Sunday, July 17, 2011

Countdown... 10..9....8...7...6.............

“Get OFF of MY chair!!!”
“That’s MY chair, not yours!”
“NOOOOOOOOOOOO it’s NOT, Avaaaaaa!!!!

It’s a gorgeous (HOT!!) Sunday afternoon and my kids are stuck inside, attempting to burn off energy that normally takes running, jumping, climbing and swinging to get rid of. Their emotions are running “HOT” as well and they’re at each other’s wits.

So in the midst of this yelling about who’s chair is who’s, I yell – “STOP!!!! It’s mission time.” My girls have learned about “missions” (which started w/ my nanny putting them on “missions” to get stuff done and they loved it!) and enjoy accomplishing anything… especially a “mission”.

“Here’s the mission. I’m going to count down from 10 to 1. When I get to 1, your mission is to quickly tell your sister something you love about her. Here’s some examples – I love what you’re wearing today. You make me happy. Thank you for being such a great sister. You are fun to play with…….”

So I counted down from 10 to 1 and they quickly whispered compliments/encouragements to each other (and also went over to Kallen—my 1 year old) and hugged him. The earlier dispute was forgotten and off they were to play again… happy and encouraged by the positive thought from the other sibling.

Remember, kids don’t always respond to telling them to “Stop fighting w/ your sister!” or “Please get along”… “BE NICE!”

Life is truly a series of presentations and if you can remember to “present” something to your children that entices and intrigues them, then you’re most likely going to get the outcome you want. Grab some creativity instead of frustration and see where your presentations get you.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Vitamix...... I love you

I love my vitamix. LOVE my vitamix. Ok… let me slow down and start over.
Here’s the story.
We have a friend (married couple) that “oooooo” and “auhhhhh” over their Vitamix. They say it’s their “best appliance” in the kitchen… that “no one can live without a Vitamix”.
I don’t know about you, but emotion/passion AND a product to improve health and I’m starting to look in that direction. Not to buy (necessarily) but to educate myself.
So what’s the big deal w/ this blender? (by the way, tell a vitamix owner that it’s just a blender and see what they say……….. Go ahead.. try it :) )
I found myself looking forward to Costco’s Vitamix sale at the beginning of June and even tracking it on my calendar. I HAD to get one.
Then the day came and off to Costco we went. Even better than a sale, there was a demonstration w/ the Vitamix. Not only did I learn a ton (like the “goop” and seeds in cantaloupe is jam-packed w/ nutrients) but I almost bought two blenders (excuse me… “Vitamixers”) on the spot!
So here’s the deal. I DO use this more than any other appliance in my kitchen. I DO find myself fascinated w/ it’s abundant resume of capabilities (I just made soup in this thing a week ago and cookies last night). I do brag about my green smoothies and “Shrek juice” to everyone who will listen (hello, I’m eating 3 lbs of spinach every week! I should be bragging!). And my kids are asking for more smoothies all the time. Why? Because they taste GREAT and are full of nutrients (their smoothies always have flax seed, probiotics, TONS of spinach, cabbage, almonds, fruit, etc, etc.). And what do I do along the way? I educate, educate, educate my little holistic kiddos about their body and how to better take care of it… and why we should feed it good fuel. Not only does it taste great, but it make our bodies feel great too! Thank you Vitamix for helping us take our health to the next level! Muah! :)