Have You Met Pinterest Yet?

What’s Pinterest?

Pinterest is the latest social craze to hit the internet and we must say, we are digging it. 

So what is Pinterest?  Pinterest is a pinboard-style social photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies, and more. Users can browse other pinboards for inspiration, ‘re-pin’ images to their own collections or ‘like’ photos. Pinterest’s mission is to “connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting” via a global platform of inspiration and idea sharing.  Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes, and our personal favorite, follow what’s new on Kitsel!  . Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. 

While Pinterest is by invite only, I suspect that the “invitation” system will fall by the waist-side soon and all will be able to “join” freely.  I am not sure why the invitation system is in place, virtually everyone I know who has applied has been accepted and LOVES it! 

So check Pinterest out, and make sure you follow Kitsel for all your baby, toddler, kid & all thing Mommy needs!  Happy Pinning!

Why Not Making Mistakes Is The Biggest Mistake!

 

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing. ~ George Bernard Shaw

So many parents vow to not make the same mistakes their parents made.  They vow to do “that much better” than their own parents and try to be “better” parents than they had.  Even those who grew up with the life of the “Cleavers” promise to do things differently, to do things “their way”.  Often times, new parents strive to be “perfect”, to not make mistakes and not “ruin” their children.  But really, what is the definition of a “perfect” parent?

I grew up in the 70’s where my mother was a stay at home Mom and my father went to work each day, only to return to a perfect household and a lovely home-cooked meal.  I often looked to parents as being superman and superwoman.  They never seemed to fight, to falter or to make mistakes.  The focus was solely on family, happiness and being perfect.  I found myself aghast when I got old enough to realize that my parents were not superman & superwoman but human beings, made up of flesh and blood, just like myself. I seemed to measure myself  against my parents and found I never measured up.  I struggled with imperfection and they were always so perfect in my eyes!  I was flabbergasted to learn of the mistakes, troubles and hardship they went through behind the scenes and wished I knew that they were not “perfect” but human and struggled just like I did at times. 

So this brings us to today’s post- why not making mistakes is the biggest mistake!  While I understand that my parents did the best they could, I am not trying to do that much better, by showing my child that I am not perfect, but made up of flesh & blood and make mistakes everyday and try to learn from them.  I recently read an article on www.purposefairy.com about 7 reasons to make mistakes.  I think this will offer tremendous comfort to those parents who are still striving to be that perfect parent…..

1. MISTAKES HELP US DISCOVER WHO WE ARE

With every mistake that we make we discover more and more about ourselves, about who we are, about our limits, about our capabilities, about what we can and cannot do. They help us be more compassionate and more tolerant with ourselves and others.

There is a power inside every human against which no earthly force is of the slightest consequence. ~ Neville Goddard

2. LIFE LESSONS – MISTAKES TEACH US VALUABLE LIFE LESSONS

By making mistakes you will in fact learn valuable life lessons and you will become a happy learner. There is so much we can all learn from our mistakes, and the moment we see them as lessons rather than mistakes, we will no longer have this crazy fear of encountering them along the journey.

Mistakes are a part of being human. Appreciate your mistakes for what they are: precious life lessons that can only be learned the hard way. Unless it’s a fatal mistake, which, at least, others can learn from. ~ Al Franken

3. FORGIVENESS – MISTAKES TEACH US HOW TO FORGIVE

One of the greatest lesson you will learn from making mistakes is forgiveness. With every mistake that you’ll make, you will learn how important it is to forgive yourself and many of the people around you. You will understand that you are not perfect and that perfection doesn’t really exist, only our intentions of doing our best. And who wants to be perfect anyways? Perfection leaves no room for improvement.

The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that that situation is over, you cannot move forward. ~ Steve Maraboli

4. FREE FROM FEAR – MISTAKES HELPS US LET GO OF OUR FEARS

NOT MAKING MISTAKES – isn’t that actually the biggest mistake you could ever make? Life isn’t about avoiding mistakes but rather embracing the idea that mistakes will come your way and being willing to learn from these mistakes. Let go of your fears and allow yourself to really experience life.

There are some people who live 70 years, and there some people who live one year 70 times, repeating what they’re doing over and over in the name of the gold watch or whatever. ~ Wayne Dyer

5. LIVE WITHOUT REGRETS

Believe it or not, if you play it safe you will have more and more regrets about the things you did not do rather than the things you did do, you will regret not making more mistakes. Personally, whenever I hesitate doing something because of the fear of making mistakes, I imagine myself on my death bed ( I know, a bit too crazy but it works ) looking back at my life on what I achieved. By doing so I realize that if i don’t take action NOW, I will have regrets.

I would much rather have regrets about not doing what people said, than regretting not doing what my heart led me to and wondering what life had been like if I’d just been myself. ~ Brittany Renée

6. GROWTH – WITH MISTAKES COMES GROWTH AND PROGRESS

If you don’t make mistakes how can you expect to GROW and to EVOLVE as a human being? How many of us get stuck because they allow the fear of making mistakes to paralyze them? How can we expect to learn anything new if we don’t allow ourselves to make mistakes?

What do you first do when you learn to swim? You make mistakes, do you not? And what happens? You make other mistakes, and when you have made all the mistakes you possibly can without drowning – and some of them many times over – what do you find? That you can swim? Well – life is just the same as learning to swim! Do not be afraid of making mistakes, for there is no other way of learning how to live! ~  Alfred Adler

7MISTAKES ARE STEPPING STONES TO HAPPINESS

You gain confidence, courage and experience every time you make a new mistake in a very narrow field and in time you will get better and better at the things you love to do. Remember Thomas Edison? He failed more than 10,000 times while working on the light bulb and in the end he succeeded.

When you know exactly what you want and when you are able to see this something in your mind’s eye, nothing can stop you from moving forward, nothing can stop you from achieving your dreams and allowing happiness to enter into your life.

I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed. ~ Michael Jordan

Believe it or not, you will not make all the mistakes you expect to make, and when you do make mistakes, the sky will not fall down and the whole world will not stop from doing whatever it is doing just so it can laugh at you

This entry was posted by danaadmin on July 10, 2012 @ www.purposefairy.com

ChickRX- A New Site For Women

Chick RX Expert Advice For Women

I can’t tell you how many times I have played doctor for myself and for my family.  WebMD has become our family friend (and sometimes enemy) and I have been dubbed “Dr. Momma”.  If you have an aliment, I can go online and diagnose you within minutes.  I know, I know…this all seems very crazy, but admit it, you are one of those that goes straight to WebMD or its like upon the first sign of illness.  In any case, I have not found many “diagnoses” for women on WebMD.  Many of my “female” cramps amount to a variety of different ailments on WebMD such as Crohns disease, diverticulitis, etc., etc….When all I really was experiencing was a tumultuous monthly “curse”!  Recently, my husband (YES, my HUSBAND) introduced me to a new site called ChickRx.  ChickRx is a high quality health and wellness community for women. This is a place for you to be informed and entertained by juicy conversations, get answers to your own questions, swap tips or discover products that experts and peers love.  ChickRX was started by Stacey and Meghan (Stacey is a Harvard graduate and Meghan is a graduate of Princeton) great friends for years that could not find answers to common “female” issues.  So one day they realized that they always seemed to have health and wellness-related questions, whether about birth control, losing weight, skincare, how to handle a douchey guy…the list goes on….their girlfriends seem to have the same issues so they embarked on a solution.  Stacey and Meghan and their incredible team built the health and wellness community that they always needed. Ask questions, get answers from top experts and peers, discuss products, swap tips, and browse entertaining, informative content. Use ChickRx to get happier, healthier and hotter–and help some other chicks do so too!

ChickRX is the female answer to WebMD but it is so much more.  You can find out the answers to all the embarrassing questions you just don’t feel comfortable asking, read about issues that only a woman would understand, and connect with other people just like yourself who have female questions and need a forum to discuss.  ChickRX is a new site that I think will bring women of all ages and backgrounds together to form a powerful community to help and support each other.

 

 

Putting on your oxygen mask first….

 

Yesterday I flew to Southern California.  It was a short trip but one that evoked an “aha” moment.  While waiting for the plane to take off, Virgin Airlines played a little show on the safety issues.  Since I was traveling with my young son, I wanted to set a good example and show him that the safety procedures are important and insisted we actually watch the show.  As the show came to a close, my son asked me why they insisted that adults put on their oxygen mask before children.  As I explained to him the reason (adults must have oxygen in order to help their little ones), I realized that this was not only a safety procedure but a metaphor for life. 

In the hustle & bustle of this crazy thing we call our lives, I think we get so caught up in doing for our families, friends, work and other obligations, that we forget to take care of ourselves.  We forget that without placing our oxygen mask on first, we cannot help our little ones.  We feel selfish taking a time out for ourselves to get a manicure, or to go on a hike alone or even take a day off work just to “be”.  But in reality, if we just stopped and smelled the roses (or coffee or whatever makes you exhale), I think we would submerge better parents and better people in general. 

Mother’s, especially, feel a tremendous amount of guilt when they turn the focus from their families to themselves.  They insist on being givers, and yet take, only on rare occasions (mother’s day, their birthday’s, etc.).  So what would happen if we did put on our oxygen mask first and we took a pause each week for ourselves?  Perhaps a load of laundry would not get done that day or that business deadline was pushed up a day, would that be so bad?  I think we would all emerge happier, better people and I know we would be more attentive, patient parents. 

 

 

Top 10 Museums for Children in the USA

 

Lets face it, school is out, summer is here and the kids need activities.  Whether you are a stay at home mom or a mom looking to play hooky with your little one, kids love to go to the museum.  So scoop up your little one and check out your local museum.  And if you are lucky enough to live in a city that a “best” resides in or visiting a city with a “best”, soak it up and take a tour for us….

1.  The Children’s Museum of Denver (Denver, Colorado)

2.  Children’s Museum of Houston (Houston, Texas)

3.  Please Touch Museum (Philadelphia, PA)

4.  Children’s Museum of Phoenix  (Phoenix, AZ)

5.  Liberty Science Center (Jersey City, NJ)

6.  Minnesota Children’s Museum (St. Paul, MN)

7.  The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN)

8.  Kohl Children’s Museum (Glenview, IL)

9.  Children’s Museum of Manhattan (New York, NY)

10.  Boston Children’s Museum (Boston, MA)

Original post by Posted on June 22, 2012 9:32AM by

 

 

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

 

I recently stumbled upon a site called purpose fairy.  In my pursuit of balancing being a good mom, a decent wife and a happy individual I have sought out conventional and unconventional means.  For example, I have been working on eating healthy, getting enough exercise and sleep and trying to find something small each day to do for myself.  I believe that in order to be a good mother, wife, friend, etc. you must put your proverbial mask on first- you know how the flight attendants always say to put your oxygen mask on before your child’s?  It is a great metaphor for life!  How can we expect to give happiness when we are not happy ourselves?  I digress…..So, back to purpose fairy.  I ran across this post about happiness and 15 things to give up to find happiness.  At first when I saw it, I was a bit skeptical, or perhaps cynical, but after reading (and then re-reading, and re-reading) I found great meaning in these words and actually printed it and carry it with me for strength and fortification.  I hope it gives you some food for thought….

15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier. We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them. Not anymore. Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go:

1. Give up your need to always be right

 There are so many of us who can’t stand the idea of being wrong – wanting to always be right – even at the risk of ending great relationships or causing a great deal of stress and pain, for us and for others. It’s just not worth it. Whenever you feel the ‘urgent’ need to jump into a fight over who is right and who is wrong, ask yourself this question: “Would I rather be right, or would I rather be kind?” Wayne Dyer. What difference will that make? Is your ego really that big?

2. Give up your need for control

Be willing to give up your need to always control everything that happens to you and around you – situations, events, people, etc. Whether they are loved ones, coworkers, or just strangers you meet on the street – just allow them to be. Allow everything and everyone to be just as they are and you will see how much better will that make you feel.

“By letting it go it all gets done. The world is won by those who let it go. But when you try and try. The world is beyond winning.” Lao Tzu

3. Give up on blame

 Give up on your need to blame others for what you have or don’t have, for what you feel or don’t feel. Stop giving your powers away and start taking responsibility for your life.

4. Give up your self-defeating self-talk

 Oh my. How many people are hurting themselves because of their negative, polluted and repetitive self-defeating mindset? Don’t believe everything that your mind is telling you – especially if it’s negative and self-defeating. You are better than that.

“The mind is a superb instrument if used rightly. Used wrongly, however, it becomes very destructive.” Eckhart Tolle

5. Give up your limiting beliefs

about what you can or cannot do, about what is possible or impossible. From now on, you are no longer going to allow your limiting beliefs to keep you stuck in the wrong place. Spread your wings and fly!

“A belief is not an idea held by the mind, it is an idea that holds the mind” Elly Roselle

6. Give up complaining

 Give up your constant need to complain about those many, many, maaany things – people, situations, events that make you unhappy, sad and depressed. Nobody can make you unhappy, no situation can make you sad or miserable unless you allow it to. It’s not the situation that triggers those feelings in you, but how you choose to look at it. Never underestimate the power of positive thinking.

7. Give up the luxury of criticism

Give up your need to criticize things, events or people that are different than you. We are all different, yet we are all the same. We all want to be happy, we all want to love and be loved and we all want to be understood. We all want something, and something is wished by us all.

8. Give up your need to impress others

Stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not just to make others like you. It doesn’t work this way. The moment you stop trying so hard to be something that you’re not, the moment you take off all your masks, the moment you accept and embrace the real you, you will find people will be drawn to you, effortlessly.

9. Give up your resistance to change

 Change is good. Change will help you move from A to B. Change will help you make improvements in your life and also the lives of those around you. Follow your bliss, embrace change – don’t resist it.
“Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls” 
Joseph Campbell

10. Give up labels

 Stop labeling those things, people or events that you don’t understand as being weird or different and try opening your mind, little by little. Minds only work when open. “The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.” Wayne Dyer

11. Give up on your fears

Fear is just an illusion, it doesn’t exist – you created it. It’s all in your mind. Correct the inside and the outside will fall into place.
“The only thing we have to fear, is fear itself.”
 Franklin D. Roosevelt

12. Give up your excuses

Send them packing and tell them they’re fired. You no longer need them. A lot of times we limit ourselves because of the many excuses we use. Instead of growing and working on improving ourselves and our lives, we get stuck, lying to ourselves, using all kind of excuses – excuses that 99.9% of the time are not even real.

13. Give up the past

I know, I know. It’s hard. Especially when the past looks so much better than the present and the future looks so frightening, but you have to take into consideration the fact that the present moment is all you have and all you will ever have. The past you are now longing for – the past that you are now dreaming about – was ignored by you when it was present. Stop deluding yourself. Be present in everything you do and enjoy life. After all life is a journey not a destination. Have a clear vision for the future, prepare yourself, but always be present in the now.

14. Give up attachment

This is a concept that, for most of us is so hard to grasp and I have to tell you that it was for me too, (it still is) but it’s not something impossible. You get better and better at with time and practice. The moment you detach yourself from all things, (and that doesn’t mean you give up your love for them – because love and attachment have nothing to do with one another,  attachment comes from a place of fear, while love… well, real love is pure, kind, and self less, where there is love there can’t be fear, and because of that, attachment and love cannot coexist) you become so peaceful, so tolerant, so kind, and so serene. You will get to a place where you will be able to understand all things without even trying. A state beyond words.

15. Give up living your life to other people’s expectations

Way too many people are living a life that is not theirs to live. They live their lives according to what others think is best for them, they live their lives according to what their parents think is best for them, to what their friends, their enemies and their teachers, their government and the media think is best for them. They ignore their inner voice, that inner calling. They are so busy with pleasing everybody, with living up to other people’s expectations, that they lose control over their lives. They forget what makes them happy, what they want, what they need….and eventually they forget about themselves.  You have one life – this one right now – you must live it, own it, and especially don’t let other people’s opinions distract you from your path.

This entry was posted by danaadmin on May 30, 2011 at 4:22 pm

 

 

 

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A huge welcome to Uptown Artworks!

“Not everyone lives in New York or Los Angeles” says Blum, when she describes the predominance of home décor based on these cities. “I wanted to offer consumers and retailers in any city the opportunity to celebrate their towns in fresh, decorative ways.”

A collector of American antiques, Blum was drawn to vintage bus and subway rolls at an antique show because of their bold aesthetic and design appeal. In the early 20th century, bus, tram and subway route signs were printed on rolls of black cloth and rotated manually by drivers or conductors to display the next stop or destination. Inspired by these rolls, Uptown Artworks reproduces the signs on thick, gallery-wrapped canvas, creating unique wall art for the home. Unlike the vintage signs, however, these canvases can easily be customized for any destination or personal theme.

Numerous pillow collections are already being sold in upscale boutiques, including The Hamptons Collection of 8 different styles that represent the Long Island towns. As with the canvases, the pillows can also be custom-designed for specific locales. The canvas wall art is available in various sizes and hanging options. The pillows are eco-friendly, produced with natural linen and cotton. Uptown Artworks products are also proudly crafted in the United States.

Kitsel is proud to feature Uptown Artworks, Uptown Kids collection of Personalized Birth Announcement Pillows, Personalized Kids Pillows and Personalized Birth Announcement Wall Art!