Every Saturday Best Mommy Life brings you seven things that inspired, made us laugh, smile, giggle, or possibly even belly laugh this past week. We bring you seven new things weekly and hope they will help get your weekend off to a wonderful start. Enjoy your weekend!
Every Child Is A Blessing
Every child is a beautiful gift and a unique blessing. Each precious life is a exclusive creation, different than any other ever before. As a parent, I have seen first hand what it means to have a child that is especially unique, having atypical obstacles to overcome. But every once in a while, a child comes along who is exceptionally unique, and they change the status quo of everything we understand life to be. They help us to recognize what’s important, usually in the form of exposing the world’s flaws and shallowness. They challenge us to be grateful, have integrity, and deepen our character in ways we could have never imagined.
Meet Oliver. Oliver is an almost-two-year-old boy who was born with caudal regression syndrome. His condition impairs the growth of his lower body, and needs a wheelchair for mobility. In early February, Oliver and his parents were on a shopping trip at Target when he spotted a clothing ad placed in the distance, portraying another boy who was also in a wheelchair—and he was enamored. “He recognized another boy like him, smiling and laughing on a display at Target,” his parents stated. “Oliver sees kids every day, but he never gets to see kids like him.” What a wonderful story of a child that received joy from seeing another child like him, with a similar uniqueness.
We can learn so much from this story, and I strongly encourage each of us as parents to spend time educating our children on the various unique differences other children can have. Help them to be aware of the differences, and help them to learn that most unique children are just like them, with possibly the same interests and feelings that they have. Teach them to have empathy, not pity, and most of all… teach them to look at the person on the inside.
Quote Of The Week
Quote: “The choices we make every minute of every day can contribute to making someone’s life a little bit better or worse even without intending to.” – Chikamso Efobi
Even the smallest decisions can change our attitude, our experience, and our future opportunities. On one hand, good decisions lead to confidence, a positive attitude, and efficiency. On the other hand, bad decisions can lead to anxiety, stress, and chaos. While we obviously want to make good decisions, it really is true that, even with decision making, practice makes perfect.
I know I’ve made my share of bad decisions, and I’ve learned a lot from them. They helped me to make good decisions later on, but if I could have avoided the bad decisions I would probably have eliminated a lot of anxiety, stress, and chaos in my life! Simple good decisions, such as routine improvement or organization, can be made with time management plans and implementation. Good decisions for bettering our habits can be made with ample practice, redirection, and continuous positive affirmations. Big decisions, however, can be more challenging. The best way to make good big decisions is to formulate a litmus test. For example, here is mine: Does this decision allow me to retain control? Does this decision improve my future? Does this decision provide hope? Does this decision provide options? Do I have the proper time to plan this decision and formulate a contingency plan? Am I getting a positive vibe (gut instinct) when I envision myself pursuing this decision?
Feel free to come up with your own litmus test, but this one truly covers the most important areas. So the next time you need to make a big decision, or feel compelled to make even a small decision to change for the better, remember that not deciding is still making a decision. The best thing we can do for ourselves is be good decision makers; it not only helps us, but it helps everyone else we encounter as well!
President's Day Is Right Around The Corner
With President’s Day around the corner, it’s the perfect opportunity to spend some one-on-one time with the littles doing a little learning while having a little fun! Did you know that President’s Day is not even the official name of this holiday? The holiday is actually called Washington’s Birthday, according to the United States Code, although half of the 50 states changed the name which is why we now refer to it as President’s Day.
There are so many great discussion points regarding the history of President’s Day, as well as a few myth busters! (Did George Washington actually chop down a Cherry Tree when he was just six years old?) However you spend your holiday, we hope that you will get in some quality time with the kids, and if you do decide to break out the crafting supplies… here are a few great craft ideas: making a handprint Cherry Tree, building a pretzel log cabin, crafting a marshmallow wig face prop or a mask, or simply coloring pages together and learning about our great Presidents.
We hope you and your family have a fun and happy holiday!
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Simplifying Your Monthly Budget
One of the most important decisions we can make in life is to budget our money well. Budgets can help us see where we are spending money, help us save money, and help us to make good decisions with our money. I could not function without my budget, and although I’ve created one that I LOVE and is perfect for my household finances, there is another great tool that I highly recommend (if you aren’t into spreadsheets!): it’s called Every Dollar and it’s free!
First, let me explain that I am a Dave Ramsay fan… I have listened to his shows for years and read several of his books. They are all great, but let’s face it, he is trying to sell us something. He’s made millions by selling his books and products in fact, and I can see why… his advice on money is some of the best ever!
Although I do recommend his Financial Peace University, all of the steps can be done with nothing else but the hardcore motivation to do them. Buying the program doesn’t necessarily mean that you will keep at it, and when you are hard-pressed for money the last thing you should do is spend it… if you can help it.
So, with that said, if I can spark a flame in even ONE person to start budgeting their money with this free tool… I will be happy! I have used it before and it’s very simple. Simply add your monthly income, plan your expenses, and input your transactions. You can also go onto an envelope system, and put cash into envelopes designated for certain purposes. This is a great system for people that have a hard time balancing their checking accounts. There is also something really life changing about spending cash instead of swiping a card; our brains seem to be more conscious of spending and more responsible with money when we spend actual cash instead of using a debit card. I hope this helps you!
Please leave any comments or questions regarding this tool or with budgeting in general in the comments below… I will be happy to help in any way I can!
Quote Of The Week
Quote: “We are not living in a world where all roads are radii of a circle and where all, if followed long enough, will therefore draw gradually nearer and finally meet at the centre: rather in a world where every road, after a few miles, forks into two, and each of those into two again, and at each fork, you must make a decision.” – C. S. Lewis
Life is a series of decisions. Each decision we make determines our path, and that path will lead us to other decisions, and so on. We will change our entire destiny with each decision we make, so it’s an understatement to say that making good decisions is important!
While it is hard to sometimes determine the right decision, we can always make a good decision. Get informed of your choices, and weigh the pros and cons of your options. It’s important to know what you stand for, and what you don’t, because your decision should never go against your values. Don’t overthink your decision, but with important decisions you should always take time to make them; don’t rush to make decisions that you haven’t had time to process. A friend once told me, “Never accept a job offer on the day that it is given to you. Take a night to sleep on it and make sure it’s right for you.” Ladies, that’s hard! Especially if you need a job or were offered a job that’s seemingly the job of your dreams. Don’t be motivated by fear; it is easy to jump to a decision based off avoiding discomfort.
While our first instinct might be to make the choice that is more comfortable, it may wind up not being the best decision for you. Be honest with yourself and make the decision that truly aligns with your principles. Seek advice (not validation!) from friends, family, or other respected council that will benefit you and help you to see clearly. Once you make your decision, stand behind it and go all in by formulating a plan of action. If later on you come to the conclusion that your decision was not the best one, learn from it and let it help you make better decisions in the future. The good news is that even wrong decisions can help us to learn, and if your decision was true to your values it won’t be one that you can’t live with short-term until other, better, decisions are made!
Need A Great Dinner Idea?
We heart pasta at our house, and spaghetti happens to be one of our favorites! But in order to not get burned out on spaghetti, I like to have a few other options for pasta to throw in the mix.
Lemon Chicken Fettuccine is a delicious recipe to have in your recipe reserve. This hearty, tasty, and healthy pasta meal will make a great addition to your weeknight options, because it’s easy and quick too! Lemon Chicken Fettuccine is a inspiring take on traditional fettuccine and you’ll feel great about serving these oh-so-healthy ingredients.e
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Best Mommy Life Book Of The Week
Last but not least, it’s time for this week’s favorite book from yours truly! This week, we suggest: Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life…And Maybe the World by Admiral William McRaven
On May 17, 2014, at Commencement Day for the graduating class of the University of Texas at Austin, Admiral William H. McRaven spoke on stage. The university’s slogan, “What starts here changes the world,” was his inspiration, and he discussed the ten principles he used during Navy Seal training that aided him in overcoming the challenges not only in his training and long Naval career, but also during his entire life; and he explained how everybody can also use these straightforward lessons to transform themselves, and the world, for the better.
With over 10 million views, Admiral McRaven’s speech went viral. Corner stoning on the principal creeds laid out in his speech, McRaven now describes tales from his personal life and from those of people he came across during his military service who suffered hardships and made hard decisions with determination, kindness, integrity, and bravery. This timeless book is told with great humility and hopefulness, and provides simple insight, practical guidance, and words of inspiration that will inspire readers to conquer more, even in life’s darkest times.
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