10 Simple Tricks To Beating The Blues

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Having A Tough Day Today?

You know, those days where you feel like nothing is going right? Maybe you are in a rut, and feel moments of feeling like you are a bad mom? Maybe your laundry is out of control, your sink is full of dishes, the baby is crying, all while you are trying to pay a bill on the phone. Maybe you feel overwhelmed with trying to balance your families’s needs, the household, and your 9-5 job. Are you working so hard to take care of everyone else that you forget to take care of yourself?

Can I just tell you, my fellow mom, that you are not alone.

Most days, I wake up in a positively energetic mood. Motivated to get things accomplished, and I’m highly focused, and get things done. Then, there are the other days. Days where I’m not as chipper as I would like to be. I’m an emotional wreak at times, becoming my own worst critic about everything that I’m doing.

I know that I’m not alone. I know that we, as mothers, are always trying to be superwomen for everyone else. So much so, that we tend to become dissatisfied when we feel like we are falling short of the high exceptions that we set on ourselves. We become disappointed, discouraged, and sometimes feel defeated. 

I know all to well about the crippling effects of sadness, and how it can affect the productivity of your day. So I listed below a few simple tricks that I have used myself over the years. 10 ways that I hope can help you during those days when you feel the blues are trying to creep in. 

1. Create A List Of Good Things.

Write down a list of your accomplishments. Things you have done that you are proud of. Write down things you are good at. Are you are good listener? Are you good with your hands? Are you a good cook? Write down things that make you happy like the sun rising, or the smell of coffee in the morning. Writing a list down can take just a few minutes for you to do. Tape it to your wall, and read it out loud whenever you start to feel like you may not be good enough.  

2. Dance Around The House.

I do this often simply because I love to dance. Find you some good music, turn it up loud, and go for it. And, if you feel like taking it up a notch, try dancing in your birthday suit. It may sound silly, but I promise you, it can be quite exhilarating. 

3. Do Something For Someone Else. 

Named the Helper’s High, performing a small, selfless, random acts of kindness can lead to lifting your own spirits. The act can be as simple as calling someone to say hello, or telling them how much you appreciate them. Buy some flowers for a friend, and leave it at their door step with a little note of love. Send someone words of encouragement thorough text, email, or even on someone’s fb wall. By doing so, you will not only set off the happy vibe within yourself, but you just may make someone else’s day as well. Sounds like a win, win to me. 

4. Exercise. 

Exercising is a great way to get the brain going. Moving around releases endorphins that trigger positives feelings within the body. I know most people don’t like to exercise. So I don’t recommend doing something that you dread. Instead, find an exercise that you would enjoy. Something like yoga, hull hooping, or suing a jumprope. I personally love to go roller skating around my neighborhood from time to time. It’s a fun, high calorie burning exercise. I’m also a huge fan of running. It helps to clear my mind, gives me energy, and gets me back on track for the day. 

5. Invest in a coloring book. 

I’ve always loved to color. It’s a relaxing activity. Adult Coloring books have become a trend in the last couple of years. There are some great adult coloring books out there like this one, this one, and this one. For those of you who are fond of foul words, check out this swear word coloring book that I found on Amazon. 

6. Journaling. 

I am a avid fan of writing in journals. I’m have been journal writing since I was kid. I would write stories about me and my imaginary friends. I would write about my emotions, my days in school, or even stories about my parents. I wrote about anything and everything that was going on in my mind. I do they same now as an adult. I write about my passions, and my goals. I write about my good days, as well as my bad ones. Jotting down my testimonies and my triggers. It’s a way for me to release stress, and getting things out on paper so they don’t fester in my brain. Writing in my journal helps me to stay in tuned with myself, helping me to be aware of my thoughts and emotions. 

7. Laugh.

They say laughter the best medicine. I believe it to be true. Even on my worse days, all it takes is for me to see or read something funny, and I instantly feel better. Find something funny to watch. Maybe a funny movie, or some stand up comedy. Something that can lift your spirits up, and makes you laugh those blues away.

8. Play Music. 

I love music. It speaks to my soul. I tend to be emotionally attached certain songs. Songs that are inspirational. When I’m having a tough day, I play uplifting dance music to get me going around my living room, or I play worship music that praises God to get me out of my funk. Try making a play list, and play it during those moments that you need a bit of encouragement. 

9. Praying

I Pray, and Pray some more. Seriously. When I feel like I’m going through it, sometimes I just have to stop, drop, and pray. I pray for clarity in my mind, joy in my heart, and peace in my soul. I am no expert at praying, but I can say that I am a woman who wholeheartedly believes in the power of prayer. When something is weighting heavy on your heart, close your eyes, have faith, and give it to God.

My top 3 verses about the power of prayer. 

  • Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
  • Ask, and it will be given to you seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. Matthew 7:7
  • And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith. Matthew 21:22

10. Reach Out To Someone.

Whether it be a friend, a pastor, or even a therapist. Talking to someone about what you are going though.  Someone you can trust, someone that you know, and  someone that won’t judge you. Someone who will listening to you, and who will support you when you need it.   

Having tough days can be perceived as a weakness making it hard for people to share themselves with others. If you are having a day, know that it’s ok, know that you are not alone, and know that with the right tools you can move forward, and still have a happy and productive day.

4 Key Benefits Of Setting Your Goals.

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“You need a plan to build a house. To build a life, it is even more important to have a plan or goal.”

– Zig Ziglar

It’s that time of the year where most people feel the shift of the new year, and starts setting their “New year, New me” resolutions for themselves. There is something about the new year that gets people motivated to turn over a new leaf, do things a bit different than the year before, or find ways to better themselves. 

Did you know that:

  • People who explicitly make resolutions are 10 times more likely to attain their goals than people who don’t explicitly make resolutions.
  • The act of writing things down is a powerful motivator. 

There have been countless studies done throughout the years on goal settings, but the most known research was done by a Doctor named, Gail Matthews, who is a psychology professor at Dominican University in California. She had done a study on goal-setting, and she found that people are 42% more likely to achieve their goals just by writing them down. 

Can you believe it? 42 percent!  

I myself, am addicted to making lists, and writing down my goals. I am a list fanatic, and have been since I was a kid. I used to write down everything from what I had in my room, to what shows I was watching on tv, to the names of my friends every time I had to move and start over. I write down my goals, my passions, my dreams, my plans, my to-do lists, goals for my family, and pretty much anything else that pops in my head. I call it brain dumping. It’s a way for me to get all the ideas and thoughts in my head out so that I don’t feel so overwhelmed, and I can have a bit of clarity before making decisions.

 Writing Down Your Goals Can:

  • Help Alleviate Anxiety And Give You Peace Of Mind. Writing down my goals help my mind to slow down. When I’m feeling anxious, I write. When I’m down, I write. When I’m up, I write. When I’m stressed, I write. When I have too much going on my in brain, I write. Writing things down gives me a sense of relief, and I feel better about tackling my day.
  • Help You To Stay Focused. Write down what’s important to you. That way, you can focus on what’s important, and you won’t have time to even think about what’s not. Making life a bit easier, and clearer. Writing your goals down will help you to visually see what you want to do, see all sides of perspective, prioritize your steps, and then be able to execute your plan accordingly.
  • Help You To Make Better Use Of Your Time. There always seems to be too much to do, and not enough time to get it all done. When I don’t write things down, I feel frazzled, and disorganized. I feel like I’m behind on everything, and that’s when things start to fall apart for me. 
  • Help Motivate You And Gives You A Sense Of Accomplishment. When you write your goals down, you become motivated to reach your goals. Motivation is what will fuel you passions, and push you to accomplish whatever it is your set yourself out to do. the feeling of accomplishment, and it’s motivating for me.

For some, lists and goal setting are not need. People like my husband who manages to remember everything in his head. I give kudos to those that have eidetic memory It’s a highly rare ability, and not everyone has the capacity to do so. My brain is constantly running, I’m forgetful, and tend to get distracted easily. Setting goals makes the invisible, visible. Writing things down gives me a sense of structure. Something I think we all need in our lives. 

How about you? Did you set any goals for the new year? Are you a list maker? A goal setter?

Kale, Smoked Sausage, & Cannellini Bean Soup

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I’m so excited to have hubby, and the kids home for Christmas vacation! I love having everyone at home with me. The kids get to take a break from school, which means I can take a break from our regularly scheduled program. My alarm will be off, and I will not be chauffeuring to and from schools until next year! Another great thing about the Christmas holiday is that hubby’s company closes for two weeks. I love, love, love having him at home. I’m even more thankful that he doesn’t have to make his 1.5 hour commute to work for a little while. The break from the road and the traffic is much needed for him.

It’s been a busy week with recitals, meetings, and preparing to have everyone at home by cleaning, and planning activities, and working on the family menu. All while trying to make Christmas gifts for family and friends. Knowing that I had such a crazy week planned out, last Sunday, I went ahead and cooked myself another weeks worth of soup. This time, my Kale, Smoked Sausage, and Cannellini Bean Soup. It’s savory, flavorful, and deliciously filling! 

 

Kale, Smoked Sausage, Cannellini Beans Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 Tablespoon Olive Oil 
  • 1 Lb Smoked Sausage, cut into small pieces 
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1 Cup Baby Carrots, chopped
  • 1 Cup Celery, chopped
  • 2 14.5 oz cans Cannellini beans 
  • 1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning 
  • 4 Cups of Vegetable Broth 
  • 3 Cups Kale 
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Creole Seasoning
  • Pepper to taste 

 

Step 1: Heat oil in a big pot over medium heat. Cook for about 10 minutes, stir occasionally. 

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Step 2: Once heated, add the onions, celery, and carrots. 

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Step 3: Add your seasoning to the sausage and vegetables. 

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Step 4: Next add the vegetable broth, and turn the heat up to medium-high. 

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Step 5: When you soup start to boil a bit add the cannelloni beans to the pot.

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Step 6: Next, add your kale to the soup. Put the lid on and let it simmer on low heat for about 5-10 minutes.

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Serve and Eat!

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I was able to make enough soup to last me a whole week for lunch at about 1 1/2 cups per serving.  

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This soup, paired with some yummy dinner rolls, would be great for the whole family on a cold, wintery night.

Kale, Smoked Sausage, & Cannellini Bean Soup

Kale, Smoked Sausage, & Cannellini Bean Soup

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Lb Smoked Sausage, cut into small pieces
  • 2 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 1 Cup Baby Carrots, chopped
  • 1 Cup Celery, chopped
  • 2 14.5 oz cans Cannellini beans
  • 1 Teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 4 Cups of Vegetable Broth
  • 3 Cups Kale
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Creole Seasoning
  • Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a big pot over medium heat. Cook for about 10 minutes, stir occasionally.
  2. Once heated, add the onions, celery, and carrots.
  3. Add your seasoning to the sausage and vegetables.
  4. Next add the vegetable broth, and turn the heat up to medium-high.
  5. When you soup start to boil a bit add the cannelloni beans to the pot.
  6. Next, add your kale to the soup. Put the lid on and let it simmer on low heat for about 5-10 minutes.
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Blue, White & Sliver Christmas

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If you haven’t noticed by now, blue is my favorite color. I tend to incorporate the color into just about anything and everything that I can. From my wedding, to my clothes, to my the walls around my home, blue is definitely my signature color.

Over the past few years, I have been on a mission to collect blue decorations to add to my stash. The shades of blue that I look for are not always easy to find. Teal is a popular color during the season along with the reds and the greens. It may be a bit crazy to some, but I just love, love, love Cobalt, Royal, and Navy blues hues. So, much so that I started a tradition years ago, when my kids were young,  to decorate a beautiful blue, white, and sliver Christmas around our home.

My Centerpiece, Vase, and Sand Art. 

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  • I made this centerpiece by putting some smaller decorations like pine cones and leaves that were sliver and blue inside big vase. I found the blue poinsettias at Michael’s Craft Store. Then, I wrapped it with the ribbon I had left from my tree stand.
  • My blue and white peppermint bottle is just blue and white sand I bought from the Dollar Tree Store. I found the bottle at Ross, and it actually has the letter B on it in gold, I just turned it around because it didn’t match the color scheme.

My Snow globe, Hurricane Vase, Snowman stand. 

Left side mantle

 

  • I found a huge, gallon-sized mason jar at a thrift store for just $2.00 buck! I decided to add some fake snow, a small tree, a little house, and a miniature Santa Claus inside to make a huge snow globe. All little props were found at the Dollar Tree Store. Then I topped it with a tree I made out of sliver garland and tree shaped foam. Both also from the Dollar Tree Store.
  • I made a cute little tulle ball to place on top of my beautiful sliver candle holder that I found at Ross Department store. 
  • I filled up a hurricane vase (Learn how to make one Here), with little ornaments and bells. Then I put a sliver pine cone on top.
  • I got the little snowmen from the Dollar Tree Store a few years back. I put a martini glass upside down onto the mantle, and placed a snowman on top. Around my mantle are decals found at Big Lots. I just stuck them on because I thought they added a nice, little touch to the fireplace area.  

Merry Christmas!

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I love this time of year! One of the best thing about the Christmas holiday season is the decorating! I truly enjoy it, and am in awe of other people’s amazing creativity and hard work.

How about you? Do you like to decorate big or small during the Christmas holidays? Do you have a theme? Share with me some of your favorite decorating ideas below in the comment section.

Christmas Decorations On A Budget + 5 DIY Wreath Ideas

Front door decor 2015My Front Door is complete!

I’ve shared how I made my awesome tree stand. Now, I wanted to share a couple of my favorite decorating ideas that I have used in the past. Inexpensive ideas that you can easily do in the comfort of you own home for little to no cost.   

Presents Props

I’ve been making Present Props for a few years now. I love that it adds a bit of fun to my front door. This decorating idea is so easy that it really doesn’t need any instructions. However, I’m just going to go ahead, and share them with you anyway.

You Will Need:

  • Boxes (As many or as little as you want, different sizes)
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Tape
  • Bows
Step 1: Wrap you boxes up like presents.

present props

Step 2: Decorate them with bows and ribbons
Step 3: Place outside your front door, or around your home.

That is it! A piece of cake, right?

Ornament Wreath

I know you have seen ornament wreaths all over the internet. I made my first one a few years back, and loved how it turned out. Just a few weeks ago, I went to retrieve my wreath from my garage, and right when I grabbed it of the it’s hook, I dropped it, and it broke. I was devastated.  Hubby seen what had happened, and joked that I had broke it on purpose so that I could have a reason to craft, and make a new one 😀 I promise you, that was not my intention. However, I am known for always trying to find an excuse or reason to create something new. Having my old wreath broken, is the perfect reason to make new and improved one.

You will need:

  • Ornament Balls
  • Foam ring
  • Hot Glue
  • Pines cones, flowers, snowflakes, or anything else you may want to add to your wreath.
  • Ribbon or Bow
Step 1: Hot glue your ornaments and other small decorations pieces onto your foam right.

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Step 2 wreath

Step 3 wreath

Step 2: Let it dry
Step 3: Hang it!

Wreath 2015

 

Still looking for some inexpensive decorating ideas for your front door?

Check out Paging Fun Mums where they have a tutorial on how to make Disney’s Frozen Wreath.

I love the Candy Cane Wreath that was made over at Learning, Creating, Living. Such a brilliant idea! 

Do you love peppermint? A tutorial for a super, cute Peppermint Candy Wreath is over at Serendipity Refined. 

Irish Italian Blessings has a simple tutorial of how she made her Sparkly, Red and Sliver Garland Wreath

Are you of fan of snowflakes? The Craft In Me has an easy way to make your door sparkle with just a few Snowflakes

You see, there are some many ways to decorate your home, and make it your own without burning a hole in your pockets. I’m all for making beautiful decorations all while saving a few dollars.

How about you? Do you have any great decorating tips on a budget? 

DIY: Present Tree Stand

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I finally got around to working on my Christmas decorations for this holiday season. This year, I wanted to make something fun to go under my Christmas tree. I usually have a blue and white tree shirt, but it’s was getting pretty raggedy, and it was falling apart at the seams. I was worried that I wouldn’t have enough time to sew up a new tree skirt, so I figured I would just plan ahead, and save that sewing project for next year. 

While I was wrapping up fake present props for my front door, I noticed that I had an extra box left to make one more present. I experiment with the box, and ended up making an awesome tree stand for my Christmas tree. Turned out to be a super cute, that matches perfectly with my front door decor. 

Present Tree Stand 

All you will need is:

  • A Box (one your tree stand can fit into)
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Tape
  • Tree Stand  
  • Hot Glue

Step 1: Find a box that will fit the size of your tree stand at the bottom, with enough room for your tree to come out at the top. The box I have is a bit tall, so I will have to accommodate later. 

Step 1 Tree Stand

Step 2: Cut the flaps off. 

Step 2 Tree Stand

Step 3: If your box is too tall, like mines, ad a couple of smaller boxes to help balance of the your tree stand. 

Step 3 tree stand

Step 4: Now, start wrapping your box up just you would presents.

Step 4 tree stand

Step 5: Cut a small hole for the top of your tree stand the come through.

Step 5 tree standStep 6: Get out your hot glue gun, and glue your ribbon around your box. Then you glue your bow onto your box. Step 6 tree stand That’s it! This project took me about 15 minutes from start to finish. 

Step 7 tree stand

I absolutely love it! 

Stay Tuned! More budget decor ideas are on the way! 

Kale Quinoa Chicken Soup

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The winter season is just around the corner. With 40 degree weather temperatures and chilly winds, you know it’s time to switch things up for the cold season. I had to bring out the winter clothes, and footed pajamas to keep everyone warm. The fall/winter weather is perfect for eating soups, stews, and other comfort foods. I just love this time of year!

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With the holidays being here, I’m pretty busy getting preparations together for birthday events, crafting parties, and holidays dinners. I’m always prepping, baking, cooking, cutting, gluing, and planning. Time is not always on my side, and I tend to let the hours go by before I stop to make myself something to eat. By then, I’m usually starving, and end up grabbing something quick like the cookies I may have baked the night before.

I can’t live off of cookies forever, right? 

Or can I? Hmmmm……..

Either way, I’m really trying to be on my best behavior when it comes to food. So, I’ve decided try my hand at a little bit of meal prepping.
This Kale, Quinoa, Chicken Soup a is colorful and savory dish. I wrote this recipe a couple of years ago with just the items I had on hand in my kitchen. This stew is what I consider to be a flavorful experiment that turned out to be much better than I anticipated. 

soup ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 4 Slices of Bacon, diced
  • 1Lb Chicken breasts or Thighs, diced into small pieces
  • 1 Cup Celery, diced
  • 1 Cup Onions, diced
  • 1 Cup Carrots, diced
  • 4 Cup Kale
  • 4 Cups Vegetable Broth
  • 3/4 Cup Quinoa, cooked (Recipe for quinoa Here)
  • 2 Teaspoon Garlic, Chopped (2 cloves)
  • 2 Tablespoons Creole Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt 
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil 
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • *1/2 Tablespoon Olive Oil, (optional)

Directions:

Start with placing your bacon into your dutch oven or a big pot. Cook on medium heat until almost done. 
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Add the onions, celery, and carrots to your pot.

Step 3 soup

Top it with 1/2  of your salt, pepper, and creole seasoning.

Sauté The vegetables and the seasoning for 5 minutes.

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Next, add the garlic to the pot. Then cook for 2 more minutes.

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Add the chicken, dried basil, and oregano to the pot.

*Add 1/2 Tablespoon of olive oil if needed.
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Cook until the chicken is no longer pink. 

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Add the vegetable broth.

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Then, you add the the bacon and vegetables. 

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Next, add the quinoa to the soup, and let it simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes.

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It’s coming together nicely 😛

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Last but not least, add the kale to the pot.

Let it sit for 5 minutes until the kale is soft. 

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Ready to feed my belly!

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This Kale, Quinoa, Chicken Soup is not only perfect on a chilly, winter day,

it’s a great addition to your meal prep menu.

This recipe makes enough soup to last you a whole week making your lunchtime, not only simple, but tasty too.

Kale Quinoa Chicken Soup

5 servings

Kale Quinoa Chicken Soup

A deliciously hearty stew perfect for the winter's cold days and nights.

Ingredients

  • 4 Slices of Bacon, diced
  • 1/2 Lb Chicken Breasts or Thighs, diced into small pieces.
  • 1 Cup Celery, diced
  • 1 Cup Onions, diced
  • 1 Cup Carrots, diced
  • 4 Cups Kale
  • 4 Cups Vegetable Broth
  • 3/4 Cup Quinoa, cooked
  • 2 Teaspoon Garlic, Chopped (2 cloves)
  • 2 Tablespoon Creole Seasoning
  • 1 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1 Teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • *1 Tablespoon Olive Oil, (Optional)

Instructions

  1. Place your bacon into you dutch oven or big pot. Cooked until almost done.
  2. Add Onions, Carrots, celery, 1/2 salt, 1/2 pepper, and 1/2 of your creole seasoning to the pot. Sauté for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add garlic. Cook for 2 more minutes. Remove from the pot, and set it aside.
  4. Add Chicken, oregano, basil, and the rest of the salt, pepper, and creole seasoning. (*Add 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil if needed.)
  5. Once the chicken is no longer pink, add the vegetable broth.
  6. Next, add the quinoa, and simmer for about 10 minutes.
  7. Add the kale, let is sit for 5 minutes. Until the kale is soft.
  8. Serve!

Notes

You can try adding your favorite vegetables.

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What’s you favorite soup or stew to eat during the cold, winter months?

Thankful Thursday: Imperfection

Today I’m thankful for Imperfection!

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Freedom to be you! To be your unapologetic, authentic self. I’m loud at times. I’m big goofball with a big heart. I procrastinate. I cuss. I sing about dinner being ready, and I do cartwheels at any given moment. I take ownership of who I am, and I don’t apologize for being me. Those who know me, love me for who I am, Those who don’t… well you know how that goes 😉 

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Freedom to make mistakes! I am nowhere near perfect. I make mistakes. I slip up, and say the wrong things. I sometimes forget to do things my husband has asked of me. I’ve overcooked a dish so bad that we ended up eating ramen for dinner lol. Making mistakes is apart of life, and when you allow yourself the freedom to make them, you have the freedom to forgive, let go, and move on. 

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Freedom to forgive yourself! Forgiving yourself is one of the most important things you can do to set your soul free. I’ve had to forgive myself when I accidentally overslept, and ended up late picking my kids. I had to forgive myself when I had a bad moment that may have resulted in having a bad attitude not meant for my family. I have to forgive myself daily, so that I can let go, and move forward with a good heart, and my soul intact. 

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Freedom to Grow! Growth is part of life. You are not going to be the same person you were a 5 years ago, or even 1 year ago. Over time you may become more aware of your emotions. You may realize that what you thought was important in your 20s is no longer important in your 30s. I have had a tremendous amount of personal growth over the last 6 years or so. I can look back at old my journal writings, and see that I was in a different place at the time. I can see where my eyes started to open up, my awareness started to kick it, and my perspective started to change. I’m still in my process of growing. Growing personally, as well as spiritually. Focusing on being a better me than I was yesterday. 

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Freedom to follow your own path. Don’t compare yourself to others. Everyone’s path, aspirations, and goals are different from your own. As women, we should empower each other. Lift each other up. We truly believe that we all could make it far if we genuinely supported each other, and loved one another. 

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Freedom to love yourself. Every inch of yourself. From your head to your toes, Love YOU! When you love yourself unconditionally, you no longer care about what others may think of you. You’re free from restrictions and limits that you would have otherwise imposed on yourself. Practicing self love is the key to living in imperfect freedom. Love yourself, and set yourself free!

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Freedom to live your life how you see fit. This is your life. You are only give one to live, so I say live if to the fullest. Laugh so hard you cry. Go on an adventure! People are going to judge anyway so you might as well live for you, and do what makes you happy! 

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So today, with all of our flaws, all of our failures, and all of our mistakes, be thankful for them all. Thankful for your experiences. Thankful for the imperfections of every individuals. It’s what makes each of us beautiful in our own way. 

The thing that is really hard, and really amazing,

is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.

-Anna Quindlen.