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The Downside of Efficiency

Yup. You read the title right—the downside of efficiency. How can there be a downside to efficiency? Let me enlighten you.

For those of you who are Type A personalities or recovering Type A personalities, or who have learned to be efficient by force of nature (like many special needs parents or folks facing huge challenges), you will face some problems. How do I know? I live it.

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Here are four side effects of efficiency that should be labeled on the bottle or mentioned in the commercial voiceover: Continue reading


Gabby Mom Review–Welcome Home, Daddy

OK, moms. You are reading this, and most likely no one else is reading over your shoulder. Time for a moment of evaluation. When your husband comes home from work–whether it’s in time for dinner, breakfast, or somewhere in between–do you stop to say “hello” and make him feel glad he’s home? How about the time your family spends together–are you surviving or thriving? (No one is listening to your mental answers, don’t worry.) Continue reading


Get Real–A Gabby Mom Review

Let’s get real. Most of you reading this are women. Among that set, most of you are moms (and if you’re not, you can still read on). What’s life really like?

Real women face messes. Real women love the ones who make the messes. Real women yell raise their voices. Real women try to instill good character in their children. Real women have many roles. Real women often have too much to do. Real women face exhaustion.

This month’s Gabby Mom review for Eternal Encouragement magazine is Lorrie’s latest video product From Exhausted, Irritable, and Overwhelmed to An Energized and Fulfilled Woman of God. Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Woman–The YES! Girls

Today we have more than one Wednesday’s Woman. We have the Yes Girls! Because they are entrepreneurs, they connected with my husband on Twitter, who then suggested they’d make great Wednesday’s Women. They decided to mix things up a bit and teach you first, then tell you about themselves. Get ready for some fun! And now, here are the Yes Girls in their own words…

Our niche started with planning marriage proposals; we help men head-over-heels for their girlfriends personalize their proposals to their relationship. After assisting with over 150 successful proposals, we realized that the thoughtfulness and romance shouldn’t end there.

For busy professionals, moms and dads, pursuing romance doesn’t always feel accessible. The truth is, every wedding anniversary is a reason to celebrate. It is another year you have both honored your commitment to your marriage. Whether it is your 5th, 15th or 50th anniversary, you don’t have to settle for another typical anniversary; the average couple can make their anniversary different than before! The Yes Girls, a team of romance planners, have come up with our top 5 tips to make your anniversary celebration go from good to wow! These few simple guidelines will not only make any romantic date you’re currently planning that much more special but your romantic efforts won’t go unnoticed. Continue reading


It’s Early! Let the Giveaway Begin!

SURPRISE! Wit & Wisdom from the Parents of Special Needs Kids has made its Amazon debut early! That means it’s time to get this giveaway STARTED! WOOOOOOHOOOOOO!

You can now read a piece by yours truly that has never before been in print. And, no, I won’t be putting it up on the blog.

You can now laugh and cry as you read heartwarming stories from parents of children with autism spectrum children. Continue reading


Gabby Mom Review–Lorrie’s MP3s

There’s a GIVEAWAY at the end of this review, so make sure you read all the way down! I want one of my readers to win! 

It’s that time again–Gabby Mom review time! Wow. Every time I review something by Lorrie I am impressed. (No, she did not pay me to say that.) You see, Lorrie has a desire inside her soul. One of her dreams is to help other women, women like you and me, honor God by serving their families. Lorrie wants to help us live according to what God has for each of our lives, not what He has for someone else, or what someone else has for us.

Mrs. Lorrie Flem

There I sat, listening to one of her downloadable MP3s, The Keys to a Queenly Castle, getting my toes stepped on right and left. You see, Lorrie knows that the Queen also needs to serve, just as Christ served his disciples and friends. Her focus was not on how everyone else can make me feel like a queen, but ways for me to act, serve, and teach, so that the castle runs smoothly and my sons will learn to be princes who look for the right kind of queen some day.

Lorrie walks through twelve different keys that we can use to unlock a happy castle. Numbers 2 and 3 particularly spoke to me–mistress of her home and raises her children–as these are things I’ve already been trying to work on. As I mentioned earlier, Lorrie was sure giving me lots to think about! It could have been overwhelming, but then Lorrie said some of the best words of all, empowering words, encouraging, you-can-do-it words! She said that I am irreplaceable! That’s right! She said no one else can take care of my husband and sons like I can. When you look at it like that, it gives you energy, importance, validation, and urgency!

Now called Eternal Encouragement Magazine

Later I listened to Attitude Adjustments. Again, Lorrie packs lots of great thoughts into her talk, and challenges her listeners to action. She shares a list of 26 ways (one for each letter of the alphabet) for us to help ourselves change our attitude to a more pleasant frame of mind.

There are actually 22 MP3s available over at Eternal Encouragment’s site. There are many great topics, and guess what! Lorrie is going to choose a winner via on June 18th to choose an MP3 they’d like!

Here’s how you enter: First,  you go here and decide which of the 22 available MP3s you’d like to win. Then you go over to the Gabby Moms site and enter! Leave a comment with your name and email (I suggest leaving some space, like suzy AT yahoo DOT com to avoid spammers.). Also tell Lorrie which MP3 you’d like to win, and that you heard about her contest from Many Hats Mommy! Voila! You’re entered! The winner will be notified by email to the address left in her entry and have 48 hours to respond.

You will see these directions again over at the Gabby Moms site. Make sure you click on “comments” under the Facebook and Twitter icons and NOT “click here to enter”. The “click here to enter” is for Gabby Moms to leave their review links.

Now, it’s not hard to enter, and you could win some really encouraging stuff! So, please take a moment to go over and let Lorrie know Many Hats Mommy readers are paying attention and want to WIN! 🙂 Please? Okay, thanks! (No, there’s not a contest for the most readers who click over. I’m just like that.)

I reviewed these MP3s as part of the Gabby Moms program. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for my opinion.


A Marriage Workout

When I opened the electronic file for this month’s Gabby Mom product review from Eternal Encouragement Magazine, I saw it was a bunch of ebooks on marriage, two back issues of the magazine, and some audio. “No sweat,” I thought. “I’ll get this knocked out quickly. Shouldn’t be too much to read.” With that, I closed the email and went on to the next item in my inbox.

You know what? I was wrong! Lorrie Flem, the publisher of the magazine, stuffed a whole marriage workshop into those ebooks and audio files–over 350 written pages and over two hours of listening! Whew! What a workout! Continue reading


father friday– @derekcummings77

Today is the final Friday in April. That means it’s our last dad for Autism Awareness Month. I have enjoyed having the dads add their perspective. I think it’s needed. So, I hope to have my husband or another dad share once a month in the future.

I surprised @derekcummings77 when I asked him if he’d like to finish off the month. He’s been a great re-tweeter on Twitter, so I thought he might like a chance to put a few words in. I am glad that even though I surprised him, he was still willing to write.

I caught him at a raw moment. A moment I can imagine, as I have many tear-filled moments of my own. However, I know it’s different. He has a different child, and he’s a dad.

Please take a moment to read what Derek has written. It’s very thought provoking.  Continue reading