Downpour Wedding

Thanks to Tara of Blushing Crow Studio in Pinedale for sharing this beautiful – and soggy – wedding from Fort Williams Guest Ranch. While Shaunna & Riley’s September 14, 2013 event had a *little* water added, I LOVED the smiles, the laughs, the way that they carried on like this was exactly the plan…the perfect day that these two created with lots of personality. Congrats to these two – what a lovely example on the art of getting married and loving the day no matter what happens! (And I have to add – I believe it was a little ironic that fishing seemed to be a running theme…just sayin’…AND I want Shaunna’s shoes, and am in LOVE with her butterly bouquet. Just sayin’ that too.)

Sara Pinson, RD, LD: Can Do Weekly Resolutions

We’re thrilled to add another guest blogger – Sara Pinson, RD, LD, who will provide us with tips on eating & staying healthy. Everyone takes a second look at themselves physically when they’re planning their wedding. Taking steps to a healthier you in a healthy manner is key!

Sara Pinson is a Registered Dietitian, Wellness Coach and Type I Diabetic.  As the owner of Sustainable Wellness, she works with individuals and organizations to help people make health changes simple, not hard.  Sara Pinson, RD, LD

How do you want your 2014 to “taste”?

Build Your Base by Practicing “You Can Do” Weekly Resolutions

Compliments of Sara Pinson, RD, LD

Sustainable Wellness:  One Bite @ a Time!


“The little train went roaring on, so fast, it seemed to fly
Until it reached a mountain rising almost to the sky
The little engine moaned and groaned and huffed and puffed away
But halfway to the top it just gave up and seemed to say

I can’t go on, I can’t go on, I’m weary as can be
I can’t go on, I can’t go on, this job is not for me…

I think I can, I think I can, I think I have a plan
And I can do ‘most anything if I only think I can”

The 1930’s child’s book titled, “The Little Engine That Could” originally authored by Platt & Munk CO., Inc. told a sweet and simple, yet meaningful story.  A story that can easily be applicable to so many aspects of our life.  Change, such a hard thing to do.  Takes willpower.  If only it could be as easy as the characters tell us in “The Little Engine That Could”.  News alert…it CAN.  Take a step back and consider what it would look like if your New Year’s resolutions could actually turn into habits that don’t fly away in the Wyoming wind?  What if you woke up and made the following promise to yourself… “Each day of the week, I will do just 1 thing to make a better me.”  Up for it? Below you will find a suggested daily “to-do” list.  Read on…and THINK you can…because you “can do most anything” if “only” you think you can.

Monday- Identify your motivation level.  Your motivation drives your commitment, your sustainability and ultimately your success.  Choose your number TODAY.  Are you a 1 and not really into this change for the better type of thing?  Are you a 5 and somewhere in the middle and not really sure which direction you want to head in or are you a 10 and just can’t wait to begin your journey towards a healthier YOU, no matter how challenging it may be?  Stay true to your number and recognize what increases, decreases, or holds you motivation steady.

Tuesday-Try a new and unfamiliar fruit.  Variety is so important when trying to sustain your wellness.  Often we get tired of the same types of foods.  Keep it new, fresh and exciting by putting yourself out there and trying an unfamiliar fruit. Have you ever heard of blood oranges or dragon fruits? Take a few minutes today and read up on a fruit you have never tried before. You may surprise yourself and like it!

Wednesday- Try a new and unfamiliar vegetable.  We tend to turn to the usual, carrots, broccoli and greens beans. But what about eggplant, radish, kale, brussel sprouts or spaghetti squash?  The list goes on when it comes to veggies you may have never heard of before.  Spearhead a family challenge, try to find vegetables that begin with the letter A, then B, then C and so forth.  What an innovative way to get your kids to try a new food and add some spunk to your usual choices!

Thursday-Take 5 minutes out of your day, increase the volume on your I-Phone and bust a move.  Getting your heart huffing and puffing gives you an energy burst that is priceless.  Taking just a few minutes out of your day and allowing yourself to be a little “silly” goes a long way in the day’s productivity and sets the stage for a happy mood and decreases stress level. Grab a friend, a co-worker or a family member and combine fun with fitness!

Thursday: Look at a food label of a food or drink that you have in your house.   You may just surprise yourself and recognize what REALLY is in some of your household staples.  If you find that it’s loaded with sugar and fat, this doesn’t mean you CAN’T have it.  Raise your awareness.  Saving those indulgences as a “sometime” food grants you the permission to enjoy it but with portion and frequency control in mind.

Friday: Use measuring utensils to measure out your cereal, rice or pasta.  Get ready for a wakeup call!  It accumulates quickly.  Adding perspective to what and how much you are eating goes a long way in promoting appropriate serving sizes. You won’t know until you do it, so grab that utensil, measure up and resonate on where improvement may be necessary.

Saturday:  Take 15 minutes to eat your meal.  We call this “mindful eating”.  Take home message, the slower you eat, the less you will eat and the faster you will get full.  Mealtime should be a relaxing family centered activity, so take your time, engage in conversation (without food in your mouth) and enjoy each other’s company. The hustle and bustle of the day deserves a dinner meal that is free from distraction and simply…peaceful. 

Sunday: Share with 1 person, 1 change you have made this week.  Two huge aspects of sustaining wellness is holding yourself accountable and being proud of YOU.  If you made a goal and stuck with it…celebrate!  Change is hard and should be recognized.  Even if it was as simple as going to the gym once in the last 5 days, great work and spread the word.  Remember living a healthy life is contagious so you are it and pass it on!


Eye Candy by Brandi — Sun-Kissed Skin

We greatly appreciated Brandi Nash of Eye Candy by Brandi in Cheyenne for teaching us (me too!) about the art of making yourself look your very best. Read on for more of Brandi’s wisdom…

Bibbity Bobbity YOU!

Sun-kissed Skin

Sunless tanning, spray tanning, fake ‘n bake….whatever you like to call it, it all means the same thing, a safer alternative to tanning in the sun or tanning bed.  Now, I am no one to judge and since we live in a free country I do believe it is everyone’s own personal decision to tan via UV rays or not.  In fact, I used to manage and work in tanning salons before I became an Esthetician.  Due to my background, however, I think I have some great insight for you to consider when it comes to preparing for your wedding and honeymoon vacation if you are trying to achieve a beautiful bronzed tan.

“Indoor tanning” is one way to get darker.  There are some things you should think about though before you decide to purchase a tanning package and invest your time in a tanning bed and/or tanning booth.  Tanning indoors is in fact, not safer than tanning in the sun.  According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, indoor tanning has been linked with skin cancers including melanoma (the deadliest type of skin cancer), squamous cell carcinoma, and cancers of the eye (ocular melanoma).  Additionally, you can still get a burn from tanning in a tanning bed.  What’s that you say? “But I NEED my Vitamin D!!” Oh, if I had a nickel for every time I heard someone say that!  There is a safer way to give your body Vitamin D such as consuming fatty fish, mushrooms, fortified dairy, and of course Vitamin D supplements.  If you get nothing else from reading this I want you to remember the following: Nothing ages your skin more than sun damage.  Sun damage (this also includes exposure in tanning beds) is irreversible; it causes wrinkles and age spots.  While it may not be apparent now, sun damage appears on the skin later in life.  Prevention is key.  Using a good quality sunscreen while in the sun as well as wearing protective clothing, will help prevent sun damage.  No one wants wrinkles and it is no wonder that the anti-aging products global industry is valued at an estimated $261.9 billion!

So, you still want to be tan….

Well, lucky for you, sunless tanning options have come a long way since they first hit the scene in the 1960s.  There are now countless numbers of self-tanning lotions, creams, gels and foams that once applied, will darken your skin over a period of a few hours or in some cases are instant.  Should you decide to experiment with these products, do your research to see what would best suit your needs and then practice with it well before your wedding or special event.  I have found that if I mix equal parts regular body lotion with a self-tanning lotion and then apply it to my body, I get a smooth, streak free application.  Test out how the product will rub off on clothing (hopefully not) by wearing an old t-shirt.  You don’t want to discover how a product will wear the day of your nuptials while wearing your beautiful wedding gown.  If using a product on your face, consider how you may have to adjust your makeup and foundation colors.  Don’t forget to wear a pair of disposable gloves while working with these products!

Spray tanning is another great alternative.   Again, do your research and ask around to those you know if they can recommend a great place in your area.  Some places have spray tan booths.  This option does not involve a spray tan technician.  You move into different positions according to a diagram or instructional video and while you are inside the booth it sprays the product on a set timer.  Spray tanning, where a certified technician applies the product with a spray gun, is another option.  They control the color level and application.  Spray tans last between 7 and 10 days depending on how you prepare and maintain the spray tan with recommended products. Consult with your technician on how to prepare your skin and get the most out of your spray tan.  I recommend that people have a spray tan now and see how they like it before booking an appointment two days before their wedding or vacation.  Typically, spray tans can cost between $25-$35.  Sometimes a bronzer or gold shimmer can be added.  Self tanning products do not protect your skin from UVA/ UVB rays and should not be used as a substitute for broad spectrum sunscreen.  Self-tanning products contain DHA (Dihydroxyacetone), the main coloring agent.  DHA works with the amino acids in the skin to produce a natural looking tan with no orange discoloration.  DHA is often derived from plant sources such as sugar beets and sugar cane and by the fermentation of glycerin.  DHA is the only such agent approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration and has been used in cosmetics for years.  Products with DHA are safe when applied topically.  There have not been any reported side effects from the use of DHA.  If you have ever had an allergic reaction to self tanners, however, do not get a spray tan.  It is also important to discuss any existing medical/health conditions you have with your spray tan technician prior to making an appointment.

On a personal note, I am not just a spray tan technician, but I’m also a client!

Now that you have this information, achieving that sun-kissed glow you desire in a safe way is possible.

About the author: Brandi Lea Nash is a licensed esthetician, professional makeup artist and a certified South Seas Skincare Spray Tan Technician.  She owns her own business, Eye Candy by Brandi.  Visit her facebook page and website