Start Your Week Off Right!

Looking for a better mindset this week? Here is my suggestion. Listen to this Podcast! Holocaust survivor, Dr. Edith Eva Eger shares how her traumatic experiences at Auschwitz shaped her life. She has a great message to help us embrace what is possible in our lives. Check it out!

Can’t wait to read her book! It is arriving at my house today:) *affiliate link


A Week In Review -April 7, 2019

Another cute Easter basket idea!
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Reader recommend Easter basket stuffer. I love when you guys share your ideas with me! If you have cute clothes, yummy recipes, organization tips or anything else that could help us all make life easier, please reach out. I would love to hear from you. Message me on FB or send me an email-
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Great reminder….I love this❤️

Not sure how long this will last, but these are on sale with another $9.99 coupon at checkout!
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So many patterns available but this was the romper Maddie picked. Love this store for teen girl clothes.
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Who is your worst enemy? I hope it’s not you!

It’s a cloudy, cool Spring day in Chicago. Time to brighten up the house a little bit! (affiliate links)
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Any baseball players in your house? Just ordered this new bat for Joey and it is currently 41% off!
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One of the biggest traps we get into is comparing ourselves to others. When we don’t match up, we give up. Start believing in yourself!

A sale for the whole family at Dick’s Sporting Goods today. (affiliate links)
Boys Nike shorts 43% off-
Girl’s North Face for under $50!-
Men’s Under Armour white golf shirt 27%-
Women’s Nike Running Shorts 25% off-


The Diabetes Cookbook

Congrats to my friend, Lara! Her cookbook is now on Amazon. Lots of healthy recipes for the whole family. It has kid-friendly, slow-cooked, paleo, gluten and dairy free options. Check out the details! (affiliate link)

Order Here:

The Diabetes Cookbook: 300 Recipes for Healthy Living Powered by the Diabetes Food Hub is a big, bold, and beautiful book, packed with hundreds of recipes specifically designed for anyone wanting to eat healthier and put quick, delicious meals on the table. This is a beautiful coffee table book that you will actually use and it has something for everyone including: Mediterranean, Kid-Friendly, Quick, Paleo, Slow-Cooker and Budget-friendly recipes.
Designed to make healthy eating easier, realistic, and delicious for people, this cookbook collects together for the first time hundreds of recipes and meals. Based on years of research and built specifically to help improve healthy eating behaviors, the recipes, meal plans, and tips in this book will help home cooks make smart food choices, select healthier cooking methods, and organize and plan healthy, quick and delicious meals. Most importantly, every recipe has been kitchen-tested to ensure they all taste amazing.
This massive collection will include hundreds brand new and previously unpublished recipes from the American Diabetes Association. Dozens of meal types, cuisines, and flavors are represented, from a healthy, diabetes-friendly take on traditional lasagna to low-carb recipes engineered with cauliflower rice and zucchini noodles. Other healthy twists on classic favorites include:
• Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Pineapple BBQ Sauce
• Unstuffed Eggroll
• Jalapeno Mac and Cheese
• Pineapple Peach Sorbet
• Paleo 10 Minute Taco Salad
• Low GI Blueberry Almond Pancakes
About the Authors:
Lara Rondinelli-Hamilton, RD, CDE, is owner of Revival Wellness, LLC ( counsels a wide variety of people―from those wanting to lose weight to others trying to better control their diabetes or cholesterol. Her role is to educate people on the importance of a healthy lifestyle, but also to help them incorporate it into real life with healthy eating and cooking. Jennifer Bucko Lamplough, MBA, and Chef, is working to help solve hunger by working with food pantries, soup kitchens, and meal programs in northern Illinois to not only distribute meals, but to provide nutrition education in those settings. She continues to work as a cooking demonstrator, teaching people how to cook healthy and showing that it can be delicious and easy! As a team, Chef Jennifer Bucko Lamplough and Lara Rondinelli-Hamilton have written two previous books for the American Diabetes Association―The Healthy Carb Diabetes Cookbook and the best-selling Healthy Calendar Diabetic Cooking―and developed hundreds of recipes for the Association’s healthy eating programs, many of which are appearing here for the first time in print. For more information, please visit or

About the Book:
The Diabetes Cookbook: 300 Recipes for Healthy Living Powered by the Diabetes Food Hub (American Diabetes Association, November 2018, ISBN: 978-1-580-40680-2, $24.95) is available at bookstores nationwide and from major online booksellers, including Amazon

Weekly Link Wrap-Up 3/17

I love everything bagels! Curious if anyone has tried this seasoning and what you use it on? Sounds delicious! (affiliate link) –

I couldn’t wait to try this Spring scent. Lucky me, I got to smell it before I got home from the store, because the spray leaked and emptied all over the back of my car. Ugh! Well, I can report that it smells amazing and so does my car:) (affiliate links)
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I bought this beach bag and used it in Florida this past weekend. I loved it! Lots of room without being too big. It zippers shut and has plenty of pockets inside. Great bag for the price. (affiliate link)-

The Coral Trend

These kid’s are obsessed with this Rubix Cube pack and it keeps them off their devices. Well, for a short time anyway:) Good for the bus, indoor recess, gifts and Easter baskets.
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Has anyone else tried this mascara? How is it so good at this price?!?! It’s the only one I use now! Amazon can change prices at anytime.
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These vests are now under $60!
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I decided to go for a long weekend to visit my parents in Florida! It was great self-care, very relaxing, and I am coming back refreshed. It’s not always easy to make the choice to put ourselves first, but I am learning how very important it is. I finally finished this amazing book while I was there. If you need a step-by-step plan to help you in any area of your life, I highly recommend this book!
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A Happier You In 5 Minutes A Day

If you woke up tomorrow with only what you were thankful for today, what would you have?

This 5 minute gratitude journal has it all! It has inspiring quotes, questions to answer, ways to improve, challenges and affirmations. Writing down what we are thankful for is the most amazing way to see what we already have! Life gets busy and we too often forget these things. Keep them fresh in your mind, then watch your perspective and life change! 5 stars on Amazon with over 1,200 reviews! (affiliate link)

Dead At Midnight

When I think back to all of the books I had to read in high school and college, it amazes me we didn’t have to read more books like this one! A Better Way to Live by Og Mandino is life changing. (affiliate link)

I am currently re-reading it, which I do every so often as a reminder on how I want to live my life. This book has 17 rules on how to live the best life, but I have to say that #10 is one of my favorites.

Greet everyone like they will be dead at midnight? That would have NEVER been something that crossed my mind unless I read it! It kinda sounded crazy until I tried it. The first time I read this rule, I had a grocery store trip planned for that night. It is amazing how many people we actually come into contact with on a simple little outing. Usually, I have my eyes focused on my list and the items I need to pick up. This night was different.

I smiled at strangers passing by, I let carts go in front of me, I didn’t get annoyed at the people that left their cart in the middle of the aisle, and I treated the cashier and bagger better than I ever have.

Most likely those people are all still living, but it was eye opening how much our interactions with people can change when we make an effort to do so.

I love that this mentions strangers also. So often we are super nice to our friends, family or people we just recognize. All to often, we are too busy to make eye contact and smile at the people we don’t know. Take kindness to a new level this week and treat everyone with more care, understanding and kindness than you ever have before. I promise you won’t regret it. Also, those little kids we tow around with us….yeah, they will learn from this example. Make it a great week spreading kindness around.


Where Are Your Kids Going?

Yes! My kids are starting school this week. We had a great summer, but am ready for some peace and quiet during the day!

My big question is….Where are your kids going and how are they getting there? Nope, I am not talking about the name of the school and a school bus!

I am talking about their goals for the year and how they are going to achieve them. It doesn’t matter if they are 5 or 15, they can do this.

I have been talking about this with my kids for years. They don’t HAVE to go back to school. They GET to! There is a big difference. They get to go back to learn new things, make friends and achieve their goals. They have an important purpose!

Sometimes school isn’t as exciting for some kids and I get that. For some parents, this is a big struggle. One way to help handle this is to create a positive outlook for them. One that is not so scary and anxiety driven. One that makes them feel like they have the power because they really do. This idea needs to be taught though.

I am a big fan of The Energy Bus for teens and adults. Yeah, my 12 year old thought it was cheesy, but she got the lesson. She can be a bit of an energy vampire sometimes (as the book would say). If you have a teen, you might get that:)

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The Energy Bus for Kids is a great one for younger kids. The main character, George, starts the morning off on the wrong foot until he meets a bus driver who teaches him some important rules on thinking more positively and creating a vision.

My kids created goals for the summer and they all smashed them! Here are their goals for this school year.


Talking with your children about their goals doesn’t have to take a lot of time. It can be done by discussing one night over dinner. The goal is the end result, but also help them brainstorm the actions they need to take to achieve it.  I just love that even at a young age we can teach them to go get what they want instead of sitting back and waiting to see how things turn out. Feel free to share your kid’s goals when they are done! I would love to see them! Let’s make this year the best yet!




Favorite Things- March

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Girl, Wash Your Face

Reading this book made me feel like I was sitting down listening to my best friend. Rachel is so down to earth, relatable and hysterical. She has been through a lot in her life and has great advise to share about facing life’s struggles. She tells us women how it is and I love her for that! It is a must read if you want some motivation on how to be a better you and how to love yourself along that journey.

Loreal Mascara

I am always looking for a new and better mascara for my little lashes and this is a good one. It definitely makes mine appear longer and the best part is that it doesn’t clump together. So glad I tried it!


Flawless Hair Remover

For sure wish I didn’t need this but I sure do:( My sister used it first and recommended it and I have to say, it’s the best one I have used. Check it out. The reviews are fantastic too!

Waterproof Phone Cases

Perfect for our beach vacation. I wanted to make sure that our phones were protected from the water but also the sand. These worked great and you can use them right inside the case. Great price for a 4 pack.

Vineyard Vines Flip Flops

Yes, I do buy some things for Rob also:) I was recently in the Vineyard Vines in Tampa, FL and just loved these men’s flip flops. I grabbed him a pair on Zappos.

The Energy Bus

There is something about being on Notre Dame’s campus for a fall football game. Everyone is decked out in school colors and fan gear. The parking lots are filled with tailgaters. The student organizations are all around selling freshly grilled hamburgers and hotdogs. The band plays as they march and lead the fans from the Golden Dome to the stadium. This elevates the enthusiasm of the crowd. I remember this as a child and now my kids get to experience it too.

Once we get into the game, the students are standing. They remain that way for the entire game as they cheer on their team. The marching band plays loudly, while the cheerleaders and leprechaun hype the crowd even more. It is a feel-good environment and you can’t help but absorb the positive energy. It’s all around.







What is energy? How does it affect our lives? Here is my favorite quote from The Energy Bus by Jon Gordon.

“All you have to do is think about your own life. Think about the people who increase your energy and those who drain you. Think about the foods you eat that make you feel great and those that make you want to take a nap. Think about the projects at work that energize you and those that burn you out. Everything is Energy. It is found in our thoughts, the words we say, the music we listen to, and the people who we surround ourselves with.”

Energy matters, the positive and the negative. The energy you bring to your day makes an enormous difference in your family, job, and every other aspect of your life. If you have not read The Energy Bus, this is a must! It is a quick read that not only leaves you feeling like you can accomplish anything, but it also teaches you how to deal with the negative people and situations in your life. I reread this book every 6 months. It serves as a great reminder of how I want to live my life. Jon Gordons’s book and principles have been used by the NFL, NBA, college coaches and teams, Fortune 500 companies, school districts, hospitals and nonprofits. Check it out! (affiliate link)