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Easy Breakfast Ideas That Your Kids Will Love

February 28, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Blogroll, Children, Freebies, Healthy Living, Just for Fun, Mommy Rambles, Organization, Pamper Yourself, Parenting, Self Esteem, Stress Management, Teenagers, Uncategorized No Comments →

Most of us have heard the saying “Breakfast is the Most Important Meal of the Day” and it’s certainly true especially when it comes to children. Studies have shown that children who eat a balanced breakfast are more alert in school, perform better and in many cases are less prone to bad behavior than children who skip breakfast.

Here are some quick and easy breakfast recipes for kids:

Give them Eggs – Eggs are versatile and nutritious, plus most kids like them. Start their day with simple scrambled eggs, you can add a little chopped ham, cheese, chopped tomatoes or mushrooms. Boiled eggs with slices of toast will down well too.

Bake Ahead Muffins – Muffins aren’t always the most nutritious meal, but if you bake your own muffins you can use mashed banana and a little honey for a naturally sweet breakfast muffin. You can also replace half of the amount of white flour for healthier whole wheat flour. And don’t just stick to sweet muffins, try a savory bacon and chive muffin or cheese and ham. Bake them the night before for a quick and healthy breakfast.

Don’t forget the Fruit – Try a fresh fruit salad with a yogurt and cheerio dip. Using a rolling pin mash a handful of two of whole grain Cheerios in a plastic bag and transfer to a bowl. Fill another bowl with yogurt and let your kids dip the fruit pieces in yogurt then in the cheerio mixture. Whole grain Cheerios have a lower sugar content then many of the cereals on the supermarket shelves.

Pancakes in a flash – Prepare a basic pancake batter the night before, cover and refrigerate in the morning. In the morning all you need to do is heat the grill and your whole family can enjoy delicious homemade pancakes. Serve with a little maple syrup or jam and some fresh fruit on the side.

Try Pizza for Breakfast – Split a couple of bagels in half, top with a little pizza sauce, grated cheese and some chopped ham. Place under the grill for a few minutes and you have a nutritious breakfast pizza. You can also use English muffins or pita bread.

Remember breakfast doesn’t have to always consist of the traditional toast, cereal and eggs you can experiment a little to keep things interesting. And don’t put too much pressure on yourself to always make the perfect family breakfast. If your kids really aren’t hungry at breakfast time a simple banana and a glass of orange juice will give them an instant boost.

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Tips to Boost Your Self Confidence

February 27, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Blogroll, Freebies, Goals, Healthy Living, Organization, Parenting, Self Esteem, Stress Management, Uncategorized, Working From Home No Comments →

There are many things that we encounter over the years to help build or break that confidence but ultimately it is up to us to maintain our own self-confidence. Those who lack self-confidence are truly losing out on opportunities for happiness, fun, growth and often love. Here are just a few tips that anyone can use to help build self-confidence

  • Start off each morning and end each day with a positive statement or thought. Create your own mantra. (i.e: “I am intelligent”, “I will have a positive day”, “I will succeed”.)
  • Get to know the TRUE you and accept yourself. The more you accept your true self the more others will do the same.
  • Make a list of all your positive characteristics and achievements. Keep adding to this list as time goes on and be sure to keep your list in a place where you can access it and read it at will.
  • Choose your words/thoughts carefully: Take time to replace negative thoughts with positive ones. If you are faced with a challenging task — instead of saying something like: “I will never get this done on time” try to rephrase that and say something like: “When I finish this task I will treat myself to something nice” or “This may be challenging but I can do this”.
  • Take what you are good at and enhance it. Let others know about it! Hold you head up high and proud and know you have a special gift inside of you.Building up self-confidence takes time and commitment but it is well worth it. You will soon find yourself embracing yourself and giving off a very positive energy that will surely come back to you.
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    Disover how to deal with child temper tantrums

    February 26, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Children, Freebies, Goals, Healthy Living, Organization, Pamper Yourself, Parenting, Stress Management No Comments →

    Ahhh the joys of parenting.  Most parents have witnessed their little bundles of joy in the throws of a temper tantrum.  Even the most dignified parent has been left red-faced and wanting to be swallowed into the ground while their toddler is having a public meltdown.

    Here are a few easy ideas for avoiding temper tantrums:

    Don’t Let Your Child Get Over Tired – Don’t let your child become too tired.  Set a regular nap routine and try to stick to it, and make sure your child goes to bed at a reasonable time and gets enough sleep during the night.  Tiredness is often the first reason for a tantrum. 

    Give Them Time – Allow enough time for activities like getting dressed, brushing their hair and getting in and out of the car.  Your child will want to do a lot of these things on his own and rushing him is a sure way to start a tantrum.  Give him a little extra time and let him try to be independent by allowing him to do certain things for himself.

    Here’s to some temper free days!

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    Do you have a theme song?

    February 25, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Children, Freebies, Goals, Healthy Living, Just for Fun, Mommy Rambles, Stress Management 3 Comments →

    It’s funny, Isreal and I ask eachother from time to time what our theme song is and usually we answer it by singing a few verses to the other person.  Isreal asked me what my Theme Song was on the way to school and I sang a few verses of Fine my Mary J. Blige.  Odd, because I am not a Mary fan but her words are just PRICELESS

      <– click if you want to see the video and hear the words

    Take a listen to her song but be sure you read the words..

    You know I love music
    And every time I hear something hot
    It makes me wanna move
    It makes me wanna have fun
    But it’s something about this joint right here
    This joint right here
    Its makes me wanna…..Woooh

    Let it go……
    Can’t let this thing called love get away from you
    Feel free right now, go do what you want to do
    Can’t let nobody take it away, from you, from me, from we
    No time for moping around, are you kidding?
    And no time for negative vibes, cause I’m winning
    It’s been a long week, I put in my hardest
    Gonna live my life, feels so good to get it right

    So I like what I see when I’m looking at me
    When I’m walking past the mirror
    Don’t stress through the night, at a time in my life
    Ain’t worried about if you feel it
    Got my head on straight, I got my vibe right
    I aint gonna let you kill it
    You see I wouldn’t change my life, my life’s just…..

     Just fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, ooooh
    You see I wouldn’t change my life, my life’s just fine

    Feels so good, when you’re doing all the things that you want to do
    Get the best out of life, treat yourself to something new
    Keep your head up high
    In yourself, believe in you, believe in me
    Having a really good time, I’m not complaining
    And I’m a still wear a smile if it’s raining
    I got to enjoy myself regardless
    I appreciate life, I’m so glad that it’s fine

    So I like what I see when I’m looking at me
     

    When I’m walking past the mirror
    Aint worried about you and what you gonna do
    I’m a lady so I must stay classy
    Got to keep it hot, keep it together
    If I want to get better
    See I wouldn’t change my life, my life’s just…..
    Fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, ooooh
    Fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, ooooh
    Just fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, ooooh
    See I won’t change my life, my life’s just fine

    I ain’t gon’ let nothing get in my way
    (I ain’t gone let nobody bring me down, no, no, no)
    No matter what nobody has to say
    (No way, no way, no way)
    I ain’t gon’ let nothing get in my way
    No matter what nobody has to say

    Feels so good, when you’re doing all the things that you want to do
    Get the best out of life, treat yourself to something new
    It’s a really good thing to say
    That I won’t change my life, my life’s just fine
    Just fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, ooooh
    See I won’t change my life, my life’s just fine

    So I like what I see when I’m looking at me
    When I’m walking past the mirror
    Don’t stress through the night, at a time in my life
    Ain’t worried about if you feel it
    Got my head on straight, I got my vibe right
    I ain’t gonna let you kill it
    You see I wouldn’t change my life, my life’s just…..
    Just fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, fine, ooooh
    You see I wouldn’t change my life, my life’s just fine

    Need some free baby/toddler sleep tips ?

    February 25, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Blogroll, Children, Freebies, Goals, Organization, Pamper Yourself, Parenting, Self Esteem, Stress Management, Teenagers, Uncategorized, Working From Home No Comments →

    Most mothers would agree that one of the hardest tasks during the first three years of a baby’s/toddler’slife is getting him to sleep well and to sleep through the night. 

    Here are some FREE Tips for you: 

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    Quick Cleaning/Organizing Tips – The Kids Room

    February 24, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Children, Freebies, Organization, Parenting, Stress Management, Working From Home No Comments →

    The time has come for all good mommies to come to the aid of their kids.  Organizing their room can be a bit chaotic.  Kids accumulate so many toys, games, dolls and stuff animals that you hardly know where to put everything.  Fortunately, here are quick kid’s rooms organizing tips for you to use as a guide.

    Depending upon the type of furniture in their rooms, you may want to add a few more pieces that will turn the chaos into calm. Today, there are more unique and colorful bins and containers for kids than ever before. In addition, your kids will probably be even more excited to help you organize their rooms, especially if it’s new and shiny!

    If your son or daughter has been collecting stuffed animals or toy soldiers, planes, or dolls; you can buy wall boxes.  Affordable priced, they can be hung vertically or horizontally and make for a great showpiece in your child’s room.  Moreover, all the toys will be relegated to one area of the room.

    Another wonderful item is a large container featuring swivel casters and handles.  This would be a great and inexpensive method for your children to pick up their toys by wheeling the container around the room.  It will also be useful when transporting their toys to the family room.

    How about some round containers in various colors?  These are sure to be a hit with the kids.  You’ll be able to choose colors that compliment each room.  Affordable and handy, you may want to check these out as well.

    Go online and research the various bins and containers you can buy for your children’s rooms. Then schedule a special shopping day with the kids. While at the store, you may just happen to find a few items to organize their closets as well. 

    I’m Freezin’ And Lovin’ It

    February 23, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Children, Goals, Healthy Living, Organization, Parenting, Stress Management, Working From Home No Comments →

    Well I am not the one that is actually freezing but I am the one doing the freezing.

    I just wanted to tell you about this awesome new ebook ‘Freezing It & Loving It’ .

    By now, you know just how much I love to stay organized, use a meal plan and I am a huge fan of implementing kitchen time savers and this guide is wonderful. Not only does it explain how to prepare meals ahead of time, so that each evening all you’ll need to do is bake or warm your (already prepared) main dish, perhaps toss a fresh salad or cook a vegetable, or maybe add some bread, but it also comes with the following:

    – a sample meal plan with a complete shopping list

    – detailed step by step to do lists for ‘cooking day’ and for each day of the week to follow.

    – an ‘easy to print’ 32 page recipe guide to compliment every meal idea outlined in our Freezing It & Loving It guidebook.

    This would make a great addition to any kitchen and also would work wonderfully as a gift to someone across the miles :)

    How many times have you stood in front of the fridge with the kids behind you hungry and you WISHED that you could just pop something in the microwave or the oven. Well, here is your chance Mom! Stop by and read more about
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    Hey, I almost forgot to mention the best part. You can take up to 30 days to review this guide. If you’re not completely satisfied with this guide, they will give you your money back. No questions asked. So that makes this offer totally Risk Free! (Music to a busy Moms ears)

    Take Care and Enjoy!

    Tips For Happier Parenting

    February 22, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Children, Freebies, Healthy Living, Parenting, Self Esteem, Stress Management No Comments →

    Parenting has got to be the most rewarding and yet the most challenging job in the world. Below you will
    find some tips that will help you along the road to happier parenting.

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    * Take a time out. If parenting stress has a strong hold on you, take some time off. Put yourself in a
    time out. Go for a walk, a run or a drive. This will prevent you or other family members from saying or
    doing things that they may regret. You may run the risk that your family members will not like you taking
    a time out and follow you around the home. When and if this happens, politely ask them for a specific
    number of minutes and reassure them that you will come back out to discuss the situation that is causing you
    stress. If that doesn’t work, lock the door and tell them you will be out soon!

    *Create a self-care plan. If you are guilty of putting other family members first all of the time and
    neglecting yourself physically, emotionally, and spiritually, then you need a self-care plan. Make sure
    to eat a balanced diet, get plenty of sleep, and exercise at least 2 times a week.

    *Family Meetings. Set up a regular time each week to talk about the problems that you and your family
    members are experiencing and work together to come up with solutions.

    *Find support. Find other adults who will validate your feelings and support you when you need it. This
    could be a relative who babysits for a couple of hours or close friends who sit and have lunch with you while
    the kids are in school. If you don’t have a close friend or relative, perhaps look into joining a group
    or enroll in a class. Sometimes, just building up a network of people so socialize with in a supportive
    environment is just what is needed.

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    Quick Stress Relief Tips For Moms

    February 21, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Goals, Stress Management, Working From Home No Comments →

    Here are a few quick tips on how to deal with situations that commonly stress us all.

    1. Organize yourself – Sit down with a notepad and pen, and list all your commitments.  Write them into a spreadsheet if necessary.  The sheet isn’t big enough? Maybe your load of commitments is.  Prioritize the important and essential things in your life, and decide how much of you there is to spread around. And don’t forget to save some for yourself!

    2. Avoid putting pressure on yourself — Don’t have unreasonable expectations for your life or career.  When setting goals, take into account that Man’s best plans can often go awry.  Don’t count yourself out as a failure if you’re behind schedule.  Remain dedicated to your plans, while remembering that all things take time, and may require adjusting of the outcome or approach.

    3.  Remove yourself from confrontations – Kids or co-workers, the principle is the same.  When your stress is at the point where you cannot be coherent, or deal with the other person, no matter how big or small in a reasonable manner, then you need a break to cool off.  Explain that to your child, regardless of how young they are.  Toddlers will be reassured that you still love them, and older children will gain an appreciation of the stresses of parenting, if you simply say that Mom is tired, and needs to think about this and come back to it when she’s calmer.

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    5 Chores for Toddlers

    February 20, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Children, Freebies, Goals, Just for Fun, Mommy Rambles, Parenting, Teenagers, Working From Home 1 Comment →

    5 Chores for Toddlers

    When toddlers see Mom and Dad working around the house, they are often eager to help.  They love to try to do the same things their parents are doing.  Although it may take longer to get the chores done when trying to teach a toddler how to do them, it can help them learn to enjoy housework and develop good habits that will be an asset later on.

    The most important thing to remember when selecting chores for toddlers is to keep it simple.  Very young children do not have the cognitive or motor skills to take on complicated tasks.  But there are some things they can do that, after some practice, will be helpful to you.

    * Picking up toys – Getting your toddler to pick up after himself can be a great help.  But it’s usually too much to expect him to put everything in its exact place.  A better approach would be to provide a laundry basket or large box for him to simply throw all of his stuff into.  Then you can take it to his room and put it where it belongs.

    * Feeding the pets – Kids are often honored to help take care of their pets.  Toddlers are capable of helping to feed pets, but occasional messes should be expected.  To minimize accidents, you could buy pet food in individual packets or cans for small cats and dogs.  For watering purposes, toddlers can put the water into a small watering can and then pour it into the bowl.

    * Watering plants – Small children usually can’t resist the opportunity to water plants.  This is another task that could get messy, so make sure your plants aren’t sitting on or near anything that could be easily damaged by water.  It’s also smart to make sure they don’t fill the watering can over half full.  This will help prevent spilling the water in transit.

    * Cleaning the floors – It may seem like an adults-only task, but floor cleaning is something that kids often enjoy.  The trick is to let them use tools that they can easily manage.  Cordless floor sweepers are ideal for this purpose.  There are also small, working vacuum cleaners and brooms available in the toy departments of most stores.  While it might be too ambitious to expect a child to sweep all of the dirt into a neat pile, he can help get the dirt out of the corners while you go behind him and sweep it all together.

    * Helping with the laundry – Every mom could use some help with the laundry, and young children are often happy to oblige.  Toddlers can help sort dirty clothes, and you can even turn it into a learning experience.  You could also enlist your toddler’s help in loading and unloading the washer and dryer.

    When your child is old enough to walk and is somewhat verbal, he can start helping with the housework.  Getting your child to help with chores will help him develop a sense of responsibility.  And that is something that you will be thankful for when he is older and can do more substantial housework.