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Be the Happiest Dad Ever!

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Home Life | 0 comments

Be the Happiest Dad Ever!

Your kids are built-in mood-boosters: Parents who prioritize their children’s needs over their own are happier, reporting fewer negative feelings, and a greater life purpose than moms and dads who put themselves first, says a new study from the University of British Columbia. Child-centrism is a prosocial behavior, meaning your actions are entirely for the benefit of someone other than yourself, explains study author Kostadin Kushlev. In the same way that spending money on a worthy cause can boost your well-being, focusing on your kids’ happiness can increase your own, he says. However, there’s a difference between helping and helicoptering. “Over-involved parents …read...

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Ever Wonder What It’s Like To Raise Twins?

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Home Life | 0 comments

Ever Wonder What It’s Like To Raise Twins?

Written by Eric Newman Here are some truths and myths about raising multiples. Not venting, just setting the record straight. (Okay, I’m venting a little.) 1. What people will tell you: It’s easy to get twins on a schedule in which they go to sleep and wake up at the same time. The reality: Pshaw! One wakes up, the other falls asleep. They alternate around the clock… and they do it on purpose, I tell you! 2. What people will tell you: Twins are really only 1.5 times the work. I mean making a bottle for two is just as easy as making it for one. And when you finish changing one’s diaper, you just slide him over and change the other’s diaper. And if you are going to take one out for a walk, just get a double stroller and take them together. The reality: It’s fully double the work. Sure, it’s easy enough to fill two bottles, but there then there are two bottles to clean. As for the diaper assembly line–there are still 2 butts to wipe (constantly). And about that double stroller–better start working out, cause you’ll need all the muscle you got and then some to shove that thing around town. Now compound all this extra twins work with the exhaustion you’ll feel from never, ever sleeping. Ever (See #1). 3. What people will tell you: You don’t have to worry about mixing up your identical twins. Within days, parents will notice differences in how the babies look, how they act, even in the tenor of their cries. The reality: Pretty sure our boys have changed identities at least twice a week for each of the 32 weeks of their lives thus far. And even if they did look and act differently, I’d be too woozy with exhaustion to ever take note (See #1). 4. What people will tell you: One twin will undoubtedly become the “evil” one–the rebel, the troublemaker, the imp. The reality: Jury is still out. I’ll tell you this though, at 4am on any given day, whichever one is shrieking is the evil one. 5. What people will tell you: Feeding two at once can be tricky. The reality: It’s a cinch, folks.  Just lay your twins out on the floor. Pop those rubber nipples in their mouths, stuff a towel under each of their chins, and prop up those bottles. Play “Angry Birds Star Wars” to your heart’s delight as the force of gravity nourishes your children. 6. What people will tell you: Twins, such a blessing! The reality: I used to want to bury my fists deep into the mouth of people who said that. But nowadays when I lie down on the floor and the little twerps coo with delight and crawl (and drool) all over me… Yes, I feel blessed.  I love these crazy, little guys.   Related Articles Budgeting for Twins: Tips to Save Money A stay-at-home Dad survival Guide Be the happiest Dad...

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Thieves in the Temple – Thoughts And Lessons I’ve learned, Pt 2

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Home Life | 0 comments

Thieves in the Temple – Thoughts And Lessons I’ve learned, Pt 2

Written By Shirleyne McDonald As I was saying, here are the most common enemies to accomplishing the goals we have set for ourselves as parents, the second time around. As I’ve called them before, these are the Thieves in the Temple… Guilt There is precious little time or space for it.  This emotion robs us of our ability to enjoy our mommy moments.   It doesn’t matter if you are a working or stay at home mom, married or single, young or older, we all are susceptible to it. The next time you want to take a wallow in it remember that guilt is like quick sand one dip is all it takes to suck you in. Procrastination We all have things we don’t want to do.  The longer we put them off the more they linger at the back of our minds taking up time and space to manufacture guilt, stress, shame.   Whatever it is, (laundry, paying the bills, exercising etc.) as Nike says ‘Just Do It’ and bask in your accomplishment. Inflexibility Plan and plan and be prepared to go with the flow.  Inevitably, we’ve all experienced frustration when despite our best efforts, nothing goes as expected.  As moms, we are often faced with these scenario as babies are notorious for expelling bodily fluids at the most inopportune times.  When thrown these curve balls don’t stubbornly hold on to whatever ideal you’ve envisioned.  Let it go and let the good times roll. Self Neglect To thine own self be kind.  Making everyone else’s needs and wants a greater priority than yours may appear to be the right thing to do. However, altruism to the point of self neglect is damaging not only to you but  the very people that you are giving your all.  Research has shown that care givers more often then not are the ones who suffer more than the ones who require care.  So be kind to yourself and be sure to attend to your needs in the midst of aiding others. Busyness Hang up the S on your chest.  It is so tempting to use the excuse that there just isn’t enough time in the day to do all of the things that has to be done and be the mom that we all want to be.  It is true-there will always be things to attend to, work to be done, places to be.  But , we are only given this moment to be a mom to our kids. So put down your phone, turn off the tablet, computer, tv and just be present. Take the time to play, coo, laugh, snuggle and just be silly.  There is no substitute for the time we engage with our little ones.  Once lost, these moments are gone forever. Ask yourself: In the end, will you regret not sending enough text messages or spending time with the ones you love? Did I forget anything? Let me know your thoughts…   Other Articles You Might Find Interesting Creative and Fun Recipes for Kids Ever Wonder What’s It’s Like to Raise Twins? 40 Things to do on a School Snow Day Easy Dinner Recipes – 30 Minute Quick Dinner Ideas –...

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Thieves in the Temple – Thoughts And Lessons I’ve learned, Pt 1

Posted by on Nov 19, 2013 in Featured, Home Life | 0 comments

Thieves in the Temple – Thoughts And Lessons I’ve learned, Pt 1

Written By Shirleyne McDonald *This article is dedicated to sharing  some thoughts and lessons I’ve learned (and truth be told) am still learning about being a mom. First things first. Let me start out by confessing that I don’t have any special qualifications to speak with any authority on the how to’s of motherhood.  I am simply a thirty-something working mom of two. Nonetheless,  I feel compelled to share because I am a firm believer in paying it forward.  I have been abundantly blessed with an arsenal of wonderful women from whom I draw courage, strength and wisdom.  This article is a testament of the knowledge that I have acquired from them as well as through my own trials and errors, tears and triumphs. This year, nearly a decade after the birth of my daughter, my son was born.  Even though this is my second time around much of the same feelings of excitement, fear and discovery have resurfaced.  The tentacles of maternal bliss mingle daily with the reality of mental, emotional and physical fatigue. But unlike my first time around, I am now acutely aware that in addition to all that we are called to do and be, we must contend with thieves.  These pilferers are masters of deception and if allowed will steal the wonderment out of motherhood. They are quite ubiquitous and mask themselves in the benign and ordinary. In order to protect against these swindlers, we must be aware that they come in many forms.  I’ve listed the 5 most common culprits, but their disguises are many, so be vigilant… Click Here for Part...

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Decorating Ideas (for $35 or Less)

Posted by on Nov 18, 2013 in Home Life | 0 comments

Decorating Ideas (for $35 or Less)

This may not be the economic moment to overhaul your home with a big-ticket, floor-to-ceiling remodel, but don’t let that fact stifle your enthusiasm or squelch your creativity. With these decorating ideas, you can make just a few seemingly small changes and rooms will suddenly seem richly reinvigorated. Consider this your decor stimulus package....

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5 steps to make sure your HVAC will work this winter

Posted by on Nov 13, 2013 in Home Life | 0 comments

5 steps to make sure your HVAC will work this winter

“Inspecting your HVAC system before winter can help you identify problems before they become big and expensive to fix, and it can help you catch inefficiencies in your system before they drive up your heating bill,” says Erin Huffstetler, an about.com guide who writes about frugal living. It might also ensure that you stay warm this winter  More...

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Fabulous Furniture Makeovers: DIY DO it Yourself Decorating

Posted by on Oct 27, 2013 in Home Life | 0 comments

Fabulous Furniture Makeovers: DIY DO it Yourself Decorating

Uncover the hidden charm of a cast-off piece with just a bit of creative thinking and elbow grease. MORE >>>

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40 Things to do on a School Snow Day

Posted by on Oct 27, 2013 in Home Life | 0 comments

40 Things to do on a School Snow Day

When I was a kid having a school snow day was like an unexpected gift-suddenly, for no reason you get a WHOLE DAY, right smack in the middle of the week.  No school!! The thrill! The joy! Every time there was so much as a flake in the sky we’d scramble for the radio and listen anxiously hoping against hope that in the regular mix of morning show banter and songs we’d get that magical list of schools that were closed.  And oh the anxiety if we caught the list half way through. . . we’d have to wait another 10 minutes until they ran through it again! As an adult with 2 primary school aged children to entertain I have to admit that snow days don’t fill me with quite the same joy they once did.  ...

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