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5 Tips to Follow When Visiting Your Children

By accomplish, appreciation, attitude, behavior, family, manners, memories

I have just returned home from visiting both my children. I had a fabulous time and am so thankful to know my children are fine. My sons are both adults and both live near the west coast. As I live in Atlanta, I don’t see them very often. One of my sons lives near San Francisco and has a family. Since I am now a Grandmother, I am making a point to visit him and his family more often so that I get to know my granddaughter. My other son lives on the Nevada side of Lake Tahoe. I am…

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Our Family Reunion

By family

I recently went to a family reunion. I admit I had some reservations about getting together with everyone. The last time we were all together was eight years ago. I love my family but each one of us has a strong personality. We can get into disagreements easily. I wondered would we all get along after not seeing each other for so many years.  Of course, we talk every now and then and we text or email, but a long weekend is a very different story. I’m so happy to say that we did all get along! I think in…

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Remembering Mom

By family, Organizing Strategies

I remember my mother every day but today, being Mother’s Day, I wanted to share some of the things my mother taught me that I do every day. About My Mom Let me tell you a little bit about my mom. She was only 19 years older than me. I didn’t realize how close we were in age until I was in my 30s. As I grew older, it seemed to me that she grew younger. We became great friends. There are many days when I miss her so much it hurts; then I think of the fun times we…

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Attitude – it changes everything

By accomplish, attitude, behavior, change, chores, family, tasks

How’s your attitude today? Are you ready to take on the world? To put your best foot forward? Or are you feeling not so confident about something. Maybe a little down in the dumps. Your attitude – how you feel about whatever it is you’re doing influences the outcome. Success When someone approaches a difficult task with the underlying belief that they will fail, they generally do. If on the other hand the person gamely tries and does their best, they may not succeed brilliantly but they do make progress. They make enough progress to know that if they keep…

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What’s Your Attitude?

By attitude, body language, choice, chores, family

  Have you ever heard the expression “Attitude is Everything”? I don’t know who first coined it but it’s one of my favorite expressions. To me it means if you have a good attitude then you’ll have at the very least a decent experience. If you have a lousy attitude chances are that you won’t enjoy what you’re doing at all. If you go into learning something with the attitude that you can’t do it – no way will you be able to tackle this task successfully. Then, for sure, you will absolutely fail miserably. Not only that, but I’m…

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Mindfully Thankful

By ballroom dance, change, exercise, family, healthy, mindful, self-care, thankful

      I love Thanksgiving. It is my favorite holiday. It allows me to express just how thankful I am for all the blessings in my life. I am very lucky as I have many. This year, I am doing my best to be mindfully thankful; to notice the trivial things as well as the big obvious things for which I am thankful. It goes without saying, even though I am going to say it, that I am very thankful for the wonderful and delicious thanksgiving feast in which I will take an active part. I am cooking an…

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New Routines and Habits

By change, chores, family, habits, Routines, self-care, Time Management

I wrote several posts earlier this fall about routines and habits. I’m circling back to this topic because I recently spent the best weekend with my son, daughter-in-law and their baby – my first grandchild! This baby was born in mid-October and so was very new in this world. My son and his wife very quickly figured out that their previously established routines and habits would have to change. They needed to create new routines and habits to accommodate this addition to their family. They had read lots of books on child-care, but nothing ever really prepares you for the…

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Summer’s Here – Let’s Play!

By accomplish, chores, clothes, family, laundry, maintenance

Do not despair if you haven’t enrolled your child in activities so that he’ll be busy every moment during the summer. Let your child find things to do. It’s really good to have nothing to do  –  except play. Try not to use the television, cell phone, i-pad, computers as babysitters. Limit the amount of time your child spends engaged in technology/ screen time. While it may seem like a good idea to have your children engaged in this way, after all they are busy and not getting into trouble, the truth is that instant entertainment robs your child of…

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What Kind of Parent Are You?

By accomplish, assistance, behavior, family

  I believe all of us with children want the very best for them. We nurture them. We want them to grow big and strong. We want to give them things that maybe we didn’t have as children. Perhaps we grew up with lots of advantages and want our children to have as much or more than we had growing up. We also want our children to have terrific experiences – to travel, play sports, have friends and plenty of toys. Is all this providing for our children backfiring on us? Are we giving our children so much that we…

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Home?

By accomplish, assistance, choice, Clutter, family, home organizing, Support

What does this word mean to you? For me, it is more than a place. It is a feeling of belonging. A feeling that I am safe and at peace inside this place. I have moved many times to three completely different countries and to two very different regions within the United States of America and yet I’ve been able to create a home for me and my family in each spot. So, I ask again, what does home mean to you? Is it the home in which you grew up? Will that place always represent home to you? If…

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