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Remembering to take care of myself while I take care of my kids

This post was sponsored by Massage Envy as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.

Becoming a mom changes you in so many ways, and one of those things is that it’s taught me to be selfless. I grew up not knowing the wiser and lived to take care of myself in my early adult years. It was all about my car, my clothes, my nails, my hair… me me me. That was fun while it lasted, but now instead of “me” all the time, it’s something for my kids or husband – never me.

I love taking care of my family, but sometimes I stop and think to myself – I take care of them, but who takes care of me? Us moms sorta got cheated that way, so in the new year, I want to try and remember to take care of me every now and then.

This year instead of having a grand new year’s resolution to lose weight or give up soda, I’m simply going to make the focus on making time for me. It’s taken me some time to come to terms with the idea because I felt a little selfish. The truth is, I think it will help me be a happier, less-frazzled,  relaxed mommy. And when mom’s happy, everyone’s happy – right?

In 2016 I’m going to make time for a mani/pedi. I’m going to make time for yoga or pilates. I’m also going to make time for massages. Turns out that having a total body care regimen is so much more than just pampering oneself. There’s something to be said for allowing your muscles to have R&R time because I feel like that’s when mind body and spirit heal.

Near my home there’s a local Massage Envy that I’ve enjoyed some massages at in the past. I love how they build you a personalized profile based on your specific needs and assign you an appropriate therapist. Between that and their zen-like atmosphere, I really look forward to every visit!

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Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits

Tracking PixelSpending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals

I attended a party that was sponsored by Minute® Rice and got together with some other local bloggy buddies to kick back and enjoy some festive food together before we do it all over again with family. I love my babies more than anything, but sometimes it’s refreshing to get out of the house and hang out with other grown people! All opinions expressed are my own.

Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals

These events are always so much fun – There’s yummy treats and snacks prepared just like these, and the decor was just amazing! I love a beautiful tablescape… It was almost too nice to mess up! Like this spread of yummy goodies… The ham was good, but the rice dish really gave it a nice compliment. Shhh, don’t tell – they used Minute® Rice! Such a huge time saver when you’re making lotsa little dishes for a party like this.

Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals

Minute® Rice is like my dirty little kitchen secret.. Nutritionally speaking, it’s got everything regular rice has and it’s nearly impossible to mess up. I’ll admit it – I’m not very good at making rice so I’m thankful that there’s a few different varieties of Minute® Rice available. I really enjoy that I can have perfectly cooked white rice, brown rice or the multi-grain in a matter of minutes.. It leaves me the extra time to focus on the main dish or another yummy side. Rice is naturally gluten free, so it’s been a key food in my diet lately.

Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals

…And the table looked like this:

Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals I love how the hostess of the party used Minute® Rice to fill the inside of the glass that held the candle. It added some clever seasonal texture to the overall look of the decor – gonna file that idea away and use it someday..

Finally, it was time to sit down, kick back and enjoy some fun time!

Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals

Spending time with friends before the holiday season hits #AD #MinuteMeals

Need an easy recipe for Thanksgiving? Try this one! Wine & Mushroom Brown Rice is easily made in less than 20 minutes. Your guests will think you’re a 5 star chef!

  • 2 cups of COOKED Brown Minute® Rice
  • 1 cup of sliced mushrooms (I used baby bella)
  • 3 green onions (chopped)
  • 1 Tablespoon of butter
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1/3 cup white wine
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt

Prepare 2 cups of brown rice according to the package directions & set aside. In a separate pan, melt the butter with the olive oil on med-high. Once the pan is hot, transfer in your mushrooms, onions and garlic and let them soften for about 2-3 minutes. Add in the white wine and stir – let it simmer and cook off the alcohol for a minute. Add in the brown rice, season with salt and serve!

Enjoy :)

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Minute® Rice.


Having fun crafting time with Qixels Design Creator

Fun crafting with Qixels - #QixelsWorld #CG #AD

We got in some good quality mother and son time the other day while M was sleeping. it’s been a difficult process getting used to having 2 children to keep happy! However lately, JP has been getting alot of back burner treatment from me because of the baby’s demanding needs.

“O-kayy..” He grumbles as I tell him that I will need a few more minutes of time to feed and rock his baby sister to sleep. He’s been wanting to play with the Qixels that arrived a few days ago and can no longer contain his enthusiasm. After all, Qixels were on the gift list he wants to send to Santa this year.

Fun crafting with Qixels - #QixelsWorld #CG #AD

Finally, we were ready to open the box of Qixels and he just about burst with excitement. I love how children love the simplest things.. These activities are no exception with a price tag  of $9.99 to $19.99!

Fun crafting with Qixels - #QixelsWorld #CG #AD

I love any kind of activity that will help wet his appetite for creativity. With kids spending more time on the iPad, such as playing with their favorite 8-bit style game that starts with an M, it’s nice to see him using his good old-fashioned imagination to make his own monsters, warriors and ninjas.

Fun crafting with Qixels - #QixelsWorld #CG #ADEach box has something different to offer. We received the quick dryer, which is basically a spin tool that helps dry your Quixels creation after wetting it. Another comes with a water gun (as shown here) included to help wet your design so it holds together.

Fun crafting with Qixels - #QixelsWorld #CG #ADOnce he got the hang of how it worked, he was hooked and kept him busy for hours! It’s awesome for him to create something all on his own that really relates to what he likes. Now that we’ve got a few design templates, he’s told Santa that he wants the glow-in-the-dark beads now!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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