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New Year Self-care Jump Start, Day 3

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Good morning, beauty! Today’s little mission for self-care is to make a small corner of your life organized and calming to look at. No need to spend the whole day cleaning house, but tidy up a small corner you use a lot. Clean with loving intention, perhaps meditating on your good fortune at having warmth, shelter, and a place to call home.

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A good, small spot to focus on might be your desk, your bathroom counter, your vanity, or a kitchen cabinet. (That’s my kitchen cabinet above, and you can probably tell from looking at it that, 1. I don’t have a lot of pantry space, and 2. I’m kind of a birth junkie. Yes, that’s a printout of an Alex Grey piece taped to the inside of my cupboard. Makes me happy every time I look at it.)

A tidy space is calming to the psyche, and there is even a school of thought that says living in clutter contributes to overweight. I believe that a calm environment brings a sense of peace and a feeling of competence. How about you? Do you thrive on a bit of chaos or do you need order in your personal space? Let us know in the comments!
Warmly,
Kirsten

Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who loves offering real-world holistic coaching for mamas who want to consciously cultivate big lives that get them totally fired up.  Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and rocks a tiny homeschool in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She believes that connection can change your life.   Read more about her here.

New Year Self-care Jump Start, Day 2

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Good morning, beauty! Your mission for today is to find a pen and paper. Make it a beautiful blank journal or the back of a kid’s scribble. Simple copier paper will do nicely, and so will a blank doc on your phone or computer. Whatever you use, take a few minutes today to reflect on the year we’ve just left.

Today let’s think about the good parts of last year: the brags, the triumphs, the people you loved, the places you went, the small things that made you happy. You might write about:

  • What worked well for you in 2017?
  • What are you proud of?
  • Did you achieve any particular goals or work through any difficult situations in 2017?
  • What brought you bliss in 2017?

In a future journal we’ll talk about goals and strategies for 2018, but for today the idea is that knowing where you come from helps you plan for where you want to be. It’s also an awesome opportunity to count your blessings and pour your gratitude out onto the page. You probably already know that gratitude helps you calm down and notice the good things in your life. Did you also know that keeping stress low and happiness high are directly correlated to longer life and less illness?

So today use your journal (or blank doc, or back of scribble) to write down anything that makes you feel good and happy and proud of your 2017.  And feel free to share a brag or two in the comments!

Warmly,
Kirsten

Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who loves offering real-world holistic coaching for mamas who want to consciously cultivate big lives that get them totally fired up.  Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and rocks a tiny homeschool in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She believes that connection can change your life.   Read more about her here.

Self-care Jump Start, Day 1

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Good morning, beauty! Happy New Year! Welcome to your 30-day Self-care Jump Start. Every day this month I’ll be posting some simple ideas for self-care that will help you get your new year off to a healthy, happy start. Too many of us approach January 1st with a litany of perceived flaws we would like to change: Drop a few dress sizes. Stop(!) eating cake. No more alcohol again, ever. Be less selfish and give more to charity. Stop being lazy and finally train for that marathon. And maybe learn a couple of languages in my spare time. (I don’t know about you, but I have tons of spare time.) There is nothing wrong with a little bit of self-improvement. But my goal with my clients and my aim with myself is to start with nurturing and nourishing the person we are right now, today. Building a foundation of self-love and nurturing daily habits can be a powerful (and pleasurable) springboard for tackling the bigger, longer-range goals and challenges. And it comes from a place of sweetness rather than mean self-judgement so it’s a lot more fun.

The aim of this program is to help you establish some happy, nourishing daily habits, pleasurably and simply.

And now, without further ado…

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NAP.

Chances are you are home from work today. Chances are also good that you stayed up until at least midnight. So take advantage of the cozy home and the sleepy eyes to grab yourself a little snooze. A recent Wall Street Journal article on naps says,

“Sara Mednick, an assistant psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, said the most useful nap depends on what the napper needs.
For a quick boost of alertness, experts say a 10-to-20-minute power nap is adequate for getting back to work in a pinch.
For cognitive memory processing, however, a 60-minute nap may do more good, Dr. Mednick said. Including slow-wave sleep helps with remembering facts, places and faces. The downside: some grogginess upon waking.
Finally, the 90-minute nap will likely involve a full cycle of sleep, which aids creativity and emotional and procedural memory, such as learning how to ride a bike. Waking up after REM sleep usually means a minimal amount of sleep inertia, Dr. Mednick said.
Experts say the ideal time to nap is generally between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Napping later in the day could interfere with nighttime sleep.”You can read the rest of the article here. Perhaps after your cat nap?Again, a very happy New Year to you. We’re off to a happy, healthy start!Warmly,
Kirsten

Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who loves offering real-world holistic coaching for mamas who want to consciously cultivate big lives that get them totally fired up.  Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and rocks a tiny homeschool in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She believes that connection can change your life.   Read more about her here.

Dyeing with Turmeric, or The Day I Got Sick of My Daughter’s Pink Clothes

People, I am so sick and tired of EVERYTHING made for girls being pink. Pink is great. It’s a pretty color. It happens to be my 6 year old son’s favorite color. But, having a one year old daughter,  I am frankly tired of looking at it.

This weekend I was mixing up some Golden Drops and decided to take matters into my own stained yellow hands.  I searched Google for instructions on how to do it right. This one looked good, so away we went!

I started with a pile of clothes that looked like this:

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The instructions I followed suggested I wet my clothes thoroughly and then use white vinegar as my fixing agent. I didn’t have any. I used Apple Cider Vinegar and powdered Turmeric, approximately 3 tablespoons of each.

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I filled a large pot with water, added my ingredients and my wet clothes. I simmered for a couple of hours, stirring occasionally, and then let the whole pot rest while I went out for the day.  It did not smell nice. It did not look delicious.

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But at the end of the day I had some very cute, orangey-yellow clothes for my baby. To finish the process, I washed twice, warm. I threw in a white diaper with each load to determine if the turmeric dye would come off on the rest of the load. IT WILL. The dye continues to shed on other light clothes, so only wash these little golden babies with dark colors or with other turmeric-dyed things.

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I was so excited by these results that I thought I’d experiment with other natural dyes: purple cabbage for grey, blueberries for blue. I thought, OOH! Beets would be beautiful. They turn everything they touch a lovely shade of… Oh yeah: PINK.

How about you? Have you tried working with natural dyes? Comment below!

Warm wishes,

Kirsten

Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is health coach and holistic living expert who loves offering real-world wellness coaching for people who want to beat the blues and build self-esteem using nutrition and holistic lifestyle methods. Her popular online seasonalCraving-control Real Food Detox is for anyone who wants their body to feel and look its best. She also offers holistic skincare and coaching  for anyone who is tired of the beauty hype and is ready to have vibrant health and glowing skin from the inside out.  Kirsten lives happily, works gratefully, home-schools secularly, dances inexpertly, paints badly, cooks traditionally, and nurses on demand in the San Francisco Bay Area. Read more about her here.

 

 

 

It Takes a Village: Online Moms Groups Forming

 

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New Moms’ Online Support Groups are now forming for January 2015.

Motherhood is a job that comes without training, and it often comes without the support that new and even seasoned moms need to really flourish. The demands and fluctuating roles of women and mothers can be so hard to balance. You nurture your partner, your kids, your career, your community. Chances are you are focusing on everyone else first. And then there are all the worries and doubts. Do you worry that you are you a “bad mom” for taking time for yourself? Or feel you are losing yourself in family? Are you having a hard time balancing work and kids? Or a stay at home mom who is all stressed up with nowhere to go?

I can help you learn tools and mindset skills for prioritizing your own wellness, getting closer and more fun relationships with your partner and kids, and getting a handle on your daily routines.

 

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Who: New moms and veteran moms. First-time moms and any mom with kids under 18. We’re all in this together.

When and how: This online mentoring and support group meets on once a week at the time that works best for you.  Thursdays 6:30-8pm or Thursdays 8:30-10pm or Saturdays 8am-10:30am.

Our group will meet for 8 weeks beginning January 22nd. You will need phone, a Gmail account and time set aside to call in each week. That’s it!

What’s included: Every week we will start with a check-in and group share. Then we’ll dive into the week’s topic. These may include:

  • Myths of motherhood
  • Common parenting pitfalls that no one tells you about- and how to avoid them
  • Positive parenting skills
  • Simple mama mindfulness
  • Navigating parenting decisions when your beliefs are different from those of the people around you.
  • Carving out “you” time, and…
  • …nourishing creativity, body, and spirit when you get it.
  • Healthy foods your family will actually eat- without being a slave to your kitchen.
  • Support for your changing hormones, changing status, changing feelings, changing body.

 

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Group cost and details:  $25 a week, paid by the month with a two month commitment.  Group starts on January  22nd 2015 and will run for 8 weeks. There is space for up to 8 participants in each group.

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About your coach: Kirsten Quint Fairbanks is a Certified Health Coach, Certified Holistic Life Coach, and Licensed Holistic Skincare Therapist living and working in Alameda, California. She’s a wife of 10 years, and mom to a homeschooled 1st grader and a home-birthed baby.  She brings additional knowledge from her training as a labor- and postpartum doula, and her in-progress training as a childbirth prep educator. Kirsten’s clients appreciate her warm and non-judgmental approach to helping new moms in particular navigate the sometimes-choppy waters of parenting.

Space is limited to 8. Contact Kirsten to reserve your spot. Let’s build a village together!