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The Most Simple Way To Boost Your Mood

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A Simple Way To Boost Mood

A pen, paper and a resoluteness to find my thankful. This is the most simple way I have found to boost my mood.

I know, I know. You have heard it before, it is nothing new — make a list of things you are thankful for and it could change you. It has even been studied. It may seem simple. but sometimes the most simple solution can be the most profound.

Even in my hardest days of cancer and chemo, even in my darkest days of anxiety, choosing to find something to be thankful for and deliberately writing my finds in list form changed me and helped get me through.

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ANTI-PROCRASTINATION

Anti-Procrastination Weekly Update & Goals

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Weekly Update

I’ve been hit by the spring cleaning bug! The problem is, I need to organize and declutter before I can do deep cleaning. Well, today is the day. The sun is shining and I am finally motivated to hit an area of our home that just keeps collecting clutter.

We have a landing area in our upstairs.  I have to walk through it to get to my bedroom, and it is a disaster. I have not been able to clear it completely since we cleaned out our office room and gave it to our oldest daughter, Teagan.

She needed some extra space, and as the office was connected to her room, it made sense to give up our home office. She now has both rooms and I now have a whole bunch of clutter from our old office that I must get rid of or find a new home for.

Ya’ll. I cannot wait to have this DONE. I would do a before and after picture, but seriously, I am too prideful! It is that bad.

I sent a photo to my sister over Snapchat and she laughed at me. {Insert laughy face emoji here}

Ugh, why oh why do I procrastinate? I’m going to obey my own free printable below and Be Encouraged, Be Inspired, and GET SOMETHING DONE!

 

Anti-Procrastination Free Printable

A Visual Encouragement to Reach Your Goals

 

Anti-Procrastination Free Printable

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Weekly Goals

MEAL PLAN — grocery list +5 meals

DATES — my Todd, my girls, one close friend

DO A PIN — I want to do this in our sunroom!

 

Inspiration for sunroom, now to not pr

 

Daily Personal Health Goals

SPIRITUAL — journal, Scripture, pray, meditate

MOVE BODY — walk/jog; yoga or strength training; Abs, Core & Pelvic Floor

HYDRATE & NUTRIENTS — water (80 oz a day); leafy greens & berries, vitamins, powdered greens, seeds

READING — Dr. Fuhrman’s Super Immunity   Chia: The Complete Guide to the Ultimate Superfood

HOME GOALS — everyday home chore systems to keep my home clean in minutes a day.

 

Favorite Things

Vitamix Professional Series Brushed Silver

We use the amazing Vitamix kitchen appliance several times a day. Our whole family uses it and I really can’t imagine not having a high-speed blender! We use it for smoothies and making homemade almond butter, pureeing soups and making homemade salad dressings.

 

Whole Earth Stevia + Monk Fruit Sweetener

I first tried this Whole Earth Sweetener when I ordered an iced green tea at Starbucks. I was pleasantly surprised that they offered a healthy sugar substitute. I have struggled with stevia because it tastes bitter to me, so when I saw that this brand added monk fruit to it, I was hopeful.

Let me tell you, I love this! No bitterness. It is so sweet that I only use half a package. I bought some on Amazon and I know these little packets will last me a long time! So easy to throw in my purse!

 

Burt Bees Natural Tinted Lip Moisturizer

I have been having more days where I keep a full face of makeup off, and just put essential oils on my face for a healthy natural glow.

This Burt Bees Natural Tinted Lip Moisturizer is great lip balm and has just a hint of color. On bare face days, if I’m feeling a bit pale and tired I will even use a touch of this lip moisturizer on my cheeks as a quick cream blush.

 

Paderno Veggie Spiralizer

I will have some posts coming up to show you how we have been spiralizing using the Paderno Veggie Spiralizer and eating a rainbow of veg! In the meantime, follow along on Instagram, and check out my ‘food prep’ highlights. You will see examples of me spiralizing away, and see how pretty it all looks stored in jars in my refrigerator.

 

Recipes Goals

Recipes I Want To Make This Week

Tortellini Minestrone

Bruschetta Chicken

Quick Korean Beef over Rice

Cranberry Walnut Salad

Easy French Lentil Soup

Spaghetti with Zoodles

No Bake Peanut Butter Oat Energy Balls

4 Ingredient Homemade Protein Bars

Seasoned Lentils

Watch my Instagram Stories to see some of these recipes. I often capture my cooking process!

 

Essential Oil Recipe of The Week

Rocky Mountain Oils are my oils of choice. I just love them–their scent is so pure and I really appreciate the free shipping!

 

Focus Blend

This week my featured essential oils blend recipe is a bit different. It is for a roller bottle instead of a diffuser. I love rolling this on my wrists or temples when I need some extra focus while working.

 

5 drops Peppermint

5 drops Orange

Carrier oil of choice.

Put drops in a 10 ml roller bottle. Fill the rest of the bottle with a carrier oil of choice – jojoba oil, almond oil, fractionated coconut oil, grapeseed oil etc). I used jojoba oil. Add top of the bottle and shake to mix. Roll away (on temples, neck, wrists or behind ears) when focus is needed.

 

Need a diffuser? This is my fav essential oils diffuser!

 

Weekly/Bi-Weekly Staple Recipes

Instant Pot Yogurt

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Instant Pot Quinoa

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Black Beans

Restaurant Style Salsa

Stove Top Granola

Homemade Almond Butter

 


WHAT ABOUT YOU?

What are you wanting to get done this week?

What recipes are you planning on making?

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FAMILY Leaving A Legacy

My Girls, My Lovelies

Words from a 2 time cancer survivor Mom to her 3 daughters. Sweet word of wisdom from Psalms.

Leaving a Legacy

As a 2-time cancer survivor, I’ve learned (most days) to look at life with the tangible knowledge that it could end at any given moment. None of us know how long we have here on this earth.

This legacy series is written for my 3 girls, my Lovelies, as my way of attempting to leave a legacy for them.  To speak of the important things, the things I most want them to know.

A Legacy For My 3 Lovelies

I called them my Lovelies much more often when they were young. Now that they are teens, I do not say it often, as it gets weird looks and an occasional eye roll. Ha! But never-the-less, they are SO lovely in my eyes, even when their eyes roll at me!

Lovelies:

having a beauty that appeals to the heart or mind as well as to the eye; gracefully beautiful.

Teagan, Colsie & Avery, this is how I see you. I’m overwhelmed by your beauty inside and out. I know the One who created you will continue to do a work of beauty in you. I’m so proud of the 3 of you, and I’m so honored to be your Mom.

 

An Excerpt From My Journal

Inspired by Psalm 91

 

To My 3 Lovelies,

 

Sit in his presence.

So safe.

Protected.

 

Do you feel it, tucked in His shadow? Fully Know. Fully loved.

Make this your go-to place, trust the safety of His complete love for you.

 

He will show you where to go, what to do.

He will rescue you and shield you from enemy plans of harm.

 

Look up. Do you see it?

His great outstretched arms protecting you.

 

You are enveloped.

Perfectly safe.

 

Do you feel Him?

Even when numb, He holds you.

 

Do not fear, you are always held.

Fear not.

Not when life is dark and loud thoughts come.

 

Remember where you are…completely covered in His safe shadow.

Underneath His mighty arms, in His gentle hands.

 

All is fought for you.

Battles won.

 

No sickness

No disaster

Nothing will faze or graze you.

 

You will be removed from the path of harm, protected

You will experience hardship in this world, but stay tucked

Watch from a distance, a margin brought on by trust.

 

He is your safety net

A hammock for your heart.

 

Your very own personalized perfect home, there in His arms.

Yes, you are safe in His arms!

 

Evil can’t touch you.

Surrounded, sealed tight

 

Warrior angels watch over you.

Guarded, you are.

 

If you trip up they will help you step up.

It is their job to keep your head up.

 

You will tread through hardship–even the scariest

Unharmed.

 

Hold fast. Sit tight.

When hardship comes, reach out for His hand, hold tight.

 

Grip & grit.

Stay with Him.

 

He sees you and will get you out of trouble.

You will receive His best care.

 

Your job?

 

a restful knowing

a leaning in

a pursuit of the One who holds you.

 

Get to know Him!

Choose Him!

 

The more you know Him,

the more you will choose Him,

the more you will trust Him.

 

My Lovelies.

Are you troubled?

Are you in trouble?

 

Say His name.

Call it out or maybe just whisper it?

 

He will always hear.

He will answer and be at your side

A neverending presence.

 

You are in the best of care!

 

I am a Mom, heart gripped with love for you

Even then, I know I can relax and release you.

 

You are His and I know that He:

 

Celebrates you!

Dances over you!

 

He will give you eternal life.

Just think, a neverending Presence!

 

Nest in, sweet Lovelies.

Settle down and settle in.

 

Be still

Trust

Grip firm with grit

 

Stay tucked and enveloped.

Yes! Experience His neverending, overwhelming love.

 

Love,

Your Forever Mom


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5 Items In My Amazon Cart

Take a peak into my Amazon cart

Items In My Amazon Cart

Below are 5 items that you would see if you peeked into my Amazon shopping cart. Do you ever peek at others shopping carts to see what they are buying?

I’m especially guilty of this when I shop at Trader Joes…it is so fun to see what others think is worth their hard earned money.

Many of the links below are affiliate links, so if you click through to Amazon and do any shopping, I will get a small percentage and you will be supporting this blog, for which I am so grateful!

 

5 Pack Glass Meal Prep Containers

These food prep containers with lids are BPA free and the exact size I have been looking for. Great for keeping meal prep nice and simple or for using leftovers.

I love how they are see-through glass and can stack in my refrigerator, and can go straight from refrigerator or freezer to microwave for reheating.

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ANTI-PROCRASTINATION

Anti-Procrastination Weekly Update and Goals

Spiraled cucumbers, carrots and green pepper. Spiralized vegetables

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Weekly Update

We have really embraced the goal of eating high nutrient food in our household lately, and it has been quite fun!

My Todd and I are reading Dr. Fuhrman’s Super Immunity book–meaning we both are reading on our own Kindles, viewing each other’s highlighted text and discussing as we go.

High nutrient foods include lots of veggies in lots of different bright colors, and my trusty spiralizer has been dusted off and used like crazy this week! Why have I not been using this thing on a regular basis?

Just look at those beautiful ribbons or cucumber in the above photo! It is so easy to use and can prep veggies to eat in just seconds.

I will have some posts coming up to show you how we have been sprializing, using and eating a rainbow of veg! In the meantime, follow along on Instagram, and check out my ‘food prep’ highlights. You will see examples of me sprializing away, and see how pretty it all looks stored in jars in my refrigerator.

 

Anti-Procrastination Free Printable

A Visual Encouragement to Reach Your Goals

Anti-Procrastination Free Printable

{want this FREE printable? keep scrolling}

Weekly Goals

MEAL PLAN — grocery list +5 meals

DATES — my Todd, my girls, one close friend

DO A PIN — Chocolate Chia Cake

 

Daily Personal Health Goals

SPIRITUAL — journal, Scripture, pray, meditate

MOVE BODY — walk/jog; yoga or strength training; Abs, Core & Pelvic Floor

HYDRATE & NUTRIENTS — water (80 oz a day); leafy greens & berries, vitamins, powdered greens, seeds

READING — Eat To Live Cookbook by Dr. Fuhrman;  Chia: The Complete Guide to the Ultimate Superfood

HOME GOALS — everyday home chore systems to keep my home clean in minutes a day.

 

Weekly Verse

Ephesians 4:32 Bible Verse

Favorite Things

Ecco Eggs Natural Coloring Kit

I love that my girls are not too old to color eggs, and this kit is non-toxic and uses coloring dyes are made with natural and organic fruit, plant and vegetable extracts. It is also a grass growing kit. So cute.

Vitamix Professional Series Brushed Silver

We use this amazing kitchen appliance several times a day. It one of my most favorite things for years.  Our whole family uses it!

Ziplock Smoothie Packs. Frozen fruit in a ziplock bag for smoothies.

 

I keep Ziplock Smoothie Packs in the freezer, so my girls can help themselves whip them up in seconds using our Vitamix. Today I will be making homemade almond butter, which tastes divine!

 

Recipes Goals

Recipes I Want To Make This Week

 {watch my Instagram Stories to see some of these recipes. I often capture my cooking process!}

Cashew Chicken

Easy French Lentil Soup

Spaghetti with Zoodles

3 Ingredient Healthy Peanut Butter Dip

4 Ingredient Homemade Protein Bars

Garlic Noodles

Seasoned Lentils

Chickpea Cookie Dough

Spring Blossom Essential oil recipe

Essential Oil Recipe of The Week

Rocky Mountain Oils are my oils of choice. I just love them–their scent is so pure and I really appreciate the free shipping!

 

Spring Rain

4 drops Lavender

4 drops Cedarwood 

4 drops Grapefruit

Basil is a herbal aroma, perfect for spring! Peppermint helps awaken and energize. Lime is a mood uplifter the scent is invigorating. Diffuse away!

Need a diffuser? This is my fav essential oils diffuser!

 

Weekly/Bi-Weekly Staple Recipes

Instant Pot Yogurt

Instant Pot Steel Cut Oats

Instant Pot Quinoa

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Instant Pot Black Beans

Restaurant Style Salsa

Stove Top Granola

Homemade Almond Butter

 


WHAT ABOUT YOU?

What are you wanting to get done this week?

What recipes are you planning on making?

Are you on Pinterest? Share a favorite pin you want to accomplish.

 

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