Founding owner Janis Rodriguez, says, “We want single moms to know that we do care about them and we want them to feel beautiful, important and cared for. To show our appreciation, every month we deliver to single moms a La Bella Basket of Hope filled with beautiful spa and bath essentials. La Bella Baskets shares a deeply held belief that all single moms needs a calm and nurturing place in their lives to relax, melt away stress, rejuvenate, heal and promote a truly ‘blissful balance’ in body, mind and spirit.”

These are usually women who have never heard of La Bella, and are certainly not expecting a gift basket from them. In addition to the gifts, the baskets offer mothers a “Baskets of Smiles” poem.

After receiving her surprise gift basket, Sylvia, a single mother from Texas said, “Wow, wow, wow – when I received this, at first I said, this must be a mistake. Then when I read the message, I was so touched. I had that feeling of, why me? Thank you La Bella!”

Rodriguez says, “Our mission at La Bella Baskets is all about empowering and uplifting women and our program is all about delivering smiles.”

La Bella Baskets was created with a dual mission: to support and empower women who want to work from home and to offer people a meaningful and affordable gift giving opportunity. La Bella Baskets believes the spirit of giving is very uplifting and powerful and they are proud, excited, and grateful for their program and its purpose.


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Self Esteem for Women

Women are remarkably strong individuals who have the capability to battle with demons and conquer the world, but more often than not, it is their own self confidence that brings them down. That nagging voice in the back of your head that questions your actions, criticizes you looks, and doubts your self worth can bring any woman—no matter how successful or powerful—to her knees. Instead of falling prey to low self esteem, do something about it! Strive to break the cycle of feeling poorly about yourself, not doing anything about it, and then feeling worse.

Sadly, a major problem with the self esteem of women is the opinions of other women. Instead of fully supporting, complimenting, and boosting another women’s spirits, women can be mean spirited. Back biting, gossiping, and cruel remarks seem to run rampant with women friends, family, and colleagues. If you find yourself in a situation with another woman that is detrimental to your own sense of self worth and self esteem, find a way to resolve the situation.

Perhaps all it will take is speaking your feelings to a friend who is saying hurtful things or to a coworker who always points out the negative aspects of your work. Quite often, these individuals suffer from low self esteem and use a defensive or derisive attitude in order to compensate. Be mindful of this behavior next time your friends, family, or coworkers are discussing another woman and be careful not to fall into the negative mindset. By setting a good example, you will influence others in addition to helping your own self esteem.

Think about your positive attributes instead of ones you wish you could change. Use these positive attributes to your advantage. Instead of wishing you could wear certain types of clothing, embrace the styles that fit and flatter your body. Self esteem is one of the best things any woman can possess and it makes her look better in the eyes of everyone else. Do not fall into the trap of thinking material items can make you feel better about yourself. Quite often, women tend to indulge themselves on extravagant or expensive items that they believe will boost their self esteem. A designer pair of shoes or expensive purse will not fix what is wrong on the inside. No matter what you purchase, that shopping spree you just indulged on will most likely cause yourself greater self esteem woes.

Keep a positive outlook on life and you will lead a positive life. Break away from negative influences and work to surround yourself with positive individuals who will positively influence your life. You are a great person—every one you know feels that way and its time you should as well.

Meditation Through Prayer

I know there are a lot of us that pray for people who are sick,or maybe someone that has lost a loved one,or for peace in the world,or maybe you even pray for a lost soul. Whatever it is you may pray for you do it out of the love and faith you have in your heart. Meditating through prayer just gives me a peaceful feeling inside. I guess you can see that when I pray I don't pray like a minister would pray.

I understand the meaning of what the bible says but I do not understand a lot of the words. I basically should say I use meditation to just talk to god. I believe that the way I talk to god is the same way that people may pray to god. I went to church today and the minister was talking about another minister that liked to tell everyone he knew about everything he has done good in his life. He bragged so much that he really didn't have the time to listen to what the people in his church needed. I guess you could say even though he preached an excellent sermon and did everything a minister should do,He just really couldn't see that his pride was taking over his life.

After meditating for a few seconds are minister went on to tell a story of a very religious Christian man and a tax collector walked into a temple at the same time.You could tell when the tax collector walked in everyone stayed away from him because he was not well liked. The Christian man prayed that he would not ever turn out to be anything like the tax collector.The tax collector said a simple prayer asking god that he may be worthy of gods love. I'm sure the Christian man did a lot of good things in his life. But maybe he should have meditated about his pride.

The tax collector did not look down on anyone or asked god if he could be like someone else,he just asked to be worthy of gods love. We all have done things that we wish we could take back. We pray that god will forgive what we have done and we then feel better about ourselves. We know god can forgive us but the important thing is can we forgive ourselves. We truly cannot be happy with ourselves until we do.

I am very concerned about someone I love very much right now. She is a very good Christian person, also a very hard worker and is very sick. She never complains and has been through very much and will have to continue to go through a lot.

As I was meditating in church I felt the tears coming and all I could do is ask god over and over again to please lay his healing hands on this person I love very much. So whether you are practicing meditation through prayer to heal someone you love or to have peace in the world, I can tell you the prayer you are saying will comfort you and give you peace of mind.

Use Your Skills to Help Others... Teach Continuing Education

No matter what your field, your knowledge can be important to others who want to know more about it. But you do not have to start teaching college courses or go back to school to earn a teaching certificate to start sharing what you know with others. Instead, look into teaching some continuing education courses to share your wealth of knowledge with others.

Continuing education courses are a great way for teachers to share what they know with students who are generally interested in the

subject matter. College and universities that offer continuing education programs are also eager to have you! They are constantly looking

for people to teach about popular topics and even some not-so-popular ones. What they want to see if that you are enthusiastic about your subject matter and that you really know what you are talking about.

You do not necessarily have to have an advanced degree to teach continuing education courses. Instead, the best thing to have is experience and respect in the industry. Examples of professions that are constantly in demand for continuing

education courses are things like art, photography, fashion design and writing.

You will have to commit to teaching the class for an extended period of time in order to be hired for a teaching position. You will also have to come up with lesson plans to show to the continuing education coordinator before the class starts so

they will know you are serious about the class and teaching others about what you know.

So how can you find out about opportunities? The best way is to find out where continuing education courses are held in your community and ask if your services could be used in an upcoming course. If so, ask them how you could go about starting a class of your own. Most coordinators will be delighted to have you. If they are not delighted, simply move on and find a program that is interested in your unique skill set.

Do not keep your knowledge to yourself. Teach it to others in a continuing education course and help those students learn more and become a better person in the field, just like you. They will get the satisfaction from having the knowledge and you will feel good about helping people learn about themselves and the subject matter you love so dearly. There really is no better feeling than helping someone learn something they did not know before.

Help Your Child Build Skills During the Summer Months with Continuing Education

Summer is fully underway and your school-aged child is busy with his daily regimen of playing video games and eating chips all day while you go to work. Hard life huh? Well, you do not have to let your child simply sit around the house all summer and forget all of the important facts he learned during the previous school year.

You can enroll your child in on of the countless continuing education programs out there today for young children and help him mold his brain while school is out of session. He may be upset with you for making him go to school while his friends

are out playing, but he will thank you later on for how ahead it put him in the education game.

Many churches offer summer bible camps that allow students the opportunity for continuing education on their religion. Or, there are also countless summer camps that you can enroll your child in to give them the opportunity to learn more about

building important life skills while meeting and reconnecting with kids his own age.

You are also sure to find continuing education programs put on by the local school districts, art centers, science centers or language programs. For example, you could enroll your child in an intensive Spanish language course to help him learn

the language before taking the class this fall in school.

If your child is a budding artist, enroll him in a continuing education art class where he can hone his inner Van Gogh and channel his energy into something other than video games and candy. Better yet, if your child thinks he is the next Einstein,

enroll him in a chemistry continuing education class where he can practice the latest experiments under the close supervision of a real life scientist.

The opportunities to engage your child in education and positive activities during the summer is endless, as long as your child is a willing participant. If he is adamant that he does not want to participate in anything that does not involve

sitting on the couch or lounging by the pool, let him know that his choices now will affect everything in his future life: from his future allowance increases to the colleges he can choose from in the future.

He may not react to the college part now, depending on his age, but he will most likely recognize the importance of his decisions when his allowance is involved! You can use this as a powerful bargaining chip when discussing summer continuing education options.

This will pay off for you in the future. Your child will no doubt come to you one day and thank you for the extra push you gave him on his educational path. He will understand how important it was when he realizes how far ahead of his peers he is and how many more options he will have in his life resulting from the summer continuing education classes he had to take.

Time Management & Parents

Are you a parent? If you are, do you know how to manage your time properly? If not, you will want to make changes right away. All individuals can benefit from being able to properly manage their time, but parents can often benefit the most. With that said, parents also stand to lose the most.

As nice as it is to hear that all parents should have a proper sense of time and know how to properly manage it, you may be curious as to why that is so. After all, if you are poor with time management, you may not think that the situation warrants any changes or improvements, but it does and it should.

Parents who have a proper sense of time management end up setting good examples for their children. Whether your child is a toddler or a teenager, it is important to know that they do pay close attention to your actions. In fact, many children end up copying their parents. In these instances, you want your child to know that their time should be managed properly, as opposed to taken for granted or wasted.

In keeping with setting a good example for your children, parents who have a good understanding of time management and its importance are better able to educate their children on the subject. Whether your child is a teenager or a toddler, they can benefit immensely from knowing the importance of proper time management. Since it is your reason ability, as the parent, to educate your children, you will want to do so. Remember, be sure to set a good example for your kids.

Parents who have a good sense of time management are also likely to have children with better grades. Although the effort that your children put forth in school will impact their grades, your role as their parent may also have an impact as well. This is most often the case during elementary school and junior high school. Do you help your children with their homework? Do you remember to help them study for tests? If not, you may be putting your child’s future at risk, even unintentionally.

In addition to better grades, parents who have a good sense of time management are also likely to have children who participate in school related activities, including sports. Many children, especially those at the elementary school and the middle school level, feel pride when their parents attend their events. Do you remember to show up on time? In fact, did you even remember to get your child signed up for a school sponsored event before the deadline?

Although there are much more important things than having a ton of friends, friendship and social interaction is important to children of all ages. For parents of toddlers and preschoolers, their friendships will likely depend on your actions. Do you take time to meet other parents and to schedule play dates? For those play dates, do you make sure that your child arrives on time? If not, you may hinder your child’s ability to make long-lasting friendships.

As you can see, your actions as a parent do have significant impacts on your children. Do not let your poor time management hamper their growth. If you need assistance, there are a number of resources that you can use to your advantage to help you improve your time management skills and techniques.

Basic Guide For Positive Connection With Your Child

By: Tammy Embrich

How well do we know our kids? That's a powerful question in itself. You may be quick to answer and respond with "real well." But do you really know them? What are their inner most fears? Their interests? What type of friends do they have or prefer? Can you identify and connect with their best personality traits? And most importantly, what are their specific needs from you as a parent?

Sometimes we just get too busy with our jobs, household duties, and life in general (unintentionally of course), that we don't spend the time we should with our kids. And consequently, we sometimes fail to pick up on primary things or situations that may need addressing. Staying connected with our kids as we should often times gets tossed aside.

We are all human and from time to time, we all fall short of giving our children the full attention they deserve and need. Perhaps the concept of prioritizing our time is often the solution. Your little ones should be your number one priority, or at least should strive to be. If you find prioritizing your time and consistently staying connected with your kids challenging at times, I have some basic tips for you that may be helpful.

Below are 5 prioritizing and connection tips that will benefit both you and your children

* Read to them and ask questions - Read their favorite books to them, and then ask them questions. Such as; What did you like about the book? Ask them simple yes and no questions about the book. Ask them what other books they might be interested in and encourage them reading to you as well. This teaches them reading and comprehension skills as well as getting to know them better.

* Meet with their teacher on a regular basis - You may want to keep this private (just between you and their teacher). Make sure and schedule regular parent-teacher conferences to stay abreast on how they are progressing in their studies and if there are any conflicts that need your attention. These meetings are crucial for your child's learning capabilities.

* Schedule a block of time with your child - If you have more than one child, then schedule time with each one. Use this time to do something special with them, like going for lunch or to the park. Have a talk session. Topics can be school, friends, conflicts, or let them just talk to you, if they choose to. Also talk about future goals and interests. Offer to help with school projects and homework. Showing your child how special they are to you and how much they are loved is crucial.

* Plan a family project - This could be a family tree, recipe book, photo album, or other family crafting project. These projects don't have to be expensive. Make these projects as fun as possible. A family blog may also be an interesting project. The idea is to get them involved in family oriented projects that will encourage bonding and connecting.

* Family meal time - This time should be more than sharing a family meal together. Take this time to just talk to one another. Talk about the day, about weekend plans, the night's activities, and so forth. Allow each child or family member talk about anything they choose. By doing this, you are staying connected with your children's lives and also with anything you feel should be discussed. Above all, keep the conversation upbeat and fun for all.

Maybe we don't know our kids the way we think we do. Spend quality time with them. Take the time to genuinely focus on them.
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Finding Lifelong Friends

By: Alyssa Dees Avant

When I was a teen, a popular contemporary Christian song was Friends are Friends Forever by Michael W. Smith. It talked about having a lifetime of friendship, a tearjerker of a song that was used at many baccalaureate services and other memorable events.

This song points out that a friend is a friend forever if "the Lord is the Lord of them". This suggests that we include God in our friendships. In Godly friendships there are not just two people involved, but three. The relationship could be represented by a triangle. You and your friend are connected at the bottom of the triangle to God, at the top, which would be over you and Lord of both of your lives. The Bible says that this is the strongest of friendships in Ecclesiastes 4:12 it says, "A cord of three strands is not quickly broken."

Choosing Godly friends is so important. Friends have a tremendous impact upon how we think, feel, act and behave. The Bible says in Proverbs 12:26, "The righteous should choose his friends carefully, for the way of the wicked leads them astray."

It is difficult to obtain Godly friendships. Many teens today, who grow up in rural communities like the one I did, may have the same peers in their lives from the time they are a small child, until they graduate high school. Therefore, their choice of friendships is limited.

When I was a teen, I had the same friends that I had met in preschool at the age of three at least for the most part. These friends did not always uphold and follow the same morals and beliefs that I held. I soon found out who my "real Godly friendships" were just by the way they would react to my standing up for what was right or setting myself apart from what was wrong.

As a teenager, this was hard to do, but now, almost 10 years since my high school graduation I am glad I did so all during high school. I value the friends who stood by me, whether they agreed with me or not, and even more so I am thankful that God always sends the people you need into your life.

Because, now as an adult, I still maintain some of my old friendships, but I have also created new friendships, and God has given me true friendships where the Lord is the Lord of them. I am now blessed with a group of girlfriends who share my same beliefs, encourage my convictions, and hold me accountable for my actions. They also pray for me, cry with me, and celebrate with me. I am thankful to be experiencing the whole range of lifetime friendships that God has blessed me with.

Godly friendships may seem difficult to find, but worth the wait. Don't give up on finding your lifelong friends.

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8 Expressions of Love for Your Kids

By: Julie DeHart

We love our kids more than life itself, and we would do anything for them.
I hope you find some practical expressions of love for your kids in this page.

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
It is not rude, it is not self-seeking.
It is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
Love never fails.

WOW! What an incredible formula for loving others and our children. That passage is from First Corinthians 13 in the Bible.

Love is patient, kind, not self-seeking or easily angered -- Yikes, I fall short!
Love always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres!
Love never fails.

Your children want a safe place to grow and be nurtured. The home provides the perfect setting to encourage and love, so kids can develop and mature under the guidance of parents who truly love them. To share everyday life with parents and siblings who know their imperfections and love them anyway is a powerful place to grow.

Unfortunately, our families can tend to get what's left of us -- or the worst of us, because we become so comfortable with one another. Our expressions of love take a hiatus and we can take advantage of the fact they will be there tomorrow and we can "make it right" another day. Yet, our tomorrows are uncertain.
So, make each day count and show expressions of love for your kids everyday.

Practical expressions of love for your kids:

1. Establish a special time with each child and with all your children together-- maybe it's a Saturday breakfast, Friday night movie, a run to Dairy Queen on a summer night, playing catch or a table game, even watching a movie at home.

You get the idea: It can be anything, as long as you are together.

Take this time to talk with your child(ren) about what's happening in their life, school, friendships, etc. Ask engaging questions. With five kids, I often had to find the time without going out -- maybe we sat longer at the kitchen table after dinner, or I found them in their room and we talked for a while. Do what works for you and within your budget. We also created time with all the kids to just relax together -- watch a movie or favorite show, go to Dairy Queen together, play catch or basketball in the driveway with the whole family, or go bowling.

Our Friday night routine for years was to get Papa Murphy's pizza and rent a movie for the family. It was great and we all looked forward to it.

The point is to establish having fun together and carrying on casual conversation, which will lead to more serious conversations. With us, it was always family first; then friends. We didn't have to shove this down our kids' throat; we just practiced it all the time and they didn't know anything different. Our expression of love was to create value within our family, so they wanted to be together. Being with family will always be good for your kids.

2. Say good-night to your children.
No matter how busy you are, try to de-brief a little before bedtime with your kids, and send them off to bed with a sincere good-night and "I love you." If they are young, snuggle together and read to them. I found my kids liked to re-hash the day right before bed. They reflected and asked questions. I loved that because it helped me see what "stuck" in the day, and what caused them to reflect and think. They would often bring up concerns they seemed to want to have peace about before sleeping.

Saying "good-night" is a comforting practice even when they are older and a deep expression of love for your kids. My college-aged kids still do this with each other daily -- they check in with each other when they are home for the night.

3. Pray with your kids about their concerns.
Don't stop reading if we don't agree on this point -- prayer can make a difference in the lives of your kids; possibly your greatest expression of love.
When your child comes to you with a problem or you have observed something; bring it to the Lord. After you've had a chance to hear your child's concerns; pray with them right then and there. This teaches them to turn to God themselves, it models your trust in God and shows your care for them -- it shows your genuine interest in their concerns.

4. Make a day off of school special.
If it's a national holiday, or a snow day; do something which makes the day special.
Snuggle up and watch great movies all day together.
Go out for breakfast.
Get a manicure and a pedicure.
See a movie.
Have a picnic.
Start or continue working on a community project or project at the house.
Look at old pictures.
Play cards or games.
Read aloud.
Anything your family and kids enjoy doing.
I promise you will truly love this expression of love. The point is to make an effort to be together, and not scatter the family in multiple directions.

5. Eat meals together and pay attention.
Try to place importance on at least one meal a day together; engage in conversation. Try to block out all else, but listening and connecting with your beloved family. That means TV is off; I-pods off; and any other electronic devices that can be a distraction.

If this is not a part of your family right now, it's never too late to make the right decision. Get started eating one meal together, or as many as can gather together at the same time.

6. Make their birthday special; whether that's a party with friends, or simply a special dinner and family time. If you have a party, create one based on what your child likes to do and within your budget: Paintball, princess theme, inflatable jump house, bowling, jewelry making, pirate theme with a treasure hunt. It all sounds fun to me!

7. Keep your promises.
As best you can, be sure your children know they can trust your word. If something has to change, which can be inevitable at times, explain the change to them and help them understand.

8. Be involved with their school activities.
Go to their games, conferences, and concerts, whatever it is; support your children in their activities. All valuable expressions of love.

If your kids have started to close off -- reach out and get them back! Draw them back to the family right away. Use your observation skills and what you know about your child to detect any unusual behavior; deal with it right away. Sometimes our kids are just quiet; respect their need for quiet, but observe and see if it becomes a trend. Try to draw them out by asking engaging questions.
To your expressions of love for your kids.

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Working From Home and Home Schooling - How to Get Everything Done

By: Michelle Shaeffer

Here are some tips that help me get more done while working from home and home schooling my children.

1. Schedule.

Know what you need to accomplish in your day, and create a schedule. It may be a loose schedule with big blocks of time for general things (for example, morning for school work, afternoons for business work, evenings for family time) or it may be a more precise schedule with hourly plans (breakfast at 8am, math at 9am, spelling at 10am, mom checks email while kids take a break at 10:30am, etc). This depends on your personality. Try different strategies to find what works best for you and your family.

2. Plans and Lists.

I keep lists and plans. My weekly menu is on the fridge. My shopping list is also there and as soon as we run out of something it goes on the list. I plan to use the crock pot frequently, especially when I know a day will be busy. I choose home school curriculum that comes with the plans already laid out so it's easy to "open and go" then just check off the boxes as we complete things. I'm a big fan of following things that work and not trying to re-invent the wheel.

My calendar stays on my desk and when I have specific projects or things that need done they go on the calendar. I keep an eye on what's due and what's coming up soon. I also use Basecamp online for client work and some of my own projects.

Find the types of lists and plans that work for you. Keep your planning tools in the most convenient places so you are reminded to use them and follow them.

3. Have support.

Surround yourself with people and systems that support you in the things you've got to accomplish. We've chosen to home school through a charter school program that gives us a teacher I can call or email when I need help. I have business friends that I know I can go to for support and accountability as well. Makes a world of difference to know that's there if I need it.

4. Challenge yourself.

If you think it'll take 30 minutes to clean your kitchen or speed through your email, set your timer for 15 and just see if you can get it done quicker. You might be surprised how often it works!

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My Experience With Attention Deficit Disorder as a Parent

By: Tammy Embrich

This was my personal experience with my son, and a stroll down parenting memory lane. The name in the article has been changed to protect his identity.

It was like I was sitting back and watching a horror son having to the best of my recollection, the third temper tantrum of the day.

A colossal of thoughts rapidly flashing through my mind, I mean "What have I done so abhorrently wrong as a parent?" It was at that moment that I ultimately came to the resolution to have Tyler checked out by a doctor. My husband agreed and supported the decision.

Each time my sister-in-law so subtly converged me about what she suspected, I depreciated the thought, I didn't want to acknowledge that attention deficit disorder may be the justification to it all. "Had I been in denial, or what?!"

From infancy, Tyler had been bustling with agitation. He was consistently active from the time he got up in the morning to the time he went to bed. I treasured the late evenings, nights were true serenity to me. And I admit this with sheer remorse, guilty as charged. Tyler slept well at night, and he had always been a good night baby. However, it was during the day that things became difficult, consequently with mom feeling overwhelmed, helpless, and exhausted.

From a mother's perspective, more importantly, my perspective, admitting this is a profound deformity. Our children should be a joy to be around, we should thoroughly enjoy our time with them.

Tyler was indeed properly diagnosed with the disorder in question. I guess you can say there was no more denial, not even an ounce of it, as the doctor that seen him was a specialist and recognized the signs from the moment we met. I trusted him, believed in him, followed his sound advice, and utilized some constructive counseling. With much relief, Tyler was finally a true gem to be around...after he was treated with medication.

Fast forward to 20 years later...

I ensured that Tyler took his medication rigorously from the time he failed kindergarten until a year before he graduated high school. Yes, he made it through school! Not with an A average, nonetheless, he graduated.

He's doing fine now with an exciting career as a carpenter. After all these years, I've subsequently came to the conclusion that I had done something right. Today, the connection between myself and my son is beyond proficient, as well as our relationship.

Ironically, I had found out something rather interesting as a result from the counseling. I had discovered that I had (Adult ADD). Unfortunately, the disorder was inherited from my father's side.

I realize that technology has evolved considerably , and ADD has become quite the controversial topic among other moms. Today, there are varied behavior modification alternatives to medication. Although, having said that, I don't have any regrets with how I handled the situation.

As a mom, I did the best I could. However, over the years, my mother-in-law had not consistently shown compliance . Her slightly impertinent thoughts, and words, for that matter, "Ah bull, boys will be boys. The famous words coming from, I guess you could say an old fashioned mother-in-law. I love her very much. I only wish she could have shown just a little more support.

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Moms, Dreams Can Become Real

By: Nicole Calhoun

I don’t know about you, but I’m a daydreamer by nature. I’m serious. For as far back as I can remember, I vividly recall myself dreaming about all manner of things. From my wedding day to how many children I would have and what type of mother I was going to become.

It was nothing for me to slip on my pink little tutu and strut around the house like I was a ballerina, leotards and all! Or, my personal favorite, the Wonder Woman tank top and undies set I used to have as a kid. Back then, I would’ve given anything to be Linda Carter for even a moment!

And what little girl hasn’t watched or read the story of Cinderella and knew beyond any shadow of any doubt that one day Prince Charming would come and rescue her, so they could live happily ever after?

I believe it’s fair to say I was the typical little girl with a head full of ideas on how ideally perfect my life would be when I grew up. But I think it’s also fair to say that like me, lots of other little girls had their dreams dashed because it doesn’t take long for real life to cloud the view of the rose-colored glasses we saw the world through.

And if you’re like me, you have asked yourself: Why? Why does that happen? Why do we find it so easy to stick to the status quo, all the while, hating that we’re doing it? Why do we let life’s disappointments stomp us down so far that our fairy tale-like dreams never get any further than our heads?

The answer is simple. I’m sure it’s different for some people. But, I’m still certain the root reason is fear. And what’s so bad about it is FEAR stands for False Evidence Appearing Real! That’s the best description and definition of fear I’ve ever heard.

It’s really a trick of the enemy of our souls. It’s to get us off-track and believing a lie. I’m here to tell you that you can have anything you set your heart to having IF you’re willing to work for it.

God’s word says He didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but a spirit of POWER, of LOVE and of SELF-DISCIPLINE! And I’ll also tell you that if you would move in faith with the power God has given you and with the love He has endowed you with, coupled with self-discipline, there is nothing you can’t accomplish!

For a long time, I let life beat me up. When I started looking at houses, clothes and cars that were far above my income level at the time, those lies started penetrating my mind: Who do you think you are? You’re not worthy of that. You can’t afford that, so stop looking. You’ll never be able to amass enough to purchase any of those things.

But I had to learn to do something that we all should learn to do: tell those lying voices to SHUT UP! The truth of the matter is there is no lack of opportunity or money in the world. There’s plenty to go around, and I intend to get my fair share of it.

I’m not greedy, nor do I love money. I realize that money can’t buy happiness, but having it sure does alleviate a lot of problems and stress in life!

So, I just want to encourage you today to do two things. First of all, start dreaming again…and dream BIG! And secondly, don’t be afraid to reach for those dreams that are still calling to you. Their voices may be soft from the years of stifling them, but each time you make the decision to move toward them, you’ll get a clearer vision of where you’d like to be and the louder they’ll become!

It’s already in you to succeed! That’s the good news! Work with all the GOOD things God has put in you: POWER, LOVE, and SELF-DISCIPLINE and get busy making your dreams a REALITY!

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Nicole enjoys spending time with her son, Jordan and her husband, Muri. She loves to write, spend time with loved-ones, work her home-based business, shop and meet new people. If you would like to spend more time with your loved ones, please contact Nicole.

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Be a Good Finder, Not a Fault Finder - Don't Nit Pick Over Everything

By: Judy H. Wright

As a parent, or anybody in a relationship with another person, it's important to remember not to nitpick. It seems easy for some people to find faults, and to criticize. They examine others for any possible flaw, and point it out as though this is necessary for everyone. In fact, it's not! You can encourage others to change in positive ways. And sometimes, you don't even need to point out the flaws at all.

Constructive criticism is always helpful in certain situations. But when dealing with family and close friends, we need to remember that it's not good to be nitpicky. Remind loved ones that you appreciate them and what they do. Tell them how well they're doing at something, and encourage them, rather than pointing out what they're doing wrong.

Honest Feedback Doesn't Hurt

By all means, use constructive criticism. Honest feedback goes a long way in helping others to succeed and do their best. But do it in a kind, encouraging way. Sometimes people don't understand that when they're trying to be helpful, they can come across as critical and negative.

I knew somebody who really liked my art, and would comment on my drawings. But for the most part, whenever he saw a new drawing, the first thing he'd say would be something negative about the art. It turns out that he was only trying to be helpful and point out ways I could improve, but to me, it seemed like he was finding any reason to make me feel bad about what I'd drawn.

Nitpicky or Negative

Don't do this to your children, spouse, or friends. What might seem like helpful feedback to you, might actually be nitpicky or outright negative. Take special care to say things that you would want to hear yourself. Would you want somebody pointing out the spot you missed in the kitchen, after you'd spent all day cleaning the house? Some things are constructive, and others are simply nitpicky.

When giving feedback to others, make sure your comments are positive. Before mentioning ways they could improve, first show that you appreciate their work, and them as a person. Sometimes you don't even need to point out flaws. It's probably unnecessary, and only hurts feelings.

Treat People as Treasures

Remember to do this, and to appreciate the people in your life. Treat them as treasures, not reasons to criticize. Article Source:

To learn more about positive encouragement, and fostering healthy and happy relationships in the home, visit, an eBook by Judy H. Wright also known as Auntie Artichoke, family relationship coach. It will help you to be an encouraging, loving, and self-confident member of any family. You will also attending free teleclasses held each Thursday. Sign up at This article may be reprinted for free so long as the author's resource box is kept intact and all links remain live and clickable. The Article Source must also be included. All rights are reserved by the author.

Family Values: Today’s Families Diversities

By: Marcia Chumbley

There is no doubt about it; the modern day family is different than it was a century ago. Even the past fifty years has brought about significant change to the appearance and structure of the family unit. With the rise of divorce many families are now led by one parent. Single parents understand the burden, stress, and pressure involved in raising a family. Many times, grandparents are actively involved in helping their children raise their grandchildren. The single parent family has helped to redefine the family core unit in modern day society.

In addition to single parents, grandparents may take over the parenting role completely. These family units are referred to as grandfamilies and they are becoming very common in these modern times. Grandparents are vital for keeping family values a priority, but many grandparents never realized that they would be raising their grandchildren. There is no question that this is a hard job for those who are getting along in years.

Finding balance is a growing concern with today’s family diversities. Whether it is the pressures and financial responsibilities of the single parent family or overcoming the grief and emotional upheaval of a recent divorce, to the increasing challenges grandparents face when stepping back into the parenting role, families of all types need support and balance.

It is important that you build up your network of support. Family members and friends are often the first place to turn to when you need support. Others may look to their local communities. One of the benefits of building up a support network is that they can help you reinforce your family values. Instilling family values is a very important aspect of parenting and today’s diverse families may find that they need to find balance and help in these areas. Since single parents and grandparents may often encounter times when they feel alone, or that they bear the weight of parenting single-handedly, the network of support can help greatly.

Turning to your local community can be an excellent way to reinforce family values and provide a way of support for parents and grandparents. Your local church is a great resource that will allow your children to develop their own qualities and participate in activities while giving you the friendships and relationships that you need to handle your parenting responsibilities. Since many single parents and grandfamilies may face financial hardships it is important to utilize resources that are available for free or at low cost. Some great resources may be found in local community groups, the library, and churches. You may even want to find another group specifically orchestrated for single parents or grandfamilies. These groups are an effective way at reducing stress and tension and having someone to talk to that understands what you are going through during the tough times is an amazing tool that will uplift your spirit.

Finally, it is important to realize that the key to remaining balanced and promoting healthy family values in today’s diverse families is to keep a positive attitude. If you remain in good health and have a positive attitude your children will too.

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Marcia Chumbley is a work at home mom and grandmother in Minnesota. She is the owner of a Christian Work From Home Moms and Grandparents web site Faithful Grannies and a Work At Home Mom Choices web stie WAHM Choices. They can be found at She has a degree in Business and is a CMOM. This article may be reprinted for free so long as the author's resource box is kept intact and all links remain live and clickable. The Article Source must also be included. All rights are reserved by the author.


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