Speechless Sunday

Journey collecting seashells...

Journey collecting seashells...

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Lounge tip # 13: Meditate

I know meditation seems like it would be very easy to do. All you do is sit there in a room with some candles, by your self, right?  Actually it a bit more involved than that.  The key thing with meditation is that your are supposed to be without thought.  It’s harder than it seems, especially since as moms we are always trying to stay one step ahead.  Here is a clip that explains what mediation is and gives some tips on what to do.


 

Have a peaceful day. Come visit us tomorrow for Speechless Sunday!

Reneca and Kalisha

Song lyrics you don’t want kids to sing

Over the last couple of years Kalisha and I haven’t listened much to the radio. Instead we’ve learned all the princess songs and nursery songs by heart.  From time to time we even find ourselves singing one of them in the shower. 🙂   But although we couldn’t tell you whats on top of the billboard chart this week, we can definitely tell you the song lyrics we don’t want to hear our kids sing.

  1.  “Baby got back!”
  2. “Booty booty booty rockin ever where”
  3. “I kissed a girl, and I liked it.”
  4. “My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard.”
  5. ” Its hard out here for a pimp.”
  6. “Shake that laughy taffy”

This is just a short list of many.  We would love to hear what songs you would be shocked to hear you kids singing in the tub.

Have a great day!

Reneca and Kalisha

Courage

Over the past few weeks I have been focusing on creating harmony and balance in my life. I have had many successes.  The main thing that has helped me begin to create balance in my life is eliminating the phrase: “I’m going to…”  and just doing it.  I’ve been Queen of I’m going to.  I’m going to do a load of laundry a day, I’m going to clean up right after a mess is made, I’m going to make our bread every Sunday.  (The list goes on and on) I’ve found that when I just do it nothing gets in the way of the task.  It seems that whenever I say I’m going to do something, without fail something else will happen and I’ll keep postponing it. (especially when it comes to folding and putting away clothes! 🙂 )

Quality 3: Courage

Courage is the ability to face danger, difficulty, uncertainty, or pain without being overcome by fear or being deflected from a chosen course of action.

Courage gives harmony expression. When your thoughts and feelings are one, courage helps you manifest them in the form of words and actions. When you are afraid to speak or act, courage helps you overcome your fear. Courage gives you the ability to speak your truth, even when it is not what others may want to hear.

Fear is usually what stands between us and our courage. But if we are to embrace this quality of courage to its fullest, we can no longer allow ourselves to hide behind fear. You can meditate on your fear and think about it rationally and try to will it away, but in the end, if fear is preventing you from acting, you must find your courage and act to overcome your fear.

So this week stay conscious of your fears that prevent you from being in harmony and balance.  Let me know how have been courageous and overcame your fears.

Much Love, Reneca

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Letter C

Continuing on with our alphabet book; today is Letter C day! 

To make today an extra cool day here are some ideas to incorporate the letter c into your day:

  1. Bake cookies or a cake!
  2. Counting
  3. Point out different kinds of cars on your walk today
  4. Eat cantaloupe, chalupas, corn, cucumbers, cheese, and our favorite…chocolate!
  5. Talk about the different animals that begin with the letter C; caribu, catepillars, cats, chicken, cow, crocodile, etc.

Our activity today is the Letter C caterpillar, circles and colors craft:

What you need:

  • markers, crayons
  • construction paper
  • scissors
  • a small cup to trace circles or you can print the template from the above link
  • glue

What to do:

  • Trace and cut out 9 circles and color them; red, blue, green, yellow, orange, purple, pink, white, and brown
  • Draw the outline of the letter c on your construction paper
  • Have your child help you arrange the circles along the outline of the C to form a catepillar
  • You can finish by drawing tiny legs, eyes, antenae and a smile 🙂

This activity will help your child learn and identify the letter c, colors and the circle shape!

Let us know how your cute catepillar turns out or if you have any ideas for Letter C day.

Have a cool day, Kalisha and Reneca

Update…

Well, last week my tackle was to get excited and just be happy. I think I accomplished my goal for the most part. Always with the help from Journey–she would remind me to get excited by asking me to say, “Holy Moley!” and “It’s what I’ve always wanted!” when she would give me surprises usually a flower, leaf or stick. There is always room for more improvement, but I’m not doing too bad.

My garden is sprouting up very well. I have about 10 chili peppers that are still green. I want to pick them when they are red so I don’t know how much longer I have to wait. I did get a chance to pollinate my zucchini, but now it doesn’t seem to be growing. And yes I did say zucchini as in only one. My lone zucchini–I hope it grows big because I’m hungry already! I guess I have to take the advice of monkeybreadtree and relax and just let my garden grow…

I have a very important decision weighing on my mind so it is making me have severe writer’s block.

I want to share with you again a post I had written previously on my personal blog page. If you’ve read it already then I apologize–you will have to read it again. And if you’ve never read it then it is your lucky day! lol 🙂 But before I do I want to send out my prayers and support to another blogging mommy who is going through a tough time; extraordinary mommy.  She needs advice and support from us. Recently, she has been plagued with unexplainable headaches, loss of vision and numbing. On my down days I usually read her blog to give me a pick me up. She always writes about the cute and positive side of motherhood that we all need to acknowledge when our days are clouded with crying and whining and poop!

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Just Let Go!  July 19,2008

Well, today is a lazy day…Faith is napping now, Journey is eating lunch of turkey sandwiches, broccoli and cauliflower. While I’m typing this she is demanding “More sandwiches! Come on!” and “Please more!”  I’m feeling a little down because Reneca is getting married right now at this moment and I’m not there. We just didn’t have the money to go and I know she understands, but I’m just upset that I have to miss it. I didn’t have any control of that situation so I probably should just let it go and not beat myself up about it.

I find that I usually have a lot of things that I just have to let go of. I realize that it isn’t healthy to hold on to guilt or grudges, but it is hard to actually let it go.

It is amazing how kids can allow you to live free and take each moment without hesitation or thought. It is a little reckless to do that, but how amazing it feels to not be bogged down with worries or stress. I had this lesson taught to me the other night when Journey and I were playing.

She had been doing somersaults on our bed and slipped off of the edge–then immediately decided that was the best thing ever. So, I made her a mountain of pillows on the floor and she would roll right off and come up squealing from the pillows, “Do it again!” Then after a few times she asked me to join in, “Try it, Mommy!” At first I hesitated (why do we do that?). Then I figured why not? It really did look like fun. So, I lay down on the bed and started to roll once, then I pretended to be afraid and said “Journey I’m scared!” Well, she put on a little devilish grin and just pushed me straight off!

And for a short second I felt a lightness. Then I hit the fluff of the pillows–so fun! Some of you might be thinking that I probably need to get out more if I think rolling off of the bed with my two year old was the highlight of my day. Well, as funny as it sounds–It was the best! Journey gave me the opportunity to just let go and play. To not hesitate and just be free. If only for a second.

Kalisha

More Tips for the Breastfeeding Mom

Your Breastfeeding Diet
When you’re her sole source of nutrition, what you eat affects your baby’s health and development. Sometimes, nurturing a baby is done at your expense, however. According to a study in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, breastfeeding women lacked adequate calcium; vitamins B6, D, and E; folic acid; and zinc because they did not eat right when nursing. That doesn’t need to be the case, however. You’re feeding two people, so you should focus on consuming a balanced diet while keeping the following in mind.

  • Calories: A breastfeeding mother should increase her calories by 500 in order to produce adequate amounts of milk for their babies. If you are trying to lose that pregnacy weight you still need at least 1,800 calories a day to continue breastfeeding.
  • Fat:  Nursing babies require docosahexanoic acid (DHA) and arachidonic acid (AA), two fats that foster brain development and peak vision. To get enough of these vital fats, include fatty fish such as salmon twice weekly, and make nuts, green leafy vegetables, soy products, and vegetable seed oils such as sunflower and canola oils a part of your daily diet.
  • Fluid:  Breastmilk is 87% water–so drink more fluid to aid in healthy milk production. Try to drink twelve 8oz glasses of water a day. Sounds like a lot, but if you pour yourself a glass of water to drink at every nursing then you should be fine. Just don’t over hydrate, but always have a drink when you feel thirsty.
  • Choline: Choline is very important to baby brain development so make sure to include eggs and beef in your diet on a regular basis. It may seem get monotaneous but try to have at least one egg every morning.
  • Supplements: Finish off your prenatal vitamin/mineral supplement, then switch to a multivitamin with iron that provides at least 400 micrograms of folic acid and 100 percent of the Daily Value (DV) for iron. Avoid herbal supplements and other botanicals. There’s no proof that they are safe for nursing babies.

Source: Family Education