Month: September 2010

“What Modivates You?,” Hybrid Mom Blog, September 30, 2010

What Motivates You? Thursday, September 30th, 2010 I think all of us from time to time get paralyzed when it comes to accomplishing things in our lives.  I’ll get this weird wrecking ball on my lap feeling, almost a little scared.  I procrastinate FOREVER!  It’s amazing how much I can putter around my house doing everything but what I need to.  What begins as a little procrastination can turn into a vicious cycle of not getting anything done. With my pie business, I stall forever.  Then I get a wave of ambition, call a bunch of contacts and follow up like a madman.  Jumping in is what seems to spur on more, but the initial leap can be so hard!  For me, exercise is the same way.  I start out everyday planning to do it, but if I don’t force myself or make plans with friends to do it together, I can so easily do ANYTHING else.  The mind games I play are really incredible.  The good thing is once you regularly get out and do it, you really do feel better and you begin to crave it. What helps me in those paralyzed times is to make a small list of the things I am trying to do.  Keep it close by and look at it often.  Try to do at least one thing…exercising everyday is a great starting...

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“At a Glance: Kayla,” Soap Opera Weekly, September 28, 2010

At a Glance:  Kayla Soap Opera Weekly, September 28, 2010 By Janet Di Lauro   Worried that Stephanie is spinning out of control, Adrienne summons Kayla back to Salem this week.  Mary Beth Evans give us the lowdown on her DAYS return and her new Web series, THE BAY. Weekly:  What was your reaction when you heard what Stephanie’s been up to? Evans:  It was like a revolving door hit me in the face a few times.  I was like, “What?  Whaaat?”  I wasn’t disappointed as much as I was shocked Kayla comes back and is like, “snap out of it.”  She doesn’t want to lose Steph to the other side so to speak.  She wants to bring her back before she goes over the deep end. Weekly:  Are you scenes with Shelley Hennig (Stephanie) intense? Evans:  We’ve had some amazing stuff together.  I love her.  We’ve always been very close, since the day she started here.  I have a daughter who’s about Shelley’s age and equally as sweet as her.  It’s a nice extension for me, since my daughter is at college. Weekly:  Ultimately, Kayla end sup overhearing Ian and Stephanie discussing the mysterious paternity test results. Evans:  Yes.  Kayla starts finding out more things and it gets shockingly worse.  Things start to spiral out of control.  It becomes a big thing, trying to figure out if they...

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“Giving Back,” Hybrid Mom Blog, September 23, 2010

Giving Back Thursday, September 23rd, 2010 As many of you know my daughter Katie is big on “giving back.”  Since high school she has been developing a real passion for girl’s health and empowerment. My husband Michael has always been a” woman’s libber” and has always encouraged her to go after her passions and impressed upon all the kids that doing well in school gives you options in life. Education has always been huge in our family. As a mother and a woman I love what she is pursuing. She inspires me to do more. Her schedule at school is so packed, but she finds time to do the extra. She wanted to share her latest project with all of you so she is guest blogging this week (below). Maybe all us gals can find a way in our neighborhoods to do something, anything to help our young girls. For so many girls out there, just a little bit of our giving back goes such a long way. Let’s give everybody their best shot at this life! Check out the documentary that Katie speaks of…it is incredible! -Mary Beth My name is Katie and I have written in place of my mom, Mary Beth on her usual blog before to share my stories from my Vietnam trip in which I set up mobile medical clinics. Today I am writing...

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“The Power of Kindness,” Hybrid Mom Blog, September 16, 2010

The Power of Kindness Thursday, September 16th, 2010 I’m not sure where to start with this. I suppose my childhood would be a good place. Because my mother was from the south, “yes ma’am” and “sir” were a must. If my mother called for us, we had to come front and center with, ”Ma’am”? Respect was essential and mandatory and we all knew it. There was no hollering back, “what”? When I had my own children I remember having a conversation with my maternal grandmother and explaining to her that I lived in California and I wouldn’t be having my children do that. She raised one eyebrow at me (a true sign of disapproval) but I was determined. What I did implement was respect, kindness and manners.  Maybe it stems from a visceral place with me, but if my children ever “sassed” me, the hair on the back of my neck stands up. I would (and still) nip it in the bud pronto! Over the years I would witness my friends kids be “hateful” (these are all my granny Fox’s terms) to each other, saying “I hate you” to their parents or siblings. Just being nasty to each other and bickering while the parents did nothing to stop it. I would stand back and quietly think you are doing NO ONE any favors and it will only get uglier...

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“The Fruits(& Vegetables) of My Labor,” Hybrid Mom Blog, September 9, 2010

The Fruits (& Vegetables) of My Labor Thursday, September 9th, 2010 Back in April I blogged about starting my new garden. Now that the long hot summer days have done their magic I wanted to share the results with you. I will admit that I probably over planted, but it was pretty fun. The little orange cherry and yellow pear tomato plants are completely taking over and are incredibly delicious. If you have never eaten a homegrown tomato, you have no idea what you are missing. They are so flavorful…I eat them right off the vine. Next year do yourself a favor and at least put one in a pot in a sunny place and you will be in for a real treat. The vegetable garden has gone crazy too, especially my pumpkin vine…check out the one growing on my scarecrows shoulder. Anyone can do this. It doesn’t have to be as big as what I did – start small. The time and effort you take to plant something is totally worth the final results.                              Tomato Plant                                                      Pumpkin with Scarecrow Pumpkins                                                                                       Me with my Veggies Visitors to my Garden Rose Garden Before                                                      Rose Garden After Lavendar Rosemary Bed Before & After It’s all so lush I absolutely love it!  It will start turning soon, but I will have my pumpkins to carry me into...

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