Archives for March 2012

Basic Guide For Positive Connection With Your Child And Grandchild?

 

 

How well do we know our kids and grandkids? That’s a powerful question in itself. You may be quick to answer and respond with “real well.” But do you really know them? What are their inner most fears? Their interests? What type of friends do they have or prefer? Can you identify and connect with their best personality traits? And most importantly, what are their specific needs from you as a parent, and as a grandparent?

 

 

Sometimes we just get too busy with our jobs, household duties, and life in general (unintentionally of course), that we don’t spend the time we should with our kids. And consequently, we sometimes, as parents and grandparents fail to pick up on primary things or situations that may need addressing. Staying connected with them as we should often times gets tossed aside.

 

 

We are all human and from time to time, we all fall short of giving our children the full attention they deserve and need. Perhaps the concept of prioritizing our time is often the solution. Your little ones should be your number one priority, or at least should strive to be. If you find prioritizing your time and consistently staying connected with your kids challenging at times, I have some basic tips for you that may be helpful.

 

 

Below are 5 prioritizing and connection tips that will benefit you, your  children and grandchildren

 

 

 

 

* Read to them and ask questions – Read their favorite books to them, and then ask them questions. Such as; What did you like about the book? Ask them simple yes and no questions about the book. Ask them what other books they might be interested in and encourage them reading to you as well. This teaches them reading and comprehension skills as well as getting to know them better.

 

 

* Meet with their teacher on a regular basis – You may want to keep this private (just between you and their teacher). Make sure and schedule regular parent-teacher conferences to stay abreast on how they are progressing in their studies and if there are any conflicts that need your attention. These meetings are crucial for your child’s learning capabilities.

 

 

* Schedule a block of time with your child – If you have more than one child, then schedule time with each one. Use this time to do something special with them, like going for lunch or to the park. Have a talk session. Topics can be school, friends, conflicts, or let them just talk to you, if they choose to. Also talk about future goals and interests. Offer to help with school projects and homework. Showing your child how special they are to you and how much they are loved is crucial.

 

 

* Plan a family project – This could be a family tree, recipe book, photo album, or other family crafting project. These projects don’t have to be expensive. Make these projects as fun as possible. A family blog may also be an interesting project. The idea is to get them involved in family oriented projects that will encourage bonding and connecting.

 

 

* Family meal time – This time should be more than sharing a family meal together. Take this time to just talk to one another. Talk about the day, about weekend plans, the night’s activities, and so forth. Allow each child or family member talk about anything they choose. By doing this, you are staying connected with your children’s lives and also with anything you feel should be discussed. Above all, keep the conversation upbeat and fun for all.

 

 

Maybe we don’t know our kids and grandkids the way we think we do. Spend quality time with them. Take the time to genuinely focus on them.

 

 

Article Written By Tammy Embrich

 

Tammy is an Internet marketer, article marketer, and ghostwriter. You can find more parenting and grandparenting articles, tips, and more at Grandparenting Articles and Tips.

 

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

 

Work At Home Moms – Managing Your Weight

 

 

 

This can be helpful advice for grandmothers too…

 

 

 

I don’t know about you, but this has been a constant battle for me. I know sitting at the computer all day is not healthy for anyone.

 

But, that is what I do…I’m on my computer an average of 8 to 10 hours every week day marketing my websites and keeping them updated. And sometimes, I end up working on the weekends. That adds up to quite a bit of time sitting in my office, which in turn could result in unwanted extra pounds if I’m not careful.

 

I know this is something that all work at home Moms can relate to, unless you are a naturally thin person and have lucky genetics.

 

It is somewhat different for those who are involved in direct selling home businesses. They have products to deliver…some host parties, and some attend craft shows, home business conferences, and seminars. They tend to be a bit more active instead of sitting in front of a computer all day.

 

Staying in one place all day is not healthy at all. It slows down your metabolism, it slows down your blood circulation, and slows down your digestive tract. It also interferes with oxygen flow to the brain. It just isn’t good for you, unless you take the required steps to help yourself.

 

I have found the below tips to be quite helpful and also strive more everyday to follow them:

 

 

* A daily exercise routine, preferably in the morning
* Drink plenty of water, at least 4 to 6 glasses per day
* Take one or two short walks during the day, in addition to the workout in the morning
* Don’t eat meals at the computer desk
* Don’t eat snacks at the computer desk
* Watch your in-take of carbohydrates, sugars, and fats

 

 

I do my workout in the morning. I get it over with first thing so I don’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day, I feel more energized during the day, and I just feel better and more ready to face my daily tasks. Plus it helps those endorphins kick in that just makes me feel better physically and mentally.

 

I have done more than just manage my weight by following the above tips. I have actually lost some weight. That in itself, makes me want to strive to keep doing what I’m doing and stay as healthy as I can.

 

If you are a work a home Mom, and you battle with weight-gain…think about the tips I have provided. Discipline yourself and try and stick with a daily routine for more activity, less weight-gain, and a more healthier you.

 

 

Article Written By: Tammy Embrich

 

Tammy has been successful in the work at home industry for many years. She is an Internet marketer, article marketer, and ghostwriter. She offers free job leads for the job seeker, as well as other work at home resources, work at home articles, tips, and more at Work At Home Jobs.

 

You can find more articles on health, grandparenting tips, and parenting issues at Grandparenting Articles and Tips.

 

Beauty Tips Your Mom and Grandmother Would Approve Of

 

Beauty tips passed on over the generations are the best kept secrets. The natural, less rigid methods will prove better and give longer lasting results with fewer side effects. And most importantly, they will receive the approving eye of your mother and grandmother too.

By: Susan Hutson

 

 

 

Beauty is an age old art, explored over the centuries in various manners to achieve perfection. Women have been interested in numerous ways of staying young and beautiful and enhancing their looks since time immemorial. If you look around you, your mom, grandmother, aunts and great-aunts, you will discover the various beauty rituals their generations have followed to enhance their physical appearance as well as inner beauty.

 

Beauty secrets that have been passed on over generations are the best kept secrets, as they assure healthier, better results than most modern, synthetic methods. Most important of all, they will receive instant approval by your mom and grandmother.

 

 

Here are a few tips that would help enhancing your beauty the natural way, with guaranteed positive feedback from your mom and grandmother!

 

 

 

Skincare – Use coconut oil to massage your body (preferable at night) to give it a shiny, soft contour. Enhance the massage with scented oils such as lavender or rosemary to add fragrance and extra softness

 

 

Scars – Use lemon peel to get rid of scars. Rub a lemon peel over the scar generously and repeat for a few days/weeks. You will be surprised at how fast the scar fades away

 

 

Blackheads – Add a bit of oatmeal and honey together and form a paste along with an egg white. Apply this on your blackheads by gently rubbing it over the affected skin and leave for 10-15 minutes. It will loosen your blackheads and make it easier to remove

 

 

Split Ends (Hair) – Beat an egg yolk and mix it with some honey and olive oil and massage on hair, wrap in a warm towel and leave for 30 minutes before rinsing

An alternative to shampoo – Use baking soda instead, it will absorb oil and loosen dry skin. It’s also a great remedy for dandruff

 

 

Softer Hands – Dip your hands in fresh milk for 5-10 minutes on a regular basis. Your hands will feel softer and will eventually lose all of the wrinkles and calluses from hard work

 

 

Eye Soother – Use a mix of cucumber and potato juice in chilled state. Dip it in cotton and place over your eyes and relax for 10-15 minutes. Wash off and apply some coconut or baby oil. It is a great eye soother as well as a stress reliever. Coconut oil also helps to get rid of dark circles over time

 

 

Lips – Lemon juice is a great remedy for dark lips. Use it on a regular basis and experience wonderful results

 

 

Try these home remedies yourself, improvise where needed and change where necessary to suit your skin tones/contour. You will be amazed at how effective some of these age old beauty secrets are. Talk to your mom, grandmother and relatives to learn more about the beauty regimes of their times, non-commercialized, health friendly methods that will make your beauty last longer and remain healthier the comfortable way. Opt for these natural therapies that have less side effects and assure longer lasting outcomes.

 

 

But most important of all, remember that beauty comes from within, so work on spiritual cleansing too. If you feel happy, content and maintain good health, your looks will definitely benefit. Inner cleansing is the best way to achieve glowing skin and a beautiful complexion. Practice good thoughts and become a glowing beauty yourself.

 

 

Bizymoms.com has been helping women work from home for over 10 years. Now, Bizymoms strives to be the number one resource website for women by including many informative sections that focus on women’s issues. Our Beauty and Style section includes beauty tips, ideas and techniques to help you look and feels your best.

Bible Scriptures For The Week – Fear, Depression, Peace and Guideposts.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good morning 🙂

 

 

 

I’m greeting the day with a heavy heart. Why I’m not sure. I have these days sometimes, as we all do. However, depression seems to find me at my most vulnerable times.

 

 

 

 

As I search the scriptures today, here is what I’m finding…

 

 

 

Ps 34:17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. Psalm 34

 

 

 

Isa 43:2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. Isaiah 43

 

 

 

1pe 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: 1pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7

 

 

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2ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 11 Timothy 1

 

 

 

Ps 56:11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me. Psalm 56

 

 

 

1jo 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.
1 John 4

 

 

 

Ps 27:1 A Psalm of David. The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Psalm 27 

 

 

 

Ps 46:1 To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46

 

 

 

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I purchased a book yesterday at Walmart. It’s called…

 

 

 

Daily Guideposts – 365 Spirit- Lifting Devotions For Women

 

When I’m not working, you will find me curled up with this book somewhere in my house…most likely the couch in our living room. 🙂

 

 

Here is the website where you can find this book (in addition to Walmart) 😉

 

Guideposts.org

Natural Family Living PLR Ebook

 
 
This is a must have! – 10 big sections on Living Naturally… AND Much More! 
 

 

A Family and Children Friendly Ebook – Excellent For Grandparents Too

 

 

 

Content Topics

 

 

* Introduction 4
* Getting Back to the “Basics” of Life 4
* The Slow Movement: What Is It? 6
* Tips for Raising a Natural Child 7
* All About Educational Toys 9
* Children and Free Play: Is It Important? 11
* How to Teach Children to Respect the World They Live In 13
* Changing How You Discipline 15
* Nature Deficit Disorder 17
* Reduce Household Consumerism 18
* Embracing Freeganism 20

 

 

 

Awesome tips on how you can get back to the basics and begin enjoying the simpler things in life once again!

 
 
 
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Easter Traditions – Guest Post

 

 

 

Hippity-hoppety, Easter fun is on its way! What could be more special than sharing Easter traditions with your family on a beautiful spring day? Even the weather doesn’t cooperate, there’s plenty of Easter fun to be had both indoors and out at Grandma’s house.

 

 

Attend church services together

 

Imagine your children, grandchildren, even your siblings and their families meeting at church on Easter morning. Your family, dressed in their Easter finest, gathers filling the rows to enjoy the holiday service. Have the youngest sit with the elders to share familiar Easter hymns, creating memories to last a lifetime.

 

 

Special egg hunt

 

Easter egg hunts are long-standing traditions for most families. Make your family egg hunt extra special by making it personal. Use plastic refillable eggs, selecting one egg for each family member. Get creative and decorate the eggs with paint markers, labeling each clearly with a family member’s name. This becomes their personal egg. Fill each personal egg with a penny for luck plus a piece of wrapped Easter candy. Next, fill several of non-named eggs with treats. The rules for the hunt are simple. Everybody must first search for their name egg. They may not take any egg with another’s name – watch for the mischievous ones who may try to re-hide their sibling’s eggs in impossible places. Once each hunter has found their name egg, they may search and retrieve bonus eggs – the ones without names. You also can a fill a larger egg with treats for an expectant mom as a “baby-to-be” egg.

 

 

Egg-cellent washer toss

 

Putting a holiday spin on familiar games is a great way to create new traditions. The Washer Toss is a traditional game played in many family backyards. It consists of a two targets, usually set in a box with a center target. Players take turns tossing metal washers at the targets trying to earn points. Enlist the help of your teenage grandchildren a couple of weeks before Easter. Two targets can be made out of the cardboard flats canned goods come in at the grocery store. Paint the boxes a solid pastel color such as yellow. On the inside center of the box, paint a large Easter egg. In the center of egg, paint a star for the target. If you don’t have any metal washers at home, you can find them at the local hardware store. You will need six, three for each player. Have your family take turns playing the Egg-cellent Washer Toss on Easter.

 

 

Bunny cake

 

Forget one large bunny-shaped cake. Get creative and put together a bunny made of cupcakes. Cupcakes are perfect for big family get-togethers. You can make various flavors and since they are single servings, cupcakes are easy to grab-and-go while everyone plays games and socializes. To arrange your cupcakes to look like a bunny, draw a simple rabbit shape onto a piece of poster board. This is your template and can be used on the table for arranging the cupcakes. Before frosting the cupcakes, arrange the baked treats onto the template. Now you will know which ones need white frosting for fur and which ones need pink for ears and nose. Whiskers can be formed using chocolate licorice strands. Frost several cupcakes with green icing and add a few jellybeans. This can be set at the base to be the grass the bunny is sitting on.

 

 

Clean up

 

You can even make cleaning up a family tradition. Split up the tasks based on age to get everything taken care of quickly. The youngest kids can help gather the eggs to put away until next year. Older kids can wipe of the tables and counter tops and throw the rags in washers, and parents can take care of the dishes. Everyone working together not only gets the job done quicker, but it continues the family time even through everyone’s least favorite part of the day!

 

 

Danielle, who blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands she uses, cites her favorite grandmotherly tradition as pulling out the special wear-one-time-a-year Easter Sunday outfits for the young’uns, running them through the washers, drying and ironing them, and dressing up the grandchildren for church services. Read her work at eatbreatheblog.com.

4 Frugal Ideas For Fun Time With The Grandkids – Guest Post

 

 

When we have several hours or days to spend with our lovely grandkids, we often want to make the most of this bonding time by going on outings to restaurants, theme parks, vacations, and more. Nonetheless, these outings can sometime start to be fairly costly. The great part about spending time with your grandkids is that you don’t necessarily have to spend a lot (or even any) money in order to have fun. If you are scratching your head, thinking of different ways to keep the kiddos entertained without breaking the bank, here are a few places to start:

 

Have a picnic at the park.

The best thing about visiting parks is that they are always a great free way to enjoy the nature that we so rarely experience in our urban-dominated world. It’s also fun to prepare a picnic with young children. Get creative about the homemade sandwiches and snacks you bring, and go all out with a checkered blanket and old-fashioned picnic basket (which you can find online or at a local antique store). Don’t forget to bring some stale bread for the ducks! 😉

 

Look up museums in your area.

Many museums are free to the public, and almost all have at the very least a discount for students and seniors. Check local listings to see new exhibitions opening in museums in your area. Natural science museums are especially fun for young kids, who tend to be interested in dinosaurs and other animals.

 

Set up a game night.

When I was a young girl, the fondest memories I had spending time with my grandmother was playing various games, like Scrabble, dominoes, cards, Monopoly, and Clue. If you don’t feel like have an afternoon or evening out, board and card games are a great way to keep the little ones entertained for several hours doing something that involves both brain power and personal interaction.

 

Work on an art or other creative project together.

Even if you aren’t a particularly artsy person, consider working on a collaborative project with your grandkids, like 1000+ piece puzzles or Lego sets. Anything that involves time and creativity, even cooking, can be an interesting, exciting, and frugal way of spending quality time with the grandkids.

 

Of course, this is just short list of ideas to get you started. The most important thing to remember is that spending quality time with the grandkids means truly engaging with them. And most activities that require emotional engagement don’t require much money at all. Good luck!

 

About The Author

Jemima Lopez is a freelance blogger and writer who writes for Zen College Life, the directory of higher education, distance learning, and best online colleges. She welcomes your comments at her email: lopezjemima 562@ gmail.com.

Watkins Rejuvenating Foot Cream Review & $25 GC Giveaway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watkins…

 

 

They’ve been a household name since 1868! That is truly impressive. However, I’ve gotten the chance at actually reviewing one of their products. Thank YOU Darlene! She was gracious enough to send me an exquisite product for me to review. I’ve never bought anything from Watkins…..yet! 🙂 I’m sure I will soon enough.

 

 

I’ve been told by a lot of friends and acquaintances that once you have a pedicure, you will be hooked for life. LOL, Well, I’ve never had one, honest. And if a pedicure feels anything like my feet feel right now after using Watkins Rejuvenating Foot Cream then I’m quite positive that I would be hooked for a lifetime.

 

I have very dry skin, and when it comes to my feet…make that TRIPLE the dryness! That’s why I jumped at the chance at doing this review. I have tried various lotions, and have found Gold Bond to be effective…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOWEVER, this peppermint foot cream from Watkins tops it hands down!! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Precious Photos :)

 

 

 

Hi there, =)

 

 

 

Yes, I’m working this weekend, however, I’ve accomplished quite a bit in the last 2 days. 🙂

 

 

I did want to take the time to post a couple of photos…Friday I had the privilege of watching my grandson for a few hours. I took advantage of the moment and took a picture, and WOW what a pic! I would LOVE to get this one enlarged to place on my wall. But, where to put it??! I’m really running out of space for pics LOL.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then Friday night, we had dinner at Hooters. And this was the pic I took. He was just watching all those girls!!! I’m not kidding. LOL 😉

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bible Scriptures For The Week – Faith and Scriptures For Grandmothers

 

 

 

This was another day that I just opened my Bible in no particular book, and just to see what God needs for me to read. 😉 He always knows what I need, as I’ve had more faith issues this week. This week, our household was filled with some flu germs and it’s taken a long time to get over the illness of these nasty bugs! I again, asked God why?? Only he knows, not I. =)

 

 

I opened up my Bible to

 

 

Galatians Chapter 2- Verse 16.—  Yes, some more on faith =) This was the passage…

 

 

 

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.

 

 

 

 

 

Some More Scriptures…

 

 

Ephesians 2:8

 

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God

Romans 10:17

 

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.

 

Romans 5:1

 

Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ

 

Hebrews 11:1

 

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see

 

Also this morning I looked up some Bible scriptures for Grandmothers…

 

This is what I found…

 

“Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.”
Proverbs 17:6

 
Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren,
but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly.”
Proverbs 13:22
 

 

 

You can find more passages Here 🙂