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31 Day Happiness Challenge

At the end of the day, the most important thing is to learn to be content with the life you have. Happiness doesn’t have to be something you daydream about and being content is actually pretty simple. I’ve created this 31 Day Happiness Challenge to make you feel more uplifted, cheerful, and learn what makes you truly happy in life. There’s a new challenge day to help you become a happier person by the end of the month! I think this is the PERFECT time to do it and make the last 31 days of 2018 purposeful and fullfilling? Are you joining me?

Day 1:
Start a gratitude journal today and write down something you’re grateful for each day of our challenge!

Day 2:
It’s time to get moving! Sign up for a class, renew your gym membership, or even try some at home workouts to get your blood moving.

Day 3:
Prepare your meals for the week. This can be all three meals or just one meal each day. By having your meals taken care of, you can spend more time doing the things you love.

Day 4:
Go through your clothes today and get rid of any that don’t make you feel beautiful and any that you don’t love. Life is too short for ugly clothes.

Day 5:
Treat yo’self today to something that you love. It doesn’t have to cost money and can be something as simple as taking a bubble bath.

Day 6:
Spend some time today doing leisurely reading. Pick up that book you’ve been meaning to get to, and get started!

Day 7:
Take some time today to spend with the people you love. Have a coffee with a friend or go out to dinner with your spouse. You can even take your kids to the movies if you want, just surround yourself with people today.

Day 8:
Make yourself laugh today. Watch a funny movie, TV show, or a YouTube video, but whatever you do, find a way to laugh out loud today.

Day 9:
Take the day off today! Play hooky from work if you’re able to, or just enjoy the evening doing nothing whatsoever.

Day 10:
Take some time to reflect today. Think about the things that make you happy, and make a list if you need to. Whenever you are feeling down, refer to this list.

Day 11:
Go out with your friends tonight! Put on your little black dress and have an evening with the girlfriends tonight.

Day 12:
Take a walk today. It doesn’t have to be somewhere far, and if it’s raining put on some rainboots! Walking in the rain can still be just as fun.

Day 13:
Do something kind for someone else today. Pay for someone’s meal, leave a big tip at the restaurant, or volunteer today. Look for a chance to help someone in a big way today.

Day 14:
Ask yourself what is weighing on your mind today? Do a brain dump and unload some of those thoughts floating around your head today.

Day 15:
Do something because it’s what you enjoy doing today! When was the last time you picked up a coloring book, played a video game, or even a board game? Take some time today and enjoy the nostalgia.

Day 16:
Call a distant friend or family member today. You don’t have to call with a purpose, just call and talk to them.

Day 17:
Get those things that have been lingering on your to-do list done today! Stop procrastinating and get those areas that you’ve been meaning to get to done.

Day 18:
Clean up your space today. Take the time to give your home some love by cleaning it. Not only will you have a clean home, but a fresh space to live in.

Day 19:
Open the windows today, and if it’s cold, consider opening them just for a little while. Let in the fresh air and let your home breathe.

Day 20:
Pamper yourself today! Whether it’s just painting your nails or having a whole spa day at home, do something to pamper yourself today.

Day 21:
Get outside today. Even if it’s just for 10 minutes on your lunch break, go outside and enjoy the sun on your face and the fresh air.

Day 22:
Even if you have nowhere to be today, get dolled up. Do your hair, makeup, and put on your favorite outfit today.

Day 23:
Today focus on all of your favorite things. Pick a few of your favorites and indulge! Perhaps it’s watching your favorite movie or creating your favorite dish at home.

Day 24:
Step outside of your comfort zone today. This could be trying a new class or just talking to someone at the park while you’re on a walk.

Day 25:
Listen to an audiobook or read a book you might not normally be interested in. This is not only a good way to expand your horizons, but also help you step outside of your comfort zone.

Day 26:
Learn something new today! It doesn’t have to be something practical either, knowing how to make quiche can still be fun even if you never have a reason to use this skill.

Day 27:
Take time for yourself today. Unplug from the outside world for a while and induldge in some me time.indulge

Day 28:
Focus on meditation today. Do some yoga or just some light meditation and learn to relax your mind and your body.

Day 29:
Take a day trip! You can do this solo, with your spouse, or with friends. Go somewhere new you’ve never been before and explore.

Day 30:
Play with your pet today. If you don’t have one, visit a local pet shelter and play with their animals.

Day 31:
Raise your glass! You’ve made it to the end! Enjoy that special beverage or glass of wine. You’ve earned it.

Happiness isn’t always easy, but by the end of this challenge, your mood should be greatly improved and you can start living the life you want to live.

Mommy Must Have - Me4Kidz

I normally like to do a HUGE list of products that I absolutely adore and love. 
Today, I'll be focusing on one that has literally been a saving grace in this house of boys I live in. 

The Medibuddy & our Cool It Buddy have been staples in our home since they arrived in September. Why did I wait to say anything? Because as soon as I opened it, SOMEONE WITH TWO FEET AND NO TEETH decided that they were going to hit their toe on the door and open their foot. Medibuddy to the rescue - seriously!! I can't even make this stuff up.

The Medibuddy first aid kit comes in 8 different styles and I would be lying if I said I didn't want one in each. It comes prepped and ready for anything - literally. Bandaids, Gauze, ointment, stickers and all in a super convenient case that makes it easy to keep organized and ready at a moments notice.

It's come in handy for the bumped toe, moms papercuts and it's made getting a bandaid on the toddler a walk in the park. ( Imagine putting a band-aid on an octopus? Yeah, that's my everyday).  Dealing with shots?  You got this. Need an emergency sticker for the random meltdown? Gotcha.

Thoroughly impressed doesn't even begin to describe the next product - The Cool It Buddy. One Word GODSENT. The reusable part of it alone makes the momma heart in me swoon. The fact that it is easy to freeze, still able to move, and compact and handpainted makes it every mom MUST HAVE.

What really impressed me was the fact that on the ice pack itself says the following: 
 I am okay, I am brave, I am tough, I am better, I am ready to play now

You go through the motions of having a child get hurt and the last thing you want to tell them is that they are okay and they're fine. Not giving them the chance to TRULY experience what just happened, process it, and then "get better." Whether it is a minor boo-boo or a major one - this phrase has made ALL THE DIFFERENCE for Alexander especially. Now, we get our ice pack he calls "Get Ice Monkey" and we say the phrase, we clean it up and we are good to go. Meltdown avoided. 

It also made the croup infestation we had that much easier because who doesn't want a monkey on their head? Right? Lol. 

The company itself? BEAUTIFUL. 

The Nasso family created and built the Me4Kidz brand and has focused on providing kid-friendly, eco-friendly, and family loved solutions for everyone. With over 15 products and choices, different styles, different needs and tons of fun the Nasso family has created a product that is a staple in my home as well as in the homes of many. 

With all of that said, they took the cake for me when I looked into their brand and saw that they partner with non-profit organizations to provide work for individuals with disabilities. Yes, yes. We can all cry right now - on top of providing comfort and ease to families across the states - they give an opportunity to have a hand in that. 

That was all I needed to head on over to Target and get one for each of my friends. I have a Medibuddy in my car, in my purse, in my husbands' car, in my parents' house & in each of the bathrooms.  My garage holds the Medibag First Aid Kit to replenish anything I might need and is my go-to in any family emergency. Handy, Dependable and Perfect for this house of absolute BOYS. It is beyond affordable and that has my name written all over it! 

Head on over to visit Me4Kidz and get to purchasing. Seriously. New moms, Seasoned Moms, Moms of Girls and Boys alike. Moms of Teens - it's endless and SO worth it. 

I received product in exchange for a review. However, all of my thoughts and experiences are that of my own. 

20 Instant Pot Recipes Ready in 20 Minutes or Less

Have you ever gotten home from running errands all day only to realize that you didn’t prepare anything for dinner? It’s too late to start the crockpot and you need dinner on the table fast! 

Personally, I don’t have time to spend all day in the kitchen preparing dinner, and I’m going to guess that you don’t either! These Instant Pot recipes will make preparing any dish so easy! All you need is 20 minutes or less, and you have a meal ready to eat! Here are 20 Instant Pot Recipes Ready in 20 Minutes or Less.