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8 Easy Ideas To Make Yourself Happy, When Skies Are Grey

Here are 8 ideas to make yourself happy, when skies are “grey.” These are basically ideas on how you can help turn your mood around, when you need to. Here is the list:  

1.  Make yourself amazing food – such as ‘crostinis.’

If you are obsessed with food the way that I am (aka, your true inner-self is a gigantic fatso and good food makes you very, very happy), then I highly recommend these crostini recipes from Real Simple magazine.  Holy. Party. That. My. Taste. Buds. Can’t. Even. Handle. Right. Now.

Here is the link to 10 absolutely amazing crostini recipes (from Real Simple Magazine) that I have broken down into my top 3 favorites:

  • The Roast Beef and Pomegranate Crostini is to die for…this is my favorite…except that I used goat cheese instead of the sour cream that the recipe calls for (I am obsessed with goat cheese).
  • The Ricata and Roasted Tomato recipe from Real Simple is amazing…
  • The Pesto, Radish, and Sea Salt Crostini recipe from Real Simple is “whaaaaaat!?!?!??” (meaning – so good!)

2.  Take a hot bath (bring wine!)

Before bedtime, take a hot bath.  Bring wine.  Find a candle and light it. Turn off the bathroom lights.  Oh yeah, and bring wine or water).  I like to bring both wine and a tall glass of iced water for after my bath.  I started doing this routine every night after I got my daughter into a “bedtime routine.”  I used to have trouble sleeping, but as soon as I do my own, mommy, bedtime routine, I am out in 2-minutes by the end of it.  

3.  Don’t try to solve your life’s problems at nighttime.  Wait until morning – when you are fresh.

Do not try to solve problems at nighttime.  And do not argue at nighttime (See Top 35 Life Lessons to Pass On To Daughters, and remember this advice!)

4.  Utilize the power of music – make a playlist of all the songs you loved when you were younger.

Make a playlist of the music that you loved while you were in Junior High (Middle School) and High School and listen to it.  I’d be lying if I said that the song “Bye Bye Bye,” by N’Sync didn’t make me really, really happy.

5.  If you are in a bad mood, consider the alignment of the “stars” (aka: could it be hormones?).

Ask yourself if you could possibly be PMSing, or if any sort of hormonal changes (fertilization drugs, pregnancy, miscarriage, menopause) could be causing your mood to change.  Sometimes I forget how much PMS can effect me (no, “Mr. Mia,” this is not an EXCUSE…it is REAL!!!), and it’s not until my PMS is over that I realize why I felt like such a nut-case. Learn how to identify PMS (for instance, track your period). 

If you are PMSing, then your hormones will have a field day reading You’re Gonna Miss This – A Reminder for Parents.

If you are a male who suspects that your significant other may be suffering from PMS, then I highly suggest that you consider tracking your wife’s menstrual cycles through an iPhone app (or any smartphone app) to arm and protect yourself with this information when the time comes (TIP: DO NOT TELL HER THAT YOU ARE DOING THIS…ESPECIALLY IF SHE IS ALREADY PMSing, OR YOU MAY BECOME HER NEXT VICTIM).  

If you have irregular periods, like me, then if and when I start crying at a Subaru commercial, for example, then I try to make a mental (no pun intended) note to myself that I may be a bat-shit crazy person for the next few days. (SIDE NOTE and IN MY DEFENSE: the Subaru commercial that I am referring to has a young daughter that suddenly phases from a 7-year-old with pigtails into an 18-year-old leaving her home for college….all the while her dad is standing outside of the Subaru, with his loving father eyes – wanting her to be careful and she drives away in the Subaru).  The commercial is adorable.  See the commercial that makes me cry when I am PMSing below:

  • Rule of Thumb:  If a commercial makes you cry (as touching as they can be), then your hormones may be deceiving you, and you should check yourself (and your hormone levels) for potential discrepancies.  You may owe the guy at the first window of the Burger King drive-thru an apology; because you may, or may not have, un-rightfully, given the poor guy an attitude for not remembering that you ordered a medium, instead of a small, Whopper Jr. value meal.
  • I make a mental note to myself that I may be bat-shit crazy for the next 3-days, and I try not to let the fact that “Mr. Mia” left his dirty dinner play on the floor for the 100,000,010th time.

6.  Put down your computer, and go outside.  

Get away from your computer!  Yeah!  I’m talking to you!  Put down your phone!  Computers and the internet (Facebook) can make you feel like total poo when you compare yourself with “Mrs. Jones”…at the very least, you will probably end up with a cramp in your neck by the time you eventually emerge from the hypnotism of Facebook.  If the weather doesn’t permit outside activity  then try to get out; go anywhere (even Walmart).  If it is nighttime and you need to stay at home, refer to my above idea and TAKE A BATH.

7.  Get lost in a book.  

Ask someone, whose taste you trust, for a book recommendation (I always ask my mom).  Here are some of my favorite books that have, historically, captured me to the point where I always forgot whatever miserable occurrence was lingering in my life at the time at the time (e.g., first-trimester nausea, dark winter days, etc.):

  • Feeling Saucy?  Read a Romantic Book by Nicholas Sparks
  • Feeling Bored?  Read a Thriller:  Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
  • Feeling Sentimental?  Read a book on Friendship: Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah
  • Are you a lover of man’s best friend (aka, “dogs”)?  Read, “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein.

    8.  Watch this video (put in on the “full screen” mode option…it makes it so much better.”)

    This video will make you sniff-sniff with tears of happiness, and if you have a pet – you might want to go hug the little booger after watching this.  

    Lion Reunited with Owner:

    This makes me want to run with my dog in a meadow and hug her fat little puggle head.  (Warning: If you are indeed pregnant, PMSing, or have another hormonal imbalance (such as menopause), then this video may make you cry…but you will be crying with tears of joy and happiness and you will want to hug an animal afterwards.

    If by the end of completing these tasks you find yourself singing in the shower, then you have likely succeeded in your pursuit of happiness.

    What methods do you use 
    to boost you mood?  

    Overstressed Mom from United Kingdom Rapping About Motherhood – YouTube Favorites

    Here’s an entertaining video I randomly found on YouTube – it’s an “overstressed mom from the United Kingdom” rapping about motherhood.  It’s pretty funny – worth sharing.

    Overstressed Mom from United Kingdom Rapping About Motherhood 
    –  My YouTube Favorites –

    Here is the link to the video on YouTube.

    Our Toddler Says No To Basically Everything – (Video)

    Find below two videos of my daughter (18-months-old) saying, “No,” to basically question that her daddy asks her.  Saying “no” is her new favorite thing to do.  Despite our best efforts to teach her the word “yes,” the fruits of this effort are seldom seen from our toddler.  So far, saying “No,” is our toddler’s only answer to almost every question that is asked her; it appears that our toddler lives a very straight-forward, decisive life.  At least I don’t have to worry about my daughter being a pushover, or worry about her growing up feeling the need say, “yes,” to everything asked of her (though I, as her mom, would like to be the exception to this frame-of-mind).

    Here is the usual dialogue between my toddler and us when we ask her questions:
    • Do you want to spin in circles? 
      • My Toddler’s Answer: “No.” (As she spins in circles).
    • Do you want to say, “no”?
      • My Toddler’s Answer: “No.”
    • Do you want to stomp your feet?
      • My Toddler’s Answer:  “No.”(As she stomps her feet). 

    Other things my daughter says no to (see video below):

    • An offer from daddy for a million dollars; playing with Mr. Cow; sitting on Daddy’s lap; going upstairsgoing downstairs;  petting the doggy;  picking up her to frog; climbing on the chair

    Things My Toddler Says “Yes” To:

    • Showing daddy her dance moves.
    • Shaking her hands for daddy.
    • Giving daddy a high-five

    Things My Toddler Seems Indifferent About:

    • Pancakes 

    I talk more about my toddler’s vocabulary in my post How My Toddler Butchered the Word “Sock”….my toddler turns the word “sock into a naughty word). 

    PART 1: Toddler Says “No” To Basically Everything

    PART 2: Toddler Says “No” To Basically Everything
    What crazy things does your toddler do or say?  
    Share with us!

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    You’re Gonna Miss This – A Reminder for Parents

    “I wish there was a way to know that you’re in the good ole days before you have actually left them,” said Andy Bernard on ‘The Office’ Series Finale. Andy then says, “Someone should write a song about that.” Well, someone (actually, a lot of people) have written a song about that: To start with is the song, “You’re Gonna Miss This,” by Trace Adkins.

    Life just isn’t that long. In the wise words of Trace Adkins, “You’re gonna miss this; you’re gonna want this back. You’re gonna wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast. These are some good times, so take a good look around. You may not know it now, but you’re gonna miss this…”. Thank you Trace Adkins.

    The song, “You’re Gonna Miss This,” always reminds me to appreciate and live in the moment, because one day, I am going to miss this – I am going to miss walking in my daughter’s room in the morning and seeing her smiling face as she stands up, grabbing onto the crib rail, saying, “Mamaaa!” in the most excited and adorable voice in the world.  When she’s 13-years-old and “cuts the umbilical cord,” so to say (aka, starts caring about her friends more than her mommy, like I did to my poor mom), I am going to miss this.  I’m going to want this back, and I’m going to wish these days hadn’t gone by so fast.  

    Life goes by too quickly.  I’m 26-years-old, and I already see it.  I need to remember this the next time I start complaining.  Don’t get me wrong: I am still going to complain, but remembering that I’m going to miss this will help me remember that I don’t actually always mean what it is that I am complaining about. 

    “You’re Gonna Miss This,” by Trace Adkins


    “It Won’t Be Like This For Long,” by Darius Rucker

    “It won’t be like this for long…one day that little girl is gonna be all grown-up and gone.”

    “My Wish,” by Rascal Flatts

    Grandma “Mia” sent us a message the other day, saying how much she loved the lyrics to the song, “My Wish,” by Rascal Flatts.  I couldn’t agree more.

    “I Hope You Dance,” by Ronan Keating

    “I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean.  Whenever one door closes, I hope one more opens…”

    “And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance, I hope you dance…”

    “The Good Stuff,” by Kenny Chesney

    “It’s a new t-shirt saying, ‘I’m a Grandpa!'”

    “I’ll Stand By You,” by Carrie Underwood

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    Toddler Tessa Made the Local TMJ4 News Station! (Video)

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    My inner “stage mom” need – which I never knew existed inside of me – has just been fulfilled.  Recently, our local news station asked its parent viewers to submit their video clips of their own kids that could potentially be featured on the local news broadcasts.  Per the suggestion of my mother, we submitted a video of our little toddler to our local new station that featured her playing in the snow in our backyard during her very first snow experience.  Oh yeah….AND AND AND.our little one’s video was chosen to be featured on the 9:00PM News and also the Morning news on TMJ4 in Wisconsin.  #Warmandfuzzies.

    Proud Mommy Moment.

    Sesame Street Videos – Best Of

    My Favorite Videos for My Young Toddler

    Call me a total nerd for loving these Sesame Street videos, but I do.  My friends make fun of my for actually enjoying myself when I watch Sesame Street, but I can’t help myself.  Can you honestly tell me that these two videos that Sesame Street put together are not extremely clever? Are these not catchy little songs?  I love that my toddler gets to watch a little of this each day.  Please note:  I understand that watching television is not recommended for children who are under the age of 2-years-old; however, I am perfectly fine with a little Sesame Street in my 18-month-old daughter’s life (Sesame Street has very little commercials and a very limited amount of scene-transitions when broadcast on our PBS television station). 

    “Don’t Give Up,” by Bruno Mars (Sesame Street)
    The first video features Bruno Mars singing the song “Don’t Give Up” – a very catchy little tune that encourages his listeners not to “give up – and to keep on trying.”  I’m not sure I would have recognized Bruno Mars until his appearance on Sesame Street, but I have to say, I am a huge fan of Bruno Mars now. 

    “The Plain White T’s Song” – The Letter ‘T’ (Sesame Street)
    The second Sesame Street video is called, “The Plain White T’s Song,” about the lovely alphabet letter – “T”.  

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    for Young Toddlers:

    Learning About LettersSesame Street – Learning About Letters

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    What are your favorite educational videos or clips that you like for your toddler?

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