A Graphic Organizer for 2017 LOVE

I am going to be the best kind of busy this year! 

Creating a graphic organizer is a trick I stole from the ADHD toolbox, but it’s great for anyone that wants to sort out their priorities for 2017. 

I’m ready… are you? I’d lovelovelove to see your 2017 graphic organizer in the comments!

✌️- Missy  


Celebrating Yoga Month with a Whole Food Challenge

I’m not a great eater. 

ADHD meds are a known appetite suppressant but once they wear off the body demands immediate satisfaction. Obviously, if I don’t make intentional eating a priority during the day, bad choices will be made at night. I’m a great lover of super-paletteables chock full of salt, sugar and preservatives, which are just about the worst thing you can have right before bed!

I’ve also been really wrapped in school, MBSR training and finishing my yoga certification. So if I get too busy or distracted to eat during the day I become ravenous at night. I make bad food choices, and justify it with the fact that I haven’t even anything all day so it’s not doing too much damage right? Wrong

So to celebrate yoga month I decided to challenge myself to a week of eating a whole food diet. These are the articles that got me thinking… 



I’m headed to Sprouts to fill my fridge & cupboard with healthy things. I’ll post each day with a snap of a healthy snack or meal so follow me on Twitter and Instagram @missymrsmom & feel free to join me this week!

I’d love to hear some simple recipes and whole food ideas, so please leave a comment… Wish me luck- Missy

All Around Miracle!

I have this hair that has the potential to look so lovely, and it’s a late -in-life gift so I baby it like CRAY. Z. My fellow fine-haired buddy recommended this little bottle of AWESOME & I’m like yeah

From seriously stringy to super smooth!

I use this stuff every other day and, although I’ve been told that’s too often, I have sleek hair with no build up. Miracle!

Now on to next miracle! My hair is pretty long and, although fine, there is a bunch of it. So I use a lot of conditioner, even though this one is great because just when you think you are out you can add some hot water and voilà! A few more days use! However, I still have lots of plastic bottles to throw away/recycle… Unless I repurpose them!

LT just loved target practice with the impressively powerful jet of water the squeeze bottle created. Great for fine motor skills and it will work for vision therapy too! (Quick Note: Please be sure to rinse out the bottle with soap before using it as a toy. Leftover conditioner is slippery and slippery is dangerous!)
Do you have this awful shower?

It’s insanely tricky to clean, and LT using the jet like spray gave me the idea to use an old bottle as a “mini power washer”!

It’s great! I almost want to clean my horrible shower. Ha ha… Almost

So, that’s my triple Miracle conditioner. I have not been asked to promote this product.. just lovelovelove it! 

Hope you liked this one – Missy

Mermaid University & Swashbucklers Acadamy at the Scottsdale Princess

My bestie is a huge proponent of staying in-state for vacations. She loves to take a few over the course of the summer! We got a killer deal on one of those group coupon sites for the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, so we decided to give stay-cations a try… And I’m so glad we did!

They had the Mermaid University and Moon Mermaid story time (complete with her Pet Pirate).They had Swashbuckler Academy, with a pirate show before the dive in movie which was followed by fireworks. 

However, my favorite part of coarse was the beautifully appointed Spa with a Zen garden,  roof top infinity pool… and of course the obligatory piña colada.

I can honestly say the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess is one of the most beautiful resort hotels I have been to in Arizona.  I was in no way compensated for this review; I just wanted to share my great experience at this super fun resort. These programs go until Labor Day  weekend, so if you’re interested better hurry! 

What is the best Stay-cation you’ve ever taken? I’d love to hear from you!


I Actually Hate August 

August is the worst. It’s a miserable month.

It’s hotter than hell, not to mention sticky  and buggy. It’s a huge month of transitions also. When you’re hot, sticky and bug-bit it’s not a great time for change! 

I’m really struggling this August because I’m nervous about school; the College Kid is not getting the classes he’d like, Sassy is at a crossroads educationally and LT is intimidated by our over-zealous schools second grade curriculum. Don’t even get me started on the road blocks that are constantly being down in front of me on my own educational path.

Usually I like to find something “hard” to tackle every month (organization, writing my prayers and hot yoga have all the things that I’ve done and concurred… however minimally some months, haha). This month I just don’t know where to even start. Does just getting through August count?

I’d really adore some advice, comments and/or interesting/funny/awesome anecdotes about August… I sure can’t find much to get enthused about.

Looking forward to hearing from you-Missy

Bye-Bye Summer Bloat!

Do you get all bloated from all that easy, yummy convenience foods we snack on during lazy summer days? I do! My Detox Tea go to fix was so popular I thought I’d share!

I think I got the idea from a Jillian Micheals pin a couple years ago.  This totally helps with water retention!

It’s just a gallon jug full of; distilled water, 100% cranberry juice, a couple squeezes of lemon and three bags of dandelion root tea. Drink half gallon in the morning before 12. If you drink it later that you’ll be up all night. Keep drinking your regular water also; this tea is a flush and thus dehydrating. 

Also, if you have any health conditions double check that dandelion root tea is appropriate for you!

Do you have a good water weight flush? Let me know if you like this one in the comments or on Twitter @missymrsmom

Enjoy the last bit of summer- Missy 

Lessons From Bad Yoga

I started yoga right after I had my youngest child. I don’t think I’d even been practicing for a week when I was diagnosed with postpartum hyper thyroiditis.   One troublesome symptom that I was having that didn’t really fit was joint pain; my wrists ankles and knees ached like they never had before. It took me several years to realize that the cause wasn’t PPT but bad yoga. That was humiliating… Like wake-you-up in the middle of the night with the cringing-stupids humiliating.  

The only reason I even got into yoga was because it looked easy and all my friends were doing it. It wasn’t and they quit within a month or two.

 I kept coming back to yoga though. I constantly circled and stabbed at it the way a cat does a snake; As in “It will probably hurt me, but it is just irresistible!“. I took a few classes but I felt like a blubbery sea lion among graceful, beautiful otters. After a few classes at the Rec I figured I had it down and could practice at home with YouTube vids and dvr’d PBS 80s Yoga! reruns.  

Insert cringy-stupids

Fast forward 4 years. I’ve been doing half-hearted yoga on my living room floor for a while and decide to take up running. I joined a running group at my local rec, and ran a 5K. In fact, I was up to 3 miles every other day for a while. It was pretty great but my neck hurt all of the time. My knees hurt all of the time.

I limped along that way for quite some time but then the day after Christmas the following year I threw out my back. I’d never done that before. It was awful, I couldn’t believe the agony. After that I because over cautious and careful. I started to really get into the connections that every muscle group has to each other and the importance of preventive maintenance on this old body of mine. Which led me right back to YOGA. 

The more I learned about muscle connections and interactions and the resultant joint health importance, the more fascinated I became. Not only did my pain finally go away but I understood my body and mind connection in a way I never had before. My natural inclination is to go as fast as I can when exercising. Go fast, go hard, and get done. It’s great for my ADHD side because my  brain is constantly looking for what’s next… ready to move onto the next thing. Yoga is more of a challenge in this respect because it’s about slowing down, and being in a moment. It’s about precise movements and intentional breathing. It’s about noticing things we might take for granted (our posture, our breathing, our inner thoughts) and allowing them our total focus if only briefly. For me yoga is a practice of intention instead of impulse, which is a constant ADHD struggle. 

So, for the past year I’ve been committed to yoga everyday and these simple rules:

Good Yoga 

1. Do it right. 

2. To do it right, I have to go out and learn from (and observe) other yoga students. 

3. To learn from other yoga students I have to stop worrying if I look like I know what I’m doing and start actually knowing what to do. 

I’m really focused on my practice now and I take every new class, workshop and class I can find. My greater understanding of yoga has opened up a mystical spiritualism I didn’t know existed in me. 

But mostly, good yoga feels GOOD. 

Do you have any bad yoga stories? I’d love to hear them!

Namaste- Missy

Dude- Pokèmon Go. 

Am I right? 

I totally I called it… Pokèmon summer. I had no idea. 
I’m not afraid to say I like trendy things. I love to be doing the new fun thing! A lot of my friends are this way too, so when they started talking about Pokémon Go and catching Pokèmon at the Walmart YEAH I was curious.

I was super excited to get it for LT until I saw the crazy train permission requests. Like, my Windows 10 gave me less  trouble. Well, almost. After only a little research  I started seeing some serious technical and physical safety concerns and I had to lay the fatwa on P-Go.

Now my husband, who used to play ingress, actually downloaded the Pokémon go app without me knowing. I’m over here researching the cumulative safety concerns… He’s catching Pikachu and leveling up. He thought it was a good family-time app, and I saw his point! After several days of discussion about the best ways to protect LT’s safety I conceded defeat.

My Recommendations:

  • Use the Pokèmon Trainer Club login option
  • Play on an old iPhone with limited content (we were lucky enough to have an old one)
  • Share data and WATCH IT
  • Create a gmail for P-Go usage
  • Set the ground rules pre-download. (I admit. Time limits have been hard to stick with because it is so FUN.)

I’d be a terrible Pokèmon Trainer, but look how happy they are. 

So yes, I caved. I choose to look at it this why: I got new information and it changed my mind. That’s a good lesson… I think. 

Are you and your kids playing? Do you like it? Let me know in the comments or on Twitter @missymrsmom

Gotta go… Gotta catch em all 😉 Missy

White Cup Deco- Fun! New! Thing! 

I love to doodle and draw but I don’t really have that kind of down time. I’ve been seeing these adult coloring books and while they are adorable and my friends rave about thier relaxation benefits I just didn’t get it. 

Then one day I got stood up on a coffee date. I was melancholy, because I paid $3 for a coffee and now I had no mom-chat to blow off steam. I remembered I had some sharpies in my bag and JUST LIKE THAT a favorite thing was created!

I totally get my friends adult coloring book enthusiasm now and agree wholeheartedly that the mindless repetition is totally relaxing. Now I often hit up the coffee shop ‘happy hour’… Just for the cheaper canvas… I mean cup. 

I liked it so much I incorporated it into our monthly MNO (Mom’s Night Out) and it went beautifully. After a bit of “What should I draw” angst, everyone had a good time creating. 

Have you ever been lured in by that lovely blank canvas? What do you draw? Let me know in the comments and visit my Pinterest for ideas!

Have fun doodling- Missy

Monday Morning Detox

I’m a weekday warrior- Yoga in the morning, a little fruit, veg  and protein at every meal, swimming and careful sugar consumption. 

But then the weekend comes…

So. Much. Crap. 

In fairness it is summer and the weekends are our fun time with MrDad but by Monday I feel like…

Sketch inspiration: https://www.behance.net/gallery/32155753/Yoga-by-Ele-2016-Calendar-Design

So, I get back on track. I eat better (not perfect) and focus on the good stuff. My Monday morning go to (post coffee, of course) is this yummy mixed tea. 

Everyday Detox Lemon tea bag, Green Tea tea bag, a spritz of lemon, a dash of 100% cranberry juice and water/ice to bring to 48 ounces. 

They are both decaffinated, and the everyday detox has burdock root, stinging nettle and dandelion root to flush out the lingering bad stuff… Green Tea is just all around good stuff! It also takes care of just about half my daily water intake. FYI, the Starbucks Venti cup in 24 ounces, so I drink all my water from this handy reuseable sweetie because it fits in my cup holder… So I have no excuse not to take it everywhere!

What do you use to beat the weekend bloat? Can’t wait to hear from you-Missy