Giveaway happening now at Instagram.com/SociallySteph

The CBD products I’m taking to stay on track during quarantine & kick chronic pain have worked wonders on my mind & body with added benefits I wasn’t even expecting. I was introduced to Clean Remedies when I didn’t know what else to do. I was experiencing major chronic pain to the point where a daily walk was a challenge. I tried foam rolling, epsom salt baths, ice packs and even had to pop a few Advil (which I only take for emergency situations as this was!!) I knew about CBD, but never really used it so I did some extensive research. Thankfully, a boutique store in my town was open & I picked up Clean Remedies products at Kerwell in Downers Grove.

Side note, with all the changes of COVID the landscape of media & fitness was changing rapidly! I put immense pressure on myself to show up online. I wanted to be hopping on live workouts & prioritizing movement, but I couldn’t 😭. I was completely shocked when in less than 24 hours of using the 900MG CBD oil & the gummies I felt immediate relief. The only word that comes to mind is WOW — it seriously worked like magic! My pain seriously subsided, muscle aches and inflammation went down drastically. If you’re feeling this same way OR you’re having troubles sleeping or feeling anxious I highly suggest looking into Clean Remedies further. 

If you’re anything like me I research the heck out of things before I purchase, join or even collaborate on anything.  Immediately after I started taking the products I was so intrigued and excited about the real results it brought me I decided I needed to hop on the phone with the founders myself. Their mission, story & the personal interactions I had with them are all truly amazing. Having connected with them I grew an even bigger passion & love for their product line because it works! There’s a lot of junk and gimmicky products out there and I am happy to report that Clean Remedies is a product to trust and believe in. Give it a try yourself & let me know your results. CBD oil has been studied for its potential role in easing symptoms of many common health issues, including anxiety, depression, acne and heart disease.

Up your wellness game. Here’s a few more benefits CBD can bring to your life.

  1. Reduce inflammation in your body
  2. Studies indicate that CBD may be able to help with high blood pressure
  3. CBD oil has shown promise as a treatment for both depression and anxiety, leading many who live with these disorders to become interested in this natural approach.
  4. Several human studies have found that a combination of CBD is effective in treating pain related to multiple sclerosis and arthritis.

I have an amazing code for all of you to reap the benefits, too! With code steph20 you’ll get 20% off any purchase. **My favorites are the gummies (eat them like candy!) & the 900mg CBD oil which I use myself daily. 

Don’t forget to join the giveaway happening now at Instagram.com/SociallySteph where you can win a 900mg tincture oil for yourself. It’s simple to enter.

Alright everyone, I’m going to be honest. These are legit! Plus, you’re sneaking a veggie in there and this makes me want to eat the whole pan (don’t do that tho!) The zucchini is actually incredibly moist so if you put it in baked goods like these it’s delicious and you can’t even taste it!!

This is from True Roots cookbook, but I recently swapped out the almond butter for PB and I like them 10x better. Here it is & let me know if you’re a fan:

Zucchini Blondies Recipe

Makes: 16
Cook time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup creamy almond butter (I used no sugar added PB)
1 egg
1/2 tsp pink Himalayan salt (This salt is KEY! 🔑 )
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract (I like to do 1 tsp!)
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (I love love LOVE Lilly’s Sugar Free)
1 large zucchini, grated

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line 8×8 baking dish with parchment paper, or grease with coconut oil or butter.

In a large bowl, mix the almond butter, egg, salt, baking soda, coconut sugar and vanilla until combined. Fold in chocolate chips or zucchini. Pour into dish and press down to spread.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes (mine took 30) or until golden brown and toothpick comes out clean.

Let cool and enjoy!! 😊

If you never try, you’ll never know. A few years ago when I was working in corporate I thought I wanted to change careers and be a travel writer.

This idea of travel & writing was weighing heavy on my mind. The only way I knew I’d get a taste of this was to actually try it myself. I booked my first ever solo travel trip to Denver and I used this as a way to see if this is something I can picture myself doing long term. I did my best to envision what this career life would be like. Constant travel, writing about different destinations, and getting paid opportunities to travel seemed so fun to me.

However, once I put myself into “pretending” to be a travel writer I realized a few things immediately. 1. I don’t want to document every thing I do while traveling because I want to enjoy the moments traveling freely. 2. Traveling is a helluva lot of work and sitting in airports ain’t my thang. Ya feel me? I’ll just stick to vacations.

Shortly after that trip I ended up back on the beach in Fort Lauderdale where I came up with the idea to create SociallySteph.com. Initially, I thought I’d weave in my travels to this site along with style, wellness & business. Just a few months ago actually I was accepted into RewardSTYLE & LikeToKnowIt. I was excited to be able to leverage this platform and pair it with @SociallySteph. One thing I learned right off the bat is this is sharing style is not the focus of Socially Steph.

While I had fun in this moment I realized the extra work in being part of a platform that only gives you such little commission was not worth my time or energy. Style is something I personally love, but I don’t want it to be something I am having to share constantly. To be successful in any area of life in business you need consistency & love for what you’re creating. If style happens to fall into what I do great but it’s not my main concern. Check out my first LikeToKnowIt post here:

I believe the only way you’ll ever figure out what you essentially want to do and who you want to become is to simply try. Try it all. Do the things that light you up and in those moments you’ll only gain more clarity and get closer to that AHA moment where you’re like, THIS IS IT! What have you been longing to try but push to the side?

If I were your coach I’d urge that you try, try, try and try again. The more you try the better you become overall and you’ll get to learning what you path you want to take. I hope this post was helpful for you. Here’s to trying more things, together.

I’ve been meaning to press publish on this post for over a year, yikes!! This is what happens when you spend time going through your notes during Quarantine. Expect a lot more writing & blog posts coming here soon. #YAAAASSS

Now since we have a little more time to pause. It’s a perfect time to start to do more things you love or have been putting off. For me, that’s sharing stories. So, meet my Grandma G. Growing up she was sure to bring me joy while always cutting my PB&J into tiny squares, playing with me on the beach in Naples every year & always putting so much thought and care into her gifts. She’s a wonderful cook and I can say I am guilty of over consuming all her goodies anytime she makes something. She also is a great listener and someone who has truly wanted to see me do all the things I love. I am so lucky to have someone like her in my life. We can all agree she brings everyone together.

I remember one day I was sitting in a parking lot and had some extra time to spare before a meeting when I dialed my Grandma G. We were on the topic of life happiness and I always love hearing others perspectives. This is some simple advice to apply to your own life right now:

These are my notes I wrote down from our conversation & some of my own thoughts I’ve added in parentheses.

1. Try to be happy as always (because it’s a choice & only you have the power to make yourself truly your happiest. Don’t rely on anyone else for your own happiness)

2. You can’t replace fun times (very true, enjoy every moment & really relish it as much as you can. You only have the present moment in which you are in right now)

3. Smile at people when you’re out walking (😃 this is always a great idea!)

4. Count your blessings (you’d be surprised at how blessed you truly are)

5. Show kindness to everyone (this is key 🔑, kill people with kindness)

6. Treat people the way you want to be treated (nothing more to say here)

7. Set goals and you’ll be happy (goals are what make life great. You may not always achieve the goal in which you wanted too, it might take longer time or maybe the goal changes in itself, but setting the goal is the first step to starting)

8. …. just read the 10 commandments and life will be good

There you have it. 8 Life Lessons From my Grandma G aka Grammy Pants & @GrannyGeorgene Instagram 😂 If you liked this blog please leave something good in the comments. I’d love to hear how you’d add on. What would #9 be?

SHARE BELOW! & don’t forget to connect with me over on Instagram & Twitter @SociallySteph 💜

The most simple recipes are my favorite. You know, the ones that take very little time, have a few ingredients and come out tasting super delicious. Here’s one that I love making, especially in the summertime. It’s such a refreshing summer breakfast. It’s chockfull of healthy ingredients, very satiating and satisfying. Plus, you can modify and swap things for your own preference. If you don’t like PB add Almond Butter, if you don’t like banana add another fruit you love. So, let’s stop talking and get to making these. I usually make enough for the week so you’ll want about 5-6 mason jars. Grab & share the recipe below:

Have fun & stay healthy! If you make this recipe I’d love to see it. Be sure to tag me on all socials at @SociallySteph. I really hope you like this one as much as I do. XO

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Sometimes challenges you face in life help you to find what really makes you shine, on the inside & out. I’ll never forget stepping foot into The Dailey Method studio in Elmhurst. It was like all the stress of the world & my parents recent divorce melted away and the positive environment gave me that safe place to be all I ever wanted to be. Joyful. It was here that I felt empowered & uplifted in times that felt so broken & confusing. It was here I made positive and valuable connections with people where I left craving more intention & purpose in my life.

If you’re reading this & we haven’t met personally, well I hope we do, one day. But if you didn’t catch on social media yet I am a born optimist, seriously. I have a tendency to look on the bright side even when faced with challenges in my personal life. I personally believe that’s the best way to live because bad things are bound to get thrown our way. It’s a strength of mine I love to carry and share it with the universe because I believe everyone can use more positivity in their own life. In High School teachers used to stop and ask, “How are you so happy? “You’re always smiling.” As Lady Gaga would say, “baby I was born this way!” haha! 😆 It’s partially due to growing up in a divorce lifestyle (another post for another day.) Divorce somewhat teaches you that hardships make you stronger and the best we can do is stay positive & use it to better ourself. I wouldn’t change a thing in my life because it’s built my character and I hope you can walk away from this post feeling more confident about your upbringing or life & knowing that you can shape who you want to become.

Remember: You don’t have to allow anything or anyone to drag you down.

But hey, let’s bring this post back around to why I really wrote it. I wanted to tell you about this happy place of mine, called The Daily Method in Elmhurst. It encompasses everything with good vibes and will turn a bad day into a good one. If you don’t believe me, give it a try! You’re in luck if you’ve read this far because GUESS WHAT! I’ve partnered with The Dailey Method in Elmhurst to offer you a FREE first time class on me, simply use code SOCIALLYSTEPH & get to work. This is for new members only & is offered at the Elmhurst location only. Now, friend, let’s say you fall in love (because you probably will) a second offer is given to you. Get a one month unlimited with code SOCIALLYSTEPH for $59! This is a steal, normally it’s $159!

USE CODE SOCIALLYSTEPH FOR YOUR FIRST FREE CLASS!

What is the Dailey Method???

The Dailey Method embraces all ages and fitness goals in a supportive happy setting. They have a 3,000 square foot facility with a barre studio, 15-bike cycle studio, childcare and retail boutique with brands such as LuLuLemon. Here you can build a strong, lean, sculpted body. TDM classes are driven by fitness research and their clients’ needs. They offer individualized attention in a group setting to give you the strength, discipline, and joy to find ultimate alignment. Classes are listed on their site here.

That’s all for now. I’m super excited to offer you this and hope you like it. Be sure to tag me in your sweat sesh @SociallySteph on the gram & all socials.

Ps. TDM & I go way back. From working the front desk in College to renting space to host my very own work out, ELEV8, to continuing to be a class member. The more I stay connected to my passions with fitness & self empowerment the better I feel. If you ever need a barre bestie, I’m there!!

Move over Coffee, there’s a new drink it town. Lately, I have been giving myself a break from coffee and I realized that the daily habit wasn’t promoting overall wellness which is what I strive for. As you may have noticed if you follow me on Instagram, I love a frothy oat milk cappuccino. On my recent trip to Florida my husband and I really felt this pull to drink less coffee, and so we did. But here’s something I have always loved that I need to share with you all. It’s called Punky Juice-ster, from Real Good Stuff Co. in Chicago.

While I may have cut down on coffee consumption & spending on a daily $5 latte (because wow does that add up) I will be honest, this drink costs $11. #YIKES. But, it’s a wonderful drink to treat yourself with because it’s filled with chockfull of nutrients & antioxidants. Including Chia, Matcha, Coconut Nectar, Mint & Chlorophyll.

8 major benefits of Matcha are:

  • Packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
  • Boosts metabolism and burns calories
  • Detoxifies effectively and naturally
  • Calms the mind and relaxes the body
  • Is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
  • Enhances mood and aids in concentration
  • Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
  • Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar

What do you think? Are you a matcha tea lover or are you sticking to coffee?? Let me know in the comments & don’t forget to connect with me on Instagram at @sociallysteph.

At the end of every year I look back and reflect on everything – from happy moments & gains to learnings & failures. 2019 hold some of the happiest days of my life: Our wedding (5/11/19), an amazing honeymoon to Greece & continuing to build my business, blog and online community. With some of the happiest days there was much sadness, hardship and personal growth to get there.

This year I’ve felt lost, confused, uncertain, and more confident all at the same time in this path I have chosen. Being an entrepreneur & planning a wedding have been two of the biggest challenges this year. Both brought so much joy, anxiety and stress. It’s hard to explain this in words and one post alone so I am considering the next best route for my brand to go is PODCASTING. I look forward to plugging this thing in come 2020. Be sure to stay tuned for future episodes.

I try my very best to be 100% real & authentic with everyone that visits any corner of my space online because I am someone who speaks truth & I appreciate when people show up as they are, instead of trying to be someone else. 2019 for me was a mix of going after my goals and keeping myself stuck in a variety of ways. It’s not always easy to show up in a public space online, but I do very much so enjoy sharing my happiness & love of life with you. Naturally I am a sharing type, but I do believe there needs to be boundaries set when it comes to privacy.

 I always have so much to say and it sits in my notes 👎 that makes me legit sad to even say. But I tend to get stuck in being consistent with my own pages because I am producing so much for others, however, that’s an excuse I am looking to kick next year. We must always make time for the things we want in our life to manifest. I owe it to myself to become the best version of myself, and so do YOU!

Honestly, what is @SociallySteph if she isn’t creating & sharing it with the world showing you that you too can achieve a life & business you love.

2020 is the time to stop with excuses or worrying what anyone will think about YOU, your life & what you’re going after. Unless they’re paying your bills, their opinions don’t matter. ✋ Moving into 2020 I know: ⁣

I’m still chasing my career in 👟…⁣⁣

I’m still working my booty off …⁣⁣

I’m still dedicated as ever to my craft… ⁣

I’m still going even when I want to give up …⁣⁣

I’m still taking risks and challenging myself …⁣⁣

This is what I love💕 . This is what I’ve chosen & created. Is it always easy? HECK NO! ⁣

The only way to grow and learn is to throw yourself into it. Refuse to go another 365 days holding yourself back. Step into a life you love and desire.

EMBRACE IMPERFECTION.JUST START.✨

What’s your mantra for 2020? ⁣⁣Leave it below in the comments.

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I am so excited to post this right now on SociallySteph.com, you have no idea. Being someone who looooves fitness, fashion, art & inspirational messages this is so exciting & I am so honored to share with you all what Becca has created. She is lighting up the fitness world one pair of leggings at a time. See for yourself here, but come back to read this awesome interview with Becca Heringer, founder of The Cosmic Project.

How did you start with the Cosmic Project. Where did you get the name from? 

My brand started all from a passion of creating art for my friends and family.  The name came about because I think of “cosmic” as something vast and imaginative. I added “project” because, quite literally, I work on many projects/commissions for different clients. I wanted to represent my brand  uniquely, and at the same time, ensure I wasn’t attaching myself to any particular medium or product. 

Why fitness/yoga apparel?

I was playing with a bunch of my prints and every time, the product that looked best and also caught my eye, were these yoga sets. They also were something that I felt people could wear everywhere – not just to a yoga class – a practical, fashionable outfit that can be mixed and matched. I love the feedback I now get. People feel bold, but also so comfortable when they’re in my sets. Once I focused mostly on the activewear, my niche naturally followed – the wellness world.

What was the process like starting an apparel line? 

To map it out…
1. Starts with some sort of inspiration
2. Sketches, Sketches and more Sketches 
3. Bringing the sketches to life on samples 
4. Ordering Samples
5. Photographing the sets
6. Posting on Instagram and my website for the world to see!

What was your biggest challenge you faced when starting? 

Figuring out what I wanted to really focus on. I was putting my prints on a bunch of different products and my website/instagram was becoming quite crowded. I’ve found that honing in to specific content leads to brand recognition and ultimately, a more targeted following. 

What or who motivated you to keep going? 

My twin sister. She has supported me since the very beginning, when I didn’t even have a clear vision of what The Cosmic Project even was. She always reminds me of why I started this in the first place – because I genuinely love to see people wearing my art. There’s nothing better than people tagging me in the yoga sets, looking confident and standing out. 

What does success mean to you? 

Being able to make a career out of my passion. And not designing based on what is trendy or “in”. I think success is staying true to yourself, your art, and your vision. 

What would a dream opportunity or collaboration look like for you? 

My dream collaboration actually just became a reality! It’s with Mel from Headstands and Heels. She’s a wellness blogger and incredible yoga teacher. She really helped with exposure in the wellness space and has taught me so much about running a business. She’s extremely creative, very organized, and super genuine. 

How has social media impacted your business from launch to now? 

People can see my artwork wherever they are and whenever they want to. I’ve reached such a wide audience that I would never have had the ability to reach without this social media platform. I also get to share my art process, which I love to do, because it shows people that what I’m designing starts small and becomes something so much bigger. 

Who are 3 people on Instagram who inspire you? 

  1. Eva Chen 
  2. Arielle Charnas (Something Navy)
  3. Danielle Bernstein (We Wore What)

What social media channel do you see giving you the greatest results? And why do you think that is?

I would say Instagram. Since my brand is very visual, pictures and videos are the best way to get out my message and show what my brand is all about. My customers love seeing my sets on different bodies and in different parts of the world! 

What are 2-3 things you had no clue about since starting your entrepreneurial journey. Anything shocking?

Marketing your brand is key! You can’t just put leggings on a hanger and say “this is  what I’ve created”. The creation goes beyond that. It’s about showing the leggings in an active setting. On the go. In different locations. In exciting places. I want people to see the sets on my Instagram and see themselves in the sets. 

Collaboration over competition. I love being inspired by such talented artists, designers, entrepreneurs, etc. When you’re open to other suggestions and you morph ideas into one, magical things can happen. 

Success doesn’t happen overnight! Stick with it. 

You’re a quote junkie like me so I have to ask, What’s a quote you love or live by daily?

“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.” – Coco Chanel

What advice would you give someone who is looking to start an idea or passion? 

Just go for it. And do NOT give up. Practice makes perfect. You need to really work hard, believe in yourself, and surround yourself with people who encourage you along the way.

One thing that stood out to me is that the Cosmic Project helps to bring creativity into your interior and exterior world. Colorful products brought to life — made by Becca, for you! I’ll leave you with one more inspiring note from Becca herself: “Just remember; the world is your canvas.”

Right on, Becca! Your world is yours to create & I love meeting other change makers & creators who are setting out on a path they love while inspiring others to do the very same. The future is BRIGHT✨. As always if you LOVED this post share it with your friends & let’s have ourselves a great week ahead. Stay connected with me on all socials @SOCIALLYSTEPH.

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May 11th, 2019 was one of the most fun & special days in our life together. The day we said “I do” to forever ♾. Our love is so powerful & transcending. I truly am the luckiest girl! A huge thank you to our amazing families and friends who made our wedding day so incredibly special and memorable. We had the time of our lives and we’re so fortunate to share our love with everyone we love so much. Best. Day. Ever.

The Proposal
Marriot Harbor Beach Hotel
May 3rd, 2017

The Rehearsal Dinner
Francesca’s Amici
Elmhurst, IL
May 9, 2019

The Ceremony
Visitation Church
Elmhurst, IL
Together we both made our confirmation here & now the sacrament of marriage. This was really important for us to make our vows here.
May 11, 2019

The Reception/Accommodations
Loews Hotel
Rosemont, IL

The Wedding Dress
Martina Liana, one of a kind. Designed & created by me combining a few different dress styles.

The Jewelry
Enzee Earrings
Bracelet is also Enzee Boutique

The Shoes
Nina Shoes (I wore these for my shower & wedding because I love the style & comfort) … and later I busted out these NIKE cyrstal shoes.

The Bridesmaids’ Dresses
Biju Bridal in Oak Brook in “Pewter”

The Photographer
This is Feeling Photo & Video
This Is Feeling

The Photo booth
This is Feeling Photo & Video
This Is Feeling

Cake
Cake Chicago
Cake Chicago

Floral
Little Shop on The Prairie
Little Shop on The Prairie

Bridesmaids Hair & Makeup
SLT Makeup Artistry
SLT MAKEUP

Bride hair
Ten Friends Blow-Dry Bar & Style House
Ten Friends

Our Wedding Song

“Is that alright” by Lady Gaga.