2/16/17

11 Habits That Lead To A Healthier, Happier You!



In these busy times, we need to make sure to take time out for ourselves. When we are happy, we reflect our happiness outwards to all those around us helping to create a healthier happier world!

1) Before falling asleep each night, think about what you are thankful and grateful for that day. Visualize what you want your following day to look like. You would be amazed at how well this works for creating a calmer more balanced life.

2) Stay as positive as possible. Life has it’s ups and downs but how we handle each situation is important. Positive emotions reflect out to those around you, especially your children. They learn by watching you!

3) Get outside in nature as much as possible. Taking a walk along a river or creek, appreciating the sounds of the birds, savoring the smells of spring in the air. All these things help you feel more connected. If you live in a big city, visit a park or walk into a flower shop and smell all the flowers. Get the kids and your canine companions active with you.

2/13/17

Children's Book Review: How The Trees Got Their Voices


Oh, do we have a treat for you!
Welcome to the world of Susan Andra Lion. Author, Illustrator and Graphic Designer.
How The Trees Got Their Voices is filled with a magic of its own kind. Visually, soul stirring images bring this story to life. The creative spirit of this book immerses the reader into the energy and vibration of the living forest and ecosystem. Susan draws you into her magical world of the living, breathing and caring trees.

2/9/17

Sticks, Stones and Solutions: Why Bullying Matters to All of Us by G. W. Wilkins



Sticks, Stones and Solutions:  Why Bullying Matters to All of Us by G. W. Wilkins

Reports of bullying among our children is on the rise, and the consequences are serious. Whether more bullying is occurring or whether more parents are becoming aware of peer-to-peer bullying incidents and reporting them is unknown. Some parents even report bullying occurring as early as preschool.  Yet it is well-documented that children who are the target of bullying, whether in person or in a cyber environment, are at risk for anxiety, loneliness, low self-esteem, depression, physical health issues, alcohol and drug use, poor academic performance, poor social self-competence and even suicide.

The bullies themselves are also impacted.  Recent studies also show that they are more likely to get into frequent and injurious fights, to vandalize, steal, smoke and drink alcohol, be truant from school, drop out of school, carry a weapon and become a criminal. In one study, 60% of those who bullied had at least one criminal conviction by age 24.

Why do kids bully each other?  According to www.empoweringparents.com, “The answer is simple: it solves their social problems. After all, it’s easier to bully somebody than to work things out, manage your emotions, and learn to solve problems. Bullying is the proverbial ‘easy way out,’ and sadly, some kids take it.”  
Bullying can involve verbal abuse, emotional abuse and even physical abuse always meant to disempower the victim

2/7/17

Write Your Book, Tell Your Story by Karen Stuth



Write Your Book, Tell Your Story by Karen Stuth

The simple truth is this:  every person is a visionary with a unique story to tell.

Whether that story is your own autobiographical story, whether it is a work of fiction, whether a children’s book, told through the medium of poetry or whether you tell your story through art, music, dance or some other medium, we all have a story worth telling. If you have yearned to write a story or a book or to bring forward your voice in any form, this is your own soul path calling you to share who you are and what you have learned so far with others, not only for their benefit, but especially for your own.  

2/6/17

When to Use a Doctor; When to Trust Yourself


Podcast 21-When to Use a Doctor; When to Trust Yourself By Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na)

Click here to listen!

In this podcast, she covers:
02:28   What is Discernment
11:30   Have The Knowledge
16:40   Own The Remedies
21:15   Know What You’re Looking For
26:17   Diagnosis
31:10   Selecting The Right Doctor
42:03   Finding the Good Doctors

1/19/17

Children Learn By Example


As parents sometimes we forget how much our children are learning from watching us.

They are little sponges watching our every move and expression.

They feel the energy that we vibrate each and every second.

They hear and mimic the words we say.

So be sure to check in with yourself !


12/1/16

Review: Food With Thought Family Dinner Conversation Questions.

Connect with your family and feed their spirit....UNPLUGGED!


For years while we were raising our children, playing games was always a staple in both our households. Our kids grew up with family game nights. Both of our households have 100+ hours of playing games together. We purposely chose fun, creative, educational, interactive games. To this day even as adults our grown children love to play games and still look forward to game nights. 

What drew us to Shannon Banker's cute little Food With Thought everyday dinner conversation starters was the fact that they are geared towards families to be able to connect more during dinner time. 



Each Food With Thought canister features a wide variety of conversation questions. There are even holiday sets available. Each tin includes 180 question cards to keep your family engaged at mealtime.



"Would you rather be an elf or a reindeer? Why?"

"If you and your friends started a band what would the name of it be?"

Could you imagine a 5 yr old's answer versus an 18 yr old's or a 12 yr old's answer? The conversations you could have are infinite. 

This is a really fun way to encourage everyone to put down their phones, become present in the moment together, engage, have fun and create lasting life time family memories. 

11/3/16

Childrens Book Review: The Hug Store

Sharing *HUGS* with first graders!
Rick & Shana Morrison bring "The Hug Store" to the classroom.

The Hug Store By Shana and Rick Morrison.

When author Rick Morrison reached out to us to review his brand new children's picture book The Hug Store inspired and co-authored by his daughter Shana, we were delighted.

This charming book is overflowing with LOVE. It fills an emotional need that all humans require. (((HUGS)))

It's near and dear to our hearts because it teaches the children how to become self aware, self reliant and how to go within themselves for answers.