A little modern garden

Doug and I usually plant a huge herb garden in the late spring/early summer that will last us all the way to September. With our busy schedules these past 6 weeks I kept putting it off — thinking that I shouldn’t buy any plants since I wouldn’t be home to water them! This weekend we finally headed over to Home Depots’ nursery and picked up what little was left…  parsley, basil, rosemary, hot peppers and tomato plants.


At the Vintage Bazaar a few weeks ago we purchased some covered grape boxes and we used them to plant our herbs. We have a nosy family of groundhogs living under our deck, so I put our grape box of herbs on top of our table, in hopes that it will keep the groundhogs away!

There’s still time to plant some herbs outside so that the rest of your summer is full of fresh basil pesto and juicy, ripe tomatoes. If you don’t have a grape box, there are some fun planters at Target:

The Skinny Teatox

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I’ve always been really intrigued about doing a juice cleanse, but lets be real… a few hours into the first day and I’d be hangry for a burger and fries. So I was pretty pumped when I found out about the Skinny Teatox — an all natural (preservative and chemical free) tea based detox program that comes in 7, 14, or 28 day kits.

The program includes an energizing morning tea and a detoxifying evening tea while you continue to exercise and eat a well-balanced diet.  No hunger pains here!

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Your kit comes with the two teas as well as an adorable strawberry tea infuser! Some of the benefits from using Skinny Teatox include:

  • Lose weight
  • Burn calories
  • Boost metabolism
  • Cleanse
  • Detoxify
  • Suppress appetite
  • Increase energy levels

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Interested in trying your own Skinny Teatox? Order a 7, 14, or 28 day kit at www.Skinny-Teatox.com!

Thanks to Brandbacker for sponsoring this post.


Balance. If there is one thing in my life that I am constantly striving for, its balance. Balance between home and work, blogging and coaching, friends and family. I just want to be able to have some balance in my life.


As a life coach, I know that the first question to ask myself is “what does balance mean to me?” because before I can achieve balance in my life, I need to know what it is. I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and although my idea of perfect balance may change over time, right now I feel like balance is working on a little bit of each part of my life every day. I know that I feel most fulfilled when I am spending quality time on all of my passions in life, not just one or the other.

Last week, I had no balance. You might have noticed some things took a backseat (or really no seat) as I didn’t get a chance to blog at all. My coaching practice wasn’t at 100% where I want it to be, and my only exercise came from walking to/from the coffee machine. I was Christine the Worker Bee. And while I take my job very seriously, I know that I have so many more things that make me who I am. And perhaps most importantly, I have so many other things that truly make me happy. I am Christine the Blogger, Christine the Coach, Christine the Friend, Christine the Amateur Crocheter, Christine the Wife, and the list goes on and on.


Last week I was unbalanced. I didn’t work out a single day. I fell asleep at 8pm every night from pure exhaustion. I didn’t do laundry, cook a decent dinner, respond to personal emails, or spend quality time with my bird. I woke up in panics from dreaming about excel spreadsheets and missing my commuter train.

How do I find balance? Well I haven’t fully figured that out yet, but I’m working on it. I’m happy I made time to write this blog post. I felt really good on my last coaching call. And I’ve signed up for just-for-fun sailing lessons in July, which I am wickedly excited about starting.

I am realizing that life is like that spinning top. Around and around and around it goes, spinning smoothly and evenly. But eventually it starts to wobble, and then inevitably it falls over. The most important part is what happens to the top next. You pick it up and start spinning it again.

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