I am very big into family, and I have a big family as well. 5 brothers and sisters (I'm the 5th of 6). 14 nieces and nephews (R Russell Patrick II joined us 10/13/13). 5 great-nephews & 6 great-nieces (Brooklyn Grace joined us 10/2/13). And no, with that many family members, I do not keep up with birthdays very well. Not well at ALL! Even with a master list on my fridge.
I'm also married. My husband and I got married here in San Antonio at the historic Sheraton Gunter Hotel downtown. And we are the proud parents of a 12 year old Alaskan Husky named Moo and three 1 year old kittens: Wicket, Willow, and Winter.
Like all Texas moms, I made my kid pose in the bluebonnets.
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Hand gestures are our way of communicating nonverbally. And sometimes they can hurt us without our even knowing it.
Avoid these gestures:
Learn more about these gestures here.
If you have ever worked in the restaurant industry, then you know how tough of a go it can be. When I was in college, I worked as a hostess at an Italian restaurant and I remember a waitress being so overwhelmed by a bad customer (a family actually), that she went in the back and just cried! No job should make you have a mini-breakdown.
But THIS is sweet! Check out two guys who decided to tip their wait staff $200 a piece. So touching. And it may have brought a tear to my eye.
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Here are ways to help you wake up perky and ready to go.
Slash an Hour From Your Day
If you want to wake up earlier, stop down earlier. For the sake of decompressing your day, assume you have one less hour in the evenings (to be set aside for a wind down period) and say no to things that infringe on that time.
You didn’t hit the snooze button! Way to go! Now reward yourself once you’re up. Do an exercise routine, read a favorite blog or newspaper column, enjoy your coffee. Make it something meaningful so that you look forward to doing it again.
Bring In The Light
Your brain and body are sensitive to light and temperature which helps with our sleep cycles. So place your bed in front of the windows. Take down the blackout curtains and put up sheer curtains. You can even go as far as to get a light box which simulates sunlight.
Check out more ways that can help here.
The story behind the video is this guy has come out of surgery and still is dealing with the effects of the anesthesia. He doesn't realize the woman he's talking to is his wife, and he just is dumb struck by the fact that this "model" is married to him.
My husband said, "You'd LOVE if I did this, wouldn't you?" Oh he knows me too well. :-)
Admittedly it’s not something I want to do. I want people to like me and need my help. What can I say? But I can’t always be the yes man especially when it detracts from what I think is important…like family time, sleep, and my own work. So how do you tell people no? Here are some strategies to help you.
Be grateful. People are asking for your help because they believe in you and think you can help them. That’s quite a compliment. So thank them. But don’t worry that you have to say yes.
Say no to the Request. Make it clear that it’s the request that you’re rejecting not the person.
Don’t give up. Some people will keep pushing to get their way. That’s just how they are. So remember that you can keep pushing to get your way as well.
How else can you say no? Get more ideas here.
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Kids learn by imitation. Not just as a baby or toddler, but well into their teens. So be the best example for them that you can and pass on positive habits. It may even help you!
Be adventurous with a fork. In other words, try foods you wouldn’t normally eat whether it’s something you’ve never heard of before, or something that you think you won’t like. Then praise your children when they do the same thing. This may help your picky eaters try new and nutritious foods.
Let your child see you in action. You set a great example for your kids when you enjoy being active. It doesn’t matter what you do: walking through the neighborhood, swimming laps at the local pool, or even working out at the gym every day for an hour. Make sure your kids know how great you feel when you exercise, and make sure to plan hobbies for the entire family where everyone can be active.
Practice gratitude. Acknowledge favors with a smile and a sincere thank-you. Writing personal thank you notes has almost become a thing of the past, yet everyone loves getting them. So write some and make sure the kids see what you’re doing. Remind your children how good they feel when someone says thank you and how good it feels to let others know they're appreciated.
Let off steam the right way. When you're stressed or upset, be careful how you react because little eyes are watching. Practice calming techniques like deep breaths or counting to 10. Not only will your children remember how you acted in difficult situations, they may even take your lead.
Check out other ways you can be a role model for your kids here.
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So Debit basically means that the funds are taken out of your account immediately. Credit means that the transaction requires a signature and is processed by the credit card company and your funds may or may not be immediately taken out of your account. Sure I know this, but what I don’t know is when to use each one. And there are times when you should prefer one way the other.
Lifehacker.com is a great website that basically tells you how to do things easier. And they had some great thoughts on which to use when.
When you’re shopping online, use Credit. That’s because it’s easy to watch for fraudulent charges that you can dispute.
When traveling, use Credit. The added anti-fraud protection offered by credit cards can give you peace of mind if someone steals your card or harvests your card data. Also, your card may offer perks in traveling like discounts and frequent flyer miles.
If the other person/company needs to be paid immediately, use Debit. Debit is instant so it’s the fastest method of payment.
If you’re on a budget, use Debit. This will help you spend only what you have but still be protected in case someone steals your card and PIN number.
Look into other tips that can help you choose here.
Have you ever known someone who seems to be less stressed, laid back even? Jealous? Yeah, me too. Here are some ways to help with stress.
Do less by focusing exclusively on what’s important.
Do the important things. Focus on what’s essential and eliminate everything else.
Think progress, not perfection.
You’re never going to achieve perfection. For example, in golf the best score you can get is an 18. So let it go. Focus on what you’ve done today and what you still plan to do. Every step is an accomplishment that should be observed. Remember to celebrate the journey, not just the goal.
Do one nice thing for yourself every day.
Put yourself at the top of your priority list and treat yourself. Every day. No one else deserves this more from you than you. You are worth it.
Get more ideas on how to stress less here.
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Congratulations go out to One Direction's Zayn Malik on his engagement to Little Mix's Perrie Edwards!
They've been dating for quite some time now, 2 years. Zayn even recently got Perrie's face tattooed on his bicep.
Above you can see the bling Perrie is sporting. She showed it off on the 18th at the London premiere of 1D's new movie 'This Is Us.' According to sources, Zayn proposed by getting down on one knee during a romantic weekend for just the two of them.
Perrie's mom and brother are excited about the news as are Zayn's One Direction buds.
Zayn and Perrie have a lot in common. They're both 20 and both got famous through bands formed on Britain's "X Factor."
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