Date Night Jar

JarMy husband and I were given a “Date Night Jar” at my bridal shower. Each guest was to write down a great, simple but unique date night idea on a wood craft stick and put it in the jar.

I think doing the same things over and over can become mundane, and studies show that couples who do new things on a regular basis have happier, stronger and in turn more successful relationships.

Here’s a list of the fun date night ideas in our jar:

  • Go to a football game
  • Drive-in movie
  • Play Mario Kart
  • Record Bar (or live music bar/food establishment)
  • Have a picnic
  • Outside theatre
  • Listen to music together
  • Go to the library and read
  • Float on a river/lake
  • Star gaze
  • Canvas and Cabernet (an wine and paint class)
  • Dance lessons
  • Mini golf (bet something at each hole)
  • Take a country drive
  • Dinner and a movie
  • Class at the YMCA
  • Concert night
  • Taco Tuesday
  • Visit a garden
  • Apple picking
  • Play with animals at a shelter
  • Private cooking class

Comment with more unique ideas you have or have done and I’ll continue to update the list!

Update

Suggestions from readers:

  • Go four wheeling
  • Go fishing.
  • Go rollerskating and pretend you’re still teenagers holding hands
    [from Penny Pinching Peach]
  • Movie night at our house (with snacks and popcorn)
  • Cook together
  • Be a tourist in our city-just go sight seeing
  • Wander on the beach
    [from Mama by Fire]
  • If the kid(s) fall asleep in the car, drive around and explore and talk or just listen to music that’s not disney music
    [from And Three To Go]
  • Batting cages
    [from She, He and Us]
  • Find a restaurant and will travel to try it
    [from Mrs. Cool’s Little School]

 

100 Days of Healthy: Day 50

Halfway! Here I am!

For those who haven’t seen my original post on #100DaysOfHealthy, I have a list containing 11 items, and I plan to start each item on a new week and report back the changes I see throughout that week. Once I start an item on the list, I will continue it until the 100 days is over. Hopefully each item will become a lifestyle change if I think it’s worthy.

Day 50 was actually yesterday, but I might’ve fallen asleep in the midst of prepping the post before publishing it. Oops! Such is life.

I feel like the first half of my #100DaysOfHealthy challenge has been difficult and contained a lot of struggle, specifically with cutting out sugar. Aside from that, it’s definitely had an extremely positive impact on my health, physically and mentally. If you go through my posts (in the Healthy Lifestyle tab above) about each item on my list, you can tell. And I can only imagine how much more of an impact these items will have on me once the ‘back and forth’ battle subsides completely.

I have a feeling these last 50 days will consist of me locking down–mind over body. Because that’s all it is.

This week was item #6 on my list, “Take supplements.” I’m a huge advocate of the CORRECT kind of supplements, and I say “correct” because many of the generic and store bought supplements use synthetic ingredients and contain several times the amount of “vitamins” your body actually knows what to do with or can process.

standard process

I recommend Standard Process because they use real and natural ingredients along with a logical and correct amount of each ingredient. Although I’ve done my personal research on supplements, and specifically Standard Process, I’m not a nutritionist, I haven’t taken classes and can’t tell an individual exactly what’s best for them or even 100% myself, which is why I have a nutritionist who’s dedicated her entire life to health since she battled and won a fight against cancer over 20 years ago. She’s taken more health and Standard Process seminars and classes than just about anyone in her field and is always on point with her health consultations. I can tell from personal experience and know several others as well who can say the same. Her name is Vicki Belcher, and she’s my mother. This is her website which contains ways to contact her for those who are interested in getting help with just about anything health related: nutrition, supplements, acupressure, massage, essential oils, thermography, BioMat therapy, etc.

I took a specific regimen throughout my pregnancy of Standard Process supplements which consisted of all the vitamins and nutrition a generic prenatal vitamin would and more. My regimen has been tweaked a little since having my babe in June but I’ve stopped taking them until this week and can already tell a pretty drastic difference, especially mentally. When I take my supplements consistently, I’m always amazed by how much clearer I think, quicker I react and how much more energy I have throughout he day, and this time is no different.

So, that’s been the benefits of this week. I’ve now started item #7, “Oil pulling.” I’ll update you soon!

#100DaysOfHealthy
1. Drink the correct amount of water daily 
2. Cut out sugar
3. Eat 5 servings of vegetables a day
4. Go to the chiropractor bi-weekly
5. Breastfeed
6. Take supplements
7. Oil pulling
8. Bye-bye caffeine
9. Eat only lean meats
10. Light exercise at least 20 minutes a day
11. Make and drink healthy smoothies/juices

Forever Young

To all the mamas that are exhausted and can’t wait to get through the newborn stage,

When my daughter was a baby, I couldn’t wait to watch her grow up. Not only because I was excited for her to interact with us or to hear her talk for the first time or watch her take her first steps but also because I wished I could get some of my independence back.

I couldn’t wait until she didn’t need to be held to fall asleep. I couldn’t wait until I didn’t have to get up all hours of the night. I couldn’t wait until she didn’t need me to drop what I was doing when her only way to communicate was to cry. I couldn’t wait until I didn’t have to spoon feed her every bite of baby food. I couldn’t wait until I didn’t have to carry her (or her carseat) everywhere.

I now realize how foolish that was.

Little did I know, that also meant she wouldn’t want me to carry her anywhere. She wouldn’t want me to help her eat anything. She wouldn’t always want ‘mama’ when she woke up from a nap or scraped her knee. She would never want to stop talking. She wouldn’t wake up in the middle of the night and I would miss that time together as the only two people awake in the world. She wouldn’t want to be held anymore.

She is no longer completely dependent on me.

I never realized how fast the days went by. I never noticed she was growing up right in front of my face.

Then one day, she walked into our house with ‘dada’ and carried me a hot coffee, smiling and giddy–as if to say, “Look mom, look at what I can do. I’m almost a grown woman.” And she almost was. I know it only gets more bittersweet from here on.

Last night, my sister-in-law told me of all the crazy, exhausting things her teenage boy was up to that weekend–eating and playing and enjoying his friends as his own person, growing up. She said to kiss our son for her.

So, I kissed our two-month old son, who is currently 100% dependent on me, as he slept soundly and this time, knew that I could wait forever for him to grow up.

This time, I notice every inch he grows and cherish every moment I can hold him without him struggling to wiggle out of my arms and prance away. I want it to slow down.

This time, I only wish he’d stay forever young.

Sibling love

100 Days of Healthy: Day 42

Okay, okay, I’ve been MIA for a week. I will be starting the next item (item #6) on my list tomorrow instead and am still continuing on with the prior items on my list.

To prove it, here’s a lovely photo of my children at the chiropractor with me:

photo

Ella caught in the act of trying to shut her brother up…

For those who haven’t seen my original post on #100DaysOfHealthy, I have a list containing 11 items, and I plan to start each item on a new week and report back the changes I see throughout that week. Once I start an item on the list, I will continue it until the 100 days is over. Hopefully each item will become a lifestyle change if I think it’s worthy.

For now, staying on item #5–Breastfeeding, I’ll post another helpful article on the timeline of breastfeeding. Great read for all moms, new and experienced.
Timeline of a Breastfed Baby

Next, begins item #6–Take Supplements.

#100DaysOfHealthy
1. Drink the correct amount of water daily 
2. Cut out sugar
3. Eat 5 servings of vegetables a day
4. Go to the chiropractor bi-weekly
5. Breastfeed
6. Take supplements
7. Oil pulling
8. Bye-bye caffeine
9. Eat only lean meats
10. Light exercise at least 20 minutes a day
11. Make and drink healthy smoothies/juices