Sunday, September 22, 2013 • Vancouver, WA 98682
Today is the first day of Fall. The perfect timing of weather, the wind is blowing and the rain is falling. Soon the leaves will be turning and falling. Also, with Fall, the kids are back in school and for me that means a full calendar with a multitude of different things. Running my daughter to school early for volleyball practice, picking my son up late after patrol. Then the Boys and Girl Scouts have started their meetings, rehearsals for the Christmas program have started and soon and so on. As a busy working mom it's so easy to get caught up in all the activities, every one is so important. But where does that leave me? Often, with so many of us busy working moms it means too little sleep and what is the easiest and fastest way to feed those little bellies. That can also lead to some bad choices made. First, us Moms need to remember, we are the glue that holds these families together. So we need to make sure to take care of ourselves. It may take planning and work, but we are worth it. I know the husband and kids will agree with that. With that being said, we need to get enough sleep every night. A least 6-8 hours is most beneficial. Second, we need to have time to ourselves to read a book, take a bath, or dance a jig. Take the time to exercise too. Take a walk, do some push ups, climb the stairs or hit a punching bag. Everyone needs some peaceful time for themselves. And finally, eat good food. There is so much being said about eating clean, but do you know what that is. Eating clean is eating food like great grandma ate. Fruit and vegetables out of a garden instead of a can. Bread made with things like flour, salt and yeast instead of high fructose corn syrup. And dinners put together with things other than dyes. Yes it takes more time, but isn't your family and your worth it? So plan your meals. Have fresh fruit and sliced vegetables on hand for snacks instead of chips and crackers. Organic Yogurt instead of ice cream.