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Essential Self Care Tips for Your Family’s Future

Essential Self Care Tips for Your Family’s Future

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Being a mother comes with a whole new set of responsibilities. There is a lot involved in the process of looking after yourself and thinking about the future as well. When it comes to thinking about the future, you need to get proactive about it right now.

 

It is important to understand that there are so many things that need to be sorted out. You have to understand the link between the decisions you make now, and how your life will unfold in the future. This is why you need to make sure you focus on self-care for the future by making the right decisions for this today. Check out these tips and use them to try to make things better in the long run.

 

essential self care tips for your family's future

 

Make the Home a Better Asset

 

The home is one of the biggest assets you and your family have, and it is important that you make sure you are set up for the future by ensuring that you work on making the home a better asset as a result. This is something that can have a big impact on your way of life and will mean that you increase your chances of getting a good sale in the future as well.

 

Take Charge of the Family Money

 

Taking charge of the family’s financial situation is also very important for the future. You need to make sure you think about the money you have coming in, as well as how much you are spending. A retirement income guide is going to be essential, as well as looking at the sorts of investments you can make. Not to mention the fact that you need to speak with an accountant to get some better financial advice.

 

Keep Yourself in Good Condition

 

Keeping yourself in good condition is so important, and the very essence of self-care. You need to ensure that you are feeling good emotionally and physically, and this is so important for the future, and for your health. Think about the different elements of self-care, as well as how they are going to boost your future prospects. This is something you need to make sure you get sorted right now.

 

Ensure Your Kids are Happy

 

As a parent, part of your job is to raise the best and most well-rounded kids you possibly can. This is something that is going to have a major impact on the home moving forward, and it will mean a better future for your children. You need to know if your kids are happy, and you also have to work on how you can make them happier as well.

 

There are a lot of things you need to keep in mind when it comes to improving and enhancing your future, and these are some of the most essential. They will go a long way toward making you feel more comfortable about the future and the way the world is going to be when you retire. You can use these ideas to help do the best for your family in the future.

 

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Self care for your family includes making your the health of you and your kids and spouse are good, but also ensuring your finances and budgeting are spot on for your financial future. Here are the best guidelines and tips for that.

A Mom’s Guide to Prepping the Home for Winter

A Mom’s Guide to Prepping the Home for Winter

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Across the US, hypothermia claims over 700 lives annually, with most deaths occurring during the cold months of winter. In that line, the lessening hours of daylight should be a signal to start getting ready for the cold days ahead. Most moms prefer that their loved ones remain indoors during winter, but is staying inside a guarantee of safety? For instance, if you fail to prepare the heating system, your children could easily contract flu or even the dreaded hypothermia. Furthermore, neglecting your winter chores could potentially cost you a hefty repair bill.  For first time moms, preparing for winter can be baffling, but with proper research and guidance, you can manage.

7 must do's for winter home prep

The gutters

 

The cleaning of gutters and downspouts are among the most important winter chores. Clogged drains can make your roof leak, and this could lead to ice dams during winter. “When the gutters are not clean, the moisture just sits on the rooftop,” said Dina Dwyer Owens, a co-chair of the board of directors of the Dwyer group. You should however not do the work too soon. For instance, if you unclog them before the last of the leaves fall, you would have to repeat the process a few weeks later. Also, you should be careful with the ladder not to hurt yourself. 176,000 people went to the hospital in 2013 due to ladder accidents, according to the National Safety Council. In that line, it is always advisable that as a mom, you hire a professional, which would cost you around $150 as indicated by HomeAdvisor.

Stock up on firewood

 

Moms have to be dedicated to keeping their kids warm throughout the season to keep off various illnesses. To ensure that your fireplace will keep on running, you should order seasoned firewood during the fall. Stack it carefully on pallets and cover the pile with a plastic tarp to keep moisture away. It is also advised that you store firewood in an unheated garage rather than inside the living area because wood could attract insects, according to Michigan State University Extension.

Windows and doors

 

Uninstall window air-conditioning units and store them for the warm seasons. If you decide to leave them in place, cover the outside of your windows with an insulated sheath and wedged towels between the sill and the unit to keep drafts out. Next, you should swap out screens for storm windows and doors. When changing glass screens, check your windows and doors for drafts and be sure to add weather stripping or caulk when cold air leaks in.

Smoke alarm and laundry dryers

 

3 out of 5 fire deaths occur in homes without working alarms as reported by United States Fire Administration. In this line, you should always ensure that yours are working by changing the batteries at least once a year. While at it, replace any detectors that are more than 10 years old. With today’s technology, you can opt for smart smoke alarm sensors which have apps that could alert you wherever you are in the world.

Laundry dryers cause 2900 home fires annually because of failure to clean them. Therefore, as you prepare for winter, hire a professional to wash them by removing potentially hazardous substances such as lint and debris. The best feeling for a mother when at work is knowing that her kids are safe back home.

The exterior

 

You should walk around your perimeter checking for cracks and peeling paint. Also, inspect window sills and the roof for missing and broken tiles and have them fixed if necessary. After a rainstorm, walk around and look for any place where water might not be draining well such as water pools, downspouts and damaged gutters. “The objective is to get as much of the water away from your house as possible,” said Scott Johnson, director of operations, WIN Home Inspection, a network of over 190 home inspection companies in 33 states.

 

Heating system

 

Having enough warmth in the house during winter is an aspect you cannot ignore as a caring mom. Since you will need the system to heat up the house during winter, call a plumber or a furnace repair company to fix your system if faulty. They should clean the equipment thoroughly and ensure that it is working correctly. “The heating system will not break down when it is 80 degrees outside, but you do not want to be stuck in the middle of the night with a heating system that won’t turn on when it is 5 degrees outside,” claimed Kerry O’Brien, the president of T. F. O’Brien Cooling and Heating.

The chimney and pipes

 

Smoke, heat and potentially fatal gases from the fireplace and heating system trail up the chimney into the atmosphere, keeping the air inside clean. A dirty chimney could intoxicate the air and also facilitate the occurrence of a fire, which could be a nightmare if your kids are home. The Chimney Safety Institute of America recommends annual inspection and cleaning of chimneys. “In general, with chimneys and fireplaces, the more you use it, the more likely you need it to be swept,” said Mr Johnson. Servicing your chimney could cost anything between $125-$200 as indicated by Angie’s list.

To keep pipes from freezing, you should have the outside water faucets drained and shut before the temperatures drop. During freezing nights, keep cabinets beneath the sink open to allow warm air in and let a slow drip of water to run through the pipes. Many people make the mistake of turning off the thermostat to save money. “Extreme weather is not a time to start trying to save your energy bill, crank your heat up during those weeks,” said O’Brien.

While preparing your home for winter, you should also buy equipment such as a snowblower and test them to ensure they are working properly. Also, update your emergency supply kit with fresh batteries, flashlights, a first aid kit, food, water and a portable radio. As a mother whose kids mean everything, you ought to take time to learn how the house works, and you might actually enjoy the process. “I have enjoyed taking care of the house, and the house takes care of me,” claimed Judi E.Mendoza, 60, a saleswoman for Halstead.

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Is your home ready for winter? Don't let snow and cold damage your home or cause illnesses! Get on top of these 7 things for winter home prep before fall ends! #home #homemaintenance #winter

Lay Down a Low-maintenance Home to Save Time and Money

Lay Down a Low-maintenance Home to Save Time and Money

It can take a lot of work to maintain your home, from daily cleaning to bigger maintenance jobs. When you have so many other things going on in your life, you don’t want to spend all your time looking after your home. It’s also expensive to have to redecorate and buy new furniture, so you want it to last as long as possible. Creating a low-maintenance home can help you to cut down on cleaning time and could extend the life of your fixtures and furniture. Here’s how you could create a low-maintenance home that’s easy to take care of.

 

3 must do's for low maintenance home interior

 

Use Wipeable Surfaces

 

Anything that you can wipe down to clean is always going to be easier to care for than those that need special care. Hard floors are easier to sweep and mop, rather than having to vacuum carpets and either spot clean them or use professional carpet cleaning tools. It’s simple to wipe down a leather sofa than to try and keep one upholstered with linen or cotton clean. Try to choose wipeable surfaces and furniture so that it’s easy to dust and clean everything without too much trouble. If something can’t be wiped, it’s helpful if you can just put it in the washing machine.

 

Choose Shabby Chic Furniture

 

Over time, your furniture is going to deteriorate. You can take care of it to keep it looking good, as well as choose quality furniture that will last longer. But if it’s eventually going to look a bit shabby, why not start off with items that already look a bit worn? If you choose to use distressed wooden furniture, it won’t be so easy to notice the smallest mark. It’s supposed to look older and well-used, so any minor damage is probably just going to make it look more authentic.

 

 

Durable Materials

 

There are lots of different materials that you can use throughout your home. Selecting some of the more durable options can mean you don’t have to worry so much about stains or any damage. For example, if you’re thinking of what material to use for your kitchen worktops, some of the most durable choices include granite and quartz. You can make sure your home can withstand daily life so you don’t have to change how you live in order to protect anything in your home. Keep in mind that durability and cost don’t always match up. Sometimes, more durable materials are more expensive, but that’s not always the case.

 

Keep Lines Clean

 

Spending lots of time trying to get into all the tiny corners and little details around your home can feel like a waste. But dust and dirt can get into all of those small places and it’s difficult to get them out. If you want to avoid this, it’s best to try and keep the lines in your decor and furniture clean and sleek. It will make everything much easier to keep clean.

 

Make your home more low-maintenance by taking a minimal approach to decor. You can avoid a lot of work by making the right choices.

 

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Tired of expensive cleaners and repairs? Design your home interior low maintenance from the start! 3 tips and hacks for low maintenance interiors. #home #homedecor

A Million Things (or so) to Be Happy About

A Million Things (or so) to Be Happy About

You know, sometimes when things get super chaotic, I find myself in this crazy ball of stress where I’m snapping at the kids and husband, and sometimes even the dog. And I’m just wound up so tight I can’t get out of my own way. You know those times where everything seems to pile up on itself? It feels like climbing Mt. Everest to really get out of the tailspin and get some clarity. To even think about being grateful. Or to just be happy.

In my search for daily happiness, I’ve found several really helpful things to do on the daily that I want to share with you, and also want you to try them out!

 

a million things to be happy about every day

 

I’ve tried the mindfulness approach (which is sort of like mini-meditation), and this definitely helps! I’ve also begun a Gratitude Journal, and that just seems to frustrate me sometimes. You know how when you sit down to write something and all of a sudden not a single thought is in your head? Like the Spongebob episode where he was supposed to write a paper and couldn’t think of a single thing to write except his name. Yep, totally me.

It ends up being almost more stressful. Cause then I’m like, “WTH?? Now I’m a terrible person because I can’t think of a single thing I’m supposed to be grateful for except the ole fallback ‘my health and family’!”

 

Do you do mini-meditations throughout the day? Even if you’re not thinking about things to be grateful for, it’s a great time to catch a breather and re-center yourself for clarity. Set yourself a time on your phone right now to just stop, breathe, and be mindful of the situation.

A little boost to be happy

 

But a really surprising thing happened on one of our trips during the summer. I came across this little book in a gift shop while we were in Massachusetts. (The state is irrelevant, you can get the book anywhere.) It’s called 14,000 things to be happy about. And it’s seriously the coolest thing when it comes to being ‘stuck’ when you’re supposed to be feeling grateful.

This book has made such a big difference in my attitude about gratefulness.

 

book with keyboard and black and white striped pen be happy

 

Get an idea of what’s in this little gem by clicking through and click the ‘Preview’ option! Seriously such fun and fantastic little things!!

 

What does gratefulness and happiness entail?

 

It seems like a no-brainer, but when we think of being grateful, many times we feel like we have to come up with the big things. And then when we can only come up with like, 3, we’re dumbfounded. Like, I know I’m blessed. I know I have a good life. So why am I not coming up with anything else??

What this book does is help take that question away. Because it turns out that being grateful and learning to be happy have SO much to do with the LITTLE THINGS.

The little things matter soooo much.

 

book with keyboard and black and white striped pen be happy

 

Here are some examples from the book:

a comfort station

the perfect baked potato

quiet free hours to sit by a fire

onion-skin paper

See where this is going? They’re all such little things. But they’re awesome, and they make us happy!

 

Think of 5 of your own little things right now! Me first: 1-When the 5YO sticks her head out her classroom as I’m leaving at am drop-off to yell, “Love you, Mom!!”; 2-The first day of freshly painted nails; 3-The super quiet first thing in the morning before kids are up; 4-The snuggly softness of my bed when I settle in to binge a show; 5-memory foam in shoes. Ok, now it’s your turn! 🤩

 

The little things

 

So think about just the little things during your day. Did somebody make the coffee ‘just right’ this morning? Did you discover a new breakfast item you actually really love on the menu? Maybe you found a dope pair of pants way back in your closet you thought you’d forgotten about.

Stop a few times during your day and just think about those little things you appreciate and that give you a little squirt of happiness. Hold on to those things. Write about those things later in your Gratitude Journal!

 

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gratitude journal sample

 

And when you’re stuck, grab a book like 14,000 things to be happy about.And swipe a few of their fantastic little one-liners!

If you don’t have a journal, grab one at the store or on Amazon or check out the Gratitude Journal above! The point is to slow down long enough to see and appreciate those little things that so gracefully stack up into the perfect Happy Day sandwich! 😍

 

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How to Know if Your Kids Are Really Happy

How to Know if Your Kids Are Really Happy

How do you know if your kids are truly happy? All kids have tantrums from time to time and can seem to get upset over minute things. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they are unhappy in general. Making sure your kids are happy is key to ensuring they grow up into happy adults. Your child will carry a lot of patterns and behaviors with them as they grow up, so if you don’t teach them how to do things like manage stress now, they might struggle to do it in the future. Here are some pointers!

 

how to know if your kids are really happy

Here are a few signs that can indicate you have happy children:

 

They Function Normally

 

Your kids should function normally, especially in terms of sleeping and eating. Lots of kids fight sleep, but if your child is up and down all night and even suffers from things like night terrors, something could be wrong.  

 

They Can Connect With People

 

Kids can seem closed off and withdrawn when they can’t connect with people. This usually means they have a fear of being judged. You must teach your kids that it’s ok to express themselves and that they will still be loved and accepted.

 

You’re Happy

 

How you’re feeling each day can be a key indicator of how your kids are feeling. If you’re stressed and unhappy, there’s a huge chance your kids will pick this up from you. Work on your own happiness and self care and set an example.

 

They Know Making A Mistake Isn’t The End Of The World

 

Your kids need to know that getting something wrong is not the end of the world. Making mistakes is good for them!

 

How To Raise Happier Kids

 

So, how can you start to raise happier kids? Here are some pointers:

 

Take Control Of Your Own Happiness

 

Make sure you’re taking control of your own happiness. Be a role model for your kids. Work hard, take care of your body with good food and exercise, and have your own hobbies. Practice stress relief exercises and they’ll benefit more than you know.

 

Allow Kids To De-stress

 

Kids can get stressed too, so allow them to de-stress. Practice deep breathing and meditation together, and even let them play up to 60 minutes of a video game each day. Video games have proven benefits when played for 30 minutes to an hour. You could make this even more exciting by saying be the hero of your own adventure in Final Fantasy XV – they could become a hero of their own adventure in every day life this way, too.

 

Praise Their Effort

 

Praise kids for their effort, not for their achievements or intelligence all the time. They need to know that it’s effort that counts.

 

Teach Them To Be Optimistic

 

Teach kids to look on the bright side of life!

 

Make Sure They Are Living A Healthy Lifestyle

 

Get into happiness habits with your kids and ensure they are living a healthy lifestyle with nutritious food, plenty of sleep, and spending time outdoors.

 

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All moms wonder this: are my kids really happy? It's a curse of mom guilt! Here's how to know if you have happy kids!

3 Ways to Increase Child Confidence

3 Ways to Increase Child Confidence

One of the most important things you can do for a child, other than keeping them nourished, protected and educated, is to help increase child confidence. Not enough children are afforded this. Mostly, they are expected to figure it out by themselves. You may have had a similar childhood. However, as a parent, it really does benefit us to help train our little ones into who they’ll be in the future through life lessons and caring processes that help them prepare for adulthood, but also lose nothing of their childhood.

 

They might watch horror movies as they move into adulthood. But you wouldn’t show them those when they’re still kids in order to illustrate how to be strong in the face of fear. Instead,  you’d show them that the monsters in their closet aren’t real. And even if they were, they would be stronger than them. There is always a better method of parenting, especially when it comes to trying to increase child confidence. But what are they? Consider our three tips for a potential answer:

 

increase child confidence

 

Bedroom

 

A child’s bedroom is their own personal space to gather their thinks, to retire at night, and to relax and feel their most imaginative self. This means that when they come of age, perhaps around the ages of eight, nine or ten, you should ask them to tidy and clean their bedroom (under your supervision of course.) They might not have to grapple with a vacuum, or to use dusting polish, but asking them to organize their toys, or keep their bed made, or many other small considerations like this can help them feel a sense of autonomy and agency over their bedroom, which only helps increase child confidence. It will also helps them feel more connected to their bedroom than ever, and that can never hurt.

 

Challenge

 

A little challenge here or there can be very rewarding for a child. Taking them to a new hobby class to help them socialize might feel scary for them at first. But as they begin to socialize and realize there’s nothing to worry about, they’ll often enjoy the process deeply. You might decide to help them with their spelling at home, or perhaps ask them a slightly harder math question from the grade above to help them get the cogs churning when it comes to home-time. A little challenge never hurt a child, be that academically, physically or socially. And instead it could help them test their limits, and teach you where they are.

 

Money

 

An allowance can help a child feel respected, and can help them begin to learn the slow stages of money matters from week to week. This sense of financial appreciation and good habits in saving built early can help them develop healthier monetary perspectives later on, especially when fused with a bank account for kids and a personal means of tracking their savings. A good piggy bank is always worthwhile, too.

 

With these three methods to increase your child’s confidence, they’re sure to blossom well.

 

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How to Tell Your Kids Learning Style So They Can Learn Faster

How to Tell Your Kids Learning Style So They Can Learn Faster

As parents, we obviously want our children to succeed. We want them to grow up much smarter and more responsible than us, and if they do, we know we’ve done the job just right! But learning can be hard, and sometimes we receive absolutely no support for the kids learning style we have, especially when we’re young.

Learning is something everyone does in their own time and in their own way – there’s no benefit of trying to force one of your kids into a setting that they just won’t thrive in! But to make sure they have the best schooling years possible, you’re going to need to find out the best ways your kids learn.

Trust me, my undergrad is in Elementary Education. And in the years I’ve taught, plus my experience with my own kids, I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter how many times you write something on a whiteboard; if the child isn’t being presented and stimulated with ‘their style’ of learning, you’re wasting your dry-erase pens.

Children learn in all sorts of ways. So the first step is to find out how your child retains information and encourage it! 

 

how to tell your kids learning style so they can learn faster

 

Is Your Child a Visual Learner?

 

Being a visual learner means you like to see what’s going on, and you like having something to watch or simply look at as you do it. Reading may not be so effective for you, and neither is just listening to someone give a lecture or talk on a subject. And seeing as children are quite often fidgety, and have imaginations the size of the universe itself, there’s a good chance your child is a visual learner.

And thankfully, the use of computers and TVs more than ever means there’s more visual learners than others out there! Considering educational authorities like to put their courses on the internet with online portals for anything from supply chain management online programs to hobby courses, it’s clear this is an easily encouraged method of learning.

We personally have used abcmouse.com (not an affiliate, just loved it!) and the Epic! books app. {Read here about why I love Epic! so much, and why it’s called the Netflix of kids reading apps!}

 

Is Your Child a Kinesthetic Learner?

 

Kids with learning difficulties especially will be in this group. If you have a dyslexia or an ADHD diagnosis in your family, make sure you’re working with this rather than against it. There’s no point in trying to get your child to sit down and focus; their brains literally will not allow them to, so why not let them move around as they learn? It’ll help get some of the energy out at least.

But if your child is an kinesthetic learner, make sure you fit in plenty of day trips and quite a few physical activities for them to get stuck into. Learning by doing is something most adults tend to place stock in, so it won’t be too much of a shift for you to implement at home or ask for within your child’s school.

Basically keep in mind any way you can bring in the touch sense to a lesson.

 

Is Your Child an Auditory Learner?

 

Do your kids pay attention to sound better than what’s in front of them? This type of learner will prefer music and lectures to learn best. Sometimes you can even incorporate different sounds to add ‘texture’ to visual presentations.

This type of learner also does really well with reading apps, so you may want to invest in an Audible account!

 

Is Your Child a Verbal Learner?

 

Verbal learners are what some teachers call the ‘talkers of the class.’ But the good news is that as long as you allow presentations or answering questions, you’re checking the boxes off on this one.

My kiddo with ADHD (unmedicated at the moment–on purpose), has trouble with math. But one day her teacher told me they had a breakthrough. It was when she talked through the math problem as she did it! Like magic!

It’s probably not feasible to have a noise proof room for them to make racket in (ie. sing or talk to themselves), but sometimes even putting them outside the classroom for a few minutes to talk out their lessons helps. (Or in another room if you home school.)

Just keep in mind that other kids can actually be sensitive to sounds (believe me, we have one of those…) So if they can still be heard, maybe invest in some sound-proof headphones for the sensitive kid.

 

Other styles of Learning

 

There are 3 other types of kids learning style mentioned in educational programs. But they’re not related, per se, to sensory learning like the previous 4:

 * Solitary learners do better when they don’t have pressures of working on a team or with another person. They like to be alone, and do much better that way.

 *Social learners are probably destined to be the social butterfly of whatever group they’re in. They like to communicate, and work extremely well with within a group setting or with a partner.

 *Logical learners use logic and reason to work out their problems, and they usually are really good with patterns.

 

Bottom line is that if you know how your kids like to learn, you’ve got the best ammunition on your side for encouraging them to do well in school. As long as they’re comfortable with the way they absorb content, and they’re never feeling bad about dragging behind their peers, you’re doing a great job!

 

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Want to help your kids learn better and faster, better than study tips? Find out their learning style FIRST! Find out which your kiddo is to come up with activities of different things to help their learning! #kids #backtoschool #learning #school

How to Break Through Frustrating Weight Loss Plateaus

How to Break Through Frustrating Weight Loss Plateaus

You know how when you really get going on a health binge, and you’re staying motivated and feeling freaking fantastic, even though it’s a lot of work (so much), but good work + change. And then you step on the scale and are totally deflated? Cause your weight hasn’t had to common courtesy to budge one ounce. Honestly, nearly every mom I’ve ever talked with about weight loss has her own personal frustrating story about the dreaded weight loss plateaus. But TBH-it usually goes along with having kids.

One of the things that sends so many women into a spiral of binge eating and negative emotions is the disappointment of trying so hard to lead a healthy lifestyle. Eating all of the right things, and doing lots of activity, only to find that the scales have not moved a single point. Weight loss plateaus are so frustrating for us Moms, because when we do take the time to focus on ourselves, but don’t see the benefits, it can feel like it’s not worth it.

 

How to get over a weight loss plateau plus free fitness planner

 

For emotional eaters, especially, this lack of progress is often enough to send us running right back to the chocolates, cookies, and chips. This is such a bummer when we’ve put in so much effort. Because weight loss plateaus are pretty common and not necessarily representative of the whole picture.

But the thing is, just because the scales have not moved doesn’t mean that no progress has been made. Inches may have been lost, muscle built, and health improved. But if those scales don’t move, trust me, I know it can be totally devastating!

It’s always a good idea to weigh only once a week and to look at the downward trend over weeks and months, rather than days so that you don’t fall prey to this kind of thinking that will set you back and make the problem much larger. That being said, if you have hit a true weight loss plateaus and it’s causing you to feel demoralized there are several tricks to try to break through and see some movement again.

 

1.Cut Down on the Carbs

 

There’s nothing wrong with having good complex carbs in your diet, whether you’re trying to lose weight or not – they can be very healthy. However, if you aren’t seeing much movement on the scales, it may be time to cut these a bit.

Replacing some of the carbs you’ve been eating with more leafy greens or other brightly colored veggies is a sure-fire way to get things moving in the right direction again. They’re lower in calories but full of vitamins and minerals that your body needs to function optimally, and they’ll fill you up just as well if you eat enough of them.

 

Make a list of all the veggies you love and like, and add them to your grocery list. Cook them during your regular meals, then when you sit down to eat, only get 1/2 the carbs (grains or potatoes) you normally would and replace that other 1/2 with your extra servings of veggies. The bonus is that nearly every diet plan (if you’re following one) gives the green light to veggies. *Just be cautious of adding oils or butter if you’re counting calories.

 

2. Eat Plenty of Protein

 

If you’ve hit a weight loss plateau look at your protein intake. If you aren’t eating at least 30 percent of your calories in protein, up that amount. An adequate amount of protein in your diet can increase your metabolism so that you’re burning as much as 30 percent more calories than when you eat fat or carbs.

It also helps you to build more muscle (providing you’re doing strength training, of course) and since muscle burns calories too, it’s win-win for you.

 

Count your macros for a few days and see what your ratios are (carbs/protein/fat). Try bumping up the protein–which may mean cutting calories elsewhere if you’re calorie-counting. Quick ways to add more protein are plant-based protein powders you can make a quick shake with for breakfast or snacks. I use the Tone It Up brand, and it’s so good!

 

3. Try SAFE Fat Burners

 

There are lots of things, preferably natural, including green tea,  caffeine, and even supplements like garcinia cambogia that can help your body to burn fat more efficiently.

If you’re struggling with the numbers you see on the scales, adding them into your diet and exercise regime may be helpful. But if you go down the supplement route, you should always speak with your doctor first to ensure that it’s safe for you to take them.

 

Research supplements for quality and to make sure they don’t interfere with any conditions you have or meds you take, and then talk to your doctor before starting the supplements!

 

 

4. Up the Intensity

 

Increasing the intensity that you exercise is a usually awesome way to get yourself over weight loss plateaus. If you exercise at the same intensity for a long time, your body gets used to the effort you’re putting in and it doesn’t work as hard as it could or should eventually.

By running faster and further or cutting down your exercise time significantly but working out at maximum capacity, you can fire it up again and make your body burn those calories like there’s no tomorrow. 

HIIT is a fantastic way to do that as well. You’re using maximum effort in a smaller amount of time. But it kickstarts what could be stalling in your metabolism.

 

Are you currently doing strength training? If not, add it in 2x/week and see if that helps. If you already do, bump up your weights! And in either scenario, add HIIT!

 

5. Measure and Write it Down

 

Often, especially after we have been watching our intake for a while, we can slip into bad habits and start eating more calories than is ideal for the results we want. We don’t necessarily start eating junk food again, but our portions may get a bit bigger, or we may add a little more oil to the pan than is ideal.

One thing that can help to reign this in is both measuring everything we eat and writing down all of the things that pass our lips. You don’t have to do this forever – a week or two should be enough to get you back on track-  but it can be a very effective tool.

A great way to do this is with the Health + Fitness Planner for the Health-Motivated Mom. It helps you set goals for yourself, evaluate your current health and size, and then record your progress. Check it out by clicking the image below!

 

fitness planner plus healthy salad and workout shoes

 

The Bottom Line

 

Keep in mind that the scales are not always accurate when it comes to how well you’re doing on your journey to weight loss and better health. And you should definitely measure yourself regularly to check for inch losses. But if you aren’t seeing any losses on the scales, there are lots of simple things you can do to get over the weight loss plateau and keep moving forward. So don’t give up just yet and fall into old patterns, try something new!

 

Want some help tracking your fitness? Sign up for the Newsletter and get the FREE Fabulously Fit Planner + Tracker! Just Click the image below!

 

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Start Living Healthy Now With a Crazy Discounted Rate on the Healthy Living Ultimate Bundle

Start Living Healthy Now With a Crazy Discounted Rate on the Healthy Living Ultimate Bundle

So this year the Ultimate Bundles team has continued to wow me with an absolutely amazing and comprehensive collection of ebooks, courses, memberships and more for the Healthy Living Ultimate Bundle!

 

The bundle includes resources worth $2235.92 for ONLY $29.97!! So here’s the impatiently awaited lineup for 2018!

 

healthy living ultimate bundle

 

{And don’t forget it’s only available September 5th – 10th, 2018!!}

Includes:

Allergy-Free Cooking (10 products worth $159.84)

    • 14 Dinner Recipes for Food Allergies by Megan Lavin ($4.99)
      The first two weeks of learning to cook with a new list of dietary restrictions are the toughest. That’s why you need this e-cookbook that has 14 delicious dinners all free of the top 8 allergies, including gluten and dairy.
    • 25 Allergy Friendly Treats by Dena Norton ($9.99)
      With the recipes in this ebook, you can enjoy allergy friendly treats—including dairy free, gluten free, peanut free, tree nut/coconut free, and soy free options—without compromising flavor!
    • Gluten-Free Kids in the Kitchen: Simple Recipes Made By Kids, For Kids by Raia Todd ($5.99)
      Gluten-Free Kids in the Kitchen contains 17 gluten-free kid-friendly breakfast, snack, and dessert recipes, most with dairy-free options.
    • Go Grain Free by Jill Tieman ($67.00)
      Go Grain Free is a self-paced, online cooking class featuring grain free, additive free, dairy free and refined sugar free recipes that are appropriate for healing diets such as SCD, GAPS and Paleo.
    • Goodness Me It’s Gluten Free Baking: Bread, Pastry, Cakes, Cookies, Muffins & More by Vanessa Hudson ($5.99)
      Gluten free baking has never been easier. With simple instructions & using common ingredients you can now make bread, pastry, cakes, cookies, muffins and more in your own kitchen that taste so good you won’t know you’re eating gluten free!
    • How to Go Gluten Free: What to Do After Being Diagnosed with Celiac Disease or Gluten Sensitivity by Jenna Drew ($27.00)
      A complete guide to help you navigate a gluten intolerance or celiac diagnosis.
    • The Food Allergy Mom’s Guide to Substitutions for Cooking and Baking by Kelly Roenicke ($7.99)
      This guide contains simple substitutions to make your favorite recipes allergy friendly.
    • The Gluten-Free Allergy-Friendly Lunchbox by Kathlena ($14.95)
      Packed with over 60 lunches and recipes, The Gluten-Free Allergy-Friendly Lunchbox can help guide you in making delicious lunches for taking to work, school, or restaurants with friends.

 

  • Tips for Handling Life with Food Allergies by Kelly Roenicke ($5.99)
    Tips for Handling Life with Food Allergies is a simple guide to handling everyday situations when you have food allergies.
  • Weeding Out Wheat by Trisha Gilkerson ($9.95)
    Weeding out Wheat addresses both why wheat is unhealthy and how Christians should approach the Scriptures around this topic.

 

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Alternative Health (9 products worth $376.83)  

    • 3-Month Rise UP: Online Integrative Wellness Membership  by Kristyn Bango & Stephanie Wharton ($45.00)
      Rise UP is an Online Integrative Wellness Membership designed to educate its participants on evidence-based, functional health approaches specific to their unique situation and goals.
    • Beat Crohn’s: The Real Truth About Crohn’s Disease and How You Can Overcome It by Megan Redshaw ($7.99)
      Beat Crohn’s is an ebook that breaks down the most common myths surrounding Crohn’s disease and provides a natural approach for overcoming it.
    • Clear Skin Secrets: 12 Steps to Clear Skin, Naturally by Amie Skilton ($30.00)
      Clear Skin Secrets is a 12-Step Blueprint to heal your acne once and for all, naturally.
    • Debunking PCOS by Nat Kringoudis  ($8.85)
      This little gem includes all you need to know to get your hormones back on track to tame those wild ovaries of yours.
    • Fix Your Period 5-Day Cleanse: The Perfect Jumpstart to Get Your Hormones Back on Track by Nicole Jardim ($37.00)
      The Fix Your Period 5-Day Cleanse will help you ditch the junk and eat the very best hormone-balancing and cycle-friendly foods. Symptoms like PMS, period pain, acne, fatigue, heavy periods, breast pain and irregular bleeding are alleviated or resolved.
    • Love Your Adrenals: 7 Day Kickstart by Jules Galloway ($37.00)
      If you need a helping hand to get your health on track, Jules has got your back! This program takes you through the FIRST STEPS to healing adrenal fatigue, with amazing healthy food, daily activities, plus ninja tips for self-care and stress relief.
    • The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs by Nicolas Pineault  ($14.99)
      The Non-Tinfoil Guide to EMFs helps health-conscious people like you dramatically cut down their EMF exposure without going back to the Stone Age.

 

  • The Essential Thyroid Cookbook: Over 100 Nourishing Recipes for Thriving with Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s by Jill Grunewald & Lisa Markley ($9.99)
    The Essential Thyroid Cookbook is a book within a cookbook containing a substantive, rigorously researched educational component as well as over 100 original ”food as medicine” recipes for your thyroid and immune system.

 

  • Water Wellness: Using the Healing Virtues of Water to Revive, Recover, and Recharge by Christine Dalziel ($97.00)
    Learn to use the secrets of water, temperature, and salt to sleep better, have more energy, and restore that healthy glow. Turn your daily water routine into a wellspring of comfort and health with easy to follow recipes and herbal remedies.
  • Women’s Health Masterclass by Wardee Harmon ($99.00)
    The Women’s Health masterclass contains the Women’s Health eBook plus 10 masterclass videos.

 

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Detox & Reset (8 products worth $208.73)

  • 4-Week Total Paleo Reset Plan by Irena Macri of Eat Drink Paleo ($45.00)
    Working with leading experts in wellness and nutrition, Irena Macri has created a 4-week plan that will help you reset your body and gain all the health and wellbeing benefits of the paleo diet while eating delicious, real food.
  • Ditch Your Nutritionist: Your Step-By-Step Guide To Look Your Best, Feel Your Best… Guaranteed by Anne Marie Garland ($39.00)
    Commit to Ditch Your Nutritionist today, and leave the nutrition blogs and diet books behind… guaranteed.
  • Fix Your Period 5-Day Cleanse: The Perfect Jumpstart to Get Your Hormones Back on Track by Nicole Jardim ($37.00)
    The Fix Your Period 5-Day Cleanse will help you ditch the junk and eat the very best hormone-balancing and cycle-friendly foods. Symptoms like PMS, period pain, acne, fatigue, heavy periods, breast pain and irregular bleeding are alleviated or resolved.
  • InTENsive Reset & Refresh  by Wendie Schneider ($19.99)
    The InTENsive Reset and Refresh is a 10-day nutrition program aimed at returning you to your roots – real, whole, nourishing foods. It also includes information and instruction on staying hydrated, exercising lightly, and finding ways to reduce stress.
  • Love Your Adrenals: 7 Day Kickstart by Jules Galloway ($37.00)
    If you need a helping hand to get your health on track, Jules has got your back! This program takes you through the FIRST STEPS to healing adrenal fatigue, with amazing healthy food, daily activities, plus ninja tips for self-care and stress relief.
  • Mind Your Gut Health by Daniella Hogarth ($8.75)
    A great workbook and introductory guide to a ‘plant-based’ Paleo lifestyle including over 70 delicious recipes. Comprehensively covering goal-setting, meal-planning, food preparation, exercise tips and stress management.
  • The Easy Detox + Recipe Book by Jennifer Lynn ($9.00)
    In this guide you will learn what it really means to detox, how to cleanse your body every day as well recipes and meal ideas to get your started on the right track.
  • The Real Food Reset: 30 Days to Lose Weight, Be Free from Cravings & Feeling Great! by Roland Denzel ($12.99)
    The Real Food Reset puts you in touch with your instincts, and reintroduces you to the power that Real Food has over your health and waistline.

 

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Fitness & Weight Loss (11 products worth $571.89)

  • 4 Week Fit & Strong Workout Plan by Lynn Neville ($27.00)
    A plan packed with tips, motivation, and quick and effective workouts to get the fit and strong body you’ve always wanted.
  • Balance Virtual Bootcamp: REBOOT by Karen Shopoff Rooff ($47.00)
    Balance Virtual Bootcamp: REBOOT delivers 18 ALL NEW at-home workouts suitable for a wide range of fitness levels. It is not necessary to have completed Balance Virtual Bootcamp before starting REBOOT.
  • Clean and Lean Blueprint by Amanda Brooks ($7.99)
    Find out how to lose weight by focusing on the right foods, no more gimmicks, no fads, and nothing you can’t do long term.
  • Healthy Aging Class Pack: Healthy Moving to Help You Feel Amazing in Your Body Today and for Decades to Come by Jen Hoffman ($29.97)
    The Healthy Aging Class Pack includes five Healthy Moving classes packed with unique exercises and flows to help you feel amazing in your body today and for decades to come.
  • MerryBody 4-Week Yoga and Pilates Home Fitness Program by Emma & Carla Papas ($75.00)
    MerryBody is a 4 week program that combines Yoga, Pilates and mindset to completely change the way you work out—AND how you feel about yourself.
  • Printable Food & Fitness Trackers by Megan Duesterhaus ($19.00)
    The Food and Fitness Trackers printable kit includes four pretty, editable, and comprehensive worksheets to help you quickly and easily track your food intake and exercise habits.
  • Secrets to Controlling Your Weight, Cravings and Mood by Maria Emmerich ($9.99)
    The solution to losing weight doesn’t lie in deprivation diets; it lies in balancing our neurotransmitters. This book gives you the tools to do just that.
  • The Busy Life Diet: Healthy Weight Loss for Women on the Go by Gaye Christmus ($9.95)
    The Busy Life Diet is designed to help you lose weight in a healthy way and a reasonable amount of time, and to make the very best use of the time and energy you devote to healthy eating and weight loss.
  • The Slim and Satisfied Handbook: 4 Weeks of Gluten Free, Sugar Free, High Protein Menus and Recipes by Jacinda Vandenberg ($9.99)
    This 4-week, low glycemic menu plan is complete with grocery lists and recipes for every meal of the day!
  • Unhinge the Binge: The Answer to Emotional, Binge and Stress Eating by Jenny Eden Berk ($297.00)
    Heal your relationship with food by using mindful and intuitive based techniques and tapping into inner wisdom.
  • Victory Over Emotional Eating for Christian Women: Conquering Cravings and Finding Freedom by Sara Borgstede & Becky Lehman ($39.00)
    Conquer cravings and find lasting freedom from emotional eating with the 4 week course, Victory Over Emotional Eating for Christian Women.

 

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Gardening (12 products worth $156.32)   

    • Container Gardening: Your Guide to Container Gardening Anywhere by Heather Harris ($7.99)
      Grow your own food, in the space you’re in. Learn more about container gardening and how easy it is to do!
    • Fall & Winter Gardening Without the Overwhelm by Rootsy ($7.50)
      In Fall and Winter Gardening Without the Overwhelm, you’ll get advice and guidance for successfully growing brassicas, root vegetables and leafy greens that will guide your path to eating fresh food, longer in the season.

 

  • Garden Herb Walk with Kami McBride ($27.00)
    Learn to use your herb garden to prevent illness, take care of common ailments and add delicious flavor to your meals.

 

  • Grow a Good Life Guide to Planning Your Vegetable Garden by Rachel Arsenault ($7.99)
    Good planning is key to a successful vegetable garden. Whether you are new to growing your own food or have been growing a vegetable garden for years, you will benefit from some planning each year. Organize and plan your vegetable garden with this guide.
  • Grow Abundant Herbs & Greens….in Pots! by Nicola Newman ($4.90)
    When you grow herbs & greens in pots, you get to enjoy eating the freshest, healthiest food possible and have a garden that gives you personal satisfaction & nutritious food every day of the week.
  • Growing 5 Warm Weather Vegetables Made Easy: A Quick, Simple and Inexpensive Growing Guide by CaliKim ($14.99)
    Growing 5 Warm Weather Vegetables Made Easy shows you exactly how to grow your own tasty, healthy, organic tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, squash and eggplant (from seed to harvest) in your own backyard in a quick, simple and inexpensive way.  
  • Growing Urban Orchards: How to Care for Fruit Trees in the City and Beyond by Susan Poizner ($19.95)
    In Susan Poizner’s award-winning book you will learn to choose, plant and care for fruit trees that will thrive in your unique conditions.
  • How to Grow a Vertical Garden by Anna Hackman ($39.00)
    Double your gardening space and harvest in order to grow vine vegetables using cattle panels.
  • Seed Starting for Beginners: Sow Inside Grow Outside by Melissa Will ($5.00)
    A complete beginner guide to indoor seed starting for outdoor flowers, veggies, and herbs.  
  • The Art of Gardening: Building Your Soil by Susan Vinskofski ($13.00)
    With The Art of Gardening: Building Your Soil, you WILL become a better gardener. Your plants will resist disease and your produce will be nourishing because you’ve built healthy soil.
  • The Ultimate Garden Planning Spreadsheets by Laura Seabolt ($9.00)
    With planting dates and growing tips for 40+ crops from basil to turnips, these spreadsheets do everything for you except put the plants in the ground!
  • Understanding Your Climate by Angi Schneider ($17.00)
    In Understanding Your Climate you will learn how to use common gardening metrics to truly understand your gardening environment.
  • Vegetable Gardening the Easy Way by Jami Boys ($10.00)
    There is a way to eat your favorite vegetables warmed by the sun without the backbreaking work your parents or grandparents might have done. It’s called Vegetable Gardening the Easy Way—and it truly can be easy!

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Healthy Children (7 products worth $114.63)

    • Fit2B Girls: The Holistic, Non-Sexual Body Education eCourse That Empowers Girls to Respect Their Bodies and Stay Healthy by Beth Learn ($39.97)
      A modern, family-friendly approach to body education for girls ages 9-14 with videos, printables, quizzes, tasteful graphics, and wholesome contributors including doctors, physical therapists, a fitness specialist, nutritionist, midwife, and more!  
    • Gluten-Free Kids in the Kitchen: Simple Recipes Made By Kids, For Kids by Raia Todd ($5.99)
      Gluten-Free Kids in the Kitchen contains 17 gluten-free kid-friendly breakfast, snack, and dessert recipes, most with dairy-free options.
    • Healthy Breakfasts Kids Can Make by Katie Kimball ($20.00)
      Healthy Breakfasts Kids Can Make includes 4 videos and lesson plans for all ages – your kids really can make breakfast on their own, no mess, no fuss, no failure!
    • Homeopathy for Mommies: Family Guide for the Acute Use of Homeopathy by Sue Meyer ($14.99)
      A comprehensive guide for teaching caregivers how to use homeopathy.
    • National Parks Guide for Families by Saren Loosli ($10.00)
      This guide offers descriptions, photos and videos of the best hikes, activities and places to stay in many of the U.S. National Parks.

 

  • Real Food A to Z by Starlene Stewart ($4.99)
    This colorful picture book will help you teach your toddler the alphabet as well as the names of real fruits and vegetables.

 

  • The Well Nourished Lunchbox by Georgia Harding ($18.69)
    The Well Nourished Lunchbox is a fully interactive, beautifully designed ebook that will guide you to pack your kids (or even yourself) a delicious, nutritious lunch, simply and easily.

 

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Home & Beauty (6 products worth $79.96)

    • Celebrate: Your Comprehensive Guide to Low-Tox Entertaining by Alexx Stuart ($9.00)
      A low tox entertaining e-book with 37 food and cocktail recipes, tips and resources for you to create less waste when you entertain, decorating ideas, table arrangements and floral inspiration, gift ideas and more.
    • Clear Skin Secrets: 12 Steps to Clear Skin, Naturally by Amie Skilton ($30.00)
      Clear Skin Secrets is a 12-Step Blueprint to heal your acne once and for all, naturally.

 

  • DIY Face Masks and Scrubs: Natural & Nourishing Homemade Skincare by Stacy Karen ($3.99)
    DIY Face Masks and Scrubs is your comprehensive guide to creating luxurious and effective natural skincare products for healthy, glowing skin.
  • Holistic Living For Penny Pinchers by Meg Richardson ($9.99)
    Learn how to live a healthier life by creating your own all natural products and revising your daily routines to serve you better.

 

    • Nourishing Nature: Beauty Recipes from the Garden by Kristy Doubet Haare ($11.99)
      Make beautiful nourishing products for your skin with all natural ingredients picked from the garden.

 

  • The Non-Toxic Home Evaluation Guide by Kresha Faber ($14.99)
    The Non-Toxic Home Evaluation Guide is a positive, upbeat, step-by-step checklist that helps you take an honest look at your home and make simple-but-effective changes so your family’s living space is healthier and happier.

 

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Homesteading (4 products worth $41.93)

    • Creating Your Off-Grid Homestead: Radical Inspiration and Practical Advice by Teri Page ($9.95)
      If going off the grid is something you’re curious about, Creating Your Off-Grid Homestead will be your guide! With equal parts practical information and inspiration, this book will give you the support and knowledge to make your off grid dream happen.

 

  • Homemade Dairy by Jill Winger ($9.99)

 

  • Provident Homesteading by Julie Gropp ($12.99)
    This beginner homesteading guide will help you take the first steps to start a homestead wherever you live and with whatever budget you have available.
  • The Homestead Goal Planner: Create the Homestead You Want in the Time You Have by Sarah Toney ($9.00)
    The Homestead Goal Planner will help you prioritize your goals and show you how to break those goals down into manageable pieces so that you can create the homestead life you’ve always dreamed of!


Natural Remedies (8 products worth $94.95)  

 

  • Adaptogens: A Holistic Approach to Healing by Kristyn Bango (19.99)
    Adaptogens: A Holistic Approach to Healing is a comprehensive guide to managing stress in our bodies in order to achieve whole body health.

 

    • Essential Oils for Women’s Health: Maiden, Mother, Crone by Rachel Silves ($9.99)
      Discover how essential oils can be used safely and effectively in the management of common women’s health concerns.
    • Essential Oils Notebook by Crystal Brothers ($17.00)
      This notebook is intended to help you formulate a plan for your essential oils. It contains everything you need to organization to your storage and use of essential oils.

 

  • Garden Herb Walk with Kami McBride ($27.00)
    Learn to use your herb garden to prevent illness, take care of common ailments and add delicious flavor to your meals.

 

    • Herbal Remedies for a Peaceful Postpartum by Christine Cassella ($4.99)
      Herbal Remedies for a Peaceful Postpartum provides practical advice, easy-to-make recipes, and inspiration to help you or your loved ones have a healthy, uplifting, and empowered postpartum period.  
    • Homeopathy for Mommies: Family Guide for the Acute Use of Homeopathy by Sue Meyer ($14.99)
      A comprehensive guide for teaching caregivers how to use homeopathy.
    • How to Be Healthy: Natural Remedies for Cold & Flu Care by Heidi Villegas ($9.00)
      Natural Cold & Flu Care will give you the tools and knowledge to use natural remedies such as herbs, essential oils, honey, spices, and more to help keep you well and feeling great this cold and flu season.

 

  • The Truth About Essential Oils and Cancer: A Biblically-Inspired, Evidence-Based Approach to Beating Disease God’s Way by Dr. Eric Z ($3.99)
    In The Truth About Essential Oils and Cancer, Dr. Eric Zielinski lays out how to harness the healing of power of plant-based medicine with do-it-yourself tips needed to customize your own essential oil cancer protocol. Regain control of your health today!

 

  • Your Gentle Guide to Labour and Childbirth with Acupressure & Essential Oils by Katie Schablon ($15.00)
    Learn how to use essential oils and acupressure points for a more gentle birth experience, and how you and your birth partner can use these tools safely to help with pain relief, contraction efficiency, calming, and focus and energy.

 

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Pregnancy & Baby (7 products worth $77.48)

  • Confessions of a Cloth Diaper Convert: A Simple, Comprehensive Guide to Using Cloth Diapers by Erin Odom ($12.50)
    This 200+-page book is the most comprehensive cloth diaper guide on the market today.  
  • Herbal Remedies for a Peaceful Postpartum by Christine Cassella ($4.99)
    Herbal Remedies for a Peaceful Postpartum provides practical advice, easy-to-make recipes, and inspiration to help you or your loved ones have a healthy, uplifting, and empowered postpartum period.  
  • Nurse Smart Breastfeeding Handbook by Trina and Alli ($9.00)
    All the knowledge you need to nurse successfully without the struggle of having to read thousands of pages, so you can discover the joy of breastfeeding.
  • The First Six Weeks: Thriving Naturally On Your Postpartum Journey by Rebekah Thompson ($4.99)
    The First Six Weeks: Thriving Naturally on Your Postpartum Journey is a much needed resource for women who are wondering how they can nourish and support their bodies while also taking care of their new baby im the first weeks after giving birth.
  • The Mama Natural Baby-Led Weaning Cookbook: Simple, Nutrient-Dense Recipes To Nourish Your Baby As They Learn To Eat Solids. by Genevieve Howland ($12.00)
    Nourish your baby and help them to eat solid foods with 150 real-food recipes organized by baby’s age.
  • The Ultimate Breastfeeding Class by Stacey Stewart ($19.00)
    The Ultimate Breastfeeding Class is a simple step-by-step program that covers everything a woman needs to know to breastfeed her baby in 13 easy-to-watch lessons and under 90 minutes.
  • Your Gentle Guide to Labour and Childbirth with Acupressure & Essential Oils by Katie Schablon ($15.00)
    Learn how to use essential oils and acupressure points for a more gentle birth experience, and how you and your birth partner can use these tools safely to help with pain relief, contraction efficiency, calming, and focus and energy.

 

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Real Food (5 products worth $53.97)

  • 10 First Steps to Real Food (Plus 10 More for the Brave) by Beth Ricci ($8.00)
    A short guide to real food basics so that you can build a solid foundation and gain clarity in your healthy eating lifestyle.
  • Healthier in 30 Days: Simple, Effective, Actionable Tips for Living a Healthier Life by Heather Behrends ($17.00)
    Healthier in 30 Days is designed to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle with simple, effective, actionable tips and encouragement along the way.
  • Meal Planning on a Budget Bundle by Dina-Marie Oswald ($15.00)
    A step by step guide to make a meal plan that fits your needs and your budget.
  • Mommy & Me Recipe Binder Set by Laura Rizer ($7.98)
    A set of recipe binders and tools to help moms organize their recipes and meal plans while also encouraging kids to get involved in cooking and meal planning too!
  • Resistant Starch 101 by Heather Dessinger ($5.99)
    Why gut microbiome diversity is important, and how to support it with resistant starch-rich foods.

 

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Recipes (10 products worth $264.60)  

    • Celebrate: Your Comprehensive Guide to Low-Tox Entertaining by Alexx Stuart ($9.00)
      A low tox entertaining e-book with 37 food and cocktail recipes, tips and resources for you to create less waste when you entertain, decorating ideas, table arrangements and floral inspiration, gift ideas and more.
    • Healthy Breakfasts Kids Can Make by Katie Kimball ($20.00)
      Healthy Breakfasts Kids Can Make includes 4 videos and lesson plans for all ages – your kids really can make breakfast on their own, no mess, no fuss, no failure!
    • Healthy No-Bake Treats by Elise New ($7.99)
      20 healthy no-bake treat recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth, and propel you toward your health goals.
    • How to Make Kombucha Tea: The Complete Handbook Including Continuous Brewing by Hannah Crum & Alex LaGory ($4.95)
      You will love this 100 page PDF handbook, perfect for anyone wanting to learn how to brew Kombucha safely and successfully at home for a fraction of a cost of store-bought with maximum freshness and value.

 

  • Ketonomics: Healthy Low-Carb Recipes that are Budget-Friendly by Sarah Pope ($9.99)

 

    • Simple Meals 1 Year Subscription by Laura Coppinger ($52.00)
      Your yearly Simple Meals subscription equips you with a 52 week’s worth of simple real food meal plans, grocery guide, recipes, and bonus tips!
    • The Keto Paleo Cookbook: 53+ Mouth-Watering Recipes To Burn Fat and Nourish Your Body by Louise Hendon ($29.99)
      A full-color cookbook filled with 53+ delicious recipes that are both Paleo and Keto compliant.

 

  • The Essential Thyroid Cookbook: Over 100 Nourishing Recipes for Thriving with Hypothyroidism and Hashimoto’s by Jill Grunewald & Lisa Markley ($9.99)
    The Essential Thyroid Cookbook is a book within a cookbook containing a substantive, rigorously researched educational component as well as over 100 original ”food as medicine” recipes for your thyroid and immune system.
  • The Well Nourished Lunchbox by Georgia Harding ($18.69)
    The Well Nourished Lunchbox is a fully interactive, beautifully designed ebook that will guide you to pack your kids (or even yourself) a delicious, nutritious lunch, simply and easily.

 

  • Well Fed 30-Minute Paleo Recipes’ Magazine: Complete Paleo Meals in Half an Hour by Melissa Joulwan ($14.99)
    The meals in Well Fed 30-Minute Paleo Recipes feature colorful ingredients, savory spices and herbs, irresistible sauces, and super-fast prep. It’s everything you need to get a healthy, satisfying dinner on the table in just half an hour.
  • Wildflower Mixology: Homemade Cocktail Mixers in Fresh, Fun & Unique Flavors by Jennifer Gomes ($97.00)
    In Wildflower Mixology you’ll Learn how to craft simple, fresh, and delicious cocktail mixers using easy low or no cook techniques, recipes from yesteryear and ingredient combinations you’ll find in the grocery store aisle or farmer’s market.

 

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Wellness & Self-Care (9 products worth $174.96)  

    • Beat Self Sabotage: How to Overcome the Emotions That are Holding You Back by Joelle Byrne ($3.97)
      This is your guide to understanding and conquering the most common emotions and behaviors that block you from achieving your dreams.
    • Commit to One Small Thing: Health Made Easy, 3 Month Membership by Bethany Skarupa ($15.00)
      Commit to One Small Thing is a membership site and Facebook community that will help to increase your motivation and accountability and improve your fitness as you simply choose “one small thing” at a time from the lessons to commit to for just 30 days!

 

  • De-stress for Life: Bring Your Happy Back by Jackie Schau Holdridge ($14.97)
    Your De-stress for Life journey will help you to identify your personal stressors and responses and help you find the stress management techniques that will work for you to prevent and manage the stressful events in your life both now and in the future.

 

    • Fuel Your Soul 1-Day Jump Start by Jennifer Lynn ($9.00)
      Fuel Your Soul 1 Day Jump Start is a guide to help busy moms, just like you, calm the daily chaos.
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4 Key Ways to Manage Your Money That You May Not Be Doing

4 Key Ways to Manage Your Money That You May Not Be Doing

Financial security is about more than earning a decent income. Obviously, your salary plays a big part in your monetary situation, but you need to focus on the way in which you spend your earnings, too. A big income can dwindle away very quickly if you’re irresponsible with your money. And a small income can go a long way if you manage your money like a master.

There are definitely right and wrong ways to make your finances go further. Here are 4 ways to be smarter when it comes to your personal finances  that’ll serve you well in the future (and the present, of course). 

 

 

Reduce your expenses as the first main step to manage your money

 

First of all, you need to reduce your expenses. That’s the smartest way to manage your money. You need to cut out all the bad spending habits that are reducing your available income. You won’t be able to increase wealth until you start curbing unnecessary expenditures.

Of course, you can treat yourself to luxury purchases from time to time. But you should learn to practice some self-restraint. You could give yourself a couple of weeks before committing to a purchase to see whether it’s only a fleeting urge.

Additionally, you could keep your money away from yourself. For instance, you could take out a set amount of cash at the start of every month and call that your “spending money”. That way, you’ll have an upper limit on your spending potential. You’ll be able to treat yourself to anything you want, but you’ll only be able to burn through a small portion of your monthly earnings. This might help to teach you self-restraint.

You can also reduce your necessary expenses. Of course, you shouldn’t misinterpret this. You don’t need to start cutting back on the important things in life just to save a tiny bit of money. You don’t have to restrict your meals or your energy usage.  Just be a little smarter about the way you use all the crucial things you take for granted in life.

For instance, you could save money on your weekly food shop by using coupons and vouchers you find online. You could even grow vegetables and fruit in your back garden so that you no longer have to buy them in the store. This would save you a lot of money and be a fun new hobby for you.

Talking of energy usage, you could reduce your monthly utility bills by insulating the windows in your house with thicker glazing. These small changes could massively reduce your monthly expenses and give you more financial freedom in the future. Tracking spending can make a big difference to your personal finances. Once you know how much money you have available, you can avoid overspending.

 

Borrow money

 

This might seem like a strange piece of advice, but not all debt is bad debt. This is something that more people need to come to realize. When you borrow money, you simply need to know that you’re going to be able to pay it back on time. (The monthly installments depend on the lender and the size of the loan itself).

If you know you’ll be able to make the repayments on a continuous basis then borrowing money shouldn’t be something you avoid in life. In fact, it’ll help your credit score. The better you are at paying back your debts, the better your credit rating will be.

If you’re facing a big expense and you need financial help then you might want to check out Credit Raters for help with finding the most affordable and reliable lenders. It’s important that you do your research if you want to look after your money.

And a better credit rating will help you to borrow money in the future. This is because lenders will know that you’re trustworthy. It might help you to get lower interest rates and sizable loans for the big purchases in life.

When it comes to purchasing huge assets such as cars and houses, loans are often the only option for many people. But getting your finances together smartly and sensibly is just about knowing your limits. Borrowing money is not a step backwards – it can be a step forwards if you plan adequately. Improving your credit score is worth it, in the long term.

 

Always have an emergency fund prepared

 

This is possibly one of the most important pieces of financial advice you’ll ever receive. An Improving your credit score is absolutely essential to your security. It’ll give you peace of mind. But it’ll also help you to avoid giving away an unexpected chunk of your savings if something unexpected happens.

As important as a budget is to your financial security, you can’t plan for everything. Some expenses are totally unpredictable. Your car might break down and need immediate repairs, for example. Or something major might need fixing in your household.

While you can’t predict everything in life, you can create a backup plan to help you out when the unpredictable occurs.

Start setting aside some savings (on a gradual basis) until you’ve built up a substantial emergency fund. (Experts recommend $1k.) Then, set the fund aside, and only use it in absolute emergencies.

Needing a new TV isn’t a sufficient reason to bring out the emergency fund. But paying for a plumber to fix a leaky kitchen faucet is something that an emergency fund should be designed to cover.

An important step to manage your money is to make sure you’ve set up this fund before an unexpected event occurs. Otherwise, you might have to dip into your bank account for funds. This might put you in a tricky situation. After all, you probably won’t have accounted for unpredictable and expensive costs in your budget, even if you gave yourself a little leeway.

 

Focus on your savings for the future.

 

The final way in which you could organize your money more effectively is to focus on investing for the future.

Do you have a savings account? How much money do you put into it on a monthly basis?

You should be saving continuously. And we’re talking about more than an emergency fund here. We’re talking about life savings that’ll help you (and your partner, perhaps) to afford the cost of living during your retirement years. After all, you won’t be working forever.

You might even need to pay for your kid’s college fund. Those big costs will require substantial savings, so it’s never too early to start.

Ensure that you stick to a saving plan for the future. Set up an automatic transfer from your main bank account to your savings account. Every month, on payday, transfer 10% or 20% of your earnings to your savings.

It might not be a substantial amount on a monthly basis. But those small savings will gradually build and multiply as the years go by. When it comes to preparing for the future, slow and steady steps could make all the difference. Don’t leave financial planning until the last minute. You need to start securing your future, today.

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What Do Goldilocks and A Good Credit Score Have In Common?

What Do Goldilocks and A Good Credit Score Have In Common?

They come from two very different worlds, your credit score and Goldilocks. One comes from a world of fantasy; a world where bears have houses and armchairs and porridge. The other is from a world that is all-too-real, and has implications for almost everything in your life.

 

However, your credit score and Goldilocks genuinely do have something in common: they both like things to be just right.

 

the similarities between goldilocks and your credit score

 

How does this apply to your credit score?

 

We all know the importance of things being “just right” in the story of Goldilocks, but the link to your credit file is a little more opaque – so let’s look deeper into this.

 

There are two reasons that you may not experience a good credit score that infringes your ability to obtain credit:

 

  • Poor financial management. This is by far the most common reason your credit score may be low. Credit defaults are caused when you fail to make a payment to a creditor; they are very common for people who have struggled with debt issues in the past. Other elements of poor financial management include high levels of debt, having a large number of credit accounts open at once, and similar examples. When most of us think of a bad credit score, we turn to the “poor financial management” reasons as the likely cause – but this is not the only reason a credit score can be low.
  • No financial history. While less usual, it is a known fact that little to no financial history can impact your credit score. Superficially, this seems odd; if a person has no financial history, no debts, are thus clearly living within their means means and managing their finances well – why wouldn’t this result in a good credit score? After all, a credit score uses past behavior to predict how people will manage finances in future; if someone has never needed to borrow due to good financial management, surely that’s a plus point? Unfortunately, financial institutions disagree: rather than seeing this as a positive, they see it as a negative. That’s because the lender cannot use past behavior–because there is none–to predict future patterns.

 

 

It should now be becoming clearer how Goldilocks and credit scoring is related. Goldilocks wanted the right size of armchair and temperature of porridge, but your credit score wants something even tougher to achieve: people are expected to manage your finances extremely well, never obtain defaults, always pay bills on time, but also use credit. You have to get it just right.

 

How does this impact your financial management?

 

The most important point to keep in mind is that your credit score reflects how much you use credit. Using too much (or worse still, default on it) will negatively impact your credit score. However, if you use too little credit, then your credit score will also be negatively impacted. Here’s how to manage this across a number of common financial scenarios:

 

If you are debt-free and managing your finances well, then you may not have a need for credit – but you should still use credit. There are a variety of ways to do this. For example, if your score is relatively healthy, then you can apply for a standard credit card, spend $50 per month on it, then pay it off in full to ensure you are not charged interest. If your credit score has already been adversely affected by your under-utilization of credit, then you can read this review to learn more about secured credit cards and how they can help you build your credit in a healthy, sustainable way.

 

Caution is required, alternatively, if you are in debt and struggling with your financial management. The first priority is to ensure that you do not sustain a default on any lines of existing credit. If you cannot meet a minimum payment, then talk to your creditors in an effort to prevent a default from being applied to your file. However, if you wish to build your credit score in an effort to help recover from your debts, then you will still need to use credit to do this. Again, you have a number of options to do this; secured credit cards are a good choice if your credit score has already been harmed, or you could apply for a standard credit card if your score is still managing to stay relatively positive.

 

Isn’t it unfair that people are effectively punished for managing their finances well?

 

Frankly, yes. The idea that not needing to use credit is somehow negative is a strange one. But it’s also possible to see how this decision came to exist.

 

As mentioned, your credit score is a device that financial institutions use to judge how you will act in the future, based on your past behavior. Many people experience this in a negative sense; i.e. their credit score is bad because they have gone into debt or incurred defaults. This makes sense to an extent. When lenders provide funds to individuals, they have to base their decision on something, and although credit scoring is far from perfect, past behavior is a decent enough indicator. If someone has struggled with their finances in the past, it’s likely they’ll struggle in the future.

 

The issue is trickier when considered in terms of a lack of past borrowing, but also understandable. Think of it like this: who would you rather lend to? The friend who has never borrowed money from you before and whose financial status you’re unsure of? Or the one who has borrowed and repaid promptly? There’s benefits to both, but you’d probably prefer the latter, as their record indicates they will repay. This is why credit scoring can be poor even if the reason someone has never borrowed before is actually positive; i.e. they have managed their finances. Is this ideal? Not particularly, and if you find yourself in this situation, having to borrow just for the sake of your credit score seems incredibly alien – but it is possible to at least understand why credit scores work this way.

 

Bottom Line for Building a Good Credit Score

 

The connection between a fairy-tale and your real-world finances may seem like a stretch. But having read through the above, you should now understand how they relate. While it may sound odd for both over-utilization and under-utilization of credit to be a bad thing, this is nevertheless how the financial industry works. By ensuring that you get your credit score management “just right”, you should be able to enjoy a happy, well-managed financial outlook in the future. 

 

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4 Must Do Ideas for Self Care for Caregivers

4 Must Do Ideas for Self Care for Caregivers

Collaborative post.

 

When you have the responsibility to care for someone else, it is easy to brush aside caring for yourself. This is a mistake though, because if you end up ill who will be caring for your charges then? Self care for caregivers tends to be way overlooked, and is becoming very problematic. If you are a caregiver you need to make sure your needs are dealt with as well as then you will be in a better position to help whoever it is you are looking after.

 

4 ways for caregivers to avoid burnout

 

How Caregiving Can Affect Your Health And Well Being

 

It is often thought that most carers are people in their midlife looking after elderly parents, but this is not the case. There are children that need carers too. They could be disabled, or it could be a temporary need after an accident or illness. There are even youngsters that give care to relatives.

 

So often you will hear that a caregiver becomes ill. That’s because they generally put the needs of the person they are caring for first and tend to not look after themselves. They do not have the time, or they are too tired. But whichever it is, in the long run, it is the biggest mistake they can make. Self care for caregivers is so, so important!

 

It seems that it does not matter on the age, gender, or race, caregivers all report similar problems. They usually suffer from a lack of sleep and don’t eat properly. In addition, they don’t have enough exercise, which lends itself to their tendency to be overweight, and fail to see a physician when they are not well themselves. Which is very problematic since they are more prone to chronic illnesses. They are also at risk of depression and are more likely to turn to drugs or alcohol to help them through.

 

Accepting Your Limitations

 

The first thing you have to do is realize that no one can give care 24 hours a day. If the person you are looking after needs 24-hour care then you must have help.

 

Even in the case of someone that does not need overnight care because they sleep quite well, means you could be still caregiving 18 hours a day, and that is too much for anyone.

 

You do not need to feel guilty because you need some time to yourself. You also have to put faith in others when you want a break. Don’t feel inadequate because you ask another family member to take over your duties while you take a shopping trip, or a quiet walk in the park.

 

The person you’re caring for won’t love you any less because you’ve taken time to prepare yourself a proper meal or take a shower. In fact, looking after yourself will help to keep you in a better frame of mind. This makes things more pleasant for them as well.

Once you have accepted your limitations you will be able to move forward with help from others. It will be a small step at a time until you learn to walk away for a while. But the difference to your health can be very beneficial.

 

Financial Help For Caregivers

 

There are many different factors in the US that determine if you are entitled to any financial help. Each state has its own set of rules and calls the financial assistance by varying names.

 

Some will pay family caregivers as long as it is not a spouse or guardian. Others will only pay caregivers that do not live in the same house as the recipient.

 

Having to give up work to become a carer can create huge financial problems. However, some people qualify for medical assistance through Medicaid, some because they are war veterans and sometimes you can get the financial help you need from your health care insurance, as some policies include this as a benefit.It may also be possible for, say an industrial negligence or birth injury lawyer, to help you successfully due for damages if an injury or illness was caused by negligence. Explore these options because they may help you more than you think.

 

The other option is if the person you are looking after has the resources to pay you, and they are of a sound mind, you could become an employee of theirs. This may seem as though it is unnecessary. But you should definitely have a contract of employment in place just as you would with any other job. As with all contracts of this type, this is to provide protection for employer and employee should a dispute arise.

 

Support For Caregivers

 

One of the biggest problems caregivers sometimes face is they feel there is a lack of support. Studies show that this happens no matter how old the person they are caring for is.

 

Self Care for the Caregiver is vitally important and support is available from several government departments. There are usually local support groups where others are experiencing just the same as you. This can be a huge help because then you realize you are not the only one. There are online forums where you can chat to people and get their opinions as well.

 

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3 Scrumptious Pumpkin Seed Snack Recipes for this Fall

3 Scrumptious Pumpkin Seed Snack Recipes for this Fall

Whether we’re in fall or not, the simple fact is that seeds are being called ‘powerhouses of nutrition’. Luckily, pumpkin seeds falls under that. Because I absolutely LURVE the little buggers, and so do my kids! And since we’re trying to get back on the healthy clean eating train after fallin off for summer, I’ve got 3 pumpkin seed snack recipes that will have you falling in love with pumpkin seeds too! (You know, in case you weren’t already for some weird reason.)

 

AND–what’s also awesome about these pumpkin seed snack recipes is that they’re portable! So you can pack them up to take with you while you’re doing things on the weekend, like say….all those fab fall things on your fall bucket list with the family!

 

pumpkin seed snack recipes

 

Pumpkin Seed Protein Balls

 

I love these because they’re no bake, and the kiddos can make these so fast and easy! Of all the pumpkin seed snack recipes, I make these first because they’ve got high protein, a little carbs, and have the perfect balance to keep us feeling full. Plus they’re super yummy!

 

 

Ingredients:

2 cups old fashioned oats

1/4 cup pumpkin puree (fresh or canned)

1/4 cup dried cranberries or raisins (the golden raisins are my kids’ fave!)

3/4 cup pumpkin seeds

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/4 cup raw honey

1/4 cup almond butter (or whatever nut/seed butter you use in your household)

 

Instructions:

1.Mix all ingredients in a large bowl really well.

2. Dampen your hands, then roll out 1″ balls onto parchment paper set on a baking sheet (or some other flat surface that will fit in the fridge)

3. Chill for 15-20 minutes

4. Put energy balls in sealed container, and store in fridge.

 

 

Salted Caramel Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

 

Number two of the pumpkin seed snack recipes is so great, because you can adjust the sweetness and sugar levels by making simple swaps. We try to cut down on sugars, and I like using coconut sugar where we can because they glycemic index on it is lower than regular sugar.

The kiddos can help make this, too, but I don’t recommend letting them place the pan in the oven. Depending on how many seeds you have, any tilt will cause seeds to spill, which can turn into burns if it happens over an open oven door. Yikes.

 

 

Ingredients:

For Part 1:

3 TBSP coconut sugar (or mix 1 1/2 TBSP coco sugar with 1 1/2 TBSP stevia powder)

*note: If you dislike the taste of stevia, play with this ratio. I use it every day so it doesn’t bother me, but my husband doesn’t like it.

1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (ceylon)

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

2 cups raw pumpkin seeds

Coconut oil (the unrefined gives a great coconut essence to these!)


For Part 2:

1 TBSP ghee (or butter if you can have it)

2 TBSP coconut sugar (OR 1/2 TBSP powdered stevia + 1/2 TBSP coco sugar)

1/2 tsp finely ground salt

 

Instructions:

Part 1:

1.Preheat oven to 300 degrees F and line a pan with either parchment paper or a silmat.

2. Mix together coconut sugar/stevia, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg in a medium sized bowl until combined.

3. Rinse pumpkin seeds then pat dry with towel. Then pour seeds into bowl with dry ingredients.

4. Melt coconut oil and add on top of pumpkin seeds. Mix everything in the bowl till everything is coated.

5. Spread all the seeds onto the pan and bake 20-25 minutes.

 

Part 2:

1.Melt the ghee (or butter) in a skillet set to medium. Stir the sugar/stevia and salt into the ghee. Cook about 1 minute, then add all the pumpkin seeds to the skillet.

2. Turn heat to low and keep stirring while cooking an additional 1-2 minutes.

*Note: If using stevia, the sugars in part 2 won’t caramlize like if you’re just using straight sugar. It will instead make some clumps, but it’s still tasty in the finished product. 🙂

 

Grain-Free Pumpkin Seed Muffins

So even though these are generally eaten as breakfast around here, I always make them for snacks. Since I work from home I like to have healthy choices hanging around! And this one says fall in muffin-speak like nobody’s business! Plus it’s grain-free with protein!

Ingredients:

1 cup of almond butter (or other seed/nut butter)

1/2 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh)

2 eggs

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp ground cinnamon (ceylon)

1 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp finely ground salt

1/3 cup maple syrup (the real stuff!)

1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds

 

Instructions:

1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Fill a regular muffin tin with paper cups (12.)

2. Put all ingredients except pumpkin seeds in a mixing bowl and combine.

3. Pour batter evenly into all 12 muffin paper cups.

4. Sprinkle several pumpkin seeds on top of each muffin batter.

5. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

6. Allow to cool completely before removing.

7. These can be stored in a zipper bag or an air-tight container up to a week!

 

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Fall Inspired Spa Recipes to Transition Your Skin + Hair into Autumn With a Glow

Fall Inspired Spa Recipes to Transition Your Skin + Hair into Autumn With a Glow

One of the best ways for Mama to transition from summer into fall involves one of my most fave smells of all time: pumpkin! Ok, I get it that it’s usually a manufactured smell, but you get the point. If it smells like fall, Mama’s happy! So what’s the big transition? Transforming that dried out summer skin from the sun, sand, and chlorine to smooth, supple, and glowy skin! Here’s how to transform your skin, but also your hair and face, with these 3 fall inspired spa recipes!

 

3 fall inspired spa recipes for hair, body, and face

 

Pumkin Spice Latte Body Scrub

1/2 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 cup coconut sugar (or brown sugar)

1 TBSP coconut oil (or olive oil)

1/4 tsp cinnamon

2 TBSP cinnamon

Instructions:

1.Mix the pumpkin puree with the oil until all combined

2. In a separate small bowl combine cinnamon, sugar, and coffee. Stir until completely mixed.

3. Pour the dry ingredients into the pumpkin and oil and whisk until completely combined.

4. Apply to body in bath tub or shower and scrub to exfoliate.

5. Rinse!

*Tip: the longer this recipe sits, the more the sugar dissolves. Since it works in addition to the coffee for exfoliation, try to use it asap.

*Of all the fall inspired spa recipes, this is my favorite! Maybe because I’ve just last year jumped on the pumpkin spice flavor wagon, but this pumpkin scrub recipe is seriously sublime!

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Apple Cider Vinegar + Yogurt Conditioning Hair Mask

 

1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar (I use Bragg’s brand–it’s organic and has ‘the mother’)

2 TBSP yogurt (plain, full fat, organic)

2 TBSP honey (raw, unheated)

 

Instructions:

Mix all ingredients together really well. Apply to barely dampened hair and massage into scalp and ends of hair. Wrap hair into a bun. Cover with plastic if you wish. Leave for 20-30 minutes, then rinse with lukewarm water. (Great for weekly conditioning mask!)

 

Glowing Pumpkin Face Mask

 

1/4 cup pumpkin puree (canned or fresh, but try to use organic)

1 egg (raw, organic)

1 tsp honey (raw, unheated)

1/2 TBSP apple cider vinegar (organic, I use Bragg’s brand with ‘the mother’)

 

Instructions:

1.Whisk egg, then add pumpkin puree and honey. Mix till combined.

2. Stir in apple cider vinegar till completely mixed.

3. *This is messy, so wear something you don’t mind getting drips on! Apply to freshly washed face over the sink, tub, or shower in case of drips.

4. Leave for 15-20 minutes, then rinse, and follow with moisturizer.

 

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Hopefully you can ‘transition’ into fall with me with these yummy fall inspired spa recipes as well! (Also, I know they smell like you could just eat it, but don’t eat the one with raw egg! ?)

 

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How to Understand Emotional Eating to Stop It Forever

How to Understand Emotional Eating to Stop It Forever

Not many people know this about me, but I was married before. Like a million years ago, and it was short-lived. 6 months to be exact. The whole story is full of drama, deceit, and lots of tears. But food also became a factor. For me, I mean…to help me cope. At the time I had no clue there was a thing called ’emotional eating’. But now with my 20/20 hindsight, as it always works out, I totally see it all.

It started out as not eating at all, because my stomach was always in knots and it was last thing on my mind. But as I began to try getting my life back together, and moved back in with my Dad, cooked food was available all the time. So I ate to feel better and have some energy to do things again, and get back out there.

And once I gained about 20 lbs back, I never thought twice that it was an unhealthy 20 lbs. After all, everyone was just happy I was eating again. But it taught me something pretty harmful when it comes to health and healthy weight.

And that’s the thing with emotional eating. It can go unnoticed because it’s not widely thought of as dangerous compared to life threatening habits such as illegal drug use. And many of us in the moment say we can simply “exercise more later.”

Once I began my education in Nutrition and became a Certified Health and Wellness Coach, I discovered that’s not the case. When trying to lose weight, 80% of the effort falls onto what you eat, and the other 20% is working out.

 

To gain some perspective on this, it takes 30 minutes of low-impact exercise to work off ONE SINGLE DONUT.

 

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So what the heck is emotional eating?

 

Well, emotional eating is the practice of managing one’s emotions by eating food. Here are some things that can help you figure out how to identify emotional eating, its effects, and a handful of tips on what you can do to stop it.

 

Causes of emotional eating:

 

Major changes in circumstances, relationships, work dynamics, daily stress, and general feelings of a loss of control can be major factors. For example, a recent break up could drive a person to emotional eating. (Hence, my issue after my divorce.) A sudden change in the demeanor of a formally cordial coworker could leave you feeling alienated, or the daily ebb and flow of life’s daily activities could put you in the mood where food is thought of as a reward, a way to relieve stress, or way to avoid dealing with emotions surrounding a situation. This tends to be especially true for people who are naturally anxious.

 

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It is an Unhealthy Way to Cope with Emotions

 

Emotional eating is often used as a way to avoid dealing with complex emotions. Not every trigger will be the same for each person, but these could include a range of emotions and feelings including anxiety, boredom, loneliness, disgust, sadness, and even joy.

The emotional danger is the continued neglect of the real reasons behind these emotions. A feeling of shame or guilt might follow binges. This is especially true when the behavior is hidden from friends or family.

If a person uses eating as a way to escape or distract herself emotionally, a vicious cycle can develop. For example, someone who seeks food to cope with stress will create a paradox where weight-related health issues arise, and the chosen coping method is food.

 

If you notice a trend where emotional ups or downs are affecting what + how much you eat, start tracking it. And if you have or suspect you have a binge eating problem, seek out help! Mental health professionals + support groups are near you that can give mega support!

 

How to tell if your eating is emotional:

 

There are a few differences between the type of hunger that comes from emotional needs, and that of physical needs. Physical hunger is gradual, and eating fulfills the need for nourishment. When you eat after having been physically hungry, you will most likely feel better or more energized.

When the hunger is emotional hunger, eating may not give you the feeling of being filled, which can lead to overeating. At the end of the meal, you might feel tired, or depressed.

Emotional eating usually also hits very suddenly out of nowhere and seeks out specific cravings to be filled. Often times these powerful cravings are for sugar and fat filled snacks. This is because of the powerful rush that happens right after eating it.

Seeking out comfort food or food that’s connected with positive or nostalgic feelings has been common practice for all of recorded history. I can attest to this–I’m from the South, and that’s how the generations above mine showed love and support.

Many snack foods (especially candy and baked goods) are associated with memories of fun times or loved ones. Some children develop early obesity when they learn this type of self soothing. The methods that are used to produce foods of these types typically contain high levels of salt, sugars, fats and preservatives.

 

For several days, every time you’re hungry, take note of the time and how you feel. Did it hit suddenly? did you just eat recently? Are you bummed about something? Happy? Start documenting so you can find patterns!

 

Your Emotions Drive Your Eating Habits

 

Mood can affect the speed, and way we eat. Do you sometimes notice that a negative situation can send you running to your car to get a comfort food? In times of intense emotional upheaval, it can easily become a habit to turn to food for emotional management. That cookie or ice cream might feel good while you’re stuffing your face, but it isn’t truly fixing the heart of the issue.

Many people are conditioned from a young age to associate food with some sort of reward or good times. That’s a huge reason some restaurants have places for children to play.

 

Kids also learn this reward system in their brains from school. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Ask your kid what their teacher rewards them with during math or for good behavior or grades. 😠 Also think about whether you celebrate or pacify your kids with food–that will give a good indication if you yourself are an emotional eater on some level.

 

You Eat While Stressed

 

Another big sign of emotional eating is that you eat while stressed. Any changes in life large or small can cause a measure of stress. Deteriorating financial health is considered to be a leading cause of stress in somewhere around 64% or more of American households, so it is possible that financial stress could lead to comfort food seeking activity.

Relationships are also a major source of stress due to the tendency for relationships to experience inevitable changes in dynamics. This could be anything from romantic relationships to work relationships. People tend to expect routine. Relationship changes can throw one or both people into a state of uncertainty.

 

Write down at least 3 major stress sessions you’ve had lately. Did it send you to eating–or fasting–to make you feel better?

 

You Keep Eating Past Being Full

 

One of the most serious of the signs of emotional overeating, is eating past being full. This is when the need to fill the emotional void exceeds the body’s natural feeling of fullness. It can manifest itself in joyless eating, which is eating on autopilot.

During this period you might consume empty calories so quickly that you don’t even taste the food. You may also find yourself forcing the second half of a meal you could have saved for later, or buying additional snack foods that you will be tempted to eat prematurely.

Part of the serious nature of this habit, is that it induces weight gain and other health issues a possibility.

 

Answer these questions: Do I eat mindlessly? (watching TV, working, driving, etc) When I eat a meal, do I clean my plate ALWAYS? At the end of the meal do I feel bloated and uncomfortable? If you answered yes to any of these, you’re most likely an emotional eater.

 

How emotional eating affects you:

 

Emotional eating has numerous health risks.  It’s one of the leading causes of failed diets and weight gain. Weight gain puts a heavy strain on organs such as the heart, lungs, and liver.

But not only internal organs are at risk. A person that’s gained a substantial amount of weight also faces an increased risk of joint injuries of all types.

Emotional eating can cause devastating health problems. Beyond the difficulties surrounding obesity, these could include other health issues such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, anxiety, malnutrition, digestive problems, menstrual problems, and depression.

If you are overeating and appear to be experiencing any of these symptoms or health problems, emotional eating is likely to be a significant factor.

 

List any health issues you have and see if you can trace them back to the base problem of overeating.

 

How to quit emotional eating:

 

One of the most commonly used methods of determining the source of hunger is the food test. Ask yourself if you want to eat this food, or if there is something else you can eat instead. If you’re hungry enough to eat an apple, you’re probably hungry.

Exercise, deep breathing, or any stress relieving hobby can go a long way to improving your control.

But the biggest enlightenment of this whole story is the fact that emotional eating is a HABIT.

 

Navigating Bad Habits:

 

People often say that the first step to conquering any habit is recognizing that there is a problem.

 

From all of the previous actions in this post, did you confirm that you yourself that you (or someone you have luvs for) have a problem with emotional eating? If yes–read on for how to reset those habits!

 

How to Find Your Triggers

 

Most people are well acquainted with the knowledge that overeating is unhealthy and can make you vulnerable to various complications. And the start to the habit–which becomes a cycle–is the TRIGGER.

 

Trigger Foods

 

Some foods trigger powerful cravings and memories that send a person into a state where they don’t consider what they are putting in their body.

Strong emotional or cultural identification with specific foods can begin at an early age, so these habits can become very deeply embedded into an individual’s identity.

Marketing research companies spend billions of dollars learning how to connect the emotions of the consumer to their products, so thinking about the kinds of food you consider are very important. (Don’t believe me? Watch the documentary Food Matters.)

One extremely effective tool that you can use to help you find out what is happening with your eating habits, is to begin keeping a journal. Seeing everything you’ve eaten in black and white can be a big wake-up call. Plus it forces you to acknowledge you’re about to ingest it if you have to record it.

 

 

Start a daily food log and make notes about your cravings at particular times of the day and about specific food cravings. List as many details as you can. During the note taking, document details of the events by asking yourself questions. How hungry were you on a scale of 1 – 10? Download the Daily Food Tracker to do this! Click the image below to finally get a handle on your emotional eating habits!

 

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Trigger Emotions

 

As you write what kind of foods you eat, make a note of how you’re feeling at the time of the craving. Strong emotions of any kind can affect how you choose to go about your eating habits during meal time. And it’s important to note that they can be both positive and negative emotions. When a person is emotionally eating, it does 2 things. It frees the mind of the burden of focusing on issues and allows for an escape.

Eating provides a pleasurable experience of being rewarded. Studies have shown that food can light up the same areas of the brain that react in drug addiction. That means that serious thought and planning must go into combating these habits. Sugar actually occupies the opioid receptors in the brain, causing the same type of addiction as illegal drugs.

 

In your food log or journal, make sure to jot down how you’re feeling during every meal and snack–not just unhealthy binges. This will give you a better picture of what your healthy triggers are, too.

 

Trigger Environments

 

Last, and certainly not least is your environment. This can cover a wide variety of variables. Who are you spending time with? Where are at? What kinds of events are taking place?

Where were you when the eating took place. Were you at work, school, home or out in public? Were you with friends, loved ones, coworkers or alone? You might be surprised to find that subtle, yet visible patterns emerge.

Some people find public situations highly stressful. Others may find alone time to be stressful. Overeating often takes place when the subject is alone, but every case is different.

It may just be that you pass the Marble Slab every day–or that happy hour has 1/2 price appetizers. Write it all down!!

 

Bad Habit Replacement

 

Take some time taking notes, compiling information, and asking yourself key questions. With all this information, you’re sure to find what some of the major triggering events might be. If you were less than a level 6 in hunger, and cravings appear during specific situations, you could be stress eating.

One of the easiest ways to quit almost any habit is to simply replace the unhealthy behavior with healthy behavior. For example, you can keep healthy, low calorie snacks like almonds handy. Teas are also available that contain nutrients that help curb hunger, and aid metabolic function. Black tea (among others) is known to lower stress hormones by nearly half during consumption.

Then complete the healthy habit cycle with a reward. So figure out a reward appropriate for your healthy habit substitute, and make sure you give yourself that reward multiple times immediately to reinforce the habit.

 

Make a list of unhealthy habits you can replace, then buy healthy replacements and place in the spot where your unhealthy eating normally happens.

 

habit loop cycle

 

Self Care with Decompression and Prevention

 

Alternatively, exercise and deep breathing can be very effective in managing stress in the moment to prevent the urge to eat in the first place, or even at the end of your day. Shallow + deep breathing has been found to increase stress in the body. So taking a moment to breathe mindfully can be very beneficial. Exercise and breathing go hand in hand. So a healthy regimen can go a long way to putting you on the path to success.

 

Make a point to do deep breathing/mindfulness exercises a few times a day. Set alarms or reminders on your phone and notice how you feel after a few days of doing the exercises.

 

Educate Yourself on the Habits Cycle and How to Rewire Your Brain

 

My last piece of advice is to educate yourself on HOW habits work, and how to rewire your brain. It can totally be done, whether you have a bad habit already, or need to instill good habits. There’s a totally FREE course called What Good Mothers Do that is centered around the idea that as Moms, we have to take care of ourselves FIRST so we can care for our families at our best.

Part of the curriculum involves learning how to reduce stress by MANAGING the things that are chaos in your life. And part of that falls into the HABITS category. There’s an entire unit on habits alone. How to recognize your habits, break them down, and figure out how to rewire your brain to fix bad habits, and instill good ones, step by step.

 

Get started rewiring your brain for GOOD HABITS to finally get your emotional eating under control: sign up for the free course, or get it in Ebook format! Click the image below!

 

 

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4 Steps to Keeping Your Credit Score in Check

4 Steps to Keeping Your Credit Score in Check

Neglecting your credit score is one of the biggest money mistakes that people make. It’s only when you try to borrow some money and realize that your credit score is in the gutter that you start to think about it. Unfortunately, the damage is already done by that point and it’s very hard to come back from. If you need to borrow money for emergencies, to buy a home or car, or even to start your own business in the future, you’re going to need a healthy credit score. That’s why you need to start planning for the future now and getting into good financial habits. 

 

4 steps to keep your credit score rating in check and good standing

 

Not Using Credit

 

Your credit score is a measure of your financial responsibility. Which is why people often think that the best thing to do is refrain from borrowing money. Surely, managing your money well enough so that you don’t need to borrow any extra is the best way to prove that you’re financially responsible, isn’t it? You’d think so, but that’s not quite how it works.

If you haven’t used credit before, you won’t have a credit score at all which is always a bad thing in the eyes of lenders. That’s why you should start using credit, but using it sensibly.

First off, you need to pick a good credit card with interest rates that you can manage. Check out this list of the best credit cards by the Ascent to see what great deals are out there at the moment. Once you’ve picked a good credit card, you should start using it for small purchases like your weekly grocery shopping and then pay off the balance right away. That way, you can start building up a healthy credit score.

 

Using Too Much Credit

 

Using credit is important if you want to build up your score but you’ve got to be careful. If you’re using too much credit, it’ll give lenders the wrong impression. Whenever you take out a credit card, you have to go through a credit check. Each  one will damage your credit score. It also gives lenders the wrong impression because it suggests that you’re borrowing a lot more than you actually are. You need to use credit, but don’t use it too much.

A good rule of thumb is to not use more than 30% of your credit line. And then always pay it off ASAP.

 

Maxing Out Credit Cards

 

When you’re spending money on credit cards to build up your score, you’ve got to be very careful. It’s tempting to just keep spending until you’re at your limit, but that’s going to hurt you in more ways than one. Firstly, it’s going to make it difficult to manage your finances, and secondly, it’s going to damage your credit score. When lenders look at your score, they’ll check your credit utilization ratio (the amount of available credit that you’re using). If that number is too high, it’ll raise red flags and you won’t be able to borrow any money.

 

Repair credit mistakes

 

Many people don’t know this, but there are many mistakes made on credit reports. To prevent your credit from having bad ratings, always check it once a year to make sure nothing is on there that isn’t legit. If you find anything questionable, you should immediately write to each credit bureau and request that the item be appealed.

Once the bureau gets this request, they have a certain amount of time to follow up with the creditor. If the creditor can’t prove that it’s a legitimate credit ding, they’re required to remove it from your credit report. I recommend doing this for every item on your report that’s negative, because you never know what can and cannot be proven. You could improve your credit rating tremendously by making sure your credit looks as good as possible.

 

Trying to manage your credit score is tricky, but if you avoid these mistakes, it’s possible.

 

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Get In Control of Your Garden with These Easy Techniques

Get In Control of Your Garden with These Easy Techniques

Overgrown, disorganized gardens are not just a sore sight: they can actually damage local ecosystems and decrease the value of your property. For the hobby gardener, it takes some effort to stay in control of your garden and keep it organized so that it looks natural and carefree, but not unkempt. Adding structure gives visitors somewhere to look at so they know to focus their attention on your prized plants without getting disoriented. And, it’s a great way to make your garden a family-friendly space and teach your kids about the central tenants of gardening at a young age.

 

3 easy tips to keep your garden under control


The #1 Way to Stay in Control of Your Garden: Weed, Mulch, Repeat


All gardens need weeding. But gardens that have been recently unattended to probably require an emergency weeding session. Weeding is a fast way to cut down on the over-clutter in your garden so that you have clearer picture of the space you’re working with before planting.

For similar reasons, mulching an unkempt garden will make the color of plants stand out against the ground while fighting off weeds. Mulch also acts as an insect repellent and cools down the soil during summer months, making it a garden staple for healthy plants and organization.

Once you have a clear picture of the empty space in your garden, make a blueprint of how you want to change the space. Include where you want trees, flowerbeds, and plain patches of grass to grow. Even if it takes a few years for your blueprint to take full effect, having the plan will better guide you as you approach staying in control of your garden.

 

Add Structure

 

Strategic additions and removals to your space will help add structure to your garden without looking stilted.

Creating a gravel path for your viewer to navigate through helps divide excess space while giving your viewer some direction.

Edging your garden accomplishes this goal as well: without edging, there is no divider between “grass” and “arrangement of flowers,” which can make gardens look overgrown.

Often, excess trees add bulk to a garden while detracting from the sunlight needed to make plants grow. This is especially important for trees that are rotting or look like they could fall on your house at any given moment!

 


Make a Vegetable Garden Layout

Vegetable gardens are a win-win for inexpensive, homegrown produce and boosting your gardens diversity. But they also provide neat botanic arrangement. Build or purchase a raised vegetable garden box and plant your veggies in rows to increase orderly composition. The neat pathways of a vegetable garden will also make sure you are maximizing the amount of produce you can grow in any given space.
Plus, keeping a vegetable garden is a great way to engage your kids with your garden while teaching them to, quite literally, reap what they sow. Your children will better appreciate produce from the family garden if they understand the process of growing food in the first place!
Once a general layout for your garden is in place, it will be much easier to keep your garden structured and stay in control of your garden. And to the theme of sustainability, you and your family can appreciate the lasting effects of a well-maintained garden for years to come.

 

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6 Reasons Why Starting Your Own Business Could Be For You

6 Reasons Why Starting Your Own Business Could Be For You

Busy Mamas have lots of responsibility when it comes to managing household finances. And with it comes figuring things out, like how to pay down debt, or even how to save for vacation when we’re already at capacity. Many Moms have found that its actually doable to make some money on the side to make up for the deficit. But have you thought of starting your own business? You may find that being an entrepreneur is actually the ultimate side hustle turned career.

 

6 reasons why starting your own business may be for you

 

There are some caveats, though. You might be reluctant to start your own business if…

 

  • You are currently very happy with your career choice, so taking your foot off the career ladder may be pointless and irrational.

 

  • Adding the rigors of running a business may be the last thing you need to add to your busy agenda.

 

  • You don’t know the first thing about running a business, perhaps because you lack some of the skills needed in your own life, be that managing your finances, or lacking the subtle skills of self-promotion, as examples.

 

Considering the first two points, you may decide in favor of starting a business later in life, or not at all if you’re happy with where you are. With regards to that last point, you shouldn’t let your lack of skills put you off. You can learn the basics of running a business through research and training. You can outsource the things you are weakest at to others (such as an accountant if finances aren’t your bag), and you can find ways to promote your business without needing a degree in the subject.

Take a look at the inventive way you can promote your brand on this website, for example. So don’t be put off if this is the main reason why starting your own business may not have been high on your bucket list of dreams. Because you see, provided you do have some time in your life to focus on something else, starting your own business could be the best thing you do today.

 

These are some of the reasons why!

 

By starting a business, you can become your own boss.

 

No longer do you have to ‘stick it to the man,’ working for somebody else with all the challenges that can involve. You can do your own thing, setting your own rules, and answering to yourself for a change. There’s no usual 9 to 5, you don’t have to face the battles of the daily commute, and you don’t have to work with people who may/may not do your head in on a daily basis! You have the freedom to do what you want, and provided you manage your time effectively to get the jobs done each day, you can also improve your work-life balance.

 

By starting a business, you can do something more interesting than your everyday job.

 

This is especially true for those of you stuck in a job that has taken you away from the aspirations you had when you were younger. While running a business will still have its boring aspects – paperwork, budgeting, spreadsheets – you may still have more drive to get on with these tedious tasks when you are enjoying the rest of the business that you have created. You can always outsource certain jobs to others. This will give you time to do more of the stuff you love, and less things you hate!

 

By starting a business, you can follow your passions.

 

Following on from the above, if you have something you enjoy doing in your downtime, you might be able to base your business around these pastimes. Having more time to engage with what you enjoy, and by making money from your hobbies, you will have what many people can only dream of. A truly fulfilling job! If your current career isn’t offering you that level of satisfaction, then running a business based around your favorite leisure activities may be the next best of thing.

 

By starting a business, you can have a second income.

 

Not ready to take your foot off the career ladder? Enjoy the job you already have? Fine, you can still start a business, provided you don’t burn yourself out in the process. You see, your own business could be a sideline you do on the weekends. It can be something you dip in and out of, dependant on the time you have to commit to it. It can be something as simple as selling your crafts online or freelancing your services to others whenever you have an open window in your schedule. You may eventually replace your current career with your business, especially when you start to make a profit. Or you might always keep it ticking nicely alongside your regular job. Whatever the case, you will benefit from the money it generates, and that is never a bad thing!

 

By starting a business, you can make a difference to somebody else’s life.

 

Running a business is not just about you, and the benefits you will receive from the endeavour. It can be about helping others, whether it’s employing others to get them off the unemployment line and the negative career paths they are on, or forming a business that is philanthropic in nature, such as beginning a charity. Of course, your business should benefit others anyway. The product and service you provide will also positively impact others in some way. Even if you are money-oriented in your focus. In short, your business can benefit everybody!

 

By starting your own business, you will positively change your life.

 

Putting the onus back on your life again, you may never look back after beginning this endeavor. You’ll make more money and have the opportunity to invest into your future. New people will be met ever day that you can learn from their experiences. And, you will meet challenges head-on and grow as a person as you overcome them. You will learn valuable skills that may help you in other ways. Also, you will do something that few others have the courage to do. And will have a sense of pride from the accomplishment. Running a business can be demanding and scary. But it can also be exhilarating, rewarding, and as we said, life-changing. You may never regret the decision. Especially if your life isn’t where you want it to be at this present moment in time.

 

So, what do you think? Could starting a business be the best thing you do today? Or even tomorrow, next week, or sometime next year? Whether you begin something large or small, there are many reasons why running a business could be best thing you ever do.

 

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10 Ways to Stay Motivated to Work Out Every Day

10 Ways to Stay Motivated to Work Out Every Day

If I had a dollar for every time I wanted to bundle up in bed and binge on Game of Thrones instead of working out, I’d be like, SUPER RICH. But also super heavy, and super unfit. I get it, nobody wants to do it unless we have a mega reward, cause that’s just how the brain works. But did you know that you can also get that motivation from other places on the front end? Here’s 10 fantastic ways you can get and stay motivated to work out every day.

 

10 ways to stay motivated to work out every day

 

1.Find something you LOVE doing to stay motivated to work out!

 

Waaaay back in high school I used to do jazz, tap, and ballet dancing. What I discovered is that not only do I love ballet, but I also love what’s known as ‘toe’. This is a special class where you wear the toe shoes that have the wooden block in the end. It’s the kind of shoes professional ballet dancers wear. And even though they’re an evil wench on the toes and toenails, if you can cram enough cotton in there, it’s so dang fun!

Even today, I’d so much rather do a dance class than get on a treadmill. The treadmill bores me to tears. And I’m not alone in that. Tons of people find that when they have something they enjoy when it comes to fitness, it’s never an issue to stay motivated to work out every day.

 What things that involve being active do you LOVE doing? Make a list, search some classes, and figure out how to do one of those things regularly!

 

2. Find a Partner

 

Finding someone who’s also committed to working out like you are is a brilliant way to keep motivated. This is especially true if you’re a very social person, or even just want a little extra hang time with your friends. Or hey, maybe you and the spouse/partner want to spend a little more time together doing something besides the ole dinner and a movie! There are studies showing that when you workout with your spouse, you increase your emotional bond, are more likely to achieve your fitness goals, and are more likely to feel in love with each other!

Whatever the deciding factor of your who the lucky recipient is, this is a really good way to stay motivated to work out. You don’t want to let someone down, and it should work the same in reverse as well. You’re helping each other.

 

Think about your friends, family, and partner. Who is MOST LIKELY to want to work out with you, and actually keep up? Set a reminder to ask them, or send a text, or call them RIGHT NOW!

 

3. Find an accountability person or app

 

This works especially well if this person or app is the gatekeeper to a reward, and is strict. For your own sake, of course. I use the MyFitnessPal app to track a ton of stuff, but also like that once you start using it, it gives you reminders for things like working out, or even tracking your meals.

There are also apps that will either pay you for putting in the work for your fitness goals, AND take money away when you slack on them! Dietbet and Achievement are 2 that do this or something similar.

And if you choose a person to be accountable to, that person doesn’t necessarily have to be working out with you. They can simply be the person who’s agreed to stay on your butt about doing your workouts every day. And again–you can do the same for them!

 

 Think about your personality type. Can you be trusted with the reward? If not, find a gatekeeper person to be accountable to. Start searching for apps in your app store, or even Google it, to find the perfect app to give you reminders and keep you going!

 

4. Use a Tracker

 

Using a tracker can be SO incredibly motivational, because it gives you the satisfaction of a ‘checkoff’ when you’ve completed your workout for the day, but it also lets you see progress. Also, you’d be shocked at how many people have ‘just enough’ OCD to want to see every single box checked off on their tracking graph! 🙋‍♀️

Basically you’re setting yourself up to create a good habit, and to keep at it.

I use the Fitbit system on my phone–the app + the actual tracker. But I also take advantage of a physical planner as well. It’s so incredibly rewarding for me to see my hard work all charted out on paper!

 

If you’re thinking about a tracker, go ahead and research them! Figure out a budget, and compare different models for features and pricing. If you don’t have the money for one, check with your insurance company. Some will actually send you a simple pedometer for free through their ‘extra’ wellness benefits (you’ll have to dig in your account to find it!) Or try using an app that tracks it like the fitbit app. You don’t have to have the device to set up an account! Read about the Fitbit Charge 2 (what I use) and why I love it!

 

*Or, go ahead and sign up for the Newsletter and get your free Fabulously Fit Planner to keep track!

 

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5. Reward Yourself

 

Creating a reward is a really powerful thing in creating a habit, or generating motivation. When you’re starting out, it’s probably a good thing to find some healthy immediate rewards. This can help instill that motivation based on the brain’s reward response. Over time this can change to a bigger long-term reward. That way, you’re always working towards something. Ya know, besides better health or a slimmer, hot bod.

Whatever system you use, determine how reliable you are to yourself. Do you just give in when things get tough and reward yourself anyway? Then find a gatekeeper. Or do you just give up and forget the reward? Then have smaller rewards for each small step accomplished.

The point is to establish that reward system for your brain to start hard-wiring it. It needs to know that there’s something good coming for the hard work!

 

 Come up with 5 different ‘little’ rewards just for getting the daily stuff done. Then think of a bigger reward for a bigger commitment (like, say… 2 weeks of working out, or even a month.) Then ask yourself if you’re reliable to NOT give yourself the reward if you don’t do your workouts. If not, find someone who’s a reliable gatekeeper for you.

 

6. Inspirational Boards

 

I’ll be honest, nothing motivates me to get my butt up like a pic of some chick with kicking abs or a muscled booty in a bikini. Another thing that does it for me are the commercials from Dancing With The Stars or other cool dance shows. They make me feel like I could shake my thang just like them, and it’s so exciting to me!! So I recognize that’s my motivation.

Many people have an idea in their head of how they want their body to look. If you’re more visual like this, an inspirational board may be perfect for you. And Pinterest is one of the BEST places to look for this type of inspiration! (Obvs.)

 

Determine if you’re more of a ‘digital’ or ‘analogue’ kinda person for a vision board. Then either start a board on Pinterest for fitness inspiration, or start printing or cutting out pics to make a board you can see every day.

 

7. Take a Hard Look at Your Habits

 

This kinda goes along with finding rewards, but you really need to understand the habits cycle. A habit is established when you have a trigger + reward. See if you can figure out the times of day you’re most motivated, and the least motivated, and if there’s a habit involved in that. Especially if you’re short on time for a workout.

I always HIGHLY recommend to any coaching clients that they take a hard look at their habits. Which ones are bad? Which are good? Do you have any that need to be established? Or nixed?

 

 Make a list of your habits (good and bad), and figure out what your reward is for them. WHY do you keep doing them? Once you have that, you’ve figured out which thing to change so you can start rewiring the habit. To learn more about the habit cycle and how to really change it, go through the free course below, or when you sign up you can download the ebook/workbook instead.

 

 

If you’re dealing with issues in habits, check out the free master-course What Good Mothers Do: Learning TRUE Self Care to Be the Best Mom + Partner You Can Be. One of the core foundational lessons walks you through the habits cycle and teacher you how to rewire your brain to nix bad habits and instill good ones.

 

 

8. Journal about it

 

Journaling can solve many of life’s angsts. Just being able to get down on paper how you feel about working out, if you’re lacking that motivation, can help work through the pushback. It can also help you recognize what things make you feel motivated so you can find more of that to keep you on track!

I also especially love health and fitness affirmations. They put me–and keep me–in the right frame of mind to really keep my fitness at the forefront of my priorities.

 

 Put a composition book or pretty journal on your shopping list (or grab one at Amazon!) and start journaling when you don’t feel motivated, AND when you’ve pushed through a workout and have finished. Circle the emotions you’ve listed and start working through what your real issue may be.

 

9. Try something new

 

Many people end up getting bored out of their minds with the same ole same ole. Especially when it comes to doing circuits or sets of things.

If you find yourself in this category, find something new to try. How about a zumba class or soul cycling? You honestly never know if you’ll like it until you try it.

And some wise words I’ve heard about trying new things is to give it 3 good honest chances before you decide against it. It could be an off day for the instructor or condition of what you’re trying. Give it a real shot with an open mind MINIMUM of 3x. Then make your final decision.

 

 Think about things others have been trying to get you to try with them. Think about new things you’ve seen lately and found intriguing. Come up with 3-5 new things and schedule in to give them a try! (Many places will give you a free week/month trial!) And don’t forget to give it at least 3x before you decide on a yes or no!

 

10. Post Inspirational Pics and Quotes everywhere

 

I LOVE these because the quotes are so thought-provoking to really turn my attitude around when I’m not feeling it. The pics do great too since, like I said, I’m very visual when it comes to motivation.

I love to find pics to either print out from online, or that I’ve found in fitness mags, and post them on my bathroom mirror, or in the kitchen, or wherever I may be when it’s time to work out and I may be feeling that lack to stay motivated to work out.

And–again–Pinterest is a great place to find these!

 

 Think about where you’re most likely to see your inspirational pics if you post them up. Where are you RIGHT WHEN you need motivation or are thinking about your workout for the day? THAT spot is where you need to post these! And hey, this may be the perfect place to make your vision board and post it!

 

How do you stay motivated to work out every day? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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8 Blissful Ideas You Need to Create a Relaxing Bedtime Routine

8 Blissful Ideas You Need to Create a Relaxing Bedtime Routine

It’s pretty clear that most moms don’t take enough time for themselves. I’ve found that we typically aren’t prioritizing self-care because we either feel guilty or think we don’t have the time. Taking just a few minutes for a relaxing bedtime routine, however, can be a real game-changer for moms, and help us handle some of the emotional burdens we’re given.

I’ve tried to set a routine for myself every night before bed to maintain some me-time and better prepare myself for the adventures of the next day. Here’s my own relaxing bedtime routine that I share in hopes of inspiring you to do the same for yourself!

 

Ideas and tips how to create a relaxing bedtime routine

 

  1. Cut Out Blue Lights

 

The effects of blue lights are profound on us at nighttime. They disrupt our melatonin levels that help us fall asleep which throws our body’s internal clock out of sync.

To combat this, I always try to dim the lights right after dinner to help our kids (and us!) get ready for sleep. The kids go to bed around 8 pm on school nights, and often need all the help they can get to wind down.

 

  1. Shower

 

I try to take a hot shower every night as part of my relaxing bedtime routine. It helps me feel refreshed and clean when I finally crawl under my sheets. The hot water also helps me de-stress. And I often find myself lingering under the shower head for a few extra minutes just so I can enjoy the steamy warmth for a little longer.

 

  1. Take Vitamins

 

After the shower, I take some supplements including magnesium and valerian root. These help me feel balanced and maintain my health without too much time commitment.

If it’s been a rough day, I’ll also take melatonin because it seems to get me to sleep better than other supplements.

 

  1. Use a Skincare Routine

 

My skincare routine is weekly, not daily, to help meet my needs without requiring too much time. I know how important treating myself every once in a while can be. So one night a week I do a face mask and read while I’m waiting on it to dry.

Some nights, I do a lip treatment (to fend off chapped lips). On other nights, I do a hair mask with the intent of a quick shower in the morning to wash it all out.

 

  1. Journal

 

After a long day, I look forward to sitting down to collect my thoughts. I have a journal that I frequently use to list out all the things I’m grateful for, and the things I’m looking forward to in the coming days.

I keep myself from going into too much detail and overthinking by making a to-do list, right there in the journal.

Ending it on a soothing affirmation about relaxation and rest helps to further quiet my thoughts.

 

  1. Read

 

Afterward, I continue to unwind my mind by reading in bed for a bit. I’ve found, though, that it has to be something funny or light. Otherwise I’ll be up trying to work out the mystery of the book I’m reading!

If it happens to be on my iPad or phone, I’ll wear a pair of blue-light-blocking glasses. This helps keep that melatonin disruption at bay.

 

  1. Set a bedroom environment

 

A relaxing atmosphere is essential in getting restful sleep. I think smells are really important to help us settle down. So I have a cold-diffuser that I put essential oils in. I alternate between lavender, vetiver, frankincense, and sandalwood oils. Eucalyptus, camphor, or tea tree are great options if I’m sick. They’re really great at keeping my sinuses open while I sleep.

I also like to keep the bedroom cozy with soft pillows and lots of blankets to make it feel intimate and comfortable.

 

  1. End your relaxing bedtime routine by reflecting

 

And lastly, the hubby and I try to face each other in bed once the lights are out. We talk about the positives of our days. We like to end on a high note. And taking that time to connect is important because we’re both so busy.

 

These are my own personal steps to a relaxing night. But I encourage you to experiment and find what works best for you. Although it can be hard as a busy mom, the key to a good night’s sleep is the preparation you put in to relax before bedtime. As long as you’re taking a few minutes every night just for yourself with a relaxing bedtime routine, you should see your sleep improve!

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