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Motivational Monday – Goal it up

I absolutely agree with Joe on this one! If your dreams/goals aren’t big enough to just scare you a bit then you aren’t doing it right. But even more important than pulling you from your comfort zone is to be ecstatic about working towards those goals. What is the point of having a goal if not for this purpose?

 

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Downloads: 5X7 printable  8.5×11 printable   8×10 printable

I created three different sizes for this printable. The 5×7 and the 8×10 are standard frame sizes in case you want to frame this. OR if you would like to have the printable take up the entire page you can print it as 8.5×11. If you do the 5×7 or 8×10 size you will need to trim the printable down in size after you’ve printed it. I recommend printing this on a heavy weight card stock for best results.

Enjoy your Monday!

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New Month Resolutions

May Resolutions!

In general I love goals and resolutions. I know I used to set them at the new year when I was a kid and teenager but it’s been a long time since I’ve done that. Don’t get me wrong, I still have goals that I’m working on. I just don’t set them on January 1st. I set them as I finish another goal. Or I set them when life changes and my goals need to change with it. I wouldn’t get anywhere if I only set goals at the beginning of a new year. Also, I used to get super crazy when I didn’t reach a goal.  I need flexibility to get to where I really want to be. When I was younger I had ideas of how things should be. How I should be. If it didn’t go exactly the way I planned I felt like a failure. The honest truth is that things turned out even better when I let life take over.

I have seen a lot of people talk about setting a word or mantra to guide their year these past few years. I quite like that…. Except that I have been a big ‘ol mombie for the last few months since Drea was born. I’m going to see if a word or mantra comes to me down the road but for now, here’s to May resolutions! I will go more into how I set goals and methods I’ve tried that have worked (and a few that haven’t) another time. But for now, here are my goals:

Choose healthy over lazy:

  1. Get to the gym (that I just joined!) 3 times a week.
  2. Eat veggies every time I eat anything else.
  3. Have a filled glass of water with me at all times.

Get back to blogging:

  1. Take time to free write 5 times a week.
  2. Organize blog post ideas
  3. Work on Photo shop skills 2 times a week.

Work on organization:

  1. Clear out all of my clothes that I don’t love.
  2. Pare down kitchen items to only those I love.
  3. Clean out pantry and only keep items we will eat.

For me, I can’t have too many goals at one time. If I do then I don’t end up accomplishing any of them. That’s also a part of why I set goals all year long. I LOVE to have something to strive towards and when I break down my goals into mini actionable items it makes it even easier for me. I’m excited to finally be at the start of feeling like an actual human being again. It’s been a really long year for me. Pregnancy wasn’t kind to me this last go around and I barely slept during most of it. That lead right into a new baby and I think we all know how that goes. It’s still not over, but it’s getting better and for that I’m truly grateful. It’s amazing how even just one good night of sleep gives you a more positive outlook on life.

 

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How to handle picky eaters

My household is filled with picky eaters, especially right now. My husband likes to eat a Paleo diet and says that it isn’t dinner if it doesn’t have meat. McKenna, well she’s a toddler #enoughsaid. And lately I am even picky! Due to my pregnancy I have been having food aversions all over the place. I’m trying to figure out how to balance all of our food needs right now and here is what I have come up with so far.

It may seem a bit dramatic to put it this way…. but I gotta feed me first. It’s sort of like putting the air mask on myself first in a plane crash. When I’m not pregnant food is whatever to me. When I’m pregnant I HAVE TO HAVE FOOD OR ELSE. It’s a really big deal that I eat when I need to and that I get the protein and other nutrients necessary. What I do is make sure that I stock up on some quick proteins that aren’t disgusting to me currently (greek yogurt, some protein bars, protein powder that I mix in smoothies, peanut butter, hardboiled eggs and a few others). Having these quick foods is really helpful when you are super busy… and on days when you are just plain super exhausted from being pregnant. I eat far more of these types of food than I’d like to admit but I’m doing my best.  When I have more energy I will make myself bean and cheese burritos or if I can muster eating meat I will heat up leftovers from the night before.

The good news is that because I have so many aversions and I’m sticking to those quick foods I can get food to the others much quicker as well. McKenna is picky in a way where I really have to play some mind games. She loves almost all food, she really does. However, sometimes she decides that “it’s too hot,” “it’s too spicy” or my favorite “I don’t like it right now”. Ugh. Kids are crazy. It’s a good thing they are cute. Generally, I will start by giving her two protein options both of which she usually likes because protein is the hardest thing to get her to eat.  After she eats that I will offer up fruit, veggies, etc. She happens to love her fruits and veggies so those are pretty easy to get her to gobble up. If she eats all of that I will give her a treat of sorts, like fruit snacks or crackers.  When she eats like this it’s a good day. There are also days where she refuses to eat anything but O’s (cheerios) but she is figuring out that I’m just as (or more) stubborn than she is. After some soul searching mommy always wins 🙂

Brandon is the pickiest of us all. He tries to stick to a Paleo diet (if you aren’t sure what that is – here is a great resource).  Because the two biggest restrictions of this diet are dairy and carbs we (the diet and I) have a hard time getting along for the long term. In order to keep up with his mostly Paleo lifestyle we make simple lunches ahead of such as “a dump” – which we named because we just put ground meat and anything else that we think would taste good in it to bulk it up. We almost always add mushrooms, jalepenos, greens, garlic, etc. We change up the seasoning each time so that he doesn’t get bored with it. Otherwise we cook up chicken and a veggie and call it good. For dinners we have found some favorite Paleo meals that I enjoy as well. Because I save them in my Paprika app it’s easy to see which recipes are Paleo and then skim for the ones that we have rated highly.

Dinner is by far the hardest to accommodate us all but the preparation ahead of time to ensure that we all have some food available helps a lot. There are nights where I make a meal and although I usually like it, I just can’t. I blame the baby in my belly. Those nights my tummy is usually in charge and I eat whatever it says, even if it’s pizza rolls, ha! There are also nights where I can’t even begin to look at a piece of meat and Brandon needs to cook, eat leftovers or one of the lunches we’ve cooked ahead of time. McKenna generally eats most food we make for dinner but she definitely eats the most in the morning and the least at night. I’m comfortable with it since I know what and how much she eats during the day.

So, the key is flexibility and preparation. Honestly, that’s all it takes. Sometimes it’s hard to get stuff ready ahead of time but when we do everyone gets fed and enjoys it!

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Don’t wait for someone else to make you happy!

My mom taught me from the very young age that happiness is a choice. This can be a little controversial considering depression doesn’t feel like a choice. I’m not going to get into that part of things. I believe that each individual has their own experiences. For me, I’ve had moments, days, and even years where I’ve struggled with depression. I’ve also had periods of time where I’ve maintained pretty well. On the whole, I am actually a very happy person. There are a lot of people that I interact with that have no clue that I have struggled with depression. It isn’t always an obvious thing that people put out there.

The main thing that I’ve learned through my experiences is that I cannot wait for someone else to “make” me happy. There have been some really tough times that I’ve pulled myself out of. I have tried many medications in different dosages trying to level things out. I have made some big life choices in some cases to increase my joy. These are dramatic changes but it’s really the small things that make the biggest difference. Waking up every day with a plan of action, and choosing to be happy. Sometimes shit happens, right? When it does, I turn it around by acting silly with my daughter, turning up the music, maybe getting a treat or taking a quick moment to meditate and remember what I’m grateful for.

If you want a reminder to choose happiness I made up a few printables that you can download below!

 

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Motivational Monday – begin!

This quote has been in my mind for the past few months as I’ve started to think about getting this blog up and ready. Of course it still took me a long time to start hitting “publish” and to stop worrying, but I am enjoying it so immensely now!

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Feel free to download the above printable for your personal use by clicking on the image to make it full size and then click on “save image”

I hope that whatever it is that you want to get started, that you take Walt Disney’s suggestion and “quit talking and begin DOING.”

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Paprika Review – Part 2 Organization and Categorization

 This series is all about getting dinner on the table and making it as easy as possible. That’s the way I roll. Some people call it lazy, I call it smart ;-). If you missed the first part I have it linked below. I also listed out what I’m going to be covering thereafter.

  • How to add a recipe to the Paprika app
  • How to organize recipes in Paprika app – including categorization
  • How to utilize the grocery list aspect of the Paprika app
  • How to meal plan within the Paprika app
  • Misc features of the Paprika app (if I can fit them into the previous four posts I will)

I cannot begin to describe how much I love this app. I really despise cooking, and anything that makes it easier for me I am all about.

Also, as I mentioned in the last post, this is not a sponsored post. I just really love it. I’m sharing it in the hopes that it can help out more than just myself!

Let’s start off with organizing your recipes and figuring out how to categorize them. As you can see I have 533 recipes saved so far in my Paprika app. If you look along the left hand side you will see a few different parts. It starts off with the top 5: All Recipes, Most Recent, Top Rated, Favorites and Uncategorized. These I will cover after I talk about your organization options.

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If you look below the 5 standard “categories” you will see that I added 4 overall categories. These can be created for however YOU cook. I generally look for a recipe based on the type of diet (have I mentioned how my hubby loves diets?!), or how easy/hard it is to make. Occasionally I have a craving for a “type” of food such as chinese, mexican, etc. Anyhow, I created these categories because they work for me. I will show within each category how I sub-categorize. The only one that I don’t have sub categories for is the house cleaners section since it’s only used for that.

First is my diet category. I have Keto, Paleo, Sugar Free and Whole 30 sub categories since those are the most common diets that we try to follow. I should add a carbalicious diet! That’s my kind of diet….

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Next, we have the sub category of “food type/when” This is basically anything that I might search for as far as a type goes. Breakfast? I got you. Dessert? Even better. I also listed homemade spice/condiments, casseroles, indian, italian – you get the idea. This just helps me get to what I need as quickly and with as little brain power as possible.

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The last category I created is a Time category. What do I mean by time? Well I really should go through and clean this one up so that it’s more clear but here’s what I use it for…. I like to know how something is cooked (crockpot, stove top, oven baked, no heat, DCB which is deep covered baker, etc). This helps me because sometimes I want something more hands off such as a crockpot meal and other times I want to know that I can get ingredients together and just throw it in the oven. The other big factor for what meal I’m going to make is how much time (both cooking and prep time) that each meal takes. I can always look at a meal individually to see both prep and cook time but it’s easier for me to have these categorized. A few I use are high prep, low prep, marinate me, quick n dirty, less than 30, easy peasy. If I’m being honest with myself this is the area that I look at most often because I’m super lazy when it comes to cooking.

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Besides the categories that I’ve chosen, I also have two other ways that I look for recipes. I look up a lot of recipes by ingredients that I have handy already. It’s pretty self explanatory but you can see in the pictures that you can search at the very top of the page under any category for ingredient or name of recipe.

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One of my favorite things about this app is the top rated option that is listed on the left hand side. Within each recipe I can rate it between 1-5 stars and I can also make notes! Below you will see the biscuits and gravy casserole I made for Father’s Day. We had a few notes on how it could be improved but still loved it!

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As I mentioned at the beginning of the post, you can choose your own categories. Whatever makes YOUR life easier is what you should use. These are what I use and it works really well for me, but every family is different so think about what you need and make it happen!

Next time we grocery shop!

 

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Is sleep really that important?

Why yes, yes it actually is. A week ago I had a stretch where I hadn’t slept more than 4 hours broken over 5 nights. Two of the nights were because of my beautiful toddler who is having bad dreams, is hungwy, not sweepy, etc.  One of the nights was due to nausea, and getting up to pee 6-7 times. But the other two happen more frequently. Those nights I just had insomnia.  I’ve had insomnia for as far back as I can remember even as a small child.

I’m focusing now to try to get back into a good sleep rhythm because I know it won’t be good if I can’t sleep during the precious time available with a newborn.  I have spent a lot of time working out ways to improve my sleep habits, here are a few:

  • Exercise regularly (I’ve been doing yoga 4-5 times a week when I first get up before McKenna does).
  • Drink water all day but stop a few hours before bed.
  • Herbal options (in the past I’ve tried chelated magnesium, valerian root and melatonin).
  • Hot herbal tea (peppermint is one of my favorites! Chamomile is also delightful).
  • Stop screen time an hour (2 if possible) before bed time.
  • Make sure my tummy is full (I swear this relates to more than just pregnant women but it’s especially important now because hunger wakes me up or keeps me awake right now).
  • Warm bath.
  • Wine (not right now!).
  • Stretching before bed.
  • Massage before bed (I’m a lucky girl because when I’m pregnant I get a massage almost every night!).
  • Keep bed time and wake up time consistent.
  • White noise or calm music helps me. We started using white noise through our daughter (we hear it through the monitor) and now I love it. Sometimes I will also listen to the best of Enya album which is nice because most of the words are unrecognizable.
  • Every once in awhile I  get up and go through my bedtime routine again. It’s basically a do-over.
  • Flipping my head to the opposite end of the bed.
  • Sleep mask! I just started using one and I love it.
  • Herbal mist on sheets and blankets. The one I use right now is a blend of peppermint and lavender.
  • If my mind is full I do a brain dump and this helps me to get out all of my thoughts on paper in order to leave my mind clear and ready for sleep. Sometimes I have to do this a few times to really get it empty lol.

There may be more that I haven’t tried or some that I’ve tried and forgotten but this is a list of my most common tactics to sleep better. A little over a week ago a friend gave me a suggestion that I had never heard before! She suggested that I get out as soon as I could in the morning to get some time in the sun. She recommended at least 10 minutes but to try 30 for best results. The idea is that it reminds your body when daytime is and it should help your body also realize when it is nighttime. I’ve been doing this now for a week and it has made a huge difference! In fact, I had a day in the middle that I missed and that night took me 4x longer to get to sleep. I’m still having some other sleep issues (active dreams, wake ups, etc) but getting to sleep is usually the hardest part for me.

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Dear Future Baby – 11 weeks

How far along: 11 weeks

Gender guess: A boy!

How I’m feeling: So sick to my stomach, but no throwing up.

Highlight this week: Hearing McKenna talk to you in my belly

Miss anything: I’m already missing sushi

Movement: None yet

Cravings: Carbs, carbs and more carbs

Looking forward to: Our next appointment (16 weeks) so that I can hear  your heartbeat again

What Brandon says about the baby: Brandon is mostly just excited but nervous about having a newborn again

What McKenna says about the baby: “I hear heartbeat! And daddy, and mommy too”

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Dear future baby,

We love you so much already. Much like with your big sister, I dreamed of this long before you came to be a reality. Last week was rough on me mentally and physically. I’m not getting much sleep, and I’m super nauseous all the time but thinking of you makes it better.

It feels like January is so far away but I know you will be here before we know it. For now, we will prepare for you in any way we can. Your sister is so so excited to meet you and is ready to give you A LOT of love. She mentions hearing your heartbeat several times a day and that happened a few weeks ago!

Love, your future Mama

 

Thanks for letting me share…

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Paprika Review – Part 1

  Have you ever used the Paprika app? No clue what it is? Well, you’re in luck! This is one of my favorite ever apps, and that’s saying a lot considering it means I have to cook. I will never say that meal planning is my favorite thing to do… it ranks pretty low on my excitement range BUT this app has made my life a whole lot easier so I don’t dread it nearly as much. That earns an A+ in  my book.

  First things first, this is not a sponsored post. I just really love it. Second, I’m going to break my review into a few pieces because otherwise this would get pretty lengthy. Here is what I’m going to talk about in this post and upcoming posts (in no particular order):

  • How to add a recipe to the Paprika app
  • How to organize recipes in Paprika app – including categorization
  • How to utilize the grocery list aspect of the Paprika app
  • How to meal plan within the Paprika app
  • Misc features of the Paprika app (if I can fit them into the previous four posts I will)

First up I am going to talk about the most important (IMO) part of this app, which is how to add a recipe within the Paprika app.

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  If you look along the left hand side of the app you will see 4 icons near the middle – those are the hub of the app. The little world that is highlighted in blue stands for Browser. This is where you can do a search (just like on a search engine) for a particular food or type of recipe. You can also copy a URL (the full website address) of a recipe that you know you already want to add to your Recipes.

  The recipe you see listed is one that I got from a mini meal plan from Once A Month Meals. I will be reviewing them after I have a chance to use that meal plan.

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  I simply copied the URL from the browser page I had open and then upon entering my Paprika app it tells me that it has detected a URL. Once I hit load it brings up the same browser page but inside the app.

  Now here is the fun part… Once you have the page loaded you should see an area at the bottom where it shows some components of the recipes and a blue Save Recipe button. This is the magical part. On most recipe sites people have their recipes formatted so that Paprika knows what is what. (Name of recipe, Ingredients, etc). Once I click on Save Recipe this comes up:

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 I could just click on the blue Create Recipe button and it will add it to my recipes. At this point I like to customize things a bit by adding in some Categories which makes it easier to find the type of recipe I want right away (right under the Create Recipe button in the upper right). I will talk more about categorization next time!

  If you have any questions let me know!

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I used to be a nerd

Did I say “used to be”? Ok so maybe I’m still a nerd, but I’ve evolved a bit. The nerdiness that I’m talking about today is all about quotes. Please don’t judge me.  😊 When I was about eleven years old I became fascinated with quotes. I loved how I could find words poetically penned that held meaning to me and obviously had done the same for others. It bonded me to them. I collected quotes while other girls my age collected lip gloss (don’t worry that caught up with me). I wrote my quotes down on index cards. Which I then alphabetically ordered by the quotes subject. See?! #totalnerd.

Nowadays I don’t keep my quotes filed. Well, not exactly. I use Pinterest and it’s there for me when I need a little inspiration in my day. Sometimes I just need to read through a few and I feel better. Other times I need to be reminded constantly so I put it on tech wallpapers, print it out and sometimes I even set an alarm that reminds me to get my quote on.

This is one of the many ways that I’ve learned to manage my stress and depression. Depression and anxiety are no joke folks. It’s hard and it’s real but I can take control of a lot of it on my own by choosing what I’m gonna focus on.

All this to say that I’m going to be sharing quotes with you guys once a week. When I can I will offer it as a printable.

As shown above, today’s quote is:

“This is the beginning, of anything you want.”

It comes from song lyrics, the song of which I had never heard until today! I was researching where it came from and I found the song – it is BEAUTIFUL! Take some time and listen to it.
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