tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-24375919432034006902015-12-29T23:24:24.347-07:00Wanna Be Balanced MomCrystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.comBlogger198125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-70111174214219685992015-12-29T23:23:00.001-07:002015-12-29T23:24:24.356-07:00Sprouted Lentil PattiesTalk about pure perfection right here. &nbsp;As part of my New Years Resolutions I'm trying to encorporate more <a href="/2015/07/kombucha_31.html"><b>cultured foods</b></a> and sprouted seeds, beans and grains into my daily diet.<br /><div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-vQyZGE_IHEI/VoNsLvUN98I/AAAAAAAAH1A/ANmuA9afeZs/s640/blogger-image--1516589416.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-vQyZGE_IHEI/VoNsLvUN98I/AAAAAAAAH1A/ANmuA9afeZs/s640/blogger-image--1516589416.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div>I'm learning so many wonderful things about cultured foods from this new <a href="http://astore.amazon.com/wann00-20/detail/1401947832"><b>book I'm reading</b></a>. I may or may not be going a tad overboard with it. I tend to do that when I get excited about something.</div><div><br /></div><div>&nbsp;"<span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="orphans: 4;">Fermentation is an art form and each individual cultured food is,&nbsp;in and of itself, unique.&nbsp;These three foods (kefir, Kombucha and fermented veggies) each provide different good bacteria&nbsp;and yeasts that enhance the trillions of bacteria in the body and allow them to thrive, grow, and multiply. This allows you, the host,&nbsp;the opportunity to heal disease,&nbsp;remove pathogens,&nbsp;enhance digestion, make serotonin, and experience a&nbsp;multitude of other opportunities for healing that otherwise would not have been possible. This is what I call ~ The Trilogy"</span></span><br /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="orphans: 4;">-<a href="http://astore.amazon.com/wann00-20/detail/1401947832"><b>Donna Schwenk</b></a></span></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="orphans: 4;"><br /></span></span></div><div><br /></div><div>And as far as sprouting goes:</div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ngeKQKW0RLc/VoNsNrvL4TI/AAAAAAAAH1Q/SCS7cb7TZVc/s640/blogger-image-1182260045.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ngeKQKW0RLc/VoNsNrvL4TI/AAAAAAAAH1Q/SCS7cb7TZVc/s640/blogger-image-1182260045.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div><div style="margin: 0px 0px 0.75em;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">"Sprouting is a process that germinates grains, seeds or legumes which in turn makes them more easily digested and produces additional vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, vitamin B and Carotene.&nbsp;Another benefit to sprouting and soaking is the resulting decrease in phytic acid. Phytic acid is an enzyme inhibitor, which means that it blocks the absorption of vitamins and minerals and can also cause poor digestion and an unhealthy gut.&nbsp;This may explain why many people feel bloated, gassy or intolerant of beans and grains.”</span></div><div style="margin: 0px 0px 0.75em;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">-From&nbsp;<em><a href="https://www.e-junkie.com/ecom/gb.php?cl=237079&amp;c=ib&amp;aff=237079" style="-webkit-transition: color 0.1s linear; text-decoration: none; transition: color 0.1s linear;">Gluten-Free Vegetarian</a></em></span></div><div style="margin: 0px 0px 0.75em;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></span></div><div style="margin: 0px 0px 0.75em;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-cB0PeOJ389E/VoNsJuETQPI/AAAAAAAAH0w/MGduueL0Rog/s640/blogger-image--198830956.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-cB0PeOJ389E/VoNsJuETQPI/AAAAAAAAH0w/MGduueL0Rog/s640/blogger-image--198830956.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div><span style="font-size: large;">Now for the simple instructions for making this amazing concoction.</span>&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>First I started with fermenting my own bell peppers in garlic and in a separate jar I did red cabbage. Also made my own Kefir. If you're new to cultured foods I would recommend starting with Kefir. It's the easiest one to make and only takes a day. All you need is milk, a <a href="http://astore.amazon.com/wann00-20/detail/B013J812QK">glass container</a> and some <a href="http://astore.amazon.com/wann00-20/detail/B004RCSWGG">Kefir grains</a>. You can get them on <b><a href="http://astore.amazon.com/wann00-20?_encoding=UTF8&amp;node=4">HERE</a></b> on Amazon. You can learn how to make all kinds of fun cultured foods from <b><a href="http://astore.amazon.com/wann00-20/detail/1401947832">THIS</a></b> book.</div><div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-1pFyRzfTIZo/VoNsKrOwKhI/AAAAAAAAH04/1OZA7D_RsRo/s640/blogger-image--667200963.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-1pFyRzfTIZo/VoNsKrOwKhI/AAAAAAAAH04/1OZA7D_RsRo/s640/blogger-image--667200963.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div>Then I soaked the lentils in water for a day. Rinsed them well and set out on the counter for another day (cover with a paper towel or cheese cloth to keep dirt and bugs out).&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Once the lentils begin to sprout that means they are ready. Simply blend about two and a half cups of the lentils with about 1/4 cup tomato sauce (<i>I hate measuring, I usually just eye ball it)</i>, garlic powder, salt, pepper, other seasonings of choice and one teaspoon of gluten free flour (I used brown rice four).&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Heat some coconut oil in a skillet, then spoon the mixer into the pan (use the spoon to flatten and shape into patties). Cook until golden brown and flip.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><b>KEFIR CHEESE TOPPING:</b></div><div><br /></div><div>Make kefir cheese by placing a colander in a bowl. Place a coffee filter in the colander, then pour the kefir into the filter and let sit in the fridge for a few hours but for best results let sit overnight. This process will remove the liquid whey from the kefir creating a nice thick sour cream like consistency.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Then once you have your kefir cheese just add a little fresh dill, garlic powder and salt. AMAZING I TELL YA!!!!</div><div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-n2wRI_LJfvo/VoNsMii5UbI/AAAAAAAAH1I/9XKfd3SPJXs/s640/blogger-image--286017062.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-n2wRI_LJfvo/VoNsMii5UbI/AAAAAAAAH1I/9XKfd3SPJXs/s640/blogger-image--286017062.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div>Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-23048864094125261842015-12-14T18:35:00.001-07:002015-12-14T23:59:02.742-07:00My Daily DietI get lots of requests to share what my daily diet looks like so I'm about to explain it all. If you're looking to lose weight or simply maintain, this is the post for you.<br /><div><br /></div><div>First of all I highly recommend doing a <span style="color: magenta;"><span style="color: magenta; font-size: small;"><b><a href="http://balancedmoms.blogspot.com/2015/11/sick-and-tired.html">CLEANSE</a></b></span></span> about every 3 to six months.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Why? Because you come in contact with toxins EVERY day. It's like changing the oil in your car. In order to keep your body running smoothly it must be cleansed periodically. PLUS, a healthy body craves healthy food. So if you're struggling with unhealthy food cravings, then <span style="color: magenta;"><span style="color: magenta;"><b><a href="http://www.wannabelean.com/">give cleansing a try</a></b></span></span> and you'll discover how much easier it will be to say no to your Diet Coke and cookies.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Then most importantly, you MUST consume the proper balance of nutrition. Now I know life is busy and its next to impossible to create all your meals from scratch. That's why I drink at least one meal replacement shake a day. I like to drink <span style="color: magenta;"><span style="color: lime;"><b><a href="http://www.wannabelean.com/">THIS</a></b></span></span> one because it comes&nbsp;<span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">from grass-fed cows in New Zealand. Their whey is also undenatured, which essentially means it isn't overheated and the nutrients and enzymes aren't depleted from it.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="color: magenta; font-size: small;"><span style="color: magenta;"><span style="font-size: medium;"><b><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></span></b></span></span></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="font-size: large;"><a href="http://astore.amazon.com/wann00-20?_encoding=UTF8&amp;node=16"><b>HERE is my Amazon list</b></a> </span><span style="font-size: large;">of health food items I purchase regularly</span>.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kf_O1fZejjs/Vm94sR9Z2PI/AAAAAAAAHyc/maZ6CMs-u9A/s1600/IMG_0046.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-kf_O1fZejjs/Vm94sR9Z2PI/AAAAAAAAHyc/maZ6CMs-u9A/s400/IMG_0046.JPG" width="400" /></a></div></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Watch my video for a complete run down of what I eat every day and how I prep for the week. If you fail to prepare then prepare to fail. That's all there is to it.&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><br /></div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/0UeT8gHuOBQ" width="560"></iframe>Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-33535297001308516642015-12-08T13:13:00.001-07:002015-12-08T15:29:21.338-07:00Two Day Clear Skin PlanBreaking out? Don't know why or what to do about it? I hear ya. The STRUGGLE IS REAL!!!<br /><br /><div>I've been trying to break up with breakouts for 20 years now. I thought I would grow out of it once I left my teenage years. Nope! Here I am, 34 years old and still experiencing breakouts. Although I have yet to find a cure, I HAVE learned a few things over the years. I've learned what causes my breakouts and how to battle it naturally WITHOUT medication and harsh chemicals.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Unfortunately the breakouts come every month like clock work. Those dang hormones. Soooo not only do I get hormonal acne, but dear aunt flow always triggers my sweet overindulging on foods I KNOW irritate my skin. Talk about double edge sword. So not fair!!!!</div><div><br /></div><div>Once I get past the hormonal cravings and emotional roller coaster, which contributes to STRESS breakouts.&nbsp; Then I'm left with some tokens of remembrance from sweet Aunt flow.</div><div><br /></div><div>When this happens I quickly fall back on my "two days to clear skin" game plan.<br /><br /><a href="http://astore.amazon.com/wann00-20?_encoding=UTF8&amp;node=12">Click <span style="color: magenta;">HERE</span> to find my Amazon list of natural products I generally use</a>.<br /><br /></div><br /><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/D-9ziVsOPZU" width="560"></iframe> <span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;">It's important that you BELIEVE that your skin will clear up. Your mind is a very powerful tool. Use it!!!</span><b><span style="font-size: large;"> </span></b><br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">My Clear Skin Affirmation&nbsp;</span></b><br /><br /><b><span style="font-size: large;">I'm going to clear up my skin in 2 days with this game plan.</span></b><br /><ul><li><b><span style="font-size: large;">Drink lots of lemon water</span></b></li><li><b><span style="font-size: large;">Drink <a href="http://www.wannabelean.com/">Cleanse Juice</a> 2 oz. twice daily</span></b></li><li><b><span style="font-size: large;">Drink <span style="color: magenta;"><a href="http://astore.amazon.com/wann00-20?node=16&amp;page=2">Chlorofresh</a></span> in water </span></b></li><li><b><span style="font-size: large;">No caffeine, no sugar, no dairy, and no wheat!</span></b></li><li><b><span style="font-size: large;">Eat lots of greens!!!</span></b></li><li><b><span style="font-size: large;">Lots of Cucumbers and celery</span></b></li><li><b><span style="font-size: large;">Use as many natural products as possible, even your deodorant.</span></b></li><li><b><span style="font-size: large;">Only <span style="color: magenta;"><a href="http://astore.amazon.com/wann00-20?_encoding=UTF8&amp;node=12">mineral make-up</a></span></span></b></li><li><b><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="color: magenta;"><a href="http://astore.amazon.com/wann00-20?_encoding=UTF8&amp;node=12">Witch Hazel</a></span>, coconut oil, and <span style="color: magenta;"><a href="http://balancedmoms.blogspot.com/2015/07/kombucha_31.html">Kombucha</a></span></span></b></li><li><span style="color: magenta;"><a href="http://fashionista.com/2014/03/oil-pulling"><b><span style="font-size: large;">Oil pulling</span></b></a></span></li><li><span style="color: magenta;"><b><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="color: black;">Baking soda and lemon juice mask</span> </span></b></span></li></ul><b><span style="font-size: large;">I believe I have the power and control over the health of my skin. I will follow through with this program and my skin will be radiant and clear in no time. I'm healthy, happy, and in control of my actions. I'm beautiful and will have clear skin in 2 days!!!! </span></b>Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-17946891126228834662015-12-03T15:56:00.001-07:002015-12-03T16:02:07.891-07:00My Favorite Amazon ProductsI'm sure many of you are like me and are frequent Amazon shoppers. Seriously these peeps are brilliant!!!! To shop from your phone, with free shipping AND have it arrive in two days in a box with a great big smile on it! YES PLEASE!!!!<br /><div><br /></div><div>Well since you can pretty much find ANYTHING on Amazon I thought I'd share a list of my recent and regularly purchased items. Click <b><span style="font-size: medium;"><a href="http://astore.amazon.com/wann00-20?_encoding=UTF8&amp;node=12"><span style="font-size: x-large;">HERE</span></a> </span></b>to see it all.</div><div><a href="http://astore.amazon.com/wann00-20?_encoding=UTF8&amp;node=12"><br /></a></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-1mHSkYGVKCg/Vl_BryMSgbI/AAAAAAAAHx8/D4icD4JlktY/s640/blogger-image-211100820.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-1mHSkYGVKCg/Vl_BryMSgbI/AAAAAAAAHx8/D4icD4JlktY/s640/blogger-image-211100820.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div>Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-58827282499455140682015-11-30T13:59:00.000-07:002015-12-01T12:29:36.313-07:00December Challenge<!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <o:DocumentProperties> <o:Template>Normal.dotm</o:Template> <o:Revision>0</o:Revision> <o:TotalTime>0</o:TotalTime> <o:Pages>1</o:Pages> <o:Words>246</o:Words> <o:Characters>1407</o:Characters> <o:Company>Isagenix</o:Company> <o:Lines>11</o:Lines> <o:Paragraphs>2</o:Paragraphs> <o:CharactersWithSpaces>1727</o:CharactersWithSpaces> <o:Version>12.0</o:Version> </o:DocumentProperties> <o:OfficeDocumentSettings> <o:AllowPNG/> </o:OfficeDocumentSettings></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves>false</w:TrackMoves> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridHorizontalSpacing> <w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing>18 pt</w:DrawingGridVerticalSpacing> <w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayHorizontalDrawingGridEvery> <w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery>0</w:DisplayVerticalDrawingGridEvery> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:DontAutofitConstrainedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> </w:Compatibility> </w:WordDocument></xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:LatentStyles DefLockedState="false" LatentStyleCount="276"> </w:LatentStyles></xml><![endif]--> <!--[if gte mso 10]><style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin-top:0in; mso-para-margin-right:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:10.0pt; mso-para-margin-left:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} </style><![endif]--> <!--StartFragment--> <br /><div align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 18.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Wannabe Balanced Challenge<o:p></o:p></span></div><div align="center" class="MsoNormal" style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">This month I want to really focus on being balanced and enjoying every moment. Each day we will post a picture on our Instagram and or Facebook accounts that applies to the daily prompt. Of course I hope we will all continue being consistent on Periscope because we don’t want to get out of practice. So you choose which days you want to Periscope but for sure post a picture on facebook/instagram each day. Elaborate a little and share your thoughts or a positive quote to go with your picture. Use the hashtag #wannabebalanced so that we can easily find each others posts and can support one another by liking and commenting. If you're new to our challenges then I'd highly recommend you start with our <a href="http://www.balancedmoms.blogspot.com/2015/11/wannabe-fearless-challenge.html">Wannabe Fearless Challenge</a> first.<o:p></o:p></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;"><br style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px;" /><span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px;">Instead of stressing out and over doing it on the treats, take one step toward staying healthy physically and mentally this month. Get FREE daily inspiration from me, your fellow Wannabe Balanced Mom.&nbsp;</span><br style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px;" /><br style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px;" /><span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px;">How it works:</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;"><br style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px;" /><span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 18px;">1. 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Also, Join our Facebook group <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/851161571665742/">Wannabe Balanced</a> for more support and inspiration throughout the year.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5WzUeMDtz7U/Vl3zv_OWIhI/AAAAAAAAHxs/CM2gUQ-MFlY/s1600/image1.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5WzUeMDtz7U/Vl3zv_OWIhI/AAAAAAAAHxs/CM2gUQ-MFlY/s640/image1.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;"><br /></span></div><div class="MsoListParagraphCxSpFirst" style="mso-list: l0 level1 lfo1; text-indent: -.25in;"><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><ol><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Selfie: Tell us a little about you.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">What are you reading?</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Push yourself really hard in your fitness routine. Sweat!!!</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Focus on mindfulness today. Enjoy the present, practice mindful listening and eating.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Go on a long run.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Write in your journal.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Meal prep for the week.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Call a friend or send a hand written letter.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">De-clutter a space in your house.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Spend 10 minutes meditating. Eyes closed, doing and thinking about NOTHING. Set your timer.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Write out some positive affirmations today.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Make a colorful salad.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Wake up early.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Do something different with your husband.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Share a childhood memory.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Share a healthy treat.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Do something festive and fun with the kids.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Say a 10 minute prayer.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Do a service project with your kids.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Show us a DIY project.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Wrap presents</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Have a family movie night with pop corn and hot cocoa.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Get bundled up and play outside with your kids.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Share a tradition.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Show us your Christmas morning aftermath.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Do Yoga.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Write down your game plan for 2016</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Go to bed early</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Listen to a podcast</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Best bit of today.</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;symbol&quot;; font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-family: Symbol; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Symbol;">·<span style="font-family: &quot;times new roman&quot;; font-size: 7pt; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt;">Last moment of 2015</span></li></ol><!--[if !supportLists]--></div><!--EndFragment-->Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-60231520624241047512015-11-24T19:54:00.002-07:002015-11-24T19:57:04.768-07:00Great Gift Ideas For Your KidsMy kids just LOVE all the products that <a href="http://finfunmermaid.com/">FinFunMermaid.com</a> offers. They have mermaid fins, shark fins, and now they have great cuddly options!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5ghj1QKFDY4/VlUhTspUYuI/AAAAAAAAHvc/0BVk1lAzl4o/s1600/IMG_3800.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-5ghj1QKFDY4/VlUhTspUYuI/AAAAAAAAHvc/0BVk1lAzl4o/s400/IMG_3800.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-b4ff8G7BAJw/VlUgSm1NdII/AAAAAAAAHvI/r-SLlbWPdHA/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-11-24%2Bat%2B7.38.41%2BPM.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="362" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-b4ff8G7BAJw/VlUgSm1NdII/AAAAAAAAHvI/r-SLlbWPdHA/s400/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-11-24%2Bat%2B7.38.41%2BPM.png" width="400" />&nbsp;</a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-40v9UM6EkP8/VlUhzk1LluI/AAAAAAAAHv0/Kr5f3QWAvF0/s1600/IMG_3812.mov" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-40v9UM6EkP8/VlUhzk1LluI/AAAAAAAAHv0/Kr5f3QWAvF0/s400/IMG_3812.mov" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VSfAh0K-MCY/VlUh1c7hxDI/AAAAAAAAHww/yJcpQetd3CI/s1600/IMG_3824.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-VSfAh0K-MCY/VlUh1c7hxDI/AAAAAAAAHww/yJcpQetd3CI/s640/IMG_3824.JPG" width="480" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lfITGa9pafQ/VlUh3yj9d1I/AAAAAAAAHws/Eh6BjIUiCPA/s1600/IMG_3827.MOV" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="356" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-lfITGa9pafQ/VlUh3yj9d1I/AAAAAAAAHws/Eh6BjIUiCPA/s640/IMG_3827.MOV" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5EacN7q7CIE/VlUiCIyYE6I/AAAAAAAAHw8/1TfkfwKH9eQ/s1600/IMG_3835.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-5EacN7q7CIE/VlUiCIyYE6I/AAAAAAAAHw8/1TfkfwKH9eQ/s640/IMG_3835.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><br /><br />Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-10277912203196373342015-11-22T15:02:00.001-07:002015-11-24T19:57:21.743-07:00Wannabe Fearless Challenge<div class="s2" style="line-height: 21.600000381469727px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="s3" style="line-height: 19.200000762939453px;"><span class="bumpedFont15" style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); line-height: 28.799999237060547px;"><b>15 Days of Overcoming Fear!&nbsp;</b></span></span></div><div class="s2" style="line-height: 21.600000381469727px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="s3" style="line-height: 19.200000762939453px;"><span class="bumpedFont15" style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); line-height: 28.799999237060547px;"><b><br /></b></span></span></div><div class="s2" style="line-height: 21.600000381469727px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span class="s3" style="line-height: 19.200000762939453px;"><span class="bumpedFont15" style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); line-height: 28.799999237060547px;">Most people are afraid of speaking in front of people and being on camera.&nbsp;</span></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-family: &quot;helvetica neue light&quot; , , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;">My goal with this challenge is to help you overcome that fear by stepping out of your comfort zone and doing daily Periscope videos. For those of you who have never heard of Periscope, well it's pretty much where all the cool people are hanging out these days. &nbsp;No seriously though, it's an incredible new platform that allows you to teach and share messages via live video streaming. All you need to do is download the free app, create a profile, and start searching for people to follow. You can find me at <a href="https://www.periscope.tv/crystalescobar">www.Periscope.tv/crystalescobar&nbsp;</a></span></div><div class="s2" style="line-height: 21.600000381469727px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-family: &quot;helvetica neue light&quot; , , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="s2" style="line-height: 21.600000381469727px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-family: &quot;helvetica neue light&quot; , , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-1Bi7XpR0b9E/VlPttSIUCLI/AAAAAAAAHu4/oeq0kEsa0nU/s640/blogger-image--450652603.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-1Bi7XpR0b9E/VlPttSIUCLI/AAAAAAAAHu4/oeq0kEsa0nU/s640/blogger-image--450652603.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div class="s2" style="line-height: 21.600000381469727px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-family: &quot;helvetica neue light&quot; , , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="s2" style="line-height: 21.600000381469727px; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-top: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-family: &quot;helvetica neue light&quot; , , &quot;helvetica&quot; , &quot;arial&quot; , sans-serif;">Then simply start doing your own videos using this list below. </span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span class="s4" style="line-height: 14.399999618530273px;">Day 1.&nbsp;</span><span class="s3" style="line-height: 19.200000762939453px;"><span class="bumpedFont15" style="line-height: 28.799999237060547px;">Introduce yourself briefly</span></span></span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span class="s4" style="line-height: 14.399999618530273px;">Day 2.&nbsp;</span><span class="s3" style="line-height: 19.200000762939453px;"><span class="bumpedFont15" style="line-height: 28.799999237060547px;">Tell us your hobbies and or talents.</span></span></span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span class="s4" style="line-height: 14.399999618530273px;">Day 3.&nbsp;</span><span class="s3" style="line-height: 19.200000762939453px;"><span class="bumpedFont15" style="line-height: 28.799999237060547px;">What are your long-term goals and passions?</span></span></span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span class="s4" style="line-height: 14.399999618530273px;">Day 4.&nbsp;</span><span class="s3" style="line-height: 19.200000762939453px;"><span class="bumpedFont15" style="line-height: 28.799999237060547px;">Tell a story of when you pushed yourself to do something, even though it was scary.</span></span></span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span class="s4" style="line-height: 14.399999618530273px;">Day 5.&nbsp;</span><span class="s3" style="line-height: 19.200000762939453px;"><span class="bumpedFont15" style="line-height: 28.799999237060547px;">Share a helpful tip for moms.</span></span></span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span class="s4" style="line-height: 14.399999618530273px;">Day 6.&nbsp;</span><span class="s3" style="line-height: 19.200000762939453px;"><span class="bumpedFont15" style="line-height: 28.799999237060547px;">What are your fears?</span></span></span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span class="s4" style="line-height: 14.399999618530273px;">Day 7.&nbsp;</span><span class="s3" style="line-height: 19.200000762939453px;"><span class="bumpedFont15" style="line-height: 28.799999237060547px;">Tell us about your favorite motivational speaker and or book?</span></span></span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span class="s4" style="line-height: 14.399999618530273px;">Day 8.&nbsp;</span><span class="s3" style="line-height: 19.200000762939453px;"><span class="bumpedFont15" style="line-height: 28.799999237060547px;">Share one of your life altering experiences and what you learned from it.</span></span></span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span class="s4" style="line-height: 14.399999618530273px;">Day 9.&nbsp;</span><span class="s3" style="line-height: 19.200000762939453px;"><span class="bumpedFont15" style="line-height: 28.799999237060547px;">Give us a tour of your home.</span></span></span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span class="s4" style="line-height: 14.399999618530273px;">Day 10.&nbsp;</span><span class="s3" style="line-height: 19.200000762939453px;"><span class="bumpedFont15" style="line-height: 28.799999237060547px;">What is your favorite, can’t live without, product?</span></span></span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span class="s4" style="line-height: 14.399999618530273px;">Day 11.&nbsp;</span><span class="s3" style="line-height: 19.200000762939453px;"><span class="bumpedFont15" style="line-height: 28.799999237060547px;">Share your favorite Thanksgiving dish recipe.</span></span></span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span class="s4" style="line-height: 14.399999618530273px;">Day 12.&nbsp;</span><span class="s3" style="line-height: 19.200000762939453px;"><span class="bumpedFont15" style="line-height: 28.799999237060547px;">What is keeping you from fulfilling your dreams?</span></span></span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span class="s4" style="line-height: 14.399999618530273px;">Day 13.&nbsp;</span><span class="s3" style="line-height: 19.200000762939453px;"><span class="bumpedFont15" style="line-height: 28.799999237060547px;">What are some of your greatest accomplishments?</span></span></span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span class="s4" style="line-height: 14.399999618530273px;">Day 14.&nbsp;</span><span class="s3" style="line-height: 19.200000762939453px;"><span class="bumpedFont15" style="line-height: 28.799999237060547px;">Tell us how you met your husband.</span></span></span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span class="s4" style="line-height: 14.399999618530273px;">Day 15.&nbsp;</span><span class="s3" style="line-height: 19.200000762939453px;"><span class="bumpedFont15" style="line-height: 28.799999237060547px;">Share an embarrassing moment.</span></span></span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span class="s3" style="line-height: 19.200000762939453px;"><span class="bumpedFont15" style="line-height: 28.799999237060547px;"><br /></span></span></span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;">If you would like to join in on this challenge and receive incredible support and followers, then let me know by leaving a comment below, or go join our Facebook group called <a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/851161571665742/">Wannabe Balanced</a>. Everyone is welcome!!!</span><br /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><br /></span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;">Just be sure to use the hashtag <b>#wannabefearless</b> as part of your title and share your videos on Facebook and Twitter. I would love to support you through this challenge by watching your videos. I've recently done this challenge with a great group of women and it was amazing to witness the growth in just 15 days.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><br /></span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><b>Reasons why Periscope is so great:</b></span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><br /></span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;">*Huge time saver! Doing daily Periscopes is much faster than daily blog posts. Being a mom of 4 small children doesn't really allow much extra time. So I Periscope daily and blog when I can.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><br /></span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;">*Great way to practice your speaking skills. It's a little nerve racking at first, but I can see how much I've improved over the last few months since starting.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><br /></span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;">*If you are building a brand or business, it's a great way to teach and share information in a more personal way. People can SEE you and hear your voice. It humanizes you.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><br /></span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;">*Since you are live and people are able to comment, it just feels like you're face-timing with friends. You can get instant feedback and answer questions on the spot.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><br /></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;">*It's great self talk and a way to voice your positive affirmations and at the same time lifting others.</span><br /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><br /></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;">So come on everyone! Let's work at overcoming fear one day at a time.</span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><br /></span></div><div class="s5" style="margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 72px; margin-top: 0px; text-indent: 0px;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><br /></span></div>Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-87361011041580549762015-11-17T18:31:00.001-07:002015-12-19T08:49:11.864-07:00Homeschooling VS Public Schooling<style><!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:10.0pt; margin-left:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Cambria; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {mso-style-noshow:yes; color:blue; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {mso-style-noshow:yes; color:purple; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} </style> <br><div class="MsoNormal">Hey Everyone!<br></div><div class="MsoNormal">If you’re new here, please make sure to leave a comment telling me who you are and where you’re from.<br></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-mscTEgm26f4/VkzHxBYIdEI/AAAAAAAAHuk/-vO__t5Q8eo/s640/blogger-image--499768450.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-mscTEgm26f4/VkzHxBYIdEI/AAAAAAAAHuk/-vO__t5Q8eo/s640/blogger-image--499768450.jpg"></a></div><br></div><div class="MsoNormal">Today I am going to talk about my experience with home schooling. Most of you know that I no longer home school. I did it for a good solid 2 years, then I tapered off. &nbsp;I started doing public school AND home school. I really think that's the way to go because you get the best of both worlds.<br></div><div class="MsoNormal">The public school in our area was very supportive of home schooling and pretty much agreed to let me bring my kids to school how ever often I wanted, which is the way it SHOULD be right? I mean, they are OUR children after all. So they would go to public school for part of the year when we were down in Southern Utah, St. George. Then the other half of the year in Salt Lake City, Northern Utah, I would home school them.<br></div><div class="MsoNormal">So every time we came back to Salt Lake, we would check them out of school and do home school for a couple months while we were up North. It was perfect!<br></div><div class="MsoNormal">This is the first year that I will be doing public school the entire year. We started school in St. George, and now we are in a public school in Salt Lake. They have adjusted just fine and so far it seems to be working out. They love the fact that they get to ride the bus now<i>, You know, the important things.</i><br><br></div><div class="MsoNormal">Let me tell you why I chose to home school in the first place. Basically what happened was, Lily started Kindergarten. It was kind of a wake up call for me. I was like, “Oh my gosh, the time really IS going fast.” People always tell you to cherish those times with your kids because it goes by so quickly. &nbsp;The fact that Lily would now be going to school every day really freaked me out.&nbsp; I was worried I didn’t teach her enough or spend enough time with her. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>I didn’t want to have any regrets.<br></div><div class="MsoNormal">During Lily's first month of kindergarten at public school, is when I started having those thoughts.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I started researching everything about home school.&nbsp; One night I met up with a bunch of home schooling moms so that I could ask them all my questions. I decided right then and there that this was what I wanted.&nbsp;<br><br>&nbsp;She ended up getting sick like the next day which was just perfect timing. I jumped right into home schooling and I didn't even tell her we were officially homeschooling. &nbsp;She never asked about when she was going back to school so I just went with it.&nbsp;<br></div><div class="MsoNormal">We went on field trips, read lots of books, did crafts and art projects. Those are the things that I wanted to do together.&nbsp; I felt best and most fulfilled about myself as a mother when I was home schooling. I was really giving it my all and I was proud of myself.&nbsp;It was a great year. We had so much fun family time with no distractions from friends.<br></div><div class="MsoNormal">Then the second year came along, it was equally as beautiful, if not, more so because I was preparing for a natural home birth, with Brooklyn, my third baby. It was so amazing that Lily got to be so much a part of that pregnancy. She went with me to all of my appointments, got to hear the baby’s heart beat and learn about the process of the baby growing inside me. Those times were moments that I will cherish forever. She got to be there when Brooklyn was born, and all day, everyday with her new born baby sister. I just loved it and felt so happy and content.<br><br></div><div class="MsoNormal">Towards the end of that school year is when I started to get overwhelmed. Brooklyn wasn’t sleeping so much during the day, and Oliver wasn’t napping anymore. The nap time is what gave Lily and I time to spend and focus on school work.<br></div><div class="MsoNormal">I ended up putting Lily in public school the last month of her first grade year, basically for me and for her because I wanted her to have these experiences. The end of the year is all fun and games so I wanted her to go on field trips and have "hat day" and "pajama day" and enjoy all the fun parties and games they do at the end of the school year.&nbsp;<br></div><div class="MsoNormal">Then the third year came, I was like, “Okay…what am I going to do? I am really stressed.” Brooklyn was 18 months and that’s a busy time right? So I felt a little worried that I couldn’t handle it. I knew that I was capable of handling it, and I know many other moms do it with more kids and more babies. I just didn’t feel that I was up for the challenge. So I put her in public school for that third year but still home schooled her a few months of that year when we were up North.&nbsp;<br></div><div class="MsoNormal">Then I got pregnant with my fourth baby, Owen, and life continued to get busier. I even quit blogging because I got too busy. I just felt that I was going to pull my hair out.&nbsp; I didn't have time to do everything I needed and wanted to do.&nbsp; I had to let some things go. So even though I totally believe in home schooling, and I love it.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>I'm just at a point where I feel like maybe I’ll come back to it sometime, but for my own sanity, I have to be okay with putting them in public school.<br><br></div><div class="MsoNormal">So now I am taking it one year at a time. I pride myself in having leadership qualities, but to be completely real, I’m not always a leader. The natural side of me wants to fit in, I love being social and love being in social settings. Its just a big part of me I guess. For me to be the only one in the neighborhood (in Salt Lake and in St. George) home schooling, it was really tough on me. I wanted to fit in. I didn’t like the feeling I was having among my friends. They didn’t intentionally leave me out, but it just happens.&nbsp;<br></div><div class="MsoNormal">I just always felt a little awkward talking about home schooling. I didn’t ever want to come across self-righteous, or that I thought I was better than anyone.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>I believe that we as mothers know whats best for our children.<br><br></div><div class="MsoNormal">I feel that if more people were home schooling, it would be much easier for ME. I could see myself pushing through the chaotic part of home schooling if I had more people in my close neighborhood who were doing it as well. <br></div><div class="MsoNormal">I loved home schooling, and I love public school for all the reasons that I mentioned. I didn’t home school when I was growing up, so I had great memories of being in public school and elementary.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>If anything, I would skip the junior high years, and hopefully I can talk Lily into home schooling for junior high. Those were not good years and I hope to protect her from of all the negative influences.&nbsp;<br></div><div class="MsoNormal">Lily and I butt heads naturally. Kindergarten and first grade were great, but as she is getting older, it’s becoming more difficult. She is more willing to do her work for her teacher, but not so co-operative when I ask her to do.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>I don’t enjoy doing the school work, I want to do the fun stuff.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>The creative art projects, and field trips. Time together was my motivation behind home schooling. <span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;</span>It wasn’t because I felt I could give my kids a better education, or because I wasn’t impressed with the teachers, or the classes or the school system. It had nothing to do with that. It was simply the fact that I wanted to make sure that I had that TIME with my kids while they are still young and actually WANT to be with me.<br></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-RGFMpPifNng/VkzHr8pjOdI/AAAAAAAAHuY/dQn9tZ28s58/s640/blogger-image-992404527.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-RGFMpPifNng/VkzHr8pjOdI/AAAAAAAAHuY/dQn9tZ28s58/s640/blogger-image-992404527.jpg"></a></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">I can see myself home schooling Owen and Brooklyn when they get to that age. Because I love those beginning years of kindergarten and first grade, and its something that I can handle, education wise.</span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">I mean, I was getting a little confused with the 3</span><sup>rd</sup><span style="font-size: 12pt;"> grade math, its really sad to say, but some of the stuff…I don’t know if I'm even qualified to teach.</span></div></div><div class="MsoNormal"><span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp;<div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-UU636NXvpxA/VkzHuRrxuuI/AAAAAAAAHug/IDXGDZ0Uvwo/s640/blogger-image-1092852905.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-UU636NXvpxA/VkzHuRrxuuI/AAAAAAAAHug/IDXGDZ0Uvwo/s640/blogger-image-1092852905.jpg"></a></div> </span></div><div class="MsoNormal">I have definitely gained a lot more respect for teachers through this experience. It is kind of nice to hand that responsibility over to the public school so that I can focus on the fun stuff, like life lessons and spiritual growth. When it comes to math and grammar, that’s just not fun for me.<br><br><br></div><div class="MsoNormal">I didn’t even use a curriculum. Kindergarten &nbsp;and first grade is pretty easy to figure out. You get a bunch of work books and do a lot of reading and writing.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes;">&nbsp; </span>It was stressful for me having that weight on my shoulders, trying to make sure that they are learning everything they need to know.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br></div><div class="MsoNormal">If I had to give anyone advice in going the home school route, I would see if you could do both?&nbsp; I love home school AND public school for different reasons.</div><br><div class="MsoNormal">It’s hard to balance it all and I know we are just trying to be the best moms that we can be. Hopefully we will look back on this time without any regrets.</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br></div>Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-76106324133648518932015-11-01T21:09:00.001-07:002015-12-14T19:24:34.027-07:00Sick And Tired<div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Are you sick and tired of being sick and tired?</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></span></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Weight loss has become a subject too commonly spoken of over the past decade. Things are shifting though. &nbsp;We are becoming a more health conscious society rather than a "being skinny" obsessed people. Don't get me wrong, losing weight is still a priority for most women, especially moms. We put our bodies through so much in order to bring these little babies into the world. Then we pretty much devote all of our time and energy into raising them. Needless to say, it takes a tole on our bodies and our health. More and more we are realizing that our health can NOT be put on the back burner while we raise our children. Our health is exactly what will power us through the many hours required for caring for our family.</span><br /><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Weight loss is great, but health is essential. That's why I'm so passionate about <a href="http://www.wannabelean.com/"><span style="color: magenta;"><span style="font-size: large;"><b>Nutritional Cleansing</b></span></span></a>!&nbsp; Because it's not just another diet that we do for a week then fall back to our old eating habits. It's a lifestyle change that everyone can do. Just give it a week and you will see what happens. It's the perfect way to jump start better eating habits. You will first cleanse out all the toxic junk that you're body has become addicted to. Diet coke, fast food, energy drinks and sugar. Then you really are starting fresh. A clean slate. You will be amazed at how much easier it will be to do a whole 30 program, or go gluten free, or to get off that diet coke completely.</span><br /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">When I first did this program back 11 years ago. I had gotten to a point where I basically lost hope that I would ever be able to lose weight and keep it off. I had tried EVERYTHING! But what I didn't know back then is that we are ALL toxic. It's the sad truth but we are exposed to so many chemicals whether we like it or not. Our air is polluted, our water is polluted, our food is not only polluted but it is depleted of nutrients. These are all facts that I've learned over the years. There are multiple documentaries surrounding the subject. Sadly the majority of us are going about our lives in ignorance, just trusting the masses but not realizing that we all need to take reaponsibility and be proactive about our Health and get EDUCATED.</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">We wonder why we don't feel good, can't lose the weight, or overcome addictions. We are sick and tired of being sick and tired.<br /><br />Like I said, I did my first cleanse 11 years ago before I even had kids. I was amazed with my results, but still believed that I would eventually gain the weight back. I was able to lose a total of 25 lbs and go from a size 10 to a 5. That's even smaller than I was in high school. So, as time went on and I remained consistent with the program, I never did gain any weight back. Now after having 4 kids I'm STILL back in my size 5 jeans. It's seriously a dream come true!<br /><br />Here were my very first before and after pics.</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: start;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bPrwqXWSD3Q/Ve9xM0P-_PI/AAAAAAAAHq0/13tuXu6xeG0/s1600/1929753_12589978142_2183_n.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: black;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bPrwqXWSD3Q/Ve9xM0P-_PI/AAAAAAAAHq0/13tuXu6xeG0/s320/1929753_12589978142_2183_n.jpg" width="310" /></span></a></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br />And here are my most recent ones after baby #4</span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: start;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-m_8XwNf4AtY/Ve9xpRhk6BI/AAAAAAAAHq8/RnWR41XPZZ4/s1600/IMG_3526.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: black;"><img border="0" height="400" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-m_8XwNf4AtY/Ve9xpRhk6BI/AAAAAAAAHq8/RnWR41XPZZ4/s400/IMG_3526.jpg" width="400" /></span></a></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /><br />The weight loss is just an exciting side benefit to cleansing the body. Other things you will notice when cleansing out the junk is, getting a handle on your food cravings, increased energy, stamina, and mental clarity. We have coached thousands of people through a 30 day program and have seen all kinds of amazing results. What it all comes down to is the simple fact that it WORKS and that's why my husband and I have been able to achieve tremendous success financially. We are living our dream all because we continue to share what we KNOW with others.</span><br /><br /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"></span><br /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"></span><br /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span style="color: lime;"><a href="http://www.wannabelean.com/"><span style="font-size: large;">Click HERE to get started on your 30 day program!!!</span></a></span><br /><br />Watch this awesome 5 minute video called "ARE YOU TOXIC?"</span></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/9jeIL82Of9I" width="560"></iframe></span>Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-48569671575058508312015-10-07T17:25:00.000-06:002015-10-07T17:30:48.384-06:00Let's Get Social NOT on Social Media&nbsp; I want to set a couple goals. &nbsp;I'd like to do something DAILY that is out of my comfort zone. I want to be more social and outgoing when I'm out and about. I want to pay attention to others instead of just focusing on what I need to get done.&nbsp; I'm generally a pretty social person. But what you don't use you lose! Being a mom of 4 small children makes it easy to just stay home and work on the millions of things on my "to do" list.<br><div><div><br></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">&nbsp; Many of us,<i> including myself</i>, have gotten so comfortable communicating through a key board and we've become a little socially awkward. Don't get me wrong, I love Facebook and Instagram. &nbsp;But lets keep the real life communication alive.&nbsp;Let's type less and TALK more! Let's get social, NOT on social media.</span> So I want to get out more. Get back to my high school roots. I was a social butterfly back then and my mom could NOT keep me home. &nbsp;I always wanted to be out among people.&nbsp;</div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-AyVO876eFe4/VhWrJxazwAI/AAAAAAAAHr4/kNf_DUQeMgw/s640/blogger-image-1138292677.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-AyVO876eFe4/VhWrJxazwAI/AAAAAAAAHr4/kNf_DUQeMgw/s640/blogger-image-1138292677.jpg"></a></div><br></span></div><div>&nbsp;<b>Reasons why I feel it is important to be social:</b></div><div><br></div><div>#1. We NEED people. We all have the deep desire within us to have relationships, connect with others, to love and to be loved.&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>#2. &nbsp;People need YOU!!! God has made us all unique with different gifts and talents that were meant to be shared. Maybe your gift is the gift of compassion, or understanding. Or maybe you're a good listener. Maybe you have a story that other people need to hear. Perhaps what you say or do is an answer to someone's prayer. I believe that most answers to prayers come through another individual. So how can we BE an answer to someone's prayer if we are never around?</div><div><br></div><div>#3. It gives us PURPOSE. For the two reasons above, being social gives us purpose. We can wake up each day with the attitude, "who can I serve today?" &nbsp;Sharing a piece of ourselves with others is the way to true joy and fulfillment in life.&nbsp;</div><div><br>&nbsp; &nbsp;A few weeks ago I learned of this amazing new platform called Periscope. It's a way to share messages via live video streaming. Another thing I'm not so comfortable with, is speaking in front of people.&nbsp;<span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">We all know that things get easier with repetition.&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">So I feel like doing a Periscope video each day will help me overcome that fear, and to share the messages in my heart. It's much easier to NOT blog and periscope, but that is not going to help me grow. Also, I will be missing out on the opportunity to share my story and gifts with others.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br></span></div><div>&nbsp; Ultimately my goal is to become the best version of me. And that won't happen if I'm not pushing myself to do uncomfortable things.&nbsp;</div><div><br><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">&nbsp; &nbsp;So I want to challenge everyone to do this with me. This isn't about ME, it's about US. Lets do something uncomfortable every day!&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">&nbsp; I'd love to watch YOUR videos on Periscope, so please let me know if you are doing videos of your own so that I can be sure to follow you. This way I will be notified when you are live.&nbsp;</span></div><div><br><br></div></div></div>Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-52310663387529294922015-09-06T15:16:00.002-06:002015-09-07T12:54:11.950-06:00Time Saving Tips for Moms<span style="font-size: large;">So much to do and so little time. How is it possible to fit everything we need to do into one day?&nbsp;</span><br /><br />It's not possible, because a women's work is NEVER done! &nbsp;All we can do is work smart and be happy with what we ARE able to do.<br /><br />Although our "to do" lists are never ending, we must keep our priorities straight. This is something we will constantly need to evaluate (see <a href="https://youtu.be/TO-aVhWbjYU">video</a> at the end of this post). It's so easy to get caught up in less important things. That's why I believe we need to be praying constantly that our priorities and goals are inline with God's will.<br /><br />People are constantly asking me how I have the time to do what I do. This is a question us moms are ALWAYS asking each other, right?&nbsp; For some reason we tend to think other moms are doing it better, or doing more than we are.&nbsp; First of all, lets STOP comparing ourselves. I know this is hard. I'm constantly doing it myself. We need to just focus on doing OUR best, and that should be enough.<br /><br />Today I'm going to share some tips as well as reveal to you that I am NOT super women. I'm just like you. I try, I fail, I get tired and overwhelmed. My house is not always clean, kids are not always bathed, and homework is not always done.&nbsp; I sometimes yell and get mean which is a sign I <i>MAY</i> be obsessing a little too much on keeping the house clean, or getting carried away doing a project and have no tolerance for interruptions, <i>which is impossible when you have kids. </i>So just know, that I too struggle.<br /><br />Now let's get down to business. These tips are a compilation of my own as well as my lovely <a href="https://www.facebook.com/crystal.escobar.90">Facebook</a> and <a href="https://instagram.com/crystalesco/">Instagram</a> friends who commented on my post last week. Thank you all for your awesome tips! They were so helpful for me.<br /><br /><i>&nbsp;</i><span style="font-size: x-large;">#1 TURN OFF THE TV</span><br /><div><span style="font-size: large;"></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-size: large;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-rSk2IaL_RyE/Veis_fy7qEI/AAAAAAAAHos/uiGToLgvnaU/s640/blogger-image-601755742.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-rSk2IaL_RyE/Veis_fy7qEI/AAAAAAAAHos/uiGToLgvnaU/s640/blogger-image-601755742.jpg" /></a></span></div><span style="font-size: large;"></span><br /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">"Stop watching TV. Sometimes we still have the TV on at night, but I don't actually watch it. I snuggle with my kids and work on my phone if they are watching something. I started building my side businesses and have continued running 3 side companies during the time most people watch TV. I don't miss TV at all and I get a great return from those few hours a week."</span><br /><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">-<a href="https://www.facebook.com/abbey.karel?fref=ts">Abbey Karel</a></span><br /><br />This is a great tip! I don't usually watch TV, but at night Sean and I do like to watch about 30 minutes together to help us unwind from the day. I know for some, the TV gets you wired, but for Sean and I it helps us turn our brains off. You know what they say, "watching TV will turn your brain to mush", haha.<br /><br /><span style="font-size: x-large;">#2 HAVE KIDS HELP</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody _1n4g" data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.0"><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.0.$end:0:$text0:0">"I always have my kids help with daily chores. Moms think they have to do everything. They don't. My kids are amazing with helping. My youngest who is 8, folds 1 load of laundry and puts away on eve</span></span><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3"><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0"><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0.$end:0:$text0:0">ryone's beds, this is daily. That way my laundry does not stack up. It is done fresh out of the dryer. Only takes him about 15 min. </span><br data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0.$end:0:$text1:0" /><br data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0.$end:0:$text3:0" /><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0.$end:0:$text4:0">We also eat on paper plates at dinner, clean up is quick and easy. And done before I know it. My oldest helps me sweep and mop the house. Usually once a week. Right now I am currently dusting. With my kids helping me with light chores I am able to workout at night once they go to bed, and this gives me more time to relax with them when they get home from school. I mix veggies a lot of times to make it one side that is cooked and then the main course. It saves on dirtying dishes. </span><br data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0.$end:0:$text5:0" /><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0.$end:0:$text6:0">My oldest prepares all trash and takes to the road the night before of trash day. Usually, right before his shower time. </span><br data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0.$end:0:$text7:0" /><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0.$end:0:$text8:0">My kids both make their own lunches. They are allowed one sweet snack, then fruit and cheese. This lets them choose what they want. They both put them in the fridges along with their ice packs. </span><br data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0.$end:0:$text9:0" /><br data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0.$end:0:$text11:0" /><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0.$end:0:$text12:0">We live in the country so my youngest rides the bus oldest drives. Every morning I make the cereal, it is ready for them when they are ready. I don't pour milk till they sit down. Every night they make sure their room is neat and lay out their clothes. It keeps from a hassle of a messy bedroom. FYI - my kids got smart! Their beds are made at all times! The sleep on their made beds with a blanket, lol! I just can't do that, but that's how they roll<span style="font-size: small;">!"</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody _1n4g" data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3"><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0"><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0.$end:0:$text12:0"><span style="font-size: small;">-<a href="https://www.facebook.com/home.php#%21/kelsey.oliver.14?fref=ufi&amp;pnref=story">Oliver Kelsey</a></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><br /><span data-reactid=".9e.1:5:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153287966843143:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-reactid=".9e.1:5:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153287966843143:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.0"></span><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".9e.1:5:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153287966843143:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".9e.1:5:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153287966843143:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".9e.1:5:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153287966843143:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end:0:$text0:0">"It took me a couple of years to realize that my kids are capable of helping out around the house. I used to do it all and I was burned out! I can't tell you how teaching my kids to empty the dishwasher or keep their rooms clean will free up my day. They are much more capable than I gave them credit for!"</span></span></span></span><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody _1n4g" data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3"><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0"><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0.$end:0:$text12:0"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody _1n4g" data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3"><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0"><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0.$end:0:$text12:0"><span style="font-size: small;">-<a href="https://www.facebook.com/crystal.escobar.90#%21/adrienne.obrien.94?fref=ufi&amp;pnref=story">Adrienne O'Brien</a>&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><br /><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody _1n4g" data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3"><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0"><span data-reactid=".27.1:5:1:$comment10207574737355189_10207575233087582:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0.$end:0:$text12:0"><span style="font-size: small;">&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span data-reactid=".4v.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288486058143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".4v.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288486058143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody _1n4g" data-reactid=".4v.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288486058143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".4v.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288486058143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.0"><span data-reactid=".4v.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288486058143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.0.$end/=1$text0/=010">"Starting when my kids were young and teaching them to be self-sufficient has been one of my greatest time-savers and one of my greatest joys. I always kept them with me when they were little, and they had fun helping me with cooking, gardening and othe</span></span><span data-reactid=".4v.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288486058143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3"><span data-reactid=".4v.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288486058143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0"><span data-reactid=".4v.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288486058143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0.$end/=1$text0/=010">r chores. When they were older and the tasks didn't seem as fun anymore, they still did chores using a chore chart system. One of their "chores" was to look for something that needed to be done and do it. When their chores were finished they had to ask, "Is there anything else you'd like me to do?" Now that they are all in high school, they have completely internalized what they learned when they were young. I love walking into the kitchen and seeing them cleaning up without being asked. Or seeing them do their own laundry without me telling them to. Often times, Marc and I will come home from a business trip, and the house will look like we never left. Not only have we taught them how to cook, clean and sew, but we've taught them how to do Quickbooks, spreadsheets for our taxes and other office work. They are all extremely bright and talented... and self-sufficient. AND ready for the real world. All that to say... it's completely worth it to spend time with your kids and teach them! So rewarding in every way."</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span data-reactid=".4v.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288486058143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".4v.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288486058143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody _1n4g" data-reactid=".4v.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288486058143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".4v.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288486058143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3"><span data-reactid=".4v.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288486058143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0"><span data-reactid=".4v.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288486058143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0.$end/=1$text0/=010">-<a href="https://www.facebook.com/crystal.escobar.90#%21/jeannie.schulman?fref=ufi&amp;pnref=story">Jeannie Schulman</a> </span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: x-large;">#3 CLEAN EATING</span><br /><div><span style="font-size: large;"></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-size: large;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZQQZicGyD6o/VefKFLStHjI/AAAAAAAAHn0/Xqux0cVBbM8/s640/blogger-image-260892916.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZQQZicGyD6o/VefKFLStHjI/AAAAAAAAHn0/Xqux0cVBbM8/s640/blogger-image-260892916.jpg" /></a></span></div><span style="font-size: large;"></span><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span style="font-size: small;"></span></span><br /><div><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span style="font-size: small;"><br /></span></span></span></span></div><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span style="font-size: small;">This is definitely one of THE most important tips! Having the ENERGY to move fast and be productive is key. Mental Clarity and being able to focus definitely contributes to the amount of things you are able to check off your list. You all know how passionate I am about health and nutrition, it's become my mission in life. I want to educate people on the importance of what goes into our bodies. Please email me if you are interested in learning more about what I do to maintain a healthy lifestyle. You can also comment on this post and I will be sure to get back to you.</span></span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-UupYaqq4iek/VefJ1wjIE1I/AAAAAAAAHnc/GscfJQ98Ip8/s640/blogger-image--1053240089.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-UupYaqq4iek/VefJ1wjIE1I/AAAAAAAAHnc/GscfJQ98Ip8/s640/blogger-image--1053240089.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-67JgF7_NBI4/VefJ9pxhVDI/AAAAAAAAHns/TrQ4xJzHf_A/s640/blogger-image-1006165194.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-67JgF7_NBI4/VefJ9pxhVDI/AAAAAAAAHns/TrQ4xJzHf_A/s640/blogger-image-1006165194.jpg" /></a></div><br /><span data-reactid=".3e.1:5:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153287942788143:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-reactid=".3e.1:5:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153287942788143:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.0"></span><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".3e.1:5:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153287942788143:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".3e.1:5:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153287942788143:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".3e.1:5:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153287942788143:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end:0:$text0:0">"I think eating well (clean, energizing foods) are also key in making sure we have enough fuel and energy to navigate through our days. Eating junk adds stress and burnout!" </span></span></span></span><br /><span data-reactid=".3e.1:5:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153287942788143:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".3e.1:5:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153287942788143:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".3e.1:5:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153287942788143:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".3e.1:5:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153287942788143:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end:0:$text0:0">-<a href="https://www.facebook.com/crystal.escobar.90#%21/jenniferlglydon?fref=ufi&amp;pnref=story">Jennifer Glydon&nbsp;</a></span></span></span></span><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span style="font-size: small;"> </span></span><br /><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span style="font-size: small;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">#4 MEAL PREP</span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></span></span><span class="text_exposed_show">Always make double or triple when ever making meals, then freeze the rest for another night later in the month.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-size: large;"></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-size: large;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-LpFdiyAxCEQ/VefJ3KVjIWI/AAAAAAAAHnk/jA3DEMYPCsw/s640/blogger-image--1788100930.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-LpFdiyAxCEQ/VefJ3KVjIWI/AAAAAAAAHnk/jA3DEMYPCsw/s640/blogger-image--1788100930.jpg" /></a></span></div><span style="font-size: large;"></span><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: small;">It's the best feeling when my fridge looks like this! All stocked and meals prepped for the week. This means I have fruit and veggies all washed, chopped, and placed in stackable tupperware all neat and organized. This way everything is ready to throw together with different meals. Saves me a TON of time at dinner.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: small;"><br /></span></span></div><div><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: small;">Seriously, don't you love looking at something when it's all organized?? Or is it just me? Sometimes I'll just open the fridge just to admire the neatness.&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: small;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: small;">No?&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: small;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: small;">You don't do this?&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: small;"><br /></span></span><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: small;">Hmmm, okay. Moving on.&nbsp;</span></span></div><div><span style="font-size: large;"><span style="font-size: small;"><br /></span></span></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><span style="font-size: large;"></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-size: large;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-gNy2_GLbTSk/VefKVQrH2VI/AAAAAAAAHoM/f5ANDgvWfdA/s640/blogger-image-815206690.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-gNy2_GLbTSk/VefKVQrH2VI/AAAAAAAAHoM/f5ANDgvWfdA/s640/blogger-image-815206690.jpg" /></a></span></div><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div>I like to pre-mix all the dry ingredients of this gluten free pizza crust. Also, I usually BBQ a whole bunch of chicken to have ready to add to different recipes during the week. My favorite is BBQ chicken pizza. YUM!&nbsp;</div><div>And like I said, if you take the time to prep all the veggies then this meal is very quick to assemble.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-EnHJTF5Dkww/Vei7G9Pq0jI/AAAAAAAAHo8/vBCrBY0F9mI/s640/blogger-image-385109530.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-EnHJTF5Dkww/Vei7G9Pq0jI/AAAAAAAAHo8/vBCrBY0F9mI/s640/blogger-image-385109530.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div>I also like to have these green smoothie bags all ready to throw into the Vitamix. Really saves me a lot of time, plus, I don't have to worry about my spinach going bad. My favorite smoothie recipe is, spinach of course, strawberries, a banana, a little splash of vanilla extract, one lemon slice (with the peel, is SO good for you), some ground flaxseed, cinnamon, and homemade unsweetened kefir. <i>I'll show you how to make kefir someday. </i>I love that my kids are getting all their probiotics. They won't drink my Kombucha.</div><div><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-h8GHH66CI9k/VefKY4PBDYI/AAAAAAAAHoU/yRIZLwz3ORY/s640/blogger-image-1225123962.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-h8GHH66CI9k/VefKY4PBDYI/AAAAAAAAHoU/yRIZLwz3ORY/s640/blogger-image-1225123962.jpg" /></a></div><br /><span data-reactid=".ct.1:5:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288006353143:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-reactid=".ct.1:5:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288006353143:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.0"></span><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".ct.1:5:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288006353143:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".ct.1:5:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288006353143:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".ct.1:5:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288006353143:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end:0:$text0:0">"I saved the baby food containers, &amp; I prepped both (mine &amp; Ronin's) "chocolate milks" = Isagenix protein shakes on Sun. </span><br data-reactid=".ct.1:5:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288006353143:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end:0:$text1:0" /><span data-reactid=".ct.1:5:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288006353143:0.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end:0:$text2:0">The night before I prep the shaker, water, "choc milk" &amp; clothes - in the morning... we are out the door!!</span></span></span></span><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span style="font-size: small;">"</span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span style="font-size: small;">-<a href="https://www.facebook.com/crystal.escobar.90#%21/aimee.d.oconnor?fref=ufi&amp;pnref=story">Aimee O'Conner </a></span></span></span></span><br /><div><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></span></span></div><div><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: x-large;">#5 SIEZE EVERY MINUTE</span></span></span></div><div><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span style="font-size: small;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></span></span></div><div>"Don't waste tiny pockets of time. &nbsp;When I pump gas, I clean out the car. &nbsp;When I am waiting for kids to get in the car from soccer practice, I get some business calls in or something to that effect. &nbsp;There are many, many pockets of time each day that go wasted. &nbsp;I think about what little things I need to get done in the morning and write them on a card that I throw in my pocket or purse. &nbsp;Then when a pocket of time comes up, I pull the card out and get stuff done!!"</div><div>-<a href="https://www.facebook.com/crystal.escobar.90#%21/kellytaeoalii?fref=ufi&amp;pnref=story">Kelli Taeoalii&nbsp;</a></div><div><br /></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">&nbsp;"Workout over your lunch hour or with your kids. My office building has a full gym. It is so easy to work through lunch, but working out during my lunch gives me a boost of energy and reassurance that I can get my workout done. When I have a busy day or on the weekends, I get active with my kids. When they are playing soccer, I play with them. When they are riding their bike, I ride with them. When we go swimming, I swim with them. "</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">-<a href="https://www.facebook.com/abbey.karel?fref=ts">Abbey Karel</a></span></div><div><br /></div><div><span style="font-size: x-large;">#6 WAKE UP EARLY</span></div><div><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span><span class="text_exposed_show">Must wake up early! This one has been a hard one to adapt, but once I finally got used to waking up a couple hours before the kids, my days go SO much better. It gives me time to do some personal study and prayer, exercise, then get ready for the day.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-size: x-large;">#7 CHARTS FOR KIDS</span></div><div><br /></div><div><span style="font-size: x-large;"></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-akD4qu4smUs/Vei9vloTFyI/AAAAAAAAHpQ/vmV2lZkzuoY/s640/blogger-image-1111883152.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-akD4qu4smUs/Vei9vloTFyI/AAAAAAAAHpQ/vmV2lZkzuoY/s640/blogger-image-1111883152.jpg" /></a></span></div><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></div><div>I just LOVE lists and schedules. May be a tad obsessed😬.&nbsp;</div><div>Anyway, making these charts has really helped everyone. Things go a lot smoother because now instead of CONSTANTLY telling them every little thing they need to do, ALL day long, now I just say, "go check your chart". There are rewards and consequences. Has made my life easier and now I don't feel like I'm always the mean drill Sargent.<span style="font-size: large;">&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-size: x-large;">#8 PLAYDATE SWAPS</span></div><div><span style="font-size: x-large;"></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-oCWCk5HRbgA/VefKSI7h-3I/AAAAAAAAHoE/cm30uiVih5Q/s640/blogger-image--1920251921.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-oCWCk5HRbgA/VefKSI7h-3I/AAAAAAAAHoE/cm30uiVih5Q/s640/blogger-image--1920251921.jpg" /></a></span></div><span style="font-size: x-large;"></span></div><div><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span>Do a play date swap with a couple neighborhood friends you know and trust. I have Brooklyn go to a friends house once or twice a week so I can run some errands (always easier wit<span class="text_exposed_show">h less children<i class="_4-k1 img sp_UkKp2mjPS47 sx_feac08"><u>😜</u></i>), then I'll put Owen down for a nap and work on a few household chores, and a little <a class="_58cn" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;*N&quot;,&quot;type&quot;:104}" href="https://www.facebook.com/hashtag/isagenix?source=feed_text&amp;story_id=10153286514068143"><span aria-label="hashtag" class="_58cl">#</span><span class="_58cm">isagenix</span></a> fun (some call it work, but I think it's fun). Then I will take a turn and have Brooklyn's friends come play at my house for a while on a different day of the week.&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: x-large;">#9 CRAFT CADDIE AND BUSY BOX</span></div><div><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-size: x-large;"></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-nr1CzvIwsWA/Vei9taVugUI/AAAAAAAAHpI/ppnyJhIti_w/s640/blogger-image-761437499.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-nr1CzvIwsWA/Vei9taVugUI/AAAAAAAAHpI/ppnyJhIti_w/s640/blogger-image-761437499.jpg" /></a></span></div><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-size: x-large;"></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-WGwHlILaA24/Vei9uqTTKRI/AAAAAAAAHpM/KjxfTHUq_ok/s640/blogger-image-1210283062.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-WGwHlILaA24/Vei9uqTTKRI/AAAAAAAAHpM/KjxfTHUq_ok/s640/blogger-image-1210283062.jpg" /></a></span></div><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></div><div>Having this craft caddie all ready to go has really been helpful when I'm busy making dinner or cleaning up. I just pull out some paper and set them up at the counter with the caddie and they are ready to get creative.</div><div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-s5Q7JNfWqyI/Vey1E4GNL2I/AAAAAAAAHqc/m6ctFw9rFFM/s640/blogger-image--928580628.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-s5Q7JNfWqyI/Vey1E4GNL2I/AAAAAAAAHqc/m6ctFw9rFFM/s640/blogger-image--928580628.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div><span style="font-size: x-large;">These bins are full of busy bag ideas I've created and found on Pinterest.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="font-size: x-large;"></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-LQX8Ku8Dc4E/Vey1F8x8YeI/AAAAAAAAHqk/S4h-dIa0P-4/s640/blogger-image-679130629.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-LQX8Ku8Dc4E/Vey1F8x8YeI/AAAAAAAAHqk/S4h-dIa0P-4/s640/blogger-image-679130629.jpg" /></a></span></div><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></div><div><span style="font-size: x-large;">#10 SET YOUR TIMER</span><br /><br /><span class="text_exposed_show">Set your timer. It's easy to get carried away working on a project, then before you know it, the baby is awake or the kids are home from school and your window of "to do list" time is over. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!</span></div><div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-gtdvYVhxQP8/VenN8kqXCSI/AAAAAAAAHp4/1RJjV0KANNk/s640/blogger-image--999510253.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-gtdvYVhxQP8/VenN8kqXCSI/AAAAAAAAHp4/1RJjV0KANNk/s640/blogger-image--999510253.jpg" /></a></div><br />I also like to use a 20 minute list on some days. I just write down all the things I need, want, and SHOULD do, then set my timer and work down the list, giving myself 20 minutes for each task. This method helps my brain I guess you could say. I know I SHOULD be playing with my kids, but then I see messes everywhere and I can't seem to focus on playing. This way, the list is telling my brain, "don't worry, you can get to that in 20 minutes, focus on your kids at this moment". Am I just crazy? Or can anyone relate?<br /><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end/=1$text0/=010"><br /></span></span></span></span><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end/=1$text0/=010"><br /></span></span></span></span><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end/=1$text0/=010">"Have a weekly/daily cleaning task list to break up household chores throughout the week so that it's not all packed into one day."</span></span></span></span><br /><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end/=1$text0/=010">-<a href="https://www.facebook.com/crystal.escobar.90#%21/livemoredreammore?fref=ufi&amp;pnref=story">Julie Danielson</a>&nbsp;</span></span></span></span><br /><br /><span data-reactid=".g1.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288275998143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".g1.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288275998143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody _1n4g" data-reactid=".g1.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288275998143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".g1.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288275998143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.0"><span data-reactid=".g1.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288275998143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.0.$end/=1$text0/=010">"We have designated weeknights of the same dinner during the school year - every Monday is crockpot chili, Wednesday pasta, and Friday pizza. Oh, and Thursdays are leftovers. I meal plan (or intend to) every Saturday or Sunday before I grocery shop (yes</span></span><span data-reactid=".g1.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288275998143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3"><span data-reactid=".g1.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288275998143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0"><span data-reactid=".g1.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288275998143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0.$end/=1$text0/=010"> I created a"form" with each dinner's entree, side and salad). I also use the help of apps for organizing whenever possible. So a future tip: we all have phones since I work full time. We use the cozi app for our daily family calendar. I can add each child's activities, and they can select their own name and see what their schedule is. It also has a grocery list and anyone in our family can add to it. It's awesome!"</span></span></span></span></span></span><br /><span data-reactid=".g1.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288275998143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".g1.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288275998143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody _1n4g" data-reactid=".g1.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288275998143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".g1.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288275998143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3"><span data-reactid=".g1.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288275998143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0"><span data-reactid=".g1.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288275998143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.3.0.$end/=1$text0/=010">-<a href="https://www.facebook.com/crystal.escobar.90#%21/sally.tantilla?fref=ufi&amp;pnref=story">Sally Tantilla&nbsp;</a></span></span></span></span></span></span><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end/=1$text0/=010"> </span></span></span></span><br /><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end/=1$text0/=010"><br /></span></span></span></span><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end/=1$text0/=010"><span style="font-size: x-large;">#11 PICK OUT OUTFITS FOR THE WEEK</span></span></span></span></span></div><div><span style="font-size: large;"></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-size: large;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-zQzB7tfO92g/VefKPAeuvhI/AAAAAAAAHn8/uC1hMGrzdzo/s640/blogger-image--409535699.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-zQzB7tfO92g/VefKPAeuvhI/AAAAAAAAHn8/uC1hMGrzdzo/s640/blogger-image--409535699.jpg" /></a></span></div><span style="font-size: large;"></span><br /><div><br /></div>I like to pick out my outfits too☺️. It's not just for the kids.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>I found these cute printouts on Pinterest. Isn't it great!!!<br /><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-1QU9guydluE/VejKN0M07tI/AAAAAAAAHpo/VvaUD7lOPho/s640/blogger-image--1108785651.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-1QU9guydluE/VejKN0M07tI/AAAAAAAAHpo/VvaUD7lOPho/s640/blogger-image--1108785651.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div><br /><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end/=1$text0/=010"><span style="font-size: x-large;">#12 VITAMIN ORGANIZERS</span></span></span></span></span><br /><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end/=1$text0/=010"><span style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></span></span></span></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-8mbgHKIp3_I/Veyu1zCGSHI/AAAAAAAAHqM/x0SjsdDRcPs/s640/blogger-image-1497300019.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-8mbgHKIp3_I/Veyu1zCGSHI/AAAAAAAAHqM/x0SjsdDRcPs/s640/blogger-image-1497300019.jpg" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div>This is a great way to stay consistent with having the kids take vitamins. They think it's fun too. I just set them out for them at breakfast time.&nbsp;</div><br /><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end/=1$text0/=010">#13 MULTIPURPOSE YOUR PURCHASES</span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end/=1$text0/=010"><br /></span></span></span></span></span><br /><div>"Multi-purpose your purchases. Instead of towels for each bathroom and towels for the pool, we consolidated and got <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00LQHTC78?psc=1&amp;redirect=true&amp;ref_=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00">these awesome towels</a> for all purposes. They are super absorbent, never stink, and you can was 15-20 in 1 load! Most everything in our home can be used for a variety of things, so we have much less clutter and we don't spend time looking for a single use product."</div><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end/=1$text0/=010">-</span></span></span></span></span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); color: black;"><a href="https://www.facebook.com/abbey.karel?fref=ts" style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Abbey Karel</a></span></div><div><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end/=1$text0/=010"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><br /></span></span></span></span></span><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end/=1$text0/=010">#14 AUTOSHIPMENTS</span></span></span></span></span><br /><span style="font-size: x-large;"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end/=1$text0/=010"><br /></span></span></span></span></span><br /><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">"Find out what you like and put it on your schedule of auto-shipment! We save time AND money by having the bulk of our shopping done automatically! &nbsp;This means, no waste and more family time.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Our essentials auto-shipped from Amazon</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Our fresh, healthy and easy-to-make dinners from <a href="https://www.hellofresh.com/storytelling-sem/?c=yNvp7LbqC8E85mn0rdXJQ3Q9&amp;gclid=CNyg7_Wo48cCFQ6SfgodNNcG-w">Hello Fresh</a> and <a href="https://www.blueapron.com/pages/lp-offer?utm_medium=search-paid&amp;utm_source=google&amp;utm_campaign=brand-exact&amp;cvosrc=search-paid.google.brand-exact&amp;gclid=CPavs4Sp48cCFdKFfgodqaUCbw">Blue Apron</a>. We used to have all of our fresh groceries delivered by <a href="http://www.peapod.com/?001=3839&amp;002=33&amp;006=10647&amp;tmcampid=40&amp;tmad=c&amp;tmplaceref=PPC-BRANDED&amp;tmclickref=10647&amp;mkwid=s9f0HoRQb_dc&amp;pcrid=87704615771&amp;pkw=peapod&amp;pmt=e&amp;c3apimn=9f0HoRQb&amp;c3=87704615771&amp;gclid=CKSy3Zep48cCFchffgodnPMGqw">Peapod</a>, but it is no longer available in our area. You can just re-select your basics and they are delivered to your front door. No wasted groceries and perfectly picked produce, meats, and all other groceries are delivered right to your kitchen.</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>Our breakfast shakes are auto-shipped from <a href="http://www.wannabelean.com/">Isagenix</a>.</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>My favorite skincare is auto shipped from <a href="https://abbeylane.myrandf.com/ContactMe">Rodan + Fields</a>.</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><span class="Apple-tab-span" style="white-space: pre;"> </span>My clothes are on auto-ship from <a href="https://www.stitchfix.com/">Stitch Fix</a> (there are companies that have this for men, children and athletic-wear, too)!"</span></div><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end/=1$text0/=010">-<a href="https://www.facebook.com/abbey.karel?fref=ts">Abbey Karel</a>&nbsp;(Ask her about her skincare)</span></span></span></span></div><div><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end/=1$text0/=010"><br /></span></span></span></span></div><div><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end/=1$text0/=010" style="font-size: x-large;">#13 AMAZON</span></span></span></span><br /><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end/=1$text0/=010" style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></span></span></span><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end/=1$text0/=010">I just LOVE Amazon. I save myself HOURS by shopping online instead of driving all across town searching for different items I need. I'm sure most of you are aware of Amazon prime (free shipping) by now. It's pretty awesome.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end/=1$text0/=010" style="font-size: x-large;"><br /></span></span></span></span><span style="font-size: large;">Throw back to 4 years ago when I did a presentation on BALANCING life as a mom.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1"><span data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body"><span class="UFICommentBody" data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0"><span data-reactid=".co.1:4:1:$comment10153287938173143_10153288272248143/=10.0.$right.0.$left.0.0.1.$comment-body.0.$end/=1$text0/=010"><br /></span></span></span></span></div></div></div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/TO-aVhWbjYU" width="560"></iframe>Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-31450940665372279292015-08-28T12:07:00.001-06:002015-08-28T12:07:45.613-06:00Letting Go of Negative Feelings<div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">I mentioned before that when moving my blog content to a different platform, I lost a lot of my posts. So luckily I was able to find them all and would like to periodically re-post them here again. Although I wrote this one a few years ago when I was pregnant with Brooklyn, it was still a great reminder for me even in my life today.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">(Written in 2011)</span></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">In my attempt to prepare myself for natural childbirth I’m reading all kinds of books. At the moment I’m reading&nbsp; Painless Childbirth: An Empowering Journey Through Pregnancy and Childbirth. This book can get a little too deep for my liking but I’m still learning a great deal from it. The part that stood out to me the most is when she talks about letting go of negative feelings to better prepare yourself for a painless childbirth. She explains that hypnotherapy can be a great way to get to the root of these unwanted feelings, and how powerful our subconscious mind can be. It’s really helping me analyze my life and release the negative feelings that are causing me a bit of stress.<br></span><div class="separator" style="text-align: start; clear: both;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-35ex76ssaBQ/VbFrCROEpqI/AAAAAAAAHkU/vafR9wcVG84/s1600/negative-feelings-thumb16945105.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; -webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><font color="#000000"><img border="0" height="297" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-35ex76ssaBQ/VbFrCROEpqI/AAAAAAAAHkU/vafR9wcVG84/s320/negative-feelings-thumb16945105.jpg" width="320"></font></a></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br><br><br><br><br>There are a few things I’m working through right now (in my mind) and one of them has to do with a long lost friend. Someone I became really close to at one point. I haven’t seen or heard from her in over 5 years, and the last time I saw her was when I ran into her at a store. She was very cold and acted as if she didn’t even know me.&nbsp; I knew instantly that something was wrong, this was not the excited bubbly friend I knew. I never saw her upset, and she was always so enthusiastic when ever we got together or talked on the phone. I left the store feeling overwhelmed with sadness and confusion. I didn’t know what happened. I replayed our last conversation over and over in my head, trying to come up with some sort of explanation for the way she acted towards me. I couldn’t figure it out, everything seemed to be fine. We haven’t spoken since that day. I’ve thought about her many times over the years and lost plenty of sleep over it.<br>A couple weeks ago I had this dream I got to see her again and I asked her what upset her so bad. In my dream she still seemed upset and didn’t really give me an answer. I woke up feeling like I should try to find her. I looked her up on Facebook… couldn’t find her. I emailed a mutual friend to ask if she knew where I could find her… no reply.<br>Another week passed and I was still bothered. Then I had another dream, and in this dream I saw her again and we actually talked and everything was good again. I woke up the next morning feeling totally refreshed and at peace with everything, which was amazing!<br>This is exactly what the author of this book talks about. She explains that we can do a lot of healing through our subconscious because many situations in life are completely out of our control. So if we can get our subconscious minds to create the outcome we hoped for then it can make us feel as if it really happened. It can provide tremendous healing and much needed closure.</span>Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com1tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-26800569182397154512015-08-02T16:29:00.002-06:002015-08-04T09:46:31.316-06:00Plan Of HappinessI remember one summer day as a child, I was out playing with one of my friends. We were enjoying a nice time together until suddenly she punched me right in the gut, knocking the wind out of me. After a moment of panic and complete shock, I caught my breath. I couldn't believe she did this to me!&nbsp;<div><br></div><div>I asked her, "WHY on earth would you do this?" <br><br>"I wanted to see if you would cry", she responded.<br><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6uiPyqU71v0/VcDa-SiZM2I/AAAAAAAAHmA/L4Jigo_Agv4/s640/blogger-image-1645587838.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6uiPyqU71v0/VcDa-SiZM2I/AAAAAAAAHmA/L4Jigo_Agv4/s640/blogger-image-1645587838.jpg"></a></div><br><br>I compare this experience to our trials in life. God gave us free agency. The ability to act for ourselves. To CHOOSE! How will we respond to hurtful situations? Will we cry and become bitter? Or will we catch our breath and move forward?<br><br>We know that throughout life we are faced with different challenges. We <i>for the most part</i> understand that our purpose here on earth is to pass the test. Will we choose God? Or will be choose to follow our own selfish desires?<br><br>Often times I worry too much about what my next trial is going to be? I'm practically EXPECTING to get punched in the gut. But why am I so worried? Why do I fear trials so much?<br>I should be ready to face them with the "bring it on" attitude. I can handle this? God is with me and he will strengthen me because of it.<br><br>If we knew no sadness then we would not know joy.<br>If we had everything given to us, then we would not appreciate the value of hard work.<br>If we never had uninterrupted sleep by a screaming baby, then we might not ever appreciate how amazing it is to sleep through the night.<br>If we never got our hearts broken, then we might not fully appreciate it when we find ourselves a loving and trustworthy man.<br>If our children never faught with one another, we would not be so dramatically happy when we see them playing nicely together <i>(I think they secretly know this).</i><br><i>&nbsp;</i><br>&nbsp;Getting punched in the gut,&nbsp;<i>believe it or not,&nbsp;</i>can be a good thing. It might hurt and leave us momentarily out of breath, but it can teach us things.&nbsp; Perhaps to be prepared, be ready to flex when we see the fist coming. Or to understand that the pain and out of breath feeling only lasts for a moment. <br><br>In 2 Nephi chapter 2 verses 15-30 of the Book of Mormon teaches us that God's plan is a plan of HAPPINESS.&nbsp; It was designed to be MOSTLY enjoyable.<br><br><span style="font-size: large;">"Happiness is the object and design of our existence."</span><br><br>Adam fell that men might be, and men are that they might have JOY!<br>2 Nephi 2:25</div><div><br>I need to stop fearing the future, and trust in God. We can expect to get the wind knocked out of us at times, but we need NOT expect that it will be the END of all joy and happiness. God is always there. He will never give us more than we can handle, and he promises that if we endure to the end, we will be blessed. In other words, our capacity to feel happiness and joy will increase.<br><br>Gods plan is utterly sweet and pure perfection. And LOVE is the foundation. He LOVES US! He WANTS us to be happy. <div><br></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><br></div></div>Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-22990945556979203172015-07-31T08:47:00.001-06:002015-12-15T00:05:13.002-07:00Make Your Own Kombucha<span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">&nbsp; I've known about Kombucha since I was about 15 years old. My mom used to make it and back then I never dared drink it because it looked so weird.&nbsp;I didnt understand why she would drink it, nor did I care about my health at that age.&nbsp;</span><br /><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><br /></span><br /><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">&nbsp; So now that I'm older and wiser, and actually CARE about what I put into my body, I decided to do a little research on it. I had no idea the incredible&nbsp; health benefits this stuff offers.</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">&nbsp; Who out there has tried Kombucha? I've learned how to flavor it just right and now it's my favorite drink. I've completely replaced my nasty addiction to soda with this probiotic packed power drink. I'm seriously obsessed. I crave it!!!!</span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZEkWNWCEWiI/Vm-7bTHbusI/AAAAAAAAHy0/tPUhafCwoCc/s1600/IMG_9266.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZEkWNWCEWiI/Vm-7bTHbusI/AAAAAAAAHy0/tPUhafCwoCc/s640/IMG_9266.JPG" width="640" /></a></div><br /></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /><b>Reasons to drink Kombucha!</b></span><br /><ul><li><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Improved Digestion</span></li><li><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Weight Loss</span></li><li><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Increased Energy</span></li><li><span style="color: black;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><a href="http://www.wannabelean.com/">Cleansing</a>&nbsp;and Detoxification<a href="http://draxe.com/the-best-way-to-detox/" target="_blank" title="The Best Way to Detox - Dr. Axe"><b></b></a></span></span></li><li><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Immune Support</span></li><li><span style="color: black;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Reduced Joint Pain</span></span></li><li><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Cancer Prevention</span></li></ul></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">&nbsp; I'm going to give you a crash course on how to make Kombucha because it's actually pretty simple. Also, you'll save a TON of money by making it yourself. You'll spend up to $4 a bottle if you buy it at the store. You can find all the supplies you need on Amazon. I created a shopping list for you <a href="http://amzn.to/1GRHl1Q">HERE</a> and you can watch my how-to video at the end of this post or find me you YouTube.</span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dBoJE9xlWqU/Vm-7FWSI2tI/AAAAAAAAHyw/nn60gMfTVXc/s1600/IMG_4989.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="480" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-dBoJE9xlWqU/Vm-7FWSI2tI/AAAAAAAAHyw/nn60gMfTVXc/s640/IMG_4989.JPG" width="640" /></a></div></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></span></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-9w_aon2xL1o/VanCrjWcCiI/AAAAAAAAHZw/uIhx_7chhoE/s640/blogger-image-449510692.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: black;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-9w_aon2xL1o/VanCrjWcCiI/AAAAAAAAHZw/uIhx_7chhoE/s640/blogger-image-449510692.jpg" /></span></a></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">&nbsp;<b>&nbsp;What you'll need:</b></span></div><div><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></b></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><b>* Scobi mushroom and 2 cups Kombucha&nbsp;</b>(you can order them online, or if you live near me, I'm happy to sell you one of mine for $5)&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><b>* Flip top bottles&nbsp;</b>(I got mine on Amazon)</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></span></div><div><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">* Large mason jar</b></div><div><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></b></div><div><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">* Green tea packets</b></div><div><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></b></div><div><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">* Organic raw cane sugar</b></div><div><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></b></div><div><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">* Strainer</b></div><div><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></b></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><b>* Something to flavor with&nbsp;</b>( I like to use some Replenish powder because it's low in sugar and it's packed with vitamin B and electrolytes. My other favorite is frozen raspberries blended up with a little water to make it smooth).&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></span></div><div><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Directions:</b></div><div><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></b></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">&nbsp; First you'll need to boil 3 quarts of water. Remove from heat and add 5-6 green tea bags. Let steep for about 5 minutes then add 1 cup of sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></span></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-stcJlAQdUkM/VanCtJUVr5I/AAAAAAAAHZ4/IGwypDn_iBk/s600/blogger-image-121421813.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: black;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-stcJlAQdUkM/VanCtJUVr5I/AAAAAAAAHZ4/IGwypDn_iBk/s600/blogger-image-121421813.jpg" /></span></a></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Let cool to room temperature then remove tea bags and pour tea into gallon size mason jar. Then add your 2 cups of Kombucha and the scobi mushroom.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></span></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-J14RnLrrfZ8/VanCvB8QSJI/AAAAAAAAHaA/7pjojnRrx0U/s640/blogger-image--140149155.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: black;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-J14RnLrrfZ8/VanCvB8QSJI/AAAAAAAAHaA/7pjojnRrx0U/s400/blogger-image--140149155.jpg" width="400" /></span></a></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">&nbsp; Now it's time to ferment. Find a place in your house that stays about 75 degrees. Then just leave it there for a week to ten days. This is what it will look like.</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-G_duyVt0iLo/VbuJ8SXTXZI/AAAAAAAAHlY/2H_udGAW4MY/s640/blogger-image--1497092281.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: black;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-G_duyVt0iLo/VbuJ8SXTXZI/AAAAAAAAHlY/2H_udGAW4MY/s640/blogger-image--1497092281.jpg" /></span></a></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Wx3ag9P7Uo8/VbuJ7Z7WE4I/AAAAAAAAHlQ/Bn1F_ROPavY/s640/blogger-image-316641398.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: black;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Wx3ag9P7Uo8/VbuJ7Z7WE4I/AAAAAAAAHlQ/Bn1F_ROPavY/s640/blogger-image-316641398.jpg" /></span></a></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /><br />&nbsp;Use a strainer then a funnel when pouring out the tea into the flip top bottles. Leave a little room in the bottle to add some juice or powder for flavoring.<br /><br />&nbsp; Close the flip top bottles and let ferment again for a couple more days if you want it to be carbonated. If you don't like carbonation then just store directly in the fridge until you're ready to drink.<br />&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">I store mine in the coat closet.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></span></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-TbUE9P1xLUc/VbuJ5bQzvvI/AAAAAAAAHlA/xDAktbhyBMs/s640/blogger-image-1922349588.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: black;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-TbUE9P1xLUc/VbuJ5bQzvvI/AAAAAAAAHlA/xDAktbhyBMs/s640/blogger-image-1922349588.jpg" /></span></a></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br />Please feel free to add more tips or information in the comment section of this post. Also, I 'd like to hear if anyone else out there has made their own Kombucha and what your experience with it has been.</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></span></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-qtOgmiaj0hI/VbuJ6cDQ-DI/AAAAAAAAHlI/jHoFwffi9l4/s640/blogger-image-1617476487.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: black;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-qtOgmiaj0hI/VbuJ6cDQ-DI/AAAAAAAAHlI/jHoFwffi9l4/s640/blogger-image-1617476487.jpg" /></span></a></div><div><br />Get started now and buy your supplies on <a href="http://amzn.to/1GRHl1Q">Amazon</a>.<br /><br /></div></div><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/IucX7VCh_vQ" width="560"></iframe></div>Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-14652635987664377752015-07-23T16:32:00.002-06:002015-07-26T21:18:53.012-06:00Molluscum And Baby Acne CureI wanted to quickly share a few tricks I've learned about baby skin over the years.<br><div><br><div>Have any of you experienced Molluscum with your kids?&nbsp;</div><div><br></div><div>Well I have with EVERY single one of my kids. it's the worst!!!</div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-MC548hDW7zY/VagvmWJUMBI/AAAAAAAAHYA/Jzbytl3-wRg/s640/blogger-image-403336013.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-MC548hDW7zY/VagvmWJUMBI/AAAAAAAAHYA/Jzbytl3-wRg/s640/blogger-image-403336013.jpg"></a></div><br></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><b>"Molluscum contagiosum</b>&nbsp;is a skin infection that causes small pearly or flesh-colored bumps. The bumps may be clear, and the center often is indented. The infection is caused by a virus. The virus is easily spread but is not harmful."</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">At Owen's last check up, the doctor recommended wheatgrass spray. I was sceptacle because we've tried so many other natural remedies. But I thought I might as well give it a try.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"></span><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-cW3q79dwKHA/VaiGe4NiOfI/AAAAAAAAHYQ/3NVdm-35Mtw/s640/blogger-image--799074025.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-cW3q79dwKHA/VaiGe4NiOfI/AAAAAAAAHYQ/3NVdm-35Mtw/s640/blogger-image--799074025.jpg"></a></span></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Wish I would have known about this product when my other kids had this. It can take up to 2 years for the bumps to go away. Most doctors and web information would say that there's nothing much you can do about it. Just have to wait it out. So that's what we did with my other 3 kids. We waited and waited, and watched them spread little by little feeling completely helpless.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">So we gave the wheat grass spray a try. Applied generously twice a day and after about 4-5 weeks they were gone. As you can imagine we were thrilled!</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><b>Baby Acne</b></span></div></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">The next tip is for baby acne. I remember when Lily and Olly had this at about 6 weeks old. At that time I didn't think there was anything I could do for it. So with Brooklyn I guess I took a little more proactive approach. I researched it online and found some natural gentle home remedies for it. I gave it a try and sure enough, her baby acne was gone in 2 days!!!</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-qVXxdB7mNIQ/VbJroMY0PWI/AAAAAAAAHks/KhBHSLlANh0/s640/blogger-image--1590655403.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-qVXxdB7mNIQ/VbJroMY0PWI/AAAAAAAAHks/KhBHSLlANh0/s640/blogger-image--1590655403.jpg"></a></div>So first you create a paste with the baking soda. Pour a little in a bowl or your hand, then add a little water until you get a paste consistency. Apply it to the affected areas. Leave it on for a few minutes then rinse. After you've dried the area then apply a tiny bit of coconut oil to rehydrate the skin, as the baking soda can be a bit drying.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">There ya go, my tips on baby skin. Please share with all your mommy friends with newborns. Sure wish someone would have told me about these 10 years ago.&nbsp;</span></div>Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-15092336006463330262015-07-22T11:23:00.001-06:002015-07-22T21:39:56.146-06:0012 Steps To A Better Day<div><i style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">So, since quitting Wordpress and moving back to my long lost Blogger site, I lost a couple years of blog posts. I was able to find all blog posts, but unable to transfer them to this blog. So I'm going through and picking out some of my favorites/statistically most popular posts and will be periodically re-posting them. I will however do a little updating, editing and revising where I see fit.&nbsp;</i></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Did you wake up on the wrong side of the bed today?</span><br><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Are you feeling overwhelmed, inadequate, left out, frustrated, discouraged or unappreciated?</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">We all have those days or even months when we're dealing with something upsetting or painful. Whether it be the loss of a loved one, frustration in your relationships, or even just getting your feelings hurt. Maybe it's something someone said or did, or maybe something they DIDN'T say or do. Maybe you're struggling with one of your children. What ever the cause may be, we have the ability to change how we feel. It's just a matter of making the choice. MUCH easier said than done though right?&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">I've put together a list of 12 steps that might help ease your pain or at least get you on track to having a better day.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Repeat the following as long as needed and know that you WILL see better days.</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">&nbsp;&nbsp;<b>"What we feed will grow. You have to quit feeding those wrong emotions."</b>&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">&nbsp;-Joel Osteen &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br><h2><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 17px;">Step 1</b></h2><h2><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 17px;">SAY A PRAYER!</b></h2><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Of course you knew I was going to say that. Prayer should always be the first thing you do when you need help. God is there for us when ever we need him. All we have to do is ask.&nbsp;</span><br><h2><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 17px;">Step 2</b></h2><h2><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 17px;">TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT IT</b></h2><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Talking about it with someone you love and trust is very therapeutic. Share your feelings in a non-gossiping way. I always feel better when I can express what I'm feeling as well as get encouragement and advice. My husband has been so great that way. He helps me see things for what they really are... LIFE LESSONS. He helps me figure out what the lesson is and how I can handle it in a mature manner. He's always there to remind me that I'm a great wife, mother and friend,&nbsp;<i>I tend to forget.&nbsp;</i>I'm sure you all have someone like this in your life, whether it be your spouse, a friend, sibling or parent. And if you don't, then give ME a call :).&nbsp;</span><br><h2><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 17px;">Step 3</b></h2><h2><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 17px;">READ SOMETHING UPLIFTING</b></h2><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Go online and start using google. Or search the scriptures for answers you need. Find an article that speaks to you and seems to be just what you need to hear. Read it a few times and really ponder the message. You might have a favorite book or even audio that helps uplift your spirits and gives you those positive affirmations you need. I love Joel Osteen's sermons and all <a href="https://www.lds.org/general-conference/sessions?cid=HP14GC&amp;lang=eng">LDS conference talks</a>.&nbsp;</span></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-F2b45sjIqT8/Va1P4W4CmuI/AAAAAAAAHhg/cM-mcXgoAHY/s640/blogger-image-39422644.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: black;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-F2b45sjIqT8/Va1P4W4CmuI/AAAAAAAAHhg/cM-mcXgoAHY/s640/blogger-image-39422644.jpg"></span></a></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span><br><h2><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 17px;">Step 4</b></h2><h2><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 17px;">MAKE A LIST</b></h2><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">You know how much I LOVE lists :). Make a list of all the things you're grateful for. Then make a list of all the good things about YOU, remind yourself that you ARE amazing! We seem to forget so easily. I'm getting better with this as I get older and wiser, but I tend to let peoples opinions about me REALLY get to me.&nbsp;</span><br><h2><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 17px;">Step 5</b></h2><h2><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 17px;">BE PROACTIVE</b></h2><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Let go of your pity party. Release those expectations you have of others and think of how YOU can make a difference in someones life. Look around you... is there someone in need? Someone hurting or struggling? If you can't think of anyone then pray that you'll find someone. Bring dinner to a family, or invite them over. Offer to babysit someones kids for the day. Visit the sick or elderly. What are you good at? How can you use your talents to serve others?&nbsp;</span><br><h2><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 17px;">Step 6</b></h2><h2><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 17px;">WRITE</b></h2><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Write, write, then write some more. Let it ALL out. Put down your feelings on paper. Don't hold back in any way, then tare it up. You don't want to hold onto anything that may be hurtful for others to read. Wait a day or two THEN try writing down your feelings again, this time in a more positive way. Try to see the lesson and write about what you're learning from this.&nbsp;</span><br><h2><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 17px;">Step 7</b></h2><h2><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 17px;">GO OUTSIDE</b></h2><div><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"></b><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Phw6q9zvLzY/Va1P17_S8WI/AAAAAAAAHhQ/XqTXnVHXYMM/s640/blogger-image-1705631753.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Phw6q9zvLzY/Va1P17_S8WI/AAAAAAAAHhQ/XqTXnVHXYMM/s640/blogger-image-1705631753.jpg"></a></b></div><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></b></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Get out and get some fresh air. Go for a bike ride, a run or a hike. Then when you get back make yourself a healthy smoothie or salad.&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-b6Ph1OTQWmI/Va1Num_Pq-I/AAAAAAAAHhE/t9pJl6zxULQ/s640/blogger-image-219258812.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: black;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-b6Ph1OTQWmI/Va1Num_Pq-I/AAAAAAAAHhE/t9pJl6zxULQ/s640/blogger-image-219258812.jpg"></span></a></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">You'll be surprised what exercise, nature and good nutrition can do to your mood. If weather is not permitting then you can always do a little yoga.&nbsp;</span><br><div style="text-align: start;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div style="text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: start;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pVSw9hgfPd4/Va1P3JAcLNI/AAAAAAAAHhY/XWlBGHkYjD0/s640/blogger-image--1275710179.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: black;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pVSw9hgfPd4/Va1P3JAcLNI/AAAAAAAAHhY/XWlBGHkYjD0/s640/blogger-image--1275710179.jpg"></span></a></div><div style="text-align: start;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div></div><h2><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 17px;">Step 8</b></h2><h2><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 17px;">IMPROVE YOUR TALENTS</b></h2><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">What talent are you working on improving at the moment? Is it singing, writing, cooking, painting, playing an instrument, photograpny? What ever it is start working on it. Getting your mind off the negative feelings and channeling that energy into something thats helping you become a better you will dramatically change the way you feel.&nbsp;</span></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-im5MIISzh_Y/Va1NsLpr9MI/AAAAAAAAHg8/RpWetE8Oujc/s640/blogger-image-1105644111.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: black;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-im5MIISzh_Y/Va1NsLpr9MI/AAAAAAAAHg8/RpWetE8Oujc/s640/blogger-image-1105644111.jpg"></span></a></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span><br><h2><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 17px;">Step 9</b></h2><h2><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 17px;">BE PRODUCTIVE</b></h2><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Turn on some uplifting music and clean the house, organize a closet or your garage. Just get busy and get things done. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><br><h2><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 17px;">Step 10</b></h2><h2><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 17px;">PLAY WITH YOUR KIDS</b></h2><div style="text-align: center;"><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: start;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-rR7r5FbPznY/Va1P8ctpFbI/AAAAAAAAHh4/V-YqaTv_MV4/s640/blogger-image-1262114004.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><span style="color: black;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-rR7r5FbPznY/Va1P8ctpFbI/AAAAAAAAHh4/V-YqaTv_MV4/s640/blogger-image-1262114004.jpg"></span></a></div><div style="text-align: start;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Children have a contagious way of making you happy. Just watching how carefree they are, their innocence and love for the world around them. We can definitely learn from these little babies. Enjoy the moment with them. Take it all in. Notice their little smiles and laughter as you play with them. Smell their hair, kiss their cheeks and look into their beautiful eyes. Seriously the best medicine.&nbsp;</span><br><h2><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 17px;">Step 11</b></h2><h2><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 17px;">SOAK UP THE SUN</b></h2><div><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"></b><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Y1oSunYmHJQ/Va1P7CwZBxI/AAAAAAAAHhw/405qsUnndJw/s640/blogger-image-1556633600.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Y1oSunYmHJQ/Va1P7CwZBxI/AAAAAAAAHhw/405qsUnndJw/s640/blogger-image-1556633600.jpg"></a></b></div><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></b></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">The sun always makes me happy. Get outside and sit in the sun for 10-15 minutes. If the sun isn't shining then try sitting in front of a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.amazon.com/Verilux-VT05FWW1-HappyLight-6000/dp/B002Q2H2JC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1335817392&amp;sr=8-1">Happy Light</a>.&nbsp;</span><br><h2><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 17px;">Step 12</b></h2><h2><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-size: 17px;">DO A LITTLE PAMPERING</b></h2><div><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"></b><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-1-QBmufomjc/Va1P51DRE-I/AAAAAAAAHho/Jpsgrpgffmw/s640/blogger-image-1470957323.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-1-QBmufomjc/Va1P51DRE-I/AAAAAAAAHho/Jpsgrpgffmw/s640/blogger-image-1470957323.jpg"></a></b></div><b style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></b></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">Get a manicure or pedicure. Get a massage, get your hair done or go buy yourself a new outfit. Go out to dinner or a movie with some friends. If you don't want to spend any money, then go take a nice long bath with some essential oils, put on some relaxing music, use some deep conditioner on your hair, a mask for your face, then give yourself a mani pedi and finish off the night with a good ol' fashion chick flick. &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br></span></div><div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">&nbsp;May we all see better days and appreciate our struggles because they mold us into a work of art.&nbsp;</span></div>Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-86210725189659495692015-07-20T13:51:00.000-06:002015-07-20T13:51:45.897-06:00Redecorating AgainI was looking through some old blog posts and found some pictures of our loft.&nbsp; I thought it would be fun to share some before and afters again because I recently changed up the decor.<br /><div><br /></div><div>This is what it looked like when we moved in almost 10 years ago.</div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-JNm3Vhycx5M/VasutV-s1II/AAAAAAAAHb8/xt5qMeKNY9E/s600/blogger-image--17552572.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-JNm3Vhycx5M/VasutV-s1II/AAAAAAAAHb8/xt5qMeKNY9E/s600/blogger-image--17552572.jpg" /></a></div></div><div><br />And this is how I decorated it soon after we moved in.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-TaaivTytlSE/VasusCBbBuI/AAAAAAAAHb0/DF-KceAiDGk/s600/blogger-image-144543923.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-TaaivTytlSE/VasusCBbBuI/AAAAAAAAHb0/DF-KceAiDGk/s600/blogger-image-144543923.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-lxWLGLUojaY/Vasu6jpQtDI/AAAAAAAAHcc/4vLebLPREXw/s600/blogger-image--1534618272.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-lxWLGLUojaY/Vasu6jpQtDI/AAAAAAAAHcc/4vLebLPREXw/s600/blogger-image--1534618272.jpg" /></a></div><br />&nbsp;And now this is what it looks like...</div><div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-fibxa1nZs18/VasuOLZ5tqI/AAAAAAAAHbE/eQgF023LfQs/s600/blogger-image-1760969034.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-fibxa1nZs18/VasuOLZ5tqI/AAAAAAAAHbE/eQgF023LfQs/s600/blogger-image-1760969034.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Jdj5a9RPnS8/VasuQnKAmyI/AAAAAAAAHbU/8D36AieU_bw/s600/blogger-image--273145387.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Jdj5a9RPnS8/VasuQnKAmyI/AAAAAAAAHbU/8D36AieU_bw/s600/blogger-image--273145387.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div>This loft is doubling as a bedroom at the moment. Brooklyn likes to sleep close to us. So the pullout couch just pretty much stays pulled out as a bed all the time.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-bTTKg1tVV2Q/Vasu4zyvKBI/AAAAAAAAHcU/VBmQQRHbHiY/s600/blogger-image--1309356743.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-bTTKg1tVV2Q/Vasu4zyvKBI/AAAAAAAAHcU/VBmQQRHbHiY/s600/blogger-image--1309356743.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div>Here are a few more pics.<br /><br />Here's the old...</div><div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/--cBKl4t01HE/VasuvE5tIwI/AAAAAAAAHcE/5agXjwj-A_o/s600/blogger-image-1283081649.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/--cBKl4t01HE/VasuvE5tIwI/AAAAAAAAHcE/5agXjwj-A_o/s600/blogger-image-1283081649.jpg" /></a></div></div><div><br />And now the new...</div><div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-jJtuB3IQyRs/Vasu2lhLy_I/AAAAAAAAHcM/m7Oxuv9WBDY/s600/blogger-image--869593066.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-jJtuB3IQyRs/Vasu2lhLy_I/AAAAAAAAHcM/m7Oxuv9WBDY/s600/blogger-image--869593066.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pIkhZZW_c0g/VasuPUaPOiI/AAAAAAAAHbM/PqqVa_vhFAs/s600/blogger-image-178195378.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pIkhZZW_c0g/VasuPUaPOiI/AAAAAAAAHbM/PqqVa_vhFAs/s600/blogger-image-178195378.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-uCEZ1DtQlqY/Vasu9UI0zFI/AAAAAAAAHck/HLsJOso8XvQ/s600/blogger-image--1364911782.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-uCEZ1DtQlqY/Vasu9UI0zFI/AAAAAAAAHck/HLsJOso8XvQ/s600/blogger-image--1364911782.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-B1Vy80cMV5Q/VasuqCFqbdI/AAAAAAAAHbs/h4_kHqQljtc/s600/blogger-image-354209301.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-B1Vy80cMV5Q/VasuqCFqbdI/AAAAAAAAHbs/h4_kHqQljtc/s600/blogger-image-354209301.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-75que5e9tWo/VasuXagFMoI/AAAAAAAAHbc/LZZpc4cIdF8/s600/blogger-image--995039363.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-75que5e9tWo/VasuXagFMoI/AAAAAAAAHbc/LZZpc4cIdF8/s600/blogger-image--995039363.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-PV-aB0FoQrE/VasumdTmCXI/AAAAAAAAHbk/Z84KQo0CWak/s600/blogger-image--1106750259.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-PV-aB0FoQrE/VasumdTmCXI/AAAAAAAAHbk/Z84KQo0CWak/s600/blogger-image--1106750259.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div>Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-43205159119507623502015-07-19T13:25:00.001-06:002015-07-19T13:47:40.936-06:00Pioneer Day&nbsp; In honor of my moms birthday, July 23rd and <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pioneer_Day_%28Utah%29">Pioneer Day</a>, July 24th (celebrated in Utah), we made these cute and easy to make covered wagons. My mom recently told us about how her mom made these as party favors for one of her birthday parties as a child. So I thought it would be fun to have my kids make some.<br /><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-16-gHYP6JkQ/Vav5kHcLIqI/AAAAAAAAHd0/BxuWHdOjepU/s600/blogger-image-640807494.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-16-gHYP6JkQ/Vav5kHcLIqI/AAAAAAAAHd0/BxuWHdOjepU/s600/blogger-image-640807494.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div><b>What You'll Need</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div><b>* Large Marshmallows</b></div><div><b>* Granola Bars</b></div><div><b>* Pretzel sticks (for the wheels)</b></div><div><b>* Life Saver Gummies</b></div><div><b>* Fig Newtons</b></div><div><b>* Jelly Beans</b></div><div><b>* White Frosting (to use as glue)</b></div><div><b><br /></b></div><div>I'm going to assume you can figure out how to assemble just by looking at the picture.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-BzSpuR8lWI8/Vav5eCsJryI/AAAAAAAAHdU/e-G0N5Ua0js/s640/blogger-image-16825633.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-BzSpuR8lWI8/Vav5eCsJryI/AAAAAAAAHdU/e-G0N5Ua0js/s640/blogger-image-16825633.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-4SzrfllUXZA/Vav5fiDa76I/AAAAAAAAHdc/Fh_xnncMsbA/s640/blogger-image--1917915811.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-4SzrfllUXZA/Vav5fiDa76I/AAAAAAAAHdc/Fh_xnncMsbA/s640/blogger-image--1917915811.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-4_gBLQ83sR4/Vav5ijVOcTI/AAAAAAAAHds/npxv6FTBN_8/s640/blogger-image--639197535.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-4_gBLQ83sR4/Vav5ijVOcTI/AAAAAAAAHds/npxv6FTBN_8/s640/blogger-image--639197535.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-t-P2YbLZe68/Vav5g2MmmgI/AAAAAAAAHdk/YdCXEdJ3-do/s640/blogger-image-66442800.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-t-P2YbLZe68/Vav5g2MmmgI/AAAAAAAAHdk/YdCXEdJ3-do/s640/blogger-image-66442800.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div>Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-30914223858670674312015-07-17T09:31:00.000-06:002015-07-17T09:34:16.578-06:00Write Down Your Prayers<div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-g0Z--3cAo_0/VakebsthWZI/AAAAAAAAHYo/KVc7b8V-tEM/s600/blogger-image--1925930329.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-g0Z--3cAo_0/VakebsthWZI/AAAAAAAAHYo/KVc7b8V-tEM/s600/blogger-image--1925930329.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div>&nbsp; Writing down your prayers. I never thought of this before. I got the idea from a <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Homeschooling-Meek-Quiet-Spirit-Maxwell/dp/0966910710/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1437146965&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=homeschooling+with+a+meek+and+quiet+spirit">book I read</a> a while ago.<br /><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-naATDZbPkxo/Vakff0qmdkI/AAAAAAAAHZA/-MVH6SA3ygU/s1600/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-07-17%2Bat%2B9.29.48%2BAM.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-naATDZbPkxo/Vakff0qmdkI/AAAAAAAAHZA/-MVH6SA3ygU/s320/Screen%2BShot%2B2015-07-17%2Bat%2B9.29.48%2BAM.png" width="229" /></a></div><br /><br /><div>&nbsp; I thought this was brilliant! Not only does it get you to THINK more about your prayers, but it helps you remember what you prayed for and in turn will help you recognize when God ANSWERS your prayers. I've been guilty of praying for things, then just going about my day not noticing or even expecting my prayers to be answered. I've been trying harder to NOTICE the many miracles in my everyday. Trying to recognize every blessing and allow God to guide me in doing what HE wants me to do.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp; Affirmations can be considered prayers, but the only difference is with prayers, we are giving God the glory and taking away any assumption that we did it ourselves. Everything good comes from God, even our abilities to overcome and accomplish great things. He's with us every step of the way.&nbsp;</div></div>Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-23660644868465187612015-07-15T14:36:00.000-06:002015-07-15T20:43:30.081-06:00Loving Your Body After Baby<div class="separator" style="clear: both;">&nbsp;&nbsp; Not gonna lie, I've had the hardest time really LOVING my body with the after affects of having babies. I've been using a lot of affirmations this past year and reading them really helps me when I'm feeling down on myself. I'm learning that this is one of Satan's greatest weapons against moms. Instead of rejoicing in the fact that our amazing bodies can create LIFE, we tear ourselves down and set these unrealistic expectations. Why are we women so obsessed with looking perfect?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-0Omc9yjrals/VaalpPwpDJI/AAAAAAAAHVE/s1xCYz4uIHw/s640/blogger-image--24499913.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-0Omc9yjrals/VaalpPwpDJI/AAAAAAAAHVE/s1xCYz4uIHw/s640/blogger-image--24499913.jpg" /></a></div>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">&nbsp; It's funny because not too long ago I thought I had this all figured out. I was in a good place with my body image and I accepted that it wasn't perfect, aging, losing elasticity. I was okay with it. Content and confident. Another reminder that Satan is relentless. Just when you think you have it together, you're reminded that you don't. Like I was saying in my,<i> <a href="http://balancedmoms.blogspot.com/2015/07/let-scriptures-be-your-guide.html">Let The Scriptures Be Your Guide</a> </i>post, we need constant reminders. It takes daily effort on our part to remain in a good place mentally and spiritually.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">&nbsp; "Clearly, Satan wants us to see ourselves as the world sees us, not as the Lord sees us, because the world's mirror, like a circus mirror in which a five-foot, ten-inch women appears two feet tall, distorts and minimizes us. Satan tells us we're not good enough. Not smart enough. Not thin enough. Not cute enough. Not clever enough. Not <i>anything </i>enough. And that is a big, fat, devilish lie. He wants us to believe that there is no status or significance in being a mother. <i>That </i>&nbsp;is a lie~ and an evil lie. He wants us to believe that the influence of women is inherently inferior. <i>And that is a lie. </i>"</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">-<a href="http://www.amazon.com/No-Doubt-About-Sheri-Dew/dp/1573459321/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1436984411&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=sheri+dew+no+doubt+about+it">Sheri Dew (No Doubt About It)</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">&nbsp; We are amazing! Our bodies our amazing! God allows us to create an entire human being with our very own bodies. We get to carry them inside us for 9 months of their lives. Then we are able to FEED that child! Again, WITH our bodies. How amazing is that! Let's not allow Satan to trick us into thinking that our stretch marks are not beautiful. They are reminders of the priceless gift God offers us.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-65_aJIubdTo/Vaaj3eFeBsI/AAAAAAAAHU4/Fpy8KBsgHic/s1600/srp-1317.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="405" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-65_aJIubdTo/Vaaj3eFeBsI/AAAAAAAAHU4/Fpy8KBsgHic/s640/srp-1317.jpg" width="620" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">&nbsp; When ever I think of the changes we go through as we age, I think of Gordan B. Hinckley and what he say's about his wife in his book <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Standing-Something-Neglected-Virtues-Hearts/dp/0609807250/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1436984465&amp;sr=8-1&amp;keywords=standing+for+something">Standing For Something</a>.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">&nbsp; "As I looked at her across the table one evening recently, I noted the wrinkles in her face and hands. But are they less beautiful? NO; in fact, they are more so. Those wrinkles have a beauty of their own, and inherent in their presence is something that speaks reassuringly of strength and integrity, and a love that runs more deeply and quietly than ever before. "</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">&nbsp; Lets remember the aging process for what it really is, a sign of wisdom, experience, and strength. Each wrinkle, &nbsp;each stretch mark tells a beautiful story of a life LIVED!&nbsp;</div>Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-65225885248457738092015-07-12T19:08:00.001-06:002015-07-15T14:40:41.534-06:00Healthy Jello Snack<div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-HedxzMlheu0/VaMPet6ov0I/AAAAAAAAHOw/r6yxHPf5vPk/s640/blogger-image-1780294480.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-HedxzMlheu0/VaMPet6ov0I/AAAAAAAAHOw/r6yxHPf5vPk/s640/blogger-image-1780294480.jpg" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">I recently discovered this amazing little snack that will help improve your skin, hair, nails, digestion, and joints. This&nbsp;<span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0); font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">homemade jello is made without the artificial colors and flavorings found in the store bought kind.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Have you ever tried natural grass fed gelatin?</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-5lHHoQ99Xqs/VaMPgBUXj3I/AAAAAAAAHO4/C15Qz52RcVo/s640/blogger-image-757234847.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-5lHHoQ99Xqs/VaMPgBUXj3I/AAAAAAAAHO4/C15Qz52RcVo/s320/blogger-image-757234847.jpg" width="240" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;">Neither have I until just recently. I never even knew that natural gelatin had so many great health benefits.&nbsp;</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">"Gelatin is the purified protein derived by the selective hydrolysis of collagen from the skin, the connective tissue and/or bones of animals. Great Lakes Gelatin provides you with the highest types of pure unflavored edible gelatin. It is available in type A (porcine), or type B (bovine or bone)."</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><i>You can find this on <a href="http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_4?url=search-alias%3Daps&amp;field-keywords=gelatin&amp;sprefix=gela%2Caps%2C344">Amazon</a>, that's pretty much where I buy everything these days. Amazon prime baby, it's the way to go.&nbsp;</i></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;">So the way I prepared this was simply mixed up 3 1/2 cups of the <a href="http://www.escobargroup.isagenix.com/">Isagenix</a> hibiscus Want More Energy/Replenish drink (I would recommend 5 scoops of the powder).&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-_znjwpUhnjA/VaQ3NL1kT6I/AAAAAAAAHPs/Nl5P0u-4fJ4/s640/blogger-image-400208647.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="319" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-_znjwpUhnjA/VaQ3NL1kT6I/AAAAAAAAHPs/Nl5P0u-4fJ4/s320/blogger-image-400208647.jpg" width="320" /></a></span></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;">Or you can use 100% fruit juice. In a separate &nbsp;bowl, pour 1/2 cup of the juice or WME drink in and mix with 2 T of the gelatin (needs to soak for a few minutes). Then pour 1/2 cup of boiling water into the gelatin/juice mixture. Stir until desolves then add the rest of the juice/WME. After its all mixed together then pour into a greased or lined pan and let chill in the fridge for a couple hours.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"></span><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-PsVYtk7VNqs/VaQ3PRUUeiI/AAAAAAAAHP8/OamP5ymY2ds/s640/blogger-image--23248998.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-PsVYtk7VNqs/VaQ3PRUUeiI/AAAAAAAAHP8/OamP5ymY2ds/s640/blogger-image--23248998.jpg" /></a></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;">After mine was done I cut into squares and placed in tupperware for a quick snack.</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6_k9d-gQ9N8/VaQ3OGHGERI/AAAAAAAAHP0/lFFbKE9_GMI/s640/blogger-image--757393309.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-6_k9d-gQ9N8/VaQ3OGHGERI/AAAAAAAAHP0/lFFbKE9_GMI/s640/blogger-image--757393309.jpg" /></a></span></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);">&nbsp;I like to top mine with non dairy coconut whip cream and fresh blueberries. So yummy!!!</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; background-color: rgba(255, 255, 255, 0);"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><b>Coconut Whipped Cream</b></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;">Just whip up a can of coconut milk that has been chilled for a few hours,&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-VFngLalABGw/VaQ5cZdBbqI/AAAAAAAAHQI/a25LG6nNaWo/s640/blogger-image-1419211427.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-VFngLalABGw/VaQ5cZdBbqI/AAAAAAAAHQI/a25LG6nNaWo/s640/blogger-image-1419211427.jpg" /></a></span></div><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><br /></span><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;">I like to make big batches at a time so I usually use 3 cans. Separate</span><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">&nbsp;the thick cream from the runny watery part. Use the watery part for smoothies, and save the thick part for your whipped Cream. &nbsp;Use an electric beater and whip the cream with a little bit of honey and vanilla extract. I usually always have some ready made in my fridge cause I LOVE this stuff on everything. Pancakes, fruit, smoothies, yum!!!</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;">So now tell me, what are your thoughts? Have any of you made homemade gummies with this stuff? That's next on my list. Leave a comment below if you have any tips or tricks to add? I love to hear what other people are doing, especially when it comes to improving the skin.&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto; font-family: 'Helvetica Neue Light', HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue Light, HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><b><i>UPDATE:</i></b></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue Light, HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><b><i>I just made another batch of jello using 100% grape juice and I added another tablespoon of the gelatin. I have to say that I really liked the texture better. Much more dense.&nbsp;</i></b></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue Light, HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><b><i></i></b></span></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue Light, HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><b><i><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-GXXWy3CQeSY/VaXEfAYBheI/AAAAAAAAHUk/-jWLB965j4M/s640/blogger-image-540827506.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-GXXWy3CQeSY/VaXEfAYBheI/AAAAAAAAHUk/-jWLB965j4M/s640/blogger-image-540827506.jpg" /></a></i></b></span></span></div><span style="font-family: Helvetica Neue Light, HelveticaNeue-Light, helvetica, arial, sans-serif;"><span style="-webkit-text-size-adjust: auto;"><b><i><br /></i></b></span></span>Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-87658250657680106462015-07-11T16:41:00.001-06:002015-07-14T07:15:39.916-06:00Let The Scriptures Be Your GuideContinuing my thoughts from my last post.<br /><div>&nbsp; As I was saying, I prayed for motivation to do something that would get me excited. I needed guidance, a project, SOMETHING. God led me straight to the scriptures. Which is what inspired me to blog again. I want to share the things I'm learning.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp;For those of you who don't know, I am <a href="https://www.lds.org/?lang=eng">LDS</a> (Mormon). I'm a Christian. I believe in the Bible and The Book of Mormon (another testament of Jesus Christ). I've read the scriptures here and there but I admit, I'm not too familiar with them. I usually make a goal to read them daily but would quickly lose motivation to be consistent. Because of the somewhat hard to understand scripture language I found myself dozing off or easily distracted. I had a really hard time focusing on what I was reading.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp;This is the first time in my life that I'm actually understanding and enjoying the scriptures. Two reasons, one is because I have the desire to learn more. And two, because I've been using some great study guides that are helping me tremendously.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7qoKFoF6_yc/VaJtUzQKQkI/AAAAAAAAHOM/ukJysOjZxvk/s640/blogger-image--290928033.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-7qoKFoF6_yc/VaJtUzQKQkI/AAAAAAAAHOM/ukJysOjZxvk/s640/blogger-image--290928033.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div>I am really loving this one. Shannon Foster is also known as T<a href="https://www.lds.org/?lang=eng">he Red Headed Hostess</a> (that's the name of her blog). She has so many great resources, some are downloads she sells directly on her site and others you can find on Amazon. That's where I found this doodle book.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-CQIwWi2ixcQ/VaJtXsv8vNI/AAAAAAAAHOc/g6RQNvEuCDg/s640/blogger-image--1614274163.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-CQIwWi2ixcQ/VaJtXsv8vNI/AAAAAAAAHOc/g6RQNvEuCDg/s640/blogger-image--1614274163.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div>The next resource is this book👇.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-vmwg-C94u-o/VaJtT3D2FmI/AAAAAAAAHOE/RGFAqEn2O0M/s640/blogger-image--1289296720.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-vmwg-C94u-o/VaJtT3D2FmI/AAAAAAAAHOE/RGFAqEn2O0M/s640/blogger-image--1289296720.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div>I REALLY love this book! Basically it's the Book of Mormon with commentary. It has been extremely helpful in helping me understand.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp; Right now I'm reading the words of Isaiah (also found in the Bible), which are known to be some of the most difficult scriptures to understand. Isaiah has a very poetic way of teaching which is beautiful but not always easy to follow.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp; "We need to develop the ability to see applications in the scriptures which would parallel conditions or situations in our own lives. Then the scriptures come to life." -David J. Ridges</div><div>&nbsp; This is such a fun thing to do! Sometimes it seems so hard to relate to those ancient times, but if we really TRY, we will start to see how every scripture can apply to our lives in some way.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp; Isaiah talks about the scriptures being our guide and how we don't have to be lost or depressed, wondering what our purpose is. The scriptures gives us the answers, inspiration, motivation and guidance. They truly lift us up and keep us going with goals and purposes in our every day.</div><div>&nbsp; I'm seeing the scriptures in a whole new light, a way I have never experienced, not even on my mission. It's so fun to be able to learn and understand new things each day!!!</div><div>&nbsp; Another thing I'm noticing about &nbsp;Isaiah's way of teaching is that he's also very repetative. It might seem annoying to some people but I think for this reason he was so inspired. God knows that the natural man easily forgets or can be "hard heads". That's why it's important that we study DAILY, and attend church regularly. We need constant reminders.</div><div>&nbsp; When we "liken" this unto our parenting, it might help us be a little more patient with our own children. We are constantly repeating ourselves, "put your shoes away!", "clean up your mess", ect. No need to get irritated by this. They are normal human beings, they FORGET. &nbsp;It's our job as parents to remind (repeat ourselves), over and over and over and over again. We should be grateful for every teaching opportunity even if we've said it a MILLION times before.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-P2l4dT2Sqh4/VaJtWfZ3-bI/AAAAAAAAHOU/XT3ey4bNXJc/s640/blogger-image--2114151732.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-P2l4dT2Sqh4/VaJtWfZ3-bI/AAAAAAAAHOU/XT3ey4bNXJc/s640/blogger-image--2114151732.jpg" /></a></div><br /></div><div><a href="http://youtu.be/VsUu-7i5IL4">http://youtu.be/VsUu-7i5IL4</a></div>Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-40888243028672791492015-07-10T21:44:00.001-06:002015-07-14T07:14:39.709-06:00I Still Wanna Be Balanced<div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div>Recently I was having this feeling, and the only way I know how to describe it is BLAH. Not depressed, but not completely happy. Just kinda bored I guess you could say. This feeling comes every now and then. Usually it happens right before a big burst of motivation to do something new and creative. I've learned to just wait for the inspiration to flow and allow God to guide me in the right direction. &nbsp;This is exactly what happened to me way back in 2010 right before I first started this blog. Blogging became such a great creative outlet for me at the time. &nbsp;I've missed those blogging days when I could share my passions with so many of you. From homeschooling to natural birth, to healthy living, weight loss, fashion and parenting.<div>&nbsp;Now I have 4 children and things are quite a bit busier, but I feel I should make the time to share my thoughts and the things I'm learning.&nbsp;<div>So here I am again, ready to share my life with my lovely friends!!!</div></div><div><br></div><div>&nbsp; I'll post more tomorrow, but let me leave you with a picture of my favorite summer outfit I got from Belle Elle Boutique.</div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-296OydfkJ4o/VaEcnvC5U3I/AAAAAAAAHNw/8-I7jSFxC_c/s640/blogger-image--920437091.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-296OydfkJ4o/VaEcnvC5U3I/AAAAAAAAHNw/8-I7jSFxC_c/s640/blogger-image--920437091.jpg"></a></div><br></div><div><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><br></div><br></div><div><br></div>Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com3tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-70626046924855430692015-07-10T16:18:00.001-06:002015-07-10T16:18:57.232-06:00Happy Birthday Sean!!!<br><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-bEjqyl6XXlI/VaBEyWh9QqI/AAAAAAAAHNU/NyVo34tlwZo/s640/blogger-image-842645309.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-bEjqyl6XXlI/VaBEyWh9QqI/AAAAAAAAHNU/NyVo34tlwZo/s640/blogger-image-842645309.jpg"></a></div>Dinner and a show for Sean!!!<br><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pEdSNf0AA1g/VaBEvjQNIJI/AAAAAAAAHNE/fUJd2JBuNk0/s640/blogger-image-39717431.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-pEdSNf0AA1g/VaBEvjQNIJI/AAAAAAAAHNE/fUJd2JBuNk0/s640/blogger-image-39717431.jpg"></a></div><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-J53WIQMOM1A/VaBEw6IvLhI/AAAAAAAAHNM/ZepccDjNZHE/s640/blogger-image-57701107.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-J53WIQMOM1A/VaBEw6IvLhI/AAAAAAAAHNM/ZepccDjNZHE/s640/blogger-image-57701107.jpg"></a></div><br><div class="separator" style="clear: both;"><a href="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-icZl-EYrnZM/VaBEz9QCJBI/AAAAAAAAHNc/ZSBMHT1P7MY/s640/blogger-image--1028573456.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-icZl-EYrnZM/VaBEz9QCJBI/AAAAAAAAHNc/ZSBMHT1P7MY/s640/blogger-image--1028573456.jpg"></a></div>Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2437591943203400690.post-38074146998502766242011-05-23T10:10:00.000-06:002011-05-23T10:10:23.361-06:0012 Weeks And CountingHello my long lost friends!!!<br />I know I've been pretty much non existent these days, but I intend on getting back on the saddle. I just hit the 12 week mark (in my pregnancy) and have been feeling MUCH better. I seriously spent a good 6 weeks on my couch. So sick, so tired, and no motivation to do anything. I apologize for not responding to emails too. I plan on cleaning out my inbox today.<br /><br />This past week I've been in St. George, furnishing and decorating our <a href="http://www.wannabbalancedmom.com/2011/05/new-home.html">new house</a>. I'm going to video tape it all today and give you a little peak at the progress we've made so far. Still lots more to do, but it's coming along.<br /><br />Here is a fun picture Sean took of a little humming birds next in our front courtyard. We even have a little dove family in our backyard. We are sure enjoying it here and I'm absolutely LOVING the weather. It's been 80 degrees almost every day.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uhlEDV3Ek1k/TdqF3xtui0I/AAAAAAAADj8/CTRMQ3stQSo/s1600/St.+George-20110523-00056.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-uhlEDV3Ek1k/TdqF3xtui0I/AAAAAAAADj8/CTRMQ3stQSo/s400/St.+George-20110523-00056.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br /><br /><a href="http://www.topmommyblogs.com/" target="_blank"><img alt="Top Mommy Blogs - Mom Blog Directory" border="0" height="59" src="http://www.topmommyblogs.com/directory/images//banners/tmb-468x60-slow.gif" width="468" /></a> <img src="http://i110.photobucket.com/albums/n120/dragonfly101201/Crystal-Siggy.png" />Crystal Escobarhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15477802676099792677noreply@blogger.com14