NEW YEAR NEW GOALS 2017

So it has been several months since I blogged at all.  First I had a few issues surrounding my laptop.  My husband dropped it and the hard drive was completely ruined.  He bought me a laptop a few days later and for some reason it was not working as fast as I needed it too.  He bought it from someone on Ebay so I figured maybe something was wrong with it.  Finally I got my new Mac a few months later but in the mean time I kept making up excuses of reasons I wasn’t inspired and motivated to write.  I finally realized that I just wasn’t content in the direction that I was taking my blog.  I felt I needed a few months off to really think about what I really wanted to do with my blog.  So finally after what has felt like an extremely long absence I am back and feel so refreshed and ready to work hard and create amazing content that hopefully many will enjoy and appreciate.  I

It’s a new year and so it feels like a new beginning for my blog and for making it the career that I have always wanted and dreamt of having!  With that said I have written down some goals that I want to accomplish and work more on for this new year.  I love new years because it honestly feels like I’m getting a new chance at life-I know I’m exaggerating.  I know I’m not the only one that feels this way though.

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HOW I FEED MY FAMILY OF 4 ON $100 A WEEK

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I have never really been great at budgeting.  Recently however, my family of four depends on one sole income.  So budgeting has become a “must”.  Now that I actually learned to budget I ask myself why I didn’t try this sooner.  To think of all the money that I could have saved is unbelievable.  I feel bad knowing that I spent up to $200 per week on groceries for a then family of 3.  A lot of the food that I purchased would spoil or expire before I even used it.  I tried to teach my daughter the importance of being grateful for the food on our table because there are so many families who can’t even afford it, yet there I was guilty of wasting so much food.

That’s why I vowed to myself I would learn to budget and by that I begin to learn how to meal plan.  I knew I for sure had to stick to this especially with my husband giving me a set amount to spend on groceries.  I almost thought it would be impossible to buy one week’s worth of groceries under $100 until I actually tried it for the first time.  It’s crazy because since I started budgeting and meal planning we started eating a lot healthier as well.  Of course we slip up here and there but I feel that’s ok especially with having kids that are really picky eaters.  The thing is now I buy what is necessary and not just want I want or crave.  Again here and there I do buy something that the kids or my husband and I are craving but 98% of the time I stick to what is on my list and if I know I have a few dollars left over then I will grab a box of ice cream or some type of dessert for the kids.

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BENEFITS OF DRINKING WARM LEMON WATER

Benefits Of Drinking Warm Lemon Water Every Morning

LEMON WATER

I started drinking a warm glass of lemon water in the mornings about a month and a half ago.  It’s been one of the best things I have done for myself.  I have noticed some of the benefits that several other bloggers and websites have posted about.  Of course there are also other benefits that I can’t attest are true.  I have read several reports that drinking lemon water helps with things such as joint healing, liver function, and reducing depression and anxiety symptoms.

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My Toddler Isn’t Saying Enough

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My son had his 18 month checkup a few weeks ago and everything went great.  Except for the part when his Pediatrician asked me how many words he was saying.  She mentioned he is supposed to be saying up to at least 8 words by now and well he is well under that.  He said about 4 or 5 then and since the visit I have put more effort into helping him so he has probably learned another one or two new words.  Since he was like 15 months I begin to feel concerned because he begin to yell and scream for everything.

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WHAT HELPED GET ME THROUGH COLLEGE

One of my biggest accomplishments has been graduating college.  I’m usually the type of person that when I set my mind to something, I am going to get it done.  No matter what it takes or how long it takes.  Regardless of the many ups and downs and the years that it took, I did it.  It is actually pretty crazy because when I was single and had no kids I was enjoying my college experience by making new friends and partying but my grades were not the best.  I had a “C” average during those first years of college.  When I became pregnant with my firstborn, it seemed nearly impossible to juggle school, work, and dealing with my all day morning sickness.  I also made up several excuses, I was doing bad in most of the classes that I was enrolled in during that time, so I decided to drop all my classes.  This was already past the withdrawal date so dropping would of course also have a negative effect on my average.  I felt like such a complete failure because I felt like the stereotypical young Mexican girl who got pregnant at an early age (21 yrs old) and I hadn’t even finished college or accomplished any of the goals I had set for myself.

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CHOOSING OUR FIRST DANCE SONG

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My husband and I are married through the courthouse.  However, I am currently planning our Catholic wedding ceremony and reception for next year.  I started wedding planning 15 months in advance and Alex thought I was crazy!  Of course I had to explain to him that since we are planning a destination wedding it was best that I started planning way in advance.  It has been extremely stressful.  From choosing the destination location, to choosing an affordable wedding package, and to agreeing on our wedding guest list.  It’s so complicated.  Of course for Alex it is as simple as not having anyone there but both ourselves and both our families and he’s happy.  Unfortunately it’s not that simple.  I’ve been planning all the big things that I hadn’t really thought of all the little things.  Those little things that are actually very important.  The little things are the things that we are always going to remember and are those things that we are going to have locked in our memories and hearts forever and ever.

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MOMMY CONFIDENCE

WEIGHT

My struggle to be fit is real.  I have never really worked out, honestly because I never felt I had to before.  Growing up I went through a skinny, chunky, skinny, and back to chunky phase.  Currently I am working at being fit and maintaining this fit lifestyle.  During both of my pregnancies I had the worst morning sickness ever.  I literally stayed nauseous and vomited all day long.  As a matter of fact it was so bad that I lost about a total of 20 lbs during each pregnancy.  Which I was glad because I was already not in the best shape before I got pregnant.  Even though I lost all that weight my stomach still stretched to its maximum (imagine my daughter was 9lbs and my son was 8lbs).

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WHY MOMS SHOULDN’T FEEL GUILTY ABOUT HAVING A SOCIAL LIFE

Being a mother and wife is wonderful.  I felt such a huge responsibility having the titles of mother and wife that I dedicated everything, my whole life really.  I entirely gave up my social life including the majority of friends that I had.  I stopped going out with my girlfriends because I felt guilty going out without my husband or kids.  I felt people would judge me and think I was a bad mother, I actually believed I would be a bad mother if I went out with the purpose of having a good time for myself.  I was always thinking of the negative things that could happen.  This is truly one of the biggest regrets that I have.

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THE STRUGGLE TO RID MY TODDLER OF HIS BABY BOTTLE

My son is 18 months old.  I have been trying to rid him of the baby bottle since he turned 12 months.  It has been the hardest thing to do.  I’ve always heard that boys take a lot longer and are a lot harder to train or do certain things with.  I now believe that is true.  I recall that with my daughter all I did was throw away her baby bottles, I filled a sippy cup with milk, she tasted it and that was that.  Didn’t care that it was in a different cup.

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