11 Ways To Simplify Easter

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1. Make it about the lord rather than the Easter bunny & what they get in their baskets
Easter isn’t about the Easter bunny & how many little things we can cram into their baskets.  Instead, put the main focus back into the lord.  That doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t do baskets, it just means to shift your focus.

2. Spend time with family
It’s important for us to spend time with our family.  We use this time doing fun family activities.

3.Hide their baskets turning it into a game
Got older kids?  Try hiding their baskets turning it into a game

4. Easter dinner isn’t about the ham so be open to cheaper food options
Don’t get too caught up with making a traditional ham meal.  Instead, find new more affordable ideas to create a cheaper menu.

5. Some fun activities ideas
 go on a walk or a hike, play…

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Walking & Metabolism Go Hand In Hand

Before I started on my weight loss journey, I never really understood how walking could be life changing.  How just getting up off your butt and getting out the door matters a whole lot.  The hardest part of walking, is getting the motivation to start your journey, getting out the door.  But once you do, I am telling you, your whole world will change.  I underestimated the power of walking, which won’t happen again.

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When I 1st began walking I started out doing 2 miles, but I huffed and puffed most of the way.  Going up my steep hill, made me loose my breath, & felt chest pains for a few hours.  My heart rate at resting was 125 or so, but it has gotten as high as 140-152 at rest, when I was really sick .  I was a huge mess and I was scared of what would happen if I continued down this path.

Walking Kick Start My Metabolism: 

“Walking briskly on a daily basis not only results in calorie burning, it increases enzyme and metabolic activity that may result in increased calorie consumption for up to 12 hours after walking as little as 2 miles. The more deconditioned you are, the greater the metabolic effect of walking.

Increased metabolism means more than simply BURNING CALORIES, it means that your body will be more likely to draw in nutrients from your food and supplements.” taken from http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/diet-fitness/exercise/the-power-of-walking1.htm#


After walking 3-4 times per week for a month, I started noticing that I was losing weight a lot faster than most people.  I couldn’t understand why, till I looked into walking and realized that it helped kick start my metabolism.  Before I got sick, I had a crazy insane metabolism, where I couldn’t gain weight.  And before anyone asks, no I didn’t have a thyroid problems (I’ve been checked numerous times in my life), I just had a crazy insane metabolism.  It was something that I took for granted most of my life, because it was something that was always a part of me, something I didn’t need to work for or towards.

But when I got sick and was put on different medicines everything changed.  Weight kept increasing up to 90lbs., no matter what I ate.  Walking helped kick start my metabolism, which helped in turn to start losing more weight.  No matter where you are along your weight loss journey, make walking a top priority.  Walking does matter, no matter how much or how little.  So get out, move your butt, & start walking more.

How has walking benefited you?

Wonderful Wednesday Linky Party

IMG_20150529_183840 (1)  I’m happy to be back after dealing with another bout of my illness.  The above quote & pic is one of my favorites so I thought I would share with all of you.  It’s a great reminder to do whatever makes you happy, otherwise happiness with elude you.  I make it a point each & every day to do those things.  It’s what helps me stay positive & live a happier life.  It’s the little things that matters.
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Motivation of the Day….March 6th

It’s been awhile since I’ve gotten out so today we took the girls on a family hike.  It was an interesting time.  We took this trail that ended up having some snow, ice, & mud.  The girls and I kept slipping everywhere.  As we were heading down I slipped and fell on my butt in this pile of mud with puddles in it.   Even though I was freezing cold, my pants sticking to me, & my butt went numb, it was a fun time.  I was so happy to be able to get out and enjoy our almost 40 degree weather, which is the beginning of a great week.  And I was able to get my 10,000 steps in today.  YAY!
How has your weekend been?
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Never Give Up On Yourself

Ten years ago, I got my 1st camera and started taking pictures of my children. I loved being able to capture a moment, that I will always remember. I also loved being able to tell a story through my images. At this time, I wasn’t very creative, mostly point & shoot but it was the beginning of my journey.
As my kids grew, so did my photography. I began to be more creative, thinking outside the box, which enabled me to capture some great images. Each image had either different perspective or the personality of the person in the image. I began to fall in love with photography.
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About 3 or 4 years into my journey, I began doing portraits for people who couldn’t afford a professional photographer.  I believed that everyone no matter what their financial situation is, should have portraits of their loved ones.  This experience changed how I looked at everything. It was hard at first, completely out of my comfort zone, but so rewarding. One bride I took pics for I didn’t do that great of a job.  Or at least I didn’t think so.  But she loved them. Sadly a year later, her husband died and these are the last images they have together as a family. Something I’m sure she will always cherish. Or my 1st newborn pics I took for a sick mother who didn’t think she would live long enough to see her baby hit middle school.  So a local non-profit hired me to go to her house and capture images of her family. These moments are something I will always remember and keep with me.
This is about the time I started comparing myself to professional photographers.  I was amazed at the talent out there and didn’t think I could compete with them.  All I could think was, “how would I ever be a photographer when the competition is so much better? Who would want to go to me when they could go to them?” This negative self talk hindered my photography journey for a few years. I let self doubt completely take over and stopped offering photography.  Sure I had a few jobs here & there but I didn’t make an effort or work towards accepting new clients & starting my photography business.  Deep down inside I really wanted to start my own photography business.  But I gave up…….I gave up on myself.

“Don’t let the negativity from within squash your desires. ” 

Fast forwards a few years to last October.  Something inside of me changed.  I began really looking into different types of photography and seeing how 90% of the amazing images out there are enhanced, altered, & combined to make the image we all see.  While that is great, it made me rethink everything about myself & my photography.  I may not have the best equipment, but I have heart & truly love what I do.  I have an eye for seeing things others don’t see, being creative, which is evident through my images.  There will always be someone better than me but I’m not looking to be the best.  I’m just looking to offer my photographer where it is needed.  And this is where I began thinking I could really start my own business.  This is where I began to fall back in love with photography.
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A month later, I put in a bid for some modeling head shots which I’ve never done.  And I got the job.  I was so excited but nervous.  It went great and I LOVED it.  I walked away so excited with a continuous smile.  That was the moment I knew that this is what I want to do.  And I’ve branched off from there.  I’ve gotten more clients, with all ranges of needs from maternity to birthdays & a possible up & coming rock band.  I’ve been working hard to capture new images as well as expand my portfolio.  Now, I’m willing to travel all over New England and even into NY, which gives me a lot more potential clients.  I’ve been working slowly but things are now starting to come together.  Just recently a local business is going to be referring her clients to me.  She does everything from proms, to weddings to any special events that need their makeup done.  How awesome is that?
As I sit here today, I realized if I had completely given up, I wouldn’t be as happy as I am right now, in this moment.  I never knew what I wanted to do, other than raising my 5 kids, which left me a little empty inside.  But that emptiness is filling up.  I know I want to travel, to capture special moments for others, & to share my gift with as many people as I can.  But the best part, is that my family can come with me, so we all can share this journey together.
“Just remember……..No matter how long it takes you, NEVER give up on yourself. “

Do you have a time you almost gave up on yourself?  What changed your mind?

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Motivation of the Day January 23rd

“Finding a new place to walk is half the fun”
Yesterday I got to spend the day with my dad.  I try to visit him once a month, since he lives further away.  After I visited with him on the way home I found a neat place to walk around.  Everything was so new to me, which made my walk that more exciting.

What has motivated you today?

Wonderful Wednesday Linky Party

This week this a busy one here with little girl’s dance performance, my group, visiting my day (which I do once a month), getting ready for another storm this weekend & planning my son’s 13th birthday.   Whew, that’s a lot of things to keep me busy.  How’s your week going so far?  Got a relaxing or busy week ahead?
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2015 Word Is….

In preparation of the upcoming new year, use this post as a stepping stone to get yourself thinking……..What do you expect from it? What do you wish would happen? Any specific goals? Do you make resolutions or pick a word as your years overall theme?

Living Intentionally Simple

word taken from: http://www.2nm.com.au/the-cruze/45573-word-of-the-year-for-2014

As I wrote in my post the other day, three years ago, I decided to pick a word as my theme, to focus on throughout the year.  Once I pick my word, I then set goals that best reflect the word I chose, my years focus, and where I would like my year to go.  As a refresher, my last two years words were: family & intentional.  This year, I had a hard time finding the exact word, so I wrote my goals before I picked my word.  But finally, a word popped into my head, that I really really love.  So without further ado, my word for 2015 is……..Inner

If you look at my goals below, everything has one thing in common, me.  All my goals, are something I want to work on with myself, something that can only be done by me, no one…

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