Happy New Year – Intentional & Thoughtful

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Happy New Year! It’s 5 degrees today so we decided to use our backyard (normally a small lake) and transform it into an ice rink. Clearing the snow for it today made me think about what a miracle transforming something can be.  The New Year makes me think of things like this. What is normally a lake in our backyard becomes a playground for ice skating and ice hockey this time of year. The same water just in different form. Amazing. Opportunity. Same, but different. Kind of like when January comes around with the opportunity for a fresh start. We are the same people, but can transform ourselves in the New Year. A chance to reinvent oneself, an opportunity to grow and become wiser and stronger.

This year my husband and I set our goal with a theme instead of a list of “to do’s.” Our theme is to be “Intentional & Thoughtful.” Intentional with our time, our work, our friendships, with one another and with our family. We will try to grow from the things that disappoint, embrace life’s ordinary moments each day and celebrate the extraordinary times we are blessed with during the year. It’s a wonderful life and know matter how challenging some days or months seem, we are blessed and I’m always grateful for the opportunity to transform myself into a stronger and wiser self each year! Cheers for a 2018 filled with much joy, laughter and good health!
Happy New Year from my family to yours!!
XOXO

A Pinterest Inspired Holiday

A Pinterest Inspired Holiday Season! It’s easier than ever to gain inspiration these days by a touch of a button for the Holiday Season! Mommy Magic has a few easy and affordable ways you can gain inspiration from Pinterest this season to decorate your home!

  • Holiday & Light Inspired-Easy and affordable ways to transform your holiday gathering into a glowing success!
  • Christmas DIY Table Decor-Create Classic Inspired Christmas Magic with these simple ways to take what you have and make the perfect conversation pieces at your holiday table this year!
  • Vintage Evergreen Inspired Decor- take your family’s keepsakes and transform them into one of a kind decor perfect for any gathering this holiday season.

Playing Board Games

Each Christmas one of our family gifts is a new board game.  During your Christmas break, take time to play board games with your children.

No matter what games you play, the simple fact that family game night forces you to spend quality time interacting with your kids can help contribute to all sorts of positive outcomes for them.  They teach taking turns, how to count on a board, good motor skills (Jenga) and most important it is okay to win or lose.
This holiday season take time to make memories with your family that will last forever :).

 

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It’s Cookie Time

Thanksgiving is ALMOST here and for my family that is the official start to the holiday season. I can’t wait to get in the kitchen and start baking with my girls! I love to decorate classic gingerbread and sugar cookies with my girls that we can then share with my loved ones, neighbors and friends. I’m super excited to make a new recipe, chocolate sandwich cookie with peppermint frosting. They sound delicious!

CHOCOLATE SANDWICH COOKIES WITH PEPPERMINT FROSTING

 

Sandwich Cookies

 

Sharing Kindness This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I like to reflect each year how thankful and happy I am for all the blessings in my life. This year my family and I are all about spreading acts of kindness.

Today I brought some fun examples of how you and your family can get into the spirit of kindness.

  • Kindness Matters Cards – You can order kindness matters cards off of Amazon.com for under $10. You leave a kindness card behind at a restaurant, someone’s mailbox, etc to encourage people to pay-it-forward or to do an anonymous act of kindness for someone. It’s amazing how one kind word can change someone’s entire day.
  • When I think about sharing the message of kindness I think of “Mama Said Tees” . Mama Said Tees is a local company whose mission statement is kindness. Their notion is that their designs will spark conversations, which spread kindness making changes for the better.  Visit their website http://www.mamasaidtees.com to buy your “Kindness Armor.”

Get into the holiday spirit this year by talking to your families about what you can do to spread kindness!!!

The Taste of November

November is one of my very favorite months for baking and cooking. Everybody seems to slow down just enough to appreciate comfort food this time of year. One of my favorite things to bake for my family is a traditional pumpkin bread with a twist. It’s the perfect comfort food this time of year!

 

Pumpkin Bread

 

Over the years I’ve found two tricks that make it even more yummy! Sprinkle a little brown sugar on top of it before you bake it. It adds a tiny sweet crunch AND as soon as you take it out of the oven, immediately wrap it tightly in cling wrap. It keeps it super moist! Add a small amount of cream cheese on top and it’s perfect for breakfast, dessert or after school snack!

 

~ Mary Susan

Peanut Butter & Nutella Krispy Treats

3 ingredients mixed together for a tasty treat that goes great any time of year. Place 3 Rice Krispies treat bars in a cast iron skillet, and put into the over at 350 degrees for about 3 minutes. Remove from oven, and spoon in about 4 to 5 spoonfuls of peanut butter and mix with the softened treats.

Place back into oven for about 5 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven, spread on Nutella, and let cool. Once cooled, slice, and eat.

The Power of Our Words

The words we speak, our attitude and how we approach others, I believe, does set an example to our children whether we realize it or not. Being positive and an optimist does not mean being perfect. In my opinion, perfection is an illusion and an unattainable goal. Being positive with our words and our actions helps us cope and navigate when in fact, things don’t go perfectly our way.

I recently heard a parent compliment another parent on their child’s performance after a game. The parent of the child responded back, “I wish she was as good as what you think.” My first instinct was to turn around and say something to the parent, but what happened instead was I turned around and caught his child’s reaction to his words and attitude about her performance during the game. It washed over her face. She did not look mad or even sad. Rather, she looked burdened- as if 100 lb. brick had placed on her back by his words.

I am not suggesting we tell our kids they are amazing and perfect at every turn. Not at all. What I am suggesting is how we approach it and choose to address it with our children has an impact on how they feel about themselves. It’s not just with our children -it applies with most people we come into contact with on a daily basis. If I am having a bad day that does not give me the right to talk down or speak negatively to others. I still have a responsibility to control myself and approach others in a positive manner.

I once read an article that chronicled the day of a person who had a negative attitude vs. a person with a positive attitude. They both did the exact same things in the course of the day and interacting with similar people, but the outcome was vastly different. The point was that two people can do similar tasks, but depending on their attitude, their day can turn out dramatically different. Have you ever had a negative boss? A negative friend? A neighbor that has a negative attitude? If so, you know after a while any interaction with this type of person feels heavy and like a burden – kinda like a 100 lb. brick.

The great news is, as parents, we have a choice. We get to choose our attitude and how we approach our children and our family on a daily basis. It’s not always easy, but nonetheless, a choice. Speak words of encouragement, support and kindness. Choose to stay away from words

that make others feel guilty, shame or burdensome. You can still guide and parent your children to learn right from wrong using a positive attitude. Best of all, they will most likely, learn this attitude and approach others with it as they grow, evolve and impact others.

Tailgate Buffalo Wings

Tailgate buffalo wings are perfect for your next tailgate to cheer on your favorite team!

Ingredients:Frozen Buffalo Wings

  • Mustard
  • Spicy Mustard
  • Brown Sugar
Recipe Instructions: Put your buffalo wings in an iron skillet and place in your oven for 15-17 minutes at 350. Mix up two spoonfuls of yellow mustard, two spoonfuls of spicy mustard and a spoonful of brown sugar. Mix together and you have the perfect sauce for your tailgate!