Snacks on-the-go

Staying on track with our diets is so hard when life gets really busy. Often, we are in the car more than our kitchen. If there is no plan in place, we can end up making unhealthy choices (or is that just me?). One thing I do to stay on track with my food is to always have healthy snacks with me. I usually have something in my car and purse to eat when I am out of the house and get hungry. These are my go-to Lemonzest Luna bars. They are gluten free, have 8g of protein, under 200 calories, and are crazy delicious. I try to have fresh whole foods when possible, but these are a great back up plan. (affiliate link)

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LUNA BAR - Gluten Free Bar - Lemon Zest - (1.69 Ounce Snack Bar, 15 Count)

 

 

 

Almonds are another smart choice. They provide your body with protein and healthy fat. This variety pack has many amazing flavors too. (affiliate link)

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Has anyone tried these bars? They got good reviews on amazon and I am thinking they might need to be my next purchase! (affiliate link)

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Your Worst Enemy

Self-awareness is a super powerful skill to have but what happens when it turns into too much self-criticism?

“I am disgusting.”    “I am a mess.”    “I am a bad mom.”    “I am a terrible friend.”   “I am not good enough.”  The list goes on.

I am guilty of this negative self-talk. When we look at these statements we say to ourselves, they are simply not true. For instance, “I am a bad mom.” We may have said something we regretted to our kids, missed an activity or performance, or chose ourselves over them. These mistakes are all part of parenting. We all have made plenty of mistakes in our lives but that doesn’t make us a bad person or mom. The reality is, most of us are good moms. The positive things we do greatly outweigh the bad and our sacrifices are countless.

I am learning to embrace my faults and work on these 5 things to catch this negative talk and turn it around.

  1. When I say something negative to myself, I stop and ask, is that statement completely true? Most of the time it is not.
  2. Letting go of perfectionism, realizing I have faults, and that makes me human.
  3. Look at my mistakes and decide how I can handle myself better next time.
  4. Ask if I would say that same statement to one of my friends. If I wouldn’t say it to them, I shouldn’t say it to myself.
  5. Finally, LET IT GO!

This will take time to create new thought patterns. Boosting our own self-esteem will make us more confident, nicer to ourselves, and as a result, nicer to others.  We need to learn to LOVE ourselves before we can show that kind of love to those around us. Let’s not be our own worst enemy. We deserve better.

 

The “I’ll get to that later” pile

Tell me I’m not the only one with that pile?!?!? Sometimes it takes over the counter, other times the table, and frequently it’s everywhere. Some nights we can’t find a clean spot to sit down and do homework or eat! It’s the mail, field trip forms, flyers, coupons, you name it and it’s all over my kitchen. I throw away what I can but some of it needs my attention. How can I read through it when I am helping with homework, prepping dinner, my husband texts that he will be late, and the dog is eating the couch pillow? So, I put it in the “I’ll get to that later” pile.

Here is what I came up with to help organize it all a bit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A simple standing file with folders for each person in the family (including the dog:) and a few other categories. This makes it so simple to file spelling lists, coupons, field trip information, vet notes, etc. I know exactly where to find the papers I need and it’s not in one big disorganized pile. I chose a distinct color or design for each person/category. To simplify it more, order now from Amazon Prime and supplies will magically appear at your door in 2 days! Here’s are the supplies:

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Heads up on this deal

 

 

 

 

 

 

I couldn’t help but try these out. They are on clearance for less than $18 and are still available in all sizes.

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I wore them today and they are keepers!

Comfort Meets Style

Meet my new favorite work from home/run the kids around outfit. The cut out back on this shirt is so in style yet it doesn’t show too much skin. The fit is amazing too. It is plenty long and loose fit.  I bought it in blue and paired it with these pants. I just love everything about it! I am now eyeing the pink top and floral leggings for spring.

 

Shirt: http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=53934&pcid=5508&vid=1&pid=863790142

Pants:  http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1099091&pcid=5508&vid=1&pid=769593092

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Pants: http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=1099091&pcid=5508&vid=1&pid=769593092

I don’t have to hear “pull on” twice. These are ordered and on their way!

Jeggings:  http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/product.do?pcid=5151&vid=1&pid=134711002

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Weekly Planner

This planner is a great way to get organized. The pad has 60 tear off sheets which will last you the entire year. There is room for daily planning, weekly to-dos, and appointments. The healthy habits section helps me keep track of my workouts, self-time, supplements, etc. I love that they leave the space for us to individualize it to meet our needs. The daily boxes even help us track how much water we are drinking! The extra perk is the act of kindness box. I have to admit that even though it’s in my nature to show kindness, I never planned for it on a weekly basis. (affiliate link)

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I used this last week for the first time and I accomplished everything I wrote down. Similar to my Vision Board, this helps me stay focused. If you can use a little more organization in your life, I would definitely recommend this!