Sometimes I read about life hacks and a lot of them are things I would never do...so I compiled 5 of my favorites that have changed my life ;)
1- Cleaning the Microwave: Use about 1 cup of water and 1 TBSP of Vinegar. Put it in a microwavable dish/bowl, warm it up for 5 min. Then wipe the microwave clean with ease :) I seriously use this once a month, works like a charm.
2- Febreeze Kills Ants! Just spray it directly on the ants and they will die! Then you don't have to leave your house smelling like poison. We've been having ant problems lately so this one has come in handy a lot.
3-Put vaseline on your fingers before you paint your nails! I don't know about you, but I am the worst nail painter in the world. If you put vaseline on your fingers before you paint your nails, you won't get any polish on your skin! Changed my life.
4- Wooden spoon on top of boiling water...won't boil over! Amazing. This one seriously blew my mind the other day when I was making pasta...I left the boiling water unattended....at least I could have...the whole time!!!
5-After popping popcorn, open top just enough for kernals to fall out. shake over garbage. Okay, we eat popcorn a lot at our house...it doesn't get all of the kernals out...but sometimes it does. It's worth the 2 seconds it takes :) especially if you are going to make something of the popcorn (ie. carmel corn)
Extras that I think are cool:
-Put wood glue over a splinter, let it dry, peel it off and the splinter will come right out!
-Tuesdays at 3:00 pm 6 weeks before your flight is when airline tickets are the cheapest.
-Can't remember the name of the song that's stuck in your head? Midomi.com is a cool site that will have you hum the song into your computer or phone and then it will find the song for you.
-Pimple? Put listerine on it....it'll shrink way faster...the alcohol dries it out.
Sunday was my 25th birthday. I was originally supposed to be in Montana visiting my boyfriend, but there happened to be a crazy weather disaster there where tons of people lost power, so it ended up not working out. I was pretty sad I didn't get to visit him, and so I tried not to think about it... But look at the snow. Isn't that crazy?!
Anyway, on my birthday, I decided to go for a run, do my laundry, and was happy to have dinner with the family. This was great for me because I got to spend time with my family and enjoy the day. I didn't get ready, wore comfy clothes and mainly relaxed. It rocked!! You're probably wondering when this story begins to get interesting. Well, here it comes. My mom is a very clever woman. Earlier in the day she asked me to prepare the main course for dinner on my birthday because she was going to be gone... I thought to myself, "is this really happening?! My mom is dropping dinner on me on my birthday and I have no choice in preparing it because we are having company over?" Needless to say I was annoyed, but gathered myself up and went to the kitchen. As I was feeling sorry for myself, my brother and sister stepped in before I had the chance to do anything. Don't you love when siblings rock like that?! I felt a little guilty and so I filled up the glasses with water... After dinner was prepared, we had dinner with friends and family and had a very good time and the bitterness about being put on dinner duty subsided.
I was ready to relax for the night when I got a text from my friend saying, "hey. we should go on a walk." I told her I was with family and the walk would have to wait. My friend was not happy with this reply because I didn't know the reason that she was trying to get me out the door. Eventually my siblings got me out the door saying that we were going to go feed the ducks. We didn't find any ducks, but my nieces and nephew sure had fun playing in the little waterfall that we found. Time passed and we went back to my parents house. As I walked in the house, my dad said, "Shell come downstairs we're watching a movie." Because it was Sunday, as I went down the stairs, I was reluctant to go because I thought it was going to be some religious movie. When I finally reached the bottom of the stairs, I suddenly felt overwhelmed with joy. The basement was filled with friends and family who are very dear to me, with balloons and cake. After realizing what was happening, everyone yelled "SURPRISE!!!" Realizing all those people were there for me was the best birthday present I could ever have. I had a fantastic birthday and loved every second of the night.
I am a lucky girl because my mom knew that this celebration would mean a lot to me. She knew what she was doing. On my 25th birthday, I was able to connect with so many people I love and that's all that truly matters.
That sounds kind of scary, the word FOREVER. But as I was on a walk with my hubby and kids about a month ago, feeling discouraged at my lack of will-power, I was trying to think of some sort of healthy change I could make in my life that I could stick to and not feel deprived. I officially decided that candy is the thing I feel like I could cut.
My relationship with candy has been sort of unhealthy...pun intended...my whole life. If there was a certain kind of candy around...Twix, Snickers, Butterfingers, Tootsie Rolls, Starbursts, Skittles, etc...There were times when my little WILL couldn't find the POWER to resist the urge to eat them...and then eat some more...and then one more wouldn't hurt...and maybe a couple more. I know there are people in the world who can relate. But I also knew I had a problem. So, about a month ago, I decided to ban candy from my existence.
Reasons I probably won't miss it:
1- I've tasted it all and I know how it makes me feel (happy for 2 seconds, then craving more, then eating more, then getting depressed and feeling fat for eating too much of it....doesn't this sound like a drug addiction?!).
2- I've done the research and there are 0 I repeat ZERO health benefits to eating candy. Say What?!!! Nerds and Sweethearts don't help my brain and heart grow?
3- I've gone off sugar for a year before, eventually it becomes such a habit to say no, that it's not even a temptation, it's just a part of your identity. Pretty cool stuff.
When banning candy from my life, of course there are some exceptions.
1- My Asian student brought his favorite Chinese candy to his lesson and told me I had to try it. Of course, I tasted one...it was very good. But I only ate ONE.
2- The other day when my children were getting their pictures taken a JCPenney. I was using Reese's to bribe them to be good. I didn't want the chocolate getting all over Chloe's dress, so I bit the Reese's in half to save the mess.
3- If there is candy baked into something :) (and I'm allowing myself a special treat that day).
These exceptions are okay, because I'm not feeding an addiction.
The problem that candy (and sugar) poses is that it is a drug. If you look at it as a drug, it's not as enticing. Ever since I've been off candy I've felt like I have more control over my eating. I feel like I have control over SOMETHING, which makes me feel empowered. Another plus is that I haven't had hardly any (pregnancy) heartburn...where after Easter (and eating loads of candy) I was popping the tums like no other. Another fabulous thing that is coming from this new journey is that I feel like I'm actually moving forward and doing something to be kind to my body. You can too! It just takes DECIDING and then DOING.
If you are human and you have a job, you are probably going to have a supervisor at some point in your life. This can be difficult for many reasons. On the off chance that you have a cool supervisor, this next sentence will not apply to you... Some reasons that supervisors can be tough to work with include the fact that they can: tell you what your schedule is, give you all of your work assignments, choose to approve or disapprove of a lot of work you do, show very little gratitude, and can be unreasonable. Do those sound like amazing things to work with? No!! Not very many people enjoy being told what to do believe it or not.
So how do you work with your supervisor when you are holding so much frustration inside?!?
Here are little tips that help me think through things more clearly:
Remember that you can never speak for other people, but you can influence them and/or make your own life better simultaneously. I have struggled with various supervisors because of the lack of sensitivity, gratification, etc. in the work place, but I have been able to work around it because of these tools that I mentioned above. Supervisors can be difficult, but on most occasions they are necessary.
Feel free to complain, give feedback, etc. We all need support. Work (and mostly supervisors) can be rough.
I realize that I look thinner and cuter in the first pic...but consider that I have a baby in my tummy on the second pic. Yep, the first one was me before I had any children, and the second one was me pregnant with child number 2. Recently, being pregnant with child number 3, and feeling quite large has made me want to give a shout out to those who are trying!! Throughout my life I've had many "Before and After" pics...where the after picture is the thin one. For example...here was the time I had my first baby and then lost all of the baby weight.
I figured I'd switch it up and maybe discuss the things I deal with mentally and emotionally while looking back on the body I had before I gave birth. First of all, even then, I was not satisfied with my weight and wanted to be even 20 lbs thinner...so realizing that we will always want what we don't have is the first step toward loving our body NOW. Second of all, although I feel very large at the moment, I also feel like a healthy, happy person. Here is what I am doing now. I am a runner. I don't really look like a runner, so it might catch people by surprise when I tell them I ran almost every day until half way through my pregnancy. Now, I am doing the elliptical almost every day. I would totally still run if my back wasn't all wacked out. Eating has always been the bane of my existence. I eat healthy...most of the time. I understand what it takes to lose weight...I've done it. I know that I should be eating clean...I've done it :) But BABY STEPS is the way I track my progress. Not PERFECTION. I said no to a cookie yesterday (granted I ate half of my little girls cookie later) but I SAID NO! Woot woot. Last night for dinner, I chose to not get seconds...even though I could have fit them in my tummy. Woot woot...victory! I'm a healthy human...and my children are the center of my universe. It is important that we always take care of ourselves, but sometimes worrying and fretting what we look like and what other people will think is the very thing keeping us from true happiness. The truth is, lucky me. Lucky me to have a life being created inside of me. To be able to feel the little kicks of a kid I've never met rolling around in my belly as I'm writing this post. Lucky me to have stretch marks!....I never thought I'd say that....and I'm not sure if I truly believe it yet. My body has created life...and is creating life. My worth is the same no matter what size I am. Yes it's true, baby steps. Count those little victories as a step in the right direction. I am on a quest. I am on a quest to love my body and to embrace it every step of the way no matter what direction I'm moving. I have 2 little people in my life that refine me and teach me the true meaning of life each day. They teach me patience, love, understanding, forgiveness, and they also teach me not to judge. Little ones never judge. It's no wonder Christ told us to be like a little child :) I have all of my senses, I have all of my limbs, I have a body that can move and do things...where some people can't say that. Some people can't even go to amusement parks, or fit in cars, or walk through doorways. You know, I'm pretty lucky.
Hello, my name is Rachelle and I am one of the sisters on this blog. I will be doing a post once a week (primarily on Tuesdays) and my sister will be doing a post once a week (primarily on Friday's). We are very excited to write about our lives!! Please feel free to comment on our posts and/or contact us when you would like!
Here is my first post:
In about a month, I will be moving to a state I never thought I would live in - Montana. Let me give you a little bit of background on the people that I have met from Montana. Most people live a country life and literally do everything on their own. They know how to fix their own cars, can food, cook all of their meals, garden, hunt, fish, fix anything around the house, etc. These are basically things that I have never been taught to do and/or never ventured out to do on my own. I didn’t have to. I’ve lived in the city having everything at my disposal my whole life. It feels crazy thinking that I can’t rely on what I have known my whole life anymore. I am going to be in a new culture, with new people, living a life I don’t know how to live and it frightens me. Doesn’t that sound scary?! Especially when you’re a city person? I am used to choosing which movie theater I can attend, what mall I can shop at, the concert I would like to attend, who I can hang out with, etc. Change is scary, and it feels like I’m leaving my whole life behind to embark on something intimidating, where I have no clue what’s going to happen. You might be wondering why I would be willing to change my whole life style when I have a very comfortable life, with a good job, living near my family and friends. As I’m sure, most of you have assumed that I am moving to Montana for a man I love. That is correct. It may seem cliché or typical, but this is not typical for me. I am a very independent, skeptical, outspoken woman who loves people and fully invests all that I can into life. Because of the way I am, the decision making process was not easy. I have made this decision based on factors that have elated many positive feelings. So, how am I mentally preparing for the change of a lifetime? Someone once told me that “life is all about what you put into it.” In reaching into the unknown, I will be starting a brand new life where I have multiple possibilities of how I can choose to live. I have the potential to create a very happy life for myself if I am mentally prepared and willing to do so. So why not? I am going to embrace this change with arms wide open, knowing that it’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be challenging, weird, different, crazy, and fun. Life is all about what you put into it, and my attitude towards it will make all of the difference. So bring it on Montana. Here I come.