Wednesday, February 15, 2012

On Hold

I am sad to say that I am putting this blog on hold for now.  I got a new job, and just can't seem to find the time to add blogging to my other duties.  I do plan to get back to it.

Thanks for reading, and I hope to see you soon.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Q & A Saturday : Shopping for Clothes

We went to the mall today.  My husband took Dylan to the kid's play area, the bathroom, the play area again, and to look at the fish in the time I spent in ONE store looking for clothes.  Shopping is complete torture for me.  I tried on a pair of  gray pants that fit well, and looked good, but were a little too long in the "tall".  I tried the same pants in a different color in the "average", and they fit, but I really wanted to get them in the gray color, because I found a couple shirts that looked really good with the gray pants.  I had the girl check the other stores in the area to see if they had any.  

After being told a particular mall had "a couple", we drove about 1/2 hour to that mall.  Big surprise!  They did NOT have the gray pants.  So, I tried them in a different color in the "average", and they were too short.  Then I thought maybe the ones at the other mall were labelled wrong, so I tried them in the "tall", and they were long enough, but didn't fit in the waist!  GAH!  After driving all that way, I only bought a jacket.  A jacket that I will probably return, because they didn't have the shirt I wanted to wear under the jacket in my size at that mall.  Did you get all that?

This week's Q & A Saturday question is "Do you love or hate to shop?  Why?  If you need clothes, where do you look?"

Friday, February 3, 2012

Friday Feature: Blue China Studio

I am extra excited about this week's Friday Feature because I am featuring my friend Jacilyn.  Not only is she a great artist, but she is a great friend that I was lucky enough to find here in the blogosphere.  After following her blog for years, I was thrilled when she opened her Etsy store.  Here's why...

Isn't this flower postcard set lovely?  Her photography appeals to me because it is crisp, clean, and uncluttered, (much like I envision her home).

If I were getting married or having a baby,  I would want these butterfly favor boxes for the shower.  I love the robin's egg blue, and they would look great as a table centerpiece...

Okay, I have a confession.   Glitter freaks me out.  I think it goes back to my preschool teaching days, when I was constantly finding it in my hair, my carpet, my clothes, etc.  So I'm not a fan, but I can see little girls (or even big ones!) getting pretty jazzed about these "fairy boxes".  They would be great for holding a collection of small items, lunch box love notes, or a special Valentine's gift.

I'm going to end with this "Be happy" postcard, because that is exactly what it does.  Hope it makes you happy also.

Jacilyn is offering $10 to spend on whatever you would like in her shop to the lucky winner of this week's giveaway!  To enter to win, you need to visit her Etsy store here... and then leave a comment on this post saying what you would get with the $10 if you win.  For an additional entry, become a Follower of "Get Your Mom On". (Leave a second comment saying that you did this).  A winner will be chosen randomly on Thursday, February 9, 2012.

(No purchase is necessary.  The odds of winning are based upon the number of entries.  Each person is allowed two entries, one by leaving a comment, and one by becoming a Follower of "Get Your Mom On".  U.S. residents 18 and older are eligible to enter.  The chosen winner will have 36 hours to contact Jen at with their full name and mailing address for shipment.  After 36 hours, a second winner will be chosen).

 P.S. Last week's winner was Jenn at Juggling Life.  She said...
I would definitely get the "help my family is lost" pet tag--for my wandering beagle who has gone missing twice recently--once for two hours.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Ways To Say "I Love You"

Do you buy your children a special gift for Valentine's Day?  Maybe you get them a little present, or some candy, or a card?  Or, maybe you figure they will get enough candy and valentines at school?

I've never been big on Valentine's Day.  It seems a bit ridiculous to have one day of the year decided upon as the day to celebrate love, doesn't it?  Love should be celebrated every day of the year, but sadly we are often so busy with all the things we need to get accomplished in our days, that we don't take the time to celebrate the love in our life.  We don't have the time to buy little gifts, or candy.  We don't have the time to buy or make cards.  But, there are simple, free ways to tell your kids you love them each and every day.  Besides the obvious, (hugs, kisses, a pat on the back, and saying "I love you"), what about some encouragement?  Think about the last time someone told you "You're doing a great job".  Think about how great that made you feel.  You are the most important person in your child's life, and knowing that you are proud of them will mean more to them than anything else.

So, here are 40 ways to say "I'm proud of you"...

1.  "Good job!"
2.  "Good thinking!"
3.  "Congratulations!"
4.  "Excellent work!"
5.  "I'm impressed!"
6.  "Super!"
7.  "I like your way of thinking!"
8.  "Superb!"
9.  "Beautiful job!"
10.  "You've got the hang of it!"
11.  "What a great attempt!"
12.  "You are a star!"
13.  "I love it!"
14.  "This is awesome!"
15.  "Very imaginative!"
16.  "This is a perfect example!"
17.  "Well thought out!"
18.  "Way cool!"
19.  "Totally awesome!"
20.  "You stuck with it!"
21.  "You mastered it!"
22.  "Great try!"
23.  "Quick thinking!"
24.  "I really like that!"
25.  "Terrific Work!"
26.  "You figured it out!"
27.  "You should be very proud of yourself!"
28.  "Unbelievable work!"
29.  "Thank you for all your help!"
30.  "Amazing effort!"
31.  "What a great listener!"
32.  "Your effort really shows!"
33.  "I really appreciate your help!"

I think the best time to praise kids is when we see them being kind.  How often do we tell our kids to "Be Nice!"?  There is no better way to get them to "be nice" than to catch them doing exactly that, and praise them for it.  So, here are some more ways to say "I'm proud of you"...

34.  "That was so nice of you to make her a card!"
35.  "How sweet of you to share those with your sister!"
36.  "I liked the way you were encouraging your teammates at the game".
37.  "I bet your friend really appreciated your help with that project".
38.  "Putting your arm around your friend when he missed that goal was so nice of you!"
39.  "It was so nice of you to ask him to play with the rest of your friends!"
40.  "I'm sure your teacher really appreciated your help today".

If you have a teenager, and think that all this praise would be too embarrassing, here's an idea I found...
Personally, I'm not sure about the "I love you because..." wording.  I would rather it say "I'm proud of you because...", but I still love the idea.  Read about it here.

There are 29 days in February.  I would like to challenge you to say one of these each day in February, and see the difference it makes!  Celebrate love each day this month, not just on February 14th.

(Speaking of "love", I would love it if you entered my Friday Feature giveaway here.  Thursday, (tomorrow) is the last day).