Easy Tips for Keeping Your Diet on Track

This time of year we are inundated with resolutions, with the need to make positive change. We are surrounded by people who SWEAR that this year will be different. They will get organized, read those books on their nightstand, exercise with gusto, take that vacation and yes, finally eat healthy.

Here’s the thing – you and I both know that exercising and eating healthy are not only two of the most popular resolutions, but they are two of the most commonly broken promises we make to ourselves. So, rather than set myself up for failure in 2015, I’ve shifted my logic entirely.

My priority isn’t only to me…it’s to these two small people. I not only want to be around for them, I want to model healthy behavior. I love being their mom and I definitely enjoy running my own business. This means I have an obligation to be an example of healthy eating for them.

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No, I’m not perfect. My exercise routine isn’t, well, as routine as it needs to be….so I rely on a certain set of tips to keep my diet where it needs to be. Today, I’m over on SheKnows talking about my best ‘expert’ tips to keep you and I on track – even if we are just getting started this year.

Pssst…. you will start by drinking plenty of water. Head over to SheKnows to read the rest.

Disclosure: I’m excited to be working with Fiber One and SheKnows for this post  – they inspired this conversation on how to stay on track in 2015.

 

Resolving to Make it a ‘Yes’ Year for Me

There is a reason little ones learn the word ‘no’ before they learn the word ‘yes’. When they are itty-bitty, we are constantly saying, ‘no, don’t touch that’, ‘no, don’t put that in your mouth’, ‘no, you can’t stay up until 10pm’, ‘no, you can’t have candy for dinner’ and on and on and on.

I can remember sitting on my couch surrounded by my small people and one day hitting my limit with the word ‘no’. I was sick and tired of telling them they couldn’t make a mess, couldn’t watch tv, couldn’t jump on the furniture, couldn’t play outside because it was too cold, couldn’t, couldn’t, couldn’t….

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So, I created the concept of a ‘Yes, Day’.  I promised them that I would say ‘Yes!’ to anything they asked (within reason of course – I still wasn’t going to let them play in traffic) for the entire day.

Yes, they could have cookies for breakfast and breakfast for dinner.

Yes, they could pull all the cushions from the couch and make a fort.

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Yes, they could play ball in the house.

Yes, they could watch a movie, and skip their naps and stay up past bedtime.

Yes, yes, yes, YES!

It felt good, great, AMAZING to see their little smiles, to feel their triumph, to know that I was satisfying their souls.

We made it a tradition….doing it once every couple of months from the time they were toddlers until they were in school full time and then it was cut back to every once in a while because…well…sports and school and life.

But here I am, back to sitting on my couch. It’s the beginning of 2015 and I realize that ‘yes’ and ‘no’ have played a vital role in the past year of my life. Not related to how I’ve treated my small people, rather how I’ve treated myself.

I’ve said ‘no’ when my body has asked for the sleep it needs.

I’ve said ‘no’ to carving out the time needed to get my body moving and my heart pumping.

I’ve said ‘no’ to eating the right foods at the right times when my body demanded it.

I’ve said ‘no’ to the activities I’ve always loved – reading, exploring, nurturing friendships, down time with my children

I’ve said ‘no’ to PLAY, to the activities that make me laugh, that make my heart sing, that allow me to relax, that make me BETTER – all in the name of BUSY.

I need a ‘Yes’ Day. A ‘Yes’ Month. A ‘Yes’ Year. I need to listen to my OWN inner little girl.

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So, I’m taking it. I’m saying ‘yes’ and signing up for the yoga class I’ve been eyeing for months. I’m saying ‘yes’ and I’m going to learn to play the instrument (following in my daughter’s footsteps) that I’ve always wanted to play. I’m saying ‘yes’ and prioritizing the right foods at the right times. And ‘yes’ I’m going to get the sleep my body needs.

In 2015, I’m saying ‘yes’ to me. I’m saying ‘Yes’ to being the example my small people need to see.

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Disclosure: This post is part of a collaboration between Fiber One and SheKnows. 

Kiss 2014 Goodbye with CoverGirl and Rent The Runway #Giveaway


There is something magical about the moment the ball drops on New Year’s Eve. Your slate is wiped clean, you leave the previous year behind you and start fresh. You have a brand new year stretched out in front of you. You can make resolutions, or NOT. You can decide to make changes, vow to exercise, get organized, learn a new language, stop saying ‘um’, travel the world, unplug on the weekends….

Or not.

Maybe you put on your fanciest dress, your best lipstick, you grab your husband, your best friend or your kids and you…

Kiss 2014 GOODBYE. 

Not because it was an awful year. Not because you hated it (though maybe you did) but because the fresh air of 2015 represents new and beautiful and good.

And you love a good party.

I’ve long worried that New Year’s Eve can be wildly overrated. Much like Valentine’s Day, we expect it to be AMAZING, and when it falls vastly beneath ‘the-best-night-ever’, we are disappointed and worried the tone of the year-to-come will follow. I now believe New Year’s Eve is simply what you make it. It is a day, an evening, that allows us to relax, dream or party it up….the best part being – YOU DECIDE.

I, for one, will be with both friends and family and will be more than a little fancy this year as I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to dress up. I’m excited to have partnered with both CoverGirl and Rent the Runway to share some ideas with you about that fancy part. (and I have a super-fun giveaway – keep reading!) How fancy am I going to be, you ask? I’ve created a shortlist of fabulous dresses – from Rent the Runway – which just so happens to be my favorite place to rent the most glorious dresses. Naturally, you can find black tie, cocktail or even casual options. I’ve used them before for a little bit of everything. You can even create ‘shortlists’ or categories, for different events you are attending…like NEW YEAR’S EVE. Excellent. (which one do you like best?)

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And just last night, I sampled the lipstick I’ll be wearing for the evening – CoverGirl’s Colorlicious in Caramel Kiss ( I also love Sweetheart Blush and Coquette Orchid).

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Each lipstick is infused with shea butter – it lasted all night on me – amazing. There are 36 different shades (how do you ever choose?) and are all available in WalMart.#KissedByCoverGirl Colorlicious Lipstick

And because I love the opportunity to play Fairy Godmother to YOU as well, I’m excited to be doing a giveaway to make your New Year’s Eve extra fun as well. Here’s the deal – I’m giving away a CoverGirl Colorlicious LipStick AND a $50 Rent the Runway Gift Card.

How do you enter? Easy. Comment below and tell me what you have planned for New Year’s Eve AND either what CoverGirl Colorlicious Lipstick or which Rent the Runway Dress would be a perfect compliment for your evening. The comment is your mandatory first entry which will unlock other ways to enter.

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I can’t wait to hear what you have planned AND how CoverGirl and Rent the Runway will be helping you to Kiss 2014 Goodbye and 2015 hello!

Thank you so much for entering.

This contest will be open until 11:59pm on Saturday, December 20th.

Rules: No purchase necessary to enter. ExtraordinaryMommy.com is not responsible for prizes that are shipped from outside vendors or sponsors. All entries will be pooled together and one (1) winner will be drawn. The winner will have two calendar days to reply via email. Unclaimed prizes will be placed for availability to newly chosen winners after that time. Giveaway is open to all U.S. residents only, must be at least 18 years old to enter. One entry per person, entries accepted through Saturday, December 20th, 2014 ending at exactly 11:59 CDT. 

Disclosure: I’m excited to be working with CoverGirl and Rent the Runway to bring you the post and giveaway. As always, all thoughts and opinions are mine and mine alone.

Renew, Refresh, Reinvent

Most people celebrate their New Year when the official calendar flips on January 1st.

Not me. For as long as I can remember, I’ve done it on my own personal New Year – my birthday.

Well, it just so happens I’m celebrating today with one heck of a facelift.

A virtual one. Extraordinary-Mommy-featured Last year, my 40th birthday, was, by anyone’s estimation, my ‘big birthday’. Turning 40 is is viewed by the outside world as this milestone. You either approach it with an incredible fear – you are about to hit ‘middle age’ and you wonder if you have done enough, are you happy, are you enough? [Read more…]

New Year, A New Skin Care Routine From Kohl’s

It could be that I am now ‘over 40’. Or it could be that I really and truly enjoyed my younger years in sunny California.  Either way, there are many, many things I see when I look in the mirror and while many of them reflect the wisdom I think I’ve earned these past 40+ years, I prefer the age spots and wrinkles weren’t quite so visible. I know I can’t reverse the aging process entirely, but I do know there are things I can do to take care of my skin the way I should have been doing all along. [Read more…]

25 Things I Believe for 2012….

I believe in bear hugs and belly laughs.

I believe one look into my children’s eyes will always make the world seem brighter.

I believe in ‘yes days’.

I believe in ear-to-ear smiles, giggles that make my cheeks hurt, and friends I can’t live without.

I believe writing is good for my soul.

I believe good posture, drinking water and exercise will make me look younger. But I have to do them: stand up straight, drink the water and get moving.

I believe I should have less and give more.

I believe I deserve time to read for pleasure.

I believe in high heels, red dresses and jeans that make me feel fabulous.

I believe in makeup and glitter, sunsets and chocolate, wine and all things that sparkle.

I believe the sight and sound of the ocean can cure anything that ails me.

I believe the most brilliant color in the world is the shade of raspberry you see when you close your eyes and turn your face to the sun.

I believe I should say ‘outstanding’ when someone says, ‘how are you?’.  They can’t help but smile in response.

I believe in eye contact and strong handshakes.  

I believe in listening.

I believe if I want to be happy, I should.  Be happy.

I believe it is easy to live in fear: afraid of the ‘what ifs’.  But I believe I am stronger than the ‘what ifs’.

I believe I have to ask for what I want.  If I don’t, the answer will always be no.

I believe teaching my children to give of themselves is one of my primary responsibilities as a mom.

I believe that dreaming big is a beautiful and mandatory thing.

I believe I should know my worth.

I believe class and grace are two of the most beautiful words in the English language.

I believe I should never stop wondering what I want to be when I grow up.

I believe juggling a career I love and a family I adore will never be perfect, but it is possible.

I believe, at the end of the day…. at THE END OF THE DAY…. my children will be able to say I DID IT: I showed them it was possible to follow my passion and make them feel loved every moment of every day.

What do YOU BELIEVE?

 

Resolve, Resolving, Resolved, Resoultion

Every year I start thinking about New Year’s resolutions.

Every year, I even go so far as to write them down.

Inevitably they include many of the same things year after year:

This year, I will truly transform my eating and exercising – I will be healthy. (Pardon me as I head to the kitchen to break this one already – sometimes soda just tastes good, dammit)

This year, I will get organized – stacks of papers will no longer appear to drown my desk.

This year, I will find a place for all of my 100’s and 100’s of pictures.

This year, I resolve to devise a new system to tackle my ‘To-Do’ lists.

This year, I will save more and spend less.

Same old, same old.  I’m ditching the old lists.

OK…so, what if, this year, I work on my resolve…and tell you, my real New Year’s Resolution, is that I am resolved to stick to my resolving…..  I think it just might work.

But here is the good news: I still have 21 days to come up with my list.  I have always believed that my birthday is my own, personal New Years.  So, on the 21st of January, when I turn 29, I mean 30, I mean 30-something-ish, I will have my list ready.  I’ll even share it with you…that way you can keep tabs on my resolving.

Resolved?