Smart Parents in the Know: October “Wins”

by Melanie Studer
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What I’m learning and loving in this month of October!  “Smart Parents” in October is a series that I’m continuing.  I will talk about a few things that I am learning in my life, and also a few things that I am loving.

I will do this sometime during each month.  Let me know what you think! *This post may contain affiliate links.  This means, at no additional cost to you, I will earn a small commission if you click the link and make a purchase. My full disclosure policy is here.

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Learning:

Here is an amazing story of one man who made a huge difference by trial and error.  He spent his own money and time getting arid, desert land to become fertile.  It reminds me of the movie Biggest Little Farm.  If you haven’t seen that one–it’s the wonderful story of a family who has done the same thing in California!

These are great stories of perseverance, resilience, and hard-work with awesome results.  All traits that our kids need more of, my own included!

There is a book by Rose-Lynn Fisher, she’s a photographer, called Topography of Tears.  It shows amazing pictures of tears under the microscope. Did you know that crying can release stress?  They can also release toxins. Here is an interesting article about this.

Loving:

Book:

This was my favorite book that I read this summer! It is such an unusual coming of age book. Wavy is a young girl growing up in a horrible environment. She forms a friendship with an unlikely person who is eventually deemed inappropriate by a well-meaning caretaker. I don’t know how I missed this when it was new! Sooooooo good…

Show:

The 100–Have you ever watched?  I am on season 2 with our 16 year old, and at a different spot with our 20 year old!  This is a dystopian series with a little twist.  Think Hunger Games crossed with Divergent. Find a show that you enjoy with your teen, it’s really fun to have them share time with you! (Heads up-this is definitely for older teens)

Movie:

Top Gun–Can you believe that this came out in 1986?!  I remember watching this with a good friend in college.  We were both dating pilots at the time!  A current movie that you need to go to if you haven’t already seen is Downton Abbey!  It was sooooo good!

Gadget:

Stainless steel straws–This are great for you to take anywhere, and bonus, you are helping to save the environment!

Weekly dose of parenting encouragement

Recipe:

Chocolate Eclair Cake: Super easy!!

1 box graham crackers, 1 8 oz. tub Cool Whip (thawed), 2 (3.4) oz packages vanilla pudding, 3 1/2 c. milk, an 1 can chocolate frosting

Whisk together the milk and pudding mix.  Then fold in the Cool Whip.

Line the bottom of a 9″ x 13″ pan with a single layer of graham crackers.  You may need to break some.

Spread half of the pudding mix.

Top this with another single layer of graham crackers.

Spread other half of the pudding mix.

Put down one more layer of graham crackers.

Soften can of frosting in microwave in 15 second increments till pourable.  Stir well, and pour over the top layer of graham crackers.  Spread to cover.

Refrigerate overnight if possible, but for sure at least 6-8 hours.  It’s so much better once the pudding starts to soak into the graham cracker layers!  Eat!

This is my youngest son’s and my dad’s favorite dessert!  So easy and delicious!

Tool:

Car Vent Organizer— This is a great way to keep organized for your daily life, road trips, etc.  I am getting one for each of us who drive in my family!


I hope that you find all of these items and ideas helpful!

Have you checked out my September Smart Parents blog post.

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Hello! My name is Melanie and I love to encourage moms of teens and tweens!

Are you ready to create a stronger, healthier relationship with your teens? Do you want to do all that you can to foster a stronger bond with your family? 

I will give your encouragement to take care of yourself in the midst of this messy place that we call life. I’d like to help you with some strategies to make things a little bit easier.

Let me help you to parent more confidently. With more love. With more connection.

1 Comment

  1. I could use a car vent organizer. So handy! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a stainless steel straw. Not a bad idea, though if you can keep them clean.

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