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Saturday, May 8, 2010

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Friday, May 7, 2010

Where does the time go?

It really seems like the day just flew by. It’s a little after 11 p.m. and lights are still burning, the washing machine is running, a floor is drying, I still have work I need to do and there is a hot shower calling my name.

I’d like to get into bed before 1 a.m., which isn’t that bad since I don’t have to wake up ‘til about 7:30 or 8… Well, I actually don’t have to wake up, but I know I’ll be awakened around that time.

If you’re a mom then you’re probably not even wondering why I am up this late doing things. You’ve probably figured that like most moms, my work is never complete. You’d be right… for the most part. But this weekend is special. Tomorrow my boyfriend and I head to Amber’s campus to pick her up. She’ll be home for the summer!

She has successfully completed her first year of college and I want her to come home to a comfortable, welcoming and CLEAN home. LOL… The other thing is that Sunday is Mother’s Day and I don’t plan on doing one little bit of housework.

Normally, the weekend before Mother’s Day Amber does a big cleaning job and asks what I want for dinner. While I was cleaning the floor I thought, ‘I don’t recall cleaning this time of year…’ My thought trailed off and it dawned on me that times have changed. I’m laying in wait for my younger children to responsibility take over the house and take care of me.

Yes, I’m hoping they’ll be like their older sister. A mom can hope, can’t she?

So what are you up to this evening? Relaxing, working, reading, housework, watching television?

Oh and if I don’t talk to you or come back on Sunday, have a Happy Mother’s Day.


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Time for good hair days

You know I’ve lamented about the state of my hair in the past. I’m not going to say anything negative about my hair, but I will say that it’s not the way I like it right now. I remember the different hairstyles I’ve had over the years: Braids, straight perms, hot combed, curly perms, locks and natural. The last – being natural – has caused me the most trouble and dissatisfaction.

After getting rid of my locks, the texture of my hair had changed significantly. To get it to look like I want it, minus length, has been an ongoing saga. Right after the locks, I started wearing it in two-strand twists. That looked great for a few months or so then it started to do something weird. What exactly? I have no idea.

I resorted to combing it out into a semi afro and pulling it back in a puff. Not the best look for me, in my opinion, but it was neat and clean. Now I have braids and it’s time to take them out. I think I need a hair superhero. I heard that Chaz Dean is just that hero.

Chaz Dean's WEN® Healthy Hair Care System is reportedly a new approach to the way individuals cleanse their hair. He says we should never have another bad hair day. Wouldn’t that be great? His system was created with a blend of herbal and natural ingredients to cleanse the scalp and hair as well as moisturize, soothe, strengthen and add sheen. That’s an awesome claim and I would love to try it out for myself. Whataya think?


Child-free or child-centered Mother’s Day?

Most would not dispute the fact that mothers, for the most part, are busy individuals. And with Mother’s Day approaching this weekend, thoughts are on how to best recognize the mothers in our lives. I’ve noticed a lot of us posting giveaways (mothers like surprises), gift ideas (will all need a little help) and tips on how or what to do for mother.

Some of us like to spend the time doing something that represents us as a woman or individual like going to the spa, sleeping in while the kids are out with someone else, half the day with children and the other half with hubby… the ideas and choices are endless on what can be done.

child's imagination Charlotte Reznick, PhD - a child psychologist, associate clinical professor or psychology at UCLA and author of the bestselling book “The Power of Your Child’s Imagination: How to Transform Stress and Anxiety into Joy and Success” – says there’s an immediate benefit to spending quality time with your child and suggests that it’s something to consider this Mother’s Day.

The quality time is said to benefit children in a number of ways including lowering the obesity rate and scoring higher on verbal tests. Those of us who have more than one child may need a few ideas on how to maximize our Mother’s Day time if children are included in the activities. And I have a couple of suggestions (and keep reading for fabulous ideas from Dr. Reznick)…

 amber in her room Since I have children from two different generations it takes a bit of planning and organization to fit everyone in. But, overall, my main goal is to have a relaxing day. The first idea involves the entire family:

  • Even if you’re being served breakfast in bed make it a family affair. Mom gets the tray of goodies and everyone else perches on nearby chairs or the floor to enjoy the company. The key to this is for someone else to be responsible if the children make a mess or need help. put your heads together 003While eating the “person in charge” can ask younger children, “What do you like most about mommy?” Older children can be asked, “What do you appreciate the most about mommy?” If you’re an adult treating your mom to this; try beginning a conversation with “Thanks for all you’ve done. I really appreciate your…”breakfast in bed
  • To spend time individually, focus on things that mother and child like to do together. Preferably a hobby or something. For instance, my middle daughter enjoys photographer so it would be fun to spend an hour taking pictures outdoors, loading them onto the computer then making cards or notes for people we love. We shared our time doing something we both love, did a project and thought of someone else in the process. What types of things do you and your child like to do together? My only son likes bugs and critters, so getting a book about them or looking something up on the Internet and finding it in our yard would be a delightful time for him.

Here are a few of Dr. Reznick’s ideas:

  • Make a card together and pick someone you both want to send it to. (I really like that I had the same idea as she did.) Creatively decorate paper that’s been folded in half, write a message, add a picture of the two of you, if you like then mail it together.
  • Make self portraits by drawing the outline of your bodies on an old sheet then decorate with words, symbols, pictures, markers, crayons, paint, etc.
  • Make a movie using a Smart phone, flip cam or other video camera and produce a movie, talent show or skit that you can post on YouTube (or host a viewing!) to share with family and friends.

Dr. Reznick creates therapeutic relaxation CDs for children, teens and adults as well as teaches workshops on the healing power of children’s imaginations. Learn more at

Blogger’s note: I haven’t reviewed Dr. Reznick’s book, but I did look over her website and I found her information to be fascinating, interesting and well worth the time and effort to implement her techniques. I simply decided to write this post because the press release about bonding with children on Mother’s Day interested me.

Leave me a comment and let me know whether you’re going to have a child-centered or child-free Mother’s Day!

mother's day flowersHave a HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!


WORDLESS WEDNESDAY – Mid-morning snack to scare away the grumpiness


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Benefits of earning an online degree

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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Did you smell that?

I was driving home after picking up my youngest child. I had the windows down and was enjoying the fresh air, music and my private thoughts. Suddenly there was a scent. I inhaled. Paused then inhaled again.

The same scent hit me.

One deep breathe later I said, “Country air.”

Breath-of-country-air Very seldom do I smell country air in this part of Georgia. Yes, I’m near some very rural areas and often drive through them, but my nose is normally assaulted with pollen, exhaust or road kill fumes.

Experiencing the smell of clean, crisp air still lingers with me. It’s a smell that I didn’t realize I miss. It made me recall the days I used to sit on the front steps of my mother’s house in MD. I would wait until after the sun set and an evening breeze kicked in. The tall trees that separated my mother’s property from my aunts would sway and rustle in the wind.

hawaii ocean After a trip to Hawaii, I would relish in the sound of the trees because they almost mimicked the sounds of the surf. With my eyes closed and my face tilted toward the sky I would travel between the ocean in Hawaii, the magical feel of the air against my skin, the reality of the graceful trees and the dark sky with twinkling stars.

It’s amazing how the senses can send you back in time to previous experiences. Sometimes the memory is joyful and other times it isn’t. It’s the joyful, pleasant memories that I love; the ones that include images and smells.

From now on I’m going to be sure to take a little whiff of the air; I never know when I’ll get a pleasant experience from it. Have you had a pleasant sensory experience lately?


Monday, May 3, 2010

Circling the block

Let’s pretend that my blog is a house. The street in front of the house is called Duty Lane. Make a left at the next street and that’s Missing Muse Blvd. Another left takes you to Lazy Lane and from here you can’t even see the house. Then one more left is Busy Bee Street.

circling the block I keep circling the block and can’t pull into the driveway. It’s like I can’t see the house or keeping miss the address. Know what I mean?

That’s why there are times you come by here and it looks like the lights are out. Like no one is home. I’m nearby, but I keep circling the block.

Thinking… Wishing... Hoping… that I’ll pull into the driveway and stay for awhile. Invite some friends over to share what’s been going on with them (blog hopping) and maybe do a little swapping (enter/host a few giveaways), but I haven’t stopped trying.

I like this little home of mine and I am really looking forward to spending a little time doing home improvements, decorating, organizing and generally making things better. I just want to make sure you don’t stop coming by to see if I’m here: 1) Browse around and leave a comment on a post you may have missed. 2) Click on some of the links in the sidebars. 3) Visit some of my Entrecard friends.

It’s great to see evidence of you being here and I appreciate your continued support… I should be pulling in soon.

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