Motivation Monday: Consistency.

Happy Monday! Are you groaning because it’s Monday again? Who said Monday’s have to be so bad? Turn your frowns upside down and let’s talk about your Monday Motivational – Consistency.

Success does not come from what you do occasionally. Success comes from what you do consistently.

Let me tell you what makes my Monday’s great. Want to take a guess? It’s consistency. Whether it is a day off Monday or a work day consistency makes a huge difference for me. My routine for work days includes the following:

  • Wake & Rise 3-330 AM
  • Work Out 330-4 AM
  • Shower/Freshen/Leave – 4-420 AM.

I know that this routine to others is astonishing. Who willingly wakes up at 3 AM? Shall I remind you, I have newborn twins. Getting up and working out is my only “me” time.

My days off are just slightly different. I’m still the first to wake in the home. I need that time to myself.

  • Wake & Rise 5-530 AM
  • Work Out 530-6 AM
  • Wake Girls/Start Laundry/Hot Coffee 6 AM
  • Wake Boys/Begin Day 7 AM

I’m not here to tell you that waking up early is easy. In my mind, that’s a complete lie. There are several days where I just don’t want to get up. However, it’s important to me to have time to myself. It’s important to me to invest in myself in order to have a better day. It’s important to me to be consistent.

There are several ways consistency can improve your day, and I mean every day not just Monday’s. Meal prep is a consistency that makes each day easier. Daily rituals, devotionals and more can make you a happier person.

You see the common theme here right? Now let’s talk about a different version of consistency. “New Year, New Me” – Nah, same year, same me – NEW adventures!

Do not live the same year 75 times and call it a ‘life’.

Robin Sharma

I’ll say it again, same year, same me – NEW adventures. You can still be consistent while living new adventures. Can we be honest here? It’s February already and I have yet to have an adventure. Unless you consider trips to multiple doctors adventures, ha! My goal for February is at least one family adventure, and that scares me. But, even if I take the adventure I will still be consistent in working out, making Monday’s great and enjoying our time off together.

Be consistent in taking time for you. Be consistent in adventuring. Be consistent in living a life worth living. Be consistent in making memories. Whatever you do, just be consistent!

Happy Monday!

Xo, Sabrina.

Asking For Help.

It’s not a new idea that asking for help is a negative connotation. You shouldn’t ask for help, you shouldn’t seek assistance. You should stand tall, you should face things on your own.

I’m here to say, that’s wrong. You’re wrong. You’re wrong if you think you can face this world alone. You’re wrong not to ask for help when you truly need it. You’re wrong not to seek help to get out of your darkest areas and back into the light. The reasoning behind any of this, the reason you are not asking for help, it’s all wrong. You’re simply wrong.

Are you mad now? Do you think you can do it all on your own? I used to think that too. I used to think, “I don’t need any one’s help”. I was doing just “fine” on my own, even if my head was just above water. My pride was weighing me down, despite my sinking I still refused.

You have to swallow your pride.

You’re there in the middle of the ocean, drowning because you’re too stubborn to ask for a life vest. You’re even worse off because you refuse to appear “weak”, thus refusing a rescue. You’re simply treading water to move it, not to relieve the drowning. You’re pride is an anchor. You’re pride will continuously drag you to the bottom until you swallow it. So, swallow it. Be done with your pride and start to swim.

It’s okay to ask and to need help. It’s okay to fail, so long as you do not give up.

Okay, enough ranting for today.

Happy Thursday!

Xo, Sabrina.

5 Minute’s Of Mom’s Time

Hey Mama, I know how you’re feeling. You’re probably just like me. You feel stuck under the weight of your family, you feel like you do everything for everyone. You know you do nothing for yourself and to be perfectly honest, you’re fed up with it. This blog post is for you.

Mom Problems

Unless you’ve been a mom (adoptive, foster, etc included), you just don’t get it. The problems we have aren’t truly problems. Instead, those problems are babies, toddlers, children and big kids all tugging in their own direction because they know they’re safe with us. It’s not a problem because we’ve adapted, we’ve survived whether they are one day old or eight-teen years old, we’ve survived. And, if we did it right, so did they! The problem is the way we’ve adapted. We’ve been taught by years and years of influencing that mom’s are last. We eat last. We bathe last. We care about ourselves, last. You’re nodding your head in agreeance here, aren’t you?

Since we know we’re last, we must be creative in our ways of “growing”. I’ve found a few ways to fit personal growth into my day, sometimes in just five minutes! I want to share these tips with you, my fellow mom. Why? Mostly so we don’t kill anybody, but also because we all deserve to water our own flowers and let them bloom!

So, You Only Have 5 Minutes.

Baby stop screaming for just a minute? Oh, he’s been sleeping for five minutes? Let’s get you some quality YOU time.

#1 – Warm your cold coffee and sip away. Take this time to reflect on how your morning went. What could have gone better? What can you do to make the day better?

#2 – Have a journal? Jot down your thoughts. Was the baby overwhelming today? Are you working towards a specific goal? How are you doing on sleep?

#3 – Phone-A-Friend. It’s hard not having any adult interaction! Feeling like you need a quick chat? Phone a friend and say hello! Most likely, they need the call just as much as you do.

#4 – Step outside for some sun. Have you been outside today? If not, step outside. Let the sun warm your face, close your eyes and take a deep breath. If you’re like me and live in the country, enjoy the silence. It’s a beautiful thing.

#5 – Eat! Quick, while you can, grab a snack! Are you hiding the Girl Scout cookies from your family? Go grab one and enjoy it. Want a healthier option? You go girl, eat that apple! You don’t have to share with anyone.

#6 – Rejuvenate your skin with a quick wash-off face mask. Close the bathroom door, start the shower for some steam and enjoy your live-in mini-spa. When the five minutes is up, wash it off and go about your day.

#7 – Read your personal development book. I gave you my favorites in “Why Reading Self-Development Books Is Key To Personal Growth”. Pick up your favorite and read as much as you can in that five minutes. Alternatively, you can finish a personal development activity such as writing down your goals.

#8 – Listen to a Podcast. There are hundreds of podcasts available! If you have an iPhone, head over to the podcast app. If you have Spotify account, you have access to several hundreds of quality podcasts. Find your niche and press play!

#9 – Pick up around the home. Something bothering you around the home, take five minutes and focus on just one thing. Tidy up and you may feel instantly better.

#10 – Just sit. Yeah, I said it. Self-care includes relaxation. May you browse Facebook, scroll through Pinterest or envision yourself successful .

I have more than five minutes.

Say what?! If you have more than five minutes to yourself a day, you can certainly expand on any of the above tips or you can dive into more.

What’s helped me the most when I have more than five minutes is to plan out my day. I use a physical planner to record what’s for dinner, my daily workout, my work schedule and so much more. It’s been really helpful in holding myself accountable. Heck, this whole blog post was planned out.

At the end of the day, the only thing we want for you is to win. Whether that means vegging out, or building yourself up.

Xo, Sabrina.

Easy Meal Prep for Week Day Success!

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Hey there! I’ve gotten a few questions recently about my meal prep. Again, one of my goals for 2020 is to focus on my health. You can read about all of my goals here.

As a mom of five, a wife and a full time employee one of the most frequently asked questions I get is HOW. How do I do it? I’m not kidding, some days I truly don’t know how I do it. BUT! I do know that meal prepping is one of the many things I am able to do to make my life easier. Because it makes life easier for me, I thought I’d share my easy meal prep steps to make your week successful!

Before We Begin…

I know you’ve searched high and low for meal prepping pictures. You’ve looked on Instagram, Pinterest and so much more. Each picture looks so delicious and yet, seemingly difficult to prepare.

It doesn’t have to be this way. Meal prep is so simple. So simple a caveman can do it, no offense to my caveman readers. Before you begin you’re meal prep there are a few things you may want to pick up.

Meal Prep Containers. Depeneding on your work schedule and how many people you prep for, you’ll want to get containers for your meals. For example, I prep for myself. I prep based on the weeks I work. I work 5 days one week, and 2 days the following week. I also eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at work. Therefore I need at minimum, 15 containers. I currently use the Good Cook brand of containers. I use the two compartment, half cup for breakfast and a three compartment for lunch and dinner. These come in a variety of colors and sizes so add your personal flair!

Lunch Box. Another important tool in preparedness is something to take your meal prep with you when you go! I have tried countless lunchboxes. The most important thing about lunchboxes is the ability to fit your meal prep containers. I was lucky enough to be gifted a lunchbox for Christmas that fits all of my containers and then some! You can find my lunchbox here.

Room in the fridge. Clear room, especially if you are a Monday-Friday employee. You’ll need space in your fridge to store the meals as you grab and go for the rest of the week.

Easy Peasy, Lemon Squeezy.

I’m gonna let you in on a secret. Are you ready? Come in close…

I’m no expert on meal prep, I draw ideas from my Pinterest board and “build” my own.

Shocker, I know. But, seriously! I look for simple ideas on Pinterest. I find things that look good, that look appetizing and that are easy to modify. Check out my Pinterest board, Meal Prep Central for your own inspo.

I typically meal prep the day before my shift. So if I work on a Monday, I’m meal prepping Sunday. If I don’t work till Wednesday, I’m meal prepping Tuesday. That means I’m gathering the ideas, shopping and ready to prep before these days!

To begin, I look at my weeks work schedule. Let’s look at next week for me. I work Wednesday and Thursday next week. I’ve already pre-planned my two meals. I eat the same thing for both days.

Breakfast – 2 Eggs/2 Oz Johnsonville Chorizo/2 oz Steamed Sweet Potatoe w/onion.

Lunch – California Sushi Roll Bowl W/Cauliflower Rice.

Dinner – 1 Cowboy Turkey Burger, Slaw, 1 Cup Grilled Zucchini.

See, how simple it is?! I cook starting with breakfast and make my way down. Any extras I have I utilize on my day’s off. I try to keep it as simple as possible. I will admit, I am not great at sticking to recipes but I do try! The most complicated thing on this meal prep is the California Sushi Roll Bowl but it’s still simple! You just have to break down what works for you. Protein, Veggie, Carb. That’s it.

You can do this same thing with dinner, though I prefer using my Instant Pot. You can find all of my favorite Instant Pot recipes or ideas on Instant Pot Dinners, here.

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Have your own essentials for meal prep? Recipes to share? Comment below or on any of our social media. We’d love to chat!

Xo, Sabrina.

The Big Update!

I would much rather be sleeping than writing this at the moment, but I promised my readers an update. An integral part of my blog is transparency so, here is our update!

Chiro, GI and Old Pueblo Peds.

The boys are primarily healthy. Unfortunately, we’ve spent the better part of the weekend at multiple appointments. Emrick had been running a low grade fever for the past few days, prompting us to schedule a visit to his pediatrician. Dax had his weekly chiropractic appointment and a visit to his new GI. That made three appointments in one day, and if you know us personally we live pretty far from town. The chiropractor was scheduled in the morning and the other two appointments in the afternoon. This led to an extremely long day!

Dax’s GI appointment went well. We already knew we were on the right track but, we also knew that close to nothing was relieving his pain. The GI was quick to suggest myriad of tests. We want to recheck for pyloric stenosis, check for other genetic issues, check his blood and his newborn screening. Additionally, she wants a new upper GI done. We walked out with orders to get all of this done and a script for a new medicine. Surprise, surprise, our insurance doesn’t cover that med either. In fact, our insurance doesn’t provide coverage for any medicine that the doctor can prescribe for his age and weight. Luckily, the office was quick to submit a pre-authorization with Cigna to get his medicine covered. Hopefully the new med will work!

Emrick’s appointment was primarily for his low grade fever, but while we were there I made sure to bring up a problem he’s had for what seems like his entire life. Emrick’s saliva and spit-up is incredibly sticky. So sticky in fact, that he is unable to clear the spit-up from his mouth. Additionally, his spit-up is almost always curdled to the point of large chunks that he is again, unable to clear. Two things came from Emrick’s appointment. First, he’s got a bilateral ear infection. Poor guy! We’re not sure how long he’s had the infection as he didn’t show many signs or symptoms of an ear infection other than the low grade fever. Second, Emrick is now on a similar formula to Dax. Emrick was given samples of Puramino. I honestly can’t figure out the difference between Puramino and Neocate. The only thing I’ve seen is the Puramino is slightly thicker than the Neocate. However, the question remains if we are able to switch both boys to the same formula. Boy, would that make life easier!

By the way, if you’re looking for a pediatrician, we highly recommend the team at Old Pueblo Pediatrics! We’ve never had a bad experience. We see Dr. Delp for the boys and Andi, Dr. Mansfield for Bree and Caidence and all the NP’s are wonderful. If you have a problem, the docs are quick to look for solutions. Additionally, this team truly cares about you and your family. They listen, recommend and reroute if needed. We couldn’t be happier with our team!

That sums up Wednesday, let’s move on to Thursday.

TMC AfterCare

Ah, the wonderful world of preemies. I say that with little to no sarcasm, preemies are powerful! Yet, preemies come with a slew of potential problems that we’d like to avoid. TMC has created a program to prevent problems, provide therapy and so much more! Let’s talk about it.

TMC AfterCare is a developmentally based program to make sure the NICU graduates stay on track. The program is free of charge and provides services like speech, feeding, physical and other therapies. Each NICU graduate is able to go for two years.

Our first visit for the boys and AfterCare went really well. We had three people involved – a physical therapist, a feeding therapist and a nurse practitioner. They were all friendly and willing to help with the babies by holding, entertaining or whatever they needed. It was a huge relief to know they were helpful!

Dax was up first (ABC order, HA!), starting with lots of questions about how he’s been doing since he’s left NICU. He was the more difficult to explain his, what seems like, endless amounts of problems. The physical therapist started with him first. We measured his head, onyl 5 MM difference, yay! Then she made sure to look at his neck. Dax tends to look a certain direction which has caused a very slight case of torticollis. She showed me how to stretch his neck and shoulder to aid him in relief. We also reviewed ways to quickly adjust his gaze and head positioning. It’s nice to know we can fix this just by doing simple stretches each day. The next part of his review was to take him to the mat. Developmentally, the boys are only two months old instead of three which is what they’d be looked at for the review. Dax was right on track! Post mat time, it was time for the feeding specialist to take over. Unfortunately, Dax ate just before the appointment so she wasn’t able to see him eat. However, she had multiple recommendations for him starting with slowing down his feeds. This has since proven difficult as Dax quickly becomes tired when having to truly work for his food.

Emrick who was peacefully sleeping while Dax was evaluated finally woke from his slumber just in time for his evaluation. We started with Emrick’s head. Emrick does not have a badly misshapen head, however he does have a 10 MM difference. You can see that difference when looking at his head from his back. Luckily, he has about two months before a helmet would even be considered. We’re going to use those two months and do the same stretches as Dax, plus reposition his head to be on the non flat area in attempt to reshape. After his head was measured Emrick was onto the mat to check his developmental skills. Good news, he’s doing fantastic! Emrick surprisingly has full range of motion and is able to lift himself when on tummy time. What a guy! The final portion of the evaluation was feeding. Emrick hadn’t eaten so the feeding therapist fed him while I soothed Dax. She recommended a few things to get his eating to go smoother and to help his tongue tie. We have since switched Emrick to Dr. Brown’s new wide neck bottles and what a HUGE difference in his eating. The question is whether the difference is due to the bottles, the new formula or just a good day. However, with the new bottle he no longer “clicks” his tongue while eating.

Long story short, the boys are doing wonderfully. Dax has been referred to TMC for his final ABR so we can get him his hearing aids and Emrick is going to continue waiting to have his groin fixed. We think we’re finally on the right track for Dax and his reflux too! It’s all exciting, exhausting and ultimately rewarding.

Have twins they said, it’ll be fun they said!

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Xo, Sabrina.