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Why God Made Moms

April 30, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Just for Fun, Mommy Rambles 3 Comments →

Answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.
2. Mostly to clean the house.
3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of ?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men’s bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We’re related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s moms like me.

What kind of little girl was your mom?
1. My Mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?
3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs an d YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that Mom didn’t have her thinking cap on.

Who’s the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn’t want to be boss, but she has to because dad’s such a goof ball.
2. Mom . You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than dad.

What’s the difference between moms & dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home and dads just go to work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller & stronger, but moms have all the real power ’cause that’s who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend’s.
4. Moms have magic, they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don’t do spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she’s already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I’d diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I’d get rid of that.
2. I’d make my mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.
3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

Tips for Sticking to a Family Budget

April 30, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Freebies, Goals, Organization, Working From Home 4 Comments →

You have a family budget in place. Now the hard part begins—sticking to your family budget.

 With the demands of all the wants and needs of kids, it can be challenging to keep a close eye on your money matters. Here are some simple tips to save money and help you stick to your family budget:

* No satellite – On average, the least expensive satellite package can run anywhere from $35-$40 per month. Multiply that times twelve months and you end up with a whopping $420-$480 per year! Do away with this single bill and your family can save almost $500 every year. Now that’s an incentive!

* Limited video rentals – Many families choose to rent movies for a family night instead of going to the movies. While rentals are a huge money saver, it can still get expensive if you go overboard. Limit your rentals to two every two weeks, for example.

* Return videos early – Another cost that adds up quickly is overdue rental fees. For the cost of a few past due days on one movie, you could purchase that movie and watch it forever if you wanted to. Write yourself a note so you won’t forget to return your movie rentals on time. Even better, try using an online video rental service like Netflix. You’ll pay the same each month, pay no late fees, and get new movies every time you return one.

* Plan meals before shopping – Never go grocery shopping on an empty stomach. You will want to buy everything you see on the shelves. You may think it’s silly, but you will be amazed at the results if you try it.

* Buy off-brand products – Most off-brand products taste much the same as their counterparts. There are a few, like mayonnaise for example, that taste slightly different. For the most part, if you are trying to stick to a budget, buying off-brand products can save you a lot of money. And don’t forget to clip and use coupons, too!

* Bring your lunch to work – Once again, let’s do the figures. If you spend a minimum of $5.00 per day on lunch (that’s a cheap lunch!), at the end of the week, you’ve racked up $25.00. With gas prices on the rise every day, that extra $25.00 could come in handy if you drive to work, too. Instead of eating out, fix your lunch to bring with you.

* Drink water – Sodas are easy to grab and run with, but water is much healthier for you. Instead of spending money on canned drinks, buy a family-size pack of bottled water. You’ll save money and drink healthier.

Some Awesome Resources for you:

Living On One Income – Here are some tips for those that are living on one income.

Refinancing Your Home Mortgage Loan – Refinancing your home is a great way to save thousands of dollars over the length of your mortgage loan. Here is an article that can help you.

Establish Credit – There are many ways to establish credit and to start  building a good credit history. Here is a resource for you.

Women and Money – learn how to make money work for you instead of the other way around.

Financially Surviving a Divorce - Even though you may hope that divorce is something you never have to face, it’s smart to start planning ahead if you’re being plagued by marital problems.

Creating a Household Budget – Easy to follow steps to create a household budget.  

Creating a Family Budget and Sticking to it – Great easy to follow steps on how to stick with a budget

Saving Money at the Grocery Store – Looking for ways to cut your grocery bills in half? Take these easy steps to save money on groceries.

Tips To Save Money – Looking for ways to cut your overall Bills in half this article is for you.

Establishing A Routine For Your Kids

April 29, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Children, Goals, Stress Management 2 Comments →

While your children may not need a rigid schedule, putting them on a routine is a great idea. This is especially true for younger children, as toddlers need routines in order to feel secure in their environment.

Begin with something simple, such as a bedtime routine. Once they get used to that, you can begin teaching them a morning routine and so on. A sample morning routine may include waking up, getting dressed, eating breakfast, brushing teeth, reading a story, and getting into the car to run errands.

Helping your middle school or high school children establish schedules in order to balance their school work with their social lives can help them prepare for college.

The earlier they learn these skills, the less chance they have of developing academic stress and procrastination. Tomorrow we’ll discuss learning how to say “no” and how to ask for help.

For more in depth tips for time management, Click here!.

It’s Ok To Think Small

April 28, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Freebies, Goals, Organization, Stress Management, Working From Home No Comments →

Hello there,

I hope this message finds you all well.

Think small! Yes, I know we accustomed to being told to think big, but for just a few moments, I would like you to think small. Take a moment to look at yourself. Not just the outside, but also on the inside.

Look at your life, your personality, your habits, home, etc. and just think of one (or a few) small positive changes that you could put into action today and do it. So, if your change is to simply walk to the post office instead of driving there, start today. If your change is to eat more fruits and vegetables, do not put it off, start today.

It is amazing how just one or a few small positive changes that we make can transform into very positive habits for our future.

Action Step

Make a list of some positive changes that you can make in your life and start to incorporate them into your daily life. Keep adding new and positive changes and be sure to take notice of how these changes make you feel.

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Summer Fun For Your Child (Without Breaking The Bank)

April 26, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Blogroll, Children, Freebies, Goals, Healthy Living, Organization, Pamper Yourself, Parenting, Self Esteem, Stress Management, Teenagers, Uncategorized No Comments →

Don’t break the bank trying to keep your children active, engaged and  having fun this summer.
Entertaining your children when school is out  for the summer can become quite expensive but I have
some cheap summer fun ideas for you ==>

One of the ways I keep my 7yo busy and happy in the summer is to pull out our craft box.  Try some or all
of these fun summer crafts for kids to open up their imagination. ==>

A Funny

April 23, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Just for Fun 7 Comments →

Hee hee -Just got a Call from Shayna, My 20 year old daughter that is on the Baby countdown. YES, she is due in about 3 weeks.  

Back when she was 2months preggo and complaining about the morning sickness I was trying to explain to her the usualy order of pregnancy stages.

1st the OMG I am so tired, and why wont I stop throwing up

Then the Hmm, this isnt too bad

Then the UGHHHH Is this baby EVER gonna come outta me – I feel like I am gonna pop

Then the WOW Look at all this damn ENERGY I have

Then the Labor

Well – looks like we are at stage number 4. She called me and the conversation went like this – I look at my phone and see its Shayna

Hey Lady Shay

Shayna: Gotta question for ya

Me: Shoot

Shayna: Why did I just wash ALL of the baby clothes THEN iron them???image

Me: Cracking up, histerically

Shayna: MOMMYY!! I mean it I can’t stop, I’ve washed and ironed the clothes, steralized the bottles, wiped down the crib, dusted the entire house and just got off of my hands and knees becuase I wanted to scrub the kitchen floor.

Me: REALLY cracking up at this point. I finally get out “OK I will be booking my ticket THIS week.

Shayna: Is this normal?

Me: Totally – not just prepare to feel like you are going to pop and be ready for all of the energy you feel now to leave as quickly as it came

Shayna – Love ya.

Me: LOL love ya too….


Achieving Inner Peace

April 23, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Freebies, Just for Fun, Mommy Rambles 2 Comments →

I am passing this on to you because it definitely works, and we could all use a little more calmness in our lives.

By following simple advice heard on the Dr. Phil show, you too can find inner peace. Dr. Phil proclaimed, ‘The way to achieve inner peace is to finish all the things you have started and have never finished.’

So, I looked around my house to see all the things I started and hadn’t finished, and before the morning was over I finished off a bottle of Zinfandel, a bottle of Bailey’s Irish Cream, a package of Oreo’s, the remainder of my old Prozac prescription, the rest of the cheesecake, some Doritos, and a box of chocolates.

You have no idea how freaking good I feel right now.

Pass this on to those whom you think might be in need of inner peace.

How to Live Stress-Free By Saying “No”

April 23, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Freebies, Goals, Healthy Living, Organization, Parenting, Self Esteem No Comments →

We all know the adage, “A mother’s work is never done.” In fact, this could become a modern-day mother’s theme song since we all have overbooked schedules and everybody wants something done yesterday.We teach our children from a young age that it is impolite to say the word, “No,” which was a lesson we learned in childhood, too. Now as adults, it is increasingly difficult to say, “No,” to anyone for fear of being rude or being seen as unreliable.Mothers need to learn that saying, “No,” as an adult is not rude. Rather, it is a sign of someone who is in control of her life and her schedule. She knows what she is capable of accomplishing and she is aware of her other commitments.Here are a few ways to gain back control of your life, simply by learning how to say, “No”:1. Be selective when choosing to volunteer your time. Being involved in your child’s school IS important but that does not mean you have to serve on every committee. Instead, choose one or two activities or committees that interest you and schedule that time on your planner. 2. Set limits on after-school activities. Sports teams or dance lessons are fun and help improve social skills but that does not mean your children have to be on a different team each season or take multiple lessons a week. Instead, teach your children how to choose activities that are most important to them and keep their focus on their studies.3. Set boundaries with your clients. Your clients should not run your life. Instead, you should have a clear, working partnership in which each partner knows what is expected. If you can still give your clients good customer service during set office hours, then do so. Chances are they would not want you calling during their family time so why should they interrupt during your family time?4. Be honest about your skills. If you are not qualified to complete a particular project, whether it is a paid or volunteer project, be honest with your client and recommend someone with the right qualifications. Passing the job along to someone else who is qualified will show that you are in control of your schedule, you are honest about your skill level and you value the importance of the project by giving it to someone who can complete it properly. 5. Keep your calendar or planner up to date and use it. Schedule everything on one calendar, even exercise and family time, and keep it near the phone for easy reference when someone calls asking for a favor. Bad habits are hard to break and saying, “Yes,” to too many things can be considered a bad habit. Before committing to anything, spend some quiet time with yourself and decide what things you want to be a part of and how much time you have in your days. Sometimes we must compromise so we can successfully balance our family, work and volunteer lives.

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April 22, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family 13 Comments →

Ever feel like doing something fun, treating yourself to something different?  Well I’ve been wearing my hair in a darn ponytail for about 3 months now because frankly – I get tired of doing it.  

Last week as Isaac and I were walking from Tae Kwon Do I popped into a hair salon (one I had been in about 3 years ago) and told the hair dresser that I wanted to cut about 5 inches off :)   After her jaw dropped she fit me into her schedule.

Well – I am happy to say that I love the new look AND 5.5 inches of my hair has been donated.  When I went to pick up my son from school I got comments that ranged from “You go girl, you look HOT” to “OMG What Did You Do!”

Before (its curled a bit in this picture but when straight it would go about 3inches or more past the shoulders:



IM002253.jpg picture by Aurelia

IM002250.jpg picture by Aurelia


AfterBack.jpg picture by Aurelia

So whatcha think?  Don’t worry I have thick skin… hee hee


April 22, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Working From Home No Comments →

Thanks to all for your help with your contest submissions. Thanks to you I now have a wonderful Tag Line that fits perfectly.  Also I now know what to do when I am stuck (hold an awesome!

Thanks to your help Marie Ynami was able to give birth to yet another graphic for me.  I’m not sure if I’ve shared this before but I’ve used Marie for all of my graphics needs for my Real Life Guidance Site and she is just awesome. Be sure to check her out at

What do you think?