Suicide Is Forever

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September was first declared as National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in 2008. Since then, September has been a time to acknowledge those affected by suicide, raise awareness, and connect individuals to treatment services.

We had a son that committed Suicide a few years ago. We had no idea he was even thinking that. He acted completely normal the day before.  He got up in the night and hung himself in his basement. He did not leave a “WHY” he just left. The “State of Mind” he was in  he did not understand that “Suicide is Forever!”

According to the CDC, each year more than 41,000 individuals die by suicide, leaving behind friends and family members to navigate the tragedy of their loss. 

The unfortunate truth is that suicide can happen to ANY kid in ANY family at ANY time!

Suicide is a teen’s last attempt to ease the pain, to make a statement, or it is just a wrong decision giving a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Teens don’t see the bigger picture; they only see the “right now.”

They get wrapped up in the emotions of the moment and tend to only think about a week ahead — that’s all.  And when you mix immature short-sightedness with feelings of utter hopelessness, some kids think they cannot live with the pain another day.

Other kids who contemplate suicide are filled with rage over teasing by their peers or the way they feel they’ve been mistreated by family.

They choose suicide as a tragic form of payback.

You need to be alert to such warnings, to listen carefully to those around you who may be in crisis. You might think it is safer not to talk about suicide with someone you think is considering it. On the contrary, talking may be the only way to understand the person’s intentions or to confirm your fears. A willingness to listen indicates that you care, that you are willing to help.

Don’t be afraid to say the word “suicide” if you think it may be an option. Getting the word out in the open may help your teen think someone has heard his cries for help,  Support and early intervention can be effective in this matter.

Reassure your teen that you love him or her.  Remind your child that no matter how awful his problems seem, they can be worked out, and you are willing to help.

Ask your teen to talk about his problems. Listen carefully.  Do not dismiss the problems or get angry.

One young suicide survivor shared the following:

“I can’t remember when I didn’t feel different from other kids. They all had friends but no one wanted to play with me. I hated going to school and hated being home. I guess I just hated being me. So I began planning my own death when I was in middle school.”

“I started taking pills from my parent’s medicine cabinet and just storing them. It was comforting to know I could take them at any time and be gone. The only thing stopped me was that I knew how bad they would feel if I was dead. One day my mom yelled at me for not taking out the garbage and I went to my room and swallowed all of them. I don’t know why that day was different from any other day, but it was.”

Fortunately this young man survived, entered a long term adolescent treatment program that offered both individual and family treatment, and received appropriate medication. He still wrestles daily with self-doubts but is starting to talk about these feelings with parents, friends, and a counselor.

Parents should be aware of these other warning signs that their teenager may be having suicidal thoughts:

What you can do to prevent suicide………..

  1. Reach Out – Ask them directly if they are thinking about suicide. It needs to be a direct question that can’t be misinterpreted.“Are you thinking about suicide?”Most people with thoughts of suicide want to talk about it. They want to live – but desperately need someone to hear their pain and offer them help to keep safe.Don’t be afraid to ask them if they are thinking about suicide. This shows you care and they’re not alone.
  2. Listen to them– Allow them to express their feelings. Let them do most of the talking. They will often feel a great sense of relief someone wants to talk to them about their darkest thoughts.
  3. Check their safety – If you are really worried don’t leave them alone. Remove any means of suicide including weapons, medications, drugs, alcohol, even access to a car. Get help by calling Lifeline 13 11 14, or emergency services on 000. You can also take them to the local hospital emergency department.
  4. Decide what to do and take action – Talk about steps you can take together to keep them safe. Don’t agree to keep it a secret, you shouldn’t be the only one supporting this person. You may need help from someone else to persuade them to get help. You can also help by finding out information on what resources and services are available for a person who is considering suicide.
  5. Ask for a promise – Thoughts of suicide may return, so ask them to promise to reach out and tell someone. Asking them to promise makes it more likely they will tell someone.
  6. Get help – There are lots of services and people that can help and provide assistance.
  • GP (doctor)
  • Counselor, psychologist, social worker
  • School Counselor
  • Emergency Services
  • Community Health Centers
  • Crisis support services like Lifeline, Kids helpline
  • Seek support from family and friends, youth group leader, sports coach, priest, minister or religious leader etc.

In some situations they may refuse help and you can’t force them to get help. You need to ensure the appropriate people are aware of the situation. Don’t shoulder this responsibility yourself.

The greatest asset your child has, whether he knows it or not, is a parent who insists on staying in touch with his feelings and what is going on in his life. The best weapon against depression and suicide in teenagers is a parent who knows their child well enough to know when they need help, even if the child is resistant.

Trusting your instincts on this one over rides their objections. Their safety and mental health is too important.  

The bottom line: Know your children, get them to talk and get help.

If I could but have held them in my arms of care,

Brushed away the dark, dank clouds of hopelessness,
And moved them with some pure impassioned prayer:
O, dear one, I know you’re hurting bad,
And prob’ly just need someone who will understand.

Life’s wounds run deep,
But there below our surface waved emotions,
They contact inner strength, no more asleep,
And blending with the currents of compassion,
Will buoy you up to chart uncharted seas.

You may be different from the rest,
But that’s what makes you special,
Your talents are unique and precious,
Enough to help you reach your crest.
Don’t throw it all away!
We need you!!

(From Wholesome Balance)

For More Information Click Below…..

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (http://www.sprc.org/)….. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) provides prevention support, training, and materials to strengthen suicide prevention efforts. Among the resources found on its website is the SPRC Library Catalog (http://library.sprc.org/), a searchable database containing a wealth of information on suicide and suicide prevention, including publications, peer-reviewed research studies, curricula, and web-based resources. Many of these items are available online.

American Association of Suicidology (http://www.suicidology.org/)…… The American Association of Suicidology is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the understanding and prevention of suicide. It promotes research, public awareness programs, public education, and training for professionals and volunteers and serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (http://www.afsp.org)….. The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) is dedicated to advancing our knowledge of suicide and our ability to prevent it. AFSP’s activities include supporting research projects; providing information and education about depression and suicide; promoting professional education for the recognition and treatment of depressed and suicidal individuals; publicizing the magnitude of the problems of depression and suicide and the need for research, prevention, and treatment; and supporting programs for suicide survivor treatment, research, and education.

The Jed Foundation….. works nationally to reduce the rate of suicide and the prevalence of emotional distress among college and university students.

 Guide on Understanding Bullying …Imagine what it would be like to be bullied online. Honestly, it would be difficult for anyone to deal with the harassment. But, did you know that high school students who were bullied online are twice as likely to attempt suicide?
The bottom line is people who are bullied need the rest of us to be educated and learn how to help and support them.The guide makes it simple to learn the basics about bullying and what you can do to help.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Screening Test…….Many people have a misconception that only veterans get PTSD, but other groups suffer. Victims of sexual violence or natural disasters struggle with PTSD.

More victims of sexual violence are coming forward because of the #MeToo movement, and extreme weather is making natural disasters more frequent and more severe.

Depression is a treatable disease and, with proper intervention, most people can be helped to lead long and productive lives.
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Back To School

Back To School is here and I hope you made a lot of fun memories this summer with your family.  There is always a lot to do in getting ready with lists of school supplies, technology, new clothes, haircuts, Back To School Night, and more.

Here are a few ideas to help this process smooth and simple……

You do not have to be Super Mom and Volunteer for everything.  You will be bombarded with to-dos. Join the PTO, sell wrapping paper, collect box tops, become room parent, become a classroom volunteer, etc’ Just pick what is important to you and do that.

Set your kids’ sleep schedules back to “school time” two weeks before the first day of school. Young kids need 10 to 12 hours a night to feel energized the following day. 

Skinny Pumpkin Granola – Homemade pumpkin granola made with oats, quinoa, maple, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, pecans, pepitas and dried cranberries.

I have worked at several school kitchens and we need to make sure our kids to have a good breakfast at the school cafeteria or at home.  I always made sure the kids started their day off right at home with a full tummy before they got on the school bus. Bright Horizons has some yummy recipes for easy, healthy, make ahead breakfasts — perfect for busy school mornings.

Label, Label, Label! it’s easy for things to get misplaced.  Mabel’s Labels is  the most stylish way to stay organized this school year. These Beautiful Labels are guaranteed to stay put even through the laundry and through the dishwasher. All you need to do is peel and stick the waterproof labels to everything and sit back and watch all your stuff return home. Available in 19 gorgeous design sets. 

Make a Command Center for backpack storage, permission slips, extra school supplies, car keys and more — to keep your morning  hassle-free. Turn the Page and see more from Mom On Timeout.


Make sure you kids are up to date with their vaccines. The following vaccinations at Kids’s Health are recommended by the AAP.

Make a Back to School Dental vVsit….send the kids back to school with a Bright Healthy Smile. You should have a regular dental visit at least twice a year or as recommended by your dental professional.

 

Make that First Week of School extra special with this Fun Tradition From Over The Big Moon…. Back to School Printable Note for Kids Lunches for moms and/or dads! 

If your family has clothing drama during the week, these organizers by Tidbits could save your morning routine! 

Every time kids start back to school they are always coming home sick, and If you’re like most parents, you simply cannot get your kids to eat enough fruit. Now, with one serving of Vitamin C Gummies For Kids, you can give them the immunity they need to stay healthy. 

Try the app myHomework Student Planner to help your kids organize assignments.  Beauty, Simplicity, and Reliability – myHomework has a gorgeous appearance and simple interface making it easy for anyone to use

Get your kids the NEW Amazon Echo Dot Kids Edition. It can help your children with HOMEWORK. Turn the Page and see how from  Digital Trends. 

It also comes set up with a year of FreeTime Unlimited, which includes kid-friendly entertainment.

 

Refresh your rules about screen time for the school year. What’s allowed and when? Print Out these Screen Time Trackers from Six Time Mommy.

Keep track of existing extracurricular activities to prevent over-scheduling…… Create a 24 hour schedule for your child,  Make sure you shade out time for school, homework, family dinner and playtime and sleep first. 

 

They are only kids one and YOU need to give them the best of both worlds between FREE TIME and Extracurricular Activities

Pack A Week Of School Lunches In 1 Hour! …via Tastes Better From Scratch.

 

Back-to-school means back to receiving piles upon piles of artwork, graded tests, and school projects. Keep the clutter in check by displaying the pieces your kids are most proud of on a “gallery wall.”

Ruth Soukup, the blogger behind Living Well Spending Less and a mother of two, suggests hanging several cute picture frames on a large wall in the house and gluing clothespins to them, then inserting kids’ accomplishments. Alternate what hangs on the wall to create your own unique, ever-changing art show.

Girls I found this cute way to stash your emergency supplies in your locker. Make up this cute bag for your locker containing items such as band aids, bobby pins, deodorant, money, pads, tissues and chewing gum

Checkout the tutorial below.

Decorate Your Locker For The Holidays…..Check Out These Fun Ideas From Women.com.

Create a Library Book Basket and just maybe you won’t have any overdue book dues this year. Turn the Page and see how Homemade by Carmona made one for her family.

 

 

Melanie of Parenting High Schoolers knows that navigating high school with your child can be like riding a roller coaster. They have a FREE Parent Survival Kit just for the high school moms. Check out their High School Survival Kit for Parents.

IIf you’re looking for more back to school ideas, I have a Pinterest board dedicated to the topic!

We Hope Your Family Has a Fantastic School Year!

 

 

 

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“Wishing You Lots Of Easter Fun!”

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I love Spring when everything comes alive and it is time to celebrate Easter. Growing up my brothers and sister and I  had the Normal Easter Traditions as kids and lots of memories were made. 

When we lived at the big farmhouse raising our kids and lots of Foster Kids  I loved to decorate with bunnies on the porch to greet visitors and Easter egg garlands.  I crocheted the Cutest Easter Bunnies,  and there were Easter Villages, (like the one below) and Easter Wreaths on the doors.

We dyed lots of Easter eggs and there were New Easter Dresses for the girls and New ties for the boys. When the kids woke up on Easter Morning  there was a fun trail of jelly beans all over the house that led to their Easter Baskets filled with candy and gifts from the Easter Bunny. 

After Breakfast we had a big Easter Egg Hunt outside. We had 10 acres of ground and there were a lot of eggs for everyone.

Let me share with  you a Fun Easter Egg Hunt we attended when we left the big Farmhouse and moved.  This family had a huge horse farm and they invited people from our church over for a big BBQ and a Fun Easter Egg Hunt.

There were Easter eggs of every color all over everywhere. When the kids were given the word they took their baskets and gathered tons of eggs.  Then they went to a place where they dumped their eggs in a big basket and were given Decorated Easter bags with candy and some of the Easter eggs they found. This idea make it possible for little kiddos and older kids to get the same amount.

When that was done a plane flew over the farm and the Easter Bunny, leaning out from the plane threw out candy for everyone. WOW I will never forget that Easter Party nor will the many children that were there. That was AWESOME!!

What do you do for Easter?  Let me share with you some fun ideas that you might want to add to you Easter festivities this year.

Baking is part of the Easter Celebration with cakes, and cookies. Turn the Page and see how pretty this cake is on the inside. (Recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything)

 

What do you do for Easter? Do you have a big celebration? Let me share with you some fun ideas that would help make your Easter Party Fantastic this year.

Have little hands help out with this bright and beautiful centerpiece. Just make sure they don’t sneak too many Peeps and jelly beans while putting it together! Get Directions Here

This Is So Fun! Cannot Wait To Make One……Easy Spring Flower Garland From Club Chica Circle.

Have a Fantastic Easter Egg Hunt With These Clues From Stuffed Suitcase.

Start Planting a Garden….Marigolds, petunias, can be a fun flower garden for kids. Turn the Page for a Gardening Guide for your region.

Decorate an Easter Tree…you can buy one at The Dollar Store or find a branch, paint it white, or a different color and then add decorations.Learn how to make one below from Rhythms Of Play.

Buy New Easter Outfits For The Family….I remember every year my mom made me and my sister dresses alike. My brothers received new shirts and a tie. When my kids were growing up I made suits for my sons and dresses for my girls. 

Start a Tradition of Growing Your Own Easter Grass + when Easter is over this grass is Edible. Creative Green Living Will Show You What To Do.

For Breakfast Serve Italian Easter Egg Bread, (Recipe From Taste Of Home.) Then Place Colored, Hard-Cooked Eggs into this Fresh-Baked Bread Dough and Enjoy With Your Family.

If you have Older kids With Smart Phones who might want to have some fun in a Easter Egg Hunt send them out with these Printable QR Codes.  This Idea to bring in the Entire Family!   Thanks Bits Of Everything.

It’s Magical For Kids….Easter Bunny Note and Free Print from DimplePrints.

12 Hilarious Easter Games For Family Gatherings….These Easter Games can be played indoors or outdoors. All family will have a blast playing these Family Games! Turn the Page and Playtivities will give you all the details.

How My Gosh How Adorable! Learn How To Make Some Pom Pom Easter Bunnies From ikatbag. Your Kids Will Love To Find a Couple In Their Easter Baskets!

 

Little Girls Would Love To Find A Cute Bunny Necklace In Their Easter Basket…..You Still Have Time To Make Some, So Hop Over To GStore Patters For This Sleeping Bunny Tiny Amigurumi Charm.

 

May we all remember why we really  celebrate Easter. Jesus Christ our brother took upon himself all of our sins and sufferings and died for all of us on a cross. He rose again  from the tomb after 3 days so we can go and live with him again. Enjoy these videos. 

May we all remember why we really  celebrate Easter. Jesus Christ died for all of us on a cross and was risen from the tomb after 3 days so we can go and live with him again. Enjoy these videos. 

Whatever Your Easter Holiday Holds, We Hope It Is Beautiful and Filled With Lots Of Family Fun and Memories!

 

 

 

 

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Love Makes a Family

 As your family left for work or school this morning Did You Say I Love You?  How many times a day Do You Say I Love You to your family? Love makes a family and it is so important that we do that everyday.

Let me tell you about my mom. Her mom died when she was only 10 years old of a ruptured appendix. Her dad remarried but this lady did not want her or her brother. They had a little 3 year old sister that was allowed to stay, but her and her brother had to find another place to live.

My mother went to live with her grandma who ran a boarding house. Her brother found different places to live as he grew up. This happens but how do these families learn the meaning of love in families.

As I grew up my sister and brothers and I did not know about this until later in life. I could not imagine this grandma I grew up with could do that. She was always a kind and loving woman.

Love makes a family but growing up I am sure my mother did not hear I love you as much as if her mother would have lived. This is why I was 47 years old when my mother told me she loved me.  I vowed my own children would hear I love you every day no matter how old they were. It is so important we do that as parents.

As we took care of foster kids for 15 years we saw this all the time. These kids that have been born into families that are on drugs and are alcoholics  never feel love they just try to survive. It is necessary they hear and feel  that bonding from birth. Another reason why they are so mad when they have to leave their homes and live with people they do not know.

 In many families, these words come easily. But if you grew up never having them saying “I love you” this may feel somewhat unnatural to you. People have trouble saying “I love you” for many reasons–they’re unhappy or they’ve been hurt before and are afraid the feeling will not be reciprocated again.

Why is it important to say “I love you”?  We could mention what happens to children that never hear those words, relate what kind adults they may become, or how those words can bring an invisible healing power to people in hospitals; how they bring courage and strength to those facing seemingly insurmountable odds, how a single “I love you” can propel a man from trying hard to doing the impossible.

These words are timeless, boundless, inspiring and so important. My dad grew up in a house of 10 kids and a very strict father. There was a sign by the toilet that said you can only use 4 squares of toilet paper at a time. (can you imagine?) We as kids loved to go there!  But when you think about it raising 10 kids in this little house had to be very hard.  How many times did they say “I Love You?” 

I am sure they did some but when I learned more about my dad growing up it had to be hard just doing the everyday things to survive. In my grandma’s journal she said she always went to bed saying “I have done all I can do and tomorrow is another day.”

Times were hard back then and it was later in life that my father told me he loved me.  Once again that comes from how you grow up. 

I know people (like my parents) who are uncomfortable saying “I love you.” Are you one of them? However uncomfortable, force yourself to say it, over and over, until the habit becomes second nature.

Some Ways Family Members Can Say I Love You….

Speak kindly to your child. 

Let your “no” mean no.

Let your “yes” mean yes.

Ask “Do you want to talk?”

Listen, Listen, Listen.

Make Free Time.

Laugh out loud.

Love is a hug,  a kiss, a whisper to cheer the heart of the other. Did you know you need 12 hugs a day to keep the doctor away?

Say “I am Proud of You”

Request that your child tag-along on errands

Send text messages throughout the day that each start with, “I love you because …”

Smile Be home when they are home.

Add hugs to your list.

Get Ice Cream Together.

Make “I love you” the last thing you say every night.

Keep your promises.

Say “I Love You”.

Help spread the love in families and perhaps if more people said those words it would strengthen families.

Too many times, we just take it for granted that those we love know we love them so we feel as if we do not need to say it.

There is a wonderful song by Garth Brooks , “If Tomorrow Never Comes” that expresses one of the greatest and best reasons as to why it is important to say “I Love You.” Because if you do not say it when you have the chance, you may have missed out on it forever.

You do not have to have a ring on your finger to say I love you. “You need to be the kind of person who not only feels love, but gives love.” The more you say it, the more you feel it. Love is like the sunshine it makes you feel good. Now go share your love today.

How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You   {Everybody’s favorite bestselling dinosaurs are back to say: “I love you,” in a VERY big way!

Parents and children can never have enough ways to say “I love you”–and now, America’s favorite dinosaurs are giving families a funny book, perfect for bedtime, storytime, anytime.}

 Even when little dinosaurs are naughty, it’s important to remind them that no matter what they do, they are always loved. In this book, readers will laugh aloud as parents cope with the typical antics of childhood, but in the end, hugs and kisses show your little one how much you care.

Love is something that needs nourishment through actions and words. It is a living thing. Just as a plant will not survive without water and sunshine, love will wither if we don’t “feed” it.  Have you told your family ” I Love You Today?”

Other things may change us but we start and end with Family.

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Good Parenting Skills

Even though we need a license to do many things in life—everything from driving and operating a forklift to practicing medicine and fishing—there is no license required when it comes to Good Parenting Skills.

As we grow up we can’t wait to get married and have kids. That is what everyone does right? I got married at the age of 18, and had my first child when I was 21. We lived in a 3 room apartment trying to finish college. When our first son was born my mother came for a few hours and then went home. I wish she would have stayed longer. what did I know about taking care of a baby,  but that was just who she was. 

We had 6 children in a short amount of time. One of our children a little boy, died just 16 hours after he was born.  I had many people come over and try to help, but that pain in your heart and arms is awful.  We had 2 kids at home which helps, but the sadness hangs on for a very long time.

I got pregnant again and in 2 months miscarried.  But then had the other 3 children very close together. They say you should have your children while you are young, but if I had to do it again I would have spaced them out at least 2 years apart. 

Do any of us have good parenting skills when we start to raise our children? As a parent I made many mistakes, but these wonderful kids all grew up and have great families, so I must have done something right.

Raising kids is hard especially if they are so close together. The diapers are never ending, and someone is crying, or hungry, or tired. But taking care of Foster Children with all they have been through is even harder. If your children do not have that bonding from birth it is very hard to learn to love as they get older. They just cannot trust.

We all need Good Parenting Skills along the way of raising our children. There may be some skills we learned  from our mothers, grandmas, friends, church members, and we should all listen to their advice. 

Good parenting is a blessing which involves nurturing a child in warmth of motherhood & love of fatherhood.  Being a successful  parent is not an  in-born quality it comes over period of time. Fundamentally, Good Parenting is just good old common sense. 

Raising kids is hard especially if they are so close together. Taking care of Foster Children with all they have been through is even harder. If your children do not have that bonding from birth it is very hard to learn to love as they get older. They just cannot trust.

Let me tell you about a foster boy we had in our home. He had been in 22 Foster Homes before he came to us. He had both legs broken and was burned with cigarette burns and kept in a closet. It took 4 caseworkers to bring him out and he ran in the door behind the couch and barked like a dog. 

I though oh my gosh what have I done??!!  With all the foster homes he had been in the stupid doctors had him on a very high dose of Ritalin. 

Well we adjusted that to a normal dose which helped some. This pain he had was very intense after what he had been through.  

For 16 years we tried to help him. Then he was very angry one day and beat up our daughter and he had to leave. (those pains were just too deep and would follow him for the rest of his life.) My heart was broken and he yelled as he left, “Mom how can you do this to me?” I cried!!  These kids get in your heart so deep, but my own children came first.

I always wondered what would happen to this young man and one day while I was in Fred Meyers I know he was standing in front of me. He would always have to be in a group home and hopefully be able to work at something. I did not say anything, because my prayers had been answered that I saw him again. 

To be a good parent understanding is the key element. Understanding your  children ’s needs, desires, expectation are an important part of parenting.

YOU HAVE TO LISTEN…. You’ll be amazed at what you will learn from and about your kids if you just listen. Children are like wet clay. They can mold in any shape, any form depends on their parents in which form they want to mold them.

Make a conscious decision to plug into your kid’s world. You can’t make assumptions about the critical choices that children have to make today because the world they are living in is different from the one you grew up in.

Pick your battles.  Forget arguing about little stuff, focus on the things that really matter — that means no hitting, rude talk, or lying.

A good parent always want what is best for their children. They are not necessarily their child’s best friend. They ask their children to help at home and be a part of the family team. 

We as parents always have  room to grow and learn, and we should always be working on bettering ourselves.

Any time of the day or night, you should always be able to answer these three questions:

Where is my child?

Who is with my child?

What is my child doing?

The rules your child has learned from you are going to shape the rules he applies to himself.”

Check out this chart from the Early Childhood Educators group that lists the six most effective parenting habits. It’s free, and it’s easy to use. 

Spending time with your family goes hand in hand with parenting. How many times do we just say “Go find something to do!” Or in the summer “Just go outside and play!” As your  kids grow spending time with them builds memories that will last a lifetime. (Put your cellphone down) You will never get that back again.

One of the best stories I heard was from a football player who was being inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. He shared an anecdote from his life when his father was playing with him and his brothers in the front yard.

It was raining, and their mother came out scolding them for tearing up the wet lawn. The father responded, “Honey, we’re raising boys, not grass!”

Young kids are like sponges, they notice everythingAs parents we are our children’s first role model. Pay attention to what you say or do around them and think about what kind of example you are making.

But Remember, You’re the Parent…Don’t be afraid to admit when you’re wrong or when you’ve made a mistake.

Show love to your children. Always tell them that you love them everyday. ( no matter how old they are)  Give them a kiss frequently. Always hug your children. Let your children know how special they are unto you. 

 Enjoy raising your children as much as you can. Someone said, “You get your kids for eighteen years, and then they’re gone.” That’s often true. Soak up the days and your kids when they’re little.
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Getting Ready For The Flu Season

hate the stomach flu.  (not that anyone loves it). But whether we hate it or not It is flu season and they say this is a bad year. I remember as a kid getting the flu you went to bed vomited several times, had diarrhea and felt awful for a few days.

Things have changed since then. There are many strains and you can still get some kind even though you had your flu shot. 

 

Everyone has their own remedies. Growing up it was toast, chicken noodle soup, and some sprite, but it is very important to take your child to the pediatrician or a GP if he or she has fever and…

  • is unable to drink fluids, or won’t drink them
  • is sleepy and pale
  • vomits frequently
  • has difficulty breathing
  • has a severe headache

 

I have learned through the years of kids vomit everywhere but the toilet. If you suspect they are coming down with the flu keep a Sick Bucket by their bed so they can vomit in it. (make sure you have extra bags)

Another Great Tip…Keep dollar store table cloths or shower lines for these times. Drape one over your child’s sheets of over the couch before they lay down. That way if they get sick you can just roll the tablecloth up and toss it in the trash and put another one down.

 

Be prepared with this SICK DAY survival kit for kids..via Mainly Mama.

Quarantine sick family members within one room to avoid spreading germs. 

Clorox Wipes Will Be Your Best Friend….Did you know that the surface you are wanting to disinfect needs to stay wet for 4 minutes with Clorox wipes? 

Read labels on things you think are killing germs.

  • Doorknobs
  • Light Switches
  • Faucet Handles
  • Toilet Handles
  • Cell Phones
  • Keyboards
  • iPads
  • Remote Controls

Colds, the flu, and sinus infections have such similar symptoms that it can be tough to know what truly ails you. Take a look at the chart below and learn what to do from WebMD.

Let us share some ideas we have seen that just might help you family through the flu….

Some kids will not take heir medicine? Dip a lollipop in it again and again until the medicine is gone. Once it’s gone, let them finish the lollipop.

Try this Simple, Handmade Hand Sanitizer from Live Simply. Have your family use this often.

Theses are great…..DIY Vapor Rub Shower Melts — Perfect for colds and congestion!! Super easy to make.

Popsicles can soothe a sore throat, too. These Homemade Creamsicles From One Crazy House are packed with orange juice, so you get a good dose of vitamin C!

Another help for Sore Throats….

I am sure your kids would love to cure their sore throat by eating marshmallows.

Rub vapor rub (home made version that is safe for kids can be found HERE) on bottom of the soles of their feet and cover with socks. This Works.

Before the Flu Season starts every year Make Some Flu Busting Gummy Bears From Wellness Mama.

If you’re curious about how the flu is affecting your community, go to the CDC’s Flu Activity & Surveillance site. The tracker issues a searchable data base of weekly flu reports for the United States.

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It’s S’more Time

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What is a summer without s’mores? Growing up we always went out to the sand dunes and had a picnic and always did s’mores’ Raising our kids we always had them camping or bbq’s in the back yard.

 

 Do you know where they came from?

The history of s’mores is somewhat unknown, but the first recipe The first printed S’mores recipe appeared in 1927 in the Girl Scout handbook called, Tramping and Trailing in 1927 by Loretta Scott Crew who made them at a campfire for the scouts.

It is unknown when the name was shortened, but recipes for “Some Mores” are in various Girl Scout publications until at least 1973.

But you know the best part of the s’more is not it’s history, but it’s taste. Let me share with you the original 1927 recipe for s’mores compliment’s of the girl scouts.

“Some More:
8 sticks (for toasting the marshmallows)
16 graham crackers
8 bars plain chocolate (any of the good plain brands, broken in two)
16 marshmallows

Toast two marshmallows over the coals to a crisp gooey state and then put them inside a graham cracker and chocolate bar sandwich. The heat of the marshmallow between the halves of chocolate bar will melt the chocolate a bit. Though it tastes like “some more” one is really enough. “

” S’MORE” FUN FACTS
S’mores got its name because you’ll always want “some more”!
Graham crackers were created in 1829 by Rev. Sylvester Graham. They were originally considered a health food.
About 90 million pounds of marshmallows are purchased every year. No word on how many are used to make s’mores.
Egyptians enjoyed a marshmallow-like treat made with mallow plants as early as 2000 B.C.
The largest s’more ever made weighed 1,600 pounds and used 20,000 marshmallows and 7,000 chocolate bars. That was in 2003, and the Guinness World Record category for largest s’more was retired shortly after.
A larger s’more was made in 2007 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Virginia State Parks, measuring 1,936 square feet, using 55,000 graham crackers, 40,000 marshmallows and 8,000 Hershey’s chocolate bars, but was not recognized by Guinness.

National S’mores Day is August 10th. And you don’t need to know who invented the s’more to know that’s going to be a very good day..

If you don’t have access to a campfire, you can always make s’mores at home in your kitchen.

Giant S’mores Cookies via My Baking Addiction

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S’more pops from Gimme Some Oven

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Inside-out S’mores Cake from Hungry Rabbit

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S’mores Candy Bars From Not So Humble Pie.

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Smores Oatmeal  from Annie’s Eats

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The Easiest Recipe Ever. And The Best Tasting: Thin Mint S’mores!  (Via Crazy For Crust)

S’mores Dip from The Recipe Critic

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 5 Minute Chocolate Fudge S’mores Mug Cake  from How Sweet It Is

Smores Ice Cream From the Sweet Life

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Smores Nachos from the Daily Meal

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S’mores Pie Pops From The Gunny Sack

 

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S’mores Popcorn From Crazy Little Projects

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S’Mores Waffles From parade.condenast

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S’mores Pizza From justusfourblog

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S’more Fun Facts…….

• Of the 90 million pounds of marshmallows American buy every year. 50 percent of those are toasted over the fire during the summer (and that’s a lot of marshmallows.)


• Reverend Sylvester Graham, a minister who believed strongly in avoiding processed wheat, invented the sweet whole wheat cracker named for him in 1829.

• The original S’mores recipes has inspired major American food manufacturers to make S’mores Grahams children’s cereal as well as the Hershey’s S’mores candy bar — both of which have now been discontinued — proving once again that making S’mores is half the fun.

If your children haven’t tasted them yet, then you need to make sure to bring the right stuff to make them for your next camping trip, because they are missing out on an American Classic.

For More S’mores Recipe Inspiration See My  Making S’mores Recipes  Board On Pinterest!

 

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Have A Booo-tiful Halloween

 

Wow another year has flown by and it is already Halloween.  When we lived at our farm we loved Halloween but we were far away from town. So every year I bought costumes and and goodies for the best Halloween party ever!

 It was our Booo-tiful Halloween.

Check out this recipe Pumpkin-Pie Flavored Seeds From Delish.

 

We took care of foster kids for 15 years along with our own children and always looked forward to Halloween. They all had fun getting in their costumes and getting makeup on for a celebration they all enjoyed. 

I cooked the main meal in a pumpkin and decorated the table with plastic gloves filled with popcorn and spider rings, and Halloween decor.  After we ate we played many games, from bobbing for apples, to eating donuts on a string. 

For the final finale they all had to chance to break a pinata for goodies for everyone.  I hope when they look back they will remember these times in their lives.

Let us share with you some fun ideas we found that will help you have a Booo-tiful  Halloween Party this year.


If you need some Ideas for your pumpkins this year  check out these 200 FREE Carving Ideas via Family Fresh Meals.

Start of Halloween With An Awesome Breakfast Buffet..via Gourmet Mom On The Go.

You can have your family guess how many Candy Corn’s are in the jar and give the winner a special treat. Thanks To The Dating Divas for this idea.

I just did a Super Hero party for some young girls in our church and I wondered how to make these Paper Rosettes. Well, this Tutorial from Happy Happy Nester shows how to make them as well as a Free Halloween Printable. 

Set out some Shimmering Boho Pumpkin Luminaries that are so easy to make via Made in a Day.

 

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We always had crafts to make at our party. Let us share a couple of ones we found recently that we love…..

These Cute Fridge Magnets Everyone Will Want One. Learn How From The Benson Street.

Another fun craft to make is the Popsicle Stick Haunted House…via Happily Ever After.

These Placemats would be a spooky accent to your Halloween table this year. Learn How From Woman’s Day.

If  you want to go all out Grab some Empty Toilet Paper Rolls and a Bag of LED Tea Light Candles to recreate the Floating Candles from Harry Potter with this Clever DIY from Eating Bender.

Since the kids will be eating a lot of candy serve a Pumpkin Fruit Platter before they go out!

Dinner in a Pumpkin Recipe we used. With some homemade scones fried up it is a Yummy Halloween Dinner. Recipe From Favorite Family Recipes. 

Halloween Soda Labels FREE Printables add a Spooky Touch to your Halloween Celebration. Fun and easy to use, they turn your Favorite Soda Bottles into Ghoulish Decors! Hop Over To Onion Rings and Things For These.

These are so Fun and Easy…Halloween Mini Mummy Pizzas Recipe – Quick & Easy Halloween Dinner Idea via Mommy Musings.
Everyone will love Candy Corn Ice Cream…Get the recipe from Delish.

 

You must have a few Candy Apples to serve on Halloween. Believe me you are going to love this recipe from Woman’s Day.

 

10 fun Halloween party games that are perfect for kids, for teens, or even for adults..via Play Party Plan.

This is a Tradition every Halloween you should all watch….Hocus Pocus. 

You’re in for a devil of a time when three outlandishly wild witches — Bette Midler (BEACHES, BIG BUSINESS), Sarah Jessica Parker (HONEYMOON IN VEGAS), and Kathy Najimy (SISTER ACT) — return from 17th-century Salem after they’re accidentally conjured up by some unsuspecting pranksters!

It’s a night full of zany fun and comic chaos once the tricky 300-year-old trio sets out to cast a spell on the town and reclaim their youth — but first they must get their act together and outwit three kids and a talking cat!

Glow Sticks are always a great idea on Halloween Night! Pass them out to the Kids before they head out in the neighborhood from Timeout with Mom.

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If Your Kids Have Food Allergies, Look for Teal Pumpkins on Halloween

The Teal Pumpkin Project,encourages those who have “non-food treats” such as small toys, crayons, and stickers, to place a Pumpkin Painted Teal on their porch so parents of affected children will know where to go for safe, ghoulish goodies. 

 

I Hope You Liked What We Shared,

Have a Booo-tiful  Halloween!

 

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Hooray! Happy Father’s Day!

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A day to celebrate fatherhood, Father’s Day is observed on the third Sunday in the month of June in most countries around the world. The occasion gives an opportunity to express love and affection to all fathers and fatherly figures.

Today Is Father’s Day Are You Ready? Have You Been So Busy That You Do Not Have Anything For Dad?

If you are still scrabbling for something to get Dad Let me help with a few ideas I found…..

Easy Father’s Day Gift Idea that is Super easy, Quick To Make With Wordle, and Will Be Loved By Any Man Lucky Enough To Receive One

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You Could Make a Shirt Pocket Card from Holiday Crafts and Creations (Free Printable) and Put a Gift Card In The Pocket Dad Will Love.

 

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Father’s Day “Tee-rrific” Gift Idea! {and Free Printable} by Lindsey From Inspiring Creations at Tatertots & Jello.

Father’s Day "Tee-rrific" Gift Idea! {and free printable} by Lindsey from Inspiring Creations at Tatertots & Jello

 

 

How About A Father’s Day Gift {Treat Jar} + Printable from My Sister’s Suitcase.

Father's Day Gift {Treat Jar} + Printable from My Sister's Suitcase

 

 

 

I Love This Video….Dad, You’re My Hero – Tribute from a daughter to her father.

 

 

Every Dad Would Love a Little Pot Of Candy And You Can’t Forget The Tie!

 

 

Give Dad a Photo Puzzle, Which Makes a Great Visual Reminder Of The Kids He Loves….via eHow.

Father's Day Photo Gift Idea from eHow

 

 

With this caramel crunch brownie recipe from Bakerella, you’ll have Dad raving on the first bite. 

 

 
Fill pages of a this FUN Coupon Book with gifts of thing dad likes to do. Dad will appreciate all of the thoughtful ideas.  Turn the Page and check out We R Memory Keepers to learn how to make one.
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I hope this has helped you with some ideas you can still do to make this Father’s Day more special for Dad. 

Enjoy the Day, Show someone some Love…. If your Dad is looking down from Heaven upon you his child, (mine is) after you have taken the time to Thank him, look for a Dad that is need of a friendly voice a hug a kind gesture and pass that Love along… 
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Canvas Champ Review and a Giveaway

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My daughter has a birthday coming up and I was contacted by Canvas Champ to review  a 16×20 picture.  So I went and took a family picture I thought she would love on her wall. I was a little bit nervous because I had taken the picture on my phone. I was so pleased with the quality of the print!! It was ten times better than I expected.

Can I say I Love,  Canvas Champ! The quality of the Canvas Art turned a beautiful family photo into a work of art!

 Turn  your photos into canvas with Canvas Champ.  Absolutely brilliant service from start to finish. As you can see below  it looks beautiful on her wall.

The process to make a canvas is so easy in just a few clicks (there are lots to choose from) just upload your picture, choose the size, pay for it, and that is it. My picture arrived in one week and I was notified it was on its way.

 

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With Graduation coming up Make a Memory with a Canvas At Canvas Champ.

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