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Thursday, February 26, 2015

#MaxYourTax Refund All Year Round With Unlimited 4G LTE + Walmart Family Mobile

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Momma Told Me: There's no season for common sense.

While many of my friends and family are springing last minute dinner invitations on me, and making extended vacation plans, thanks to their generous IRS tax refunds, I had the pleasure of paying taxes this year. Those of you familiar with me know I would never be caught unexpected in a large debt, so I naturally have been stuffing 'tax money' away all year from my at home income. However not everybody is as prepared as Momma raised me to be. One of the ways we saved money last year was through our amazingly convenient and affordable no-contract smartphone service with Walmart Family Mobile. For year we had wanted modern smartphones to help us multi-task with our busy careers, but found the data costs and hidden fees could be overwhelming.
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When I signed up for Walmart Family Mobile I was sure to tell all of my friends and family. Not only was it such a painless process (I could shop the latest smartphone handsets at great prices while picking up the groceries at my Walmart Supercenter) but the rate structure was easy to understand and more than affordable. For a long time Jay envied my smartphone device until, at last, he made the switch with a brand new Samsung Galaxy S4 and unlimited talk, text, and data/web last Fall. Walmart Family Mobile proved revolutionary to our family, in 2013 we couldn't even dream of owning such new devices with 4G support, and in 2014 we were able to connect with friends and family unlike ever before thanks to our Galaxy smartphones and Walmart Family Mobile.
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Unfortunately, the service and phone were almost too good- Jay found himself relying on the clear 4G coverage and smartphone's capabilities even more than his work handset. Not only could the device multitask and organize his work tasks for him, but it proved to have the stable bars he needed to stay in contact with his boss while patrolling the marina (a reminder that he works private security.) Then, one day, not wearing the belt clip phone case we had picked up for him at Walmart, his fairly new and shiny Galaxy S4 went tumbling off the docks and into the fairly deep bay waters below. While it was not my phone, I was devastated to see such a shiny new device lost.
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With tax time around the corner Jay was expecting a refund, but fairly limited in current cash flow. We headed to Walmart to pick up an affordable 'frills free' smartphone handset for less than $50. The Samsung Galaxy Exhibit was still a name brand smartphone with many modern features but a lot less of a gamble should it go tumbling into the marina at work. We also switched him over to the new $29.88/month (for the first line) unlimited talk/text/data plan with 500 MB of 4G LTE data, so he could put a little extra away each month while he saved up for his replacement Samsung Galaxy S4. Of course he fully planned on putting some of that nice tax refund money towards his replacement handset too!
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Now that tax season is officially here and his refund check has rolled in he'll be doing 2 things; taking me out to dinner (of course) and stopping by Walmart to pick up his new Samsung Galaxy S4. The general plan is to swap the SIM cards for service into his existing WFM Samsung Galaxy Exhibit for use at work, and transition the SIM card back into the Galaxy S4 for after work and days off. Having an affordable backup smartphone is always a great idea, but especially necessary when you work around water (as we learned the hard way.)
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If you're not in the market for a Galaxy S4, need a backup handset for knocking about and work, or trying upgrade to your first smartphone device Walmart has some amazing smartphone price rollbacks just in time for tax season. Just check out these unbelievable smartphone prices for use with their no-contract Unlimited Text/Talk/Data 4G LTE plans:
  • ZTE Zinger - $19.84 (was $39.88) – New price (organically weave in!)
  • Nokia Lumia 530 - $49.88 (was $69.88)
  • Samsung Galaxy Exhibit - $49.84 (was $99.88)
  • Nokia 635 - $79.84 (was $129.88)
  • LG L90 - $99.82 (was $179.88)
  • Galaxy Avant - $149.00 (was $199.99)
  • ZTE ZMAX - $179.00 (was $199.88)
  • Alcatel Fierce 2 - $119.00 (was $129.99)
  • Alcatel Evolve 2- $39.83 (was $59.88)
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to http://cbi.as/aafid or your local Walmart for current pricing.
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Smartphones can be an investment but your smartphone 4G LTE plan doesn't have to be one. Lock in unbelievable low month to month rates with Walmart Family Mobile and put your tax refund to good use. Or, if you're like me and paying the IRS this month, shave a few pennies off your smartphone budget with the amazing $29.88 (first line) Unlimited Talk/Text/Data 4G LTE plan at Walmart. Best of all, you can walk into any local Walmart Supercenter today and set up you new smartphone and Family Mobile service in just minutes for instant gratification. What are some ways you're planning on putting your tax refund to good use this year?

What Daughter Says: Whether you're getting money back, or shelling it out, be kind on your wallet all year round with affordable smartphone 4G LTE plans from Walmart Family Mobile.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Vegan Paleo Mock Snickers Bars Recipe

These Vegan Paleo Mock Snickers Bars are low sugar and simply indulgent with their raw cacao base!
Momma Told Me: When you get bored, challenge yourself.

While you certainly see a fair range of indulgent, not so good for you, treats and recipes cross your screen on this blog, I have found that anyone truly can cook scrumptious food. As Paula Deen infers adding a pat of butter to any recipe will surely make it instantly more delicious. And, while out Circus Animal Cookie Truffles have gotten decent traffic on Pinterest, I shudder every time I see or create a recipe that is merely mashing 2 or 3 already delicious ingredients together. Do you drizzle hot fudge on ice cream and call it a recipe? Yes, even I have my limits.
While making indulgent treats is satisfying, and I surely will continue to play with simple recipes that wow the eyes and tickle the taste buds in unexpected ways, I've recently found myself a little bored in the kitchen. I've also recently re-joined a local gym. Before you start congratulating me, I'll be the first to admit getting heart healthy is a multi-part journey and daily workouts will only go as far as overall health and core attainment. I'm not quite ready to turn in my frozen yogurt spoon, but these two ripples in my life have made me more aware of the dietary needs of others around me.
Pit Medjool Dates by creating a vertical cut with a lightly oiled paring knife.Every Thursday I bake something to share here on the blog, and bring it into the bowling alley for our mixed adult bowling league. Our teams are comprised of men and women, young and old, from all walks of life. As delicious as my sweet treats are, not everyone can enjoy them. We have several diabetics I try to accommodate with recipe variations, and now a team that is taking on a month long Paleo challenge. Couple this with our close friend who is celebrating a year as a Vegan and you have the perfect storm of recipe challenges. So I set out to create a No Sugar Added Paleo Vegan Friendly dessert recipe.
Pitting Medjool Dates
The more I researched the more I learned that several of the key ingredients in cooking for each need overlapped- the exception being Honey, which is considered an animal byproduct to most modern Vegans. For those unfamiliar with Paleo, which is actually a way of living more than a literal 'weight loss' style diet, the terms are fairly flexible to the person committing to it.

At it's core Paleo individuals do not consume processed or artificial foods and attempt to eat ingredients that would closely mimic that of a caveman's. This means a diet rich in protein and nutrient dense core ingredients like grass few beef, wild caught seafood and vegetables. Most Paleo followers will avoid sugar, gluten, and generally anything with 'artificial' in the ingredients list. While it can be fairly complex, depending on the person, consider it close to an Organic, low  sugar, gluten free diet that tends to lean towards raw or minimally handled ingredients.
These Vegan Paleo Mock Snickers Bars are low sugar and simply indulgent with their raw cacao base!
Many low sugar recipes and Paleo recipes will substitute several typical ingredients with coconut- which can tend to be an allergen for some. If you are suing coconut oil, butter, or flour in a recipe always make the recipients aware when serving. While most coconut allergies deal more directly with the pulp of the plant, raw oils can cause mild allergic reactions and should always be disclosed. If you are cooking low sugar and sweetening with a recipe that calls for honey, but would like a Vegan substitute, in most cases Maple Syrup will be a great alternative. There is also a Vegan apple plant based honey, which is entirely bee free, called Honee, sold online and in many organic or Whole Foods stores.
Acquiring the ingredients to cook just one of these categories (Vegan, Paleo, Sugar Free) will often cost a fair penny. The good news is that you can acquire nearly any ingredient necessary at Whole Foods, or a similar store, and in portions that will easily stretch through multiple recipes. If you're looking to begin cooking, or dabbling with, these categories, consider each shopping trip an investment. Chances are your spice rack wasn't built overnight, and neither will this arsenal of cooking tools.

These Vegan Paleo Mock Snickers Bars contain no added sweetener (aside from the natural Honee plant based sugars) and a dash of Agave syrup may be added to any layer if you desire a slightly sweeter end result. My bowling mates rarely ever question what I've made each week and these bites/bars disappeared quickly! Several people were floored to hear just how 'good for you' this dessert was, and a few even asked for the recipe. So, if you're in the fence, I'd say it's definitely a recipe worth trying. Not only are these the perfect treat (a little goes a long way to satisfy) but they can be frozen for enjoyment later as well! Do you have, or know anyone with, any special dietary restrictions you struggle to cook for?

What Daughter Says: This year I'm going to challenge myself in all aspects of my life, not because I need to, but because I want to!



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These Vegan Paleo Mock Snickers Bars are low sugar and simply indulgent with their raw cacao base!
Vegan Paleo Mock Snickers Bars
*** Click here for printable Mock Snickers Bars recipe.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Let's #SaveTheUndies- Become An #UnderWarrior Today With A Free Sample!

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Momma Told Me: You're a woman, not a werewolf!

I never let on to when Aunt Flo is in town. I live an active life and nothing gets in the way of that; certainly not a visit from an unexpected relative. Aside from a missing chocolate bar or the recent romantic comedies on my Netflix feed, you'd never know. But it wasn't always that way, and I didn't always use pads. In fact, there was a time when I went 18 months without a period; it was so long since Flo had last came to town I had thrown out her favorite soda and converted the spare room to a photography studio. But family is family, and they are subject to turn up at the most inconvenient of times and stay just about as long as they please.
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Flo first showed up back in town on league night during one of my best (bowling) games ever. The ball plopped off my thumb and tumbled down the lane crashing into the pins just as my cheeks began to sting from her harsh pinches. I knew, immediately, I was in trouble. With a 14 frames left, and our team fighting for second place I couldn't simply pack up and head home to entertain Flo, so I did what any embarrassed relative does and pretended I didn't notice she'd arrived. 2 frames later and she was knocking back a few drinks getting quite rowdy, I knew, any second she'd hit her limits and leave a mark that was sure to scar me for quite a while.
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Excusing myself I shuffled towards the back of the alley where another bowler was sitting, waiting her turn. Leaning in I whispered into her ear, explaining the situation and begging for any sort of help entertaining my Aunt until I could make it home. Out of her purse she pulled a neon envelope with a bold black and white 'U,' and I thanked her as I urgently ducked into the ladies room. Outside I could hear Flo sharing a story about the time I tried to eat Play Doh for breakfast. But inside I was cool, calm, collected. I had things under control, I was now an #UnderWarrior.
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While I managed to escape that unexpected visit unscathed, I was not about to get away easily with the 18 months of peace and quiet I had enjoyed prior to this visit. Flo raged in any out of my home for 3 long weeks, sometimes so quiet and out of mind that I considered her long gone- then, like a tornado, she'd reappear singing Shania Twain karaoke and drunk dialing my phone at 2 AM. They were unexpected times filled with many memories I'd rather suppress- but I got through them physically unscathed and without a single soldier (pair of underwear) lost, thanks to my backup posse of U by Kotex pads.
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It's not joke friends, we need to join together to #SaveTheUndies, too many polka dot panties and bikini briefs are lost every day to Flo's raging visits (and, seriously, someone needs to get that woman some help, I haven't seen eyeshadow that shade of blue since the 50s.) So, if you're ready to become and #UnderWarrior, then pick up that mouse and click on over to the U By Kotex page where you can request a free sample of all new U By Kotex Pads with 3D Capture Core (designed exclusively for U to help lock in Flo and prevent embarrassing leaks.) Yea, you could host a bake sale to raise funds for the fallen undies, but why lose a good pair at all when you can now have 3D Capture Core in your corner? What was the most inconvenient time Flo ever decides to drop in and parade through your life?

What Daughter Says: Flo can make the sanest of women act like they're possessed- stay cool and keep her out of your underwear drawer with U By Kotex and 3D Capture Core!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Circus Animal Cookie Truffles Recipe

These adorable Circus Animal Cookie Truffles only have 4 ingredients and are perfect for Mother's Day, Baby Showers, Spring Celebrations, and more!
Momma Told Me: If you play with them long enough they might eat you!

There are few grocery products/brands that go back far enough to span the memories of 4 or 5 generations. Unless you're talking Heinz and beans or ketchup, or Oreos, you'll be hard pressed to find shared memories over a product launched in the early 1900s. And while I may as well not even know Mother's Cookies produces 14 different varieties of cookies, I do know it's near impossible to resist the playful charm of their classic Circus Animals. Cookies so pretty and fun that I rarely actually ate them when my grandmother gave me a handful.
These adorable Circus Animal Cookie Truffles only have 4 ingredients and are perfect for Mother's Day, Baby Showers, Spring Celebrations, and more!
It was the only sweet I could be given and found in possession of hours later- and not for lack of deliciousness either, I was simply transfixed by the imagined interactions of these pink and white cookie animals come to life. The camel, in Pink, was always my favorite, followed closely by the lion, in Pink. These two often had several disagreements, ultimately ending with the lion's beheading because, after all, in a young child's mind, the biggest most powerful character should not always win by default. Yes, I was tackling some heavy issues with my Mother's Circus Animal cookies and you might even say they made me the strong communicator I am today. All from a cookie.
But my memories not only go back to time spent with my grandmother, who often recounted her first Mother's Cookies experience upon the family's immigration from Germany, but to tales of a father and daughter.  A manly man, to this day my father refuses to handle the color pink; that is unless his baby girl has asked him. I remember reaching into the giant bag of Mother's Cookies and pulling out a pink animals, full of giggles, "This one's just for you, daddy!" A wise man, he'd quickly distract me with the age old question, "Do the pink animals taste the same as the white ones?," or does the rhino taste the same as the bear?" and shortly a sampling of ALL the cookies wold ensue (for due diligence, of course.)
To this day I get a little bit of special delight from seeing Mother's Circus Animal cookies on a shelf or at a store. Our local frozen yogurt shops always stock them at the toppings bar and I never miss an opportunity to add 2, one pink and one white, to the very top of m yogurt creation. Then I reveal a secret smile as I recount the memories of childhood and past so vividly linked to them.
These adorable Circus Animal Cookie Truffles only have 4 ingredients and are perfect for Mother's Day, Baby Showers, Spring Celebrations, and more!
So it will come as no surprise, when contemplating the month of love and potential Valentine's Day content I was found reflecting back on Mother's Cookies. It had been far too long since I actually bought a bag of these delicious snacks, and the playful pink color was perfect for the theme of romance. But, to me, Mother's Cookies were also appropriate for mother's day, baby showers, Spring, and more. So many memories and so many smiles attached to this simple treat.
These adorable Circus Animal Cookie Truffles only have 4 ingredients and are perfect for Mother's Day, Baby Showers, Spring Celebrations, and more!
I decided I would not make a Valentine's Day recipe, but an any day of the year, all around pick me up, instant smile inducing, super simple recipe of deliciousness. And it was literally as simple as dumping a bag of Mother's Cookies Circus Animals into my food processor (your hand will fight you, but it's for the best,) and hand mixing the crumbs with a softened brick of cream cheese. This can get a little tedious so just keep rolling the blob of crumbles onto more crumbles, and folding them in until all dry ingredients are gone.
These adorable Circus Animal Cookie Truffles only have 4 ingredients and are perfect for Mother's Day, Baby Showers, Spring Celebrations, and more!
If you're as slightly twisted as me you can take your Circus Animal truffle 'dough' and shape it into a circus animal of you choice. then rip small sections off of your truffle dough and roll them into 1-1 1/2" balls. Place these balls on a piece of parchment paper on a plate or cutting board and refrigerate them (do not freeze, as freezing will cause issues with the 'coating' process.) Next, take some white and pink Wilton's chocolate melts and melt them (separately) for dipping. Add a little shortening to your melting chocolate to thin it out a little for smoother dipping and dip each ball into the chocolate, gently rolling it to coat it entirely.

Place your dipped balls on a clean sheet of parchment paper and toss some festive rainbow sprinkles atop before they set. Store these delicious balls of heaven in the fridge until ready to serve as they're best enjoyed cold (in my opinion.) These Circus Animal Cookie Truffles would be great at a girl's baby shower, first birthday, Easter gathering, on Mother's Day, or just because. They're so simple to make, why not make them more than once? After all, you don't need an excuse to feel like a kid again!

What Daughter Says: These truffles are adorable, but at least I don't parade them across the couch!

These adorable Circus Animal Cookie Truffles only have 4 ingredients and are perfect for Mother's Day, Baby Showers, Spring Celebrations, and more!
Circus Animal Cookie Truffles
***Click here for printable Circus Animal Cookie Truffles recipe.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Simple Life Hacks To Achieve Your Brightest White- From Teeth To Clothes

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Momma Told Me: White doesn't just stay white- someone's got to clean it!

Even though Momma exclusively shopped at second hand stores for my clothes, I was forbidden to wear white, as a child. My father's work uniforms were a thin white polyester-cotton material, which wouldn't have been nearly as much of a pain to launder, if it wasn't for the fact that he worked as a technician on restaurant equipment. Seldom did an evening pass where Momma didn't hang her head in dismay over the grease stains littering his clothes, and she wasn't about to clean up stains on the clothes of her daughter.

With such strict order to wear anything but white, it's easy to see how I adopted my alias as a 'living rainbow,' when I embraced every hue, patten, and print I could find. Even as an adult, today, I still cringe at the thought of wearing white clothes, and the thought of them not being their whitest white. But every good rainbow knows that color pops best when next to the most radiant whites, and my best, my smile, is always at it's whitest.
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Only recently, on a trip to Walmart, did I truly stop to contemplate the brighter things in my life. Spotting a display for new Colgate® Optic White® Express Toothpaste I was immediately intrigued by the notion of seeing my pearlies glimmer just a little brighter in as few as 3 days with no added effort. I was already familiar with the Colgate® Optic White® name, but this new formula featured 2 times more of the professionally recommended whitening ingredient (vs. Optic White® Sparkling Mint TP) and the powerful professionally recommended ingredient hydrogen peroxide to whiten faster. Talk about helping a girl out- this was one addition to my beauty routine that would require NO additional time or upkeep on my part, all I had to do was brush!
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You never really know what you're getting into when you switch toothpastes, so I'll admit I was a bit hesitant. I invested in the 360 Colgate® Optic White® Toothbrush on the premise of full commitment- after all at $3.96 a piece, my 'investment' was quite modest, and I'm the sort of all in girl that goes wild and crazy like that! I'll be honest, I was blown away with the brushing experience of Colgate® Optic White® Express and my 360 brush- not only did my teeth feel amazing from the whitening cups and polishing bristles, but the cheek and tongue cleaner helped me provide a full mouth clean that had me smiling in no time.

And why not smile? With the power of hydrogen peroxide and Colgate® Optic White® in new Express Colgate® Optic White® my teeth were sure to sparkle like they never had before. And I was ready to take all the credit for absolutely none of the work! But as I tossed my old, ordinary, toothbrush in the wastebasket I felt something wash over me, a need to extend this whitening to every aspect of my life. Maybe that boring old toothbrush was good for something after all!
A simple solution of 3 Cups warm water, 1/8 Cup Ammonia, 1/8 Cup White Vinegar and 1/4 Cup Baking Soda, mixed in a spray bottle I'd also picked up at Walmart, makes for a powerful (but pleasant to work with) stain fighting formula. Spray directly onto counters and scrub gently with an old toothbrush. #OpticSmiles #ad
As it turns out- there were several things in my life that had begun to lose their luster, and the grout on our kitchen counter was the first I would tackle. My goal? To make whitening that old, dirty, grout almost as painless as refreshing my teeth with Colgate® Optic White® Express! My trick? A simple solution of 3 Cups warm water, 1/8 Cup Ammonia, 1/8 Cup White Vinegar and 1/4 Cup Baking Soda, mixed in a spray bottle I'd also picked up at Walmart, made for a powerful (but pleasant to work with) stain fighting formula. After just a few minutes of allowing a spritz to soak into badly stained grout the grays wiped right away with hardly any scrubbing. I'd definitely put more elbow grease into brushing my teeth that morning!
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Next on my list of off-white offenses was an old pair of Converse canvas sneakers I've worn to the annual Color Run twice now. But rainbow corn starch, sweat, and scuffs proved no match for a bowl of warm water with shampoo and that old trusty toothbrush. To properly clean sneakers outside a washer use a brush to scrub rubber soles with a shampoo water solution, then gently wipe fabric with a cloth dipped in the cleansing formula. Be sure to remove your laces or pull the tongue out to get any tough, hiding, stains. When your sneakers have been restored to former glory stuff them with crumpled newspaper to maintain their shape and expedite the drying process. And, if you're like me, Express Colgate® Optic White® was still working on keeping those teeth white while you worked!
By now my kicks were sparkling and my counters rivaled that of a new home, so I turned my gaze in boredom to the dog. Oh yes, my friends, you can whiten pets too! While whitening (or bluing, as they're known) shampoos exist for pets, hypoallergenic animals with hair, rather than fur, require extra upkeep to maintain a white coat. Fill a spray bottle with equal parts dog shampoo and water and wipe your dog down with a damp, warm, towel once a day to stay vibrant. Dust your pup in a light coating of corn starch in between grooming to help absorb oils that attract dirt and stains (and odors too!)
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Perhaps the most dreaded of whitening tasks is fabric found on everyday clothing. I try not to wear large amounts of white, because I am not only a living rainbow but a color magnet- stains run to me. When I launder my whites I try my best to keep them white by pre-treating any discoloration or stains with dish soap and a gently scrub. Next, I add 1/2 Cup 3% Hydrogen Peroxide directly to the wash with my laundry detergent. We already know that hydrogen peroxide is helping to keep our teeth white with Colgate® Optic White® Express, and it will boost your white clothes just as much! Wash whites on a Warm rinse cycle and give yourself a pat on the back for becoming a whitening warrior.
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When you're as fabulous as you, you don't have time to spend scrubbing, bleaching, or treating- you're too busy being your radiant self to fuss with all of that. And that's why these simple life hacks to a brighter life are sure to have you smiling. And if you're still not convinced, just invest in a $3.96 tube of Colgate® Optic White® Express from Walmart and let the toothpaste do all the lifting, see whiter teeth in as few as 3 days. There will be a roaming demo in 550 Walmart stores on February 28th, 2015 to show you just how easy whitening with Colgate® Optic White® Express is. Ambassadors will be roaming aisles giving out $1 off coupons good on the new Express Optic White® toothpaste, so you'll officially be out of excuses! Check the Walmart store list for an event near you. What do you struggle with keeping white, the most?

What Daughter Says: Use these simple life hacks for the 'whites' in your life- Don't worry, you can still take all the credit for the 'work.'

Sunday, February 15, 2015

5 Simple Tips To Become (More Of) A Morning Person

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Momma Told Me: Ready or not, it's time to get up!

I am not a morning person. In fact, there have been very extended patches in my life where I would refuse to go to bed until the sun was just bout to come up. In my college years I would often sleep clear from sunrise to sundown on the rare days when I did not have work or school. 'They' tell you when you're younger that one day you'll yearn for the time when adults forced you to take extended naps in the middle of the day, and it's true. Such a reckless lifestyle ultimately led to horrible insomnia when I was once again to rejoin the living with a 9-5 job that demanded rosy social skills. While I am much better than I ever was, about rising on time and with a chipper disposition, it is still something I struggle with from time to time. There are a few simple things that can be done to help ease yourself into an early morning routine.
Use a white noise machine or sound filter to help maximize deep REM cycles with minimal interruptions from outside stimuli.
1. Sleep Sound: This may sound obvious but the biggest culprit to waking refreshed is interruptions in sleep patterns. While you may not notice yourself physically waking up during the night, your body likely experiences harsh interruptions to REM waves as it responds to outside stimuli. Similarly, if you do notice yourself a 'light sleeper,' and rise throughout the night to the sound of a car alarm or dog barking, you may benefit from noise conditioning as well. The key to making the most of your sleep, whether 3 hours or a full 7, is ensuring you fall asleep and stay asleep from eyes shut to eyes open. Invest in a white noise machine or noise filter application to help layer ambient noise that will better distract your sleeping mind from the distractions within the world just outside.

2. Think Positive Thoughts: As cliche as it sounds, there really is a right side of the bed to get out on. How you jump start your mental process, first thing in the morning, really does impact how your entire day unfolds from there. We all have chores and tasks we'd rather not awaken to tackle, so leave those thoughts for later. Begin your first few minutes of every day mentally discussing that which you are MOST looking forward to. The more you ruminate on the positives to come, the more endorphins your body will naturally release as you pull yourself from bed and work towards them.
Hit the gym first thing in the morning to maximize calories burned and energy rejuvinated!
3. Hit The Gym Early: While this is one tip I'm still trying to reshape my day to tackle, studies show that our bodies experience their peak performance sometime around mid-morning. Rising around sunrise and heading straight to the gym or workout room, for as little as 30 minutes, will also release those 'feel good' notions and kick start our systems for optimal performance during the day. If the promise of more energy and a sunnier outlook isn't enough, exercise before breakfast and see your morning calories burned near doubled!

4. Morning Showers Bring....: I tend to want to shower in the morning. Not only is it a sort of treat I look forward to when I first get up (see Tip #2,) but I feel it re-focuses my mind for the day ahead. Unfortunately as women, our hair is often one of the biggest time consumers in the daily beauty routine. Nothing can ruin the promise of a good day quicker than a bad hair day. Ashley Stone, of Beauty Entourage, suggests showering in the evening and placing damp hair in a lose braid. When you rise style your hair with a quick blow dry for instant volume without the fuss. And for those who simply must shower in the morning- consider a quick rinse, sans hair washing, for an immediate pick me up without the styling woes.
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5. Pile On the Protein: You already know the saying 'Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,' and it truly does set the tone for how the rest of your morning will proceed. After a night's rest our metabolism and blood sugar are at their lowest. This means what you put into your body first is what will be consumed at the most efficient rate, as your body will quite literally be jump starting based on what nutrition you do or don't decide to feed it. I don't know about you, but I, personally, don't have time to make a gourmet breakfast in the morning. I need something that is quick, colorful, and appetizing, or I will find myself skipping breakfast all together.

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What's your best tip for rising on the right side of the bed and staying energized throughout the morning?

What Daughter Says: You don't have to want to get up, you just have to get up. Start your day with positive steps to make the process easier.