Good Morning and welcome to Coffee and Conversation #71 – hosted by PatAndCandy.com!
The holidays are upon us, and you know what that leads to… Yes, ladies, your new-year-dieting days are just around the corner!
And, moms of daughters, I am so very pleased to announce that I have just the ticket for you! (Moms of boys, you’ll have to wait your turn…)
I call it the “My-Daughter-is-Dating” diet!
The teenage years are just fraught with new experiences…even for your teenagers!
It’s just about the time that you think you have this “parenting gig” down that you’re t-boned. Yup, you get the gut-punch you weren’t expecting. Your life is about to be changed in ways you’ve never imagined: your daughter wants to start dating.
Your first response (no matter her age) is: “Sure you can date, dear. When you’re 30!” But she keeps asking, and as the butterflies flutter more and more in your stomach with each plea, you realize it’s inevitable.
This isn’t going away. So you might as well make the best of it and lose a few pounds in the process!
I mean, you’ve been talking about it, anyway, right? So why not “make some lemonade” and give it a go?
Actually, it’s really a very simple, effective diet. When you feel like eating something you know you shouldn’t (or anything else, for that matter), focus on this new development in your family’s life…
- In the mood for a chocolate chip cookie (or two)? Think of your daughter’s boyfriend reaching out for her hand!
- Is that bag of popcorn calling your name? Imagine him leaning over close to her in a movie theatre, ready to whisper something sweet into her ear.
- Just “gotta have” a bowl of that ice cream in the freezer? Think of them sharing secrets over an ice cream sundae.
- Got a craving for a(nother) bag of potato chips? Imagine his thoughts as they head out to a dance one evening and he sees her in that dress that makes her look 25!
See what I mean? Is your stomach getting queasy yet? I know just writing this gives me the heeby-jeebies when I think of our youngest daughter in just a few short years, and that’s with our oldest daughter already married!
My heart goes out to those of you who are currently smack dab in the middle of it all…
But I’m also a little jealous – ya’ll are gonna look just terrific in a few weeks!
Now enjoy this week’s features!
See what Betsy did there with the title? This is essentially 5 days’ worth of posts that describe ways to change the focus of the season off the “stuff” and on to relationships…
This has “officially” become a part of my Christmas menu this year… It looks so very easy, using frozen bread dough – and with the ingredients in the title, how can you lose?
I thought this was going to be a post about being so very far from our families, but instead this was about how to create new family traditions, whether you’re a newlywed, or finding yourself in need of adjusting to a new “normal” for a different reason… Alison has some really good ideas here (not to mention a great attitude!)
Thank you for your inspiration, ladies!
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