In an effort to provide you with better and more versatile content D’Rae, Misha, Stefanie, and Tiffany have been posting on MoMoMod every two weeks. You can read more about these ladies here. All four contributors currently have their own blogs and I would highly suggest that you visit their blogs! Here is the latest and greatest from Slices of Life, Meek+Chic, Pretty is This, and Mommy Hobbies:
Misha has tons of good stuff at Mommy Hobbies. She sets goals. She’s transparent. She’s a super mom.
She’s a super runner. She updates her Facebook page and connects with her readers.
She makes yummy stuff like this baked potato soup. Misha, please move back to California so you can feed me!
I’m very fond of D’Rae’s color scheme and typically wear a cardigan over a blouse.
Add these blogs to your blogroll. Okay. Please add these blogs to your blogroll.
This year I’ve decided to explore modesty outside the realm of outward appearance and fashion. We can all agree that modesty is more than the outward appearance; I’ll be the first to alert you of upcoming sales, I can scale and scan a thrift store from top to bottom in no time flat, and I do enjoy a good shopping spree every once in a while.
However, there is more to life than shoes, clothes, thrifting, bragging about a good deal, and *gasp* shopping. This year I’ve decided to become more modest in two specific areas: my money and my eating habits.
I have zero kids and no husband (woe is me…NOT!). After I pay my tithes and offerings, dump hundreds of dollars into my classroom, and pay my bills my money is pretty much mine to keep.
It can be easy to proclaim good deals and bargains, but let’s be honest: you’re not reallllllly saving any money. You’re spending money! So, while it feels good to by something on sale or get a good deal, it’s important to be mindful of what you’re spending money on, when you’re spending it, and why you’re spending it.
I’ve decided to scale back on what I buy and put myself on a budget. I have yet to decide on an exact number, or price point, for my beauty/clothing budget. I was thinking $50, but I’ve gone back and forth with the number for several days. I’ve given myself a deadline and I’ve decided to make my final decision by the end of the week and start my budget February 1.
I’ve also decided to steer clear of the word diet because I tend to fail at dieting before I even start. I have a pretty good workout regiment that consists of cardio/strength training Monday-Friday, but my eating habits are pret.ty.ba.d. I tend to not eat breakfast, skip lunch, workout, eat dinner, and go to sleep (again NOT GOOD). Somehow I got my mind trained to think that weekends are consume-as-much-food-as-you-can-by-Sunday-evening extravanganzas and I just cannot continue to eat and live this way (DOUBLE, TRIPLE NOT GOOD).
I’ve been reading a few health and fitness books, my friend Brenda sent me some samples of Shakeology to try, the trainer at the indoor bootcamp I go to has been giving me pointers, and I’ve become a fan of Misha’s blog. I don’t want to beat myself over the head for not following a restricted diet, but I want to feel healthy and content.
It all boils down to modesty; if your skirts and blouses are the right length and cover the right areas, and yet you’re still stuffing your face…um, well? That’s not exactly modest living, now is it?
Why Are You Blogging About This, Chandra?
I’ve been asking myself the same question. I’ve had this blog post scheduled for several days and have yet to click publish. I’ve finally realized why I feel the need to make my decisions public: accountability. The good ol’ blogosphere has its negative aspects, but I’ve found that readers can be supportive, helpful, and all around wonderful
I’ve decided to get over the whole judgmental reader thing. I have a blog. It’s public. People judge. *shrug* I’ve decided to adopt Rachel Wilkerson’s mantra and own my decisions and actions. Per Rachel: “Don’t waste your breath explaining yourself — that’s valuable time you could be spending on a million other things! Your explanation can always be that you’re just feeling and doing what you know is right for you in that moment. Plain and simple.”
Let me know if you have a budget; talk to me about your health/fitness regimen. Have you made any changes to your budget or healthy eating lifestyle recently? I’ll keep you posted as I make my final decisions.
Oh my goodness, I am truly honored and excited about this opportunity to collaborate with MoMoMod. I blog over at Mommy Hobbies. My name is Misha, I’m the proud mommy of two beautiful children and the lucky wife of one amazing man, D. I started blogging nearly 5 years ago as a means of clearing my thoughts, then it became my lifeline because we moved
3000 2339 miles away from my home. My husband is studying out here in PA.
My blog is about food, love, and all my hobbies. I cook dinner almost every night and I’m always on the hunt for new recipes. Just two nights ago I used polenta for the first time, I was always afraid of it because I thought it was made of something scary like, chickpeas and garbanzo beans. But it wasn’t! It’s just cornmeal, ready to soak in the flavors of what ever meal you’re making and add to it an incredible texture and taste. I mixed my polenta with Gorgonzola cheese *sigh*. Ok, enough, my love for food is evident.
I also love running, and am slated to run my first half-marathon in March. I’m OVER the moon about that.
We are a semi-crunchy family who enjoys eating bacon every once in a while. But for the most part our house is free of a lot of highly processed foods. The rule for my fridge is, “If it can keep longer than two weeks, it shouldn’t be in there”. Yes, I do have ketchup and mayo (shoot, I’m human).
My other pastime is sewing. Sewing took over my life for a while and drowned out my running. That wasn’t good, but now I’m back on track. I have an etsy showcasing my Punk Monkeys.
And, one of my first loves is photography. I don’t do much of it anymore, but use my blog posts as my outlet instead.
MoMoMod asked me to start guest posting every other Monday about living a healthy lifestyle. I’ll be covering a lot, not just food. The way we view food (our relationship with food) is connected to so many other aspects of our lives. Living a “clean” lifestyle is something I’m extremely passionate about. With all of my posts to come that last sentence will begin to make more sense.
I’m so eager to meet everyone over here and I hope you join me over at Mommy Hobbies and on FB, too! I use my FB page as a way to keep in contact throughout the day and actively talk about exercising, health tips, home remedies, lots of neat things.