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Super Mom = Myth

October 28, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Healthy Living, Mommy Rambles, Stress Management No Comments →

Super Mom = Myth. Be a GREAT Mom Instead

We all want to be the best moms we possibly can and with all the responsibilities that go with being a mom and life in general, it can be a LOT to take on. But we watch other moms and they seem to have it so together…so we push ourselves harder.

In our efforts to be that Super Mom, sometimes we sacrifice when it comes to caring for ourselves. We develop poor eating and sleeping habits, we may not exercise as much as we should and we just get plain old get stressed out.

But you know what?

All those bad habits are passed onto our children. Thus, defeating our attempts at being that ideal Super Mom.

Forget the Super Mom Trap ad grab Aurelia Williams’ “Real Life Guidance to Getting out of the Super Mom Trap”. Aurelia is a Certified Life Coach, the mother of 3 children herself and specializes in helping moms just like us.

In this concise and actionable 29-page guide, she shows you:

- How various media portrays the Super Mom, making you feel guilt for our perfectly natural imperfections.
- Easily saying no and without the guilt.
- Stories of real moms who are breaking free from the Super Mom Trap and how you can too.
- Learning to delegate (no, YOU don’t have to do it ALL) and getting more done.

If you’ve had enough of trying to be everything to everyone, but still want to ensure your family and personal happiness, grab a copy of the guide now. You can download it instantly, plus you’ll get a bonus 25-minute “Stress Less” audio recording making it even easier to unload all that is bogging you down.

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Halloween Crafts For Kids

October 26, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Just for Fun No Comments →

Are your kids excited about Halloween yet? We don’t have a day go by where my daughter doesn’t ask me if it’s time to go trick-or-treating yet. Keep them busy while they wait with these easy Halloween craft for kids.

Ghost Hand Puppet - Kids love playing with puppets and there’s hardly an easier puppet to make than a ghost. All you need is a white paper towel, or a white handkerchief, a rubber band and a black marker.Ask your child to spread out her thumb and pinky, but keep the 3 other fingers together. Drape the paper towel over her hand and secure the rubber band around the three fingers. This will be the ghost’s head; the thumb and pinkie form the arms. Draw eyes and a mouth on the paper towel and the little ghost puppet is finished.

Ghost Lollipops – Dress up the lollipops you are giving away for Halloween by wrapping a white tissue or small piece of fabric over them. Secure it with a piece of string or a rubber band. Take a black marker and draw eyes and a round mouth on the ghost’s face.

Spider Webs – What would Halloween crafts for kids be without spiders and spider webs? Make these cute little spider webs with the kids and hang them in the window. All you need are 3 craft or clean popsicle sticks and some white or black yarn. Take two of the craft sticksHalloween Costumes and glue them together to form a cross. Glue the 3rd one right in the middle, forming a star shape. Tie one end of the yarn around one of the craft sticks in the center. Start weaving it over one craft stick and under the other. Keep going around, forming your spider web. Make sure you leave at least 1/4th inch of the craft sticks sticking out and secure the loose end by tying it to one of the craft sticks. Glue a small plastic spider in the center and hang your spider web up.

Witch Broom Pencil – Witch broom pencils make a cute Halloween gift that doesn’t involve candy. You can turn any pencil into a witch’s broom with a handful of household items. All you need is a regular pencil, some small twigs out of the yard, some string and a little glue. Break the twigs into equal lengths pieces and line them up around the unsharpened end of a pencil. Make it look like an old fashioned broom. Secure the wigs with string, and then apply a thick layer of glue to keep it all in place.

Cauldron Candy Dish – To make this cute cauldron candy dish, start with an empty round plastic container (like a cool-whip container). Clean it, dry it, and then paint it black. Paint three small wooden balls black as well. After the paint is dry, glue them to the bottom of your plastic container. Add a handle made out of wire if you’d like and your candy dish cauldron is done. Just add some of your favorite Halloween candy.

Pumpkin Painting - Carving funny or scary faces into a pumpkin is a lot of fun, but it also gets quite messy and small kids can’t really do much since there’s a knife involved. Buy a few small pumpkins instead, or in addition to the big carving pumpkin. Use permanent pens or acrylic paint to draw funny faces on your mini-pumpkins. Would you like to quickly make creative Kids Halloween Costumes that you and your children will be proud of — for a fraction of the price of store-bought? Susanne Myers has co-authored a book to show you how — no sewing involved. Visit www.ILoveHalloweenCostumes.com to learn more.

Early Christmas Planning

October 26, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Uncategorized No Comments →

Finally — There’s an easy way to eliminate holiday stress and exhaustion.

The Get Organized NowChristmas Holiday Planner
by Maria Gracia

With these powerful tools your holiday season is guaranteed to be the best planned, most relaxed, most enjoyable ever! Packed with over 80 pages of easy to use tools that cover holiday planning,shopping, gift selection, decorating, invitations, meal planning, and much more! 

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Positive Ways to Deal with Anger

October 25, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Healthy Living, Stress Management No Comments →

“This is making me a headache!”

That lovely line above came out of my now 5yo’s mouth when he was frustrated over the daunting task of trying to learn how to tie his shoes. He blurted the sentence out then tossed the sneaker across the room. I walked over to him and talked to him about his frustration (Heck, getting those loops just right is hard work — smile). I explained to him that while it is OK to get angry and frustrated that there are proper ways to do it.

Anger is a completely natural response to frustration. Let’s face it, life is filled with things that can become frustrating, and most of those things are totally out of our control. What we do control is how we deal with those issues. In this message that I also share with my Journey to Joy students, I wanted to touch on positive ways that we can deal with, express and release our anger and frustration in positive ways.

Think it out – When you begin to feel angry — sit down, relax and then try to think about how you can solve the issue.

Talk it out – Talk to a friend, coach, counselor, or a church member. Expressing your anger by talking to someone about it is a great way to get the anger out.

Write it out – Keep a journal about your feelings. It really helps to get your feeling out of our head and heart and onto paper.

Let it out – Find a place that is secluded and SCREAM!! Yes, let it out – you can scream into a pillow, punch a pillow or stomp. Sometimes a good temper tantrum is in order.

Channel it out – Find some creative way to channel your feelings. Listen to music, paint, turn on the music and dance! There are many ways to creatively channel out anger.

Chill out – Try listening to calming music, taking in slow deep breaths, meditating or doing yoga.

Work it out – Do something physical. Get out and run, go to the gym or go for a brisk walk.

Please keep in mind that anger isn’t always a bad emotion but sometimes the way we deal with our anger is bad. There are many times where anger can be good and is quite appropriate. At can be protection from allowing other people to manipulate or dominate us. It can also motivate us to take action when needed.

Next Steps:

For more help, instantly access your Journey To Joy tools, for more time a happier and more fulfilled life. This inspiring eBook with accompanying audio recordings, worksheets and easy-to-apply action steps shows you how to squeeze more time and happiness into every single day.

ahhhh-CHUU!!! Tips To Beat The Common Cold

October 23, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Healthy Living 1 Comment →

You know it when you see your little ones approach you with runny noses and the sniffles or when you feel that tickle/scratchy sensation in your throat. It’s the dreaded common cold.

Here are some free tips on how to keep from catching and or spreading the common cold?  Grab them here:
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Family Too Busy to Really Get Together? Here’s a Solution

October 23, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Children, Goals, Parenting No Comments →

If you’re like most families, you all have such busy lives that sometimes it’s tough to connect. It seems impossible to get EVERYTHING done and have QUALITY time together.

And if you’re like many busy moms, you probably constantly find yourself saying, “…as soon as I’m finished” or “maybe later…”

Well, later might just be too late. Don’t let another day pass by like this.

If you’re ready to find easy solutions to organizing your life to have more time together, I recommend picking up a copy of the “Real Life Guidance to Finding More Family Time” report.

This report was created by Certified Life Coach, Aurelia Williams, and is just what you need to get things back on track.

The report gives you practical solutions for:

- Being realistic in your family goals
- How to find balance between your work and life
- Organizing your life to find more time
- Routine and scheduling tips even the most spontaneous families can get into
- Plenty of activity ideas (never say there’s nothing to do!)

This 20-page report is perfect for the busy mom who needs QUICK and EASY help to finding that precious time with family. It’s also available instantly, so even if it’s the middle of the night while everyone else in the sleep, you can all wake up with a plan to reconnect as a family.

Learn more and grab your guide here

Today

October 21, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Healthy Living 1 Comment →

Of all the days that have ever been and of all the days to come, today is the one you now have. Though it may not be perfect, it is here, it is now, and it is the one day that is available to you.On this day you live in a world filled with beauty. Take the opportunity to see and appreciate some of that beauty.

On this day there are precious moments ready to be filled with joy and meaning. Live today’s moments so as to add real and lasting value to your life and your world.

Spend some time focusing your thoughts on what’s right with this day. Allow yourself to genuinely feel the goodness that is present right now.

Remind yourself of all that you have to be thankful for on this day. In the heart of your gratitude, you will touch today’s limitless source of abundance.

Possibility, opportunity, value, goodness, love and fulfillment are all here and now on this day. Bring them to life today in your own special way.

– Ralph Marston

Natural Healing Herbs

October 21, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Healthy Living 1 Comment →

Feel like you’re running on empty? Is the restroom the only time you get to sit down? We need to refresh ourselves if we want to work at our best capacity and enjoy life. Here are some wonderful herbal treatments and refreshers that are easy to use and make at home.Quick Refreshers

From the moment you wake up your day is hectic. You skip breakfast and barely have time for lunch. It seems like you can never catch a breath, which is why pampering yourself seems out of the question. The thing we often have a hard time understanding is that we must refresh ourselves in order to do our best. You can only travel at 100 miles an hour for so long. Herbs are an inexpensive yet elegant way to pamper yourself when you take a few minutes or hopefully a few hours of quiet time.

Tie fresh lavender, thyme, and sage together in a small bundle and hang near your desk or work area; even if that happens to be the kitchen sink.

Flavor plain cream cheese with finely chopped fresh or crushed dried herbs such as basil, thyme, dill, marjoram, chives, mint or oregano. Add 1 teaspoon of dried herbs, or about 1 tablespoon of fresh, at a time per 8 ounces of cream cheese. Mix them if you wish; as long as they equal those proportions. Keep in a covered container to spread on bagels, crackers or French bread instead of skipping breakfast.

Place dried chamomile, rosemary, lavender and lemon balm in a small cloth bags. Place the bags in a bathroom, under cushions or other places where pressure or warmth will release a wonderful smell.

Special Treats

Lavender-vinegar hair rinse: Fill a one quart jar 1/2 full with lavender leaves and flowers. Top with white vinegar; seal with a plastic lid, or place plastic wrap over the jar first before closing lid. Place in a dark place, such as a cupboard for 3-4 weeks. Mix one part lavender vinegar to one part distilled water and use to rinse hair after shampooing.

Herbal Baths: Fresh or dried herbs can be used for a relaxing bath. Use herbs such as lavender, rosemary, lemon verbena or lemon balm. To infuse the herbs simply combine 4 cups boiling water with 4 tablespoons of herbs. Steep for 30 minutes, strain and add liquid to your bath.

To create a bath bag cut a circle of muslin or cheese cloth and place fresh herbs in the center with fine oatmeal (ground in blender) or powdered milk. Gather the bundle and tie tightly with ribbon. Tie the bag from the faucet while the water is running and allow it to soak in your bath water while you are bathing.

Room Freshener: Combine dried lavender, rosemary, southernwood, ground cloves, cinnamon and baking soda. Sprinkle on your carpet and leave for one hour, then vacuum. If you have very light carpet be sure to test an small area first.

Relaxing

We all need quiet time to reflect on our life and what we are trying to accomplish. Don’t keep speeding down the road of life without taking a daily side trip. Slow down and relax while enjoying the natural fragrance of herbs.

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Take Control of Childhood Asthma

October 20, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: About the Family, Children No Comments →

(ARA) – “Mommy, I can’t breathe!” These are words no parent wants to hear. But parents of children with asthma know all too well the panic both they and their children experience during an acute asthma attack. People who don’t have personal experience with asthma tend to underestimate the seriousness of the condition. According to the American Lung Association, asthma is the most common chronic illness in children in the United States, affecting more than 6 million kids under the age of 18. In addition, asthma in children is the cause of almost 3 million physician visits and 200,000 hospitalizations each year — asthma is a serious medical condition — asthma can and does kill!In an asthma attack, the child’s airways clamp down in response to environmental triggers that include cold air, viruses, smoke, exercise, dust mites and the dander of furry pets. “The lining of the air passages become inflamed and swollen and increased mucus production blocks the passage of air into the lungs,” said Karen Warman, MD, director of the Children’s Asthma Program at The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore in New York City. “To get an idea of what an asthma attack feels like, picture sucking a full breath of air through a tiny straw — as hard as you try, you just can’t get enough air to fill your lungs.”

If you think your child may have asthma, speak to your physician. Keep a watch for symptoms that include:

* Persistent nighttime coughing

* Shortness of breath and/or coughing when running and playing

* Coughing when around animals, dust and cigarette smoke

“While asthma can’t be cured and children don’t outgrow it, it can be treated and controlled so that a child can participate in normal childhood activities,” said Dr. Warman during an appearance on the Emmy-nominated public television show “Keeping Kids Healthy.”

There are two types of asthma — mild and persistent. Mild asthma affects a child only when he or she has a cold or encounters something that triggers it. Persistent asthma is an ongoing irritation of the lungs that requires daily medication. Asthma medication helps keep the lungs and airways relaxed, prevents them from clamping down and hopefully stops an attack from occurring. A second type of medication, called rescue medication, is used during an attack to quickly open airways.

Families of children with persistent asthma also need to take steps to deal with the child’s environment. “You need to eliminate the things that are triggering the attacks,” said Dr. Warman. “Get rid of dust, pet dander, cigarette smoke and other irritants in your home. Your doctor may suggest having your child examined by a pulmonologist to treat the asthma or an allergy specialist to find out exactly what is aggravating the asthma.”

Another important tool in dealing with childhood asthma is called an “asthma action plan.” This is a written management plan that includes detailed information about your child’s condition, specific triggers and medication, as well as what to do in case of an asthma attack. An asthma action plan form is available on the Keeping Kids Healthy Web site — www.keepingkidshealthy.org. “The asthma action plan is a family’s guide to dealing with asthma,” said Dr. Warman. “Parents should make sure they discuss this plan with their child’s doctor and that they understand it so they can help educate their child and others about the disease.”

“The plan also is a handy reminder regarding daily medications,” said Dr. Warman. “It should be shared with everyone who needs to know how to deal with the child’s asthma, including babysitters, teachers, coaches, family members and even the parents of the child’s friends.”

When your child has an asthma attack, the first thing to remember is to stay calm, because this will help your child stay calm. Refer to your action plan, which will have information on which rescue medications to administer during an asthma attack. Don’t rely on your memory — even though you may know your child’s medication plan, in the heat of an attack you may not remember all the details. If the rescue medications do not work, call 911 and get your child to the emergency room for treatment.

Dealing with childhood asthma may seem daunting, but the more you can learn, the easier it will be. Work with your child’s doctor and other health care professionals to get as much information as possible so both you and your child understand what triggers an asthma attack and are confident that you know what to do in an emergency.

Produced by Montefiore Medical Center in association with Thirteen/WNET New York, “Keeping Kids Healthy” is a groundbreaking weekly children’s health television show that examines real-life issues that kids, teens and parents face. This Parents’ Choice Foundation Award-winning show brings parents and children who are living with a particular medical issue every day, together with nationally recognized medical experts who offer practical advice and tips. Check with your local public television station for airdates and times or visit www.keepingkidshealthy.org.

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Fun Halloween Treats

October 19, 2008 By: RealLifeSolutions Category: Children, Mommy Rambles No Comments →

Halloween is all about the Halloween treats. So, how can you make some fun treats at home that your little ones will love? It’s easier than you might think. Do you have some Halloween Cookie Cutters? That’s all you’ll need to make these first three fun and memorable Halloween treats.

Terrifying Tortilla Chips: Start with some flour tortillas and spray a bit of canola oil on them. Sprinkle parmesan cheese or cinnamon andHalloween Costumes sugar on them. Then cut fun shapes out of the tortillas with a bat, ghost or pumpkin cookie cutter. Put the shapes into the oven for a crispy treat.

Spooky sandwiches: Make your favorite sandwich. Peanut butter and jelly works just fine. Then, using a cookie cutter, press hard into the sandwich and you’ll get a spooky treat. If you use a pumpkin shape cookie cutter, add licorice or candy corn to make eyes and nose on a jack-o-lantern face.

Creepy Cheese and Cold Cuts: Buy packaged cheese (the kind that you peel the plastic off). Also, buy some cold-cuts. Using a cookie cutter, make spooky shapes. Present the cheese and cold cuts on a platter as an appetizer – or have a sandwich smorgasbord and allow your guests to use the creepy cheese to make their own sandwiches.

Here are a few more last-minute ideas for fun and easy Halloween treats.

Wicked Witch Fingers: Do you have some dough and almonds? Believe it or not, you can make witch fingers. Just stretch out the dough into a “finger-shape” including a knuckle. Then, take the almond and press it into the end to make the fingernail. You can experiment with different colors to make witch fingers creepier. “Paint” the fingernail with food coloring (grey or black is perfect), or make the dough a creepy green color. Oooh… spooky!

Green Anything: Take your favorite foods and add a drop of green food coloring to them. Are you in the mood for French toast? Make it green. How about pudding? Make it green. You can even serve green milk with your cookies. You’ll be the coolest mom on the block.

Would you like to quickly make creative Kids Halloween Costumes that you and your children will be proud of — for a fraction of the price of store-bought? Susanne Myers has co-authored a book to show you how — no sewing involved. Visit www.ILoveHalloweenCostumes.com to learn more.