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0 Comments | Posted By SE Monday, February 11, 2013 3:17:27 PM America/Chicago
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Its officially 2013 and with a new year comes... new years resolutions.  Ahhh Yes, January 1st, the one day of the year when we make a list of all the things we want to improve in our life or projects we want to conquer in the next 365 days.  The reality of it is, resolutions are hard to stick with.  I recently read where 59% of people succeed and 41% of people fail with their resolutions.  This actually shocked me.  Who are these 59% and what are they doing that I'm not?  We've all been down that road.. you make the resolution and within a week, you have broken your oath!  Honestly, I quit making resolutions years ago, because quite frankly, it's way to much pressure!

Fun Fact:  Denmark is known for perennially being one of the happiest countries in the world. Why are the Danes so happy? Sure, they have a fairly short work week and enviable social safety nets, but what’s the kicker? They keep their expectations low. With lowered expectations, when goals are met, you’re happy. Source - gogingham.com

Keeping your expectations low - I can surely do that?!  I am putting the Danes to the test this year and keeping my own expectations low.  Yes, I gave in and made a few "resolutions" of my own!  One of my resolutions is to drink more water - seems easy enough, right?  Keep your fingers crossed for me and I will keep you posted!!  I stumbled across this article and it caught my eye because we both share a common goal.  It is very simple, to the point, not overly ambitious, and is something we can all relate too.

Wishing you all Love, Hope, Peace and prosperity in 2013.
xo - Shannon and the SlickSugar Team

Source - Everything Mom

Loose weight. Exercise more. Save for the future. Perhaps it’s just me but I find resolutions to be a little intimidating. I love the fresh start that the New Year brings but I hate stressing myself over achieving goals that I know I’ll have difficulty meeting. And then when I don’t meet them I beat myself up about not being strong enough or having enough conviction to stick to them.

What starts off as a year full of promise quickly turns into a year of inability, failure and guilt.

That being said, I do believe some resolutions can help people to embrace and hang on to that inspiring feeling that only a new year can bring. Here are 5 resolutions everyone should make this year and every year:

    Say I Love You. Sure you show your kids you love them by listening to the stories about how their day unfolded. You show your partner love by making coffee for him in the morning, even though you don’t drink it. Maria shares 20 great ways you can show these people in your life how much you love them. But I’m not talking about showing love, which you probably do already; I’m talking about literally saying those 3 words: I Love You. Sometimes we take this for granted that our husband or our children KNOW we love them but hearing it is so important. Say the words I Love You to them at least once a day, every day.

    Challenge Yourself. It’s easy to get complacent in your everyday tasks, whether it’s with work or your family. Do something you want to do but we’re afraid to try or just never thought of trying. Sharon shared a great piece on taking risks. I particularly love the line: Taking risks is about going outside of your comfort zone. By challenging yourself, I don’t mean take up skydiving or lion taming. Challenge yourself by trying a new recipe this week, by bridging the gap between you an old friend, by learning to wire an electrical outlet. Each challenge will expand your knowledge base and prove to yourself what others around you already knows, you can do anything you set your mind to.

    Drink More Water. Water has an amazing power. Sure it can quench a thirst but it can also boost your energy level, stop cravings, keep your immunity up by flushing your system, and keep your skin looking younger. It’s really amazing all that water can do yet it’s one of those little things we often ignore. Perhaps we’ve fall into the mind-set that if it’s not hard to do, it can’t be offering much good. Sometimes the best things in life are free (and easy).

    Be Childish. Have you ever found yourself colouring pictures, building a LEGO set, or working on a puzzle with your kids? You start the task as a way to keep the kids occupied but then you realize you’re having just as much fun. One of the best moments I had was playing hopscotch with my kids after school. Forget that you’re a grown-up for a second and give-in to your inner child. Ignore the world around you and just have fun, jumping, skipping, singing, colouring. Having fun isn’t just for kids.

    No Yelling Before Noon. I love my kids but being a parent does seem to bring more yelling out of me than any other stage of my life. Although I could say stop yelling all together, following some of the ideas in Christie’s article, but in my mind that’s totally unrealistic and these resolutions are suppose to help you embrace positivity versus bring on more guilt. How you start your morning sets the tone for the entire day. It’s easy to get stressed and yell at the kids to get ready faster or the driver who is going to slow or the garbage truck that’s blocking your way. That aggressive feeling is hard to shake even after the episode and everyone starts his or her morning in a foul mood. Take a deep breath and tone it down and you’ll find what’s aggravating you isn’t really worth the bad day. And if you’re lucky, you’ll get so good at not yelling in the morning it will translate into your entire day. Well, we can be hopeful.

All five of these resolutions or goals are something every one of us can do. No membership fee or special equipment is required. The best part is that each one of these resolutions will make you feel better about yourself and the world around you; they send a positive message out to the world to take and pass on.

Now I’m off to do a little colouring.

Source - Everything Mom

0 Comments | Posted By SE Wednesday, January 2, 2013 12:31:28 PM America/Chicago
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Now that Christmas is over, I'm sitting here scouring the net for ways to make New Years Eve Fabulous for the kids in my life! Let's face it.. finding a babysitter on New Year's isn't the easiest of tasks.  So, instead we are ringing in the New Year WITH our kids!  Here is a great list of things to occupy the kiddos while you enjoy some adult conversation with your guests. 

I found this great list on familiesthatstick.blogspot.com.  Check them out!! 

10. BOARD GAME ON: Best Bets: Apples to Apples Junior, Pictureka, twister and Uno.  If needed, team up with toddlers to keep them in on the action.  Zingo is also a favorite at our house!

9. SET UP A CAMP-IN: Go all out with tents, cozy pajamas, and sleeping bags.  Serve fun treats like hot cocoa, S'Mores and ants on a log.

8. MAKE A FRESH START: Create kid-friendly, healthy snacks in fun shapes using cookie cutters, star-shaped apple slices with peanut butter and sprinkles are sure to delight.

7. TIME FOR A CAPSULE: Gather your favorite memories, school pictures, and mementos from the past year, put everything in a plastic container and bury it in the backyard by flashlight.  Pull up last year's and reminisce.

6. DIY CONFETTI: Give the kids color construction paper and punch out shapes like starts or snowflakes.  Fill small bags to toss in the air at midnight, ER 8:30pm.

5. COUNT DOWN CHAIN: Ask kids to share notable events that happened in 2012.  Write them down on paper strips (use sparkly and patterned papers to make your home festive).  Create a chain and hang up.  Take turns removing a link and reading the event aloud.  Example: Ike turned 4!

4. B-I-N-G-O: Download bingo cards with New Year's images (balloons, confetti, music, streamers, etc).  Fill in while watching the festivities on television.

3. EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED: Pre-make surprise balls for each child filling them with noisemakers, confetti, & a mask.  Have them unwrap layers through out the night - ending with a celebration at the stroke of your family friendly "midnight".

2. MAKE IT POP: An alternative way to serve the confetti: New Year's themed confetti poppers.

1. CHEERS!: Let them toast with a kid-friendly glass filled with candy champagne bubbles.


Source: Families that Stick

0 Comments | Posted By SE Wednesday, December 26, 2012 6:23:11 PM America/Chicago
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I saw this article on babble.com and had to share with you all.  Considering the majority of our mid-western states are being covered by snow this week.  For some of us, it’s our first big snow of the season and for many kids it’s a snow day!!  I lived for snow days when I was a kid, but what kid didn’t?  Check out the article for some fun ideas to keep your little ones entertained on snow days!  
Author - By Devan McGuinness | December 14th, 2012 at 8:41 am

I’ll be honest, I don’t care for snow. I don’t like winter or being cold or getting wet and having to layer into piles of clothes just to go outside.

I live in Canada though, so winter is a part of our lives for a few months, and with that comes the snow, the cold, the wetness, and the layers.

I remember when I was a kid I had fun in the winter. I didn’t mind the cold, I just wanted to get out there and play. Now that I am an adult, that seems to have faded a lot and I am so not happy with winter.

I don’t want to kill the happy in my kids though, so for their sake, this year I am going to embrace the wintertime. There is so much fun that can be had with the snow and the activities that really only work with the cold. There are some things I am putting on my winter-bucket-list this year and I think you should play along, too.

1)    Color the Snow
Take some food coloring and put a few drops into a water squirt bottle. Have your kids paint the snow outside.

2)    Pj's and Movie
If it's too cold to go play outside (or if you've played outside enough), make all snow days pj and movie day. Stay in your pjs all day and chose a movie theme.

3)    Build a Snow Fort
Build it up brick by brick and make a little village of houses, stores and fun!

4)    S'mores After the Cold
Usually reserved for the summer camping months, but how great would they be after a play in the cold?

5)    Sled Race
Make it a mini-competition. Set up games and have your own Olympic sled games

6)    Board Games & Popcorn
After you've played outside for the day, come in and play board games together and eat popcorn.

7)    Snowball Fight
Winter is not complete without a family-fun snowball fight. Pick teams and keep score.

8)    Hot Chocolate with Marshmallows
Hot chocolate is a must after you play in the snow. We're going to try a lot of different types.

9)    Build a Snowman
Make a whole family of snowmen. Each build your own and maybe step outside the box and make your pets, too.

10)    Snow Angel Families
Snow angels is one fun winter activity. You can make a whole family of angels and then try to guess which one is which.

11)    Make Snow Castles
Who says you need the beach and sand to make castles? Break out those sand castle toys and make them with snow.

12)    Go Skating
The whole family should get out and learn how to skate. It's fun and amazing exercise.

Source - www.babble.com

0 Comments | Posted By SE Thursday, December 20, 2012 5:11:07 PM America/Chicago
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