Mini Moments of Summer Packing

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Contributed by Trish Russell

Did you know it’s possible to use a carry on as your ONLY luggage for clothing? Are you aware that four people can fit two months’ worth of shirts and pants in one piece of luggage? Yep. Shocking I know. To be honest, I was a little stunned when I was able to make it happen too!

Last time I went on a grand adventure with three humans I packed two carry-on’s, two big suitcases and a backpack. This time we have FOUR humans and I’ve downsized to one carry-on, diaper bag, activity bag and work bag for mommy. We are 1/3 of the way through our adventure and this system is working splendidly! On the next leg of our adventure, I’ll eliminate the activity bag and combine it with mommy’s work case!

How are you doing this you ask? One simple rule.

Have you stopped to look at what you pack? Are you putting it in the suitcase with a, “Well, who knows, I might need this. I don’t know, I’m not sure,” attitude?

Disclaimer: If you’re going away for a girl’s weekend, anniversary trip or you have a new family member — you do you! Those are rare occasions and take trial and error. This blog post is for those going on another family vacation and/or regularly travel and still over pack.

Alright – back to it.

I know you’re thinking, “Trish, it’s complicated. I never know if my kids will want this or that or if I’ll feel like wearing those shoes I bought 2 years ago.”

Yeah, I get it. Really, I do. Did you read above where I confessed I packed FOUR suitcases for three humans? Granted, we were going across the planet for 10 weeks, but you’ll never guess how much of that STUFF I really used. Not even one full suitcase worth of activities and clothes.

Yep, that’s right. I was ridiculous. Is there a word for over-over-packer? Since that trip I’ve decided to really take a step back and learn the value of each piece we bring on a trip with us; whether it’s a weekend away or 5-week trip overseas.

So, as you get ready to travel, challenge yourself and your family. Less is more. Would you like to eliminate the bulk of stress wrapped up in packing? Could you take more opportunities to go on adventures with your loved ones if you weren’t concerned about “the pack attack?” Imagine the freedom in knowing you brought the pieces necessary for your family to travel. Think of the hassle free feeling of being able to pick up and go when you choose without a ton of baggage.

The first step is being committed to identifying your family’s essentials and accepting this is a trial and error process. If you make a decision that crashed and burned (like I did this past Thanksgiving) then you know to ALWAYS bring a pack n’ play!

Then it won’t be stressful to add that big piece because you know and understand the value it brings to your family’s peace of mind. Our Thanksgiving wasn’t ruined, I was a little sleep deprived, but our trips since then I always have the pack n play. My hubby and I both know it’s value. When you know the value of each piece you’re bringing on a trip, it’s not as heavy as you lug it into the car, check it at the airport, drag it across the hotel, etc.

Will you choose to find freedom? Discover the value in the affirmative yes.

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Over the Moon Party #29

Happy Sunday everyone! You know what today is? It’s party time! Time to share your thoughts, feelings, recipes, crafts ect. It all happens right here. Since summer is in full swing, I hope everyone is taking the time to slow down and enjoy some leisure activities. I know I have had a blast trying out new recipes and crafts found on this link-ups. Wishing you all a great relaxing week. Now let’s party.

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Direct Sellers Series: Come Meet Juliette Sakasegawa

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I found Juliette on Periscope one afternoon and was instantly drawn to her sweet, genuine nature. Her warmth, honesty and touching story of her journey in becoming a self care advocate really connected with me. In her Facebook group, Take Care of YOU, she gives women much needed support and reminders that they matter, they are enough and they need to show themselves love.

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1) What Direct Sales Business are you in?

Rodan + Fields What type of products do they sell? We sell Premium skin care for the four most common skin concerns: sensitive skin, acne, sun damage/brown spots, and aging.

2) How did you get involved in your business and why?

A good friend of mine started posting about her business on Facebook and I was intrigued. I started using her products and immediately fell in love with them. I started thinking about getting into the business myself and as a mom of 3 who had been staying home with my kids for almost 4 years I was intrigued by the idea of starting a business and doing something that was just for me. I also liked the idea of bringing in some extra income.

I made the decision to go out on a limb, step way outside my comfort zone, and give it a try. I’m so glad I did because it has been a wonderful opportunity for me. Since starting my Rodan + Fields business I have grown and developed personally, emotionally, and professionally more than I ever even knew I was capable of.

3) What is your favorite product and why?

This is a very hard question for me to answer because I truly love so many of them. When I have to choose I always say it’s our Micro Dermabrasion Paste because it makes my skin feel like a baby’s bottom. Seriously though it was the first product I tried and I fell in love with the way it made my skin feel. I also love it because it can be used to exfoliate your whole body and one tub of it can last up to six months. It smells great, it feels great and it’s just plain awesome.

4) What would you say to people who think direct sales are a scam?

I would tell them that the one I work with is definitely not a scam and that there are many amazing MLM companies out there with really high quality products. Unfortunately, there are a few companies that have given us all a bad name and I think that is a horrible shame and extremely sad. MLM companies offer an amazing opportunity to many individuals who want to have their own business, make an income, feel empowered, grow personally, push themselves out of their comfort zone, etc. My list of positives just goes on and on and I think it’s wonderful when people are able to get involved and find success for themselves.

5) Do you think it is important for a woman to have a side income?

I think it’s important for women to feel empowered, to love themselves, to take care of themselves, and to feel like they are worthwhile, powerful people. If having a side income is something they want to do and it helps them feel like they are living the life they are meant to lead, then yes. If having a side income is not they need in order to feel those things, then no I don’t think it is.

6) What is the biggest struggle you have had with your direct sales business?

How have you overcome it? I think the biggest struggle I’ve had is finding balance in my life. I have a hard time doing things half way. I want to put my whole self into everything I do and I feel guilty if I’m not doing that. I haven’t completely overcome this struggle but each day I remind myself that I am enough and that I am doing my best. I remember not to compare myself to others, only to myself. I also remember that MY definition of success is the only definition that matters, nobody else’s. My family and my children are very important to me and focusing on them is just as important as focusing on my business.

7) What have you learned about yourself through your business?

I have learned so much about myself in the past 6 months it’s almost impossible to sum it up. I’ve pushed myself outside of my comfort zone so many times and I’ve learned that I actually enjoy that… sometimes. I still have a long way to go but my self-confidence is growing every day. I’ve learned that I am extremely passionate about wanting women to feel empowered and I’ve learned that I want to help and support them in that process.

8) What opportunity would you have not had if not for your direct sales business?

I have met amazing individuals that I never would have met if I had not started my business. And like I said previously, this business has lead me to discover my true passion and purpose. I’m not sure I would have found that if I hadn’t gotten involved in an MLM.

9) How does your business align with your values and the person you are?

For me Rodan + Fields is about the things I am most passionate about: self-care, loving yourself inside and out, and empowerment. Whether I can help a person fine confidence with products that improve their skin or I can support them by sharing the business opportunity and help them start their own journey of personal growth, either way the company and the products both align with my values. I didn’t realize my passion for coaching and inspiring others until I started Rodan + Fields.

10) How can people find you, more information about your products or become part of your company?

They can contact me by email at jsakasegawa@gmail.com. I would love to share my passion for the products and my love for the business opportunity.

 

 

Organizing Month 5 – The Bathroom- A Self Care Story

bathroom organization

The Bathroom: A Story in Self Care

If you have been following this blog your will be aware of the monthly series I have been doing. I have been working my way through “One Year To An Organized Life,” by Regina Leeds. If you need to catch up, you can check out last month’s post here. Y0u can also read about my garage redo and my kitchen clean up.

Ok, now on with this months organization…the bathroom. I will shamefully admit I have been putting this area off for a long time. I would say ever since my son was born. (That was 5 years ago.) I have never really liked the way my bathroom looked and really never wanted to deal with it. My kids bathroom on the other hand, I had organized, painted and redesigned in a nice yellow and gray colors scheme. As for my bathroom, I really hate it. It has never been conformable, inviting and definitely never organized.

That is were this book comes in. In this chapter it was as if the author was in my head (kind of creepy!) She seemed to zero in on the organizational story I had been telling myself about my bathroom. There was always a reason I could never tackle this area. I was too busy or too tired. It was too much of a disaster. It needed a new cabinet, sink, faucet, counter ect…

What this really amounted to was this area should have been a sanctuary for me, but I put every other area used by ,y family first. The area that was suppose to make me feel pretty. The area where I was suppose to practice self care, I left  in shambles because in the end, taking care of me was the last thing on my list.

This was the area where I looked at my reflection each morning and determined if I liked what I saw. If the person staring back at me was enough. I will admit that more often then not she was not. I looked at that reflection, just like this room and only saw it’s flaws, only saw what needed to be replaced, redone and fixed. I saw nothing but problems and pushed it and my own self care needs aside.

I was never expecting to see such parallels in the care of myself and the care of my bathroom space but as I followed along in this book and really ingested what the author was saying, this parallel began to emerge.

As you work your way through this book , see our home as a vehicle that enables you to nurture and care for yourself , your family members and all those who enter.’” Regina Leeds.

This is the part I was missing. Yes, my home was a place for me to care for my family. I never thought about it being  where I took care for myself as well. This month, I was my intent to change that.

I started with a clean up. I cleaned up my negative thoughts in my head and the clutter under my sink. I cleaning out all the old product packaging and half used items that were collecting dust under my sink. I got rid of a curling iron that never worked. I discovered a ton of hair bands I had been looking for and realized there was a lot more room under there then I thought.

Years ago, back in my couponing days this was one of my storage spots and it use to be chock full of body washes, lotions conditioners and shampoos. It had been so long I never realized I was actually running low on these items and now had room to store some other things in this space.

My bathroom counter is an old school 80’s design I absolutely hate. It has cabinets on one side and an open area for a stool on the other. I never used a stool and decided to place a cheap rolling cabinet in this area to house makeup and hair products.

When I began going through this cabinet, I was shocked to notice that almost all my makeup products were expired. Truthfully, I had stopped taking the time in the morning to put on makeup and just gave up on any skin care regimen other then simply washing my face. I just never took the time anymore.

This brings me back to my lack of self care. I had tons of nail polish, lipsticks and eyeshadows that had never been used or were past their prime. I had never realized I wasn’t taking the time to use these products. In fact, I had not painted my nails in what seemed like forever. No wonder I didn’t feel like myself. I was taking no time for me in the morning.

So in cleaning and reorganizing my bathroom I realized that I didn’t actually need a new bathroom at all. I just needed to clear away the clutter. Much like my personal self care, I just need to take the time to polish up what I already had. Invest in a few simple additions, like new makeup and a new coat of paint for the walls. All I really needed was to take care of what I had.  This month organization made me recognize that the story you tell yourself doesn’t have to be the story you are stuck with. You can make the time for self care if you make caring for you and your space a priority.


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21 Day Fix Butternut Squash

21 day fix butternut squash

Well, after putting on my bathing suit I realized I should do another round of the 21 day fix. It is a great program that seems to get me right back on track when my eating habits have strayed. This was a side dish I went to frequently when I first tried “the fix” last year. It gives you the feeling that you are eating something bready and starchy without actually eating bread. Plus, you can get them for less money at your local farmers market.

The hardest part about making butternut squash is cutting it up. However, there is a short cut. Some supermarkerts now sell pre cut squash in quart containers. What a time saver! So you can make this super easy side dish anytime. If you are looking to use some yellows, you can also change up this recipe a bit by adding some diced white and sweet potatoes.



21 Day Fix Butternut Squash
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Sweet and healthy this side dish gives you that carb loaded comfort food feeling while getting your veggies.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 1 cup servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 1 cup servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
21 Day Fix Butternut Squash
Print Recipe
Sweet and healthy this side dish gives you that carb loaded comfort food feeling while getting your veggies.
Servings Prep Time
6-8 1 cup servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
6-8 1 cup servings 10 minutes
Cook Time
25 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 1 cup servings
Instructions
  1. Level bottom, slice in half and scoop the insides out. Then cut into cubes.
  2. Place cubes on a sheet tray with olive oil. I also spray it with some cooking spray to ensure each piece gets coated.
    roasted butternut squash
  3. Sprinkle on seasoning, salt and pepper.
  4. Get in there and mix together with your hands., you can use a spoon but why dirty another utensil to wash and your hands are well...right there.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes. You can turn the cubes half way to ensure even caramelization, but to be honest I always get busy with other things an forget this step. They still come out yummy.
Recipe Notes

Safety first! Make sure you level the bottom before slicing the squash in half. Since this is the labor intensive part, I do a few on the weekend and pack the extra in the fridge to use throughout the week.

You can go with straight salt an pepper but I use a seasoning mix combination of salt, black pepper, garlic powder, a hint of chili powder and cumin. It gives it a nice slightly spiciness to balance out the sweet of the squash.

Make sure the cubes are not crowded on the tray otherwise they will steam instead of roast and you will not get the crispy charred edges that are so tasty.

 

You can turn the cubes half way to ensure even caramelization,  but to be honest I always get busy with other things an forget this step. They still come out yummy.

21 day fix: If using only squash- 1 green, 1 tsp

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Why It’s Better Not To Dream Big

Why its better not to dream big

I know this may see counter intuitive. Everyone tells you dream big right?

Reach for the stars! That’s still great and all but sometime we self-sabotage by making our goals something that I so far reaching it is practically unattainable.

In selecting a goal, we pick something that is so grand we kind of already know we are never going to get there. We have no plan, so we have the perfect excuse to give up before we really even get started. I’m not saying you shouldn’t still dream big but why not start off this big dream in manageable chunks.

It’s great to dream big but if we dream too big we might never move from dreaming into doing. Here are 5 reason things to consider when dreaming big.

  1. Big dreams seem lofty, airy and have no concrete foundation to build on – When we dream too big we never get into the real specifics of what we hope to achieve. We never get down to the steps it will take to achieve this dream. Instead, if we make our efforts bite-sized and not overwhelming, we are more likely to move closer to our goal. Like for example changing one small habit each week or saving $1 a day.
  2. Big dreams seem unattainable – Sometimes our big dreams are just too big. We never visualize a path to achieve these big goals. Like winning the lottery instead of earning the money ourselves. They are something we hope for but never truly think we will achieve. So in the end they are kind of worthless and produce no reall change, only discontent with our current circumstances.
  3. Big dreams don’t seem achievable so we don’t try as hard. – Big dreams can have a build in excuse not to try. When our dreams seem to big, we don’t try as hard to achieve them they seem almost insurmountable and we give up under the weight of our own dreams.
  4. Big goals are slow going. -Don’t underestimate small but consistent efforts. They might not be as grand as big dreams but over time they can be. Small consistent effort builds momentum which will propel you forward towards your goal faster.
  5. Consistently small wins help you achieve your big dreams– When only focusing on the big dream you will always feel like you have never made any progress. Even small wins done over time lead to achieving the big dreams. You can get so much more accomplished by taking it step by step, soon you will look back and realize you have traveled miles towards your goal.

If you don’t feel like you can do that them this big dream is really not for you. Keep consistent, keep showing up, and keep putting in the effort. Keeping it small is how you will achieve your Big Dream.


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Over the Moon Link Party #28

Happy Sunday Everyone!!! Since I have been part of the Link Party Sunday has become my favorite day of the week. Cheezy right! But really I look forward to seeing all of the new posts and information that are curated here each week. I am constantly amazed by what you all produce each week. I want to take and opportunity to say how thankful I am to all of you for participating and for letting me be a part of this. Ok enough with the gushing. Now let’s party!!!

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