Feeling With

On my mind again today.

ReFreshing Life

Compassion seems to be a difficult thing these days. As strange as it seems with all of our ability to stay connected to people around the globe, that connection does not reach our hearts.

Reading a celebratory post or tweet inspires jealousy of rather than rejoicing with a friend. Pausing at a tragic post may provoke a near-tearful 10 seconds before we move on to the dancing cats lolzing about dogs and cheeseburger. All of our access seems to have shut off our ability to feel with the life experiences of others.

I can’t count the number of blogs I have read about people’s frustration with image-crafting on social media, or complaints about one cause getting buzz with a hashtag while the blogger’s cause goes unnoticed. While I would never claim that people don’t filter their social media lives, for many this happens unintentionally. I don’t know many people IRL…

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Kids, a.k.a. In Summer!

Once again school is out, and we are rebooting our Pick Five chore system. Here is the skinny on last year’s stroke of genius that got us through a summer of my working full time from home with three kids (10, 7, not quite 2 years old) and keeping my sanity!
Still a great system, and still adding refreshment by the score to my life. Enjoy!

ReFreshing Life

It is already summer vacation here. The last day of school was May 22nd and so we now have 3 children again. All. Day. Long. I know at least some of you out there are feeling my pain with 10 weeks of summer break, the need to work from home, and a spouse who is working and going to school. This summer was looking to be a huge panic-inducing mess until I had a moment of divinely inspired brilliance (let’s face it, where else would it come from?) and created an activity system for our girls to use that basically allows them to manage their own time and chores, and guarantees that something will be accomplished at the end of the day (even if it is just enough to save my sanity).

We have all done chore charts, right? In our house, countless chore charts have been created, strictly followed…

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Top Reasons Why Jimmy Fallon Is A Grown-Up’s Mickey Mouse

1. He’s always happy to see everyone.
Mickey greets his audience with, “Hi, everybody! Wanna come with me to my clubhouse?”
Jimmy may not have a clubhouse, but he still pours on the love. “This is a hot crowd! I love you, too!”

2. He helps you learn all the cool things kids your age need to know.
Mickey helps you learn shapes and colors, and basic problem solving skills.
Jimmy helps you learn what blockbuster movies and musical albums are coming out, and more complex problem solving skills–like how to function with manikin arms.

3. Everyone is his pal.
Enough said.

4. He talks to the people on the other side of the camera and expects them to respond.
Mickey pauses while kids respond.
Jimmy waits for them to tweet and reads them on the air the next day.

5. He has his own theme song that even a toddler can sing.
“Hey, hey, hey, hey…” sing The Roots.
“Hot dog, hot dog, hot diggity dog…” sing Mickey’s pals.

6. He’s always got the happiest smile, and it makes you smile, too. All. Day. Long.

7. His friends are always willing to participate in the craziest adventures.
Jimmy talks his friends into lipsync contests, egg roulette, face balls, lip flip, and box of lies…and all without using any Mouseketools.

8. Silly dance steps are staple material.
Goofey flaps his arms, Daisey has her own dance for the talent contest, but Jimmy has the history of mom dance.

Knowing we have our own grown-up version of Mickey, now that’s Refreshing!