If you know me you know I have my own sense of fashion. I don’t usually go with trends but I can be trendy. Well, one day I’m dropping the kiddos off at school and my friend Kim tells me “Lisa you should really do a look book”. I had never really considered myself a fashion girl but I do love a good fashion moment, and apparently I’ve had a few per her lol (thanks Kim!!).
So one of my favorite times to get in the fashion state of mind is when Im traveling so this Fashion Friday Lookbook is dedicated to some of my fave fashions while seeing the world! Enjoy!
Fashion for me happens when one of these things happen. Either you have a piece of clothing that is absolutely a statement piece or you dress up a basic piece with your accessories and attitude. Less is more unless its not!
Its 6pm Sunday evening what are you doing? I can tell you what every successful person in the world is doing…
Preparation for the week!
It’s amazing how well the week goes when you have a plan in place. I like to make sure I plan for ever aspect of my life. My days don’t always go as planned but when I get off track I just pick up where I left off.
My Week Prep has a few components
Each of these things are then subdivided
Mind- I’m a planner and that is the first way I keep my mind clear. When you write things down, thats less clutter in your mind you have to keep track of so I keep a note pad handy. I also like to take some time to reflect on what my dreams were at various times of life and look at how many of those have come true. This way of thought helps to keep me from being ungrateful for this blessed life I have even when things are tough. Lastly, I love to learn and dream up new things. I feel like keeping a child like outlook on life is what will keep us young. Likewise, constantly absorbing information keeps that muscle of a brain strong!!
Body- I like to get some form of exercise everyday, even if its just a tickelfest with my husband and kids or running with my pups in the back yard or even walking up and down the stairs to put away laundry. Getting your heart rate up and building muscle doesn’t have to be something hardcore in a gym. Another thing I am constantly teased about is my bedtime. I try to be in bed, sleep by 9pm. I am a early riser (5am) no matter what, so since I can’t seem to control my waking hour I decided to focus on bedtime. It also gives me a few moments before the world gets going to enjoy some time alone with the one I love, ME. I also plan for one relaxing bath a week. I fill the tub with bubbles and all sorts of smell goods to take me away. I also have a nightly face and body routine with creams (hubby loves that I always smell like flowers at bedtime) as well as a morning routine with creams and a SPF moisturizer. I’m a big fan of glamour so I keep my nail, lash, hair and massage appointments coming at least bi-weekly. If mommies not cared for then how will she care for the family.
Spirit- I start every morning with affirmations to myself about the kind of day it will be and how amazing I am. The greatest compliment you can get is the one you give yourself and mean. I attend church weekly or at least watch it online when I cannot make it and I work really hard to apply the principals I learn. It also important to know your spirit can be disturbed by negative images so I have a very happy social media relationship. I follow people that have great things to add to the world. When I have downtime and I look to things like that I want my spirit to be happy not disturbed. I protect my peace at all costs and that often means being very careful with my who’s, what’s and wheres. Peace is the one thing that can make your life perfect. Not money or anything else. When you work on your peace you don’t have time to focus on negative things. As soon as my peace is disturbed I remove myself or that thing (or person) from my life. No one gets a pass, even my husband and kids get a strong reprogramming when they interfere with the peace of our home (I’ve been rebooted a time or two myself). I will say, make a list of those closest to you and see if you have a peace stealer or two in your midst then get rid of them lol!!
Once my Self Care is covered, the rest is a matter of what the week holds.
Marriage Care- Hug and kiss daily, hold hands and share some alone time thats about nothing more than us
Kid Care- Meal plan for breakfast and lunch, homework, activities, alone time with each, playdates
Pet Care- Dog park, bath time, make dog food, heart guard , flea prevention, cuddles, snacks
Family Care- Appointments, family time together, family meetings to discuss dinner, whats new, concerns, wants
Business Matters- This is a list that won’t fit
Home Matters- Change filters, minor repairs, major repair list, cleaning, law care, pool care, I have a spring cleaning list I add to daily to keep our home from getting old. Updates, scheduled maintenance, HOA meetings
Volunteer Matters- I am on a board or two and like to volunteer with kid and animal groups
Fun- I give myself one day a week off. I drop my kids off, send my hubby to work and I lay on the couch until I feel like moving. I go to a movie alone or have lunch alone or go to iFLy and have an adventure alone. After giving so much to so many, I’ve found, its very important to have some alone time that you can just focus on YOUR wants and YOUR needs. It’s not selfish, its refreshing. No appointments, no friends, no family, no pets, no one to focus on but yourself. Most of us could not say when the last time was that we just spent some time focusing on ourselves. Its worth it and it gives your mind, body and spirit a break from being so extrinsically focused.
I hope this gets you to thinking about your Sundays as the day to put your plan together.
I always post how important it is to me to feed your pets like family. The idea of feeding my children from a big bag I buy once a month is outrageous and I feel the same way about my other kids. We like to provide real foods for our pups as well as our fish. Nice frozen mealworms and live plants keep our fish happy and healthy just like real meat and veggies keep our pups in the right frame of mind.
My love language is through food. I put a lot of love into the foods I feed my family and if you’re like me you’ll appreciate these awesome recipes!
10 lb ground beef or de-boned chicken
1 lb wild brown rice
4 -5 lbs mixed vegetables with corn, green beans, carrots, peas
2 large sweet potatoes
In a large stock pot boil your chicken until it falls off of the bone. Slice your sweet potatoes and in a second pot boil your sweet potatoes. After your potatoes are softened and your chicken is tender transfer each of them to a separate bowl. Mix the chicken stock and potato stock. Bring 32oz of the stock to a boil (freeze and save remaining stock) then add rice and cook as directed. Using a food processor chop the mixed veggies and transfer to a separate bowl (this makes it easier for your pups to get the nutrients from the vegetables). You can also use the food processor for your meats if you want to make it a little easier on a smaller pup. After the rice has absorbed all of the stock you can now begin mixing all of your ingredients. Stir well and transfer to a mason jar and freeze. I take 6 jars out each night to be sure two meals are thawed for my pups.
In a large pot brown and chop your ground beef as you would for tacos. Using a colander drain the beef and transfer to a bowl. Follow the chicken recipe from this point. You will only have sweet potato stock for your rice unless you have saved chicken stock from previous meals.
I use a
4oz jar for my schnauzer (he’s 16lbs)
8oz jar (I only fill to about 6 oz) for my pug mix (30lbs)
32oz plastic container for my Doberman mix (70lbs)
I like to use fish for our adopted cat Posá at our beach house. She is a feral cat but we feed her and keep her healthy and she keeps the mice and rattle snakes away! When I don’t plan to make her fish I just throw a extra jar of chicken based dog food and she loves it as much as she does the fish! Cats typically eat a lot less than dogs so its a lot easier to buy a bag of salmon or tilapia or fish of your choice (I like to use the bait fish that goes unused on the island from our neighbors).
2lbs of fish
2lb of chicken liver
1lb wild brown rice
1 cup fresh parsley
1 butternut squash
Lightly season your cat food with fresh (your or your cats choices through trial and error) basil, dill, lavender, catmint, oregano and rosemary
In separate stock pots boil your chicken livers until they turn into mush, this will be your rice stock. Bake your fish until flaky enough to break up with a fork. Bake your carrots and squash until softened as well. Boil 32oz of stock (save and freeze for next meal) add rice and cook as directed. When rice is cooked use a food processor to blend rice carrots, squash, parsley and herbs of choice. Use one herb in addition to parsley with each batch of food. After all ingredients are processed use a fork to flake your fish into the mixture. Then use a 4oz jar to freeze and store.
Always remember never add salt or seasonings. In the wild these creatures would be hunting fresh meat. Lets keep it as close to natural as possible. Use real cuts of meat and nothing canned due to the sodium.
Some of the benefits of homemade foods
better absorption of nutrients so less poop!
healthier coat and skin
fewer food related health issues
But one of the best things of all is your pet will know they are family and not just a pet!
Before becoming a mom, I remember wondering what all of those ladies did when they shipped their kids off to school. I would imagine they would go home and kick their heels up and look at all of their successes as a parent and wife. Boy oh boy the things I know now!!!!
I don’t think anything could have ever prepared me for what was coming next when I was pregnant. I mean I was a soldier in the USArmy so I can handle being a mom. I owned a 10,000 sqft facility that was home to my business and non profit so being a mom will be a cake walk. I’ve renovated countless properties and had to deal with the emotions of the city permitting offices so a kid will be a breeze. Well, I have since found out that I was wrong! Being a mom and particularly a stay at home parent comes with a lot more emotional stress and ridicule because “all we do is ship our kids off to school then kick our heels up” so we have no reason to complain. It took me a while to adjust to the worlds view of our kind but I’ve since found a way to make it amazing and fulfilling without feeling the need to explain!
The biggest thing I have learned is that I am the CEO of the White House. Since I do not have a job outside of the home I treat nothing about my home casual. I have a set time for cooking, cleaning and house work just like I would at a job. I have a set hour for my blog, play time for the kiddos, walking time for the dogs, a set day to clean our Beta tanks, set workout time with a schedule attached. Theres also the technical hours when I manage our real estate, our finances, the kiddos school and activities, etc…
All this being said, I now know the reason these hard working ladies looked as though they lived a life of leisure. Its because they started every day, week, month and year with a plan and that is my main message in all of my blogs. When you plan your life you will live more fulfilled. You will always know whats coming and you will be prepared and able to appreciate the surprises in life.
Keep up the good work being the CEO of your home!!