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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Knowing my limits = saying no to myself

About four or five (okay, make that six) years ago I was the master of multitask. I could write a magazine article, put up a blog post and make a phone call all while breastfeeding a baby.

Sure there were times when I had to slow down or take a break, but for the most part I moved at break-neck speed. There was so much to do and I did my damnest to get it all done.

When my marriage ended I had an infant, two toddlers and a teenager - not the best conditions or timing, but that's life... That was my life. My baby had been born five weeks early, my teenager was sick and ended up in the hospital and my health was deteriorating.

My memory failed me, my emotions were crazy and I was depressed, which I realized in hindsight. Long story short, everything changed and I did as well.

Realizing my limitations and honoring them has been hard for me. Even if there is something I want to do I have to remember, and fully evaluate, it's highly probable that what is on my list is already too much.

I will have to say no.

Take, for instance, yesterday's International Love Day. I wanted to, expected to and (sorta) committed to participating in and sharing all the LOVE-ly activities, but because of my commitment and limitations ~ sigh ~, I wasn't able to do what I wanted.

That's the kicker; not being able to do what I want. So today, and for the rest of Love Month as I continue to honor people in my life, I'm going to put myself at the top of the list.

It's what self love is all about; being "madly about me."

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Using BB cream

For years jane iredale has not only provided makeup and skincare products that have multiple functions, but she has provided products that are good for the skin. She has refined conventional makeup and used new technology to maximize the benefits of whatever we use on our skin.

Her Glow TimeTM full-coverage mineral BB cream has those same benefits. It won’t block pores and protects skin from outward pollutants while infusing the skin with anti-inflammatory properties. It does not contain artificial colors, fragrances or oils, which often cause skin irritation.

The jane iredale products are recommended by the Skin Cancer Foundation because of the protection they offer from UVA and UVB rays. All the while improving the overall appearance of the skin.

Curious about the mineral BB Cream? Take a look at this Astonishing Skin Care video that shows how it’s applied.

 

Here’s to healthy looking and feeling skin!

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How to handle children’s achievements, disappointments

For the most part, my children are well-behaved and intelligent little people. They seldom get negative reports from their schools, but when they do it’s a big deal. There are a few things that can make it a big deal:

    1. If one child brings home a shining achievement and another brings home a “I’ve been bad” letter … at the same time.
    2. When the negative report has to do with something I’ve talked to the child about one million times.
    3. When the child with the bad report is already owed something good. For instance, I have a random reward system and if the reward is still pending then what’s a parent to do?

A combination of all three of those is happening now. Let’s go back to Friday afternoon: When my children came home from school one of them told me, “Amareah got Student of the Month.”

“Really?!” I answered enthusiastically. “Amareah? You earned student of the month?”

She replied affirmatively and I told her, “That’s awesome. So proud of you.” We did our typical “high five” and continued about what we were doing. It was a busy afternoon and before I had a chance to get back to the achievement, it was time to take the girls to the Valentine’s dance at their school.

student of the month Amareah 2ndWhen Amareah was leaving the dance I told her father about her achievement and for her not to forget to bring it back home on Monday (yesterday) so I can see it. Yesterday she showed me her certificate. As you can see it’s specifically for being “Most Responsible.”

I’m not surprised Amareah is being responsible because, for the most part, she is and she definitely deserves an award for it. What makes it a little, uh, interesting is the fact that one of her other siblings came home with a letter the teacher made them (I’ll refer to the person this way as to not give away the culprit child) write, which read something like this:

Dear Mother,

I am writing this letter because I have been having trouble focusing. I have to bring this letter home to you and ask that you please help me think of three things that will help me focus in class.

Your child,

Name

Sign x__________________________________

Can you imagine the look on my face? “Mother” is none too pleased! Especially since they received a negative note on their last report card, which was excellent, about: 1. focus/self control, 2. work independently. So, I’m sure you know I’d already discussed this with them. In fact, every morning I gave a reminder about focusing and/or staying on task.

I.must.be.talking.to.myself.

{SSSSSSiiiiiiggghhhhhhhhh}

With my oldest daughter’s help, I sent her sibling to school this morning with three things to try to help with focus, including silently repeating everything the teacher says. Amber says she started doing this in middle school when she found herself getting bored or daydreaming. She also told her sibling she uses that technique now as a senior in college.

I would tell you the other three things, but for the life of me I suddenly can’t remember what they are. Can I claim pregnancy brain even though my youngest is almost 6 years old?

For the past three weeks, I’ve been promising this particular child their random reward and I planned on making good this week. And I’d like to get a random reward for Amareah as well. I’m sure she’ll gloat and make the other children feel bad especially the one who is in trouble this week.

Do you have multiple children in the same age range? Share in the comments how you handle these types of situations.

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Custom inlay services

There’s something extra special about having an item or prized possession customized. VanWhy Inlay & Design understands that importance and executes custom inlay and luthier services beautifully and professionally.

The Pennsylvania-based company (with a strong virtual presence) does top quality, custom inlays specializing, but not limited to, guitars. They can create any inlay on whatever you can think of using materials such as pearl, shell, exotic woods, metals and stone. They provide Luthier Services on neck shaping of blank or billet necks; custom head plates, fingerboards and pick guards; gun stocks, jewelry boxes and humidors; set-up and adjustments in addition to other services.

VanWhy offers affordable pricing with good turnaround. If you have a need for customized inlay services you can contact them for a quote prepared especially for you.

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