Monday, December 30, 2013

How to Raise a Great Kid

This week is usually filled with great time off to relax and enjoy my family. But, this year my hubby is working and I am watching my half-sister's kids. I would love to say that watching kids is easy, but it's not.

Those "people" who say that stay at home moms have it easy, have no clue. I am not sure if I have the energy to hang out with babies everyday. Between the running, diapers, and whining.... no thanks. I don't remember it being so hard when my kids were little babies. Then my hubby reminded me that my kids were on my schedule and they were molded to fit like little puzzle pieces into my life that accented my very existence. In other words, it was fun.

The one thing I am getting out of the experience is remembering the fun high energy level of a happy baby! So happy that his face lights up the whole room. That's when I justify all of the sacrifices and time spent perfecting my bundle of joy in spite of all the useless advice I received. My kid "training" made it easy to wake up every day and live an exhausted life. So exhausted.

So today, I am going to share some advice that I wish someone had given me when I was a stay at home mommy taking care of my little angels.

1. Your baby, your rules. Don't let someone else tell you how to raise your kid. If you are using common sense and raising a kid that is well balanced then you are doing it right. Did your kid eat? Ok, you are off to a great start!

2. You're baby is more important than a spotless house. Babies get cranky, then they pass out. You should take a hint. If you are exhausted, take a nap when your baby does. It's a great time to recharge. The house will be there when you wake up.

3. Watch Your Mouth. It's more than the bad words. It's every thing. Speak happiness and kindness into your kid's life. Don't talk down about your kid and put negativity into the universe.

4. Communicate Clearly with your Baby. Using real words to communicate with your kid will make it easier for you. If you allow your kid to gesture for the things he/she wants, you will end up frustrated. Read books to your baby and hold them tight. They are only little for a short time.

So to all you stay at home mommy slackers, I applaud you for all you do to make your children rays of hope for the future... Thank you!

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

What the Duck?.... Interesting Article GQ

When I woke up this morning, my favorite show was trending on Facebook. #DuckDynasty is what’s up! I love this show. I just had to read that GQ article! I was already set to be really offended, but I wasn’t. It was just Phil saying things that are very similar to what is said on the show. The quote itself is a classic:

“It seems like, to me, a vagina—as a man—would be more desirable than a man’s anus. That’s just me. I’m just thinking: There’s more there! She’s got more to offer. I mean, come on, dudes! You know what I’m saying? But hey, sin: It’s not logical, my man. It’s just not logical.”

I get it Phil… it’s not logical to you. This is what was said…. That’s not a “gay bashing” hate crime… it’s an opinion. Do you believe people have the right to voice their opinions? I do. As a blogger, how could I deviate from this thought?

Many of the shows’ fans are showing up en masse to demand that A&E lift the indefinite suspension it has placed on Phil. They want everyone to #BeardUp and boycott A&E. Did you know that Phil has over 1.8 million fans? Guess what—they don’t care that is REAL.

Someone can correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t this the same channel that shows people getting raped, murdered, and killed on CSI? How about that Rodeo Girls show? Nevermind, no one watches that. However, 11.8 million people watched the August 15 season 4 premiere and now we are at the gist of the situation. A&E cannot afford for Duck Dynasty fans to stay true to their battle cry.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Just Right Gift

Finding the right gift for your special someone has become an obsession. Every channel is filled to the brim with commercials offering you a glimpse into what could very well be "the one." Are you paying attention? I'm not.

Instead, I am digging into the memories I have made with my family and finding things that I know they will find useful. The girls were easy. But, the husband has been harder to decide. There are gifts I think will work but then do I really want my husband to have a gaming system?

I am not interested in being a game console widow. I think it's that sort of thing that makes it hard to pick the just right gift for someone so close to you. You get to have a first hand look at whether or not your gift selection was right on.

I decided to give it a little trial. Instead of giving him a game console, I bought him a tablet. I downloaded a few of his favorite games then watched him disappear. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be really. He has disappeared into the room for hours. But, we have watched movies on it and he's also reading a book with his Kindle app.

To make a tablet or other small hand held device really worth it's money you have to make sure it has internet access. A subscription to Amazon, Netflix, HBO, Cox cable and Cinemax has turned my husband's tablet into a little TV. I learned a lot from this little experiment. No gaming console for this house. The tablet has turned out to be perfect.

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Monday, December 16, 2013

Make Memories, Not Payments... Just sayin'

Getting ready for the holidays? Me too! It has been a long time coming, but Christmas is finally here and you have a lot to do. Decorating, shopping, wrapping, and then the meals will keep you smiling or pulling your hair out depending on how well you can handle the stress.

What if we decide to spend quality time with our families and build more memories instead of spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars buying things we don't need. Things that get shuffled in with the rest of the "stuff" we also don't need.

No time was so clear to me than last Christmas. When days later, the tree was packed and the wrapping paper was thrown out it hit me... everything I handpicked with care or worked overtime to buy was tucked into a nook and forgotten. I didn't make a difference with all of the money I spent. It was just an expectation that I had set that I didn't want to maintain anymore.

The thought has been around for a long-time, but I had a hard time deciding that this is something that I am going to fully embrace. Why? Because when you build an expectation, then back off... it upsets the status quo. But, this year... I did it! Here are some tips if you want to try it too:

1. Quality not Quantity: This year, I looked at the list that my kid created and decided which thing she really needed and how each gift would bring her closer to her goal of being more independent. I decided on the car. Yes! The car was the one thing that I knew she would really appreciate.

2. Gift Exchange: Instead of digging deep into my pockets for my entire extended family. I initiated a gift exchange. This way, I only had to buy a few high quality gifts instead of trying to make everyone happy. Because making everyone happy isn't possible at any price.

3. Volunteer to help others: This is a great time to volunteer to help others. Make direct donations of time like clean an elderly neighbor's home. Bake cookies for a friend. Donate a toy to Toys For Tots.

4. Plan a Trip. Make memories. Too soon, your kids will be  grown and out of the house. Find a place where you can relax and eat a nice dinner out. Take your mini tree and decorate your hotel room with a few of your cherished ornaments.

Christmas is a great time to celebrate everything you already have! That's what I am doing this year. So when you don't get a Christmas card from me this year, please know that's it's not personal. I thought of how much your friendship means to me... I promise!

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Friday, December 6, 2013

Writer's Block


Today is the day I need to get my blog done, but I can't because I have writer's block. What a crazy way to end a Level 10 all day week! #WritersBlockSucks

I have several blogs started and many of them are going to be done later, but today..... the block is on.

What do you do when you find yourself against a deadline and you have writer's block...? I have been trying to get past it by just putting words on a page and getting around to the meat of the story.

Hmmmm.... this is my writer's block post and if you have any suggestions... please post a comment.


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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Escribe a Su Público Objetivo

Escribe a su público objetivo

¿Estás trabajando en una profesión nicho o una muy técnico que deja a los clientes potenciales agarrando un diccionario para mantenerse al día con sus mensajes en Facebook? Por supuesto que no! Nadie toma un diccionario, sólo siguen adelante. No deje que su base de clientes potenciales se marchen sin saber lo que puede hacer por ellos. Hable con su público y haga sus mensajes de Facebook legibles. #VixxBuzz

No es ninguna coincidencia que el periódico local está escrito en el nivel de secundaria. Esta es una práctica común conocido como Inglés conversacional. Los Facebook páginas de negocios son para tener conversaciones con clientes potenciales. Asegúrese de que ellos entiendan lo que está diciendo. Si huyen de su página sin saber lo que haces, pierdes.

Dé a su negocio otra fuente creíble de información mediante la participación de su público con el contenido que pueden leer y entender! Deje de usar terminología de industria que tienen que hacer Google.

Ellos ya están en su Fanpage .... darles algo de qué hablar!

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Write to Your Target Audience

Are you working in a niche profession or highly technical one that leaves potential clients grabbing a dictionary to keep up with your posts on Facebook? Of course not! No one grabs a dictionary, they just move on. Don’t let your potential client base walk away not knowing what you can do for them. Speak to your audience and make your Facebook posts readable. #VixxBuzz

It’s no coincidence that the local newspaper is written at the high school level. This is a common practice known as conversational English. Facebook Business Fanpages are about having conversations with potential clients. Make sure they understand what you are saying. If they are clicking away from your page without knowing what you do, you lose.
Give your business another credible source of information by engaging your audience with content they can read and understand! Stop using industry only terminology they have to Google.
They are already at your Fanpage…. give them something to talk about!
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Business Tip #3: Set a plan. Do it.

Are you ready for your day? I woke up today and went straight into Level 10. Every day that I do it is easier than the last. Never knowing that I needed to just do it... I was sabotaging my own efforts to be successful. Have you ever done that? Stop. Stop being your worst enemy.

When I sit and write all day and I fall more in love with my craft by the second. I remember what it was like to sit in a cubicle and be miserable. I remember all the hours I slaved to make miracles happen so others could benefit. I was happy to do it for others. I am more so to do it for myself. For the benefit of my family and my brand.

What are you willing to do for yourself? Think about that. What kind of mindset change do you need to get serious and make your dreams come true?

Just wake up, move into Level 10 and get to work. Sounds easy right? Well... it can be if you have a plan. 2013 is almost over and January 1st brings with it the opportunity to do more. To live more. To be more. I am working on my plan with the help of Eric Lofholm, his course is free! Join today at