mala necklace

Reasons why you need a mala necklace!

Wall hanging: Pretty

Coffee maker: Purposeful (and so freakin’ necessary)

Trinket on the mantle: Pretty

Washing machine: Purposeful

Mala necklace: Pretty and purposeful

What is a Mala necklace?

Prayer/meditation beads.

A majority of the world’s population uses prayer beads in their spiritual practice in some form.

Mala necklaces stem from Buddhism and Hinduism, and are known as “Japa Malas”. They are used as means of meditation to help guide you as a spiritual person. They have a guru bead in the middle and then 108 beads that are either knotted in between or spaced with a smaller bead. The beads can be made of any material or size as long as there are 54 on either side of the guru bead.

Why 108 beads?

In the parenting world, “3” seems to be the magic number (although, can someone please explain to me what I’m supposed to do once I get to 3??) .

However, in the physical and spiritual world, 108 is the magic number. Here’s why:

 

-There are 108 sacred sites on our bodies.

-There are 108 lines of energy connected to our hearts.

-The sun’s diameter is 108 times that of the earth

-It is said there are 108 human feelings

-There are 108 stages in the journey of the soul

These are just a few of the beliefs of cultures and religions around the world.

What do I do with a Mala necklace?

You can choose an intention to go with your mala necklace. An intention is a statement of a positive goal you want to experience, and the benefits are huge! Read about that here.

For example, some intentions could be:

-I intend to love myself

-I intend to be calm

-I intend to smile more

-I intend to allow myself to pursue my dreams

Your Mala necklace can serve you as a reminder of your intention. You can wear it or simply hang it somewhere you will see it often. Each time you look at it or feel it, it will take you back to the intention you set for it.

You can also use it during meditation to keep track of how many times you recite your intention. As you sit to meditate, touch each bead as a guide to how many times you’ve said aloud or thought of your intention. Yes, 108 times may seem like a lot of times, but it’s entirely worth it. How many times did you have to tell your children to clean their room before they did it? How many times do you have to tell yourself to love you before you’ll do it? Reciting the same thing repeatedly is going to result in you understanding the importance of the intention you set.

Why do I need a Mala necklace?

reasons you need a mala necklace

Here’s the thing: you spend so much energy giving your family what they want and need. You give from your cup and have a hard time finding the time to fill ‘er back up. Having a Mala necklace as a physical reminder of the self-growth that you want to participate in will remind you that YOU ARE WORTHY of taking that time for yourself. You still have hopes, dreams, and desires, Mama.  Putting some of that positive energy into setting an intention into a tangible item will remind you of that.

A Mala necklace is fully customizable. You can have them handmade to your preferences or you can choose from a pre-made one that speaks to you. You can choose from ones that have set intentions or you can give it your own. It’s entirely up to you how you go about choosing and using your Mala necklace. It immediately gives you power and control over your own destiny.

Plus, they’re so darn pretty!

Where do I get a Mala necklace?

There are affiliate links in here. That means I’ll receive a commission on your purchase at no extra cost to you. 

Finding a Mala necklace is easy. Finding a Mala necklace that you know for a fact has been made with love and care, however, is a little more tricky.

HelloDaffodil and I Am Blessed are examples of Mala necklace makers who put loving energy into your piece. Each Mala necklace is handmade and designed by these amazing women who  are skilled and knowledgeable in making your Mala necklace to suit you best.

 

What do you think? Do you have a Mala necklace? Has it changed your life?

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Little things I do that make me a hippie mom

When you think of a hippie mom what do you see?

Hemp clothing? Birkenstocks? Tie-dye?

That’s certainly a stereotypical idea of what a hippie mom looks like. However, allow me to give you insight into what a modern-day hippie mom looks like:

modern day hippie

Yep-that’s me.

I’m a self-proclaimed modern day hippie mom. That means I drive a gas guzzling van, buy wine from Chile, head to the drive-thru when necessary, and use the earth’s precious resources to entertain my children via Netflix while I sneak Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream in the laundry room. While I do enjoy many of modern life luxuries I also maintain a pretty decently hippie-dippy lifestyle by incorporating a few key crunchy things into our lives.

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Small ways to be a hippie mom

There’s are some affiliate links in here, lovely. That means that I get a commission of whatever you may purchase through this link at no extra cost to you. I’m running low on Patchouli oil, so that commission will help me build my essential oil collection. Namaste. 

Teach your children to be kind to the earth

We talk about environmental issues with our kids. We share with them that we need to take care of our planet because it truly is the only one we have. We discuss waste, reduction, recycling, consumption, and alternatives to things that are harmful to the earth. They will make their own decisions when they insist that they want to buy that must-have toy with their birthday money, but at some point, your lessons may resonate with them.

Buy local

How local? As local as you can, as often as you can. If you have a farmer’s market in your community hit it up. Not only is it a great place for your kids to spend time with other folks in their community, it’s great for them to meet the farmers that have grown the food they’re (maybe) going to eat! If your children have a more personal interaction with their fruits and veggies they may be inspired to eat it. If you don’t have access to a farmer’s market and do your shopping at the supermarket take care of where the produce is coming from. If you have an option to buy apples from the country you live in vs another country, take the choice that’s more local to you!

Use reusable bags

Many places are starting to charge for plastic bags, which is a great reminder not to leave your fabric ones at home! So much of what we buy is already coated in plastic and packaging. Let’s try and reduce the amount of plastic we bring home with us! If Mom brain has struck again and you forgot the bags in the van take your plastic bags to a thrift store. They can often reuse them there. Also, check into some of your local grocery stores and see if they have a plastic bag recycling program.

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Turn off the lights

Be mindful of the resources you’re burning through. My kids are absolutely notorious for leaving every single light in the house on. We’ve started charging them $.05 for every light we have to turn off. Also, unplug anything you’re not using. Your coffee machine will not be offended if it’s unplugged until you use it again for the fifth time that day-no judgment! If protecting the environment’s resources doesn’t motivate you consider the amount of money you’ll save on your utility bills if you are conscious of your consumption!!

Use a DivaCup

Remember how we talk about reducing? It may take a bit of getting used to but a DivaCup is a reusable menstrual cup that takes place of tampons. They’re super effective, easy to use, eliminate the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome, and are reasonably priced. Also, there are reusable menstrual pads that come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and patterns. Both of these things take some getting used to, but you’ll be reducing the amount of waste to the environment, as well as reducing the chemicals you’re putting on and in your body.

Get some reusable sandwich bags

Seriously, there are some CUTE baggies out there. Your kiddos will be thrilled to pull out their fishy crackers in one of these rad bags. Just remind them that they’re not disposable-so they most definitely should not throw these bags out!

Purchase used goods

I find everything at the thrift store. There are a few items I choose to buy new (like undies) but for the most part, everything is purchased second hand. My kids and my clothes are bought at thrift, consignment, and vintage stores. Our dishes and furniture is all pre-loved. Buying second hand negates the need for production of new goods. Less demand=less things created. Plus, you can find unique, quality items for a fraction of the cost of what it was to buy new. If you are going to buy new try and purchase good quality items that will last for a long time.

Use cloth

Cloth diapers is a commitment. I’m not here to try and convince you to do it because it’s a very personal opinion and entirely situationally dependent. However, there are a few things you can convert to cloth that won’t cause nearly the same level of work that cloth diapers will. Use cloth wipes to clean noses. Use cloth wipes for diapers. Use cloth paper towels instead of paper ones. If you’re feeling really brave, try your hand at cloth toilet paper (just for pee). Let me know how that goes. We tried it once-didn’t last long…

Get a tumbler

Coffee on the go is a very real idea for Moms. However, instead of blazing through Starbucks for your third cup o’ Jo in a paper cup, opt for a reusable tumbler. Many coffee shops will even give you a discount for using one!

Walk when you can

It’s not always possible. However, when you can walk to do your errands you should! Not only will this decrease your gas consumption, it will also decrease your children’s energy levels. It’s a win-win for you, Mom!

 

Are you a self-proclaimed “hippie mom”? What little things do you do that make you a hippie mom??

freezer meals

25 freezer meals that will change your life!

Remember pre-kid days when cooking dinner wasn’t stressful?

Granted, there are some people who still love to cook, but personally, I find the whole ordeal super chaotic. Kids are hangry. I’m exhausted. The clock is ticking until it’s finally bedtime and I can enjoy yelling at the kids to stay in their beds while I finally put my feet up, watch inappropriate Netflix shows, and have a glass of wine.

From cutting up vegetables to washing the pots and pans it takes me, on average, an hour to make dinner. 1 hour X 30 days in a month= 30 hours of cooking time. Ew!

Imagine if I told you that you could condense those 30 hours into one solid 6-7 hour day of cooking freezer meals? If you make all your meals in one day you’re entirely negating the need to chop up different vegetables every single day, or cook ground beef one pound at a time, or do one batch of dishes. You can do it all on the same day, and if you manage your time well, you can multi-task like a BOSS!

Freezer meals are THE BEST! Seriously.

Every single week I sit down and do some meal planning. At least three of the meals on the list come straight from the freezer. I get a ton of relief knowing that I don’t have to cook those nights. I’ve honestly found that I’m calmer throughout the day knowing that there are freezer meals waiting for me to choose from!


Super cool (get it? I crack myself up!) freezer meals

Chicken/Turkey

Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole by Anne’s Entitled Life

Chicken Pot Pie Hand Pies by Two Healthy Kitchens

Mini Crustless Quiche Cups with Sausage and Cheese by Two Healthy Kitchens

Crock Pot Mexican Chilli by Joyfully Thriving

Turkey Spinach Meatballs by Melanie Cooks

Lemon Chicken by Recipe This

Cranberry Chicken by Dukes and Duchesses

Beef

Pan Fried Chinese Dumplings by Savory Tooth

Southwestern Shepherd’s Pie by Thrifty Jinxy

Pressure Cooker Salisbury Steak by This Old Gal

Low-carb Meatloaf by Wholesome Yum

Low Carb Stuffed Peppers by Low Carb Yum

Nearly Carb Free Meatballs by Low Carb Yum

Meatballs by Kennary


Spaghetti Sauce by Deliciously Plated

Homemade Chef Boyardee Beefaroni by Eat. Thrive. Grow

Instant Pot Chilli by Recipes From a Pantry

One Pot Steak Mac N’ Cheese by Recipe This

Spaghetti Bake by Mission to Save

Chinese Take-Out Beef and Brocolli by This Old Gal

Slow Cooker Beef Burgundy by Evolving Motherhood

Vegetarian

Pizza pockets by Tales of a Tired Mom

5-Spice Carrot Soup by Recipes from a Pantry

 

Etc.

Egg Muffins by Tales of a Tired Mom

Fathead Pizza crust by Wholesome Yum

freezer meals that will change your life

That’s almost an entire month of a new meal every night!! If you’re not finding what you’re looking for here give this Pinterest board a try. There are tons more ideas in there!

What are your favorite freezer meal recipes? Leave the links below!!

meal plan

How a meal plan will save your money and sanity

It’s 4:00 p.m… You’ve been running ragged all day and it just finally dawned on you that you need to start making dinner soon.

Aiy yi yi.

You really want to suggest to the kids that you have popcorn and cut up raw veggies, but they’re not entirely enthusiastic.

Plus, that’s what you had for dinner last night.

You really want to order in some pizza, but money’s tight. You barely had enough to pay for all the groceries you bought earlier this afternoon, let alone to pay for pizza.

Here’s what you do:

You begrudgingly scroll through Pinterest until you find a recipe that looks easy enough to make. Well, look at that. You don’t have all the ingredients. Back to the drawing board. You repeat step 1 again until you find something that you do have all the ingredients for.

By now it’s 5:30 and you’ve entered into “Hangry Hour”. You’re trying to read this new recipe while warding off tired, hungry kids. The situation is not good.

You burn dinner because you had to tend to two of your children trying to kill each other in the next room. You physically bring everyone to the dinner table, slap some blackened goop onto their plates, and glare at your child when they begin to even think about complaining about what you’ve made. Your eye is twitching and they know shit’s for real. Everyone eats their dinner in silence.

Here’s what you should do

how a meal plan will save your money and sanity

Picture this:

It’s 4:00 p.m… You’ve been running ragged all day and it just finally dawned on you that you need to start making dinner soon.

Aiy yi yi.

You refer to your plan that you made earlier this week and see that you’re having Homemade Mac n’ Cheese tonight. You’re prepared for it because you got your groceries earlier today. You knew what you would be making all week and were able to form a detailed grocery list to ensure your full preparedness.

Your children play lovingly while you create a flawless meal. You all sit at the table while you laugh and joke. Your children and partner sing praises to you. You’re pretty sure you saw Goddess give you a big ol’ thumbs up.

What do you have to thank? Your meal plan.

How to meal plan

1.First things first, download this lovely FREE meal planner that I created especially for you lovely Moms.


You can either print out multiple copies and use one a week, or you can put it in a frame. I found one at the thrift store. This way, you can reuse the same sheet. I just draw on the glass with a whiteboard marker or Sharpie.

2. Write down a master list of all the meals that you like to make and everyone likes to eat. Put the meals that cause the least whining at the top and gradually make your way down to refusal to eat and “would rather starve”.  If you’re having a hard time finding recipes check out this board on Pinterest. You may find something that makes everyone happy.

3. Designate a meal for each day of the week. Take note of what’s going on each day and base the complexity level of your recipe on that.

4. Take note of the ingredients you will need. Write them down on your grocery list.

5. Put your weekly meal planner somewhere you can see it. This will allow you to get into the right frame of mind for making dinner. It will also remind you of what’s in store for the rest of the week. Life is funny and you may need to make some adaptations.

 

Having a meal plan will save you money. You won’t waste time and energy on trying to figure out something for dinner, give up hope, and order pizza. It will allow you to buy exactly what you need from the grocery store-which means you’ll likely waste less food!

A meal plan will also save your sanity. You read the first scenario. It wasn’t pretty. Scenario 2 seems way more appealing, yes?

 

How about you? What is your experience with meal planning? Has it saved you money? Has it saved you sanity? What are your pros and cons for having a meal plan? Share in the comments below to help others decide if having a meal plan is right for them!

 

how to increase happiness

Simple Ways To Increase Your Happiness Every Day

Being a Mom is wonderful.

Mostly.

Amongst the sibling fighting, struggle to get everyone out the door in the morning, never-ending snack making, and sheer exhaustion it can be difficult to remember just how wonderful being a Mom can really be.

It’s easy to get caught up in the struggles that are part of being a parent. We all strive to be happy. It can be a challenge to reach our maximum happiness potential when our only opportunity to think about how we’re going to get to that point is when we’re peeing.  It takes a conscious effort and visual reminders to set our awareness to the things that increase our happiness. Throughout a busy day, this can be a tough routine to get into. it’s worth it, however, to get yourself into a mindset that is conducive to your self-growth and frame of mind.

Here are some easy methods to increase your happiness level throughout your day:

Express gratitude

When you wake up, say aloud three things that you’re grateful for. Change them up every day. If you’re finding it hard to come up with new things every single day try and think of small things that may seem immediately insignificant, such as: you woke up, you had a bed to sleep in, you are breathing, you had a good dream, etc.

Change your perspective on everything

Be hyper-aware of the way you’re thinking about things and try and switch them around. For example, You get a bill for hydro in the mail that you had forgotten you had to pay. Instead of feeling perturbed that you have to pay this bill, remind yourself that you’re lucky you get to pay this bill. It may not seem like you’re lucky to get to pay a bill, but if you focus on the positive parts of the “negative” experience you will begin to understand that in the grand scheme of things you’re a lot luckier than the large population of people on this planet that don’t have the opportunity to pay a hydro bill at all.

Start a happiness journal

Every night before bed write down one thing during the day that made you happy. It can be a good memory for the day, something someone said, something you saw; anything that brought you happiness throughout the day. When you see these things throughout the day make a mental note of them. Not only will this trigger your mind to focus on the positive in the situation, it will encourage you to be more present and see the beauty in what’s going on around you.

I write down a memory a day in my planner. I have my blog planning on the top, personal planning in the middle, and a happy memory from each day at the bottom.

do a happiness journal

Spend time with happy people

You don’t need toxicity in your life. Try and avoid people who bring you stress and gravitate towards folks who allow you to feel calm. Call up a friend for coffee or head somewhere you feel content.

 

Find things that make you happy and involve yourself in them. If reading is your jam make sure you get in a few pages every day. If hiding in the laundry room eating chocolate is your thing, do that! You taking the time to bring more happiness into your life will inevitably make you a more positive mom and overall person. You owe that to your kids…and to yourself!!! 

You’re on your way to being a happier, healthier person, Mama. Nicely done:)

Do you know what else can increase your happiness? My brand new e-book!! Get a sneak peek on a few pages!!

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A year in the life of a three-year-old: I’m the smartest person in the world!

Have you ever wondered what your kiddos are thinking about? Particularly your three-year-old?

Now’s your chance to find out! On top of getting deep insight into what your littles are thinking, you’ll also benefit from this e-book by:

*Laughing until you pee! Okay, I’m not sure that’s a benefit, but you really do need a break from the hardships of motherhood. You may as well get a good laugh while you’re taking some much needed “me” time to read a book without illustrations (even if it is while you’re hiding out in the laundry room dipping into that stash of chocolate while listening to your kids frantically search for you so they can ask you to make them a snack…)

*No longer feeling embarrassed by the things your child is doing that you think are absolutely not normal. You will learn that everyone’s child does things just as, if not more embarrassing.

*Not feeling alone in motherhood. You will learn throughout this book that your frustrations and fears are shared by many moms just like you. You’re not alone in this journey.

I'm the smartest person in the world

Don’t wait! This is your chance to see things from your child’s perspective:

  • DAD WAS ATTACKING MOM!! WITH HIS BUM!!! UNDER THE SHEETS!!!!!!!!!”
  • “What kind of sick freaks would go to a shower of babies???”
  • Mom is sick. Or so she says. I personally just think she’s hoping for a day of being lazy.”
  • “I also told any women that we encountered during the day that Mom has MyPeriod so that they could take the necessary precautions to keep themselves safe.”

And more!

Get yourself a hot cup of coffee and hide in the laundry room next to your chocolate stash. Make sure you don’t laugh out loud, though. You don’t want to be found!!

Get your copy of this great e-book: “A year in the life of a three-year-old: I’m the smartest person in the world” NOW!!