Top 5 Friday Fun

If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” — Mother Teresa

Today is the International Day of Peace, a day devoted to strengthening the ideal of peace among all countries and people.  We hope you take time to spread a little kindness and love to others today.

For some weekend reading material, check out our Top 5 Friday Fun links below! Enjoy!

  1.  We live in a time where it is so easy to get wrapped up in what other people have or are doing.  It is hard to scroll social media without seeing these extravagant vacations, perfect bodies, and new purchases.  Scary Mommy shares 8 Instagram accounts to follow that inspire saving money and living a more frugal, minimalist lifestyle.
  2. Tomorrow is the first day of Fall!  For a simple ritual to incorporate every year on Fall Equinox, read this post on Refinery 29
  3. Why should you hug it out?  Check out Well and Good to read about 9 health benefits of hugs.
  4. I love watching people get scared, which is weird because I get scared from everything.  Too many scary movies as kid as made me quite the wimp!  Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess, shares her experience going through a virtual reality haunted house.  It is even more comical because you can’t see what she sees!
  5. These raw nutella bars from The Healthy Maven look like a yummy treat to make this weekend!

5 Favorite Breakfast Recipes

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We have been on the go lately. Between work, school, puppy and sports I feel like I could use another 5 hours in my day to get everything done. Although I have delegated more in recent weeks, time still flies! I have decided to compile some of my go to recipes for quick healthy breakfast that also fills you up. Yes, all of you green smoothie only or a cup of yogurt until lunch time…just doesn’t get it done for this girl (I wish it did). I need something a little heavier during the morning. I also want to note that we are up before the sun every morning and my children eat two breakfasts before school. With that said, healthy but hardy is key in my house.

5 Breakfast Recipes:

  • Egg Tacos: We use this recipe and put a fried egg on top. All of the ingredients except the egg, can be made ahead of time and warmed up in the morning.
  • Avocado Toast: This is another go to in my house. Here are many different variations for this yummy quick toast.
  • Waffles: Once a week I will make either waffles or pancakes with a clean eating recipe. I always make the batter the night before and cover it in the refrigerator. This helps with both keeping the kitchen clean and buys me more time in the morning.
  • Scrambled Egg Muffins: My husband leaves really early in the morning so, I will make this easy egg recipe or a frittata. This way he can take a piece right out of the refrigerator and eat it on the go.
  • Roasted Veggies and Eggs: This is another go to, and can easily be refrigerated. I usually roast the veggies and keep them in a container. I heat them up with the fried egg in the morning.

Bonus: I have not tried this recipe yet but, doesn’t it look amazing?!

 

 

 

Vision Board

Vision Board

A couple of years ago for my birthday, my mom gave me two plates to hang on my wall.  One of a chicken and one of a goat.  You see my mom knows how much I want to have some land and to be able to raise my own chickens and goats.  She thought that if I hung these on my walls, that visualization would help me make this come true.  I still don’t have my chickens and goats, but I look at those plates daily and think about how we can make that happen.   Our life and my husband’s career took us on a unexpected detour to Arizona for a couple years so I am using this time to manifest my goals and dreams and to figure out what I want in life.  In addition to those plates, I decided to create a vision board in order to make that happen.

Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.  -Oprah Winfrey

Vision boards can be powerful visualization tools and can be a great way to help invoke feelings to help you manifest those goals and dreams.  If have never heard of Gaby Bernstein, I encourage you to check out her books or website.  She talks a lot about tapping into your energy and love to help manifest the life that you want, not just by visual cues, but actually feeling it.   As she says “The key to manifesting is to dwell in the feeling you want.”  You can read more on this here.

I am a very visual person so for me, having a vision board that I can look at daily will help me focus on my dreams and goals.  Here are some tips to create a vision board of your own.

1.  Ask yourself some questions about your life and write down your goals.

What do you want for your life?
How do you want to feel?
What do you want to change about your life?

Having your goals clearly written down will help you to stay focused as you build your vision board.  Try to answer these questions honestly without thinking of barriers that may stand in the way.

2.  Think about words to describe how you want to feel. 

Loved, happy,  at peace, couragious, blissful, etc.

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3.  Gather your supplies.

-Something to affix your materials too: white craft board, bulletin board, book, etc
-Pins, glue, or clips to attach clippings
-Magazines/books
-Colorful paper
-Scissors
-Markers/pens

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4.  Find your inspiration. 

Cut, print, or draw photos, sayings, and words that coincide with what you wrote for your goals and dreams above. Choose pictures that really invoke the feelings that you want to manifest in your life.  Make sure those photos apply specifically to a goal.  For instance, I have a strong desire to see Orcas in the wild.  Not only do I want to see them in the wild, but I would also love to encounter them in Norway, where my grandfather’s family came from.  So I chose a photo taken from Norway to help manifest that goal.

Vision Board process

5.  Design your vision board and create your collage.

I personally chose to keep mine a little more simple and clean.  It is easier for me to really look at each goal/dream when it doesn’t feel so cluttered.  Everyone is different so do what works best for you!

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6.  Hang or place in a location that you will see daily. 

I decided to hang my vision board in our office/craft room, next to my chicken and goat plate.  Since this is a room that I work in often, I know that I will see it daily.  I look at it and think about how these pictures and words make me feel.  I try to envision each one and put that energy into my daily life.  It also helps me to have the visual reminder so that I can figure out how I can make these dreams a reality.

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Wood Photo Ledge

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I love everything about pictures: taking them, looking through my phone at memories made, and having them displayed throughout our house.  I love the conversations that pictures invoke within our family.  My daughter often asks about where photos were taken, if she was alive at the time, and why we might look different!  It is fun to be able to tell stories and relive all the fun we have had.  We live so far away from our family right now so it is also so nice to be surrounded by our loved ones in some form.  They bring smiles and laughter to each and every one of us.   Continue reading “Wood Photo Ledge”

Going Green: 5 Products I am loving now

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It has been amazing to me to see that so many people are bringing more awareness to going green and being more eco-conscious.  Whether it is on social media or big companies making changes to their products, it is inspiring to see people really trying to make a change.  In our house,  I have been making small changes to help reduce our waste and environmental impact in any way that I can.  I wanted to share 5 eco-friendly products that our family is loving right now to help us with going green.   Continue reading “Going Green: 5 Products I am loving now”

Secret Art Project: Kid Approved

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When I was in high school my grandmother had a roll top desk that I adored. When I became a Freshman in High School, she decided to let me have it and I was ecstatic.  Just one week after receiving this wonderful gift, there was a tragic fire and her house burnt to the ground. To this day, that roll top desk is one of my prized possessions. It has completed many military moves with us and held together with minimal damage- despite its age. One of my favorite things about the desk is when you open the drawers there are old stickers and writing on the outside but, you would never know just looking at it. The secret stickers and markings always fascinated me so, I decided one rainy day that my boys and I would make our own little hidden masterpiece on a piece of our furniture.

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I decided we would use our kitchen table for the project. This is where we have gathered together to play Play-Doh, paint and it too has moved around with me since I was in my early twenties. Oh- and its a hammy down piece from my cousin!

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The boys had so much fun creating this hidden gem. We added some hand prints, the date and signatures to finish it off. They loved doing this and it is now our own little secret! I catch them peeking under the table during meal times to make sure its still there. It was so fun doing this together and I hope my boys not only get to see their masterpiece but remember the laughs that we had completing it.

 

Supplies:

  • Paints (My kids picked their favorite colors)
  • Paint Brushes
  • Water
  • Towel or Napkins
  • Sharpie Markers

I let my boys be creative within the area under the table that would not be seen. Try this secret art project with your family. You can choose a table, headboard or even the back of a draw like my grandmother did.

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Top 5 Friday Fun

Happy Friday everyone!  I have noticed that social media is starting to fill with all things fall now that school is back in session and September has hit.  We have a ways to go here in Arizona as it is still in the 100s and feeling very toasty so our family will be taking it easy this weekend.  We were lucky to escape to California last weekend.  It is amazing what a little water and cooler temperatures will do for this soul!

Here are our top 5 Friday fun links for the week to help you settle into a nice, relaxing weekend!   Continue reading “Top 5 Friday Fun”

Green Tomato Salsa

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Its that time of year again, when the sun isn’t shining quite as long and the nights are cooling off. As I long for all that Fall brings, I am also sad that my green tomatoes in the garden are probably not going to make their ripe red debut. Alas, food is food, and in this house we use up everything! I decided to make green salsa with my leftover tomatoes this year. It is a pretty quick recipe and perfect for canning or freezing. There is a little bit of spice paired with the tanginess of the lime- just perfect for chips and margaritas. You can add it to your favorite taco recipe or pair it with some guacamole.

Continue reading “Green Tomato Salsa”

Top 5 Friday Fun

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Well its the unofficial end of Summer! Its been an amazing season full of lasting memories and warm Summer nights. We celebrated birthdays, family outings and even added another member to our family. Summer always has a way of lifting our spirits and making us feel alive! While you are resting this weekend and craving the routine that school brings, check out the cool links below!

  1. Here is a great post from What I have Learned about getting back to school on the right foot. These tips are directed for teachers but, as a parent I think they are also great suggestions that can be used at home as well.
  2. Every day is a gift! Here is a great post on finding the joy in the day to day….even if the vacations are over or you’re not doing something thrilling. Its a wonderful reminder.
  3. The Honest Blog has a post on beauty tips to bring back that glow after all of the salt, sand and chlorine. We all need to restore and no better way then to do it naturally.
  4. Katie did What has a great list of Labor Day sales.  If you are looking for those end of the season bargains, check it out! How cute are the housewares from Target?!
  5. Top 10 botanical cocktails from Lilla Bello- yes please! These drinks look beautiful and perfect addition to eating alfresco. The hibiscus champagne cocktail is calling my name! Which one is your favorite?