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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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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Researchers have found that employees waste an average of an hour a day on personal tasks. I admit I have done many of these. But in my defense, I HAVE to be on social media for work.
1. Checking personal emails
2. Reading news sites
3. Checking the weather
4. Logging on to social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
5. Online banking
6. Paying bills
7. Planning vacations
8. Shopping for clothes online
9. Calling friends
Many companies have blocked ‘entertainment sites’ from their work computers, but with smart phones being so technologically advanced, those blocks don’t prevent people from surfing and shopping online.
Take a look at how we waste time here.
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The First ... Day of Kindergarten
The kids who do the best are the ones who have come early to familiarize themselves with the school and their classroom. Also you can get your child excited by pointing out school buses, reading books that are about going to kindergarten, maybe even going school shopping with them.
Don’t…make a fuss because that will stress out your child.
The First ... Crush
This is a perfect time to start talking about what qualities he or she likes in other people. You can even share your experience to help them know that they aren’t alone in their feelings.
Don’t…make a joke about it!
The First ... Big Loss in Sports
Focus on their performance and not the score. Remind your kid that sports is only about winning. It’s about teamwork and socializing and also about how your handle yourself in winning and losing.
Don’t…criticize the ump or throw a fit.
The First ... Bad Grade
Sympathize. Then ask questions that help get to the core of what happened. Try to stay as nonjudgemental as possible, and come up with ways together to correct the problem for the future.
Don’t…Lose perspective and your temper. It’s just one grade.
Get more firsts and how to handle them here.
This is especially important when taking pictures of kids and grandkids! You may have heard about this but here's a great news story that explains it all. Apparently hackers can get into your phone and find out where the pictures were taken. Specifically! Where in their bedroom or their school or their favorite place to hang out! As the mother in the story says, "it's horrifying!" But you can fix it! Turn off the GPS setting on pictures you plan to post on social media. See how by watching the video.
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It's that time! Time to pack up the kids, take them to college, and try not to cry while they're happy and excited! As a parent you probably know what to make sure your kids have packed to take with them. But here are a few things that may slip your mind, and we all know that these things are last on your school-bound childrens' minds.
1-cup Measuring Cup
Maybe they’re in a cramped dorm or apartment, but having the right tools will make it easier.
Wrinkle Remover Spray
I doubt they'll be doing any ironing.
Business Casual Attire
There are many reasons to bring along some nice clothes: class presentations, job fairs, interviews, and so much more!
They still have to walk across campus in the rain. So make sure to have an umbrella, rain jacket, and something to protect their feet, like Wellingtons or Duck Shoes.
Get the rest of the list here.
Not if you took this test for 8th graders in 1912!
I'm embarrassed to say that I sat in a stupified trance. The emphasis on STUPId. I couldn't answer many of these questions! Read the article here and then watch adults trying to answer these questions below.