Wednesday, November 26, 2014

What I didn't expect to learn in martial arts



When I first started Martial Arts (at age 25), I never thought it would change my life.  I never had any desire to do martial arts and always thought of it as 'learning to fight' which did not appeal to me at all.  A few years after college, I saw a sign for a kick boxing class and decided it was time to lose the 'freshman 15' that was hanging on for dear life to my tush.  I began taking classes and quickly fell in love with Martial Arts.  Not only did I lose the weight (and learned how to kick some ass) but I learned so much about life.  I learned that life is easier when things are simplified.  I also learned that when my life seems out of control, I really need to look at what I'm doing on a daily basis. Am I eating healthy? Am I exercising? Am I surrounding myself with people that motivate me? If we don't fill our gas tanks up with gas in our cars, our cars won't run.  That makes perfect sense, right?  So why are we so surprised when we can't think clearly or feel depressed after putting crap in our bodies, not exercising, or spending too much time with people who aren't 'filling our bucket'?  It doesn't add up.

Martial arts really helped me step back and take responsibility for what's happening in my life. I learned the importance of structure and discipline in so many aspects of my life but more importantly... self discipline.  As Americans, we often want an easy solution to our problems and we'll even spend a fortune for someone to take care of our problems for us.  Don't get me wrong, sometimes we need help and need to make big changes in our lives but it's important that we first look at our daily habits and make sure that the fundamentals aren't what's holding us back.

Theodore Roosevelt said, "With self discipline most anything is possible." and it all begins with baby steps. Sometimes it's as easy as switching a cup of coffee with a tall glass of water in the morning or taking a little walk instead of going on Facebook.  I find church and inspirational podcasts like The 5AM Miracle to be a great way fill my tank when I need some motivation.  Using self discipline will really help you to create a healthier, happier, and more successful life.

If you're looking for a great martial arts program for yourself or your children, I highly recommend Mr. Stuart's Martial Arts in West Chester, PA.  You can learn more by visiting his website Mr. Stuarts Martial Arts.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

How to make the ULTIMATE personalized schedule for kids!













You know you're losing your mind when...

You look in the passenger seat and see the bank deposit canister.


I returned it to the bank within 10 minutes.  I really wish that I had a picture of the nasty look the teller gave me when he saw me at his window with the above face.  
He did NOT think I find me entertaining. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

The Best EVER french toast!

stuffed french toastIt is a pleasure to guest post for Tickles and Timeouts.  The start of the school year is fast approaching and the first day is always so special...

Let's face it, there are days when we don't always give our kids a good breakfast (you know the days when we throw the kids a granola bar as they are running out the door) but the first day of school is always special and deserves a YUMMY breakfast!

This is always a hit for my family! We like to try variations with the stuffing. Peach is really good. It would also be great with cherry, apple, banana or chocolate chips. Why not pull up a chair and let the kids help you make it. They do great sprinkling the blueberries in and helping to seal the slices.stuffed french toastIngredients: thick sliced bread (I used Pepperidge Farm’s Cinnamon Swirl Bread) 1 (8 oz. pkg) cream cheese 4 egg ¼ cup half and half or heavy cream 1 pint of blueberries 1 cup powdered sugar 4 T. butter 1 T. maple syrup Serve with fresh blueberries, maple syrup and confectioner’s sugar.stuffed french toastPreheat a cast iron pan to medium.stuffed french toastNext beat the cream cheese with a 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. Add a teaspoon of maple syrup. Set aside. Wash fresh blueberries. Drain well. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg. Gradually add in the cream. Set aside.stuffed french toastTake one slice of bread, generously spread the cream cheese mixture on one side. Add a handful of blueberries. stuffed french toastBe sure to leave a border around the outside to seal the slices. Carefully, press another slice of bread on top. The cream cheese acts like glue to hold everything together. Press all sides closed. Prep the rest of the stuffed french toast and place on a plate.stuffed french toaststuffed french toastAdd butter to pan. When butter is melted, begin by dipping each stuffed french toast into the egg mixture. Allow each piece to soak for at least 10 seconds. Then cook for about 4 minutes on each side. 2014-06-02_0013stuffed french toaststuffed french toastHappy Cooking! Kate All images taken by Kate Mazzi Photography

Stuffed French Toast with cream cheese and blueberries
Recipe Typedinner, breakfast
Author: Kate Mazzi
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Serves: 3.5
Delicious french toast with a sweet creamy cheese and blueberry filling that just melts in you mouth
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf of thick sliced bread (I used Pepperidge Farm’s Cinnamon Swirl Bread)
  • 1 (8 oz. pkg) cream cheese
  • 4 egg
  • ¼ cup half and half or heavy cream
  • 1 pint of blueberries
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 4 T. butter
  • 1 T. maple syrup
Instructions
  1. Preheat a cast iron pan to medium.
  2. Next beat the cream cheese with a 1/2 cup of powdered sugar. Add a teaspoon of maple syrup. Set aside.
  3. Wash fresh blueberries. Drain well.
  4. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg. Gradually add in the cream. Set aside.
  5. Take one slice of bread, generously spread the cream cheese mixture on one side. Add a handful of blueberries.
  6. Be sure to leave a border around the outside to seal the slices. Carefully, press another slice of bread on top. The cream cheese acts like glue to hold everything together. Press all sides closed.
  7. Prep the rest of the stuffed french toast and place on a plate.
  8. Add butter to pan. When butter is melted, begin by dipping each stuffed french toast into the egg mixture. Allow each piece to soak for at least 10 seconds. Then cook for about 4 minutes on each side.