Merry Christmas to all of the world celebrating the holidays. A special holiday wish to the twins Jacob and Joseph of Anderson, Indiana. Hope that you all have fun opening your Christmas gifts this year. Merry Christmas!
I’ve been sick in bed with the flu for the past four days. Not sure how I got sick, but it has been no fun. I wanted to ride my bike and get about 5 miles of exercise yesterday, but my body was so weak from this flu bug that I was simply unable to do anything. Maybe by tomorrow I can get a nice bike ride. Mucinex is my new best friend. I hope that all of you are feeling well. Don’t let the change in weather get the best of you, stay hydrated and take your vitamins.
I know most of you have enjoyed the Thanksgiving holiday with family and close friends. My son stayed at his college dormitory because he had exams next week and said he wanted to study for them. So, instead of turkey he baked a chicken. I think we all need to start thinking about healthy eating during and after the holidays. Especially if you have relatives and friends who love to binge eat during the holidays…any excuse to gain 10 pounds. Well if we eat too much, we can always get back in the gym five days each week and burn off those extra calories.
Well the people have spoken and they elected Donald Trump for our 45th president. I can’t wait to see how his first 100 days in office goes. The Clinton campaign is in shock, along with the rest of America. However, every vote was counted and he came out the winner!
I am looking forward to Halloween this year. Not sure what costume I will select this year, but my son is too old for dressing up for Halloween. I miss those years when he was in grammar school and he actually got excited to go shopping at Wal-Mart for his costume. Now, he’s studying in college and doesn’t even mention the word Halloween. Also, there’s a funny movie coming out – Boo! A Madea Halloween. Woohoo…loads of fun!!!
“Tyler Perry writes, produces, directs, and stars in the latest project with the popular character Madea. Ozzie Areu and Will Areu will also be producers on the film. Boo! A Madea Halloween will be released in one of the more competitive release dates this year, with a whopping six movies opening in wide release. This comedy will be going up against Paramount’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back, 20th Century Fox’s Keeping Up With the Joneses, Focus Features’ A Monster Calls, Universal’s Ouija: Origin of Evil and Pure Flix’s I’m Not Ashamed.”
If you are in the mood for some Halloween laughs, then don’t miss this film. Email me with your opinion of the film after you see it. Enjoy!
I hope I don’t offend any vegans, but there’s nothing like a nice “rib eye” steak, especially when it’s on sale for $3.99 per pound. I don’t eat steaks or red meat on a daily basis, but my husband is a huge fan. I found this deal at the local meat market and surely had to stock up on a few for my hubby. However, I am sticking to my “healthy living” eating plans in hopes of losing weight in time for the holidays.
Water is the main key to dropping those unwanted pounds. Drinking water daily also helps keep your bowels regulated. I am also drinking meal replacements for dinner, because eating meals after 6:00 pm equates to one thing….extra calories that will not be burned during sleep. The older we get, the harder it is to lose those extra pounds. Belly fat is the worst…so hard to get rid of it. But, walking does help reduce belly fat. Walking for 30 minutes each day makes a difference.
You’ve gotta see this film….Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I am a huge move buff and it is my opinion that you are never too old to enjoy a great children’s film. As a mom of a college student, who no longer enjoys these types of films (because he’s over 18 and in college) I enjoy these films more than the kids.
Find your nearest movie theater, take the kids or your best friend…maybe drag your husband along (if you can) and enjoy this film. The cinematography is beautiful…it’s a fun movie. Enjoy!
As the mother of a college student, I worry all the time about my son being exposed to Medical Marijuana during his years in college. He no longer resides at home with me and being a Helicopter Mom it’s difficult to control what he’s exposed to…so I’m writing this article and posing a question to moms all over the world…”How would you feel if your son or daughter was exposed to marijuana while away at college?
It seems that medical marijuana clinics are popping up all over the place and they are making millions of dollars. The names on the products they are selling are similar to names of popular children’s candy…”cotton candy” or “sour OG” just to name a few. I personally don’t drink nor do I spoke, not have I ever experimented with any types of drugs. So, it would be devastating to me to learn that my son is being exposed to medical marijuana and that’s exactly what happened during his second year of college. I was no longer a mother in control, but someone on the outside looking in…living miles and miles away. I cringed just thinking about his friends smoking marijuana in his presence but what could I do? Absolutely NOTHING!
It seems that females are purchasing medical marijuana twice as much as young men are who are registered in colleges and universities around the world. I never could understand what drugs do for someone, but my son says his friends smoke medical marijuana because “it’s legal in their state” and “it helps them study better and they do really well on exams and quizzes”. But, how can a mind altering drug help your mind operate more efficiently? That’s the big question…read my next post on medical marijuana to get the answer.
Trying my best to eat a healthy meal today. One of my favorite places to eat is Urth Caffe in Pasadena, CA. They also have a great location in Beverly Hills and the food is delicious. The salads are fresh, the iced organic green tea is simply the best green tea I’ve ever tasted.
I couldn’t resist the chocolate chip cookie and lemonade…but you’ve gotta try their organic green tea!!!!
This place is easy on the wallet and easy on the calories.
My friend’s daughter is overweight. College did nothing but add to her stress and she comforted herself with fast food. College can be life-changing for many, as some move out-of-state and far away from home to pursue their educational goals. But, I think as parents we should try to help our kids to refrain from junk food and eat as healthy as possible. Studying late nights for an exam or getting off work and then rushing to a class, can be hectic and many college students simply don’t have the time to prepare and cook healthy meals. I’ve suggested to my son that he eat Salmon and lots of salads. He also drinks a gallon of water each and every day which aids in his healthy lifestyle choices. I know that losing weight is never easy and I highly suggest viewing a “diet” as a “lifestyle change” and not simply a “temporary change in eating habits.”
The holiday season is rapidly approaching and weight loss is the most important thing on my mind right now. I have to lose weight, so that I can really enjoy the holidays with my family and friends. It’s no fun when hosting holiday parties and not being able to enjoy the good food. So, I am concentrating on losing weight the old-fashioned way…diet, exercise and also reducing my caloric intake.
A few of my close friends and family have joined weight watchers and they have already begun shedding the extra pounds. But, I am not going to join weight watchers. I want to try to conquer my weight problems on my own. I am planning to workout at a gym 5 days each week. I plan to drink tons of water and will also substitute two meals each day, with a meal replacement drink. Watch for updates in future posts regarding my weight loss progress. Also, feel free to send in your before and after photos, so I can post them for you. Good Luck MOMS!
My son is over the age of 21 and I know that on his 21st birthday he actually went out and purchased alcohol with his friends. He was completely honest with me and said, “Mom, I’ve tried beer and Vodka and it did nothing for me”. Said he “hated the taste and how it made him feel sluggish and sleepy afterwards”. I think if we have an “open dialogue” with our children about alcohol, then it will prevent them from drinking alcohol without our knowledge. I’ve told my son that he can talk to me about ANYTHING and I mean ANYTHING. It’s crucial that we allow our sons and daughters to feel comfortable about opening up to us as parents. I hate to see the number of drunk drivers (DUI’s) in the Unites States (college students), who really didn’t have to be in a “drink and drive” situation. But, most of the time they are afraid to ask their parents for a ride, for fear of retribution. As a mom, I think we should make our kids feel comfortable so they can open up to us and tell us everything and anything. This is the only way we can help our kids lead successful lives.
Don’t drink and drive, call a friend, Uber, Lyft or just simply walk home.
How do I prepare my child for college?
Planning for college can begin as early as the sophomore year of high school. Before searching for a college, your child should assess his or her career and life goals carefully. While this will take a bit of soul searching, this can help a child prepare. Determine these goals by sitting down together and asking your child some questions about what would make him or her happy or what his or her strengths and weaknesses are. However, do not push your child toward a field he or she does not prefer.
Many teens have trouble determining their interests. Advise your child to visit his or her high-school guidance counselor and arrange for him or her to take interest-inventory tests, if possible. These tests, also found in college-preparatory books, are useful tools to help focus a student’s natural talents toward the right career path.
Most colleges have many prerequisites. Make sure your child is working toward completing the proper college-preparatory classes in high school. Although requirements vary from school to school and/or major to major, many colleges specify that an applicant must complete the following:
Four years of English
Three years of math: two in algebra, one in geometry
Three years of hard science: biology, chemistry, physics, etc.
Three years of social studies: U.S. history, world history, U.S. government
Two years of a foreign language
Various courses in the arts, computers, typing and other electives
Typically, colleges also require that the high-school student take either the ACT (American College Test, which measures English, math, reading and science skills, and has a maximum score of 36) and/or the SAT I (Scholastic Aptitude Test, which measures verbal and math skills, and has a maximum score of 2400).
Students should take these tests during their junior year. Some colleges may also require students to take the SAT II test, which measures ability in up to 17 different subject areas. The average college-bound test scores are 21 for the ACT and 1509 for the SAT. Your teen’s scores on these exams may limit the choice of schools to which he or she can apply, and each institution sets different minimum scores that it will accept. However, your teen is allowed and encouraged to improve his or her scores by repeating either paid test. You may even advise your child to prepare for these exams with a practice course or test, which are offered in books at any bookstore or through test-preparation programs.
For more information about preparing for college, contact the Admissions and Records Department for the college of interest. Good luck!
My son is a junior in college and talking to him about sex was something I did while he was in high school. Although, I was hoping that when he started college, he would have enough knowledge about sex so that he would make the right decisions. I think there should not be sex without marriage, but that’s just my opinion. However, as parents we know that our children (teens) have hormones that sometimes control their actions. Responsible sex is what we teach our kids, if they plan on having sex before marriage. But, what exactly is “responsible sex”?
Is responsible sex:
- Having sex with a condom
- Making sure the female is on a birth control pill
- Pulling out prior to ejaculation
- Just kissing and going home before things get hot and heavy
Please write me and let me know how you feel about your teens having sex prior to marriage. Do you advocate abstinence? I can’t wait to hear your stories…