#imENOUGH. YOU are ENOUGH.

In life we have seasons, some season we feel amazing and some we just feel down – trust me I know all about them. I have a deployed husband and three kids to care for and I sometimes, just wonder if I’m doing a good job in any of this. The society  we live in says we have to look a certain way in order to be accepted. I know i’ve looked at myself in the mirror and can pin point ton of my flaws { stretch marks, weight, chubby toes, big thighs).  I’ve learned to love myself for who I am, even with all my flaws. You know why?? because, when God created us, He made us exactly the way He planned. He designed us, before we were even in our mother’s womb – I mean how amazing is He ?? My husband and munchkins simple gestures, words, and appreciation go a long way. Somedays, I simply take a shower and youareenoughbrush my hair and my daughter saids to me ” mom you’re so beautiful”. She completely  makes my day. She doesn’t see my faults or flaws,  she just sees me with love. Just a few days ago while talking to my husband via Facebook. He asked what I was up to? I said ” Trying to get beautiful, for you when you get back”. His reply was ” It’s impossible for you to get MORE beautiful than YOU already are GIRL you’re MAXED OUT – I LOVE YOU”  Can I just say this made me cry, and appreciate the husband I have for loving me; just the way I am. It’s day like these that I appreciate and feel like ‘IM ENOUGH‘.  Military life is not an easy life, I try my best to hold down the fort while hubby is away. Try to keep the kids up to date with daddy’s pictures, and remind them that daddy loves them while still acting like mom and dad while he is gone. My kids letting me know that “mommy you’re the best” is a sign of ‘YOU ARE ENOUGH” and you must be doing something right, Polly.  If you are reading this, I want YOU to know that YOU TOO are beautiful just the way you are and YOU ARE ENOUGH and DON’T CHA FORGET THAT !! The next time you look in the mirror, don’t be afraid of what you see, for you were made in the image of God. GOD LOVES YOU.  The Mrs. single “Enough”, was written to help women see themselves with a less critical eye, and realize that they are “Enough” just the way they are.  Be sure to grab a tissue – for reals. 

 
Thank you to The Mrs. for sponsoring my post and reminding me that I’m Enough!
 
 

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I love shopping at Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market

Thank you to Fresh & Easy for sponsoring this post and keeping my shopping experience amazing every time and for helping me find fresh Healthy choices everyday.

I am so happy that we now live in California, seriously i’ve missed it so much it’s so awesome to be able to shop at awesome stores like Fresh & Easy. I used to go to a Fresh & Easy in Avondale, AZ with my mother all.the.time. I am lucky enough to have one right next to my LA Fitness gym here in San Diego, CA. Which is literally 8 minutes away from my home. I must shop there about 4 times a week. I love that I can pick up something fresh to make everyday, after the gym.  

Fresh & Easy thinks that fresh, wholesome food should be accessible and affordable to everyone. They offer a range of their own brand products and freshly prepared meals, in addition to other favorite top name brands.

Among many other things, Fresh & Easy offers:
– Fresh bread, fresh meat, fresh fish / Daily deliveries
– Meal solutions for the time-starved or those who don’t know how or don’t like to cook (Ready to Cook & Kitchen To Go)
– If it has the Fresh & Easy name on it, it’s guaranteed to be free from artificial colors and flavors, transfats, high-fructose corn syrup or any other hidden nasties that are out there.
– Stores are smarter and smaller. They have everything you need without any of the stuff you don’t. Our self-checkouts get you in and out quickly. But we also have friendly staff to help if you need a hand.
– Feature Wild Oats Organics – the first and only USDA certified organic to-go salads and sandwiches! (as you can see in the photo below, the section on the right, has READY TO GO meals) Seriously such an amazing feature about Fresh & Easy.

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I love how organized Fresh & Easy is, not to mention that they have daily specials. For example, I purchased bread and I bought it for a discounted price. Also, Fresh & Easy has this sign on products that are about to expire and price is reduced. (Which is so awesome to purchase the product that day and cook it for dinner) it’s a win, win. The sign reads ” To give you the freshest products, we reduce prices on certain items nearing their expiration date by 25%” 

So, next time you visit your local Fresh & Easy which can be found in CA, NV, or AZ be sure to look for these specials. Lastly, be sure to sign up for Friends of Fresh& Easy Program it’s different than other grocery programs because, whether you’re a member or not, all the customers enjoy great savings.  After all, they  believe fresh wholesome food should be affordable to everyone. However as a Friend of fresh&easy, you’ll receive Friends rewards for doing something you already do: shop with them. So really, there’s no reason not to join! For every $1 you spend you get 1 point. 

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Yesterday, we shopped for some healthy burger items. I also had to purchase the most amazing salsa EVER!!! It’s Fresh & Easy’s own brand of salsa. Seriously this stuff is so amazing, YOU MUST BUY SOME next time you go. I like to put some on my egg whites in the morning. 14

My daughter loves checking out at Fresh & Easy. It’s one of her favorite things to do. She saids ” I’m a big girl mom”. We shopped a little over $20 but everything we bought will be used for more then one meal, which already makes it totally worth it. 

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Lastly, I know this may not be a big deal to some; but for me it’s a HUGE deal. They even offer these awesome parking spots for us parents that have munchkins. I mean. How amazing is that. Thank you Fresh & Easy for making my life easier with just the small things like this, not to mention the organization in the store that makes my shopping experience an amazing one, along with all the fresh healthy choice you all have to offer. 

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Valenzuela’s way’s on Going Green

Living a green life, is important to our family. We try to teach our kids the importance of preserving the earth. We are not perfect and I’m sure there are other ways to be green, but here are some ways we the Valenzuela’s try to be Green. 

Valenzuela Boys in Cloth Diapers

1. Cloth Diapers: our boys are cloth diapered, we avoid using disposable diapers, they just add more waste to our landfills. With cloth diapers we just keep on reusing them, they are better for our babies, the environment and money saver. 

2. Lights Off : I remember my dad always telling us to “turn off the lights if you’re not using them”. So since forever, I’ve always had that instilled in me. Funny thing is, even when I’m not in my own home, and visiting a friend, my parents home. I still tend to turn off people’s lights. 🙂  So we teach our kids the same, its such an important thing to teach them. 

3. Reusable Napkins : we DO NOT buy paper hand towels. We think of it as a waste of money, and more waste added to our landfills. So we choose to not buy them and we use cloth napkins, our kids are so used to it, that it doesn’t phase them to not have paper towels. 

4. Lead by example : our kids do everything we do. So be a good example to them,  and they will follow. 

New Leaf

New Leaf Energy believes that we should all make a positive impact to the environment and that you don’t have to completely change your life in order to do so. That’s why we’re dedicated to bringing 100% renewable energy to Texans, along with a wealth of helpful and practical green living tips.

New Leaf Energy is planting one tree for every new Facebook “like”! Head over there now: (New Leaf Energy Facebook pagePlanting trees is a great way to help teach your children to go green! It’s easy, eventful, and memorable! 

 

 

How do you teach your kids to go green? Share your tips! 

 

 

This post is sponsored by Direct Energy, but my support for their green efforts is all my own!
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