Sunday, July 23, 2017

How the 5 Second Rule Changed My Life

You guys know I love a good motivational book, and I have an awesome one to share with you today... The 5 Second Rule by Mel Robbins! Since learning about it, I’ve applied “the five second rule” to help me get motivated to tackle my big goals, make better food choices, to connect more with my kids, and have courage to say what needs to be said. How can it help you? Let’s find out in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1...go!

The concept behind the book is that anytime you feel an instinct to act or you feel like you should take action towards a goal, you countdown: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and then you physically start to move or go or whatever will bring you closer to completing that task. The science behind it is that it takes about 5 seconds for your brain to start talking you out of the idea/action/instinct you have so in order to help keep you safe (it's main job). But when you focus on the counting down you distract your brain and instead focus in on the action and that's when you can make some pretty profound changes in your life.

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Personally I really loved the idea that no matter where we are at in our life, there's always going to be things we don't feel like doing. I mean who really feels like climbing out of their cozy bed at 4:45 each morning to go workout? I know I don't on most mornings, but I do it (thanks to a little help now from the 5 second rule) so that I can accomplish the health goals I've set for myself. The same can apply to all those little things that pop up throughout the day that we have no desire to do but know that we should do like putting away the laundry, setting our phone down to go play with our kids, and making a healthier food choice even though we feel like we deserve a treat after our long day.

In today's video I'm going to share more about how I have used the 5 Second Rule to change my life and how you can do it too.

Share below, if you're new to the concept, how do you think you could implement the 5 Second Rule? Or if you've already read the book, in what ways have you used the rule to make changes in your life? Happy counting greenies.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Vegan What I Ate Today: July 2017

From smoothies to corn on the cob, and all the IKEA veggie balls in between. Check out the food I ate today on fun family weekend day in July!

Here's a preview of the day...

Heading to Trader Joe's to do some grocery shopping!

The girl's lunch: vegan grilled cheese (baked in the oven because I was feeling
lazy-lol), Vegan Rob's Brussel Sprout Puffs, baby carrots, Hampton Creek's
Just Ranch, and organic strawberries. 

Dessert after dinner: Almond Dream vanilla ice cream, strawberries,
and Ah!Laska non-dairy chocolate syrup...yum!

Ikea Veggie Balls with what turned out to be a
 not gluten-free or dairy-free meal ) : see below.

Check out the full day of food here...

And if you got a little hungry, here's the Vegan Cheesy Casserole recipe I had for dinner!


IKEA food update: Apparently what I ordered at IKEA was officially called: "Veggie Balls w/Thai Coconut Curry, Brown Rice Blend and Seasoned Bean Blend (8 pc)" and now I know thanks to checking their menu online after I got home, that it contained milk and wheat. Bleh. No fun. ) : Next time I will just order the veggie balls plain...and check the menu ahead of time before I go. Don't you hate it when the menu changes!

Thank you for all your support

Monday, July 3, 2017

My Green Baby Must-Haves

Hey greenies, so don't let this title mislead you, I'm not pregnant. I have no announcement to make. I simply was getting asked by a number of pregnant and new moms what "green" baby products I would recommend and I thought it be nice to have all my favorite baby items in one place. 

Now, not all of these products are the greenest, most eco-friendly...some are just my favorites that couldn't imagine living without, so I'm sharing those with you today as well. So let's get started with that list!

From swaddles to baby bottles, here are my favorite "green" baby must-haves...

Don't have time to watch the video? Let me guess, a baby or toddler, or a few has got you busy...I feel your pain! 
Check out a list of the products mentioned in the video here...
  1. Cloth Diapering Service we used:
  2. BumGenius 5.0 Pocket Cloth Diaper - Kiss - One Size - Snap:
  3. bumGenius bumGenius Natural Flannel Baby Wipes - Pack of 12:
  4. Prince Lionheart Ultimate Wipes Warmer:
  5. BabyBliss Organic Bamboo Nursing Pads:
  6. Hygeia Enjoye Pump:
  7. PumpEase PumpEase Organic hands-free pumping bra:
  8. Evenflo Feeding Classic Glass Twist Bottles, 4 Ounce (Pack of 6):
  9. Original Mason Bottle:
  10. Colgate Eco Classica III Dual firmness Eco-Friendlier Crib mattress, Organic Cotton Cover
  11. SafeRest Premium Crib Mattress Encasement - Vinyl, PVC and Phthalate Free:
  12. Conair Sound Therapy Sound Machine:
  13. DaVinci Kalani 4-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Rail, White:
  14. DaVinci Twin/Full Size Bed Conversion Kit, White:
  15. Arm's Reach Concepts Ideal Ezee 3-in-1 Bedside Bassinet:
  16. aden + anais aden + anais swaddle blanket 4 pack:
  17. Miracle Blanket Swaddle:
  18. Fisher-Price born Rock n Play Sleeper :
  19. Sleepy Wrap Comfortable Cotton Baby Carrier Designed for Newborns:
  20. Boppy Boppy Nursing Pillow and Positioner - Bare Naked
  21. Earth Mama Angel Baby Bottom Balm:
  22. Earth Mama Angel Baby Natural Nipple Butter:
  23. Angel Baby Earth Mama, Mama Bottom Balm:
  24. Desert Essence Pure Hand and Body Lotion Unscented:
  25. Dr Bronner’s Baby Mild Castile Liquid Soap
  26. MAM Trends Silicone Orthodontic Pacifier, Girl, 0-6 Months, 2-Count
  27. The Original Tummy Tub Baby Bath - Clear
  28. Babyezz 2-in-1 Shopping Cart & High Chair Cover:

My favorite local consignment shop: Wild Child Upscale Children's Resale in Lee's Summit, MO:

So there you have my final list! Feel free to click around, add to your registry, or share with your friends. Post below what you would recommend as you favorite baby must-haves!  And also let me know if you're interested in me doing another post about my "Favorite Green Toddler Must-Haves". 

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