One thing you can give and still keep . . . is your word.
How often do you have the time to do something for yourself? If you're like most moms, the answer is almost never. As Moms, we're proud of everything we're able to do for our families, but I'm sure you will agree that a little "me time" goes a long way! Luckily, there's a company out there who understands a mom's desire to spend less time doing routine housework and more time doing what we love. Frigidaire, the appliance brand known for their legendary reliability, is unveiling 250 new appliances designed with specific time-saving features to give you more time for YOUR time.
It shouldn't come as a surprise that research shows that Moms are logging more overtime than most Americans.
Frigidaire is aiming to free up some new found "me time" for Moms and they want to know what you'll do with it. Visit Frigidaire.com and share the five things that you would do with an extra hour in your day for a chance to win an entire suite of the new time-saving Frigidaire appliances.
The five things that I would do with an extra hour:
- Snuggle with my kids.
- Spend time in prayer and meditation.
- Read a book.
- Spend time with friends.
- Take a walk.
Why is it that often when we think of mothers, most of us automatically think of flowers?
I think of how gentle my mother was to my siblings and I growing up. When we were sick or hurting, she was there with just the right words, touch, or therapy to make us feel better. Flowers are gentle living creatures that nurture our spirits when we look at them.
Flowers have soft petals and mothers have a soft heart. Many times they give in to a child when they shouldn't, only because they love their child and want their children to have all they themselves perhaps did not have.
Flowers are strong and able to withstand some harsh weather. Mothers too are strong and must withstand some harsh weather -- the changes in children's behaviors as they grow up, the questions they ask as they go through the learning stages, the defiancy as they struggle with hormones and hard decisions. A mother must be strong and yet maintain the gentleness of the flower to keep their children's trust which bears love.
Some flowers have thorns. Mothers need thorns. While mothers love their children, mothers must also discipline (thorns) their children in love. Whatever method that is chosen, the mother must remember to discipline in love and not in the heat of anger or fear (lest it become abuse and not discipline).
Flowers are beautiful and mothers too have a beauty that nobody else has. It is not a physical beauty but a beauty that comes from within, a "mom" beauty that can be witnessed from watching mothers interact with their children -- watching them play, introducing them to arts and other new things the child may learn from and come to enjoy. Their roots go deep so that later on in life, the child, perhaps now grown, can look back to their mom and ask for the advice they did not want when they were younger.
Overall, mothers have a hard task, but they handle it beautifully. My mother was a gem of a flower and continues to be. She hurts when I hurt; she cries when I cry; she laughs when I laugh; she worries over me still even though I am 41.
Next time you see a flower, stop and reflect on its beauty and how it compares to the beauty of your mother. A mother's love never dies because it is passed on through her children.
Tonight is the First Annual National Mom's Nite Out! When they first pondered the idea of orchestrating one night for moms to celebrate motherhood, no one could have imagined that a simple idea could go so far. As of today, there are over 1,000 different celebrations, parties, and events happening throughout the US . . . and those are only ones we've been told about. Large social media groups such as MomLogic, Divine Caroline, The Motherhood, Twitter Moms, 5 Minutes for Mom, Newbaby.com, and MomTV.com, are all participating virtually in Mom's Nite Out. Over 200 mom groups, websites, and bloggers have joined together to promote and support National Moms Nite Out. They estimate that 10 million+ moms will participate in some way in this event.
If you blog, vlog, facebook, or tweet they hope you will recognize the sponsors (or better yet, tell them thank you with the power of the purse). Companies such as Simon Malls, Children's Orchard, Little Debbie, Bounce U, Pump It Up, Jose Cuervo, Ragu, Making Life Better, One Step Ahead, and many others have all shown how much they appreciate Moms.
There will be ten sites that will be streaming live content from their parties so you can see moms across the US and join in via the Internet. Visit NewBaby.com or MomTV.com to watch.
Happy Mother's Day and Celebrate Moms!
Join me in the fun and giggles of making Mondays a better day by sharing some laughs. Add your link to your Make Me Laugh Monday post to Mr. Linky below. (All links not leading directly to your post will be deleted.) All posts should be funny in some way. Yes, this is up to interpretation. Ideas include riddles, funny family stories, comic strips, jokes, silly graphics, funny lyrics, hilarious photos, etc. Please don't leave me to snicker all alone. I'm sure YOU have something funny to share.
First Full week in May
National Teachers Day
First Tuesday in May
Teacher Appreciation Day & Week
Tuesday, May 5, 2009/May 4-8, 2009
The Teacher Gets A+
(Name of teacher),
I look forward to your class
When I come to school.
You're an awesome teacher;
I think you're very cool.
You're smart and fair and friendly;
You're helping all of us.
And if I got to grade you,
From me you'd get A+!
Number One Teacher
(Name of teacher),
I'm happy that you're my teacher;
I enjoy each lesson you teach.
As my role model you inspire me
To dream and to work and to reach.
With your kindness you get my attention;
Every day you are planting a seed
Of curiosity and motivation
To know and to grow and succeed.
You help me fulfill my potential;
I'm thankful for all that you've done.
I admire you each day, and I just want to say,
As a teacher, you're number one!
A Teacher for All Seasons
A teacher is like Spring,
Who nurtures new green sprouts,
Encourages and leads them,
Whenever they have doubts.
A teacher is like Summer,
Whose sunny temperament
Makes studying a pleasure,
A teacher is like Fall,
With methods crisp and clear,
Lessons of bright colors
And a happy atmosphere.
A teacher is like Winter,
While it’s snowing hard outside,
Keeping students comfortable,
As a warm and helpful guide.
Teacher, you do all these things,
With a pleasant attitude;
You’re a teacher for all seasons,
And you have my gratitude!
Get an inexpensive bowl from the dollar store and write Teacher Appreciation Bowl on it. Everyday I put a different sign in it:
On Monday the sign said "You are lifesaver to our kids! Thank you for all your hard work." Then fill the bowl with individual wrapped lifesavers.
On Tuesday the sign said, "You plant the seeds of knowledge in our children." Then fill the bowl with individual bags of sunflower seeds in it.
On Wednesday the sign said "Because of you our kids are not DumDums." Then fill the bowl with DumDum lollipops.
On Thursday the sign said "Hugs and Kisses for everything you do." Then fill bowl with bags of Hershey's hugs and kisses.
On Friday the sign said "You deserve a "Carefree" week-end. You are a much appreciated group of teachers and staff!" Then fill the bowl with Carefree gum.
There are lots of other ideas that you can use such as Smarties candies and 100 Grand candy bars ("You are worth a grand."), etc.
These are the cards I made for the teacher whose classroom I volunteer in and for my kids' teachers.
"Rules are, there are no rules." There are no right or wrong answers. Don't limit yourself to one word responses; just say everything that pops into your head.
Luna says . . . and I think . . .
1.. Avoid :: Cigarette smoking. Its hard to quit once you start.
2. Castle :: New show on ABC.
3. Episode :: I sometimes feel like my family is on an episode of reality TV.
4. Limited :: Edition.
5. Nail polish :: If you store it in the refrigerator it will last longer.
6. Dip :: I love sour cream & onion dip with my Lay's potato chips.
7. Share :: Memories with your family and friends.
8. Damage :: My foster is sadly a very damaged girl emotionally.
9. Improper :: Indecent, undesirable behavior.
10. Handle :: I'm tired of having to handle everything as a single parent.
Check out others responses by going to Luna Nina's blog.