Sunday, May 21, 2017

A Samaritan and A Selfie

Just for fun: Selfie Song (Feel free to play while scrolling.)

Man, did we have fun this meeting!  We got a little wild and crazy during our Selfie Scavenger Hunt!  I'll just leave these here...



 








After wards we talked about the "good Samaritan" story and what it means to be one today.  Inspired by his kindness we began our final service project of the year, Comfort Bags.  These bags will be given to parents when their child is admitted to the local children's hospital, Navicent Children's Hospital in Macon, GA.  Often times families go to the hospital for immediate care and do not expect to stay overnight.  We were told that although the hospital receives several donations for the children, the parents have no consistent donations given to them and we decided to change that!

The comfort bags will be filled with the basic necessities; toiletries, journal for notes about treatment, puzzle books, magazines, and other goodies.  All items were donated by our incredibly generous Moms!  Through this project we hope to provide the parents with a little bit of comfort in a very uncomfortable situation.  Warner Robins MOPS hopes to make this an ongoing service project to serve the parents and families in our community.

**If you or your business would like to make a donation to our cause please contact Warner Robins MOPS Coordinator, Amanda Storie at mountaineyes22@yahoo.com.
We would greatly appreciate your support!

Saturday, April 22, 2017

"Momma Said Knock You Out- HOOAH!"

OK, so we didn't learn how to knock someone out.  However, we did learn to "GET AWAY!" by using some really cool techniques if ever in a dangerous situation.  Our special guest, Doug Rankin with Warner Robins Martial Arts, did a wonderful job teaching us the basics of self defense.





Lesson #1: Use both your hands.  Most attackers will grab one wrist or the other and try to pull you.  If this happens it's important to use the free hand to grab your other one and aggressively pull up or down while yelling, "GET AWAY!"

                                         


Lesson #2: If someone grabs both wrists, lock your fingers together and pull your arms up over your head - fast!

Lesson #3: Don't be afraid to jab them in the nose!



Lesson #4: If you ask Doug a question, you're probably going to be the next guinea pig.

Lesson #5: Use the side of your hand to chop the attacker's neck.

                                        


We also learned a few pressure points on the body that can be pressed to harm your attacker and give you a chance to escape.




We had a great time learning some new tricks!  The most important thing in self defense is to be self-confident, be aware of your surroundings and GET AWAY!  We left this meeting feeling empowered and wanting more knowledge!  Mom's Night Out Martial Arts?!  It's a possibility.  

Be safe out there!  See you soon, Starry Eyed!

*You can find more information about Warner Robins Martial Arts here on their website.

Friday, March 31, 2017

"Be Kind to One Another"


Kindness has become somewhat of a forgotten word in today's society.  It's one of those words you can go through a whole day, a whole week even, and never hear the word said aloud.  However, it silently exists in many people on any given day.  It's spoken through a smile or a handshake.  It's seen through a person opening the door for you or even in a wave as you pass a fellow neighbor in their car.  It's there, it's just - often times- silent.  

At our meeting we discussed how important this word really is.  That kindness is to be given and given loudly, greatly, intentionally.  It's to be given to others and also to ourselves.  

As Moms, we are almost conditioned to put ourselves last.  To show kindness to everyone else and often there's just not time left in the day or energy left in our bodies to show kindness to ourselves.   But it's so important!  We Moms have to fill up our own buckets with kindness so we have some to pour out to our families.  If we aren't filled with kindness, then what are we filled with?  What are we pouring out onto our families?

We also talked about how important it is to give kindness to others.  MOPS exists for this reason.  It's so important, especially in today's society of  "bullying" and women shaming women, for Moms to ban together, to build each other up and show empathetic kindness!  We all know what it's like to be a Mom.  Having little ones pulling on your clothes, running away from you in the parking lot and throwing perfectly good food across your kitchen floor (AHH!)!  We know about sleepless nights, toddler tantrums and how yoga pants or leggings are God's greatest gift to postpartum bodies!  We've all been there right?  We're all in this beautiful mess together, why not help each other out and extend a little kindness?  

Finally, we talked about how difficult it is to receive kindness from others.  As Moms, we're just flat out bad at this.   Mostly because it can make us feel vulnerable and even embarrassed to be singled out.  Or maybe we're just so used to giving kindness to others, that it's almost a culture shock when someone shows it to us.  We're quick to say, "Oh, that's OK" or "No, I got this" when someone offers us help.  Even something as simple as receiving a compliment can be tough.  We excuse it away or if we do actually respond with a "thank you", we don't fully believe and accept what the person just said to us.  But this year we are changing all of that.

And that's just what we did.  

During a couple exercises, probably my most favorite ones yet, we practiced how to be kind as well as how to receive kindness from others.  In the first exercise we divided our Moms into two groups, the "huggersand the "huggees(insert diaper joke here).  The huggers had to give the other group (the huggees) a big, silent hug.  The catch?  The huggees had to close their eyes and could not hug back or say a word, they just had to receive.  We then switched roles.  Talking after wards it was a clear representation of how difficult it is to accept some one's kindness but also, how very good it feels!

For the other exercise we sat in a circle and one by one, we showed kindness to another Mom by giving a compliment to her.  It could be anything from what she was wearing to something in her personality that shined.  It was incredible!  What was meant to be a quick game turned into a 30-45 minute session of bucket filling.  Each Mom gave and received kindness and it was glorious!  I think we all really needed it and it certainly brought us closer together, instantly.  A true testament of how powerful our words and actions can be and how kindness is SO needed.  

So we're hoping that this year you'll show kindness a little more boldly and loudly.  To your children and your families, of course, but also to yourself and to the people around you in the little and big ways that God shows you. 

"Therefore, as God's chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience."            

Colossians 3:12












Tuesday, March 21, 2017

We Don't Always Play Games, But When We Do...We Have FUN!



Stress was the name of the game at this meeting and man do we Moms know about stress!  From sun-up to sun-down we are wanted, needed and pulled in all different directions (literally if we have more than one child).  It's absolutely the toughest job in the world which is why it's neccessary to manage the stress what comes with this Mom Life.  Lindsey shared a few simple tricks that will come in handy when stress lures its ugly head.  Here are a few:
  1. Time out is not just for kids.  When you feel overwhelmed, frustrated or even just tired, don't feel bad to find a spot and just SIT DOWN!  Heck, lay down if you have the luxury (just make sure you get back up -haha).  It's important that you take at least a few minutes every day for yourself.  Resting will allow you to be a better Mom, 10 minutes later when your name is yelled out, AGAIN!
  2. Tools for stress: A) Just breathe.  Breathe deeply (10 seconds) in and out/meditate.  A great tip that Lindsey gave was to close your eyes and imagine being on an elevator at the top floor.  Then, imagine moving slowly down, down, down, until you come to the bottom floor.  It truly helps to have a visual.  B.) When in doubt, dance it out!  Sometimes just a minute to move and be silly with your kids is enough to eliminate stress.  And it's just FUN!
  3. Most importantly, don't be afraid to ask for help.  When your child has thrown toys at you, told you "No!" or he/she/they just won't GO TO SLEEP, stress can loom overhead like a dark, weighted cloud.  But it doesn't have to be this way.  Much of the stress we have in Motherhood is our own fault.  Yes, I said it.  YOU have to stop stressing!  If it's too much, look for ways to lessen the load by asking for help.  You were not meant to do it alone.  If you're married, your husband is a part of your team, ask for his help whenever possible.  You've also got to surround yourself with people in the same walk of life to pull you through.  Often times the only people who can really help you, no matter what you face, is someone who has been there and knows exactly how you feel.  Friends in these early years are absoultely essential.  Which is basically why MOPS exsists.  And last but certainly, not least, God.  He made you AND those little monsters that you Mother.  He knows exactly what you are going through, how you feel and He even knows all the answers to help you- you just have to ask Him.  Don't be afraid to admit it's too much sometimes, that you don't 100% know what you're doing or that you are just spent. Stop, lean on Him and He will carry you through the day.  He promises that "all who are weary and heavy laden" will get rest, and I'm so glad! 

What's the best thing to do after you talk about stress?  Competetive games of course!  We had a great time playing several minute-to-win-it games.  Another great stress relief?  Laughing, and we sure did a lot of that!

Balloon Blower

                         

Unravel

 

Goldfish Toss
   

   

Can You Bite It?

                 

Congratulations to Brittany, 
Our 1st Raffle Winner!
Invite your friends to MOPS and you'll both be entered into our next raffle, 
to be given away May 17th.








Monday, March 13, 2017

LOVE This Best Dish by Ms. Katie Stewart



Let's just say anything from Pioneer Woman is going to be amazing and since that is where Katie tends to find her recipes, Katie's dishes are amazing!  We all were blessed by the Blueberry Crumble Cake and it needs to come back very soon!  Be sure to make this at your next shower, party, get together or even for your family on a Saturday morning.  And when you do, everyone will soon be asking for this recipe...

recipe taken from Pioneer Woman's website 

  • 1/2 stick Butter
  • 1 Tablespoon (additional) Butter
  • 3/4 cups Sugar
  • 1 whole Egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 2-1/4 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 3/4 cups Whole Milk
  • 2 cups Fresh Blueberries
  • FOR THE TOPPING:
  • 3/4 sticks Butter
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine flour, baking powder, and a salt. Stir and set aside.

Cream 1/2 stick plus 1 tablespoon butter with cinnamon and sugar. Add egg and mix until combined. Add vanilla and mix. Add flour mixture and milk alternately until totally incorporated. Do not overbeat. Stir in blueberries until evenly distributed.

Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Pour in batter. 

In a separate bowl, combine topping ingredients and cut together using two knives or a pastry cutter. Sprinkle over the top of the cake.

Bake cake for 40 to 45 minutes, or until golden brown. Sprinkle with sugar. Cut into squares and serve with softened butter.