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Vacation Rentals For Family Tips

A vacation trip that involves a family has its own unique definition of fun filled with kids and parents drama. When considering for a vacation get-away for a family, choosing vacation rentals needs a little more research and there are certain factors to be taken into consideration. Here are a few tips that you can use to guide you to make choose a vacation home that caters to the unique needs of a family.
When you have kids that are of toddler’s age, searching for vacation rentals that are children-friendly should be in the top priority. You don’t want vacation homes that are not catered to the needs of children. A vacation home that is safe for kids can have gated-pools, pools that are designed for kids and babysitter service if possible. Check with the vacation home owners to see whether these details are covered.
Traveling with a family can be very high maintenance. You can always invite the grandparents or another family to come with you to help you with the babysitting process, especially if you and your partner want to have a little break or some intimate time. This is the best option as you can get to swap child care duties and share expenses with a group of people that you trust.
Vacation rentals offer special rates for family travelers. Benefit from this, by enquiring with them to get a good deal or bargain. You can save a lot of money and have a fun family time too. If your family always travels with a pet, make sure that pets are allowed in your place of stay. Book your rentals early, especially when you take a family vacation as you will usually have it planned during the school holidays which are in the peak season. Being the early bird to make a reservation will ensure that you and your family will start the vacation on a good note.…

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Easy Feng Shui – Relationship Areas – Happy Family Area

The Happy Family area is about people in your life that feel like family as well as your biological family. Standing in the middle front of your home it is located on the left in the middle between Self Cultivation and Knowledge and the Prosperity corner. The element is wood and the color is green. This area represents safety and security in life, a strong foundation. This is an area that can hold the energetic intention to forgive and be at peace with family and friends.
Family energy and agreements can be some of the most difficult to navigates. When we incarnate we choose our parents and the family we are born into for our soul’s evolution. We pick the place where we can learn the most to fulfill our soul’s purpose. Sometimes we have wonderful families and sometimes we don’t.
The Happy Family area is where we can make an energetic intention to bless, forgive and release past family energy so that we can be empowered. When we forgive someone we do it for ourselves, for our freedom and happiness it has nothing to do with the other person. It is also a prosperity area for day to day money, money to pay the bills which contributes to feeling secure.
Healthy plants are great enhancements in this area. Place photos of family in wooden frames in this area. Use representations of water and the color black. Water feeds wood in the creative cycle.
My dining room is in the Happy Family area. I have an old dining room set with a large buffet. I have a green velvet scarf on the buffet with glass and crystal pieces on it and a mirror behind it. Glass and crystal that reflects light is wonderful for moving chi and is a symbol for water. The shape of water is undulating so light dancing through glass and crystal is perfect for the element of water. I also have a window seat that is full of pictures of family and plants. The whole feeling of this area is light.
Things to avoid in the Happy Family area are metal objects, round objects and the color white. Metal chops wood in the destructive cycle. So if you can’t move out some of the above from your family area add the color red or candles or even better, red candles. This represents fire which melts metal.
All of life is the relationship that begins with us as individuals remembering that we are the embodiment of the Divine. When we know that we lack nothing and are worthy of everything we desire we start to value ourselves. Creating a supportive environment through the practice of Feng Shui further affirms that value. If we nurture the relationship we have with ourselves through self love, forgiveness and validation we bring peace to our lives. That peace then extends to those closest to us and radiates out from there to encompass our fellow man and our planet. We are all one and healing begins at home.
Namaste’…

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Avoid Worry, Stop Stress

A quote from Abraham Lincoln says , “Most people are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.”
Living your life in a happy mood can have a really positive effect. Whenever I listen to the song “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, it more often than not have a somewhat therapeutic effect which also translates to a wonderful mood for me through the whole day. The song has a unique way of passing it’s message of being happy to everyone. Bobby Mcferiin’s stylish rendition and lyrics surely made a lot of people happy by telling them not to fret but to forget their worry.
Living a happy, bubbling and optimistic life is wonderful, and is also good for your health. Being happy actually protects you from the stresses of life. Stress is linked to top causes of death such as heart disease, cancer and stroke.Happiness is actually found in everyone, increasing it is a way to make a life more wonderful and also more healthy.
There are several ways by which you can do this.
Be Grateful: Learning the art of being grateful is a wonderful attitude. There is much to be thankful for. Thank the cab driver for driving with care, thank the cook for keeping the kitchen neat, and thank the guy who does your dry cleaning. Also thank the mailman for delivering your mails, thank the policeman for coming to your aid,thank your wife for a delicious meal,thank your child for helping to run an errand and thank God for being alive.
News is stressful: In order to be happy get less of it. Some people find it difficult starting their day without their daily dose of news. Think about it, About 80% of the news we hear or read is bad news. Starting your day with bad news does no good to your health nor that of your family and appears not to be a wise thing to do.
News is stressful : In order to be happy get less of it. Some people find it difficult starting their day without their daily dose of news. Think about it, About 80% of the news we hear or read is bad news. Starting your day with bad news does no good to your health nor that of your family and appears not to be a wise thing to do.
Time Management: Time is too important and precious to waste. Time management can be likened to a list of rules that involves setting goals, planning, creating lists of things to do, scheduling and prioritizing.
These are the core fundamentals of time management that should be understood to create an efficient personal time management skill. These basic skills can be fine tuned further to include the finer details of each skill that can give you that extra reserve to make the results you desire thereby giving you satisfaction and happiness.
Crack Jokes: ‘Laughter is the best medicine’ as they say.A physician ones told me that 50% of your problems could be solved if you laugh.Heard a any good joke? Tell your friends or family about it. It is always refreshing.
Express yourself : When you express your feelings, affections, and passion to people around you, you are more likely to have a healthy,stress-free life. They will most likely reciprocate your actions. Try not to bottle up anger of frustrations, this is bad for your health. Instead find ways of expressing them in a way that will not cause more injury or hurt to you or anyone.
A religious angle could also be applied to improve your level of happiness and this is also recommended. Being part of a religious group with its singing, chanting, prayers and meditations foster inner peace and happiness.
These are some of the few simple things you can do everyday with your family to be happy and avoid stress.
“Don’t Worry, Be Happy”…

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The Button Pushers – They Live With Us

I vividly remember a week I was feeling very irritable. Normally, I’m a fairly patient person, but that week I felt very edgy. I could have blamed the kids, my husband, hormones, work, the guy who cut me off on the highway or a plethora of other things. It seemed the more stress I felt, the less tolerant I was, especially with my family. Why is it we allow our family to upset us the most? Have you ever felt like they know exactly what buttons to push to make us furious? That week the affirmation I adopted was “Control emotions and have patience!”
That Sunday morning I was teaching 9th Grade Confirmation Class. I left the house early with my laptop, lesson tote, snack for the class and the much needed travel cup of coffee. There were three tables set up in the area for my class. As the kids came in and sat at the tables I realized that where I left my lesson plans was very crowded, so I moved to the end of the next table. Just then I saw a blurry image of a cup swish by me and smash into the wall divider. The lid popped off as the cup fell to the floor and black coffee was strewn everywhere. It was not only all over the floor but splattered on my beige canvas tote, laptop bag and coat.
My first thought was “Oh I needed that coffee today!” Yet somehow, I didn’t react. I can’t explain why. Just moments before patience was not an option for the day. The student who spilled my coffee obviously felt horrible and frazzled. She ran frantically to get paper towels yelling “I’m so very sorry!” Other students nervously said they would get paper towels too. For a brief moment I felt as though they were trying to get away from me. I calmly said “spills happen” and thanked them for helping to clean up the mess. When I lifted my beige coffee speckled canvas tote the leaning laptop case fell “splat” into the puddle of coffee. It was almost comical how it happened. What amazed me the most is I did not feel reactive or upset.
I was actually grateful that the coffee missed hitting me! Just five seconds earlier and I wouldn’t have been so fortunate. It was an accident. It wasn’t intentional. My student didn’t target me for this act. She actually felt worse than I did and was very embarrassed. In a very brief reminiscent moment I thought how painfully self-conscious teens can be. I thought, what is the kindest thing I could do in this situation? My answer was be patient. It would take just as much time and effort to clean up the mess if I yelled, got angry and made the young girl feel worse in front of her peers. Actually, it might have taken longer. Had I yelled, they wouldn’t have returned so quickly with the paper towels! No one would have offered to help clean up the mess. As it happened I didn’t need to clean it up at all and it was done quickly.
That class was one of the best that year. I don’t remember the lesson from the book being particularly interesting. However, the kids were attentive, everyone presented a portion of the lesson and there was an unusual sense of peace in that class of teens. Uncanny!
The student who spilled was grateful that I was understanding. She said “My Mom wouldn’t have been so nice. She would have yelled and told me I should have been more careful.” At that moment it occurred to me, and I said to her “I probably wouldn’t have been so kind to my kids, either.” We laughed about that comment and they went home.
Thinking back to what had happened it was not very responsible of me to leave my cup of coffee in front of her. If my teenage son had made such a mess I would not have been as kind and patient as I was to her. That truth broke my heart. Showing understanding and patience turned an ugly situation into a positive life lesson. It made a difference for her. I wasn’t able to make as much of a difference for my children as I did for my student. What caused me to lead by example for them and not for the ones I loved the most? We expect so much from our family. We want them to be the best for themselves and us. We want them to always know what we want and need before we tell them, and are disappointed when they fall short.
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10 Habits of Highly Successful Mothers

“Success” is an ambiguous term to me. How does one measure success? How does one define it? Is success how much money we have in our bank account? Is it how much we have accomplished in our professional life? Perhaps success is the amount of education we earned? Or maybe success is how bright our future paths are…Being first and foremost a mother (in addition to the others duties of my life), the concept of success is one I measure (most of the time), by the happiness and achievements of my children and husband, rather than myself. Looking at success through this lens can be a slippery slope; what if, perhaps, one’s child goes through a naughty phase- does this make the mother unsuccessful? I think not.
But, when your primary energy, time and commitment are targeted toward the health and well-being of those around you, measuring yourself to their achievement is inevitable. I carefully study successful people. Women who are able to achieve motherly success (i.e. their children are super in school, sports, arts and wonderfully behaved), in addition to professional success and marital success are truly captivating to me. I wonder what they think when they meet me, “This woman is does she keep asking me questions….” Well, I am trying to learn learn learn. I love to listen to the little gold nuggets that people do not even know they possess. Little do they know that I grab each little nugget and keep it to review later…(Is that creepy?)
These are the top 10 Little Gold Nuggets of Success which I have carefully extracted from women all over the country:
1. Efficiency is key
There are only 24 hours in the day for all of us. So how is it that some people simply get more done than others? They don’t waste time doing things that someone else can do. When it’s appropriate and the budget allows for it, bring in the reinforcements to do your mundane tasks to give you more time. Successful women schedule carefully and say no to anything that doesn’t work in the schedule.
2. Plan Long-term
Successful women anticipate the needs of the children, their husbands, their jobs, and the school picnic. The most successful women I know have their calendars mapped out for the year.
3. Don’t sweat the drama
There is one thing that women from all generations and all parts of the world share, and that is drama. Sensitivity to everything that is said, goes on, and transpires will ruin even the most focused woman. Do not get involved in nonsense. (I even go so far as to avoid news during the workday so I am not distracted by natural disaster.)
4. Keep the children on the forefront
You can be wildly successful with your career, but if you come home to a crying child because you were the only mother who didn’t come for the Mother’s Day Music Show you have had it. Staying on top of your child’s basic needs and even the most trivial event is important. Schedule time with your child if you must. Create a day a week that is for your children and only them. Carve out time every day to spend real one-on-one time with them. Being in the same room doesn’t count!
5. Stay connected to your husband
If your marriage fails, your children’s life will fall apart. Period. End of story. I’m not suggesting that you can’t piece it back together again but it will take time and healing. Prevent it by staying focused on being connected to your spouse.
6. Don’t overspend, overeat, overdrink
Keep a check on health, on your spending, on your social life. Inventory it weekly. If life spirals out of control in one of these areas, your entire life will suffer.
7. Commit
When your child is on a basketball team and wants to stay home to play with his friends, tell him no and remind him of his commitment to his team. He can play with his friends when he gets home. Committing and staying committed is a key strength to anyone who is successful at anything. Success takes hard work, which can only be achieved through commitment.
8. Say No
People who say yes to everything create an impossible scenario for success. Do not volunteer to be the homeroom mom if you are working 60 hours a week; you will be unsuccessful at work, home and school. People who recognize when they are maxed out are always appreciated for their gracious “no I’m sorry I am over committed” statement. It’s a gift to everyone around you when you say no, and bow out.
9. Baby Steps
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Ten Ways to Feel More Fulfilled and Build a Healthy Happy Family

Number one: Do not ever imagine that possessions can fulfill you. You will find that it is your family and your friends who make you happy. Therefore spend more time with them rather than working to buy material things.
Number two: Ask yourself the questions whether you live to work, or work to live? Are you working for a living or are you doing the work you love, for life? Try to do what you love and to love what you do as well.
Number three: Be grateful for what you have, instead of chasing gratification. Chances are you have much more than the average man on the street. It is time you learn to appreciate what you have.
Number four: Get rid of all the clutter. Clutter makes you feel stressed, and it encroaches on your personal space. Spring clean your house, the extra space and neat environment will help you to relax.
Number five: Get yourself a hobby. To do something that you love is of the greatest ways to find fulfillment. Think about something that interests you, and try to pursue that. Whether it is reading, writing, gardening or a creative hobby. It will help you become for centered.
Number six: Do your best at everything you do. By working hard at everything you do. You will feel so much happier with what you have achieved. It feels so much better to give your all, even if you are not successful, than to fail because you just did not even try hard enough.
Number seven: Be open and accepting of the opportunities that come your way, instead of ignoring them or trying to avoid them. Challenge yourself by spotting opportunities and grasping them with both hands. Not only will you probably improve your lot in life, but you will also grow tremendously as an individual.
Number eight: Treat the people around you as you would treat yourself, or as you would have them treat you. This tends to make much better company of you, and people will are prone to be more open and honest with you if you treat them well. Just think how amazing things are when you get along well with other people. Then why do you not try this all the time then?
Number nine: Make communication a priority. There are so many arguments that start because of a simple misunderstanding. Be open and honest with those around you. Greater understanding will leave you more at peace with those around you especially those you love.
Number ten: Adopt a positive motto and then live by it. With everything you do, ask yourself whether it is bringing you closer to your goal, or is it driving you further away from it?
Then always remember that a feeling of fulfillment is not something you acquire overnight, you have to work at it every day. And once it is attained, it will not leave you. Keep moving forward eyes ahead, and leave your past where it belongs, firmly behind you.…

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Better Parenting Means Better Children Learn More Here

You want to make sure that you are raising your children properly and doing all that you can when it comes to parenting. This article will go over numerous helpful tips and tricks to assist you on your way. These have been hand picked and should prove to be highly beneficial.

When buying a car seat for your child, it is important that you do your research first. This is because so many car seats have been recalled for safety reasons and you want to make sure your child is not put in one of these. You can look online for car seat recalls.

It is crucial that you get your child interested in vegetables as soon as they are able to eat them. By not giving your child vegetables at this time of their life, they are not going to want to eat them when they get older, which prevents them from getting proper nutrients and vitamins.

Develop patience when dealing with a breastfeed baby who is trying to learn how to use a bottle. Breastfeeding comes naturally to them and bottle feeding doesn’t. Make it a gradual process for the baby so that they are ready to transition when you are. It won’t happen overnight so stay calm and just keep trying.

In order to have a proper developing toddler, it is important that they get many hours of social interaction. A great idea to get this done is for them to enter a preschool. This way, they can meet other children their age and build their knowledge basis at the same time.

Do not put work above your child. Of course it is necessary to work in order to support yourself and your family, but if you are never around, your child is going to feel like you are a stranger, which will make them not want to trust you or be close to you.

Close Family

As a parent one should make sure to set time aside specifically for the family. This is important for maintaining a happy and close family, because with our busy lives it is easy to let other outside activities such as sports and work get in the way.

Good Relationship

As unfortunate an event it may be, divorces happen all of the time. In order for you, a divorced parent, to hold a good relationship with your college aged and older children you must never get them in the middle of your divorce. This will push them away for you and your ex-spouse.

Mom And Baby

Look into slings and baby carriers designed for twins. They do exist, and they are fabulous. There is a learning curve for getting two babies into a carrier, but the benefits to mom and baby are enormous. Wearing your babies will allow you to get things done with your hands free, and the twins get the emotional connection and intellectual stimulation from being right with you.

In conclusion, it is important to you that you have as good as a background as possible when it comes to parenting. Hopefully the information provided in this article will help you immensely when it comes to raising your own children. Use the advice provided and apply it to your own unique situation.…