Mom’s supporting mom’s

This month is Mother’s day, and all mom’s know that sometimes being a mom is hard. Sometimes a mom just needs a little support.  That’s why Mommitment has created a fantastic month long event dedicated to uplifting and supporting all mom’s.

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Just visit the Mommitment web page for more details and links on how to connect to this online facebook event.

Mother’s Day: the gift I really want

Mother's Day: the gift I really want

Mother’s day is quickly approaching, and with that comes the endless barrage of commercials for beautiful gifts.  Handbags, makeup, earrings, shoes, etc.  Everything you can think of that a woman may like, it’s all on sale and marketed as the perfect gift for this mother’s day.  And while it’s all great I’m afraid we’re forgetting what the day is really about.  It’s a day to show our mom’s how much we love them.  And believe it or not, but actions really do speak louder than gifts.

So what do I really want for mother’s day?  It’s quite simple really, I want to feel loved and appreciated.  Now don’t get me wrong, I’d thoroughly enjoy receiving a stylish new blouse, or fabulous new shoes, or a beautiful new handbag, but what I mostly want is to feel appreciated for everything that I do.  I’m a stay at home mom, which means that I work really hard doing things that can easily go unnoticed.  Actually, I’m sure working mom’s probably feel the same way about everything they do around the house.  Which is why it’s great to feel appreciated.  So what would I consider a great gift for mother’s day?  Here are just a few simple ideas:

  • A nice meal out of the house with my husband and little man
  • Someone else cleaning the house for the day or doing the laundry
  • Someone else making breakfast and serving me a delicious cup of coffee
  • Someone else changing all of the dirty diapers for the day
  • A lovely card with a personal, beautiful, heartfelt message written inside
  • A DIY gift made by your precious little one (ok maybe not this year from my guy just because he is still quite young)
  • Lots of hugs, kisses, and cuddles from my little man
  • A simple heartfelt “thank you for all that you do” is really all that I need.

Does my list sound a little cheesy?  Probably but it’s the truth.  All I really need for mother’s day are simple actions that let me know that I’m loved and appreciated.  Of course these simple actions can also be accompanied by a great pair of new shoes 🙂

What do you really want for mother’s day?

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Earth Day: tips to love the planet

Happy Earth day!!

Today is Earth Day. Let’s use this day to reflect on how we are treating our planet and how we can improve. Remember that even the smallest gestures can help. Recycle, reuse, and don’t waste!  If you need some ideas, here are just some of the measures that we take in my family:

  • Recycle.  Not everything belongs in the trash, recycle when possible!
  • Reuse.  Not everything is waste after just one use.
  • Conserve water.  Don’t let the shower run, don’t leave the tap running when brushing your teeth.
  • Don’t over-buy.  Take care when you’re purchasing anything.  Think to yourself “do I really need this?”  And be especially careful when buying produce, too much just gets tossed out and never consumed.
  • Buy from bins.  When possible avoid purchasing items in packages.  This is easy to achieve when purchasing produce.  Go for the fruits and veggies that are in bins and you purchase by weight.  You can get only what you need, you avoid the cost and waste of the packaging, and if you use reusable cloth bags you avoid the waste of plastic.
  • Go solar!  We have solar power for generating hot water.  Not only is it good for the environment but it also cuts down on our electrical bill, double score!  I’d love to be 100% solar but each step is a step in the right direction.
  • Use cloth bags.  Don’t take the plastic or paper bags offered to you in shops, carry around your own cloth bags that you can reuse time after time.  And if they get dingy just wash them (especially the ones you use to purchase food).  Plastic bags are one of the worse things in our landfills.

Those are just a few of the measures we take in my house, what do you do to be friendly to our earth?  Let me know your tips!

5 delicious ways to eat zucchini noodles

5 delicious ways to eat zucchini noodles
So it took me a little while to get onto the zucchini noodle band wagon, but when I did I quickly fell in love with it. I am a huge pasta eater, seriously I could literally eat it every single day. So to no surprise I was finding it difficult to lose the last few pounds that just kept hanging around. I decided to give zucchini noodles a try because if I could replace my pasta noodles at least 2 a week for zucchini then I was sure I could shed some pounds. And sure enough, it worked!  I won’t pretend that it tasted the same as eating regular pasta noodles, but it is a delicious option so you can at least add in some variety.

I thought I’d share with you my top 5 favourite ways to eat zucchini noodles.

Tomato pesto zucchini noodles 

This one is super fast and so easy to just throw together.  All you do is sautee some zucchini noodles with cherry tomatoes in basil pesto and then top with fresh parmesan.

Prosciutto arugula zucchini noodles

This is probably one of my favourite dishes, I just love the combination of flavours. Simply sautee the zucchini noodles, cherry tomatoes, and prosciutto in some olive oil with fresh basil and parsley. Top with arugula and some fresh parmesan cheese if you’d like.

Shrimp zucchini noodles

First cook the shrimp in some coconut oil with fresh garlic, green onion, and cayenne pepper.  Then add cherry tomato, green bell pepper, and the zucchini noodles.

Pomodoro zucchini pasta 

This one is so easy and so good. Just make your favourite tomato sauce that you normally have with pasta. Sautee the zucchini noodles in the pomodoro sauce and you’re ready to go!  Some days I add in lots of extra veggies to the sauce (spinach, green peppers, peas, arugula, etc), and usually cayenne pepper for some spice.

You can also add some chicken and serve the pomodoro zucchini as a side dish.  

Grilled chicken with zucchini noodle salad

I love grilled chicken. I keep it simple with a light barbecue sauce, it’s so easy and just feels so fresh and summery to me. (Summery is a word right? Haha). For the zucchini noodles I sautee them quickly with green onion and cherry tomatoes (enough just to take off the edge of the raw zucchini but still keeping it crunchy.  You can also leave the zucchini and tomato raw if you prefer). Then add uncooked carrot shaving, fresh cilantro and a light coating of lime juice (use lemon if you prefer).  Lastly just salt and pepper to taste.

Those are my top go to recipes for zucchini noodles, do you have a great recipe to share?

 

My ab challenge; why did I do this?

My ab fitness challenge

Recently I took up a 5 day ab challenge.  I have a friend who is quite fit and fabulous, and she set out to challenge a bunch of us to work on our abs.  So I thought I’d give it a go.  As you can imagine I had a bit of a roller-coaster of emotions over those 5 days.  Here’s how it went:

Day 1:  Yes!!  Let’s get this started! 🙂

Day 2:  Ok, here we go, I’m tired from yesterday but I can do this.

Day 3:  Yay it’s national wine day!  Oh wait, I’m in the middle of a 5 day ab challenge.  Ugh, why do bad things always happen to me?

Day 4:  Is this thing still going on?

Day 5:  Yes it’s finally over!  Hey this was actually kind of cool, maybe I should just keep this up?

Did I mention that I happened to wake up with the flu on the very first day of the challenge?  Yep, I had to do the entire challenge whilst also nursing the flu and taking care of a toddler.  I’m glad I accepted the challenge though because if there’s one thing I need it’s to work on my abs.  It wasn’t easy but it felt great to get through it and it has provided good motivation to keep up with the ab work.  I won’t promis to do it every day, but I’m sure I can keep it up a few days a week.

Have you ever done some sort of fitness challenge?  How did it go?  Do you still keep it up?

 

Please stop telling me to “just wait”

Please stop telling me to just wait

Just wait. Two relatively innocent words that are starting to become two of the most annoying words to hear.  No matter what stage of life I’m in there is always someone telling me to just wait.

Just wait until you have to plan a wedding.

Just wait until you’re pregnant.

Just wait until you have a child.

Just wait until he’s older.

Just wait until you have another baby.

What is the constant obsession with telling people to just wait until they experience what you have already gone through?  Every time someone tells me to just wait it makes me feel like they’re telling me that my experience is somehow inferior because I haven’t gone through as much as they have.  My life is unique to me, and things will happen in the time they’re meant to happen.  There is no way to know what the future will bring, so who’s to say I’m going to experience the same things as anyone else?

Most recently the just wait I keep hearing is just wait until you have two kids.  First of all, who said I’m going to have another baby?  Secondly, just because I “only” (ugh even writing that makes me cringe) have one child doesn’t mean that my stress or hectic days are any less valid than anyone who has multiple children.  Sometimes it seems like if I’m around other mothers who have 2 or more kids, I’m not allowed to say anything about being tired because the response is always “oh just wait until you have another baby, you have no idea.”   It’s like there is always someone trying to one up me, trying to prove that they’re somehow more talented than I am because they have more to deal with.  Why is it even a competition?  Why can’t we simply share our experiences with one another without trying to make comparisons?  What’s beautiful about friendship is that you can share about your life, unload your stresses, and support each other.  But if you’re too busy trying to prove that you’re somehow better than doesn’t that undermine the friendship?

Please stop telling me to “just wait.”  My feelings, whatever situation I’m dealing with, is no less valid just because you have already been through it or because you think your life is somehow more complicated than mine.  If you have well-earned advice that you can offer then that’s great, and it’s certainly much more useful than telling me to wait.

Let’s all make a commitment to stop telling people to just wait.  Perhaps a better approach would be to say “I understand.”  Let’s try our best to be there to support one another, and stop trying to one up each other.

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8 ways every mom can treat herself

8 ways every mom can treat herself

Whether you’re a stay at home, or a work outside of the home, being a mom is a difficult job to do.  It’s a stressful, 24 hour a day job that you seldom receive any thanks for.  It’s the only job where no training is given, and yet something kicks in that tells you what to do.  It’s the only job that stresses you out, drives you crazy, leaves you not knowing what to do at times, and all the while brings you the greatest joy.  But sometimes in order to see through the tough moments and focus on the joyful ones, we mom’s need to decompress and recharge.  We aren’t going to be much good to anyone else unless we’re good to ourselves first.  Make sure you take the time to treat yourself so you’ll feel ready, and willing, to be the great mom your kids know you are.

Here are a few ideas of how you can reward your hard work:

Spa day.  Take the occasional day to get a massage, a facial, or whatever other spa treatment that you enjoy.  It’s a well deserved “me day” that will help you relax and recharge.

Paint your nails.  Like many ladies I like having my nails painted, it makes me feel put together.  But, like many mom’s, I don’t often have the time to spend in a nail salon.  So once a week, after little man has gone to bed, I paint my nails.  It may not be a proper manicure but at least I maintain my nails being done (toes too since I live in the tropics and all of my shoes are some form of sandal).

Get your hair done.  Hair is another important part of me feeling like I’m not just letting myself go.  So I like to keep my highlights up to date, and my split ends at bay.  Yes I have many days where my hair is pulled back into a pony tail, but I know that I can let my hair down and not worry about split ends.

Yoga.  For me a good session of yoga can really be invigorating.  For you it might be a spin class, but any physical activity that you can fit in can really lift your spirits.

Going for a walk.  Sometimes just taking a calm walk around the neighbourhood can help you clear your head.  I’m lucky enough to live in the tropics so this option is always open to me.  This is a great option even if you take your baby out with you.  In my case my son is just 1 year old, so I can still put him in the stroller and take him out with me.  It lets me enjoy the sunshine and nature while also getting in a bit of exercise.

Read.  For me it’s books and blogs, but for you it can also be magazines.

Girl time.  Take some time to get together with your girlfriends.  For me one way is my monthly book club.  It’s one morning a month where I get a sitter to watch my little man, then I go off to meet up with my book club and enjoy some good coffee and great conversation.  It doesn’t matter if it’s a book club, a night out, or a lunch date, just get out with your gal pals and leave the kids at home.

Unwind at the end of the day.  This is probably one of the best things you can do for yourself.  Find a way to unwind at the end of each day.  It doesn’t have to be some long elaborate thing, just one thing that makes you smile and helps you to feel relaxed.  For me that sometimes means a glass of wine, or watching one of my recorded shows, or reading a chapter in my book.  Whatever it is, take a few minutes at the end of the day, it’s a great way to set your mind into a positive space before you fall asleep.

These are just some of the ways that I manage to relax and take some time for myself.  What works for you, what would you add to this list?

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Boycott the New Year Resolution

Boycott the New Year Resolution

It’s that time of year again, time for the empty promises so many of us make year after year.  Now that Christmas has come and gone, all too quickly I must say, we turn our sights to ringing in the new year.  And as one year closes, the next begins with a clean slate and with all things seeming possible.  So we look back at the year gone by and take inventory of our lives, all in an effort to come up with some empty promises, aka “new year resolutions”, we make to ourselves and really have no intention of keeping.  Sound familiar to anyone?

Well how about we ditch this notion and simply boycott the new year resolution.  Why do we need a new year to start for us to commit to making a change in our lives?  If there is something you want to change, something you want to do, or stop doing, then just get on with it already.  The reason most people don’t keep their new year resolutions is because they’re not sincere about it.  Many of us make these promises to ourselves because we feel like we need to join in the tradition of making resolutions.  I say no more.  It’s time to boycott the resolutions!  Don’t wait for a new year to come around to try to better yourself.  If there is something that you feel needs to change then get started right away.  And mostly, be realistic.  Don’t make a promise to yourself that you know you’re not going to keep, that only results in disappointment and feelings of guilt.

As this year comes to a close I will take the time to look back on what’s transpired, and to be thankful for all of the blessings we have received.  It has been a fantastic year and I’m excited to see what will come in 2016.  So Instead of making empty resolutions I will mention what I’m most grateful for in 2015:

  • A happy, healthy little boy.  My son was born in December of last year so 2015 has been filled with milestones as we have watched him grow from newborn to toddler.
  • A great husband.  He not only is a great partner but now I also get to see him being a fantastic father.
  • Our health.
  • Our fur baby.  I’ll be forever thankful that I have my beautiful, loyal black lab by my side.

What about you?  What are you most grateful for this year?

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Christmas is such a magical time of year.  As I take the next few days off from posting on the blog to enjoy the time with my family I would like to leave you with this Christmas wish:

May the joy of the season live forever in your hearts.

May your Christmas be blessed and filled with love.

May all of your loved ones, both near and far, be close in spirit.

And may you all have a very Merry Christmas!