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Wyoming national parks and monuments are some of the most beautiful in all of North America. With stunning views, majestic mountains, dense woodlands, and historical sites all around the state, it’s no wonder that droves of nature and history lovers flock to the state every year.

Wyoming National Parks

Wyoming boasts a whopping six national parks. These parks feature a variety of terrain from sweeping vistas to gigantic rock formations, as well as rich historical history. Some will be immediately recognizable to you, while others may never have been on your radar. All of them offer a unique view of the natural beauty and history of Wyoming.

Yellowstone National Park

Perhaps the most famous national park in the country, Yellowstone is a mecca for nature lovers worldwide. Established in 1872, Yellowstone is one of the oldest national parks in the United States. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the Natural category.

Encompassing over 2.2 million acres and shared by three states, Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, this massive national park attracts around 4.2 million tourists every year. These visitors enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, boating, sightseeing, and camping.

Although rich in wildlife and geological beauty, Yellowstone is best known for its geysers, the most famous being Old Faithful. In fact, this world-famous geyser is the highlight of most trips to the park. Yellowstone falls is another landmark not to be missed.

Everyone knows that Yellowstone is chock full of natural beauty, but what many don’t realize is that it also has several historical landmarks, as well.

Old Faithful Inn

Built in 1904 and considered to be the largest log structure in the world, Old Faithful Inn has been attracting visitors for generations. The brainchild of architect Robert Reamer, this massive structure seems to grow right out of the landscape. It’s widely considered to be a revolution in national park architecture.

Lake Yellowstone Hotel

This hotel celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2016. In 2014, it was fully renovated, restoring it to its original Colonial Revival splendor for everyone to enjoy. The hotel is situated on the shores of one of the largest alpine lakes in the world and boasts views of Lake Yellowstone as well as the area’s abundant wildlife.

Obsidian Cliff

This towering natural historical landmark seems to reach the sky above the Grand Loop Road. Comprised entirely of obsidian rock, or volcanic glass, the impressive columns that reflect the light so spectacularly were formed as thick lava cooled and crystallized.

Norris, Madison, and Fishing Museums

Designed by architect Herbert Maier in what has become known as National Park Rustic style, these trail-side museums offer greater insight into the park. The Norris Museum has exhibits on geothermal geology, Norris Geyser Basin, and life in thermal areas, while the Madison and Fishing Bridge museums are used as small visitor centers.

Fort Yellowstone

Filled with historical buildings like the Captain’s Headquarters, Guard House, Hospital Annex, Commissary, and more, Fort Yellowstone harkens back to the days when the US Army was responsible for the management of Yellowstone.

Grand Teton National Park

Centered around its namesake, the Grand Teton, the tallest mountain in the Tetons Range, this park encompasses 310,000 acres. Often called The Mountains of Imagination, the area features forest-lined mountainsides, wildflower-covered meadows, crystalline lakes, and the Snake River.

With elevations ranging from 6,400 to 13,700 feet, the park offers views ranging from sagebrush valleys to windswept granite rock faces. Visitors to the park also enjoy 200 miles of trails, hiking, camping, climbing, kayaking, and more.

Grand Teton National Park also boasts its own historical sites as well as world-famous Jackson Hole.

Murie Ranch Historic District

Murie Ranch, located on the Snake River, was the birthplace of The Wilderness Act and the modern conservation movement. Visitors can tour the cabins, rive, and woods of the area.

Jackson Lake Lodge

Part of the famous Jackson Hole resort, Jackson Lake Lodge is situated on a high terrace overlooking Jackson Lake. Completed in 1955 for John D. Rockefeller Jr., this lodge boasts 60-foot panoramic windows designed to capture every last bit of the amazing views of the area.

Jackson Hole

Offering some of the best outdoor activities in the country, Jackson Hole is one of the best spots in Grand Teton National park for hiking, biking, skiing, and more.

Wyoming National Monuments

Not at large as Wyoming National Parks, but just as impressive are Wyoming National Monuments. These two monuments are marvels of the natural world.

Devils Tower National Monument

The USA’s first national monument, Devils Tower is a flat-topped volcanic formation towering 1,200 feet into the air. Visitors from all over the world flock to see the tower itself, as well as to enjoy the eight miles of nature trails surrounding it. Some even climb Devils Tower itself.

Fossil Butte National Monument

At over 7,500 feet above sea level, Fossil Butte offers a look 52 million years into the past. Teeming with fossils known worldwide for their diversity and preservation, the area offers a rich educational opportunity for visitors.

In addition to a peek into the prehistoric past, visitors can enjoy scenic drives, hiking, picnics, and more.

Bighorn National Recreation Area

Visitors to the Bighorn National Recreation Area can enjoy almost 30 miles of hiking trails, historic ranches, and more outdoor activities – all with incredible views of wetlands, high deserts, broad valleys, upland prairies, mountains, and forests.

Fort Laramie National Historic Site

Known as the Crossroads of a Nation Moving West, Fort Laramie has seen Native Americans, settlers, missionaries, trappers, traders, gold miners, ranchers, and soldiers pass through its walls.

What began as a small 100 foot by 80-foot structure ballooned in size and importance, eventually becoming a military post from which several treaties were negotiated and major military campaigns were launched. Visitors to the fort can learn all about life during America’s western expansion.

National Historic Trails

Wyoming National Parks and monuments aren’t the only draws for visitors. These historic trails offer a mix of history and nature, giving visitors a glimpse into the past as well as wonderful, natural views.

Independence Rock

Known as the Register of the Desert, this rock was an important landmark for pioneers. Its name comes from a pioneer legend that said travelers needed to reach the rock by Independence Day if they wanted to cross the Rockies before winter. Over the years, many travelers inscribed their names on the 128-foot rock’s surface as they made their way along the California, Oregon, and Mormon Pioneer trails.

Pony Express

Perhaps one of the most iconic institutions of the old west, the Pony Express trail is still around for visitors to explore. This historic route wound from St. Joseph, Missouri, across the Great Plains, over the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada to Sacramento. Today, visitors can learn about the trail at the National Historic Trails Interpretive Center in Casper, Wyoming.

Fort D.A. Russell

Now known as Warren Air Force Base, Fort D.A. Russell began as a cavalry post. It was established in 1867 to protect workers building the Union Pacific Railroad and is one of the Air Force’s oldest continuously active bases.

Public access is limited, but the fort offers home tours and military reenactments for three days during July.

Union Pacific Railroad Depot

Built in 1887, the depot helped make Cheyenne a cultural and economic force in the old west. Today, it houses the Cheyenne Depot Museum, which offers visitors an extensive collection of photos, artifacts, and exhibits which document the railroad’s history and westward expansion.

Medicine Mountain

Known as the American Stonehenge, the site has been an important cultural and spiritual site for Native Americans for thousands of years. This 75-foot diameter stone wheel is the best preserved of its kind in North America and includes 28 spokes – one for each day of the lunar cycle. Visitor hiking the 1.5-mile trail will enjoy beautiful views of the entire Big Horn Basin.

Sheridan Inn

Built in 1893, the historic Sheridan Inn was considered the finest hotel between Chicago and San Francisco at the time. Buffalo Bill Cody was the hotel’s most famous guests, and today each of the hotel’s 22 rooms features a character from Buffalo Bill’s life.

South Pass

From 1868 to 1869, miners were drawn to the pass in droves by the promise of gold only to be crushed by the backbreaking work and severe conditions of the Southern Pass.

Today, South Pass is one of the most well-preserved mining towns in the west featuring 17 historical buildings. Visitors can enjoy a three-mile trail, the historical architecture as well as an interpretive center featuring gold mining methods.

Fort Phil Kearny and Related Sites

This historic fort was attacked by native American tribes in 1866, leaving more than 80 men dead. Today, the partially restored fort boasts 1,000 acres with three major locations narrating the dramatic story of the conflict as well as Native American and soldier life.

The associated battlefields, Fetterman Fight and Wagon Box Fight, located nearby include a trail that leads visitors through the battle, providing both Native American and settler perspectives on the battle.

Wapiti Ranger Station

The oldest ranger station in the United State, Wapiti has been in continuous use since it was constructed in 1903. Located in Shoshone National Forest, visitors to the area can enjoy camping at one of the 41 sites in the area from mid-May through mid-November.

Wyoming National Parks, Monuments, and More

Wyoming National Parks aren’t the only things to enjoy in the state for nature and history lovers. In addition to Wyoming national parks, the state offers a plethora of monuments, historical sites, and outdoor activities at many of these locations.

If you love nature and history, you owe it to yourself to explore Wyoming National Parks, monuments, and all the beauty and history of the surrounding areas.

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Hi everyone. It’s time for another great giveaway hop. Oh, the things you can win. I’m giving away a $10 Amazon Gift card. It’s always good to get a little extra spending money, right? We have had a horrible May so far in New England. It feels more like fall rather than spring. I hope it warms up soon. I really need to move to a warmer climate once my kids go to college.

You MAY Win Giveaway Hop

But, I digress. It’s giveaway time. Enter my giveaway and then hop around to the other participants. Have fun and good luck! This hop is hosted by MamatheFox.

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Beautiful spring tulips flowers growing in garden

Flowers are a wonderful way to express yourself. Whether you use them to decorate your home or give them as a gift, they can reveal a lot about your personality and style. What do your favorite flowers reveal about you? Perhaps tulips or daisies are more your thing. Check out what your favorite flowers say about you and enter to win the May Flowers Giveaway hop too!

Check out the Giveaway Hop at the bottom of the post.

I’m giving away a $15 e-gift card to Amazon and there are many other bloggers joining in the fun so you can hop around and enter their prizes as well. Have fun and good luck!

What Your Favorite Flowers Say about You! Roses

Roses have long been recognized as a flower that represents romance. If you are a lover of roses, you appreciate traditional style. You tend to be a perfectionist, but you also like to bring out the best in other people. In relationships, you want them to be meaningful with a strong connection. (I am a lover of roses myself). I can’t believe how close this one represents my personality. How about you?

Lilies

Lily fans are thought to be very nurturing. They focus on the care of their loved ones. Lily lovers also take pride in their appearance and personal achievements. Their friends come to you for advice and respect your opinions.

Daisies

Daisy lovers are positive and full of energy. It’s difficult to bring down their happy mood. They tend to be warm, friendly and often the life of the party. They are very loyal friends no matter what.

Tulips

Tulip loyalists are sensitive and sweet. They are very thoughtful and show love and warmth easily toward friends and family. A tulip lover can brighten other’s day with their smile. They wake up ready to have a positive day.

Orchids

Orchid fans tend to have an aura of mystery around them. They keep a tight circle of friends and don’t tend to gossip or share secrets. First impressions are important to them, but they are not quick to judge others. Other people will often be surprised by their personality once they get to know them better.

Irisis

Iris lovers tend to be adventure seekers. They don’t like to wake up to days that feel mundane and hum-drum. They like to meditate but can also go skydiving at the drop of a hat. If you want to be inspired to be more adventurous, find someone who loves irises.

There are so many other flowers to love. Which are your favorites? Now onto the giveaway. Good luck!

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Yoga is one of my favorite ways to stay in shape. It not only improves strength and flexibility but also helps reduce stress. Yoga has so many great benefits and is great for beginners. Although there are more than 100 different types of yoga, they have these main things in common: breathing exercises, meditation, yoga poses that include stretching and flexing.

Yoga for Beginners – Benefits of Yoga

There are many benefits to yoga. Yoga Journal has an article about 38 benefits, but these are the top 5 reasons I do yoga.

1. Improves your flexibility

Improved is probably the most obvious benefit of yoga. In the beginning, you probably won’t be able to touch your toes and some poses will look impossible. Over time, your muscles will gradually loosen, and impossible poses will become possible.

2. Builds muscle strength

At first glance, yoga may not look like a strength-building exercise routine, but you’d be wrong. Yoga helps strengthen nearly every muscle in your body. The stronger you become, the more you can do in your yoga practice and in life.

3. Increases blood flow

One of my favorite things about yoga, especially in the morning is the way it gets my blood flowing. Relaxation poses help blood flow to the hands and feet. Inverted poses help blood flow back toward your heart. According to Yoga Journal,

“Yoga also boosts levels of hemoglobin and red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the tissues. And it thins the blood by making platelets less sticky and by cutting the level of clot-promoting proteins in the blood. This can lead to a decrease in heart attacks and strokes since blood clots are often the cause of these killers.”

4. Brightens your mood

Some studies have shown that yoga improves depression by increasing serotonin levels in the brain. Meditation in yoga has been correlated to greater levels of happiness, especially in long term practitioners.

5. Helps with focus

Another thing I love about yoga is focusing on being in the present. Some studies have shown that yoga helps memory, improves coordination and has even boosted IQ test scores. Following a yoga flow while using my breath really helps me stay focused.

Yoga for Beginners – Where to Start?

If you are a beginner to yoga, it’s good to take a few beginner classes or watch beginner videos to get a sense of how to do most standard poses. Printable practice sheets show photos of experts who have a lot of flexibility. Always listen to your body. If anything feels like more than a gentle stretch, stop. Always consult your health care provider before trying any exercise. Do what works for you. Breath deeply, take it at your own pace and have fun! Here is a great video to help you get started with some basic poses:

Yoga For Complete Beginners - 20 Minute Home Yoga Workout! - YouTube

Yoga for Beginners – Sun Salutation

Yoga is a great way to start your day. Even a short practice can help your body wake up and get your metabolism moving. The beginning of many yoga practices includes a sun salutation series. I’ll sometimes do just 1-3 to awaken my body when I first get out of bed. It helps stretch my stiff muscles after a night curled up asleep. This video helps break down the sun salutation. After following this video, it will be easier to use the following printable. You’ll have a better sense of what you can do as a beginner and what a more accomplished yoga practitioner looks like.

Sun Salutation Flow for Beginners (Free Class) - YouTube

Yoga for Beginners – Sun Salutation Printable

The first Sun Salutation printable focuses on flexing and extending the spine. This one is perfect for older participants or before you work up to a full Sun Salutation. The second printable is the full practice. Click here for higher resolution version to print out.

The second printable includes one full sun salutation. Click here for higher resolution.

Yoga for Beginners – Office yoga

If you have a desk job, office yoga is a great way to get you through the day. Taking time to stretch is so important. See if you can enlist a few officemates to join you. Hold each other accountable to be sure you get in this practice at least 3 times a week. This graphic links to a PDF file. It is 4 pages long. If clicking the graphic does not work. Use this link.

Yoga for Beginners – Stepping it Up

As your progress and feel more comfortable with your yoga practice. You may want to challenge yourself to do a bit more. All poses are named so you can look them up to find more detail. If a pose looks way out of your comfort zone, don’t do it. Simply use this practice as a guide and do what works for you. Hip openers like Pigeon Pose can be particularly challenging for beginners. Never do this pose if you have any issues with your hips or knees.

This graphic links to a PDF file. It is 4 pages long. If clicking the graphic does not work. Use this link.

You may start to feel better even after the first time you try practicing yoga. You will notice that the more you commit, the more you benefit. Take a deep breath and GO try yoga!

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A recent beach vacation helped me to re-evaluate my body image. I am often way too hard on myself. Sometimes that inner voice says, “I hate my body.” I always want to cover up all of my imperfections. What I saw on the beach was so many women celebrating their bodies. Showing off curves, bellies, cellulite and more. Like the celebs in this picture, I loved how the women I saw embraced themselves and were not trying to hide every bump and bulge like I was.

I was so inspired by these women. I figured if they can do it, so can I. I need to forgive my body for not being perfect and embrace it for what it is. It is beautiful. It is healthy. It is strong. How do you feel about your body? Do you ever find yourself saying “I hate my body?” Do you cover up or share it with the world?

Like many girls, I grew up playing with Barbie dolls. I always felt that she had the “perfect” body. Did you know that Barbie’s measurements are 32″ bust, 16″ waist, 29″ hips, and 16″ thighs? The average woman is 35″ Bust, 35″ waist, 40″ hips, and 25″ thigh. How can anyone expect to measure up? It’s truly impossible.

Stop Saying “I Hate My Body”
10 Ways to Improve Your Body Image 1. Take a break from social media

It can be literally exhausting trying to keep up with the Jones’. Women are the first to log on to Facebook or Instagram and see the perfect body, family, the ones who have everything and then that negative voice starts to come out. Do yourself a favor and know that most social media lives are not what they seem. Not to mention, you would be surprised at the amount of time you have when it’s not spent online!

2. Pick up a new hobby

The great thing about hobbies is that you are good at it and it is not an obligation! Start crafting, take a cooking class, or go antique hunting. All of these things not only occupy your mind, which is less time for negative self-talk and great for your mental health, but you will find happiness doing something that you love. Also, if your hobby is something not everyone can do, it almost replaces body hate with self-validation without having to compare yourself with others.

3. Set a goal and achieve it

It doesn’t matter what the goal may be but set one. Think of short-term goals that you have always wanted to reach and start working towards it. Don’t tell yourself that you CANNOT do something. Instead, prove to yourself that you can, and you will. It will feel AMAZING! If your goal involves food in any way (overweight/underweight, eating disorders, etc.) try doing a little research then apply it to yourself in order to beat the feeling of being defeated.

4. Set aside time daily just for self-motivation

Everyone has a busy life whether it involves work, kids, a spouse, or extracurricular activities. However, it’s important you do not lose yourself along the way. By taking only 30 minutes out of your schedule for yourself will greatly improve your quality of life. I enjoy reading a daily devotional, preferably in the morning. But you could always plug this in whenever you feel anxious, unwanted, stressed out, or before bedtime. It doesn’t matter when you do it, just as long as it gets done.

5. Surround yourself with positivity

If you know there are things or people in your life that make you feel toxic, it’s time to start cleaning house. Nobody needs unnecessary negativity in their life. If you have friends that constantly bring you down, they are not your friends. If you leave every morning to go to a job you hate, look for a new one. Say your spouse and kids make you feel toxic, sit down with them and talk it out. Come up with a plan that will work for everyone.

6. Know that no one is perfect and be comfortable with that

First things first, stop comparing yourself to others. As much as it downs your body image, someone else is looking have the exact same thought about themselves. No one is perfect no matter what their Facebook post says or their Instagram stories. Start being comfortable in what you have and start working towards the things that you want. Body positivity can be found a lot easier once you consciously tell yourself that YOU ARE ENOUGH.

7. Stop obsessing and start focusing

Instead of obsessing over the weight you have or have not gained, start focusing on doing something about it. In order to gain control over your eating habits, you have to find out where the problem lies. Keeping a food journal or diary is great for tracking the nutrients you are taking in. Also, be sure that there is a section to write about your feelings. Put your voice on paper as to why you are or not eating, what happened that day to put you in a bad mood, and how can you change it. Everyone has to start somewhere, so start small. Make a few small changes and work up to the things that you feel are totally out of reach.

8. Build a support system

This goes back to cleaning house. By getting rid of negativity you can focus on mentally and physically building a strong foundation. Talk to your family and friends. Look online about meetings in your local area if you are struggling with a specific problem. Let people know what is going on instead of feeling alone, I promise you are not alone. Actually, you would probably be surprised to know that most people feel exactly like you in one way or another.

9. Buy clothes that fit

Stop refusing to buy a size bigger. If you think that you want to start losing weight, we all know it does not happen overnight. So, disregard what the tag size is, and buy what fits. You will feel so much more comfortable in your own skin, it’s unreal.

10. Exercise

Regardless if you exercise to lose weight or if you love it, it makes you feel better. Also, if you struggle with body image, walking, running, or going to the gym gives you a sense of purpose of working towards something. This could also count for your daily motivation, your focus, and even goal setting. Exercise is really a time where it is all about yourself, and that is totally okay!

Nearly everyone has suffered from body dysmorphic and/or eating disorders at some point in their life. It is true! I nearly starved myself to be skinny after I graduated from college. Later in life, I gained 20 pounds from emotional binge eating. We all have issues.

Instead of saying, “I hate my body,” learn to love your body. It will take time. I cannot say that it is easy, because it’s not. But if you are trying, and use these improvements above, you’ll be heading in the right direction.

I recently saw an interview with Drew Barrymore. She talked about being happy is beautiful. Just sharing a smile can help brighten someone else’s day. Let’s focus on our happiness and our smiles and not on the imperfections of our bodies.

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Quiche is a versatile dish that works equally well for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. Here, we’ve gathered 20 vegetarian quiche recipes that will help you serve a delicious meal full of bright flavor and healthy vegetables. From super greens such as kale, spinach and broccoli to tasty zucchini, tomato, peppers and mushrooms, these recipes will inspire you to experiment with new flavor combinations to create a savory and healthy meal. Quiche is also an excellent make-ahead and meal planning dish that can be frozen for later use. Explore these 20 veggie quiche recipes for a new take on a classic dish.

Crustless Asparagus Quiche

Crustless Asparagus Quiche by Low Carb Yum is a crustless asparagus quiche that features nutritious asparagus and baby spinach leaves. Did I mention it is oh so delicious?! It is also super simple to make as it comes together with very little effort. It is the perfect morning meal for those looking for an easy low carb meal. Whip one up and store in the fridge for a quick breakfast each morning!

Zucchini Ricotta Quiche With Crumbled Walnuts

Zucchini Ricotta Quiche With Crumbled Walnuts by Sweet Peas And Saffron gives you a creamy texture from the ricotta, a bit of crunch from the Walnuts and the health benefits of zucchini. It is also super easy to make and if you use a premade crust it’s that much easier! And, if you’re thinking “I don’t like zucchini” don’t worry! Hidden in this quiche is the perfect way to enjoy the health benefits of them!

Mushroom Kale and Cheddar Quiche

I get to make this vegetarian quiche recipe all to myself because no one else in my family likes mushrooms. Mushroom Kale and Cheddar Quiche by Hello Little Home is an easy way to make quiche chocked full of flavor! With ingredients like tender potatoes, savory mushrooms and kale, and delicious sharp cheddar cheese how can you go wrong? This mouth-watering quiche is perfect to serve for a special holiday brunch!

Easy Broccoli Tomato Quiche

Easy Broccoli Tomato Quiche by Sizzling Eats is a savory custard filled with seasoned pan-fried broccoli, onion, tomato, and a sharp cheddar cheese blend. Even the description makes your mouth water! This yummy quiche is perfect for serving anytime!

Arugula and Cremini Quiche With Gluten Free Almond Meal Crust

Arugula and Cremini Quiche With Gluten Free Almond Meal Crust by Cookie And Kate is a gourmet recipe that you can serve for breakfast, brunch or dinner! This amazing quiche features ingredients such as Arugula, Cremini mushrooms, and goat cheese in addition to a gluten-free thyme and almond meal crust. YUM!

Farmers Market Quiche

Farmers Market Quiche by Saving Dessert is one of those recipes you just can’t mess up! It is a tasty, fresh vegetable quiche filled with zucchini, onions, tomatoes, and cheese. Freshly picked herbs and a flaky crust enhance the already deliciousness of the quiche. You can interchange the vegetables with whatever is fresh and available for different variations! Makes me want to run out to my local farmer’s market to make this vegetarian quiche recipe. YUM!

Caramelized Onion Mushroom Kale Quiche

Caramelized Onion Mushroom Kale Quiche by Wholesome Yum is a delicious and easy recipe the whole family will love. You will love how easy and quick it is to make as it is a crustless quiche you can make in your slow cooker or Instant Pot. It includes ingredients such as caramelized onion, mushroom, and kale and is naturally low-carb.

Roasted Tomato And Goat Cheese Quiche

Roasted Tomato And Goat Cheese Quiche by Cook Nourish Bliss is not only a delicious quiche but a pretty one too! It includes green onions, goat cheese, and topped with plenty of roasted tomatoes. If you know you will be short on time or need a meal for a gathering, this is the perfect meal as it can be made ahead of time!

Skinny Kale Butternut Squash Quiche

Skinny Kale Butternut Squash Quiche by Amy’s Healthy Baking is an easy quiche packed with healthy vegetables and protein to keep you full all morning. It is easy to make with only 6 ingredients and the leftovers reheat nicely. Make a double batch do so you can fuel up for breakfast throughout the week!

35 Calorie Mini Vegan Quiches

35 Calorie Mini Vegan Quiches by Wallflower Kitchen perfect for on-the-go breakfasts and snacks. These yummy mini quiches are a good source of protein and are vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, low-fat, and low-calorie. They are also easy to make ahead and freeze so you always have them on hand!

Potato Vegetable Quiche

Potato Vegetable Quiche by Culinary Ginger is a colorful and delicious meal! It has sweet and purple potatoes layered in with eggs, leeks, fennel, and seasonings poured over a buttery, flaky crust. The potato topping creates a breathtaking potato display. While it is a meal unto itself, you can serve with a small side salad to round out the meal for lunch or dinner.

Apple Cheddar Quiche

Apple Cheddar Quiche by Wine And Glue is a delicious sweet and savory quiche. The tartness of the apples and savoriness of the cheese are in perfect balance and a little pinch of nutmeg takes this delicious dish over the top! It is a mouth-watering delight the whole family will love.

Spanakopita Quiche With Fillo Crust

Spanakopita Quiche With Fillo Crust by Yummy Mummy Kitchen is a Greek-inspired lighter version of a quiche thanks the Fillo crust. Featuring spinach and feta cheese, this yummy quiche is the perfect way to get more greens in the diet!

Sauteed Cauliflower Mushroom Leek Crustless Quiche

Sauteed Cauliflower Mushroom Leek Crustless Quiche by Call Me PMc is a simple, yet hearty and satisfying dish. It uses ingredients such as cauliflower, cremini mushrooms, sauteed leeks, and sharp cheddar cheese. It is one of those recipes you can add to your “comfort food” list!

The Best Vegan Quiche Ever

This vegetarian quiche recipe is one of my favorites. The Best Vegan Quiche Ever by Happy Kitchen Rocks is a delicious quiche made without cheese yet taste like it is full of cheese! It will have you wondering if your taste buds are on vacation! It features a ‘cheesy’ soy-free creamy filling over whole grain crust topped with crunchy asparagus. This amazing quiche is also easy to make and only requires 40 minutes from start to finish.

Keto Tomato And Goat Cheese Quiche

Keto Tomato And Goat Cheese Quiche by Keto Diet App is an amazing dish that will have you wondering is it a quiche, tart, or pizza flavored cheesecake? It has a crispy crust that when paired with the smooth and creamy ricotta and egg filling flavored with tomato, basil, and cheese is simply delicious!

Asparagus Quiche With Fontina Cheese

Asparagus Quiche With Fontina Cheese by Simply Recipes is made with heavy cream making it really creamy. The ingredients include fresh asparagus and Fontina cheese for a delicious flavor. It is the perfect quiche especially for special occasions and for everyday!

Mini Blue Cheese Quiche in Phyllo Cups

Mini Blue Cheese Quiche in Phyllo Cups by Averie Cooks is a mouth-watering mini quiche made with Blue cheese. It is a super simple recipe that only takes minutes to put together. These little mini quiches are perfect for all kind of occasions and work equally well as an appetizer.

Spinach And Roasted Pepper With Havarti Quiche

Spinach And Roasted Pepper With Havarti Quiche This vegetarian quiche recipe by A Dish Of Daily Life is the perfect quiche for a holiday brunch! It features a delicious combination of spinach and roasted peppers along with eggs and cheese. It is just as delicious as it is impressive!

110 Calorie Crustless Veggie Quiche

110 Calorie Crustless Veggie Quiche by Sally’s Baking Addiction is a low-calorie, low-carb, lightened-up, healthy quiche. It may be lightened up but there is nothing light about the flavor! And, this yummy quiche boasts of 9 grams of protein per serving! In addition, you can even switch up the veggies and spices by using your favorites.

Which vegetarian quiche recipe would you like to try?

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There is no magic pill for weight loss. You need to eat well and exercise. A great way to burn calories is through treadmill workouts. One of the things I like most about treadmill running is that I can’t make excuses when it’s cold or raining. I can also watch TV while I workout on the treadmill, which helps pass the time.

Even if you are not a runner, treadmills are an excellent way to exercise. You may be surprised that even walking on a treadmill and varying your speed and incline, you will be burning those calories and strengthening your muscles. I find interval training helps bring variety to your treadmill workout as well.

5 Treadmill Workouts to Lose Weight

These workouts are meant for you to listen to your body and work at your own pace. Some people may be able to sprint at level 10-12, while others will feel comfortable at 5-6. Take some time practicing each of these workouts to figure out what pace is right for you. Set a goal to increase your pace as your fitness improves.

BASIC TREADMILL WORKOUT
Workout time – 30 minutes

Jogging on your treadmill is a very effective way of burning off fat. However, many people do it the wrong way, holding onto the treadmill’s front bar during their jogs. This method simply doesn’t give you the results you desire for weight loss. As you jog, keep your arms moving, just as you would while running. Then, follow these simple steps:

  • Walk at a medium pace for 5 minutes.
  •  Jog at 4-5mph speed (or whatever speed works for you) for 5 minutes
  • Repeat the interval 3 times
  • Cool down with slow walk for 2 minutes
SPEED WORKOUT
Total workout time – approximately 25 minutes

This routine uses short bursts of speed to get your heart pumping.

  • Warm up with a moderate walk or slow jog (2 minutes)
  • Increase your speed by 2-3 levels for a fast walk or jog (3 minutes)
  • Sprint at a level that feels right to you. Often 5-6 levels up above. Don’t be afraid to push yourself here. (30 seconds)
  • Recover with moderate walk/slow jog (1 minute)
  • Repeat interval 5 times
  • Cool down with a 3-minute walk
TREADMILL SPRINTS
Workout time – approximately 35 minutes

Sprints provide you with a workout of high-intensity. Unlike the workout above, the focus is on sprinting every 2 minutes after a 10-minute steady walk/jog. You’ll increase your heart rate and aim to push past your threshold. The entire process helps you to effectively burn more calories.

  • Brisk walk or Jog (10 minutes)
  • Sprint at an increased speed that feels right for you for 30-seconds.
  • Return to your jogging speed for 2-minutes.
  • Repeat the intervals above 10 times. Try to increase each sprint speed by 0.1-.2 mph.
  • End your sprint workout with a brisk walk for 5 minutes.
TREADMILL HILLS
Workout time – varies

Hills are very good for increasing your heart rate. They also give you a very good workout for the muscles in your lower body.

  • Complete a 5-minute warm-up brisk walk or jog with your treadmill’s incline set to 0.0
  • Increase the treadmill’s speed by about 0.5 mph, and your incline to 1.0
  • Jog or run for 1-minute.
  • Return to an incline of 0.0.
  • Walk or jog for 1-minute.
  • Increase treadmill speed by 0.5 mph and your incline to 1.5
  • Repeat the intervals, increasing your speed and incline by at least 0.5 higher than the previous increase.
  • Cool down with moderate walk on incline 0.0

Note: Aim to build up to an incline of 8.0, but you can stay at a lower incline until you build up your stamina. 

TREADMILL MUSCLES
workout time – 35 minutes

I call this one the “muscles” workout because the goal is just that, to work different muscles in a variety of ways. Using mainly your bodyweight, you’ll work nearly all of the muscles in your legs.

  • Brisk walk or jog for 5 minutes
  • Slow treadmill to 1-2mph
  • Sidestep with left foot – can dip into a side lunge if that feels OK. (1 minute)
  • Turn around and sidestep with right foot in front (1 minute)
  • Continue to side step, but this time cross left over right (1 minute)
  • Switch right over left (1 minute)
  • Face forward again and do walking lunges (2 minutes)
  • Walk on tiptoe for (2 minutes)
  • Increase incline as high as it will go (or as high as is comfortable for you.)
    You may need to hold handlebars. Walking climb facing forward (1 minute)
  • Decrease incline to about 3-4, and walk backward (1 minute) – hold handles if necessary
  • Repeat workout 3x
  • Cool down with 2-5 minute walk
Do you workout on the treadmill to lose weight? What other workouts do you like?

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Thanks to Aroma Joe’s for sponsoring this post.
As always, all opinions are 100% my own. 

Boston Day Trip – Newburyport, Plum Island and Aroma Joe’s

Eating lobster rolls, drinking lemonade, walking on a beach, nature walking in a National Wildlife Refuge… What else would you want on a day off? On a recent Saturday, with temps heading towards 70, that’s just what my husband and I did. 

We hopped in the car for a day trip to the northern coast of Massachusetts. Here, you will find a number of quaint towns and picture-perfect beaches. During our Boston day trip, our itinerary for the day included lunch in Newburyport, lemonade-tasting at Aroma Joe’s and a nature walk on Plum Island. 

First Stop: Newburyport 

Newburyport’s brick buildings and white churches show off their Federal style heritage. The center of town is well preserved so even with new modern shops, it has the look and feel of a historic village. My husband and I had lunch at a dockside restaurant where I enjoyed my first lobster roll of the season. Delicious!

Next Stop: Lemonade at Aroma Joe’s

Before heading out to Plum Island, I couldn’t wait to try the company’s new line of refreshing lemonades. We checked out the Salisbury location. It’s cozy with lots of seating. It even has couches next to a wall-mounted fireplace. I felt right at home. The staff was super friendly too. 

Aroma Joe’s lemonades are totally customizable with delicious flavors like blueberry, raspberry, and more. You can also choose from still, sparkling or frozen. 

My husband and I tried three varieties. I had a still with blueberry, he tried a still with half tea and half lemonade and we split a sparkling plain lemonade. All were delicious!! I can’t wait for my kids to try the frozen lemonade. They are going to LOVE it!

I feel good about the fact that the Aroma Joe’s lemonades are made with real lemons, no artificial colors or flavors, and are non-GMO.

Onward to Plum Island 

Plum Island is a wonderful place to explore, play and relax. In addition to beachcombing, visitors can enjoy fishing, boating, kayaking. We chose to relax for a while enjoying the fresh ocean air. A bit farther down the island is the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge. Here we did some bird watching and nature walking. 

More Aroma Joe’s

Before we left the area, we couldn’t help but stop at Aroma Joe’s again. This time, we grabbed some of their famous coffee to bring home. It’s so great that Aroma Joe’s can be a one-stop shop to satisfy the drinking desires of the entire family. Besides coffee and lemonade, you can get iced tea, frojoes, Cold Brew, real-fruit smoothies and hand-crafted sodas. 

Get Your Lemonade Today!

Stop by (or drive-through) your local Aroma Joe’s to sample and buy the new lemonade products. Let me know which one you try. I can’t wait to hear what you think.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Aroma Joe’s.

You might also like: Boston Day Trips – Health and Wellness

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The Hawaiian Islands have some of the most beautiful National Parks in the world. Hundreds of thousands of tourists travel each year to experience these parks. While these parks are amazing, it’s also worth noting that Hawaii also has national historic parks and national monuments to help you take a few steps back in time. Each park offers something unique.  Whether you are in search of epic scenery or historic sites, Hawaii’s parks offer something for everyone.

Hawaii’s National Parks

According to the National Park Service, there are 8 official National Parks in Hawaii.

  • Haleakala National Park – Maui
  • Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Big Island
  • Honouliuli National Monument – Oahu
  • Kalaupapa National Historical Park – Moloka’i
  • Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park – Big Island
  • Pu’uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park – Big Island
  • Pu’ukohola Heiau National Historic Site – Big Island
  • World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument – Oahu

World-class night sky viewing at the top of Haleakal? by Asa Ellison

HAKEAKALA NATIONAL PARK

Located on the island of Maui, Haleakala National Park is a favorite Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for many people. The landscape and the skyscape are breath-taking, with its beauty of volcanic and rainforest scenery. This is one of those Hawaii Parks that have several great swimming spots, hiking trails, horseback riding, camping, and cycling.  Even viewing the sunrise and sunset is a beautiful activity to observe.

Mark Twain described it as,  “the most sublime spectacle I have ever witnessed.”  The name Haleakala in Hawaiian means, House of the Sun, which describes the elevation that this island reaches in the Pacific. This is one of many parks in Hawaii that has many species on it, including several that do not exist anywhere else on earth.  On a hike to the summit of the volcanic landscape, you will experience a truly remote other-worldly place few have ever been.

Photo credit: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is located on Hawaii Island, the largest and youngest of the chain of Islands.  In this national park, K?lauea and Mauna Loa are two of the most active volcanoes in the world, constantly adding landmass to the Island.  Since 1983, lava has flown and created more than 9 miles of land stretching to the ocean. This adds to the beauty of the island, while at the same time, setting a record for the longest stretch of an eruption for an active volcano.

This Hawaii National Park has stunning rock arches, majestic waterfalls, magma rock formations, caves, and volcanoes. Nature enthusiasts are sure to be left in awe.  Seeing the beauty and power of Mother Nature spitting fire and lava deep from the Earth is a humbling experience to say the least.    Hawaii Volcanoes National Park has plenty of adventurous hiking trails and camping grounds for those that love to sleep under the stars.  This is one Hawaiin National Park you will want to visit.

Photo credit GetToHawaii.com

HONOULIULI NATIONAL MONUMENT

If you’re more interested in seeing the National Monuments of Hawaii, then perhaps Honouliuli National Monument should be your next stop. While this is one of the newer national parks in Hawaii, it has an important story to tell.

This park tells a story that can only be told in the great state of Hawaii. The story is of the experience of prisoners of war, during WWII. Visitors also learn about martial law during this time period. It is a humbling place for reflecting on what war was like during this historic period. Any history buff should definitely include on their National Parks in Hawaii list to visit.

Sunrise at Kalaupapa National Historical Park

KALAUPAPA NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK

This National Park in Hawaii has an especially unique history. Known as one of the most beautiful places in Hawaii, this area once served as an isolated place for those suffering from disease. The park itself is more than 30 years old now, established on December 22, 1980. Back in the day, people were forcibly sent here, who had leprosy. Now the park works hard to bring awareness to those suffering from Hansen’s disease (also known as leprosy). There is still an active patient community on the island. 

This park is very remote on the island of Molokai. It’s extremely isolated surrounded by steep cliffs and ocean. It is only accessible by air. Only a limited number of visitors are allowed each year. Reservations with group tour companies are the only way for the average person to visit. Any filming or photography (other than for personal use) require permits. Visit https://www.nps.gov/kala/index.htm for detailed information.

Photo credit: Hawaii NPS

KALOKO-HONOKOHAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK

A famous National Park in Hawaii is Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park. This park gives you the opportunity to learn about the culture of Hawaii. Throughout the year, you will see several events are offered. All you need to do is look at the calendar and start planning your visit!

This Hawaiian National Park also focuses on helping people understand the history of Hawaii. Make a day out of it and spend your time learning about the people, culture, and history of this great state. The Hawaiin people of this land knew how to use ancient fishing techniques, along with building fishponds, and much more!

PU’UHONUA O HONAUNAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK

Until the early 19th century, Hawaiians who broke one of the ancient laws against the gods could avoid certain death by fleeing to this place of refuge. No harm could come to those who reached the boundaries of the Pu’uhonua (refuge).

There are thousands of archeological sites including royal grounds, a great wall, temple remains, and many statues that help tell the story of early Hawaiian culture. This was one of my favorite national parks in Hawaii. There is a feeling of peace and spirituality on the grounds. This area also has some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving spots on the island.  We spotted quite a few sea turtles when we were there. It’s truly a magical place.

PU’UKOHOLA HEIAU NATIONAL HISTORICAL SITE 

Pu’ukohola Heiau tells the story of the start of the first Hawaiin Kingdom. In fact, the site preserves the last major Ancient Hawaiian temple. You can walk in the footsteps of a king and learn about the ancient Hawaiian culture.

In addition to the main “Heiau” or place of worship, there are ruins of Mailekeini Heiau (built in the 1500s), and Hale o Kapuni, which is a submerged temple dedicated to the shark gods. The main structure can be seen from the road and was painstakingly restored.

King Kamehameha built it as a dedication to the war god Kukailimoku to help in his efforts to unite the Hawaiian Islands.

WORLD WAR II VALOR IN THE PACIFIC NATIONAL MONUMENT

This World War II National Monument in Hawaii may not be known as a National Park in Hawaii, but it is. Pearl Harbor National Monument displays valuable information that helps us remember what happened at Pearl Harbor, so long ago. Did you know that National Monuments are just as protected as any National Park?

When you visit this Hawaii National Park, you will learn so much history. You’ll learn about the attack on Pearl Harbor and the entry of the US into WWII. The Pacific War has a story to be told and this is that story. The memorial is a great reminder of what the USA went through to defend the country in that time period.

These US National Parks hold some of the most beautiful scenes on the planet, each offering a unique experience to meet each visitors’ needs.  Whether you desire a remote spot hiking the top of an ancient volcano, snorkeling the beautiful ocean, or laying on the white sandy Hawaiian beaches, your experience will be too great for words.

Have you visited any of these Hawaiin National Parks? Which one is your favorite?

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner and everyone is looking for the perfect way to honor mom or their wonderful wife. When most think about Mother’s Day – or let me rephrase that, when moms think about Mother’s Day – they dream of relaxation or one day to not feel guilty about doing something for themselves.  Help them indulge in that with these DIY Mother’s Day gift basket ideas!

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Why DIY Gift Baskets Are Better Than Premade?

Assembling a DIY Mother’s Day gift basket takes time and effort. You have to know who you are buying for, what they enjoy, and purchase all the items in a timely fashion in order to be ready for the special occasion. Another reason the DIY basket idea is a better option is that it can be customized.

You may be thinking, Wow! That is a lot of work when I could just go grab one off the shelf. So yes, it is more work; but I can guarantee you that when that special lady of yours opens it, her first thought will be, “Oh my gosh, this is so thoughtful!”

Customization of the basket is a real attraction. How many times have you purchased some type of “set” where you really only wanted one or two items, but instead you paid full price to throw all but a couple of items away? I know I have! (This is especially true around Christmas time when big box stores have every gift set imaginable.)  Making it yourself really allows you to choose the best items for your mom this holiday.

9 Perfect DIY Mother’s Day Gift Basket Ideas

Before I give you some of my favorite gift basket ideas, I want to let you know that if you are not a fan of in store shopping, this is written for you! Most or all of these items can be purchased from Amazon. We are huge Amazon Prime fans in our house because of the free shipping which makes Amazon super convenient. If you don’t have Prime, it is definitely worth checking into – we can’t imagine not having it.

1. Fitness Basket

This basket is perfect if mom is just getting back into the groove of things at the gym or if she has always had a passion for fitness. Many mamas these days are turning to fitness activities for their “me” time.

  • Gym bag:  Instead of using a traditional basket to put everything in, you can use a gym bag and fill it with the remaining gifts. I LOVE this gym bag. It has a shoe compartment, which helps keep your dirty shoes separate from the rest of your gear, and it also comes in a variety of colors.
  • Earbuds/earphones:  The perfect touch to a workout! They drown out the noise, can be relaxing, and make workouts more enjoyable. If your lucky lady has Apple products (iPhone, iPod, etc.) these Air Pods are a nice accessory. They charge in their cute little case and connect wirelessly through Bluetooth. They also stay snug in the ears compared to other models. If you are looking for something a little less expensive or some that are compatible with Androids, I highly recommend AfterShokz Bone Conduction Headphones.  They are perfect for the athlete (which is who they were designed for), sweatproof, and noise reducing. They are all in one piece, so you don’t have to worry about them falling out, because they rest snugly on the outside of the ear and are connected by a flexible headband. Aftershokz come in different colors and are compatible with many different devices.
  • At-home workout equipment: If mom prefers to workout at home, resistance bands and medicine balls are some of the simplest fitness accessories to use. These bands are inexpensive and ideal to include in a fitness gift basket.  The set comes with 5 bands in different strengths, and your mama also gets access to an e-book with tons of different exercises using the bands.  You can also grab a medicine ball for her basket either along with or in place of resistance bands!  These come in a variety of sizes, often around 4-20 pounds, and are great for anyone looking to tone up, do physical therapy, or engage in certain stretches.
  • Arm Band: This arm band phone pouch is amazing! It keeps your phone with you, but since the actual pouch goes up on your arm, all the cords are kept out of the way (if you are using corded headphones). You have the security of your phone without having to hold it, and that allows you to better track your workouts (if you have the correct apps installed on your device).
  • Running Belt:  If your lady carries more stuff with her, maybe the running belt would be a more suiting option than an arm band. These are especially great for athletes who might need to carry gels or shot blocks out on a long run – or even just your set of keys in addition to your phone. Another step up would be something like a Fuel Belt, which is like a running belt but also comes with water bottles on each side.
  • Fitness Tracker:  Fitness trackers have taken the world by storm recently, so why not jump on the wagon? This Fitbit Inspire is a simple tracker with all the essential basic features. It counts steps (and other daily activity), has a clock face, can be synced to the app using smartphones. If you want a more advanced fitness tracker there is the Versa. This would also be the closet fitness tracker you could get to the Apple Watch as far as similarity goes, without the hefty price tag. It does everything the Inspire does and more (extra features include storing and playing music, the fact that it can be used when swimming, etc.). It can also receive phone notifications (as long as the phone is nearby), such as calls, texts, and messages. Of course, women love accessories, so be a little extra and buy a couple of additional bands for the fitness tracker that can be used for different occasions.
  • Printable Workouts:  Scour Pinterest and you’re bound to find a ton of great workout ideas!  Print out a few to toss in the basket, like our treadmill HIIT workout!
  • Water Bottle:  No workout or fitness session is complete without a water bottle. Be sure to top off your basket with one of these.  My favorite kind during a workout are the ones with a spout. This eliminates the time of having to mess with a twist off cap (just something else to keep up with), and you don’t have to stop to drink if you are in the middle of cardio.
2. Relaxation Basket

We talked earlier about how moms need some R & R. So, this set of Mother’s Day gift basket ideas just screams to take a day off and just relax!

  • Essential Oil Diffuser: If you aren’t familiar with essential oils and diffusers you should definitely check them out. They are trendy right now, and for good reason – many people wonder if diffusing the oils might have some relaxation (and possibly even pain relief!) benefts. At the least, they’re likely a better source of smells than something like a plug-in air freshener.  The diffuser is what puts out the aroma of the oils – I find this one to very decorative and affordable.
  • Essential Oils: Don’t forget the oils! Most of the time they do not come with the diffuser and you’ll need to buy them separately. So, grab this little set which has all the scents for a relaxing and calming evening. The scents included are Jasmine, Citronella, Tangerine, Lavender, Peppermint, Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, Orange, Rosemary, and Clove. For something extra to include with this, here is a chart that gives some properties and uses that would be good for reference.  You could print this out on some nice cardstock to put in the basket with your gifts!
  • Good Book:  To add to relaxation why not throw in a good book! Think about what your mama’s favorite kinds of reads are (fiction? non-fiction?) and scope out your local bookstore or Amazon for some good options. Right now, especially for women, I’m loving Girl, Stop Apologizing and Girl, Wash Your Face, both written by Rachel Hollis. These two reads are super empowering and goal crushing. Girl, Wash Your Face is so appropriate for Mother’s Day because she discusses the guilt that women often carry and how to get past it.
  • Candles:  One of my absolute favorite things to set a calming mood are candles. If you have never tried Woodwick candles, you are missing out! They are not the standard candle, they make this amazing noise that makes you feel like you are sitting fit beside a real fire. The best thing about it? No campfire smell, no ashes to clean, and to put it out you just slip the lid on it goes out!
  • Massage:  You could approach this in a few ways.  Hubbies, if you’re putting together this gift basket for your wife, you could offer up a homemade coupon for a massage from you.  You could also put in a gift certificate for a local spa to get a massage.  Or, add something like this massage chair pad to your basket!  I had one of these in the past and it was so amazing to use after a long day; it really helps relax those tense muscles and tired areas.
3. Spa Basket

EVERY mom loves to be pampered, but sometimes there is not enough time to actually leave the house or it costs a ton of money. This would be an excellent DIY Mother’s Day gift idea that would leave her feeling rejuvenated and beautiful!

  • Comfy robe:  Nothing gives more of a spa feeling than a white robe. If you have ever been to a fancy hotel or resort, that is what they always leave for guests. Putting on this robe will leave mom feeling like a queen of her own palace.
  • Spa slippers:  What would leave more of a spa feeling are slippers to match that comfy bath robe! So, snag a pair of these to top off the ensemble.
  • Face care products:  Facial care is becoming a hot ticket now, along with chemical peels and charcoal masks. This one comes highly recommended from a mom blogger than I follow. It is easy to use and fairly mess free. The mask is meant to be used sparingly, so perfect for moms that don’t want to follow a routine.
  • Scented Epsom Salts:  Now to set the mood, along with a long hot bath are some bath salts. These bring a whole new meaning to soaking in the tub. What a great stress reliever!
  • Mani/Pedi:  You can approach this by adding a gift certificate in for a mani/pedi – or providing your special mom with the tools for her to DIY at home!  A simple manicure kit can go a long way, and you can add this to the basket along with a pumice stone for exfoliating the professional way. The manicure kit is small enough to be portable which is also great for tossing in the purse or suitcase but has the bells and whistles that are used at a professional salon. I was going to leave this one out, but I can’t. I’m not sure if you have heard of salons using rocks for the massage portion of a pedicure. THEY ARE HEAVEN. They can even be warmed up, making the pedicure part irresistible.
4. Yoga Basket

Does the special lady in your life love fitness but really has a passion for yoga? That’s perfect, because I have dedicated a whole Mother’s Day gift basket idea to yoga, leaving mom with a total Zen feeling.

  • Yoga Mat: Yoga is much more comfortable when done on a mat – so be sure to grab one of these for your gift basket. There are tons of fun mat designs out there if you do some searching, so if you know your mom loves donuts – you can probably find a yoga mat with donuts printed on it, haha!
  • Bag:  This bag is great for throwing in a mat and water bottle. It is not too bulky, has a dedicated space for the mat and her water bottle, and it is stylish. If mom is running short on time and is in a hurry this is a great pick. What if she needs a little more space? And you need something to put all these great gifts in? Then I would definitely choose this bag. I really like the feature where you attach the mat on the outside and still have a whole section that closes up for more stuff.
  • Mat cleaner:  With those feet moving all around and the mat possibly going to group sessions, yoga mat cleaning spray is a genius idea. It can be used at home or kept in the bag for those days when you just need to get out of the house. And guess what? It’s organic. If she needs something a little more convenient, you can find cleaning wipes as well.
  • Yoga Coffee Mug:  Many mornings we are need coffee to get moving. This mug is the perfect complement for the yoga lover. Whether she’s just starting to get into yoga or has been a fan for a while, this mug is a great reminder of all the different poses.
  • Fitness Attire:  I have always heard people say you want to look the part, or when you look good you feel good. Whether it’s your first time going to a fitness class or you have been to a thousand times, you always FEEL better when you have the right attire. Here’s where those yoga pants and cute headbands come into play. As silly as it sounds, it’s always nice to have dedicated clothes to wear in certain events.
5. Gardening Basket

Does your mom or wife have a green thumb? I can’t seem to keep a small window plant alive, but I know some of you mamas out..

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