Yikes! If there were ever a time to consider online and in-home private shopping..........
For some reason I awoke this morning feeling anxious and uneasy. This was surprising since I usually wake up without incident and prepare for my day. "What is the matter with me?" I realized that I have been doing too much over the past few weeks and felt overwhelmed with trying to complete every single project on a schedule when there wasn't a schedule. I had to chillax. After getting "J" off to school I got back into bed and watched TV. It has been awhile since I had time to do this. Today, I made time. Man, that felt good.
Check out the great reads below.
Compassion at it's best!
Like me, I am sure many of you can relate to the having a child in college and one in diapers or elementary school.
What would we do without our handbags?
Please allow me this time to thank all of you for sending words of encouragement while I mourned the lost of my best friend Donna. Donna was not just a great friend but a great mom.
What was so amazing to me was that I have never met many of you. We have only communicated via mommy and parenting blogs. You shared stories of your losses and how you were able to cope. This meant more to me than you will ever know. You words of encouragement have helped me on my path to acceptance. We are comrades indeed.
The future launch of the Fab Mom clothing line will be instrumental in donating to organizations like the Pancreatic Cancer Foundation and other groups that support moms around th
The last 3 months have been a whirlwind. Kids out of school for the summer. Do I need to say more! : - ) "J" is high maintenance folks and thinks she needs to be busy every minute of the day. With that said I had to put on my Fab Mom gear tis summer and get moving. Karate, beach activities, tennis, festivals, pool activities and the list goes on...... Many of you will appreciate why mommies need mommytime : - ). Some of us feel guilty about wanting to spend time by ourselves. DO NOT FEEL GUILTY. I REPEAT! DO NOT FEEL GUILTY.
Turns out that some of the things you think are self-indulgent are actually good
for you (and your kids too):
Parenting Magazine Says:
Leaving Your Child at Home
"Getting a babysitter, even if it's just to run errands, helps me regroup, and it gets my kids used to being around other people," says Jill Lewis, a mom of three, ages 5, 3, and 1, in New York City. "They also learn things that they wouldn't from me. Two of our regular sitters are budding artists -- I could never dream up the projects they do with my five-year-old."
Don't feel bad about having a sitter come in for a few hours, even if it's only so you can buy lettuce in peace. It's better for everybody, really. "Many moms might not think to leave their child unless it's for an evening out. But having someone sit while you get things done on occasion is amazingly
therapeutic," says Peggy Alvarado, a mom of two in Manalapan, New Jersey, and a parent coach who helps new moms and dads adjust to life with kids. "Because so
many child-related tasks seem never-ending, the sense of accomplishment can really keep your stamina up, and your child would surely rather be doing something
other than all those errands."
Getting a Life
Seeing friends is more than just fun -- it may keep your mind sharp, according to a University of Michigan study. "I used to feel extreme guilt about meeting up with friends after being
at work all day," says Renée Amellio, a mother of two in Allenhurst, New Jersey. "But I realized that the only way to keep my sanity given my hectic schedule was
to think of myself a little bit and have some fun -- and that my kids wouldn't love me any less for it."
I heard it from my mother a million times when I was a little girl and especially when I became a teenager. "I am not made of money." That may have been the case but I wanted what I wanted when I wanted it. As Fab Moms it is important to teach our children financial responsibility and the value of money .It will pay off in the end. Needless to say, I did not get what I wanted when I wanted it from mom. I had to turn my attention to dad :- )
It's Summertime and like me many of you are asking yourselves " What am I going to do with the kids this summer?" or "What do I want to do in order to achieve some peace and tranquility for for myself?" I know it's hard and the time is either flying by or moving at a snails pace when the kids have nothing to do. How about a Summertime Bucket List?
There are countless creative ideas online that you can plan with your family. Check out this website for just a few. Choose a few so that you can stay organized.
Now, for those of you who would like to add a little me time to the list. Here are a few suggestions.
1- Ask a neighbor with children to watch your kids while you
spend a couple of hours at the pool or shopping without
the kids. (Make sure you return the favor).
2- Ask dad to plan a day out with the kids and spend the time
getting a mani-pedi or massage.
3- Order a Fab Mom t-shirt and sign up for a volunteer
4- Go to an outdoor concert with your significant other.
5- Enroll in a summertime class (outdoor yoga, art, etc)
I recently took an art class. There was also wine tasting : - )
6- Plan a mom's only day out or weekend get-away.
THE POSSIBILITIES ARE ENDLESS - HAVE A FAB
MOM SUMMER !!
Several of you have inquired as to why I have not posted on my blog or to the fab mom facebook page in awhile. Where do I start? The past 2 months are somewhat of a blur. My oldest daughter graduated from college this month and I have been on a rollercoaster that would not stop. There have been parties, graduation preparation, tears, apartment hunting,more tears, car shopping and even more tears.Why the tears you may ask? My baby has grown up to be a beautiful young woman. What happened and where did the time go? Didn't I just snap a picture of her when she lost her first tooth? Didn't we just have "The Talk."? Who told her she could grow up so fast? Guilty as charged. As Mom's we encourage our children to not be afraid to conquer the world and do everything we can to prepare them for this day. However, when that glorious day arrives, it is hard to let go. Just know that we prepared them as best as we could and EXHALE.
What I love most about FAB Moms are our individual stories. We are moms from every background with a similar goal - We have an emotional attachment to our children and families that we can not explain. We will do whatever it takes to protect our children and know when to allow them to protect themselves. We've read books on parenting and listened to parenting professionals. In spite of this, we acknowledge that we do not have all of the answers. We are determined to be our best so that we are able to be examples to our children. I would like to welcome Samelia Miller to the Fab Mom family. As you read her bio via her website you will be encouraged by her resilience and courage. http://samelia.com/. Check out her picture in our photo gallery.