Archives for July 2010

Spiecal Gift For My GrandKid’s

Today I wanted to share a great birthday gift idea my husband and I had for our Grandkid’s Caleb and Bailey. I love to paint and love to give painted gifts and with being a Grandparent I have become very nostalgic and love to give my children and grandchild gifts that will become heirlooms to always remember us by. For Caleb’s 2nd birthday and Bailey’s 1st birthday the big decision had to be made, what would be a great gift for my little darlings.

I knew the gift would have to be painted, because that’s what I love to do and it had to be wooden because that’s what Pop Pop does (Caleb and Bailey call there Grandpa Pop Pop), my husband is a cabinet maker. I decided that I wanted to paint each of them a wooden chair that they would be able to use everyday, for reading, sitting and coloring or watching TV. I had a pattern for a wooden chair that I paint already but it is converted to hold a flower pot. I spoke to my husband to see what he thought and being a cabinet maker he immediately said the back was to straight and would not be a comfortable, so we went to the choice of Adirondack chairs for them, they would not only be comfortable, but the kids would grow into them and use them for several years. So my husband went to work on constructing the chairs for the kids and then I painted them. Baileys of course had to be girly girl so I went with a butterfly theme and Caleb loves the outdoors so why not a fishing theme.

Well the chairs were a big hit with the kids and they still love to this day, even though sometimes they are used as time out chairs.

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I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but…….

“I seldom end up where I wanted to go, but almost always end up where I need to be.”
Douglas Adams

One of my favourite pieces of wisdom from Motivational guru Tony Robbins is ‘Sometimes when we don’t get our dreams we actually get our destiny’, and it’s an important lesson to bear in mind, especially when life takes a turn you weren’t expecting and that you fear is taking you further away from rather than closer to what it is you desire.

Let’s face it, it isn’t easy when things don’t go to plan in life, when a relationship ends abruptly, when we lose a job or any other setback that might befall any one of us, but if we hold onto a belief that everything happens for a reason and that as painful as it appears to be in the moment that it’s leading us to something even greater, it totally transforms the mindset we bring to the here and now and keeps you in a place that’s far more conducive to doing what speaker Willie Jolley rightly says, turning a setback into a setup for a comeback.

Ask yourself today, ‘How might changing the way I look at my setbacks completely transform my attitude and mindset and get me back to a far more positive space?’

Reprinted with permission of Alex Prez & Motivation in your Mailbox E-ZINE, for more information, visit http://www.motivationinyourmailbox.com/ww.motivationinyourmailbox.com

Darlene

http://www.watkinsonline.com/ddemell

Tips On Starting High School

Tips On Starting High School
By Aurelia Williams, author of Helping Your Teen with High School

Teenagers all over the world will take the leap from child to young adult this fall. They will be entering High School for the first time. This milestone brings a variety of feelings and emotions. They are beginning four of the most difficult, yet most memorable years of their life. If you think you are anxious and scared, try being your teen.

Here are a few Parenting Teenager tips on how to make the best of this stressful and confusing time in your teenager’s life (there are plenty more tips in my high school guide for parents).

Be Open and Understanding

Realize that your teen is going to be stressed and irritable for the first few weeks of their freshman year. There are many things that can contribute to your teen’s moodiness or withdrawn state. They are experiencing numerous changes in their life; all at the same time. Just like when you are pushed to your max with stress, your teen may experience headaches, stomachaches, or sleepiness. They need time and space to figure it all out in their own mind. Be patient and give them the time they need to sort things out for themselves.

Be Available and Reassuring

They may be young adults with a need to start making more decisions on their own and taking on more responsibility, but that doesn’t mean that they are full blown adults with minds that can handle all the stress and pressure of taking on those tasks. Reassure them that you are there when they need you and also how to “back off” when necessary so they can figure things out for themselves.

Your teenager is just that, a teen. You need to let them know that you trust them to make their own decisions. Let them know that you are always there should they get stuck and need a helping hand from someone they trust. Show them in ways other than saying things such as, “I’m here if you want to talk.” It’s not always easy for a teenager to start up a serious conversation, especially with Mom or Dad. There are times when you need to get creative. Depending on your teen that may mean writing a letter or taking them shopping and talking about what’s going on in their life while driving.

Be Supportive and Loving

Your teenager is no longer the ‘big dog’, but instead a ‘newbie’. Teenagers need to know that Mom and/or Dad support their decisions. They may have a difficult time fitting in; therefore, the need to try new things is necessary and helps them to figure out who they are. As long as the activity is not detrimental to them or anyone else, let them try a new sport, club, or other extracurricular hobby.

Support them in their decision, even if you know in the long run they will not participate next year. Give them the opportunity to find out for themselves if they enjoy certain activities. Remind them that family is something that will always be there. They are moving away from you as a parent but not disconnecting with the family completely and that’s ok.

Set Routines and Limits

Yes, they may be growing up, but they aren’t adults yet. Even teenagers need routines and limits. It will help to make the transition to high school easier on both of you if make limits together before the first week of school. Sit down and tell your child what your expectations are and really listen to their expectations of you as well. Settle on certain guidelines and routines that make both of you happy with the end result. This not only puts your mind at ease, but will also show your teen that you acknowledge that they are capable of making sound decisions and taking other’s considerations into
account.

Parenting Teenagers can be a trying time and high school can seem overwhelming for them. Share in the good times and be there to lean on for the bad. Before you know it, you’ll be catching that cap and tassel at your teen’s graduation.

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Powdered Sugar Gooey Butter Cookies

My Daughter-In-Law introduced this recipe to me. Yummy cookies!

Ingredients

1 package yellow/butter cake mix
1 package of cream cheese (8 ounces)
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
1 egg
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup almonds slivered (optional)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix cream cheese, butter, vanilla, and egg with hands. (don’t use mixer)

Add cake mix, powdered sugar, and almonds. Mix well.

Coat hands with flour and roll into 1 inch balls and place onto (ungreased) cookie sheet. Bake for 12 minutes. Sprinkle with additional powdered sugar.

Enjoy! 😉

“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.”

“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.”
Helen Keller

Do you have a clear vision for your future, something you’re working towards and taking action towards achieving it every day?

Too many people allow themselves to go through life like a ship without a sail, allowing the wind to direct them rather than taking control and becoming the master of their own destiny by having a clear vision they not only believe in, but take action on a regular basis towards.

Your life is like a blank canvas, and it’s up to you to decide what the end result is going to look like, whether you’ll look back with pride at a life well lived and a life lived on your terms, or whether you look back with a tinge of regret knowing that with a clearer vision you might have achieved so much more with this gift we call life.

Ask yourself today, ‘Do I have a clear vision that I’m working towards for my life?’

Reprinted with permission of Alex Prez & Motivation in your Mailbox E-ZINE, for more information, visit www.motivationinyourmailbox.com

Darlene
http://www.watkinsonline.com/ddemell

Complete Christian Woman

New website soon to launch, By Lara Velez…Christian, friend, mom, wife, and supporter of God and faith. She created Complete Christian Woman for every woman, mother, (and grandmother) that longs for or needs a deeper walk with God.

Lara felt a strong spiritual calling and was lead by God to create this site so that more women can develop a personal relationship with the Lord. I’m drawn to this new site just as I was Moms Of Faith. I’ve known Lara for a couple of years now and have had all good experiences from being one of many of her Designed By Lara customers, as well as being her friend.

I’m now getting to know the spiritual side of her a bit more, and I can say Lara is an extremely compassionate person who truly cares for a person’s soul, and not just friendships. What opened my eyes and made me realize this on a deeper level, was listening to her free Bible study sample It brought tears to my eyes and touched me.

I can’t explain it, it just opened my eyes and I took a long look at my life within the past 15 to 20 years. I didn’t like what I saw, especially the past 3 years of my life. I developed a greedy characteristic flaw online for which I’m not particularly proud of. And no, I’m not making this a big confession blog entry, or anything of the sort! I promise you. End of story, and enough said.

Getting to the main reason for this post…Lara’s free Bible study sample on CCW made me realize that I need to get back to (my) spiritual side of life and faith, and I do have that. I’ve just taken some wrong turns in my life recently. I am a Christian, I just need to get back into my faith and back into the Word. I was raised Pentecostal back in my teenage years, so in retrospect, I know what a real relationship with God feels like.

For whatever reason, this new site, Complete Christian Woman and Lara’s free Bible study sample woke me spiritually. I’m looking forward to all the features on the website. =)

If you are desiring a relationship with God, or you simply want to network and get to know other Christian women and furthermore, develop relationships, Complete Christian Woman is the place to be.

The site (officially) launches August 2nd, 2010, so it’s still in pre-launch. So, NOW is the time to come by and see what all the fuss is about!

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QUALITY OF LIFE BEGINS IN YOUR MIND

QUALITY OF LIFE BEGINS IN YOUR MIND

It’s not what you have, but what you enjoy that constitutes your abundance. Your real riches are riches in your head and heart.

Wealth without enjoyment is little consolation. True satisfaction comes from appreciating what you have.

There are two ways of being happy: you must either diminish your wants or augment your means. It’s always better to appreciate things you cannot have than to have the things you cannot appreciate.

Your riches will always lie within you, not in your material possessions.

© 2010 YourDailyMotivation.com

Darlene
http://www.watkinsonline.com/ddemell

Frugal Lifestyle Tips: 21 Simple Ways To Save Money

Financial debt can certainly consume you in more ways that one. It can rob you of sleep, it can cause major anxiety, it can interfere in your marriage, and it can cause you a severe bout of depression. While some of these go hand in hand, there are a growing number of financial debt affects that can result in an unhealthy lifestyle.

With the worldwide failing economy, there has to be certain things we can do to alleviate some of that burden. Well, there are quite a few practical money saving tips that can economically benefit you and your family. Let’s take a look at some of those things.

1) Drink Water: The beverage you drink on a daily basis should be water. Not only will this save you money, but consuming at least 8 full glasses of water each day is extremely healthy for you.

2) Eat Out Less: Stay at home and cook more often verses going out to eat. You can still have that scheduled Friday or Saturday night evening out, but otherwise stick to cooking at home more throughout the week and you will be surprised at how much you save in a year’s time.

3) Ditch That Daily Morning Latte: You know that daily morning latte that you think you have to have on the way back home from taking the kids to school? Ditch that, you don’t need it. Make your own at home and you’ll save a bundle in just a month’s time.

4) Dryer Vent Seal: Make for sure your clothes dryer has a dryer vent seal. This is an air leakage control device. We have one on ours and it’s definitely a money saver.

5) Grocery Shopping Online: Try doing your grocery shopping online. Sometimes you are able to save a considerable amount of your hard-earned dollars by doing this. An added plus, you will save on gas and time as well.

6) Downsize To One Car Family: Downsize from a two car family to a one car family. Look at some car pooling options as well as re evaluating your family’s transportation needs.

7) Homemade Gifts: When giving gifts, look into your creative side and make your gifts verses buying them. Maybe you love scrapbooking, or perhaps you like to crochet. Most people appreciate the homemade gifts better than the expensive store bought.

8) Your Children and Finances: Teach your children early on that money doesn’t grow on trees, as the old saying goes. An allowance is a good thing for them to learn the process of earning money. Furthermore, instill in them the importance of saving.

9) Phone Bill, Internet, and Cable: If you haven’t done so already, look into combining all 3 of these into one bill. You can save a bundle by dong this. I know Charter and AT &T has some good deals.

10) Combining Insurances Into One Bill: A lot of people have their medical, life, and home insurance all through one company. A lot of insurance companies offer this. It’s worth checking into, as it can save you money.

11) Online Coupons: There is a wealth of information on the Internet, including coupons. Just type in the type of “printable coupons” you are looking for into Google.com and you will come up with a lot of sites to check out.

12) Timeshare Vacation Deals: We all get those calls don’t we? Would you like a “free vacation?” Well, of course there is always a catch for these deals. You often have to sit in on an hour or hour and a half long sales presentation. A lot of people take advantage of this. This can save you a ton of money. Type “timeshare vacations” into Google.com and you’ll find lots of options.

13) Saving Leftover Foods: After meals if you have quite a bit of leftovers, don’t throw it out! Freeze it and make something different with it for another meal time. Also for small leftovers, save it for lunch for the next day.

14) Yard and Rummage Sales: If you have time for these, go to them! Often times, you can find some really good bargains. And there are some people that have clothing items for sale that have never been worn (with the tags still attached) at extremely low prices. These items may be just your size and what you’ve been looking for.

15) Walk Instead Of Drive: Whenever possible and when in walking distance, leave the car in the garage and walk to your destination. Not only will you save on fuel and wear and tear on your car, you will also get some needed exercise.

16) Saving Coins: Coins can add up quickly. At the end of each week, gather any extra coins that have accumulated in your car and your purse, and keep them in a piggy bank or a good size container. Every so often take those coins to the bank and either put the money in your checking account, savings account, or just get the cash for it. This is great for saving up for vacations or home improvement projects.

17) Enjoy Time At Home Instead Of Going Out: Have friends over or have a family night instead of going out. If your family enjoys these planned special nights, make it a weekly routine. You’d be surprised at how much you will save in a year’s time doing this.

18) Store Credit Cards At Home: Instead of keeping your credit cards in your wallet or purse, store them at home in a safe place. This way, you will resist the urge to buy on impulse. Use them only for emergencies.

19) Set Your Bills On Automatic Bank Draft: Instead of writing out checks each month, save on both time and stamps and schedule your bills for automatic bank draft.

20) Save On Electric: When you’re away from home or during the night, adjust your thermostat. Do this for both heating and cooling.

21) Online Freebies: There are tons of freebie websites. You may have to take a quick survey to get those items for free. It only takes a few minutes, take advantage of these sites and do the surveys. It is well worth it to save a few bucks.

Article Written By Tammy Embrich

Tammy is an Internet marketer, article marketer, and ghostwriter. You can find more grandparenting and parenting articles, tips, and personal experiences, as well as photos and recipes at Grandparenting Tips and More.
Tammy also offers work at home articles, free job leads, work at home tips, and more at Work At Home Job Leads.

Fat Free Strawberry Yogurt Fruit Salad

I’ve also tried a smoothie version of this

Ingredients

1 container fat free strawberry flavored activia yogurt
5 med strawberries
1 small banana
8 seedless grapes

Directions

Wash and cut up the fruit in small bite-sized pieces. Put fruit in small mixing bowl. Add the container of yogurt and mix together with spoon

Enjoy! 😉

A Sticker Chart Can Help Modify Your Child’s Behavior

Are you at your wits end with cycle after cycle of bad behavior with your child? Do you raise your voice more than you’d like to?

It is true that children know exactly what buttons to push when it comes to discipline. They know when and how to test your allowances. YOU…The parent, should be in full charge. Not the other way around. A colorful sticker chart proudly displayed on your refrigerator can be of some significant assistance.
A behavior modification plan (if used properly) can successfully break through the cycles of undesirable or bad behavior. This can also be an effective learning tool to assist them in progressing to a new level of social development. Children love stickers. They make them feel special.

Present this behavior modification plan to your child with enthusiasm. Talk about it in a positive way. Let them know that you want them to learn and maintain good behavior habits and this is a really fun way of doing it. Take them shopping with you to pick out the stickers. Have your spouse join in on the excitement.

It is advised to give the plan four to six weeks to be effective. This should give your child a clear understanding of YOUR expectations for his or her behavior. These charts can also be used to assist with daily chores and homework.

Sticker charts assisted me in disciplining my own son. It worked like a charm. You can use various colors of construction paper to make these charts. I used the color blue. That is my son’s favorite color. I used a black magic marker to outline the charts. But, use your imagination…you can make them up however you wish. You can also use poster paper.

At the top of the chart, write your child’s name. Then list the desirable behaviors that he or she need to learn. For example: honesty, cooperation, responsibility, kindness.

Making a chart up for each month is ideal. Draw lines separating the listed behaviors. Place the date on the left side of the chart…drawing lines for each day of the month. This way, you will have a square to display a sticker for good behavior for that particular day. Make sure you have bright, colorful stickers on hand at all times. They can include, smiley faces, stars, hearts…anything that you think will capture your child’s attention or anything they might like.

For each day your child earns your approval on a particular behavior, place a sticker on the chart for that day. Be generous when just beginning the plan to motivate and encourage. Then adjust the amount of rewards accordingly. Help your child understand the value behind these behavior changes…(to feel better about themselves, not just to please you.)

Here are some helpful tips:

1) Be consistent with the plan. If your child feels that you have lost interest in the charts…he or she will most likely lose interest as well.

2) Go the extra mile and really show your admiration, appreciation, and approval when they display desirable behavior.

3) Take stickers with you wherever you go. You can also reward your child with them when you’re away from home. Children love to wear them on their clothes.

4) These charts are beneficial for teachers as well as parents

5) When your child completes a whole week (or month) earning stickers consequetively everyday, give them a special treat. Go out for pizza, go to the show, or let them invite a friend to stay over for the weekend.

6) (Important)…Never, ever forget to use plenty of smiles, hugs, kisses, and praise along with the rewards. Hugs and kisses go a long way. It is important to let your children know they are loved and special.

Article Written By Tammy Embrich

Tammy is an Internet marketer, article marketer, and ghostwriter. You can find more grandparenting and parenting articles, tips, and personal experiences, as well as photos and recipes at Grandparenting Tips and More.

Tammy also offers work at home articles, free job leads, work at home tips, and more at Work At Home Job Leads.