Thursday, June 19, 2014

Outgrowing Nicknames

    Princess turned six this year.  After she turned six she informed me that she had outgrown her nickname baby doll.  This instantly saddened me.  Not because she did not like her nickname anymore, but because she was growing up to fast.  It has taken me sometime and a lot of reminders from Princess to quit calling her baby doll.  I still do it a little and anytime I do, she instantly reminds me to not call her that.  I know with eventually I will stop all together.

  Has your child ever told you that they have outgrown their nickname?  If so, what did you do?  Feel free to leave a response.  Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, June 12, 2014

2014 Summer Bucket List

It is getting to be that time of year again.  The kids are finishing up with school and if you are like me, you’re wondering what am I going to do with them all day long?  Last year my family started a new tradition of doing a summer bucket list.  I came up with it by myself and told the kids what we were going to do each day.  While my kids enjoyed this I could tell that they wanted to be involved more.  This year I decided to let help pick what to put on this list. Each day they are going to take turns choosing what we are going to do.  They loved this idea so much and cannot wait to start working on checking things of our list.  Below is the list that my kids and I came up with.  Hope you enjoy and find some inspiration for your own family.


1.     GO TO THE ZOO
9.     MAKE PLAY DOUGH  recipes are from Motherhood on a Dime
10.                          MAKE HOMEMADE POPSICLE recipes from tipnut
11.                          FLY A KITE
12.                        CATCH LIGHTENING BUGS
13.                         GO STAR GAZING
14.                         PLAY IN THE RAIN
15.                         SPOT SHAPES IN THE CLOUDS
16.                         MAKE CAMPFIRE FRUIT AND SMORES CONES from kids activities Blog
17.                         GO CAMPING IN OUR BACKYARD
18.                         BUILD A SAND CASTLE
19.                         HAVE A WATER BALLOON FIGHT
20.                         GO TO A BASEBALL GAME
21.                         GO BERRY PICKING
22.                         GO ON A HIKE
23.                         VISIT A FARMERS MARKET
24.                         DIET COKE AND MENTOS ERUPTION found at Science Kids
25.                         DIY SLIP AND SLIDE from Inner Child Fun
26.                         DIY BUBBLES from Homemade Bubble Solutions
27.                         HAVE AN OUTDOOR MOVIE NIGHT
28.                         MAKE HOMEMADE ICE CREAM
29.                         MAKE LIQUID SIDEWALK CHALK from smashed peas and carrots
30.                         HAVE A FAMILY GAME NIGHT
31.                         GO ON A TREASURE HUNT
32.                         RUN THROUGH THE SPRINKLER
33.                         MAKE SOLAR SMORES from Spoonful
34.                         GO SEE FIREWORKS
35.                         DIY WATER BLOB from Clumsy Crafter
36.                         GO TO THE MOVIES
37.                         MAKE TRIPLE BERRY NO-DRIP POPS from Kraft Recipes
38.                         MAKE A TOILET PAPER BIRD FEEDER from Homeschool Antics
39.                         GO ON A SCAVENGER HUNT
40.                         MAKE A MILK JUG BALL CATCHER found on Lakeshore Learning
41.                         DO AN ICE EXCAVATION ACTIVITY found on Gluesticks
42.                         GO BOWLING
43.                         WATCH THE SUNRISE
44.                         MAKE AN OUTDOOR TENT FORT
45.                         MAKE A BACKYARD WATER PARK
46.                         MAKE TRAIL MIX
47.                         GO TO THE PARK
48.                         PLAY MINI GOLF
49.                         VISIT A CHILDREN'S MUSEUM
50.                         SWING IN A HAMMOCK

What are you doing this summer?
Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, February 3, 2014

Menu Plan

Menu Plan for the week of Feb 3 – Feb 9th
 First of all because of my food intolerances I have become for the most part a virgin diet for life person.  For those of you who do not know what I am talking about you can read more here.   Basically I try not to eat Dairy, Gluten, Eggs, Corn, Peanuts, Sugar, and Soy.  I personally have problems with Dairy, Gluten, Sugar and Soy.  So my menu is sometimes different for breakfast for myself, then what I make for my kids.

Breakfasts for myself I will be having either Protein Shakes or Oatmeal.  The oatmeal is Gluten Free, Dairy Free old fashioned oats.    I eat this with cinnamon, Sugar free vanilla coconut milk, and fresh fruit on top.
For my kids they will be having:
Cereal x4

Brown rice pasta with a homemade meat sauce
Chicken Taco’s in the crockpot with homemade taco seasoning and served on brown rice tortilla
Pork Stir Fry
Salad with grilled chicken
Tuna Noodle Casserole this is a no recipe experiment.  I am going to use brown rice pasta and coconut milk in place of the cream soups.  I will post pictures later in the week with the results.
Thanks for stopping by!


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Menu Plan and a Virgin Diet Update

       I know I have not been on my blog in a while.  This summer has just been a majorly chaotic one.  I guess that, that is partly my fault.  I try to  keep our summer pretty busy with activity so that the kids will not be bored.  Because of this my blog and sometimes the house work seems to have suffered.  But to me the important thing is my kids and enjoying this time while I have it. 
       Now on to my diet update.  Well I can happily say that I have finely made it too stage two of the diet.  This is the testing phase.  Last week I tested eggs and found out that I do not have any problems with them.  Starting today I am supposed to be testing Soy.  Now I am not a huge fan of soy.  I sometimes like a little soy sauce with my Chinese food, or I sometimes like veggie burgers.  But that is the extent of it.  I originally was not going to even test soy, but while I have been on the diet I have started reading labels and soy is in so many things, that I ended up realizing I needed to test it.  That being said brings me to my menu.  It is not quite a complete menu.  I have only found two things that I want to make that are legal with the diet.  I am supposed to test for 4 days, so I still need to figure out two more.  If anyone has any ideas, I would more than welcome the suggestions.

Week of 7/16/13 - 7/22/13

My breakfasts are still just protein shakes.

Kids Breakfasts

Cereal x3
Waffles x3
Smoothies with Blueberry muffins


Boca Veggie Burgers
Baked Soy Lemon Chops from all recipes (except instead of the vegetable oil that the recipe calls for I will be using extra virgin olive oil)

Non Soy Items

Baked Herb Lemon Chicken from Andicakes
Brown Rice Pasta with Meat Sauce
Grilled Chicken Salad

What are you eating this week?


Friday, June 21, 2013

Breastfeeding and Biting


 I would not by any means say that I am an expert on breastfeeding.  In between my 3 kids I have breastfed for a total of 39 months so far.  In that time I have had my fair share of issues.  From clogged milk ducts to latching problems.  But to me one of the most painful issues is biting.  Now with my 1st two I got lucky cause they teethed late.  There was biting but it was not nearly as painful because there were not any teeth.  Both princess and captain curious stopped relatively easy for me.  Now I am on to number 3 and he is being a real pistol.  He has 2 teeth and is work on number three.  The real problem is he keeps biting me.  Little man has bitten me so hard I have bleed.  I have tried everything I can think of to get him to stop but nothing is working.  I have tried taking it away, telling him NO,  I even cried the day he bit me so hard that I bleed.  He did cry that day but then he went right back to biting.  Short of quitting nursing I do not know what to do.  Do you have something that works?  I would love to hear any feedback that anyone can give.



Thursday, June 20, 2013


Are you a thrifty mom or dad?  Do you have a hard time paying $10, $20, or $30 for something your kid is only going to outgrow in a few months?
Would you like to earn money by selling your kids gentle used clothes?
If you answered yes to any of these questions then I might have the sight for you.  I am in love with this site called thredUP.  They buy and sell gently used kid's clothes.  I fell in love with this company about a year ago.  And to me they have only gotten better with time.  They just recently also started buying and selling gently used or new Women's clothes.  I know right it does not get better than that.  I am not embarrassed to say that I buy gently used clothes for my kids and myself all the time.  And it works out great.  I am always so proud of my finds and always seem to get so many complements on them.  I highly recommend they have been a true blessing to me.  You can check them out by clicking on the picture below.  Do you have any stores that you really like?  I would love to hear from you!



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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day

        Happy Father's Day!  I am off spending the day with my wonderful husband and children.  Hope you all enjoy the day.  I will be back to writing tomorrow. 

What are you doing for Father's Day?   I would love to here from you!