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The Worlds Toughest Job…what is it?

I hate to admit it but what I thought was the toughest job is not what this is about and it struck me in a way that I thought it was worth sharing.  

Before I watched it my mind jumped to a few conclusions as to what it would be about…

Top on my list were:

  • Alaskan fishing jobs (I saw a movie on this once documenting how dangerous it is and it has just stuck with me…not sure why I put this on top of the list but it was the first thing that came to mind)
  • Police officer in an inner city ghetto (dealing with drug dealers and gangsters seems really tough..that’s an understatement I’m sure)
  • US Soldier (goes without saying, no explanation needed here!)
  • Neurosurgeon (like Dr. Ben Carson…who separates conjoined twins)
  • ….something along these lines..

But it wasn’t any of these.  This is a real job interview for a real job put on by a real boss.  Comment below when you are done and let me know what you thought it was!



How to Make Fake Poop

Ok this isn’t my typical post, but if you have spent any time with me at all you’d know I’m quite the joker.  As my mother tells me I really do have a junior high sense of humor.  One year (I was probably in the 6th grade) I covered the toilet in our house with clear Karo corn syurp.  My mom sat in it and got her butt stuck to the toilet…or at least she played along that she did!

I remember fondly her voice yelling, “APRIL…!!!”  That was a great day.

So when my girls, in typical Eichhorn fashion (my dad and his brothers are quite the pranksters too), were on YouTube they came across this ‘fake poop’ video and we were all laughing hysterically.  But I would have never guessed what would happen next.

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I left last evening to take a quick ride up to the airport to pick my mother up from her trip out to visit my sister in CA and upon my return I was being videoed by my middle daughter Molly.  Strange.

Then in the words of Clement Moore in his famous poem ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas’,

When what to my gleaming eyes should appear,
but poops lying ’round the house oh so clear!

The funny part of it was when I threw one in the garbage and Monty, our dog, came right up and ate it out!  With April Fool’s Day right around the corner you might want to whip up a batch and trick your kids…

Here are a few very appropriate ideas:

1) Put a poop in their lunch box in a Ziploc bag
2) Leave one lying on their bathroom floor next to the toilet and act surprised (maybe even blame them)
3) Freak out your spouse by leaving one on the toilet seat and act horrified (blame him)!

Why blame them? It just adds to the fun and makes it seem that you are not a part of the disgusting scene…until you bust out laughing!

Here is the video with a simple recipe.  Enjoy!

What are the best memories you have of April Fool’s Day?  What are your best pranks?

Share them below and we can all try them out for some super family fun.  One lucky mom will win an e-copy of Ride the Wave: Journey to Peaceful Living.    That is no joke…


Clean Your Mind and Plate

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I’m super excited to let you know I have the privilege of being on the Family Food Experts Radio Show tomorrow.  Here is their fabulous description of this episode…

Do you sometimes feel stressed, frustrated, and resentful when preparing meals? Do you feel guilty when feeding you family junk food? This suggests that you are suffering from a junk-filled mind.  What messages are you feeding your brain when you put food on your family’s dinner plates? 

How do you feel when you send you kids to school after a breakfast of Pop Tarts? Then what happens in your mind when you skip breakfast, survive on coffee and cave in when doughnuts are offered at the office or wherever you work?  Is there a relationship between junk-filled thoughts and junk food?

April O’Leary, Certified Master Life Coach, Author and Speaker and the founder of the University of Moms will join co-host Stacey Antine RD (HealthBarn USA, Author: Appetite for Life) and Ellen Briggs (Founder, Author, Radio Host of Kid Kritics) in our Family Food Experts Kitchen to zoom in on how to unjunk your minds and meals. And we will fill your plates with fresh simple, nutritious recipes that give you the peace of mind you deserve!

Come into our Family Food Experts Kitchen this Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 1pm ET on W4WN and W4CY radio.  Call in LIVE to ask your questions at 561-422-4365. You will be so glad you did!

REPLAY: Sunday, 1pm ET, W4WN radio

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And don’t forget to register for our upcoming complimentary class: From Stressed to Calm in 2 Simple Steps.  It will take place by phone on Thursday, Oct 10 at 1pm EST/ 10am PST.  Click here to reserve your seat now and get all the call in details plus these 3 bonuses immediately upon registration:

1) Create Calm Activity
2) Chapter 1 of Ride the Wave: Journey to Peaceful Living
3) Lesson 1 of Focus on You: Your Needs Matter Too


A Milestone Reached: Reflections from a Happy Mom

Yesterday I heard the dentist say, “Your daughter has no more baby teeth to lose.”  The tears hid inside my eyes and my heart, while happy, sank a bit too.  “Where has the time gone?” I thought quietly to myself.  I’ve been a mom for 11+ years now and although the time has flown there are times that I think back to and wish I could somehow get a ‘re-do’.  Although my degree in Elementary Education and my years of experience with kids before that prepared me for the developmental stages of childhood (and gave me a solid repertoire of activities to keep kids entertained), nothing prepared me for the emotional stages I would go through.  I went from a blissful new mom to just a few short years (and a few kids) later a mom who was overwhelmed, stressed-out and angry.  The moments of frustration that I took out on my girls linger as a sour memory.

For all that we gain with being a mom, hugs and smiles, hands to hold and artwork to cherish, oftentimes we lose something too.  We lose a good night’s sleep.  We lose our privacy.  We lose our autonomy to go where we want and do what we want, even if only for a season.  But sometimes we lose something even more valuable…OURSELVES.  Yes, it is a common trap moms fall into.  Under the umbrella of ‘doing what is best for everyone else,’ we sacrifice ourselves to such a degree, that we turn around and wonder where our carefree days went.  We wonder why we feel clouded over with negativity.  We feel desperate to be a better mom, we WANT to be better, but we don’t know what we can do differently.

So as I walked out of the dentist’s office, my three girls hopping into the minivan, listening to the laughter on the way home, I smiled.  Why?  Because things can change!  I am no longer angry or frustrated or overwhelmed anymore.  I don’t feel guilty taking a break, saying ‘no’, stepping back and slowing down to do what I need to to do take care of myself first.  But this didn’t happen overnight.  In fact, I had to learn the hard way what NOT TO DO in order to come out on the other side smiling.  So if you want to know what you can do to be a happier mom, if you want to enjoy your kids more, if you want to find yourself again and not look back years from now with that regret, “I wish I’d yelled less.  I wish I had smiled more.  I wish I wasn’t so stressed out.” then sign up now for our free 4 lesson Video e-Course where you will learn how to “Find more time for you and be happier too.”

Remember when mom is happy…everyone is happy too!  Now is the time to put yourself back on the priority list and I will show you how.  Sign up below.