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Make a New Years Resolution with your kid - #newyearsresolutions

Posted on January 12, 2016 at 11:35 AM Comments comments ()

This is what I woke up to on January 1, 2016...What do you see?  I see an angel....May angels watch over you this year and be by your side.  Happy New Year!  May you be #inspired by the world around you.Hello Moms, kids and friends!  

Happy New Year to you!! 

As I regroup and get acclimated to 2016, please enjoy this repost on Making New Years Resolutions with your kids.

May 2016 bring you all you want...  
May your days be filled with blessings...
May you make #newyearsresolutions that you can keep for yourself and your kids.  

All of my best to you in this new year!  Dyan

Like many of you, I have made numerous New Years Resolutions over the years that I have never stuck to.  Last Year was the first year that I actually made one resolution and stuck to it!  Now, looking back it was an easy one and one that I should of been doing anyway...flossing my teeth every night.  That being said, I still felt a major sense of accomplishment by years end.  I was happy that I made a commitment to myself and my health and my dentist was thrilled!  This year?? Another year of flossing every night for me (which is habit by now) and for my New Years resolution for 2013?  Flossing, every night, for my 5 year old daughter.  After all, it is our job as moms to teach our children good habits in life.  As you think of a New Years resolution make it something worth accomplishing and easy for you to accomplish so at years end you can and will succeed! 
What I learned from this:  I can do something for myself and take the time to take that extra step to feel better and healthier. I can add new habits to my already hectic schedule.  I can change something small in my life and make a huge difference for my health.  
What my daughter will learn:  healthy teeth habits, taking care of herself feels great and flossing can be fun!  I already have a song written about using mouth wash to prevent cavities, next up.... a flossing song.  Good luck!  Dyan

Inspiration of the week - the sun

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 2:07 PM Comments comments ()
 Today was a cold January day, I woke up with a horrible migraine, the first bad one in about a year.  If my daughter didn't have a doctors appointment, I am not sure I would of made it out of bed today.  (That would of been a first in over 5 years).  As you all know, if you have kids, the world doesn't stop for you to get better and rest (thank you migraine medicine)!! 
After running to the doctor and going to pick up a script at the pharmacy, I thought, I can't wait to get home and warm up and not go outside the rest of the day.  
When I got home, I forgot something in the car and I ran out to get it.  The sun felt so warm on my face and body, even though it was a chilly day.  I went back in the house and I told my daughter, "We just have to go out for a walk, bundle up and lets go."  She fought me for a moment and said something about her favorite TV show and I said "TV is not more important then fresh air and exercise."  She seemed to agree and got dressed to go.  
I said it would be a quick 20 minutes and we will be back.  One hour later we came back from our walk, refreshed, our souls warmed from the bright sun!  We enjoyed our walk and each other.  I smiled and watched her and was happy to see her running around the park as I admired her young spirit and sense of adventure.  We stopped and commented on the ducks and how they were probably cold.  We stopped and listened to all the sounds around us, the birds talking, the distant airplane in the sky, the kids playing at the local school playground and dogs barking.  We found a new rock to paint for our rock collection and we even met a nice lady with a five year old grand daughter in NY.  We laughed, held hands and I took in the most precious time of my day.  
Thank you sun for inspiring me to go out and enjoy the day, you created a nice memory for me and my daughter.  
What I learned: when something inspires you - act on it, even a bad day can turn out good, make the most of everyday.  
What we shared:  quality time together, learning about nature, sounds and birds, fresh air is good for you even if it is cold out (as long as your dressed for it).  Have an inspiring tomorrow!  All of my best, Dyan

Tag your it - the best things in life are free -#timewithyourkids

Posted on December 15, 2014 at 1:26 PM Comments comments ()
My family  and I have finally recovered  from a 10 day long, knock out, icky virus!  As, I am slowly getting back in the swing of things...please enjoy this repost, one of my favorites, in case you missed it.  The best things in life are free...if you actually take the time to enjoy them, #timewithyourkids that is... and I hope you do!  All of my best, Dyan

What a crazy day...last minute 1099 stuff, phone calls to set-up service man for our move back into our home (after our daughter's illness), health insurance needed to be renewed and waiting for a phone call from the car dealer on when my car would be ready for pick-up. Finally, I could break away for a minute and promised my daughter sometime outside. "The park or just playing in the grassy area of the park?", I ask. "Playing in the grassy area," she shouts as we get ready to go outside. We grabbed a ball, frisbee and put on our gym shoes and headed to the park. 
On our way to the park she states she wants to play TAG YOUR IT, one of her favorite games. We get to the park, throw the frisbee around for a bit, (she is still learning to catch it), so we basically just throw it and race to see who gets it first. The same with the ball and then TAG YOUR IT. As we run around the park, she screams happy screams, laughs and runs like crazy back to what she calls base - to have a break, her safe haven where no one can be tagged or be the tagger.  It is always fun to pretend like your exhausted and can't go on and then sneak a tag in and run the other direction. As we run around like crazy playing tag, I realize, my daughters coordination has improved and that she is faster than ever. I am still pretty quick even for a 47 year old mom.  I told my husband tonight at dinner that she is getting quicker or I am getting older, maybe it is both. I am happy to say though, that I enjoyed every minute of tagging and getting tagged and got a great workout in the meantime. 

The best part of my day was TAG YOUR IT and hearing my daughters laughter and excitement. THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE...running around the park hearing her say those words "TAG YOUR IT" was priceless. 

What we learned: Plain old fashioned running around is not only great exercise, but the most fun you can have for free with your child, that moms and kids can have quality time without phones or other electronic gadgets, getting out of the house even for just 35 minutes is a great way to refresh your minds, spirits and souls. 
What she learned: Mom can still run fast and play, spending quality time with her is very important and that young is all a frame of mind.

TAG YOUR IT.....all my best, Dyan

What to do when your childs sick - Stop and smell the roses of the week

Posted on April 5, 2013 at 1:42 PM Comments comments ()
This week was our spring break.  We had plans, oh so many plans.  We weren't going to go out of town and had no visitors coming to see us, but still many plans.  The zoo, butterfly exhibit, play dates, the park, shopping, the list goes on.  But when my daughter woke up in the middle of the night with her barking seal cough and 102 fever, all plans were canceled, at least for a couple of days which turned out to be the full week of her spring break.  Oh well, disappointment set in for me and I think I took it harder than my daughter did.  So, instead we made the best of the situation and spent quality time together at home and at the doctors office, (which we spent at least 8 hours at in the last week).  When your child or yourself gets sick, to me, it's a time to stop and reconnect with everything important, starting with your self, your body and sleep.  We had been going strong since the beginning of the year with the holidays, school activities, extracurricular activities, family visits and the like.  But when you get sick, you have to stop and rest. But, that doesn't mean all the fun and time spent together has to stop.  Here are some ideas of what to do when your child's sick:
1.  Make the most of the doctors appointments and the waiting in the waiting room - build blocks with your child, do puzzles with them and read the many books laying around the doctors office, instead of burying yourself in your phone checking emails and texting.  Catching up on reading with my daughter was on our "to do" list anyway and we did catch up and made the most of "our time" together. 
2.  Buy a special toy, game or doll for your child to play with, it doesn't have to be something expensive, just something to make them feel better and take away the ickies of being sick.  We bought a new doll that needed to be bathed to get clean and with the hot showers she needed to take for steam purposes, this was a hit for her.
3.  Pull out a movie that you have been meaning to watch with your child.  And actually sit down and watch it.  No phone,computer or other life's distraction to get in your way.  Grab a sick friendly snack and cuddle up under a blanket and enjoy the show.
4.  Do a craft.  Even if your child doesn't feel well, doesn't mean they wouldn't enjoy spending an hour with you of uninterrupted time of creating something with you.  Doesn't have to cost a lot of money either, grab some paint and paper and draw pictures of what you both like to do.
5.  Play a board game.  You'll enjoy quality family time (and depending on the game), learning something new too.  Numbers, colors, matching, whatever, just take the time to play and learn with your child.
6.  Do a puzzle together.  Just the little things makes them feel special too.
7.  Have them help you make their lunch.  Everyone needs to eat, so have them help you make the chicken noodle soup and pbj.
8.  Create a fun treat together in the kitchen.  We made our own ice cream with the ice cream shaker.  It makes ice cream in 3 minutes.  It was fun and a good way to teach about measuring, mixing and creating flavors.
9.  Read, read, read books, kids magazines what ever your child likes.  To me this is one of the best ways to spend time with my daughter.
10.  As your child is feeling better, have a picnic in your own back yard, if it is too cold, in your basement, living room, where ever in your house that you normally don't eat.  Spread down that blanket and make your favorite lunch.  Enjoy the time spent together, talking and relaxing.
Ask your child what they would like to do.  Children have wonderful ideas too!  They also feel special when they decide what to do with your time spent together.  My daughter wanted to play dress up.  Even though her dress up clothes don't fit me, her sunglasses, hats, scarves and some jewelry does.  So we played dress up and had a ton of fun doing it and took pictures to remember the day. 
As the week of her illness started I think I was more disappointed than her on missing the loads of activities planned for us.  As the week progressed, I realized I needed a break too.  I got to sleep in, catch up on our "to do" list and spend some wonderful quality time with her.  We made the most of it and the benefits to us both were felt by weeks end.
Take the time to make the difference in your child's life.  After all, that is our #1 job.  The rewards are well worth it!  All my best, Dyan
What I learned: Even though I was wanting to catch up on my techno list of things to do, I stopped myself and spent quality time playing and interacting with my daughter and in the end I felt better and more relaxed.
What we learned:  Many things, stopping to smell the roses is what needs to be done when sick.  Relax, get sleep and enjoy the quality time that you can have that you might not get if you weren't sick. 
What we shared:  lots of quality time together, new games and cuddles, cuddles, cuddles.

Do you ever have one of those days...of course you do

Posted on March 30, 2013 at 3:32 AM Comments comments ()
Do you ever have one of those was one of those days??  Of course you do ,everyone does....well today was one of those days.  My daughter woke up during the middle of the night with her barky seal cough.  By now I know and recognize the distinct sound of it.  It does sound exactly like that of a seal bark.  If you haven't experienced it, it makes you feel very bad for your child.  And the inevitable is always a trip to the doctors office and the sooner the better for her dose of the oral steroid that the pediatrician gives her.  Being that today was Good Friday, I was unsure if she would even be open and if she would have an appointment for me.  I called first thing in the morning and sure enough one spot left.  Yea!  I thought, we will get in early and still get home with time for my daughter to relax and feel better and me to be able to get stuff done. As the quick trip to the doctors office turned out to be more like almost 2 hours with drive time, I realized that I would not be able to get done the forever list of "things to do".  I did get an extra trip to the warehouse store in because it was on the way home, stopped and made a business call and the last minute trip to the discount store to get the last minute Easter items from the Easter bunny.  Now, I have gotten pretty good at slipping these items into my basket with out my daughter noticing. but for some reason today, I just couldn't do it.  Maybe my daughter is getting older or maybe because she was sick, either way it couldn't be done. So, now I knew I had to sneak another trip to the store to try and get the remaining items within the next two days, filled with plans and the threat of the supply of items left dwindling away.  I reminded myself that all would be ok and I could make it work some how.  We got home and I realize that the house was left a disaster, we had plans to make a bunny house, laundry needed to be done, my nails, my hair and spend sometime with my daughter who doesn't feel well.  Stress started to set in, but again, I reminded myself that today is what it is and all I can do is what I can do.  As my day is winding down...I didn't do too bad.  My daughter relaxed and enjoyed doing it, I did get the house picked up, I did get some laundry done, my nails didn't get done, but I trimmed them and filed them, my hair didn't get done, but there is always tomorrow...hopefully, the bunny house got done and turned out absolutely adorable, my daughter tried to eat way too much frosting and candy though, the family got feed, the dogs got feed (yes all 5 of them), showers and baths took place and I even had the chance to jot down about my day... Not exactly the day I had planned or the things I had hoped to accomplish got done. However, I am grateful for what I did get done and the fun we had doing the bunny house.  May tomorrow be a more productive day with more time spent doing the things I want to do.  I wish the same for you when you have one of those days.  Dyan 
What I learned:  be tuned in to your child's health - beware of the signs of their illnesses, take that deep breath, be patient, enjoy the moment, prioritize my list and make the time for your children even if it appears that there is none for the fun things too.
What we shared:  time together, a new experience - creating the bunny house, lots of hugs - because she didn't feel good, creativity, a new learning task for her - squeezing frosting out of the tube and even got some extra reading in at the doctors office - as we waited for her doctor - making the most of our time together.

Follow through and do what you say your going to do

Posted on February 1, 2013 at 2:44 AM Comments comments ()
 Are you the kind of mom that over commits?  To everything?  That's me for sure!  I always think I can do so much more in a day that is actually humanly possible.  Some days, I do achieve my over achieving goals, other days, I don't even get close.  As we wind down our week at a condo that we rented, as we finish our home that has been extensively remodeled to accommodate all of my daughters allergies, I realized all of the things that I told her we were going to do before we checked out of this seasonal rental.  Many of them were outdoor activities, but we have had some seasonally cold temps and lots of rain.  That's ok I tell myself, we will fit them in.  Well that is exactly what I am trying to do.  One of the things I told her I would do was take her to play tennis at the tennis courts in the park behind our condo.  I thought, easy enough, so we packed up our tennis balls and her racquet and walked to the courts.  We got there and I realized it was an actual "tennis center" that was maintained by the city.  I told her as we walked up that I thought we would have to pay to play and I didn't bring my wallet because I was unaware of the size of the complex.  Boy, was she disappointed.  She muttered something about me not bringing my wallet.  I apologized, because I really didn't know.  I said let's go in anyway and see what is what.  We walked to the front desk and I made small talk with the women at the front counter about the center and that I didn't realize that this was even here.  She asked if I was a resident of the city, (and I am), so I told her that I was.  We talked about lessons and the like.  I then told her I didn't realize I would have to pay and if it would be ok to go out for a bit and hit a few balls around.  She said yes and directed us to the racquetball court area where we wouldn't have to do so much running after balls.  I didn't even have a racquet with me, (this was more about doing an activity that my daughter is interested in).  Well...we had a ball (no pun intended)!  She hit the ball quite well and even let me teach her a thing or two.  She picked it up rather well.  After we were done, she was tired.  She had so much fun and even decided she would like to take lessons one day.  It was a smashing success!  What I learned:  try not to over commit yourself to your kids, if you do...follow through and do what you say your going to do, make the time to take the time, try new things with your kids, be proactive in their learning about new sports and open new doors for them, teach them how to get around discouraging situations (like not having the money to get in) and sometimes, there is a way to make things work.  What we shared: quality time, learning a new sport, patience in trying - even if you don't get it right the first time and trust because I followed through and did what I said I would do.
Tennis Anyone?  Dyan

Inspiration of the week - family

Posted on January 28, 2013 at 1:38 AM Comments comments ()
My immediate family (husband, daughter and I) have been going through some tough times with my daughter being sick.  There have been many times that I felt I didn't have the strength or the energy to go on...there has been many, many ups and downs.  I feel very fortunate and lucky to have my family to count on...two sisters, two brother-in-laws, my father and my mother and father-in-law.  Our family is not very large, but we are very strong and we do love each other, all of us, very much.  There have been some days that all I needed to do was pick-up the phone and have a conversation of hope, faith and strength with one of my family members, and it literally got me through the day.  When we needed the research to find out what was what, my family was there, (and I found out how smart they all are) and if we worked together, as a team, how much we could accomplish and create a plan that would get my husband, daughter and myself through it all.  When we needed support, my family was there...when we needed hope...they were there...when we needed humor...they were there and so much more.  Without them, we would of not been able to carry on, each one has inspired me in one way or another and have been my inspiration.  I am lucky to have the family that I do.  They inspire me daily to move on and to challenge myself to what ever is standing in my way, whether it is a health matter or a personal dream or goal.  They are the best!  I am the luckiest person in the world!!  What I learned:  That family does come first, reaching out to your family tightens your family circle, hope, love, faith and strength are necessities in life no matter your circumstance.  What we shared:  Strengthening our family bond, the importance of family, humor is always welcomed - especially during tough times and how lucky each and everyone of us is to have each other. 
If you have a family member that you haven't talked to in a while because of some issue or other problem, I challenge you to reach out and grow your family bond.  You might each be the inspiration you need to get by.  If you are lucky enough to have a family like mine, I am thrilled, you must be inspired daily!  All the best to you, Dyan

Taxes, Taxes, Taxes - take a break for fun!

Posted on January 17, 2013 at 12:35 AM Comments comments ()
It's that time of the year again where I feverishly work on getting my taxes together for our accountant.  My husband and I are self employed and the receipts from the year are really overwhelming.  Even though they are put together at the end of each month in 4 different envelopes and are pretty organized, I alway find the stress of wrapping up the year is too much to take.  This year I find it to be more difficult with being out of our home for the past couple of months and with all the extra receipts from the numerous doctors appointments.  That being said, I planned ahead today. I knew I would be working all morning on taxes while my daughter was at school, so I planned a trip to a local park by her school on the way home to get a break and some fresh air.  As I passed the park on the way to her school, I noticed that there was a tractor and grounds crew raking the sand, I thought  REALLY, (the only day in several months that I am planning to go to this park and relax for a half hour). But I didn't get discouraged.  I thought maybe they will be gone by the time I get back.  I picked up my daughter and headed to the park.. We pulled in and they were still working on the sand.  My daughter was a bit discouraged and I said, let's be positive!  Mommy has to put her make-up on and when I am done, I bet they will be done.  She didn't seem to buy into it, but was patient anyway.  And wouldn't you know it as soon as I put on my finishing touches of mascara,  they pulled out and were done!  Viola!  Patience and positive thinking really do work!  We played for 40 minutes, hide-n-seek, climbing the slides, monkey bars, driving the (pretend) ship to keep away from the sharks and I even got some creative time in when we were swinging singing our song that I wrote about swinging at the park..  I was ready to go and tackle the afternoon of more receipts and got great quality time in with me daughter.  It doesn't take much and you can alway fit it in. What we learned:  Never give up hope, positive thinking does work, make the time to take the time and mommy even at 47 will try to do the monkey bars by taking a lead from my daughters youthful spirit.  What we shared:  Quality time, a wonderful afternoon of sunshine, fun and creative play. 
Be positve and have fun!  Dyan

Learning to be grateful for what you have

Posted on January 13, 2013 at 12:44 PM Comments comments ()
Family How I love them so!It's a new year and a new perspective.  Since October 29th, 2012, my last blog,  my family has experienced many crazy life changing things.  I woke up one day admiring my life and home to have it all changed in an instant.  With out going through all the crazy details my daughter has health issues and we had to reevaluate everything we thought to be "normal" in our lives.  As hurricane Sandy was hitting the East coast, we were amongst our own hurricane in our own backyard and lives.  Now 12 plus weeks later, after life has felt to stand still, we are coming around the bend and I feel like I am in a place to blog again and get back to business as usual.  I have learned to appreciate the small stuff, health, food, shelter, clothing and the love of my family.  As the new year starts I am looking at my life and re-evaluating all things to be grateful for the big and the small.  My wish for you is to do the same.  No matter what you have or have not, be grateful for what you have because you never know what you might not have tomorrow or even at the end of this day. May 2013 bring you all you deserve and happiness!!!  Happy New Year. Dyan