Monday, March 22, 2010

55 Ways to be Healthier and Happier Now

1. Do something nice for someone.
2. Affirm that you are a wonderful, beautiful person.
3. Breathe in the invigorating scent of natural peppermint oil.
4. Brush and floss your teeth.
5. Chew your food well.
6. Choose comfortable shoes over heels that throw off your spinal alignment. Men: choose comfortable shoes over tight, blister-causing shoes.
7. Clean out that clutter that’s been sapping your energy.
8. Clean your home with baking soda and vinegar instead of harmful commercial cleaners.
9. Cry when you feel like crying.
10. Add sprouts to a sandwich or wrap
11. Drink a fresh vegetable juice.
12. Drink a large glass of water with fresh lemon squeezed into it.
13. Drink a smoothie made from almond milk, unsweetened green powder, and berries.
14. Eat a large green salad (without the chemical-, sugar-, and bad-fat-laden bottled dressing)
15. Eat an apple.
16. Eat dinner at the dinner table instead of in front of the TV or on the go.
17. Eat fresh or frozen berries (allow them to thaw first!) instead of sugary dessert.
18. Enjoy some sunlight.
19. Forgive yourself.
20. Get more sleep.
21. Get some fresh air.
22. Give a friend or family member a hug.
23. Give someone a sincere compliment.
24. Give yourself a facial with some natural products.
25. Give yourself flowers.
26. Go for a massage.
27. Go for a walk.
28. Have a family game night.
29. Have a hot bath with baking soda or Epsom salts.
30. Laugh.
31. Listen to some beautiful music that makes your soul sing.
32. Make half your next meal raw fruits and vegetables.
33. Pass along good news.
34. Plant a tree.
35. Prepare and enjoy a light, detoxifying dinner.
36. Reach for a natural remedy instead of a pharmaceutical drug (but don’t discontinue any medications that a doctor has prescribed for you).
37. Read a good book.
38. Reconnect with someone you care about but haven’t made time for.
39. Say “no” to a demand on your time that you really aren’t interested in anyway.
40. Skin brush with a dry natural bristled brush before showering to boost circulation and lymphatic drainage.
41. Smile.
42. Snack on some almonds.
43. Soak your feet in a foot bath.
44. Stop and literally smell the flowers.
45. Stretch your body.
46. Take a few deep breaths.
47. Take a good quality multivitamin and mineral.
48. Take a nap.
49. Tell someone you love that you love them.
50. Throw out your non-stick cookware and choose cast iron and enameled cast iron instead (keep the new earth- and health-friendly non-stick cookware like Earth Chef and Paderno Pots for Eternity)
51. Use fresh herbs instead of salt to add flavor to your food.
52. Watch a funny or feel-good movie.
53. Wear a natural piece of clothing that allows your skin to breathe.
54. Write down 10 things you love about yourself.
55. Write down 10 things you’re grateful for.

Finally A New Post

Hello All!

Sorry it's been so long since I've been able to post. We haven't had internet at the house for almost a month now because our wireless router messed up. Anywho, I have a lot of great pictures of Stratton and some exciting news! Enjoy!

Stratton loves spaghetti o's. He especially loves squishing in between his fingers and making "art" with them on his tray.

The aftermath was terrible. We had spaghetti o's ALL over the place. I think he does it on purpose so he can go take a bath.

Stratton's new favorite past time now is coloring. He's always coloring and if you take his pen away he gets SO mad. These pictures are from one night when we went to eat at Bill and Mona's house.  Mona got him dry erase crayons. They could mark on anything and just be rubbed off. It was pretty cool until Stratton figured out they could mark on anything. 

This is Bill and Mona's dog Benji. They call him the "Giant Shitzu!" He's such a sweety.

This is where is started to get fun. He found out he could color on the floor. 

His inner business man was coming out. He kept walking around the house and talking on his "phone," he was so stinkin cute. We were all in tears we were laughing so hard.

Since the weather has been so much better we have been able to go outside more often. Stratton is loving being outside all the time.  The only bad part is leaving because he throws a HUGE fit. We took these pictures out at Cape County Park.

This little girl was so cute. She had little piggy tails that stood straight up...I want a girl next.
Leaving that day was SO hard. He was having so much fun on the slides. We bribed him with food so we could finally leave.

 A few weekends ago we got to go to St Louis for my sister-in-law Stephanie's baby shower. It was so nice to see everyone there. Brenda even got to come down from Chicago for it. Stratton played hard the entire time we were there. After we left we went to the mall and went shopping and then made our way home around 5 or so. Mind you, Stratton had not had a nap this entire time. Once we got him in the car after the mall this is what happened.
We should be getting a little Payne Fenway here in the next 4-6 weeks hopefully. Steph is measuring around 4 weeks early so we are definitely going to have a "John Wall" baby (for those of you who don't know who John Wall is he is a Kentucky Wild Cats player that is 6'4" and weighs 195lbs. We are very excited about this little guy getting here so we can finally meet him.  

Ashley my other sister-in-law is also pregnant right now and just found out they are having a little girl!!! Her name is going to be Cobie and we can't wait to meet her either. Cobie should be arriving in September and we sure can wait to meet her either.

Thirdly Mattie, my other sister-in-law is pregnant also. Yes all of my sister-in-laws are pregnant but me! Thank God! (for now) She is due sometime in November.

Good luck to all three of you. We love you all and hope that each and every one of you has a happy healthy pregnancy, labor, deliver, and baby.