a little lagniappe (lan yap) - a something extra. ENJOY & SHARE.
Katy Inspirational | credit: www.imom.com
Being a mom brings tons of emotions, but having a child with special needs adds another layer of complexity to the job. And, often, these mothers expect so much of themselves thereby adding even more pressure to their lives. Here are 3 emotions it is okay for moms of children with special needs to feel.
1. It’s okay to feel tired
Motherhood can be exhausting; motherhood with a child with special needs is doubly so. Children with physical needs require more physical output from you, whether it’s helping them with mobility and giving them extra physical care, or driving them to medical and therapy appointments. Children with mental and emotional challenges can drain your mental and emotional reserves as well. So, allow yourself to be tired. Even if you feel like you don’t have the time cushion to do that, taking care of yourself will benefit you and your child.
2. It’s okay to feel discouraged.
Parenting a child with special needs compared to parenting a typical child is like comparing a ride on the scariest roller coaster ever built with a kiddie roller coaster. They both have ups and downs, but beyond that, there’s no comparison. You’re dealing with things other moms aren’t—fighting insurance companies, trying to help your child fit in with his peers, and processing the stops and starts of your child’s progress. When you do feel low, which is okay, the key is having a plan to get back up again. Have at least one person you can call in a pinch. Reach out, no matter how difficult it is.
3. It’s okay to feel sad.
As you watch your child struggle, it’s only natural that you will feel sad. You might feel sad for what she can’t do, or for what her special need causes her to miss. You might also feel angry that this would happen to your child. I once heard a mother of a baby with special needs say, as she waited for him to get out of surgery, “You know, I would understand if this had happened to me, but why would God let it happen to an innocent baby?” Facing your child’s special need every day can be heartbreaking. But, the same mother who said those words above, has now, 13 years later, channeled that sadness into admiration for her son who has come so far in spite of his physical challenge. Yes, she still feels sad and angry, and, yes, she would take away his physical challenge if she could, but she knows that she can best help him by moving beyond the sadness and anger as much as she can.
Spring Break | credit: www.imom.com
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. And when the days get monotonous, Mom gets creative! That’s why I love our I’m Bored Jar ideas. They’re the perfect response when your children say, “I’m bored!”
Some of the ideas are fun—a nature hunt or creating an obstacle course; others will make your children think a bit more. In other words, there’s a chance they’ll reach into the “I’m bored” jar and find a way to get unbored that might not have been what they were expecting. That means they may be going to the “I’m Bored Jar” the rest of the year. So keep your days moving along, Mom. Try these 10 I’m Bored Jar ideas today!
Happy Valentines's Day! Got Plans?
Wednesday, 2/14 | 5pm-10pm
Valentines at The Creek
Dry Creek Social Club 3333 F.M. 359, Richmond, Texas 77406
Treat your loved one to a special night of wine and dancing this Valentine's day at Dry Creek Social Club. We've got something very special planned for you:
VALENTINES AT THE CREEK
- Live Music by the Main Street Duo starting at 7p
- A glass of champagne included
- A full dessert bar with chocolate fountain included
Make it a memorable evening with us at The Creek!
$20 per person or, $30 per couple
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make you reservations or you can purchase entry day of.
Romance at Rio Valentine's Day Dinner
Agave Rio | 1138 FM 1463 Rd, Katy, Texas 77494
Romance your sweetheart at Agave's Second Annual Romance at Rio 4 Course Prix-Fixe Dinner! Stay tuned for more details. Call 281-665-3337 for more details or to make your reservation. *Private dining available*
A Special Valentine Ladies Night for Singles and Couples!
hosted by Multiplicity Katy 1306 Avenue A Katy, TX 77493
Sip a glass of wine and nibble light bites as you make a fun-and-easy craft!
As always, our monthly Ladies Night is free! While RSVP is not required to attend our monthly Ladies Night, an RSVP will help us plan ahead when ordering food.
For more Information, please call: 832.437.2442
Valentines Day Show at The Cheese Bar
Hosted by The Cheese Bar Katy and LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch
23501 Cinco Ranch Boulevard, Suite D130, Katy, Texas 77494
Bring your special someone to The Cheese Bar at LaCenterra and enjoy live music by Randy Hulsey with a glass of wine.
The cheese bar offers a variety of amazing cheese options, wine, and delicious food.
We'll have some great fondue specials as well!!
Aromas Latin Cuisine & Wine Bar Valentines Dinner
402 West Grand Parkway South Suite 103, Katy, Texas 77494
4 Courses of delicious foods paired with a variety of wines, with our special guest Chef. Antonio Rossell
Four-Course Valentine's Day Dinner
Drix Restaurant & Lounge 1850 S Mason Rd, Katy, TX 77450
Treat the love of your life to an unforgettable four-course dinner on Valentine’s Day. They will serve crab cakes Valentino, bruschetta, filet mignon, and a decadent chocolate dessert. Call ahead to make your reservation. 281-371-2749.
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Administrative Assistant $19.50/hour starting
($20.50/hour in second year of employment)
Thursday, February 15, 2018 | 7:00am 12:00pm
ALDI Divisional Office
777 US Highway 90A West Rosenberg, TX 77471
For consideration, please apply in person at the hiring event only.
Get started now by downloading our Employment Application.
At ALDI our people are our most valuable asset. Our Assistants are an integral part of the organization. The ALDI Divisional Office is comprised of an energetic and committed team that works cooperatively to provide administrative support to the divisions operation.
Assistants begin their ALDI career by completing a thorough training program. While in training you will work closely with an experienced colleague learning step by step the responsibilities delegated in order to excel in your new role. The training is a hands on experience designed to make each trainee more comfortable in their new position.
If youre looking for an opportunity that offers a high level of responsibility and a truly fulfilling career in a fast-paced environment, then We Want YOU to Apply Now!
We have important requirements for all potential ALDI employees. Some expectations of an Administrative Assistant are:
To provide administrative support to the Director of Operations
The ability to maintain confidentiality
To maintain executive calendars and effectively manage timelines
Skilled verbal and written communications including the ability to prepare correspondence to meet purpose and audience
The ability to establish and maintain relationships with employees, business partners, management team and government agencies
The ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with a group of individuals
The ability to organize large amounts of data, prioritize and complete tasks to maximize the total time available
Proficiency in MS Office products including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint etc.
Proficiency with basic arithmetic
Must be professional, reliable, responsive to feedback, detail oriented and maintain a positive attitude
Strong preference for a candidate with experience managing excels data bases and analyzing data. Associates degree preferred. Employment contingent upon drug screening and background check.
ALDI offers competitive wages and benefits, including:
Major Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance & Prescription Coverage for Eligible Employees
Paid Vacation Time & 7 Paid Holidays
Company Contribution to Retirement Savings Plan
Short- and Long-Term Disability Insurance
One of the biggest problems with marriages today is losing the romance.
Remember back when you and your husband were dating. There was probably a lot of romance going on. Perhaps some of you didn’t even have much then. Well, I’m guessing that whatever romance you got back then was probably more than you get now. If you are longing for your husband to light up his romantic side, I’ve got some things you can do.
Here are 4 ways to bring out your hubby’s romantic side.
1. Encourage him.
Although a wife’s appreciation is always needed, it is especially critical when the man is outside his comfort zone—which, when it comes to romance, is probably the case for half of the male population. One man was blunt: “Encourage me and affirm my efforts, and I’ll run through a brick wall to please you. But don’t just assume that I know you’re pleased. I’m way outside my comfort zone. I’m willing to be a fool for you, but just tell me that I did good [sic]. And give me sex. That helps too.”
Remember that many men view taking romantic initiative as a huge risk—a risk of “being humiliated” or “feeling inadequate.” So prove to your man that it’s not a risk!
2. Entice him.
Just as men want to be encouraged, they want to be enticed. One married man relayed this interchange with a female friend who was wondering why romance sometimes dies off in marriage:
Her: “Romance is the sense that you’re still being pursued.”
Him: “But we caught you. Hand me the remote.”
Many men have told me whether in work or in romance, they are always looking for something to conquer—something to “catch.” A key element in keeping romance alive is to keep giving our romance-loving husbands something to conquer.
Keep it fresh—give him something to pursue. Go hiking with him, play golf with him. Give him space when he needs it—and intimate attention when he needs that! Make yourself the kind of friend and lover he constantly wants to pursue. Make yourself the kind of friend and lover he constantly wants to pursue.
3. Tell him what you need.
Several men suggested that since they can’t read your mind, it is fine to drop hints about those romantic things you’d like to do as long as they truly are hints, not directives. For example, because cuddling tends to be a little more important to us than to guys, a little patient re-education may be in order.
One man’s response to the cuddling example was, “Men can learn to enjoy a time of closeness after sex. And in this case, it is definitely in our best interest to understand why it matters so much to you!”
4. Keep him number one.
If we let too many other priorities interfere with romance, it puts a damper on the man’s enthusiasm. One of the most common concerns I heard is that we may unconsciously prioritize our kids over our husband. It could sound selfish, but it’s not. One man said, “It’s not just the kids that steal a wife. It’s the whole ‘to do’ list. Even helping others can get in the way.” That is the cry of a man who just wants to spend more quality, romantic time with his wife. What an irony, considering that most women pine for the same thing! We have a tremendous opportunity to start over with our men, and in the process rediscover the delight of the mutual pursuit.
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1. Most of our life is spent chasing false goals and worshipping false ideals. The day you realise that is the day you really start to live.
2. You really, truly cannot please all of the people all of the time. Please yourself first and your loved ones second, everyone else is busy pleasing themselves anyway, trust me.
3. Fighting the ageing process is like trying to catch the wind. Go with it, enjoy it. Your body is changing, but it always has been. Don’t waste time trying to reverse that, instead change your mindset to see the beauty in the new.
4. Nobody is perfect and nobody is truly happy with their lot. When that sinks in you are free of comparison and free of judgement. It’s truly liberating.
5. No one really sees what you do right, everyone sees what you do wrong. When that becomes clear to you, you will start doing things for the right reason and you will start having so much more fun.
6. You will regret the years you spent berating your looks, the sooner you can make peace with the vessel your soul lives in, the better. Your body is amazing and important but it does not define you.
7. Your health is obviously important but stress, fear and worry are far more damaging than any delicious food or drink you may deny yourself. Happiness and peace are the best medicine.
8. Who will remember you and for what, become important factors as you age. Your love and your wisdom will live on far longer than any material thing you can pass down. Tell your stories, they can travel farther than you can imagine.
9. We are not here for long but if you are living against the wind it can feel like a life-sentence. Life should not feel like a chore, it should feel like an adventure.
10. Always, always, drink the good champagne and use the things you keep for ‘best’. Tomorrow is guaranteed to no one. Today is a gift that’s why we call it the present. Eat, Drink & Be Merry.
Katy, Texas | Chick-fil-A Mason Road, Cinco Ranch & Katy Green
Help Chick-fil-A Mason Road, Cinco Ranch & Katy Green
Support The Ballard House in February 2018
YOU’RE INVITED: Chick-fil-A® Mason Road, Cinco Ranch, & Katy Green invite you to help us support The Ballard House by enjoying and sharing delicious Chocolate Chunk Cookies.
WHEN: February 2018
DETAILS: Purchase Chocolate Chunk Cookies at Chick-fil-A Mason Road, Chick-fil-A Cinco Ranch, and Chick-fil-A Katy Green during February 2018, and The Ballard House will receive 10% of the sales. Applies to individually wrapped cookies, 6 count cookies with bow and tag, and cookie trays.
THE CAUSE: The Ballard House provides temporary housing in our community with a warm, safe environment for individuals and their families who are hospitalized or receiving treatment for a serious medical condition.
“We are proud to support The Ballard House by hosting this special fundraiser,” said Rusty Wylie, franchise Operator of the hosting restaurants. “We hope the community will have fun creatively giving cookies to each other while supporting a wonderful cause.”
(from left to right) Chick-fil-A Marketing Director Wendy Reinwald, Director of the Ballard House Kathy Alt, The Chick-fil-A Cow, and Chick-fil-A franchise Operator Rusty Wylie meet at The Ballard House to talk about their partnership.
Katy Texas, credit Crystal Glade
The bluebonnet photo is a Texas tradition. Each year families take to the fields around Texas Hill Country to capture southern spring in all her glory. While Mother Nature certainly does a great job providing us this gorgeous backdrop for family photos, sometimes it’s fun to add a little something extra to make your pictures stand out. Below are six prop ideas to make your bluebonnet photos even more memorable.
1. Buckets of Fun
An antique bucket or washtub is a great prop, especially if you have babies or small children. A metal or wooden bucket provides a rustic focal point in a beautiful field of bluebonnets and makes for an adorable vintage photo opportunity.
2. Grab a Chair
A shabby chic wooden chair, a pretty white wicker chair, or even an overstuffed plush chair – any of these will work, as long as you don’t mind toting it around! A chair provides contrast to a nature scene and offers dimension for group shots. It also allows for a variety of poses for solo portraits.
3. Bring Your Blanket
A blanket is practically a necessity for any outdoor shoot, a blanket provides a more comfortable seating space for your photo subjects. It also allows them to be photographed at ground level, literally amongst the flowers. Bluebonnet photos look great with a vintage quilt for a country look. Bring something white and lacy for a more classic or romantic shot.
4. Frame It
Utilizing frames in a bluebonnet photo is a fun way to create emphasis on a particular subject or subjects. By literally “framing” your subject, you can determine where the eye goes when viewing the picture. Frames can be ornate or simple – some metallic spray paint works wonders on a basic wooden frame. An old barn window, a decorative gate, or a wagon wheel can also be used to frame your subject.
5. Bring out the Boots
Nothing says “Texas” quite like cowboy boots. The combination of boots and bluebonnets is an instant classic. In addition to the traditional cowboy look, little kids in big boots, a long, flowing skirt with boots peeking out the bottom, or a family shot featuring boots of different sizes are all cute options for using this Texas staple in your bluebonnet photos.
6. Go Full Texan
It’s no secret that Texans are proud of their state! That’s why it’s fun to “go big” and add even more Texas flair to an already quintessentially Texan photo, by adding a distinctly Texas prop. Whether waving the state flag, drinking a Big Red, or sporting your favorite Aggies/Longhorns/Spurs/Cowboys gear, there’s no such thing as too much Texas in a bluebonnet photo!
Whatever props you decide to use, remember to respect your bluebonnet fields: tread lightly, clean up after yourself, and beware of local wildlife. Bluebonnets are only around for a short time, so get outside, start snapping photos – and enjoy the beauty of springtime in Texas!
Lifestyle | Katy Texas | credit rwethereyetmom.com
1. Find a Safe Place to Take Photos. There are many great patches of bluebonnets right alongside the highway and I know you may be temped to just pull over & snap some shots. My advice is to find a side road (plenty in the Texas Hill Country) or a park that has some great patches to take bluebonnet pictures in.
2. Scout the bluebonnet patch for critters. Before sending the kiddos into the patch, PLEASE look around for ant beds and snakes.
3. Look around to what is behind you. Nothing kills a great shot than a car or sign in the back of the shot. That said, an old barn or windmill might be a great addition to the bluebonnet pictures.
4. Best lighting is in the morning or afternoon. If you can, consider taking your bluebonnet pictures in the morning (before 10) or the afternoon (after 4).
5. Consider Pants or Skirts. The grass can be itchy. Children may be more comfortable in pants.
6. Think Solids for Clothing. Don’t distract from the bluebonnets by wearing a loud print. The best bluebonnet pictures I have seen have people in neutral colors.
7. Photographer needs to get down! If taking a picture of a group sitting in the bluebonnets, you may need to crouch down to their level and not take the picture standing over them.
8. Don’t just take the generic sitting still photos. Get the kids up and moving, smelling the flowers, etc. In my experience, natural shots of kids always turn out better than posed.
Most importantly, have fun. The bluebonnets are only out for a short time. They make such beautiful, Texas pictures. Get out there any make some memories with your bluebonnet pictures!
Lifestyle | Katy Texas | credit: www.jasonrweingart.com
Bluebonnet season is here and the roadsides and fields are quickly filling in with wildflowers! Whether you decide to make your own images or hire a professional these tips will help you be sure your bluebonnet family photos will be the best they can be.
#1. Don't pick the bluebonnets, y'all. While it isn't illegal to pick bluebonnets, you shouldn't stomp or pick them. When bluebonnets are destroyed while in bloom, they don't go into the seeding stage where they drop their seeds for the next year. No seeds. No bluebonnets. So watch your step and let's keep this great tradition going for future generations!
#2. Plan your shoot for while bluebonnets are in their prime bloom. This varies from season to season but generally they bloom earlier in the southern part of the state (late March to early April) and later in the season further north (mid to late April). Peak blooming only lasts for a little over a week (or shorter should a hail storm or hard freeze come along) so if you find a good spot, get out and shoot it ASAP.
#3. Be prepared. Make sure your camera's batteries are fully charged and that your memory card has room for plenty of images. Bring a towel to wipe any perspiration and some water to stay hydrated.
#4. Dress accordingly. Spring in Texas can be very warm, so make sure your subjects are comfortable. If there is going to be more than one subject in your photo, color coordinate outfits. Try not to wear anything too distracting like shirts with large logos.
#5. Avoid shooting in the middle of the day. One, it is hotter. Two, the mid-day sun casts unflattering, contrasty light, causing harsh shadows on your subject. Instead try to shoot early or late in the day when the sun is lower in the sky. The sun casts its best light about 30 minutes after sunrise and 30 minutes before sunset. These times are called the "golden hour" as the sun casts a warmer toned, softer light.
#6. Make sure everyone is in a good mood. Be sure kids are well rested and have a good meal before their photo session. Cranky, crying children (and husbands) are an extremely difficult subject for even the most seasoned professional to photograph.
#7. Avoid squinting. Shooting when there are clouds in the sky can make it easier for your subjects to keep those eyes wide and bright. Try to position them so the sun is off to the side or ever so slightly behind them. If you are having a problem lighting your subject's faces, don't be afraid to use your camera's flash to add a little fill light to the scene.
#8. Get the right angle. Try to position your subject and yourself so you are shooting your pictures at their eye level. Ideally you will also be just slightly above the tops of the bluebonnets, which will give a lot of depth to your image and make the bluebonnets in the foreground look extra big!
#9. Get closer to your subject. Of course your audience will want to see the bluebonnets but the most important thing is the people in the picture. Try to keep them relatively large compared to the frame. Use your camera's zoom to accomplish this. Ideally you want your focal length to be somewhere between 50mm-100mm. This will flatten out features and capture your subject in a more flattering manner.
#10. Be mindful of your background. Avoid placing distracting elements in the background such as buildings, power poles and lines. Try not to have the horizon running through your subjects head. If you shoot slightly down on your subject, you should be able to have nothing but bluebonnets in the background.
#11. Be safe! Choose a safe spot for your photo shoot. Avoid spots along the highway or busy roads with a lot of traffic. Don't trespass on private property. Watch your step. Be careful where you place your subjects in the bluebonnets. It is common to encounter stinging or biting insects such as wasps, bees, and fire ants. Although rare, you could even encounter a rattlesnake. Just be cautious and remember, if you leave these creatures alone, they won't hurt you.
#12. Take lots of pictures. People blink, squint, make goofy faces. It's possible your focus may be off on some images. Be sure to take plenty of frames so you are certain you capture that picture perfect smile.
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