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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

3 Things We Should Probably Stop Telling Our Children

By Makisha Dixon
Mommies Network Content blogger

Ok, so as moms we all want to shower our precious angels with nothing but compliments, believe that they everything they do is beyond perfect, and dare anyone, another kid included, to challenge the wonderful sugar plum fairy that is our children. Sound familiar? But, truth is, we know the not so perfect, imperfections of our children. We know they tell little white lies, pitch fits, and hide their broccoli under the table. We get that. And if we are honest with ourselves, we realize that we are partly to blame for those behaviors. And a huge part of it comes from the type our everyday dialogue with our children. In order for our children to be truly well adjusted, we must be willing to give the good along with the bad. Here are just a few not so good “goods” that we should stop telling our children today.

You’re perfect
Ok, so this phrase seems harmless and truthfully could be quite reassuring to a 5 year old right? I mean, what’s wrong with telling a child that they are perfect. Well, quite frankly, everything. In our eyes as our children are born perfect.  They could do no wrong. And while in the back of our minds we know better, a child could use that as a platform for a not so healthy mindset. Instead, children should know that they and no one else is perfect. We all have faults, and imperfection that we or others may not like or accept.  This makes us unique. The key is learning to respect and embrace those imperfections in ourselves and others. Learning to be proud of who you are. So if Ava does ask, “Mom, am I perfect?” Simply instead say “No one’s perfect”, but like Mr. Bruno says “You’re amazing, just the way you are”.

It’s not your fault
So sometimes it’s not their fault. An ice cream snatching bully with a chip on his shoulder.  A lunch lady with a bad attitude and bad hairdo.  And of course, the actions or behaviors of people intending to  do harm to others. Aside from the actions of criminals, some things are just part of the school experience.  Mason can’t help those random encounters that has happened to all of us at some point in our school years. But what he can help is his action and reaction. If a bully is picking on another kid and Mason joins in, yes that is his fault. If the lunch lady is having a bad hair day and Mason decides to tell her this, yes that is his fault. And we have to let them take responsibility for those actions and reactions that they can control.  We have to let them learn the lessons that come with those actions and reactions, consequence and all.  This builds accountability and character, one that we can be proud.

“Mom will always be here, no matter what”

Ok, I’m sorry, this one is a little hard for me as well. Why would we take that reassure away from our children? Of course we will always be there. Why would we tell our six year old anything different? Ok, so clearly this tip is not geared toward a six year old. We want to keep their sense of security as much as possible. But as our children get older, we have to learn to have to have those often difficult, life conversations with them. And one is letting them know that Mom or Dad may not always be there. And the values and lessons that you are trying to teach them is only to make them an independent, capable adult who can survive on their own. The world we live in now is unimaginably harsh. We have to prepare them for this as much as we can.  Wouldn’t we want them to be capable of standing on their own? So always reassure them, at any age, that while we are here, we will always be there to guide and love. But our job as parents is to prepare them to be independent, productive individuals. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Skin Cancer On The Rise: Your Skin Matters Get Educated Today #skincancer #summersun #melanoma

Summer time is here and in full swing, we can't forget a very important part of your daily summer skin care routine--- sunscreen! and taking care to cover up, educate yourself about skin cancers. Skin cancers are on the rise, one of the most common forms of cancer in the US now. Read the signs and know your skin cancer ABCD's. Please share this with others! Pin to your Pinterest boards, share on facebook!

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

30 Simple Slow Cooker Recipes #crockpotmeals #frugalmoms #slowcooker

Do you struggle with "what's for dinner " everyday of the month? I know I do, this long list of slow cooker recipes has helped me greatly. I found it on Pinterest of course, my favorite place online and posted it on another blog last year so I thought it was time to share again here. Credit to for the infographic, click the image to go to her site for more great stuff.




Wednesday, July 9, 2014

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Monday, July 7, 2014

Fabulous No Bake Peanut Butter Caramel Bars You Gotta Try! #foodie

Yummy Yummy to your tummy, sweet and savory all in one......and no hot oven to turn on, these baby's are no bake mom! 30 minutes is all the time you need to make these mouth watering treats.

No Bake Peanut Butter Caramel Bars
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield: Makes about 16 servings

6 cups Rice Chex cereal

1 ¼ cups roasted, salted peanuts, roughly chopped (or your choice of nuts)

1 cup brown sugar, packed

1 cup light corn syrup

1 cup smooth peanut butter

1 Tbsp vanilla extract

1 tsp salt

6 oz milk chocolate, roughly chopped

  • Grease a 9x13” baking pan and set aside.
  • Put the cereal and chopped peanuts in a large bowl and use your hands to toss them together until well incorporated. 
  • In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar and corn syrup and place over medium heat. 
  • Bring the mixture to a boil for a full minute, then remove from heat and stir in the peanut butter, vanilla and salt.
  • Stir until the mixture is smooth and well combined. 
  • Pour the mixture over the cereal/peanuts and use a wooden spoon to toss (be careful not to crush the cereal) until the cereal/peanuts are well coated by the sugar mixture.
  • Scrape the mixture into your prepared pan, then press down to make sure the mixture is compact, again, be careful not to apply too much pressure, which would crush the cereal. 
  • Let cool to room temperature, or you can speed up the process by chilling it in the fridge. 
  • Melt the chocolate in a microwave or double boiler, then drizzle it over the bars in whatever pattern you’d like to use. 
  • Let the chocolate set, then cut and serve! 
  • Leftover bars can be stored in an airtight container for up to a week or so. 

Gotta go find some milk now..............yummy!! 

Friday, July 4, 2014

Let Freedom Ring...Sweet Land of Liberty

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
~ The Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776


by Samuel Francis Smith 
My country, 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims' pride,
From every mountainside
Let freedom ring!

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom's song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Our father's God to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom's holy light,
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God our King.

One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One Nation evermore!
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

Have a Blessed day with your family and friends! Be Safe

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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Red, White and Blue T-Shirt Paint Project, Fast and Easy #crafty #DIY #holiday

Are you looking for a fast and easy craft project or T-shirt project to do before the 4th of July picnic or family get together this weekend? I found this cute idea on Pinterest of course and thought I would share it. 

What do you need? 
  • Any plain white T-shirts of your choice (I would pre-wash them) 
  • Some of those silly plastic squishy toys that we all seem to have (I found them at Dollar Tree) like in the photo
  • Red, White Sparkle, and Blue Acrylic or Fabric Paints (washable)
  • Cardboard to put under your shirt
  • Something to cover your area
  • Gloves to keep paint off your hands (optional)
  •  Paper plate to add paint to

Take the paint and in whatever form you wish sponge onto the t-shirt so it appears like a star burst or fireworks of red and blue, then you can do a white glitter overlay by hand. You can be creative with this, even using a sprinkle form of white flake glitter or just white paint. Let completely dry before wear.
Your shirt, your fun project. Enjoy! Happy Fourth of July!!  

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Be safe and have a wonderful holiday! 

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Tips To Fireproof Your Fireworks #safety #4thofJuly #family

Summer time is a cheerful and enjoyable time of year filled with barbecues, laughter and good times for family and friends. Community fireworks displays and family fireworks shows are often the culminating event of summer holidays and special occasions. June is Fireworks Safety Month, and the health care experts at NurseWise, a nurse triage and health education provider, have compiled a list of tips to fireproof your fireworks fun, so you can get the most out of your special celebrations.

Here’s a list of fireworks safety tips from NurseWise:

1. Safety starts before you buy. When the time arrives to elicit awe and splendor from family and friends with the beauty of your personal fireworks display, make it a priority to only purchase fireworks from reliable dealers. Always look for certified product safety labels because fireworks with safety labels have undergone inspection to verify their compliance with industry-regulated quality standards. Never purchase or ignite fireworks without product instructions or safety labels.
2. Get AHOD (All Hands On Deck). Adult supervision is a requirement at all times. Always have at least one or two people over the age of 18 present to monitor the igniting of fireworks of any type. If you have small children, it’s best to have a parent or guardian present who can respond appropriately and act quickly in the event of an emergency. Children should keep a safe distance from the vicinity of fireworks setups and out of the path of traveling fireworks. Fireworks are unpredictable and can cause significant damage and death if not handled properly.
3. Duds are done. Ineffective fireworks are often referred to as duds. Never under any circumstances should you relight a dud firework. If a firework fails to ignite, wait 20 minutes then add it to a bucket of cool water. Do not allow children to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some fireworks can reach up to 1000°F and can take a while to cool down.
4. Don’t bring the outdoors in. A common misconception is that sparklers and other less flammable fireworks are acceptable to light indoors, but using any type of firework indoors can create extensive damage and injuries. Even when you’re outdoors, always remember to stay clear of people, buildings, vehicles, flammable substances and vegetation.
5. Water works wonders. A great safety tip is to keep a bucket of water or a hose nearby to extinguish lingering flames. After fireworks have been lit, they can remain hot for a significant period of time so be certain to give fireworks enough time to cool down before handling. Also, soak your fireworks in water before discarding them in trash receptacles – both inside and outside.
6. Keep a first-aid kit handy. You will never regret being overly prepared. Prepare or purchase a first-aid kit equipped with gauze, bandages and anti-bacterial ointment, just in case an emergency occurs.
7. Report illegal explosives. If you see or hear suspicious or outlandish fireworks, report it to your local police station immediately. Illegal fireworks are disruptive and dangerous and can cause permanent auditory and bodily injuries.
8. Don’t forget about Fluffy. Most likely, your pets don’t like the sound of fireworks. This can be an incredibly scary and stressful time for your little furry friends. Bringing pets indoors will help comfort them and keep them from experiencing unnecessary stress and anxiety.

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