To my stressed out mamas!

To my stressed out mamas!

I am a MOM of 2 boys. The reason I highlight MOM is because I am on the go All day long and there is days that the stress level is pretty high… My 2 boys are 8 and 10 and are VERY active! I love being active myself but there is days that I just need a BREAK! That’s when Stress Away comes in the picture….

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How to raise happy kids

How to raise happy kids

 

Year 1978, I was born. Living in a large building with tons of young families was a blessing.I remember growing up in Poland and we were always outside EVERYDAY from morning to night. We would always come home for lunch and dinner and the rest of the day we were outdoors. It didn’t matter if it was summer or winter. We didn’t have many toys but we had a wild imagination and tons of friends and that’s all we needed to keep us HAPPY!Fast forward to 2007,
I became a Mom. The biggest JOY came into my life after having my first child. I was so excited to finally do such exciting things with my son! Shortly after I realized that things have changed BIG TIME since I was a kid.. I would put my son in the stroller and go walk around and not find a single soul doing the same. But I kept going everyday. After my 2nd son was born I knew I had to find a group of moms that were just like me. Looking around on the internet I came across MEETUP.com On there I found a local group of Moms that would get together everyday and socialize while the kids played! It was life changing for me!!! All my friends worked so this was exactly what I needed. I joined the group and the fun begun! We had stuff on the calendar EVERYDAY so it was easy to stay busy.  I met a lot of great moms along the way and my kids created some great friendships. Fast forward a few years my boys started school, and then it all ended. All the meetups were in the morning so we no longer could attend but I knew I had to stay busy 🙂
When my boys started school we got busy with just getting through the day  that we forgot about the importance of being present for our kids, and we forgot about the importance of letting our children act like children… They were on their IPads more and watched TV a lot more… We started to notice that the grind of life was getting in the way of our happiness factor and this was really starting to affect our children… So we decided to CHANGE things around.My boys are now in 2nd and 4th grade and everyday after school they do their homework, eat and we go off to our local park or meet up with our friends. It’s great because they don’t have time to sit around and watch TV all afternoon. Because they were around so many kids growing up they have no problems meeting new kids and playing with them 🙂 They love staying busy and I love watching them use their imagination and do exactly what we did . BE KIDS.

So, how did we do it?  How do we play more and stress less, how do we teach our kids to be kids again? It takes a bit of effort to change routine and a willingness on the part of the parents to let go of some of the structure and to step out of the rat race in order to be more like a kid yourself. The end result will be better health and more happiness for the entire family!

Raising happy healthy kids is not easy, especially in todays world of technology and with pressures of over scheduling and keeping up with the Joneses. Remember, if something feels off, if you notice that your kids happiness level is not where you want it to be, or that they seem stressed out way more than they seem happy, it might be as simple as playing more and structuring less and letting your kids just be who they are and trusting that your love and acceptance and guidance will help them turn into the incredible and secure grownups we know they can someday be.

Annette K.

 

 

How to have a great day!

How to have a great day!

 

Today was one of those days. I woke up and all I wanted to do is cry for no reason. We all have days like this, don’t lie. It’s that “time” of the month and after I dropped off my boys at school all I wanted to do is crawl back in bed and feel miserable but instead I said to myself: STOP IT!!!
Stop it right now! Get dressed and get your butt to the gym!!! I wiped my tears, got dressed and went. Let me tell you it was the BEST thing I did. They gym is the best antidepressant around. It really is. I went, I gave it my all, I laughed with my group I was in and I feel AMAZING!
Regular exercise has been proven to:
  •    Reduce stress
  •    Ward off anxiety and feelings of depression
  •    Boost self-esteem
  •    Improve sleep

If you are having bad days like I did today quite often please get your self moving!!!  Sitting on the couch being miserable won’t do anything for you. I can’t stretch enough how it all starts with you. YOU need to make a decision to get up everyday and do something great for yourself. Find a gym that makes you want to go too or simply go for a walk. What ever it is you won’t regret it, I promise you. I’m very lucky to have found a place a block away from me that I absolutely love. Im meeting new people everyday and my body is slowly changing. My goal is pretty big but I know with time anything is possible.

​So, STOP feeling sorry for yourself and get going! Let’s do this together!!!
Annette K.

My oil guide to Uplift and Inspire

My oil guide to Uplift and Inspire

It’s March. For most people this month is not the happiest month. Most people have the winter hangover that seems to linger for a while…Beginning of winter you might feel excited about the new season but when it’s over you might feel overwhelmed, sad and exhausted.

I know because I used to feel this way…. Whether you’re feeling lost, overwhelmed, lonely, or homesick, the pure, gentle aroma of essential oils can help you reset, reflect, and spiritually rejuvenate.

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