Archives for April 2010

Positive Parenting Tip: What’s on TV?

positive_Parenting_tipOur Yogi Parenting audio tips are presented every Friday by Michaela Turner, BS Ed, CYKT, YKT, Co-creator of the Yogi Parenting course.


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Practical Mommy’s Impractical Art Project

Step 11: Breathe

“Tango music” is traditionally played by an orquesta típica, including two violins, a piano, a doublebass, and two bandoneóns. The bandoneón is like an accordion that has bellows and buttons. It breathes. And because it is the bandoneóns that keeps the beat, the dance breathes too.

I took a workshop with Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo recently. At one point, Guillermo observed that the whole room was moving as one, with the breath of the music. It was so lovely!

Mimi also pointed this out to us in class once, to remind us to respect the space in between. Unlike the hard and definitive sound of a snare drum, the bandoneón gives you a moment of suspension. That moment is the one that allows a sacada to occur within a molineta. That moment is the one that allows the Follow to respond to a Lead’s intention. Inhale. Exhale.

I experience it similar to Vinyasa Yoga, in which you string together a series of poses in a flowing sequence, allowing your breath to set the pace. My experience of tango has a similar flow, a richness and fullness. But I’ve noticed that people have a tendency to speed up when they are apprehensive or uncertain, as if going faster will reduce the chances of them messing up. Or perhaps it’s like crossing a rickety bridge. They just want to get to the other side.

Perhaps it mirrors their breathing. Isn’t it true that when you are nervous or tense, your breathing speeds up too? [Read more…]

Zen Mommy Minute: Start a Book Club with your Child

Take time to make time with your children. Special time. One on one time. They are only this age ONCE and if they still WANT to  spend time with you, now is the time to make that happen.

Everyone is busy and you know what they say about “best-intentions”… so be sure to schedule this time to make sure it happens on a weekly/monthly or some sort of regular basis.

In this video I share an idea my tween daughter thought of that we are starting in our home… a Mommy/Daughter BOOK CLUB. I hope it inspires you to plan something fun [Read more…]

How to Make Spinach Lasagna

Spinach Lasagna

Whether you are making the only spinach version or the spinach with meat version, homeamade lasagna is quite easy. I usually try to make an extra pan as it actully tastes better the second day!

Spinach Filling

2 lbs small curd cottage cheese (may substitute Ricotta cheese if desired)

2 – 10 oz packages frozen chopped spinach – thawed

1 tsp garlic powder

salt to taste

Tomato Sauce

3 jars spaghetti sauce – your choice of spices

**For a meat version – Brown 1 lb ground beef (or more if desired) and add to spaghetti sauce before beginning to assemble.

**may use tomato sauce and add Italian spice (basil, oregano, garlic) to taste

Lasagna Noodles

1 box, I prefer the no-cook variety. Simply assemble dry noodles in the following instructions and bake as directed.

Assembly

In a 13 x 9 pan prepared with nonstick cooking spray, assemble in layers:

  • lasagna noodles
  • spinach filling – use a spoon to spread a thin layer evenly over noodles
  • mozzarella cheese

End layers with mozzarella cheese.

Bake at 350F for 1 hour. Lasagna should be golden and bubbly.

Serve hot and enjoy!

by Expert Mommy, Dina-Marie Oswald

How to Pick the Perfect Mother’s Day Gift

In case you missed my segment on KMOV4 on Friday, we shared some ideas from some inventive and ingenious MOMS for Mother’s Day Gifts. I chatted with Matt Chambers about some really great products at 5:45 of this video.

For more information on these super cool moms and their great products, click the links below:
Alyson Garland, Dotdotdash, Mom Essential Apparel
Maggie Owens, Snap Decisions flip flops
Rachel Shelton, Sew Good & Trendy purses
Jenny Present Jewelry Collection

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Positive Parenting Tip: A Hat?!?

positive_Parenting_tipOur Yogi Parenting audio tips are presented every Friday by Michaela Turner, BS Ed, CYKT, YKT, Co-creator of the Yogi Parenting course.


Listen to this :15 AUDIO TIP:

If you are ready for parenting to be easier, more fun and less stressful, sign up for a free Yogi Parenting lesson.

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Practical Mommy’s Impractical Art Project

So for-EVER, I’ve been struggling with boleos. Boleo is often translated as “whip” because of the whip-like effect of the Argentine bola (the equivalent of the American lasso). It’s “I’m going this way! Wait! No, I’m not.” And the result is exactly that action-delayed-reaction of a whip. It’s spontaneous fun. It’s letting go at the top of the roller coaster. It’s allowing your body to do what bodies do.

But to execute a boleo requires what many dancers describe as “controlled looseness.” I’m a master at the control part. And can summon looseness at times. But for me, achieving both simultaneously in dance was like waiting for pigs to take flight. My Type A control freakishness meant I was “cheating” my dance partners out of this super cool move. I was too tight, holding myself too close and guarded in my belly. Technically, a lead should be able to indicate a boleo with just the slightest push of energy at the right time. Like a flick of the wrist is all it takes to crack a whip. But with me, it was like having to move one of those piggies that are still waiting to sprout wings.

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How Do You and Your Kids Deal with Conflict?

Does your child use his or her “big voice” with you? And if so, how do you respond? In this video Zen Mommy and Practical Mommy talk about the challenges and the benefits of parenting a child who has a voice and knows how it use it!  [Read more…]

How to Vacation in Sunny California on a Dime (and a Credit Card)

California

California, Here We Come

Last year, we flew to sunny San Diego, California for our spring break. It was my big idea for a really frugal vacation because we could use frequent flyer miles. But like many of my big budgeting ideas, they don’t always work out. Frugality’s not my strong suit. However, my youngest brother Matt and his family live there, and we hardly ever get to see them. So, we were going. Here are my tested (not proven) strategies for vacationing for less.

Tip #1 – Go Where the Dollar is Strong

Yup, stay in the U.S. The dollar works pretty well here, despite seeming to lose value daily. We turned in a lifetime accumulation of frequent flyer miles, and $500 later, we had four tickets. Sadly, it felt remarkably like Chuck-e-Cheese tickets where it takes a whole lot of spending to get a tiny little prize. [Read more…]

How to Take Care of Your Braces

It’s tough to keep those pearly whites clean and healthy when you have a mouth full of “appliances!” But obviously, you and your child are both investing in great looking and working teeth so tune in to Dr. Jackie Demko of Demko Orthodontics who shares some really helpful tips.

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