Ideas for a Fun and Memorable Spring Break Staycation

13
Mar
2020

Are you planning a staycation for spring break this year?

Whether you are staying home over concerns of the coronavirus, self-quarantine, school being canceled for a longer period of time, or because it’s your tradition, The Confident Mom’s 2020 Spring Break Staycation Activity Calendar has engaging boredom busters for kids and delightful activities to help you enjoy some family togetherness.

Spring break is a time for decompressing from the daily rigors of school and extracurricular activities. Travel not required! There’s plenty to enjoy right in your community or even your own backyard. The Spring Break Staycation Activity Calendar helps you enjoy your time off with creative, kid-friendly activities and yummy recipes that will stimulate their senses, revive their passions and create new ones, and nurture family bonds.

It’s Completely Free—Really!

This is a FREE downloadable….eeeekk! I love being able to share and bless as many people as possible!

And even more great news…I’ve done all the work for you, making planning your spring break staycation as stress-free as possible!

When you download the Spring Break Staycation Activity Calendar, you’ll get a one-week calendar with fun and affordable activities or recipes each day from Sunday through Saturday. Start with whatever day fits your schedule, or rearrange the days or move an activity to a different day if needed—this is meant to be fun for your family, so don’t stress if you can’t do all the activities on the day they are assigned!

Some of the activities or recipes will require supplies, so you will want to plan ahead! I’ve made this easy for you by creating a supply list—use the list to check off what you already have and make one trip to the store or order online to get the rest. Having the items on hand ahead of time for the activities or recipes you want to do will make spring break much more enjoyable for you! All the supplies are budget friendly.

It’s Okay Not to Plan Out Every Minute of the Day

The calendar is meant to be flexible and used as a guide to create positive or learning moments in a structured, enjoyable manner. Not every minute of spring break has to be filled with activities; downtime is important to rejuvenate young bodies and minds. Many people will argue that children should have times of “boredom.” It is felt that boredom can help children get in touch with their creative side, learn motivation, and improve their well-being. With this in mind, feel free to skip an activity or even a day if that’s what your family needs.

Get the Spring Break Staycation Activity Calendar Now

Are you ready to get started planning your spring break staycation? Head on over to this page to download your free copy and get started right now!

If you enjoy the Spring Break Staycation Activity Calendar, then be sure to check out my Summer Survival Calendar! Using this same concept, I’ve scoured the Internet for fun, kid-friendly, and affordable activities and recipes to fill your entire summer, all the way from May 1-August 31!

Watch for the 2020 Summer Survival Calendar coming this April!

Keep Your Immune System in Tip-Top Shape

10
Mar
2020

There’s a lot of scary headlines in the news lately when it comes to illness! It’s perfectly normal to be worried about keeping yourself and your family healthy, it’s what us moms do, right? But if I’m being honest, I’m not really all that worried. I feel confident in the steps I’ve taken to support my family’s immune systems and you can too!.

We strive to eat right, exercise, and give our bodies good quality REAL food. I am sure you already know how important those things are! But we also support our immune systems by using powerful, all-natural Thieves products in our daily lives.

Thieves is a 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil blend developed exclusvely by Young Living. It’s a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils that just also happens to smell ah-mazing! It is best known for supporting the immune system.

This essential oil blend was tested at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, in 1998, and the scientific documentation was published with the most astounding results.

Thieves is a powerful; an incredible cleaner; and an environmentally friendly all-natural product everyone in the family can use. It’s so amazing, there are several products in the Thieves line—products that support wellness, to household cleaning, to dish soap, to laundry soap—and every single one of them is in my home!

Here is the truth…friends don’t let friends live without Thieves. That’s why, my dear friend, I am sharing a little tip with you…the BEST way to begin using Thieves is to grab the Thieves Premium Starter Kit.

You may have heard me talk before about ridding my home of toxic household cleaners and personal care products. This kit contains everything you need to ditch those harmful products.

Here is a video I did sharing with you all the products that come on your Thieves Premium Starter Kit.

It includes:

Thieves 15-ml Essential Oil Blend

There are so many uses for this incredible blend! I love to diffuse this one in my home with 7 drops Thieves and 3 drops Cinnamon Bark. Oooh la la…spicy! Perfect for clearing the air of impurities while giving your immune system a boost. A bit of Orange essential oils with it is super nice too! I also like to use this to refresh my sometimes musty beachy carpets by adding a few drops to a cup of baking soda; combine and let sit overnight to absorb oil; sprinkle over carpets and vacuum.

Thieves AromaBright Toothpaste

Containing the power of Thieves essential oil blend, AromaBright Toothpaste can help promote extra clean teeth and gums. Free from fluoride, synthetic dyes, and preservatives, Thieves AromaBright toothpaste is a great choice for the whole family for minty­ fresh flavor and long-­lasting breath. With the help of natural abrasives, this top-selling toothpaste gently removes stains while polishing and brightening the appearance of teeth for a sparkling smile.

Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash

Powered by Thieves essential oil blend for incredibly clean teeth and gums. Cool, invigorating taste featuring Peppermint and Spearmint essential oils for long-lasting fresh breath. Contains naturally derived ingredients that leave your whole mouth feeling fresh!

2 – Thieves Household Cleaner

This is an amazing non-toxic, all-purpose powerhouse cleaner! This all-plant-based cleaner is safe for everyone and almost everything in your house! Use it for degreasing, windows, floors, walls, fabrics, laundry, carpets, bathrooms…the list goes on and on! I am never without Thieves Household Cleaner!

2 – Thieves Foaming Hand Soap

I LOVE having Thieves Foaming Hand Soap at EVERY sink in my home. This plant-based soap cleanses, defends, and conditions the skin with therapeutic-grade, power-packed Thieves, Lemon, and Orange essential oils. With the addition of aloe, Ginkgo biloba, and Vitamin E, it’s so gentle on the skin it can be used often without drying or stripping the skin.

2 -Thieves Spray

This is basically a “portable” version of Thieves essential oil…making it easy to take it literally everywhere with you for support and cleaning whenever you need it! Think airplanes, shopping carts, restaurant tabletops, toilet seats, steering wheels…you can even clean your toothbrush with it!

3- Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier

Did you know common hand sanitizers have triclosan in them? Triclosan can cause hormone disruption, weaken your immune system, and build up resistance to antibiotics. Thieves Waterless Hand Purifier doesn’t have any of that yuckiness!  It’s packed with the power of Thieves essential oil which helps to build the immune system. It smells amazing and doesn’t dry out your hands. AND, it kills 99.99% of germs on contact!!!

Stress Away 5-ml Essential Oil Blend

I affectionately call this my “mom crack”! Stress Away is a blend used to combat normal stresses that creep into everyday life. I LOVE to pop a roller top on this one and carry it around everywhere I go. Then I can easily bust it out and roll it on my neck or wrists at a moment’s notice. Also, it smells like a tropical vacation!

AromaGlide Roller Fitment

This is a roller top you can add to your essential oil bottles. It makes applying oils so simple—even in hard to reach places like your back!

Thieves Mints

With a minty zing plus a spicy undertone, you’ll not only freshen your breath (sugar and artificial-sweeter FREE), but also support your immune system! I know I can’t find anything like that on the shelves in the grocery store!

2- NingXia Red 2-oz. samples

If you want to give your immune system a boost, you want NingXia Red. It’s an incredible antioxidant beverage infused with Lemon, Orange, Yuzu, and Tangerine essential oils. This delicious daily supplement contains juices and extracts from superfruits such as aronia, plum, blueberry, pomegranate, and—best of all—exotic NingXia wolfberries.

Essential Oil Magazine

I love this magazine! It’s jam-packed with all kinds of essential oil goodness for your home and you! This magazine is a keeper; you will refer to the recipes and tips over and over.

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There are many more Thieves products available from Young Living, but these are the ones that come in the Premium Starter Kit. Ready to grab your kit and get started?

CLICK HERE and choose:

Thieves Premium Starter Kit
Item #: 29819

Be sure to message me when you do; I will want to plug you in to our community!!!

Get Organized in 2020

27
Dec
2019

I know you’ve all been so excited to grab your free copy of the 2020 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner. It’s ready and waiting for you to download right now!

Grab it and get organized for 2020…and don’t forget to grab the Supplement for additional organization that every busy mama needs!

Check out the 2020 Confident Mom Weekly Household Planner and Supplement NOW!

Let me share with you the highlights!!

Additional Organization Available in the Supplement!

The 2020 Weekly Household Planner Supplement includes handy fill-in forms, enabling you to add your information directly into the form.

Just type your information, save, and print! This is a wonderful feature when you are adding lengthy information or important names and numbers! All this is available for only $8:

  • Master Family Planner. Keep track of the entire family’s activities on a daily/weekly basis all in one convenient place.
  • Appointment Calendar. Organized by week, use this new addition to keep track of appointments, meetings, and other events.
  • Special Occasion Calendar/Gift Planner. You’ll always be prepared for the next birthday or special occasion.
  • Holiday Gift Planner Worksheet. Keep track of your holiday shopping list and purchases and what still needs wrapped or delivered. Never forget that well-hidden gift again!
  • Babysitter Information Form. This form makes it easy to provide your sitter with all the information he or she needs so you can relax and enjoy your time away.
  • Quick Contacts. Helps you keep important emergency contacts available for easy reference when you need them in a hurry as well as frequently used numbers.
  • Family Emergency/Medical Information Form. Record your family’s medical and insurance information on this form—it will be easy to find and share with those that need it.
  • Website/App List for Kids. An easy way your kids can list the websites they want to visit, or apps or songs they want to buy. This gives you a chance to review first and make sure the content is age appropriate!
  • Website/App List for Me. A place to record websites you want to visit or apps you want to buy during your downtime.
  • Account Keeper Sheet. Keep track of online accounts, including usernames and passwords. Never get locked out of your account again!
  • Household Maintenance Log. Record when you did routine maintenance items, such as changing your furnace filter.
  • Special Occasion Reminder Chart. To help you plan card gifting for birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions.
  • Gifts Received List. Record gifts received which also creates a log for thank-you cards you need to send.
  • Let’s Plan a Party Form. Keep track of party planning details such as guest list, menu, party favors, and activities.
  • Blessings For Your Home. Because everyone needs some daily inspiration.
  • Weekly Menu Planner/Shopping List. So you arrive at the store prepared and don’t over-purchase.
  • Track Donations. Make tax time easier when you write down all your donations on one form for the year.
  • Freezer/Pantry Inventory. Helps with meal planning and also saves you from purchasing something you already have on hand.
  • Multi-Store Shopping List. Get rid of all those little sticky notes and scraps of paper! List all your shopping list items for different stores on one organized form.
  • Monthly Bill Schedule. Never miss a payment again when you record your monthly bills and payments on this new form!
  • Bible Bookmarks. Use these monthly reading bookmarks with suggested reading each day of the month, enabling you to read the entire bible in a year.

Go grab your FREE copy now, and you can add the Supplement for only $8. Be sure to pin this page to Pinterest to pass around this FREE household planner so other moms can grab a copy!

A Joyful Start to Your Morning

8
Dec
2016

A Joyful Start to Your Morning

Now that winter is upon us, it certainly takes a bit more energy and coaxing to get out of a nice, cozy warm bed and begin our day. What helps you get your morning mood going in a positive direction? I have several must have’s for my mornings. I’ve shared my morning devotional time reading and about having a morning routine, but I have not really shared with you my secret – really yummy coffee!

Coffee.

I am quite the coffee snob for sure. You can ask any of my family members – they will tell you! I am picky about my coffee.  

There are a few things in life that matter a lot to me, and coffee is one of those things I put in my top ten. I love good, strong, dark coffee – with a little raw milk and ground cinnamon on top. It is perfection. Just for good measure, a few of the other things that matter to me in life are Jesus, my family and friends, my husband, the beach, my essential oils and supplements, worship music, and a nice glass of wine!

I love coffee so much that I am (almost) embarrassed to admit that in our house we have five coffee brewing devices. Um. Yes, we do. We are prepared for large crowds, fast brewing, and those with particular coffee desires – I mean, I can relate!

Morning Coffee

My favorite way to start my day right now is with a strong cup of espresso with some warm raw milk and a dash of ground cinnamon. Since giving up sugar in my coffee, I have been so intrigued with really tasting the marvelous flavors of different beans and the results when they are roasted.   

I had the pleasure to collaborate with Gourmesso and have been experimenting with some new coffee blends and let me say – I am in heaven! Gourmesso has convenient Nespresso compatible pods that come in 25 different varieties and they are mostly Fair Trade certified. There are many that fit my realm of strong, dark roasts, but I found two that were particularly fabulous.

Since I really enjoy a rich, deep roast, the House Blend Lungo is my go-to coffee first thing in the morning. It has a slightly nutty flavor and is full-bodied, incredibly rich and perfect with a velvety crema. It’s delightful!  

My other go-to is the Honduras Pura Forte. It consists of different roasts of 100% arabica beans. The beans are grown and harvested according to purely ecological guidelines. I love when a company really takes an interest in using sustainable farming practices that benefit the environment.

There is a benefit of enjoying the simple things in life. For me, coffee is a simple pleasure. It creates good memories, can reunite friends, creates warmth in a home, and facilitates good conversation. Finding a simple pleasure to begin your day and bring joy in the morning is very calming to your soul. These are the things that matter.

Since our move in September, I have taken inventory of what really matters and how I can find joy in the small things.  

Beach Walk in Seabrook

A walk on the beach out on a crisp cool morning is finished nicely when I return home to brew a cup of rich coffee. I love brewing coffee at home and having it taste better than what I can buy when I am out at a local coffee shop.  

Do you have a ritual or part of your morning routine that helps get your day started off in a joyful way? I’d love to hear about it.

I received complimentary coffee pods in exchange for my review and article. All opinions are my own and unbiased.

Tips for Nurturing Your Marriage

12
Feb
2015

Closeup image barefoot couple legs at the beach

As I sit down to write this article on the importance of nurturing your marriage, I realize that it is likely more for me than perhaps you.  

I feel very convicted that I have not been making my marriage a higher priority.  It is like I know the why behind the importance, but the actual actions take time and energy, which as busy moms, are often lacking in our days.   With the scare my husband had with his appendix on Monday and the rush to surgery, I was really struck with how life can change in a matter of seconds.

The reality is, finding time to honor our husbands and share intimacy is extremely important in keeping our marriage a priority.   We can easily start to feel like roommates living under one roof with one goal in mind if we do not take the time to make our spouse feel special.

I am reminded of a very key point made by author Devi Titus in her book,  “The Home Experience” when she talks about honoring your husband:

Wives often mistakenly give to their husbands what they need rather than what he needs.  The Four B’s that husbands need:

Backed  (support, uplift, and encourage)

Bedded  (offer affection and sexual intimacy)

Boarded  (provide meals and a comfortable home)

Babied  (care for him when he is sick or feeling down)”

For those husbands who might be reading, she goes on to say what wives need:

“Loved  (both in words and actions)

Lead  (through kind direction and example)

Lifted Up  (encouraged, romanced, made to feel special)

Listened to  (without trying to solve all her problems)

Don’t you agree?

For me, as a wife, is seems rather simple.  If I can cover each of these areas in a day, then I would say that is a step in the right direction.   So what could that look like, without becoming overwhelmed with adding another “item” on my to-do list, let’s come up with some simple ways to incorporate fresh perspective our on spouses and creating that special connection that comes from dating.

Backed

Pray for your husband, ask him what you can pray for him in particular that day.  Find a minute to give him encouragement and praise for an area that you especially appreciate about him.  If he is having a rough day, take the time to encourage him with your words.

Bedded

Finding time to be intimate can be tricky, especially for those of us with young children, but this just gives you more of a challenge to overcome.  I totally get it, by evening I am exhausted and I have learned it is best to give my hubby a time frame – if we are to become intimate it needs to begin before a certain time.  That may seem not very romantic, but open communication is important in a home with kids coming and going, a toddler and a husband that works out of town!

But being bedded does not always mean having to have sex, it also includes affection by hand holding, hugging, caressing and being close.  Sitting together holding hands can often be just as special.  It takes intentional actions.

Boarded

Taking the time to create a nice atmosphere for my husband to arrive home to after being gone traveling is a huge blessing to him.  It is one way I can ‘date’ him in our own home.  We don’t have to go anywhere, but when I have the house picked up, candles burning or a nice meal on the stove, he is happy.  He knows I’ve been thinking of him – especially if it is a pie baking in the oven!  Fixing his favorite foods is an easy way to show him I care and am purposeful in serving him.

Babied

This one can be tricky if you have a man who declines help – but insist anyhow.  When they’ve had a rough day or are not feeling well,  be intentional to do something that will encourage him and make him feel better.  Maybe it is a cup of tea, a cold drink, a warm cookie or even letting him crawl back into bed to get some more sleep.  You know your spouse best, so think of those things in advance; those things that you know he would appreciate and finding comforting when he is a bit under the weather or feeling down.

It can be easy to procrastinate and always put off caring for your spouse.  We have our kids calling us all day and we tend to prioritize their needs above our spouses, because they are little, but our spouses our just as important and our relationship needs to be tended to and nurtured.

Just in time for Valentine’s day – a reminder for all year though!