Saturday, January 30, 2016

Movie Night~ Inside Out

Friday night is movie night in our house. We've been doing this for as long as I can remember...To be honest, they've mellowed through the years... I don't spend  nearly as much time planning  corresponding activities or elaborate, movie-theme based room decorations like I have in the past but we still enjoy a finger food buffet (often related to the movie) and a fun snack. We keep it simple!

Last week we watched, "Inside Out."

We started with a finger food buffet with different colored foods and a drink to represent the emotions.

Red- Spicy chicken tenders- We make ours by mixing together melted butter and Frank's hot sauce and then pouring it over oven roasted chicken tenders- toss and enjoy!

Blue- blue tortilla chips

Green- Homemade Guacamole

Yellow- Lemonade- We followed this recipe

Purple- Purple Grapes

Then, for dessert, we made homemade vanilla ice cream and made funny faces in our sundaes.

This was a cute movie that the whole family enjoyed! Have fun!


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Book a Week~ Love Does

I read Love Does  by Bob Goff because I had heard about it from a friend of mine. It's not a book that I would typically read but I enjoyed it. Bob Goff describes a way of following Jesus that is fun, creative and authentic. He makes you consider if you are truly living in the moment, trusting God, being a good person and living a full life or if you are simply missing out on things because you are overriding your intuition. It is a fun and easy read with lots of enjoyable short stories.

My Weekly Intention~Begin

Like everyone else, I have major lists I'd like to get through. Checklists of things to do around the house, art I want to create, lesson plans to write, calls to be made, appointments to be scheduled and of course-  fun to be many things that I need and want to do that I begin to feel overwhelmed, which then leads to me feeling paralyzed...Not sure where to begin or how to get started...the end result...I end up doing NOTHING! I turn to my "time monsters"{Instagram, Pinterest} that take away my time and energy and leave me feeling incapable of creating the true life that I want to live.
So, at the beginning of the year, I decided that this year that I was going to be more intentional about the way I lived my life and I am using The Life Organizer: A Woman's Guide to a Mindful Year, as a guide for my journey.
I decided that I would set my weekly intention on Sundays but I never posted, in an effort to hold myself accountable I will post it here and now.
The question that drove my intention this week was:
What am I most passionate about this week?

My intention: I am taking an online journaling class~ Reflections: Paint Your Story and it's been hard looking back at pictures of myself looking young and fit and looking in the mirror and seeing someone I don't necessarily even recognize anymore. I want my most sacred mission each day to be taking impeccable care of myself. I need to comfort my soul, live my truth and strengthen my body. I know what I need to do, I just need to begin.
Choices I Want to Make:
  • One: I will choose to drink at least half of my body weight in water each day & eat food that nourishes my body.
  • Two: I will choose to move my body as much as possible.
  • Three: I will choose to focus on enjoying my time with my family and friends.
Top Goals:
Work: Publish the Gingerbread Unit and Sled Unit that I have been working on.
Personal: Create a plan for getting fit, join the Y, go to the doctor for a physical
Family: Hug more. Use kind words. Be patient.

This Week I want to remember :
  • to grant myself permission to open my arms to what beckons, to what I really want.
  • to  take a step toward saying yes to those things, which will increase my trust and faith in myself
  • to aware of the situations in which saying no could enhance my happiness or lead to more time and energy
  • to accept and welcome interruptions- at work & at home- as opportunities to be aware of the flow of life and the present moment

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

A Book a Week - Everything I Never Told You

I read Everything I Never Told You because my friend, Michelle, recommended it. I've had it on my TBR list for awhile but just decided to read it now...and am I ever glad I did!
It was a wonderful book.
I have to admit, it was tough to read at times and my heart ached...but it was well written, with relatable and believable characters. Some interesting thoughts about family dynamics and the lack of communication in families.
A thought provoking read. I am happy I read it!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A Book A Week- Where'd You Go, Bernadette

 I am the type of reader who reads non-stop for a month and then doesn't touch a book for the next three because I get too busy and to be perfectly honest,  curling up with a book feels a bit selfish to me. I can always think of a million other things that I should be doing with my time but this year I want to do a better job of self- care and so, one of my goals for 2016 is to read a book a week.

I picked this book because there was lots of positive hype about how funny it was and I was needing a little light humor in my life. For me, this book was ok. It is a light read, written in the format of e-mails, letters, etc. and has a humorous side. Often funny, sometimes sweet. I could vividly picture some of the scenes and chuckle at the sit-com nature of them. The informal style draws the reader deep into the mind of Bernadette, and some serious issues are raised in the story. Issues such as the nature of 'genius'; the importance of social skills; and whether the pressures of life cause all of us to 'disappear' in some sense from who we really are. It felt like the ending was forced and left me feeling- meh. Read it, let me know what you think.