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Weekly Whims: 25 Average Parent Problems

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Oh my goodness…I love how these photos by @averageparentproblems capture so many moments that happen all too often when you have little ones around.  Hilarious after the moment has passed usually…ha ha ha!  Hands down this is my new favorite Instagram feed.  Enjoy a giggle and let me know if you have experienced any or all of these moments! I’m at 21 of the 25!  Ha ha!  Have an awesometastic day friends! ~ Lisa

(As posted on Mommy Shorts)

1) Toy Problems

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2) Stuffed Animal Problems

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3) Feminine Hygiene problems

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4) Getting out the door problems

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5) New Baby Problems

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6) Game Playing Problems

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7) Mall Problems

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8) Permanent Marker Problems

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9) Selfie Problems

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10) Balloon Problems

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11) Restaurant Problems

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12) Even Worse Restaurant Problems

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13) Sharing Problems

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14) Phone Problems

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15) Co-sleeping Problems

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16) Stroller problems

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17) changing table problems

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18) Wardrobe Problems

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19) Safety Problems

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20) Dad Problems

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21) Tub Problems

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22) New Skill Problems

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23) Art Problems

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24) School Picture Problems

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25) Playroom Problems

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If you want more average parent problems, I highly suggest you follow @averageparentproblems on Instagram. You can even submit photos of your own with the hashtag #averageparentproblems for the chance to get featured. Or post them on the Mommy Shorts Facebook page.

But if you consider yourself even slightly above average, this Instagram feed is probably not for you. You’d like @aboveaverageparentproblems where parents complain about their kale getting cold because they were in the middle of an exciting homeschool lesson… but I promise, that account does not exist. Yet.

Weekly Whims: 13 Tips For New College Graduates and YOU!

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I seriously can’t believe this school year is almost over!  I feel like it was only a couple of weeks ago that I was buying back-to-school stuff and getting everyone out the door on the school routine after a spontaneous summer fun frenzy.  This article by Living On The Cheap has fantastic tips for new college graduates, but some of the tips are very sound advice for anyone really, myself included.  Decisions with finances and money management are so important for future planning.  While retirement seems so far away for many of us….planning now is a key factor in living the life you want when you are older.  Not to say that you need to forfeit all the fun and “wants” in life, just be money smart!  I really find that living within your means and making it a goal to not only manage your debt, but to really payoff debts and gain assets in your own right is not only going to make your financial part of life better…it keeps the gloom of “the debt cloud” away.  When you know you are in control and managing it well, this creates a happier and more positive outlook on your daily life and future.  Go for it!  Empower yourself with these great tips!  Thanks for reading friends!  ~ Lisa

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By Living On The Cheap  April 29, 2015  Posted by Teresa Mears

It’s college graduation time. That means those of us who have been around the block a few times can’t resist sharing some of our sage advice with the young people who are preparing to start their professional lives.

While every decision you make when you’re 21 or 22 won’t irrevocably change the course of your life, a few may. On the other hand, being afraid to experiment or afraid to fail may keep you from important experiences.

“Your 20s really are the time to explore,” says Jean Chatzky, financial editor of NBC’s “Today” show, an author whose books include “Not Your Parents’ Money Book” and the mother of a college-age son. “Before you get married and before you have kids, you don’t have a lot of financial responsibilities.”

Many college graduates live with their parents, which was considered unusual a generation ago. That can be a smart short-term plan, Chatzky says, emphasizing short-term. By not paying rent, a young person can build up a financial cushion and save for such things as a car, rent deposit or house down payment, graduate school or even a trip around the world.

Graduation is an excellent time to get your financial life started on the right foot. But it’s not all about money. This is the advice Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter, offered University of Michigan graduates in 2013:

So far you guys have gotten where you are by meeting and exceeding expectations … From here on out, you have to switch gears,” he said. “There are no expectations. There is no script. When you’re doing what you love to do, you become resilient … If, on the other hand, you do what you think is expected of you, or what you’re supposed to do, and chaos ensues – as it surely will – you will look to external sources for what to do next, because that will be the habit you’ve created for yourself. You’ll be standing there frozen on the stage of your own life.

New college graduates would be wise to follow these 13 tips:

Establish credit, use it wisely and monitor your profile. “If you look at the people who are most prone to ID theft, it’s not seniors – it’s college students,” Chatzky says. “It’s because they have such a substantial online profile. Unscrupulous persons can create a profile and pretend to be you.”

Live within your means. Living below your means is even better. “Don’t get stuck in lifestyle creep,” advises LaTisha D. Styles, an investment analyst in Atlanta who started the Young Finances website four years ago at age 26. When she received her annual cost-of-living raise the last few years, she increased her contribution to her 401(k) plan and stuck with a frugal lifestyle. “In the meantime, I stayed in the same apartment, spent roughly the same on groceries and entertainment and never really felt the financial crunch because my increased contributions were offset by less taxable income,” she says.

Save money automatically. You can do it through payroll deduction, automatic withdrawal from your bank account or throwing change in a jar. “Building the habit of saving and setting money aside is more important than the amount in those first few years,” says Julie Rains, the mother of a college sophomore who writes about personal finance for Wise Bread and her own blog, Working to Live Differently.

Take advantage of employer 401(k) plans. If your employer offers a 401(k) plan or equivalent, contribute as much as you can – ideally at least enough to get the maximum employer match. “By not taking advantage of it, you’re essentially leaving free money on the table and giving yourself a pay cut,” says Robert Farrington, founder and editor-in-chief of The College Investor website. “The younger you are when you start, the more powerful compounding interest works for you. By starting at 22 vs. 30, you could add hundreds of thousands of dollars more to your retirement account.”

Pay your bills on time. Not only is it a good habit, it will help you build credit and avoid exorbitant late fees.

Choose your friends wisely. Don’t hang out with, or even consider dating, people who encourage you to spend your money foolishly. Those kinds of attitudes rub off. The dating part is especially important because you absolutely don’t want to marry someone who doesn’t share your financial values.

Weigh the costs vs. benefits before going to graduate school. In some fields, such as education, a master’s degree is a necessity. In others, having a master’s degree grants few career benefits beyond what you learn. You don’t want to accrue additional debt to get a degree that won’t increase your salary. After you’ve been in the workplace several years, you may decide to change direction or your employer may pay your way.

Learn about personal finance and investing. The Internet is exploding with blogs and websites aimed at teaching 20-somethings how to manage their money. Read, learn and think ahead.

Don’t expect to get a job by only filling out online applications. You are more likely to find a job through your college professors, parents, friends of parents and parents of friends, pastors, former babysitting clients and anyone else you know. This could require talking to people on the phone or in person. Just do it.

Clean up your social media profile. It’s the first thing prospective employers will look at. If you don’t already have a LinkedIn profile, create one to highlight skills you’ve gained through your education, your volunteer work or any jobs you’ve had so far. Remember to spell all the words right and don’t trust autocorrect. First impressions are important.

Stay in touch with your college friends and professors. Networking is one of the most important career skills you’ll ever learn, and social media has just made it easier. Decades after you graduate, you may get your dream job from the guy you played poker with as an undergraduate.

Learn to cook and clean. Not only will cooking save you money, but you’ll also be healthier. If you don’t already know how to clean and do laundry, pick up those skills, too. If you’re living at home, it’s an excellent trade for free rent.

Splurge on experiences, not things. This is not the time to buy a new Corvette or a designer wardrobe, even if you just got a wonderful job with a fabulous salary. You’ll never be this free again. Take every opportunity to travel and try new experiences.

A version of this story appeared previous at U.S. News and World Report.

Weekly Whims: Colorado Man Kills His COMPUTER. One way to deal with tech problems.

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Well if there was nothing else that made me laugh today I would be okay, because this one sent me to laughing tears.  Ahhhhh! Ha ha ha!  Too funny!  #takeachillpilldude ~Lisa

Colorado Man Ends Battle With Computer by Shooting It 8 Times

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It’s the “Dirty Harry” version of tech support. A Colorado Springs man was hit with a municipal violation after he ended a long-running battle with an uncooperative computer by blasting it eight times with a handgun Monday, police said.

Lucas Hinch, 37, was given a violation for discharging a weapon inside city limits, police said in a report titled, “Man Kills His Computer.”

The police report said that Hinch “was fed up with fighting his computer for the last several months” and shot it in a back alley behind his home just before 7 p.m., “effectively disabling it.”

Police public information officer Lt. Catherine Buckley said he shot the old Dell desktop machine with a Hi-Point 9 mm pistol.

“He did tell us he thought it was okay because we are an open carry state,” Buckley said. But it is illegal in the city limits to discharge a firearm unless one is protecting life or property, she said. The violation would most likely result in a fine, Buckley said.

The police department posted a photo of the blasted machine on its Twitter and Facebook pages.

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“You have to keep that balance whenever you’re working with social media,” Buckley said. “Sometimes when you have things that happen such as this, we like to think we can have a sense of humor, too.”

— Phil Helsel
First published April 21st 2015, 3:23 pm

Weekly Whims: Girl Power! First Female Blue Angels Pilot!

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When I saw this article it literally made me smile.  There is something about seeing women do things for the first time that only men have done historically.  It is so very inspiring that I wanted to share with all of you.  I know that for myself, stories like this only encourage me to take the world on in anyway that I dream to.  I will be sure to share this story with my little girl and even my boys.  Girls (and boys) ROCK!

Have a beautiful Tuesday! ~ Lisa

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“I definitely didn’t come on the team to break any barriers or anything like that, that definitely wasn’t my agenda,” Higgins said.  “It just so happened that I was the first female to perform in a demo here, and if that is inspiring to people, if that is inspiring to little girls around the country, then I’m doing my job.”  To read the full story click here.

Weekly Whims: Dreaming Of A Mudroom

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For as long as I can remember I have always liked the concept of having a mudroom in a house.  That special space to welcome a family home, to stow belongings easily and to keep from tracking everything outdoors into the living space.  I don’t know if this longing for a mudroom comes from living in the Pacific NW where it rains a lot and outdoor activities are consistently clashing with my unwavering desire to keep the house tidy.  Maybe it is the simply noted style to an entryway with clever functionality that I would go head-over-heels for.  Clearly I find myself in dreamland of someday having an amazing mudroom at my fingertips!  In looking at many mudroom designs on the web, I came across several that were actually a perfect solution for the mudroom dreamer like myself.  Since I have limited foyer space with a small coat closet to work with, a closet conversion may just be the way to go.  I may even use the narrow hall hooks and baskets in combonation with a closet conversion.  Oh the possibilities!  Now I have to decide which ideas I like best that will suit our household and get to it!  If like me, you to are a dreamer of having a mudroom, yet limited on entryway space…check these ideas out!  As always thanks for reading friends! ~ Lisa

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And lets’s not forget a few ideas for down the road when I have my dream home…

(insert my husband’s eye roll **haha!)

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Weekly Whims: 7 Reasons Being In Your 30’s Doesn’t Suck

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Having just recently celebrated my 36th birthday…I feel like I’ve gained enough experience in my 30’s to make an inspiring short list of reasons that being in my 30’s totally doesn’t suck.  In fact, I am quite loving my 30’s!!  So let me get this started…

1)  I REALLY GO WITH MY GUT.  It’s true that through my 20’s I was a sucker for doing whatever I was feeling I should do out of obligation or the insecurity of just saying “no” to someone.  I often feared that they would not be pleased or something ridiculous like be mad at me.  Boo hoo.  Now I trust my “gut feeling”.  It never steers me wrong!

2)  I TELL IT LIKE IT IS.  I pride myself in being a very honest person.  While the truth hurts sometimes….I can accept it and tell it when asked (and occasionally when not asked…see how honest I am).  Honesty really is the best policy and at the end of the day you can feel good that you have gained the maturity and confidence to take on the truth no matter how difficult it can be to tell or face.

3)  I LIKE MYSELF.  I have definitely had feelings of insecurity through all stages of my life thus far.  In my 30’s, rather than those insecurities making me feel like a big loser, I have learned to embrace the things that I want to work on to improve and those that I choose to accept about myself.  I am pretty darn good at being authentic to those around me and finding that they…LIKE ME! THEY REALLY LIKE ME!  The best part is looking in the mirror and being glad to be ME.

4) STILL GAINING MATURITY (well a little).  I would say that I have grown to a place where I am a happy balance of mature and a smidge of 12 year old girl.  I still find things funny that my kids find funny and I might crawl into their fort for a cup of tea.  However, the maturity that comes in your 30’s to be able to instinctively know how to handle a situation and react to others is ten fold from my 20’s.

5) BECAUSE I SAID SO.  Oh how I love and use this phrase daily.  The confidence of knowing that what I say is what I mean.  No waffling about it.  No explanations or excuses needed.  It’s really how I feel, what I want or expect.  I don’t even have to be or feel like a jerk about it either! 🙂

6) I STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES.  I definitely pay closer attention now in my 30’s to the simple things in life and taking each moment as a great gift.  I appreciate family, friends and nature more than I ever did before.

7) I CREATE MY OWN HAPPINESS.  I like to think of this as a healthy selfishness.  I now control how negative toxic people in the world affect my life.  I know now that I will get back what I put out into the world.  If I work hard, be positive, contribute to the lives of others around me and love…I will be the lucky one.  The return is always blessings after blessings.  Everything from recognition in my work, happy upbeat days, supportive friends and the best loving and healthy family.

Hey!  Are you in your 30’s?  What else can you add to this list?  If you are in your 40’s, 50’s, 60’s…on up…what do I have to look forward to?

Thanks for reading!  ~Lisa

 

Weekly Whims: Easter Traditions From Around The World

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We are avid egg hiders and hunters at my house.  It is not uncommon for us and any visitors to get in on the fun at least two dozen times over the Easter weekend.  Of course, the other traditional highlights for our family are dying and decorating eggs and seeing that the very elusive Easter Bunny has visited on Easter Eve…filling their baskets with treats and trinkets galore!  As I spend a fun-filled day with our awesometastic family…I am reflective, thankful and humbled by all of my blessings in this amazing journey of life.  What Easter traditions does your family have?

What I know for sure:  God. Is. Good.

Wishing everyone a blessed and Happy Easter!

Here are some interesting traditions from around the world as posted by Woman’s Day.  Have a read and do share your traditions in the comments below! 🙂

***For the record…I want in on that France Omelet.  who’s with me?***

Finland

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Children in this Scandinavian country go begging in the streets with sooty faces and scarves around their heads, carrying broomsticks, coffeepots and bunches of willow twigs. In some parts of Western Finland, people burn bonfires on Easter Sunday, a Nordic tradition stemming from the belief that the flames ward off witches who fly around on brooms between Good Friday and Easter Sunday. Photo courtesy of Henri Bonell via Flickr.com.

Poland

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Pouring water on one another is a Polish Easter tradition called Smingus-Dyngus. On Easter Monday, boys try to drench other people with buckets of water, squirt guns or anything they can get their hands on. Legend says girls who get soaked will marry within the year. The refreshing tradition has its origins in the baptism of Polish Prince Mieszko on Easter Monday in 966 AD. Photo by Associated Press.

Haux, France

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Don’t forget a fork if you’re in this southern French town on Easter Monday. Each year a giant omelet is served up in the town’s main square. And when we say giant, we mean giant: The omelet uses more than 4,500 eggs and feeds up to 1,000 people. The story goes, when Napoleon and his army were traveling through the south of France, they stopped in a small town and ate omelets. Napoleon liked his so much that he ordered the townspeople to gather their eggs and make a giant omelet for his army the next day. Photo by iStockphoto.

Corfu, Greece

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On the morning of Holy Saturday, the traditional “Pot Throwing” takes place on the Greek island of Corfu: People throw pots, pans and other earthenware out of their windows, smashing them on the street. Some say the custom derives from the Venetians, who on New Year’s Day used to throw out all of their old items. Others believe the throwing of the pots welcomes spring, symbolizing the new crops that will be gathered in the new pots. Photo courtesy of George Tziralis via Flickr.com.

Norway

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Easter is such a popular time for Norwegians to read crime novels that publishers actually come out with special “Easter Thrillers” known as Paaskekrimmen. The tradition is said to have started in 1923 when a book publisher promoted its new crime novel on the front pages of newspapers. The ads resembled news so much that people didn’t know it was a publicity stunt. Photo courtesy of Trondelarius via Flickr.com.

Rome, Italy

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On Good Friday the Pope commemorates the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) at the Colosseum: A huge cross with burning torches illuminates the sky as the 14 Stations of the Cross are described in several languages. Mass is celebrated on the evening of Holy Saturday, and on Easter Sunday, thousands of visitors congregate in St. Peter’s Square to await the Pope’s blessing from the church’s balcony, known as “Urbi et Orbi” (“To the City and to the World”). Photo courtesy of Dazzi via Flickr.com.

Czech Republic and Slavakia

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Traveling to these Eastern European countries over Easter? If so, you’d better watch your back! There’s an Easter Monday tradition in which men spank women with handmade whips made of willow and decorated with ribbons. According to legend, the willow is the first tree to bloom in the spring, so the branches are supposed to transfer the tree’s vitality and fertility to the women. This playful spanking is all in good fun and isn’t meant to cause pain. Photo courtesy of PinkCappachino via Flickr.com.

Verges, Spain

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On Holy Thursday in the Medieval town of Verges, Spain, the traditional “dansa de la mort” or “death dance” is performed. To reenact scenes from The Passion, everyone dresses in skeleton costumes and parades through the streets. The procession ends with frightening skeletons carrying boxes of ashes. The macabre dance begins at midnight and continues for three hours into the early morning. Photo by Getty Images.

Washington, DC, USA

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For 130 years, the White House has hosted the Easter Egg Roll on its South Lawn. The main activity involves rolling a colored hard-boiled egg with a large serving spoon, but now the event boasts many more amusements, like musical groups, an egg hunt, sports and crafts. This year’s theme is “Ready, Set, Go!” and will promote health and wellness, featuring activities that encourage children to lead healthy and active lives. Photo by Getty Images.

Hungary

Hungary

“Sprinkling,” a popular Hungarian Easter tradition, is observed on Easter Monday, which is also known as “Ducking Monday.” Boys playfully sprinkle perfume or perfumed water on girls. Young men used to pour buckets of water over young women’s heads, but now they spray perfume, cologne or just plain water, and ask for a kiss. People used to believe that water had a cleaning, healing and fertility-inducing effect. Photo by Getty Images.