The Mommies Network Introduction
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
Our volunteers give from the heart, daily, nightly, some 24/7. From our local chapter level leadership teams, chapter managers and advisors, all the way to our senior leadership team, these ladies live and breath the mission of TMN.
This week we have been celebrating National Volunteer Appreciation Week, if you are one of our TMN volunteers make sure you stop by the TMN staff forums to see all the fun activities that Kathy,our Sr Advisor of Volunteer Relations, has planned.
Saturday, April 5, 2014
As mother's we lead busy daily lives , no matter what you do in life there seems to be some sort of stress related to it anymore. I have a hard time saying no, thus increasing my stress level even more. I have learned that my body starts to send me signals when my stress is getting out of control. Learning to recognize these signals has helped me overcome some very stressful events in my life.
Physical or emotional tension are often signs of stress. They can be reactions to a situation that causes you to feel threatened or anxious. Stress can be positive (such as planning for new baby's arrival) or negative (such as dealing with the death of a parent or other loved one).
Symptoms of Stress
Common reactions to a stressful event include:
- --Disbelief and shock
- Tension and irritability
- Fear and anxiety about the future
- Difficulty making decisions
- Being numb to one’s feelings
- Loss of interest in normal activities
- Loss of appetite
- Nightmares and recurring thoughts about the event
- Increased use of alcohol and drugs
- Sadness and other symptoms of depression
- Feeling powerless
- Sleep problems
- Headaches, back pains, and stomach problems
- Trouble concentrating
Tips for Self-Care
The best ways to manage stress in hard times are through self-care:
- Avoid drugs and alcohol. They may seem to be a temporary fix to feel better, but in the long run they can create more problems and add to your stress—instead of take it away.
- Find support. Seek help from a partner, family member, friend, counselor, doctor, or clergyperson. Having a sympathetic, listening ear and sharing about your problems and stress really can lighten the burden.
- Connect socially. After a stressful event, it is easy isolate yourself. Make sure that you are spending time with loved ones. Consider planning fun activities with your partner, children, or friends.
- Take care of yourself.
- Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet
- Exercise regularly-- even just taking a walk everyday will do wonders
- Get plenty of sleep-- take naps
- Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out—for example, treat yourself to a therapeutic massage
- Maintain a normal routine
- Stay active. You can take your mind off your problems by giving—volunteer, help others that are needy, focus your energies toward something positive, staying positive helps your mind focus on the positive in life instead of the negatives. Get outside and smell the flowers, the crisp fall air or the stillness of winter.
Friday, March 28, 2014
Guest Writer/Blogger: Umm Lyla
You've heard of Blood and even sperm banks, but have what about a milk bank?
Lactating women across the U.S and Canada are bottling and donating their breast milk to local milk banks, who sell it to hospitals and anyone with a physician’s prescription. From there it is given to premature infants in the NICU, providing high quality nutrition. It’s easy for their little tummies to digest and gives them immunities milk-based formula lacks. In order to donate women must have given birth in the last six months, be non-smokers, and drug-free.
If you suffer from pesky skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis or acne you could use a steroid cream to take care of it but that’s no fun. Instead, try rubbing a little breast milk on the troubled areas and let air dry. Antibodies found in breast milk keep your skin clean and destroy bacteria. Don’t limit yourself to just skin care though because this liquid gold also helps heal and soothe diaper rash, cradle cap, nasal congestion and pink eye. If you prefer using lotions, simply make your own using breast milk! Plenty of recipes for these homemade creams can be found with a simple Google search.
Sentimental mothers are taking baby keepsakes go the next level and forever immortalizing their nursing days into fashionable jewelry. Several Online shops offer this off-beat service, taking a few precious drops of your breast milk and returning it back to you in petrified, bead form. The milk beads are highly customizable and are offered in a variety of designs. Several shops will even inscribe your child's name on the adornments, or include a personalized message. Whether you're wearing your petrified body fluid on your neck or next to some gems as a bracelet, it will never go bad.
Women that are exclusively breastfeeding may not need to worry about birth control. Countless medical studies have shown that a lactating woman's menstruation is delayed for the first six months after childbirth, making pregnancy highly unlikely. Sound too good to be true? It's not. When a woman is breastfeeding, she does not release the hormones that signal her body to ovulate. Of course, nothing is fool proof and safe sex should always be practiced. Using a secondary form of birth control such as condoms is recommended.
It's widely known that breast milk is best for infant nutrition, but did you know cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy consume this miracle milk to alleviate harsh side effects like nausea and irritable bowel? Though not endorsed by medical professionals and considered an alternative treatment, breast milk is also highly effective in boosting the immune system and has been given to patients undergoing major life-threatening surgeries like organ transplants. As if soothing upset stomachs and strengthening immunities weren't enough, researchers in Sweden believe they have found a compound in breast milk that may kill cancerous cells and reduce tumors.
Thank you to our guest blogger Umm Lyla for an informative article about alternative uses for breast milk.
Thursday, March 27, 2014
We want to make sure that our children have cute clothes to wear and are taken care of first, and sometimes may forget to do the same for ourselves.
However, we have to make ourselves and our appearance a priority too.
When you do get a chance to do some shopping for mommy, consider picking up these pieces that will be sure to step up your style.
1) CROSSBODY BAG
Crossbody bags are huge these days, so there are plenty of them in stores now.
Whether it is a fab messenger-style bag, clutch-style or fringed boho style crossbody, these are a great stylish option for a mommy.
You can sling these kinds of bags across your body for hands-free fashion and put you and your child's on-the-go essentials in them. Be sure to pick one that is durable and comfy.
*If you want to carry a small crossbody bag, just bring another small bag for the kids' stuff.
*If you want to carry a large crossbody bag for both you and the kids' stuff, choose a bag with lots of pockets and organize items with baggies and small pouches.
2) STYLISH SUNGLASSES
Sunglasses are definitely a must-have!
They are one of the easiest ways to bump you up in style status and are super helpful for those days when you have tired eyes from a rough night with the little one.
No makeup? Not feeling friendly? No problem. Bust out the sunnies!
3) FABULOUS FLATS
Flats (shoes without height for our purposes) are a fabulous, functional item for a mommy's wardrobe.
I'm talking anything from ballet flats to mocassins and even some suave styles of sneakers.
You can chase after a toddler at the playground or do grocery shopping with a good pair of these types of shoes.
Get yourself one, two or even three go-to pairs of cute, quality, comfortable flat shoes that will go with your outfits.
4) TRUSTY TRENCH COAT
Trench coats are amazing because you could be wearing the craziest clothing under them, but once you button that jacket up and tie that belt, you are automatically pretty put-together.
If you are in a hurry to get the kids to school and you don't have time to put on a real outfit, just make sure you throw on this trusty piece with real shoes, like a pair of the flats described in #3 (please, no slippers).
I'm sure you have had those days where your hair or headscarf was just not cooperating.
Throwing on a stylish headband and brushing the rest of your hair down or doing a quick bird's nest style bun is quick and easy.
Or, if you are just not in the mood or don't have time for doing your hair or doing up your headscarf at all, just throw a cute hat on (hat on top of the headscarf).
There are lots of options out there for hats and hair accessories.
Pick one that you love, that is relatively versatile, and rock it!
Fashion Consultant, Emerald Brocade Consulting
*Check out her misadventures, memories and more as a Mommy on her
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*Find out about her fashion consulting business Emerald Brocade Consulting at: http://emeraldbrocadeconsulting.blogspot.com
Hanifah Ashry is a Muslim mother of one, originally from New York.
She spends her time caring for her son, building her fashion consulting business Emerald Brocade Consulting and enjoys food, teaching, music, dancing, travel and nature.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
But it occurs to me that texture shouldn’t be confined to clothes or wall furnishings. We’re all guilty of falling into routines that essentially sand down our lives, eliminating the textural surfaces. We take shortcuts and remove the odd things that stand out at weird angles; the weird angles, I suppose, create delays and detours.
But the detours bring us discoveries.
Have you ever driven to work - for the thousandth time - and realized along the way that you’d zoned out and couldn't recall anything about the last few minutes of your drive? I've had this strange experience and wondered if I’d maybe even run a red light without being aware.
Take a different route, though, and you’re fully alert to your surroundings. You notice everything: the various buildings and businesses, the other cars, the interesting people along the way. A change of routine adds texture to your commute, and opens your eyes to things you never knew existed.
In our personal lives we gradually phase out the ‘new’ and settle into a routine. We create perfect butt-shaped indentations on the couch where we watch the same shows on television, while we eat basically the same foods again and again. We stick with a favorite genre of books and rarely stray. An entire world of texture goes unnoticed.
So what does this have to do with students? Well, we pass along more than genes to our children. Perhaps it’s unintentional, but through example we teach our kids to fall into predictable, untextured lives. The same schedule every weekday, every weekend, the same sports activities, the same vacation spot, the same experiences.
There’s a world bursting with texture that does more than simply expose young people to new things. It stimulates their minds - physically, emotionally, and creatively. It allows them to explore, which eliminates the popular ‘comfort zone’ that we seem to embrace with a bit too much zeal, and forces an elastic young mind to stretch in ways that opens new pathways for discovery and growth.
I’m convinced that one positive side-effect of this textured life is an increased emphasis on curiosity - and a curious student is often a successful one in all phases of life, not only in school, but for years to come.
The world of schedules and shortcuts obviously provides convenience and ease, and it usually takes more than simple encouragement to shove us out of a rut. But we can do better; we can help our kids avoid a slick, polished, marble-smooth life that’s devoid of rough edges. It’s those rough edges, after all, that provide layers and shading.
And those, in turn, add texture and discovery to life.
Dom Testa is an author, speaker, morning radio show host, and has kept a ficus tree alive for twenty-three years. He’s also the founder and president of The Big Brain Club, a non-profit student-development foundation. His latest book, Smart Is Cool, will be published in August, 2014. More info at www.DomTesta.com.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
3. Spend a romantic weekend with your spouse anywhere but at home. Go away for a romantic weekend with your spouse a few times a year. Rekindle your passion for each other and feel in love again, instead just partners in dealing with the everyday stuff involved in raising kids.
4. Go on a date every week. Get a sitter once a week and go on a date with your significant other. Spend some time reconnecting with each other. If you have an activity that you both enjoy, take a class together.
5. Pamper Yourself. Do something every week to pamper yourself. Go get a new haircut. Visit your favorite nail salon for a manicure, pedicure or to get your nails done. Call your favorite day spa and schedule a facial. Get a massage.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Friday, March 7, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Even though all moms are hard working, our stay at home moms juggle many hours each day. If you break it down into hours of work and added up the cost......priceless! Simply a priceless profession!
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