Mom Life

New Year and New Goals 2019

Happy New Year friends! I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and New Years!

So last year I made some pretty big goals, well not all big goals but just a lot of goals. Now looking back, I probably shouldn’t have made such high expectations. Even though I wanted to accomplish them all, of course, but I didn’t quite make it and that’s okay! I’ll keep trying ๐Ÿ™‚ However, I did reach a few of them and I provided some thoughts below.

Below are my goals from last year and where I ended up:

My ultimate New Year Goals (2018):

  • Drink more water โ€“  start with an additional 24 oz a day ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป>>> got this one! I continue to try to drink more and more, it helps when I have a water bottle always in my car and by my bed, for me this helps.
  • Exercise โ€“ move around more. A few times a day, Get up and go for a quick walk through the halls at work. ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป>>>Since I work at home now, I probably move less :/ NEED to continue to work on this!
  • Expose more people to Norwex (aka โ€“ sell more Norwex  ) ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป
  • Try 1 New recipe a month ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
  • Get to work on time, actually a few minutes before Iโ€™m expected๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป >>>Since I work at Home, this is something I have accomplished ๐Ÿ˜‰
  • Get the house more organized โ€“ focus on basement first; starting with the kids school work and putting in their files/boxes. ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป
  • Become more efficient (kind of goes hand in hand with #3) because my house will be so organized, Iโ€™ll be more efficient ๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป
  • Read devotions or be in His Word every day >>> Goal for 2019! This is my TOP priority!๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿป
  • Have a prayer list and truly pray for those that are on it (I always say Iโ€™ll pray for you and I want to remember to do it!) Create a list on my phone (for on the go) and then later write in my notebook at home. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป>>> I started this and completed it for a few months, but then honestly my list got so long so fast, I became overwhelmed.
  • Learn more about anxiety and how my husband and I can best support our daughter and how to care for the whole family through this. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘Ž๐Ÿป>>> no real updates on this either. We have figured that “home time” is very important to her and that our whole family being together is important to her and our other 2 kiddos as well, so this is something we are more aware of.

First and foremost, my top goal is to read devotions every day! Actually, this so important to me, that right now, its my only goal! I have to put God first in my life and I don’t honestly know if I do that EVERY single day and I feel like that’s not right. I want my children to be in God’s word, I need be an example for them too.

This what I’m starting with:

Recipes*

TUNA SALAD ๐Ÿด

So total honesty friends – I did not care so much for this recipe :/ It was missing something, I don’t know if it needed salt, more onions or of course more mayo is always a good option… I maybe should have tried that.

But I researched a few other Tuna Salad recipes and here are a few add-in options that others had suggested: cream of mushroom soup, milk, bread crumbs and of course more cheese is always a good option ๐Ÿ™‚

However, I’m still going to share this recipe because even though it maybe wasn’t great the first time, doesn’t mean it won’t turn out good the 2nd time. And just because I don’t like it, doesn’t mean you won’t๐Ÿ˜

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Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. elbow macaroni
  • 3 cans of tuna (5oz.)
  • 3 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 small yellow onion
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
  • 1 tbsp. celery seed
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper

Directions:

  1. Cook macaroni, drain, rinse with cold water, and let cool completly.
  2. Boil your eggs, if you haven’t already.
  3. In a bowl, mix mayo, relish, celery seed, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  4. Stir in the Tuna.
  5. Pour Mayo mixture over the cool pasta. Mix well.
  6. Add chopped eggs, onions and peas.
  7. Stir well and cool in fridge for a couple hours.
  8. Then enjoy for lunch or add as a side your burger cookout

Blessings! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Norwex

Norwex Flash Sale -Kitchen Cloth-ends tomorrow @ noon!

Hi everyone! So honestly, I have not tried these clothes, but I have not been disappointed with ANYTHING from Norwex!

If you try it, give me some feedback and let me know what you think!

Check out my Norwex section on my site to learn more and order!

Have a blessed day!

Mom Life

Start the Day Right

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord! Psalm 150:6ย 

Those who preach must preach Godโ€™s messages; those who serve must serve with the strength that God gives them, so that in all things praise may be given to God through Jesus Christ, to whom belong glory and power forever and ever. Amen.ย (1 Peter 4:11)

God is wise and powerful! Praise him forever and ever.ย (Daniel 2:20)

 

One of my Goals for this year has been to be better about doing devotions or being in Gods word everyday, so far I have not been doing too good with this ๐Ÿ™

When I think of devotions, The first image that pops in my head, is a quiet, dimly lit bedroom, sitting on my bed, being nice and relaxed and being deep in Gods word …. awww being a mom this NEVER happens! So I’ve changed my expectations and have come to the conclusion “it doesn’t matter”! I truly believe that God doesn’t care where or when you are spending time with Him, it’s just that you ARE spending time with Him! Whether it’s praise, prayer or study, just do it!

How am I implementing this in my life you ask:

  • right now with training at work, I have an extra long drive to work and I spend that time in prayer for my family and for their day(and mine)ย ahead of them.

  • Devotions at work – my mother gave me this devotional (shown below)ย about 5 years ago, for Working Women and it is really good! It is to the point, short and has a nice little prayer at the end – thanks mom ๐Ÿ™‚

  • but that’s all I am really doing right now…my hope is to do more “studying” of the Bible and I have this “Hope” devotional but I have not been able to start that yet…too close to the heart right now with my dad’s passing.

Norwex

April Sale – Norwex

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Good evening! I am trying to promote Norwex more (#newyeargoals)ย and I thought sharing the monthly specials would be nice; to keep you allย informed about the great dealsย and possibly make some sales๐Ÿ˜Š

So every month I will post the specials, however next month I will get it out sooner than the middle of the month… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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The Cleaning Paste,ย is part of a special this month. Check out the link to the flyer above “Norwex April 2018”

 

Earth Day is April 22nd, but we are celebrating our planet all month long with a special gift with purchase. During the month of April, purchase a Pitch the Plastic Pack featuring some of our favorite sustainability products and receive a Special Edition Optic Scarf FREE! (More details in the flyer. Check out the link at the top)

If you’d like to order or have any questions, check out my Norwex page:

https://christyvankoevering.norwex.biz/

 

 

Recipes*

Monkey Bread

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I could actually eat this whole thing by myself (shhh…. last time I ate 3/4 of it)! ๐Ÿคญ

Ingredients:

  • 2 cans of Grand Biscuits

  • 2/3 cup of sugar

  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

  • 1 cup of brown sugar

  • 10 Tablespoons butter

  1. Preheat oven 350 degrees.

  2. Grease bundt pan.

  3. Cut up unbaked biscuits andย  shake in aย  gallon bag with mix of sugar and cinnamon.

  4. Once all biscuits are coated, place in pan.

  5. Inย a median saucepan, bring butter and brown sugar to a boil. Boil one minute, stirring constantly. Pour over biscuits.

  6. Bake about 35-45 minutes. Cool 5 minutes. Turn upside down and it should slide right out.

  7. Enjoy every bite of it’s gooey goodness!๐Ÿฅ›๐Ÿด๐Ÿ˜

Mom Life

Update on my New Year Goals

Hmmm… so I am not doing as well as I would hope. I was excited with the new year and I think my expectations were too high for myself. Although I have done well on a few of them, I think the ones I am not doing so well on are the everyday activities I need to add and that includes changing my routine…which I am not so good with ๐Ÿ˜

So here is the breakdown on how my goals are going:

  1. Drink more water – not doing so well with this, although I have stopped the midmorning Coke and having my Chrystal Light Energy drinks.
  2. Exercise – I wasn’t feeling so well for awhile and was super tired (more than what I normally am) and just didn’t feel like moving, but I guess that’s when you should move the most, right?! I have been doing a few minutes of indoor biking, but I’d like to do more.
  3. Expose more people to Norwex – haven’t really worked on this one ๐Ÿคจ
  4. Try 1 new recipe a month – yeah!! this I have been accomplishing!! and it’s great because I have found some awesome recipes!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป
  5. Get to work on time – Another one, I have been doing well at! Although this is hard, because when I leave the house in the morning, I know I could do one more thing to help out my hubby get the kids off, but he’s pretty awesome and I know he can handle it ๐Ÿ˜˜But being to work on time is important to me because I am trying to make a better impression on my boss, who I guess hasn’t been too impressed with me ๐Ÿค”
  6. Get the house more organized – I have taken a good step forward on this one, with my laundry update (earlier blog).ย  But I still have more ideas to help get more organized, so we’ll see when I get a chance to work on those.
  7. Become more efficient -becoming more organized, I will be more efficient, again more work on those 2 pieces. However,ย I started getting my groceries delivered! Woohoo, this is AWESOME!! A part of me does miss going to the grocery store and I still do some shopping at Aldi’s but I do most of the grocery shopping through Shipt, that goes to Meijer. It is so nice! More time for other things โœ…
  8. Read devotions or be in His word every day – I haven’t been making this happen EVERY DAY but more than what I was last year, so kind of accomplished.
  9. Have a prayer list and truly pray for those on it – this has been eye-opening! I can’t believe how many people their are to pray for! I do say it a lot “I’ll keep you in my prayers” and I have been writing them down and I feel good when I take time for that person/family.
  10. Learn more about Anxiety (for our Daughter) and our family – I have slowly been reading a book called “Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents” and it has been very insightful! I think we’re always going to keep learning, since this is something our daughter will struggle with for the rest of her life, but anything we can do to better support her; We’ll figure it out!

I will keep trying…I have to be better at prioritizing my time and what’s truly important! my overall goals of making this list is to get closer to God and help myself feel better, so I am a better person for my family. Again, I will keep trying…