Thursday, September 22, 2016

Parent Sideline Guidelines

Lets be clear here, "Soda? or Candy?"
Yes, you read that correctly and I just can't hold back my excitement.  Each year we receive this email and I LOVE IT!  This organization, that we, as a family, have had the pleasure to be a part of for many years (4 Kids remember!) emails a kind reminder of what is expected from parents as spectators in this organization.  Now every sport is different, absolutely, but when it comes to being a spectator at any sport, chairs or bleachers, you need to remember...
if you are in the stands, you are the players biggest fan!  

Julia scored her 1st Goal!
You are not at that particular game, regardless of what sport it is, to judge, ridicule, complain, moan out loud, or scream at the other players, either team, or even your own child. I have seen coaches spend endless hours on organizing tournaments, communicating with parents, putting a team plan in action and doing the best they can while teaching and growing their team the best way possible. Some parents are the best AND worse advocate for their child. Everyone usually notices which one you are before you.   Sidenote: I have also noticed maybe one or two coaches forgetting about the team and revolving everything around their OWN child.  TEAM means you coach a TEAM.  There are other "individual" sports that you and, oh yeah, your child may be better off taking advantage of IF this is you.  It's still not too late to chase your own dreams while you let your child chase theirs.

David bringing it home!
So putting that aside and on one more note, we have had some amazing parents take the time to coach our children and are still very grateful for every single one of them.  The endless amount of time and fairness that you put into your team is forever appreciated, and it DOES take a village to raise a child.  As a coach, you are a huge part of that village, so THANK YOU!  

Cameron hitting it outta the park!
Ok, moving forward for real now, there is nothing more frustrating on a team sport than hearing the fans moan and yell out loud or under their breath to either team. Hopefully the players are already doing the best they can.  Most are already beating themselves up enough if they missed a play or other.  Put yourself out there, listening to your parents, complete embarrassment, right?! We are all our own worse critic.  Don't forget your one and only job when watching the game, is to enjoy the game and be THEIR BIGGEST FAN, save the coaching and teaching to the coaches! (& winning is EVERYTHING! hahaha!! Just Joking of course but it sure makes the game more fun!)

Richie keeping it real
Even when I see the kids have that "magical moment" on the field, the coach still takes that moment to make it a teaching lesson of how and what to do next time to be better.  That's WHY you have your child in the game, remember?!!  Its not fun when they stop learning.  Let the coaches do what they take the time away from their own families to do, COACH OUR KIDS! 

Ok, so enough chat, take the following "Parent Sideline Guidelines" from this organization, regardless of age it applies to, & for what it is just remember,  IF YOU ARE IN THE STANDS,  YOU BE THEIR BIGGEST FANS! I can't even pick a favorite to make sure you read, so just read all of it, I'm sure you'll agree with each one! 

**The following email was a kind reminder sent out to our family from the organization "The Moms" children partake in for the purpose of all moving forward in the season on the same note.  Organization is not mentioned for protection from the parents that don't understand all the above and still feel the need to, well, be the judge.**

Maximus loving the game
1.  There will be no criticism, name-calling, or threats made towards any of our players - your child, your child's teammate, an opponent.  NOBODY.  We can cheer and enjoy the game, but we will not put down, insult, degrade, or criticize any of our players.  After all, we are one team.  Despite that your child's team scores, you do not have permission to taunt, mock, or storm the field in celebration or retaliation of the fact that a 5-7 year old child managed to give up a score or score him/herself.  It also means that you don't automatically become the better parent/grandparent/etc. because your child's team scored.  We aren't winning any championships, and I'd like us all to behave as if we're all one team (because we are).
The LOVE of the game
2.  There will be no coaching from any parents during the middle of the game.  For a 5-7 year old, the game is difficult enough to comprehend (regardless if you think so or not), so extra voices only confuses and slows down our players' reactions.  Let's keep these distractions down to 1 voice, the coach.  You may cheer, but don't over-coach from the sideline.  If you'd like to volunteer to coach, that's another issue.  I can always use help during the week in training.  I can also use your coaching at home, but during games, the ears need to go to the coach.  Thank you!
3.  Your child must be to the game on time, and if asked, your child should be there so many minutes before the game starts.  Normally, it's a good idea to warm up a child before asking them to play a contact sport.  Getting there a minute beforehand only gives your child more of a chance to get hurt.  One more thing is that our coaches like to go over who is starting and plan for who can come in next.  Getting there late only ruins a coach's substitution plans and can drastically change what a game looks like.  So, if you're going to be late, be sure to notify the coach.
Maximus moving fast!
4.  Your child is not allowed to miss a training or game unless YOU have notified the coach before the training or game begins.  We do write up huge lesson plans which involve all of the kids, plan out an entire game of substitutions, and other aspects which get thrown in the trash when one player arrives late or misses.  Please take this into account as you plan for each game.
5.  There are no pets, smoking, and/or cursing on the sidelines.  Park rules dictate the first two.  Our children's ages dictate the last.  Let's be aware of who we are there for, the kids.  Let's be good role models for them.
6.  There are a few rules in which our coaches will try to teach our kids in a manageable way (handballs, heading, pushing, grabbing, obstruction, etc), but because they are 5-7, we will handle it differently than perhaps, we'd handle it with older children.  Allow our coaches to manage these difficult pieces.  

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

One Mom, One Mayor and One Unstoppable "Krew" for Kayla.

Every day, the world is changed by angels.  All different kinds of angels, some we see, some we may not, some that leave little reminders, and some that remind us what living life is all about.  As a Mom, we feel so blessed to call many of these angels, our children; the angels that put our lives in perspective, the angels that teach us kindness, patience, love.  The angels that test us on some days and melt our hearts another.  We never know reasons of why our life takes us where it does, but what we do know is our children, earths angels, are our personal trainers that complete us & assist us to be everything as moms, that we were meant to be.  

Thank you Mrs. Runte for your time to share your story & Mayor Steve Olson for going above and beyond...

Ms. Kayla
When I met Mrs. Shelley Runte, I believe she was an angel herself and had the love, patience, determination, and kindness that her beautiful daughter, Kayla, had as well.   When Kayla was born, she stopped breathing resulting in some brain damage once breath quickly returned.  Six months later, Kayla was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and Shelley knew her Kayla would not have the same abilities as other children.  Kayla may not have had the same abilities as others her age, but as a student at Ben Franklin Elementary, she had every opportunity to be a part of the community as any child there. These students were excited to be with her, to learn about her, help her, not judge in anyway and most of all consider her their friend. Kayla's silent expressions of sparkling blue eyes, a beautiful smile and a heart shining inside and out is what made these students want to be a part of her life.  A smile says a thousand words, and as Kayla was unable to verbally communicate with these caring friends, her non-verbals made her friends excited to be with Kayla and share her life together.  Her best friend, Jack, at such a young age, wanted to spend time and read with her every chance he had.  He still thinks of Kayla as his very special friend.

In August of 2012, at 8 yrs. old, Kayla earned her angel wings into heaven and the unimaginable turned Shelley’s physical world upside down.  Shelley and her family attended a 'bench dedication' in Kayla’s name to be remembered by all those that loved her so much from her Elementary School.  At this dedication is when Shelley saw a vision that only a determined mother can put into action four months later, after her daughter’s death, to keep Kayla's memory alive.

Mayor Steve, with The City of Franklin, saw the vision with Shelley.  This power duo brought together an entire community, impacting lives of all abilities for years to come and remembering Kayla’s strength, love and courage through it all.  Kayla's Krew was now in full effect.

What started at Ben Franklin Elementary that day at Kayla’s Bench Dedication was the spread of Kayla’s love and joy to her very own playground with all ability access for children to enjoy what may have been the impossible at other parks.  A simple swing on the swings, sliding down a slide that a child may have been unable to experience, or even a moment to take in the fresh air with a beautiful breezy ride on the merry-go-round.  The entire world is represented at this park as well as the entire Franklin Community.  A Wheelchair Swing from Australia, a Stainless Steel slide from Germany, a Merry Go Round that can fit two wheelchairs and a couple friends from Europe and people donating from all across the country as far as Hawaii.  Shelley brought hands together from all across the world, keeping her beautiful daughters spirit alive. 

Kayla’s Krew is made up of Kayla’s very own friends from school and over 2000 more helping hands that embraced her life and memory with all their hearts.  Kayla’s 5th grade class comes to the park to clean and keep “tidey” for others to enjoy.   The high school students in her community take part each year building the engraved pickets that outline the enclosed park.  These names are continually growing with monetary donations made.  Family names and local organizations are represented everywhere around this park as well as many of our favorite Dr. Seuss quotes that we all love (maybe even feel like a kid again!).  Pictures from friends were created to encourage one another and share the many memories of Kayla herself with notes and color photos. This park offers so much to so many that every family should experience it together.

Mrs. Runte with her crew!
School may have started but the beautiful weather is still here!  Please take the time to visit this amazing, magical place.  Shelley, Mayor Steve, and Kayla’s Krew made no excuse and overcame every “building” obstacle to make this vision come true.  Even when the park was vandalized during construction, Shelley still put her huge heart forward expressing her forgiveness to the vandals during a television interview, and inviting them to come back and use their creative energy towards a more productive goal and mission with the community.  WOW!

Thank you so much Mayor Steve and Ms. Shelley and Kayla’s Krew for taking the time to share this beautiful place with our family and interviewing with us to share Kayla’s Legacy with others!

So what are YOU waiting for?  Get out there, enjoy the beauty of the day & have the Kayla’s Playground Experience with you child that will last a lifetime! We know our sweet friend, Hudson, loved every bit of it with his friends! Learn more about Kayla’s Story and have Shelley talk with your group, school and /or organization about children with different abilities. Visit the following websites to make a donation or schedule your talk with Shelley today!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Who's in for some Summer "Moms Diet" Fun?!

The Mom & her cuties 2014
Mi Familia July 2012
The 5 am alarm clock of birds chirping was an early wake up call for me to get up and get out of bed.  It was impossible to get back to all my sweet dreaming and my daughter skootching close to me all night with the fear of her nightmare returning.  I don’t mind when we get our nightly visitors, it’s not very often anymore, however, it does turn a comfortable night into a ‘sore body’ morning.  Another sign of almost age 40 right there.   Eek! My kids are growing up too fast, yes, you know it, “The days are long and the years are short!” And I look back at when I started The Moms Diet (June 13, 2012!) my cuties were ages 9, 5, 4 & 2!  What a difference 4 years later makes… life goes by wayyyyyyy toooooo fast. (Don’t get me started J

Cherish My Girls!
Luv My Boys!
My mind races of completing my next piece for this blog that is anxiously awaiting to be finalized and published.  A piece that touched my heart and how serendipity had it to run into two amazing people on a fun day at a new park with my kiddos.  Being prepared for opportunity definitely came true on this day!  The interview of Kayla’s Playground will bring so much emotion and appreciation to your life and strengthen your positive circle of friends while holding your own, little angels, tighter.  I’m so honored to have it be a Moms Diet Post and hope others will share when it’s out. This summer is going to go by so fast and I’m excited to get deep into my passion of writing & photographing with a gazillion thoughts in my head of what piece should be next to share with all of you hard working amazing moms out there.

If you are new to my blog, please take the time to click & tour around! Checking out The Moms Challenges, reviewing the past ones and the present. Check out our Executives A-Z Summer Page to avoid any boredoms that may creep up on your child(ren) this summer.   I want you to check out the Husband 101 tab for a little chuckle and reminder of your own man you love, laugh, and live with every day. Find some own “Mia-isms” in your daily fun and I hope you click on many of our Connie & Angie videos (Poop Talk!) and gain some new motivation on a healthier, happier you! I also hope you explore and click on some past posts that may inspire, educate, or have you escape into, and be a better you in some kind of way.  More to come on baseball, summer hot spots, motivating moms that share their passion, 30 Min Moms, a little Lin-Manuel #Hamilton Chat, vacation fun, teacher tips, health suggestions, Cancer Awareness, Age 40 table talk, and the list goes on.  Maybe even getting risky and subscribe by entering your email and getting the newest posts as they come :) !

The Moms Diet, created & inspired by everyone above & more!
The Moms Diet is not a strict health page what so ever (be sure to read the “Why Moms Diet” tab) and if or when it comes to your turn for an interview, don’t worry!!  There’s no physical challenge I’ll ask you to complete except being yourself, having fun and enjoying the lifestyle of chaos you are in and out of each day.    So pull up a chair, dig into this “trough” of fun, (even on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook & Instagram somehow and someway) and find some laughter, tears, motivation, life lessons and or excitement to fill up your daily bucket.  This busy, crazy, mommas going to take you on a fun summer ride and I hope you’ll enjoy every bit of it as much as I do.  So... 

keep shedding the chaos, keep the fun
& continue to live the lifestyle YOU deserve!!!

Monday, February 29, 2016

Leap Day, "Good Old Rolls" & Family

Celebrating Rolly
(& his love for the Casino!)
The whole clan, my sisters and I remember
this one, my Grandma, always squeezing
someone tight (on the far right).
Leap Day, that extra day that comes every 4 years, that same day that I laugh of when I think how close my cousin Tiffany was to having a Leap Year Bday (Feb. 27th!).  As the world is hash-tagging, #DayItForward, I attend the celebration of my cousin, 85 years, as we lay him to rest.  We were never the family to say "great cousin, or great great grandma, or 5th cousin removed" when we spoke of one another.  A Cousin was a Cousin, a Grandma, a Grandma, an Aunt or Uncle, exactly that.  (Except GodMother, now thats GodMother & I personally do have the best one!)

I just love this one!
 My dads grandma with her sister.
My Grandpa in the middle!
Anyway, I attended the funeral today and as sad as it is saying goodbye, it was also a celebration on how lucky we were to not only know this man but to have the fond memories that we do spending fun times with him. We looked through old photos, finding ourselves deep into different generations.   My parents and I were fascinated with such history, love and fun!  Photos of my own grandparents, my dads grandparents, how they resembled some of our kids today and such a great trip down memory lane for a lot of the family members that haven't seen each other in a while.  Exactly how lives should be celebrated, bringing family together to remind us how blessed we are.

Mom always smiling with
her grand kids (Mia!).
Family Picnic, Cameron brought as
much joy to them, as these ladies
brought to us!
Besides all these great pictures and memories, we were also reminded of how much time has changed.  I find myself blogging on funeral days because it is a reminder for me of how precious life is and most of all how precious time with family needs to be.  As cousins of many generations on both sides of our family. we always got together for picnics or parties. Time together today, with so many of us, with my own children, seems rare. Busy activity schedules, work, baseball, church, the list goes on, and who has the energy to be the party planner?!   But making time as a family, not just in my house, but growing up with cousins and spending that valuable time with grandparents needs to be a must.  My mom, dad & aunts still do their best to keep us all together as much as possible & I love how my hubby does his best to bring the cousins together as much as he can when vacationing.

Aunt Martha enjoying Mia!
Our love for Delores, Heather & Zoe!
Family is family and never take it for granted, TAKE the time to MAKE the time! Learn & hear stories from past generations, that time with them, may be the last.  
Learn to celebrate one another, not just tolerate! 
(I find that one really funny!)

Rolly with my Hubby & Dad.  
My Dad loved fishing & gambling
with this guy!  Thanks Rolly
for some fun times.
And for goodness sakes, when a photographer in the family wants to take your pictures, LET HER :) because it may be the only piece of memory that brings smiles to so many faces when its time to say good bye to another dear relative.  (yes, by this I mean, I don't take No for an answer when photographing you :))

Rest In Peace Rolly, enjoy your beautiful bride, LaVerne, whom we all miss so much, and thanks for always reminding us, 

"Who the hell cares what they think!  Do what makes you happy and live a hell-of-a-life because of it!"

We closed at his funeral with an amazing Military Salute goodbye and this famous speech, by George Carlin, that was perfectly stated & I feel important to share: 

George Carlin's wife died early in 2008 and George followed her, dying in July 2008. It is ironic George Carlin - comedian of the 70's and 80's - could write something so very eloquent and so very appropriate. An observation by George Carlin:

"The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness. 

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. 

We have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.

We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things. 

We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less. 

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete. 

Remember to spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.

Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side. 

Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.

Remember, to say, 'I love you' to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you. 

Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.

Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

And always remember, life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by those moments that take our breath away."

George Carlin

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Digestion Fun with Apple Cider Vinegar & More!

While watching Angie & many others take Apple Cider Vinegar everyday and listening to people ask & talk about it, we read up on many more benefits & wanted to share our experience and research with YOU!!!! Please be sure to do your own research and choose what is best for you & your daily routine to good health,  Angie and I just like to share our personal experiences and what works for what we know best. Enjoy our video below!

Well... after viewing our fun video together of Apple Cider Vinegar, you could say a little Lucille Ball may have been with us!!  Haha!  I loved watching "Here's Lucy!" with my Mom & Nana all the time and OH! How they cracked UP!!!! at the "Vitameatavegamin" Episode!!!!  If you remember it, you know what I'm talking about!!!  This may not be Lucy's "Vitameatavegamin", but the AppleCiderVinegar has so much more to offer!!!!   Here's just a few more tips found & links to products mentioned in video...

To order your BRAGGS Apple Cider Vinegar "Angie-Style": 1 Case of Apple Cider Vinegar
For more info on the Strawberry-Kiwi Aloe Mentioned: Strawberry Kiwi Ultimate Aloe Link
For more info on the Digestive Enzymes Mentioned: Isotonix Digestive Enzymes Link
For more info on Digestive Health Kit: Digestive Health Kit

Monday, February 1, 2016


Appreciate the world around you 365 days a year.  What you are wishing would change, someone else is wishing they could have.  Appreciate the people around you and most of all, share it with them.  Do they know how much they are appreciated? or how little that act of kindness really meant to you?? How your universe would change, just by seeing the glass is full, not empty.  Either way, the glass can always be refilled!!  Tag your friend, family, a new acquaintance... tag them online and follow it with #Appreciate365.  Lets see in  just 1 year, 365 days... how many smiles we can bring to one another.  #Appreciate365 #TheMomsDiet

How my appreciation for life has changed at year 3-9.
Life is simpler when the little things kinda made my day...

1. Your license renews by midnight and you start your day off at the DMV!
It only took 6 minutes...vs. an entire day (8 yrs. ago)!
2. You get an email alert from Starbucks to pick up your FREE Coffee &
don't waste a second to use it.
3.  You get a close parking spot at the mall, only there to redeem your $10 cash coupon at your favorite store.
4.  Your awesome friends take care of your back you just threw out on a Sunday!
(YIKES & THANK GOODNESS for amazing (& Medical) friends!!!)
5. You still get excited when mom & dad bring over a Birthday Cake!!!! (Never too old for cake!!)
6. You love all the "I LOVE MOM" notes everywhere in the house.
7.  You could care less about the mess in the kitchen that was made from your cuties preparing your frozen waffles to start your day.
8.  You smile at every "Happy Bday" text & Facebook Message & absolutely love the personal cell phone messages of Happy Birthday being sung to you.
9.  You can't wait to snuggle up in comfy clothes in front of the fireplace with a glass of wine (or water!).
10.  The best hubby in the world can't wait to take you out for dinner to wish you the happiest of birthdays.

Friday, January 29, 2016

The Story Untold

I hear this song for the first time.  Not on the radio, not from a sale in a store, or online, but from a mother that feels this song needs to be heard.  She shares with me the story of how this song was first heard by her from a friend.  (A song that all mothers, I now personally feel, need to hear.)  A song of love, forgiveness, choice.

Never underestimate the power of two moms with a purpose.  They speak with Matthew West, the amazing artist of many songs including this one, and come to the understanding that this is a song kept from being shared because of the purpose of it & not wanting to cause anymore strong controversy; 
The. Gift. Of. Life.  

These two mothers, begin the “UNTOLD” Campaign hoping for others to hear this song by word of mouth; creating a website, sharing the video, and spreading the word with a social media campaign as well.  

My friend continues to tell me about the journey of this song, how it shares stories of local mothers that had an option, mothers that ask for forgiveness, and mothers that felt there was no choice, my heart was begging to hear the “Untold Story” for myself.

As she sat me down at her office desk, we went online to this beautiful website and this is when I viewed the music video of UNTOLD by Matthew West.

My heart felt extremely different for the purpose of this song than what it was set out for.   I heard this song from the perspective of ME.  As a mother, what is MY story?  What is MY untold story and purpose that I can set out for HIM, to please and serve HIM?   I am a child of God, and what is the Untold of MY book that I need to learn and know.  (As mothers, that sounds selfish, right?  ME, MY, I?!)  But who else do we turn to when WE need understanding, forgiveness, love and guidance?  Our Heavenly Father, Our God.  We do our best each and every day to be the best mothers we possibly can to our children, what about to OURSELVES? How can we help others and in return, feel that goodness, forgiveness, love and guidance within ourselves?

When we first hear the words, “You’re expecting a baby”, our entire world changes, our purpose in life becomes so much more than ourselves.  We have a whole new person to take care of and be everything to.  Sometimes, that plan takes a direction we never planned on.  Sometimes, that story takes an ending we can’t see through.  The entire picture of motherhood, planned, unplanned, told, untold, is a difficult road and through it all, WE are the “Untold” story that needs Gods guidance and love more than we ever possibly imagined to get us through moments we can’t do alone.

"God could not be everywhere, and therefore he made mothers." -Rudyard Kipling

Motherhood is a season, seasons of so many changes.  When our child first comes home, when a child first goes to school, when our child is grown, when a child never sees their beginning, when a child is lost, passed…when we as mothers, after that long road, begin a new season for ourselves and see OUR purpose of what we are set out to do (OTHERTHAN Motherhood), after our children are set out to serve their purpose.

This song, to me, is MY GIFT of the Untold.  I am a child of God and what now, is my purpose through a new season of motherhood with Gods guidance and miracle that he is working on through ME, am I on the path, direction that fulfills my heart and Gods?  Our life every day is so sacred, what is MY work that He has called me to do? 

As Mothers, we ask God to please don’t close the book on US yet.  We still have a long way to go.  Empty pages to fill and the best part still is down the road.  WE, as mothers, are the story, UNTOLD.

Please share this song, this should not be a song of silence but a voice that all mothers need to hear and know that they are never alone in their Untold Story.

Friday, January 15, 2016

A New Year, A New YOU!!!

Thank you to my beautiful, best friend Angie, for always encouraging and inspiring me to be a better person everyday.  I'm so glad she took the time to do this video together, we always have so much fun no matter what we do.  We just hope to share and inspire you to smile, laugh, love & embrace your day, and maybe even pee your pants just a little!!  GO PACK! GO!!!

So its fifteen days into 2016.  Many of us started with that nice clean calendar, already filled it up with kids schedules of activities, parties and events coming up and many of us revised our goals and plans for the upcoming new year and what we'd like to accomplish.  What makes every year so different?  A fresh start, a new beginning, a clean slate!  I love January, (besides it being one month away from my bday, woowoo!) the house is all clean & fresh once the holiday decor is down (ok, mines going down this weekend!).  Schools back in session, new activities start up again, people start new health and fitness goals...then within 21 days...its all over with.  Yes!  21 days people already QUIT!  GIVE UP!  It takes 21 CONSISTENT DAYS to start a habit and people quit within the first 15!  WHAT IN THE WORLD?!?!?!  So stop it!  Not stop making resolutions, stop quitting what you didn't even completely start & fully commit to in the first place!  ha!  How can you quit something you never gave a fair chance to?