We talked at the beginning of last year about how to make your resolutions last throughout the whole year. How did you do? I’ll be honest, I didn’t do great. I lost track of all the things I wanted to accomplish in 2014 and only got a few done here and there, but I wasn’t consistent.
I want to help you avoid this as we begin 2015. Hopefully, I’ll heed my own advice and be more successful with my own resolutions this year as well.
My big advice this year is to just be reasonable with yourself on your goals. No one benefits from making a list of 10 things they want to change about themselves in a year, you walk away unhappy with who you are and that’s not ok. Focus on 1 to 3 things that will make your life better overall and make a plan of how you will implement small changes into your day-to-day life to accomplish them. Baby steps are still steps moving forward and in the right direction so don’t get upset with yourself that changes isn’t happening overnight.
Lastly, I want to leave you with this: Go easy on yourself. Let’s make 2015 a year of self-acceptance. Change what you will make your life better but at the end of the day, be happy with who you are.
In honor of Throwback Thursday, I’m going to share a photo of my 4 yr old Lab Mix back when he was about 6 months old. He’d gotten his first bath that day and we were doing a little modeling shoot. Hope you enjoy!
Still not sure what to get those Moms in your life for Mother’s Day? Here is an easy, budget friendly idea that they are sure to love – Mom Survival Kits!
Take a large mason jar and decorate as you desire, or print a pretty label with “Mom’s Survival Kit” on it. Then, fill the jar with little knick-knacks that every Mom could use, especially since Mom’s are always on the go. The items can range from gift cards to restaurants and spas to little things like hand sanitizer, lotion, tissues, lip gloss, mini wine/alcohol bottles, chocolate, pain killers, Tide pens etc. You get the idea!
Make sure to include a heartfelt note or card to complete the jar and that Mom in your life is sure to absolutely love and use all the items provided!
What items would you want in your survival kit?
Happy Cinco de Mayo!! Today I wanted to share a simple recipe for a fun, tasty margarita cake that you can bring for today’s celebrations!
- Betty Crocker’s Super Moist Lemon Cake Mix
- 3 eggs
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup water
- 2 limes
- Mini tequila bottle or 1/2 cup of tequila
- Vanilla Whipped Frosting
In a bowl, mix together cake mix, eggs, oil, water, tequila, and juice of 1 lime. Then pour into greased cake pan and bake on 350 degrees for 32 minutes. Once cake has cooled, cover with vanilla whipped frosting and use the extra lime to decorate.
Enjoy! What’s your favorite Mexican-themed homemade dessert?
Have you jumped on the midi ring train yet? What’s stopping you? For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about – midi rings are rings that are designed to stop above the knuckle on your fingers.
This is probably one of my favorite accessory trends right now, it’s so fun to layer a bunch of different rings together and decorate your fingers. I found most of my midi rings on Etsy for under $7 for sets of 3 or more. I will say as a person that doesn’t normally wear rings, it felt strange the first few times, but now I forget that they are even on. My favorite right now might have to be creating the chevron design with multiple rings.
What’s your favorite midi ring?
Waterfall in Amicalola Falls State Park
We’re almost two full months into the new year, and I have to say. It’s been a rough two months. Between personal and professional issues arising at every turn, I really needed a break. I told myself it was too soon to go away for a full vacation, but why not a mini vacay for a couple of days? It just so happened that a group of my friends were planning a surprise getaway to North Georgia for a another friend’s birthday. We would be gone four days total. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but it was just what I needed. There was no internet connection, the TV wasn’t used and we had very spotty cell service. It was perfect.
Ladies, if your mind and body are telling you something – LISTEN. I had been feeling run down and constantly exhausted, but after my quick getaway I feel absolutely refreshed and rejuvenated. I would highly recommend this type of vacation every few months. It wasn’t costly and it was a drive-able distance, but it was still a break from reality. Turn off the cell phones, relax, and enjoy the simple things.
Sticking to food resolutions can be hard when you come home exhausted from a long day at work. For me, having a meal plan has not only helped in those situations, but also when it comes to grocery shopping. No longer am I blindly shopping and wasting good produce and money.
I scoured the internet and found a Weekly Meal Planner that had enough space for me to list my 3 meals per day, plus a shopping list on the side. Once I did my grocery shopping, I stuck the planner side to my fridge. So now when I go to open the fridge I have a handy reminder of what I should be grabbing in there.
It also helps that I found my weekly recipes off of healthy websites that had already figured out the points/calories for me. This has helped me to stay on track by pre-counting the calories or points per meal so I am less likely to splurge and overeat.
Do you use a weekly meal planner? Which one is your favorite?