6 Tips to a Parents Balanced & Happy Life

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Being parents is quite the juggling act! Family, job, home, dog, plants…Here are 6 tips to a parents balanced and healthy life.

1. Make time for hobbies and not just for responsibilities. It’s important to have fun! Make time for those hobbies you are passionate about. Sign up for an acting class, photography, writing, painting, cooking! Gosh…I could go on and on with my list of hobbies lol. Make time for yourself.

2. Ask your family for help. Don’t hesitate to ask your parents to watch the kids for you while you take a couple of hours for yourself when you need to. During this precious break, do nothing (you deserve it) or venture out to dinner with your partner in crime (significant other). Ask for help with making dinner – the more the merrier. Do the laundry as a family! Don’t take everything on, you’ll burn yourself out. Even superhero’s need a helping hand from time to time.

3. Make those dreaded tasks fun! Cleaning is not as much fun for me as it is for my wonderful OCD husband and now toddler. But we crank up the music and make it fun! Zoë loves helping with gathering laundry and lugging it from hamper to washer and dryer. It’s hysterical since what she grabs gets less and less the closer she gets to the washer and dryer…but she thinks it’s a hoot to run back and pick up from the long trail of clothes left behind. This takes several darts back and forth – she loves it; laughs the whole time! :)

4. Forgive those who have wronged you. No good comes from holding onto anger and allowing bitterness to fill your heart. Let it go. Anger is too heavy to carry. This doesn’t mean you have to allow them back into your life…surround yourself with good positive people who support your dreams and who you are. Tip: people who want you to change who you are and what makes you happy, are not people you should give your time to.

5. Take one task at a time. It’s incredibly easy to get overwhelmed. I myself have a busy life being a wife, mom, professional model and professional blogger! How do I do it? I make lists. There is nothing more rewarding than checking off a task on my list of “to do’s”. I get happiness just from that alone! ;)

6. Get a good nights sleep. It is so important to get your rest. Parents need their sleep too! We are constantly on a go go go kind of schedule. Pour yourself a hot cup of tea and listen to the quiet after the kiddos are tucked safely in their beds. Time for you to rest – so turn off the lights, close your eyes and sleep.

 

Kitchen Envy – I’m Craving Color!

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I have some serious kitchen envy going on. There is no question that I LOVE color! I am really craving to have our kitchen cabinets painted and made a bit more like #1, #4 and #7… If only our outdated oak cabinets looked modern like #2 (seen above). Horizontal wood planks are so pleasing to the eye! White cabinets of course would really help brighten our kitchen. This would really bring light into that end of the loft space… We currently have a black penny tile backslash from Ann Sacks that I love, similar feeling that you see in #5 (below)! We could also really use a modern countertop versus our swirly dark green and black granite countertop I can’t stand! I love the wood counter seen in #3, #5 and #6….hmm, I think I may be onto something here…

We dare not tackle this ourselves though! I know it can be done. I just want to make sure the paint will last and be an even coat. Mike and I are going to have to give this some thought and do some research. So for now, I have gathered my favorites from my Pinterest board Kitchen/ Kitchen & Dining. This will make it a lot easier to explain my vision to our contractor, when we do get the nerve for a kitchen facelift ;) 

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Caramelized Peaches & Homemade Cream

Caramelized Peached & Homemade Cream - Girl Nesting

This quick and easy dessert is going to make you look like a super star at your next family gathering! I promise!!! I’m not going to waste too much time filling this page with words. Instead, I’ll just let this INCREDIBLY delicious caramelized peaches and homemade cream speak for itself. I am quite proud to be the kitchen scientist of this sweet delight!

First start with the Homemade Cream!

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Homemade Cream
Yields 1
Incredibly YUMMY and easy to make!
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream
  2. 1 tbsp of light brown sugar
  3. 2 tbsp of crème fraîche
  4. 1/4 tsp of vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Combine ingredients in a medium size bowl and whisk together until it thickens into a thick whipped cream. *Be ready to whisk for a good few minutes - use those muscles!
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Set cream aside. Now onto the Caramelized Peaches!

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Caramelized Peaches
Serves 4
Ambrosia!!!!
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Cook Time
8 min
Cook Time
8 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 Peaches, pitted and sliced
  2. 1/2 tsp of course salt
  3. 1/2 cup of light brown sugar
  4. 1/8 tsp of cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Combine sugar, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add peaches and toss to coat.
  2. Heat a large frying pan or skillet to medium-high heat. Add peaches skin side up. Cook for 8 minutes then turn and cook for 3 additional minutes.
  3. Serve side by side with the cream and ENJOY!!!
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