Another year, a new List!

Here was this year’s list with the things I have done highlighted! Below is the new list for 2013! I will transfer over and add a few new things and change at will! But it’s a guideline and challenge to do many things and live life to the fullest.


1. Practice yoga more than once a month to start and more later.

2. Take Spin Class

3. Once a week, steady mindful meditation

4. Participate in Move More Eat Well class

5. Participate in One Little Word (mine this year is mindful)

6. Organize, organize, organize

7. Do the polar bear dip! DONE 1/1/12

8. Use Evernote

9. Start draft on book

10. Conduct interviews and write articles on fabulous women I know

11. Redo massage brochure

12. Be honest and mindful in the everyday

13. Purchase and use a neti pot

14. Join a Bunco group

15. Write letters

16. Join PTA-and I’m the Secretary!

17. Learn new massage technique

18. Train for Triathlon and 5k

19. Knit a project

20. Submit photos to the midstate fair

21. Blog about each of these events

22. Start running

23. Do more with less

24. Keep email inbox purged and updated

25. Create with my girls

26. Volunteer at the girls school

27. Plan date nights with Trevis

28. Make more green juice

29. Do a cleanse

30. Read the Hunger Game Series

31. Write at least 3 book reviews

32. Paint the bathroom

33. Make a mosaic

34. Take the girls to the snow.

35. Visit Tobi in Ojai’-The Dirty Girl Mud Run

36. Do a month of themed blogging.

37. Rollerskate with girls.

38. HAve another India Boutique

39. Dance with Trevis

40. Cook at two new recipes per month.

41. Practice patience and kindness and mindfulness with my girls, my husband, my family, my friends and myself.

42. Print and post this list where I can see it everyday.


The List

1. Run in at least five, 5k’s

2. Run in the SLO Marathon

3. Do a team Triathlon

4. Take a Zumba class

5. Drink more green smoothies

6. Take Probiotics

7. Start Yoga

8. Continue with Jillian Michael workouts

9. Do the Color Run!

10. Read all the books I have, don’t buy any more

11. Blog at least three time a week

12. Sell art work

13. Take Girls to someplace new

14. Learn to knit with the girls

15. Dance with Trevis

16. Plan a family Trip

17. Take girls to Ojai

18. Take family up north to visit everyone!

19. Clean out sheds

20. Help people

21. Write letters

22. Learn to compost

23. Garden more

24. Spread kindness, generosity and wonderfulness-Like Jodi

25. Join a wine club

26. Play more Bunco!

27. Clean up desk area

28. Donate to Achievement House

29. Make allowance and chores schedule for the girls

30. Take girls to the movies

31. Make home made ice cream

32. Make crock pot recipes

33. Digital scrap!

34. Find new one little word for the year-Done…Move

35. Write more for Today’s Mama

36. Work on home

37. Redo the girls room

38. Do the Polar Bear Dip in Cayucos!

39. Make a mosaic with the girls

40.Fly Kites

41. Play frisbee with Trevis

42. Dance with the girls

43. Print and post where I can see this everyday!

-To start, here is my word for next year:


layouts, lessons learned

Sound advice to Be a Happy Mom

This is an oldie but goodie post from Scrapyoga back in the day! Enjoy!


-one of my all time favorite layouts


From Hybrid Mom at yahoo shine! I saw this and had to repost!

Here are 10 things happy moms do–so remember these tips in your day-to-day life!

1. Find time for yourself
Happy moms know they deserve a little time to themselves. When you know you’re going to have a little room to breathe later on in the day, it’s easier to take on everything that’s in front of you. Our formula? Take 2 hours out for yourself every 3 days.

2. Don’t make a happy baby, happier!
We all do it…you see your baby’s head at what you’re sure is an unnatural angle snoozing in their car seat. You just know they’ll be happier if their head was straight.  So you move them. And they wake up. Then they scream. Or, you see them playing happily in the sand. You just know they’ll be happier if they played on the slide. So you interrupt them and move them to the slide.  And they’re angry. And they let you know they’re REALLY angry.  Here’s the thing, they were happy. It can be hard to do, but if your kid’s not complaining, leave them be!  Happy baby = Happy Mommy.

3. Embrace the mess
So your house doesn’t look like something out of a magazine. That just means it’s cozy! Your children have hands coated in dirt from the playground and faces coated in spaghetti from dinner. It’s not gross—it’s an adorable photo op! Life is about how you look at things. Next time that pile of laundry that’s been sitting on the chair for three days starts to get you down, just remember… it’s probably feng shui.

4. Make time for your friends
Your family can survive without you while you make time to see friends. You are a woman with your own identity and its imperative that you and that identity go out for some margaritas once in awhile!

5.  Stop blowing yourself off
While you may be the one taking care of everyone, it doesn’t mean you can’t also get what you want. Help your family realize your needs are as important as theirs and when mom is happy, everyone is happy, but when mom is not….

6.  Get in the zone
Take 10 minutes to do absolutely nothing but rest. Take a break from your day, close your eyes, breath in slowly and deeply through your nose and exhale through your mouth.  Repeat several times. Think about a place you love that is relaxing, spend 10 minutes there in your mind.

7.  Remember your dreams and goals
Everyday we are encouraging our children to reach their full potential. But sometimes in the midst of being a parent we forget about our own dreams and goals. The best thing you can do to encourage a child is to lead by example –happy moms hold on to their dreams and goals and don’t let go.

8.  Be lighthearted
Don’t be the uptight mom. Be silly and dance with your kids to their music or tv show tunes. Be romantic and pull your partner into a waltz. Dance in slippery socks in your kitchen while making dinner.

9.  Bend the Rules
One of the best parts of making the rules is occasionally breaking them. Maybe it’s taking your child out of school for half a day on their birthday, or waking them up in the middle of the night to see a sky of shooting stars.  Happy moms know how to turn the mundane into fun.

10.  Mind your own business
Concentrate on creating your life the way you want it. Take care of you and your family. Don’t get overly concerned with what other people are doing or saying. Don’t get caught up with gossip or name calling. Stop seeking the validation of others and be confident in yourself.

July Mindful Mama Carnival, MIndful, Poetry

Grounded in Nature

Welcome to the July Mindful Mama Carnival: Mindfulness and Nature

This post was written for inclusion in the Mindful Mama Carnival hosted by Becoming Crunchy and TouchstoneZ. This month our participants have shared their experiences of mindfulness and the natural world. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

Welcome to my site and to the Mindful Mama Blog Carnival with this months topic: Mindfulness and Nature. We hope you enjoy the carnival, and plan to visit often! After the post be sure to  read on to other people who have shared their vision of this month’s topic!

Below is my “walking quest,” that led me to write, Grounded in Nature. What do you find when you are in nature. I for one believe that all the answers to the deep question we seek, are there…in nature.


Grounded In Nature

Darkness envelops.

Then all at once

Eyes see.


Light, bold and new

Crisp air that bites sweet.

Deep breath, exhale brisk breath.

I move,

I walk. Notice. Take in all around.

The extension of my limbs, roots in the ground.

My senses want. I touch. The earth is full of life.

Growth. Death. Cycles unfold.

Nature so profound.

Simple as can be.

Stop. Look. Listen. Smell, Touch. Taste the vapor in the air.

Though I step along, on top of and through,

I am one with all that is here.

The flowers, the leaves, the water,

the all.

I am grounded, deep.

Nature is here. Nature is me.

I am home.


Visit The Mindful Mama Homepage to find out how you can participate in the next Mindful Mama Carnival!

  • Zen and the Art of Raising Chickens Jenn at Monkey Butt Junction has found a connection to nature in her very own backyard, thanks to her chickens.
  • Healing Gemstones and Crystals for Children Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama discusses which genstones and crystals are best used by children to support physical, emotional, and/or spiritual healing.
  • A Gardener’s Meditation Andrea at Tales of Goodness shares how she finds peace and renewal through gardening.
  • Weeding My Thoughts Amanda at Let’s Take the Metro discusses how nature keeps her in the moment and stops her endless stream of thoughts.
  • Grounded in Nature Rani at OmSheSaid shares her walk in nature, and through expressive words, shares this journey to coming home.
  • Embracing the Magic of Moonlit Nights Lucy at Dreaming Aloud shares ways to embrace the magic of moonlit nights with your children and as a woman.
  • Meditation for a Mindful Mama Alinka at Baby Web guides you through her research on the science of meditation, its numerous benefits, and presents to you a life changing meditation exercise.
  • The Wild Within Naturemummy at Motherhood: My Latest Adventure reflects on the soothing qualities of wild places.
  • Nature’s Lessons in Mindfulness Tat at Mum in Search wants to bring the same mindfulness that comes so easily in nature to her relationships.
  • On Manicured Nature: We Roam in Small Spaces Featherstory at The Aniweda Dream shares her gratitude for her limited natural settings and her plans to expand her children’s experience with the natural world.
  • Garden (Time Out) Meditation Do you ever need a time out for yourself? Amy at Anktangle finds that during a difficult parenting moment, taking pause to spend a few minutes outside is just the thing she needs to be able to experience renewed patience, focus, and energy.
  • Nature Makes Me a Better Mother Terri at Child of the Nature Isle could not imagine parenting without Mother Nature.
  • Natural Renewal Karen at Playful Planet shares her experiences of reneweal in the natural world.
  • Natural History Kenna at A Million Tiny Things gets out into nature, 200 years ago, and isn’t sure she likes it there.
  • Nurtured by Nature Darcel at The Mahogany Way shares with us how being in nature helps her feel centered and connected.
  • Mindfulness and Nature Zoie at TouchstoneZ explores the connection between mindfulness and the natural world.
  • A Sense of Awe and Wonder Kelly at Becoming Crunchy shares the feeling she never fails to get from the natural world and how it guides her to the mindfulness she craves.