Friday, May 30, 2014

Mind Organization for Moms (Part 1)

Recently I went through the Power of Moms Mind Organization for Moms (M.O.M.) online course.  It was absolutely amazing!!  I cannot believe that I actually feel organized and I'm accomplishing things AND enjoying my life.

One of the first tasks I was given was to clean out my email inbox.  When I first looked at this program I thought that I should completely skip this step.  Why?  I had 9000+ (gulp!!!) emails in my inbox.  I know, why in the world did I have that many?  I just didn't care to spend time sorting or deleting.  This was accumulated for 3 years (since I had my daughter).  But I was determined to do this project.  Not only that, April gave an easy organizing system for new email coming in.  SO, I took about 2 days and cleaned out my inbox.  HOORAY!!!

This has been the most therapeutic and successful accomplishments I have made in regard to getting my mind clear.  I can't tell you how often I looked at my inbox and sighed out of sheer overwhelming frustration.  Now, that everything is neatly categorized and new emails coming in have a home, I feel so much more clear headed!  It's amazing!
Another thing I did was to unsubscribe to many blogs/websites that I just didn't have time to read or sent something daily.  I just can't handle it.   My brain gets overloaded easily.  This has been a great help to me as well.
Stay tuned for more of my transformation!!

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Mind Organization for Moms by Power of Moms (Introduction)

I used to consider myself an organized person...until I had kids.  I feel like for the past 5 years I have been SO unorganized when I really need to be more organized.  I have read countless books and tried to figure this out on my own.  I end up falling back into the pit with no way out.
What makes this program so different?  First, there is an ebook along with a video training and workbook.  There are numerous printables, podcasts and articles to read.  But best of all, there is a step by step process that the author April Perry has made for you to get organized in 2 weeks. 
I can tell you that I get completely overwhelmed at all the piles of papers and ideas I have all over my house.  I don't seem to have any specific place to put these and I'm constantly stressing about things that are really not that important.
I was very impressed with April's system.  She has a unique way to help you get all the stuff swirling around in your brain on paper in proper places so you can do what is most important.
I invite you to see for yourself how you can be organized both in your mind and in your environment.

If you want a taste of what M.O.M. is all about check out the free ebook, Master the Whirlwind by April Perry. 

PS. I can't wait to share my journey with you in the coming weeks so keep watch.  I just started my 2 week process and I can already see a HUGE difference in my stress level.  So excited!!

Friday, May 9, 2014

Morning Job Routine for my 5 year old

I can't tell you how much I have struggled to get my son to get ready in the morning.  When I tell him it's time to get dressed he does everything but that!  It sometimes is 1 hour between the time I say get dressed until he is dressed.  There have been meltdowns for mom and son.  Not good!  I do not want to start my morning that way.  So, I thought and thought and saw this picture somewhere online one weekend and an idea popped into my mind.  I have been trying to get him to be responsible and accountable without me being part of the equation.

So I made a board with 2 cups.  One cup has his jobs written on sticks (just four morning jobs) and the other cup says DONE!  When he does the job he moves the stick to the other cup.  When all jobs are done he reports to me and then gets a sticker for the day and 15 minutes of free time.  It works great.  At the end of the week if he has all 5 stickers he gets 25 cents (5 cents for each sticker).

So far I have kept out of the way and watched my son become responsible and we have had smooth mornings with no meltdowns.

This system has been the best by far of everything that I have tried.  It's easy and I don't have to do anything!

The jobs are:
Get dressed
Fill water bottles for kids
Feed and water the cat
Check in with mom

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Raising a Princess by John Croyle Book Review

Raising a Princess by John Croyle is a unique look at the Excellent Woman of Proverbs 31.  Croyle outlines 8 essential virtues to teach your daughter using the acronym of PRINCESS.  P is for Praisworthiness, R is for Righteousness, I is for Initiative, N is for Nurture, C is for Character, E is for Empowerment, S is for Servant-Heartedness and the last S is for Stability.  There are examples from the author's life with his own daughter as well as with those he works with at Big Oak Ranch.  He gives specific ideas for training in each of these areas.  He speaks from a father's heart who yearns for his daughters to truly be led by the King.
From the press:
In his new book, "Raising a Princess" (B&H Books, May 2014), Croyle walks through the importance of raising young women in a biblical, strong and compassionate manner. Touching on themes of unconditional love, failure and trust, Croyle offers nearly four decades of wisdom in raising godly woman.

Croyle provides parenting techniques to help the reader raise their princess to someday be a queen. Croyle’s specific approach to raising young women is spelled out through the acronym P.R.I.N.C.E.S.S:

Praiseworthiness – A princess understands she is worthy of praise simply because she is made in the image of God.
Righteousness – She lives according to God’s normal, not the world’s normal.
Initiative – A princess makes good things happen.
Nurture – God built into girls and women an instinct for nurture that boys and men simply don’t have in the same way.
Character – A girl of character knows what her deepest desires are and chooses accordingly.
Empowerment – Your princess needs to understand life isn’t just something that happens to her. She has the power to choose.
Servant-Heartedness – A princess finds purpose not in being served, but serving others.
Stability – As stability is provided for daughters, they will grow into the kind of people who help create stability for others.

I really like the author's male perspective in this book for raising girls.  John Croyle has had the incredible opportunity to be around hundreds of girls and show them how God values them above all else.  He challenged me to think beyond what I would normally teach my daughter, but to embrace a high calling and truly equip my daughter for who God made her to be.

Check out my other review of John Croyle's book for raising boys: The Two-Minute Drill to Manhood.
*I was given a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own. *

Monday, May 5, 2014

Parenting Shifts Series: Elementary Foundations (Parenting Wisdom for Ages 5-8) by Turansky and Miller Review

Elementary Foundations is a book for parents with children ages 5-8.  It talks specifically about different parenting approaches for this age range.  These children have moved out of the preschool years, but are still in foundation building for values and character.  As children grow in these elementary years, parents have the great privilege to teach many important lessons.  This book outlines 42 lessons written in short chapters packed with stories, ideas and words of life to share with your kids.  This is a great time to make some important parenting shifts toward training godly children.

I really enjoyed reading this book as my oldest son is now 5 years old.  I really want to be a positive parent and show my son how to live God's way.  I appreciate the wisdom shared in this book and I plan to implement one idea at a time.  Some chapters that I really liked- The Family is a Team, The Most Important Words and Building a Strong Spiritual Foundation.

The Parenting Shift Series from National Center for Biblical Parenting includes:
*The Baby Adventure (Birth to 12 months)
*Toddlers on the Move (12-36 months)
*Preschooler Explorers (3-5 years)
*Elementary Foundations (5-8 years)
*Cultivating Responsibility (9-12 years)

Be sure to check them out as well as other great resources from National Center for Biblical Parenting.  I have really benefited from these resources and so can you!

On May 30 there will be a free Kindle book from the Parenting Shift series available for 5 days.  Be looking for that. More information later.

*I was given a complimentary copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All opinions are my own. *

Thursday, May 1, 2014

2014 Summer Survival Calendar is HERE!!

Are you excited that summer is just around the corner?
I sure am!
Susan Heid has a wonderful Summer Survival Calendar that is ready for YOU.
She includes over 120 activities with links and a complete supply list (NEW!)
Get your new 2014 Summer Survival Calendar today and start planning your fun.
Click on the picture above or this LINK to buy your copy today.
Summer Survival Calendar + Action Guide= $8
Summer Survival Calendar only= $6
I also highly recommend the Action Guide which is a wonderful resource for planning and preparing for more than just activities this summer.
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Also, here is a link to a great webinar that Susan gave last year!