Posted in Favorite Things

My Lenovo Flex 3

I love computers. But like most people who love computers I have specific things about my computer that if you change them it really annoys me. This last spring A accidentally spilled coffee on my Mac book pro keyboard. I have a Mac book pro because I got it for free, and I won’t get into why I dislike Apple as a company or its products in this post. So the coffee killed two corners of the keyboard but everything else was fine, so I did some asking around and the guys at the computer shop said it would cost $200 to replace the keyboard because the version I have is held in by almost 100 tiny little screws. I decided to hold off and see what the Windows world had for light compact laptops before making a decision.

I found the Lenovo Flex 3 14″! The Lenovo Flex is very similar to the Yoga but it’s a lot cheaper which is what I was looking for. D found a deal online for around $400 and bought it for me. I decided that now that I had a new computer I would try and fix my Mac keyboard on my own now, it has been sitting in my house ever since.

As a parent, I am obsessed with my touch screen. I have never bought into the belief that kids shouldn’t have exposure to electronics and A has had a LeapPad since he was one year old. Granted that was mostly because most unmarried geeky guy friends really have no idea what a one-year-old wants for his birthday. Bit for months he really enjoyed turning it on and off. So A is very good at using the mouse and touchpad but he still needs occasional help and he has the tendency to click out of the program he is using. With the Flex I can open abcMouse.com in Full-screen and flip the keyboard under and set it on the coffee table (with no liquids) and he can play his learning games to his hearts’ content while I go and clean the kitchen.

There are only things that annoy me about this laptop is the keyboard and touch-pad. The keyboard is small which normally would not be a problem but the touchpad is so large and offsets to the left enough that it causes me to hit the caps lock key instead of the ‘a’ key about 25% of the time. Also with the keyboard layout, I have a tendency to hit the home key instead of the backspace. My biggest issue with the touch-pad is the size. It is way to big and I have a hard time left-clicking. If my hands were larger then I don’t think I would have as big of an issue, but on the upside, it has caused me to get into the habit of touching the screen to click.

Overall, I highly recommend this Laptop especially if you are planning to allow your toddler to use it. Me I’m hoping to get a larger solid-state drive for Christmas so I can have more space.

Posted in Miracle Morning

My Miracle Morning #5

Today’s Miracle Morning:

This morning we were woken up at 4:30 am by A who did not want to snuggle for the next 30 minutes. So we got up and started our day at 4:30 instead of 5. This was after five and a half hours of sleep and my head was clear. After going through my morning ritual D and I meditated togeather and A even joined us for part of it. Guided Meditation For Letting Go ♥ Day 5.

D and I continued with a longer than usual yoga session, for a weekday, because we had the time. A joined us for parts of this as well. A has decided that he loves exercises and positions, his words for yoga. Easy Yoga For Beginners ♥ Full Body Gentle Flow.

I stopped and put tea on to steep.

I read another chapter in my current book: Meditation for Beginners: How to Relieve Stress, Anxiety and Depression and Return to a State of Inner Peace and Happiness. While reading I put my headphones in and turned on some classical music to help me concentrate with A running around.

Affirmations:

  • I respond calmly and rationally when my son needs my attention.
  • When I see something out of place I put it away right then, I do not put it off until later.
  • I am a happy healthy person with lots of energy.
  • I am loving and affectionate towards my son and my husband.
  • I will be productive today.
  • I will do one thing today that will help reach financial freedom.
  • I am a strong and capable woman who is not afraid to speak up for what is right.

I have decided to stick with this visualization for awhile. Me and my family having a picnic in our backyard at a house we own all happy and smiling.

Then I paused and took a shower.

Now I am sitting down to write in my journal and this post.

I hope you have a WONDERFUL day!

 

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My Miracle Morning #4

Today’s Miracle Morning:

This morning I awoke at 5 am after about 6 and a half hours of sleep. I feel rested though a little fuzzy brained which I think is being caused by not drinking enough water yesterday and I might be fighting off a cold. Last night I had a sore throat and this morning I still had a little soreness. Though drinking fluids seem to be making it go away so I think I was dehydrated. I did get a little distracted yesterday.

My big project yesterday was to sort and file all the mail in the house. Now that might seem like a small task but I tend to avoid mail especially when I know what’s in it like a bank statement or bill I already paid online. So I had several years of bank statements mostly for D because he hasn’t yet joined the online statement movement. I joined years ago which only intensified my avoidance of mail from the bank because it must be bad if they sent a letter. Ironically I don’t get the same feeling from emails so banks should really email me anything they want me to read and not just put in a pile and then login to make sure everything is alright. But I finished! I threw out a trash bag of envelopes and junk mail and sorted and filed everything. My filing cabinet looks beautiful! I even got to use my label maker.

I was successful in getting D to get up and join me for my meditation and yoga this morning.
Meditation For Beginners ♥ Learn To Meditate
Beginner Yoga ♥ Easy Morning Yoga For A Positive Mind

I read another chapter in my current book: Meditation for Beginners: How to Relieve Stress, Anxiety and Depression and Return to a State of Inner Peace and Happiness. It is a very interesting book. Today I was reading about the different types of meditation and how color can affect our mood and thoughts.

Affirmations:

  • I respond calmly and rationally when my son needs my attention.
  • When I see something out of place I put it away right then, I do not put it off until later.
  • I am a happy healthy person with lots of energy.
  • I am loving and affectionate towards my son and my husband.
  • I will be productive today.
  • I will do one thing today that will help reach financial freedom.
  • I am a strong and capable woman who is not afraid to speak up for what is right.

I really liked yesterday’s visualization so I stuck with it. Me and my family having a picnic in our backyard at a house we own all happy and smiling.

I wrote in my journal and am writing this post for my scribing.

Have a wonderful day!

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My Miracle Morning #3

Today’s Miracle Morning:

This morning I woke up at 5:00 am, after going to bed at 12:00 pm, and took my temp. I think I woke up during a rem cycle because I was a little sluggish getting up. I had to take my temp twice because I forgot what I was doing the first time and didn’t get an accurate read. But I was awake and I felt more alert than I did yesterday morning. So I think that five to six hours is a good amount of sleep for me. Though it is better when it is six hours.

After my morning preparations I did some meditation Guided Meditation For Self-Acceptance ♥ Day 4.

I mixed it up today and decided to read next. So I read two chapters of Meditation for Beginners: How to Relieve Stress, Anxiety and Depression and Return to a State of Inner Peace and Happiness.

Then I woke D up and we did some yoga together – Beginner Yoga ♥ Easy Morning Yoga For A Positive Mind. I have really enjoyed doing yoga with D every morning it helps us both have more positive feelings toward each other.

Affirmations:

  • I respond calmly and rationally when my son needs my attention.
  • When I see something out of place I put it away right then, I do not put it off until later.
  • I am a happy person with lots of energy.
  • I am loving and affectionate towards my son and my husband.
  • I will be productive today.
  • I will do one thing today that will help reach financial freedom.

I really liked yesterday’s visualization so I stuck with it. Me and my family having a picnic in our backyard at a house we own all happy and smiling.

I started a journal on my Google drive and I am writing this post as my scribing.

Have a wonderful day!

 

My Miracle Morning #1

My Miracle Morning #2

 

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My Miracle Morning #2

Today’s Miracle Morning:

I had some difficulty getting out of bed this morning. I went to bed early last night with a migraine and ended up getting 9 hours of sleep. I think that is to much sleep because around 3 am I started being aware and only lightly sleeping. So next time I think I will set my wake-up time to no more then 8 hours later and see if that helps.

After waking up I took my temp and got dressed. Brushed my teeth, splashed water on my face, and came out into the living room. A decided at that moment to wake up and join me so I situated him on the couch and made him a peanut butter, jelly and honey sandwich. He say’s their his favorite.

With A settled I started my 10 minutes of meditation Guided Meditation For Gratitude ♥ Day 2.

Affirmations:

  • I respond calmly and rationally when my son needs my attention.
  • When I see something out of place I put it away right then, I do not put it off until later.
  • I am a happy person with lots of energy.
  • I am loving and affectionate towards my son and my husband.
  • I will be productive today.
  • I will do one thing today that will help reach financial freedom.

A decided to have an accident so I had to stop and help him clean up.

I read a chapter in  Meditation for Beginners: How to Relieve Stress, Anxiety and Depression and Return to a State of Inner Peace and Happiness.

My visualization today was of me and my family having a picnic in our backyard at a house we own all happy and smiling. We currently rent an apartment.

My Exercise was Perfect Yoga For Everyone ♥ 20 Minute Relaxing Flow.

And of course this is my Scribing for now.

Have a wonderful day!

My Miracle Morning #1

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My Miracle Morning #1

I have been up since 5:00 am after 6 hrs of sleep and I woke up feeling GREAT! I have read a lot of self help books in my life. But one of my favorites is The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) By Hal Elrod. Hal lays out a simple plan that does not involve anyone but yourself to help you have a wonderful and productive day.  It all starts with waking up an hour earlier then you have to, and spending time on your personal health and development. You can find more info at miraclemorning.com.

So I had read the book before but I was unable to make the suggestions in the book stick. Stress and responsibilities got in the way and distracted me. Recently I reread the book by listening to it on audible  it because I was feeling like I was in a slump. After a false start the last two days, first I had insomnia and was unable to get up early, and the second I succeeded in waking up at my set time of 5 am but was interrupted and was unable to finish all the steps. Yesterday even without finishing I still had an awesome day.

Miracle Morning steps(A really short version):

  • Silence
  • Affirmations
  • Visualization
  • Scribing
  • Reading
  • Exercise

So my biggest hurdle is accountability so each day I will be posting my morning here. Aren’t you so lucky!

My Morning:

I started out my morning at 5:00 am. I was not tired and I go 6 hours of sleep. I had used nighttime affirmations the night before telling myself that I would be well rested in the morning. I took my temp (tracking my cycle), drank some water and get dressed. Then I was interrupted by A waking up wanting his dada to sit on the couch with him. After talking him down so that dada could get some more sleep and getting him situated on the couch I heated up some pizza for him from the night before. He hadn’t eaten much dinner and was hungry. Talked A into using the potty (potty training), brushed my teeth and splashed water on my face. Then situate A back on the couch and eating pizza!

Currently my silence is guided meditation videos on YouTube. I really like Boho Beautiful’s Guided Meditation’s. After meditating through one of her 10 min videos I switch to exercise and do some yoga.

My reading this morning was the first chapter of Meditation for Beginners: How to Relieve Stress, Anxiety and Depression and Return to a State of Inner Peace and Happiness. You might notice a theme, I am working on being a calmer and more centered parent.

Affirmations:

  • I respond calmly and rationally when my son needs my attention.
  • When I see something out of place I put it away right then, I do not put it off until later.
  • I am a happy person with lots of energy.
  • I am loving and affectionate towards my son and my husband.
  • I will be productive today.

I like to keep my affirmations short at least to start with. It make’s them easier to remember and repeat them through out the day.

My visualization to day was of my being happy and energetic.

This blog post of course is my scribing for the day.

So now I am off to cook breakfast. Have a WONDERFUL day!

 

 

Posted in Parenting, Toddlers

Bedtime Routine!

Life with a toddler is rough at times, especially at bed time. But I now see a light at the end of the tunnel.

As a baby bedtime was easy baby A just fell asleep where ever and when ever he felt like it. I’m sure there are people scandalized by the lack of structure in baby A’s early life but it worked for everyone and he was always a healthy and happy little boy. As he got older, I believe around one years old, he started fighting going to bed and I started implementing a routine to help him. I got a lot of help from the book, The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night by Elizabeth Pantley, and it worked for a while. Then the trouble started.

Routines don’t work unless everyone is participating!

With a lot of work and I had baby A going to bed and falling asleep on his own without anybody in the room with him for about a month. Then I got sick! So Dada stepped in to help, which we appreciate. Unfortunately Dada has a problem with staying awake in a dark room and dealing with the inevitable questions and talking to convince baby A it’s time for bed. Dada fell asleep on the floor beside the crib. Baby A loved this and because I was sick for about a week got it into his head that he would only go to sleep if someone was laying beside him and nothing could convince him otherwise.

This has gone on for about a year when I was able to finally convince him to put himself asleep but only if I was the one to put him to bed and Dada stayed out of the picture. This was better for me of course but Dada is the one who helps baby A get ready for bed most nights so they can spend more time together, it started out as Dada’s consequence for screwing up all my hard work.

Now to fast forward to today. Baby A is now almost three and a half and for the last couple months a miracle has happened. Both Dada and I can put him to bed and walk out of the bedroom and he stays in bed and quickly and quietly falls asleep! This is how it happened.

It all started with baby A wanting DUPLO Super Heroes Batman Adventure (Wonder Woman) and I didn’t mind him having it but wanted him to earn it. So I made up some responsabilities for a week and let him know that if he finished every one of them we would go buy him his Duplos. It worked! Baby A feed the dog, and helped take out the trash, and watered the plants, and picked up his toys every day for a week. He was so excited when we went and he got to buy his toy.

So I decided that I should continue with the responsibilities, so I bought a Melissa & Doug Responsibility Chart and hung it on the wall. I picked out his responsibilities like making his bed, brushing his teeth, getting ready for bed, picking up his toys, and doing his homework (something educational) and each day that he gets all of his stars he gets a dollar. So every night we go through his list and put stars up and almost every night he gets his dollar then Dada reads him a story and he goes to sleep. He has earned over $50 dollars so far and has been able to buy himself two additional Duplo sets.

About a month ago I was putting baby A to bed left the room as I usually try and do and baby A didn’t come out looking for us. A couple days later Dada was able to do the same thing, and before we knew it, we now both can help baby A through his responsibilities, read him a story and walk out of the bed room and baby A will fall quietly asleep!

So if you are struggling with baby and toddler sleep issues I hope this gives you some hope that there is an end to the madness.