Preparing My Child for College…

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!

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Sex and College

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:

  1. Having sex with a condom
  2. Making sure the female is on a birth control pill
  3. Pulling out prior to ejaculation
  4. 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…

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After Summer Camp is Over


When summer camp comes to a close, then it’s time to find additional activities for the kids.  Family time is important, because we all work and when children don’t get that quality time with their parents, they really do suffer from it.  Try to spend as much time as you can with your little ones and treasure each moment.  My best friend was not raised by her biological parents and although she was adopted, she always loved the quality time her adopted parents spent with her.  As a mother, you need to show your children that you love them by making time for them…although you may be tired after work, after cooking dinner and everything else that we mothers do – please try to take even thirty minutes to REALLY talk to your children and ASK THEM how they are doing.

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Beautiful Day Today

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The sun was shining and the birds were chirping…well the waves were beautiful today at the beach.  Hope you enjoy these pictures and enjoy the day with your family.  The year is quickly passing us by and pretty soon college semesters and quarters will begin, so enjoy your summer before it’s all over.

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4th of July Fun!

cake 4th4th of July holiday is almost here…what fun recipes are you sharing with family and friends?  Write me and let me know, so I can post some of your really delicious recipes.  My favorite is “Flag Cake”…it’s so pretty and tastes oh so good.  The kids love it.

Remember to be safe and enjoy the holidays with close family and friends.

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Class of 2016

Is your son or daughter graduating this year?  Whether it’s grammar, high school or even college – it’s an exciting time for parents.  Graduation is the beginning of a new chapter in our children’s lives.  It’s symbolic of their growth and moving from one stage to the next.  I remember when my son Arthur graduated from high school, I was so happy that I cried.

I knew he was growing up and leaving for college and it was extremely difficult for me to grasp the concept that I would not be cooking dinner for him every evening or driving him to football games.  As parents we want to see our children grow and mature and become independent.  But, it was and still is very difficult for me.  I have no more children at home with me and I am suffering from “empty nest” syndrome.

I am happy for everyone who is a member of the Class of 2016 – no matter what your grade level – it’s a time for celebration!

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End of Semester

The end of the college Spring semester is coming to a close.  My son has worked diligently this year to earn really good grades.  I can’t wait to find out what his final grades are, but I am hoping for all A’s.  This Summer Arthur plans to work full-time and also enroll in a few Summer courses.  He called me last night to tell me that his best friends brother was recently diagnosed with “Bi-Polar Disorder”.  I’m not sure if any of you know how serious this disease can be…here are a few fast facts on the disease:

Can’t be cured, but treatment may help
Chronic: can last for years or be lifelong
Requires a medical diagnosis
Each episode usually lasts days to weeks at a time. Episodes may occur several times a year or throughout the year.
Mania symptoms include periods of elevated mood or irritability. When experiencing a manic episode, a patient often has high energy levels with reduced need for sleep. Less often, people may experience psychosis. Depression symptoms include feeling sad, low energy, low motivation, or loss of interest in previously enjoyable activities.
Treatments can help reduce symptoms. Medications include valproic acid, lithium, lamotrigine, quetiapine, among others. Other treatments include cognitive behavior therapy or psychotherapy.
Turns out his friends brother stopped taking all medication given to him by his doctor and his depression is getting increasingly worse.  If you know anything more about this disorder, please send me your feedback.
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When Mom is ill

rosesI have been very ill lately and have not been able to post as regularly as I’d like to – but I am slowly improving and in time I will get back to posting all of your favorite topics to the blog.  Thanks so much for your prayers and well wishes.



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Interesting Article

How to Stop Being Helicopter Parents –

One Day They Will Fly the Coop

What Happens When Overprotected Kids Leave Home?

Even the most coddled child has to untie the apron strings eventually. (One historical exception: When Douglas MacArthur entered West Point as a cadet, his helicopter mom moved into an apartment near the grounds, reportedly so that she could watch him study through a telescope.) Holly Schiffrin, an associate professor of psychology at the University of Mary Washington, in Fredericksburg, Virginia, thinks that some parents of college students have not gotten the memo. “They call me to discuss grades, or they want my help setting schedules,” she says. “Some even monitor their kids’ diet and exercise habits.” Yet all this loving care does not always result in happier offspring, as Schiffrin discovered when she surveyed 297 students and found that the ones with controlling parents were more anxious and depressed. A separate study of 300 freshmen from Keene State College, in Keene, New Hampshire, found that heli-parented students were more likely to feel angry, worried, self-conscious, and vulnerable.

Although it might sound great to have someone swoop in to take care of everything, human beings have an innate need to do things for themselves. “Competence and autonomy have been consistently associated with well-being,” says Schiffrin. “Helicopter parents undermine these ideas. They’re sending young adults the message ‘You’d better let me do it. You’re not capable of solving your own conflicts or managing your own budget.’ ” This could explain why, in a survey from the website, one in five students thought that it would be OK to have their parents contact a prospective employer.  Constant involvement in their personal (and professional) lives might have something to do with nonstop communication. Call it a technological umbilical cord: According to the survey, 41 percent of student’s text, e-mail, or call their parents daily. “When I was in college, there was one pay phone for the entire floor. I talked to my parents once a week,” says Schiffrin. “If I had a dispute with my roommate, I had to handle it. Now kids can e-mail their papers to their parents.”

And why not, if Mom and Dad are helping to pay for the class? College is expensive, says Schiffrin, and parents may want to make sure that they get a return on their investment. “There’s this academic terror that parents have for their kids,” says child psychologist Lawrence Cohen, Ph.D., “and the recession adds to it.” Micromanagement is a classic way of coping with larger anxieties, he says: “When things feel out of control, we try to exert control in other ways.” But doing everything under the sun to ensure that your child gets an A in astronomy isn’t going to make you or him feel more secure. And that you can take to the bank.

Article from the website

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Girl Scouts

I’ve not been getting out much but yesterday I made a quick run to the market and I saw my favorite cookies – there they were sitting on tables outside of the market in cute little, colorful boxes being sold by Girl Scouts.  My favorite are the shortbread ones – yummy goodness in every bite.  I hope that wherever you live, whatever town – that you are supporting our local Girl Scouts by buying as many boxes of cookies as possible.  Even if you don’t eat them, give them away to a friend, co-worker or neighbor.

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Girl Scout Mission – Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.

100+ Years – Founder Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout Troop on March 12, 1912, in Savannah, Georgia.

An American Institution – Girl Scouts of the USA was chartered by the U.S. Congress on March 16, 1950.

Still Growing Strong – Today, there are 3.2 million Girl Scouts—2.3 million girl members and 890,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers.

Empowering Girls – In Girl Scouts, girls discover the fun, friendship, and power of girls together. Through a myriad of enriching experiences, such as extraordinary field trips, sports skill-building clinics, community service projects, cultural exchanges, and environmental stewardships, girls grow courageous and strong. Girl Scouting helps girls develop their full individual potential; relate to others with increasing understanding, skill, and respect; develop values to guide their actions and provide the foundation for sound decision-making; and contribute to the improvement of society through their abilities, leadership skills, and cooperation with others.

At Home and Abroad – Girls at home and abroad participate in troops and groups in more than 92 countries through USA Girl Scouts Overseas, and over 100 local Girl Scout councils offer girls the opportunity for membership across the United States.

An International Family – Through its membership in the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), Girl Scouts of the USA is part of a worldwide family of 10 million girls and adults in 145 countries.

A Pivotal Part of Women’s History – More than 59 million American women enjoyed Girl Scouting during their childhood—and that number continues to grow as Girl Scouts of the USA continues to inspire, challenge, and empower girls everywhere.



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Surfing, Are You Serious?!!

surfing lessonsDoesn’t this look like fun?  It’s better for the kids to take surfing lessons, rather than go out into the ocean to actually learn how to surf.  Stay warm as you watch these kids having fun surfing.  Mother knows it’s better to practice first before doing the real thing.  Those waves can be a little crazy.

Click link to see video

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New Products Coming Soon

Our products page in the coming weeks will feature many new products.  New products, which you’ve requested will be added during the month of February 2014.  If you have written us with requests regarding diaper bags, they will be coming soon.  Also, I will be back to work (blogging and responding to your emails) very soon.  In the meantime, check out our new cell phone case.

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Happy New Year!

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Wishing you and your family and safe and Happy New Year – Happy 2014!

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Decorating on a Dime

Martha Stewart shows us how we can decorate our home for the holidays for little to nothing.  If you are having a large holiday dinner for the upcoming holidays, then take lessons from Martha Stewart on how you can save loads of money on all of your holiday decorations. Style at Home magazine will show you how, visit

It’s easy, inexpensive, requires very little time and effort and the results are simply amazing!

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Martha makes everything look so easy, as patterns and styles simply fall into place.  We want our homes to look beautiful for the holidays, but we simply can’t afford to spend tons of money.

Here are few tips…

It’s yard sale season! Get the most out of it with advice from Jo-Anne Lauzer, publisher-editor of the B.C.-based website

Bring along

• A measuring tape, blanket to wrap purchases, screw- driver.

• Small bills and coins – most sellers won’t have much change.

• Lists of the items and sizes you need.

• Pen and paper so you can leave your name and number. If something is beyond your budget, the owners might be willing to call and make a deal if it’s not sold by end of day.

Garage sale etiquette

• If the ad says no early birds, don’t show up an hour early.

• Always check if prices are negotiable before haggling. It’s best not to negotiate on items under a dollar.

• Make sure items work and all the pieces are intact before you buy.

• Avoid making negative comments while browsing. People get attached to the strangest things and feelings can be hurt.

• A friendly smile and hello goes a long way – it is a social outing after all.


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Black Thursday

Thanksgiving Day is supposed to be spent with family, close friends and a Butterball Turkey – wrong!  I did however, spend this past Thanksgiving holiday with my family and very close friends and yes – we did enjoy a nice turkey with some delicious cranberry dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, peach cobbler, pumpkin pie, nice white wine and oh yes – Walmart!  After our wonderful and long-awaited dinner, my son mentioned that he’d like to purchase a new Samsung 40 inch Smart TV.  Wal-mart was having a sale on this particular item that night.  How convenient?  So, after we finished dinner and reminisced about past Thanksgiving holiday dinners, took photographs, laughed and then cried – my son dragged me out of the house to Walmart.  Bad move….

We arrived in the parking lot of Wal-mart at about 5:08 PM.  There was already a line forming at the front door of about 400 people.  There were kids of all ages, mothers, fathers, and folks that didn’t look like they even knew where they were or why?  Just a mob of folks running to the door and trying their best to get in line.  So, as we parked, I asked my son, “What’s the line for?”  He replied, “Mom, it’s like this every year”.  I wouldn’t know, because I never in my life have gone shopping on Thanksgiving holiday.  I usually eat, drink a nice glass of wine and go to bed.  But, that was not happening tonight.  No thanks to my wonderful son.


There were so many people, the local news stations were out there reporting the large number of folks who were just going crazy over the sale prices.  It wasn’t even Black Friday, it was my Black Thursday!  It was scary….

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flat screen tvCustomers who waited the 3-4 hour wait in line, were then awarded with the big prize.  Being told to take your vehicle around the back of the store for package pick-up.  That was a whole different kind of nightmare!  It was a feeding frenzy!!!

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This was our package claim – we needed this along with our store receipt, proof of purchase – before we could circle our car around back to pick up our prize.

samsung 40 inch

The grand prize was 4-5 plus hours of standing in line, pushing and shoving and finally getting what we came for – the 40 inch Samsung Smart TV.  Was it worth it?  For me NO!  For my son, YES!  He got his TV and I got 5 hours of headache…Never again!  No more Black Thursdays for me!

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