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Bringing Back Special

by Paula on May 24, 2011

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Today I’m participating in the Ultimate Blog Swap.  You’ll find me posting over at Wisdom Begun about how to find teachable moments in everyday life, and I’m excited to welcome Jen from Happy Little Homemaker to The Tween & Me:

Special. A definition of special is “distinguished or different from what is ordinary or usual.”  I know that as a mom, I have a tendency to get mired down in the day to day details of just getting by.  Who has time to do special?  Who has the money?  How do I make something special?

The answers?

You.  You.  And however you want.

Who has time to make things special?

By definition, special is just different from what is ordinary or usual.  So anyone has the time–just do something different than normal!  Do you normally eat at the kitchen table?  Eat outside!  Do you usually watch a movie on Friday night?  Find an outdoor movie, discount movie theater or drive-in.  Do you usually listen to a certain kind of music?  Fire up Pandora and find another genre to try.

Who has the money to make things special?

Everyone has the money to do something special because doing something out of the ordinary doesn’t have to cost anything at all!  Here are some special activities you can do for free or for cheap:

  • get the kids up late at night and take them out to look at the stars
  • go camping (even if it’s only in your backyard)
  • write a poem
  • play in the rain
  • buy and/or watch some fireworks
  • make a new kind of sandwich — maybe even something not very healthy like PB & Marshmallow
  • make & do a scavenger hunt

How do I make something special?

When you are making something special, don’t forget to engage all the senses — taste, touch, smell, hearing and seeing.  Bring those beautiful lilacs in the house for all to smell.  Get big soft plush towels and warm them up for after a bath.  Get someone’s favorite food that you don’t typically buy (due to price or nutritional fortitude).  Play music while cleaning, cooking or eating.  Find a beautiful object to add to someone’s collection.

Doing something special is not as hard as you would imagine.  Use one of these ideas or maybe these suggestions have given you one of your own.  Take it, plan it and DO it.  And once you’ve finished the first, start planning the next :)  Special moments don’t just happen — they are made.

How do YOU make special moments?

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A little bit about our guest poster:

Jen writes about simple living and the nitty gritty details of embracing her vocation at Happy Little Homemaker.  She also started a new product review blog (Happy Homemaker Reviews) focusing on ways to save your time, money and sanity!  Jen lives in the Great White North with her husband and two little girls.

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1 Paula May 24, 2011 at 1:53 pm

So glad to have you here, Jen! Thanks for being such a great guest poster! I am so glad we were matched up together!!

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