July Mini Goal: Drink More Water

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This post is part of my 12 Mini Goals Challenge.

Small daily habits can make a big difference over the course of a few weeks, months, or even longer. In 2016, I am going to focus on a new habit or mini goal every month. In January, I focused on Daily Movement or Exercise. In February, I focused on cutting down on evening snacking. In March, my goal was 30 days of pilates. In April, my goal was to clear my kitchen counters every night. In May, I attempted to clear out my closet 3 items at a time. In June, my goal was to reset my mornings and wake up earlier.

I know the importance of drinking water and I used to not have any trouble staying on top of it. When I worked a desk job a few years ago, I would guzzle water all day long. I probably reached the water recommendations by the time I left work. I never was thirsty because I was on top of my hydration.

Now that I am home with my girls, I don’t have a water bottle with me every minute of the day and drinking water is not the habit it used to be. Because it is summer (and I’m pregnant), I often have a feeling of thirst and I know that means I am dehydrated. In July, I am going to try and stay on top of my water intake.

My July Mini Goal: Drink More Water (80 ounces of water per day)

How will I do this? I will follow these steps:

  • I will drink 8-16 ounces of water right away in the morning. This will be before my morning coffee. 
  • I will keep my water bottle close to me during the day. This is the water bottle I use and love.
  • I will track my progress in 8-ounce increments. Printable below!
  • I will reevaluate the goal of 80 ounces throughout the month. Because it is summer and I am pregnant, 80 ounces may not be enough water, especially on days that I am outside in the sun or on days that I exercise.

July Mini Goal: Drink More Water with printable tracker

Your July Mini Goal: Increase and track your water intake. 

If you need to be reminded of the benefits of drinking water, check out the following links:

If you want to join me, print off the July Challenge Tracker. Place an X in each box as you drink your decided amount of water. I also track multiple goals on my calendars, and the calendar leaves room for additional notes each day. It’s nice to have them written down all in one place. Use the hashtag #12minigoals on Instagram to show me your progress.

 Mini Goals Challenge for July: Drink more water

Let me know if you decide to join! How much water will you be drinking in July?

If you want to focus on Health & Wellness in July and want to record your goals and track your progress, check out my Health and Wellness Printable Planner.

Use the Health and Wellness Planner to:

  • Plan and track your fitness, nutrition, and wellness goals and habits
  • Create action steps necessary to fulfill your goals
  • Bring your new healthy habits into your daily schedule
  • Plan and track your workouts
  • Plan and track your meals
  • Track your vitamins, supplements, and other medications
  • List your favorite resources to aid and motivate you on your health journey

Health and Wellness Printable Planner.

Hold yourself accountable with your health goals with this printable planner. The Health and Wellness Printable Planner includes 9 pages. Use them all or pick and choose based on the plan that works best for you. The entire planner is undated so you can start using the planner at anytime throughout the year.

 

July Mini Goal: Drink More Water with printable tracker

 

I would love to have you join the 12 Mini Goals Challenge. Sign up for my mailing list if you want to be e-mailed the challenge each month. If we get to a month where the goal doesn’t fit into your life, you can always tweak it to be a mini goal that works for you.

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15 Things To Do This Summer

15 Things to Do This Summer

Summer is finally here. Make the most of it by setting aside a couple minutes to plan activities for the summer. Once they are on the calendar, the fun is more likely to happen! I have 15 ideas to get you started. 

Read all the way to the bottom to get a printable copy of 15 things to do this summer. 

15 things to do this summer. Fun summer activities. Many are free summer activities! Includes summer fun printable. Get up to watch the sun rise. Brunch outside. Visit the Farmers Market...and more

Get up to watch the sun rise

 

Brunch outside

 

Visit the Farmers Market

 

15 things to do this summer. Visit the farmers market.

Pack a picnic

 

Attend an outdoor concert

 

Go on a bike ride

 

15 things to do this summer. Go on a bike ride.

Learn a new yard game

 

Sign up for a fall running race

 

Be a tourist in your own city

 

15 things to do this summer. Be a tourist in your own city.

Enjoy a bonfire and s’mores

 

Play in the sprinkler

 

Visit a new bakery or donut shop

 

15 things to do this summer. Visit a new bakery or donut shop.

Watch the stars

 

Take a nighttime walk 

 

Read a book outside 

 

15 things to do this summer. Read a book outside.

 

Print off the PDF: 15 things to do this summer

15 Things To Do This Summer. Free printable list of activities for the summer.

What are your favorite summer activities?

 

15 things to do this summer. Fun summer activities. Many are free summer activities! Includes summer fun printable. Get up to watch the sun rise. Brunch outside. Visit the Farmers Market...and more

If you need help planning your summer travels, check out my Travel Planner Printables:

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The Secret to Superhero Moms

Superhero-Moms

Today I would like to welcome Keri from Living In This Season. I enjoy the encouragement that she shares on her blog and in her new book:

Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive – Tips for Thriving as a Mom 

Days fly by in a blur as moms everywhere are trying to be supermoms who do it all and balance more than we should. We drink caffeinated drinks for energy to sustain us and hope the little burst helps us accomplish just one more task. Our lists are long and never seem to be completely checked off. By evening, we sink deep into our couches, staring aimlessly at our phones, wondering why we feel so empty.

Does this sound familiar?

It hits all too close to home for me. I spent the first year of my oldest child’s life trying to be supermom. I wanted everything to be perfect. It was exhausting, draining, and typically left me frustrated and empty. I have a feeling that I am not alone in this struggle.

Superhero Moms and the truth behind them. When we step out and embrace our own gifts and talents, we are able to be supermoms. We are able to stop striving for what we are not created to be and rest in who we are created to be.

It is the struggle to be more and do more so that we can be supermoms.

There is this false image that supermoms do it all- they bring homemade goodies into the school, volunteer at the school, are team mom, have a perfectly decorated home, make homemade dinners, and always look well put together. This image is a lie that moms need to stop striving for.

The truth is that we are already supermoms. You, sweet mama, are incredible. You have so many amazingly unique talents, that only you have! Your child needs you- not a perfectly packaged you, but the real you, flaws and all.

The Secret to Superhero Moms. Learning the truth about superhero moms

When we step out and embrace our own gifts and talents, we are able to be supermoms. We are able to stop striving for what we are not created to be and rest in who we are created to be.

You are an amazing mom. You are doing an amazing work and you are the perfect mom for your children. Let go of the race to do it all, and slow down to be yourself. Be yourself and be a supermom!

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Thank you to Keri for sharing with us today. Stop by and check out her blog: Living In This Season or consider checking out her book: Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive – Tips for Thriving as a Mom. Keri’s book is available both as an eBook and paperback.

Keri’s book will give you encouragement and tips in the areas below:
 
The Practice of Self Care
Letting Go of Perfection
Freedom from Comparison
Confidence as a Mom
Embrace Your Season
You Are Not Alone
Letting Go of Anger
Choosing Joy
 

Why Just Survive When You Can Thrive. An encouraging book for motherhood.

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Free Travel Packing List Printable

Free Travel Packing List Printable

Do you have trouble efficiently packing for trips?

I have to admit that I do not enjoy packing for trips. I like to be prepared and rarely forget anything, but I struggle with over-packing. Trying to balance being under-prepared and being over-prepared is the struggle. A few summers ago, I started the one thing that has helped me along in my packing. I created a packing list.

Creating a list that I go back to with each trip has made my packing more efficient and (somewhat) quicker. I created a Free Travel Packing List Printable for you to use on your next trip.

Free Travel Packing List Printable

Free Travel Packing List Printable

Use this page to list all the items you want to bring. There are sections for Clothing, Toiletries, and Miscellaneous. Each section is broken down further and provides space for everything you need on your trip.

Take the time to write down your necessities for each trip. Make a few copies of your personal basics list. You can use your master list for every trip by just adding in the extra items you need for the specific trip. I find that having my basics already written down is helpful.

Print the Free PDF here: Travel Packing List Printable. The PDF includes all 3 colors. I hope you find the printable helpful.
 
The Packing List is part of my Travel Planner Printable Packet
 
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 Use the full Travel Planner Printable Packet to:

  • Organize the details of your trip
  • Record your flights and accommodations
  • Plan your packing to ensure you don’t forget anything
  • Plan your weekly and daily itinerary
  • Set a travel budget and record expenses
  • Journal through your trip

Don’t forget to PIN the Packing List for later!

Free Travel Packing List Printable

Print off your Free Travel Packing List Printable.

Read more about the full 7-page Travel Planner Printable or get it here.

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Do you currently use a packing list? Do you typically over-pack or under-pack?

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Travel Planner Printables

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While I enjoy traveling, I almost enjoy the planning and anticipation as much as the trip itself. Not entirely, but I love the process of planning and organizing trips.

Do you enjoy it? Or dread it?

Travel Planner Printables

Organize your next vacation or trip with this Travel Planner. This 7-page printable packet will help you to organize the details, record your flights and accommodations, plan your itinerary, set a travel budget and record expenses, and journal through your trip.

The printable is available in 3 different colors.

Travel Planner Printables

Use the 7-page printable packet to:

  • Organize the details of your trip
  • Record your flights and accommodations
  • Plan your packing to ensure you don’t forget anything
  • Plan your weekly and daily itinerary
  • Set a travel budget and record expenses
  • Journal through your trip

Travel Planner Printables

Here is what is included in the Travel Journal Printable Packet:

– Travel Details – Record your flight and lodging details. List the places you want to hit for eating, shopping, and playing.

– Weekly Itinerary – Write down a big-picture itinerary for your week. Each day is broken down by Morning, Afternoon, and Evening.

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– Packing List (get this page free here!) – Use this page to list all the items you want to bring. There are sections for Clothing, Toiletries, and Miscellaneous.

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– Daily Itinerary  – This itinerary page breaks down your day by Morning, Afternoon, and Evening. This page allows you to write down your plan or ideas for where to eat, where to shop, and where to play. There is also a section for additional notes.

– Daily Itinerary – This page is perfect for you if you want an even more detailed plan for each day. You can write down the day’s plan in 30-minute increments.

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– Daily Journal – Record the highlights of each day and reflect on the fun you are having!

– Travel Budget – Plan our your budget by the following categories: Transportation, Accommodations, Meals, Activities & Entertainment, and Miscellaneous.

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The 7-page Travel Printable Planner is available for…pick your own price. Yes, name your price and you will get all 3 colors of this printable.

Pick Your Price

Plan your next trip! Share in the comments where you will be traveling to next.

Travel Planner Printables. Organize your next vacation or trip with this Travel Planner. Includes printables for: Travel Details, Weekly Itinerary, Daily Itinerary, Packing List, Daily Journal, Travel Budget,

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