Video: Summer System! Calendar Flow

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Make the summer days at home easy!!! This calendar teaches kids to do things on their own and what parent doesn't want that!? Right?

Wishing you an incredible summer!

Below are are couple options for paper punch cards with an affiliate link through Amazon.

Millions of Forms

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my friend malea

One being with the potential of millions of forms. We can laugh, run, jump, play, sing, yell, dance. The list goes on!

When I heard these words in my class @behotyoga I felt power. The power to be strong and to focus on all the things I CAN do - all the forms that I CAN be. It’s interesting how in this world we can so quickly default to what we can’t do or what we are not. So often we let our minds get in the way! When we let that go we can soar! I loved thinking about my abilities & when I think of life from that angle I can see all the forms that I have the choice to take on. Millions of forms!

PS — did you guys see the movie, I Feel Pretty? It’s kinda like that. When she lets go of her doubt in herself she does amazing things. If you didn’t see it, GO! It was fantastic. 
Thank you for your inspiration! @jasherfeellove 
 

Video: What Your Yoga Teacher Wants You To Know

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Whether you have never set foot on a yoga mat or are an avid yogi 🧘🏻‍♀️ this video will give you something to think about. My guest is my long time yoga instructor from @behotyoga @lilmisslisajean. She feeds five fantastic, well maybe six 🤣, tips on things your yoga instructor would want you to know. Hope you love the tips!

Presto - Buttermilk Pancakes & Syrup

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Ok later, you might hate me for sharing this recipe with you! It is so GOOD & so BAD! Like lick your plate good! Oh my! I figure I'm good if I only make it a few times a week --- WAIT I mean a few times a year!  🤣 SO GOOD!

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*PS - I never actually have buttermilk on hand at my house so I always use a substitute. 1 cup milk to 1 Tbl lemon juice. For this recipe you actually need to mix 4 3/4 milk with 4 3/4 Tbl lemon juice before you start making the recipes so it has time to sit before you need it.

Buttermilk Pancakes

Ingredients: 

3 c flour

3 Tbl sugar

1 ½ tsp salt 

3 tsp baking soda

3 tsp baking powder

3 eggs - separate whites

3 1/4 c buttermilk

Mix dry ingredients together with wire whisk. Add egg yolks. Add buttermilk to consistency. Add ¼ cube melted butter. Whip egg whites until stiff and fold into batter.

 

Buttermilk Syrup

3 cube butter

3 c sugar

1 ½ c buttermilk 

1 ½ tsp baking soda

Get a large pot. Now get a larger one! Yes thats the one. This recipe “comes up” when you add the baking soda. You will thank me for having you get that LARGE pot to make this in. It’s simple. Bring butter, sugar, and buttermilk to a boil. Then add baking soda. Done! Keep warm until you drizzle this insane mixture over those fluffy beautiful little cakes!

Keep reaching!

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my friend malea

Never stop reaching my friends!  Recently a dear friend said some words to me that helped me through discouragement that seems to be pressing on me. ANYONE ELSE?  Woosh! Sometimes I feel like a target!  

AND - Get this real quick, she shared this with me because someone else shared this idea. For real people we live in a cool world. And seeing things like this help pull us out of the dark!

So here is the idea. That a seed, if it could feel might feel similar to me. Thrown into a dark pit and covered with weight and darkness. The seed tries to reach beyond itself, but still only finds dark. Then as if the dark and weight and lonely is not enough, some loving caregiver feeds it with what feels to the seed like a flood. A flood that knocks the air out of it for a time. Eventually, it dries out and the seed reaches more, and it cracks, almost breaking the seed. After it's new state the seed only finds more darkness and another flood and is still feeling the weight of the dirt placed upon it. It takes much effort for the seed to keep trying, to keep sprouting but when it finally breaks through to the sunlight it begins to multiply and quickly changes from just a seed in the dark, to a full grown plant. Green and glorious with the capacity to absorb so much light through its leaves and being stronger in its roots for all the time spent in the dark.

This was beautiful imagery for me.  I wanted to cry when my friend poetically spoke this analogy to me. It was what I needed that day to keep me going. So, my friends, today I share it with you, hoping that someone else, one of you needed that same imagery. KEEP REACHING TOWARD THE LIGHT. You will break through. You will see light. You will feel light and you will be stronger for all the reaching you do. 

Thank you @fight.like.girls for sharing and @jenjamin7 for re-sharing. You are never waisting your energy when you are sharing good. ♥️ 

Video: Road Trippin'! Fun Ideas For Traveling With Kids!

My Mamma

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This one is mine ♥️ Today I got to spend the day with her. We all got to hear the easy way she laughs and observe the way she completely enjoys her family. 
I have thought a lot about my momma in a few ways this week. One, is the way she put the hot washcloths on my head whenever I was sick and then put another dry towel over the top to trap in the heat. Two, is all the effort she puts into making events special. And three is her sacrifice. Constantly giving for her children. 
These thoughts alone have spurred many in helping me see how her influence has inspired me. 
I have read today about how much mothers do, how they are magic, and how they are a gift beyond measure from heaven. It’s true. Mothers are from God for us individually. So happy to reflect on how glorious motherhood is. Grateful for my momma and for the ones that make me one. It is a role I absolutely adore. Happy Mother’s day my friends.💐

Reading! Video & Book Lists to Keep Your Kids Incentivized!

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Sharing all my tips in the video to help your kids learn to love reading! INCLUDING how to get teens to read!  

👇🏼HERE ARE MY BOOK LISTS!!👇🏼 - For all the phases that I talked about!

Also please know that the books are provided to you through affiliate links. This helps support me and makes it possible for me to bring you more great content. Affiliate links do not cost you more money, they just give me a bonus for sharing the product. Just click on the book and it will take you to Amazon where you can add it to your cart! Thank you in advance for using any affiliate link I provide you with.

Elementary, I Choose You Choose Phase

Teir I

Tier II

Tier III

A couple things to be said about the books in Tier II & III.

  • Complications: A Surgeons Notes on an Imperfect Science. This book is in Tier II because of what it teaches about the medical field. Not a pleasure read but OH so great to understand that we have to be our own advocate and how to handle things in the medical field. 
  • The Screwtape letters is my favorite book of all time BUT it is easier to get into it if you understand the premise of the book. For this purpose I recommend you read it for sure first before giving it to your kid.
  • The Family Crucible I read in college and it stayed with me in understanding family relationships. It is vital and purposeful BUT it is not on the list because it is "such a good book" its in Tier III because of what it teaches.
  • Atlas Shrugged. I loved it. I read the beginning, listened to the middle and read the end. It is a lot to get through. For that reason I think the way I did it works really good. It is a great one to talk government and organizations with your kids BUT remember how I said I would do this even as they grow older? This book is definitely that. One to dive into for experienced readers OR when they are older for sure.

And Lastly -This is a great one to

Read Aloud To Your Teens

For awesome conversations about $$

 

Hope you guys love the lists! Include in the comments below if you have any suggestions on books you love! 

*Also a note on the movies that go along with these books.... always a great reward when the movie is good!  We liked, Summer of the Monkeys, Where the Red Fern Grows, Holes and the Giver from I choose you choose. AND we do not recommend The Sign of the Beaver movie.

From The Tiers we loved The Glass Castle, Follow the River, The Help, The Book Thief, A Monster Calls and Atlas Shrugged.

Protein Bites

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Ingredients: 

1 1/2 c peanut / almond butter

3 servings protein powder

3/4 c honey

1 1/2 tea vanilla

1/2 tea sea salt

2 1/4 c rolled oats

Mix nut butter, protein powder and honey in mixer. Add in vanilla & salt and mix. Lastly add in the oats. Then using a cookie scoop, scoop out onto cookie sheet forming perfectly sized bites. Next throw them in the freezer long enough for them to firm up. 

Then you can place them into a container or a ziploc bag to store in the fridge. Now you have a quick healthy snack at the ready for you or the hungry bellies that pass through your kitchen! Enjoy!

Video: Lost My Little Girl & My Dad - Perspective on Death

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It’s my Dad’s birthday today! Super fitting to be able to share this video today. He is the one who taught me a new perspective on death. Today I’m sharing that perspective with you.  

♥️ Wishing all your hearts well! ♥️