Archive for June, 2009
Friday, June 26th, 2009
Respond with purpose
What upsets you is not what happens.
What upsets you is your response to what happens.
Just as easily as you respond in a negative way,
you can easily and naturally respond in a
positive, empowering, uplifting way.
The biggest problems are often caused by
what you choose to do about the smallest problems.
Most of those big, painful problems are so unnecessary.
Keep reminding yourself that you are in control of you.
You are in control and you can decide
exactly how you wish to feel at any point.
Imagine the power of remaining calm and focused
and resourceful when some totally unexpected,
disappointing development interrupts your day.
Truly, you can make the disappointments not disappointing at all.
Respond on purpose, with purpose.
Feel the power and the joy as every moment gives you a way to move forward.
Wednesday, June 24th, 2009
On his 50th, I made him a list of the “Top 50 Reasons Wayne Campbell Rocks.” I thought it was time for an update. I don’t think he’d mind me sharing with the world his wonderfullness.
(*yes, I am aware ‘wonderfullness’ is not a word.)
Happy Birthday Daddy!
1.You helped me learn to ride a bike.
2.We have the same kind of humor, same musical tastes, same television tastes, same food tastes.
3.You helped me with my finances, even though I was an adult.
4.Gotta respect a dad that can cook!!
5.You’re the hardest working person I know and also the least selfish person.
6. You can fix anything.
7.You came to every Ringette game, softball game and school function.
8.You influenced my life in a major way.
9.You can give me a “man’s perspective” — and a father’s.
10.You taught me how to love by example.
11.You showed me how to change the oil and fix a flat.
12.You are the first man I learned to trust.
13.You provided for me the best you could..which meant I always had more than enough, and often more than I deserved.
14.You know everything about me — and love me for who I am.
15.You show me how to be a great parent.
16.You taught me not to take life, or myself too seriously.
17.You showed me It’s OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
18.From you I learned life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
19.”In five years, will this matter?”
20.You gave me my passion for music..which led me to the career I love.
21. Because of you, I know the difference between a 65′ Mustang, a 56′ Ford and a 67 Corvette.
22.You taught me to appreciate what I have.
23. You taught me how to strive for more.
24. You taught me that in order to succeed and progress sometimes you must move towns, sometimes you must move mountains.
25. “Stay in whatever lane you’re in. The car weavers never get there any faster.”
26. You always gave me room to breathe.
27. You let me make mistakes.
28. You helped me through those mistakes.
29. You told me the truth, whether or not I wanted to hear it.
30. You drove countless hours to magical places I’ll remember and treasure forever. PEI, quaint cottages, historical sites.
31. You told me I could do anything, and I believed it.
32. You had gave me limits.
33. You made me get a job.
34. You always do what you love…and you do it well.
35. You make good coffee.
36. Nobody makes better chicken wings, breakfasts, steak or stir fries!
37. Johnny Cash, The Beach Boys, Roy Orbison. I love them all because of you.
38. You always gave me another chance.
39. I know you always have faith in me.
40. You kept me safe.
41. You let me come back home home…many times!
42. You gave hugs freely.
43. You encouraged, supported, reassured.
44.You celebrated achievements. Yours and ours.
45. You never seemed overwhelmed by the sometimes overwhelming task of parenting a wild child!
46. You are the gauge by which I estimate the worth of other men.
47.You always stopped what you were doing and listened if I needed you to.
48. You said “never let money be the primary motivator for what you decide to do. Success is not measured by your job, your education, how much money you have or what kind of car you drive. Success is determined by who you are and how you lead your life.”
49. You reminded me to stop worrying about the past or about things you can’t affect – it only makes you miserable.
50. “Life is too important to be taken seriously.”
51.”All relationships are work.”
52. I never heard you complain about anything in your life. If you didn’t like something, you changed it.
53. You said it was okay to question authority.
54. “Work hard, play hard.”
55. You prove confident Dads breed confident kids.
56. You never let me down.
57. You said life was too short to hate anyone.
58. You kept your promises.
59. You were a great coach, teacher, doctor, driver, provider and now you’re a great friend.
60. You were my favourite person…..and you still are.
Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009
but I think this is what we call “Karma.”
You can’t make a living out of being rude, mean and judgemental of others (even if they are celebs!) and expect to never be punched in the nose.
Tuesday, June 9th, 2009
with eyebrows. Other people’s and my own. The right eyebrow shape can absolutely change your whole face and make you look put together. Really. I prefer waxing and get a strange thrill everytime I see my esthetician and come out with less hair. Why wax? Because as previously stated I’m eyebrow obsessed and tend to overpluck. Do not walk into the world of brow maintenence blindly my friends! Always consult a pro. The average eyebrow wax will only cost you about $10.00 and lasts almost a month.
Imagine my excitement this morning when Oprah sent me this link!! Well….not Oprah herself, but her newsletter people. Same diff….
Thursday, June 4th, 2009
Growing up my mother made one meal for dinner and that was what you ate. You never had to eat it all or even any of it if you so chose..but nobody was microwaving us kids bowls of Zoodles if we didn’t want to eat what was served to us. I plan on mimmicking Mama’s techniques. I won’t fight with my kids about eating eveything on their plate, but make no mistake whatever is served to the family is what we are eating. The end. If you don’t want to eat it…no problem but the next meal is breakfast. They may whine, cry, throw a fit and call me the worst mom ever, but they won’t starve. Kids will eat if they’re hungry. As a parent it’s our job to teach, promote and maintain healthy eating habits. Here’s a GREAT article about raising good eaters:
(PS..I know the authour mentions Jon and Kate…although they may not be good at marriage….make no mistake….Kate is a superstar at getting ALL 8 of her kids to eat healthy. We all have our strengths.
This article is from the blog:
I often hear parents talk about how picky their kids are. While I don’t doubt there are plenty of picky eaters out there, I am confident that many of them could and WOULD be open to a larger variety of foods if their parents tried some of the following tips. Now, if you have a picky eater, don’t tune me out or stop reading just yet. You’re right, I don’t know your situation and I certainly don’t live with your children every day. But if you make the decision to pick this battle in your home, I have a feeling that mealtimes won’t be quite as stressful for the majority of you reading this post. Try just one or two of the following suggestions and see if things lighten up around your dinner table over the next few months.
* “What if they won’t try it?”
I’m sure you’ve all heard it said that it takes some kids 15-20 exposures to a new food before they accept it. (Personally, that sounds exhausting to me.) But a while back, I saw a commercial for Oprah where she was interviewing Jon and Kate Gosselin, the parents of twin girls and sextuplet (then) 3 year olds. In the commercial, Oprah asked Kate, “So, I hear you have the secret to getting your kids to eat organically?” I set my DVR to record the show because I was dying to know the answer. Do you know what her response was? Basically, she said, “I don’t give them a choice. It’s all I buy and it’s all I serve them.” It seemed so…simple. Too simple. Yet, if I had 8 kids, would I be a short order cook in the kitchen? Um, NO! She makes one meal for her entire family and if they don’t like it, they don’t eat. Amazingly enough, when I tried this in my own home, IT WORKED. Not at first, of course, but my kids didn’t let themselves starve. If they are hungry, it’s amazing what they’ll try. They’re allowed not to like things, to have their preferences and all that, but I don’t cook to cater to their needs. My 2 year old refused to eat ground beef/ground turkey for months, but in the last few weeks, she’s suddenly eating hamburgers, sloppy joes, chili and meatballs without a fuss. I think the key was to continue exposing her to a variety of foods.
* “What if they won’t touch (fill in the blank here)?”
When I began allowing my kids to cook with me, they naturally became more curious about the meals we were preparing. As I chop red peppers, my daughter would sneak a taste. When it was time to sit down to dinner, I could remind my son that he helped stir the sauce on the chicken. Suddenly, the “mystery meals” I was making weren’t quite as scary. It takes a lot more time and even more patience, but getting your kids into the kitchen to cook with you not only gets them to eat better, it teaches them valuable life-long skills. * “What if they only eat (fill in the blank here)?” I have a friend whose daughter will only eat graham crackers and french fries. If given the choice, I would LOVE to eat a diet of graham crackers and french fries, wouldn’t you? After talking to her, it turns out that she feels so guilty about her daughter refusing “real food,” that when the little girl complains of being hungry, she gives in and hands her graham crackers and/or french fries. In my mind, she’s contributing to the problem. If your child only wants chicken nuggets, hot dogs, PB&J or grilled cheese for dinner, try not making those things for a while. Like I said, they won’t starve themselves. And unless the child is severely underweight and your doctor has encouraged you to feed them whatever they’ll eat, give this a try. Pretty soon they’ll be hungry enough to eat what you give them.* “If I serve meals my kids don’t like, they’ll just skip meals and only eat during snack time.”
If this is the case, try giving up snacks. I cut out afternoon snacks in our house when I realized my kids weren’t eating their dinner. If they seem truly starving or I know they didn’t eat much lunch, I’ll reheat leftovers and feed them their dinner early, even if it’s 3:30pm. But as a rule, they’ve gotten out of the habit of afternoon snacks. * “I can’t force my kids to eat; what if they refuse to eat vegetables?” I will not force my kids to eat. Personally, I think there are enough eating disorders in the world, so that’s not my thing. But my rule is this: if they don’t eat dinner, they don’t get dessert and the kitchen is closed for the night. It’s their choice. I’ve given up on the “you can get up from the table after you take three more bites” pressure and have allowed them to listen to their bodies to determine when they’re full. When I noticed they would eat the starchy part of the meal but not the vegetable, I got creative. I bought Jessica Seinfeld’s book, “Deceptively Delicious” and began sneaking pureed vegetables into everything possible. Now I know they’re getting good nutrition, even if they don’t eat the hunks of broccoli on the side of their plates. (By the way, I recommend continuing to offer them the foods they refuse and encouraging them to taste at least one bite.) By using this cookbook, I’ve learned to sneak veggies into almost every dinner I serve and I don’t feel stressed about urging them to eat, eat, eat. I spend about an hour every couple of weeks pureeing vegetables to have on hand in the freezer, so it’s no trouble to add them into a meal. As a rule, I use pureed veggies that are the same color as the dish I’m making. I add cauliflower or squash into pasta, red pepper, carrots or anything green (broccoli, spinach, zucchini, kale) into spaghetti sauces, stews or chili, orange foods like sweet potatoes and squash can be mixed with shredded cheese and used in quesadillas and grilled cheese, the ideas are endless and the “Deceptively Delicious” cookbook is a great resource.
Monday, June 1st, 2009
Todd and I both have blue eyes and I wanted to see if our baby would too. Keep in mind I applied for radio in college because my math and science skills were, embarassingly terrible, so I needed a little help predicting genetics.
God bless you, Google.