Tips On How To Be A Fantastic Grandmother

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There are great grandmothers, and there are those who, even if their intentions are pure, make life harder for mom and dads. Are you a first-time grandmother who wants to be remembered by the family as the best grandparent ever? Here are some ideas that you may want to consider.

Volunteer as babysitter sometimes

Being a new mom or dad is hard. It takes commitment for 24 hours a day, but that doesn’t mean the parent can’t take a break. If you have time in your hands, visit your new grandson or granddaughter and let the parents have their alone time. Tell them to hit the road and have fun every once in a while or take a long, nice bath without having them worry about the kids crying.

Lead by example

Grandparents should lead by example if they want to teach parents how to do parenting properly. Show them that the kids should always be important no matter how tough times get. In other countries that are ravaged by war, parents always think of their kids first by seeking aid from charities that provide free food and education. If you’re comfortably living in a free country, there’s no reason not to prioritize kids. A child’s education, health, and happiness are very important so don’t forget to provide them this while offering them love and support along the way. Help the child do his or her homework, feed them healthy food, and make them happy by doing little thoughtful things for them.

Give positive encouragement

Being very critical of new parents can be detrimental to their progress. As such, when they do something wrong, don’t correct them by shouting or making them feel like they just did the worst mistake a person can make. Instead, lead by example and suggest ways on how to improve their parenting style. You’ve been there, and you’ve done that so they will listen to you. And when they do something right, praise them. Encouragement and positive feedback goes a long way.

Grandparents Tips for Cleaning After The Grandkids’ Visit

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It’s always nice to have the grandkids staying for a couple of days or weeks. After the fun, it comes the time to take care of the damages. Organizing is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the mess created by the curious and extremely active infants. Prepare the mop and vacuum cleaner and get your home back on track with a simple domestic cleaning.

Take Precautions


Even if you didn’t take advantage of these tips this time, you will be prepared for the next visit. In order to preserve larger part of your home tidy, you should set a playing area. This will not only make your cleaning routine easier, but it will also ensure a safety environment for your grandkids. Childproofing a certain room will give you the needed security. However, you should still take certain measures to make your entire home safe for the kids. You need to establish certain limits and rules. It’s difficult to play tough with your grandkids, but it’s for their own good.

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If you want to maintain your home neat, you should encourage the children to clean after themselves. The habit can be adopted by kids at any age. Believe it or not, even pre – scholars will gladly contribute to the cleaning routine. You should only ask them kindly. Kids are very helpful at that age. It can be something simple like wiping up the table. Ask older children to wash the dishes or do their own laundry. Chances are, their mom and dad already make them do this. Assign different chores and you will not have to worry for falling behind with your cleaning tasks.

Divide Your Work

Don’t try to deal with more things than you can. If you overwork, you will probably get tired or even feel sick. Create a plan and tackle one task at a time. Start with the most urgent things like dealing with a dirty pile of dishes or vacuuming. De- cluttering is also essential for the domestic cleaning. You need to put back toys and clothes that are dispersed around your home. The next step is to put the laundry in the washing machine. Window cleaning and dusting are optional. Treat only the areas that require your immediate action.

Close Reach

Prepare a basket with all the cleaning products and tools you will need. Going back and forth your house, just to fetch a sponge or a brush will only exhaust you. Be sure that you have everything you need before starting your home cleaning. However, don’t worry if you don’t have that particular stain remover. Super grandmother like you probably has one or two old – school tricks for dealing with the nasty spills.

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Ask For Help

If your grandchildren left you with apocalyptical situation, you can always get a help. Hiring a professional cleaning service will save you a lot of efforts for a certain cost. After all, the last thing you want is risking your health.

Enjoy fully the visit of your beloved grandchildren without worrying about the cleaning after that.

Ella is blogger and passionate writer with great passion for home interior and maintenance themes. She likes to follow the latest trends in home décor as well as in the fashion world. Obtain more tips for your personal household at this website.

6 Heart-Felt Grandparenting Quotes

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Just some Grandparenting Quotes to brighten your day 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make The Best Of Today!

Do you know why grandchildren are always so full of energy? They suck it out of their grandparents.

Robert L Rice, M.D.

What children need most are the essentials that grandparents provide in abundance. They give unconditional love, kindness, patience, humor, comfort, lessons in life. And, most importantly, cookies!

Rudolph Giuliani

When a child is born, so are grandmothers.

Judith Levy

A grandchild reaches for your hand and touches your heart.

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Just about the time a woman thinks her work is done, she becomes a grandmother.

Ralph Ellison

Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.

Linda Henley

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Website Review – Get Them Gifts – Solution For Hassle-Free Holiday Shopping

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Ahh, the holidays are upon us once again!

I absolutely love doing website reviews…this is an excellent one. 🙂

 

 

Have you started your Christmas shopping yet? There are many people that gets things rolling very early and have all their gift giving complete and wrapped by now.

I wish I were one of these early birds that’s always one step ahead of all the rest.

There is an easy and hassle-free solution that I personally, just discovered! 🙂

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You can handle all your holiday shopping needs with just a few simple clicks online! Yes! You don’t have to be one of those that are found waiting in a long check-out line 1 or 2 days before Christmas.

However, there ARE SOME that follow tradition and does all their gift giving searches on Christmas Eve. That’s not me…I don’t have the patience for that! All the good stuff is picked over by then, and you probably wouldn’t find the perfect gift for that special person on your list!

I say, “Don’t Chance It!”

For all those that DON’T have that kind of patience, I discovered the perfect solution that can get all your shopping done while in the privacy of your own home. I love the idea of shopping online!

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Tea with Tots

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A nice read by: Ashley Hardway

Of course Grandma can have fun with this too!

 

I don’t know what it is with kids but a traditional English tea is always a fun favorite. I guess it feel like play time more than snack time to them. My kids and I love having tea time together. It gives us a chance to bond and talk and sample new foods and flavors we might not have tried before.

Here are some fun and simple recipes for tea time:

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First things first, the tea! I bought an inexpensive Chinese style tea set that is just the perfect size for little hands. Not only that but it opens up the conversation about different cultures and their traditions. The cups also do not have handles and are sturdier than the fragile English tea cups so that is a big plus.

We have tried many flavors of tea. The kid favorites seem to be fruit flavored. Peach tea, lemon tea, and raspberry tea are great. I like peppermint and chamomile because it helps them calm down and get ready for nap time! If you are careful to let the tea cool then there are no issues. We drink the tea plain or with a little honey for sweetness.

Cucumber Sandwiches

Tiny sandwiches are a lot of fun for kids to eat and for me to make. Although we sometimes substitute peanut butter and jelly or just jelly sandwiches, we do also enjoy an occasional cucumber sandwich. The recipe is easy. Just slice cucumbers very thin and then layer a few on your bread. On one side of the bread you can spread plain cream cheese or dice up some mint and mix it in for a tasty treat. Slice off the crust, cut into small triangles and serve!

Scones

The traditional English almost cookie is a little hard and crumbly but goes great with tea. They are not hard to make either.

In a large bowl combine:

2 cups flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
¾ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup of sugar

Cut in 4 tablespoons of butter and 2 tablespoons of shortening (I use Crisco). In a separate bowl combine ¾ cup of cream and one egg. Beat well and add to dry ingredients. Stir in a handful of dried fruit such as raisins or cranberries.

You can even use mini chocolate chips if you would like. Turn onto floured surface and roll until about half an inch thick. Cut into desired shapes and bake on a greased cookie sheet at 375 for 15 minutes. You can add extra flavor by including half a teaspoon of vanilla flavoring, lemon juice/zest, or orange juice/zest.

Having a tea with your kids is a lot of fun and does not have to be a lot of work. All you need is a creative spirit and a few minutes to whip up some tasty treats you can all enjoy.

About Author

Always curious, Ashley Hardway is constantly learning and passionate about sharing what she learns with others. Based in Houston, Texas, she loves to help families grow stronger, help their environments and communities, and keep moving forward! Check out NannyLady on Twitter to connect and find out more.

Fun Things to Do with Your Grandchildren in Chicago

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Whether you’re celebrating National Grandparents Day in September, taking an annual family vacation or just going for a quick weekend trip, Chicago offers plenty of family-friendly attractions, lodging and restaurants. Not sure how to get started planning your trip? Check out this list of the Windy City’s best kid-friendly attractions, places to stay and places to eat.

 

 

 

Where to stay


With so many to choose from, finding the best hotels that are a perfect fit for both kids and grandparents can be a difficult task. Check out this list of great, family friendly Chicago hotels to start your search.

The James Hotel: Located in the heart of the city, the James Hotel joined forces with renowned kid-friendly artist Paul Frank to create a welcome kit around the famous Julius the Monkey. At check-in, kids receive Julius the Monkey themed books, games, pajamas and coloring pages. Rates for the James Hotel start at $180 per night.

The Drake Hotel: Known for its representation of Chicago’s glamorous 1920s era, the Drake Hotel is a national landmark and a great place for grandparents with young granddaughters. The hotel offers an American Girl Place package that comes with a personalized welcome letter, a travel-sized bed for her American Girl doll and free access to the hotel’s entire on-site library of American Girl books. Rates start at $159 per night.

Key Lime Cove Waterpark Resort: If your grandkids love the water and you’d rather stay a little ways outside of the big city, the Key Lime Cove offers the perfect waterpark getaway. With a tropical theme and an indoor water park that features plenty of waterslides to go around, your grandkids can have days of fun at Key Lime Cove.

Where to eat

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Super Dawg Drive-In: Give your grandkids a look into the past with this affordable and delicious family-friendly drive-in. Featured on the Food Network and in the national bestseller 1,000 Places to See Before you Die, this drive-in serves up classics like hot dogs, burgers, shakes and fries right to your car window.

The Rainforest Café: If you could use a break from being in the heart of the big city, you can escape it all without even leaving. Chicago’s Rainforest Café features a restaurant-meets-rainforest wildlife theme that your grandkids are sure to love. The innovative and fun-filled menu offers items like dinosaur-shaped chicken and a volcano dessert.

The Choo-Choo Hamburgers on Wheels: Allow your grandkids the rare opportunity to play with their food when you visit to the Choo-Choo Hamburgers on Wheels restaurant. This kid-friendly favorite serves its hot dogs, cheeseburgers or grilled cheese sandwiches from a toy train set. The customized Kids’ Menu is sure to include all of your grandchildren’s favorite foods.

Where to go and what to see

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Shedd Aquarium: If your grandkids are fascinated by underwater life, Shedd Aquarium is a must-see. A great venue for all ages, Shedd Aquarium features a breathtaking Aquatic Show with flipping dolphins and dancing belugas. The 4-D experience has special seating designed to maximize the theatrical experience and includes sensory elements like wind, smells and bubbles.

Navy Pier: As one of Chicago’s most famous landmarks, the Navy Pier provides the perfect opportunity to spend a day on Lake Michigan and enjoy attractions like the 15-story tall Ferris wheel, retail shops, the Family Pavilion and even cruises.

Buckingham Fountain: The largest water fountain in the world, Buckingham Fountain is free year-round and puts on scheduled water shows all day long with color-light and water shows several times each evening.

Always be sure to plan your trip and book your hotel well in advance. Create a budget, stick to it and be sure to factor in items like possible cab fare or souvenirs. If you plan to visit a lot of Chicago’s main attractions like the Field Museum, Skydeck, Shedd Aquarium, John Hancock Observatory and more, consider investing in a Chicago City Pass that lets you visit all of the top attractions at discounted rates.

About The Author

Danielle blogs on behalf of Sears and other brands she uses. She tries to visit Chicago at least three times a year and has become a professional at finding and booking family friendly Chicago hotels. She loves Chi-town’s food, but hates finding parking.

Kids and Gardening

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Since I was very young I remember my mom and grandmothers having gardens. They would grow flowers and vegetables. My mom would often ask us what kind of vegetable we wanted to plant and raise all on our own. She would help us of course but we would be responsible for planting, feeding, and watering. It was so exciting to watch those vegetables grow! My favorite was especially exciting since I always picked corn and it got so tall. It was taller than I was at that age. Many times my corn would fail but it was still so much fun to raise. Another favorite of mine is tomatoes and I have had my ups and down there over the years but I keep trying still.

There is just something about working in the garden with your children that brings you closer together. Just time spent doing something mutually gratifying tends to bring families closer. I know that in my family, even if we are just working to trim hedges, mow, weed, or whatever, if we do it as a family it makes it easier and more enjoyable. We all share in the appreciation of how our lawn or garden looks and enjoy showing off our harvest. Kids have always been amazed by a sprouting seed. Probably every one of us has planted a seed in a cup in Kindergarten or First grade.

Remember?

My mom babysat my children when they were small and they would take walks or hikes and discuss the names of trees, flowers, and plants in the area. My kids even learned the names of the different grasses and how they grew in our neck of the woods. I was often shocked by one or both of my children when they spotted a flower and told me what it was. My mother was always teaching them every thing she knew as they walked along. She loves the out of doors and gardening; she loves a well manicured yard. She expressed this to them as they would walk the neighborhood. Sometimes it would backfire on her when they were little.

You know how kids blurt things out, “Grandma, they sure need to mow their lawn!”

Both my daughter and my son have a love for
flowers and beautiful landscaping
now that they are older. My son has taken a special interest in landscaping lately, he is twenty-one. He has been surprising me with his skills. This year he has planted a vegetable garden in the back yard, along with a cumquat tree (which he loved as a child), and brought in some mosquito repelling plants as well. He went to his aunt’s house the other day and came home with a small Golden Rain tree that he saw in her yard, she had several of them so she let him pull it up. We did not think it was going to make because it looked dead as a doornail but yesterday he took me out and showed me that it had new growth. It was alive!

His vegetables are doing really well; he has tomatoes, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, strawberries, green onion, potatoes, and even some corn. He has one cherry tomato plant and it has been producing tomatoes regularly and they have a really great flavor. He is learning more and more about fertilization methods and really taking responsibility for his garden. His chickens like it too….yep, chickens. He brought home four chicks about eight weeks ago and now there are three very large hens and a rooster! The latter of which we have to bring in the house every night because he is cocka-ing but not yet doodling, it is quite funny actually but also quite loud!

Okay, back to gardening. Over this past summer it got really hot here in Texas and a nice large tree we had out front died and I was heart broken. After awhile my son cut it down and got rid of the stump and we had nothing. He has since planted a couple of banana trees which I did not think I was going to like but so far so good and he added some pretty spring flowers around the base and it really set it off. We have had two rose bushes in the front yard for quite some time that would give us an occasional bloom, one with an exquisite smell and beauty, and the other just a beautiful rose. Somehow my son, who has little interest in anything but his truck and computers, got these things to bloom like crazy!


He also went out and purchased some black mulch which I was puzzled about when I first saw him bring it home. But when he got through lining our Crape Myrtle bushes, roses, and Gardenia plants along with the perennials he planted our yard was gorgeous! We even have had requests on who did our landscaping! He has also been laying sod and getting rid of the Dollarweed, Crab Grass, and other unwanted weeds. He does get a bit overzealous when he fertilizes, we have a few burnt places in the yard, but overall he has done a spectacular job and I am quite proud.

As you can see when you give your grandchildren a love for gardening when they are small it carries over into their adult life. My daughter is a writer and does not have as much time as my son does because he is in college but she too loves plants and knows just about every one by name. She helped my son when he was building his raised garden beds and his two story chicken coop. I know chickens are not gardening but when you give a child a love for the outdoors and growing things from seed it pretty much automatically turns into a love for growing other things.

He can not wait for them to start laying and neither can I

Here are some grand parenting tips for you: If you do not have a large yard you can start your grandkids off by growing plants and vegetables indoors. You can read books about gardening to your grandkids. When they are small you can pretty much read anything to your grandchildren because they just love to hear your voice. Teach them the names of flowers, plants, and vegetables and how to care for them. Take them on nature walks and show them the different kinds of plants. If you do not know the names yourself you can buya book and you can look them up together. Even if you do not have a bent towards growing plants, flowers, and vegetables you never know how it may help your grandchild. They may excel in this area and it is a very healthy way to spend time, especially as a young person.

Little did I know that when my mother was teaching my children all about gardening that one of my children would grow up with a heart for making all things beautiful.

Author Bio

Nancy Parker is a regular contributor to www.enannysource.com, and she loves to write about wide range of subjects like health, Parenting, Child Care, Babysitting, nanny background check tips etc. You can reach her @ nancy.parker015 @ gmail.com

Pics of Baby Cheyanne Mary 5-16-2013

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Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice!

 

Her middle name is from Mommy’s sister and also my Mom, her first name was Mary 🙂
 

 

Finally, pics of our new granddaughter! I love her so much! 🙂 Sorry it took me so long to post these. I’ve been distracted as of late.

Here you go…so precious! 🙂

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With Great Grandma – (Meme)

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With Daddy

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With Mommy and Big Brother

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Got Both of Them! 🙂

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The Legacy of Grandmothers

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I was very fortunate to know my great-grandmother up until I was twelve years old. The memories I have of her are scattered but everything I remember is consistent in that she was a strong and faithful woman. From her belief in our Lord, her work ethics, and the way she cared for those around her my memories attest to her character. As I became an adult I would continue to see the faithfulness and love of my Great-Grandma Susie from the stories that those that loved her would tell me.

I remember as a child going to her home once or twice a week with momma. We would spend a few hours there and while we were there it was as if we had taken a trip into the past. This was in fact in the sixties so when I talk about the past I mean the long past. She was born in eighteen hundred and eighty two. Her house smelled of cinnamon apples which she often cooked up for us when we came over. Her kitchen table was one of those aluminum legged, hard white top tables from perhaps the forties and the chairs were the shiny, plastic covered padded type that made little bare legs stick when you sat too long.


Her house was small and well kept. She had a bird in a cage on her small back porch which my oldest brother would torment. She was tall and always wore homemade aprons with huge pockets and always had a hankie peeking out. My height only came up to her waist and I recall so much more about her aprons and her hands than the etchings of her face. She was stern but you knew how much she loved you. She had a pump sewing machine which was used a great deal because she made most of what she wore, along with things for others including quilts. I also recall a large picture of Jesus on her wall and another of an angel watching over some children.

When we would visit I would carry my dolls with me. When I came into the house with a doll at some point during our visit she would take me to the sewing machine and pull out a swatch of some kind of pretty material. She would then sit down and make me a new dress for my dolly. I was always fascinated when she did this, I was young and it was amazing to watch. When I got much older it was even more amazing to me since I am anything but a seamstress. How someone could do this with just a glance and no pattern is outstanding. The dress always fit dolly perfectly.

She let megive her sewing machine a try but when my brothers began to play with the pump mechanism our sewing time was over. She had jars full of buttons and I loved looking at them and sometimes I would string them up for a necklace. I could play with the buttons and my dollies for many hours, but not the boys.

When my brothers would start to get bored and began to aggravate her bird she never said a word. She lovingly went to the kitchen and started to peel an apple or get out the bread and butter to make a piece of buttered bread with sugar. Sometimes it was a piece of lettuce with sugar or a raw potato with salt. She would make something for each of us and say, “Now, go out on the back porch and eat this.” We would willingly go and begin to play in the back yard.

Out in the yard was what I believe now to be a single car garage separate from the small house. But grandma had turned it into a small apartment to earn extra money. She was very resourceful and frugal; she had to be. She was alone when I knew her and taking care of herself. She was in her seventies when I met her. She had my grandmother later in life because she tried having children for a long time and was not able. They finally decided to adopt a boy and within a few months found out she was pregnant with my grandmother.

The first occupant of the little apartment behind the house I believe was a cousin of my grandma. She was a very unpleasant woman with a wart on her nose and a pointy chin and we truthfully thought she was a witch. Even though mom assured us she was not a witch her behavior told us different and we knew mom had been deceived by this woman! The second occupant was also a relative I believe but a much sweeter woman. She would invite me in and tell me stories and talk to me about my dolls. I loved spending time with my great-grandma and with this lady.

From the stories I have heard from my grandmother (my great-grandma Susie’s daughter) and my mom her life went something like this. Her mother died when she was fourteen and she had a younger sister by the name of ArizonaTerritory. From the stories passed down it seems they were passing through ArizonaTerritory on a covered wagon when she was born, thus the name. We called her Aunt Zoni and she told the most amazing stories. Anyway, Grandma Susie, at fourteen years old, was sent to live with another family and help them with work around the house because her dad could not take care of both of them after the death of her mother. Essentially she was earning her food and board by working for these people.

At one point she started working for Burlington which at the time made overalls and jeans. They had huge sewing machines and needles strong enough to go through thick denim. I can only imagine how strong you had to be in your upper arms to sew jeans eight plus hours a day. The stories go that she ran one of those needles through her finger at some point. *Shudder* As you can see she was accustomed to hard work. At some point she married and got some help but in her later years was again alone and depending on the Lord and His gift of resourcefulness.

My grandma and her three children went to live in great-grandma’s small home for many years when they found themselves homeless because my granddad’s alcoholism had taken over his life. Mom said that great-grandma made it all work in her small home and they always felt safe and were well fed. My mom tells me how great-grandma would heat up bricks, wrap them, and put them at their feet for warmth in the winter because they depended on one wood stove for heating.

In the summer there was one large fan in the window for cooling the house. Mom and I were just talking about this yesterday because it was so hot. I was wondering how they used to do it. Of course she lived in Kansas and not Texas but it was still hot in the summers. I asked Mom how they slept in that heat. She said they would go to bed and lay there until about eleven or eleven thirty before they could sleep; by then it had gotten a little cooler. I can not even imagine.

My own grandma was born in nineteen hundred and fifteen and she was a hard working woman just like great-grandma. Sometime during WWII grandma began working in a factory. It was the Sunshine Biscuit Factory and she was on the cracker assembly lines. They did not have a car so the bus was taken everywhere. Even my own mother, before they went to live with great-grandma, was boarding the bus with bags of laundry to get the clothes washed while grandma was off at the factory.

There are three generations of very strong women in my life that have passed down their strengths and their love for God to me. I am so thankful for these women in my life and the stories from the past that make us who we are. I am doing my best to pass these beliefs, strengths, and stories on to my children. My own daughter was blessed to have known her great-grandma Naomi until she was twelve, my son was only five but he remembers so many things about her. And now they are blessed to have their grandma Darlene, my mother, living with us. My daughter is twenty-eight and my son is twenty-one and she is a huge part of their lives at seventy-seven years old. What a blessing to have this legacy of love passed down through all these years!

About The Author

Rachel is an ex-babysitting pro as well as a professional writer and blogger. She is a graduate from Iowa State University and currently writes for www.babysitting.net. She welcomes questions/comments which can be sent to rachelthomas.author @ gmail.com.

Review – Faith Filled Food For Moms and Grandmothers

I was happy to oblige when Shari emailed me about a review, as she is an inspiration to all women, Mothers and Grandmothers. Shari has overcome many years of painful addiction May her website and testimony be a blessing to all. Thank you Shari for giving me this opportunity! 🙂

Encouragement to Moms AND Grandparents alike!

I’ve enjoyed reading through the pages of Faith Filled Food For Moms and Grandmothers, as it truly inspired me. I’m not sure if any of my readers know this, but I deal with depression every single day of my life. Yes, it’s true! Currently, it may be menopause making it worse. However, I originally inherited some of my Father’s characteristics. He’s faced anxiety and depression for about the last 40 years of his life.

Do I want pity…NO, not at all! I’m trying to tell you how Shari’s website was a blessing and an inspiration to me, as well as it was for many others. It was created with Moms, Grandmothers…and ALL women in mind that currently have broken spirits, loss of loved ones, depression, addictions, or anything else negative in their lives.

I especially enjoyed reading through the Blended Families series, starting with Part 1 🙂

A scripture and an excerpt from that page below:

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Hang in there!

“For I know the plans I have for you.”declares the Lord,“plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 19:11

None of us would ever choose the heartaches and ups and downs of a blended family and yet I would not change the growth that it has forced me to have. God knows every inch of our hearts. He chose me to be the stepmom to my stepkids just as surely as he chose me to be the mom to my biological kids.

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Shari offers some awesome content, inspiration, and life experiences through her website Faith Filled Food For Moms.com. Everything from “health and fitness,” “parenting,” “laughter,” “food,” “women and recovery” and much more.

Shari also shares a page about Earning Extra Cash. Check that out a little later. 🙂

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About Shari and a little from her experiences.

Shari Lynne is a happy stay at home mom to 7 children (3 of which are home still). She’s also blessed with 3 wonderful grandchildren, and thrilled to be caring for one of them every day. Life is filled with rewards! 🙂

However, life wasn’t always this joy-filled and happy for Shari. The pain and abuse started early on. Shari let the demons of drugs and alcohol into her life.

Shari began using alchohol and drugs at the tender age of 11. Wow, I can’t even imagine! Fast forward to 25 years old. I admire the courage she had to begin taking the steps to turning her life around. Shari began the healing process. What inspiration!

Through her recovery, she learned that not all pain is bad. Some of that pain she endured was good; it impacted her life in such a way that it impelled her to make a change. It has also molded her into the strong person she is today. 🙂

“But be encouraged because as many tears that were shed, there was greater laughter and joy that came from the freedom of healing! “

Some Excerpts From The Testimony Page

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“I began to rebel. I started smoking, drinking and taking drugs when I was 11 years old. I started running away from home.”

“On so many occasions I just wanted to die. I was so dead inside. I had no hope. I continued drinking and taking drugs through out these years. I moved out the day I graduated.”

“Well I have been sober now for 27 years. By the Grace of God.”

“My prayer is that my recovery would give hope to the hopeless”

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You can read the full story and testimony Here!

And Remember…

Be All That God Created You to Be No Matter the Season

May Faith Filled Food For Moms be a daily resting place where you find the ”Food”you need to be the best you can be. Let’s encourage one another and build each other up!

Awesome website Shari! 🙂

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