11/20/17

Kindergarten: Busses, Bullies, F-Bombs and Bad Girls




You all, I’m sorry it’s taking me so long to talk about kindergarten. I’m especially sorry to those of you who’ve been with me since the beginning and have children who started kindergarten, too. I’m your fearless leader... I’m the one who talks about the crazy...

 But I can't. 

Why?

Kindergarten is fu*king crazy sh!t.

There is so much to say, but it’s so hard because both Ollie and I are having such a hard time processing and adapting to this new world of public school and kindergarten, and all the insane influences that go along with it. The transition has been, well, horrible. I've wanted to yank him out of Public School and put him back at the private school he attended for Pre-school and Pre-k. He's just a night and day child between the two schools.

My perfect little child, who NEVER had an issue with pre-school or Pre-K, since Kindergarten has started:



  • Every week he has a note on his calendar about his crap behavior. His teacher sends home a calendar in his folder every night. If he's been good, he gets a little sticker. If he's been a shit, there's a note. 
  • He dropped the F-bomb on the playground with three other boys and a girl. Apparently, it was f-bomb explosion. 
  • He told the music teacher she looks like a scary witch.
  • He got bullied on the bus by a 4th-grade girl-- The told him he was stupid and everyone hated him.
  • He went from being the "By far brightest child in the class" to "Average kindergartener" according to his new teacher.


Honestly, the list goes on.

Which brings me to one of my biggest inner-mother-struggles to date, finding the balance between breaking my five-year-old child's spirit and teaching him to not be an asshole at school.

He's getting in trouble for not sitting still, laughing loud, "not listening to directions the first time"  being disruptive in line. But it’s not for horrible things, minus the F-bomb on the playground. How hard-core should I be about the punishment?  How long do I take away tech time? If the poor kid has a week-long punishment, he'd never have anything because he gets in trouble once a week. 

Then there's the part about me swearing up and down I would never be one of those mother's that thinks the teacher is too hard on my child, or question her rules and reactions. I know my child is not perfect. I know sometimes he has a hard time following directions the first time, sitting still and keeping his mouth shut. Truth be told, I'm in my thirties and still struggle with all of that!  But in no way shape or form is he a "bad kid." I don't care how many notes home he get on his calendar!

Sometimes, I let it all get to me. What I've learned so far is to count the good days against the bad days. Understand that we all have bad days, and to treat each incident separately. My son is a great kid, he's just having a horrible time settling into Kindergarten at this new school.

I'll write more, I promise. It's just shitty because all I want to write is FUCK THAT SCHOOL. FUCK KINDERGARTEN And FUCK MILITANT STYLE TEACHING!

So, until I can talk about kindergarten without shouting and dropping my own F-Bombs, it's probably best that I wait a little longer so the dust can settle.


11/19/17

12 Tasty Tweaks For Thanksgiving Favorites




 BRING ON THE TURKEY!


I love love love Thanksgiving. It's one of the only, if not only, holidays that keeps the focus on family, friends, giving and thankfulness. I look forward to the glorious day every year. My family is relatively small, so we plan to spend the day together. We cook as a family, we fight as a family, we drink as a family, we play football as a family. It's absolutely brilliant. Dysfunction and all! 

In honor of celebrating my favorite meal of the entire year, I've been looking everywhere for fun twists on Thanksgiving Day Favorites. Here at 12 that might make it on my table this year! 



Rosemary Bread Cornucopia from Lilly Shop
I LOVE THIS!


Send those snack-y guests packing with a breadstick and bowl of Roasted Sweet Potato Soup from Simply Recipes. TIP: Prepare the night before!




I'm trying these potatoes this year. 
Leave it to me to find a way to get Goat Cheese on the table.
Lawd I love that creamy goodness!


Don't forget the Kiddie Crowd Pleaser, Carrots!  
This recipe for Honey Glazed Baby Carrots from Damn Delicious is spot on!



I make Honey Glazed Baby Carrots Every Year. Actually, multiple times a year. So easy and so good.

Fresh Healthy Green Bean Casserole from Gimme Some Oven, is definitely worth checking out.




Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts With Bacon 
This is my go-to recipe. LOVE IT

Two Words, 


I LOVE this idea!
You can use any stuffing recipe you want, just bake into muffin tins.
Everyone will get crispy stuffing,


Just the two of you? Try this Cranberry Hazelnut Turkey Wellington 


Of course, it can be done... Crockpot Turkey. Never had it, but Practical Stewardship says it's the way to go!



Because. Bacon.
Bacon Wrapped Turkey is easier than it looks.





I LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe!
My Brother-in-Law made it a few years ago and I have begged for it at every holiday since.
 OH. SO. GOOD.


Make Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes the day before, then douse in whip cream and serve with coffee after dinner!


I'm making these!


Are you a traditional turkey and sides kind of person, or do you like things to have a wild twist too?

For more Tasty Thanksgiving Turkeys, sides and tasty treats, check out my super stuffed Thanksgiving Pinterest Board.

11/17/17

These Childhood Development Facts Will Blow Your Mind




1. If babies’ bodies grew at the same rapid pace as their brains, they would weigh 170 pounds by one month of age.

2. 60% of all the energy a baby expends is concentrated in the brain.

3. The birth-to-three period is the fastest rate of brain development across the entire human life span.

4. Babies whose parents frequently talk to them know 300 more words by age 2 than babies whose parents rarely speak to them.

5. By age 1, a child typically understands about 70 words, but can only speak only a handful of them. At about 18 months, your toddler's spoken vocabulary starts to explode, adding new words at the astonishing rate of one every two waking hours.

6. When your toddler announces, "Mine!" while clinging to his truck in a playgroup, it's not so much a selfish refusal to share as it is a cognitive achievement. The declaration of "mine" is his way of saying he understands that you — and the other children — are separate from him.

7. Music boosts learning. Singing, listening to, and playing music improves spatial orientation and mathematical thinking.

8.  A baby has 300 separate bones at birth but by adulthood only 206. Why?
Because some bones, like the skull, fuse together later.


9 Until the age of six or seven months, a child can breathe and swallow at the same time. -

 75% of adults reading this will try to do it!

10. The average 4-year-old asks 437 questions a day!  (No big surprise there!)


Sources:

Tips To Get Festive For The Holidays, Today!


I just can't get my head around the fact next week, the month-long Holiday adventure of December kicks off!
HOW?
Wasn't it just, August?
I am so not ready!
If, like me, you are freaking out and need to get your festive-on and fast, below are a few fun ways to get festive for the holidays!

Make something sentimental that will last 
If you’re hoping to do something a little different this year – or expand your outdoor Christmas decoration box, then why not consider some festive signage? Custom metal signs made for home decor are ideal in this scenario, a large red sign that reads – Santa, We've been so good! You can choose anything you want. Unless you're my husband, then, NO! You can't write THAT on a sign! – is a cute and quirky way to bring in the festive cheer – that you can bring out year after year.

Be Unconventional
There's always the hottest Christmas trend of 2018, the pineapple Christmas tree! (I swear I'm not kidding!)


Buy out the dollar store
Go to the Dollar Tree after work. Buy a bunch of holiday decorations. Go home, put them in the middle if the floor and fire uo the leaf blower. #GoodTimes

Create something classic
Remember when we were kids and most decorations were made of foil and stretched from one end of the room to the other? Nowadays it seems to be all flashing lights and stylish, designer trees that no one is allowed to touch! Well, why not bring back a classic Christmas feel – and create some pretty homemade decorations?
A wonderful activity you can do with the kids to make it extra special, something like a simple paper chain made of brightly colored card, throw on some glitter and you’re good to go. These can go anywhere too – so if your tree is looking a little sparse or you want to decorate a doorframe or mirror, coat the house with homemade crafts!  
And as the kids get older, when the decorations appear again it’s an extra special touch for you and your family to look back on and smile.


The Christmas Table
Usually, on the big day, we can’t see the table, thanks to the mountains of food, paper hats and Christmas cracker debris scattered everywhere. But before the magical day arrives there’s nothing to stop you decorating the table and letting everyone know that Christmas is just one less sleep away. Find a tablecloth that’s festive or one with a bright color that will only come out at this time of year.
And don’t forget your placements and coasters too. Not only will they look beautiful and festive, but they’ll also protect your table from the inevitable gravy drips and wine drops!


Fairy lights
Who said that twinkly lights were only for the tree? LED lights can be purchased in various lengths and sizes of bulbs, so if you’re looking for something delicate to drape over a mirror, or attach to a garland you have on your mantlepiece, fairy lights are a really special addition to any room and give it a festive feel. You don’t even have to take them down when Christmas is over!

11/16/17

Do This To Make Holiday Shopping Fun Again


The only thing better than finding the perfect gift for someone is finding it on clearance. Nothing beat finding a bargain. Imagine being able to buy everyone on your list the perfect gift at a bargain price? Oh, and get some cash back in the process...

Below are 10 tips to make that possible. Seriously. It takes a little extra work up front, but in the end, you'll actually save time. Keep reading...




1. DealsNews- All day, every day, a team of deal-finding pros monitor the interwebs for the best deals. Then, post them on deals news. The website is super easy to navigate, so always check it out before buying a big-ticket item. You will save heaps. Also, if you need ideas for great gifts at a bargain price, surf around.  

2. Amazon-Wait, before you skip this thinking you already know about Amazon, there are two new things to consider. Now that Amazon owns Whole Foods, the coupons and deals in the Amazon Pantry are worth checking out for holiday meals and food gifts alone. Plus, two days ago, a coupon for 20% off fresh turkeys at Whole Food. #YesPleases.  If you find a great deal or new product, check it out on Amazon for not only price but reviews, photos, and comparable items. Amazon sells everything, and everything has a review. 


3. Groupon.--I love Groupon for three reasons:
  • Local buys and gifts. I've bought a Groupon for a restaurant while sitting there eating. Such a great way to eat out during the holidays and only pay half price. 
  • Sometimes you can score a great deal on high-end items- or $10 Starbucks or Shell Gas card for $5. 
  • Great for coming up with gift ideas.  Groupon has everything.  A third of the products I didn't even know existed! I still price shop and read reviews for the products I'm thinking of buying on Amazon. The too good to be true stuff is often just that.

4. Etsy--I LOVE Etsy! Buying from Etsy makes for a  BEAUTIFUL buy. Not only can you find custom made insanely cool shit, you support small shops and individuals with your purchase. Check it out, there's something for everyone, at every price point.

5. Perpetual kid--Talk about crazy fun off the wall gifts!   This is like a jack of all things store for the entire family.  They even have a  "smelly" gifts page.  Think: Fart Spray; White Castle Candle and Jane Austen car air freshener on the SAME page. Those of you who said your husband is like FTD, go here for super fun gift ideas. You get a free finger monster with orders over $10. That just shows you how cool this site is. 


6. Gift Card Granny--NEVER pay full price for gift cards. Never. Ever. This is a totally legit website. Gift Card Granny has been featured on every news and daytime talk show. Buy card for stored you visit frequently to save a bundle on the annual family budget

7. Ebates. I am constantly telling my friends, family and this community to sign up for Ebates and download the browser app. I just got a check for $68 for shopping online over the last three months. All I did was download the browser plug-in, here. Every time I go to a website to shop, Ebates pops up telling me how much cash back I get shopping on the site and coupons available. Then, at checkouts, the plug-in automatically applies the best coupon. It's mental. DO THIS!!!  Seriously. RIGHT FRIGGIN" NOW!!!!!  It works. I'm AM NOT being paid to say this. I love Ebates on my own. 

8. Always try to price match. Big box Stores like Target, Walmart, Home Depot and many others will price match. All you have to do is pull up a lower price on a website the store matches (Usually competitors and Amazon) and the cashier will match it. I haven't paid full price for LEGO at Target in a long time!

9. Shop Local. Visit Local art fairs, markets and small shops and chances are you'll find yourself standing in a great gift gold mine! Your purchase will support the community and add a sense of pride to your gift. 

10. Screw buying stuff and pack up the family for an experience Holiday!  Why spend hundreds on shit no one needs and be house poor thanks to breaking the budget on gifts? Take your usual holiday budget and see how far and for how long it will get your family out from under the tree and living life! We only do Experience birthdays now. WAY more fun! 

If you can't follow #10, then for sure follow #1 (DealsNews) and #7 (Ebates) because the chances of you saving a bunch and getting some cash back (Real cash in your bank or PayPal!) is better than good, the chances are outstanding! 

Good luck out there. Holiday shopping can be a bitch, but, hopefully, these tips will help you enjoy shopping thanks to the deals and cashback you're going to get!

Do you have any super saver holiday tips?



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11/15/17

7 Thanksgiving Ground Rules For The Dysfunctional Family.





All right y’all, it’s coming. The annual trip to Dysfunction Junction. Thanksgiving.



For some of us, it's the one day of the year when the entire family comes together, to remind each other why you only get together once a year. I like to call it the annual trip to Dysfunction Junction. (It's ok, my family agrees. They won't be mad I said that. Except, maybe my mom. Sorry mom.)

For some of you, I bet you can’t wait. Most likely, you have a happy little family. Everybody gets along. All smiles. You probably don’t even have to have liquor at your Thanksgiving to make it through. Good for you. All of you. This post is not for you.

For those of us with crazy-ass family members, here are a few ground rules you may want to send out before the hoedown. 


1. Don't make it about drama. Make it about the kids. First and foremost, this is about the children. This is the one day of the year they get to see their family, play with the cousins, have their cheeks squeezed by their aunts. 

2. No pre-drinking allowed. Everybody has to show up to this godforsaken event stone cold sober. No Headstart allowed.

3. Don't be late. Your family has been starving all day, don't be the asshole who keeps them waiting to eat. (Matthew. I'm talking to YOU!)  If you are late, you are an asshole. And should have to wear an asshole hat the entire day. Including all photos. see below. Hint people who are still just bored flex and cannot be on time lied to them and tell them you’re eating an hour earlier than you really are.  

                                              
4. The cleaner, the better. Don't come over looking to make a mess. The happiest Thanksgiving‘s are the ones where you throw the shit away at the end, not spend hours cleaning and polishing china and silver. No one should have to go all out unless they want to. The hostess should be allowed to line everything in aluminum foil or parchment paper, and use plastic plates and flatware if they want. Leave your pretensions at the door.

5. Thanksgiving should not be stressful, for anyone. If cooking Thanksgiving dinner creates too much chaos, make everyone chip in and order a premade meal. Check your local grocery and see what they offer or google Premade Thanksgiving meals in your area.

6. All Are Welcome. Thanksgiving is the one day where color, religion and all other dividing bullshit should be set aside. This is the day we break bread together and be thankful for our blessings. Set aside your differences and get along with your brothers and sisters. All of them. Life is too short to keep shitting on each other. 

7. NO DRINKING AND DRIVING! Uber, Lyft, and yellow cab are happy to get you home. In the morning, you can have your car back.  

If all else fails, do what I do, grab a bottle of wine, and sit in the corner playing a game of Thanksgiving Bingo with yourself and the bottle of wine. 



11/14/17

The One Thing ALL New Mothers Should Have



Having a baby is the most exciting and exhilarating time in a woman's life. Sadly, for some, this exciting time is quickly overshadowed by "baby blues" and postpartum depression.

According to The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), an estimated 9-16% of postpartum women will experience postpartum depression. That may sound like a small number, but when you factor in that UNICEF estimates 130 million babies are born around the world each year, well over a million new mothers are suffering from PPD, each year.  


I was one of those new mothers. I know the pain, fear, confusion, sadness, feelings of worthlessness, the darkness. I felt like such a horrible person for feeling the way did after being given such a perfect blessing. My son was beautiful, healthy, thriving. I was miserable, hopeless and fat. I spent three months in the darkness before confiding in a close friend about my shitty attitude. 

I waited three months too long. My dear friend gave me the love and encouragement I needed to face PPD head-on. She helped me understand it wasn't my fault. She showed emailed me great articles on PPD, things to look out for, and recommended psychiatrist in my area. 

She saved my life, and as scary as this is for me to say, possibly my son's, too. 


My first moments of relief from PPD came when I realized it wasn't my fault that I had PPD.  With the help of my friend and an awesome therapist, I realized I wasn't alone, a bad mother or permanently stuck in a painful darkness.

If only I would have opened up sooner.

Please, if this is resonating with you, don't wait any longer to talk to someone. Postpartum depression is real and not your fault. You did NOTHING to cause it. But the longer you wait to get help can be detrimental to both you and your newborn.
FACT: The AAP says the following are ways both mother and baby suffer: 
For mothers, PPD can: 

  Affect ability to function in everyday life and increase risk for anxiety, cognitive impairment, guilt, self blame, and fear;  Lead to difficulty in providing developmentally appropriate care to infants; Lead to a loss of pleasure or interest in life, sleep disturbance, feelings of irritability or anxiety, withdrawal from family and friends, crying, and thoughts of hurting oneself or one’s child; Be particularly problematic because of the social role adjustments expected of new mothers, which include immediate and constant infant care, redefining spousal and familial relationships, and work role. 
           Children of mothers with PPD can:
  Become withdrawn, irritable, or inconsolable;  Display insecure attachment and behavioral problems;  Experience problems in cognitive, social, and emotional development;  Have a higher risk of anxiety disorders and major depression in childhood and     adolescence. 
Fathers can also be depressed in the postpartum period, especially if the mother is depressed or if the father is not satisfied with the marital relationship or with life after the birth of the child.
According to the Mayo Clinic: 

No one should suffer from depression alone. 





Becoming a new mother is scary business. Having someone call to check on you, not the baby, but YOU, goes a long way to a new mother. I know, it meant the world to me. That's why if I could give one thing to every mother, it would be a Postpartum Buddy. What's a PPD buddy, you ask? A postpartum buddy is someone who is designated and educated before birth to monitor the new mommy for PPD.  

The PPD BUDDY guidelines:

1. A postpartum buddy (PB) should not be a partner/spouse. Becoming new parents is tough; both are dealing with a lot. Plus, Men can get PPD, too! What good are two depressed parents? And, no offense guys, but in my experience, men aren't always so great at understanding depression; they kind of just chalk it all up to bitchiness.

2. The postpartum buddy should be someone the new mother trusts and can be fearlessly open with. 

3. Prior to delivery, all fears about PPD should be discussed with the PPD Buddy, and an action plan created. The action plan should include what to do in the case of PPD, and include the doctor's office number and address, so the PPD Buddy can not only make the appointment if need be, but also drive.

4. The PPD Buddy understands this is a serious job. She needs to call/visit  momma regularly and ask important questions. PPD Buddies HAVE TO stick to the new mother like white on rice until all concerns about PPD are gone. 

5. MOST IMPORTANT!!! The Postpartum Buddy gets mama out of the house regularly the first few weeks; even if it's just once a week to help her renew, take a break and breathe. This is also a chance for the PPD Buddy to assess the new mommy without the distractions of a newborn. Make this time light, easy and as fun as possible. TIP: New mother's don't get to eat their food hot very often, so lunch might be a great option. 

My hope for the Postpartum Buddy idea is that it will save at least one mother and her baby from suffering. If the line of communication is open before PPD begins, then hopefully the new mother will understand that having PPD is not her fault and that with a little help, this too shall pass. 


Please, if you know a new mother, call her and be her Postpartum Buddy. 






11/13/17

Pineapple Christmas Trees Just Broke Pinterest




I was blown away this morning when the news built up a segment about Pinterest reporting the biggest trend for Christmas trees this year, only to find out it's, a pineapple. Yes, a decorated pineapple. According to Pinterest, searches for Pineapple Christmas trees, is the hottest thing right now.

Ok. I can get behind that. 


While I love the smell of a real Fir Christmas tree, I’m still vacuuming up pine needles from last year. I’m all for a tree that doesn’t shed. But before I get behind the trend and trim a pineapple, I have to know, why the pineapple? 



After a little research, I found that while the Pineapple has no direct Christmas distinction, since the late seventeenth century, the Pineapple has been a sign of hospitality
The sea captains of New England traded among the Caribbean Islands, returning to the colonies bearing their heavy cargoes of spices, rum, and a selection of fruits, which sometimes included pineapples.  According to the legend, the captain would drop anchor in the harbor and see to his cargo and crew. Once his work was done, he would head home, stopping outside his house to spear a pineapple on a fence post. This would let his friends know of his safe return from sea. The pineapple was an invitation for them to visit, share his food and drink, and listen to tales of his voyage.
As the tradition and legend of the pineapple grew, colonial innkeepers added the pineapple to their signs and advertisements, and bedposts carved in the shape of a pineapple were a common sight at inns across the colonies.  (Read the entire article here.) 
Without further ado, the biggest Christmas tree trend of 2017, The Pineapple Christmas Tree:


This is what I imagined when I heard of a decorated Pineapple.




It turns out, this is what the news meant by, Pineapple Christmas tree.

That being said, I would much rather have this Pineapple Christmas Tree. The gift that keeps on giving...




Back to the hottest tree trend of 2017...












I suppose it's kind of cute...







I wonder if I could spraypaint a Christmas tree stencil on a Pineapple? That would kick things up a notch.


Or, just go for it with a bunch of yellow garland and bamboo poles to create the tree tee-pee shape. You really gotta love the pineapple for this. Or have a shitload of yellow garland you don't know what to do with. 



Here's a pineapple tree trend I know my son will happily get behind...



While I don't think I'll ditch the Fir Christmas tree for a decorated pineapple, a pineapple holiday party centerpeice is definitely in my future. 






What about you? Pineapple Tree or Bust?

11/12/17

Do This To Avoid Holiday Weight Gain #Monday Motivation



Already feeling the Halloween candy weight gain creeping up on you? Pants a little snug? Has the cold weather already you couched for the winter?

Me. Too.

Feeling both lazy and determined to not gain any weight during the holidays and winter months, I turned to the interwebs for 'fast easy ways to lose weight and keep it off'. Below are 12 easy ways actually lose weight over the holidays and still eat off the dessert table. Most of all, these tips help you make small steps towards big sustainable, lifelong results!

1. Hydration is KEY!  You hear it all the time, Aim for eight glasses of water a day. At the very least, have a glass of water before and with EVERY meal. This help's curb calorie intake and boost metabolism by 3%! Also, your skin will thank you. Staying well-hydrated benefits you inside and out. 




2. Stop eating dinner before it's ready. Tasting the sauce is one thing, tasting everything, every step of the way, while sneaking handfuls of cheese, nuts, crackers and anything else in reach is straight up skinny jean sabatoge.  Studies show snacking while cooking can lead to 200 extra calories. TWO-HUNDRED!  Before you snack on the shredded cheese or bread, take a big gulp of water. If that doesn't work, take another gulp of water. 

3. Find a Friend. It's so much easier to work out of a friend guilts you into it. Find a friend to meet you once a week for a yoga/pilates/Zumba class at least once a week. Gradually work your way to three classes a week--with or without your friend. 

4. Stop the snack attack before it starts. You already know the mid-day rut is going to hot you like a ton of bricks, why not stop it before it starts with a little pre-party planning. First of all, try to pinpoint the time. Does your mid-day rut crash in like clockwork? Then break the vicious cycle by eating before it starts. Keep healthy snacks at your fingertips like fruit, nuts or protein/fiber bars. The second you feel the rut setting in, stop and snack on something healthy so you're not ready to trade your soul for the Little Debbie in the vending machine.  TIP: Keep healthy snacks at eye-level in the refrigerator and kitchen counter. 




5. Set small goals- Studies show achieving even the smallest goal, is enough to propel the person forward to the next. While setting large lofty goals can set you up for an almost immediate failure. Don't let that happen.  Focus on two pounds a week, not losing twenty pound total. 

6. Diet is the dirtiest four-letter word of them all- Jullian Michaels said it best when she said,


"Everyone's like: 'Give up carbs!' 'Give up fat!' 'Wait, no, now I'm taking pills!' None of are manageable long-term—and they wreak havoc with your metabolism. Because you're either starving yourself or you're cutting out a major food group. Then you go back into the weight-gain mode, but it's even worse, because your body has adjusted to all that crazy fad crap."


My motto: Diets end. Healthy lifestyles last. Small steps will lead to a healthy forever.
our laLean lunch meats like turkey or chicken, packed into a whole grain pita with lots of veggies for lunch and you just might not launch your usual 3pm assault on the vending machine.

Did you know:  One less bite saves about 75-calories a day or 8 pounds weight loss a year! So if you're full and trying to be polite and clean your plate, don't! This theory always makes me think of my grandmother. She once told me, A Lady always leaves her last bite. It's stuck with me forever, and something I actually do practice. Especially when eating out.

7. Citrus slashes cortisol. Good ol' Vitamin C inhibits the production of cortisol, a hormone that essentially tells your body to store fat. 



8. When you feel Snacky, ask yourself, Am I really Hungry? 
Studies show food cravings pass in about 10 minutes, so call a friend, paint your nails or knit an afghan until the craving passes. If you are just feeling snacky out of boredom. Set a timer, telling yourself you can eat in ten minutes. In the meantime, DRINK WATER! 

9. Can the crap! Clean out your pantry of all trans fats and unhealthy sugars and swear them off!  Don't let that shit cross your threshold again starting 2017. See how long you can last. The goal is to  create a healthy grocery store within your kitchen to make healthy choices easy.

10. Stand and deliver results. Standing burns 1.5 more calories than sitting. Reason #44 to stand while on the phone, checking email or playing Candy Crush.




11. Portion control is key. It's as easy as considering this before every meal: Think of eating the portion for the size you want to be; Small, Medium, Large or Extra Large? The make a plate accordingly.  



TIP: When you finish each meal, brush your teeth! Studies show people were much less likely to snack after dinner once their teeth were brushed.

12.  Create Accountability. Be accountable for the choices you make regarding your chuld's school clothes. I am a HUGE fan of weekly weigh-ins. In fact, I think that has a lot to do with why Weight Watchers has been such a successful program. Combine weigh-ins with the magical things "Smart Scales" are capable of these days, and you've got a true quantifiable picture of your health and weight loss.  I LOVE the Easy@Home Digital Bluetooth Body Fat Smart Scale (with App for iOS and Android!) 






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