Archives for June 2012

Parenting and The Terrible Two Tantrums – Akka Pity Party

This goes out to all Grandparents out there as well, even though it’s parenting advice in general, grandparenting may be a full time job for you. So hopefully this article will benefit many. 🙂

Ahh, the famous, terrible two tantrum (pity party) lol

You’re at Walmart and your child is high-pitch wailing because he wants a specific toy. We’ve all been there! However, HOW we react to these violent, squirmy temper tantrums and the consequences we use is what matters.


When you’re at home with your child, how long do you let your toddler cry or scream? I say…let them throw a hissy fit and cry, kick and scream; for the majority of the time anyway. There will come a time where your child will be exhausted from the consistent wailing he or she is doing. Their voice will also get hoarse. LOL

Here’s the thing, IF you know they are not sick or running a temperature, or they are not hurt anywhere, or their diaper doesn’t need changing, and you know that they are not just screaming due to needing a nap, this parent/grandparent says, It’s not going to hurt them one bit. And they will soon figure out that you won’t jump every time they cry out for not getting their way, your child will eventually give up on testing you. And that’s exactly what they are doing! These days children are generally born more intelligent than years ago. They DO know exactly what buttons to push. 😉 It’s comical in a way when you think about it.

I’ve seen my grandson display a pretty bad pity party, and all the while watching his mom out of the corner of his eye; just to see what kind of reaction he will receive. And I sometimes can’t help but chuckle to myself. Now I DO know that’s definitely the WRONG thing to do, however like I said; I can’t help myself. And SHAME ON GRANDMA!! lol 😉

With all that said, I think you’re definitely onto my first tip; at least you should be!

#1 Let them cry their pity party out. Now, this should be the case for anywhere you may travel with your children. However, it’s rather embarrassing and just draws negative attention if you’re in a crowded store, at church, (or where ever you happen to be where there is a lot of people around). Your child will soon figure you out and know they won’t get their way

#2 Don’t laugh, and Grandma, that means ME!! When you laugh; that of course makes it 10 times worse! That should be common sense of course! lol

#3 Reward your children when they DON’T throw a pity party. And this doesn’t necessarily mean buying them candy or toys. You could take them out to their favorite place for lunch, or have them pick out the menu for dinner that night. Stickers work too! 🙂 Remember, kids LOVE stickers.

#4 Reverse psychology. This works sometimes when you’re at home with the kids. Especially while they are young. While they are crying, pretend to cry yourself. You MUST be a good actress with this technique Mom! LOL I mean, give it all you’ve got. And then see what happens. This worked for me when my son was very young. It also worked (for just a couple of times) with my grandson. He is VERY smart! When I pretended crying, he immediately stopped the wailing, (STRAIGHT FACE….LOL) and looked at me and said, “HUH?”

Well, you know what I did, don’t you? YES, I laughed, not good Grandma!! 😉 And guess what? My grandson was NOT laughing. He went back to his pity party. That goes to show that it DOES work if you can keep a straight face. 😉

#5 Ahh, spanking? Now this day and time, spanking is just un-heard of and also a moral sin in the eyes of my daughter-in-law! lol She bluntly says, “I just CAN’T be the bad guy!” However, she does use time out and that does indeed work for her…sometimes. 😉

There are a lot of parents that think that spanking is just wrong. They say, “You MUST NOT hit a child!” Well, from my old fashioned perspective, a good spanking on the back side is not considered hitting. It’s considered discipline. Now I’m not talking about spanking them so hard, your hands end up black and blue, or you break a blood vessel…that IS wrong! I feel a spanking doesn’t hurt them at all, unless it’s just a love pat that brings about laughter from your child while they run from you. And all you parents KNOW what I’m talking about! These love pats are totally ineffective. LOL

Time out IS an alternative to spanking however.

I’d love to hear other Moms and Grands opinions and perspectives on all the above! TY 🙂

You can read more of Tammy’s tips on parenting Here.

Welcome Lori Lauth To Grandma’s Home Blogger Place!

 

 

 

Good morning, 😉

 

 

I wanted to take this opportunity to welcome a new guest blogger… Lori Lauth from Life Lessons For Christian Women to our family of bloggers. I met her on Twitter.

 

She is a great friend and I know she will be an excellent addition to the realm of information, tips, and advice here on the blog. She will be helping me feature the weekly scriptures. Welcome and thank you Lori! 🙂

Lori Lauth has a heart to encourage and draw women to pursue an authentic relationship with Christ, to teach them to be Godly wives, mothers and children of God. You can read more about Lori Here.

Strawberry Spinach Quinoa Salad – Guest Post

I love fruit on a salad and this is one of my favorites. Strawberries, oranges, goat cheese and almonds – what could be better? This dressing is delicious and easy to make and would work well on just about any salad. If you like poppy seed dressing, don’t miss this salad!   🙂

 

By Wendy Polisi

Serves 4 as a main course or 6 as an appetizer

6 cups spinach
1 cup cooked quinoa
1 red onion, sliced thin
2 T red wine vinegar
3 fresh mandarin oranges (“cuties”) peeled and cut into sections
10 strawberries, sliced
¼ cup slivered almonds
2 ounces goat cheese

Slice onions and place in a small bowl. Top with red wine vinegar and allow to marinate for at least 30 minutes or several hours.
In a large bowl combine spinach, quinoa, marinated red onion, oranges and strawberries. Toss with Raspberry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette and top with almonds and goat cheese.

Raspberry Poppy Seed Vinaigrette

1 T poppy seeds
2 T raspberry vinegar
1/4 cup orange juice
1 tsp agave nectar (use 2 if you like sweet dressings)
1 T dijon mustard
1 shallot, minced
3 T olive oil
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp paprika

Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until well combined.

Make it vegan: Skip the goat cheese and add additional almonds.
Make it cleaner: Skip the goat cheese and make sure your orange juice is from a fresh squeezed orange. Use chia gel in place of the olive oil in your dressing. To make it, combine 1/3 cup chia seeds with 2 cups of water. Pulse in your blender and allow to sit for 20 minutes, pulsing every 5 minutes or so. Store for up to a week in the refrigerator and use 1:1 as a replacement for all or part of the olive oil in any salad dressing recipe you choose.

Make it gluten free: Vinegars are traditionally gluten free, but make sure you check. Opt for a gluten free mustard.
Make it quick: Prepare the dressing a day ahead of time, or purchase a prepared poppy seed dressing. Buy diced onions and washed spinach. You may also want to used canned mandarin oranges.

More of Wendy’s Recipes Can Be Found Here

Enjoy! 🙂

Lord Show Us The Way – Ask and Listen – Guest Post – Scriptures For The Week

 

 

 

 

 

 

By: Lori Lauth

 

 

 

 

Recently during a morning of running errands, I made a quick pit stop for a cup of coffee. As I got back in the car, I realized getting back into the flow of traffic in the direction I needed was going to be a challenge. As I got into the car I prayed silently for God to show me a way so that I didn’t have to make a bunch of u-turns in order to get back on my route.

Just as I started driving I saw a car driving in the direction I needed to go and I started to follow. I ended up on a small access road that took me to a red light that contained a turn arrow. Praise the Lord! I had never seen this road before but it had been there all along.

Sometimes we get so turned around by life when we look at the big picture and forget to remember that we have a good shepherd that guides us. All we have to do is ask and listen. Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right hand or whenever you turn to the left.

(Isaiah 30:20 NKJV)

May our hearts cry out to the Lord to show us the way today. He is wanting to help and lead every step of the way. 😉

By: Lori Lauth

 

 

 

May you have a great week! =)

The Simple Joys Of Grandparenting – Book Review

By Abigail R. Gehring

 
 
Abigail is the author of 10 books
Unique collection of nursery rhymes, delightful stories, recipes, games, activities and much more!

 

 

This enchanting, mastered book is excellent for new grandmas and grandpas. It captures the heart and mind of grandparents and grandchildren with its fun and educational features that graces its pages.

 

 

Also features many fun craft activities that will entertain and educate your grandchild for hours! 🙂

 

 

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On page 106, the book offers materials needed and directions to make edible playdough, how awesome is that?! Kids absolutely love playdough! The recipe is so easy to make and more importantly, very EASY to clean up. This is one recipe that I will be sharing with my grandson when he gets a few years older. More edible recipes include; mini pizzas and homemade marshmallows. 🙂


 

 

The Simple Joys of Grandparenting even has pages where you can record special memories , activities, and events. Grandparents can also write down their grandchildren’s first sayings and words.

 

 

For Example…Just this past weekend my 2 year old grandson said his first whole sentence for me. He asked where our cat was, “Where’s Jesse At”? He asked, and that put a great big smile on my face for the rest of the day! 🙂 My daughter-in-law said that wasn’t his first full sentence, he’s been doing a lot more talking that Grandma and Grandpa don’t know about. LOL Birthdays and various dates can also be recorded. I really LOVE this book!

 

 

I especially love the quotes throughout the book such as;

 

 

“When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses” By Joyce Brothers

 

 

If you’re a grandparent, you WILL absolutely be thrilled with The Simple Joys of Grandparenting. A huge smile armored my face as I began diving in and reading. Love it!!! =)

 

 

Page 28

I saw supplies and directions needed to make a fun coupon book that my grandson will enjoy making for Mom and Dad to help them save money. (A couple of years down the road).

 

 

Page 155

Hot chocolate with homemade marshmallows. It made my mouth water just reading the recipe!

 

 

Page 204

Facts For Grandparents to record allergies, clothing sizes, favorite colors, and more!

 

 

Again Awesome book for Grandparents!…You can get it Here! 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

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3 Craft Ideas Grandparents Can Give To Their Graduating Grandkids – Guest Post

As a grandparent, there’s nothing better than to see your grandchild all grown up and graduating from school. It’s a memorable time for the whole family. To celebrate this special occasion, try giving your grandchild a handmade graduation gift.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on graduation gifts. In fact, with a little creativity, you can make your grandchild the perfect gift. It can be functional, memorable and fit perfectly into his or her personality. Here are three easy, homemade, graduation gift ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gift #1: Memory or Career Charm Bracelet

Let her know how proud you are that she’s chosen a specific professional career to pursue. Give her a charm bracelet that has charms shaped as instruments, tools or other items that represent her future career. Is your graduate going to become a veterinarian, animal biologist or horticulturist? Place different animal and flower charms on the bracelet. Or place representations of tools on the bracelet as the instruments that the grandchild will use in her future profession, such as:

· Stethoscopes, microscopes or scalpels for the future doctor

· Textbooks, rulers, pens and desks for the future teacher

· Saws, hammers, drills and wrenches for a future carpenter

You can also decorate the bracelet with little memory charms that highlight your grandchildren’s accomplishments throughout her life. Attach award symbols if she won any special contests, sports charms for her outdoor activities or musical instruments if she was involved with band. Anything that was a happy memory for your granddaughter could be placed as a charm on the bracelet.

Gift #2: Gift Baskets

Gift baskets are popular with everyone, and you can place things in them your grandchildren will love. Make a “Grandmother’s Home Cooking” gift basket filled with homemade cookies, jelly preserves and slices of their favorite breads or cakes. Include a recipe book they can use to make their favorite foods so they can continue to have a taste of grandma’s delicious home cooking even when they’re away at college.

You can also make gift baskets based on their profession. Fill a gift basket with a toothbrush, toothpaste, drill and dental mirror for your grandchild if he or she plans to become a dentist. Or place a socket wrench, lube gun, oil pan and screwdriver in the basket if your graduate plans on becoming an auto mechanic.

Gift #3: Scrapbooks

When your grandchildren graduate, they will be leaving behind friends, people and town events they loved as they head off to college. Don’t let them forget home. Create scrapbooks with photos of favorite hang-out spots, best friends and family events they may miss out on while taking classes. Decorate the outside of scrapbooks with stickers and craft items of the old school and new college emblems, the studied profession and other things that symbolize the new life ahead.

Handcrafted Items Shows Them your Love

Grandchildren will love gifts you took time and effort to make. They’ll cherish the memories and be proud of their chosen profession. Your graduation craft gifts will be a part of their lives and hearts forever.

Danielle, who blogs on behalf of Sears and other prestigious brands, recently helped create an auto mechanic’s graduation gift basket containing a torque wrench, grease gun, tire pressure gauge, and channel-lock pliers. And lots of duct tape. Read her work at eatbreatheblog.com.

Connecting with your College-aged Grandchild – Guest Post

 

 

 

 

 

 

Most teenagers spend their high school years anticipating graduation and the independence that will follow. As much as teens would like to stand alone in their college years, students are more successful in college if they have a strong support system at home.

You, as a grandparent, are so important to the development of your grandchild’s values and goals. Your relationship with your grandchild, at any age, can help establish his or her sense of self, of roots and of tradition.

Members of Generation Y or the Millennial generation are great at connecting with other people. This probably doesn’t surprise you, especially if you’ve witnessed how much time they spend on their phones. (Not even talking! Just staring at a screen!) However, studies also show that because this generation spends so much time breaking down boundaries to connect with others, these kids don’t spend a lot of time thinking about what defines them.

They are receiving an overwhelming amount of messages: from television and the Internet, their friends and their professors. Every day, college-aged kids wade through thousands of different lifestyle options, and they need your support. They may not know it, but they do!
They need structure, and they need values they can depend on.

College is a process of maturation, a coming-of-age stage that demands a lot of independence. Your grandchild is growing into an adult, and this is the time for you to begin relating to him or her as an adult. This is a great time to become a mentor, to share stories to establish mutual respect. Honesty is important. Remind them that you’ve lived at their age. Undoubtedly you’ve made some mistakes, but you have had years to reflect and grow. Passing along wisdom is one of the greatest gifts you can offer a child.

The tough part is getting them to pay attention. When trying to connect with a college-aged student across a distance (via phone, mail or e-mail) think of how you would approach a distracted child. I recommend giving them something small to consider, something that doesn’t demand a lot of effort, but still prompts them to consider their roots and their future. Sharing is the key.

For example, you could send your college-aged student a snack pack full of goodies, and that’s very thoughtful; but you could also send them a pack of blank “Thank You” cards and a sheet of stamps with a suggestion such as, “If you forget those who have helped you, they may have forgotten you when you need help again. Gratitude is always remembered and appreciated. I’m sure your professors would enjoy hearing how they’ve helped you this semester.”

Because we are older, we have spent more time as “Givers,” and we understand the value of Thank You notes more than a young person could. It is never too early or too late to teach a child the value of a formal expression of gratitude, and by encouraging your grandchild to send a Thank You card, you are also encouraging him to form healthy relationships with other mentors. Sending items or sharing personal stories is a great way to connect with a student during his busy schedule.

When your grandchildren are in your home, do not hesitate to recruit them on a project. Building and making things together is an essential part of establishing roots. Who else can teach your granddaughter to quilt or bake an apple pie? Who else can teach your grandson to split wood or build a fence? Who else can teach the patience and hard work of gardening?

Ask them hard questions about their schoolwork and their future, but only when you’re face-to-face. This will require them to focus and will make it difficult for them to evade the question. If they get frustrated, give them space. Later, ask them what was upsetting about the question. Listen and then ask if you can help. Even if you can’t help solve the problem, just knowing about the problem can be supportive.

E-mails and even Facebook updates are a great way to connect with college students. Never forget that your grandchildren are being pulled in many different directions right now, and they may give you the attention or respect your actions merit. Be generous and forgiving, and be consistent. You may have to make a lot of effort to reach them, but later, when they reach the next level of adulthood, they will appreciate it.

Also, your grandchild’s relationship with you could give him an edge in the workplace. There is rising tension between younger and older generations, and if your grandchild has a healthy respect for tradition and the older generations, he could adapt more easily to today’s work environment.

 

This guest post comes courtesy of Mariana Ashley, a freelance writer who offers online colleges advice throughout the interwebs, and welcomes responses at mariana.ashley031@gmail.com.

Tips for Cleaning and Organizing your Closets and Drawers

Whether you’re cleaning and organizing your own closet and drawers or those of your spouse or children, this is something that must be done. How many times have you had last minute notice that someone was coming over and you shoved your closets and drawers with things that were lying around? We’ve all done it, but if we’re more organized that won’t happen.

Closets can be the messiest thing in your home at times. They can accumulate anything we don’t seem to have enough room for and that’s not good. These types of closets can include bedroom closets, storage closets, or coat closets just to name a few. It’s unfortunate but that’s the way it is. Things fall off the hangers, toys and shoes are thrown in the bottom, and the tops can be used for storage.

The best way to clean your closets is to literally empty everything out of it. Place hangered items on a nearby bed or sofa so they stay together and on the hangers. Sort through the items in the bottom and on the shelf and separate them by who they belong to or what they are. Remove anything that’s not used or has a place other than the closet. Next, vacuum or sweep the floor and dust the shelf and rod. Now you’re ready to put things away.

Return things that fit or are going to be stored in the closet. Placing unwanted items in the closet will only cause it to be a mess and it won’t be organized. Organizing your closet will be different for each one based on what you put it in. For example if you have shoes that go on the floor, but you don’t like them there, consider purchasing a shoe wrack or one that hangs on the door. If you have toys for your child, consider a toy chest or plastic containers.

Chester drawers are another place for collections of items that don’t go there. It’s easy to slip papers in there or items you don’t want visible if someone comes to visit. Once those items are in there, it’s easy to forget about them or only remember when it’s too late or too early in the day to handle them. The best thing to do is put things away regularly so you don’t have this problem, but that’s easier said than done.

Organizing your drawers and your chest in the first place will help prevent this from happening. Always put things away and never store anything important on top of the chest unless you need easy access to it within a short amount of time. Always put things away in the same place and make sure the way you put things away make sense. Fold things properly and always put them away as soon as they are washed or done being used.

If you plan to have a junk drawer in your chest, make sure it’s organized and things are neat and easy to find. Depending on the type of chest you have and which drawer you choose for your junk, you may want to put it close to the bottom. It’s more important to have easy access to the drawers with clothes or other items you use regularly than it is to have easy access for the items in your junk drawer.

Once you have your closets and drawers cleaned and organized it’s a good idea to keep them that way. To do this, plan a day to clean them out or remind yourself to do it each time you get into them. Once you do this for a while you’ll get used to it and it will become second nature to you. At that point you’ll always be clean and organized and it will show in the way your home looks.

You can find more cleaning tips by Tammy by visiting our Cleaning Tips section.

You can find more organization tips by Tammy by visiting our Organization Tips section.

Spring and Summer Skin Care Tips and Suggestions

 

 

 

Skin care usually gets top priority throughout the winter months; as skin is always dry during the winter and it needs moisture. The best moisturizer for your skin in the winter time is white petroleum jelly. Also medicated lotion with aloe is good for dry skin.


For spring and summer months, and for most people; the skin gets oily and then tends to break out. I have noticed this with mine. My skin is basically oily to begin with, so the spring and summer months makes it worse.

For oily skin, you can benefit from cleansing and cream masks and scrubs that are meant to stay on the skin until it completely dries, then you rinse it off and follow up with a moisturizer and make up. If you have oily skin, then you will need an oil free moisturizer and also oil free makeup.

Scrubs that contain fruit acids (natural is best) is excellent for acne-prone skin. For example; strawberry and melon scrubs would be ideal if you suffer from oily or acne-prone skin. These scrubs are great for both spring and summer.

The best time to use a scrub is before going to bed. Exfoliating  scrubs washes away all make up and oily impurities. It's best to use scrubs no more than three times per week. If you use it daily, they tend to dry your skin and then causes it to be too harsh. You can find homemade masks and scrubs online by doing a simple Google search.

One lasts thing to remember about your skin in summer months is "sunscreen." Always apply it liberally on all exposed areas of the skin, and this of course includes your face. Also a tanning bed dries out your skin a lot more than you may think. So, it's your decision if you want tanned skin or patchy, dry, irritated, skin.

What Some People Are Saying About Tanning Beds:

Some people with severe eczema claims that the tanning bed did wonders for them.

 

You can see more articles on beauty Here

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Weekly Scriptures – The Model Prayer

 

 

 

I opened my Bible this morning and there it was Matthew Chapter 6…He wanted me to read the whole chapter 😉

 

Includes the scriptures of the model prayer: Matthew 6:9-15

Within The Model Prayer Jesus taught his disciples that when they pray, what motive and attitude they must possess

1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
2 Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.
7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

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9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:
15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
16 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;
18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.
19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!
24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

I hope you all have a blessed week! =)