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Southbay Mommies and Daddies: How To Turn Your Day Around In 5 Minutes Or Less!

July 25, 2018

 

Turn Your Day Around In 5 Minutes

(This article is a repost from Southbay Mommies and Daddies website! We are now contributors to their website – head on over to check it out! If you’re local to the Southbay, they have a lot of great info on activities, local events, and more!)

You know that feeling. That sinking, ball of lead in the pit of your stomach, suddenly so exhausted feeling that you can hardly keep your eyes open. Maybe it was some bad news. Or maybe another mom at school drop-off made you feel not good enough. Maybe you’ve been refereeing your kids since 6 am and you have just HAD it. Maybe a simple “what do you want for dinner” conversation with the hubby turned into a code red, “do you ever listen to me?” fight.

Ugh. Isn’t it amazing how a day can turn bad quicker than your toddler can decide they suddenly hate pizza (whaaaaat? Who hates pizza?! My kid. That’s who.)

And that just ain’t right.

We work too hard and have too many positive intentions to let a day go to waste with negativity or depression or simple boredom. The truth is, we feel negative emotions much stronger than we feel positive emotions, so we have to fight back, sisters! We can’t let the sad win! We have to prepare for these moments like Wonder Woman prepares to take down the god Ares. With a killer set of over the knee boots and some hair that makes Rapunzel jealous, obvi. What we need is an arsenal of positivity at our fingertips.

We’ve got your back, mama. Here are 7 ways to turn your day around in 5 minutes or less.

1.) Keep an uplifting book on your kitchen counter. Whenever you feel the heaviness creep in, stop whatever you are doing. Pick up that book and read a few pages. Let the words give you a swift mental kick in the booty, and feel it change your thought process immediately. The inspiring words of self-love, gratitude, and determination will fill you up again. Need some book inspiration? Our latest favorites are on our highlighted Insta Story entitled “Books”.

2.) Create a positive vibes only Pinterest Board and title it “Inspiration”. Collect images with all the things that inspire you to be the best woman you can be. Where do you want to travel? Find images of that. What quotes make you feel strong and empowered? Find pictures of that. Don’t pin anything that leaves you feeling wanting, only allow those images that make you feel strong, sexy, determined, and happy. Then scroll through that board when you need a sweet ‘lil cheerleader on your shoulder. Check out our “Inspiration” board to get started.

3.) Download inspiring songs that never fail to make you dance or make you smile.Make sure they are on your phone, and turn one on whenever you need a pick me up. Start with “Kinder” by Copper Wimin. Or simply turn on a Pandora or Spotify station that will keep an ongoing stream of inspiring music playing. No one ever had a bad day belting out the entire Wicked soundtrack from beginning to end. Trust me on this one.

4.) Make an “Affirmation” page in the notes on your phone. Write down your personal mission statement as a woman, your reasons WHY you want the life you want, and some simple positive phrases that remind you to choose joy. Then when you’re feeling blue, read through these affirmations and pick one that resonates with you at the moment. Repeat it to yourself over and over until you begin to feel lighter.

5.) Breathe! Set your timer for 3 minutes and close your eyes. Start to deepen your breath. On the inhale, think the sound “sat” (rhymes with not). On the exhale, think the sound “nam” (rhymes with mom – fitting!). Sat nam means “truth” or “truth is my identity.” Keep saying this phrase, coinciding with your inhale and exhale until your timer goes off.

6.) Drop down and do a few vinyasas. This exercise is even better if you are in the middle of Target and your child is screaming for yet another Paw Patrol Pup. The looks alone from other people as you are in Down Dog will be satisfying enough.

7.) Do not, I repeat, do NOT get on any social media until the crisis has passed. I’m serious. Just say no to the Insta and the FB and the Snapchat and the Twitter in your life. When you are struggling with something, it is not the time to go into other people’s worlds of photo shopped perfection. This is a time to work on you. Alone. It is the time to focus on your goals, your gifts, and your authenticity. To remember why you love yourself and your life. To heal whatever is aching and just take a break from all the noise and distraction around you.

Ah…feels better already, am I right? You CAN do this. You have the ability to turn a heck no day into a heck yes one. But our thoughts have power. And like attracts like. So if you don’t prepare for the bad moments, you’ll never defeat them. And come on, if we pack diaper bags the size of Texas in preparation for a possible armageddon, why not pack some tools for our own personal mini armageddons as well?

“ ‘There are always flowers for those that want to see them.’
~Henri Matisse, Artist

Attitude will make or break our daily journey through motherhood. How do we keep the peaceful, positive, and powerful tone we set for ourselves this morning last all day long? It’s simple. We choose. We decide to see the flowers. And we see them. Happy people attract happiness. Negative people attract sadness. Moody people attract chaos. Distracted people attract disrespect. What do you choose to attract today?”
-Excerpt from The Daily Soul Sessions For Every Mama book

The Daily Soul Sessions tribe consists of sisters Kate, Kacey, and Kara Coppola. Their mission is to offer a consistent – and short! – daily practice for moms to come back to themselves and find creativity and inspiration through the grind of motherhood. We do this through our books (The Daily Soul Sessions For Every Mama and The Daily Soul Sessions For The Pregnant Mama), our 30 Day Journaling Challenge for Moms, and our social media tribe! 

Korean Beef Bowl Recipe

June 28, 2018

Korean Beef Bowl Recipe

Make these yummy, sweet, and savory Korean Beef Bowls for dinner this week – you will not be disappointed! And neither will your family. My kids love this dish (even the broccoli! Well, most of the time!).

Korean Beef Bowl Recipe – serves 4

Ingredients
1 lb ground beef
2 bunches broccoli
garlic powder
salt
ground ginger
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup brown sugar
crushed red pepper flakes
green onions (optional)
cooked brown rice

1.) Break broccoli into bite-sized florets with a knife. Sauté in pan with olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and ground ginger.

2.) While broccoli is cooking, make rice. I bring 1 cup of brown rice and 2 cups of water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer until rice is cooked. Season with salt.

3.) When broccoli is still crunchy, shove it to the sides of pan. Add a bit more olive oil and the ground beef. Season beef with some salt. Cook beef all the way through.

4.) While beef is cooking, make sauce. Mix together: 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup soy sauce, crushed red pepper flakes to taste, 1/4 tsp ground ginger, 2 tsp olive oil. Once beef is cooked through, pour sauce of beef and broccoli and stir.

5.) Serve over rice. Add green onions if desired.

YUM! xo, Kate

PS: Don’t forget to get your copy of The Daily Soul Sessions for Every Mama – let’s THRIVE, not just survive motherhood! This books helps you learn to do just that with short, daily inspirational thoughts and messages. Love + Light!

Korean Beef Bowl Recipe

 

Skinny Margarita Recipe

May 1, 2018

 

As summertime approaches, we all start being a little more mindful of what we eat and drink. We take in more fruits and veggies and less comfort foods and cookies. That is why this Skinny Margarita is seriously amazing, it is full of all natural, healthy ingredients (well outside of the Tequila!) and tastes fantastic.

It’s also perfect for upcoming Cinco De Mayo festivities! Yummmmm

skinny margarita recipe

Skinny Margarita
(recipe adapted from cookieandkate.com)

Ingredients
-Kosher Salt
-2 Ounces (1/4 cup) of Silver Tequila-I used Hornitas 100% Agave
– 3 Tablespoons (about 1 1/2 limes) Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
– 2 or 3 Tablespoons Freshly Squeezed Orange Juice
(about a half of a medium Orange or a quarter of a large Orange)
– 1 teaspoon of light Agave Nectar
– Lime round or wedge for garnish

Start by prepping your margarita glasses. Pour a generous amount of salt on a small plate.  Take a small slice of lime and run around the rim of the glass.  Run the edge of your glass in a circle around the plate at an angle to get desired amount of salt.  Fill your glass with ice.

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice and add all the ingredients above. Shake, shake, shake your cocktail shaker for about 20 seconds or so and then pour your tasty skinny margarita into your salt rimmed glass.

Enjoy, mama!
Kara

Cinco De Mayo Sombrero Craft For Kids

April 30, 2018

 

It’s almost Cinco De Mayo, so obviously it’s time to do a kid craft!

We all remember this fun holiday well…pre kids.

Margaritas and tacos for lunch at your favorite local cantina followed by some Coronas on a patio with all your best pals. Not a care in the world, and if you had a few too many it was alllllll good because you could nurse your hangover in bed, or on the couch, or maybe even with the hair of the dog at brunch the next morning 😉

Because…no kids. LOL

Cinco De Mayo Kid Craft

I realized that I haven’t really celebrated this day since my sweet little babes came along, so this year I wanted to them to get in on the fun as well…a different kind of fun perhaps, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Wait, who am I kidding…I could still go for the old kind of fun too.

Anyway, I ran into Michaels after school drop off this week and grabbed a few supplies to create these fun Sombreros to hang up while we have our little fiesta on Cinco De Mayo! No party is complete without decor, right? Depending on what time you start your crafting and if you need a little liquid courage to craft (there is glitter involved), you could definitely grab a Corona or a Marg (see our skinny Margarita Recipe here!). It might get your creative juices flowing! Just saying.

xo,
Kara
(See craft instructions below!)

Cinco De Mayo Kid Craft

Gather up all your decorating supplies:


1.) Construction paper, poster board, or foam paper will all work to cut out your Sombrero

2.) Scissors
3.) Mini pom-poms, tissue paper, stickers, glitter (if you dare), pipe cleaners, sequins, beads.
4.) Glue stick – because who has time to use actual glue that gets everywhere and takes a year to dry.

Cinco De Mayo Kid Craft

Instructions:

1.) Cut out your Sombrero. If your kiddo is good with the scissors you can draw the pattern and let them cut it out 🙂
2.) Decorate!

The Everymom: Why You Need To Let Go of Mom Guilt, Right Now

April 16, 2018

(See original post on The Everymom!)

I know it’s not time to think about this.

But it’s time to think about this. 

18 years seems like for-freaking-ever, but trust me, it’s not. The days seem endless now; all diapers, and dishes, and dry shampoo (bless you, dry shampoo). But trust me, this phase—like that phase where your baby used to eat veggies?—will be over soon. Think about it, pregnancy feels like it will never end, but then suddenly those little ones are in our arms, and they’ve taken over our boobs, er, I mean lives. Right now the seconds feel like years, but the secret they don’t tell you? The years feel like seconds. We blink and our babies have become toddlers, our toddlers have become tweeters, and our tweeters will someday do their own laundry, please God.

So it’s time. It’s time to let go of mom guilt once and for all, because we don’t have the time to waste. 

What are you feeling guilty about right now? Is it not being there at bedtime, or feeling like an absent mom because you chose to go to yoga, or take that course on starting your own business? Do you feel guilty because you are too tired to find the energy to reconnect with your husband? Or because you want to spend the money to go on that bucket list girl trip? Whatever “it” is, mom guilt stems from desiring to take time for yourself and choosing something other than your children. And thinking that you are a terrible mom if you do so. But in reality, the quality of time way outweighs the quantity of time you spend with your kids, especially if you’re feeling drained, stressed, or anxious.

Say this out loud right now (or fine, say it inside your head because it’s probably nap time): Letting go of mom guilt and taking time for myself will make me a better mom. Repeat: Letting go of mom guilt and taking time for myself will make me a better mom.

Kids do what we do, not what we say, and our children are watching us from the very first moment. I want them to see a passionate and inspired mama. I want them to see a woman who remembers where she came from and knows where she is going. I want them to see a mom who isn’t afraid to dream or fail or get back up again. One who goes after life with the courage of a lion.

We are our child’s first role model. Their life-long teacher. If we don’t show them how to try new things, to be authentic, to practice self-love, and choose joy every time—who will?

And if that’s not reason enough to give up the mom guilt and do a couple down dogs right now, here’s one more. Your beautiful kids will grow up and leave one day. And you’ll still be you. It will be as if you’ve been dropped into a brand new life (kinda like having a baby), and you’ll be starting all over again. And while that might sound like true bliss right now, it’s gonna be scary AF when it actually happens!

Or not. 

What if…what if you take the time now to build on the you in the future? We don’t have to put our lives on hold until our children are all grown up. We don’t have to let mom guilt get in the way of being authentic and creative and—dare I say?—the tiniest bit self-centered right now. Giving up the guilt is good for your kids, it’s good for your marriage, it’s good for you.

Figure out what makes you happy, outside of your children, and do that every day. Even if it’s just for a few moments in the morning: journal, paint, sculpt, take pictures, hike, meditate, make jewelry, decorate your home, read that self-help book, grab that cappuccino with a friend–just do it. And all of those moments you give yourself will start to paint a bigger picture. All your dreams and goals for your family, for your future, for yourself will begin to make themselves known.

“The flower doesn’t dream of the bee. It blossoms and the bee comes.”
~Marc Nepo, Poet and Philosopher

Let go of the guilt and blossom first. And just watch what new adventures and happiness you will attract into your life.

‘I would like to be known as an intelligent woman, a courageous woman, a loving woman. A woman who teaches by being.’
~Maya Angelou

Yes. Yes. Yes. Yes. A woman who teaches by being. We must live with courage, love, and intelligence every single day. We must stay authentic in our journey through motherhood, so we can encourage those around us to find their own true selves.”
-Excerpt from The Daily Soul Sessions For Every Mama book.

Our Easter Tablescape

March 26, 2018

 

Our Easter Tablescape

Welcome to our Easter tablescape!

For some reason, the Easter holiday always sneaks up on me.  Thanksgiving, Christmas – we have major build up for those guys.  But all of a sudden, spring has sprung, and Easter is here. So simple is better (these days, that’s true for pretty much everything in my life!) I actually had most of the items for this table – I just rummaged around all of my “hiding spots”….ahem, please don’t tell my husband how many hiding spots I actually have 🙂

This year we incorporated:

Simple White Lenox Tin Can Alley Dinnerware

Gold flatware from West Elm

Anthropologie Horta Champagne glasses

Fantesca Chardonnay!

Pewter Braided Placemats from Amazon

Couleur Nature Batik Bird Printed Napkins from Sur La Table – these would be beautiful too!

 

Our Easter Tablescape

This is a fun DIY project to do with your kids! I mean, they incorporate glitter, sooooooo what’s not to love?

DIY Glitter Filled Easter Eggs
Glitter – (we used this Glitter Pack)
Clear Easter eggs from Michaels ($.99 each!)
Quickie Glue pen

1.) Take off top of clear egg and fill up with glitter about 1/4 full.

2.)  Pop top back on egg.

3.) Using a glue ballpoint pen, write down names for place cards on a thin strip of white paper.

4.) Sprinkle glitter over glue.

5.) Brush off glitter (funnel back into tube to re-use).

6.) Roll both ends of paper for a fancier look.

Each place setting has a slightly different look…

Kara: old wine corks add a festive feel

Kate: dried lavender from the garden

Kacey: small white stones and mini purple carnations

Sorella: A beautiful pink flower

You could also scoop up a whole bunch of these eggs, fill them with coordinating glitter and hang them  together all at random lengths with flowers behind it as a spring wreath.  Or even hang them at various heights from your chandelier over your Easter table.

Our Easter Tablescape

Happy Easter everyone – don’t forget to light some candles, put some flowers in a vase, and use whatcha got!  Get creative, but keep it simple is my mantra. And now you’re ready for the food – who is making these this weekend?
xo,
Kara, Kate, and Kacey
Our Easter Tablescape

A Style Night With Evereve and The Daily Soul Sessions

March 19, 2018

 

We are so excited to invite all Denver mamas to our Mom’s Night Out Style Night and Book Release Party at the Evereve store at Park Meadows Mall in Denver, Colorado!

Evereve and The Daily Soul Sessions Book Release Party and Style Night

RSVP by emailing us at contact@thedailysoulsessions so we can add you to the list!

See below for more details:

Style your self | Style your soul!

Join us at the Evereve store at Park Meadows Mall in Lone Tree, CO for a fun Girls Night Out! It’s a combo Style Night and Book Release Party for our newest book: The Daily Soul Sessions For Every Mama.

Enjoy 15% off your entire purchase at Evereve along with drinks, bites, and soulful surprises!

Please RSVP By March 28th! This will be such a fun girls night out, so feel free to invite your friends. The more the merrier! YOU MUST email us at contact@thedailysoulsessions.com so I can put your name (plus number of guests) on the guest list for the event.

We will be signing books, so be sure to bring your copy of The Daily Soul Sessions! If you have not purchased one yet, you can get them on Amazon. OR we are offering a special “Evereve” price of $10 a book. Send us an email at contact@thedailysoulsessions.com if you’d like to pre-order.

You can pick up your pre-ordered books at the event on April 11th, and only those who have sent us an email will be able to receive their books at that price.

We are also debuting our brand new 30 Day Journaling Challenge For Moms! Everyone who attends our Style Night at Evereve will receive the challenge for FREE!

Hope to see you there!

xo,
Kate, Kacey, and Kara

How To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With Kids

March 13, 2018

 

How To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With Kids

Behold! Our easy “How To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day With Kids” guide. Remember when St. Patrick’s Day used to only be centered around where to find green beer and how not to have a green mouth by the end of the night?

Not anymore, mama, not anymore. I mean, you can still drink a green beer, but you can also make this fun holiday about your kids, too! Aren’t holidays so much better with them around? I mean, sure. Now they are super busy, and you have to craft 4,000 things for school, and God forbid you don’t have the right color clothing! But if we take out all of the pressure and just absorb the FUN and magic these little holiday’s bring to our kids? So much better!

Here’s what we are doing with our kids for St. Patrick’s Day this year:

Step 1: Make a Leprechaun Trap with your child

We decided to try and catch a leprechaun this year so that we can find his Pot O’ Gold. So clearly we needed to make a Leprechaun Trap. There is no right or wrong way to make a Leprechaun Trap. (Guys, I had to google how to spell Leprechaun while making this.) You simply find a small box and let your kid go wild decorating it with green paper, stickers, markers, paint, glitter at your own risk, whatever!

Step 2: Head To The Dollar Store For Some St. Patrick’s Day Treats

This part you have to do solo so you can surprise your kids on St. Patty’s Day. I picked up that green slinky, shamrock necklace, paper plate and cup, and bunny (What does a bunny have to do with St. Patricks Day, you ask? Honestly, she had a fit when she saw it and couldn’t have it the other day, so I decided the Leprechaun would give it to her) at the Dollar Store down the street and spent a whopping $5. The green shamrock balloon is from Vons.

Step 3: Raid Your Kitchen For More Goodies

Now you just go on a treasure hunt of your pantry for green items. I had those green lollipops, green wrapped granola bar, and fruit snacks in our cupboard.

Step 4: Set Up Your Trap

On St. Patrick’s Day Eve, you set out your trap. Add a few chocolate gold coins to try and lure the leprechaun in! Then, after the kids go to bed, put out all the rest of the surprise treats—all of stuff you got at the dollar store. This is what the leprechaun will “leave” them when they escape from the trap. And maybe make green pancakes to go on the green plate!

Now for the really cute part. Of course, Sloane will be wondering if her trap worked right!? Did she actually catch her Leprechaun!? Well…..let’s see what happens when we open the trap!

She is going to LOVE the little note her Leprechaun leaves her (and all the treats he leaves behind). She still carries around the note that Santa Claus left her last Christmas. So it’s all fun and games—nobody is trapping any small and kinda creepy elf. And said elf is leaving your kid a few fun St. Patrick’s Day goodies!

These memories are the ones that stick with our kids. The projects we do together, the whimsy we sprinkle on any random holiday. It’s worth it, mama. It makes everything so much more magical.

Tag your leprechaun trap picture on Instagram with @thedailysoulsessions – I want to see them!

Top O’ The Mornin’ To Ya,
Kate

Favorite Books I’m Currently Reading…

March 6, 2018

 

What are my favorite books I’m reading right now? Besides the book I wrote!? Ha! Jk, jk. I’m a GIANT book nerd and proud of it. Where my fellow book nerds at?

Ok, onto the good stuff. First up is my soulful book of the month:

A Book For Your Soul:

I just finished Gabrielle Bernstein’s newest – Judgment Detox. It’s a fast read but full of awesome advice and tips on how to get rid of all the judgment in your life. Judgment basically comes down to negativity; any bad or negative thought you have toward yourself or someone else is only hurting you. Learning how to forgive yourself for these thoughts, how to move past them quickly, and how to change the thought to something better is key to living your happiest, highest vibration life!

I try to read a couple of pages of my soulful or self-help book every day during my morning routine. It honestly is a game changer—in fact, I can tell that days don’t start as positively and go as smoothly if I haven’t take “me” time!

A Book For Whimsy:

Kacey has been re-reading Diana Gabaldon’s epic Outlander saga! Yes, the WHOLE THING. If you haven’t read these books yet…well, I don’t know what you’re waiting for. They are so wonderful, so adventurous, and they have such awesome characters. The TV series on STARZ ain’t so bad either (hello, Sam Heughan!!!!).

A Book For Your Brain

I’m a self-professed fanatic of the musical Hamilton. It’s one of the best shows I’ve ever seen—from the stage movement, to choreography, to the blend of all genres of music! SO great. My in-laws gave me this book, Hamilton: The Revolution, over Christmas and I devoured it! It has behind the scenes looks at how the entire show was made, from start to finish. PLUS it has Lin Manuels own commentary alongside lyrics to each song…fascinating!

A Book For Your Work

Carrie Green’s book She Means Business is extremely inspiring. It helps you find the courage to actually start that business or push on through the dark times. It also has a ton of tips, tricks, advice, and practical applications for any business, creative or not. LOVE it.

Happy reading my lovely!

xo,
Kate

 

The Best Motherhood Book: The Daily Soul Sessions For Every Mama

 

I desperately need the best motherhood book available because motherhood is NO JOKE.

It takes every ounce of grit, determination, imagination, courage, love, and soul we have. I need help every day—I need inspiration every day to remind me to choose positive thoughts, to choose to be a mindful mama…

That is what The Daily Soul Sessions For Every Mama book gives me. It gives me a few precious minutes each morning 100% dedicated to bringing my attention back to ME—the woman I was before I became a mother, the woman that is still there underneath all the other layers and labels that have been placed on me since having my first baby. There are 365 soul sessions, short daily inspirations to get your day started right.

What if you dedicated those few precious moments each day to uncovering more of your soul’s secrets, of your heart’s desires, of your weaknesses and strengths, of what you need to let go of and what you need more of in your life. Wouldn’t that feel wonderful?

This is a gift you can give yourself. And think about what it says to your family—to your children. You are showing them that the act of self-love, that fighting for what you yearn for, that letting go of what is no longer serving you and attracting more of what makes your soul sing are priorities in your life. And as their very first role model, that is an incredibly wonderful thing to do.

Spread the love to your friends and family, show them how focused and mindful you are now. Your light shines bright…

Love,
Kate