• Health & Fitness

    My Journey Through LIIFT4: week 1

    I have embarked on a new journey in my fitness; weight lifting.  This past week I began a new program called LIIFT4 which is focused on heavy lifting with hiit and core work mixed in.  I have decided to chronical my journey for myself but, also, for you all!  See what I thought about my first week of the new program…   Monday AM THOUGHTS – As excited as I am to begin LIIFT4, I am extremely nervous about it, as well.  I’m not nervous about the lifting, I’m actually pretty ready for that part.  I want to start building muscles that I can see.  I’m really more nervous about…

  • Health & Fitness,  Lifestyle

    Exercise: More Than Skinny

    Exercise is many things to many people.  Your reason for exercising may be completely different from the reason I workout.  And reasons and goals for embarking on a fitness journey changes, because a journey is never meant to be stagnant.  It’s a journey because it’s a lesson.  And while I originally wanted to lose weight when I started making my workouts a priority, it’s not the main reason I have continued on my path.     Recently Little Bear asked me, “Mom do you do your workout stuff to lose weight and be skinny?” *UGH!* Talk about a gut check! My automatic, quick response was, “No. I do it to…

  • Health & Fitness,  Lifestyle,  This & That

    Why local, raw honey?

    “Sugar pie, honey bunch You know that I love you I can’t help myself I love you and nobody else” -The Fourtops Okay, so I wouldn’t say that I only love honey.  But it’s dang tasty, y’all!  And if you’ve been on The Bourbon Cactus blog for any amount of time, you know that I am a BIG proponent of local, raw honey. But why local, raw honey you ask? Well….here’s the skinny on Why you should only be consuming local, raw honey.     Don’t hassle me, I’m local First off, let’s define what local honey actually means. Honey is considered local when it is harvested within 50 miles of where…

  • DIY-it,  Health & Fitness,  This & That

    DIY Natural Kitchen Cleaner

    Over the last few of years, our family has been shifting towards a more non-toxic lifestyle.  This simply means we are choosing more natural products for our home and our bodies, and being more mindful of our food choices. The biggest area of toxins in our home was cleaners. (Of course, right?)  And I am constantly looking for ways to make or use a healthier alternative to an abrasive store-bought cleaner. One of the very first products I set out to overhaul were the sprays and wipes we always used in the kitchen.  I mean, think about it, those harsh chemicals are being used around our food!  So I absolutely…

  • Health & Fitness,  Lifestyle,  This & That

    Worthy of Grace

    I sat this morning about to post a picture on social media of Doodlebug and myself after my daily workout. And I stopped myself. I stopped myself because I was unhappy with the way the photo looked.  “It’s not perfect,” I told myself.  “This is not worthy of Instagram and no one will “like” it,” I thought. What the heck!     I wasn’t being judgmental of my over cluttered fridge in the background or the fact that I have a small home and I have to exercise in the kitchen most days.  I was judging my appearance and the misconception that I had not worked hard enough, long enough,…

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