Attitude Adjustment

I did an experiment on the family a few weeks ago. No need to call the authorities. It was an attitude experiment.


Lately, I noticed that my fuse has been short with the kids. Whenever I'm upset, my husband is easily upset as well. 

One night when giving the kids a bath, they began splashing water and got my shirt pretty wet. Usually I would scold them and tell them to keep the water in the bathtub. 

Instead I paused. I could see all four sets of eyes staring at me. How would I react? 

I slowly formed a grin on my face and told my children that it wasn't time for my bath. In a light-hearted way, I told them not to splash me. My husband had a smile on his face, and the children did as well. 

Do I set the tone for the entire family? 

Whenever I eat healthy so does my husband. If I exercise, he will too. When I give compliments, my children speak kind words to one another. 

The man may be the head of the house, but I'm the barometer. Whether I like it or not my house looks to me to be the example of moodiness or nerves of steal. 

This may not seem fair for such emotional creatures to have such responsibility, but we were made for it. At an early age we should be taught how to manage our emotions. After all, we have crazy hormones every month, and we don't kill anyone who looks at us the wrong way. 

Setting the attitude bar in our home is an aspect we have control over. There are so many factors in the world that we cannot control. The attitude we allow in our home is something we can keep in check. 

The next time I notice a bad mood or people needing an attitude adjustment, I will look at myself first. Am I projecting love, kindness, and positive thoughts? If not, I can change. I am the attitude barometer.

What are your thoughts? Have you noticed similar responses to your attitude in your home?

Amanda

Book Review and Activities: How to Train a Train

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My kids love this book. The other night my youngest son asked for a pet train. I didn't know what to say. Mostly because I wanted him to go to sleep. After reading How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton, it seems possible to own a train of your own. 

How-to books are all the rage right now, and it has spilled over into children's picture books. This how-to guide will direct your child in the correct way to bring home the right train. I love the part about how to capture your train. 

Read this book with a huge imagination, and it will reward you with endless possibilities. 

Activities:
*Set up a train zoo. Gather all the toy trains and make little habitats for them. Give each train a name.
*Make a map of where the trains like to work and play.
*Have a train race.
*Make a train out of a cardboard box. Have the kiddos decorate and color it.
*Bring out the musical instruments for a locomotive sing-a-long. 

Happy Reading,

Amanda


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Recipes: Pinned and Approved

Finding recipes on Pinterest isn't a problem. Finding recipes that taste good is a different story. I've tried and pinned so many that my board is looks like a recipe book. Here are few of my favorites. I'd love to hear if you have a favorite recipe that you found on Pinterest.



The hubby and I have completely revamped our lifestyle. As a result we have added in a few smoothies to the recipe rotation. Whole Yum has a great recipe for a peach smoothie. It's refreshing, and I love that it adds green tea as well.


Is there anything better than cheesy bread? Nope! This is one of the kids' favorite recipes. You can add lean chicken or pepperonis and make this recipe from Crunchy Creamy Sweet a one dish dinner.


We seldom have cake at our house, but when we do it's limoncello lemon cake from Liv Life. It pairs beautifully with a hot cup of tea or coffee. It's a pretty cake and would be perfect served for brunch or at a summer picnic. 


Homemade hamburgers are a big deal at our house. Sometimes we want to change it up a bit. To get the kids interested in patty melts, we call these beauties hamburgers on sandwich bread. Sara's Home Life recipe is perfect for a fast and kid friendly dinner. We add thousand island to the grown up version. Delish!


Hello fast, easy, and tasty. We tried this recipe from The Frugal Girls, and found a winner. I would use less onion than what it calls for in the recipe, but that's because I'm not a huge onion fan. For the kiddos, put the sloppy joe in a hot dog bun and sprinkle with cheese. It's easier for their little hands to hold, and they are more likely to eat something that looks like a hot dog. I added a dollop of Greek yogurt to my open faced sloppy joe, and it was great.

What recipes have you found on Pinterest that are worth sharing? Follow me on Pinterest for more fantastic ideas.

Happy Cooking,

Amanda

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Mother's Day Gift Ideas for the Book Lover

A book lover is easy to shop for during any holiday. A gift card to the local bookstore will make her day every time. What if you want to change it up this year? If your mom is a book lover, then she will adore these gifts. 


Do you remember the little pockets in the back of library books that held the check out slips? Me too! Send Mom over the top with these cute library card pillows. It's nostalgic, and she can cozy up with one from dirtsastudio while she reads.
Mama ain't gonna carry all those books by herself. She needs a little assistance. Give a useful and thoughtful tote from Nerd Girl Tees.


Jewelry is a staple for gifts on Mother's Day. No need to have the book lovin' mom feel left out. Combine the love of bling and books with a charm necklace from Fifty Eighteen.


By now, you know that Mom doesn't mean to be antisocial. She just loves books a little more than people. This t-shirt from Infinity Owl Apparel pretty much says it all.

I have a confession. I read books on an eReader. Don't hate me! However, there is good news. When I'm missing the smell of leather bound books, a candle from Foxy Frog Scents comes to the rescue. Every book loving mom would find this gift hilarious, and also secretly adore it.


If the life of a bookworm needs a motto, then this is it. Pair this fantastic mug from Enchanted Prints with Mom's favorite tea for a gift combo made in heaven. 

Think outside the bookstore this year for Mother's Day. Mom will be thrilled. 

Happy Mother's Day,

Amanda

4 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Read More

Does reading come easily to you? Does the ideal afternoon include cuddling up with a fantastic read? Where did you gain your love of reading?


Now that I have a first grader who is reading, I want to give him the encouragement he needs to develop a love for the written word. The other day I heard him utter the words, "I hate reading." My eyes grew into saucers, and breathing deeply I explained that reading can be enjoyable. It's something you will have to do for the rest of your life. He might as well learn to read and learn to love it.

I began to rack my brain for ways to encourage him to develop a love for books. Then, I remembered that my love of reading didn't happen over night. My mother played a huge roll in sculpting my point of view regarding literature.

Consider these four ideas for encouraging your child to read.

1. Subjects and genres your child is interested in.
As children we were encouraged to read about different subjects. Once we found a genre that we loved, we couldn't get enough. Give your child the liberty to read mysteries or picture books that are only about trucks. The important thing is that they have a book in their hands and they are falling in love with words.

2. Make reading an event.
When my sister and I were little, we would go to the library quite often. I can still remember the smell of printed pages that filled the shelves. It was a treasure room waiting to be opened. Mom would let us check out whatever books we wanted to take home.  We would spend hours perusing through the books. There were many times we had to put books back because we couldn't check them all out.

Get a library card for each of your children. They can use their cards for checking out books. It may seem small to you, but using their own card is a big deal.

Make going to the library or bookstore a habit. Every two weeks or once a month take a trip to your local library so your children become accustom reading new books. Reading then becomes a part of their every day lives.

3. Read to your child.
One of my fondest memories of Mom was when she would read to us. My sister and I would lay on the bed and Mom would read Little House on the Prairie. One chapter a day until we finished the books.  We were both old enough to read on our own, but that time with Mom was important. She was taking time out of her day to give us attention.

I remember asking her one day why she liked reading to us. Her answer has stuck with me all these years. Mom was one of seven children. She told me that she never remembered her mother reading to her. She hated that her mother was so busy with household duties that she could never take the time to sit down with her and read one book. Mom didn't want that to happen to her daughters.

If you would like to read more on the importance of reading to your child, check out this article.

4. Give a book.
Every year we give each child a book for Christmas. It's one of their four gifts. Since we started this tradition at such an early age, they look forward to it. They write down a few different books on their Christmas wish list. It's a gift they use throughout the year, and our little home library is always open.

Give a book at Christmas, birthdays, or to celebrate the beginning of summer. There are plenty of opportunities to give a book.

What are some ways you encourage reading in your home? We also offer points for reading in the summer. Check out our point system here.

Happy Reading,

Amanda

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