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6 Ways to Keep your Mom Mind Healthy

As mama’s, we are constantly under pressure. Between the kids, spouses, employers, schools, sports organizations, dinner, and household duties. The list goes on and on and it wears on our mind, body and soul.

One of the misconceptions of being a mom is that we have to put everyone else first. I used to healthy mom mindthink like this and it exhausted me. I spent all of my energy on everyone else and didn’t have any left for myself. This made for a very stressed out and unhappy me.

Ladies, I’m here to tell you that you are NOT SELFISH if your spend time on yourself. You don’t love your kids ANY LESS if you do something without them. As a matter of fact, I guarantee that you will appreciate them more after some time alone.

Take it from a mama of 16 years, who’s been through it all, it’s OK to focus on yourself every now and then! There are things that you can do in your day to day life to help ease those pressures and give yourself a break.

1. Surround yourself with like-minded mamas

When they say it takes a village to raise kids, they are right! When build your village with other moms that have similar parenting, marriage and lifestyle philosophies as you, your village becomes a group of people that you trust to help care for your kids.

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These like-minded mamas are the ones that will help you pick up your kids from school or soccer practice. You will help them when they are home sick and can’t make it to the baseball game or dance practice. Trusting that these mamas will help support your kids in a similar manner as you, will help your mom mind.

Like-minded mamas can also offer support from afar! Following positive mamas on social media or blogs is a great way to find a supportive online community of mamas to share experiences and provide suggestions. Start by following this blog and build a community from there!

2. Find activities to do without your kids

Whether it’s a weekly class, a walk around the block, or a night out with the girls, it’s important for moms to get out of the house and do something for themselves. Dad can handle it for a few hours while you leave the mess of the day behind and spend a few hours just thinking about yourself.

Some of the things that I have found that help me completely take my mind off the kids, house and hubby are weekly dance classes. During that one-hour that I am in class, I am totally focused on the dance moves and trying to get them right. I don’t have time to think about anything else.

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I also enjoy painting classes, though these are less frequently, but are equally as fun. The same thing happens. I am focused on working on my painting and am not thinking about anything else. Paint Nite not only gets my mind on something else, but I can enjoy a glass of wine while I am doing it! If you are interested in knowing about Paint Nite events in your area, check out my recent post here.

3. Practice self-care

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While we have talked about activities you can do to get your mind focused on other things, it’s equally as important to let our minds relax; long showers, reading a book, getting your nails or hair done. These are all great ways to just stop and relax.

Let me tell you ladies, I am terrible at this! I own it. I know it. When I try to do those things mentioned, my mind wanders to thinking about what I could be doing during this time. I appreciate my hair stylist because she not only does great hair, but we have great conversations as well! She helps me relax and by the time she shampoos my hair, I can actually relax.

We all need to take a moment on a regular basis and just stop, clear our minds and let our soul refresh. Nay means you can find do accomplish this, do it! You will be thankful you did!

4. Rid yourself of negative people

I have seen first-hand that not all mamas are a positive force in our lives. When you are around negative people, that energy transfers to you, even if you try to stay positive while around that them.

Be certain that if someone is saying negative things about other people to you, they are most certain saying negative things about you to other people. Sounds like high school, doesn’t it?

Make it a point to steer clear of mamas who don’t support you and bring a negative vibe to your life. Find mamas who are nonjudgmental, supportive, accept you and your parenting skills the way you are. These supportive mamas will offer advise without judgement and comfort when you truly need it.

5. Keep positive reinforcements accessible

I like to keep positive and empowering quotes in convenient places. Whether they are posted to my mirror, found when scrolling through Instagram and Facebook, or just a saying I remember, these positive reinforcements help me during my day.

Here are a few of my favorites:

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You can find more of my favorite inspirational (and funny) quotes on my Instagram and Facbeook pages!

6. Laugh

Laughter is so good for the soul! When we don’t laugh we are depriving ourselves of moments to truly let go and feel happy.

The other day, I was relaxing on the couch, watching TV, and my 12-year-old son came and laid next to me. I think he had a little too much sugar earlier in the day and he kept trying to cover my eyes and laughing. I kept moving his hand and he kept putting it back, laughing. His laugh became contagious and the next thing I know he’s laughing, I’m laughing and we both can’t stop.

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I realized in that moment it had been a long time since I laughed that much, and it felt so good! Laughter provides a release of stress is one of the most positive ways I can think of. I vowed at that moment to start doing things that prompt laughter; movies, tv shows, stand-up comedy, whatever!

Finding ways and time to do some of the activities above will be helpful, I promise! Let me know how you keep your Mom Mind Healthy! Leave a comment below! I’m always up for trying new things!

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Top 14 Places to Eat in South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe is one of my favorite vacation destinations! We typically visit in the winter, because we love to ski and snowboard, but it’s an amazing vacation destination any time of the year.

Below you will find a list of restaurants our family loves in. From breakfast and quick eats to nice dinners. There is a little something on this list for everyone. You might try one the next time you visit South Lake Tahoe.

Breakfast

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day! I could eat breakfast at any time during day, including dinner time! With that said, below are our two favorite breakfast spots in South Lake Tahoe.

Driftwood Cafe – The Driftwood Cafe is located in the Heavenly Village and is only open for breakfast and lunch. We have never actually eaten lunch there, but have for breakfast many times. My favorite dish on the breakfast menu is the Eggs Benedict! We have eaten there a number of times with various people and everyone always raves about how great the food is.south lake tahoe

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Red Hut Cafe

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There are two Red Hut Cafe’s in South Lake Tahoe. The food is amazing at both spots, but my favorite is the original one. It’s a small place with a 50’s diner vibe, and you can tell it’s a restored house. They carried the same feel into the new restaurant on Ski Run Blvd (that is now open for dinner), and even added a Soda Fountain section, but I still love the feel of the original one. Bottom line, either one you choose to go to will have a delicious breakfast!

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Red Hut Rosti

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‘The Regular’ – Eggs, Hash Browns and Biscuits and Gravy

Quick Eats

Because we like to ski, we are usually on the mountain at lunch time. However, the few opportunities that we had to check out some lunch spots around town, we found a few that are worth mentioning!

Izzy’s Burger Spa – Looking for a burger in South Lake Tahoe? Look no further than Izzy’s Burger Spa. This small burger joint makes one of the best burgers I have ever had. Their menu contains extensive burger options along with chili and hot dogs. The fries are made perfectly every time; soft on the inside and crispy on the outside! They have limited seating indoors and quite a bit of outdoor seating. If it’s chilly outside, you may want to take it to go!

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Blue Dog Gourmet Pizza – Looking for a pizza, salads or sandwiches? Blue Dog is the best choice in town! We have only eaten their pizza, but it’s definitely worth coming back to! Our favorite is the combination and the kids like the pepperoni here. They also deliver, which is very convenient when you don’t want to drive!

Mayas Grill

Maya’s Mexican Grill is located across Lake Tahoe Blvd. from Heavenly Village. It’s a small place, with less than 10 tables to sit. The food is amazingly authentic! My favorite item to get is the carne asada tacos, and my son absolutely loves their burritos!

Mayas doesn’t sell alcohol, so if you are looking to have a margarita or corona with your food, you will be out of luck. But Mayas is so good, with such a convenient location, that it’s usually a standard stop during our visits!

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Jalisco Mexican Grill

We found Jalisco Mexican Grill the last time we visited Tahoe. We were looking for a new restaurant to try and wanted something reasonably priced. Jalisco was the perfect choice. It’s located on Lake Tahoe Blvd., but not within walking distance of Heavenly Village, but definitely worth the drive.

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Not only were the prices reasonable for a vacation destination, but the food was amazing. The best part was the chips and salsa! Their salsa bar had a few different types of salsa to try and all were so good! They do not sell liquor, so you are still out of luck on that margarita, but they do offer a variety of bottled beer!

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Dinner

FiRE + iCE – Fire and Ice is one of our favorite dinner spots in South Lake Tahoe. Located in the Heavenly Village, Fire and Ice offers a unique dinner experience that is fun for the entire family. Each person selects the veggies, starch, protein and sauce that they would like cooked and put it into a bowl.

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Then, head over to the large circular grill in the middle of the room and hand your bowl to the chef. They will grill up your dinner while you watch their entertainment! The vibe is great, and everyone in our family gets what they like! They also have outside seating with fire pits, which is a great way to relax and have a drink after a day of skiing!

Lucky Beaver

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So, first of all, Lucky Beaver, is not for kids. Patrons have to be at least 21-years-old to enter because it’s a bar with gambling located just over State Line in Lake Tahoe. If you can manage to eat there without the kids, it’s worth it! Not only was the atmosphere fun, the food was phenomenal!

They are known for their steak burgers so that, of course, what we had! I had The Gambler with bacon and onion rings, while my husband had The Blackjack with pepper jack cheese and grilled onions. We split our sides with tater tots and cajun spiced fries!

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I, of course, had a Bubbly Beaver, made with champagne and blood orange!

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Azul Latin Kitchen

Azul Latin Kitchen is located in Heavenly Village. While we have passed it many time, we finally stopped and had a late lunch / early dinner the last time we were in Tahoe. Azul is ‘California Style Mexican’ food, so much different than what we expected. We ere, however, very pleased.

While many of the menu items were food that we recognized, it was prepared differently than we were used to. And it was delicious!

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The Naked Fish – Do you enjoy sushi? If so, The Naked Fish is the perfect spot! They have restaurants in San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles and South Lake Tahoe. We have only eaten at the one in Tahoe, but it’s the only place we eat sushi when we are there. The atmosphere is trendy and fun, and a great spot for the entire family. They always have unique items on special, along with the standard sushi and roll options, along with basics for the kids (like chicken teriyaki bowls).

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MacDuff’s Publick House – We had dinner at MacDuff’s because my husband met the owner at the village. He invited us to come in and check it out and we fell in love immediately! We eat there every time we visit Lake Tahoe! Their featured dish is Real Shepard’s Pie. It is what my husband orders every time (pictured below.) I usually order the Chicken Pot Pie. I have thought about venturing out and trying something new, but when I only get to eat it once or twice a year, I stick with my favorite! The kids usually order the pizza, which they love as well!

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Forest Buffet at Harrah’s – I’ll admit that I am not usually a fan of buffet’s, but this is one that I like. They offer a variety of foods which usually includes salad, Asian, Italian and American foods. There is usually a fresh carved meat such as turkey or prime rib. They also have seafood night which is worth the visit! The other thing that I like about this buffet is that there is something for kids too. Usually chicken strips and fries or pizza. It’s a great place for us to go with 2 teenage boys after a day of skiing!

Fine Dining

Capisce? Handmade Italian Cuisine – We absolutely love Capisce?! Keep in mind that I am Italian and my mom makes the BEST Sunday Gravy Sauce that you have ever tasted (at least that’s my opinion). With that said, it’s difficult for me to find Italian Restaurants that I like. I typically steer clear of the chain restaurants for that reason, but Capisce? is anything but that! Their pasta is fresh and sauces are amazing! Admittedly, I don’t eat red sauces at restaurants, but all of the others have been phenomenal! The kids love the pizza too!south lake tahoe

The Chart House – The night we ate at the Chart House the restaurant was basically empty, granted it was 10pm  at night because we were eating there before my sisters mid-night wedding! The service was amazing and the food, phenomenal. They also created a special menu for our party with my sister and brother-in-laws names and date of the wedding. It was a great touch! The only down side to this restaurant is that it is a little out of the way. In the winter, if it were snowing, I might not want to take that drive. On the up side, the views are absolutely breathtaking!

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There are many other excellent restaurants in Lake Tahoe. The ones listed are our 14 tops picks. We try to eat at each of these places least once or twice each year.

Do you have a favorite restaurant in South Lake Tahoe? Let us know! We will check out out next time we are there!

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Men’s Watches – Styles for 2018

My husband has been eyeing a wood watch for quite some time now. It started when we were on vacation and did some ‘window’ shopping and came across men’s watches. When he saw a wood watch, he immediately said, ‘I want one of those!”

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It was important to us to make sure that the watch that he chose was unique; not something that could be found just anywhere. We also wanted to make sure that it was a quality watch that would last. Jord was an easy decision because they have the best men’s watches!

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How to Pick His Wood Watch Style

Wood watches are classic. They have a style of sophistication that you can’t get anywhere else. In addition, Jord watches are unique. To ensure that my husbands watch was just as unique as he is, we combined a watch band style with a wood type and face color that fit my husband perfectly. Being able to customize his watch makes him feel that he has a watch reflects his personality.

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Jord offers a large variation of band styles and wood types. Being able to pick from a wide or narrow band, paired with a circle or square face is a great start to creating a unique watch. With 13 different wood types and multiple face colors to choose from, there is something everyone will love! You can even customize your delivery even further with engraving either your watch, watch box or both!

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My husband’s final choice was the Frankie Watch with Zebrawood & Navy Face. We provided Jord with his wrist size, so when the watch arrived it was ready to wear!

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Jord Giveaway

My husband has received so many compliments on his watch! With so many people asking where to get one, I am excited to announce that I have partnered with Jord to give one lucky winner a $100 toward a Jord watch of their own! There can only be one winner, but everyone will receive a 10% off code once the contest ends on February 25th.

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