Crystal
Feb
01
2011
Posted by Crystal
Ever since I started making my new day planners, Lily has been begging me for one of them. I kept telling her no until a light switch went on in my head and I realized that I could custom make one just for her.  I made her a morning chart, and a bedtime chart and I laminated them so that she could use her wet erase marker to cross off items as she goes. She has been so excited about it, I think mostly because she just LOVES to be like me :) It’s so cute. Now she feels all grown up getting to use a planner just like mommy.
Here is what her morning routine consists of.
*Eat breakfast
*Make bed
*Get dressed
*Brush teeth and brush hair
*Exercise and read ( I just recently added the exercise part to her chart and she is really enjoying it. I tell her to do things like, 20 jumping jacks, run around the couch 10 times, push ups, sit ups, ect. She sometimes even does Yoga, or the Insanity work out when I’m doing it. I think the exercise part is her favorite. She gets all excited about it, and when I tell her she’s done she says she wants to do more.)
*Play or school
*Clean up toys
Then her night time chart looks like this.
*Eat dinner (she gets to cross it off only if she eats it all)
*Bath time
*Jammies and have a snack
*Brush teeth
*Read and do school books with mom then bedtime
At the end of the week if she gets all her boxes marked off she gets to choose from the bag of wrapped dollar toys I got for her.

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Crystal
Oct
11
2010
Posted by Crystal

It’s no secret that the list of house projects is NEVER ending. Not only do we have constant dishes and laundry to keep up on, we also have to periodically do things like, organizing drawers and closets, getting rid of old stuff, cleaning out the car and so on. I’ve made this printable list for you all to use. It’s a list of typical house projects. Print it off then add anything else you need in order to personalize it to fit YOU.  Then laminate so you can check off items on your list and use over and over again.
The key is to not give yourself TOO much to do on any given day, that’s why my goal is to pick only ONE of these projects and work on them over the course of the week. Give yourself an allotted amount of time each day, even if it’s only 15 min. Set aside that time to tackle those chores one project at a time.



















Click HERE to print this form.
If you’re new here and would like more of these kinds of printouts, be sure to check out my weekly meal plans and list of activities to do with your kids. Start HERE.


 
Crystal
Sep
19
2010
Posted by Crystal
Click HERE to print front side of meal plan.
Click HERE to print the back side.
Click HERE for Activities

 
Crystal
Sep
16
2010
Posted by Crystal

Introducing the new Wanna Be Balanced Planner!!!
Here are all the details on how these binders work, please feel free to email me if you have any questions or requests.
[email protected]


This binder was made for the desperate housewife, striving to find balance among the constant chaos of motherhood.   You’ll be compiling 52 weeks of meal plans, grocery lists, activities to do with your kids, house projects and more.   It comes with 3 full months and you’ll be able to buy additional months as you go.  

Go HERE if you’d like to purchase one.


What you’ll get:




  • 52 Weekly overviews, with a “To Do” list provided for each day (notice there are only a few lines, this will keep your day simple without making you feel like you have too much to do).
  • 2 markers, one permanent, and one wet erase.
  • The first 3 months of meal plans and grocery lists (you can buy each additional month for $8)
I’ve tried several times to have weekly menu’s complete with grocery lists, but have failed more often than not. So I decided to make REUSABLE ones, a full years worth. That way I’ll never have to do it again! I figured it may take some time to put it together but in the long run it will save me time AND money. These meal plans include breakfast, lunch, and dinner, making meal time much less time consuming.  I’m going to compile these all, and add as much variety as possible for a whole year. I’ve noticed I’m spending less time and money at the grocery store and used up EVERYTHING I bought. I’ve found that sometimes I get a little too ambitious with eating healthy and buy all this fresh produce without any real plans of what I’m going to make.  They usually just end up going bad before I get the chance to eat them.  A little preparation goes a long way. Also, I’ve been really bad with the whole breakfast and lunch thing for the kids. They usually have the same thing every day, and it’s all due to my lack of planning. So now I’m excited to be introducing more variety into their diet. You’ll notice I don’t share entire recipes for most of these. This is what google is for.  I do this ALL the time now. For example, steak, if you’re looking for a good marinade, just google “steak marinade” and see what pops up, and what ingredients you already have, or just add it to the grocery list. So simple!


  • Over 25 different activity ideas to do with your kids.

Before we go any further, I must tell you that I am half OCD half ADD :)  Well, not really but I’d like to think so.  At least it’d give us all some kind of explanation to this madness.  Creating these 52 weeks will cure my sickness I think.  If I have something new to do and eat each day, then perhaps it will take the monotony out of the daily motherhood grind.  I’m really bad about taking the time to do fun activities with the kids. My problem is simply lack of planning and idea’s.  I’ve realized that if I just plan ahead a bit, then each day I can dedicate at least an hour or so spending quality time with my kids doing something creative and fun. I’m going to provide a list of four activities each week. You can plan them on days that fit your schedule by adding an activity from the list to your weekly overview. These activities may not be age appropriate for your kids, but at least you’ll have something to go by.  Most of these activities fit ages 2-8.






Here is a list of the first 4 weeks of meal plans and activities to give you an idea of what they look like.
Week #3               

 

  • A reusable list of house projects.




I’ve put together a list of house chores in order to get things done one project at a time. Pick ONE thing from the list and work on it over the course of the week. Thinking about all the things you need to do around the house can be quite overwhelming, we all know that the list of house projects is NEVER ending. Not only do we have constant dishes and laundry to keep up on, we also have to periodically do things like, organizing drawers and closets, getting rid of old stuff, cleaning out the car and so on.

The key is to not give yourself TOO much to do on any given day, that’s why my goal is to pick only ONE item from the list. Give yourself an allotted amount of time each day, even if it’s only 15 min. Set aside that time to tackle those chores one at a time.



Monthly
I’ve come up with a small monthly list  that consists of only 4 things. You can obviously make your own, but here is my list if you need an example. I figure I can do ONE a week.

  • Have a girls night! Go to dinner to catch up on all the girl talk, or go see a chick flick.
  • Plan a daddy daughter date or mommy daughter date. This will give Sean and I some special alone time with each child to do something fun.
  • Do some kind of service project and have Lily be a part of it. I want to teach her about the joy of serving others. For example, take someone dinner, offer to watch your neighbors kids, run an errand for a friend who’s sick, you get the idea.
  • Get together with another couple. I’ve realized that once you start a family you begin to see your friends less and less. So, I figured I can make an effort to stay connected with friends by planning a double date, or inviting them over for dinner or BBQ once a month.

Daily
I know some of you might be MAJORLY against having a daily schedule, but you have to keep in mind that having a daily schedule does NOT mean you have to stick to it perfectly everyday.  Like I said before, it’s just there to be your guide. You’ve got to PLAN when you’re going to work out, PLAN when doing an activity with your kids will work for everyone, and PLAN when you’re going to have special alone time to ponder, pray, study, meditate, whatever it is that helps you grow spiritually. Planning out your day just ensures that you’ll have the time to do all the things you hope to.  Things to consider:  naps, school, homework, sports events, ect.  I posted my daily schedule a while back, you can see it HERE if you’d like. Also, I understand that each day is different, so just do the best you can.

  •  A reusable daily planner where you can jot down your routine, just designate certain times of the day you plan to do the important things.



Marriage
Contrary to popular belief, having a healthy marriage is a HUGE part of staying in balance. When the wife aint happy, nobodies happy, and the wife aint happy when she’s failing to make her marriage a priority.  I admit, I’m guilty of forgetting about my husbands needs, and I’m not just talking about sex, although we all know that plays a MAJOR role in a mans happiness.  Men are such simple beings. They have only 3 major needs. To be appreciated, food in the tummy, and sex. As apposed to us women who have.. oh gosh,  I can’t even count, let’s just not even go there.
So my goal here is to be sure to plan a weekly date night, as well as focus on some things I can do to let my husband know I appreciate him.  I heard somewhere that when you’re taking the time to serve  one another in your marriage, your less likely to be so critical of each other.

More on this coming soon!

Excercise

I’ve got quite a few ideas as far as work out routines go, and like I mentioned before, I have a slight case of ADD, so I do really well when I continually mix things up :)

Week #1

Week #2

Week #3

Week #4

Purchase your planner HERE!


 
Crystal
Sep
14
2010
Posted by Crystal

Okay girls, I’ve got a new project brewin and I’m really excited to get to share it with you. Over the past few months I’ve been on a search for the COMPLETE BALANCED SCHEDULE. What I mean is, I’ve been trying to find a blog or website that offers some kind of a schedule that includes everything I need to do to stay balanced, hah, I know crazy right?  If there was a blueprint on this I think I’d be the first to snatch it up :)  I understand that each person is so different and making a universal schedule may not be realistic, but I am going to try anyway. I know it’s important to allow ourselves to be spontaneous too and not always feel like you have to stick to a schedule, so don’t take this so literal.  My goal is to create a guide to help me, and other OCD moms out there :) ,  fulfill all important aspects of life as a mom.  Like I’ve said before, finding balance is a never ending process. There will always be times when you fall off the wagon, and thats okay, it’s all part of the plan.  I figured I can make a weekly schedule to share and you can modify it to fit your life.  I plan to put together 52 PRINTABLE weekly schedules, which will include a variety of different things like, activity ideas to do with your kids (fitting ages 2-8), as well as meal plans (with grocery list), exercise routine, tackling house projects, ect.  I’m sorry if you think I’m crazy and obsessed with schedules,  truth is…  I am, but I like it that way. My brain just works much better on written out schedules and lists, you all should know this by now. I find great motivation in having my week planned out,  gets me all excited about each day.
 Am I the only one that feels like this?
I’ve got the meal plan and activities just about ready. So stay tuned, I plan to post it for you tomorrow.


 
Crystal
Mar
08
2010
Posted by Crystal
Last weekend I went through this moment where I ALMOST wanted to quit my blog all together. Just one of those times where you think, is this really worth my time?
It’s funny, because my blog is all about finding balance, but in fact blogging, has put me completely OFF balance. All my thoughts were centered around my blog, and all these idea’s I wanted to share, and then of course there are the many other things I want to do like read other blogs, read books, watch the shows I like, study up on my German, learn to play the piano, spend time with my kids, work out, keep my house clean and organized, make healthy dinners, run all my errands, have family night, study the scriptures, develop a new talent, teach my children good values, get my visiting teaching done each month, keep up on all the dishes and laundry, take pictures and video tape special moments in my kids lives, find time for service, and of course finding time to SLEEP. If I didn’t need to “sleep” I could probably fit all these things in, but um, I don’t think that would go over well if I cut sleep off my list of things to do :)
I guess it’s possible to be TOO ambitious.
So, I’ve just decided to cut back a bit, perhaps only 2 posts a week will be better for my own sanity. There’s just sooo many things I want to do in life, and being a mom doesn’t allow you to follow all those ambitions right away. I need to switch my focus and be happy and content with the success of motherhood. I need to stop adding to my list of things I WANT to do, because it only makes my mind go crazy trying to figure out how on earth I’m going to fit it all into one day or week. I mean seriously, these are all important things to me, but I feel like I need to cut some things out.  Should it be my blog?
I was questioning it over the weekend and thought that maybe it was sucking too much of my time.
So I decided to figure out what I can ACTUALLY do, and not expect too much of myself. We “cannot run faster than we have strength”. It will all come in time, and I can’t DO IT ALL. Patience is not one of my strengths. When I want something, I want it NOW!
We are all on our own paths and searching for answers as to what we are supposed to be doing in order to fulfill our plan. How can we be sure that we’re DOING the things God would have us do?
I guess it’s all a matter of trial and error. Being open to letting the spirit guide us in the right direction and recognizing those unsettling feelings that are telling us when we are falling off track.
My friend Crystal (yes, we have the same name), and I were talking the other day and she was telling me about the Duggar Family’s book called 20 and Counting. I’m sure you’re all familiar with them, one of the biggest families ever! So, anyway, I was instantly curious to read this book, went straight home and ordered it on Amazon. I always wondered HOW this mom did it. How can she be pregnant all the time, take care of that many children, homeschooling them all, AND write a book about it??????
So when the book finally arrived I skimmed through and found the chapter I was most
interested in. The one that talks about their daily schedule and organizing tips. Since then have read a lot of the book, and found myself all motivated to be like her. I was like, yah, I’m going to have LOTS of kids, homeschool them all, and have 3 hour scripture study with the family each day. Oh, yes, I was motivated and ready to take on motherhood………………………….
Well, that idea lasted about an hour.
Actually my husband helped me see things a little more clearly. We were on our date night and I was talking about the book and how I wanted to be like Michelle Duggar.
He said, “um, I don’t want to be rude, but……. you could never be like that”.
MEAN, huh!
He’s like, this women doesn’t get her hair done, she doesn’t have a gym membership, she doesn’t do girl’s night outs, and um, yeah, the list went on and on. I was like, okay, okay, I GET IT! I’m just not capable of that, well, maybe capable, but just not willing :)
So, I’ve taken some ideas from the book and have formulated my own schedule in hopes to help me manage my time a little better. I’ve already picked someone for this weeks FAB Friday, and she will also be sharing a little about this topic.
My New Schedule
I found this cute idea from Heather’s blog. I have my schedule written down on my notebook, which I have with me at ALL times, can’t live without it. And of course the schedule usually changes each day and I’m seriously not THAT obsessed with sticking to it exact :) Anyway, then I have Lily’s schedule which she has really enjoyed. This helps her know what our plans our for the day, and our schedules coincide.














Lily’s schedule
  • Getting up
  • Eating Breakfast, Vitamins
  • Getting Dressed
  • Break time/Mommy cleans house
  • Play with mommy (choose activity)
  • Lunch time
  • Play date, gym, school, or run errands
  • Snack time
  • Quiet time/Olly’s nap
  • Do school work with Lily, and let her help make dinner
  • Eat dinner
  • Family time
  • Bath time, brush teeth
  • Bedtime stories, practice some German words with Lily
  • Movie
  • Bedtime

I have extra cards in the bottom right so that we can swap them out on school days. Then I have a stack of cards with different activities on them. She can pick one each week, and that will be our special activity for the week. This week is swimming, and I usually like to invite a couple friends to go with me, that way it’s more enjoyable for us all. Lily has some friends to play with, and I get some adult interaction :)



My Schedule
9:00 Breakfast, vitamins, get dressed, brush teeth
10:00 Clean house, catch up on Laundry, dishes, make beds, and pick up a little.
11:00 Play with kids, or do a little craft or activity with Lily.
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Play date/ run errands/ or Go to the gym (I bring my lap top to the gym and spend a little time catching up on emails , and blog reading while the kids or in the kids center before I go work out).
4:00 Lily has quiet time and Olly naps while I work on my list of things I need to do, things around the house, responding to emails, or blog.
5:00 Start dinner and do some school workbooks with Lily
6:00 Dinner and clean up
7:00 Family time
8:00 Baths, Books, German (I’m trying to make use of the language I learned on my mission. By practicing a little with Lily, it also helps me freshen up on it)
9:00 This is my time to work on my blog, read other blogs, and reply to emails, while Lily watches a movie
10:00 Get Kids in Bed, and read my book or watch some of my favorite shows with my hubby.
11:00 Lights out
I’ve been experimenting with this over the past week, and it seems to be working out much better for me. I’ve never been a big fan of sticking to a TIME schedule, I usually just make a list, and go from there. I’ve found that I become obsessed with FINISHING something so I can check it off my list, sometimes ONE thing on my list can take half the day. I’ve been spending WAY to much time online, finishing a blog post, reading emails, responding, and also reading other blogs and leaving comments.
So, now I have time limits.

I’m reading this new book called Magnificent Mind At Any Age. I am seriously LOVING it! I’m learning so much about the brain and how amazing it really is. I plan to share lots more on this book because I have SO many thoughts I’d like to add.
As I was reading last night, this paragraph really stood out to me, and it TOTALLY applies.
“Drowsiness, tiredness, and an increasing inability to focus reached startling levels in the trials of eleven hundred people, who also demonstrated that e-mail in particular have an addictive, drug like quality.
The most damage (to IQ) is done, according to the survey, by almost complete lack of discipline in handling e-mails. Dr. Wilson and his colleagues found a compulsion to reply to each new message, leading to constant changes of direction, which inevitably tired and slowed down the brain.
Constantly checking e-mails, IMs, voice mails, and the Internet is stressful, but it is also addictive as one is always waiting for the next good e-mail, IM, or voice message to hit, like waiting for the next blackjack in the card game 21. The anticipation of something good keeps us checking something routinely. It also distracts us from staying focused on the person or task at hand. Checking these messaging systems is an important way to communicate, but it is better to set aside specific times each day to work on them and leave them alone the rest of the time.”

This book was SO written just for me, haha. Lily is always saying, mom, stop playing on your phone, and grabs it out of my hands. That’s some good feedback right there. My goal is to stick to time limits, and to stop constantly checking my email throughout the day.
I ran into an old friend the other day, and we got to talking. I was wondering why she wasn’t on facebook, twitter, blogger, ect. She was like, I don’t even have Internet at my house.
WHAT?????? That’s absurd!!!!!! Who doesn’t have internet in their home!!!!
Later I was thinking about this, and was almost a little jealous… I said ALMOST.
I was like, WOW, think of all the extra time I would have if I wasn’t spending so much of it online.

Well, I’m not sure that canceling my internet service is the answer for me.
I think this plan will offer the best of both worlds. I still get that fix of connecting with all my online friends, while still enjoying normal REAL life experiences.


 
Crystal
Feb
15
2010
Posted by Crystal
The other day as I was getting ready, my daughter comes in and begins playing with the doughy stretched out skin that is now covering the, once upon a time, descent looking abs. She was like, “it’s squishy mom, why is it like that”, hmmm, don’t ya just LOVE kids.
“Well, honey, this is what happens to skin after you have a baby in your tummy”, she was like, “oh, I don’t want my tummy to look like THAT”……ha, well neither do I :)
The price we pay. (sigh)

Well, she did bring to my attention that I’ve been neglecting that particular area of my body,
and it’s beginning to show. I gained almost 50 lbs with this baby. I’m now at the weight I want to be (thanks to cleansing), but have not done much to build up my abs since giving birth. I do need to tighten up a bit in other area’s as well. So I’m back to my bootcamp workouts instead of the lazy 30 min. walk on the treadmill I’ve been doing these days. I’m a new fan of Blair’s McFatty Monday’s. So, I thought today would be a great day to talk about my “mcfatty” abs :)
I tend to get bored easily when it comes to working out, so here is my routine full of multi-tasking. I’m all about getting as much done as possible, even when I work out.
  • 10 min. run or walk on Treadmill ( I don’t run much anymore these days, so I usually walk fast on an incline) and read one chapter of my book.
  • Work 2 different muscle groups ( I pick the ones that feel most flabby for me, example, yesterday I started with my glutes and inner thighs) 3 sets of 12-15 on each while listening to my work out music.
  • 10 min. on the Elliptacle ( I try to get the most out of the ten min. so I increase the intensity quite a bit so I get a good sweat on). While doing this I listen to something spiritual, motivation, or educational. I love downloading audiobooks to my ipod.
  • Work another 2 muscle groups, example: Biceps and triceps 3 sets of 12-15 each./Listen to my work out music
  • 10 min. on the Stair Climber (play around on my phone, texting, emailing, Facebook, Twitter, blogging, planning out my week and adding things into my calender)
  • Do some MAJOR abs, for now I feel some urgency to get my abs into shape, planning a cruise soon, and would like it if I didn’t have a pot belly. Do it till it burns, so the next day you’re sore :)
  • 10 min. on the rower or bike/ listen to my FAVORITE up beat songs. Below are a few of my favorites.

Anything from Lady Gaga

Boom Boom Pow
Technologic Draft Punk
Sandstorm Tunnel Alliance
Jai Ho! Pussycat dolls
This is my way of strengthening MIND, BODY & SOUL, all in about an hour. I LOVE it, goes by fast, and I feel incredible when I’m done.
And I’m not afraid to admit that I wear these body shaper cami’s DAILY.
When people say I look good for just having a baby, I immediately say, “oh, I’m wearing a body shaper”, my husband laughs at me, and say’s, “why do you always feel as though you HAVE to disclose that”? LOL, I don’t know… I guess I just feel like I can’t take credit for it unless it’s real :)
Let’s face it, no matter how much weight you lose after baby, you’ll most likely always have that muffin top, and that’s never a pretty sight. I like the feeling of being held in, and not feeling the skin jiggle when I walk. I used to wear SPANX, but they are SO uncomfortable, not to mention, impossible to get in and out of. Found myself NOT drinking water just to avoid having to go to the bathroom.
I really love these cami’s, I get them at Target, or you can find them HERE for $20.


 
Crystal
Jan
27
2010
Posted by Crystal

Time….sigh….. never enough in a day. How do we as moms, find the time for hobbies among all the other daily demands?

Well, first off, since my blog is about BALANCE, I thought I would write a little about how I TRY to balance everything I want to do, on top of all the things I NEED to do. I don’t claim to have the answers, but all I know is that it’s a lifelong quest. The good thing, is that I’m becoming more aware of when I’m NOT in balance. Sometimes I get a little too excited about something, for example, when I have an idea of what I want to blog about, or when I begin making one of my movies, it’s hard for me to stop until it’s finished. I tend to focus all my attention on that, and suddenly realize that I’m neglecting the IMPORTANT things. So, once I recognize it, then I can quickly make a change and make up for the things I failed to attend to, for example the house. All I have to do is go ONE day without picking up, and this is what my house turns into.

I know all you moms can relate :) I’m just really passionate about staying in balance and know how easy it is to fall off the wagon and get lost. That’s when those unsettled feelings come and you realize somethings off. LACK of balance is always the case. Mind Body Soul, it’s that simple right? Not really, there are many subcategories that come with each one of those. I don’t even want to think about them otherwise I get overwhelmed. Inhale�..breathe��.relax

We’re women, multitasking is in our blood. We’re good at killing 2 birds with one stone, or probably more like 3 or 4 :) . Like right now, I’m at the gym, on the treadmill, and writing this post at the same time. Gotta love all these cool gadgets we have these days that makes multitasking even easier. Pretty soon we’ll be killing huge flocks of birds with just one tiny pebble.

I find that a lot of my ideas come to me at night as I’m lying in bed, or when I’m at the gym. Peace and quiet, without any interruptions. So it’s nice to be able to email myself with the ideas that pop into my head.

This blog really accomplishes a lot for me, so that’s how I can justify spending the time on it. I feel like I’m fulfilling an important part of life, which is, recording significant events, in other words, this takes the place of journaling :) I’ve decided that it’s much more fun sharing my journal now, rather than after I die, like journals are usually intended. I love the fact that you can turn your blog into a printed book. No more scrap booking for me, I’m not passionate enough about it. I’d rather just print it all off, and spend the time on other things. So anyway, other reasons for my blog is because it’s become a hobby for me, something I really enjoy, and we should ALL have something that we can do as part of our �ME TIME�, aside from all the mommy stuff. It’s easy to lose yourself if you�re not working on or toward something. Also, this has been a fun way for me to connect with fellow mommies.

I have a few weekly and monthly goals I put together to help me balance everything.

  • Blog 3 times a week. I figured that was a good balanced amount.
  • Make nice dinners at least 4 times a week.
  • Spend more time teaching my daughter to help pick up around the house. I tend to just do it myself, which isn’t teaching her anything and only leaves more work for me to do.
  • Read or listen to something spiritual once a day. Even if it’s just one paragraph.
  • Spend special quality time with my kids multiple times a day. My daughter and I play a game we call, CLEAN AND PLAY. The timer has become my new friend. I tell her when the timer goes off, then it’s time for mommy to do mommy stuff, like dishes, laundry, ect. I set the timer for everything now, and I seem to get a lot done that way. Thirty minutes here, thirty minutes there keeps me going and focused on what needs to be done, also allowing time to rest and just play with my kids.
  • Work out 4 times a week. I use to try to do 6 or 7, but realized that it’s rough trying to fit everything into one week when I do that.
  • Read one chapter of a book each day. I’ve found this to be very doable for me. I used to have a goal to read one book in a week, ha, that idea failed miserably. What was I thinking?
  • Weekly date night. My favorite day of the week :) It’s so fun, and greatly needed at the end of the week.
  • I like to have a babysitter come once a week to help me get caught up on things, run errands or just have a little “ME TIME”.
  • Girls Night Out once a month. It’s always good to get together with your gal pals regularly for some good old fashion GIRL TALK!


 
Crystal
Dec
15
2009
Posted by Crystal

Last night Lily had her Christmas dance performance. It was adorable!!! I just love seeing her dance, and am grateful that she can be in dance. I always wanted to take dance growing up, but we couldn’t afford it. So I feel blessed to be able to give Lily these opportunities.

Dec. 15th
Today, I’m just going to continue working on my Christmas list, and hopefully can get most everything taken care of.
Dec. 16th
Try a new class at the gym, or check out a video at the library. One thing I’ve learned, is that it’s important to mix up your exercise routine. You don’t want to get stuck doing the same old thing. Not only does it prohibit you from seeing the kinds of results you’d like, but also begins to be drudgery. You want to spice it up, keep it exciting, kind of like marriage :)
Dec. 17th
Have a “Spa Day. Well, wouldn’t that be nice to have an entire day of pampering and relaxation. Unfortunately that isn’t really possible for most of us :) But we can just pretend lol. I’m going to get a babysitter, go get a facial, and run some errands. That’s a Spa Day enough for me. A little quiet time to myself is all I need sometimes to get me through the day, or the week :) Here’s a website my friend told me about that has some awesome jewelry for moms. Maybe I’ll buy myself a little something too. www.smartmomjewelry.com
Teething Bling� was inspired by babies who like to tug on our jewelry. It is the original patent-pending teething jewelry.
Dec. 18th
Today I want to just focus on reading my parenting book throughout the day when possible.
Dec. 19th
Work on organizing and getting rid of toys, making room for the new. Hopefully I can get Lily to help me out with this, and to be excited about giving some of her toys away to kids that don’t have much. I just love being organized, so doing this will help me to not feel so overwhelmed with toys after Christmas. Here is another website my friend told me about. They sell these mom day planners. They look awesome!!! I may have to get myself one of these for the New Year. www.trulymoms.com
Dec. 20th
Just have a relaxing day with the family. No schedules, no “to do” lists. Just enjoy the moments :)


 
Crystal
Dec
14
2009
Posted by Crystal

This week seemed a little crazy, despite the fact that I said I was going to keep it simple. Monday we planned to go Ice Skating, but due to the FREEZING weather conditions, we had to skip that :( Which is a bummer, because I was really looking forward to it. Perhaps next year we’ll get to experience that together as a family.

Tuesday and Wednesday I did my cleanse!!!! I was really excited about accomplishing that, because it takes some self control :) I posted a video link in my last post of my days on the cleanse.
Thursday I planned to get my Christmas Cards out, and the whole day I was scrambling around, feeling completely overwhelmed with the whole thing. So, I finally just had to throw in the towel, and decided to just skip it this year. I feel like such a scrooge, but I just don’t want to make myself crazy by giving myself more than I can handle. I have to pick and choose where my time is best spent. I’m aloud to skip a year here and there, right? I do plan to send out a Christmas email with our recent family pictures. Hopefully that will be enough this year.
Friday, I wanted to have all my Christmas shopping done, lol, that didn’t exactly happen either. I did get out and get a little shopping done though, and I put together a list of what I have left to do. So, hopefully I can have it all done within the next few days.
Saturday, was my day to plan out some healthy meals for this week. I’ve put a little something together. In my future posts I plan to show you a few tips and tricks I use to make eating healthy, easier, and tastier :) So, since we skipped ice skating, I decided to take Lily to see The Frog Princess to make up for it. It was our little mommy daughter date. It was so much fun to spend some special time with her. She ended up sleeping through half the movie, and is still trying to convince me that she didn’t sleep, lol.
Sunday, we actually made it to almost all 3 hours of church. Olly gets really cranky without his morning nap, so Sean or I usually takes turns bringing him home for a nap. Later we went over to my sisters house to make Ginger Bread houses, and that was a lot of fun. This week I have been more conscious of trying to mention Jesus’s birth, every time Lily brought up Christmas.
So, overall, I’m still proud of the way the week turned out. I’m working on my schedule for this week. I’ll post it later tonight.
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