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Monday
Mar082010

4th Annual National Mom's Night Out

mother-of-reinvention-pictureWho needs a break? If you are a Mom, you probably raised both hands at once.

That’s why I created a new holiday, for all of us over-worked, under-appreciated Moms. The 4th annual “National Mom’s Night Out!” is Thursday, March 18th and it’s a guilt-free excuse for Moms to go have fun with friends. Skeptics (read: “husbands”) might argue and say, “You already have a holiday for being a Mom… It’s called Mother’s Day.” I would answer them by respectfully pointing out that although we do celebrate being Moms on Mother’s Day, we do so as a family. We go out to brunch with our kids or see a movie (probably a cartoon) with our children. This is all well and good, but nowhere on that day do we get a chance to recharge and reconnect with who we are besides being a Mom. National Mom’s Night Out is an opportunity to have us reclaim a bit of our pre-motherhood identity. It affords us the chance to take off our sweat pants and strap on some sexy heels and go have a good time. (Perhaps trade in our baby bottles for a wine bottle for at least one night?)

Although the third Thursday in March is the official “National Mom’s Night Out” I am hoping that Moms across the country carve out time for themselves on a more frequent basis. We need to land somewhere near the top of our own “To-Do” lists to ensure we are recharging our spirit. Making time for yourself may seem selfish, but taking care of number one makes it possible for you to take care of the rest of your family more effectively.

So, set the laundry aside and leave money out for your kids to order pizza and call your friends for National Mom’s Night Out: Thursday, March 18th!

*For more details or to submit pictures from your own Mom’s Night Out celebration, visit The Mother of Reinvention or become a fan of “Time For Some R & R” on facebook
Thursday
Mar042010

Going Green Video Segment & Upcoming Appearance



Check out Mommy Magic's author Mary Susan Buhner on “Time for Some R & R” with host Rachel Wright Tuesday March 2nd at 11am Central!



"Time for Some R & R" is the radio talk show featuring host Rachel Wright who will introduce you to friends who have, “been there and done that” and chose to reinvent their lives. They will share stories of how they have successfully coped with mind bending situations, and instead of being a victim of circumstances, they have decided to sit in the driver’s seat and take control of the course their life will take… and most importantly, they are enjoying the ride. Strap yourself in and be prepared to be entertained and inspired!


*Listen to the live stream or view podcasts on the Internet at www.toginet.com

Sunday
Feb282010

3 Ways for Moms to Go Green this Spring

Small changes can make a big difference. Help your kids become a part of something bigger and make our world a "greener" place. Utilize these three easy tips in your home today!

1. Sort & Recycle

This is the easiest & best way to make a difference. Most communities have recycling programs in place already, making it easy to participate! Check out http://www.recyclingcenters.org/ to find a center near you.

In addition to teaching your kids about protecting our earth use this as a teaching tool for young children by having them sort the items. Older children will love learning about the recycling process itself. Use two colorful sorting baskets for kids to learn "T" for Trash and "R" for Recycle. It's an easy, creative and fun way for kids to learn the concept of sorting and recycling at any age! www.beadletsbyronni.com

2. Plant a Family Garden & Buy Local

Spring is coming which brings the return of farmers' markets. Take your kids with you to pick local fresh food! Another great way to eat local year round is by signing up for Farm Fresh Delivery - an assortment of local organic vendors. This delivery service is free with your $35 order & comes straight to your door! Check them out at Farm Fresh Delivery

Another fun and great way eat fresh and healthy is to plant a family garden this spring. Planning can start now so when the weather gets warmer you are all set to get started gardening! Planting a garden with your kids will help them understand where food comes from while teaching them about healthy eating. Kiddie Gardens is a great site to get you started!

3. Go Green & Use All Natural Products at Home

Cleaning green has never been easier. Clorox came out with Greenworks, an all natural cleaning line that is available in most major chain stores. Method & Seventh Generation products are also great & accessible. In addition to swapping your harsh cleaning supplies, think about what you are putting on our skin! There are tons of great natural products out there, but my favorite is Arbonne & it has products for the whole family - safe and all natural!

For further information about the products listed above see individual websites below.
Greenworks Cleaners
Method Home
Seventh Generation
Arbonne International

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Monday
Feb152010

3 Tips For Staying Sane in the Midst of Motherhood

All moms need friends for enrichment, encouragement & accountability. The support network of friends you surround yourself with will be the people you share, laugh and learn from. They will push you to be better & to reach your potential as a mother, friend and person. A lot of what helps us grow is who we hand around and spend time with....be deliberate about who you hang out with in motherhood- it can shape who you are and you are becoming in the journey of motherhood.

Who You Spend Time Says A lot about You!

If you were to think about the 5 people you spend the most time with on a regular basis - that would tell you a lot about yourself. We ARE the sum of the 5 people we spend the most time with. If you want to be upbeat and positive - then make sure the people you surround yourself with are as well. A great way to weed out moms you "bring you down" is to weed out the "Drama Mamas."

No "Drama Mamas"

Gossip accomplishes nothing. Don't hand around moms who gossip. Chances are if they are talking about someone behind their back they have or will gossip abut YOU!
Watch out for the Back-Handed Compliment. These are a sure sign of they say they like you, but have to make you feel badly or guilty at the same time. Chalk it up to a friend you don't want to invest a lot of time and energy in.

Remember your kids are watching & learning from you all the time. Negativity breeds negativity. You can still be "real" about motherhood, but still be positive. Find the moms you can share the struggles of motherhood with, but will be positive in their overall approach about it.

Friends by Referral

Sometimes in motherhood friendships form out of convenience. Just because you see the same group of moms at basketball games or dances lessons doesn't mean you have to invest your energy into them. You can be kind and nice to them, but not BFF's.

Think of a friend you admire and that brings out the best in you. Look at her friends and ask her to include you with on outings to foster relationships with them. This is what I call "Friends By Referral." It is a great way to meet new moms and friends by connecting with a mom you already like and trust!

Check out the latest Mommy Magic segment on Fox 59!

Mommy Magic Fox 59 Segment
Wednesday
Feb032010

Affordable Tips to Celebrate Valentine's Day!