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A little fitness, My love of books, motherhood, and life in general. Sometimes its easy, sometimes its hard, but we all have to get through and try to enjoy it along the way........

Friday, May 6, 2011

Saints......

Saints………
Marco and I were recently asked to be God Parent’s to two little beautiful children that we adore. I feel honored to be asked to be asked to be a godparent. However being a godparent whether being asked by someone that maybe didn’t even know why they chose you or whatever the reason may be, to me it is a big responsibility. It’s not about being a relative but being a role model to that little teachable, absorbing, and beautiful child, and about being available, being loving, and being a guide. I hope that I can come through as one of those guides for these beautiful children. J
My godmother is my aunt Nancy. She is my mom’s youngest sister and I think she was the luckiest of my Mom’s siblings because she was the youngest and hopefully got to spend the “Best” times with my grandma and grandpa. J Anyway I have fond memories of visiting my Aunt Nancy. I feel like I spent lots of time with her and her family when I was small and also got to spend time with them when I was in college and interned near where they lived. I can remember Ross and Alyssa, mostly Alyssa, her children as babies and I also remember my Aunts Values. I know by seeing her values as a person, values as a mother, values as a wife, and values as a teacher. I think as children seeing is believing, actions speak volumes, and they know what is in your heart even if you try not to show something. I felt those things from my godmother, but I also saw them. I know that my godmother loves and loved being a mother, loved being a teacher, loved her husband because I not only could see it, but I felt it when I was around them.
Recently I went to a class at a Catholic church for a God Parent “class.” The Deacon who was teaching this class I could tell was a very kind and sweet soul. He did two things that touched my heart. The first one was that he carried around a prayer box, with angels on it, and he stored all the names of the children that he had ever had baptisms for and every time he prays, he prays for all those little children. He has kept every child’s name in there since he was ordained. Isn’t that awesome? Secondly, he told a touching story about Saints. He explained that a Saint just doesn’t need to be someone that you read about, but a saint can be someone that has touched your life, someone you have learned from, someone that you respect, someone that has given you hope, someone you have just met, or someone that has tattooed something on your soul forever. As I was sitting in this class I was thinking how lucky I am because I have so many people that have done those things for me in my life. I have learned so many lessons from so many people.  Thank you to all the people that have impacted my life, and who have touched my heart in so many ways.



Love,Peace,Happiness




April D. Schultz Djibonon

Monday, April 18, 2011

Think Spring Eats.........Winner announced!



Ingredients:
1-2 Chicken Breasts chopped or shredded
1/4 c. Mayo
1/4 c. Ranch dressing
Bacon cooked
Slivered almonds
chopped veggies: green onions, orange pepper, celery, tomatoes
Salt & Pepper to taste







The Chicken Ranch salad was amazing.  Mix all the ingredients together and eat with crackers, bread, pita, tortilla, or plain.  Picnics here we come.
We made a Lavosh Pizza this past week to.  We used Havarti cheese, black olives, green peppers, red peppers and tomatoes....YUM

And you can't forget 7 or more layer dip either.  Refried beans, sour cream, taco seasoning, taco salsa, cheese, tomatoes, green onions, and black olives were on mine.  YUM


And the MK prize winner giveaway goes to Lizzie Ulseth!!! YAY Lizzie.  Lizzie please email me your address and I will send you a lip gloss and brush!!!  Congrats!!! YAY


Love,Peace, Happiness



April D. Schultz Djibonon

Friday, April 15, 2011

Give Away and Positive Power.....................


Today I feel motivated, Positive, and Happy.  I don't always feel that way, but I try really hard to be that way outside and in.  Things that help me to be Positive and Motivated are things like exercise, my son, doing things that I love, and being invested in my life and others and I try to surround myself with people that are outwardly positive and invested in others. 

I started changing my outlook on things I would say in 2009 after my son was born, but it was slow going.  When you don't feel "great" about yourself its sometimes hard to project that happy attitude towards others.  I slowly started changing my eating habits and began exercising at least 5 times per week.  It was slow going, people.  I kept going to the gym and eating right and you know what,  I was feeling a lot better.  No I didn't love going to the gym, trying just to walk for 30-40 minutes was difficult, but I felt so great after I was done that my attitude starting changing.  Also I would say that it took me almost 6 months just to lose 18 pounds.  1 pound a week and sometimes less, but I kept doing it and kept going back.  I am finally a healthy weight for me, but you know what, It took hard work, motivation, dedication, and routine. 

In 2010 I went through lots of heart ache, betrayal, death, financial woes, but I think that the biggest thing that kept me going was my attitude.  I decided to join a group of people to keep my health goals on track at work and at home and be my support system, I forgave, I looked toward my future, I felt a heavy heart looking into my son's future, and I prayed.  I don't necessarily pray to god, but I pray to people that I love that have past, and meditate with them.  And you know what, with support from my family, husband, son, and close friends I got through it with a positive attitude, mind, and health.

This year already has flown by.  I am more driven, positive, and enthusiastic for the future.  I can't wait for the day to get moving and get things accomplished. I have surrounded myself with Positive people and am ready for whatever life has to offer even if its scary sometimes.  I always say what do I have to lose?  If the loss is greater than the reward I won't do it, but if the reward is greater than the loss I jump right in!!!!  Isn't that what life's about?

How do you stay positive, motivated, and lifted about life?

I am doing a giveaway today!  Comment on this post about attitude and receive a Free Mary Kay Lip Gloss and Mineral Powder brush for one lucky reader.  The winner will be chosen at random and announced next week!!!!!




LovePeaceHappiness,


April D. Schultz Djibonon



Thursday, April 14, 2011

Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels .........

Noah and I made pretzels on my birthday with my new bread machine I got from my SIS!!!!
Mine were shaped like ties!!!  LOL

Yes this is my little stinker in the background!!!


Whole Wheat Soft Pretzels

Dough
1/2 cup water
1 cup milk
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 cup whole wheat flour
3 cups bread flour
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon yeast





Soda Wash
8 cups water
1/4 cup baking soda

For toppings:
Coarse salt
Melted butter & cinnamon sugar


In the pan of a bread machine, assemble the dough ingredients in the order recommended.  Set the machine on dough.  When the cycle ends, remove the dough to lightly oiled surface.  Divide the dough into 12 equal portions.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Line two large cookie sheets with parchment paper.

Roll each portion into a long snake, about 18 inches long.  Shape the snake into a horse shoe or whatever shape you would like.

Meanwhile, bring the 8 cups water to a boil in a large pot.  Add the baking soda and continue to boil.  Drop the formed pretzels, one at a time into the soda bath.  Boil for about 30 seconds and remove to the prepared parchment.  Sprinkle with coarse salt, as desired.

Once all the pretzels have been bathed, bake them for 10 minutes.






I got this recipe off of goodcheapeats.com.






LovePeaceHappiness




April. D Schultz Djibonon

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Power of Positive Women

I went to the Mary Kay Seminar on Friday night!  These women are absolutely inspirational!!! 




IF you believe you can Achieve!!!!  Awesome April Promotion to start your Business!!!  Ask me how, its all set up for you!  What great products, who wants Mary Kay Product for 50% off?  Let me know if your willing to help me learn and listen to some FUN Facts for 20 minutes?  I will give you a free Lip gloss or eyeshadow for doing it!!!  Give me a call, email, or leave a comment. 

LovePeaceHappiness


April D. Schultz Djibonon

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Mommy Nightmare's

So I am going to tell you my “mommy nightmare” story, it may not seem like a big deal now or a big deal to some of you, but to me it was my worst nightmare as a mommy!!!
At the beginning of the month of March, the weather was beautiful in Nebraska, spring had definitely sprung and Noah and I were on a walking/Park/activity outside after work routine. It was wonderful, until one dreaded day, and the walking trips to the park STOPPED, probably forever…………………….and here is my tail.
First of all, I didn’t really want to go for a walk this particular day because…..I was LAZY…YES LAZY!!! But my guilty mommy/FAT mommy personality was coming through and I made myself go. So I thought that we would go to Lake Zorinsky and get some beautiful scenery, fresh air in as we walked. We can park at the beginning of the Lake, walk part way around, 2 miles, that will take you to a nice big park, and then walk back 2 miles to get to the car.
First of all as I parked my car, I was shocked to see the sadness of Lake Zorinsky that was once a beautiful walking/jogging/park spot that Noah and I had gone to so many times last summer and enjoyed so much. There were trees torn down, mud all over, water was almost gone in the lake, and the smell………..YUCK!!!!! (There is something wrong with the water that is killing fish so they are trying to clean it up) At this point I should’ve known that something was amidst and this was not a good Idea, but my defiant self, thought, who cares, we are on a trail going to the park and there were several people doing the same. So Noah and I headed to our destination to the park!
The walk went fine. We saw some birds, looked out at the once Lake with sadness, and hurried along our path. We finally got to the park and I saw such happiness in my little boy’s eyes. He jumped out of the stroller and ran for the stairs, slides, and kids with such energy, zip, and happiness, that I absolutely knew that he needed this adventure and I had made the right decision per say. He jumped, crawled, played with dirt, ate a little sand, tried to take a pail away from some kids, ran under and over and around everything in sight for about 45 minutes with energy bouncing off of him.
When I decided we needed to head back before we were caught in the dark, I anticipated some resistance from my little guy because he sure didn’t seem winded at all. I brought the stroller around to where he was. Gave him a hint that we were going to be headed out and told him he could go down the slide 2 more times. He looked at me like I was a monster and headed for the playground at ROCKET SPEED!
I finally caught my little guy and with a stern but sympathetic voice coaxed him toward the stroller. As I picked him up, my little guy became dead weight and was not getting into that stroller for the WILL of him. He hit me a few times, grabbed at my arms, scratched me and then I made the worst mistake and let him go. Yes, I let him go and he ran back to the kids, slides, and other parents staring at me. I wasn’t sure what to do or how I was going to get this kid home. We still had a 2 mile walk a head of us, my car was parked on the other side of the lake, and my husband was unreachable. So I waited about 15 minutes, gained my back bone and courage and tried again.
This time I had the fruit snacks and juice handy. As I went to retrieve my child, he started running because He is smart and knew what mommy was going to do. When I got to him this time, it was worse, much, much worse. This time his body was like a rock, kicking, hitting, biting and scratching mommy. In my defense, this boy has big size 9 tennis shoes on with grips and he weighs at least 1/3 of my weight and is very strong. I couldn’t get him in the stroller for the life of me. If I had a car I would just pick him up and bring him to the car but since I didn’t, I had to move away from the park little by little. Needless to say I didn’t know what to do. We ended up sitting on the ground for about 25 minutes with my arms around him and holding them in front of him crying and screaming. My pony tail was out of my hair, my head band was around my neck, my face was red, tears were threatening to come down, and I had scratches on my arms and neck. People were watching us, looking, walking by, and at one point a lady stopped and asked if she could help, but at this point I was so exasperated that I just waived her by.
I finally got Noah to walk the stroller up the wooded path around the park before I could get him in the stroller. He fell fast asleep as we walked slowly back to our car through the evening with sun almost down. Mommy cried the whole way back to the car, and Noah whimpered in his sleep. I must say I never thought this beautiful, normally well behaved little boy who greets me after work every day with his big brown eyes, his long black eyelashes, and his big smile, saying “mommy’s home” and giving me sweet hugs and kisses, would ever cause mommy such humiliation, heart ache, and sincere ignorance.
I have learned a valuable lesson and that is we won’t be without a car!!!!!!! LOL… We will go back to the park, we will go for walks, but we won’t be doing the two together anytime in the near future.








Do any of you have "Mommy Nightmare Stories" that you would like to share?


Mother Ignorance:
  • I never thought I would care what other mothers thought
  • I never thought I would have a child sleeping with me at night
  • I never thought people judged others so much
  • I never knew that I would be a softy when it came to being a parent
  • I never knew I would get so worn down
  • I never knew how much I would love my little one
  • I never knew that my husband would be such a wise parent



LovePeaceHappiness,




April D. Schultz Djibonon



    Thursday, March 31, 2011

    Time...........

    OK So I haven’t been blogging a lot obviously.  But hey, what can I say I am a busy woman!  Between working full-time, exercising every day, being a mommy, cooking and cleaning, and now working toward achieving my goals with Mary Kay, I don’t have a lot of spare time in the day. 
    I am wondering what everyone does to get everything done in the day? 

    Yesterday I rolled out of bed at around 6:15 but I had originally set my alarm for 5:00 AM to workout…….I was too tired!!!!!  I worked all day like a mad women.  On my lunch break I ran to the bank and post office, and got home to my house around 5 PM.  I greeted my husband and child with hugs, and began cleaning the kitchen and getting ready for supper.  HUSBAND had class so he was getting ready to leave, while Noah and I sat and read a few books.  I than chopped up a ton of veggies for a Chicken Lo-Mein dish I was making, while Noah helped mom “wash” ahem…. dishes at the sink.  While the veggies sauteed, and the chicken browned, Noah and I did a “BOB” DVD, Boot camp and Strength training work out for 45 minutes.  Got laundry started, Noah fed, and Baths.  By this time its 8 pm and momma is getting tired, while Noah keeps running back and forth down the hallway…lol.  I caught 45 minutes of American Idol while working on some Mary Kay business, texting people, looking at Face Book, and checking in with some friends.  When that was finished I had to organize my inventory for Mary Kay because I was Pleasantly surprised with my order coming early……..It’s so FUN!  So there you have it Folks……..this is why I have found less time to Blog……………………..I will try to be better…..I have books, skincare, and  recipes to share!!!!


    Coming up: 
    1: Saturday:   Book club friends meeting and Mark Kay make overs
    2: Sunday:  Noah Day, we will hopefully be out walking on a trail, going to the park, and being outside as much as possible.
    3: Wednesday:  My friend and team-mate Katie is having her Grand Opening Mary Kay Party.  Let me know if you have any orders or would like to come!
    4: Thursday:  Rebecca Rosen is in town and yours truly has tickets.  I will let you know how it goes. J
    5: Friday:  Meeting with friends to have some Mary Kay fun and Packing.
    6: Saturday:  Heading to Sioux Falls to See the Family and Celebrate Colby’s Birthday!


    Life is GOOD!!!  Stay Positive Friends.  My Mary Kay favorite of the week is TimeWise Replenishing Serum+C….Call me and I will tell you more about it, but I have to say I feel younger and my skin looks better!  HIP HIP HOORAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  (This got an Anti-Aging 2010 award from Good Housekeeping)



    See you all soon,  Can’t wait to share Katie’s successes, Rebecca Rosen, and my family visit to Sioux Falls next week. Keep smiling always folks.




    LOVEPEACEHAPPINESS



    April D. Schultz Djibonon