Praise

At the start of the school year, my daughter’s teacher handed out a copy of 101 ways to praise a child. It was a list of praise words that could genuinely mean the world to a child after a good deed or effort is done.  As we get older, praise in this way can still be effective … [Read more...]

Happy Birthday, America

We are so blessed especially around this time of the year.  We are at home, enjoying the BBQ dinners, anticipating our garden to grow, and entertaining our newlywed houseguests who are in from Italy for their honeymoon.  They are getting a taste of the wonderful life we all enjoy … [Read more...]

Taking in the Moment

Have you ever appreciated someone more after not being with him/her for a period of time?  It’s true what they say about the expression, “Absence makes the heart grow fonder”.  I did not even realize it, until last Sunday evening when I came home from a 5 day business trip.  … [Read more...]

From Potty Training to Adult Training

What a big revelation I am having throughout the ups and downs of potty training my daughter. Today is day 4 being all dry (YAY! and Whew!!).  What did it take to get to this point?   Lots of patience, impatience, and downright prayer!  We had a few things going on all around … [Read more...]

Shoveling Spirit

What does shoveling snow mean to you?  Exercise or making snow angels? For some, a bad back, but to a toddler, it means independence, empowerment and discovery. Yesterday morning, I bought a mini shovel for my daughter.  That afternoon, we shoveled our driveway and front … [Read more...]

Every Storm Runs out of Rain…

Has a song ever motivated or changed your way in thinking or helped you see a situation in a different light? I enjoy listening to music as I’m walking around my neighborhood.  It is calming, relaxing and helps me reflect upon the week’s events.  A song I never heard of … [Read more...]

Is your Plan B at the end of the alphabet?

What is your Back up plan?  Did you know that only 24% of Americans have a six month emergency savings cushion and 24% have no emergency cushion at all?  This came from a study released by Bankrate.com last year.  This finding is staggering and enlightening.  It serves as a … [Read more...]

Cracking down on F.E.A.R.

Did you ever say to yourself after accomplishing something important…. “Gee, that was not as bad as I thought it would be?” I have said this time after time with tasks either small or big.  I then ask myself, “Why was I so fearful in not starting it sooner?” Is fear holding … [Read more...]

Wanting a Perfect Ending…

Did you ever say or hear one of your friends say…if only this happened will I be much happier or I wish I could work from home and make my own hours or if I could just make this much money that my life will be that much easier? I have…plenty of times! If you read between … [Read more...]

Do You Need a Food-Lift?

Making consistent healthy choices over a period of time is the tough part, especially if you just eat the same foods all the time.   We can only eat so many carrots before we decide to want something else that is crunchy, like potato chips.   So, the challenge is to find a … [Read more...]