Friday, October 28, 2011

Friday Fun Facts

That's One Smart Mama!!! 

Because "smart" is such a vague term, I thought I would break down the brain-boosting benefits of motherhood into the five most likely "smart" attributes: perception, efficiency, resiliency, motivation, and emotional intelligence. All of these categories have been supported by many animal studies as well as some human studies designed to show how mothers have an edge. 

The category of perception deals mainly with the five senses. A study I found very interesting showed that pregnant women had sharper "visual acuity" than women who weren't expecting. This study certainly didn't imply that expectant women suddenly had 20/20 vision, but they were more aware of detail that they may have overlooked prior to pregnancy. Other studies have also showed that pregnant women have an enhanced sense of smell which researchers believe serves as a way to protect the unborn baby from foods that are potentially harmful. 

Furthermore findings show that expectant women can experience a boost in motivation, fearlessness, and the ability to multitask and cope with more stress. Exciting new research also suggests that oxytocin — a hormone important to labor and breastfeeding — improves a moms' capacity for learning and memory.

Emotional intelligence is the most definitive category in which mothers benefit. This brain boost for moms acts as the ability to see the world through someone else's eyes. In most of life's relationships, if you don't agree with a person you can just walk away, but you can't walk away from your child. At least, not if you want to be a good parent. Instead, you've got to stretch your mind to understand their point of view. In no way did any of these studies suggest that women who weren't pregnant were lacking in any of the five researched areas but instead they simply confirmed that the changes women were noticing in themselves were in-fact valid and accurate. 

Monday, October 24, 2011

This time of year here in Michigan our landscape turns to a world of inspirational colors!!!   

Inspiration comes in different ways on different days for all of us...
...What inspires you? 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Friday Fun Facts

The assumption is often that babies tiny ears are very sensitive to noise and sound. The fact is that they hear at the same volume levels we do. So why do they jump so easily, it seems startle at just about anything. Truth is, it's not because the noise is louder or softer when they jump like this, it's mostly caused by the fact the sound is new to them.  

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Monday, October 17, 2011

More than Monday!

Yesterday was my Daddy's 80th Birthday...he's an amazing man! He has taught me SO much and while my Daddy enjoyed the fine things in life he treasured the simple things. Dinner was one of his favorites times...a time to sit, relax, enjoy good food, a good bottle of wine and each others company. I lost my Daddy in 2009 but he has always been and continues to be one of the greatest sources of inspiration in my life so to celebrate him I made one of his favorite meals.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday Fun Facts

As hard as this may be to believe babies can't cry. They can scream and holler for what they want or need, but newborns technically can't cry. Tears don't actually begin to flow until babies are about three weeks old. In some cases, it isn’t unusual for babies not to shed their first tears until four or five months. 

Monday, October 10, 2011

More than Monday!

The weather here has been unbelievably and amazingly beautiful...warm temperatures, super sunny and breath taking vivid blue skies! I'm SO grateful that we haven't closed out pool yet... I had a long overdue break on Sunday so here's a fun little pic I took while enjoying some inspirational time floating and day dreaming on my pool raft!

Inspiration comes in different ways on different days for all of us...
...What inspires you? 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Friday Fun Facts

When someone says to you..."they're as strong as an Ox", I'm sure a baby is not the visual that come to mind. However pound for pound, babies are stronger than many animals. As unbelievable as it may seem, an oxen is actually the best example of comparable strength in the animal kingdom. A baby's strongest muscles are in their legs. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Monday, October 3, 2011

More than Monday - You Can Help Find A Cure

October marks the beginning of the Etsy Angel's month long fundraising event for Breast Cancer Awareness.  By shopping in any of the Angel's stores listed below you will be helping us raise funds and donate to help non-profit groups with research, education, information and support women.

Please join us in our efforts to raise as much money as we possibly can.  Each Angel has her specific donation intentions listed in their stores.  At the end of the month we will be updating our Etsy Angel Blog with the number of sales we made along with the amount we raised.  Listed will also be the non-profit groups we donated to. 


Sewinggranny - 20 % off all sales in Think Pink section, except for fleece blanket 50% of it.

Ozarknana - 50% of everything in my Think Pink section and 20% for the remainder of my store. 

Wildlifer78 - 25% of all sales in Think Pink section and 10% of remainder of shop. 

MamaJody54 - 20% of all sales and 50% of the Think Pink Can or Bottle Cozies. 

Crochetbymsa - 20% of all sales for October. 

justByou - Items in THINK PINK section will offer $2 going to charity donation, unless otherwise stated in item description as higher amount.
For all other sales in the month of Oct., $1 from each sale will go to charity donation. If an item of ours is in the BNR, then 100% purchase price of our bnr item will be donation to charity.

BeadedTail - 25% of all sales in Think Pink section and 10% of remainder of shop.

CBLandCompany - 20% of all sales 

BeadzNStonezSupplies - $20 donation

craftsbychris - 25% of all sales in Think Pink section and 10% of remainder of shop.

maranda's paper boutique 10% of all sales

ArrivingAngels- 10% of everything in the "THINK PINK" section and 20% of the "Give A Hoot" Quilt 

Ooh Leela- 20% of all sales

handjstarcreations 10% of all sales in think pink section

MyMiniMocs - 10% of all shop sales and 50% of my limited edition "No Monkey Business...Find a Cure" lovey blanket/toy set :)