Don’t Let Work Get in the Way of Summer!


Summer

The summer has arrived and this year, I have no intention of spending it how I usually do…working. (says the “Recovering Workaholic”). Like most working Moms, the only way I know that it’s summer is the increased cost of the grocery bill. Other than that, it’s more proposals, presentations, and other marketing tasks for me.

This year, my eldest daughter is having none of it. “Can we do something fun this summer, Mommy?” So, here we are, scouring the Internet for events. Luckily, I don’t think the kiddos will disappointed. There are tons of events happening around Metro Detroit and I am determined that the family to going to have fun!

Here are a few spots that our family will visit over the summer:

  • Head to the Park-There are many great parks in the metro Detroit area that have plenty of things to do for the kiddos. Our favorite parks are:
  • Go Zoo Crazy! The Detroit Zoo is perfect for our family, if only we could ride the train throughout the whole park! The best event offered at the Zoo during the summer is the Wild Summer Nights, which offers concerts and activities on Wednesday nights during July and August from 6:30pm to 8pm.
  • Take a Trip to the Library – A visit to the library during the summer is perfect for the kids because it encourages them to continue to use those thinking-caps! Southfield Public Library has the Ticket to Read program, which includes activities and a reading program for all ages — from the smallest readers to adults!
  • Visit the Festival of Hope! Every year Hope United Methodist Church hosts the Festival of Hope. The event, which returns to the metro Detroit area July 13-16, 2017,  is free and provides carnival style food and games and live entertainment. Visit this link to learn more about how to save money on all-day ride wristbands and ride tickets!
  • Venture to the Outdoors – The Outdoor Adventure Center in Detroit, offers to educate families about the great outdoors through insightful exhibits and air conditioning. Events of interest to my family include the WOW – Wild Over Wednesday , which occurs the last Wednesday of each month.  For a whopping $0, from 6 to 8 p.m., visitors can take part in the special programs, fun and games around a specific topic each month, plus enjoy all the exhibits. In addition, the Center offers story time for the kiddos, hands-on experiences, games and informational sessions for interested visitors.
  • Get Cooking! The Eastern Market is one of the oldest and coolest marketplaces in the country. During the summer, they offer Kids Summer Cooking Classes. According to their site, these lessons are targeted at ages 6 – 12, and each class is $10. Classes will be held in the Eastern Market Community Kitchen in Shed 5 from 9:00am – 10:30am.

Enjoy the summer and don’t work too hard!

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Sick of Feeling Guilty


SICK_DAY

Are you a workaholic? If you answered yes, then you probably have worked while being sick. “Oh it’s just the sniffles,” you’ve called the flu.  “A tickle in my chest,” you’ve called pneumonia. All the while, you are helping to spread germs around the office. And it doesn’t end there. More and more of us feel guilty about taking vacation time, as if the office will come to an end because we aren’t there.

Lesson: You are only hurting yourself.

I learned this lesson the hard way when I got bronchitis a few years ago. A supervisor called me (yes I answered the phone) and requested that I develop a banner for an overseas conference. Telling me that it was needed right away and if I could help it would most appreciated, I tossed my meds to the side and set to work. I worked all day long and felt worse than I had when I took the dreaded call. Turned out, the banner didn’t need to be completed that day! I worked for nothing!

The truth is that we all get sick or need a mental health day at one point, it’s just a part of life and it’s ok.

So let’s walk through this together:

Step 1 – You feel sick

Step 2 – Pick up your phone and email your supervisor and say, I am taking a sick day today.

Step 3 – Put the phone down and take care of yourself

See how easy that was?

Lesson: Don’t be fooled into thinking that working through being sick will be make you more appreciated. Take the time to take care of yourself, and be nice to your colleagues by not spreading the germs.

 

Hypocalcaemia ain’t got nothing on us!


So the little one is a rock star. The nurses love her and she has shocked the doctors. She hasBeaumont Hospital surpassed every goal the doctors have set and they are ready for to leave. And my little angel couldn’t be more ready herself. She ripped out all of the cords except for her IV. She would have gotten to that to if the nurses hadn’t taped it down thoroughly.

And so we wave goodbye to Beaumont Hospital. We leave the hospital with an order to come  back for a follow-up blood test on Friday. She will have to be on a high dose of calcium for the next 8 weeks and will have to see a pediatric endocrinologist.  I can’t even imagine how costly the hospital bills are going to be, but it doesn’t matter. A sense of gratitude has washed over our entire family.

A very special thank you to those who offered a kind word or prayer for our family. All of those messages on Facebook, text messages and this blog are forever saved in our hearts. We only hope that we can be as supportive to you as you have been to us.

As we move to celebrate the Easter holiday…make sure you include Vitamin D in your plans. Vitamin DEveryone could use it!

Are There Health Benefits to a Relationship With Your Mother-in-Law?


I think I am probably one of the few women that have a great relationship with their Mother-in-Law. Our bond comes from an interesting potion based on the premise that she understands where I am coming from and genuinely respects the relationship that I have with her son. Our relationship with one another doesn’t come between the rapport that I have with my own Mother, who unfortunately lives 1,000 miles away.

However, the bond that we have flows to the relationship she maintains with my daughter. Those who know them can tell you that they are major BFF’s…never to be separated. I know that I can trust my Mother-in-Law with my daughter and that she will always have her back. She follows our ideas on discipline and encourages her to be a smart and independent little girl. And now that I have a little boy on the way, I am sure that he will treasure his relationship with his grandmother as much as his sister. In an article that I read on Babble, there seems to be a little science that backs up the benefits to our relationship. According to the article, Living Next To Mother-in-Law Makes Healthier Babies, Suggests Study (We’re Not Joking), there are health benefits to women who live closer to their Mother-in-Laws.

A new study out of Sheffield University suggests that proximity to your mother-in-law is invaluable. Dr. Virpi Lummaa studied 300 years’ worth of records up until the year 2000 and found that moms who live close to their mothers-in-law were less likely to have babies who died in infancy. In addition, “sons and daughters married younger if their mothers were alive, they also had more children and had smaller gaps in time between each birth.”

The whole idea might seem wacky to those whose relationship with their dreaded MIL’s is less than satisfying, but I guess I can speak for those women who don’t have those poor experiences when I say it makes sense. My Mother-in-Law rocks and I am not ashamed to say it!

Rest in Peace Whitney Houston


I can’t believe she’s gone. As a fan, I can say that while I didn’t personally know Whitney Houston, I truly admired her music. I wanted to be her and used to sing in the bathroom with my pink hairbrush (obviously I didn’t do any of those songs justice)

There was a time, where there wasn’t a song she couldn’t sing. The woman flat out had a love and a passion for music. The musical notes for the Star Spangled Banner laid down for her as she dazzled the crowd. http://youtu.be/eS4v431Mlak

We have seen Whitney Houston soar through the good times and appear frustrated, a little angry and weak during the bad times. And while many thought that her choices in life (drugs and otherwise) would seal her death sentence, the shock of her death is potent, real and hard to accept.The news reports talk of her making a comeback and that makes me think of a few people I knew that have passed. It seems that right when they were making a true in their life, their time was up. They did what they were meant to do.

So to those of you who feel that grief over this woman’s life is too much, remember that a life is still important, no matter the choices made.  No grief is too much for life. You can’t deny that Houston had an effect on her fans lives. I still tear up hearing her rendition of  “I Love the Lord.”

So to Whitney Houston, I hope you rest in peace and find comfort in the Almighty. I can promise you that our family will remember your great performances in the Preacher’s Wife, The Bodyguard and Waiting to Exhale. We will listen to your music. We will mourn your life with the rest of your fans. You will not be forgotten.

And for those who have chosen Jesus Christ as your personal Savior, it’s not too late. Just don’t wait until tomorrow…as Marvin Winans sang:

Tomorrow
I’ll give my life tomorrow
I thought about today
But it’s so much easier to say
Tomorrow
Who promised you tomorrow
Better choose the Lord today
For tomorrow very well might be today