Meet the In-Laws…In a Good Way

I’d say that I got pretty lucky in the in-laws department. I joke with my husband that I’m only with him to get to hang out with his parents. And Wednesday nights are our nights to go over to the in-laws’ and take a load off. And let me tell you, I needed it…bad.

Every mom needs a break every once in a while. That’s definitely what I’ve learned lately. I’m lucky enough to be able to take my kids to work with me, so I try to do so as much as possible. My daughter pretty much comes with me every day, but my toddler son only comes during the slow season, which is right now. My goal is to spend as many hours with my kids as possible, even if that means being with them 24/7. I always want to feel that if nothing else, I’ve been a good mom.

And sometimes, being a good mom means knowing when to step back and let others help you out. Which is exactly what I did tonight. My mother-in-law made dinner, so I didn’t have to clean…that was up to my father-in-law, who also took care of giving my son a bubble bath while my mother in law coo’ed and aah’d at my daughter. In the meantime, my husband and I were busy watching television and relaxing. Of course, we did sneak in our own kisses and cuddles and playtime.

And now, it’s time to reboot, and get back to doing what I love most: being a mom.

Natural Flu Remedies

If you’re breastfeeding or pregnant mom, you can’t indulge in non-natural flu remedies. You have to rely on natural flu remedies to help you feel better. And the best part about these natural flu remedies, is that they actually attack the cause for the symptoms; natural flu remedies don’t just simply mask the symptoms. Below, see a list of suggestions that are pain-free and effective!

  1. Hydrogen Peroxide– Do this especially when you are starting to feel the flu coming on, and then continue to do it throughout your illness. This is a great natural flu remedy. You have to use the 3 % solution though. Dillute it 50/50 in the cap of the bottle, and dip a q-tip in it. Then, clean your ear out with it in and out. Then, use a few drops of water to flush it out. This will attack the actual flu and help to keep it from coming on or just shorten your sickness time. You can read blogs from MyBiosource Learning Center to learn about the different diseases going around.
  2. Salt Water- We all know the old trick of gargling with it, and it works! But you also can make a more salty solution and sniff it into your nose. It will open your nostrils right up.
  3. Vitamin C– For adults, triple your intake of Vitamin C during the duration of your flu.
  4. Garlic-Eat lots of it. It boosts your motabolism and immune system.
  5. Steam it out-Something that will make you feel instantly better is taking a really, hot steamy (Obviously not burning) shower or bath. It’ll open up your sinuses and pores.

Terrible Twos

The terrible twos don’t have to be terrible to you. But there’s really no tactic to make the terrible twos not so typical. With the terrible twos, there will be screaming, crying, running, temper-tantrum-throwing, ecc. But it’s all about how you perceive it; how you handle it. You can get more of this information from this great E-book Dealing With the Terrible Twos and Beyond, Talking to Toddlers

First of all, and most obvious of all, you have to have patience. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lost my cool and just started yelling at my son, and I could see this little look of absolute delight in his eyes. Like a little mischevious grin that said, “I got you…” At that point, I can’t help but laugh, but that’s not so bad.

Laughing at you child’s behavior can be therapeutic. Instead of going crazy and getting all bent up about the terrible twos, try laughing about it. C’mon, when your terrible two toddler decides to take off his diaper and pee on the kitchen floor, it is funny. The key is, not to let them see you laughing, and to be persistent with your actions.

Persistence is key. Every single time that terrible two toddler takes that block and throws it at the tv, take the same disciplinary action. Try not to let any of those actions slip because say, maybe you’re tired, because then the terrible two toddler won’t get that if he does such action, such consequence will follow. Insted the terrible two toddler will learn: if I just keep doing it, I might get away with it every once in a while.

Also, learn when to ignore your terrible two toddler. When he’s been fed and gotten enough sleep and he starts to freak out because say, he wants a cookie and you won’t give him one, just ignore – ignore – ignore. Eventually, the terrible two toddler will just learn that by throwing those tantrums, the terrible two toddler will not get his or her way. shy_child-other

But another tactic for that type of behavior is to avert the terrible two toddler’s attention. If the terrible two toddler is screaming for a cookie, ask him or her if they want an apple or a banana, or — “Look! Why don’t we watch your favorite cartoon!”

Last, never forget that your terrible two toddler is unique, and you may have to figure out your own terrible two toddler’s personality to figure out what really makes them tick, and what makes them stop! And for more info just check out Dealing With the Terrible Twos and Beyond, Talking to Toddlers

Smoothie Diet

I did a toned down version of the smoothie diet during the first 3-4 months of having my daughter, and the smoothie diet mixed with me breastfeeding got me down to weighing less than my pre-pregnancy weight. So how did I do the smoothie diet? I would more call it a smoothie diet mixed with a cereal and dinner diet, haha. So that way you don’t starve yourself, there is also other diets as the ketosis diet which you could read more here.

For breakfast, I would have a small bowl of what I c all wholesome cereal. No junk, sugary, honey cereal. Just simple corn flakes or crisp rice or wheat squares. Obviously, I would have it with low fat milk. I would drink water, not juice, to reduce the calorie intake.

Lunch is where the smoothie diet really kicks in. I would mix the following ingredients to make my smoothie:

1 cup 98 percent fat free liquid yogurt.

4 ounces of sliced, no sugar added, strawberries (Frozen or fresh)

1 banana

About 22 oz of ice

I’d add it all into the blender and hit the puree’ button for about 30 seconds, and voila, you have lunch. This portion of the smoothie diet is actually even more filling than breakfast, and will keep you satisfied until dinner. See? No starving.

So then what do you have for dinner when you’re on the smoothie diet? The key is portion control, and paying attention to the food pyramid. Definitely try to have one serving from the meats group, one portion from the veggies, and one portion of the wheat and grains group. Again, think proportionate servings to not send the calorie count of the smoothie diet out of whack. smoothie_drinks

As with any other diet, the smoothie diet will be more successful if you combine it with exercise, and of course, I also recommend getting your hands on the prohormones, you will see an inmate improvement for sure!

One Laptop Per Child

laptop_computer-otherSince my kid stuff blog was about kid laptops, I figured it would be appropriate to do a brief spotlight on laptop.org. They raise money to provide laptop for kids in order to enhance their education.

This website not only educates you on the need for children all over the world to get the chance to have a lap top to educate themselves, but it also shows you ways to get involved if you don’t have the funds to contribute.

How much is it to contribute? By donating $199 you can buy a laptop for a child. But if you can’t donate that much, they have a program that allows your employer to match whatever you or your coworkers may donate.

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