Showing posts from March, 2012

The Sandwich Diet (No Sandwiches Included)

#1 Don't take this too seriously
#2 But this is seriously working for me

Make a "Sandwich" of Your Day

Preparation: This is the most important step, because without the healthy food in the house you will not eat it.
Think - Think about the healthy foods you like to eat.  What's a satisfying healthy breakfast to you?  (I like oatmeal.) What makes a salad edible?  (I've gotta have a little something sweet, like apples or raisins.) What are your favorite fruits, veggies, and lean meats?  (I chose apples, broccoli, and salmon.)Make a list - A shopping list that is...and stick to it! (OR...browse the produce section and buy what looks good and is on sale.  This worked for me.)Shop - The only thing that makes this diet a real "diet" is that it doesn't include "junk food" (sweets, things high in salt, fat, etc.)  We're not counting calories, so get as much of the good stuff as you like.Eat: This is where the "sandwich" part comes in

It was an "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" kinda day

It all started with a dirty diaper...

I'd just pulled a fresh load of laundry from the dryer when I smelled it.  So I changed it, wrapped it up in a grocery bag, and headed for the trash.  The trash can was full.  I took it out, tied it up, headed outside.  Lottie and Ace followed.

"Mommy, can we play outside.  The weather is beautiful." says Lottie.  How can I say no?  So, we play outside. 
Duke joins in, "Can I get my skateboard out of the garage?"  Of course. 
"Can I get my scooter?" asks Lottie.
So, we go to the garage. They play, I referee.

"Mommy, can I get a snack?" says one.  It is snack time. 
"SNACK TIME!" They all come running. 

"Mom, can we watch a show while we eat our snack?" says Duke.  I suppose.
"Can I pick a show next?" says Lottie.  I'm not so sure about that.

Now, back to that (not so) fresh load of laundry.  Oh well. 

"But I trust in you, O Lord;
I say, 'You are my God.'

Make the Most (or at least survive) Being Stranded on the Interstate with Kids

#1 Don't take this too seriously
#2 But this is seriously what happened to us

I hope it doesn't happen to you.

Preparation: Bring snacks, drinks, extra diapers, and wipesLeave the dog at home (We failed at this point.)When the vehicle starts to shake: Remain calm, pray, and let your husband thinkGo along with his decision to turn around no matter how sad it makes you (or the kids, or your mom)Comfort the kids and use it as a life lesson - sometimes things just don't work out like you think they should...God's in control When the vehicle makes a really loud noise and starts to shake violently (scaring you out of your pants): Pull over, prayCall your dad because he's always helpful in every way (at least mine is)Once again, let your husband thinkOnce you get to a safe location and are waiting for help (In our case thanks goes to bro-in-law Ryan.): Pull out the snacks and drinks - we talked fractions as my seven-year-old decided how we would divide the crackers and moon …

Get The Most From Your At-Home Workout

#1 Don't take this too seriously
#2 But this is seriously what I do

It's multi-tasking at its peak, and sometimes it's the only way I get in my workout.

Step 1 - Preparation:
Load your dishwasher and shine your sink FlyLady styleFlip the laundry or start a new loadMake sure the kids are set with snacks or gamesTake a few minutes to go to a quiet place to pray (I do this first because though I never forget to workout I somehow always forget to stop and pray in the midst of my afternoon.)Gather your workout equipment including your plan of attack (I used this Women's Health workout today.) and position yourself near the kids (This sometimes takes an extra step of clearing off enough floor space to actually be able to move.)Grab your Bible or a verse written out to memorize (I memorized 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 today.)Step 2 - Begin:
Read the verse(s) you're going to memorize out loud (This is why you're near the they can hear you.)Do your first set of exerci…