We are huge fans of Science experiments around here. We love to try many different things and see just what will happen. Even more, the kids want the why behind it. If you have a Science minded child there are certain Science experiment ingredients to have on hand. These will make it so that you can have fun with learning without worrying about a trip to the store.
I am a huge advocate of self-care. I think being a mom can wear on you. Before you know it you have made it through the entire day without speaking to another human being or finishing your morning cup of coffee. Then some well-meaning person tells you that it is important for you to make time for self-care. “Pick up a book. Go for coffee with a friend. Watch your favorite show.” I think someone needs to tell them the truth about self-care.
The Truth About Self-Care
Am I the only one that wants to just cry when someone mentions self-care in that context? I’m over here working, blogging, homeschooling, trying to keep my home livable, and still be a decent mom and wife. Then they want me to add in this magical time to take care of me. Ha! I laughed at it for a long time. I swore the minutes weren’t in the day and the time for that didn’t exist.
Guess what. I found the solution. It’s about a change in our perspective on self-care. Yes, self-care can be a good book. I would probably read all day every day in a comfy chair with chocolate if I didn’t have responsibilities. Who doesn’t love a night out with friends? What about a good ol fashioned Netflix binge? These things aren’t always practical, though. With kids in activities and moms trying to do it all big gestures don’t work.
You know what works? Self-care moments work. These are small moments throughout your day where you choose to focus on you and what brings you peace. I had to really find this in the busyness of my life. I couldn’t read a whole book but put that bad boy on the toilet and it gets a captive audience for a few minutes. (Sidebar, reading quiets the little people talking to you through the door. They aren’t really quiet. You just don’t hear them as well.)
Maybe it is a special treat. Mine lately has been a delicious strawberry sorbet I make. (recipe coming soon) I will wait until both hyper monkeys are in bed, sit down for two minutes before starting the next thing and enjoy a few bites of my treat. It doesn’t change the to-do list but it is a small recharger that helps me to keep trucking.
So how could this work for you?
What recharges you?
What gives you a little extra energy on a hard day? Is it a devotional? Maybe a bite of chocolate? Is it a shower? I know, maybe it’s five minutes on your own without anyone asking you for anything. Find the thing that recharges you first.
How can you break that into tiny time commitments?
Can you read a bit on the toilet since you are sitting anyway? Could you listen to your devotional instead of sitting to read it? Can you stash chocolate in your sock drawer to enjoy while “putting away socks?” What about saying yes to something that won’t hurt the kids to give yourself five minutes to yourself? The goal is to take what recharges you and figure out how to add it to a busy day.
It doesn’t have to be sneaky but it does have to be for you.
Many moms talk about hiding in their closets with a chocolate. You don’t have to sneak around. Self-care doesn’t have to be a big secret. Instead, make it an expectation your kids have. Let them know that there are certain points in the day when mommy gets a time out. Lock that bathroom door. Send them outside to play while you sit down and eat that chocolate. Give them something to color while you read a few pages of a book. You don’t have to be involved in every moment of their day. Take a minute for you.
There’s no guilt in self-care.
So many moms I talk to say that they feel guilty when they do things for themselves. I completely understand. However, it is not something to feel guilty over. Instead, it is what you need to keep giving your best at home. A worn down exhausted momma is not good for anyone. Take that same momma and give her a five-minute break for self-care and she’s a whole new woman. You aren’t being selfish by making time for you. In fact, it could be just what your kids need.
Are you trying to focus on self-care? Many of the ladies in the More Than A Homeschool Mom Facebook group talk about self-care tips and tricks on a weekly basis. Join the group to join the conversation.
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I did receive a Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ to facilitate this review. However, all opinions are 100% my own.
As a family we have been working on eating and living healthier. This has been a challenge and a fun adventure. We started going to the gym to get healthier, joined a great homeschool P.E. group, and changed many of our eating habits. One of the big changes we made was to include more vegetables and healthy foods. This month I received Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ and it has simplified our healthy eating considerably. I am going to share a Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ review as well as a recipe my daughter invented so you can see just how amazing this thing is.
When I found out I was going to get the Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ I was excited but I won’t lie, I had no idea what I was in for. I thought I was getting a simple smoothie maker. I had no idea I was getting a full system to rework our family’s eating habits. We have been using it for over a week now and I am seriously in love with this thing!
Many products promise quick assembly. The Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ actually follows through on that promise. I was able to put this together in five minutes and be ready for a delicious smoothie.
The Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ comes with a book filled with a variety of recipes to help you get the most out of it. There are sweet, savory, and healthy recipes of all kinds. Whether you are looking to make salsa, smoothies, cookies, bread, or granola bars, you won’t be disappointed. I used these recipes to get a feel for how the Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ handles different ingredients. It helped me to see how things worked before I started to freestyle.
What’s in the box?
In addition to a great recipe book the Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ comes with everything pictured above. I have to say I am loving the larger smoothie cups with an on the go lid. The lid for the smoothie cup helps me to get out the door in a hurry.
The Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ has many different options for you to work with. I love that many of these are pre-programmed to give you the best possible result when you are done. It is so nice to set the Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ and walk away and do other things and let it finish. I don’t feel like I am babysitting it while I am in the kitchen. This is so helpful for our very busy homeschool.
Locks in Place
One of the features of the Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ that I really like is the fact that both the smoothie cups and the bowl lock into the base. It won’t even turn on until it is locked in. This means that I won’t be putting it in wrong or spilling stuff everywhere.
On the bottom of the Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ there are suction cups to hold it to the counter! I seriously LOVE this feature. I know it seems small but that means the Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ is not cruising all around my counter like competitor’s smoothie makers do.
Space Saving All In One Tool
I love that the Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ has a compact design so it doesn’t take up a great deal of space. It also does a huge variety of services so I don’t have to clutter my counter with multiple devices. Instead, I have one device that does many jobs and does them well. This is a huge selling point as we homeschool in a small home.
Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie Recipe
I explained the different components of a good smoothie to R and she designed this recipe for you. I hope that you enjoy it.
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 cup spinach
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup Almond Milk
Layer the ingredients in this order:
If you have a Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ run fusion chop and then Auto-iQ boost smoothie.
If not, run this through your blender or smoothie maker.
Green Apple Cinnamon Ice Pop Recipe
It’s starting to warm up in Central Florida already so I decided to put together these fun ice pops for the kids to enjoy. I wanted a healthier option without tons of sugar and preservatives.
1 cup Frozen Strawberries
1 Cup spinach
1/2 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon cinnamon
I used the Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ but you could do something similar with a smoothie maker.
Layer in your container in the following order:
If you are doing this in the Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ you will want to choose fusion chop and then run on/off for 25 seconds.
Fill each popcicle container with your mixture.
Freeze for a couple hours and enjoy.
If you want to buy the Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ you can find it at most major retailers as well as Amazon.
What would you make with the Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ?
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