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Treat your intentions like your North Star — keep them within sight at all times and you’ll fare just fine.
‘Tis the season for this round up to have a Holiday spin! Let’s begin with what’s new with ThriveFamily this week:
First of all, ThriveMomma is offically off work until the New Year! I’m really looking forward to spending some time with ThriveDaddy and ThriveToddler. ThriveDaddy and I even have a date time planned! Look at us go!
Where my ToddlerMomma’s at?!
ThriveToddler (21 months) is going through, how shall I say it, a challenging phase. Actually, he’s completely doing my head in (that’s Scottish for driving me NUTS). Dinner time is a nightmare. I could serve his favorite food and if he doesn’t get to eat it EXACTLY his way (meaning his utensil of choice in his chair of choice with his socks of choice) it is a battle. A battle I feel like I am losing most nights by the way. Furthermore, he isn’t exactly a grade-A communicator yet so deciphering exactly what he wants, even if I was willing to give it to him for the sake of keeping the peace, isn’t easy.
That being said, it was quite timely to stumble upon this article from Buzzfeed:
Here’s a sample but do yourself a favor and read them all.
But first, wishing you all a very Merry Whatever You Celebrate Season!
Me: Ok, who got Oreo filling on the couch?
7: It really could have been any of us.
4: (licks couch)
— Sara Says Stop (@PetrickSara) March 21, 2016
Apparently I pack an apple in my 5 year old’s lunch so it can get out of the house for a few hours.
— Brian Hope (@Brianhopecomedy) April 15, 2013
Have kids so you can listen to miniature versions of yourself cry because you cut up a pancake instead of leaving it big.
— 🎄Sarcastic Mommy🎄 (@sarcasticmommy4) September 12, 2017
I recently read an article entitled 7 Things To Reflect On This Holiday Season published by Swirled.com. This is a worthwhile and quick read. For starters, it won’t take more than few minutes to read it in full. I’m taking one “thing” a day and spending a few minutes reflecting further on it. Slight spoiler but # 7 was my favorite:
#7 – And as your next year begins, what kind of intentions are you setting?
“And to end on a (hopefully) inspirational note, turn inward and ask yourself what intentions you want to set for the next 365 days. We’re not talking New Year resolutions and major goals here — we’re talking about how you want to actively focus your energy and attention to make your life more fulfilling and satisfying. Your intentions can be as simple a two-word mantra you think about during a yoga or meditation class — take care, be gentle, stay open. Those internal phrases can be a powerful guiding light in the new year when the going get’s tough. Treat your intentions like your North Star — keep them within sight at all times and you’ll fare just fine.”
In summary, I just LOVED this perspective. Did you know that a measly 8% of people manage to keep their New Year’s resolution? (Google it if you don’t believe me!) It almost feels like why am I even bothering? However, creating and keeping an intention, a mantra THAT seems doable and effective! Therefore, over my break I will be putting a lot of thought into how I want to focus my energy and attention and developing my intention for 2019. I encourage you to do the same!
Care to share?
Would love to hear what your intention is or even what a past intention was! Leave a comment!
For the best:
ICYMI, Apple released its Best of 2018 list. As such, it only seemed appropriate that I comment on a few things that made the list that I think might be of particular interest to the ThriveMomma crowd!
Best App Trend of the Year – Self-care:
Self-care is a heck of a lot more than scheduling time for a pedicure now and again. While a pedi/mani is great (and highly encouraged by yours truly), mental self-care is where it’s at ESPECIALLY for the Mom crowd. Loving all these self-care apps to help guide us!
Fabulous App: $9.99 a month is steep for an app by ThriveMomma standards but check out these features:
- Do Anywhere Exercise: An intense 10 min exercise session that will push both your endurance and strength, and you can do it anywhere without any equipment.
- The Mind Bus: A scientifically proven session that will get rid of stressful thoughts that become obstacles between you and a fulfilling life.
- 4 Hours Deep Work: An deeply focused session that will help you fight temptation and plunge you into a dedicated 4 hours of deep, meaningful, and creative work.
- Uplifting Fabulous: Based on resilience studies, this session will coach you through your grief, so you can feel the energy flow through your spirit once more.
So, I will be taking advantage of the free week the Fabulous App is currently offering! Has anyone tried this app before? If so, PLEASE leave a comment somewhere and let me know your thoughts!
A few others:
- Shine – Self-Care and Motivation
- Calm – Meditation and Sleep Stories
- 10% Happier: Meditation – Mindfulness for Calm & Sleep
Yay for easy self-care Mommas!
- Best Podcasts of the Year: Apple will give you 15. That’s a lot of podcasting. ThriveMomma is pointing out one — The Daily. It’s news podcast. 20 minutes a day, 5 days a week. It’s quick and it’s too the point.
- Best Movies of 2018: Legit didn’t see a single movie on this list year. Perhaps I should be resolving to get out more in 2019…
- Best TV Shows of 2018: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is on this list and that’s all I care about. If you haven’t binged this show you’re letting the best in life pass you by! It’s on it’s second season and 100% hilarious.
- Best of Books (My personal fav category):
- Book of the Year: American Marriage — It’s a must read.
- Best Bio/Memoir (audiobook): Becoming — finished this recently. Bought two copies for gifts for friends. Light on politics and heavy on working mom perspective! (P.S. I know I keep going on and on about this book. I just can’t help myself)
- Best Business (audiobook): Dare to Lead — nailed it!
Heard the BEST gift idea this week and couldn’t be alone with this information. I’ll describe it as a recipe gift basket. I love it because it’s both unique and thoughtful and very few gifts meet both criteria.
Write a recipe down on an index card (or a prettier idea for you Pinterest-ers out there!). THEN, buy all the ingredients for the recipe and compile all ingredients into a gift basket. The recipient not only gets a recipe that they can keep forever in their arsenal but also an experience and something delicious to eat. Furthermore, and for bonus points, pair the recipe with a bottle of wine!
I just thought this was such a clever idea and, consequently, needed to share this with the ThriveCommunity!
The most effective way to do it, is to do it – Amelia Earhart, aviator
Here at ThriveMomma I love celebrating the successes of women. Women supporting women is a small step in bridging the gender inequality that exists in the world. ElleVest, which is a really awesome investing platform for women, wrote an article celebrating 7 wins for women in 2018 including:
- The Time’s Up movement was launched this year
- The highest paid actor in Hollywood is a woman
- The USA Hockey team made strides in obtaining equal pay
- And more — read the full article here.
Something that isn’t on this list? Nevada just became the first state with a female majority Legislature. Heck ya ladies!
Have we laughed yet? Cause every Round Up needs a good laugh. This installment of 1980’s moms vs 2018’s moms: Christmas Edition will have you both laughing and wish for the simplicity of the 80’s! These mommas have such a great sense of humor. Also, they are worth following on YouTube.
And pivoting abruptly to this video that truly encompasses the meaning of whatever holiday it is you celebrate. 100% guarantee that in 20 years THIS will be the most memorable gift this child has ever received — not the bicycle, nintendo or Nikes. (You might grab a tissue for this one).
Presence > Presents
My nephew got to unwrap the only Christmas gift he asked for a few days early and his reaction broke my heart😭 pic.twitter.com/vEXIRESglR
— Jadin Hartღ (@JayRayy7) December 15, 2018
These Candy Cane Cookies
- 1 cup of butter, softened
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 1 egg, beaten
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- 2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/2 cup of finely crushed peppermint candy canes
- 3/4 cup of confectioners’ sugar
- 5 teaspoons of warm milk
- 3 tablespoons of crushed peppermint candy canes
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Next, in a large bowl, beat the butter and sugar for about five minutes, or until fluffy. Add the egg and vanilla and beat for a few minutes more.
In a separate bowl, add flour and salt and mix together thoroughly. Add the dry mixture into the wet mixture in batches and beat until just combined. Then, fold in the candy canes until completely incorporated. Roll the mixture into one-inch balls and place on the baking sheet, then bake for 10 to 12 minutes, or until just set. Let cool.
In a small bowl, add confectioners’ sugar, warm milk and crushed candy canes and mix until smooth. Then, dip the tops of each cookie into the icing and let it drip off the top. Let stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
Here’s some other buzz that caught my attention this week:
This Calculator Tells You How Much Coffee You Need (And When To Drink It) – Meet the Coffee Kick Calculator, which is based on a full decade of research. First, it takes into account how long you’ve slept, what time you woke up and what you’re trying to achieve with your caffeine intake: alertness, reaction speed or response time.
A 10-Month-Old’s Letter to Santa – In case you’re still crying from the last video, this is really freaking funny.