Little Pick-Me-Ups

It’s Simple Really.

I want to be happy all the time, like in the movies.

When I start to feel like I’m not happy I inject some happy into my life.

Here are some of the things I do that help me feel happy all the time.

  • Buy Fresh Flowers
  • Eat Fresh Fruit (Cantaloupe, Berries, Watermelon)
  • Drink Infused Water (Cucumber or Coconut)
  • Dark Chocolate (any chocolate will work)
  • Drink Tea
  • Focus on Nothing but Sitting Straight for 10 Minutes (it calms me down, helps with my posture and makes me feel refreshed)
  • Get Fresh Air and Sunlight
  • Herbal Teas
  • Indulge in “Better Option” Sweets (Chocolate Covered Strawberries)
  • Listen to My Favorite Music
  • Stretch
  • Tell Someone I Love Them
  • Use Glitter
  • Wash My Face
  • Watch movies/pictures of puppies and kittens
  • Wine (specifically a glass of Cabernet)

Here are some reminders that help me stay on top of my game:

  • Avoid Salt
  • Eat Healthy (no sugar, no caffeine)
  • Exercise
  • Let Others Talk (you don’t always need to be saying something)
  • Stay Hydrated
  • Take My Vitamin

What are some of your favorite things to do for a little pick me up?

FREE Grocery List Printable

Going grocery shopping always seems like such a chore. I decided that I was going to take the work out of making a list every time and make a master list.

This way I can print it out and leave it on the counter and then each week when I realize I’m out of something I can just highlight it – no need for random reminders in every room of the house!

I hope my list makes your life easier!

P.S. – I left room so you can add your items to the bottom!

Weekly Grocery List

Weekend Meal Prep

The weekends for me are always a little crazy. From dishes and laundry to meeting up with family, there never seems to be enough time. This is why I like to spend my evenings after work at home relaxing (not getting ready for the next day). So I have established what I believe to be a pretty good system.

Saturday is for any errands and cleaning that don’t include groceries or laundry.

On Sunday, I spend the morning getting all of the laundry done and piled nice and high on the bed (the dog loves to snuggle in it). Then put together a grocery list for 2 weeks and head out to the store. I will share more on our monthly meal planning and grocery list next week!!!

I have 5 containers (I used recycled Prego jars here, but you can use anything).

In each container, I combine the following (based on what I want in each salad every day so that it doesn’t get boring).

Note: Put dry and heavy ingredients on the bottom so they don’t smash the lettuce.

Options:

  • Spinach
  • Crunchy Lettuce
  • Other Greens
  • Broccoli Bits
  • Peppers
  • Carrots
  • Olives
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Nuts (I am allergic so I don’t even go there)
  • Fruit (Apples, Pears, Blueberries, Strawberries)
  • Bean Sprouts

Then I store my chicken, steak, bacon, meat of choice pre-cooked and cut up in a ziplock bag for right before I am going to eat my salad.

We have a big fridge at work so I can take all 5 jars in on Monday, and not have to worry about bringing lunch all week. So easy!

I don’t put on my protein, avocado, dressing or cheese on until I am eating the salad because it gets slimy.

What are your weekend meal prep tips? What other toppings would you add? Let me know!!

Menu Theme Ideas for Your Next Celebration

I love coming up with new ideas for feeding everyone when we have people over. My favorite is when I can serve food buffet style and make it easy for everyone to put toppings on so that picky eaters can enjoy as well.

Here are a few ides for you that I have come up with:

  • January
    • So many Soups!
    • Meal Prep Party
  • February
    • Brunch / Breakfast
  • March
    • Sushi Night
  • April
    • Desserts, Desserts, Desserts
  • May
    • May’d in a Muffin Pan
    • May-ke your own Pizza
  • June
    • Super Salads
  • July
    • Wine Tasting
    • Grill Off
  • August
    • Fair / Festival Food
  • September
    • Cooked on a Campfire
  • October
    • Crock-Off
  • November
    • Holiday Cookie Exchange
  • December
    • Chili Cook Off

What are your favorite items to serve at parties??

Fears and Hopes for my Son

My biggest fear was how do you go about raising a strong, kind man in a world like today. When even our president makes demeaning comments about women?

This isn’t just about equality and sexism. I believe everyone is different and everyone is equal. I want to tell him to be strong and manly and that be okay. BUT… if he likes dolls and dresses – that’s cool too.

I just don’t know how to explain to him in today’s world that it’s okay to be tough and determined regardless of what you are fighting for without sounding sexist.

FEARS…here are just a few more of mine:

  • He won’t want to be my buddy.
  • I don’t know anything about sports.
  • He will be too strong for me.
  • Breastfeeding. Is it weird because he’s male and I’m a female?
  • He’s going to get someone pregnant. I might not like her. I hope he gets married first. What if she’s a bitch?
  • Circumcision seems really cruel (leave that one up to the hubs.)
  • I hate the word Penis. HATE. It just freaks me out.
  • I will never be able to have nice things because they are all going to get broken.
  • I’m not a good cook and boys eat a lot.
  • He’s going to have friends. Gross friends. They are going to do dumb stuff.
  • All my friends and family have girls. Guess play dates are out.
  • My dad is going to like this kid more than me.
  • My mom is going to be sad she isn’t having a granddaughter.
  • Boys are bigger than girls and I have to push that thing out my…
  • If our second is a girl, he won’t have a brother and I will have failed him.

HOPES…what I want to teach my son:

  • Be Kind. To yourself, to women, to other men, to elderly, to those in need. Just be kind.
  • Be Strong and Be Tough. Your determination will help you get through anything.
  • Be Yourself. If you like sports. Great! If you like music, Great! If you like art, Great!
  • Dress Well. It changes how people perceive you. Wear a belt, wear a tie occasionally, and don’t have holes in your pants and food on your shirt. You have a home, please look like it.
  • Shave & cut Your Hair.  There is NOTHING better than a well-groomed man (or human for that matter) .
  • Wear Cologne. You ever want to get married? Smell like it.