Dream Year ’13: January Re-Cap

Well, we’re officially one month into 2013 and my overall goal has been to bring more balance to my life and I think that this month went pretty well.

  • Date Nights were officially put into effect and I must say that they are working. Shawn and I have been thoroughly enjoying our quality adult time and its helped us to stay a bit more connected. I must admit that sometimes it feels a bit hectic getting ready for the sitter and the next day can sometimes hurt (not enough sleep/too much vino) but I think that Date Night is here to stay. 
  • I’ve started back up with yoga practice. I’ve been going once a week on Thursday evenings as well as attempting to do a DVD at home. Its a start to getting more physically active as well as helping me deal with the stress of baby wrangling. I need to get myself to the running store and purchase some new shoes so I can add more cardio.
  • Crafting has been going full force with quite a few projects (more on that later) in addition to re-organizing my space. It was totally trashed from the holidays and now it is a more serene space to work in.
  • We’ve also been cooking a lot more and trying new recipes. I’ve cut out a lot of carbs as well. There’s room for improvement, but so far I’m pleased. I even got Shawn to eat a spinach frittata and some sautéed kale!!

Here’s to keeping the momentum going for February!

Moon Juice Cleanse: Wrap Up

rainbowcleanse01Well, the original plan was to do a seven day juice cleanse with Moon Juice. Unfortunately, there were some shipping issues (FedEx in Columbus leaves a lot to be desired) and we decided to cut it short after four days. Honestly, I was a bit relieved to cut it off then. I can only survive for so long on juices, no matter how tasty.

Here’s what I took away from the experience:

  • I was surprised at how easy this was. I was not hungry and actually got to the point where I couldn’t drink all seven juices in a day because I was full. I did not feel like I was starving and was quite comfortable. 
  • I need more protein to get through the day. I was exhausted by 7pm and ready for bed. If you have an active lifestyle -or are chasing babies all day- I’d recommend having an additional amount of protein than just the one Almond Milk or maybe chill out more (if possible) while you are juicing.
  • Variety is key. If I had to drink the same thing every day, I would have quit after 24 hours.
  • I cannot live without coffee. If that means I am addicted, so be it. I need that fuel to keep up with Joseph and not have to nap when he does in order to make it through the day.
  • I can see incorporating juicing into our everyday diet, it was a great way to get in fruits and veggies and was great to be able to just chug down a “meal” while baby wrangling.
  • I was surprised how little dishes and trash we had for this time! That was another little bonus.
  • I need to drink more liquids in the day. Period.
  • This made me really look at what I was eating during a normal day and motivated us to eat healthier and smarter that we have been currently.

All in all, I would definitely do this again, but only for a 3 day period. I don’t think I could last that long without and solid foods, not to mention coffee, without feeling slightly crazy.

If you are interested in the Rainbow Cleanse that we participated in, or another type of juice cleanse, I highly recommend you check out Moon Juice!

My Moon Juice Menu


Due to a slight delay in shipping, we ended up starting our Moon Juice cleanse on Wednesday. We chose to do the Rainbow Cleanse – a choice of seven juices plus an Almond Milk per day.

Here’s the juice that I chose:

Beet Aid – contains beet, lime, and cucumber. This was a bit disappointing, since it really only tastes like cucumber to me. However, it’s very light and refreshing. For blood building, kidney flushing, and creating stamina.

Carrot, Lime, & Coconut – contains carrot, coconut meat, lime, and ginger. Yum! I like carrot juice and the lime and ginger add a nice zing. For fat flushing, virus fighting, and body strengthening.

Celery Cilantro Punch – contains cilantro, celery, green apple, lemon, ginger. Not one of my favorites. It started okay but hard to finish tasted mostly of celery. Grassy aftertaste. For heavy metal detoxifying, calming nerves and fighting infections.

Gingered Lemon -contains ginger, lemon, green apple.  Zippy! Like strong ginger beer, but not fizzy. Would be great as a cocktail mixer. For detoxifying, tummy soothing, energy, and immunizing.

Goodness Greens- contains kale, dandelion, parsley, spinach, celery. Traditional green juice. Like drinking a salad, but in a good way. For healing, stimulation, mood lifting and alkalization.

Tumeric Gold – contains tumeric root and red apple. Yum! Apple with an earthy spice. This one my be my favorite. For anti-oxidizing, pain killing, and boosting metabolism.

Spiced Yam – contains garnet yams, carrot, red apple, cinnamon, and ginger. Another yummy one. Add a little whiskey and it would be a perfect fall cocktail. For balancing hormones, brain power, heart protection, and mineralization.

Almond Milk – contains unpasteurized almonds, mountain salt, raw, wildflower honey, and alkaline, mineralized, oxygenated water. Not very flavorful. Mild nutty taste and no sweetness. Meh.

I’ll be posting more on how I’m hanging in there with all this juice soon. Until then, bottoms up!


Going to the Moon (Juice)

As a way to kickstart our year, Shawn and I have decided to do a cleanse. Now, I am not normally in to the cleanse thing, I feel that starving your body and trying to survive on maple-lemon-cayenne water and laxatives is not really a very healthy thing to do. So when Shawn approached me about Moon Juice, I was fairly skeptical. But after a little research, I decided to give it a go.

Moon Juice is a cold pressed, 100% organic, juice and nut milk shop on Rose Avenue in Venice, California. It has been celebrated by Daily CandySunset Magazine, among others for its innovative and tasty concoctions.

The magic behind Moon Juice is supposed to be the pressing technique. All their juices are hydraulically pressed between 2 steel plates. This pressing action doesn’t heat or oxidize the produce, resulting in a nutritionally packed, live juice that is loaded with enzymes, vitamins, trace minerals, and other vital elements.

One bottle of Moon Juice contains over 3 pounds of raw, 100% organic produce. We do not pasteurize our juices, they are live and with proper refrigeration they will maintain their nutritional stability and will taste crisp for 72 hours after being pressed.

After reading through the cleanse menu, we decided to try the Rainbow Cleanse. This particular cleanse consists of 7 different juices plus an Almond Milk for each day. Now that’s a TON of juice to drink! But, I like the idea that you can have variety in the types of juice you have – no monotonous meals day after day- and the Almond Milk will give you some needed protein.

I really like Moon Juice’s ideas about cleansing:

juice cleansing is a way to enable the body to naturally go into detox mode while at the same time flooding it with live nutrients and enzymes. As we live, eat, and breath we accumulate toxins in the body. Its important to take the time to release ourselves of these toxins, as they lead to problems with both the body and the mind. We spend an enormous amount of energy on the constant strain of digestion. When we stop eating solid food our organs are no longer tied up, and all that blood and energy is free to move to the brain, the skin, the liver, etc. we are able to attend to neglected issues our body hasn’t had time to properly attend to, we remove toxins, and are given a rest. All the while you are flooding yourself with over 20 pounds of 100% organic, raw produce.

Our cleanses are made to support your body in its own detoxification process as you go about your routine. We provide 8 juices and an almond milk, this is a nurturing and healing daily dose of juice, this is a time to support your body not deprive it or stress it out. We like to think of this as a juice feast, a holiday for the body, the ultimate indulgence.

Some signs that it is time to cleanse are: a weakened immune system, troubled skin, allergies, low moods or anger, sleeplessness, poor digestion, weight gain, low energy, and just feeling and looking blah.


We’ll be starting the cleanse tomorrow and are going to attempt to do it for an entire week. I’ll be checking in each day to let you know if I survive how things are going. Wish us luck!

The Year Ahead

Well, the Team Colley Holiday Tour has reached its completion and we are back home and settling into the new year. 2013!

I love the start of a new year. New beginnings, clean slates, a brand new calendar. . . and of course lists! Lists of things I want to do, see, make, cook.

I decided that this year I really need to bring balance into my -and by extension my family’s-life. That means focusing on our family as a whole as well as myself. I found that last year I made several fits and starts at doing this, but I always pushed myself aside to focus on others. This hurt me, both mentally and physically. I need to do better. Here are a few ways to start:

  • Shawn and I have talked about this and we are going to make sure to make time for us – date night at least twice a month – so we don’t become “mommy & daddy” and forget ourselves.
  • We will also be working harder to work as a team parenting. Before this meant that we often “tagged out” with Joseph. Leading to a lot of frustration on my part. I was not able to “tag out” as much with being home all day while Shawn was working and when he was home, I was often “supervising” his turns. I also felt a lot of guilt when I did step away to take time for myself. I always rushed and didn’t fully enjoy that time because I was fretting about getting back and “relieving” Shawn. Shawn is a capable adult and a wonderful father. I need to let him lead at times.
  • I have to make sure Shawn has time for himself outside of work, he needs his down time as well to relax and rejuvenate just as much as I do.
  • I need to allow myself to take time for me. This can mean going to get a pedicure, reading or crafting while Joseph naps instead of doing laundry, making it to the gym, or actually taking a nap. These things will all help me in realizing my goals.
  • Stop doubting and mentally beating myself up over my mothering skills, or lack there of. I put myself through a TON of mental anguish regarding whether or not I am doing the right thing for my son. I also get really down on myself whenever I get frustrated with him. I am human. I am doing the best I can. I will pay for his therapy. I have to remember this and focus on how wonderful this tiny wonderful human is and how he has helped me grow.

So those are a few ways I’ll be working on making this year all about Team Colley. I’m sure I’ll have my successes and failures, but I have a beautifully empty calendar in which to log my progress. I’ll be posting about my trials and tribulations under the category Dream Year 2013. Hope you’ll follow along with me.