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Another Example of Why You Need to Listen to Your GUT!


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I believe Moms and women possess a very strong intuition.

Our intuition will lead us down the right path, and raise red flags when things are amiss.

As my friend Deb Endres would say. “I don’t always understand the Red Flags, but I do have to pay attention to them. My gut rarely steers me wrong.”

I found an amazing story today on The Stir that is another example of why you should listen to your gut and that little voice in your head.

The nice voice in your head. Not the one that tells you to eat wood or put your child on Toddlers and Tiaras in a hooker outfit.

An 18 year old Michigan jogger impulsively decided to go for a last minute jog and for reason unbeknownst to him, took a rarely used trail. His decision saved a 2 year old toddler’s life. REad more:

What’s YOUR gut telling you today????

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Christmas=GOOD, Fire=Not So Much

This morning, I am a relieved Mommy. Gifts have been effectively smuggled into the house, sorted, wrapped, and I think everything is finally “even Steven” between the two kids. *Blissful Sigh*.

I’m shot. And it’s only 7:10 a.m.

And to top it off, the Sleep Gods have smiled upon me and the kids are *gasp…dare I say it?* STILL SLEEPING. Time for a little Mommy Time.

I open my emails and what do I see?

Over 2,000 email smiling at me….

OK, that was lame. BUT I did see a good email from The Home Safety Council.

This is a very cool site and I think it’s a “must read” for parents. Their website is bright, fun, and very informative. I think people hear the name and think it’s a bit of a snore-fest. It actually very good. Give it a nose-poke and tell me what you think.

There was one particular post that caught my eye. It was on Candle Safety:

Did you know that home fires caused by candles peak during the holiday season? Decorating with battery-powered candles is the best way to keep a festive glow without the risk of fires. If you choose to use candles with an open flame, only light them when there is an adult in the room who is actively supervising children.

This is so true…and the main reason I no longer have candles with flames in my house.

Let me rewind. I LOVE candles. To “get Mom a new candle” has been the stock Christmas gift for me for years. Then one day, about two months ago, I lit a candle and left it on the kitchen counter. For a second, I turned away and walked 10 feet to where my purse was. When I turned back, there was my 5 year old, on a stool, leaning over the top of the candle flame to “blow it out, Mommy.” Her waist-length hair was Right.In.The.Flame….

Luckily, I got her away from it in time but from that moment on I vowed to have no more flames in my house. Can you imagine how devastating that would have been if her hair would have caught fire? Or if I had been farther away from her? *Shudder*

At that moment, I decided to try Scensty. I had resisted up until then because I had so many “normal candles” that I “needed to use up first.” Those “normal candles” are now in a box to go to the donation center.

I am now the proud owner of a Scentsy burner from Mom Squader Cindy Bunting. I got the Plug-In outlet style and I really like it. MocaDoodle is by far my favorite scent and I love how the delicious smells waft through my whole house.

And I love the fact no one will be catching on fire in the process.

So I guess my nag post today is a bit of an “FYI” to parents, and a solution to go along with it. Give the Home Safety Council website a read, and then head over to Cindy’s for the goods.Remember she has a great coupon in the current Mom Squad packs and she is always helpful to me when I need a gift idea.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

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Feeling Fullfilled Friday-What Can You Cross off YOUR List?

I love lists.

I love making lists to keep myself focused and on track.

I have lists at home. Lists at work. Lists in the car. I’d be wandering aimlessly if I didn’t have The List.

And what, I really…REALLY like, is crossing stuff OFF my list. There! Done! Instant empowerment! Accomplishment!!!! Wahoo!

The “big” accomplishment of motherhood is years—even decades—away. But we shouldn’t put off feeling fulfilled until our rugrats fly the coop. So I want to help my peeps find fulfillment in what they accomplished this week. NOT the nagging heap of the “undone” stuff. That never ends.

And since it’s Friday the 13th, lets do something fun and positive!NOW is the time to review your victories of the week. Time for Feeling Fulfilled Friday. 

In MomSquadLand, it would be more like Feelin Funky Friday…but I digress. So what the heck is FFF? It’s a new feature from my blog buddy  MamaBlogga to help us mothers see the things we’ve accomplished.

Want to participate? Cool beans! Spread the word! Grab the badge below, blog about it, Tweet it, Facebook it—but most importantly, think about the little things that make you feel like you’ve done a good job as a mother or a uber-fantastic female! Write down your accomplishments, and be proud of it!

OH YEAH! You know this post wouldn’t be complete without me nagging about our kick-butt Edition 5 Coupon Packs! I just dropped a butt-load of them off at Crow Wing Food Co-op Yesterday! And The Office Shop across from Bremer Bank has them too. ENJOY!
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Feeling FRIED? Sleep Tips for Busy Moms

Ever feel like your life is a timed event?

That all you do is raced from place to place, or task to task, trying to cram as much as possible into your day? Only to collapse into bed and stay up too late watching the Deadliest Catch Marathon ( you know who you are!)

Then you wake up the next day, tired, pissy, and wandering around on autopilot. Emphasis on the PISSY.

Welcome to my world.

At least I know I am not alone. Maybe minus the Deadliest Catch Marathon, but you get my point.

According to a National Sleep Foundation survey, as many as 47 million adults aren’t meeting their minimum sleep needs to be fully alert the next day.

In case you were wondering, not getting enough sleep affects the entire mind and body. Memory and judgement are impaired, and a person becomes listless, depressed, angry, and has unexplained aches and pains. Did I mention they are also pissy?

Add unladylike gas, and a fascination with M&M dispensers to that and they’ve just described ME. (Did you need to know that? TMI?)

Any-hoo, here’s Seven Tips for a Good Night’s Sleep from the National Sleep Foundation. I think I am going to give these a whirl. Certainly couldn’t hurt (as I type this I am painfully aware that I have been up since 3:00 a.m today. No clue why either)

1. Consume less or no caffeine and avoid alcohol

2. Drink less fluids before going to sleep.

3. Avoid heavy meals close to bedtime.

4. Avoid nicotine.

5. Exercise regularly, but do so in the daytime, preferable afternoon.

6. Try a relaxing routine, like soaking in a hot tub or bath before bedtime.

7. Establish a regular bedtime and wake-time schedule.

Nighty-Night. Sleep Tight!


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