Embrace Change – My Decisions

Does my decision show…

I am reading “Yes or No” The Guide to Better Decisions by Spencer Johnson.  Here is a great question he say to ask yourself.  ” Does my decision show … I am honest with myself, trust my intuition and deserve better. Can I say light bulb moment.  This is just one tidbit of truth that is in his book, so I suggest you add it to your reading list.

Better Decisions


3 Reasons to switch to a safety razor

3 Reasons to switch to a safety razor

Now that summer is quickly approaching it’s time to think about showing those legs again.  On my journey to eliminating plastic, a safety razor was top on my list.   I grew up using a safety razor, so I am familiar with them.   Here are 3 reason that makes a safety razor a viable option for me.

Safety Razor

  • Environmentally Safe
  • Saves Money
  • Eliminate Skin Irritation

Environmentally Safe

My primary reasons for switching to a safety razor is to eliminate plastic. Disposable razors may be convenient, but the plastic is bad for the environment.  A safety razor is stainless steel with a stainless steel blade. Environmentally, a safety razor is buy once and last a lifetime. The cost for a replacement blade is minimum, about 9 cents and they are also safe for the environment.

Saves Money

These days you can get disposable razors at the dollar store.  Cost may not be a factor unless you have a house full of women, which was me growing up with two sisters and my mom.

If you use a razor with a replacement blade, it can get expensive. Eliminating this cost is where you will see a real savings.  Depending on your usage, you can expect to save as much as $200 per year.

Like all products,  a safety razor price can range from $10 to $50.  I purchased Van Der Hagen Safety Razor .  Why wait order yours today.  Click the Safety Razor below and have it delivery to your home today.

A  safety razor  is great for sensitive skin.  Safety razors make cleaner cuts and are less likely to cause ingrown hair.  Shaving with a safety razor means only a single blade comes in contact with the skin, compared to 3 or 4 with a disposable.  A single blade decreases the chance of skin irritation.  

I have also found that hair removal creams can be the cause of skin irritation, which I also avoid using.  If it is strong enough to remove hair, can it really be healthy for your skin? Just saying!

Why the switch?

Switching to a safety razor is environmentally safe, saves money and helps eliminate skin irritation.   The safety razor is an inexpensive solution for a greener and healthier world for the next generation, so why not give it a try. Don’t forget to order your razor today.  Van Der Hagen Safety Razor

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Roxanne Wilkening MS Ed.

Embrace Change: Refrigerator Oatmeal

Embrace Change try refrigerator oatmeal it is a simple solution for a quick healthy breakfast.

When I was on my cruise in January, I ate oatmeal every morning for breakfast. Although, I have eaten oatmeal before, having it daily was quite filling. I decided to add oatmeal to my morning breakfast routine. I thought eating oatmeal would be something that would help sustain me on my healthy eating plan.

Refrigerator Oatmeal

When I got back home the oatmeal wasn’t hot and ready to eat when I got up, like it was on the ship. I could have done instant oatmeal, but it does not taste the same. Ugh! My journey down the healthy eating path came to a halt.  My next plan was to batch cook my oatmeal, and heat it up each morning. That lasted a week maybe two before I stopped again.

Then I remembered seeing a recipe for “Refrigerator Oatmeal” on Pinterest, Facebook …somewhere out there in cyberspace. I thought to myself, no way was this going to taste good, but I would give it a try. Would the oatmeal be too dry, too wet, or would it have no flavor at all.  OMG, “Refrigerator Oatmeal” is so good and simple to make. This is the best kept secret that needed to be told. How can oatmeal and milk put in the refrigerator taste so good. How; not sure but I am hooked.

Jar Oatmeal

Refrigerator Oatmeal can be taken right out of the refrigerator, and eaten right out of the jar. The recipe is a simple, use a 1:1 ratio, oatmeal to liquid. I use almond milk, but I have seen recipes use soy, whole milk, skim and even water. The possibilities to add flavor is limitless, nuts, fruits, brown sugar, just go on Pinterest for recipes. My secret ingredient is chia seeds. I also prefer to put mine in the microwave for 45 seconds to knock off the chill, if I don’t remember to take it out of the fridge when I first get up.

All you need to make this simple treat is a jar, oatmeal and liquid. I use a 8 oz. mason jar. I normally fill 3 or 4 jars at a time with oatmeal. At night I put 2 jars in the fridge (1 for me the other for Rick) with great anticipation for morning breakfast.

I can’t guarantee that you will love this as much as I do but “Embrace Change” try something new.


Roxanne Wilkening MS Ed.



Mason Jar
1/2 Pint mason jar (any jar will do)

Oatmeal (4oz)

  • Steel cut
  • Old fashioned oats

Liquid (4oz)

  • Milk (skim, 2%, whole)
  • Soy
  • Almond
  • Water


  • Nuts
  • Fruit
  • Coconut 
  • Nut butters
  • Raisins

Embrace Change – Plank Challenge

Try the Plank Challenge to strengthen your core and boost your confidents.

Looking to change your workout routine how about trying the Progressive 7 – Day “Embrace Change – Plank Challenge“.  Planks are a great exercise for the stomach because it works your core muscles.  Doing a progressive challenge allows you to build slow to gain strength and confidents.  

Day 1

This is the first day of the challenge, so start off slow.  If you are a beginner start with 30 seconds, for intermediate go for 1 minute and for the advance 2 minutes.

Plank Challenge Day -1

Day – 2

Are you a little sore? Let’s try to hold it a little longer.  On day 2, you will progress by adding day 1 time plus the time for the level you picked.  Each day adding time to the previous day.

Beginners 60, Intermediate 2 minutes and Advance 4 minutes.


Plank Challenge Day -2

Day – 3

On day-3, I am shaking and I must admit that I must stop and rest but I do my total minutes for the day.

Beginners 90, Intermediate 3 minutes and Advance 6 minutes.

Plank Challenge Day -3

Day – 4

On day-4, I ask myself why am I doing this, but I make it.

Beginners 2 minutes, Intermediate 4 minutes and Advance 8 minutes.

Plank Challenge Day - 4

Day – 5

Beginners 2.5 minutes, Intermediate 5 minutes and Advance 10 minutes.

Plank Challenge Day - 5

Day – 6

Beginners 3.0 minutes, Intermediate 6 minutes and Advance 12 minutes.

Plank Challenge Day - 6

Day – 7

I know its day 7 and you want to celebrate, so yea for you, but don’t stop here, don’t let this be your last day.  You may have found that day 1 was to easy and day 7 was way to hard.  Pick a time between day 1 and day 7 and do it for 30 day.  After 30 days add this exercise to your nightly routine.

Beginners 3.5 minutes, Intermediate 7 minutes and Advance 14 minutes.


Plank Challenge Day -7

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