Bye Bye Belly Bloat

When it comes time to get yourself on track with your nutrition, many people ask where do they start?? I’m personally a big fan of a detox/clean eating plan to help launch you onto you healthy eating plan. Now I know what you are thinking, and nope this is not one of those weird things where you drink green juice for 3 days. Its simply a clean eating food plan, with the option to use a plant based drink, to help get your body back on track.

 

1888590_10151937408343364_473944547_nThe reason I like to do this is it helps to get toxins out, plus for many people who follow it, it takes away the cravings for sweets! It also gives you an energy boost which is a big help for most people!!!

 

How does it work?? You simply follow my meal plan! You can substitute as needed but the closer you follow the plan, the better!

 

For breakfast you can have things like oats, greek yogurt, egg whites, or a protein shake.

 

Lunch options are sweet potatoes, brown rice, any vegetables, and protein such as chicken, ground turkey, fish or tuna.

 

Afternoon snacks are items like hard boiled egg whites, almonds or a protein shake.

 

Dinner includes a meat of your choice, more veggies, and brown rice or sweet potato.

detox foods

As you can see, its plenty of food and your portions can be adjusted to meet your own personal needs. The point of these foods is to eat clean items, not things that are processed and high in sugar.

 

You can also use a plant based detox drink to really see some truly amazing results. I love using this and am amazed how great I feel after!! With this drink, you are truly detoxing your body!!10730959_881109898589144_6589449028529981948_n

 

This plan is great to start your nutrition and fitness goals, get ready for a beach trip, or just get yourself back on track after an indulging weekend. Whatever your needs, it will work great for you! Go check out some of the results and testimonials of the over 300 people who have used it here.

Dana

Being Happy

People tell me all the time that I am Supermom and have it all together and am such a positive happy person. The truth is, no one has it all together!!! We all have problems and issues and stressful days where we think about locking ourselves in the bathroom with a giant bag of chocolate. But the difference is, I don’t dwell on the bad and always try to find positive things. In every situation, you can find something good….sometimes you just have to look REALLY hard!

79388541_oI make sure that I present a positive and happy attitude as much as I can. Its not pretend for me, its who I choose to be!! I like to show my kids, friends, and clients that life is what you make it and I chose to love life, smile, be happy and enjoy each day. Yes my floor needs to be mopped and I forgot the laundry in the washing machine again, but I’m not stressed, I have happy kids, and my heart is full!! That’s what life is truly about!!

 

Tips For Happiness

  • Don’t dwell on things you can’t change. If a problem arises, work out a way to solve it, and if you can’t just move on.
  • Find time to laugh, move and have fun daily. My kids and I love to have random “Dance Parties” where we just bust out in wild moves. It reminds me to enjoy the small things and not to take myself too seriously.
  • Look for the positive in every situation. This can be tough sometimes, but if you look hard enough you can find something.
  • Don’t get involved in drama. This is a big one for me. I don’t do drama of any type as life is too short. If I know two friends are having issues, I let them work it out and I don’t take sides or get involved. Its important to always remember there are THREE sides to every story, person 1’s side, person 2’s side, and the truth. I learned a long time ago from a personal experience where I was attached by someone else who THOUGHT they knew the story, that its VERY hard for that to be forgotten or the relationship to be repaired. Plus, each person reacts differently to situations and all of us have different feelings. So something that I might find trivial, might be heartbreaking for someone else. Drama free is the way to be!
  • Start each day with God Time. I’m a very busy Mom, but I do a devotional every morning and it helps keep me in the right mind set.
  • Get some sunshine! Vitamin D is needed to keep you happy and without it, people can become depressed. During the warm months, my kids and I play outside daily!
  • Exercise!! Exercises releases endorphins and endorphins make you happy. My whole day is better and I’m a much more patient Mom after an early morning workout.
  • Have a plan for stressful situations. This really helps me not to stress over things as I usually have a plan when a situation arises. We are currently packing to move from VA to GA and I’m honestly not as stressed as people think I should be haha. I made a list for each area of my house to be packed and cleaned each day and that helps me know I’m on track and stress in not needed.

Remember, life is short and your kids need you to be present for them. Not dwelling on things you can’t change. Let the bad stuff (and people!) go and focus on the good. You will be amazed at how much more peaceful you feel!!!

Dana

A Day In The Life Of A Work From Home Mom

One of the most common things I hear from people is asking how I balance everything. The truth is, some days I do a horrible job at it!!! But on those days, I look at what I can do better and consider it a learning experience. Part of parenting is just going with the flow so sometimes I get a lot accomplished…others days NOTHING! But I’ve learned balanced, and to work smarter, not harder. Here is a normal day for me!
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5am- Wakeup and workout time. Im a much better mom and person when I get my daily sweat on. Not to mention I feel so much more productive!

6am- QUICK shower as my oldest 2 wake up not long after 6.

7am- Breakfast and coffee and the baby wakes up.

11257169_978800182153448_2016610009117767100_n8am- Park time and walk. We have 4 parks withing 15 minutes and all have awesome trails so we go every morning. I get a walk in first and then we play!

10am- Baby takes a nap and this is my work time. My oldest 2 play games, draw,do puzzles and work on colors and letters during this time too.

12pm- Lunch time!

1-3pm- Play time which usually consists of pool, back yard, or bike riding

11013536_10152920547104576_4049153552323311074_n3pm- Nap time for baby Liam! Will plays his tablet on the couch with me while I get some work done and Adalyn “watches” a movie. AKA she falls asleep.

5:30pm- Dinner time

6:00pm- Playing outside or going for an evening walk as a family.

7pm- Baby Liam gets sung to and tucked in by the whole family

10930867_10152906729574576_6134374952763433286_n8pm- Will and Adalyn go to bed (hopefully)

8pm- Tv Time with my hubby

9pm- work for a few minutes and then BED!

It’s a busy life, I stick to my schedule as best as I can, and I remember to enjoy every moment of it as whats most important is having time with my family!!!

Dana

Finding Balance

 

11150407_10152881528944576_2738157974536688199_nWhen people see that I work from home, they often think I have it all together and am “Supermom”. Well, sorry to burst some bubbles, but that is totally false!!! I’m like every single person out there, struggling to accomplish it all and some days forgetting to brush my teeth!! Most days I don’t wear an ounce of makeup (except mascara!!), am in gym clothes, and run around all day long. I have days where I feel super overwhelmed and think I have way too much on my plate. And its moments like that I have to take a step back and remember what is most important.

I have three healthy, beautiful, smart children!!! I get to spend all day, every day, with them!!! Working from home has helped my family tremendously, I’ve paid off my school loans and my SUV (HUGE happy dance from that this week)! I have so much to be thankful for!!! So the laundry might only get done once a week, the grass needed to be cut two weeks ago, and my wardrobe only includes gym clothes. But who cares!!! I’m always been very OCD, but slowly and surely, I’m learning to go with the flow a bit more.

 

11026588_10152886604509576_8022368932152025326_nBalance is still something I struggle with. My husband works a weird shift so really only has one full day off right now. The funny thing is, that doesn’t bother me. The kids and I are always on the go as we FINALLY live in an area where we have stuff to do! I can run errands, take them to the park, go for hikes with my aunt, we have fun stuff to do everyday!!! I don’t think we have been bored once since we moved to GA. It’s a freeing feeling to have options and not be stuck in the house all day!!

 

The only negative has been my work. I’ve been so busy with the kids, and my husband’s schedule is different, the time to “work” I had each day has changed. At first I got stressed. I have worked hard to build my business and to make an income from home. But then I remembered why I was working, to help my family!!! We have paid off so much debt, and now my income goes directly towards my kids college funds!!!! That’s an amazing feeling in itself to accomplish that while being home with my kids each day. For many people, my family included, money can be stressful and to remove that issue has been a huge weight off my husband and I’s shoulders.

 

I’m sticking more to a schedule to help with the work time I have. I get up early and that’s my exercise time. I also use that time to make my “to-do” list for the day. On that list I make sure to include the most important items, and the ones that can be done that day, or another day. That’s a huge help with keeping me on track and making sure I accomplish what HAS to be done each day.

 

The truth is, most people do NOT have it all figured out. We all struggle with getting things done and prioritizing. For me, the number one priority is my kids. I want them to be able to do after school activities, take fun family vacations, and go to college. So on the days I feel stressed, I remember my goals are for them and that reminds me to take a step back, figure out a new way to achieve balance, and when all else fails, go swing at the park. Because sunshine and the laugher of my kids reminds me of the important things in life!!

Dana

The Drive

My biggest fear with our move from Virginia to Georgia was the drive. My oldest son gets car sick, and my youngest hates the car. Luckily my daughter enjoys car rides so at least I had one I didn’t have to worry about. The scary part for me was the fact I was driving by myself with all three of them!

Our goal was to leave around 5am so they would sleep a few hours in the car….ya, that didn’t happen! About 30 minutes into the drive Will started getting sick and asking me to stop. Then after we stopped, Adalyn, who never gets sick, started getting sick!! And of course this made the baby wake up so it was a car full of nerves! To add to that, I’m not a big night driver and the highway we were on was all semis. I don’t know if its just me, but they have some crazy lights on those trucks and I swear I felt like I could hardly see the road.

It took us about 2hrs to go 60 miles. I’m not sure who was crying more at the start of the trip, me or the kids haha. I had a nice long chat with God though and one of my best friends said the words I needed to hear, “You can do this!” For me, nothing is worse than when my kids are miserable and it breaks my heart to hear them upset or in pain. It was the longest drive of my life, but we all made it and decided no more long car rides for the next 10 years haha!!!

I did learn some interesting things after spending 13hrs in a car…..11103024_10152829499969576_5239625367741261538_n

  • Nacho Doritos are great for kids with an upset stomach! That was the only thing Will would eat and he kept it down!!! Who would have thought?!?!
  • Rest stops have great outdoor areas for kids to run around!!! And for Mom’s to do some walking lunges and wake up a bit haha
  • DVD’s players in cars REALLY need a remote control!!! It is super hard to try and push those buttons while on a highway!!!
  • If your child gets car sick, you can NEVER have too many trash bags in your car. And even if your child doesn’t get sick, have them anyway and space them out around the car!!! Trust me, this is VERY important!!
  • Kelly Clarksons Heart Beat Song is GREAT to dance to in the car to wake yourself up!!! And it apparently provides amusement for other drivers too!
  • The first hour and the last hours are the longest parts of a car ride! You need a recording of yourself saying “No, we aren’t there yet!” so you don’t go hoarse.
  • If your child is watching a new movie, don’t interrupt to ask them if they need to go to the bathroom. They would rather hold it than have to pause their movie.
  • Cars with third rows should come with a “stretch arm” so you can hand things back to the child riding in that row. Especially when everyone in the second row is sound asleep.
  • It never fails, the moment all 3 kids fall asleep, you are going to run out of gas!!!!
  • Coffee is great to keep you alert….but it does cause more bathroom breaks!
  • Nothing feels as good as when your feet touch the ground!!!!

 

Dana