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Mom. Mother. Mama. Mommy.
While she goes by many names, she also does SO many things.
One of those things is to be a cheerleader. I remember those days coming home from school after a really bad day, in tears, feeling so lost…
And then my mommy cheerleader would come in and make everything ok! Well, maybe everything wasn’t totally ok, but it was totally better- ha ha
“It’s better to talk about it. Sometimes just sharing your feelings with someone will help…”
And as much as I hate to admit it, mom was right. Not only was she right, now I say those same exact words to my girls when they are sad.
What words of wisdom did your mom, grandmother or great g’ma share with you? Nestlé® Pure Life® on Facebook and I would love to hear about it!
Simply become a fan of Nestlé® Pure Life® on Facebook and stay tuned for the launch of this year’s Hydration Movement in late July! Nestlé® Pure Life® will continue to focus on healthy hydration, while also embracing Mom’s Wisdom – sharing and discovering all of the little things that moms have shared over the generations that make our lives better. And one thing all moms can agree on is that it’s important to keep the family healthy, hydrated and happy.
This year, Nestlé® Pure Life® is asking fans to take a simple online pledge to drink more water. They can also enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win prizes and share their own wisdom through the Facebook mosaic.
and my girls, no cheerleader required today =)
Tips for staying hydrated this summer:
1. drink a glass of water before every meal
2. eat your water! eating foods with high moisture content—such as fruits and vegetables—could be a good way to increase total water consumption. water constitutes 90% of most fruits and vegetables
3. flavor your water with lemon, lime, mint or cucumber
4. keep “water to go” containers full and ready to, well, GO!
5. get a hydration buddy. team up with a friend and track that water together
6. set water break times throughout the day, like 10:30 am, 2:00 and 7:00 pm
We have had our Ubooly for awhile now, but the Ubooly Lab and updates make this an entirely new and improved toy. It still has all the great features of protecting your iPhone in an adorable little soft toy and cute personality to entertain your kids, but the added features take the Ubooly experience to a new level of education fun.
Having 2 kids, personalizing Ubooly to know who it was playing with was so cool! Once you log in and personalize their interests, Ubooly tailors the playing and learning experience to what they like and appropriate educational levels. I was cracking up as she talked to Ella (age 9) about her favorite colors and foods because Ella had no idea how her little playmate knew so much about her. Ella says her favorite part of the new updates are the ability to customize her appearance and new additions to the Ubooly room.
Teagan, age 6, also loved personalizing Ubooly so that her friend didn’t look like her sister’s. As you play with Ubooly in her box, you child earns coins to decorate her box and give her snack.
The truth is, finding an iPhone game that I am happy to let me kids play is tough, but the Ubooly Lab updates combine cute fun with education in a way the held both my girls attentions. I highly recommend you check out this Ubooly intro video then enter to win one below!
Ubooly Lab Features:
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This is a sponsored post. Opinions, as always, are my own.
Why would anyone chose to live in a small house? Because according to Graham Hill, “Small is Sexy!”
Not that I am trying to be sexy (I gave up years ago) but do you know what, I think he’s right. (I highly recommend watching this)
So what can we really do about it? I have been trying to figure that out for awhile, you can read more about our simple living beginning here. What if you had the chance to try out the simple living lifestyle, would you do it?
It turns out that we have a unique opportunity to try it out before we commit to it. and now for my big announcement…
We are leaving our big house and downsizing to a 960 square foot cabin in the mountains!!! Eeeeek!
No more 3 car garage, instead we will have NO garage.
No more dishwasher, just the sink and my hands.
No more his and hers walk in closets, one closet for his and hers.
No more 5 bedrooms, just 2.
No more 3 bathrooms, just 1 and a half.
No more upstairs laundry, I will have to carry it up and down the stairs.
and maybe most importantly for myself-
No more big fancy kitchen with gorgeous marble, a small kitchen with old laminate instead.
I am completely excited and scared to death, but my gut says this is the right thing for us.
While my husband initially thought I had totally lost my mind, and my mother still does, we are going to do it. We have a great house in a great neighborhood, but it’s way to big for me personally. It turns out that we only use about 1000 square feet of our 3000 anyway, so here we go. At least for now, how long we stay is still up for debate.
Next’s weeks simple living post will be from our new local in Big Bear, CA. A town of only 5,000 people and *gasp* without a Target.
Whoa, this is going to be fun, right?
Thanks for reading this far, now here is your free printable poster of the word art above. ( 8×10 without the gray border)
I am so excited for summer! Picnics in the park or at the beach, backyard bbq’s and just chilling. If you need a dish to satisfy your vegan and gluten free friends, this is one dish to keep everyone happy. It also comes together quickly, stores and travels well and is really delicious. Oh, and it’s pretty
Using quinoa instead of lettuce in the greek salad makes this a really hearty side or main dish. It still surprises me how many people are not eating quinoa since it’s so versatile, try using it instead of pasta or rice with your favorite sauce. Whatcha waiting for, go get some quinoa will ya! and then let me know how you like to eat it…
Ingredients: 4-6 servings
1 cup quinoa
1 cup chopped cucumber
1 cup chopped tomato or grape tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup crumbled tofu
1/4 cup chopped parsley
1/4 cup sliced kalamata olives
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 tablespoon chopped garlic
1-2 tbs agave
salt and pepper to taste
prepare quinoa according to package directions and allow to cool. combine lemon juice, olive oil, garlic and agave in bowl and mix well. combine remaining ingredients with quinoa, add dressing and mix well.
The Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy promises that you can eat more food and lose up to 20 pounds in 28 days. Hailed as “the metabolism whisperer,” Haylie reminds us that food is not the enemy, it’s the rehab needed to rev-up your sluggish broken-down metabolism and turn your body into a fat-burning furnace. You will eat a lot on this plan and it is broken down into phases:
Phase I (Monday-Tuesday): Lots of carbs and fruits
Phase II (Wednesday-Thursday): Lots of proteins and veggies
Phase III (Friday-Sunday): All of the above, plus healthy fats and oils
Haylie is know as the go-to weight loss guru for stars like Cher, Jennifer Lopez and Robert Downey Jr. She also looks healthy and talks about avoiding unnatural foods such as fat-free, artificial sweeteners and chemical additives which is also sound advice.
So what did I think about the book? I was turned off by the promises of eating more to lose more, it’s on the front of almost every diet book. Then I was surprised and delighted by her approach to holistic nutrition and was intrigued by the science of metabolism and digestion since I am currently studying those areas. The promise of a vegetarian option was exciting too because so many other books are things I would never consider eating, but the book really fell short in this area for me. The phase 1 breakfasts were ok as they were fruit smoothies. When you get to the phase 1 lunch recipes, you have Tuna, green apple and spinach salad, Open faced turkey sandwich, Sprouted grain turkey wrap, Chicken and barley soup, or Turkey Buffalo chili. Now which of those recipes is vegetarian?
That’s right, none of them unless you leave the meat out and you then have a salad.
This book may be helpful to non-veg-heads, but if you are vegan or vegetarian, you may be disappointed. Haylie recommends that vegetarians alter their diet to include eggs and fish (personally insulting to me that she even mentions this in the vegetarian section) but can also sub beans for the protein. After checking out the forums on the fast metabolism diet website, it seems that other veggies have the same concerns that I have.
Have you read the book? I would love to hear your opinions!
This is a sponsored post for SheSpeaks/FastMetabolismDiet.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.