Thursday, October 23, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
|Remember that 35 lbs weight loss...sigh!|
|Remember my first Rx-ed wod? Last time I went, I added 5 minutes...|
|Remember how I loved to update you on progress after a hard work out?|
|I will get back my confidence to take full-body selfies in the mirror again!|
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Always wanted that degree and somehow motherhood, or focus, or finances got in the way and now you think it's too late? It's not. If going out and increasing your education will make you feel confident, then don't hesitate. I find myself in my forties thinking about going back to school. I will keep you posted if I do, but in the meantime, don't rule it out. You are never too old to learn.
Somehow we internalize what we consider shortcoming whether it be less than perfect teeth, too tight of jeans, or not feeling smart enough and let these things chip away at our esteem rather than inspire us to change.
|This girl last summer didn't doubt then and she needs that back!|
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. However, as always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
'lisciously scribed by Heather Murphy-Raines @ 11:37 PM
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I really cannot imagine any little girl -- or for that matter little boy -- who wouldn't want to get baking in her/his very own oven. All my kids would have charged this on Christmas morning. Seriously, we've raised foodies for kids--all of them know how to bake! Heck my teen son has been baking cinnamon rolls and muffins since he was 9. They came in handy for his senior prom when he baked cupcakes to ask his date! I am all for ANY product that gets kids in the kitchen...and I am sure his future wife will thank me for that!
Mittens Fluff 'n StuffTM? Yep. Made from an Eskimo's scarf, has a pet polar bear. This deluxe set includes Mittens Fluff 'N' Stuff fashion doll with color-changing braids, extra pajama outfit, adorable pet polar bear, 2 hair clips and comb for doll, and hair clip for girl. So stinking cute!
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'lisciously scribed by Heather Murphy-Raines @ 10:42 AM
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Somewhere along the line, I put that hurried, busy demeanor into my mothering. I wanted my little guy to grow fast. Hit his milestones faster. He didn't. He had speech delays caused from grief attributed to his father's 6 month deployment to the Middle East. Selective mutism at a crucial point in his development.
During this time, two more babies came along and I pushed them too. Early pre-school at age two. Potty training before age two. Hitting kindergarten at four. Swim lessons, ballet lessons, dance lessons, chess team, karate, soccer...the list goes on and on.
Fast forward eighteen years and everything seems like a blur.
I have realized with a heavy heart that we stopped digging up worms and gazing at stars years ago. We didn't savor childhood. Everything was scheduled. Everything was a push to grow up faster. Achieve more. Play less. Be in the moment less.
So as the voice of experience? Don't do what I did.
Take the "play" pre-school over the academic one. Don't rush.
Breathe deeply and don't yell when they can't find their cleats or homework. Don't sweat the small stuff.
Let them take their time. If they aren't in the top of the class, with the best poster, REALLY don't sweat it. No kid will remember the poster or the grade, but they will remember the stress and pressure from their mom.
We as a culture need to learn to slow down. Let children be children. Less worksheets and more hopscotch. Less scheduled sports and more cartoon tag. Value relationships over grades.
I am not saying don't push, but don't ALWAYS push.
Slow everything down. Take it a day at a time. Live every day. Play every day. Smile and hug everyday...and yes, play hooky from school and sports and just LIVE. Skip. Climb. Love.
I wanted to thank Protective and #CollectiveBias for their #IAmProtective campaign for getting us all thinking. Making these goals to protect their childhood are great, but what if I am not here? I worry. I worry a lot. My youngest has two friends who have lost their mothers in the past few years and each time, my heart clenches. How much life insurance do I need to make sure my husband and kids are protected? To make sure they are taken care of? You can check out tools like Protective's Learning Center to find out.
'lisciously scribed by Heather Murphy-Raines @ 1:47 PM
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
I planted tomatoes a tad late this year, but what I lost in timeliness, I made up for in quantity. My friends? I have juicy, organic tomatoes coming out my ears! Perfect for my latest recipe.
|This barely scratches the surface of my crop. Time to get cooking!!|
2 lbs fresh organic tomatoes
2 stalks celery
1-1/2 tbsp fresh chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup fresh cilantro (leaves and stems)
2 tbsp olive oil
4 chopped garlic cloves
1/4 rounded tsp red pepper flakes
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tsp old bay seasoning (optional)
1-1/2 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup raw, local, unfiltered honey
3/4 cup vinegar (I used 1/2 cup cider vinegar and 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar)
Rinse tomatoes, remove stems and puree tomatoes and celery in food processor or blender until in a rough cut sauce form. Pour into a heavy sauce pan and turn on medium high heat just until it comes to a simmer. Turn down immediately to medium-low. Stir.
Add basil through honey into sauce and mix well.
Fast simmer, uncovered, for 40-50 min until 1/2 to 1/3 of original liquid is left, depending on how thick you want your ketchup. The last 10 minutes, turn to low and stir more frequently. It will turn into a paste and burble.
Once it is a pretty thick sauce/paste stage, return to food processor/blender and blend 3-5 minutes until is smooth without flecks. Return to pot. Add vinegar. Simmer for 5-10 minutes until it's the consistency you desire.
Put in sterilized jar and chill in fridge. Flavors will continue to develop.
It should keep 2-4 weeks.
Makes about 2 cups.
So I begin my campaign. Paleo or not, please #JERF my friends! Just Eat Real Food! It truly is easy to make this small, baby steps to eating whole, healthy, and unprocessed foods.
'lisciously scribed by Heather Murphy-Raines @ 3:09 PM
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