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Daymaker Challenge Day 27- Say Cheese by Deb Gillespie and Dahna Weber

You may not know this but….Polaroid is ceasing to sell the instant film real soon.  For fun and for posterity why not take your old one out to a party over the next few days and shoot some shots.  The idea is to take some great shots and pass them out the people you managed to capture.  There really is something retro about the Polaroid and fantastic about having real printed out picture.  How many people can you make say cheese and smile in one night?  by Deb Gillespie and Dahna Weber

Getting Through the Holidays, By Sandra Beck

by Sandra Beck

Many moms have written me this week wondering how they are going to get through the holidays working and trying to have a wonderful holiday season for their families.  The stress can be unreal! My advice to them is simple. Do what you can, don’t do what you can’t. Enlist the aid of others.

It may sound trite, but it is very true. Between the kids, the dogs, the visitors, the parties, the playdates, the presents, the wrapping, the cooking, the cleaning, the decorating I am somehow supposed to get my work done? Here are some of the stratgies I use to get through the holiday season without losing my cool.

1. Hire a babysitter so you can shop, decorate or do what you need to do because you will get it done faster.

2. Hire your babysitter to wrap present or look for charity organizations who will wrap your presents for a small fee. I paid $20 to have almost 40 gifts wrapped with my own paper.

3. Have your kids help. My kids helped me decorate the house. It may not look perfect, but its done.

4. Schedule a playdate agreement. Yesterday, my sons went to my friends house while I did what I needed to do. Then today I have her sons for 4 hours so she can get what she needs done.

5. Call your church or local charity.  My organization that I belong to offers teens to help you for no fee. It is part of their volunteer work and they helped me bake and we had a whole lot of fun.

6. Delegate. Everyone in my house – including guests must help for the three holiday parties we have each season. Guests in my experience want to bring something, so why stress out. Let them bring brownies, cakes, salad whatever…they feel good and so do you!

7. Take a moment each day to sit by your Tree or Menorah. Remember that the holidays are about much more than presents, parties and people. Get yourself spiritually grounded.

8. Don’t color or perm your hair the day of a party. 

9. Chase your kids around the house once a day. Everyone needs to blow off steam – the stress of the holidays gets to us all…scream, dance, throw snowballs, tickle…whatever it is – get everyone involved in the stress relief!

10. Be thankful.  In a time where it is very difficult for many – personally, financially, physically – be thankful for all that you have and all that you can do.  Being grateful can take the sting out of unraveling the tangled mess of your holiday lights – you have a tree, you have electricity, you have someone to share this time with.

Happy Holidays to all!

Daymaker Challenge Day 20 Soup Kitchen Family by Deb Gillespie and Dahna Weber

Sure we all donate food this time of year to those less fortunate.  And we teach our kids all about that.  Do they really understand?  Why not consider a trip down to a homeless shelter one night and you and the kids help serve the food.  The shelters are always looking for volunteers and the homeless people would find it such a treat to be amongst some children.  Your kids will get a real flash of poverty and be blessed with both appreciation for all that they have and be humbled.  by Deb Gillespie and Dahna Weber

Daymaker Challenge….on your marks, get set……by Deb Gillespie and Dahna Weber

Everyone getting set?  Set to launch this phenomenal and simple challenge?  I am certain many of you will be making so many people’s day on Thanksgiving  and sure wish I could offer out credits for deeds done prior to the December 1st start date!  That said…..enjoy your delicious meals, kids, husbands, partners, friends, etc. and get in touch with all that love and feel good energy.  The Daymaker Challenge is all about that.  Feeling and sharing that energy.  Monday is the day!  See you then!  by Deb Gillespie and Dahna Weber

Running Mum by Dahna Weber

So there we were…..doing what I love.  Me and my boy, out there with tons of people, taking on the streets, running and scootering to raise money for Cancers below the waist.  Does it get any better for a running mom?  Running with my boy?  Nope it doesn’t.  Add a few quirks…like having to do this in one’s underware, how to handle coming in first place for women’s 10k run when you really only ran 5k, and explain all the bizarre outfits to an 8 year old boy!  I think the absolute best moment was when I came around the last corner, being the 4th person about to finish, seeing and hearing everyone cheer me on, not understand why I was slowing down and then cheering MADLY when they saw my boy join me.  He collapsed in a total theatrical display as soon as he crossed the finish line.  My little drama clown!  Then to see how I had raised nearly double what I set out as my goal.  What a magical day!  by Dahna Weber