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Free, Non-Fat Happiness Boost in Two Minutes

Thank you for all of the book recommendations!  I’m so excited to try new authors.  All the recommendations made me think of one of my favorite authors, Gretchen Rubin.  She has written three books about HAPPINESS, “The Happiness Project”, “Happier at Home”, and soon to be released “Better Than Before.”  But what I most enjoy are her 2-minute YouTube videos on happiness.  Whenever I’m roaming on the internet, I almost always navigate to a new video of hers.  And she has so many that I’m never bored.  It’s a quick pick-me-up without calories or caffeine.  They make me motivated to reach out and hug some happiness.  It’s not touchy-feely.  They are stories, resolutions, and things that you can do in five minutes or less to make yourself happier.  Here are a few of my favorites…

Now I’m Free from French Fries

What am I Really Complaining About?

Guess: Who Never Confuses Identical Twins? – this one brought tears to my eyes!

I Can’t Organize my Mail

I wanted to share these with you because YOU deserve a free, non-fat, two-minute happiness boost too!

Do you have a secret source of happiness?  A favorite author?  Watching your child sleep?  Looking at photos?  Chai lattes?

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Book Recommendations

I am looking a few good book recommendations.  I’m always hesitant to pick up a new book…UNLESS someone has recommended it!  What are you reading?  Any recommendations?  A favorite parenting or Montessori book?  A favorite young adult, science fiction?  I enjoy almost all genres.

Are you on Goodreads.com?  I have really enjoyed using this site to track my reading and get recommendations.  There is something very satisfying about checking off that you’ve read another book.  It motivates me to read more.  I have made it a priority to do things that make me happy everyday.  Reading makes me happy.  I used to think it was selfish – taking free time to read.  But now I can acknowledge that I’m a better person and mom when I’m happy.  So that means reading everyday.  And right now I need a new book!  🙂

Here’s what I’ve read recently…

The Book Thief by Lois Lowry

Christian Healer by Yvonne Cache von Fettweis and Robert Townsend Warneck

The Giver by Louis Lowry

The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman 

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

 


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Frying Pan Artwork

B (now about 2 1/2 years old) likes to paint THINGS.  He’s not so much into just painting on a piece of paper, although he will.  He is VERY motivated to paint something, such as a wooden airplane or a pumpkin.  In this project we painted wooden balls (it’s what we had available).  Knowing that the balls would roll away, I put them in an old, lightweight frying pan.  B had fun using his paintbrush and turning the pan to get paint all over the wooden balls.  Then I added some cut out paper shapes on the bottom of the pan.  SIMPLE, EASY, FUN!

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Sports for Toddlers: When? What? How?

Well, that’s what I want to know.  I have been think about the issue of sports ever since my little two and a half year old was born.  Sports are HUGE in my husband’s family and they were HUGE for my Dad.  They LOVED it and they worked HARD.  My Dad actually played in and won the Little League World Series was he was young.  He went on to play football at Clemson.  My Dad-in-Law played football at Cornell.  I liked sports but was never very good.  I always wondered if I had practiced more or started younger, could I have been better?

Are SPORTS the place where children learn discipline, teamwork, confidence?  What makes them good or should we, as parents, not worry about it?  Are we pushing in them one direction or another without knowing it and is that okay?  Are sports an “either or” – I play sports or music, but not both?

As you can see from the pictures below, sports are in our house and our toddler gets the message: This is what we do and it’s fun.  But can I control my SUPER competitive nature?  My husband has already set the tone: sports are FUN, no pressure, but you need to play something.  But what about a scholarship?  Should he stick to ONE sport?  And I can’t help wondering what if his thing is music?  Did you read “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mom” where her second daughter gives up violin for tennis?  That’s can’t be me, right?

Although these are all thoughts that fluttering in my head like annoying gnats, I don’t really act on them.  I DO try to watch myself so that I don’t lose myself – find myself running out onto the football field to have a word with coach!  I have it in me.  Right now (at 2 1/2 years old), B is not playing any organized sports.  But believe it or not, he COULD be and probably will within the next 6 months to a year.  Did you hear about the 2 year old who received a soccer scholarship!?  Oh boy, I guess we’ll just take it one step at a time.

Super cute video of B and Daddy working out:  Sit-ups in the Park

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Easy Pumpkin Craft

Calling all crafty parents!  What is your favorite pumpkin craft?  I’m so curious to see what other people do with their pumpkins (assume you buy one for fall).  Carve it?  Paint it?  Decorate it?  Roast seeds?  Eat it?

B enjoyed picking out his own pumpkin, carrying it home (in the stroller), and decorating it.  First he painted it and then he cut paper shapes and glued them on.  B assured me that what you see below is the pumpkin’s face.  He can describe exactly where the mouth and eyes are, although you might not see it.  Then he added some frizzy “hair.”  Daddy mistook the hair for leaves but B confirmed that it was the pumpkin’s hair – NOT leaves.

Do you have a favorite fall craft for the kids?

Here is a link to the YouTube video of our pumpkin craft:  Pumpkin painting.  SUPER EASY!

 

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