Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Really Living Life to the Fullest

I know this might be a shock to some of you, but lately I'm not so obsessed with buying Jeep parts and Jeep accessories. I am pretty content with my Jeep build so I am focusing on my Jeep experiences

A few years back I began to simplify my life. It's been a process of learning and growing. One of those processes was to declutter my life of unnecessary stuff. During this process I have redefined my relationship with stuff. Stuff was bogging down my life. 

I would use stuff to feel better. I used to believe stuff defined me. I would collect stuff. I kept stuff hidden away in bins. I have found a new perspective about the stuff I need or want in my life. 

It took several passes of decluttering to let go of my stuff that didn't add meaning to my life. Each time I got rid of something whether donating it, selling it or throwing it out I felt so liberated and free. 

Now my home is a place for happiness, good times, and relationship building, not a place to store stuff. 

I still appreciate the things I own. I just don't let them own me. Plus living with less stuff gives me more free time and more money. One example is the less I have in my house the less things I need to clean which means more free time to do the things I love. 

Lately I began to realize my favorite things aren't things or stuff. My favorite things are connecting with people, sharing my passion, traveling, being in nature with my Jeep, a good nights sleep, hanging with friends and spending time with my family. I cherish those experiences and relationships, not things. 

After all these years I am beginning to really live life ~ to experience life everyday!  

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Taking Care of Myself

We all want to be the best mom for our children, to give them everything they need emotionally and physically to be successful in this world. 

The job of a mother is a difficult one as we juggle all the responsibilities of taking care of our family. Being a mom can be emotionally and physically draining, but we must push on for our children. 

I began a journey almost six years ago when I bought my Jeep. It wasn't a planned journey, but evolved into my Jeep Journey of discovering me. Along the way, I realized I was failing as a mother. I forgot to do the one most important thing, and that was to take care of myself. 

A good mother's number one responsibility is to take care of herself first and foremost. It is not being selfish, it is being a good mother. It is so easy to stop taking care of yourself when things become overwhelming however, this is so important especially during those overwhelming times. 

When you stop taking care of yourself your children are impacted. It also impacts your ability to enjoy being a mother. Your children are watching you and learning from you. So you need to set a good example on how to take care of yourself and love yourself.

It's never too late to start being a good mother. Six years ago I started to get back on track to being a good mom. I started taking care of myself and showing my children how to take care of yourself. Even the little things like drinking eight glasses of water a day, exercising, partaking in your hobbies, and finding your passion. 

Now I'm living my life for me while setting an example for my children. I still take care of my family but now that includes myself as well. 

I made a promise to myself to take 30 minutes everyday for just me to do what I want to do, whether it's soaking in the tub or reading a good book. I also started my bucket list which I actively check off as much as I can.

I also have the goal of doing one fun thing for me, at least once a month, like off-roading or dancing or going to a concert. The list is endless. As my children get older, all our interests change, so I work hard at making sure we all are taking care of ourselves and doing the things we love. 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Neighborhood Happy Hour "How To"

My 2019 Goal is "Don't Waste". 
 2019 Goals - Blog Post 
It encompasses many things like money, time, and food. You get the picture. I love to hang out with my friends and have a good time. That can get expensive going out for drinks or dinner. So one way to cut down on the cost of going out for dinner and drinks is to have my own Happy Hour. 

Now that my kids are older I don't spend as much time running them to events or hanging out at school outings like I did when they were in elementary school. Part of my new journey is to simplify my life. One way is saying no to volunteering for events which used to fill my calendar. That means I don't see my neighborhood friends like I used to. 

I love to throw a party and hang out with friends to catch up. So I decided to remedy this by hosting my own Monthly Happy Hours this winter. Which also helps with my "Don't Waste" goal. 

Since going to bartenders school I have become fascinated with mixology. Having a monthly Happy Hour gives me the chance to try out new cocktails and shooters. My neighborhood friends are lucky (or unlucky) as they are my guinea pigs. 

Throwing a party doesn't have to be complicated nor expensive, especially if you host monthly Happy Hours which I hope you will join me this winter and throw your own Happy Hour Parties. 

Top 5 Steps

to Throwing at Home
Monthly Happy Hours

- Plan 2 featured cocktails and 1 or 2 shooters around your theme. 

Holiday Happy Hour Drinks 
Recipes Below 

Candy Cane Shooter
Nutcracker Shooter
North Pole Chill 
Jingle Jangle Punch
Cranberry Margarita

- Invite your friends & neighbors ask them to bring appetizers and the booze (which you can use for the upcoming Happy Hours) You provide the mixers.

- The day of the party pre-make your drinks in pitchers, punch bowls, and shooter glasses. 

- I offered 5 small inexpensive gifts for a drawing for anyone who brought an appetizer. 

I am planning more Happy Hours this winter with a Beach Theme, Mexican Fiesta Theme, and a Millenial Martini Theme. 

Set up your own neighborhood Happy Hour! Share you pictures and add the hashtags

Candy Cane Shooter
Rim shooter glass with crushed candy canes
Mix equal parts, shake with ice & strain 
Peppermint Schnapps

Nutcracker Shooter
Mix equal parts & shake with ice & strain
Peppermint Schnapps
Hazelnut Liqueur 

North Pole Chill 
Mix equal parts, shake & strain over ice 
Hazelnut Liqueur
Peppermint Schnapps

Jingle Jangle Punch
Mix and stir well with ice
1.5 cups Raspberry Vodka
3/4 cup Grand Marnier or Triple Sec
1 cup Lemon Juice
1.5 cups simple syrup

Then with a shaker add 7 to 8 berries (raspberries, blue berries, blackberries) and some of the mixed liquid and shake vigorously and strain into a punch bowl. Do this until all the liquid is shaken.

Right before serving add more berries and 3/4 bottle of a sparkling dry wine

Cranberry Margarita

Mix in 1 1/4 c cranberry juice
1/2 cup frozen cranberries
3/4 cup lime juice
3/4 cup tequila
1/2 cup Grand Marnier or Triple Sec 

pour over ice

Last Minute Red Sangria

Muddle 3/4 sliced orange & lemon
1/2 cup Blackberry Brandy
1/2 cup Orange Juice
Muddle then add ice
Add 1 Bottle (750ml) bottle Pinot Noir
Add slice orange, lemon & apple chunks   

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Top 5 Ways My Jeep Changed My Life

I have said so many times, "My Jeep Changed My Life". In so many ways, large and small, my Jeep has changed my life. Here are the Top 5 Ways My Jeep Wrangler Changed My Life.

I found my passion. That passion is my Blog and Vlog. I love sharing my story through my words and video. Photography has been a love of mine since I was in elementary school. 

I became a television videographer, but gave it up to raise my family. Now with my YouTube videos and my blog I am able to use my passion in this new age of social media. 

I have made so many new friends from being part of the Jeep Community. Friends I know will be in my life forever! I may not see them every day or week, but they are some of the best friends I will ever have.    

I never truly had a hobby I could call my own until I discovered off-roading. It is so exhilarating being out in nature with my Jeep tackling the trails. 

Working on my Jeep has given me the gift of empowerment. There is nothing like modifying your own Jeep knowing you did the work yourself. The best part is realizing how capable I really am. 

A new mindset, some people call it minimalism, but I call it Living Simple. It's about what is important to living your best life and focusing on what makes you happy. Living Simple is marked by clarity, purpose, and intentional living. Intentional living is the promotion of the things I most value and the removal of everything that distracts me from it. 

I believe that Living Simple isn't about what I get rid of but more about creating more space for the life and purpose I treasure most.

I found the stuff I had was distracting me. That stuff was taking up my time. Getting rid of the stuff allows me to use my resources better use elsewhere. 

Getting rid of the excess stuff in the basement, back of the closet and shelves in the garage, and all the stuff for the “what ifs” in my life was so freeing. I do not need to pair down to nothing but ditch the excess. 

Living Simple is a guardrail that helps keep me on a course toward a more meaningful life.

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

New Year's Goals

I've never been big on New Year's Resolutions.  Goals and Bucket Lists is where it's at for me. 

Jeep Momma Blog Post

My 2019 Goal  

Be less Wasteful -- with my time and my money. This is so I have more time and money to do the things I enjoy. One of my goals when I turned 50 was to try different things whether it's food or experiences. I will continue with that as well. 

When I turned 50 I created a Bucket List. I don't always get to check items off the bucket list because the items can be costly. So I have created a mini-bucket list for in between the big Bucket List items. 

Mini-Bucket List

The Soundry
See the Band Reagan Years
Escape Room with Friends
New restaurants in the area - Pub Dog Pizza, Sanford Grill,
More Dancing - Nottingham's Tavern
Find a Good Jazz Bar