Wednesday, January 28, 2015

How often do You think about how Beautiful you are?

I have a Big Question for you, actually two.

How many minutes in a day do you invest thinking of how Beautiful you are?
How many minutes in a day do you invest thinking of all the things that are wrong with you?
Now that I provided you with a hummmm moment, sit with these thoughts some more.
Did it take you longer to calculate the beautiful thoughts or the negative thoughts?
Were you comfortable with the questions? Does your own beauty even enter your mind?

Not everyone is comfortable with the subject of beauty and if you are some may call you vain, full of yourself or not humble enough.
Depending on your history and life's journey answering these questions could be very painful.
Especially as women we are taught to put others before ourselves and that in itself may impact our thoughts on beauty in some ways.

I always find it fascinating when people can't see the beauty in others and comment on it. When women see other women and point out the negative before a positive or when they themselves are complimented and they in turn say "oh no please I need to loose some weight or I need to put on some make up".

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As I have matured I have come to realize the truth in two things:
-Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
-true Beauty comes from the inside first

Have you ever seen someone who you thought of as beautiful till they opened their mouth and you were turned off?
Have you ever found someone attractive that your friends thought looked ordinary?
Have you ever met someone who was ordinary and after a conversation their Beauty out shined their space?

After sitting on the questions I posed in the beginning I have my own answers.
I think about how Beautiful I am, often. Every time I pass a mirror, Every time I see my daughter, Every time I make my 91 year old feisty, Alzheimer's suffering grandma smile.
I think about how beautiful I am when I look up the sky, when I take a deep breath or when I say hello to a stranger.
I think about how Beautiful I am Every moment I am alive on this planet.

I have negative thoughts about myself, rarely. I am not a Super Model, nor do I wear a size 3. I barely
wear make up and I eat what I like. I am currently not married and I don't own my own home.
I haven't for filled all my childhood dreams and my savings is humble. I haven't traveled the world and I don't hold a College degree but...I am healthy, happy and peaceful.
I smile daily, I laugh often and I am grateful for Life.

Beautiful - having beauty; possessing qualities that give great pleasure or satisfaction to see, hear, think about, etc.; delighting the senses or mind
-excellent of its kind
-wonderful; very pleasing or satisfying
This is the dictionary's definition of Beautiful. Do you see yourself when you read those lines?

What are your thoughts on Beauty?

Always stress free xo.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Turn it Up Tuesday NYC Blizzard style

Some of us are in for a grand storm...Blizzard 2015!
Hello everyone welcome to Turn it Up Tuesday. I am actually in my office today working on this just in case tonight I have no power or have to deal with grandma duties. NYC is on high alert, sometimes I thing its a bit over the top but better safe than sorry. So I wish everyone well and if we must stay in let's enjoy the treats we are about to offer!


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Ce Ce chose DIY Candy Wrapper Coin Purse from My Newest Addiction. "Love this DIY, it's a great project to work on with the kids!"


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Cathy chose Chocolate Time!/Hershey’s Mason Jars Valentine’s Day Gifts from Chocolate and Sunshine. "Adorable jars! These are perfect for special friends, co-workers and teacher gifts!"


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Rose chose Homemade Buffalo Sauce from Growing Up Gabel. "I had no idea that buffalo sauce was so easy to make at home. Now that I’m no longer afraid to eat butter, I’m going to try this recipe with some grass-fed butter! Buffalo sauce is my favorite condiment so I imagine I will be making this on a regular basis!"


Elaine chose English Muffins from 4 Sons 'R' Us. "I love English Muffins and with my new obsession of bread making it seemed the perfect choice."


Rhonda chose An Open Letter to My Daughters from Barbie Bieber and Beyond. "As a mother of a daughter this letter brought back memories for me. I have spoken these words to my daughter on many occasion and I too hold them deep in my heart."


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Jillian chose If You Need A Homeschool Planner If You Are Figuring Out Your Own Curriculum? Dynamic Reader Question from Lina's Dynamic Homeschool Plus. "My son will be leaving day care to stay home with me, soon. I want to be sure he continues learning as much as he was in the classroom, while he's home with me. I've been wondering about curriculum for his age and this post starts taking me down that path."


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Chantale chose 10 Creative Ideas for Organizing Your Craft Room from Typically Simple. "I can relate to the walking into a craft store with the intention to buy one thing and walking out with so much more! What a great collection of organization solutions and ideas for craft supplies!"


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What Type of Mom are you?

Depending on the tone you use when you read my title, this post can go so many ways.

When I thought about this subject, I was asking myself what Type of mother I was and have been in the sense of parenting style.
With so many labels to chose from, which one did I fall under?

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-hovering / over involved
-tiger / strict rules, heavy discipline
-drama / creator of drama and chaos
-snowplow / remove any obstacle in your child's way
-martyr / anything for my children, no sacrifice to big or small even at my own expense
-free range / little rules or discipline
-attached / emotional bonding and support most important

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First I want to point out that no matter how many articles we read, no matter what we may feel or want to say the template we chose to use for parenting is an individual choice.

So I reached into my mommy vault and found that:
-I only read 1 year of Parenting Magazine & American Baby.
-I had no issue leaving my daughter at 3 or 4 months old with a friend so I could go to Great Adventures but I did have an issue seeing her getting her baby shots so I would stand by the door or look away while holding her hand while nurse gave her her shots each and every time.
-I rarely ever allowed my daughter to sleep with me.
-I never helped my daughter with her homework but I did help with projects and even did one for her so she could go away for a summer vacation.
-I stopped picking out her clothes many years ago but I still tuck her in at night.
-I didn't teach her how to ride a bike but I taught her there was no such thing as a boy or a girl's toy.
-I didn't help her pull her teeth but the Tooth Fairy was always good to her.
-I didn't buy her makeup kits as a child but I did get her building blocks so she could expand her imagination.
-I didn't teach her how to cook but I taught her how to balance a check book and about credit cards.
-I didn't tell her she was a Princess but I taught her she was One of a kind and that her middle name was a reflection of such.
-Our house rules were simple but you wouldn't want to test the waters and break them.
-I didn't drive her to Ballet, but I taught her how to appreciate all kinds of music.
-I was present at every show or event she ever took part of, but I stopped going to Parent / Teacher conferences in 6th grade and only went to the 1st Parent/ Teacher in H.S.
-I didn't help her pick her H.S. but I taught her how to take the train so she could get there.
-I know all about her friends and their activities, but I've never monitored her texts, her phone or looked through her belongings.
-I didn't push the veggies when she was younger, but I packed her school lunch everyday and included   cute notes or a treat.

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So in compiling this list and in reviewing my memories I realized that the style I used, that the Type of Mom I am is simply Erica's mom. That's my parenting style.
I took what I learned from my mother, saved the core values threw the rest out the window and went the opposite direction. I added lots of talking, sprinkled in picking my battles, layered it with I'm your mother first and sealed it with lots of love.
This is my template.

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What things make up yours? Do you have your own unique template or does your parenting style fall under one of the labels above?
What are your thoughts on parenting labels anyway?

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Always stress free xo.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Grilled Tilapia with Sweet Peppers Salad

Hey everyone so I am officially head over heels for my George Foreman Evolve Grill.
I got it over the holidays as a treat for myself and as a replacement of the last one that I used till it died on me.

This is one of those kitchen must have gadgets for sure and if you want to go the healthy eating route go grab one of these! No this is not a paid endorsement, I purchased this with my own money but I love this gadget so much I just wanted to share.

Anyway every chance I get to use it I am on it. Over the weekend I bought a bag of Tilapia fillets and separated them in sandwich bags to make several meals during the month.
The night before last I decided to make a few pieces grilled so yesterday morning before work I left a bag out.

Thursday's treat!
Grilled Tilapia with Sweet Peppers Salad

-tilapia fillets
-mixed green salad
-sweet peppers
-shredded cheese
-olive oil
-adobo all purpose seasoning

Wash and season the fillets. Let them sit in seasoning for several minutes.
Spray grill with Pam or other grill spray if none available use a cotton ball and coat with olive oil lightly.
Place fillet pieces on grill set for 8 minutes at 375, close your lid.
Scoop desired amount of your mix salad into a bowl, cut several pieces of sweet peppers and avocado set aside.
When fillets are done serve your salad, drizzle your oil and vinegar place your fish over salad.
Sprinkle your shredded cheese...done!
Another in and out the kitchen in less than 30 minutes and clean up was a flash.

Always stress free xo.