The Hamilton Mixtape is coming!

Hope everyone had a wonderful Halloween filled with pumpkins and candy!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Our Travel Board

Several years ago, I began a travel board as a way to document our travels over the years. So far, we have traveled to 13 states. The majority of the photos documenting the first time we had been there together. I love the idea of watching ourselves get older as we explore more of the country and add photos to the board. Our goal, of course, is to hit all 50 states, including D.C.

It is definitely one of our favorite pieces we have in our home and it gets a lot of comments from family and friends. Below is the step by step process to make your own! Trust me, it's easier than you think!

The supplies you will need:

  • A Bulletin Board
  • A Map
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Brush
  • Rubber Cement
  • Pencil
  • Tissue Paper
  • Glue stick
  • Cardstock paper
  • Pushpins
  • Pictures!

Ed Note: Make sure to take opportunity to measure the states before you print photos. States like Texas and California are likely to require a larger photo printed.

1) Cut out the map.

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2) Paint the bulletin board. Let it dry. I chose black for a neutral background.

3) Use the rubber cement to glue the cut out map to the board.

4) Use the tissue paper to trace out the state. Cut it out.

5) Glue the picture to the cardstock paper to make it thicker. Once dry, cut out the picture.

Position the tissue paper state cutout on the photo. Tape it down. Cut around the tissue paper. This will ensure your photo is the same size as the state.

6) Position the tissue paper state cutout on the photo. Tape it down. Cut around the tissue paper. This will ensure your photo is the same size as the state.

7) Glue push pins to the back of the state. {We also like to write down where we were exactly in the state and the date.)

8) Push the pins into the map and you're done!

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I hope you take the time to try out this DIY! It's an ongoing project that inspires Steve and I to travel and explore!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Friday Finds: Sweater Weather

Normally, the closing of October means a beautiful chill in the air, colorful leaves floating down to the grass, and embracing the warmth of a sweater. But not this year. Kansas City weather has been playing a fickle dance with us. Cooler one day, hot the next. It makes me ache for consistency; and in this case, consistence sweater weather. 

Below are come of my favorite finds this week.

 The best new shopping app for your computer.

Finally, Hufflepuffs get some recognition.

You've never seen succulents like this before.

Completely obsessed with these rose gold shoes.

21st Century Wedding Etiquette.

A baby camel in the Chicago Zoo got the cutest name!

Perhaps, November will will allow me to bust out my stack of colorful sweaters.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Home Envy: Sutton Foster's Dressing Room

Today, I am introducing a new series to Kaleidoscope Spinning: Home Envy. Here, we will take a look at the interiors of beautiful homes. First up Sutton Foster's Dressing Room.

Okay, so I know it's not officially a home, but as the article reminds us, a dressing room can be the second home for an accomplished actress/singer/dancer.  The beauty of this space is bright and colorful decor, mixed in with the practicality of the furniture. 

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Isn't it all gorgeous! Give me inspiration for my own living room.

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Fall Shoe Favorites

I get so excited when it's time to bust out my fall shoe collection! So I decided to share my current favorites for this beautiful season!

1. Nude Pumps These are the classic nude shoe with a twist! There the perfect dress shoe to transition from summer to fall. I wear them every chance I get.

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BCBGeneration Charia Pump

2. Plaid Pumps I clutched these shoes the moment I saw them in the store. I just envisioned wearing them every day in October/November. They're off to a great start!

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BCBGeneration Gaminkha Plaid Pump

3. Leopard Ballet Flats You may remember from my Summer Shoe Favorites that I love ballet flats. So of course, I have some for the fall as well. I've had these leopard shoes for some time now and they are perfect with so many fall outfits!

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Similar: Women's Ona Scrunch Ballet Flat - Mossimo Supply Co.

4. Faux Suede Booties No fall shoe collection is complete without a pair of booties. I've treasured these for some time now (as you may be able to tell) but they are the best color, fit, style, and bonus: they are crazy comfy!

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Similar: Adrian Western Ankle Boot

5. Knee-High Brown Boots As the fall days go from brisk to freezing, I have my knee-high boots to fall back on. The best part with these boots is I can wear them with jeans, leggings, and dresses in the fall and as we dip into winter.

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G by GUESS Heat Riding Boot (currently 50% off!)

Hope you've enjoyed checking out my favorite shoes buys of the Fall! What are your favorites for this season?

 As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Friday Finds: Pumpkin Patches

Happy Friday! This past Sunday Steve and I went to an adorable pumpkin patch. It's definitely the best one I have been to in a long time. Don't only was there a huge field of pumpkins to pick from, but we also walked though a corn maze, got apple cider to drink, and apple cider doughnuts. So delicious!

The iconic part of this perfect fall day was that is was 80 degrees outside! So much for spending the day in a sweater and boots; we were sweating in summer clothes!

Below are some of my favorite finds this week!

Can you take a compliment?

Target has the best items!

Adorable and inexpensive fall decor.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend premiers tonight!

My new favorite podcast.

Video of the Gilmore Guys Live Show I went to in Boulder.

(You can hear my question at 1:36!)

What is your favoritepart of a pumpkin patch?

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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Boulder, Colorado: KS x CO

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Last month we took a quick road trip out to Boulder, Colorado.  It was an 8 hour drive, but it was completely worth it because we had a wonderful time! The first place we went to was  Pearl Street. It was a long street in the middle of Boulder filled with local shops and boutiques. We had a wonderful time flowing in and out of stores. We followed it up with dinner at a local brewery.

The next day we woke up early to hike the Flatirons. As we got to the top, the views were amazing! But we struggled in the beginning. The altitude definitely got to us very quickly. It was amazing to see locals so casually climb up and down this mountains while Steve and I were panting and chugging water!

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After the hike we took a wonderful, relaxing break. It was just nice to just be completely lazy!

But then that evening, after dinner we went the Gilmore Guys Live Show. I have made it no secret how much I love Gilmore Girls and have mentioned several times how much I love the Gilmore Guys podcasts. So I was thrilled to get to see one of their live shows!

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Not only that but I got to meet them too! I was definitely semi-starstuck to meet my favorite podcasters!

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It was a great trip and I am so happy we were able to make it out there. Colorado was the 5th new states we've visited this year!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

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