Friday, January 10, 2014

Vegan Self-Care Rituals (At Home Frugal Mani-Pedi)

Self-care.

Not a new RawFitMama concept. 

Mani-Pedi evenings are awesome.

And cheap.

Here's my (and Kay's) step-by-step at home guide to mani/pedi fun:


  1. Soak your feet or hands in warm water for 5+ minutes
  2. Remove any old nail polish
  3. Rub sugar scrub on hands and feet, let sit for 5+ minutes, then rinse with warm water (see recipe for scrub below)
  4. Trim and shape nails
  5. Paint nails with a clear base coat, let dry for 5 minutes
  6. Paint nails with color of choice (see vegan options below)
  7. Add second coat if necessary
  8. Wave your  hands in the air like you just don't care. Blow on em. Don't touch shit until they dry.
Vegan Nail Polish Guide:


  • butterLONDON – $15 
  • NCLA – $16 
  • a.dorn – $11 
  • Flower – $4.98 
  • American Apparel – $6 

  • Taking time for yourself is a must. Without it, my feminist soul starts to whither up and die. I don't care if it's my 12 minute mani-pedi or taking 15 minutes to journal, take a hot bubble bath or savor a cup of tea. Just make sure that YOU are on your to do list. 

    Every.

    Single.

    Day.

    If you don't care about nails (toes or hands) then take time to apply makeup if you use it, or give yourself a hand or foot massage. It accomplishes the same thing. Makes you feel pampered and fabulous and is evidence that you took time for you.

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

    A Vegan Girl's Goals

    Goals. 

    We all should have some.

    Seriously.
    It's not about NOT loving yourself the way that you are. It's about having something that you are working towards. It helps give your life a sense of purpose. Of meaning.

    Vegan goals?

    How can I be kinder to the planet? To animals? Can I resurrect my letter writing campaigns (where I write companies to congratulate or harpoon them for their environmental/animal rights practices).

    Lately I've been locked in the house. Freezing snow and rain have made it impossible for me to take Kennedy anywhere safely. It has forced me to look within... start to think about goals.

    Life goals. Health goals. Relationship goals. 

    January is a great time to start goal planning. Just because it's the 9th of the month doesn't mean it's too late to plan. It isn't. Let's do it together. I had to hold off on some of my plans starting because I was finishing the wean for Kennedy's narcotics. Ouch. Talk about goals.

    Having my kid drug free and ALIVE is a huge goal. Exhale
    I am a lover of Sundays. Love em. Always have.  I love to prepare for my week using my "Notes" app on my iphone/ipod and I can easily review or change it. I am also a serious paper person, so I also write my week's goals in my agenda. I use different color pens and markers and then I get super excited. And yes I have two agendas.... one for Kay's business and one for my own.
    By planning my week this way I make sure to "allot" enough time for exercise, art projects, cleaning/clearing clutter projects, family game night, etc. Does it always work out? NO way. I have a kid with special needs and new tendency to feel exhausted, but at least I'm trying and designing my life to include all the things I consider important. 

    List are about feeling encouraged and in control. They are about measuring your progress and feeling. Any January goals?

    Monday, January 6, 2014

    Restoring Health Using Detox (Week 7)

    I am just picking up in my 52 week challenge where I left off. I am not giving up. Just restructuring. Which seems to be a theme in my life as of late.

    It's no secret that I haven't been myself lately. I'm under slept, overwhelmed, and just a bit off. I am working daily on using my routines and self-care guidelines to sometimes put one foot in front of the other.

    If I don't have anything really positive to say, I generally stay away from the blog. I am so used to using it to inspire and motivate, but some of the wonderful emails that I have received lately have me thinking otherwise...
    Kennedy is almost done (2 days) with her narcotics wean. Please pray that it goes well. Her body is so out of balance and out of whack. I am designing an alkaline cleanse for her precious cells. She is NOT happy about what I have in store, but it is necessary for the healthy restoration of her body on a cellular level. We've all done that right? Known that we should eat a certain thing (green smoothie) and avoid another (bagel)???

    I've been thinking about cellular health lately as well. About really getting back to the basics. Starting from scratch. What does that look like? It will sound simple, but I'm talking about supplements, fruits, juices, smoothies, salads. In essence, water, fruit, veggies, and supplements.

    The areas of Kay's health (and my own) that I will be tackling in the 90 day period will include (and be heavily documented):

    1. Her sleeping patterns (when she goes; how long she sleeps; is it restful?)
    2. Water consumed. Her goal will be 64 oz per day
    3. Fruit/veggie consumption. Goal is 8 servings.
    4. Supplements: Vegan omega 3, vegan VitD, probiotics (3xs a day), wholefood green powder, spirulina, sub-lingual B12
    5. Creative expression- daily expressions of art journaling or painting
    6. Body movement- dancing with the radio on for a total of 60 minutes per day. She wants to do a hodge podge of yoga, dance, and weights (her words, not mine)
    7. Increase our raw food consumption BIG TIME. Snack solely on fruit and dehydrated fruits. This is another one of Kennedy's recommendations.
    8. I'll be using pH strips in the morning and evening to monitor.
    Off to finish my second massive green smoothie of the day (find it on my instagram) and rest.

    I haven't slept in forever and I am off to sneak a little nap while watching tv with Kennedy. We have a doc appt at 8 am in -15 degree winds tomorrow.  :(

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

    The Power of a Clean Slate- Happy New Year 2014

    Happy New Year 2014


    My prayer is that this year finds my daughter in extreme health and happiness. My focus for the year is on extreme health, mental clarity, patience and peace.

    Lots of people don't believe in making resolutions...well I do. I love fresh starts. There is power is a clean slate. In forgiving  yourself and starting over. That is what the promise of 2014 means to me.

    I have a new awareness. My daughter is alive. She is recovering and teaching me new things everyday. I'm working on losing this chunk of weight I've gained in the best and most healthy way. :)

    Nothing crazy. Plants. Short bursts of intense exercise. Follow all the deets on my facebook and instagram (both RawFitMama).

    My new year advice is:

    • Dream Big...daydream. Wish upon a star. 
    • Forgive yourself for whatever you should, could have done. Just start. It is truly NEVER too late. You are never too old. You are NEVER too fat. You are NEVER behind. 
    • Email me if you want advice/inspiration. 
    Today I did a short at home workout, made some delicious ice coffee, meditated and am about to spend time with Kennedy. She isn't feeling well at all :( My workout was interrupted a few times so that I could cuddle her and give a few head rubs. Ahhh the joys of at home workouts.

    What are you dreaming of this year?????
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