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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

52 Things to Make Your Child Feel Great

52 Things to Say to Make Your Child Feel Great

Want to make your child feel great? Try using one of these phrases:

1. The way you [insert action] is such a perfect addition for our family. God knew just what we needed when He gave us you.
2. I’m sorry. Will you please forgive me for [insert specific action]?
3. I forgive you. And I won’t bring this up again, okay?
4. I want to hang out with just you tonight. What do you want to do?
5. Thank you!
6. Yes, there is food in the house.
7. I trust you.
8. I can’t believe how [insert positive adjective] you are. I can’t imagine the plans God has for you!
9. I saw how you [insert specific positive action]. I’m so proud of you.
10. There’s money on the table for you.
11.  I believe you.
12.  I’m proud of you. And even if you weren’t so fantastic, I’d still be proud.
13.  I know you and I haven’t been seeing eye-to-eye lately. But I want to let you know that I accept you whether I agree with you or not, and I’m committed to working on our relationship so we both feel understood and secure.
14.  I got you this, just because.
15.  Lately I’ve really seen you grow in the area of [insert character quality], like when you [insert specific action].
16.  I admire you in [insert specific area]. In fact, I could learn a lot from you in that area.
17.  That was a really wise choice.
18.  Snow day!
19.  You’re really growing into a young man/woman of character. I can’t tell you how exciting that is!
20. I remember when I [insert vulnerable moment]. I felt so [insert description]. I don’t know if that’s like what you’re going through, but it was a tough time for me.
21.  No matter how royally you mess up, I’ll always be glad you’re mine. I’ll forgive you, and I’ll love your socks off.
22.  Go ahead and sleep in tomorrow.
23.  I had no idea you could do that! You impress me.
24.  What do you think?
25.  I canceled your dentist appointment.
26.  I love your dad so much! He is so [insert adjective].
27.  I love being around you.
28.  No chores today.
29.  I’m so glad you’re home.
30.  I love doing [insert activity] with you.
31.   You are one of the best gifts I’ve ever gotten. I am so humbled He gave me you.
32.  I feel so proud when I’m with you.
33.  You handled that so well.
34.  I made your favorite [insert food].
35.  You know, you may not feel very [insert adjective], but God knew exactly what He was doing you making you the way He did; it was just how He wanted to express Himself. I love you just the way He made you. And I wouldn’t have wanted Him to do it any differently.
36.  I’m trusting that God will take perfect care of us. He’s always done it before! Can we pray together about this?
37.  With God’s help, your dad and I will never, ever get a divorce.
38.  That looks great on you.
39.  If I were in your shoes, I would feel so [insert adjective]. Is that how you feel?
40.  Would you turn your music up?
41.   You are so well-disciplined in [insert specific area].
42.  I sent you a big ol’ care package in the mail.
43.  That was so courageous.
44.  Do you feel like I’m understanding you?
45.  If there was one thing you could change about me as your mom, what would it be?
46. You have some real gifts in the area of [insert adjective].
47. Let’s go to Grandma’s!
48. It is so cool to watch you grow up.
49. Just wanted to let you know I’m praying for you.
50. I miss you, but I’m glad you’re having a good time!
51.  You make me so happy just by being you.
52.  I love you so much.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

The Stress Management and Health Benefits of Laughter

Sundays Funny Pictures That Make You Smile

Sundays Funny Pictures That Make You Smile. As I was searching through millions of my pictures I came across some really funny ones that I did and wanted to share them with you.  Let's cheer you up on a Sunday!

Stress Management Benefits of Laughter:
  • Hormones: Laughter reduces the level of stress hormones like cortisol,epinephrine (adrenaline), dopamine and growth hormone. It also increases the level of health-enhancing hormones like endorphins, and neurotransmitters. Laughter increases the number of antibody-producing cells and enhances the effectiveness of T cells. All this means a stronger immune system, as well as fewer physical effects of stress.
  • Physical Release: Have you ever felt like you "have to laugh or I'll cry"? Have you experienced the cleansed feeling after a good laugh? Laughter provides a physical and emotional release.
  • Internal Workout: A good belly laugh exercises the diaphragm, contracts the abs and even works out the shoulders, leaving muscles more relaxed afterward. It even provides a good workout for the heart.

  • Distraction: Laughter brings the focus away from anger, guilt, stress and negative emotions in a more beneficial way than other mere distractions.
  • Perspective: Studies show that our response to stressful events can be altered by whether we view something as a 'threat' or a 'challenge'. Humor can give us a more lighthearted perspective and help us view events as 'challenges', thereby making them less threatening and more positive. (For more on changing your perspective, see this article oncognitive reframing.)
  • Social Benefits of Laughter: Laughter connects us with others. Just as with smiling andkindness, most people find that laughter is contagious, so if you bring more laughter into your life, you can most likely help others around you to laugh more, and realize these benefits as well. By elevating the mood of those around you, you can reduce their stress levels, and perhaps improve the quality of social interaction you experience with them, reducing your stress level even more!

How To Use Laughter:

Laughter is one of my all-time favorite stress management strategies because it's free, convenient, and beneficial in so many ways. You can get more laughter in your life with the following strategies:
  • T.V. and Movies: There's no shortage of laughter opportunities from the entertainment, both at the theater and in the aisles of the video stores, as well as at home with T.V. comedies. While wasting your time watching something marginally funny may actually frustrate you, watching truly hilarious movies and shows is an easy way to get laughter into your life whenever you need it.
  • Laugh With Friends: Going to a movie or comedy club with friends is a great way to get more laughter in your life. The contagious effects of laughter may mean you'll laugh more than you otherwise would have during the show, plus you'll have jokes to reference at later times. Having friends over for a party or game night is also a great setup for laughter and other good feelings. (See this article on laughing more for additional tips on getting more fun and laughter into your life.)

  • Find Humor In Your Life: Instead of complaining about life's frustrations, try to laugh about them. If something is so frustrating or depressing it's ridiculous, realize that you could 'look back on it and laugh.' Think of how it will sound as a story you could tell to your friends, and then see if you can laugh about it now. With this attitude, you may also find yourself being more lighthearted and silly, giving yourself and those around you more to laugh about. Approach life in a more mirthful way and you'll find you're less stressed about negative events, and you'll achieve the health benefits of laughter. (See this article on maintaining a sense of humor.)
  • 'Fake It Until You Make It': Just as studies show the positive effects of smiling occur whether the smile is fake or real, faked laughter also provides the benefits mentioned above. The body can't distinguish between 'fake' laughter that you just start doing on purpose, and 'real' laughter that comes from true humor--the physical benefits are exactly the same, and the former usually leads to the latter anyway. So smile more, and fake laughter; you'll still achieve positive effects, and the fake merriment may lead to real smiles and laughter.
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Saturday, February 25, 2012

Scrapbooking Page Layouts -group 3

Scrapbooking Page Layouts -group 3
Last week while I was trying to get organized I came across a WHOLE large binder. This binder was full of scrapbooking layout ideas that I had pull out of magazine and saved. So I decided to scan them all and share them with you. I will not post them all at once because the post will go on forever.  I will post them once or twice a week. I hope you all enjoy them. I would love to here any comments or if you would like to share a layout you love that would be great!

Found in Memory Makers Magazine and Creating Keepsakes Magazine
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Friday, February 24, 2012

Newest Addition To My Zazzle Store Tinker Belly

Tinker Belly Card card
Tinker Belly Card by DancingWithWords
More Birthday Cards

Thank You to my model Larry!!!
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

7 Simple Ways to Boost Your Mood, Right Now

Written by Ali Luke
Categories: self improvement

We all feel a bit down at times. Perhaps you’ve had a stressful day at work, or you’re juggling a lot of different tasks at home. Maybe your plans haven’t gone as smoothly as you’d hoped, or you’re struggling to find your path in a complex world.
When you’re feeling low, it’s easy to let your mood get on top of you: by snapping at your partner or kids, or procrastinating on your work, or even turning to drugs or alcohol. There are plenty of simple ways to boost your mood, though – so next time you feel bad, try one of these:

#1: Walk

Walking is one of my all-time favorite activities. It combines healthy exercise and fresh air, and it’s almost guaranteed to make me feel better about whatever’s getting me down.
Even if you just walk around the block, you’ll be getting your blood pumping and your body moving. You’ll put some space between yourself and whatever’s bothering you. Within just a few minutes, you’ll often find that you feel much calmer.

#2: Laugh

You might have heard the saying that “Laughter is the best medicine.” You’ve probably experienced this at time when you’ve felt upset or annoyed – a good laugh can instantly make you feel okay again.
Whether it’s a silly website or a video on YouTube, your kids’ antics or a humorous novel, think of something that’s pretty much guaranteed to make you laugh – and keep it on hand for the next time you need to boost your mood.

#3: Chat

Talking to a good friend can make you feel much better, especially if you’re a bit lonely or worried about something. You might not need or want advice on a particular situation – but a sympathetic ear can make things seem much better.
Don’t be afraid to reach out to people and let them know that you’re struggling.Maybe you feel that you have to put on a strong front for the world – but your friends and family will want to be supportive.

#4: Write

One of the best ways to work through worries or other negative feelings is to write about them. The process of writing helps you to clarify and structure your thoughts, and it can be more effective than simply talking about what you’re feeling.
If you’ve been feeling a bit low over several days or weeks, you might want to keep a journal to help you analyze your mood. This can help you spot patterns (perhaps you feel more positive on some days than on others) and you can also try brainstorming ways to make life happier.

#5: Shower

A long, relaxing shower (or a bath) can make a huge difference to your mood. It’s often invigorating, especially if you’re struggling to focus on whatever task’s at hand – and it can be a much-needed chance for some peaceful time alone.
You might even like to buy some nice shower gel or bath bubbles to save for when you need a pick-me-up. Giving yourself a small treat can help you feel better about things.

#6: Eat

If your blood sugar drops too low, you’ll find yourself getting tired and cranky, and struggling to focus. When you’re fighting your way through a long to-do list, you might forget to eat, or end up grabbing something sugary in a hurry – which usually leads to an energy and mood crash.
A healthy snack or meal can lift your mood instantly. Keep some snacks on hand at work (perhaps oatcakes or fresh fruit) and make sure you’ve got a few simple, healthy, fast recipes on hand for busy evenings.

#7: Breathe

This is one of the simplest things you can do, in any circumstances: take a few seconds just to breathe. Concentrate on the breath going in and out of your body. You might want to close your eyes. With each exhale, feel the tension leaving you. As you inhale again, think of the life-giving air that sustains you.
This is a great technique if you’re stressed out about a difficult task, or if you’re getting angry. It helps you draw your focus away from the rush of the present moment so that you can see things from a broader perspective. Often, you’ll realize what seems vitally important right now won’t even matter in a month’s time.

Do you have any great ways to lift your mood? Share your thoughts and tips in the comments…
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Monday, February 20, 2012

Name My New Pig Character Contest-Winner

Since no name was picked from the entries, I randomly 
picked someone from all that entered and the 
winner of the book is Judy M. 
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Sneezy Does It: Cute Tissue Box Craft

What You'll Need
  • Decorative paper
  • Scissors
  • Tissue box
  • Double-sided tape
  • Chenille stems
  • Fast-setting glue
  • Large googly eyes
  • Pom-poms
  • Shredded crinkle paper
  • Cardboard party horn
  • 1.25-ounce clear plastic cups

    Step 1
    Wrap a 5-x-20-inch piece of paper around tissue box and secure with double-sided tape. Cut a separate piece for the top about 1/8 inch wider on each side; cut oval in center and tape to top of box.

    Step 2

    Twist two chenille stems and glue around opening. Glue on googly eyes, pom-pom, shredded paper, and a party horn to create a face. Attach two halves of a chenille stem as ears.

    Step 3

    Fill four clear plastic cups with multicolored pom-poms and glue to the four bottom corners of the box. 


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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Sundays Funny Pictures That Make You Smile

Sundays Funny Pictures That Make You Smile. As I was searching through millions of my pictures I came across some really funny ones that I did and wanted to share them with you.  Let's cheer you up on a Sunday! 

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Saturday, February 18, 2012

As your baby grows...2 months old

Ages & Stages - Baby Tristan is 2 months old!

I was so excited I got to spend four days this week with Tristan. He is so cute!!!!
Happy Auntie :)

Growth & Development Milestones: 1-3 Months

Raises Head & Chest When Lying on Stomach
Type of Milestone: Physical
Practice with Baby: Give him lots of tummy time. Every time he lifts his head -- even if it's just for a few seconds -- he is strengthening his neck muscles.
Mama Must-Know: At this age, Baby might start to seem much taller and thinner. This is because his bones and muscles are growing and his limbs are loosening up

Watches Faces Intently
Type of Milestone: Social
Practice with Baby: Buy an unbreakable mirror to hang near your baby's crib or changing table. She'll love seeing her own facial expressions and movements.
Mama Must-Know: She can now process your face as a whole, instead of just focusing on individual such as your eyes.

Smiles at the Sound of Your Voice
Type of Milestone: Developmental
Practice with Baby: Speak to him with dramatic baby talk. High-pitched, slow, and exaggerated voices are his favorite. Widen your eyes and mouth to encourage his smile.
Mama Must-Know: Baby loves your voice best because it reminds him of food, comfort, and warmth.

Begins to Develop a Social Smile
Type of Milestone: Social
Practice with Baby: "Smile-talk" with him. Sometimes he'll aim a big smile at you and even babble to catch your attention. Immediately smile back. Likewise, you can start a smile conversation by giving the first smile whenever you notice him watching you attentively.
Mama Must-Know: Your baby might be shy to meet your gaze at first, but having a smile conversation helps him from becoming overwhelmed.

Supports Upper Body with Arms When Lying on Stomach
Type of Milestone: Physical
Practice with Baby: Give him plenty of tummy time. Encourage him to lift his upper body by talking to him or holding a bright toy in front of him.
Mama Must-Know: Babies who don't spend enough time on their bellies might have a hard time learning to roll over and crawl.

Follows Moving Objects
Type of Milestone: Cognitive
Practice with Baby: Hang a bright mobile above your baby'scrib or changing table. Set it at a low speed at first. As he gets better at following the objects, gradually increase the speed setting.
Mama Must-Know: At this age, Baby's eyes should be working together to move and focus. If it doesn't seem like they are, talk with your pediatrician.

Begins to Babble
Type of Milestone: Language skills
Practice with Baby: Read to your baby often. Choose baby books with bright pictures and high-contrast patterns to visually stimulate him as well.
Mama Must-Know: By listening to adults talk, Baby is learning the importance of verbal communication.

Stretches & Kicks Legs When Lying Down
Type of Milestone: Physical
Practice with Baby: When your baby is lying on her back or tummy, strap a bell toy to her ankles. She'll have fun learning that her kicks can make noise.
Mama Must-Know: Some babies learn to roll from front to back at this age. Make sure you pay close attention so she doesn't roll into danger or off her changing table.

Recognizes Familiar Objects & People at a Distance
Type of Milestone: Cognitive
Practice with Baby: When you enter a room, talk to your baby from the doorway. If she can't seem to find you, move a few feet closer. Also try placing a favorite toy on a shelf or windowsill. See if she spots it. If not, shake it to catch her attention.
Mama Must-Know: Catching Baby looking out the window is another sign her distance vision is developing well.

Begins to Imitate Sounds
Type of Milestone: Language
Practice with Baby: After bathtime or when you're dressing him, name the parts of his body when you touch them. Make up silly rhymes, such as, "Nose, toes!" The more you talk to your baby he will start taking picking up the sounds you are staying.
Mama Must-Know: At this age, you should begin phasing baby talk out of your speech. Baby learns a lot about inflection and cadence by listening to adult language.

Becomes More Communicative & Expressive with Face & Body
Type of Milestone: Language
Practice with Baby: Always respond to your baby's cues. Screaming, whimpering, and crying are signs she is hungry, wet, tired, lonely, or uncomfortable. As you become more in touch with her signals, you might be able to respond to her needs before she is even sure what's wrong.
Mama Must-Know: When all Baby's needs are met and she is simply fussy, try distracting her or going outside.

Opens & Shuts Hands
Type of Milestone: Physical
Practice with Baby: Place a rattle or toy in her open hand and see if she grips it. Kiss her palms or draw pictures in them with your finger.
Mama Must-Know: Because your baby might not yet realize her hands and feet belong to her, she will become fascinated when they accidentally come into view.

Starts Using Hands & Eyes in Coordination
Type of Milestone: Physical
Practice with Baby: Sit with your baby on your lap and slowly move a soft toy in front of his face. Encourage him to bat at the object with his hand. Even if he doesn't make contact at first, the practice will help develop his skills.
Mama Must-Know: This exercise also helps develop your baby's depth perception.

Turns Head Toward Direction Of Sound
Type of Milestone: Cognitive
Practice with Baby: Introduce your baby to lots of different sounds. Sing to her, take her on errands with you, and go for walks. Don't be afraid to expose her to crowds or live family-friendly music performances.
Mama Must-Know: She will still become startled by loud noises, so be prepared to soothe her if an experience overwhelms her.

Pushes Down on Legs
Type of Milestone: Physical
Practice with Baby: Lift your baby so her feet are resting on a firm surface. By straightening and bending her knees, she will discover she can bounce. Besides your balance support, she will be able to practically stand by herself.
Mama Must-Know: Your baby's newborn stepping reflex should disappear at this age

Brings Hands to Mouth
Type of Milestone: Physical
Practice with Baby: Even if it seems like your baby is slapping himself in the mouth and face, let him try bringing his fingers to his mouth. This is an important developmental skill. He will eventually reach his destination, and he'll be able to suck on his thumb whenever he pleases.
Mama Must-Know: While thumb sucking will help your baby soothe and comfort himself it can also lead to dental problems. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommending weaning your child from their thumb by the time he gets his first tooth.

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