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Building self confidence in your kids!

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Health & Wellness, Kids & Family Life, Life Coaching, Parenting Tips

I am the lucky mom of four kids...they all didn't come easily into this world, so I am extra grateful to have them be a part of my family (more on that story to come)!  I want to be the best mom possible to them...and I think the most important thing I can teach them is how valuable and truly special they are...so, how do I do that?!? B03

Children do not need to be fussed over and overpraised for doing simple things that should be done every day, or told they are geniuses for putting a sippy cup in the sink. Children do, however, need to be encouraged—daily.

Everyday they need:

a hug and a kiss

and they need to hear these things...yes, every...single...day!

I love you

Thank you

I'm so lucky that you are my child

I'm proud of you

I believe in you

I trust you

& they need encouragement 

 

 

They need to feel that they are important to you. The best way to do this is through complimenting them.

  • Make your compliments meaningful. Don't just compliment your kids for doing what's expected of them, or for something minor.   Compliments should be reserved for actual accomplishments! Don't pour on the praise for something they didn't actually do. And never say they are the Best in the World in anything. I'm sure that your child is going to do MANY wonderful things today; the key is to look for the right opportunity to praise them.
  • Praise them appropriately. When your kids do something special, like draw you a picture or get dressed by themselves, that's when you can tell that you're proud of them.  Rewarding your children reinforces good behavior, but they are validated simply by knowing that they've pleased you.
  • Slip them a note. If your children can read or are in school, tuck a note in their backpack or lunchbox and let them know how you feel about them.  A little acknowledgment can go a long way.
  • Notice their good deeds.  Whenever you see your child being nice or doing anything positive, tell them that you noticed it and how proud you are of them.

If you do these things everyday, I guarantee that you will see a major shift in your child's self confidence...which boils over into every single aspect of their lives!! Happy Complimenting!

Information Adapted from parentsconnect.com

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How to get your kids to LOVE to brush their teeth!

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Health & Wellness, Kids & Family Life, Parenting Tips

max brushing teeth Brushing their teeth...wow, it's always been a challenge in my house. So I decided that I needed to be creative and find ways to make it fun for my kids. This picture is of my little boy Max...he's a tough one to get to do anything because whatever I want, he wants the opposite...but this even works with him!!

1.  Take Turns!  Start by letting your kids roll dice...whoever gets doubles first, gets to brush their teeth first, second and third, ect...It's amazing how excited they get about this. If I don't have dice around, I will let them pick numbers or straws...this works great too!

2.  Have a special designated spot that they get to brush their teeth at. Mine is on my counter in my bathroom...but you could use a special stool, ect.

3.  Let your kids choose a couple different toothbrushes and toothpastes from the store...then when it's teeth brushing time, let them choose which one they want to use that day. If they have a choice then there will be no power struggle and they will think it is all their own idea. This works great! Also, buy new toothbrushes every few months...I know it is simple, but the kids get excited about it and love the change.

4.  I let my kids brush their own teeth for a minute and then I brush them the rest of the time (yes, even my 12 year old)...I set a timer and I will try to be funny, or sing a song while I do it.

5.  Let the kids choose some fun "special" cups from the store that are only used for rinsing after brushing teeth...this gets them excited.

Then finally tell them how proud you are of them for being such good teeth brushers...end with a high five, airplane ride or hugs...make it a positive, fun experience.

Now, get their asses to bed.

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The best gray rugs…for the best prices!

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Interior Design

GRAY...it is the color of popularity these days!  My personal obsession with gray has almost gone too far...I love gray for fashion, couches, beds, carpet, wall paint, back splash tiles, shoes, bedding, cabinets and RUGS!

These are my top five gray rugs...I love them all and we are building a house with almost all hardwood flooring, so I need a rug in every room! These are all 100% wool and hand tufted...in my opinion that's the way to go!

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This one I am either putting in my family room or master bedroom...I've seen it in person and it's even more glorious! The name of it is Safavieh Martha Stewart Rock Garden Rug...The best price that I found was on Amazon.com for $577 bucks for a 5'6x8'6...this is a least $200 dollars cheaper then any other site!

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This one is from Gramercy Collection, called Twigs in Bloom...it's so beautful and I love the pop of mustard. This would be great in a master bedroom or kitchen. The best price was from Amazon...it comes in a variety of sizes.

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The chevron pattern is incredibly popular these days and I am loving this rug for my son's room...I found it from rugsusa.com for $400 for a 5x8 size. Great Price!!

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This is a very simple rug by Hokku Designs, that would go anywhere in your home. I found the best price on Wayfair.com for a huge 7x9 for $630 bucks....I'm thinking this one for in my family room with a comfy white couch on top of it.

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This rug is from Anthroplogie and is absolutely STUNNING! It is a must for my house...I will either put it under my round kitchen table or in my office...for a 8' round it is $798...not the best price ever, but still worth it!

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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burritos

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Health & Wellness, Recipes

I know what you are thinking...these sound gross, right?!? Well, these my friend are soooo delicious! My fabulous friend Amber brought them over for me to try and I have been hooked ever since! They are vegetarian, but have tons of protein and veggies and are down right healthy...yet super tasty!

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Black Bean and Sweet Potato Burritos

 

Yield: Makes about 6 burritos

Ingredients

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed small (about 3-4 cups)

1 jalapeno, seeded and finely diced

1 red pepper, diced small

1 small red onion, diced small (about 1/2 cup)

2 teaspoons olive oil

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon chili powder

2 tablespoon honey

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drain

1/4 - 1/2 cup chopped cilantro (depending on your taste)

2 teaspoons fresh lime juice (from about 1 lime)

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

1 ripe avocado

6-8 burrito-size tortillas - I used whole wheat for a healthy option

Directions

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. In a large bowl, toss together the sweet potatoes, jalapeno, red pepper and red onion with the olive oil, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Dump the coated veggies onto a large rimmed baking sheet and roast for 18-20 minutes, tossing halfway through. The vegetables should be tender but not mushy at the end of cooking time.

Let the vegetable mixture cool. Scrape the mixture into a large bowl and toss with the black beans, cilantro, honey and lime juice. Taste the mixture and add additional salt and pepper to taste, if needed. Refrigerate the mixture until ready to assemble the burritos or use immediately.

Place tortillas on a pan, add cheese and mixture...wrap, add avocado and devour!!

Adapted from: Mels Kitchen Cafe

 

Printable Recipe

 

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Baby Shower & free printable downloads

Written by Lyndi. Posted in Free Printables, Graphic Design, Kids & Family Life, Party Planning

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This is my beautiful sister in law...we are so excited for her and my oldest brother to have their first baby together! We celebrated with a fun baby shower in their honor.

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This is me and my sweet mamacita...she helpes me with almost every party or activity that I sign up for and she is the BEST assistant ever! She doesn't even mind if I'm bossy sometimes...I LOVE her so much and I'm so grateful to have her close to me. Did I mention that she's single too? Yeah, she's quite the catch...but I interrogate all of her dates before I will allow them near her...

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Here are some free printable quotes and water bottle labels...go to the bottom of this post to download them all!

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