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The Art of Bubbles

During the summer when it is really hot, I have to come up with something enticing to get the kids outside. The car wash has always been an instant hit. It is pretty hard to keep them away from buckets of water overflowing with soap. […]

A Very Merry “Happy Day” To You!

We have what we call a Happy Day Party; inspired by the scene of the Mad Hatter from the book Alice in Wonderland. When the vibe around the house becomes highly contentious, it is time to step back and start over. So, we break out […]

Tips: Ten tips for being happier.

My goal in 2009 is to laugh more. I am focusing on joking around with my kids, especially during tantrums and learning to discover the optimist in me. This list is taken from the Happiness Project website. She does state that helping others is one of the best ways of boosting your happiness; however, it is not listed as one of the top ten. Maybe that is because we should already be doing that.

10. Take action.
Some people assume happiness is mostly a matter of inborn temperament: You’re born an Eeyore or a Tigger, and that’s that. Taking time to reflect, and conscious steps to make your life happier, really does work.

9. Stop nagging. Replace nagging with…persuasive tools: wordless hints (for example, leaving a new light bulb on the counter); using just one word (saying “Milk!” instead of talking on and on); not insisting that something be done on my schedule; and, most effective of all, doing a task myself.

8. Exercise to boost energy. Exercise is one of the most dependable mood-boosters.

7. There are two types of decision makers. “Satisfiers”- make a decision once their criteria are met. “Maximizers”- want to make the best possible decision. Satisfiers tend to be happier than maximizers. Maximizers expend more time and energy reaching decisions, and they’re often anxious about their choices. Sometimes good enough is good enough.

6. Buy some happiness.
Our basic psychological needs include feeling loved, secure, being good at what we do and having a sense of control. Spend money to stay in closer contact with…family and friends, promote…health, work more efficiently, eliminate sources of irritation and marital conflict; to support important causes; and to have enlarging experiences.

5. Don’t treat the blues with a “treat. The pleasure lasts a minute, but then feelings of guilt and loss of control and other negative consequences deepen the lousiness of the day. Ask whether this will truly make things better.

4. People who do new things are happier than people who stick to familiar activities that they already do well.

3. Fake it till you feel it. Feelings follow actions. Feeling low? Deliberately act cheery and you will yourself actually feeling happier. Feeling angry at someone? Do something thoughtful for them.

2. Expressing anger related to minor, fleeting annoyances just amplifies bad feelings, while not expressing anger often allows it to dissipate.

1. Go to sleep at a decent hour and do not allow yourself to get too hungry.

Dia De La Candelaria Day: A Mexican Celebration

January 6th is known as the Christian feast or day of Epiphany. For many it is the day they celebrate Christmas, the day the Magi or Three Wise Men arrived at the manger and presented gifts to the baby Jesus. The Magi leaves gifts on […]

Magic Magnets Science

One day while I was at Target, I picked up some Cars, the movie, magnets from the dollar bin. Mason and Everett went nuts over them allowing me to get dinner finished and on the table. To play Magnets : – Collect different types and […]

Chinese Year of the Ox

Happy New Year!

Today we celebrated Chinese New Year. This week we worked on making Chinese Lanterns and masks.

Today the kids thought it would be fun to make fortune cookies. Adelin made all the fortunes to hide inside.

For dinner we had Teriyaki Pork with noodles (for long life) and steamed broccoli and carrots. We had fortune cookies and orange slices (for a sweet life) for dessert.

The Diary of a Novice Gardener

When I was very little, our family would take a drive out west of town to pick the wild blueberries that grew along the fence by the highway. Once we got them home mom busied herself in the kitchen washing the berries and boiling the […]

I Have A Dream For Mason

Today Mason’s teacher invited all the parents to attend a special celebration at school. As part of our homework assignment we were to write or draw the dream we have for our child. A hula hoop was hung from the ceiling and the papers tied […]

Spring Cleaning I Can Handle

I scoffed at the weatherman last year when he announced it was officially Fall. 90 degrees does not constitute Fall in my head. Fall is warm sweaters, a crisp to the air, and apples. It is the middle of January and heavy coats and boots have been put aside for lighter jackets. I waited so long for the chill to come and in four weeks it looks as though Jack Frost forgot us this year.

This year I am working on looking at the brighter side of life. I am thrilled that the weather is now suitable for walks with my friends, park days and best of all open windows with fresh air streaming through them. It absolutely feels of Spring. It must be because all I want to do is spring clean.

I used to subscribe to The fly Lady. My sister-n-law Natalie introduced me to her before I had kids. Every year around this time I remember to check in with the site. She gives a detailed weekly list on how to clean, organize and declutter the home. 

Before kids spring cleaning was a regular occurrence at our house. Every six months I tore through the entire house organizing and purging. Every week the base boards and cabinets were part of my cleaning repertoire. Now I am lucky if the cabinets get a wipe down once a year. The plan is to complete one major project a week. Last week I scoured the kitchen from top to bottom. This week is curtains and blinds. Next week I set the house cleaning aside to work on my garden. Then I start on cleaning the carpets and finally the windows to let all that magnificent sunshine in. I do not want to do it. But I am making myself no matter how hard I scream because I know in the end the accomplishment will make me feel better.

Exercise and Quality Mommy Time? Check!

I went running this morning and I found the energy I had been looking for. The weather has been beautiful all week. I just had to get out and take advantage of it before it turns rainy or cold again. Mild weather is certainly one […]