Making Our Easter Eggstra Special: A Sensory Filled Easter Hunt

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We are making our Easter EGGstra special with a sensory filled Easter hunt!  With such fun ideas, you won't want to miss out! #heb #ad

I remember 2 years ago when Easter was swiftly approaching and I sat in Addie’s hospital room, depressed. The PICU room Addie was in overlooked the front of the hospital where kids from the community were having an Easter egg hunt. I so desperately wanted Addie to be able to participate in the hunt but she was stuck in her hospital room, and she had finally come off her paralytics for a couple weeks. I cried. I wanted Addie to have an Easter egg hunt. I wanted Addie to get a picture with the Easter bunny. I wanted our family to experience holidays the way other families did. We had spent Halloween, Christmas, New Years, Valentine’s, St. Patrick’s Day, and now Easter in the hospital. It wasn’t fair.

The Child Life team came to our room every so often to see if we wanted goodies for Addie, and I had a heart to heart with one of the sweet staff members. I told her my hopes and dreams and even how I “felt stupid” for wanting Addie to get an Easter bunny picture just like all my friends’ kids on Facebook. I wanted us to have some normalcy somehow through all the craziness of our situation. Addie had been in the hospital since August and we were oh-so-tired of hospital life. A few days later, I found out the Child Life team had taken the bunny costume to be dry cleaned so it would be perfectly clean for our girl. They let us know they would be coming before Easter weekend to visit Addie, and so Mathew and I decorated Addie’s hospital room and got all dressed up to have pictures with the Easter bunny.

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It was wonderful. It made hospital life SO much easier to have something so silly as the Easter bunny bring some normalcy to our lives. I will forever be grateful to the sweet woman that took the time out of her day to get the costume cleaned and then she dressed up just for us.

Since that Easter in 2015, Addie has been home for what will be 2 Easters now. Last year we didn’t have an Easter egg hunt, but this year, I have big plans for our girl. We are making our Easter eggstra special by having a sensory filled Easter hunt! I ran to our local H-E-B because they always have everything I need for my fun ideas. I’ve been a customer at our location for 8 years (and a loyal H-E-B customer since I was born!) so I know many people by name. Before I grabbed my groceries, I went to the floral department and asked a sweet partner, Leticia, if she could blow up 12 balloons for me in fun Spring colors and I would come get them once I was done grabbing my things. It was no problem and I went off to shop of our sensory filled Easter hunt.

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Addie doesn’t do chocolate because of her epilepsy, and I wanted to get things to fill her eggs that would be so much fun for her senses since she’s getting her cochlear implant in just a couple weeks! Plus, it’s also great for her occupational therapy and fine motor skills. I grabbed fun puff balls, finger paint, and Model Magic in the art aisle. I went to the baby aisle and got Addie’s favorite- Plum Organics puffs, hit up the Seasonal/Easter aisle for cascarones (aka confetti eggs), plastic Easter eggs, and a fun book, and then went to the Entertainment aisle to get Addie a Peppa Pig DVD. Then, I swung myself around back to the Floral aisle and grabbed my balloons. Leticia had just bagged them all up!

H-E-B is my favorite because I can get everything I need all at once and quality is top notch. The partners are always incredibly friendly at every location, and I got all the fun things I needed without having to go somewhere else for our sensory filled Easter hunt.

We are making our Easter EGGstra special with a sensory filled Easter hunt!  With such fun ideas, you won't want to miss out! #heb #ad

At home, I filled the plastic eggs with fun all my different sensory filled Easter goodies (I also had some rice that I scented with Young Living essential oils and food coloring), and hot glued the balloon strings to the eggs. We placed them all over the yard for Addie to get. You might be wondering why the balloons. Well here’s why- Addie isn’t mobile outside other than being in her stroller because we have to have something hold her ventilator and all her cords. My thought process was- the balloons are BIG and easy to see with all their bright colors. She could grab the balloons as we wheeled her by in order to allow accommodations for her to do it more on her own.

We are making our Easter EGGstra special with a sensory filled Easter hunt!  With such fun ideas, you won't want to miss out! #heb #ad

We are making our Easter EGGstra special with a sensory filled Easter hunt!  With such fun ideas, you won't want to miss out! #heb #ad

I couldn’t be more pleased with how it turned out. This was our test run for the hunt (I wanted to make sure my plan wasn’t flawed!), and I’m excited to see how Addie enjoys it on Sunday. I think it’s going to be so incredibly special for her not only to be able to grab the Easter eggs herself, but to get all the fun goodies inside to touch and explore! I’m so glad H-E-B had everything I needed to execute this awesome idea!  I will probably cry with joy for my sweet girl to be able to participate in this sensory filled Easter hunt and really enjoy a holiday in such a unique way. This is such a difference from that Easter 2 years ago. We didn’t get an Easter bunny picture yet this year, but we’re hoping to later this week at a special egg hunt the local kid’s therapy place is holding! Make sure you’re added on my Instagram and Facebook to see that picture whenever we take it!

We are making our Easter EGGstra special with a sensory filled Easter hunt!  With such fun ideas, you won't want to miss out! #heb #ad

Here’s a little close up of Addie’s basket for Easter. Lots of fun goodies, and all from H-E-B. She’s going to LOVE everything! We plan on doing more arts and crafts projects together too, so this basket will be such a great way to start implementing that!

We are making our Easter EGGstra special with a sensory filled Easter hunt!  With such fun ideas, you won't want to miss out! #heb #ad

What will you be putting in your child’s Easter basket? What do you think of this fun sensory filled Easter hunt with balloons?

H-E-B Curbside Grocery: A Mom’s Best Friend

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Addie has been home nearly 2 years from the hospital after her 10 month stay, and our lives are busier than ever. Between therapy sessions, doctor appointments, my jobs with Young Living and blogging, Mathew’s job, trying to get to workouts, and attempting to put in some fun stuff in there, we’ve got a lot on our plates. One of my favorite things to do (and I swear I sound so old saying this), is go to H-E-B to just get out of the house for a bit and shop for groceries. I have a special meal planning and shopping list printable that I use so I am organized, too! Y’all- I go to H-E-B so much the cashiers know me.

As much as I enjoy going to H-E-B to spend a few moments to myself, sometimes our days are just too packed! I’m sure you other moms can relate, right? After a busy day, the last thing you want to do is go to the grocery store and take the time to shop and then cook dinner. Surely I’m not alone! Sometimes I’m not able to get to H-E-B until 6 or 7 depending on our day, and then by the time I’m home and make dinner, it’s already 8 or 8:30! Too late for Mathew and I, and by that time Addie has already eaten and gone to bed. I hate days like that.

Thankfully, H-E-B Curbside has opened near us and it’s been life changing for our family! I recently was invited by H-E-B to check out their Granbury location and finally try curbside for myself, and I was incredibly surprised at how easy the process was. I hadn’t utilized the curbside service at my local H-E-B because I thought the process might be complicated or they might not pick the produce the way I like it, so I loved getting the opportunity to try it!

 

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All I had to do was go to the H-E-B Curbside website and I just typed in the products I needed. Everything was easy to locate and I liked that the website let me know if something was on sale or was a better price. There’s also the ability to shop by aisle if you’re perusing and not really sure what you’re wanting to grab for meals. Once I was done, I clicked to look over my cart, made sure everything was there that I needed, and then I reserved a time slot. Even better? The first 4 times you try H-E-B Curbside, you get the curbside service for FREE! Not too shabby!

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I was able to find the Granbury H-E-B pretty easily thanks to my GPS and pulled up to an adorable store that was pretty busy! The parking lot was full and there were lots of people going in and out. It made me thankful that I was just having to use H-E-B Curbside because I didn’t want to have to go into an unfamiliar store and also deal with people. If you’ve never been to an H-E-B it’s pretty much the mecca in Texas. Not only does H-E-B provide groceries, but they have Texas Backyard (their gardening section with plants and beautiful outdoor furniture), a great household and kitchen selection, and my favorite, the healthy living aisle (so I can grab my Kombucha!)

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The H-E-B Curbside section was on the far right of the parking lot and when I pulled in there was a number to text. I wasn’t sure if H-E-B had my phone number in their system or how it worked, but I saw some other customers with their windows down, so I went ahead and did the same. Within a couple of minutes a H-E-B partner came out and asked me for my name. He also let me know that one thing I purchased wasn’t in stock (90/10 hamburger patties) and asked if I wouldn’t mind 80/20 patties. A minor difference that I didn’t mind, whatsoever. He told me they would be back shortly with my groceries and had me sign for my order on a tablet. Super easy.

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After maybe 5 minutes, another sweet H-E-B partner came to my car with all of my groceries. Since I was traveling to try the curbside at the Granbury H-E-B, I brought a cooler with ice for my meat and dairy. When choosing my groceries online I made sure to put a note at the bottom stating that I was coming from out of town and would have a cooler, so the H-E-B partner knew that already and had all my items separated perfectly for me. She put everything neatly into my cooler and trunk, and that was all I needed!

H-E-B Curbside service ended up being way easier and insanely less stressful than I thought it would be. When I came home, I immediately started unloading my groceries and made dinner. All my produce was as perfect as I would have chosen myself, and my whole order was correct. I love going to H-E-B and taking my time in the store for some quiet time, but I definitely will be utilizing this service again for busy days when I don’t have the time to run in the store. I already started my next order!

What’s your biggest reason for needing to use H-E-B curbside grocery service? Share in the comments!

5 Tools to Get Healthier and Flourish in the New Year

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Last year, for the very first time, I chose a word for the year. My word was “self-care” and I worked insanely hard last year to take more care of myself. After having Addie, I slipped into a mode of fear, depression, and I didn’t ever bother to care for myself. I was so worried about Addie constantly! We were also really unhealthy with our eating during 2014-2015. We ate out constantly because I was at the hospital from 8 am- 8 pm most days. It was awful. When 2016 hit, I saw how well Addie had been doing at home and how much I’d let myself go. If you remember, I started my self-care journey with new glasses, then had the opportunity to get LASIK, I went to monthly Young Living team dinners, traveled to Utah for Young Living convention, visited Branson with my mom and sister, and so much more. I really stuck to my word and made sure I was focused on getting back to the old me so I could be the best mother possible to Addie and the wife that Mathew deserved.

The last few days of December, I wasn’t sure what word I wanted to choose for 2017. The more and more I thought about it, the more I decided on “flourish.” I want to flourish in my relationships with my family, friends, and teammates. I want to flourish in Camp Gladiator and not struggle with running as much as I did when I originally started. I want my business with Young Living to flourish and bring essential oils to so many more homes than we did last year. I want to flourish in regards to my health and become more fit, drop more weight, and be at a point physically where I feel we can begin thinking about another addition to the family (something I’ve struggled with since our miscarriage in August.)

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I’ve been using many tools to flourish and get healthier in 2017 already. Several, I implemented throughout last year, and some are new that I’m implementing this year! If you fail to plan, you plan to fail, right? I’m not one for failure, so I always love putting a good plan in place.  I wanted to share my 5 tools to get healthier and flourish in the new year in hopes that my suggestions will help you too!

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#1 Use Essential Oils Daily- This one is one I’ve been doing since 2015 and it really has made a huge change in my overall emotional and physical well-being. I’ve been using Young Living Essential Oils for 2 years now and our family will never turn back. I am going to be focusing more on support for my adrenals (being busy makes me tired!), emotional health, and general wellness. I will be setting up some time for myself to make some roller ball bottle combinations soon specific to those needs.

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#2 Get 3 Workouts in a Week- I joined Camp Gladiator mid-October and have consistently gone 3 times a week. I’ve missed only 2 or so sessions, and I even went once when our trainer was gone and helped other teammates coordinate a workout. I’m really committed to Camp Gladiator and actually upgraded my account from a 6 month membership to a year long membership. I usually can’t stand contracts, but I’m determined to make this work! Find a workout program in your area that you like, whether it’s an in home dvd, a gym membership, or a team-based workout like CG, and go for it! Whatever you do, just commit. I’ll be right there with ya! You can also get a fitness tracker (I have the FitBit Charge 2) and track how many steps you take a day. I love challenging my friends to see who can get the most steps in a week.

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#3 Eat Healthier & use my NutriBullet LEAN Blender I know this sounds like a no-brainer, but it’s an important one! From Halloween through Easter it’s sugar season, and every month there is some excuse to celebrate and indulge. Staying on the wagon can be hard. I’m loving easy recipes from Skinnytaste.com for our family, but I also wanted to change things up a little this month so I’m not doing the same thing I’ve been doing. My body needs a little detox because I may or may not have enjoyed a few tamales this holiday season. Along with healthy meals, I’m going to be making more protein shakes! I love protein shakes after my workouts, and I recently got my hands on a NutriBullet LEAN Blender

The NutriBullet LEAN Blender is pretty much the best thing I’ve found for my lifestyle right now. I’ve been tracking macros since October, and it has really helped me lose weight I need, but I still need a little help. The NutriBullet LEAN 7 day Transformation Plan follows a “weight loss code” that helps you plan through healthy, nutrient-rich, delicious recipes and LEAN smoothies. This “weight loss code” for their weight loss smoothies is balancing macronutrients: protein, carbohydrates, and fats. When you don’t get enough protein, you feel hungry. When you eat too many carbs, your blood sugar spikes and you have cravings. When you don’t have enough fat, you’re not keeping sustained energy and then you reach for a quick fix snack. I love using My Fitness Pal to track my macros and keep myself accountable, and now I’m able to access recipes on the Nutribullet LEAN app too! The NutriBullet LEAN system helps you get the right amount of macros in your body by using their special blender cup! You just stack your ingredients- greens, fruits, proteins, and fats to each little line, and blend it up to make a healthy, delicious meal!

On the 7 day Transformation Plan, they suggest having 3 meals a day (2 smoothies and 1 balanced meal) with 2 snacks so you’re never left feeling hungry. Although the plan suggests to do it 7 days, the 7-Day Transformation Plan can be repeated as many times as needed to achieve desired weight loss. Once you’re at your desired weight, they provide a Maintenance Mode option to keep the weight off. Here’s why I love it- I get to choose what goes in my body. We buy organic fruit and vegetables, I’ll keep myself accountable by actually making sure I adhere to the lines on the blender, and I have a ton of different recipes to choose from. If I want to eat something else, that’s ok too! The plan comes with a Portion Perfect Plate Divider so I can eat the portions I should and not over indulge. 

I’m excited for this little change in the way we eat and can’t wait to see more weight come off, eat more fruits and veggies, and get a jump on the new year! If you’re looking for ways on how to lose weight, this is one big step you can do. Like my trainer always says, “Abs are made in the kitchen!” 

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#4 Drink all the water- One thing I’ve had to learn to love lately is water. I’ve always had this bad habit of not drinking enough water, simply because I’m not usually very thirsty. Since starting working out and working to get healthier, I’ve tried to focus more on drinking as much water as possible. The NutriBullet LEAN 7 day Transformation Plan actually suggests drinking 1/2 oz. per pound you weigh, and that’s a goal I’m going to be reaching this year. I will most likely have to work up to it since I don’t typically drink that much, but drinking water does SO much good for your body. I won’t lie, I’ll be sneaking some of my Vitality essential oils in with my water to make it taste better. My favorites are lemon, grapefruit, and tangerine. Yum!

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#5 Get More Sleep- This one is hard. Like I said earlier, I’m going to be working hard this year to support my adrenals as best as possible. I’m so bad at getting those midday slumps! The reason behind it though is I go to bed pretty late. Mathew falls asleep pretty quickly, but I enjoy having some quiet time to myself before I hit the hay. I love watching Dr. Pimple Popper, NikkieTutorials, and even Simply Nailogical on YouTube and before you know it, it’s 2 am. Oy. I love wearing my FitBit at night because it tells me how I’ve slept, and lately, I haven’t been meeting my goal of 8 hours. It shows. Heading to bed early will be something I work towards this year because studies show that poor sleep is one of the strongest risk factors for obesity, being linked to an 89% increased risk of obesity in children, and 55% in adults. There was also another study I read that showed those who slept less than 7 hours were almost three times more likely to develop a cold than those who slept 8 hours or more. Yikes!

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All in all, I’m excited to implement my new goals to get healthier and keep utilizing the old ones that worked. I am SO READY to get healthier and flourish in the New Year. I hope that this post will inspire you to do the same and that you’ll join me in this journey. The more accountability we have, the better, right? RIGHT! I can’t wait to keep you all updated on my progress with the NutriBullet LEAN 7 day Transformation Plan towards the end of the month!

What steps are you taking to get healthier and flourish in the new year? What do you think is the most do-able thing from the NutriBullet LEAN 7 day Transformation Plan?

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