Use a Family E-Calendar to Save Your Sanity

Use a Family E-Calendar to Save Your Sanity

Families are busier now more than ever before.  As a mommy, my brain is overloaded with dates, times and logistics of my family’s sports schedules,  school schedules, dentist appointments, birthday parties, and so on.  The list goes on and on and on.  It’s impossible to keep track of everyone and everything without a little help.  Our family uses one electronic calendar to keep activities and appointments in order.  We find that it saves time, effort and importantly, our sanity.

While wall calendars or bulletin board calendars can work well for a family calendar, I highly recommend using an electronic calendar, or e-calendar.  You can use the calendars built into your computer or phone or use a web based calendar, such as Google Calendar.  I find e-calendars are superior to physical calendars because: (more…)

Aloha Chia Pudding

IMG_1418I’m always looking for yummy, healthier dessert options for my family.  Chia seed pudding topped  with fruit is one of the easiest homemade desserts that my family loves to eat.  Not only is it tasty and refreshing, but the chia seeds offer a power-packed dose of fiber, omega-3s, antioxidants, protein and calcium.  Truth-be-told, I often make chia seed pudding the night before my son has a big test at school to get those omega 3s in his system and boosting his brain power (I like to think it helps).   (more…)

How To Attract More Love Into Your Life

clipart-heart-funky-pink-heartWe recently happened upon an article titled “How To Attract More Love Into Your Life” by Helena Hart and found it to be raw, honest, and profound advice for anyone, whether you are in a relationship or looking for one.  Here’s a brief excerpt:

The other day I heard someone say, “Complaining makes you a Crap Magnet.” I started thinking about how true that is – and how we can quickly turn that around and become a “Love Magnet,” since what you focus on GROWS.

I think of complaining as “thinking small” and I know how easy it can be to fall into that place! You may be at a place where you’re feeling stuck, where you feel like there isn’t anything that can be done to attract more love into your life. If you’re anything like I was, you may have an “armor” around you that makes you feel that you can’t be loved, and that there must be something wrong with you.

I believe that our life’s purpose is to love and be loved, and everyone has the ability within them to love and be loved. We may get hurt along the way and become afraid, jealous, or “grasping.” Sometimes our perception is that we’re not lovable or that we don’t know how to love or allow ourselves to be loved, and we can start to experience the world through the lens of those belief systems.

The good news is, you CAN shift your mind and your experience, and tremendous healing can happen quickly once you’re willing to allow it to happen. 

Read the full article and learn 3 simple steps to help attract more love in your life.

Best Practices: Family Communication

IMG_6708Have you ever been frustrated with your spouse because they forgot to do something that you asked them to do or been accused by your children that “you didn’t tell me” about something that they missed out on (even though you told them five times)?  Does the following sound familiar? “You didn’t tell me I needed to wear shoes!” or “You didn’t tell me that today was Grandma’s birthday!”  We’ve found that the majority of strife within families is attributed to miscommunication or no communication.  While the above examples are minor problems that can occur in families, ongoing miscommunication can lead to more serious issues, such as feelings of neglect and disconnect.  In these cases, family members may seek people outside of the family to fulfill their primary sense of care and understanding.   Strong families want care, understanding, respect and love to start within their unit. (more…)

Love Notes

PiikeaWritingFeeling loved, understood, respected and appreciated are the keys to solid family relationships.  Write a love note to someone you love today. Complete the sentence,  “I love the way you…” or I love when you…” Even just a word or two will do, especially if it’s in an unusual place.

I found a printable from Passionforsavings.com one year when I was looking for a meaningful Valentine’s Day gift for my kids (who don’t need any more candy or toys).  It’s a worksheet that you fill in by completing various sentences, such as “I love to go with you to…” or “I am crazy about you because…” Although it’s purposed as a Valentine’s printable, you can use it for any occasion, birthdays, Mother’s Day, etc.  This makes for an easy, DIY gift.  Of course it’s great for children to fill out for moms, dads, and grandparents, but can be used by anyone of any age. Who wouldn’t love to receive this?  Sometimes we forget to communicate our sincere feelings to the people we love the most.  This printable does all of that and will be a cherished keepsake. Tip: place it in a frame for a more substantial look. 

How to Plan Fun Family Vacations

Disney 2010 088Are you thinking about going on a family vacation? Does the thought of traveling with a group of people whom you’re related to sound like fun, but at the same time to give you anxiety when thinking about all the different personalities involved (picture Kevin’s crazy family in the movie “Home Alone”)?  No worries!  I’ve spent most of my vacations since childhood traveling or going on camping trips with groups of up to 25 people, ages 2 months to 85-years-old. Along the way, I’ve learned what works (and what doesn’t work) to accomplish smooth journeys and make the best memories. (more…)

10 Rules for Successful Family Meetings

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Family meetings are a great way to ensure that everyone is on the same page and anything from the daily routine to special events like vacations or birthday parties go off without a hitch. It’s also a useful forum for having more serious, challenging conversations, such as discussing a family member’s illness and care.  Follow these 10 rules for successful family meetings: (more…)

5 Tips to Making More Home Cooked Meals

1.10 014We’re big advocates of families sitting around a table and sharing at least one meal together each day because we’ve found that when we do this with our families, we’re able to reconnect, recharge and solidify our bond. It may not seem significant over the course of one meal or one week, but over a period of time, families are strengthened by this daily ritual.

A home cooked meal enhances this experience. Home cooked meals express love, care, respect and well-being. Think about your favorite comfort food. Most likely, it’s a dish prepared by a beloved family member. Along these lines, home cooked meals often supplement the best memories and some evolve into family traditions. (more…)

Be a Host in Any Situation

OprahThe following is an excerpt from “The PR Fix for the Everyday Person” © 2014 by Jenny Fujita and Joy Miura Koerte.

Being a host conjures up visions of throwing a party. That may be true but in general, being a good host is about making people feel comfortable, not only when you are a formal host of a gathering, but in everyday situations. When you’re the type of person who makes people feel comfortable, you become very attractive. People will literally flock to you because they feel at ease in your presence. These connections are great for building new relationships or deepening old ones. (more…)

Be a Good Receiver

gift-590x392The following is an excerpt from “The PR Fix for the Everyday Person” © 2014 by Jenny Fujita and Joy Miura Koerte.

A lot of people wave away gifts in all of their forms, from presents to awards, compliments and prizes. It may not even be because they don’t like or want the gift, but the it may make them feel embarrassed to receive the gesture or boastful if they accept a compliment. You probably know people like this. You may have even been one of them on occasion.  We all have. Your child is calling for you, “Mommy! Mommy!  Come here! I have something for you!” You unenthusiastically respond, “I’ll be there in a minute,” because you’re in the middle of something and another distraction will drive you batty.  Or, the cashier in the grocery store says, “Lovely outfit.” You respond quietly, “It’s really old.” The postmaster offers you a free lollipop.  You say, “No thanks” and scoot to your car in a hurry. And so on. (more…)

Great Things About Being a PR Consultant

If you have strong, longtime relationships in your community; excellent writing and communication skills; a creative, entrepreneurial spirit; a friendly, professional demeanor; a love and concern for business, commerce, the economy, and your community; and a desire and need to care for your family and home while having an esteemed career, PR consulting and our Your Public Is Waiting™ franchise may be a dream come true for you. (more…)

Our Story: Becoming PR Consultants

J&JLaughingWe began our business in the year 2000. Joy had just graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in public relations  and had done some in-house work in a public relations firm as well as some PR consulting on her own. Jenny had been in the workforce for 10 years doing advertising, fundraising, and public relations. The year before Joy graduated from college, she began interning with Jenny, and we quickly realized that we were a great team, both professionally and personally. And so, Fujita & Miura Public Relations (FMPR) was born. (more…)

Be a PR Consultant

Do you want to work from home as a PR consultant, own a lucrative business, and maintain independence and flexibility in your professional life? The Your Public Is Waiting™ PR consulting franchise, created by an award-winning firm with over 14 years of successful PR consulting experience, may be the opportunity for you!

When we first started our company, we dreamed of owning a business that allowed us to work from home, have flexible time for our families, and be held in high regard in our community. For more than 16 years, we have molded our business into a thriving entity that has enhanced both our professional and personal lives.  In fact, we were awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration Home-Based Business Champion of the Year in 2006.  If this is a lifestyle that you are interested in pursuing, we want to help you achieve it.  Join our elite network of professionals. Become a PR consultant today.  Because your public is waiting. (more…)

Speak for Yourself

THE PR FIX LOGO FINALThe following is an excerpt from “The PR Fix for the Everyday Person” © 2013 by Jenny Fujita and Joy Koerte.

We always tell our clients that when they’re asked questions about a situation involving several parties, they must only answer for their own company. The same goes for you. If you’re asked a question about how another person may feel about a situation, pause and then say, “I can’t answer for them but I know that I…” (more…)

You’re On a Mission

THE-PR-FIX-LOGO-FINAL1-590x166The following is an excerpt from “The PR Fix for the Everyday Person” © 2013 by Jenny Fujita and Joy Koerte.

You plan meals for your family, build a resume to get a job, and make shopping lists to go to the store. Do the same for yourself and take the time to make a big picture plan for your life, a mission statement. (more…)

Think Before You Speak

Think Before You Speak

The following is an excerpt from “The PR Fix for the Everyday Person” © 2013 by Jenny Fujita and Joy Miura Koerte.

“The trouble with talking too fast is you may say something you haven’t thought of yet.”
– Ann Landers

Thinking before speaking seems obvious but most people don’t do it consistently. We have become a society of blurting out things without regard for the consequences.  We see it in politics when politicians put their foot in their mouth in front of a news camera. We see it in the grocery store when impatient people berate the cashier.  We see it at public hearings when people yell out their opinions.  We see it in high-drama reality TV shows and think, “Can you believe she said that?” (more…)

Why PR Matters to the Everyday You

Why PR Matters to the Everyday You

The following is an excerpt from “The PR Fix for the Everyday Person” © 2013 by Jenny Fujita and Joy Miura Koerte.

Have you ever been caught up in a drama with family, friends or co-workers? Those incidents usually boil down to what someone told so-and-so about someone else who told the next person, and so on.  In the midst of it, you feel like you’re back in high school, where everyone is acting pouty and impulsive.  One of the reasons we celebrated our high school graduations was to be done with those shenanigans! (more…)

FMPR Scholars: Baclig, Matsumoto, and Takenouchi Thrive

FMPR-scholarship-recipients-copy2In 2009, we initiated the FMPR Scholar program to award scholarships to outstanding Kauai students. Since then, we’ve kept in regular contact with our FMPR Scholars and have connected them with each other in a scholar network.  We continue to be so impressed with their achievements that we’ve presented an additional $500 scholarship to each of them this year as they pursue their respective goals.

Benjie Baclig has begun his third year at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. This summer, he interned at Barclays Capital in New York. Shyanne Matsumoto will soon begin her second year at Oregon State University double majoring in education and chemistry. She completed her previous semester with a 4.0 GPA.  Shelcie Takenouchi graduated from USC with a master’s degree in public relations in May. She is currently working as a PR associate at Hill & Knowlton in Los Angeles.

FMPR Scholars are chosen based on several key criteria: they are Kauai residents and students who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees, preferably in communications or public relations; are interested in owning or working for a small business and/or home-based business; engaged in entrepreneurial activities; intend to come home to and pursue their livelihoods on Kauai after undergraduate or graduate school; are engaged in community service and wish to advance the Kauai community after college; have proven intellectual and academic achievements; show integrity of character and an interest in helping others; and have the ability to lead and the motivation to use their talents to the fullest. For more information about our FMPR Scholar program, visit our FMPR Scholar blog posts.

How to Get What You Want: Ask

How to Get What You Want: Ask

Do you know what the first rule is of getting what you want? Ask. Yes, that’s it. We have been intrigued over the years at how often nonprofits simply forget to ask for a donation. By the same token, prior to the recent election, many candidates whom we know, some very well, never asked directly for our vote. Whether it’s fundraising, political campaigning, or selling a product or service, you must connect with your potential donors, voters, or consumers and ask them to do what you want them to. The PR key is asking the right people in a gracious and effective way, at the right time. (more…)