Ever since McDonald's came out with their new Chocolate Chip Frappe with the caramel drizzle, I have been obsessed with caramel. I have never really liked caramel in the past. I would eat it in candy but I've never had an ice cream sundae with caramel. I've never eaten it by itself or even eaten caramel chews. Now ever since this frappé has come out I've been wanting some all the time and now I've even purchase my first bottle of caramel syrup. I am putting it in every type of dessert I can find! Cookies, cakes, ice cream and anything else I an find. I know this sounds like a fat rant but I have an official new obsession. So, my Friday Fave thid week is Caramel! Yummy!
Santa didn’t have a bad idea with the list making thing. With the busy life of being a wife, mother, career woman and jack of all trades things can seem to be overwhelming. In a current group therapy session I am conducting we are talking about being solution focused and making a list to make problems more manageable.
This brings me to this weeks therapeutic tip of making a list. Here are the 5 best tips for making lists to be therapeutic.
1. Make a master list of everything that you have to do and order them by importance and due date. Take that list and pick the top ten to focus on first. This makes the million tasks you have floating in your head more organized.
2. Keep the list with you at all times and check off each task that you complete. Add more items from your master list to your top ten list. Don’t go over the ten item limit. Checking off completed tasks will give a sense of accomplishment and success.
3. Make sure that your list are things that you can handle or control. This means that putting on the list to make sure your husband puts down the toilet seat is not acceptable.
4. Your list can be in any media form that works best for you. Your list can be on your phone, planner, iPod Touch, iPad, hand and the ancient but useful paper.
5. Make sure your work list and home list are separate. You can also separate your mom list from your wife list. But knowing you modern day wives and moms your lists will all together.
So here are your 5 therapeutic tips for list making.
Kisses and Wishes!
On Friday, with Easter being only a couple of days away I had of course waited until the last minute to prepare. The kids and I went to one of my favorite places, Target to get the items that I needed to decorate the eggs. As soon as we walked into the store my son, Anthony, asked for popcorn from the in-store café. I told him no because we were eating dinner after we left the store. Nothing would calm him down. As I started to completely tune him out to quickly locate my three items and get the heck out of there I thought about this blog post. I also thought about the lessons I learned from his temper tantrum. I hope that by me informing you all that I will save a tantruming kid in the store in the future. Here are my five tips for in-store temper tantrums.
- Don’t give in to the child’s request because the tantrum will become longer and gain in intensity the next shopping trip.
- Actively ignore. Make sure the child’s basic needs are met though.
- Don’t let them see you sweat! They can smell fear and if they know that you are angry, sad, upset or embarrassed they will play on you. The tantrum will only get worse.
- If you have older children ask them to ignore the tantrum as well.
- Remember that a tantrum can be a good way to save money because you are only going to buy the necessities and get out of there quickly.
So there it is 5 quick tips to tantrum survival. Let me know how it goes! Good Luck!
Happy New Year! 2011 was an amazing year for my family and I. 2012 will hopefully be even better and full of blessings to come. With the new year comes the resolutions. The things that we attempt to stop and not do anymore or to start and continue from here on out. I have had many new years resolutions in the past that I think I do better keeping my resolution the years I don’t have one set. So this year I am going to take a different approach to this resolution thing and make a resolution of improvement. That’s it. My New Years Resolution is to just improve. I plan to go from a 2011 Stacey to an improved 2012 Stacey. A resolution of improvement simply means to attempt improvement in all aspects of life. I plan to improve my home, health, relationship, parenting, and much more. So what is your resolution?
Here are your 5 quick tips for last minute shopping for all you procrastinators.
- Make a list and check it twice! You must know whom you are buying for, the amount you want to spend and what type of gift you are looking for.
- Choose 2 to 3 stores where you will shop for the gifts. This will take less time.
- Gift cards are always easy and nice. If you want to personalize it bake some cookies or buy some cookies to go with it.
- Free gift wrapping. Have your gifts wrapped by the free gift wrappers in the mall. That will save you time as well.
- Give family gifts instead of gifts to individual family members. Games and movies always make good family gifts. You could even put together a basket.
So there you have it. Your 5 fast tips. Now get off the internet and finish up that shopping!
Each week I will post 5 quick and fast tips to go along with a particular topic. This week the topic is time management. You probably don’t have time to read this post, but please do! Here are you fast five tips:
1. Plan ahead of time. Use a calendar or planner.
2. Create a checklist and prioritize it.
3. Set deadlines for all tasks to be done. This includes small tasks like walking the dog if you have trouble remembering to do that.
4. Have some form of a reminder. I prefer the cell phone or a email calender.
5. Set all clocks ahead five to fifteen minutes ahead.
With Christmas just around the corner why not plan a daily family event. This time of year it is all about giving and being together. Here are 25 family time activities.
1. Create your 25 days of family time list (lol)
2. Decorate the house for the holidays.
3. Go present shopping.
4. Have a cocoa and movie night.
5. Shovel snow.
6. Drive around and look at Christmas lights.
7. Go to a zoo event.
8. Cookie decorating contest.
9. Pick a new family ornament for the tree.
10. Pick a tree.
11. Take family pictures
12. Make a Family Do list.
13. Donate to a family in need.
14. Go to a Christmas play.
15. Go see Santa.
16. Have a family game night.
18. Make your own Christmas cards.
19. Make holiday family shirts.
20. Read The Night Before Christmas.
21. Ornament decorating contest.
22. Make a snowman family.
23. Write a family wish list for the upcoming new year.
24. Make a holiday photo book.
25. Have a silly gift exchange.
Pleas comment with more ideas to add to the list.