Drastically Increase Your Productivity in One Easy Step

Lovely readers, I want to share a quick and simple tip with you! 

Do you want to know the secret to keeping a spotless, germ-free home? 

Do you want to know the key to nearly effortless meal planning and saving money on meals? 

Would you like to know how I completed my grocery shopping at 6am while my children were still asleep at home? 

Are you feeling a little bummed out, aimless, unimportant?  Need a way to feel valuable? 

Boy, do I have your solution.

All you have to do is jolt out of bed at 2am to the sound of your spouse hurling up everything they’ve consumed in the last decade.

You’ll be instantly transformed! 

You’ll find yourself wide awake, with an insatiable yearning to learn everything there is to know about “stomach virus vs food poisoning,” and “vomiting with diarrhea,” and “how many energy drinks can I consume in a day and not die?”

You’ll whip out of bed before the butt crack of dawn, dismiss all insecurities regarding makeup and overall hygiene, and make your way to the grocery store in ripped jeans, the shirt you slept in, and a ball cap you found on the floor in the dark.

Confidence.

You can leave the kids to sleep because kids at 6am are insane need their rest.

You’ll easily plan your meals for the week during the bleary eyed drive to the store. All you need is enough ingredients to make a giant pot of BASKETTI for your children to eat for days and days and days.  The spouse will be living purely off of crackers, ice water, and Jell-O. You will not have the time, nor the desire, to eat. (Flat abs, here we come!)

You’ll be the center of attention. Guarding the door to the “sick room,” checking temperatures, refilling ice glasses, encouraging (forcing) the poor, sick person to “drink more fluids or I’ll punch you in the face,” and suddenly becoming the reporting station for literally every bodily function of literally everyone in your home.

Your entire home will be clean in mere hours. Bathrooms wiped down and sanitized. Sheets and bath towels chugging away in the hottest water your washer can spew. Counters, floors, doorknobs, sinks, tables, EVERYTHING WILL BE CLEANED and NOBODY IS ALLOWED TO TOUCH ANYONE.

This event also makes for an excellent homeschool opportunity. “What’s Poppa doing?” “He’s puking, hurling, vomiting, upchucking, expelling… Synonyms, kids!”

Nothing increases your productivity and stamina like waking up to someone hugging the toilet, amirite?!

Nothing makes you realize your household management potential like the fear of catching the stomach flu as a stay at home mom.

Full Force Mommy Hyperdrive Initiated!

Inauguration Day Mini-Blurb

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I’m feeling a definite call to spread calm, unity, acceptance, and light today.

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And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel.

He must be kind to everyone.

Pursue peace.

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Be wise in the way you act.

Be always full of grace.

Full – containing or holding as much or as many as possible

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If you love one another.

This is our choice.

As I have loved you. – Jesus

Challenge accepted.

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How are you feeling today??

Social Media : What It Is. What It Ain’t.

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More and more frequently I’m seeing people express a distaste for social media. They seem exhausted and heavily burdened by it.  Emotionally tortured even.

“There’s so much negativity.”

“The comments are always so hateful.”

“It’s full of fake news and graphic, disturbing images.”

“I can hardly stand to look at my Facebook anymore.”

And then there’s me… Wondering how in the world these people haven’t yet figured out how to use the interwebs.

Social media, and the Internet as a whole, is what you make it.

Nobody forces you to open that app and start scrolling. Nobody forces you to Google controversial topics. You don’t get any brownie points for getting the last word in on a snarky comment section. No one says you HAVE to remain friends with cousin Judy even though she Vaguebooks daily and shares disgusting photos.

When did everyone hand over their lives to technology?

Of course, we’re all going to stumble across things that don’t jive with our sensibilities once in a while. But there’s a significant difference in an accidental stumble and an intentional nose dive.

I’m going to tell you a secret.

Get ready. It’s huge.

 

You control what you look at.

 

Scrolling through a Newsfeed of “garbage” and then complaining about it makes no more sense than listening to a song you hate on the radio when all you have to do is… change the station.

You have what you tolerate.

Unfollow, unfriend, block, delete, deactivate. You can get rid of the burdens with a click. (Minimalism spans so many aspects of peaceful living!) Search for uplifting pages, “like” things that make you smile, share a positive story. Be proactive in your own joy and spread a bit of it to others.

My social media pages are full of awesome because I don’t tolerate any of the baloney, and I choose what I DO follow carefully. I will unfollow a friend at the drop of a hat. Just because I knew a person in high school,or even if I know them now, heck, even if we’re friends now, doesn’t mean we have to be friends on social media. I don’t follow news station pages. If I want news, I’ll seek it out intentionally from a direct source. I’m an advocate and supporter of several emotionally weighty causes, but I don’t follow these pages on social media. I have to mentally prepare for reading up on these topics and will do so when I choose to, not when an algorithm is set to pop it up into my life.

YOU are the filter for your social media.

Scrolling through the feeds of some people can honestly be traumatic. Yet, it’s what they’ve chosen to see. What they permit. What they continually accept, day after day.

I encourage you to take hold of this corner of your life. It’s SO simple.

Allow what makes you happy. Don’t allow what doesn’t make you happy.  Facebook is not the hill to die on.

Don’t Hate the Pinterest Mom

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I had a Pinterest Mom moment today.  I made quinoa veggie nuggetsin fun shapes…for lunch today.  And I was suuuuuuper close to having a vegan recipe.

Who does that?!

But anyways, I was quite proud of myself for trying something new and experimenting with healthy alternatives.  I was reveling in my Pinterest Mom buzz.  I decided to do a search and see what other moms had come up with.

Cue lots of “I’m not a pinterest mom” posts followed by “Ugh, friggin pinterest moms and their clean kitchens” rambles.

CAN WE JUST NOT?

Instead of finding fun and new ideas by other moms, I uncovered entry after entry of moms speaking negatively either about themselves or other moms… other hypothetical moms, at that.

Everybody wants to hate on the Pinterest Mom because she has herself so together, no one can compete with her.  Newsflash.  Pinterest contains a collection of ideas, not biographies.  Pins are not trying to surpass you in mothering standards.  The issue is when people take a teeny tiny sliver of an idea someone else possibly likes and turns it into a battle.

Betty Sue, living on her homestead with her goats, may clean her kitchen with all natural products she whipped up herself and bring hand crafted gluten free cookies to the homeschool co-op she organized, but so what!?  Betty Sue is doing what makes her happy.

I have plans to make my own essential oil diffuser necklace from clay I’ll dig out of my yard.  I don’t give two hoots if you bought yours off Amazon.

Just because you’re offended doesn’t mean someone else has been offensive. 

A person living differently from you is not a personal attack.

There are a lot more people self-implementing judged feelings than there are people actually judging others.

Check yo’self, momma.  It’s okay.

My nuggets were FABULOUS.

DIYing and My Personal Minimalism

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I used to think minimalism was all about having less stuff.  But the deeper I dig, and the greener I get, the more I’m realizing how minimalism applies to so much more in life.

Minimal spending.

Minimal stressing.

Minimal impact.

Minimal sourcing.

It’s simplification in the most compounded way.

For example, I’m making significant strides in switching to more natural body and beauty products.  And while I love supporting local businesses and people that share my beliefs, I also want to achieve more independence in this realm.  I want to be more self-sustaining.  I want to eliminate the middle man between me and my (minimal) stuff.

One less step.  One less shipment.  One less dollar.

I have several DIY projects floating in my head, and I’m super excited about them!  There are ready made alternatives that I could buy or even pre-made supplies that I use, but I’m hoping to go as independent as possible.

If only I had a goat to make my own goat milk soap…  Dream big, right?!

It’s definitely going to be a challenge meshing these two sides of myself.  The crafter in me wants to hoard ALL THE THINGS because there are so many grand possibilities for random scraps.  But the minimalist in me screams NONE OF THE THINGS.