Are You Getting Enough Zzz’s?

Are You Getting Enough Zzz’s?

This past September I had the great pleasure of heading to Arizona for a seven day stay at the fabulous Miraval, a luxurious, all-inclusive resort that provides guests with an opportunity to gain more balance in their life by getting away and resetting! 

My days were busy – often starting at 8am and going until 8 pm – full of activities that included outdoor challenges, yoga, meditation, self-help classes and the most spiritually innovative spa I have ever been to! I certainly left with a wealth of knowledge, feeling relaxed and equipped with the tools to live a more mindful/balanced life! 

During my stay I was especially drawn to the “Integrative Wellness” lecture series many of which were led by Sheryl Brooks (whom I grew very fond of and chose to participate in several of her programs). The lecture, “Are You Sleeping?” taught me so much and I want to share some of my favorite information I learned about sleep. 

Do you know why experts stress the importance of 7-9 hours per night? In a nutshell, it is like putting your body on a charger and getting an “update” each night! When you sleep, you actually go through cycles 4-5 times a night, lasting 90-110 minutes each (this is for the average person who actually sleeps 7-9 hours). During these cycles your body is in restorative mode performing important functions such as hormone regulation (which is HUGE for women and can even be the reason you are struggling to lose weight but doing everything else right!), building your memory bank (everything you learned in the day get ‘deposited’ into your brain each night), and undergoing tissue repair and muscle growth!

Blue light – it sounds pretty but it may also be keeping you up at night! Many of us are guilty of being slaves to technology and the light behind the screens of our phones, tablets and computers are a type of blue light – which are similar to UV lights and are meant to represent daytime –  keeping your brain operating when it should be sleeping! One tip I have taken home with me, is changing the display light to reduce the amount of blue light emitted by your device- the iPhone now has a “Night Shift” feature that is designed to do just that. (On the reverse side – if you need help staying awake during the day, Sheryl suggests putting a natural light bulb above your desk or area you are working)

I’ve also discovered since the latest Apple update that I’m able to be more mindful of my sleep routine using the Clock’s “Bedtime” setting that allows me to set a goal of how long I hope to sleep. This feature analyses each time you wake up and touch your phone and has some great alarm features as well (my favorite is the default).

I’m sure, like me, many of you can’t predict how much sleep you’re going to get every night (especially if you have littles around). But hopefully some of these tips will help you catch some more ZZZs.  For more great tips from Miraval, visit their blog.

 In these photos I am wearing House of CB’s Sleep baby pink satin night shirt

I would love to hear any of y’alls tips as well! Please feel free to comment below with what works for you!

with love Sandra Tiffany

Images- Lindsey Drennan Photography

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Sandra Tiffany- Mastermind

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“Life is a Journey, not a destination”

 I want to welcome you back to sandratiffany.com, and if you’re new to the site, I am ecstatic you’ve stopped by! I thank you for your patience in our temporary reconstruction so we could bring you this new site! I have been asked so many questions over the past months, so my goal is to answer some of them for you here. Where to start?… I guess the best question to start with is the one I am most often asked, “Who and what is Sandra Tiffany?”

I know in the past it was a little confusing with there being three faces, three of us reviewing products, travel and our favorite things and with there being no story line; it was a little tough to answer! BUT now after summer vacation, soul searching in the desert, and some team meetings with my partners/besties, we are back online and I am now confident in my answer who and what Sandra Tiffany is: it is ME!

Let me introduce myself, my first name is Sandra and my middle name is Tiffany, I was born on a cold winter morning, February 12, 1983, in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada! I spent most of my adolescence in Barrie, Ontario, and now live in the fabulous city of Houston, Texas with my sweet little family of four! SandraTiffany.com is my space to share with you our adventures, my learnings of life, and everything ST!

I am a very passionate person and I have many titles, (Wife. Momma. Sister. Bestie. Blogger. Mane addict. Makeup junkie. Adventurer. Mixologist. Life Apprentice. Spiritual Gangster. Interior Designer. and Health Enthusiast – just to name a few). Some official, and some honorary from my family and friends, but two of which I am very proud of: Wife and Momma. My husband’s name is Lynn and we have been married almost 6 years, our littles are Elynn (pronounced E-Lynn), who is almost five, and Jackson is two and a half. My husband a native from Houston, and I have resided here since 2010 now. Although the summers are still a little unbearable for me, I really love this city and the people I have got to meet here! We love to travel, and now the littles are at such a great age to explore this great earth God has given us! There is definitely never a dull moment around our house and I can tell you: I wouldn’t change a thing! Thank you again for coming to visit, and we certainly have a lot of fun posts in store for y’all!  

with love Sandra Tiffany

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Thanks for joining me! Sandra Tiffany is my name and this site serves as an outlet for me to share my crazy, busy, blessed, happy life with y’all. Here is where I share my favorite places, products, all things fashion, health and fitness crazes, and more. Thank you for letting me share my journey with you. xo

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if you prefer mail:
5161 San Felipe Street, Suite 320-08 Houston,  Texas 77056

For submissions, advertising and general inquiries by mail:
5161 San Felipe Street,
Suite 320-08 Houston,
Texas 77056
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with love Sandra Tiffany

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Once Upon a Time…

Once Upon a Time…

Who, What, Where?!  

I always love a story that starts with “Once upon a time”, and with the relaunch of SandraTiffany.com I think it’s the best time to start telling you how all of this started and who is a part of this fabulous website! Here we go again, Once upon a time I used to work in corporate Canada, and I loved having a demanding career. I truly never thought I would find myself as a “stay at home Momma”(I LOVE my littles’ dearly and appreciate the women that do stay home full time it is seriously a HUGE job) but moving to Texas almost 7 years ago, getting married , having ‘E’ and then ‘Jacks’ a short 26 months later I found myself struggling, really missing the deadlines, and feeling like I am neglecting one piece to my fabulous puzzle.

INSPIRATION // One day, while I was having lunch with my friend Marla, she casually suggested that I should consider becoming a interior design / lifestyle / travel blogger. At that time, we had only been friends for about 3 months and her advice came from two places – she knew I was struggling to figure out if I wanted to go into interior design now that both of my kiddos were going to be in school, and also from seeing our family’s travels and my passions over social media.

As soon as she said it, I immediately thought,  “I can’t do that! I don’t write”, and to be honest, I had no idea where I would even begin. But, once I left that lunch and thought some more about it, the ideas started pouring in and the concept seemed like a fun, easy outlet for me, which would still leave me the flexibility to be a supportive wife and a great Momma! After all, I do love sharing my experiences and learnings from the kiddos, traveling, my favorite restaurants, shopping, my leto lifestyle, and workout fads that I have tried (I have tried them all!!) I love makeup/makeup artists and one that’s definitely high up there: ANYTHING hair!

That night, I talked to my husband about the idea and he was very encouraging, he really had no clue what a blogger was but told me to find a team to start my branding and to build a website!

Fast forward a couple months, when my family headed out to California for our family summer vacay and I got to meet the fabulous Summer Jensen of Hawk & Co – an interior designer by trade but meeting through a friend she offered to help me build Sandra Tiffany and came up with my AMAZING branding and got started on our site!

In the beginning, I really struggled with confidence on what I was going to write about and continuously asked myself what would my niche be? Luckily, I had my high school besties, Lindsey and Alana, by my side helping me make decisions on design and encouraging me. Consequently, it felt like a natural progression to ask them to team up with me, and help me determine how to put it all together.

INTRODUCING // Lindsey & Alana

Lindsey is our “Visionary” with an extensive background in editorial photography she has always been my go-to person with respect to anything creative. She was even the first person to give me a makeup lesson! (thank heavens for that, she really expanded my knowledge. Otherwise I would probably still have pink eyeshadow all over my lids and black eyeliner on my lash line)

Alana is our “Coordinator”. She is likely one of the most organized people I know, and she never misses a thing! She always ensures we cross every T and dot every I, and she has been that way as long as I can remember. She is also the best trip planner and advisor!

The three of us have been best friends, frankly, more like sisters, since high school. We have been through the good, the bad and the amazing together! Although we live in different countries now, we manage to talk almost every day and fortunately get to see each other at least every couple months! I love having them by my side, and I couldn’t imagine life any different!

It has been 8 months since we launched ST, and this summer, as I mentioned, with a little break, I had the opportunity to sit back and reflect on our site. With the help and input of Alana & Lindsey we came to the conclusion that our original website was confusing and really lacked a storyline. Aside from ST, Alana and Lindsey have very demanding careers back home, and thus, it was quite organic to decide that it was time to go back to the original idea of SandraTiffany.com and make it about me and my life.

Over the last few months, I have gained more confidence (thanks to many of you!), with respect to sharing more about my personal journey with the world. It is my ultimate goal is to look back when I am in a retirement home and truly feel I have explored every path, connected people, and made an impact on the hearts of the people whose paths I crossed! I am not sure where the SandraTiffany.com journey will take us, but I love to keep up with my favorite bloggers on Instagram, and I have found my passion for learning more about technology and I have been able to answer with more confidence “who/what is Sandra Tiffany?” Sandra Tiffany is ME! I tried to come up with a fun name like some of my favorite bloggers “Lunch Pails & Lip Stick.. SO cute! But nothing ever stuck it is me and this is my journey, Alana and Lindsey are a HUGE part of my life/my journey and you will meet more and more of my favorite people as we go! What I stand to gain is I enjoy having fun, motiving people, being a student of life and truly living it to the fullest.

with love Sandra Tiffany

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Welcome!

Thanks for joining me! Sandra Tiffany is my name and this site serves as an outlet for me to share my crazy, busy, blessed, happy life with y’all. Here is where I share my favorite places, products, all things fashion, health and fitness crazes, and more. Thank you for letting me share my journey with you. xo

More About Sandra »

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I’d love to hear from you!

Have a place or product you’d love for us to try?
Want to chat about where to dine and hang out with the locals while you’re in town?
Or maybe you’re ready to compare notes on big brand lipsticks with us?
Send us a note!

if you prefer mail:
5161 San Felipe Street, Suite 320-08 Houston,  Texas 77056

For submissions, advertising and general inquiries by mail:
5161 San Felipe Street,
Suite 320-08 Houston,
Texas 77056
info@sandratiffany.com

with love Sandra Tiffany

© 2016 SandraTiffany.com 

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