Category Archives: Parenting

5 Last Minute Mother’s Day Ideas

May 2, 2016

Do you need some last minute Mother’s Day ideas?!?  

Or do you need to give some easy last minute hints to someone to make sure they don’t forget Mother’s Day?  

I’ve got your back!  Here are some simple, fun Mother’s Day ideas that can be done before Sunday!

#1 – Mother’s Day Survey.  So fun and so easy, and so perfect to make mom laugh!  Get your Mother’s Day Survey here.

Last Minute Mother's Day Ideas

Keep going for more ideas that will make mom smile.

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How Can My Home Can Be a Holy Place?

March 3, 2016

Organize yourselves; prepared every needful thing; and establish a house, even a house of prayer, a house of fasting, a house of faith, a house of learning, a house of glory, a house of order, a house of God. – Doctrine & Covenants 88:119

How can my home be a holy place printable by simplistically sassy

Is your house anything like mine?  

The door open and closes (or stays open) off and on all afternoon as kids come in and out, and back in.  Feet running by me taking them to their destination with big plans in mind.  Laughter filling the air as siblings play, or yelling as they fight.  

How can my home be a holy place when there is a varying within families of relationships?

 There is a varying of attitudes, experiences, and personalities.  There always seems to be the underlying gift of love though.  No matter what happens, the love is there.  The desire to protect and watch over each other.  Sometimes that good desired is out weighted by the unrighteous desires of our hearts though.

What can we are parents do to bring that good in?  How can my home be a holy place when somedays there is so much contention?  We have to set that example, and we have to be acting the way we want to see our kids acting.  We should strive to be their best example.  

I recently read  book entitled My Home Can Be a Holy Place, by Kristen M. Oaks.How Can My Home Be a Holy Place? By Simplistically Sassy

I loved it!  It was such an easy reminder of the small things that can make a difference.  It was a perfect book to enjoy for a Family Home Evening lesson with the kids.  We took this to heart, and included the points talked about in the book, and used them in Family Counsel to create a Family Mission Statement.

The best part of creating a Family Mission statement was that the kids were SO involved in it all.  

We wanted them to have input, after all, they’re a huge part of this family too.  Part of our mission statement implements the ideas from My Home Can Be a Holy Place.  So, how can my home be a holy place?  Love.  Teach.  Be patient.  Listen.

I wanted to share what we created with you.  So, if you have hard times in your family getting along, finding peace, or remembering the Savior, you can hang this in your home as a reminder of how you’d like your house to be. 

What do you create a holy home?

Straighten Your Crown & Stand Taller

January 25, 2016

This saying has come into my Instagram feed, and Facebook feed several times lately.  It seems so fitting for life doesn’t it?  

Straighten Your Crown by Simplistically Sassy

Quote by 18Nineteen

As we become closer to Christ, and closer to the person He wants us to be, Satan tries us more.  He tries to get to us and tempt us and make us doubt our Divine Nature and our Divine Potential.  I’ve seen this in my own life as I’ve been striving to become closer to my Savior.  

Life is HARD.  Striving to be who we are meant to be is HARD.  We are all given trials that are HARD.  Being a mom is HARD.  Working all day long is HARD.  Our stresses, worries and trials can be made lighter as we turn those HARD things over to the Savior in prayer and seek His comfort and peace.  If we “take [his] yoke upon you and learn of [him] …” (Matthew 11:29) then we will be able to find those answers we are seeking after.

Over the past few months I’ve been trying to find out more about myself.  What will I spend my time doing when my kids are in school?  What do I even like to do?  Who am I besides, all that being a mother entails?  When I get a moment away from being a mom, what do I love to do?  What do I want to be when I grow up?  It’s been kind of a rough journey for me.  I’ve found out a lot about myself already, and expect to keep being surprised.  However, it would be impossible without the help of my loving Savior to help guide me and keep reminding me that I need to have faith in Him that my questions will be answered.

So, when you’re having a rough day, and the world seems to be getting you down, and you’re being hard on yourself, remember that God is NOT the one bringing you down.  Straighten the crown that you wear, and stand a little taller.  He’s on your side, and ready to walk beside you, always!

Fit is Possible

March 25, 2015

About twelve months ago I set out on a journey that I wasn’t sure the path of.  I was putting trust in people I didn’t know, and hoping that the drive I’d discovered, and the small faith in myself that I’d found would lead me to become the person I knew was inside.
(Photo Credit Emily Hayes Photography)Fit is Possible by Simplistically Sassy

As I reflect on the past year, I have realized that there are lessons I learned from those around me, and today I wanted to share a couple of those.

I have a friend named Kim.  She’s an incredible. She’s inspiring.  Kim has her own story, and her own journey of weight lose, and becoming fit and healthy.  I met Kim after she’d been down her path for a while, and I remember finding out that she would go to the gym to get her workout in at FOUR THIRTY AM!  I was shocked.  I remember telling her more than once that I had no idea how in the world she did that.  It was the option that worked best for her, and she was determined enough to do it.  It was the time that worked for her.  That was inspiring to me.  It stuck with me.  Kim taught me that sometimes we have to do things that seem impossible, and make things work when and how we can.  There are no excuses.

I also reconnected with an old friend, Molly.  Molly, too, had lost weight and had her story of getting fit and healthy.  She shared that in a blog post that completely inspired me.  I’m not sure why it resinated with me so much.  I just knew as I read through that blog post that I could do what she did.  I KNEW I could do it.  I have known Molly for about 8 years, and to see the changes that she was able to make in her life and after talking with her through some messages for a little while, I knew that the changes I wanted to make, and that she’d already made, were exactly what I wanted to do and how I wanted to do it.  Molly taught me that there is always a way to do what we want, if we can dedicate our lives to something new and different.

1. Get Rid of Excuses.

As a mom of 6 kids, I felt like I had a plethora of excuses to keep me from making good choices.  I did, actually.  There are always plenty of excuses for all of us to make.  We are all busy people.  We are busy moms, or busy employees, or busy wives, or busy friends, or busy whatever.  We all lead busy lives in our own way.  After reading Molly’s story, and looking through John’s program (which, I’ll touch on another day), I KNEW that was exactly what I needed.  I knew that I needed to learn to work out and eat right.  I wanted to find someone that could teach me to eat right with REAL food … I wanted to go shop at my local grocery story for my entire family, and not order food from a company that I was going to have to learn to eat, only to learn not to eat it and learn to eat real food.  That just wasn’t what I needed (it’s great for some and works awesome, just not for me). 

I had to get rid of my excuses.  I needed to find a time to work out.  My husband plays basketball every morning at 6:00 AM Monday – Friday.  He plays, comes home, gets ready for work and leaves by 7:30.  Financially we couldn’t pay for day care at the gym.  I needed to figure it out.  No excuses.  Remember my friend Kim?  Yeah … I knew that I could do what she did, because it was the ONLY time I could go to the gym.  I started going to the gym to lift weights 3 times a week at 4:30 AM.  I wanted to be back home in time to get ready for the day before my husband left for basketball.  I became that insane person that I always told Kim she was.  I wasn’t perfect, but I did it pretty well and plan to continue to do it as long as I have kids at home.  Once they’re all in school, I will be able to be more flexible with my schedule if I want to be.

2. Decide That You’re Ready to Change, then DO IT!Fit is Possible

I had to change my eating habits.  I had to learn how to eat. I knew I needed to eat better, but I didn’t understand HOW to do that and incorporate that into my life and my family.  That’s where John and his awesome program, Bod-E-Volv was priceless for me.  I give 100% of my new knowledge to him and his willingness to answer questions and take the time when I needed to understand.  I love the community that I found there with others going through the program as well and we could ask each other questions, or ask those that had been there before what they did.  Like I said before, I needed real food to learn with, and I needed to be able to cook for my family while I was learning.  My kids are crazy picky eaters and we’re still working on some things with them, but we’ll get there.  It’s a process, and now that I know what I’m doing, I feel confident that I can share that knowledge with them.  

3. Find Positive Support!

My adorable friend Sara was also a huge inspiration to me.  She’d shared her story on her blog (I couldn’t say enough good things about this blog, so just go, read, and make everything you see.  It’s good, it always is, lol).  I emailed her and asked her some questions.  She was so encouraging to me when I started and I hope she knows how much I appreciated that!  My husband was the other person I found a lot of support in.  He’d help me get up to the alarms that blare in the morning (and wake him up, lol).  He’d try to help encourage me to eat what I was supposed to and was willing to try a variety of things that we weren’t used to eating on a normal basis.  I really didn’t share the changes I was making with many.  It was just something I knew I needed to do and as I talked to various people it’d come up or whatever.  But I liked my little support system.  It was what I needed.

4. Keep Going … Even After the Excitement Is Gone.Fit is Possible

I feel like after a while I get sick of waking up early, and I had days where that just did not happen. Sometimes my drive to eat well and work out where just depleted.  It was worn out.  Life had just worn me down and that was just more to do.  I think sometimes we just have to let something become a habit, so that when we get to those times where we just don’t feel like it, we do it anyways.  We drag ourselves out of bed, or we force ourselves to eat what we know is best.  We just need to remind ourselves of the greater good.  We need a great support system to remind ourselves of the greater good.  We’ll get through it and we’ll see results and it’ll help get that excitement back.

5. Let Yourself Fail Sometimes, Then Move On.Fit is Possible

Isn’t there always an initial high for things?  We get so determined and excited for knew things, and then that wears off eventually, and it’s hard and life happens … and then we fall short.  Guess what?!?  If we recognize this, we can STAND UP AGAIN!  It’s awesome.  If you eat a brownie, and your’e trying to not eat brownies, that’s okay!  Stop at 1, and decide that it was amazing, and move on.  Just because you mess up, or fail once or twice or twenty times, does not mean that you’ve forever failed.  It means that you’re a person!  It means that you were tired, so you slept in or you were being a mom and you just couldn’t get your workout in that day, or it means that you ate out of stress one day, or just because you love cookies.  It’s okay.  Accept it and move on, and remember that you can do better!  

 

Fit is Possible

I feel like I get to live my life without feeling bogged down by things that used to bring me down.  I eat a cookie or a candy bar sometimes, but it doesn’t take over my life.  When I bake cookies, I bake them with someone else in mind that I can share them with, or several someones.  I’ve learned what food triggers me to sit and eat the entire thing (Oreos anyone?) and I’ve learned what healthier foods I love, even if they don’t sound good, once I eat them, they’re incredible, lol.  

I know I can do hard things.  I know I can be happy.  I know that as a mom, I can play with my kids more easily and have a fun time.  I know that now, I am closer to being who I hope and want to be.  

I can be that person I know is inside and that has made all the difference for me.

Yesterday, Today and Forever

March 23, 2015

I’ve been really thoughtful lately about how to better my blog, and how to really help other people through my blog.  I think posting fun ideas is great, but I want this to be a space that can help lift and inspire other people.  

I’ve had the opportunity to read a new book called,Yesterday, Today, and Forever by Elder M. Russell Ballard.  I have loved this book more than I even expected to.  I’ve really needed some of the words that he talks about and I have felt genuinely inspired to go in certain directions with certain aspects of my life. 

Yesterday, Today, and Forever-March 2015

I have also just been uplifted and felt the love the Lord has for me as I’ve read.  I think sometimes we all need that reminder.  We need to know we’re loved and remembered and that someone is there that understand and knows us.  It’s nice to be reminded.  Sometimes as a mom I feel like everything I do around the house and for the kids is just automatically expected of me, and no one really notices or cares if it gets done (although, they would if it DIDN’T get done, lol).  Sometimes picking up the scriptures or an inspiring book and reading words that touch our hearts and our spirits is just what we need to keep moving, to keep going and to keep doing the dishes, the laundry, and making dinner that no one likes (again!).  

Elder Ballard says: “Now, finally, I turn again to you dear sisters, you who have such a profound, innate spiritual ability to hear the voice of the Good Shepard.  I pray that you will never wonder again if you have worth in the sight of the Lord and to those He has called to preside in the Church for a season.  We love.  We cherish you.  We respect you.  We need you.  We want you to anticipate fully in the work of salvation.”  He goes on to say, “More than ever before we need women of faith, virtue, vision, and charity, as the Relief Society declaration proclaims.  We need women who can hear and will respond to the voice of the Lord, women who at all costs will defend and protect the family and the Church.  We need women who rejoice in their womanhood and have a spiritual confirmation of their identity, their value, and their eternal destiny.  Above all, we need women who will stand up for truth and righteousness, decry evil at every turn, and simply say, ‘Lord, here am I, send me.'”

I found those words so powerful!  Am I doing that?  If I am, how?!?  What more can I do to be a woman in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints who can help life and inspire others?  How can I better share my testimony and the gospel?  What am I doing daily to reach those goals and strengthen various aspects of my life that need strengthening?  

The entire book is filled with various topics and discussion and words of wonderful wisdom.  I hope you’ll take time to read this book.  It really is wonderful and so helpful in bringing us closer to the Lord in the various ways that we all need.

How to Accomplish Your Resolution

January 9, 2015

How to Keep your resolution by Simplistically Sassy

As I’ve been reading my Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc. I see so many people talking about I’ve resolutions, a word or the year, not setting resolutions, goals, etc.  It’s interesting to see the various views, what different people like to do, what has worked, what they hope works, etc.  

I think the biggest hurdle to it all is finding a way to accomplish what we set out to do, to accomplish each year.  We’re all really good at it for a few weeks, and then we get set back into our old habits, or it becomes hard, or we realize that we don’t care as much as we though it would.

So how can we change?  Really change?  How can we keep things organized?  How can we eat better?  How can we get the results that we’re so hoping to get? 

Last year I started on a goal that I’m still working on (and once I get to the my goal, I will happily share more details), and I’ve learned a few key things along the way that I wanted to share that can be applied to any goal. How to accomplish your resolution in 5 steps (plus a bonus 6th one).

1. Break your large goal, into smaller goals.  

If you want to lose 30 pounds, that won’t happen overnight.  Figure out how much you think you’ll be able to lose in a week or a month and work on getting that done.  

If you’re hoping to organize your house, pick a room each week, or even each month (maybe depending on the size of the room and all that needs to be done), and make a daily list of things you can actually have time to get done to help get that space organized.

2. Have a plan – a reasonable plan.

Once you’ve set your goal and kind of figure out how you might want to accomplish it, figure out what your plan will be.  Will you work out in the morning?  In the evenings?  Are you going to make a meal plan?  How will you follow through with that meal plan?  Are you organizing your house?  Which rooms will you do first, and then how will you do that room?  All at once, within a few days?  Have a plan, so you can keep yourself in check and also so that you can still live life, and not let that desire overwhelm and take over.  If it takes over everything, you may not be able to keep up with other things that need to get done, and in turn, you’ll stop working on your resolution.

3. Reevaluate Often.

Check on yourself.  Are you making the small changes you were hoping to?  If not, why?  What can you change, realistically, that will help you be able to reach those small goals.  Change your goals if needed.  Figure out a different time of day to do what you’re hoping to, or put reminders or motivators up around the house that may help you.

4. Why the resolution?

As you set your goals, your word of the year or make a resolution figure out WHY you want to do it.  When you’re reevaluating look at that too.  It’s great that you want a cleaner house, but WHY?  Really … ask the question, and figure out the answer to that question 4 times.  Is it so you can find things?  Why is that important?  So you’re not stressfully looking for things.  Well, why?  Get down to the real desire you have for your weight lose, for eating better, for getting things put together, or for why you want to focus on a specific word for the year.  Get to the heart of it.  If you can get to the heart of it – then it will be easier to keep going when the hype of the new year is gone.

5. Don’t be afraid of change.

If something isn’t working, FIX IT!  Change things up.  Try to see what isn’t working, and don’t be afraid to try something else.  You don’t have to give up on your desire to change, but sometimes we have to take a different path to get there.

6. You Will Fail – but it’s okay!

It’ll happen.  It’s life.  You’ll slip up in some way or another.  That doesn’t mean that you have to give up though!  Just realize the mistake was made and why it happened, and MOVE FORWARD!!!  That’s is the most important thing.  You don’t have to dwell on the slip up, you can notice that it happened, and just keep moving towards your goal, towards your life improvement, whatever it is.

What have you resolved to do this year?!?