Living Life To The Fullest
I have a ranch up in Utah that is my little piece of heaven. We have 20 acres of perfect pasture land that is home to our nine horses, two donkeys, two goats, two mini horses, one pig, 5 cats and ten chickens.
When the dream to build the ranch began percolating, my mother (who is also my producing partner, business partner and best friend) and I talked endlessly about all our hopes for the land and what kind of ranch and lifestyle we wanted to create. We built a greenhouse and an organic garden, learned the art of bee keeping and read up on caring for chickens. Badlands Ranch (named after one of my favorite Bruce Springsteen songs that seemed inappropriately appropriate) is quite literally a dream come true.
But the truth is, you don’t need a ranch, farm, or even much land at all, to live life to the fullest. All you need is a little imagination, some inspiration and a desire to make the most out of as many moments as possible. I’ve found that the best way to be in the moment, instead of overwhelmed by it, is to have as many tips, tricks and hacks up your sleeve as possible! Here are just a few of my favorite time savers!
Check out Mealboard if you’re like me and have a tendency to grocery shop for things you forgot you already have, like to experiment with new recipes, change your weekly meal plans regularly, have a disorganized pantry or just hate making grocery store lists every week.
This app can import recipes from your favorite sites, generate your grocery list from the ingredients in the imported recipe, and keep it all organized by aisle. It keeps a list of stocked pantry items so you know what you have and what you need, and can share your list with anybody who might need to have it. Mealboard also has a calendar to help you plan your weekly menus.
Honestly I’m kinda obsessed with this app – obviously! Available on iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.
I hang as much of my clothing as possible. It not only saves me folding time, it makes it easier to see what I have. Instead of stacking folded t-shirts and jeans that have a tendency to get buried underneath one another and lost forever, I hang them so I can quickly see and access what I want to wear.
Yoga with Adriene
This gal is terrific and her YouTube channel yoga videos are perfect if you don’t have time to get to a class. I love, love, love her 30 days of yoga series. They’re quick, the longest is about 25 minutes, and they have done more to help tone, strengthen and ease tension than any other exercise I’ve tried, and I’ve tried a lot!
Insight Meditation Timer
Insight Timer is another brilliant app that makes it fast and easy to take a moment to de-stress and reconnect with yourself. It has hundreds of guided meditations that range in style and length so you can find the perfect one for you and your timeline!
The invention of the slow cooker is probably one of the greatest gifts to mankind ever! There are so so many recipes for the slow cooker that are delicious, healthy, fast and painless.
I probably do a least two or three meals a week in my slow cooker. I can start the meal late morning after I’ve gotten some work, chores, or exercise done and not think about it again until dinner time.
HydroPeptide Solar Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30
This stuff works wonders! It’s a hydrating, anti-aging, acne fighting, broad spectrum sunscreen miracle that self adjusts to your skin tone.
After I wash my face in the morning I slap some of this on over my serum, or if I’m crunched for time, I skip the serum completely and trust HydroPeptide has me covered.
It is a serious time saver and best of all my touchy skin loves it!
Homemade Cleaning Supplies
I keep white vinegar, borax, Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap, eucalyptus oil, washing soda and baking soda stocked in my laundry room at all times, so I can quickly whip up a batch of cleaning supplies that clean the way I want them too and smell the way I want them too, saving me the time and energy it takes to run to the store to buy them – because of course it’s always when we’re totally out of whatever I need, that I remember we need more!