I am grateful for the many blessings 2014 brought. It’s been a wonderful year full of cherished happy times with friends & family…
Relax, rejuvenate & enjoy the sweetness of summer
Play Like A Child What activity did you love doing when you were a kid? Bike riding, rollerskating, (my personal favorite back in the day), softball, dodge ball… whatever you did as a kid to have fun, do it now. You’ll get fresh air, burn calories and get a natural high from revisiting an old favorite.
Keep A Diary Journaling is a special way to get to know yourself better. When you’re feeling scattered and all over the place (what mom doesn’t from time to time?!) it helps you organize your thoughts and feelings. It also sparks creativity and self-expression and can help you heal from difficult experiences.
Start A Hobby Have you always wanted to learn how to knit, make ceramics, ballroom dance, paint, grow bonsai plants…? Do it! There is no time like the present.
Unplug Texing, emails, voicemails… drop your iPad, laptop, Kindle Fire and smart phone for a certain amount of time each day and be live with people or just enjoy some downtime. If you really want to live a little, uplug for an entire day every week. (Ok fine, once a month!)
Enjoy The Little Things It’s not the big momentous occasions that make up the bulk of our memories, it’s those small moments and exchanges that add up and fill our lives. Slow down, be present and really enjoy the little things in life. Especially during the lazy days of summer.
Happy 12th Birthday Joey!
What a great kid he is! Kind, funny, extremely thoughtful and fun to be around. He is also generous of spirit and very much in love with life. Joey is a mighty fine athlete and one smart cookie, a very bright straight A student! I’m giving myself license to brag since it is his birthday after all!
Joey exudes a positive energy that breathes life into the world and has a happy affect on those around him. He brings an abundance of joy into my life. I’ve learned so much from having him in my world.
♥ I am truly proud & blessed to be his mom ♥
His optimism and perseverance never cease to amaze me
It’s a year ago today that my father passed away. The year of firsts… first Christmas without him, first Father’s Day without him… but I miss him every single day. The world felt safer with him in it. I am fortunate to have had a father I admire and respect. I am the woman I am today because of the way he and my mother raised me and the abundance of love they gave me. In honor of him, I am reposting this article I wrote about him for Parent Society…
I reflected on some of the many lessons I learned from my mother in a recent article. On Father’s Day, I couldn’t help but think about the things my father taught me. He is a brave man who has endured a lot during the course of his long life. My dad is a likable character with a great sense of humor…. a great storyteller with a vivid memory that allows him to recount events in his life with great detail. His advice throughout the years has stayed with me and served me well in life.
My father is the most optimistic person I know. He has had some serious hard knocks in his life but he keeps a positive outlook, pulls himself up by the boot straps and carries on. Some might say he’s positive to a fault and that his thinking may be unrealistic in some instances. However, negative thinking never gets anyone anywhere. Scores of studies have touted the benefits that positive thinking has on our health and well being. Some believe this way of thinking is inherited. I’m fairly optimistic so there just might be some truth to that. Whether it’s genetic or not, he modeled it so I learned it.
He perseveres. It’s not enough to simply think positively in the face of adversity, learn what you can from the situation, move past it, and keep living your best life. He has had many blessings in his lifetime… Read entire article at Parent Society.
His optimism and positive attitude were an inspriation
First tip: Don’t do it. All right, I’m kidding, of course, but anyone who has traveled with kids will tell you that it’s challenging. They fight, they get bored, hungry, or tired, and they incessantly ask, “are we there yet?!” The lasting memories made on family vacations are priceless, but hassles on the road make for memories we’d pay to forget. Whether your next family getaway is by plane, train or automobile, these tips should help make your summer travels go a little smoother.
My son’s little league team was fortunate enough to watch The Dodger’s batting practice and get autographs from some of the players. Such a fun day for all of the families!
Jackson was very lucky to be one of the
children chosen to run on the field just before the game! He ran to Puig who signed his baseball! What an amazing opportunity that will be a special lifelong memory for him. And to top it all off, the Dodgers won!
After we become moms, we can’t help but see our own mothers in a slightly different light. We have a deeper understanding of the love they feel for us and we appreciate the sacrifices they made. Unfortunately my mother is no longer with us. I miss her and often wish I could talk with her and seek her advice on life, parenting, and how she kept her skin so smooth. There are moments when I think to myself how grateful I am for both the big and small lessons I learned from her while I was growing up.
She taught me proper etiquette and the importance of being polite. Because of my mom, I know which one is the salad fork, and that a simple thank you note is a lovely expression of gratitude. When we receive a gift or when someone goes out of their way to do something special for us, a handwritten thank you note is a show of gratitude that never goes out of style. My mom impressed upon me how important a thank you note is and I have done the same with my kids. It’s a simple gesture that shows a great deal of appreciation… Read entire article at Parent Society.
HAPPY 8TH BIRTHDAY JACKSON!!!
MOMMY LOVES YOU ♥ XOXO
This little boy has brought more love and light into my life than I ever could have hoped for. Jackson has a very special way about him… a gentle spirit and a joyful soul. People love his positive energy and infectious happy way. He’s not only smart, he looks at the world with an innovative and resourceful eye. I am very proud to be his mommy.
♥ He is a blessing & a gift from God ♥
Our hearts are heavy this weekend. We said farewell to our sweet doggie, Luigi. This was one very special little boy. An old soul with a gentle spirit.
His absence in our home is a strange and unwelcomed void. He was my constant companion for 17 1/2 years. We are very blessed to have had him in our lives for so long but incredibly sad that he is gone.
I am convinced that dogs have a special connection to God. They are innocent, loyal beings that love without condition.
His adorable face and loving way brought me joy every single day. We miss him so much. I take solace in knowing he is up in heaven playing with his brother & best buddy, Gino.
♥Luigi really was the best dog in the world ♥