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It’s been a while!

I finally did get around to reviewing that bathtub. Let me just say I’M IN LOVE! I have been swamped the past 2 weeks, so I have been neglecting my baby. My BLOG baby people, lol, I am not neglecting my kids!  With that said, I am so happy to be writing again. I have so many new things to share!  Bible study started last week, I perfected my pecan pie recipe, and I have some new things in the works.  I am in the process of creating my “theme days” for the blog. I am very much an organizer; so much so that at times I forget to do the things because I am so busy mentally organizing! So hold on for the ride guys and gals, because I am about to take you on an adventure with me!

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Be Thankful

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I’m on break at work,  sitting outside….enjoying the breeze. It occurs to me that I spend alot of time planning how to do things,  and not enjoying when I get to do it. So I’m taking time to BREATHE. I’m taking time to enjoy. I’m taking time to be thankful and really just be grateful. So often we as humans forget that we only have one life. No matter how many mistakes are made, opportunities missed, or times we are hurt,  THIS IS IT. Be thankful that you woke up and can make plans for the future.

Dear God,
Thank you! For life,  for breath,  for sand and water. For smiles and joy,  and kisses and hugs.For babies sleeping breath,  and big kids learning new things. For friends and family and dreams and love. Thank you God, for the opportunity to be thankful.
Amen

What are you thankful for? 

Change

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My life is all about change. Most of the time it’s catastrophic earth-shattering life-altering monumental changes. I don’t know if i attract change or if I seek out the changes,  but I am always adapting to some new circumstance or situation. And don’t get me wrong,  I can handle everything I’m thrown (sometimes a little too well), but it can be scary. Overwhelming. Downright terrifying. But you make it through because you have to.

Lately,  I’ve been thinking alot about changes. I have this image of a perfect life in my mind,  and it is so easily attainable that I wonder why I’m still in my same surroundings. Same habits and thought process. Same “less than perfect” results. I know they say perfection is not a reality,  but with motivation and discipline you can get REALLY close.  Change for me has always been as a result of some unplanned situation,  but what if I made the choice to change that?  What if I CHOSE to change how I live in the most drastic ways? What if I changed my diet…excersized more…planned my days? What if I disciplined MYSELF?! *gasp*

Think with me for a minute…

A disciplined woman has a plan. She has a routine that allows grown, change, spontaneity. She knows to set her children’s clothes and lunches out at night. She sets out her own clothes and jewelry the night before. She ties up all her loose ends so they don’t fray on her later. A disciplined woman walks with confidence, grace, poise, and surprisingly JOY!

Ok so maybe I’m exaggerating a little,  but life is definitely sweeter when you have all your ducks in a row. I think that embracing change willingly can help me more than I care to admit. The thought of changing my bad habits is daunting but it can be done. I am usually forced out of my comfort zone,  and I always adapt. But am I so resilient on my own?

I think that my major tiny obsession with perfection is a driving force in my desire to change,  but I’m praying that I can see discipline as a way to get closer to God. Baba always told me,  “Ritual brings you in harmony with God.” I guess it’s time for this little yogi to start making life about ritual, routine, and discipline. It’s time for me to start taking control of my own changes!

Hmm… where to start?!

Trying New Things

Hi There!

I am so excited! I love coming home and finding a package waiting for me. And lucky me, I have had 2 boxes show up in the past week! I can’t wait to start using my new things.

I got a bathtub for Baby Bear, from Summer Infant. I am currently still testing it out, so I will do a full review this weekend. A couple of weeks back, Summer Infant company contacted me to do a product review, so I really am excited to finally use it and possibly continue doing reviews for the company (and others!) I wont ruin the final product with a dissertation before the review though!

I also got Bentonite Clay! So, originally I got this so I could do facials and hopefully clear these stubborn whiteheads. I went online to start researching the best masks to make with it, and I found a whole host of other uses! My mind is boggled. I didn’t even know you could do a detox with this, but now that I know I am excited. The uses of bentonite clay are endless.  Bentonite clay is made of volcanic ash. According to wellnessmama.com it carries a strong negative charge, so when mixed with water, it swells and forms a bond with bodily toxins until it is expelled from your system.  I’m not a fitness or nutrition buff (yet), but it seems to me that it is a huge benefit during weight loss. That first two or three months were you are creating better habits and ridding your system of all the toxic waste that it had trapped in your fat would probably be a lot smoother if you had a glass or two of Bentonite Clay water daily. All those toxins being flushed would probably help skin hair and general well-being. I want to try it so I can gauge how well it helps my headaches and my skin especially. And yeah… the fat too lol.  I am so going to create a weekly menu as part of my May Goals, and I’m going to incorporate the Bentonite clay. It can So expect a few clay posts in the coming weeks.

Things have been so jumbled at home the past few days because my in-laws are in town.  I haven’t been able to work on the blog daily, but I have definitely drafted new ideas, and I even started posting on my Facebook. Up until recently, I had deactivated my Facebook for personal reasons. But now I started it back up and I post on it with my blog! I also have a blog Pinterest, because I’ve clearly been obsessed with Pinterest since it was created. Add me, follow me, let’s get social!!

Anyways guys, tell me something. What are YOUR favorite detox products? Do you have anything you SWEAR by?  Will you try the Bentonite Clay with me?

5 things I want my Kids to know about God

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There are so many things that I want my children to know. My biggest fear is that they will have to go through the same mistakes that I did because they do not know any better. I know as a parent, I have to teach them better in order for them to be able to bypass the lessons I learned from lack of knowledge. I wrote this list with the intent of putting my “main” lessons in writing for future reference. One day, when some lesson seems so huge to me, I can look back and remember that if these 5 things are covered, I did something right.

 

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April Goals

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Better late than never, is what I always say! I finally got a chance to put together my monthly goals for April. I am starting small, but everything was small once, right?

April Goals

1. Teach Little Bear Bible Songs
2. Create a weekly budget
3. Attend Church weekly
4. Work on Blog Daily
5. Spend time outside daily
6. Attend Bible Study
7. Bring my own lunch 3 days a week
8. Actively make better food choices

So my list seems really small to the outside observer. To me, it’s a mountain that needs to be climbed. Generally, when I come home from work each day, I cuddle with my kids, watch a little TV, and drift to bed. This is not at all conducive to good health. I am not spending my days doing anything productive! By giving myself little goals to achieve, I can practice creating larger goals and sticking to my game plan.

Teach Little Bear Bible Songs- This is one of my goals because he is OBSESSED with the Veggie Tales songs CD. So every time we get into the car, we listen to Veggie Tales, or other Bible Songs. I would rather have him singing “Father Abraham” constantly, then singing Two Chainz all day. Our other radio station is the Joel Osteen station, which to my surprise, he prefers to music. I guess when your mom only listens to 2 things on the radio, it rubs off on you! He LOVES Joel Osteen, and often asks me to clarify what his message means while we are in the car. I’m happy he is being influenced by my new more positive listening choices, and I want him to continue to find happiness in POSITIVE entertainment.

Create a weekly budget- I really need to get control of my finances. It’s one thing to have enough to cover everything, but another completely to be able to plan for your money. I want to be able to plan for my future, go out on dates with my husband, go on mini-vacations with my children. I want to be able to thrive with our money, and unless we eliminate spending that is unnecessary and track our money, it will never happen. Plus, budgeting is the grown up thing to do!

Attend Church weekly- Must I really go into detail? Church is good for the soul. And if you don’t attend “church” then any spiritual activity is good too! Meditation, uplifting music, prayer, anything that helps you commune with the Holy Spirit, in whatever you need to feel whole. I personally NEED Spirit in my life, or I feel very lost and almost without direction, so I take it any way I can! Others prefer to do their worship privately. I have a friend who goes to the beach every weekend in the early morning hours, just so she can center herself and pray in a setting she finds peaceful.

Work on Blog Daily- Again, do you REALLY have to ask? I love my blog and it’s so fun to work on it. I haven’t written this much in a while, and I think it’s really helping my creativity!

Spend time outside daily- I love the outdoors. I love the breeze and the sun and I want my children to learn to love it as well. I want to try to spend even just 10 minutes outside every day. Sometimes, I go to walk the family dog, sometimes I just stand outside to watch my son play with his friends. It makes me feel much better to be outside. Next month the goal will be upgraded to taking a walk daily, because I really want to implement more family outside time to our routine.

Attend Bible Study- I would like to take this time to share a little story with you guys. I just recently started a new job in November. Come the end of April, I will be out of my probationary period. My church starts the Ladies Bible study group on Tuesday April 14th 2015 at 6:50pm every Tuesday. I knew my schedule would only allow me to go for a few weeks before my schedules changed at work to the 11:30am to 8pm schedule. I tried not to worry, but it was a little frustrating that this new schedule was not going to allow me much time with my children, and there was no real way it would change for at least the next year. But yesterday, my whole job was informed that the center would now be closing at 6:30 pm. I AM OVERJOYED! Now I don’t have to worry about making it to Bible Study, football games, or getting to lounge with the kids over the summer. By not putting my energy on the problem, and planning on attending Bible Study, I think I was favored! I didn’t do my normal, anxiety-ridden obsessive re-hashing of the issue, and therefore my energy was spent positively influencing the outcome. (Don’t contradict me! Lol I know I know I know, and I don’t care!) A long time ago, I was taught the phrase “Speak it into existence” by my sweet 80-something year old Godmother, and as long as I use my voice to speak positivity into the universe, I am calling positive things to me. I didn’t even know this was a religious principle until I recently started listening to Joel Osteen on the radio, but it definitely is doing me justice to keep following it. I love when old wisdom is proved true!

Bring my own lunch 3 days a week / Actively make better food choices – I really need to plan better so I can be successful with this. *thought bubble* I might invest in compartmentalized lunch boxes. I see them on Pinterest all the time, and I really think I could use them! I tried my hand at meal planning last month, and I failed miserably. This month, I am going to tweak that a little. By bringing my own lunch MOST days, I will be able to make better food choices consciously. If I do my meals the night before then I will still be in fully motivated eat healthy mode. If I wait until the day of, I will probably get JUNK! It’s going to taste yummy, but I won’t be losing any weight =(. That knocks out 2 things on my list.

So guys, what are YOUR April goals? What do you think of mine? Do you have a plan for the month?