The Homework Dilema

kimberly-farmer-287677-unsplashMy youngest child’s elementary school recently made the decision to have a no homework policy put into place. I, for one, was elated and so was my daughter, who is now in 3rd grade! Homework really isn’t an issue for us. She does what she has to do and doesn’t complain much. Then, I really started to think about how this would affect her middle school and high school years. Now keep in mind, they still want them to do their reading at home, which we don’t have a problem with since she loves to read.

She has good grades and is doing well in school, so it seems as though homework isn’t really affecting how well she does in school. I can see how this would affect a child who might be struggling in school. Homework means more practice to get better at the things they need help on.

I do think that homework is important, but at the same time, I’m kinda glad that I don’t have to worry about it in elementary school anymore. 🙂

Parents and teachers….what are your views on homework?

Noom Journey – Week 6

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Still going! I’m pleased with today’s weigh-in as I haven’t been this weight in awhile. I did have a pretty bad weekend as far as food goes. Just wasn’t feeling it I guess. I keep telling myself tomorrow is a new day, and so each day I start over.

I still haven’t gotten over my sugar cravings. Mainly just craving Andy’s Frozen Custard, but haven’t really been craving cupcakes, which is sooooo good! I am allowing myself to have McDonald’s once a month and a cupcake once a month. I think that’s a good goal. 🙂

I’ve been trying to change up my breakfast and lunch so that I’m not eating the same thing all the time. I don’t have much of an appetite, so that makes it hard to eat something when it really doesn’t sound good to you, but you just eat it.

I’ve fallen in love with CauliPower pizzas! The crust doesn’t even taste like cauliflower and it’s a great way to fill my need for pizza! I’ve tried the Margarita and this week I’m trying the Three Cheese.

As far as getting moving, I need to move more. I haven’t been reaching my step goals and I just need to step it up (pun intended). So I’m going to work on getting a walk in every day around the neighborhood for at least 15 minutes. Going to start with 3 days a week and go up from there.

My Self-Confidence Booster

IMG_2060Other than my hair and my weight, my biggest self-confidence booster has been joining SeneGence. I had joined with a skin care company before and swore to myself I would never join one again. It just wasn’t for me. Then SeneGence came into my life via LipSense, and I thought to myself, if this lip color can last 12 hours or more on my lips, I wonder what the skin care can do. So I only signed up to get the discount on all my products.

Come to find out, my friends wanted to try everything as well, so that is how I began sharing SeneGence and I haven’t looked back since.

SeneGence skin care was the very first skin care I had ever used that actually changed my skin for the better, and I’ve tried A LOT of expensive department store and direct sales regimes. The texture changed, the color changed, and the hydration changed. I do attribute a lot of it to my habit of washing my face in the morning and in the evening, but also, the fact that our MAKE UP also has our anti-aging ingredients in it, I am treating my face 24/7! I look at myself in the morning and I’m proud of where I am at and I am proud of the skin I have. That in itself is a HUGE confidence builder. Your skin is the first thing people see.

When I joined, I had to pay $55, which to me was a drop in the bucket to get a 20-50% discount on my products. This month only, SeneGence is being super generous and offering to waive the sign up fee! That means you get to join for FREE! There is no catch, no fine print, it’s literally FREE! If you’d like more information, please fill out the form on the Contact page and I will get right back to you! If you are ready to start trying all that SeneGence has to offer, click HERE to find more information and sign up. You can use my Distributor ID 197849 as your Sponsor. I’m here to help and guide you in any way that you need. And I’m not annoying, I promise!

Noom Journey – Week 5

This past week was a bit harder. I didn’t do well at all yesterday, but I held my head high and continued on with today. Sweets are still my weakness, but I have yet to have a cupcake since I started this program, which is a huge win for me!

I’ve been testing out have bigger meals instead of eating snacks in between. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. Determined to find what works for me.

Weight loss has been slow, but I’m okay with that. It doesn’t help that I already have issues with my GI system (meaning I don’t go #2 as often as one should), but enough with the TMI! 😂 I’m still trekking on, trying to get to that 157 by the end of September!

I did try something new today that I loved! It was Caulipower Pizza! It’s in the frozen pizza aisle and it was so good! Tasted just like pizza crust and it’s only 330 calories for 1/2 a pizza. Try it and let me know what you think!

I’m a Bad Mom: Screen Time

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We are always hearing to limit our children’s screen time. This may be a sore topic for some, but it’s something that I’ve been thinking about for awhile now. We allow the girls to have a set number of hours on their computers each day, at which time, when the time is up it logs them off. They have no screen time after 7:30 p.m. but they are able to get on ipads and/or phones once the 7:30 p.m. mark has passed. I also don’t limit how much television they watch. I just hear it now….people groaning because I let my kids have too much screen time, but our household is a very tech-saavy household. When our husband’s degree is in Computer Information Systems, and yours is in Health Information Management, you have to expect that we are going to be tied to some kind of electronic device at some point during the day.

When I was growing up, I watched a lot of tv. I was never limited as to how much I could watch and I think I turned out okay! I do usually have my phone with me every where I go and I’m constantly checking emails, FB, or Instagram, but I don’t really consider that an issue. If it annoys you, so sorry, you don’t have to be my friend if you don’t want to.

I feel like technology will always be around and our kids will have to be knowlegdable about it, if we expect them to make it in this world. You can call me a bad mom, but I’m okay with that. Before, it would have bothered me, but I know that I am the best mom I can be and my kids are growing up just fine, even if they are addicted to Fortnite and Roblox.

Rothy’s – Are they really worth the money?

I’m not the person to usually jump on the latest fad bandwagon, but had to try these amazing shoes for myself before anyone else did. Let’s start at the beginning. I have very tempermental feet. I had a bunionectomy on the right foot 2 years ago. Just recently had a bunionectomy on the left foot and still in my CAM boot as I’m 6 weeks post surgery (today to be exact).

I ordered my first pair 31503411_10215988848971451_743827304181923840_nof Rothy’s earlier this year. I got the pointy toe, because well, they look classy. I normally wear a size 7 and that’s what a I ordered. Most people have to go up a half size for the pointy, but might actually felt a bit too big, but I got used to them. If you do have size issues though, they offer free exchanges for sizing! It’s a win-win!

They are unlike anything you’ve ever worn before. I can’t even explain it. I mean, when you hear that they are made from recycled water bottles, you think, ouch! That sounds uncomfortable, but they are the furthest from it! I’ve worn them to 13-14 hour events and no blisters, no rubbing, and very little pain. The pain is going to happen no matter what you wear when you are standing up non-stop at an event.

Better yet, you can WASH them! Just take the soles out and throw them in the washer. Make sure to use cold water though, as you don’t want your Rothy’s shrinking.

Wondering if they are worth the price tag? They are. They will last forever! Only reason you’ll have to buy new pairs is that you will want ALL the colors!

So, if you are ready to get the most comfortable shoe of your life (aside from Birkenstocks), CLICK HERE to get $20 off your first purchase! You’ll thank me later. 🙂

Do you own any Rothy’s? Comment below and let me know!

The Art of School Pick Up and Drop Off

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As I was driving home from dropping my youngest off at school, I thought how lucky I was to be able to do that. I work from home as a Medical Coder and it allows me to drop off and pick up my kids at school.

I know that the pick up and drop off lines can be stressful and challenging at times. Dumb parents leaving their cars (they aren’t supposed to at our school), cutting in line (this is where kids learn it from…their parents), getting the evil eye from another parent for something you had no idea that you did. The compaints are endless.

In the end, some of of us are so luck and blessed to be able to do this. Many parents are unable to drop off and pick up because of their work school. Many families are double income families, meaning both the parents work full time jobs outside of the home. We’ve been one of those families. Now, I am grateful to have my full time job with amazing benefits, but able to work out of my home office, allowing me to be there in the morning when the kids go to school and in the afternoon when it’s time for them to come home.

So, I’m saying all this to ask you to be grateful if you are able to pick your child up or drop them off at school. Don’t let another parent having a bad day ruin this precious time with your child. Many times, they’ve had a bad day, may have lost their job, may have had their boss go off on them, or perhaps received bad news. It’s not your problem, it’s theirs. Give them grace and put a smile on your face when your child exits or enters your car. They are so happy to see you and want your full attention!

Do you drop off or pick up your child at school?