http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com When gravel roads are all you've ever known, you learn to find beauty in the dust. Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:44:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 National Adoption Day and News http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/11/22/national-adoption-day-news/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/11/22/national-adoption-day-news/#comments Sat, 22 Nov 2014 19:44:49 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=24781 Today is National Adoption Day. For 30 years, this day meant nothing. And then at the end of my 30th year, it became my everything. I have been thinking all week long about what adoption means to me. It means so, so much but I’ve been fighting through the words and emotions to express it. And then I stumbled upon... 

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Today is National Adoption Day. For 30 years, this day meant nothing. And then at the end of my 30th year, it became my everything.

I gave my heart to a child I didn't birth sarahkayhoffman.com

I have been thinking all week long about what adoption means to me. It means so, so much but I’ve been fighting through the words and emotions to express it.

And then I stumbled upon this on Instagram last night (I still can’t find the exact source for it, but I’m guessing it’s from yougottabelieve.org)

Adopting 1 Child yougottabelieve.org sarahkayhoffman.com

With those simple words and that simple image, my thoughts surfaced.

People constantly tell me one of two things:

  1. Once you get better, I bet you’ll get pregnant.
  2. Now that you’re not stressed about getting pregnant, I bet you’ll get pregnant.

Both statements take me back for a second. Where once they left me with hope, now simply leave me with the thought,

Getting pregnant with our own child seems so unimportant.

While I realize that’s a pretty strong statement, it’s one that I fully believe and one that you cannot understand unless you’ve gone through every phase we have.

A child that did not come from Ryan and I is the best part of us.

Samarah National Adoption Day 2014 sarahkayhoffman.com

She stole our hearts from millisecond one.

National Adoption Day 2014 sarahkayhoffman.com

Adoption is simply this unconditional love. For us, we showed up at the NICU knowing that no matter what we were going to love her with everything we had.

And we did.

There is no way I could love this child anymore. Like magic, every single day I somehow do love her more.

News

God’s plans might not be for me to ever carry a child. We have accepted that a million times over.

My passion is adoption (<- and this is why my business donates 10c of each jar purchased to orphaned children). My heart is with that one child whose life we can change forever.

We will adopt over-and-over.

San Joaquin County already knows that as soon as Samarah’s adoption is finalized (!!!! –> paperwork begins in early December —> !!!!) we are set for our next child.

I’m giving up my office, and we are converting it into the new child’s room. Our home can be approved for our next child soon, and then we wait until Gotcha Day to begin the process again.

It’s insane. We realize this.

It is not easy. This past year has been emotionally and physically draining. But all of that is nothing compared to the lives many children will live without a forever home.

God has a plan.

Adoption is ours (so much more to come in the following months, stay tuned).

xo,
SKH

p.s. I am thinking about building out more boards on Pinterest around Adoption. For now, you can follow, “In Our Hearts on Adoption.”

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How to Get Your Baby to Drink Bone Broth http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/11/18/get-baby-drink-bone-broth/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/11/18/get-baby-drink-bone-broth/#comments Tue, 18 Nov 2014 12:37:54 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=24741 Bone Broth has become all the rage. In fact, chances are you’ve seen this article, “Why New Yorkers will be sipping bone broth (in coffee cups) this winter” recently. Bone Broth is important (5 Reasons Bone Broth is a Superfood). It’s really important, and it has been a critical addition to my diet since 2009. <<– yes, you... 

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Bone Broth has become all the rage. In fact, chances are you’ve seen this article, “Why New Yorkers will be sipping bone broth (in coffee cups) this winter” recently.

Bone Broth is important (5 Reasons Bone Broth is a Superfood). It’s really important, and it has been a critical addition to my diet since 2009. <<– yes, you read that correctly. I have been a Bone Broth advocate for almost 7 years.

Things I’ve Written About Bone Broth (2009-2014)

How to get baby to drink bone broth. www.sarahkayhoffman.com

It’s true. I am serious about my Bone Broth. I can make it (and eat it) in my sleep. Both take talent. I’ve acquired quite the talent.

Naturally, then, I made Bone Broth a staple for Samarah early on. She has reflux, and other tummy issues, but even if she didn’t, I would still have chosen this for her.

People always ask,

How do you get your baby to drink Bone Broth?

These are the steps I took to do it:

Step 1: Make Bone Broth.

Step 2: Place Bone Broth in baby’s bottle (or in a bowl).

Step 3: Give to baby to drink (or spoon feed).

I wish this process were a lot more complicated.

But it’s not.

Give it a try.

Baby even travels to airports with broth in hand :)

Samarah Broth at the airport www.sarahkayhoffman.com

xo,
SKH

p.s. I’ve been thinking about updating my latest How-To Bone Broth e-book, How to Slow Cook a Whole Chicken and Subsequently Make Homemade, Slow-Cooked Bone Broth to include even better images and more information. Grab the current e-book because if you have it, you would get the upgrade for free.

 

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Unanswered Prayers http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/11/13/unanswered-prayers/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/11/13/unanswered-prayers/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 13:55:08 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=24732 My Freshman year of college, I suffered from a broken heart for a very (very) long time. From who, from what is not important anymore in my life. Like most broken hearts, it mended. But I never, ever forgot an email my mother sent to me one day during that time. (To paraphrase), she said: I... 

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My Freshman year of college, I suffered from a broken heart for a very (very) long time. From who, from what is not important anymore in my life. Like most broken hearts, it mended. But I never, ever forgot an email my mother sent to me one day during that time.

(To paraphrase), she said:

I know this doesn’t make sense to you right now, but someday it will. I always think about Garth Brooks’ song, “Unanswered Prayers.” If God had listened to all my prayers, I may have ended up with someone else. I would not have you and Jason. I thank God for unanswered prayers.

These words, while in a very different context, returned to my life this week.

Exactly one year ago today we received our fateful call,

Hi Sarah. This is #$%. I just got off the phone with Ryan. We have a match for you guys, so I wanted to talk about it with you, too.

That was the day, exactly one year ago today, when I became a Mother.

Samarah Hand Fist Minnesota February, 2014

And so this week I thought about all those prayers. I was reminded of the millions I said as my IVF story came to a close. Just like in Garth’s song, “I’d never ask for anything again.”

But in those first few moments with Samarah, in the NICU, I suddenly began to understand all of those unanswered prayers.

Just one answered prayer would have meant me not there, in that moment, staring at this most beautiful baby I could never have dreamed in my wildest dreams.

My mom promised back then (when I was in college) that there was a reason prayers weren’t answered; prayers would not be answered. And she was right. When I least expected it, Ryan came along. My plans, turns out, were the wrong plans.

Later in life, my mom would also tell me there was a reason why a baby was not in the picture yet. And she was right again. When we least expected it (remember, I was sitting nearly in the dark, in my office working and Ryan was traveling for work), our call for Samarah came. Turned out, yet again, that my plans were simply just the wrong plans.

Sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers
Remember when you’re talkin’ to the man upstairs
That just because he may not answer doesn’t mean he don’t care
Some of God’s greatest gifts are unanswered prayers.

- Garth Brooks

Two of my greatest gifts ever received, hands down, are Ryan and Samarah.

Flying Bee Palm Tree Ryan Samarah

Today I smile because we are a family of three…..and we are headed to Minnesota – together (and coincidentally going to the Garth Brooks concert on Saturday).

Some of God’s greatest gifts – really and truly – are unanswered prayers.

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(Samarah with her sweet friend, Gigi. Yes, birthday girl Gigi!)

xox,
SKH

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Just Me, Sarah Kay Hoffman http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/11/11/just-sarah-kay-hoffman/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/11/11/just-sarah-kay-hoffman/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 00:19:11 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=24725 In just 3 days we will celebrate the day our lives were changed forever. On that day, I also changed forever. I realized back in February who I am, but it wasn’t until very recently that I started to actually think about this. For so long now, I have been and maintained A Gutsy Girl. When... 

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In just 3 days we will celebrate the day our lives were changed forever.

On that day, I also changed forever.

I realized back in February who I am, but it wasn’t until very recently that I started to actually think about this.

Samarah and Reagan

For so long now, I have been and maintained A Gutsy Girl. When I go to the local coffee shop they say, “Hi Gutsy Girl.” In different circles and in some spaces, I am just A Gutsy Girl.

Somewhere along the way, I got tired of A Gutsy Girl. Even though “Gutsy” was born to embody several aspects of my life, it became very clear that Gutsy went best with Colitis SKH.  I got tired of associating almost my whole life with something that I’m just *so overly tired of in general.* I’m trying to fully heal, not dwell.

Samarah came along, and then I began to tell new and different stories because let’s be honest –> life has changed forever.

A funny thing happened: I liked these stories, and this space seemed to have more meaning.

I like who I am when I tell these stories.

Samarah + SKH Pumpkins

I like the fact that my new life is Sarah Kay Hoffman instead of a girl with Colitis by the name of Sarah Kay Hoffman.

And so I’m going back to just me, just who I am – just who we are.

You’ll notice at the top of my blog that ‘Gutsy’ is no longer. It’s now just a symbol of me. You’ll always find the way via sarahkayhoffman.com.

You’ll also notice just a few tabs on top: About (which holds my ebooks), Adoption, Inspire, A Loving Spoon. This might change, it might not, but for now, it’s simple, clean and includes only the things I’m truly passionate about. (Hidden within them you’ll still be able to find all the other topics I used to talk day in, day out about.)

I have a pocket full of stories to tell. The pocket is only expanding….exciting life news to tell.

And I can’t hardly wait to start sharing as me, just me, Sarah Kay Hoffman.

Ryan and Samarah Halloween, 2014

xox,
SKH

p.s. Yes, I will still talk about the gut, fitness, workouts, recipes, etc. (but just sometimes). If there is something new you’d like to see or something you’d like to see more of, as always, contact me.

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The Insignificant 6 Year Anniversary http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/11/01/insignificant-6-year-anniversary/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/11/01/insignificant-6-year-anniversary/#comments Sat, 01 Nov 2014 14:29:19 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=24696 Dear Ryan, Today is not our 1-year anniversary. It’s not the  Cheap Hollister uk massive 10th or golden 50th. It’s not even the 7-year itch:) Today we have been married 6 years.here   On paper, this is an insignificant anniversary. This insignificance is why I love it so much. Fancy was not then, is not now and... 

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Dear Ryan,

Today is not our 1-year anniversary. It’s not the  Cheap Hollister uk massive 10th or golden 50th. It’s not even the 7-year itch:)

Today we have been married 6 years.here   On paper, this is an insignificant anniversary.

This insignificance is why I love it so much.

Fancy was not then, is not now and never will be a part of our marriage equation. We don’t have days comprised of drama. We lay low. We  http://www.ambrey.co.uk  keep things easy and simple, and many might even say kind of monotonous and boring.

This life and these insignificant things have made up a million amazing small moments that people overlook so often in marriage and in life.

In Eric Church’s “Talladega Nights,” he sings:

Like a storm, time rolls on,
You can’t hit pause as we just did.
Most days in life don’t stand out,
But life’s about those days that will, 

Year 6 had  abercrombie outlet uk  and while it was the most amazing day, it’s been every day since – all the small moments with our little family – that I have loved most.

Samarah Honeybee Costume Halloween 2014 www.sarahkayhoffman.com

Today I don’t even have a million significant words to write and say to you about insignificance (mostly because the baby is fussy and speeding this all right along) This is proving my point exactly.

I love you more than you’ll ever know. Thank you for loving me, for being the best daddy to Samarah and for feeding the dogs on the daily basis (<<— ha ha ha).

Here’s what I know for sure….

Some people wait their entire lives for that one person who makes the insignificant significant.

I only had to wait 6.

Love you.

Love your guts,
SKH

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How I Healed My Perioral Dermatitis Naturally http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/28/healed-perioral-dermatitis-naturally/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/28/healed-perioral-dermatitis-naturally/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:41:43 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=23441 I healed myabercrombie outlet  naturally. I was just about to give up and get on antibiotics when miraculously I healed at a rapid pace. I cannot pinpoint any one thing, but there are many things that stand out as to why I healed. While I believe that numbers 1-10 below were CRITICAL, I also believe that it... 

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I healed myabercrombie outlet  naturally.

I was just about to give up and get on antibiotics when miraculously I healed at a rapid pace. I cannot pinpoint any one thing, but there are many things that stand out as to why I healed. While I believe that numbers 1-10 below were CRITICAL, I also believe that it was here number 11 which truly ended up being the key factor.

These things worked for me, and if I can even give one http://www.ambrey.co.uk/ person hope that something might work for them, then my job here is done.

How I Healed My Perioral Dermatitis Naturally www.sarahkayhoffman.com

Here is How I Did It

  1. GAPS Diet: I believe the healing was jump started when I went back (intensely) on GAPS.  I’m not on GAPS right now, but I believe it was critical then.
  2. Moringa: Moringa is an amazing herb that I learned about while at the local Farmers’ Market this past summer. It has been used for many things, and while I initially started using it for digestion, I believe it (maybe indirectly) had positive impacts on the skin condition.
  3. Hemp seed and Hemp oil: Hemp is powerful. In the beginning, I was using Coconut Oil on my face, until the condition seemed to be getting worse. I stopped that, and I started using hemp oil. Additionally, I began consuming a lot of hemp – the seed and oil. We eat it several times a week now in various ways. “Hemp is loaded with all 20 amino acids (including the 9 essential),” and I believe its dense nutrition helped.
  4. Cod Liver Oil: It’s not that I love it, but rather that cod liver oil is highly anti-inflammatory and since Perioral Dermatitis is inflammation, I neeabercrombie uk  ded to anti-inflame as much as possible. (I also did this by eating wild fish more in general.) I took 1tsp each day.
  5. Probiotic: I returned to my stringent 100 billion/day probiotic protocol.
  6. Sleep: I have been starving my body from sleep, and in a million ways it manifested into so many unwanted things. I focused on 8+ hours a night. Some nights I could grab more, and some a little less, but the amount of sleep I’m getting overall has greatly increased.
  7. Nipple Butter and Bottom Balm: You think it sounds crazy, but I swear by this stuff now (–> sorry I stole so much of yours, Samarah!) I’m still not using face creams, but I do toggle between these two items for “face moisturizer.” I just use a little, but it made a huge difference.
  8. L-glutamine: I’m still sprinkling it on/in things 1-2 times per day.
  9. Face Wash: I never use traditional face wash anymore. I primarily use Dr. Bronner’s.
  10. Toothpaste: I stopped using all traditional toothpaste as well, and never buy toothpaste with SLS and/or fluoride. It’s “Earthy,” but I enjoy it -> Earthpaste.
  11. Consistency: I have all but healed my Perioral Dermatitis, but it took months. There was no quick-fix-overnight scheme. I stayed consistent, and I did items 1-10 on a consistent basis.

Beginning

Perioral Dermatitis Update from using Earth Mama Angel Baby Nipple Butter via www.agutsygirl.com

A couple weeks ago

SKH + Food Babe, Vani www.sarahkayhoffman.com

Love your guts,
SKH

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The Blender Girl Smoothies App + Recipe for Her Pomegranate Slam It! http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/25/blender-girl-smoothies-app-recipe-pomegranate-slam/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/25/blender-girl-smoothies-app-recipe-pomegranate-slam/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 17:53:22 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=24678 I love The Blender Girl. No, I really love The Blender Girl. (p.s. “Bubba” = Samarah -> she wrote the message in the book for Samarah!) I have known Tess for quite some time now, but even if she were not a personal friend, I would still be here telling you about how I adore The Blender Girl... 

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love The Blender Girl. No, I really love The Blender Girl. (p.s. “Bubba” = Samarah -> she wrote the message in the book for Samarah!)

Tess The Blender Girl Smoothies App Recipe via www.sarahkayhoffman.com

I have known Tess for quite some time now, but even if she were not a personal friend, I would still be here telling you about how I adore The Blender Girl Cookbook and (now) her brand new app, The Blender Girl Smoothies App.

{Full disclosure: Tess gave me a code for the app to try out. I bought her book (and also had my mother buy it as well).}

The Blender Girl Smoothies App

The Blender Girl and her healthy, blender-centric recipes have taken the world by storm— and in this comprehensive smoothie-making guide, she takes smoothies to the next level and helps you blast your way to good health and blended bliss. One hundred creative and delicious smoothie recipes each contain three additional boosters (like chia seeds, ginger, or wheatgrass) that ramp up the flavor, nutrient value, or both. And the unique search function lets you punch in what you feel (happy, sluggish, wired), need (a detox, to lose weight, to chill out), and crave (light and fruity, clean and green, an exotic ride) to find the right smoothie every day. Featuring gorgeous photographs of every recipe, an extensive ingredient glossary, shopping lists, blender tips, both Imperial and metric measurements, and other handy tips and tricks, this app makes it fun and easy to find your perfect blend.

Features include:

  • 70 Delicious Smoothie Recipes: Plus, one additional smoothie recipe released weekly for a total of 100 recipes.
  • Stunning Full-color Photography: In addition to images of every smoothie recipe, the app includes photos of frequently used and recommended ingredients in the glossary.
  • Optional Flavor and Nutrition Boosters: Three additional ingredients per recipe can be added to boost flavor complexity, nutrition, or both. Use one, two, or all three options according to your taste or sense of adventure.
  • Unique Search Functionality: Search by ingredient, dietary preferences, or recipe type, or use the unique story feature and fill in “I feel, I need, I crave” options to find smoothies that fit your mood on any given day.
  • Special Dietary and Nutritional Information: Recipe summaries list the health benefits of each smoothie, special icons flag recipes that are appropriate for specific needs (weight loss, anti-inflammatory, high-protein, alkaline, and so on), and nutritional info provides calories, fat, sodium, carbs, fiber, sugar, protein, calcium, and iron levels.
  • Imperial and Metric Measurements: Set the app to display your preferred system of recipe measures.
  • Customized User Settings: Personalize your experience by setting dietary preferences and update alerts or toggle between Imperial and metric measurements.
  • Comprehensive Glossary: Expanded information on the nutritional benefits of the recipes, including tips on selecting, storing, and incorporating ingredients—along with labeled photos– help you create your own delicious blends.
  • FAQs and Practical Tips: Straightforward answers to frequently asked questions, along with tips on building smoothies and using both conventional and high-speed blenders, give you all the information you need to become a smoothie-making whiz.
  • Blender Recommendations: The Blender Girl shares her favorite blenders.
  • Favorites: Identify your favorite smoothies so you can find them quickly.
  • Notes: Store recipe comments right on the recipe page to keep track of any tweaks you made, ideas for next time, or tasting notes, so you can find your perfect blend every time.
  • Share-a-Smoothie Capability: Share recipes with your friends and family via email or through social media on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
  • Quick and Easy Shopping Lists: Create simple shopping lists right from the recipes that can be edited and supplemented, then email it to yourself or a friend.

Sample Recipes:

  • Tastes-like-ice-cream kale
  • Antioxidant avenger
  • Green mojito
  • Liver lover
  • Happy hydration
  • Honeydewy skin
  • Brownie batter
  • Hangover helper
  • Bloody Mary might be
  • Morning sunshine
  • Sleep spell

By the way, the “Tastes-like-ice-cream kale” is ridiculously awesome! Ryan and I love, love, love it. Yes, Ryan – my husband who is 200+ pounds (her recipes are for everyone!)

I am using the app on my iPad, but it is compatible on: iPad, iPhone4, iPhone5, iPhone6 and iPhone6plus. Just look how beautiful this is on the iPad:

03_ipad_recipelist Photo by Erin Kunkel from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014.  Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.

04_ipad_glossary Photo by Erin Kunkel from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014.  Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.

Photo by Erin Kunkel from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.

Okay, okay….now for the recipe! I wanted to share something pomegranate-y (<- I know that’s not a word, but work with me here) since the holidays are looming, and pomegranates are in season!

pomegranate slam it!

Recipe from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.

With a complex, mind-blowing flavor that explodes like a firecracker (don’t omit the cayenne), this is a heart-healthy delight. Pomegranate lowers blood pressure, keeps arteries supple, decreases inflammation in blood vessels, and helps manage cholesterol. Its phenolic antioxidants (also in strawberries) combat oxidative stress, making this an anti-aging tonic.

Serves 2

  • 1 1/2 cups (360ml) unsweetened pomegranate juice
  • 1 orange, peeled, seeded, and quartered
  • 1/4 cup (35g) chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/8 cup (3g) loosely packed arugula
  • 1/2 small avocado, pitted and peeled
  • 1 cup (160g) frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup (125g) ice cubes

Throw all of the ingredients into your blender and blast on high for about 1 minute, until smooth and creamy.

Boosters

  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate powder
  • 1/2 cup (15g) loosely packed chard leaves
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

Gut note: you might not be able to do the cayenne and/or red bell pepper. Do what works best for you!

Blender Girl App

Photo by Erin Kunkel from The Blender Girl Smoothies app © Tess Masters, copyright (c) 2014. Published by Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Random House LLC.

Friends….this app is only $4.99! Download it now! You will not regret it. (I do not make any money if you purchase, by the way.)

Honestly, the only thing that would make this better is a recipe, two, three or seven that uses the Honey Vanilla Bourbon Peanut Butter :) But for the record, that’s the beauty of this app….it’s a beautiful place to start and then to add and subtract as it works for you! And also for the record, the holiday season is just around the corner. What an awesome, small gift to give someone….a jar of the A Loving Spoon peanut butter wrapped up with a gift code for the app!

Single White Heart Gift Box

Love your guts,
SKH

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YouTube Interview with Marissa Vicario http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/21/youtube-interview-marissa-vicario/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/21/youtube-interview-marissa-vicario/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:09:56 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=24653 A few weeks back I did an interview with Marissa Vicario abercrombie and fitch outlet uk on, “How your overall health and immunity are tied to your gut.” Please don’t judge the facial expressions. They are one of my most unique features! The interview is about 40 minutes long, and you can (and should) check it... 

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A few weeks back I did an interview with Marissa Vicario abercrombie and fitch outlet uk on, “How your overall health and immunity are tied to your gut.”

Please don’t judge the facial expressions. They are one of my most unique features!

Digestive Interview Sarah Kay Hoffman with Marissa Vicario on YouTube www.sarahkayhoffman.com

The interview is about 40 minutes long, and you can (and should) check it out:

I do not offer 1-on-1 health coaching anymore for a myriad of reasons, but the very best that I can recommend these days is:

  1. Find a phenomenal holistic MD (like mine) and get all the necessary tests done to find out what’s wrong
  2. Grab The Gutsy Girl’s Bible: an approach to healing the gut 2.0
  3. Work with Marissa to help you along your journey (trust me, going it alone rarely ever works).  Learn all about the services she here offers.

Hope you enjoy the video!

And p.s. my Facebook page is http://www.ambrey.co.uk/  going away soon so be sure to abercrombie uk  sign up for my email list to keep learning, growing and loving :)

Love your guts,
SKH

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Style Haul Target® C9 activewear Collection with a 45-Minute Stroller Workout http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/20/style-haul-target-c9-activewear-collection-45-minute-stroller-workout/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/20/style-haul-target-c9-activewear-collection-45-minute-stroller-workout/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 12:56:20 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=24636 Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own. There are many things you know about my life, but there are just some things you should never know.   Like this: My closet is... 

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Target® C9 through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Target® C9, all opinions are my own.

There are many things you know about my life, but there are just some things you should never know.

Trail. C9 by Champion® Women's Yoga Tank - Black www.agutsygirl.com

 

Like this: My closet is a complete mess, and most of the clothes currently in there are clothes I have worn since high school. I am almost 32. This is not okay.

I need a personal fashion assistant clearly (want to be one for me?!), but in the meantime, I am in the process of getting rid of most of my current wardrobe and replacing it with things that bring me up to 2014-ish speed.

Because I live, work, eat and breathe in workout attire, I figured we could (easily) start with my workout clothing wardrobe.

My Style Haul began with these 3 pieces (tank top, sports bra and capri pants) from the Target® C9 activewear Collection:

Fall Style Haul Target® C9 activewear Collection with a 45-Minute Stroller Workout www.agutsygirl.com

1. C9 by Champion® Women’s Yoga Tank – Black

C9 by Champion® Women's Yoga Tank - Black www.agutsygirl.com

Love, love, love this tank top. As I mentioned in this post, I love a built-in bra, but what I loved most about this one was:

  1. How cute the back is and
  2. There is only one strap for the bra, even though there is technically a shirt + bra

Back C9 by Champion® Women's Yoga Tank - Black www.agutsygirl.com

The tank top runs a little big, so keep that in mind if you’re purchasing it online (the one I’m wearing is a small, and I do not typically ever wear a small).

2. C9 by Champion® Women’s Seamless Sport Layer Sports Bra

C9 www.agutsygirl.com

I cannot even begin to tell you how many Target® C9 Sports Bras I own. I have so many, in fact, that I need to start getting rid of the very old ones.  I love everything about the Target® C9 Sports Bras. They are comfortable, colorful and I love how the back forms a criss-cross (speaking of dating myself, do you remember that group Kris Kross and “Jump?”)

My Style Haul would not have been complete without a new sports bra. One in every color? Yes, please.

3. C9 by Champion® Women’s Premium Reversible Capri Legging

www.agutsygirl.com C9 by Champion® Women's Premium Reversible Capri Legging

Even though it’s still hot here, the shorts-only days are quickly dwindling. But for some reason, when I’m running or lifting weights, I prefer capri-length vs. full-length pants no matter how hot or cold it is outside.

When it comes to pants, the tighter, the better (for me) for running. I like my pants to keep everything in place :) Not only do these pants accomplish that, but they are also super cute and super soft.

Back www.agutsygirl.com C9 by Champion® Women's Premium Reversible Capri Legging

To help celebrate this new Style Haul I’m taking on, I figured I would finally share with you my new running workout.

If you don’t have a stroller-aged child, this will be less appealing, but the stroller is definitely not a requirement.

I have been doing this workout for about a month now. I love it so much that I do it 1-3 times per week.

Style Haul Target® C9 activewear Collection with a 45-Minute Stroller Workout www.agutsygirl.com

I like counting. Call me strange, but counting while running is something I’ve always done. I think it’s because I’m not doing long-distance currently, so there’s never a need to count for miles on end. And along with counting, I like my running workouts to include the baby. This way, I am able to be outside, running and spending time with my favorite little person on Earth.

45-Minute Stroller Workout

45-Minute Stroller Workout www.agutsygirl.com

When I first started doing this workout, it took me 43-45 minutes each time. I am now doing it in 37-40 minutes.

You can call me a stroller-striding champ if you want (because yes, sometimes you’ll even find me stroller stridin’ with one hand), but I just call it becoming more efficient with running consistency.

I still have big dreams and lofty goals I’d love to achieve (fitness-wise), but right now, in this very moment, they seem much less important than the dreams I have for spending as much time as possible with Samarah.

A Gutsy Baby. Style Haul Target® C9 activewear Collection with a 45-Minute Stroller Workout www.agutsygirl.com

And so I include her every single second I can, in every activity I quite possibly can.

Truth be told: stylish or not, she loves her mama.

Sam and I. Style Haul Target® C9 activewear Collection with a 45-Minute Stroller Workout www.agutsygirl.com.

Love your guts,
SKH

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All Because of a Photo http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/16/photo/ http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/2014/10/16/photo/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:27:27 +0000 http://www.sarahkayhoffman.com/?p=24480 When we were in Southern California about a month back, we stayed at my aunt and uncles for one night. They fell in love with Samarah. But of course. My aunt is my dad’s sister, and if you don’t louis vuitton outlet know this about my father, he makes the best custom bird houses. Everyone he meets... 

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When we were in Southern California about a month back, we stayed at my aunt and uncles for one night.

They fell in love with Samarah. But of course.

My aunt is my dad’s sister, and if you don’t louis vuitton outlet know this about my father, he makes the best custom bird houses. Everyone he meets at some point, typically gets a bird house. It’s kind of his signature awesomeness.

Before heading back to Nor Cal, my aunt said, “Oh, we’d really love to take some pictures of you guys and Samarah.”

Sam is far from camera shy (I think she already  here knows she’s stunning), so we took several.

The last picture we took was of her alone. http://www.cca-ltd.co.uk My aunt thought it would be priceless to have a picture of Sam sitting on a bench with the birdhouse my dad made for them.

Samarah and Birdhouse www.agutsygirl.com

She was right. The picture is priceless.

On Tuesday morning, when Sam’s Social Worker called she said, “We have court tomorrow. Mom wants a picture of the baby. Do you think you guys could get a few together to send to me?”

Giving pictures is even hard for us. We knew that Mom would fall in love with her.

But nonetheless we agreed, and Ryan sent three, including the one above.

It was a big day in court for us yesterday. Seems like it’s been forever since our “cheap louis vuitton bags uk ” began, but here we are – on the other side of 120.

The letters from birth mom recently told us that she wants Samarah. Couple that with the pictures she was about to see, left us a wreck.

I got a call around 2:15pm yesterday, immediately once the hearing was over.

TPR (termination of parental rights) was issued. It’s over. The judge ordered just a 60-day appeal time. After that, it will all be final. We will be starting to work on the adoption placement soon.

(Beaming.)

So I asked, “Did her birth mom come?

Yes, birth mom came. I put the pictures Ryan sent into a little book and gave them to her. She broke down crying.

(Lump in throat.)

Our prayers were heard and yet, in that moment, my heart ached for a woman I’ve never met – a woman I’ll never meet.

It is hard to wrap my hands around all of this because I have, without a doubt, felt anger along the way. I think that’s human nature.

But Samarah’s birth mom is human, too. God doesn’t give us the right to judge or to keep spite for those we have never walked a mile in their shoes.

She didn’t fight yesterday (or so we’re told). She cried. And then she made one small request, which we will be honoring once this is all said and done and final.

She simply wants to see a picture of Samarah each year, perhaps around Christmas. Through the agency, never through us, but just a simple picture of that beautiful baby from above.

Our forever day with Samarah is coming soon. The journey has been a very long one, but by His grace we are stronger than ever and we have this little girl who steals our heart each second.

No one ever tells you about all the emotions that come out when you adopt a child via foster.

I found a new one yesterday, and all because of a photo.

p.s. Thank you for all of your prayers, all of your support. Messages upon messages yesterday took me by surprise. Some people never fail to amaze us.

Love your guts,
SKH

(What, your babies don’t play with Nutiva Coconut Oil, too?!)

Samarah with Nutiva Coconut Oil www.agutsygirl.com

 

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