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Are You Living the Life You Really Want?

Living the Life of Your Dreams

Are you living YOUR life, the life you want to live? Are you so busy that you constantly “don’t have time?” To whom and to what are you giving your time? What beliefs drive your actions? Have you ever thought about this? Does life have to be this hectic? Do you want a different life, but don’t believe it’s possible?

How would you feel if you could have a different life, the one you want to live? Would you dare to take action (or less action)? What if you knew that once you climbed the hill and descended into the valley of your changes, that you could experience a more fulfilling and joyous life? Let’s take a peak over the hill together…

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How to Become an Early Riser

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I used to be the person least likely to become an early riser. I liked to stay up late.  I loved that cozy morning sleep.  And boy did I love extra snoozing.  Does that sound familiar to you? Well if you are reading this you may have had a change in your life (like I did – having a child) that has prompted you to become more of a morning person.

Being a morning person is not necessary for everyone, but if it’s right for your life now, there are many benefits to being an early riser. The transition doesn’t have to be painful either, believe it or not. And let me tell you, if I could do it then YOU CAN TOO! Here’s how:

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Relationship Gold: How to Keep a Relationship Like New

Certainty = Security = Good

Certainty = Same-Old-Thing = Boring = Bad

Little Surprises = Something New = Exciting = Good

We want to feel safe in our relationships. We want safety on all levels: emotional, physical, spiritual, etc.  We also crave things that are new.  Over time, in our relationships we start to take for granted all the good things about the other person.

We get caught up in life and don’t take the time to do special things for each other. Sometimes this is because we think that it will take too much time, energy, or even resources (like money).

Here is a very simple way to add newness to your relationship. It takes little time, energy, and it’s free.

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A Fun Break Involving Small Children

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I’ve been watching my 2 year old niece over the last few days while my sister is recovering from giving birth. My niece and my 4 year old son play very nicely together, but at the end of the day I still get a little tired. And on Friday I discovered a great break you can take that involves the kids. So even if you don’t have kids, bookmark this for the next time you have babysitting duty!

The Young Kiddie Yoga Massage Break

Here’s what you do:

1. Stretching. Invite the kids over to join you in some simple stretches on the floor. Show them different stretches and say “Can you do this too?” And then give lots of praise. Do this for 5 minutes or as long as they’ll play along. Try toe touches, child pose, downward dog, upward dog, cat/dog tilts, torso twisting, and arm movements.

2. Play. Next let the kids lead the way with fun stuff like crawling under you, rolling, light wrestling, and lots of laughing. 5-10 minutes.

3. Kiddie Crawling Massage. You lie down on your stomach and invite the kids to walk or crawl all over you. You can rest your eyes while they do this. They will most likely love this opportunity to do something so silly as walk on a grownup. And here’s the best part, you get a little eye rest and a free massage! Feel free to incorporate lots of laughing, sound effects, and even music too.

4. Disclaimer: I’ve only tried this will small kids under 5 years old. Not sure if it would work with older kids, but you can try. Let the kiddies know the ground rules like no pushing, jumping, or walking on your head! 🙂 Be sure that there is nothing they can hurt themselves on if they fall while walking on your back. Crawling is probably the safest way to do it.

Enjoy!

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10 Pounds 3 Ounces: That’s One Big Baby!!!

Congrats to my sister and brother-in-law!

My sister gave birth to a 10 pound 3 ounce baby boy yesterday! Whoo hoo!! Way to go sis!

Please keep them in your prayers as my sister needed to be operated on a second time after the c-section for internal bleeding. All is well now, but we’re praying for a full and quick recovery and relief of her pain. Thanks!

Before:

Pregnant Belly

After:

Big Baby

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How Can I Teach My Child to Be a Good and Happy Person?

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Probably the best way is through modeling the things you want them to learn. The second best way is through repetition of your message. But if your actions don’t match your words, children will follow your actions before they follow your words.

How do I know this? By watching my 4 year old son. I see him mirror me all the time. I love when I see him mirroring being polite, showing kindness, and thinking through problems. When I see him mirror bad things like getting overly frustrated or getting more angry than is necessary, that’s when I really take notice and say to myself, “Hey get yourself in check, Mom! He’s copying YOU!”

So when this happened the other night, it made me want to document all the things I want to teach my son. I’m sharing it with you here, not to say that this is the best list for you to follow too, but rather to spur you to come up with your own list. And even if you don’t have children, this is applicable for grandchildren, and really for anyone with whom you spend a lot of time. Be the person you want others to be and maybe they will begin to follow your lead in some small way.

What I Want to Teach My Child

1. Kindness.

2. Love. Love is always the answer.

3. Consideration of Others.

4. Patience. With others and with ourself.

5. Be Very Slow to Anger
. Find ways to understand the root cause of anger when it happens so that it is a growing experience and a not a damaging one.

6. Gratitude. Every day reflect on the gifts we are blessed with both big and small.

7. Perspective. Being able to take a step back, see the really big world picture, and realize that things aren’t so bad.

8. Be a Thinker. This is true smarts, taking things you learn in life and combining them with other things to discover new ideas and solutions.

9. Respect Authority, but also Be a Leader.

10. Respect Others.

11. Frugality and Saving. This is the simple way to become rich in life. Live within your means and don’t buy things you don’t need.

12. Charity. Both in material things and in spirit.

13. When Difficulties Arise, Go Slow.

14. Live in the Moment. Don’t always be in a rush. Work hard, yes. But, also take time to enjoy life. Find the balance between work and play.

15. Hard Work Doing Something You Love is Good for You. But always remember to take your rest and enjoy life too.

16. Stay Physically Active Everyday to Stay Healthy
. Take good care of your youthful flexibility, both in body and mind. It is what will keep you young.

17. Eat Healthy.

18. Be a Good to the Earth.

19. Find Support from God.

20. When You’re Struggling, Ask for Help. Never feel that you are burdening someone. And and ye shall receive. It really is that simple.

21. Always Be Learning.

22. Failure is Your Friend.

23. Family is Important. Always find a way to work things out.

24. Your Time is the Greatest Gift You Can Give.

25. Enjoy Creativity Often
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26. Smile a Lot Every Day.

27. Leave the Judging to God. Try not to judge others or yourself. Be kind. If other people are difficult, know that they are probably in some pain. Have compassion for that.

28. Be Honest. Even when it is difficult.

29. Look for the Good in the World and In People. You always find what you are looking for so look for the good.

30. Choose Happiness. The basic choice in life is to be happy or not, so why not choose being happy? What have you got to lose?

…To be continued. I may think of more. If I do, I will share them with you.

In the meantime, my plan is to print out this list and keep it handy to remember who I want to be to teach my son to be a good and happy person.

If this list is helpful to you, please pass it along to your friends. Wishing you happiness and goodness.

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How to Teach Children and Learn from Them Too!


How to Teach Children and Learn from Them Too!

I have a guest post at DumbLittleMan.com today.

This article describes what adults and children can learn from each other.

If you’re looking for some guidance on how to teach your children to handle their challenging emotions in a positive way, then come on over to take a look at some of the tips in this article.

DumbLittleMan.com: How to Teach Children and Learn from Them Too!

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Working Parents Survival Tips – Part 2


Working Parents Survival Tips – Part 2

Part Two of an article I wrote featuring time management tips for working parents, has just been posted at emomsathome.com.

In Part Two of this two part series, we cover Weekends, Non-Routine Events, and General Tips for saving time and money. If you are a working parent (or know one) that is struggling with balancing work and home time, I think you will these tips unique and useful.

Please check it out today! Don’t forget to share your time management tips for working parents too!

emomsathome.com: Working Parents Survival Tips – Part 2


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Working Parents Survival Tips – Part 1

Working Parents Survival Tips – Part 1

I have a guest post over at eMomsAtHome.com this week that was inspired by my sister. She is the queen of Getting Things Done and she’s never even read the book! Lucky for her, it’s natural. Lucky for me, I can learn from her. Now you can too.

If you are a working parent (or know one) that is struggling with managing your time, I think you will these tips quite useful. In Part One of this two part series, we cover Morning Routines, Daytime Routines, and Nighttime routines. Please head over and share your time management tips for working parents too!

Please check it out today! As a bonus I think you will love this popular blog which covers “starting, running, and succeeding in home business and blogging.”

emomsathome.com: Working Parents Survival Tips – Part 1

Working Mother

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