Slowing Down Time in 2014

New Years

It is amazing how fast the holidays have come and gone this year.  The month of December simply feels like a blur. The fact that the days seem to flash by in an instance makes me stop and think about how my baby (even though she is more of a toddler now) isn’t going to be a “baby” forever.  This thought has me thinking about my News Years resolutions and how I can slow down time in 2014.  Sure, I can do the normal News Years resolutions of joining a gym, losing X pounds or to spend less money, but where does these stereotypical resolutions get me…. Not too far.

How on earth am I going to slow down time in 2014?  Let’s just say I’m not literally going to slow down time, but instead I am going to enjoy what I have right in this moment.  I have the most amazing little girl who is learning new things every day. I am going to enjoy this stage of her life by working, stressing and worrying less.  I am going to work when I need to but shut it off when she is awake and wanting to play, the e-mail can wait.  I’m not going to stress about things I can’t control and I am not going to stress about things I can control.  This energy can be spent playing tea party.  I am not going to worry about having dinner ready right at 6 or having a spotless house.  She is only young once and my house can go one more day without a cleaning if it means another hour spent reading stories, coloring and playing tea party (we play tea party A LOT)! Finally, I am going to put my cell phone down when I am around my daughter.  I don’t want her to grow up seeing me always on my phone (checking e-mails, social media, weather, news, texting, etc).  I am going to put it down and put it away so my focus is on her.

You see, no matter what you do in life these times with our children are all we have at this moment.  I will never get that time back to spend with her.  My News Years resolution isn’t about me anymore, it’s about me giving my daughter more attention, more time and fewer distractions each day so that I leave 2014 with no regrets!

What is your News Year’s Resolution? Have you ever tried to slow down time?

 

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Halloween Craft: Spirit Jugs

Halloween Craft

Photo Courtesy of Spoonful.com

I love this time of the year; I love the colors, the smells, the crisp air and the festivities. This year, I am determined to be festive for Halloween, however I can’t bring myself to spend a whole lot of money on Halloween decorations.  That’s why I was ecstatic when I came across these Spirit Jugs on Spoonful.com that I can make with my peanut.  They are so easy and will light up the driveway for all the ghost and goblins on Halloween Night.

Stationed on a walkway or porch, these homemade lanterns will extend a ghostly greeting and good-bye to all your holiday visitors.

What you’ll need

  • Clean plastic gallon milk jugs
  • Black permanent marker
  • Craft knife
  • String of 50 clear low-wattage holiday lights

How to make it

  1. Draw ghost eyes and mouths on the jugs. Tip: Leave the caps on while you do this, so the jugs don’t dent.
  2. Use the craft knife to cut a half-dollar-size hole in the back of each jug (a parent’s job).
  3. Arrange the ghosts near each other and string the lights between them, stuffing several bulbs into each of the jugs.

Workouts in Disguise for the Whole Family

It’s always a challenge to find time to workout when you are busy with entertaining and running children around. This summer while workout slipped, moms everywhere found alternative ways to fit in a workout with the kids around. Here are 4 activities you can do with you kids that are fun and will increase that heart rate!

Play a Game of Tag: A good old fashion game of tag gets everyone running around while laughing and giggling the whole game. There’s nothing better than hearing the giggles of your kids as you chase them around the yard.

Go on a bike ride: Ride your bikes to the store or to the movies or around the neighborhood. It’s a great way get to get out and enjoy some fresh air.

Lace up to roller sakes (or roller blades): I grew up roller-skating around the neighborhood and at the local rink. It seems that now, I rarely see kids with rollers (skates or blades) on. Introduce your kids to good old fashion roller-skating.

Play a Game of Soccer: Soccer is the most popular sport in the world. Challenge your kids to a game of soccer. Add a twist to the game (and increase the challenge of the workout), by playing grab soccer. To play crab soccer all players must have their feet flat on the ground with arms behind them also flat on the ground, your bottom is than lifted off the ground. Use your hands and feet to walk around like a crab. Same rules apply as soccer; only your feet are allowed to touch the ball! Great full body workout!!!

Not only do these activities give you a little workout but they also give you some quality time with the kids so they will think you are the most AWEMAZING parent out there!