Happy Birthday!

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The Healthy Haus turns one today.  

It’s been a whole year since I published my first blog post and have to say – I cannot believe it!

I never expected anyone but my family and maybe best friends to actually read anything I write. Therefore, I want to start out by thanking each and every one of you who have been by my side during these past few months – the readers, the followers, the cheerleaders, the likers, the feedback providers. Those of you who have sent me picture of my recipes you cooked and those who emailed me with questions and suggestions. I am completely humbled! I am also beyond grateful for the amazing brands and fellow bloggers I was able to build solid relationships with. All of your support means the world to me because if it wasn’t for you, I would not be able to keep doing what I love!

The Healthy Haus was born out of a conversation with one of my dearest friends (hi Julia!) after I had just dug myself out of a severe mommy burnout. My second born had not slept through the night until he was two years old and after months of basically sleep walking through most days with a baby and a toddler in tow, I grew so exhausted and overwhelmed that I was completely neglecting myself, physically and emotionally. With the help of my husband and a very patient counselor, I finally saw the light at the end of the tunnel after slowly but surely re-learning how to take care of myself.

Baby steps. I started out by practicing yoga again and by paying attention to how I was treating my body (not good!) with the (little and crappy) food I put in it and the kind of products I slathered all over it. And the more I researched and the more I changed, the better I felt and the bigger my passion for a healthier, cleaner, more sustainable lifestyle grew and completely spilled over into all areas of my being.

I told my friend that it was my dream to turn this rekindled passion into a career by becoming a certified holistic health coach and yoga instructor and to open a wellness center with my (physical therapist) husband. However, since those kinds of dreams take time and money, my friend suggested I’d start a blog in the meantime. She said it would help me delve deeper into the topic of health and wellness and see if it would interest me in the long run. Knowing nothing about blogs other than reading them occasionally, I set out to create this little space I am now so very proud to call my own.

For me, The Healthy Haus has already turned into so much more than just a website. It has become my much needed creative outlet; a place where I can temporarily step away from “just” being mama, connect with like-minded individuals and share a part of who I really am. It serves as a daily reminder to hold myself accountable to living more healthfully and more consciously, and it is my highest goal to inspire others to do the same. I want to show people how easy and quick it can be to cook a clean meal from scratch that the whole family will like without having extensive kitchen skills or fancy gadgets. I want to educate women on why our cosmetics are not as harmless as they were once thought to be and help them find safer and more effective alternatives that make them feel truly beautiful. I hope that by providing facts and offering practical advice, I can give other women and mothers opportunities to make healthier choices for themselves and their families. Last but not least, my hope is to make someone else smile with my stories when they are feeling lost in the mundane or are having a less than perfect day.

I have said it on here many times: Becoming the happiest and healthiest version of yourself takes time. It is a process and definitely not a competition. I actually think that the notion of perfection deters a lot of people from ever making any changes at all because it is, at best, very intimidating. Eating perfectly, avoiding all packaged foods and staying away from all toxins all the time simply is not possible. Therefore, I encourage everyone to strive for “just a little bit better” than the day before, to embrace a “slow and steady” approach and to keep an open mind. Sure, despite your very best efforts, there will be crazy days when all there is left to do is to order a pizza from your favorite neighborhood joint and wash it down with a glass of red. So what? Instead of hitting the panic button, visit me here and find some real life tested tools and resources that may help you make up for it the next day.

I firmly believe that eating whole organic foods, dragging your butt to yoga class, indulging in a good face mask and taking some extra deep breaths whenever possible makes tackling whatever life throws at you so much easier. Therefore, I want to encourage you to practice self care regularly. Not only do you owe it to yourself but also to the ones you love!

***GIVEAWAY***

To celebrate The Healthy Haus’s first big milestone and to thank all of my amazing readers, I have teamed up with my favorite organic skin care line Leahlani (see Monday’s post for a full review on this incredible brand) to present you with a very special giveaway. One lucky Healthy Haus reader will win not one but two full size products of Leahlani’s handcrafted potions – the Honey Love 3-in-1 (a cult classic and my all time favorite product!) and the Bless Balm (one of Leah’s newest and already widely beloved creations).

Truly, thank you, and good luck to everyone!

Click HERE to enter the giveaway (open internationally).

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90 thoughts on “Happy Birthday!

  1. Congratulations on your 1 year blogging birthday! I really enjoyed reading your story and how your blog was born. As a momma to a toddler with sleep issues as well, I can totally relate and this is a great reminder to take time to take care for myself too!! ❤️ Really enjoying your blog & can’t wait to see what you have planned for the next year!

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  2. I am SO PROUD of you Nora. And inspired by you. And in awe of you. I am honored to have such an amazing woman as my dear friend. Keep sharing your passion with all of us xo. One year is a wonderful milestone!

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  3. Congratulations on your one year anniversary 🙂 My favorite Leahlani Skincare product is the Bless Beauty Balm . It has really kept my skin so moisturized and happy. I’m also a big fan of the Honey Love too. Every product I have tried is amazing. ❤

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  4. Congratulations! I remember our phone call and especially I remember it has been only three (!!!) weeks later that you send me the link to your first blogpost…. I was and I am still impressed and love reading your blog even if I am not exactly a clean eater (yet). Don’t give up even if it seems impossible to manage sometimes. Alaaf you, Julia

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  5. Happy Blog Birthday!! And thank you for the wonderful giveaway – Leahlani products are so so beautiful. I already am in love with the honey love and am dying to try the bless balm! The mermaid mask is a huge favorite as well!

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  6. Happy Blog Birthday! You sound like a wonderful role model for your children <3.

    Leahlani products are so beautiful – thank you for this giveaway! I have and love the mermaid mask and honey love and am dying to get my hands on the bless balm!!

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  7. Thanks for this amazing opportunity! Leah’s products are the best and her Honey Love is a miracle for those of us with struggling skin! Congratulations on one year!

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  8. I have love the Honey Love and can’t wait to try some of Leah’s new creations. Happy Anniversary! I am so glad I have had a chance to connect with you over IG! 🙂

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  9. Yay so happy for you Nora! Beautiful photos by the way love the cupcake. Anyway, I really feel your story and mommy frustrations because that was me too! It’s also the reason I started my vlog. To have another outlet and “job”. Funny how a small idea can bring you so many unexpected positive changes. Last night I went to a prenatal yoga class- although I really didn’t want to because I was tired and nervous since I haven’t been in a yoga class in… Oh 5 years?! Curt made me go and in the end I had a wonderfully relaxing night there. I decided to sign up! And now I’m sore lol sometimes we just need someone to nudge us in the right direction. Hope we can et together soon!

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    • Yay for yoga! I swear if it wasn’t for my practice I would just run around screaming at everybody 😉 Thank you so much for your kind words and support. I so appreciate you. Yes, we have to get together, can’t wait to see your bump. Sorry I have been such a flake lately! XO

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  10. CONGRATULATIONS on 1 year of blogging!!! I have only tried the mermaid mask, and LOVE it! Definitely excited to try more, thanks so much for the giveaway! So glad I found your blog! 😄

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  11. First of all thank you for this giveaway opportunity! Congratulations on your one year birthday! 💖🎉 I really enjoyed this post and learning a bit about you. It helps knowing I am not the only one chasing a toddler and 10 month old around getting lost in mommy hood resulting in neglecting myself more than most of the time. I am excited to follow your blog now!!! Kisses!! 💖

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    • Hi Kristi, thank you so much and welcome! No, you are definitely not alone. Although my kids are getting a little bit older and some things are slowly getting a little bit easier I still have many days where motherhood completely kicks my butt. Stay strong!

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  12. I haven’t actually tried any of her products… But I did use the Honey Love in a dream the other night! Haha! Can you tell I really want to try it? Congratulations and Happy birthday to you!

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  13. Congratulations on an remarkable and inspirational first year!!! You never cease to amaze me. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all you do for us!!!
    You are our family: health guru, spiritual guide, emotional leader, nurturing symbol of love and of course the glue that holds this crazy life together.
    From me, and our amazingly beautiful little carbon copies, much love and respect!!
    Mr. Healthy Haus

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  14. Happy Anniversary meine liebste Nora! Ich freue mich total für dich und freue mich sehr auf weitere gemeinsame greenbeauty Momente! Ein tolles Giveaway bietest du gemeinsam mit Leah an! Ich habe mir (wie du weisst) einige Produkte gegönnt! Eine unglaublich hochwertige Naturkosmetik Linie! Ich bin sehr begeistert! Mein aktuelles Lieblingsprodukt ist Aloha Ambrosia! Es fühlt sich an als würde man durch einen Jasmin Busch laufen! Ich sende dir eine feste Umarmung!

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  15. Happy Blogiversary Nora! You’ve made it! It only feels like that other day that you said you had reached your nine month marker! You should be really proud; you have grown with your blog and have created such a wonderful outlet in the process (for yourself and others!). So, thanks for being so candid, for inspiring and for sharing all of this positive and informative information with us. We only see great things ahead for you and look forward to seeing how it all unfolds! With warmth, Lynn & Alex 🙂

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    • Hi guys,
      Yes, I was actually ready to give it all up a couple of months ago. What a ride it has been, definitely lots of ups and downs. I know you can relate!
      Thank you for your support! What a wonderful community to be a part of. Hugs to you, Nora

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  16. Happy blog birthday!! Your perseverance and dedication to your topics has made this such a wonderful and relatable blog for all to enjoy. Keep writing and delivering great content.

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    • Awe, thanks Tricia! What a wonderful community to be a part of. Extraordinarily tight-knit but so inclusive at the same time. Feeling lucky!
      I love the Champagne Serum – so awesome for balancing and hydrating!! Love ❤

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  17. Congratulations on 1 year. Thank you for sharing your story. Sometimes we need reminders we are not perfect and baby steps can be taken to get us where we want to be. Can’t wait to read more from you!

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  18. Happy birthday! Love following you on Instagram and reading your blog. Leahlani skincare is so amazing, such a thoughtful giveaway! I love the mermaid mask, and have been dying to try bless balm 🙂

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  19. Congratulations on your 1 year birthday! 🙂 I have never tried any Leahlani products but they look absolutely wonderful and would love the opportunity to try one! 🙂 xo

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  20. Liebste Nori,
    auch von mir alles Liebe und Gute zu Deinem Erfolg! 🎉💋💐 Toll, ein ganzes Jahr in dem Du uns Tipps und Tricks verrätst, die uns erfreuen🙋🏼💅🏻💄!
    Manchmal lach ich mich schlapp, Dein Schreibstil ist wirklich spritzig… schön, dass Du so ein bisschen öfter bei mir bist 💌📧
    Ich freu mich schon auf das nächste Mal … im HH!!!
    1000 Lafettis😘😘😘

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  21. Whow what an opportunity!! And not to forget, a big congrats on your anniversery xxx

    Have only tried the mermaid mask but honey love and kalima are on my wishlist

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  22. Congratulations, well done for your first year! Very interesting to hear about your plans for the future, and thanks for writing about motherhood and self care in a down to early manner. Thanks to you I have tried Leahlani, and I really enjoy using the Mermaid mask and the honey love, they even taste good 🙂

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  23. Nora, Du hattest mich spätestens mit “Mean Mom at the Mall”! Großartig! Inspiriert bin ich jetzt, es fehlt nur noch der letzte Funke Motivation, meine Jogginghose gegen was salonfähiges zu tauschen. Die Jogginghose steht übrigens nicht nur für Desinteresse am aktuellen modischen Geschehen sondern auch für Junk Food, Bewegungs- und Nährstoffmangel und allgemeines Verlottern. Vielleicht bin ich ja bald endlich wieder genau so sauber, gesund und voller Tatendrang wie meine Kinder ;o) Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum 1jährigen, Käthe

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      • Das hoffe ich. Etwas Restverlotterung würde mich nicht stören. Der Out Of Bed Look ist streckenweise ja ganz kleidsam ;o) Die Große wird bald 2, der Babymann ist 4 Monate alt. Dankeschön und weiter so!

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