Inspiration Reactions: How does it make you feel?

Inspiration Reactions: How does it make you feel?

 

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I remember being in catholic high school, (well, it was only 13 years ago). So, First thing in Theology class our teacher would have a bible passage written on the board. We would have to copy it in our journal and then write at least four sentences on what it meant to us. Then, we would discuss our feelings and get to know each others thoughts. That was my favorite part of the day. Mostly, because I loved being able to express myself with others instead of being told what something was “supposed” to teach me. It was very relaxing and fun.

So, I would like to take that same idea and apply it to a few quotes. I will give my perspective and I would love if you could add your ideas on some of them. I think it will be a lot of fun and eye opening. Lets get to the inspiration!

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“Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice, and most of all love of what you are doing”.

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This quote speaks to me in different ways. It reminds me of what my mom always used to say, “Anything worth doing is worth doing well”. If you don’t love what you do, you will never put in the work needed to be successful. You will not care about the process or the end result because your isn’t in it totally. Love what you do and you’ll never work a day in your life.

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“Remind yourself that its okay not to be perfect”.

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I picked this one because I hate that word. PERFECT- definition: Having all the required or desirable elements, qualities or characteristics, as good as it is possible to be. WHAT?! Who decides this standard?!?!! This word should never be used for a person in any way! It was made to describe an object. Like, this pen writes perfectly. It has all the qualities a perfect pen needs. People are so different and remarkable that there is absolutely no ONE “perfect”example. I just don’t like it.

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“Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire”.

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This is a great one Keep your eye on your passion and don’t forget why you started. Strive to reach your goal every day. Don’t be afraid to take a risk to better yourself.You will look back and be so proud of yourself for doing what you never thought you could.

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“View life s a continuous learning experience”.

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I know for a fact of course that I learn not just something but a lot of new things everyday. So many different aspects of life amaze me. My daughter is definitely my biggest teacher. She teaches me so many different things, like how to be humble. How to get back to the basics in life and just be happy with what you have right now. How to love so freely and with out condition. She is my everything.

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“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”.

I chose this quote because it is my favorite from Dr. Wayne Dyer. He was such an inspirational speaker and all around great person. Change your thoughts change your life. (this is not sponsored but I love his books so much I want to add a link to my favorite. Excuses Begone) If something isn’t going your way change your perspective. Look at it in a different way and see the good in it. There is always a way to make your situation better.

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And one more…. my Grandmother used to say this as she got older.

“Age is an issue of mind, If you don’t mind it doesn’t matter”.

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I always laughed because I never knew what she meant. Looking back now I recall that she never let her age get in the way. It was never an issue for her. She did whatever she wanted right up to the day she died. She has always been my inspiration. It has been 12 years and still everything she did and said resonates in my life. She was a beautiful, smart, loving, wonderful woman who taught me so much about life and what really matters.

So, that is enough inspiration for now. Hopefully you will be touched by one or more of these quotes and want to share your thoughts with me.

Thank you for reading. Hopefully, I didn’t bore you to much. Have a wonderful day!

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy 😛

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Eating and your Toddler: 27 Tips to hopefully make it easier

Eating and your Toddler:

Getting your toddler to eat can be pretty difficult. If your one of those parents who can’t seem to work it out maybe some of these tips will help you. Hopefully, some of them will give you the confidence to stick it out and figure out what works for you.

I think, I lucked out as far as not having a “picky eater” Allie loves most foods. She will eat pretty much anything I give her. But, I have noticed recently, after only a few minutes she gets bored with it and wants to go play. Now, that may be a result of being able to run around the house easier and get into everything.

I have tried a lot of different things to get her to sit and finish a meal but I have yet to find the right combination that clicks for her and the rest of our family.

I researched a few different techniques and have compiled my own list of tips I think might work for me. Hopefully. some of them will help you and we can share in mutual success 🙂

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  27 TIPS TO GET YOUR TODDLER TO EAT (AND FINISH) A MEAL

  1. First of all, let us just be clear… As long as your child is eating SOME of their food it is a great accomplishment. Especially around age 2 when they want to do anything but what you ask them.
  2. Allow only two to three snacks a day. Such as fruit, cheese, crackers or raisins. Children who over snack will not be hungry for meals. snacks
  3. Avoid to much juice or milk as it takes up their calorie intake for the day. (16 oz. milk and 6 oz. juice) banana-juice-in-glass-13929203836Q6
  4. Give your child smaller portions and only give more if they ask. To much can overwhelm and discourage. Also, giving them this little bit of control will make them want to do it for themselves.
  5. Try to incorporate all four food groups at each meal. (Carbs, fruit, veggie, and meat)
  6. Try, as much as possible, to eat as a family. When the child see’s others eating and enjoying themselves they will want to do the same.
  7. Maybe, change the appearance of the food to peak the child’s interest. (use cookie cutters for fun shapes)
  8. Avoid negative reactions or even positive praise. The child should want to eat to please themselves not anyone else.
  9. If you feel like your child just isn’t getting enough try a multivitamin.
  10. Don’t judge from just one day, as long as your child is getting a variety of foods over a week long period, they are fine.
  11.  As a rule, only make one meal for the entire family.Show that if you are eating the meal everyone else eats the same food.
  12. One bite rule, at least try each thing once.
  13. No substitutes! They must have the same meal as everyone else.
  14. Don’t offer any snacks at least two hours before dinner. To insure they are hungry for the meal.
  15. Get them excited for the meal.  “Almost dinner time, lets set the table!” table-setting
  16. Try to have a tray stocked with anything you might need for the meal. Constant up and down to get forgotten items disrupts the flow and children tend to get distracted fast. eating tray for the table
  17. Offer special rewards for eating a certain amount like stickers or dessert. educational-rewards-prizes-poster
  18. No punishments. but make the rules clear. They must try at least one bite of everything at every meal no exceptions.
  19. Keep your expectations low. These things take time. One day might be great and they eat most of their food and everyone has a great meal, and the next day spaghetti is on the wall and in your hair and the dog ate most of the food. The more you do it and stick to your guns it will get easier.
  20. Keep your eye on the prize. That being, a smooth family experience, not etiquette school. Since it is your house you get to decide what the difference is for your family.
  21. Keep the meal short. As we all know, children have very short attention spans. Get to know your time frame and try to stick within that time slot.  look-blocky-text
  22. Try to make after dinner dessert more of the fruit variety. Cakes and pastries will give them a sugar rush. fruit-mix
  23. Don’t give up! It takes time to form a good habit. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t, keep up with it.
  24. Keep offering new and different foods. No matter how many different times, you never know when they will be in the right mood to try and like a new food.
  25. Do not try to put so much effort into the preparation of your toddlers food. They will most likely reject a lot of it. Don’t feel defeated, it happens!
  26. Be sure to have dinner long before bed time. Tired children are notorious for being very cranky and not wanting to eat anything no matter how hard you try to feed them.big-ben-wall-clock
  27. Don’t get to crazy! If you hit the end of your rope its okay to give in and make a PB&J. (but only once in a while)

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Keep your head up! We can’t all be stepford wives 🙂

So, these tips may not work for everyone. But, I do believe they are a great starting off point to find what works best for you and how you would like your meals (and overall life) to be for your family.

That is all.

Thank you so much for stopping by my blog. I hope I didn’t bore you to much. Have a great day and a wonderful week!

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy 😛

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Organizing for Dummies…. Not really

Organizing your home can be very stressful. Especially if you haven’t been keeping up with all the random stuff you collect throughout the years.

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I know I love to collect lots of different things. I love home goods. Kitchen appliances and decor seems to be my favorite.

So, in order to organize all the things you may have lets go through some of the top organizing tips I’ve found so far,

First of all, I thought I was organized until I ran out of space. But, that is always how it works out. Once you run out of space things just seem to come out of the woodwork. Most things you didn’t even know you had in the first place.

There are a lot of things organized people do… apparently…

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  1. Organized people write things down
    1. When I write things down I usually wind up losing the paper or forgetting I wrote it down in the first place.
    2. I try very hard to remember to bring a notebook with me every where I go but that doesn’t always happen.
  2. Give everything a home.
    1. My mom used to say “A place for everything and everything in its place”. I obviously don’t follow that as much as I should.
    2. Obviously, this picture shows how truly unorganized I am, No matter how many times I clean and organize the things on this dresser it always seems to look like this in a few short days.
  3. Keep up with yo’ stuff:
    1. Stuff does not keep itself organized, keep it in check
    2. Always put things back where you found them, this will make it a lot easier to find them again and look a lot better as well.
  4. Keep only what you need.
    1. Now, this one makes me a little uneasy. I don’t NEED my Dolphin/Giraffe collection but I like them a lot and I will keep them no matter what. They make me happy.
    2. Less is more or whatever. Easier said than done… I love stuff!
  5. Work smarter, not harder.
    1. If you do it right the first time you won’t have to go back and do it all over again.
    2. It might seem to take longer but it will definitely save more time in the long run.
  6. Give yourself a reward/treat when you accomplish a task, to motivate yourself (this is my favorite step of all)
    1. Pretty much self explanatory
  7. Keep things you use everyday within reach and those once-in-a-while things out of site.
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  8. Have a donate box in the car for things you don’t need
    1. Utilize it
  9. When in doubt… have lots of hooks for hanging things…
    1. nothing on the floor makes the home look much more organized
  10. Slow and steady wins the race
    1. You don’t need to organize everything in one day. Take your time.

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Organizing an entire home is an art form.

I recommend this book…

Move your stuff Change your life: How to use feng shui to get love, money, respect and happiness

Move your stuff, change your life: how to use feng shui to get Love, Money, Respect, and Happiness

It is engaging, informative, joyful and funny. A must read for those who need to organize in a deliberate way to feel more at peace.

You’ll be organized at more at peace with your life in no time.

That is all for now. Thank you so much for reading. Have an incredible Day.

Kristen

Allie’s Mommy 😛

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Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.

Popsicle’s….. Where did they come from?

Hello, everyone! How are you today?

Is it hot where you are? If so, and you like Popsicles then this is the post for you!!!

Considering this heat wave I decided that this week our “Where did it come from?” thing is “Popsicles”.

Who came up with the idea for Popsicles? In what country did they originate? What flavors did they start with?

“Originated as a happy accident.

The story goes that on a chilly San Francisco evening back in 1905, an 11-year-old boy named Frank Epperson was making himself a soft drink, using a cup and a stirring stick to blend a powdered mix with water. Somehow he got distracted and left the concoction on his front porch overnight. In the morning, he discovered the drink had frozen with the stick inside, making a handle of sorts.

He patented “frozen ice on a stick” in 1923 and started making what he called “Eppsicles” and his children soon termed “Pop” sicles. A year or two later, Epperson sold his patent to the Joe Lowe Co. The nickel-priced novelties soon took off like wildfire.”

More info at History

“Today, two billion Popsicles are sold every year.”

Now for some yummy Popsicle recipes:

Mint-Melon Pops

Raspberry Pops

Tart-Lime Pops

Lemon-Blueberry Twist Pops

Vanilla Chocolate Pudding Pops

Mandarin Orange Cream Pops

Other facts:

  • Cherry is the most popular flavor
  • During WWII the eighth air force unit chose popsicles as a symbol of American life.
  • The very first ice cream man sold popsicles from a horse-drawn cart to children in Nebraska
  • The “twin” pop was invented during the great depression so two children could share one popsicle for a nickel
  • August 14 is National Creamsicle day
  • Today there are more than 25 variations

Did you learn anything new?

If you enjoyed this post comment your all time favorite popsicle flavor.

Thank you for reading. I hope I didn’t bore you too much. Have a wonderful day!

 

Hello, my name is Kristen Osborne I am a happy mother of one beautiful little girl. Very into the internet and trying out new things.