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For all the parents with small school children. Hats off to you! Yes, I was there once, stressing to get out of the door and off to work on time while attempting to get the kids off to school. And God forbid that I overslept! Mornings like that, I remember, were so overwhelming that I’d often resort to going into work late or not at all, just to get the kids off to school on time, But there is something that’s even worse than running late in the morning and that is  desperately trying to figure out something healthy that you can put into your child’s lunch box. If you find yourself flustered each morning and end up buying the dreadful school lunch for your kid because packing it seems like too much of a hassle, take a look at these 4 easy, quick tips for the busy parent that will help you get organized, stay organized, and keep your kids lunchbox choices clean, simple and healthy.

 

  1. Start With A List And Go Shopping

Start by including your kids when it comes to creating the “school lunch” shopping list. Sit down with them and come up with a list of lunches they like but with your own healthy twist, of course. This could include sandwiches and wraps, or even your very own homemade lunch-able, but it doesn’t have to stop there. If you add a thermos food storage container to the mix, you can suddenly pack your own clean, healthy reheated leftovers, homemade soups, salads, whatever your heart desires. Make sure that you also write down on your list the types of storage bags and containers that you’ll need for packing. The key is to find lunch foods and snacks that your kids will eat that are easy to pack, and that’s healthy, too!

 

Make sure you have your reusable, grocery tote on hand and then head to the grocery store to pick up everything you need for the week. And remember healthy. To try keeping your kids sugar intake down to a minimum, do so by replacing their cookies and juice with fruit, yogurt, veggie sticks, and water, The purpose of the list is to make things much easier. Once you have several different lunch ideas your kids like and will actually eat, get creative with your kids and come up with at least one new recipe a month. This will change it up a bit to help keep things interesting and exciting. 

 

   2. Prep What You Can As Soon As You Get Home

It can be a huge chore going to the store especially with young children in tow. The whole experience can be every bit of mental, emotional and physically exhausting. But do try your best to endure to the end. If you do this one tip regularly then the battle to stay organized and to keep your kids’ meals healthy will be half-won. Immediately when you get home from the store, purposely keep the lunch foods out and get busy prepping things ahead of time. Instead of putting that bag of grapes away, go ahead and wash and store them in little bags or containers so that when it’s time to pack, you can just grab and toss them right into the lunch box. The same goes for things like carrots, salads, cheese slices or chunks, etc. Having these items ready to pack, helps keep the mind from making a molehill into a mountain. 

 

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   3. Pack Lunches The Night Before

Of course, this is a no-brainer but this and pre-prepping are usually the two steps most neglected that causes the morning mayhems. Often your mornings are going to be busy anyway so it’s definitely not the time to have to worry about packing clean, healthy lunches. So, always set aside some time to make them the night before. If you can, get the kids involved and have them help with lunch prep and clean-up after. You can store cold items in the fridge and have everything else sitting in the lunch box ready to go. It won’t take you long to get into a rhythm of preparing lunches while you’re cleaning up after dinner. You’ll be definitely appreciating this new habit and will be thanking yourself in the mornings when all you need to do is grab, toss, and go. 

 

  4. Get In The Habit Of Cleaning Lunch Boxes As Soon As The Kids Get Home

To make lunch prep even easier, help get the kids into the habit of cleaning out their own lunch box as soon as they get home. Even the youngest can help with this. Have them toss any uneaten food into the trash and bring the containers to the sink to be washed. Older children can easily wash/wipe down their own lunchbox and even some of their containers. Having everything cleaned and ready to go will make it easier to pack the new lunches for later. You could also use that time where everyone together can pack the new lunches for the next day. 

Stick to these 4 easy tips and it won’t take you long to get into an efficient lunch packing routine that will make it a snap to get organized, stay organized and to pack clean, healthy lunches for your kids. Don’t forget to get the kids involved and put them in charge of much of the preparations. Not only will this make your life easier, in the long run, it will give your children a sense of ownership and accountability for their overall health by establishing conscious food choice habits.

 

What’s your morning routine like? Do you have tips that you’d love to share to help others get organized and keep their kids eating healthy, clean foods? Share your thoughts in the comment box below. We’d love to know what you think.

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Self-Care Awareness Campaign

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Self-Care Awareness

If you’re depended upon by family, friends, your job, more often than not you find yourself greatly overwhelmed and in need of a break. This is because you are running on auto-pilot of give, give, give, never once realizing that in order to give you must have something to give. 

 

In order to be an effective caregiver, you must be aware that your needs must always come first. It is crucial that self-care awareness be that center from where you operate on a daily basis. 

Businesses and Organizations Involved In The Movement To Promoting Self-Care Awareness

Action For Happiness

Gretchen Rubin

Tiny Buddha

Happify

Mind Body Green

Ted

Giving Is Better Than Receiving

I wonder who came up with this saying? Giving is Better Than Receiving. I do understand that giving does release the flow of endorphins in the brain that makes the giver happy. Unfortunately, we’re not always giving from a full cup. We have become a society of sadistic obligation. Even receiving has been tainted with the phrase, “hand out” which causes the receiver to feel either ashamed or less than deserving. 

 

Read my other blog, How To Put Yourself First And Be Ok

 

There are always two sides to every matter. Life operates on the concept of “give and take”. To exhale, I must inhale. To teach, I must learn. To sow, I must also reap. If it is understood in these areas that one needs the other for balance. Why do we find it difficult to grasp the concept that in order for me to give, I must then receive?  

More Businesses And Organizations Involved In The Movement To Promoting Self-Care Awareness

Tut

Abraham Hicks

KarmaTube

Work Happy Now

Mindvalley

 Change Makers

 Zen Habits

 Mark And Angel Hack Life

 Jack Kornfield

 The Life On Purpose Movement

Self-Care Awareness Is The First Step Toward Self-Love

The word “LOVE” can be tricky. After all, its meaning can be super vague so I’ll just try to narrow it down here to mean “unconditional concern of well-being”. This concern could be of your well-being or the well-being of another, the target word here is “unconditional”. 

 

 How many of us can actually say that we show ourselves unconditional concern of our own well-being? Sure, we may show this concern for our family members, and some may even show this level of concern for a friend. But rarely do many of us show unconditional concern of our own well-being simply because we’ve been taught to always put the needs of others before our own.

In this fast-paced and busy world, it is extremely easy to forget about yourself and your needs for maintaining a healthy body, mind, and spirit. But it is vital that you show yourself that “unconditional concern for your own well-being” to maintain effectively the health and wellness of those who also depend on you. I found in this article some excellent tips that will get you moving in the right direction of practicing self-care awareness in your life today. 5 Simple Steps Towards Self-Care You Need To Practice Today!

More You Can Do To Begin Your

Self-Care Awareness Regimen.

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Print off this calendar, place it on your cubicle wall in front of you, or wherever you’ll see it. Or, download it to have available at all times. 

 

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Imperfection, believe it or not, is not the opposite of perfection, Instead, imperfection is the state of acceptance of self through love. Without seeing who you truly are, you would never know what’s necessary to change as well as what’s necessary to keep. Perfectionism just causes everything to appear quite murky in our world. Here are 5 sure ways to allow yourself to live as you are to ultimately find that much-coveted freedom in imperfection.

 

I Am Free To Be Me

Freedom In Imperfection

 

“Accept me as I am!” has been the battle cry of so many of us throughout the ages. Proclaiming this does not mean that a person never sets out to change detrimental habits, nor does it mean that a person is promoting laziness or a lack of ambition. What it does mean, however, is that this individual has attempted to accept him or herself wherever it is that he or she stands in hope of getting that same acceptance from others. There are things that a person will come to like about him or herself, and there are things that he or she will come to hate as well.  If you are paying attention you will see that it all works together, the so-called good and the bad, to ultimately bring about the person that you are striving to become.

 

True change in your life begins as an act of love. You can lose weight when you love who you are right now at your current weight. This means that your life, self-esteem, and happiness are never tied to any outside condition. Anything done out of self-hate doesn’t usually last because you are always criticizing your efforts. Operating from this mindset often leads to self-sabotage which ends up perpetuating more of the same self-hate. Nothing is ever good enough because you start off not liking anything about yourself from the beginning. 

 

There is nothing at all healthy about that type of lifestyle. Embracing your imperfections is celebrating what makes you unique. And to do this, you must become reacquainted with yourself through a series of steps that will show you your own personal value that has always been waiting to be re-discovered by you all along.

 

5 Ways To Find Freedom In Imperfection

 

  • Take some time to do some serious introspection. Don’t be afraid to look at yourself honestly. Write down what is positive about yourself and what is negative. Find ways to change the wording of those negatives so they are now reflecting positive aspects that you can now embrace. If you think that your nose on your face is big, try shifting your thinking by seeing your “natural” features as your very own unique brand. Play on your unique brand by finding successfully, fun hacks that will make your nose appear smaller. Create a medium where you first show off your big nose unapologetic. Have fun with it. This will require a lot of reconditioning from what the majority of society has said is beautiful, but if we are each to have a healthy acceptance of “self” then we will need to remove a lot of damaging societal programming.

 

  • When you discover what you do like and don’t and stay true to it as often as you can, you will find it easier to be able to give an honest answer to someone inviting you to an event or activity you’d rather not attend. Saying no, and being okay about it is a much-needed step to living authentically with your flaws and all. You don’t have to do and be what everyone else thinks you should be.

 

     Read also:  How To Put Yourself First And Be Ok

 

  • Don’t be afraid to try something different like dressing in bold colors, or changing your hairstyle. Experiment a little, and be willing to embrace whatever comes of the situation. Do the change for yourself only, not for the reaction of others.

 

  • Laugh more. Laughter promotes and releases those “feel good” endorphins. Take time out of your busy schedule to have a boatload of fun on purpose. Most importantly, rest. Relaxing often reduces stress which promotes a healthy immune system.

 

  • Explore your creative side. Being creative doesn’t always mean painting a portrait, or writing your first novel.  You can tap into your creativity by helping someone put together a financial or stock portfolio, or by simply doing yard work. Doing an act that excites you, whatever it is, stimulates your heart and mind together which will get the juices flowing, causing you to become more creative in other areas of your life.   

 

Allow yourself to be human, flawed and free by embracing your imperfect life, perfectly.

 

What do you do to override the current conditioning to accepting yourself and to become more authentic? Let us know by leaving a comment below.  Subscribe today  and receive more positive lifestyle, changing hacks, and tools.  

 

 

High Protein Breakfast Casserole

Easy Bake Breakfast Casserole


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Quick, Low Cost Breakfast Casserole

Ingredients:

1 package of sausage (veggie, lean turkey, lean chicken)

2 cups of shredded cheddar cheese (your favorite)

9 eggs, beaten

2 cans of ready-to-bake refrigerated biscuits

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Crumble and brown the entire package of sausage and pour off any fat. Coat a 9” x 13” baking dish with a non-stick spray and line it with one can of biscuit dough. Put the cooked sausage on top of the dough and top with the cheese. Pour in the eggs and top with the second can of biscuit dough. Bake 35 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Serve warm with a buttery maple syrup.

For a more high fiber recipe, add your favorite (fresh) veggies to this high-protein punch.

 

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Forming new habits can be intimidating at times, but they really don’t have to be. We all have moments where we yearn to change certain aspects in our lives for the better. This could be in the way of eating healthier, drinking more water, meditating, saving money, making more friends, getting out more, the list can go on and on. The fact is, there are so many areas in our lives that can be improved and made a whole lot simpler if only we created new habits.

 

Getting into the habit, however, is often easier said than done. It seems that we acquire bad habits without any effort, but establishing “good” or “healthy”  habits can, at times, be more of a challenge.

 

Well, what I’ve listed here are 3 simple tips that will help make a new habit stick

 

Make The New Habit Stick By Being Specific About How You’re Going To Make The Change

 

Tip #1: . Once you’ve decided to, let’s say, “lose weight” break down this goal into specific actions. For example, write down that you will go for a walk, or ride your bike at a specific time of the day (morning at 7a.m., or evening at 7 p.m.).

Also, write down a meal plan and keep it simple like, fruit and oatmeal for breakfast, and baked chicken and veggies for dinner. Designate times for your water intake: 7:30a.m., 10:00a.m., 12:30p.m., and so on. Being as specific as possible and staying committed to the actions is half the battle to deciding on a new habit and making a new habit stick..

 

 

Keep Reminding Yourself Of Your Goal

 

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Tip #2:  As you’re settling into your new found habit, the momentum begins to build because of your motivation and excitement. But like always, busy-ness gets in the way, and before you know it you’re right back into that old, wretched habit. 

Before letting this happen, write little reminders on sticky notes and place them strategically around your house, in your lunch box, on your car dash, wherever you know you will see them. Setting an alert in your phone is also a great way to reminding yourself of your goal and making it easier for you to be a success at making a new habit stick.

 

 

Change Up Your Routine To Implement Your New Habit

 

 

Tip #3:  For most of us, it usually takes some time before a new habit sticks. So, to make your new behavior become a true habit, implementing it in your every day routine will definitely work to your best advantage. Doing so will ultimately help the new behavior fall into place without you having to put much willpower into it, nor rely on many daily reminders.

 

By doing this, make that daily walk or bike ride a part of your after dinner routine instead of turning on the television. When visiting the vending machine for a snack at 10:00 in the morning, pack a healthier snack and eat that instead. You’ll be surprised how much easier staying committed to making your new habit stick when you’ve pre-set your changes for implementation into your already established daily routines.

 

For more insight and tips on how to make more life-empowering changes in your life for the better, click  here 

 

Congratulations! You’re on your way to making your new habit stick! By deciding to create the new habit and establishing a routine until it’s second nature, you’ll be well on your way to breaking all of those other tired, old habits to paving your way to a brand new you.

 

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