Category: Life

Self-Care 101

Taking care of yourself is necessary for a happy and healthy you. Sometimes (or most of the time) you put everyone else first in your life, whether it is your spouse, kids, or fur babies. But, when you make time for yourself (even small amounts) it can make a large impact on your life and the life of those around you. I wanted to share some of my favorite cheap or free ways to care for yourself. 

One of my favorite ways to care for myself is going to the library or bookstore. I can literally get lost in either so I have to be careful about when I go. I love to walk up and down the aisles touching and reading the summaries of the books to find my next great read. 

Another way I care for myself goes hand-in-hand with going to the bookstore or library is to make time to actually read. Reading helps me to turn off the world around me and take a deep dive into a mysterious or magical place. 

Once a week I try to take 20 minutes to do a face mask. My favorite face mask is benonite clay. Here is an Amazon link to the brand that I use. https://amzn.to/2LmGwo7 . If I am having trouble with dry skin I will add a drop of geranium essential oil or if I am having a problem with acne I will add a drop of tea tree essential oil. All you have to do is let the mask dry on your face for about 20 minutes , wash your face, dry your face, and moisturize and you should be all set to go. 

Another relaxing self care technique is journaling. There are tons of Pinterest lists out there that can give you different things to write about each day or you can make your journal more like a diary where you document the things that happened each day and how they made you feel. 

Planning or working on my planners are another form of self-care that I enjoy. I feel so much better when I have my life planned out. I don’t need to plan my days down the minute but I am highly motivated by checking things off of a to do list. I also love all of the planning accessories such as pens, markers, stickers, and notepads. 

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Homemade Dog Food

Does your dog ever act uninterested in the food you are giving him? Is your dog excited when it’s time for breakfast or dinner? Well a few years ago we found it was strange that our small 11lb Pomeranian/Papillon/Chihuahua never really seem interested in his dog food. We tried Wet Food and Dry Food and tried most all of the “quality” dog foods. The last time we switched up his food to find something that he might like our dog ended up with a hot spot on his leg. We found all of this strange and wanted to find a solution.

While we weren’t sure of the exact cause of his hot spot we switched up his food and started making our own. We still don’t know exactly what caused his hot spot but we did find out what he likes and what he doesn’t like. When we first started finding out what he liked we would cook up little bits of the different ingredients to find out if he liked them and/or if he had a reaction to them. We did find out that he likes to eat green beans but they make his stomach warm after he eats them.

This recipe uses real food that our dog loves. You can mix up the veggies for whatever your dog prefers but this is the recipe that our dog loves the most. We have even added Salmon, Tillipia and Ground Turkey.

Homemade Dog Food Ingredients:
  • Crock pot
  • 2 Frozen Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Cup of Brown Rice
  • 1 Cup of Frozen Peas
  • 1 1/2 Cup of Frozen or Fresh Carrots
  • 1 1/2 Cup Frozen or Fresh Sweet Potatoes
  • 1 cup butternut squash
  • 1/2 Cup Water

Homemade Dog Food Directions:
  1. Place your 2 Frozen Chicken Breasts in your crock pot
  2. Pour in your Brown Rice and Water in next
  3. Then, add all of your veggies
  4. Cook on low for 6-8 hours
  5. Store in a air tight container. (Freeze half of this to keep it fresh)

This recipe feeds our dog for about 2 weeks or so and is super easy to re-make. Have you ever made dog food on your own? Let me know in the comments below.

xoxo ~ Jacqui

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6 Ways to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

According to research done by Forbes magazine, more than 40% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions but only 8% of Americans actually keep their New Year’s Resolutions.  Typically resolutions typically focus on better health (losing weight, exercising more, etc.), spending more time with family, new opportunities or quitting a bad habit. 

In the past I have tried to make New Year’s Resolutions but I don’t recall a time when I was actually able to keep them. This year I want to make some changes in my life so I created 6 ways to help keep your New Year’s Resolutions. 

1. Write it down:

The first step to making changes is to write down your goals.  I would encourage you to write them down and put them in a place that you will see them and remember them each day. Maybe you use a planner and you put your goal in there or maybe on a sticky note on your computer, just make sure it is somewhere where you will always be reminded of it. 

2. Have a “Why”:

When making your goals be sure to determine your “why”. If you are making a New Year’s Resolution just to say you are making a New Year’s Resolution you are more than likely going to fail.  If your goal is to lose weight, why are you doing it? Do you want to live a healthier life? Better your health? Fit into old clothes?

Make sure when setting your goals that you know why you are doing it and that you are doing it for yourself. Be sure your resolution is centered around something you are doing for yourself…not for someone else. 

3. Set Small Attainable Goals:

An important part of your New Year’s Resolution is having a small goals that get you where you want to be. Let’s say your overall goal is to lose weight this next year, such as  you want to lose 40 lbs by the end of the year. You want to break up your overall goal into smaller attainable goals, such as you want lose 10 lbs by the end of March, another 10 lbs  by the end of June and so on. 

Another example could be that you want to quit smoking. By the end of the first month you have cut down by x amount of cigarettes a week. Now move on to to the next small goal until you have met your ultimate goal of quitting smoking.

By making smaller more attainable goals you are more likely to meet your goal and you won’t get discouraged as quickly.

4. Plan it Out: 

When making a new resolution be sure to plan out the steps that you will need to conquer it.  If your New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight write down how you are going to do that. Are you going to change the way you eat, exercise more, or go through a pre-created challenge that includes both eating changes and exercise.

Plan out your meals each week so you can get all the healthy snacks and food from the store and can avoid making a bad choice when you are hungry. Plan your exercise routine for the week/month and hold yourself to that schedule.

5. Accountability Partner:

It’s important when making a life change to have someone that can help hold you accountable to your goals. It would be most helpful if you and your accountability partner have the same goals. Are both you and your significant other wanting to get healthier this next year. You will have more success when you are able to share your struggles and accomplishments with someone else. Your accountability partner should help encourage you along the way and be your confidante when you slip up (because that happens and it is completely fine).

Even if the closest people in your life don’t have the same goals ask them for help anyway. You could even join a Facebook group for support as well.

6. Keep a Journal: 

During the year write down how you are progressing towards your goal. Maybe you are eating better and exercising more. Make sure you keep a record of how you are feeling so later when you want to eat something not great for you can remember how great it felt to eat well.

It may also be helpful to journal your exercises and how they are making you feel. You should be able to see how much stronger and healthier you are getting. 

My New Year’s Resolutions:
  • Eating Better
    • Going to try this year for a more clean diet. Low carb has kind of worked in the past but isn’t sustainable long term for me. 
  • Exercising More
    • I want to start exercising at least 3 days a week again. I love using Fitness Blender workout videos
  • Blogging
    • In this next year I really want to grow as a blogger. I want to challenge myself to blog on a more consistent basis and continue to get better at writing.

Let me know in the comments below what your New Year’s Resolutions are.

Links:

(https://www.forbes.com/sites/dandiamond/2013/01/01/just-8-of-people-achieve-their-new-years-resolutions-heres-how-they-did-it/#68246587596b) 

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