Sunday, June 10, 2018

Olive Jeggings

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I've loved Old Navy Rockstar jeans for a while now but hadn't been aware of the Rockstar jeggings. I ordered them online in tall, and fell in love with them the first time I wore them. The fit is great, and I love that there is no extra bulk created by a zipper and a button. I sized up so that there would be a bit more room. They are extremely comfortable.

I really love how versatile the jeggings are. They can be worn with a t-shirt for a casual look or be dressed up with a blouse and blazer for a more formal look. I'll definitely take them on my trip to Germany later this summer.

Outfit Details: Jeggings, Zara blazer (old), Adam Lippes for Target flats (old).

Question: Do you own any jeggings? If so, which ones? And how do you like them?

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Sentence a Day: May 2018

Here are my sentences for May 2018. You can read my past sentences on my Sentence a Day Page.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
I started the day with a barre class, did a few hours of grading and prep work, took the kid to piano practice and my aunt and I spent several hours talking.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 
I taught my class, went to a barre class, and in the afternoon we went to the farmers' market in Santana Row where we bought delicious cherries and a fabulous crusty bread.

Thursday, May 3, 2018
My aunt and I went to the kid's school for his movie presentation and then to Stanford Shopping Center where we enjoyed all the beautiful flowers.

Friday, May 4, 2018
I started the day with a barre class, taught my 3-hour class, went out to lunch with my aunt and then spent the rest of the day at home, relaxing and talking with my aunt.

Saturday, May 5, 2018
The older kid took my aunt to San Francisco, and I went to a barre class, picked up the kid from German school, got pizza for lunch, did laundry, went grocery shopping and took the kid to a birthday party in the afternoon.

Sunday, May 6, 2018
We drove to the Central Coast to look at some property for sale; we also stopped by Wolff Vineyards and enjoyed our time relaxing on their patio and sipping some wine.

Monday, May 7, 2018
The day trip to the Central Coast before and the looong drive back left me tired, but I still made it to my barre class at lunchtime.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
I started the day with a barre class and some work and then took my aunt to the Rose Garden where we admired the endless roses and enjoyed taking photos.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
I took a break from barre today as I had very little energy, but we made it to the farmers' market in the afternoon where we bought the most amazing bread and tasty cherries.

Thursday, May 10, 2018
It was a busy day of grading, cleaning, and getting ready for our trip to Lake Tahoe tomorrow.

Friday, May 11, 2018
We left for Tahoe right after my 3-hour class and were rewarded with the most beautiful sunset.

Saturday, May 12, 2018
We went on a lovely hike with great views of the lake in the morning before it started to rain in the afternoon.

Sunday, May 13, 2018
We enjoyed some more views of the lake, the kid got to go to the arcade, we did a little shopping and then drove home leisurely.

Monday, May 14, 2018
Work, barre class, grocery shopping, laundry - trying to get caught up after a weekend away.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
I did a lot of grading in the morning, and we went to Hakone Gardens in Saratoga in the afternoon, where we spent a relaxing hour.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018
I gave a midterm in the morning and then got some training at the barre studio where I'll be working for a few hours a week.

Thursday, May 17, 2018
I did Day 4 of the barre challenge, graded for a few hours and then went to the kid's Open House at his school in the evening.

Friday, May 18, 2018
I taught my 3-hour class, and then we took my aunt out for Korean food; in the evening the older kid and his fiancée came over.

Saturday, May 19, 2018
I took the sixth barre class in a row for the challenge, and later in the day it was time to say goodbye to my aunt and take her to the airport.

Sunday, May 20, 2018
I woke up not feeling well and took it easy all day.

Monday, May 21, 2018
Work, barre class, grocery shopping - getting caught up on life.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Andy and I went to a fabulous Orin Swift Wine Dinner at Il Fornaio in Palo Alto.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018
I felt some after effects from yesterday's wine dinner today.

Thursday, May 24, 2018
I met up with a good friend and her baby; it was so good to catch up.

Friday, May 25, 2018
I gave the last midterm; not looking forward to grading them....

Saturday, May 26, 2018
I took my future daughter-in-law and her best friend dress shopping; we found a dress, shoes, and had a nice lunch.

Sunday, May 27, 2018
We drove to the Sacramento area so that I could attend my friend Lara's practice barre class; later in the day, we hung out at Lara's house.

Monday, May 28, 2018
We stopped by the Vacaville Outlets on the way home where the boys stocked up on essentials; we also ate some yummy foods and had some delicious drinks at Tahoe Joe's.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Grading, barre class, housework - trying to get caught up on life.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
I have lots of grading to do, so I didn't make it to my lunchtime barre class; I really missed it.

Thursday, May 31, 2018
Started the day with a walk, did a couple hours of grading, worked at my new "fun job" at the barre studio, took a barre class, and then went to the soft opening of Gentry in Cupertino - it was a full day. 

Questions: What were your highlights in May? 
Be well,

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Why to Do a Food-Based Cleanse If you Already Eat Well

Disclosure: I am a Conscious Cleanse ambassador, and if you decide to sign up for the program via one of my links, I will earn a commission. As always, all opinions are my own, and I only recommend products and services I truly believe in.  

When I did the Conscious Cleanse, a food-based cleanse, for the first time in January 2013, I was overall eating well and exercising regularly. That is, I made fresh vegetables and fruits the bulk of my meals, shopped for fresh produce at the farmers' market weekly, tried to avoid processed foods as much as possible, didn't eat out very often and worked out at least four times per week.

Yet, I wasn't feeling as well as I could have, which became especially apparent AFTER the cleanse because I was feeling better than ever before by the end of the program. Some of the symptoms I had accepted as "normal" and didn't connect to what I was eating, such as joint point that I was experiencing for years. Doing the Conscious Cleanse taught me what contributed to me not feeling my best (and what I continue to work on as it's easy to fall back into old habits):
  • I have a pretty strong sensitivity to gluten, which manifests itself via digestive issues, joint pain and brain fog.
  • Drinking too much coffee makes me feel jittery and eventually leads me to crash - caffeine has been an ongoing battle for me.
  • I don't eat as clean as I think - I love condiments, and many of them have lots of sugar and not-so-great ingredients - this is also something I'm still working on.
  • While I've always eaten a lot of produce, I could actually eat a lot more - it's easy to reach for convenient foods rather than produce, especially when life gets busy.
  • While I'm fine eating a few eggs a week, I start having trouble digesting eggs when I eat too many.

Making the above changes (and some others), allowed me to feel really good by the end of my first cleanse. Doing additional cleanses over the years got me back to that state when little offenders crept back into my diet over time. I also learn something new about myself and how my body reacts to various foods every time I do the cleanse.

So while I didn't make radical changes because of the Conscious Cleanse, the changes I did make really made a difference in how I feel:

  • I sleep better.
  • I don't have stomach pain.
  • I think clearer. 
  • My joints don't hurt. 
  • I feel calmer. 
  • I have a lot more energy throughout the day without crashing in the afternoon. 
Over the years, people have often asked me why I do a group-based cleanse and if it really makes a difference versus "cleaning things up on your own." I believe it really does. The daily support before, during and after the cleanse is what keeps you going when things get tough. It also really helps to have support from people who are going through the same process. Finally, I love all the inspiration I get from the daily emails, conference calls, and Facebook group posts.

If you are curious about the Conscious Cleanse and want to know more about my experiences doing it, check out my Conscious Cleanse page or leave a comment on this post. You can also send me an email at andreaswellnessnotes[at] I'd be happy to answer your questions.

The next Conscious Cleanse starts on June 13. Visit the Conscious Cleanse website for more information about the different programs that are available.

Questions: Have you ever done a cleanse? How could you "clean up" your diet a bit? 

Be well,

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Visiting Lake Tahoe in May

Last weekend, we drove to South Lake Tahoe with my aunt. She very much enjoyed the drive from the Bay Area and the ever-changing scenery. And of course she loved the beautiful views there.

We arrived just a bit before sunset and made sure to experience it right on the shore.

It's always fun to hang out with Mark Twain a bit. 

Andy and I always take some hotel room mirror selfies...

We stayed in a comfortable two bedroom unit with a kitchen and big dining room table, where we enjoyed most of our meals.

Rain was forecast for Saturday, but we made sure to get out early to go on the Van Sickle hike to enjoy the beautiful trail and the views of the lake.

Andy pointed out that I didn't quite wear a hiking outfit, but for the relatively short hike it worked out well. We only walked from our hotel to the trail head (about 1.5 miles) and then to the Vista Point. Hikers can also hike to a small waterfall (about 1.1 miles from the trail head or all the way to the top - we did that hike several years ago, and it's a quite strenuous hike that takes several hours each way, but you are rewarded with fabulous views).

We finished the hike before it started raining and went to Base Camp Pizza Co. 

It's a fun place with delicious hummus, salads and pizza.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Visiting Hakone Gardens in Saratoga

Yesterday afternoon we took my aunt to Hakone Gardens in Saratoga for a short and relaxing visit. We got there in the late afternoon and stayed for about an hour, but it's such a relaxing place that's perfect for spending the entire afternoon - reading, meditating or just relaxing.

The garden is so beautiful and serene.

The kid enjoyed feeding the turtles.

I wore my super comfortable LuLaRoe leggings, a LuLaRoe top and a long cardigan. My outfit was super comfortable, but with my necklace I felt put together.

Such a pretty palm tree.

I always love a waterfall.

There is enough space for kids to run around a bit.

And there is a great view from the observation deck.

Question: Where is your favorite place to relax? 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Sentence a Day: April 2018

Here are my sentences for April 2018. You can read my past sentences on my Sentence a Day Page.

Sunday, April 1, 2018
We had a nice Easter, including a wonderful brunch at Il Fornaio.

Monday, April 2, 2018
I started the day with a barre class, and then we went on a very hilly, six-mile hike at Mission Peak.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
We are taking care of a lot of errands this spring break - got new tires and took care of several other items; we also enjoyed a low-key brunch in the sunshine. In other news, I'm VERY sore.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018
Dropped off the car for more repairs and had to leave it overnight; we also went out for some Korean short rib soup.

Thursday, April 5, 2018 
Spent the morning making several long phone class and finally got the car back in the evening.

Friday, April 6, 2018
I started the day with a barre class and then dropped the car off at the dealership for recall repairs.

Saturday, April 7, 2018
We activated our Season Passes at Great America and met up with friends for dinner.

Sunday, April 8, 2018
We took Andy on a beer crawl in the afternoon, and the kid and I had fun playing games.

Monday, April 9, 2018
Today is the first day of the spring quarter, which is always exciting.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Today was an emotional day.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
I talked to my favorite (and only) aunt for several hours on the phone.

Thursday, April 12, 2018
I started the day with a barre class and then got caught up on a lot of work.

Friday, April 13, 2018
My dad turned 80 today, and it was sad, once again, that I'm not able to be there to celebrate with him; I saw the cutest little family walking all over campus today.

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Andy and I got to escape to San Francisco for a few hours today, and we very much enjoyed our quality time together.

Sunday, April 15, 2018
I decided yesterday to do a food-based cleanse after all, so I spent the day trying to get prepared for the coming week.

Monday, April 16, 2018
Coffee withdrawals once again - unfortunately, I had been used to drinking way more than the one cup I had negotiated with myself, so the withdrawals aren't fun.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
The kid is on spring break, and we went to see Black Panther in the afternoon.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
I taught my morning class, and then the kid and I went on a 5-mile hike.

Thursday, April 19, 2018
It was a super busy day, made even busier because we'll drive to the Central Coast tomorrow after my morning class, and I had to get ready for the trip.

Friday, April 20, 2018
It's the last day of the kid's spring break, so we got to leave a bit earlier than usual for the Central Coast;  once we got there, we discovered that there is a newly opened taproom - Libertine - in town, and Andy had a flight of sour beers, which he loves.

Saturday, April 21, 2018
We started the day with a gym workout and then went for a long walk on the beach.

Sunday, April 22, 2018
On the drive home, we stopped by Bristols Cider House; we really enjoyed their ciders.

Monday, April 23, 2018
A good friend of ours turned 50 and celebrated by performing at a local music stage; what a fun evening!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
It was a super busy and stressful day.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
I didn't sleep well and really struggled to get up; I'm proud of myself for making it to a lunchtime barre class, which actually gave me more energy for the rest of the day.

Thursday, April 26, 2018
I finally met a good friend for a hike - we had been trying to get together since January!

Friday, April 27, 2018
I started the day with a barre class, taught my 3-hour class, went to Costco to get ready for my aunt's visit and then played basketball with the kid - I was sooo tired at the end of the day.

Saturday, April 28, 2018
The day started with a dead battery and a missed barre class, but then I was very productive for the rest of the day getting the house ready for my aunt's visit.

Sunday, April 29, 2018
I started the day with a barre class, picked up a few more groceries, picked up my aunt from the airport in the afternoon, and then the older kid and his girlfriend came over for dinner.

Monday, April 30, 2018
It was a busy day, but I was able to get away for a lunchtime barre class, and we played wall ball with the  kid at night.

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Question: What were your highlights in April? 

Be well,