3 tips to help you stick with your fitness

Ya’ll. Can you believe that it is February?! One of the things about this time of year is that it is the time of year where we start to give up on our New Years Resolutions.  They’re too hard.  Or something has messed up the routine.  We can find excuses!

Is losing weight or fitness on your list? If so, how’s it going? Don’t give up yet! I know there are tons of excuses. I hear a lot of people (including me!) say things like, “I don’t have time.” “It’s to much to get ready in the morning.” “I over slept so I couldn’t get my stuff together.” Here’s 3 things that I do to keep myself on track. And really it boils down to prep:

1. Pack all the lunches the night before. I know you’re ready to sit down and relax for the evening. But, if you go ahead and get all that food ready then you’re not rushing around in the morning. Hopefully it’ll only take a few to 10 minutes and then you can sit down! And as a bonus, you’ve got something healthy (or at least cheaper) and it lessens the temptation of eating out. I will use the divided containers and make several lunches at a time. Then I don’t have to do lunches every evening, but only a couple days each week.

2. On the weekend, set out your clothes for the entire week. This includes your workout clothes! I put one of these sweater hangers in Joe’s closet when I first went back to work. Every Sunday I set out his clothes for the week.  That way in the morning I wasn’t scrambling to pick out his clothes.  It finally registered that this will help me get ready for the week too! On Sunday I get through the laundry and put it all away.  While I’m doing that, I go ahead and set out what I’m going to wear that week to both the gym and work. That way, I’m not standing there in the morning frantically picking something out. And I’m not rushing around looking for running socks. Everything is right there! (Yes this is my messy closet!)

3. Choose your workout routine carefully.  If your excuse is time and/or inconvenience of the gym, ever thought about at-home workouts?  Walking and Beachbody workouts got me through that time when I didn’t have the freedom to leave the house with a new baby and the growing pains of going back to work. I started with 21 Day Fix.  But Beachbody has a really good deal right now with the All-Access pass.  You get every Beachbody program at your fingertips for a full year!  Every single one!

So try a couple of these and comment below if they help!  Have any other advice? Comment and let us know!

 

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How I did Valentine’s Day for $15.36!

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I’m done getting ready for Valentine’s Day!  Yes ma’am I am! And I got it all for less than $15!  How? 3 things:

1. We don’t make a big deal about Valentine’s Day in our family. Ben doesn’t really like the “Halmark Holidays” and I like to do a little something but nothing over-the-top. I like to get cards and something small for Joe and something small for… no not Ben, but myself!  It’s a nice excuse for a small treat for me! Nothing wrong with that!!

2. I got part of Joe’s gift at Target. Through tomorrow (Saturday) you can get 40% off Hot Wheels with your Cartwheel App – including the individual cars!  That bring the price of these guys I got down to $0.59!  So I got Joe 4 cars. ✅

3. Have you guys checked out the Dollar Tree lately?  I got all the rest of our stuff from there. (And did you know you can ship to your local Dollar Tree Store For FREE!)

– Cards: for all the grandparents and for Ben (one from me and one from Joe) ✅

– stickers: for Joe to make pictures for grandparents ✅

-Decor: Dollar Tree had several cute things. I chose this cute wall hanger. I had just the right spot for it. ✅

– I also bought Joe this cute Monster window cling. I’ve just set it up on our glass door. I hope he likes playing with it! ✅

– the rest of Joe’s present: 2 books, Dino stickers, and a Matchbox hovercraft! Cool! ✅

– and My present: I found a Bob Harper cookbook!  I’ll let you know how I like it! ✅

Total spent: $15.36 + tax!

I’m also reusing all of my finds from last year.  Check them out here.

For tons more cute Dollar Tree goodies for Valentine’s Day click here!

I know what I want to be when I grow up

I think all of us moms struggle from time to time about staying home. Or not. Or changing jobs. Or not. I find myself thinking about this a lot, especially when work is going rough. I’ve had a really tough couple weeks. I’ve been disappointed in a few circumstances that have to do with honesty and integrity. I begin to question-again- if I’m in the right place and asking myself, “What do I want to do when I grow up? What’s my dream job!? Is it time to leave your job for something else?”

I got home from work today just in time for nap. And I’m sitting here in listening to him breathe. And I hear God say, “Kristen. THIS is your dream job. This is what you are meant to be when you grow up: Joe’s Mom.”

The answer to the 3rd question? I’m still listening for that one. ❤️

 

4 Reasons I’m a bad friend, 1 reason I’m not

As part of one of my big resolutions this year being to say “yes” more.  I’ve been thinking about the toll that all my postpartum anxiety played on my friendships.  I know that part of having small kids is that everything changes, including friendships.  I’ve been looking into myself and the past few years and really trying to get to the bottom of what has happened to some of my favorite relationships.  Here’s 4 reasons why I’m a bad friend:

 

1. Like I talked about in my Resolutions post, I always say, “No.”  Yep, I would wager that 6 out of 10 times someone asks me to do something, I say, “No.”  Out of the 4 where I did said “yes” 2-3 of those I bail at the last minute.  Why am I like that?  Well, I make lots of excuses.  It is during Joe’s nap, meal times, or bed time.  Yes.  I know.  I shouldn’t stop doing stuff just because I have a child.  But, Joe (and I for that matter) thrive on being on schedule.  Right? When he’s off schedule, it’s miserable.  He’s cranky, doesn’t eat well, doesn’t sleep well.  And I also feel bad asking Ben to manage all these things by himself.  I do it sometimes, But I’m not willing to ask him constantly to manage on his own.  Or is it really that anxiety that paralyzes me and makes me just want to sit in my PJ’s all day?

2. I don’t often initiate a social event.  That is, unless you have a kid a similar age as my kid.  Why?  Because putting on a big dinner or party is next to impossible with a clingy toddler.  Because I feel like most people who don’t have their own clingy toddler don’t really want to hang out with my clingy toddler.  Honestly, if we do hang out with my clingy toddler we will just be entertaining him and not really getting in the girl chat we need.  Right?  Or is that my anxiety paralyzing me again?

3. When I’m going through something hard, I shut down.  Instead of turning to my friends when I’m in a tough situation, I usually shut them out.  I don’t want to talk to anyone or go anywhere.  this leads to even more of #1, I just keep saying, “No.” Or worse, I’ll try to make myself get out of the house, then have anxiety and bail at the last minute.  Yeah, everyone deals with tough situations differently.  Unfortunately, after a few really poor choices in confidants this has been my method.

4. I have a TERRIBLE memory.  I will forget what you told me yesterday.  I may forget your birthday (or get the day completely wrong – yes even with Facebook).  I truly do TRY to remember to ask you about the thing you told me about last week.  But if I don’t, please understand that I do love you and care about what’s happening in your life.  I just might ask you the same question 3 visits in a row.  I get so consumed in my own silly struggles (or not so silly) and forget that the people I love have their own things going on too.

On the other hand, if you’ll let me, I am a really good friend in 1 way:

1. If we haven’t talked in days, months, or years, know that I still think about you often.  I still love you.  And as soon as we get a chance to re-connect, lets pick up right where we left off.  I appreciate you and your friendship and I’ll love you forever.

So I think the moral of the story is that in order to communicate to my friends that I value them and I care about them, I need to Say “yes” More.  And really work hard on overcoming my anxiety.

 

I’m not alone, right?!  Do you suffer from anxiety too?  What works/didn’t work for you to overcome it?

4 Ways I saved an extra $312 in 2016

4 Ways I Saved an Extra $312.18 on grocery and household items last year!

1. Ibotta! I started using the Ibotta app at the beginning of last year.  So I saved $138 in just 1 year!  Ibotta is my favorite rebate app and I’ve save the most money using this.  Here’s how it works:

Unlock rebates on the stuff you buy anyway.

After you shop, select the items you bought and scan the barcodes of those items

Then upload your receipt

Watch your balance grow!

You can also use Ibotta to earn cash back at some of your favorite stores, Like Joann’s Fabrics and Your favorite apps like Groupon and Boxed.

When you’ve got at least a $20 balance you can cash out for gift cards like Amazon or Best Buy or have the money sent to your Paypal account.  Score!

2. Checkout 51! The Checkout 51 app works similarly to the Ibotta

Unlock available rebates on the items on your grocery list.

Then upload your receipt and select the items you bought (some may require a barcode scan).  Cash out once you reach a minimum of $20 balance.  They mail you a check!

3. Savingstar! This is another rebate app where I’ve saved $12!  I have found that I don’t use Savingstar quite as often. I think that is because most of the items are pre-packaged foods, and I try to limit those items at our house.  They do have 1 fruit/veggie rebate per week and I take advantage of that as often as I can.  My balance on this account is also smaller because I just started using it in the summer (~ 6 months)

4. Swagbucks! I’ve earned $110 in gift cards this year from Swagbucks.

You do all your online shopping through Swagbucks.  Go to the Swagbucks website and/or install and use their swagbutton.  You’ll automatically earn points on the things you would buy anyway!  Then redeem those points for gift cards to your favorite shops!  Also, use Swagbucks as your search engine to earn extra points.  You can do surveys, watch videos and more to keep racking up points!  Cash those points in for Gift cards!

 

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