This weeks blogging carnival question is : What are your strategies to fit everything into your busy life? Any areas you need to work on?" LOL let me answer that.
I have this awesome little agenda by MomAgenda (click, or see the button on right side of page if you wanna check them out). I have this portfolio of sorts. It is a giant - massive - sized portfolio, with a monthly calendar inside, as well as clear thingies (?) that I can put important papers in - whether its recipes, phone numbers, papers for my New job (yay), or whatever. They also have tabs on them, so you can see what they are without having to flip through them all, and at the back is a notepad. Its pretty awesome. The calendar can come out, as can the notepad, so you can refill it the next year (or when its out in the case of the notepad). I leave this massive agenda open on my desk (because my desk is huge), and whenever something comes up - I put it in there. If I want to remind myself of something, I write it in there on the date. Now, if I need a reminder of something for online, I tend to use my Google Calender, and have it send an email and a pop up reminder (Yes, I have this set up for Mamavation posts and the show), so that I never forget. I have a cool widget thing on my desktop that syncs with Google Calendar (thank you HP/Windows), so that way I can see all upcoming events on there. So, I have 2 ways to schedule myself, and to make sure that I don't forget. Also, lets add that I have a Blackberry that can remind me of everything as well (and syncs to my Google Calendar).
But even with all that, I still tend to forget. Maybe its the ADD in me, but I love me some post-its. I use them up so fast! I post them around my monitor, all over my desk, planner/agenda, wall calendar - Everywhere! I haven't bought them in a while, I don't think my husband likes seeing them. But I have discovered that a lot of ADD people use post-its too! Yay! So maybe I should invest in Post-It stock and get rich with the company. : ) In any case. I like to think that I am organized. But I do slip up. For example, the past 2 weeks -- well, OK. Its not like there was a lack of planning. But I switched Internet Service Providers and was having issues. By time everything was together and working properly, it was like Wednesday. I still could have posted, but decided not to. Than one weekend I was at the ER all night, and the last thing on my mind was a blog post. And I am STILL sick. But, am much better. Finally. So I am back this week. And I can already tell, its gonna be a long one! (Hope your in it for the long haul with me!)
OH -the second part of the Question. Any areas you need to work on. I don't think I do. I have 2-3 main ways to keep updated and schedule everything in, and my Blackberry as a backup for really, really important things. I think its the ADD that makes me wants to use not only my agenda/planner, but also my wall calendar and my Blackberry. I am extra covered! Maybe my area of work should be picking one place to put it ALL. Maybe I can work on that. That way I am not so crazy in making sure everything is in all places. LOL
On to the next one.
I have been walking some. About a mile every few days - a few miles a week. I need good walking shoes - I want shoes from Earth Footwear, but the closest store to me that sells them are too far for me. :( I would like to try them on before I buy them. Also, since my sickness is affecting my asthma a lot, its hard for me to do much more. I am in the process of looking for a trailer for my bike, that way I can put my son in it, and just go for a few miles on my bike. Even go to the store on it. That would be fun. I do plan on working out with my EAS Active soon. My husband keeps reminding me we bought it so I can work out to it - but he doesn't have asthma. I know how far I can push it before I need to stop, and with me being sick the past few months (pneumonia is really a killer for people with asthma/breathing problems), and I have been unable to. I just feel like I am making excuses though. I really do want to do it. I don't feel motivated to do much of anything. I will admit it, I could be laying out on the couch, relaxing watching TV, and start thinking, well hey, I should work out... But then I don't. I need that extra push, I am going to start looking for an affordable treadmill - it just gets too hot here in Arizona - and lately, its starting to get warm, summer is close. But here is where I announce that I plan on applying to be one of the next Mamavation Moms. I got the email that I can apply here soon (probably now, I have to go back and take a look), and I plan on entering. I missed the chance to enter on the last one, and I really think that if I have something like that - and a team like that rooting me on - helping me out, and coaching me, I will be able to do it.
In any case. I am trying to drink more water. My husband pointed out to me that I am drinking at least one 2-liter a day, and I know some days I have a 2 full 2-liters - granted one was Ginger Ale, and the other is Sprite. Both caffeine free, but still not good to have that much. My dirty little secret is the Dr. Pepper. Oh how I love it. And its a new love. I never liked it up till about a year or so ago. Its sooo good. Maybe its the caffeine. With me having ADD, when I have caffeine, it makes me go longer. It does to me the equivalent of what a Red Bull or Monster or Rockstar would do for you. Those high energy drinks puts me (and anyone else with ADHD) to sleep. It does absolutely nothing. But caffeine - especially Dr Pepper for me - does a lot. It wakes me up, energizes me, and tastes so good. I need to find a healthy equivalent. Any suggestions? Something affordable, and something non-addicting, non-habit forming. Something I can just have once or twice a day and feel energized... I am going to take more vitamins, would that do the trick as good? I have no clue. Hopefully some of you can give suggestions...
As part of my last Mamavation post, I said I was going to meditate before bed, and relax and try to have a good nights sleep. I have been doing that more. I tend to lay in bed, and have my palms facing up. I imagine a white light starting at my feet, and circling my body slowly, until all the craziness of the day is gone. It slowly works up my body, and makes it to my head. But by that time my mind is clear and I am sleeping. I don't think I have ever been awake long enough for me to envision it around my head LOL. So I guess thats working! I find that I am sleeping on my stomach more - but that hurts my back - A LOT. I have degenerative disk disease in my lower back, and the arch of sleeping on my stomach - with my upper back elevated higher than normal- really hurts me. I am trying to sleep on side or back only. I have been using a pillow like a teddy bear, hoping that it will get in my way when I am sleeping- but I cannot seem to stop. I am going to be searching to see what I can do to prevent moving to my stomach.
In other unrelated news........
I will be having 2 giveaways this week. I need to get the review and the post up. So come back and look for those. I will post on Twitter for you all, and if you are friends with me or follow my blog on Facebook then you will see it post there too. So keep an eye out. I will post it in the daytime so that way you will see it as soon as it goes up.
Around Mothers Day this year (which is May 8th), I am going to be hosting a giveaway for a gift card to EdenFantasys. Check out the banner on the left side of the page to see what they have (and if you click it, and decide to buy something, use code SU9 for 15% at checkout). There is a springtime cleaning sale - some items 50% off, and there is a free gift with purchase if you plan on it... So between the 50% off on some items, + a free gift, + the 15% off if you use my code, you are set! You can spend $25 and get a lot! Shipping is as low as $5 ... So get on it! Click on the EdenFantasys banner on the left side of my blog to get over there. Check out what you think you would want, make a wish list - whatever you wanna do, and in the end of April / beginning of May, watch for that giveaway.
OH!!!! BIG NEWS! I got hired for a work at home position for Uhaul. They are hiring all around the country - go to uhaul.com, at the bottom of the page, click careers, and put in WFH as the keyword, and your zip code. If there is a position there available by you, it would be listed - and WFH would be in the title of it. WFH= work from home. The pay is between $12-$14 (base+bonus). 25 hours a week. Temp till Sept - but could be hired on afterwards, based on need. So if your interested, check it out. And hey - say I referred you! Jennifer Tyree firstname.lastname@example.org (if they ask). IDK if I get anything for that lol I start my training (from home) on March 21. I am really excited for this.
Quick question to moms of boys.... Does your son get erections? My 6 year old is getting them - and I just don't know what to do. I know that boys get them at all ages. And as of now his sex organs are not developed - so I know its not a sexual response to anything, but still! What do I do!? What do I say!? It happens at all times of the day, and I have found him sitting on the couch, in his undies (sometimes we let him roam the house in undies), and has his hands in his underwear - think Al Bundy from Married With Children. LOL Help!
Uhm, I think that is all. At least for now...
Oh, did I mention --- March 8 is my 3 year wedding anniversary! It is also Mardi Gras! : ) Oh yea!
This post is sponsored by Earth Footwear and I am writing this post to be entered into a giveaway.