It's Almost Time For Back To School (Let's Get Back On Track)

Monday, July 26, 2021

     

    Hey Moms, Can you believe it is almost time to send our kiddos back to school? I can't believe how fast this summer has come and gone. I can truly say I enjoyed the time home with my girls. We are usually at summer camp and work all summer. So, I am grateful that I was not employed and my girls HAD an option of staying home or going. I did not force them to go to camp. 

     I wanted to help any moms out there that are having a hard time with transitioning back to a schedule with their kiddos. I have been having a hard time with sleep schedules. We are all messed up lol. We are going to bed around 4am and waking up in the wee hours in the afternoon, unless we have prior engagements. (Don't judge me) I can't have us like this weeks before school starts. We will be tired come the first day of school. 

    Since school starts in the beginning of August, I am going to start placing the whole family on schedule. Now, I know going to sleep early will be hard. So what I plan on doing is first thing in the morning, EVERYONE is going to wake up. 8am will be the time and 8:15am will be the latest. I will do this everyday for the rest of summer so that we can all get our bodies and minds adjusted. 

     This is also the time where I go over expectations and just refreshing their memories. This is is the first year where I did not have them do any summer work, read, or anything educational. I know some of you might say "wow and you are a teacher?" Yes, so lol... I believe kids need to be kids. My girls schooling was crazy since March 2020. My girls deserve ALL the fun and no responsibilities at least for one summer. I would periodically ask them to spell something as a game but that's about it. 

    The next couple of days will consist of back to school shopping, fun, more back to school shopping and just enjoying each other before the craziness during the school and work week starts back. The next couple of posts will be all about back to school. Hope you all stick around





    What are some ways you are getting your kiddos back into the groove of things before school starts back? 

    Also, if you haven't already. Check out my lifestyle podcast on either Anchor Fm or Spotify. Both links are down below.


https://anchor.fm/elizabethjacasblogs 

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Later Love Bugs,

Elizabeth Jacas

Friendships

Friday, July 23, 2021


Friendship

    Everyone has their own interpretations of the term "Friendship" I know some people that call everyone their friend. I also know some people who calls everyone their associate.

    When I was younger, I used the term friendship very loosely and  I am pretty sure most of you used it too (It was cool back then). I think coming from a younger perspective, it was about being accepted and just surrounded by people all the time.  I often associated having a lot of friends with being popular. Which most kids want to be right?

    I also believe that when you reach a certain point in your life and I am not only referring to "age" because some individuals do not mature with age(let's be realistic). I think our views and mindsets change when we go through different stages in life. For example, I did not realize having a lot of friends was not good for me until my senior year in high school. I noticed I was getting into situations, I had no business getting into. I started distancing myself from a few people. You ever heard the saying " You are who you hang out with" or "Guilty by association" Yup, those are some strong sayings lol. 

    It is imperative to surround yourself with people who will uplift you and bring you joy, not drama. If someone in your circle is not pushing you to do better or you are not inspired by them...hmmmm I think that friendship needs to be reevaluated. If the friendship is one-sided where you catch yourself always making the first move to send a text or call then that person does NOT value your friendship and does not care to make time for you. I get it, we are all busy, but we can make time to send a "hey, just checking in" message and that literally can be it. For those in the back SOCIAL MEDIA DOES NOT COUNT! lol

    Your friendships should be based on quality and no quantity. I rather have one real friend than a group of fake ones(make sense?). If you have at least one area one on your team, thank God for them. Pray over them and your friendship. I have to guard myself because of some people I let in that shouldn't have stayed in my life past their season. You will know if your friend(s) is truly genuine. Discernment is no joke. Red flags will always appear. I created kind of like a "table" of "How to spot a friend" and "How to spot a "not so much" friend" lol below. 

How To Spot a Real Friend
  • Motivates and inspires you to do better
  • Values your friendship
  • Celebrates your wins with you and is truly happy for you
  • Will tell you the truth no matter what
  • Makes time for you
  • Supports you and your ideas
  • There for good and bad times
  • Has your back in front of you and when you are not around
    (This also goes both ways, remember that)

How To Spot a Fake Friend

Add "DOES NOT" in front of all the things on "How to spot a real friend" lol Period! ex. "DOES NOT motivate or inspire you to do better"

    I have a Podcast now and the majority of the episodes will be from the blogs I have posted and will post in the future. 

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Later Love Bugs,
Elizabeth Jacas

Easy Tips On How To Shift Your Mindset

Saturday, July 10, 2021

 

Want to shift that mindset?

    Hey everyone life has a way of making us feel good one day and bad the next. It's not a big issue because let's be real..."LIFE HAPPENS" everyone goes through ups and downs. I struggle with this as well. Who wants to be in a "happy go lucky" mood if something bad happens or doesn't go your way? 

    However, I have learned that being in that negative mind frame for a long period of time can in fact mess you up in the long run. You ever heard of doing something everyday for 21 days straight will most likely become a normal habit for you? Imagine being in a funk for 21 days straight... 9/10 that will be your new normal. I remember I use to get upset and be in a mood. Everything irritated me. Then I started getting headaches and feeling somewhat depressed. It also started affecting my relationships with people. As I've gotten older and did my share of mental health research, I have noticed that we can shift our minds. I believe we have control. The thing is we have to have DISCIPLINE. That means, we have to be strong minded when we want to get back to that positive mindset. It's easier to be upset and negative than to be happy and positive. TRUST ME! 

Here's how to shift that mindset

  • Show Gratitude - Often times, life's issues can get the best of us. For example, lack of finances, stress at home, stress in the workplace, relationship/marriage issues, sickness, death etc...Because we all deal with things and get in a depressing state about them, we forget to be grateful for WHAT WE DO HAVE in our lives. With every bad situation, there is also a good outcome. 

  • Be Mindful of What You Attract- The people you hang around, the content you look at on social media, the shows you watch, and even the music you listen too can put you in a negative mindset. Feed your mind good things. Just like how they tell us feed our bodies healthy foods because if we consume too many bad things, eventually we will not feel good right? Same thing goes for our minds. Imagine watching the news all day with all that negative energy and then go on social media and see nothing but drama and reading about bad things. I don' think you would feel good mentally. I personally don't watch the news because it messes with my mind. My husband knows how much that bothers me. 

  • Talk Yourself Out of It- I know that sounds crazy, but this is where the discipline kicks in. If this is going to be your first time trying this technique...You WON'T get it. This was years of practice for me. You have to be aware of what and when your mind shifted into a funk. Just yesterday, I was fine all day until my oldest did something that made me upset... not only that, we were all going to the mall and we had 1 hr before they closed. Let's stop here and evaluate the situation...
1) We were rushing to get ready because the mall will be closing in an hour.

2) During the time to get ready my daughter knotted a braid in her hair.

 3) I had to unbraid it, but she got upset because I was upset (goes back to be careful what you attract).

 4) Even though I got the knot out and we made it to mall right on time.... I WAS STILL UPSET and IN A FUNK. 

    It's when we left the mall and went out to eat, my husband asked me "what's wrong?" because he noticed I was quiet. I quickly said to myself in my head... "Shift that mindset, shift that mindset, its okay. Think positive. BE Positive" I kid you not, the rest of night we had laughs on top of laughs. I was able to shift that mindset so quickly. 

  • Pray and Write Your Feelings in a Journal- I am an advocate for journaling. I've been journaling on and off since I was in elementary school. Sometimes, people express themselves better in writing(hence as to why I'm a blogger lol). Also, praying does NOT mean always going on your knees etc. You can also write your prayer in a journal. There are plenty of times when I can't fully express myself by talking in prayer, so I write it down as if I was talking to God himself. It feels good to write and express yourself the best way you know how. You can also look back and reflect on it too. 

    Most importantly, Be transparent with your feelings. If someone is making you feel a certain way and you are unable to ignore them, let them know how you feel. If an environment is making you feel depressed or in a funk, try your hardest to get out of there. Your well-being is very important AND it should always come first.

    I hope these tips helped you out. 

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Later Love Bugs,
Elizabeth Jacas

Easy Air Fryer Fried Chicken Recipe

Thursday, July 8, 2021

 #NationalFriedChickenDay

July 6, 2021

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    This is a super late post but you know... LIFE lol Anyway, Tuesday (07/06) was National Fried Chicken Day and you know my family and I had to join that bandwagon. To be honest, I don't remember the last time I made fried chicken in oil on the stove. I'm trying along with the family to make better choices on what we eat, and using the air fryer is a great choice. 

    I have mastered making some air fryer fried chicken and it's A1. Below, I will give you some quick steps on how to make these.

    First, you will need an air fryer. Mine was gifted to me by my husband about 3 years ago on my birthday. I believe he got it from Best Buy. I will find a similar one on Amazon and link it below. 

  Second, PLEASE clean your chicken. Use vinegar, lime, lemon, and boiling hot water. Remove the little hairs and fat... (Someone needed to know this and you're welcome). After that, you can season your chicken to your liking. I personally use homemade "Epis" (Haitian Marinade), creole seasoning, Lawry's seasoned salt, paprika, and any type of hot sauce.  I switch up my seasoning all the time. 


    ***I forgot to tell you, while you are cleaning and seasoning your chicken preheat the air fryer on 350 for 15 minutes. 

    Third, To make the cooking process faster, I suggest putting 5-6 Drummets in the air fryer to get thoroughly cooked. 


    
    Set your air fryer to 400 degrees for 40 minutes or less (keep checking to make sure it doesn't burn, air fryers temps may be different). This is me checking it after a few minutes of cooking. What I like about the air fryer is that, while the chicken is cooking, I can go and tackle other tasks. Once the air fryer is done, it will beep and that means your chicken is done!!!





Enjoy!!!!



Later Love Bugs,
Elizabeth Jacas

My Night Routine As A Mom/Entrepreneur (Summer Edition)

Monday, July 5, 2021


     Night Time Routine

    As a mom and newly profound entrepreneur, it is very hard to find a balance especially when all the work I try to do is at home. Having discipline is key and it is also very hard to obtain(just being honest). I am still trying to figure out how to make this all work and I hope to help any moms out who may need answers too. 

    My night time routine consists of taking care of the kids first, home, and then my blog site. It is imperative that I have my home in order before I can sit down and focus on my work. (something about a clean house motivates me)

    My kids don't have a bed time (summer) however, by 11pm they are in their rooms and this is when I start cleaning up. I like to start in the kitchen first. This is where I put our dinner away if we have leftovers for the next day. I also wash the dishes, wipe the counter tops, and sweep the floor. It can be a lot especially if I cooked a big meal, so I have my google home in the kitchen to watch a show to make the cleaning time less boring. ( I am currently watching the whole season of the RHOA) lol

    I then proceed to the living room, bathrooms, and the bedrooms and just do a quick tidy up. My place is usually clean anyway; So I'm just basically putting things in their designated areas.

Now for the entrepreneur side of things

    Having a blog is hard. Before I started blogging, I always thought it would be easy. All I'm doing is writing and posting. NOPE! It's more to it than that. After writing and posting, It's time to promote. This is even harder because you have to find your target audience(this will be on another blog) anyway, at this point, the place is pretty quiet. So I can begin to jot down my ideas for future blog posts and IG posts. I am still a novice on all of this... I just go by what works for me at the moment.  

    In the mornings, I create a to do list and at night is when I check them off if they were completed. Having a to do list makes me feel so accomplished especially when I complete all the tasks for that day.

    I have a "catch all" journal in which I write down my ideas and days I want to post. I have learned that from quite a few bloggers that I follow. Creating a plan is very useful. It makes posting so much easier in my opinion. That is where discipline comes in. 

    Follow up on emails, comments, etc

     I take about 30-45 minutes to reply to comments on social media and to find inspiration/motivation from other bloggers on that platform. Being a new blogger, I get majority of my ideas from other bloggers and some of them are very helpful when I ask questions as well. I also check my email list to see if I have any new subscribers and then I log on to my blogger site. I usually check to see if I have any comments under my posts and I just scroll throughout the page to make sure everything is in order. (I do this everyday).  I also save reels on instagram to recreate them for a future post and so far it has worked in my favor. I save so much time when I know exactly what I want to do. 

    I know everyone has their own version of what works for them. So far, this routine has worked wonders for me. Let me know what routines you have at night time. 


Later Love Bugs, 
Elizabeth Jacas