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You Should Be Proud When…

As a parent, one of the proudest moments is to see the accomplishments of your children. Many times, as moms we forget about ourselves and put the family first. Its a great feeling when those sacrifices were so worth it!

School ends in 4 days and my sons would have officially finished 4th and 6th grade! I’m so proud of them! This year has had its ups and downs, but we made it through!

This school year (2016-17) was the first year I made a leap of faith to have my sons attend virtual school from home. We found a great school with a great cirriculum and pushed through! 

It was by far a walk in the park. You know how your children are different in school and come home being themselves right? Well when the kiddos go to school at home, they have no choice, but to be who they are. With this, I’ve learned Jordan is a class clown and play with his pencils when he’s bored. Jt is the perfectionist and is down when he doesn’t get 100% on all his assignments.

Many parents know these traits of their children based on speaking with teachers and students. However, when you are the Learning Coach, when the teacher is there occasionally life is different. You see most of your child’s strengths and weaknesses unfold right in front of you. 

After presevering through this school year, we made the decision to stay in the virtual world for the upcoming year 2017-18 with their current school. 

So here’s what Im proud of….

1. We went Vegan and have done our best to stay meat free 98% of the time. Dairy free 80% of the time. Cheese has been the hardest to let go!

2. Jordan no longer eats candy after learning that his favorites are GMOs.

3. Meditation and Yoga has been a big part of our lives. 

4. I’ve lost weight during the school year and now on a mission to lose even more all summer long! 

5. The boys will remain Gifted and Talented students next school year! 

I have a lot to be proud and thankful for. 

How did your children make you proud this school year? How did you persevere when you made a needed sacrifice for your kids?

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3 Reasons Why My Twelve Year Old Son Became Vegan & No Longer Eats Candy

One thing I love about being a parent is that I can watch my children grow into their personalities and support their decisions. This includes setting standards for what they want out of life. When I was a child, I loved candy. As an adult, I still eat it from time to time. I grew up being rewarded for eating candy. My 12 year old son, Jordan feels totally different about this and I’m a proud Mama to see his growth and wise choices.

Since Jordan was a toddler, I’ve always monitored how much candy him and his brother’s can eat. People used to think I was crazy, because my boys would only eat candy on Fridays. Now he’s old enough to make his own decisions on this matter. Jordan still enjoys baked treats occasionally,  but no longer eats candy. After sitting down chatting with him about this decision, these are the main three reasons why my son stopped eating candy.

#1 Many Candies are GMOs

#2 Eating Candy is Unhealthy & Causes Excessive Mucus

 #3 Controls Your Mood & Highly Addictive

After Jordan read the label on a pack of peanut M&Ms, he were surprised to see the packaging that was labeled, ” partially produced with genetic engineering.” From that moment, along with our lifestyle changes, Jordan vow to not eat candy again. Its been 4 months since he made this decision. 

Jordan is Vegan, because of…

“Health benefits, easier to stay physically active, influence of my mom, I love animals and nature, animals are innocent, I don’t like cheese and we don’t drink dairy milk so this part was easy. We can be creative in the kitchen, Vegan meals are feeling and taste great.”

Supporting your child’s decisions to be Vegetarian or Vegan can really help improve their self esteem. Live a healthier lifestyle and be a great role model in health for your children.

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I Struggled Horribly!

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Many of us were raised to live our lives a particular way. You know, work a job that keeps you “just over broke” for 40+ hours a week, for 40 years and left to retire with only 40% of all the money we’ve earned within this time. I knew from the time I stepped into the job market at 15 that there had to be another way. Seven years later, I became a mother still in the rat race off and on juggling an infant and the poor job market that wasn’t paying much money to someone with a high school Diploma.Three years after living this horror of exchanging my time for money  and part time jobs making the bare minimum, I was pregnant with my second child. I never fit the job market of kiss ass or you’ll be fired. I’ll rather be fired, because this wasn’t my personality. I could never give my power away to someone or a company that didn’t give a flip about me. When my youngest son was about 6 months old, that’s when I became a single parent. I was like many other women who experienced this adversary with no plan B. I just made 24 years old when we decided to part ways which was a very challenging time. Let’s just everything happens for a reason :).

The “struggling single mom” was my middle name. I was either an underpaid full time employee going to college part time or I was unemployed looking for more work while receiving government benefits. I didn’t receive child support and had a very limited support system. I was dealing with horrible daycares that demanded money, but didn’t guarantee the safety of my children. It was definitely some hard times.

After going through this up and down roller coaster, I made one of the biggest sacrifices in my life. I dropped out of college to pursue one of my passions. I was tired of waiting 2 weeks for lousy paychecks. I was tired of not doing what I enjoyed. So I committed to going to beauty school. I became a licensed Cosmetologist. This is one of the best situations that happened to me, because I learned how to hustle for the first time in my life! All I knew was how to make money from a company paying me. I learned how to write my own paycheck.

2 years into my beauty career, I learned how to stop exchanging so much of my time for money. I later learned how to leverage the benefits of wellness products which has helped me to create more than one source of income. Have you ever thought, what do I want out of life? How can I spend more time with my children? How can I get my time back? How can I be happy? If you can say that you’ve asked yourself any of these questions, I’m telling you there is a way. This way isn’t a walk in the park. It takes hard work, commitment and accurate steps towards reaching your goals. It’s about following one task until you’ve reached success.

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These 2 Oils Should Live In Your Kitchen ALWAYS

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There are many cooking oils on the market. Being a natural Queen, I prefer to grab the best oils which promotes the lifestyle my family have chose to live. I remember growing up watching my family cook with grease (yuck!), vegetable oil, canola oil, soybean oil (which is flooding the grocery stores) and corn oil. I’m so thankful that we’ve been informed on healthier ways to enjoy food without these deadly choices. So here are the 2 oils that should live in your kitchen ALWAYS.

Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed Oil is the first oil I want to share with you. This oil is high in Omega 6 fatty acids and can be cooked up to 500 degrees. Vitamin E is a huge benefit that’s naturally a part of this oil. Vitamin E helps speed up the healing process, increase skin’s elasticity and takes away hyperpigmentation on the the skin. Grapeseed Oil also boosts the immune system and may prevent high blood pressure.

Avocado Oil

Many of us know avocados to be a super fruit and it contains the good fat! It’s even better when we know the oils that are packed in it’s enormous seed are full of everything the body needs. Avocado Oil protects your heart while fighting inflammation. Like Grapeseedl Oil, it can be used for your frying and saute’ needs. This oil can be cooked at 500 degree temperatures! If you haven’t given this oil a try, now is the time!

Having one or both of these oils in your kitchen can help improve your health overtime. Have you tried these oils? What do you think about them?

 

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Recipe Wednesdays: Italian Veggie (Italian Beef Alternative)

It’s Recipe Wednesday and I’m excited to send this your way! This week’s meal is the Italian Veggie! Italian Veggies are simple, filling and packed with flavor!

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Ingredients

  • 10-12 ounces of Baby Portobello or Portobello Mushrooms
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper
  • 3/4 cup of yellow or white onions
  • 1 pack of McCormick Au Jus sauce
  • 3/4 cup of giardeneira pepper juice (oil free is preferred/add jarred peppers if you like)
  • Submarine rolls (preferably fresh baked)
  • 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning
  • Shredded mozarella cheese (optional)

Chop all vegetables. Prepare Au Jus sauce according to instructions. Once Au Jus is boiling and ready to be served, add all vegetables in the same pot. Add giardeneira peppers and juice. Add Italian seasoning. Stir all ingredients together and occasionally. Allow vegetables to cook in Au Jus for 8 minutes or to your desired texture. Add Au Jus sauce to your sandwich or on the side for dipping. Add shredded mozzarella cheese.

3-4 servings

I love this recipe! It’s not too heavy on the stomach, extremely tasty and is an easy family meal. Hope you enjoy! If you try this, let me know how it turned out for you! Until next time!

 

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Have A Cold? Try This!

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Are you or anyone you knowing dealing with a stubborn cold? Try this! I was speaking with my neighbor when I had this stubborn cold! I was out for a couple of days and it wouldn’t get better for nothing. It was day 5 on the cold.

She began telling me about her daughter who couldn’t get rid of a stubborn cough for about close to two months. My neighbor said she took her daughter to the doctor several times for this cough. They would only prescribe her daughter an antibiotic for the cough. She was getting fed up and came across this article on Facebook that had some amazing information. It said mix a teaspoon of organic honey with cinnamon and take it twice daily for 3 days the cold should be gone. So she gave this try. After 3 days, her daughter’s cough was gone! If you’ve visited this site before, you can probably tell that I love love love organic and natural ways to heal the body!

I had the ingredients at home, but wanted to do a little online research to learn about how these two work together. I’ve never heard of it before and I was curious before I tried it. I came across a few sites (just good honey and cinnamon home remedy) and I found out how organic honey has an anti bacterial, anti-fungal and how it helps prevent different illnesses. I love honey and buy it organic and raw all the time! I didn’t know it had so many health benefits! From what I found out about cinnamon, it’s a prevention aid. It helps with so much in the body!

So after being ecstatic about these two natural ingredients I always keep in my kitchen, it was time to put it to test. For the first day, I mixed the cinnamon with a teaspoon of raw organic honey. This taste extremely sweet and was very thick. So the next couple of days, I just made tea. I used the same amount of honey, cinnamon, and added fresh lemon slices. In 3 days, my cough and sneeze were gone. My runny nose stopped and I was feeling like myself again. Jt was coming down with a cold as well and I used the same strategy that stopped his cold in it’s tracks.

If you have toddlers, older children or even if you have a cold, it just make for your family as well :-).

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