Happy Memorial Day

Memorial Day is a day of reverence for me.  I grew up in a house where my father, grandfathers and several uncles served in the military.  I was taught to honor our flag and respect those that defend our freedoms.  I hope you take the time this weekend to appreciate those who have sacrificed so much on our behalf for our country and find fond memories of those who have gone ahead.

Memorial Day

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Wordless Wednesday Link Party

The past couple of weeks have been such a great experience for me to join in the Wordless Wednesday Link Party with all the great bloggers at Oh My Heartsie Girl.  I have learned so much about me and I have really assessed where I want to be in a year with this blog.  I am so happy to share with you all the great things that these talented ladies have.  I am grateful to be a part of it.

Enjoy this weeks Link Party and don’t forget to link your blog as well.

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Welcome 889321dkvfo8u72aOh My Heartsie Girl and bloggy friends Welcomes you to The Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday, and we take the opportunity to introduce you to meet new friends, as they are highlighted in our post each week. Something new, you can be sure!! Our Wordless Wednesday is
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//Oh My Heartsie Girl // Makeup Tray Organizer // Create a makeup tray and organizer in as little as 5 Minute// With a plate, dishes, odd wine glasses, or tea cups and a hot glue gun.

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Divider 989321gyey13hzitA Peek Into My Paradise 5-19-2015♥Co-Host Cathy// A Peek Into My Paradise// Breakfast Pizza with Hash Brown Crust // Our family enjoyed the uniqueness of Breakfast Tacos filled with our favorites I thought how much fun Breakfast Pizza would be! Shredded hash browns are the perfect “crust” to add your favorite breakfast meats and toppings to!
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Divider 989321gyey13hzitLiving Intentionally Simple 5-19♥Co-Host Sarah Hamlin // Living Intentionally// 28 Ways To Eat Dandelions // Dandelions aren’t just pesky weeds but full of nutrition from the root to the petal. I’ve compiled nutritional information about the different parts of the flower (root, greens, & petal) and included 28 different ways you can eat them w/ recipes. Who knew these flowers were so versatile?. Twitter | Bloglovin | Google+ | Pinterest
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Divider 989321gyey13hzitGrowing Up In The 70's ♥Co-Host Pamela Barton // Growing Up In the 70s // Most People Don’t Know The Meaning Of Hotel California? // Have you always wondered what the lyrics mean? Do you wonder if its about Satanism? Some believe the song was written about a real inn in Todos Santos bearing that name or a state-run psychiatric hospital near Los Angeles. Do you want to know the real meaning?
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The Daily DIY.er 5-19♥Co-Host Shannon Crossin // The Daily DIYer // Spring Patio Tour //View a walking tour of my bright and welcoming spring patio! I incorporated many DIY projects into the details, including a hand build side table, to make the space come together! Twitter | Bloglovin | Google+ | Facebook | Pinterest
Divider 989321gyey13hzitFrom Evija with Love 5-19 Co-Host Evija Roberts // From Evija with Love // Transform an Old Ccandle Jar // I love collecting jars and empty candle holders as I think they are so versatile and there are so many things you can do with them. Here is one way of re-purposing an old candle jar. Twitter | Bloglovin | Google+ | Facebook | Pinterest | Instagram
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♥Co-Host Adreanna // Glamp Laugh Love // Why We Live in an RV!
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The Oh My Heartsie Girls Best PicksApple Street Cottage 5-19Ann over at // Apple Street Cottage is always in transition, she shares them each week on her blog. Tell her we said, Hello! Pennys Treasures Repurposing Wingback chair 5-19Penny over at Penny’s Vintage Home // In photo she takes a winged back chair and remakes it into a beautiful chair. And if you have never stopped by and love vintage then you will enjoy the journey through Penny’s home and yard!! Strawberry-Cream-Cheese-Coffee-Cake6 The Baling Chocolatess 5-19The Baking Chocolatess // Kim makes the most decadent desserts and my mouth was watering when I saw this Strawberry Cheese Coffee Cake. 15-non-alcoholic-party-drinks_thumb 5-19From Sharie Lynn over at Faith Filled Food For Moms learn how to make these delicious looking alcohol free drinks. There are 15 to chose from
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Making your Goals Measurable

This is part 3 of my Turning Your Dreams Into Goals if you missed part 1 and 2 you can read them by clicking here:  Setting Goals: Make a Difference Monday and Let’s Turn Your Dreams into Goals

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Today I want to touch on making your goals measurable.  It’s easy to say that I’m going to do something, but without accountability and a way to track your progress you probably won’t stick with it.  The whole idea of having a dream and turning it into a goal is to follow through.  I created a little worksheet that you can print out that you can use to follow my path of attaining your dreams.  Goal Setting Worksheet.  Fill it out and put it somewhere that you can review it and look at it everyday.

I would love feedback as to whether this helped you follow through and attain your dreams, please send feedback to momswhocan@gmail.com

So, following along with my goal to lose 10 pounds I am going to break apart how to measure my progress by putting together an action plan:

  • Goal: I am going to weigh and measure myself starting today
    • Action: I will re-measure and weigh in 2 weeks
    • due date: today and again in 2 weeks
  • Goal: I am going to track my calories each day
    • Action: I will download a tracking ap on my phone
    • due date: Today
  • Goal: Eat 100 calories per hour for the next 2 weeks; not to exceed 1300 calories per day
    • Action: research dinners under 400 calories and plan 2 weeks of meals
    • due date: 2 days
    • Action: write down and purchase veggies, fruits and snacks that are 100 calories or less
    • due date: 2 days
    • Action: Go Shopping
    • due date: 2 days
  • I am going to fill out **my health assessment** as I begin so that I can compare in 2 weeks.
    • Action: Fill out my health assessment
    • due date: 2 days
    • Action: Fill out 2 week health assessment
    • due date: 2 weeks
  • Goal: I am going to take my before picture
    • Action: take before picture
    • due date: Today
  • I am going to exercise 2-3 days for 30 minutes each day for the next 2 weeks.
    • Action: set myself 30 minutes out of my day for 2-3 days on my calendar: make a date with myself
    • due date: Today

So, I have my goals figured out and an action plan in place to carry out those goals.  At the end of my 2 weeks am going to assess myself based on what I accomplished/didn’t accomplish and measure if I achieved my plan of action for the 2 week span.

At the bottom of my Goal Setting Worksheet I ask, is this realistic?  Stop for a minute and think about whether what you have set for yourself is realistic.  Maybe you need to finish something in 2 weeks that you have only given yourself 2 days to do.  Maybe you need to break one action into several to make it more realistic.  When you have completed your actions and accomplished them write the date in BIG BOLD writing at the bottom so you know you achieved what you set out to do.

This helps you feel better about your success and gives you incentive to grab the next set of tasks and accomplish them as well.  At the end, in my case in 2 weeks, start a new sheet with new action items and tasks to complete to work toward your ultimate goal or, if you achieved what you dream of give yourself a big pat on the back and move to your next dream.

Ideally you should set specific dates “this Friday” “June 17” as your due dates.  This is just a quick example.  Now, let’s get to work!

Have a great week and let’s “Keep Moving”

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WAHM: Feature Friday Featuring YOU!

placeholder_user I’m looking for individuals who are interested in being on my Feature Friday post.  If you have a business that you would like to see featured on my blog please contact me at momswhocan@gmail.com

Send me your business information including:

  • Your Name
  • Your Webpage
  • Your Social Media Links
  • Why you love what you do
  • Are you looking for others to join your team
  • Do you have a special or a coupon code that can be redeemed
  • Any other relevant information that would be helpful

Thanks and have a GREAT Friday and a Wonderful Weekend!

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Let’s Turn Your Dreams into Goals

Did you write down your dreams?  If you missed the post you can read it here.

I’m going to use my dream of loosing weight as an example.

First to accomplish our dreams we need to set some goals.  It is best to set less than 5-7 goals at a time.  More than that makes your achievement more overwhelming and difficult.  I like the SMART goals analogy as a basis; however, I do like to break my bigger goals into smaller, easier to obtain goals.

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So, Let’s be Specific: I want to lose weight.  Give yourself a small paragraph about your dream adding as much detail as possible: I want to lose 10 pounds this year.

Now is when you start asking yourself questions. Who, what, when, where and why?

Who is involved in your goal: in my case my entire family is involved as my change will impact them directly

What does your goal need to be achieved: I need to exercise 30 minutes a day 2-3 days a week to start.  I need to eat less portions or healthier meals.  (your what may result in a few smaller goals.  This is a good thing- smaller goals are often easier to break down and achieve.  If this is you take each one of your what’s and turn them into a goal in and of themselves)

So, now I want to lose 10 pounds, but I have more specific goals of exercising for 30 minutes a day for 2-3 days a week and I am going to eat smaller portions and look for healthier meals to prepare.  I’ll then break those down into smaller goals.  Remember keep your goals at less than 5-7 so you don’t lose your mind.

So, now breaking down exercise:

When are you going to do it: I am going to take 10 minutes 3 times a day during my breaks at work to achieve my exercise goal

Where: sometimes the where doesn’t apply, in my case it will be walking outside the building or up the stairs 3-4 times a day.

Why: This is a big one for your dreams/goals.  Why do you want to achieve your dreams.  Often it is our why that moves us forward.  It is our why that gives us the motivation to follow through with our plans. Your why is what you want to display so you can see it daily.  My why: I want to be healthy and feel good so I can run around the yard with my kids, chase them on the slide, hike the trails that we explore and feel good about me so I can emit that feeling of happiness and being content with me to my family.

Take some time and really write out your specifics, earnestly ask yourself the who, what, when, where and why questions…. I’ll be back in a few days to discuss how we make our goals measurable.

Next Step: Making Your Goals Measurable

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Wordless Wednesday Link Party

Welcome 889321dkvfo8u72aOh My Heartsie Girl and bloggy friends Welcomes you to The Oh My Heartsie Girl Wordless Wednesday, and we take the opportunity to introduce you to meet new friends, as they are highlighted in our post each week. Something new, you can be sure!! Our Wordless Wednesday is One Party Seen on (11) blogs❢❢❢Oh-My-Heartsie-Girls-WW

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Oh My Heartsie Girls WW May 12th♥Karren-Host //Oh My Heartsie Girl // Cooking With Clay Giveaway // I would like to invite you to Enter For A Chance To Win the Cook Healthy & Delicious food with these beautiful unglazed natural clay pots. Cooking With Clay Giveaway ARV $175.00 Twitter | Bloglovin | Google+ | Facebook | Pinterest | InstagramDivider 989321gyey13hzitA Peek Into My Paradise May 12th♥Co-Host Cathy// A Peek Into My Paradise // “What do you want to be when you grow up?”// I have a passion for crafting; especially with photos, paper and fun embellishments. I love to put together these cute paper sack scrapbooks as gifts for the school age children in our lives; ready for them to fill with their photos and memories. They are simple, inexpensive and fun to put together!
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Divider 989321gyey13hzitCherishing The Sweet Life May 12th♥Co-Host Christine // Cherishing A Sweet Life // Easy Southern Style Strawberry Shortcake //Most likely, you are like me, and grew up enjoying your Strawberry shortcake with those golden spongy, prepackaged dessert cups. This was one of my favorite times of the year, growing up in California. My mom would stop at a Fresh Strawberry stand on our way home from church, and buy packages, of the reddest, sweetest, most gigantic strawberries, you’d ever seen. This shortcake recipe is super easy, and goes great with the sweetest, freshest, juiciest strawberries of the season!
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Divider 989321gyey13hzitLiving Intentionally May 12th♥Co-Host Sarah Hamlin // Living Intentionally// Vanilla Depression Cake // With Vegan PB Mousse Frosting/ Great go to cake recipe for all that is egg-dairy-soy free paired with a delicious PB mousse frosting turning this simple depression cake into a delicious masterpiece. Twitter | Bloglovin | Google+ | Pinterest
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Divider 989321gyey13hzitThe Daily D.I.Y.er May 12th ♥Co-Host Shannon Crossin // The Daily DIYer // Vinyled New Baby Tile //”Every good and perfect gift is from above…” Create a personalized new baby gift tile in just a few simple steps! Twitter | Bloglovin | Google+ | Facebook | Pinterest
Divider 989321gyey13hzitThe Fabulous Journey -5-12♥Co-Host Shellie Bowdoin // The FABulous Journey // Focus Your Before And Transform Your After// Last Fall, my oldest left home to attend college.I was a sad, overweight mama, but I ended up making choices that set me on a path of new possibilities, friends and adventures! You can focus your before and transform your after.
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Divider 989321gyey13hzitThe Mom Who Can May 12th♥Co-Host Heather // Moms Who Can // Thrive Life // For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today. Often we think of being prepared as something for a major disaster but we may overlook the small things that happen.
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Divider 989321gyey13hzitPretty Shabby UL May 12thCo-Host Dawn // Pretty Shabby //Wire and Stone Heart Tutorial // Beautify your yard or garden with this decorative DIY home decor craft project made from wire and pebbles. Twitter | Bloglovin | Google+ | Facebook | Pinterest |Instagram Divider 989321gyey13hzit The Oh My Heartsie Girls Best PicksAshcrafts with Almond Roca

Our First Feature that was the most popular was this entry We’re sharing Crepe Paper Calla Lily from Ash & Crafts lemon coconut custard pie The Baking Chocolatess

Our next Feature was this luscious Creamy Lemon Coconut Custard Pie from The Baking ChocolaTessChicken Asparagus Linguine All she cooks

Then CHICKEN ASPARAGUS LINGUINE is from All She Cooks where she experiments with different ingredients when making pastas!

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Setting Goals: Make a difference Monday

I talked a few weeks ago about making your week awesome and setting goals.  If you missed it you can read about it here.

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Today I want to talk a little bit about setting goals that you can follow and achieve.  When I began this blog it started out as a place where I could write to start a portfolio.  I had the intention of a place where I could point people to for freelance writing jobs that I had been applying for.  As I began reading more about blogging and how to get your blog noticed, I realized that I wanted to add to my goal.  Last week as I sat down to write a post I also realized that I had not set ANY goals for myself and this blog.  So, with a little bit of a new direction for myself this morning I would like to walk through goals step-by-step and take you along the journey with me.

Dreams pictureToday, let’s start with your DREAMS…  What do you want your end result to be?  Without knowing what the end result will be you won’t know where to start.  Today I want you to just DREAM.  Dream of your future, dream of what you want to achieve, dream of what you want to have, who you want to be, what you want to look like.  Perhaps you have a lot of dreams.  I know that I do.  Take 10 minutes in the next couple of days and write down your dreams.

  • I dream of writing a book
  • I dream of loosing 10 pounds
  • I dream of being home for my children

Our dreams often get lost in dream land.  Let’s work together to bring them into reality.

Next step: Turning dreams into goals click here to read it

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WAHM: Feature Friday with Thrive Life

preparefortomorrowtodayOne thing that I am passionate about is preparedness.  It stems from my childhood I suppose.  When I was 12 my father was injured badly at work and our family went through a very rough time.  I was old enough to know that there was no money to buy food, and scared to think that the meal I just ate may be the last.  Luckily, I had not paid attention to the storage room in our basement.  It was creepy and there were little crawlies all over so I was not about to go down there and get attacked by something with 8 little legs.

My grandmother, an advocate of storing food for a rainy day had helped us prepare our family for those tough times.  Those rainy days during that time of my life taught me a valuable lesson about being prepared for the worst and appreciating the best of times.

THRIVElogoAbout 4 years ago I was introduced to Thrive Life.  The flavor of their food impressed me.  I jumped on board and have not regretted that I did.   I use their products at least 3 times per week in the meals that I prepare for my family (sometimes everyday).

The biggest thing that I have realized is that we, as a society, are not in the mind-set for planning for the future.  I’ve spoken to many people who say sure I have food storage, but they don’t know what they have or how it tastes.  Or, they don’t know where to begin or even care that they should.  We often think of the need for food storage in a major disaster and forget about the small things that creep into our lives daily.

I’m hosting a Facebook exclusive virtual party beginning today.  I am happy to answer any questions you may have about starting your food storage, increasing it or just beginning to stock your pantry.  We also offer many survival and camping items as well.

I am looking to build my team.  I am looking for 10 individuals who would like to work from home.  You may contact me on Facebook or by email at livingathrivinglife@gmail.com

waterfiltrationI am holding a drawing for a Free Water Filtration Bottle on my Facebook page here today through May 22.

I am also in the process of building a preparedness blog with emergency preparedness and cooking with food storage at http://liveathrivinglife.blogspot.com/

Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to helping you set, reach and achieve your dreams of working from home and building your home store.

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Good Morning Sunshine

sunlight-vitamin-d My Son said to me this morning…. Mom the sunshine is touching my face and telling me it is going to be a BEAUTIFUL day!  That kid melts my heart.  I hope wherever you are that the sun is shining and you have a Beautiful Day!

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