Archives for January 2014

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

10 signs you should invest in date night

Date night is so important, we all know it but do we make sure that we take the time and go out with our partners.  Laura Page-Hamelin posted a great list of signs that you are in need of a date night. When I read this, I found myself laughing at how true many of the points are and that my husband and I are in need of a date night!  Lische

Below is a summary of the 10 signs, you can find the full details of the list on Bloggy Moms

10. You dread your daily routine

9. You don’t know what day of the week it is

8. You forget your partner is also your lover

7. Your jogging pants have become your “every-dayers”

6. Your children become your sole topic of conversation.

5. You are on the 4th season of a series (and you only started watching a week ago).

4. The last movie you saw in the theatre was “the Notebook”.

3. You are unaware that some restaurants require a dress code.

2. You are envious of your childless friends.

1. Finally… you can’t remember the last time you were on a date night!


Sunday, January 26th, 2014

kids chores for each age

I think it is really important for kids to do chores.  My kids are 8 and 5 and they each have to do something at home.  It can be unpacking the dishwasher, taking out the recycling or folding towels. BeFunky_kids choresDepending on their mood, they are either really eager to do it or complain every second.  It seems the older they get the more resistant they are.

I recently found a great list of age appropriate chores that you can get your kids to do on The Happy Housewife. You may have some chores that are not on this list, feel free to add them.

Let me know if you try any of these and how your kids respond. You can find the printable list on The Happy Housewife but but below are some of the chores that captured my attention!

Toddler (ages 2-3):  pick up / put away toys, put clothes in the dirty clothes hamper, make bed

Preschooler (ages 4-5): match socks, set table, vacuum couch, feed pets

Early Elementary (ages 6-8): get mail, rake leaves, sweep, collect garbage, fold laundry

Elementary (ages 9-11): make simple meals, take garbage to the curb, wash / dry clothes, clean toilets

Middle School (ages 12-14): mow yard, clean out fridge / freezer, make full meals, supervise younger children’s chores

Friday, January 24th, 2014

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Friday, January 24th, 2014

life through the eyes of a child

Today was the first time my kids experienced school being cancelled because of the weather.  They were so excited because it had “snowed” in Austin.  Now, look at this picture – all of us will look at this and think where is the snow.  We see some ice and really that’s what it is but kids just don’t see it that way.  snowday.jpgThey were all dressed in clothes they only wear once a year when we go skiing and ready to play.  Sliding down the ice on the driveway and trying to gather enough to make a snowball.  There were a lot of laughs and they truly had a great morning.   Looking at other updates on Facebook, my fellow Austinites are saying the same thing, one even had her son trying to slide around in a cardboard box!

When they wanted to go out I first went to the mom mode of this is a great day to just stay in bed and watch a movie, I can catch up on emails and do some laundry.  Then, I thought – why?  Let me just go out and have fun with them and we did, we had a great hour outside playing with ice!  How often do we do this?   We don’t see the fun, the snow that may be there and the excitement.  So, go ahead have a snow day – it doesn’t have to be snow just be a kid for a day wherever you are and have some fun.

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

a great way to start your self-renewal journey


I have been reading different blogs and articles about Mom Groups and there are some with very strong views about this.  I had to wonder why, what exactly do people think happens in a group of women or moms that come together.  Maybe they think its a group of women who complain or talk about shopping, clothes and mani /pedi’s?  Who knows, there could be mom groups that do this and people love going to them but the one I lead is quite different.

If you are a weekly reader of my blog you will be familiar with my posts on having more balance and connecting with yourself.  The groups I lead are based on Renee Trudeau’s book “The Mother’s Guide to Self-Renewal” – they are soulful, nourishing and restorative.  It’s an opportunity for you to reconnect with who you are, slow down to be more present and create balance from the inside out.

If you are interested in beginning your journey to relax and renew with like-minded women let me know –  There will be in person groups in Austin and also virtual sessions.  Looking forward to being part of your first step in starting your journey!

Friday, January 17th, 2014

my new journey


This week I made a life changing decision to leave the company where I have worked for 8 years.  It was not an easy decision but it is the best thing for me and my family.  I am excited about the new journey that I am starting and also a bit nervous.   Being with the kids and spending some real quality time with them every day is going to be great. Road to petersburg alaska

I can’t imagine a day that does not have meetings and schedules and deadlines.  What does that actually feel like?  A day when each hour is my own, it is a liberating feeling.  Don’t get me wrong, the company I worked at was great – I could work from home and they understood what family time meant.  But now, it is all about me and all about my family.

Where will this road lead me next.  I am sure there are going to many bends and many new learnings.  My real passion in helping women find balance will finally be something I can focus on and I can start Personal Renewal Groups.  There will also be more time to blog so watch this space!

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Monday, January 13th, 2014

using life well – what does this mean to you?


What does that actually mean?  Using Life Well.  I hear this often and recently found myself thinking what does this mean to me.  Do I use life well?  Is this about being more organized and making the most of the hours in a day?  Is it about spending quality time with kids or is it about building a career?

For me, this year is going to be about a lot of changes and so, for me Using Life Well is about living in the moment.  I want to be more present with those around me, to listen to friends, stop multi-tasking and take in every moment.  Using Life Well is about taking time to think about what I want to be doing, reflecting on my life right now and 3 months from now.  Most importantly, using life well is about the happiness that comes from it.  As Dr. Seuss says, “Today is your day, your mountain is waiting.  So get on your way”.

So, what does Using Life Well mean to you?

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

a date with yourself


Tuesday blogs will be about you!  By cherishing yourself physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally you will live life to the fullest.  Have you ever thought that the most important relationship you can have is with yourself.

So, here is a thought – when was the last time you went on a date with yourself.  That’s right a real date with yourself – not doing chores, groceries, going to a movie or running errands.  I challenge you in the next few weeks to find some time, hopefully you can find 2 hours.  If not, start with an hour.  What could you do in a hour to really reflect and be with yourself.

Here are some ideas to get you started  – go for a nature walk, try a new class that you have always wanted to do, treat yourself to a favorite drink and magazine at the local coffee shop, a photo shoot for yourself – have fun with it, luxury time in the bath with candles, music and your favorite scents.  It can be anything just find the time and try to do it on a monthly basis.

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Saturday, January 4th, 2014

10 old school activities to do with your kids

Why do we overthink “what can we do with the kids today”.  My kids love spending time doing really simple activities.  What’s more important is that I take time to do something with them.  Below are some easy, minimal cost (if any) you can do in your backyard or driveway.  They don’t take a lot of time so even when you are tired from a long day at the office,  take 15 minutes get outside and spend some quality time as a family.  I guarantee you will feel great and so will the kids.

1. side-walk chalk art gallery: everyone does their own picture and pretend you are at a gallery viewing all of them.

2. put on some music and have some fun singing along with the kids while playing jump rope

3. hopscotch – needs no explanation!

old shool fun4. simon says – the winner gets to choose the next game to play

5. hide ands seek – when was the last time you played??

6. freeze tag – slight variation on tag in that the person has to freeze if they are caught.  if you have a few kids playing, another person can try and unfreeze them.

7. guess the clouds – lay a blanket down and watch the clouds. each person can say what shape / object they see in the cloud.  this is a great way to really hear about your kids’ imagination.

8. any type of game with balls – basketball, soccer, four ball etc.  make it interesting for the kids and have a goal like “how many goals can we score in 2 minutes”

9. go on a treasure hunt in your own garden.  have the kids find flowers, pebbles, dried plants etc.  tomorrow you can have them create a picture / collage with all their treasures.

10. superhero adventures.  have everyone choose a superhero, think of an act to play out like we have to save people from a villain (use dolls / action figures for the people.  how will you save them?  have someone play the villain.

Wednesday, January 1st, 2014

10 New Year Resolutions from Everyday Moms

A new year, a new start, a new slate.

I asked a few moms to share what their resolutions are  for 2014 and included some of my own.  What are yours?  Add them to the list below….

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1.  This year I am really going to take time for myself  and make sure every day I have some Me Time. – even if it is only 15 minutes.

2. Work will have an END time – so no laptops, quick emails or calls after 5:30pm.   I really don’t need to be working 24/7.

3.  I am resolving to do LESS for my children then I did last year.  I want to encourage some independence so they can experience the rewards that come from accomplishment… and many build some character and work ethic on the way.

4.  Simply – composting!!

5. Less time worrying about the state of my house and more time playing with my kids.

6.  Spending more time outdoors – an achievable goal I am setting for myself is a 30 minute walk outside 3 times a week.

7. Start saying no – at work or at home.  I need to stop taking on so much because I don’t want to let anyone down.  My resolution is to start saying no.

8. Not losing my cool with my kids.  My resolution is to realize that when I need to calm myself down before reacting to my kids or anyone else.

9. As a family get involved in helping out at our local food bank once a month.  I would like my kids at a young age to really understand what paying it forward means.

10.  Learn a new language.  I have always wanted to learn a new language – in 2014 my resolution is to learn how to speak French!


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