Unplug

As much as I hate admitting that this social media addiction thing is real, it is. I recently took part in a 10 day social media fast for two reasons. One, to test my level of dependence on social media and two, to evaluate how much of my daily time I dedicate to my spiritual life.

The first few days of my fast, I found myself constantly reaching for my phone. I finally had to make sure the apps were completely logged off and moved around on my phone so they were not so easily accessible. It took a few days of a sort of “detox period” until I found myself not thinking about social media as often.
After completing this fast, I felt less stressed, which I never thought I was to begin with. I also became more consistent in praying my rosary. Each time I would get the urge to check on social media I would pray the rosary instead. The peace that I felt by dedicating otherwise wasted time to my spiritual life is indescribable.

Some other things I noticed during my social media fast: I took on more critical thinking tasks, I read books more, I exercised more and more consistently, I volunteered more, I cleaned house more. I completed many tasks that I otherwise would have put off and the best part was having one on one time with my husband before bed. We talked and laughed and watched movies and had nothing else interfering with “us” time.

I hate that today’s society is dictating that we connect through social media or else we feel as if we are missing out. We click a button to share articles on Facebook with each other, but never call each other on the phone to discuss them. We base or friendships on likes and followers, instead of real face to face interactions or phone calls if distance is a factor. I was sucked in to a world that was manipulating me and influencing me in ways I didn’t even think were possible. This social media fast helped me become more self aware, grew my self confidence and has helped me prioritize things in my life.

I will continue to limit my usage and ensure that I log off each night and continue to challenge myself to grow in prayer, family and face to face connections with those I come in contact with.

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to whom it may concern…

God never gives us anything in this life we can’t handle. We are chosen to create little lives that will not only bless our lives, but the lives of the entire world. So, for those raising future world changers, cheers to you all.

A pep talk

Feelings of inadequacy can come when you least expect it. It’s a normal part of processing life’s unexpected twists and turns.

In my current situation, it can be challenging to see past the terrible toddler tantrums or maybe even the pile of laundry, that is still days away from being washed. There are days that defeat me to the point of falling asleep before the sun even sets, and there are other days when I can’t bring myself to sleep because my mind is impossible to shut down.

Just when I feel consumed by my many failures, a pair of tiny hands grab my face. A small, sweet voice whispers to me: “mommy, you’re adorable.”

How are our children capable of such simplicity? How are they capable of looking past all of our inadequacies and celebrate us in our weakest moments?

It is in those moments that I am reminded of how often I take life’s lessons for granted. I let “adulting” overshadow my true goals and cloud my sense of humor and vigor for life.

Today, I will Commit to over thinking less. I will strive to live in the moment accepting that I am perfectly imperfect.

A new day

Everyday is a new day. A day of fresh starts and new beginnings. Have you ever watched a young baby/child wake up in the morning? The look in their eyes, that “get up and go” energy that brings them to life each day? It’s quite invigorating.

To go from: having a day full of bumps and bruises. A day of crying because they couldn’t walk around with their cup or stay outside playing. Upset when bath time is over or not being able to make the cat take a bath with them. Shedding tears when the last blueberry falls on the ground and they can’t eat it or watching their sister eat a piece of candy they can’t have. 

To: waking up the next morning as if none of those things happened. Waking up full of life, unconditional love and forgiveness. Not even remembering the injustices or pain of the previous day.

That little light of hope in us, as we grow older, seems to be so fragile at times. We often times take on each new day as emotional zombies. Void of any connection to our lives. The burdens of adulthood, decision making, and harboring negativity dims that little light.

Look deep into yourself to find that innocence once again. Find that inner child that has been long forgotten and buried amongst decades of burdens and heartbreak.

Tomorrow is a new day.

Foodspiration

The Clean Eating Kid Blog, began as a way for me to inspire my oldest daughter to eat and cook healthy food. Totally unplanned, the blog then became more of an inside look at the dynamics between her and I, as well as, a place where I could explore my feelings and mom moments.

Now that I have given the blog a Re-boot, I’m excited to incorporate some baby/toddler and family approved food ideas! Mainly, to add some creative fun to my feed, but also to show mamas and papas some inspiration, or “foodspiration” as I like to call it.

Side Note: I have been inspired by many mama cooks/bloggers,  but I have adapted recipes based on what my 13 month old likes to eat. I will also let you know where I got the inspiration from so you can check it out too!

Here is a fun and EASY breakfast or snack idea I saw on http://www.easytoddlermeals.com They are Fruit Rolled FRENCH TOAST…so good! I like to make two different kinds of rolls and then give half to my clean eating kid and the rest for me. I’m terrible at making sure I eat breakfast, so it helps to make extra! Not to mention, these go great with a cup of coffee!

To make TWO ROLLS :

2 slices of bread CRUST ON for an experienced chewer/ NO CRUST for softer texture.  (We use a 12 grain, whole wheat bread, with no added sugars or high fructose syrups)

About 6 blackberries and/or approx 6 blueberries i find works best for us. In the original recipe, she uses different fruits and in the pictures below, you can see I tried raspberries. I found that they were too tart and mushy for this recipe, but if that’s what we have on hand….we roll with it!

whipped cream cheese (easier to spread) I spread it on the entire slice of bread, however, you can just spread on half the slice for less cheese. We LOVE cheese…so BAM!! We cheese it up!

one egg

1 tablespoon of whole milk

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

pinch of cinnamon

butter or coconut oil to heavily grease pan (you want these to almost pan fry)

Directions:

Whisk egg, milk, cinnamon and vanilla extract in a small bowl.

On a flat surface, you will need to flatten bread slices. You can use your fingers to gently press down on each slice or use a rolling pin.

Spread whipped cream cheese evenly on each slice. Use enough to create a thin, not lumpy layer.

After you have rinsed and washed the berries you plan to use, pat dry with a paper towel

Place a row of berries along the edge of the bread and gently roll the bread and press the seam to seal.

Gently roll your Rollup in the egg and milk mixture until all sides are coated.

Place rolls in heated skillet. Make sure pan is on medium heat setting so the roll cooks eavenly. Use tongs to cook on all sides.

Roll will be done when all sides  are a golden brown. Let rolls sit for a few minutes to cool before feeding to your clean eating kid!

Slice for small bites or feed roll to older toddler without slicing.

Enjoy!

 

 

Searching

Many days and nights, were spent searching my thoughts and feelings. I had this open road infront of me with all paths open and I was having a difficult time choosing which one to follow. Those that were in my life at that moment, had a critical role to play in those decisions. Many were present in my life, many were making an effort to show me their love and affection, but there was always something missing. I was never a priority. Just an after thought. I was always someone there, filling a void. I was that thing they couldn’t shake because they had put so much time in effort into it that they didn’t want to let go.

The need to feel loved was important, but to be wanted against all odds and made a priority was EVERYTHING to me at that time.

I had made some hasty decisions, tested the waters and searched for meaningful moments  to fill this desperation I felt in my soul. Lost and bewildered, I knew I was headed down the wrong path, but didn’t have a clue how to fix it.

I began to Pray. Boy, did God deliver in a Big way!

A genuine soul with a heart of gold, who I now call my HUSBAND,  walked into my life. In that critical moment. In that crucial time, he showed up.

Any bad day was made bright by him. He offered me friendship, and later offered me his heart. Vulnerable, but confident, he gave me all he had to give. The moment he entered my life, the dark path I was on suddenly wasn’t so lonely and dark. When I thought there was no way, he showed me there was another way. His optimism and positivity cleared any obstacle before me.

Once again, many open paths were set before me. Only this time, I knew divine intervention had brought us down a new path… together. I was no longer lost or overwhelmed. Things started to fall into place, plans were made, futures were planned out. No matter what, good or bad, our lives have always moved forward.

Through the storm there is always hope. A new opportunity for a fresh start, a new beginning. Have faith in yourself, you are worthy to receive the love that has been promised to you. Your searching for that “thing” you long for will come. Just give it time and it will happen when you least expect it.