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I am a busy stay–at–home–mom of 5 kids 10 and under. My “hats that I wear” are numerous. I homeschool, I volunteer at my church to help with the women’s activities, I founded and run a homeschool support group, I have a blog, I run my children to extra-curricular activities, I clean my home and make meals, I do laundry, and all the things us moms do! Plus, I like to take some time for myself in the midst of it all, whether to read a book, squeeze in some yoga, or crochet a little blanket for a new baby. One of the questions I’m asked most is, “How do you do it all”? Well, I have a routine and I stick to it pretty strictly day in and day out. The most important thing to remember is that, Progress is Perfection. Sometimes, we focus on perfection, but what we really need to focus on is the progress that we make each and every day. I want to stress that while this works for me, I feel it’s important for each person to tweak and tailor it to their life and needs. That’s progress! Also, give yourself grace and don’t let perfection, or the focus on perfection, become the enemy of good. Remember that key word, progress! Even if all you successfully do each day is implement breakfast into your schedule, that’s progress! The next day, or week, aim for adding one more successful thing! Finally, don’t be afraid to change this list. If it works for a day, but then somethings not working any longer – change it! Maybe it works well for a week or even a month, great! But at any time if it needs tweaked, free yourself from feeling like you can’t change, and change it up! Just keep going at it, and don’t give up! You do that and through progress you’ll see amazing results! One way I know I’m doing well is to look at how I’m doing mentally, physically and emotionally. If I am following my daily routine, then my overall health reflects that in those ways. If I haven’t followed it, then that too reflects in my overall health and well-being. I can then see whats amiss, and tweak my schedule to alleviate where I’m overwhelmed, stressed, or otherwise.
12 Things for Stay–at–Home–Moms
to do Daily for Success!
1. Get breakfast. 2. Tidy-up anything left from the night before. 3. Start load(s) of laundry and dishes. 4. Kids do their chores and I exercise, even if just some basic yoga poses to stretch and recenter. 5. Get a shower and get “ready” for the day. Kids get themselves ready, and I help those that need help (smaller children). 6. Daily tasks, work and/or school. 7. Quiet Time/Nap Time. 8. Kids afternoon activities or outdoor play (no screen time). 8. Dinner & Family Time. 9. Plan for tomorrow (tasks, menu, groceries). 10. Family quick evening tidy-up and kids get ready for bed. 11. Finish the loads of dishes and laundry from the morning. So, if I loaded the dishwasher, I’ll do a quick unload. If I put clothes in the wash, I’ll switch them to the dryer. 12. Self care and rest. This is my time to work on my blog, crochet, take a bubble bath, read a book, or indulge in Netflix. Notice that number one is in-line with the classic saying many of us grew-up hearing, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”! I notice, for myself when I start my day with a smoothie made with Silk Almondmilk, it sets the stage for not only an organized productive day but also for the beginning of additional good choices. Silk Almondmilk is a staple for food allergy families as its a substitute for one of the top 8 allergens (cows milk). Most of the recipes I share are vegan and include Silk Almondmilk as an allergy friendly substitute option and non-dairy option!
That’s what first led me to use it as a non-dairy alternative, because while I’m not allergic to cow’s milk, I do have an intolerance to it. My son is allergic to peanuts, but tree nuts are not an allergen for him, so I was excited to see it was made from almonds! Plus, its just a great plant-based option that compliments all variations of smoothies. It’s easy, delicious and nutritious! I like to use Silk Unsweetened Almondmilk, for myself: For my family, and when substituting in other recipes as a non-dairy option, I like to use Silk Original Almondmilk Now, this isn’t on my daily “to-do” list, but it is something that has been life-changing for me! While I don’t use it every day, I do use it multiple times each week. I like to get just what I need and fresh foods every 2-3 days. Sometimes I’ll do a big in-person shopping stock-up-the-pantry trip, but mostly I use Walmart Online Grocery Pickup! Instead of a grocery list, I constantly add items to my app grocery cart. Then when I’m ready to schedule pick-up, I just send it through and pick it up at a time that’s convenient for me! I can take all 5 kids with me in the car, and pick it up! The attendants load everything for you. It’s seriously the best thing ever. I don’t have to worry about kids misbehaving in the store, kids throwing extra things in the cart, kids rolling the cart into the back of other people’s heels (ha!!), making sure my kids have their shoes on, or anything else. It’s the best thing ever! If you haven’t tried it, you should!
Now for that recipe. This is my go to smoothie recipe that I’ve used for years. You can adjust the thickness to your liking. When I use it in a smoothie bowl, I use slightly less Silk Almondmilk. When I want to drink it through a straw in a glass, I will add just a touch more Silk Almondmilk for a tad thinner consistency.
The great thing about this recipe, is that it is super versatile. You can switch out the frozen fruits with your favorite flavors! I love mango, strawberry and banana. Sometimes I will switch out the mango for blueberry. You can play around with it and make it yours. I always use frozen fruit. It lasts longer than fresh fruits on the counter, I can buy more in bulk, and it gives me a nice cold smoothie which I love! I know that there typically two types of people in the kitchen, those that will toss in a handful of this and a handful of that with ease, and those that are like, I need measurements!! The latter was definitely me when I first started making smoothies. I don’t know why, but they seemed intimidating. They are actually so easy, and once you make them enough you just might start making them with a handful of this and a handful of that too! One more note. I do give exact measurements for this smoothie, BUT I want to share a little trick I learned from a friend. Do you ever make a smoothie recipe, and then it’s way too much for the glass or serving size you had in mind? Me all the time! Then I don’t know what to do with all the extra. I certainly don’t want to waste it! Get the glass you are going to drink your smoothie out of (or bowl, if you are making a smoothie bowl), and fill it with about 1/3 spinach, 1/3 strawberry & banana frozen mixture, 1/3 frozen mango. Then fill the glass with the Silk Almondmilk, filling in all the spots between the fruit and spinach. Next pour that into your blender, and mix it up. Voila, perfect portion! So there you have it, grab some spinach and your favorite frozen fruits and JUST ADD SILK! It’s easy, delicious and nutritious.
Mango Strawberry Banana Smoothie
- 1 cup Silk Almondmilk
- 1 cup raw spinach, not frozen
- 1 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1 cup frozen strawberry & banana chunks
Using the measurements listed in this recipe, add the spinach to your blender, followed by the frozen fruits. Then pour in the Silk Almondmilk. Blend til smooth, and enjoy!
If you'd like to make just one serving, using whatever glass you will be drinking your smoothie from, add 1/3 each of: spinach, mango, strawberry banana blend. Then fill your glass with the Silk Almondmilk. Now pour that into your blender, and blend til smooth. Now return your perfect portion back to your glass!
You can use whatever frozen berries or fruits you like. Mix it up and make it yours!
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