Swimsuit Ready, Schedule your Time or Not

I am in need of getting my life in order. Scheduling my time, working my business like a business, and having family time that is really only family time.  It is so hard to schedule when you have little ones though. I got in my workout today but it was just now, yep started at 8 pm and after I had my shower. Clay fell a sleep on the couch and the other two watched TV while I did my insanity max 30. I know the benefits of getting in exercise and I know how I feel if I don’t. That is also a downward spiral, missing one workout can turn to two and so on and so forth. I have not fought so hard to get to where I am, to turn around and just blow it and have to start over again when summer hits. I want to be in shape when summer hits, swimsuit ready…I want to be able to enjoy myself with my children this summer and not have those nasty thoughts of how I look or worry of what others are thinking. So I did my workout even though it is 8 pm, and I feel proud and happy I did so.

'I am in need of getting my life in order.  It is so hard to schedule when you have little ones though.  I got in my workout today but it was just now, yep started at 8 pm and after I had my shower.  Clay fell a sleep on the couch and the other two watched TV while I did my insanity max.  I know the benefits of getting in exercise and I know how I feel if I don't.  That is also a downward spiral, missing one workout can turn to two and so on.  I have not fought so hard to get to where I am to turn around and just blow it and start over again when summer hits.  I want to be in shape when summer hits, swimsuit ready...I want to be able to enjoy myself with my children this summer and not have those nasty thoughts of how I look or worry of what others are thinking.  So I did my workout even though it is 8 pm, and I feel proud and happy I did so.'

Calorie and Exercise Mood Enhancers or Destroyers

Ever notice how your mood changes drastically day-to-day when you are watching your calories or limiting you foods. I am one of those people who want to eat Pizza like the rest of the family, but then comes the guilt and regret. Unfortunately I am one who just has to avoid these instances b/c if I start eating what I have deemed as “Not supposed to,” then I tend to way over eat. All of this boils down to my mood and then how I will be snappier with the rest of the family. My husband will bring home ice cream for the kids and that won’t bother me, but put cookie dough in the fridge and that is torture. I will think of it 50 times a day and have to fight myself on whether I am going to cave or hold strong.
So I used to think if you just ate less and exercised hard and long then you would be on the right track and lose weight. To me that was being healthy and doing what was necessary to lose the weight and get the body I wanted. Well that is not true, and I was so wrong. It is known that when you are “hangry” (hungry and angry) this can be due to lack of calories. Your brain chemistry affects your mood, which is affected by you not eating. A recent study in Biological Psychiatry noted that when you’re hungry, levels of the brain chemical serotonin — a neurotransmitter that regulates mood as well as appetite and sleep — fluctuate and make it difficult to control your anger. Turns out, being famished goes hand in hand with being frazzled. When researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, put women on a 1,200-calorie-a-day diet, they found that test subjects produced more of the stress hormone cortisol and reported higher levels of perceived stress. (fitness mag) Calorie intake depends on each individual’s body chemistry and activity levels. Make sure you know the amount of calories you should be having daily to be healthy and remember that exercise is good for you and your mood but not to over do it.
I used to go to the gym and workout for 3 hours at a time, leaving tired and accomplished but than later feeling like I needed to do it all over again. Your muscles need time to re-coop, to re build so you can become stronger and leaner. If you do intense workouts pushing too hard and lasting for a long time, then you are doing your body more damage then good. . “A workout that is too rigorous or lasts longer than 60 minutes can dramatically decrease blood sugar, which can affect mood and the ability to think clearly for days,” says Michele S. Olson, PhD, a FITNESS advisory board member and professor of exercise science at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama.
Another diet I used to do was limiting or cutting out any and all Carbs. Not necessarily the best way to go if you are trying to better your mood and be sane. My body would have withdrawals/cravings of nothing but sugar and grains. In fitness magazine I read that “people who followed low carb diets had higher scores on “anger hostility, depression, bewilderment” scales then those who followed low-fat diets.” Honestly right now I am going through a sugar hangover, I binge on sugar/carbs all weekend for a birthday and now that is all my body is craving, and I do not have the will and energy to get through my workouts like I was before the sugar high. Sugar is addicting, it stimulates areas in the brain linked to pleasure and addiction. So my journey to health, takes a new turn and I am back to avoiding situations where I may cave to sugar.
So what I have found is to feel good, be positive and get results you have to do the research and what works for you. I need to avoid foods that I seem to have less will power over, meaning let family and friends know that for Christmas it would be best not to make candies this year, or to have them removed from my house. Tell my husband to not be bringing home sugar snacks that I have a hard time with, the kids do not need them anyway. To figure out my correct calorie level depending on what workout I am doing at the moment. For instance if I am doing Insanity I will need more calories than if I am doing 21 day fix program. Finally you need to have a balance and variety of foods that you provide your body with. Omega 3 fats, carbs, Veggies, Fruits, nuts, healthy alternatives to the snack machines, these are all nutrients that need to be considered in my daily journey. No be healthy is not the easiest in the world, but I will say that even though each day may be a new battle I am ready and willing to keep striving for Health. One day at a time, One meal at a time, One workout at a time
I will get the body I deserve and the mind/mood that will keep me at my Goal. I love my workouts and without them my family would not like my mood, and I would be stressed constantly.  I hope this will help someone to start their Health Journey or during their adventure, keep up the good fight. Health is a Lifestyle not a diet, What doesn’t Challenge you won’t Change you. God Bless
you body with. Omega 3 fats, carbs, Veggies, Fruits, nuts, healthy alternatives to the snack machines, these are all nutrients that need to be considered in my daily journey. No be healthy is not the easiest in the world, but I will say that even though each day may be a new battle I am ready and willing to keep striving for Health. One day at a time, One meal at a time, One workout at a time
I will get the body I deserve and the mind/mood that will keep me at my Goal. I hope this will help someone to start their Health Journey or during their adventure, keep up the good fight. Health is a Lifestyle not a diet, What doesn’t Challenge you won’t Change you. God Bless

Baking Soda Uses, You will be Surprised

Baking Soda is not only great for cleaning, cooking and for in the refrigerator, but so much more.  Sodium bicarbonate, known as Baking Soda is used as a Medical Treatment, whitening, itching and on and on.  As I was doing some research I came across some info that just shocked me and has me reconsidering that little white powder, maybe it is a Magical Mixture.  Baking Soda is not new to us, the Egyptians used it and it dates back to the 1700’s and maybe further.  I found Baking Soda can be used for all of these occurrences.

*A DIY body scrub. Yep you can use this to clean your body and also clean your pores.  Here is a recipe I found, fill a container with 2/3 coconut oil, 1/3 baking soda, and tea tree oil and scrub over your body in your bathtub or shower. The coconut oil is a natural moisturizer; the tea tree is a refreshing cleaner; and the coarseness of the baking soda will leave your skin smooth and silky.

*Alkalize your body.  The most common dosage is this, 2-3 Tsp per gallon of water.  Yep drink 2 tsp a day and you can  keep disease at bay.  Todays diets produce much more acidity within the body, which compromises immunity and causes a variety of health symptoms. Baking soda is an alkaline compound that reduces acidity in the body.

*One or two teaspoons of baking soda in an eight ounce glass of water twice daily is a common recommendation for people wanting to increase the alkalinity of their body. Of course, dietary changes are helpful too.  (Livestrong)

*Baking Soda  on bug bites to reduce the itching.  Mix baking soda and water into a paste and apply topically to the bite to remove the itch. This works for taking the ouch and itch out of bee/wasp/hornet stings, spider bites, etc.
*Baking soda will help clean and brighten many things.  Washing your towels with hot water, a cup of vinegar, and two tablespoons of baking soda, will not only get rid of residue, but it will increase the absorbance in the towel as well as restore its color.
*When you over indulge in Alcohol, baking soda has been known to be a hangover cure.  1 Tsp in a glass of water before you go to bed is supposed to reduce the chance of having a hangover.

*How about a relaxing foot bath. 1/4 cup of Baking Soda in some Hot Water and your feet will be revitalized and ready to go.

*Showing signs of a Cold or the Flu, well Baking Soda can help.  Take 1/2 Tsp six times a day on the first day of onset of a cold.  The next day you reduce to 5 times daily and so on.

*Of course we know you can use Baking Soda to brush your teeth, for whitening of teeth, and plaque busting.

*Our bodies actually produce Sodium Bicarbonate, in the pancreas.  So if we are not producing enough then we may be on our way to health issues.  Want to Detox try, 1 cup apple cider vinegar,  combined with hot hot bath water, and 1/2 cup baking soda will DETOX your body while having a relaxing bath.  Baking Soda reduces your lactic acid in your system and plain and simple it detox your system.

*Have Acid Reflex with no help from prescriptions.  Well you may want to alter your diet, no high fat, high preservatives, high cholesterol foods.  Try using Baking Soda, relief is known to happen within 60 seconds.  Baking soda readily dissolves in water and is absorbed quickly in the intestines. Known to be helpful for acid reflex, indigestion or an upset stomach.

*Cancer Treatment with baking soda, yes seriously, certain doctors are using it when chemo and other treatments have failed, the baking soda alternative is working.  Take a look at “Rich man poor mans cancer treatment,” a book all about baking soda and cancer.  Dr. Tullio Simoncini’s treatment is primarily used for cancer of the digestive tract, including cancers of the throat, colon, intestines, rectal area, and other cancers in between.  Baking soda has also been used for skin and external cancers.  Curious here is his link.  http://www.curenaturalicancro.com

I have read enough that I will adding Baking Soda into my daily regimen.  I drink my Shakeology daily which help alkalize the body as well, but wow, I am just amazed at all the research being done on Baking Soda.

Well I hope you found this article interesting and useful.  Please follow my blog if you like family, health, and fitness.

Thank you and God Bless…

Need to change things up, Flavor Water Recipes are here

I’ve always liked drinking water, I was never really a strick soda person (maybe tea, orange or apple juice occasionally) but when I became a Beachbody Coach and realized how important water is to your body and to help you flush the toxins.  I decided I was going to research waters benefits and try to help those who would rather a flavorful drink! There are a lot of other ways you can flavor water naturally. You can get really creative with what you do! Here are some ideas I have gotten from a lot of different sites……

  • Add a slice of your favorite citrus to a tall glass of ice water…try lemon, lime, or orange slices. Or combine them…slices of lemon and lime…orange and lime…or Fresh Mint is a great addition.
  • Spice water up (literally!) with this tip: simmer a cinnamon stick in a cup of water, then use the resulting liquid as a concentrate that you mix with cold water and ice. Not only does the flavored water taste great, but cinnamon comes with a ton of health benefits; it can help lower blood sugar and cholesterol.
  • Combine lemon slices with fresh herbs in your water…try lemon with mint, rosemary, thyme, or sliced ginger root.
  • Cucumbers are great in water, too! Slice up a large cucumber and add it to a pitcher of water…it’s really refreshing. You can also try cucumber with some fresh thyme added in. Or cucumber slices with lemon or orange slices.
  • If you want a more intense flavor to your glass of water, squeeze the citrus and/or twist the herbs you are using before you add them to your glass.
  • Besides lemons, oranges, and limes, you can try adding other kinds of fruit to your glass or pitcher of water…a small handful of your favorite berries (or mixed berries) is a nice addition to a glass of ice water. Other fruits you can try alone or in combination are: watermelon, cantaloupe, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, grapes, and kiwi.
  • Add Flavored Ice Cubes, whether you freeze coffee, water and pomegranate arils, or pureed raspberries and pineapple, love the idea of following Stephanie Lynn to make flavored ice cubes for your water. They add a cool, refreshing burst—and also just look pretty!

NOTE: I usually drink my flavored water the same day I make it…I think it tastes best that way. Depending on what you add to your water, it may get cloudy or bitter-tasting if stored in the refrigerator too long.

If you’re wanting to make a pitcher of flavored water, you basically just slice or chop up some fresh fruit, cucumbers, or herbs and place in a pitcher, add cold water and chill several hours. The result is water infused with a light, natural flavor. It’s ready to serve over ice, garnished with a slice of fruit or clipping of an herb of your choice. Here are some other recipes for flavored water you may want to try:

CITRUS CUCUMBER WATER

  • 1 large lemon, sliced
  • 1 large lime, sliced
  • 1 large orange, sliced
  • 1 large cucumber, sliced
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Place all the sliced fruits and the cucumber in a glass pitcher and add water. Refrigerate for two hours to allow flavors to infuse, then serve in glasses over ice.

CUCUMBER–HERBAL WATER

  • 5 cups water
  • 10 thin slices of cucumber
  • 2 lemon slices
  • 2 sprigs of fresh mint
  • 3 sprigs of rosemary

Put water in pitcher and add lemon slices and cucumber slices. Crush mint and rosemary to release flavor, then add to other ingredients. Refrigerate for several hours. Serve over ice in tall glasses. Garnish with a lemon wedge.

CUCUMBER–MELON WATER

  • 1 large cucumber, sliced
  • 1/4 honeydew melon, cubed
  • 1/4 cantaloupe, cubed
  • 1 half-gallon water

Place cucumber and melons in a glass pitcher and add water. Refrigerate for 2 hours, then serve over ice. Garnish with melon balls skewered on a swizzle stick.

HONEYDEW–LIME WATER

  • 2–3 slices of ripe honeydew melon
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 4 sprigs of mint
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Add melon slices, lime slices and mint sprigs to a large pitcher; fill with the half-gallon of water and refrigerate 2–4 hours. Serve in ice-filled glasses. Makes about 8 servings.

HERB AND BERRY–FLAVORED WATER

  • 1 cup fresh blueberries, lightly crushed
  • 2  4–inch sprigs of fresh rosemary. lightly bruised  (to release more flavor)
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Add blueberries and rosemary sprigs to a large pitcher; fill with the half-gallon of water and refrigerate 2–4 hours. Serve in ice-filled glasses. Makes about 8 servings.

LEMON–LAVENDER WATER

  • 3 large lemons, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh lavender
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Add lemon slices and lavender to pitcher; pour water over both and refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve over ice and garnish with a sprig of lavender.

LEMON–MINT or LEMON-BASIL WATER

  • 4 lemons, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups firmly packed fresh mint or basil leaves
  • 6–8 cups water
  • 6–8 cups ice cubes
  • Fresh mint or basil sprigs

Place lemon slices in a large pitcher. Rub the mint or basil leaves between the palms of your hands to bruise the leaves slightly. Add to the pitcher with lemon and pour in the water. Cover and chill 1–8 hours.

Strain lemon–water mixture and discard herbs. Divide lemon slices and additional fresh mint or basil sprigs equally among 6–8 glasses. In each glass, add 1 cup of ice cubes, then fill with lemon water.

LEMON, LIME AND ORANGE WATER

  • 1 large lemon, sliced
  • 1 large lime, sliced
  • 1 large orange, sliced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro leaves (optional)
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Add citrus slices (and cilantro leaves, if desired) to a large pitcher; fill with the half-gallon of water and refrigerate 2 hours. Serve in ice-filled glasses. Garnish with your favorite citrus slice (and a sprig of cilantro, if you’re using that). Makes about 8 servings.

FROZEN FRUIT WATER

  • 2 cups frozen apple chunks, grapes, or berries
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Add frozen fruit to a pitcher; pour water over fruit and let sit at least 30 minutes in the refrigerator. Stir to distribute fruit flavor and serve in glasses with some ice cubes. (Note: you can chop up the same kind of fruit, unfrozen, and follow same directions. You’ll need  to use more ice when serving the unfrozen fruit–flavored water).

ORANGE–MINT WATER

  • 3 large oranges, sliced
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Put sliced oranges and mint leaves in pitcher and add water; refrigerate for 2 hours to infuse flavors. Pour over ice and garnish with a sprig of mint and orange slice.

WATERMELON–BASIL WATER

  • 2 cups seedless watermelon, cubed
  • 10 basil leaves
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Pour water over melon and basil; refrigerate for 2 hours. Serve over ice, garnished with a sprig of basil.

FRUIT WATER

  • 1 each of the following fruits: apple, lemon, orange, pear
  • 4 large strawberries
  • Handful of raspberries
  • Handful of mint leaves
  • 1 half-gallon of water

Cut large slices or thin wedges of each fruit; place them in a large glass pitcher and add cold water. Refrigerate 2 hours and serve over ice in tall glass.

Stuck in a Plateau during Weight Loss and need Advice on how to Overcome

First and Foremost it is common to go through a Plateau during your Healthy Fitness Journey.  Normally a Plateau will last up to 3 weeks, and all a Plateau is when your body is checking your decisions {Are you sure this is what you want to do, this is the calories and workouts we want}.  Your body is an amazing piece of equipment, and protects itself for survival, we are always adapting and changing as our fitness levels do.  The best advice I can give you is to change things up, change your workouts, change your nutrition, like I stated your body adapts so if you stay with the same workout daily and then stick with the same number of calories, your body will start to modify so it uses the less energy and works more efficiently.  Therefore you are not burning as many calories, your body is only burning what is absolutely necessary.  Then if you try to cut calories to get the results you want, your body will adjust again and go into starvation mode by slowing down your metabolism.  So in other words, Do Not increase your exercise and then decrease your amount of calories, instead you need to adjust your workout and your nutrition.

Most of us know how many calories we need to lose or maybe just maintain weight.  So try Calorie Cycling, which is when you Zig Zag your amount of calories you take in daily.  Your calorie total will stay the same for the week but fluctuate daily.  For example you normally have 1600 calories daily, Day 1 you have those normal calories, then Day 2 you may have 1400 calories, and Day 3 you have 1800 calories {Zig Zag your calorie intake daily}.  Now remember your body will adjust so keep track and switch it up daily and weekly and when you hit a new Plateau then its time to switch it up again.

Another tip is to hold yourself Accountable, do a food journal, keep track of every thing you eat and drink.  After we have been doing a journey for a while we tend to slowly slack and head towards our old bad habits, not even realizing you are doing so.  Try doing Gluten Free for a couple of weeks or Dairy Free, just change it up and play with it to keep your body guessing what is going on.  So important to be accountable though, get a partner, join a group, and keep a food journal and document how you feel during these weeks you are changing things up.

While changing up your nutrition you can also change-up your workout routines.  One day lift weights, then do High Intensity Circuit Training, then throw in yoga or Pilates, and go to lifting again, cardio, change your schedule up so your body is always guessing, not just going through the motions but pushing and struggling through.  You should be constantly challenging yourself to  change yourself and see results.

Another tips is to take some time off, maybe a week or 5 days from your exercise routine and focus only on your nutrition.  Eat Healthy and Clean all week, no cheat meals….

Lastly you need to make sure you are getting good sleep (7-8) hours a night and try to reduce your stress level.  Stress can be from not getting enough sleep or enough calories, then your body is under stress.  Especially if you are trying to put it through a hardcore workout under those conditions.  There are also our daily life stressors, (work, boss, drive, neighbors, family, children, farm, whatever) and yes we all have them, but how do you manage them.  We need to learn to let our worries go to God and just be the best we can be.  Did you know that lack of sleep and your body under stress will cause you to store fat, yes what we are trying to avoid we can be telling our body to hold onto the fat instead of burning it off.

Remember to change things up, muscle confusion, nutrition confusion, if you want to change first you must challenge yourself.  Comment below if you found this helpful….

Thanks guys, and God Bless…

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Teaching the Children about the Holiday Spirit and Helping those in Need

This Holiday Season we wanted to change things up around our home.  Our children are loved and blind when it comes to how the world really operates or what other families go through.  Families who may not have a Happy Holiday Season with family unless they receive a little assistance or Hope for Christmas.  With this weighing heavily on our hearts and minds, we decided it was time for our children to learn what the true meaning of Christmas was.  {And yes they do know the true meaning of the Birth of Jesus} I want them to know the spirit of what Jesus stands for and how this affects all involved.

We talked about having the kids give up one of their toys, but what is that going to teach them….  Then we talked about just buying new toys and dropping them off into the donation box, but again what are they learning from that.  I mean both are nice and great ways to help out your community, but not exactly what I wanted my children to experience.

So my husband and I decided we were going to show/teach our children how good their lives are and hoping they will soak in the feeling of how GREAT you feel when you help someone.  With this in mind, I searched and happened to stumble across a number, that for some reason I just had to call.  I spoke with a lovely woman who has started a program for families who experience a house fire.  She and some volunteers store everything they can get their hands on to help families in their time of need.  During the Holidays though she also runs Hope for Christmas, which helps any family that falls through the cracks, meaning the government won’t give them any kind of support but they have fallen on Really hard times.  After speaking with her I knew this is what we needed to do, so we went and found a family we wanted to adopt for Christmas.  This particular family has been going through a really sad time and there are 4 wonderful children around our children’s ages.  After talking it over we decided this was the family we needed to help, it was like God directed me right to this Redemption Program and to this family.  We can only hope that we can provide some kind of healing for them during this holiday season, hopefully a little kindness may help to mend a small part of their souls.  Providing a  little Hope for the Holidays….a few needed smiles and some laughter to a family who needs it.  What this family doesn’t know is that they will providing us with something too, a sense of good will towards man, and a valuable lesson for our family.  I will let you all know how this goes, but I imagine it will be quite emotional, and Amazing.

I am not for sure what I like the most, helping out a family who needs some cheer and hope, my family learning a wonderful lesson or getting to deliver the present to a family who is so grateful to know others do care.  My family will not get to know the actual family we are buying for this Christmas, but we do get the honor of helping to deliver to some of the other families.  I believe the look on their faces when we show up with some Help, will be enough to change my families perspective.  Hopefully allowing them to be more open-minded and grateful for everything in their lives, along with being more kind and genuine toward others.  I believe we have started a Wonderful New Family Tradition……I am so Proud to be a part of this Tiberghien crew…

Time Saving Tips for Busy Families

As a mother of 3 and always feeling like I am never a head of the game, I have dug up some tips and advice from the experts on how to stay sane.  Fascinating enough some of the tips were things I had already been doing, so I was a step ahead of myself after all.  Never knowing what could happen or what lies around the corner is a worry of mine, Luck favors the prepared…  Ever since the first little guy came across I have loaded the diaper bag full of things that I “MIGHT” need, and also stashed extras in every vehicle.  I also thought I was just a hoarder keeping extra candles and gift cards lying around, but to come find out this is a tip to being prepared….Well without ado let get to these tips, because we don’t have time to waste. 😛

Baby Blogger mentions that you should keep extras in your busy rooms of what you use frequently, this way you will stop wasting time running between rooms.  For example scissors, reading glasses, baby wipes…..  Also I found interesting to keep cardboard boxes labeled “trash,” “donate,” or “consign” in the garage or storage closet. Then routinely you are ridding your house of unused items and clutter.

To save time on chores she recommends skipping the ironing and using the dryer for 15 min. to reduce wrinkles.  While we are on laundry she also recommends just washing everything all together in cold water, that way you skip sorting.  Store sets of sheets and pillowcases inside unfolded pillowcases to make bed changes fast and easy and minimize clutter in your linen closet.{I do this one and love it}

Keep disinfecting wipes in the bathroom for quick cleanups around toilets, sinks, and mirrors. You could even do a speedy wipe-down while you bathe the kids. One final tip she had that I found useful was to do 30 min of cleaning after supper and the whole family is to take part in the festivities…{I like that bring on the help.}

Kori Ellis is another blogger I got great tips from and she hit the nail on the head with number one. We tend to go-go go from the time we roll out of bed to the time we roll back in. To have a few peaceful moments to our selves we should get out of be 15-20 minutes before the kids do. Now I am not saying to cut your sleep as parents we need a healthy amount of sleep, so don’t go crazy here thinking you can be superman or something… Another great tip of hers was figuring out your time wasters, I think she got this from Chalene Johnson or maybe vice versa… We all have things we do that waste time. Do you spend 10 minutes looking for your keys every morning? Start putting them on a hook on the door. Do you waste an hour surfing the web every night before bed? Limit screen time in your house (for your kids and yourself). By figuring out your time wasters and finding solutions, you’ll save time and maybe some sanity. Need a tip for getting on the road in the morning without a screaming match or 3 extra trips into the house. Well try laying the kids clothes out at night after they go to bed, put your things by the door to grab on the way out, have all homework and school stuff put away and ready, you can even have lunches ready and made the night before. By doing a little extra the night before, you can cut down on the chaos in the morning, when people are tired and more irritable.

Tip for shopping lists from Maureen Nuccitelli. She suggests, hanging small dry-erase boards with markers inside the linen closet and pantry. As you run low on toothpaste or peaches, mark it down on the respective board. When you’re ready to go shopping, check the dry erase boards, make your list and wipe them clean.

Lori Radun mentions that you need to identify your non-negotiables boundaries to protect that time. Then you must set strong boundaries around those times and keep it holy. {For me that would be every night from 6-8 is family time (No computers, i phones, or kindles, and Sunday is mainly Family Day}

Now some of the things I had mentioned above that I do already. I always have extras in a bag that goes with us on trips and just to take a trip up town, I leave it in the car. I have diapers stuffed into the glove compartment and remember those fanny packs, well I have them stuffed with germx, baby wipes, bandaids, a paper clip, knife, a lighter, flashlight and anything I think that may come in handy. I also have books, toys and snacks with us wherever we may be going. You never know when you may get stranded and tempers flare and you need a distraction, or the kids may just get dirty and you need clean clothes, but I will tell you those extras have saved me many of times.
I also like to have gifts at my home, I have a cabinet where I store items that I can use as a present if needed. Candles, books, toys, towels, utility knives, flashlights, lotions, etc…. all these items I keep around just in case I forget to buy a present or the kids come home and inform me tomorrow is the teachers birthday, for any certain reason I may need a thank you gift. In my file cabinet I have a stack of cards as well ranging from wedding, showers, thank you, sympathy, birthday cards, for those emergency cases. That way you don’t have to make a mad dash up town and try to find that card and gift when you are supposed to be headed to their house. Luck favors the prepared RIGHT! ! !

As for my work I try to schedule things, for instance when I do dishes I am trying to get Clayton to realize that is his ART time. He can color, paint, use shaving cream, the intent being he is having fun while I get some work done. Another scheduled time we have is when mommy goes to do her workout, that is when Clay gets to play his video games. Therefore he is happy to finally get to play and I am thrilled to get my sweat on.

One final tip that I have for any parent is to take time to themselves. As caregivers we tend to take care of others not considering our needs. What happens then is emotions and negativity build up and eventually you get broken down due to not taking care of yourself. So I advise you to make time for yourself daily, whether it be a bath, or 10 minutes in a book, for me it is getting in my workout and checking in on my challenge groups. Something about having a great workout, sweating, pushing myself to do better, that is just refreshing to me and energizes me to continue through the crazy day. Whatever your revitalizing activity is Please set time out to do it, nonnegotiable, you need this time to yourself. Life is crazy enough without throwing in worn out, stressed to the max parents into the mix.

I hope you have found these tips helpful and come back for more. Have a GREAT week.