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Naptime Bribes

Naptime Bribes

Can I pay my toddler to take a nap? I justify it. It is so good for her to get a rest, and it is so good (!) for mama to get a break. You can’t put a price on a few minutes to read a Proverb, brew some fresh coffee, and regain the Happy Mom face!

I give her a chocolate chip. One to stuff in her mouth as soon as her head hits the pillow, another for her cute little hand to grasp as I make my exit.

My little tot is not excited about naps. A little incentive, in the form of chocolate chips, is worth the minor sugar buzz. (And yes, it is Kirkland brand. I am not going to apologise for trying to save money on something that is consumed in small amounts!)No more devastating cries when I announce, “The time has come…” Instead, it is, “Chocolate chip time!” Happy kids, happy mom.

That is all I have to say. (Except that, when Mother Dearest breaks into the chocolate chips, she takes a couple handfuls for herself. She works hard. She is entitled.)

What do you have to say about this confession? Any tips and tricks to add? Teach me. I am your student.

Cheers! (As I sip my homemade wine and conemplate a little chocolate treat… after all, it is my bedtime in a few hours. Don’t I deserve some incentive to fall into bed?)

Don’t Forget Your Treat

Ginger rogers 2[1]Not to suggest that we are puppy-dogs, motivated to good behavior only when rewarded. But still,  people do better when looking forward to a prize. (For example, my husband works hard in the oil field because there is a paycheck forth-coming. Similarly, I also believe in “paying” myself.) Happy mom = happy kids.

As a mom, we should do “just because,” It is the right thing to do. But that doesn’t mean you don’t deserve a little something. No, you don’t even have to share with the family. That is your treat.

I say, what is the harm in treating oneself? Perhaps fancy coffee in the morning floats your boat. Maybe that is just enough incentive to roll out of bed with a smile when tiny tots issue an early alarm.

What about a late-night black-and-white comedy over something sweet from the kitchen, once the kids are finally asleep? Why not?!

Self-indulgence has its’ place. A mom works hard all day, and sometimes all night! Guilt has no place here. Treat yourself, be happy, and observe your mirrored attitude in the little ones.

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Observe the smiles on the faces of my babies. Clearly, their mother takes care of herself and passes on some happy to their beautiful faces.

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Cheers!

Slow Down, Mama

frazzled mom picI have 5 weeks to go before the due date of our 3rd daughter. I feel so high-maintenance sometimes I want to scream. (If I follow that instinct, however, my kids will join me, and then I’ll be really upset.) Take the way I sleep, for example. 4-5 pillows!? And I still can’t find a comfortable position. Standing and sitting are no better. The only time I feel good is when I dance, which only lasts as long as I can keep my heart rate low enough. And my emotions! They are about the same as they have been for the last 35 weeks, plus some. How does a mom stay emotionally consistent with her kids when she is not herself?

Enough of my drama. You know the feeling of being overwhelmed!  Most likely, you are not pregnant. Some of you are not mothers. But we all know that when we feel overwhelmed, we are still required to act in a Godly way.

How to cope? I say, take inventory of what consumes your energy (physically, emotionally, spiritually, etc.) and simplify.  A few examples:

  1. I vow that for the next 5 weeks, I will worry less about feeding my family the perfect diet. If my 4-year-old wants to make us peanut butter crackers for lunch (rather than my usual combination of the food groups and probiotics) then let her go to town–and give her a tip for her money jar! That way she’ll do it again. One less thing for me to think about = more time for me to gather my senses and control my emotions.
  2. I will stress less about not overdoing it on the movies, just for now. I am tired! Yes, the kids will probably be even  more crabby after watching their 3rd movie this week, but at least I get to take a nap. A cheerful mom is more important than cheerful kids. Kids depend on mom’s state to shape their attitudes for the day, not vice-versa.
  3. Makeup–what?! Who? Did someone say I have to look a certain way? I will pay just enough attention to my appearance to feel good about myself, and respectful to others (e.g. my husband!) After all, 20 minute smoky eyes and blowout hair really is passé.

I will take a break from striving so much.

When 5 weeks is over I will decide if I care to resume my normal standards. In the meantime, it is so much more important to simplify in order to conserve energy for what is really important.

Blessings, cheers, and hugs (It is Hug Day!)

Western Woman

Glass Bottle Sippy Cup by LifeFactory

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http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052QOKXA/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1To review the Lifefactory 9-Ounce Glass Bottle… let me say I couldn’t believe my luck when I searched and discovered that my craving for a safe glass option was actually out there.

What could be better than a glass bottle (Oh, yes! Avoid plastic bottles for yourself and  little ones!) with a silicone sleeve to protect it against breakage?

My customer review is: Please, give me a bottle/sippy cup with a non-plugging gasket!

I originally ordered what I thought was a 2-pack of bottle/sippy cups. When the sippy caps arrived, I realized that one was my fault. But really, “sippy caps” and “sippy cups” could be confused by anybody, right? When I finally ordered the right item, $16.99 apiece on Amazon, I couldn’t wait to try out a product that would be healthier for my child. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0052QOKXA/ref=oh_details_o04_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I enforced the “water-only” rule for the bottle. At 2 years old, I think that is plenty old enough for my youngest to enjoy filmjolk, milk, and other hard-to-clean fluids strictly from a glass. I am so done with cleaning gunky build-up out of sippy cups.

After a few weeks of usage, my toddler learned to say, “Mom, my sippy cup is not working. Can you fix it?” So I would loosen the top, let in some air, and hand it back to her. In order to completely avoid this issue, one has to leave the cap loose enough to risk leaking out the side.  The bottle would typically stop working and need to be re-capped two or three times per 9 oz. serving.

In conclusion, I am happier using this bottle than the plastic counterparts. For the cost, however, I expected a smoother ride.

 

Are You Hungry? $$$

http://jupitercity.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/silent-sunday-glass-of-water/Are you really hungry? Frugal minds ask this question, as well as those conscious of health and weight management (which are really one and the same.) Thirst may often be mistaken as hunger. I have saved myself many unneeded snacks (therefore money) by drinking a tall glass of water–just in case–before sitting down to eat.

While I am always eager to offer nutritious, yummy food to my family and friends, I often answer my children (and myself!) with the question, “Are you thirsty?”

When we wake up in the morning, before anyone may eat breakfast, we all drink water.

Throughout the day, my girls may not eat snacks or meals if they have not finished their water. This is particularly true for my eldest daughter, who gets dry skin perioudically from forgetting to drink enough. As soon as we are hydrated, I load everyone up with plenty of delicious food to fill tummies and satisfy nutritional needs.

Pregnant women like me may naturally crave extra water, which works out just fine. But not everyone is blessed with the urge to stay hydrated. Drink up, and make sure your family does, too.

Save some $ and improve your health.

Cheers,

Western Woman

Cut Your Own Hair (Short!)

pixie2Last year I blogged about cutting your own shag haircut, but that only applies to long hair. My ever-evolving ‘do is now a very short pixie cut. Goodbye, splotchy mess of the Splat DIY hair color kit! Hello, sassy new look!

See my tips for cutting long hair https://westernwoman.wordpress.com/2011/12/14/cut-your-own-hair/

clippers1. I pinned up the “crown” of my hair (using 2 mirrors to ensure accuracy.)

2. The same electric clippers I use to cut Michael’s hair also works just fine for me! Easy!

3. Trim along the nape of the neck without the length attachments (Not so easy, if you can’t manage it with 2 mirrors, then request help. If Michael had been home, I would have called him, but I managed fine on my own. It just took extra maneuvering.)

pixie cutting4. Now the sides are done. I let down the top, and used my fingers to hold hair in place for the scissors. I wanted it shorter and spiky in the back, slightly longer in the front for styling. I did it by feel, as well as using the 2 mirrors as needed.

5. I finished off by using my textured scissors to soften out the edges, and girlify the “crew cut.”

 

pixie cut6. A little product to tame the top, and I love it! I’ve been waiting for the courage to try this look for a long time!

 

 

I used to love going to the stylist. That was when I had a reliable source of childcare (i.e. my husband did not live on location most of the time for work.) These days I cut my own hair after the girls are in bed. Also, I can save a lot of money by doing my own hair, while exploring my own artsy style. Win-win!

Disclaimer: I am not a professional stylist; I am an edgy mom who likes to share tips about what has worked for me.

Cheers! May all your haircuts reflect the beauty within you! happy hair

Western Woman

Raw Honey: Living on the Cheap

What? Where did she get the cheap raw honey?

I’m sorry, let me back up.

cut handI got a nasty cut earlier this week. It happened when I caught a falling Ninja blender blade in mid-air. Blood was squirting, I was shaking, and my girls were freaking out.

20 minutes later I had rinsed, patted dry, swabbed with raw honey, and tightly bandaged the wound. The bleeding stopped, and I thought I would wait a week and see what happens. Most people asked if I needed stitches, or if I should go to the doctor. But no. In most cases I am my own doctor, and I really think this cut will heal itself if I treat it right.

That was only 3 days ago. Surprise! My honey-coated cute is now comfortably downsized to a single sturdy bandage. And guess what? Patting raw honey on a wound is a lot cheaper than going to the doctor. And, in this case, dare I say, more effective?

Raw honey mixed with cinnamon is a lot cheaper to treat and prevent common illness like a cold than harmful antibiotics.

Raw honey in a cup of tea or coffee (instead of refined sugar) is a lot cheaper than dealing with the side effects of excess weight.

Raw honey is a lot cheaper as a face mask than a top-of-the-line beauty brand with comparable results. Also, chemical-free, thank you.

The list goes on. If you don’t have raw honey in stock, consider it a money-saving investment to get some from one of your local organic farmers. And when you do, thank them for their diligent, hard work to produce quality food for our families.

Be blessed; be healthy; and be wealthy.

Cheers,

Western Woman