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Jane.com is one of my favorite places to order clothes and miscellaneous items. Jane.com offers daily deals that are up 80% OFF original boutique prices. If you haven’t heard about it, check it out.  There are so many stylish clothing, accessories, home decor, baby, kids and other miscellaneous items that are available to choose from. Another perk is the prices are also very affordable.

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I love how they have the most trendiest styles and just in time for Spring pieces

Here are my favorite items from Jane.com

To make a purchase simply CLICK THE TEXT LINKS BELOW, choose your size and/or color and add the item to your bag.

$1.99 + $2.99 Shipping | Bow Headbands |88 colors

$24.99 Mommy and me dress 

$40.48 Black Sands Floral dress shipped

$16.99. Summer floral midi dress (great paired with a light cardigan) | FREE SHIPPING
Wrap Floral Dress

$26.99 Wrap Floral Dress

 

$15.99 – Striped Short Sleeve Tee | S – XL

$24.99 – The Zoe Peplum Criss Cross Top

 

 

 

$7.99 – Live Love Teach T-Shirts *Teachers this is for YOU*

$13.95 – Pillow Covers | Gorgeous Fabrics

 

Spring Floral Dress / 7 Sizes
$19.99 Girls Spring Floral Dress

$12.50 Easter and Spring Rompers

$7.99 – Daddy & Me Ties Blowout

 

$14.99 Infinity Belt

$9.49 Adjustable Suspenders Baby-Youth

$12.99 – Girls Pearl Detail Sandals

$9.99 – Baby/Toddler Pillow | Protection from Flat Head Syndrome

$4.99 Classic Single Pearl drop necklace

 

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Businesses!!  If you have a product or service that you would like me to try, test and feature, please fill out the form below or send me an email and let’s collaborate.  Here is a list of products or services I am interested in

  • Modest clothing
  • Modest swimwear
  • Athleisure wear
  • Electronics
  • Books
  • Organic makeup
  • Organic skin products
  • Organic food/drink
  • Organic baby food
  • Home decor
  • Special event services
  • Special deals/promotions/contests

I would like to share products which are good for YOU and ME.  I look forward to hearing from you.  Thank you.

 

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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.

29 week bump

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.

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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 ⛵️

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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” 


https://amp.mindbodygreen.com/articles/can-you-freeze-it-a-mini-guide-to-vegetables-infographic

Happy freezing to all and to all a healthy life! 

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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

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Springtime Garden Floral Print Wrap Dress

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Tropical Paradise Floral Print High-Low Wrap Dress

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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!!

 

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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.

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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 ?

Bode Happy Ingredients

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. *

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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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Best Ways To Spend Your Tax Refund

Have you received your tax refund yet? As an affiliate, I am notified of the latest sales, deals and promotions and the newest products available before everyone else! That way I can help you save the most!

Here are some great ways to spend it and save at the same time.

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


Skyline Custom Upholstered Nail Button Tufted Wingback Bed – King, Linen Talc 15203957
Original Price: $999.99
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Safavieh Safi Dhurry Rug, Grey/Ivory 17351802
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Kaleidoscope Mini Set with Storage Tote – Black/Gray (Twin Extra Long), Gray Black White 17008518
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Windham Tall Storage Cabinet with Drawer black – Threshold 16508094
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Saveaha Nightstand – Light Beige – Signature Design By Ashley 51913590
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Bordeaux Eggshell Fabric Ottoman Eggshell – Christopher Knight Home 17455117
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Parson Dining Chair Wood/Teal (Blue) Geo (Set of 2) – HomePop 49162694
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Cocktail Rectangular Table Brown – Steve Silver Co. 21445793
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Tara Stripe Light Blocking Curtain Panel Ivory (50″x95″) – Eclipse 51666977
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Thermal Shield Jardin Thermal Lined Room Darkening Faux Silk- Embroidered Curtain Panel – Blue (54″x63″) 18807176
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Homedics SoundSpa Lullaby, White 51508525
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KitchenAid Classic Mixing Bowls Set of 3 White 51872538
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I hope you find some great ways to spend your tax refund this year!

Parenting

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.