Friday, April 30, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
- Run the dishwasher instead of hand-washing dishes.
- Keep the garage door open until everyone gets home.
- Turn down the temperature of the water heater (safer for the kids too)
- Cook with toaster oven instead of the big oven.
- Keep the blinds closed to reduce incoming heat from the sun or use black out panels.
- Turn off the water heater when out of the house for a few days.
- Keep the A/C on 78 and use fans to increase air circulation.
- Update appliances to energy efficient ones.
- Run the washer on cold water.
- Wash larger loads. Only run the washer for a full load.
- Switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs.
- Shower with the kids instead of bathing them.
- Unplug appliances when not in use.
- Keep the family together. Watch one TV together. Read and do homework in the same room instead of having the TV and lights on in several rooms at once.
- REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE!!!! Look online for ideas on how to reuse items or donate items which you no longer need but are still good to local organizations.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Friday, April 16, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
- Play a color matching game where the child must find two eggs in the same color. Older children can find two halves of an egg and hook them together.
- Write an uppercase letter on the top half of the egg and a lowercase letter on the lower half (pictured). Have the kids find matches. Mix and match colors for older kids.
- Play a variation of Memory by hiding small items, pictures or letters inside the eggs and asking the kids to find matches.
- Write a sight word on the outside of an egg. On the inside, place the letters. Kids unscramble the letters to spell the word. Give older kids blank eggs with the scrambled letters inside and have them write the word on the outside of the egg.
Monday, April 12, 2010
Tonight, I planned on writing a follow-up post for my self-confidence series but while writing an article for one of my clients, I began to think about this story and felt I needed to share it with you.
For my 10th birthday celebration, my parents let me have my best friend spend the night. We had so much fun that we begged our parents for one more night. They gave in to our powers of persuasion and we ended up spending the whole weekend together.
The next week, she died of an asthma attack.
It took me a long time to understand and an even longer time to heal. I never expected Asthma to be fatal.
Fast forward 16 years to a year ago, and there I was, holding my 16 month old baby boy hooked up to a Nebulizer. We had spent the night before trying to help him breathe until the Pediatrician's office opened the next morning and we took him in.
It was the scariest moment of my life when I heard them say "Asthma". His oxygen level was so low they sent him for x-rays and prescribed him steroids. Nothing the Dr. tried seemed to work.
But I had a praying family.
From China, my Pastor emailed every day asking about his progress and praying health over him. My friends and family were also praying for full healing and eventually, he recovered.
A couple of weeks ago, I ran into a box filled with Nebulizer medicine dated March 26, 2009. I couldn't help but thank God for the FULL HEALING of my son, who barely got a runny nose this year during the worst pollen season I've seen in this town.
Whether you are dealing with the loss of a loved one or with a disease, God heals hearts and bodies.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Girls' Twinkle Toes Shoes | Shuffles - Flutters
Friday, April 2, 2010
- A deeply spiritual understanding of who we are as created by God. For my friends and myself, knowing who we are in Jesus Christ and being certain of the purpose He has for our lives, is our greatest source of confidence. Assurance of purpose is the antidote to self-doubt.
- An unconcern for the approval of others.When you know that you are doing what you are supposed to be doing, what others think about it really doesn't matter. Confident people are not thrown off course by criticism.
- Self confidence goes beyond simply thinking positively about ourselves; it is accepting ourselves in spite of our shortcomings and flaws. It is looking at ourselves through the eyes of our Creator.
- Speak sincere words of affirmation at every opportunity.
- Encourage them to pursue their talents with passion and to try new things.
- When they feel discouraged, remind them of something they are good at.
- Tell them that they matter to you and that their lives have a purpose.
- Be transparent about your own successes and failures.
- Separate their value from their performance.
- Give them room for independence and refrain from criticism.