The Pathway to a Healthier You

Let’s face it, most of us are not our healthiest selves. But how do we become a healthier person, and what exactly does that mean? Well, there are three points to touch on if you ask me. Let’s dive in a little deeper.

Quit getting sick!

This is a lot easier said than done. And getting healthier while you are sick is even harder to do! So the best way to combat is to do everything you can to avoid getting sick.

I am a big believer in holistic health. Essential oils, natural foods and products, etc. I’m not a full-on hippy, but I am known to always suggest the more natural way to health.

If you are wanting to try essential oils, I suggest starting small and doing your research. My obsession has grown over the last couple years, but I am still a novice and probably not the best person to teach about oils. What I do suggest is staying away from MLMs like Young Living or DoTerra. They mark up their prices way too high and you can get quality essential oils elsewhere.

If you are interested in a post about essential oils, leave me a comment!

Other ways to avoid getting sick are the obvious suggestions, wash your hands regularly, avoid people who are ill, sanitize often, wash your clothing and bedding regularly, etc.

Eat right, and get Active

Back to the all natural foods I mentioned earlier. If you know me, you know I love to eat. You also know that I love food that is not good for me. However, unfortunately, I know better.

Every time I eat right and go on a “Diet” or a “Life Style Change”, I feel 10X better! I can tell when I am eating crappy and I tend to get sick easier when I do.

A minute ago (like a long time ago) I started a category of posts called “Healthy Eats” where I talked a lot about meal prepping and planning and good foods to eat.

Let me know if you want me to start that back up again!

The #1 thing you can to do eat right is to drink at least 64oz of water a day. I know that sounds like a lot, but I promise you, it’s worth it! Try incorporating fruits and veggies into your diet too!

As for getting active, if you are like me and get little to no activity at work or even at home, you should try getting outside with your kids. In the summer take them to the park, in the winter take them sledding. There are plenty of things to keep you moving outside.

Be Happier

A happier person is one that treats themselves right. If you value yourself or your sanity, be kind to yourself and be happier. I know, this sounds SO easy, right? Well, for me, it’s honestly not that easy.

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Some things that I like to do to stay happy include: Playing with my son, snuggling my husband, spending time with friends and family, my essential oils, watching TV, reading a good book, chocolate, taking a shower, getting ready for the day, and (believe it or not) cleaning!

Yes, you heard me right, I said cleaning. I HATE cleaning! I am the laziest person ever, but after my house is clean, I feel so much better, and I can finally relax. Plus, once I get started, I tend to start organizing everything and end up cleaning even more.

Well, there you have it!

Those are the 3 things I try to focus on to make myself a healthier person. My final suggestion would be to write it down! The trendy thing now is to have a bullet journal or planner. I like to write my goals in that and track my progress. If you are interested at all in my previous post, click here! I talk about my New Years Resolutions and my simple game plan to stick to it.

I want to try to write a post a month to help keep myself on track with my resolutions and goals. Keep your eyes open for that too!

My 2018 New Year’s Resolution, and How I Plan to Stick to it!

Did you make a New Year’s Resolution?

I sure did! This year I decided to mix it up a little and do the same resolution I always do… With a little spin!

I promise I mixed it up slightly…

My New Year’s resolution is:

To treat my body better!

Yup, every year I tell myself I am going to “Be Healthier”, “Lose Weight”, “Exercise More”, Etc. Etc. Blah, Blah, Blah! Every year I do great for like a minute, or even half the year! But this year is different!

I simply, want to treat my body better

There is more to this than eating healthy and working out. For example, one of my goals is to wash my face every night before I go to bed. I also want to use lotion more and keep my skin hydrated.

So how do I plan on sticking to this?

Well for one, I have a community to help me stick to it. That’s all of you! I also like to make short term and long term goals with rewards for meeting those goals. Rewards don’t always work for everyone, but it gives me something to look forward too!

For example:

I am going to pick 3 goals to work on every month, with the end goal of treating my body better. My goals for January are:

  1. Wash my face every night.
    1. If I wash my face every night before bed, after 30 days I am going to treat myself to a relaxing facial!
  2. Drink 64oz or more of water every single day.
    1. If I am able to do this for 30 days, I am going to treat myself to a wonderful full body massage!
  3. Read daily!
    1. This is the reward in itself! I love to read, it relaxes me. Reading strengthens the mind and offers some sort of peace to the crazy days!

How am I going to keep myself accountable?

I plan on tracking everything in a journal, or a planner of sorts. That way I can keep track and make sure I am following up every day! The goal is that after 30 days, these will become a habit and I can continue them with ease.

I also plan to leaning on my friends and family, like YOU! In return, I hope that you lean on me for help as well. I plan on writing more about your needs and the things you want help with and the things you are interested in.

Leave me a comment below of what you would like to see next!

How to Save Money During the Holidays

The “Holidays”, the dreaded holidays…

Oh yeah, I think you know exactly where this is going! The holidays can be stressful, so stressful it will make your HAIR FALL OUT! Okay, maybe not everyone is like that, but sometimes the holidays can be super stressful. BUT, if you can SAVE just a little bit of money, it could be less stressful! So while you are trying to plan your parties, get gifts for everyone, wrap presents, work, be a mom, and all that other stuff lets talk about some tips to help you save a little green this holiday season!

Make a list, and check it twice…

Ha! I’m serious! One of the easiest ways to keep a level head and to save some cash is to make a list. I write a shopping list when I have to buy for a party. I make a list when I have to buy presents for people. Hell, I even make a list of naughty and nice friends! JUST KIDDING, but not really… It’s on my whiteboard in my office lol, but that is a running joke.

Friends and Family Discounts

I can hear it now, “I don’t have any friends” “No one in my family works in retail”. Well, guess what? You do! How many of your friends are distributors, or work a second job during the season? Shop local, keep your eyes and ears open, and be optimistic! All you have to do is ask. What’s the worst that could happen? They could say no, and then you continue on.

Use Coupons

YAASSSS! This is the best. Shop at stores where you get rewards, keep your eyes open for GIVEAWAYS, and watch the paper and online ads for coupons. There are PLENTY of coupons out there, and they are EVERYWHERE! Before you check out at an online store, Google coupons for that company. I can usually find one 7 out of 10 times.

Get your DIY on!

Do It Yourself! Get your inner Crafty Cat out! Inside everyone is a little bit of creativity. It doesn’t have to be extravagant or elaborate. It can be simple and easy. Some of the most thoughtful gifts are made from the heart!

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Giveaway Time!

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS CURRENTLY CLOSED*

I have partnered with Kimberly of Mom in the GO Lane for 12 Days of Giveaways! She has written an amazing article on DIY kids crafts! Go check out her post here… Click me!

Don’t forget to JOIN the Real Mom Blogs 12 Days of Giveaways Facebook Group as the winner will be announced there.

What is the prize?

Two lucky winners will get a $10 Amazon e-gift card! The perfect addition to all of your Christmas shopping! And arguably one of my favorite places to shop nowadays!

How to enter

*THIS GIVEAWAY IS CURRENTLY CLOSED*

Reminder, the winner will be announced via the Real Mom Blogs 12 Days of
Giveaways Facebook Group tomorrow! JOIN NOW if you haven’t already!

Good luck!

Super Spotlight, Roddom’s Rustic Designs (GIVEAWAY POST)

YAY! December is finally here!

I LOVE December! For multiple reasons too. My birthday, the season of GIVING, all the lights, the decorations, etc. Today is the perfect day to introduce you to Lakota. She and I went to high school together! Lakota has started her own business, and well, I’ll just let her tell you more about it!

Remember to read all the way through to find out about our FIRST giveaway of the 12 Days of Giveaways!

Roddom’s Rustic Designs- Where we began!

I have always had a passion for creating. I started out making small crafts with my siblings and scrapbooking when I was young. As I got older I started doing more wood crafts and home decor items. I always had ideas forwarding around in my head about what project I wanted to work on next!
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Justin took many woodworking classes in school and enjoyed building. He would often build wood projects such as picture frames and holiday decor to give as Christmas presents.
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As we were dating he would often build small gifts for me.  He spent a weekend in his uncle’s shop with a stack of barn wood and made me a beautiful rustic bedframe. Five years later I refuse to upgrade our bed to a bigger size because I do not want to get rid of the frame he built.

(Make sure to “Like” Lakota’s Facebook and Instagram when you are done reading this post! Links at the bottom)

As we moved into our first place together we were short on cash and needed a few additional pieces of furniture and had very little decor.  We tore apart some old pallets left from the hay pile and a few evenings later we now had matching nightstands. I took leftover scraps and starting making a few pallet signs to decorated our bare walls. Before we knew it people had seen the stuff we built and wanted one of their own or would request custom pieces.
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We have since expanded and built many different furniture pieces, some of which include- coffee tables, end tables, kitchen tables, entryway tables, tree halls, shelves and more.  Most all of our home decor pieces are all made from the scrap wood pile left from whatever the last big project was. We love creating and spending time in the shop together and now take our son to the shop with us where he enjoys playing and watches us work.

Take a look at her work!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Roddoms-Rustic-Designs-406852822784784/

Instagram: @roddomsrusticdesigns

So what are we giving away?

Well, take a look for yourself! Lakota is giving away this amazing Christmas decor, and Real Mom Blogs will be throwing in some surprises too… To enter the giveaway I thought this would be a perfect time to “Refer a friend”! Since this is our first day of the giveaway, go ahead and add your friends to the 12 Days of Giveaways group on Facebook. For today (December 1st) only, the group will be open for ANYONE to join without being approved first. Tag your friends that you add in the comments of the Facebook post and get an entry per friend!

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Giveaway closes at MIDNIGHT, the winner will be announced on Saturday morning in the group! You will have 24hrs to claim your prize by messaging me. If you fail to message me within 24hrs, your prize will go to the next in line.

HELP WANTED: Inquire Within

IT’S TIME!!!

Yes, I know, Halloween JUST ended. BUT, it’s time to start thinking of Christmas. Yes, I said it, Christmas! More specifically, Real Mom Blog’s 12 Days of Giveaways! YAY! I am so excited for this years, 12 Days of Giveaways, and I need your help!

This year, we are doing things differently…

There will be 12 giveaways, 12 winners, 12 days. It will start on December 1st, and go until December 12th. All prizes will be shipped out the next day so that you have it in time for Christmas.

This is where YOU come in!

I want to collaborate with 12 “Vendors” to help with the prizes. Each day there will be either a blog post or Facebook Live video about that specific giveaway. You will get FREE advertising in return for helping with this giveaway!

So who am I looking for?

I am looking for other bloggers, Consultants, Fitness coaches, Stylists, Photographers, Entrepreneurs, Crafters, small business owners, etc. We are looking for ANYONE and EVERYONE who would like to be involved!

How do you get on board?

All you have to do is email me at realmomemails@gmail.com with the subject line “Giveaway Inquire” and we will talk out all the details about which days, products, etc. I am not asking for a huge donation, mainly participation.

I am so excited to work with all of you and help spread the word about your business or adventure!

AT HOME DATE NIGHT IDEAS with Erin from Everyday Events!

Erin with Everyday EventsI’m Erin and the writer behind Everyday Events.

I’m a mom, wife, party planner, holiday lover and blogger.

 

Blogging has been something I have wanted to do for years, but never felt like I had anything special to bring to the table. I toyed with the idea and talked to my husband about it multiple times, but always pushed my feelings aside. In 2014 my life got flipped upside down when I received a phone call that my Mom was in ICU and not expected to make it. This life changing event is what drove me to start blogging. I felt a fire inside of me and a conviction to tell my story. So I started Everyday Events as a way to honor my Mom, to talk about being a motherless mother and to show how beautiful life can be, even after loss. I have a passion for celebrating life’s everyday events and never want to stop seeing the beauty in the world. I hope you find comfort and inspiration in my blog, but above all I hope you find a reason to celebrate.

AT HOME DATE NIGHT IDEAS

Real date nights don’t happen that often around here. With J.D.’s crazy work schedule, it can be hard to set aside time to go out on a date. So, we had to get creative, and come up with at home date night ideas for when the kids go to bed! All of these dates are so fun and I always look forward to when J.D. comes home early from work, we put the kids to bed, and go “out on a date.” So put those kids to bed early tonight and have a date night!
At Home Date Night Ideas with Erin from Everyday Events
“When I first made contact with Everyday Events, I LOVED her website. I fell in love with this post particularly, because it spoke to what I needed in life at that moment.” -Lynsey from Real Mom Blogs
One. Order take out, light a few candles & pop open a bottle of wine. This is our go-to date night idea, because if you have small children, you know dinner time can be a circus. Everybody needs something, forks are being dropped on the floor, milk is almost always being spilled, and just when J.D. and I get to sit down our food is cold & the kids say they are done. Eating dinner while it’s hot, enjoying a glass of wine and having an adult conversation is easily one of our favorite things to do.
Two. Lay out some blankets and watch the stars. J.D. and I have also been known to grab the baby monitor and climb on top of the roof! There is something so romantic about watching the stars and making a wish on the shooting ones.
Three. Conversation starters. Sometimes it feels like all J.D. and I talk about are the kids, work & what’s going on currently in our lives. We don’t talk about our dreams, hopes & fears as much as we should. A while back I started looking online and found some amazing conversation starters. When J.D. is gone a lot for work or when life gets super hectic, we will bring these out to reconnect, and remember there is more to talk about than the kids!

Want to get something across to your husband? Go to our Dear Husband category!

Four. Sit on the patio, turn on some music & watch the sun set.
Five. Eat popcorn & play card games. J.D. and I both grew up playing card games and love playing together. It brings back so many wonderful childhood memories and I love making these memories with J.D. too. This is a perfect date night idea for winter, when you literally can’t go anywhere!
Six. Have a picnic in the living room and watch a movie. This one is super fun and you can be as creative as you want with your picnic. You could have fondue, wine or beer tasting, or theme the evening with food and a movie from a different country!

J.D. and I have been together for 12 years, and while so many things have changed, one thing remains the same. We love each other like crazy. These date night ideas might not be super fancy, or cost us much money, but they help up to reconnect, laugh, and make our marriage a priority.
What are your favorite at home date night ideas?
XOXO

I hope you enjoyed this post from The Everyday Events! Here is a link to the post on her website along with some other links for you to follow!

15 Names to Consider when Naming your Baby

There are hundreds and hundreds of blog posts out there about what you should name your baby.Henry and Homer

It’s a really big decision to make! I remember when I was trying to look up what to name my son, we were overwhelmed with the number of names there are out there. It was important to us that it was unique and special. We thought about family names, names without nicknames, names of famous people, etc.

One thing that helped us in picking a name was the yelling test.

Henry namesI like to make sure the name flows when I yell it. It just sounds nice, and let’s be honest, you will probably yell it a lot! Even though my kid is turning four in just a couple weeks! Oh. My. Gosh! I like to keep a running log of cool names. You know, just in case.. So instead of 50 most popular girl names, or 20 old Victorian names, or 100 names starting with the letter M; I am just going to give you a list of names that I like.

This list started when I found a name that I truly loved, and didn’t want to forget. I won’t tell you which one, but it was the name that started it all. Since then, I just started a list of interesting names that I have come across in my travels that are unique to me, but not totally off the wall!

So here it goes, in no specific order, here is a list of 15 baby GIRL names you should consider:

  1. Evee
  2. Caroline
  3. Amelia
  4. Audrey
  5. Sophie
  6. Elenore
  7. Hazel
  8. Shayne
  9. Raleigh
  10. Daisy
  11. Rose
  12. Ruby
  13. Penelope
  14. Margo
  15. Georgia

Now for the BOYS:

  1. Killean
  2. Montgomery
  3. Que
  4. Ender
  5. Hyrum
  6. Nikko
  7. Oliver
  8. Henry
  9. Monte
  10. Nicholas
  11. Kyler
  12. Rocky
  13. Finn
  14. Darlington
  15. Sebastion

Baby Feet

I hope you found this somewhat helpful! If you didn’t, well, I’m sorry. I hope you enjoyed some awesome throwback pictures of my little man. You might see a lot of those in the next couple weeks with his B-Day coming up! If you want to see more fun posts, check out my #realmomlife category!

Also, I would much appreciate it if you when to my Pinterest page and shared this pin!15 names

 

My Go-to Quick Dinner Ideas

We all have those days!

More often than not, when we just don’t have enough time to think about cooking dinner. 8 times out of 10, I cook the same dinners over and over again. It’s simple, I know how to cook them, and I know my family likes to eat them. Here are some of my favorite things to cook at least once a week.

 

Mac-N-Cheese

Boom, easy, follow the directions on the box…

What I do to mix it up is serve it with biscuits, or add sausage or hot dogs to it. We’ve even had it with chicken. Easy, quick, simple.

Tacos!

Hail the tacos! We eat tacos weekly.

So, I use ground turkey. It tastes exactly like ground beef without the grease and healthier for you. I bought a giant tub of taco seasoning. That way, we can add as much or as little as we want. The best ways to mix it up is to switch between hard shell and soft shell. Sometimes I have taco salads, sometimes it’s nachos. There are so many different ways to mix it up! You can add beans with it, use different cheeses. There are so many ways to mix it up!

Spaghetti

We don’t eat this every week, but it’s a good honorable mention. I just boil some noodles and brown some meat (usually ground turkey or sausage), then add spaghetti sauce to it and WABAM, your done. Change it up by changing the flavor of meat or sauce, and even the noodles. I like to rotate between biscuits, french bread, and a salad. For a healthier choice, try using spaghetti squash as your noodles instead of regular noodles.

Chicken

You can grill it, steam it, bake it, fry it, whatever you want. Each way you cook it changes the flavor. I like to switch up seasonings, and randomly marinade it. There are like a billion different marinade options. You also have different cuts too. Thigh, breast, legs, etc. Bone-in or boneless. Chicken is great to have in your house at all times. Pair with a salad, bread, or veggies.

 

Those are just some super easy meals that I can interchange and mix up depending on my mood.

I try to always keep the following stocked in my house for easy dinners:

  • Salad
  • Mac-N-cheese
  • Ground turkey
  • Taco seasoning
  • Biscuits
  • Hot Dogs
  • Tortillas/hard shell tacos
  • Noodles
  • Chicken

How to Pick a New Years Resolution

It’s almost a new year and that means a new you!

Picking a resolution for the new year can suck though. There is the chance that it’ll never stick, or you are perfect and don’t need to work on anything, or it is so much you have to work on that you can’t pick just one!

Well, I am here to help! Here are just a few guidelines to consider when picking your 2017 New Year’s Resolution:

Know what a New Year’s Resolution is supposed to be..

  • A resolution is when you resolve to change an undesired trait or characteristic about yourself.

Be realistic

  • Pick an ATTAINABLE goal.
  • Something that will BENEFIT your whole self.

How do you see yourself in 5 years?

  • Maybe you want to be a writer, photographer, etc
    • Consider making your resolution to research more, or to take a class
  • Want to get fit?
    • Resolve to eat healthier, exercise more
  • Do you plan to move?
    • De-clutter, deep-clean, put money into savings
  • Maybe you want to move up within your company or find a new job altogether.
    • Build on your strengths, show your worth to the company, impress through success
  • Maybe all you want is to be a better person
    • Identify, cleanse, act

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Make a plan

  • Have an END goal
  • Set SHORT-TERM goals
  • Reward yourself

Stick with it!

  • Maintain motivation
  • Have a good support system
  • NEVER GIVE UP

This year, like most years, I am resolving to get fit and be healthy. I am also resolving to improve my credit score and save money. I have made a game plan for both already and broke it down into small goals for each month.

What is your New Year’s Resolution?