Jan 29, 2016

Don't forget to take care of yourself

This post is written by health/fitness contributor, Melissa.  She also blogs at On The Go Healthy Mom.

Being a mom is exhausting! Right? But the hugs, the thank you's, and the smiles, that is what makes it all worth it!

I like to think of my responsibility as a mom, more of as a mother. When I think of me being a mom it consists of running around, cleaning, making lunch, and getting kids ready. However, as a mother, I think of me as something more, a God-given gift that He has entrusted us to teach his children. So while I am running around doing a million things for them, living in the MOMENT, teaching them, talking to them, and loving them.


Being an example to your kids speaks VOLUMES!  Show them that you care by giving them that smile back.  Show them that you care by giving them a hug. Say thank you to them. Your ACTIONS and WORDS are so very important.

In those moments when you want to throw in the towel and hide in your room, REMEMBER THIS.

Do something to take care of YOU, while taking care of THEM.

exercise, example, kids

As mothers we are great multi-taskers. Exercising, planning out your family meals, doing Yoga, reading a motivational book, bubble bath, getting ready, etc. It's OK to put ourselves first doing something good that will set an example, because it will give us the energy we need for our kids.

I know many of us think that we are too tired to exercise, too tired to do one more thing. We can make up a million excuses of what else needs to be done, but taking the time for YOU will give you that extra boost of confidence, an extra boost of energy.  You will be amazed at how better you feel emotionally and mentally. So set that example and know that you can do something for them, while doing something for you first. When we are doing these things for ourselves, we are showing that example. It's a WIN-WIN.

So think of your responsibility as a GREAT one. Think of it as a good exhausting. You are building up little people, to be amazing human beings that will one day do AMAZING things. Despite all the tantrums, crying, middle-of-the-night wake UPs! You are a great mother and your children deserve your love and attention.  Even if it's the attention of the example you are setting.

Make sure you are doing something each day to take care of YOU. I promise it will be worth it!

Thanks for checking in,


Jan 24, 2016

What my focus is for 2016

goals, inspire

It's a new year!  I have been so exhausted with my work, my baby, my preschooler, my husband, my church involvement, and my house that I haven't had time to tell you all the exciting plans I have for 2016!  I have a lot to catch you up on!  Here are some posts I want to post soon:
  • Why I have been absent the last few months
  • A big change for my family!
  • Why I don't use a video baby monitor
  • Great schedule idea for nursing mothers
  • An AMAZING tutorial for a nightstand my husband made
  • Finish up my "Stay Sane Cleaning Series"
  • Gift for daddy when a new baby comes
  • I actually have a HUGE list, but these will be some of the first ones I will post 
I always pick a word for the year and this year I am focusing on the word inspire.  I was inspired *smile* to pick this word because I love the way others inspire me and I love to inspire others.  One of the main reasons I decided to start blogging was because I wanted to inspire others.  This year that is what I am going to focus on.  

There are is a quote that I LOVE that embodies why I choose the word inspire.  

I want to inspire people.  I want someone to look at me and say, "Because of you I didn't give up".

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Do you want to hear my goals as well?  Whether you thought yes or no I am going to type them, because I want to make myself accountable.  So here you go:
  1. Teach my kids (mainly Hannelore since Isla is so little) 12 different values this year.  One for each month.  This month has been honesty.  I hope to blog about this journey and give you ideas as I go along in case you want to join me. 
  2. Slow down.  Mainly DON'T OVERBOOK MY FAMILY.  I tend to do that way too much. 
  3. Meditate daily.  (For the record I have been doing terrible with this)
  4. Exercise AT LEAST 150 minutes a week.  (again January has been terrible when it comes to this goal.)
  5. Read at least 12 books this year.  (3 fiction, 3 non-fiction, 3 parenting, and 3 church)  
  6. Schedule girlfriend time once a month. (not doing good with this either...I have been doing one thing...working this year.  I hope to spend more time with friends)
  7. Declutter my WHOLE house in 6 months.  I plan on starting this in July and finishing in December.  I really want to make this a series on the blog as well and document all the stuff I am going to get rid of and hopefully feel better in the process. 
  8. Spend time with Ryan nightly.  Kids can make this time really hard.  I hope to spend one on one time with him each night. 
  9. Memorize The Living Christ.  (I have almost done the first 2 paragraphs.  I'm kind of happy with my progress) 

Well there you have it.  I have lots of goals and things to help inspire me.  I hope they all make me a better person and I hope I can accomplish many of them if not all of them to some degree.  

Comment below and tell me what your goals are for 2016.  Do you pick a word to focus on for the year?  If so what is it?  I love to hear from each of you, because you INSPIRE me!

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Jan 12, 2016

Here's a Quick Way to Make a Happy Snowman Craft

Umbrella Crafts

 I received compensation in exchange for writing this blog post.  Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are 100% my own.

The holidays are over and at times I feel like depression has set in.  Okay, maybe not depression, but it is sort of like a sadness.  It is freezing outside and the next day off from work isn't until MEMORIAL DAY!  Are you kidding me?!

All the Christmas decorations are down and my house feels quite bare.  I don't want to put up Valentines Day things.  Not yet!  So what can I put up in my house that will help me smile?  I have been thinking and thinking and I decided to go with a snowman theme this year.  I already had 2 snowmen in my decor, but I wanted one more.  

I had just received a package from Umbrella Crafts and I knew I wanted to use their new ink pads and sponge daubers on a project very soon.  That is when the light bulb went off!  The sponge daubers make great circles.  They could make the buttons on my snowman, the circles for his smile, and his eyes!  I also had an extra canvas that I wasn't using and since canvas is white I thought it would be perfect for a snowman.  So I got to work. 
Sponge daubers, acrylic block, ink pads

If you want to join me and make one to help cheer yourself up during this "ho hum" time of year then here are my steps: 

1.  Gather your supplies.

  • Ink Pads-I used 3 different colors (although you can use whatever ink you want to use, but I highly suggest Umbrella Crafts ink.  The colors are so vibrant...I was a little worried because I love Stampin Ups ink pads, but these new pads by Umbrellas Crafts blew me away.  Plus they are WAY easier to open then Stampin Ups ink pads!  
  • Sponge Daubers 
  • 8x10 canvas 
  • Orange Paper
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive
  • Pencil
  • Scrap paper
  • Heart punch or electric cutter (you can skip this step as well)
2.  Using a pencil draw where you want the buttons, mouth, and eyes.
Pencil on markings
3.  Next, using a clean sponge dauber and a black ink pad press the sponge dauber firmly on the ink pad.  You can even twist a little to make sure there is enough ink on the sponge dauber.  (If you are unsure there is enough then use a scrap piece of paper as a test first.)
Ink pad and sponge daubers
4.  Place the sponge dauber on one of the marks that you penciled in step two.  Again, press firmly, but not too firm to go through the canvas.  I started with the bottom buttons and worked my way upward.  That way I wasn't getting ink all over my hands and smudging what I had already inked.
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5.  Cut a triangle out of orange paper.  I used some that I had left over from another project.  Choose whatever size you want your nose to be. 
Orange paper and scissors
 6.  After the black ink has dried, take a new sponge dauber and pat on either a red or pink to make the rosy cheeks. You will want it light because you want it see through.  Start with a little ink and add more.  You can always make it darker, but you cannot make it lighter.
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7.  Next, adhere the nose in between the eyes and mouth.  
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8.  I wanted to add another touch so I gave the snowman a heart.  For this step you will need scrap paper.  Either, cut out a heart with a heart shaped punch or a personal cutter.  Basically you are making a heart stencil.  So if you have a heart stencil that would work then you can use that! 
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9.  Choose what color you want your heart to be.  You can go with the classic red, but my daughter LOVES purple.  So that is what I choose.  
Purple ink pad and sponge dauber
10.  Position the heart stencil where you want it on the snowman.  
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11.  Press a new sponge dauber into the ink.  Then start dabbing the dauber in the heart stencil.  Make sure you are dabbing and not rubbing so you keep from the ink bleeding under the stencil.  You can make the heart as light or as dark as you like.  
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11.  Enjoy the finished snowman.  This snowman makes me smile every time I walk past it. 
Umbrella Crafts

I love looking at my smiling snowmen and the differences in each of them.  I think this will help with the sadness that comes after the holidays.  Pretty soon I will start decorating for Valentines day and I will be happy seeing hearts and love all around!

Please note: Umbrella Crafts products are exclusively available on Scrapbook.com.  If you want more inspiration on how to use their products and to be up-to-date on all the items that they have check out their Instagram page and their Facebook page!  

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Jan 3, 2016

Family Home Evening: January 2016


Disclaimer: This post is about my faith.  If that makes you uncomfortable then please stop reading.  It is not my intention to make my readers feel awkward in any way.  I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  I am very proud of that part of me and I love the church with all my heart.

In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints the family is key.  Every Monday night is devoted toward "Family Home Evening".  It is a time to spend with the family so individuals can grow together as a family as well as closer to our Savior.  I try and do something spiritual every week, although, some weeks it will be spent with the family in a more casual setting.

Dec 26, 2015

What everyone ought to know about IBS

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This post contains sponsored links from IBS in America.

"Oh no?!  ANOTHER holiday party with rich foods and lots of it."  This is how a loved one of mine has to to live.  Not just around the holidays, but always.  (I have not mentioned this person's name because I was asked not to.)  I have talked to this loved one about it and it can be a hard way to live.  This person has stomach problems if they eat anything that is too rich or too "heavy".  

Dec 6, 2015

Who Else Wants to be Organized and on top of things in 2016?

Mormon Mom Planner, Bookmark, stickers, pen holder

I received a planner and accessories in exchange for writing a review on the blog.

Having a new baby seriously makes me loose my mind for a good year.  Honestly, I am not just saying that.  It drives me crazy and I needed something to help me stay on top of it.  I couldn't forget one more thing!  I like to keep all my schedules in one place (personal, work, blog, church, etc.).  I also wanted to try and make my planner this year also my journal.  Currently they are separate and I want to see how combining them works for me.

Nov 30, 2015

Review of the NewAir G80 Garage Heater

I received a free Ceiling Garage Heater from NewAir in exchange for writing a review on the blog.

My husband and I like to do a lot of projects rain or shine, hot or cold.  Unfortunately, our garage is not attached to our house and is not insulated.  I'm sure you can imagine how cold it can be in there during the winter; not the most ideal situation that is for sure.  I tend to complain about it more than my husband.  He is much more tough when it comes to the cold than I am.  

We have been doing a HUGE renovation of our home.  Since we are living in our home while we are renovating we tend to try and do as much of the messy stuff outside in the garage rather than in the house.  These projects won't stop because it is snowing.  So we have been looking for a solution for this problem.  

Luckily we found the most amazing heater that will heat up the unisulated garage quickly and it stays nice and warm.  We are so excited to be able to paint and stain out there and have it dry quickly.  Last year we had to use other's garages or do it in our house.  Can anyone say headache?  

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Simple, yet Happy Christmas Countdown

Chinese take out boxes, Cricut
This year during the Christmas season it has been a bit unusual.  I simply don't have the resources to do as much as I used to.  We have had some things happen that have made the budget a little tight.  My accounting work has been extremely stressful the last few months and it is taking a toll on me.  Then to top it off I have a sweet new baby and she has been a good baby for the most part, but November was a rough month for her.  She was struggling with tummy issues.  So we had a lot of screaming going on around here.  

Nov 26, 2015

Top 10 Christmas Books for Kids

The Gift Giver

How do you contain the excitement for Christmas?  Sometimes it can be overwhelming for adults let alone kids.  Kids get so excited and they can hardly wait for Christmas to come.  Sometimes it can be overwhelming on parents.  I like to spend time with my sweet daughters any chance I can get.  At times this can be very hard, but I think it is important and I ALWAYS schedule time to spend with them.  If I don't then it simply would not happen.  

Nov 13, 2015

Here's a quick way to find out what produce is in season and recipes to go with them

I plan a meal and it sounds so perfect.  However, when I go to buy the food for the recipe I realize that the food is not in season.  So I try and decide: do I want to buy mediocre/terrible produce and possibly not even find the item I am looking for OR do I change my whole meal plan?  Neither option sounds that great to me.

This is almost constantly my dilemma.  I am not a huge foodie.  I can cook, but I am not a genius in the kitchen.  So I needed a resource to help me know what is in season.  Well there are many things on Pinterest to help me find out what produce is in season, but then I am presented with another problem....I have to go searching for recipes that use those produce items that are in season.

I do not have a ton of time and although I love cooking home cooked meals I do NOT love searching for hours and hours for recipes that will work for my family.  Again, it isn't my strongest passion.  So do you want to know my solution, because I am giddy to tell you about it!  Drum roll!!!!

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