Saturday, October 10, 2015

Saturday Salutes

For all you boy moms, here's 15 Things to Love About Being a Mom of Boys.

Cassandra talks about Encouraging the Lonely Mom.

Rhoda featured Little White House on her blog yesterday - it is SO charming!!

Jessica gives tips for Setting Up a Homework System.

I have several good recipes from the past week.  I tried Ree Drummond's Beef and Bean Burritos for supper one night and I'll definitely be making them again.  The girls made this Pizza Pasta Casserole for us on Tuesday night and it was a keeper, too!

When I made special drinks for our daughters last week, my younger daughter asked for frozen hot chocolate.  I found this Chill Out Frozen Hot Chocolate; all three of us tasted it and it was delicious!

And finally, I loved this saying on Jen Schmidt's Instagram feed!

Here's the message I left on my older daughter's mirror yesterday morning.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Friday, October 9, 2015

A Message on the Mirror

Today my girls will be able to see my love every time they look at themselves!

I'm going to write a message on three mirrors - their bathroom mirror, my older daughter's mirror over her dresser, and my younger daughter's full length mirror on the back of her bedroom door.

I tested this out on my bathroom mirror using a dry erase marker and it worked well, so that's what I'm going to write with.  As for the messages themselves???  I think they'll say "I love you, (their name)" and "You're beautiful inside and out."  I'll share pictures later!

Here's what I put under my girls' pillows last night.  The gum and the flavored lip balm were for my 12-year-old and the mints and nail stickers were for my 14-year-old.  They didn't find them until right at bedtime!

If you've missed earlier posts in this series, you can go to my 31 Days host page and catch up on all the ways we're showing love to our daughters in October!

Thursday, October 8, 2015

An Under Pillow Treat

Most of us enjoy a little surprise.  An unexpected treat of some kind usually makes us feel special and loved.

My mom is so good about this.  Every time we visit my parents out-of-state, she puts a small gift under my daughters' pillows on the first and last nights we're at their house.  I know this is something they love and I so appreciate how she plans ahead to give them pleasure.

I'm going to surprise my daughters by putting a treat under their pillow tonight.  My plan is to slip into each room while they're showering and plant my surprise. We'll see how long it takes for them to find it!  (I can't share yet what they'll be receiving just in case they stumble across this post today.  I'll update tomorrow!) 

If you've missed earlier posts in this series, you can go to my 31 Days host page and catch up on all the ways we're showing love to our daughters in October!

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Thank Your Daughter

Sometimes I get so busy that I don't take the time to appreciate the little things my daughters do to help around the house.  Yes, it's often expected, but that doesn't mean I should take it for granted.

I want to verbally express thanks to each of my daughters today for something they do.

It means I may have to be paying attention so that I'm aware of what they're doing.  Whether it's cleaning out their lunch box or remembering to feed the cat, I'll be looking for an opportunity to say an honest and heartfelt "thank you."  It doesn't have to be an out-of-the-ordinary, special task that they accomplish...just anything that gives me a reason to notice what my daughters are doing and say thank you.

If you've missed earlier posts in this series, you can go to my 31 Days host page and catch up on all the ways we're showing love to our daughters in October!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Book Review: Trim Healthy Mama Plan by Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison

I was excited at the opportunity to read Pearl Barrett and Serene Allison's book Trim Healthy Mama Plan. I always like to learn more about eating healthily and appreciate tips on building healthier habits into my lifestyle.  I'd heard of a number of people who'd had great success with losing weight and feeling better by following this plan.

The book starts with the basics of the plan, outlining the different meals and snacks you should eat to achieve success.  The next chapters delve into more detail, including specifics on foods and drinks that are especially beneficial and some of the science that makes it all work.  The authors then share how best to work the program for your particular needs - pregnant, on a budget, vegetarian, etc.

I like that the authors advocate a balanced approach.  You don't necessarily have to buy their products or follow a precise list of meals and menus exactly.  There is some built in "grace."  The plan is also adaptable to your tastes and current situation.  This is a well-researched book that gives plenty of information for readers to digest.

However, I have to confess that it was all just a bit overwhelming for me.  There are "S" meals and "E" meals and, for example, you don't want to eat an "E" snack too close to an "S" meal or mix certain carbs with certain fats.  While I'm sure it could become second nature after awhile, it just wasn't initially easy to follow.

If you were going to give this concept a try, there is a companion cookbook which would probably be helpful, though there are free recipes on their website as well as on a number of Pinterest boards.

Blogging for Books provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.  All of the opinions expressed in this post are my own and I was not compensated for this review in any other way.

Do One of Her Chores

Our girls have daily as well as weekly chores.  Every morning they make their bed.  Daily they clear the table and load the dishwasher after meals, and empty the dishwasher and fold laundry as needed.  They also have weekly chores that they typically tackle on Saturdays, which include vacuuming, dusting, doing a load of laundry, and cleaning their bathroom.

I know how much I appreciate it when someone takes on one of my household duties, so today I'm going to do one of my daughters' chores for each of them.

I'm not sure yet which of their tasks I'll handle.  We'll see how the day goes and I'll plan to post an update on Twitter and Instagram later showing what I did for them.

Is there a chore you could take over for your daughter today?

Here's a picture of me getting one of my hugs from my girls for yesterday's challenge!

If you've missed earlier posts in this series, you can go to my 31 Days host page and catch up on all the ways we're showing love to our daughters in October!

Monday, October 5, 2015

A Hug for Our Daughters

I often don't take enough time to make a physical connection with my daughters, especially now that they're older.  We do the quick hug or kiss before they rush out the door to school, and the same at bedtime, but that's about it.

I know that physical affection is an important way to show love, so I'm challenging myself to purposely hug my daughters today.

When they get home from school or come into the kitchen for a snack during a homework break or get up from the table after supper, I'll grab a minute to give them a real hug and tell them that I love them....maybe I'll even do it twice!  Here's a perfectly free yet meaningful way to express our love!

Here's a picture of my girls enjoying the special drinks I made for them on Friday!

If you've missed earlier posts in this series, you can go to my 31 Days host page and catch up on all the ways we're showing love to our daughters in October!

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Saturday Salutes

My 14-year-old got her braces off this week - very exciting!!

Scott shares 7 Ways to Teach Self-Control.

Dana writes about 7 Things Your Child's Teacher Wishes You Knew.  (Having been a teacher, I heartily agree with these!!)  She also has 5 Things Every Mom Needs to Accept.

Kari tells us 3 Words Our Kids Need to Hear.

I love Keri's Fall Front Porch!  I need her to come over and decorate mine. :)

Ashley posted a list of 200 Things to Throw Away.!  I thought I kept our belongings fairly pared down, but I know I could go through her list and find a ton of stuff to throw away!

We've been deluged with rain for the past two days and it looks like today is more of the same.  It's a good day to stay inside and get some projects done around the house!  Hope you have a wonderful weekend!