Self Care For 2018

2017 has come to an end and it is time to embrace 2018. I’m pretty sure that this past year has been an interesting roller coaster ride. This year my primary focus has been set on my family, which is not a bad thing but I didn’t set time aside for me.I didn’t do much to my hair or makeup, and I decided that I’m going to set more time for me.
So I am encouraging you to focus on Self Care.

If you can’t afford to do some of the things on your self care list here are a 10 tips to practice self care in 2018.

Here are some tips to make sure that you are taking care of yourself:

Coffee-time: I know that we all have experience the “don’t talk me until I have my coffee”. Coffee-time for me is sacred and it definitely gives me life. I mostly drink our coffee in the morning which gives me the opportunity to reflect on my day and to figure out what adventure my daughter and I would embark on.

Massage/facial: Getting a massage or facial can definitely relax the body and relieve stress. It also releases the toxins and leads to recovering with muscles pain and it releases endorphins & enhances your mood.

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Bubble bath w/ aromatherapy(essential oils): My favorite essential oils are Eucalyptus, lavender, and lemongrass; they hold the healing properties of muscle aches, colds, anxiety,and mood swings.Enjoy a large glass of wine and soak those worries away.

Mani/Pedi: If you get the opportunity to leave the house for a few hours take the time to get a much needed mani/pedi. You need to relax, relate and release; you can’t expect to be helpful to your family or those around you if you don’t take time for yourself. Do you!

Yoga/Meditation: Yoga and meditation has definitely changed my life, especially when I get stressed out or I just want to be healthy in my mind and body. With meditation I am able to reflect on the things that may affect me whether it is parenting or balancing entrepreneurship. I love how I am able to strengthen my body through yoga and use meditation for self awareness.

Journal: Journaling is definitely something that I encourage everyone to do. You are able to be creative or you can write about your troubles to help let them go. I know that we all have moments where we feel that no one understands what you are going through, but if you write it down then you are able to free yourself from that burden.

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Lazy Day: Recently I took the time to do almost absolutely nothing, I was determined to relax and not to run myself crazy. Having a lazy day gives you the opportunity to take care of yourself and to do less as possible.

Vacation: Pack you an overnight bag and get you can an Airbnb and go have fun. Take the time not planning your getaway.

Get dolled up: Recently I’ve got back into makeup and I decided to make this my mandatory mommy-time. I am loving how I am able to be creative and enjoy the time to myself. You can get dolled up and you don’t have to go anywhere.

Binge watch movies/shows: During this holiday season I’ve been binge watching everything HallMark. I love a romantic Christmas story, especially when they have an adorable story line. Hallmark is so great even when they have the same story line but it gets addictive.

Some of my favorite sites to use for finding discounted hotels, spa, hair packages, and etc is Groupon, Living social and Airbnb.Check them out! (This is not sponsored)

I hope that my 2018 Self care tips are helpful to you. You have to remember that you need to make time to slow down and make time for you!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! 

Creating Holiday Traditions

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The holiday season is among us , you may have a young up and coming family or a well experienced family ; my point for saying this is we all love traditions. I am a huge traditionalist especially now that I have my own family. I love the traditions that my parents bestowed upon me! I really wanted to add to the or put my own spin on things.

Just this past Thanksgiving my family had our own Thanksgiving/ Friendsgiving without our entire family. This Christmas we won’t be doing Elf on the Shelf, I really wish that we could but I figured my daughter wouldn’t understand the concept and the Elf would become her favorite toy instead. We do intend to leave milk and cookies for Santa!

Here are a few traditions to try with your family:

  • Watching Christmas Movies

I’ve been encouraging the Christmas movies because I want my daughter to understand who Santa is and that he isn’t scary.

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  • Go See Santa and Take a Picture

We took Mariah to see Santa last year and she did very well, but this year not a chance. She was not feeling Santa at all! We even sat with Santa to make it easier. I think we can chop this up to her needing a nap. So, make sure that your little one is well rested and dressed for the occasion.

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  • Dress for the Occasion

I think it is so cute to have matching pajamas or t-shirts to wear for picture day or the holiday festivities.

  • A Delicious Family Treat/Santa Treat

Recently, I attended an event at church for Friendsgiving and I tasted one of the most delicious cookies EVER!

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This S’Mores Cookie was beyond delicious and it has definitely made the list of cookies for Santa. I found a delicious recipe on Pinterest for a S’mores Cookie .

I hope that my family traditions give you ideas for your family!

From my family to yours Happy Holidays!!!

 

Simple Holiday Recipes

Simple Holiday Recipes

Happy Holidays!!!

Are you feeling stumped on what you might be cooking for the Holidays? Well you have come to the right place. Here are some recipes that I share with my family and now you can share them with your family too !

*Each recipe can feed 4-6 people!

Mama’s Homemade Stuffing
Ingredients:
-1 box of cornbread jiffy mix
-½ Bag of toast
-1 medium onion
-2 diced celery stick
– 2 eggs
-1 cup Chicken broth
-1 stick butter

Directions:
Bake the jiffy mix according to the directions on the box.
Toast the ½ bag of bread
Tear the toast by hand or your can cut it to your preference.
Break apart the cornbread
Chop your onion and celery, then combine all of the dry ingredients to a bowl.
Pour the stuffing mix into a casserole dish and top the stuffing with the butter and chicken broth.
Bake the stuffing for 30-45 mins at 350*F.

3-Cheese Mac N’ Cheese
Ingredients:
-1 box Elbow Pasta
-Cheese : 1 8 oz cream cheese, Velveeta, and Mozzarella
-½ cup Milk
-1 teaspoon of Paprika
-3 tsp of butter (stick butter)

Directions:

Boil the pasta for 5 -10 mins. Strain pasta and toss with butter, then add the cheeses & paprika. Add ingredients to a casserole dish and pour the milk over pasta mixture.
Bake the Mac n’ Cheese for 30-40 mins at 350F.

Yummy Sweet Potato Pie
Ingredients:
-1 lb. of sweet potatoes
-½ cup butter (melted)
-1 cup brown sugar or granulated white sugar
-½ tsp nutmeg
-½ tsp cinnamon
-1 tsp Vanilla
-2 eggs
-unbaked pie shells

Directions:

Bake sweet potatoes in the oven for 1-1.5 hours at 400*F. When the potatoes cool peel the skin from the potatoes and mash them. After you have mashed the potatoes add the butter and the rest of the unused ingredients. Pour the pie mixture into the shells. Bake the pies at 325 F for 23-30 mins until firm.

 

Honey Glazed Ham

Ingredients:
-Honey
-Brown Sugar
-Cloves
– 1 can Pineapple slices
*toothpicks

Directions:

Purchased a pre-sliced ham and scorn the ham. Put the cloves in the ham at the intersecting points of the scoring. Mix the honey and brown sugar in a bowl, then pour the honey mixture over the ham. Lastly, add the pineapple slices to the ham and hold in place with toothpicks.
*Place in crock pot for 2-3 hours on low.
OR
*Bake in oven fully cover with foil for 1-1.15 hours at 325 *F. Baste the ham every 20 mins.

No Bake Cheesecake
Ingredients:
-1 8oz. cream cheese
-1 cup of cool whip
-1 cup of sugar
-1 tsp vanilla
-Graham cracker crust
-Canned filling (my favorites are strawberry and blueberry)

Directions:

Blend together the ingredients except the fruit filling. Then add the mixture to the pie shell. Make sure that mixture is smooth and flat then top cheesecake with your desired fruit filling. Lastly, put it in the refrigerator to set for up 2 hours.

 

Sweet Cranberry BBQ Meatballs
(sweet BBQ-jelly meatballs)

Ingredients:
-2 pkgs of frozen meatballs
-1 bottle BBQ sauce(your choice)
-1 can cranberry sauce

Directions:

*Add of the ingredients to your crock pot and cook for 1-2 hours on high.

*Another homemade meatball recipe is to use fresh ground turkey or ground beef, then season with Italian seasoning and salt & pepper to taste. Add 2 eggs and 1 cup of Panko bread crumbs. Form the mixture into small balls(I use a cookie dough scoop). Bake in the oven for 30 mins at 350*F until brown,then put the meatballs in the Crock pot and BBQ sauce and grape jelly.

 

I really hope that these recipes find you well and that it makes your tummy as happy as it makes my family.

 

Happy Holidays !!!