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Monday, February 28, 2011

Positive Thought for the day

"I begin now, today, to open myself to ever-increasing prosperity."
~Louise Hay

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Positive Thought for the Day

Cross a chore off your to-do list and add something fun.

New Years Resolutions Update

I figure if I commit to updating all of you on how my new years resolutions are coming along I will be much better at accomplishing them.  2 months into the year and I am finding it hard to keep up with some of my goals, but I am doing better than I would if I had not set a goal.

Husband goal - dedicate one night a week to date night and take turns with taking each other out, the goal is to make sure there are 52 dates this year!!!

January we did great, February has been a different story, the last 2 weeks we have been crazed with school schedules and late work nights.   So needless to say the date night has struggled the last two weeks.  Plan to get on track:  Make the plan in advance so we don't let our schedules overtake our lives.

Mom Goal -Read to my kids for 20 minutes at least 4 days a week.  This one has been pretty easy as I have read to them before bed each night.  In fact I bet we are actually getting more than this in a week.

House Goal - Declutter my home for 15 minutes every day.  This one I have really slacked on.  I need to just plan on doing this at a set time.  My plan for this is going to be to declutter for 15 minutes after the kids go to bed. That way they are not making another mess somewhere else in the house.

Physical Goal - I would like to run a minimum of 260 miles this year. (I know that for those of you who run this isn't a huge amount, but it is big for me!)

So far so good, this one is coming along nicely.  So far this year I have ran 41 miles.  If I average 21.9 miles for the rest of the months this year I will easily hit my goal.

Mental Goal - My friend Amy did a similar one last year (hers was to read a book a week for the year 52 books in a year wow!!)  I would like to commit to reading 26 adult books (no not naughty books, but not children's books like green eggs and ham). 2 months in and I am down 9 books.  I need to average just over 2 books a month to get my goal, I am way past that, I may surpass this goal.
So far this year I have read
Vampire Academy Signature Edition: A Vampire Academy Novel  I liked it.
Frostbite (Vampire Academy, Book 2)  I liked it more.
Shadow Kiss (Vampire Academy, Book 3)  I loved it!!
Blood Promise (Vampire Academy, Book 4) I Loved it more
{THE MEN'S HEALTH BIG BOOK OF FOOD & NUTRITION} BY Weber, Joel (Author )The Men's Health Big Book of Food & Nutrition(Paperback)  This one was super interesting and all about the food we eat and how it can help us in our plans for weigh loss and fitness.
Joyful Mother of Children: The Magic and Mayhem of Motherhood  This was great for me to read and realize I am not the only mom out there who has her moments (granted I only have 2 kids and the author of this book had like 14 or something)  But it was a great book that inspired me to not be so down on myself about motherhood, it is hard work.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Network Marketing Professionals This one was good for me to listen to for my business, and really could apply to about any business.
The New Rules of Marketing and PR: How to Use Social Media, Blogs, News Releases, Online Video, and Viral Marketing to Reach Buyers Directly, 2nd Edition  This one was another one for my business, I am not completely finished with this one, but getting close.
Spirit Bound (Vampire Academy, Book 5)   I have just started this one so I am not even close to done yet, but will be soon.

Spiritual Goal - Commit to regular scripture study (I am going to set my goal of 1 hr a week)   I am hoping to have 52 hours logged by the end of the year, and thus far I am at 0.  I am definately going to need to step it up here.  So far I have logged 5 hours, this isn't tooo bad but considering I need 52 I need to step it up a bit.

Nutritional Goal - track my food intake so I don't overeat.  I would really love to say that I am going to give up sugar for the year, or eat more veggies (but I am being realistic)  I bet if i track my food intake I end up eating much less sugar and more veggies just because I will be aware.  I did great in January and havent so much as opened my sparkpage in February.  Time to get back on track with this one.  I have been eating pretty good, but I know that I can do better.  So starting today I am going to get back on and track my food.

Fun Goal - I would like to make sure I am creating something new each month of the year so by the end of the year I should have finished at least 12 creative projects...  Wow 2 months have gone by and I have not crafted.... I did look up some very cute ideas, so maybe I will have to get 3 projects done in March!!

Work Goal - to have a functioning website and not just a blog.  So that is my new work goal.  I have been doing some research and finding out what is the best hosting site for this.  So my new work goal is to have a wonderful high traffic website by the end of the year.  This is one I am still trying to work out, I have met with a few glitches along the way, so I am working those out, but still moving forward.

How are you doing with your goals/resolutions?  I would really love to hear what others are doing and how they are coming along.  If you aren't making your goals what is your plan to get back on track? 

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Positive Thought for The Day

Success in the modern world takes far more than knowledge.  It takes stability, stamina, level headedness, courage, a desire to learn, and the ability to make good use of one's learning.

~Alice L. Dement

Friday, February 25, 2011

Positive Thought for the Day

"You never lose by loving. You always lose by holding back."

- Barbara De Angelis

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Positive Thought for the Day

Happiness is not a matter of events, it depends upon the tides of the mind.

~Alice Meynell

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Positive Thought for the day

Lies run sprints, but the truth runs marathons.
~Christopher Saunders

Monday, February 21, 2011

Positive Thought for the day

"I am unfolding in fullfilling ways.  Only good can come to me.  I now express health, happiness, prosperity, and peace of mind."
Louise Hay

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Positive Thought for the day

Well done is better than well said.
~Benjamin Franklin

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Positive Thought for the day

Two wrongs don't make a right, but three lefts do.
~Mary Ellen Edmunds

Friday, February 18, 2011

Positive Thought for the day

None of us suddenly becomes something overnight.  the preparations have been in the making for a lifetime.
~Gail Godwin

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fun Fact

Did you know that a little trip down memory lane can unleash so many happy feelings.  Spending just approximately 8 minutes a day for 3 days has proven to help you be more optimistic for as long as 4 weeks!!!  So train your brain to look on the bright side, and have a few minutes a day of reminiscing all the happy memories you can think of.

Essential oil Experiment

Okay don't be fooled even with all the wonderful things I have in my bag of tricks such as essential oils, foot zoning and herbs to name a few, we still come down with the occasional illness at our house.  Tonight my oldest little boy has a bit of a fever, so I took his temp, 101.6,

 applied my favorite fever reducing oils, Lavender and Peppermint,

 and waited about 45min to an hour to retemp, and here are the results.

I can't even tell you how much I love using oils.  This is pretty much amazing in my opinion.   What results have you seen with essential oils?

Positive Thought for the day

The course of true love never did run smooth.
~William Shakespeare

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Fun Fact

It's not that thin women are immune to emotional eating, says Kara Gallagher, PhD, a weight loss expert based in Louisville. But they tend to recognize when they're doing it and stop.

Copy Them: Add the word 'Halt' to your vocabulary, says Gallagher. More than just a command (as in stop eating that entire sleeve of cookies), it's an acronym that stands for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired—the four most common triggers for emotional eating.

If you're truly hungry, choose a balanced snack, such as a handful of nuts, to tide you over until your next meal. But if you're angry, lonely, or tired, seek an alternative calorie-free solution to your emotional need. Blow off steam by going for a run or just jumping around—the heartbeat boost will help dissipate your anger. Lonely? Call a friend, e-mail your kid, or walk to the park or mall. Being around others will make you feel more connected to your community (even if you don't bump into anyone you know). If you're tired, for heaven's sake, sleep!

Megan McMorris

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Positive Thought for the day

"The road to success is always under construction."

--Lily Tomlin

Monday, February 14, 2011

Positive Thought for the day

"When we create harmony in our minds and hearts, we will find it in our lives.  The inner creates the outer.  Always."
~Louise Hay

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Positive Thought for the day

If you haven't been through adversity, Where have you been?
~Mary Ellen Edmunds

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Positive Thought for the day

"I, with a deeper instinct, choose a man who compels my strength, who makes enormous demands on me, who does not doubt my courage or my toughness, who does not believe me naive or innocent, who has the courage to treat me like a woman."

-- Anais Nin

Friday, February 11, 2011

Final Update

Okay so I think our biggest looser in the 4 weeks was a whopping 15lbs!!!  I had one person loose 13, and a total of almost 10 inches!!!  So was it worth it, of course, everyone lost and everyone had a good time.  The key to it is making sure to have teams so you are accountable to someone.  I know that everyone felt healthier and better about themselves, and also found themselves not really wanting to break some of these healthy habits.  We are about 1 week past the last day and I have kept up with the water habit, have slacked on the exercise, and have done sooo much better with the choices of food I pick for myself.  So start a game with your friends and get healthy.

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Positive Thought for the day

They say you can’t do it, but remember, that doesn’t always work.
~Casey Stengel

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Positive Thought for the Day

Keep in mind that neither success nor failure is ever final.
~Roger Babson

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Positive Thought For the Day

"You can write me down in history with hateful, twisted lies, you can tread me in this very dirt, but still, like dust, I'll rise."

--Maya Angelou

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Fun Fact

Did you know that sweet peppers like bell peppers get your fat burners going just like hot peppers!!  The magic ingredient in sweet peppers is DCT (dihydrocapsiate), it raises your body temperature and boosts metabolism.

Positive Thought for the day

Grattitude looks to the past and love to the present...
~C.S. Lewis

Monday, February 7, 2011

Positive Thought for the day

"I willingly forgive.  I breathe love into my vision, and I see with compassion and understanding.  My clear insight is reflected in my outer sight."
~Louise Hay

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Positive Thought for the day

"Like a plant that starts up in showers and sunshine and does not know which has best helped it to grow, it is difficult to say whether the hard things or the pleasant things did me the most good"
~Lucy Larcom

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Positive Thought for the day

The only people who never fail are those who never try
~Ilka Chase

Fun Fact

Accupressure is used by many natural health professionals for many different reasons, but one point to try if you have a cough isjust below the fleshy base of your thumb on your left wrist, using your right index finger place it on this point and apply pressure.  This is a point where you activate the area in the brain that regulate plegm production.  Hold this point for about 2 minutes to rid that cough.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Positive Thought for the day

If we cut out two hours of TV (or internet) a week, we could make ten twelve-minute phone calls or write five short notes or two longer letters.
~Mary Ellen Edmunds

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Positive Thought for the day

But to see her was to love her, love but her, and love her for ever
~Robert Burns

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Positive Thought for the day

"Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once."

~Lillian Dickson

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Positive Thought for the day

"The way in which we think of ourselves has everything to do with how our world see us and how we see ourselves successfully acknowledged by the world."

--Arlene Rankin

Fun Fact

Add 4-5 drops of Peppermint to 1-2 tbps of room temperature water in a small glass or shot glass.  Swig, and the hiccups will usually stop immediately. 

 Peppermint Essential Oil
Mentha piperita

Peppermint is popular in countless forms, from toothpaste to chewing gum. As an essential oil, it is useful to ease breathing and as a digestive aid*. For aromatic, topical, or dietary use.