The Berger Bungalow

Making Health A Daily Priority
Posted on:1.10.2017

This post is sponsored by Bulletproof Coffee, but all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting brands that support The Berger Bungalow!

 Let’s get honest for a minute. You see my posts about eating healthy and working out and you probably think that it is easy and natural for me. Well, let me tell you something: I am like most of you - I am always on the go and I struggle to find the time and motivation to workout and eat healthy. It’s not easy and it’s not natural for me. I would much rather sit on the couch under a warm blanket and binge watch romantic comedies while stuffing my face with double stuffed Oreos, but how does that help me? Hint: It doesn’t.

With the New Year here, I am jumping on board and have decided to make a commitment to myself - I will make my health a priority this year. I typically do not make resolutions, but this year, I am serious about it. I will make health my priority!

Last month, I talked about easy ways to practice self-care, which is the perfect starting place for my health goals. I think you have to start small to create big, real results and for me, that starts with self-care, even when I am extremely busy. One of the ways I started showing my body self-care was by setting aside time in my routine to drink Bulletproof Coffee! This might seem like an easy addition to you, but let me give you a quick glimpse of my “normal” schedule. Here is what a typical day looks like for me when I am working outside of the house:

5:45/6:00am: Wake up
6:15am: Shower
6:30am: This is the time I set aside for hair, makeup and other “beauty” related tasks.
6:45am: Head downstairs for breakfast and coffee, feed the dogs and let them outside, make lunch and snacks for Ian and myself and hopefully get the chance to unload and reload the dishwasher.
7:00am/7:15am: Head out the door for work.
7:30am-5:30/6:00pm: Work
6:30pm: Get home from work and let the dogs out.
6:40pm: Check the mail, pay any bills, vacuum the floors and start a load of laundry, if needed.
7:15pm: Start cooking dinner.
7:45-8:15pm or so: Eat dinner.
8:15pm: Clean up the dishes and tidy up the kitchen.
8:45pm: This is the time that I usually sit down to check my emails and catch up on any blog work.
9:00pm: If I do not have a lot of work, I will relax for about an hour around 9:00.
10:00/10:30pm: I try to go to bed around this time so I can wake up early the next day.

From first glance, it does not seem like I have any time at all to fit fitness and health into my daily routine, but when there is a will, there is a way! 

Here is how I do it:

  • If I wake up right at 5:45 instead of hitting snooze until 6:00, I have an extra 15 minutes to fit in a workout. This is extremely easy thanks to the #NewYearBestYou Whole Life Fitness Manifesto 28-day challenge. If you have not heard of this yet, it is a FREE program hosted by Dai Manuel and it is fabulous. Day 1 started yesterday and I am thrilled with it. It is not only a program that will just keep you on track and show you 15-minute workouts, but it also comes with the support and motivation that I desperately need, too. If you are in search for a health program that bundles everything you need to be successful, look no further! You can join me here.
  • I try to get my morning off to a healthy start by eating a nutritious breakfast that will fuel my body for the day. After drinking a big glass of water, I usually make a green smoothie packed with vegetables and my Bulletproof Coffee packed with Brain Octane Oil and Grass-fed Ghee. It is my favorite way to get my day started – when I drink my Bulletproof, I feel like I am on top of the world and can get anything done! Many of you do not know, but over the past few years, I have struggled to lose weight. This past month (the month of December), the only change I have made in my routine is by adding Bulletproof into it and I have finally lost my first three pounds. How awesome is that?!
  • When I pack our lunches and snacks, I always try to find the healthiest options possible. I usually try to stick with fruits, vegetables, lean meats and some kind of fun snack like dark chocolate, or popcorn so that we do not get bored. I recently found these Fudge Brownie Collagen Bars through Bulletproof and I am so excited about being able to add these into our snack rotation. I have wanted to try Collagen for the longest time because of the amazing health benefits it provides to your body tissues. These bars also have 11 grams of protein per bar and contain Brain Octane Oil, which will definitely help us stay focused and keep us full throughout the day!
  • I create lists for the day. This helps me stay on track and get everything done so that I do not have anything hanging over my head. It feels so good to check items off the list! 

  • I need time to relax on the couch occasionally, which is why I have the hour in my schedule, but I feel like it is very important not to spend all of this time sitting in front of the television. I try to break up the time and add some self-care in there. I like to use this time to read, focus on myself, stretch, walk and make a list for the next day. 
  • I drink a big glass of water before bed and I am currently working on a “winding down routine” that I can add right before bed! I love the idea of doing bedtime yoga, or maybe even taking a bubble bath.
Living a healthy lifestyle is not exactly “easy”, especially when you are first starting out, but it is so important and I am determined to make each day revolve around creating a better and healthier lifestyle for myself. If you have a New Years resolution to become healthier, I urge you to join me – we can provide support and motivation to each other. Also, don’t forget to check out the Whole Life Fitness Manifesto here and Bulletproof here! Here’s to making 2017 the best year yet!

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Hello 2017 // January Goals
Posted on:1.03.2017

Can you believe that 2017 is finally here?! I am SO excited to get this year rolling, and I have a feeling that it is going to fly by because of all the amazing things that are happening! 

Here is a VERY brief look at our 2017:

- Jessica and Ky’s bachelor(ette) parties
- Jessica and Ky’s wedding!
- Katherine and Brenden’s wedding!
- Eryn & Mike’s wedding!
- Anthony & Ceci’s wedding! 
- So many bridal showers.
- Planning Jenna’s wedding and bachelorette party!
- Ian will graduate from his masters program.
- Ian will {hopefully} become a CPA! 
- We are going on our first Europe vacation together!! 

We are going to be CRAZY BUSY!!!! Anyway, I am really excited and just cannot wait for all of the festivities! Jumping into January: 

If you keep up with my Instagram, you know that this month did not get off to a great start at all, but that is a story for another post. I am determined to make the rest of this month an awesome start to 2017! 

January Goals
- Try not to over schedule our calendar so that Ian has a lot of time to study for his CPA exam.
- Rest as much as possible to help heal my concussion.
- Start my Pure Barre classes again.
- Celebrate my dad’s bday! 
- Buy a Dyson vaccum (YAY!!!!)
- Start organizing our garage.
- Take down all the Christmas decorations.
- Enjoy the time I get with Ian.
- Start fine tuning our Italy itinerary.


What goals do you have for January?
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Whatcha Wanna See?!
Posted on:12.15.2016

Hey everyone! The New Year is right around the corner, which I am so excited about. For me, the new year always means a fresh start: A chance to better yourself, or better the things you are doing. 

I wanted to reach out to all of you in hopes of getting an idea of what YOU all want to see on The Berger Bungalow. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not changing the content for the most part, but I do want to create that “fresh start” by giving you more of what you want! 

I try to post about these categories:

Food/Drink: Recipes, Restaurants, Wine, Events, etc. 

Travel: Where to go, Where/what to eat, Where to stay, What to do, Recaps of our trips, etc.

Home: House updates, Married life, Fun projects, My favorite products (for home and self), The dogs, Our life, etc.

Health: Healthy recipes, Products or brands that improve your life, Exercise (lol not much of that), etc.

This next year, I really want to try my best to stay within these categories, and give you all more of what you want! I have A LOT of fun ideas in my head like these:

- Travel // Amelia Island Travel Guide
- Recipe // Homemade Meatballs
- Recipe // Homemade Meatball Sub (goes along with the meatballs)
- Travel // A NOLA bachelorette Party 
- Travel // Where To Stay In Rome, Italy
- Travel // Italy Itinerary (and WAY more travel posts about Italy)
- Home // Our Living Room
- Home // Our Office 
- Home // Our bedrooms 
- Home // Outside
- Recipe // My favorite green smoothie
- Health // My best tips for staying healthy
- Food // Restaurant experiences around Atlanta.

Those are just a few of my ideas. What do you think? 

Now, my questions for you:
  1. What would you like to see most on The Berger Bungalow in 2017? Travel? Food? Home? You can always name a few, if you want, and feel free to add anything that I don’t have on the list!
  2. For my travel posts, would you want to see one long post per city, or a few posts for each city breaking down where to stay, what to do, where to eat, etc.
  3. Is there anything you DO NOT want to see (no promises on this one)! 

I would really appreciate it if you answered these questions in the comments below. <3 

I hope all of you have a fantastic holiday season!
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Taking Care Of Yourself Before Helping Others
Posted on:12.11.2016

So many people around the world are in bad health, and wish they could do the simple things that we do each day. We have the ability to utilize the places, people and items around us to take care of our bodies, but they are often taken advantage of, and put on the back burner because we don’t think twice about taking care of our bodies when they are already healthy. Luckily, we can change our perspectives, and start a healthy lifestyle at any point. Once we take care of ourselves, we also have the ability to help others, which is what this season is all about! 

Caring for your body and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is so important. My lifestyle is constantly on the go and it is so easy to fall into a routine of eating out, not working out, and constant snacking, but I choose to live a healthy lifestyle for myself, and for others, as well. If I was not healthy, I would not be able to help those around me. 

Today, I want to share with you some of my best self-care tips that I have learned about over the past few months, and then I will also share a few ways that you can give this holiday season AFTER you take care of yourself! 

6 Simple Ways To Practice Self-Care

1. Get enough sleep
Sleep is so very important! While you sleep, your body repairs and heals itself. If you don’t get the needed sleep, your body won’t have any down-time, and could potentially lead to an increased risk of multiple diseases.

2. Workout each morning
Working out not only helps you feel your best, but it also prevents a lot of negative health issues and diseases. Exercise also improves your mood, promotes better sleep, gives you a boost in your energy, can reduce anxiety, can improve confidence, can increase relaxation, and can help control addictions.

3. Drink coffee that is amazing for you!
Let me tell you about Bulletproof Coffee. I tried this coffee for the first time the other week, and I can 100% tell a massive difference in my body. I have more energy, my brain seems more clear, it doesn’t make me jittery like some coffee does, and it has helped me become more motivated with my workout goals. Have I convinced you to try Bulletproof Coffee yet? If not, let me tell you a few facts. 

There IS such thing as “bad” coffee. Bad coffee can have mold toxins in it which can contribute to chronic health issues. In fact, bad coffee is almost always contaminated with mycotoxins, which are damaging compounds created by molds. Isn’t it crazy that mycotoxins are almost always in all low quality brands of coffee? That’s the reason why some coffee is so cheap - they use low quality beans which allow a higher percentage of damaged, or moldy beans. They then process them to add flavor, but that actually increases the amount of toxins, too! Another fun fact is that decaf coffee is even worse than regular coffee. 

Don’t worry, not all coffee is bad! Coffee is only bad for you if it serves as a platform for mold production/delivery. One amazing thing about Bulletproof is that optimizes each step of the production process to make sure they are low toxin! Bulletproof Coffee is grown at high altitude, are hand-harvested, and carefully processed to make sure there is absolutely no mold! Not only do they take every preventative measure to prevent it, but they also test it to double check that it meets the Bulletproof quality and purity standards! Good coffee promotes brain function, memory, and energy levels. No wonder my brain felt clear! Good coffee also serves as a source of antioxidants, which I did not know! Check out these amazing coffee benefits here!

I have also been putting in Brain Octane Oil and Grass-fed ghee in with my coffee which has amazing effects on your body, as well. The Brain Octane Oil helps you burn fat and is a quick source of energy because it is made from 100% coconut oil, which is fat instead of sugar. It is the best way to get an energy boost without the crash later on. I have been looking for something that could speed up my metabolism, and this is the best option! 

I bet I have sold you on Bulletproof Coffee now! It honestly has been an amazing addition to my life to keep me going throughout the day, without the crash. Go find out more info here. The easiest way to get started is by purchasing one of their starter kits! Check them out here!

4. Look your best to feel your best
I don’t know about you, but when I look good, I feel great. I make sure to wake up an hour earlier than I need to so that I can take time to shower, put on makeup, and choose an outfit that makes me feel great.

5. Stay hydrated and choose healthier options
I could go on and on about the benefits of staying hydrated and eating healthy options, but I will spare you from my rant. When I eat awful, I feel awful. I’ve quickly realized that to feel good, I need to eat healthier options consistently. It not only makes me feel good, but I look better, have more energy, and get through my day easier. I have noticed that my eating habits have changed some when drinking Bulletproof Coffee. I don’t snack as much, and I honestly do not crave all of the horrible sugar snacks that I used to *need* each night.

6. Take time for yourself
This might be my best tip - taking time for yourself is essential. Take your coffee and a book and relax for 30 minutes, or do some yoga to wind down before bed. No matter what it is, give yourself time to do whatever your body needs. 

Putting your body first will help you feel so much better in your everyday life, and you will also have the ability to help others that do not have it as good as you do. I am so beyond blessed with my body, and I am ready to take care of it to the best of my ability so that I can help others. Now, as promised, here are a few ways that you can help and give back this holiday season:

-Volunteer at a food kitchen
-Find a way to provide Christmas presents to kids in need
-Donate warm blankets and jackets to your local shelters
-Pay someones layaway anonymously 
-Give a box of toys to a children's hospital
-Spend time at a nursing home
-Donate to a food bank
-Put together boxes for the homeless or needy like I did in these pictures

I genuinely hope this post shows you the importance of taking care of your body, and also urges you to help others this holiday season after helping yourself. Maybe your way of helping others is gifting a bag of Bulletproof Coffee!! :) 

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My Christmas List
Posted on:12.09.2016

Another Christmas season is here already, and I am SO excited about all of the gifts that I have purchased for others. Giving is by far my favorite part of Christmas. I try my best to find special gifts for each person that I think they will love, and I just loooove seeing their faces when they open them. I think I purchased awesome gifts for my family this year, and I just can’t wait!!!

This year, we are going to Ian’s parents next weekend to celebrate Christmas (eeeeeek!!!) and then, for the first time in two years, we are celebrating Christmas with my parents. We were originally going to go down there a few days after Christmas, but then we would be at our house alone on Christmas day, so we looked at our calendars and it actually kind of made sense to go down there after our Christmas Eve celebrations. I am SO excited about that!

This year, I created a Christmas list for my family. I told them that we would prefer cash, useful gift cards, or Delta gift cards over anything else, but if they HAD to get us other “stuff” this is what we could use: 

My Christmas List

- Delta Gift Cards: We are going to Italy this summer and this would be SO useful.
- Useful Gift Cards (Whole Foods, Publix, Kroger, Costco, etc.)
- Nest products: We need another nest thermostat and two more nest protects.
- Kitchen items: A butter dish, a spoon rest, organizational items for our pantry, etc.
- Home decor: I’m pretty picky about this stuff, but I really just asked my sister for this IF she didn’t get us a Delta Gift card because she knows what I like :) 

My list might be boring, but it’s things we need or would spend $ on ourselves. I usually try to go practical when I have a goal in mind, and this year, my goal is going to Italy, going to all of the weddings and bachelorette trips we have coming up and hopefully getting granite installed throughout our house! <3

I hope you all have a very merry Christmas! I do have a few more posts planned between now and Christmas, but other than those, I am not sure how much I will be posting until after the holidays. I really want to try to spend the holidays soaking in all the time with my family, but I will be keeping up with my Instagram, so you can catch me there!
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Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookie
Posted on:12.05.2016

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareTheHoliday #CollectiveBias

Something about the holiday season always puts me in the mood to make others happy, and give. We moved into our new home a few months ago, and wanted to come up with a fun way to spread the holiday cheer to all of our new neighbors, so we decided to make one of my favorite cookie recipes!!

We made our grocery list and headed over to our local Walmart to pick everything up. First, we started shopping for the actual cookie ingredients. This was easy because we had almost everything at home already, we just had to pick up some macadamia nuts, and white chocolate chips! 

Next, we searched for containers to put our cookies in and ribbon to decorate them with. Last year, I brought some avocado deviled eggs to a party, and found these amazing Holiday Rubbermaid TakeAlongs. I knew they would be the perfect addition for our cookies, so I tracked them down in Walmart to use. They are great because they are so festive and sturdy! They come in limited edition red, green and prints for the holidays if you shop between 10/29-12/24. Not only are they fun and colorful, but they also have a Quik Clik Seal™ which keeps them secure and helps prevents spills. The top lid has a tight seal along the top of the container, yet it also has a large tab to make opening really easy. This was really important to us because we were delivering our cookies in the rain, so a tight seal was extremely necessary! The best part about Rubbermaid TakeAlongs is that they are microwavable, dishwasher and freezer safe! I don’t know about you, but this is how I shop for any kitchen item. If it can’t go in my dishwasher, it isn’t coming in my kitchen. ;)

When we got home, we started baking! We ended up making about 100 cookies in total for our neighbors, which took just about all day. It was so much fun! When we delivered them, all of our neighbors were so thankful, and excited. I definitely recommend gifting your neighbors randomly if you haven’t before. It was such an awesome experience! Today, I want to share with you the recipe that I baked for all of my neighbors. This cookie recipe is perfect for the holidays, and one that many do not automatically think about when making a Christmas cookie. I think you will love it!

Cranberry White Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

- 2 1/4 cups of flour
- 3/4 cup of sugar
- 3/4 cup of brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon of baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 sticks of softened butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- A dash of almond extract
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup of white chocolate chips
- 3/4 cup of macadamia nuts
- 3/4 cup of dried cranberries
- 1/8 teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg

- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
- Add your flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg in to your mixer. Give it a good stir to make sure it is all mixed together. 
- Add all of your liquids in and mix it up, making sure there are no dry ingredients at the bottom of your bowl. 
- Once everything is mixed together, add your white chocolate chips, cranberries and macadamia nuts. Mix everything together.
- On a greased baking sheet, create small balls of cookie dough. I use an ice cream scoop to make it easier! 
- Bake your cookies for about 10 minutes at 375 degrees.
- Enjoy! 

Have you ever gifted your neighbors with a holiday gift? For more great holiday inspiration, click here!
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The Well Life Book Review
Posted on:11.30.2016

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Today, I wanted to come to you with an awesome book review. I have really struggled with reading lately with my schedule being so busy, but as soon as I picked up this book, I was hooked! 

I honestly do not know where to start with this review, or how to organize it. The Well Life is packed with SO MANY amazing tips, thoughts, tricks, and ways to improve your life throughout the entire book. Before reading, I looked up who wrote it. The authors, Briana and Dr. Peter Borten founded The Dragontree which has many resources for creating an “exceptional life.” I automatically knew that this book would be something special. Even just reading their “about me” section calmed me. 

The Well Life focuses on a complete transformation to create balance, happiness and peace. I love how this book doesn’t just jump into what we currently need to be doing. It starts from the beginning - Part 1 includes understanding what we were going to be learning, figuring out how to individually optimize your wellness, releasing emotional baggage (probably my favorite chapter because everyone needs this!), and creating your own world through your word. Part 2 is where you take the information you have learned and actually put it to use, or to thrive. Part 3 is all about figuring out who you are and what you want in life. This may initially seem like a lot to read, but the way it is written is so easy to read. The book honestly flew by! 

I recommend this book to anyone that is looking to improve their overall life and become a happier person (which we could all use)! They have amazing preorder incentives going on right now, if you are interested. If you preorder today, they will send you 1 copy of The Well Life and you will also receive: 

"Inspiration for Your Well Life: 50 Bits of Wisdom for a Life of Happiness, Peace, and Balance E-book (normally $9)
Our unending love and gratitude ♡♡♡"

If you purchase more than one book, you get even more amazing incentives! You can go purchase the book here. Once again, I highly, highly recommend it to anyone that wants to find more happiness and peace in their life. 
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