Several weeks ago I was shipped an amazing little surprise! Several bags of freeze dried fruit to try and post a review about for my blog. At first I was a little leery of some of the chips (hello beat chips) but having tried them all I was quiet impressed. In each bag you got several servings of these tasty little dried fruit treats. What I loved most about them is there was no added sugar like you sometimes get in dried fruit. It was just the fruit themselves. These were also non-gmo which for me is an added bonus. Having tried them all my favorite ones were the medley ones with banana chips in them. See below. The reason I loved those were the bananas were so good!!!! The only ones I didn't really love were the just strawberry I thought the strawberry alone were a little too tart for my liking. Yet, my strawberry loving girl did enjoy these so maybe it was just my personal preference. I think this make for a nice light after school snack or to go along with lunches as something different. As most parents do I struggle with what to feed the kids that is easy to pack, they will eat, and is not junk! These fit the bill. So if you are looking for something new to try I would highly recommend Crunchies to try. They are a nice healthy snack to add into your rotation.
So despite my love of organizers, planners, and lists-I am often easily overwhelmed and scattered. This summer I have really begun to notice this more. I make lists of the things that I need to accomplish and the things that I want to do-yet somehow.....Most of them don't get done.
I often forget things I wanted to do and find myself doing other things. As much as I would love to blame this on all the small people that live in my house....I think its me. My lists are fine, my ability to do those things is fine, I just get distracted.
Most often that distraction comes at the hands of my phone. Sometimes it comes in my desire to relax and kick back over the summer. Sometimes it comes from getting-started-itis. That is totally a thing. I am a person that once I start something I can often get it done quickly and well-but getting started is hard. No like I am the person that takes 10 minutes to pick out nail polish because actually putting on my nails isn't hard....its the starting. I have a hard time starting coloring pages...why because its getting-started-itis.
I think this summer I have a few things on my list that are "scary" or "emotional" and that is why I put them off. Organizing and paying the bills stresses me out. I want to make Josie's baby book but I know seeing pictures of her as a baby-especially with my dad will be hard for me. I want to start sewing projects but sewing is new to me and hard so I am worried I am going to mess it up. So like I said-Getting-started-itis.
Even blogging and writing is like that for me....I want to write. I have lots that I need to get out of my brain so I can think better. Yet, sitting down to type is a whole new ball game....Once I start I am good. Clearly anyone who reads this can see that I don't have issue with saying things!!
So what about all of you? Do you have this issue? Any tips for organizing? For getting ahead? Maybe I need to put my damn phone down and just get to it!
So as I mentioned in my previous post a few months ago I crossed something off my bucket list. I took a sewing class. Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to sew-my mom and grandmother couldn't. When I did the 4-H fair as a child a great aunt helped me. As I have gotten older I have loved quilts. I love the colors, the fabrics, all of it. When my dad died I even had a friend of Ryan's make quilts for the kids because I didn't know how but I wanted to.
So around my birthday I signed up for an intro to sewing class. We learned some basic sticking and cutting. Then when I got home I started looking up some simple patterns and I found this pattern for a cute easy to make headband. It was great because it came with step by step instructions on what to do. I also found one for a doll dress that I made for Josie and her new American Girl doll. I was so proud of these things. It was something I wanted to do, I set my mind to it, I went and I did it.
I have found over the years that as a Mom and wife I have neglected to spend time on me. I don't mean in that selfish I am going to be all about me-but in a way of bettering myself. Lets be real knowing to sew doesn't serve a huge purpose other than I like to do it...but in a way that is good enough. Something that mom likes to do and enjoys. Below are pictures of my first few items I made! The only issue with this sewing thing is that I am no instantly fabric obsessed and need to buy all the fabric. Below you will see some of my recent purchases!
|My headband....which now that I cute off all my hair doesn't look as cute!|
|Dog print!!! I need to make something special with these!!|
|More fun prints-I made Dylan a little coin purse with the dinos and the stars and crabs will be a bucket purse I am attempting to make into bag.|
What are the things that you have been wanting to do? Is there something that you have done for yourself recently. I would love to hear!
So I was going to start by apologizing for not blogging but guess what its my blog and I do what I want...Ok just kidding. I was a senior class and advisor and a teacher at the end of the school year....life stops lets be real here folks.
So last summer I spent most of my summer grieving. Not like sitting around weeping but finally allowing some of my new reality minus my dad to sit in. That also caused me to have a case of all the feels-in fact that still happens. Sometime after the holidays and after my birthday I started to wake up. Almost like I was walking around not 100% there for a year and half. Well as time marches on so does life. I started to realize the promise I made to myself the day my dad died wasn't actually happening. The day he died I was being driven home by Ryan, looking out the window at a beautiful sunset happening over my favorite farm on the ride home and swore to myself that I would not let my dad's sudden death ruin me. I wouldn't allow this to be the thing that crippled me, it wouldn't lead me to a life of bad behavior, it wouldn't be my excuse to be unhealthy it would be my motivation to life my life. Well what I realized a few months ago was I haven't really been living I have been surviving.
So lets be real-any parent of young children is in sort of survival mode in terms of their own well being. We do what we can when we can. Yet, when reflecting on my life since my dad's death I hadn't been doing as much as I could. I wasn't taking time for myself, I wasn't doing things I loved, I was experiencing life-I was going through the motions. Some of that was out of need that a lot of times emotions are still too overwhelming for me-but I owed myself and my dad's memory more.
So I promised myself as much as I could this summer-it would be the summer of ME! Not in a selfish-F-you to everyone else-but that I would work on me. I would do the things I had been putting off doing, I would do things I wanted to do-why because I wanted to do them, I would be the kind of mom I wanted to be, I would do things that scared me-why because I was alive to do them.
So this spring I started planning. I threw out my old planner and got one that I could bullet (look up bullet journals-life changing). I began by taking a sewing class shortly after my birthday. I have always wanted to quilt so I started with a basic class. Next week I will most likely be taking another and I am signing up to take an intro to sewing class in August! I am even buying a sewing machine as soon as it gets instock!
Next thing was I promised myself I would begin to take care of my health a bit more. We all know that is a sore spot with me. I realized I need to work on being ok where I am and make changes for health. I committed back to WW last week and although I will show a gain this week (July 4th and Chinese before weight in) I am going to be going all summer. I scheduled a physical to discuss some of my stomach issues, my weight, my ankle issues, and scariest of all the possibility that I need to have my heart checked in case I have the same thing my dad did (it is from birth so most likely I don't but need to be safe). I also signed up for yoga and have been working out several times a week.
Along those lines my good friend J told me about MELT fitness. It is a bootcamp style class but they also help modify for the big girls like me. I signed up for a 21 day challenge with 3 extra optional weeks. This will bring me to the start of school. To join is every expensive so my plan is to do this till school then join a gym and do MELT when money allows.
Then finally, I started working with a Disney advisor to plan our Disney trip. This is something I have dreamed about doing since Josie started to get into pricnesses. Not that I didn't want to take Dylan but I knew he would love the ride etc for longer then princesses would be magical for Josie. So I am booking that this week. Yes, the kids are young and it is super expensive and I am still trying to pay off our debt...but I just have felt this need to go. Years before my dad died I was talking to the daycare workers and I said "I am going to wait till they are older since it costs so much" they looked at me and said "don't wait-you can always make it work and do stuff cheaper if you need-don't wait because you never know what could happen God forbid" When they said I brushed it off to sentimental old ladies.....but this has stuck with me since my dad passed. Its not like he would be going with us to Disney-hell no he hated that sort of stuff. He could have probably paid us just to make sure he didn't have to go! Yet, that thought of why should I wait. If I can make it happen then why wait. I have a student now who is 16 and her mother is terminally ill. Her mother's biggest regret is not being able to take her to disney-there is even a go fund my page. If my ass didn't need a push to go here it is now.
So much rambling later you can see I am really making an effort to find myself. Find out who I am now that I have lost my dad and I am navigating this world in a whole new way. For those of you who still read this...get ready for lots of rambling because I need this space more than ever now that I am working on me!
So in the last few months or really focusing on my health I took another big step in that journey. I decided to join my sister in law in selling Pure haven essentials home and body products. This company formerly known as Ava Anderson. Before my sister in law started selling I had begun to slowly convert my house over to less chemical options in our home with our food and cleaners. Well when I went to this party I knew that these products were for me. Even if I never sold anything to anyone-I loved the company and wanted to support them.
So what is this all about you might wonder. Well PHE sells all sorts of body, skin, and home products and are made with organic products and all non toxic chemicals. The process by which these products go through is crazy strict to ensure that there are no chemicals in them. The best part about selling the products is I got to get educated about what chemicals I should be focused on getting out of my home and finding affordable solutions to living as much as I can in a healthy, non-toxic, and environmentally friendly way as possible.
My favorite products so far is the face care line (I use the toner, wash, and moisturizer and it has helped my yucky winter ski), I love the body lotion-not only does it smell amazing it makes my skin so smooth and gets rid of any winter dryness, as well as the hair care line. I am using the anti-frizz serum and it works about 10 times better then Frizz-ease and my hair has looked amazing even without mouse or scrunch spary. That is saying a lot for this curly hair girl.
|No I know some of these prices seem high but they are on point with any high end brand and other "non-toxic brands that still are full of chemicals"|
I think that I will occasionally feature products on here that I really love-but I am most excited about sharing how you can easily make some healthy changes for your family. If you want to check out the products here is the link www.purehavenessentials.com/ericahunt if you want to order use number 140335 I also would love to share what I have learned with you so please email me at ezamskyhunt@gmail or comment below with any questions. This has been such a positive experience for me even though I haven't had my first party (had to cancel because of the plague at my house last month).
So what things have you been doing to improve your health...let me know!
A few weeks ago I was contacted by the people over at Greek God's asking if I wanted to try out one of their new products-Greek yogurt with Chia. I of course said yes-both Miss J and I love yogurt and add in Chia seeds for adding saying power why not.
Now on the new Weight Watchers Smart Points program yogurts have gone up in points values so I was a little concerned about that but each yogurt was worth 5pts. Now that is a lot for a snack-but considering it has 12G of protein in every cup it might be a good snack at work.
As I have mentioned I am lactose intolerant but I can usually do Greek Yogurt-it contains less lactose. According to the people at The Greek Gods each cup contains 120 calories, 12g of Protein, its high in calcium, Gluten free, no rBS and rBGH in the dairy, and it has fruit on the bottom. They are retailing for 1.59-1.79 a cup. Flavors currently are Strawberry, Peach, Blackberry, and Vanilla.
So far these have passed the Josie test she really enjoyed them. For me-they have been a great snack that has kept me full for hours. I know for a lot of people on weight watchers and those watching their sugar this is not an ideal snack but with the amount of protein that you get I think that means its totally worth it!
Check out more details here or pick some up at your local store.
I can't believe its been so long since I have written a post. Life has been good and complicated and not so good at the moment. In terms of my healthy journey I am doing well-I have lost almost ten pounds since Janurary. I know that doesn't seem like much but I am feeling a little bit more in control then I have before. I even gave up sweets for lent and despite a fall "off the lentin wagon" on my hubs bday I haven't really eaten any sweets or candy.
My own journey with grief etc actually has been going really really well. I have been doing ok but the kids have been having a rough time. I will save that for another post.
Right now I am struggling to live in the moment. We have a lot of credit card debt...not the unpayable kind just a lot more than I would like and the kind that makes me hate to have it. The debt means we can't get a different house, it makes me feel like a failure financially. I have a plan moving forward but right now it seems to cause me a ton of anxiety. I know that debt is part of American culture but I hate it. Part of it is piss poor spending habits on our part. Always wanting more then what we have. Always thinking I need to keep up with the joneses. I hate that I can't take my kids on a big expensive disney vacation. I hate that I can't do those things till this debt is gone. I hate that I keep paying and paying and paying but then some major shit storm of finances hits and all the progress I made just goes right back on that stupid piece of plastic. I know I need to tighten the belt but I hate doing that.
But back to the living in the moment. If my dad's death has taught my anything-it is that you don't know when your time is up. Why spend your last few days worrying about money. I know that eventually that debt will be paid off...someday and there is no sense in spending hours worrying about it. As long as I am paying it off slowly and steadily we will get there. Not maybe in the time frame I would like but eventually.
So right now things are up and down...but mostly ok