Showing posts from January, 2016

Throwback Thursday - Making Valentines Day Special For Kids

Yes, it's still January but Valentines Day will be here quicker than you think.  For today's Throwback Thursday post I am going back to a post that was originally posted on February 4, 2010, you can find that original post here.  
Around our house everything we do is for the kids.  I mean everything.  I can not tell you how many times we have sacrificed something so that the kids can have a great day and not have to do without.  So of course, Valentines Day is no exception.
Here are some of the great ways we make Valentines Day a special day for our kids:
Heart Shaped Pancakes These are a favorite tradition on Valentines Day around here.  I have a silicone heart shape that I use to shape my pancakes but if you can't find one, just simply make your pancakes the regular way and use a large heart shaped cookie cutter to cut them into heart shapes.  While our pancakes are always heart shaped we do add in variations from year to year.  Sometimes we add red and pink ice cream sp…

Tips for Treating Anxiety Naturally

Anxiety can feel overwhelming.  I have struggled with it for years myself, and it wasn’t until my thirties that I was able to get it under control.  When I was in my twenties I took prescription medicine for it but they were full of side effects as well.  Now, I treat my anxiety naturally.  Here are some tips and strategies that can help you to treat anxiety naturally as well.

Bach Rescue Remedy Bach Rescue Remedy is a natural anxiety medicine, as it is a blend of five Bach Flower Remedies, impatiens, Star of Bethlehem, Cherry Plum, Rock Rose, and clematis.  Bach Rescue Remedy is available in a spray, drops, gum, and pearls.  There are also versions that are made for pets and kids.  Many who use Back Rescue Remedy for anxiety carry it with them, it is easy to slip into your purse, and use it when they start to feel anxious.  It is fast acting, so relief comes quickly.
Exercise Exercise, can lift your spirits tremendously, as it increases your mood and overall well-being.  Walking and …

Menu Plan Monday, January 4 - 10, 2016

Join us for Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie.
It's the first menu plan of the new year and I am excited for all that the year has in store.  I am determined to stick to the Trim Healthy Mama plan this year so all of our meals will be on plan, with crossovers for the kids.  I think menu planning is the key to staying on track.
Here's what I have planned for this week:
Monday - THM Crockpot Sloppy Joes, sweet peas and asparagus
Tuesday - Wicked White Chili (from new THM cookbook)
Wednesday - Cabb and Saus Skillet (from new THM cookbook), fried potatoes for kids
Thursday - Wipe Your Mouth BBQ (from new THM cookbook), beets, My Grandmother's Green Beans
Friday - Lemon Parsley Baked Cod, Brown Rice
Saturday - Stuffed Green Peppers

Hike #1 of 52 Hike Challenge

I am out of shape.  Completely out of shape and need something to get me out of my comfort zone.  Last year one of my goals was to get in shape enough to hike to the top of Clingman's Dome in the Smoky Mountains.  I did that in October with my family and we loved every minute of it.  This year I want to make a concerted effort to hike more and the 52 Hike Challenge is just what I need to get there.  This works out to one hike per week for a year.
So today, after church we changed into our warm clothes and headed to the local park to complete our first hike.  It was 39 degrees but at least it was sunny.  So we now have one hike down, 51 more to go!  

THM New Year, New You Challenge

Happy 2016!  If you have followed my blog any length of time at all you will know that I have always struggled with my weight, and began following Trim Healthy Mama in 2013.  Trim Healthy Mama was a lifesaver for me.  It wasn't too strict, and allows me to give myself grace when I don't eat exactly as I should - I just tell myself that in 3 hours I will be back on plan.  I lost quite a bit of weight following this plan but in February, 2015 I began having problems with my endemetriosis.  As I was dealing with these problems, I fell off the wagon - in a big way.  This has caused me to gain back every bit of the weight that I lost plus a couple of pounds.

Well, I have had enough!  I know Trim Healthy Mama works, and I am committing to follow it.  I need accountability, because the freedom this plan allows makes it too easy for me to stray.  I am going to be joining the THM New Year, New You Challenge that is on Facebook and am committed to losing this weight again.

The challen…