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Money Saving Tips for moms

August 31, 2007 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Blogroll, Freebies, Goals, Parenting, Stress Management, Uncategorized 1 Comment →

Every family should incorporate money saving ideas into the picture. You have a budget, no matter what their financial status is. A budget tells you exactly how much your have coming in, and how much goes out on a monthly basis for the absolute necessities like housing, food, utilities, insurance, transportation and health care.

But what about the future?  That’s another place where a budget comes in handy. When you’ve allotted a portion of the household’s weekly income to the necessities, what’s left over is your discretionary spending amount. These are the funds available to you for short-term expenses, or long-term investments, like your children’s education, and your own retirement funds.

Every family should incorporate money saving ideas into the picture. You have a budget, no matter what their financial status is. A budget tells you exactly how much your have coming in, and how much goes out on a monthly basis for the absolute necessities like housing, food, utilities, insurance, transportation and health care. But what about the future?That’s another place where a budget comes in handy. When you’ve allotted a portion of the household’s weekly income to the necessities, what’s left over is your discretionary spending amount. These are the funds available to you for short-term expenses, or long-term investments, like your children’s education, and your own retirement funds.When the children are growing and requiring more in the way of expenditures, there might not be a lot left over. But even 5% of your income can be a healthy start on an education fund. Extras like bonuses or perhaps half the amount of a raise, will make those future savings grow. Since they aren’t in the budget to start with, they won’t be missed, and you’ll still have a portion of the unexpected income to add to your regular budget.Consider financial counseling at your banking institution, or from a professional. They are often the best sources for learning how to get the most out of the dollars you have to save, and the most out of the future benefits they are going to earn for you. 

Freebie Friday!!

August 31, 2007 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Blogroll, Children, Freebies, Goals, Healthy Living, Just for Fun, Organization, Pamper Yourself, Parenting, Self Esteem No Comments →

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How To Give Yourself A Pedicure

August 30, 2007 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Freebies, Pamper Yourself, Stress Management, Uncategorized 1 Comment →

Whether you are in the mood to pamper yourself or just starting to get dolled up, a pedicure can be one of the most soothing and relaxing body treatments after a long day. If you find yourself surrounded by unavoidable stress factors day-to-day, wash your cares away with a pedicure! Just follow these easy steps.

Materials:

  • Basin or tub
  • Foot Soak, Epsom salt or bath salts
  • Pumice footstone
  • Small brush
  • Nail polish remover / cotton balls
  • Nail polish
  • Base coat for nails
  • Top coat for nails
  • Clippers
  • File
  • Orangewood stick (Cuticle stick)
  • Lotion
  • Foot scrub treatment
  • Whether you are in the mood to pamper yourself or just starting to get dolled up, a pedicure can be one of the most soothing and relaxing body treatments after a long day. If you find yourself surrounded by unavoidable stress factors day-to-day, wash your cares away with a pedicure! Just follow these easy steps:

    Step 1: Begin to fill a basin (or your bathtub) with several inches of warm water. Add desired amount of foot soak, bath salts or Epsom salt so that it dissolves in the water as the tub fills.

    Step 2: While the tub is filling, remove any old polish from your toes with nail polish remover and cotton balls. If necessary, clip and file nails to desired shape and length.

    Step 3: Grab a good book or magazine, turn on some music, or just sit back and enjoy the warm water on your tired feet. Soak for as long as you like, but at least 5-10 minutes.

    Step 4: Using the small brush, gently buff one foot first and then the other. This will help to remove some dead skin cells and also to soften your feet.

    Step 5: Using a foot scrub (Freeman’s makes a great one—Barefeet: Plum and Pumice foot scrub), massage the cream onto your feet, paying special attention to your heels and any rough spots. This will further soften and exfoliate.

    Step 6: A pumice footstone can work wonders for dry and rough feet! Use this inexpensive extra to eliminate remaining rough spots. Dip feet after this step.

    Step 7: Remove both feet from the tub and dry feet with towel. Massage your favorite lotion onto them. (Some companies even have a line of foot massage lotions!)

    Step 8: Using orangewood stick, gently push your cuticles back along the nail. They should be supple due to the soaking.

    Step 9: If you wish to paint your toenails, you can use toe separators to facilitate the process. Apply a base coat of nail polish to fill in the ridges and uneven surfaces. Base coats are generally clear or slightly opaque and they help to strengthen the nail to avoid breakage.

    Step 10: Choose your desired shade of nail polish and apply. Allow first coat to dry and repeat. (Hint: For touch-ups, dip a Q-tip in the nail polish remover and gently swab away the unwanted color.)

    Step 11: Apply a crystal-clear topcoat to add shine and to protect color from chipping.

    Step 12: Enjoy your smooth, soft feet and beautified toes! You are now ready to sport your favorite sandals or cozy up at home in your comfiest slippers. Whatever the occasion, your feet will look and feel great!

    Approximate time required: 45 minutes to an hour, depending on personal preference.

    Enjoy!!!

    How To Deal With Sibling Rivalry

    August 29, 2007 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Children, Organization, Parenting 1 Comment →

    Sibling rivalry is very common among children yet is can cause frustrations in families. Many times when introducing a new baby into a family, the existing child will display feelings of jealousy. Even established families, with two or more children, frequently deal with the problem of sibling rivalry between the children.

    As a parent dealing with this rivalry, you should not expect your children to overcome sibling rivalry and jealousy overnight. This is something that usually needs to be addressed on an ongoing basis, especially as your children grow older. One way to help your children overcome their feelings of jealousy and sibling rivalry is to spend special time with each child individually. By sharing in quality time with each child on a one-on-one basis, you let them know that they are not in competition with each other.

    You can actually set up a *date* with your child and let him/her choose the activity and for that entire day you can devote your attention to your child in a solo setting. When you encounter a disagreement or argument between your child and you are forced to referee, be sure that you allow each child a turn to speak. Listen to their opinions and give each child a chance to share their view. Many times sibling rivalries can be easily resolved by just offering an ear. Frustrated children may not always know how to express their frustrations without becoming irritated. Teach them to use their words to express their feelings to you and each other.

    Above all, never take sides. The last thing you want to do is give one the idea that you are more partial to one child over  the another. This will only lead to even more sibling rivalry and just escalate the situation even more.

    Lastly, help your children by offering them a simple solution. Even better, offer them questions to make them think about the conflict and come up with their own solution. Don’t just focus on breaking apart a war of the words between your children. Make sure their conflict ends in a resolution with a plan to follow for the future.

    A Discount For My Blog Visitors

    August 28, 2007 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Freebies, Goals, Healthy Living, Organization, Pamper Yourself, Parenting, Self Esteem, Stress Management, Uncategorized, Working From Home No Comments →

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    YAY! Back to School Time for My Kids :)

    August 27, 2007 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Children, Parenting No Comments →

    Well today is the 1st day back for Isreal (11th Grade) and Isaac who as you know will be in the  2nd grade taking 3rd grade reading/language arts - I can’t belive how fast my kids are growing up.

    Here are some pics of them this morning

    ISreal’s School uniform colors are Black, Gray, White or Orange… Look at how my non-conformist child hooked up what was supposed to be a plain jane outfit..LOL

    Their Classic Back to School Pose (they take the same shot every year..lol)

    Here’s to all of the children heading back to school:  I hope they all have GREAT Days!!

    Children love vacations. An ideal way to spend them would be to book apartments near a beach and travel there. The facility of car rental can be availed to travel to and fro.

    Welcome to my new home… C’mon in and have a seat…

    August 26, 2007 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Blogroll, Children, Freebies, Goals, Healthy Living, Just for Fun, Organization, Pamper Yourself, Parenting, Self Esteem, Stress Management, Teenagers, Uncategorized, Working From Home 1 Comment →

    WOW I just love the new paint job, curtains and the new carpet that we have here!! 

    Thanks to Angela of Starva.com I have a more homey look around here and I just love it. So, what do you all think?  I am on a quest to build up my blogroll so be sure to let me know if you add me to yours and I will be sure to return the favor.  I just love passing on the *link love* Aurelia (who is stretched out on the new sofa just watching you ladies walk in)… I have refreshements so help yourself.. hee hee

    K.I.S.S – Keep It Simple Sweetie

    August 26, 2007 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Blogroll, Children, Freebies, Goals, Healthy Living, Organization, Pamper Yourself, Parenting, Self Esteem, Stress Management, Teenagers, Uncategorized, Working From Home No Comments →

    We live in such a fast paced world and finding ways to simplify your life can help to create a more relaxed and satisfying life for you and your family.

    Simplicity involves freeing your time, money, and energy so that you can pay more attention to what is important to you.

    Here are just a few tips on how to simplify your life:

    1 – Control your time. Take a good hard look at your dialy schedule and then begin to tweak it so that it is more manageable. You may have to say “no” more often. It is amazing how cutting out just 1 activity
     a week can provide more down time for yourself.

    2 – Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff. I know this is easier said than done, but learning to let things go once in awhile is key. So what if the house goes 1-2 days without getting vacuumed or the laundry is put on hold for an extra day. It is important to elieviate some stress that we put on ourselves to get ALL of those little things done at once.

    3 – Get Help. If you get to the point where you are feeling overwhelmed with your personal and faimily obligations please get help. There are many places that offer babysitting swaps, you can hire a teenager to help with small cleaning tasks or go to a friend for support. Delegation of tasks is another way to get help. Be sure to use all of your
     resources and delegate some tasks out to others.

    4 – Clear out the Clutter. I know you have heard this one before but I can’t stress it enough. Clearing out your clutter is a huge step in  living a more simplified life. Make the time to go through your home and sell, donate, or throw out items that you no longer use. This is a large task, so don’t try to do it all in one day. Try to set a goal of
     doing some every week.

    5 – Take Care of You. During the course of your day be sure to take out time to relax. Carve out at least 30 minutes a day to take a break, stretch or go for a short walk. Be sure that you are getting the proper amount of sleep so that you have the energy that you need to face each day.

    Remember that your life is blessed with many different aspects. Keep them all in balance, and they will all be of much greater value to you.

    If You Want to Know How You Can Spend More Time With Your Family? Click Here To Learn How.

    Natural Stress Relief For Moms

    August 25, 2007 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Blogroll, Children, Freebies, Goals, Healthy Living, Organization, Pamper Yourself, Parenting, Self Esteem, Stress Management, Teenagers, Uncategorized, Working From Home No Comments →

    Most of us spend our lives running to and fro, having meetings, meeting deadlines, and doing tons of stuff that leaves us stressed and frazzled at the end of the day. Stress can be horrible for our health; it keeps us from sleeping, zaps our energy, makes us look and feel older, and can even lead to various diseases and disorders. That’s why it’s important to take time out of your hectic day to relax. One of the best ways to do this is with herbal remedies. Just drink a tea or take a natural supplement to help you feel calm and relaxed. There are a lot of remedies for stress out there; here are some of the most effective:

    * Kava kava. This herb has not only been used for stress relief and relaxation, but also for easing anxiety and curing insomnia. The effects are considered to be similar to the prescription drug valium, but generally without the “mental fog” feeling. Since the effects are so potent, you should be careful what you do after taking it until you know how it affects you.

    * Lavender. Many people rely on lavender and other essential oils to soothe crying, fussy babies. These oils have the same calming effect on adults as well. You can massage them into your skin, put them in a bath, or just rub a small amount on your temples for a soothing and relaxing effect.

    * Valerian. This is one of the most widely used herbs for curing insomnia. It calms the nervous system, making you feel calm and relaxed instead of stressed. In addition, since it helps you get a great night’s sleep, you’ll feel more refreshed and ready to face the next day.

    * Reishi. This is a great supplement to take if you find your stress is caused by a constantly racing mind. This herb produces a calm, clear mind and helps cure anxiety without making you feel sleepy or sedated. It can also help you sleep if you have trouble “turning off” your brain at night.

    With many prescriptions and over the counter medications, you can see an effect almost immediately. However, most herbal supplements require longer periods of time to notice the full effect. If taken properly and with patience, these remedies can provide a natural and effective alternative to drugs with fewer side effects. You should also talk to your doctor before starting any herbal supplement because they may have drug interactions.

    Hopefully one or more of these remedies will help you to calm down and lead a more relaxing and peaceful life.

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    Discover Ways To Find More Family Time & Get Everything Done

    August 24, 2007 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Blogroll, Goals, Healthy Living, Organization, Parenting, Stress Management No Comments →

    Let’s face it moms, we are busy! There are only 24 hours in a day, but you’d give anything to be able to squeeze in one or two (or maybe ten) more just so you can enjoy some quality time with the family each day!

    In The “Real Life Guidance to Finding More Family Time Report“, you’ll discover EXACTLY how to find more time for your family AND get everything else done too!

    The number one complaint I hear from moms is that they feel guilty about not spending enough time with the family. It’s not because they don’t WANT to, but because they are just so busy that they can’t find the time to get everything done. That is where the guide comes in.

    Here’s just a bit of what you’ll find inside:

    - How to set REASONABLE Expectations – Family time doesn’t have to be “picture perfect” to still be quality time together.

    - Balancing Work and Life – Whether you work at home or outside of the home, you’ll see how you can strike a balance between the two.

    - Organization – You’ll find out how being organized will free up a lot of time in your life, leaving you more time for your family, including tips for getting and staying that way.

    - Routines/Schedules – Even if you are a spontaneous family, you’ll find ways to easily incorporate a bit of routine into your life, freeing up more time to spend together.

    - 20 Activities – Suggested ideas to help you decide what to do with your newfound family time.

    And…lots more information to make finding more time to spend with those who love you!

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    Here’s to more quality family time.