Thursday, July 30, 2015

Ways to exercise as a family


Exercising is such a chore sometimes. It even sounds like work. Most of us make excuses, but you can exercise and have fun. Here are some ways to exercise with your family.
  • Biking together- Take a bike ride with your family. Want to burn more calories? Try a bike race.
  • Walking- Take daily walks with your family. Get outside and enjoy God's creation. Explore the neighborhood on foot. Want to burn more calories? Speed walk, jog, or race each other.
  • Playing at the park- You don't realize how many calories playing at the park can burn. Chase your kids, throw a ball, kick a ball, play frisbee, etc..
  • Play tag- Don't like to jog? Play tag with your family. I guarantee it's get your heart racing.
  • Kickball
  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Rollerblading/ skating- You can race, or just skate for fun.
  • Relay race
  • Rock wall climb- You can even race to the top.
  • Swimming- Swimming is a great exercise the whole family can enjoy.
  • Exercise dvds- My kids like to do Zumba with me. 
 Remember all movement counts, no matter how fast or slow. No more excuses! Get up and move!

 What are some of the things you and your family do to exercise together?

Monday, July 27, 2015

When I was a kid vs kids today



Kids today have got it made. Technology has come so far, it's scary almost. They need to add something there is a calculator (I realize we had calculators when I was young, but think about how far even calculators have come), if they don't know an answer to a question there is Google. When we were little there was a library and the encyclopedia, or a dictionary. They almost don't even need to think anymore. Today's kids struggle with imagination. Technology is dumbing us.

When I was little we played outside, and I had to check in with my mom every 30 minutes. If I didn't check in with her, I was in big trouble and had to come inside for the night. We didn't have cell phones to call and say hey I'm going to be late. We weren't able to send a text. We had to pick up a phone and call from a friends house, or use a pay phone, and you'd better hope you had a quarter because if you called your mom collect it better be an emergency!

Saturday morning was for cartoons. Looney Tunes, Tom and Jerry, Yogi Bear, etc.  We had a Nintendo that didn't have a save point. If you paused it you'd better hope it didn't freeze up because you had to start all over again. We had to blow in the cartridge and in the system to remove dust and dirt to get the game to read right. Remote controls had a cord that plugged into the Nintendo.

We had a walk man radio instead of an I-Pod. We had Dial-up internet instead of high speed. If you wanted to make a phone call you had to log off the internet. We read books instead of kindles, and I-Pads. Passing notes was our "texting". We had cassettes and VHS. I think I was a teenager when I saw my first CD and DVD. Blue Ray and high definition TV was unheard of. We had Corded phones and finally cordless phones. When I was a kid cell phones were something only lawyers had and they definitely were not as thin as today's cell phones. They didn't have smart phones with fancy apps. We had an answering machine not a voicemail box. There were busy signals. (We didn't get call waiting until I was a teen) There was no caller ID, you took a risk every time you answered the phone. We had a desk top computer, there were no fancy laptops or tablets.

If we wanted to go somewhere and needed directions we used a map, or simply stopped at a gas station to ask directions. We wrote letters and mailed them instead of writing an e-mail. The term "Playing with friends" use to mean actually going out to play with friends, either at their house or your own. Now it means you join their online game. What has changed since you were a kid?

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Things I hear all the time because I am a mom of 3 boys

If you can't say anything nice you shouldn't say anything at all! We've all heard it from our mothers. My mother pounded it into our heads over and over again. There are times when I really don't think people are trying to be rude, maybe they just don't know what to say or how to say it. So it comes across like this:
  • You've got your hands full don't ya? Yes I do, but if you think my hands are full you should see my heart.
  • Are you going to have anymore? I'm not sure. I would like another one down the road, maybe try for a girl. However I already have 3 boys, 2 of which are in diapers. Even with cloth diapering (sometimes) it still gets expensive. 
  • Well you know what causes that don't ya? Yes I do. I wasn't born yesterday.
  • Are they all yours? And do they have the same father?  Really? Yes they are all mine, and yes they all have the same father.
  • Were they planned? Yes. However even if we were to get pregnant by surprise we would be thrilled. 
  • You must have a ton of patience. Not really, but I'm working on it. My kids test it daily.
  • Don't you have birth control? I'm sorry that's none of your business. That is between me and my husband. 
  • What if you can't have a girl? Well I guess that is up to God. He knows what is best for me and my family. 
  • Are you trying for a team? No actually I am not. People seem to think that large families are a bad thing. If you want to and you can support them, why not? Besides, I don't think 3 kids are a lot.
  • What if you have another boy? Well, like I said earlier, that is up to God. 
What are some things that people have said to you?

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Things I hear as a SAHM



First off for those of you who don't know the abbreviation SAHM, means Stay at home mom. I am very thankful I have been able to stay at home with my children. It wasn't always this way. When my first was born, I had to work around the time he was a year old. I felt like I was missing out on his life. My husband worked 1st shift, and I worked 2nd shift. We would see each other in passing and maybe have time for a kiss goodbye. By the time I got off work my husband already had my son in bed, and sometimes was already in bed himself.

Now I am in NO WAY against working mothers. I applaud you, because I have been there and I know that it's not easy. I understand you do what you do to pay the bills and support your family. Me being a stay at home mom was a decision myself and my husband came to together. We didn't want our son in daycare. Nothing against daycare (He's been there before) we just wanted him at home as much as possible in his younger years. Being a stay at home mom I have had to make sacrifices, but those sacrifices were my own choice. I want to stay at home with my children so I had to make changes in my life.

 When you tell someone you're a SAHM, sometimes they tend to look down on you. Why? Our job is just as important as yours. With that being said; Here is some of the things that I've heard from people when they find out I'm a SAHM. Most of these people are complete strangers.

  • What do you do all day? Well, I cook 3+ meals for my family, I also menu plan and stock up freezer meals, clean bathrooms, bedrooms, the living room at least 3+ times a day (toys always seem to grow legs and walk out here), wash dishes 3+ times a day, do laundry, get them dressed, teach my children about God and his love, teach them basic life skills such as how to clean (age appropriate of course), how to cook, we read books, I take them to the park, I run errands, take them to soccer,  basketball, and any other sport they sign up for, I get them ready for school, and pack their lunch, help with homework, kiss their boo boos to make them all better, change diapers, wash diaper laundry (cloth diaper), potty train, organize, coupon, grocery shopping, I sweep the floor after every meal because my kids feed the floor and I can't stand to leave the crumbs, I give them a bath (oldest is able to do this alone, however I bathe the little guys), put them in pajamas, brush their teeth 2x a day, tuck them in, kiss them goodnight, and fall into bed exhausted just to wake up the next day and do it all over again. 
  • What do you mean you're a stay at home mom? You don't work? Well read above and tell me that's not work.
  • I would go INSANE!!! I'm sorry to hear that. There are days that my kids DRIVE ME INSANE!!! However I would never change a moment of it. I love my kids very much and they grow up way too fast. Some day they won't be here driving me insane, so while they are, I want to make the best of it. 
  • You're SO LUCKY to be able to stay home. Yes I am. Like I said before it's a decision my husband and myself came to together. We have made sacrifices. We don't have extra money to go on fancy vacations. We don't have extra "Play money" as my husband likes to call it, to go out and buy the latest game console, or cell phone. Our kids wear hand me downs that usually starts with the oldest and gets passed down. They do each have new clothes, but most of them are passed down. Even the oldest has worn hand me downs. We don't go out to eat a lot. It's probably healthier for us anyway, but we just don't have the extra money. 
  • Last but not least someone actually said to me "I wish I could be that lazy!" Excuse me? Follow me around for one day, and see if I'm a bit lazy. Ask anyone who knows me if I'm lazy. Sure I have the occasional day where I get to be lazy, but that's normally on a weekend when my husband takes the kids and lets me sleep in, or we decide to have a pajama day on the couch watching cartoons. 

Being a stay at home mom is one of the toughest jobs I've ever done. Yet it's the most rewarding. I don't get a paycheck, but I get hugs and kisses, and when my kids say "I love you mommy" it's totally worth it. I don't get sick days or personal days and vacations. At times I feel like I need a vacation, and working around the house and taking care of kids when you're sick is no picnic in the park. So please next time someone tells you they are a stay at home mom or dad, don't judge them and chalk it up to them being lazy and not wanting to work. Are you a stay at home parent? What are some of the things people have said to you?




Monday, July 20, 2015

Special K review

As most of you know I am a BZZAGENT. For those who do not know what that means, I signed up to try/ test a product/ products for free. After I try the item/ items I simply tell people about it, and give my personal opinion. 

First we received our Special K products a few days ago, and they are just about gone already. The cereal Special K Protein Cinnamon Brown Sugar Crunch was the first thing we tried. Of course we tried it both dry and with milk. I have to say that it makes a delicious snack if you want to eat it dry, and it makes a delicious breakfast if you add milk. It kind of reminds me of the taste of Cinnamon toast crunch. Special K Protein Cinnamon Brown Sugar Crunch has:
  • 11 grams of protein 
  •  3 grams of fiber
  •  are made with whole grains and folic acid
  • just add ½ cup of skim milk, and you have a nourishing breakfast that provides 25% of your daily value of vitamin D
Special K comes in these delicious flavors
Now for the  Special K Chocolate Almond Chewy Nut Bars. I was a bit hesitant to try these because I am very picky when it comes to this sort a thing. However I was completely surprised to see that I could tell what was in it, because I can see the ingredients. The taste was simple, yet satisfying. The perfect guilt free snack that helps give you that boost you need. 
 Every bar’s packed with 4 grams of protein and is a deliciously gluten-free snack!
It comes in two flavors Cranberry Almond, and Chocolate Almond.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

DripDrop Hydration review

I am a smiley 360 agent so I get to try products for free. A few days ago I received a new kit in the mail to try for free and tell you all about.

Whether you are a busy mom, an athlete, you love to exercise, or you're a member of the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, etc... You need to stay hydrated. Did you know that your body is about 50%-75% water? As you sweat your body loses that water, and begins to dehydrate.

Web MD gives this definition for dehydration:

Dehydration is a condition that occurs when the loss of body fluids, mostly water, exceeds the amount that is taken in. With dehydration, more water is moving out of our cells and bodies than what we take in through drinking.
We lose water every day in the form of water vapor in the breath we exhale and in our excreted sweat, urine, and stool. Along with the water, small amounts of salts are also lost.
When we lose too much water, our bodies may become out of balance or dehydrated. Severe dehydration can lead to death.

DripDrop prevents and treats dehydration from exercise, heat, and illness. DripDrop fixes dehydration fast, and is an effective alternative to sports drinks and other re-hydration solutions. In fact DripDrop has 3X the electrolytes and 1/2 the sugar of sports drinks. DripDrop absorbs fast. It is clinically shown to hydrate more effectively that water alone. It replaces fluid and electrolytes that are lost through exercise, heat and illness.

Here is a coupon for  DripDrop   You can print this from your computer.
Also on July 26, 2015 there will be a coupon in the news paper for DripDrop. 

DripDrop can be found at most CVS, Walgreens and DUANEreade stores in the baby aisle.

Now my personal opinion of DripDrop. I was sent both lemon and berry flavors. It works as far as re-hydrating you. The taste.... I felt like the lemon was too strong for my taste, but the berry wasn't that bad. Not my favorite, but definitely better than plain Jane water (which I absoulty hate by the way) you won't see me drinking water unless I am exercising usually. I like the fact that DripDrop is small enough to slip into my purse and take anywhere on the go. I just open pour it into a 8 ounce water and stir or shake and drink. DripDrop is safe to drink everyday. There are no artificial flavors or colors, or preservatives.  

For more information on DripDrop you can visit http://h5.sml360.com/-/14s0l
 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

20 things I've learned being a mom of boys



I am a mother of three wonderful boys. Our oldest is 8 1/2, our middle child is 3, and our youngest is 1. 
There is something about being a mom of boys. Although I can't speak about being a mom of girls because I don't have any girls. Being a mom to boys is special. Daily they test my patience, and see how far they can push mom. Yet there is a moment, a special hug or smile, laugh, or memory made that makes it all worth it. 

Some day these little boys will be grown men, and be married and have kids of their own. I pray that they will be strong leaders, and that they will love God and serve him through out life. 

Being a mom of all boys has taught me a thing or two. This post first started out as 10 things which quickly grew to 20. I imagine there are more that I will think of in the future, or new lessons to learn that can be added later. So here it is, in no particular order. This is just how they popped in my head. 
  1. There will always be a mess somewhere. Even if you just spent the last 3 hours cleaning. They will run circles around you and leave messes everywhere they go. 
  2. Laundry will never be done.... EVER!
  3. Legos are the greatest toy ever invented. They teach creativity, colors, counting & numbers, and so much more. They can also keep your child busy for HOURS. 
  4. LEGOS HURT WHEN YOU STEP ON THEM BAREFOOT!!!!
  5. They will eat you out of house and home.
  6. They have SO MUCH energy! (Share please!)
  7. Hot wheels are the second greatest toy ever invented. (NOTE: These hurt when stepped on barefoot too!)
  8. Even after they've "picked up" their toys you STILL find Legos and hot wheels everywhere. In the couch, under the couch, in pockets, in the laundry basket, and sometimes they make it to the washer and dryer. OOPS!
  9. That I need to check ALL pockets before washing clothes. (See #8) I learned this the hard way after washing and drying crayons my middle child left in his pocket. ( NOTE: Mr. Clean magic eraser takes crayon out of your dryer)
  10. That even when I'm having the worst day hearing "I love you mommy" can turn it all around. 
  11. That I never truly knew how much love my heart could hold until my boys were born. My love grows stronger for them every day.
  12. They always get dirty. Boys love dirt.
  13. Boys will be boys!
  14. Mr. Clean magic eraser can take crayon off from just about anything.
  15. Boys love to take things apart to "see how it works". 
  16. When they can't get it back together, they take it to daddy for help.
  17. Patience is a virtue. He hit me, kicked me, bit me, looked at me, pinched me, poked me, breathed on me........ (It happens with boys too) I CAN do ALL things through Christ who gives me strength.
  18. Blankets NEVER stay on the bed because blanket forts are a MUST!
  19. That sometimes house work needs to wait, because kids grow up way too fast!
  20. That each of my boys are different, but special in their own way. My oldest loves to help others. He truly has a heart of gold. He has a tender heart and loves to make others smile. He loves to make little cards or notes just to say I love you, he loves to help with chores. My middle child has a wild spirit. He loves to climb, run, and be LOUD all the time. However he also has a softer side that needs cuddles and wants to tag alongside mom and "help" with whatever it is I'm doing. Finally our youngest is an adventurer. He is into EVERYTHING! He keeps me on my toes. 
Being a mother is the greatest gift God could have ever given me. It has taught me so many things, and this is just a list off the top of my head. What are some things you've learned being a mom? Please feel free to comment below. You don't have to be a mom of all boys to comment. I want to hear from every mom that reads this post. 
                                         God bless!