Inspiration

Entertainment Kit for Kids

If you’ve ever experienced a blackout, been stuck at the airport, been stranded at home or in your car during a snow storm, or have been stuck with the kids where they have nothing to do, chances are, you’ve already been through a lot of whining, and bickering from your children.  The fact is kids get bored easily. As a mom, it is wise to prepare an emergency entertainment kit that you can pull out whenever you face situations similar to those mentioned above. Ideally, you can store the following items in a waterproof bag or backpack near your emergency supplies or inside the car:
  • A deck of playing cards
  • A list of games that don’t need special equipment of tools like Simon Says, Twenty Questions, I Spy, Follow the Leader, Red Light, Green Light, Telephone, and Scavenger Hunt.
  • A handkerchief to use as a blindfold, a flag, a blanket, a headband, etc.
  • Nail polish, cotton balls, barrettes, clips, comb and brush for playing salon
  • A notepad and pens, pencils, crayons, or washable markers
  • Tape measure for marking off playing areas, measuring things in the room, etc.
  • A yo-yo
  • Small stuffed animals
  • Paper cups, paper plates and straws for various games and arts and crafts
  • A book of read-aloud stories
  • Dice
  • Small packages of nonperishable snacks
  • Sidewalk chalk
  • Ping-pong balls for playing catch, blowing races, spoon races, table soccer, etc.
Additionally, you can introduce your kids to several activities that trigger their creativity and imagination like putting up plays and talent shows, playing school or office, having a sing-along and even telling a chain story.
 

Dominique Moceanu’s Secret Sister

They have grown up 1,000 miles away from each other. One was thrust into the limelight for her impeccable talent while the other idolized her. And yet, when they finally met, their laugh, their way of speaking and their handwriting revealed that they indeed shared the same blood. What’s more, the girls shared the same passion for gymnastics.

Former Olympian, Dominique Moceanu, revealed in her autobiography that she, in fact, has a secret sister—one who her parents had to give up for adoption soon after she was born. Moceanu was six when it happened and when they were finally reunited, she was 26 and was about to give birth to her first child.

The secret Moceanu sister grew up to be Jennifer Bricker—an accomplished acrobat and aerialist who has been amusing her audience in the last 24 years. Despite her being born without legs, her adoptive parents who raised her in Oblong Illinois still nurtured her love for sports since she was young. She played softball, volleyball, basketball and certainly gymnastics.

“My parents made me feel everything but handicapped growing up. Handicapped wasn’t even a word we used,” Jen explains to ABC News.

She has worked at Walt Disney World Company from January 2007 until last June, in between Jen took tumbling classes at a local gym in Illinois. She has also competed for four years, winning one state championship and 4 all-around at the Jr. Olympics. She even had the chance to work with Britney Spears at a circus once.

Jen idolized Dominique ever since she played for the US team in the Atlanta Olympics. She expressed in an interview once, “Whose childhood idol turns into their biological sister?”

The sisters now regularly spend time together with their mother, Camelia, and youngest sister, Christina Moceanu making up for lost time and enjoying every part of it.

Photo Credit: http://articles.nydailynews.com

 

Saudi Arabia’s Olympic First

As the 2012 Summer Olympics draws near, more and more female participants are starting to create a buzz not just in their home countries but also worldwide. This year, all participating countries will be having female Olympians taking part in the games as Saudi Arabia announced that it will be sending two female athletes to the London Olympics for the first time since they first joined in the games.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) had been having conversations with Saudi’s Olympic Committee for quite a long time now and this year, women will be well-represented at the 2012 London Olympics.

The two women athletes to represent Saudi Arabia this year are Wodjan Ali Seraj Abdulrahim Shahrkhani who will be competing for Judo and Sarah Attar, who will be competing for Track and field.

Both athletes received special instructions on how to act while participating in the games especially Shahrkhani who was advised to “dress modestly, be accompanied by a male guardian and not mix with men” while in London for the 2012 Games. Additionally, her competition clothes have to comply with Sharia Law.

The IOC has long since promoted gender equality in the games and have been struggling to promote women’s participation in the Olympics. This year, at the 2012 London Olympics, the realization of this charter will be fulfilled.

 

26 Things to Improve Your Life TODAY!

1. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day. And while you walk, smile. It is the ultimate anti-depressant.

2. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day. Talk to God about what is going on in your life. Buy a lock if you have to.

3. When you wake up in the morning complete the following statement, ‘My purpose is to ______ today. I am thankful for______________’

4. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.

5. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, wild Alaskan salmon, broccoli, almonds & walnuts.

6. Try to make at least three people smile each day.

7. Don’t waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

8. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.

9. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good and can even be great it’s up to YOU!

10. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

11. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

12. You are not so important that you have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

13. Make peace with your past so it won’t spoil the present.

14. Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

15. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.

16. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: ‘In five years, will this matter?’

17. Forgive everyone for everything.

18. What other people think of you is none of your business.

19. GOD heals everything – but you have to ask Him.

20. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

21. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch

22. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

23. Each night before you go to bed complete the following statements: I am thankful for ______. Today I accomplished _____.

24. Never go to bed angry.

25. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.

26. When you are feeling down, start listing your many blessings. You’ll be smiling before you know it.