5 Tips to Getting Back on Track After the Holidays

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If you have been overindulging in food and drink since the kids got out of school for winter break, then, like us, you are probably starting to think about returning to a healthier lifestyle.

Below are our five tips for getting back on track:

1.  Set realistic goals.

If your goals or resolutions are realistic, you are more likely to stick to them.  Keep in mind that a pound is equivalent to 3,500 calories.  So cutting 500 calories a day would lead to losing 1 lb/week.

If you’ve never run before, don’t sign up for a marathon.  Maybe try a 5K first.  And, if running isn’t your thang – that’s fine too.  There are so many different types of exercise.  Find out which one you like and you will be more likely to stick to that.  Most gyms will offer a free trial class or even a free week of classes.  Shop around and see what you like.  Not into a gym just yet?  There are tons of workouts online.  Really, there’s something out there for everyone.

2.  Weigh yourself once a week. 

Don’t weigh yourself daily.  Instead, pick a day and a time (morning is best) each week to weigh yourself.  Track it and watch your progress.  Weighing yourself each day is bound to have many ups and downs which can defeat your motivation.  Remember it’s about progress, not perfection.


3.  Hold yourself accountable.

Grab a group of girlfriends, a spouse, or join an online weight loss group.  Let’s face it, we aren’t always motivated to workout – having some accountability will get you moving on the days you don’t feel up for it.

4.  Surround yourself with positivity.

Positive quotes can be helpful in keeping you motivated. And yes, there’s an app for that!  Sign up for an app that will send you daily motivation and positivity.  Check out  Shine and Louise Hay Affirmation Meditations for daily messages.  Or, go old school and use post-its with positive messages.

Also, it’s important to surround yourself with positive people.  They are more likely to keep you motivated because they also want you to do well.  Limit your time  with people who make you feel bad about starting or following a healthy lifestyle.  If they care about you, they should be encouraging you.

5.  Cut back on sugary treats – and yes, that includes alcohol too.

Just keep reminding yourself that these are empty calories.  If you have been adding several drinks each night or reaching for the holiday cookies, you’ve been adding a lot of extra calories.    It’s time (well, at least after New Years) to cut back and get back in control of your diet.  Have healthy, go-to-snacks readily available and remove the junk food.  Add a Simple Green Smoothie into your morning routine or grab a cup of Sweet and Spicy Tea in the afternoon instead of something sweet.

Need more motivation?

Here’s some articles we found insightful and motivational:

How to Stop Feeling Guilty About Overeating

Nutrition: Eight Tips to Get Back on Track After Christmas

How Much Damage Does Indulging Over the Holidays Actually Do?

What’s The Best Way To Track Weight Loss: A Measuring Tape Or Scale?

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We know you moms are busy, so we keep it short and sweet – giving you useful information a couple of times a week to keep you motivated to look and feel good.  We’ve got some great healthy eats coming your way in 2019 along with inspiring interviews, fun forms of exercise, fashion ideas and beauty products that actually work.  Thanks for all your support and sharing in 2018 to help grow this little blog of ours – you all rock!!!

Shop With Intention

Tart Boutique

“Shop with Intention”.  That is the tagline that owner, Beth Hess of Tart Boutique in Rocky River, wanted placed on her new website.  “Shop with Intention” to her means truly thinking about your purchases.  Where do they come from? Who made them? How will your purchase impact the environment – will this be something you use or toss as we move into another season?

The philosophy of Shopping With Intention is inline with a growing movement of consumers focusing on shopping smaller, locally owned stores that help to keep money in the community where they live. “It’s about being mindful.”

Prior to owning Tart Boutique, Beth had been selling her originally designed, screen printed tea towels there. The previous store owners had primarily sold consignment items but they also sold a  small offering of local products.

“When I found out the store was for sale – on an impulse I bought it.  I knew nothing about consignment.  The previous owners had been really helpful.”

Now with some experience owning the store, Beth has decided to transition to less consignment at Tart Boutique. “Because I am an artist, I want to make more of my own things and have the store feel more like its mine.  The studio in the back where I can create actually sealed the whole deal to purchase the store.”

Owning a store in the same city Beth resides also has its advantages.  “It works well for my life and gives me the flexibility I need with kids growing up.  I do really like working in the city that I live in – a lot of people can’t say that.

Home Ohio Tea Towel

Tart Boutique is an eclectic boutique specializing in vintage and new housewares, furnishings, jewelry, candles, handmade body products and more. They also feature their own line of originally designed tea towels and apparel that are hand printed on site.

Tart Boutique tees

Beth is also offering workshops at Tart Boutique.   The first of many to come is called “Autumn Leaves and Pumpkins Please”  where attendees will join Maureen Koopman of @allspelledout to create wool-blend felt flowers to embellish the fall home décor piece pictured below.  For more information or to register click here by October 10th.

To find out more about Tart Boutique, visit the store on Lake Road in Rocky River, Ohio or visit her new online store* at www.tartboutique.net and join the growing movement to shop with intention.

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*For full disclosure, Libby Young is the author of this article and also the owner of Fallz Media, LLC who created the new Tart Boutique website.



Top Gift Ideas Under $50

Here is a little something for just about any tween, teen, or adult on your list this year – and just so you don’t break the bank we made sure each is under $50 ….  you’re welcome 😉

Click on the product titles below to see more product details:

T-Shirt and Jeans Reversible Tote – $29
Kiehl’s Men’s Starter Kit – $43
Twig Set of 3 Cheese Knives – $39
Monogram Spirits Decanter Cathy Concepts – $42
ChenFec Unisex Beanie Bluetooth Musical Hat with Speaker Mic
ChenFec Unisex Beanie Bluetooth Musical Hat with Speaker Mic – $16
MadSportsStuff Basketball Net Athletic Crew Socks – $16


7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens
7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens – $12
Double Eagle Camping Hammock Set – $26.99
Skyjo – Ultimate Card Game – $19.95
Holy Lama Spice Drops Tea Collection
Holy Lama Spice Drops Tea Collection-$39.99
Large Pour Over Coffee Maker by Coffee Gator – $35.37
Duck Rabbit Roasted Coffee – $12.95

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Evolving Organically – Virginia Gonzales


As moms, we have evolved through the years out of our crazy 20s into a more responsible version of ourselves (maybe?). But now, in our 40s, when the kids are getting older and less dependent on us (and more expensive), what’s a mom to do?  Virginia Gonzales, owner of Chairs Downstairs and Remnants, A Bag Co. has an answer – “we evolve organically.”

According to Merriam Webster Dictionary, the definition of “evolve” is to “change or develop slowly, often into a better, more complex, or more advanced state.”  Virginia represents a mom who has done just that.

From a full time nurse, she transitioned to part-time with the birth of her second child.  Once their third child was born, Virginia’s family moved into a larger house which she needed to furnish.  She became obsessed with shopping for chairs, but always felt that the ones she found were missing the right fabric.  So, she started collecting chairs and signed up for an upholstery class to make her own.  She loved it so much, she apprenticed with an upholsterer for  two years.  Then, she posted two of her chairs to Facebook, which sold quickly.

Virginia decided to start her own side-hustle.  She rented the space below her mom’s interior design studio and named her company ChairsDownstairs.  I asked Virginia if she had been nervous about starting her own company.

Yes!  The biggest thing is the self doubt.  Is it good enough? Am I taking time away from my family?  Will I be a financial burden?  The truth is I’m a better mom and wife because of it.  I get so inspired.  I feel happy to use this other side of my brain,  and I’m making my own money.

The great thing about doing a side-hustle is that you can control your own growth. When I feel overwhelmed I scale back, but when I feel inspired, I create more inventory.

As she continued to reupholster and sell these modern, vintage chairs, she noticed she had a lot of material remnants leftover.

Last summer, I had the idea of a using the remnants to make a foldover clutch.  I made it, took a picture, and posted it to Facebook.  It sold that day!

And so she began using more of her remnants to make various sizes of bags including clutches, travel totes, and bangles, selling them under the label remnants, a bag company.

As her business evolves organically, Virginia has found that Remnants has taken over the majority of her time. But she’s quick to add that she still loves her chairs and designs those when she’s feeling inspired.

What do her kids think about her side-hustle?

My daughter came home one day telling me that she saw some women she didn’t know with one of my purses downtown.  And she was proud.

So, how does she manage a family, career, and her own business?

I find that when you are focused and busy, the rest of your life becomes more organized, and the less chaotic life becomes –  if that makes sense?

And when I thought about it, it does make sense.

For more information on Virginia’s two “side-hustles”, you can visit her website http://www.chairsdownstairs.com and to see her latest collection of Remnants, go to her store on Etsy or stop in  at SHED Boutique and Wellness in downtown Chagrin Falls.


Since this article was posted in 2017, Virginia has evolved further focusing most of her attention on remnants a bag company.  Her new URL is www.remnantsabagcompany.com

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Charles Dakota Photography.  Information available at https://www.facebook.com/charlesdakotaphotography/

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Secret Cleaning Tip – for Tired Floors

I’m going to share this secret with all of you.  This is a product I use on my hardwood floors that makes them seem brand new.  You’ll be amazed.  That’s all I’m going to say about it.