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This Will Make You Smile And Give You a Warm Fuzzy Feeling

How Beautiful is that. A Dad every mother wants for her baby.

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Too Much Sitting? – A Deadly Mistake

Too much sitting doesn’t just put you at risk for bulging disc and tension headaches — it’s now considered as dangerous as smoking. You maybe able to avoid health problems because of too much sitting by exercising one hour a day.
Researchers found that at least an hour of moderate-level physical activity a day (things like cycling at about 10 mph or brisk walking) could cancel out the increased risk of death associated with a sedentary lifestyle.
Too much sitting is now linked to a host of diseases, including diabetes, certain cancers and heart disease. And get this: They now know about 300,000 cases of dementia could be prevented each year if everyone lived physically active lives.

I agree as I have seen my Mothers health deteriorate in a year, after she stopped going for walks each day. My Mother now sadly suffers from Dementure. Which trust me is very hard to watch.
Study suggests the World Health Organization’s guidelines of 150 minutes of physical activity per week is simply not enough for office workers or others who are chronic sitters.
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13 Toxic Phrases You Should NEVER Say To Your Kid

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As a a young mother I did not have a computer or that much contact with the outside world as we were in remote areas. Plus My Mum and Dad were thousands of miles away so my experience of Mother Hood was zilch I just did the best that I knew how like most of us.

I always love the lesson I learnt from observing, was to hug my children as much as I could (That I learnt from a friend as I did not experience that with my parents). 

To tell them that you love them as much as you can (That also I did not learn from my parents. In fact when I call my Mum who is 96 I always end the call with “Love You Mum”. I have never ever heard her return “I love you too”. She just not know how. Kinda Sad I think. That generation found it hard to be demonstrative )

The other thing I have learnt is that when you walk into the room a child will always look at your face to see the greeting, so always make sure your face is filled with delight at the sight of them. 

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This is an article written by Samantha Darby for Romper.

I could have written this article myself being a mother of two but Samantha has done a great job writing this article and probably a better job than me.

So this article is one that all new Mothers should read because we do make mistakes and maybe if we ‘Knew better we would do better’. 

Thinking twice before saying these phrases to our children may be the kindest thing we can do for them.

 

 

1. “Stop Crying.”

If your child is crying, then they are upset. Sure, it’s frustrating that the reason they’re crying is because you gave them the exact snack they asked for, but kids are kids. How many times have you, as an adult, burst into tears over nothing? Telling your children to stop crying is telling them that the way they process their emotions isn’t OK.

2. “Just Let Me Do It.”

Watching your 3-year-old try to zip his own jacket with mittens on is hard, I know. Especially when they are insistent on doing it on their own. But the phrase “just let me do it” can be damaging. Instead, ask them if they need help or ask if you can show them a trick to making it easier.

3. “I Don’t Like You Right Now.”

Kids are going to do some terrible things. They’re going to make giant messes, they’re going to throw tantrums, they’re going to act out when you ask them to do something — it’s all normal. And sure, there will come a point when you think, “I don’t even like my own kid right now.” But you can’t say that to your little mini-me. Instead, tell them you don’t like the way they are acting or the way they are speaking.

4. “You Have No Reason To Be Upset.”

How do you know? I once got upset because I lost one of my child’s boots in Target and cried the whole way home. I felt like an idiot, but I had my reason for crying, and so does your child. They have every right to be upset about something and, often, the reason they’re upset may be something normal like they’re exhausted or hungry. (Seriously, if anyone knows the life of a child being hangry, it’s my kid and me.)

5. “Only Babies Act Like That.”

This phrase covers a whole range of situations. I’ve heard parents say this to older children crying, to big kids having accidents, and even to preschoolers who are over-tired. It’s belittling, end of story.

6. “I Sacrifice A Lot For You.”

Lots of mommy martyrs like to use this one. Of course you sacrifice a lot; you’re a mother. But your children didn’t ask to be here. They didn’t ask you to have them. Reminding them that you sacrifice a lot for them makes you the queen of guilt trips and can make your children feel like they owe you something for being a mother.

7. “Leave Me Alone.”

We all need quiet time as parents, but you should say that instead. “Mommy needs a little break.” “Mommy is going to have some alone time.”

8. “I Never Get Time To Myself.”

Again, sanctimommy words. There’s literally no reason to say this to your child. You’re going to make them feel bad if they’re old enough to process that statement, or you’re just putting it in their head that they are a nuisance.

9. “Stop Asking Me Questions.”

It’s annoying, I know. But you want your kids to be curious. You want them to question their surroundings, to ask you about things they hear and see.

10. “Get Over It.”

You’re basically telling your child that their feelings don’t matter and that they need to hurry up and move past a situation. Unfair.

11. “It’s Not A Big Deal.”

But everything is a big deal to kids. Literally, everything. If they finish a puzzle, if their ice cream cone falls to the floor, and seeing a giraffe at the zoo — all enormously big deals.

12. “Don’t Be So ___.”

Shy. Bratty. Rude. Talkative. Loud. This is your child. They are going to do things and say things and sometimes you’re not going to like it. But telling them not to be something doesn’t help. You can ask them to “be more grateful” instead of saying, “don’t be so rude.” It’s all about positive reinforcement.

13. “I Don’t Care.”

Whether it’s about their friend at recess that ate a wood chip or that they are now a Buzz fan instead of Woody, it’s important to them. It’s important that they share things with you, that they ask you what you think. They want you to be just as excited as they are, so muttering that you don’t care makes them feel like their thoughts are pointless. If you don’t care, why should anyone else?

 

 

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Poem Friday 07/17/2015 – Mr President I Hope You Enjoy Your Father And Daughter Weekend

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Four Marines were Shot and Killed yesterday
By a 24 year old terrorist in a cold and brutal way

How stupid is the law that no marine on base can carry a gun
No way to protect themselves from all that training done

Many have been killed in this type of situation before
Would not common sense tell you in todays time, more was in store

A Mother and Father, Wife and siblings will be feeling such unmentionable sorry
For those Four Marines there will be no hugs or smiles there will be no tomorrow

I am lost to understand these needless deaths from those that have such crazy evil intent
Is it not payback time, show our intolerance, the anger we must vent

We let this culture come into the country, they sift among us as a stool pigeon
We are told to be politically correct, we are forced to accept their religion

I feel grief for those who lost their loved ones. It won’t be the last there will be more
For goodness sake Mr President get angry, show some remorse, show you care some for those four

For these next few days and for evermore these boys family will realize it is the end
So Mr President I hope you enjoy your father and daughter weekend


My Opinion
Lesley Voth

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Did You Know – 06/09/2014

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1. Excellent idea. Will tell my Mother about it as she is always complaining about her wine being watered down by the ice cubes.

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2. Place a wooden spoon over a pan to stop the water from boiling over. This is so good as I am always putting something to boil on the stove, work on my computer then forget about it and end up with a mess because I had forgotten about it

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3. Genius.

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3. Wrap rubber bands around the ends of a coat hanger to prevent dresses from slipping off.

 

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4. Yet another use for drinks can ring-pulls! Use to create a hanging loop for picture frames by screwing into the back.

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5. Use egg boxes to store delicate Christmas tree decorations

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Grow Your Own Drugs

No it’s not what you think. We are talking the healthy ones that may save you from having to take the prescribed stuff.

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1. Coriander:  A great chelation herb. It helps the body detoxify heavy metals and supports the liver.

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2. Sheep’s Sorrel:  Awesome for healing from cancer. This is a diuretic, and so removes excess fluid from the body. It also is a tonic for the kidneys and Urinary tract. The bite-sized leaves are rich in vitamin C and have a delicious sour lemon taste. (well I guess some people would call it delicious)

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3. Rosemary:  Contains caffeic acid and rosmarinic acid, two potent antioxidants and anti-inflammatories, as well as vitamin E. Rosemary is great added to a marinade for barbecued meat and helps reduce carcinogens.

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4. Mint:  Now this, I love I put it in all sorts of things. In the summer I put it in a jug of cold water with slices of lemons for a very refreshing drink. It is great for the digestion and freshening the breath. It’s easy to grow in a pot or the garden although it could take over the garden.

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5. Basil:  This again I use a lot of in my cooking. It also contains essential oils which are antioxidant, anti inflammatory, and anti bacterial. It is also said that it contains an excellent source of Iron and vitamin A.

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6. Parsley:  This again can be used in many forms. I love it in scrambled eggs and in my salad. Parsley also supports immunity, flushes, excess fluid from the cody, helps to heal the nervous system and assists in  strengthening your bones.

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7. Sage:  This I don’t use as much as it does have a strong flavor. On the other hand it is believed to be an anti-hypertensive, anti-diabetic, anti inflammatory, and antimicrobial and and a blood cleanser. It has also been said to help pre end Alzheimer’s disease.

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8. Lemon Balm: Soothes anxiety, promotes sleep and speeds healing of cold sores.

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9. Mother of Herb: A powerful digestive aid and yummy tea. This herb is rich in vitamins A, B group, C, calcium, potassium, magnesium and iron.

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10. Herb  Robert:  I personally have not heard of it until now. This is supposed to increase the immune response and the body’s ability to regenerate, and also has a unique ability to oxygenate cells, making it excellent for anyone healing from cancer.

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How Beautiful Is Mother Nature?

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Back in Aussie

Back online again. I am in Australia at the moment visiting my Grandkids and doing a bit of business.
I looked after my 95 year old Mother in NZ for two months while my brother was in Europe.
I had a good time with my Mother but I especially have a good time with her dog ‘Charlie’.
Every morning I would take Charlie round the township of Omokoroa (NZ). It was quite some walk and I was surprised how those little legs kept up. Some days she was up to it, some not so energetic but always with the rattle of the dog lead she would come running.
Here are some pictures of one of the walks we did. As you will see it is a spectacular walk with lots of greenery and lovely flowers, beach, and bush.
I miss her.

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Start of our walk
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coming out of bush after chasing rabbits

coming out of bush after chasing rabbits

Chasing rabbits

Chasing rabbits

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Are we done yet?

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Charlie meeting a friend on the beach

Charlie meeting a friend on the beach

Just had to stand in the Mud

Just had to stand in the Mud
back home more flowers in Mums garden

back home more flowers in Mums garden

back home, Lavender in Mums garden

back home, Lavender in Mums garden

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Poem Friday – Mother Nature’s Fury

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Mother Nature’s Fury

Author: Lesley Voth

Because we don’t always know Mother Natures mood
We have no way to predict who she will affect or who she will exclude

The tornado she blasted across Moore, Oklahoma
A trail of destruction, some deaths, injuries, most in a coma

A coma of disbelief of how it had destroyed their home
looking like a pile of firewood, just rubble left for them to comb

Only took minutes for it to sweep across the town and destroy
Bring mourning for some families, for others, relief and sheer joy

It has brought neighbours  and friends and the unknown together
They will all need our help and donations, your assistance in good and bad weather
Remember our lives are fragile, like some, can be whisked away like a feather

The power of Mother nature is an example of judge and jury
You cannot fight the force of Mother Natures Fury

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This Picture Is So Powerful – The Toughest Will Think Twice

When I saw this picture, immediately I saw the power in it. I was not a perfect Mother, I am sure there is none that exists, but we do the best we know how or we love by the examples we have been shown. I remember a program on TV one day; I think it may have been on the Oprah Show, about how when you walk in the room a child will look at your face to see what greeting he or she will get. That has always stuck in my mind so I make sure my face says to my grandchildren when I greet them, how I am so happy to see them.

It is not always parents that we can learn from. As a child I was brought up in a very strict, firm environment. We knew our parents loved us but they did not actively show it by loving words or physical affection. The love was shown mainly in the way we were disciplined. I learnt to physically show love to my kids in the way of hugs and telling them I loved them from one of my bosses. She had a souvenir business that I managed part-time and she brought her children to work with her every day right from the time she left the hospital. Those children were smothered with hugs and kisses every day, which was, I guess fascinating and surprising to me. It was beautiful, from then I decided that, that is what I would do with my children.

My son shows the same affection to his children. For me, the big brute still give me a hug and kiss on the forehead at the age of 40 for no reason just to say they love me. To me that is beautiful.

So when I saw this picture it made me sad because I have seen examples of it and sometimes parents don’t even realize what they are doing to a beautiful soul.

Your words have power… use them wisely.

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