March 28, 2011

Monday Message

Let's do a quick check in on how our "resolutions" are going.
I think our internal language needs to change.
How about you?

What are you saying in your actions and small inner voice
that isn't healthy?

Let's help each other get out from under all those
heavy words and thoughts.

Please leave a comment.

March 21, 2011

Monday Message

How do you get your children to help out around the house? 
Do you have a formal chore plan in place or do you work on the fly? 
Do you bribe or do you pay?

Leave a comment and tell us if you are the tidy up soldier in your home or if you have a crew to help you.

Don't forget that every comment you leave here gets your name on a ballot (twice)  for the draw for the big basket of "stuff" on May 1st!  Comments left on facebook will get you one ballot.

March 15, 2011

Monday Message

This Monday Message is brought to you by the weekday Tuesday.

I had a full day yesterday and did a little volunteering at my kids school.  We took a bus trip to the local Music Festival.  It was fun and nerve wracking.  It's hard to get 50 kids to sit still in a church to listen to all the other groups!  There was one girl from the home schooling group who hit an amazing note that brought tears to my eyes.

I have also been spending a lot of time with my friend Melissa who is starting her new business.  Check her out over here I'm so happy that she has found something that she is passionate about.  I know how hard that is.  Are you doing something you are passionate about? Why or Why not?  Share.

I am ready for Spring.  The temperature has been as high as zero degrees this past weekend.  Snow was melting off the roof and I was chipping away at the ice on the sidewalk so my feet could touch the ground again.  How about you?  I have some seeds and earth ready to start some seedlings.  I just need to move a table upstairs in front of the sunny window...or maybe I'll leave that as a task for Mike since he's the one who gets to use and eat all my home grown treats.

I'm thinking of doing a linky link day for all my fellow bloggers.  Is this something you would like to do?

Let's try it.

First.  Follow Me. 
Second. If you have a blog, please leave a comment including your blog address.
Third.  I will gather all the blogs and make a link page the following day.
Fourth.  If you don't have a Google account but still want to play along....send me an email here
Fifth.  Tell your friends and family.

If this works I will try to get this going each week. :)

This was quite a random post.  I'm off to gather receipts for the tax people.  

Enjoy the week!

March 7, 2011

Monday Message

Hi everyone.

No video for me today since I'm not feeling well and no one needs to see that.

I have been giving a lot of thought as to what I want to say on Mondays to help people get organized at home or work or wherever they need it.  I get many questions about getting organized from my workshops so I thought I would share a question each week.

Question:  How do you decide which toys stay when your children are at different stages and are planning to have another?

Response:  I have to ask this first "Does more toys mean a happier child? "  Are we teaching our children from a young age that they need a toy to be imaginative or creative?  What are we trying to achieve by having so many toys surrounding a child from day one?

When we are choosing to get rid of toys we will get usually look around and ask the following questions:

1. Is the toy of good quality?
2. Is the toy in good working condition?
3. Will the toy fit into our lifestyle and space easily?
4. Will this toy eventually be able to be used by the grandchildren?
5. Did the other children like to play with this toy?
6. Is the toy loud and obnoxious?

A good rule of thumb is to look at the space you have and put out a reasonable number of toys for the age bracket you are dealing with.  Save toys that can be used at a later stage in a sealed bin, out of site (closet, basement...) I have two Rubbermaid containers in storage for my eventual grand-babies. One is labeled soft toys and the other is hard toys. 

You and I both know that when a new baby arrives so do new toys from loving family and friends.  If you don't want new toys then be specific when others ask what you want.  Choose items that you will definitely need like diapers, bottles or formula. 

Toys are a great tool to teach children coordination, sharing and educational lessons.  As you lighten the toy load remember to keep the best and get rid of the rest. 

Leave a comment and tell me what toys you remember as a child?  What did your children love the most?  Thomas the tank engine was huge at our house! 
PS.  Don't forget that any comments left gets your name put into the draw for a box full of "stuff" on May 1st!