Apr 172015


Last week, I was having a GRUMPY day.

Running late, server down, spill the whole cup, forget the second cup, lost the password, banged my knee into the desk, Grumpy with a capital G, day.


So I turned to my favorite place for inspiration, motivation, and general kick-assedness, my Instagram pals.

I received so much good advice from these pals, I knew I couldn’t keep it to myself.  I hope you remember [or bookmark!] this list for the next time you are facing a case of the grumps.

klifesprinklesKristi is the blogger behind Life Sprinkles.
She has a great new podcast you should download ASAP: Soul Chat with Lauren & Kristi


Stepf is the blogger behind The Flexible Kitchen.
She wrote this great thing you should read: How to Stay Balanced When Life Gets Tough (and How to Return to Normal)

bricklyrMichelle makes the most gorgeous custom cookies.
She has an instagram account showing off her work you should follow: @mgbakes 

tryhardmamaJennifer is the blogger behind Tri Hard Mama.
She wrote this great thing you should read: Let it Go! How to Handle When Others Don’t Understand Your Passions

tracieg803Tracie is a fellow runner who likes to try new things.
She’s a brand ambassador for a sock brand you should check out: My Soxy Feet

shugarysweetsAimee is my cousin and makes the most ridiculously, mouth-watering recipes on her blog Shugary Sweets!
She shared this cake recently that you should make me for my birthday*: Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheesecake Filling

musicofrunningGerard is an IG hashtag pro.
He often shows up in these feeds you may know: #RunChat #WhyILovePhilly

karlimillspaughKarli is the daughter of the mother-daughter blogging duo behind Kindred Style.
She’s also a Stella & Dot stylist and wrote this great thing you should read if you want to have a party: How to Host a Stella & Dot Trunk Show

tara_linTara is the blogger behind Tara Lin Runs.
I love Tara for 1 billion reasons, but her Instagram feed inspires the heck out of me and I especially love her embracing the #make1healthydecision life! 

beckyklapBecky is the blogger behind Olives ‘N Wine
She created one of the only recipes from the internet we make on the regular that you should try, too: Baked Sesame Chicken [Easy! Delicious! Simple to double up the veggies a la #make1healthydecision’ing!] 

nutcaseinpointJen is the blogger behind nutcaseinpoint.
She just gave birth to a beautiful angel and is one of the most hilarious people on the internet… you should find 140 or less proof here: @nutcaseinpoint on Twitter

lisavalinskyLisa is the blogger behind The Local Food Life.
She wrote this great thing you should read: Every Local Food Purchase Helps

minysotamollyMolly is one of my favorite folks on Instagram and the dog photos she shares may have something to do with it 😉
She also taught me the wonders of this place you should check out if you are ever spending time in the MSP Airport: Surdyk’s Flights


Cindy is participating in an awesome #52hatsproject & sharing on Instagram.
She also writes great content for her website, including these two great posts you should check out if you are a blogger or a human:  Seven Things You Can Do Right Now to Make Your Website Happy and 26 Things Learned from 26 Years 


Katie is the blogger behind Talk Less, Say More.
She’s also on a year-long charity fundraising tour via RV partnering fitness & raising money for 12 different charities that you should consider supporting via donation, sponsorship or connecting Katie to a Crossfit Box in one of the states they are booking events in: 50 States in Year 

kaylabee0418Kayla is the blogger behind Musings of a Midwestern Girl.
She put together this great “when Baseball is on TV” workout you should conquer during the next game: New Kicks, New Workout

txbhrtfldBrittnye is the blogger behind The Hartfield Files.
Her instagram feed has a habit of encouraging me to be a better person. You’ve been warned 😉 @txbhrtfld 

newsfromalamedaDanielle is my best friend from good ole Lodi High and she’s the blogger behind News from Alameda.
She knows how to DIY herself through any awesome event and has lots of great, easy ideas you should pin to your “Celebration!” boards: Birthday Parties

kelrry85Kelly is my dear friend and former roommate from Texas.
She also co-stars with Danielle, our pal Mary, and me in this photo shoot you should giggle at by the talented Jenna Cole: Playdate: The Shugarman Party

dc2albAndrea is a reviewer extraordinaire!
It’s not updated on the regular at the moment, but her blog is FILLED with reviews of both the Washington DC and CDNY areas you should check out: Capitol to Capital.

lizabethlandonLizabeth desigs the most perfect jewelry.
She has a pair of earrings you should consider for the internetholic in your life: #hashtag



*Okay, okay. I might just be making this myself for my birthday 😉


Mar 022015

We’ve all had days where we’ve felt a bit…bleh.  Next time you find yourself feeling bored with your day, or facing the “I’m in a rut!” thought cycle of gloom and doom try one of these quick and easy tasks to set your sights on the brightness of life.


  1. Reflect on your gratitude. Set a timer for 15 minutes and write a letter to your future self titled “a list of everything I love about my life today.”  It can be filled with the major important things [your family, your health] and the tiny simple things, too [getting a new K-cup flavor, finding your favorite pen on sale.]Reminding yourself of all the loveliness in your life is sure to help lift your perspective in the NOW and later if you use a service like FutureMe.org, which auto-sends an email you write to yourself today on whichever future date of your choosing.

    If you have 5 minutes more, take a moment to write a note of gratitude to someone in your life. Give it or send it or leave it for him/her to find.  Put kindness out into the world. Show your feelings to someone who deserves to know they are awesome and that what they did, or do, is awesome, too.

  2. Make plans and make them happen. Think of an activity that you enjoy but don’t always make time for and send an invitation to a friend RIGHT NOW to do that activity.  If you love shuffleboard at the local bar, ask some coworkers to happy hour one evening this week.  If you dig fitness fun, ask your workout buddy to try hula-cardio or rock climbing.If you wish you had more time for solo, candle lit meditation or sketching, that’s cool, too.  If going the “on my own” route, send a quick text to a friend who can hold you to it. Explain that you are wanting to set a date to actually make time to do it and you need them to help by keeping you accountable to it.

    Whatever you decide to do, hold yourself to making and taking time and don’t take no for an answer.  If the first person you ask to join you can’t make it, try another.  Put energy into making your plans come true and when the time arrives enjoy every single minute of the event.

    A big part of getting to a place where you feel DIFFERENT than stagnant and bored is following through to do something new and out of the ordinary.  You have to do the work, and in this case, the work is having fun so just stop making excuses and do it, okay?


  3. Change your tunes and ‘tude. Find a new playlist on Songza or another music streaming service that you don’t listen to on the regular.  Stepping away from the self-built playlists on your phone or iPod and choosing a new-to-you playlist curated by someone else will give you the opportunity to be joyfully surprised by favorite tunes you don’t hear as often.I really like Songza [both the Android/iPad apps and the browser] because it offers users playlist suggestions based on activity being done while listening, mood choices, genres and decades.  While I love to choose “gloomy” on rainy days, when I’m really feeling blue with my life it’s better to choose something like “Happy” or “Sweet” in the mood department.  I know music has an effect on my emotions and feeding into the sadness can only last so long before I need to dust myself off with Pocket Full of Sunshine or The World of fun.

    When a song comes on that makes you want to dance, get up and dance.  If you are embarrassed that’s a-okay.  Just shut the door and put on earbuds and turn off the light and close your eyes and stand up and do whatever you need to do to feel safe and SHAKE IT.

    Make the energy stir from within your soul, move through your limbs and out into the world.  Spin around or jump up and down. Whatever feels best – do THAT.  And as your shaking and shimmying around your office or bedroom or kitchen or car, remember that you have the power to keep fighting worry.  BE BIGGER THAN WORRY.  Stronger than worry.  Smarter and more reasonable that worry.  Laugh in the face of worry. And while you are at it, dance in the face of worry.