Learning Patience

Hey everyone! Today I am going to do a nanny diary. This past week of work was a great lesson in patience! It was “D” who taught this all to me. I usually am pretty good at dealing with typical toddler attitudes, but this past week has been a little tougher.

This past week was the dreaded shark week for me, and with that “D” had what I am convinced is her baby shark week. This left both of us at odds with who really is in charge. There were a whole lot of  “no’s”, tears, temper tantrums, and negotiating. Through all of this I realized that instead of continually telling “D” no or do not do that I could say it once then focus on playing with Baby P. At first she would stand next to me screaming and jumping around in anger, but then she realized that if she stopped and would listen she would get the attention she wanted.

Even though the week started out tough and I wanted to pull my hair out “D” and I ended up having a great day today! What are some of the things you do when you need more patience? Let me know in the comments below!

-A

 

Smart Strategies to Better Time Management

Hello my name is Annmarie and I am terrible at time management!  I am sure a few of you can relate to that statement. With classes starting again tomorrow I thought now would be a great time to talk about different techniques I am going to be using to better my time management skills and with that hopefully help you too!

The first thing that I have found that really helps me is using a planner! I put everything in my planner, from babysitting jobs to my school schedule and assignments. I have used many different planners, but this year I am using a Mead planner from Target. When writing out everything I assign a certain color to each topic. I even use different colors for each class. So one class may be purple and another will be brown. Being able to see the different things I need to do in different colors really helps and keeps my attention.

The next thing that helps with managing time is to set a time limit for each activity. I totally understand that this might not work for everything, but with most it should. I know that managing school, work and other activities can be difficult. However, on days that I have to work, go to school, and do other activities I can set this time out. An example of what I might do for Mondays is; Work 7:30-12:30, School 2-4:30, Chiropractor 5:30-6. With those three main things it does not leave a whole lot of time to do much else. So I could set an hour and a half for studying for each class. I also have gotten in the habit of working out every day so on my busy days I can find a few five minute workouts and do those! I have yet to try this technique, but I definitely plan to do so tomorrow!

The last thing I am going to talk about is planning out your weeks and making sure you have everything ready ahead of time. This will cut down on time during the individual days. I have done this and it definitely works! With that being said I do not do it every week, which I plan on changing.  For me this might be planning out my blog posts and having them typed and saved on my computer. By doing that I do not have to stress about my lack of time to type up a post and sometimes even come up with a topic! If I have everything typed and planned I can just copy it to the blog page and publish it in a few minutes, which will end up saving me 5 hours a week at least!

I am in no way a professional at time management, but by doing these different techniques weekly and even daily I hope to make things so much easier on myself! Using my planner has been the best technique for me, but may not be the best for you. Let me know what you do to better manage your time in the comments below!

-A

The Brooke Burke Body App

Hi everyone! Today I am going to talk to you about one of my new favorite apps. I just downloaded it a week ago and love it! This app is the Brooke Burke Body app. If you could not tell by the title of the app, this is a fitness app.

On the app you will find many different workouts, for every part of your body! The categories you will find warm ups, booty burns, total body, abs, legs, and upper body. If you need a more set schedule for workouts there is a challenge going on right now. You can also look under Brooke’s Workout Week, and follow those videos.

I have been taking part in the New Year, New You Challenge and it is such an amazing workout plan. I am feeling sore which I love! It just shows how hard I am working out. After each workout I feel great! What I really love about this app, besides the amazing workouts, is that each video takes very little time to complete. If you are in a hurry one day and just need a quick workout you can go and find a 5 minute workout! This is great for me, because sometimes after a day at work and/or school I come home and do not feel like exercising, but I can turn on a quick workout and do what I am supposed to. They do have longer workouts if you would like that too!

The Brooke Burke Body app is available in the App Store on iPhones and in the Play Store for Androids. The subscription is $7.99 per month, which equals 25 cents a day! It does not get much better than that! You will not regret downloading this app.

-A

It’s all about Balance

Hey everyone! Today was a super crazy day at work, and it was definitely hard to keep with my goal to eat healthier and exercise daily. Even though today was crazy, I was able to maintain balance in my day.

Today at work “B”, “D”, and Baby P were super energetic and crazy. I cleaned up an insane amount of milk off the floor and was spit up on a few times! While at work instead of eating healthy I ended up eating 2 pop tarts with butter on them. Once I got home things did not really improve in the sense with my eating habits. I ate Chick-fil-a French fries and drank a coke. After all that I did not want to do my daily workout, but I forced myself to do it. I am super glad I did too! After I got the workout done I was able to relax and watch my favorite show.

Even though I did not eat as healthy as I would have liked, I did work out. It really is all about balance. I really wanted to just lie around and eat junk food, and even though I did do that I also did my daily workout video and was able to make up for some of the calories I ate! How do you balance things when you are feeling like doing nothing? Let me know in the comments below!

-A

Life as a Nanny

Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great first day back to work. Mine was crazy! Today I want to do a new sort of post. A few months back I heard about the book The Nanny Diaries written by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus. I have yet to read the book, but the whole idea really sparked my interest! In the spirit of that book I have decided I wanted to do a nanny diaries type post. It will not be every day, but I am sure I will have one at least once a week!

I am a nanny to 3 girls under the age of 6.  I will refer to them as “B”, “D”, and Baby P! I had the privilege to watch “D” when she was an infant and am now getting to watch her again. Baby P is the main child I nanny for, but for the next month or two it will be all three girls, the main portion of my day is spent with “D” and Baby P.

“B” is the oldest and she is my helper! She can be a handful at times, but whenever I am trying to help the two youngest girls or am covered in spit up she comes to the rescue! I cannot count how many times I have had spit up down my leg and all over Baby P and “B” has come running with a cloth. She not only is great at helping with Baby P, but she will help “D” get things down or talk to her when she is feeling angry and needs some extra love. “B” loves Shimmer and Shine and all things Disney! She is definitely my go to kid when I have a craft idea.

“D” is the middle child and is definitely the most chill! However she does have her crazy moments like all toddlers. “D” is always up for anything which I love! One of her favorite places to go is the library to check out books. “D” currently likes any television shows. I recently showed her Higglytown Heroes, a show from when I was a kid, and she is obsessed! There is not a day that goes by where she is not asking to watch Higglytown Heroes. “D” is not only the one who loves every show, but she is the one who also says the funniest things! She is like a teenager stuck in a toddler’s body!

Baby P is the youngest and is the easiest! She is the most patient baby I have ever met! I have mentioned Baby P in a few of my posts. One of the things I have mentioned is that she has spina bifida. However, she does not let that keep her from doing anything! She is constantly trying to roll and pull herself up into a sitting position. I am so proud of how much progress she has made and of all the milestones she is hitting! Baby P is always happy and smiling, but when she wants attention she will let you know. Just today she spent five minutes screaming continuously. She was not angry or upset in the least bit; she just wanted everyone to look at her. When the girls and I did look she started cracking up. Baby P’s favorite things at the moment are; watching television with her sisters, playing with toys and teething toys, and occasionally kicking “B” and “D” in the head with the bar from her corrective boots.

I truly love working with these girls, and they make my life so much better. There are those days when I am ready to pull my hair out, but I would not change a thing! I hope you all enjoyed learning about these girls, and will continue to join “B”, “D”, and Baby P on all of our adventures!

-A

A Christmas Prince

Hey everyone! Christmas was Monday and I loved being able to spend time with my family. With that being said December was a busy month for Netflix. They have put out quite a few Christmas movies! One of them really stuck out to me, and that was A Christmas Prince.

I watched A Christmas Prince Thursday night and quite a few times since! I absolutely adored this movie! This movie is about a journalist who travels to a different country to interview the prince of the country, but ends up becoming Princess Emily’s tutor. In the movie the princess has spina bifida. This really stuck out to me, because it reminded me of Baby P.

Throughout the movie Princess Emily was seen in a wheelchair, but she was also seen using forearm crutches to walk. Seeing this little girl walking brought so much joy to my heart at the thought of Baby P walking. Not only did Princess Emily walk in the movie she was seen shooting a bow and arrow and even sledding down a huge hill. The fact that she was doing this was a big deal in the movie, because almost every person in the movie underestimated what the princess could do. As I was watching excited at the thought of Baby P doing those activities and then some!

There was one scene in the movie that really stuck out to me. The journalist, Amber, and Princess Emily were going sledding. Before they went down the hill the princess asks Amber, “Do you really think I can do it?” To this Amber responded by telling her, “I think you can do anything you want. You are not a china doll”. Princess Emily then asked her, “what if I end up even more broken than I already am?” When she asked this it totally broke my heart! Amber told her she was not broken, and Emily was ready to go after that! Seeing the princess sled down the hill was so great!

This movie was wonderful! I really did enjoy every minute of it. If you get the chance to watch it you should! Have any of you watched A Christmas Prince? Let me know in the comments below!

-A

Gallon Jug Snowman

Merry Christmas! I hope you all are having a wonderful day with your families! Today for Make it Monday I wanted to share how “D” and I made a snowman out of a milk jug.

For this project you will need: a milk jug (We used a gallon jug), orange and black construction paper, liquid Elmer’s glue, and scotch tape. If you want to make ear muffs for your snowman instead of a hat you will use 2 puff balls and a pipe cleaner.

The first thing we did to make the snowman was to cut a triangle out from the orange construction paper. Next, I cut out 2 large circles, 2 medium circles, and 6 small circles from the black construction paper. I also cut out a medium sized rectangle from the black construction paper. “D” and I used the medium circles for the eyes and the small circles for the smile. We glued the face on the snowman first.

The second thing we did was make the hat. I rolled the black rectangle and glued it so that it would shape the body of the hat.  Next, I glued one of the large circles to the top of the milk jug lid. I glued the rolled rectangle to the circle and I taped the top circle to the rolled rectangle. To tape this I folded the tape and placed it on the bottom of the circle to place on the body of the hat. If you choose to do the earmuffs instead you will glue the puff balls to the end of the pipe cleaners. After letting the earmuffs dry you will glue it over the lid and to the side of the milk jug.

This was such a quick project, but it was also so much fun! “D” loved it and even brought it with her when we went to pick her sister up from school. This project is great for kids as young as 3! What holiday crafts have you done? Let me know in the comments below!

Have a great rest of your Christmas!

-A