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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Do a jig for love

Last night my daughters’ school hosted a Love in the Family Dinner & Dance. Since is the Love Month, I knew this was something I wanted to do with all of my children. I invited my oldest, but as a non-PTA member she chose not to go because of the ticket price. Young parents sometimes I have to make these kind of choices, right? At the last minute my son, who’s 9, decided he didn’t want to do. He was more concerned with whether any older kids would be there so as not to disappointment my girls, ages 5 and 8, I donned my red sweater and jewelry, dressed them in cute little dresses (tunics now that they’re taller!) and off we went to enjoy ourselves.

Even though I didn’t feel up to it, I was excited. The girls were boisterous and their energy rubbed off on me. I had worn low shoes in preparation of doing a little dancing with my princesses. We walk into the cafeteria, which was beautifully decorated, and the dance floor was speckled with children.Sitting at tables to the right were the parents and some of the children who hadn’t made their way to the floor for one reason or another.

I was disappointed by the inactive parents. Didn’t the announcement say family dinner and DANCE? Why on earth weren’t they dancing? This was for family. For the children.

mom and girls at danceI asked the girls if they wanted to eat and they said no. I asked if they wanted to dance and Amareah, the oldest, smiled shyly. I directed them to a table in the back in the hopes to warm them up a bit and saw the photographer set up.

“Do you want to take a picture?”

Their eyes brightened, I paid (only $5) and we took the shot you see here. Now, I’m not thrilled about me in the picture, but I’m not going to complain because the girls were so pleased. Then we all expressed our wish that their other siblings and their niece had been present.

Amareah at danceI directed pushed them to the dance floor and went to stand nearby. I tried capturing pictures, but they kept turning their heads. What you can see is how they stood on the sidelines watching the other children.

My girls can dance. They show off, spin, drop it like it’s hot and every other number of dance moves they can come up with or have seen. Last night, they stood like shy wallflowers.

girls at danceAnna started to bop a little, her little body betraying her desire to get her boogie on. The more her big sister stood around the less she danced. Since I saw she was willing I encouraged her to dance with her little girlfriend who was dancing with such enthusiasm even I couldn’t help laughing and tapping my foot.

Eventually Amareah warmed up with a friend from her class – both of them rather quiet and beautifully dressed. And Anna danced a little with her enthusiastic friend. I danced with Anna and would have loved to spend as much time as I could with her on the dance floor, but – for the love of me – I retreated gracefully.

I ate my dinner of chicken, mashed potatoes and green beans and washed it all down with lemonade. The food was “scrape your plate worthy,” the lemonade refreshing. More than worth the few dollars I paid for it.

Before I was finished the girls’ dad, who had already picked up their brother, came to take them for the weekend. I sent them off, but not before I told them we’ll dance again in a few weeks at a masked ball the school announced.

The opportunity to show my children I can have fun, dance with them and spend that time with them is priceless. It’s like dancing a little jig for love. Have you danced lately?

(Note:The principal has not been with us for long at the girls’ school, but she continues to show the children love while helping parents do so as well – all while ruling with a firm hand. Thank you Ms. B and the PTA (love you Ms. L) for hosting such an awesome love event.)

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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Skincare products you can trust

Finding skincare products is not a problem, but finding the right one definitely can be. That’s why instead of jumping feet face first into any product consumers must do their research and understand their skin.

On a basic level we should know whether we have dry, combination or oily skin. From there it can be easy to choose the right product; however, if you also have sensitive skin or are prone to breakouts then the search can be a little more complicated but not impossible.

Once you find a line of products that work for you then it’s full steam ahead, but don’t be afraid to stray a little off the track. Sometimes it’s necessary to use a variety of brands to achieve the healthy, radiant skin you desire.

Dermalogica is one of those brands of skincare products that customers can put their trust in. With more than 25 years of experience in the beauty industry, those who use the products – which include Antioxidant HydraMist, Clearing Skin Wash, Daily Microfoilant and others – can rest assure that Dermalogica is in the business of providing type quality products.

These products are produced without the use of artificial dyes, perfumes and fillers; they’re made with natural ingredients that promote the health of the skin as opposed to covering up any problems. Whatever your skincare needs check out Dermalogica to find the right product for you.

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Love month - for me, for you...

... and my Word of the Year

PreviewBefore I signed up to be a Love Ambassador, I already decided to dedicate this month to love... for obvious reasons. My original idea was to express love to you, my friends and family, but as a Love Ambassador I was reminded to love myself. To show "me" love.

Do you think it's odd that I didn't think of that before? Sadly, it never dawned on me. That's typical of most moms and women in general. Christine Arylo, founder and author of Madly in Love with Me, is the brains - or heart - behind the Self Love revolution. Not only is she spreading the message of being "madly in love" with ourselves, but she's enlisted Ambassadors to help spread the word as well.

With Chistine's guidance there are different activities we can do along the way to guide other women to loving themselves. One of the things we can do is host a Self-Love Party and I initially decided to go for it, but there is one thing I continue to forget and often ignore. The slightest attempt to do this causes me so much anxiety that I don't think it's going to be possible.

I fret about it because I said I would, but the Madly in Love with Me team has been sure to express that we, the Ambassadors, can do as much or as little as we went in our quest to participate in Team Love. After much consideration I've decided that showing myself love includes honoring my current limitations and it also honors my Word of the Year: COMMITMENT. Not only do I want to commit to my larger writing projects and following through with tasks associated with those projects, but I want to continue the commitment I made to myself a year ago to take better care of me. That started with two mantras: 1) "One day at a time." Sometimes I have to think "one minute at a time" or "one second at a time;" whatever gets me through the moment, and 2) "I can't do everything." Regardless of how much I want to do some things, I just can't do them. My physical health and mental state oftentimes prevents me from some things. (Do you know how hard it is to say that?)

So I bide my time and move relatively slowly knowing and hoping that one day moving from one moment to the next will again be as easy as breathing. In the meantime, I still plan to share the love with you that I learn while being a Love Ambassador. I also want to honor, recognize or acknowledge people in my life in the following ways:
  1. By calling those who I normally don't verbally speak to and/or seeing them via Skype or a visit.
  2. By sending or handing out cards, photos or small gifts.
  3. Making myself available to help someone else or paying attention to others around and be able to help without being asked, and lastly
  4. Express to those close to me on a regular basis how much I love and appreciate them. I'll do that in a variety of ways.
I'll share with you what I decide to do and any responses, results or revelations I have. What's most important this month, at least for me, is that February be a totally loving and love-filled month.

Do you have lovely plans this month? Don't forget February 13th is the International Day of Love and, as you know, the 14th is Valentine's Day.

Share the love. Be the love. Feel the love.

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