Sunday, December 30, 2012

Can you believe it?

Another year has come and gone!

There were up's and there were down's...

The world DIDN'T end...

But I sure did learn quite a lot in the last 365 days...

Rather than drag you all through my year in review again this year, I thought I would just focus on saying thank you!  And also touching on a few things coming in 2013!

I appreciate all of you for your love and support throughout the last year.  I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for you!  I look forward to the year ahead being absolutely amazing for all of us!  There will be many wonderful days ahead and many more exciting things to share as well.

One announcement I haven't had the chance to announce is that I was asked to hold the position of Vice President of Kaplan University's Collegiate Entrepreneur Organization!  I am very excited to share these happenings and may well be approaching some of you to do some spotlight work with me.  I think it will be an excellent opportunity for many!

One of my articles will be featured in the January print Newsletter.  The newsletter goes to many schools across the country along with a large subscribed readership.  I am very excited to see the newsletter and the many other great articles that will be included.  (Yes, you read that correctly, I will have one of my articles published in print!!)

So again, I am so grateful for each and every one of you who have supported me in 2012.  As we say goodbye to this year, I hope you have learned a lot as well!  I hope you're living true to your heart!  I hope that you're chasing down your dreams! I hope nothing will hold you back in 2013!  And I can't wait to be included in YOUR amazing year ahead!

Love and Hugs,


Thursday, December 6, 2012

Parenting Tips from Dr. Sue Cornbluth

10 Success Tips 

Every Parent Needs to Use!!

  • Move your kids towards "CONFIDENCE!" Tell them (1) You are special (2) You are important (3) You matter to me!
  • A little time spent with your child each day amounts to a lot!
  • When your kids ask for your attention stop what you are doing and give it to them. By doing this, you are showing them that they are important! 
  • Tell your child, "You are unique.” It is important to appreciate the amazing qualities your kids have and focus on them."
  • When children set goals for themselves they are more likely to achieve them. Help your child write down his or her full goal Statement on a piece of paper and have them carry it with them wherever they go!
  • Getting better at something doesn't have to take a lot of time, but it does require determination. A little time spent on one thing everyday can make a BIG difference.
  • Encouragement means Acknowledgement! Say statements such as, “You did it!” “Great Job!” Daily!
  • Mistakes Happen! Encourage children to so better the next time! It helps your child to accept their own shortcomings.
  • Provide children with experiences for success
  • Give children and “I Can Attitude” Can’t means won’t! Can means I will try!

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

A Simple Purple Sharpie

A Day in LIFE...

As any typical day in the life of a household of seven people and a crazy puppy might go, the four oldest kids were at school and Paul at work.  Mommy, Nic and Jasper were "holding down the fort".

Mommy was multi-tasking.  Searching for a lost piece of paperwork and cleaning the dining room. Nicolas never got quiet.  He was right around the corner watch Godzilla (the 1978 version is his current favorite).  I could here him running around doing his best Zilla impression chasing the dog.

This show is literally as old as I am.  He loves it!
Before long, I was finishing sorting the mail and Nicolas came out to show me his hands.  This is nothing abnormal, my child is ALL boy, except he hates having dirty hands.  What was abnormal, was they had a few spots of purple on them!  Where did purple come from???? 

I can do it ALL!

OH!! A purple Sharpie! I could smell it as I walked in the living room.  Wait! Where did he find a purple Sharpie?  Do we even own a purple Sharpie? What was he drawing on?  When did he stop chasing Jasper? All the questions running through my mind...then I saw it! OH...EM...GEE!!!

Yep, all over the carpet, furniture and table.  All I could see was PURPLE SHARPIE! I'm not even sure how long I wasn't breathing.  Not long enough to pass out or anything.  But I may have been as purple as the Sharpie! There was a scream building inside.  "Nicolas what did you do??" Ok, so I didn't scream, but he definitely knew I wasn't a fan of his artistic abilities!

I walked away to count to 10 at least 10 times.  When I came back in, he must have known how bad this one was, because he actually got his baby wipes and was trying to clean it off.  (Didn't help.) Actually smeared it all a bit on the carpet.

Well, of course, what does any mother do at a time like this? Yes, I took the above pictures for Facebook.  I also plan on putting them in his scrap book to laugh about in the future.  Then I got to work on breathing again and cleaning up the mess.  

Thanks to some great advice from family and friends, all's well again, and the permanent purple Sharpie is actually a thing of the past.  I have gotten it off the table and carpet, and almost completely off the upholstery.    YAY!!!
ALL Clean Now!
I had Santa send Nicolas an email that night, telling him he's on the good list but he better behave so he stays there!!  So far so good!  Yes, Santa does use email now.  If you haven't done it, it's great! One of the things Santa told Nic to do was to clean up his toys every day.  When we watched it a second time, Nicolas actually tried to tell Santa he's been cleaning up and "put away" his toys!

Looking back now, the whole incident actually reminds me of Harold and the Purple Crayon for some reason.  And yes, I am actually laughing now.  Glad it's already laughable...and definitely glad there won't be any coal in Nic's future!

See, Harold doesn't have too much hair either...very similar indeed! ;)

As always...

Love and HUGS,