Saving Your Sanity

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This past week I feel like everyone’s stress levels have sky rocketed.  The drama from the presidential race is taking a toll on a lot of people and their levels of happiness and sanity.  I have a friend who just deleted Facebook from their phone, and they remarked “Wow! I’m so much happier!”  Another friend was literally losing sleep over this drama.  She solved her problem from unfollowing Facebook pages that were bringing her down.

Save your sanity with some of these tips I learned from Shawn Achor, one of the world’s happiness experts.   He used to be a professor at Harvard teaching one of the most popular courses they offerred – on happiness!

1. Don’t look at the news in the morning. Just TWO MINUTES of watching the news in the morning will impact your mood hours later.  Like 1/2 a day later!   This does not mean that you have to have your head in the sand.  Just look at the news in the afternoon or evening.

2. When you’re brushing your teeth before bed, think of THREE NEW things that you are happy about it. And be very specific on what you think about them.  Not I’m happy for my friends, family and health.

3. Send one “Thank You” email or text every morning thanking someone or complimenting them on how awesome they are. If you do that, not only did you make yourself happier, you brightened someone’s day!  Sounds crazy but this simple act of kindness is considered the most powerful way to save your sanity and make you happier.

Watch Shawn Achor’s TED talk, one of the most watched TED talks of all time.  He tells a hilarious story about his sister! http://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work

Fun and Fast Snack Idea

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I was visiting my friend and her 2 cute little kids at lunch last week, and she was showing me a new snack/lunch that they love.  It was SO easy to make (my kind of food!), and I couldn’t wait to try it out with my kids.

  • Slice apples
  • Dip in peanut butter/nut butter
  • Roll in Cheerios or Honey Nut Cheerios
  • Drizzle with honey (optional)

THAT’S IT!  Super fast and even fun for the kids to do themselves.

I had one bowl with sunflower seed butter for my son, and the other bowl with regular peanut butter (for his friend).

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Of course, Dane did not like it despite liking apples, sunflower seed butter, and Cheerios.  Ugh!  He’s so difficult.  He will eat all of those things by themselves.  However, his friend loved the snack and ate all of it!

I didn’t get any photos of the kids because they took off with their snacks to go play Risk at the dining room table.  I ate Dane’s leftovers. 🙂

A New Twist on Breakfast

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Breakfast on table at resort location

I remember my Grandma not liking to cook much but she could sure make the best eggs on toast.  She used to make it for me when I was little.  I came across the video the other day of someone making eggs on toast but with a twist – instead of toasting bread they were toasting sweet potatoes!

I thought that couldn’t possible work but tried it out.  Not only did it turn out great, this is the BEST kitchen hack ever!  It is so simple to make!  Literally almost as easy as making the traditional eggs on toast.

Try it out!  It’s a fun way to get in more veggies!

Sweet potatoes are full of Vitamins A, C, and B6.  Plus a good source of carotenoids. I buy organic sweet potatoes because they have a much sweeter taste.

Peel the sweet potatoes and slice them thin.

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Put them in the toaster.  I toasted them on the highest setting and did it 2 times.  I know, funny right?!?

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Cook your eggs while the sweet potatoes are toasting.  I know – I broke one of the eggs in the pan.  Life’s not perfect. 🙂

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See it really does work! Use tongs or 2 forks to get the sweet potatoes out.

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Eggs on sweet potatoes! A new twist on breakfast!

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Life Is About Memories, Not Diamonds

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One of my favorite things about Facebook is the On This Day feature.  It’s like having a virtual diary that also happens to be full of photos and videos!

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The other day it showed me photos of a Labor Day trip to my grandparents’ lake house that was from 4 years ago.  Oh what sweet memories!  These were the last photos I took of my grandfather before he got sick.

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My grandparents have both passed away since then, and I love the sweet memories they left.   All 37 summers I spent with them at their lake house, my grandfather’s buttermilk pancakes & his infectious laugh, my grandmother’s stories (she was never short on words), and how my grandmother made you feel like you were the smartest, most important person (even if you weren’t).

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Meal Plan + Grocery List

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If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.  That was ME last week!  The kids had just started school and I hadn’t gotten into a routine yet.  Usually I go to the grocery store on Sundays or Monday mornings, and I have a plan on what we’re eating for the week and what groceries to buy.  Well I didn’t do that, and I ended up going to the grocery store FIVE DAYS IN A ROW!  Ugh! Not only did I waste a lot of time, I bought a few extra things I shouldn’t have.

Starting off this next week with A PLAN!  Here is my menu and grocery list for the week.  Use this to make your week easier!

MEALS + GROCERY LIST

Sunday – Tacos (puree onion & garlic to cook with taco meat) + pinto beans + salad
Monday – Spaghetti with shrimp + salad
Tuesday – Grassfed hamburgers with homemade fries & sweet potato fries + salad + steamed veggies
Wednesday – Roasted chicken with couscous and left over pinto beans + veggies
Thursday – leftovers
Friday – eat out or make homemade pizzas
Saturday – eat out

PRODUCE

Lemons/Limes
Favorite fruit for family (bananas, strawberries, grapes, kiwi, pineapple)
Garlic
Avocado1
tomato
Potatoes
Sweet potatoes
Spinach
Romaine
Cucumber
Favorite veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, Brussel sprouts, asparagus)

COLD/FREEZER

Lean grassfed hamburger meat
Grassfed hamburger patties
Chicken
Shrimp
Pepperoni slices for pizza
Shredded cheddar cheese
Shredded mozzarella
Milk
Yogurt
Frozen Ezekiel wraps for pizza crust

AISLES

Wholewheat hamburger buns
SalsaTaco shells
Taco seasoning
Pinto beans
Extra virgin olive oil
Spaghetti
Spaghetti sauce
Pizza sauce
Couscous

SPICES

Garlic salt
Onion powder
Italian seasoning