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Do it for you, not for a partner, event or season…

Do it for you, not for a partner, event or season…

3 years ago, Mordechai was in the jungle in Costa Rica at a retreat with 40 entrepreneurs: workshops, healthy food, lots of nature.

It was over 100 degrees with no air conditioning, and all the guys took off their shirts by the pool — that’s NOT something he ever did.

You see, Mordechai was a successful entrepreneur, but still felt ashamed and disappointed because he was 130 pounds overweight. So, taking off his shirt at the pool? Never.

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The reason for the retreat was to determine one’s life purpose. So, Mordechai opened up to a retreat facilitator about his hesitation to remove his shirt. She encouraged him to take his shirt off when no one was at the pool to see how I felt. It wasn’t terrible.

She suggested he do the same during his presentation in front of the rest of the attendees.

“&#$ NO!” he said.

He ended his speech by saying, “My entire life growing up, I wanted to make money and lose weight, and now that I’ve had some success in both areas, I still don’t feel the way I thought I would feel.”

He continued, “What I’ve realized: I don’t love and accept myself.”

Then, he took off his shirt. To an incredible and lengthy standing ovation.
Now, losing weight isn’t as easy as taking your shirt off in front of a crowd — in fact, to lose weight and keep it off, you MUST have the right motivation; do it for you, not for a partner, event or season.

Permanent weight loss comes from doing your “inner” work, addressing the wounds, trauma and emotional triggers that keep you eating in ways that make you fat.

At that retreat, Mordechai had finally reclaimed his body.

At The Reclaim Your Body Summit, you’ll learn from others who’ve been overweight and learned how to transform their lives. They’ll bring practical wisdom and powerful tactics for healing, losing weight, keeping it off and feeling good in your body.

Learn how to reclaim control when you attend this free, online event!

What are you waiting for? Come on over and check this out!

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Nights Are The Hardest

Today has been a bad day, a really bad day. I won’t go into detail except to say that my heart is very heavy and sad right now. Sometimes people come into our lives unexpectedly and they make such an impact on us that we can’t imagine life without them. Sometimes we tend to overlook the bad things and choose not to see what we should be seeing because they mean so much to us.

Sometimes these things come back to haunt us. The little things we had been ignoring and choosing not to see. The little things that we just didn’t ask about or the things that just didn’t make sense and weren’t questioned suddenly turn into an erupting volcano. Sometimes there’s a warning that things are about to take a sudden turn but often times it just happens out of the blue.

Then we are left wondering what we could’ve and should’ve done differently. Did we handle the situation correctly or maybe we should have given them just one more chance. While we don’t want them to feel like we’ve given we know that we can’t just keep letting things slide either. We have to stand up for our values and beliefs and instead of clinging to the hopes that someone will change, we may just need to let them go.

We can’t force someone to change, change must come from within. Sometimes we need to distance ourselves from others so that everyone involved can see the problem more clearly. It also helps us to get our thoughts straight. When we can see and think clearly we may see the solution come to light. While others may feel like we have abandoned them when the going got tough, we are really just trying to protect ourselves from getting hurt even more.

The downfall is that we may start to dwell on the problems and our thoughts may run rampant. For me, I can keep myself pretty busy and occupied during the day, if I try. I must find something else to focus on and I have to pray, really pray hard. If I don’t, I find that the problem can become an obsession which is not good for anyone. Luckily I have a few little people who can keep me occupied and busy.

However, once night falls and the kids are in bed I start to settle down. I will take the dog out for her last walk before bed and the stillness of the night gets to me. I put her in her bed and switch off the lights before heading to bed myself. I will get up a couple of times to double check the doors, the lights, and the loft gate. I will listen to my sleeping babes and listen to the sounds of the night on our little pond.

I hear the animals calling out for their mates and I feel so lonely. All I can think about is how lonely I am. Really I was lonely before this as we had stopped communicating a while back. I don’t know what caused it for sure but I did try to fix it. Could I have done more? Did I try too hard? Who knows what I could’ve done.

My mind replays the good times and then it replays the bad times, both of which bring tears to my eyes. I lay here and wonder what the future holds. I am comforted because I know that God has a plan and a purpose for everything. I also know that He can bring some of the greatest blessings out of our hardest trials. This helps to calm me and bring me peace about the situation but it is still hard to accept that this person is gone, maybe forever.

Love can be such a crazy fickle thing but it can also be one of the greatest feelings in the whole world. I am reminded that my God loves me more than anyone here on earth can and that He is looking out for me. I know that He will provide me with all that I need and I can find rest in His arms when I am ready to let go and give my problems over to Him.

Why not join me? If you have something that is bothering you and keeping you up then please join me in asking God to take care of it and leave it in His hands.

Right now, Heavenly Father I pray that You will touch anyone reading this and help them with whatever their situation is, that You will bring them the healing they need for whatever they are going through, that You will give them the strength and courage to face tomorrow because it is a new day, a day full of blessings unknown. Please Lord take our worries and cares and deal with them as You see fit. In Jesus name, Amen.

Weekend Wrap Up: April 20, 2019

Hey there! It’s been a bit of a crazy week here. Last weekend I had a crazy reaction to some gun cleaner… crazy like I thought I was going to need an ER visit but thankfully a double dose of Zyrtec did the trick. However, after that, I was pretty much useless for a couple of days as I really truly felt like a walking zombie mom. This was truly not something I had expected or planned for so it kind of threw a wrench in my carefully laid out plans.

I had so many things planned that I wanted to get done before Easter and almost none of them have happened. The ones I did manage to get accomplished, like weeding the flower bed and picking up the yard, have been messed up and really don’t look like anything had been done. Instead of getting stressed like I sometimes too I’ve really just tried to go with the flow this week.

After resting Saturday afternoon and most of Sunday morning I did manage to muster up a bit of energy as we had an appointment to go to. We went to visit a place that does a lot of activities for the community. We may be doing some square dancing there next month and we needed to give it a quick look over so we knew what to expect. It was so cool and the kids really enjoyed the huge swing set that they had there.

Then we had our usual Monday dance but I was not able to go to that because my back had been bothering me and I was having some old issues flare up. My feet and hands were just so numb and tingling that it made getting around a bit difficult. I pretty much sat in the recliner most of the day. I was so glad that I had been able to do as meal prep as I did on Saturday morning. For dinner, we had some Red & White Pasta with some diced grilled chicken added into it. The kids loved it even more than the normal version.

Tuesday afternoon I did manage to get dressed and head to a dance where Mr. Awesome was filling in. I was glad that we went because it was so much fun to see all the young dancers. My kiddos also had a lot of fun watching them and it motivated them a bit more to want to take lessons soon. My lack of activity really showed through as I could myself getting winded after a tip. For dinner that night I had made a Shepherd’s Pie in a Skillet which was super easy to throw together with the browned hamburger from the freezer.

I don’t even remember what we did on Wednesday. Hmmm… what did we do on Wednesday? I know we had Tortellini Soup and some Quick Garlic Bread that Mr. Jacob had helped me prep for the freezer last week but I don’t think anyone did a whole lot of anything. That combination was so good together! I might have caught up on some email but I couldn’t sit at the computer for very long so getting any work done was almost a lost cause.

I didn’t even get to the washing until Thursday because I couldn’t lift anything and walking out to the wash shed seemed like an impossibility if I had to carry a load of laundry with me. Although the kids were kind of enjoying the lazy zombie mom, I was ready to get something done around here. I mean Easter was fast approaching and we had a small dinner planned but I hadn’t been able to do much of anything.

I finally decided that something seriously had to get done around here so I just had the girls bring me some laundry baskets and I sorted the clothes in the house and carried the baskets out one at a time with was a lot less strenuous. Once I finished up my laundry the kids did a load and we were back on track. Feeling a bit ambitious, I decided to make a Chicken Cordon Casserole which was more labor intensive than I had remembered (or maybe I’m just getting lazy with all the meal prep) but it was so good!

I also made a phone call that I hadn’t expected to make and cleared the air between a family member. There had been an incident last year that had really hurt me and I had chosen to distance myself and my family from the situation. Now things seem to have calmed down a bit and we are taking things slowly to see how they go. Christmas and Easter a couple of times in the year when most of do seem to have softer hearts and people seem to be able to forgive easier. It wasn’t that I wasn’t able to forgive, I just didn’t want to forget what had happened. All that did was to keep the hurt going.

So Friday we had a visit from this same family member and everyone got caught up on the past few months. The kids really enjoyed the visit and probably overwhelmed then with Minecraft facts but it was a good visit for the most part.

Midway through the visit, we had some terrible storms come through and we were under a tornado watch. We also lost power for a good while. The scariest part came when the winds were howling around our little cabin and all of a sudden there was a loud bang. The back door flew open and the wind was blowing pond water all over the bedroom. Things were swirling around and flying off the walls… it was crazy! I kept pushing the door shut only to have to fly open again. Then while I was dealing with that the front door burst open and the kids rushed to shut it.

The worst part of the storm passed quickly and we were able to keep the doors closed without assistance. My bedroom still has a ton of peacock feathers scattered here and there but things are almost back to normal in the house. There is a ton of stuff to get cleaned up in the yard. The picnic table had been thrown across the yard but seems to be okay. A neighbor had a big tree come down but we only had a bunch of branches. Whew, I know we had someone watching over us and I am so thankful for that.

After all that excitement, I was ready for an easy meal. We had some Sweet and Sour Meatballs, boxed mac n cheese, and some Super Easy Power Cooker Potatoes. Mr. Awesome, however, wasn’t feeling like having meatballs and had brought home a couple of steaks to cook. (Click here for my recipe.)

This morning has been super busy as I’ve been making up for lost time earlier in the week. I have in fact been so productive that I’ve amazed myself. Before 9:00 am I had already picked up my vegetable order from Southwestern Produce Company and my grocery order from Walmart! I was so happy that the frozen veggies are back as our freezer supplies were getting low and as always our Walmart grocery pickup went smoothly. Chad was super helpful and got my order out to me quickly and loaded it up all up like a pro!

I even managed to sneak into the store alone, as Mr. Awesome was keeping an eye on the kiddos, and grab a few things for the Easter basket. Yes, the Easter Basket, only one basket for everyone to share and it’s not going to be chocked full of candies but it does have a lot of fun things like bubbles, slinkies, and even some Hatchimals that they can play with together. I did grab a couple of packages of candy for them to share but I know that other family will be bringing candy so I don’t want to deal with meltdowns after the overdose on sugar-laden treats. Trust me, we’ve been there several times this week and I’m not wanting to go there again anytime soon.

Honestly, my kids don’t really miss the sugary treats and such because this is what we’ve pretty much always done. Their favorite part of Easter is the Empty Tomb Rolls and the story that I tell them along with it. They do like to help make the Chocolate Covered Eggs to give to family and friends too but most of all they remember the time we spend with family and the conversations we have about Jesus which, to me, are the most important things.

This week I’ve seen, once again, that even though things haven’t gone as planned and/or my plans have not happened because of one thing or another, that God has a plan and His plan is always so much more than what I could have ever imagined. I just want you to remember this too because I know how much we can stress sometimes when we really want things to perfectly and they just don’t. Remember that your kids are watching and looking up to you. They are learning so many valuable lessons from you and everyone that they are around.

That’s all I have for now as I have a few more things left to get put away. Plus we have some chocolate eggs to make and I’m praying that my ham thaws out in time for tomorrow’s dinner as I forgot to get it out of the freezer earlier in the week. That’s how life goes though so I won’t let it get me discouraged because I know it’ll all work out in the end.

Happy Easter from our family to yours!

Have a blessed weekend!

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Super Easy Power Cooker Potatoes

I  know you can pop a potato in the microwave for a quick bite to eat but when you have as many people in your house as we do, everyone seems to want a potato at the same time. The microwave can’t cook them fast enough and the oven seems like it takes forever.

In comes our superhero of the kitchen, our Power Cooker XL, which can whip up some baked potatoes in a hurry. You can cook up a few extra to have on hand for a quick meal or snack during the week or you can also wrap the extras in foil and freeze them for later.

Super Easy Power Cooker Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 6-10 potatoes of similar size
  • 1 c. water
Toppings (optional)
  • butter
  • sour cream
  • ranch
  • bacon bits
  • chives
  • salt and pepper
  • shredded cheese

Directions:

Scrub your potatoes well and poke them all over with a fork.

Place the steamer rack in your power cooker and place the potatoes on the rack.

Add the water.

Set the manual cook time to 12 minutes for small potatoes and up to 20 minutes for larger potatoes.

Place the lid on making sure that the pressure release is closed.

When the cooker is finished let it sit until the pressure releases on it’s on.

Top your potatoes with whatever you like.

For Crispier skin:

(takes a little bit longer but so worth it)

Rub the cooked potatoes with a bit of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Bake at 400 for 10-15 minutes.

Enjoy!

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Chocolate Covered Eggs

Oh yes! It’s that time of year… I can’t wait to make some of these yummy eggs… I seriously need to make a grocery trip ASAP as it had completely slipped my mind that I wanted to make these!

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This is one of those recipes that I could’ve swore was posted at one time but I can’t find it anywhere. With the Easter holiday quickly approaching I have been asked a couple of times for the recipe and just now took the time to look for it… hence the reason for this post.

You can cover these with white chocolate or any chocolate that you prefer, if you like. I can remember my Mom using the ‘leftover’ chocolate scrapings that my dad would bring home from the Hershey factory when we lived in PA. That was so good! We have also used the candy coating that you can find in the baking aisle but mostly we use chocolate chips now.

While the most popular shape for these candies is the egg shape you can also shape them and decorate them in a variety of different shapes, sizes, and colors…

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Be The Parent You’ve Always Wanted To Be

Some of you may remember that I’ve mentioned I have a couple of special needs kiddos. These two have been quite challenging and I have faced many parenting issues that have been quite difficult to get through… I mean like heart wrenching issues that made me doubt my abilities to parent them at all.

Well, a lot of those doubts, fears, and worries have vanished and faded away after I started taking the Positive Parenting Solutions Course. Just the first course made me feel more confident in my abilities and gave me some tools to put to use right away. The changes have been amazing and I only wish I had found out about this course sooner.

You’ve tried everything: Time-outs. Reward charts. Counting to three. Punishments. Nothing works.

If you or someone you know has been facing parenting difficulties then you need to check this out, NOW! Don’t wait because you are losing precious time… stop the yelling, stop the threatening, stop feeling defeated and give this a try.

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Mordechai Wiener is a weight loss and health advocate, and he knows what it’s like to be deep in the struggle of feeling out of control around food. This had been his struggle since he was eight years old, and in 2012, he hit rock bottom. The high self-trust and self-esteem he felt in business did not translate into his personal life. He weighed over 330 pounds and, despite his successes, felt like a failure. Now, over 130 pounds lighter and having sold his business, Mordechai is on a mission to help others gain control over their relationship with food.

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No More Lines At The Checkout!

Do you hate grocery shopping as much as I do? Well, it hasn’t always been like that for me but here lately it just seems like we stay so busy I can’t find time to get the shopping done. I do like to find deals but I haven’t had a lot of time for couponing either.

Another issue that we’ve had is that the path to our local Walmart, which is normally less than 15 minutes away, has been undergoing some MAJOR reconstruction and it is such a mess! I really HATE driving into town but that’s really the only place close to go too… what’s a busy Momma to do?

Well, a lot of our appointments happen to be about 45 minutes away from where we live and there just happens to be a Walmart on the way back home. Still, the idea of dragging 5 kiddos into the grocery store after we’ve been sitting for a couple of hours is not a pleasant one. Granted my kiddos are generally pretty well behaved but I’m usually ready to get home. Then it never fails that we get to the front of the store to check out and there will only be one checkout open! Seriously???

Here comes the part where I have learned how to avoid those grocery shopping blues, long lines, and guilt from buying way too much junk food. Are you ready? I’ve been using the Walmart Grocery Pickup for the past few months and I LOVE IT! I don’t use it every time and sometimes I go to Sam’s Club as they have a very similar service… Yes, I know I sound lazy and maybe I am a little but there are so many more things that need my attention and energy so anything that makes my life a little bit easier is something to love. Did I mention that the pickup service is FREE? Yep, I said FREE!

A big ‘Thank You’ to Daniel for helping us load everything into the van.

Right now you can give the Walmart Grocery Pick up a try and get $10.00 off your first order and Sam’s Club is offering a $20 e-gift card after you join. Yes, we will get a small little kickback if you order through one of my links and we appreciate anything anyone does but really we wouldn’t recommend these apps and services if we didn’t love them as well.

There are so many added benefits for us like saving money on gas and the time saved! Have you given it a try yet? If so, what has your experience been like? If not then you should go ahead and try it out!

I mean it! Click the link, add the groceries to your cart, select your pickup time (same day pickup is often available), and check out now!

Walmart Grocery Pickup

Save time and money by using their new grocery pickup service!

Cozi: 10 Best Volunteer Opportunities for Teens, According to Parents

Are you looking for volunteer experiences for your child? It’s a great way for kids to feel involved in the community, and some schools even require volunteer hours to graduate.
Even if you are homeschooling you can add volunteer hours to your child’s transcripts and these make a really good impression on prospective colleges and/or employers.
To help get you started, here’s a list of organizations and local opportunities for volunteering – all recommended by parents who Cozi.

Click Here to read more about these great volunteer ideas.

Tigers, Gardens, and Portfolios… oh My!

Have you checked out the great products over at UnitStudy.com? What are unit studies? They are a great way to help kids learn about a topic in a fun way that they will remember.

My kiddos love unit studies and they have so much fun learning about so many different topics. Units studies have made my life easier as I can take things that my kids are interested in today and let them learn about it in a way that encourages them to keep learning.

Unit studies don’t have to be a ‘homeschool only’ kind of thing either. Summer vacation is coming up and maybe you need some fun ways to keep your kids entertained. By using unit studies you can help them to learn about new topics and help prevent that dreaded ‘Summer Slide’.

Terrific Tigers will be marked down to just $5 for National Zoo Lovers Day
 
April 12-14 – Gardens will be marked down to just $9 for National Gardening Day
 
And it’s that time of year to make your portfolios so check out those products too!
 
Have fun!
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Join me for The Reclaim Your Body Summit!

Wonder why 95% of dieters gain their weight back?
The answers may surprise you.

To lose weight and keep it off, you MUST have the right motivation; do it for you, not for a partner, event or season. Permanent weight loss comes from doing your “inner” work, addressing the wounds, trauma and emotional triggers that keep you eating in ways that make you fat.

It’s time to stop yo-yo dieting, discover your answers and create healthy habits that work for your body at The Reclaim Your Body Summit!

–Learn how to reclaim control when you attend this free, online event!

WHY ATTEND?
You’ll learn from others who’ve been overweight and learned how to transform their lives. Our experts bring practical wisdom and powerful tactics for healing, losing weight, keeping it off and feeling good in your body.

Your host, Mordechai, found himself 130 pounds overweight. He didn’t recognize himself in the mirror. He was a successful entrepreneur, but still felt ashamed and disappointed. He made a decision to do his “inner” work, which helped him lose the excess weight and keep it off.

He’s here to share what he learned from his journey to support you in reclaiming your bodily wisdom… once and for all!

Join us for The Reclaim Your Body Summit, if you:
• Have been on diets and can’t keep the weight off
• Are confused by diet choices and conflicting nutrition advice
• Think eating healthy is too much work or can’t taste good
• Have a secret fear that you’re “not good enough”
• Feel ready for the support you need to change your habits
• Experience anxiety every time you try to button your pants

You’re not alone. There are answers. We can heal together, reclaim energy, lose weight, and regain focus to be the amazing humans we’re meant to be.

Join me at The Reclaim Your Body Summit, online and free from May 6-12, 2019!

I look forward to seeing you there!

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Puddin’ Cake Time!

We were gifted with some fresh juicy strawberries earlier in the week. After eating a couple bowls of them the kids wanted to make something special. I knew just the recipe to pull out… Strawberry Pudding Poke Cake.

Here’s a few pictures of all the fun they had making it…

They had a ton of fun poking holes with the wooden spoon handle:

Then they had to pour on the jello:

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Next comes the strawberries (I think a few didn’t make it into the bowl):

Now a layer of pudding and then cool whip:

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Repeat the layers and make it pretty:

 

I tried to catch a few of them eating it but they gobbled it up way too fast!

I’m thinking the next time I might just give it a try without the vanilla pudding as I think that might taste more like a traditional shortcake… yummy!

Do you need some inspiration on how to get your kids helping out in the kitchen? Check out the Kids Can Cook Real Foods website for lots of helpful ideas!

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