July 2021 Newsletter

Streamline Your Routines

Life is full of events, tasks and responsibilities. Finding ways to save time on daily chores can set you up for a simpler, more successful day. Consider these tips for streamlining your routines.

Daily – Lay out clothes the night before so you’ll have extra morning free time. You can also set out everything you’ll need for the day, like your purse, backpack or coat. Leave them by the door to ensure you don’t forget anything important.

Weekly – Make a meal plan for the week, and shop accordingly. As you run out of ingredients, add them to your grocery list to avoid scanning the fridge come shopping day.

Monthly – Spend time at the start of each month reviewing your calendar. Reflect on what’s truly important in the month, like birthdays or anniversaries, and think about what can be scaled back or easily replaced by a phone call or email.


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Also in this issue…
Break Your Online Shopping Habit
Finding Joy in Less
Eco-Friendly Pet Toys
Grilled Salmon & Mango Salsa

Break Your Online Shopping Habit

Over the past year, many people found themselves clicking “add to cart” a little too often. If this is you, don’t worry because you’re definitely not alone. With technology always accessible, it’s easy to find ourselves in an online store. With just a few clicks, your momentary desire for happiness is already ordered.

What happens now, though? What if “add to cart” are still words you see weekly or maybe even daily? With many lockdown restrictions lifted, are the shopaholics beginning to recover, or is the pattern just beginning? Regardless, now is the time to tackle your online shopping habits.

Overcoming excessive shopping begins with stepping away from the source itself: technology. Unplugging has become a crucial step in kicking the cart. In a world with constant pop-up ads, it’s important to monitor your screen time. Tracking your spending habits and facing the total of your receipts are essential steps as well. Be sure to give yourself a “cool-down period” between purchases so you can search for better ways to experience joy in your life.



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Finding Joy in Less

While the old adage “less is more” may seem worn out from overuse, what if its wisdom is even more true today than it was 150 years ago? Fully embracing a minimalist lifestyle – one where you embrace your core values and eliminate distractions – won’t happen overnight and requires consistent effort and re-evaluation. Although it may be a lifelong journey, the results will be worthwhile.

As Daisy Rosales, founder of Simplicity Relished, says, “Simple doesn’t always mean easy. I think we often equate the two . . . But living according to your convictions – whether that means resisting clutter, choosing generosity, or protecting your health – is not easy. It’s worth it.”

Here are six of many benefits gained by following a minimalist lifestyle.


  • Financial freedom – By spending less money on things you don’t need, you’ll have the freedom to enjoy experiences in the present and invest more in your future.
  • Reduced stress and anxiety – Physical clutter has been linked to anxiety, and the stress of strained finances can steal your joy. Clearing your home of unnecessary possessions and curbing your spending on nonessentials can reduce those anxious feelings.
  • More free time – When you have less to clean and organize, you have more time to engage in relationships and activities you enjoy. Reduced spending can potentially allow you to cut back on work hours, increasing your rest and leisure time.
  • Environmental impact – Reducing your consumption of goods and services has a positive impact on the planet and helps you live a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.
  • Increased generosity – In addition to donating your excess items to nonprofits during your decluttering phase, spending less money on new items enables you to give more generously to those in need on a regular basis.
  • Amplified joy – By focusing on what you truly value, you’ll find greater joy in daily living. The burden of needing to compare yourself to others can be lifted, allowing you to embrace your life to the fullest.


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Eco-Friendly Pet Toys

Treat your pet to these sustainable toys.

Beco Ball – This nontoxic ball is made of natural rubber and comes in four sizes. It has openings for dog treats and whistles as it flies through the air.

Zogoflex Zisc – You can play frisbee with this durable, dishwasher-safe disc. It’s BPA- and phthalate-free, and once it’s worn out, you can send it back to the company. West Paw will then recycle it into future products.

SPOT Skinneeez Big Bite Coyote – This tug and chew toy has a pocket to hold a plastic bottle, a favorite toy for many dogs. Besides being a way to reuse bottles, it adds a bonus stimulant as your pet plays.


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Grilled Salmon & Mango Salsa

For salmon:
4 (6 oz.) skinless salmon fillets
3 Tbsp. avocado oil
2 tsp. lime zest
3 Tbsp. lime juice
3 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tsp. thyme
Salt and pepper to taste

For salsa:
1 large mango, peeled and diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
½ red onion, finely chopped
1 avocado, diced
1 Tbsp. lime juice
1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. coconut water

For garnish:
Lemon wedges
Fresh thyme


Place salmon in a gallon-size bag. Whisk together remaining salmon ingredients, add to bag and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes.

Add all salsa ingredients to a large bowl and toss to combine. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

Grease grill grates with oil and preheat to medium high. Grill salmon for 3 minutes per side or until cooked through.

Garnish with lemon wedges and fresh thyme. Serve with prepared salsa.

Serves 4


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