Heart and Home – Sweet Dreams

Momma- Olympics Heart and Home Edition – Sleep
Day Three

There is not one thing in this life that will give use a more productive day than a good night’s sleep. You can have the fanciest day planner, the best new Apple computer, two secretaries and a butler, but if you did not get a good night’s sleep you are still a cranky, tired momma.

Sleep is that golden chain that ties health and our bodies together.

Thomas Dekker

Today as we scurry through the hustle and bustle, keep this little goal in mind. Arrange your day so that it ends in peace and get to bed early enough to get a full seven hours. If you have the kind of job where this is impossible make time to squeeze in a nap for 10 minutes  or more to catch-up.

My Memories of Sleepless Nights

10 minutes naps saved my sanity during my second pregnancy and newborn baby days. I had one teenager and a newborn, my days were filled only with how can I get my teenager home alive every night at a decent hour and do some kind of homework  and feed, clothe and  keep my newborn clean. I was in total survival mode and it was the most difficult three months of my life.  That first night I did not have to nurse every two hours was like manna from heaven.

Simple Daily Challenge -100 points in our Momma Olympics Heart and Home Edition

  •  Create a daily schedule that includes adequate sleep not only for you but for the whole family. -100 points
  • Yesterday, we cleaned up the bedroom. Today rearrange the photos, add a fresh colorful pillow or throw to the mix or a green plant that is simple to take care or perhaps even a silk flower.  In other words jazz up your place of sleep! -100 points.
  • Take 15 minutes today and read with your children. It is one of the best give you can give them and is really quite relaxing for everyone involved. 

 

Click below for full games rules and the Daily Points System!

Momma Olympics- Heart and Home Addition

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Momma Olympics – Heart and Home – Moving Forward

Day Two of the Heart and Home Momma- Olympic Challenges
Moving Forward

We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.
Walt Disney

Encouragement

Today  I encourage you to observe your surroundings taking care to experience at least one new thing. We need to learn more,  explore more, see more and do more to fully enjoy the simple experience of being human. We are not only caregivers, mothers and fathers, but we are individuals and are naturally drawn to things we have not seen, touched or heard.

Try Something New Moms
 Simple Daily Challenges are as follows:Take 15 minutes today and try something new. 100 points

  • Read a new book or magazine.
  • Try a new Yoga move.
  • Walk in a park you have never visited.
  • Explore a new language.
  • Try a new hobby.
    The Sky Is The Limit

Take 15 minutes and make your bedroom shine. 100 points

  • Make the bed.
  • Dust the furniture.
  • Put away clutter.
  • vacuum or sweep the floors.

Remember we are in the midst of our Momma Olympics The Heart and Home Edition.

The game points are optional, but can make our usual routines a bit more fun.

Here are the game rules:  Simply grab a pad and paper and add up the points your earn for each of the items listed below.  You get points for general housework as well as points for Simple Daily Challenges that will be posted throughout Momma-Olympics and our focus for this event is Heart and Home with a dash of Back To School.  You can share you tallied up points at the end of the day in comments or on Facebook

How many points can you earn each day during the Momma Olympics?  As many as your heart desires and time allows!

  • Make a bed. =10 points
  • Clean bathroom sink, quick clean-up of the toilet bowl and wipe bathroom countertop. = 25 points.Momma Olympics Summer 2014-001
  • Load of Dishes =  25 points
  • Load of Laundry =   25 points
  • Vacuum, sweep, or mop a floor. =   25 points
  • Take out Trash =  5 points per bag or can.
  • Plan and make breakfast or lunch. = 10 points
  • Plan and Make dinner one night.=   25 points
  • Clutter Donate or  Toss it Away! = 1 point per item flung or donated. <<<<<—— MY FAVORITE
  • Clean kitchen sink and wipe down counters =  25 points
  • Home Office Management = 100 points for 15 minutes (finances, meal planning and scheduling)
  • Healthy You – 25 points for daily exercise or movement and 25 points for daily meal tracking.
  • Simple Daily Challenges = Up to three per day  for 100 points each.

These challenges can be tallied up daily and then a complete tally at the end of the Mom Olympic Challenge.

Click Here For  A Free Printable to Keep Track of Your Points!

Heart and Home – Self Care

Today we begin our Heart and Home Momma Olympics!

Here are the game rules:  Simply grab a pad and paper and add up the points your earn for each of the items listed below.  You get points for general housework as well as points for Simple Daily Challenges that will be posted throughout Momma-Olympics and our focus for this event is Heart and Home with a dash of Back To School.  You can share you tallied up points at the end of the day in comments or on Facebook

How many points can you earn each day during the Momma Olympics?  As many as your heart desires and time allows!

  • Make a bed. =10 points
  • Clean bathroom sink, quick clean-up of the toilet bowl and wipe bathroom countertop. = 25 points.Momma Olympics Summer 2014-001
  • Load of Dishes =  25 points
  • Load of Laundry =   25 points
  • Vacuum, sweep, or mop a floor. =   25 points
  • Take out Trash =  5 points per bag or can.
  • Plan and make breakfast or lunch. = 10 points
  • Plan and Make dinner one night.=   25 points
  • Clutter Donate or  Toss it Away! = 1 point per item flung or donated. <<<<<—— MY FAVORITE
  • Clean kitchen sink and wipe down counters =  25 points
  • Home Office Management = 100 points for 15 minutes (finances, meal planning and scheduling)
  • Healthy You – 25 points for daily exercise or movement and 25 points for daily meal tracking.
  • Simple Daily Challenges = Up to three per day  for 100 points each.

These challenges can be tallied up daily and then a complete tally at the end of the Mom Olympic Challenge

The Heart of the Home

Many folks consider the heart of the home the kitchen.  However, the real heart of the home is the person who takes care of the home, nurtures the children, supports the spouse/partner and take time each day to make things just a little more beautiful.

Many times this caregiver/mom is so overwhelmed that they fail to take care of themselves,fail to nurture their needs both physical and mental.

Look at it like this:

When you go to the market to buy apples for your children, you never pick the bruised apples and never ones with worm holes!
You want to buy your family the best apple, the one without  bruises and wormholes, in essence a wholesome healthy apple. You would never pick a bad apple to nourish  your child.

In your home, you are the apple. You are the fruit that nurtures your family and they need a whole healthy fruit, not a fruit that is tired and cranky. Your health and well-being have to be part of your daily routines so that you give you family the best nurturing possible.

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Today’s Simple Daily Challenge is as follows.

Spend some quiet time reflecting on your goals for this week, this month, the next six months and the next year.

Write a simple goal for the week that will give you a boost in the right direction. If you have time write you goals for the next month.

  • Example: Eat less fried food and more green vegetables or Exercise 4 days this week!
  • Example for longer goals- Walk  Three Miles – Three Time Per Week

-100 points for this challenge plus all the points from your daily routines listed above.

“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow.
You cannot serve from an empty vessel.” 
― Eleanor Brownn