How to be more present for the moments that matter in life
How to be more present for the moments that matter in life
"Lobster night is one of our family’s favorite dinners. It is how we end our summer on the Jersey Shore. Our family made a conscious decision this summer to make more lasting memories with the ones we love by not worrying about the clean-up and to focus more on being present and in the moment." —Shannon of Bird a La Mode
"Because we want everyone to participate in the family conversation and not be a slave to the dishwasher, we started the summer off by stocking up on Dixie® paper products to make clean up easy." —Shannon of Bird a La Mode
"I want these days in our new house to be more than me flipping out like an unorganized mad woman (although that’s already happened a few times). Overall, the kids have done great with the move. But, I sometimes forget that change—even when it’s good—can be tough on everyone. I want them to remember this as a happy time, an exciting new adventure. And, that can sometimes mean just stopping everything you should be doing to just be together." — Emily of Emily A. Clark
"So, after a looooong weekend of moving in, I said to heck with all of the stuff I needed to do, and we did a little 'side yard memory making.' I needed to breathe and they needed to just have me be still for a minute. We also played some America’s Got Talent (because it’s their favorite show), and they all do 'acts.' Truthfully, the whole picnic lasted about 10 minutes before ants started crawling on the blanket and people started fighting. But, we did it—and (I think) that’s what counts." — Emily of Emily A. Clark
"We used Dixie® paper plates to save time on the clean up…so we could spend our time being more present.
All summer, I've been dreaming of going to the beach with my family. I can almost hear the waves. It didn't happen this year, but this family dinner by our own calming blue waters did. With a deep breath, I breathed in the summer-scented moment mixed with the fragrance of family, together." — Trina of La La Lovely
"And, because we were able to focus more on each other, rather then cooking and doing the dishes, we saved a little extra time for… Family Game night! We popped some popcorn, put out a blanket and played some games. My 4 year old learned how to play Uno, and Rocco played at piling the most popcorn on his plate." — Trina of La La Lovely
"Something that I like to do with my 'saved' time is making things with my kids. They love when I shout from the other room, 'Hey guys, wanna make a project?!' They come running, every time. So the other day, we decided to cut up some of these Dixie plates that we were given and created a really fun game of 'Paper Plate Ring Toss'." — Ashley of Make It & Love It
"I'm not saying that just because we use paper plates, we have gobs of time to play/chat/relax as a family. But I really do feel like finding little shortcuts (or even letting some of the little things go), I'm able to be more present while my kiddos are growing and changing. Because we all know they'll only 'need' their momma for so long." — Ashley of Make It & Love It
"My kids pick what they want to make for dessert. Sometimes it's a collaboration, sometimes it's something they want to learn to make. This week one kid wanted chocolate dessert and one wanted the opposite. Lucky us, we got to try two desserts!!
For a second...I thought I wasn't going to get to use these fun & pretty Dixie® plates...my daughter said they were to pretty and claimed them!" — Colleen of Souffle Bombay
"I am sure my kids will be like me and find simple & convenient ways to make their days and lives a little easier so they can be more there for the ones they love and enjoy the small moments and memories that make life the wonderful thing that it is. I cannot wait to be a part of that!" — Colleen of Souffle Bombay
"As a working mom, I often feel stretched for time. So I really value the time I have with my daughter Sienna, especially when I see how quickly she is growing every day.
One of my favorite ways to spend time with Sienna is to get her in the kitchen with me. She’s my little sous chef. Her specialties include tasting (and hiding) ingredients, “reorganizing” my pots and pans, stirring things and crushing (instead of cracking) eggs. As much as I love to have her in the kitchen with me, my kitchen often looks like a disaster zone afterwards and I’m usually dreading the thought of cleaning up. Using Dixie® plates allows me to focus on spending quality time with Sienna, rather than worrying about all of the time I’m going to spend washing dishes afterwards." — Sonali of The Foodie Physician
"Dixie® plates are also extremely practical when cooking with a toddler. Sienna and I recently made a batch of zucchini fries, which involved setting up a breading station with flour, eggs and breadcrumbs. Dixie® plates were the perfect and safest choice for this. I didn’t have to worry about Sienna breaking any plates or hurting herself. I set up the breading station and let her go to town! Of course, half of the flour and breadcrumbs ended up on the floor but that’s part of the process when cooking with a two-year-old!" — Sonali of The Foodie Physician
"I made this Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Taco Bar on Saturday night. I prepared everything on Dixie® paper plates. I made enough of this meal for 2 nights. I placed Dixie® plates with the leftovers on them into plastic baggies and placed them into the fridge. Sunday night's taco dinner was even easier. I re-heated the shredded beef on the paper plate in the microwave, then unwrapped the cheese and lettuce, and served it up." — Sarah of The Magical Slow Cooker
"What I love about using Dixie® plates is that they are cut proof, and leak proof (perfect for re-heating that shredded beef!) I shred my cheese right on the paper plate too and I use them as cutting boards for small tasks. My family loves this meal. In fact, I am going to make this 2 night recipe again while camping next week, because who likes to do dishes while camping? I hope you enjoy this easy taco bar idea and save some time not doing dishes and enjoy the moments this summer brings." — Sarah of The Magical Slow Cooker
In the midst of getting together with family and friends, it can be difficult to stop and savor the moments we're sharing with the people we care about. Whether you're stressed about the plan itself or it's just hard for the family to disconnect from technology, it's not always easy to stay in the moment.
That's where Dixie® comes in! If you aren't worried about something like clean-up, you can make sure that the time you're spending together, however short, is spent well. Our bloggers have shared their favorite traditions that bring their families and friends together using Dixie®, and demonstrate how to be really engaged during these special occasions with the ones that they love.
Check out the slideshow above to discover ways you can 'Be More Here,' and use Dixie® to make yourself more present and appreciate the moments that matter in life.
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