Time to add some SHINE into your Labor Day!

Who is looking forward to a nice 3-day weekend to relax and enjoy with your loved ones or just a nice 3 day weekend by yourself? Either way I hope you enjoy it because we all deserve some time to just do what we love. Did you know that Labor Day is to not only celebrate working America but also to celebrate the end of summer? Thank goodness many of us don’t work 12 hour days (my husband bless his heart does) 7 days straight or have child labor anymore.  My advice this weekend is to splurge on yourself.  Splurge on some lip gloss for you or a friend or someone who needs a lift me up.  There’s nothing that can compare to a beautiful glossy lip to make your feel great.

So I am ecstatic to share with you a fabulous sale starting TOMORROW Aug 31st thru Sept. 3 Shine Lip Gloss which normally retails for $18.00 is selling for $14.00 but use my CODE: “DonnaH10” and receive each gloss for $12.60!!

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With 8 different colors to choose from, you are bound to shine!

Here are the colors you can choose from:

  • Strive
  • Dedicated
  • Spirited
  • Admired
  • Lively
  • Sassy
  • Bold
  • Royal

Product Highlights:

  • Long-wearing
  • Lasting color
  • Comfortable, Non tacky formula
  • Creamy and conditioning

Normally each gloss retails for $18.00, however this weekend you can get them for $12.60!!

To sweeten the deal, become an ambassador with me and receive fantastic discounts on Shine Cosmetics and receive commissions on sales!!

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It’s quite simple join, start sharing and earn up to 35% commission on sales and 2-5% in team sales, along with bonuses, incentives and more!

Tell them Donna Hirschi referred you.

The great part is there is NO COST, NO FEES and No commitment, just a great opportunity to SHINE with hypoallergenic, paraben free and gluten free beauty products.  All products are also approved by Leaping Bunny as animal cruelty free!

Get your Shine Lip Gloss before the sale ends on Monday Sept 3rd.

Happy Labor Day everyone!

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Baby Must-Haves

Hello!  So our fourth child is now 6 months!  Wow has time flown by!  When it comes to babies, you sure can make your days more efficient when you have the proper necessities.  If you are an expectant mother, I suggest getting started on that baby registry early.  Whether you choose to breastfeed or formula feed, remember mommy and baby comfort is one of the most important factors.  This applies to sleeping, feeding and traveling. I am truly grateful for all the convenience online shopping offers to a mom of four.  Whether your having your first child or expecting, these products can save you much sleep, work and most importantly time so you can cuddle that sweet bundle of joy.

To get the best savings, I suggest utilizing a membership service such as Amazon Prime with same day FREE 2-day shipping and which also offers a ton of additional benefits including FREE video streaming, Prime Music, Prime Reading, Prime Photos Prime Pantry and not to mention 10% OFF Whole Foods Sale items.

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  1. Baby Jogger City Select LUX Double Stroller

2. Safety 1st Onboard 35 Air 360 Infant Car Seat

3. 4moms Mamaroo 4 Bluetooth Baby Swing with 5 Unique Motions

4.Lillebaby The COMPLETE 6 in 1 All Seasons 360 Baby Carrier

5. 4moms High Chair

6. Germ Guardian Elite 4in1 28″ Air Purifier with HEPA, UV C Sanitizer (2)

7. InnoGear 2nd Version Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffuser

8. Honeywell Germfree Cool Mist Humidifier

9. Storkcraft Bownback Glider Rocker and Ottoman

10. Best Stroller Organizer

11. Lotus Travel Crib & Portable

12. Comotomo Baby Bottles, 2 Count

13. Safety 1st Mombella Ellie Elephant Teether

14. Boon Soak 3-Stage Bathtub

15. Baby Bjorn Bibs

 I suggest getting the Amazon Prime VISA if you frequently shop Amazon
  • No Annual Fees & No Foreign transaction fees
  • Earn 5% back and Amazon.com
  • Earn 3% back at Amazon.com and Whole Foods Market
  • Earn 2% back and Restaurants, gas stations and drugstores
  • Get a $70 Amazon.com Gift Card instantly upon credit card approval*

What was your MUST HAVES with your little ones?

Time to Shine this 4th of July

Good morning friends! I am so excited to share with you a brand that I have been following for a while now. Shine Cosmetics, a makeup company which represents confidence, empowerment of women and girls and offers a line of makeup that is hypo allergenic, paraben free and cruelty free!  All their products are approved by Leaping Bunny.  Every woman deserves to feel confident in the skin their in.  Shine offers  products that are strategically named with powerful words that make you feel confident and make you shine with grace, self assurance and most importantly strength!

This 4th of July, celebrate by looking picture perfect with our 4th of July Special, the Fiber Brow + Fiber Mascara Plus receive a FREE flag bag with your purchase!  Don’t forget to also use my affiliate code of  “DonnaH10” to receive 10% OFF your order.  Receive FREE SHIPPING with any order of $35 or more.

For those that have not received Microblading or can’t afford lashes (Me!  We are still nursing =( ) this Fiber brow and mascara are your answer!  They do not smudge off!  I will be doing a video tutorial coming soon!

Check out this SMUDGE PROOF Fiber Brow and Fiber Mascara in action on Youtube

 

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My FAVORITE long lasting lip color! LipLast by Shine glides on easy for smooth application and sets for a long lasting look that won’t dry out the lips.

Shine LipLastsPRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • One Swipe Application
  • Comfortable, Conditioning Formula
  • Highly Pigmented
  • Long-lasting
  • No Chemical Taste
  • Matte or Metallic versus Shiny
  • Fades Evenly

Are you a lip gloss kind of gal? Shine offers 8 fun glosses that glide on extra smooth and leave your lips looking and feeling amazing for hours!

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Long-wearing
  • Lasting Color
  • Comfortable, Non-tacky Formula
  • Creamy and Conditioning

 

Looking for a BB cream that’s lightweight and dries to a powder finish? Our Shine BB Cream lasts all day and it has SPF 15 to give you some sun protection.  You have to try this stuff! Choose from 9 different shades.

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PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • SPF 15
  • Long-wearing
  • Blendable, buildable Color
  • Lightweight
  • Dries to a velvety, powder finish

Have light brows?  We have a solution for you….. Take a look at the Brow Kit in action on the SHINE sisters on YoutubeShine-BrowKit-Integrity-01

Personalize your results with colors to match and highlight your brows, paired with brow styling essential tools.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:
  • Long-lasting
  • Buildable Color
  • Applies Evenly

Interested in becoming an ambassador?

It’s FREE to sign up.  Keep reading to learn more about it.

What is the Shine Cosmetics Ambassador Program and is it right for me?

Unlike mainstream MLM companies and their complex and hard to understand compensation plans, requirements and monthly commitments or simple beauty affiliate programs with their low commissions rates, the Shine Cosmetics Ambassador Program offers the best of both worlds.

  • There are no fees to join, no monthly sales requirements. Application is simple, submit a few items of personal information and we do the rest.
  • Once approved, you will be issued a personalized 10% coupon code and link. You can post this link on your blog, social media, business cards, emails, share in person or at a party.
  • Each time someone uses your code and a sale is made, YOU earn a commission on that sale.
  • Your network will have direct access to our full line of Shine Cosmetics products and orders are shipped directly from our warehouse.
  • If one of your customers applies to join the ambassador program as well, you will earn commission on sales made with their coupon code as well. Up to four levels deep. Build a team and build your paycheck!
  • Through the Shine Ambassador back office portal you’ll have access to our creative assets, logos, marketing links and special promotional offers.

What are the benefits?

It is simple and free to join our team of beauty ambassadors and there is no ongoing commitment.

  • Straightforward and easy to understand commission plan, click here for more information.
  • You’ll immediately earn commission starting at 20% on all Shine Cosmetics sales generated using your code.
  • You can offer a 10% discount to your friends, followers and family along with the ability to use your code on personal Shine Cosmetics purchases.
  • You’ll have special access and exclusive discounts.
  • You can earn commission 2-5% on sales generated by your friends and family who join the ambassador program using your name.
  • Access to ambassador only events, courses, training, parties and more.
  • Receive newsletters, promotions, personalized creative, contests, product sneak peeks, early access and more.
  • Our dedicated in-house support team at Shine Cosmetics is available to you to help you with all your ambassador related questions and needs.

 

Benefits to becoming a Shine Cosmetics Ambassador

  1. Share your favorite products and offer a 10% OFF Code to all your friends & family
  2. Earn up to 35% commission, another 2-5% in team sales along with bonuses, incentives and more & have fun doing it!
  3.  It’s FREE to join & you have special access and exclusive discounts!

Sign up and let them know Donna Hirschi referred you!   Let’s SHINE together!

 

Choosing To Live Organic

So I know there are still many skeptics out there that question the organic living lifestyle.  As family of 6, we choose organic living because of three main reasons:

1. Health & Wellbeing

2. Disease prevention (food is healing)

3. Longevity

When we use beauty products such as lotions, body soaps, daily hygiene products such as toothpaste and feminine hygiene products and makeup do we read the ingredients on the back label?  When we buy produce and visit the seafood and meat section, do we know the source and how they are raised? Farmed versus wild caught salmon? Honestly when I was in my teens, the answer is no.  However, once I reached my 20’s I begin to wonder why my shampoo would sting my eyes, why my lotions would irritate my skin and were those lines on the chicken breast natural? Were these allergies/skin sensitivities I had to an ingredient, or were these products and foods really not that great for me?  So I started reading up on toxicity of everyday products and boy was I onto something.  Here’s the thing, when you have a husband in the healthcare field, you know that the human body requires quality care and activity in order to stay healthy. We are not specially engineered so we should not need to specially engineer our food or consumbales!  Yes you heard me, I m referring to GMO (genetically Modified organisms).  Why is that countries have a “need” to add fillers, enhance flavors, colors and artificial ingredients into our foods?   Does it make the foods more attractive md appetizing? Yes, sure but is it good for our bodies?  The answer is no. Do we need to ingest pesticides in our produce?  Do we need to breathe in toxic chemicals from our cleaning supplies? For my family and I, the clear and obvious answer is NO.  As a mom of 4, my immediate worry is any dangers that pose in any forms of hygeine products, household products and foods that we consume.  My job is to care for my family and when I do not do my research, how am I going to protect my family?

Take a look at this infographic below

Understanding USDA Organic or “Certified Organic

According to the USDA if a product has a USDA Organic label on it it means that the item must have an ingredients list and the contents should be 95% or more certified organic.

This means free of synthetic additives like pesticides, chemical fertilizers, dyes and must not be processed using industrial solvents, irradition, or genetic. The remaining 5% my only be foods or processed with additives on an approved list. You my also see labels that red 100% Organic, which men’s all the ingredients MUST meet the USDA Organic guidelines or “made with organic” which men 70% or more organic ingredients. The USDA seal cannot be used anywhere on the package and the remaining 30% of the ingredients cannot be foods or processed with additives on. A special exclusion list.

Nutritional Value

Now many argue the nutritional value of consuming organic food and so far my research shows no difference in nutritional value.

How do pesticides and synthetic chemicals affect me?

Pesticides and synthetic chemicals are known to be toxic and carcinogenic to humans. My best advice is ensure you do your research before you make a purchase.

The Think Dirty App is a great resource. It allows you to see all the potentially toxic ingredients of cosmetic and personal care products you search for.

When shopping for foods, read the back labels. When we as consumers show our demand of organic goods, producers and manufacturers will want to meet this need.

Let us shift our buying habits to support a clean environment, encourage companies to produce better quality products foods that are free of toxic and harmful carcinogens that enable us to live happy, healthy and fulfilling lives.

It’s OFFICIAL our family is GROWING!

Yes that’s right our family of 5 will be expecting our 4th little princess coming this New Year. We have been quite busy the past couple months so here’s a little recap.

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It’s a…..nother girl 🎀🎀🎀🎀 🌸💜 We are all thrilled!

Visit to Utah for grandpa’s 75th surprise birthday party

AZ State Fair

My birthday

Ella’s Primary Program

Halloween

Halloween @ the Hills

Our 6th Wedding Anniversay @ the JW Marriot

Life sure is going to get quite busy, busier than it is as we get closer to our due date. As we approach the holidays, I want to do my best to share the best deals on fashion, baby products and organic Health, beauty and wellness buys so we can all stay up to date on trends and Health.

Fall Update

Happy Fall everyone!! I hope you are all excited for Fall as I. I believe we are out of triple digits weather because Arizona summers sure are brutal. So while I have a moment free (which has been rare lately), I just wanted to share an update with you all on what’s going on with our lives since I’ve taken a short hiatus from blogging. Ella started Kindergarten in August. My hubby graduated in May and passed the boards at the end of August. Everly our youngest turned 1. I have taken a more active role in homeschooling our 3 year old. It’s truly amazing how being a stay at home mom has shaped me. I find myself getting up around quite early around 5am (reminds me of the working fulltime days, except it was a 4am wake up) and much more ahead of household chores these days which I absolutely love. A clean, organized house truly does makes this mommy a happy camper 😄 Dropping off and picking up our oldest sure does require more time then I would like. Although it’s nice to have some relaxing time listening to some good old country or some soft rock while planning dinner on my phone while the younger 2 are home with dad and I wait to pick up. This year as I get closer to my birthday, I surprisingly don’t feel the dreadful feeling of “oh my I am aging” but am reflecting on how much I’ve grown intrinsically as a wife, a mother and a individual. My patience has slowly grown as being a domestic housewife and mother comes with endless possibilities. To be entirely honest I still need a lot of improvement in that area but slowly but surely I hope it will grow. The zealous taskmaster in me is still quite active even more so as I continue to add to my to-do list. Does it ever end?! But what would I do with myself if I didn’t keep busy. So I have been in deep thought and decided that my time is going to be devoted to the “more meaningful aspects” of my life first and then will come all other constants.

Time with our children

We hear it ever so often, time flies, yet how do we manage to soak up all those sweet moments with our little ones? What has allowed me to cherish and spend more quality time with our girls, is getting my cleaning and chores done early so I get to provide more mommy time when it’s family time. I was taught early on that work comes first then play. This really works for our family. I will admit I am quite meticulous about keeping our home clean. Though messes still happen, I know if I get it clean now, I will be able to dedicate ALL of ME to my children after. Keeping arts and crafts and activities readily available for them also helps keep them from “mommy I’m bored.” Giving hugs are my best way to show them I care and comfort them. Our middle child is a great example of tender love as she will be saying “mommy I love you” throughout the day. It’s one of the sweetest moments I live for.

Visit family & friends

I have to admit I am very fortunate to live in the same state as most of my family however I was lousy at visiting my parents, grandparents and family in general. This fall I plan to make time to visit my love ones because it’s dear to my heart to be there and let them know I care for them and just being able to spend that time together is priceless. I mean compared to being a fulltimer in the workforce, I now have the availability to visit with them. Which reminds me I need to get going on my Visiting teaching too. The joy I saw in my grandmothers eyes and we surprise visited her this past week was truly touching. She saw a minivan pull up and immediately threw on her slippers and walked out and didn’t want us to leave. It reminded me that we all should put more of an role in visiting with people we love and care for. The companionship, conversation and or just seeing great grandkids can bring about such great joy in a person 😊

Embracing the now

Life really feels like it passes me by when I am always thinking about what is next. So these days I have a cherish and embrace the “now.” Watching my children play and interact with each other, engulfing myself into whatever we are doing and most importantly putting down the phone is so key. Asking about how someone’s day was and listening more has enabled me to be more engaged in our life. My calendar is a great way to keep me on speed with upcoming events, holidays, trips, special occasions so I am not caught off guard with anything. I look at my calendar on a daily basis. All over the world, there seems to be unrest with natural disasters such as hurricanes destroying homes and political unrest with rallies and marches, we need to be thankful of all the good we have and do our best to pray, lend a hand and support the ones in need to hopefully curb the negativity and promote peace and togetherness. Who knows what is to come, but what I know is that I will spend each quality moment now loving my children and teaching them to be kind so they do the same.

Reassurance in “MYSELF”

We are have been there, we carry so many responsibilities that many times we get burnt out and forget that we are important too. Many times we do things with no recognition, we seek no reward but we do it because it’s innate. We do SO much, yet rarely there is a thank you. Here is where you can appreciate yourself and know that you are an amazing mother/father/caregiver, homemaker, breadwinner, comforter. So many roles that we hold, that make a HUGE difference even though they may seem small. We all have a purpose in life and it’s the journey we go throughly we learn and grow that enables us to do our best to fulfill that purpose. Each and everyone can also help lift others up, but don’t be discouraged and most importantly know that you are worth it. As we do something for another, we show our love for them. Beginning with loving thyself allows us to open our hearts to love others. So start each day with a positive thought and a compliment to yourself and then spread the love to the ones around you 💞

I plan to get back into blogging at least once a week and would love suggestions on topics, so feel free to drop a comment or even a hello and let me know where you are from. Let us be each other’s wind in our sails ⛵️

Fruits and vegetables that freeze well 

Life gets busy, I am sure you can relate. When it’s come to food waste, we can all be guilty of tossing out expired or rotten food. When it comes to fruits and vegetables, many can actually be frozen to use for later, especially for smoothies. 

According to the Frozen Food Foundation, $162 billion worth of food is wasted per year!! Unbelievable!! Think about how many hungry mouths those could feed!! Think about 3rd world countries.

After much research and watching documentaries on going plant based, my husband and I realize how important it is to chose wisely what we put in our bodies. We have not went entirely plant-based yet, however that’s direction we would like to go in the near future.  Without a doubt we all including our 3 children love our fruits and vegetables, so I decided to start living more economically by figuring out ways to conserve and elongate the longevity of certain foods that can be safely preserved via the freezer. 

Here are the fruits & vegetables that freeze well and freezer life with each


The Full Plate Guide also has a great way to keeping fruits and vegetables longer! 


Here a great “Can you freeze it guide” 


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Happy freezing to all and to all a healthy life! 

The latest trends & Styles you’ll love

New Arrivals Daily!

One Fine Day Floral Dress in Navy

ONE FINE DAY FLORAL DRESS IN NAVY  $36.00

Ocean Waves Floral Print Dress

OCEAN WAVES FLORAL PRINT DRESS  $42.00

Be Mine Floral Print Dress

BE MINE FLORAL PRINT DRESS  $36.00

floral boutique dress with pockets

SHINE ON ME FLORAL DRESS WITH POCKETS  $38.00

Springtime Garden Floral Print Wrap Dress

SPRINGTIME GARDEN FLORAL PRINT WRAP DRESS  $39.00

Tropical Paradise Floral Print High-Low Wrap Dress

TROPICAL PARADISE FLORAL PRINT HIGH-LOW WRAP DRESS  $44.00

Flower Print Midi Dress  $24.99

Maddy Floral Maxi | 5 Colors  $22.99

Cinch Waist Floral Midi!  $23.99

Mock Neck Floral Dress | S-3XL | 4 Colors  $23.99

Floral Peplum Top!    $23.99

Floral V-Neck Tunic  $16.99

Striped Dolphin Hem Tunic | 5 colors  $12.99

Men’s Floral Skinny Ties  $9.99

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Mother’s Day gift ideas – Amazon Great Buys

How can you make your mother feel special?   Mothers I know are always thinking of others.  This Mother’s Day, let us shower our mother’s with love and something special.

Mother’s Day is Sunday April 14, 2017

Here are some great gifts for mothers:

Jewelry

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18k Yellow Gold and Rhodium Plated Sterling Silver Two Tone Diamond Accent Leaf Lever Back Earrings    $49.55

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Platinum-Plated Sterling Silver Cubic Zirconia and Freshwater Cultured Pearl Drop Earrings   $54.67

Rose Gold Plated Sterling Silver Round Champagne Cubic Zirconia 7mm and White Cubic Zirconia Lever Back Stud Earrings

Rose Gold Plated Sterling Silver Round Champagne Cubic Zirconia 7mm and White Cubic Zirconia Lever Back Stud Earrings  $30.00

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Rebecca Minkoff Stone Mix Pulley Bracelet    $50.16

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Satya Jewelry Peridot Rose Charm Bracelet      $89.00

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Kris Nations Arrow Necklace   $42.00

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10K Gold Dainty Swarovski Elements Birthstone Pendant with Gold Filled Chain   $26.06

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Michael Kors Rose Gold Tone Heart Lock Ring, Size 7

Michael Kors Rose Gold Tone Heart Lock Ring, Size 7   $65

Perfume

Lancome La Vie Est Belle L'Eau Eau De Toilette Spray, 3.4 Ounce

Lancome La Vie Est Belle L’Eau Eau De Toilette Spray, 3.4 Ounce    $81.84

La Vie Est Belle L'eau De Parfum (50 Ml/1.7 Oz)

La Vie Est Belle L’eau De Parfum (50 Ml/1.7 Oz)     $64.19

BURBERRY Body for Women Eau de Parfum, 2.8 oz

BURBERRY Body for Women Eau de Parfum    $105.00

STELLA McCARTNEY Eau de Parfum Spray for Women, 3.3 Fluid Ounce

STELLA McCARTNEY Eau de Parfum Spray for Women, 3.3 Fluid Ounce   $61.15

 

COACH POPPY FLOWER by Coach (WOMEN) COACH POPPY FLOWER-EAU DE PARFUM SPRAY 1 OZ

 

COACH POPPY FLOWER by Coach (WOMEN) COACH POPPY FLOWER-EAU DE PARFUM SPRAY 1 OZ   $42.27

Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush w/Deep Clean Mode with Adaptive Clean Brush Head, Pink

Philips Sonicare Diamond Clean Rechargeable Toothbrush w/Deep Clean Mode with Adaptive Clean Brush Head, Pink    $180.50

Primitives By Kathy Box Sign: The World Is Full of Moms but You're My Favorite One

Primitives By Kathy Box Sign: The World Is Full of Moms but You’re My Favorite One   $12.24

Amazon Echo – Black    $179.99

The Wellness Mama Cookbook: 200 Easy-to-Prepare Recipes and Time-Saving Advice for the Busy Cook by [Wells, Katie]

The Wellness Mama Cookbook: 200 Easy-to-Prepare Recipes and Time-Saving Advice for the Busy Cook Kindle Edition    $15.99

From You Flowers - One Dozen Rainbow Roses (Free Vase Included)

From You Flowers – One Dozen Rainbow Roses (Free Vase Included)    $22.99

Gift your moms with love this Mother’s Day with these great Amazon buys!!

 

Mother’s Day Reflection

I always had a sentimental regard for my mother and maternal and paternal grandmother, however not until I became a mother of three vibrant little girls did I fully experience the most incredible sense of joyful sacrifice.  We are all familiar with the act of sacrificing some thing, some situation or something tangible and how it makes me feel bereaved and even slightly depressed.  For me the sacrifices I made to become a mother were true blessings in disguise.  I was raised with education being a key element to success and a rewarding career.  That was my aspiration early in my childhood and I know my parents had sincere intentions.  We rarely talked about dating let alone finding love.  It seemed to be a scary topic to discuss dating with my parents so I never did.  I just remember being told to focus and stay in track, I never even thought to veer off track. So fast forward to college, a unhealthy relationship, then landing a great position before I graduated ASU and then graduating, I found I had achieved my life goals! Suddenly, I had completed my B.S. and was working in corporate America.  So was this it?!  I felt something was missing.

Post Motherhood

Fast forward 2 years later and I meet a timid, soft-spoken, 6’5 handsome fellow that opened up my eyes to what I had been missing.  With all the hustle and bustles of chasing after that college degree and climbing up that ladder of never ending workforce, I hadn’t thought about my role as a wife and mother or whether finding Mr Right-for-me was possible.  Yet it was!  We both knew how central family was on this journey we lived.  We got married and soonafter our first was born.

Motherhood

Her I am now a mother of 3, a family of 5.  Am I telling you being a mother is cakewalk? No. Am I telling you to go out there and get married and have kids?  No.  What I am telling you is that Motherhood changes your WHOLE being.  For me even with those difficult days where you seemed to have done nothing but play with your children, it’s worth it!  It’s worth every second!  Motherhood comes with frustration, impatience and exhaustion.  Just ask any mom, working or stay-at-home (I have done both).  Yet the moments you realize, “What is my purpose in this life?”  This is not a question I can answer for you but for me, I have no question why Motherhood chose me.

Support One Another

In this modern age, we must all let go of the divide between us.  Yes we all are in different situations, but as mother’s we need to realize that supporting one another in this ride is what enables each other to grow and become our best possible self.  Our world needs kindness, we need compassion and great examples for charity. Mothers are the epitome of selflessness. For those who are not mothers, think about how your mother or a motherly figure has shaped your life.  We as women, have endless opportunities to reach out and help someone in need.  May we show appreciation for our mothers, grandmothers and women in our lives.  Christlike love can allow us to love unconditionally and spread positivity and kindness to those who need it.  I have a testimony that motherhood has truly brought out a kind of unconditional love that has no boundaries.  The moment a child says “I love you” is the moment you realize what life is about.  Mothers need to unite and lift each other up.  Many mothers rarely get anytime to themselves.

Here are some ways to help a fellow mother:

  1. Visit with them – Sometimes adult conversation is a great change of pace
  2. Offer to babysit for a few hours
  3. Bring a gift for just mom
  4. Offer to come over and help around the house (chores are never ending)
  5. Be kind and offer compliments

As Mother’s Day is approaching let us remind ourselves all the sacrifices mothers make and appreciate them for all they do for us.

Optimize your day with a glass of Bod•ē Pro Happy

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I recently came across a supplement that is designed to promote productivity, focus and alertness and support cognitive function called Bod•ē Pro Happy thanks to my friend Jennifer. I am so happy to try this product due to the fact that it boasts 3 very essential parts of my life.   As a stay at home mother of 3, I welcome any opportunity to boost my energy and improve my mental and physical well being in order to make my days productive and overall enjoyable.  So I decided to place an order for a FREE Sample of Happy.

What is Bod•ē Pro Happy?

Bod•ē Pro Happy is specifically designed to promote productivity, focus, alertness and support cognitive function, while increasing one’s energy.* The way you feel affects so many things in your day. Work, family, relationships, workouts — when you think about it, doesn’t everything go just a little bit better when you’re happy? Say hello to Bod•ē Happy. It’s something new, and something you’ll want to try. The new part is a new, exploding category of natural supplements popular in Europe called nootropics. Bod•ē Happy is a delicious way to gain that mental advantage in a demanding world of multi-tasking.

BodePro.com | A Culture of Happy People

 What does Bod•ē Pro Happy consist of ?

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How can Bod•ē Pro Happy help me?

3 Benefits

How do I take Bod•ē Pro Happy?

Pour contents of the Bod•ē Happy concentrate into 12-14 fl oz or more of cold, purified water. Shake well and often. As a dietary supplement, take one daily. *

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Where can I get a FREE Sample?

Free Sample of Bode

My experience with Bod•ē Pro Happy

I received my free sample of Bod•ē Pro Happy in the mail within 3 business days of ordering.  I decided to take it early in the morning after I woke up, brushed my teeth and prepared myself for the day.  I emptied the supplement into a glass of 14 ounces of cold water and gave it a very thorough stir.  Only 10 minutes of drinking the refreshingly strawberry lemon flavored drink, I felt my energy level immediately heighten!   I made breakfast for my girls and proceeded to get my daily chores done quite efficiently compared to other days.  We also had swim lessons for both my eldest daughters, back to back.  Not to mention, swim lessons were 35 minutes away in rush hour traffic.  Not only did I get my girls there on time but ran around ensuring everyone including baby was cared for!  Once we were home, I bathed all 3 girls, vacuum’ the entire house, made dinner and then did 3 loads of laundry!!  My productivity surely accelerated yesterday.  My metabolism also seems to have sped up.  I noticed a feeling as if I just did a 3-day toxic cleanse leaving my body more regulated and my digestion even more efficient.   I look forward to seeing how this supplement will help support my exterior (healthy hair, skin and nails).  I have so far been able to multi-task quite effortlessly which comes hand-in-hand with being a housewife and primary caregiver to 3 wonderfully energetic little girls.  I would highly recommend you try a FREE sample and see how HAPPY can change your day.

*If you are pregnant or nursing, or have a medical condition (including a liver condition), consult your healthcare professional before taking this product. Not recommended for children under 18 years old, individuals who frequently take alcoholic beverages, or those who get an allergic reaction. Do not use if safety seal is broken. Keep in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. *

Fitness

So here I am 7 months postpartum. With 3 little girls in tow, I must say we are on a better schedule and I am ready to get fit physically and mentally.  Being only 5’5 in stature with a husband that is 6’5, I surprisingly am quite strong, however I would like to build more upper body strength and at the same time get more toned.  Currently, I have been able to set apart 30 minutes each morning and each night to do yoga.   With a husband still in school and I being the primary caregiver, I have come to the attitude that I will not allow myself to justify the “I can’t” but will do my best with the time that I have available.  By including my little ones in my daily routine, I find that it is not only fun for them but also motivating at the same time.  This is a great way to show them how to live healthy and make it a routine.   I believe the best way to live a healthy lifestyle is being informed and having a great support system.   Being able to establish a healthy lifestyle includes making nutritious, yet healthy meals that the whole family can enjoy and also incorporating a way to exercise on a regular basis.  Being mindful of our daily habits and lifestyle can truly make a huge impact on achieving those fitness goals.

As I was browsing fitness tips, I came across this great infographic on www.shaktihimalaya.com/  that describes 4 quinessential areas of our life in which we can be more mindful of:

  1. Mindful Walking
  2. Mindful Breathing
  3. Mindful Eating
  4. Mindful Attitude

 

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May we all be more mindful each day and allow ourselves to set realistic goals to better our daily lives.

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What are some mindful changes you have or are working on in order to achieve your fitness goals?

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These are some great finds for the home just in time for Spring


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I hope you find some great ways to spend your tax refund this year!

Modern Childrearing: Establishing a Routine

When to start? Is it too early?  When the topic of “Getting into a routine” comes up in a conversation with fellow parents, you can surely expect any mom or dad with young children to shudder.  This applies especially to stay at home parents with children not in school yet.  You see, I was a full time working mother before I had children and 12 weeks after both my eldest were born, I returned to work. Routine was my middle name.  Now transition to full-time (literally) mommy.  Now enter the unplanned, unexpected delays, interruptions, uh-ohs to any planned activities, events, outings, play dates. Shall we call it the storm before the calm?  I believe there is no time like the present or if you can as early as possible.  Routine is a very close relative to habit.  We as humans tend to build habits pretty quickly after repetition. So we can apply it to childrearing as well.  Take sleep training for example.  When we brought our youngest home from the hospital, I immediately placed her in her crib whenever she slept.  Now I am not a fan of the term sleep training, it is just repetition.  I knew I had to tend to my older two, a house to keep clean, meals to prepare and I didn’t have time to hold the baby all day long.  The lesson is that as we transition into further stages in our life to learn to embrace a routine.  It keeps us “on track.” This applies to quality time nurturing and most importantly teaching them. We don’t realize much of our days consists of teaching them simple basics.  Once days become more routine (this may take time), much productivity can be achieved. With 4.75 years of parenting under my belt, I have broken up time management in 4 simple steps, I shall dub it the L.I.V.E.© Method – Lead, Inquire, Visualize, Execute

Lead 

My children are 98% more likely to follow my lead when they see me complete the task at hand. When I wake up, they wake up. When I go brush my teeth, they brush their teeth. It’s simple but for some silly reason, they must see mom and/or dad do it before they complete said task.  Leading by example can build up industrious little children, but this certainly can come with its drawbacks, so be careful what comes out of your mouth and the behavior you exhibit. As we are more cognizant of our own behavior and promptness, we can clearly see the mirroring effect on our children.

Inquire

As parents we are so quick to tell children “why” WE do things.  I have come to find that the more active a child is in a conversation, the higher the retention rate.  This is the time to stop and ask your child, what their feelings are and help them see the benefits of a structured day.  Hearing a child share their opinions can be quite refreshing.  Who wants to be told how to do something ALL the time. When you entrust a child with a sense of responsibility, they want to do their best to show that they can handle it.  So inquire of them and let them share their views. I usually get more eye contact when my daughters are talking to rather then when I am talking to them.  Engaging your child in a conversation can be so refreshing. Coming from a chatterbox like myself. This was quite difficult for me as I always had what I thought was a great thought/idea/suggestion on my mind.  My oldest who is quite the mini-me and I sure had many conversations where we were over talking each other.  Who was really “actively listening?” Let us stop and inquire of them.

Try these questions:

Why is it important to be on time?

What can you do to help yourself get up earlier?

How can you settle down for bedtime?
Visualize

No I am not asking you to fantasize about the ideal day, but rather a structured day. This can be divided in to several parts of the day (breakfast, lunch and dinner time and the activities before and after.  When we have a mindset of a checklist of to-do’s, the automatic urge is to check things off that list right?  Well that’s how my brain worked pre-marriage and pre-babies.  As we have an idea of what needs to be done, we need to write it down. Whether it’s a whiteboard magnet on your fridge, a planner, an app on your phone, think about what needs to be done and then write it down in the order it shall be completed.  Children excel when they are challenged.  If there is no push to do more, interest level drops.  Ask your child to make a list of what they think needs to be done the next day (keep it to a minimum) and write it down. 

Execute

The last and final step is execute.  When it comes to efficient time management, I know from personal experience if I have not started my day with the first few things on my to-do list done, it’s not very likely I will get to my other items on my list.  Just as Nike’s tag line, “Just do it!” When we can get ourselves out of bed in the more, our willpower seems to be much stronger then spending another 10 extra minutes snoozing.  Being realistic of course, we will have those lazy Saturdays and holidays where lazy days are acceptable. However, when it comes down to carrying out plans, we must follow through accordingly. If we don’t act, then that’s when we get behind on all other aspects of our life. 

Raising children in this modern era requires a dedicated, unwavering mentality and focus. We have the responsibility to support them, build strong work ethic and teach them to skills that help them progress in all aspects of their lives.  We must instill a sense of independence in them and ensure that they will make morally smart decisions on their own. By establishing a routine, it will help them manage their time wisely and be efficient in all that they do. Remember we all struggle with managing our time, whether it be at home or in their professional life, but one way we can ask for help is by surrounding yourself with people who are seeing success and having faith that you can attain the same.  Prayer is such a great way to let HIM know where in life you are and ask HIM where you need help. Having faith that HE is there to listen to me enables me to push forth each and every day to do better than before to improve our lives. I encourage you to LIVE and eatablishes health routines that will enable you to be the best you can each day and set goals to challenge yourself to grow exponentially. 

I love this opportunity to see my children actively think and make real world connections that will help them become helpful, productive and encouraging little members of society. 

I believe that when we are able to better manage our time, we are able to accomplish so much. This includes service to others and being a active member of our community even a little at a time. We have such an unlimited potential to make change, if we start now. There is no time like the present.