10 Goals for the Week

10 Goals to Tackle This Week

Last week seemed like a walk in the park compared to how this week has started off.

Thankfully, the recent chaos is just part of everyday life the last few days. My two youngest boys are the main reason I feel like pulling my hair out I’m a little stressed out, but that’s okay. I’ll live.

This is motherhood, after all. It’s not supposed to be easy. ;)

Alright, here’s what I accomplished last week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Take the kids to our new local library to get library cards

2. Plan a slow cooker recipe with Breanna — We planned to make slow cooker italian sausage mini subs, and the recipe turned out wonderfully!

Personal Goals:

3. Drink water with lemon (or lime) and cayenne pepper 5x

4. Walk on the treadmill for 15 minutes 5x

5. Read 20 pages of Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom by Tricia Goyer

Home Management Goals:

6. Vacuum the stairs

7. Unpack one box

Business Goals:

8. Set time aside to pray for my business

9. Return emails

10. Write 4 blog posts

Here are my goals for this week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Memorize the first of the Ten Commandments with the kids

2. Plan a Family Night

Personal Goals:

3. Drink water with lemon (or lime) and cayenne pepper 5x — Water is so much easier to drink this way.

4. Walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes 4x

5. Read 20 pages of Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom by Tricia Goyer — I can relate to Tricia is so many ways, and I’m enjoying this book.

Home Management Goals:

6. Vacuum upstairs

7. Unpack one box

Business Goals:

8. Spend 4 hours on business education

9. Client work

10. Write 4 blog posts

What are your goals for this week?

10 Goals for the Week

10 Goals to Tackle This Week

It’s been such a long time since I’ve written a goals post, but I’m excited to get started again with a little online accountability. :)

Here are my goals for this week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Take the kids to our new local library to get library cards

2. Plan a slow cooker recipe with Breanna

Personal Goals:

3. Drink water with lemon (or lime) and cayenne pepper 5x

4. Walk on the treadmill for 15 minutes 5x

5. Read 20 pages of Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-Home Mom by Tricia Goyer

Home Management Goals:

6. Vacuum the stairs

7. Unpack one box

Business Goals:

8. Set time aside to pray for my business

9. Return emails

10. Write 4 blog posts

What are your goals for this week?

5 Reasons to Love Relished Foods

This is a sponsored collaboration with Relished – a fresh ingredient and recipe delivery service
that delivers to roughly half the U.S.

Need a fabulous way to make a delicious meal where you don't have to shop for ingredients or search for recipes? You must try Relished Foods! Here are 5 Reasons why I Love this service!

I know I haven’t been around much lately. ;)

We actually went through a crazy move that seemed to go on forever. I was a stressed out mess during part of it, but thankfully, we’re finally settled now and mostly unpacked in our new home.

Life is back to normal, and I couldn’t be happier. After everything we’ve been through the past eight months, I crave normal living like never before.

I just want to cook, clean, homeschool my kids, and do laundry. Doing these things makes me incredibly happy right now. Does that sound crazy?

I don’t know…

What I do know is that in the midst of getting back to normal, I stumbled upon a service that I can’t stop talking about. It’s called Relished, and I’m completely impressed with this food and recipe delivery service. It’s just awesome!

Why?

Well, allow me to explain. :)

Top 5 Reasons to Love Relished Foods:

Pan Seared Salmon with fantastic corn salsa served over Black Lentils - This was a fabulous meal, and even my picky eaters liked it!

Reason #1: The only ingredients I needed to have on hand to put together mouthwatering meals were salt, pepper, oil, and water. All of the other ingredients were delivered right to my doorstep, and they were fresh coming out of the box.

They also stayed fresh for days in my refrigerator. I prepared three Relished meals in all with ingredients that came from one shipment.

Need a fabulous way to make a delicious meal where you don't have to shop for ingredients or search for recipes? You must try Relished Foods! Here are 5 Reasons why I Love this service!

Reason #2: Relished sends entire meals that are easy to prepare, and they come with step-by-step instructions, so there’s no guessing what to start cooking first or which ingredients go together.

The best part is that your finished meal looks just like the meal on the recipe card. (Below are the Sous Vide Short Ribs)

Need a fabulous way to make a delicious meal where you don't have to shop for ingredients or search for recipes? You must try Relished Foods! Here are 5 Reasons why I Love this service!Reason #3: Relished has a scrumptious, diverse menu that changes on a weekly basis. I’m thinking the Kung Pao Chicken would be amazing to prepare for a date night with my husband in the near future. ;)

I love the colorful, fresh salads Relished offers on a regular basis, too.

Relished Foods Chicago

Need a fabulous way to make a delicious meal where you don't have to shop for ingredients or search for recipes? You must try Relished Foods! Here are 5 Reasons why I Love this service!

Reason #4: I absolutely loved that while following the directions, I was learning how to cook foods I’ve never made in the past. I’ve never made quinoa or black lentils, but I know how to now.

I also roasted baby carrots in a way I never have in the past. Oh, they were so good!

Need a fabulous way to make a delicious meal where you don't have to shop for ingredients or search for recipes? You must try Relished Foods! Here are 5 Reasons why I Love this service!

Reason #5: Meals are full of flavor and just good! I’m not even kidding when I say that the meals I made with Relished foods taste far better than food served in most table service restaurants.

My husband is still talking about how much he loved the short ribs.

Need a fabulous way to make a delicious meal where you don't have to shop for ingredients or search for recipes? You must try Relished Foods! Here are 5 Reasons why I Love this service!

If I had to sum up my experience with Relished, I would have to say, it’s a convenient, doable, delicious way to make an awesome dinner for your family while spending less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying everyday (normal) life.

I can’t wait to place my next order. :)

UPDATE: You can use the code TheSensibleMom to save 60% off your first Relished order! This offer is good through March 31, 2014.

Relished is a Chicago based fresh ingredient and recipe delivery service that ships to roughly half the United States. Be sure to stop by their website to see if they ship to your area, and follow them socially here on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.

Disney’s FROZEN: Printable Activities and Games for Kids

frozen1383703526Today I am bringing you great FROZEN printable activities and games for you and your kids.

I have loved Disney animated movies since I was 5. That year I came down with pneumonia and missed my last weeks of kindergarten. As a consolation for missing my graduation, my mom and dad bought me The Little Mermaid on VHS. The moment they handed it to me, and the excitement I felt holding it in my hands, is still etched in my memory.

There were times in my 20′s when I felt that that time was Disney’s “Golden Age” of animation and musical scores. During that time, Disney produced Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Mulan, Pocahontas, and more.

Thankfully, I was wrong in my assumption.

In 2011, Disney produced Tangled, and I fell in love with Disney animation and music again. Now, the creator’s of Tangled are bringing us another classic animation, FROZEN. I have been singing the soundtrack around the house as I listen to my Disney Pandora radio station…and I haven’t even seen the movie, yet!

My daughter is now at the age where she can sit and watch movies like this with me, and she can also participate in some of the FROZEN activities that Disney has produced for families to enjoy together!

GAMES

Help various characters find their way through three different snowflake mazes! Click here for Maze 1, Maze 2, and Maze 3. Let me tell you, Maze 3 is a challenge!

Maze1

Put your memory to the test with FROZEN Memory Cards.

Memory Cards

Spot the Difference between the two FROZEN images.

Spot The Difference

COLORING PAGES

My daughter is going to love coloring these pages and so will I! :) Click here for Anna, Elsa, and Kristoff.

Elsa Coloring Page

ACTIVITIES

Whether you live in the warmth of the sunshine state or in one of the frozen northern states, you can build a snowman in the comfort of your own home! Click here to Build Olaf.

Build Olaf

Learn how to Make Paper Snowflakes with this easy tutorial. Disney even gives a couple sample templates for cutting FROZEN characters in to your paper snowflakes!

Make Paper Snowflakes

Have you seen FROZEN? If so, what did you think of it?

10 Goals for the Week

10 Goals to Tackle This Week

Last week was great.

Nothing particularly amazing happened, but we had the most “normal” week we’ve been able to have in a long time.

David only had to visit the doctor once for his regularly scheduled appointment (which is a big deal and takes up a huge chunk of our day), but other than that, we stayed home and didn’t have to deal with any pressing health issues. I’m hoping for a lot more weeks like this! :)

Here’s an update on what I accomplished last week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Read to my little ones 5 times

2. Have a Family Night

Personal Goals:

3. Juice 3x

4. Walk on the treadmill for 15 minutes every day this week — I missed two days.

5. Continue reading Super Immunity by Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Home Management Goals:

6. Order checks

7. Sew the kids’ plushes

Business Goals:

8. Listen to one webinar recording — I didn’t make it through the whole webinar.

9. Return emails

10. Write 4 blog posts — I only finished two posts.

Here are my goals for this week:

Family/Mothering Goals:

1. Check out a few educational DVDs from the library

2. Schedule a Family Day

Personal Goals:

3. Drink juice smoothies 3x

4. Walk on the treadmill for 15 minutes every day this week

5. Continue reading Super Immunity by Dr. Joel Fuhrman

Home Management Goals:

6. Organize the pantry

7. De-clutter kitchen counter

Business Goals:

8. Listen to a business podcast

9. Return emails

10. Write 4 blog posts

What are your goals for this week?

Breastfeeding 101: 7 Benefits of Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding 101: Tips and Tools to help you Succeed! #breastfeed #nursing

Written by my contributing writer, Rachel

Most nights (and days) were exhausting in the early months of breastfeeding my daughter. On those days when I really wanted to throw my hands up in defeat, it helped to remind myself of the benefits of breastfeeding.

In no particular order, here are 7 benefits of breastfeeding that I found most encouraging and many times impressive.

1. Just what baby needs. As long as your baby is gaining weight and has normal diapers, you can rest assured that they are getting exactly what they need from you. Keep feeding yourself well, and drink, drink, drink your water! If you don’t do these things, the only person who will be left wanting will be you.

2. Keeps sickness at bay. Breast milk is a wonder liquid. In a lot of cases it can prevent your child from getting sick. Your body’s own immunities pass through your milk to your little one. Recently my husband and I had a terrible 24 hour stomach bug. Thankfully, neither of my children got it! (I am tandem nursing. A new thing for me that I may write about it in an upcoming post.)

3. Helps mommy! Sometimes we suffer from supermom syndrome, which has us running all around the place, trying to care for our new little one, take care of ourselves and our home. Nursing forces you to sit down. When your baby is nursing, your body releases the hormone oxytocin. During labor, this progressed your contractions. When nursing, the release of this hormone will relax you.

4. Get more acquainted. That same hormone that relaxes you (oxytocin) will also aid in the bonding process between you and your new baby. Those first few months of welcoming a baby into the family has its challenges. Making time to simply focus on your baby may be one of those challenges. I have found this to be especially true with my second child. I am having to balance my time with a toddler, newborn, housework, myself, and most importantly my husband. Nursing is the most one-on-one time I get with my little baby boy.

BenjaminMy precious baby boy <3

5. Free! One way I contribute to the budget of our one income family is by breastfeeding! It does not cost anything but my time. Women’s Health states that women who breastfeed exclusively can save between $1,200 – $1,500 on formula!

6. Insta-soother. It is incredible how babies find comfort when at their mama’s bosom. They can sense your calmness, or lack thereof, when nursing. My daughter was 5 months old when our car was rear ended at a stop light. Praise God that neither one of us were injured, but she was pretty startled. A kind couple let us sit in their car and nurse while we waited for my husband to arrive. My daughter’s beautiful eyes searched my face as she nursed and instantly stopped crying. She knew she was safe. Even now during her toddler meltdowns I can nurse her and it changes her mood instantly.

7. Easy. I have not had to deal with preparing or cleaning bottles in order to feed my children.  I simply find a place to sit and they begin eating right then and there.

For more great breastfeeding information, visit the World Health Organization’s website.

What are the reasons you breastfeed/breastfed or are considering to do so?