The Best Movie this Season Thus Far

Courtesy of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
Courtesy of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries

I had to write this post as I am nearing the end of the best movie this season thus far.  Every winter, around the holidays, I watch all of the Christmas movies that I can find on Lifetime, ABC Family, Hallmark, and Hallmark Movie Channel.  The kids and I love to watch these movies together because they get us into the holiday spirit and come are inspirational. Another channel which is new and I have not had a chance to pay as much attention to is UP, which I am sure has great programming too.

Anyway, a dream of mine would be to write a story that would be adapted into a movie for one of these channels. Each year, they outdo themselves. My cousin in New York and I call and compare notes on the best movie or what we are currently watching. As I type this post, I am watching “The Christmas Secret” on the Hallmark Movie Channel. It is a moving story of a single mother with two children who moves to a town to reconnect with lost family. Her humble and determined nature sets her up for fortune that she could never have imagined. Check out the trailer below, courtesy of Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

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The Original Valentine

Every year I put together bags of treats for my children in celebration of Valentine’s Day. This year I added the quote in their cards ” I’m your original valentine”. I want them to know that they should always be treated with respect and shown love by those who claim to love them. It is imperative that I set the example. This year was the first year that I was sad that my daughter did not have a father who would show her this same sentiment. But, we both have her grandfather who has shown us love on this day with gifts and cards every year since I was born and every year since she was born. My son likes the candies and stuffed animals and doesn’t really, truly understand what this is all about. When he is old enough, his gift from me will be accompanied by words or wisdom to show (more than tell) a woman that he truly cares and loves her.

So, what about me? What about you? If you are the single parent this year that doesn’t have a valentine, treat yourself or go it with friends. I especially enjoy a spa treatment and champagne. Celebrate the love you have for yourself. Because, if you don’t love yourself then you will attract others who feel the same way. Be the example for what you expect in a prospective partner.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Family Mantra

family mantra

In time for the holiday season and soon the beginning of a new year, I thought it may be a great idea for me to review my family mantra.  I created it at the beginning of 2012 and tried to purposefully stay on course with what I deem important for me and my family.  It is a great idea for you to create one for your family and start 2014 year off all on the same path.  As a single parent sometimes we don’t even think along these lines but raising our kids and living our daily lives, in our daily routines, should be purposeful.  We should never go through days, weeks, months and even years just living day by day and letting “things” happen to us.  We should be strategic in our mission to create a family that we can be proud of and that will give back to society in a positive way.  There are things that happen to us that are beyond our control but one thing that we can control is how we allow for our kids to interact with us and the world (to some degree) and how we interact with them.

I can’t remember where I got the idea for a family mantra, but I am sure that it came from some blog, book, or sermon that read or heard.  The important thing it is that I found it useful and enlightening.  It forced me to think about the footprint I want to leave on this earth and the way I that I can do this is through my children, my family.  You can even involve your children in the process and once it is created, have a dialogue explaining the reasons why you have certain things on the list.  This dialogue opens up a discussion that can prove to be most meaningful.  When children have a purpose, they feel a little more in control and focused on a clear destination.  This creates a sense of security and builds confidence.  You can think of this as taking your vision boards (mentioned in an earlier post) to the next level.

Below I have included my own family mantra and the great thing is as your family grows and outlooks change, you can change your mantra and continue to dialogue with your family as to why things have been added or taken away.

My Family Mantra:

  • To participate in educational activities together as a family whether that be discussions, museum trips, educational games, or creating things together.
  • Nurture each others creativity and individual talents.
  • Resurrect God in the household.
  • Live healthier than the year before.
  • Foster financial stability.
  • Build and maintain self-esteem, morals, and ethics.

You can type one up, add images, print it out, get it embroidered on cloth but whatever you do make it visible to those in your household and those who enter your household so there is never a question about what you deem important.  I wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving.  Be safe and be thankful.

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