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Valentines Gift Ideas for Teens

January 31, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Blogroll, Children, Freebies, Goals, Healthy Living, Just for Fun, Mommy Rambles, Organization, Pamper Yourself, Parenting, Self Esteem, Stress Management, Teenagers, Uncategorized, Working From Home No Comments →

By the time kids reach their teen years, so many things that parents do can seem sappy and dull.  Gifts on Valentine’s Day can become one of those things.  This year, give a gift that shows your teen that parental love is still a cool thing to have in their lives.

Teens these days are into vintage and eclectic things.  This includes their clothes, shoes and gadgets.  Think of a throwback gift that you can surprise your teen with that will get you a hug or at least a smile of gratitude.  Remember the Rubik’s cube or the magic 8 ball?  These gifts are especially fun for a girl.

What about your son?  He could use a Nerf football or basketball.  Every boy should have an over-the-door basketball hoop in his room.  Making a few baskets helps him to think over his problems or just let off some steam.  He would enjoy the Rubik’s cube or a Simon game.  Nowadays they make these kinds of games pocket size and keychain size.

Gifts from the heart show that you are interested and care about their life and their passions.  They may be interested in the guitar this week.  Even though you have a sneaking suspicion that next week they will want to be an artist, give them a gift certificate for a few free guitar lessons.  At least they will have a chance to try it out and see if they really want to play the guitar. 

Create some cards that they can redeem for free services around the house.  If your teen is on the younger side, they might appreciate getting to stay up an extra half hour, a free movie, or a sleepover with friends.  Older teens would like an extra half hour or hour out with friends on the weekends or extra driving time in the family car. 

Valentine’s Day affections don’t have to be lost on your teen.  Think of something that would interest them.  They may act annoyed by it, but deep down they will cherish the sentiment forever.

To browse some gifts from your seat, stop by the Parenting My Teen eStore or the Gift Ideas  section at Parenting My Teen.

A Hump Day Funny

January 30, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Blogroll, Children, Freebies, Goals, Healthy Living, Just for Fun, Mommy Rambles, Organization, Pamper Yourself, Parenting, Self Esteem, Stress Management, Teenagers, Uncategorized, Working From Home No Comments →

25 ways to tell if you have finally grown up

1. Your houseplants are alive, and you can’t smoke any of them.

2. Having sex in a twin bed is out of the question.

3. You keep more food than beer in the fridge.

4. 6:00 AM is when you get up, not when you go to bed.

5. You hear your favorite song in an elevator.

6. You watch the Weather Channel.

7. Your friends marry and divorce instead of “hook up” and “break up”.

8. You go from 130 days of vacation time to 14.

9. Jeans and a sweater no longer qualify as “dressed up.”

10. You’re the one calling the police because those %&@ kids next door won’t turn down the stereo.

11. Older relatives feel comfortable telling sex jokes around you.

12. You don’t know what time Taco Bell closes anymore.

13. Your car insurance goes down and your car payments go up.

14. You feed your dog/cat Science Diet instead of McDonald’s
leftovers.

15. Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.

16. You take naps from noon to 6 PM

17. Dinner and a movie is the whole date instead of the beginning of one.

18. Eating a basket of chicken wings at 3 AM would severely upset, rather than settle, your stomach.

19. If you’re a girl, you go to the drug store for ibuprofen and
antacid, not condoms and pregnancy tests.

20. A $4.00 bottle of wine is no longer “pretty good stuff.”

21. You actually eat breakfast food at breakfast time.

22. “I just can’t drink the way I used to…” replaces “I’m never
going to drink that much again.”

23. 90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is for real work.

24. When you find out your friend is pregnant you congratulate her instead of asking “Oh S*$#! What Happened!?!?!?!

25. You read this entire list looking desperately for one sign that doesn’t apply to you and can’t find one to save your sorry old butt.

WOW, I am a sucker for

January 30, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Blogroll, Children, Freebies, Goals, Healthy Living, Just for Fun, Mommy Rambles, Organization, Pamper Yourself, Parenting, Self Esteem, Stress Management, Teenagers, Uncategorized, Working From Home No Comments →

a good compliment.

I am here at work (yes I work part time at a J.O.B at hubbys Pest Contol Company) and I answered the phone and it was an Agent looking to book a Termite Inspection.

Anyway at the end of the converstion, he asked me for my name. I politely said Aurelia and he asked me to prounounce it again so I said “Ah-Real-Lee-ya”.  Well then he said “Well, if that isn’t the most beautiful name I’ve ever heard. It sounds as if you were named after a constellation:blush :giggle

Girls, I tell ya’ I was giggling like a darn school girl…LOL

So tell me, what is the best compliment you’ve ever received…

BTW – My hubby better step it up:lol

Do we Need the Government involved in this?

January 29, 2008 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 No Comments →

I TIVO Dr. Phil each day (don’t ask me why…lol) Anyway….

I got a chance to watch yesterdays show where Dr. Phil’s had a panel of Parents, Hip Hop artists, teens, and activists Debate over the wearing of Sagging Pants.  YES, this is NEWS… (eye roll) The Government has created ordinances is 12 states and you got it, you can receive a fine or jail time if you are caught outside with your pants below your belt.  

While I cant STAND to see a young mans pants hanging down below his waist showing his damn boxers or tighty whities, I reallly dont think its any of the governements  business!

Aren’t their other laws they need to be voting on and passing? Also I HATE HATE HATE that they try to make this a RACE issue. I see just as many white boys, kids and men, rock stars as I do black boys, kids, men & Rappers doing wearing sagging pants.

Ohh it was also brought up that saggin’ spelled backwards is… .you guessed it. The “N” Word… UHHHHHH Do we need to go there???   Sheesh!!! 

 What are your thoughts on this…. are my panties all in a knot over nothing?

The Importance of “Family Time”

January 28, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Children, Goals, Mommy Rambles, Organization, Parenting, Stress Management, Working From Home No Comments →

The Importance of “Family Time”

As a parent, you are familiar with the concept of “family time,” but have you ever sat down and thought about why it is important and the benefits it brings to both you and your children’s lives?

Many of today’s families are very busy. Most households need two incomes to survive. Some parents even hold down two or more jobs in order to make ends meet. Many parents feel out of balance when it comes to their working and family time.

These feelings can lead to stress and anxiety. As you know, stress and anxiety lead to other health problems, such as head aches, irritability, depression, high blood pressure, and other ailments.

The time your children spend with you gives them many benefits. Spending time as a family provides your children with feelings of love, support, security and safety.

The various activities you engage in during family time provide your children with opportunities to learn new behaviors and skills. For example, teach younger children the alphabet by making a game out of it. If your elementary age child is learning about pollination, go for a walk and point out the many types of flowers you find.

Spending time with your middle school and high school aged children allows you to stay connected with them and to help them ward off peer pressure. When your child feels a connection to you and the morals you have taught them, they won’t have a high need for acceptance from peers. Your teen will be able to take pride in themselves and stand up for their own convictions.

Spending time together as a family can also be beneficial to your marriage. It’s no secret that the nation’s divorce rate is quite high. Family time isn’t just about a parent spending time with their children; it’s also about spouses spending time together. When both partners are actively making time for one another, the marriage will be stronger and less likely to fold.

While the importance of family time is clear; it isn’t always easy to find the time needed to enjoy family time. There are resources to help you, such as the report “Real Life Guidance: Finding More Family Time.” This report goes over many ways to help you find more family time and it also provides some fun (and inexpensive) ideas for how to spend your time together.

Too Much To Do? Too Little Time?

January 26, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Blogroll, Children, Freebies, Goals, Healthy Living, Just for Fun, Mommy Rambles, Pamper Yourself, Parenting, Self Esteem, Stress Management, Teenagers, Uncategorized, Working From Home No Comments →

Hey – Did someone press the FFW button?

Have you ever felt like someone just pressed the Fast-forward button on your day and before you know it the day is over and you are sitting there wondering what you’ve accomplished?

I love to organize and with working Part Time outside of the home and FULL-TIME at home with my business, 4 children and Husband I really rely on a schedule and many time management tips to keep my sanity (ok, so some of you think I am already insane, I won’t argue with that) but at least I am organized ;)

Here are a few of my favorite Time management Tips:

1. Meal Planning: Try planning 1 – 2 weeks worth of meals at a time and write them down on a calendar. Do your shopping accordingly and prep tomorrows dinner today. You will be AMAZED at what a time saver this is.

2. To-Do Lists: I know most people HATE them but they actually do work. Just take a few moments out of your day (either in the morning or in the evening) to make a list for that day or the following day. Be sure to only put down the items that you MUST finish on this list.

3. Delegate: Do you have friends, a husband, children that can pitch in and do a few things for you? If so, be sure to use all of your resources.

4. Morning Rush: Scooting the children out of the door can be a huge time eater! Be sure to prepare lunches, lay out clothes and plan your breakfast the night before. This will make your mornings run a tad smoother.

5. Just say “NO”!: Such a small word that carries a might punch! If you truly can’t fit something into your schedule and it is not urgent, just say No!. Keep a list of non-urgent things that you can do on hand for when you do have some down time.

Well, those are just a few of my time management tips. I personally set aside about 15 minutes a night and sit down with my Palm Pilot and make a short TO-DO list for the following day and it is amazing at the time this save.

Also be mindful of your own body. Are you a morning, afternoon or night person? Try to schedule your most time consuming tasks when you have the most energy.

If you feel as if you are being pulled in too many directions at once, check out the Real Life Guidance – Don’t Fall Into The SuperMom Trap Report.  It is filled with easy to follow tips, resources, real life stories and help for busy, stressed and tired moms :)

If you are thinking about being a WAHM check this out

January 22, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

There are so many moms out there and women that aren’t moms looking to work from home.  Well if you haven’t heard of Kelly McCausey yet, let me just tell you something about her.  Kelly own WAHMTalkRadio which airs each Monday is the focus of the show is all about WAHMs not just the already successful ones, but the ones that are trying to get started as well.  

I ran across an excellent post on  Kelly McCausey’s post yesterday and I wanted to share it because she passes out some great advice!

Help For Stressed Out Moms

January 22, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Blogroll, Children, Freebies, Goals, Healthy Living, Just for Fun, Mommy Rambles, Pamper Yourself, Parenting, Self Esteem, Stress Management, Uncategorized, Working From Home 1 Comment →

Real Life Guidance – Don’t Fall Into The SuperMom Trap – In The “Real Life Guidance -Don’t Fall Into The SuperMom Trap” report, you’ll discover how to live a guilt free life where you are confident in your parenting skills and don’t feel guilty about taking time out for YOU!

This report shows you how to implement real life strategies into your life, allowing you to avoid the SuperMom Trap…  and the best part is that you can get started right now! Here's just a bit of what you'll find inside:

- Learn How To Say “No” – From a young age, many girls are taught to be compliant and gracious. As women, we hate saying “no.” But guess what? We DON’T have to take on every task that comes are way. - Learn How To Relax - Learn how to take a break - without feeling guilty about it! This report will walk you through some relaxation and stress reduction techniques.

- Real Life Stories from Real Moms - Hear real stories from moms who struggle with the SuperMom syndrome and read the advice that was given to them by Aurelia Williams, certified life coach.
Learn How To Delegate Tasks - It's okay to ask for help! This report will show you how to get others to help you complete the tasks that need to be done.Visit Real Life Guidance - Don't Fall Into The SuperMom Trap you will be so happy that you did!

“I’ve Been to the Mountain Top” – Martin Luther King

January 21, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Freebies, Organization No Comments →

“I’ve Been to the Mountaintop” by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. video excerpt. Martin Luther King’s last speech the night before his assassination.  He spoke as if he knew something would happen to him soon :(

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Each year on the third Monday of January schools, federal offices, post office and banks across America close as we celebrate the birth, the life and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Each year, on this day our family celebrates and remembers Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  I cook a nice dinner and we read about the great work of this incredible man. 

He did it

January 19, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Children, Just for Fun, Mommy Rambles, Organization No Comments →

RedBelt.jpg picture by AureliaThats my tired 8 yo son Isaac after a long 1hr Tae Kwon Do test to obtain his red belt. 

He’s been in Tae Kwon Do for 2 years now and the Red belt symbolizes “Danger” and his move into the advance level. The test was incredible to watch and I sat in AWE of my son as he performed his pattern 2 times and then broke a board using his bare feet and one heck of a good Spinning Side Kick!

He was graded by a Black Belt and received B-’s  and up to A’s on 13 catagories.  He was so proud of himself and I still havent wiped the grin off of my face.

To celebrate, I took 2 of his Tae Kwon Do Buddies out for Pizza and now they are here playing in his room (uhmmm very loudly)