seasonal living

Fallin’ into Health and Fitness

While the first day of fall was last month, fall is finally beginning to creep into Atlanta. I do, however, mean creep. The mornings are cool, but by lunchtime it’s back 80°. Leaves are starting to change and fall. Pumpkins are popping up everywhere and football rules the weekends.

The shorter days and longer nights are on the way. Typically fall is the time of year I exercise less. I tend to hibernate all fall and winter, perfectly comfortable spending my time on the couch. Whether watching football or TGIT. However, when I think about it fall is really the perfect excuse to slow down and take extra time to really look after yourself. Below are four tips to fit in health and fitness this fall. 

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Fallin’ into Health and Fitness

Savor seasonal produce.  

Nourish your body this season with seasonal foods. Shopping for seasonal produce will also save you some precious coins. Apples, cabbage, cranberries,  eggplant, kale, pears, persimmons (hey, Charleston folks), pomegranates, potatoes, sweet potatoes, and winter squash. Basically think fall colors when you’re cruising by the produce: deep greens, dark yellow and oranges.  Fall is the perfect time to crank out some hearty and healthy soups and stews. Remember the crock-pot is your friend.

Work out at home.

I get it the days feel shorter and maybe fitting a workout into your routine feels a little harder. I try to tell myself that even 15 or 20 minutes is enough time to get in a quick workout. I use walking my dog around my complex as my warm up and am not above a living room workout. I bought a set of resistance bands I could set up on my door for full body workouts turning my living room into my own personal home gym. However, figure out what works best for you:  fitness DVDs, Youtube videos, Nike Training Club, or the Tone It Up program.

Protect ya neck!

Well literally, but also just layer up. I started sniffling last night and realized I probably should have thrown on another layer to walk my pup. The change in season brings about a change in climate. I know some people are already feeling the change in weather and in some places it’s basically 90° everyday. No matter where you live, be prepared when the temperatures do start to dip and keep this in mind as you plan outdoor activities.

Indulge

As much as I support eating healthy and finding times to fit in fitness. I think you should also make time for yourself and indulge. Whatever that looks like to you. Spend time relaxing at home, wrap up in your favorite blanket, wear your favorite hoodie and enjoy some early nights in. Binge watch Stranger Things and drink a spiked cider. Go and get the PSL with the whole milk and extra syrup. Now I’m not saying drink three a day, but bat an eye at the mention of calories and savor that latte.  

Do you plan on fitting in more health and fitness into your fall? Leave a comment below and tell me how. 

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Seasonal Living: Spring Foods

If you’re looking for some cooking inspiration, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve pulled together a list of seasonal fruits and veggies and some ideas for spring dishes. Also check out the Pinterest board Seasonal Living: Spring Foods for more recipe ideas and inspiration to elevate your plate this season.

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Seasonal Living: Spring Foods

What’s in season?

  • Apples
  • Apricots
  • Asparagus
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Fava Beans
  • Fennel
  • Leeks
  • Mangoes
  • Peas
  • Pineapples
  • Potatoes
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Turnips

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Spring Mood Board

Be intentional. Live life with purpose. See the beauty in everything.

I wrote that statement in my journal at the beginning of the year and return to it pretty frequently. I haven’t made a mood board since the fall, so I decided to create a spring mood board inspired my vision statement for the year.

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Just a little reminder:

mood board:

 an arrangement of images, materials, pieces of text, etc., intended to evoke or project a particular style or concept.

I’ve seen mood boards used in fashion, photography, branding, web design, wedding planning, and interior decorating.  It can include just about anything — photography, designs or illustrations, color palettes, textures, descriptive words — anything that helps you define the direction or feeling of your project. I plan to use my spring mood board to inspire my style and my creative endeavors this season.

Spring Mood Board

 

 

Spring Mood Board Inspiration

Be intentional. I want everything I eat, create, read and wear to be deliberate. My 30 days of decluttering  is helping tremendously. I want everything I own and consume (physically and spiritually) to be intentional and getting rid of these I don’t  need is a great first step.

Live life with purpose. One of the first images I stumbled upon looking for inspiration was a One Tree Hill quote that I’m pretty sure Peyton said (OTH fans, fact-check me). I loved it and thought it fit perfectly with my vision statement.

See the beauty in everything. For me this is more of a message to slow down and enjoy the little things more. I’ve lived in Atlanta for four years now and there are still so many places I have yet to go explore.

Spring Mood Board on Pinterest

Everything on my mood board can be found on this Pinterest board:

What’s inspiring you this season? Leave a comment below!

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Fall Cocktails You Need To Try

Let me be clear: when I say “fall cocktails you need to try”, I mean “we”. Honestly, truly– I wrote this list for myself. Haters will say that the love of Fall is basic, and that’s why haters don’t matter. When I think of fall cocktails, the first thing that comes to mind is hot cider and pumpkin beer. Thanks to my good friend Pinterest, I’m thinking outside the box this season (with lots of bourbon).

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Fall Cocktails You Need to Try

Apple Cider Mimosa

Ingredients:
3 ounces apple cider
3 ounces champagne
Brown sugar and apple slices for garnish, optional

Photo and recipe: Back to Her Roots

 

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Bourbon Cider Sour

Ingredients:
3 ounces (2 shots) of bourbon
1 cup apple cider
½ cup orange juice
¼ cup sugar
Crushed or cubed ice
1 gala or honeycrisp apple, sliced for garnish

Photo and recipe: Bless Her Heart Ya’ll

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Fall Mood Board – Creative Inspiration

Who remembers Ace’s awesome meditation mood board?  Well she inspired me to create my own fall mood board.

mood board:

 an arrangement of images, materials, pieces of text, etc., intended to evoke or project a particular style or concept.

I’ve seen mood boards used in fashion, photography, branding, web design, wedding planning, and interior decorating.  It can include just about anything — photography, designs or illustrations, color palettes, textures, descriptive words — anything that helps you define the direction or feeling of your project. I plan to use my fall mood board to inspire my style and my creative endeavors this season.

Fall Mood Board

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This fall I’m embracing my minimalism journey by focusing on simplicity. I hope my fall mood board inspires me to see the beauty in simple things. Additionally, I want to simplify my writing process. I think sometimes I try really hard to write blog posts on what I think will garner the most views. In reality, my most popular posts are the ones where I just wrote what I was feeling. Finally, my goal is to really enjoy the changing season and changes in life as well.

What’s inspiring you this season? Leave a comment below!

Donni Siggy--The Palmetto Peaches

Goodbye Summer: Bucket List Revisited

Goodbye Summer. Hello Fall! In June, Donni and I shared our Summer Bucket Lists with you. I’m back to share what I actually checked off my list, and what I have planned for the fall.

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Summer 2016 Bucket List

Sunrise meditation.

It wasn’t the outdoor meditation like I hoped for, but I did manage to wake up and meditate before and during sunrise–from the comfort of my bed.

Make S’mores at a bonfire.


Nah. Summer 2016 was so hot, I barely attended anything that didn’t involve air conditioning or a paycheck. I don’t know why I thought I’d be sitting in front of anyone’s fire.

Go to a baseball game.

I went to 2 Charleston Riverdogs game this summer! At the first game, I tried a Palmetto Espresso Porter beer milkshake for the first time. About a month later, I enjoyed $1 beer during a Thirsty Thursday game.  The games and drinks were both great. Felt like college.

Travel.

I didn’t make it to New Orleans, but I did make it to Savannah for a Bachelorette weekend, and Atlanta to see Beyoncé for the SECOND time this year. A trip to New Orleans is very high the list for my solo travel birthday trip.

Build a fort.

I watched my nephew build a fort. Does that count? He even had me test his entrance, which had a sign that read, “Please knock”. Knock on what though? The fort didn’t have a door. Yep, I’m checking this off my list.

Drink out of a coconut.

Nah, again. Guess I’ll put this back on the list for Spring/Summer 2017.

I didn’t do too bad checking things off my Summer Bucket List, but Fall is here and it’s time for new adventures! Here are some things I’d like to do this season.

Goodbye Summer Bucket List

Sunrise meditation.

Daylight Savings Time will be here soon. It’s easier for me to meditate at 7am instead of 6am, that’s for sure.

Make S’mores at a bonfire.

I will give this another try in October or November when it’s not 90 degrees.

Oktoberfest.

Because beer love is true love. Charleston has a few of it’s own Oktoberfest celebrations, and I’d love to attend one for the first time.

Sleep-in Sundays.

Fall is my favorite season, but the weather can get a little gloomy as winter approaches. I love waking up early, simply to stay snuggled up in bed for a few extra hours (or the entire day). Brunch is great year-round, but it’s not as tempting when outs looks like a scene from Twilight. My plan is to have at least 4 “Sleep-in Sundays” this season.

Visit a pumpkin patch with my nephews.

If we miss that chance, they will have to settle for Disney on Ice or a visit to the aquarium.

What did you check of your bucket list this summer? What’s on your Fall Bucket List?

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