Time to relax or time to exercise? How about both

Please raise your hand if laying on a bunch of pillows and closing your eyes sounds like your kind of exercise…

This dreamy exercise class actually exists, and it’s called Restorative Yoga. The class is not only relaxing, it leaves you feeling energized. Seriously.

Yep, there really is an exercise class where you lay on the floor and try to get as comfortable as possible. If life is stressing you out it might be because your autonomic nervous system is in overload mode. Restorative yoga can help reset your autonomic nervous system, and it’s awesome.

I had no idea what my autonomic nervous system was until I took my first restorative yoga class. Now I can’t wait to reset every week. Restorative yoga trumps a nap in my book. If you have a chance to try it, you should. Dress in comfortable clothing, treat yourself to a deluxe yoga mat and leave your worries at the door when you show up. You might start class off listening to relaxing music with the lights dimmed while resting your feet up on the wall.

A typical restorative yoga class goes through a series of 5 or 6 poses that you hold for at least 5 minutes. You use props to support your body, allowing yourself to completely relax and rest. The instructor takes you on a guided meditation and shows you how to use pillows and blankets to achieve restorative comfort. The world is a busy place and relaxing can be a challenge.

Practicing restorative yoga can reduce anxiety and provide healing for your body and mind. Mental clarity is improved and energy levels are restored. If you are on the Gulf Coast check out Sheryl Egan-Olaiver and her classes and workshops. You can download guided meditations to practice at home from her website http://australianaccents.com

Did I mention there are eye pillows involved? Let’s recap:

  • Comfortable clothes
  • No shoes required
  • Yoga mat
  • Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Eye pillows
  • Relaxing music
  • Guided meditation in an Australian accent
  • An exercise class where you get to Be instead of Do

And you’ll leave feeling more energized than when you walked in the door.

If you’ve been hiding from the gym or your New Years resolution is to slow down and catch more happiness this class can help.

Live, love, and laugh whenever you can.

Best,

Sarah

Xoxo

P.S. Here is a link to my favorite luxurious yoga mat. It’s under $20 delivered to your door.

Prosource Premium 1/2-Inch Extra Thick 71-Inch Long High Density Exercise Yoga Mat with Comfort Foam and Carrying Straps, Green, Frustration-Free Packaging https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00FY0GWE4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_rKMyAbF6VAKQX


Recipe for a cold winter night

It was the longest night….Alright Morgan Freeman. We got their attention. Apparently it snowed in Natchez and it’s cold as snowballs in territories farther north. So I thought I’d share my favorite cold weather soup recipe: Prison Food

Prison food is actually a potato soup recipe that was handed down by my dad’s best friend. Growing up he might swing by on a cold winter night and treat us to a batch. Being the dramatic, snot nosed kid that I was I declared the soup “prison food” and would throw a hissy fit about having to eat it. But as an adult I realized the value and deliciousness of prison food, and was lucky enough to get “Uncle Rob” to share it. All you need to make it are a few simple ingredients you might already have in your cupboard:

It’s cheap, delicious and pairs well with a good movie. And wine. I recommend this one:

So get busy living or get busy dying. And get busy cooking so you can enjoy a comforting bowl of this potato soup.

Prison Food Ingredients:

  • Bag of Taters
  • 3 Onions
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Carrots for color, if desired

Peel and cube taters. Chop onion. Season with salt and pepper. Put taters and onion in a pot and fill with water to cover. Boil till done. Add 2 cans of evaporated milk and a stick of butter. Simmer a bit but watch to make sure taters don’t stick to the pan bottom. Mash a few taters but leave some chunks for texture. You really can’t screw this up.

Serve up in bowls and watch your kids refuse to eat it.

Xoxo,

Sarah

Here’s a picture of me putting on my princess pout at the pond for making it all the way to the end:


8 Reasons Why You Should Watch Steel Magnolias to Kickstart 2018

It’s a new day and a new year. And it’s cold outside! If that’s not reason enough to get cozy and treat yourself to a screening of Steel Magnolias here are 8 more:

  1. While the movie takes place in make believe Chinquapin Parish it was inspired by the stories of strong southern women from Natchitoches, Louisiana and portrayed by this all star cast
  2. The movie is chock full of words of wisdom

3. There is some serious big hair and a whole lotta hairspray going on

4. Did I mention that Julia Roberts is in it and her hair is on point?5. Ouiser Boudreaux is a true role model

6. Plus there’s Dolly Parton and Olympia Dukakis. I’d like to sit next to Truvy and Clairee.

7. If you’re in need of a good cry this movie delivers

8. And if you’re in need of a good laugh you’ll be tickled pink when Sally Field takes a whack at Shirley MacLaine

So many more reasons to get your Steel on before you on take on 2018 but I’m out of numbers. Cheers and don’t forget to

Xoxo,

Sarah


Sip yourself into the spirit of the season

Proximity to New Orleans is one of my favorite perks of living on the Mississippi Coast. I’ll be adding a little NOLA spice to our festivities this year with a classic brandy milk punch instead of mimosas on Christmas morning. This holiday favorite is decadent, delicious, and might lead to a little debauchery…

Silky and smooth, this frothy punch can be enjoyed in your jammies or after you’ve gotten decked out for the day.Ben Elf added a little simple syrup to this recipe and used my hot toddy favorite, Dom B&B. Brandy or bourbon will suit this punch just fine so go with your favorite. Throw that crawfish pie in the oven, crank up the zydeco and stir the gumbo. Let me know how you like your punch and tag me on Instagram to share your favorite traditions. Cheers to a warm and merry holiday!

Best,

Sarah

Xoxo

New Orleans Brandy Milk Punch

Ingredients:

  • 2 ounces Brandy or Bourbon
  • 1 cup Whole Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Confectioner’s Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • Crushed Ice
  • Nutmeg to garnish

Instructions:

  1. Fill cocktail shaker with ice and add brandy, milk, sugar and extract.
  2. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass over crushed ice.
  3. Sprinkle with nutmeg and enjoy!


Sunday should start with good gravy

Nothing says Sunday morning like a yummy plate of biscuits and gravy. Flaky biscuits and spicy gravy will soothe your soul and set you up for a lazy day.

Growing up it was always a competition between my mom and dad to see who could make the best gravy. My family likes it on the thin side with plenty of spicy heat and served with a runny fried egg. Sawmill style.
Pick up some sage sausage and flaky refrigerated biscuits to keep on hand. When the lazy Sunday mood strikes it’ll be easy to whip up a pan of this simply delicious gravy.
Good Gravy Ingredients:

  • 1 pound Sage sausage
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • Half teaspoon ground sage
  • Half teaspoon white pepper
  • Half teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • Teaspoon of salt
  • Teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3 cups of milk

Brown sausage in a pan over medium heat. Add sage and crushed red pepper while browning. Leave grease in the pan and add butter. Continue to stir until butter has melted. Add flour and remaining spices. Cook an additional 3-4 minutes while stirring. Add one cup of milk, allow to thicken and repeat with cup 2 and cup 3. Simmer on low about 10 minutes and enjoy over your favorite biscuits.

Leave me a comment and let me know how you like your gravy.

Best,

Sarah

Xoxo


5 tips to make your holidays brighter

The holidays are here and it’s time to make the most of this splendid season. Here are 5 tips to reduce holiday stress and increase joy:

  1. Prioritize what means most to you during the holidays. Is it getting your home decked out with greenery, twinkling lights and decor? Is it celebrating with family, friends or co-workers? Do you get satisfaction from giving the perfect gift and getting your shopping done and wrapping taken care of early? Making your favorite recipes and holiday snacks? Or does giving back to your community and causes that you care about bring you the most joy? Decide now to prioritize whatever matters most to you, even if it’s getting cozy on the couch for a streaming marathon of your favorite holiday movies.
  2. Set healthy boundaries for the holidays and yourself by asking for what you want or need. Say no without guilt. We can not control others but we can choose how we feel. Say yes because you want to. Let go of trying to control what other people eat, wear, or do during the holidays. Even your kids.
  3. Get out and do something festive! One of my favorite holiday events on the Coast is the Gulfport Harbor Lights Festival. I love driving the beach highway when the lights are lit up. One of our new traditions is to wait for a colder day to bundle up and ride the Ferris wheel and take in all the decorated boats in the harbor. This year I’m making it a priority to check out the gingerbread house decorating workshop at our local children’s museum, Lynn Meadows Discovery Center. There will probably be more icing and candies in mouths than on houses given the age of my kids but I’m sure it will be a holiday event they’ll enjoy. Check out social media and your local mayor’s office page for free and inexpensive festivities to take part of in your town.
  4. Take time for yourself. It sounds cliche but the holidays can leave you scrambling to meet everyone’s needs but your own. Turn up your favorite tunes, light some candles and take a warm bath with a hot chocolate (or a hot toddy). Clear your calendar and get cozy so you can have a streaming fest in front of the fire and eat too many of those delicious Christmas Crack Pretzels you’ll want to make after I share the recipe in my next post. Treat yourself to something you’ve been wanting while sales are on. Whatever it is you like to do on your Me Time, make it happen over the holidays so you don’t lose yourself and your mind in the hustle and bustle of the season.
  5. Take a cue from the Kindness Elves and find a way to spread holiday cheer to others in need. Nothing makes a holiday brighter or makes you feel better than doing something that helps someone else. Good deeds can be as big as setting up a fundraising event or providing meals and as small as shoveling snow or wrapping gifts for a neighbor. All are meaningful. The holidays can be a hard time for many. And if you’re hurting during the holidays one of the best ways to feel better is to give back. A cup of coffee, a pair of gloves, toys for tots. So many great ways to pay it forward this season. I’d love to hear what you like to do or more ideas to spread joy in the comments on this post!

Thanks for taking the time to read and share my post. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season!

Best,

Sarah


Hey Y’all

Welcome to One Coast Living! Please allow me to introduce myself. I’m Sarah aka One Coast Mama.

I’ve worn many hats over the past 20 years and now I’m trying my hand at blogging. I’ve been student of interior design, worked as a fitness instructor, massage therapist, bartender, realtor, house flipper and skincare consultant. I’m a wife and mom to rambunctious little boys and adopted fur babies. It’s a lot to take in, I know.   I love to search for new ideas and tips so I started this blog to share what I’ve found and experienced.

I’m writing about:

  • starting over in a new place
  • designing a dream home
  • yummy food
  • products
  • wellness
  • that experience we call life
  • raising pets and kids
  • travel and events
  • Buying/Selling

and so much more…

I love to connect with people who like to laugh, create, dress up and experience life while sharing different perspectives.

Thank you for joining me on this blogging adventure.

Best,

Sarah

Xoxo

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