Thursday, December 31, 2009
The Journey of a Mother
For those who are fortunate enough to still be blessed by having your Mom with you, this is beautiful…For those who aren’t…it is even more beautiful.
The young mother set her foot on the path of life.“Is this the long way?” she asked.
And the guide said “Yes, and the way is hard. And you will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning.”
But the young mother was happy, and she would not believe that anything could be better than these years.So she played with her children, she fed them and bathed them, and taught them how to tie their shoes and ride a bike and reminded them to feed the dog, and do their homework and brush their teeth. The sun shone on them, and the young Mother cried,
“Nothing will ever be lovelier than this.”
Then the nights came, and the storms, and the path was sometimes dark, and the children shook with fear and cold, and the mother drew them close and covered them with her arms, and the children said,“Mother, we are not afraid, for you are near,and no harm can come.”
And the morning came, and there was a hill ahead,and the children climbed and grew weary, and the mother was weary. But at all times she said to the children,“A little patience and we are there.” So the children climbed,and as they climbed they learned to weather the storms.And with this, she gave them strength to face the world.Year after year, she showed them compassion,understanding, hope, but most of all…unconditional love.And when they reached the top they said,“Mother, we would not have done it without you.”
The days went on, and the weeks and the months and the years, and the mother grew old and she became little and bent. But her children were tall and strong,and walked with courage. And the mother, when she lay down at night, looked up at the stars and said,“This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned so much and are now passing these traits on to their children.”
And when the way became rough for her, they lifted her,and gave her their strength, just as she had given them hers.One day they came to a hill, and beyond the hill, they could see a shining road and golden gates flung wide.
And mother said: “I have reached the end of my journey.And now I know the end is better than the beginning,for my children can walk with dignity and pride,with their heads held high, and so can their children after them. And the children said, “You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates.”And they stood and watched her as she went on alone,and the gates closed after her. And they said:“We cannot see her, but she is with us still.
A Mother like ours is more than a memory.She is a living presence.”Your Mother is always with you.
She’s the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street, she’s the smell of certain foods you remember,flowers you pick and perfume that she wore, she’s the cool hand on your brow when you’re not feeling well,she’s your breath in the air on a cold winter’s day.
She is the sound of the rain that lulls you to sleep,the colors of a rainbow, she is Christmas morning.
Your Mother lives inside your laughter.And she’s crystallized in every tear drop. A mother shows every emotion …happiness, sadness, fear, jealousy,love, hate, anger, helplessness, excitement, joy, sorrow…and all the while, hoping and praying you will only know the good feelings in life.
She’s the place you came from, your first home,and she’s the map you follow with every step you take.
She’s your first love, your first friend, even your first enemy,but nothing on earth can separate you.Not time, not space…not even death!
“The best and most beautiful things cannot be seen or touched -they must be felt with the heart.”~Helen Keller~
The Mom-Team would like to thanks all of our “mommies” that have made 2009 a great success.
We are looking forward to another great year in 2010
Happy New Year!!!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Here is a list of the gift ideas and links for friend and neighbor gifts. We hope you will enjoy these.
Christmas Friend Gifts #1
Christmas Dish Towels-Help with the Mess-Candy Cane Seeds-I ran out of Time
Christmas Friend Gifts #2
Snowman Poop-Snowman Soup-Reindeer Droppings
Christmas Friend Gifts #3
Large Candy Bar-Grinch Candy Canes-Santa Kisses-Snowman Kisses
Christmas Friend Gifts #4
Candy Canes, Rudolph Nose Repair Kit-A Friend (Lotion)-Cookie Cutter-What is Christmas (Mug)
Just for you, Moms
Remember This At Christmas Time
According to Alaska Department of Fish and Game, while both male and female reindeer grow antlers in the summer each year, male reindeer drop their antlers at the beginning of the winter, usually late November to mid December. Female reindeer retain their antlers till after they give birth in the spring.
Therefore according to every historical rendition depicting Santa’s reindeer, every single one of them, from Rudolph to Blitzen, had to be a girl. We should have known…
Only a woman would be able to pull a fat man in a red velvet suit all round the world all in one night and not get lost.
Have a very Merry Christmas girls!!! from the Mom-Team
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Amber, One of the mom-stuff team members has posted her version of the 12 Days of Christmas to share with other moms. If you are looking for some cleaver gift ideas you would love this.
Last year I decided I wanted to bring some joy to a family's life that I knew was struggling due to the troubled economy. Everybody needs a little bit of cheer all the time but especially at Christmas. I focused on family time to bring some joy to this family each evening. This is my version of the Twelve Days of Christmas.
My version of the 12 days of Christmas is very different than the original version. I took a variety of poems and printed them out on Christmas stationary.
To use my format buy stationary with printing across the top as in a header. I then bought or made an item that goes along with each poem I have listed. The items I used are listed next to each poem title. I put each item into a Christmas sack with the tag tied with curly ribbon. Each day I would deliver the poem and the item to the family's house. My hope was to create a family bonding time for each of the 12 days before Christmas and add some Christmas JOY. I hope you will enjoy this and have a Merry Christmas.
On the 1st day of Christmas my true friend gave to me. This is what the tag read just change the 1st to 2nd or the pattern can be found by clicking here
The 12 poems are listed below by clicking on each one it will take you to the actual poem
A Parent's Night Before Christmas With this poem I also included a variety of packages of batteries and I also put $100.00 in with the batteries with a note that said I hope this helps make Christmas a little less stressful.
Legend of Christmas Stockings On this day I bought Christmas Stockings both kinds the ones that are for Christmas eve and also Christmas socks for each of the family members feet.
Legend of Mistletoe Of course I gave them fresh mistletoe on this day.
Legend of Poinsettia I bought a fresh poinsettia to give with this poem.
Legend of the Christmas Rose Since I wasn't sure if roses would last I decided to buy an oil burner and some rose scents to smell their house of roses. I also bought a glass rose to put in the bag.
The Candy Cane Legend Included in this bag was a box of red and white candy canes
The Legend of the Christmas Bell I found a fancy bell that had Christmas decorations around it and put it in a fancy box to give with this poem.
The Legend of the Christmas Balls I knew the family I was giving to well so I found a box of bulbs in the color of their Christmas tree to give with this poem.
The Legend of the Christmas Spider This is one of my favorite Christmas stories and has been apart of my life since I was a little girl. We have always had a gold spider sitting in the center of our Christmas tree. For this gift we made a gold spider similar to the one I had growing up to pass on the tradition my family loved so much.
Under Santa's Hat With this story I bought each of them a Santa hat and also some snack foods cheese and crackers with a summer sausage with Eggnog.
Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus For this story I bought hot chocolate mixes and mugs for each member of the family.
The Night before Christmas for Moms With this story I gave the mom a few bath items to pamper herself and a Christmas movie for the rest of the family to enjoy.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Your dinner will be the talk of the TOWN!
You should try this!
Sure to bring smiles from your guests!
Here is a new way to prepare your Thanksgiving Turkey.
1. Cut out aluminum foil in desired shapes.
2. Arrange the turkey in the roasting pan, position the foil carefully.
(see attached picture for details)
3. Roast according to your own recipe and serve.
4. Watch your guests’ faces
May your stuffing be tasty
May your turkey plump,
May your potatoes and gravy
Have never a lump.
May your yams be delicious
And your pies take the prize,
And may your Thanksgiving dinner
Stay off your thighs!
Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!
Monday, November 23, 2009
I woke up early today, excited over all I get to do before the clock strikes midnight. My job is to choose what kind of day I am going to have.
Today I can complain because the weather is rainy or I can be thankful that the grass is getting watered for free.
Today I can feel sad that I don’t have more money or I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste.
Today I can grumble about my health or I can rejoice that I am alive.
Today I can lament over all that my parents didn’t give me when I was growing up or I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born.
Today I can cry because roses have thorns or I can celebrate that thorns have roses.
Today I can mourn my lack of friends or I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new job relationships.
Today I can whine because I have to go to work or I can shout for joy because I have a job to go to!
Today I can complain because I have to go to school or eagerly open my mind and fill it with knowledge and adventure.
Today I can dejectedly murmur because I have housework to do or I can feel grateful for shelter for my mind, body and soul.
Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped, and here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping. What today will be like is up to me. And I shall decide what kind of day I shall have!”
This advice came from Rex Barker at jokeoftheday.com.
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The team members here at MOM-STUFF wish you and your family a grateful Thanksgiving.
“How will you live TODAY?” Try reading this every morning for a week, and see how you feel afterwards. And please share this at your
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Mom-Stuff.com wants to promote some of the excellent mom bloggers. The Mom-Stuff Blog Tour will highlight one mom blog each week for 15 weeks. We will promote your blog on our blogs, Twitter, Digg and Facebook. We want to support you by increasing your visibility. This will give you more credibility, more traffic, and more friends. We believe in supporting, helping and educating each other in all avenues that are of interest to moms. Submit your blog to us for review.
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Mom-Stuff will promote the blog tour the entire 15 weeks. All Dianne asks in return is that you promote by sending a note to your lists when she starts and one after she finishes. The first, should be a solo mailing, but the second email reminder can just be a PS.
Also, daily tweets of her blog posts are appreciated. That’s it.P.S. If you except this invitation and are excepted to be a part of our Blog Tour we will give you a FREE one-year membership because we expect to get some of your clients as members of Mom-Stuff.com and we want you to have all of the affiliate commissions for them.
Thanks Dianne Murraydianne@mom-stuff.com
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
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Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Dr. Vinay Goyal is an MBBS,DRM,DNB (Intensivist and Thyroid specialist) having clinical experience of over 20 years. He has worked in institution s like Hinduja Hospital , Bombay Hospital , Saifee Hospital , Tata Memorial etc. Presently, he is heading our Nuclear Medicine Department and Thyroid clinic at Riddhivinayak Cardiac and Critical Centre, Malad (W).
The following message given by him, I feel makes a lot of sense and is important for all to know. I like the preventive approach. We don’t have anything to lose, salt water won’t hurt you.
The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a epidemic of this nature, it’s almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.
While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tamiflu):
1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).
2. “Hands-off-the-face” approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face. Wash after touching doors, shopping carts, etc.
3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don’t like salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tamiflu has on an infected one. Don’t underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.
4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. *Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good Yoga asanas to clean nasal cavities), but *blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*
5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (Amla and other citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.
6. *Drink as much of warm liquids as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Taurus will only eat the finest of Swiss chocolates.
Gemini goes around the neighborhood once, changes costumes and goes around again.
Cancer stays at home and gives candy to the other trick-or-treaters.
Leo plans their costume for months, then won’t go out because someone else had the same idea.
Virgo wears a neatly-pressed suit and tells everyone they’re a bookkeeper.
Libra is still standing in front of the closet trying to decide on a costume.
Scorpio isn’t in it for the candy.
Sagittarius will manage to wander to the next town.
Capricorn makes a list of all the houses that give good candy and the optimal route to take.
Aquarius builds their costume out of spare flashlights and spends all night tinkering when it shorts.
Pisces skips the whole thing to compose poetry to the Moon.
Be SAFE and have a fun Halloween. Visit http://www.mom-stuff.com/ we have a brand new site with lots Halloween idea for you.
Monday, October 5, 2009
A laugh from mom-stuff.comA SPANISH Teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike
English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.
‘House’ for instance, is feminine: ‘la casa.’
‘Pencil,’ however, is masculine: ‘el lapiz..’
A student asked, ‘What gender is ‘computer’?’
Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two
groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether
computer’ should be a masculine or a feminine noun.. Each group was asked
to give four reasons for its recommendation.
The men’s group decided that ‘computer’ should definitely be of the
feminine gender (’la computadora’), because:
1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;
2. The native language they use to communicate with other computers is
incomprehensible to everyone else;
3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible
later retrieval; and
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself
spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.
(THIS GETS BETTER!)
The women’s group, however, concluded that computers should be Masculine
(’el computador’), because:
1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;
2. They have a lot of data but still can’t think for themselves;
3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they
ARE the problem; and
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a
little longer, you could have gotten a better model. . .
The Mom-Stuff Team, think that the women won. What do you think? Visit us a www.mom-stuff.com We are having so much fun here with all of us getting ready for Halloween.
Monday, August 24, 2009
A 92-year-old, petite, well-poised and proud woman, who is fully dressed each morning by eight o’clock, with her hair fashionably combed even though she is legally blind, moved to a nursing home today.Her husband of 70 years recently passed away, making the move necessary. After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready.As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, I provided a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on his window.
“I love it”, she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old having just been presented with a new puppy.
Mrs. Jones, “you haven’t seen the room; just wait.” I replied
“That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. Whether I like my room or not doesn’t depend on how the furniture is arranged … it’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. I have a choice; I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work, or get out of bed and be thankful for the ones that do.Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open, I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away.. Just for this time in my life. Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you’ve put in.”
So, lets deposit a lot of happiness in the bank account of memories!Thank you for your part in filling our Memory Bank at Mom-Stuff.com
We are so glad you have chosen to be in our space.We are still depositing.
Author of story unknown
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
When I sat down beside her she didn’t acknowledge my presence and the longer I sat I wondered if she was OK .
Finally, not really wanting to disturb her but wanting to check on her at the same time, I asked her if she was OK.. She raised her head and looked at me and smiled. “Yes, I’m fine, thank you for asking,” she said in a clear voice strong.
“I didn’t mean to disturb you, grandma, but you were just sitting here staring at your hands and I wanted to make sure you were OK,” I explained to her.
“Have you ever looked at your hands,” she asked. “I mean really looked at your hands?”
I slowly opened my hands and stared down at them. I turned them over, palms up and then palms down. No, I guess I had never really looked at my hands as I tried to figure out the point she was making.
Grandma smiled and related this story:
“Stop and think for a moment about the hands you have, how they have served you well throughout your years. These hands, though wrinkled shriveled and weak have been the tools I have used all my life to reach out and grab and embrace life.
“They braced and caught my fall when as a toddler I crashed upon the floor.
They put food in my mouth and clothes on my back. As a child, my mother taught me to fold them in prayer. They tied my shoes and pulled on my boots. They held my husband and wiped my tears when he went off to war.
“They have been dirty, scraped and raw , swollen and bent. They were uneasy and clumsy when I tried to hold my newborn son. Decorated with my wedding band they showed the world that I was married and loved someone special.
They wrote my letters to him and trembled and shook when I buried my parents and spouse.
“They have held my children and grandchildren, consoled neighbors, and shook in fists of anger when I didn’t understand.
They have covered my face, combed my hair, and washed and cleansed the rest of my body. They have been sticky and wet, bent and broken, dried and raw. And to this day when not much of anything else of me works real well these hands hold me up, lay me down, and again continue to fold in prayer.
“These hands are the mark of where I’ve been and the ruggedness of life.
But more importantly it will be these hands that God will reach out and take when he leads me home. And with my hands He will lift me to His side and there I will use these hands to touch the face of Christ.”
I will never look at my hands the same again. But I remember God reached out and took my grandma’s hands and led her home.
When my hands are hurt or sore or when I stroke the face of my children and husband I think of grandma. I know she has been stroked and caressed and held by the hands of God.
I, too, want to touch the face of God and feel His hands upon my face.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I’ve been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have two kids myself, but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my own second-grade classroom a few years back.
When I was a kid, I loved show-and-tell. So I always have a few sessions with my students. It helps them get over shyness and usually, show-and-tell is pretty tame. Kids bring in pet turtles, model airplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff like that.
And I never, ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it in to school and talk about it, they’re welcome.
Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very out going kid, takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater.
She holds up a snapshot of an infant. ‘This is Luke, my baby brother, and I’m going to tell you about his birthday.’
‘First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love, and then Dad put a seed in my Mom’s stomach, and Luke grew in there. He ate for nine months through an umbrella cord.’
She’s standing there with her hands on the pillow, and I’m trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder with me. The kids are watching her in amazement.
‘Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts saying and going,‘Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh!’ Erica puts a hand behind her back and groans.‘She walked around the house for, like an hour, ‘Oh, oh, oh!’ Now this kid is doing a hysterical duck walk and groaning.
‘My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but she doesn’t have a sign on the car like the Domino’s man. They got my Mom to lie down in bed like this.’ Then Erica lies down with her back against the wall.
‘And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew!’ This kid has her legs spread with her little hands miming water flowing away. It was too much!
‘Then the middle wife starts saying ‘push, push,’ and ‘breathe, breathe. They started counting, but never even got past ten. Then, all of a sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky stuff that they all said it was from Mom’s play-center, so there must be a lot of toys inside there.’
Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to her seat. I’m sure I applauded the loudest. Ever since then, when it’s show-and-tell day, I bring my camcorder, just in case another ‘Middle Wife’ comes along.
If anyone knows this teacher we want to know if the video is posted anywhere. We would love to see it and share it with our mom-stuff friends.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
When raising my family I hated the question “ What’s for dinner?” It was the first thing out of everyone’s month when they returned home from school or work, or worse when I returned home after work. They didn’t even say “Hi Mom” before the dreaded question. The decision of what food to fix for dinner has always been more work to me then cooking or the clean up. I wish this book had been available many years, ago. Jana Schofield is a mother who had the same problem. She has worked on this book for thirty years and it is now available to solve this problem for you. This book is a format of menus with easy-to-read recipes for convenience, organization and efficient use of time. I love this concept because it simplifies a mother’s duties to give her more free time to enjoy her life. So buy it now and give yourself more time to play with your kids at the park, have lunch with a friend or treat yourself to a pedicure.
I am really excited to have meet Jana. She is a really cute little lady. I have a new girl friend. I am so blessed to have all of you wonderful moms in my life.
Jana’s story on her own words:
Thirty-one years ago I sat down to make menus for the first time as a newlywed. I wanted to impress my husband with my culinary skills. I had taken many home economics classes, had helped my mother, and had my own collection of recipes, including a small recipe book we received as a wedding gift. My goal was to prepare something different for dinner every day for the first year. It didn’t take long to plan the first week, exhausting my entire recipe collection. It took me hours to finally produce a two-week menu plan, and it was not a pleasant experience. I thought to myself “why would I want to do this every week for the rest of my life. I’ll do it once and then it will be done”! That was the beginning of my “book”…a three ring binder with a notebook paper that I have added to over the years.
The small cookbook we received contained a couple sample menus with recipes for the items included in the menu. It was very convenient to have all the recipes together on one page, rather than searching through the book for three different recipes, and then flipping back and forth as I was preparing them. I thought surely there would be a book with more of the same thing that I could buy. So my search began. I found a magazine offering a full month worth of menus in every issue. As I looked through the menus, most of them consisted of dishes I couldn’t pronounce. Some of the items sounded good, but there were no recipes. Others contained ingredients I had never heard of! Some recipes would call for a white sauce…okay…how do you make a white sauce?
Based on my experiences and the experiences of others, I have tried to create a book, dedicated especially to the new cook with limited or no experience. Now that I have married children, they have been very helpful in letting me know if the recipes are understandable. I have included recipes for even the most basic things. Over the years I have always been on the lookout for new recipes and paid attention to “what has been served with what” so I could come up with creative and different menus.
I have gone full circle with my book—back in the days when there were just two of us…as we added 6 children over the years and now…when I never know if there will be two or sixteen for dinner.
When I first started this book, it was for my own convenience. It has expended through the years; and as I have talked with friends and others, who struggle with the same question every day. “What’s for dinner?” I felt a need to share it with others. The book I wanted to buy as a newlywed is now available for everyone!
The Mom-Stuff team has made arrangements with Jana to sell her book on our site because we know you will love it. If you are interested go to our SHOPPING CART. We know that it will make your life easier. And we know that you will use your extra time to make your life happier.
To your health and happiness, Dianne
Copyright 2008-2009. Dianne E Murray. All rights reserved.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
the one and only Social Marketing Gifts Giveawaywill open it’s doors on 07/07/09.
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This year’s Social Marketing Gifts event is hostedby 2 of the Top Marketers in this industry: GuidoNussbaum and Stephanie Mulac.
They both have a huge experience in running giveawayevents… so what happens when they’ll team up?
That’s what they were asking themselves…
So we’ll see if they together can pull out theBiggest Giveaway we’ve ever seen…
… we’ll see…
… but one is for sure: They will definately pull outthe Biggest Social Marketing related event that has everhappened… worldwide!
So make sure you don’t miss this one… as you might know,Social Marketing is currently the Hot Topic on the net.
See you there,
Monday, June 29, 2009
By Dr. Kathleen Hall. You can find this and other great articles at www.pinkmagazine.com! This article is shared with you by www.Mom-Stuff.com
If you are the kind of woman who puts yourself last on your own to-do list as you work to pursue your dream and make a difference in the world (while caring for so many others), here are a few simple things you can do to change your life – without taking a whole lot of time from living.
1. Play an online game. A few minutes of playing Scrabble, Word Whomp or PoppIt will make you feel less stressed and more alert mentally than before you played. Check out pogo.com and see for yourself.
2. Sing. Singing your way to work releases physical tension, oxygenates the blood, exercises your muscles and liberates suppressed emotions. The University of California found that Immunoglobulin A, a protein used by the immune system to fight disease, increased 150 percent during singing rehearsals and 240 percent during performances.
3. Go barefoot. “It feels great to walk around the house barefoot, especially after my morning three-mile run,” says Roxanne Housley, vice president of sales and marketing for Canyon Ranch. The soles of your feet have more than 7,200 nerve endings.
4. Text a message to a friend. It’ll boost your serotonin and endorphin levels. According to a California Department of Health Services study of 7,000, people who had the strongest social ties had dramatically lower rates of disease and premature death versus those who feel isolated and alone.
5. Jump rope. A woman of average weight (130 to 155 pounds) can burn about 25 calories by jumping rope at a moderate speed for two minutes. “Not only is it fun and a wonderful balance and agility exercise,” says Michael Hewitt, Ph.D., director for exercise science at Canyon Ranch, “but the mild jarring force of skipping rope also provides a bone health benefit.”
6. Look into the eyes of someone you love. The brain chemical oxytocin is produced during bonding experiences. This hormone increases trust, according to a study in Nature.
7. Breathe consciously. Concentrate on your breath – inhaling and exhaling to a count of four. “I practice Pilates, and breathing allows me to concentrate on the movement and eliminate all distractions,”Housley says. “I also find that a couple of deep in hales and exhales help me focus just before a presentation or meeting.”
8. Place a vase of flowers on your desk. A behavioral research study conducted by Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School reveals that people feel more compassionate toward others, have less worry and anxiety, and feel less depressed when freshly cut flowers are present.
9. Hug someone. A team from the University of North Carolina studied the effects of hugging in 38 couples and found that hugs reduce blood pressure, which cuts the risk of heart disease.
10. Chew gum. It curbs your appetite while increasing mental alertness. U.K. psychologists found that people who chewed throughout tests produced significantly better scores than those who did not.
11. Do a breast self-exam. Just a couple of minutes can save your life. “By doing this regularly, you become familiar with how your breasts look and feel normally and are equipped to recognize any changes,” says Deborah Lindner, M.D., an expert with Bright Pink, a national nonprofit for women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancers.
12. Enjoy color. Keep a shawl in your favorite color in a drawer nearby and occasionally wrap yourself in it. Behavioral science researchers have found that we can use color to positively affect our blood pressure, stress, energy level and even our ability to get a good night’s sleep.
13. Eat chocolate! Just a little, left to melt slowly in your mouth while you saturate your taste buds, will make you happy and even boost your immune system. German researchers found that a 30-calorie piece of dark chocolate – about the size of a Hershey’s Kiss – not only helps lower blood pressure but also raises levels of nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels.
14. Forgive somebody. Anger has been strongly associated with chronically elevated blood pressure and with aggregation of platelets, which may increase vulnerability for heart disease – especially if the expressions of anger are frequent and enduring, according to a study in Psychological Science.
15. Laugh! Laughter actually makes blood flow more efficiently. Artery diameter increases 22 percent during laughter and decreases 35 percent during mental stress, according to a study by the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
16. Show gratitude. Write a note to someone who has made a difference in your life. Long-term research has found that individuals who report a high level of gratitude and optimism have a 23 percent lower risk of health-related death.
17. Floss your teeth. It might actually be the secret to longevity. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that people with gingivitis and periodontitis have a mortality rate that is 23 to 46 percent higher than the rate for those who don’t. Poor gum health is linked to increased rates of cardiovascular disease and strokes.
18. Lift weights. Keep a 5-pound weight (or a heavy book) by your desk and lift it repeatedly for a minute with each hand. One 12-month study of postmenopausal women conducted at Tufts University discovered 1 percent gains in bone density, 73 percent increases in strength and 14 percent increases in dynamic balance with just two days per week of progressive strength training.
19. Dance. Close your office door and let loose. The many benefits are obvious. Dancing gives you a certain “high” through the release of endorphins and reduces stress, decreases blood pressure and improves coordination.
20. Encourage yourself. Giving ourselves positive messages combats negative self-talk. Research tells us that our thoughts and emotions release powerful chemicals into our bodies that affect our mental, physical, and spiritual health and well-being. One affirmation to try: “I am strong. I am resilient. Keep letting go.” Go to mindfullivingtv.com for more.
21. Keep dried blueberries in your desk drawer. “Berries have the highest density of antioxidant phytochemicals of nearly all foods,” Hewitt says. Antioxidants are thought to help protect the body against the damaging effects of free radicals and the chronic diseases associated with aging.
22. Use aromatherapy. Keep a little bottle of your favorite scent in your office and bring it out as needed. Lavender, chamomile and vanilla help you relax. Peppermint and orange provide mental clarity.
23. Let someone pull in front while driving. About 8 percent of the heart attacks among people in one German study were directly related to traffic. Let people pass if they are in a hurry; they could be injured, or in labor, or just late. The release of stress hormones can be lessened by practicing compassion
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Friday, June 26, 2009
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It is our goal to help all moms to enjoy this wonderful time of the year. This is the season to have some fun,. Summer is a celebration of life with parades, picnics, BBQ’s, fireworks, vacations, camping, hiking, biking, swimming and all kinds of out door activity's. Get outside and enjoy this beautiful world we live in!!!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
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Sunday, June 21, 2009
to all who wear our country’s uniform.
Thank you for your sacrifice.
A Father’s Love Knows No Boundaries
This year for Father’s Day, http://www.mom-stuff.com/ would like to honor all of our soldiers. This message is for all who wear our country’s uniform; the Army, the Navy, the Coast Guard, the Marines, the Air Force, the National Guard and all of our Veterans.
We are living in the freedom your sacrifices have purchased for us.
We thank you, we love, and we prey for your safety.
We want to express our gratitude for the hard ship and sacrifice of all of our soldiers and their families on this Father’s Day. We want to honor the sacrifice these families are making to keep us safe. They make the ultimate sacrifice and we want them to know how much we appreciate them.
This is a picture of my son-in-law and my grandson that was scrapbooked for mom-stuff,com. This is one of my favorite pictures. My son-in-law was able to come home for the birth of his son and then had to return to Iraq. Such joy in seeing his first born come into the world and such pain leaving him to return to Iraq, missing so much of his early life. This picture represents all of our soldiers (a father, a husband, a son, a brother, a friend) leaving his home and the ones he loves to fight for his love of his country. What a sacrifice. What love!!!
Please forward this to everyone on your list that has a soldier in his or her family. Let them know how much we appreciate their service.
Resources that thank our soldiers
Jorden Leigh’s heartfelt music video Soldier I love You. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhX5ET5PNv8
Great web site http://www.thanksyousoldier.com/
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
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Thursday, May 28, 2009
One morning, the husband returns the boat to their lakeside cottage after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap…
Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors, puts her feet up, and begins to read her book. The peace and solitude are magnificent.
Along comes a Fish and Game Warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside of the woman and says “Good morning, Ma’am. What are you doing?”
“Reading a book,” she replies, (thinking, “Isn’t that obvious?”)
You’re in a Restricted Fishing Area,” he informs her.
“I’m sorry officer, but I’m not fishing. I’m reading.”
“Yes, but I see you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I’ll have to take you in and write you up.”
“If you do that, I’ll have to charge you with sexual assault,” says the woman.
“But I haven’t even touched you,” argues the Game Warden,
“That’s true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment.”
“Have a nice day ma’me,” the officer said as he left.
MORAL: Never argue with a woman, you will lose.
Send this to all of the intelligent woman in your life. Brought to you by www.mom-stuff.com.
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Ken Hakuta, inventor of the Wacky Wallwalkers, has an explanation for the periodic success of what he calls “useless dumb jokes” like the pet rock. “It gives people a few moments of absolute meaningless pleasure in a troubled world–no small accomplishment.”
http://www.mom-suff.com/ is bringing back the pet rock. Their version has much more “BLING”
Is your Dad a rock star?
Make him his own pet rock for Father’s Day.
Tell your Father “My Dad Rocks”
Free Instructions at http://www.mom-stuff.com/Father_s_Day_Crafts.html in the Father’s Day Craft Section.
Monday, May 18, 2009
“Do the RIGHT thing, with the RIGHT people, for the RIGHT reason.”
Dianne uses the moto in life as well as business. Last Dec when Dianne and Carrie became friends the mom-stuff.com gave a free cleaning list to all of Carrie, the Bearfoot Executive ’s friends. It is a system to get control of your house cleaning taks. If you missed your copy you can get one at http://www.mom-stuff.com/momscleaninglist.html
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
The Price Of Children
The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth
To 18 and came up with $160,140.00 for a middle income family. Talk about
price shock! That doesn’t even touch college tuition.
But $160,140.00 isn’t so bad if you break it down. It translates into:
* $8,896.66 a year,
* $741.38 a month, or
* $171.08 a week.
* That’s a mere $24.24 a day!
* Just over a dollar an hour.
Still, you might think the best financial advice is don’t have children if
you want to be ‘rich.’ Actually, it is just the opposite.
What do you get for your $160,140.00?
* Naming rights. First, middle, and last!
* Glimpses of God every day.
* Giggles under the covers every night.
* More love than your heart can hold.
* Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.
* Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.
* A hand to hold, usually covered with jelly or chocolate.
* A partner for blowing bubbles and flying kites.
* Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how
your stocks performed that day.
For $160,140.00, you never have to grow up. You get to:
* carve pumpkins,
* play hide-and-seek,
* catch lightning bugs, and
* never stop believing in Santa Claus.
You have an excuse to:
* keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh,
* watch Saturday morning cartoons,
* go to Disney movies, and
* wish on stars.
* You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets
and collect! spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in
clay for Mother’s Day.
For a mere $24.24 a day, there is no greater bang for your buck. You get
to be a hero just for:
* retrieving a Frisbee off the garage roof,
* taking the training wheels off a bike,
* removing a splinter,
* filling a wading pool,
· coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs,
· coaching a baseball team that you treat to ice cream regardless of who wins the game.
You get a front row seat in history to witness the:
* first step,
* first word,
* first bra,
* first date, and
* first time behind the wheel.
You get to be immortal. You get another branch added to your family tree,
and if you’re lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called
grandchildren and great grandchildren. You get an education in psychology,
nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no
college can match.
In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there under God.
You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters under the
bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and
love them without limits, so one day they will, like you, love without
counting the cost. That is quite a deal for the price!!!!!!!
Love & enjoy your children & grandchildren & great-grandchildren !!!!!!! They are the best investment you will make. Have a Happy Mothers Day.
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Its time to Honor our Mother’s. Make this Mother’s day an unforgettable event with passed down recipes, and homemade crafts. Check out our family fun section mother day tributes (it is not too late to send us your tribute, email to firstname.lastname@example.org with tribute in the subject line.) Also check out the scrapbooking section for a unique and simple mothers scrapbooking page. In the kids craft sections learn how to make inexpensive gifts mom’s will just love. Check out the recipe sections for fun recipes that have been passed down through our family and make them apart of your family. Make sure to check out the romance section for an article about how to stop controlling others by our own fears. This month’s product review is about online coupon sites. We have also added a pattern for the latest fashion of Spunky Headbands. Don’t forget to stop by and check out health and nutrition for the latest article on the 10 lies food companies use. See you at www.mom-stuff.com.
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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
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With Mother’s Day approaching quickly the Mom Team wants to take time out and give tribute to the important people in our lives. Our Mothers, Grandmothers, Sisters, and anyone else you want to honor on Mother’s Day.
So many times in our lives we put aside the most important people in our lives. This is the perfect time to give thanks to all the women in our lives that make each day possible. Tell us about the important woman in your life.
Without my mother I would not be where I am today. I take for granted how important my mom is. Only after having my own children did I realize what a mother goes through just to get us here. It doesn’t stop there either. Mothers worry each day about their children and even through the night. We worry about our children breathing through the night ( I know you are laughing but yes I still worry if my 5 year old will wake up each morning). We want our children to be the best they can be. So we worry about school, are they learning everything they can. We worry about their friends and their activities. We worry about their health. We wonder what kind of person they will grow up to be. Do you think Michael Phillip’s mother ever thought when she was rocking him to sleep each night that he would be such an incredible athlete.
I guess it comes down to the fact that we as Mothers worry about our kids every second of every day for the rest of their lives. My mom has all grown children with children of their own and she today still worries about us and our decisions.
Well mom I want you to know you did a wonderful job and it is time for you to take some time and stop worrying about us for awhile and take some time for you! You deserve it, you did a wonderful job. I know I will be a good mom too because I learned from the best mom in the world.
***If you want to send a tribute to be posted on our website next month in honor of Mothers day please email us your tribute and a picture (if you have one) to email@example.com put in the subject line “tribute” ***
Thursday, February 26, 2009
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Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Death is a part of life and we all will go through this. Some years ago I took care of my mother in law while she died of cancer. I was the primary care giver and the experience was extremely emotional. Today’s events have brought back a lot of the feelings from my past experience. I guess this is the reason for this post. I felt the need to talk about the fear of death.
This is the third time I have been a close witness to this fear. I was asked to help a friend calm a relative in this situation. I recorded a type with calming music and subliminal messages of peace. As I ponder why we are so afraid of death I have had these thoughts.· We have to go through this experience alone. No one can go with us.· The experience is unknown. We all have a fear of the unknown.· It is final. It is the end of what we know.
I used to believe that I was not afraid of death because I have had a near death experience. When I gave birth to my first daughter I died for a few minutes. I had an out of body experience. I believed when it was my time to die I would not fight it or be afraid. Now I am not so confident in that knowledge. A few years ago I took a scuba class with my daughter that made me question my belief. It took me 20 minutes to put my head into the water without holding my breath. My will to live (or my fear of death) is much greater than I ever thought possible. So when it becomes my time to die, how much fear will I be faced with? I do not know. The only thing I am sure of is, I will find out it. Because we have the experience of life we will have the experience of death.
I have consented to do a section on the mom-stuff.com web site with personal coaching articles for the members. Watch the site for this new addition. They are really excited to have our own personal coach.
I have been working as Mental and Emotional Councilor since 1980 with NLP, Sedonia Releasing Method, Reki, and other tools.The Leaves for the Tree of Life (a woman’s guide to integration of body, heart and mind) by Kim Welborn and Dianne MurrayA Pocket full of Herbs by Dianne MurrayLiquid Herbal Products for Children by Steven H. Horne, Dianne Murray and L. Carl Robinson
I am looking forward to meeting you on http://mom-stuff.com
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
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Tuesday, January 20, 2009
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