At the beginning of these pregnancy I vowed to eat healthy and continue working out at the gym whilst maintaining my strength through yoga. Well what would you know I haven't done a single thing in 6 weeks and it is so hard to find the motivation to start again. This cold weather along with the rain we are having is miserable and I am officially in a rut! I am sure I am not the only one who is wishing to maintain their health but is having trouble knowing where to start and so I have been on the hunt for some great online resources to share with you. I personally LOVE working out when I have the motivation and have always loved yoga but have never been dedicated to continuing it long enough to see any real improvement, but this week I am determined to do something! Once you get into some good healthy habits you feel so much better physically and mentally, they also say summer bodies are made in the winter!
Here are so great ideas for you all:
Yoga with Adriene
Pregnancy work out (2nd & 3rd trimester)
Prenatal Barre Workout
30 Minute Cardio HIT
Fun Hip Hop Tabata Workout
30 Minute Barre Workout
Low Impact 30 Minute Cardio
Today has been one of those days where I take a look at the society we live in, the lack of humanity around us and how we are failing as human beings. Working in education has always been a passion for me, I love seeing children grow and their love for learning. But for me it goes much further than the basic skills and subjects we teach them during their time at school. I want to make a difference in a child's life, my philosophy has always been that if everyday I can make a difference to one person I am doing something right. Now although I am talking about children here I believe that we have the capability to help someone everyday no matter what our career field and our financial situation. Sometimes it is the simple things like telling someone they look nice, to have a nice day, take the time to tell them thank you, make them feel appreciated and do something to give back. Together was a particularly hard day for me at work. Now because of my position I cannot go into details but let me just tell you that I will never understand how any decent human being can purposely hurt someone, especially an innocent child.
I am sitting at home right now after a warm meal with my family, with a roof over my head and in a household full of love. But there are so many people whose situation is far different from mine but yet they do not have the voice to speak up for themselves. Or worse yet they do eventually stand up for themselves yet the police or social services do nothing but place them back in harms way. It breaks my hurt to know that there is nothing I can do to make it better, nothing I can do to take their pain away and so all I do is offer them a trusting ear, a safe place to communicate and a kind hug when it is needed.
As humans we sometimes need to take a moment to remember Maslow's hierarchy of needs,. There are our basic needs of water, warmth, food, rest, security and safety. Then we have our psychological needs our longing to feel loved, belongingness, friends, family and our esteem needs. Finally we have our self fulfillment needs where we can reach our full potential and achieve out dreams. Now imagine those basic needs as pillars that hold up our life, take them away then our life is out of balance or even worse it would fall apart without support. That is what is happening to people all around the world today, in our local community and in the schools in our area. It upsets me that so many people are capable of making a difference, to take a step forward to help someone who is struggle and instead they carry on about their daily routine. I had a fellow employee once ask me if I would rather work with the good students, the ones who listen and do their work. I was quick to answer that no, I would always rather work with the troubled the kids. These students are the ones that require extra time, I have to invest time to build trust and relationships, they may cuss at me but at the end of the day to me these are the students that need me. Over the last few years in my position I have been cussed at, had tables/desks thrown in my room and although it is crazy to say but most of those kids who acted that way towards me are my favorites. Because eventually we established a mutually understanding relationship, I felt that I was making a difference and I would not change a thing about the job I do.
Now I know that my story has got a little off topic but with the recent stories and politics that talk about adoption, abortion, the immigrant situation and the homeless people in our country. It reminds me of an old saying, that charity starts at home, no one person can fix a situation but if we each made a little effort everyday to make a difference in one persons life a day. Them the world we live in would be a much more brighter place! We need to take the time to teach our children to see the beauty in the world and those around us, the teach them what humanity and morals are. Because recently I look around and I see humans but I see a lack of humanity!
Our January event was a huge hit! Thank you to everyone that came out to support us and participated in the event, we look forward to bringing more amazing evenings to Winston Salem in 2019!
Fiddlin Fish Brewery
Kelly Benson with Rodan & Fields
Avery & Maude with CycleBar
Taina Norris with Mary Kay
Debbie Baisden & Emily Saunders with Momsanity
Rhonda Johnson with Primerica and Limitless Empowerment
Marissa Faircloth with Restoration Med Spa
Forsyth Family Services
It is hard to believe that we are already 11 days into the new year and for many of us that may mean new opportunities, resolutions and starting fresh. But for many women and children in our local community this means something completely different. This month we are supporting Family Services of Forsyth County, I am sure most of you have an idea of what they do to support people within our community but did you know that they have:
Here are a few things that the Shelter staff shared as needs:
Towels, Sheets—all sizes—the Shelter has twin beds, but other sized sheets can be used when women move out. Pajamas—for all sizes, women and children. Household cleaning products and basket for organization—to provide to families when they transition out of the shelter into their own home, diapers and wipes. They appreciate new linens and clothing (pjs), but can accept towels and sheets in very good condition.
Please bring any donations you can afford to donate to our first event of 2019 @ Fiddlin Fish Brewery. January 16th from 5:30 - 8:30pm.
,The last two years of my life have been full of so many emotions but I am glad to say that 2018 was a year of reflection. I started to focus only the things I could control, so with that in mind I completed my associates degree and started college at Western Carolina to work toward to teaching degree. I also took control of my finances, found this wonderful opportunity, fell deeper in love with Carl and stopped punishing myself for not having enough hours in the day to make everyone happy. As a mother I often find myself saying I am a bad mom, but during 2018 I decided that because I was always worried if I was doing a good job that I was indeed a good mama. We got to visit England see family that I had not seen in 5 years, we made memories that I will forever cherish and explored new places in Europe as a family. In 2018 I did not make a new years resolution but instead enjoyed the ride, I learnt a lot about myself in the past year and embraced the person I am today. We had a busy Christmas and as the New Year approached I was excited for our future. Little did I know though that the first thing that would happen to me in 2019 was that my best friend would propose to me in front of our family, of course I cried and said yes. Now we are 7 days into the new year and I know that 2019 is going to be a whirlwind of emotions, busy but full of magical things happening. Our family will be expanding in May/June with the new baby and we will be getting married in October. This is my second chance at happiness and I could not ask for a better person to be doing life with. In 2019 I want to push myself out of my comfort zone, make more time for my daughter, take more trips to the park to play, make new friends and cherish the ones I have. Be better prepared financially, be more spontaneous, reach out to people in my community and take the time to appreciate everything I have in my life. Life is never perfect, but my glass will always be half full, never half empty because I so much to be grateful for. I hope that in 2019 everyone is able to be grateful for all the positives in your life and remember that every day provides a new opportunity. What is your dream for 2019?
Finally after many years in a very unhappy relationship I have found love again and we are excited to be welcoming a baby boy in June 2019. It has been 6 years since I was pregnant last and this time being 34 I am considered AMA (advanced maternal age). With my first pregnancy I was lucky to have a stress free pregnancy but this time I am stressed to the max with worry. I was offered the quad test at 15 weeks pregnant, which we decided to go ahead and do but I did not know how much anxiety this would cause. The test was not explained in great detail, we just knew we wanted more information about the health of our baby. We waited for the results and they came back positive for Trisomy 18 (This is a chromosomal disorder that causes severe developmental delays and abnormalities in the structure of the body. Trisomy 18 is often fatal by age 1.). When the results were delivered to us, all I focused on was that my baby likely had the disorder not that it only meant I was at a higher risk for carrying a baby with Trisomy 18. When you have prayed and waiting so long for another chance at love and another baby to complete our family, I felt devastated., Normally google can be your worst enemy when trying to get my information about a medical diagnosis, but this time it actually put my mind at ease. After much research, guess what the" increased" risk is? For a lady that is 35 years old your risk is less than 1% for a chromosomal abnormality. (0.56% to be exact.) That means that you have over a 99% chance of having a completely normal healthy baby. Now we are waiting on the second round of results from the MaterniT 21 PLUS noninvasive prenatal test.. Has anyone experienced anything similar to this, I could really do with some positive comments. I was hoping to spend the Christmas break working on his nursery and such but it is hard with this in the back on my mind.
The past 2 Christmas's have been nothing short of a headache especially with my daughters father demanding to visit last minute (he is the king of not planned ahead or keeping to his word). Last year was our first as a blended family, it was full of lack of communication, disappointed family members and an overall somber feel in the house. After feeling like we were forced to spend the holidays divided last year, this year we started planning the holidays months ahead of time. We communicated with everyone what our plans were and made sure to set time aside to see everyone around the holidays! I reached out to my daughters biological father back in September to ask him what his plans were and to express my concerns of any last minute plans. I wanted to make sure that my daughter got to see him, especially for a weekend to do something special around Christmas. It is now December 11th and he still does not know where he "wants to be" for Christmas. So we have made our own plans and I am hoping we are able to keep to them all without upsetting anyone. My main concern through all of this is my daughter, I want her to have the best Christmas she can full of love and magic. So lets hope this is can be enjoyable, stress free, full of love, excitement and yummy food!
There is nothing worse that feeling like you have disappointed people but are driven by your own desire to create new family traditions. For me it is even harder because the only family I have in the US are my parents, everyone else still lives in England. I get really homesick during the holidays, wishing I could visit London to see all of the lights and hug all of my family members. If you ever get the chance to visit London, England in December do it, from the lights in oxford street, to the German Christmas Markets it is full of magic. I hope no matter what your situation is this Christmas, that you can make it as magically as it should be.
If you are like us and have a blended family, what are your tips for the holiday season?
Christmas and the whole of December is my favorite time of year. There is so much magic in the air, my daughter is so excited this year and is being very humble only asking for 3 things from Santa. Although one of those things is a baby brother or baby sister (lets see if we can make her wish come true). This year I really want to enjoy the magic of the season all month long and immerse myself in the Christmas spirit. I have already put up our Christmas tree, wrapped all of the presents and only have 3 small items left to buy, which means I will have soo much more time to spend with my family! Sometimes at this time of year we get so busy with the preparation that we forget to enjoy the little moments along the way. I am going to try to be more organized this year with our Christmas elf Jingles, I say this every year and every year so far I have failed. I'm sure i'm not the only one who dreams of being a Pinterest queen but then forgets to move the elf and is scrambling for ideas before their little ones wake up! I took all of our Christmas decorations for the outside of the house out the box and somehow we have nothing that matches, so not sure how the outside of the house will look this year! But keep an eye out and i'll share some pictures on Facebook! I am excited to make homemade reindeer food, Christmas cookies, enjoy the Scrooge trolley tour and enjoy all the Christmas lights we can find locally. What is your favorite Christmas tradition that you and your family enjoy?
The holiday season is nearly upon us with turkey day only a week away. I wanted to share some of my favorite holiday event with you.
Looking for some new recipes this fall to keep your family full and satisfied. These recipes are some of my favorite and so easy to make. I have even included some yummy sides and snacks perfect for family pot lucks.
Sweet and spicy slow cooker chili
7 Up Biscuits (The perfect side to any dish)
White Chicken Chilli
Jack Daniel's Bacon Mac and Cheese
Baked Bean Casserole
Banana Nut Crunch Muffins
Korean Beef Rice Bowls