How To Have an Awesome Spring Break

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Spring Break For Most Schools Starts Soon. Are You Going On a Vacation With The Family Or a Stay-cation In Your Own Town?

Here Are a Few Ideas To Help Jump Start Your Break if You Are Staying In Town.

Make Homemade Pizza Together.

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Make a Birdhouse.

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Call Your Local Theaters and See If They Have Free Dollar Movies During Spring Break Week.

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Plant Something- Start Your Garden Now.

Go Have Family Pictures Taken.

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Food Day. Eat Backwards (dinner, lunch, and then breakfast).

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Volunteer To Help Out In Your Community…Great For Older Kids.

Learn a New Craft.

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Learn How To Slackline.

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Make a Fairy Garden.

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Visit Grandparents. (if live locally)

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Keep The Kids Busy Over  With These **Crazy-Cute Rainbow Loom Caterpillars!*

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Make An Unbirthday Cake.

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Donate Old Winter Clothes.

Go on a Bike Ride.

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Go To Local Garage Sales to Look for Treasures.

Go Fly a Kite.

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Play Flashlight Tag.

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Dance In The Rain.

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Make 5-Minute Bird Feeders.

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Visit Someplace New.

Go Swimming.

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Get a Pedicure.

Take Your Kids On a  Date.

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Go Out For Ice Cream.

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Play Messy Twister….You place Colored Shaving Cream  the Color Of Each Dot On The Twister Dots Before You Play. (Turn the Page For a Video To Show You How.)

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Plant Some Flowers.

Do a Random Act Of Kindness.

Make Rock Candy.

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Make Shadow Puppets.

Make Jellybean Candles.

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Go To The Zoo.

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Enjoy a Farmer’s Market.

Unplug For a Day.

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Make a Tire Swing.

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What Are You Doing Over Spring Break? Have a Great Time With You Family.

 

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From Our Family 2 Yours… Happy Thanksgiving.

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Celebrated annually in the United States on the fourth Thursday in November, the holiday of Thanksgiving was first observed in 1621 and continues to be an American tradition today.

It can be a wonderful celebration of gratitude, appreciation, and family connection.  Take some time during your meal and allow each person at the table to talk about what they’re grateful for.

Let Our Family Share With You Some Tips On How To Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving This Year……

Send Some Invitations Your Guests Will Gobble Up At Punchbowl. (it’s FREE)

 

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Thanksgiving Playlist. Lighting, scents and music add so much ambiance to a home.

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Give Thanks With These Family Gratitude Projects.   (via .livingly.com)

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Cover the kid table with Kraft Paper and set out crayons to keep them entertained.

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Keep the little turkeys happy and busy with some gummy treats. source: Design, Wash, Rinse, Repeat

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This is such a simple thing to add to your Thanksgiving Dinner, but I think it will be one of the most meaningful.

(via The Turquoise Home)

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Is this the Cutest Cheeseball  you have ever seen? Angela From Handmade in the Heartland made this darling Cheeseball and you can to. 

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Step-by-Step Guide to The Best Roast Turkey… A tried-and-true recipe for making a perfectly cooked and moist turkey every time. (via The Yummy Life)

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Homestyle Thanksgiving sausage stuffing, a versatile recipe with a lot of options. You can use it to stuff a turkey or bake it in a casserole dish.

(via Cinnamon-Spice & Everything Nice)

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The Best Mashed Potatoes…via Favorite Family Recipes.

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Perfect Turkey Gravy Made From Turkey Drippings  via Center Cut Cook. 

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The BEST Green Bean Casserole You Will Ever Try via All Recipes.

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The Perfect Rolls For Your Thanksgiving Dinner….via Dreaming In DIY.

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Cranberry Fluff Salad is an easy holiday side dish that’s always a crowd favorite! It’s creamy, sweet and delicious!

(via Tastes Better From Scratch)

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These 12 Thanksgiving games are not only funny, they’re perfect for any age – for kids, for teens, for adults, for family, and even for toddlers! (via Play Party Plan)

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Delicious Pecan Pie Bars perfect for a Fall Party or for Thanksgiving!

(via Your Cup Of Cake)

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Pie? Easy? Yes and Yes! This Recipe takes the worry out of Pie-Making and has Step-By-Step Instructions. The end result will wow all your guests this holiday season! Save this Pumpkin Pie Recipe to make for Thanksgiving or Christmas this year!  (Via Pillsbury)

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What’s better than apple pie? Caramel apple pie, of course! The secret ingredient of this recipe? Use Granny Smith apples. Find out why, and Grab the recipe here.

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Share The Meal App….With a tap on your smartphone you can “Share The Meal” with a child in need. It costs only US $ 0.50 to feed one child for a day.

Together with the United Nations, you can change the world and end global hunger – whenever you want and wherever you are.

I hope more people will do this and teach about giving is so important in this world.

 

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It’s Turkey Time…Check out his Adorable No-Sew Turkey Craft! Perfect Thanksgiving Craft From Easy Peasy and Fun.

 

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Watch The Thanksgiving Commercial That Is Making Everyone Cry…..

 

Enjoy Your Family and Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving,

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Simple Ways To Celebrate The Last Day Of School

 The Last Day Of School Is MAGICAL..Stop being a grownup for a while, be young again and think back to what the last day of school meant for you. Capture that joy and let our children read it in your face.
Here are some End Of The School Year Celebrations that you can do to make it even more special for your children!
 
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 It is so important to capture pictures.  Here is a way to do that……

 Free Printable Last Day Of School Signs.

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(Via Yellow Bliss Road)

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Last Day of School Tee: Create a fun t-shirt and send your kiddo to school with fabric markers to sign the shirt with. Love this version from Chaos Served Daily.
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Have ice-cream for dinner on the last day of school. Because why not? It’s SUMMER!
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Plan fun evening of stay-up-late activities. Plan a movie marathon at home and spread out the sleeping bags. Get to the store and have enough of their favorite movie time snacks to keep them fed until midnight.
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Do you have girls?  They will love this cute End of School Year Glitter Toes Tradition from Tatertots and Jello.
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Even if your child has already started school, it’s never too late to start this oh-so-personalized tradition, and the end of the school year is the perfect time to sneak the book to your first round of educators. They’ve got a whole year of fresh-on-the-mind memories to write about.
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Have a surprise message waiting for them on the driveway or a banner they can run through when they get home.
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Rock the car pick-up line with this Decorated Last Day of School Party Vehicle. via Happy Home Fairy.
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Have a Water-Fun Fight

All the moms in our neighborhood fill containers  with water balloons and water guns. Then hide at the bus stop and ambush the kids as they get off! After you’ve soaked them, give them a stash. Let the games begin.

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End of School Basket ~ On the last day of school it is a tradition to have a basket for the kids filled with goodies to get excited about summer. 
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Don’t forget to Thank The Bus Driver This Year!  Here is a Cute Gift I am sure he will appreciate. Turn the Page and get the instructions from Like a Pretty Petunia.
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 Hit the pool! Let the splashing begin. Head on over to your local pool and start working on that gorgeous tan while splashing around with the kids.
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Have a Neighborhood S’mores-Making Party with Fun Fixings. It’s a Great Way To Start The Summer.
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Take the kids to Free Movies All Summer!
 
Regal Theaters 2016 Summer Movie Express – Admission is only $1 for their Summer movies for kids every Tuesday and Wednesday at 10 am.
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Cinemark Theaters Summer Movie Clubhouse – 10 weeks of Summer movies for kids with a punch card for only $5 (purchased in advance – otherwise pay $1 per movie at the box office.
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I Have a Granddaughter Graduating This Year So Let Me Add Some Graduate Inspiration I Found…..

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A Penny for Luck
Finally, if you’re looking for a positive message to leave for your students, teacher Robert Courtmanche share his end-of-year message to students.

“Each year we have an awards banquet, and I give the seniors a little gift and a penny with a message attached to it,” Courtemanche, a teacher at Galena Park (Texas) High School, told Education World. The wording of that message, penned several years ago by Courtemanche, follows:

My graduation gift to you is a penny, but why?

 

 

Look at the penny and you will understand.
The year is 2016—so you will always remember this time.

“Honest Abe” Lincoln is on the front—always be honest with yourself and others.

The word LIBERTY—as they say in the Navy, you are now “at liberty,” and that means you are free to do as you like. Don’t waste that freedom.

IN GOD WE TRUST—you must trust in someone or something; you can’t go through life alone. Trust in yourself, trust in God, trust the life you make.

A penny may be worth only one cent, and you can’t buy much with a penny anymore. However, every dollar is made up of 100 pennies, and every kid’s piggy bank starts with one penny. The penny, like each of you, is not made of pure silver or gold—but surely if you put enough pennies together, they will amount to something.

I ask that you go out into the world and amount to something. Set your own value on life, set your own standards and goals.

And, in case you need it …

Here’s a penny for luck.

 Have a Wonderful Summer,
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S’mores Anyone?

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August is National S’mores Month .  Who doesn’t enjoy roasting marshmallows over a campfire until they are almost burnt to a crisp, and then shoving them into layers of graham and chocolate?  

The origin of s’mores is shrouded in mystery and intrigue, with no one rightfully knowing how it came to be or was named.
Most records believe that the Campfire Girls created it and that the Girl Scouts brought s’mores their popularity.
The first printed S’mores recipe appeared in 1927 in the Girl Scout handbook called, Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.
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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 world record was set in 2003 with a S’more weighing in at 1,600 lbs

S’mores go hand and hand with Memorable Times.

Go make a Few Memories Right Now!

 

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S’Mores In A Bag……

  • 1 individual-sized bag of Teddy Grahams
  • 1/8 cup of Marshmallow Fluff (1 large spoonful)
  • 1/3 cup miniature marshmallows
  • 1/4 cup milk chocolate chips (divided)

You can find a 12 pack of the small Teddy Graham bags at Wal-Mart with three flavors– honey, cinnamon & chocolate.   Choose a flavor and open the bag carefully, making sure the sides don’t tear.

Measure out the Fluff & add it to the bag of Teddy Grahams, stirring slightly to coat as many crackers as possible.

Add the miniature marshmallows and half of the chocolate chips (1/8 cup) to the bag.

Place the remaining chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat (in 20-30 second intervals) until the chocolate is melted.  Pay close attention not to let it burn.

Pour or spoon the melted chocolate into the bag of Teddy Grahams and mix well to cover all of the ingredients.  Mmmmmmm!!

 

Let Me Share Some More Favorite S’More Recipes….

 

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S”Mores Dessert Pizza

Refrigerated pizza dough

Marshmallow fluff

Graham cracker crumbs (or whole crackers that you can smash up)

Chocolate chips or chunks

Chocolate syrup (a last minute addition)

 

First, you’ll unroll the dough and squish it down into your pan.

Bake it according to package directions. I baked mine at about 350 for about 12 minutes. When it comes out, it should look slightly golden.

Use the fluff as your “sauce”. You probably won’t need the whole jar. Spoon it out with a tablespoon and then push it around the crust to cover it.

Sprinkle with a  handful or two of chocolate chips or chunks.

Sprinkle it with a couple of spoons of graham cracker crumbs as well.

Bake it again for another 12 minutes or so. The marshmallow really gets a nice crust on it and holds everything together really well so you can cut it into slices. Drizzle chocolate over the top.

ENJOY!!

I’m in love with this Lemon Meringue Pie S’more. (via Cooking Classy)

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You simply must try the Chocolate Lovers S’more.

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

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Here are a few more ways to Enjoy National S’Mores Day….

Fudge Striped Cookie S’more…. A super easy way to make s’mores with only two ingredients. Chocolate covered graham crackers work too. (Via thriftydiydiva)

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S’mores Campfire Cones — Have your kids stuff their waffle cones with all the tasty marshmallows and chocolate chips they can fit and roast them over your summer campfire. (via Frugal Coupon Living)

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Frozen S’mores! Layers of chocolate pudding and marshmallow cheesecake sandwiched between graham crackers and frozen for the perfect summer treat. Super easy recipe! (via Its Always Autumn)

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Reeses S’mores…oh my goodness these are peanut buttery and delicious!  (via Crafty Recipes)

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Make your own S’more Play Dough with just ONE ingredient! – Smells just like S’more’s  (via Growing a Jeweled Rose)

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 According to a release from The Hershey Company, the company produces more than 373 million milk chocolate bars each year, enough to make 746 million s’mores.

With just three simple ingredients – graham crackers, chocolate bars, and toasted marshmallows – S’Mores have become a classic American treat.

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S’mores at home! A terracotta pot lined with aluminum foil, perched on a trivet and filled with hot coals from the grill makes a spectacular tabletop station for roasting marshmallows.

 

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

 

 Talk Soon,

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Eggs-tra Special Easter Egg Hunts

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Do you love Easter egg hunts? Me Too. If you are hosting an Easter get-together this year with your family, friends, or neighbors, here are some great Easter egg hunt ideas and steps to help you plan a successful hunt!

 

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Easter Egg Hunting began in America when German immigrants brought their Osterhase tradition to Pennsylvania in the 1700s. The festivity soon spread across the nation, and baskets replaced nests. Eventually, the game evolved into a treasure hunt, and the prizes expanded from just hard-boiled eggs to include chocolate, candy, toys and coins. In many families, the Easter Bunny leaves a basket filled with gifts, not just eggs to find.

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It’s time to hunt without further delay!
Go out the place where you play in the sun,
that’s where you’ll find all the Easter fun.
Then like you always do, just like is you habit,
put all the pieces together and you get to keep this cute pink chocolate bunny rabbit!
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 To avoid jealousy and hard feelings at an Easter Egg hunt for your kids or grandkids, use the same color eggs for each person. Example…..blue for Todd, pink for Addie, yellow, green and purple for other kids, etc. 

Then take one egg of each color and put the same thing in each.  Continue until all the eggs are filled.  For the hunt, tell each kid what color is theirs and to only pick up eggs of that color. That way everyone has the same amount of eggs and the same amount of “goodies”.  No one gets their feeling hurt.

Leave Tell Tale Prints….. Make bunny footprints near each hidden Easter egg to give the kids some easy hints as to where the eggs are hidden.

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You can also try making the footprints out of plain paper or even sprinkle some talcum powder and put a bunny paw print in it with your fingers.

 

Confetti Eggs

Mix a few of these in with the regular eggs for a fun surprise at the end of the hunt.
See it here on Oh Happy Day.
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Personalized Eggs….Older kids often grab all the treats because they are faster at finding eggs and small prizes. In this hunt, each person has to look for a specific color egg or a prize with their initial on it. Letter stickers from a crafts store are easy to stick on and make each egg unique. Not only does this equal out the distribution of candy and gifts but it allows you to give specific treats to kids based on their interests.
Tips: Have fun with what you put in the eggs. Small games, fortunes, pennies, photographs, and special notes are all great alternatives to jelly beans.
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The Bunny Treasure Map….In this hunt, the Easter Bunny has left a map to the prizes but the kids will have to put together all of the pieces to find the hiding spot. Draw a map or write a clue on colored card stock or a pre-cut blank puzzle. One side should be brightly colored and the map should be drawn on the back. Cut the map in pieces and hide it around the house. When all the pieces are found, kids must try to assemble the map that will lead them to their Easter basket treat.
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Tips: Count how many pieces you have so you’ll know when it is time for the kids to start assembling the puzzle. You can also number each piece so kids know how many pieces they are trying to find.
Golden and Sliver Egg Hunt: Place a golden and a silver egg in a hard to find spot with money in it.
420 golden egg istockphotoSuper Secret Message Egg…..Hide a little message in each egg. It is just like a fortune cookie…only with eggs!
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 Easter Egg Eggstravaganza …...Fill each of the eggs with a slip of paper with a task that the finder has to  complete such as a sing “Itsy Bity Spider,” name three fruits that are red, or do a handstand. This is an Easter egg hunt so make them fun. Once the finder does the task, they can pick out a piece of candy or a toy.
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Night time Egg Hunt….Kids need to have adults with them and do it in a safe place. Grab a flash light and go on a hunt to find the eggs under the moon and stars. Place glow sticks in the eggs.

 
“Find Your Name” Egg Hunt….Before the hunt, write each child’s name on an egg. The child that finds the egg with their name on it first wins a prize.
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Make sure every last egg is found by tipping off the kids with this cute printable clue cards.
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Along with plastic Easter Eggs there are other things you can hide.  You can wrap bigger items in plastic wrap or cellophane and tie with a bow. Some ideas are…
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Jump Ropes and other outside toys
Large Container Bubbles
Dolls
Action Figures
Crayons with Coloring Book
Socks cute Easter socks fit in the larger eggs and are fun for the kids.
Tattoos – gives the kids something to do.
Gift Certificates – maybe for McDonald’s or your local frozen yogurt shop
Small whistles – if you are brave!
Glow in the dark star stickers for the ceiling
Lego mini building set – spread the pieces over a few eggs
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Indoor Hunt….Don’t let a rainy day spoil the Easter Egg Hunt—an inside hunt can be as fun.  Designate which rooms will be part of the hunt.  The difficulty can be based on the age of the kids.  You can even designate rooms for different age groups. You can even designate rooms for different age groups.  For younger kids, hide the eggs in places they are visible.  For older kids and teens, you can really bury those eggs.
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Make a More Challenging Egg Hunt……There are several things you can do to make a traditional egg hunt more challenging for older kids.

Find creative places to hide the eggs to give an egg hunt more appeal. If you can, hide the eggs in an unfamiliar location. Hide them in the woods or a park. Pick a place that has a lot of nooks and crannies. Make the hunt boundaries large to increase the places they can be hidden.

These are good idea for groups that also have younger children. The older kids can look for the more complex hiding spots while the younger kids can find easily hidden eggs.

Ice Cream Hunt–Hunting for ice cream?….. In each egg, put ice cream toppings. Some examples could be jelly beans, sprinkles, M&M’s, marshmallows, butterscotch chips, and anything else that would fir in those little plastic refillable eggs are found, each hunter will make their own ice cream in a bag! This works well outside on a nice day. You can google “ice cream in a bag” and get a zillions recipes like this one.
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One tip, though, have your baggies made up ahead of time so as soon as the egg hunting is done, the kids can immediately start making their ice cream. You will also want to have gloves or socks handy because the bags get really cold!
Once the ice cream is made, they can add all the toppings to their bag of ice cream!
coins-in-easter-eggEgg Puzzle…..Tell your children the Easter Bunny left them a puzzle, and they have to locate all of the puzzle pieces to find out what the grand finale prize is. To set up the puzzle, on a large sheet of paper, write a message to your children. Then, divide up the paper to look like puzzle pieces and cut out the individual pieces. Hide each piece in an egg. Once the kids have found all the puzzle pieces they can lay them out on the floor to read their special message and find the big prize the Easter Bunny left for them.
 
Creative Egg Stuffers….Mix it up this year and take the candy out of Easter. Yup, you read that right–ditch the sugar. The kids are already “hopped” up enough on their natural energy anyway. Fill the eggs with fun surprises the children will never expect.
Some Ideas are…..
Money
Movie Tickets
Stickers
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IOU notes (example….One Large Banana Split to make up for all sugar lost on Easter!)
 
The Easter Challenge……The Easter challenge is a fun party game version of an Easter egg hunt that older children and adults will love. Instead of hiding candy eggs, you would hide small plastic eggs. Inside each egg would be a task that has to be completed.
Sing a song, recite a verse from memory, jump on one foot for  10 seconds, draw a picture, etc. After each task is completed, the child receives another treat for their basket.  Make sure to keep a camera on hand to capture all the fun!
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Story Egg Hunt
Create or find an Easter story. (This is a good hunt to include the religious meaning and story of Easter). Print it out and then cut it apart into strips. Number the strips in order and place them in eggs for the hunt. After the hunt – have the hunters sit in a circle and take turns reading the parts of the story form their eggs in orde
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 Story Egg Hunt……Create or find an Easter Story. (This is a good hunt to include the religious meaning and story of Easter.)
 Print it out and then cut it apart into strips. Number the strips in order and place them in the eggs for the hunt.  After the hunt–have the hunters sit in a circle and take turns reading the parts of the story from the eggs in order.

Find an organized Easter egg hunt in your area……

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Just because a get-together is called an Easter egg hunt does not mean other activities cannot be going on besides the hunt. Plenty of spring activities can be done at Easter. Set up stations of activities that kids can do either by themselves, or have a grown-up rotate in to help their kids. Stations might include:

The ideas mentioned above not only make the Easter special, but memorable too. In fact, using a bit of creativity, anybody can come up with such fun ideas. So, what are you waiting for?
There are so many ways to make the tradition of an Easter egg hunt fun!

Happy Easter Egg hunting!

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20 Craft and Food Ideas For St. Patricks Day Fun!

The month of March means the celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, and whether or not you’re Irish, this is a fun day to celebrate!

Every year on March 17, millions of people gussy themselves up in green attire, hold big parades and drink lots of beer, all in the name of an old Irish saint.

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Tulle St. Patrick’s Day Wreath {A Night Owl}

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Shamrock Sandwich Cookies {Homemade by Holman}

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Mini Pots of Gold {The Crafting Chicks}

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Leprechaun ‘Stache

 

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Tiny St. Patrick’s Day Gifts For Leprechauns…What a Fun Idea!

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Popsicle Bracelets By Momtastic

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St. Patty’s Day Minty S’mores – Pandora’s Deals

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Leprechaun Cookie Bark – The Nerd’s Wife

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What’s Your Leprechaun Name?

Use your birth month and favorite color to figure out your leprechaun name for St. Patrick’s Day.

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 Chocolate Mint Candy. Make These For St. Paddy’s Day. They Taste Just Like Andes Candies.

 

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St. Patrick’s Day Playdough {Rockabye Butterfly}

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Irish Potato Soup By Home is Where the Boat is

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Rainbow Loom Bracelet St. Patricks Day Card!  Free Printable by Living Locurto.com

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These are so Yummy!  Leprechaun Candy!!

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St. Patricks Day Gift Idea: Roll O” Gold

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15-Minute DIY Rainbow Necklace for St. Patrick’s Day

 

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Magic Leprechaun Dust…..

 

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Easy Homemade Tortilla Chips

 

 

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 “St. Patrick’s Day is an enchanted time – a day to begin transforming winter’s dreams into summer’s magic.” Adrienne Cook

 

 I Hope You Liked My List!  Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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A Basket Full of Memories

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As you become older you realize that memories and treasured keepsakes are what you come away with from your childhood.  Memories connect our pasts, our present, and our futures — and they connect us to one another. What situations come into your mind when someone asks you to remember your childhood memories?

 Life flies by fast and before you know it your kids will be grown. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to make sure that your children have fond memories of growing up. Will your kids remember their Xbox or will they remember the two of you running through the sprinklers on a hot day?

Life-long blessing for children is to fill them with warm memories of times together. Happy Memories become treasures in the heart to pull out on the tough days of adulthood” ~ Charlotte Davis Kasl

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Childhood memories are usually the simplest of things. Remember when you learned to ride your first bike?  Jumping in a pile of leaves in the fall, making mudpies, snowball fights, playing in the rain, chasing butterflies, gathering eggs in the hen house, playing “dress up” like mom, hunting with dad, turning the crank on the ice cream.

We all have memories of our childhood that are cherished in our hearts forever. It’s not the things that cost the most money, it’s the time spent with the ones we love the most that we’ll always remember. Young parents of today should always try to spend quality time with their children. It’s not what you buy them, but the memories you make together, that they’ll look back on when they’re grown. The simple pleasures that cost nothing, yet are priceless.

A First Memory Starter….

Write your child a letter soon after they are born. Fill it with your thoughts, hopes, dreams and the experience of bringing a new life into the world. Place your note in an envelope and inscribe, “On the day you were born” on it, and tuck it in a journaling-type book.

Each year on your child’s birthday, write another letter to her—fill it with the memories, milestones, dreams, events, ideas and the life that you and your family have created throughout the year. When your child grows up and has a place of his or her own, present the book and continue to send the letters on your child’s birthday.

You will have written a book and told the story of two very special people: you and your child.

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 How To Make Memories….

On Your  Lap. It’s the best place in the entire world for a book, story, or conversation. And it’s been right in front of you the whole time.

Hugs and Kisses. I once heard the story of a man who told his 7-year old son that he had grown too old for kisses. I tear up every time I think of it. Know that your children are never too old to receive physical affirmation of your love for them.

Meals Together. Meals provide unparalleled opportunity for relationship, the likes of which can not be found anywhere else. So much so, that a family that does not eat together does not grow together.

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You may not be an animal lover – but getting any kind of pet can do miracles! It doesn’t only mean endless joy for your children but it also is a great way to teach them what responsibility is. You don’t have to get a dog or a cat, there are so many animals that make great and easy to keep pets.

Try hamster, fish, parrot or even a turtle. Teach your kid how to feed it and train it. Your children will love you for getting them a pet and you will love the effect it will have on their character. Your first pet is always one of the greatest childhood memories…

 

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You can visit a foreign country, a big city or a village – the important thing is to go to a road trip together as  a family at least once! Wander, explore, experience, bond and create unforgettable memories. You will learn your kids to love traveling and make the most of the chance to spend couple of whole days together.

Holidays and family trips are one of the things we remember with joy . Fill your family album with lots of photos and funny captures!

 

 

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Give Them The Gift Of Growing Up With These Memories…..

Play with the garden hose

Spot shapes in the clouds

Tell them about God

Hold them when they cry

Sometimes in the summer we would go to the drive-in movie….Mom always made a big sack of popcorn and a Memory I will always remember.

 

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Play dress up

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Let them climb into bed with you when they have a bad dream

Turn off your cell phone and spend time with them

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Tell them you love them every day

Make Snow Ice Cream

Read them fairy tales

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Create new everyday rituals: warm vanilla milk, a story or a kiss on the forehead before bedtime—special touches that will help your child drift off to a peaceful sleep.

Kite Flying

Give second chances, third chances, fourth chances…

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Tell them you believe in them

Sandcastles

Blow on a Dandelion and make a wish

 

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Go to the Library

Be kind to them so they’ll learn to be kind

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“Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.”

TIP: RECIPE FOR PRESERVING CHILDREN

Ingredients:

  • 1 grassy field
  • 1/2 dozen (or more) children
  • several dogs (and puppies, if available)
  • 1 brook
  • several pebbles

Steps:

  1. Into field, pour children and dogs — allowing to mix well.
  2. Pour brook over pebbles til slightly frothy.
  3. Cool children and dogs slightly in brook.
  4. When dry, serve with milk and freshly baked gingerbread cookies.

 

 

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 Each parent would have many stories to tell about their children. These stories would have many moments which are cherishable, memorable and wonderful. Along with that many frustrating and tireful ones too. All these experiences could make each parent an author of a book.

So how do we Save these memories?   Keepy, a tool that lets you snap and store photos of your kids and the stuff they do. Keepy also lets kids and their “followers” add voice and video comments.

If your children had to share their life story with someone else, what memories would be the basis for their story? Now is the time to shape their story with living memories that will last a lifetime.

You are  going to blink and these little people – who, for now, see you  as the beginning and the end of the universe – are going to be all grown up.  Make sure that when that day comes, they will look back and smile and remember the little moments like these. I know I will.

Are you making time to create memories with your children?


 

 

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Home is a Place in Your Heart

“Where is home? Home is where the heart can laugh without shyness. Home is where the heart’s tears can dry at their own pace.” – Vernon Baker

 What is home? A building with four walls and a roof? Or a place where you grow up among your loving family?  More than the walls and the interiors of a home, it is the spirit of those who reside in and the bonding that makes it a beautiful place to live in.

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We’ll always remember our childhood home and the vast memories of the times that shaped us. There, we were molded into who we are today. Our more recent decisions and defining moments are influenced by moments from our childhood. What ever it is, I return to where I grew up time and again.

Although home could represent an exact place or time in our lives, past or present, you will always return home. While your dreams and passions will lift you to new destinations, you will always come back to where you started. If you haven’t, think about and consider it. If not for you, then for your children.

Often translated “Family is where the heart is”, the original proverb identifies that with where there is love and acceptance, is also your home. Your home is wherever or whatever place you long to be—a place where there is no judgment, only solace. This really encompasses home as the place you love most whether it’s with one’s embrace, in your current domain or in your collective memory.

Home is where we can truly be ourselves. Where we don’t have to hide anything about who we are, how we are feeling or what we are thinking. Home is where we can put down the roles that we sometimes play and just let everything go.

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“Home, the spot of earth supremely blest, A dearer, sweeter spot than all the rest” – Robert Montgomery

“The spot of earth supremely blest”. . .what a great description. By gathering with our friends or family, home_is_where_the_heart_is_smalland building up a collection of cherished memories and experiences, we bless the space around our homes. We create a space that is powerful – one that can carry us through anything.

“Home is a name, a word, it is a strong one; stronger than any magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.” -Charles Dickens

There is, I think, something magical about home. Whether you are a kid finding the best places to hide your Star Wars collection, or an adult putting the key into the lock after a long day, there is something about coming home that is somewhat magical. You walk in the door and things feel a little bit lighter. You settle into your favorite chair for the night and your home embraces you; it makes you feel supported, taken care of, and at peace.

Home to us is a place that we can come back to and feel safe, secure and loved.
It’s a place where friends are always welcome.
It’s kids artwork hanging on the walls and school notes on the fridge.
It’s laughter and squealing. It’s intimate chats as secrets are shared.
It’s comfortable.

Home is a tiny word but a powerful one and one so rich in meaning.  It is more than a physical place it is is an idea, a feeling, a vision.  It is something that we carry with us as we journey through life; it is not just something that we seek.

 

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Mom and Dad are moving.

There. I said it.

After 42 years, my parents are leaving the 110-year-old, three-story house that served as the backdrop for my growing-up life – a silent witness to my first teetering steps, first fumbling prayers, first teenage crushes. I remember standing at the top of those wide wooden stairs at age five, in pajamas on Christmas morning; at age 18, with a mortar board bobby-pinned to my hair; at 23, dressed in white satin.

The old place knew all of my first loves because their pictures were taped to the walls: Scott Baio, Michael Jackson, Donny Osmond … and E.T.

It also knew every misdeed: the time my brother John and I decapitated the Barbies and hid them behind the radiator; Christmas Eve of 1975 when I devoured a whole plateful of Spritz cookies in the pantry; when my sisters and I composed typewritten letters by a ghost named The Draft – we slipped the notes under the bedroom door of our brother, who was convinced that a specter haunted the darkened hallways of our home.

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In that old house on West Athens Street – where lilacs blossomed every spring and mums bloomed every fall – I learned what it meant to laugh and love and live as family.

And now, I’m trying to figure out how to say goodbye.

That house and I were playmates, and we knew each other’s secrets. The wooden banister was my first slide. Dad in his recliner, my first see-saw. The basement storeroom, my first roller-rink. On summer afternoons, I shimmied up the evergreen spires to climb onto the roof of a friend. Up there, sprawled out on her gigantic shingled lap, I would stare at the sky and daydream. She never seemed to mind if I didn’t feel like talking.

This morning, I pick up the phone to dial the numbers that connect me to home, digits I memorized back in preschool. It hits me: By June, I’ll never again dial that phone number.

Mom answers on the third ring with a sunny hello. She recites the list of things to sell, to give away, to box up. Even if her four grown children aren’t ready, she is. Or, at least, it sounds like she’s ready. I hear the resolve in her voice. Then again, I wonder if she hears the same thing in my voice – cheery and affirming – when she reminds me that the movers will come soon.

And just like that, our life stage will be emptied of its props and actors.

We’re 100 miles apart, Mom and I, but if I squint the mind’s eye, I can see her standing in the laundry room. Her bare feet are anchored, almost seamlessly, to that cool, cracked cement floor. The house has become such a part of our family that I can barely distinguish the structure from the inhabitants.

HM016-mThe house feels like a second skin. I know every wrinkle, bruise, scar and age-spot. I even know the bones that creak loudest – third stair from the top. I knew to skip that step when I came home past curfew.

We were tight, that old house and I. Look at that, would you? I’m already talking about her in the past-tense.

But it’s time. It really is. Mom and Dad are in their 70s, and old knees fare better with one-level living.

Still. Goodbyes are hard, aren’t they?

In the home where I live now, we’re passing a legacy of rootedness to my own children. When we built this house nine years ago, we made room for a built-in bench by the kitchen table – just like the bench on which I ate every meal growing up. We also installed a stained-glass window, a replica of the one that stretches across the wall back home.

In this house – my house – I set a wooden plaque on the laundry-room windowsill that reads: “My home isn’t a place. It’s people.”

I get that. I really do. But I’m still going to grieve a while longer. For I’m going to miss that splendidly creaky home that will always whisper bits of our life-story in every cobwebbed corner.

“Home is the place where it feels right to walk around without shoes.”

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 In Chris Daughtry’s Home  “…I’m going to a place where love and feeling good don’t ever cost a thing … Im going home back to a place where I belong and where your love has always been enough for me … ” Even after succeeding in his dream (and getting more than he wished for), there is no place where he can substitute the love he identified with where you know people who will always believe in you.

 

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What does the phrase home is where the heart is mean………………….

Your true home is with the person or the place you love the most
It mean it’s where your life is…. That’s where the love is. the home is usually where you base your life from…. and your body runs centrally from you heart.
It means that one might go to work, to lunch, to dinner, to a movie or play, to parties,  to a fine restaurant, but that when all that is over, your own home is where your love, activities, best things you have–all these things are where your heart is.

Our homes are a reflection of who we are.
They are one huge canvas that each of us chooses how to decorate.
They are our personal space in this huge universe.
They evolve and change just as we do.

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We fill them with people and things we treasure and love.
Their walls hold our treasured memories, and so much that we hold dear.
They become our safe havens, our respite from the rest of the world
And that is what I believe makes a house a home.
Trust me, walls do talk !
A home tells a lot about the person living there.

“The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” Maya Angelou

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A Priceless Gift Called Gratitude

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Parents know what they have to teach children. They teach them manners, and how to use the potty. They teach them how to eat at the table, how to get dressed in the morning, and eventually, how to tie their own shoes. Sadly, one of the forgotten teachings of parenthood is teaching children how to be grateful. When is the last time you taught your child to be grateful. As a parent, it is immensely important for children, even very young ones – to realize that a grateful heart can lead to great things in life.

Gratitude doesn’t come naturally to our children.  It is learned. So, as parents, “Teaching our Children Gratitude” should be at the top of our parental-to-do-list.

Happiness is a skill that parents can teach their children and the relationship between gratitudegratitude2-1 and happiness is really strong. People who spend more time doing things that express their gratitude tend to be considerably happier than people who don’t.Children who express gratitude are kinder, more appreciative, more empathetic, happier and more enthusiastic. Grateful children understand that other people have needs and they look outside themselves. They are more polite, usually better behaved and generally more pleasant to be around.

LIVE WITH AN ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

Imagine for a moment one of those nights when you just can’t fall asleep and you have to get up early the next morning for a very important meeting of which you are the keynote speaker. Your alarm clock goes off early in the morning waking you from what little sleep you had. You stumble out of bed, have a quick shower, grab a coffee and some toast, and off you go to fight the traffic on the way to work.

Does that sound like the start of a terrible day? Most would answer ‘yes’. Few people however, would answer, ‘no’. These are the people, who are in my opinion blessed with a gift. A gift that determines how they view their life. These people live with ‘an attitude of gratitude’. For them, the situation described could be worse. Much worse. For example, think of the man who doesn’t have a bed, let alone a roof to over his head. When he is awoken from what little sleep he is able to get, it is by the rain falling on his cold body. He too stumbles to his feet and begins his journey to work in his bare feet. His work is in the field of survival. He searches though garbage cans for scraps of half-rotten food to eat and odd bits of clothes to keep him warm.

gratitudeThe purpose of this example is to illustrate that we all have so much to be grateful for. Even in times when it seems that nothing could be worse, there is always a reason to be grateful. And when you feel a sense of gratitude, you feel a sense of happiness and content. My challenge to you today is to learn to look for the good in every situation and live with ‘an attitude of gratitude’.

I assure you, if you were the fellow searching for food in garbage cans you too could find things to be grateful for. You just have to look hard enough and ‘open your eyes’ to what is around you. You have to focus on what’s good in your life, not what’s bad.

“I once was distraught because I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.” – Unknown

Life works in mysterious ways. Time and time again there have been stories of people who are in a dire strait yet they are found helping others who are experiencing greater turmoil. This is because once you have helped someone in greater need than yourself, you always feel better. You feel better because you have helped another human being, and this forces you to change your mindset from focusing on your problems to focusing on their solutions.

3601243290_ba8443f6ecAlways focus on the solution, not the problem and live with an attitude of gratitude! Mother Teresa was a primary example of this phenomenon. Her entire life revolved around helping others in need. As a result she experienced a great deal of love and self-satisfaction in her life.

I challenge you now to take a moment to think of five things in your life that you are grateful for today. For example, your friends, your family, your job, your sense of smell, touch, sight, and sound. The list can go on and on. Imagine what your life would be like without these things. Write them down on a piece of paper and really think about the things you are grateful for. You will be amazed at how great you will feel!

Gratitude is such a brilliant gift that has been bestowed upon us if we choose it. The sophistication of this gift is simple. It is a choice. Be thankful for what you have, who you are and who you can be. It’s all about perception. It doesn’t matter what societal status you come from, what your wallet has in it or how you were culturally raised. Be thankful for what you have and feel right now in this exact moment in time. Hard times and good times. These are all opportunities to acknowledge gratitude. To give a shout out to gratitude. As we teach our children to witness this invisible mind thought, the concept emerges within them just as easy as they learn how to brush their teeth, their ABC’s or how to tie their shoes. These are life skills they will use through-out their whole life.  Gratitude can be a wholesome part of your healthy intentional conscious parenting routine.

Recognizing The Good

There is a story — maybe an urban legend, but full of truth nonetheless — concerning the famous violinist Itzhak Perlman.

As a child he had been stricken with polio and getting on stage is no small feat for him. He wears braces on both thank-you-quoteslegs and uses crutches. One evening, Perlman was in New York to give a concert. Perlman crossed the stage slowly until he reached the chair,  seated himself, and signaled to the conductor to begin.

No sooner had he finished the first few bars then one of the strings on his violin snapped, echoing loudly through the theatre like a gunshot. Perlman was at the beginning of the piece and it would have been reasonable to bring the concert to a halt while he replaced the string to begin again. But that’s not what he did. He waited a moment and signaled the conductor to pick up just where they had left off.

Perlman had only three strings on which to play his soloist part. He was able to find some of the missing notes on adjoining strings, but where that wasn’t possible, he had to spontaneously reorganize the music so that it all still held together.

He played with passion and artistry, instinctively rearranging the symphony right through to the end. When he finally rested his bow, the audience sat for a moment in stunned silence. Then, rising to their feet, they gave a standing ovation. Each person in the audience knew they had been witness to an extraordinary display of human skill and ingenuity.

Perlman raised his bow to signal for quiet. “You know,” he said, “sometimes it is the artist’s task to find out how much beautiful music you can still make with what you have left.”

We have to wonder, was he speaking of his violin strings or his crippled body?

gratitude-3-tpl-bkgdCircumstances can throw us off our game or they can strengthen our determination and desire to create a positive outcome. The Hebrew term for gratitude is hikarat hatov, which means, literally, “recognizing the good.” Practicing gratitude means recognizing the good that is already in our lives. With a daily practice of giving thanks, our perspective shifts.  Gratitude is a powerful perspective that energizes positive action, and therefore creates a more fulfilling life.

If we thought about it, we would find that we don’t give or hear expressions of gratitude as often as we should. If you feel this way you are certainly not alone. Remembering to Express Gratitude can help us and our family members. Gratitude is more than an inner feeling. When good things are happening around us, when we’re with those we love and we’re grateful and we’re expressing it, the feeling of love and tenderness grows.  Gratitude can bring a calming feeling.

 
(In April of 2005, a young mom was confronted with a diaper rash that just wouldn’t quit. The rash needed some fresh air to heal, but she was also concerned about keeping her daughter warm. In a moment of inspiration, she snipped the feet off of a pair of socks and fitted her daughter from hip to ankle with a cool set of leg warmers. These leg warmers not only kept her daughter warm, but also protected her from the elements, made diaper changing and potty training easier, and protected her soft knees while crawling. With some fun designs and some grassroots marketing support, the functional and fashionable leg warmers that began as a solution to keep little legs warm quickly became much more.)

 

So what is gratitude, really? It includes saying “thank you” and being polite. But it is more than that. Expressing Gratitude is the beginning of courtesy, generosity, concern and appreciation for family members and others.

A deeply felt and fully expressed gratitude is an effective way to positively influence attitudes and behavior, our own and that of others. Learning to feel and express gratitude can have a significant effect on the happiness and success of every family member.

gratitude-300x300“A frustrated mother once complained to her neighbor that no one in her family seemed to appreciate what she did. They never commented on how much effort she spent cleaning the house, decorating their home for holidays, and keeping their clothes clean and pressed. They never thanked her for the good meals she prepared or for taking them to school or to work. … She was annoyed that they took her for granted.

“Her neighbor replied, ‘Marianne, you have a clean and attractively kept house. Your children go to school and to their meetings clean and neat. You are an excellent cook, and I can’t think of anyone who is more faithful than you are about doing your Church callings.

“ ‘I suspect that your husband and children recognize your efforts as being praiseworthy. It is possible that other members of your family feel the same discouragement as you do because it just isn’t the practice at your home to express appreciation’ ”

  • • What did the neighbor bring to Marianne’s attention?

In order to develop and teach gratitude to those in our families we must first awaken within ourselves the attitude of being appreciative. “It is as important for our families to learn to express gratitude to one another as it is to receive it from one another. If we don’t teach others to express their appreciation by our example and by our instruction, they may not learn this important courtesy. … If we want others to continue doing what they are doing, the best thing we can do is to let them know how much we appreciate it”

It is one thing to teach your child how to say thank you. It is something entirely different to teach them how to feel it.

So how do we help our families learn Gratitude?  Let me share these 10 ways to help make that happen……….

1.album-gratitude Keep a Gratitude Journal. Establish a daily practice in which you remind yourself of the gifts, grace, benefits, and good things you enjoy. Setting aside time on a daily basis to recall moments of gratitude associated with ordinary events, your personal attributes, or valued people in your life gives you the potential to interweave a sustainable life theme of gratefulness.

2. Remember the Bad. To be grateful in your current state, it is helpful to remember the hard times that you once experienced. When you remember how difficult life used to be and how far you have come, you set up an explicit contrast in your mind, and this contrast is fertile ground for gratefulness.

3. Ask Yourself Three Questions. Utilize the meditation technique known as Naikan, which involves reflecting on three questions: “What have I received from __?”, “What have I given to __?”, and “What troubles and difficulty have

4. Learn Prayers of Gratitude. In many spiritual traditions, prayers of gratitude are considered to be the most powerful form of prayer, because through these prayers people recognize the ultimate source of all they are and all they will ever be.I caused?”

5. Come to Your Senses. Through our senses—the ability to touch, see, smell, taste, and hear—we gain an appreciation of what it means to be human and of what an incredible miracle it is to be alive. Seen through the lens of gratitude, the human body is not only a miraculous construction, but also a gift.

6. Use Visual Reminders. Because the two primary obstacles to gratefulness are forgetfulness and a lack of gratitudemindful awareness, visual reminders can serve as cues to trigger thoughts of gratitude. Often times, the best visual reminders are other people.

7. Make a Vow to Practice Gratitude. Research shows that making an oath to perform a behavior increases the likelihood that the action will be executed. Therefore, write your own gratitude vow, which could be as simple as “I vow to count my blessings each day,” and post it somewhere where you will be reminded of it every day.

8. Watch your Language. Grateful people have a particular linguistic style that uses the language of gifts, givers, blessings, blessed, fortune, fortunate, and abundance. In gratitude, you should not focus on how inherently good you are, but rather on the inherently good things that others have done on your behalf.

9. Go Through the Motions. If you go through grateful motions, the emotion of gratitude should be triggered. Grateful motions include smiling, saying thank you, and writing letters of gratitude.

10. Think Outside the Box. If you want to make the most out of opportunities to flex your gratitude muscles, you must creatively look for new situations and circumstances in which to feel grateful.

Robert A. Emmons, Ph.D., (who wrote these steps to Gratitude) is the world’s leading scientific expert on gratitude. He is a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, and the founding editor-in-chief of The Journal of Positive Psychology.

Heart of Gratitude…

A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He held up a sign which said :  ‘ I am blind, please help.’  There were only a few coins in the hat.A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see the new words.Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the blind boy. That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things were. The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, “Were you the one who changed my sign this morning? What did you write? ”
The man said, ” I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a different way.”
I wrote : ‘ Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it.’
Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective? Be thankful for what you have.  Be Creative.  Be innovative. Think differently and positively..

 

 

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Enjoy your day with a heart of gratitude. 🙂

To teach our children the value of gratefulness, we want to be sure to role model grateful behavior:

Children need to see us being grateful for what we have. That might mean not running out to by the latest pocketbook and newest electronic gadget.

Let them see you saying thank you to the postman, the store clerk, and your friends.

Tell them, “I am so grateful to have you in my life.” If that is too corny for you, you can say, (when they come home from school), “It is good to see you.”

Let them see you and your spouse thank each other. Thank your spouse for making dinner, for taking out the garbage, cleaning a clogged drain or for making the phone call to Aunt Ethel, something you really didn’t want to do.

Don’t complain about all the things you don’t have.

Write a gratitude journal and tell them about it in a non-confrontational, friendly way.

Enjoy the beauty around you and point it out to your children. Sunsets, the sun shining on the snow, laughing babies and blossoming trees.

Understanding child/teen development and their limitations gives us insights into their frustrating but necessary behavior. Being grateful for what we have is one of the secrets of successful living. Fostering gratefulness in ourselves will enhance our family life and give our children the direction they need to cultivate their own happiness.

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“If you look to others for fulfillment
you will never truly be fulfilled.
If your happiness depends on money,
You will never be happy with yourself
Be content with what you have;
Rejoice in the way things are.
When you realize there is nothing lacking,
The whole world belongs to you
.”
~Lao Tzu

Gratitude is more than an attitude, more than polite manners and positive thinking. It is a way of life and a magnificent legacy to leave our children. So, don’t think about how to instill gratitude in children, instead start taking these steps to instill this significant attitude in your family today, for a better tomorrow.

There is no such thing as gratitude unexpressed.  If it is unexpressed, it is plain, old-fashioned ingratitude.  ~Robert Brault

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Hey Dad…Can I Borrow The Car??

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Isn’t it  amazing how quickly the kids learn to drive a car, yet are unable to understand the lawnmower, snow-blower, or vacuum cleaner:)

Okay, they turn 16 and then we are  compelled to let them drive or else they’ll keep on making us drive them around the town.  Having a teenager is tough,  they’re eager, excited and they certainly don’t want their parents getting in their way but having a teenage driver is a whole different scenario. Statistics show that drivers below 24 years old are 4x more likely to die than older drivers. It is due to inexperienced and recklessness which comes from being overconfident.

teen-driving3.s600x600It’s probably the worst time for parents and teenager to bond because the teens are at the age where they want nothing to do with their parents and parents can be going through a midlife crisis. But driving is something most everyone has to do and most everyone wants to do. And what better person to teach your child than you?

Remember what it was like to start driving a car? It was hard to keep the car in the lines and it was hard to keep the speed just right. It was hard to read the road signs and keep the car on the road until you got use to it. With experience you got better and hopefully you are a careful and safe driver today with the ability to have patience to teach someone else how to drive. Remember, your teen doesn’t know what they don’t know . They may have been sitting beside you in the front seat ‘watching’ you drive for years but if they are like my teens, chances are they’ve actually been reading, texting, listening to their iPod or pretending to be asleep so you won’t ask them awkward questions. Teaching your kid to drive has to be one of the biggest testers of trust there is.

This isn’t about the nuts and bolts of teaching parallel parking or 3 Point Turns.  It’s about an approach to teaching your teen to drive that will ensure you still have a working relationship at the end of it!

Let’s talk about some Safe Driving Tips……   Above all keep your cool and your patience when teaching your 6a00e551eea4f588340148c6c3653b970c-500wichild how to drive. Nothing is accomplished by scaring the child they are probably scared enough.

The following are some things you should discuss with your teen before he gets behind the wheel of a car. While you can’t prevent all accidents, letting your teen know of these risks can greatly reduce the chance that he will be the cause of one:

Tip Number One: Congratulate your teen. They’re fifteen!

Make a big deal out of being able to drive, becoming an adult. Most teenagers act like children because they’re treated that way. They can’t do this, they can’t do that. But driving is something that will be coming up in the next year and they will have to learn. It’s part of growing up and being an adult.

Tip Number Two: Get them the test books on their birthday.

They need materials. Don’t leave it to them to go to the store or the DMV to get books. Let them know you’ve been thinking about them. Let them know that you really care and want them to really have this in their lives. A teenager can sometimes feel that their parents are so caught up in work and significant others that they are forgotten about. But giving them a driving book on their birthday lets them know that realize they are becoming adults as much as they do.

photo7-e1320943418412-1024x764Tip Number Four: Ask your teen directly when they want you to take them out driving.

Don’t force yourself on them but let them know that it is your responsibility to help them drive well. You want them to succeed. Once you’ve told them what days you’re free, set up a time and a place to go over things. Being active about your teen learning to drive lets them know that all your talk isn’t just talk.

Tip Number Five: Set up a schedule for driving lessons.

Some schools have driving lessons but if they don’t or if your teen wants to take them from you, set up a good schedule. What happens sometimes is that after the first time out, the teen gets bored or the parent gets frustrated and they never make any other plan to go out driving. So set up a weekly or bi-weekly schedule of driving lessons.

Tip Number Six: Let them go at their own pace.

When scheduling, let them decide how many times a month you study or have driving lessons. And when learning, let them learn at their own pace, asking questions. Patience is word when teaching someone anything. Whether your child has to have repetitive lessons because that’s how they learn or they have learning problems, you should be there to help no matter what.

Tip Number Seven: From test questions to actually driving, give them the power.

This not only helps them feel more like an adult but it helps you to realize that your kids are actually growing up. When they mess up, let them deal with figuring out the problem. Let them find the answers themselves. This is one of the first times in a parent’s life when they realize they have to let go. The word here is help, not control.

Tip Number Eight: Encourage them.

This is also a time that teens can feel insecure about screwing up on both the verbal and driving tests. Tell them they’ve got plenty of chances but also tell them they will do great. Let them know if they’ve done a great job.

Being a parent is harder than it looks. Every moment counts. And when they come out of that DV with a certificate in hand, the best feeling is knowing that you helped them to accomplish this goal.
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What are some other things kids should do while driving……

  • woman-texting-driving-shutterstockTurn cell phones off. Talking and texting on cell phones while driving is a huge distraction. But teens love their cell phones, and likely believe they are more than capable of multitasking while driving. A 2005 survey by the Allstate Foundation found that more than half of teens use their cell phones while driving. Depending on the state you live in, texting or talking on a cell phone may be illegal. Regardless, let your teens know the dangers of cell phone (and other distracting behaviors) in cars, and instruct them to keep their cell phones off or on vibrate so that they are less tempted to use them. To decrease the risk of your teen being tempted, outfit their car with a hands-free device so they don’t think twice about reaching down to answer their phone.
  • Keep your eyes on the road. This sounds obvious, but most teens believe they can do it all — even if that means taking their eyes of the road to do it. Let them know how distracting (and potentially dangerous) it can be to eat while driving, put on makeup, change the radio stations or look at passengers. Accidents happen in a split second, and inattentive drivers are the cause of 80 percent of crashes.
  • Maintain a safe distance. Teens are more likely than other drivers to tailgate. Newer drivers may not quite understand the importance of staying a safe distance away from the car in front of them. When teaching them how to drive, show your teens what represents a safe distance, and have them practice when you are in the car. Once they get a feel for it, it will become second nature while driving.
  • Always wear a seat belt. Many fatalities that result from car accidents are due to drivers and passengers not wearing seat belts. Stress the importance of seat belt use to your teens, whether they are driving or just going along for the ride. “[Teens] don’t understand how much a seat belt is going to save their lives, but seat belt use has been a huge factor in just about every fatal teen accident.
  • Don’t drink and drive. This one should go without saying, but, given the statistics above, clearly many teens disregard even this blatant law. Inform your teens of the dangers of drunk driving — both the potential risk of fatalities and the legal ramifications of driving while intoxicated. Let them know that, if they feel like they are too drunk to drive, they can call you for a ride without getting in trouble. While you may not approve of your teens’ underage drinking, keep in mind that it’s better to make sure they get home safely than have them be too worried about getting in trouble to call you.

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The Statistics are Alarming

It may be tempting for parents to allow their newly licensed teens to drive themselves to their friends’ houses or pick up a few things at the grocery. After all, they are actually eager to do the chores parents have grumbled about for years. But before they sit back and leave the driving to their kids, parents need to be aware of some disturbing statistics regarding teen drivers.

kids.cars.cnnAccording to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, crashes are the leading cause of death among American teens, accounting for more than one-third of all deaths of 16- to 18-year-olds. This should be reason enough for parents to take their teens’ driving very seriously and to insist that their teens do, too.

  • Teen drivers have the highest crash risk of any age group.
  • Compared with crashes of older drivers, those of 16 year-olds more often involve driver error.
  • More of 16-year-olds’ fatal crashes involve only the teen’s vehicle.
  • Sixteen year-olds’ fatal crashes are more likely to occur when other teenagers are in the car. The risk increases with every additional passenger.
  • Per mile driven, the nighttime fatal crash rate for 16-year-olds is about twice as high as during the day.
  • Teenagers generally are less likely than adults to use safety belts.Obviously teens need to drive to get experience, but that doesn’t mean they should have unlimited access to the car or be allowed to ferry friends around day and night the minute they get their licenses.
  • Parents can make this time as safe as possible by accompanying them on their excursions, insisting on seat belt use, and allowing brand new drivers to use the car only during the day at first. As teens get more practice hours under their belts, parents can gradually allow them more freedom.
  • As the statistics show, it takes more than a license to be a good driver — it also takes patience and practice, and good parenting.Without even thinking about it, we parents are teaching our children how to drive from the first time we strap them into a car seat. During these early years, our young passengers are learning how it “feels” to be in a car; driving in a residential area, on a freeway, in a parking lot; dealing with traffic, being in a hurry, driving when tired, angry or distracted.
  • Happy young friends So We have Taken this Task to Teach Our kids How to Drive But How Do We Measure Up As a Driver…… Are you a tailgater? If your little girl has always seen the car in front of her just three feet from your bumper when going 60 mph on the freeway, this distance will seem “normal” to her. Chances are she will do the same when she gets behind the wheel, only without the 15, 20 or 30 or more years of experience and trained reflex that you have to help you avoid an accident.
  • Do you routinely speed, weave in and out of traffic or cut people off when in a hurry? Most likely, your teenaged son, additionally fueled by raging hormones, loud music and his newly endowed transportation autonomy, will take these patterns to the next level.
  • If you’re angry or stressed, do you transfer those feelings to the road, criticizing other drivers, cursing them for their driving, or even attempting to intimidate or “punish” them with your driving when they offend you? This behavior, too, will seem “normal” to your children, and when that girlfriend or boyfriend rejects them, or they don’t make the team, your young, inexperienced driver will take their powerful and confused emotions and your poor example with them behind the wheel of a car.
  • Nearly all of us have been guilty of at least some if not all of these bad driving behaviors at one time or another. But, as parents, it’s important to remember that you are no longer alone in your car. You are being watched. There is truly no greater way to teach your children to become safe, courteous drivers than to model that behavior yourself.
  • If you are aware of poor or unsafe driving habits or attitudes that you possess – habits or attitudes that you would not want your children to emulate – begin right now to correct them. Even talk about them with your kids. Let them help you become a better, safer and more courteous driver so that they, too, can become better, safer more courteous drivers one day as well.
  • Another important piece as we teach our kids to drive are the teenage driving laws………..
  • Every state has toughened the regulations for who can drive, when and where. Some of these laws teen-driverrestrict 16-year-olds to driving with an adult for at least 6 months. Others forbid 16- and 17-year-olds from carrying passengers under 21, outside immediate family, for their first year on the road.
  • Seat belt use is mandatory in many states for drivers under the age of 18, even if a general seat belt law is not in effect.
  • Several states now require a minimum number of hours spent in traffic schools or drivers education programs before a teen can apply for a driver’s license.
  • Most states have enacted curfews for drivers under 18, typically between the hours of 1AM and 6AM.
  • One third of US states ban teens from using cell phones while they drive.
  • To find out which laws apply in your state, check the Web site of your state’s department of motor vehicles. If the laws seem restrictive, the penalities for breaking them are worse.
  • Some states have imposed fines as high as $1,000 for teen offenders. Teens may also lose their provisional driver’s licenses and have to complete a driver education course and pay a reinstatement fee to get the license back.
  • If you are nervous about this you can always enroll your child in driver’s ed classes if possible. He or she will probably get better instruction than you could offer, and the teacher will probably be more patient than you. Still, you can’t avoid riding with your son or daughter entirely. Don’t be surprised if both you and your child are nervous. Just remember, you were once a beginning driver yourself.
  • We have all seen the scenario of parents attending the funerals of their children, yet the problem continues all over the United States. I do not wish to single out any certain age group, as drinking and driving and fatal accidents have been caused by many an adult. All age groups are affected. However, it disturbs me that, with graduation and prom season approaching, our nation’s youth will be attending parties where alcohol is being served.
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    Death of An Innocent

    I went to a party, Mom,
    I remembered what you said.
    You told me not to drink, Mom,
    So I drank soda instead.

    277192-9815-23I really felt proud inside, Mom,
    The way you said I would.
    I didn’t drink and drive, Mom,
    Even though the others said I should.

    I know I did the right thing, Mom,
    I know you are always right.
    Now the party is finally ending, Mom,
    As everyone is driving out of sight.

    As I got into my car, Mom,
    I knew I’d get home in one piece.
    Because of the way you raised me,
    So responsible and sweet.

    I started to drive away, Mom,
    But as I pulled out into the road,
    The other car didn’t see me, Mom,
    And hit me like a load.

    As I lay there on the pavement, Mom,
    I hear the policeman say,
    “The other guy is drunk,” Mom,
    And now I’m the one who will pay.

    I’m lying here dying, Mom…
    I wish you’d get here soon.
    How could this happen to me, Mom?
    My life just burst like a balloon.

    There is blood all around me, Mom,
    And most of it is mine.
    I hear the medic say, Mom,
    I’ll die in a short time.

    I just wanted to tell you, Mom,
    I swear I didn’t drink.
    It was the others, Mom.
    The others didn’t think.

    He was probably at the same party as I.
    The only difference is, he drank
    And I will die.

    car-wreck-1024x766Why do people drink, Mom?
    It can ruin your whole life.
    I’m feeling sharp pains now.
    Pains just like a knife.

    The guy who hit me is walking, Mom,
    And I don’t think it’s fair.
    I’m lying here dying
    And all he can do is stare.

    Tell my brother not to cry, Mom.
    Tell Daddy to be brave.
    And when I go to heaven, Mom,
    Put “Daddy’s Girl” on my grave.

    Someone should have told him, Mom,
    Not to drink and drive.
    If only they had told him, Mom,
    I would still be alive.

    My breath is getting shorter, Mom.
    I’m becoming very scared.
    Please don’t cry for me, Mom.
    When I needed you,
    you were always there.

    I have one last question, Mom.
    Before I say good bye.
    I didn’t drink and drive,
    So why am I the one to die?

     

     

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    (You Bar is a neat company – you get to choose and create your own protein bar! What goes in, how big it is, even the protein bar name. They make it fresh and ship it to you.)

     



 

 

 

 

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