Yesterday I shared my 90 Day Habit Tracker with you.  While I got tons of great feedback, I had quite a few people who reached out to say that they want to change their life, but they're not sure where to start.  I thought I'd share a list of habits ...

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Habits Successful People Do Daily

Yesterday I shared my 90 Day Habit Tracker with you.  While I got tons of great feedback, I had quite a few people who reached out to say that they want to change their life, but they’re not sure where to start.  I thought I’d share a list of habits successful people do daily!  While I don’t expect you to adopt them all overnight, I highly recommend that you pick 1 and stick to it for the next 90 days…or better yet, the rest of your life.

You can change your life if you'll simply change your habits. Check out these habits successful people do daily!

Habits Successful People Cultivate Daily

Wake Up Early.

I know this is probably the habit that I’ll get the most flack for suggesting.  I know there are lots of you out there who are night owls.  And like you, I know plenty of successful people who don’t wake up early.  I also know that if you give this habit a chance and stick to it for 90 days, you might be shocked at how much it changes your life.  I tend to wake up every morning between 4:30 am and 5:15 am.  I am a former night owl and while I sometimes fall out of this habit, when I’m consistent with it, I am way more productive and life is much smoother.  If you’re not sure how waking up early can change your life, I highly recommend this book.

Practice Gratitude

It’s easy to see all the negative in the world.  It’s harder to find lots of things to be thankful for.  When you spend the extra time focusing on how much you have to be thankful for, your life and your perspective change completely.  I thought this was a dumb habit, but after someone gave me this gratitude journal, I realized it really did have the power to change my perspective. I’ve gifted this same gratitude journal to multiple people because I truly believe you can choose your perspective and choose to be grateful.

Exercise Daily

A few years ago, someone I admire committed to running 1 mile a day for an entire day.  This man was 60 years old at the time. He hadn’t always been in shape and had radically changed his life a few years earlier with healthy eating and exercise.  He has now completed over 650 days of running at least 1 mile a day.  He’s run when he was under the weather.  He’s run when he was on a road trip.  He’s run on vacation.  He made a commitment and he stuck with it.  The 90-day habit that I am currently working to complete is 90 days in a row of hiking Telegraph Pass on South Mountain.  This is one of my favorite trails.  It’s roughly 2.2 miles round trip and can be completed in just under an hour (although the first time I actually made it to the top of the trail, it took me over an hour just to make it up). I’m currently 12 days into my habit!  If you don’t run or hike, that’s OK.  Make a commitment to walk 1 mile a day.  Or make a commitment to do a plank for 1 minute a day.  It’s OK to start small, but make a point to move your body every single day.  If you’re a beginner looking for a low impact workout program that won’t take all day, here’s a great walking workout and here’s a great low-impact workout.

Daily To-Do List

Have you ever had something you needed to do and it literally kept you up at night thinking about it?  I’m pretty sure we’ve all been there.  It’s been proven that when people write things down, their mind has the time and energy to focus on other things.  I spent years looking for the perfect planner that allowed me to keep track of what was important and to prioritize with my to-do list.  It’s made a huge difference in my daily productivity.  Whether you use a plain notebook or a planner, get in the habit of writing down the things you need to do daily.

Drink Water

Drinking water sounds like an easy habit, but for many people, it’s more challenging than they’d think. Starting your day with a cup of lemon water and continually drinking water throughout the rest of the day can seriously improve cognitive function and cellular health.  When your body is optimally hydrated, you think better, you move better, and you feel better.  Plus, many people mistake thirst for hunger.  Drinking water can help keep your cravings at bay.  For best results, choose a filtered water without fluoride. If you don’t want to buy bottled water, consider using a filtering pitcher.

Read Daily

The average CEO reads 52 books a year, yet the average person reads only 2-3.  While I struggle to find time to sit down and actually “read”, I am able to consume 1-2 books a week thanks to audiobooks.  I love Audible and thanks to my monthly membership and their daily deals and sales, I’ve accumulated a library of over 500 audiobooks.  Many of these are books that I listen to again and again.  Books like The Power of Habit, The 12 Week Year and The Miracle Morning are great motivators.

Get Enough Sleep

Everybody has a different amount of sleep they need.  I tend to need a good 8 hours of sleep, so I try to be in bed by 9.  While some people only need 6 hours of sleep, most people tend to need between 7 and 8 hours.  If you struggle with consistent sleep, check out these simple sleep tips.

Set Goals and Write Them Down Daily

Did you know that if you asked most people what their New Year’s Resolutions were, they can’t tell you? Most people don’t reach their goals because they don’t remember what goals they set.  How said is that?  When you set goals and write them down daily as if you have already achieved them, you are way more likely to accomplish them.  Is your goal to run a marathon? Write down “I have completed a marathon and am healthy and fit.”  Want to save $100,000? Write down “I have $100,000 in my savings account and am working to have a financially secure future.” Want to lose 50 pounds? Write down “I am at a healthy weight and eat to fuel my body.”

Here are some other habits that have also been cited as habits of successful people.

  1. They make their bed.
  2. They keep a journal.
  3. They meditate.
  4. They listen to others.
  5. The create an Ideal Daily Routine and stick to it.
  6. They value solitude.
  7. They embrace failure.
  8. They ask good questions.
  9. They face their fears…and do it anyway.
  10. They visualize their success.
  11. They minimize distractions by batching tasks.
  12. They say no to things that don’t further their mission.

What habits would you add to this list?

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Habit Tracking {And A FREE Printable Habit Tracker}

We are 90 days away from January 1st!  What you do now will determine how you start your new year!  And this printable habit tracker can help you reach your goals!  Make a commitment now to do one thing every day for the next 90 days that will help you to become the person  you want to be.

People who know me well know that I love the beginning of a new year…and the start of a new month…and I even love Mondays. I love new beginnings and fresh starts. I like a clean slate and a chance to set new goals and accomplish them. As I look back at the goals I’ve set over the last few years, I’ve been quite shocked at how many I accomplished. I was also just as shocked at the ones I didn’t. You see, some of the goals I accomplished were far more difficult than some of the ones I didn’t. And when I evaluated why it came down to 1 thing…habits!
Free Printable Habit Tracker

There are lots of definitions for the word habit, but this one is my favorite…

Habit – an acquired mode of behavior that has become nearly or completely involuntary.

When we create great habits and stick with them over a long period of time, they become nearly or completely involuntary.  One of my favorite books of all time is The Power of Habit.  It does such a great job of explaining the science of habits in a way people can understand.  It is a fascinating book.

While it has been repeated frequently that it takes 21 days to form a habit, that is unfortunately, untrue.  Sorry to burst your bubble.  A study by Phillipa Lally shows that it takes 66 days (3 times longer than what is often cited) to form a new habit while for some people it can take even longer.  Her results showed anywhere from 18 days to 254 days.  Crazy huh?!?

So…what’s the point of all this habit talk? When I sat down to write out my goals for this year, I also made a list of habits I would need to form to make those goals become a reality.

Habit Tracking

And then I created a habit tracker, so I could track each of my habits.  When you set a new habit, it is so important to track your progress! Sometimes, just knowing that I’ll have to leave a box unchecked or break a chain of good days is enough to make me follow through with my habit. I think you’ll be surprised at what happens when you write down the habit you wish to create and then begin making progress toward this habit.

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Secret Keeper Girl Tour Tickets

Looking for a fun mother/daughter event you can take your tween daughter to? Have you watched your daughter struggle with body image and wondered how you can help her to realize that she is beautiful just the way she is? According to the Dove campaign, 92% of girls would like to change something about the way they look, with body weight ranking the highest. Believing the only thing they need to change is their opinion, a team led by best-selling Christian author Dannah Gresh created a national tour to invite tween girls to reframe the way they look at themselves and I’m excited to introduce you to the Secret Keeper Girl Tour!

Secret Keeper Girls Masterpiece Tour Tickets Giveaway

Secret Keeper Girl Tour

The Masterpiece World Tour is a Bible-based connecting experience for moms and their tween daughters (ages 7-12). The two-and-a-half-hour event features biblical teaching on the concept of being a creation within God’s masterpiece world, live worship, incredible balloon sculptures, beach ball competitions, and mother/daughter conversation time & colorful confetti cannons.  For the first time ever, mothers and daughters will walk the runway together in an all new “Who Expressed It Best” mother/daughter fashion show that demonstrates modesty.

secret keeper girl live tour

The Secret Keeper Girl live event has been attended by over 420,000 people.  It’s the largest mother/daughter stage show in North America.  The Secret Keeper Girl events teach girls to embrace true beauty and modesty..both of which are critical to healthy development.

My youngest daughter and I will be attending the event in Phoenix on September 27th!  She is soooo excited about going to the Secret Keeper Girls Masterpiece World Tour and we’re both excited about getting some mommy daughter time together!  You can order your tickets for the Phoenix event here!

You can find all the upcoming dates here

Have you ever been to a Secret Keeper Girl Tour? I’d love to hear about your experience! Leave a comment!

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Nature Outings Your Children Will Love: Fun Activities for Kids To Get Them To Love the Outdoors

I love to be outside!  When I was growing up, we spent time skiing in Vermont each winter and summers were spent at camp or up in New Hampshire where we hiked, rode bikes and played outside for hours!  I hope to foster the same love of the outdoors in my children.  I’m always on the lookout for fun activities for kids! We’ve been taking family walks and going fishing and the twins love both! It’s so important to find nature activities for kids so that your kids will experience the benefits of nature and want to be outside more!

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I love to be outside!  When I was growing up, we spent time skiing in Vermont each winter and summers were spent at camp or up in New Hampshire where we hiked, rode bikes and played outside for hours!  I hope to foster the same love of the outdoors in my children.  We’ve been taking family walks and going fishing and the twins love both!

I think nature outings are a great way to spend time together as a family and help your children develop an appreciation for the natural world. No matter where you live or the ages of your children, there are several great ways to connect with nature and each other as a family.

Nature Outings Close to Home & Fun Activities For Kids:

1. Play in your own backyard.

You don’t have to go far from home to enjoy nature.  There are many things to observe right in your own backyard. Install a birdfeeder and learn to identify different species and their habits. Use a rainy day to teach your children about the water cycle.

2. Get to know your neighborhood.

A routine walk can be transformed into an expedition if you get some guidebooks to your local plant and wildlife. Learn to identify various trees and observe seasonal changes.  We often turn our family walks through the neighborhood into scavenger hunts.  They’re fun and educational too!

3. Visit local parks and other attractions.

There are opportunities in every community to visit zoo, parks, and other nature preserves, whether you live in the country or the city. Plan trips to the closest beach or lake. Go online to find children’s programs at your local park or natural history museum.

Nature Outings Away From Home & Fun Activities for Kids:

1. Explore state and national parks.

Camping in state parks is a great bargain for family travel. Check out the Junior Ranger program at the National Park Service. Children can earn badges for all kinds of educational tasks.
 Also take advantage of the Free National Park Days.

2. Plan outdoor activities at your vacation destination.

Be sure to include some outdoor recreation activities wherever you go for vacation. If you’re visiting relatives far away, get familiar with the facts about their region and use them to teach your children about ecological diversity.

3. Send your child to summer camp.

Summer camp can be an enriching experience for youngsters with opportunities to learn new things and make new friends. As a child, I went to day camp every summer.  We sent the twins to daycamp last summer and they absolutely loved it!  If you’re in the Fort Wayne area, I can’t say enough good things about the summer program at Learn Resource Center.

Planning Nature Outings for Babies and Younger Children:

1. Introduce your baby to nature.

It’s never too early to get started. Listen to bird songs with your baby. Admire colorful flowers along with your infant.

2. Read guidebooks and maps together.

Make guidebooks and maps part of your family reading. You can point to pictures of animals and plants and repeat the names together with smaller children. As your child gets older, let them pick out their own books and read passages to you.

3. Keep a journal.

Get your child a primary journal. They can record their nature observations and make sketches. It will be fun for them to see their progress over time, and it will help keep them motivated.

4. Start a collection.

Invite your child to bring back trophies from your outings, such as interesting stones and seashells. Give them an inexpensive camera so they can take their own pictures.
 {Warning: if your children tend to be hoarders, limit the number of collections you have!}

5. Include the family pet.

Domestic animals can help teach your children about other species and the role of instinct in animal behavior. Pay attention to what your dog is doing. Discuss how to tell a dog’s mood by the position of his ears and tail.

6. Relax and have fun.

Keep your outings enjoyable. Adapt your activities to your child’s attention span. Use their interests to suggest new topics to explore.

Planning Nature Outings for Older Children and Teens:

As your children get older, it can be more challenging to find fun activities for kids that are age appropriate.  We’ve found that our kids really enjoy being part of the process and including their friends who share like interests!

1. Invite them to lead.

Give older youths the opportunity to take the lead. By instructing younger children, they can be positive role models and develop a sense of accomplishment.

2. Include their friends.

As your child grows older, they’ll be more focused on socializing with friends. Talk with their teachers about organizing an outing at their school. Let them invite a friend along when your family goes kayaking.

3. Encourage their interests.

Support your child’s emerging interests. For example, if they get excited about solar energy, take them to a local university lecture on the subject.

Nature outings can help you raise healthier children who appreciate and respect the environment. Enjoy your time together and celebrate the natural wonders that are present in every community.

What’s your favorite way to enjoy nature with your kids?  What are some fun activities for kids that will get them to enjoy time outside?

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Easy Cheesy Crockpot Queso Dip

I’m slightly obsessed with cheese and I have been on a quest to find the best white queso dip recipe.  It is a very rare day that I don’t have some kind of cheese or that I don’t add cheese to whatever it is that I’m making. And while I love most cheese equally, I have a very special place in my heart for queso dip…especially the creamy white kind. I don’t even need the chips…just give me a big bowl of queso blanco to eat with a spoon. :) Unfortunately, it’s not in my budget to go to my favorite Mexican restaurant daily for a hit of queso, so I had to do with all frugal people do…I had to learn to make my own.  After a whole lot of trial and error, I’m thrilled to share a recipe that is uber fabulous and the best part is it can be made in your crockpot.
Queso Blanco Crockpot Queso Recipe from FunHappyHome.com

If you have some in your family who don’t like spicy foods, you can reduce the amount of jalapeños and/or green chilies.  I have two in my family who like it super spicy, two who like it super mild and two who prefer it somewhere in the middle.  I end up having to serve it with a bowl of jalapeños so people can amp up the spice on their own.  The recipe I’m sharing has what I consider to be the perfect amount of kick!

White Queso Dip Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 block regular cream cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (8 oz.)
  • 1 pound white american cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (I got this in the deli)
  • 1 Tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies
  • 1/2 Tablespoon jalepenos, chopped fine (optional)
  • 3-4 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped fine (optional)In Process 1 (8)

White Queso Dip Recipe Instructions:

  • In a greased crockpot combine cream cheese, american cheese, butter, green chiles and jalapeños.In Process 2 (11)
  • Cover and cook on low heat for 1 hour. Stir the mixture until well mixed, then add a tablespoon of milk at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
  • Cook for another 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted and combined.
  • Keep cheese dip in crock pot on the warm setting until ready to serve.Easy Cheesy Queso Dip

Want a printable version of this recipe? Don’t worry…we’ve got you covered! :)

Easy Crockpot Queso Dip {Queso Blanco}

Ingredients

  • 1 block regular cream cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (8 oz.)
  • 1 pound white american cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes (I got this in the deli)
  • 1 Tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 (4 ounce) can diced green chilies
  • 1/2 Tablespoon jalepenos, chopped fine (optional)
  • 3-4 Tablespoons milk
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped fine (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a greased crockpot combine cream cheese, american cheese, butter, green chiles and jalepenos.
  2. Cover and cook on low heat for 1 hour. Stir the mixture until well mixed, then add a tablespoon of milk at a time until you reach the desired consistency.
  3. Cook for another 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is completely melted and combined.
  4. Keep cheese dip in crock pot on the warm setting until ready to serve
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