Wednesday, August 21, 2019

How to Wash a Cat

One of my friends just posted this on Facebook, and it made me laugh so hard. Enjoy:

You laughed, didn't you? The cat isn't too impressed, though.


Popular Coming of Age Celebrations for Girls

In various cultures, people observe the transition from childhood to womanhood with a coming of age celebration. These parties may be time-honored traditions or associated with religion. They can be relatively uncomplicated or elaborate and over-the-top. Here are some of the popular ones and their associated customs.
  • Sweet Sixteen - A sweet sixteen is held in honor of a teenage girl turning sixteen. Prevalent in the Americas, this celebration can be as simple as a gathering at home with family, or as sophisticated as a gala including live music, party décor, makeup and hair, glamorous outfits and catered food. A sweet sixteen is often themed and may include group activities such as dancing and karaoke. Such a party should reflect the likes and interests of the honoree.
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  • Bat Mitzvahs - A bat mitzvah is a coming of age ritual associated with Judaism. Although the term refers to the ritual itself, it originally referred to the person, meaning “daughter of commandment.” A girl becomes a bat mitzvah when she turns twelve or thirteen, depending on the specific Jewish tradition. She is now an adult and fully responsible for her actions. Although festivities typically include a meal, a speech by the honoree and a blessing from a rabbi, other events may be included. Consult a bat mitzvah planner to put together a memorable celebration.
  • Quinceañera - Quinceañera This celebration that honors a girl turning fifteen originated in Latin America. Originally referring to the guest of honor, the term “quinceañera” is now used for the teenager and the party. This event is a ball where the birthday girl wears an elegant dress and dances with her father and other family members and friends. Dinner is usually served and rituals are conducted that are specific to the country of origin.

Coming of age celebrations mark the beginning of adulthood. Many traditions exist today with various cultural and/or religious roots. Whether you’re an invited guest or the event sponsor, familiarize yourself with expectations and find ways to merge conventions with the birthday girl’s wishes for a truly unforgettable occasion.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Nurture Your Child's Creativity

createAs mothers, we love our children and want to give them everything that is good for them. One of the best ways to show your love is through quality time and intentional care. Helping to nurture and develop your child's creativity is a great way to give them the world. With a creative imagination, the sky truly is the limit.

If you'd like to find ways to create space for your child's ability to create and imagine, consider these three ideas.
  1. Create a workspace/playroom. Whether you live in a large mansion or a small condo or apartment, you can make this happen. Designate a space where your child can play and get work done. Set up stations that show the different colors, numbers, and words your child needs to learn. Install a few hanging shelves to store your child's favorite books. It's important to make sure that this space is in a different room from their sleeping area. When they're able to detach themselves from work and play to fall asleep in a separate room, this helps their minds understand the difference. Plus, studies suggest that this method can help them fall asleep faster when they're able to unwind in a room that they know is designated for rest.
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  3. Pay attention to their interests. If your child tends to talk a lot about trucks, it might be nice to find a few books in the library that are all about trucks. If your child loves to dance and listen to music, get creative with the artwork in their room. Purchase some sheet music from a sheet music store boston and frame a few pieces to spark more conversations around music. And be willing to turn up the music and dance with your child!
  4. Increase exposure to new things. Work on exposing your child to new experiences to boost their creativity. Plan trips to different states and countries. Instead of staying inside all weekend, take trips to the kids' museums, pumpkin patches, and children's theaters. Take them out to enjoy different cuisines from various cultures. Teach them how to make foods from other cultures. Make dishes like sushi, empanadas, and ravioli from scratch. As your child gets to enjoy different experiences, they'll be able to think with a broader worldview and increase their creativity.

Friday, September 7, 2018

FREE Music from Garth

IMG_8104I don't know about you, but I've always loved Garth Brooks. That's why I was particularly upset that he came here to Indianapolis last fall - when we were out of town. Talk about bad timing!

So, it's not exactly the same, but listening to this album - 26 tracks of LIVE music - is as close as I'm getting to that Garth Brooks concert I missed. Even better? You can grab it for FREE right now.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Sweeten Your Gift Giving Game

You may be one of those people who send flowers for every occasion. While flowers are nice, they're certainly not original. Cookie bouquets are gaining popularity because they’re new and different. There are quite a few reasons why you can give them as gifts.

Bouquet They’re Ideal for All Occasions - Cookie bouquets are appropriate for any occasion. Most people will take advantage of any excuse to eat cookies, and getting them in bouquet form is extra fun. If you were thinking of sending flowers or balloons for one reason or another, decorated cookies can take their place. You may want to send them for a birthday, an anniversary, or even to tell someone to get well quickly.

There are Different Flavors - Everyone has their preferences when it comes to what they want to eat. The good news is that you can find cookie bouquets in all kinds of different flavors. It allows you to choose what works for the person you’re sending the gift to. Plus, the frosting on many of the cookies adds to the overall sweetness, ensuring that you’re providing a real treat. (For most people who are crazy about sugar. For me, please find the least sweet cookies possible. Maybe oatmeal raisin?)

They Are Completely Consumable - You don’t want your gift to someone to die after a few days. (the reason I don't really like getting flowers) Further, for the people who “have it all,” they don’t want another vase or photo frame hanging around the house. Cookies are eaten almost immediately upon being received and can even be shared. People will love being able to eat their gift so that nothing has to get thrown away.

Ultimately, you want to give people a gift that they’ll love. Whether it’s a gift for a family member who is sick, a birthday present for a teacher, or a “thanks” to your child, cookie bouquets are original.