How to Keep Your Children Safe on Halloween

Kids Trick-or-TreatingOn Halloween, the scary things are supposed to confine themselves to bats, witches and all manner of vile and disgusting beasts.  No parent wants to confront the possibility that something worse than a stomach ache from eating too much candy may befall their child on Halloween.  Below is a list of tips on how to keep your children safe on Halloween.

1.  Do not allow your children to go Trick-or-Treating alone.  Either go with them, make arrangements with a friend’s parents, or, if your child is old enough, have her go out with a group of friends.

2.  Make sure that you child knows never to get into a stranger’s house or car.  They should stay with people they know, preferably in well-lit and well-populated areas.

3.  Inspect your child’s candy before allowing her to eat it.

4.  Throw away anything that is not in its original packaging, or that is homemade (the only exceptions here are homemade treats from friends).

October–A Hectic Month for Mothers

Stressed Mother Holding BabyOctober can be a very hectic month for mothers.  In addition to all the fuss associated with Halloween–buying you child the perfect costume, helping to chaperone the class party, buying candy to hand out on Halloween, and  taking your child out Trick-or-Treating, to name a few–October really kicks off the holiday season, with Halloween decorations being replaced by Thanksgiving and then Christmas decorations.  Although the holiday shopping season doesn’t officially start until the Friday after Thanksgiving, everyone knows that people actually start Christmas shopping long before November.  There are seasonal gifts to worry about (ie. those that won’t be available in late autumn), in addition to the risk that you might not be able to get your hands on some hot item if you wait too long.

Unsurprisingly, stress levels are prone to reaching near-epic proportions as the holidays roll around.  Below are a list f tips to help you combat the holiday blues.

1.  Me time.  Send the kids off to a friend’s house, and take a bubble bath.  Read a book.  Meditate.  Take a nap.  Whatever it is, do something that you find relaxing and enjoyable.  Bonus points if it’s something that you don’t normally have the time to do.  In my experience, the less you feel like you can take time out for yourself, the more you need to take time out for yourself.  Don’t be afraid to indulge a little–it’ll help everyone later on.

2.  Involve the family.  Don’t do all of the holiday decorating/baking by yourself.  Involve the rest of the family as much as possible.  If the kids are reluctant, make a game out of it.  Tell the kids that whoever is most helpful during the day gets to put the angel at the top of the tree, or gets to eat the first cookie.

3.  Learn to say No.  As the tasks pile up and well-meaning requests from fellow PTA members, friends and family members begin to bog you down, learn to say no.  Stop overstretching yourself.  The world won’t fall in if you don’t agree to bake a cake for your child’s holiday party, or if some other family member has to host Christmas dinner.  The more you overload yourself, the more stressed you will become, and the less time you will be able to devote to each task, meaning that your work will be of significantly lower quality than usual.

4.  Don’t procrastinate.  Don’t leave Halloween costume shopping or wrapping presents for the last minute.  Do everything early, so that as the big day approaches, you actually have a chance to breathe and relax.

5.  Allow room for error.  There is no such free as the perfect Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s–something, no matter how slight, will always manage to go wrong.  I once showed up at a wedding and didn’t have a place to sit at the reception.  Relax.  The world isn’t going to end because you forgot to take your Great-Grandmother’s special Thanksgiving napkins out of storage.

Mother’s Day Flowers

Thinking outside the box for presents doesn’t always turn out right.  How about, for Mother’s Day, we think inside and outside the box.  Is that possible?  Sure!

Inside of the box: Flowers.  Typical Mother’s Day present

Outside of the box: Flowers.  In a different form other than those that are given to us from Mother Nature or add a little twist to the real ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can find small items that she likes and attach them to the vase that the flowers are in.  Pick up some mascara, candy, lipstick…etc.  She will be thrilled to see that you have remembered what her favorites are and that you bought her a beautiful bouquet of flowers.  Try bringing her out flowers with her breakfast, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another gift idea that makes the flower arrangement less boring is to make your own arrangement!  If your mother loves to clean then here is a gift idea that is just for you!  Get blue and white flowers.  Any type of flower will do.  Go buy all of her favorite cleaning products that you always see her using around the house and fill up an entire basket.  Then, put the blue and white flower arrangement all through the basket so it looks the way you want it to.  You can add bows and different accessories if you would like to spiff it up a bit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the last ideas that I have for you is to get a gift that has flowers on it.  A nice ring with your family member’s names on it is a wonderful idea.  It lets her know that the whole family picked it out and that they all appreciate her very much.  Other items can be found with flowers on them that would play a sentimental role on Mother’s Day.  Get her a pair of slippers with pretty posies on them that say GREATEST on one foot and MOM on the other.

You will get inspired to create your own ideas that involve flowers and then every Mother’s Day will be a breeze!

Ways For Moms To Make and Save Extra Money

With the rising prices of gasoline and everything in between, sometimes a full time job isn’t enough. Oh, if money only grew on trees! How many times a week have you said that to yourself or your children? Here are some simple ways to make a buck – in a sense. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to find another part-time job, but mindful ways to save the money you typically spend! There are also ways to make money by doing something you love. Imagine that! Making money working on a favorite hobby!  Call it “funny money”. The easy extra money that save or make may surprise you!

 

  1. Smoker? Break the habit! I know, easier said than done. After all, a cigarette makes your life so much easier to deal with in those stressful situations. A cigarette goes well with coffee and good conversation. That is all a state of mind. There is no drug in nicotine that is known to “calm your nerves”. A cup of coffee goes well with conversation, minus the smell of cigarettes on your clothing. Imagine how much better your coffee will taste once you break the habit? One of the biggest advantages besides potentially adding years t your life? MONEY! If you smoke one pack of cigarettes per day that averages out to an estimated $145.00 per month! That can be used for a car payment, a utility bill, school clothes, or a day at the salon! If you save that money up for an entire year, that is nearly $1800 saved. Hello, Disney World! Hello, contribution to a college tuition! The habit will be hard to break in the beginning, but think money! Most importantly, think family!
  2. Selling Crafts Online: If you are a “crafty mom,” you no longer have to venture out at 5 Am to make it to a local or long-distance craft fair or flea market! Your customer base can stretch across the world!. Sites like etsy.com give you the opportunity to sell your crafts, blog about your crafts, and network with other artists!
  3. Save money on coffee! truth be told, I pay $5.85 for my favorite latte at Starbucks. Honestly, I don’t have a $5.85 latte budget, but I have a hard time accepting that fact. Shame on me! However, here is an idea. Instead of dropping $2.0o-$6.00 for a java fix, ask your company to invest in a coffee machine and gourmet beans. If your employer is not prepared to do that, speak amongst your colleagues for a “chip in”. A monthly coffee fund will be much cheaper and it is more convenient!
  4. Avon? Mary K? If you love make-up, jewelery and all of the girly things that life has to offer, you know that AVON has been a staple in household beauty for reasonable prices! If you have a good circle of friends they can help you by distributing the AVON books in their workplace and to their families! AVON now offers online service, so you can email invites to people you know to browse the products and use you as their rep! Instead of spending money on make-up, shower gel, shampoo, jewelery and the things you love, the more you sell the more products you can earn for free!
  5. Paid focus groups – Go to a search engine and type, “paid focus group”, followed by the city you live in. How would you like to make an extra $75 in cash just for taste testing coffee or giving your opinion on baby strollers? Most focus groups pay IN CASH at the end of the session. All you have to do is drive to the area where the study is being conducted, review the product. cha-ching!

Easter Outfits for Kids

BOB Haircuts: Being Over 50 and Fabulous!

Being 50 does not mean you are “over the hill”, girl you’re on top of it! Look great this summer with a new hairstyle. Do you remember the “bob” haircut from your teenage years? The hairstyle really never went away. You can choose a short bob or a longer bob. Look younger with a trendy, classy bob. Here are celebrities over 50 that rock the bob!

In the Photos” From left to right (Top Row); Olivia Newton John, Helen Mirren, Katie Couric

From left to right (Bottom Row); Cyndi Lauper, Anna Wintour, Kristin Scott Thomas

 


There’s A Nurse Advice Line?

Your child is bound to get sick, especially with frequent weather changes.  Being a new mom can be scary since you have never dealt with these problems on a daily basis until your baby came.  If you don’t know what to do and your doctor’s office is closed then you should think about calling Health Net’s Nurse Advice Line. Write down information that you would like to give them and also information that you would like to know.  This will help speed up the process so you will know if you should take your child to urgent care or not.  Also, talk about your own health problems.  If you are having health issues, even if it is just a cold, it could make your baby sick.  Let the nurse on the other line know what medications you are taking.  Make sure to tell them if you gave your child any medication, too.  This advice line will put your mind at ease if you are not sure what to do when you are unable to get a hold of your doctor.

Cake Pops

Order a special treat for yourself and the whole family.  These lollipops are actually made out of delicious cake and can be a late night snack when you are craving for sweets.  Cake pops can be ordered online, on the phone, or in a local bakery that makes them.  Spice up your child’s Easter basket with a few lamb lollipops.  They will be surprised to find out that the pops are actually filled with their favorite cake and the outer layer is icing.

Television Moms

To all of the mothers all over the world:  Let us remember these television moms and how they have mastered the skill of motherhood.

1) Sophia Petrillo from The Golden Girls
2) Peg Bundy from Love And Marriage
3) Lorelai Gilmore from The Gilmore Girls
4) Carey Martin from The Suite Life Of Zack And Cody
5) Rosanne from Rosanne

Swollen Feet?

Why is it that when you are pregnant you still find yourself running around all of the time?  Never taking a break even when these months are when you need it the most.  You become Captain Do-It-All and forget that you swollen feet need a rest.  You can reduce the swelling if you simply just take a small break.  Sit down, prop your feet up, and rest.  Remind yourself that even though you know you need to stay active, you also need to slow yourself down throughout the day.  Soaking your feet in salt water and then applying foot-cooling cream will also reduce the swelling.  This too includes sitting down and taking a break.  You will have all of the time in the world to be Super Mom after your little one is born!