5 Tips for a Good Day

5 Tips for a Good Day

So it’s February.  And the newness of 2017, the feelgood promise of new beginnings, affirmations and resolutions have faded.

I’m in a rut ya’ll.

Call it seasonal depression. Maybe I need two cups of coffee to jumpstart my mood.

It’s a tot potty, in front of a real potty with a potty seat on top. We got it covered from all angles.

Maybe its that one toddler is potty-training but now uses the darn thing every 15-minutes. I’d put a diaper on him if I could find one that fits a 40lb three-year-old. And baby #2 is teething and leaves puddles of drool EVERYWHERE. Not to mention she screams and cries at the drop of a hat now.

I’m overwhelmed by mommyhood. I’m trying to balance a freelance career and deadlines with being a stay-at-home mom. I’m trying to stay crazy in love (and not just, you know, crazy and married).

I’m trying to be the Bestest Mommy Ever. (It’s as impractical as it is ungrammatical folks. See what I did there… a little sexy syntax and wordplay for ya Thursday!)

But I’m determined not to stay in this rut.

I’ve been collecting great quotes and positive words on Pinterest lately and I recently came across a great set of daily affirmations from the Levo League, a life hack and style website. The post was from 2015 but still feels timely to me. I shrunk my list and adapted it for my daily life. It’s pretty short, which means if I can master these changes and make lifestyle adjustments, hopefully they will last longer.

1. Wake up early.

Cus opening your eyes just as the first kid starts crying in the crib, which wakes up the other kid, ain’t working out. I start out frazzled and end up playing catch up all day.

2. Read something positive and meditate on how to include it in your life.

Holla. Seriously though, this can set you in the right frame of mind for the rest of the day. I’ve been reading the book of Ecclesiastes and meditating on Solomon’s wisdom about purpose in life and using our time on Earth wisely. If that don’t set ya straight….

3. Take a shower.

Mandatory self-care. Daily.

4. Text or call two people to say good morning and wish them a good day.

For me, this is about passing on good vibes to other folks. And this keeps me from getting bogged down and drowning in my own muck. Reach out and call, or at least text somebody and let them know you thinking about them. It feels good too.

5. Make a to-do list with five tasks to tackle.

This has been helping me prioritize my tasks and get stuff done.  I keep it short so I don’t overwhelm myself. And if I’m having a slow day, I put in stuff like Eat. Feed the kids. Brush my teeth. And check’em off when I’m done. By the end of the day, I have a record of productivity (at least they ate food, right?)

Short and sweet. Five changes to get you in the mode and the mood to have a good day.

Enjoying a warm winter day in January.

Life is getting better.

I’d like to incorporate a nap or daily exercise too, but I’m pacing myself.

What are your tips for having a good day?  Feel free to share yours in the comments below; it’s always encouraging to hear how other mommies are keeping it together.

Thanks for reading! Love and Peace!

Crockpot Comeback

Crockpot Comeback

Monday got off to a rough start.

The baby woke up around 5:30 this morning. I nursed her back to sleep, then passed out again, only to wake around 8:55, just five minutes before the contractors arrived to install the new boiler. And they turned off the water just as I stepped into the bathroom.

C’mon Monday!

It was a far cry from last week, The Bestest Monday Ever, when I was kicking butt and taking names.

And if it wasn’t for my Crockpot, I might have just turned on House Hunters and called it a day.

Coffee was a supporting actress. It took a minute to get in my system. But once I felt my eye twitch, I knew I was ready to werrrk.

Chili, just chillin.

There’s just something about a crockpot that makes you feel productive and super accomplished,  even if that’s the only thing you do for the rest of the day.

Basically I assembled lunch and dinner for the next three days by noon.

I used this recipe from House of Yumm and tripled the ingredients, using three pounds of ground turkey. Tripled the spices too and then added a pinch more.

After I browned the ground turkey, I put all the ingredients in the crockpot and turned it on low until 6pm. Fixed a pot of rice to go with it.  By Wednesday I’ll probably bake some potatoes to add some variety.

Topped it with avocado and cilantro for myself and the baby with dairy allergies. Added cheese and sour cream for hubby and the toddler.
And this is what we are eating for the next three days. Take that Monday.