Ok ladies and gents. It’s time. Time for me to get on the ball and try to lose some weight. I got dressed this morning and had to put on a pair of jeans that just 5 months ago were too big. 6 months ago I lost 30 pounds for my wedding. I have since gained 15 of those pounds back. I guess I am full of love and full of food too! So, I figured that I had to have some type of motivation to just start my weight loss. Since my wedding motivated me to lose 30 I am hoping my anniversary will motivate me to lose 30 again. So here it is, 30 pounds in 5 months. MDWM readers please share your tips on jump- starting a weight loss challenge.
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!
Many wives and moms carry the expectation and the demand of having all the answers for out mates, children, employees, co-workers, relatives, friends, and much more. If you all are anything like me, you are always on the go and spend a great time in the car. Because the senders of the phone calls and text messages are unaware that you are driving they don’t stop when you do not answer. So what do you do? We all have the want and the need to drive safe for the sake of ourselves, passengers and road mates. We also want to handle our wife, mommy, and job duties efficiently and in a timely manner.
Here are the solutions that I have come up with for driving safe and handling your business.
- Do not answer the phone until you are parked somewhere. (I know easier said than done.)
- Put your phone on silent mode so that you are unaware that you are missing a phone call or text.
- Pullover and address the phone calls and text messages. Make sure that you are not on the highway and of course maintaining all traffic laws when doing this.
- Put your phone out of reach while driving to help with the temptation of answering the phone.
- Get into the habit of letting family, friends and co-workers know that you no longer talk on the phone or text while driving so that they are not alarmed when you don’t answer, cal back or respond right away.
- Arrive to destinations early so that you can call or text back the people you missed while driving.
- Use Bluetooth or other hands free devices to talk on the phone while driving. (Don’t do this if you do not have the will power to not text driving.)
- Stop carrying a phone. (YEAH RIGHT)
- Have a passenger answer the phone or text back. (Use this with extreme caution)
- Turn your phone off while driving. Just don’t forget to turn it back on.
That’s all the solutions I can give on this topic. What are your suggestions for wives and moms who want to driving safe while handling other priorities?
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!
This is a new weekly feature that I am starting about celebrity wives and mothers that are also awesome career women that I would like to bring light to. There is no other way to start this segment than with Food Network wonder, Mrs. Gina Neely.
Name: Gina Neely
Spouse: Pat Neely
Years Married: 17 years
Children: 2 daughters
Why we love Gina Neely:
She is admiring and inspiring. Gina balances a full-time career with motherhood and marriage. It is evident that she has a passion for all three in her personality. Her warm and bubbly spirit overflows into her cooking. Watching Gina and her loving husband Pat in the kitchen is like getting a free seminar on love and food. Gina is a great wife, mother and business woman; a Modern Day Wife and Mom Triple Threat! Kisses and Wishes Gina!
Where you can find Gina:
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?
Isn’t it funny when you hear someone retell a story there is always a phrase like, “I had to.”, “He made me.”, and “I had no choice”? Well it may not be funny but it is rather odd that someone says those phrases and really means it. The truth is that those phrases are actually false; you do have a choice. Which brings me to today’s therapeutic tip, choices.
Everyone has choices and everyone chooses to make a choice. The scary thing about some choices are the consequences of them. So in actuality when you say you don’t have a choice you are really saying that you don’t want to know the unknown consequence. Here are a few tips about choices.
1. You have them so use them.
2. To make a sound choice look at the possible outcomes that may arise and which ones are more desirable than others.
3. It doesn’t hurt to sleep on a choice that you need to make; impulse calls for improvement.
4. Empower yourself to make more choices.
5. Remember that you are responsible for the choices you make and how you react to other’s choices.
There it is your weekly dose of therapeutic knowledge for free. Remember, this is for entertainment purposes only.
- Children who get mad at their parents for not telling Santa the right items to get from their list. Are you kidding me?!
- A child leaves a slab of ribs for Santa instead of cookies and milk because he says that Santa is changing it up this year. Are you kidding me?!
- Narcissistic parents that tell their children that there is no Santa just to get the focus on them buying the gifts. Are you kidding me?!
- Going to four different houses on Christmas and eating a FULL plate of food at each one. Are you kidding me?!
- People who are invited to Ugly Sweater parties because they dress in costume the who month of December. Are you kidding me?!
- Children who are afraid to go to sleep the night after Christmas because they know that an old man has been in their home yelling obscenities to their mother! Are you kidding me?!
- Parents who started their Christmas shopping so early in the year that they forgot where they hid the gifts. Are you kidding me?!
So there it is. Your weekly dose of Are You Kidding Me! See you next week!