Wordless Wednesday – Dinner Ready

No matter how old they get, they never really grow up. I feed the baby breakfast and lunch changed him, and held him all while they sleep until noon.  Now they want to know if dinner is ready?  Really! 

Printable Valentine’s Day Scrapbook Layouts

Sweets for your sweets!  Valentine’s Day is around the corner, so I thought I would share these “sweet” printable scrapbook layouts, and give a little history of boxes of chocolates for this day of love.  


You’ve heard of the Cadbury Chocolates, right?  Richard Cadbury, son of founder John Cadbury, is credited with making boxes for chocolates. He had been working to improve his chocolate making techniques in Britain, and needed a marketing gimmick to get his new and improved chocolates  noticed. He started designing decorated, heart shaped boxes and the rest is history.  


The boxes were originally designed for 2 purposes, to house the chocolates and once they were gone the beautiful boxes could be used to store love letters and other mementos. There’s the history of chocolates folks. 


Feel free to print the layouts, add your favorite photos, and enjoy.  



Turn It Up Tuesday – #73

Welcome to the 73rd week of Turn It Up Tuesday! Thank you for joining us for another week of linking and connecting!
Last week, we had 299 links – what a great week! We’d like to thank each and every one of you for making every week so amazing! Keep sharing your amazing posts with us here on Turn It Up Tuesday!
Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is on Saturday? We can’t! And we’re celebrating the holiday of love here on Turn It Up Tuesday this week. Share all of your Valentine’s Day posts, love posts, inspirational posts – anything at all! We can’t wait to read your amazing posts! The hosts and guest hosts will be able to select 2 posts each for the Featured posts, and we’ll be naming 4 posts Best of the Best! 🙂
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Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up your favorite posts (old or new) and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!
Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

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Andrea Keeney is a writer, blogger, mother, and wife. She is the creator of the blog, Parenting with Parents as well as the author of the book, Moms: As Elite as the C.I.A….Well Almost. When she isn’t pursuing her dreams of writing she is taking care of her three small children.
Attention! There is an elite group of women walking freely among the average citizens of the world. These freakishly instinctive beings are capable of physical, mental, and emotional acts of greatness. They tend to appear irritated, exhausted, and are almost always bombarded by very tiny renegades who are whining and/or yelling. These women come in many shapes and sizes, however they all respond to a single name: Mom. If you know one of these women, if you are one of these women, or if you are going to be one of these women, you need this book!
Are you looking to get your blog or website in front of numerous people per week? Do you enjoy Turn It Up Tuesdays? Interested in having your blog or website featured for an entire month?
Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month by clicking here!

 

Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings | Jessica from The Wondering Brain | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Jillian from Baby Doodah | April from April Noelle | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Cindy from Mom Maven | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Kelly from Making-More | Yolanda from That’s Mashed Up | Tenns from New Mama Diaries | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Rose from What Rose Knows | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Nancy from Afro-Chic Mompreneur | Tina from The Happy Creations | Zografia from Bisozozo | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for February!

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Danielle from insearchofthe25thhour | Cathy from Brand New Mom Blog | Latisha from Ask Latisha | Alyssa from Life from My Laptop | Lisa from Blogghetti | Kelly from Mum-bo-Jumbo | Kim from Life in a House of Testosterone | Sarah from Pretty Simple Ideas

Interested in being a guest host for the month or becoming a permanent co-host?

Complete the form here! Monthly co-hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis.  We’re now accepting guest hosts for February and March.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Lisa chose How I More Than Doubled My Page Views in 2 Months from Budget Girl. “This post was excellent and filled with information that all types of bloggers can use. I learned so much from this one article and already want to implement many of her tips to improve my blog and the traffic to it. It was well written, provide many links to the tips she mentioned, and was explained in a way that was easy to understand. Loved it!”
Elaine also chose this post. “Good solid advice. I am implementing her recommendations immediately.”
Tina also chose this post. “A very informative post that will help anyone who wants to increase traffic to their blog . What a great post. Thanks so much for sharing!”
Natasha also chose this post. “I am really loving all of these tips! I will be working on ways to make this happen on my blog right away!”
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Tiffany chose The Importance of Passion from Cayla & Ashley. “I’ve always believed that passion can help you take a mere desire to a reality. This post definitely helps reiterate that belief.”
April also chose this post. “With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I’m really trying to think about what it means. For me, it means rekindling the passion for my relationship. I love this post and I’m working to be more of a passionate person.”
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Kelly chose Leftover Mashed Potato Gnocchi from NY Foodie Family. “I hate wasting food and am always on the look out for easy recipes to use up those leftovers. This recipe sounds simple and I can’t wait to try it out! It’s summer time here in Australia so we haven’t been eating a lot of mashed potato but we eat loads in the cooler months. I’ll be testing this out then.”
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Rhonda chose 6 Ways to Prepare for Overnight Guests (Free Welcome Letter Printable) from The Bajan Texan. “Her tips will make a guest room feel like a luxury hotel. I’m going to incorporate a few, I just hope my guest will leave after my makeover.”
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Sarah chose Elsa Inspired DIY Wand Craft from Crafts Unleashed. “I feel guilty not picking a Valentine’s Day craft, but I just loved this DIY Elsa wand too much. (I blame it on having three nieces).  I’d like to make it with/for my nieces as well as feel like a princess for a day myself. :)”
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Mari chose Chicken, Potatoes, & Broccoli from Just Mi. “I love me some one pot meals, less cleanup time the better. This week I picked Mionna’s dish because it was so colorful and healthy.”
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Mari also chose Duet: One Pot Cheesy Chicken Pasta / Grouplove “Spreading Rumours” from Cooking with Vinyl. “I also picked Becky’s cheesy dish because well she got me at cheesy!!!”
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Zografia chose Craft Challenge: Cardboard Boxes into Crafty Drawers from Redo It Yourself Inspirations. “I loved her bright idea of using cardboards for making drawers. And the leather drawer pulls is a beautiful detail.”
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Stacey chose A Valentine’s Day Candy Bouquet from Fry Sauce and Grits. “What a wonderful and festive idea for a Valentine gift, that would be amazingly fun for the kids to take part in. They could create their own with their favorite candies or one to give as a gift. Thank you so much for sharing!”
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Silvie chose How to Make a Man Bouquet for Valentine’s Day from Pretty Simple Ideas. “I chose this post as my favorite because I loved this idea and I’m sure my hunny will love the one I will be making for him. All thanks to this post. :)”
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Danielle chose Why I No Longer Use The Word Weak from Mother 2 Mother. “I love this post because I empowers me as a woman im the workforce and as a woman trying to be a good mother. There are so many opinions on how women should conduct themselves in corporate America and as parents that we tend to focus on the negative. It is nice to see someone taking credit for all the good.”
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Latisha chose Before I was a Mother, I was just like a Toddler from Mum-bo-jumbo.com. “This is one of my favorite post this week, because I can relate to it somewhat. It brought to light what I have been seeing in myself lately as a mother. Children have a way of causing you to see your child-like behaviors in yourself through them. When my eight year old daughter has another emotional breakdown, I see me. In see me in my 5 year old son’s obsessiveness and impatience. I guess in some ways we are all still like toddlers.”
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Nancy chose Secret Love Letter Pendant (Tutorial) from Jewelry Making Journal. “I love it because it is a unique handmade gift!”
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The post with the most clicks is 5 Tips to Grow Your Blog from The Organized Dream.
Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I’m sure they’d all appreciate it!
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And the Best of the Best is…

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Show some love to our Best of the Best bloggers this week!!!!
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So now that you’ve met our Sponsor for the month, our hosts and guest hosts, our Featured and the Best of the Best,

let’s get started!

*Show some love to your hosts and co-hosts simply by following them on social media and leaving a comment so they can follow you back.

*Link up as many posts as you’d like! The more, the merrier!

*Check out some of the other posts and make some new friends!

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Sunday’s Best Linkup – #5

Welcome to Week 5 of  Mother 2 Mother’s Sunday’s Best Linkup.  Each month we will feature a theme, this month the theme is Love Is In the Air. Smooches! Please share your favorite posts on anything or anyone that you love. This can be recipes, Valentine’s crafts, scrapbook layouts, how you met your husband or significant other, your children etc. You decide.  



Don’t have posts that fit into the theme, link up whatever post you would like to share. Anything goes here. You may link as many posts as you would like. Each week a post will be selected and featured the following week.  An image from your post will be used on my blog the following week with a link back to your blog.  Be sure to check back to see if you’re the Sunday’s Best featured blogger of the week. 




Please meet my new host, Kim, and her beautiful daughter from Pinterested Parent. Kim shared a great post last week Why 40 Is Not The New 20.  I had to pick myself up off the floor from laughing so hard. Please check it out and connect with her.  



           Rhonda – Mother 2 Mother                                  Kim – Pinterested Parent





If you are interested in hosting or co-hosting the next Sunday’s Best linkup, please contact me for details.   
Get your post(s) ready for March.  The theme is Spring Forward. We’re looking for spring crafts, Easter decorating ideas, Easter tablescapes, recipes, anything that you love to do in the spring and would like to share.  


Here’s the rules, please connect with Kim and Me on social media before you leave or subscribe to our blogs:  

Mother 2 Mother: Please like my 
Facebook Page, follow me on Twitter,  Google+,  PinterestBlogLovin or subscribe/join my blog on the right before you leave.   



The Pinterested Parent: Please like Kim’s Facebook Page, follow her on Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, Bloglovin before you leave.  



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One last thing before we get the party started, please grab the Sunday’s Best button above and place it on your sidebar or Tweet the linkup using the hashtag #SundaysBest. I appreciate your help in promoting the linkup with Re-tweets and shares.  




The Sunday’s Best Post is:



Journey To Organization  – Sew Crafty Angel

All of the posts were great, and I appreciate each of you linking up.  Take a minute to visit this great blog and connect with Angie.  This lady is crafty and her blog is filled with great craft ideas.  


Now, lets link up those posts and be sure to visit a few other bloggers who have posted while you’re here. This is a great way to meet and connect with new bloggers. Be sure to PIN or share any posts that you like, we all appreciate a little love.     




Throw Back Thursday – First Grandchild

Oh memories.  I was browsing old photos for #TBT and this one caught my eye.  It’s a picture of me holding my first grandchild and only grandson for the first time.  What a joyous moment, I guess that’s written on my face, ha!  


This picture holds special memories for me too,  My second grandchild and only granddaughter was born a preemie, so I was unable to hold her for the first 3 months of her life.

I loved being a mother, but there’s nothing like being a grandmother.  Greatest role in the world.  

Wordless Wednesday – Sunset

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Turn It Up Tuesday – #72

Welcome to the 72nd week of Turn It Up Tuesday!
Last week, we had a record-breaking week with 406 posts – the most we’ve ever had!  And we’d like to thank each one of you for making last week and every week so amazing! Keep sharing your amazing posts with us here on Turn It Up Tuesday!
Thank you so much for joining us each week and for helping us hit another record this week!
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Turn It Up Tuesdays is all about being happy, excited, energetic…and having fun! Link up your favorite posts (old or new) and meet some awesome bloggers in return! Link up your funny stories, DIY posts, recipes, mommy moments — anything at all, as long as it is family-friendly. We want to laugh, be entertained, be inspired, and have a good time!
Thanks so much to everyone that joins us each week and makes this blog hop the best that it could be!

SPONSOR OF THE MONTH

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Andrea Keeney is a writer, blogger, mother, and wife. She is the creator of the blog, Parenting with Parents as well as the author of the book, Moms: As Elite as the C.I.A….Well Almost. When she isn’t pursuing her dreams of writing she is taking care of her three small children.
Attention! There is an elite group of women walking freely among the average citizens of the world. These freakishly instinctive beings are capable of physical, mental, and emotional acts of greatness. They tend to appear irritated, exhausted, and are almost always bombarded by very tiny renegades who are whining and/or yelling. These women come in many shapes and sizes, however they all respond to a single name: Mom. If you know one of these women, if you are one of these women, or if you are going to be one of these women, you need this book!
Are you looking to get your blog or website in front of numerous people per week? Do you enjoy Turn It Up Tuesdays? Interested in having your blog or website featured for an entire month?
Then, sponsor Turn It Up Tuesday for a month by clicking here! It’s only $5 for an entire month!

 

Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma’s Ramblings | Jessica from The Wondering Brain | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | Rhonda from Mother 2 Mother | Jillian from Baby Doodah | April from April Noelle | Ce Ce from A Chicago Mom | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Cindy from Mom Maven | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Kelly from Making-More | Yolanda from That’s Mashed Up | Tenns from New Mama Diaries | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Rose from What Rose Knows | Kimberly from Keystrokes by Kimberly | Chelsea from Mommie and Wee | Nancy from Afro-Chic Mompreneur | Tina from The Happy Creations | Zografia from Bisozozo | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for February!

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Danielle from insearchofthe25thhour | Cathy from Brand New Mom Blog | Latisha from Ask Latisha | Lisa from Blogghetti | Kelly from Mum-bo-Jumbo | Kim from Life in a House of Testosterone | Sarah from Pretty Simple Ideas

Interested in being a guest host for the month or becoming a permanent co-host?

Complete the form here! Monthly co-hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis.  We’re now accepting guest hosts for February and March.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Jillian chose Free 5 Year Holidays List – 7 Step Homeschool Planner from Lina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus. “This is a fantastic list!! I’ve been looking for a complete list of holidays to use when blogging, but this will be great for homeschooling with my son. So excited to use it!”
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Nancy chose Why Bloggers Should Give Google+ More Attention! from Britney Dearest. “As a new blogger, I appreciated the insight that Britney gave in using google plus.”
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Rhonda chose Feeling Like a Mom Vs. Feeling Like a Mom Mess from Jersey Moms Blog. “I think most of us can relate to the joys of being a mother and than there are those days that we just feel like a complete mess. Funny and so true.”
Natasha also chose this post. “I can relate to almost every one of the feelings! This is definitely a funny, yet honest, take of how many (if not all) mothers feel. Great post!”
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Ce Ce chose jpeg vs png: When and How To Use It from Rekita Nicole Design Studio & Blog.
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Cindy chose Spring Nail Trends with Essie from Geniabeme. “I LOVE pretty nails and this nail art tutorial is perfect for spring. I think even I can manage this pretty manicure.”
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Zografia chose Why You Should Brand Your Blog from New Mama Diaries. “My New Year’s resolution was to make the most of blogging. Posts like this are helpful!”
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Mari chose She in 3D: Meet Shadai {Weight Loss Inspiration!} from Britney Dearest. “I chose this post because she shared a wonderful inspiring post. Anything is possible you just have to remove the blocks and take one step at a time.”
Chantale also chose this post. “Just when everyone is forgetting their New Year’s resolutions, this weight loss story is extremely inspiring! More importantly it is a lesson in self care and self love that anyone can benefit from.”
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Mari also chose Stop Searching For Balance in The Wrong Places, Just Make Time For You! by @chicmompreneur on She Owns It. “I also chose Nancy because I agree that without balance there is no success. It doesn’t matter if your a CEO, a SAHM or a Secretary. Healthy success requires balance and her post shared great messages.”
Stacey also chose this post. “This is one that falls into my goal for 2015, spending more time to focus on me. Towards the end of 2014, I found my self frazzled and disconnected, so I made the decision that I need to take time for me to put myself in balance. Thank you so much for sharing!”
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Rose chose Natural Eye Makeup Tutorial from Lauren McBride: The Blog. “I’ve been using the same boring eye colors (basic black and brown) for too long now and I could really use an updated look. This post inspired me to try new products and colors!”
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Tina chose You Are Dino-Mite: Paper Plate Dinosaurs from This Girl’s Life Blog. “A fantastic craft for kids.Simple cute and educational.A must do for mummies list.Thanks for sharing.”
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The post with the most clicks is 5 Ways I Make Money Blogging from Mama’s Got It Together.
Stop by and show some love to our featured bloggers this week! I’m sure they’d all appreciate it!
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let’s get started!

*Show some love to your hosts and co-hosts simply by following them on social media and leaving a comment so they can follow you back.

*Link up as many posts as you’d like! The more, the merrier!

*Check out some of the other posts and make some new friends!

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10 Tips To Stay Healthy – Sponsored Post



It’s a new year and my main goal is to eat healthier, exercise and stay healthy. I’ve fallen off track on my healthy eating goals so many times I’ve lost count. This year I decided to pick myself up, brush myself off and get back on track. I made peace with the fact that there’s no quick fix, it requires a lifestyle change. I’ve tried fad diets, prepacked food diets, eating like a bird, not eating, you name it only to end up frustrated and returning to my bad habits.  

They say timing is everything. When I was contacted by Molina Health Care to do a post on health issues that affect me and my family I gladly accepted. The first step to overcoming struggles is to talk about them. I had put together a list of tips to achieve and maintain a healthy eating lifestyle and I thought it would be perfect to share for this post. 

The turning point for me to get healthy was when I looked at pictures and realized just how much weight I had gained. I reached a point where I hated to get my picture taken. I was missing out on three generations of family pictures with my daughter and granddaughter, because I couldn’t bear to look at the majority of the photos. If there’s a health issue blowing in the wind it will find my family, so I knew that I had to get serious and get to work. We have a family history of high blood pressure, diabetics, obesity, heart attacks, cancer and the list goes on.   

Eating healthy was always a must in my home. A snack for my daughter was jello when she was growing up. I truly believe my high stress job took its toll on me over the years, but I knew that I could no longer allow my job to control me. My job was a means to make an income, not a means to end my life. Here’s the tips that I’m now using to stay healthy:

  1. Incorporate more fruits and vegetables into my diet –  I started a kitchen garden several years and I grow the majority of my vegetables during the summer along with fresh fruits. There’s nothing better than being able to pick fresh fruits and vegetables outside your door. 
  2. Preserve fresh vegetables – I now preserve fresh vegetables during the summer to make soups and other dishes throughout the year. I also grow fresh herbs to flavor my dishes. If you don’t have a kitchen garden, visit a local Farmer’s Market. Seal and freeze the fresh vegetables for later use. 
  3. Get a partner to help you stay on track – My daughter is a Beach Body coach so we have teamed up to ensure that I stay on track. 
  4. Don’t deprive yourself – Give yourself a day or two to enjoy the foods that you truly love. Depriving yourself is a set-up for failure. Saturday or Sunday are my days to eat out and enjoy a burger, slice of pizza or pasta dish.  I look forward to it and I don’t feel guilty. 
  5. Give up the excuses – Make your health a priority. 
  6. Exercise –  Exercise at least 30 minutes a day. If you can’t get in 30 get in 5, 10, 15 or 20. Some is better than none. 
  7. Educate yourself  –  Learn what foods provide nutrition and energy for the body. Prepackaged and junk food are empty calories and contain high amounts of sodium and sugar. I’ve replaced chips with popcorn, candy bars with fresh fruit, ice cream with frozen yogurt. Gradually add healthy items into your meal plan. 
  8. Drink plenty of water and don’t skip meals – I love water, so drinking it has never been a problem for me. I replaced soda with water and Gatorade and eat 4 – 5 small meals a day. 
  9. Learn portion controlI took a class at my local hospital on eating healthy. You will be surprised on what is considered a healthy portion. (I got my answer on how I gained the excess weight). 
  10. Relieve stress and get rest – Know the stress factors in your life and eliminate as many as you can. Get plenty of rest. Replace bed pillows if they are old and purchase them according to how you sleep. I’m a side sleeper, so I purchased pillows made for my position. I sleep throughout the night now. 
I have incorporated these 10 tips into my life and now they’re pretty much second nature. Getting healthy won’t happen overnight and there are no quick fixes, believe me I have tried them all. It requires a lifestyle change, which requires you to make your health a priority every day. Check out the Eating Well article on Molina Health Care. It discusses acceptable servings from each of the food groups and is worth the read. It’s great information for healthy eating.  

The opinions in this article are my own. I do not work for, or with, any brand mentioned in this article, nor do I have any official relationship with them.  I have a relationship with GigaSavvy, for whom I create original editorial content.

     






Why I No Longer Use The Word Weak




This is a guest post did I for the blog A Peek Into My Paradise.  I’ve decided to no longer define who I am by Strengths and Weaknesses. Here’s Webster’s definition of weak:  

    WEAK. 1 : lacking strength: as. a : deficient in physical vigor : feeble, debilitated. b : not able to sustain or exert much weight, pressure, or strain.

I have spent years defining what I have perceived to be my Strengths and Weaknesses.  There are areas that I wish to improve, but when I assessed my skills and qualities I had a hard time finding weaknesses.  Here’s why:

  • I have raised a daughter as single mother and college educated her
  • I’m helping to raise 2 grandchildren
  • I manage a home 
  • I clean my home
  • I prepare the meals
  • I do the laundry
  • I work outside out the home 40 hours per week
  • I budget the income and pay the bills
  • I spend time blogging
  • I guest blog for other bloggers
  • I grow my own vegetables
  • I can summer produce for winter use and saving on the grocery bill
  • I maintain the outside of my home with the exception of mowing the grass ( I have lawn service)
  • I find time for family and friends 
  • I take the car in to be serviced after I negotiate a deal on the vehicle I’m purchasing

I could continue my list, but you get my drift. Weak, how can I be weak. It takes strength and endurance to do all of the above on a regular basis.  Now I do have a few things that I have a hard time passing up like chocolate, coffee, and chips. These just happen to be things that I like to indulge in, they don’t make me who I am. Life beats us down enough, why contribute to the negativity by placing unflattering labels on yourself. 


I have accepted that I am a work in progress and ever evolving.  Because I don’t always meet my goals or I’m not perfect doesn’t mean that I lack strength. There are many factors that contribute to how much I can accomplish and what I accomplish. I have found that if I set goals and continuously working toward them, it reduces the stress that I place on myself. I think as women we try to accomplish too much and often end up with the weight of the world on our shoulders. When we can no longer bear the weight we see ourselves as weak or society sees us as weak.  


Because I’m not as physically strong as a man doesn’t mean that I’m weak.  That’s just the way I was made. The majority of the time, I don’t want to open the jar, hammer a stake in the ground, change a dirty tire or haul heavy items. I simply don’t want to break a nail, have back pain or prove how manly I am, ha.  Now don’t get me wrong, I can hammer, change a tire, shovel the driveway, and haul heavy items. I’ve been single for many years. I can get it done.          
I have found that setting priorities has helped me meet my ever changing goals. Nothing is more important to me than my family, so whatever goals I set they come after my family.  If I don’t achieve them during the year, I continue to work on them the following year. 


I’m adding weak to the list of items that I’ve tossed because I will never wear or use it again. Join me ladies, you’ll find that you will have a ton lifted off your shoulders and you will feel much better.  Replace the word Weaknesses on your list with  Things I Wish To Improve!  
   

Wordless Wednesday – Strut Your Stuff

This picture was taken at Hunt Club Farm in Virginia Beach, VA during one of our trips to their petting zoo with my grandchildren.