Get in the picture MOM! Yes, YOU!

Get in the picture MOM!  Yes!  YOU!

{and other great advice}

The day my daughter came up to me and said, “Mom, are you going to have any time for me to cuddle with you today?  I really hope you don’t have to work all day.” Yeah, that was not awesome.  Working from home is a wonderful thing, but it has its drawbacks during busy times.  The work is always right there, and I often feel anxious if it is left unattended for a while.  However, I had to think about how the growing up years are when we have the privilege and opportunity to teach our children everything that will help them along the path of life.  The trouble is, most of what we teach them is by our actions and example.

My actions.  My example.

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In the moment described above, I had a big wake up call to cut back on the amount of work my business takes on.  Sure our family was and is in need of those funds for our big move and the loss of income from my husbands job due to his moving positions at work.   But it really made me evaluate the effect my work actions had on our family.   We can find so many examples in our lives where our kids can teach us if we pay attention.

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Do you kids love to be in pictures?  Have they asked to take a picture with you?  I know most women in my own life often fuss, protest or flat out refuse to let someone take their picture.  Now, you might be thinking this isn’t nearly as important of an example as my daughter letting me know she wasn’t getting enough time from me.  But it IS just as important!!!  When mom happily gets into pictures with her family and friends, it teaches her kids by example to not only be happy with ourselves but also to treasure our relationships and moments in life.

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Some things I’d like my boys and girl to be when they are adults:

Be faithful and service oriented in church.

Be happy with their body image.

Be comfortable with themselves.

Be comfortable in a group of strangers.

Be sensitive to the feelings and needs of those around them.

Be inquisitive and adventurous.

Be awesome parents who play with their kids, lead them, love them and discipline them.

Be hard workers.

Be close to family members.

Be joyful.

Getting into pictures certainly won’t magically make all those things happen.  Writing down a list of things you would like your children to be.  Examine changes you can make to set the tone in your own life for them to learn from your example.

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So moms, get in those pictures!  Embrace the not so perfect you that you are.  Let’s teach our kids that people aren’t perfect, and that is OK.   We’d love for you to share your pictures of you with your kids in the blog comments, on our Facebook post and or on Twitter!  Let’s see you with your cuties!

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Everyday-Creative.com - We love this week1.  7 Ideas for Living with Less

What would living with less actually mean for my family?  Not sure, but whenever we have done with less we have been happy.  I can see where consciously making do with less would be very freeing.

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2. 41 Cheap and Easy Backyard DIY’s

Summer is coming do an end soon, but you may find something on here to help you enjoy those last warm days before the colder days come on in.  Love the image below for a weekend movie cuddling up with the family on a still warm September evening!   There are also several ideas involving fire pits which can definitely be helpful on chilly nights!

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Krafty Kaleidoscope Giveaway!

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I’d like to introduce Laurel Arnold and her business Krafty Kaleidoscope.  Laurel is an amazing woman with a multitude of talents.  She is truly creative EVERY single day, which makes her a perfect feature for our site.  Although they live on a small budget, she finds ways to decorate on a shoestring and brightens up their tiny home with countless beautiful ideas.  I’ll admit, I’m a bit biased in my praise, since she is also my little sister!  I can remember a day when she complained that she wasn’t artistic like the rest of us.  She must have been about 12 and my mother challenged her to find her own ways to create.  She was up for the challenge.  Since then she has dabbled in everything from pottery and sculpture to painting and sewing and has YET to be anything less than amazing at any of them.  Her most recent enterprise has been to conquer the art of wood burning, and I must say she does an excellent job.  I am excited to share that she has agreed to give-away some of her hard work in our newest give-away.

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Crowdpleaser Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Everybody loves chocolate chip cookies, right?  They are an instant hit, whether its straight from grandma’s kitchen or at a backyard barbecue.  The thing is, everyone has a very specific way they like them, right? Some like them chewy, some like them crunchy, some like them full of chocolate.  But we each define the “perfect” cookie in a little bit different way.  I think it’s a metaphor for life really, there are so many different definitions of “perfection” whether it be the perfect figure, the perfect outfit, or even the perfect person.  We all see things through a different lens.  The key to happiness in life, I think, is to stop measuring ourselves by OTHER peoples standards of perfection, and only try to fit within our own ideals.  It’s like baking the PERFECT chocolate chip cookie, and then getting offended when someone else doesn’t like it.  The problem isn’t in your cookie, its in the difference of opinion.

Most of us probably have a favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe, and I won’t try to argue that this one is better ^see above^.  But I will tell you this one effectively incorporates many different ideal cookie textures into one cookie.  Its chewy on the inside and crunchy on the outside, it’s full of flavor, and it’s nutty, without having chunks of nuts in it, it’s also moderately healthy with the oat flour substitution, and its DELICIOUS.  Seriously- try it.  You won’t regret it.  You may feel like this recipe makes a LOT of cookies.  It does.  You will need them (all for yourself).

Crowdpleaser Chocolate Chip Cookies

1/3 Cup Shortening

1 Cup Butter

2 Cups Brown Sugar

1 1/2 cups white sugar

3 eggs

3 caps vanilla

2 cups oat flour (take your plain old oatmeal and put it in the blender or food processor and blend to a fine powder)

3 cups flour

1 TBSP baking soda

1/2 TBSP salt

12 oz milk chocolate chips

1/2 cup finely chopped nuts (like super finely ground in your food processor)

 

Cream shortening, butter, and sugars

Add eggs and beat 4 minutes (do not omit this step- it really makes a difference)

Add Vanilla

Hand mix in flour, soda, and salt then add in chocolate chips

Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes

The cookies will not look done when you pull them out- trust me they are- put them on a baking rack to cool and enjoy!

If you don’t want to bake them all – I highly recommend shaping them and placing them close together on a cookie sheet and flash freezing for about 15-20 minutes.  Then just wipe them off the cookie sheet into a ziplock bag and you can pull out a few cookies to bake fresh anytime you like.  That is, provided that you can avoid eating all the cookie dough balls from the freezer…I’ll leave it up to you to decide which way they taste better, for me the jury is still out.

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Everyday-Creative.com - We love this week1.  Singer stands up for women

This article was great!  She talks about how as a singer, her handlers require her to present a certain image.

I think still images have a way of making us women hyper focus on our less then perfect features.  Guilty here!!  On the other hand.  When I see images of my friends and family, the only thing I see is their overall mood, personality & especially an eye twinkle {when there} in the images.  The things that make them, well, them.  It would be great if we could all start seeing ourselves as our loved ones see us.

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2. Awesome fast way to shuck corn!

 

3.  Super cute DIY ruffle shirt tutorial

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