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Monday, September 1, 2014

You Are Stronger Than You Believe


Girl running through a finish line.  You are stronger than you believe - @ATIPicalDay #running #motivation #inspiration #devotional #encouragement #goalsetting #5k


I am training to run a 5K in November.  It will be my first.  I am really nervous about it.  I am not a runner, never have been.  In fact, in high school I use to fake injuries to get out of gym class because of how much I despised running.  So the question begs, why would I start running now at almost 37 years old?  The truth is that I wanted something to challenge myself.  Something I would really have to work at, and something I wasn't really sure that I would be able to complete.  I chose well!  Five weeks ago when I started, I could hardly make it through one sold minute of running without feeling like I would pass out and die.  It took everything I had to push through that first week of training.  Each time I run, I feel stronger and push myself a little harder.  

This morning as I finished my intervals I was celebrating.  While I am still a long way off from where I would like to be, I am nearly half way to my goal.  During those times when I feel like giving up, I am reminded of Philippians 4:13, "I can do all things through him who gives me strength."  The words echo in my mind and I am reminded that my strength flows from the Lord.  As a result I am so much stronger than what I think I am. These words encourage and motivate me to keep going.  
I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength - Philippians 4:13 - You are stronger than you believe - @ATIPicalDay #running #motivation #inspiration #devotional #encouragement #goalsetting #5k #philippians4:13

While I have been applying them to my running, they can be applied to so many other aspects of life.  No matter what you are going through right now, know that you are so much stronger than you believe. Set your mind to getting through, put your trust in the Lord, and take courage in His strength.  It will carry you through the tough times because your strength comes from the Lord.

What goals have you set for yourself?  How hard will you push to achieve them?



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Saturday, August 30, 2014

How to be a Fun Mom

I feel like this summer was a blur of activity. It makes it go too fast!  I have really enjoyed sharing the Tuesday Twitter Linky Parties with you and hope you will continue to link up over at http://theultimatelinky.com.  
Today I am super excited to share a guest post from Camille Gillham.  Camille is a favorite blogger of mine.  I love her tips for traveling with kids, but that is really just the tip of the iceberg for all the neat things she shares.  Thank you Camille for sharing some of your great inspiration here at A TIPical Day!
Boy wearing an apron stirs a bowl of pancake mix.  5 Ways to be a Fun Mom! Guest post by Camille Gillham.  @ATIPicalDay #funparenting #sillysuppers #bathroomfun #familybonding #kidactivities

How to be a fun Mom
Now that my kids are in school, I relish the summertime with them. I love spending time with them, playing games together, going on walks and bike rides, pretty much everything. I also appreciate routine, chores, and rules. So how in the world can you be the strict mom who enforces the rules but still a fun Mom? Here are 5 things that work for me:

1.      Try a Silly Supper- We teach manners all week long- how to sit properly, how to pass the food, good conversational skills, all the good things. However, once a week we take the time to just be silly. I have a jar full of different ways to mix up dinner time. Some ideas include:
·         Eat under the table instead
·         Every sentence must be in the form of a question
·         Search for your food throughout the house
·         Eat with crazy utensils
·         Dessert first please!
How to be a fun mom - have silly suppers.  Guest post by Camille Gillham @ ATIPicalDay #sillysuppers #kidactivities #bathroomfun

Silly Suppers mix up dinner just enough for us to laugh and have a good time. A lot of them don’t take much work too which I appreciate. For  50 more ideas see this great list I’ve compiled.

2.      Take advantage of Bathroom Time- Ok, you’ll probably going to laugh at me but seriously, it’s great. Everyone goes to the bathroom so take advantage of that fact and make the bathroom a fun place to be.
·   Put butcher paper on the wall next to the toilet. Provide crayons or colored pencils to use nearby (anything washable just in case it winds up on the walls). Have free draw or leave some unfinished art projects. I love asking questions too like “What do you want to do this summer?” It’s a great way to bond even though you aren't spending time together. Jokes work well here too. When it’s full, put a new one up and laugh about the old one together.
·   Put pictures up of all the fun things you do together. Let your kids remember the fun times you have had (and remind yourself). Just seeing the pictures create fun conversations, great memories to recall, and it’s a great reminder of how we love each other. Try switching the photos out every couple of months.
·   Add blank cards next to the family photos. Leave writing prompts or give opportunities to leave funny captions or memories. Be sure there is a pencil nearby.
·   Draw on the mirrors. Any type of washable markers work but I prefer white board markers. Stand in front of the mirror at the height of your kiddos to fill in funny features; write inspiring messages, reminders, funny jokes, quotes, or draw fun decorations.

3.      Cook together- I love this one because it is so much fun and it teaches great skills. Pick one day a week or month and cook together. I like to cook with one kid each Friday. It lets us have special one on one time. Sometimes they pick some favorite recipes and sometimes they pick something that is new to the both of us. It’s fun to learn together, make mistakes together, and improvise together. My kids have to pick the recipes, write down a list of ingredients for me to buy, cook it, set the table, and help clean up. We do silly suppers this day too so it’s all kinds of fun disguised as great life skills. My 2 year old LOVES this one.

4.      Reward the Good- Ever tire of just correcting the negative? We decided to use gold coins to reward the good. There are no real rules for gold coins, just whenever my husband and I decide to reward them. I hand them out when I see them being particularly nice to a sibling or being a peacemaker. I’ll leave them one on their bed when I do a random room check and find it clean. If there is a day that I needed extra help, I reward them for all their hard work. They choose how to spend the gold coins. 3 gold coins means you can pick something out of our treasure chest which is filled with $1 or less items as well as quarters. 8 gold coins equals a PJ party. We don’t do sleepovers but PJ parties are just as good- they get to pick out a few special treats, one movie, and one friend to have over for an extra-long playdate. 10 gold coins means you get to go to the store and pick something out that’s under $5. So far I have only done a few 10 gold coins purchases; most like taking the prize at 8. We've been doing this for years and it still works great (Bonus: it teaches the value and patience of saving).

5.      Use your imagination- We want our kids to use it so why aren't we? Instead of just going on a walk, go on a safari and be amazed at all the animals you see (see that giant hippo instead of the pine tree). On a long car ride? Turn it into a submarine or an airplane. When I was little my Dad always told us about this special feature he had on his station wagon every time we were going over a big bridge. I loved it and totally believed him when I was young. Even though I grew wise to his tricks, I still loved it. He would pretend to push and pull all these knobs and tell us to listen as the wings pop out. He’d count down and make all kinds of noise when we took off. Best thing ever!
Being fun doesn't mean you don’t follow the rules or have a routine. It just means getting creative. So how are you a Fun Mom (or Dad)? I’m always looking for extra ideas to put in my toolbox.
Camille Gillham blogs over at Colorado Springs Tours and Reviews. She loves being a fun mom to her 5 kids and touring her hometown. You can also find her at Chicken Scratch  n Sniff.





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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tuesday Twitter Linky Party #34

Welcome to The Ultimate Linky's Twitter Party!

I can't believe that summer is already over and this is my last week to cohost the Twitter Tuesday's Linky Party. I have had such a great time doing this and have met some great new people.  You can continue to link up at The Ultimate Linky where this party runs every month. Thanks for linking up with me this summer! There are two linkies in this party! You can do just one or both linkies if you wish. On the first linky, you will link up your Twitter URL for your Twitter account so that you can be followed. On the second linky, link up the URL of a tweet you would like to be retweeted. Please follow me and Tammy from The Ultimate Linky on Twitter, add the button to your sidebar or party page, and then link up and follow the directions for who to follow/retweet! If you are the last three to link up, your links will be manually added to the beginning of next week's link-up so that you get your follows. You can always follow more if you decide to! We also would love any shares that you could give to help spread the word about this party!
The Ultimate Linky
You can also link up one tweet that you would like to have re-tweeted. This is the same concept as above except you only have to tweet the two links above yours. I will make sure I tweet the last link(s). Social media parties every day of the week!

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday Twitter Linky Party #33

Welcome to the The Ultimate Linky's Twitter Party!

Thanks for coming and linking up here to the Twitter Linky Party! I only have this week and next left as the Co-host for this amazing party!  I have so enjoyed all the new people I have met through this linky party!  Be sure you go over and follow Tammy and all of the other amazing follow linky parties she does there! There are two linkies in this party! You can do just one or both linkies if you wish. On the first linky, you will link up your Twitter URL for your Twitter account so that you can be followed. On the second linky, link up the URL of a tweet you would like to be retweeted. Please follow me and Tammy from The Ultimate Linky on Twitter, add the button to your sidebar or party page, and then link up and follow the directions for who to follow/retweet! If you are the last three to link up, your links will be manually added to the beginning of next week's link-up so that you get your follows. You can always follow more if you decide to! We also would love any shares that you could give to help spread the word about this party!
The Ultimate Linky
You can also link up one tweet that you would like to have re-tweeted. This is the same concept as above except you only have to tweet the two links above yours. I will make sure I tweet the last link(s). Social media parties every day of the week!



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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Perfect Brown Rice Pasta Every Time & Tuesday Twitter Linky Party #32

Sorry I am a little late getting this up this week!  My internet was down this morning.  Such a frustrating problem for a blogger!  Today I am sharing with you how to make perfect brown rice pasta.  Since starting my new dietary lifestyle, brown rice pasta has become a staple for my family.  While it is a fine substitute, it can be a little bland and mushy if not cooked correctly.  It took me awhile, but I think I have finally perfected the art off cooking it!  


Cook Perfect Brown Rice Brown Pasta Every Time! @ATIPicalDay #glutenfree #brownricepasta #recipes #cooking #twitterparty #linkups

You will want to start with a good quality brown rice pasta.  There are many varieties out there.  Play with them and see which you like best.  You will want to follow the package directions for cooking, and apply the below tips to get the best tasting brown rice pasta ever!
  • Add extra water to your pot.  This will help the pasta to cook more evenly.
  • Add a splash of olive oil to your water.
  • Be sure to generously salt your boiling water.  I use a good palm full of sea salt.
  • Stir frequently to reduce noodles sticking together.
  • Do not over cook!  Use the time stated on the package as your guide.  Test noodle to make sure it is perfectly cooked.  It should not be tough (not cooked completely) or mushy (overcooked).
  • Drain completely and rinse with cold water.
  • Once drained drizzle Extra Virgin Olive Oil (about 1 tablespoon) all over noodles.  Sprinkle with some additional sea salt.  I personally love to use a organic garlic and sea salt mix I get from B.J.'s Wholesale.
Doing these steps will truly enhance the flavor of your bland brown rice pasta and no one will know that you are serving something healthy!

Serve this pasta with your favorite sauce or plain with a sprinkle of your favorite cheese.



Now onto our party!  Be sure to share the party with your friends for an even better party!

Welcome to the The Ultimate Linky's Twitter Party!

Thanks for coming and linking up here to the Twitter Linky Party! You can come back here every week on Tuesday for this whole summer to get more followers on twitter! Our goal is to grow this party so that there will be new people linking up every week so that you can continue to get new followers! There are two linkies in this party! You can do just one or both linkies if you wish. On the first linky, you will link up your Twitter URL for your Twitter account so that you can be followed. On the second linky, link up the URL of a tweet you would like to be retweeted. Please follow me and Tammy from The Ultimate Linky on Twitter, add the button to your sidebar or party page, and then link up and follow the directions for who to follow/retweet! If you are the last three to link up, your links will be manually added to the beginning of next week's link-up so that you get your follows. You can always follow more if you decide to! We also would love any shares that you could give to help spread the word about this party!
The Ultimate Linky
You can also link up one tweet that you would like to have re-tweeted. This is the same concept as above except you only have to tweet the two links above yours. I will make sure I tweet the last link(s). Social media parties every day of the week!

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