Mommy's Coffee Break

Welcome! Sit back, relax, and enjoy some well-deserved mommy time........

Friday, March 11, 2011

Prayers for those in Japan, Hawaii and the West Coast

Just a short post today...asking for prayers for those people affected by the earthquake and tsunami.  My heart goes out to those who have been affected by this natural disaster.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Laissez les bon temps roulez! Happy Fat Tuesday!

Let the good times roll today!  Happy Fat Tuesday!  I'm actually having a quiet day...I've been ill and home-bound for the most part!  If you are stuck inside and wanna get some Mardi Gras are some reads for your coffee break today...

**Revenge At Mardi Gras...disclaimer...I wrote this...short story about New Orleans, Mardi Gras, voodoo and revenge!  Enjoy!

**History of Mardi Gras

**King Cake Recipe

**Mardi Gras pics from around the world

Have a great day everyone!!! :-)

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Don't Worry

Don't worry.  Easier said than done.  And we all say it....and actually mean well when we direct the saying toward others. "Don't'll do fine."  "Don't worry....everything will work out for the best."
Of course, when the saying is thrown in our direction it's a little different.  It's hard (especially for Type A people, to always believe that things will work out okay.  I have found ways, over the years though, to alleviate some of the non-constructive and downright destructive worries that have plagued me from time to time.  For instance, I've found that better preparation for certain activities, work projects, etc. helps to ease my mind.  Time and experience help too.  Sometimes you have to just live through a few bad moments and make a few mistakes to learn how to better control those elements that cause you to worry.  There are always those things that are out of your control, though, that sometimes cause worries to creep up on the best of us.  I've found a few blogs that have some excellent advice on how to deal with worries and activities you can do to relieve your anxiety.  I hope they bring comfort and help to anyone out there currently feeling anxious or stressed out by their worries.  Heck, even if you aren't feeling particularly worried about anything at the moment, take a peek at them too!  The advice given in the blogs is great to store in the back of your mind for when the little worry monsters creep up unexpectedly!

~The Independent
Great tips on how to reduce anxious thoughts.....includes physical activity and how what we eat may affect how we feel...

~Relaxation Techniques for Anxiety and Stress
Brilliant article that includes a ton of techniques you can use to reduce your anxiety.

~The Positivity Blog-
Great down-to-earth advice (and a few fabulous quotes!) on ways to alleviate worrying.

Hope everyone has a!!! :-)

Friday, February 4, 2011

Yoga Does A Body Good.........

I'm really missing my yoga class.  I haven't attended class in almost 2 months and my bod is feelin' it!  My class is taught in 6 week sessions and I had decided to sit out this 6 weeks for multiple reasons...all too boring to mention here!   
My yoga instructor is an energetic 64-year-old named Mary.  She is truly an inspiration.  She's been practicing yoga for at least 3 decades now and is in better shape than most 20-year-olds!  Even though she could easily manage some of the more complex yoga poses, she lets us all go at our own pace.  Those of us who are beginners do the basic poses, while she encourages the more experienced to challenge themselves with more advanced versions of those poses.  She makes everyone feel totally comfortable and I don't ever feel intimidated or embarrassed (like I was afraid I would be when I first started her class).  She always has a smile on her face and an encouraging word for everyone.  I think that's what I've missed the most this past 6 weeks! 
So....since I have yoga on my mind.....I decided to share with you all some interesting sites relating to Yoga!  So....sit back, breathe deeply, relax and take a gander at the interesting yoga-related goodies I want to share with you.  
I encourage everyone to check out yoga classes near you.  When my next class session starts in 2 weeks, I'll be there, yoga mat in hand and smile on my face!  :-)

Quotes of the day:

A photographer gets people to pose for him.  A yoga instructor gets people to pose for themselves.  ~Terri Guillemets

Blessed are the flexible for they will not be bent out of shape. ~unknown

Sun salutations can energize and warm you, even on the darkest, coldest, winter day.  ~Carol Krucoff   (Aww....nice thought....especially since it's only 32 degrees here at the moment!)

What is yoga?

~This first site is great.  The article in the link below gives an introduction to the different types of yoga.  You might also want to venture further around the site.  It has lots of interesting yoga info!

Benefits of Yoga

~Wow...this article lists 77 reasons why I should get my behind back into class.....  :-)

Yoga Poses

~Here's an explanation of what is meant by beginner, intermediate, and advanced yoga positions....

~Yoga poses for beginners.......weird stick figure illustrations here, but fantastic descriptions on how to form the poses and hold them.  Well...on second thought, those stick figures are kinda cute.....check 'em out!

~For the (way) more advanced pics!  Amazing what some folks have trained their bodies to do.

Hope everyone has a zen-kinda day!  Get out there and stretch those bodies!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Love is in the air

It's time to get ready for Valentine's Day.  The countdown begins....only 11 more days!  I've got a great lineup today.  Romantic quotes and fantastic sites to help get you ready to have a fabulous time with your significant other and your little ones!  I've even thrown in a sappy love poem!  Enjoy!

Quotes of the Day:  

Love doesn't make the world go round, love is what makes the ride worthwhile.  ~Elizabeth Browning

You can't blame gravity for falling in love.  ~ Albert Einstein

Love is a promise, love is a souvenir, once given never forgotten, never let it disappear.  ~John Lennon

You know you are in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.  ~Dr. Seuss

We were given: Two hands to hold. Two legs to walk. Two eyes to see. Two ears to listen. But why only one heart? Because the other was given to someone else. For us to find. ~ unknown

Gift Ideas for your Valentine:

~These are what I just got my hubby this morning...I think he'll appreciate them way more than chocolate or just look like a whole lotta fun!  I used the coupon code SRCHSave20 to get 20% off my purchase.  Not sure how long that promo lasts.

~Here are some personalized gifts......

~Various gifts...some edible...yum!

I like the personalized guitar picks on this site too.  Although I purchased an engraved personalized sterling silver one last year for my hubby that I like a little better from this Etsy shop....they have wonderful customer might be a little too late to order for Valentine's Day though, but you could ask...

~ Threw this one in for fun!  :-)
10 Valentine's Day Gifts for the Special Geek in Your Life.....interesting stuff here...maybe not everyone's taste...but definitely unique :-)

Gift Ideas For Your Mini Sweethearts:

~I have two little girls (age 5 and 7).  I always go to the $1 section at Target and stock up on lots of little goodies there and stick them in pretty gift bags (that I can usually find right there in the $1 section!).  The girls LOVE the notebooks, pencils, lip gloss, etc.   I love that I can usually get them some really cool things for about the cost of a meal at McDonald's!  

~The Dollar Store usually has some great finds too at little cost...

~Candy and homemade treats are usually winners too!  Look at the links in the Easy Valentine Treats section below for some delicious healthy treats you can make for your kids (and yourself!).  

~More ideas...

The custom book gift is my favorite!  Might have to get one of those for my little ones' birthday gifts....they LOVE books...

Easy Valentine Treats:

~Fabulous article.  It features yummy, healthy treats that are easy to put together!

Strawberries dipped in melted dark mouth is watering already...

~This site has some great Valentine Treats AND Dinner recipes..not all are as healthy as the ones in the article above...but they all look delicious!|11094|easy%20valentine's%20day%20recipes||S|b|7422867069

Fun Valentine Crafts:

~Tons of fun kid's crafts are listed here:

~My girls and I will be making our Valentine's Day cards this weekend for the grandparents, etc.  We may be using some of the cute vintage sheet music hearts that I sell in my Etsy shop...

Or...if they are lucky...we'll use a few of these vintage French paper hearts I have listed in my Zibbet shop......these would be definitely only for the special cards that go to the grandparents, though...the  nearly antique paper I use for these is far too sparse to use for everyone!!! 

Sappy Valentine's Day Poem:

I leave you with a sappy little poem I published a few year's ago...

Have a wonderful day everyone!  

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


It's official!  Punxsutawney Phil didn't see his shadow!  We'll have an early spring! Hope he's right!   After the snow, ice and freezing weather, I'm ready for it!!!  Here are some spring related thoughts to ponder and sites to wander while you are enjoying your coffee today......

Quote of the Day:  Spring is nature's way of saying "Let's Party" ~ Robin Williams

Isn't that true?  When the flowers start to bloom, you hear the birds, see the leaves coming back on the trees, it just feels like it's time to celebrate!   Nature, let's get the party started...quickly..... :-)

News Post of the Day:  This news/opinion blog post gives a little history on Punxsutawney Phil.

Fashion:  Check out the newest trends for spring/summer 2011 from the U.K Vogue.....They've got it all this year...animal prints, nudes, rainbow colors.....I happen to like the "modern craft" styles the best....

What I'm writing:  This is actually an article I wrote sometime back.  It is a great read to get ready for those outdoor Spring activities with preschoolers, though!!!!  :-)  I did most of the activities mentioned in the article with my two little girls in our backyard (except the art gallery).  These were SOOO much fun to do and really helped to boost my girls' creativity!

Have a wonderful day everyone!  See you tomorrow...I'll be serving up a great Valentine's Day related post you won't want to miss! :-)

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Turning the page.....

Here we go..."the first day of the rest of my blog"... :-)

New format folks....Here are some ideas to ponder and some places to wander around the world wide web while ya sit back and enjoy your coffee break!  :-)

Quote of the Day:  "To speak kindly does not hurt the tongue".  I believe this quote comes from the Bible.  It is part of a little book of quotes I was given after my great-grandmother passed away.  Some ladies in her church in Iowa put it together and had given it to my great grandma as a gift.  Some of the quotes are from the Bible and some are just plain good ole midwestern common sense.
Let us all go out and test this little quote.  Let me know if anyone's tongue gets injured in the process. :-)

Blog Post of the Day:  The first FANTASTIC "blog post of the day" to be featured on this mommy blog comes from a fabulous daddy blog.....Check it out!!  It features a French turn of the century (early 1900's not early 2000's..wouldn't be nearly as cool) photographer and his fabulous  photos of little street urchins during the WWI years. It's a little sad to think of kids playing the kind of games they are photographed playing, but it was a reality...and I always think the more real a photo is, the more meaning it has.  The pictures featured really bring the past vividly to life.   Here's the link...

News Post of the Day:  Here's a link to a CNN blogger debating the impact the internet has had on the situation in Egypt:::  CNN BLOG

Fashion News:  Food + Fashion = Fabulous....Maybe....Check out this WSJ article and decide for yourself.

What I am reading:  Saving Fish From Drowning by Amy Tan.  Ms. Tan is one of my favorite authors.  I am currently on the third chapter of the book. If it weren't for the kids, dog, cats, hubby, housework, need for sleep, etc.  I would probably be finished with it!  It's really hard to put down!

There are two quotes at the beginning of the book that go along with its storyline....

The evil that is in the world almost always comes of ignorance, and good intentions may do as much harm as malevolence if they lack understanding.  ~ Albert Camus

A pious man explained to his followers:  "It is evil to take lives and noble to save them.  Each day I pledge to save a hundred lives.  I drop my net in the lake and scoop out a hundred fishes.  I place the fishes on the bank, where they flop and twirl.  "Don't be scared, "I tell those fishes.  "I am saving you from drowning."  Soon enough, the fishes grow calm and lie still.  Yet, sad to say, I am always too late.  The fishes expire.  And because it is evil to waste anything, I take those dead fishes to market and I sell them for a good price.  With the money I receive, I buy more nets so I can save more fishes.
 ~ Anonymous

They really set up the book well.  It's about twelve American tourists who join an art expedition that eventually leads them into the jungles of Burma.  They encounter difficulties and end up disappearing.  If you read the book, be sure to read Amy's "a note to the reader"at the beginning of the book.  Her inspiration for the book is pretty interesting!

This book has published in 2005, so you may be able to find this at your local library.  If not, I've found it on Amazon for you....just click below for a wonderful read!

That's all for now!  Have a wonderful rest of the day!  See ya during your coffee break tomorrow!