Got Your 6: Watch Theirs Too

It’s time for Americans to give back to the armed forces, who watch America’s back while she sleeps. The “Got Your 6” program helps secure jobs as well as provide education, health care and housing for America’s veterans, is a prime way to support them. “Got Your 6” is military slang for “I’ve got your back, you’ve got mine”. Now it’s time for us to have their 6. What do Tom Hanks, Mila Jovavich, and Bradley Cooper all have in common? They stepped up to support the initiative, speaking out in these PSAs.

Visit the site Receive your “Got Your 6” support pin by visiting the site today!

The Vow: Great Love, No Matter How Difficult

What if you found the one you love more than anything in this world, and vowed to love them intensely no matter what? What if that love was suddenly erased and you found yourself having to try and win that love back? Could you do it?

That’s the premise behind “The Vow”, releasing on DVD May 8th. Husband Leo vows to love wife Paige intensely forever, and Paige vows to love him with the patience love requires. All is well until Paige is in an accident and loses all memory of their life together. Can Leo win Paige all over again, in spite of the history only he remembers?

Can you remember your wedding vows? Share them below!

Small Business Saturday

Sure, we all love shopping right after Thanksgiving, especially with the great Black Friday deals, but why not support your local businesses too? That’s why, Saturday, November 26th has been dubbed Small Business Saturday! But, it will only be a success with your help. Do your part and share this video on Facebook. Remember, Saturday, November 26th is Small Business Saturday, so make sure you support the small businesses in your area!
 


 

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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.

A Gallery of Nail Art

This gallery displays beautiful nail art that can give you some ideas on your next trip to the nail salon! Flip flops and summer wear is in and nail salons are busy! Getting a manicure and pedicure is therapeutic and fun. It’s not every day that we get to sit in a chair with steaming bubbles, a manicurist at our feet, or a pedicurist massaging our hands. Make a date with your Mom or best friend for a “mani-pedi” day. It’s a great opportunity to catch up and have girl time!

For an enlarged view of these nail art photos, click on the image.

 

Get Guidelines For A Healthy Lifestyle

If you feel that you are not all that healthy then you should really look into watching this video.  The video not only tells you how to eat but how much to eat of each nutrient.  You never knew how much protein you needed a day for the amount you weigh.  Watching this video will help you find out!

Crab Dip Recipe

Preparing a dish is a form of therapy. It allows us to get lost in the art of cooking or sandwich artistry and with the right music, cooking or preparing a meal can be a real stress buster! Here is an easy and qualifying comfort food! There are only three ingredients that offer a mouthful of flavor! Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces flake style crab meat
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sliced green or black olives
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • pinch of thyme
  • shredded pepper jack or Monterey cheese

Directions

Place ingredients in large bowl. Mix until well blended. I recommended making a bread bowl by the cutting a hole into the center of a round loaf. This spread is also perfect on toast or as a dip with crackers. Add a glass of wine for a touch of class or romance!

 

 


Easter Outfits for Kids

Make A Scrapbook of “The Firsts”

Scrapbooking can put you to work but it is also very therapeutic.  Using your imagination as well as getting in touch with your creative sign can help you relax.  Take a day away from the house and buy all of your supplies.  A great idea is to plan out exactly what you want to make the scrapbook into.  What colors? What theme?  If you have not gotten around to putting baby pictures all in one album, you should consider making a book of “firsts.”  Let your body relax as you think back to all of the “firsts” that your baby has had.  Taking a stroll down memory lane is always needed once in a while.