NingXia Red Challenge and More Red Juicy Goodness

So, there’s this red drink Young Living makes. I’ve been eyeing it for a while, but didn’t really jump on it until Cyber Monday when the timing was just right. I snagged two NingXia Red Image - YLs Graphicbottles of NingXia Red and a box of NingXia Nitro, deciding to try it them for a month. January 2nd was the start of the 30-Day NingXia Red Cheers Challenge, so details on that in a moment.

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Oily Adventures Await Me

It’s been a while, huh? Well, I’ve been up to a lot of things over the course of the last 18 months. Holy cow! 18?!

I now have a two-year-old plus some-odd months. He’s energetic, incredibly smart, a snuggle bug when he wants to be, and is amazingly curious about everything. He gets into trouble and loves to push our buttons, which is exactly what we expect with a tiny tot running our lives.

I’ve been on the go constantly these days, running amok between my full time job (45-50 hours/week), carting the kid around, editing, getting our house in order, and dealing with some other things. Feeling overwhelmed, dealing with some health things, and falling asleep each night right after J goes to bed, I decided it was time to try something new and get my life in order.

Enter Young Living Essential Oils.img_4248

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I’m Not A Mommy Wasteland

My stretch marks are marks of courage and strength. My hollow, flabby stomach is the deserted home of my greatest accomplishment. My now-larger thighs and rock-hard, wider calves are the carriers of a happily burdened superhero.

I swore to myself that I wouldn’t look at my stomach and my thighs with anything but pride, and I did really well with this creed for many moons, allowing myself time to adjust without pressure. Well, here I am today, staring at my extra bits here and flabby bits there. I can feel the pressure building to get back to before.

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A-to-Z Reflections

Well, for my first A-to-Z on this blog I’d say I did alright. Unfortunately I didn’t anticipate the course I was taking for my grad program to be so involved and take up so much of my time. I finished the challenge over on my book blog a little late, but still finished. This one wasn’t so fortunate. I just looked in my drafts folder and saw some letter posts sitting there half-finished. These were the nights I fell asleep at my laptop. Haha.

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(M) Me Time

One thing I’ve learned over the last few months is how important it is for me to take time to myself. I don’t necessarily mean an entire weekend of time away, but just something for me. Maybe the includes going to the gym, grocery shopping, taking a walk… Just getting away for a bit.

Having those moments to myself work to get my mind back in place. Re-centering is so important when us parents have to be so focused on the safety, happiness, and development of our little loved ones.

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(L) Love You Forever

I wanted to do two L posts. 😀 I’m silly, behind, AND an over-achiever!

Love You Forever by Robert Munsch is the first book from my childhood that had a seriously profound impact on me. There’s something musical about the word crafting throughout, along with simple, yet effective, illustrations that pulled me in. Every single time. I remember the joy through read alouds and then a deep sadness at the end of the story. I think this story actually played a role in why I am who I am.

It’s funny that something seemingly so small can affect us at such a young age. Books change us, regardless of our years here.

What book do you remember the most from childhood? Why?