Showing posts from July, 2012

Balvin Cafe Menu

This is what I created for my kids a few weeks ago when Mom was gone for dinner time.

Balvin Cafe Menu
All Meals Cost 3 Hugs and Kisses

Main Dish
- Chicken Nuggets
- Hot Dog
- Mac n Cheese
- Chicken Patty
- Bagel Pizzas

Your choice of...
- hummus and chips
- carrots and dip
- orange slices
- BBQ chips

- orange juice
- juice barrel
- water

Canvas Church Supports Culver's, Culver's Supports Canvas Church

Reposted from The City - Canvas Church:
Hello CANVAS CHURCH!  Many of you visit culvers here in Northfield on a normal basis. My family is usually there every sunday after church, and are so excited about the event that the owners Steve and Jim Wernimont are hosting! As pastors kids, they are wanting to build community with local churches and their members. So, here is their offer!  1) bring in your weekly bulletin (guest guide) anytime to recieve 1$off any chicken dinner. (even if you order more than one is my understanding)
2) The church who’s members bring in the most bulletins by 10pm on August 19th will recieve a free culvers ice cream social at the church!
3) additionally 1$ for every bulliten will go to the winning church toward a mission project of their choice!!  Progress is being posted at culvers, so be sure to keep your eye on it! LETS REPRESENT CANVAS GUYS!!!!  Remember this is only good at NORTHFIELD location.
Hopefully you all like chicken!! :)
See you at CULVERS!

Anatomy/Names of the Perfect CEO

Interesting post on some of the most common traits among global CEOs. Statistics seem to indicate that things like height, name, and facial size play a role in the success people have.

This post has a list of the most common CEO names.
Here, according to LinkedIn, are the top names for CEOs, both globally and in the U.S  [See:Top 10 Names for Other Professions]: Top 10 Global Male CEO Names1. Peter
2. Bob
3. Jack
4. Bruce
5. Fred
6. Bill
7. Ron
8. Christian
9. Alexander
10. Don

Top 10 Global Female CEO Names1. Deborah
2. Sally
3. Debra
4. Cynthia
5. Carolyn
6. Pamela
7. Ann
8. Cheryl
9. Linda
10. Janet  While male CEOs tended toward the more casual monikers, female CEOs showed the opposite trend.  "Interestingly enough, female CEOs appear to prefer to use their full names and not nicknames, which could signify that they want to be taken more seriously and want co-workers to think of them in a more professional light," Nuessel said.

Preload Your Decisions with Action Triggers

Have you ever wanted to make a change of some kind, but had trouble executing or sticking to the change?  Maybe you need to use the concept of preloading decisions with action triggers.

In the book Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, Chip and Dan Heath share the idea of preloading decisions as a way of shaping the path for people during change efforts.  The idea is simple.  Preloading a decision involves setting up action triggers in your life.  It is sort of like an "if this...then that" mentality.

Here's an example.  Say you have decided that in order to live a healthier life, you want to start running.  The way you preload that decision is by setting up action triggers in your daily routines that will reduce the likelihood of you not running.  One action trigger might be setting an alarm up on the other side of the bedroom so you are forced to get out of bed and begin moving to turn it off.  Another could involve you laying out your running clothes the …

Book Review - Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard

One of the best books I have read in 2012 is Chip and Dan Heath's book Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard.

The book is built on the premise that the biggest obstacle to change is people's minds.  The Heath's talk about how the rational mind and the emotional mind fight against one another to derail change.  They use the analogy of a rider (the rational mind) trying to make an elephant (the emotional mind) move in a certain direction.  When the rider and the elephant are not working in concert with one another change is almost certainly doomed.

The book is broken out into three parts: 1) Direct the Rider; 2) Motivate the Elephant; and 3) Shape the Path.  These three sections are filled with anecdotes, case studies, and compelling information from all fields of study highlighting the importance of directing the rider, motivating the elephant, and shaping the path for change to occur.

Before people change they have to understand what the change is, and why it…

The Connection Between July 4th Party Food and Spiritual Gifts

A few days ago my wife spent almost the entire day preparing food for our July 4 party.  I couldn't wait to eat all the amazing dishes she created!  I am blessed to be married to a woman who is an amazing cook.  I guess that makes me double blessed, because my mother is an excellent cook as well.  Maybe all that good food explains a little something about my waist line.

What is cool about the whole thing is that making all the food and hosting a gathering isn't draining to Stephanie because she is operating out of her physical and spiritual gift mix.  Sharing with others is at the heart of her personality.  Stephanie is a hostess, an extrovert, a generous giver, and a person who delights in others delight.  She will get great joy in seeing the great joy I have enjoying a plateful of her treats!

When people operate out of their unique personalities and gift mix life has a completely different feel to it.  It is life giving, not life draining.  You feel a sense of purpose and f…

8 Ways You Can Protect Your Children from Sexual Abuse

Remember the TV show Diff'rent Strokes?  It was the story of a wealthy white businessman who took in two black boys form Harlem after their mother (who was the businessman's housekeeper) died.  The star of the show was Gary Coleman who played a character named Arnold.  Arnold was famous for giving his older brother a funny look and exclaiming, "Whatch you talkin' 'bout Willis?"

There was one episode of the show that had a serious impact on me.  It was a two part episode about a bicycle show owner who befriend Arnold and his friend Dudley with the intention of sexually molesting them.  I don't know if I fully comprehended the concept of molestation at the time, but I always knew something was seriously creepy and scary about the bicycle show owner and the theme of episode.
The idea of a child experiencing sexual assault or molestation is one of every parent's worst nightmares.  The story of Jerry Sandusky has put the act of sexual molestation and the e…

Happy 4th of July


One of My Parenting Goals: Making Memories

This morning as I let the dog outside I noticed the dark blue sky.  I heard the sound of chirping birds.  I saw a thin layer of wetness covering the grass after a brief morning rain.

It made me think of the many mornings I woke up and stepped out of a tent somewhere on a family camping trip.  Even now as I write I'm transported in my mind back to many mornings of unzipping the tent as quietly as possible, slipping on my shoes so I wouldn't have to walk in wet itchy grass and making my way over to the fire pit, hoping there would still be some warm embers I could use to get a fire started.

I'm so grateful that I had parents who invested in creating memories for my siblings and I.  Planning those camping trips, and hauling around 4 kids plus their gear, couldn't have been easy (nor cheap!).  My parents worked hard to give us those experiences,  experiences that we didn't even realize would impact and stick with us forever.

Now that I'm a parent I'm trying t…

Making Memories - June 2012

- Hyland Park Reserve playground, picnic, and rowboat w/ Papa and Nana Balvin
- Stephanie painting the front room and entryway hallway
- Destination Burger - shooting guns, eating burgers, and looking at horses
- Going to the park with the water cannons in Apple Valley
- Graduation parties galore
- Dinner with our friends the Monaghan's
- Swimming at the Northfield Pool
- Baseball games
- Jacob graduated from Eels, the highest level of swimming lessons he could attain
- My Mom getting a new job
- Being selected to open the brand new Walmart store in Lakeville
- All the kids starting soccer
- Izzy getting her ears pierced
- Meeting our friends the Faber's at the MN Zoo
- Going to Madagascar 3
- Dundas Dukes game with our friends the Kraby's
- Seeing a calf being born at Mary's grad party
- Swimming at Giarmo's going away party
- Isabelle doing art lessons at the Northfield Arts Guild
- Isabelle dress shopping and lunch with Nana Barb
- Jacob had Northfield Raider fo…