How To Creamiest Shakes Eva

I love my shakes.  I eat meal replacement shakes (which sounds pretty blah but they are so ahhhh!), for every breakfast and 99% of my noon time meals!  And then also & sometimes at 3pm or dinner – depending on the day and life’s adventures that day.  To me, it’s the easiest simplest and most delicious way to get my nutrients in, each and every single day – without a hassle.

Someone asked me at a dinner last week if I eat “real food” too?  And of course I do.  I pretty much eat EVERYTHING.  Though, I love sticking to as much fresh, raw, plant food as possible (think salads), but when I’m out or about, or out with friends, or we’re hosting a get-together or a bbq, I go with the flow, and enjoy what I want.  The goal is to always have a LARGE salad bowl in the fridge each day waiting for my husband and I – so when we do want to eat “real food” we first turn to that!

The shakes just add so much life to my life, they make things so easy, they make me feel so good, they take so much food work away from my life, and they just fill a need.  The kids love the shakes (mostly as a dinner or post dinner/pre-bed meal), which thrills me to pieces.  They go to bed each night with amazing protein and nutrients and vitamins in their body.  What mama wouldn’t love that?  Plus they are happy – because to them, a shake is “ice-cream”.

And so, I love a really creamy extra thick shake myself.  Hey, I wasn’t holding onto an extra 20lbs last year because I didn’t love ice-cream from Halo Pub (thanks NJ), or Diary Queen when the opportunity arose.  Thankfully – those days are gone, but my love for a thick milkshake has not gone away.

Here is how I make the thickest, most creamiest shakes eva:

1:  Ice & water half the cup.

2:  Add protein powder/meal replacement powder.

3: Blend.

And that’s it.  At first, I would add a banana or anything else.  Now I just keep it uber simple, and super easy and boom: ice water meal and donito!!!

Out comes the cream of the crop, the creamiest most delicious and healthiest super food you can put into your body each and every single day.  We went to Vegas to learn more about these super foods and the founder of the company said:  “I eat this all of the time, and then I supplement with ‘real food’.” And that’s truly how it should be:  90% of the time put amazing nutrients into your system so it functions correctly, and then the other 10% of the time:  Eat anything else you want.  How freeing is that?

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How to get back on track. Like ASAP.

I love love love the topic of “how to get back on track” because a lot of times, we fall away from our goals, we go down the wrong path, we don’t take care of ourselves, we get discouraged, or fearful, or we straight out refuse to move forward.  And so – I both loath and love getting myself back on track – because if you are a human being, it’s a crucial and critical skill.

A decade ago, when I was 24, and I got myself off track it was monstrous.  It was dramatic, and painful, and I would hurt my heart and head, and then I would have to crawl my way out of it.  Literally – physically – mentally – emotionally – I would make a plan, and I would have to SLOWLY get myself out of the hole.  And then, very often, I would fall back again.

Thankfully, with the power of time, and a desire for self-development, things have improved.  I am now responsible for a home, and businesses, and a family, and little humans, and I am responsible to the commitments I made and continue to make, and I know myself a thousand percent better.  Now, when I fall off track, it doesn’t feel as if I’m sprinting backwards in full speed down a steep dirty hole, but instead, I basically sit down or get knocked down, or need a rest, and when it’s time to get going – I may don’t know what to do first.

I was sitting on a plane next to a beautiful human recently, and she was telling me about her children, all in their 20ies, and I thought to myself:  what a tough age.  What a tough and challenging decade.  It’s so confusing and confounding and truly a conundrum.  You can but you can’t.  You know but you don’t.  You want but you need.  You are just plain ole a mess, at times.

But it’s survivable.  I wish I could go back and re-do some parts of it, but then, heck, it made me who I am today, so I am grateful for those years, and thankful for the lessons!

But what do you do – when you today – or I tomorrow – or someone else the next day – falls off track, and has to get back up?

Drink Water.  I just googled how many ounces we should drink per day.  Going for your body weight is a good start.  Water is refreshing, and it zaps us out of whatever is happening, and puts the focus on just health.  Simply, just start drinking some water, and get your ish together.  Get your body hydrated, get whatever is flowing throughout it – out, and drink it up.  I have to drink 150oz of water a day, so I drink 25oz water bottle 6 times a day:
6-9am
9-12pm
12-3pm
3-5pm
5-9pm, and then another bottle in between all of the above and after 9pm to reach those 150oz.  That’s the goal, and I’m committing to it each day!

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Write out your goals.

Write out exactly what you want, what you need to do, what you plan on doing, what will make you feel better, what you want to get off your chest, what has happened, what pattern of getting off track you have observed, what you can do next time to avoid falling off track, what else is going on, and then feel free to even doodle.   Make it a list, make it a vision board, write it on a white board, in a notebook, on your iPhone.  Just get it out of your head.  Writing is therapeutic.  It’s peaceful, it’s calm, it’s quiet.  It’s exactly what you need to do – when you don’t know what to do.

Do exactly what you need to do for that day.

Perhaps you need to go to work and get to work.  Dress well, dress up. Shower.  Take care of your children.  Focus on your tasks.  Pay your bills, and organize something.  Declutter something.  Get rid, throw away or donate something.  Do your laundry, and put everything away.  Clean your home, clean extra hard.  Clean harder than ever before.  Do exactly what you have to do without letting anything get in the way.  Don’t think future, think today.

Get on YouTube.  ASAP.  Watch what will get you going.  For me, personally, I love tuning into Steve Pavlina, or Tony Robbins, and then when I don’t want to watch them, I search something like “how to get back on track” or “how to get going” or “law of attraction”.  Something/anything that will get my mind spinning in the right direction again.  Seriously – we just need our mind straight and the rest of life follows.

Self Care.  Take a shower.  I know this is crazy, but a shower, a scrub, a shave, a full body wash, a hair wash – will zap you right back into a better mindset.  It’s physically and figuratively washing away the crap!  Get so fresh you can’t even handle it!  Do your nails or head out to get them done.  Get a hair cut.  Get rid of every article of clothing you LOATH!  Or that is damaged.  The other day, I went through my dishes, and tossed every single dish with a chip in it.  I just realized that I would RATHER have 6 bowls, then 8 bowls, with two of them chipped.  It made me feel better.  It just did.

Connect with your tribe.  Maybe moving to Florida has made me appreciate friendships and relationships more than ever – but I love my tribe.  I text, I call, I talk and I face-time with some really awesome friends and family and neighbors on the daily.  Connecting with them makes me feel good about my life.  I’m proud of what they are doing, we talk about challenges and make a plan on how to overcome them.  I realize they are human, and I love them so much for it.  And they also realize I am human and help me, and love me just the same.  It’s awesome and fun, and we laugh and it’s not long – it doesn’t have to be hour long conversations each day – but just connections.  Just connecting with good humans.  Connect with more each day.  This pretty amazing and wonderful ability we all have is thanks to social media.  You can connect with people who are similar to you – and you can check out and check in on what they are doing – and you can be inspired, or motivated and excited.  It’s truly a gift, and an area I have grown in the past several years.  The more quality humans in my life – the merrier.  The room here is absolutely endless.

Read.  I started reading in summer of 2015.  I can’t stop.  I love novels.  I don’t mind self help – but I usually stop after the first chapter or so.  I would rather LISTEN to self help books, but novels, I read.  I read and I love them, and I read at night before bed – once the kids go to sleep, and then in the middle of the night – if I wake up and can’t get back to sleep, and if there ever is an opportunity – I read first thing in the AM.  And I love the characters, and learning about their lives, and super authors have an ability to INSPIRE by sharing.  And it gets me out of my own life, and head, and bs.  The last several novels I’ve read were all based in Europe during WWII.  How can I NOT wake up grateful and feel blessed and on track, after the suffering and death that so many people endured. But it’s those characters and reading about how they survived one of the worst periods of our history – that inspires and gives perspective.  Read.  Pick any book you want – and just start.

Amazing Kindle free prime reading book:  Those Who Save Us:

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Learn.  I often get off track when I don’t know something, or I get frustrated because I don’t have enough experience, or I don’t know how to do something, or I just don’t know.  And it’s because I have to learn, and learn, and practice and master a skill I don’t yet own and have.  Because when I don’t know something, and I’m asked to do this – I easily will throw myself off track, just to avoid doing it.  For instance, if you were asked to give a speech, but you don’t engage in public speaking, it would be easy for you to head out, drink too much or eat too much, or get sick, and then say:  “I can’t give this speech, because I’m sick.”  Well yes, you are sick, but you made yourself this way, because you don’t have the necessary skill of public speaking and in return – you made yourself a mess to avoid moving forward.  And so – let’s learn.

I was binge eating for a long time in my short life, and finally I decided to learn WHY and then EVERYTHING there was to learn about binge eating, because I needed the cravings to stop.  I learned I was nutrient deficient, I learned about the foods I was eating daily and how they didn’t help to eat better, but instead, they contributed to binge eating, and so I set out to learn and teach myself all about nutrition and what my body needed and find a solution that worked.  And so – you TOO can go back to learning and understanding things that you may not be an expert in – so that when situations present themselves that challenge you – you aren’t going to spin backwards, but step forward confidently.

Lastly…

Just get going.  Just get moving.  Just get back to focus.  If you have to fake it till you make it for a few hours or days or weeks, then do so.  Pretend you are already super motivated and happy and ready for the challenges that await.  Just move, and go through the motions, and do everything you have to do – and everything you want to do.  Talk to yourself.  Talk to yourself as if your best friend would talk to you.  Keep things so positive you feel funny as heck, but do it.  It will propel you forward.  It will move everything forward, that before you even realize it – you will be so far down the track, you don’t even remember when you got the heck back on!

On track living is the best living.  Because when we feel good, we do good!

Cheers my beautiful readers and friends, and humans.

 

 

 

Motivation IS the result, not a catalyst.  

Recently, I spent four days in Vegas, and another two days in Orlando.  I was doing a lot of learning and a lot of listening.  I’m extremely grateful for the life that we have and live, but there is a fire burning within me to do more, to learn more, to share more.  And because of this fire, I want to get better, each and every single day.

In Orlando, I heard a speaker (Jon Gordon), and he said:  Motivation is IS the result NOT a catalyst.

And for the life of me, and for as long as I could remember, I often looked for my and more motivation!  Where is my motivation?  Where did it go?  I had such an awesome day yesterday, where is it today?  How could I have been so motivated for a whole month straight, and these last few weeks, nothing.

And it clicked:  Motivation IS the result, not a catalyst!  I wrote it down, and wrote it down again, and again, so I would never ever forget it.  And now, when I think I need a little motivation to get me going, I now KNOW that I need to get GOING, and then the motivation will come!

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So boooooya.  How freaken amazing is that?  It’s so brilliant!  We all see the people around us – some are just flat out on their backs not doing anything, and others are sprinting and running marathons, and got it all going on and then some.  And we all say:  I wish I had what they had?  And we do.

Every single one of us – has exactly what we need to get going.  We just need to get going.

I was dropping off my daughter to preschool today, and as I was pulling out of the parking lot, I saw a mom walking her son to school.  But this mama was blind.  In one hand she was holding and using a folding blind cane to navigate forward and with the other hand, she was holding her little boy’s hand.  He was maybe 5 or 6.  And honestly – that moment I could not remember the last time I was grateful for the gift of eye sight.  How many people run through their day never saying a quick thank you for their ability to do any type of activity, without the use of a cane or a wheelchair or walking sticks or a human aide.

I share this story, because we need to get going.  We need to get moving, we need to do exactly what is required of our own human selves to live our best life.  The motivation WILL come.  It will be created.  You yourself will create the motivation.

Most days, I wake up pretty excited for each day.  And other days, I go through the motion.  I need to walk, I need to get a shower, I need to read, I need to be kind, I need to realize how absolutely blessed I am (regardless of any challenges), and I need to keep moving forward.  Always keep moving forward, while being absolutely grateful for your current present, and past.

And so – good things happen.

Recently, I decided to write out everything good that happens each hour or day.  I have a whiteboard in my office, and every time I spoke with someone I wrote it down.  Every time I took care of myself – I wrote it on the board. Every time good news flowed into my life, I wrote it out.  Every time I made a decision that was going to make tomorrow better – I wrote it down. Every time I connected with someone – I wrote it down.  And all of this – created motivation to do more.  We have to IGNITE ourselves on fire – and many times, just like a real fire, it starts with NOTHING.

There is absolutely no flame before there is a flame.  And our motivation is the exact same way.  We have to get up and do those five or 10 things we need to do – and THEN we can check in on the motivation.

Get up each morning, and work out, and eat well, and say thanks, and appreciate the present, and help someone, and connect with yourself, connect with others, and read simple yet powerful words that will clear away the clutter – the motivation will present itself, and looking for it won’t be so necessary.  It’ll be here hanging around you non-stop.  Like, “Hey friend, here I am, motivation (happiness), let’s keep going.”

Cheers to an incredible day – and get it done!  Get it done x 10000, and if you have no clue what you need to do – start off by taking care of yourself and then being extremely kind to those around you.

Manifesting Your Dream You

Recently, I have been learning and re-learning everything I once knew and believed about the Law of Attraction.  If you believe and envision something strongly enough, it will happen, it will manifest.  A few years ago, at 27 years old, I found myself single, and not anyone in site ready for a mingle.  I decided to spend my birthday in Green Valley Spa in Utah, where I hiked those gorgeous mountains each day and then each night, I watched The Secret.  I watched that DVD over and over and over gain, until I would get it.  And I’m not sure why I put that DVD in that hotel room on repeat for practically my whole week there, but something in me was craving something.  I knew that magic wouldn’t happen, and I knew I had to do the work, and the work was as simple as believing and envisioning exactly what you want.

As soon as I got home, I knew I wanted love.  I wanted really lovely happy peaceful and loyal love.  I went to Khols and I purchased one of those sterling silver rings that looked like a wedding band.  And I put that ring on each and every single day on my way to work.  And those 40 minutes I spent “pretending” I was married.  Granted, at this time, I was as single as a toddler’s sock, but I still put on my little “wedding band” and drove off to work. For those 40 minutes I was exactly who I wanted.  I wanted to be loved and give love, I wanted to be married, I wanted a family, and those 40 minutes I envisioned and felt every single part of that life.

And I met my hubby just a few months later.  I met him October 18, right before my 28 birthday.  and when I met him, I didn’t think he was The One until on one of our first dates out, my husband opened up a fortune cookie, and it said: “This relationship will turn into a permanent one.”  And so, we just celebrated our 6 year anniversary.

This morning, I came home from run, and I got the most beautiful real life visual of what I manifested: sleeping bears everywhere.

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The best part about believing & envisioning what you want in life, is that it’s possible to all, every single one of us.  And what’s most amazing about manifesting the life you want, is that you TRULY can enjoy the process & journey in getting there.

What do you want right now?  What do you desperately, with all of your heart, desire at this moment?

How would you feel having exactly what you wanted?

What would you wear?  What would you eat?  What would you make?  How would you spend your day?  What would you think?  Who would you share it with?  What vacation would you take?  How would your day look like?  Where would you live?  What season would it be?  How would you celebrate your birthday? What car would you drive?  What bathing suit would you buy?

Envision your life by believing you ALREADY have what you want – is exactly how you make what you want – come true in real life.

Envisioning your life by believing you ALREADY have what you want – is exactly how you make what you want – come true in real life.

Isn’t that incredibly so so beautiful?  I have so many dreams and visions and goals I’m working on right now, and I’m starting to get back to practicing exactly this process and journey of manifestation.  I must know what I want, believe I can and deserve to have it, and then just pretend I already have it.

Let’s say you want a new car, and let’s say you want a new gorgeous Volvo SUV (um, hello gorgeous future car of mine.)  And so, when you get into your current car, pretend it’s yo’ Volvo.  And it smells so fresh, and it’s tinted just right, and the HOT SUN of TODAY makes the air kick on hot, but then it cools down in seconds, and the car seat is on the right, and the booster seat on the left, and room for a few more in the back, and where are you driving your new car, and what sunglasses are you wearing while cruising out and about?

Whatever you want – you must imagine it.  And imagining it takes some work.  Because you must get your details right.  Put the work in, into the details.  Spend time on the details.  Do you want creamy leather interior?  Or what exactly do you want?

Do you want a bigger paycheck?  What will you do with your bigger check?  What if you get paid 10K every single Monday, how will you allocate this money?  How much will go to your parents?  How much of it will go to your grocery bill?  And then to your mortgage?  How much will you use to invest in your Vanguard accounts?  How much of that 10K will you save for college?  How much will you spend on updating or upgrading your home? How much will you save for a repair?  How much will you allocate for the next family vacay?

Do you want a new home?  What type of home?  What neighborhood?  Do you have a picture of your new home?  Have you been on realtor.com looking at your dream home today?  Do you want 4 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, and where will the guests stay?  What can you hear out the window of your new home?  Are the waves crashing or do you hear absolutely nothing?

What type of dream body do you want? How healthy is your heart?  How shiny is your hair?  How beautiful is your smile? How happy are you because you are whole?  What do you wear in your body?  How do you carry yourself?  Can you see yourself at a pool party walking confidently across the lawn? Can you see yourself standing by the grill chatting up your girlfriends? Can you absolutely imagine every part of your life with your new bod?  How do you respond when someone compliments you on your health?  Do you shy away, or do you hold your head up high, and know deep down inside you manifested and put the work in – to earn the right to hold your head up high, and live life in your dream bod?

Do you want a life of passion?  Do you want to work with people, or kids or pets? Do you want to connect with other humans and help them meet their goals?  What are you passionate about?  Can you see yourself doing the work you dream off?  Can you see yourself waking up each morning excited to start the day? Can you see yourself HOPPING out of bed to get to the day?  Do you see yourself drinking a cup of coffee or tea and smiling because you have a great day ahead of you?

What do you want?  What exactly do you want?  What exact details about what you want are true already?  What can you make true tomorrow?  How do you feel when you live your dream life? And how can you feel this way right now?

Manifesting your best life is about knowing what you want.

And then believing you deserve it.  Because you do.  Because I do.  Because my children do.  Because my husband does.  Because you do, too

And then, feel it.  Feel you are already there.  Feel good.  Feel that you already succeeded at living the way you want to live.  Even if you have to fake it at first.  Even if you have to pretend.  Even if you have to sound silly at first.  But you are already there.

You are already there.  You are so absolutely close.  Now you just have to believe your dream, and feel that passion rise up from inside, and know that it’s all just around the corner.  Do not limit yourself for a single second.  Go for it all, and then go even further.

Manifest it all.  Cheers to you!

18lbs. See ya never.

When I stepped on the scale January 1st, I weighed 168lbs. I was like, ahhhhh, booooo hoo, pity party.  But I was not surprised.  Binge fest after binge fest of 2016 lead to exactly where I found myself:  chubby, barely recognizable, and thankful it was winter and I could hide in big clothes and high heeled boots.

But I knew I was ready to embark on a new journey, and I wasn’t going to let myself down.  I just wanted to feel good.  I wanted to feel good from the inside out.  I didn’t want to wake up feeling sick or with a food hangover day after day.  I didn’t want to binge eat anymore.  I didn’t want to feel like doo doo every single morning, and go through the motions of pushing through my day smiling through the miserable thinking about donuts and pizza and bagels.  I had this beautiful life, and I felt completely opposite inside.

And so I woke up each morning and I started working out again.  I nourished my bod with the shakes I talked about here, I started cellular cleansing.  I started to feel a tiny bit more whole.

But I also did a lot more things.  I started to listen to motivational videos.  I started walking 10K steps per day.  I started to listen & watch nutritional videos to learn even more.  I googled information about cravings, and satiety, and supplementation and intermittent fasting.  I kept walking, and kept talking.  I set goals, and I made new ones. Little by little, I started to see progress.

I shared this with some of my closest friends, and they too saw health improvements.  We all originally signed on to lose weight, but we lost so much more than some fat.  We lost that damn dieting yo yo baggage.

I recently stepped on the scale, and I was down 18lbs.

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I started at 168lbs and now I’m at 150lbs.  My goal is 139lbs, and for the first time ever, I don’t feel like this is a diet.  Instead, it’s a transformative life-long nutritional solution.  It’s pretty damn amazing and as you can imagine, I feel good.  But not just because my belly is flat, and I see ridiculous awesome muscle in my arms.  But because I have peace in my heart.  For the first time in forever, I’m not worried if I’m going to feel good on our next vacation, or the next pool day, or that baby shower I have to go to or that wedding we have to attend.  For the first time ever, I know that I’ll wake up feeling good tomorrow morning, regardless of any other challenges.  I’m excited to meet strangers, and say hello to neighbors, and invite friends over!

I know that when I talk to someone and they say:  How come you are so positive and happy, I can say, “I finally started putting the right food in my body.”

My favorite thing about this system, and about my journey, is that it’s not a quick fix.  It’s not a short term crash, but instead, a beautiful voyage that improves each day.  Today, I ate three shakes.  My body craves the nutrition.  It craves the deliciousness of the vitamins, the minerals, the undenatured protein.  It craves each perfect meal.  It’s both forgiving and flexible.  It allows you to get right back on track, because you never really leave the train station.  You just keep plugging away and nourishing your bod.

When I connect with others who also want to drop some fat, and release some weight, it’s much more than the pounds.  Everyone is craving a health solution.  A long term health solution.  It’s so far beyond how we look, because it’s so much more important how we feel.

The way we wake up and treat each other is what everyone truly desires.  We want to love, we want to care, and we want to trust.  And mostly, we want to desire ourselves.  Everyone knows deep down in their souls that there is untapped physical, emotional, and mental potential we all want to get to.  But because we lack nourishment, because the basic need of “food” is not met, we dig and dig, but rarely get there.

Let’s all nourish ourselves a little bit more each day. Imagine eating well, and filling your body with the right nutrition for 10 days in a row.

And then 30.

And then 60 days of nutrition.

And then 100 days.  And then 1 year.   Imagine how you would feel?

I’m 150 days into two ore more shakes per day.  I’ve lost 18lbs of fat.  I’ve learned so much about myself, what I want in life, and where I’m going.  I’ve taken risks.  I’ve put myself out there.  I’ve been kinder to others.  I’ve been kinder to myself.  By connecting with other humans who want to be a better version of themselves, I’ve become a stronger version of myself.  I love love love learning about other people, and their struggles and obstacles, and then watching humans sore.  Every single one of us is so incredibly talented, but many of us have no idea the potential that lies within.  Yet, it’s all possible.

Stay strong.  Stay confident.  Stay nourished.  And stay uber motivated, in every single goal.  Don’t let a single vision of EXACTLY what you want go to the side.  It’s well deserved.  Take care of yourself, and take your time.  Do what is best for you.  Start off with water.  Start off with drinking a ton more water.  Start off by moving your bod.  Start off by walking more.  Start off with sleeping well, showering, brushing your teeth and flossing.  As my mentor says, “the magic is in the mundane” and the simpler the system, the simpler the habits, the stronger and longer the outcome.

#takecareofyou
#goforit

 

 

Clearing away da clutter 4 June!

A new month is about to start, and I can’t stop thinking about something super exciting:  getting rid of the clutter!  Not only the new month of JUNE is about to enroll itself with all of it’s fabulousness, but the weather is about to break, it’s going to get HOT HOT HOT and SUMMER will officially start.

So, what are we waiting for?  We need to make sure we have a ton of fun, and sometimes, to have fun, and live absolutely the way we want to – we to dump the clutter!  And I mean this in every sense of the word.  Physically – clear out your cabinets, your clothes, your closets, your bedrooms, and bathrooms, and fridge, and those hidden spaces you stuffed things into – and then never went back.

Sell what you can, donate, what you can, share with others what they may love – and keep it moving OUT of your house, out of your space, and out of your energy level.

Make your home super clean, and clear, and empty – and make sure it holds what you love most, what you use often.  Otherwise, pack it away, and give it away.  Say good bye to the clutter.  Use the new space of energy, the space where something is no longer – to let it be. Let it stand, and enjoy the emptiness.  Sometimes, we have so much.  I had a ton of photo frames (like five), on my dresser.  And recently, I put them away.  It was so nice and fresh, and I love thinking about NEW memories I can make, and new memories I made today, versus photos I took years and years ago.  It’s awesome to enjoy the past, but let’s live in the present.

Go into your cabinets, and just push everything to the front.  Eat through what is good, and donate/throw away what you may never open and enjoy.  I had two cans of pumpkin sitting in my cabinets, until I asked my hubby to use them in his bread.  And it was perfect. Bread came out super moist and delicious, but I was never ever going to use that pumpkin any other way.  Get creative, or donate.

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You can also decide that one part of your kitchen or bedroom, or another space in your home, you will leave completely empty.

You may also have a drawer of “junk food” or candy, where – in the spirit of starting a brand new awesome month, you might want to toss the whole thing.  My kids pick up lots of candy through their travels of parties and school.  And yet, I never feel bad throwing any of it away:  because it’s filled with chemicals that hurt their bodies.  My boo boos love the sugar deliciousness, but there is plenty out there, plenty that they will still enjoy, and therefore when I get an opportunity to toss it all – I have zero remorse.  Bye bye bye.

Do the same with any food that is poorly assembled in terms of health.  If it’s doo doo, it belongs in the bin.

What about your clothes? Are there article of clothing that you have not worn in years, and it’s time to part with?  Take out and save your favorite digs, and the rest – move on from.  I have a pile of “donate” items I keep on the side of my bedroom.  Every day, or every few days, I toss something new in there. My daughter is out of everything 2T, so everything 2T that comes out of the wash, goes right in there. My little man’s sweats – all go into the donate pile.  Everything that I no longer wear – heads there.  It’s okay to move on from “things”.  Things are just things, and things we don’t love, belong with those that can love onto them, use them, and enjoy them.  They don’t belong nicely folded in our closets for years or years.  Or worst – rolled up in balls and stomped on daily.

Empty it all out.  De-cluttering totally empties out the clutter in my mind as well. Something about choosing what stays, what goes, has the same power of all thoughts in my head as well!  This thought is positive so it stays, this thought is negative so it goes.

And throughout this entire process, enjoy it so much.  Know that you are clearing out your home, cleaning it up, clearing out your mind, and cleaning up your thoughts – for a stronger today, and an even more efficient tomorrow.  Our space is limited, but what you can keep in it – is limitless.  So choose wisely.  It’s worth the effort, and get it done!

#youcandoit

 

 

Missed the K cut off, but went to K anyway!

We’re lucky, and we live an excellent school district.  I wanted nothing more than for my son to start off his Kindergarten school year here.  But, he was born October 14th, and we missed the cut off by exactly 14 days.  And so, what to do next?

He spent the last two years in an amazing Pre-K program and knew so much.  I couldn’t imagine him attending another year of pre-school, when he was ready for Kindergarten, and ready to learn more.  And so, my realtor suggested I send him to private school for K.  His daughter’s birthday was at the end of November, and that’s exactly what he did.

As a mom and parent, it’s sometimes really hard to figure out what is best for your child.  I want to push him as much as possible, so he learns more and more, but at the same time, I don’t want to push him too much, because he’s still a little boy, and I want him to soak up every ounce of being young, being free of schedules and lessons and homework & such.

But I knew deep down in my heart, he needed to go to “real school”.  And so we signed him up at a local Catholic school for Kindergarten.  The class size was 17 and he was the youngest one in class (maybe/perhaps/I think so).  And it was the best decision we have made so far.  This boy is reading, he’s recognizing all his sight words, he’s comprehending what he’s reading, he’s doing math, and he’s asking me to quiz him on addition and subtraction when we’re hanging out.  The report cards and progress cards all said he was moving right along schedule without any set backs.  The only issue we had was that he yelled out answers before the teacher had a chance to call on him.  Small chips right!

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This little in-class assignment made me realize how amazing it is to watch your child learn.  Proud of this little dude, and this is why teachers are amazing humans.  They take a little child and guide them into understanding lifelong concepts.

I share this, because a lot of students don’t make the cut off, and can’t get started right away with their peers.  But don’t be afraid to push your children a little bit.  Get creative. My boy will repeat K at a public school this coming school year, because of the cut off dates again.  But I’ll keep pushing him.  I want him reading daily, and writing sentences, and doing math, and we’ll even invest and spend some $ into coding classes, and fun brain work.

Every parent will do everything they can to help their child excel.  And I wish I was pushed more, and further, I wish I invested more in my own education when I was younger.  It’s amazing the potential we all have when we’re guided the right way and challenged.  My main goal as a parent is that my children become confident in their skills, and then use that confidence to continue to learn and build onto their skills.  There is nothing worst than feeling bad about yourself, and this is what drives me.  Little by little little humans can learn it all, regardless of anything else.  If we’re making progress, we’re doing what’s right.  And progress will build confidence.  Keep challenging them, keep pushing them, keep asking them to step up and do the work, even if it’s little tiny things like recognizing certain letters or words.

In the past year, along with the sports he’s played, the work he’s done in school, the extra classes he attended while in school like Spanish, and religious education, and music and art, and the independence K asked him to have – I’ve seen him blossom!  This little guy rode the bus to and fro school each day.  He woke up and brushed his teeth, put on his school uniform, and did his hair each day.  He spritzed on his father’s cologne, and off he went.  (And there were also days that I had to dress him head to toe, and he went to school dragging his feet because he would have rather watched the ipad!) But mostly, he’s blossomed.  He’s a calm little boy, who is funny, and happy, and came home from school excited!  Doing homework on Monday and Tuesday and Thursday wasn’t his favorite time, BUT all of the classwork he brought home Friday, he was proud to show me.

I look forward to building his foundation even further, and I will challenge myself to keep pushing MYSELF to keep his education going, and do everything I can to make him stronger and stronger. Partly, because I know it’s importance, and mainly because I want him to have the most solid infrastructure possible that he can build onto day after day.

Cheers Parents.  We don’t know it all, but let’s keep pushing.