Mental Health Mondays: Getting Back On Schedule

Mental Health


Happy Monday!!! For us, this Monday means the first day of school. As you are reading this we are probably getting ready (or already done) with our first school day, which you will be able to read about tomorrow. As with any school year, this year we will adapt our “routines” to make them more friendly for school. This has been great for this Mama’s Mental Health since having a plan means everyone knows what to expect, and while there are a few hiccups along the way, stuff just gets done better that way.

Our Routine starts with Dinner and goes a little something like this:

  • Dinner
  • Clean-Up Toys/Dishes
  • Baths
  • Movie
  • Bed Time Snack
  • Potty
  • Brush Teeth
  • Books
  • Lights Out

It is simple, and as long as it is followed it seems as though everything gets done and the girls have some time to decompress with bath time play as well as a movie.

This routine wasn’t easy for me to come up with. I love planning, maybe a little too much. So, as I started to put together a routine, it felt very much like I was packing on way to much. We eat Dinner around 6:00 and Lights out is by 9:00. When you think about all the things we have on that list, they pretty much have to go like clockwork if we want to get everything done.

I struggled with this until I realized that a “Movie” could be shortened to a “TV Show” if it takes that long. We have “Books” down, but if I only get through 1 book, it was still time spent reading to them.

Learning to keep an open mind has helped me tremendously. I feel like no matter what I can adapt the schedule. I am also teaching the girls at a young age to prioritize. If we get home late and everything gets pushed around, they can decide if they want a quick bath with no play for a longer time to watch a movie or TV Show or if they want a normal bath and only watch 1 TV show instead of a movie or more than 1 TV Show.

Having a schedule also helps me in the morning. If I have plenty of time to relax and finish up all my nightly routines and get to bed at a decent hour. It’s much easier for me to wake up earlier, ready to conquer all that we have to do that day.

My nightly routine includes:

  • Dinner
  • Dishes
  • Baths
  • Laundry/Chores Of The Day
  • Snack
  • Get Girls In Bed
  • Relax (Watch TV or Read)/ 2 Day a Week Work Until 10:15
  • In Bed By 11:00pm

When my nights go smoothly, my mornings go smoothly as well. This is better for everyone’s mental health, since there isn’t as much frustration and yelling. Everyone has a job, and everyone is expected to be doing their job.

Having nightly routines in place is important for your mental health. It provides a gentle guideline to keep you focused while allowing you the freedom to bend a bit and be flexible. They also alleviate the possibility of forgetting important tasks, and ensure a more peaceful day.

Do you have routines???


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Thankful Thursday: Energy, Play Dates, and Glasses

The previous week in review and what we're thankful for

Welcome to another addition of Thankful Thursdays. This week was REALLY busy, so let’s get right to it.

We have been running all over the place the last 7 days, so let me start by saying I am crazy excited about the energy increase I have found, and super thankful for it as well. I am using some all natural supplements from an amazing company that we will discuss in the future on the blog I am sure. (However, for now, if you are really curious, send me an email and I’ll explain it all to ya). So, yeah, crazy energy. Now, I’m not talk about zip around the room at a mile a minute because I can’t sit still energy (I’ve had that from a supplement too). I am talking about finally being able to keep up with day to day stuff and not needing a break. working through my “To Done” list and not getting it done, or at least close to done.  So Thankful for that for sure.

I am also thankful for some amazing friends. My kids have had 2 play dates in the last 7 days and I’m super excited about that. We are finally at a point where I feel like we can get out and do things more and (with the exception of our crazy schedule) we do pretty good. I am thankful for some particular friends who “get it”. Who understand my struggles as a mom and we really hit it off being able to chat while the kids play. Best. Feeling. Ever.

I am also Thankful for needs being met. The Oldest needed glasses, and while insurance would pay for a cheaply made pair, this would not hold up to her and her curious nature. We were able to buy her a pair of (practically) unbreakable glasses. I was impressed with the quality and she loves them, and has been doing pretty good with not messing with them too much.

So there you have it this Thankful Thursday!!!  What are YOU Thankful for???

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Working Together Wednesday: Kettlebell Burn

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Happy Wednesday!!! On today’s Working Together Wednesday, we talk to Justin Cox, from Kettlebell Burn. Justin is an amazing man with a true passion for helping women get into shape, and I have had the pleasure of working with Justin and I must say, I so glad I did. His passion truly shines through in what he does.

Ready to learn more about Kettlebell Burn and Justin??? Here we go!!!

1. Give us a quick intro of you and your family.

Hey! Thanks for interviewing me. I really appreciate it. My name is Justin Cox, and I own Kettlebell Burn. I have a beautiful daughter who is 7 years old. And in true princess fashion will be turning 29 this fall. She is my world, and also the reason I train.

Let’s see, my background. Hmm. Well I grew up as an athlete. I was a competitive athlete from the age of 5 until 25 when my daughter was born. So I have always been in the fitness world. When I got to college and discovered that I could make a career out of being in fitness, there was no turning back. I immediately became a personal trainer, and completed got my degree in Exercise Science.

After college I decided to continue to grow my personal training business and soon opened up my own studio. I was an in person personal trainer for over 10 years before I decided to move my business online. That is where I developed a deep understanding of working with women. I know it sounds cliche. Everyone in the fitness world says they work with moms. But it turns out that the market for athletes, my original specialty, in rural northern MN is pretty slim. So I spent 10 years working with, and getting to know on a deep level, how to work with women.

What motivates them. What their true fears are. What they really want to achieve. All of that combined with my unique lifestyle / habit based coaching is what I bring to the online world.

That pretty much brings us up to today.

2. What is your business/blog?
My website is

That is my center of operations and where I do all of my coaching from. I am going to warn you though, if you go to that website, you won’t find a lot. I spend most of my time working with my members rather than writing a ton of blog content. In fact, I don’t think I even have a current blog post active on the menu.

3. What is your best piece of advice?
I love this question. Because it is never what people think it is. My best advice is to start easy.

Everyone always thinks it will be something about kettlebells, or some diet tip. In reality, the biggest problem I see when women get started with a new transformation program is that they fall into the trap of feeling they need to be extreme. But you can’t blame them either. With the popularity of the Beach Body workouts (P90X, Insanity, Hard Corps, etc..) and CrossFit, we as a culture have this thing right now about being extreme when it comes to fitness.

We want to start an extreme workout everyday, we want to completely overhaul our diets, we want to go 100 miles per hour in this direction and then that direction. What ends up happening is that the stress of it all quickly overwhelms us and we end up dropping the program withing a few short weeks. It is far and few between the people who have success stories from doing it that way.

In reality, what moms need to do is lighten up on themselves, accept that it won’t happen in 12 weeks, even though all the magazines and ads keep saying it will, and start with something easy. Start with something easy that allows them to get some initial success which will then begin to snowball and have huge effects over time. But by doing it this way, they wont feel overwhelmed in the process and will be able to keep rocking the whole time.

For example, one of my foundation habits: Getting 8 hours of sleep, drinking half your bodyweight in ounces of water everyday, and taking your multivitamins/fish oil everyday. Those are 3 great and easy places to start. Start with one of those and then progress into harder things like working out everyday.

4. Where can we find you? (like an email, or your social media networks)
 My Facebook is a great place to start.

My website is
You can email me directly at


Thanks, Justin for taking the time to do this interview.

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Mental Health Mondays: The Spoon Theory.


Mental HealthIt’s Monday!!!   Mondays are typically one of the hardest days of the week. You should be relaxed from a weekend of fun, but often, weekends are too short and Mondays have bigger demands. This is my reminder to you to take care of your mental health.


The Spoon Theory, is a way of describing how much energy you have to live your life. Those with chronic illnesses and mental illnesses often have less energy. You start out with a certain amount of spoons, say 12. Each time you do something (Wake up, cook, eat, get dressed, do your hair, etc) you lose a spoon. In a typical morning, a person might Wake up, take a shower, get dressed, cook, eat, and do their hair before even leaving for work. To a lot of people, this is just normal life. To someone with a chronic illness or mental disorder, this could be half your energy gone in a flash.

In my typical day, I’m noticing a few things:

1. Breaking up a task is easier than getting it all done at once.

When I do 5 loads of dishes in a day, I get more accomplished than when I do 2 loads that are twice as large. I know some people are built to “do it and get it done”. I am not. When I pretend to be someone I’m not, it hurts me in the long run.

2. You can’t schedule everything.

This one is way more complicated than it sounds. First off, life happens. Somedays, you don’t get everything done. Somedays you have to start off with the last half of yesterdays to do list because the first half took longer than expected. Sometimes, you get halfway through the to do list, and you collapse on the couch, feeling like you can’t go any further. When tomorrow’s “To Do List” is as large as today’s and you end up adding half of today’s list to tomorrow, well, you see where this is going, right??? Sometimes you just have to decide what the most important things are, and let the rest go.

3. If you prioritize your “To Do List” you’ll feel better about what you accomplish.

If we look at the example above, getting ready for a day out can zap half your energy. This means we must be careful how we spend the rest of the day. One way to do this, is to plan your day the night before. If you are going somewhere and need to expend all that energy, then what can you do to conserve energy for the rest of the day. If you don’t need to go anywhere, or you find you can skip a step or 2 in the normal process, do it. There is absolutely no shame in cleaning house in your PJ’s or eating a microwave breakfast that only takes a minute to heat and eat. Once we have the basics of the day figured out, prioritize that list. If you could only get 5 things done that day, what is MOST important. If you knock these out of the way, you can at least feel good about yourself for getting that much done.

4. Remember, tomorrow is another day.

One of the things you should never forget is that tomorrow is another day. While it is never ideal to continuously move your To Do’s to the next day, it is fully acceptable. Just make sure each night you plan and prioritize so you get the most important things accomplished. Be gentle with yourself about what you can handle.  Give yourself permission to move the items to tomorrow, so you spend less energy worrying and can rest better giving you more energy for the next day.

Living with a chronic illness is not fun. These are some steps you can take to be the most productive version of yourself.

How do you handle lack of energy???

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Fun Finds Friday: O-Cedar ProMist & Giveaway

Finding and Trying Fun New Things

***Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by O-Cedar. I received free product in exchange for an honest review. As always, all thoughts are my own.

Happy Friday!!! I’m so excited for this “Fun Finds Friday” because I think this is something we can all use. Who doesn’t love a clean house??? Who doesn’t love easy cleaning??? Well, this post has both of those covered, plus an awesome giveaway!!!  Let’s get started!!!

For those of you who are newer to the blog, you may not know, we have a dog. He is the sweetest, biggest baby (and ball of nerves) that ever was. We love him dearly, but with that love, comes dirt… lots of it. The shedding, the dirt he brings in on his paws, the dander… ugh. I had all but given up on ever having a “clean” house, and just settled for not completely filthy.

Enter the amazing people over at O-Cedar. I was contact by them to try out the ProMist Microfiber Spray Mop. I have 3 mops in this house, and all I ever feel like I’m doing is pushing around dirt. The dirt that you just can’t seem to pick up with a broom and dust pan, ugh.

I am beyond amazed at the ease of this mop. Unlike some of the others out there, these are my favorite things about this mop.

  • Reusable Microfiber Cloth. No it’s not as easy as a disposable, but it’s machine washable. My plan is to buy about 2 more cloths and then I can mop half my house, wash and mop the other half.
  • The Cloth STAYS on the mop. I was never frustrated once with the cloth falling off, unlike some mops.
  • Use Your Own Solution. Whatever you use to clean your floors (just no bleach). I used dish soap the first time, but I’m hearing vinegar and water does pretty good too.
  • Store With Solution. This is AMAZING!!! So easy to just grab it and clean up those little messes before they track all over the place.
  • Super Easy. Easy is an understatement. From taking it out of the box, filling it up, and getting started, took about 4 minutes.
  • No Dirty Mop Water. Worst part of mopping in my opinion is having to wring-out a mop with dirty water on it. Cleaning a dirty mop is about the same level of UGH in my opinion.

This mop truly wins for me. It’s easy, economical, great for the environment. I love cleaning when I feel as though I accomplished something. This mop has truly been a win for me.

The people over at O-Cedar truly are awesome!!! They are giving away one of these amazing mops to one of my readers!!!  Here’s how this works:

  • Giveaway is open to all U.S. residents 18 or older.
  • Enter your name and email below to get started.
  • follow the prompts and enter as many different ways as you would like.
  • You can enter daily by commenting for even more chances to win this amazing mop.
  • Winner will be contacted Via email.
  • Winner must send shipping address in reply, to be forwarded to O-Cedar.
  • O-Cedar will be shipping the mop directly to the winner.
  • Good Luck!!!



Review & Giveaway O-Cedar ProMist

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Teaching Tuesdays: 3 Planning Resources for Homeschool

Resources for planning homeschool

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Last month when I made the final decision to jump in and Homeschool the girls, I jumped in head first. It was a very deep and vast body of water. There is so much information out there, and it gets tough to navigate the waters. I have done a lot of reading, and asked a lot questions. Here are my top 3 resources for planning homeschool.

  1. Blogs. I love reading blogs, not just because I’m a blogger myself, but also because people who blog have awesome ideas. Homeschool blogs have great ideas on everything from curriculum to how to organize your day to be most productive. Some of my favorite homeschooling blogs include: Busy Boys Brigade, Confessions of a Homeschooler, Raising da Vinci, and They Call Me Blessed
  2. Books. I like reading blogs when I only have a little bit of time to read. I can read a post and get a good idea to try later or inspiration to keep going. When I want knowledge that goes deeper, I turn to books. There are Sooo many on homeschooling, so I haven’t read them all. When it comes to planning and organizing your homeschool Erica over at Confessions of a Homeschooler has some amazing books and planners. I’m in love with Homeschooling 101 and I’m so happy I bought the book to refer to again and again as we journey deeper into homeschooling. Another great book is They’re Your Kids: An Inspirational Journey from Self-Doubter to Home School Advocate I’m still in the process of reading this book, but it shed a lot of light on homeschooling and why it is a great alternative.
  3. Educents. This is an AMAZING website with tons of educational worksheets and activities, ideas, and bundles to help you teach your child. Educents is not just for homeschooling, you could use it to help keep your child learning over summer, you can also use it as supplement or practice for those things your child might need just a little extra help on. I encourage you to check it out, some of their stuff is free and some will have a fee, but everything I have checked out so far has been amazing.

Homeschooling is an exciting new chapter in our lives, and I’m excited I’m sharing it with my amazing readers. Stay Tuned next Tuesday for another Teaching Tuesday.


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