Imagination and Play – Building Stronger and Healthy Kids! Shannon Guernsey of Planet Fassa 4/27/12

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Do you remember the joy of play? Did you spend hours upon hours pretending to be a pirate or a princess? Did you make mud pie creations worthy of a four star restaurant? Did you pretend to be on a safari as you climbed the trees in your back yard?

In today’s technological world, the pull of electronic play time is very strong.  From a young age, kids learn how to interact with technology.  Technology is a good thing, but it can often be a strong pull away from outdoor and creative  play.

Shannon Guernsey joined Mom of Many Hats Radio to share her site, Planet FassaPlanet Fassa is an interactive site that encourages creativity, imagination and outdoor play.  Through a series of online books, kids will learn technology skills, but also be encouraged to bond with the characters, hone their reading skills, and get out into the world and play!
Shannon and the Mom of Many Hats discussed the impact of play for kids and families.  Among the very important and relevant ideas about why it is necessary, were a few some key points that we all need to remember when it comes to allowing free play for those young ones that we have a responsibility to:world and play! At Planet Fassa, families will find 6 interactive books with a great cast of characters, and prompts for hours of activities, as well as a points system to encourage kids to participate in imaginative, creative, and offline play.

  • Play is a basic right for children and necessary to a child’s development.
  • Play and imagination hone problem solving skills and forward thinking.
  • As parents, caretakers, and teachers, we need to empower kids to be creative, play, and understand who they are.
  • Families, teachers, and caretakers create the extended “village” that creates opportunities for kids to use their imagination.

To hear the entire discussion click the here.

About Shannon Guernsey

Shannon Guernsey has a heart for helping children see the greatness, the creativity, and the imagination that is hidden inside of them.  Her goal is to help them reach their A-Ha moment as they unlock the limitless bounds of their imaginations.  Under the pen name S. Mooo, Shannon has written 6 interactive online books for kids to explore the vastness of their own potential to create limitless stories and  fun in their free play. To connect with and to lean more about Shannon, join her on Twitter @S_Moooo or on Facebook.

Learn more about Planet Fassa by visiting family site at www.planetfassa.com. For fun activities and parenting tips, visit the Planet Fassa Blog at   www.planetfassa.com/blog. Yo

 

Do You Love to Eat? Beth Aldrich on Mom of Many Hats Radio 04/20/12

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Are you too busy to be healthy? Do you think that in order to eat healthy has to be a battle between you, your will, and the taste buds of your family?

Beth Aldrich, healthy living and nutrition expert, joinrf Mom of Many Hats Radio to shed light on how we can transform our eating habits, and our attitude about food.  In her expertise, she knows that as real moms, we love food and we love to eat.  We don’t want to feel deprived as we move to a healthy lifestyle, and we certainly don’t want to battle our families either. Beth shared her strategies from her book Real Moms Love to Eat, that can help us realize that our love affair with food doesn’t have to come to an end, just so we can get back on the healthy track.

We All Have Issues! 

Beth addressed many issues that moms and women in general face when trying to adopt a healthy eating and living lifestyle.  Getting ourselves on track and our families on board isn’t always an easy task! In this broadcast Mom of Many Hats – Angie, and Beth discussed many sticking points as well as tips to get over the stumbling blocks to healthy eating. Some of the issues we talked about were:

  • Take small steps in making changes to a healthier food lifestyle. Too much change at once can be overwhelming.
  • Focus on the things you can do – empower your decisions.  Focusing on the “can’ts” can make the change much tougher.
  • Realize that we are in dysfunctional relationships with many of our favorite food friends (salt, sugar, carbs, fats).  We need to evaluate them and make them  healthy relationships.
  • Our relationship with food is often a very emotional one.  We need to address emotions attached to food and see if there is anything we need to change about the reasons we need or crave particular foods.
Beth also shared her favorite recipes from the extensive list of recipes provided in her book.  Her mouth watering recipes are sure to tempt even the pickiest of eaters!
About Beth Aldrich

Beth Aldrich is the Author of Real Moms Love to Eat. the founder ofRealMomsLoveToEat.com and a certified Health Coach.  She is a green living expert, an author, and a speaker. She is also the founder of For Her Information Media, LLC.  She lives in Chicago with her husband and her three sons.

Do You Embrace Accountability in Your Parenting? Parenting the QBQ Way with John Miller

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Do you ever wonder why your kids won’t follow your directions? Why they talk back? Why they seem to think that mom and dad should get them the newest gadgets, toys and things?

If you find yourself frequently asking “why are they…”, then maybe it’s time to start asking different questions.  It’s time to embrace our own accountability in our parenting.  It’s time to start asking ourselves how and what we can do to be the best parents we can be.

John G. Miller of, author of the QBQ! series joined Mom of Many Hats Radio to share the principle of personal accountability to the important job we have as parents.  His principles from his latest book Parenting the QBQ! Way has us asking ourselves the right questions as we walk the parenting path. It help us as parents to embrace and model personal accountability to our children.  Personal accountability is key to being outstanding in all that we do.

As parents, we have an impact on how our children are able to cope with the world.  Although there are things that are inherent in them, and things that are beyond our control, we do have a huge impact on them in the way we parent them.  Our primary job as a  parent is to equip them to be independent, responsible for them selves, and accountable for their decisions and actions.  But, all of those things start with us.

Through the basic QBQ! methodology, John shows us how we start with ourselves – taking a look at how we are parenting and what we are modeling to our children. He shared the three main elements of the QBQ! way of thinking. They are:

  • Asking ourselves better questions.
  • Using the personal pronoun “I”.
  • Taking action.
Click the listening link above to hear the entire broadcast and more great discussion about embracing personal accountability in our parenting.

John G. Miller is the founder of QBQ, Inc., an organizational development firm built on the core value of becoming outstanding through embracing personal accountability.  John is the author of QBQ!, Flipping the SwitchOutstandingSpecks and Planks, and Don’t Just talk, Be Heard! In addition to authoring six books, and to speaking to and working with countless organizations to help them be outstanding through accountability, John and his wife Karen have raised 7 children.

Parenting the QBQ! Way is available in an easy to read e-book format to fit most any e-reader or to download and read on your PC.

 

Live Inspired and Feed Your Spirit with Michelle Sedas!

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Are you constantly doing for others? Do you feel exhausted and overwhelmed, but still spend what little energy you have on others? Do you feel  guilty saying no and taking time for yourself?

Inspirational author, Michelle Sedas joined Mom of Many Hats Radio to share her inspiration and experience resulted in her beautiful book Live Inspired.  We discussed how you can stretch your mind, gladden your heart, and nourish your soul. Taking the time to feed our own spirits makes us better able to feed the spirits of those we love.

As moms, and as women, we often give and give until we have nothing left to give.  It is so easy for us to get into the cycle of pouring out of the pitcher, but not taking the time to fill it up.  We love our children and want to do for them, exist for them, and give them our all.  But at the end of the day, if we try to pour from an empty pitcher, everyone ends up thirsty.

Michelle shared pearls of wisdom that she has learned and clung to in her own journey as a woman and as a mother.  These things have helped her to  live inspired everyday. Michelle gave these inspiring gems to our listeners to help them refill, refresh, and live inspired too:

  • If we stay busy, we feel we are doing right. We need to slow down and drink in the moments.
  • Women that know the importance of self-care are the women that shine. We need to take care of ourselves.
  • We only have one life to live.  This is it, so, act now!
  • There is nothing in life that at some point can’t be laughed at.
  • Get in touch with what sets you on fire.
  • Mix it up!

Michelle Sedas is the author of Welcome The Rain, Live Inspired, and the coauthor ofThe Power of 10%. She is the cofounder of Running Moms Rock and the host of the Inspired Living Cafe.  She randomly writes a blog, fittingly titled: What’s Running Through My Mind… random musings by Michelle Sedas

To purchase or learn more about Michelle’s books and to read her blog, visit MichelleSedas.com

You can also connect with Michelle on Twitter: @MichelleSedas or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MichelleSedasAuthor

Discover Organizing With Jill Yesko! 2/24/12

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Tired of living with the stress of too

much “stuff?”

Discover how wonderful it feels to free up your mind to focus on the creative and important decisions instead of worrying about juggling clutter! ~ Discover Organizing Inc.

Jill Yesko of Discover Organizing joined Mom of Many Hats Radio to talk about the benefits of organization.  Jill shared tips on where to start when it seems too big of a task to tackle, how we can take small steps to reach our organizational goals, and how organizing can help open up creativity.

Organization can help to combat the chaos in our everyday lives.  By organizing, we can recapture calm and clarity in homes and businesses. Clearing out, cleaning up, and creating a place for the things that we feel we need in our spaces brings order and structure  in day to day functioning. Organization creates a structure and routine that frees our environment and our minds to concentrate on and nurture things other than our “stuff.”

But, organizing is sometimes a challenge - especially when the task seems so big.

Jill shared some great tips for starting the organization process. Among those tips were:

  • Start in a place of your own sanctuary – ie. the master bedroom
  • Set and state small reachable goals – not a general broad stated goal
  • Use a four box system – Keep, Toss, Sell, Donate
  • Use clear boxes for storing and organizing

Jill is a member of the National Association of Professional Organizers. The goal of her company, Discover Organizing is to make lives better through sharing and teaching organization skills and pracitices both in the home and in the workplace!

To hear more about Jill and Discover Organizing, follow the listening links above.  There are great tips and information waiting for you to help you get started on organizing your space, and simplifying your life!

Martial and Mental Enrichment, 2nd Friday Parenting Hat! 1-13-12

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Do you have a child with ADD or ADHD?  Are you looking for ways to help your child focus?

Attention Deficits and Hyper Activity can be a challenge for parents as well as children.  Lack of attention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior can create stressors in the home, in school, and in social relationships.  When a child has difficulty organizing daily tasks and activities, playing quietly, or working patiently within a group, the experience and environment for the child may not be the  as beneficial as it could be.  It may also be a challenge for others in the group.

Each child is an individual and should be evaluated and have the best course of treatment or management tools for their individual needs. Mom of Many Hats Radio guest Tiffany Richards shares with us the tool of Martial Arts, that may be beneficial in helping some children with focus and clarity. Tiffany Richards of Peaceful Warrior Martial Arts Studio joined Mom of Many Hats Radio today to talk about a program launch that is specially designed for children with ADD or ADHD.  In her time instructing Martial Arts, Tiffany noticed the benefits for children with attention differences saw in focus, following instructions and attention.  With the partnership of a world renowned psychologist, Tiffany designed the Martial and Mental Enrichment Program (ME) to directly benefit children with ADD and ADHD.

Tiffany shared the four “times” that the program emphasizes:

  • Screen Time – time spent in front of electronics
  • Green Time – time spent outside or away from screens and moving
  • Me Time - focused time together
  • Clean Time –  exampling and modeling what is expected

Tiffany also shared that the program utilizes exercise/movement, novelty, and emotional stimulation to connect with kids and help them focus and concentrate on principals of Karate.  Through the focus and concentration required of the Martial Art, she has noticed improvements as well as some parents noticed improvement in focus and clarity.

To learn more about the ME program and the program guidelines, or the Peaceful Warrior Martial Arts Studio, please visit http://peacefulwarriorphx.com/ .  To find out about a special event for information about Martial and Mental Enrichment on January 18, 2012, and other news visit the Peaceful Warrior blog at http://peacefulwarriorphx.blogspot.com/

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Make Working From Home Work For You! 1St Friday Finance with Martha Giffen

Have you ever wanted to work from home but didn’t know how to get started? Has the though of working from home seemed intimidating?  Have you wondered about the benefits and challenges of working from home?

Martha Giffen, author of Be Social Be Rich shared how moms and all women can successfully navigate the work from home world.  She shared her story of how she came to work from home, how she managed, family, supporting her husband in his successful businesses, and being successful in her work from home endeavors.  She  shared with us tips, advice and wisdom that will help anyone know how to be successful in working from home.

Martha navigated the work at home world in one way or another since her children were small. From telemarketing for a funeral home to selling encyclopedias, Martha was able to use her gift of connecting with people to help grow her business. She helped her husband grow his business, and eventually stepped out in her own from home professional endeavors. One of those endeavors was authoring an Amazon Best Seller book Be Social Be Rich.  Her book helps business owners to navigate the social media world to expand their reach, build relationships, and find support in growing business.

Martha shared some tips and wisdom that can help moms and anyone start on a successful path to making working from home work for you.

Find what you are good at and that is what you are supposed to do! When you know what you are good at and pursue a business that uses those strengths, you will have a natural success at it!

Find a space to carve out just for you and for your business! Dedicating a space puts you and your family in the mindset that when you are in that space it is time for you (mom’s time) to work on the business.

Embrace the skills that you have honed being a mom and a manager of your household! As moms we manage schedules, finances, problem solve, prioritize, we are organized and we are dedicated to getting our “job” done.  Those skills (and others we hone as moms) translate directly into the skills needed to be successful at working from home.

Engage with others! As moms and generally as women, we are relational.  Use your relational nature to build connections and friendships.

Use social media platforms to extent your relational reach! Create bonds and friendships in online communities.  Those connections often translate into support for your business, potential customers and opportunities (relationship marketing).  Even if there are not many business  connections you will be richer in that you have connected and engaged with a larger group of people.

To see Martha’s book Be Social Be Rich visit Amazon.com . To learn more about Martha and how she can inspire and help you to manage your business and how you can work with her,  visit MarthaGiffen.com

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Fifth Friday Coture Hat 9/30/11 Janet Perez Eckles


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How do you bounce back after tragedy? How do you find the strength to carry on when it feels like things are hopeless and? How do you keep going when you feel inadequate in the world?

On Today’s Show, Janet Perez Eckles told us about her life, the challenges she has faced – Losing her sight as a young mother of three young sons, enduring the near collapse of her marriage, and facing the loss of her son.  She shared how she chose to live life forward and not be stuck in what she had lost, but free in what she has. Janet is the embodiment of a Wonderful Super Woman!

Janet also shared with us her book Simply Salsa – Dancing without Fear at God’s Fiesta!In this book she shares how we can go from existing in

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fear and feeling inadequate to truly living and having a  heart full of joy and celebration for the gifts that we have.  Janet’s life, example, and story are a testament to how the power of faith in God, forgiveness, tenacity, and purposeful choosing of joy can lead us to a fulfilled life worthy of our own belief in our value and importance. Even in the darkest times in life, Janet shows us that there is hope and life just waiting for us – if we choose it.

To learn more about Janet, please visit her site, Inspiration For You!

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First Friday Finance! Baby Clothes Network 9/2/11

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How much do you spend each month on clothes for your little ones?

As moms, one of our jobs is to make sure our children are clothed in attire appropriate for the seasons.  But, as fast as the little ones grow, we are constantly running out to the stores and spending a fortune on clothing that fits. It can make juggling our finance hat a bit challenging!

Patrick Knauer of Baby Clothes Network (BCN) joined us this week to show us how we can save on the cost of clothing our little ones as well as re-purposing the clothing they have grown out of. Through the innovative idea of online clothing exchange, BCN provides a tool to connect moms who want to pass along barely used clothes to moms who are looking for quality and convenience for a great price! Through the use of flat rate shipping, BCN is able to provide a place where moms can find like new clothing for about $1 a piece. You can’t beat that price!

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First Friday Finance Hat 8/5 : Frugal Living and Freebies

Many Thanks to Gina Blitstein and Julie Northrop for joining Mom of Many hats Radio to talk about Frugal Living!

Gina shared valuable tips to help us sort through the overwhelming task of trying to live a frugal lifestyle.  Gina is a freelance writer who writes extensively about frugal living and a budgeted lifestyle.  She reminds us that “It takes money to save time, and time to save money.” Investing a bit of time in our money saving habits allows us to invest more dollar and cents into our futures!  If you would like to know more about Gina, you can contact her at gina@writeytidy.com or at gina@upsidedowncats.com.

Julie shared with us about the fantastic birthday incentive available to not only us but our pets! Through her website FreeBirthdayTreats.com we no longer have to skimp on celebrating our special day – no matter how tough the economy is! Visit her site to find out what is waiting for you on your birthday! Contact Julie through FreeBirthdayTreats.com .

Thanks again ladies for helping us see how important our important and fabulous our Financial Manager Hat looks on us!