Everyone has bad habits that they don’t like. But breaking them can be tricky because you often do them without realizing. It is a common misconception that it takes 21 days to break a habit. The amount of time it takes to break a habit varies depending on the severity of the addiction to the habit. This can range from several weeks to the better part of a year. Here are some expert strategies for stopping some of the most popular bad habits we tend to have.
Biting your nails
If you hide your hand because you have turned your nails to nubs, it’s time to change that. One way to get rid of this habit is by clenching your fists for a couple minutes until the urge is gone. You can also put adhesive bandages over your nails to hide them. The most effective way would probably be to find a habit to take place of nail biting. Some people like to drum their fingers, twiddle their thumbs, and clasp their hands. Just make sure you it’s not a bad habit.
This is my biggest pet peeve. Conquering this habit can be a tough one and requires you to realize how precious time is. You don’t want to be perceived as rude or unprofessional by arriving late to every meeting. To help you, set your watch 10 minutes ahead and write down appointments 15 minutes before the scheduled time to ensure your promptness. Most importantly, organize your life for better flow and fit. If you have a hard time with punctuality, don’t cram too many appointments into the day.
Unfortunately, best intentions are not an excuse for lateness, especially when the other person hasn’t been kept informed as to your inability to be on time. It’s far easier to rearrange your daily schedule to minimize the likelihood of times running into each other, so that you stop spreading yourself too thin and have breaks between meetings.
Sleeping in your makeup
You’re just so tired by the time you go to bed, you can’t even think about scrubbing your face. An easy way is to keep makeup-remover right next to your nightstand, so you can wipe your face before you hit the sack. Sleeping in your makeup can cause acne and wrinkles, because it dries out skin around your eyes.
Being addicted to your phone
Most of us have this bad habit. Nowadays we have everything in our phones! From email, to bank accounts, to period trackers, to social media, its simply endless. As amazing as it is, we tend to become so consumed with them that we fear not having them. Most people can’t fathom the thought of leaving their phone at home for a day; I mean how would you get there without your GPS?! On your day off, pick up a Starbucks and take a walk around the mall without your cell phone. You will enjoy it so much more and probably find some great findings in the clearance rack that you would’ve most likely missed while checking your Facebook.
Growing up, my mom always told me “curiosity killed the cat” but that never stopped me from being curious and asking tons of questions. I think you learn more that way, plus its way more fun than reading a thick college textbook. I have always been intrigued by the why of things, which is why Google is my best friend and needless to say I even have a “Did you know?’’ app on my phone. Here is a collection of awesome, interesting, weird and random stuff to tickle your brain.
• Did you know unless food is mixed with saliva you can’t taste it
• Did you know an ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain
• Did you know rabbits like licorice
• Did you know birds need gravity to swallow
• Did you know the names of all continents both start and end with the same letter
• Did you know cats spend 66% of their life asleep
• Did you know your foot has 26 bones in it
• Did you know dragonflies have 6 legs but can’t walk
• Did you know an average person will spend 25 years asleep
• Did you know the safest car color is white
• Did you know the oldest word in the English language is ‘town’
• Did you know its physically impossible for pigs to look up at the sky
• Did you know your most sensitive finger is your index finger
• Did you know a cats urine glows under a blacklight
• Did you know tree hugging is forbidden in China
• Did you know there is no butter in buttermilk
• Did you know only female mosquitos bite
• Did you know an egg contains every vitamin EXCEPT vitamin C
• Did you know New York was the first capital of the United States
• Did you know the average person laughs 10 times a day
• Did you know tarantula spiders can survive 2 and a half years without food
• Did you know Written language was invented independently by the Egyptians, Sumerians, Chinese, and Mayans
• Did you know Honey does not spoil. You could feasibly eat 3000 year old honey.
Our 2nd Annual Fore the House Golf Tournament was more than we could have asked for! With a sold out roster of golfers that came from across the country to raise funds for our house, great auction items, and perfect weather, we couldn’t have asked for anything better.
Last year in our first attempt at the event, we raised $90,000 for our families. This year, we beat that and our income goal! With the support of Cargill, WDS, McDonald’s and their incredible vendors we were able to raise $134,195 dollars toward our mission.
Thank you to our planning committee to which we owe this success! You spent time, money, and so much effort in making this tournament a success! Thank you Dan Hedden, Kenny Seim, Jon Nash, Matt Pestorich, and Cliff Koroll for your efforts. You are all very appreciated.
Below you’ll find some of our favorite moments from the tournament. We’d be happy to send you copies if you’d like. Send Hannah an email and she’ll get them to you quickly (Hannah@RMHCcv.org)
Have you bought your tickets yet?
No? Well, why the heck not?!
If you’re looking for more reasons to buy your tickets today (other than the cigar lounge, craft brew tasting from 4 different breweries, great food, MASKS, chance to dress up and have a fun night out, opportunity to raise over $100,000 for a cause that helps thousands of Valley families), we’ve got them below!
We have a huge silent list and a few priceless live auction opportunities for you.
On our Silent Auction Table You’ll Find
- 1 Night stay at the Dolphin Bay Resort in Avila
- Gift Certificates from Flemings, Cheesecake Factory, Ruth Chris, Antonios, Yosemite Ranch and a ton of other local favorites!
- A San Francisco Package with Giants Tickets and an autographed baseball
- 1 Night stay at Virginia’s Hotel Roanoke
- 2 Tickets to the SF Ballet
- 1 Life-Changing Zip Line Tour
- 4 Disneyland Park Hopper Passes for the whole family
- 1 Day Rafting down the King’s River
- 5 (1) month passes for UFC Gym
- Tasting at San Joaquin, CRU, Ficklin and Birdstone Wineries
- 1 Night Stay and dinner at Harris Ranch
- 4 Sea World Passes
- Jeff Gordon Autographed Photo
- Signed Stanley Cup Winning Chicago Blackhawks framed locker room photo
- 45 Minute helicopter ride from Mazzei
- Gift certificates from Estancia and Amenities Salons
and a ton more!
In Our Live Auction
- Napa Getaway with tasting at Far Nienta and Nickel Nickel wineries and a room in the famous Harvest Inn
- Round Trip, Domestic Flights anywhere of your choosing on Southwest
- SF Sailboat day trip with cocktails, snacks, and dinner
- Local Winetasting Trip for 10 on A Class RV
- Monterey Overnight with tickets to the aquarium and dinner at the Sardine Factory
- 8 day / 7 night Villa in Cabo San Lucas
- Oregon Escape with hotel and recreation
and a ton more!
Prepare for an unforgettable evening! Marie Wilson will keep you dancing into the wee hours! So please, buy your tickets today, get your dancing shoes ready, and help us meet our goal of raising $100,000 for our House!
If you have any questions, please email Hannah@RMHCcv.org or call (559) 447.6793 today.
My favorite part of seeing back to school supplies is knowing that Halloween stuff is next! Anyone else with me? Here are 4 fun and unique pumpkin activities that will have you looking forward to this season from now on!
You use a nice round pie pumpkin and cut the stem off. Then you bored three bowling-ball-type with an apple corer. For the bowling pins you can use toilet paper rolls, they make a nice grand reaction to being bowled over. You can add faces to the toilet paper rolls to make it more fun!
Free style art is to let the children just do anything they want with their pumpkins without any instruction. Kids are able to get more creative when you let their minds wander, and what better way to do that than with a pumpkin and paintbrush!
Just as kids of all ages love hunting for Easter eggs, they will go crazy for seeking hidden mini pumpkins. You can play the game outdoor or indoor. Leaf piles are a great hiding spot!
You don’t need a fairy god mother to turn a pumpkin into an ice bucket. Just cut the large, wide pumpkin with a serrated knife, and scoop out the seeds and pulp. Line the bottom and sides of the pumpkin with a 2-gallon zip-top plastic bag. Then fill the bag with ice and your cooler is ready to be filled with Capri Sun’s!
Delivery and pregnancy with our second son went very smoothly. It wasn’t until he was 5 days old that we found out that there was anything to worry about. He was born with a congenital heart defect and we were told that open heart surgery may be in our near future.
At 3 months old his surgery was scheduled to happen the next month, that is when we were introduced to the Ronald McDonald House. We were told since he would be in intensive care for the entirety of his stay that we would not be able to stay the night with him in the hospital, but at the same time we were also told they would put us down to stay at the Ronald McDonald House.
We really didn’t know what that meant but when the time came we went to the house to see what it was all about. Little did we know it would be such an important factor in our experience. Staying at the Ronald McDonald House gave us a sense of security when we had to leave our son’s side at night. We were always just a short walk (or run) away from him and if we needed to be there quickly we could.
This was the most scary and emotional time in our life, we were in a situation that we never thought would happen to us but thankfully the Ronald McDonald house was there for us and made our journey so much less stressful, we had 1 less thing to worry about which was exactly what we needed during that extremely stressful time.
Not only did we thoroughly appreciate the home away from home and close location to our son we also enjoyed talking to other families and organizations that were there cooking meals, it helped us forget for even a few minutes what we were going through. Now that Rocco is home and our live’s our back to normal, we look back with such appreciation for the House that kept us together.
Let me be clear, we never thought we would need the Ronald McDonald House but we are forever grateful it was there when we did.
If you’d like to help build a Legacy with the House that kept my family together, visit them online and sign up to give monthly. Even $1 a month, that is automatically taken from your account, ADDS UP to make a difference.
We have lots of exciting events coming up! Here is a little bit of information about each of them. We look forward to your support in helping us raise funds to support our mission here at the House!
Fore the House Golf Tournament
Join as at our 2nd Annual Fore the House Golf Tournament for a great day of golf and fundraising!
We expect golfers from across the country to join us at Copper River Country Club for a great round of golf! We’ll have incredible raffle and silent auction prizes, gourmet food, and cold beverages through out the day. It’s our hope that you leave our tournament and feel like a VIP!
The tournament will be held on Monday, October 7th. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with breakfast immediately following. Shotgun will be shortly after 8:30 a.m.
Tickets and sponshorships are still available, so sign up today!
Red Heart Ball
Join us for an evening of glamour as we celebrate our mission. Dinner, dancing, cocktails, live and silent auctions, and the opportunity to take home our 2013 Classic Car. We’ll be choosing the winner of our 1963 Split Window Corvette at 9pm.
The event will be held on Saturday, November 9th from 6:00p.m.-11:00p.m. at the Fresno Convention Center.
Tickets and sponsorships are still available. Buy your ticket today, and enjoy the most elegant black tie gala in town.
Mi Casa Es Su Casa Run
In November, we are joining forces with the Backersfield Ronald McDonald House to raise funds and awareness for our mission. Brave runners will join us for the Mi Casa Es Su Casa Run in support of both Ronald McDonald Houses!
We will kickstart the benefit run in Bakersfield on Saturday, November 9th, and land in Fresno sometime the next day. It will be a short 125 mile run from the Bakersfield Ronald McDonald House all the way to the Central Valley House.
Please support the runners by signing up to make a pledge today.
If you are interested in signing up for any of these events, click on the event picture to access the fundraise.com link. Hope you can attend and make our events huge successes!
Here at the Ronald McDonald House we strive to make living easy and stress-free for families with children in the hospital. One aspect of this is providing meals for the families, which means we constantly need a full pantry. A full pantry of delicious food makes for a very happy Ronald McDonald House!
We are asking you to join us at our first annual “Rock the Pantry” event on August 3rd from 10a.m. to 2p.m at the Ronald McDonald House. We ask that you simply bring 5 cans of food (per adult) as your admission fee. At the event you can enjoy House tours, carnival games, and appetizers. Live entertainment will also be provided by Levy’s Jazz2Soul and Out of This World Entertainment.
So come on out to the celebration and bring some canned food! The most needed items include canned fruits, dry pastas, canned tuna, and canned meats. But we will accept ANY and ALL canned food donations!
See you there!
Currently we are “enjoying” sweltering temperatures in the valley. This is the time to escape to the indoors for the wonder of air conditioning. But who really wants to bore themselves with being stuck inside all day, afraid of the heat? Here are some fun ideas to get outside, conquer the heat, and have some fun with your family this summer:
Take a mini road-trip.
Mini road trips are great—there and back in one day! Try driving to the mountains for a picnic or hike with the family. I love driving up to Yosemite with the family to see the waterfalls, or canoeing at Bass Lake. Maybe you could venture along the scenic coast, find a relaxing spot on the beach, and watch your kids build sand castles. Drive to Pismo and enjoy some clam chowder at Splash Café, then go buy yourself some salt water taffy. Go out and explore, take-in, and appreciate the beauty of the nature around us. Mini road trips are definitely a go-to activity this summer, and you get to enjoy air conditioning along the way!
Join a community softball league.
This is a fun, interactive way for your family to spend time together. Community leagues are also fun because you can build your own teams with the people you love. And make sure you go to the local print shop to create some super cute team jerseys! If you’re not the competitive type, pack-up your lawn chair, bottle of water, and peanuts to watch the rest of the family play. These leagues are meant for everyone. So even if you feel like you are going to make a fool out of yourself on the field, take a chance and enjoy the game! It is all about the fun and enjoying summer!
Freeze away something great.
We’ve all made homemade popsicles at some point. But how about making it even more creative, and freezing something fun with our ice cubes? Try adding strawberries and blueberries to lemonade to create a citrusy-fun frozen treat. Oreos in frozen chocolate pudding also sounds like a deliciously cool (and quick to make) snack for anyone to enjoy. Try even adding a popsicle to it, throwing in a creative twist to homemade popsicle making. There are also a ton of fun ice-cube molds, and you can visit http://www.neatoshop.com to get some, for example. So grab the ice cube holders and get to freezing!
Relax by the pool.
Yes, there is nothing wrong with taking a day to do nothing by the pool. Pour yourself some lemonade, enjoy a summer-read, and let the kids swim their little hearts away. What a great way to entertain the kids all the while being able to relax. You can never have too many pool toys for the kids, so try going to Wal-Mart, Big 5, or even the nearest dollar store to load up. Maybe even purchase a volley ball net for the pool, a great way to enjoy the water with your family and friends. Grab your towel, sunscreen and favorite suit and get yourself some Vitamin D!
Just a few ideas of great ways to make the most of your summer. So don’t spend it cooped up inside with the AC blasted! Not only will you scream at the sight of your electricity bill, but you will miss out on so many fun summer activities!
On April 10th, when Heidi Lethcoe delivered her first child, Braden, she never imagined he’d have complications, especially the magnitude of the one’s he’s fighting now.
At just a day old Braden was diagnosed with ASD (Atrial Septic Defect), VSD (Ventricular Septal Defect) and an Interrupted Aortic Arch. Heidi, Braden, and her parents made the trip from Santa Maria, California where they live to Children’s Hospital Central California in Madera.
It was then they checked in to the Ronald McDonald House to be near Braden. At just 8 days old Baby Braden underwent a ten hour surgery to repair his tiny heart. Heidi, couldn’t find it in her to leave his PICU (Prenatal Intensive Care Unit) room for more than minutes, so her supportive parents spent much of their time finding refuge at our House.
It was the long days in the PICU that brought Heidi and Ana together. Ana and her family were also staying at the Ronald McDonald House while their son, Hugo, battled a rare blood disorder. The boys beds were right next to each other in the hospital and the two moms found comfort in one another.
“It didn’t matter that Ana and I spoke different languages. We had looks we gave each other. We had a everything is going to be okay look. We had a I’m so sorry look. We had a look that said I understand the pain you’re feeling right now,” said Heidi.
Ana and Heidi soon found comfort in sitting near each other in the dining area of the Ronald McDonald House.
“We honestly didn’t need to talk at all. We just sat quietly near each other in support.”
Baby Hugo had emergency surgery last week, but his small body couldn’t withstand the lengthy operation. Baby Hugo become an angel on Thursday while his family was near him. When Heidi heard the news from a nurse, she remembered feeling like the air escaped her body. She returned back to our House and found a note waiting for her.
The note was from Ana and in Spanish. With help from our Staff, Heidi read the note. It was a letter of thanks, explaining the gift that Heidi’s support was for Ana and inviting her family to the funeral service.
Heidi and her family left Braden’s side for a few hours to attend Hugo’s funeral in Paso Robles.
“Ana and Hugo became a part of our life quickly. Families staying at the Ronald McDonald House become a part of your life quickly. We share something that makes for a deeper friendship than most. It’s like a bond that can’t break.”
Braden is currently still in the hospital and recovering nicely. His medical team thinks he should be home in Santa Maria within the month.
As for Ana and Heidi, they plan to be friends. Always.