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Friday, August 1, 2014

My Favorite Linky Parties

Have you heard of linky parties? They are becoming more and more popular for promoting your blog. Linky parties are available online 7 days a week. I like that these parties are for nearly any and everything.


I originally only started with about one or two parties. Presently I have about 5 linky parties that are my favorite. I know there are those that do blog linky parties 7 days of the week, but for now I have chosen only 3 days of the week.

Linky Parties


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What is a linky party? A linky party is an online site that allows you to post your blog posts on there. The great thing about it is that you receive a wider audience of exposure for your blog. Each linky party has their own guidelines and rules, so you must be vigilant to adhere to them. My favorite parties are listed below:

BeautythroughImperfection

I like this linky site because unlike the other parties you pin your blog through Pinterest. I love to pin on Pinterest. There are 4 hosts; Paula, Becky, Gabby, and Kristi. I always find interesting blogs to pin to my Pinterest online pinboard.

Disney Frozen Back to School Backpacks



There http://www.beautythroughimperfection.com/2014/07/26/pin-party-59/ pin it party is on Saturdays. I like the fact that even though many of us are super busy, they allow you several days to post before closing it. So if you happen to not make it there Saturday, you still have several days to do so. Each week there is a different subject to read about and they do offer nice freebie giveaways. I have had nothing but positive experiences since I have been posting to their linky parties.

Microfiber Duffle Gym Cheer Bag

Lifeoffaithblog: Mommy moments

This is a faith based blog that has posts dealing with Christ,marriage, motherhood and much more. The linky parties here are on Mondays and are listed under Mommy Moments. There is 1 hosts and 3 co-host; Faith, Sarah, Alli, and Heather. http://www.lifeoffaithblog.com/2014/07/mommy-moments-105.html
also has a guest bloggers too. You may also, find other linky parties on this blog as well.

Essential Things Devotion

Here you will sometimes find over 100 blogposts to read and/or post. http://essentialthingdevotions.com/believe-essential-fridays-57/ encourages Christian bloggers. This blog is by Mel Caldicott. She is a full-time mom and both her and her husband have 3 children and a dog. Here you will find daily devotions regarding real life.


A Little R&R

is a Wednesday linky party by Rosilind Jukic. Again, the great things about linky parties is that they give you several days that you can post your blogs. You are not bound specifically to that day. Many have busy schedules to keep. Remember that all of the linky parties I have listed have their own guidelines and rules. Be sure to adhere to them, should you decide to join their linky party.

RaysofGraceandJoy.blogspot.com

http://raysofgraceandjoy.blogspot.com/2014/07/salt-light-30.html: Salt&Light. This blog encourages you to be the light of the world. This Linky Party may include health, mothering, faith in Jesus, and much more. I have found many fascinating posts at this party. Each week there is something different.



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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Parenting: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

Before your children are born you possibly have unrealistic ideas of what it means to be a parent. You are possibly envisioning theses beautiful children that can do no wrong.

After your children are born and the reality of parenting sets in. You may be open to all the parenting advice that you can get, because there is the reality that even though you love your children, you had no idea that it would be like this.

Good

May I take you back just a little? Do you remember when your first baby was born? That moment in the hospital after giving birth can be a joyous occasion. Possibly even after you bring the baby home, your baby just takes a bottle and then goes right back to sleep. After a couple of months you are probably thinking, “I can hardly wait until my baby starts talking.”










Parenting Advice

 






It is good when you have family such as mother and mother-in-law to give you their expertise help from their own experiences of being a mother.

XO 7-inch Kids Tablet


Bad

Now this is not really bad unless you perceive it as that. I like to think of it stages of the baby growing up. You may have never considered that your baby will be cranky during teething time. You may have never considered you nor your husband would get very little sleep when your baby is colicky. You may have never known that two-year-olds would throw temper tantrums. Possibly you assumed your toddler would do everything that you asked. It never occurred to you that this little person has a mind of (his/her) own. Previously when your baby was born, you could not wait for your baby to talk, now you possibly feel guilty because you are thinking,” I do not want to hear the word “mama” or “mommy” any time soon because my ears need a rest.

You may feel bad when you have fed your baby, changed your baby's diaper, and to no avail your baby is continually crying for too long a period of time. After taking your baby to the doctor you discover the crying was for a reason, because the baby has an ear infection. Your baby could not talk, but instead cried as loud as (he or she could) to let you know something was not right. Do not beat yourself up about this, because you did make it to the doctor in time.  Remember parenting is trial and error whether you like it or not.

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Ugly

Although this is not ugly at the time it may feel quite uncomfortable when you need to apply tough love as your child get's older. If you have been an enabler and you have not allowed your child to develop to become a productive part of society, you may feel guilty or sad about the outcome. Tough love is a choice. A question I have often asked myself is, “If this were not my child, would I allow this type of behavior?” Sometimes, we need to detach ourselves from the situation.

As I watched the TV program Supernanny, I was amazed at how this woman goes around and helps families where the children are basically taking over the house and running the lives of not one parent, but both parents. Basically you do not have to be mean to get your point across to your toddlers, children, or teens. You do however, need to be persistant. You do, however, need to be on the same page with your husband regarding your children. No you and your husband may not agree, but there needs to be a common ground.

I recall my one daughter was born sucking her finger on the delivery table. The doctor looked at me and told me, "She has probably been doing that while you carried her in the womb."  When we went home, my husband was adamant about pulling her finger out of her mouth. He did not want her sucking her thumb, he was afraid she would eventually have buck teeth. I, however, disagreed and I knew very little about babies, but I know everyone has some type of habit, this just happened to be hers. Needless to say, he allowed the thumb sucking. She grew up with beautiful straight, white teeth. When she was about 6 or 7 years old, she came home from school and told me the children were teasing her and she wanted me to put hot sauce on her thumb to help her stop sucking her finger. I did so. Needless to say she was determine to stop and she did.

Parenting is a stage in life. There will be some good days and some bad days, but inevitably you still love your children, hopefully, unconditionally.


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Friday, July 25, 2014

6 Things You Should Know about The CrossRoads Village

Have you been to the Crossroads Village? There is countless number of fun activities there to see. Parents and children will see several exhibits and much more.

The Crossroads Village is located at 6140 Bray Road, Flint, Michigan. This is one of the many tourists attractions.

1. Barber Shop

One of the greatest attractions that I liked was the Barbershop which dates back in time. The attendant that was telling the story about this barbershop pointed out some important points. There was a time that women were not allowed in the barbershops, because men would come in there and take baths as well as get their hair cut. In there you would see the tub sitting out in the open and a stove in the near center of the room. For those that love to play checkers, there is a checker set on the table. So you can have a game going while waiting to get your hair cut.



 
Disney Frozen Back to School Set





2. T.N.North & Son Bank

As you enter this bank you will see a se of U.S. 19th Century coins. Whereas the banks now have some glass teller windows, the teller windows then had a  set of bars in the front of them similar to the bars on a jail cell.



3. Black Smith Shop

You definitely do not want to miss the Black Smith Shop. Here you will see the blacksmith making mini-horse shoes that they actually sell for $3.00 a piece.



4. Stanley School

This school is named Stanley School and apparently there were various age groups in one school room. Just imagine, one building for Kindergarteners through 12th grade.



5. Llamas

These were the most beautiful, colorful Llamas that you can see.


6. Ferris Wheel

Children love the Ferris Wheel, a Carousel Merry-go-round, and a Village train as well. These are just some of the great things that you will see at the Cross Road Village. There is never a dull moment there.

 
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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Signs You are a Good Parent

 
Are you aware that first time parenting is trial and error? You may make mistakes parenting, but hopefully you will be a responsible parent.

Being responsible for this new baby that is coming to your family is a responsibility that you do not want to take likely. You can never received too many parenting tips.


I recall that several of the high schools have included as part of their student curriculum to care for a doll.  This doll is monitored to cry just like a real baby when it is in need or distress. Although this is not the real deal, it gives the students a glimpse of the responsibility of caring for a newborn. As I watched a television program there were 15-year-old children on the program giving their reasons for wanting to have a baby. Some stated they wanted a baby so it would love them. When they made this statement, they had no clue about the reality of taking care of a baby. In fact, they are babes themselves.

Those that are already parents, have probably figure this out at this point whether you are a teenage parent or older. A few things that may be signs that you are a good parent are as follows:

Love

According to WebMd.com you cannot spoil a child with love. I agree. Genuine love is not all the material things, but giving your children the feeling and knowing that they are truly loved. How many times have you heard a child say, “He does not love me.” Those are the feelings of that child. Or have you heard a child say, “I really feel loved.” I know words of affirmation, “I love you, I enjoy our time together, you are so special, and hugs and kisses will go along way to help a child feel loved.

 
Crayola Kindergarten Supply Pack


Don't Fix It

Do you try and fix all of your children's problem's? Sometimes give your children time to find their own solutions according to Parents.com. I would even take it a step further and use this time to discuss possible solutions. Maybe ask James or Sue, “How could they fix this or what other things could you do?” You would be surprised at the amazing solutions that children will come up with. I recall a principal making a statement to a group of second graders. She said, “Employers want people that can find solutions to their problems.” I thought this is so true. Start early with your children encourage them to find solutions to their own problems.

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Role Play

I have mentioned this before. Role Playing will give you a good idea of what your child's perception is. I recall role playing with my children as they grew up. They portrayed one of my children as doing whatever she wanted and showed me as responding say, “That is okay.” I had to take a look at the fact that they made it clear I was favoring one child even when this child was in the wrong. Sometimes it may be an awakening for a parent to have to see and admit that they have not been getting it right, but that does happen.

These are just a few tips to help you be a responsible parent. Help your child feel loved and wanted.

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Source:

Personal Experience

10 Commandments to Good Parenting

50 Easy Ways to Be a Fantastic Parent

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

How Serious Is Asthma?

 
Do you know of anyone that has asthma? Possibly you or your children are bothered with Asthma. There is help and treatment for asthma. Getting the right treatment is critical.

Doe you have any of the asthma symptoms that I have listed in this article? Do any of them them sound familiar? Then you might want to visit your doctor to be sure that you do not have Asthma.



Asthma Symptoms

Asthma is serious. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Asthma is a chronic lung disease. You may experience periods of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, and coughing. They further add it affects people of all ages and may happen during the morning or during the night.

Asthma Triggers

Did you know that colds, flu, or sinus infection can trigger asthma flare-ups? Also, according to The American Lung Association animals, pests, mold, and exercise can trigger asthma. It is important to know what triggers your children's asthma. Knowing this can be a big key to managing asthma. This is great that it is manageable.


Obesity in Children

Obesity appears to reduce the effectiveness of inhaled steroids according to Huffingtonpost.com. They further add that obesity makes the lungs' airways dysfunctional and reduces the ability for the lungs to stay open, but it should not be an excuse to avoid exercise because even Olympic athletes suffer from asthma. Again, I say a key importance is that Asthma can be managed.


Asthma Friendly Home

Have you ever heard of an Asthma Friendly Home? Lovechicliving.co.uk talks about keeping your home well-ventilated and dark oak flooring as opposed to carpet. I know many of us probably just love carptet, but they suggest that carpet may bring dust which could be dangerous for those that are asthmatic.

Yogurt

Did you know that a cup of Yogurt may alleviate the symptoms of Asthma? According to Howstuffworks.com the current RDA (Recommended dietary allowance) for vitamin B12 can be found in a cup of yogurt.

Remember Asthma can be managed with the right care.

Source:

What Is Asthma?

Reduce Asthma Triggers

Don't Let Asthma and Obesity Sideline Our Kids

5 Simple Steps to an Asthma Friendly Home


25 Home Remedies for Asthma

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Monday, June 30, 2014

Sloan Museum (Omg)

Have you been to the Sloan Museum? Here you will see many colorful displays ranging from space pictures, classic cars, and play areas for your children.

 

The Sloan Museum located on 1221 E. Kearsley St., Flint, Michigan, 48503, will give you and your children endless hours of interesting and educational things to see.

Compact Car

Something that really caught might eye was the compact car that the astronauts used to move around on the moon. I love the fact that there are exhibits that allow you to build your own compact car. It gives children the choice of the type of car and colony they want to build. They decide where they want their restaurant and/or gas station located in their colonies.



Space Journey

There is an entire exhibit regarding space journey. Here there is endless hands on experience for your children. This is great for the child that wants to touch everything.



Sleeping Quarters

Can you imagine what the sleeping quarters of an astronaut looks like on the moon? As you can see from the pictures, they are very tiny quarters. Not a lot of room for moving around.


First Camcorder

There is an exhibit of the first camcorder that was used when the astronauts journeyed out into space.


Play area

There is something at the Sloan Museum for all ages including your little ones. The play area has it's on children's play grocery store. Children will love to pretend shopping.


Reading area

Parents do you want to take a load off of your feet? You can sit for a while and read to your toddlers. There is a variety of books from which to choose.



Back in time

Do any of these appliances below look familiar for back in the day? I remember my grandmother had that type of washing machine on the back porch. This was where she did her washing and ringing the clothes out. She then hung them out on a line in the backyard. Dryers were not even thought of at that time. What about the toaster and the mixer to the right of the washing machine? Look familiar?

 
If you have not been to the Sloan Museum, you are missing a treat. Your children will love it.


 
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