Do you sometimes HATE playing games with your family?
I'm going to make a confession here. I like playing board games, I do. But sometimes I HATE playing games with my family. Whenever we play Settlers of Catan, my husband ALWAYS cuts me off or corners me! I get so angry with him and he doesn't understand.
"I'm just playing the game strategically," he says.
"No, you're just being rude!" I spit back.
Settlers of Catan is a bad, bad thing for our marriage.
It's the same with Candy Land and the kids- or almost any other game for that matter. Someone ALWAYS gets sent back to the beginning and there are always tears. Or there is fighting about "did you REALLY get that card, or did you PLANT it?"
But I have a secret for that. You will NEVER have fighting or tears again.
A Multi-Level Marketing Product That is Actually Pretty Awesome? Yep! Life Leadership Edge Series Review
So...I'm not a multi-level marketing type of girl. I know some of you might be and I think that's awesome. But I'm not--like REALLY not. That is why it's a pretty big deal that I am writing a review for this Edge Series. So here's the story:
Meet Norman and his cute wife Kerry. Norman has been an especially good friend to our family. Self proclaimed red neck, elk hunter extraordinaire, maker of fabulous rolls, Scout master, best neighbor ever...you get the picture.
Norman was trying to get us to buy into the Life Leadership company. He knows that I like character building stuff and thought this series would be right up my alley. But I just wasn't interested.
a. I didn't need it--I have tons of resources
b. that it would be overpriced
c. it would be mediocre
d. blah, blah, blah.
Well, after lots of back and forth, we finally decided to sign up for this $11/month subscription--mainly to be nice and support Norman in his new venture. But I have to say that I have been pleasantly surprised. (Although I do still think it is a bit overpriced--sorry Norman!) Every month we get a new CD in the mail. These CDs are aimed at teenagers and have a talk on them about a great life lesson. They feature athletes, business owners, successful teens, or simply tell a story.
We listen to these CDs in the car as a family and then have a discussion about them. Although I haven't listened to all of them, I have been happy to note that they echo a lot of the character building messages that I try to teach my kids, and that I'll bet your try to teach yours, too. But isn't it nice having someone else teach your kids sometimes? I don't know about your kids, but sometimes--mine tune me out. Sad but true. That's why these cds are great--they get my message, but from a "cool" person that they are more willing to listen to sometimes! Mom for the win!
So Norman, I've got to hand it to you...you were right. ;)
I don't know about any of Life Leadership's other products, (and I'm not affiliated with them) but I know I like these cds. Norman has actually moved on to other opportunities, but my friend Bobby also sells these, so if you are interested in these and want to help an awesome sauce mom out, I'm sure she would love you forever! You can learn more about them here.
Community Question: Ok, you multi-marketing people, you--here's your chance! Comment below about what you sell and why you love it! Heck, put in a URL to your sales page while you're at it! (But only one comment per person, please.) :)
Theodore Roosevelt once said, "Comparison is the thief of joy". And it's true! Have you ever felt pretty good about something you've done, then compared it to something that someone else did--and felt like a miserable failure? There are so many different parts of our lives that we do this with: what our home looks like, what we look like, grades in school, vacations, work accomplishments, the list could go on and on. (For me, going someplace that requires a swimming suit is the worst!) But here's the thing...comparing also involves lying. How's that for a sneaky, no-good tactic?
Have you ever been on a road trip with kids, and you think you are literally either going to die or go crazy? I have. A lot. And while my kids have gotten better over the years, there are still those times...
Enter the wonderful world of audio books! They are interesting, distract everyone from their misery, are guilt free (because your kids aren't using devices) and as a bonus, they help keep you awake and aware while driving!
And Adventurers Wanted is the perfect road trip book for the entire family.
I simply ADORE the Ordinary People Change the World book series! If you haven't seen them before, run- don't walk, to your local library! Amazon is a good choice, too- because sometimes I give up on the library and just go buy the book-it's cheaper! With all the money I have paid in late fees to my library, they really should build a new wing and name it after me. (I mean really, where's the gratitude?) ;)
...and there are even MORE books in the series!
Anyway...Ordinary People Change the World books by Brad Meltzer are perfectly perfect books for young children. Each book features a different historical person (I am impressed with the wide variety of people featured) and highlights what they accomplished. Best of all, these books help kids understand that they can make a contribution to the world as well.
Want to see what a Coming of Age looks like in real time? Well, here it is:
We celebrated my son Gideon's Coming of Age last weekend. And guys, can I just say again, how much we LOVE these?! It was a huge success, but it was a little different than others we've done before, so I wanted to share what worked for us and what we didn't like as much. (If you don't know what I'm talking about, be sure to read this post, first!)
First, we sent out the invitation out about 3 weeks before. I wish we would have given people a little more notice, though. I made this invitation up on Canva.com. They let you design it for free and then I just printed it out inexpensively as a picture at a local store. I am please with how it turned out. (The white parts were personal info. I blocked out.)
Additionally, we sent a letter that explained why we did this Coming of Age ritual in our family and why we felt it was important. We also explained the agenda of the day, what to expect and what the weather would be like. If people were traveling from far away, we also included what arrangements we had made for lodging.
There's just something about the old live action Disney movies that is often missing from today's current movies. The themes of hard work, duty and sacrifice are often taught, and this movie is no exception- though I have to admit, I'd never heard of this particular movie until about a week ago! This tale of following your dreams and sacrificing for others is a must-watch for families. And if you enjoy mountain climbing, you will find it especially enjoyable! (Though a little nerve wracking- their climbing gear does NOT look safe!)
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