Get Real With New Years Resolutions!! Make Them Challenges!!!

Get Real With Yourself!!! New Years Resolution or Challenge??

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I have seen so many people talk about New Years Resolutions and how some wont make them and some will. Well it’s natural to come into the New Year with goals that you are diligently working towards however, I do not think that people really understand the difference between a resolution and a challenge!

A Challenge is a call to take part in a contest or competition! A Resolution is a firm decision to do or not to do something. So what’s it going to be? A Challenge??? A call to take part in a contest or competition that will in the end give you the win? Whether that win be weight loss, paying off debt, getting your family healthier, or going to church twice a week. Will it be a resolution??? a firm decision to do something or not to do something?

My advice for making your 2014 New Years Challenges happen for you is to first of all grab a pen and piece of paper and write them down! Put a poster board, white board, or write it on your bathroom window! Make sure your goals are visible to you EVERY morning when you wake up and get out of the bed! This will hold you accountable daily! You need to see what you are not doing…. Now don’t beat yourself up over it if you have failed at a few along the way, but be sure to always try to accomplish them on a daily basis. If your goals are visible to you every day and you are reminded then you may just succeed in 2014!

You can also call a trusted friend and tell her you want to give her a list of your long term and short term goals and you would like for her to call you out on them! For example if one of your New Year’s Challenges is eat healthier, before you go do your Saturday grocery shopping she can call her and remind you of what your goals where so that you don’t sneak a box of Debbie Cakes or a pint of ice cream.

The other thing that I feel is very important about New Year’s Challenges is to make them obtainable. Do not make goals that are way beyond your reach because you will end up failing and just throwing your hands up on it all and walking away! I have seen it time and time again “I am a size 20 in January and I want to be a size 5 by March!” This will probably not happen and if it does this is not healthy….Make your goals reachable!

Do not let the vicious cycle continue of making NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS that you just don’t stick with! Make your New Years Challenges happen by preparation, perseverance, and accountability! Do not be afraid to set up short term and long term goals. Weekly, monthly, quarterly, and then the YEAR goal! This will help you obtain your goals and make it easier to break them down where they are easily obtainable! It’s in essence giving you a road map to your success in 2014!

Setting GOALS is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.

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Preparation Can Help Calm The Mom!

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I was never a list maker or a planner before children. I would usually just go with the flow and whatever happens is what happens. Child number one and two was a breeze when going places or accomplishing tasks but when child three and four came around I thought it was simply impossible to get anything done and going anywhere was a nightmare! So after child number four I found it easier to accomplish daily tasks and outings with the children if I had daily plans off attack!

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Staying in???

When I know that I will be in the house doing chores the kids will help but when I am doing my Mommy duties like laundry, dishes, etc it seemed as if I left the room for five minutes and come back and the room they were in was destroyed! Like little tornadoes…. Of course I would make them clean up their mess but it got so frustrating. Dealing with multiple tornadoes daily where overwhelming and honestly just too time consuming to argue with them to get it cleaned up! So I have a new approach. I have three or four little busy tasks for them to do whether it be coloring, board games, or learning games. That keeps them busy long enough for me to throw in a load of laundry and clean up the dishes etc.  Having little daily tasks and things for the kids to do and accomplish can be fun for them and make your life a whole lot easier. Here are some cool little things that my girls have been doing while on Christmas Break:

  • bracelet making (fishing line, beads, and whatever else you can find laying around the house)
  • coloring a few pictures for family members and putting in envelopes to mail (kids love to mail things)
  • board games for them all to play together (be sure to have the no arguments talk prior)
  • Let them make a scrap book with magazines, glue sticks, a few pictures of themselves, stickers, and craft paper
  • Painting Sun Catchers (you can find these kits for $1 at the dollar store)
  • Making Lunch (Yes children love to cook) Have them make PB&J’s and let them have fun with cookie cutters

For all of these tasks of course not the making lunch I have shoe box rubber maids in the top of my closet and you can store all the materials needed for these in those boxes and that is how I make it exciting for them. They do not know what they will be doing that day. I have all kinds of fun boxes and they never know what they will get! They better be good or they will get no box and time out chair. Make it fun! Make them excited for their busy work during the days.

Heading out???

Oh my… going out with four kids while Daddy is at work and have absolutely no help is the hardest for me. These are the moments when I just need to take a step back and regroup so I don’t loose my mind!

I try to prepare the day before. Outfits laid out all the way down to the matching hair bows and socks!  Do not catch yourself in a hurry and have to go find everyone something to wear. Most Mom’s spend entirely too much time running through the house trying to find matching socks before walking out the door especially when you are on a time crunch.

Back Packs are awesome!!! Get each child backpacks of their own and put their own toys in them. Whatever toys will keep them busy on the road trip, in the doctors office, or where ever you are going. Having their own back pack with their own toys will make them feel special and you can even let them choose what they want to bring.

Snacks are a huge thing for my girls. It seems like they are always HUNGRY!!!! Does not matter if breakfast was fifteen minutes ago. Make sure to pack a snack baggy for each child and throw it in the diaper bag. I try doing healthy snacks like bagged apples, pretzels, carrots, cheese squares, etc. You get the picture. Juice boxes, bottled water, or whatever you choose for their drink option.

I always keep tissue, hand sanitizer, and an extra outfit in the car at all times! You never know when you will need it.

These are just some things that I incorporate and they have been helping me keep some of my sanity. Maybe you can incorporate some of these things and save you a few hairs yourself. When you are a mother sometimes just getting through the day is a huge accomplishment but I have learned the hard way. If you aren’t prepared for your children then they will be prepared for you! You will end up in a bad mood and probably loosing it a few times through out the day! Hope this helps some of you out! Being a Mom is a tough job and even the best preparation and all these things just don’t work! Sometimes you just have those days where things don’t go right no matter how prepared you are for your kiddies!!

Rock On Mommy’s!

Healthy Whole Wheat Pancakes Anyone???

 

 

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I’m all for eating whole wheat versions of things if it makes sense. There are some whole wheat recipes I have tried like whole wheat cookies… Not so so good!!! My girls love pancakes so I tried whole wheat pancakes and well I failed a few recipes but this one is in my recipe book for sure! Be sure to whisk together dry ingredients and then whisk together wet ingredients and then combine them. Also be sure to leave the lumps!! Like most pancake recipes if you stir out the lumps your pancakes will come out tough and chewy instead of fluffy and light! But hey if you and your little ones like tough and chewy by all means get the lumps out! 

 

What You Will Need:

  • 1 cup 2% milk or see Notes below
  • 1 tbsp vinegar* (white wine or apple cider)
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • butter for greasing the griddle

Directions:

  1. Combine the milk and vinegar and let the mixture curdle while you mix together the other ingredients.
  2. In a big bowl, whisk to combine the whole wheat flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, whisk together the egg, melted butter, and the curdled milk, until it looks fairly homogenous and smooth. Whisk this wet mixture into the dry ingredients, and stir the two together until just barely mixed. You want any visible loose flour to be stirred in, but there should still be plenty of lumps. If you stir out the lumps, the pancakes will likely be tough.
  4. Preheat a nonstick griddle to 375 degrees F and grease the surface with butter. Add small scoops of pancake batter and use the cookie scooper to gently smooth the scoop into a flatter circle. Cook for a few minutes, until you start to see little bubbles forming on the surface. Flip the pancakes with a turner and cook for a few minutes on the other side, until you peek underneath and see that the bottom is golden brown. Serve with butter and real maple syrup. Enjoy!

Notes

*You can substitute lemon juice for the vinegar, or you can sub buttermilk for the milk + vinegar if that’s what you have. 

*You can also substitute the butter with margarine or other healthy butter subs.