Motivation

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Sometimes I feel like just giving up. I think if I drop something then maybe I could get that little bit of extra sleep I wish I had or that extra time to relax. I want the chance to spend time with friends and family on the weekends without worrying about missing work. Continue reading

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You Know You are a Mom When……

I found these hilarious facts from Lisajobaker website It actually had me in tears of laughter because we as moms can relate to if not all 98 percent of these.

  1. You are pretty much embarrassment-proof.
  2. A trip to the grocery store alone is your idea of a spontaneous getaway.
  3. You buy enough milk on a weekly basis to sponsor an entire dairy farm.
  4. When you put on make up the kids get excited that you’re all going out.
  5. If you don’t change the toilet paper roll, it doesn’t get changed.
  6. You can’t remember what the words “personal space” mean. Continue reading

Winter storm in GA?! ~List of school closings and late openings~

Image         OK NORTHERNERS before you go sucking your teeth calling us wimps, you all have to realize “US GA FOLKS DON’T DO COLD!!!!” We can barely do rain what makes you all we think we can do the cold. To make it even worse the ICE storm in 2011 that knocked EVERYTHING in GA out of business for a week really had us shaking. (Literally) I know I personally don’t want to be locked inside my house for that long again. WAL-MART even shut down. (Now you know how serious it was.) But now we are about to experience somewhat similar weather changes. Tomorrow we will have a high of 27 degrees and that still don’t count how it will feel with the heavy winds that will be blowing and making it feel like -15 degrees. I know for one am not liking the fact that I have to get up early in the morning to see the after effects of the snow that will be falling a few hours earlier. This is what FOX 5 Channel News had to say on their site. “The arctic chill rolls in later on tonight. This could start as a wintry mix for parts of North GA, and then we’ll see potential icing on roads and the coldest temps in over 10 years.” Read more: http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/#ixzz2paMOcJim  Everyone up North can have the cold weather. I will take “HOT LANTA” ANYTIME. 🙂

Here are a list of school that are opening late tomorrow or going to be closed: (This list is updated but always check for changes with your local news channel)

—- Public Schools

Calhoun City Schools
Closed 12 mo. employees report if possible – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 08:41pm

Carrollton City Schools
Closed Staff reports at 10am – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 06:33pm

Coweta County Schools
Closed Monday, Tuesday – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 08:36pm

Dalton Public Schools
Closed Staff will not report – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 08:44pm

Dawson County Schools
Closed Monday – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 06:09pm

Decatur City Schools
Closed – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 09:02pm

Fayette County Schools
Closed Monday, Tuesday – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 08:16pm

Fulton County Schools
No classes Employees report at 10am – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 09:57pm

Gainesville City Schools
Closed 12 mo. employees report at 9am – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 07:50pm

Gordon County Schools
Closed 12 mo. staff report if possible – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 08:59pm

Griffin-Spalding Co. Schools
Closed Monday, Tuesday – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 08:17pm

Heard County Schools
Closed 12 mo. staff report at 8am – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 09:08pm

Henry County Schools
Closed Monday, Tuesday Staff doesn’t need to report – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 10:26pm

Marietta City Schools
Closed – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 09:55pm

Towns County Schools
No classes Staff report at 10am – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 09:10pm

Upson County Schools
Closed Monday & Tuesday – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 08:17pm

White County Schools
Closed Monday, Tuesday – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 08:17pm

—- Private Schools

Alpha Omega High School
Opening at 9:00 AM – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 07:10pm

Alpha Omega Middle School
Opening at 9:00 AM – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 07:10pm

Cherokee Christian School
Closed – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 08:43pm

Dawson Christian Academy
No classes Staff does not need to report – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 10:07pm

Holy Ground Baptist Academy
Closed – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 10:34pm

Montessori School of Woodstock
Closed Monday – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 07:56pm

Northside Christian Academy
Closed Monday, Tuesday – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 10:37pm

Our Lady of Victory
Closed Monday, Tuesday – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 08:16pm

Peoples Baptist Academy
Closed Monday – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 05:54pm

War Hill Christian Academy
Closed – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 08:02pm

—- Colleges

Agnes Scott College
Delayed 2 Hours – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 08:35pm

Beulah Heights University
Delayed 2 Hours – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 10:32pm

Brenau University – All Campuses
Delayed 2 Hours – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 08:37pm

Georgia Gwinnett College
Delayed 2 Hours – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 05:14pm

University of North Georgia
Opening at 11:00 AM – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 09:29pm

—- Government

Doraville City Government
Opening at 10:00 AM – Last Updated: 01/05/2014 08:27pm

shea butter_cocoa butter

Some mothers look at stretch marks as scars, battle wounds, reminders NOT to get pregnant again, etc. I heard them all. Me personally, I don’t care what people call them. I just want mine GONE!!! Here are a few remedies on how to get rid of stretch marks.

1.) Use a moisturizer. Your skin is less likely to stretch and create stretch marks if it is hydrated. Try some over the counter lotions at your local department store. Make sure it specializes in skin moisture such as Aveeno, Olay and Cetaphil.

2.) Mederma stretch mark therapy: It delivers “visible to the naked eye” results in as little as 12 weeks. It is a cream formula that combines

  • Cepalin,® a proprietary botanical extract
  • Hyaluronic acid
  • Centella asiatica plant extract

3.) Shea butter and cocoa butter: Massaging either of the two a few times a day will hydrate your skin and fade away stretch marks.

4.) Aloe Vera: It can be applied to the skin daily to help hydrate, heal and soothe the skin and diminish stretch marks.

5.) Sugar: Make your own exfoliating scrub by using natural sugar with a few drops of oil and lemon juice. Rub the mixture on the stretch mark area before showering each day and watch the stretch marks disappear.

Parenting tips and today’s technology

 

Six month old baby sitting in front of a laptop computer       I must admit I feel lost without my cellphone, tablet and laptop. I know. I know. I shouldn’t be so dependent because I know in a few years I am going to be yelling at my children to not text at the dinner table. The questions I hear many times is when is it acceptable to give your child their first cellphone or other acceptable mobile device and what are some rules that should be enforced?

When I first started working back at the Lawrenceville Boys & Girls Club back in 2005, (I know that’s a little far back for some people.) I had just had my first cellphone for a little over 6 months. I still was only able to use it before 9pm and NEVER at the dinner table. Oh and let me come home with a grade less than a B, My phone would magically disappear for a month. By the year of 2006 I was watching 6-9 year olds playing on their phones instead of playing games in the facility. It had gotten to the point where there was a rule that banned the use of cellphones at the club. That was when I vowed that if I ever have children they were NEVER getting a phone at that site. Well three kids later and better technology I started to reconsider that decision.

My son will be going to the 1st grade next year. All throughout Kindergarten I have walked him to and from the bus stop because we live in an apartment complex and the kids are dropped off at the front of the complex. (It is a pain sometimes!) Throughout his kindergarten year I would see this little boy in the first grade get off the bus everyday and take his cellphone out his book bag. At first I was like what in the world is he doing with a cellphone at that age. One day my son and him walked together after school, (of course with me not too far behind.) and the little boy pulled the phone out as usual and dialed his mother’s phone number! I was a little surprised because I didn’t even think little one’s at that age could remember phone numbers. (Then again they can remember every song on the radio and every embarrassing moment that happens to you.) Apparently his mother gets off the same time the children get off school and she is always ten minutes later than the bus so she has him call everyday so she can be with him vocally while he walk to their apartment.  I think that is pretty cool.

After many debates and going over pros and cons, me and my husband decided to test our son out with a cellphone JUST FOR GAMES! He actually did pretty good but I still saw how he could just sit for hours and not do anything but play games on the phone.  I had to even tell him not to CROSS THE STREET WHILE PLAYING ON THE PHONE because he wasn’t paying attention. This year his great-grandmother surprised him with a tablet. That was when I decided to come up with a few rules.

 

1.) No cellphone or tablet after 8pm. (Bed time is at 9pm.)

2.) No technology during meal times.

3.) NO PLAYING ON YOUR TABLET/PHONE WHILE OUTSIDE!!! That is time to play and have fun with toys that goes OUTSIDE!!! :)

4.) NO FACEBOOK, TWITTER, YOUTUBE, ETC! I use to let him get on YouTube until I typed in Elmo for him and Elmo was singing a song about pimps and hoes. (Some people are just sick!)

5.) Kid friendly apps only

6.) SCHOOL COMES FIRST!! As soon as I see low scores or poor progress……EVERYTHING is gone!!

 

Theses are just my rules that me and my husband enforce with our children. You can use them as a guide or chose not to even give rules. These are just some helpful tips for curious parents. :)

2014 New Years Resolution

2014 new years resolution

I had actually stopped making New Years resolutions because I felt like they were just a boring traditional thing were everyone lied about what they wanted to do the next year and then turn around and live the EXACT same way. But this year I am going to start back with my resolutions and keep track of them in my journal to make sure I keep my promises. I am happy to say here are my New Years Resolutions!!

1.) Lose the rest of my “baby fat.” I think it is safe to say that it is not baby fat but belly fat. I had my daughter over 8 months ago it is time to let that phrase go. I have already started by eating less junk and more healthy food so now it is time to bring on the running and crunches.

2.) Finish my novel. I have been writing short stories since I was eleven years old. I think it is time to step into the novel world. I have a set goal of a month to have the first draft done. I believe I am doing good so far since I already have the first few chapters ready to be proofread.

3.) Become the wife, mother and person the good Lord has intended me to be. I can be the first to say that………..IT TAKES FOREVER TO GET “MADE UP”and get the kids ready! Then still make sure the house is in order and dinner is cooked…and lets not forget making sure my wonderful husband is taken care of…BUT this is what I asked for. I asked for my children, my husband, my house, etc. Take it how you want it but I want people to come in my house and be jealous. I want them to think “Dang, how is it that she has the time to do all of this AND STILL look good!” :)

These are my three main resolutions. I am sure there will be more but these are the most important to me.