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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Self Care Tips That We All Need To Remember

Today I am stepping out of my normal posts to talk about life lately. The last month has been quite an emotional ride. Between dealing with some major changes at work, spring break vacation, sick kids, extended family "happenings", end of the school year craze and stress - I am sick and worn down. Last week I was diagnosed with the worst case of strep throat I have ever experienced with a possibility of Mono. Yuck!

As I laid in bed for 3 days my head was spinning. My heart was hurting. My aura was angry. My body was worn down and waving the white flag. Then it hit me. Self Care - how come we always forgot that super important aspect in life especially when we need it most?


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Self Care Tips That We All Need To Remember


Love
Humans need love, we ache for love.  Time to reflect on the love in your life.  Who loves you?  Who do you love?  Focusing on my husband and kids will help me center that love.  

Be kind to yourself
Everyone has bad days, we all find ourselves in bad moods but that doesn't give us the opportunity to be mean to ourselves.  I am a person that struggles with body image - this is a tip that I need to take to heart.  Finding one compliment daily to give myself will be a huge positive step. 

Dream
We have always been told we can do anything we want - guess what?  It is true.  Write your dreams, commit to those dreams, make them more than a dream! 

Listen to that little voice
Those voices often know more than we think.  We all have the gift of instinctive behavior.  Listen to it - act on it. 

Say what you mean
We often feel like we cannot say what we really mean.  That is not healthy and often results in communication break down.  Say what you mean, ask others if they understand, compose yourself and do not be afraid of those authentic moments. 

Do not speak bad about yourself
This ties into the tip about being kind to yourself.  Sometimes we speak bad about how we are doing to others.  Never do this.  We need to keep ourselves on a safe pedestal.  Ask for help from trusted family members, friends and coworkers when you feel like you cannot achieve something rather than speaking bad about yourself. 

If if feels wrong, don't do it
Even if everyone is doing it, you don't have too - remember when your mom would say that?  Even as adults we have to remember this.   Listen to what your body is saying and feel what your heart feels. 

No time for drama and negativity 
Such an easy way to slip.  Step away from drama and negativity.  That might be a specific person, event, social media outlet, or space.  Either way, when you begin to notice the drama and negative filled spaces you can remove yourself and result in a happy body and mind. 

Say YES!
Have fun, try new adventures, step out of your comfort zone or do something you love doing.  YES YES YES!!  Challenge yourself but be cautious of your time and engagement. 

Say NO!!
So maybe you said YES one too many times.  It is okay to say no.  Stress usually comes because of a build up of YES moments.  Listen to those little voices and decide if it is a NO or a YES moment.  

You Time
Center yourself.  Find your hobby or your love and take time away from everything else.  We all need mental health days - fill those days with things that make your mind, body and heart happy!  This YOU time is sacred.  Never apologize for it or feel that me time guilt.  You deserve it.  We all do.

Find your happiness
Why should you live life unhappy?  Where is your happiness?  Use these tips to find your potential in life and live it. 

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I am not an expert at any of these tips and have a lot of work to do on my own self and self care but writing these out and thinking about each one has really brought me some peace and understanding of what my world has been lately.  My happiness, my dreams, my work, my family, ME - truly depends on how I react to the elements of life.  Time to jump in and remember these tips and continue a year of health with my family.  


What Self Care Tips or actions do you recommend for others?


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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Mother's Day Movie & Proflowers

Disclosure: Thank you to Proflowers for sending us flowers and taking us to the movies. No other compensation was given for this review. All opinions are my own.



In just a few days we will all be celebrating the Mother's in our lives and one way I was able to have some time with my mom was by taking a few hours to go on a Mom and Daughter date.  We had the pleasure of viewing the new movie - Mother's Day. 


Movie Synopsis:

Sandy (Jennifer Aniston) is a stressed-out, single mom who learns that her ex-husband is marrying a younger woman. Her friend Jesse (Kate Hudson) is a fitness freak who doesn't tell her parents that she has a family. Bradley is a widower (Jason Sudeikis) who's trying to raise two daughters on his own, while Miranda (Julia Roberts) is too busy with her career to worry about having children. When their respective problems start coming to a head, the Mother's Day holiday takes on a special meaning.




Our Review:

Both my mom and I thought this was a really good movie.  The amount of well-known actors was pretty impressive.  It showed so many different views of moms and why moms need to be celebrated every day.  We both laughed a lot and cried some too.  I loved that this was a great wholesome movie that allowed us to both have a nice time at the theater with each other.  

This is a movie that I would love to watch again at home too just like Valentine's Day.  Sure this movie might not get a ton of awards but it really is a great movie for an afternoon out with mom.  There was only one part about the Julia Robert's character and relationship that I was pretty bothered about - I do not want to spoil the movie just yet but will be writing a post on this issue.  

My mom and I both agree that this is a great movie to enjoy this week with other moms in your life.  Time time for some lunch, laughs, cries and popcorn.  We all deserve that.  

Happy Mom's Day!!  


Proflowers for Mom's Special Day!

Leading online floral gifting brand ProFlowers has been chosen as the official floral partner of director Garry Marshall’s new movie, Mother’s Day. ProFlowers’ official Mother’s Day Movie Bouquet with pink roses, Peruvian lilies and asters is featured in the film.  ProFlowers sent me a special Mother's Day Movie bouquet for my mom and I to enjoy.  The flowers are simply beautiful.  Makes our house so spring like even with all the snow we have been getting.  

There is still time for you to order these beautiful flowers and take your mom to the Mother's Day movie.  Make plans today with Proflowers and Mother's Day Movie!!  


What are your plans for Mother's Day?


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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Mother's Day Gift Ideas: Jewelry

Mother's Day is just around the corner and have you started your shopping?  I have a few ideas for you that will make the mom in your life feel special and appreciated.  We may not all be gold and diamond kind of ladies but we certainly do enjoy getting some nice jewelry that is personalized and creative.  Here are a few items that are on my list!  

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas:  Jewelry 



Mom Heart Tag from Tiffany's 



Peas in a Pod necklace from Rose and Raven



Mother's Day bangle by Alex and Ani 




Hand Stamped Rings from Lucky Horn Gifts 




Birds Nest Necklace by Lani Makana




Family Duck Necklace by  Freshy Fig



Matryoshka Charm Bracelet - by Bevin Bold



Which of these items would make it on your Mother's Day Wish list?


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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Ice Cream Cone Waffle - Creative Breakfast for Kids




I have never been a "bento mom" but I do love giving my kids little surprises whenever I have time with their food.  Our morning routine is pretty busy and rushed so to be honest our breakfast ideas for kids are pretty plain.  BUT we are a family that loves to have breakfast for dinner, which usually means I have more time to figure out some fun and creative kid friendly breakfast ideas.  

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Looks delicious right?  Well this spread was a hit with the kids on one of the nights we decided to have breakfast for dinner - totally kid approved and parent approved too!  While that cute little Ice Cream Cone Waffle looks to divine for a nutritious breakfast you are mistaken!  Let me share this treat with you.  

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Ice Cream Cone Waffle - Creative Breakfast for Kids


Ingredients:

To make one ice cream cone you will need -

2 frozen whole wheat waffles - prepared as directed
4 ounces vanilla Greek Yogurt 
1 raspberry 
Handful of blueberries 

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Directions:

1.  Place one whole prepared waffle on a plate.  

2.  Cut the second prepared waffle into a long triangle.  

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3.  Spread vanilla Greek Yogurt on the "ice cream" part of the whole top waffle.

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4.  Place one raspberry at the very center and top of the yogurt. 

5.  Top yogurt with blueberries in a line.  

6.  Serve and enjoy!! 

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This idea is adorable and does not take too much time to prepare either.  Honestly, the time was so worth it.  The kid's loved that they were eating ice cream for dinner!  I loved that they were getting fruit, protein in the yogurt and a wholesome waffle.  Mom wins!  

Another way that we ensure that our kiddos are getting the very best for every meal is by incorporating NESTLÉ® Nesquik® Chocolate Powder. Our kids absolutely adore chocolate milk and by me using the NESTLÉ® Nesquik® I am able to add some extra nutritious qualities to their breakfasts, lunches and dinners. When combined with 8 ounces of low-fat milk, I am giving my kids 8g of protein that they LOVE! Nesquik® Powder has all the nutritious deliciousness kids love with 45% less sugar than the leading syrup brand and with no artificial colors or flavors.  Once again, MOM WINS!  

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I love stirring up the imagination with my kids with these little food treats and love hearing their stories while we enjoy our meals together.  

If you are looking for more ways to #StirImagination in your home make sure you visit the Nesquik Pinterest page for lots of inspiration.  



Tell me how you make sure have a little creative fun with your breakfast recipes for kids below!




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Monday, April 25, 2016

Little Remedies Probiotic Popsicle + Sick Day Printable Tracker

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


One piece of advice or statement if you will that I will never forget that my mom said to me when I was dealing with our first sick day with Jude as an infant was this:

"Having a sick child is the worst part of being a parent."  

My mom literally means every form of sickness - from a bad day at school, a cold, or worse.  But, I totally agree with her.  Every time that Jude or Teagan comes down with something I cringe, not just because my little ones are sick but because the parent in me totally changes.  Alert and concern and so much worry.  

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Just like you, I want the very best for my children every day but when it comes to them not feeling well, I want them to be surrounded with the very best 100%, This is where Little Remedies® comes into play in our house. We have used and loved Little Remedies® since the kids have been babies - Little Remedies® Gripe Water was a godsend! But now there is a new product from Little Remedies® that we have started making sure we have on hand. Little Remedies® Probiotic Plus Electrolytes is a perfect Dietary Supplement for babies and little ones to support digestive health and maintain hydration.  One way we use this is to keep the kiddos hydrated when they aren't feeling well.  My kids love feeling like they are getting a treat when they are sick with having a popsicle so I decided to get a bit creative the last time we had the bug in our house.  It would perfectly and was so easy!

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Little Remedies Probiotic Popsicle


All you need for this "recipe" is a popsicle mold, Little Remedies Probiotics, and water!  So simple!  Yet so effective when those little ones feel under the weather. 

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Each Little Remedies® Probiotic Plus Electrolyte packet needs to be mixed with 6 ounces of water, so for our popsicle mold it made sense to make two packets worth.  

12 ounces of cold water
2 packets of Little Remedies® Probiotic Plus Electrolytes 

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I simply mixed the Little Remedies® Probiotic Plus Electrolytes into the cold water until it was completely combined and carefully poured the mixture into the molds.  

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Once the molds are filled, freeze them for at least 4 hours.  Make sure you follow the directions on the box of Little Remedies® Probiotic Plus Electrolytes.  These popsicles should not be kept for longer than a few days.  Prepare only when needed.  

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My kids love these sick day treats - the berry flavor is a hit with them both.  Really makes the whole hydration issue easier to deal with when they are sick. 

While Little Remedies® Probiotic Plus Electrolytes contains electrolytes to provide vital minerals and nutrients to help support hydration*, it also contains 5 billion active cultures of the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, which helps keep the digestive system in balance and supports immune function.*  Disclosure - we have used this product to help with an upset tummy while taking antibiotics too.  


*This statement has not been evaluated by the food and drug administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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Like I said before, a sick child truly is the hardest part of parenting so I have found that if I keep everything written out and organized I can be more proactive in helping my children feel better.  I have created this super easy to use Sick Day Printable that lets me keep a running list of intake for my kids.  Intake meaning medication, food and drink.  This lets me see how the day is going for them and if there is anything we need to be more concerned about.  

Download your free Sick Day Printable today!!

You can find this NEW product in the Digestive section at your local Target.  This is not in the baby section!!  I was so happy to find this product because I love that it combines a probiotic and electrolytes in 1 convenient packet that tastes great, has no artificial flavors, artificial dyes, parabens and is Gluten Free!  One tiny packet full of goodness!

And starting 4/24/2016 through 5/14/2016 there is a Little Remedies deal you must take advantage of - Buy 1 Little Remedies product and get a $5 Target Gift Card!  Find more great reasons to love the new Little Remedies® Probiotic Plus Electrolytes by clicking here
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Will you be adding Little Remedies® Probiotic Plus Electrolytes to your kid's sick day regimen?

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Perfect Summer Lemon Desserts

The summer feeling is here!  Ready for sunshine, backyard BBQs, pool party fun and great food!  One of my favorite flavors for any dessert is lemon.  The flavor is fresh and cool and truly perfect for summer.  Today I am sharing just a few of my favorite lemon desserts that are on my TO MAKE list this summer!  Enjoy!!  


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Perfect Summer Lemon Desserts  



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Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake by Building Our Story


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Lemon Oreo Icebox Pie by Delightful E Made


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Lemon Supreme Rice Krispies Treats by Sweet As A Cookie


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Lemon Raspberry Cheesecake Squares by Live Well Bake Often



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Easy Lemon Tarts by Crazy for Crust


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Grandma's Lemon Crinkle Cookies by Building Our Story


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Lemon Blueberry Layer Cake by Sally's Baking Addiction



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Mini Lemon Donuts with Strawberry Glaze by Made to Be A Momma


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Candied Lemon Slices by Kleinworth Co.



I want to eat all of these right now!  Yummy!!



What is your favorite summer dessert?


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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

We're going to Disneyland!

It is finally happening!  The trip is booked, plane tickets bought and plans are being made!  Magic will happen for our entire family!

We are going to....

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One of my dreams once I became a parent was taking my children to Disneyland with my parents.  This is something that I have saved for, dreamed about, and made a promise to myself to make happen and guess what?  It is going to happen in October!  Just six months from now - actually less than six months now!!  Yay!!! 

You might be wondering why this was just a dream to make this trip with my family and my parents?  My dad saw Disneyland being built as a child.  He visited Disneyland right after it opened and Disneyland is the only "Disney" park that I have visited - been over 25 years but still, this was my Disney experience.  It will be so magical having my dad there with his grandkids and showing them some of the original rides and of course, getting that magical family picture in front of the Mickey gardens!  Cannot wait!  

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So far we have booked our airfare, hotel and park hopper passes - we are going to be at the park for 3 full days.  So here is where I need you - I am not a Disney expert and I want to know how to get the best out of our 3 days!  Keep in mind, Jude will be 6 and Teagan will be days away from turning 4. The only extra that we have bought is a character dining experience that we will need to reserve 60 days prior to the trip.  


Disneyland topics I would love advice on:

  • Fast Passes
  • What Character Dining?
  • Food in general?  Where to eat?  
  • What to pack for our day in the park?
  • What are must see attractions?
  • Your favorite tips?
  • Where else do we need reservations?
  • Can you where costumes?
  • Souvenirs or no souvenirs?


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175 days until DISNEYLAND MAGIC!!!!!


We want to know it all so please!  Give us those answers, tips and suggestions in the comments below.  Drop your blog posts too!  Thank you for your help Disney friends!!!


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