DIY Leather ‘O’ Ring Snap Bracelet Tutorial (inspired by Joanna Gaines)

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Last fall I challenged myself to try working with leather (or leather like) materials more, and I have been having a lot of fun these last few months experimenting! I truly have a new appreciation for all those leather artisans out there, because working with leather is not as simple as you would think. (Check out some of my previous DIY posts about working with leather.)

With that said, it should come as no surprise that I would eventually venture into making jewelry. Have you seen all of the beautiful leather jewelry out there?!

It’s also no big shock that this bracelet project was inspired by one of my favorite reality TV “stars” (HGTVs “Fixer Upper” Joanna Gaines). If you have never seen the show Fixer Upper, you are definitely missing out on some family fun, beautiful design, and a great positive message- not to mention the woman has GREAT style!

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I don’t remember if I first saw her sporting her leather “O” ring bracelet on her show, or if I saw it on Pinterest or Instagram, but I immediately fell in love with it! I had to have it! So I ventured to the Magnolia Market webpage, and low and behold- there it was in all of its glory! But my heart dropped when I saw it was priced at $66. Yowch! Sadly, that price was just a little out of my budget. Then I started thinking about it (and couldn’t stop thinking about it), and I decided that I would try making this lovely piece of jewelry on my own.  So, I did and I LOVE it! I wear it ALL of the time! It wasn’t very difficult to make, so I thought I’d share!


Here is how I did it!

What I used:

  • 1 brass O ring 1.5″ inches (38mm)
  • Strip of leather (1″x14″)
  • set of snaps (cap/socket/stud/post)
  • snap setting tool (like this one)
  • hammer
  • Small piece of wood (for hammering on)
  • All purpose punch tool (or an awl- something to make a hole through your leather-I got mine here)
  • measuring tape and ruler
  • rotary cutter (or razor) & self healing mat

How I put it all together:

  • I started by measuring my wrist at the smallest point (for me it was 6.25″).

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  • I next cut my strip of leather 1″ wide by 14″ long. After some trial and error, I found that 14″ was the perfect length for my wrist. It’s a tiny bit loose, but I wanted it that way.

(*note: using my measurements as a starting point, I suggest lengthening (or shortening) your strip 1″ longer (or shorter) for each inch that your wrist is bigger (or smaller). For example, if you had a 7-7.5″ wrist, then you would cut a 15″ long strip of leather and so on.)

At this point, I did a bunch of measuring and marking on the underside of the leather strip.

These next measurements will be for your snap placement:

  • Once I had my 1″x14″ strip of leather cut, I measured 7″ from one end and made a mark. (This should be in the exact center of your leather strip.)
  • Next, I measured 1″ inch from the center point on each side, and made another 2 marks. So, you will have 3 marks in the center of your leather strip.

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  • Then I measured 1/2″ from each end of the leather strip, and made a mark. These marks will be hole punched. (I punched my holes at 3.2 mm with a leather hole punch.)
  • Now, take your leather and punch a hole at the exact CENTER mark, as well as at the 1/2″ marks at each END of your leather strip. You should now have 3 holes in your leather strip. (*See image below for reference.)

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This next part you will be making the two strips that will wrap around the ring. (It can seem really confusing, but it will make sense, I promise! If you get totally confused, just review my pictures for reference. That always helps me!)

  • Next, from the holes you just punched at BOTH ENDS of the leather strip, measure 1/2″ toward the center, and mark.
  • At this point you should now have 4 more marks (2 on each end, and the 2 you had already marked at the center). From here, I made a very light 5″ line connecting the marks at the end and the center. Do this on both sides. (See image below for reference.)

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  • Next (using your ruler as a guide), take your razor or rotary cutter and cut down your 5″ line. This will cut your leather into 2 strips. (*Important!- Don’t cut all the way to the holes you punched! Stop at the marks you just made before you get to the holes!)

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Voila! After all that confusing work you should have a 14″ strip of leather with 3 holes punched in it, and 1 slice down the middle of each side! Congrats! You are now ready to add the hardware!

Now on to the fun part- banging stuff with your hammer!

Before you begin- Here is a helpful tutorial on how to set your snaps. If you have never done it before, go check it out. Got it? Okay lets move on!

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  • On one end of your leather strip, hammer your “cap” and “socket” into place with your snap setter tools, making sure that the smooth “cap” side is on the outer finished side of your leather. (This will become the part you see on the outside of your bracelet!)

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  • Next, with the raw side of your leather facing up, take your ‘O’ ring and fold the leather over it, “hooking” the ‘O’ ring. The finished side of the leather should now be on top and the ‘O’ ring in between the 2 “strips”. (See images below for reference.)

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  • Line up your end hole and center hole, and put the “post” of your snap thru both of the holes (as seen below).

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  • Next, sandwiching the leather between the “post” and “stud”, hammer into place with your snap setting tools.

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Congratulations! You’re awesome leather ‘O’ Ring Bracelet is ready to wear! Yes it was just that easy to make! You did a great job!


Here is how to put it on-

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With your ‘O’ Ring on top, take the end with the “cap” and loop it up through the middle of the ‘O’ Ring making a circle. Slide your over wrist, and snap into place! Now go out and enjoy your new accessory! (P.S. Don’t be surprised at all of the compliments you will get when you wear this awesome new piece of jewelry!)


If you love this piece of jewelry, but don’t want to make it yourself, you can visit my Etsy shop (here) to purchase it!

Until Next Time…

 

*This is post was in no way affiliated with Magnolia Market or Joanna Gaines. It was just inspired by her great sense of fashion!* 

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2016 Summer Bucket List!!

HAPPY SUMMER! Well almost. I can’t believe it’s already June! In less than a month Summer Break officially starts for us, and Oh Boy! do we have a busy summer ahead! Along with our other summer plans (I can’t wait to tell you all about it- but not just yet!), I wanted to be intentional about doing some fun family activities together with my guys. So I decided to make a Summer Bucket List again! I was originally inspired by my friend Becky (from Star Wars Wife) because she always has such fun ideas and great adventures with her beautiful family during the summer! My last attempt at a Summer Bucket List was 2 years ago (check it out here!), and we got close to doing almost all of our activities! We had so much fun checking off our “list”! My personal favorites were “Riding our bikes across the Golden Gate Bridge” and “Visiting the New Exploratorium”!

I love the idea of a Summer Bucket List because it offers your family a plethora of ideas and great activities to GO out and DO, rather than just sit in front of the TV all summer long. Plus, everyone gets to do something that they want to do! So, I asked my guys to tell me what activities they wanted to do, and together we came up with 20 fun adventures to have this summer (see it below!) I’m really excited to check all of them off of our list this year! Happy Adventuring!


If you want to follow along with our adventures this summer, I will be doing my best to share photos on Instagram and Facebook using the hashtag #SANCHEZFAMILYADVENTURES.


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**HEY THERE! WHAT’S ON YOUR SUMMER BUCKET LIST!? I’D LOVE TO FOLLOW YOUR ADVENTURES THIS SUMMER TOO! SHARE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW WITH ME!**

 

Until Next Time…

Finding Fashion: Simple Spring Maxi

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Sometimes it’s incredibly difficult to find something to wear when the weather decides to flip-flop back and forth between cold and hot. At least that’s what we’ve been experiencing. It’s super chilly in the morning, and by the afternoon it feels like the sun is mercilessly blazing down on you. That is why I was so drawn to this outfit. It’s a great transition outfit for in between the seasons. The longer maxi dress, and lightweight cardigan are great for the cooler mornings, but not so heavy that you are drenched in sweat as the day gets warmer. Plus, you can easily take off the cardigan without compromising the whole look of your “outfit”. Are you ready to see what I found? Here it is!


Finding Fashion-Simple Spring Maxi(When I was online “shopping” for this specific outfit, I could not find a simple white/cream colored jersey maxi dress that fell within the parameters of my Finding Fashion challenges, so I opted to switch the color of the dress and cardigan.)


Are you loving what you see here? Want to shop this look? Here is where I found it!

Outfit Total: $102.73


Saw it. Pinned it. DID it!

imageIn March I decided to go out and shop for my Finding Fashion Challenge: Black & White, to show that you CAN find these looks in the stores and actually WEAR them. And let’s be honest- sometimes it’s hard to tell how the outfit is going to look together (as a whole) just in separate pictures!

I had so much fun actually shopping for my Black & White outfit that I decided to do it again for this look today! Some of the items I already had on hand, so I was able to save a little money because of this. That’s what makes fashion so great! You can be inspired by something, and then go put your own unique twist on it using what you already have. Most of all, I love seeing these inspiration outfits on non-models! For me it just goes to show that you don’t have to look like the “industry standard” to make fashion look good! So, here is what I came up with!

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(I opted to pair my outfit with some cute sandals instead of heels.)

  • Dress: H&M ($17.99 purchased in store), Cardigan: Target ($12.49 purchased in store on clearance), Belt: my own from years ago, Shoes: my own from Target, Purse & Necklace: my own (gift from the hubby)

I LOVE this outfit! It is SO comfortable, and lightweight! Great for running errands, or a date night!


What is your favorite “Finding Fashion” success story? I’d love to hear about it!

Until Next Time…

 

 

**PLEASE NOTE: This blog is in no way affiliated with the above mentioned retailers. These retailers and their websites are used for the sole purpose of my Finding Fashion Challenges- finding high end clothing & looks, at ready to wear/budget prices.**

Bits of Bliss: 10 Spring Inspired Treats

The gloom and gray is finally subsiding, and spring is peeking it’s sweet face just around the corner! Let’s enjoy some Bits of Bliss in honor of those beautiful delicate flowers, bright blue skies, and all of that lush green loveliness popping up everywhere you look! Go treat yourself to a little something special to celebrate. These are my favorite spring inspired goodies, and I am sure you will love them too! *BONUS-All (but one) of these are $10 and under!*


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This minty nail color is such a fresh and bright color that fully embraces the lightness of spring. Brighten your mani/pedi with a fun color like this one! Plus, it lasts a good long while without chipping off! Nice product for a great price!

 

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  •  Feel Good Mini Facial from Origins! ($FREE!)

YES, you read that right! I said FREE! Free is such a great word in our home! (Especially when it comes to getting a special treat like a custom facial fit for your skin concerns!) If you have an Origins in your neighborhood, I highly suggest trying them out! I don’t think you’ll be sorry. Did I mention- IT’S FREE!

 

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I am SO loving the Chambray right now! Not only does it look good on pretty much anyone, it evokes a casual airiness and confidence that makes you want to know the person who is wearing it! Plus it’s comfortable! You can dress it up with heels and cute necklaces for a date night, or dress it down with flats or sandals and a cute fedora. Either way, you will definitely be seeing me sporting one of these dresses all spring & summer long!

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  •  Bubble and Charm Body Wash and Lotion in “Cups of Tea($9.99 ea.)

I found this product around Christmas time, and instantly fell in love. I adore the lightly sweet vanilla scent with a hint of bergamot- it’s not too sweet or too masculine (just oh so delicious), AND it’s lavishly moisturizing! This body wash & lotion has definitely become my new go-to during and after my shower. If you enjoy yourself a nice cuppa, you will definitely enjoy these!

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Since my skin tone is on the fair side, I opted for the pinkish “Caramel” color. But there is a good variety of colors to choose from. I also like that this is a lip-balm, but has just a hint of color. Enough to feel polished, but not so bold that it feels showy. Plus it tastes a little sweet! I think it’s just perfect for spring!

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I’m not a huge fan of Burt’s Bees products, BUT I absolutely LOVE this Lip Balm. I can honestly say that I use this lip balm Every. Single. Day., multiple times a day. Especially on the days I have spent significant time outside in the sun (or if I haven’t been drinking enough water- oops!). I keep one in my purse, one in my bathroom, and one in my bedroom so I will always have one nearby. It glides on lips so smoothly, and they stay hydrated! So if you are looking for a new lip balm, try this one out!

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If that peaceful “zen” feeling had a flavor and scent it would be this tea. The delicate aroma of fresh lavender and warmth of honey all mixed together in a cup is nothing short of amazing. Add a spoonful of your local organic honey to the mix, and your tastebuds will thank you forever! I truly drink this just about every day!

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So, I used to be a die hard Reese’s PB cup groupie. I pretty much always had one somewhere in my house. Then one day I was in line at the grocery store and my eye was caught by the simple white packaging and “handwritten” font. It seemed to beckon from the shelf “Taste me!” with a wink and a smile. My curiosity got the better of me and I took 2 home (one dark chocolate, and one milk chocolate). Needless to say my love affair with my former go-to sweet treat has come to it’s end… and I have not looked back. (P.S.- Try their Honey Peanut Butter, it’s AMAZING!)

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If you read my last post about delicious DIY Organic Strawberry Lemonade Ice Pops, then you are probably familiar with this drink from Trader Joes! I love that’s it’s not too sweet or too tangy- just the perfect amount of both. I can say with certainty that this will be on hand at our house ALL summer long; not only as a refreshing drink, but of course for ice pops as well! If you love lemonade and have not had this yet, try it out. I promise you won’t be sorry you did!

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Okay, so I will admit that I initially judged this winery by it’s label and wine names like: Big Bad Red Blend, A Villanous Zinfindale, A Charming Pinot, The Fairest Chardonnay, and Lost Slipper Sauvignon Blanc. I was immediately intrigued, and being a total sucker for a great Fairytale I tried out the “A Charming Pinot“. We loved it so much that it has now become our “family label”, and have since tried each of the other wines (with the exception of the Lost Slipper) and loved each as well. So, if you are looking for a great wine at a great price, I definitely suggest trying this as your next tasting adventure!


What are some of your favorites for this spring? Anything inspiring catch your eye? I’d LOVE to hear all about it!

Until Next Time…

 

**Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with any of these companies or products listed. These items are just some things I have purchased myself, tried out, enjoyed, and decided to share. Enjoy!**

Simple Organic Strawberry Lemonade Ice Pops

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Hello Sunshine! It sure has been getting warm around here, and you know what that that means… It’s time to break out the frosty cool treats! Hooray! If your family is anything like ours, you probably consume massive amounts of delicious frozen, icy treats (like popsicles or ice pops)- especially during the hotter months. Not only are they refreshing and cool, ice pops are a great way to stay hydrated as well.

I recently discovered Trader Joes Organic Strawberry Lemonade, have you tried it!? If not, go grab a bottle! It is refreshing and sweet (but not too sugary), yet not too tart like some lemonades can be. So, while I was sitting outside watching the kiddo play and enjoying a cool glass, I had an Ah-HA! moment…

Try it frozen!

Yep, I will definitely have this on hand ALL summer long! It’s AWESOME as an ice pop! The bonus for me is that it’s only 28g of sugar per 8oz serving, and since each of our ice pop moulds (from Ikea) are about 2oz each, that means each pop only has about 7g of sugar! Mom for the win!

Plus, these are so easy to make, you feel like you are cheating!


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Here is a great, simple DIY frozen “cheat” for you and your kiddos to enjoy on those warmer days!

What you need

What you need:

  • Ice Pop/Popsicle mould with handles/sticks
  • Trader Joes Organic Strawberry Lemonade
  • freezer

Directions:

Pour Trader Joes Organic Strawberry Lemonade into your Ice Pop/Popsicle mould, put handle cover or stick into top, and pop in the freezer until they are fully frozen.

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We usually wait until the next day (about 24 hours) to dig into these tasty treats, but if you can’t wait that long I think about 6 hours should freeze these delectable goodies pretty well.

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This awesome frozen “cheat” not only tastes wonderful, it’s a fun way to introduce the kids into the kitchen. Teaching them how to “prep” or “make” something that they can eat is an essential tool for healthy eating habits! It’s something simple that you can do together, with minimal mess and clean up. My little guy was SO proud of himself when he got to enjoy the benefits of all of his hard “work”! Yum!

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What are your favorite tasty “cheats”? Do you have recipes that your little ones enjoy helping with? Let’s share!

Until next time…


*Disclaimer: this blog is in no way affiliated with the aforementioned products used in this blog. They are just products that I have found, tried, loved and wanted to share our experiences and thoughts with you about!*

**Please Note: We used 2 different ice pop moulds to make our delicious ice pops, so in the last 2 pictures the handles are different from the first 2 pictures. The first two are from Ikea, and the second two are from the Dollar Store (I think).**

 

Finding Fashion/Saw it. Pinned it. Did It!: Black and White

I am always an advocate of Black & White. In fashion, there is just something about combining B&W together that evoke a chic sophistication. Together B&W are a classic color combination that never go out of style, and paired together they look good on anybody. Additionally, they can easily be mixed and matched to create a casual ensemble, or a professional look, with the right shoes and accessories.

I have had this particular outfit (see above) pinned on my Fantasy Closet Pinterest board for about a year now. I really enjoy the juxtaposition of the masculine plaid paired with the feminine accessories, and the “neutral” black skinny pants paired with the loose black shirt. This (P)inspiration outfit is most definitely a great “busy-mom-on-the-go” outfit -OR- works as a casual “girls night/date night/going out/anytime” outfit.

Originally,  I had thought it would be a great Finding Fashion Challenge for me because it’s cute, casual, and comfortable- the ideal outfit for busy moms (such as myself, or anyone who loves a great black and white ensemble). Plus, it is a great way to start (or add to) a French Capsule Wardrobe.

So, when I revisited this outfit on my Fantasy Closet board, I thought- “Hey! I should merge a Saw It. Pinned It. DID It! Challenge with a Finding Fashion Challenge! I love to find these outfits online, but it’s not often that I actually go out and PURCHASE my own Finding Fashion inspired outfits to show that it really can be done! So, let’s remedy that!And Voila…

Here it is, straight from MY closet!

A perfect addition to my “mom-on-the-go” wardrobe!


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OUTFIT GRAND TOTAL: $99.67


I totally LOVE this outfit, and I can honestly say I have worn it plenty of times now, and I am always complimented on it! I definitely feel very casual, cute, and comfortable! The only thing missing from MY version is the coffee. But that is easily remedied!

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What are some of your favorite “On The Go” type of outfits? Have you ever done a Saw It. Pinned It. DID It! challenge outfit? I’d love to see/hear about what you came up with!

Until Next Time…

 


**PLEASE NOTE: I purchased each clothing piece with my own money for this particular “Finding Fashion/Saw It. Pinned It. DID It! Challenge” in-store at the above mentioned retailers. This blog is in no way affiliated with the above mentioned retailers. These retailers and their websites are used for the sole purpose of my Finding Fashion Challenges- finding high end clothing looks at ready to wear and budget friendly prices.**

Why I (Love To) Do Yoga

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I LOVE yoga! I find it so relaxing and fun. In the handful of years that I have actively participated in yoga, I have learned so much about my body and where I hold my stress. I decided to really give yoga a try because I had injured my lower back, and the “occupational therapy” that I had done only helped my back pain minimally. I had done yoga before, but not with any consistency. But ever since I gave yoga a true “chance”, not only has it helped me relieve my back pain, and physical reaction to personal stress, it has also helped me to find a peaceful “state of being” as well. (I even did PreNatal Yoga, and that helped with my back pain tremendously while I was pregnant.)

I was recently asked why I personally like to do yoga, and what benefit I get from it. After my quick “I like the way I feel” answerI began to fully contemplate what I actually enjoy about practicing yoga. I know for many people it’s an all encompassing lifestyle, but for me it’s definitely not that. I am in no way a full out “holistic yogi”- honestly, I don’t even do it everyday. My experience in yoga is mainly an “at home practice” when I have the time and energy to do a session. I have also gone to different classes, and I love the fellowship that comes while doing yoga with others who are around the same experience level as me. It feels great to know that I’m not the only person who gets all wobbly trying to hold the Crecent Moon pose, or has trouble remembering the flow for a Sun Salutation.

For the most part, I just enjoy doing yoga (at my leisure) because I get some “quiet time” for myself, but here are a few other reasons why I do it:

  • Yoga helps me feel centered. I really like that each pose makes you totally focus on each specific movement and how your body is reacting to that pose. You focus inward for a moment instead of on what is happening outside your immediate physical body. I enjoy focusing on each pose and staying in that moment, that is what is so relaxing and centering for me.
  • Yoga helps me slow down. From the moment I wake up in the morning I feel like we are on an immediate forward trajectory. Go, go, go! I absolutely love that a yoga session is not a race or rush, but rather a slow progression of movements that focus on specific muscles. I always feel much calmer after a yoga session, and my brain gets a much needed rest.
  • Yoga helps me listen to my body. I feel it is so important to notice how your body is reacting to each yoga pose and understand your physical limitations, because if it hurts then you are probably doing it wrong. Now don’t misunderstand me, you will definitely feel a little sore the next day, especially if you are new to yoga. But in practicing yoga you definitely need to know how far you can push your body without physically hurting yourself.
  • Yoga helps me stretch and strengthen my muscles. Instead of numerous and continuous fast paced repetitions to build and strengthen your muscles, yoga poses use your own weight to build strength, as well as slow stretches to relax the muscles. For me, personally, that type of “exercise” feels SO great!
  • Yoga helps me to RELAX! At the end of each yoga session (that I have ever done) is a time for “constructive rest”. During this time I focus on: 1. my breathing, 2. if there is any tightness or tension in my body, 3. nothing else but being in that moment. I try not to focus on anything else, but allow my body to fully relax. Sometimes I even use this quiet time as a time for prayer.

Here are 3 of my very favorite poses:


Like I mentioned before, I am in no way a professional yoga instructor. I just really enjoy yoga and have enjoyed some benefits of practicing yoga. If you have never done yoga before and decide to try it out, please make sure to start with a beginning class or video and please listen to your body, and don’t push yourself. Yoga is a practice, not a race. Enjoy!

Until next time…