“I’m bored!” “There’s nothing to do!” It’s the two phrases every parent dreads hearing from their children. If I left it up to my kidlets to choose what to do, they’d pick watching cartoons and playing video games (at least my son) all day, every day. As much as I love the boob tube, I don’t want them to turn into couch potatoes so I’m always trying to come up with fun activities that we can do together.
A lot of times that means doing crafts, playing games or working on some other type of project. Doing activities are a great way for us to spend time together, talk about life and create fun and happy memories as a family….at least that’s what I’ve heard and ironically, seen on TV (hey, wasn’t I trying to get my kids away from that evil box in the first place?).
Mother’s Day is this Sunday, May 12, so don’t screw it up! Just joking, just please make sure to give dear old mom a phone a call to share a “thanks for having and raising me right kind of moment.”I’m not particularly picky when it comes to Mother’s Day gifts. I mean, who doesn’t like to get something wrapped up all pretty with a surprise inside?Sure, around the Christmas holiday or my birthday I give The Hubs some suggestions in case any family member should ask what they should get me, but I very rarely hate what I get (though a few times I’ve had a good chuckle about items I’ve received!).
It’s been two months now since I started my Shaklee 180 journey to a healthier me! Earlier this week I shared my progress in a blog post you can read here or just click on the video below to get some different views of my progress so far.
Now it’s your turn to share. What motivates you to be healthy?
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post as part of the Shaklee Corporation blogger program. I have received free products, online support, and incentives for participating. All opinions given here are my very own. People following the weight-loss portion of the Shaklee 180™ Program can expect to lose 1-2 pounds per week. I am also a Shaklee Independent Distributor.
Everyday moms all around the world are under tremendous pressure to make “perfect” parenting decisions, only to find themselves judged by others, especially other moms! It’s no secret that I think the mommy wars are totally ridiculous (you can read about it here).
As a parent, there are dozens of tough decisions you have to make for your family — from going back to work or not to whether you’ll breastfeed or formula feed your baby and to how your children will be educated and disciplined – and there is no one right answer. No mom (or dad for that matter) should be criticized for the decisions they make. The right answer for any parent is to choose what is right and what works for their own family.
We recently bought my three-and-half year old daughter two new car seats. We took out the bulky and difficult (but super safe) five-point harness contraptions and replaced them with the more stylish one-click seatbelt booster seats in each of our family’s cars.
Bye-bye bland five-point harness (left) and “hello” to a more stylish booster seat (son’s green seat on left, daughter’s new pink chair on right)
Swapping out those seats was not only a rite of passage for my daughter, moving to a “big girl” chair – but also for The Hubs and me. Those seats were the last bits of baby gear in our home and I’ve come to the realization that there are no more babies in my house. No more cribs, pack ‘n plays, strollers, high chairs, sippy cups and potty chairs in this household!
After having so much fun last week making Leprechaun traps with the kidlets, I’ve been bitten by the crafting bug! With Easter coming up, the entire family got hopping this weekend with a fun and easy “strings of spring” craft project. We created garlands made of colorful plastic eggs that we turned into a variety of bunnies and chicks.
The kidlets were good to make two of these guys each before they lost interest. My son even made one that he said was his interpretation of an Angry Bird. While they went off to the family room to watch the adventures of “Captain Sindbad,” The Hubs and I went wild and came up some creative and wacky bunnies and chicks!
My family is expecting to get some exciting thrills and chills when we go to see “The Greatest Show On Earth” next week! That’s right — Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey’s new show “Built To Amaze!” is coming to the NYC area with 23 shows at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center from March 20 – April 1, 2013.
“Built To Amaze!’ is based on a child’s natural curiosity of how things all around us work and takes the audience through the stages of creating an actual circus. More than 110 of the world’s best performers representing 17 countries along with 95 exotic and domestic animals assembled, creating never-before-seen, heart-pounding performances.
Weight has always been an issue in my life. Whether it was me, a family member, a friend or a co-worker, how much you weigh and what size you wear has always been a hot and sensitive topic.
Growing up I was not overweight; in fact, I was pretty athletic. I loved playing sports – in the spring and summer it was softball and in the fall, volleyball. On most non-school days you could find me outside playing with the kids from my block or out with my BFFs . I was always on the go, always doing something. I like the way I looked – thin and toned and I never thought that weight would ever be an issue for me.
Yesterday, The Hubs and I took both kidlets to see Yo Gabba Gabba! Live! Get the Sillies Out!, at the Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ. My five-year old son is a “Yo Gabba” pro, having seen them at Radio City Music Hall in NYC a few years back, but this was the first time that his three-year old sister would see a live action show like this. Now, my daughter loves “Yo Gabba Gabba.” She sings along to all the songs and dances when she’s watching it on television from the comfort and security of her own living room. I wasn’t quite sure how she would react to seeing DJ Lance, Brobee, Foofa, Muno, Plex and Toodee in person plush, but I had nothing to fear – we all had a blast.
I love my job – and this time I’m talking about the one I’m actually paid to do!
For the past 19 years I’ve only ever worked in television public relations. The networks I’ve been employed at have been incredibly diverse and I’ve been fortunate to meet many amazing people and worked on many exciting projects. One of the things I always loved about my job was all the travel I got to do. I’ve been to both the glamorous and not-so-glamorous places across this country, Canada and even Mexico. Living out of a suitcase was sometimes tough since I always seemed to pack too much, but it was always a new adventure. It’s because of my work that I can say that I’ve been to all 48 continental United States (in fact I’ve been to 49 states in total, I went to Hawaii on my honeymoon so all that’s left is Alaska). I’ve traveled private, first class and in coach, by planes, trains and automobiles – including driving cross-country in a 1939 Ford Coup with no seat belts, AC, heat or radio! My love of work travel changed when I had the kidlets.