Working in my office yesterday I needed to get some information for an announcement I was drafting up. Instead of emailing a colleague for the info, I got up from my desk and walked over to her office to see if she had what I needed. As much as I enjoy the ease and convenience of email, I like being able to walk down the hall to someone’s office and take part in some real human interaction.
I knocked on her door and she invited me to sit down in her office. We’ve known each other for years and we’re pretty friendly. After a few minutes of ‘what’s going on in your life’ chit chat she asked “What can I help you with?” and for the life of me I couldn’t remember why I had come down to her office.
“I’m bored!” “There’s nothing to do!” It’s the two phrases every parent dreads hearing from their children. If I left it up to my kidlets to choose what to do, they’d pick watching cartoons and playing video games (at least my son) all day, every day. As much as I love the boob tube, I don’t want them to turn into couch potatoes so I’m always trying to come up with fun activities that we can do together.
A lot of times that means doing crafts, playing games or working on some other type of project. Doing activities are a great way for us to spend time together, talk about life and create fun and happy memories as a family….at least that’s what I’ve heard and ironically, seen on TV (hey, wasn’t I trying to get my kids away from that evil box in the first place?).
It’s been two months now since I started my Shaklee 180 journey to a healthier me! Earlier this week I shared my progress in a blog post you can read here or just click on the video below to get some different views of my progress so far.
Now it’s your turn to share. What motivates you to be healthy?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support, and incentives for participating. All opinions given here are my very own. People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week. I am also a Shaklee Independent Distributor.
A few weeks ago I shared how our family is trying to live a more eco-friendly lifestyle. To this point we’ve been abiding by the simple mantra of reduce, reuse & recycle, but we are now starting to try to eliminate any chemicals we use in our home – whether it’s the household cleansers or products we use on ourselves.
This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support and incentives for participating, however all opinions expressed here are my very own.
It’s now been a full two months on my goal to a healthier me as part of the #Shaklee180blogger program and I’m still loving it. I like that Shaklee uses all natural ingredients in their meal replacements, including no GMOs, and it’s a no brainer for me to follow. I have a Shaklee smoothie or meal bar in place of two meals each day and then eat one healthy meal on my own.
I’m always so good the first month of ANY diet or weight loss plan I try. It’s like religion to me and I don’t deviate from the plan one bit. However, two months in is when I usually start to waver a bit. I start to get cocky about how well my weight loss is going and feel that I can deviate from the plan to eat what I want or let’s be honest here, what I can sneak in. I always seem to forget how hard I worked to get that first round of weight off.
I’m one of those people who actually get excited when I see a home improvement catalog or home design magazine in my mailbox. It’s a guilty pleasure for me — after the kidlets are in bed, I’ll grab an iced tea and relax on the couch leafing through those publications and fantasize about all the amazing home improvements I’d make!
My first project would definitely be our kitchen. I love to cook and it really is the heart of our home – but it is way out of date and needs a total re-do. I have tons of kitchen gadgets (my current favs are my OXO mandolin and Cuisinart electric knife) and I never seem to have enough storage or counter space for everything.
I want to thank Ellen at Bad Word Mamafor nominating The Harried Mom for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I had no idea awards like this existed – an award that is not based on votes and a popularity contest (I’ve never won one of those in my life!). I’m honored by this recognition because; to me at least, it means that someone found what I’ve been doing here humorous, helpful and/or inspiring. Talk about an ego boost! I think this is a great encouragement for any blogger out there.
Everyday moms all around the world are under tremendous pressure to make “perfect” parenting decisions, only to find themselves judged by others, especially other moms! It’s no secret that I think the mommy wars are totally ridiculous (you can read about it here).
As a parent, there are dozens of tough decisions you have to make for your family — from going back to work or not to whether you’ll breastfeed or formula feed your baby and to how your children will be educated and disciplined – and there is no one right answer. No mom (or dad for that matter) should be criticized for the decisions they make. The right answer for any parent is to choose what is right and what works for their own family.
We recently bought my three-and-half year old daughter two new car seats. We took out the bulky and difficult (but super safe) five-point harness contraptions and replaced them with the more stylish one-click seatbelt booster seats in each of our family’s cars.
Bye-bye bland five-point harness (left) and “hello” to a more stylish booster seat (son’s green seat on left, daughter’s new pink chair on right)
Swapping out those seats was not only a rite of passage for my daughter, moving to a “big girl” chair – but also for The Hubs and me. Those seats were the last bits of baby gear in our home and I’ve come to the realization that there are no more babies in my house. No more cribs, pack ‘n plays, strollers, high chairs, sippy cups and potty chairs in this household!