How I Fall Asleep In 3 Minutes

I fall asleep fast. Like, really fast. I think it's a mix of being over-tired and exhausted.

I've been laying in bed, my husband goes to use the restroom, and I'm asleep by the time he's done. And, this isn't one of those bring in your phone so you can check Facebook for 25 minutes on the crapper doozies. I, legit fall asleep in about 3 minutes. I noticed I hadn't always been this way. It actually started happening after I started using meditation and hypnosis techniques for pain control a few years ago. Now, I realize that this isn't a coincidence. I actually use these same pain control techniques at bedtime, and fall asleep in about 3 minutes or so.

  1. First, no devices in my bedroom. I plug in my devices overnight to charge. Having them in the bedroom is too much of a distraction.
  2. Shit. #1 was a lie. It's still good advice, but if I'm having trouble sleeping, it's time to bring in the reinforcements... meditation apps. There are a lot out there. I love the Stop, Breathe, and Think app... also available in your browser at 

What I love is that you tell it how you're feeling, and it picks a customized meditation just for you. The Equanimity meditation has really worked wonders for me in dealing with feelings of insecurity and jealousy.

I also love the leveling up and achievements I can earn for meditating with Stop, Breathe, and Think. You can earn stickers, it keeps track of your daily streaks, top emotions, total meditation time, and even calculates your "Weekly Settledness"... and all in a super-easy-to-navigate way.  

If you're having trouble sleeping at night, or are looking for a great meditation app, I highly recommend
Stop, Breathe, Think, available on iOS, Android, and on the web.

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Hands Free Mama {Book Review}

In a world where technology is constantly at our fingertips, being tuned in to our devices also means being tuned out to those most important to us. In Hands Free Mama: A Guide to Putting Down the Phone, Burning the To-Do List, and Letting Go of Perfection to Grasp What Really Matters!  Rachel Macy Stafford shares her journey to becoming a hands-free mama as she focuses on putting her family and children first in her life.

Rachel Macy Stafford was the epitome of a supermom... full time job, PTA, running her kids everywhere, and looking picture perfect while doing it all. From the outside, her life seemed perfect. But, on the inside, she knew it wasn't real. Sure, she was busy, and appeared to be living the dream on the outside, but on the inside, she was empty. She had lost her connection with her children, and feared the day the grew up, moved out, and she never really knew who they were. Ultimately, her children were the ones who suffered as she immersed herself in a constant flow of distractions.

I can practically see her baking the perfect batch of cookies with her kids, photographed, of course, so she could share it on Facebook and her blog. Heck, what good is doing it all if nobody knows about it?

Well, eventually her lifestyle began to take too much of a toll on her, and she decided she'd had enough. Rachel decided to focus on being present with her kids, and this is a tale of her journey. She also includes practical advice to help you become a "Hands Free Mama" too.

I think every mom with kids living at home can relate to her struggle, and can benefit from the advice in this book. Start making changes in your life today by taking the Hands Free Pledge joining me!

The “Hands Free” Pledge
I’m going Hands Free. 
I want to make memories, not to-do lists. 
I want to feel the squeeze of my children’s arms, not the pressure of over-commitment. 
I want to get lost in conversation with my spouse, not consumed by a sea of unimportant emails. 
I want to be overwhelmed by sunsets that give me hope, not by extracurricular commitments that steal my joy. 
I want the noise of my life to be a mixture of laughter and gratitude, not the intrusive buzz of cell phones and text messages. 
I am letting go of distraction, disconnection, and perfection to live a life that simply, so very simply, consists of what really matters. 
I’m going Hands Free.

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Where I'm Moving If Trump Wins

I normally keep my political opinions to myself... but this year, I must say. What. The. Shit.

I believe America can't stay in the top forever. Every great power in the history of the world has fallen. I believe that having a dumpster fire like Donald Trump as president would put our country on the fast track to becoming a former superpower. Sure, in an ideal world, I would vote for Bernie Sanders.  In today's world, I'll be voting "Not Trump." Honestly, I'm embarrassed for our entire country this this charade has lasted so long.

If Trump were to become President, I honesty, truly fear for the safety of my loved ones. I think Trump stands for everything that is wrong with America. Having Donald Trump as president will put a massive target on our country, and fear of him bringing war to our homeland. I don't want to be a part of the not-so-futuritic dystopia that would be America under his leadership.

My Move? Switzerland
Number 1 on my list is Switzerland. Honestly, whenever I look at countries that are at the top for American expatriates to move to, Switzerland is always at the top. I love the beautiful scenery. I also love how there is limited processed food, and the food that is there tends to be healthier than what you'd find in America. I think it would be a great place to raise a family as well, giving my entire family a wonderful, educational life experience together.

Now it's your turn. Where would like to move to if your candidate doesn't win? Leave a comment below. :)

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