Anti-Procrastination

Anti-Procrastination Tuesday

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 Here Are My Goals…What Are Yours?

                                                                                                                              (please share!)

EVERY MONTH GOALS 2016

~Meaningful Marriage (Love Todd Well)

~Meaningful Parenting (Love Kids Well)

~Meaningful Home (Loving Home Environment + Beautiful Home Atmosphere)

~Computer Clutter (Notes, Reminders, Photos, Emails, Posts)

~Blog Posts In Order (Plan Ahead; Work Efficiently)

~Socialize (Social Media Flow + In Real Life Socializing With Loved Ones)

 

EVERY WEEK GOALS 2016

~Up Early Every Week Day (Start Day With God & What Matters)

~Blog Posts Planned For The Week (Work Efficiently)

~Home Blessing Hour (One Hour of Cleaning…Dust, Bathrooms, Sweep,  Mop, Vacuum)

~Date With One Of My 3 Lovelies (Girls are Growing Up. Do It Now!)

~Grocery List/Meal Plan (To Feed Them Well)

~Move Body (Walk, Yoga, Strength Training)

~Greens + Water Every Day (Hydrate + Nutrients)

~Clean Mama Monthly Rotating Cleaning goals

 

SPECIFIC GOALS LAST WEEK

~get newsletter out

~print CB journal

~take ring photos

 

SPECIFIC GOALS THIS WEEK

~laundry put away

~plan garden

~my bedroom rescue

~great work habits

Home Zone This Week

Entrance, Front Porch, Dining Room —(15 minutes a day in said zone)

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~sweep porch

~cobwebs

~windows

~front door scrub down

~dining room bin on shelf sorted

 

Hot Spot This Week(5 minutes a day in said hot spot)

Laundry Room —(5 minutes a day in said hot spot)

~lint/trash

~blankets to a new home

~tools collected

~wipe down washer/dryer

~vacuum

~clear table

 

Computer Hot Spot: (getting my digital organization on!)

~Immediate folder in gmail

 

Last Week’s Most Clicked On Links:

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2 Ingredient Pizza Dough | Table For Seven

 

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Healthy Burrito Bowls | The Fit Tutor

 

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Easy Homemade Granola | Watch What You Eat

 

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Color Block Succulent Planters | Just A Little Creativity

 

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Best Blueberry Lemonade | Artsy Momma 365

 

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Best Goulash Ever | All She Cooks

 

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Holidays/Parties Homemade Gifts Mothers Day Sponsored

Why I’m Getting My Mom Butter For Mother’s Day

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My Mom is the type who loves me no matter what I do–even if I were to get her butter for Mother’s Day–which is what I plan on doing.  Butter as in BUTTER CHARDONNAY!

A Mother’s Day Butter Chardonnay Gift Basket

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I made my Mom this fun wine gift basket for Mother’s Day, and I just might add a real tub of butter in it right before I give it to her, because, who doesn’t love butter? My Mom has a great sense of humor and would smile at my butter tub.

I know for certain that the star of the gift basket,  JaM Cellars Butter Chardonnay, will bring a smile to my Mama’s face.

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Isn’t she beautiful? My Mom’s name is Sharon Rose, but even though there is a beautiful flower in her name, I think she would enjoy a bottle of delicious wine over a bouquet of flowers as a Mother’s Day. She deserves a gift that will delight her and that is as fun as she is. I didn’t want a typical Mother’s Day gift for her. I wanted to personalize a gift for her that would put a smile on her face, show her that I know her and was thoughtful with what I bought her, and one that would pamper her.

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I had a ton of fun choosing gifts to fill my basket, and I cannot wait for her to see them, which she will when she read this post. She is my biggest fan and has to live with me posting her gifts online before she even receives them! She won’t mind, especially after she tastes the wine! This wine melts in your mouth! It is smooth, ‘buttery,’ and drinkable with just about anything.

JaM Cellars Butter Chardonnay is  100% Chardonnay, grown in sunny California spots with just the right touch of cool from the coast. JaM Cellars uses great winemaking traditions to make easy-to-love, everyday California and Napa Valley wines. “JaM is actually short for John and Michele, second-generation vintners who own and run JaM Cellars. They have a passion and gift for making exceptional quality wines. You can find Butter Chardonnay in a store near you with the JaM Cellars WineFinder. It is at select stores across the nation including Wholefoods, Kroger & more.

How To Make A Customized Wine Gift Basket

Choose a Wine

I chose JaM Cellars Butter Chardonnay & you should too! Rich, bold, easy-to-love creamy Cali Chardonnay. It is Butter-licious, aged in a blend of oak for a lovely, long, vanilla finish that’s uniquely Butter! Especially choose this wine if the gift basket is for your Mom, because Mom’s deserve Butter!

Choose a Basket

~Choose one that fits the taste and personality of your recipient. I think my Mom is going to love this modern, gold geometric basket. If she doesn’t like the basket, no worries–I will steal it!

~Choose one that will coordinate with your wine. My item was of course, JaM Cellars Butter Chardonnay, so I chose modern & fun, gold with cool angles.

~Choose one big enough to hold all of the gifts you want to include.

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Add something sparkly or something with texture

I got my love of sparkly things from my Mom so when I saw this sparkly ball I knew it would be the great added touch. It is like adding a bow to the package but it is one that is usable and will remind her of me for years to come. It was between this sparkly ball or another ball I found that was soft and fuzzy. I could not have gone wrong with either! Sparkly or soft texture would both add a great effect.

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Add a candle

Wine and candles are always a good thing! I’m loving the wickless- type candles that are battery operated.  My Mom adores scented candles, but she also has some sensitivities to certain scents, so I played it safe and got her a wickless candle. I found one that had the perfect saying on it. It says “You Are My Sunshine.” She IS my sunshine, and it also looked so great with the rest of the basket. I thought the gold basket has a sunburst type quality to it, plus the black, gold and yellow color scheme of the candle fits perfectly, so the word “sunshine” just works for me!

Decided On a Color & Accent Color

~ I used the color of the label of JaM Cellars Butter Chardonnay bottle for my main color

~Choose an accent color or two.  Keep it minimal. I choose black, shades of gold and yellow, and grey.

Add a personal touch

I added a picture of my Mom with my niece and nephew– her grandkids. It is one of my most favorite pictures of her.  A photo is always a great way to add a personal touch, and the photo frame is a great way to add color to your basket. I purposefully chose a holder for the picture that is clip board style, because my Mom makes beautiful art and I thought she could exchange the picture for her drawings if she so desired.

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Add some sweets

My Mom loves butterscotch candies so I thought they would be very fitting for my Butter Chardonnay basket! She also loves chocolate so I added some and paid attention to the wrapper, making sure it would coordinate with the rest of the basket. There were other chocolates that she would like but they were in a variety of bright-colored wrappers. Coordination is key when putting together a beautiful gift basket! Choose sweets with wrappers that coordinate, and again, keep colors to a minimum to avoid clashing & get a more streamlined, professional, custom look.

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Add a filler

This could be anything from shredded paper, to a set of fun cloth napkins or place mats. I chose to use soft grey tissue paper.

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I Love You, Mom!

I sure hope my Mom feels spoiled when she receives her gift. I hope she feels loved and knows what a gift she is to me. She is so fun and has always shown me how to embrace the part of myself that is free spirit. She would sing silly to me as a child, which I passed down to  my children by doing the same when they were young. She giggles when something delights her and her eyes twinkle when she does. She delights in small details, that too many walk through this life and miss.  I love my Mom!

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Want to know more about JaM Cellars Wines?

~Their 2014 Butter Chardonnay and 2014 JaM Cabernet won SILVER at the 2016 San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Awards.

~Follow JaM on Facebook and Instagram for daily wine-spiration.

~Sign up for their monthly newsletter called The Scoop!  to get news on Butter, JaM and Toast!

~Follow/Like JaM Cellars on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter | @JaMCellars  Be sure to search #JaMCellars

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What about you?

Wouldn’t you love this Butter Chardonnay Basket for Mother’s Day? Yep…me too.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Anti-Procrastination

Anti-Procrastination Tuesday

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 Here Are My Goals…What Are Yours?

                                                                                                                              (please share!)

ALL MONTH GOALS

~Meaningful Marriage (Love Todd Well/Date Night)

~Meaningful Parenting (Love Kids Well)

~Meaningful Home (Loving Environment + Beautiful Home Atmosphere)

~Computer Clutter (Notes, Reminders, Photos, Emails, Posts)

~Socialize (Social Media Flow + In Real Life Socializing With Loved Ones)

~Computer Clutter (Notes, Reminders, Photos, Emails, Posts)

 

EVERY WEEK GOALS

~Blog Posts Planned For The Week (Work Efficiently)

~Home Blessing Hour (One Hour of Cleaning..Dust, Bathrooms, Sweep, Mop, Vacuum)

~Date With One Of My 3 Lovelies (Girls are Growing Up. Do It Now!)

~Grocery List/Meal Plan (To Feed Them Well)

 

DAILY GOALS

~God Time (journal, Scripture, pray, meditate)

~Move Body (Walk, Yoga, Strength Training)

~Hydrate + Nutrients (Greens & Berries + Vitamins + Water Every Day)

 

~SPECIFIC GOALS LAST WEEK

~get newsletter out

~bathroom cabinet

~basement carpets cleaned

 

~SPECIFIC GOALS THIS WEEK

~get newsletter out

~print CB journal

~take ring photos

 

HOME ZONE THIS WEEK

Living Room/Family Room–(15 minutes/day OR 1 1/2 hours/week in said zone)

~vacuum couches

~wash living room windows

~dust branches & window sills/trim & door trim

~clean wood floor

 

HOT SPOT THIS WEEK

Desk Upstairs– (5 minutes/day OR 25 minutes/week in said hot spot)

~clean out drawers

 

COMPUTER HOT SPOT

Cull Photos–(getting my digital organization on!)

 

LAST WEEK’S MOST CLICKED ON LINKS:

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One Pan Chicken & Broccoli | Everyday made Fresh

 

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Condo Renovations Living Room | Your Charmed Life

 

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Moong Dal Bhajiya/Lentil Fritters | Cookilicious

 

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Severe Anxiety Symptoms – Words From My Journal

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I’ve written a bit here at New Nostalgia about mental illness and my story of anxiety.  It was about this time last year when severe anxiety symptoms were taking over my world and I had no idea what it really was.  I had dealt with anxiety in the past, but I didn’t know what severe anxiety felt like, as it can feel different for every person. It manifested itself for me in physical symptoms, and with my Stage 3 breast cancer history, these symptoms brought on fear that my cancer was back. It was all very confusing. I was sick and I didn’t know why.

After spending most of last summer getting test after test, poked, prodded and scanned; and after coming off hormone- blocking cancer meds, detoxing from mood meds, & trying several different anti-depressants, we finally found an answer. My doctor decided to try a specific anti-anxiety medication, and I felt better almost immediately.  I am so thankful that I am still in remission and am finding my way back to optimal health.

My therapist had me write about what it felt like it in my journal, which was quite therapeutic, but I have never shared those writings until now. It was all just too raw and I needed time to heal before telling this part of my story.

My hope is that in the telling, it will create awareness & help someone else who is experiencing the same type of confusing symptoms that I was. There is hope & answers in the midst of severe anxiety!

My Severe Anxiety Symptoms

Journal Entry 2015

Heart palpitations, a feeling of adrenaline pumping out of control.  The feeling one gets when they are about to take the stage in front of large crowd.  Stomach nervous, breathing erratic, heart pounding, nervousness. Butterflies in my stomach, a not-so-nice fluttering. 

Lying on the couch, in the middle of a television show, minding my own business.  Out of nowhere I feel an uncomfortable flutter & stomach tightening. I was all of a sudden a ball of nerves with no reason to be nervous. Baffling.  My Todd watching TV next to me and has no idea my inward struggle. It would come on so quickly.  I take deep breaths in order to find equilibrium & calm.

I never worked.

I jolt awake in the morning and before I have the chance to think a thought I have nausea and a feeling of dread.  It just comes, or actually, is just there to greet me, waiting until my eyes open and my brain is aware of, well, nothing really, accept that I feel so ill.

Nausea before I am vertical. I deep breathe and wonder what it is that I am so on edge about, besides feeling sick before the day even begins.

It is like I am hyper alert. I dread anyone needing anything from me. The phone buzzes telling me of a text and I jump. Every. Time. My body responds like this to odd things, automatically, in ways I can’t control. My mind thinks “oh no” &  I look at my phone like “WHAT?” I don’t want anyone to want anything from me. There is no overflow. Dealing with myself has overwhelmed the overflow.  

I want to sleep in but the nausea is so intense that I just lay in misery.  I am aware of my swallowing my own saliva & dread the next swallow as even that brings on nausea.  Brushing my teeth in the morning is a chore, I hate it, the awful taste of toothpaste.  Making lunches for my girls is torturous. The smell of peanut butter sends me into the bathroom.  I heave.  Always dry, of which I am thankful, but I heave and tears stream mixed with leftover mascara from the night before. I look into the mirror and see bloodshot eyes & hollow dark circles staring back at me.

Appetite has disappeared, it is amazing how much I miss it.  I am a foodie, a lover of food.  What will I blog about?  How will I feed my family? Meal planning is impossible when everything sounds nauseating.  

I find relief from the nausea by late afternoon most days.  I try to make up for calories lost, and in the evening eat as much as I can.  

My frame is wasting away.  I drop 20 pounds in 2 months.  My thighs are skin and bone.  I don’t like how they look.  Chicken legs.

Even through 4 months of chemo I did not lose this much weight or feel this constant sickness.

What is wrong with me?

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{Last summer, with my sweet Colsie girls, a brave smile…and my chicken legs.}

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I’m so thankful I found answers, that it is a new year and I’ve gained that 20 pounds back.

I will share more of my journal entries & my anxiety story in upcoming posts.

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Can you relate? Have you ever had anxiety manifest itself in physical symptoms? Did you know right away that what you were feeling was anxiety?  Have you found answers?

Anti-Procrastination

Anti-Procrastination Tuesday

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 Here Are My Goals…What Are Yours?

                                                                                                                              (please share!)

ALL MONTH GOALS

~Meaningful Marriage (Love Todd Well/Date Night)

~Meaningful Parenting (Love Kids Well)

~Meaningful Home (Loving Environment + Beautiful Home Atmosphere)

~Computer Clutter (Notes, Reminders, Photos, Emails, Posts)

~Socialize (Social Media Flow + In Real Life Socializing With Loved Ones)

~Computer Clutter (Notes, Reminders, Photos, Emails, Posts)

 

EVERY WEEK GOALS

~Blog Posts Planned For The Week (Work Efficiently)

~Home Blessing Hour (One Hour of Cleaning..Dust, Bathrooms, Sweep, Mop, Vacuum)

~Date With One Of My 3 Lovelies (Girls are Growing Up. Do It Now!)

~Grocery List/Meal Plan (To Feed Them Well)

 

DAILY GOALS

~God Time (journal, Scripture, pray, meditate)

~Move Body (Walk, Yoga, Strength Training)

~Hydrate + Nutrients (Greens & Berries + Vitamins + Water Every Day)

 

~SPECIFIC GOALS LAST WEEK

~shop for tv stand

~get newsletter out

~hall closet organized

~3 drawers in hallway organized

 

~SPECIFIC GOALS THIS WEEK

~get newsletter out

~bathroom cabinet

~basement carpets cleaned

 

HOME ZONE THIS WEEK

Master Bedroom, Bathroom, Closet–(15 minutes/day OR 1 1/2 hours/week in said zone)

 

HOT SPOT THIS WEEK

Upstairs Desk — (5 minutes/day OR 25 minutes/week in said hot spot)

 

COMPUTER HOT SPOT

Inbox–(getting my digital organization on!)

 

LAST WEEK’S MOST CLICKED ON LINKS:

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Sheet Pan Cajun Chicken | Everyday Made Fresh

 

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A Thrifty Week | Harvest Lane Cottage

 

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Overnight Oats 2 Ways | Making it in the Mountains

 

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