Friday, June 26, 2015

God's Word is Still God's Word

This morning I said this to my husband in a text. I figured I would make an image.

This is pretty much all I have to say about it right now.

Read: Romans 1:16-32

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Best Vehicles to Accommodate Your Large Family

Large families need a vehicle to comfortably seat everyone and accommodate their stuff. Day-to-day errands, road trips and chauffeuring kids to soccer practice is more convenient when you aren't pressed to figure out how to fit everyone and everything in your car. That being said, the following vehicles are equipped to handle the challenge of accommodating a large family:

Honda Odyssey

School is out and you're preparing for a family road trip. But is your car up for it? DriveTime's blog lists the Honda Odyssey as a great choice for those looking to seat larger families. This minivan seats up to eight people, offers a large amount of luggage space and has an entertainment system to potentially prevents kids from saying, "Are we there yet?" Of all the minivans on the market, it offers the best gas mileage at 18 to 19 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. And if you're concerned about safety, the Honda Odyssey received the 5-Star Overall Safety Rating from the NHTSA.

GMC Acadia

Do you prefer the look of a car, but the leg room and storage space of an SUV? The GMC Acadia is equipped with a modern interior, padded seats and legroom for the third row. U.S. News and World Report ranks it no. 11 on its large and affordable SUV list. If your family is tech heavy, the Acadia standard features include a USB port, Bluetooth connectivity and a touch-screen audio system with satellite radio. This combination allows working parents to finish last-minute details remotely and keep the kids entertained. And the GMC Acadia handles as if you are operating a mid-sized vehicle rather than an SUV.

The Ford Flex

If your family is on the taller side, the Ford Flex allows them to sit comfortably even in the third row of the vehicle. As an added bonus, there is a useful amount of cargo space, which means storage options for luggage, kids equipment and miscellaneous items without having to compromise leg room for anyone. There are several perks to the Ford Flex, including a rearview camera that navigates tight parking spaces, a refrigerated console on the second row for cold drinks, a 12-speaker Sony audio system and rear-seat entertainment for the kids.

Hyundai Santa Fe

If you prefer a midsize crossover car, but don't want to buy a minivan or SUV, the Santa Fe is a great option. Seven people can sit comfortably in three rows of seats and the overall ride of the vehicle handles well. It has a rearview camera and the fuel economy is good at 20 mpg. User-friendly touch screen menus make it easy for adults and older kids to use and program, which eliminates the hassle of trying to figure things out on the road.

These are just a few of the vehicle options on the market for large families. Before you buy anything, be sure to do your research and go for a test drive. Enjoy your summer vacation with a comfy and fun road trip.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

This is About You

Let's talk about motivation today.  Specifically, motivation for your health and fitness journey.

When you workout, what drives you?  Who are you doing it for?  When you eat healthy, who are you thinking about?  Did you just answer with your husband or your kids or your best friend or boyfriend or mom or dad or personal trainer?  If you did, then I want you to take a moment and consider what I am about to say because your health isn't about any of those people.  Your fitness isn't about any of those people... It's all about you.

The proper motivation for living a healthy life needs to start internally.  This needs to be something YOU want for YOU to help YOU achieve YOUR goals.

I know it sounds selfish, but let me tell you why.  It's pretty simple:

When you work out for other people, when you let other people be your motivation and driving force, you give them the control.  If they start to have a negative attitude about what you are doing, you will listen.  After all, you've allowed them to be the reason you are getting fit in the first place, so if they become unhappy, you become unhappy.

Example #1:  You decide that you are going to get fit because your children need a fit mom.  You want to be their example. You want to do this so you will be there for them.  I'm not saying that's bad, it is absolutely great to love your kids that much... But you just gave them control.  When you go to workout and little Bobby gets mopey and says, "Mommy, why aren't you spending time with me?  I want you to play dinosaurs with me and you just want to workout," how are you going to react?  I'll tell you how... You've made your entire reason for getting healthy about your kids so you are going to feel guilty and you are going to put that workout aside and go play with Bobby.

Example #2:  You decide you are going to get fit for your spouse.  You want him to look at you the way he used to.  You want the wow factor.  You want to turn his head like you did the first day you met.  So you start working out and you lose a few pounds.  You are feeling great about yourself and you ask your hubby if he's noticing a difference.  His reply, "Well, I don't know... Why do you need to do all of that anyway?"  Yep, you gave him the control and now you feel like it was a waste.  He hasn't even noticed so why bother continuing?

Example #3:  You decide you are going to get healthy because you have a BFF that is doing it and you want to be doing exactly what she is doing because you guys do everything together.  But one day your "fit friend" decides she is done.  She's had enough of working out and is over the healthy lifestyle that for her was nothing more than a fad.  Her motivation fades and since you have made your health all about her health, guess what?  You stop caring, too!

Now these are just a few examples, but I could go on for pages and pages.  The point here is, if you make your motivation anything other than YOU, it is so easy to give up on the goal.  When you let someone else be your driving force, you give them control that should be yours.  You give them the keys!  You put them in charge!

Your health and fitness should be motivated by your internal desire to make a change.  You want this for YOU.

It's ok to be selfish in this area.  It's ok to set aside playtime for 30 minutes in order to get your workout in.  It's ok to work out and feel pretty without the approval of your husband.  It's ok to do something without your best gal pal by your side.  It's ok to be YOU and want this for YOU.

Give yourself permission to change your life.  Motivate yourself with goals that are specific to you, not those around you.  By doing so, you will greatly improve the odds of success.  I guarantee it.

Let me help you to help yourself:

Friday, June 12, 2015

Learn From the Best Pinterest Users

From fashion to cooking to hair styles to baby showers, Pinterest gives you an online bulletin to save, find and share all your interests. But how did your favorite Pinterest users get all those followers? Here are some tips and tricks to grow your own following, and what you can learn from the best:

Use Hashtags

Pins with relevant hashtags get more views than pins without. The most popular Pinterest users don't necessarily use a lot of hashtags, but the ones they do use, are tested and yield results. While the pound symbol has become a joke in many circles of society, don’t let that limit your use of them. Digital Trends explains that hashtags enable other users to find your content and know what type of content it is. However, the article recommends that you don't tag everything and oversaturate your profile. Hashtags can bring your pins to more pinners than anything else, so find what hashtags are being used for the content you like to post.

Focus Your Content

When trying to grab the attention of others, it’s a good idea to focus your content. If you’re pinning everything from birthday ideas to philosophical quotes, you’re splitting your audience. People who like one of those areas but not the other may not follow you because you aren't as relevant to them.

Narrow down your boards and stick with topics that are related to each other. For example, create boards that focus on different types of parties, such as birthdays, dinner parties and summer group activities. And if you want to liven it up, think of something just outside of the box, such as exotic mixed drinks. If you’re looking for inspiration during your Pinterest pursuits, stock photo and music archives like Shutterstock are great resources for getting those creative juices flowing.

Take an Interest

When someone likes or repins one of your posts, take a look at what kind of user they are. Although you don't have to follow everyone who repins, likes or comments on your content, at least consider it and show them some attention, as they might be in the same circles as yourself.

Before following other users, consider a couple things:

  • Are they well followed in the same type of boards you’re interested in?
  • Are they posting interesting and beautiful content?
  • Are they someone who you’d want to make an impression on?

If you answer "yes" to two out of three of these questions, it’s probably a good idea to follow them. These users may be a healthy source of repins and help you grow your own Pinterest following.

Get What You Give

While it’s easy to feel as though your content is getting less recognition than it should, it’s important to start small and not get carried away with expectations. Like most things, you get the same amount as you put in. To grow your boards, take a couple minutes every day to find some pins from popular users to add to your favorite boards. This doesn't take a lot of commitment, and over time you’ll begin to garner interest because vast Pinterest archives make it more likely for users to stumble upon your boards.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

You Do Have the Time

One thing I hear time and time again from stay-at-home moms, especially homeschooling moms, is that when it comes to fitness they "just don't have time." It seems to be the biggest reason for lack of exercise in my circle.

But you know what? You DO have time.

If you have 25 minutes a day, then I can show you how to make it happen.

It's called T25 and it works.  This is a ten week fitness program designed with your lack of time in mind.  If you can commit 25 minutes a day to focused fitness, and if you can commit to working on your nutrition, this WILL work.

How do I know?  Because I'm doing it right now and I'm seeing the results of my effort.

I'm a mom.  I homeschool.  I have kids with special needs!  But you know what, I also have 25 minutes a day that I can devote to my health.

Think about what you do throughout your day.  Do you hit up Facebook?  Twitter?  Instagram?  My blog or, dare I ask, your blog?  Yeah, you do!  That's time!  Step back an commit some of that time to fitness and you will be amazed at what will happen.

And I will help you!

I am currently forming a T25 Challenge Group.  My group will begin this fitness journey together on July 6, and I would LOVE to have you be a part of it.

What is a Challenge Group?  I'm glad you asked!  This is an online accountability group that I will lead.  Each day, participants will log in and let each other know that they did their 25 minutes of focused fitness.  In the group you will get support, encouragement, coaching, tips, and the tools you need to stick with it and have success.

This group will be formed on Facebook.  Almost everyone is on Facebook these days!  And if you are not, I will gladly share daily support and accountability via email and text.

Do you have more questions?  Would you like more information?  Head on over to my Facebook page and send me a message.

Are you ready to commit right now?  Check out my website for information on the T25 Challenge Pack - that is the tool we will be using for your success!

I'm telling you, you DO have the time.  The question now is, how bad do you want this?

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Go On Speaking

Have you ever stopped to think about where the church would be if everyone just kept silent?

Scary thought, isn't it?  We were not meant to be quiet.

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