Monday, February 8, 2016

Turn it up Tuesday

Welcome back my lovelies! Hope you had an awesome weekend. I know there was this Big Game going on hummmm lol. I enjoyed the halftime show anything else was just noise. Anyways...lets jump right into some fun can't wait to see what you guys bring this week!!!

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Welcome the lovely ladies of Turn It Up Tuesday!

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Natasha from Epic Mommy Adventures | Stacey from This Momma's Ramblings | Cathy from A Peek Into My Paradise | April from April Noelle | Tina from The Happy Creations | Tiffany from MrsTeeLoveLifeLaughter | Melissa from The Coupon Chronicles | Kelly from Making-More | Silvie from My Silly Little Gang | Mari from Living in Mommywood | Tenns from Bliss & Faith | Kimberly from Being a Wordsmith | Elaine from Ramblings of a Bad Domestic Goddess | Ginger from Does Your Sister Have Normal Hair | Free from Couponin Diva | Kori from Just Another Mom | Bev from Eclectic Red Barn | Dawn from Pretty Shabby UK | Anuja from All I Do

And welcome our awesome guest hosts for February!

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Chris from Sweet Mornings | Abiola from Ramblings of A Nigerian Workahomom | Anne from Simple and Savory | Heather from Goodlicious | Celeste from Decor by the Seashore

Interested in being a guest host for the month or becoming a permanent co-host?

Complete the form here! Monthly guest hosts will be chosen on a first come first-serve basis.

Here are the Featured posts from last week!

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Mari chose Loaded Meatballs from Dinosaur Superhero Mommy. "I loved Karen's share I would switch to Turkey or Chicken but looks really tasty."

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Mari chose 10 Red Velvet Recipes from Marilyn's Treats. "Marilyn made me very happy with this share! My very own Valentine gift lol I look forward to trying these!!!"

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Silvie chose Chinese Fried Rice from our very own Elaine from Ramblings of a (Bad) Domestic Goddess. "Chinese fried rice is one of my favorite dishes! I have always wanted to try to make it at home. This looks like an easy and delicious recipe to try, I can't wait."

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Silvie chose White Chocolate Rum Chata Pudding (for stressed out moms!) from The (mis)Adventures of a "Born Again" Farm Girl. "I really enjoy a nice rum and having Guatemalan roots Horchata is one of my ultimate favorite drinks. I have seen Rum Chata but I haven't tried it. This recipe is going to give me the chance of trying it out. :)"
Chris also chose this post. "Grown up pudding that can be a popsicle!!!"

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Abiola chose Quick and Easy Valentine's Day Sign + Blog Hop from our guest host of the month, Celeste from Decor by the Seashore. "I am an ardent lover of easy DIY crafts plus this site has some other wonderful thrifty craft ideas, I'm picking 'DIY Valentine's Day Sign' by Decor by The Seashore"

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Abiola chose How I Conquered My Mummy Guilt from Minted Rogue. "Being a mom is a very hard task on it's own and we sometimes beat ourselves up too hard during our self appraisals...adding to the our mommy-scale so I'm picking 'How I Conquered My Mommy Guilt' by Minted Rouge as my second fave post of the week."

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Celeste chose DIY Pottery Barn knock-off Chairbackers from Urban Jane. "I love how these Valentine's Day chair backers are personalized for each child. They're perfect for kids to collect those Valentine's Day cards!"

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Celeste chose Beautiful Indoor Plants And A Centerpiece Idea from Bisozozo. "You'd never guess this beautiful planter box is made from cardboard and popsicle sticks. It's perfect for showing off that spring time greenery!"

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Bev chose Mango Buttercream Frosting from Morsels of Life. "I love anything with mangoes so this mango frosting is perfect. Having three mango trees, I will be making this recipe when the mangoes come in."

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Bev chose Almond Chocolate Chip Cake Loaf from Budget Girl. "I love anything with chocolate chips and this Chocolate chip loaf sounds wonderful. How can you go wrong."
Stacey also chose this post. "This loaf looks super delicious. I really look forward to giving it a try, because I love the almond and chocolate combination. Thank you for sharing!"

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Anne chose Paleo Mini Pepper Nachos from Pancake Warriors. "What a great idea to get your nacho fix for the superbowl without refined carbs."

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Anne chose Super Bowl Guacamole Recipe With A Twist! from our very own Silvie from My Silly 
Little Gang. "Love the idea of mango and guacamole together."

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Elaine chose The Only Rule You Need To Maintain a Tidy Home from Morgan Manages Mommyhood. "I am always looking for ways to help me maintain a clean home, especially since I really dislike housework. This is so simple. Can’t wait to try it out."

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Elaine chose The 10 Best Red Velvet Recipes for Valentine’s Day! from Better on a Budget. "I love red velvet anything and these are great recipes to try."

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Stacey chose Meyer Lemon Bundt Cake from Don't Sweat the Recipe. "I absolutely love all kinds of lemon cakes and breads. They are so refreshing, without being overly sweet. I look forward to giving this one a try. Thanks so much for sharing."

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Chris chose Mini Strawberry and Nutella Stuffed French Toast from Annie's Noms. "Strawberries, Nutella & french toast!! Breakfast perfection plus they are heart shaped!!"

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Heather chose White Bean Burgers from our guest host of the month, Anne from Simple and Savory. "One of our resolutions is to have one vegetarian meal each week. So far we haven't been following through on that. Hopefully this recipe for White Bean Burgers from Simple and Savory will make it into the rotation and help us get closer to our goal."

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Heather chose Spice Roasted Butternut Squash from Morsels of Life. "I really like the idea of mixing sweet and spicy in this seasoning mix for Spice Roasted Butternut Squash from Morsels of Life."

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Tina chose DIY Valentine Rag Wreath from Intelligent Domestications. "I love easy and quick craft projects and I really like this wreath!Cute and simple!! Thanks so much for sharing this with us."

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Tina chose Turmeric “Tea” from Little Miss Dexterous. "I'm new into turmeric tea and I love it when people share their knowledge,it is a super anti-inflammatory and it's very helpful with stomach issues(I know).Thanks for sharing the knowledge with us."

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Tiffany chose How Acceptance Made Me a Better Mother, Wife and Businesswoman from our very own April posting on Modernish Mommas. "April wrote this post as if it was a page from my own life. I think it takes a lot of courage and strength to accept where we are as women and mothers and decide to make the best of it no matter what. Thanks for the uplift this week April!"

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Tiffany chose Wives Affect Their Husband’s Character: 4 thoughts every wife should consider from Snippets of Inspiration. "This post is one that every wife can use to help not only strengthen their marriage but their view of how they impact their husbands."

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Natasha chose The Efficient Multitasker Fallacy from our very own April posting on Modernish Mommas. "Absolutely love this post! It's so true - we should definitely approach multi-tasking a little bit differently. I would rather have things completed correctly rather than half-assing everything I need to do. Great post - thanks for sharing!"


Natasha chose Simple Ways to Relax and Recharge from Something 2 Offer. "I have been on a mission to find ways to relax and recharge - this post definitely shared some great ways to do that! Thanks for sharing!"Two posts received the most views:

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

I am still Growing Up

Maturity is widening the gap between impulse and action

What a statement, hello my lovelies what do you think about that?
Does it ring any truth for you?
It does for me. As I recap 2015 and all the ups and downs I experienced I am focusing on my attitude and behavior and how I handled myself. Did I fly off the handle as I quickly did in my teens and twenties? Did I sulk or suck my teeth, did I take a breath and slow myself down?

In all honesty I must say I am proud of the strides I've made but I did have a few fails.

Like when my daughter fell short on an expectation I had of her and the conversation wasn't very calm. I found myself raising my voice and repeating myself instead of finding a solution I totally shut her off and nothing was gained. Shortly after I was very disappointed in myself for projecting my expectations on her and ended up having to refocus and regroup.
That's what we do sometimes as parents and that's why we have moments of failure. Our expectations are just that ours, and when we project them on our children and even on others most times things don't turn out so great. Those are moments when as we mature we learn to bow our heads and apologize for behaving like a clown.

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Then there was the time when my friend offered to help install my Air Conditioner window brackets and I totally flipped out because certain things around the window were moved and I being the crazy control nut with self diagnosed OCD lost my temper instead of explaining myself better. I raised my voice about moving the curtains and pushing some of the furniture around instead of just taking a deep breath and explaining myself better. I should have let my friend know I just like things in order and if you move my stuff around I need a heads up. The flip side of that was and is that my friend should have had more patience with me and listened better. It wasn't a challenge to his help it was just  an opportunity to respect how others handle stuff. We both failed that day but learned the lesson of compassion. When someone close to you is going through something, don't rush them. Be supportive and slow down.

And how can I not mention all the tests baby #2, my grandma has put me through. I tell you I still have hair because I just don't want to pull mines out though at times I wish I could pull someone else. From her threats on hitting me with her cane to her acting up in the doctor's office to her outright refusal to cooperate on numerous occasions she truly has tested me the most but with many fails came many passes. I've learned to reign my need for control in when it comes to her special needs and just go with the flow. Ride the wave as I say. I have learned but still have a ways to go on how to adjust my role from one moment to the next when it comes to her. I am learning daily how to let her dictate what my day with her will be like. This truly is my biggest challenge, Alzheimers is no joke geez....

So I repeat again...Maturity is widening the gap between impulse and action

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If we get to a place where we use impulse less and actions more than we are growing steady. We are getting closer to the person we want to become. Maturity is a destination, a place we hope to reach at some point. It is not an easy journey but one I hope most agree is a worth while trip.

What about you, have you had any failures recently that got you closer to Maturity? What are your thoughts on Growing Up?

Always stress free xo
Mari

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Shrimps w/ Mixed Veggies & Roasted Cauliflower

Happy Thursday!

This has to be one of those meals that you put together when you are debating Take Out or staying on track with your health needs and budget.

I chose the later...Thursday's Treat...Shrimps w/Mixed Veggies & Roasted Cauliflower!

Ingredients: 
-shrimps
-cauliflower
-mixed veggies (can or bag)
-lemon juice
-olive oil
-garlic powder (or knots minced)
-black pepper
-parm cheese


1tsp lemon juice, 1 tsp black pepper, 1 tbsp of garlic power (more if you like stronger garlic taste), 2tbsps of parm cheese ( I used Italian flavor), 2tbsps olive oil mix in a bowl and add chopped cauliflower till fully coated. Set aside and turn toaster oven on to bake at 425 degrees.
Spray your baking pan and lay out your florets and bake for 25 minutes. I turned them once midway just to be safe.


3 cups large shrimps (cleaned obviously :), 3 cups frozen mixed veggies. I thawed these out in around 5 minutes by running cold water on them in a bowl. 
1tbsp garlic powder, lite sprinkle of black pepper, sprinkle of parm cheese coated thoroughly and added to medium pot with a little bit of water to cook for about 10 minutes. Adjust your cooking time to desired tenderness.


Done!!!

Healthy, quick & easy, fun & tasty. Clean up was no hassle and was able to sit down and enjoy some on demand shows. Have a great day enjoy!

Always stress free xo
Mari

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Lessons learned from the movie Inside Out

We seem to think that if we fix the outside things will get better.
We change our hair styles, our clothes, the cars we drive, the places we live, our place of employment.
We date a variety of people, socialize in different circles, join different activities all trying to escape something that pained us.

All along the pain never goes away entirely because it is In us.

I watched the movie Inside Out several months back and I loved it. I want everyone to see it. Young and Old. I truly believe that it holds the potential to save a lot of people a lot of agony and wasted time.

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As I watched the movie I found myself recalling times in my youth when I had moved and felt the same way. I think I've moved over 13 times thus far and I am sure I have at least 2 more in me before my journey is over. For me it wasn't so much the moving part, that was always exciting it was the making new friends and leaving old friends behind. It was the "new" kid label I always hated. 

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Joy-the more we practice seeing the good in things the less we will suffer. The longer we whine and pity ourselves the harder it will be to pick ourselves up. There is always a solution. Life is beautiful, just look outside your door or give your child a hug! As I've gotten older the smallest things bring me Joy and I love it.

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Sadness-no one likes to be sad or experience sadness but it helps teach us to have gratitude for the good times and have balance in our lives. Allowing yourself to work through your sadness gives you clarity and energy to refocus. One thing I realized as I watched her was that I have always been ok with sadness its Anger that has worn me out.

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Anger-it will eat away at any hope you cling to. It will allow doubt and confusion to set in and take the place of letting go. I have learned that we must not fight Anger but instead question it and break it down. We must be still with it and say "ok I know you are here but you won't be for long". We must learn to say Good Bye quickly. Learning to take deep breaths helps, trust me!

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Fear-this little bugger! Yes you help keep us safe by setting our caution sensors on full blast but you also hold us back from possibly becoming more of our awesome selves. I have a love / hate relationship with you. You have saved my butt on many occasions but you also continue to hold my wings too tight...time to let them go. I now know that you are not rational so I have to take the reigns and be pro-active. I have to make lists and visualize. You are another visitor we can't let hang around too long.

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Disgust-I happen to actually like this one! I don't like messes of any kind both literally and figuratively. I run away quickly from chaos so feeling disgusted by a thing or a person has come in very helpful in my life. I think Disgust to some may come across as a sense of Better than but if you feel that its on You, I don't control your emotions. Disgust keeps us on our toes and helps us question our choices. Its a checks and balance system that can help us avoid people and things that kill our Spirit. Do you keep smelly garbage in your bedroom? I sure hope not and why is that? I would hope its because you have pride in yourself and in your space and only want to be surrounded by Greatness!

So these are my thoughts on this sweet Disney movie. Great conversation starter with our kids. Helpful tool on discussing our feelings especially at a time when so many of our kids are going through so many changes. Communication is the key!!!

What do you think? Do you have a balanced grip on your emotions? Have you taught your child(ren) that its ok to feel all types of emotions but its how we handle ourselves through them that really counts? Share what emotion you struggle with the most? The least and which is your favorite?

Always stress free xo
Mari